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Greg Kapphahn

Alexandria, MN
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Posted on 10/08/14 at 07:18 am in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

For the best summary of this issue I've read in a long time.

Sadly, I'm left with no conclusion in this whole area but that those who are making megabucks in dinosaur energy (not just the Kochs),...

are successfully playing off the screaming fears of a certain segment of the population,...

and the massive denial those terrified folks maintain in order to seek to keep their fears at bay,...

to keep climate denial alive by convincing those who are most fearful that...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 09:25 am in response to Review recommends more analysis of MPCA's work on sulfates and wild rice

but aren't there places in the US where the effects of sulfide, whether, naturally-occurring or human-caused, on watersheds could be objectively studied in the wild?

I'm especially curious to know if there is ANYTHING that can survive, unscathed, from even a minute continuous dosage of sulfate into the water that it depends on for life, which is what Polymet, would provide under even the BEST-case scenario, in an area which features an ecosystem of great natural beauty,...

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Posted on 10/07/14 at 10:02 am in response to What I wish people knew about pig farming

That a substantial number of people trying to reform the way farmers raise their animals for human consumption,...

are harboring the hope that other humans will come to be so offended by the treatment of such animals,...

(and I believe maltreatment certainly does exist)...

the human consumption of animals as food will come to an end.

Some seem to assign "innocence" to animals that places those animals on a higher moral plain that any human can possibly attain....

Posted on 10/07/14 at 07:29 am in response to Competitive race against Mills leads to fundraising haul for Nolan

Doesn't mean you forfeit the game.

Although non-"conservatives" would prefer that "Citizen's United" had not turned elections into something akin to requiring candidates to auction themselves off,...

on E-bay, (or Sotheby's?)...

that doesn't mean we're not going to do what it now takes to win elections.

(Although we know our "conservative" friends really hoped and believed we would.)

We'll change the rules back to a more intelligent approach as soon as we...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 09:03 am in response to Why judges write opinions

For offering insight into how the judicial system works. Most of us have little experience with it, but the more we know, the more equipped we are to deal with what we find if and when the time arrives that we're involved in legal cases or find ourselves in legal jeopardy.

Who is David Brokken?

How is he qualified to offer this kind of analysis?

What connections does he have to organizations that might influence his perspective on this issue?

Since talented statisticians can make a set of numbers say virtually anything they want,...

especially in an area where most readers have precious little clue how to perform a similar analysis,...

it seems to me this article and accompanying documentation,...

i.e. the glaringly...

I do not have the knowledge of insurance underwriting standards, nor of the techniques of statistical analysis, nor the proper ways to compare various insurance plans that would enable me to make such an analysis.

Do you?

I did not attempt to "kill the messenger." Asking for more information about who Mr. Brokken is, what his qualifications are, and what his associations are is only to ask for sufficient information to be able to more adequately judge whether he is a well-...

Posted on 10/03/14 at 07:18 pm in response to No, Minnesota is not 'dead last' in the Midwest in job growth

Here's what that statement by Mr. Johnson reveals about him.

The things in which he "truly believes" tell him that under Scott Walker, Wisconsin is better off and Wisconsin's average citizens are better off because of the things Scott Walker has done.

In other words, Mr. Johnson reveals himself to be so locked into what he "truly believes" as to be unable to allow the mountains of evidence which show how terribly much WORSE off Wisconsin and it's citizens are under Scott Walker...

Posted on 10/03/14 at 07:38 am in response to Caveat investor! Now they want a bite of your mutual fund

To "bail out" the too-big-to-fail banks using taxpayer money pulled from the US general fund,...

because average citizens would likely pick up their pitchforks and torches and attack Wall Street and/or Washington DC,...

these new regulations are seeking to quietly and invisibly do the SAME thing by swiping, in advance, money out of the proceeds of those SAME average citizen's pension funds,...

(money which Wall Street would probably find a way to put themselves in the...

Posted on 10/02/14 at 04:04 pm in response to Bill Clinton coming to town ... again

It's always interesting when the doubts and fears harbored by certain folk are made glaringly obvious in the (unjustified) claims they make and the charges they level at others,...

For example, I can't think of a better description of "Powerline" than the words "inconsequential and unfunny".

Meanwhile, I'm not sure where Politico thinks its readers are going to find a politician (or any kind of leader) whose positions on every issue are so correct and so timeless as to be...