Nathan K 
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Re: “Danehy

Republicans will have a built in advantage for so long as Democrats continue to mistake ideological disagreement for ignorance. I understand why they do it. It's comforting. It assures them they are the virtuous, all-knowing Cloud People who could build a utopia if not for these Dirt People who just haven't taken enough sociology courses at an elite coastal universities to know what is best for them. The nice thing (for my side) about this reaction, is that prevents the Democrats from engaging in any introspection, or asking the tough questions about why they lost. Self-reflection is uncomfortable. Far easier just to call the people who disagree with you "stupid."

Politics in 2016 is now about identity - to which tribe to you belong? - than it is about knowledge. You see, if only college educated whites had voted in the 2016 election, Trump's margin of victory would have been bigger. And Danehy knows that. The lecture he delivers to the working class, rust belt whites in this piece - do you think he would give that speech in inner city Baltimore? Would he drive out to Sells, and tell everyone, "you people just need to study math! Pull yerselfs up by yer bootstraps like mi papi did!" Of course not. Those people are on Danehy's team, so they're worthy of his sympathy; rust belt whites aren't, so they're not. In the end, it's not about knowledge or ignorance for Danehy either - it's about who are your people, and who aren't.

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

So...potholes all fixed, then?

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

On a related issue, Humane Borders operates a number of water stations for border crossers on public land (e.g., the Fish and Wildlife Service's Buenos Aires NWR). I am not able to find FWS's NEPA documentation for the permits for those water stations that were issued in 2010. Did FWS ever do an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment for those water stations?

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

I think this is a worthy experiment, and we should probably give it time to play out before declaring failure. The basic problem is that teaching pays so much less than, say, engineering, so I have difficulty understanding why someone who had the test scores to be admitted to and worked hard to successfully complete an engineering programming would want to accept so much less pay than their market value. I might see people do that for lifestyle reasons, or as a sort of semi-retirement, but not right out of school with student loans to pay back.

Perhaps the solution to Arizona's teacher shortage is to start bringing in immigrant teachers on H-1B visas (at least for STEM fields). There may just not be enough Americans to fill these jobs. Accessing a deep pool of immigrant teaching labor would also help level the balance of power with the teacher unions.

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Southern Arizona Stands Against Proposed Border Wall

Clown City is run by clowns who do clownish things. Film at 11.

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/07/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Isn't it funny how Grijalva and fellow travelers are never concerned about the environmental impacts of drug smuggling and illegal immigration across the unsecured border?

- Migrants and smugglers dump an estimated 2,000 tons of trash and human waste in the borderlands every year - most of it in areas where it is very difficult to remove. (See https://legacy.azdeq.gov/obep/waste.html).

- Migrants and smugglers had cut an estimated 1300 miles of wildcat trails in the borderlands as of 2006. (See https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opini).

-Illegal aliens and smugglers regularly set wildfires, both to summon aid or to distract CBP, destroying hundreds of acres of vegetation a year. In fact, migrants are suspected of causing many of southern Arizona's most devastating fires of the last few years (Horseshoe 2, Monument, etc.). (See http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/arizona).

Would a wall have some environmental impact? Sure. But so would doing nothing. Let's try to keep some perspective on both sides of the issue.

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Posted by Nathan K on 04/21/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Rep. Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall

Any balanced discussion of this issue should include consideration of the environmental costs of an unsecured border:

- Migrants and smugglers dump an estimated 2,000 tons of trash and human waste in the borderlands every year - most of it in areas where it is very difficult to remove. (See https://legacy.azdeq.gov/obep/waste.html).

- Migrants and smugglers had cut an estimated 1300 miles of wildcat trails in the borderlands as of 2006. (See https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opini…).

-Moreover, illegal aliens and smugglers regularly set wildfires, both to summon aid or to distract CBP, destroying hundreds of acres of vegetation a year. In fact, migrants are suspected of causing many of southern Arizona's most devastating fires of the last few years (Horseshoe 2, Monument, etc.). (See http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/arizona…).

Would a wall have some environmental impact? Sure. But so would doing nothing. Let's try to keep some perspective on both sides of the issue.

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Posted by Nathan K on 04/13/2017 at 11:12 AM

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