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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:21 AM

Right-wing activist David Koch dead at 79: report

Source: The Raw Story

Right-wing activist David Koch dead at 79: report

Published 9 mins ago on August 23, 2019 By Travis Gettys

David Koch, the billionaire industrialist and conservative activist, has reportedly died.

Sources close to the family confirmed the 79-year-old Koch, who retired from the privately owned Koch Industries last year, passed away, according to New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer.

Koch took over as president of Koch Engineering in 1979, and became co-owner of Koch Industries four years later with his older brother, Charles Koch.

He was ranked the 11th-wealthiest person in the world upon his retirement, with an estimated net worth of $51 billion, and both he and his brother donated much of their fortune to conservative political candidates and causes.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/right-wing-activist-david-koch-dead-at-79-report/

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Reply Right-wing activist David Koch dead at 79: report (Original post)
Chicago1980 Aug 23 OP
stonecutter357 Aug 23 #1
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ChazII Aug 23 #4
stonecutter357 Aug 23 #7
ChazII Aug 23 #21
ArizonaLib Aug 23 #32
atreides1 Aug 23 #3
avebury Aug 23 #17
at140 Aug 23 #5
Post removed Aug 23 #20
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at140 Aug 23 #75
sharedvalues Aug 23 #6
Divad123 Aug 23 #86
LuvNewcastle Aug 23 #8
Meadowoak Aug 23 #11
Scurrilous Aug 23 #59
pecosbob Aug 23 #9
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BeyondGeography Aug 23 #10
Glorfindel Aug 23 #12
moose65 Aug 23 #14
JudyM Aug 23 #23
Roy Rolling Aug 23 #25
KansasKali Aug 23 #13
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moose65 Aug 23 #15
Clash City Rocker Aug 23 #22
UpInArms Aug 23 #18
PatSeg Aug 23 #30
DaDeacon Aug 23 #19
still_one Aug 23 #24
zentrum Aug 23 #26
mountain grammy Aug 23 #27
FoxNewsSucks Aug 23 #50
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PatSeg Aug 23 #29
ret5hd Aug 23 #33
SoCalNative Aug 23 #67
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Bengus81 Aug 23 #41
Girard442 Aug 23 #34
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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:22 AM

1. thoughts and prayers.

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Response to stonecutter357 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:25 AM

2. i literally said out loud,

Thank Goodness!

one less.

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Response to stonecutter357 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:29 AM

4. Was Koch a Mason?

I asked because of the Square and Compass.

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Response to ChazII (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:32 AM

7. The Square and Compass are on my sig line .

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Response to stonecutter357 (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:52 AM

21. Thanks

I am slow this morning. I guess I have Masons on the brain. Finished up with Grand Chapter for OES, this weekend Corn Fest for Shriners among others.

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Response to ChazII (Reply #21)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:08 AM

32. He was an engineer so I bet anything he was.

My great grandfather (father's maternal side) was a mason. It had not occurred to me before your question. Cheers.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:25 AM

3. One down

One to go!!!!

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:48 AM

17. This! nt

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:31 AM

5. RIP regardless of agenda...nt

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Response to Post removed (Reply #20)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:11 AM

35. That's what asshats like the Koch's do--give a little

They chipped in $5M to help renovate the field house for Wichita State basketball. Five mill to them is like five bucks to you and me and then they do everything they can to destroy public schools and poo-poo climate change. Anytime ONE word is said about them around here about the destruction they cause people start in AGAIN about the $5mill they donated ten years ago.

BFD..........

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Response to Bengus81 (Reply #35)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:08 AM

51. +1. The super rich put their names on buildings with loose change in the sofa

for publicity and tax write-offs



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Response to Bengus81 (Reply #35)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 12:40 PM

75. I stop picking on anyone after they are dead and gone

for one thing, it is too late and second, I am deathly afraid of ghosts.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:31 AM

6. Few have done more to harm America than the Koches

RIP.

Let he be remembered as someone who harmed our country (though his brother is worse.)

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Response to sharedvalues (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 04:37 PM

86. Ding,Dong, the B***h is dead!

I can smell the bacon burning....

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:34 AM

8. Burn in Hell, asshole!

Or come back as a cockroach.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:37 AM

11. He was a cockroach for the last 79 years.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:32 AM

59. ...

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:34 AM

9. All I have to say...

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Response to pecosbob (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 01:06 PM

80. Thanks for that!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:37 AM

10. That Clarence Darrow line about obituaries comes to mind

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:39 AM

12. Never speak ill of the dead, I've been told. Very well, I'll just quote Clarence Darrow:

"I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #12)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:42 AM

14. Hahaha!

That reminds me of what Bette Davis supposedly said when Joan Crawford died: "I was taught to only speak good of the dead. She's dead. Good."

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Response to moose65 (Reply #14)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:55 AM

23. My dad told me that was Moms Mabley's line. It's a great one, either way.

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Response to moose65 (Reply #14)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:56 AM

25. Churchill For the Win

“I’m unable to attend his funeral but I certainly approve of it”. Or something like that.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:42 AM

13. One down

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Response to KansasKali (Reply #13)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:47 AM

16. Yet, their

malignant legacy will live on and continue to inject venom into our zeitgeist. The corporations and numerous front organizations influencing policy won't just go away.

Ah, but there is schadenfreude in impermanence and that you can't take it with you.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:44 AM

15. I hate to dance on someone's grave, but...

Now that $51 billion won't do you any good, will it David? And to think of all the good you could have done with it while you were alive. Such a colossal waste.

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Response to moose65 (Reply #15)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:53 AM

22. He who dies with the most toys...is still dead

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:48 AM

18. All people bring joy

Some when they enter, some when they leave

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #18)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:06 AM

30. Yes, that is fitting

Too bad he couldn't leave sooner, he would have caused less damage.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:49 AM

19. This seems fitting

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:55 AM

24. Remember when Lawrence O'Donnell Thanked Koch Brothers For Donating To

Hospital That Saved Him, the doctors nurses, and MSNBC support he received

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lawrence-odonnell-returns-to-his-show_n_5524850






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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:00 AM

26. Prostate cancer is mentioned.

But who knows? Justice would demand that it be some pollution induced cancer.

Just what he brought to the world--pollution and cancer.

Blood dollars--every one of those 51B.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:02 AM

27. How's Charles doing?

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #27)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:06 AM

50. Hopefully following his brother really soon nt

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:03 AM

28. Adios

Rest in hell son of a bitch

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:04 AM

29. I remember thinking awhile back,

"Well the Koch Brothers are old and they can't live forever". I was beginning to wonder though. Somehow the evil ones seem to go on and on and on.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #29)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:09 AM

33. Well, this one had at least 3 kids, so i'm sure the "legacy" will continue.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #33)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:18 AM

67. Actually the kids

are far more oriented towards the liberal side of things.

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Response to SoCalNative (Reply #67)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:25 AM

71. That is REALLY good to hear.

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Response to SoCalNative (Reply #67)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 08:24 PM

87. Well, that's hopeful then

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #29)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:16 AM

39. I always tell my daughters not to wish someone dead or that they retire

For some reason that someone winds up living well beyond expectancy or never (seemingly never) retiring. It doesn't really happen, but it feels like it does. Charles and David Koch always remind me of the 2 old guys on the Muppets who are always making snarky comments.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:07 AM

31. Feels almost as good as Dick Cheney will. n/t.

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Response to rooboy (Reply #31)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:22 AM

41. And Rush,and O'Reilly and even Trump..........

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:10 AM

34. No reason to believe Koch was Epsteined...

...but if he was, I wouldn’t shed any tears.

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Response to Girard442 (Reply #34)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:24 AM

42. Nah,he knew a year ago it was about over.........

He dropped out of the day to day DESTRUCTION of public schools,environment issues etc--all the stuff that his equally OLD brother so loves to try and destroy.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:12 AM

36. Best death I've read about so far today.

Happy Friday!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:15 AM

37. Rumor is...

a fleet of armored cars will be accompanying the funeral procession.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:15 AM

38. Meet the heir to the right wing crown.................from the father /brother Bill..............






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Response to turbinetree (Reply #38)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:19 AM

56. I feared that at least one of them had procreated.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #56)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 12:14 PM

72. They did a bunch of times.........................

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #38)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:06 AM

65. What a miaerable waste of space he is. Reminds of Kim Jong-un.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:19 AM

40. None of us escape God's final verdict.

But I hope Koch spends a few months sweating it out in God's courtroom.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #40)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:29 AM

45. An elderly woman challenged the god Thor to arm wrestling

Thor was astonished when he simply could not defeat her

Even Norse gods cannot defeat old age and death

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:26 AM

43. how long before we see accusations that Hillary murdered him?

nothing is too insane anymore

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:29 AM

44. Good deal. Just wondering, i heard one was better then the other

Was there much difference between the two?

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:34 AM

46. A useless eater bites the dust.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:58 AM

47. He was a climate change denier, at least publicly.

That alone is enough for me to hold his dead ass forever in contempt.

Rot, bitch.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:03 AM

48. The asshole used his money to poison, destroy, and inflict pain and suffering on others.

Burn in hell





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Response to dalton99a (Reply #48)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 12:27 PM

73. Thanks for saying g it for me

Their money paid for most of the brainwashing rhetoric that has infected this country and beyond.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:06 AM

49. Good riddance.

If only we can be rid of his vile brother and all of their political machinery.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:14 AM

52. Donated their money to conservative political causes.

That says all we need to know about how he lived his life right there. Not the poor, not the oppressed, not the sick. He gave his fortune to lock up kids in cages, stop healthcare for the poor, and keep people begging for scraps, even when they worked. Thoughts and prayers.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:16 AM

53. "All your money won't another minute buy."

“All your money won’t another minute buy.”

Kansas, Dust in the Wind

Good riddance!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:16 AM

54. Charles is the evil mastermind, and he is still around.


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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:19 AM

55. Koch John Birch

My father, a life long republican, would scorn whenever he heard a hint of the John Birch society. The Koch family is the John Birch society. Always remember Republicans of old hated the JBS and Koch is JBS.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:25 AM

57. Good, I am glad. If I could I would piss on his grave.

Maybe i’ll find it and get in the line to do it.

I don’t want to hear about respecting the dead.

I hope is brother and family go soon too. Maybe take a ride on a 737 together.

They are greedy self serving evil vile people.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:29 AM

58. He should ask the devil for his money back.

Immortality for selling his sole was a hoax.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:40 AM

60. Oh dotard.. your friend is on the line, he says bring shorts, it's really really hot here

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:50 AM

61. Well... ya know they had/have children and then there are the children's children.

And you can pretty well bet that the rotten apples don't fall far from the trees. I'm sure between the two of them, they sired enough offspring just like them to keep up the evil for millennia.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:51 AM

62. If only he'd been at the controls of Rupert Murdoch's helicopter at the time ...

(Yeah, I know that couldn't happen, but I keep having these fantasies of say, Cheney, Murdoch, the Kochs, and Limbaugh all going off on a hunting trip together ... and not coming back.)

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:55 AM

63. How old's his brother?

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #63)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 01:03 PM

79. 84

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #63)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 01:31 PM

81. Older than he was, at 83 n/t

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:58 AM

64. I am grave dancing without a single bit of shame or regret!

Hooray!!!

The Kochs have done nothing but kill this planet.

The death of one is a happy day indeed!

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Response to Coventina (Reply #64)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 12:50 PM

77. ...


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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:13 AM

66. Ultimately, this is the way the younger generation wins.

Outlive the bastards.

That presumes, of course, that there will be any world left by the time the last one croaks.

-- Mal

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:18 AM

68. Rest in hell David

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #68)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 12:47 PM

76. He'll be on the board down there.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:20 AM

69. One of history's great megalomainacs

injecting libertarian crackpot ideas into the public discourse and engineering a hard-right turn of much of the nation's politics.

Millions will die as a result of his and his brother's successful decimation of responsible policy making regarding the climate.

Evil old bastard.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:23 AM

70. I'd go piss on his grave ..

but I hate standing in lines.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 12:36 PM

74. Personally contributed, on a daily basis, in the elimination of BILLIONS

of human beings.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 12:58 PM

78. ALEC

that rat bastard created more misery with that than most of everything he did.

I hope the fire is blistering hot in hell for him.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 01:34 PM

82. He's dead?

Good.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 02:10 PM

83. Buh bye

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 03:51 PM

84. I hope Mitch and the fucking moron

will follow his steps ASAP.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 04:36 PM

85. Will tRump order the flags to be lowered?

We all have suffered from Koch Foundation evil and that's a grand thing in the world of the GOP...........

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:46 AM

88. Best news I've had all day

actually best news all week!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 01:52 AM

89. Drinking a big glass of icewater


in his memory.

There sure won't be any where he is going.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 02:11 AM

90. David Koch Was the Ultimate Climate Change Denier

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/opinion/sunday/david-koch-climate-change.html

David Koch Was the Ultimate Climate Change Denier
How a playboy billionaire built a political army to defend his fossil fuel empire.
By Christopher Leonard
Aug. 23, 2019

...

This machine has been employed to great effect to ensure that no government action is taken to control greenhouse gas emissions. In the early 1990s, President George H.W. Bush made it clear that he would support a treaty to limit carbon emissions. The Republicans even had a market-based solution to tackle the problem, a system called “cap and trade” that put a price on pollution and allowed companies to buy and sell the right to pollute. Cap and trade had been used to great effect to reduce power plant pollution and acid rain. But in 1991, the Cato Institute, a Koch-funded think tank, held a seminar in Washington called “Global Environmental Crises: Science or Politics?” This was part of a decades-long effort to cast doubt about the reality of climate change.

David Koch worked tirelessly, over decades, to jettison from office any moderate Republicans who proposed to regulate greenhouse gases. In 2009, for example, a South Carolina Republican, Representative Bob Inglis, proposed a carbon tax bill. Koch Industries stopped funding his campaign, donated heavily to a primary opponent named Trey Gowdy and helped organize teams of Tea Party activists who traveled to town hall meetings to protest against Mr. Inglis. Some of the town hall meetings devolved into angry affairs, where Mr. Inglis couldn’t make himself heard above the shouting. Mr. Inglis lost re-election, and his defeat sent a message to other Republicans: Koch’s orthodoxy on climate rules could not be violated.

Mike Pence, who was then a congressman in Indiana, and others soon signed a “carbon pledge” circulated by Americans for Prosperity, which effectively prohibited the government from putting a price on carbon emissions. Those efforts and others effectively derailed the effort to pass a cap and trade plan for greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, the level of atmospheric carbon concentration hovered around 370 parts per million. In the decade since, levels have surpassed 400 parts per million, the highest level recorded in human existence.

Since the 2016 election, and in the face of more urgent scientific warnings about climate change and a growing popular movement for action, the Koch network has tried to build a Republican Party in its image: one that not only refuses to consider action on climate change but continues to deny that the problem is real. Just this week, Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, dismissed data about climate change by pointing out on Twitter: “It’s summer.” In doing so, he reflected the politics of a party — and a world — that has been profoundly shaped by David Koch.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 02:20 AM

91. Good fucking riddance

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