PearlY 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Letter - Populism caused economic stagnation

Half of American homes have three or more TVs and as of 2006, less than one-fifth had only one. But Elizabeth Warren wants people to believe that their lack of savings and precarious financial conditions have more to do with some bank's imposition of overdraft fees than on their own choices and decisions. Warren's brand of "populism" is more accurately called demagogy.

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PearlY 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Editorial - Governor must consider cuts before new taxes

Actually a dictum is a non-binding statement of the law in a legal case, ancillary to and not directly related to the issues being decided - a comment or aside not intended to have precedential value. Res ipsa loquitur is a legal doctrine meaning "the thing speaks for itself", allowing inferences about liability to be drawn from a set of facts.

"What is, is" is a restatement of Aristotle's law of identity (A is A) and has nothing to do with Descartes. No pretzels required but a little more "cogito".

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PearlY 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Letter - PGE claims about windmills are lot of hot air

The beaker in my French press broke yesterday, so I haven't had any coffee today. "Some people never get over their Security Clearance" is just too subtle for me. What does that mean?

In the (very) long run, our host will expire whether we cause it or not.

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PearlY 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Letter - PGE claims about windmills are lot of hot air

I wish it were possible to have a reasoned discussion about costs and benefits (as well as who get to decide those issues), but the whole arena of energy policy is so polarized it's impossible to even get the data for that.

Obviously, FF are finite, but it is also true that they have zero value to anyone if left buried in the earth in favor of vastly more expensive renewables. And renewables/nuclear both require the use of finite resources, too.

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PearlY 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Letter - Idaho’s murder of wolves, coyotes disgusting

Funny how it's a good thing for wolves to keep the population of elk in reasonable balance, but wrong for humans to do the same with wolves.

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PearlY 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Letter - PGE claims about windmills are lot of hot air

So true - "being deadly for some and subsidized" pretty much describes everything these days, doesn't it?

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PearlY 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Letter - PGE claims about windmills are lot of hot air

First, I wonder if that $37.5 billion is true. When someone tells me the "value" of something, I assume they are measuring something other than dollars going into the recipient's bank account. And far too many people consider it a "subsidy" if someone is allowed to keep their own money as if every penny of income in the country started out belonging to government, so every tax credit or tax deduction is given that label.

Second, $37.5 billion sounds like a lot but it's only a moderate sum in relation to the tax revenues generated by fossil-fuel related industries (including oil, gas & coal companies, related manufacturing like car & truck companies, utilities, etc.) , not only in the form of income tax, but gas tax, payroll tax, property tax, sales tax, and utility tax.

Third, I'd be interested to know how that .3 million (why not call it 300,000?) is calculated. Not saying the figure's a lie, but liars do figure and there are so many ways to play around with that kind of calculation.

However, it's worth noting that the death rate worldwide has been plummeting over the past 100 years or so at the same time that fossil-fuel industries have brought better food, shelter, sanitation, health care, transportation, education, etc., to the world. Coincidence? Maybe. Or it might be that for every life taken by fossil-fuel pollutants, several others are extended for decades by what those pollutants allow us to do.

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PearlY 3 weeks ago on Editorial - Governor must consider cuts before new taxes

I think you meant Aristotelian, not Cartesian, and res ipsa loquitor is a doctrine not a dictum. But the main point I take away from this string is that a couple of folks missed some badly needed nap-times!

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PearlY 3 weeks, 2 days ago on Ninth-Plaza Way roundabout on 2015 legislative agenda for Council

Maybe I'm still judging things by the standards of Left side traffic (Left of the mountains, that is), but I don't think that Plaza Way has EVER been congested enough, once you get past Bi-Mart, to slow one down below the speed limit. Some better and/or alternate accesses to the businesses between the 9th/Plaza/Tietan intersections and Bi-Mart would help the congestion in those two blocks, and maybe that's what you mean by "closing off the driveways." Maybe some access from the Northbound lanes of 125 into and out of the Plaza Shopping Mall would help. Is that what you mean?

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PearlY 3 weeks, 3 days ago on Ninth-Plaza Way roundabout on 2015 legislative agenda for Council

I confess I don't get the growing fascination with roundabouts, especially at intersections with multiple lanes.

They're hugely expensive and even if they accomplish the goal of making traffic flow more quickly, which I really doubt, they do so only at the cost of making the trip far more stressful.

I drive the Ninth/Plaza intersection at least twice a day, and while very rarely there might be enough traffic to force a wait through more than one cycle of a red light, at least when you're good to go, you can GO without worrying about keeping track of what the other 16 or so lanes of traffic are doing. Even if the roundabout reduced that by 4 lanes, that's still a whole lot of vehicles coming into and a roundabout and jockeying into the correct lane to make it to the correct exit.

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