Comments by andrewbaker77

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Posted on June 26 at 11:44 a.m.

Bali sees 11 inches of rain a month.
San Joaquin Valley sees less than 5 to 15 inches a year.
Who is the Einstein that decided this was a good place to grow rice?
- AB in SB

On City Customers Not Saving Water During Drought

Posted on April 6 at 9:19 a.m.

In poor countries, people riot for human rights.
In rich countries, people riot for self-entitlement.
- AB in SB

On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot

Posted on October 31 at 7:09 p.m.

You can debate all you want between bananas and coal plants etc, but the truth is out there, and it's not hard to find.

This article spells it out from a well-seasoned sailor who made the journey from Oz to Hawaii via the Fukushima fallout....

On Radioactive Fallout from Fukushima

Posted on February 25 at 11:47 a.m.

Sad to see such a pretty town made so ugly again and again.
Been living in SouthEastAsia past couple years, and violence like this is almost 0. So nice it was to cruise around without a worry. -AB in SB

On Stabbing on West Arrellaga

Posted on March 26 at 9:16 a.m.

I live in Bali, and this island is completely destroyed from plastics. The ocean is spewing bags on to the sand, completely covering beaches all over Bali. The rivers, you can see the high water line, as it's an endless string of red and black and clear plastic bags caught in the tree limbs. Irrigation canals, full and bubbling over in plastics. And the air, burning plastic everywhere, creating Dioxin, 50,000 times more toxic than the #2 most toxic airborne chemical. Plastic shouldn't be banned in SB. It should be banned worldwide. But, f it. As it's too late. The oceans are already stuffed to the gills, and the developing worlds are tossing like mad, so whatever SB does won't make a difference. - AB in Bali and Santa Barbara

On The plastic bag ban now being crafted by the City of Santa Barbara

Posted on November 18 at 7:01 a.m.

Why do people who will never ever meet (see above, and just about every comment section of any major paper) get in fights? -AB in SB and Bali

On One Killed, One Injured in Lower Eastside Fire

Posted on October 10 at 5:31 p.m.

$140/4 hours..if you dance every minute of the night, it's 58 cents a minute. Better be a damn good dancer. -AB in SB

On Motown Downtown

Posted on October 10 at 6:56 a.m.

Harley, great articles. As one who is not so interested in economics but a core sociologist, you put a sociological spin on the economics that makes the whole thing super enjoyable and educational.

In these moments of change you describe, is it sort of like abandoning the timing of running races. You still have winners and losers, one runner strong than another in a specific race, but no perspective to runners in other races or in the evolution of the event. Today's runners may well be way slower (read weaker currency) than yesterday's, you'll never know. - AB in Santa Barbara and Bali

On The End of the Gold Standard

Posted on October 6 at 8:31 a.m.

Another tip. If you "just need to run in and eat a taco" and have no lock. As long as you can keep the bike in sight, shift it into your biggest (hardest) gear and leave the bike upside down in front of the shop window. (wheels in the air)

Keep your eyes on it, and if someone goes for the swipe, you'll be out the front door before they can flip it over and pedal. And when they do try and turn the cranks, big gear/no speed = stall.

Most likely, they will just dump the bike and run.

Then, grab the bike, upshift, pedal, catch them, and hit them on the head with your fish taco. - AB

On My Bike Was Stolen

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