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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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Posted on 12/09/14 at 04:01 pm in response to Keys to saving our endangered bees may be just lying along the roadside

Some thought needs to be given to roadside bee havens. First, the height of the ground cover can be a factor in road safety--there's nothing like a big buck bounding out of the tall weeds right in front of your car because neither you nor the deer sees the other in time. Ouch.

Second, by relying on roadsides to provide the majority of forage material for bees, other insects, birds, and mammals, you're putting them immediately next to traffic travelling at 55+ miles per hour....

Posted on 12/08/14 at 02:01 pm in response to On Ferguson, social media and racial empathy

My problem with the situation in Ferguson is that it was probably the most inappropriate case to start caring about what happens to black youth. Yes, there is an inherent bias against blacks, particularly young black men. The statistics show it. However, Michael Brown's death shouldn't have been a trigger for protests and looting. The protests should have already been happening, and the looting is just wrong.

Instead of working to get results every day by voting and amending...

You could be wrong.

Our interests aligning with Israel has nothing to do with jihadists. That's a pretty modern phenomenon. Our initial political interest in Israel was a combination of anti-semitism and ill-defined exceptionalism. In other words, Israel was a convenient place to redirect the masses fleeing from Nazism because we didn't want them here and we didn't want to look like the bunch of jerks we were actually being because 'Merica is above all that. In fact, historically...

Posted on 11/26/14 at 10:36 am in response to Police militarization: Looking at policy solutions

This.

Police militarization not only increases the chance of deadly mistakes involving innocent and/or unarmed citizens, essentially taking due process out of the law, but it separates the police from the rest of the citizenship, further increasing the risk of clashes between police and non-police citizens.

Are we at war within our own borders and between our own citizens? Watching Ferguson, and reading about police raids using military-like force for such piddly things as...

We finished behind Rwanda. A country in Central Africa known for genocide in recent history, though it now boasts "lower corruption than neighboring countries," setting a pretty low bar for "low corruption." And, yet, its election system has a higher integrity than the country that likes to believe that it invented democracy...

Posted on 11/19/14 at 09:41 am in response to More than 90,000 undocumented immigrants in Minnesota

While 2.5% of the workforce sounds like a small percentage, it still means that there are 90,000 people who are at the mercy of questionable employers who "don't know" that they're undocumented and will often happily hold this information over the heads of the undocumented worker in order to exploit them in inhumane ways.

In an example in my hometown, a local dairy farm hires non-citizen workers for farm labor. While I don't know their immigration status, I am told that many of...

Posted on 11/18/14 at 02:24 pm in response to Arsenic-laden rice: As FDA deliberates, Consumer Reports issues guidance

I agree that risk management is what is at issue here. If we avoid all risks, we're pretty much already dead. Eating rice to avoid gluten? Well, for those with celiac disease, the arsenic dose from rice is a risk worth taking. If you're not gluten sensitive, maybe you should reconsider whether that gluten free diet is really all that important (it's probably not benefiting you, anyway). But, for children (or pregnant women), it might be a risk that you work to avoid due to potential...

Posted on 11/14/14 at 08:46 am in response to An open letter — about Minneapolis’ love of open letters

This article highlights the other side of Minnesota Nice--Minnesota Passive Aggressive. Open letters can be useful. However, instead of meeting to deal with the original issues raised, lots of finger pointing happened, none of which actually addressed the problems. However, Pointergate was the last straw. It went beyond Minnesota Passive Aggressive to political hit. Let's face it, it's not just the black community that believe that at least some of the Minneapolis Police force are thugs...

Posted on 11/14/14 at 03:05 pm in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

If it turns out to be a race between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, I will be praying that the third party puts someone in that's not too insane because that's where my vote will need to go. I don't want the presidency to be a family legacy. Modern communication and transportation, as well as the supposed ability to be upwardly mobile in this country, should negate the need for families to hold high governmental positions, particularly the presidency.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 01:15 pm in response to After #pointergate, where do we go from here?

It may very well be that the original intent of the supposed story that the photo supports wasn't based on race, but rather, politics. It seems to me that a couple of politically disgruntled cops decided to use racial stereotyping to take out a political foe--Mayor Hodges--for saying things they don't like, mainly that some of the police force are thugs themselves. I agree with the mayor on this one, and these two cops proved it. They used racial profiling and thuggery to try to discredit...