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Hopeless problems, hopeful solutions


Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Problems:

1.) Humanity finds itself embroiled in regional conflicts everywhere on earth. Resource wars are being conducted even as economies contract. We have no baseline information on which to act regarding planetary atmosphere and climate change, but the incoming data look ominous. We know weather patterns are changing, and not for the better. Flooding and drought are opposite side of the same coin, and both spell disaster for agriculture.

2.) Behavioral scientists have studied rats living in crowded conditions and observed cannibalism, cruelty, and outright murder in an otherwise pacific population. It would seem humanity is also having it's 'Skinner's Box' moment these days. The latest headlines around the world report stories of unemployment and great civil unrest. It's not restricted to any one country, but is global in nature. We're fast finding the limits to human population numbers.

3.) Into this mix we have the grisly murderous scene being rehashed relentlessly in Israel/Palestine. The United States has thrown gasoline on the flames of Mideast passions for far too many years. I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with Muammar al- Gaddafi of Libya, but his proposal for a one-state solution is probably the only workable solution. For those too young to recall, British mandate configured the land called Palestine to suit their petroleum designs. Inhabitants at that time( and for the last many hundreds of years) were a mixture of Moslem Arabs, Jews, and Christians...all of them living in close proximity, and in relative peace. It is not unthinkable to imagine Israelstine. It would take United Nations force and will to make it so.

Solutions:

1.) If climate change, resource depletion, and unemployment are the problems, then a massive UN managed global reforestation program is the answer. I'm thinking of Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan woman that founded the Green Belt movement in her country. We could sure use a make-work program that addresses the critical needs of seven billion people and the stability of their planet. While we have the food and ability to transport or otherwise direct it, we should feed and provide medical care to a vast army of the dispossessed who are willing to replant the globe. Perennial crops and tree crops are advisable for a changing world. Our last real depression was softened by the employment of the CCC(Civilian Conservation Corps). Incidentally, Minnesota got some pretty amazing pu .....
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All it takes is a little effort

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Some things just get my blood boiling. I've witnessed people at highway Rest Areas dump garbage out their door onto the ground when there is a trash container steps away directly in front of their parked car. I have participated in "Adopt a Highway" ..... 
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Welcome to Fillmore County

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Journal has new owners and as a recent transplant to this perfect corner of the earth I want to say, hello.

Jason, huh? You make me feel old right from the start. My son is Jason and I have a deep furrow between my eyebrow ..... 
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We're number 37

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The Obama era was supposed to begin by dealing with four issues Iraq and the Middle East and all its permutations, the economy and the recession, healthcare systems, and lastly, all other entitlements.

The economy has sucked all the air out o ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I keep hearing how the current state of affairs is being compared to crises of the past, which is understandable -- since economists often theorize that history repeats itself.

Most recently, I heard that our finanicial woes were comparable ..... 
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On ethics, morality and faith: The Redeemed Shall Walk

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Do you remember when you, your parents, or grandparents, saved Gold Bond stamps or S & H Green stamps, given as an incentive to buy from a certain store or gas station? After we filled the required number of books, we could take them to a Redemption ..... 
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Stop taxpayer funding of ethanol

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Ethanol, in any form whether grain or cellulosic, will never economically replace petroleum. There just are not enough BTUs to justify it. Ethanol is about 20 to 30-percent less efficient than gasoline and about 50-percent less efficient than diesel ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I really don't enjoy debating politics, because I'm too competitive and I always WIN; just like in the board game Monopoly against my wife and Karla Appel. I am kidding on all accounts, in case you were ready to challenge me.

In spite of my l ..... 
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Food Support cases up dramatically

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

PRESTON - On January 20, the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the Fillmore County Social Services front desk logged 200 contacts - phone calls and walk-ins from residents in need.

Gail Bunge, Financial Assistance Supervisor ..... 
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