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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Does Bok have any concept of how many deaths from environmental pollution have NOT occurred because NIXON signed NEPA, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and got us the EPA? Yep, that coal that was killing folks in London before regulation hit Europe as well, was such a positive form of “post-birth control”!!


    The “right’s” condemnation of science in general, and anything that reduces corporate profit, to ANY degree, in particular isn’t just “political slant”, it’s pure insanity.

  2. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I see complaints about over-regulation, but I rarely see specific examples provided to back up the claim. I wouldn’t doubt there is some room for improvement, but there is a difference between trimming a hedge and blindly hacking away at it.

  3. Ron

    Ron GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    For crying out loud!! Its a Christmas CARTOON folks – lighten up and go back to your vituperative ways tomorrow!

  4. Ramona Winkelbauer

    Ramona Winkelbauer said, over 2 years ago

    @Jase99

    Really?, it’s evidently a possible felony count to trim public property http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/12/03/ca-man-wont-face-felony-charge-for-trimming-shrub/

  5. Ramona Winkelbauer

    Ramona Winkelbauer said, over 2 years ago

    @Jase99

    Or, for another take on over/regulation, how about a column by John Stossel: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1213/stossel122513.php3#.UrxTj_RDvzg?

  6. Ramona Winkelbauer

    Ramona Winkelbauer said, over 2 years ago

    Please explain to me how exactly regulating the color scheme for DC taxis (and eliminating thereby the money spent on logo/brand building) is not regulatory over-reach: http://dctaxi.dc.gov/page/uniform-taxicab-color-scheme ?

  7. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Ramona Winkelbauer

    The guy felt the shrubbery in question either blocked his view or was a gathering place for the homeless. Rather than contacting the city about the matter, he decided to take it upon himself to trim said shrubbery. The damage was estimated at around $3,000 and an arborist apparently had to be called to the scene to assess if he caused any permanent damage.

    1) We don’t know just how badly he trimmed shrubs. City parks are for everyone to enjoy, not just him.
    2) We don’t know what method he used to trim them. The city would have been liable for harm he could have caused to himself or to others.

  8. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Ramona Winkelbauer

    Really? You want me to take seriously Stossle’s rant about regulations that would affect Santa Clause??

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    ^1967 flying down from SEATAC to LAX after ‘Nam, and the pilot came on when we were getting close to LA to say that they were switching to ILS because the smog was so thick they didn’t have visibility for visual flight rules. The L.A. basin was indeed a yellow/orange/brown sewer with lethal air quality. Yes, those terrible laws Nixon signed DID save lives.


    Tigger: as you never pay attention, I will try anyway, Nixon WAS a crook, he extended the Viet Nam war longer than necessary, and was a terrible person, but he DID accomplish more “good things” than “W” and Cheney!!

  10. Ramona Winkelbauer

    Ramona Winkelbauer said, over 2 years ago

    @Jase99

    Shrubbery Guy: Given my own results from calling 311 and extrapolating (although the article is silent on whether he had none, one or a thousand complaints to the “authorities”), it may be that he was using “Forward Momentum” a la Miles Naismith Vorkosigan.

    1) We don’t know how the arborist came to the conclusion that the “damage” was $3K; was that the WAG of this educated indivdual? The article is very vague about what was cut; Kudzu, box, …..?

    2) Does method matter when the cutting is being analyzed ex post facto? I.e., whether I use an electric hedge trimmer or manual shears, the main difference generally is how long it takes to perform the work. And, in this case, he’s being held liable for harm done to the foliage, not to himself or bystanders.

  11. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    China is so bad (google image on “Asian Brown Cloud”) that residents are warned to stay indoors on bad days, last January it went over the expected top of the scale by 50%, they’ve shut down highways, airports, and schools due to smog that permitted 65 feet of visibility; and Chinese aviation authorities are now requiring local pilots to get certified for landing in smog.
    So, yes, some regulation appears to be in order. China is starting to do theirs, but there’s no reason why we should sit back and set a slightly better example. It wasn’t that long ago that we had similar levels of smog, and it was regulation that fixed it.

    Staying inside: (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-25/beijing-pollution-prompts-second-day-of-warnings-to-stay-indoors.html)
    Over the top of the scale: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/01/14/beijing_pollution_breaks_china_s_air_quality_index_why_china_needs_a_war.html
    65 feet of visibility: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/22/world/asia/china-smog-lingers/
    Landing in smog: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-to-make-pilots-learn-how-to-land-in-beijing-smog-in-effort-to-reduce-flight-delays/

  12. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 2 years ago

    Over-regulation is possible if it doesn’t address the problem in question.
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    I don’t understand why that is hard to understand.

  13. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 2 years ago

    Agreed from what I hear China’s government is ignoring environmental problems they are causing. One problem with correcting the situation is that The Communist Party in control doesn’t respond well to complaints.
    The smog might kill you in a few years but The Party might kill you tonight if you complain.
    .
    They found the same situation in Eastern Europe after the USSR collapsed, even without the taint of CAPITALISM hazardous waste and polluting sources were everywhere.
    (And nobody ever accused the Soviets of under-regulating.

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