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Posted on May 24 at 9:36 p.m.

A veritable carful of clowns spewing wank about this and that in the comments here.

All American Pipeline messed up (USGS earthquake records saw no quakes at the time of the spill).

As if computers were so simple minded they cannot manage a phased shut down to protect the system.

The brass of All American get paid >$4 million/year. Their absence and irresponsibility during this crisis is telling all of Santa Barbara: the Oil Industry doesn't care, we don't have to.

The local oil industry pees in its mess kit and then depends on public $ do to the cleanup. That is why they will lose in the end.

On Refugio Pipeline Shutdown Puts Brakes on Oil Production

Posted on May 22 at 9:41 a.m.

Of course the criminal always blames the police, the DA, the courts, the constitution, society, his/her family. his/her schoolteachers, etc. It's always someone else's fault.

Same thing with the defenders of the oil industry around here. It is the lack of federal oversight, a shortcoming in Lois Capps, the usage of gasoline in Priuses, the environazis, the EDC, Barry Soetoro, the United Nations, Elizabeth Warren, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, etc that causes oil spills in their opinion.

But it all comes down to Plains All American Pipeline, who stuffed their responsibility. And oh boy, the defenders of the oil industry are now going to get what they asked for, good and hard:

federal oversight, Lois Capps, people in Priuses bashing them, the environazis, the EDC, Barry Soetoro, the United Nations, Elizabeth Warren, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, etc.

And then Plains All American Pipeline will wail and moan all the way to the bank.

On [UPDATE]: Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline in Santa Barbara County

Posted on May 12 at 9:25 p.m.

I'll wait for confirmation that this thing was drug related in any way. Hoover didn't confirm any drug connection.

The location is very near recent burglaries and fights. Seems to me it might simply be a robbery with no drug connection.

On Shooting in Isla Vista

Posted on May 11 at 12:07 p.m.

Remember: everyone, whether they drive or not, pays Measure A sales tax. CAB feels all those funds should go exclusively to cars, even if part of that sales tax is paid by people who exclusively walk, ride their bikes, or take the bus.

The *only* way non-auto-people will get a dime of funds devoted to infrastructure usable by pedestrians, cyclists, and bus-takers is to organize and lobby for spending on that infrastructure.

Special interest groups like CAB do that for cars. The tire, gas, and auto lobbies long ago (between 1930 and 1965) did the same long ago, when they argued for destruction of the local train systems that places like SB had.

On The Future of Biking in Santa Barbara

Posted on May 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Chris Mitchum would have done better to smile, roll his eyes, and say `Really, Lois, Really?,' and then he should have trotted out legions of people who testified to his deep devotion to helping the 24th...

By suing, he drew more attention to his messed up interview.

Does anyone really think this sort of thing is new to American politics? You should read `Running for Governor' by Mark Twain:

http://storyoftheweek.loa.org/2012/11...

On Judge Tosses Mitchum Defamation Suit Against Capps

Posted on May 1 at 7:40 a.m.

Only the interfaces between air and water and land are dangerous during the storms, JJ. Just a gentle rocking underwater. An I must say, it would be an air closet, but our waste is not monitored by your sanitary people.

On Colleges Bleed to Death Slowly

Posted on April 30 at 6:35 p.m.

Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley

one for each of us: Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygeta, Celaeno, and Alcyone

Don't forget Pleione was a water nymph.

On Colleges Bleed to Death Slowly

Posted on April 30 at 4:22 p.m.

I'm nobody's brother, just a sister.

On Colleges Bleed to Death Slowly

Posted on April 30 at 2:28 p.m.

What? Huh? I support public pension reform. It should consist of a DB pension with about 1.7% per year of service, available at age 62.

Same goes for all military pensions unless the soldier was wounded in battle.

I'm fine with Wisconsin's $70K/year limit too, also for military pensions.

I've clearly said that public pensions got too generous in California.

But in addition, I'll never forget the glee of investment bankers and their sneering a taxpayers, calling taxpayer/voters ignorant, in 2009. when the taxpayers bailed them out to the tune of $24 trillion (according to the SIGTARP).

On Colleges Bleed to Death Slowly

Posted on April 30 at 12:16 p.m.

No, you should endeavor to educate yourself, WhizViz, you totally have missed the nature of longevity risk. When you pool retirement money it is those who die early, not the taxpayer, who pay for the benefits of those who live a long time. That is why pooled DB plans are more economical than DC plans. In DC plans (evaluated properly using GASB) you need to save enough to live well into your 90s, if you want a fair comparison with DB plans.

But I'm sure telling you that is about as effective as showing my cat a card trick.

Fatigue? I was fatigued during the 2009 crisis, by the radio interviews of wall street private sector investment bankers who crowed that they had pinned $24 trillion of debt onto the voter-taxpayers (according to SIGTARP), who they directly called stupid saps.

But as has been very clear from your comments, you support giving $24 trillion of taxpayer funds via the complex TARP activity to private sector bankers and also foreign banks.

Private annuities historically have all the excesses of private sector greed skimming from them. They are no more trustable than public sector DB pension funds.

On Colleges Bleed to Death Slowly

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