Friday Open Thread

“In life, particularly in public life, psychology is more powerful than logic.”

–Ludwig Quidde

29 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Good morning.

     

    Rep. Boebert continues to draw the nation's attention. Today's Washington Post Fact Checker is on her "origin story" — one of the frequent themes checked by the group, the "regular lines that they use over and over to explain their political motivations."

    Boebert tells the story of a man who was beaten to death outside her restaurant. Police considered it a possible homicide but quickly concluded that the man died of a drug overdose. There was a fight, but it took place blocks away from her restaurant; the man merely ran past the back of her business before collapsing.

    Boebert earns Three Pinocchios.

     

  2. davebarnes says:

    Today is IHOP National Pancake Day

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Democratic accomplishments and Biden's speech last night had me searching for a Depression-era quote about political steps forward.  Didn't find what I thought I would from FDR, but found his spouse wisely observing

    “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt

  4. Duke Cox says:

    "MSU Spartans presented by Rocket Mortgage"    um…what?

  5. itlduso says:

    Don't be surprised if this storm under performs, at least for Denver Metro.  Check out http://www.weather5280.com for interesting analysis.  They are using terms like "dry slot", "GFS wobble", "risk of warm temperatures" that may cause this storm to bust.  For a storm that has had unprecedented hype since Monday, it is still possible that it turns out to be a dud, again at least for Denver and the Eastern plains.

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Land-grant universities continue to face a huge and costly backlog of deferred infrastructure needs that threaten U.S. agricultural competitiveness, according to a new report released by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

    If our Red State representatives weren’t so pre-occupied with culture wars perhaps we could get our act together and return to our status as the premier agriculture research country in the world?  $11.5 billion dollars to get this mess shored up?  Keerist on a kracker…some red-state Einstein could have tucked that amount into the recent relief package and it probably would have gotten a near-unanimous vote on the amendment (and then said Senator could have voted no on the main package). 

    Report: $11.5B in lagging facilities hampering US ag research

    Land-grant universities continue to face a huge and costly backlog of deferred infrastructure needs that, left unaddressed, threaten U.S. agricultural competitiveness, according to a new report released by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

    The total tab across the 97 institutions is estimated at $11.5 billion, and the report’s analysis “suggests that colleges and schools of agriculture will require a sustaining annual investment of approximately $550 million each year just to keep deferred maintenance from growing.” Just six years ago, Gordian, the company that produced the report, estimated $8.4 billion in infrastructure and deferred maintenance needs.

    “We have received reports from every type of institution that deteriorating facilities interrupt the pursuit of research and education excellence,” Douglas Steele, APLU vice president of food, agriculture and natural resources, said in a prologue to the report. “These challenges on campuses are more than a nuisance: they are a national economic threat.”

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