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Posted on March 17 at 6:24 p.m.

I saw the poster in the days prior to the teardown.

The poster was really gross. Barf-inducing. Anyone who defends the placement of that poster should consider whether they would support posting of a graphic, huge photo of a dismembering, or a gang rape, or a painful torture, like, pulling someones genitals off or peeling their skin off with a blowtorch.

Miller-Young absolutely broke the law and deserves a sentence in jail.

But boy was I glad she got that disgusting barf-inducing poster off of the plaza. As glad as I'd be if someone tore down a huge pornographic poster.

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Posted on February 18 at 12:35 p.m.

Many if not most of the undocumented work incredibly hard. Those billions remitted are certainly earned… anyone who hires undocumented is complicit in the lawbreaking.

Of course it is `somebody else's' problem to check IDs… most small business or homeowners can't check effectively If we had a good national ID system, that would solve a lot.

Right now national IDs are owned, in effect, by the private sector, though their tracking of everyone's credit, online behavior, etc. Seems at least as dangerous as the Feds running national IDs.

On DREAMers Strive for Higher Education

Posted on February 18 at 7:31 a.m.

I have enormous sympathy for the people who try to immigrate legally. Quite a few of them who don't win the lottery subsequently stay in their home countries and don't just come here in an illegal fashion.

Those who do come here illegally find jobs here that sustain them. There are people who take advantage of undocumented workers because the undocumented take lower wages and work incredibly hard.

If those jobs weren't there, the undocumented would have a much harder time staying here. But once undocumented folks work super hard for low wages, the situation for me becomes a lot more blurry; no longer a simple matter of `they broke the law' because we have exploited them.

In the end, a much better ID system is needed. We have no national ID but we have Google, Verizon, etc tracking our every move and selling that data to other private sector enterprises, and also giving the data to the US government. At this point a government-run ID system seems a no-brainer, and a requirement for employment.

On DREAMers Strive for Higher Education

Posted on February 18 at 7:22 a.m.

We seem to have several wrong way drivers on the 101 each year. Really, really frightening, far more frightening than bicyclists on our roads.

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Posted on December 16 at 3:45 p.m.

And so `The Armstrong Lie' makes the case that Armstrong continued to cheat in 2009…

Playing right now at the Plaza de Oro.

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Posted on November 13 at 11:09 a.m.

To pre-empt the trolls… this has absolutely nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.

This is mainly an internal UC issue, where the UC brass in Oakland just overlooked UCSB. They've been doing that for years in many different ways… funding passed out on a per-student basis from Oakland has been way, way low for UCSB compared to other UC campuses, since 1944 or so.

Of course life is complicated, and so rumors are that now that Sansum/Cottage have angry UCSB employees on their side, they are maneuvering to grab a little more from UC. Nevertheless, the root cause was a blind spot in Oakland. And maybe the highest levels of the UCSB administration spend a bit more time globetrotting than the should lately too.

On UCSB Health Care Woes Continue

Posted on October 18 at 7:32 a.m.

Wow, what a bunch of through-the-looking-glass comments. So many people wearing tin hats, checking for commies under their bed, and taking out the binocs to look for the black helicopters.

The UCSB health situation has absolutely nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. Most of the UC system does not face the price increases that UCSB is facing. If it were ACA, the whole system would feel it. ACA is a federal law after all.

ACA might well be expensive because it originates in the Republican-leaning Heritage Foundation. If we wanted a fair, affordable health care system we'd do what, say, Germany, France, or Canada does... Canada has way, way, lower overhead (about 1%) than the US system (31%). And the denial of care by bureaucrats is far more frequent in the US system than those systems. And the US has worse health outcomes... infant mortality, life expectancy, etc than those countries.

The US healthcare system is very expensive for really crappy performance.

Who knows why UCSB is getting the shaft in the current UC health care revisions. Could be bad performance on either UC Office of the President or on the part of Cottage or Sansum. It is not ACA, period.

On UC (Doesn't) Care

Posted on October 10 at 12:30 p.m.

Well, now we know some numbers... from Chris Newfield...

UC brass say Sansum wants an extra $10,000/year per employee. Current cost is about $14,000/year.

So UC brass say Sansum is raising the yearly price from $14,000/year to $24,000/year.

Nothing at all to do with Obamacare... no such increases at the other 10 UC Campuses.

But rumor is... Sansum has not gotten much effort from UC Oakland brass to work the issue through. This is in contraction to the statement of UC Finance VP Peter Taylor here:

where he says "Cottage has drawn a line in the sand and said they simply won't take less than what they want to get paid."

On UCSB Employees Cry Foul over Health Plan Changes

Posted on October 9 at 5 p.m.

As shocking as an electricity, water, railroad, or road provider jacking prices up to what the market would bear, as was done in pre 1910 California. Where are the Hiram Johnson Republicans when we need them?

On UCSB Employees Cry Foul over Health Plan Changes

Posted on October 8 at 9:51 p.m.

Every other UC location... Davis, Merced, Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, Riverside, Irvine, San Diego... does not have the tripling of monthly rates that Sansum/Cottage is asking for. And most of those locales have *way better* care than Sansum/Cottage provides.

Obamacare applies to all those other locales.

So the idea that this Santa Barbara problem is Obamacare is in contradiction to the facts.

Much more likely is... Sansum/Cottage now has a monopoly, and is raising there prices for more profit. No concern whatsoever for the health of there customers.

I hope people who donate time and $ to Sansum/Cottage think twice about what is going on.

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