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Re: “Build your own legal case

It seems like simplifying procedures and form management would be an effective way to reduce costs and improve outcomes. The article mentions that the court has asked the legislature to improve the rules...has there been any traction on that? Are any legislators or officials from DOJ (or, for that matter, anyone in the Governor's office) pushing the issue in the legislature?

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Posted by capbob on 08/15/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

Conspicuously missing are Lewis and Clarks Tumbleweed (which on this scale should be #0) and Blackfoot River Brewings Black Diamond Stout. Both are award winners and both routinely sell out at brewing events.

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Posted by capbob on 07/31/2014 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Soul man

It might be useful for these reviews to include links to what the author thinks are representative songs, available on Youtube, Soundcloud, etc.

Posted by capbob on 07/24/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “LGBT: UM student pleads guilty

Transgendered and intersex humans have been around since the dawn of time. It's attitudes like Scott Wilson's that prevent us from seeing and accepting them. Scott, take a minute to lookup "two-spirit" "intersex" and "transgendered" before you throw that punch on general principles: it will save you some time in the pokey. I suspect you need to get out a bit more and see the real world for what it is rather than what you think it is.

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Posted by capbob on 12/13/2012 at 8:23 AM

Re: “It takes a village to make Missoula's David Boone a rock star

A really compelling and beautiful story. It took me a while to find the video (and hear the music), but it was worth the search. We're fans!

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Posted by capbob on 05/03/2012 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Boating

FWP regs also state: "A "no wake" speed must be maintained when within 200 feet of a dock, swimmer, swimming raft, non-motorized boat, or anchored vessel."

This regulation is consistently unenforced on the lakes around Helena. I'm not surprised it's not enforced on the rivers.

Set the fines big enough, make boat owners liable for infringement, make it possible for citizens to submit photographic/video evidence of infringement coupled with affadavits stating the nature/date/time of the violation, and add bounties (as a % of the fine collected) and you'll see compliance dramatically improve.

Posted by capbob on 08/25/2011 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Global no go-go

You can't turn back the clock. Globalization began on January 14, 1973 with the broadcast of "Aloha from Hawaii" special by Elvis Presley (the first commercial realtime event capable of being watched by everyone on the globe -- hence the term "globalization.") That is, you can't turn back the clock unless you're willing to give up satellite broadcasts, the global internet, the ability to use your ATM card/credit card anywhere on the planet that honors your particular money network.

The "globalization" this article refers to is several layers up on the infrastructure chain, layers whose protocols and systems of governance are based on pre-globalization ideas about how trade should be conducted. This layer is more in the realm of political economy, and will require a sea change in perception and attitude before it gets better.

Sure there are problems with individual transactions and economic policies, but on the whole, the challenge should be how to comprehend the sea change that is upon us, and learn to surf the wave, rather than to stand on the beach with our hands out yelling, "Halt! I command thee to turn back!"

I like getting organic bananas at a reasonable price in the middle of winter in Montana. Same goes with strawberries, swiss chocolate and of course, espresso. Are there problems with how those products are produced? Yes. But those problems, and most of the ones cited in this article, pre-dated the process of globalization ushered in by changes in telematics in the last 40 years. Using the US as a colony to produce cheap raw materials? Gasp! It's never been done before! (Except that's the economic reason this country was founded way back in the 17th and 18th centuries).

The issues cited here have been around a while, but the underlying global economic infrastructure has dramatically changed. Better to focus on the specifics of how to make things more equitable and environmentally sustainable than trying to go back to a time when the same problems existed, but we had fewer tools to address them.

Posted by capbob on 08/25/2011 at 10:09 AM

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