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Re: “False narratives


Posted by Martha Karen on 08/16/2018 at 6:34 PM

Re: “False narratives redux

First is was plastic [and even paper] bags, now it is straws and we can now buy re-usable paper towels [rinse by hand, not with a machine.

All ways to change human behavior in the name of human activity caused climate change [preceded by global warming].
All designed to encourage GUILT in the minds of individuals across the country [and the globe]. All leading to government solutions via rules, regulations, ad infinitum.

The truth is our universe is evolving and we are part of that evolution. In the future people around the globe may have to migrate across the globe to survive.

Hey, has that ever happened before? Yes, indeed. But this time knowledge and technology might give us advance warning [unlike those who migrated across the Bering Strait into Alaska]. Then some of us or our great grands=children can think long term and actually slow down building in same areas concentrating on developing safer areas.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/16/2018 at 5:13 PM

Re: “False narratives redux

Al, this is pretty much the same thing you said a couple weeks ago, but better written actually. Yet, strangely enough, you still seem to miss your own point: let the experts do their job.

You complain about the tribalism that is common among lefty organisations like the Sierra Club, yet commit the exact same sin of tribalism, just in reverse.

The steps required to combat co2 emissions, would not hurt the fight against wildfires.

TL;DR: Remove the political partisan element, and let the experts lead the way.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 08/16/2018 at 9:44 AM

Re: “False narratives

Your ego and self-righteousness continues to be apparent in this as well as previous articles. As a military officer, Ive met humble, selfless, and reflective officers and ncos who avoid spinning a horrible incident like this and inserting a political argument against the left (climate change, wildlife preservation, false narratives aka fake news). Yes, thats what you did in a very subtle way.

Do yourself and the readers a servicetry to be the better citizien and not mimic the toxic national political leadership narrative.

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Posted by jae lee on 08/11/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “False narratives

Al, not sure what your point is. It's true that climate change might not be to blame for these fires, but more hot weather certainly won't help.

Here's an idea for your next commentary, discuss the downsides to switching to electric powered vehicles and renewable power generation.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 08/02/2018 at 2:01 PM

Re: “What a tangled web we weave

Why does New Times print such stupid filth? Fonzi falsely claims environmental groups are underwritten by Russia,yet he refuses to believe__in spite of overwhelming, empirical evidence----that his messiah, Trump has colluded with Russia. So has the terrorist organization, the NRA .Deplorables like Al Fonzi cannot be reasoned with nor pleaded with. They need to be defeated.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 07/20/2018 at 9:22 PM

Re: “What a tangled web we weave

Good article, Al.
We all Need to Vote "NO" on Measure G

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Posted by Chris Ivey on 07/20/2018 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Dr. Evil is a bad source

Wow! Great article! Anti-environmental, anti-conservation fascist scum like Al Fonzi need to be defeated. Their lies have to be exposed & their agendas of death destruction, rape, ruin, domination & radical evil be relegated to the trash heap of history.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 07/12/2018 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Look behind the green door

So here is a cogent excerpt from the Washington Post article which reported on it.

"The House Science Committee report offered an extensive account of what it says were covert Kremlin efforts from 2015 to 2017 to use inflammatory social media posts to distort online discourse about U.S. energy markets, pipeline development, fracking and climate change.

The equal-opportunity hacking was meant to raise tensions on both sides of the U.S. debate.

"By posting content that supports positions held by both liberals and conservatives alike, the Russians used social media to instigate and inflame discord in the United States," the report states. "Russian social media manipulators intentionally injected foreign propaganda into American political discourse."

We do know the Russians hacked our Presidential election in favor of Trump--who glories in the fracked glut of American oil now being sold around the world and making billions in profits for his cronies--which is probably not in the Soviet interests. Rest easy Al, any check we get Vladamir will be returned. Yours however will not. You can chip in to support the transition to a clean energy economy and safe groundwater at

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Posted by Charles Varni on 07/07/2018 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Look behind the green door

To suggest Russians are behind Measure G is ludicrous. Go ahead and pull back the curtain! You'll see the local activists who started this effort, and the local volunteers who collected signatures to put it on the ballot (I was one of them). This is a spurious argument which makes me wonder if Fonzi is taking donations from the oil industry. I hope the voters will look past his smoke and mirrors.

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Posted by Cynthia Replogle on 07/07/2018 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Look behind the green door

Wow, why the hate on LTC (Ret.) Fonzi? He makes claims about Congressional and ONI reports which are quantifiable. Either the reports were issued and make the assertions he claims they do, or they weren't. Why do certain perennials on this site have such a viscerally hateful reaction to anyone who's a conservative? If you're confident in your positions, one would assume that you could approach the debate with some equanimity. Apparently not. One begins to wonder if the Leftists are really sure of themselves. Certainly there's no grace or tact in much of the spittle-flecked ranting which passes for dialogue on these boards. Let's all calm down. Jeez. Talking about how anyone who dares disagree is evil is just silly. Let's talk about the impact of windmills on raptor populations. Let's talk about the destruction of large swaths of unique desert habitats for gigantic solar farms. Let's talk about the impact of rare earth metals extraction (vital ingredients in panels and batteries) on ecosystems in Africa and Tibet, where the PRC is ravaging everything in its path. Let's debate honestly and hopefully without childish and empty threats of poisoning people's food with jimsonweed. So, LTC Fonzi, I say keep going. This NCO has your back.

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Posted by Matthew Giuffrida on 07/06/2018 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Look behind the green door

Why does New Times run missives by this raging fool who spouts outrageous bullshit from an alternative universe? Fonzi says there's no collusion between the Russians & Trump's regime but it's obvious Trump is guilty as hell. If he weren't he & his minions wouldn't be so desperate to stop Mueller's investigation . Asshat Al goes on turning reality on its head by accusing environmental groups of being helped by Russia. My god, what utter stupidity! Fonzi reminds me of the demented neo-Nazi John Birch Society idiots back in the day who said the civil rights movement was a communist plot to destroy America & that Martin Luther King Jr rather than the Ku Klux Klan ordered the deadly 1964 bombing of an Alabama church that killed four little girls in order to draw sympathy to his cause. Today, fascists like Fonzi spew over the top lies blaming decent people for crimes committed by Dear Leader & his surrogates.Trump supporters are not ignorant or mistaken. They are simply evil.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 07/05/2018 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Look behind the green door

There's Al Fonzi employing his expertise in spreading propaganda against his perceived enemy... In this case, the supporters of clean air and water. Millions of new jobs await our country's workforce in Clean Energy, benefiting everyone's health -- especially for the poor -- which in turn saves us money. However, the status-quo Dirty Fuels industry is back-stopped by huge government subsidies, lobbyists galore, and politicians who can do the Oil & Gas industry's bidding in the dark corners of government (like the committee mentioned by Al Fonzi above). BTW: The issue actually did make the mainstream press:…

Otherwise, it's getting exactly the coverage it deserves -- Not much.

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Posted by Brad Snook on 07/05/2018 at 3:43 PM

Re: “We can't do WWII anymore

Reader might note this when they read about Unhappy SLO.

Herein lies the reason housing is too expensive for middle income families today. All across California. California leads the way to excessive government control of our lives and the economy. Residents are forced to leave rather than come from all across the US as they did in the 1940s.

Remember how our parents survived the trials of the 30s and 40s and the good times of the 50s. Those were days of few or today's government controls. Our parents fought for freedom and it was here for them at the end of the war. We had a good life but our children and grandchildren will pay the price for our excessive demand for perfection and safety.

No committee, council, board or legislature can plan a perfect society. Didn't we learn that in school? Didn't the Soviet Union collapse under their 5 year plans? Was our education all lies and today's the truth? Or are we being lied to today by the progressives demand for an ideal society?

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 06/21/2018 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Don't be shy

Thank you, Andrew, for your letter and argument for human and environmental evolution:

"The fire falls at Yosemite have been terminated. Dynamite fishing and bear baiting are relics of the past. It's time to conform to environmental laws as they have evolved since the SVRA at Oceano Dunes was designated so that the park does not keep killing people, crushing endangered species, and giving us the distinction of the worst air quality in the nation."

Let's move forward in service of a healthy planet and all its inhabitants.

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Posted by Sharine Borslien on 06/14/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Preferring mosquitoes to politics

Interesting that Mr. Fonzi mentions the Boundary Waters Wilderness. What he fails to mention is that Chilean multibillionaire Andrnico Luksic bought the house Ivanka and Jared Kushner rent in DC less than a month before they moved in. Luksic had sued the US after trump took the WH because he wanted to open a mine next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in Minnesota, though our entire National Wilderness Preservation System is closed to mining. Three months ago, Trump interior secretary Ryan Zinke overturned protections and environmental review so Luksic won his lawsuit against us. Zinke has long advocated for increased mining on federal lands - which belong to the public - so the corps can get even richer by decimating our resources. When they finish taking everything of value, they leave their dirty mine tailings and broken equipment for us to clean up. MN gov Mark Dayton said it best: "The Trump Administration is putting the financial interests of a Chilean mining conglomerate ahead of protecting BWCA for generations of Americans."

Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 05/14/2018 at 6:14 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

News report:
"Officials suspect Ronald Rawlinson, 63, of Pismo Beach shot and killed 58-year-old Dana Neece of Grover Beach in her home before turning the gun on himself, according to the Grover Beach Police Department."
There is nothing to indicate there was any 'domestic violence' prior to the incident or even an absolute statement as to who shot who, only suspicion. It could have been her shooting him since the articles does not indicate why the authorities suspect the male rather than the female in this case.
Extrapolating this incident into a rant on domestic violence is disingenuous and apparently stems from the writer's fear of domestic violence not the facts of this particular incident.
Ever death by gun is not another need for more laws that dangerous criminals ignore. Not amount of laws and background checks will predict who might turn to violence ever.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/12/2018 at 6:30 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

Thanks for this insightful evidence based piece.

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Posted by Darryl Young on 05/07/2018 at 4:31 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

Ummmmm, no it isn't. I own plenty of guns, and that isn't how I read that. I read that to mean we need to change our gun laws, so that more of our citizens are protected - who doesn't want that? Compassion & empathy for your family, friends, & neighbors should they need it?

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Posted by Lori Johnston on 05/06/2018 at 4:48 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

No thanks this is an attempt to use your Gestopo tactics to find a way to start removing any guns from any law abiding citizens. Yes we have individuals that may at one time abused someone in the past and may have been taken to court with restrictions or restraining order put in place. This is how it starts, next you'll want to put in place other incidents that you deem that are potential risks, veterans, ex police officers, ex security guards, anyone who maybe subjected to being unfit in your opinion that should not have any firearms in their possessions. How about concentrating and enforcing laws against local gang members, drug dealers and felons who already committed heinous crimes. NO on Prop 63.

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Posted by Lucio Acosta on 05/03/2018 at 11:01 AM

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