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Posted on March 11 at 8:26 p.m.
On a four-lane road with heavy traffic, it's dangerous to be the only driver stopping for a ped who'd be suicidal to cross at that moment. A weak-willed ped might even feel pressured to cross unsafely. But what an opportunity for the police to write up a slew of tickets and fatten up the city coffers! They can't be seen lagging behind piratical CHP's who stake out straight stretches of country highway where it's safe to exceed the speed limit, instead of staking out areas that are accident-prone. Arrrh, matey! Pieces of eight!
On The Problem with Pedestrians
Posted on March 7 at 4:11 p.m.
$cenic drive! Home values and tourist industry prosper. Mental health benes for Santa Barburbanites. Ah, beauty!
On 14,000 Gaviota Acres Permanently Preserved
Posted on March 2 at 8:38 p.m.
Empathy per se doesn't guarantee positive outcomes. When did a Harmonic Convergence improve anything but the mood of the convergers? Not infrequently, good comes out of evil or vice versa.
On Time to Evolve Again
Posted on March 2 at 8:32 p.m.
It's surprising that ICE got involved at all. Deportation of undocumented bad guys would encourage good citizenship (ha ha) in other undocumented residents, right? And when they get amnestied, they'll feel they have earned it. Free gifts are repaid with contempt, not gratitude. But maybe our professional politicians have no incentive to provide actual leadership.
On Man Wanted for Rape Arrested in Maryland
Posted on February 27 at 1:07 a.m.
Clarification: Dustin is right, but his ARGUMENT is hopeless, in this instance. Audacious, too.
Posted on February 27 at 12:52 a.m.
Yes, it's a beautiful dream. But any gradual progression toward universal empathy will be turned back by the devouring of the empaths by unempathetic groups. What would it take to convince ALL societies simultaneously to be altruistic? Think in terms of fractals: what go down on da shtreet and in corporate hq's will also happen across the planet, only more so because of racial and cultural differences. And, the past is the best indicator of the future of human behavior. Well, it always has been, ha ha.
Sorry, Dustin. You're right but hopeless. Exportation of chlorine, vaccines, asphalt, ag tech, etc, to undeveloped countries has always led to problematic population growth. If future suffering is factored into humanitarian planning, then aid would be restricted to commodities that reduce, or at least don't increase, population growth rates.
And read Atlas Shugged if you haven't already, Dustin. It's a scream, but thought-provoking.
Posted on February 21 at 8:06 p.m.
And of course, if you whistle any repeated two-note phrase to a singing mockingbird, it will usually mimic you before getting back to its own composition.
Posted on February 14 at 5:23 p.m.
Pollution from mining, smelting, etc, is the alternative to recycling. Mom should have smiled at Daniel on her daughter's behalf.
Also, there's undeniable magic in turning garbage into money. I wouldn't bend over to pick up a dirty nickle, but a filthy can that somebody put their mouth on, now that's a different story. Ka-ching! Water will make the hands clean again. It's an awesome solvent, even without soap. Daniel Brainerd should be viewed as an angel, doing God's work. I'd shake hands with him anytime that water is handy. Actually, come to think of it, money itself is probably dirtier than most salvaged cans.
On A Perfect Moment
Posted on February 8 at 2:35 a.m.
Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(d), it is unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person “has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution.”
Why did she clear the background check?
On The Goleta Postal Murders
Posted on January 16 at 2:18 a.m.
War is swell?
On Not Feeling These Wars
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