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Re: “The county is regulating agriculture

Reefer Madness has gripped Compton, Peschong, and Arnold on SLO County Board of Supervisors! They are irrationally fearful of the end of prohibition of a plant that has been widely grown, sold, and consumed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years!

Posted by Georgie Sommelier on 12/14/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Harassment on the city trails

I am a dog lover/dog owner. I OBEY off leash laws- many don't. You don't let your dog off leash so they can 'Go to the bathroom'. They are 100% capable of doing their business on leash. You should have been ticketed. You were LUCKY. Do you know how much that ticket would have cost you if they issued one? KEEP YOUR DOGS ON LEASH 100% OF THE TIME IN POSTED 'ON LEASH' AREAS. We all need to obey the on and off leash laws, not just a special few who think someone is rude for confronting them about an off leash dog. If they start giving tickets every time will you finally concede?

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Posted by Hope Budinich on 12/14/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Harassment on the city trails

I agree with you, Ron Ray. The Parks people are rude and arrogant, and far too aggressive. It starts with the leadership. They forget who they work for. The $500+ fines they hand out to fund their staff makes them confrontational. Somebody needs to reign them in, and require they identify themselves properly when asked.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 12/14/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Harassment on the city trails

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 12/14/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “A systemic problem

Yes, Barbie! We're talking about a social construct that has taken about 10,000 years to finally begin to shatter. There will be plenty of backlash from privileged white males who refuse to think deep and critically about the system of oppression they continue to hold up. And yeah, a lot of their wives and daughters will cheer them on. But I'm ready to keep up the pressure!

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Posted by Sharine Borslien on 12/14/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Harassment on the city trails

I agree with hannahrock3 that these officials are simply trying to enforce rules about keeping dogs on leashes for safety purposes. I wish the officials were in my neighborhood park, where most people let their dogs run freely, despite the posted rules (leash at all times, pick up the poo). I am offended by people who flout laws because they feel they are taking care of their dogs. This "above-the-law" behavior puts others at potential risk of being harmed or simply scared by unleashed dogs. Worse, it puts folks like me in the position of either risking angering the person and facing some kind of retaliation, or saying nothing and effectively increasing the possibility that someone is going to get hurt.

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Posted by Sharine Borslien on 12/14/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Ceding power to fascism

Nazism was a coupling of "left" and "right". To say progressivism doesn't fit the definition of Nazism is like saying the Democrats never had "Klanbake". Progressives loved the fascist economy in the 1920's through 1930's, dreaming of the day when the business cycle was eliminated. Progressive era market intervention necessitated further interventions because measures fail to achieve desired goals. More interventions ensue, establishing our corporatism.
Most mistake, as Marxists do, Nazism as only "right". National Socialism was not capitalism. Private ownership of means of production was in name only. Substantive ownership was the government's. Wage and price controls from 1933 to the war, were socialist ideals enacted with the help of militarism. Surplus value be damned!
The ancestors of the National Socialists economic model, J.G. Fichte, J.K. Rodbertus, and F. Lassalle were fathers of socialism. Socialist intellectuals J. Plenge, W. Sombart, and P. Lensch praised the collectivist WW1 economy and provided the leading ideas for the German Youth Movement between the wars, and for the masters of National Socialism, O. Spengler, A. Moeller van den Bruck, and F. Zimmermann, to fuse socialism with nationalism using militarism.
Go far enough left or right and you end up the same place, totalitarianism.

- Fiscal Sanity1

Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic
Americans . . . who are convinced that the present economic
system is washed up . . . and who wish to commit this coun-
try to the rule of the bureaucratic state; interfering in the
affairs of the states and cities; taking part in the management
of industry and finance and agriculture; assuming the role of
great national banker and investor, borrowing billions every
year and spending them on all sorts of projects through
which such a government can paralyze opposition and com-
mand public support; marshaling great armies and navies at
crushing costs to support the industry of war and preparation
for war which will become our greatest industry; and adding
to all this the most romantic adventures in global planning,
regeneration, and domination all to be done under the
authority of a powerfully centralized government in which
the executive will hold in effect all the powers with Congress
reduced to the role of a debating society. There is your fas-
cist. And the sooner America realizes this dreadful fact the
sooner it will arm itself to make an end of American fascism
masquerading under the guise of the champion of democracy.


As we survey the whole scene in Italy, therefore, we may now name all the essential ingredients of fascism. It is a form of social organization
1. In which the government acknowledges no restraint upon its powerstotalitarianism.
2. In which this unrestrained government is managed by a dictator the leadership principle.
3. In which the government is organized to operate the capitalist system and enable it to function-under an immense bureaucracy.
4. In which the economic society is organized on the syndicalist model, that is by producing groups formed into craft and professional categories under supervision of the state.
5. In which the government and the syndicalist organizations operate the capitalist society on the planned, autarchial principle.
6. In which the government holds itself responsible to provide the nation with adequate purchasing power by public spending and
borrowing.
7. In which militarism is used as a conscious mechanism of government spending, and
8. In which imperialism is included as a policy inevitably flowing from militarism as well as other elements of fascism.
Wherever you find a nation using all of these devices you will know that this is a fascist nation.

- John T. Flynn

Posted by FiscalSanity1 on 12/14/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “A systemic problem

Wechter is an unabashed social Darwinist , neo-Nazi & admirer of the alt-right. His misogyny comes natural to him, so no one should be shocked by what he says. Anyhow, Barbie Clark's letter is spot -on.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 12/14/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Ceding power to fascism

Trump is certainly a fascist, a con man, a serial liar & all around amoral, disgusting scumbag, but his legions of proudly stupid supporters are a real existential threat to this nation & to the world. Hitler did not arise in a vacuum & he did not personally construct a death camp or slaughter millions of innocent people. No, it took millions of enablers; active perpetrators, eager collaborators, millions more complacent "good" Germans & other Europeans who remained passive or ambivalent about the horror engulfing the world at the time to carry out the Holocaust & launch a global war. Likewise, Trump would still be a smarmy tabloid TV celebrity if it weren't for hoards of drooling redneck idiots & depraved billionaire slimeballs who swept him him into office. Evil thrives because a lot of horrible people, driven by base passions ,empower dictators & support them. No one man has supernatural power to do terrible damage. It takes many willing hands , hearts minds to accomplish that.

Posted by Jay Bonestell on 12/14/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “How is it possible for Republicans to still support Trump?

it's because the republican party is a nihilistic cult devoted to radical evil.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 12/14/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “The county is regulating agriculture

Follow the money........

Posted by Gary Maier on 12/14/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Harassment on the city trails

It sounds to me that these officials are simply trying to keep the trails safe for all citizens. Not everyone is a dog lover and even if they are you can't expect people to know your dog is friendly when it barks and runs up to people. I personally am a dog lover and own dogs, but I would never hike a trail where dogs are allowed to be off leash, as you just never know how dogs are going to interact with not only strangers or other dogs. My dog has been bitten by seemingly nice friendly looking dogs. Better to be safe and respectful of others to keep the trails safe for all.

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Posted by hannahrock 3 on 12/14/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Time to gang up on our county representatives

On behalf of Californians for Green Nuclear Power, Inc. (CGNP), a local nonprofit corporation, I delivered CGNP's final oral rebuttal at CPUC headquarters against the allies of fossil fuel that want to shut down Diablo Canyon on November 28, 2017. I learned that the proposal to shut down Diablo Canyon was developed during secret meetings over a six-month span. CGNP has gathered information from energy and climate experts in our testimony. The replacement of reliable, emission-free Diablo Canyon power by new wind and new solar by 2025 is a physical impossibility. During a half-year period ending on January 31, 2017, Diablo Canyon generated about 108% of ALL of California's solar power - or about 178% of all of California's wind power. If this proposal is accepted, the reality will be the importation of huge amounts of PacifiCorp's really dirty coal power from Wyoming, at a greater cost to ratepayers than if that power was produced by keeping Diablo Canyon open!

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Posted by DrGeneNelson on 12/02/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Time to gang up on our county representatives

I was at the California PUC hearing for taking community comments on the "Joint Proposal" by PG&E . This proposal was hatched in secret by PG&E working with the worst enemies of clean, global warming-fighting nuclear power. If this proposal is so fair, why was it done in secret with these one-sided players? This stinks.

One by one, agency heads, and local government heads marched to the mike to say they were for this damaging blow to the community. Mark Henry is right - all these people betrayed the community by following some secret order to praise the loss of $1 billion coming into the community from Diablo Canyon operations each year. The Chamber of Commerce approved the loss to local businesses they are supposed to protect!

The environment will lose its best weapon locally against global warming - carbon free atomic produced electricity. What kind of people support this travesty?

Take action people. Protect yourselves because nobody else will. If you do nothing, don't whine when utility rates increase, CO2 emissions rocket upwards, soot, smoke and ozone enter your children's lungs from the fossil fuel that will take over Diablo's clean work.

William Gloege
Santa Maria, CA

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Posted by James Fenimore Cooper on 12/02/2017 at 8:58 AM
Posted by Ian Tanner on 11/30/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Thoughtful reflection

Here's a tip, if you've never seen anyone who fits a popular stereotype, it might be you.

Posted by Ian Tanner on 11/30/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “More building!?

It will end when there are fewer people who want to attend Cal Poly. All the construction is just a symptom of other things, like the lack of job opportunities for those without a degree (the biggest reason) and the growing population, etc.

Posted by Ian Tanner on 11/30/2017 at 1:40 PM
Posted by Ian Tanner on 11/30/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Hypocrisy and privilege

Like OMG, what a brilliant, hard hitting recitation of multiple truths. I am a fifth generation native of northern San Luis Obispo County. I thank God I retired from the feds at least before the shit hit the fan. If you trip in this county, there is no hand up. If you fall flat on your face, you are down for the count. The only thing these power hungry bastards
understand is sue them in civil court. Because while you are down they will put their boot on your face to try to make sure you won't get up again. But get up. Rise up. Strip them of their anonymity in the media, and ask for a jury trial. I have gotten up. Iam rising up in 2018 and i am coming for them. Thank you Mr.Joseph Steinmann, Shredder, and New Times for the inspiration. Happy holidays. Respectfully, Paula Fisk, Northern San Luis Obispo County, 805 769-6001

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Posted by Paula Edrington-Lozano on 11/30/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “We need cheaper, better public transportation

I'm not sure who informed you of what the drivers make, but I'm a driver, and I work my tail off to provide a living for my family. We are not as you say, "very expensive". Many of us work overtime and second jobs in order to make ends meet. We are real people in your community that are working to provide a service, and it's pretty cheap as it is. In SLO, it's $1.50 for a ride, and you get a transfer. Monthly passes are cheaper. We provide services for college kids and the buses are packed, homeless folks going from day shelters to night shelters, and the buses are packed. It tails off in the evening, but there are still customers whose needs we meet. We have a pass that allows workers downtown to ride free to help alleviate congestion as well. There are discounts for seniors, and disabled folks, and our VIP passengers over 80 ride for free, so do small children. From someone who has been driving for over a year and half now, it's rewarding because you get to help people who need to be helped, but financially, it's not the most lucrative career. I love driving, I love people, and I love my community.

GLB,
Los Osos

Posted by Gary L. Boring on 11/28/2017 at 11:20 PM

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