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Posted on March 13 at 10:45 a.m.

some pretty harsh comments for a victim-less crime

not sure what these men did to each of you personally, but it must have been bad to warrant such responses.

perhaps the people who they protest should also be brought before a courtroom?

On Vandenberg Protesters Fined

Posted on January 5 at 11:42 a.m.

While Dr. Muller is certainly an expert in Chaparral biology, there is very little way (at this point) to determine where fire occurred when looking at sediment cores. A better approach would be tree-rings from live or petrified wood, as this has a more defined spatial component.

Understandably there is resistance to accepting fire as part of an ecosystem, even from the scientific community (of which i am part of). My point was not to state that we should burn the hillsides on purpose, but rather that fire is a part of the ecosystem (even in Dr. Muller's article he states as much) and when choosing to build a home in a fire prone or fire adapted ecosystem, precautions must be taken to avoid your house burning down (closed eves, tile roofs, etc....). Hope this clarifies things for you

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Posted on January 5 at 10:32 a.m.

These are all great comments, but all miss a MAJOR point. Chaparral is a fire DEPENDENT ecosystem. It should burn ~every 7-10 years. The longer it goes without burning, the greater the fuel load, the hotter and more intense the fire, and thus the more difficult to extinguish. You can't expect and ecosystem that has depended on regular fire activity to sustain it's existence to stop burning or being prone to burning just because we want it to. The answer lies in preventing homes from being victims of flying embers, and allowing nature to run it's course with smaller and more manageable fires. We in the west are paying the price for Gifford Pinochet's turn of the century ignorance and must change the way we think of fire and it's role in the ecosystem in which we reside.

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Posted on October 10 at 4:46 p.m.

Excellent film. Maher does a great job of what he set out to do, inject some doubt into the great certainty of fundamentalist religion / non-religion. The whole point is to get people to realize that no one knows whether any particular religion or non-religion is right or wrong, but basing decisions that affect others on a belief of certainty regarding something that can not be certain, is just plain wrong. It's the "no need to plan for the future because armageddon is coming" crowd that Maher seeks to change.

On <em>Religulous</em>

Posted on October 8 at 1:15 p.m.

There is a beautiful, progressive America out there, and it's being strangled by redneck America. you can't stop progress and the future, and holding it back only makes one look foolish in the pages of history

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Posted on October 8 at 1:12 p.m.

if you support a position as flawed and fundamentally unfair as prop 8, at least have the courage to attach your name to it.

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Posted on August 13 at 10:25 a.m.

so what if it's being abused. The clinics are employing people and paying taxes. Probably a much higher rate than most large companies in the state. There needs to be some serious legislation crafted to protect the residents of California from a backward thinking, outrageously expensive, destructive, and failed federal drug policy.

On Shakedown From Feds Imperils Medicinal Marijuana

Posted on July 15 at 10:03 a.m.

To address the comment above, have you seen an abundance of jobs around here lately? Is there a problem paying people who work incredibly hard a descent wage? I would also question the "bid to local contractors option" as we have all seen on a grand stage how well hiring private companies to do government jobs works.

On UC Service Workers Strike

Posted on May 23 at 9:57 a.m.

You must remember that we are a nation of laws and not men. Even caught red handed this man deserves a fair and just trial, which, given the evidence already in the public domain, should be an easy one for the prosecution.

On Arraignment for Man Arrested for Naked Break-in, Attempted Murder

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