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Re: “Danehy

More stompy, whiny, name-calling tantrums from the folks at the Weekly who can't reconcile that they were on the weak side of the election. By the way, if you supported Hillary, you supported a criminal that would stab you in the back as quick as she'd look at you. So, stick that on your thumb and suck it.

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Posted by GrowUP! on 07/12/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

The use of euphemisms or benign titles to carryout nefarious acts has a long history around the world and in America.

Who can forget "lebensraum" (living space) -- one of the so-called justifications for Nazi Germany to seize and occupy neighboring nations in Europe, or "citizens united" -- which removed any hindrance to the open buying and selling of elected officials?

And speaking of Nazi Germany and the collection of personal information and political affiliations, may I present "The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity."

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/12/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

So then, solar is going to eliminate climate change. That is great news.

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Posted by Hot Damn! on 07/12/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

I beg to differ with this statement:

"The reliability of roof top generation at this time is quite questionable, very few of us can live off of roof top generation."

On the contrary, learning to live with consuming far less energy per capita than U.S. energy hogs do now is the ONLY way we will be able to avoid catastrophic climate change. Wind and solar, as critically important as they are, do not buy us a get-out-of-climate-catastrophe-free card, and will only become sufficient to meet our needs if we reduce the amount of energy we consume. It's time for Americans to grow up and accept that fact.

That said, we have a looong way to go before we run up against the sort of system limitations to renewables that are discussed above. In the meantime, we need to do everything we can can to transition to renewables as quickly as possible, which certainly includes preserving net metering. Even in a state like Arizona, where we could meet all of our energy needs with solar alone, renewables are still just a tiny fraction of our energy profile.

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Posted by skinnyman on 07/12/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

...and in the interim until a renewable based system can be implemented, we won't be requiring representatives of the renewable and conventional energy industries to work together to achieve that with a minimum of damage to their respective labor forces and at minimal cost to the consumer? Rather, under a Republican administration we will allow people who profit from the conventional system to try to delay, or, if possible, shut down the growth of the renewable energy sector, in a context where it's clearly in the long term best interests of the environment and the American economy as a whole (not certain sectors of it) to become less dependent on energy available through the oil, coal, and natural gas industries? Or, if the other major political party were in power, we would allow their affiliated elected representatives to manipulate policy to stimulate growth of the renewable sector before the grid has been altered to use the energy the renewable sector generates efficiently?

Where is the authority that should be able to mediate between self-interested parties to ensure that the goal is the common good, not competing individual goods? (What the government SHOULD be doing, if there is any justification for the collective economic power of the people being pooled through taxation.)

Nowhere, it does not exist. Not in this system, where the government, which should represent the people, has been hijacked by the money interests, and we now have a system where the Rs represent one set of money interests and the Ds another. The LABOR & CONSUMER components of the capitalist system have been left unrepresented, while various factions within the CAPITAL & VENDOR components occupy all the effective seats at the collective bargaining table.

If there is a solution to the current gridlock, it is to organize to give LABOR & the CONSUMER, who need clean, efficiently organized, and affordable energy, a voice in the conversation. Contra Safier, this is not something we should still be looking to the Democratic Party and its candidates to do. They have long since made themselves part of the problem. Whether the ultimate goal is to reform the Democrats from within or take over the place in the system they have in the past sometimes occupied, it's only the kind of external pressure a third party can apply that can at this point improve the situation of "all the rest of us: teachers and nurses, cops and factory workers, new immigrants and small business owners, the unemployed, the retired, veterans, and the plain old middle and working class."

Not many of us have a stake in the energy industries, either renewable or conventional, but the vast majority of us are in the position of having to LABOR to earn the money to PURCHASE energy, and it's the so-called "Democratic" Party's failure to effectively organize the laboring and purchasing power in the country (instead of a subset of the capital and vendor power) that is a very large part of the problem on this policy issue and on many, many others.

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Posted by It is well past time for a viable, grass-roots funded 3rd party. on 07/12/2017 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

This issue is more complicated than most of the discussions about it. There is no question that renewable engery sources are the future and possible large job creator in The countries that act positively to promote. The US can be the Saudia Arabia of wind power and the west is a natural source of solar power. Solar Power is the source of all power on the planet and is available in quantities that far exceed our future needs. However, transition to renewable energy is a complicated process that completely transforms our electric utilities. There will always be a need for a backup engery source and electric utilities provide that and will provide that for the foreseeable future. The problem utilities face is that renewable energy sources are not continuous and availableability usually does not match demand. The current system is a real time system with very little energy storage capability to shift energy availableability to times of peak demand. The technology for this is developing but not proven and very expensive.

The reliability of roof top generation at this time is quite questionable, very few of us can live off of roof top generation.

The result is redundant generation and transmission capabilities until a newer renewable based system can be implemented. This is going to be a very expensive but necessary process. Yes, like in most situations the consumer will be paying and that is not an easy sell even if Utilities were willing to take on the task.

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Posted by VerusX on 07/12/2017 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

If people have not figured it out by now, governments and corporations will ALWAYS do what is best for them, regardless of all the public releases, public relations, advertising, and public service announcements and on and on.

The electorate and consumers are only a revenue stream for both governments and corporations.

Decreasing costs and increasing the bottom line is the primary goal. If the public is served or services are provided, consider yourself fortunate and move on, but always remember whether it is the government or corporations caveat emptor ALWAYS applies.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/12/2017 at 3:13 AM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

Isn't the issue here that the utilities are stuck with the ongoing costs of maintaining the grid, while, as more people adopt solar, the utilities have fewer rate payers to whom to spread that cost?

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/11/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

Francis( Big Words) Siatta is big on the constitution. Wonder how he feels about the 2nd amendment? Or does he just like the ones he agrees with.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/11/2017 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

The first paragraph reads like every Democratic proposal to punish/reward those they decide on. Nothing new.

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Posted by Things Go Better With Koch on 07/11/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

Good job, David. You ferreted out one example of collusion to rig the system in the Trump administration. It's not too hard to do. But the fallacy behind your approach to blogging is that your coverage is always lopsided: you're always trying to give the impression that it's only the Republicans who can be found playing this game. That is not the case, as Naomi Wolf points out in this excellent summary of what's actually going on in this country these days:

"...issues are trotted out in election years to ramp up the appearance of differences between the parties. In reality, both are largely beholden, albeit in different proportions, to the Big Six, the major special interests: what I call War Inc. (and its emerging major subsidiary, Fear Inc., or the global surveillance and security industry), Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Oil, Big Agriculture, and Wall Street. We can probably add Big Incarceration to that list now. Smart voters realize that whatever their political beliefs, it is those who don't hold power in these major industries -- that is, all the rest of us: teachers and nurses, cops and factory workers, new immigrants and small business owners, the unemployed, the retired, veterans, and the plain old middle and working class -- who [...] are getting screwed."

The difference seems to be that Republicans justify policies that screw the average citizen in propaganda emphasizing that "Benefiting industry benefits citizens!", while Democrats justify policies that screw the average citizen in propaganda emphasizing that "Benefiting immigrants or minorities or the poor benefits citizens!" To what extent is either ever true? Hard to say, because the media almost never gives us rigorous policy analysis that reliably identifies WHO ACTUALLY BENEFITS from policies championed by the left and the right, they just shovel out more of the same exhausted and misleading tropes of R-flavor and D-flavor propaganda.

Larry Lessig got it right, here and elsewhere:

But the "Democratic" Party changed the debate qualifying rules and shut down his referendum candidacy, just as they shut down Bernie Sanders' grassroots funded campaign with their Superdelegates and primaries in which Independents could not vote.

Face it, David: the Democrats have long since given up whatever right they may have previously enjoyed to be considered the party of clean hands that successfully defends the interest of the working classes. By all means, keep pointing out how dirty the Republicans are. I just hope your Koolaid-drinking readership recognizes that unfortunately, stories about dirty Republicans don't make the Democrats any cleaner than they are, either locally or nationally.

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Posted by It is well past time for a viable, grassroots-funded 3rd party. on 07/11/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

Skinnyman, 5.3% of the U.S.'s illegal alien population come from Canada and Europe. That's not a "big portion". By contrast 74% of our illegal aliens come from Mexico, Central America or South America. See….

American immigration laws (and their enforcement) do not become "racist" simply because most of the people choosing to break them have dark skin.

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/11/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

We're not just enforcing immigration laws, bslap. If that were all that was happening, maybe it wouldn't be such a big deal.

What we are in fact doing is terrorizing entire demographics of people based on their skin color, heritage, style of dress, etc. No one is banning or harassing or racially profiling Canadians, even though real live terrorists actually did enter the U.S. from their country and even though Canadians make up a big portion of the people who are in the U.S. without proper documentation.

Our immigration policies and enforcement are racist, plain and simple--which is not only morally indefensible, it's unconstitutional, as Tchump is discovering, much to the dismay of his tiny racist heart.

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Posted by skinnyman on 07/11/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Danehy

Not amused. Not concerned. U of A

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Posted by CW13 on 07/11/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

"Meanwhile, undocumented immigrants in this country are feeling an escalation of the pressure being put on them and their families"

-- Oh my gosh we are enforcing our immigration laws, call the police!

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Posted by bslap on 07/11/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “DeVos Delays Loan Relief For Students Ripped Off By For-Profit Colleges

As noted above, the problem was not just with the banks seeking profit, but with the government's deregulation that allowed for-profit companies to engage in shoddy practices. Do you see something wrong with this scenario: as elected representatives of taxpayers, destroy consumer protection regulation because doing so endears you to your campaign funders, and then when consumers get damaged because of the absence of regulatory oversight, reach into taxpayers' pockets to pay for the damage. Repeat ad infinitum. Keep allowing abuses, keep solving the problems you create by getting taxpayers to pay for it. It happened in 2008, and it was proposed again in this scenario. At least in this scenario the debtors are getting relief as well, not just the banks, but it sounds like in the programs described in this blog, the banks will benefit when taxpayers pay the debt that the banks loaned inadvisably, often knowing the borrowers were bad loan risks:

"New details unsealed last month in the state lawsuits against Navient shed light on how Sallie Mae used private subprime loans some of which it expected to default at rates as high as 92 percent as a tool to build its business relationships with colleges and universities across the country. From the outset, the lender knew that many borrowers would be unable to repay, government lawyers say, but it still made the loans, ensnaring students in debt traps that have dogged them for more than a decade."

Yes, the debtors need to be relieved of their debt. Is there a way to do that by taking the money out of the pockets of the banks and the for profit colleges, not out of the pockets of taxpayers who had no part in creating these problems? Many of the taxpayers whose taxes fund the government's "relief" programs are carrying their own debt burdens to educate their own children in American "public" universities, the costs of which have risen to between $25K per year (in-state) to more than $60K per year (out-of-state).

American students are increasingly going to college in Canada to avoid the exploitive racket higher education has become in this country:
That would be one form of just reward to the U.S. for the way it is treating the next generation: students electing to get their educations in other countries and, in all probability, become citizens and taxpayers in those countries, stepping out of the vicious cycle of exploitation that loads them up with loan debt to pay for inflated tuition rates as students and then milks them as taxpayers to pay for the problems their elected "representatives" have created in collusion with their campaign funders in the financial industry.

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Posted by When did we stop asking the banks to competently assess risk? on 07/11/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “DeVos Delays Loan Relief For Students Ripped Off By For-Profit Colleges

I can understand free market forces. They work when the people in charge are moral and lawful and do not use government (or the absence of government) as a blunt instrument to gouge gullible, well meaning students, often leaving them in deep, deep debt with no recourse. And once again, I read comments by a former "public" school superintendent complaining about providing decent opportunities in the public sector. Disgrace ran him out of office and disgrace lingers. It is easy to believe the Huppenthal still thinks any/all critics are "evil scum," and people who receive any public assistance are "lazy pigs," and let pure profit flow to large corporations and executives.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 07/11/2017 at 6:55 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

Nathan K.: There is No Perfect System...and the Press has, as you have aptly pointed out, made mistakes. But...when these errors are discovered, they are quickly corrected!!!

There is, of course a diversity of opinion and a tendentiousness in the Press. It is for the Citizen to review, Critically, what has been said and make an informed decision!

"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." --Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823. ME 15:491

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/11/2017 at 5:19 AM

Re: “In the Flesh: Tiny Town Times Debut Issue Release Show at Saint Charles Tavern! With The Rifle, Good Times Great Oldies, Treasure Mammal and Host Frank Powers (99.1 FM)

Check out the livestream video to find out a little bit about Tiny Town Times

Let's see if this works below... I'm a newspaper man. I don't know what this gibberish is. Great Caesars Ghost!

Posted by Frank! on 07/11/2017 at 1:25 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

The Press has exercised their freedom. And with it they have chosen to lie.

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Posted by The Lying Press on 07/10/2017 at 9:58 PM

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