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rolf westgard

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st Paul, MN
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5 years 24 weeks

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This effort needs to start in pre school to have a chance.

is for a strong pre school program. By the time youths are in those residential treatment facilities, it is too late.

There is a stiff carbon tax, but that is not very popular. Slogans and renewables are easier.
We could also stop breathing. Each human exhales a few pounds of CO2/day, or nearly half a ton of it annually.

Posted on 04/18/14 at 11:51 am in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

I suggest we are making too much of the torture issue. IMO the major blunder of the Bush admin was invading Iraq, and Rice played a role in that fiasco with her 'mushroom cloud' and statements about imminent nuclear weapons.
Like the rest of the technically ignorant Bushies, she thought having yellowcake meant that you could produce a deliverable nuclear weapons. It is OK not to know; not so OK not to ask; and worse to take major policy actions on ignorance.

I hope this new film has more substance than its relatives.

Posted on 04/10/14 at 09:12 pm in response to We can't blame Rice for all the Bush team's failings

FWIW I fully agree that paying anything to Rice is an overpayment. The issue of whether Saddam's possession of yellowcake meant he was near to a nuclear weapon is a technical one. And one of the things that characterizes Bush officials is techniclal ignorance. That same ignorance applies to the MN legislature except for Phyliss Kahn.

Posted on 04/12/14 at 08:54 am in response to We can't blame Rice for all the Bush team's failings

If you had yellowcake, all you had to do was mix it to make a nuclear weapon.

Posted on 04/16/14 at 04:22 am in response to We can't blame Rice for all the Bush team's failings

Space limits did not permit recounting all of the Bush team's failings.

it would be if they were just spouting April Fools jokes. But they really believe that nonsense.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 05:40 am in response to ACA has really turned that corner

Republican election hopes are pinned on human misery from lack of health insurance. Those hopes fade as ACA gradually overcomes early problems.