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Re: “Is it funny, or funny?

You are quite right, Cleese is the funniest man who ever lived.…

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Posted by bobdobbs on 10/27/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs is losing its edge

Back in the 80's I was studying to become a minister and in one of their advanced courses they also taught this aspect that homosexuality is devil spirit influenced and idolatry since it is worshiping man over the creator. I had to sit thru a video showing the San Francisco Pride Parade and my fellow classmates chanted "KILL THE HOMOS" over and over like LGBTIQ aren't humans but monsters. This kind of mentality is still alive and well today with the conservative Christians in our town and won't change until we keep confronting them on this issue.

I no longer consider myself a Christian but "a follower of Christ" because Jesus preached that the First and Greatest commandment in Matthew 22:37 is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And the second is to love your neighbor as yourself which is ABOVE ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS! And one of the 10 commandments is to "not bear false witness against our neighbor." All this makes me wonder why people are not following these word of wisdom from the source of our beliefs, Jesus Christ, but instead choose to follow the religion of man.

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Posted by guruD on 10/27/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs is losing its edge

Really, only 4th??? Could have fooled me- LOL! I bet he will still get elected!

"Gays Want Everyone to Join Them in Hell, Says Colo. GOP Candidate Notoriously homophobic preacher and politician Gordon Klingenschmitt says there's a demonic force behind the LGBT rights movement."…

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Posted by guruD on 10/27/2014 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Is it funny, or funny?

As long as I've known British TV, risque entertainers like Kenny Everitt were part of the comedy landscape and on primetime TV!

Along with Spitting Image, Saturday Live with Ben Elton exploded the scene. The Mary Whitehouse Experience followed, the likes of which American television has never have seen. Satire is, as you rightly pointed out, one area where we differ wildly. Even the satirists over here follow the same format as the big, establishment talk show hosts - suit, tie, desk, interviews. I don't know of a British show that replicates that format to satirical ends.

Another major deviation is our embracing of the eccentric and experimental. Fielding/Barrett's Mighty Boosh; Ayoade/Holness/Berry with Garth Marenghi's Dark Place etc.

Then we have examples that combine the two. Who could forget Brooker/Morris and Brass Eye? Could you see that working over here? It'd be sterilised; rendered impotent for fear of offending someone (which it regularly did back home).

Nice piece.

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Posted by Sven West on 10/27/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “An interesting twist in the GMO debate

Joel Salatin -, small farmer, author, and advocate for a return to sustainable and healthy farming methods - is opposed to GMOs. I will take his word, based on his decades of scholarly research into all aspects of farming and most importantly his decades of experience as a farmer, which ultimately is the only "scientific evidence" that matters, rather than believe the "real science" of those scientists who are employed by the industrial growers and chemical laboratories who make and market GMO seeds and the products made from those seeds.

VOTE YES on 105.

Posted by curious on 10/27/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “An interesting twist in the GMO debate

"On the other hand, GMOs are usually designed to work with heavy pesticides and herbicides, which can be harmful not only to human health but also to the health of the environment."

This is bullshit. GMOs are designed to be resistant to RoundUp's broad spectrum. Why would you use more pesticide to attempt to kill your own crop? How does this make sense?

Some Illumination:


"For soybeans, the application rate is 0.75 lb active ingredient / acre. I can't work in lbs, mostly because I can't figure out why we don't spell "pounds" as "lounbs".

Speaking metrically, that's 340 g of active ingredient per acre. That's about the amount of weight/volume in a 12oz (why don't we spell it "ounze" can of soda (or beer; doesn't matter). That number assumes that glyphosate is about the density of water, which it's not. It is 1.70 g cubic cm, so that 12 oz can is really about 7 oz big. That doesn't matter so much.

Now spray that little pop can of active ingredient over an acre. I'll wait. Make sure you have enough to to do the whole thing.

Or we can do the math instead. An acre is 4047 square m. That means 83 milligrams per square meter. My 7th grade science teacher Mr. Herzing said, "A milligram is about the weight of an insect wing."

Wow, that seems like not much! But how much soybeans does that get ya?

Soybean yields in 2013 were 43.3 bu/acre and a bushel weighs 60 lounbs, so that's about 2598 lbs/acre, or 1180 kg/acre.

To make it relatable to herbicide used, we need to get it down to square meters. That's 291 g soybeans per square meter.

So 83 mg of active ingredient is needed to produce 291 g (0.640 lbs) soybeans. Of course these numbers assume one application, which is likely not the case, but it still is a tiny amount.


This statement is also a gross misrepresentation of farming practices. In fact organic farming uses much more toxic pesticides than those used in GMO farming.

Copper(II) Sulphate is much more toxic than it's "synthetic" counterpart (Glyphosate)

In fact Glyphosate's LD50 is less than Caffeine even.

This is also one of the reasons why Science and Nature refused to run the ad in their magazine. Dr Bronner's article is full of pseudoscience that runs counter to the scientific evidence out there. Why would you allow an advertorial that is full of misinformation?

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Posted by Steven Alexander Shaver on 10/27/2014 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Another look at Utilities governance

While my sheets dry on the line, I'm reading Dalrymple, who reminds me of the true nature of politicians. They do not serve the people - they serve themselves. Except for those few months when they have to campaign for election, the people are of no concern to them. Their true but unspoken interest is 3-fold: 1) attain a power position and prepare a launching pad for the next public "service" opportunity and 2) feed from that vast trough of public money provided by taxpayers 3) attain and enlarge a secure pension for when they are voted or term limited or forced out of office due to high crimes and misdemeanors.

Will I vote? Yes.

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Posted by curious on 10/26/2014 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Another look at Utilities governance

I used to believe in 'independent boards'. Then I met Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority. Neither independent nor unbiased. I watched as they voted to blight a person's property, knowing the owner was unaware of their actions. Then they voted not to use the City Hall's video system because it would obstruct their discussions. They then voted to restrict citizen comments, finally removing them from the minutes all together. And by the way they are the C4C monitors...Beware of what you ask for. Maybe we can have a Constitutional convention and change it while we are making things "BETTER".

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 10/26/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Against a downtown city stadium? Sign here

Alyson fails to understand the nature of our angst. We are NOT against C4C, but ARE against using taxpayer funds for this. Using OUR tax money is a "boondoggle" while our streets are cratered and crumbling and we're a half billion dollars short on how to fund storm water runoff infrastructure. It's the funding scheme we hate!

Build it with 100% private money. Let private enterprise take the risk and reap ALL the profits, but if they won't fund their own scheme it stinks of rotting fish.

Let the marketplace create ideas and move the city forward with private capital.

It is not the role of our city government to dream up development plans and fund them on behalf of a set of well connected mayoral pals.

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Posted by OldCrank on 10/26/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Against a downtown city stadium? Sign here

I signed the petition. C'mon, sign up and put this to a vote!! Where are our GOP and Tea Party types who HATE taxes and wasteful government? They should be whizzing fire over the theft of $200M of their tax money for this ludicrous scheme to fatten developers at public expense. C'mon, get out the torches and pitchforks!!

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Posted by OldCrank on 10/26/2014 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Is it funny, or funny?

I agree, SNL should be referred to in the past tense as it hasn't been funny for 20 years. Today's SNL is stupefyingly execrable, save for Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin, but then again, any comedian should be able to mine the monsoonal deluge of comedy gold Palin showers us with.

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Posted by OldCrank on 10/26/2014 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Is it funny, or funny?

Mark I have also lived in England ( mid 60's, 82 & briefly in 91). I also lived in Boulder, Co from Sept 78- June 99 except the time I was back in London area.

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Posted by Allison Lansberry on 10/26/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Professional Priorities

"Denver has many of the tangible things young people want…"

And Denver has state govt and all the jobs - tech included - that govt creates. For COS to be like Denver, we need state govt to relocate to COS. Will Anschutz put this on his To Do list?

As for culture ... when I moved to COS a decade ago I was shocked by 2 things: 1) in the 1960s COS destroyed its downtown and 2) the dearth of live theatre. UCCS and CC should be spawning grounds for "little" theatre that over time becomes "big" theatre. This has not happened. And pooh on Pikes Peak Center - the City Auditorium would be a better venue for symphony and opera. Seattle does culture right. COS does culture barely at all.

And COS is not Tulsa - a city the Gazette thinks COS can emulate - because Tulsa embraces oil and gas and the white and blue collar jobs that go with them while COS scorns all energy except wind and solar.

The major problem the young pros of COS face is there are no jobs for them. Nor does COS have an airport that can compete with DIA. Building a downtown stadium will not fix either of these real problems. Fix the jobs problem. Fix the airport problem. Then - after COS is thriving and properous from the income and energy new businesses bring - THEN - let private enterprise and those philanthropists who want to build a shrine to themselves build a stadium downtown with THEIR money - not the taxpayers.

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Posted by curious on 10/26/2014 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Another look at Utilities governance

We are welcoming comments from those who regularly participate in our informal surveys,and from our regular survey team members on how you regard the need to examine the governance models for Colorado Springs Utilities; and other issues related to how best to create entities that might boost local economic development. Your responses, input and comment would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.…

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Posted by Staci6 on 10/25/2014 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Marijuana 'incidents' on the rise at Manitou Springs High School

When I was a senior in high school in 1975, I would guess that I "related something about marijuana" at least 14 times per month. This is a seriously stupid statistic, as it probably just reflects the increased awareness by the STAFF about marijuana usage.

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Posted by jrbd on 10/25/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Marijuana 'incidents' on the rise at Manitou Springs High School

The KKTV report is not only factually unfounded, but borderline defamatory in nature.

First, how did Dr. Finn "compile data" about these so-called "incidents"? No indication is given by KKTV as to the scientific validity of this information collected, which is portrayed as factual in their report. According to Mr. Miller's statement to the Indy, these alleged incidents could be nothing more than rumors "overheard by faculty". Legally speaking, that is called "hearsay", and difficult to prove in a court of law without recording devices.

Maggie's Farm seems to be a scapegoat which can only have a negative impact on this business. Please remember that Maggie's Farm is a legally incorporated, tax-paying business that is being unfairly targeted by Dr. Finn, and by KKTV. It is understandable that Dr. Finn is worried for his children's safety, but is it wise to lay the blame on a local shopkeeper? Is it wise to call them out in the press, especially as no founded connection has been made between Maggie's and MSHS?

As an alumnus of MSHS, I can do little but chuckle hearing that there were "14 incidents" dealing with marijuana at this school, let alone marijuana discussion. Countess were the number of times I heard, overheard, or even partook in a marijuana-related incident.
I am a father of 2, hold a PhD, have a wonderful family…and partake in "marijuana incidents" to this day. I don't believe that I have been corrupted by the devil weed (my wife might say otherwise :). IMO, Dr. Finn should chill out, focus his energies elsewhere, and not worry about his sons' attending MSHS. If he doesn't feel the environment fit for them, he always has the option of placing them in a less marijuana-infested high school. Good luck.

I would seriously doubt that even 1% of total marijuana consumed by MSHS students comes from Maggie's Farm. Besides, if Maggie's disappeared, kids would just get it elsewhere, let's get real.

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Posted by MSHS on 10/24/2014 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Another look at Utilities governance

I was on the 2004 charter review committee and suggested an independent utilties board made up of 16 members from 8 districts and one member elected at large. The terms would be staggered and each member's term would be for 6 years not exceeding 2 terms. This would keep the knowledge base at a high level shortening the learning curve for newer members. The 8 districts would mimic the 8 council districts that we were kicking around.

This form of governance would be based on the Sacramento Muncipal Utility District aka SMUD. Following their format, there would be no reason to "re-invent the wheel." The former CEO, Phil Tollefson, wanted an independent utilities board but certain members on council did not want to give up the "power" (pun intended).

There is no reason for Cassiani et al to inject themselves into this process. I do believe there are some members of CSF that injected themselves into the MHS situation and IMHO that hasn't worked out as well as fantasized. A new hospital will be built north of UV that will siphon off businss from UCH/Memorial which will continue their losses.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 10/24/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Marijuana 'incidents' on the rise at Manitou Springs High School

I attended Manitou in the 90's. Not a day went by without students, good and bad, mentioning pot. Sometimes it was a joke, sometimes a comment on something they saw on t.v. or a movie, discussions about what they learned in health class, and occasionally, I'm sure, some were planning their weekends. It was commonplace, but no one interpreted the mention of pot as a cause for major concern. Today, one cannot make it through the day without hearing or seeing a story about pot on every news station, radio station, newspaper, etc. Do we then assume that everyone in the media and those that subscribe should be suspected of partaking simply because they're talking about one of the hottest topics of today? I would encourage school administrators not to overreact but rather spend the energy observing their students - are grades dropping? Attendance? Is there a decline in participation? Student morale? If there is a change in the students and their behaviors, then there is cause for concern.

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Posted by Manitou00 on 10/24/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Another look at Utilities governance

I've regularly attend CSU Board meetings since 2009 and the current board is a little more inquisitive about CSU operations than past Boards. One particularly non-inquisitive Board approved the Neumann Systems beta technology purchase. We're $125M into that decision and don't know if it will work or how much it will cost.

I recall a Board meeting when Lisa Czlatdko was a new member and she was asking pointed questions about the lack of detail in the budget documents. She was told by another Board member that it's too complex and it will take her about two years to understand how CSU works. What the meant was, be quite, approve the budget and will have you home by 6:00 pm for dinner. Lisa did eventually fall in line and swallowed everything CSU fed her.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 10/24/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Another look at Utilities governance

CSU rates are well lower than Pueblo or Denver which validates CSU governance is fine, don't mess with it. Be afraid, be very afraid, when developers want to stick their nose into our utility matters; something rotten is afoot. It is urgent that we elect a new mayor in April and rid us of these constantly scheming developers.

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Posted by OldCrank on 10/24/2014 at 12:12 PM

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