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Posted on June 24 at 1:10 p.m.

Evelyn Wood strikes again. Or is it Common Core? Read the entire article and your questions are answered. Try fishing in the stream of consciousness, dolphin.

Give a dolphin a fish, and he lives at Sea World on Fish Stamps. Teach a dolphin to fish…

Use your sonar for a change.

On Red Wine With Blues

Posted on June 23 at 12:41 p.m.

WaterChem, you said much more succinctly, of course, what I was trying to say, assuming by "verifiable facts," you mean it's not just arbitrary numbers leached from expensive instrumentation, or "the Answer." The "How" (and the Why) the answer is attained is fundamental.

I still fear we may always find ourselves in a land of lies, damned lies, and statistics. Where it then becomes political.

On Chromium 6 Cursing Santa Ynez Water District

Posted on June 21 at 1:37 p.m.

Condor Hiker has the numbers. And I am with him all the way on that path. He is excellent with numbers. Unfortunately, when he strays off the numbers path, he extrapolates with no backup, i.e., to shift from "So the ratio of the MCL to the PHG is the ratio of 10 to 0.02 or 500 times…" to "Does that mean that 500 additional people out of a million will die of cancer?" is not only a leap of faith (for one so skilled with numbers), it is sheer fear mongering.

The state of California and our beloved federal EPA not only do not agree on the numbers, they do not agree on the risk. (Yes, I know, lobbyists are stronger in DC than in Sacramento, but still…)

EPA Standards For Chromium 6:
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) = 0.1 milligrams per Liter (mg/L) or 100 parts per billion (ppb)
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) = 0.1 mg/L or 100 ppb
Health Effects - Some people who drink water containing chromium (total) in excess of the MCL over many years could experience allergic dermatitis. (no mention of being carcinogenic)
Drinking Water Health Advisories provide more information on health effects (See EPA website)
Chemical Abstract Service Registry Number - 7439-92-1
Sources of Contamination - Discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion of natural deposits

The state of California, on the other hand, well, just go here:

So, Condor, does this information indicate that 500 more people will contract cancer and that all will die?

You remember this from any mathematics course, don't just give the answer, show your work.

Mark Twain hits the trifecta here with "lies, damn lies and statistics."

On Chromium 6 Cursing Santa Ynez Water District

Posted on April 3 at 12:07 p.m.

>BeachFan: me thinks Salud gets too many pieces of silver from throughout the county to frustrate everyone but himself. He wants to go to Sacramento and/or DC, where the frustration is a bit more cloudy, and personally blameless. Where there are lifetime capps on discontent. Let him. It's legislative LegoLand.

On Supervisors' Meeting “Hijacked” by Mental Health Advocates

Posted on March 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Gotta go to Paul Simon's "The Boxer"…"a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." Or perhaps better paraphrased here, "…and censors all the rest."

And a note for anyone hurling malicious monikers at other commenters: think very carefully about using the word "intellectual" or "anti-intellectual" in your comments.

It's a dead giveaway.

(P.S. – for those wishing to quibble with "a 'man' hears", it is genderless. No pun intended.)

On UCSB Professor Accused of Assaulting Anti-Abortion Activist

Posted on March 6 at 8:13 p.m.

Not to worry, Bill. The winter of their discontent was made glorious summer, by "summer", who noted that "the boy lives with his father? In & out of jail, crackhead... That's not any better for him."

It's good to have that anecdotal information to prove that the x-chromes are always right. There's always a bad guy there, somewhere. I'm surprised men are even allowed to be sperm donors.

On Woman Sentenced to Probation for DUI Crash That Broke Son's Neck

Posted on November 29 at 12:06 p.m.

As long as the burial in AG land has the appropriate EIR and approval from the neighborhoods established on AG land. I think it is covered in Obamacare, on page 2468, that residential use of AG land is granted Nature Conservancy taxpayer expense.

And why not?

Might think about moving Thomas Paine's remains there as well.

On As Wine Harvest Ends, County Talks Ramp Up

Posted on July 10 at 4:04 p.m.

Welcome to the club!

On Drake Wines Debuts in Santa Barbara

Posted on April 9 at 2:33 p.m.

Nice article, Matt. Very nice.

On Raising Dough with Pinot in Maui

Posted on November 17 at 2:11 p.m.

Congratulations and thanks to Mitchell and Amy and the entire Perez family for helping to keep 'culinary travelers' coming to Santa Barbara and for giving those of us who live here "icing on the cake."

On Seagrass Announces New Owners Chef Robert Perez & Family

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