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Posted on November 21 at 1:39 p.m.
On Isla Vista's Blueprint for Change?
Posted on November 20 at 4:56 p.m.
DrDan, LPFA is 100% correct!! I have been out in these wilderness areas before for days on end and not seen ANYBODY out there...
The reason trails exist anywhere is because people or animals USE them. They compact the dirt so that root systems can't grow, they stomp out weeds growing on the trail and keep them maintained. You were complaining about how mountain bikes damaged a plant on the side of the trail... well that's a good thing, that's the benefit of allowing people to use trails. That plant would have gotten really big and overgrown, and if people weren't using the trail enough then it would have dropped seed on the trail which would make the trail even further overgrown. There are plenty of plants right off the edge of the trail, to complain about a plant being damaged that is on the edge of the trail is completely absurd.
The fact is, in my opinion, these wilderness areas are not enjoyed by enough people. I'm not going to force people to go out there, and I'm not suggesting that we take people out there on motorized vehicles, but in my opinion for you to think you have the right to tell other people where they can and cannot go when they aren't damaging the area and it is all unused space is actually kind of sick and disgusting controlling mentality.
People should be free to go enjoy the wilderness and if they aren't using a motorized vehicle and it is relatively quiet like a bike, then I really see nothing to complain about.
On No Extra Wilderness for Los Padres
Posted on November 20 at 4:36 p.m.
"It should be noted, that the most heinous of these recent crimes have been committed at a time of unprecedented University involvement."
Also the worst incidents seem to happen when there are more police and more ordinances being enforced, with the exception of the most recent Halloween which was rained out.
There is a connection between students attitude toward police and authority and how they react.
The article postulates that there was some "purpose" in burning down the bank (which I certainly agree with the anti-war and anti-bank-run military industrial complex sentiments there). However today our country is turning into more and more of a police state, this has been happening for almost 20 years and in reality much longer.
I think protesting the police state in IV is just as valid as protesting wars. The students feel they have the right to gather and get a little crazy, rights which our Constitution protects. The cops say no, you can't get together because you have alcohol or music playing and the students either consciously or subconsciously realize this is an infringement on their rights when none of the neighbors are actively complaining.
If police only enforced valid property and violent crimes, they would have more respect in the community and there would be less problems.
Posted on November 20 at 12:20 p.m.
I don't quite understand the poll question. Is it that guests will come over and not eat any turkey or gravy because they are vegetarian? Great, more turkey for me.
The beauty if the paleo/primal diet is not only the effectiveness of the diet at producing weight loss and good overall health and strength, but also that you can have "cheat meals" and "cheat days". There is an 80/20 rule, if you follow the diet at least 80% of the time you will be very well off. That means you can go out to restaurants with your friends or go eat at somebody's house without being anal retentive.
On Which diet is most likely to ruin your Thanksgiving?
Posted on November 20 at 12:11 p.m.
"The report recommends that UCSB students be disciplined by the school — in addition to the criminal system — for any acts that violate the law."
So basically they are saying 95%+ of the students should be disciplined because they drank alcohol when they were underage while attending UCSB? Not only is that anti-freedom, that is just completely ridiculous. I can understand if they want to discipline them for rape or robbery, but most of what UCSB students do that is illegal is drink and toke herb. Those are innocent activities in and of themselves.
Also, Simpleton, the dorms are relatively mild because the students are able to go out to IV to party. Also, after freshman year the people who really want to party move to Del Playa or one of the more party heavy streets in IV. If they only had dorms to live in, they will ALL live in the dorms and party in the dorms. I didn't go to UCSB that long ago and we were having some crazy keg parties right in the on campus dorms. Our hall all chipped in and bought our RA a bong at the end of the year. If the current batch of RAs are the most responsible they can find, when they double or triple the amount of RAs, what happens? Less responsible, more pressure to party.
The reality of what I think moving in that direction will do, though, is move the parties elsewhere and spread them out. Your solution will backfire, and the students will end up partying out in Goleta or in the places that are still more hospitable to having bigger crowds of people.
I keep saying, IV is the best thing that could possibly happen to Goleta.. the partying is confined to a small area in a small town away from the suburbs with families.
I think the best thing for the community is they should further confine the partying by ending the dumb alcohol ordinances and modifying the noise ordinances on the 6500, 6600, 6700 blocks of Del Playa, 6600 blocks of Sabado, Trigo and Pasado. LET THEM HAVE IT. Then have big signs on the borders of those areas saying that alcohol and noise ordinances will be strictly enforced outside of those areas. That will encourage them to have parties there and they can keep the debauchery confined knowing that they won't have to deal with law enforcement unless there is violence or property damage.
Posted on November 19 at 11:56 a.m.
I didn't post that article because it was "the Bible" of climate science, I posted it because it had some important information in it, mostly showing that climate scientists do in fact recognize the 19+ year pause and are trying to account for it. tabatha says it doesn't exist, yet all these climate scientists are talking about it..
If you look at the summary of the article I wrote, "Here is an article that tries to be unbiased from the Scientific American, however they still ultimately arrive at the bogus conclusion that the deep ocean waters are sucking up the heat, or making the bogus claim that there has been no pause:"
On VIDEO: Rare Hammerhead Shark Sighting off Anacapa Island
Posted on November 19 at 11:52 a.m.
I was born 20 years too late.... where have all the Starshines gone?
On Dating a Musician? I Recommend Bass Players
Posted on November 18 at 4:22 p.m.
"The area of focus during this sting was State Street, where there is a high concentration of foot traffic at all times."
This was not stated in the article so I was not aware.
Of course, one of the most common violations was for going through Stop signs. Which intersection is it on State Street that has a stop sign? Constance and State?? lol...
On Bike Sting Snags Drivers, Riders
Posted on November 18 at 4:15 p.m.
I'm not defending him, I don't even know what his defense is.
I haven't put him in the electric chair like you have yet, either.
You are being presumptuous, and whether or not you are ultimately correct is irrelevant because at the current time you are lacking a lot of basic facts, for example, what in his words is his defense? Is he saying he didn't kill her or that he was defending himself or is there a third option? We really have no idea what happened yet.
There is a 90% chance, I would say, that you're right and this guy killed her and he is going to prison. That doesn't mean you get to go around bragging about how I defended another scumbag and you knew it was murder all along, it just means you are presumptuous and in this case the odds that you are right are quite high.
However our legal system is obsessed with helping to ensure innocent people don't get locked up in prison, and to that end our legal system has it right. I hope nobody you love ever ends up being convicted of a crime when they were innocent, but maybe your attitude would change.
On Wadford Pleads Not Guilty to Murder
Posted on November 18 at 4:04 p.m.
I am not for abolishing all public institutions overnight - I think we should start with the ones that are the most damaging like the majority of the Military Industrial Complex (DOD, CIA, FBI), the FDA and most federal agencies.
Social Security would be tough, but Ron Paul had an idea about making it voluntary so people could opt-out, they would still have some taxes going toward the unfunded portion of SS which they would have to pay anyway, but they would have some tax savings they could put toward their own retirement.
As far as public school, I think the best thing would be to legalize competition. The great thing about school vouchers is that it lets you take your child's allocated tax for education and put it towards a private school if you want. Not everybody wants their kid to go to private school, most of them are religious. But if they were in higher demand, you would likely have private schools based on themes such as technology, arts or medicine.
As more people shifted away from public schools, you would have public school infrastructure that could be bought by private companies and turned into more private education institutions. If the public schools did better, then people could send their kids there, so there is really no reason for the public school advocate to oppose a voucher system unless they are intent on stealing the taxes of wealthy parents who don't want to send their kids to public school anyway.
On To Each His Own