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Posted on December 16 at 1:38 p.m.

“Wow, hodgmo, I had no idea the teachers unions and by extension the Democrat Party were in the back pocket of the Bilderburg Group. Thank you for explaining that all to me.
Makes sense. And why the Democrat current darling is corporate insider Elizabeth Warren. Gob-smacked am I.” Jarvis*

Golly JJarvis you are easily gob-smacked, especially if you think that in the long haul, overall, the donkeys are somehow worse than the pachyderms in representing public interests. And of course the credit for your latest gob-smacking educational opportunity must go to George Carlin. Perhaps he can help cure your Thorny ideas?

It’s tragic isn’t it? A thorn without a point?

On Christmas Naughty List

Posted on December 16 at 11:05 a.m.

Great article, thanks! After being frustrated by expensive bike lights due to premature failure and theft, I found a satisfactory solution that allows me to use low-cost, off-the-shelf LED flashlights (like the inexpensive ones from Harbor Freight). The 'two fish' mount clamps to the handlebars and to an arbitrary light, and is quick to install and remove:

The warning about wearing hoods is spot on but there are some hooded rain jackets that allow the hood to be adjusted so that peripheral vision isn't blocked, for example, the Patagonia rain jacket hood can be cinched on the sides and across the back so that the hood turns when your head does (often available at Cheap Sports).

On Pedaling at Night and When It’s Wet

Posted on December 16 at 10:51 a.m.

It's hard to better George Carlin's summary...

On Christmas Naughty List

Posted on December 14 at 9:23 p.m.

JohnTieber writes:

“"… have any medical expertise…"
Irrelevant to this discussion
"Would you go to him to treat an ailment?"
Even more irrelevant to this discussion”

Au contraire: I thought it obvious that the medical expertise of JohnTieber is relevant because he is giving medical advice that is contrary to what the vast majority of the medical community recommend. As DrDan and others have pointed out, and as is easily seen by looking, the objective value of the references JohnTieber gives are, at best, suspect. The basic fact remains: vaccination programs have had a net benefit to the general health of societies that use them. Nothing in this thread has shown that to be incorrect.

Caveat emptor

On Public Health Encourages Flu Shots

Posted on December 14 at 12:06 p.m.

Simpleton asks: “Isn't their [sic] a representative out there that doesn't bend to the whims of SEIU or some other narrow constituency? Aren't there any ethical, intelligent, and strong leaders left?”

Unfortunately, we are in a gilded age where our ‘representatives’ follow the money. If we’re lucky another William Jennings Bryan type leader will spark a new progressive age that leads to representation of public rather than corporate interests.

On Bare-Knuckle Politics — Santa Barbara-Style

Posted on December 14 at 11:51 a.m.

Does JohnTieber and his ilk have any medical expertise or is he a verbose victim of the Dunning-Kruger effect? Would you go to him to treat an ailment? The basic fact is that vaccination programs have had a net benefit to the general health of societies that use them. Are they perfect programs? Probably not, but the net positive benefit is inarguable. Hysteria and hype about vaccines is nothing new; remember the autism scare?

On Public Health Encourages Flu Shots

Posted on December 13 at 5:57 p.m.

Vaccination programs around the world have led to near-eradication of diseases that formerly killed thousands. But they only work if essentially everyone participates. Advocating against vaccinations is irresponsible, destructive and corrosive to society.

On Public Health Encourages Flu Shots

Posted on December 1 at 7:06 p.m.

I like it here enough to stay, though I liked it more 40 years ago. And to hear old timers it was better before that. But isn't that true in most places?

On Santa Barbara: Paradise?

Posted on December 1 at 1:50 p.m.

“Solar is an alternative, but it is not a good investment. Talk to anyone who has installed photovoltaic over time.” JarvisJarvis

My otherwise average SB home has been photovoltaicly solar powered for more than 5 years and we are approaching payback (7 years from install). Maintenance has consisted of annual rinsing which I've done when I cleared the rain gutters. No repairs, flawless performance, zero (almost) electric bills. A huge collateral benefit has been a cooler house due to the panels shading the roof and thus much cooler ceiling above our living and dining rooms. My sailboat has been solar powered several years longer than the house, and that system has also demanded no significant maintenance or repair despite many trips to the Channel Islands and several Pacific crossings. The only changes I’m tempted by are newer, more efficient inverters and better charge controllers for the boat system.

On Brainwashed?

Posted on October 31 at 9:30 a.m.

I find this Texan experience compelling:

Since measure P doesn't change current practices, and new oil extraction practices demonstrably pose risks whose long-term downsides outweigh any imaginable benefits, I'm voting Yes on P.

On Measure P Protects Santa Barbara County’s Future

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