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Two years ago Curtis Reeves a retired police officer shot and killed a Father of 2 and seriously wounded his wife in a movie theater in Tampa Florida. Reeves always carried a gun and when he got PO'd with a man sitting in front of him texting before the movie started he pulled out his handgun and shot and killed him and seriously wounded his wife. Later he admitted that he just acted without thinking which is what happens when that gun is on your hip. His trial finally starts Aug. 24. He is claiming self defense. The dead Father was armed with popcorn.
This is what happens in our gun obsessed society today. It is usually a middle aged white guy who loses his temper and acts without thinking. It happened a few months ago in Waco, TX when a shootout occurred in a restaurant and 9 people lay dead and 19 other wounded, all armed middle aged white guys. Luckily neither of these 2 guys were armed however it might be a totally different story if one or both were. We'd more than likely be facing another murder trail in Steamboat.
The Ethanol mandate was signed by Pres. George W. Bush(environmental zealot?)at the end of his second term. The EPA at the time was not for it.
Russ you are correct. How did they become such an economic powerhouse? Our Gov't leaders in the 1980's decided to give incentives through tax breaks to our Corporations to move their manufacturing there for cheap labor and greater profits. Stock holder equity became our number one priority in the late 80's and we are all paying the price today. Go to China as I have and you will see manufacturing plants with familiar US names all over the country. As always in the US, money goes to money and they in turn reward the Politicians who help them achieve it.
According to NASA 97% of scientists believe that increased CO2 in the atmosphere has led to global warming and in turn caused the climate to change including severe adverse weather, melting of the glaciers and rising sea levels. Last year was the warmest year on record and this year will be warmer. The US Dept. Of Defense has declared Climate Change a risk to National Security because of the affects it is having on our bases overseas. Yes there are scientists that dispute it like those who are on the payroll of the coal, oil and gas companies or work for FOX. Even Pres. G. W. Bush said Climate Change is a serious problem but he could do little because Congressman from coal and oil producing states would not allow him to. I crossed the North Atlantic for 34 years and when I passed over Greenland it was always white covered with snow and ice all year long. The last 5 years it was brown because all the snow and ice were gone. Go to Beijing China and you can see the affects of massive coal burning. You hardly never see the sun because it is covered with smoke most of the day. Because of this China is building solar plants to phase out coal over time which is what we should do also.
I can understand why some people think it is a Hoax based on where they get their information from but if they are wrong and we wait we may reach the point that it is irreversible. Some day 30 years down the road there may not be enough snow in the West to sustain the Ski Industry. I think it is better safe than sorry and we should join the rest of the world to reduce CO2.
George you left out that Dr. Tyson is also the Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City and he does not solicit "Grant Money." It would be appropriate that Mark list his Educational background and his research on Climate so we can compare the two and make an informed decision on who may have a better argument on the subject.
Mark having read many of your comments over the years I think you are an expert on nuts.
That would be great but you are forgetting the oil industry would lobby Congress to block it and they would win. Congress is owned by the super rich and the large Corporations. There is no way they are going to cut off the hand that feeds them even if it is good for the country and environment.
I just came back from the 4th of July Parade where I watched locals not tourists just dump their trash right on the sidewalk with a trash can in sight. America has become a Nation of slobs. I saw the same thing in Yosemite National Park last week. Almost always it is young families that are too lazy to pick up after themselves.(my observation) The problem is that we have become a throw away society which did not exist before the 1970's. As a kid beverages came in returnable bottles that we received a refund for not throw away plastic. Food was served on plates not styrofoam. I went to a festival in Germany a few years back along with thousands of people. All the food was served on plates, real utensils and a glass liter of great beer. The only thing that was throw away was the napkins which everyone put in the trash afterwards. At the end of the day I did not see any litter at all. I guess few Americans where there.
True but Israel can take care to itself.
Mark, whether it is Obama, Bush or even Eisenhower Iran is what it is today because the US meddled in their affairs decades ago(1954) when we installed our puppet the Shah of Iran who gave us oil and we gave him weapons. He was as evil as Sadam so no wonder their people overthrew him in 1979 and installed an Islamic Republic. When I was there in the 70's I could see it coming. We never learn from our mistakes whether it is Vietnam, Iran, Iraq or Libya We keep picking the losers like Malaki in Iraq, who actually came from Iran, to do what we tell them and they do the opposite.
The argument of Iran going Nuclear is the same argument that was used against Iraq and where did that get us. The most dangerous country in the Middle East is Pakistan and they already are Nuclear. If you don't want Iran going Nuclear then you need to disarm Israel and Pakistan their neighbors.
You are correct in that our invasion of Iraq destabilized the entire region and there is no easy way out. The US government under both Republican and Democrat Presidents have made a mess of just about everything in the Middle East and don't expect much to change in the future no matter who is in the White House.
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