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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

Posted on February 27 at 3:16 p.m.

I'm not saying the midnight noise ordinance is the most unreasonable and tyrannical way in which the IV residents are hassled, but it is another excuse to come in and shut down parties, often when nobody is complaining. I would like to see it be complaint based after midnight and at least allow them to go to 1am if there are no complaints.. I think people would be more tired and ready to head in for the night after partying with music until 1am and you would have less people out creating trouble in that midnight - 2am slot as parties shut down and people are still wanting to stay out. It just causes more problems.

I have a much bigger problem with the planned 24 hr noise ordinance in April in order to attempt to shut down deltopia, which won't work and will only serve to create more problems. People will go to party and won't have an activity like dancing and listening to music to help pass the time and have something to do. It will create a situation like last time where everybody is out drunk in the streets and potentially causing problems.

And there was in fact a big party on DP that was shut down before midnight simply for having a keg... and they did arrest at least one person who was helping to pick up the mess after the party.

I was informed that this particular frat had a party last Saturday night that was shut down because they ran the music past midnight. It was a big rave style party with a DJ. They are in trouble for hazing and "serious misconduct" which could include breaking noise ordinances and having parties where they serve alcohol to minors (which they obviously do).

I don't have an opinion on what the frat should do to punish them, I have an opinion on how the community to react to college students partying - which is that trying to stop it will only make things worse.

I don't know if you can hold the frat responsible for the meth in their driveway when they have so many people visiting them, and I would have thought you would have found coke. Coke does seem to be gaining traction in IV. Bring back the keg parties on Del Playa, you will have less drug use in IV.

On Second UCSB Frat Closed in Three Months

Posted on February 27 at 2:55 p.m.

"It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone."

Well, I'm not going to leave you alone.

I want you to get mad!

I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.

All I know is that first, you've got to get mad.

You've gotta say, "I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,

"I'm as mad as hell,

and I'm not going to take this anymore!!""

On Dodgers on the Tube — in Bakersfield

Posted on February 27 at 1:32 p.m.

It's so great that we have a whitecrow going around telling everybody how life is or how life should be.. Especially when they don't listen - especially when I've already said there are ways to resolve neighbor complains without a blanket ban on late night parties.. You think everybody should live in quiet neighborhoods and nobody should be able to have the ability to move into a neighborhood with like minded individuals and have late night parties.. Why don't you mind your own business and move to a quiet neighborhood?? 99% of the neigbhorhoods in this town are VERY QUIET. Nobody who wants to live in a quiet neighborhood is being forced to live in the party centric areas in IV or on Oceano, almost every other block in the whole area is QUIET... so move THERE and let people in the party centric areas which make up about 1% or less of the areas in town and are very well known do what they want to do and stop trying to make every single neighborhood that you don't even live in a police tyranny zone.

Nobody can ever party late because somebody might want to sleep, never mind that in some neighborhoods EVERYBODY moves there for the sole purpose of having late night parties and nobody would ever complain - the cops often break up parties after midnight because of the noise violation ordinance, and it is often not because they are getting neighbor complaints.

And my main point isn't to teach other people a lesson about minding their own business and having some sense before they move into an area and not feel entitled to make everybody else live how they do, my my point is that by breaking up parties and enforcing these ordinances in places like Del Playa where everybody expects a party, they are moving the parties out into other areas of IV when they could keep them relatively contained to a certain area, thus alleviating the problem of neighbor complaints.

Enforcing these ordinances ends up making it WORSE for people who want it quiet by moving parties to areas than would have been more quiet and WORSE for people who want parties by ending their fun. I'm not trying to say everybody should put up with parties, I'm trying to create an amicable approach so that everybody can get what they want. Your side won't make ANY concessions.. EVERYBODY IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD must be quiet, according to you - that is a very selfish and tyrannical attitude. Just because you don't have fun at parties doesn't mean other people aren't having the time of their lives, why do you have to ruin it when you don't even live there and it doesn't affect you??

On Second UCSB Frat Closed in Three Months

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