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Thursday, March 8,2012

Climate change & the ingratitude of the eighth generation

By Paul Danish
“Why should I do anything for posterity? What has posterity ever done for me?” —Groucho Marx Good question that, even if it was intended to be a joke. The correct answer is because half a billion years of evolution on this planet preclude you from doing anything else — unless you happen to be one of natural selection’s culls.
Thursday, February 23,2012

The intriguing David Walker

By Paul Danish
And now, the next president of the United States! David Walker! Huh? Yeah, you know, David Walker. The former comptroller general of the United States. The guy who has been traveling around the country for years saying sensible things about money. That David Walker.
Thursday, February 9,2012

Why fracking is here to stay

By Paul Danish
If you want to know why fracking is here to stay, consider what’s been going on in Weld County. The Wattenberg gas and oil field, which sprawls across 1.9 million acres of Weld County, is a pin cushion of more than 20,000 wells, more than 12,000 of which are still producing.
Thursday, January 26,2012

Mitt and the Bain thing

By Paul Danish
TAbout Mitt Romney and the Bain Capital thing: I’ve always admired venture capitalists. But not all venture capitalists are equal. The admirable ones are the sort who fund the start-up companies of entrepreneurs like Jobs and Wozniak. They’re the ones who enable the emergence of revolutionary technologies and ways of doing things that transform the marketplace and change the world.
Thursday, January 12,2012

War on fracking

By Paul Danish
Hands down easiest prediction for 2012: Boulder’s hyper-active activists will take time out from their busy schedule of sabotaging American food production to sabotage American oil and gas production.
Thursday, December 29,2011

Nixon on why I like Newt

By Paul Danish
Harvey and I were just tucking into a new batch of Alice B. Toklas fudge when there was a knock on the door. It was Richard Nixon. “Come in and grab some fudge and an eggnog,” I said.
Thursday, December 15,2011

Is Nablus Boulder’s weird sister?

By Paul Danish
According to a story in last Sunday’s Camera, a group has emerged that wants to establish a sister city relationship between Boulder and the Palestinian city of Nablus. Lovely city, Nablus. On Sept. 11, 2001, as 3,000 people were being cremated in jet fuel or ground into bits of bloody hamburger by the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center, the residents of Nablus were staging a howling, horn-honking, ululating celebration of the attacks and passing out trays of tea and sweets to the celebrants.
Thursday, December 1,2011

Climate change: U.N. takes on wrong problem — again

By Paul Danish
The United Nations is holding a global climate conference in Durban, South Africa, this week and next for the purpose of breathing new life into the Kyoto Protocol or, short of that, forging some other international agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions.
Thursday, November 17,2011

Anti-GMO activism is evil

By Paul Danish
DAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, 88 percent of the 2011 U.S. corn crop consists of genetically engineered varieties — either herbicide-tolerant types like Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, or insect-resistant types containing genes from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), or both. The figure for the 2011 U.S. soybean crop is 94 percent genetically modified. For the 2011 cotton crop the figure is 90 percent genetically modified.
Thursday, November 3,2011

Cain’s manager inhales

By Paul Danish
A lot of politicos, left and right, seem mystified by an ad produced by Herman Cain, the former pizza CEO who — to their amazement and bemusement — is leading in most of the recent polls for the Republican nomination for president.