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Posted on November 26 at 8:17 a.m.

"Most of the black murder victims — 93 percent — were killed by other black people, the study found. About 85 percent of white victims were slain by other white people." What is often missing from the quote is that white people are also more likely to be killed by white people.

A more accurate picture would be that 49%of murder victims are black, while blacks make up 13% of the population.

Here is the testimony of someone who was with Brown and was shot at by Wilson, while running away.

On Hundreds March in Solidarity with Ferguson

Posted on November 24 at 9:45 p.m.

Lovely tribute, and agree with DrDan.

Wrt veterans,

On To Richard

Posted on November 24 at 9:30 p.m.

Thanks for the clean-up, LPFW and Forest service. Great job.

And thanks for the background info, Independent. Much better than a short summary - more history, more details, and location.

On Visiting an Old, Gross Marijuana Grow

Posted on November 22 at 6:42 a.m.

There would be no immigration if there were no jobs. Period. And the immigrants are employed by people from both sides of the aisle, but probably more on the right in ag.

The most important effect of the bill is to slow the break-up of families because of deportation which has increased under Obama. And since the right touts family values, you would think that they understood that.

Both Reagan and Bush I issued executive orders regarding immigration, but obviously Obama, a democrat can not.

And of course, the usual drama queen exhibitions by the right were on full display and dominated the airwaves. Like two year olds stomping their feet, and echoed by their voters who call Obama childish names. When will this nation grow up. The "riots in the street" did not happen.

On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform

Posted on November 20 at 11:49 a.m.

" today's liberal conservationists want less wilderness and more urban parks scared the hell out of me."

Really? That is a load of BS.

Which ones? LPFW? CCI? The Wilderness Society? are just a few organizations asking for more.

"We urgently need your voice to ask Congress to work together and protect our most cherished, vulnerable wildlands--the best possible salute to the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary.

Yet, at the very time that we celebrate, more than two dozen bills to protect spectacular areas from Washington to Tennessee are languishing in Congress. Most of them enjoy strong local, bi-partisan support, but they are mired in Washington’s political gamesmanship.

Our aim is to push the bills past the finish line this year and we’re counting on wilderness supporters to help."

The three priority objectives include:
PARKS – Valuing and conserving nature

The WPC 2014 will strengthen policy and action commitments for the expansion, connectivity and better management of parks and protected areas to cover all areas important for biodiversity and ecosystem services.

PEOPLE – Effective and equitable governance of nature’s use

The WPC 2014 will foster the equitable governance of parks and protected areas to empower communities (including indigenous peoples) to become involved and to benefit.

PLANET – Deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges

The WPC 2014 will explore and promote parks and protected areas as natural solutions to global challenges such as climate change, food and water security, health and a green economy.

(Note - parks = wildlife areas)

On No Extra Wilderness for Los Padres

Posted on November 17 at 11:39 a.m.

Since Reagan, middle class salaries have flat-lined - while productivity has gone up. What was that about hard-work? Some working more than 1 job to stay afloat?

There is too much money in politics. There is also too much money going to the 1%. 95% of the benefits of the recovery have gone to the top 1%. Why? Are they underpaying their employees? Sure sounds like it on a superficial level.

Congress/government can control some things, but they cannot control how much the heads of corporations keep for themselves and pay their staff. That used to be the function of the unions, but since most unions are gone, workers have very few rights - and are being sucked dry.

And four states that voted red, voted for higher minimum wages, a blue policy. Figure that?

"Remember you and Pelosi supported the ACA without knowing what was in it " Pelosi knew exactly what was in it. That is a myth from Faux.
Pelosi was talking about YOU, the public, because the right-wing were loading the airwaves with lies about the ACA, and until the PUBLIC could read the bill for themselves, they would not know what was going on.

"Obama is ruling through un vetted Executive Order " Obama has passed fewer executive orders than most Presidents. Both Reagan and Bush I passed immigration reform via Executive Order. But that is OK, since they were Republicans.

" This was a repudiation of Obama and his policies, even though he said he doesn't feel repudiated." On the eve of Obama's first inauguration, Republicans gathered to plot how they were going to limit Obama to one term. That is they were repudiating the choice of the voters. Once again, it is OK for Republicans, but not for Democrats.

Citizens United is turning/has turned this country into a fascist nation - and the Republicans support it and Obama does not.

Lastly, since 40% of voters were 60 and over, that is hardly representative democracy. Voting should be mandatory in this country like many others, and a day should be set aside for people to vote. Then there may be some semblance of democracy.

This country has a huge problem with facts, truth, and fairness. Since corporations are also sucking natural resources and the citizens dry, I think we are going to fall even further behind than we are now. We will become like those middle eastern countries where the top have the money and the rest are at the poverty level, despite how hard they work. That is what has changed since Ronnie dumped a lot of bad stuff on us.

As for big spenders, please check the statistics. The Republicans are the worst.

On A Red Tide of Money

Posted on November 16 at 2:37 a.m.

"After the elevation of Obama to Nobel prize winner"
I guess these people were also "elevated" prize winners: Ralph Bunche, Albert Lutuli,Martin Luther King Jr,Anwar Sadat, Sir William Arthur Lewis, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, WoleWole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Wangari Maathai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee.

Obama received the prize because of his work on dismatling nuclear weapons, and some of this work has continued quietly during his admin from some old Soviet countries. "The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama's promotion of nuclear nonproliferation". His stance on unnecessary war since receiving the prize has given some on the right apoplexy.

As far as Obama's presidential run - George Bush was probably the biggest factor in his winning, together with very smart and savvy ground game and use of computer technology and social media that won the race for him. People did not vote for him because he was black, in fact, at the outset, black voters supported Hillary, because as they themselves stated, they could not see a black person winning. Obama's speech skills also contributed to the large crowds at his campaign stops. But, that, of course, is too complicated to understand - just a bumper sticker slogan will suffice.

"Obama has unilaterally defined evangelical Christians and anti-abortion protesters as 'terrorists'" - when did he do that? I follow politics reasonably well, and I have never seen evidence of that.

"Obama's fascist dictatorial regime" - really? How?

As far as today's liberals are concerned, it is always wrong to generalize. I know several people who used to vote Republican, some of them are still registered Republican, but do not vote that way now. They are stand-up citizens, and conservative in much of their outlook, but are very unhappy with the Republican party of today. As for others who have always been liberal - there is liberal and there is liberal. And the ones I know are accomplished citizens, far removed from the caricatures that some on this board use as typical.

On Anti-Abortion Group Sues UCSB, Professor, Students

Posted on November 15 at 5:08 a.m.

"Does the SB channel naturally "seep" 4000 gallons of oil *per day* into the ocean off our beaches - and has for tens of thousands of years? Yes. "

---Does the natural seep from SB channel have anything to do with our freshwater drinking water? No.

"Anyone that understands simple physics knows that 8 gravity oil won't harm a freshwater aquifer. "

--- Do you?

"Co2 and methane are released mostly from oceans and undeveloped areas and Asia and North Africa. "

--- Natural sources of methane include wetlands, termites, decomposing organic materials in ocean and fresh water, and methane hydrate. Anthropogenic influenced sources include livestock flatulence, rice paddies, biomass burning, landfills, coal mining, and gas production, with rice paddies and livestock flatulence being the major sources of methane. (Image: U.S. Dept. of Energy Technology Laboratory, National Methane Hydrate Program)

--- Graph at article shows about 40/60 Natural/Anthropogenic.

--- Natural sources of atmospheric carbon dioxide include volcanic outgassing, the combustion of organic matter, wildfires and the respiration processes of living aerobic organisms. Man-made sources of carbon dioxide include the burning of fossil fuels for heating, power generation and transport, as well as some industrial processes such as cement making. It is also produced by various microorganisms from fermentation and cellular respiration.

--- Most sources of CO2 emissions are natural, and are balanced to various degrees by natural CO2 sinks. These natural sources are nearly balanced by natural sinks, physical and biological processes which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. For example, some is directly removed from the atmosphere by land plants for photosynthesis and it is soluble in water forming carbonic acid. There is a large natural flux of CO2 into and out of the biosphere and oceans.[51] In the pre-industrial era these fluxes were largely in balance. Currently about 57% of human-emitted CO2 is removed by the biosphere and oceans.

--- A NON-COOK survey of scientists, published in:
written about here:

--- CO2 has never been called a poison, and polluter is somewhat of a misnomer. CO2 is a greenhouse gas. Without it, the planet would be cold and dead. Too much of it and the planet will be too hot and mostly dead. The world was doing pretty well with about 300 ppm. It is beginning to get warmer (we are in the hottest decade in the last two centuries) now that is it hovering around 400 ppm - still livable. However, 500 ppm and upwards is going to unadapt organisms that had adapted to the benign 300ppm too fast for most to survive. And only the uninformed will think that is a good thing.

On Measure P Postmortem

Posted on November 13 at 12:55 p.m.

As a climate change believer, this probably has more to do with El Nino. And for the 19-year hiatus, don't repeat mythical bumper sticker type claims. Look at the science.

"Not only did NOAA report Monday that last month was the hottest September on record, but they also pointed out, “The past 12 months—October 2013–September 2014—was the warmest 12-month period among all months since records began in 1880.”

NOAA climatologist Jessica Blunden says “It’s pretty likely” that 2014 will break the record for hottest year.”

The AP reports:
Some people, mostly non-scientists, have been claiming that the world has not warmed in 18 years, but “no one’s told the globe that,” Blunden said. She said NOAA records show no pause in warming.

Global Highlights
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for September 2014 was the highest on record for September, at 0.72°C (1.30°F) above the 20th century average of 15.0°C (59.0°F).

The global land surface temperature was 0.89°C (1.60°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0°C (53.6°F), the sixth highest for September on record. For the ocean, the September global sea surface temperature was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above the 20th century average of 16.2°C (61.1°F), the highest on record for September and also the highest on record for any month.

The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January–September period (year-to-date) was 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20th century average of 14.1°C (57.5°F), tying with 1998 as the warmest such period on record.

On VIDEO: Rare Hammerhead Shark Sighting off Anacapa Island

Posted on November 12 at 2:57 p.m.

dewdly - I think you mean "effect".

What does sexual orientation have to do with hysteria?

I have seen hysteria in men and women, and those who cannot be classified by the intolerant as either.

On Anti-Abortion Group Sues UCSB, Professor, Students

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