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Posted on March 6 at 1:28 a.m.
Lighting yourself on fire is "extremely unsafe and ill-advised." No kidding.
Before this was the ice bucket challenge. That's water. Up next: The "earth" challenge, where kids have themselves buried alive. And, last, the "air" challenge, where kids see how much air they can catch by jumping off very high cliffs, sans cords or chutes.
On Badly Burned Teen Took the 'Fire Challenge'
Posted on March 6 at 1:01 a.m.
dou4now. What fun. Great looking back in time, isn't it? I kind of do the same thing with old business cards, once in a great while. While looking at the cards, I think of friends' endeavors and old stores and restaurants and hotels that used to be in SB.
Someday I will try and liquidate my collection of postcards. I must have 5,000 of them, many good ones of SB. After reading this article, maybe I can find some truly old ones, too.
On Santa Barbara's Postcard Souvenirs
Posted on February 25 at 11:06 p.m.
Most Mexican voters vote the way the Church tells them to vote. That's what I learned, years ago.
On City Election Sea Change
Posted on February 20 at 11:26 p.m.
Perhaps the individual who wrote Sheriff Brown's "Introductory" to the Investigative report could have written this Indie piece. Now *that's* some skilled writing.
On Elliot Rodger Report Details Long Struggle with Mental Illness
Posted on February 20 at 11:25 p.m.
Perhaps whoever it was that wrote Sheriff Brown's "Introductory" to the Investigative report should have written this Indie piece. Now *that's* some skilled writing.
Posted on February 20 at 11:17 p.m.
This long-awaited feature story could have been intensely compelling and downright chilling, if the Indie had had Nick Welsh or someone with better writing skills produce it. "long-sleeve" "revaled" " . . .he received treatment up to his death." Are knife boxes now classed as weapons? So on and so forth. A plethora of mistakes that rob the article of any passion and force. All of the run-on sentences and poor editing make this piece a painful slog. Independent, you dropped the ball on this one, big time.
Posted on February 18 at 11:16 a.m.
He must need the money. If Mitchum can't' handle a few "sticks and stones," how well would he do in office?
On a more personal note: Has he stopped hitting the bottle now?" Last time I met him he could barely stand up and was nearly slobbering on me. Not the best bet, and a far cry from anyone I would vote for to represent me.
On Mitchum Sues Capps for Defamation of Character
Posted on February 13 at 12:29 a.m.
Geez. I hope to Christ the Coastal Commission has the good sense to say no to a desal plant. Anyone who thinks that it's "the loss of some microscopic aquatic bugs" which is the only worry has his/her head up his/her you-know-what.
Knowledge is a powerful tool, and thanks to the internet we have access to knowledge right at our fingertips. Read up and learn, all you who think desal is a panacea instead of the road to perdition that it truly is.
On Water Bosses Butt Heads Over Desal Plant
Posted on February 9 at 8:25 p.m.
This news makes me sad for us all. Neonicotinoids are in flowering plants sold at many Big Box stores, too (OSH, Home Depot, Lowe's). Thus, the bees and butterflies that feed off the nectar of said plants are then poisoned. (Thank you, atomic_state for eschewing pesticides. Terrific!)
Pesticides are a scourge. I am going to call Lazy Acres tomorrow and find out what the heck that guy was spraying, which chemicals, and why.
If you EVER see anyone spraying on public property and they aren't wearing full protective suit/mask/gloves, call the County Ag Dept and report them. Get a license plate, time of day, location and all info to pass on to Ag officers.
It's a sure bet that any non-protective-gear-wearing "gardener" you see spraying the local "parkways," those strips of land set between the sidewalk and the curb, does not have the required permits and is poisoning us all, illegally. Call the Ag Dept #: (805) 681-5600. The Ag guys will respond as soon as possible.
Why oh why are we killing ourselves with these toxins? Did you know there weren't even any pesticides until WWll? All developed then. And when DDT was found to be killing off Bald eagles and such and was banned, USA chemical companies then off-loaded all its DDT to Third World Countries. Boycott the Big Six pesticide corporations, don't buy a damn thing from them until they stop killing our planet for profit: Bayer, Dow, Monsanto, BASF, Syngenta and Dupont.
On 'Neonic' Poison Found Throughout City
Posted on February 2 at 10:21 a.m.
And I, for one, believe the existing unholy mess that constitutes beach parking for locals doesn't need to be impacted adversely by hotel parking; not by one parking space.
Caruso needs to be the best neighbor he can be, and allow that the Montecito Planning Commission knows more than he, when it comes to keeping neighbors happy.
It is to be hoped that whatever project is approved is, in the end, the least burdensome to us all. We have to live with it, not Caruso. (And I write this as someone who lives miles from Montecito,) Good on ya, MPC. Don't back down.
On Caruso and Neighbors Make Strange Bedfellows