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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, October 20,2011

The Zetas and the Surfriders

By Paul Danish
Of the big four, water is hands down the most vital. If deprived of water, human beings will be on the fast track to the river Styx within three days, which alone is sufficient to make water the most vital urban service. Moreover, without water, a city's sewage service will collapse and its ability to fight fires will be degraded to close to zero.
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Thursday, October 6,2011

Funding social security without raising taxes

By Paul Danish
This year’s budget battles have at least produced two points of clarity: 1) The federal government will go broke unless it cuts Social Security and Medicare or finds more revenue to pay for them. 2) Taxes aren’t going to be raised to pay for Social Security, Medicare, or anything else anytime soon, and “anytime soon” means between now and the next ice age (which, thanks to global warming, has been indefinitely delayed).
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Thursday, September 22,2011

When Palestine declares its independence

By Paul Danish
Odds are that this week or next the Palestinians will unilaterally declare their independence. What happens next? It’s easier to say what won’t happen. Peace isn’t going to break out. Conflict and violence will. Chances are events will play out something like this:
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Thursday, September 8,2011

Ten years after 9/11

By Paul Danish
Since 9/11, we have liquidated the Since 9/11, we have liquidated the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the Ba’athist regime in Iraq; shot bin Laden and thousands of his excitable boys; dragged Saddam out of a hole and enabled his hanging; stood up a working, if not exactly flourishing, democracy in Iraq; foiled dozens of terror plots and prevented another terror attack of 9/11 proportions from taking place in the American homeland...
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Thursday, August 25,2011

Redeveloping 11th and Pearl

By Paul Danish
Karlin Real Estate, the company that bought the building at 11th and Pearl that once housed the newspaper that was once known as the Boulder Daily Camera (before it dropped “Boulder” and “Daily” from its name), recently presented its plans for the redevelopment of the site to the Boulder Planning Board and the Landmarks Board — which were underwhelmed.
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Thursday, August 11,2011

Banning corporate personhood would destroy U.S. economy

By Paul Danish
About the anti-corporate personhood referendum that might be on the Boulder ballot this November — I smell a rat. Several, in fact. The ballot proposal put forward by Councilman Macon Cowles would put Boulder voters on record as favoring an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to “abolish corporate personhood and prohibit the granting of constitutional rights to any entity other than a human being.”
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Thursday, July 28,2011

Municipal power is cheap in Longmont, but not Boulder

By Paul Danish
Come November, Boulder voters will be asked whether they want to throw the city’s franchise with Xcel Energy under the bus and set up a municipal electric utility in its place. Voters will also be asked to double the city’s carbon tax (to 0.99 cent from 0.49 cent), mostly to pay the lawyers who will be handling the Boulder-Xcel divorce.
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