Comments by dionysiuspetros

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Posted on September 19 at 10:41 p.m.

Solar power is without a doubt the best thing out there in the long run.
The problem is the the initial cost.
I ran some numbers through a calculator I came across:
and plugged in $200/month with SCE in the Bakersfield area at 100% coverage. It estimated that the base price would be $83,000!!
If I could finance it at 6.5% over 30 years it would cost $310/month. This seems to work out to a net cost of $110/month except that once the sun goes down the solar panels don't work very well. So, I would still be buying from SCE at night. If I were able to sell enough electricity back to them perhaps that would balance out. But I don't see how this could pay itself off in less than the time it takes to pay the loan as is indicated by the calculator.
In the end solar power turns out to be only accessible to those affluent enough to not really need to save money.
But of course we're saving the planet so it's for a good cause.

On None

Posted on September 18 at 2:48 p.m.

I find it impossible to believe that a family can live in Goleta on $67,956/year. They must all live in apartments or trailers.

On Goleta Versus Santa Barbara, By the Numbers

Posted on August 30 at 2:20 p.m.

Medical marijuana is not indicated to cure any ailment but to reduce symptoms of an illness.
In Elvy's case, I believe, she has glaucoma; apparently marijuana slows the progress of the disease. It would be impossible to see from her picture whether she is doing better or not.
In the case of those undergoing chemo or radiation treatment, they are able to get relief from the nausea which otherwise makes it impossible to eat anything without vomiting.
It is also helpful for those suffering from AIDS related complex who also have symptoms of nausea.
But I will reiterate my position that all drugs should be legal and the "war on drugs" has been worse than a waste of time which enables criminals to have one more way of making money and increases the number of innocent bystanders that become collateral damage.

On Demonstrators Protest Federal Marijuana Crackdown

Posted on August 26 at 7:33 p.m.


Legalize everything and have the DEA (and the D part of the FDA) become part of the ATF; move the F part to the FBI. Then treat all such substances the same way we do alcohol and tobacco.

With the competition this would bring about it would make the product so cheap the profit motive would be gone from the illicit market and the thugs would have to find another job.

On Federal Cannabis Patient to Lead Medical Marijuana March

Posted on July 9 at 8:41 p.m.

This is so cool...
but then I am a bit of a Flounder like geek of a dweeb.
This is not unlike Cristobal Colon sailing off the edge of the earth.
Don't be afraid kids!
Sometimes we must take calculated risks to make progess. And then when there is no way to adequately determine the factors involved much less the equation to produce the "super wild 'idea' guess" ... we just have to wing it. Maybe this is the stepping stone to hyper space!

On UCSB Prof. Publishes Research on Man-Made Black Holes

Posted on June 22 at 11:49 a.m.

I must take exception to one thing the writer says:
"In contrast to some more pessimistic Christian groups...."

This statement exhibits a serious misconception with regard to the most basic Christian doctrine. That being salvation by unmerited favor through a childlike trust in Jesus, which is simply stated in Ephesians 2:8 & 9

... by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, so that nobody can boast...

One might get a better idea of the whole concept with respect to the purpose in verse 7 and then the process in verse 10.

Yes, too many kill joys feel the need to encumber others with the results of the secret fears. But this alleged requirement for good works, penance, or what have you is an invention of human beings, not God.

On Santa Barbara Foursquare

Posted on June 11 at 2:58 p.m.

I think we need a new ministry to teach us proles the words we should and shouldn't use.
Let's call this set of acceptable words newspeak and get rid of this oldspeak which is so offensive.

On Victim of Isla Vista Assault Dies

Posted on April 25 at 11:13 p.m.

Well, the nickname "warriors" shouldn't be an issue since it is derived from a French word.
But then why anybody would be offended by the use of their ethnic heritage for such a purpose is beyond me? I am of predominantly northern European extraction but I have no problem with Minnesota's NFL team name. In fact I almost consider it an honor.
I'm thinking that there is a wound that could have healed long ago but somebody refuses to allow that to happen by scratching at the scab until it bleeds again.
There's an Eagles song that comes to mind; can anybody figure out the title?

On A Warrior by Any Other Icon

Posted on April 21 at 8:10 p.m.

Please forgive my naivete; I haven't been to SB in over 5 years and that last time was only one night and off to LAX.
Does Spudnuts make potato donuts?

On Sayonara, Spudnuts?

Posted on March 20 at 8:12 p.m.

We need to just legalize the whole gamut of drugs and end the "war on drugs". It has exacted a greater toll on our nation and the world than would possibly have been experience if all had been legal.
Turn over regulation to the ATF except that it would be the DAT (Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco); no need to put fire arms where they don't belong. The FBI can take care of those.
Set limits just like with tobacco and alcohol (age, etc.).
Then organized crime will no longer be a part of the business thereby reducing if not eliminating the senseless killing that goes on over turf and such.

On Santa Barbara Cannabis Clubs Get Official Ordinance

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