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Posted on August 8 at 12:13 a.m.
Whats the deal with so much law breaking specifically during Fiesta? It is unique in that it lasts 5 days, but do Santa Barbara's other festivals and events have a proportionately similar crime rate?
On Fiesta Arrests Way Up
Posted on July 19 at 10:19 a.m.
Do "pro-lifers" care about the unborn? Do they hell. These sanctimonious fakes are into wielding big government power over people, especially the poor. Abortion prohibition will NOT stop abortion and it WON'T stop people getting unintentionally pregnant. What it WILL do is discriminate against poor women who will resort to the back alley coat-hanger specialist, while the RICH can simply fly to Canada or elsewhere to have the procedure done under proper medical care.
THAT is what the anti-choice crowd is about. Control, power, and punishment.... Solutions be damned.
On Anti-Abortion Group Threatens to Sue City
Posted on June 11 at 6:02 p.m.
The latest IPCC report has been culled from over 12,000 successfully peer reviewed studies, over many years, from all over the world. Its predictions are not good as regards Humanity's future.
One of the big problems we face - especially here in the US - is the fact that we regard "free market capitalism" as a sacred cow; a religion, untouchable and immune to criticism and accountability. To offer any modification or alternative to this fundamentalist viewpoint is regarded by many as heresy, to be pounced on from a great height.
Climate change and the pollution that causes it is a result of the the high priests of this neo-religion - global multinational corporations - being able to do whatever they like - just because they can, regardless of the often appalling consequences, with zero accountability and responsibility, while their precepts (in neoclasscal economics) are ossified like those of the Taliban. Furthermore, on account of their transnational reach and power, nobody has the power or will to bring these dinosaurs to order. If anything, their lack of accountability is expanding exponentially.
According to the Koch brothers and their vocal minions, the climate change scenario is a vast left wing conspiracy by thousands of climatologists, meteorologists, oceanographers, atmospheric physicists - etc. etc. who are all anti-business commie-pinko potsmoking tree-hugging hippies with an agenda. And they hate America. (!!!!!)
I kid you not.
On Do you think global warming is caused by:
Posted on April 7 at 5:59 p.m.
One unmentioned (unmentionable?) problem is the infestation of "affluenza" amongst the (UCSB) population. Many kids from wealthier families, spoiled-to-the-core brats who have always had anything and everything they want - with neither a sense of proportion nor the value of money, suddenly escape mommy's apron strings for the first time - for their first experience of independence. They bring their attitude of uncompromised entitlement with them, and when someone tells them that they can't do something - they can't handle it, and consequently then pull an infantile, foot-stamping, "F*** You" attitude.
Couple that with with(1) the easy accessibility of alcohol and the drink-orientated party "culture",(2) the more irresponsible aspects of the greek system(3) plenty of crystal methamphetamine and other aggression-inducing (and blackout-inducing) drugs (4) a surfeit of testosterone amongst the boys who think that getting laid every saturday night is also an entitlement - and then get angry and pissy when they fail(5) the hyping of ghetto "culture", where upper and middle-class white suburban kids think its "cool" to emulate the most dumb-assed violence-oriented characteristics of inner city gang-banger life - "oh look mommy, I'm now a thug".(6) the presence of out-of-towners who came to IV to cause and instigate trouble - why else do you come to a party armed with a knife if you're not prepared to use it?(7) and last but not least, the prevalence of a heads-in-the-sand attitude amongst the authorities: for example the noise ordinance (banning of amplified music) - this was an incredibly stupid and shortsighted piece of prime idiocy on the part pf law enforcement - just because they can - and it was just asking for trouble.
The demonstrations of the 1970s were politically motivated, sparked out of a sense of gross injustice, combined with the Gestapo-like tactics of law enforcement of the time. The people taking part truly wanted the world to be a better place. Governor Reagan showed his true colors when he notoriously stated: "If it takes a blood bath, so be it. No more appeasement". Out of that unrest sprung many institutions within the IV community
The Deltopia riot - in sharp contrast - was random, causeless, motive-less, blind, drunken imbecility. Isla Vista got trashed, and the endlessly metastasizing UCSB continues to rake in the $$, doesn't give a damn and does next to nothing for the town and local residents, apart from serial and increasing abuse by their patrons.
On The Death of Isla Vista?
Posted on April 7 at 1:07 p.m.
Loonpt, I agree with you on the noise ordinance issue. It was short-sighted, arbitrary and counterproductive; a "let's ban music just because we can" kind of policy/attitude.
However, as regards the "incitement to riot" issue: Much street violence in recent years have been instigated by authorities, in which otherwise peaceful demonstrations are hijacked by fake "demonstrators", often wearing black clothing and face-masks in order to be (a) anonymous and (b) look like so-called "anarchists" or "Black block" political activists. These are stooges, paid by police departments (at the bequest of higher authority) to start trouble, usually on cue when the mainstream media cameras are rolling. A classic example was Seattle in 1999 where "Crisis Actors" were "arrested" for lobbing bottles and rocks through the windows of downtown business, exactly where the corporate media reporters and cameramen were staked out, to be duly "arrested". The "arrestees" were seen trooping out of rear exits of the downtown Seattle police station waving fistfuls of dollars, laughing and even talking about their exploits on video!
This type of "directed violence" is motivated by the desire of elements within the establishment to portray their political foes as "violent", "vandals" and having no sense of responsibility - and thus tarnishing the cause for which they are portrayed to support. This kind of action is a variation of the "false-flag" attack, where rogue elements within government attack on their own nation, thus rallying public support for war or other actions which would otherwise be unpopular or unsellable.
In contrast to political protest, the Deltopia fiasco was causeless, motiveless, random violence fueled by the usual Del Playa combo of alcohol and stupidity. Similar displays of wanton hooliganism and idiocy often happen after large spectator sports events - in these types of incident, the cops have no motivation to start, or inflate trouble, in which no political causes are being demonstrated, no injustice being protested. In I.V. we witnessed a bunch of out-of-control, unaware, affluenza-infected brats with a hyper-inflated sense of entitlement and a distorted sense of what "liberty" means.
On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot
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.
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