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Posted on August 11 at 10:54 a.m.

Picture a boxing match:

In one corner, we have a wealthy, musclebound competitor who lives in a palace in the hills with all the finest training facilities and staff - he is decked out in all the latest athletic gear, with big sponsors and all the publicity - he's also got a gun hidden under his shorts, but hey, the rules only apply to the other guy. He's the darling of the crowd - a regular superstar - and has been promoted as such.

In the other corner - we see a homeless guy, less than half his size. He used to live in a shack nearby until kicked out by the landlord who happens to be the first cousin of the fight promoter. The referee, the son of the promoter, is also the adoring brother of the favorite. He signals the start of the fight. Ding ding, let's box. The little guy comes out swinging, blindly aims a haymaker punch and misses. The superstar pulls a right hook and sends his opponent sprawling onto the deck. He then he takes out his gun and shoots the fallen fighter - in the leg, not fatally; the promoter needs to not only give the audience their money's worth, but retain an opponent for the next match.

The adoring crowd cheers: End of round one, or perhaps round 12?

On Bombs or Diplomacy?

Posted on August 10 at 7:41 p.m.

The Koch Brothers have got to be the quintessential treacherous, most anti-American force in politics today, without peer - as dangerous as all the world's terrorist groups put together, and then some. How about a war against Koch?

On The State of Solar Energy

Posted on August 10 at 4 p.m.

(continued from above)

As regards Israel's conduct and track record, history speaks for itself, with hundreds of outrages against the civilian population of the region over the last several decades, from the bombing of the King David Hotel back in the 1950s where Israeli agents - disguised as Arabs - killed almost 100 people, the unprovoked bombing attack against the USS Liberty killing and injuring many US Navy personnel, to the massacres in the towns of Sabra and Shatila (1000s dead) in the 1980s, as 3 prominent examples. In more recent years, the previous attack by the Israelis against Gaza was launched to coincide with when Gaza schoolkids were walking home from school and ended up being strafed and cut down by Israeli helicopter gunships and fighter jets. Did we hear about this on the mainstream news? No? Why not? Duh. Who owns our media?

Of course, we ALL heard about those Palestinian kids who were dancing in the streets when the US was hit in the September 11, 2001 attacks... it was broadcast ad nauseam all over the mainstream media. But what did we NOT hear about, in sharp contrast? The group of Mossad (Israeli Intelligence) agents dancing and high fiving while filming the attack and destruction of the Twin Towers. These men, who ran a front company named Urban Moving Systems, were arrested by the FBI that morning, and in their possession were false passports, $3400 in cash stuffed in a sock, maps of Manhattan with the World Trade Center highlighted in marker pen, and video recordings capturing both plane impacts. They were quietly sent back to Israel in the wake of the attacks, but clearly had been "accessory before the fact" to mass murder - punishable to the same extent as perpetrating the crime. Yet, the US authorities made sure they were let go, and once back in Israel even admitted that they had been sent (to the US) by their government to document the event". Imagine f it had been 5 Palestinians, or Iranians who had been caught redhanded in the same circumstances? Incidentally, this story was ironically broadcast by Fox News (Carl Cameron did a piece on it) before they were ordered to drop the story - and all reference disappeared from the Fox archives. Thankfully, the original footage can still be viewed on youtube and elsewhere.

Incidentally, at the time of the that attack, a huge majority of the senior members of the Bush cabinet were dual US-Israeli citizens. I wonder to which nation their primary loyalty lay? Israel or the US? I hope people can see and understand what has been going down there for decades, despite it running up against our comfort zone, and what we have been collectively programmed to think is "politically correct"

On Bombs or Diplomacy?

Posted on August 10 at 3:59 p.m.

Lars, the last time I checked, the Palestinian people are of the Semitic racial ethnotype. Your 'antisemitic' slur is manipulative, inaccurate, biased and plain wrong.

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Regarding death statistics in this asymmetrical war, the *huge, overwhelming majority* of the almost 2000 Palestinian deaths and 10,000+ injuries are 80%+ CIVILIAN, including 400+ children. Meanwhile on the Israeli side, 3 (three) of their dead are civilians, while the overwhelming majority of Israelis killed in the conflict (65) , or some 95%, are members of the Israeli Defense Force, namely military personnel. From this it appears that the Israelis are targeting primarily civilians, while Hamas are going for primarily Israeli military personnel. The numbers speak for themselves, for those who are not pressing their fingers in their ears.

A very standard definition of TERRORISM is as follows: The "targeting of a civilian population for political gain". It is abundantly clear here who the actual terrorists are: the Israelis, and the primary sponsor and supporter of this outrage and mass slaughter are the US and UK governments. The blood of thousands of innocents are on their hands, along with the corporate welfare queens in the US military-industrial-security complex who supply them with $billions of US taxpayer-funded instruments of death.

We also hear in the US corporate media that Hamas have been using civilians as "human shields". There has never been any hard evidence to support these accusations, but in the general climate of opinion in the US that "allPalestinians are terrorists and all Israelis are angelic", who needs proof and evidence? Of course, we also have to realize that the entire content of news from the region is translated into English for the US consumer by the Mid East Media Research Institute, aka MEMRI. This is an organization set up in the mid 1990s by two extremist Islamophobic "Israeli Expansionist" hardliners: Yigal Carmon and Meyrav Wurmser. As such, we are being denied reality by an Israeli propaganda device, with official support from not only the Pentagon but also other government bodies, and the owners of the US mainstream media. One can safely assume that not a single person of Palestinian heritage, or the Muslim faith, sits on their boards of directors.

On Bombs or Diplomacy?

Posted on August 8 at 9:36 a.m.

Bill, thanks for the insight there. As you say - Fiesta brings a lot of people from out of town - but so does Solstice which is a 3 day event, and which also attracts thousands of out-of-towners, and where alcohol gets consumed by the tanker load. There are parties all over that whole weekend... but arrests in connection with that event are as rare as rocking-horse poop....

On Fiesta Arrests Way Up

Posted on August 8 at 12:13 a.m.

Whats the deal with so much law breaking specifically during Fiesta? It is unique in that it lasts 5 days, but do Santa Barbara's other festivals and events have a proportionately similar crime rate?

On Fiesta Arrests Way Up

Posted on July 19 at 10:19 a.m.

Do "pro-lifers" care about the unborn? Do they hell. These sanctimonious fakes are into wielding big government power over people, especially the poor. Abortion prohibition will NOT stop abortion and it WON'T stop people getting unintentionally pregnant. What it WILL do is discriminate against poor women who will resort to the back alley coat-hanger specialist, while the RICH can simply fly to Canada or elsewhere to have the procedure done under proper medical care.

THAT is what the anti-choice crowd is about. Control, power, and punishment.... Solutions be damned.

On Anti-Abortion Group Threatens to Sue City

Posted on June 11 at 6:02 p.m.

The latest IPCC report has been culled from over 12,000 successfully peer reviewed studies, over many years, from all over the world. Its predictions are not good as regards Humanity's future.

One of the big problems we face - especially here in the US - is the fact that we regard "free market capitalism" as a sacred cow; a religion, untouchable and immune to criticism and accountability. To offer any modification or alternative to this fundamentalist viewpoint is regarded by many as heresy, to be pounced on from a great height.

Climate change and the pollution that causes it is a result of the the high priests of this neo-religion - global multinational corporations - being able to do whatever they like - just because they can, regardless of the often appalling consequences, with zero accountability and responsibility, while their precepts (in neoclasscal economics) are ossified like those of the Taliban. Furthermore, on account of their transnational reach and power, nobody has the power or will to bring these dinosaurs to order. If anything, their lack of accountability is expanding exponentially.

According to the Koch brothers and their vocal minions, the climate change scenario is a vast left wing conspiracy by thousands of climatologists, meteorologists, oceanographers, atmospheric physicists - etc. etc. who are all anti-business commie-pinko potsmoking tree-hugging hippies with an agenda. And they hate America. (!!!!!)

I kid you not.

On Do you think global warming is caused by:

Posted on April 7 at 5:59 p.m.

One unmentioned (unmentionable?) problem is the infestation of "affluenza" amongst the (UCSB) population. Many kids from wealthier families, spoiled-to-the-core brats who have always had anything and everything they want - with neither a sense of proportion nor the value of money, suddenly escape mommy's apron strings for the first time - for their first experience of independence. They bring their attitude of uncompromised entitlement with them, and when someone tells them that they can't do something - they can't handle it, and consequently then pull an infantile, foot-stamping, "F*** You" attitude.

Couple that with with
(1) the easy accessibility of alcohol and the drink-orientated party "culture",
(2) the more irresponsible aspects of the greek system
(3) plenty of crystal methamphetamine and other aggression-inducing (and blackout-inducing) drugs
(4) a surfeit of testosterone amongst the boys who think that getting laid every saturday night is also an entitlement - and then get angry and pissy when they fail
(5) the hyping of ghetto "culture", where upper and middle-class white suburban kids think its "cool" to emulate the most dumb-assed violence-oriented characteristics of inner city gang-banger life - "oh look mommy, I'm now a thug".
(6) the presence of out-of-towners who came to IV to cause and instigate trouble - why else do you come to a party armed with a knife if you're not prepared to use it?
(7) and last but not least, the prevalence of a heads-in-the-sand attitude amongst the authorities: for example the noise ordinance (banning of amplified music) - this was an incredibly stupid and shortsighted piece of prime idiocy on the part pf law enforcement - just because they can - and it was just asking for trouble.

The demonstrations of the 1970s were politically motivated, sparked out of a sense of gross injustice, combined with the Gestapo-like tactics of law enforcement of the time. The people taking part truly wanted the world to be a better place. Governor Reagan showed his true colors when he notoriously stated: "If it takes a blood bath, so be it. No more appeasement". Out of that unrest sprung many institutions within the IV community

The Deltopia riot - in sharp contrast - was random, causeless, motive-less, blind, drunken imbecility. Isla Vista got trashed, and the endlessly metastasizing UCSB continues to rake in the $$, doesn't give a damn and does next to nothing for the town and local residents, apart from serial and increasing abuse by their patrons.

On The Death of Isla Vista?

Posted on April 7 at 1:07 p.m.

Loonpt, I agree with you on the noise ordinance issue. It was short-sighted, arbitrary and counterproductive; a "let's ban music just because we can" kind of policy/attitude.

However, as regards the "incitement to riot" issue: Much street violence in recent years have been instigated by authorities, in which otherwise peaceful demonstrations are hijacked by fake "demonstrators", often wearing black clothing and face-masks in order to be (a) anonymous and (b) look like so-called "anarchists" or "Black block" political activists. These are stooges, paid by police departments (at the bequest of higher authority) to start trouble, usually on cue when the mainstream media cameras are rolling. A classic example was Seattle in 1999 where "Crisis Actors" were "arrested" for lobbing bottles and rocks through the windows of downtown business, exactly where the corporate media reporters and cameramen were staked out, to be duly "arrested". The "arrestees" were seen trooping out of rear exits of the downtown Seattle police station waving fistfuls of dollars, laughing and even talking about their exploits on video!

This type of "directed violence" is motivated by the desire of elements within the establishment to portray their political foes as "violent", "vandals" and having no sense of responsibility - and thus tarnishing the cause for which they are portrayed to support. This kind of action is a variation of the "false-flag" attack, where rogue elements within government attack on their own nation, thus rallying public support for war or other actions which would otherwise be unpopular or unsellable.

In contrast to political protest, the Deltopia fiasco was causeless, motiveless, random violence fueled by the usual Del Playa combo of alcohol and stupidity. Similar displays of wanton hooliganism and idiocy often happen after large spectator sports events - in these types of incident, the cops have no motivation to start, or inflate trouble, in which no political causes are being demonstrated, no injustice being protested. In I.V. we witnessed a bunch of out-of-control, unaware, affluenza-infected brats with a hyper-inflated sense of entitlement and a distorted sense of what "liberty" means.

On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot

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