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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 10/09/14 at 09:16 am in response to Down in polls, McFadden offers 'Contract with Minnesota'

is that the few times that 'his' party backs reasonable legislation he'll vote against it.
Fortunately, it doesn't look like he'll have a chance.

Posted on 10/08/14 at 09:51 am in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

but this looks like a case of someone not being able to find a satisfactory explanation in his own field (political science) so he slides over into a field (psychology) where his is not an expert.

Some more specific points:
TV advertising (which I suspect ties up most of political spending; at least that which is legally reported) is the most expensive part of political campaigning.
'Grassroots' organizing, like going door to door and making a lot of phone calls is labor...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 09:11 am in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

Gore Vidal was noted for writing fiction.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 07:05 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

The more money you have; the smaller the proportion of it that goes to these taxes.
The poor spend most of their money immediately -- the rich put most of it in tax shelters.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:25 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

shows you what kind of source of scientific expertise the Daily Mail is.
When you you look at the actual numbers, you find that the scientific consensus was correct in predicting the -direction- of global climate change, but somewhat overestimated its extent in the near term.
I'll stay with the science.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:27 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

is reducing the rate of change by minimizing the anthropogenic effects.
This might keep coastal cities (where most of our population lives) above water for the next generation or two.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:31 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

Or doesn't he qualify as a 'Gore disciple'?

Posted on 10/06/14 at 01:55 pm in response to U.S. needs to increase spending on Alzheimer's research

It is not clear yet whether Alzheimer's is a single disease, or a label for a constellation of symptoms that can have many causes. Until this is sorted out, all we can do is randomly try different treatments to see if something works.
We need a LOT more more spent on basic brain research, both neurological and behavioral, to get the basic knowledge that we need to develop really effective treatments, and ultimately to prevent the condition altogether.

Posted on 10/06/14 at 09:24 am in response to Poll has Dayton up by 10 points over Johnson

notoriously leans to the Right!!

Posted on 10/02/14 at 03:16 pm in response to McFadden gets early endorsement from Forum newspaper chain

Conservatives'?