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Posted on June 12 at 11:48 a.m.
14noscams, no way do environmentalists ignore the damage caused by natural seeps. But natural seeps are nothing compared to oil spill disasters like this one. And you can't fine God for causing natural seeps, but you can and should fine an irresponsible company like Plains All American, which has a history of spills and fines.
Your focus on natural seeps is like a doctor focusing all his attention on the damage caused by the prick of an IV instead of the disease that is killing his patient. It's illogical, to say the least.
On Pipeline Photos Begin to Tell Story of Refugio Oil Spill
Posted on June 9 at 1:33 p.m.
To the guy who named himself swimmer: you are full of it.
You try to appear logical by numbering your outlandish points: "they have an obsessive hatred", "evidence .. is irrelevant to them", "to earn the lynch mob's approval, you must advocate prison without a trial" and so on with the inflammatory and untrue statements. Bet you're one of the rabid Fox watchers.
Whatever your agenda, speak the truth. This bunch of words that you and the "be kind" girl put out does nothing for a genuinely rational discussion.
On Photos of Ruptured Pipeline Finally Released
Posted on June 5 at 1:53 p.m.
Those of us who are heartbroken over the damage to the environment resulting in the deaths of uncounted birds and marine life that was caused by this company would like to see Plains All American Pipeline charged with something serious.
FIRST: Who's paying for the cleanup? It is Plains' fault and they should reimburse the State for every dime so that I and other taxpayers are not made to pay for their incompetence (the pipe wasn't inspected properly, though the company claims it was, and it didn't have an automatic shut-off valve like every other pipeline in the county).
SECOND: Pipeline Safety Trust reported that there have been 175 “incidents” (spills causing over $50,000 in property damage) involving Plains All American pipelines throughout the United States in the past 10 years — 11 in California. Nearly $24 million in property damage was inflicted. This spill is estimated to cost $32 million all by itself because it's so big.
THIRD: Plains management team - five guys - were compensated over $30 million last year, and the head guy has an $87 million parachute whether he's fired or leaves the company on his own.
Plains All American Pipeline company is sloppy. They should have had a check valve on that pipeline so 105,000 gallons of crude oil would not have spilled onto our beautiful beaches and into the sea. Plains should be made to pay fines. Just a few months ago, a Canadian National Energy Board audit levied a $76 million penalty on the company for slipshod environmental safety practices.
Throw the book at them.
PS: "Crypto-commies"? That's a new one. Touristunfriendly, if your comment wasn't so mean people might be willing to consider your ideas.
On Attorney General Kamala Harris Visits Refugio State Beach
Posted on May 12 at 1:28 p.m.
It's not a matter of "if you don't like fois gras don't eat it". That's like saying "if you don't like child pornography don't look at it". We're talking about a harmful activity which causes pain and suffering to someone for the gratification of someone else. Whether you're the person who abuses the goose directly or the person who consumes the dead animal's liver does not matter. Both are participating in what would be considered criminal animal abuse if you did it do a dog.
It's weird how some people get crazy when they're reminded that what they're eating or wearing has caused untold suffering to animals. I think they must have been a colicky baby or something to react so badly to the truth of their participation in animal abuse.
On Vegan Group Protests Foie Gras in S.B. Restaurants
Posted on April 28 at 12:54 p.m.
One new thing that can help: I invested in a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of a device called the TrackR. It's about the size of a quarter, it's aluminum and the cover can be engraved, and it can be hung from a keyring or dog collar OR stuck to the bottom of your bicycle's seat or other hidden place.
Then with the app, you can track it, either by making the device make a sound (if you think your keys or whatever must be somewhere in the house) or via GPS using something they call a Distance Indicator. They made a video where they left a bike to get stolen, then a few days later tracked it to the enclosed patio where the thief had parked a bunch of bikes. Very cool device. They're shipping now (I don't have mine yet but it shouldn't be long).
The website is thetrackr.com
On Be a Bike Lock Hawk
Posted on April 21 at 5:19 a.m.
That is such a shame. The woman is clearly in the wrong, but so are the cops, who couldn't think of a better way to deal with a dog just trying to protect its owner. I'm thinking that whoever actually killed that dog feels bad to have extinguished the life of someone capable of such loyalty, but they need better training to deal with situations like this.
I'm a long-time business owner and employer who has never once been in trouble with the law, but if a cop killed one of my precious dogs I would go berserk. If I saw a cop kill a dog who was doing what this dog did, I would also react badly. In other words, the cop escalated the situation by handling it so badly. And now a loyal dog is dead.
On Deputy Shoots Dog During Montecito Arrest
Posted on March 6 at 1:30 p.m.
We're good neighbors, employers, community volunteers and donors to many good causes, so I was hurt when some of our neighbors put out Prop H8 yard signs back in 2008. They're friendly to us, but their desire to see us punished with higher taxes and many fewer rights for no other reason except that we're gay is something I'm still working to forgive. I guess the Log Cabin guys - and they are almost all guys - have thicker skin than me. Or the paramount focus on money makes the goal the same for Log Cabin republicans and every other kind of republication.
On Hell Freezes Over
Posted on February 27 at 12:03 p.m.
This disgusting person should be in jail. He's already killed one innocent and harmed another. People like Duanying Chen are perverted and dangerous, and should be locked away from decent society.
So many serial killers got their start hurting animals. That's why the FBI is finally starting to track animal abusers, and has labeled animal cruelty as "crimes against society" in a distinct category in the Uniform Crime Report.
For more, read "The Link Between Violence to Animals and People" - a joint report between the ASPCA and the National District Attorneys Association, published June 2014. I downloaded the 80-some page pdf, had it printed and sent it to a local judge who was hearing a case about a creep named Garret Kaplan, who kept saying he hadn't set a cow on fire - right up until he pled no contest and tried to blame alcoholism for making him do it. The cow's ears were burned off, but he's safe in a sanctuary now.
To hell with animal abusers.
On Higher Bail Denied for Man Charged with Beating Girlfriend and Puppy