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Posted on July 30 at 6:03 a.m.

I'd say reread your letter and then write something that makes sense. Your point, whatever it is, seems completely garbled here.

On Marriage: No Diversity

Posted on July 26 at 6:01 a.m.

Whatever one's fears or concerns regarding cell phones and personal security(I don't share them, but to each his own and all that), Daniel Estulin is not exactly a reliable source for anything and his Bilderberg book is just more CT-inspired rambling.

On Germany Awake, America Asleep?

Posted on July 25 at 6:49 a.m.

Crossing at crosswalk _with light_ at Alamar and De La Vina, I've almost been nailed many times by cars turning left onto De La Vina from Alamar.

I try always to be aware of traffic and surroundings. I walk a lot. It has definitely gotten worse. Other problem spots: E. Sola at Garden and Laguna intersections--cars often just blow through-- and the crosswalk with light at Carrillo and Chapala where the same hazardous situation as the first I noted often occurs.

On Which street-crossing no-no do you most often see?

Posted on July 25 at 6:40 a.m.

Good article. You may want to fix that first paragraph a bit. The syntax is rather garbled.
I agree with the points expressed: the Europeans are taking the lead on this one and "Zuckerberg’s insouciant arrogance" describes perfectly the main "attribute" of this supposed Wunderkind.
Jaron Lanier is well worth reading too. I think his essay, "Digital Maoism," can still be found online.

On Germany Awake, America Asleep?

Posted on July 24 at 6:08 a.m.

Great profile. I believe that JP is, indeed, a genuinely nice guy. Far too few of those around these days. I've met him a few times (probably true of most everyone in SB) and dealt with him on a few occasions in the past regarding getting some PR for my kids' school fundraisers and such things. Always found him to be kind, willing to resond and thoroughly professional. Santa Barbara is lucky to have him.

On John Palminteri

Posted on July 23 at 6:26 a.m.

Speaking of hats and dolphins, with apologies to dp14 for infringing on his/her schtick (and not least to Charles Mingus), a musical "tribute" and farewell to this shyster-clown:

On Attorney Darryl Genis Again Accused of Misconduct

Posted on July 22 at 6:02 a.m.

Sounds good,but the fact that there's no price info here, or even on their online menu at the website,may be a bit revealing. Guess I'll need to stop by to learn if it's affordable for those of us on tight budgets for dining out.

On Empty Bowl Fills Asian-Fusion Noodle Cravings

Posted on July 20 at 7:18 a.m.

* evolved "into." Must remember to reread before posting.

On Jews Against the War

Posted on July 20 at 7:16 a.m.

The WSJ article is interesting,but it makes no claim that Israel "started" Hamas. What it does discuss is how the Israelis' policies of playing various Palestinian factions against one another may have contributed to the groups that evolved Hamas becoming further entrenched at the expense of the more secular groups such as Fatah. This certainly may be true.
The US has done similar things in the Middle East, Afghanistan etc., playing off rivalries between ethnic, religious and tribal factions for its own interests. Various former CIA operatives and such have written about the "blow-back" we may have experienced as a result of these sometimes bungled policies. This does not mean that Israel "started" Hams or that the CIA "created" al-Qaeda. Only the constantly conspiracy-minded give these events such a reading.
Key point from the article: "Hamas traces its roots back to the Muslim Brotherhood.."
There are lots of books out there on the origins of the MB, the somewhat related rise of Wahhabism that are worth reading,but are unlikely to change anyone's fixed mindset or tendency to seek conspiracies and plots everywhere.

On Jews Against the War

Posted on July 17 at 6:06 a.m.

District elections seems to make sense. Anything that encourages people to vote, increases grassroots-type participation in the democratic process is inherently a good idea. I don't see it happening either,though, the present system and its adherents is now far too entrenched.

On S.B. Corrupt? Say It Ain’t So

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