“I don't know. I wear a suit like once in a 5 blue moons and if I went to a meeting where everyone was particularly well dressed that would be something to note. The guy writes a blog, which is to say he is not a reporter for the Washington Post where such events are commonplace. I don't know the authors background but that is my take.”
shirlyujest on Dec 10, 2013 at 10:27:45
“Well, sure. I can see your point. And if the blogger had said the audience appeared bored or totally absorbed in what Rand was saying I probably wouldn't have even paused. But a sartorial comment? It still bothers me - weird, I know - but there it is.
“Christie is gonna win big if the biggest complaint is lousy traffic from Jersey to NY because two bureaucrats didn't bother to chat. Political payback is massive loss of funding, or investigations into nothing, not traffic jams. If he causes a traffic jam as political payback then he sucks at revenge.”
Tericruz on Dec 10, 2013 at 02:03:08
“You have no clue to where this closure happened....why comment?”
BeeClone on Dec 10, 2013 at 01:29:05
“Well you are right about the sucks part.”
Senavifan on Dec 10, 2013 at 01:28:58
“Really, you don't know NY/NJ at all. Four days of awful traffic at the start of school?”
“Apparently people didn't notice. The government shutdown and the threat of default scared investors out of government bonds. That money does not stay idle in the economy. That money moves to private investment. What we saw was not some kind of recession as a result of the debacle we saw the unemployment rate drop to the lowest level in 5 years. Congress by threatening default and shutting down the government accidentally improved the economy. Three cheers for Congress I guess.”
“No, but imagining that they are injecting poison into the aquifer and are not releasing the details for some nefarious reasons is not the case. They want a competitive edge in business, therefor some solution has to be found that lets government scientists have a look at the chemicals and speaks to the concerns of the fracking companies.
My solution would be to let state oil and gas commissions who the industry already knows and gets regular inspections from do the toxicity tests, or you can have radio isotopes in trace amounts added to the frack fluid so that if you test your own well and find it then you know you are contaminated, and by who because each company would be assigned their own specific isotope. It is possible to satisfy everyone's concern but we keep speaking past each other and not listening and so nothing happens.”
wwilcox on Dec 8, 2013 at 14:17:02
“I realize that it's not for nefarious reasons they don't disclose the poisons they inject into the ground - it's just that they don't want you to know. But I would be very leery of having "those they know" perform toxicity tests in secret. Kinda reminds me of Goldman getting Moody's to rate junk CDO's at AAA because, well, that's who they know.”
“The same reason why KFC doesn't release its recipe for chicken, competition. The fracking companies are not the big guys in oil and gas yet and the industry is cutthroat. Everyone has their own recipe for the fluid and some are testing methods that don't use water at all. If one recipe works better the company that uses it will grow and prosper while their competition goes out of business. If the recipes are made public then they lose their competitive advantage and will be eaten alive by the Exxon-Mobiles and the BP's of the world. If EPA could keep the data confidential then they might agree to it, but EPA is filled with environmental activists who would surely leak the data and the smaller companies would be driven out of business by the larger ones.”
fattymcfatterton on Dec 8, 2013 at 15:42:10
“Does KFC's recipe include arsenic?”
rivrgrrl on Dec 8, 2013 at 15:36:16
“Yeah, I'm sure that's it.
It has nothing to do with the toxic sludge they are blasting down those holes, nope, nothing whatsoever.
If anyone wanted to find one certain company's 'recipe', all anyone would have to do is get a sample and test it to find what's in it. I'm sure one of the neighbors to the fracking would allow someone to take a glass of their tap water for the test.”
fattymcfatterton on Dec 8, 2013 at 13:36:54
“Please. It's not a matter of who has the better chemical cocktail. It's a matter of who gets the lease on the land. If the cocktails vary that much all the more reason to check each and every one. This is the only argument they have and it's not a very good one. If Exxon wants the recipe so bad they could buy it. They could also buy every chemical and petroleum engineer on the face of the planet.”
dwander501 on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:06:12
“Brendan relative to oil producers you are right, fracking companies are not the big guys. But Halliburton at $24 BILLION in revenue is nothing to sneeze at.”
colbey on Dec 8, 2013 at 01:40:02
“okay. but i haven't yet heard that KFC's secret recipe has the potential to cause gross instability in the bedrock...or to poison entire aquifiers...or to make those that live around the restaurant sick just from proximity.”
“They were not perfect, but no one is. Clinton still had Mandela on the watch list and the ANC did do bombings. Of course the difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist is who wins, and the difference between other civil rights leaders in the world is Mandela and the ANC were backed up with guns. The other leaders all died by the gun, Mandela died of old age surrounded by family and friends in a country he rebuilt. There is a lesson there.
Also Reagan and Thatcher were very focused on the USSR. People today, especially on the left forget how horrible that system was for human rights. Political prisoners, gulags, assassinations, Berlin wall, food shortages, government mandated poverty, and the constant threat that the US and USSR would destroy the whole world with nukes. Reagan and Thatcher brought them down, and did it peacefully. The USSR was at 25 percent of GDP on defense spending to keep up with the US who was at 5-6 percent GDP. That arms race crippled them and freed a third of the world from oppression.
Like I said Reagan was far from perfect but the world as a whole is better off now than if he had lost.”
newsrev9 on Dec 9, 2013 at 15:59:40
“Domestically, both Reagan and Thatcher caused enormous, unnecessary suffering. Their economic decisions were criminal and diabolic if you review them closely. Both put on fantastic stage presence and charm for international events. At home they were the opposite of what the world was shown of them.”
“It has to do with the immigration debate. His uncle was caught with a DUI and by law was supposed to be deported. His deportation has been suspended. There are allegations that he is giving his own family extra special treatment. He claimed that there was no special treatment because he never met the dude. It turns out that they lived together.”
ddea on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:07:46
“I don't think he would care that much if it looked as if he was giving special treatment to family. Everyone understands that. I think the lie is deeper than that. I think Obama may have been involved in some illegal activity that he wants to keep hidden. (speculation)”
Rewriting The Future on Dec 6, 2013 at 02:59:56
“Pretty much everything you said is pure speculation, with nothing to back it up.”
“I prefer a penalty that includes a mandatory minimum jail sentence. A fine is just an amount of money you pay for the privilege of breaking the law which is another thing I dislike about the Senate Bill. Include jail time for the bosses and community service for the illegal alien and I might be able to support a reform.”
“All those rules and requirements will be waived with the magic pen of the President who has already decided that he does not have to prosecute illegals if he doesn't want to, and can even grant work permits despite no such law giving him that authority existing. What makes you think he won't sign waivers for all that extra scrutiny if the Senate bill passes. He ignores laws he doesn't like all the time. Don't want people to lose employer health insurance the week before the election, boom, the magic pen says it is now a week after the election. Business mandate unpopular? No problems, we can just "delay it." The magic pen strikes again.
There is a trust deficit. No one trust that he will enforce the law as written because he refuses to enforce the law as written now. Sure he will rip apart a family, but he refuses to go after the employers who cause the problem in the first place. Put a few corporate farm boards behind bars, a few construction foremen, and a few factory owners and suddenly we won't be over run will unskilled workers driving wages down. I find it perverse that one party is in favor of sending factories overseas, and the other is for filling it for filling it from there.”
“The conservative position is not a myth. Firstly the food stamp cuts were signed into law when the Democrats held both houses of the Congress and the Presidency. Second if you read the article a full 13 percent of recipients are able bodied adults not taking care of anyone. Some simple table math shows that if they were removed from the program the disabled gentleman's check would go from 100 dollars to 113. Still a cut but not nearly as harsh. The simple truth is that money spent of A cannot be spent on B. When able bodied adults who can work take money then that money can't be given to disabled folks. The cheap shot against the Oil and Gas industry show that you are unaware that they are the last industry to give workers a living wage for work done and they are expanding their workforce dramatically where liberals will let them. Oil worker make excellent salaries and pay their fair share of taxes.”
“If the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy has taught me anything it is that a towel is the one thing that you really ought to be fighting over. It teaches us:
"A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to- hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
Plus another paragraph which is to long for this comment, and a waiting period that I won't stick around long enough to reply to! Needless to say a towel is an important item.”
“Obama has done exactly zero to help ramp up oil and gas production. Oil and Gas production has increased because Congress in it's wisdom excempted the Oil and Gas industry from the federal governments regulatory reach inland. Offshore Oil and Gas he shut down entirely for a long stretch because he wasn't sure the federal regulatory agency responsible for it was any good, so instead of fixing it he just put hundreds of thousands of people with good paying (100k+) jobs out of work. BLM is not letting companies explore barely at all compared with previous administrations despite the fact that oil and gas drillers are about the only companies left in the country that pay good wages with solid benefits. Unemployment did not drop below 7.3 percent, they changed the way they do the calculation to hide unemployment.
Oil like every other thing in the free market are subject to supply and demand for pricing. Increase supply by letting exploration and drilling on BLM land and prices drop, it is not and never has been rocket science. Speaking of markets the labor market is also subject to supply and demand. Reduce the supply of labor and wages will rise, but we have a President firmly committed to ignoring immigration laws. Sure he will rip a family apart and deport parents away from their children, but it is illegal to hire someone who is not here illegally and he refuses to put the businesses owners who do so in jail.”
“Reagan's administration was no more or less corrupt than any other. The lefts continual effort to rewrite history is astounding. He was elected in a landslide winning 44 states, he did such a fine job that he won re-election with 49 states. His singular goal and achievement was an end to the evil empire and you are seeking to give the credit for that to what, 80's hair bands? Yes the cold war had been going on a long time, he ended it, and he did it peacefully. Was he perfect? No, but being able to free a third of the world from the iron grip of authoritarian communism is a wonderful legacy to be able to point to.”
lw1 on Nov 25, 2013 at 09:41:46
“I guess you are tone deaf about the power of music even though it's all around you. All the big events in most people's lives have special music. Countries have anthems. Do you hate America the Beautiful or the Star Spangled Banner or think they're worthless? Most all religious institutions have music. You think the only music around in the 80s was from Hair Bands? Are you deaf? Google "revolution music" and learn about the historic role music played in all the modern revolutions from the Bolshevicks to America and France. Music has real power and inspiration obviously lost on you. Just stay a narrow minded Reagan lover and become obsolete like the rest of the Reagan cons. You can have the last word, I'm sure you need it and it will be as valueless as all your other narrow minded opinions.”
“It is you Reagan worshippers that re-write history. Reagan was the height of government being able to covertly run this country and get away with it.
Benghazi was tiny compared to Reagan's sending 241 to their death in Beirut when he was advised not to for instance. There was no investigation and this October, on the 30th Anniversary last week, in 2013, nothing appeared on television to commemorate those losses. Not a word on network news or the commentary shows.
The ludicrous Grenada distraction was started 2 days after the Marine BLT Barracks was shattered and Lebanon was brushed under the carpet.
Reagan supported Sadam Hussein and helped Sadam using chemical weapons on Iran and then turned around and illegally sold weapons to Iran. That is sick or was it the Altzheimers he had through most of his presidency?
Reagan invited the Taliban to the White House and said they were as great as our Founding Fathers.
During the Reagan administration the number of families living below the poverty line increased by one-third.
The AIDS crisis exploded (with 20,000 deaths) before Reagan could even bring himself to address the issue six years later.
The heavy government involvement in the S&L Scandal.
Reagan, actor president, indeed kicked off the modern conservative movement to destroy the USA while pretending to do good. There is plenty of info against him. Read it if you have the guts:
“People don't ditch their government because of music, they ditch it because it sucks. Pop culture may have shown a glimpse at how much it sucked but Reagans policies forced the USSR to suck even worse. Trillions that could have been spent on education, or music programs, or jean factories were spent on building weapons that helped no one. Music critical of a good government will fall on deaf ears. Music critical of a lousy government mired in corruption and incompetence will be like pushing on an open door.”
lw1 on Nov 24, 2013 at 23:46:22
“Music has real power. Are you clueless or just being obstinate? In recent times music shaped and propelled Civil Rights and dissent of the Vietnam War. Presidents have had jingles back in the old days. Music plays people into battle
and stirrs public sentiment.
Furthermore you are simply expressing an opinion influenced by conservative misrepresentations and many knowledgeable historians disagree that Reagan had any real effect on Communism. Yes Russia sucked but so did Reagan. The cold war had been going on a long time and Russia was internally unhappy for decades.
Additionally Reagan had one of the most corrupt administrations in US history.
“He exposed the raw incompetence that is inevitable when your country is centrally planned by a group of corrupt and stupid elites who got their positions by connections rather than merit. Had the USSR not been forced to spend massively on weapons and Afghanistan it might have survived by spending that money wisely. The collapse of the USSR led to the greatest number of people being freed from tyranny and a great step forward for democracy as a ruling principal. That is money well spent. I don't mind going into debt to free a third of the worlds population from state sponsored slavery, gulags, and secret police. I do however not like the prospect of going into massive debt to finance a sort of secret police which our national security establishment seems to be becoming. I will admit the R's are just as if not more responsible for it than the D's for that one though.”
lw1 on Nov 24, 2013 at 22:39:22
“Again, you aren't addressing the reality that Reagan had little to do with the reality that music and media had been causing to dawn behind the Iron curtain since the 60s. The party bosses were spoiled on Western "fun" and there was no way to keep it secret. Reagan was such a fool he thought Rock and Roll was demonic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_roll_and_the_fall_of_communism”
“He also brought about the peaceful collapse of the USSR with whom Kennedy almost destroyed the entire world with during his time.”
lw1 on Nov 24, 2013 at 21:01:31
“The rock and roll culture and TV brought an end to the USSR with help from overspending by their Military Industrial Complex. When they saw the open of Dallas with an aerial view of thousands of houses with swimming pools they knew there was a rat in the Kremlin. They couldn't keep Levi's and Western influence out. Reagan was a dunce, even according to Henry Kissenger.
"When you meet the President you ask yourself, 'How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor, much less President?'"
--Henry Kissinger, addressing a small group of scholars at the Library of Congress (unaware of the presence of a reporter), April 1986
"You're kidding yourself if you think cutting taxes is really cutting taxes," says David Stockman, the former budget director for Ronald Reagan, in a recent interview with Reason.Tv.
"We're simply deferring massive taxes unfairly and immorally putting huge debt burdens on future generations and that is just wrong." From 1980 to 2006 the richest 1% of America tripled their after~tax percentage of our nation's total income.”
“Few people acknowledge this, but the oil and gas Industry more than anyone pays for geology and hydrology and general earth science at major research schools. Biologists get National Institutes of Health and huge government support. Geologists get industry to support them. Oil and Gas industry endowments pay for a lot of climate research as well. As was pointed out in the article the objections were centered around factual errors and outdated material. No one wants kids to learn from a science book that is factually inaccurate.”
fourtruth on Nov 23, 2013 at 15:21:48
“What? You mean they pay for research to discover more ways to make a profit while raping the earth?
Anyway, I bet not. I bet those are taxpayer funded government oil and gas subsidies and through tax break loopholes - where they likely get a break 4 or 5 times what they "donate".”
monilove42 on Nov 22, 2013 at 19:14:36
“People know this but that should not imply that they should have influence in educational choices of schools.”
traceymarie on Nov 22, 2013 at 19:14:06
“no, the objection was that the data on one small paragraph stopped at 2000.”
Nov 22, 2013 at 18:54:03
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“I don't get my parents generation fascination with this guy. His record of achievement is pretty thin. He got us started into Vietnam, he didn't actually do that much for civil rights, he almost got us into a war with the USSR, he launch a failed invasion of Cuba. I guess he envisioned NASA, but his successors were the ones who actually got it done. The ability to make a nice speech and have nice glamorous photo's taken of you does not seem to me like all it takes to be a good leader. You actually have to be able to point to something and say, "I did that!" Ike had the national highway system, LBJ had the Civil rights bill, great society poverty programs, Nixon opened relations with China, ended Vietnam, Clean Water act, Clean Air Act, formation of the Environmental Protection Agency. These are all things we can point to today and say hey these are pretty great things. 50 Years later I can't think of much that he actually accomplished. 50 Years from now we may get to point to a free and prosperous Iraq and say nice things about Bush, it is doubtful, but possible. 50 Years from now we might look at Obamacare and say "hey that worked pretty well." All I know is that I don't get the fascination with the Kennedy.”
Intelinside on Nov 22, 2013 at 19:15:01
“I agree, you DON'T get it...read up kid, then comment”
Rosewren on Nov 22, 2013 at 19:09:57
“As for the failed invasion of Cuba, that was another endeavor that was inherited from the Eisenhauer presidency, the preparation for that was a year in the making before he took office.”
Rosewren on Nov 22, 2013 at 19:08:30
“Actually, Eisenhauer sent the first advisors to Vietnam.”
sjdoug on Nov 22, 2013 at 19:05:01
“I lived through that period and I would strongly recommend that you read several bios of President Kennedy's life, his policies and the events of that period.”
JoeyDee2 on Nov 22, 2013 at 19:03:39
“"50 Years from now we may get to point to a free and prosperous Iraq and say nice things about Bush."
Which is why history is pop culture.”
“The author of the piece notes that the lowest bid wins contracts often times and that companies don't put the A team on it as a result. Had the author bothered with any research on the article they would have realized that this was a no-bid contract. Lazy journalism at best.
The sad state of our contracting system is the financial incentives rewards failure and not success. You simply get paid more to deliver a broken product and then get paid even more to fix it. Had the company delivered an on time working product they would have gotten around 200 million dollars. Not a shabby figure. Instead by delivering a lousy broken product that does not work they have gotten more than half a billion dollars with no end in sight. It is this perverse incentive in the contracting system that is at the core of our non-functioning government.
Until we fix this incentive we will as a nation continue to trip over ourselves doing the most mundane tasks. We learned all of this about our contracting systems in the Waxman hearings about KBR. It never got fixed. Contracting and procurement reform may not excite the kids like social justice but if you don't do it then your attempts at social justice are doomed to failure.”
“Geothermal pressure is irrelevant. If there was geothermal activity enough to matter there would be no oil or natural gas to worry about. If the heat is to high then the oil and gas cooks out. Oil and natural gas is a fickle substance that requires both heat and pressure but not too much of either. You need a goldilocks zone. It might be possible for some movement through the rock in the Marcellus ( I have never studied out east so I am not super familiar with this particular formation) because it is not very deep. But the formations in play in North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming are very deep. But even in the Marcellus the main risk remains the casing. 2000 feet of solid rock is much more secure and holds the frack chemicals better than the 2ft of concrete casing. Environmentalists need to focus on the casing, it is both the weakest link and the least looked at. Bentonite seals outside the concrete casing and pressure testing mandates are the solution.”