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Posted on June 7 at 10:31 a.m.

The SBPD describes "generating arrests" as "output"?? And brags about it? This is disgusting, but revealing. "Productivity is up, sir! We've imprisoned hundreds of poor people!"

If homeless people make you uncomfortable, fight homelessness as a societal problem; arresting individual homeless people only creates more pain and hardship.

On Carrot and Stick for Street People

Posted on June 29 at 12:57 p.m.

Best article I've seen in the Independent in a while. In depth, relevant, honestly looking at the complexity of the issue... in a time when Independent stories tend to be shallow and non-controversial. We need more writers like this. Maybe soon Independent writers will start aggressively investigating the police.

On Tiger Salamander Caught in the Middle

Posted on April 28 at 9:08 a.m.

Yes! Ted is the best!

On Politics, Culture, Zombies

Posted on March 8 at 7:59 a.m.

The question is... *are* we going to take it? Will one day in March be the "climax" of our resistance, or are we going to raise the stakes if demands aren't met? Students across the state are occupying UC buildings and holding unpermitted rallies that actually pose a threat to the Regents (as seen by the Regents unwillingness to voice their support for "those protesters". Here's a hint: If the folks who have the power to fix your situation, the folks who you're making demands of, claim that they are your allies and march with you... you're not a threat. You need to up the ante.).

Information missing from this article: Some administrators, such as presidents and chancellors, appointed by the Regents make between $450,000 and $900,000 a year. They've voted for salary increases at the same time they voted for tuition raises and budget cuts. It's not just the state that's the problem. We hate Yang because he's a thief and directly responsible for the problem, not because he's simply representative of "the man".

On UCSB Takes a Stand

Posted on October 7 at 9:10 a.m.

DRAXOR I LOVE YOU

On Man Shoots Self

Posted on October 2 at 12:33 a.m.

(psst love the message but I think you mean Gandhi, not Ghandi, common mistake though, don't feel bad)

On Gandhi and Farm Animals

Posted on July 24 at 9:33 a.m.

Since when is providing socialization with the addition of *Bible Study* a generous act? Why is the religious aspect even remotely necessary? Did the students ask for that, or do they tolerate the preaching because they would like a hot meal and some company?

Just reminds me of how the Scientologists downtown are 'teaching communications classes' for foreign students who don't know any better or even what Scientology is. My friend told me after the class all the teachers walked up and thanked the picture of L. Ron Hubbard on the wall... they also have the students read Dianetics.... *shudder*

Why the hell do people feel they can't just help people, they have to try and convert them too??

On Not in Kyoto Anymore

Posted on January 16 at 2:28 p.m.

Unions are bad for the same reason capitalism (and communism) is bad. Power is concentrated into the hands of a few, who predictably use that power for the benefit of the few.

There are answers to this problem: Democracy, the IWW and the international Anarchist movement.

On Why Does the Right Hate Organized Labor?

Posted on January 14 at 1:15 p.m.

If you're going to claim Israel is acting in self-defense by bombing schools, hospitals, homes, killing UN aid workers, etc, shouldn't you also reflect on what caused some in Palestine to attack Israel (albeit in a very small way) in the first place?

Palestinians aren't crazy extremists just bent on killing. They consider their actions self-defense as well. And considering the history of Israel's activities in Palestine since day 1, and the proportion of Palestinian firepower (virtually nothing) to Israeli firepower (nuclear weapons, anybody?), I'd say self-defense is far more easily claimed by the Palestinian side.

On Saturday Protest of Gaza Attacks

Posted on January 2 at 3:31 p.m.

Oh no! Someone dropped off suspicious packages at a missile base! Those packages might contain something dangerous! Good thing the folks at the MISSILE BASE stopped 'em! Now we're all safe.

On Vandenberg Homes Evacuated

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