Comments by watermillvillage

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Posted on January 22 at 11:18 p.m.

Those who are part of the dominant white culture have an exclusive luxury to pretend race plays no part here. When your group is dominant you can take race for granted. But being able to take race for granted is not common to all races in the U.S. and as such we white folk must make efforts to understand what it means to be permanently excluded from dominant culture, lest we lapse into reasoning reflected abundantly in posts prior to this one. If you look at who attempts to dispel race as a factor, it is by and large those who have the privilege to take their identified race for granted. To those who assert so confidently that this is not about race: what amount of your social network is made up of people who make less than $20k/year and are people of color? Don't bother answering--I already know the answer.

On No Love Lost over 'Illegal' Headlines

Posted on December 8 at 7:40 p.m.

The media wants you to think these are isolated events about individuals and people keep following the media down that circular path, missing the forest for the trees. This is not just about Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, or any of the other recent police homicides. This is about systemic failure.

On Vigil and March for Eric Garner

Posted on December 8 at 4:01 p.m.

I'll also add that you propagate a HUGE double standard. In your ideal world would it be more illegal to sell individual cigarettes or to kill?

On Vigil and March for Eric Garner

Posted on December 8 at 3:54 p.m.

To those trying to make this about obeying the law: tell it to the parents of Tamir Rice.

On Vigil and March for Eric Garner

Posted on November 26 at 11:06 a.m.

I'm embarrassed by the vast amount of privileged denial in this thread. We live within a racist framework.

A couple of things to consider:

Defendant testimony before the grand jury (historically quite rare) and negligent cross-examination re: inconsistencies in Wilson's account.

National guard response time @ Katrina vs. National guard response time @ Ferguson.

On Hundreds March in Solidarity with Ferguson

Posted on June 26 at 9:36 a.m.

I should say foreign and domestic. This comes as the feds allow an increase in crude exports.

On The Anatomy of Cyclic Steaming

Posted on June 26 at 9:31 a.m.

Decreasing return on energy investment. We've picked the low fruit and created greater climatic instability in the process. We know that climate change has been a major factor in the demise of previous civilizations. Now foreign oil wants to increase CO2 output for the county and state? This does not map onto AB 32 well at all.

On The Anatomy of Cyclic Steaming

Posted on April 25 at 3:29 p.m.


Fracking is indeed happening off the coast and they are likely pumping radioactive and chemically contaminated wastewater into the ocean.

"EDC’s review and analysis of federal records received through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that at least 15 fracs have occurred offshore California, with several more proposals pending. More fracs have almost certainly been conducted, however, as federal regulators were until recently unaware that the practice
was being used. The information currently available shows that the majority of fracs have occurred from platforms with a history of spills that are in close proximity to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and other ecologically important areas."

On Sweet Crude on the Seashore

Posted on April 25 at 11:37 a.m.


The stakes are too high to not do our homework and mind our sources.

It's revealing that you would bungle the relatively simple workings of academic credentials by making the silly assumption that Dr. Gautier has a doctorate in geography, and do it while professing wisdom beyond a vast majority of experts whose job is to study the complexities and nuances of our climate. You clearly didn't look into Dr. Gautier's qualifications, probably because you weren't interested, probably because you've already decided you disagree with her.

A quick search would reveal that Dr. Gautier has five relevant collegiate degrees, none of which are in geography, despite your conviction. So what other assumptions are packed into your polemic?

On Fracking Ban Critical for Climate

Posted on February 21 at 10:49 a.m.

Think spatially: a given unit of vertical rise equals many times that laterally.

On Goleta's Slough of Problems

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