Eric J. Bowman

Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks ago on Speaker warns of Chinese military threat

Not publicly stating your intent to vote for Trump, doesn't mean anyone believes for a second you won't be voting for Trump.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks ago on Speaker warns of Chinese military threat

Don't let your ignorance stop you from posting. One thing Halliburton most certainly doesn't do, is pump oil for anybody. If you don't understand that basic distinction, it isn't surprising your criticisms of solar are also completely wrong.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks ago on Speaker warns of Chinese military threat

"Until you understand the Chinese, their history, customs, values and ways, you will NEVER understand China."

Having been there myself, I could care less how often/long you've visited, it's sheer arrogance for you to assume that means you know more about China than me, or anyone else. The cultural differences amount to "Beam me up, Scotty!" which is a pop-culture reference nobody in China (leastways outside Hong Kong) would have a clue what I'm talking about. So, neither do you, particularly when you make gross misrepresentations of other cultures to support your baffling notions of what America should be.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks ago on Speaker warns of Chinese military threat

Wait, didn't Bush start the destruction of our military, by putting its limits on painful display in Iraq and Afghanistan?

I mean, surely something major must have gone wrong, for that to have happened. Otherwise, Obama would've been irrelevant to those theaters of operation. If you don't like the realities of war, then how about being against the next one?

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks ago on Speaker warns of Chinese military threat

Agreed. China has never been, is not now, and will never be, a military threat to the U.S.

This has been true ever since the construction of Three Gorges Dam. The US/China endgame. If we can't nuke it, we can bouncing-betty it, or we can cruise-missile it, or we can kamikaze it, or we can otherwise pulverize it in a hundred different ways, obliterating the Achilles' Heel the Chinese built of their own accord.

Knowing that, surely diplomacy is possible to avoid outright war, or negate however many carriers they build (when their own tech obsoletes carriers to the point of, when was the last time we launched one).

The only sane choice both the US and China have to make, is peaceful coexistence. OTOH, the GOP is about to nominate Trump?!? All bets are off. China can't beat us militarily, but they do have the tech to keep us from beating them -- stalemate. But don't let my realism dissuade you from bumping up Trump's poll numbers, you freaking idiots who are serious about making him idiot-in-chief to the point we're actually vulnerable to the likes of China, ISIS, list goes on.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks ago on Recycling locations available for old, unwanted electronics

Bump.

I've had many things crated & shipped in recent months. Waferboard can't be recycled? Srsly? At least I can burn the pallets in my woodstove without poisoning the neighbors' cattle.

Of course, if the glue in the waferboard was made from hooves instead of petroleum, then it wouldn't be toxic to burn. Sure costs a lot to feel good about ignoring the real problems... I'll shutup now.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks ago on City, county threatened with Bantle lawsuit

I mean, I'd rather see Ms. Bantle sue than run for Sheriff, as I've previously mentioned. But in retrospect, I fully support that aspect of her complaint (with the most recent exhibit I can think of, that incident at Wal-Mart the other month, where the sleeping, non-resisting "perp" needed an ER visit for a head injury) regarding the appropriateness of Krav Maga training; and hate that it has to fall to me, this many weeks later, to ask these questions about what training, other than Krav Maga, our local LEOs are receiving?

Hopefully, some methods which derive from long experience in a free country, for dealing with routine issues in a peaceful community, rather than those derived from the military occupation of an enemy territory. If Krav Maga is appropriate training for SSPD, then perhaps it should be optional instead of mandatory? The methods I'm talking about (most of which I learned about from Ken Klinger) are, unlike Krav Maga, routinely taught at police academies nationwide, and far more appropriate for the everyday sort of incidents hereabouts.

(The craziest thing I can think of in the past 25 years, was last year, where those two nutjobs took two LEOs hostage out by Dinosaur -- but that worked out the way it did not because of any sort of training, but because wildlife officer Martinez kept his wits about him, freakin' heroic, that!)

So it is rather bizarre that instead of reinforcing those skills, SSPD opted to throw them out the window in favor of paramilitary tactics, because we all know how mean are the streets of Steamboat. Yet somehow, when all is said and done except for the lawsuits, Krav Maga training managed to fly right under the radar, as somehow appropriate for a NW CO community PD to focus on. ???

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks ago on City, county threatened with Bantle lawsuit

I thought it was mumbozas...

Anyway, FWIW, my $0.02 on the recently-released report, is the Krav Maga issue can't just be dismissed with that sort of hand-waving. Because the issue isn't SSPD training officers in Krav Maga. The issue is Krav Maga being the only conflict-resolution training offered by SSPD, as opposed to, say, de-escalation techniques, or any number of (pre-just-Taser-everyone) pain compliance techniques more suited to citizen police forces than Krav Maga's "destroy the enemy" approach.

So don't just tell me that lots of law enforcement agencies utilize Krav Maga, so move on, nothing to see here, Mr. New SSPD Chief. I would have no problem if Krav Maga were taught as a "last resort" because I'm not a fan of even potentially-lethal force if it can at all be avoided. But is Krav Maga really the appropriate fixation for a small, rural-CO-mtn-town police force where the most routine violence is drunken tourist bar-fights?

Steamboat, thankfully, still has mostly small-town problems. No need to militarize our police by focusing on techniques created by the IDF to use on occupied Palestine, is there? Seriously?

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Eric J. Bowman 2 weeks, 2 days ago on U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Turning the lights out on affordable energy

Portraying breeder reactors as "close to perpetual motion" is about as ridiculous and irresponsible as portraying marijuana as a cure for cancer. Just ignorant of the realities. Which leads to crazy conspiracy theories, portraying the nuke industry as the poor, unjustly maligned savior of Western society, that it just isn't. "Close to perpetual motion" wouldn't need massive government subsidies to be cost-competitive, which is perhaps evidence that your simplistic view hand-waves away too many realities as externalities, to be taken seriously.

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