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Rosalie O'Brien

Saint Paul, MN
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6 years 46 weeks

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Posted on 07/13/13 at 10:08 am in response to As MN Orchestra cancels more concerts, much talk about bleak situation

Wait a minute. As to strike v. lockout, financial facts matter. When an optimistically-structured multi-year labor contract expires under economic circumstances such as those of the past five years, it seems clear that workers can't really expect to just continue at the final-year rates. Where would be the incentive for any financial adjustment? I understand that there are other issues, but when financial considerations are at least one of them and musicians have refused to acknowledge their...

Posted on 12/17/11 at 12:35 pm in response to Latest Amy Koch developments complicate GOP plans across the board

Walter Hudson, I agree with your first four sentences. But how do you get from extending the societal benefits that accompany civil recognition of marital love between two persons to "forc[ing] individuals and organizations to act against their conscience"? You've got it backwards! When a society recognizes a marriage between two persons, it's the two persons who are acting, not the rest of the polity. It's the exclusion of those who don't meet a a mean, arbitrary, and baseless exclusionary...

Posted on 11/04/11 at 01:27 pm in response to Nate Silver's excellent look-ahead at the race for prez

This isn't amateur psychology, it's sloppy and non-rigorous thinking, if you can call it "thinking." It's too glib, too abstract, and makes unwarranted assumptions. For example, I don't think it makes sense to consider being "a successful businessman" (whatever that means--does it mean being rich? if so, let us remember GWB) a positive attribute for a presidential candidate simply because of the condition of the economy. For one thing, Obama appointed many Republican financial folks; for...

Posted on 11/04/11 at 06:30 pm in response to Nate Silver's excellent look-ahead at the race for prez

Okay, so I got distracted from the subject, which was Silver's clever piece, not the election in general. But geez, guys--let's not make light of how serious this is. We may have a flawed president--I'm disappointed along with many others--but postulating that the ultimate result of his election will be the subsequent election of a far more seriously-flawed candidate is very distressing. The real problem, at the "voter-perception" level, is that voters who ought to know better are being...

Posted on 10/01/11 at 09:30 am in response to Dogs are better than cats, period

LOVE the parrot story. Though I don't disagree that cats surpass dogs in exhibiting humor, our Finnish spitz comes pretty close. Though of similar (medium-size) stature, she's quite slender, weighing 15 pounds less than the 50-pound alpha dog, a border collie. Because the alpha usually ate most of the food from both bowls, we placed them on opposite sides of the kitchen. The alpha then decided to lounge near the spitz's bowl, intimidating her and preventing her from eating her food. We...

Okay, so politics is why it is likely that the Vikings will get a stadium. Given that, the many reasons why the Arden Hills site just doesn't make sense seem irrefutable--unless one indulges in pursuit of Keynesian principles without bothering to analyze how the money would best be spent. Perhaps our decision-makers need to consider whether it's possible to spend money that our governments don't have in a rational way, one that doesn't undermine so many important considerations for the...

"We should not let localized bickering stand in the way of building a stadium that benefits Minnesotans all over the state."

It's not localized bickering to point out that the reasons cited by David Greene (and a few more in the same vein) as to why a hypothetical new stadium shouldn't be located in the netherlands are very compelling. Even if one doesn't care where the stadium is located for reasons of personal access, one should care that stated regional priorities--on which tons of...

Posted on 12/23/10 at 05:49 pm in response to What's Pawlenty's legacy? Some surprising answers

Scott Cantor, you're so right. The unfortunate thing--strike that, the tragedy--of having a "caretaker" governor who is satisfied with mediocrity is that state government needs leadership. Anyone can say "no new taxes." The challenge is to address, in a principled way, the fact that there are almost always too few resources to be applied to all possible needs. That requires real LEADERSHIP, not just, e.g., brushing aside the many reports of outside engineers and the people within MNDOT...

Paul (#3), thank you for saying that so well. To me it is frightening that a candidate and his party can compromise the process and threaten to compromise it more, then claim credit for some kind of statesmanship or uber-integrity when they finally desist. I say "compromise" because transitions take time, and forcing an unwarranted period of uncertainty does, in fact, do so, even if the winner is doing what he can to make plans behind the scenes. There was never any reason to think that...

The syndrome is indeed fascinating. I also am wondering whether it exists in many people in varying degrees--that may be the basis for the 2% of the population figure. Of course, that doesn't undercut the validity of addressing severe manifestations in young children, but it may be misleading to think that this is an either-or type of affliction. And I'm curious as to whether it's at least in part a visual anomaly, or whether it involves only some other brain process. I do recall that when...