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Posted on February 14 at 9:44 p.m.

The topography of the area is such that on a calm day, the sound of a tee shot at the nearby golf course can be heard a long way distant. The weather was flat calm during the period when he shootings happened - some time between Thursday, January 30 and Saturday, February1, yet not a single person heard the four separate gunshots, despite there being dozens of houses within earshot. Although speculative, this implies the use of a silencer/suppressor - but why would he use one to kill himself, his kid and his dog, execution style, each with a single bullet through the head? And why would he shoot his dog, when the dog knew its master well? Why would a "murderer who committed suicide" bother about his dog going into a barking frenzy? There was no motivation, and no suicide note.

Despite the extreme unlikelihood that Marshall was the killer, Nick Welsh - and by extension the Independent - weaseled out. I wonder why? Maybe it is because Marshall was a brave and patriotic American who used his First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and expression to write two books on 9/11? Much of Marshall's exhaustively researched material violated the corporate media's taboo regarding discussion of aspects of 9/11 which do not echo the officially sanctioned, but far-fetched fairytale/yarn. Welsh has a 10 year history of consigning any nonconformist discussion of 9/11 to the intellectual trash bin of "conspiracy theory". We should all know the purpose of invoking those weasel-words, a tactic that has been developed by the mainstream media over the decades to squash and stifle discussion of any controversial topic which reflects unfavorably upon elements within our powers-that-be.

In his column, Nick Welsh baldly stated that "Philip Marshall shot and killed his two teenage children, his dog, and then himself". As a responsible journalist, Welsh could have stated something along the lines: "Philip Marshall, his two teenage kids and his dog were found shot to death in their home". Unfortunately, Welsh pointed the finger of blame with no evidence in support of such. Philip Marshall is one of many dozens of writers/researchers re. 9/11 controversies who have met with an untimely end. Others have lost their jobs and careers, and many have been threatened or railroaded. Mr. Welsh perhaps has an enhanced sense of self preservation, and presumably would like to keep his job as well.

On Every Dog Needs a Companion

Posted on February 9 at 10:24 a.m.

Philip Marshall is now dead, alongside dozens and dozens of other researchers who have asked the "wrong" questions about 9/11. Many others have lost their jobs and careers by questioning and examining the US government/corporate media promoted conspiracy theory, the one supported by the author of this article.

On Dat Dog Don't Hunt

Posted on February 6 at 9:23 p.m.

Aren't we forgetting the most significant factor governing life in our industrial capitalist society? It's the mandate for profit maximization, and to hell with the consequences, as long as the stock holders are happy. The quarterly balance sheet is king. The environment? Awww shucks, that's for those goddamned hippie tree huggers - let the next generation clean up after us, give those lazy youth something useful to do.

On Montecito Bees A Signal of Things to Come?

Posted on September 11 at 9:06 p.m.

The issue of the first responders' health problems is getting worse as the years since 9/11 go by. 1200+ have already died as a direct consequence of sicknesses contracted on account of inhaling the toxic brew, and many thousands more are sick, or very sick. Yet the corporate media has disregarded it, as if the people who rushed towards danger to help others, are merely pieces of toilet paper, to be used up and then discarded.

Congress has treated them more or less the same... after 11 years of foot dragging and weaseling out, they have finally, reluctantly been cajoled into authorizing some medical help for these people - some have lost all of their worldly possessions including their homes - on account of their bravery and devotion to duty.... to pay for their vastly inflated medical bills.

The final death toll from this event will not be known for many more decades, as chronic and terminal illnesses affect more people. 2950+ died on the day. he total is now over 4000. It will probably end up well over 10-20 thousand.

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Posted on August 23 at 9:40 a.m.

"Dry Labbing" is a very common occurrence in scientific tests where corporate profits are concerned.

On Plan Approved to Find Faults Near Diablo Canyon

Posted on August 17 at 11:04 a.m.

It sounds like both parties must have been at fault, but unfortunately our society is geared towards blaming only ONE party in any dispute.

Its a very strange thing for a pedestrian to walk into the side of a moving vehicle; she obviously did not do it deliberately, and she was probably not concentrating, assuming that the other driver would have slowed down and stopped, to give way to a pedestrian.

The driver of the van - who knows... Was she on the phone? Not concentrating? Only she knows the truth.

On Who’s Right? The Lady or the Cop?

Posted on July 11 at 11:04 a.m.

In Portugal all drugs have been decriminalized. Addiction, crime, overdosing and other problems related to drug abuse have PLUMMETED there, contrary to what the corporate "weasel media" and the establishment were predicting.

There are many reasons why drugs remain illegal in the US, and will likely remain so: Here are a few, at random.

1. The largely privatized for-profit prison industry makes $billions in taxpayer funded corporate welfare; the income stream from the drug laws is their largest cash cow.

2. Those mostly targeted by the 'war on drugs' have been end users - disproportionately poor people of color and working class white, highlighting institutionalized racism and a "screw the poor" attitude by the powers that be.

3. People have been emotionally blackmailed into believing the LIE that the war on drugs is waged "on behalf of public health", and "to protect our children". This is bogus, 180º from the truth - and perpetuated by corrupt officials and the mainstream media. Any change of policy is smeared as "going soft on drugs" - a catch phrase which gets the public's knees jerking wildly - in other words, the public remain clueless on the issue.

4. Widespread corruption exists within law enforcement agencies. Powerful players in major city police departments, the DEA and other federal agencies are working WITH the cartels for their own personal enrichment.

The war on drugs enriches both those who control it, and the organized crime cartels.

On How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Panga?

Posted on April 20 at 12:11 a.m.

There are a bunch of images - but only of one member of the band is featured. What's wrong with the others?

On Florence and the Machine at Santa Barbara Bowl

Posted on March 30 at 9:45 p.m.

RIP Babatunde. A great spirit and tireless advocate for the betterment of humanity.

On Babatunde Folayemi Dies

Posted on October 21 at 9:21 p.m.

The term "homeless" never fails to conjure up a specific image: Dirty and unkempt. In our beautiful, largely upscale paradise of a city where the trappings of material wealth are apparent almost everywhere, most of us turn away. As in the parable of the "good Samaritan", we tend to walk by on the other side of the road rather than have the day interfered with by someone who has been dealt a tougher hand in life than we.

We don't wish to even acknowledge their presence unless confronted; it makes many of us psychologically uncomfortable, knowing that so many people these days are a single paycheck away from .... homelessness. Then, we can't forget that a significant proportion of the homeless are combat veterans with PTSD or physical disabilities who have served their country in combat but subsequently discarded by the Pentagon as if they never even existed.

In the current economic fiasco, in which serial criminal activities and schemings by certain major banks and lenders have played a huge part, as well as fueling a foreclosure boom, the tally of homeless are being added to each day. Santa Barbara County is a "leader" in the foreclosure Hall of Shame: most foreclosures have been proven to be fraudulent and the Bank of America is undoubtedly the worst offender.

Many first generation homeless at least have cars or trucks to sleep in, the more fortunate can lay their heads at friends' or relatives' homes... but some are less fortunate even than that. And lest the reader feel that I am over-moralizing, let me tell you all that I am no better than anyone else who exhibits less than compassion for the homeless... I avoid them as well.

We're all to blame.

On ACLU Sues City

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