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Interesting obeservation, TJ

You don't know how close you are as to why we have social welfare programs. It was either that or have a bunch of people come for what they need. To be fair, the poor, hungry mobs usually went into the cities and took from the rich to feed their children. They were called reds and commies and socialists for the failures of the rich to share even a penny.

The boom and bust cycle of capitalism created crises every few years til in 1934, when we went on a permanent war economy. Social welfare programs like social security and unemployment were put in place in the New Deal of 1934 and we were geared up with armament work to supply the allies. Since then we have been fighting or preparing for this or that war, somewhat stabilizing the boom-or-bust cycle.

Even with a social safety net the greed and avarice of the rich knows no bounds as seen by the shameful big-bank mortgage derivative crisis of 2008 in which so many innocent people lost their homes.

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I Concur

Agreed. Same reason you can't dismantle the welfare and food stamp programs in our society. We have a responsibility to take care of a certain amount of our population. If we don't, desperate people will come after everything you have worked for. And to be clear, I don't have a lot of possessions. I drive a 20 year old car. But, I would like to keep what I worked for.

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The War On Drugs

Has been lost and we continue to pay a ridiculous price every day, whether it be the innocents we put at risk or the tax dollars we vacuum up or the corruption that seeps it's way into every corner of every city.

I'd rather just give a needle and junk to a junkie who refuses every form of help then allow the current status quo to keep blowing through our land.

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Not Cool

My views on drugs are very liberal. What one does to their self is their own business. But, this day care center in The Bronx that was a front for a major narcotics operation is just wrong. 1 kilo of powdered cocaine. 180 grams of crack cocaine. 1,000 oxycodone tablets. 1 loaded handgun. $180,000 cash. In a facility that serviced 15 children everyday. Definitely a moral interlude with those people.

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Syrians sgree to iventory, turn over chemical stockpiles

In a surprise move, the The US & Russia have announced from Geneva that Syria will inventory it's chemical stockpile within one week and destroy them within the rough timeline of mid-2014. While the US has stopped posturing militarily, Obama has clearly stated that he reserves the right to unilaterally strike militarily if the Syrians deviate significantly or the Russians fail to live up to their commitments in pushing the Syrians.

If it works it is a significant diplomatic coup for the Obama team. If it turns into months of foot-dragging without a clear ending then nothing will have been accomplished and Putin gets to have a distribution center to sell conventional weapons all over the Middle East.

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Heaven help those along the front range of Colorado

Last year and again this spring, it was ravaging forest fires consuming beetle-kill evergreens. Now it's raging floodwaters washing out the mountain canyons and inundating cities and towns from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. Let's hope the rains let up and people get a chance to clean up.
Furthur arrives at Red Rocks next Thursday....

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They're allowed

Because the Constitution protects property and contracts rather than people.

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A Hellish Doom

Most of us contribute to polluting the environment in some way and I won"t state the obvious. But what sickens me is the poor families living anywhere near a well that have to pick up and leave (if they can afford it) without any compensation for having too. It's just sort of a "tough luck, kiss my ass" approach that these companies are using simply because they know these people can't fight back. Not right Who has hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight for whats theirs? These companies aren't only destroying the land, they're also getting away with murder. Many people are dreadfully sick because of these bastards. I just don't get how they're allowed to destroy peoples lives. I guess there aren't enough Erin Brockovich's on the planet. Anyways...it's hard not to think that we are most definitely, doomed. Sooner rather than later.

I'm really not a pessimist, by nature. It's just hard to see a any of this changing.

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Turning the us into hell

Doesn't it seem like some sort of evolving picture of hell? Mad Max doesn't begin to describe it. We have earthquakes and waste water and benzene clouds and old mine cave-ins. It seems like 1/3 of our country is in the path of this demonic fuel repository.

I hate fracking. It's terrible. But I've been through some of those towns where people can't put a roof over their heads or provide for their kids because there is NOTHING for them. Are we supposed to condemn them? Tell them to move away from their families? Are we, who are more fortunate, supposed to say:

"Don't work there,
It's bad for the Earth!

I hate fracking and greedheads who make money off of it. But I can't bring myself to say to them: "Don't take the only work in town!"

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We're All Doomed!!

I saw my first pro-fracking commercial this morning when my wife turned on "The Today Show," and it reminded me why I stopped watching television. Reminds me of the anti-corn syrup commercials that quickly turned into pro-corn syrup commercials, only the lasting health effects are much, much more devastating. And I'm sure, like the good little sheep they are, the American base will start supporting fracking as the answer to cheap energy. Flammable tap water has to be better than another oil spill in the ocean, right?

Right...?

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