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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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Posted on 09/11/14 at 11:12 am in response to Why workers are coming together

This is just one step, but it is a step forward. The most telling part of this is that these are the kinds of jobs that are "reducing" our unemployment rate. This isn't about teenagers getting jobs for their first spending money. It's about families, often including those teenagers, being able to afford to live independent lives by being able to afford the basic needs, including housing, food, and healthcare. It's not too much to ask for a dignified wage and dignified treatment. I'm not...

Thank you for writing this. I've been fooling around with the idea of trying a straw bale garden for a while. Maybe next year?

Why are the choices "keep it" or "dump it?" The argument for dumping is that it disproportionately benefits the "rich" while the argument for keeping it is that it helps "the middle class." While both of these things may be true, I'm not sure that there are only 2 options. Like it or not, the housing market is a stabilizing factor to the economy when it is stable itself. By incentivizing purchases, a tax break for having a mortgage somewhat stabilizes the market. However, by...

Posted on 09/02/14 at 10:47 am in response to U.S. diet improves slightly, but gap widens between rich and poor

The FDA actually requires anything having below a certain amount of trans fat to be labeled with "zero." That is, even if manufacturers wanted to say that a product had something greater than 0, but less than 0.5 g trans fat per serving, they couldn't. This doesn't seem to fit the narrative that most news organizations want to present (even more reputable organizations, such as NPR), which like to say that manufacturers "can" label products with trans fat as zero, or manufacturers are so "...

Posted on 09/02/14 at 10:28 am in response to 100 years later, have we learned from the passenger pigeon's extinction?

Reading about the destruction of the passenger pigeon makes me sick. It's not the only species clearly destroyed by man, but the sheer scale is disgusting.

Posted on 08/28/14 at 10:20 am in response to Forget about biking to the State Fair

Ridiculous. I'm not an avid cyclist (not even close), and I'm not terribly interested in biking there. But this certainly wouldn't convince me that it's a viable alternative to driving or bussing.

I'm not sure whether this study could distinguish the two. Narcissism could very well masquerade as simple overconfidence, since narcissists hold a view that they're simply better. Of course they'll do better than average (in their own minds). While there almost certainly are individuals that are overconfident but not narcissistic, I would guess that there's a high correlation between overconfidence and narcissism. And, since there's also a high correlation between narcissism and...

Posted on 08/27/14 at 10:20 am in response to Man with Minnesota ties killed fighting for ISIS

As much as I absolutely agree that Byron Smith murdered those kids in cold blood, I also believe that he doesn't owe restitution for their funerals. It's got nothing to do with how much those kids stole, but the fact that they were, in part, responsible for their own deaths. And, perhaps, the parents were, too. The kids were on a rampage and the parents either knew nothing about it or did nothing about it. It doesn't justify their killing in cold blood, but neither does their killing...

Posted on 08/29/14 at 02:40 pm in response to Man with Minnesota ties killed fighting for ISIS

The first step of staying out of trouble is to not go looking for it. When it comes to kids, part of the responsibility goes to the parents. The whole story is a sad situation. But the fact of the matter is that the kids and their parents do have some responsibility to the situation. That it ended badly for all parties doesn't mean that anyone is owed anything, no matter how much worse the outcome is for one than the other.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 12:53 pm in response to It's one sorry campaign season in Minnesota

I'm sorry, but a sight gag with traffic cones just doesn't bother me. Pretending to have pointy breasts simply isn't sexist--just ask Madonna. That being said, Hagedorn's reference to Palin as "Caribou Barbie" was just plain funny. The rest of his sexist, homophobic, and racist stuff...not so much.