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Brian Ray James (Brian)
Worked at Denver Office of Economic Development
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Opposition to the death penalty came from Republican lawmakers who are against it for fiscal or religious reasons, as well as Democrats and independents.
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You don’t burn down your apartment when you need a vacation, or even sell it; you don’t need to flee social media to get a little breathing room.
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Don't mess with the llama.

#agriculture #farming #markets
 
Watch this Kansas farm beat the market with the honor system (and a llama) http://bit.ly/1bEXObd
JaKo Farm avoids the farmers market by selling their products through an on-farm store -- and it's paying off.
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...thought for the morrow is a waste of time, I believe, because all we can do to prepare rightly for tomorrow is to do the right thing today.
In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.
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Let us lie down in peace. Amen.
 
We lie down in peace knowing our sins are forgiven; we lie down in peace knowing death has no fear. We lie down in peace knowing no powers can harm us; we lie down in peace knowing angels are near. ~ From Celtic Worship Through the Year
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In the face of the ridiculous climate denial from some public officials, it’s encouraging to see President Obama continue to speak out about climate change. But unfortunately, a different kind of climate denial still exists within the Obama administration — denial about the impacts on our climate of selling huge amounts of publicly owned fossil fuels to the coal, oil, and gas industries.

#climatechange #energy #ParksNotCoal 
On Earth Day, Obama will call for protecting public lands from climate change. He should also call for an end to selling off publicly owned fossil fuels.
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In his welcome remarks to Archbishop Antje, Francis called her Dear Sister. For all practical purposes he appeared to treat her as his equal. He welcomed her as he has the male primates and prelates he has received.
The Most Revd Antje Jackelén is the first female primate of the Church of Sweden and the first female archbishop…
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This is so very good! Thanks to +Ole Olson for sharing.

#politics #Sanders2016 #humor
 
Sometimes it can be scary and confusing for kids when they’re faced with an unknown, like a politician who actually repr…
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More aware than any current or potential presidential contender of the extent to which corporate money and billionaire influence has warped American politics, [Sanders] wanted to see whether there were still enough citizens who were ready to buck the bucks and pour their hearts and souls into an economic populist candidacy.

#RunBernieRun #ReadyForBernie
“America does not belong to the billionaire class,” he says, “it belongs to all of us.”
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Lol no wonder Tommy is always so wonderfully miserable lol you're from Mississippi!!!!! Ahahahhaa!! How's those conservative policies working out Tom? Incomes low enough? Poverty high enough? I'm sure you guys can do worse.
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...two new studies published in the journal Nature add to the evidence that overuse of neonicotinoid pesticides may also be contributing to the decline of bees.
Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health. What's bad for bees is bad for crops, too.
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What controversy? Neonicotinomoids are deadly, ban them. Just like Europe.
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Urban/Environmental Planner, Husband, Father
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  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Associate City Planner - Environmental Planning & Compliance, 2011 - 2013
  • Colorado Center for Community Development
    Graduate Assistant - GIS & Planning, 2010 - 2011
  • Denver Public Works
    Planning & Policy Intern, 2009 - 2010
  • University of Colorado Land Use Futures Lab
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2008 - 2009
  • Eco-Justice Ministries
    Outreach Coordinator, 2008 - 2008
  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Environmental & Historic Review Research Assistant, 2007 - 2007
  • FedEx Kinko's/Kinko's
    Various, 1993 - 2006
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Denver, CO
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Bryn Mawr, PA - Denver, CO - Loveland, CO - San Luis Obispo, CA - Chula Vista, CA
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"Not all those who wander are lost." I sure as heck hope that's true!
Introduction
I consider myself both an urbanist and an environmentalist. Done right, the two are not at odds. I am interested in sustainable and resilient community development that protects environmental and economic systems while providing opportunities for advancement for all members of a community. I am also into how geographic information system (GIS) technology can help with achieving those goals.

I'm into progressive politics, though I try and be respectful of differing viewpoints. Sometimes, I do find that conservatives come up with really good ideas, and I try to be open to that. Indeed, I am starting to think that our old liberal/conservative divides may be outdated, but I'm not sure yet.

I am a person of faith; I am a Christian and an active member of The Episcopal Church. However, anyone of any faith tradition, or of no religious inclination at all, who is interested in creating a fair and sustainable future for all, is someone I want to have an energetic but respectful conversation with.

For fun, I'm a bit of a tech nut, especially for Apple tech, and have a growing respect for Google (hence why I'm on Google+!). I love to read fantasy literature (JRR Tolkien & Terry Brooks are favorites) when time allows. But above all, I love to just hang out with my wife and son.

All posts are my own opinions and are not reflective of my employers or any other group I am a part of. Let the conversations begin!
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New daddy to the most amazing son ever!
Education
  • University of Colorado Denver
    Master of Urban & Regional Planning, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Denver
    Master of Applied Science - Environmental Policy & Management, 2004 - 2008
  • California Polytechnic State University
    BS Landscape Architecture, 1988 - 1993
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