Comments by watermillvillage

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Posted on November 26 at 11:06 a.m.

I'm embarrassed by the vast amount of privileged denial in this thread. We live within a racist framework.

A couple of things to consider:

Defendant testimony before the grand jury (historically quite rare) and negligent cross-examination re: inconsistencies in Wilson's account.

National guard response time @ Katrina vs. National guard response time @ Ferguson.

On Hundreds March in Solidarity with Ferguson

Posted on June 26 at 9:36 a.m.

I should say foreign and domestic. This comes as the feds allow an increase in crude exports.

On The Anatomy of Cyclic Steaming

Posted on June 26 at 9:31 a.m.

Decreasing return on energy investment. We've picked the low fruit and created greater climatic instability in the process. We know that climate change has been a major factor in the demise of previous civilizations. Now foreign oil wants to increase CO2 output for the county and state? This does not map onto AB 32 well at all.

On The Anatomy of Cyclic Steaming

Posted on April 25 at 3:29 p.m.


Fracking is indeed happening off the coast and they are likely pumping radioactive and chemically contaminated wastewater into the ocean.

"EDC’s review and analysis of federal records received through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that at least 15 fracs have occurred offshore California, with several more proposals pending. More fracs have almost certainly been conducted, however, as federal regulators were until recently unaware that the practice
was being used. The information currently available shows that the majority of fracs have occurred from platforms with a history of spills that are in close proximity to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and other ecologically important areas."

On Sweet Crude on the Seashore

Posted on April 25 at 11:37 a.m.


The stakes are too high to not do our homework and mind our sources.

It's revealing that you would bungle the relatively simple workings of academic credentials by making the silly assumption that Dr. Gautier has a doctorate in geography, and do it while professing wisdom beyond a vast majority of experts whose job is to study the complexities and nuances of our climate. You clearly didn't look into Dr. Gautier's qualifications, probably because you weren't interested, probably because you've already decided you disagree with her.

A quick search would reveal that Dr. Gautier has five relevant collegiate degrees, none of which are in geography, despite your conviction. So what other assumptions are packed into your polemic?

On Fracking Ban Critical for Climate

Posted on February 21 at 10:49 a.m.

Think spatially: a given unit of vertical rise equals many times that laterally.

On Goleta's Slough of Problems

Posted on February 6 at 6:19 p.m.

Is all this to say poverty does not exist in Santa Barbara? There are in fact places where people live in poverty, stressed out, alienated by the dominant culture, crammed into small spaces in absurd contrast to the average SB resident. There's more going on here than what you all care to see. That said, these acts are terrible and the sooner we can create solution-oriented opportunities that curb this behavior the better.

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Posted on February 6 at 11:21 a.m.

blahblahmoreblah, what you suggest is impossible to do under our current system and that is precisely the point.

On S.B. Activists Protest Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted on December 18 at 4:21 a.m.

...or those who want to can offer help so deserving students can pursue the life to which they aspire. Why should we be troubled by "the best qualified students from Santa Barbara County schools regardless of citizenship status" receiving assistance?

Just as a quick exercise in your own recommendation, for the sake of debate, try to drum up source for a scholarship available to, say, Honduran youth.

On S.B. Foundation to Open Scholarships to Undocumented Students

Posted on November 8 at 8:02 a.m.

The SME CEO coming online to sell his project is a huge red flag. He is worried about his bottom line because the project has sizable opposition.

He begins by noting the significant progress California has made in emissions reductions and uses that in an attempt to justify a precedent setting project that would undo much of our hard work by utilizing the most energy intensive form of extraction we have.

Don't be fooled by the way he explains emissions levels. He's talking about a rate, which may be as low as it was in '94. But decreasing the rate of water filling an already full bath tub will not keep it from overflowing.

In revealing his anxiety he certainly has not spoken to mine.

On Steaming Toward U.S. Energy Independence

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