Jake 
Member since Mar 29, 2010

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Updated on March 29, 2010 at 9:27 PM
• Innovation management & experience design consultant, USA and Scandinavia (DK and SE) • Guest professor, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden • Legislative analyst, CA Legislature • Startup CEO, two visualization software companies • In Tucson since 2007, living overseas much of the time • Avid bodysurfer: what am I doing here?

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Re: “Danehy

That's a pretty weird comment, KitWarden, given that just a few comments before, CW13 opines that Donald Trump is in charge and ain't goin' nowhere. You must have your trolling instructions held upside down.

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Posted by Jake on 06/28/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Danehy

Wow, the trolls come out to feast. Meanwhile, the basic tenets of the CNN article remain unchallenged. And the national polls now show fewer than a fifth of Americans -- precisely, 17% -- approve of the GOP healthcare plan. As for MAGA, if your answer to what exactly Trump has done to better life in this country (other than promise huge tax decreases for the rich and less regulation of corporate America) is more than "nothing," you're a sucker and a fool.

Fortunately, the message that Trump is truly out only for the wealthy is getting across. Let's not lose sight of the bigger picture just because a ragtag bunch of Trump wolves now howl at the moon.

Tom, the truth hurts many who cannot abide it. You stung them this time. Badly. And goodly.

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Posted by Jake on 06/28/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

Truly a woman of integrity, Kathryn's loss came unexpectedly. Not only Tucson but all of Southern Arizona is in tears.

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Posted by Jake on 04/15/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

Jefferson Carter (I think) was commenting on the futility of political poetry as a device for social change. Poets may have strong feelings, but generally, writing poems as part of one's faculty responsibilities or to secure a grant or attract devotees of the same or other gender -- what many if not most contemporary poets do -- are unlikely to effect revolutions. Though they may be coincident, it's likely more was going on societally than going on on the poet's page.

Posted by Jake on 09/27/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

More public opinion requires a public with opinions -- and in Tucson, hopefully, not the old saws that have been bandied about for the last 10 or 20 or 40 years. What about our future? What about collective challenges and personal triumphs? What about cosmic revelations? Michael's right to want more, but the Weekly editor can only work with what's available. Perhaps a Weekly-run storefront news cafe might generate more grist for the mill. But even that would require a public, at least of news and coffee consumers. Are enough of us out there? One hopes!

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Posted by Jake on 09/27/2016 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

A contrarian climate-change prognostication that's gaining credibility -- check out the dry-as-a-prune West Coast sometime! -- is that Southern AZ may soon be gaining desert-oasis status, a permanent solution to the challenge of scarce water.

As El Niño becomes a permanent fixture off San Diego, superheated Pacific Ocean water vapors are rising higher in the atmosphere each year, creating the near certainty of regular rainfalls here as rain clouds more frequently clear the San Diego mountains, eventually doing so all the time. Combined with the increasing frequency of tropical storms and even hurricanes in the Gulf of Baja California, this phenomenon may result in monsoons that really are monsoon and on the ground, rivers that really are rivers. (Phoenix will not be so lucky: it will only get hotter and hotter.)

Whether or not the entire scenario comes true, it is a known fact that radical changes in the weather induced by climate-change happen rapidly, in fairly recent history as quickly as in two to three years. Keep your life vests handy!

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Posted by Jake on 09/27/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

World View represents the first real opportunity in a long time to create a new industry and worthwhile jobs in Tucson, on a large scale. Those who oppose its stationing in our neighborhood are willing to blow off what could be the anchor for Tucson's first new, major economic development in memory.

That would send a clear signal to other entrepreneurs and large investors to stay away, condemning our region to yet more decades of underdevelopment, lack of opportunity, failure to attract talent, and poverty -- all of which would continue to favor Maricopa County's development and domination, which is the real point of this lawsuit.

It's easy to lambast public officials, easy as it is to shoot yourself in the foot, two self-destructive entertainments popular among our more-benighted residents. "Keep Tucson s****y," indeed.

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Posted by Jake on 08/26/2016 at 1:28 PM

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