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Posted on October 15 at 5:52 p.m.

You're right, of course. I should take the high road and feel sympathy for those who don't get it. Maybe I'm not evolved enough myself, yet. I feel about hunters the same way I feel about people who preach religion and people who abuse children. They aren't my kind of people. And I sure as heck wouldn't miss them if they all fell off the place of the planet.

On <em>The Hidden Life of Wolves</em>

Posted on October 15 at 4:19 p.m.

Wolves hunt down and kill the sick, the old and the weak prey species, the ones they can catch. Human hunters always try to go for the "trophy" animal, the bigger and healthier the better. Hunters use high-power rifles, bait, dogs, traps. Anything goes.
Ignorance abounds and hunters will always have their rationalizations as to why they hunt. Put simply, they like to kill. They enjoy killing. It makes them feel powerful and god-like to take a life. It takes a special kind of person to want to hurt, maim and kill animals. I detest such persons.

On <em>The Hidden Life of Wolves</em>

Posted on October 15 at 3:59 p.m.

Randy Rowse? The guy who said he wouldn't run for City Council, but was only too happy to accept his "temporary" appointment? Randy Rowse who, for years on end, was a complete dunderhead about single-use plastic bags and said there was no need to ban them? Randy Rowse who just loves to rubber stamp each and every project that comes down the pike (fish pun intended)? Don't expect any common sense about the environment from that guy.

On Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Posted on October 10 at 12:25 a.m.

From The Center for Biological Diversity:

For Immediate Release, October 6, 2014

Contact: Hollin Kretzmann, (415) 436-9683 x 333 or

Documents Reveal Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected
Into Central California Aquifers

Tests Find Elevated Arsenic, Thallium Levels in Nearby Water Wells

SAN FRANCISCO— Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.

The documents also reveal that Central Valley Water Board testing found high levels of arsenic, thallium and nitrates — contaminants sometimes found in oil industry wastewater — in water-supply wells near these waste-disposal operations.

“Clean water is one of California’s most crucial resources, and these documents make it clear that state regulators have utterly failed to protect our water from oil industry pollution,” said Hollin Kretzmann, a Center attorney. “Much more testing is needed to gauge the full extent of water pollution and the threat to public health. But Governor Brown should move quickly to halt fracking to ward off a surge in oil industry wastewater that California simply isn’t prepared to dispose of safely.”

The state’s Water Board confirmed beyond doubt that at least nine wastewater disposal wells have been injecting waste into aquifers that contain high-quality water that is supposed to be protected under federal and state law.

Vote "Yes" on P

On Dodging Measure P Oil Slicks

Posted on October 9 at 8:05 p.m.

Eckermann: Please don't just lean. Please Vote "Yes" on P. Being proactive is the right way to go.

Plus, I voted "Yes" on my VBM (Vote by Mail) ballot today and already mailed it in. I don't want anyone canceling out my vote. (Smiley face.) Thank you!

On Dodging Measure P Oil Slicks

Posted on October 8 at 7:18 p.m.

The Santa Barbarans who vote have made some big mistakes, in years past. Voting for State Water comes to mind. But on this particular issue, we can't be stupid. I, for one, don't want to worry about wasting even more of our precious water. I don't want to have to worry about what's coming out of my water tap, either.

There are still plenty of us around who remember 1969. All of the posturing and propaganda in the world won't make us forget.

On Dodging Measure P Oil Slicks

Posted on October 3 at 5:13 p.m.

How fantastic! News like this makes my day.

Re: guacamole. Believe it or not, the best way to keep guacamole from turning brown is to place it in a container and pour about 1/2 inch of water over the top of it. Then refrigerate. The water keeps out oxygen and the guac stays green.

When you're ready to eat your stored guacamole, just pour off the water and give the guac a little stir. Get out those chips. So simple and so effective.

On Avofest Gets Really Green

Posted on October 1 at 5:29 p.m.

Oh, yes. And I forgot to say "Thank You!" to Ms. Miles, for stating publicly that she did not want the bear to be killed. Thank you, Emily Miles.

On Hunt for Bear Called Off

Posted on October 1 at 4 p.m.

The U.S. Humane Society states that there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a bear-----ever. I am ecstatically happy that Fish & Game called off the hunt. Good for the bear, thank gawd, that it managed to avoid being caught.

I hope my email (and emails of others) to Fish & Wildlife urging that the bear, if caught, not be euthanized, was/were of some influence.

It is interesting to note that one report stated the bear had "taken a chunk" out of Ms. Miles' thigh. I knew this could not be true, as we all saw the photos of her standing, and she wouldn't have been standing with a chunk out of her leg. The fact that she was made to wait at the ER is egregious and, yet, I suppose, somehow indicates what the staff there thought of the severity of her injuries.

As for dogs being off-leash, dog walkers and their dogs need exercise. I don't allow my dogs to chase after anything: neither birds on the beach nor wildlife in the hills. When Ms. Miles saw that bear scat, she knew to skedaddle and call back her dogs, but she decided to take a photograph of the scat instead. (I find it curious that she didn't mention her dogs barking wildly, which is what they must have done, upon seeing that bear.)

There's a great (true) story about a man who left his wife in their camper and said he was going off to try and get a pic of the Grizzly bear they knew was in the vicinity. The man never came back. They found him later and the last photo on his roll of film was of the Grizzly coming toward him.

Grizzlies are known to be much more dangerous to humans than are Black bears, true. But I think it's an interesting tale, nonetheless, of how our curiosity and hubris, what with thinking we're at the top of the food chain, can often get us into trouble.

On Hunt for Bear Called Off

Posted on September 19 at 3:14 a.m.

The rules are there for a reason. Get the permit or paint it over. This silly "Ask forgiveness later" attitude is deplorable. I thought Cajun Kitchen was better than this.

On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'

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