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Lance Groth

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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Posted on 04/18/14 at 01:12 pm in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

Either principles mean something or they don't. Ditto with laws and treaties. If society holds that torture is out of bounds - and it ought to, for reasons of enlightened self interest if not morality - then you can't allow a little of it and still hold to the principle. You can't have a little bit of honor, any more than a woman can be a little bit pregnant. You either are or you aren't. You have honor or you don't.

Embracing torture as part of the intelligence gathering...

Posted on 04/17/14 at 04:12 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

To whom are the Scandinavians in bondage?

Posted on 04/17/14 at 06:02 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

That does not explain Sweden, Denmark and Finland, nor is it a complete answer for Norway. The fact is, no one has imposed anything on the Scandinavians. They are not in bondage to anyone. The people of those countries embrace solutions through government and especially social safety nets in a way that Americans, who are traditionally suspicious of government, do not. They voted for it, they make it work, they embrace organized social responsibility for one another and they are happy...

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...