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.
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!
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.
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.
This was a bad move. Without knowing the signature of fracking compounds in advance, this sets the stage for ruinous litigation and a lot of uncertainty down the road. There will be no way to quickly and reliably prove (or disprove) that changes in water quality near fracking sites stem from fracking activity unless the signatures of those compounds are known. Score another one for the trial lawyers and the march of corporate obfuscationism.
Sorry George, you definitely got it wrong with your equating the "citizens of Afghanistan" with the citizens of Libya. Unlike Libya, Afghanistan has never had a unified government at any point in it's history. And, to imply that the average Afghan would like to rise up against Karzai is ludicrous. Afghans are caught between a corrupt government and even more corrupt set of warlords, proto-industrialists, religious fanatics, and narco-trafficers. The only the we can do with our relationship with Afghanistan is decide as a nation whether it's worth our time and money to attempt to change that dynamic, and how. You don't need to paint an overbroad and inaccurate portrait of the political/military dynamic in Afghanistan to make your point.
The US is, and has always been, far less powerful overseas than we imagine ourselves. We are hugely influential all over the world, but sometimes in ways that don't work in our interests. Our national security establishment has yet to develop institutional relationships that effectively acknowledges the real nature of "US power." Sec. Clinton is too embedded in the nation-state perspective to understand that the real power of our nation occurs at a much lower level of socio-political granularity, and that to deny it, and refuse to even consider the problem, IS the problem. The same goes with you. The real nature of the problem is that it is incredibly complicated, very rich, and resistant to accurate, broad, interpretation. You'll be more effective if you don't even go down that road. You don't need to go there to make your point.
A constitution re-written in today's political climate would result in codifying Montana's status as a colonial outpost to transnational agricultural, mineral and energy corporations, and would ensure that the natives were kept as ignorant as possible about their circumstances. The convention itself would provide enough hot air to power the state during it's convocation (probably a good thing), but only if someone at Montana Tech could figure out how to encase the meeting in a methane-capture bladder without suffocating the participants.
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