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Posted on July 9 at 8:05 a.m.
Pay a attention to Paseo Robles. The switch from "dry farming" to vineyards has played havoc with the ground water table, wells are going dry. Vineyards may pump their own water but the ground water is interconnected.
Paseo Robles now has an emergency vineyard moratorium because of so many vineyards.
Years ago we planted alfalfa, good cash crop, but water intensive, our uphill neighbors started having problems with their residential water wells. We stopped the alfalfa because it was their water table too and just dry farmed the land.
Ground water is no free lunch, especially when the Santa Ynez River does not flow and recharge the aquifer as in the past.
On Everyone Angry at Proposed Winery Rules
Posted on July 9 at 7:46 a.m.
I got to play in two bomb shelters as a kid. The were long since abandoned for their intended purpose, but we painted them with fluorescent colors and posters, put in black lights and the best use, we could crank the music without the grumps getting their panties in a bunch.
On Bomb Shelters
Posted on July 8 at 8:38 a.m.
I think the carrying capacity for Santa Barbara was exceeded awhile ago, probably goes for the entire State of California.
All the new hotels in town should not have been built, we did not have the water or the housing for all the workers that are needed to man them. UCSB and SBCC are both over their carrying capacity limits.
The idea that you can just keep building and expanding without looking at the carrying capacity issue really points to the stupidity of those elected or desirous of being in charge.
We study the Anasazi but are unable to connect the dots to ourselves.
Catalina Island, Avalon, has 2,200 rate payers with severe DROUGHT and rationing but over 800,000 yearly tourists that come and go and don't care how much water they use. California towns like Santa Barbara that based their economics on tourism are going to be in for a hard ride as the drought continues.
On Santa Barbara's Recovery Blues
Posted on July 6 at 11:33 a.m.
Biology 101, its called "Carrying Capacity".
What is the carrying capacity of Santa Barbara, you have to look at available water, water stolen from the Santa Ynez Valley, water and sewer treatment capacity, etc etc.
It is not a social issue, it is basic Biology, after the carrying capacity is known, then you create your City around those limitations.
Violate the Laws of Nature and at some point you pay the price, another year of drought will make it crystal clear.
Posted on July 6 at 11:21 a.m.
Ethical dog owners pickup their poop and any other poop they come across for the good of all, includes abandoned bags.
Ethical people take the time to pickup trash wherever they find it, beach, trail, street.
If everyone aspired to give a damn, think what could be accomplished.
Social Ethics are not taught in our public schools anymore, maybe they should be.
On The Ethical Dog Owner
Posted on July 6 at 11:09 a.m.
Put down the electronics, breathe deep and live. Waiting for Backyard Bowl to open, both of my fellow waiters never looked up, spent the time eyes glued to the new new boob-tube, smart phone, the attraction the 5 inch world has, escapes me.
On Will FuelBox Replace the Outlet?
Posted on July 1 at 8:44 a.m.
While in College I continued to Vote at my parents address, I felt it was unethical, as a transient, to interject my views into a town I would never see again after graduation. It is really an ETHICS issue for local politics, unless you plan to stick around, using your vote to shape a 20-30 year horizon when you won't have skin in the game.
On The Nexus of Poverty, Education, and Economic Development
Posted on July 1 at 8:35 a.m.
And the Beat goes on,
FYI, the Mistral is an amphibious assault ship.
"Recall that about a month ago we reported that shortly after France was stunned to see its largest bank slammed by its bestest buddy, the US, with a record $9 billion fine, "France responded to the fine by announcing it will train hundreds of Russian seamen to operate the French-Made Warship", the Mistral. In other words, for all the angry rhetoric of sanctions against Russia, France was merely the latest country to admit that it too can't exist without Russian business (not to mention natural gas) even if, or especially if, it means incurring US wrath which is taken out on its banking institutions. After all, if the US is engaging in scorched earth tactics France needs a stable trade partner, especially if it is one who turns on the gas, so to speak."
On Nothing New in the West
Posted on June 30 at 9:01 a.m.
American Manifest Destiny, reasons behind the War with Mexico, is no different than what Putin is doing now. United States sent Fremont by land and American warships to capture California, in all the current States of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming. Total Mexican territory was reduced from 1.7 million square miles to just 800 thousand square miles.
Its called Resources and Putin is doing nothing that the USA has not already done, add the final solution for the native american problem and its all the same crap over and over again, no Enlightenment at all.
The only Enlightenment was this,
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
But the enlightened did not have the Balls to implement the "Truth", so its same old same old, every social system from Far Right to Far Left fails because it is fails to implement the "Truth".
Now that academic fool Woodrow Wilson,
USA needlessly entered WWI in April 1917, with a public debt of 1.5 billion and at the end of WWI a public debt of 27 billion, the conditions forced upon the loser by Wilson lead to the mess that has been going on since.
Coupled with the creation of the Federal Reserve, 16th and 17th Amendments and other acts in this time period, you have the new deal, same as the old deal, what Enlightenment?
Woodrow Wilson is responsible for much of the World mess since WWI.
As the circle comes around again we brace ourselves for the coming Resource Wars.
China has its training wheels aircraft carrier and about to launch a real one, maybe more. Vietnam has Chinese troops on its border and a Chinese drilling rig in its territorial waters. China is building an island in the Philippines. China is pushing Japan.
Russia has Nat Gas and Oil and Europe will pay dearly for it, especially when they get cold, and Russia needs the bread basket of Ukraine.
Governments serve themselves and their Cronies, it has been that way since Neanderthals grouped together in hunting parties.
No Utopia but the best I have found started here:
You have implement the "Truth", no free lunch, it will cost, but be worth the price you pay. I summit than humans are incapable implemenation and just continue doing the same harmful activities until Nature finally takes us out.
Posted on June 27 at 9:41 a.m.
I think all elected/appointed officials should have a mandatory retirement age. Age 75-78 is good enough, granted some rare few function well into their 90's, it is not the norm.
The original idea at the founding was to serve and then get on your horse and go home, Lifer public servants has created a disservice to the idea of government.
We would be better served with a global age limit for any office. Maybe those old farts in the Senate would not be so inclined to start Wars.
Lifer public servants is partially responsible for the gridlock we see today.
On Legal Expert Calls for Supreme Court Reform