Eric J. Bowman

Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Robert Stevenson: Creating better future

"coal produces more carbon emissions than other fuels"

When burned. But, in terms of "greenhouse gases", nothing's worse than methane, and nothing produces more "waste" methane than fracking. I'm not talking about the methane that gets flared off. Looking at the overall picture, coal is the fossil fuel we should be burning as we transition to renewables. Coal spills are easy to clean up. Coal trains don't explode, taking out entire rural villages. Coal doesn't have any pipelines or tankers to leak, etc. etc. etc.

Of course, the coal I'm in favor of, is the low-sulfur bituminous variety that comes from mines like Twentymile, not the crap coal produced by Appalachian mountain-top removal mining. What would be nice, is if coal could have a "soft landing" where producers like Twentymile are amongst the last mines standing, instead of the entire industry collapsing.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Pot shop accuses City Council members of retaliation, conflicts of interest

"There doesn't seem to be any evidence or even allegation of any financial conflict of interests here and I don't blame Mr. Connell one bit for not wanting the potent aroma of MJ lingering in his office space or seeking a remedy for the dilemma."

I don't blame him either, so long as his "remedy" doesn't involve using his elected office to settle a personal score. Because that falls afoul of the "appearance of impropriety" standard which is NOT limited to financial conflict of interest, it's about ETHICS. Which are no longer operative in Steamboat politics, apparently.

Basically, every time Mr. Connell has to give lengthy explanations of why his failure to recuse himself is acceptable, it's prima facie evidence of an appearance of impropriety -- otherwise NO EXCUSES WOULD BE NECESSARY. When a majority of constituents rationally believe you've crossed the ethical line, they're probably right. It's about avoiding the APPEARANCE of impropriety, not saying PROVE IT after the deed's been done.

It's just embarrassing how often I have to post this concept here, in regards to Steamboat elected officials. Perhaps a retreat/workshop is in order with some sort of ethics expert, council?

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Our view: Public left in the dark by council

Remember when Bill was out stumping for Hillarity, not so long ago? Then he said some nasty things about Obama, and should have been charged with electioneering for his antics in Boston with the bullhorn, and physically keeping people away from a precinct if they didn't say they were voting for Hillary.

Do read that HuffPo article!

That wasn't the Republicans. But it does smack of Orval Faubus, whose machine my Great Uncle Joe Hardin ran against in multiple doomed efforts. His supporters were called the "Happy Few." Bill's letting his Arkansas roots show. I think he's in Europe, now, "attending to foundation business."

Down the rabbit hole we go. As if Election 2016 needed to get weirder!

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Our view: Public left in the dark by council

Scott,

"Yes, aside from its bloated prison population and staggering wealth inequality, the United States can now boast of another commonality it shares with banana republics: Only 3 in 10 Americans believe that the nation’s election process is functional — a record low, according to a new Gallup poll.

And who can blame them? When you look at what happened in Iowa, Massachusetts and Arizona, it’s easy to understand why Americans have lost faith in their electoral system."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riley-waggaman/its-not-just-arizona-elec_b_9550670.html

It isn't the Republicans, any more than there's a "Biden Rule" which somehow establishes precedent to not even hold hearings on filling a vacant Supreme Court seat. Cynically making that an election issue will just further corrupt the process, raising the stakes causing more money to be spent on rigging it and blaming the other party when they're both rotten.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Melanie Sturm: 2016's going to be a nightmare

Oh, and the third alias of Victoria Munoz or whatever. These are legends more than aliases, because they're backed up by completely unverifiable information on the Web, plus Bouthania's even published a book. Of course, my cousin married a highly successful ghost-writer nobody's ever heard of, so I'm dubious of author credits. Plus, I made the mistake of reading that awful new "Tom Clancy" novel, believing it must be something of his the new guy finished up to have his name splashed so large on the cover, instead it read like second-rate fan fiction. But, yeah, Mr. Clark assumes a legend which relies on his knowledge of boats to pull off, then it's off to the Caribbean. Standard Clancy fare.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Melanie Sturm: 2016's going to be a nightmare

Some people take it too far -- there's some other lady with a boil on her nose and totally lame taste in eyewear. Coolest thing about watching The Americans is the disguises. Also liked the now-cancelled Sean Bean series Legends. I don't even have TV, for 16 years now, and don't watch many shows. But I know TV's full of actors who can convincingly play multiple roles on the same show. CNN/RT just aren't trying very hard. Bouthania's in Atlanta at the CNN studio in front of a green screen with "Syria" behind her. We have the technology -- heck, the kids can do this just as convincingly in their YouTube videos, today.

Then again, I was apparently "wrong" about the color of that damn dress. :-(

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Our view: Public left in the dark by council

Of course, you're missing my point entirely, Scott. I don't really care which party was responsible this time, because it's always either one or the other. Which is why political parties must be divested of their control over our electoral process.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Our view: Public left in the dark by council

Yes, of course Hillary's peeps blame it on the Republicans. I'm not so sure.

"That their efforts would affect results in the Democratic primary was not anticipated."

I'm not so sure of that, either -- you sure the Republican establishment isn't trying to ensure they'll be able to vote Hillary, if it comes to that?

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on State trooper hits pedestrian south of Oak Creek in Eagle County

The Oak Creek thing aside, at least the Steamboat and Craig papers even reported this. Nobody else did. Curious how this didn't make the Vail paper, considering how the intersection in question is one end of the top priority "pedestrian connectivity project" in Edwards, and a pedestrian was hospitalized with "moderate" injuries after being hit by a vehicle there. We all know how hard it can be to cross highways in small mountain towns, especially on a Friday night if we've been drinking!

Instead, anyone wishing to know more, must do their own journalism. The intersection was reported closed at 11:43 pm Friday night. Don't know when the accident occurred without making a records request -- nobody called it in, for obvious reasons. As to the green light:

"The signal goes into flash between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m."

http://www.eaglecounty.us/Planning/Documents/Community_Plans/CAC_Traffic_Engineering_Study/

I find no references to Alisha Danko being a CSP spokeswoman before this year. So, some pushback would've been nice from the press instead of letting the new gal pull the ol' blame-the-victim thing. Perhaps a little more PR training would be in order, CSP? Unfortunately, the press views its role these days as simply forwarding the official account, not questioning it (forfend).

Leads to distrust of the press. And distrust of the police -- flashing yellow ain't the same thing as green. What happens to the pedestrian push-button after 11pm at this intersection? Disabled, or will it turn the light red for vehicles?

Of course our democracy is imperiled, the press just isn't what it once was.

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