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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: “To Moscow, with care

Tragic. It is amazing how many "God fearing people" shun those less fortunate and those in real need. Colorado Springs is one of the meanest places I have ever known...And I grew up in Washington, DC.

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Posted by Daria Welch Wilber on 11/17/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Top 10 queer classics film list for the Thanksgiving holiday

And if you are interested in a story written by a local lesbian writer then check out the e-book on Amazon. com "Adventures of a GWF Reborn" set here in Colorado Springs. Ltr, DBW

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Posted by guruD on 11/17/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “American food, curious food!

"Setting aside my nit-pickery over naming conventions, blueberries just aren’t, well, very good. They taste of very little so you have to eat an entire handful to really even get a sense of what they are."

Wild blueberries have more flavor. Unfortunately, American pallets have become accustom to strong flavor so many things that actually would taste good seem bland to Americans. Anyone who have lived abroad and sampled other cuisine has run into this.

"I can already hear your wails of derision and disbelief, my American cousins. Spare me. Pecans are, behind peanuts — which I know strictly speaking aren’t even a nut — the most over-rated nut in North America. "

Pecans, strictly speaking, are not nuts either.

As for pumpkin, yes it does have flavor without adding all kinds of spices. In fact, try preparing it like any gourd or hard sided squash. And pumpkin seeds are also good.

Today's American marshmallow is an abhorrent confection that bears little resemblance to the consistency and flavor of the real deal.

FWIW, my spouse loathes hazelnuts/filberts.

Posted by Dave H on 11/17/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Incentivizing Infill

The difference between Ivywild and Mall of the Bluffs is that Ivywild is cute and Mall of the Bluffs is necessary. Same goes for Lowell -- it's cute, but we could live without it. Not so the grocery, fabric, hardware, office supplies and other stores of the Mall of the Bluffs, which daily supply a vital part of the city. An overlooked project, because it's not pretty, is the rejuvenation of Citadel Crossing with the addition of a Lowes store.

Those who have been here a while remember the ins and outs of the school closure process that took South/Lowell from a functioning school that spearheaded a real neighborhood to a nightmare of failed urban renewal. For true infill to happen, the city would have to institute the same building limitations as Boulder and that's not going to happen as long as there's money to be made with cheap land.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 11/17/2014 at 8:34 AM

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: “American food, curious food!

I'd have added cinnamon to that list. It seems to be in everything!

Posted by Sven West on 11/16/2014 at 11:25 PM

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: “Incentivizing Infill

Ivywild, as it exists today, is infill as it required a lot to get it where it is at. I understand how you could think of it as a poor example because there's isn't a new building added yet, but it is exactly the results that we want from infill.

The Lowell Neighborhood and Gold Hill Mesa neighborhoods are also fantastic examples, both are the larger end of the spectrum. I agree that Circle, Academy, East Platte, etc are all target areas for infill, but I haven't seen anything in any of these worth pointing to as far as infill redevelopment? Perhaps the Spring Creek Neighborhood, but this was a large portion of land and it didn't have the constraints like what Gold Hill Mesa had to overcome.

The problem is that Colorado Springs hasn't yet had too much quality infill to point to. The point of the committee, as I understand it, is to address why this is so and what obstacles need removed to get there. Our company is saturated with infill projects throughout the Denver area, so it is frustrated to watch so little happen here in Colorado Springs.

I would add Garden of the Gods, North and South Nevada, Colorado Avenue, and Fillmore to the list of needed infill areas, just to name a few corridors.

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Posted by JO_Urbanist on 11/16/2014 at 6:01 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: “Carson calls meeting in the boonies

NO one lives in close proximity of PCMS--If there were 75 people at the meeting you can bet MOST of them did not live close to PCMS. There aren't that many people out there--they are surrounded by ranches--Dani needs to go see so she will at least be somewhat credible when she writes--might even find a bit of truth to spew! We read a lot of the things in this EIS in the 80s. Why didn't they just use that one--it is just the same old lies and would have saved the tax payers money on working this one out. Fort Carson ALWAYS quells public comments. They blow off hot air until the time is almost over so they can sneak out the side door and not have to listen to those getting ripped off or confess they are lying!! They are gutless wonders!!

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Posted by gmame on 11/16/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Carson calls meeting in the boonies

Wild Bill is full of shyte and Dani is not telling the truth!! I do believe Purgatory Pilgrim has been around these liars long enough to see the truth. Bill and Dani must be on the government teat!!! Those of us who were around in the 80's know EXACTLY why the meeting is out there away from town and IN THE DARK!!

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Posted by gmame on 11/16/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Incentivizing Infill

The Ivywild school is a poor example of what is possible - as most "dead" areas in town are more like the Austin Bluffs area, i.e., mostly abandoned or run down former retail zones. East Platte, South Circle, South Academy, and Rustic Hills/Rustic Hills North, are all examples of places that need to be bulldozed and re-developed rather than building $2 billion water projects in order to populate Western Kansas.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 11/16/2014 at 10:35 AM

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: “Prominent local activist retires, and governor budgets $30.5 million marijuana refund

Nice of them to give me back .000001% of MY money that they FORCIBLY take from ME.

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Posted by TheStupidPatrol on 11/15/2014 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Incentivizing Infill

You ought to write an article on Gold Hill Mesa as a good infill redevelopment.

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Posted by apostasy on 11/15/2014 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Incentivizing Infill

Tax Increment Financing is the method preferred by developers and politicians because it eliminates the necessity of going to the taxpayers and asking for their approval at the ballot box to spend millions of dollars of THEIR tax revenue on infill or other civic "improvement" projects. Building a $200M stadium to infill the URA, which the developers/property owners expect will result in higher land prices and big profits when they sell the skyscrapers they intend to build, is not good for COS unless this is what the citizens - they who will pay for the developer's projects - want for COS. Change the law so that any civic improvement project that proposes to use TIF has to put their proposal before the public, who will then VOTE on it.

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Posted by curious on 11/15/2014 at 12:37 PM

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

Re: “Prominent local activist retires, and governor budgets $30.5 million marijuana refund

Well considering a large contingent of El Paso County tea bag republicans have opposed recreational marijuana and have managed to ban it everywhere except Manitou Springs - a decision they are still trying to overturn in the name of the "children" and keeping our Federal welfare programs - oh, excuse me I mean military installations. It seems it would be more than a bit foolish to turn around and give these individuals a refund. Good grief people are we as a State insane or just stupid? Doug Bruce must be grinning from ear to ear.

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Posted by rms on 11/14/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Makepeace kicks off mayoral campaign

a political figure that articulates real ideas and actually gives real solutions to problems... what a refreshing concept.

and how long before she is called a "liberal"...3,2,1...

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Posted by happyfew on 11/14/2014 at 12:39 PM

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