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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion

Re: “Vexed and loving it!

Contrast the national medias reaction of the Nathan Phillips standing at the bus stop controversy and the Smollett lynching hoax. It is a good indicator of the direction of the economic zone that is USA.

How about they pull all of their weedsources, I mean resources, to fixing the holes in Higuera, you know, basic government stuff.

Oh, Einstein isn't white, he's Jewish. Hey I don't make the rules.

Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/19/2019 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Decorum deplorum

I bet if the ballots were return envelopes collecting money they would figure out how to do it over night.

Pushups are now racist. Please make a note of it.

Speaking of milking the racism cow, why is there an ad for an Anne Frank event on this website? The Anne Frank story has been debunked several times, including by the author himself. They're really milking that one. Cheesy

Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/19/2019 at 8:55 AM

Re: “The biggest problem

You can build as many homes as needed and offer them to the homeless with the condition that the dope pipes and booze remain behind. A large number will choose the drugs and booze.

Posted by Frank Comeau on 02/18/2019 at 8:37 AM

Re: “The biggest problem

Mr. Gomez, can you be more specific about the Major City Goals adopted for un-housed people?

Thank you,

George Hill

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Posted by George Joseph Hill on 02/17/2019 at 1:18 PM

Re: “A wage debate

It's complex is an excuse elites give when talking about something that would bring into question the legitimacy of their position. I mean what, we're not smart enough to understand these big brained issues? We are told the Israeli Palestine question is complex, private prisons are complex, having a national health plan is complex, etc etc etc. I actually think the author lays out the issue decently, albeit in a roundabout way, but you can tell what it's really all about. However please avoid the abstract corporate HR department style language, people tend to shy away from that and it comes off as dishonest whether or not it is. Direct honesty will get people further these days. Like just admit that in a market economy the disabled are screwed, there is no place for them. They won't ever compete with abled bodied and they shouldn't have to. These people shouldn't be working in a market system at all. It's kinda sad and gross to try to integrate them as it just highlights the fact that they aren't suited for the rat race.

Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/17/2019 at 1:05 PM

Re: “All lying liars must resign!

mistreatment, rights violations, and abuses started and were ongoing before Ian took office. As far as I can tell nothing has still been done to stop the institutional unspoken and unwritten policies and procedures that allow for and condone such massive abuses, other than to file a report and issue a press release about hiring extra doctors and mental health providers at the jail. the problem is the abusive guards are the ones in charge of deciding who merits going to see the doctor after inmates put in a "kite" to request a medical appointment, and if they just don't like the inmate they can decide his request is not merited. What is needed at the county jail level is the same thing they have instituted at the state mental hospital level, install a red telephone that has a direct line to rights' advocates so that inmates can report acts of abuse and rights violations to an independent entity that investigates through access to records and interviews with those involved, then makes it determination as to whether any abuses or violations have occurred and then have the authority to see to it that those abuses or violations are remedied.

Posted by Diana February on 02/16/2019 at 6:45 PM

Re: “The good fight

@PaulEmbry, Shredder IS respected writer, s/he/they have won numerous literary and journalistic awards and is/are the only watchdogs this county has! The articles in shredder tell it like it is from a pessimistic, sarcastic and realistic point of view and its contributors don't give a damn about whether anyone is offended intellectually, socially or morally. Keep up the good work shredder! You're the only reason I read the slo new times, well besides the back page ads!

Posted by Diana February on 02/16/2019 at 6:28 PM

Re: “So many questions about Russia and Trump

Let me humor the old people who still watch broadcast televisions for a moment.

Lets see how Russian involvement could happen. Yeah, it can happen. A few hundred million strategically spent could tip the balance, given America is in such volatile state. I mean what would Manafort's fee normally be - somewhere in the multi-millions? That's a few million of illegal money right there, plus everyone knows a good campaign manager can win it for the underdog. (I mean drug money basically elected Frida Kahlo, but lets leave that for now)

Hilary needed to spend billions, because what she was selling didn't enjoy popular support. Whereas Trump being a celebrity, could guarantee 30 percent of the vote for no outlay, because 30 percent of the population is basically impressed by celebrity. So someone like Manafort offering his services free-of-charge to a Right-wing celebrity candidate could make the difference. Put it this way, if John Podesta offered his services free-of-charge to the Anti-Putin opposition, what would the Kremlin think? They'd naturally think - he's working for the State Department or whatever. They'd probably arrest him or kick him out the country. But like I say, in no way am I jumping to the deffence of America's election rules;, the US have broke the rules of other countries' on hundreds of occasions, so they're getting a little of their own medicine, just spelling out objectively, that Russia could've won it for Trump. Manafort could have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Mind you, that just demonstrates how open to subversion the US really is. With 40 years of Neo Liberal policies, it doesn't take much to tip the balance, America was prone to go Right, Russia just pushed it over the finishing line.

Ok, now here's what's wrong with this obsession with Russia.

Basically Trump won, period.

And he won in the most legitimate way since... FDR? Hillary's 95% brainwashing from control of the media/intelligence organs of the state and 5% popularity couldn't beat Trumps 99% popularity + 1% Russian sourced intelligence about Hilarys nefarious activities (we're assuming that the Dems are correct about all that). That's the thing about this, if the Democrats are correct, it still means they lost and lost in a big way, like they lost in a way elections haven't been lost in America before. That's why you are seeing 24/7 royal flip out on corporate/military industrial complex controlled media. All pointing at that tiny bit that Russia may have influenced, completely ignoring (or covering up) the fact that they have lost control of the narrative.

It reminds me of when Jill Stein the green party candidate spent millions to force a recount in order to pay tribute to Hillary because she knew people would blame her for Trump. Her recount ended up turning a few more electoral college members against Hillary. There is a great realignment happening. Maybe the Democrats should focus on Americans in despair, not being able to secure a home and start families, the decline of the white birth rate, opiate addiction and the suicide rate. Naaaah, let's start WW3 with Russia.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/16/2019 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Green unicorns

"The underlying assumptions of the climate crisis are based not upon real-world observations..."

OMG Al. What world are you living in?

The objective scientific facts, empirically measured and documented in the REAL WORLD: global temperatures rising, polar caps and glaciers melting, sea levels rising, ocean warming, ocean becoming more acid, 20% world's coral reefs dead, etc, etc.

The lack of response to your la la land promotion of more fossil fuels indicates the marginality of your views in the minds of the rational and reasonable. Why do I bother? Let me contemplate that.

Posted by Charles Varni on 02/16/2019 at 11:20 AM

Re: “How to train a terrorist

This program began under Bill Clinton to prevent child trafficking, it's a good idea. The authorities need to make sure the children aren't going to be sold to people like Jeffrey Epstein. (Ironic that Bill Clinton of all people would create a program like that to make it harder for his friends to be perverts but he wasn't all bad I guess). Any way, don't worry, Trump signed the border wall bill which effectively increases immigration and gives money to Israel for their border wall so you people should be praising him about now.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/15/2019 at 3:52 PM

Re: “So many questions about Russia and Trump

Wew Lad! HAHAHA! Good one. Is this a joke article? If not, I can't believe people are still buying into this. I guess boomer memes die hard. You've been watching too much TV news. Yea, some Russian eccentric buying $4000 worth of Facebook ads defeated Hillary's $2 Billion and the entire Western media establishment. Cool story bro. Maybe, just maybe, the Democrat party is as awful as anything else and people are sick of it. Just a guess.
I'm not even going to bring up the $30 million Hillary laundered through Russian crime cartels, or the Hatian child trafficking rings run through the Clinton Foundation, or Libya.. they have slavery now thanks to Hillary. The death queen lost, get over it. But don't worry, Trump isn't a threat to whatever you are worried about, he's capitulated on everything just like they all do.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/15/2019 at 3:45 PM

Re: “It's hard to admit we're stupid

The description of cognitive dissonance wasn't that compelling. CD refers more to a feeling of discomfort when holding contradictory ideas. I get what you both were trying to say but you both are somewhat conflating CD with group think and confirmation bias. Like how this short article could be used to understand the behavior of either a Trump or a Hillary voter. Claims of corruption and lies are can be equally applied in this example. Each side can claim to have "the truth". Yours isn't so much an analysis but a polemic. This is why "truth" in our so called modern rational world is a circle jerk.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/15/2019 at 3:28 PM

Re: “So many questions about Russia and Trump

It goes both ways Richard......if you watch faux news you get to see the type of people who spread trumps fear based control bs. Granted there are 2 liberal stations that play to the other side of the bird. Either way, the left wing of the eagle is attached to the same eagle the right wing is.....and it is one dirty ass bird!

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Posted by Jack Stevens on 02/15/2019 at 10:11 AM

Re: “So many questions about Russia and Trump

Jay has given us all an excellent example of the kind of clear thinking and great prose we cab expect from some folks.
Jay does not know he is supporting the party that thought the Nazis were great until ww2 started. Jay only lives and sees through others opinions which he repeats and amplifies. Do you think your opinions about Trump would be the same if he got fair press coverage instead of constant and unremitting attacks. If Obama had gotten the same press coverage as Trump you would hate him, like you do Trump. I do not like being manipulated by the people who own the media, you do not seem to mind serving in their interests.

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Posted by Richard Ferris on 02/14/2019 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Green unicorns

Flat earth. Anti-vax. Anthropogenic greenhouse effect denial. Chem trails. 9/11 inside job.

Idiotic ideas that won't quite die.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 02/14/2019 at 4:44 PM

Re: “The biggest problem

I thoroughly appreciate the passion and dedication that Becky Jorgensen brings to this issue. Her tireless work is a large benefit to our County. I do believe that her representation of SLO City and our priorities is not accurate. For anyone who saw or participated in the Major City Goal process they know that "homelessness" was a large topic of discussion. It actually resulted in the issue being folded in to our Housing goals. Here are the Major City Goals for San Luis Obispo that were just adopted for 2019-2021:

Housing: Facilitate the production of housing with an update of the Housing Element, including an emphasis on affordable housing (including unhoused people) and workforce housing through the lens of climate action and regionalism.

Fiscal Sustainability and Responsibility: Continue to implement the Citys Fiscal Responsibility Philosophy with a focus on efficiencies, strategic economic development, unfunded liabilities, and infrastructure financing (Funding the Future).

Sustainable Transportation: Enhance accessible regional transit, bicycle, and pedestrian mobility to promote a transition to a car-free or shared-car lifestyle and to reduce greenhouse gases.

Climate Action: In response to the climate crisis, continue to update and implement the Climate Action Plan for carbon neutrality, including preservation and enhancement of our open space and urban forest and planning for resilience.

Downtown Vitality: Support the economic and cultural heart of the City with attention to safety, maintenance, infrastructure, and amenities.

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Posted by Aaron Gomez on 02/14/2019 at 2:38 PM

Re: “A wage debate

It's not actually complex. Here are the facts: There are only 39 FOR PROFIT businesses that make use of 14c waivers in the entire country. The rest (close to 2,000) are used by sheltered workshops, which provide work, in a sheltered environment, for people with the most severe disabilities. As such, all efforts to eliminate 14c are nothing more than a misguided effort to close workshops.

14c is not complex at all. People make it complex because they have an agenda.

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Posted by David Ordan on 02/14/2019 at 1:21 PM

Re: “So many questions about Russia and Trump

Trump is a Russian asset, a depraved, narcissistic, pathologically lying, moronic, racist piece of shit & his followers are stupid, lowlife, sadistic Nazi scum.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 02/14/2019 at 11:10 AM

Re: “A wage debate

It's "complex". Meanwhile congress votes unanimously to give billions to Israel, a country with a national health plan and a border wall.
USA - first as tragedy, then as farce

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/14/2019 at 10:53 AM

Re: “The biggest problem

Tiny houses are not a solution. You can't raise a family in a tiny house.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/14/2019 at 10:48 AM

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