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Joe Blackford II

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Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

Trump presidency = "virtueless reality"

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

Come 2023, when KSU's National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, is stocked with pathogens, be prepared to:

• Tell your doctors if you have recently been to Manhattan. Recall being asked at the doctor's office IF you've recently been to West Africa (possibly exposed to Ebola)?

"The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University was established in 2010 to help protect the nation's agricultural and public health sectors against high-consequence foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic* disease threats."

zoonotic* => a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people or, more specifically, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans.

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

The dearth of donut shops along I70 necessitated implementing asset seizure as a means to know where law enforcement was located in every county. /sarchasm

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

Taxes vs Quality of Life Issues? As we're both retired Federal employees, we don't pay any KS income tax. Did pay $6 for TurboTax's estimate of KS sales tax due on items purchased over the Internet. Have to admit that not paying income taxes in KS doesn't make up for what our home state lacks: public lands.

KS is 50th in per capita public lands; lands used for recreation, and as such are counted as positive for Quality of Life issues when companies consider locations attractive to top-notch employee prospects.

For decades, KS was 50th! But Brownback's experiment likely => pop. loss, as Rhode Island has taken over that honor? if kdwp&t took 40 acres away from Clinton State Park & gave it to the "not a water park" developer, we might beat RI back to 50th !!!!

US States Land Ownership by Percentage:
Rank / State / % that is Public Land / % that is Private Land

49 / KS / 1.9% / 98.1%
50 / RI / 1.5% / 98.5%

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

Be honest Bob, you got this comment from some conservative clickbait for morons site like this:

Media Ignores Mass Killing In South Carolina, No Gun Involved.

Googling the name of the suspect => 1,210 results, some of which identify themselves as "abc," "cbs," "fox," "nbc," etc. "National Media" is a pretty nebulous term these days; I can pretty well find national news via Google, or checking

Not that you would notice, but family members murdering each other is much more common than mass murders in schools. That might be a reason for why you didn't see it on the networks' evening news. Or it could be that the "National Media" reported instead that Trump had someone else fire a lap dog lacking a security clearance; made another "rocket man" Twitter taunt; lied to Canada's president on trade; reversed on raising the age to purchase guns to 21; denied knowing Stormy Daniels or any of the 6 other women who aren't ashamed to admit to having sex with our President . . .

On Editorial: Gun control an uphill battle

Posted 16 March 2018, 8:34 p.m. Suggest removal

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

Bob - I immediately recognized the ruger® mini-14® ranch rifle, although I was not aware of the RUGER® Mini-14® Tactical; both of which use Caliber: 5.56 NATO / 223 Remington. NATO, as in the soldiers the Russians fear? I'm guessing Trump's friends in the Kremlin consider the MINI-14® an "assault weapon?"

AFAIK, It wasn't until 2013 that the 223 Remington was legal to use on deer in KS. It still is NOT legal for use on deer in some states. Many true hunters believe that such a small caliber is not "ethical" for hunting deer. But then NRA "ethics" are divergent from those of most hunters &/or gun owners. The NRA is only interested in increasing the sales of firearms, IF I understand correctly. And could care less how firearms are used.

On Editorial: Gun control an uphill battle

Posted 16 March 2018, 2:40 p.m. Suggest removal

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

Trump presidency = "virtueless reality"

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

ksu/usda/dhs have all the answers, as they'll have the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, operational by 2023, But then again, they forgot to tell Kansans about Dual Use Research of Concern:

"Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security. The United States Government’s oversight of DURC is aimed at preserving the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research."

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

Ms. Madl - that EXIT sign shown in the picture of the Plaza auditorium is not original. Have you looked behind it?

I have 2 (of the 4) original stained glass transom EXIT signs from the Wichita Theatre, 1916. I worked @ the Miller Theatre, on Broadway, the year the Wichita was demolished. The basement of the Miller was filled with old marquees, poster light boxes & other memorablia removed for remodels over the decades.

And yes, there were home movie theaters back then. Many of the Fox theater chain managers I worked with had hand-me-down seats, projectors & Altec Lansing “Voice of the Theatre” speakers in their basements.

Congratulations on the recognition!

Catsap (Joe Blackford II) says...

K-State's Gen. Myers pleading with Congress for more Top Secret - Sensitive Compartment Information security clearances to be issued (he can't find anyone with a TS-SCI who wants to work @ a research university where 35% of the research budget is going for the mortgage on Pat Roberts Hall, aka the Biosecurty Research Institute).

The BRI takes its $5million/year mortgage & operating budget off the top of the KSU research budget; ~ 35%. Until its mortgage is retired!

report of the research infrastructure task force. june 15, 2010

"The BRI imposes a significant drain on the SRO funds allocated to the central administration. This drain has negative repercussions across the entire university by restricting contributions to start up funds for new faculty, matching support for grants, etc. More importantly, the use of SRO funds for this purpose has been remarkably non- transparent and is one of the sources of campus-wide distrust and suspicion of the central administration."

Fix the BRI Expenditure. Fix the expenditure of $3.1 million of SRO per year to BRI, i.e., get this beast paid for. Ideally, this problem would be solved without SRO money, but with money obtained from sources that were envisioned when the BRI was first conceived, e.g., NBAF. Turn the BRI into a positive learning experience, and use it as a means to demonstrate the currently stated commitment to openness and transparency. Explain the decisions made, the risks taken, and the results obtained. Develop a “business plan” for the BRI that indicates the funding targets to resolve the current operating deficit. Develop a time line through which the financial dependence of the BRI is projected to decrease to a constant value. Define circumstances under which closing the facility would be considered, i.e., under what conditions would it be a “failure.” Use this process as another lesson for the need for transparency and inclusiveness in all major decisions."

There you have it, General Myers => under what conditions would the BRI be a “failure.” Own up to the fact that KSU made "bets" on Congress' knee-jerk reaction to the "wolf of bio-terrorism" resulting in so many teats KSU would become a top 25 research university. Heed the lesson for the need for transparency and inclusiveness in all major decisions.

Instead, I read that KSU's aspirations have fallen to 50th:

"Our goals remain the same — excelling as a student-centered land-grant university on our way to becoming nationally recognized as a Top 50 public research university "

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