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Posted on January 5 at 5:49 p.m.
I've lived with my children in another country that isn't supposed to be violent. I carried money in a paper bag and lied all the time in order that all of us could survive. What I have discovered upon my return to the US many years ago is that so many American people lie to save their ego or be important to get what they want and think nothing of it; even if they're supposedly spiritually or religiously inclined. I find it appalling and disappointing when we have such beauty and opportunities to care more about life.
On The Good Lie
Posted on September 30 at 10:02 a.m.
Great article, Nick
On E=Dog C²
Posted on November 23 at 2:24 p.m.
The Coconut Grove fire was a disaster in a nightclub where hundreds of young people had come to dance and couldn't get out because there weren't enough exits to accommodate them all. It was a very long time ago in either Boston or New York (I can't remember, but I lived closer to Boston so I think it was there) but it was the main reason new federal laws on exits and fire inspections in public places were instituted.
On MGM Grand 30 Years Later
Posted on November 3 at 8:04 a.m.
I was called in the morning to be a poll worker in Isla Vista.
I have never seen so many people who thought they were in one precinct but were not listed on our rolls and had to vote provisional. Some of them had not registered until the last day, some of them had moved, some of them had registered back home; but most of them appeared to have been dedicated to an honest voting process.
It was a mystery to us, and to me in particular, as to why they were not accurately sent to the right precinct to vote. There was a person assigned just to assist all the people of all ages who did not know where they were supposed to be. I have never before witnessed such chaos in the years that I have assisted in the voting process.
We also did not have enough voting booths and some people sat at tables in the room. I would have stopped people from leaving the room to vote - that is not acceptable and should not have been allowed, in my opinion.
On Watson Claiming Potential Voter Fraud
Posted on July 30 at 7:55 a.m.
As usual, Nick, there's nobody that can write like you do.
On Girl with the Canine Tattoo
Posted on January 22 at 9:39 a.m.
It's so nice to read a rational, intelligent comment about a subject that I have been following with considerable interest. Since I was not in Santa Barbara at the time, I followed the oil spill taking place here from Oregon and now watch the mountain top removal for coal in the East with the same intake of breath. At the time, I was cleaning beakers in the chemistry lab at the University of Oregon and dumping the contents into the sink and the Willamette River, the source of Oregon's water supply.The lack of vision in our human brains is appalling. And we wonder why so many people are ill.
On Look Closer at “Environmentalism” and Economic Health
Posted on January 4 at 8:29 a.m.
Thirty-five years ago there were discussions between the Chemists and Molecular Biologists at the University of Oregon regarding the pollution of the water supply and the long-term effects on all the species of our planet. At that time, I was rinsing chemistry beakers for my work-study job wearing rubber gloves and apron and a face mask while dumping the water down the drain which ran into the Willamette river; the source of water for most of the population of the State of Oregon. My friend, Keith, was doing the same in the next room with irradiated beakers.But we continue to allow everyone to throw contaminants into our rivers all over the world as if we had an endless supply of clean water because of our narrow perspective and the oceans are so big.And then we cannot do anything about global warming?
On Amphibians Threatened with Extinction
Posted on December 11 at 8:19 a.m.
Gee Whiz! When I was a kid, I remember walking on trails for hours all over the woods near Cape Cod, Massachusetts and nobody ever had to have power tools to get through.Snapping a branch or to is not that hard.What is the matter with you guys that you have to use these noisy power wood cutters all over the place. You're all out of control.Fortunately nobody has yet invented an air or water cutting device; you'd be doing that too. And causing floods and air vacuums.
On Trail Gnomes Charged in Jesusita Fire
Posted on November 26 at 8:51 a.m.
What we need to do is reinstate the mental health facilities Ronald Reagan dismantled years ago. People who are ill need a safe place to stay so they can get well.Too bad our State doesn't have any money or compassion for people at the bottom of the pecking order. But then they don't seem to care about education either.I wonder if the two are connected?
On Give Here, Not There
Posted on November 25 at 7:31 a.m.
Too bad they couldn't take a 32% decrease in the wages, complimentary gifts or however they describe their excessive income from the Regents compensation.
On Massive Tuition Hikes Passed