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Posted on March 25 at 10:44 a.m.
@Botany: "How many poor people live in Palo Alto? Or Manhattan? "
Manhattan has the eastern part of New Jersey, the middle and eastern parts of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, parts of Staten Island, parts of upstate NY, and parts of Long Island that are all affordable places for the working class to live while being employed in Manhattan due to a robust public transit system. 1.6 million people commute into Manhattan to work - which is almost equal to the number of people actually living in Manhattan.
Santa Barbara has Goleta... and that's about it.
@JarvisJarvis: "Wealthy estates long had the tradition of providing room and board for those they needed to provide their individualized services. Pay attention to the future of service-work robots as well."
And those wealthy estates collapsed in en mass during the Great Depression due to the weight of all of that capital investment in man power. The North Shore of Long Island is a perfect example of the massive failure of those 'grand traditions' - as most of those estates were carved up for development or protected as national parks once the landowners realized there was more money in the land than in the lifestyle.
So congrats on suggesting a solution that already proven a huge failure.
But nothing will make me happier than 'service-work' robots being used by the obscenely rich - especially once robots achieve sentience. Let them lead the revolution.
On Evicted Isla Vista Tenants Settle Court Case
Posted on March 4 at 8:10 p.m.
@botany: "However Israel wants to handle their situation is their business. I would not presume to tell them what they should or shouldn't do."
You misunderstand Bibi's visit. His sole purpose is to coerce the U.S. into doing *his* dirty work.
Here's the cognitive dissonance of the Republicans regarding Iran - sabre rattle around some doomsday paranoia of Iran, a real country and home to a civilization that's existed for thousands of years, obtaining a nuke.
Meanwhile, Pakistan, a country largely carved out of four competing Islamic factions after the end of the British empire, sits with a live nuclear arsenal while constantly playing chicken with an extremely unstable government that knowingly harbors terrorists. Yeah - let's focus on Iran. Brilliant.
But hey, the Jews need to be in Israel to ensure the second coming of Christ, so we care about Israel, yessirree....
On Bibi, Go Home
Posted on March 3 at 10:24 a.m.
@nativeson: "Move along, folks, nothing to see here."
The story of your life...
Posted on March 3 at 9:34 a.m.
"If you take out Saddam, Saddam's regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.." -- Benjamin Netenyahu, 2002.
The right never learns. Ever... which is why they all should be kept as far away from public office as possible.
@nomoresanity: "Bibi is kicking Obama's ass live on television while I write this."
Further proof that a sucker is born every minute. Netenyahu's speech is the most transparent piece of tripe I've ever seen in front of Congress in a long time (or at least since that idiot with the snowball). Since you're buying Bibi's nonsense, I can only wonder about the number of Amway presentations you've sat through, or the number of magazines you've purchased from door-to-door solicitors.
Posted on January 15 at 2:04 p.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "Except it is not 'free' for Daddy to give away. Daddy is horse-trading with me, thee, she and he. Mutual benefit is fine."
And there it is. This really isn't about anything other than 'if I can't have it or use it than no one else can'. Never mind that every dollar that goes to higher education yields four dollars back, never mind that a huge majority of nurses, firefighters, police, etc receive their credentials at a CC, never mind that, by 2025, California is looking at a significant gap in skilled labor opportunities versus a qualified labor force to fill those gaps... never mind all of that. If Jarvis doesn't want it or can't have it, then no one else can. It's the ME ME ME ME petulant child-like selfishness of the reactionary right on full display. .
Of course, Jarvis is someone who has the time to post an average of 7 posts per day complaining about unions, Obama, teachers, students, immigrants, Isla Vista, Das Williams, Lois Capps, public transit, etc - instead of making any positive contribution to society - so its no wonder selfishness abounds with Jarvis.
On Free Community College?
Posted on January 15 at 11:15 a.m.
Yet more idiotic handwaving from the reactionary right-wingers who plague these comments. 'Mazing. Perhaps you folks should take advantage of a free two years at SBCC so you don't continue to seem so... stupid.
@JarvisJarvis; "What exactly was Barry trying to accomplish?"
If you had any idea as to what you were talking about, you'd see that this is clearly a shot at the failures of the for-profit colleges like University of Phoenix and others with their high costs and abysmal graduation rates, and an attempt to funnel and entice more students towards a valuable educational system. In addition, most CCs have trade programs (automotive technology, network certifications, nursing and vet programs, etc) - so there's a lot being offered by having a free two years to learn a trade or complete transfer requirements.
Of course, the future of the Republican party depends on an ignorant and uneducated populace, so it's also clearly a shot at the conservatives who haven't figured out that they're a dying breed (among other things) - which is also why this has zero chance of passing the current crop of Republican mouth breathers that make up the majority of the legislative branch (until 2016, that is). But at least people will get to see, once again, who is on their side and who is Republican.
Posted on January 9 at 12:45 p.m.
The most vile thing about this whole ordeal is seeing the same cast of idiotic characters falling over themselves to support the News-Press by screaming the same tired 'Free speech!' mantra - as if free speech means you get to say whatever bigoted, hateful nonsense falls out of your mouth and not take any criticism for it.
And just as vile is watching the News-Press continue to punch down at people while hiding behind the First Amendment - because McCaw and company seem to take some kind of sick glee out of stomping on the working class and immigrant population while she locks herself away like Miss Havisham. So someone shoots some paintballs and now she gets to play the 'poor, poor pitiful me' card? PLEASE.
The people who keep defending her and that rag she calls a newspaper (Lord knows, no one else calls it a newspaper) need to have a long look at themselves in the mirror. As far as integrity goes, they are found wanting.
On Protestors Blast <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 6 at 5:21 p.m.
Really, I've been waiting for the right headline regarding the News-Press article:
Sorry Excuse for a Newspaper Prints Horrifically Racist Headline in Order to Appeal to Its Faux Rich But Horribly Ignorant Readership
It's funny that, just as I've passed around the link to the "Police Prejudiced Against 'Blacks and Browns'?" comments to prove that Santa Barbara has serious racism among it's right-wing reactionaries, here comes Wendy McCaw to help put a cherry on top of that sundae. A gigantic racist, bigoted, ignorant cherry...
On Protest Planned over <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 6 at 1:20 p.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "How large is it? The deficit is the largest in the history of the universe."
And you would know, given that you're not from this planet.
"Reagan proved that deficits don't matter. We won the mid-term elections, this is our due." -- Dick Cheney
Yeah - anyone expecting a lot "fiscal responsibility" from this Republican congress should open a (recent) history book. Fortunately, it'll only last two years - 'cause the Republicans are going to get their clocks cleaned in 2016.
On Debt Crises
Posted on January 2 at 5:46 a.m.
It's fun watching the same anti-intellectual right-wingers tripping over themselves to criticize everything but Applebaum's work, since it's clear they couldn't figure out which end of a book to open in order to read it, much less pass a Sociology class.
Incidentally, USA Today ranked UCSB's program #1 in the country:
"Graduates of this program enter the work force earning an average starting salary of $44,000, increasing to an average of $73,000 at the mid-career level."
@billclausen: "Checked the air quality in Chino Valley, Arizona recently, the air readings are very good, despite the absence of these emission regulations, (plus the fact that being a valley is a geographical worst-case scenario for air quality.)"
Chino Valley is a town of 10,817 spread out over 60+ sq miles Santa Barbara is a town of 90,000 spread out over 20+ sq miles. And guess what - Santa Barbara *still* has better air quality. The readings for Chino Valley are basically on par with the rest of AZ, while Santa Barbara is below both the U.S. and CA mean. Try again, Bill.
On Rich Appelbaum: Creating the Future