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Posted on March 11 at 10:07 a.m.
I don't see it the same way. The title "Burma's Brutal Buddhists" does not imply to me that the article is claiming *all* Buddhists in Myanmar are brutal. If the title was instead "America's Brutal Christians", I also would not assume the reference was all-inclusive.
A reading of McKiernan's article makes the above completely clear. He is not painting with a broad brush. Did Gauci not read the article's section about Armarni Sein Hlaing, "The Buddhist Peacemaker"?
Secondly, the role of specific Buddhist monks and the group "969" is central to the story (i.e. Ashin Wirathu) as McKiernan points out.
What I think Gauci's letter points out is that different people can carry away different messages from the same article. This might be by the author's design, and/or it might be due to different levels of subjective comprehension on the reader's part. Generally speaking, differences in reading skill, analytical skills, personal experience, and emotional state (or lack thereof) can also skew results.
On Responsible Headlines
Posted on March 11 at 9:34 a.m.
I didn't see any toilet rebates linked at the City's conservation site (although there are rebates for washers and landscaping supplies).
On We Must All Conserve Water
Posted on March 9 at 2:08 p.m.
To offer solace to Priceless ... capitalism is alive and well in the funk zone.
That building on Mason St (for which Sonos currently holds a long-term lease) was just sold for $17.2M. The seller/investor purchased that building a mere two years ago for $9M.
Considering how cheap money has been, much of that difference is probably a gross gain (offset with various gain-sheltering mechanisms).
Rejoice, oh ye worshippers of trickle-down economics.
On Sonos Leasing Gobs of Downtown Property
Posted on March 9 at 1:33 p.m.
Speaking of Long Beach, they have an R&D desalination plant in partnership with the US Bureau of Reclamation. While they were able to produce water more efficiently than the desal plant that supplies the community on Catalina Island, Long Beach currently has no plans to build a desal plant:
Comparing output capacities of a few desal plants here on the west coast:
- Catalina Island = 200K gals/day- Long Beach R&D = 300K gals/day- Santa Barbara's plant = 2.8M gals/day- Carlsbad's Poseidon plant = 50M gals/day
Carlsbad's desal plant isn't scheduled to go online until at least 2016. Which means our drought should be ending around then :)
On Can You Dig It?
Posted on March 8 at 12:10 p.m.
Maybe the fan was high and imagined he was a player at a professional hockey or baseball game?
On UCSB Basketball Fan Arrested After Rushing Court
Posted on March 7 at 8:18 p.m.
I don't believe any of the posts here denying or minimizing the ethnic violence in Burma/Myanmar.
Here's what the UN and BBC have to say:
On Buddhist Rampage in Burma
Posted on March 4 at 10:08 a.m.
@KV, I agree Fairview is the worst intersection in Goleta. That's why I wrote Storke is "one of" the worst (second worst in my opinion).
I think traffic will be getting worse @Storke soon. FLIR Systems purchased the old Delco mfg buildings next to Kmart and will be relocating staff who currently use the Fairview and Los Carneros intersections. When the Cabrillo Business Park completes its later phases. more companies will also be moving in. Also, there's that large housing development being built across from the north side of the Marketplace shopping center.
Many of the Cabrillo tenants will have workers who commute to/from Goleta every day. It's no wonder the fast food restaurants are eager to build new drive-thrus @Storke.
With the new McD's located near San Marcos High School, David Peterson's fast food empire continues to expand despite the Storke drive-thru denial.
On Drive-Through View
Posted on March 4 at 9:44 a.m.
I think that slope has already slid.
The Sonos building on Mason street just sold after being listed for $21.5 million. That same building sold for $9 million two years ago.
On Oreana Winery Puts Fun in Funk Zone
Posted on March 3 at 10:36 a.m.
My take on the Marketplace drive-thru:
- New drive-thru's generate additional traffic (+ customers + profit).- The additional traffic would complicate what is one of the worst intersections in Goleta.- The traffic load will be increasing as more occupants inhabit the nearby Cabrillo Business Park.- Goleta City staff was willing to put up with the additional traffic load.- City Council was not.
Posted on March 2 at 5:35 p.m.
"When you consider that a typical (Montecito) household will still be allowed to use 641 gallons a day for indoor use ..."
641 * 30 % 750 = 25.6 HCF per month
HCF's (Hundred Cubic Feet) are what shows up on our water bills.
That's a LOT of water for indoor use by one home. This makes me think the MWD isn't being serious about the drought.
That or there are an average of 8 live-in servants per Montecito home.
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