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Neal Rovick

St Anthony, MN
Commenter for
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Posted on 10/30/14 at 12:57 pm in response to What if McFadden wins and Republicans take the Senate?

If both houses pass the usual Republican tropes and they are vetoed, they will not only displease their base, there also will be a clear indication of what they would/could do if they controlled both houses and the presidency. Which would be bad for the next election.

Can they spend the next two years arguing restraint on the part of two houses? Or will the crazy-train leave the station?

Posted on 10/30/14 at 04:42 pm in response to What if McFadden wins and Republicans take the Senate?


You guys didn't break it completely enough last time?

Has anyone gotten any new, bright ideas? No, it's all "do overs".

Posted on 10/28/14 at 09:53 am in response to More than military power is needed to fight ISIS

The main lesson of all of our involvements in the past half century is that unless the indigenous population in heavily invested in the outcome that we want, that outcome will not occur--regardless of how much we throw into the bonfires of war to get our way.

The deep ambivalence of the Middle East to ISIS and other groups we define as Islamic terrorism is the primary hurdle to an effective response to such groups. All the voices we hear decry the actions of those groups--we have no...

"Nurses had to interact with Mr. Duncan with whatever protective equipment was available at the time," said Deborah Burger, president of National Nurses United. "At the time, Duncan had copious amounts of projectile vomiting, diarrhea and other bodily fluids coming from his body.


Posted on 10/21/14 at 09:47 am in response to America's energy future is starting to look like our energy past

There is huge economic incentive in extending the operating license for a reactor:


According to Paul Genoa, director of policy development of the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade group for the nuclear power industry, decommissioning costs typically run at $500 million per unit. But actual costs vary based on the plant's size and design, and some have reached over $1 billion — between 10 percent and 25 percent of the cost of constructing a nuclear reactor today.


This is a country where a large portion of the media (entertainment and "talk") exists on providing a daily frisson of conspiracy, fear, violence and broadly painted stereotypes of guilty and innocent, and rapid, complete and simple answers.

How could our political advertisements be otherwise?

Let's see if we have the numbers:

College graduates earn about $ 1.4 million more in their life than a high-school drop-out.

Drop-outs cost about $ 0.3 million in government assistance over their life-time.

So a net swing of $ 1.7 million dollars for a graduate vs. drop-out.

Class size of 30 kids--$ 51.0 million dollars, divided by 12 years, $ 4.25 million dollars in the balance for the economy per teacher per year.

How much is it worth to grow the US...


"NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It's not like we suddenly woke up and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'" Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready."

It's not just the production of a vaccine that has been hampered by money...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 06:18 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

Driving around the cities, I have noticed plentiful examples of:

--people typically going 10 to 15 mph over the limit
--rolling "stops" at stop signs and lights
--running stop signs and lights
--making illegal turns
--following at an unsafe distance
--streams of cars continuing through a now-red light
--edging pedestrians and bicyclists out of the way
--driving too fast for the conditions
--too rapid acceleration
--not pulling away...