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Posted on March 1 at 11:39 a.m.
Mandy Rice-Davies applies, or MRDA.
On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote
Posted on February 26 at 6:17 a.m.
It is $70,000 that could have gone to actual better education at UCSB.
The UC budget cuts of the past decades have turned the education mission of UCSB into a joke... show up to class occasionally and get an A, because when the professor hardly looks at the 400 papers they have to grade each week.
Plummeting quality of education is what has funded just about every UCSB service that the Indy reports on. No-one cares, as far as good education goes, everyone, from students to professors to administrators to the Indy, says, `let's not and say we did' as far as hard classes go.
And everybody gets happy when classes are easy. No apparent discrimination against disadvantaged students who got poor high school educations when everyone gets an A. No punishment of advantaged students who all get As even though they party all the time.
It is a perfect process! Just show up, do nothing, get an A, and then get drunk and cliff dive, whoops, no, that money that used to fund challenging courses is now used to protect the drunken partiers who get near the cliffs.
On UCSB Donating $70,000 for Isla Vista Fencing
Posted on February 20 at 11:23 a.m.
The Deputies responded to a dispute between Cheng Hong, a straight-A Comp Sci major, and Elliot Rodger (called `white' in the police document) over $22 of candles.
They arrested the straight-arrow Cheng Hong and put him in jail.
They let a murderous psychopath, Elliot Rodger, off, scott-free. Later Rodger stabbed Hong to death.
Quite a blemish on the Sheriff's office.
Add that to the failure to do the weapons check when they sent 4 deputies to Rodger's apartment.
SBSO messed up big time.
And then they compounded the error by issuing this report on Chinese New Year.
Throughout the Asian world, the Santa Barbara Sheriff is now thought of as incompetent and racist. What a mess.
On Elliot Rodger Report Details Long Struggle with Mental Illness
Posted on February 20 at 7:57 a.m.
At least the Sheriff's report is frank and identifies Rodger as an SBCC student.
Rodger told his mother on the date of the killings (May 23, 2014) that he had to take a test at SBCC.
SBCC itself has been very unclear, saying only ``Rodger had registered at SBCC at various times during the last three years but had either stopped attending or withdrew from all courses. Before that, in 2011, he completed three courses''', which is unclear at best and true dissembling at worst.
SBCC has packed 7,000 students into IV, into the spots vacated by UCSB students, who have moved into UCSB-built dorms. UCSB built dorms in response to community request.
SBCC takes no role whatsoever in trying to improve IV. UCSB has diverted millions of dollars from its educational activities to increasing law enforcement in IV. SBCC students disproportionately are arrested and are disruptive in the streets of IV.
SBCC must get responsible and address the mess they have created.
Posted on February 16 at 11:28 a.m.
Blah, and the pertinence of your comment is... ??? Look at the picture at the top of this article. I don't see anyone doing what you specify.
On County Tries to Tame Deltopia
Posted on February 13 at 9:24 a.m.
Well, Nick, the Indy and you have hawked some real porkpies over the years about Isla Vista. My favorite is the photo of trash ***THAT HAD BEEN CLEANED UP BY VOLUNTEERS*** from the last (2009) Floatopia, with the caption `Floatopia'. The clear indication and text in the article was that there was a terrible trashing of the beaches and ocean from Floatopia.
Which was completely false. Huge cleanup efforts, barely mentioned by the Indy, took place. Fecal Coliform levels at Goleta Beach and Sands stayed **WAY, WAY BELOW** those regularly measured in front of Santa Barbara due to all the leaks in Santa Barbara's ancient sewage system.
Did I mention that many more surfers on the South Coast have been killed and seriously injured over the past 10 years than ever happened at a Floatopia? Floatopia was empirically safer than surfing, and surfers pee a lot of urine into the ocean.
There are many more. Sensationalist reporting on Isla Vista brinks clicks and revenue to the Independent, so any shred of journalistic ethics is neglected when the Indy reports on IV. On that topic, you might as well be the News-Press.
On To Err Is Human, 2 4-Give K-9
Posted on February 11 at 10:52 p.m.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution, the beginning of the Bill of Rights, says, ``Congress shall make no law respecting...the right of the people peaceably to assemble.''
Funny how we overlook that one, but greatly respect the right to arm bears.
Posted on February 10 at 10:29 a.m.
Abrego Road has many non-student residents. Nevertheless, a crime like this, in broad daylight, is awful, anywhere. I'd speculate she might be a relative of someone who is mixed up in illegal activities... had she been mixed up, I doubt she'd have called the police. And there is likely some other reason she didn't alert the bank tellers, like, the criminals had a child of hers hostage in the car.
Awful stuff. And our government worries about ISIL. Crime from Mexico leaks up and hurts/harms way more US residents than ISIL every will.
On Isla Vista Resident Kidnapped and Robbed
Posted on January 29 at 10:28 a.m.
well, nomo, Jerry Nadler got plenty of nastiness from the right...http://www.redstate.com/2012/12/15/fa...
The fact does remain: bad health habits drive up medical costs, whether it is Jerry Nadler overeating or Barack Obama smoking cigs. Increased medical costs drive up the deficit and medicare overspending (eventually). Nannyish control of eating does improve the US budget sheet.
And conservatives are just as nanny-ish, as any pro-Choice advocate will tell you... conservatives want to inspect women's, well, private parts. Except both birth control and abortion actually reduce medical costs on average.
I think Cathy Murillo looks great.
On <em>News-Press</em> Takes on Murillo
Posted on January 29 at 6:53 a.m.
``I do wonder pardall if you actually believe that stupidity or if you are just throwing out stuff for fodder. You believe that Progressives are more transparent than Conservative? You believe there is a difference by party affiliation?We have a Justice Department under Obama that has continually refused to release records about their actions and this is somehow a right wing flaw? In spite of what the brain dead left rails on about there is not a lick of difference between the transparency of the Bush or Obama White Houses.''
Sure, the intent of Conservatives & non-Conservatives to hide information is equal, and Conservatives are usually more honest in saying that they want to just bury & hide information. See Lawrence Walsh' comments about the Bush Sr. diaries.
But Conservatives do have better attorneys on average because they have more money.
And only one impeachment has happened in the last 100 years. It was foisted on the American people by Conservatives. What a massive waste of time and resources, but I guess Conservatives believe that deficit spending on impeachment and the related trial is fine and dandy.