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Re: “Reader: Manage the deer properly

If we could only manage ourselves properly, there would be no problem.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 08/29/2018 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Reader: Clean energy is too important for our future to give to capitalists

Hi Bob Wyman: When I practiced environmental law I noticed two things about government regulation:

1. The overwhelming majority of environmental regulations were championed and drafted by the big corporations. They used regulation as a tool to stifle competition and start-ups who could not afford to put this scrubber on that stack, or implement best available technology here, or best management practices there, etc. They also got the ability to advertise how green they were in supporting this or that regulation. A win-win for them, laughing all the way to the bank while their useful idiot sycophants whine about the burden. LOL! Then they worked their work-arounds with the agency and rarely suffered any consequences unless there was a citizen suit provision.

2. No regulation ever came about in a vacuum. Each and every one sprang from the failure of some individual or industry to internalize their costs, inflicting harm on some innocent third party.

In short, don't blame government for being responsive and trying to PROTECT OUR RIGHTS. Oh, and drop the subsidy for big oil and coal and create a level playing field. Quit whining about the little bones that are thrown to solar and wind. Battery tech, like oil on public land and a million other breaks (like war), needs big government to become successful. If Interstates were left to the private sector, they would start in downtown Chicago and end at the nearest corn field.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 08/17/2018 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Reader: Free recycling for all

I agree with the essence of your post. However, the way you word it is "off-putting" to many who might otherwise come on board. Nothing is free. And there is no such thing as "not at a cost." There is always a cost.

Right now the Earth (and her constituents) is/are paying the price for our waste. We need to internalize our costs. We need to pay the true cost. When that happens, we will reduce, recycle and reuse, or do without. At the very least, we will make more conscious decisions about our waste, instead of "out of sight, out of mind."

True capitalism would never allow a cost to be externalized onto the backs of anyone or anything that did not voluntarily assume that cost, for consideration, with knowledge, in an arm's length transaction.

So, tax the shit out of this crap and use the proceeds to clean, and keep clean. And anyone who doesn't like it can avoid the tax by eating the costs there own damn selves. They will no longer be able to socialize those costs while calling themselves capitalists.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 08/13/2018 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Reader: Clean energy is too important for our future to give to capitalists

Hi Jingo-Balls:

I would indeed trust that same government, if it hadn't been bought by your pals in the free market.

Back in the days of WWII, the Interstate Highway System, the Rural Electric Authority, the U.S. Post Office, the Moon Shot, and other government programs; back when the public owned the government, things went pretty well. And we even let the private sector greedy fingers into the pie.

Innovation can come from both sides, but when there is no money to be made, like getting high-speed broad band to rural areas, then the private sector could give a shit. That is why the U.S. is now a Second World Nation and the divide between rich and poor is so great.

Oh, and peel back the curtain and see what public dollars, education and subsidy lie behind "bootstrappers" like Tesla and Apple and big pharma, etc. Techies know that bootstrapping defies the laws of physics.

Past time to put the "enlightened" back in "enlightened self-interest."

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 08/06/2018 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Reader: Our stories of harassment get buried in ourselves

" I can guarantee you i have a higher IQ than you, am more aware of the,problems facing our nation and can thunk of actual solutions instead of irrational responses."

I hesitate to exalt form over substance, but "i" should be "I"; there should be a space after your second comma; that comma should not be there; "thunk" should be spelled "think."

You're welcome, Mr. High IQ. ;-)

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 08/06/2018 at 5:10 AM

Re: “Reader: Our stories of harassment get buried in ourselves

I have no doubt that foreigners are fertilizing seeds of discontent, but I don't think they are sewing them. Like goatheads, those seeds are under the surface, just waiting for a favorable environment.

I don't blame the foreigners. After all, we don't have clean hands. What bothers me is the fact that so many 'Mericans are so fundamentally stupid as to believe the fertilizer. This reflects poorly on our education systems and the lack of critical and analytical thinking skills.

Like the planting of trees, the best time to start teaching these skills is thirty years ago. Had we done so, then the best foreign efforts would be welcomed as rigor-inducement for strong growth; and the worst would be entertainment to laugh at.

Our founding fathers, and great thinkers of the enlightenment, were first steeped in the Liberal Arts. The sciences, economics, and everything else we adore came from the intellectual curiosity that resulted.

Trees out-compete the goatheads. But as things are now, the foreigners take great joy in watching us dance around on our soft-pussy feet going "Ow, ow, ow!" And, from what we often do to them, I suspect we might deserve it. LOL!

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 08/05/2018 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Reader: Clean energy is too important for our future to give to capitalists

It is true that certain things are best owned by government, like national defense, health care, interstate highways, and, yes, now, renewable energy and it's distribution lines. However, this only works if the people still own the government. That is in serious doubt.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 08/03/2018 at 9:05 AM

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