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Posted on December 18 at 2:30 p.m.
"First, if you live in the United States, you're a Taker. It's not the 47%. It's the 100%. Government provides services and benefits that are impossible not to take, from national defense, to infrastructure, to food and drug safety. We're all beneficiaries of not getting invaded, having roads, and not getting poisoned by our dinner and over-the-counter medication." -tabatha
lol... you realize we are forced to take those things and also have to PAY for those things, right??
You realize our "national defense" actually makes us less safe, right?? Ever hear of blowback?
As far as food and drug safety, what a joke... They just make it all more expensive, limit our options and subsidize the agricultural industrial complex that is taking over our food supply.. No thank you, I know what type of food is safe...fruits, vegetables and animals that are grown or raised naturally.. I don't need the government to lie to me about what type of food is safe so their cronies in the food industry can make more money. If you want food and drug safety, YOU pay for it yourself. The best medicine is a healthy diet to begin with.
As for roads, that's just retarded..
"Second, if you work in the United States, you're a Maker."
It's really good you acknowledge that people who 'make' things and are productive actually benefit society as a whole... which makes me wonder why you would then say:
"It's true that richer people pay more. But they also earn more."
They also, in theory if there was no government subsidies or regulations that give them 'privilege' within their industry, make more.. aka they provide more products and services for everybody else so they deserve what they earn. Why should they pay even more if they are already adding more into the pie for everyone? I mean, let's say they are providing the amount of goods and services that ten other households consume... Why should they also pay more for government than those ten households? Sounds like they are being taken advantage of by everybody else. I agree there are a lot of bankers and people out there making money fraudulently, but they are only able to do that due to our fraudulent monetary system and government privileges. Once again, government is the problem.
That said, I'm all for helping homeless people and helping homeless people would be one of the last things I would have shut down if I had the ability to shut down various parts of the government. I just didn't like the statist worshiping bent of your comments.
On Homeless Move into New Isla Vista Digs
Posted on December 18 at 11:13 a.m.
Study reveals cops are the most obese workers in America
On Racial Profiling on the Westside
Posted on December 18 at 10:59 a.m.
"In the debate over whether Officer Darren Wilson was justified or criminally culpable in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, the pro-Wilson narrative parrots an account that alleged that the physically larger Michael Brown charged at Officer Wilson “like a football player,” a claim that was made by grand jury Witness 40, whom St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch called in to testify. However, an exhaustive report on Witness 40, compiled by William Bastone, Andrew Goldberg, and Joseph Jesselli at The Smoking Gun, calls into question whether she was present on the day that the events occurred and what might have motivated her to fabricate her account. The above-embedded video, provided by Democracy Now!, includes an interview with William Bastone in which he goes into detail about his investigation into Witness 40′s testimony."
I am now kicking myself for believing the Darren Wilson propaganda... THIS is why so many people never take the cops side when unarmed people die, cops almost always lie. There is often a corroborator who lies as well and later through video or witness testimony we find out the cop was in fact negligent.
Posted on December 17 at 7:07 p.m.
On Wearing Hijab for Modesty in All Things
Posted on December 17 at 4:23 p.m.
Racial Profiling on the West Wing
Posted on December 17 at 12:28 p.m.
"The fact that so many people died clearly shows he was being reckless."
Yes, he was being reckless... but the entire reason for his existence was due to the problem of legitimate doctors being fearful of this type of prosecution. It would have been better for many of these patients had their regular doctors been less fearful of prescribing them. They would have better monitored their dosages.
The 20 people who died were addicts with pain. Guess what? Alcohol is legal and that is addictive, too. Who is to say these 20 people if they didn't have access to opiates through the Candyman wouldn't be alcoholics instead? Or who is to say they wouldn't be buying heroin off the street?
The best thing we can do for addicts is not to drive the industry underground or restrict it so heavily that legitimate doctors fear prosecution for prescribing medications to their patients. This causes the price and the perceived value of these substances to go through the roof, it causes people to seek less legitimate means of obtaining these substances and can also lead to people getting impure medications from the underground market.
Addicts will always have access to addictive and dangerous substances and time after time, from the prohibition of alcohol to the prohibition of drugs we have seen that making these substances illegal or restricting them heavily ends up causing more problems than it solves.
On ‘Candyman’ Now Facing 1,500 Years in Prison
Posted on December 17 at 12:23 p.m.
A message to the Thorns:
On Christmas Naughty List
Posted on December 17 at 12:15 p.m.
"Do you think the 20 dead people and their families would agree with you Loon?"
If they read my entire post in a thoughtful manner, unlike yourself, then yes.
Posted on December 17 at 12:06 p.m.
You aren't reading my post, what I said was that the statistics make IV appear to be 'dangerous' when it isn't and that people who live there go through these horrible experiences when almost none do. The regurgitation of feminist garbage about rape culture by the author is ridiculous as well. Rape has gone down at least 25% in the last 30 or 40 years in part due to easy access of online pornography. There is no rape epidemic. There will always be individual instances and people should be aware, women should taken caution in how much they drink and be with people they trust. Basic common sense.
I didn't ask for any more cops in IV after my bike was stolen. My bike had a serial number imprinted on it from when I registered it as a freshman, so I reported it stolen in case it was found. Beyond filing a report, that doesn't require much in the way of resources. Also, as it has been pointed out numerous times by other posters IV receives less resources per capita than other areas in the county. Residents are putting in more than they are getting out. If anything, IV should be allowed more resources... but I would only give them resources they ask for. You don't need more cops on Friday and Saturday night. You don't need cops out enforcing alcohol and noise ordinances. Noise ordinances should only be enforced when neighbors complain. There are CSO out looking for people causing problems, they can call in the cops if there is a serious situation.
If anything there should be more cops patrolling when the students are gone for the holidays, not when they are out partying just so they can give them tickets for drinking, ruin their lives for no reason and make money.
On The Isla Vista Problem Isn’t an Isla Vista Problem
Posted on December 17 at 11:34 a.m.
The problem with the statistics in the article is that it skews things into sounding much, much worse than they actually are. It surprises me that this person has ever even lived in IV. Why doesn't the Independent get people to write for them who have a better understanding of IV and the culture?
Stealing a bike is a property crime. I had my bike stolen in IV. Most people seem to have a bike stolen at some point in the 4 years they are at UCSB. Is that a bad thing? Yes, but it isn't the worst thing in the entire world to have one of your bikes stolen in a 4 year period especially if that is the worst thing that happens to you.. I had my bike stolen one time when I was a kid in the suburbs. Nobody breaks into your house to steal your bike, they just cut a lock and take off with it. It sucks, but that is about it. To say that having your bike stolen is akin to living in some type of horrible dangerous environment is completely absurd. IV can be a relatively easy target for property crime, no doubt, when I was there pretty much everybody had an open door policy.. but we also kinda all knew each other and would watch out for our roommates and neighbors. The only time any of us ever had a problem was over winter break, one of my friends had their house broken into over winter break when nobody was around and had a stereo stolen.. which is crazy because the whole rest of the year they would leave their door open and nothing ever got stolen then..
A violent crime in IV might be a drunken brawl between two douchebags who want to fight each other. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but how can you put that crime in the same category as an armed robbery by gang members in South LA, or even an armed robbery in Goleta? Both are "violent crimes", but one could be an armed gunman inside the home of an innocent family whereas the other is just two douchebags fighting in a parking lot..
When talking 'trash' on IV in these Independent columns, can the editors please use a bit more discretion about how these types of statistics are skewed to make IV look much worse than it actually is??