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Re: “Never Going Back to Tucson

Another litany of privileged white guilt by what seems to be another failed musician

1 like, 11 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 08/16/2018 at 12:01 PM

Re: “The Joy, the Suffering, the Poetry

Nothing to do with the article ,poet,or poetry, does anyone know how many transgender humans there are in the U.S. I've read that 4-8% of our population is LGBQT and wonder if there's any reliable agenda neutral data on the trans or genderqueer group.

Posted by laddderflappy on 08/16/2018 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Danehy


I'm seriously interested in learning what positions characterize 'progressive democrats'

What are the requirements, and who are the leaders/spokespersons of this political group??

5 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 08/16/2018 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Four on the Floor


who decided that including a candidate's (Domingo Degrazia) past voting history is relevant?
Why include voting information from 25 years ago in an article about Mr. Degrazia's current political positions or suitability to represent constituents.

I thought when or how many times someone votes to be confidential data.
Where did you get such information and does the public have access to it?

Why not include the same voting history of the other 3 candidates?

Otherwise, I liked the article, may you continue to improve your writing and journalistic chops

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 08/16/2018 at 11:28 AM

Re: “8 Things You Should Know About The Primary Election

I'm serious here, what exactly is a 'progressive democrat'. not interested in what PD's are against, but what are they for and who are the spokesmen & women??

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by laddderflappy on 08/16/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Lefty Appeal


Copper is not a precious metal!

Free trade doesn't mean zero tariffs, more importantly, it's related to subsidies.
China's steel and aluminum industries, have built huge capacity, more than their domestic manufacturers could possibly need. This happened because the chinese government approached these industries decades ago and asked the question."what can the gov't do, to reduce your costs, improve efficiency, and increase capacity? The largest cost to reduce bauxite into aluminum metal, or iron ore into pig iron and then steel, is energy.

The Chinese gov't built a gaggle of utilitity providers near these smelters, so that the producers of steel and aluminum pay almost nothing for their energy. This allows China to export this excess capacity for a price that is less than US producers can make it. These are not more efficient plants, harder working employees, etc, etc.

Is this free trade or a level playing field? Europe plays this game as well.

I agree with most of your analysis of exported scrap copper, just not the free trade aspect.
You also correctly imply that real recycling is a heavy industrial process, resulting in environmental degradation, toxic gases and residues, and hazardous waste. In fact, I would argue that having a secondary pickup of these items using similar combustion engine trucks, worsen air pollution and global warming and simply replace one type of pollution with another. It ain't magic. Separating garbage, paper, cans, etc is not recycling despite our need to feel good about doing it. It's just a collection of commodities...nothing is recycled until it's made into something new.

3 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 07/27/2018 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Life of Kings

I didn't know Don personally, he appears a man of community, intelligence, and integrity. Newspapers have no one to blame but their corporate masters for their continued demise. Poor research standards, manipulating truth in the interests of keeping advertisers happy, continued shallowness of the subjects, and fetishistic adherence to celebrity are only some of the reasons. It's as if Charles Foster Kane is in control of the NY Times and the Washington Post. No more Pentagon Papers or Watergate revelations, instead of critical thinking, one reads blogs that tell him what to think.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 07/26/2018 at 7:02 PM

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