That’s the other problem… CA has the most ridiculous regulations regarding digging wells. It is almost impossible to get the permits if you don’t already have a well grandfathered into your property. The environmentalists have that locked up too claiming ground water contamination. Which is completely bogus since you can drill through upper basins and get to pure and unfettered water tables over 1k feet deep these days if need be no problem. Not even disturb the natural surface flows in any way. Really, anything past 300 – 500 ft has no effect on surface water, but that doesn’t mean anything to the environmentalist under the bed. Meh.
Hell, it's even against the law to catch water in buckets, there, I heard.
May 30, 2016 at 4:28am
Are you serious? Killed it for no good reason? I will only agree so far as the kid should not have been in there, and the parent(s) should be held responsible for this Gorilla’s death. Plain and simple. It should not have dies due to them.
Beyond that, they had no way of knowing if by shooting it with a tranquilizer dart that it would have killed the boy in it’s reaction. Not even intentionally. Do you realize the crushing strength they have? Just a simple flick of the elbow and wrist from surprise while ‘holding hands’ could slam the kid in such a way as to break his neck or split his head open.
It is just a bad situation and there is nothing anyone can do now. There is no reason to hate on the people that waited for 10 minutes trying to figure out the best solution and making the hardest one. You weren’t on the other end and you have no idea what the knowledge base was at the zoo, etc.
Humans might suck – like the idiot that couldn’t watch her kid for 5 minutes, but people forced to do a painful job because of it? Quit blaming the blameless.
glad you were not there, you couldn't make a plan to save this kid at all, ? sounds like you would diatribe it to boredom..like me..zzzzzzzzzz
Yeah mom and dad were stupid to let their kid do what he did. I've seen plenty of parents like them and it astounds me that their kid have lived as long as they have. I can tell you I would have never let mine do it. I would have yanked him away before he got the first toe over and probably beat his rump just to drive the point home.
Yes, I am aware how strong Gorillas are, I have watched plenty of documentaries. I'm pretty sure they know how strong they are too, but they also know how to be gentle on occasion, sometimes even taking in young of other species.
May 29, 2016 at 8:17am
Don’t bother. Vegans and vegetarians alike are loathe to admit the fact that the only reason we adapted ‘up and out’ as a species is because we ate red meat – large quantities of complex proteins. A mixed diet got us here, along with the teeth and digestive system to do it.
But hey, if you want to starve your system of important nutrients it needs, starve your cat by trying to turn a carnivore into an herbivore, etc… by all means… please remove yourself from the gene pool. You won’t be missed.
 May 28, 2016 at 1:25pm
Wow, that was so… professorial sounding. I mean like, wow man. I was so moved by your choice of words and artistic imagery…. but not really.
Fluff and puff. Keep spouting nonsensical drivel in hopes of making yourself sound good. It’s somewhat entertaining for those of us that actually have a cogent thought once in a while and real concern for our fellow man.
Have a nice day.
May 26, 2016 at 10:34pm
What did you do Ray?!?!
 May 26, 2016 at 6:21pm
I whole-heartedly agree that she will more than likely never be charged. However, if you truly believe she has not committed any crimes, you are completely delusional. Just do a tiny bit of research on just this one topic of your own. Forget talking points and do some digging. It is insanity that she is this far above reproach and others have been destroyed for far less.
If anyone needs to face it, people such as yourself only need look in the mirror.
 May 26, 2016 at 2:14pm
Sure he can – if what you say is true he can quite simply answer: “I am unable to answer or even comment on that because of the ongoing investigation. Is there a different question?”
However, he instead did something he is famous for these days. He took back what he had just offered because it didn’t seem to suit him. Whether true or not, once again it has the appearance that the President didn’t like being put on the spot so he snubbed his constituents. What else is new right?
 May 21, 2016 at 7:56pm
I’ve spoken about it before – I am one of the uber-lucky ones. It took about a decade of crappy tests and a variety of medications that made me anywhere from way worse, to a little better, to my hair falling out like I was on chemo or something… but finally – about the 5th neurologist and some new medications that had only been out a couple of years at the time, and I have been seizure free for a long time. I keep saying over 15 years because that is what it seems like but I guess it is closer to 20 now.
Most people end up being stuck on the generic ‘waste-basket’ medications that work pretty well, but leave you feeling tired, foggy brained, and still having jerks / jitters – just not full blown seizures. Hey, it’s better than nothing, but a lot of doctors aren’t in it for a cure, they are in it for the kickbacks.
Like I said – I’m seriously lucky and I’m grateful every day for it. I saw some real horrors happen with other kids and teenagers that were worse off than I was (a lot more seizures per day, etc.) and it is really a sad state we’re in as far as research in this area. Somewhat understandable since it is so vague and mysterious a problem, but still. I feel really bad for those that have come before and after me. It just sucks.
 May 21, 2016 at 7:08pm
First of all, I doubt it since it had nothing to do with what happened. Second – have a smidge of decency before flinging a girl’s death to the side for political garbage discussions. Just for a little while yeah?
She had a seizure. It wouldn’t matter if it was tug of war, a tough quiz she was about to take, or any other mental or physical stress of any kind. Perhaps no stress of any kind at all. Nobody knows what causes them for certain, just that they happen and in some cases unfortunately – people die. In this and other cases specifically, someone’s little girl dies.
It sucks and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Especially if it had yet to manifest for anyone to have been prepared.
 May 21, 2016 at 7:01pm
I am betting it is the same thing that happened to me – it was probably JME – Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. It doesn’t appear until puberty / early teens / pre-teen years. The only warning signs that are usually not associated until actual seizures take place are usually very minor and not really associated with anything beyond normal ‘growing pains’ – things like slightly lower grades, difficulty of focus, seeming increase in clumsiness, etc.
Then all of a sudden, one day you have a full seizure. It is a toss up on how bad any particular seizure might be. It is unlikely that any particular activity had anything to do with it. It was all an unfortunate event that came to a head.
I empathize with the family and wish them the best. Although there is no real comfort to offer them, perhaps they could remember her happiness and consider it better than what she might have been going to have to bear in the future. I know – it’s a stretch, but it really is hell. I know it was torture for my parents and family, but I’m here to talk about it too so… ugh. Just sucks.
All my best for whatever it is worth and the paltry amount I could afford to give. :\
Wow HaploVoss sounds like you definitely speak from experience. How are things now?
I've spoken about it before - I am one of the uber-lucky ones. It took about a decade of crappy tests and a variety of medications that made me anywhere from way worse, to a little better, to my hair falling out like I was on chemo or something... but finally - about the 5th neurologist and some new medications that had only been out a couple of years at the time, and I have been seizure free for a long time. I keep saying over 15 years because that is what it seems like but I guess it is closer to 20 now.
Most people end up being stuck on the generic 'waste-basket' medications that work pretty well, but leave you feeling tired, foggy brained, and still having jerks / jitters - just not full blown seizures. Hey, it's better than nothing, but a lot of doctors aren't in it for a cure, they are in it for the kickbacks.
Like I said - I'm seriously lucky and I'm grateful every day for it. I saw some real horrors happen with other kids and teenagers that were worse off than I was (a lot more seizures per day, etc.) and it is really a sad state we're in as far as research in this area. Somewhat understandable since it is so vague and mysterious a problem, but still. I feel really bad for those that have come before and after me. It just sucks.
Awesome attitude Haplo, hope things continue going well.
 May 20, 2016 at 11:13am
@letmegoogle – and the dead point in your discussion is the very thing you bring up. Choice.
For nowhere in any religion I’m aware of, Christianity certainly, is there any mention, modifier, or verse that deals with black, white, mexican, egyptian, what have you – being involved in a wedding ceremony.
Do I care what anyone does in their personal lives? So long as you are not harming myself or my family then no. By all means, liberty is the best way to live next to your neighbor that differs from you. In that same vein, that liberty should not be taken away from those that have a different belief.
If you don’t like someone, or you feel hurt by the way they believe, don’t like the shirts they always wear, can’t stand their loudmouth brother, don’t like their lazy eye, basically – any reason you don’t like someone… then don’t deal with them. Common sense.
Trying to destroy someone because they don’t think the same way you do is basically a temper-tantrum on steroids and I hope to one day see those kinds of suits made illegal. It helps nobody. Might as well bring back the good ol’ boy kneecappers right? Intimidation is all it is for.
May 18, 2016 at 8:08am
At least those are all names that are just kind of ‘rolling back around’ that you will see reading 1800′s – ish material from regular records and such.
It’s the really flaky ones that just kill me. People naming their kids after products and crap. Just unreal.
 May 18, 2016 at 8:02am
He didn’t know what to do when the tingle went further up his leg and then past it a bit. Probably had a bit of a flashback to normalcy when he realized what was happening to him.
 May 14, 2016 at 5:17pm
Not to put to fine a point on it, but that actually worked in Golf. The women’s golf pros at one time petitioned hard to play on the men’s pro golf tour. After it started gaining momentum, the guys all got together and said that’s absolutely fine, no problem. So long as we are working for equality, we get to play on the women’s tour as well. Straight competition for all the same rewards in either tour.
Although extreme friction remained to some degree for a time, it pretty much put the damper on the whole thing. The unspoken issue being we can’t have the men sweeping up most of the money in both tournaments. Then what would we do? Be forced to discuss the disparity of talent? Or simply differences between sexes? Oh crap.
 May 12, 2016 at 4:34am
It would only have been incorrectly characterized, based on the fact that the administration initially characterized it as a ‘group of protesters’. As far as the rest of the world was concerned, until the idiots here opened their ugly mugs, it was a terrorist attack. Then after the dust settled and the election was over… it was again, a terrorist attack.
The blame for the occurrence of Benghazi even happening lies squarely on the Administration. Refusing multiple requests with details for additional security, and then a complete lack of support during the incident itself.
The only luck involved is that there were a few who knew just how wrong everything was and did the right thing. Far less people died because of it, but people still died. Including those that laid down their lives for that purpose.
May the rest in peace and may their families one day find closure. Oh that’s another thing. How great of a man / administration is it that will do nothing more than lie to it’s constituents? Not about policy or other such banal necessities… but straight to the faces of the mothers and fathers of the fallen? Give them the cold shoulder and refuse to speak to them at all thereafter? Pretty sick at heart in my opinion. But, that’s just me I suppose.
No, as far as the world knew it was just an unruly mob of protesters, because that’s who was gathered outside all of our other embassies in North Africa and West Asia. It had nothing to do with the administration later claiming that was what this was, it was just the natural assumption that would be made by anybody who wasn’t there or in direct contact with somebody who was. If the President had been reckless enough to blow them all to Alpo, like cynical Republican mouthpieces have been telling you he should have for all these years, our personnel in all of those other embassies would have paid the price for his foolishness.
All diplomatic facilities submit requests for increased security. Somebody has to go through them and guess which ones need it most. In this case, they guessed wrong. That’s unfortunate, but these things happen.
As far as maybe lying about the nature of the attack after the fact, so what if they did? Would not lying have made any of the dead guys not dead any more? If they lied because it was believed at the time that doing so would aid in the effort to reelect the President, then it was the right thing to do.
Grover, as has been proven during the subsequent investigation, there was increased security at that facility previously and it was withdrawn not too long before the attack. Ambassador Stevens had requested that the security team remain at Benghazi but his repeated requests were denied by the State Dept (run by Hillary Clinton).
The Dems on the committee initially tried to claim that embassy / consulate security readiness was negatively impacted by sequestration, but that was very quickly disproven when the State Dept budget was pulled out and it revealed massive amounts of money left in that funding account…turns out it was increased, not decreased as the Dems claimed. (Dems lied? Who would’ve ever thought that might happen?!?!?!)
Oh, and your comment about “unruly mob of protesters” does not hold water. LIbya was a dysfunctional state at that point with no central government and no central security forces capable of providing security to diplomatic facilities/government facilities–oh, and the entire country is awash in heavy weaponry (and Eastern Libya is home to the most radical of the factions within Libya). So the conditions in Libya were exactly ripe for armed elements to attack an unsecured compound…and it happened. Had the increased security team still been present, they could’ve easily cut short the attack and driven off the attackers. Easily.
Just an unruly mob of protesters and ISIS is a JV Team , Right!
Save your Blessings for someone who really Deserves them!
They didn't "guess wrong", they had already been attacked once with a hole blown in the consulate wall not a month (or two, I can't remember the specific timeline) before, and when they reported that their protection detail was FURTHER reduced. How stupid was that, and how stupid are you? Never mind, the question answers itself.
 May 7, 2016 at 8:35am
Where in that comment did you extrapolate sterilization from? Taking away parental rights from someone for being an abusive and endangering parent, has nothing to do with fertility – it has to do with getting the kids into a safe environment and away from the monster. What happens to the monster is yet to be determined, but it should be serious prison time. I think that would be the pretty obvious answer.
Common place? Perhaps a bit of stretch, but all too often / becoming more so? Definitely.
May 3, 2016 at 5:49pm
There is no federal right to vote. I can’t believe how many people still espouse this nonsense.
Because you read the words ‘right… to… vote…’ in the 14th amendment somewhere, does not relieve you of due diligence to actually *read* it in its entirety, along with subsequent amendments adding to it.
The only thing the constitution confirms regarding citizens’ voting rights, are that each state shall determine its own standards for voting, criteria regarding discrimination, and the consequences for not meeting certain criteria.
That’s it. No guarantees. Guidelines that must be followed for full representation. Read it. For your own sake and everyone else’s – just read the constitution.
 May 3, 2016 at 5:36am
Good for them. I can’t stand cyclists as a whole. You want to ride your bicycle? More power to you. Keep to the bicycle lanes. If you want to complain that there isn’t one? Then keep yourselves spaced out by several car lengths in groups of 4 bicycles or less so we can get around your snotty, stuck up selves.
I am so sick and tired of these huge groups, clubs, parties, or whatever they call themselves; of 20-30 people or more, riding in a huge mass together all over the back highways, screwing up traffic and getting all ticked off when you do finally get a chance and pass them on a straightaway.
 May 3, 2016 at 5:23am
This just kills me:
“…Such policies make black Americans of voting age four times more likely to lose their voting rights than the rest of the adult population…”
No, just read your own sentence. Why would any blanket policy have an effect on one demographic more than another? Only if that demographic is more prone to be affected by it by their actions.
Truth hurts sometimes.
 May 2, 2016 at 11:49am
Where do you get the idea that Bitcoin is a fiat currency? If there is anything to compare it to – it would be more like a commodity. The value of it goes up and down.
I’ve bought it as cheap as $70, it’s gone as high as a bit over $1k, and it seems to have settled in around $400 +/- for some time now. It has been years since implementation and more people are adopting it.
I don’t get why people are so ‘iffy’ about it really.
Also – VRW is right, it is based on scarcity. There will never be more than slightly less than 21 million coins. Projections are *maybe* by 2140 all 21 million will be in circulation. Scarcity is still going to work fine, and being almost infinitely scalable (like .001 bitcoin = about $0.45 USD right now) I love this stuff for secure online transactions.
Keeps everything separated from my bank accounts, and if the price goes up I usually pull out some profit and wait to buy again until it comes back down a titch. Same thing I do with Silver. Probably why I like it.
As to it being predicated on a lie – someone not wanting to reveal their identity starting a new monetary system? I don’t think that’s remotely a lie, I think that is common sense. Governments are already getting their fingers into it. Including the US. If you know what you are doing though – you can still remain independent.