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Lance Groth

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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Posted on 04/16/14 at 12:54 pm in response to New owner Glen Taylor: less liberal Star Tribune ahead

I hope when he says he wants to cover both sides, he means it in a legitimate sense and not, to take just one example, playing up global warming denialists as being equally as valid as the science. That is not balanced, that is playing up fairy tales for political purposes. We have seen far too much of that in right wing media, and even in supposedly "mainstream" or nonpolitical media.

Time will tell, I suppose. If he is genuinely a moderate republican of the old school,...

The condition of what was once prairie - one more in a seemingly endless list of ecological catastrophes unfolding in the modern age, and special to me as the environment in which I grew up - is representative of why I find myself in a near constant state of mourning at this stage of my life, when I can bear to think of it at all.

The migrating Monarchs are nearly gone, and I can hardly fathom this, as they were everywhere when I was young. The coal-mine canaries are trying to warn...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 06:20 pm in response to Mayor Hodges on LRT tunnels: 'a fundamental failure of fairness'

It's not at all uncommon to have snow in April, and I don't know why anyone would think this year, of all years, would be any different.

Yes, it has been a long and cold winter. Long on whining, too.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 06:10 pm in response to Leitz to Congress: MNsure 'stable, secure and successful'

Hey, look who's back!

Funny, though, that the right had no concern about the millions who were without coverage - often because the insurers dumped them for having the temerity to become ill - before the ACA. Or after, it seems, since all they talk about is repeal. Are "millions" too big a number to connect with?

Of course, those who "lost" their coverage lost plans that don't qualify under the ACA, mainly because they were under the old model of ensuring profits for the...

I have to echo Mr. Blumfield's comment.

In my case, I take vitamin D and calcium supplements, on my doctor's recommendation, not to gain any sort of magic extra health benefits, but to avoid deficiency. I do not drink milk, don't like fatty fish (except a little tuna - let's not forget that fatty fish are an excellent source of mercury...), and I avoid the sun in the warm months because I don't like heat & humidity, and as a fair-skinned Norwegian I don't fancy the idea of...

Posted on 03/27/14 at 01:40 pm in response to No pause, but much disruption, in the world's warming, U.N. report finds

This collection of statistics is why I'm so gloomy on our prospects. Centuries of warming are already "baked in" (sorry), regardless of what we do, and we are doing essentially nothing - and many are actively working against doing anything, which is insane, if not evil.

I'm afraid that, as conditions grow dramatically worse, we will be driven to attempt geoengineering solutions, which are fraught with risks I shudder to contemplate. And if you think there is resistance to emissions...

Wouldn't this rather limit the pool of career officers? Most people want to have a family life at some point. You might be able to make some kind of case for this for enlisteds who just want to do 4 years and out, but what about those who want to make a career out of it & ascend the ranks? I wonder how many senior officers are single - probably not many. My uncle, for example, enlisted in WW II and retired as an Air Force colonel in the 70's. He wouldn't have stayed if he couldn't...

Posted on 03/24/14 at 11:52 am in response to Group asks Obama to pardon 'Dakota 38+2'

Dennis - I'm certain you know more about this than I do. It sounds like you are untroubled by the way in which the trial was conducted, and are confident that the guilty were punished (true?). Is there good evidence that the 38 who were hanged were indeed the perpetrators, i.e., that the guilty and only the guilty were hanged? Obviously today a mistrial would be declared and the convictions vacated, so I'm wondering how we can be sure?

Posted on 03/18/14 at 01:00 pm in response to Paul Ryan says GOP must become 'a party of proposition'

Please. The joke is funny, the moreso because it was told by an Irishman. I may oppose Ryan's politics, but I can laugh at his jokes. If we can't learn to laugh together, how in the world are we going to work together?

Posted on 03/10/14 at 03:24 pm in response to The Minnesotan's guide to PolyMet's top 10 favorite talking points

"that there may be some acceptable degree of impairment over the short and longer term."

The problem with that line of reasoning is that *everything we do*, all 7.2 billion of us, results in incremental damage. All these incremental damages add up to major damage. The natural environment has already been seriously degraded and the biosphere is under assault to a degree unprecedented since the last asteroid strike or supervolcano eruption; we are in the midst of another Great...