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Posted on May 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Thank you, Paul Relis, SB Independent, and Sally Warner-Arnett.

I too would love to read more stories on the subject of protecting the holistic health of the place where we live--our local part of the biosphere.

Regarding the broader issue of the important --vital-- environmental movement, allow me to share a big-picture duality, which is not readily talked about because of our confused language. We live in a constant tension between the still-prevailing forces of "chrematistics" and those pulling for "oikonomia". These two terms are clarified below.

The branch of political economy relating to the manipulation of property and wealth so as to maximize short-term monetary exchange value to the owner. Despite our use of the word 'economy,' industrial societies currently practice chrematistics, without understanding what it means to manage the household.

The management of the household so as to increase its value to all members of the household over the long run. If we expand the scope of household to include the larger community of the land, of shared values, resources, biomes*, institutions, language, and history, then we have a good definition of 'economics for community'."

Source: Page 59, The Ecology of Commerce--A Declaration of Sustainability, by Paul Hawken, HarperBusiness (c) 1993

*"Biomes: a major ecological community type (as tropical rain forest, grassland, or desert)." In Merriam-Webster online."

On More Like That

Posted on November 4 at 2:34 p.m.

Thank you, Joy Chase.

If one DOES NOT ignore the facts explained by the sciences of biology and physics and meteorology and climatology and oceanography...) it is RATIONAL to CONCLUDE that people are OBVIOUSLY influencing the climate on the planet. The facts are clear!


CO2 concentration in our air is at nearly 400 ppm--and growing steadily. It was around 300 ppm before the industrial revolution. Credible independent scientists warn us that the safe level is around 350 ppm! Let's fuel the clean, green, and sustainable economy by restoring and healing our biosphere. Otherwise, continuing the pillaging era could put us --maybe we are there already-- in a tragic point of no return.

On Don't Say We Weren't Warned

Posted on October 30 at 3:13 p.m.

I second the two motions made above: Yes! leave the bear alone. The mother bear only gave the woman a warning.

On Trail Closed After Black Bear Attack

Posted on June 18 at 8:48 p.m.

Great idea! Santa Barbara could give a fine example. This building/area has been abandoned for so long.

On Lead the Way

Posted on February 25 at 2:46 p.m.

To counterbalance the lecture native2sb mentions above, sponsored by the libertarian academic organization Ludwig von Mises Institute (Auburn, Alabama) view any of the YouTube videos on "The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One".

Or read the book "The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&l Industry"; by William K. Black / University of Texas Press. "Black (born 6 September 1951) is an American lawyer, academic, author, and a former bank regulator. Black's expertise is in white-collar crime, public finance, regulation, and other topics in law and economics. He developed the concept of "control fraud", in which a business or national executive uses the entity he or she controls as a "weapon" to commit fraud."

On How the U.S. Federal Reserve Creates and Destroys Money

Posted on August 11 at 3:19 p.m.

Now in the US, How much--all direct and indirect charges--is paid for this procedure? If "Raphael performs a number of the in-hospital circumcisions in Santa Barbara as well—about 20 to 30 every month", and each yields (guessing) $1,000; this is a $20,000 to $30,000 monthly incentive....

I am under the impression that most of the world does not do this.

It is not correct to extrapolate opinions on the health benefits of circumcision between men who live in dramatically different conditions of sanitation and hygiene. Where in Africa and on what subjects where the "three recent medical trials" conducted?

Regarding the comment that, "there is little evidence to support intactivist claims that removal of the foreskin reduces sexual pleasure later in life", the fact is that circumcision inexorably removes sensitive tissue--and this delicate tissue is designed as a shield that also happens to maintain the sensitivity of the glans.

Caveat emptor!

On Meet Santa Barbara’s Mohel

Posted on November 28 at 8:44 p.m.

Great cause!

Besides Craigslist, consider posting your supplies needs also at Its Santa Barbara chapter is quite active.

On Art for the Homeless

Posted on October 17 at 2:15 p.m.

Question to The Santa Barbara Independent: Why do you accept anonymous nonsense, like the previous two comments?

Suggestion: Accept nonsense, but only if it comes with a verified name of the source.

On Reelect Congresswoman Capps

Posted on October 2 at 9:15 p.m.

Contrary to what David Smyser says, the real costs of impacts to the environment and human health caused by the petroleum and coal industries, coupled with these industries' blocking of real progress --for many decades-- toward the inevitably needed shift to an environmentally sustainable economy based on renewable substitutes for petroleum and coal---ARE MUCH HIGHER than the benefits he claims.

To mention one macro impact, it's disastrous the damage caused by the petroleum and coal industries to our atmosphere and the air we breathe. The concentration of CO2 in the air we breathe now is approx. 390 ppm; and growing by 2 ppm per year. It was around 300 ppm around the start of the industrial revolution. Scientists assert that a sustainable planetary level must be below 350 ppm. -->Visit for more information and to participate in the global event of 10/10/10 at 10:10.

On Oil Talks Get Slick

Posted on June 28 at 11:52 a.m.

[Not anonymously] I am sure, CManSB, that the whale blubber pillagers of the age manipulated language as you do in your anonimous posting. "Humanity did not end the stone age because we ran out of stones"--we became smarter, we found a better way. Oil and natural gas pillagers have been preventing this critical shift at every step of the way. As Carpinterians used to say while fighting to defeat Venoco Inc's Measure J, in Carpinteria: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!

I participated in Stand in the Sand. I did it with both a sense of solidarity with life in the Gulf and in anger of how our society still allows pillagers to destroy --lawfully-- our life support systems, our Biosphere. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!

On 'Human Boom' Takes Shape on West Beach

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