Wednesday Open Thread

“To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.”

–Marcus Aurelius

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  1. DaftPunk says:

    The states with the biggest Obamacare struggles spent years undermining the law


     As insurers exit Obamacare marketplaces across the country, critics of the Affordable Care Act have redoubled claims that the health law isn’t working.

    Yet these same critics, many of them Republican politicians in red states, took steps over the last several years to undermine the 2010 law and fuel the current turmoil in their insurance markets.

    Among other things, they blocked expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor, erected barriers to enrollment and refused to move health plans into the Obamacare marketplaces, a key step to bringing in healthier consumers.

    Those decisions left the marketplaces in many red states with poorer, sicker customers than they otherwise might have had.

  2. BlueCat says:

    And now for Trump's super secret detailed fool proof plan to defeat ISIS!

    Well, now we know what Trump's "foolproof" and "absolute" plan for defeating ISIS is — to ask the generals to come up with a plan — quickly. That's what he said he would do during a speech Tuesday. "They'll have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS," he told supporters in Greenville, N.C.

    These are the generals, mind you, whom Trump has said don't understand ISIS like he does. "I know more about ISIS than the generals do," Trump said in a rambling Iowa speech in November. "Believe me."

    The charitable conclusion that could be drawn here is that Trump has decided to abandon his secret plan — or at least set it aside — in favor of letting the generals come up with their own plan. Perhaps he decided the generals actually do know more about the Islamic State than he does. But that doesn't really make sense if Trump's plan was anywhere near as great as he said.


  3. BlueCat says:

    For Zap… lots of stuff you'll probably enjoy despite yourself on that that awful Chris Cilizza's "The Fix". He's really not all bad.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Dallas Morning News endorses Hillary for President…

    We don't come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation's highest office since before World War II — if you're counting, that's more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections

  5. itlduso says:

    Check it out!  Morgan Carroll's first campaign ad:

    More ads to follow.



  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Colorado grew more hemp in 2016 than all other states combined.  Go Team!

  7. Voyageur says:

    The crop of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Henry Clay now graces the state of Ralph Carr.  You rock, Bowman.

  8. Voyageur says:

    That top one would make a great poster.  The great thing about the hemp renaissance is that it taps the profit motive.  Doing well by doing good puts progress on automatic pilot.  I'd love to see some federal or even bill gates money researching the hemp graphene substitute though.  Store the sun until we need it!  Bhai

    • MichaelBowman says:

      I hear there is a hemp graphene project happening right now at CU with the hemp grown on a Logan County farm.  DOE should be in the middle of this; unfortunately federal agencies have been barred from any research of the plant components because some Einstein (Nixon) put it on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act in '70.  Yes, industrial hemp resides on Schedule 1 alongside meth. 

      What would be an even better idea would be for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to lead the charge on this research.  Coops serve over 85% of our nation's geography; it's where the bulk of our wind and solar resources reside. We could deliver some real benefits today to a nation as a deliverable from the taxpayers investment in our rural electrics long ago in The New Deal. 

      The DEA's position is that they are in charge of enforcing the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotics (which put cannabis on Schedule 1 – regardless of THC content).  What they conveniently leave out of their story is that every other G7 nation that was a signatory has thumbed their nose at the Convention and legalized hemp production. 

      We are the largest consumer market in the world for hemp products and the only G7 nation standing that prohibits its cultivation.  We have had issues with a certain, influential sub-committee Chairman in the House, he refusing to give us a committee hearing for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.  As it turns out, DEA delivers significant grants to rural Sheriff's departments for 'hemp eradication'.  

      Oh, what tangled webs we weave.  

      • Duke Cox says:

        Interesting stuff, Michael.

        What product lines and uses are leading the way in the demand for hemp? It is so useful in so many ways, I am curious how the emerging market is developing.

        Incidentally, I am soon to meet an intern at the radio station we are building ( KWSI-LP, 100.3 FM, Community Radio in Grand Junction…… more on that later) whose last name is Hemp…I 'm sure she has some interesting stories about her last name.smiley

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