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Posted on March 3 at 4:25 p.m.

"The Guardian is reporting that health officials in Pakistan are arresting and throwing into jail hundreds of parents who refuse to allow their children to receive the oral polio vaccine. These health officials are forcing children to receive the vaccine at gunpoint. Just to emphasize the point here, these are parents of children who are being rounded up and thrown into jail in Pakistan. Not terrorists, not murders, not thieves, but parents who do not want their children to receive the polio vaccine.

Could we see armed health officials roaming the streets of cities in the U.S. forcing children to be vaccinated against the wishes of their parents at gunpoint? The rationale and the legal framework for such actions is actually already in place to do just that."


On Fear the Disease, Not the Vaccine

Posted on March 3 at 1:24 p.m.

"Ron Paul: If The Fed Has Nothing To Hide, It Has Nothing To Fear

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed’s policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

No wonder almost 75 percent of the American public supports legislation to audit the Federal Reserve.

The new Senate leadership has pledged to finally hold a vote on the audit bill this year, but, despite overwhelming public support, passage of this legislation is by no means assured.

The reason it may be difficult to pass this bill is that the 25 percent of Americans who oppose it represent some of the most powerful interests in American politics. These interests are working behind the scenes to kill the bill or replace it with a meaningless “compromise.” This “compromise” may provide limited transparency, but it would still keep the American people from learning the full truth about the Fed’s conduct of monetary policy.

Perhaps the real reason the Fed opposes an audit can be found by looking at what has been revealed about the Fed’s operations in recent years. In 2010, as part of the Dodd-Frank bill, Congress authorized a one-time audit of the Federal Reserve’s activities during the financial crisis of 2008. The audit revealed that between 2007 and 2008 the Federal Reserve loaned over $16 trillion — more than four times the annual budget of the United States — to foreign central banks and politically-influential private companies.

In 2013 former Federal Reserve official Andrew Huszar publicly apologized to the American people for his role in “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time” — the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program. Can anyone doubt an audit would further confirm how the Fed acts to benefit economic elites?"

On South Coast Commercial Market Stays Hot

Posted on March 3 at 11:10 a.m.

Hey botany, I am actually ok with your proposal as long as the parents of the students who can't go to public school receive a tax rebate for the taxes they paid toward going to school. BTW, I'd also like a tax rebate since I don't have any children in public school.

This whole place is thick with tyranny.. I mean, think about it.. ONE company is licensed to produce each vaccine. The vaccine industry makes billions of dollars a year. You want to force everybody to make sure these companies keep their billions of dollars in profits.

Meanwhile, these companies are putting out fraudulent studies and dangerous vaccines. You all pretend to know the answer and have the correct science, but you're really just spewing establishment BS and not looking at any real studies or data. The truth is we don't know which of these vaccines provide good protection and which might be more dangerous than they need to be because a lot of the data and studies are fraudulent.

The industry has been caught targeting doctors and scientists who don't agree with them. It's a nasty business, and you all ignore it and "scroll on by" while inflicting this potential danger on other people against their will.

On Herd Immunity Irrelevant for Vaccines

Posted on March 2 at 4:07 p.m.

Rand Paul is not an isolationist, he is a non-interventionist. Rhetorically, he is a bit too much on the interventionist side for me but I think he is just doing that to pander to the establishment so he has a hope of possibly winning. He's the only one who knows what direction our country needs to go in and understands the concept of individual liberty.

Check out what Obama has been doing for the military industrial complex:

On What Republican presidential candidate are you voting for?

Posted on March 2 at 2:38 p.m.

"I don't think government gave Cox the monopoly they enjoy in Santa Barbara, did they? I mean, can't another company come in a lay down cable, too?"

Nope, sorry justbobf, local governments give cable companies their monopolies.

"Don’t blame Comcast and Time Warner for cable monopolies

Cable companies may hold local monopolies, but local governments and public utility commissions dictate this lack of competition through sweetheart deals designed to line the pockets of the city at the consumer’s expense. Although we live in an increasingly wireless society, cable and Internet service is still heavily dependent on cable wires, which have to crisscross over and under public and private lands. With few exceptions, governments own the “right-of-way” to this airspace, and control which cable providers can build a local network.

When government decides who can and can’t compete in a market, it’s free to set whatever fees it wishes for right-of-way use and institute whatever regulatory barriers it wants. This has naturally created a system of kickbacks, through which cable companies agree to pay absurd user fees in exchange for special treatment, with the government agency using its regulatory powers to prevent competitors from entering the market. Thus, consumers are generally left with the choice of one cable provider, which is free to charge whatever rates it chooses without fear of losing its market share to a low-cost competitor.

These government-driven monopolies render the Comcast-Time Warner merger nearly irrelevant to consumers, as the two telecom giants do not compete in a single U.S. zip code."

On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Posted on March 2 at 1:31 p.m.

"But without regulation the inevitable consequence is a dominant oligarchy or monopoly that screws consumers. For this reason the FCC thing is at least a feint at helping the free flow of ideas." -RHS

RHS also gets it exactly wrong...

The "Free Press" allows for corruption, but it also allows for political and economic dissent. Government regulation of the press allows corporations to control the press to their own ends. The FCC does not allow for the free flow of ideas, they help maintain monopolies in communications.

Once again, we have people who clamor for government solutions to problems created by government.

On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Posted on March 2 at 11:39 a.m.

lol, nativeson, air is not clean at all. Have you ever looked at a ray of sunlight coming through a vertical window blind and seen the amount of dust and crap?? There are like hundreds of little particles in every square inch.. Taking a few breaths of "clean" air isn't much different than taking a small drag or toke off a cigarette or joint. I guess we should all stop exercising, don't want those lungs to have to filter too much..

The health of smoking depends on the substance being smoked and the amount of it and does not always have a significant impact on lung health or function.

Our lungs are in fact designed to filter things out of the air and clean themselves.. Our ancestors sat in caves with fires and inhaled some amount of smoke for at least the last few hundred thousand years.

There are tons of horrible chemicals and additives in most major brands of cigarettes, and the chemical fertilizers they use actually contain radiation which many people claim is the primary cause of lung cancer for those who smoke.

Organic tobacco, on the other hand, is much less harmful especially in low to moderate amounts. Cannabis is not harmful either in low to moderate amounts.

Air pollution contains some nasty chemicals in relatively low concentrations, but to compare that to cannabis and organic tobacco is not incredibly fair.

Vaporizing tobacco is that much more healthy than smoking cigarettes because of the decrease in combustion. The study that showed that there were bad chemicals in ecigs were using specific brands and overheating the ecigs to the point where they broke. When they used other brands of ecig fluid or simply used them as intended the harmful chemicals were not produced.... in the very same study.

Demonizing ecigs doesn't make a whole lot of sense, it is a great option for people who would otherwise be smoking cigarettes. I'm not saying it will improve health or lung function, but to say it is a dirty disgusting habit that has negative health consequences isn't really accurate either.

On E-Cigarettes: A Smoking Gun?

Posted on March 2 at 11:08 a.m.

"Government control of the internet is not a good thing, but it was ISP greed that made this happen."

Ya but in a free market people would just switch ISPs...because government has help setup these telecom monopolies people have very little choice in broadband ISP service...So you can't just blame "greedy telecoms" when government propped them up as monopoly service providers...

You 'government solution' people always blame the free market for things that are actually the fault of government, and then you push more of your government's really annoying.

On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Posted on March 1 at 2:57 p.m.

This is all a ruse. A ruse is a cunning attempt at trickery.

Ultimately this will benefit Cox, but since they know everybody hates them they are using reverse psychology by condemning the FCC so that people will support continued government take over of the internet. Of course, since the telecoms have lobbyists who control congress, they will get to regulate the internet in a way that is favorable to them.

On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Posted on February 27 at 3:45 p.m.

Oh, oh, also, IVLocal, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the "meth" you found in the driveway was probably molly considering they had a rave their the night before.. altho i wouldn't be surprised if it was molly that was cut with meth.

On Second UCSB Frat Closed in Three Months

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