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Kansas Water Authority accepts report on proposed aqueduct

My family farmed in the far northwest corner of Kansas, in Cheyenne county, since about 1882. The family tradition of farming there ended in 2000, I'll drop the details.

But the point is this: My family operated a profitable farming operation in western Kansas for about 118 years, and only used the aquifer for household use.

Farmers do not need the Ogallala Aquifer to grow wheat, and a few other crops. It's only needed to grow crops such as corn, which do require a lot of moisture. The problem is, farmers can earn a great deal of money growing corn, and there's no personal consequence for draining the aquifer.

So, after the Ogallala Aquifer is no longer available for use, they'll all grow different crops. Just like my family did for 118 years.

And PS: Western Kansas is not a desert. It is a steppe.

January 31, 2015 at 7:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Water Authority accepts report on proposed aqueduct

The taxpayers will have to pay. If the water is too expensive, no one will buy it.

There's a term for projects such as this: Boondoggle.

January 31, 2015 at 7:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Water Authority accepts report on proposed aqueduct

You might be amazed to read this, but it's true, it really is: <br>
Cattle are grown in a lot of places other than western Kansas. <br>
Wheat and corn are grown in a lot of places other than western Kansas.

In the greater scheme of things, the entrepreneurial spirit of motivated individuals will provide the products that people want, from other sources. Then the free market will take over, and prices will become reasonable due to competition between producers.

So don't panic.

January 31, 2015 at 7:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas bill would protect public comments from civil lawsuits

Have you ever heard of a frivolous lawsuit? This bill will limit them.

January 30, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas bill would protect public comments from civil lawsuits

I do not understand why anyone would have a problem with this bill. Although the wording of this article seems to be a bit confusing, it appears to me that if your public claims are factual, your free speech rights are protected.

There has never been a law that protects someone's right to intentionally publish false claims. Although, I am sure there are those that will point out that politicians seem to do it all the time.

January 30, 2015 at 1:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Anti-Semitism poses growing threat

I read about that film a while ago and planned to see it, but now I've missed it. But, the flick will be around for years.

The question is: Have we learned anything? <br>
The answer is: Apparently from the news about Boko Haram in Nigeria, the answer is: No.

But I think the problems really are with governments and education. Democratic countries with highly educated populations rarely have those sorts of problems. Except for different problems with neighboring countries that aren't like that.

January 30, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Anti-Semitism poses growing threat

The number of people that don't like Jews, but don't personally know any that they know of, is amazing.

The more a knowledgeable and open minded person studies Judaism and its teachings, the more he/she will respect it. Judaism is not only just another religion, but it is also a set of ethics, morals, and principles. Its teachings vary a great deal between the different movements. An old claim is that whenever you put two Jews together, you will find three opinions. That goes for any type of rational discourse. Meaning, Judaism is also a system of thought, best expressed by Talmudic study. Education is highly valued in Jewish cultures, and more emphasis is placed on the here and now, instead of a Heavenly reward.

Clipped from: <br>
http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/10/29/... <br>
"since the Nobel was first awarded in 1901 approximately 193 of the 855 honorees have been Jewish (22%). Jews make up less than 0.2% of the global population."

That is amazing. No other cultural or national group comes anywhere near that.

Judaism is also a tribal identity, although with conversions in and out of Judaism over the centuries, a lot of that is no longer genetic, as most tribes are. So that ends up as more of a set of customs and holidays today.

Are there Jews that are immoral or unethical? Of course, but that is also true for any other religion or ethnic group.

It has been claimed in the past that Jews are the canary in the coalmine - first to go are the Jews, then whatever, and finally ending up with Fascism. Which of course, would be a disaster for any kind of further progress by the human race. In fact, it would be a terrific regression.

The fate of the Jews is the fate of all of us.

January 30, 2015 at 3:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers move to block local gun regulations

I'm sure there are some readers thinking this:

If there had been more gun restrictions back in the 1770s, we'd still be subjects of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.

But you never know, maybe the United Kingdom would have eventually given the residents of the Colonies the right to vote.

But as a practical matter, Australia, Canada, and the Falkland Islands didn't have any problems staying with the Commonwealth. And wouldn't you know it, they all heavily restrict gun ownership.

January 29, 2015 at 5:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas City area to get 1,001 electric car chargers

Relatively speaking, there are so few electric cars that at the moment, it's not a concern. How much money should be thrown at the problem to collect only a very few dollars in taxes?

January 27, 2015 at 9:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas City area to get 1,001 electric car chargers

In many locations, electric rates are lower at night, and generally speaking, many people are at work in the daytime and thus away from their garage where they presumably have their charger. And, quite a few people take vacations from time to time, and need to drive longer distances than can be done on a single charge. The fear of running out of electric charge, and thus mobility, even has a term: "Range anxiety."

Clipped from: <br>
http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-...

You Can Now Drive From Los Angeles To New York On Tesla's Supercharger Network <br>
by Alex Davies <br>
Jan. 27, 2014, 10:01 AM

Tesla Model S drivers can now make it from Los Angeles to New York recharging the electric car only at the company's supercharger stations, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.

To mark the occasion, two teams will race to set a cross-country speed record in an electric vehicle, Musk continued.

Superchargers allow Tesla owners to charge their cars quickly and for free, for life. The network is a big part of Tesla's efforts to convince drivers that range anxiety — the fear of running out of power on the road — shouldn't stop them from going electric.

There are currently 71 stations in North America and 14 in Europe. Tesla says that covers about 80% of the U.S. population.

January 27, 2015 at 9:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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