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  • Nov 19, 2016 03:43 PM
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    The Clinton Foundation ended up being a liability for her campaign.

    Vox: 181 Clinton Foundation donors who lobbied Hillary's State Department

    Republicans and the media milked this list for all it was worth. It generated more and more news for weeks in the campaign and gave rise to such chants as "lock her up".

    No such problem with the Trump Foundation as the only visible donor was Trump himself, who sometimes donated to himself.

  • Apr 22, 2017 02:12 PM
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    MSN Money: Buyer wanted: Tiny Oregon town for sale

    While we have been discussing what it would take to save dying coal mountain camps (towns), this sale of Tiller, Oregon, a former logging community that has been dying since tree cutting stopped is in the news.

    The entire town is for sale at an asking price of $3.5 million. The sale includes "six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station, the land under the post office, undeveloped parcels, water rights and infrastructure that includes sidewalks, fire hydrants and a working power station. Tiller Elementary School, a six-classroom building that closed in 2014, is for sale separately for $350,000."

    They actually have potential buyers who see a future for the town.

  • Apr 22, 2017 08:18 AM
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    Electric Vehicles now are best suited for an urban commuter environment. Yes they'll have competition from cheap gasoline, but in places like Boston I expect that they'll catch on quicker than out west or in Florida where tourists like to drive longer distances. If you drive 10,000 miles a year, they have a 10 year life.

    Many more affluent people will continue to buy them because they are environmentally conscious.

    Then there is the Netherlands:

    The Netherlands Just Got One Step Closer to Eliminating Polluting Vehicles

    Dank je

  • Apr 22, 2017 08:18 AM
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    MSN:CNBC: Op-Ed: Gas stations are going away sooner than you think

    Traditional city gas stations will disappear from the urban environment as all electric vehicles become commonplace in the city.

    "To really jump start electric vehicle use, we need to stop focusing on wired super charging at gas stations and focus more on wireless charging everywhere else. Because people aren't going to go a place to charge. They're going to charge at the places they go."

    That's right...where people shop (e.g. supermarkets) to where they park their cars (commuter train stations) people will be able to charge their cars wirelessly. The typical commuter has a round trip of much less than 200 miles, the average range of EVs as they are called.

    I read a report that you cannot find a gas station in the downtown area of Boston, for example, because the land has more potential for other commercial ventures. It will further accelerate the EV market for commuters.

    Wireless charging is something that might have defied the imagination a few years ago but it is here now and the technology is getting better every day.

    More jobs gone by the wayside...especially in Oregon and New Jersey where you are not allowed to pump your own gas.

  • Nov 19, 2016 03:43 PM
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    Dockadams Wrote: Through her campaign, Mrs. Clinton kept saying she was a moderate, and then came her deplorables quote. I think Sanders was more of a progressive than her. I think maybe those 2 things, along with a few other bites put the torpedoes into her run.

    Yes the deplorable comment taken out of context hurt her. She should have been more careful in her words knowing that Trump will extract any part of her speech for political gain. Here is the full context.

    NPR: Hillary Clinton's 'Basket Of Deplorables,' In Full Context Of This Ugly Campaign

  • Nov 19, 2016 03:43 PM
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: One huge elephant in the room. In spite of spending over 2 billion dollars Hillary didn't get any fallout from the Clinton Foundation. For 2 Billion dollars you would think she wouldn't need to campaign at all
    Chet -- I don't know what the hell you are talking about. Sheesh.
  • Apr 19, 2017 06:18 PM
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    Chet -- I'm not suggesting that many of the "company camps" be saved. Company camps (they now call themselves towns) that have a few hundred people have been a product of oil fields, and mining areas for the entre history of America. When the purpose of their existence in the first place dies, the camp needs to die with it. That's the way it has been out west. It's okay for coal country as well.

    What I am talking about is the small towns with populations of a few thousand that supported multiple camps over the years. There is potential in many of them, if they quit the blame game and started looking inward at what they can do to help themselves. This is where Hillary's plan comes in to assist.

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    Who Are Bernie Sanders’ Supporters Voting For?

    I haven't seen any numerical numbers, but there were a bunch of die-hard Bernie supporters who learned to hate Hillary so much during the primary campaign that they just couldn't vote for her. It was an entirely emotional reaction for them, and of course, the WikiLeaks revelations didn't help. Some voted for the 3rd party candidates, many didn't vote at all and some voted for Trump. I do recognize that most Bernie supporters voted for Hillary in huge numbers...but just not enough.

    Those Bernie supporters who voted for Trump were largely the Rust Belt blue collar workers who identified with Bernie's message on single payer health care, the inequality (millionaires and billionaires) but probably mostly on trade and jobs...the China Syndrome. On that single anti-trade agreement issue Bernie and Trump spoke the same language, so that particular subset of Bernie supporters became essentially single issue voters, preferring Bernie but opting for Trump.

    Hillary was bashed so much by Trump and Republicans (with help from the media), she had a hard time getting her message through. I have mentioned this before, but I studied where she stood on all the issues very carefully. Her website, HillaryClinton.com was outstanding in that regard for wonks like me, but I recognize very few people including the media put much effort into reading and studying it like I did. It was frustrating for me.

    In the end, people largely voted their emotions, and didn't engage in critical thinking.

  • Apr 19, 2017 06:18 PM
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    Dockadams Wrote:
    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Schmidt, Did you see the picture of the sight? If anything they are diverting the responsibility if returning that destroyed land to a solar farm that the reclamation will be paid by somebody else. Placing a solar farm in an expensive to develop hard to service area best turned into a wilderness game preserve does not make sense. There are not enough people there to use the power that and the farm will permanently displace and alter the wildlife and vegetation that are supposed to be returned.

    I'm thinking the wildlife had already left the area when those dumb humans began digging up the areas with their polluting heavy diesel powered equipment.

    gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/b27120512340c0718a...

    pophistorydig.com/wp-content/uploads/20...

    If a person is put out of a job, then it's time for them to move onto something else, they need to find themselves another skill or a trade, and not just sit around their trailers on unemployment compensation and crying in their beer. And please, don't anybody here say it can't be done because millions of people have lost jobs and decidedly moved on to finding other jobs, they didn't sit around whining and feeling sorry for themselves.

    Dockadams -- That's an impressive machine. However, I would disagree with the company burying it. It should become a part of the coal country's heritage...the center piece in a museum perhaps. In my former mining city of Butte, MT the residents cherish all the mine head frames and promote them as a part of tourism. The original head frame is now the site of the annual folk festival. That mine was close to our house.
  • Apr 19, 2017 06:18 PM
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    Chet -- We have discussed coal country many times on this website. During the election, I offered up Hillary Clinton's proposals to help revitalize coal country communities, and you scorned those proposals as well.

    Hillary Clinton’s Plan for Revitalizing Coal Communities

    Hillary Clinton didn't pull this plan out of her ass. It started with her "listening tour" and incudes the professional opinions of many of the experts she consulted.

    But no she wasn't born in coal country, so what does she know? I know it didn't pass your smell test.