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Re: “Building an empire

"My family has lived here for over 100 years. This is our home and our city, in which we are fully rooted and our family and business philosophy directly deepen those roots. We will continue to leverage our assets and make intentional decisions, such as building anything we damn well please and the people of Colorado Springs will pay for it because we know how to manipulate the system and to hell with the plebes!"

Fixed it for ya!

14 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Pueblo Potter on 11/19/2014 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Building an empire

So this is the Big Toe behind the rampant over building in the City, and the guiding force for every Mayor/Council decision for years? (Not to mention who benefits if Mayor Bach builds the debacle downtown --- I always figured his cronies led the land titles, and were getting anxious to finally do something with all that vaccant land.)

Thanks, Indy. It's nice to know who the players are.

17 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Liz Anderson on 11/19/2014 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Proposition 105: GMOs

From the Indy GIVE GUIDE for the COS Public Market Project: "Did You Know? Shifting just 10% of our community's consumption to food grown, raised and produced locally would create as many as 5000 jobs that could never be outsourced." The path to healthy eating AND a healthy local economy does not lie in the hands of Big Ag and their GMO products but in SMALL local farms.

Posted by curious on 11/17/2014 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Proposition 105: GMOs

Clarence Thomas worked for Monsanto for 3 years... about 30ish years ago. Should we judge everyone by their previous jobs? If so then just about everyone is now a big corporate shill for the fast food industry.

Also here's a partially debunked list of the common list of "Monsanto Employees" people seem to cite:

https://www.metabunk.org/threads/partially…

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Sorry I can't take anecdotal evidence about some friend you have. If they did have cancer and it did go into remission maybe they should have submitted their findings and tried to get them published. Also the plural of "Anecdote" is not "Data"

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As for what's banned and whatever... Here I have a map:

http://gmoanswers.com/public-review?gclid=…

Of the countries in Europe where some of them haven't been approved they have political reasons not to. Some mitigating factors: Guilds and their farmers, Mutagenics is huge over there, hell just simple bureaucracy (You've seen Greece's government right?).


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Finally Soil health from a farmer's perspective:

http://thefarmerslife.com/biotechnology/lo…

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Everything about soil health here in regards to Glyphosate:

Glyphosate is broken down in soil and water by microbial action and this has been known for long a time.

Here is a PDF of a study from 1977: “Metabolism and degradation of glyphosate in soil and water”.
http://wiki.community-harvest.org/images/c…

The ability to metabolize glyphosate seem fairly common for a variety of environmental microorganisms:

“Glyphosate-degrading isolates from environmental samples: occurrence and pathways of degradation”
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/B…

“Degradation of the Herbicide Glyphosate by Members of the Family Rhizobiaceae”
PDF: http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/.../pdf/aem0…

Soil:
Glyphosate does not adversely affect the microbes in soil.
“Effect of glyphosate on soil microbial activity and biomass”
PDF: http://www.highplainsnotill.com/docs/Haney…

Water:
I rather like this study. It really shows that it is the microbial action in water that degrades glyphosate. Glyphosate in distilled water did not break down but the samples from the environment did.
“Degradation of glyphosate in the aquatic environment: An enzymatic kinetic model that takes into account microbial degradation of both free and colloidal (or sediment) particle adsorbed glyphosate”
PDF: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf0002…

Another study on how glyphosate is degraded in water.
“Analysis and degradation study of glyphosate and of aminomethylphosphonic acid in natural waters by means of polymeric and ion-exchange solid-phase extraction columns followed by ion chromatography–post-column derivatization with fluorescence detection”
http://www.sciencedirect.com/.../pii/S0021…

Summary:
The following document provides a nice summary on glyphosate in the environment.
“Environmental Fate of Glyphosate”
PDF: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/emon/pubs/fate…

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Posted by Steven Alexander Shaver on 11/17/2014 at 12:12 AM

Re: “This could leave a mark

He wasn't tossed out. And the courts martial for for disobeying an order.

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Posted by Dave H on 11/16/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Stepping up Piñon Canyon use

I do not like the idea of all this. Why must we test here? They already have tested plenty of places to know what the impact will be. I know it's suppose to be about training, but why can't training be done on land elsewhere, previously impacted lands? Half the state of Nevada has been impacted and is obviously no where anyone wants to live. Colorado is beautiful. Our water is better than anywhere in the country. Our air used to be exquisite, though the stupid decision to no longer require emission tests, has made it less so. It's still better than most places though.

Their goal is to conduct realistic training on quality land with a surrounding population. This allows for them to study the direct, long-term impact the soil, water, air, wildlife, and people, all have when such detrimental "events" occur. It's not cool. Become familiar with all the downwinders of our nation. Look it up. Seems something similar may be in our future.

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Posted by Kristi Davis on 11/16/2014 at 3:07 PM

Re: “This could leave a mark

"Klingenschmitt, a 46-year-old retired Navy chaplain" Ms. Zubeck, you should research your stories better. He was tossed out of the Navy after a court-martial for insubordination.

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Posted by aveteran on 11/16/2014 at 12:20 AM

Re: “Study links homeless to affordable housing crisis

I was in full agreement with this article. The shelters and soup kitchens only intensify the problem. Low rent housing, subsidized housing, rent control, easing ordinances which restrict homeowners from converting garages to cottages and basements to apartments will do more to house people who need a home, however humble, that they can afford and which put them in touch with people who are not also homeless.
sing4joy2

Posted by Cindy Ogrinz on 11/14/2014 at 4:17 PM

Re: “More mergers in local health care, Utilities pitches rate increase, and more

Current utilization of preventive services is about 60-70% of what is clinically suggested in PPACA. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=5596

Posted by JEngdahlJ on 11/13/2014 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Breathing fire

I had a 82 FXRS. It went through about 10 charging systems in the 75,000 miles under it. I and my buddy went up Pikes Peak. My lock and chain bounced around on the dirt road. It punched a mole in my regulator and that was it. I knew DM was in Colorado and learned where he is. I charged up the batt over night and rode out there, after calling him, to buy a regulator. I put it on, in his shop...cost $35 when they were $80 elsewhere. He then gave me a tour of the place and showed me his small museum and new CNC machine. He was machining Delkron cases. He put one side in, lined up the front outside tappet block bolt hole exactly where it's supposed to be and flipped a switch. The machine did all the rest. I had never seen one work before...Freakin amazing.
I mentioned to him that in 82 at Daytona I came across him at the Valousia diner. He was leaving and spit some fire out of the infamous dragon. The heat could hurt somebody and the diesel fuel smell lingers. I mentioned this incident when I was there and he said..."Maybe you were in my way". I like the guy.
Have a wonderful day.
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Posted by ngquinn on 11/13/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Proposition 105: GMOs

EXCELLENT post of facts re GMOs and soil and food politics.

Prop 105 lost by a huge margin. Voters do not want GMO products labeled. Did they vote No because they believed the pro-GMO advocates that (1) the cost of food will increase by hundreds of dollars a year or (2) that GMO foods are safe and eating organic is elitist? We need to educate the public about GMOs before ALL foods in Safeway etal are GMO, which they will be if the public remains ignorant and unconcerned. An educated public will want to buy organic food which, according to the economic law of supply and demand, will result in more local people becoming small farmers growing a greater variety of produce, including "heirlooms" with superior taste and nutrition. Organic is a win-win for our health and the local economy.

To educate yourself about how traditional foods and their preparation produce a healthy body, one that resists and overcomes disease, go to westonaprice.org.

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Posted by curious on 11/12/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Proposition 105: GMOs

Steven is definitely a Monsanto supporter, but putting all of that aside. There is one thing that is not being addressed here and that Steven is obviously unaware.

Regardless of all of the studies that Biotech companies promote, the one study that seems to be missing is the soil content. My son is a horticulture major at a large ag university and he has performed numerous lab testings and soil testings on gmo's and glyphosphate, which are partners in the Biotech world. What came out of his testing, was that the glyphosphate actually destroyed all of the beneficial micro-organisms that keep soil "active". This is concerning because we need active soil for nutrients to go into the fruits and vegetables. The results of their testing showed that the soil over time will become "dead" soil. Basically, conventionally grown crops will have almost no nutrient value. A person will be eating empty calories, much like junk food.

I could lie and say that I don't care what other people eat, but the truth is, I do. I have had several co-workers get cancer, who declined conventional medical treatment (chemo) and chose to go 100% organic, etc. They went into full remission without chemo or radition. That tells me that this could potentially be the food that this person was eating. Could it be other things? Possibly.... The problem is that you have studies that are funded by Biotech, Pharma and other big corporate interests that are not the least bit interested in a non-biased study. Of course, they only want studies that support their products, etc. Its ALWAYS about the money! And if you think that the FDA is going to watch our for your best interests, think again, the top FDA officials are former Monsanto executives. Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court Justice worked for Monsanto for years. I have to give it to those Monsanto guys, they knew early on how to position themselves in our government to get what they want so they wouldn't deal with resistance. And if they did, they would be in more of a position to rule in favor of Monsanto.

BTW Steven, you are incorrect about the GMO's being allowed in Europe. I have been there and I have been to Asia. There are no GMO's that are promoted at ALL. In fact, they all look down on America because we get them whether we want them or not. The Cheerios that we eat, are not the Cheerios that get shipped to Europe. Its the NON GMO variety, regardless of the propoganda that you and Biotech are promoting.

Show me anywhere in the foreign policy for food product of those countries where GMO's are allowed.

In the end, it all boils down to the fact that I should be able to make a choice whether to consume GMO's or not. What is wrong with being informed and making a choice, absolutely nothing, unless you are selling a product that is making you billions, then, you are not allowed a choice at all.

What most people don't remember, is that back in the late 70's GMO food was released to the public with public knowledge. What you don't hear today what happened back then, is that the GMO was put into Doritos, I think, and several people died and they pulled it off of the shelves. Interestingly, when they re-introduced GMO food to the public, they didn't tell anyone.

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Posted by thenetworker on 11/12/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Let's nix this

I think an approach that includes increased road and park maintenance, as well as the identified stormwater projects, is a better alternative to the previous ballot proposal. I would also like to see it shared among all Colorado Springs residents through a local sales tax. Count me among those who blame the developers for a lot of this - thus I also wouldn't mind seeing a permanent additional fee on new development - including the urban renewal zone in the SW downtown area.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 11/12/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “County: Maketa guilty; lobbyist revealed secrets; stadium backers hire full-timer; and more

City council president King wants to build the C4C downtown stadium. And so do 4 other council members who, along with the mayor, want to spend $200M of local sales tax revenue on a stadium rather than spend taxpayer dollars on legit govt services such as police, fire, roads, parks etc, or on storm water, which WILL require new taxes. If YOU want the mayor and council members to pay attention to YOU, then sign the stadium petition. And there's something else you have to do. More info at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Petition-wi…

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Posted by curious on 11/11/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “County: Maketa guilty; lobbyist revealed secrets; stadium backers hire full-timer; and more

The Sunday Gazette editorial says C4C will create jobs. And so it will. Laura Neumann, the mayor's former chief of staff, has been hired to work on the stadium project. In spite of evidence to the contrary, the mayor continues to tell the public that the stadium is just an idea. But the mayor's idea is not one among many, but one among one. The mayor and City Leaders have no other ideas about how to "fix" the URA except to build a stadium and then erect skyscrapers. You wouldn't know from reading the Gazette, but the people have ideas, ideas that the mayor is not interested in considering, he being so fixated on building a stadium.

Neumann's primary objective is to locate additional public financing sources which do not require a mandatory vote of the citizens. This objective is non-negotiable because the mayor will not permit the purse-pinching non-visionary citizens to vote.

At tomorrow's City Council meeting, they will vote on whether to support the citizens or whether to allow the mayor to do as he pleases with OUR tax dollars. Email council at allcouncil@springsgov.com

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Posted by curious on 11/10/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Down and out and bitten

Once you have a BB infestation, they can be extremely difficult, nearly impossible, to get rid of. You have to literally hit every tiny nook and cranny of every surface as they will hide in the most incredibly small, inaccessible places.


Try using Diatomaceous Earth and for a direct contact kill use Isopropyl Alcohol in a spray bottle. You can also use steam, 20 mins in a hot dryer, microwaving and CO2 sprays for direct kills. Vacuuming is a must. Despite what some say, Diatomaceous Earth can be hazardous to breathe, so don't go nuts with it. The bugs also are quite adept at going around DE, so you want wide, light coverage. DE is not an immediate kill and will probably have to be re-applied several times, but unlike the other things I just mentioned, it is persistent.


Bug bombs are of mixed effectiveness. Often what happens is they drive the bugs to a different room, so treating the entire building at once is most effective and the building needs to be properly prepared. Spot treatments of pesticides are not effective, but area treatments can be.

Posted by Odin on 11/07/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Down and out and bitten

Kit Carson Apartments in Security have a massive bedbug problem, and they only make it worse by using the Bug Bombs, which only make them spread. I've been dealing with them for months now, and the problem is getting really, really bad. I can't go ten minutes without pulling on off of me, and that's while I'm awake. I'd hate to see how many there are while I'm sleeping. We've completely cleaned and replaced everything, but since the bugs are in pretty much every apartment, the walls, the floors, etc, there is no hope of ever getting rid of them unless the owner decides to actually fumigate the building, which I think everyone knows will not happen. They Claimed to have Fumigated one of the buildings (B building), but their "Fumigation" was just them kicking everyone out of the building and loading it with more bug bombs, which anyone who has done more than 2 seconds of research can tell you is ineffective at best, and helps to spread them at the worst. I would love for someone to expose all of this, as it's all very "hush hush" if you live here, as they threaten to kick people out who make a big deal about it. I'm afraid to even post much more detail, for if they see this and can identify me, I'll be out of here.

Any way, tangent aside, I think places like that, with the poor maintenance and employee standards, are the biggest reason the bugs are spreading. I don't visit friends or family anymore, in fear of spreading them further.

I don't know if the actual writers read these comments, but if so, Kit Carson "may be" worth looking into. Given the roaches, lead paint, asbestos, and the bedbugs, it could get interesting. However, they are shady, so good luck.

Posted by EmanOn on 11/07/2014 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Down and out and bitten

Kit Carson Apartments in Security have a massive bedbug problem, and they only make it worse by using the Bug Bombs, which only make them spread. I've been dealing with them for months now, and the problem is getting really, really bad. I can't go ten minutes without pulling on off of me, and that's while I'm awake. I'd hate to see how many there are while I'm sleeping. We've completely cleaned and replaced everything, but since the bugs are in pretty much every apartment, the walls, the floors, etc, there is no hope of ever getting rid of them unless the owner decides to actually fumigate the building, which I think everyone knows will not happen. They Claimed to have Fumigated one of the buildings (B building), but their "Fumigation" was just them kicking everyone out of the building and loading it with more bug bombs, which anyone who has done more than 2 seconds of research can tell you is ineffective at best, and helps to spread them at the worst. I would love for someone to expose all of this, as it's all very "hush hush" if you live here, as they threaten to kick people out who make a big deal about it. I'm afraid to even post much more detail, for if they see this and can identify me, I'll be out of here.

Any way, tangent aside, I think places like that, with the poor maintenance and employee standards, are the biggest reason the bugs are spreading. I don't visit friends or family anymore, in fear of spreading them further.

I don't know if the actual writers read these comments, but if so, Kit Carson "may be" worth looking into. Given the roaches, lead paint, asbestos, and the bedbugs, it could get interesting.

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Posted by EmanOn on 11/07/2014 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Down and out and bitten

I'll tell you right now that it's bullcrap that they didn't know. I was a waldo canyon flood victim who chose to stay in my car instead of at that shelter, because they WARNED ME THEY HAD BED BUGS when I went to sign in.

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Posted by Tresa Morris on 11/06/2014 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Stepping up Piñon Canyon use

Thanks CSaction! When you look down at SE Colorado from the sky it becomes clear that there's a military takeover underway. https://wordpress.com/post/8385738/28

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Posted by Purgatory Pilgrim on 11/05/2014 at 9:26 AM

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