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Posted on March 2 at 8:19 p.m.

Jarvis, you are a laugh riot. As you well know, greed and all forms of selfishness are simply forms of cowardice. Greed and selfishness are born out of fear of want which is born out of fear of death. Altruism is courageous because it entails the risk of denial of reciprocity. Altruism is a leap into the dark, a drop down the face of huge wave that may engulf and slaughter you. Loon is correct that the government provided monopoly to the ISPs, and now the pigs are trying to expand their place at the trough. Sorry pigs, you already got your risk free portion. The content providers, who actually take risks should not be subject to tolls by bridge trolls (sorry for mixing my metaphors here). Monopolies are indeed not our friends, however, those who enjoy them should understand the deal that they have made with the devil and be satisfied with the risk free slop at the trough.

On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Posted on March 2 at 10:55 a.m.

The internet service providers (ISPs) brought this on themselves. Once they saw that the content providers were making a lot of money, envy and greed took over and ISPs decided to attempt to stick their straw in that content cash milkshake. This caused the content providers and consumers to run to government for protection from the ISP attempt to set themselves up as the troll under the bridge collecting tolls from both the content providers and the consumers. Government control of the internet is not a good thing, but it was ISP greed that made this happen.

On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Posted on March 1 at 9:57 p.m.

The other day, at Haskell's, I witnessed a petit woman retieve a small club from the trunk of her car before emarking on her walk down the path to the beach. So it has come to the state that people feel that they have to arm themselves to walk on the beach. That is sad. Dogs usually give me a wide bearth, for whatever reason, so I am not so bothered that I feel that I have to arm myself with a club to enjoy the public beach. But dog owners need to understand that the behavior of their dogs could result in severe restrictions on unleashed dogs. Control your pets people.

On City Studies New Off-Leash Areas

Posted on March 1 at 4:35 p.m.

I know that too many people would oppose the following idea for it to become reality, but here goes: IV needs to be incorporated into the City of Goleta and the City of Goleta then needs to shift to a district election system, which would give IV one solid seat on the Council and another shared with with folks a little up Storke Road. To sweeten the deal for Goleta, the revenue neutrality agreement between the County and Goleta is thown in the trash can. Without having to subsidize the County, Goleta should have plenty of money to govern Isla Vista. Isla Vista can keep it's name, like a lot of Goleta neighborhoods have (e.g., Santa Barbara Shores, Ellwood, El Encanto Heights, North Patterson, etc.). While they are at it, you could even incorporate Noleta into Goleta, thereby reducing the IV number of representatives on the Council to one and solving another wierd LAFCO mistake. That way the entire Goleta Valley would be within the City of Goleta as it should be. I know, I know, it's a pipe dream, but I think that it is the only pipe dream that makes sense.

On Isla Vista: Divide and Conquer?

Posted on February 26 at 8:28 p.m.

Ok, full discloser, I surf this spot. My selfish wish is that it not be developed and that access to it not be made any easier than it is now. So now for reality: This is private property that has pre-existing development rights. So the solution has to accomodate private property rights and the desires of the community, never an easy balance to achieve. It would be very difficult for us preservationists to come up with 50 or 60 million dollars that it would take to buy this property. The likelihood of public policy being able to stop development of this property is small. Consequently, we are going to have to accept some kind of compromise: Something like four mega-mansions with a torturous path public access or some kind of limited developement north of the Highway 101 with public park on the land south of highway 101. It would be great if the whole property (and all the Gaviota Coast) would remain undeveloped; but that is not a reality for which we can hope. Let's find a solutiion that saves most of it, perserves the open spaces, and keeps access to the surf spot open (but not too easy to access). There should be a solution, even if it allows billionaires to have a couple of mansions there.

On 'Mythical Being' Wants Naples

Posted on February 25 at 8:04 p.m.

Being the only person in the house without perfect pitch, it was odd that I was the one chosen to sing lullabys to my younger daughter at bedtime. We had a routine (it was the entire Baby's Bedtime Book from beginning to end), and then she would drift off to sleep. I knew that routine would not last (afterall I had an older daughter, so I understood the progression), but still I was sad when it ended. Both my daughters are full grown adults now (the older one with a daughter of her own). The younger one has cycled through so many stages and is now chasing a dream with all the intensity she had as a youngster. I want to sooth her. Hush a bye, don't you cry, go to sleep my little baby. When you wake there will be sweet cake, and all the pretty little horses. Blacks and bays, dapples and greys, all the pretty little horses.

On Bedtime: An Emotional Odyssey

Posted on February 24 at 9:33 p.m.

Guns were specifically invented to kill people (at the time, people in armor). Guns democratized power by making even the most lowly peasant equal to the most highly trained knight. Consequently, the Founding Fathers of the United States of America decided to institutionalize the democratization of violent power in the 2nd Amenedment to the Constitution. So now everyone (including criminals and mentally ill people) can own guns. As long as we, as a community, believe that eveyone should be able to own guns, we have to put up wiith senseless slaughter. That said, the answer to this issue is not easy. If we were to attempt to design laws to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, who then decides who is mentally ill and who is mentally healthy? Might not the government designate those they perceive as a threat to power to be mentally ill and thus shift the democratization of power that guns provide toward the government? Where exactly is the balance between public saftey and individual liberty? It is not an easy balance to attain. However, it is my firm belief that a person who has been under psychiatric medical care since childhood should not be allowed to own guns.

On Elliot Rodger Report Details Long Struggle with Mental Illness

Posted on February 11 at 9:04 p.m.

Ok this is not science, this is just my personal experience with vaccination. As a child I grew up in a family situation that required me to get vaccinated a lot. I have been vaccinated against typhus, typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, diphtheria, pertussis, over a dozen kinds of flu, small pox, polio, and countless other diseases which cannot be discerned from the scribbles on my old shot records. When I was a kid they did not have vaccinations against mumps, measles, and chicken pox. I got chicken pox and measles at the same time. It was a brutal experience. Large does of penicillin saved my life twice. My parents and I had no choice with regard to the vaccinations. It was either accept them or my father resign is position. At the schools I attended, they came twice a year to give us "booster shots." We all lined up, got our shots, and went back to class. My siblings and I never got ill from the dozens of vaccinations we received. I never heard of any of my peers in school getting ill from vaccinations. On the other hand, I was exposed to all the diseases against which I was vaccinated in both Europe and Asia and I never contracted any of them. So from my perspective, the vaccinations protected my health and did me no harm. I am fairly old now (older than my grandparents were when they died) and I am in robust good health. My wife and I provided our children with all the most recent vaccinations and our children are now grown and enjoy robust good health as well. My parents, who also received all the vaccinations my siblings and I got lived into their nineties. At this point in my life, I am most concerned with the safety of my grand-children. The anti-vaxxers need to come up with alternative plan, supported by science, that achieves that goal or I am just going to dismiss them as kooks.

On Immune to the Facts?

Posted on February 10 at 3:09 p.m.

The whole and only reason that we have laws of any kind is human selfishness. If all dog owners (and I mean every last one of them) do not take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets and preventing their pets from harassing wildlife, the result will be ever tightening restrictions on dogs at the beach. First it will be leashes and the requirement to pick up the poop. Next it will be an outright ban (just like the State Park beaches). Of course new laws will have to be enforced which costs money so expect a huge increase dog license fees. Of course that will lead to undocumented dogs (illegals?) which will be cause for all sorts of attacks on civil liberties. This might sound like an extreme scenario, but it could happen if dog owners do not clean up their act. For the record, I am not advocating for new laws. I'm just pointing out that this is how the regulatory process gets started and then it develops a life of its own. Come on dog owners, be responsible.

On Help Close the Poop Loop

Posted on February 2 at 9:24 p.m.

First of all, I am not a climatologist. However, I am a surfer and I am in the water over 150 days a year. This year, the water has stayed warm for much longer than most years. The last few times the water stayed this warm this late in the season, we had El Nino storm years. The seasons I remember the water being warm well into winter are 94/95, 97/98, 00/01, 04/05, 05/06, and 10/11 (this is as far back as my poor addled memory goes). All those years you could surf in trunks almost through Thanksgiving. So far this year, we have not had very much rain, so my surfer climatology may not be worth anything. Hopefully we will get some rain this season.

On Sea Slugs as El NiƱo Forecasters?

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