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Printable No on Proposition 8 information in a few different languages:


http://www.noonprop8.com/page/?id=0007
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I read the ballot information handbook. (It is many pages long.)

Gah.

Propositions aplenty, and as usual, they're pretty confusing.

Also, they're all supported/opposed by equivalent groups of people:

PROP X is supported by The Former Commissioner of Something and Vice-Mayor of Somewhere and Some Judge.

PROP X is opposed by The Current Commissioner of the Same Thing and Assistant Controller of Somewhere and Some DA.

PROP Y is supported by Citizens For Nice Things and Against Evil Things.

PROP Y is opposed by Residents For Good Things and Against Bad Things.

PROP Z is supported by The Alliance of Fluffy Kittens.

PROP Z is opposed by Focus on Snuggly Puppies.

Oh wait, I have an opinion on that one.

But seriously ...

I have to say that I'm never impressed when the only arguments against a proposition are from "taxpayer" groups, because they're against everything. A proposition could involve spending $1 voluntarily to buy a prefab Shinkansen and they'd be against it. So if they're the only opposition listed, and the proposition otherwise looks good, I'll probably want to vote for it, haha.

Then there's Prop 12, the Veterans' Bond Act. From the info guide, there appears to be ONE GUY opposing it. That's impressive.

Anyway, as usual, many of the propositions seem tricky beneath the surface. It's very difficult to figure out what's worth voting yes on. And the official pro/con/rebuttal statements just infuriate me: they're like laundry lists of logical fallacies, bad writing, and shameless appeals to the lowest common denominator. They generally make me embarrassed to be considering voting for either side.

Here are my inclinations right now. I don't want to argue with anyone, but if you want to share supporting or opposing thoughts with reasons, I'll thank you for it. Most of these are first-read inclinations and highly subject to change.

Prop 1A (bullet trains): I am a True Believer. Bullet trains now! Likely yes.
Prop 2 (farm animals): Maybe yes.
Prop 3 (children's hospitals): Maybe yes.
Prop 4 (abortion notification/waiting): Likely no. (In a perfect world, yes, but this isn't that world.)
Prop 5 (drug rehab): Maybe yes.
Prop 6 (law enforcement): Not a clue. What's this all about really?
Prop 7 (renewable energy): Very confused by this one. Feedback?
Prop 8 (eliminates marriage rights): FIRM NO.
Prop 9 (victims' rights): See prop 6.
Prop 10 (alternative fuel vehicles): Maybe yes.
Prop 11 (redistricting): See prop 7, though the CATESOL lobbyist mentioned it favorably at our board meeting, I think. I could be hallucinating that though.
Prop 12 (veterans' bond act): Likely yes.

Local stuff:

Measure MM (hotel tax): Likely yes.
Measure VV (parcel tax): Likely yes.
Measure WW (extend parks bond): Likely yes. There's an AWESOME argument against this one, which states that since the park system has a lot of buildings that are in disrepair, they clearly can't be trusted with money for repairs. ?!?!

I know that anything I vote for that costs money or is perceived to cost money, no matter how little, is going to fail this year...

Pasadena?

Sep. 9th, 2008 08:57 am
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Anyone in Pasadena? I have to be there for a board meeting on the 27th of this month. I'm afraid I have to drive down the night before or get up ludicrously early that morning to catch a plane.

It's possible, though not likely, that if [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor can get that day off and Monday off, we'll go down to San Diego and see his brother, but it'll barely be worth it.

EDIT: Aw, he has a 3 PM meeting on that Monday! I don't think we can make it back in time, do you? :(

Friday: Drive to Pasadena (~ 6 1/2 hours ... if we leave in the morning, we could probably do something in Pasadena if there's anything to do around there). Stay overnight in the cheapest safe motel we can find.
Saturday: Meeting from 9 AM to 2 PM or so, then drive to San Diego (about 2 1/2 hours, so we probably won't get there till 5)
Sunday: Hang out with S.
Monday: Leave after breakfast; drive about 8 hours back to Fremont (plus lunch). We'd actually have to drive back to Pittsburg, though supposedly that'd only add 20 minutes.

Man, California is too darned big.

I also have the option of flying in by myself or with a colleague on Saturday and then flying out again. I think the board will pay for the flight, but I'd have to get up at 4 AM or something. Or I could drive by myself (or maybe with another NorCal board member?) on Friday, stay overnight as cheaply as possible (they won't pay for that, which is unfortunate when the meeting starts in the morning), and drive back immediately after the meeting.

I don't know which way would be the least obnoxious, honestly.

LA quake

Jul. 29th, 2008 11:52 am
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Click here if you felt it (help science!): http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/ca/

Hope everyone is OK and nothing got broken...haven't seen any actual news reports yet.
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The magnitude-5.6 earthquake that hit at 54 seconds past 8:04 p.m. Tuesday caused dynamic shaking along the southern segment of the Calaveras Fault and heightened the possibility of more quakes farther north along the much more dangerous Hayward Fault, scientists said. (San Francisco Chronicle)

After I heard this on the news this morning, when some earthquake research institute in Monterey reported that rather than relieving stress the quake had probably increased stress on the very nasty Hayward Fault, I went and bought some distilled water. I use it anyway for my APAP machine, so I figure I'll just replace a jug each time I use one, and have 4 on reserve--though for a household of 4, we should probably have 12 gallons on reserve. If I walk, I could literally be standing atop the Hayward Fault in about ... 5 or 10 minutes of strolling.

And speaking of the APAP machine, I really need to figure out the most economical/least hazardous way to keep a backup power source for it. The last thing I'd need in an emergency is to not be able to sleep, eh?
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (potc-sulliedandunusual)
Yep, I felt that.

(EDIT: Ha, I got the first post on my f'list. :p Here's the Did You Feel It? form and the info page. It was a 5.6, located about...10 miles from here? as the crow flies...)
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Smoke has filled our skies since yesterday. The two wildfires behind it aren't especially close; I can't see them and there's no danger here whatsoever. Well, except to our lungs, perhaps. It was eerie when I went to pick up [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor at BART around sunset last night. Currently it's around 11:15 AM, but the sunlight on our walls is a peach-gold hue that belongs to twilight.

Yesterday Wunderground.com listed our conditions as not "Sunny" or "Overcast" or "Party Cloudy," but "Smoke."

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