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Posted on March 26 at 8:53 p.m.

Y'know, there being no comment on this or the quantum mechanics discovery, maybe the Independent should focus on coverage of Sarah Palin, Dancing with the Stars, NASCAR , and professional wrestling instead of all this liberal egghead stuff.

COME ON, people!

On UCSB Helps Discover New Planet

Posted on March 26 at 8:43 p.m.

Not a single comment about a significant scientific and engineering achievement. I wonder if it's because my fellow citizens find science and engineering dull and boring.

Shame on us all.

On Major Quantum Mechanics Breakthrough at UCSB

Posted on March 15 at 7:05 p.m.

God doesn't want me to enter his sanctuary. I'm a second-class human. It says so, right there in Leviticus (21:16,24). Yet I was born to be a crookback. Is that fair?

Go to hell, god.

On Diagnosing <em>The God Virus</em>

Posted on February 19 at 4:37 p.m.

Next, let's go completely hydrocarbon free. No gasoline, natural gas, plastics, synthetic fabrics, food or cotton grown with the use of petroleum products, and so forth.

Look, everyone, I can understand your anger. But try and put as much effort into getting the average citizens out of their SUV's and so forth as you do into opposing any effort to produce oil locally.

Until we reduce our addictIon to fossil fuels (and I don't give a damn if you use a solar powered skateboard to travel and wear clothes made from recycled copies of Sierra Club magazine, you're still part of it), we should supply as much of our own as we can, Otherwise, we are simply asking other peoples to threaten their oceans, deserts, arctic areas, rain forests, etc. to give us the oil we all should be using less of.

Taking on the oil companies is too easy. Much too easy - everyone hates oil companies. Earth First should be trashing car dealerships and gas stations and blocking roads instead. What's that you say? Average citizens would be mad at you if you interfere with their cars and gasoline?

Tsk, tsk. Nobody said environmentally sound living would be easy.

I walk to work. It's a start.

On Shouting 'No' to Oil

Posted on February 8 at 10:21 p.m.

Using dogs to hunt is a practice that probably goes back to the stone age. But letting GPS-equipped dogs loose to find and corner an animal, and following them at your leisure is just plain lazy.

Allow the GPS, but require the bear to be killed by a single hunter with a spear no longer than 6 feet in length. No firearms for backup. Mano-a-Oso.

On Bears in Crosshairs

Posted on February 5 at 8:03 p.m.

FORGET high speed passenger rail.

Spend the money instead on railroad freight transport. Get rail into the Long Beach and Oakland ports, so all the cargo containers full of Chinese microwave ovens and such go by rail instead of by truck. Both Long Beach and Oakland ports are air pollution hotspots because of all the idling trucks waiting to pick up their loads.

And, Barney, the 9 hours of Amtrak from Santa Maria to Sacramento isn't all that bad when you compare it to the 6 hours of 101 to 46 to I5 when you drive. I5? I'd rather be waterboarded than drive I5. And getting trucks off I5 might cure that.

On Costly Romance of the Rails

Posted on January 8 at 9:12 p.m.

All I can say is this:

Until we make a real effort to curb our gluttonous use of petroleum, we have no moral base to oppose oil production in our backyards.

We cannot expect other nations to damage their rain forests, their offshore environments, their fragile deserts, simply to keep driving our cars with cheap gasoline. We have to shoulder our part of the environmental burden.

Stop driving your car or shut up about oil production offshore Santa Barbara County.

On Oil & Money

Posted on January 8 at 8:22 p.m.

In 1966, I saw 4 condors aloft over Tejon Ranch.

Spending huge amounts of money on California Condors, like Desert Tortoises, seems a waste when the funds could do so much more good buying properties to save as open space. But, as symbols of the lost environment, the Condor and Tortoise are powerful.

Myself, I would have to say, spend the money on the open space. The common need of all wildlife is open space. You can even run cows out there. Just no more vineyards and subdivisions .

On The Great California Condor Comeback

Posted on December 23 at 7:16 p.m.

It's probably a statistical fluke like flipping a coin and getting 5 heads in a row. Not that that makes anybody feel better about drunk drivers.

On Fifth Wrong-Way Freeway Driver This Year

Posted on December 5 at 6 p.m.

If activists would work as hard to drag ordinary people out of their cars and onto mass transit as they do to categorically oppose anything that says "oil", who knows? They might actually accomplish some good for the environment.

On Venoco Drilling Looms Large

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