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Karen Sandness

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 10/14/14 at 02:56 pm in response to Become a midlife revolutionary: walk to work

One day, a woman drove into a parking spot, leaned her head out the window, and asked, "Do you know where the fabric store is?"

I told her that it was two blocks up ahead.

"Then I'll have to drive," she sighed, and drove off.

Barring the possibility of her being disabled, she was typical of the type of person I call a "car potato," someone who would rather drive around the parking lot for ten minutes than walk 100 feet to the store.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 01:11 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

the Blue Line, but what the best lines do is run through places that are already starting to develop and make the area more attractive. Portland's Westside MAX and Yellow Line are good examples.

The Blue Line is running through an area where, for long stretches, houses and businesses were knocked down in anticipation of Highway 55 being turned into a freeway.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 01:37 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

I have voted third party. This is a way to make one's disaffection visible. If you don't vote, the powers that be just ignore you. If a large number vote third party, then the two major parties will not be able to ignore the people who don't like either the D's or the R's.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 01:30 pm in response to Nolan and Mills tangle in Duluth debate

I cannot vote in that particular race, since I live in Minneapolis, but I have some thoughts about third parties.

Unlike countries where they assassinate or "disappear" political figures who rock the boat, the U.S. media ignore or ridicule candidates who are not standard-issue D's or R's.

I first noticed this when I worked on the campaign of Dennis Kucinich for the Democratic nomination in 2004. We had to beg local media for coverage of his appearances, even though he was...

Posted on 10/13/14 at 01:44 am in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

Have you ever seen The Daily Mail?

It's somewhere between USA Today and The National Enquirer.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 02:52 pm in response to What I wish people knew about pig farming

No one ever asked the pigs about their ideal living conditions.

each mouth their stereotypical and carefully spun talking points instead of coming up with concrete, transparent proposals for tackling real problems. Each party has its own set of wealthy donors and powerful supporters in the media, and the voters feel as if they are forced to choose between Bad and Not-Quite-So-Bad.

The first vote I ever cast was for McGovern, and since then, I've seen instance after instance in which primary candidates who actually stood for something and spoke to...

but they do not always communicate that to the voters, and they sometimes go against their own stated principles if wealthy and powerful forces object.

For example, opposition to funding the new Vikings' stadium was strong along the entire political spectrum, and yet the DFL chose to go along with corporate welfare in its purest form.

A national issue that crossed party lines was opposition to unconditional bailouts of the nations' banks in 2008. It was a Bush administration...

Japan, with about half the population of the United States, is more homogeneous than any European country and has a multiparty parliamentary system, and yet its voting rate is at U.S. levels.


First of all, its voting districts still represent the population patterns of earlier years, so that the vote of a resident of a dying rural village in the mountains counts for much more than the vote of a resident of one of the world's largest cities.

Second, all the...

without any proof that the person knows how to drive?