Your Morning Toffee

MinnPost: Y2K prep saves St. Cloud newspaper … 11 years later.

MNpublius: Why does MNGOP hate the middle class?

PiPress: St. Paul poet wins 2011 Kay Sexton award.

LOL/OMG: Communist Daughter + Grey’s Anatomy =/= Socialized medicine.

Strib: The Hecker Files. Real-life is infinitely more entertaining than a Hollywood script.

10 thoughts on “Your Morning Toffee

  1. noodleman Post author

    @champs: Absent a nationwide government-propelled program, like the Rural Electrification Program, to connect each and every dwelling in the state to broadband net access, I suspect paper will survive for a while longer outside the metro. It was only because of the REP, starting in the 1930s, that most farmers and their wives were able to read the paper by electric light.

  2. justpbob

    In other news, the adult smoking rate in Minnesota is now roughly 16%, about 22% less than in 1999. Among college-educated Minnesotans, the rate is less than five percent.

  3. justpbob

    No kidding. Deep in the comments section (which soon went nuts) I asked the question I ask all ethanol-haters. Okay, now that we know what you are against, what are you for?

  4. Dougie_D

    The thing most people don’t realize is that you have to add something to gas to improve the octane.  These are called oxygenates, which are broken into alcohols and ethers.  In the past mostly ethers like MTBE were used oxygenate and raise the octane.  MTBE is extremely toxic and was the cause of most of the pollution from leaking fuel tanks.  I can’t even imagine how much replacing all those UST’s cost the US government in the form of rebates and toxic clean up.  Ethanol is really a good alternative to ethers because it is not derived from fossil fuels.

  5. justpbob

    Ethanol also quicky breaks down if spilled on ground or water, unlike MTBE. We Minnesotans have been using a 10% ethanol blend in our gasoline for 12 years now. Works fine, no signifigant loss of mileage.

  6. noodleman Post author

    @justpbob: I agree with you but, oh, that doesn’t matter to some of those commenting knobs.
    Btw, the state gasoline tax is still not tied to the retail price by percentage, is it? It’s still figured at a flat x number of cents per gallon no matter what the price is for a gallon? Imagine the revenue haul had our legislators had to foresight 10 years ago to have actually made a changeover to a percentage-based gas tax?

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