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Posted on September 11 at 8:44 p.m.
Fracking oil out of the ground and having wastewater injection wells is crazy for our precious water supplies! Who is that SBCC professor to TV commercials supporting fracking? Send that dumb teacher packing.
I think we have to stop heating up and polluting the environment with all this carbon burning and nuclear fission stuff. Maybe when a new ice age re-occurs the extra CO2 from burning coal will be welcome.
For now we need to encourage solar and methods of storing power (i see air compression as one of many options) as the most environmentally friendly and sustainable. ("Q--How will you eco-wackos run your cars?" A--How abort electricfying them, charging while going down the freeway? "Q--planes?" A--Use Elon Musk tube transportation (hyperloops)!) Santa Barbara's tax base can be the wineries, high tech corporations, and the scenery/climate for tourism related industries. Maybe a little coastal oil extraction by Venoco to lessen the tar seeps and methane releases...otherwise, save the oil to make carbon fiber?
On Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?
Posted on May 26 at 1:54 p.m.
The Fed and State tax rates are quite adequate and could be reduced for regular folks if we had Wall Street pay sales taxes on their nanosecond transactions. Also, Public healthcare w/o insurance companies, more international diplomacy (including supporting non-sociopathic politicians before sociopaths get into power), avoiding wars for energy, and reducing the extreme cost of incarceration and personnel costs due to stupid drug laws would provide for the cost of far more mental health prevention/treatment facilities/personnel.
But evil$ is winning and will attempt to maim you if you challenge them. I hope for more brave & clever good souls to go into politics. And public financing of elections is just a dream so far.
On Not One More
Posted on March 28 at 3:55 p.m.
Better lighting, w/ educational details, and opening up the gallery spaces would be nice, assuming the displays will not deteriorate with the extra UV? Or maybe a live action holographic deck! Also, they have extensive collections that should be rotated out to the pubic areas. Wish the planetarium could be like the Griffith Observatory's. Luckily, Swetland seems to have a good passion for the museum.
On Museum of Natural History Submits Master Plan
Posted on March 4 at 2:52 p.m.
Regarding direct solar devices to make distilled water from crappy water:
The youtube video science project referenced above makes about one half liter per hour for that 4'x4' boiler tube, probably during the 6 hottest hours of the day, so 3L/day/16sq.ft.; let us say 1 gallon per 20 sq.ft per day. Multiply that by 50,000 people and that is 1 million sq. ft. of solar boiler area needed for 50,000 gallons of water per day. That would be a lot of railroad cars. However, put these over the burned out lawn areas of some houses, 100 sq.ft. (10'x10') each = 5 gallons per day, for some home drinking/cooking water from grey water.
Another simple solar system purifying water by condensation is at "solaqua com solstils1 html", with about the same production rate per square foot, i think.
But for minimal energy input, not a bad idea to use solar. However, if folks roof mount these, the architectural board might need to get involved.
On No Jubilation Among Water Officials
Posted on December 26 at 9:10 a.m.
Why not allow anyone to open a casino? Santa Barbara would greatly benefit as long as the taxes collected were high enough to offset gambling addiction problems (how do the tribes pay for this?). The current prohibitions against casinos have led to this weird state of politics distorting our communities.
On Lavagnino Sends Letter to Congressman Sponsoring Camp 4 Annexation
Posted on December 19 at 11:19 p.m.
The oil miners should cough up a chunk to the local community that is taking the hit on their environment. Of course, a nice sales tax on Wall Street gambling transactions would be great too...Lois, I would like to see you talk that one up!
On County Talks Oil Tax
Posted on December 19 at 10:56 p.m.
What can happen will eventually happen. Those tin cans holding the nuclear fission rods will catastrophically fail just before they detect the cracks forming. Shut it down now and layer the solar panels in the desert, leaving some room to crawl for the tortoises. The next question is Who will monitor the hot piles when civilization is decimated by the next Cosmic Collision? Hope you have a resilient DNA.
On Diablo Canyon: Stirred Not Shaken
Posted on October 15 at 1:47 a.m.
Wall Street would have been a better choice to blame for me. I wish they would cough up some tax money to pay for their wars and gambling habits...say a 1% per nanosecond trade value?
On Who's to blame for the shutdown?
Posted on October 6 at 7:45 p.m.
The two allowed political parties love these extreme events to pull more money from their followers for the next election. I think our country is screwed without publically financed elections, and the wall street traders get away without paying even penny taxes on each nanosecond speculation dependent on the conflict they create and piles of debt they earn interest on.
Is there a caring yet libertarian direction that will allow us to live long and prosper together without having robot overloads? Will enough folks turn off their tv set and start thinking for themselves? I think I know the answer, and it does not look good. Am I wrong about the future?
The above is a bit JohnLockean, except I think the ACA would work as a step in the right direction if not for the saboteurs. Medicare seems overall a fair system and allows for supplementation if people want to put their excess money there. Removing the insurance companies seems the best step to take. Here's hoping for California One Care going forward.
On Capps Talks Government Shutdown
Posted on September 27 at 7:53 p.m.
I would think the poisoned squirrels would then poison the hawks and other raptors when they eat any undigested pellets. Why not trap the animals and dispose of them? Can we not outsmart a ground squirrel? Attract raptors to do the job for us?
On Parents Claim Wrong Pesticide at Schools Made Kids Sick