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Posted on April 7 at 11:39 a.m.
It takes institutionalized idiocy - as witnessed by Deltopia - for the general public to accept a zero tolerance policy, or a suspension of liberties. With liberty comes responsibility...its a fact of life on earth.
To all those drunken idiots bleating about "police brutality", get a life. You haven't a clue what its like to live under the heavy manners of authoritarianism, or a police state - but your collective imbecilic conduct and boorish stupidity might just precipitate - and "justify" it.
On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot
Posted on April 5 at 10:43 a.m.
The information included in the original article is somewhat cherry-picked to present a picture that does more to protect the public image of the nuclear power/weapons industry, rather than inform the public of the current and longterm danger and hazards posed by the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima.
Listening to the podcast, the term "conspiracy theories" is hacked up - twice. The discussion is thus tainted and compromised.
On Fukushima (Santa Barbara Independent Podcast)
Posted on March 28 at 1 p.m.
It is also interesting (and sinister/depressing) to read about what is happening in Japan: The Fukushima catastrophe has caused the global nuclear industry to strong-arm the Japanese government with sufficient force as to completely strangle freedom of expression as regards this topic. A new State Secrets Act makes such talk punishable by up to *ten years in prison*.
Taro Yamamoto, a Japanese legislator, says the new law “represents a coup d’etat” leading to “the recreation of a fascist state.” The powerful Asahi Shimbun newspaper compares it to “conspiracy” laws passed by totalitarian Japan in the lead-up to Pearl Harbor, and warns it could end independent reporting on Fukushima.... just what the nuclear power/weapons industry wants.
If the Fukushima event was relatively "harmless" - as inferred in this article, then it makes little sense for the authorities in Japan go to such extreme measures to shut down discussion on this event. There is much sound science, largely unreported in the corporate media (surprise, surprise) which indicate that the ongoing release of radionuclides from Fukushima is putting countless lives at risk, not only in Japan, but all over the Northern hemisphere, and for decades to come.
This article, while containing some useful information, is largely unbalanced, includes pseudoscience, and is putting people under a false sense of security. This smacks of irresponsible journalism masquerading as science.
On The Fukushima Fallout
Posted on March 28 at 9:43 a.m.
Contrary to some of the commentators' thoughts, this article is not only unbalanced (ie no input from contrary viewpoints), and as soon as the "banana" comparison was aired, it became abundantly clear that the article invoked junk "science" to bolster its conclusion.
The human body is born with potassium40 (as found in bananas) in its tissues and it is the most common radionuclide in human tissues and in food. We evolved in the presence of potassium40 and our bodies have well-developed repair mechanisms to respond to its effects. The concentration of potassium40 in the human body is constant and not affected by concentrations in the environment. The amount of potassium (and therefore of K40) in the human body is fairly constant because of homeostasis, so that any excess absorbed from food is quickly compensated by the elimination of an equal amount. It follows that the additional radiation exposure due to eating a banana lasts only for a few hours after ingestion, namely the time it takes for the normal potassium contents of the body to be restored by the kidneys.
As regards cesium and iodine radionuclides: There was ZERO background radioactive cesium or iodine before above-ground nuclear testing and nuclear accidents started. The long term health effects of ingestion are largely unknown. The article also quotes EPA and other official arbiters on what is considered "safe". We not only do we do not know what is "safe" in *reality*, but these agencies have a long record of moving the goalposts to conform to corporate demand/pressure, or political expediency.
This article reads like a subtly-disguised hit piece for and on behalf of the nuclear power (and nuclear weapons) industry, a modern-day sacred cow.
Posted on September 15 at 8:27 p.m.
Those in authority do not appear willing to face the main cause of this ongoing issue - more industrial and property development than the existing infrastructure can handle. The 101 freeway is the only North-South highway in this region, and it can only take a certain amount of traffic; so much new development, especially west of Santa Barbara as far as Winchester Canyon (business parks, malls, subdivisions and other property development) springing almost overnight like mushrooms in the fall, has generated way too much traffic for the highway to handle. Much of the 101 was designed to handle the traffic density of the 1960s and 1970s and the rush to pave every square foot of open space around the 101 in recent years has swamped our only north-south route.
Another issue aggravating this problem is the excessive inflation of property costs - house prices/mortgages and rent in Santa Barbara itself means that thousands of people who work in town on a daily basis cannot afford to live here and have to commute from as far away as Oxnard to the South and Santa Maria in the North. In addition, our local geography/topography doesn't exactly help matters - between Gaviota and Ventura, there is a narrow coastal strip varying between a few hundred yards to a few miles wide, so constructing a parallel highway is not on the cards.
Gridlock is one of the scourges of modern US society and is responsible for billions of wasted person-hours each year - a huge headache for the economy and a big hit on the quality of life for so many people. Any plumber will tell you what will happen if you try to push more water down a pipe than its diameter will allow: It will back up and cause a mess. It's a simple matter of physics. What is the solution? There isn't one - this situation will keep getting worse while rich, influential developers with bottomless pockets are able to buy politicians, or get around existing regulations by hiring teams of attorneys to hatch clever convoluted schemes that stay *just* within the law.
On Eyes Wide Open
Posted on September 3 at 3:46 p.m.
The "witness" said that "it was hard to tell if the man was white or Latino as it was dark outside"... but he was able to to hear the entire conversation and describe the knife in detail, and then claim it was "textbook suicide by cop". I wasn't there, but it doesn't take an eyewitness to deduce that this "witness's" statement sounds coached, or compromised.
Will there be an investigation? Who knows? When the police investigate the police, the outcome is about as useful as when the Mafia investigates the Genovese Family.
On Witnesses Recall Fatal Shooting
Posted on August 13 at 9:59 a.m.
You go Lev!
On Lynette (SB Sings), Lev Allan Blitz, and Jesse Rhodes
Posted on August 13 at 9:55 a.m.
Did either of these guys have two previous convictions? If so, whatever happened to 3 strikes?
On Gang Members Sentenced to 16 Years for Beating Death
Posted on August 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Alcohol is a magic substance which can turn even the smartest, most intelligent, mindful, selfless, present and aware people into loud, incapable, incoherent, slobbering, boring, micro-cephalic morons. Just go down del Playa in Isla Vista on a weekend and you can get a ringside seat in the circus. It's... hilarious, sort of.
What's the attraction with puking, inability to think or speak coherently, risking losing your license or killing someone or yourself on the road, staggering around with the world spinning uncontrollably, headaches, hangovers, and then not being able to recall what kind of total idiot you made of yourself the previous night? OK, once is an experience - I've been there myself and watched the video - (argh) - and it doesn't get any better than that. It's amazing that people keep repeating the same action, and spending so much of their hard-earned money in the process - perhaps expecting something different or better to happen?
On UCSB Ranked #2 Party School in Country
Posted on August 5 at 1:58 p.m.
Many IV student apartment buildings constructed in the 1950s and 1960s do not conform to (current) seismic code, and would likely be death-traps in a major earthquake. If anyone remembers the January 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, a number of apartment blocks - more modern and substantial than many I.V. apartment buildings, collapsed in pancake fashion, killing people as they slept on lower floors.
At some point in the future - may be in 10 years, or 100 years, or perhaps next week - there will be a destructive local earthquake. A M6.8 quake leveled most of downtown SB in 1925. On August 13, 1978 an earthquake in the Santa Barbara Channel (magnitude estimated between 5.1 and 5.7) caused $millions in damage to the UCSB campus and "scores of injuries" - and this was during the summer vacation. A Northridge-sized quake - up to 75 times as powerful as the 1978 event - during the term-time in Isla Vista, where 23,000 students live, many in seismically unfit dwellings - would be a catastrophe.
On New Era in Isla Vista Housing