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Posted on September 27 at 4:09 p.m.
Understanding how much damage has been done to Santa Barbara and the Northern Channel Islands depends on how long you have lived here, it is relative to what you remember. The costal area is dead compared to what it was in say 1970. It is mostly dead sand out there, this is the same for once pristine La Jolla Shores in San Diego. Over population and sewer plant discharges have made a moon scape out of a once beautiful underwater world.
Desalination, for each gallon of fresh water makes one gallon of heavy brine water, were do you think they will discharge it, out of sight and out of mind, back into the ocean.
The pollution goes all the way out to our once pristine island waters. Some of us remember when we had an annual Underwater Film Festival that drew the likes of Al Giddings and other greats to our emerald kelp forests, when they first started out.
Our underwater environment used to be so magical and now it just dead. We have to go all the way to San Clemente Island and Cortez Bank to find what was once found on our doorstep, a gift that was squandered by all the new comers and their constant desire for expansion.
Today we don't need ten of thousands of dollars of underwater movie equipment, a simple GoPro will do but there is nothing left to film.
I can tell my children stories about abalone beds with hundreds of the sought after snails, caves full of large lobsters, rock scallops as big as dinner plates, purple urchin galore, species of fish rarely seen anymore etc. but they will never see this in their lifetimes.
Your lust for expansion will be your undoing, rational actors do not exist on either side of Santa Barbara's political spectrum.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau tried to teach us how important the Ocean was to humanity, but it seems no one got it.
On Council Clears Path for Desalination
Posted on September 13 at 8:52 a.m.
The greatest Ecological Disaster in the history of California has been the damming and diversion of Natural Water Flows, which lead to the current levels of overpopulation.
You are all Guilty, nothing worse than Self Righteous Carpetbaggers, the pot calling the kettle black.
If California and the whole Southwest is in a 35 year drought, Measure "N", Mother Nature will have the last laugh.
On Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?
Posted on September 11 at 9:03 a.m.
Dr. B. Lynn Ingram is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley, California. The primary goal of her research is to assess how climates and environments have changed over the past several thousand years based on the geochemical and sedimentologic analysis of aquatic sediments and archaeological deposits, with a particular focus on the US West.
She is the co-author of “The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow” together with Dr. Frances Malamud-Roam, which received great reviews.
In this interview, Dr. Ingram shares her thoughts on the current drought in the US Southwest within the larger climate record and potential implications for the future.
This is a good interview:
On Beneath the Valley of the Dogs
Posted on September 11 at 8:40 a.m.
It's a Community College, not a California State University, stop trying to make it one.
On Democrats Split on SBCC Bond
Posted on September 4 at 3:49 p.m.
Please lookup the difference between a "Natural Right" and a "Privilege". A "Privilege" does require training and testing.
A good book on the subject of Rights is by Leonard W. Levy, "Origins of the Bill of Rights", it discusses the fears that Thomas Jefferson had with the new Constitution after the failure of the Articles of Confederation.
Mr. Levy discusses history of rights, the Constitutions of the different States, Federalist papers and Anti-Federalist papers and other writings that shaped, Madison's amendments.
We really no longer have a Republic, her final wounds 100 years ago, so the Constitution which is based on a Republic and the Enlightenment of Natural Law, conflicts with the current Democracy leaning ever so strongly towards Socialism.
The Jackson Bill that "Encourages" LE to look at the firearms database and requires reams of bureacratic policy is all fluff and vote for me B.S., if the bill was real it would "Require" LE to look at the database.
The Williams/Skinner bill goes beyond a Domestic Restraining Order (DRO), where at least the Party Served is allowed to have the Firearms turned over to a FFL and items stored or sold. A compete forfeiture of property under Williams/Skinner is going to be a mess, think valuable antique firearms worth thousands of dollars stored on the shelf of a police lockup, custody yes, care no.
Read the text of the bill here:
I expect Jerry Brown to veto Jackson's bill because we have enough laws and this one is another worthless joke. I expect him to sign Williams/Skinner but legal challenges will be many as with many laws today it will have very real unintended consequences for the "Peaceful Citizens" as Machiavelli called us.
On ‘Elliot Rodger’ Bills Pass Legislature
Posted on September 4 at 1:23 p.m.
I would rather have the Dive Shop back and pool for all kinds of water sports, diving, swimming, physical therapy, etc.
That would be Funky.
Driving down to Ventura to access a full-service dive shop is a drag, I remember when Santa Barbara was a nautical town, surfing, sailing, diving, etc. instead of a booze burgers in paradise lost.
On Developer to Save Funk Zone
Posted on September 3 at 7:43 a.m.
"The chance of a "megadrought" gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50%, scientists say, which means bad news for California's already parched landscape.The odds of a 10-year drought afflicting the southwestern U.S. have increased to 80%, according to a new study by Cornell University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey.
According to researchers, the findings are important for governments to consider as they develop strategies for coping with the effects of climate change in densely populated areas where megadroughts — "worse than anything seen during the last 2,000 years" — would pose "unprecedented challenges" to water resources."
or a pretty graph of how low the water levels really are
Show me the water!
On Loss of Hollister/Glen Annie Sidewalks the Last Straw
Posted on September 2 at 8 p.m.
I block all ads no matter what the subject matter, they are just a nuisance, taught my family to do the same, no law needed.
On Lawmakers Push for Truth in Ads
Posted on August 29 at 1:46 p.m.
Most classy resorts use "birds of prey" as a deterrent. I have seen at them used at the Bacara Resort and the Hyatt Resort on Mission Bay, where bird handlers would walk around with eagles, hawks, falcons etc. and the pigeons and seagulls would keep their distance from the resort and not bother the guests that had food.
Natural remedy works best.
On Poisonous Bird Food?
Posted on August 29 at 9:41 a.m.
No Fourth Amendment in the re-education camps.
'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.'
On Drug-Dog Days Continue