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KPBS Hosts 52nd Congressional District Debate

The do-nothing republican incumbent had an easy race in the past but now the playing field is more even. Since the congressional district has been redrawn with a more even distribution of democrats, republicans and independents, it will be a real race this election. Now is the time for all good citizens to get involved. There is a very competitive election in progress. Be part of the solution.

March 14, 2012 at 5:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

In Contraception Clash, Catholic Latinas Stray From Doctrine

If you are against abortion, how can you also be against contraception?

February 15, 2012 at 8:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gaps Between Pay Of CEOs and Average Workers Is Huge And Getting Wider

The economic downturn has not effected all groups in the same way. The poor and middle class have been seen their income decline while the CEOs have enjoyed an increase in income. American companies are sitting on mountains of cash but they are not hiring. CEOs complain about worker productivity and too many regulations. But the jobs they create are overseas and very few here at home.

When this "outsourcing" trend started it was just manufacturing jobs that were sent to China. Over the years many of the pundits dismissed this as a concern because, they said, America was shifting to a service economy. But now even high tech and R&D jobs are being sent overseas because CEOs want to squeeze out the last dime of profit. CEOs are not loosing any sleep over the fact that unemployment is high. The CEOs are making more money with this economy. They are not concerned about unemployment. The CEOs are in charge of employment and the outcome of their decisions are clear. The economy in China has been growing by leaps and bounds.

September 5, 2011 at 8:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You Can You Ride A Bike If You Just Believe In Yourself

from Energy and Equity by Ivan Illich

Man, unaided by any tool, gets around quite efficiently. He carries one gram of his weight over a kilometer in ten minutes by expending 0.75 calories. Man on his feet is thermodynamically more efficient than any motorized vehicle and most animals. For his weight, he performs more work in locomotion than rats or oxen, less than horses or sturgeon. At this rate of efficiency man settled the world and made its history. At this rate peasant societies spend less than 5 per cent and nomads less than 8 per cent of their respective social time budgets outside the home or the encampment.

Man on a bicycle can go three or four times faster than the pedestrian, but uses five times less energy in the process. He carries one gram of his weight over a kilometer of flat road at an expense of only 0.15 calories. The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man’s metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well.

June 6, 2011 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What’s Good For The Housing Market Is Good For America

There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. The old model does not apply to this particular economic downturn. The makers of the old model never imagined the big money boys on Wall Street would destroy the housing market so effectively. The economy has turned upward and is slowly growing, in spite of a housing market that is still down.

The big question is what is to prevent this kind of market manipulation from happening again. The big money boys do not want to be regulated so they have successfully short-circuited attempts to do so. The Republican mantra is let market forces regulate the economy. But we are still felling the pain of an unregulated financial sector. Without effective regulations, the same kind of destructive manipulation will certainly happen again. Why should we expect otherwise. No one responsible for the market collapse has gone to jail. In fact, they made money on the collapse and they are still in charge of the same too-big-to-fail companies.

May 16, 2011 at 8:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report Says San Diego Would Reap $116 Million Annually From Soda Tax

Obesity is an uncounted cost of cheap sodas. I like the idea that companies making a profit by pushing junk will bear some of the costs. A soda tax makes perfect sense.

April 22, 2011 at 1:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Defense Growing Sector Of San Diego Economy

Spending decisions often come down to profits rather than security. My former Congressman Duke Cunningham is now in jail for corruption. He was a war hero and often invoked the charge that others were "soft on defense". Cunningham was popular in this area right up until the time he was charged with corruption.

Republican Congressman Cunningham was able to get many defense budgets increased and he was able to get many defense contracts over to his cronies.

Unfortunately this soft on defense charge works. So we continue to have billion-dollar deficits with military spending one of the largest factors
With most of our military spending we don't get National Defense. Instead we get money going into the pockets of defense contractors. We don't get more security; we get more money going to defense contractors who are buddy-buddy with Congressman.

April 22, 2011 at 12:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Daryl Hannah And Julia Butterfly Hill Preach Environmental Responsibility

It is a good message. Thanks for the reminder about how our choices make a difference.

April 21, 2011 at 6:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Military Footprint Grows In San Diego

With all the talk about the need to reduce the Federal budget, is it wise for our economy to be so heavily dependent on the military?

April 21, 2011 at 5:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Small Businesses At Risk For Cyber Attacks

For 20 years I tested software at various telecommunications R&D labs such as Qualcomm and Nokia. I worked next to many people who knew about security threats but did not take the necessary measures to counter them because they felt they did not have the time. What I found is that security needs to be factored into the schedule. In business, everyone is always pressed for time. This is true for small businesses and large corporations. Now as the owner of a small business,, I take the time to put security on my to-do list. Because if you do not schedule security work, it does not get done. They say recognizing a problem is the 1st step to fixing it. Creating and implementing your plan of action are the 2nd and 3rd steps.

March 26, 2011 at 3:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )