Betts Putnam-Hidalgo 
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Re: “University of Arizona Police Warn Students After Multiple Assaults on Campus

"The UAPD released the report to warn students to be cautious around campus" -- too often women are told to cloister while their attackers run free. It is NOT our fault, there is a criminal activity taking place here. I am not at all sure that University police departments take such assaults seriously enough. We as women should not have to "solve the problem" by staying inside, censoring our clothing, becoming suspicious of all males or otherwise changing our behavior. When does this turn around? I will look forward to coverage referring to the efforts the police department is taking to find the men who are assaulting women.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/08/2018 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Freedom Center-Affiliated Authors Refuse to Put Their Phil. 101 Textbook Online For TUSD Review

Unless you have figured out a way to jimmy the system, I don't think it lets you "like" more than once from the same computer....but then anyone who can make repeated comments under multiple names to make it look like they really are more than one person's opinions probably HAS figured out how to do so! .And to an earlier commenter who I will maintain the myth is not the same person appearing under multiple names in the comment stream above: Yes, I think its true that the regulations only require hard copies. But that says more about the age of the regulations than anything else. In this day and age, the only way to actually get PUBLIC input (something that is transparent, even critics would agree) is to go (readable ONLY) digital (which is extremely common) because the books are only held at 1010 during office hours so automatically no working person or parent can see them. And finally, particularly in this town, I don't think that winning in the political game is the only way you can represent others and make change...I'd really be a quitter if I did! Elections are only one (often highly rigged) way to make change.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 10/04/2018 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Nancy MacLean, Author of "Democracy In Chains," Will Be At UA Sept. 24

Well, for those who care to read it, here is what Nancy MacLean says about her critics. Not that anyone can change anyone else's mind with original sources. And just a personal note? I, Betts, who always uses her own name, have absolutely no political power whatsoever, so the post above that somehow links me with a critique of David is absolutely inaccurate in a way surprising to see from that particular commenter. I am not playing any "game of persuasion"...with who? And from who? And has the commenter above with the long list of links gone so far as to a)actually read the book and b) check out how many of those links have ties to the Koch brothers? Honest to God, do you think they are not smart enough to fight an expose like this one? Anyway, here is the citation I promised. I have read the book. Have you? Or have you just read the criticisms and decided that you agree with them? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Nancy-Ma…

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/23/2018 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Nancy MacLean, Author of "Democracy In Chains," Will Be At UA Sept. 24

Give relevant info, Questions, and almost every other very critical arguer against David Safier's posts and TUSD, you really should have your own blog. I understand Blog for Arizona takes volunteers. Your criticisms are incisive, they are cited, your intelligence is obviously great--why don't you come up with the content, instead of shredding the content of others? Why not come up with your own interesting subjects and then present them in the airtight way that you would like? I myself loved the MacLean book because it DID take a point of view, it IS unapologetically against the idea of destroying democracy so that the 1% get to express THEIR individual desires while the rest of us do not....I personally think that if academia does not get heated up about something it really will become irrelevant. But who cares what I think, why don't you suit up and decide to express yours? Proactively, that is, because you have the reactive thing down. It would exercise your perfection so much better than simply coming onto other people's blogs and ripping into them with your very, very distinctive voice. Perhaps you could ask Blog for Arizona if you could use a different pseudonym for every blog--like you do for every complaint.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/21/2018 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Nancy MacLean, Author of "Democracy In Chains," Will Be At UA Sept. 24

For an interesting take on what a fine example of what dark money is doing, and the resistance offered to it, see https://blogforarizona.net/outlaw-dirty-mo…. Full disclosure so that "Questions" doesn't run me through the mill for not exposing all dirty laundry here on the blog that she loves to hate: the author, in my view, has been known to make outlandish and unsupported claims in the past. This, however, is simply a report on what the Outlaw Dark Money group is doing.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/21/2018 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Nancy MacLean, Author of "Democracy In Chains," Will Be At UA Sept. 24

Nancy MacLean herself says that she has been threatened and bullied by her "opponents"--as if scholarly and well researched work that lays out a history understandable to the average reader is somehow dangerous. Gee, why would the Kochs and their allies do such a thing? Is there precedent for their throwing a hissy fit when their cascade of dark money hits the sunlight? After all, they are just acting in all of our individual best interests, aren't they? Ask the Chileans, who got a dose of Buchanan's medicine that their country, once well known for its stellar education, retirement, health systems and democracy, are still struggling to retain almost 30 years later. The dictatorship that allowed Buchanan to REALLY test his theory out (no pesky voters with all of THEIR individual choices to deal with) is gone, but its libertarian machinery is still in place. Do you really think the Buchanan-ites and their billionaire Koch pals have much different in store for us?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/21/2018 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: The #SoWhat Movement

Woman or man, Clay Jones is correct: and we are seeing it now on the national stage. Starring in the show is a man who has been a serial groper, and whose supporters include, notably, the evangelical Christians who have been shoving stories of family morality down our throats for decades. Having wormed their way into a government supposedly free of religious interference to tell women what they can and can't do with their bodies, and then who cake makers and pharmacists can refuse service to or not, now they couldn't be happier with their groper-in-Chief. And he just can't wait to put their candidate on the Supreme Court for life. Attempted rape? Who cares! Purely partisan considerations are driving the current circus, but at the base of it is what we already know about many men and their sense of entitlement.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/20/2018 at 7:55 AM

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