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Posted on August 8 at 3:26 p.m.
Having grown up in Richmond, VA in the 1930s, and so having witnessed the practices of bigotry over many years, I've been able to view the changing language bigots use to attack those who'd uphold the rights of racial, ethnic, religious and/or political minorities.
At first they called them “hippies,” “commies,” and “n-lovers.” Later it was “extremists.”
After the nation saw on TV the horrors they'd committed during the Civil Rights Movement, bigots, realizing that national opinion had turned against them, began using the phrase “politically correct,” hoping to shame as cowardly those who shared a majority view.
That - like the other ploys - not having worked too well, bigots now throw the word “racist” at (1) those who call them out for their denigration of minorities and (2) those who seek to defend and support the social, political rights and legitimate aspirations of minorities.
This time, bigots hope, they can intimidate others by calling them what they themselves are.
The instances are fully on view here.
On Attorney, Activists Defend Voting Rights Lawsuit
Posted on July 26 at 7:08 p.m.
It's disheartening to read of Angela Merkel's weak, pathetic objections to the repeated revelations of US spying on her personally and on her country's businesses and government hearings.
I assume she believes, even though at present Germany may be in much better shape economically than we are,.that any effective retaliation would leave Germany "shut out of the loop" by US intelligence,
I would dearly love to see Germany offer asylum to Edward Snowden; that would shove the stick exactly where it ought to go.
On Germany Awake, America Asleep?
Posted on July 15 at 5:51 p.m.
If you would like to know more about the methods, and effects, of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), including opinions from Cornell University's Professor of Engineering Tony Ingraffia (named "a pioneer in fracture mechanics"), Los Alamos Planning Committee Chair Chris Wrather and Santa Ynez water company president Bob Field, please take a look at this half-hour television interview:
On State Seeks Public Input on Oil and Gas Well Stimulation
Posted on July 12 at 7:43 p.m.
The PR onslaught of the oil and gas industries is underway and we can expect much more.
For a view by Cornell University's Professor of Engineering Tony Ingraffia, a "pioneer in fracture mechanics," and by Los Alamos Planning Committee Chair Chris Wrather and Santa Ynez Valley water company president Bob Field, please take a look at this half-hour television interview:
On Extremists Block Path to Energy Independence
Posted on July 12 at 4:16 p.m.
Nick Welsh cites state water board officials' opinion that reactivation of our local desalination plant “would probably win approval so long as it mitigates its deadly impacts on microscopic sea life … [and] comes equipped with the most restrictive mesh screening to keep tiny sea creatures from being sucked into the expensive … water-making machine.”
The recent book “Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Oceans,” by Lisa-ann Gershwin, has raised concern as to what may be an unstoppable worldwide proliferation of jellyfish; this being fed by sea waters' warming, increased acidification, and depleting oxygen (on which jellies thrive) as well as by the massive creation of floating home bases for jellies' offspring created by plastic bags and by the escalating disappearance of jellies' predators - sea turtles - via plastic bag ingestion.
Teisha Rowland, in a November 18, 2010 Independent article, wrote, in part “...increases in jellyfish numbers have … caused ...damage to desalination and nuclear power plants (by clogging pipes carrying water)”
Indeed, in 2006 the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan had to leave its Australian port because jellyfish were destroying the cooling of its nuclear plant by massively clogging its water intake pipes.
Is there a plan to avoid this possibility in a resurrected desalination plant, not only perhaps by jellyfish, but by other organisms that, though not sucked into the system, could massively clog its vents?
On Santa Barbara Paying More for Less Water
Posted on July 10 at 12:43 p.m.
For those who would like further information on the uses and consequences of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in our community, please take a look at this half-hour television interview with Chris Wrather, Chair of Los Alamos' Planning Committee and Bob Field, president of a Santa Ynez Valley water company.
On No on P
Posted on June 17 at 2:51 p.m.
I urge readers of The Independent to take a look at this half-hour television interview with Chris Wrather, Chair of the Planning Commission in the Los Alamos Valley and Bob Field, Chair of the Planning Commission in the Santa Ynez Valley (and president of a local water company) as they discuss the wisdom of fracking in Santa Barbara County.
(The program includes film produced by The Ecologist that prominently features Cornell University's Professor of Engineering Tony Ingraffia, described by that organization as "a pioneer in fracture mechanics.")
On The Fracking Truth
Posted on April 4 at 7:19 p.m.
For many years, whenever I'm on the 101 between Montecito, Santa Barbara and Goleta, I drive in the slow lane at 55 mph to conserve fuel and to minimize my contribution to global warming.
I'm sorry to say the only other cars traveling at that speed are the ones behind me waiting to get off at the next exit.
On Every time you drive your car, do you think about ...
Posted on April 2 at 1:28 p.m.
The citation of the year 2050 is significant.
A number of climate scientists have said that if global warming is not drastically altered by 2050, that year may well be a "tipping point," beyond which there is nothing to be done but suffer the catastrophic consequences.
The response to this warning by the Santa Barbara County Supervisors, including Supervisor Janet Wolf, is in effect identical to what is on record from other politicians: "Remind me in 2049."!!
The California Coastal Commission rejected the Board's previous attempt to deal with erosion at Goleta Beach. The rock wall (revetment) that the Board now proposes to keep has been illegal for more than five years.
In other words, our county representatives have done nothing more than kick the can down the road. Forgive me for suggesting that when the s**t hits the fan on this coast, they won't be looking for votes anymore.
For those who would still like to see a thorough explication of Goleta Beach 2,0, please take a look at this award-nominated half-hour television interview with the Environmental Defense Center's Brian Trautwein. It includes video taken on Goleta Beach with clear descriptions of the significant features of Goleta Beach 2.0, and what has been attempted previously to deal with erosion there.
On Wolf and the Beach
Posted on March 13 at 2:10 p.m.
For those who'd like to review the actual features of Goleta Beach 2.0, please take a look at this half-hour television interview of the Environmental Defense Center's Brian Trautwein. It includes video footage taken at the beach and explains clearly the vital features of the county's proposed way to deal with coastal erosion there.
On Protect and Restore Goleta Beach