Comments by anemonefish

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Posted on March 10 at 2:27 p.m.

And don't forget all the fast-food outlets and convenience stores specializing in sugary, high-carb, and now high-caffeine junk that intercept kids going to and from school. Not to mention the inexpensive this-and-that-helper meals that many folks in a hurry rely on. Packaged convenience food is rarely healthful food, but it fills you up. GM'd canola is cheap; EVOO isn't.

As has been said above so well, if the rice, beans, and corn of today were like the ancestors' versions the problem might not be so severe. If meats were grass fed on ranches rather than pumped up with hormones and antibiotics in protein factories we'd be way better off. But now the ranches are becoming vineyards and housing developments. The ag machine absorbs small farmers like tractor-driving Borg, both here and to the south.

With transnational big agriculture focused on production and the bottom line rather than health, the raw materials that go to restaurants and even into from-scratch home cooking are the front end of the problem. Government subsidies have been lobbied to support profitable over-processed and engineered stuff that's loaded with toxins rather than what human bodies need. The lower the income level, the worse the victimization.

It's time to subsidize healthful veg and meats and stop the payoffs that trickle down to the likes of Monsanto and Conagra, and from there to chemical firms and even implement manufacturers. While the pressure against change from profitable engineered food to investing in support of more natural and sustainable eating is huge, it's a big part of the cure for the diabetes epidemic. Unfortunately, the healthy eating lobby is still pretty weak compared to Big Agriculture, Inc., so consumers have to speak with their purchases, once again leaving those most at risk with the weakest voice. It's cheaper in the long run to invest in prevention early than to pay for long-term treatment later on, but that takes education and will.

On How to Reduce Latino Diabetes?

Posted on March 6 at 6:51 p.m.

They have a great staff with unusually good attitude. Too bad the corporate bigwigs were blockheads and tried to run the west coast from North Carolina warehouses. The butcher shop was excellent with hormone-free meats and nice fresh variety. Likewise the veg, bulk goods and bakery. If the local managers had been given a fair chance and a bit more power to tailor stock for their area with even more locally sourced SB county products they could have been a storefront farmers' market. It's a real shame that 50 person team can't keep going because fresh, natural, organic, and minimally processed are becoming the new norms, and they delivered good service.

On Fresh Market Closing This Month

Posted on February 9 at 2:14 p.m.

A weekly platform for disinfo queen Kathy Swift and PODER to spew forth? Yet another astonishing move by the Independent, and proof that Santa Barbara still desperately needs a respectable newspaper that the people - not just ideologically-biased factions on the extreme left or right - can rely on for honest reporting and the truth.

On The People's Voice

Posted on February 4 at 2:46 p.m.

Unfortunately, Carolee is right. This state is exporting water we don't have to China in the form of things like high-dollar almonds and even rice. It's past time to rethink what's sustainable in a drying climate, profitability aside. One gallon per nut is just that - nuts. Allowing agricultural interests - whether family farmers or mega-corporations - to pump as much groundwater as they can is as negligent as letting the oil industry inject whatever they please back down into the aquifers the state depends on. If resource management policy doesn't change soon, we'll watch a reverse Dust Bowl scenario play out.

On Drought and the Almond

Posted on January 29 at 2:12 p.m.

Unfortunately, despite great efforts by volunteers, the survey won't reveal much. That's because, as Nick suggests, getting the chronically homeless to answer over a hundred highly invasive and detailed questions truthfully, and then to give their permission to share that "confidential" data with a huge list of agencies won't be easy, coupon or not. It's something few folks would do upon being woken up or confronted by a stranger, especially anyone who is already fearful or has something to hide. If all the organizers do is count completed survey forms and report that result, it will be a tiny fraction of the actual number of people living rough around the streets, in their cars, and in RVs. Many won't even be found, and others won't answer the over-lengthy questionnaire accurately when they are. So this looks like a well-meaning academic research project, but unlikely to reflect the sad reality very well.

On Children of a Lesser Dog

Posted on January 23 at 3:29 p.m.

More proofs that a little disinformation goes a long way.
First off, the BID is required to be a new independent entity, not an extension of the MCA or anything else. (BTW, the hostility expressed against that fairly young - and diverse - organization which has tried to help out, and has actually accomplished some pretty good things for the neighborhood, is pretty amazing.)
Second, if the BID is smart, it will minimize its overhead so the limited funds the fees would generate can go to projects the members decide are important - maybe graffiti cleaning on non-city-owned property and/or helping work with people camping out in their parking lots and/or building a quick-reference directory to area automotive services or construction trades - but who knows? That would be up to the BID's members. The goal is to pull together to make the area's business environment healthier for both big and small. One thing the association surely wouldn't do is to waste its money renting an office when a member could get a write-off for providing a little space, and especially not paying rent for a separate community organization that doesn't even need one.

On The Eastside Assessment Reaches Beyond Milpas

Posted on January 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Very useful explanation. Thanks.

On Don't Discount Isla Vista

Posted on January 10 at 9:31 a.m.

Let us not, in reacting to the massacre of free speech at Charlie Hebdo, overlook the equally - even more - reprehensible anti-semitic terrorist attack on innocent patrons of the kosher grocery store in Paris.

On Je Suis Charlie

Posted on January 9 at 3:22 p.m.

Thank you, Indy, for standing up for freedom of speech and recognizing the significance of the murders in Paris - not that they are the first nor the last time journalists and satirists will be attacked. When fanatics of any stripe resort to vandalism and violence in attempts to bully voices they don't like into submission to their particular beliefs, it's a slap against everybody's right to free expression. When the simple expressing of an idea warrants the death penalty, something is fundamentally wrong with the system that promotes that. All the cultural sensitivity and political correctness in the world can't justify such things.

On Je Suis Charlie

Posted on December 19 at 1:21 p.m.

It's great that the collection is now in the public library. I only hope borrowers take as good care of it as the radio pros doubtlessly did. So thanks to those who worked so hard assembling this musical treasure. However, it's genuinely tragic the the Santa Barbara Foundation sold out KDB to a conglomerate, albeit a non-profit one. I still don't understand how they managed - or mismanaged - to sacrifice this wonderful and unique piece of Santa Barbara culture.

On Classical Music Collection Going to Library

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