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2 weeks ago @ Daily - Boulder Human Relation... · 0 replies · +4 points

Boulder spent 30 years acquiring open space and creating zoning regs to limit residential growth. That which you make scarce, you make expensive. The outcome is that Boulder now consists largely of affluent residents, and those lucky enough to have gotten a stake early on. There are many whose affluence is entirely attributable to foreseeing the inevitable outcome of Boulder's policies. That didn't require genius, just common sense.

Now the established, affluent, liberal ruling class wring their hands over the fact that most can't afford to live here. They'd like to raise the minimum wage. Apparently, their ability to connect the dots into the future (common sense) is still lacking. Raising the minimum wage hits employers, who raise prices or cut jobs to protect the profit margin they must have to stay in business. Either way, the poor take the hit. Raising wages creates more demand for housing, which drives prices up. The poor take the hit. This is economics 101. Once a manipulation in the system takes place, there is no unringing the bell.

2 weeks ago @ Daily - CU-Boulder prof. to gi... · 0 replies · 0 points

Oh goodie. A talk on "research". "Ethnographic field research", at that. Wake me up when you've solved the problem, Ms. Potter.

2 weeks ago @ Daily - Boulder Landmarks Boar... · 0 replies · +61 points

The fact that the this city wants to micro-manage minor changes on isolated parcels, while going full-steam-ahead in allowing big, ugly, intrusive crap-condos and apartments on major swaths of Boulder, is pretty ridiculous.

2 weeks ago @ Daily - Boulder activists stan... · 1 reply · +9 points

Yes, shame on me (and Chris Rock) for making light of such serious matters. But in all good humor, there's a kernel of truth.

3 weeks ago @ Daily - No charges in Ferguson... · 1 reply · -1 points

I can't second guess. A crime had been committed, by virtue of Brown reaching into the patrol car, putting his hands on Officer Wilson, and ostensibly grappling for his gun. Brown then attempted to leave the scene. Wilson didn't know for a fact that Brown was unarmed. If Brown came back toward Wilson, as the grand apparently determined, Wilson was totally justified in perceiving a deadly threat. Cops are taught to shoot to drop, not shoot to deter. In the handgun class I took, we were taught the same thing: Don't point your gun unless you're prepared to use it. If you use it, aim to drop the perceived threat, not just "deter" him. My comment with respect to "over-reaction" is probably largely based on the fact that Brown was unarmed, which Officer Wilson could not know for sure until after the fact.

3 weeks ago @ Daily - No charges in Ferguson... · 21 replies · 0 points

Many, including the President, have recently made statements to the effect that "we must move forward as a country to find answers to questions regarding race relations." I have a few questions myself.

How is it that large numbers of people in the Ferguson area apparently have none of the obligations and responsibilities which might preclude them from taking to the streets for days and weeks, as they did last summer? I'm referring to JOBS. Why is unemployment so pronounced in some sectors? Without jobs, how are people able to live: pay rent, feed themselves and their children? Why, after fifty years of promises from liberal politicians, do we still see entrenched unemployment and poverty in these Democrat-controlled sectors? Why do people burn and destroy their own neighborhood businesses to protest perceived injustice? What kind of thought processes does that demonstrate? And finally, where is the spotlight when it comes to black-on-back crime in this country? Why are the murder-rates in many of our cities driven almost entirely by black-on-black shootings in black neighborhoods? (St. Louis is a prime example of that, with most murders confined to a small, largely black, and geographically distinct sector of the greater St. Louis Metro area.) It's time we ask and answer these questions, among others, honestly,

The grand jury did its job and issued its findings. I think it's pretty clear that the police officer in this incident over-reacted. His over-reaction was likely partially based on his experience as a white police officer on the streets of a largely-black community; a community in which he likely previously experienced the kind of open hostility which, according to testimony, set this situation in motion. The outcome was tragic, but, according to the findings of the grand jury, not a result of criminal intent or action on the part of the police officer.

6 weeks ago @ Daily - Boulder Valley trainin... · 0 replies · +2 points

The fact that these teachers need special training to learn that kids like and need to move is disheartening.
This reminds me of when my ex was doing his elementary ed teacher certification program. He had a full-semester class on "visual stimulation in the classroom", which he said was mostly devoted to constructing bulletin boards.

Is it any wonder that "Among the 34 OECD countries, the United States performed below average in mathematics in 2012 and is ranked 27th. The United States ranks 17 in reading and 20 in science."

7 weeks ago @ Daily - Boulder County Public ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Supposedly returning travelers from Ebola countries will be interviewed at their point of entry, and will truthfully divulge all pertinent facts, including where they're going to stay in the U.S. Then the Feds will contact local health departments and task them with monitoring those travelers for 21 days. What could possibly go wrong? Don't worry -- the Ebola Czar is on it!

9 weeks ago @ Daily - CU-Boulder capping stu... · 1 reply · +12 points

If you like your on-campus job, you can keep your on-campus job!