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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Note

Re: “We Have Met the Shark, and He is Us

the pend oreille paddler lives!!

Posted by Harvey Brannigan on 08/12/2015 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Crime and Punishment

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Posted by bull on 08/04/2015 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Property Over People

Zach…..Good call here.

In the U.S., policing forces first originated as Slave Patrols, to surveil and capture runaway slaves, which were the private property of slaveholders…..and were to be returned alive.

With the unfolding of the Industrial Revolution, came an ever increasing amount of wealth concentration in a small number of business owners and their allied administrators, while vast numbers of industrial workers lived in abject poverty.

This naturally and ultimately led to an increasing amount of threats to the private property of the wealthy by the much larger group of people who had little or no wealth. Those living in abject poverty far outnumbered those with wealth.

So, with slavery abolished, the focus of the police patrols became the protection of the private property of the wealthy as well as keeping the wage slaves in their designated apartheid zones (ghettos).

And today the same sort of economic inequality is increasing more each year along with the increase in gated ‘apartheid-like’ developments to keep the rif-raf of have-nots away from the wealthy parasites.

The police patrols of today are not tasked with keeping the ‘wage’ slaves alive, so a couple of shots does the trick……with no protest from the ‘protected’.

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Posted by watcher on 06/10/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “You Paid for Vito Barbieri to Attend a Bill Mill Conference in Dallas

ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and get a tax break for donations, passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers.

Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations.

More than 98% of ALEC's revenues come from sources other than legislative dues, such as corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations.

ALEC describes itself as a non-partisan, non-profit organization. The facts show that it currently has one Democrat out of 104 legislators in leadership positions.

The organization boasts 2,000 legislative members and 300 or more corporate members. Unelected corporate representatives (often registered lobbyists) sit as equals with elected representatives on nine task forces where they have a “voice and a vote” on model legislation.

Although ALEC claims to take an ideological stance (of supposedly "Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty"), many of the model bills benefit the corporations whose agents write them, shape them, and/or vote to approve them.

ALEC makes old-fashioned lobbying obsolete.

Once legislators return to their state with corporate-sponsored ALEC legislation in hand, the legislators themselves become “super-lobbyists” for ALEC’s corporate agenda, eliminating the middleman.

More Info:…

Posted by watcher on 05/31/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Dam Big

Idaho so benefits from it's rivers, snowpack, and huge Snake River Aquafer. I'm no fan of J.R. Simplot but he did know business!

Posted by idahoguy101 on 05/21/2015 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Dam Big

Thanks for the wise words and the excellent story by Jessica Murri. Idaho Rivers United represents everyone that believes healthy rivers are important. Idaho already has too many rivers without the water they need. IRU makes a strong case that we can have water security by modernizing our water use and distribution systems, not by spending billions of dollars on concrete. Watch our video of Molly Maupin of USGS explaining why Idaho is #1 in domestic water use per capita,, and check out the rest of our website too.

Posted by Idaho Rivers on 05/20/2015 at 3:33 PM


someone should have let Butch and the pols in on mental health month..........
seems like they are collectively missing a bunch o' mental health unda that rotunda..... that rotunda thing lined with tinfoil?........they're sure all acting like it...........

Posted by Jim on 05/18/2015 at 3:38 PM


Addressing mental diseases such as depression and anxiety early on is vital, but feeling comfortable talking about it is difficult. is working to combat mental illness by passing positivity and allowing an avenue for people to talk and share their experiences while connecting with others in the HYA community.

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Posted by Lindsey Antram on 05/13/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Philanthropy, Bikes, Beer and... Torture

Psychology and its investigators and practitioners are tools of the medical-judicial-military complex, existing primarily to aid in the subjugation and control of the people for the profit of the ruling class, aka, the rich. Psychologists (also called counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists)--under the guise of providing "therapy"--are there to get us all to shape up and act like the slaves that we are by "getting with the program."

Watcher, are you watching?

Posted by boi22toy on 05/06/2015 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Megawhat?

What's up with "comments limited to 200 words"? And apparently you strip out HTML, including the two useful links I provided, specific to the site you mentioned, and to the EIA:……

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Posted by tva on 03/21/2015 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Megawhat?

The key concepts in the What is a Megawatt? article on the site you mention are capacity factor (the ratio of average production to a plant's rated capability, not "efficiency") and load factor (average load divided by peak load). Too bad they don't mention what those are beyond "for example" numbers mentioned in their text.

The Energy Information Administration has newer usage data, including a tabulation by state and region, from Hawai`i at 515 kWh/mo, Idaho 1,055 kWh/mo to Louisiana at 1,273 kWh/mo. Energy usage per unit time is "power," by definition. Idaho's average is just under 1.5 kW, or about 680 homes per MW, before capacity and load factors are accounted for. The old rule of thumb corresponds to lower consumption, 720 kWh/mo.

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Posted by tva on 03/21/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Ice Cream Social Activism

How many flavors? How many states? And NO federal ruling to "protect" us from the hateful biggots who are so un-educated that they can only see chocolate , vannila and strawberry? Thank God (litteraly) that we only have the pennis and vagina. If medical science ever develops a third sex . . .your magazine woud be larger than the New York Times, the judicial system would be overbooked for five decades and the "add the words" crowd would be calling for an encyclopedia of new legislation.

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Posted by Roger Wells on 03/04/2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Do We Need Police Oversight? Ask Spokane

When we speak of HUMAN DIGNITY we think of LAW that is a HELP and a GUIDE, teaching by EXAMPLE and counseling in WORD the ART of SELF-GOVERNMENT while HONORING the FREEWILL SOVEREIGNTY of each and every INDIVIDUAL BEING. Giving Our Direction and vision.

Posted by Ophidia on 02/27/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Frozen Beavers and Snow Leopards in Love

The opening statement by Zach Hagadone describing using a sawn beaver for bait is sad and ironic. It is sad, because he writes about conserving threatended wildlife and simultaneously dismissing the keystone species upon which these animals depend, as "bait".

Supported by relaundered stories from the 1940s, Idahoans are deceived about the status and value of Idaho's beaver. (See The Atlantic ). It is no fluke that we must dig back 67 years ago to find some "feel good" press about beaver management in Idaho.

Using IF&g trapping data, we found that indices of beaver populations have been steadily declining in Idaho for the past 15 years. Meanwhile, the ecological benefits of beaver are being quantified with intense and renewed interest accross the globe. The ecosystem services provided by beaver have been estimated at $50,000 PER BEAVER and up. Beaver not only support countless native species, endangered wood duck and threatended spotted leopard frog but also help store water and carbon, reduce peak flood damage and create natural firebreaks. Surely you can find some spam to bait your traps with, Zach; leave Idaho's beavers alone.

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Posted by Beaver Johnson on 02/22/2015 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Fit to Print

"Case in point: our fellow alt-weekly, Willamette Week, in Portland, Ore., whose reporting on influence peddling in the office of Gov. John Kitzhaber led to his resignation earlier this month."
An investigative report on deals cut (IEN, CIA, others?) by Idaho's governor might provide a similar public service. Clem would just as soon hand over the reins to Brad so he can run as an incumbent; might as well speed up the process.

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Posted by rabula publice on 02/19/2015 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Frozen Beavers and Snow Leopards in Love

That headline invites some pretty raunchy comments, but I won't go there. BW readers have good imaginations.

What are badgers? Are they mustelids? I know I could Google "badger" and get a quick answer, but I would prefer a human response from a human questioner. Badgers can be mean, but I haven't yet heard of a "Badger Derby" where professional pelt buyers offer prizes for the most badgers killed in a day.

Badgers seem very scarce to me these days. Are they actually dwindling in numbers, or do I just not get out enough? I almost died once when the horse I was riding stepped into a badger hole while galloping out of my control because he knew he was on his way to the barn and out of the sun.

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Posted by boi22toy on 02/11/2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “One Toke Over the (State) Line

Idaho's marijuana laws are among the worst in the nation. There's an Idaho marijuana reform lobbying effort going on in the next week. Support those efforts by contacting your legislators.'smylegisl… (check under "Events")

Posted by Dan Bontio on 02/03/2015 at 11:02 PM

Re: “One Toke Over the (State) Line

The Idaho Governator claims that there is no medical basis in medical marijuana. Perhaps he should, if he can, read the current issue of Scientific American.....

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Posted by jim on 01/29/2015 at 12:18 PM

Re: “One Toke Over the (State) Line

Lots of self-professed "limited-government conservatives" are all that, until fellow citizens are engaging in activities that those "conservatives" don't approve of. A true conservative opines that it's none of the government's damn business what I do or don't ingest... as long as I'm not putting somebody else at risk. (Prohibition - as much as it seemed like a good idea "on paper" - failed. But it's still illegal to drive while under the influence - as it should be.) Somebody explain to me why it isn't gross hypocrisy for the state to operate the liquor business, while simultaneously prosecuting people who smoke the occasional reefer in the privacy of their homes.

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Posted by bikeboy on 01/28/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “No Time to Worry

I don't know if Mr. Hagadone reads these comments... but if he does...

1) Congratulations on your new child! Having a child (and I'm on GRANDchildren now) is one of the high points of the human experience. Speaking for myself... if there's ANYTHING that convinces me there's an Intelligent Designer, it's looking at a marvelous, complex, fully-functional, perfectly formed newborn child.

2) Fundamentalism can be dangerous IN ALL FORMS! If there's any place in the "civilized world" where free exchange of ideas tends to be suppressed, it's in the hallowed halls of higher learning! If you dare to deviate from the currently-held orthodox views of the "intellectual class," you're likely to be shouted down. It's a blessing to have multiple sources of information, and the wisdom to be a good listener and a critical thinker.

3) Thanks for choosing a common-sense "traditional" name - Eleanor - for your child! It seems pretty common these days for parents to gift their children with names that they'll go through life trying to explain, and/or telling people how to spell.

I hope Eleanor enjoys a long and healthy and adventure-filled life, and I wish the best for her parents and older brother.

Posted by bikeboy on 01/21/2015 at 12:37 PM


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