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Roberta L. Millstein
Davis, CA
I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis; my research is in the philosophy of science, the history & philosophy of biology, and environmental ethics. I serve on the Open Space & Habitat Commission for the City of Davis. The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent my employer’s views in any way. Nothing posted here should be considered official or sanctioned by my employer or any other organization I’m affiliated with.
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I think you hit the nail on the head with this, Todd. The more utilitarian masks are freaky looking. And we should be freaked out -- freaked out enough to do something about climate change and the way that we lived on this planet. These designer makes make it all seem way too normal. We should not accept poor air quality as normal.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2018 on The Problem with Designer Face Masks at The Davisite
A lot of people are now turning to for real-time air quality measurements. But everyone should know that, in their default setting, they show higher PM2.5 readings than the government's sensors. To obtain more realistic readings, use the box in the lower left hand corner of your web page... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at The Davisite
Good point, Duane. I was cringing watching kids biking to school today, no masks. And same will happen tomorrow. :(
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2018 on Skewed Air Quality Logic at The Davisite
Air quality management district forecasts an AQI of 168*: UCD cancels classes Air quality management district forecasts an AQI of 174*: UCD holds classes Brought to you by the same data-free logic that supported Nishi and dismissed the testimony of an internationally recognized air quality expert. *AQI of 150-200: Unhealthy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at The Davisite
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at The Davisite
The sign to the left greeted me this morning as I went to vote at my polling place at the VMC. It is, in my opinion, an example of improper electioneering. Electioneering is not permitted within 100 feet of a polling place. Electioneering is defined by the California Election Code... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at The Davisite
Yesterday, Jason Taormino posted the photo at the left from their setup in downtown for the Halloween walk, showing one of their volunteers dressed as Pocahontas. Most people have heard of “blackface”, especially since Megyn Kelly recently had her NBC show cancelled over defending blackface as being “ok so long... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at The Davisite
Burt, First, this felt personal to many of us who have stories that are all too similar to Christine Blasey Ford, and it was emotionally devastating. I wrote this to my fellow Davisites in case it was helpful to their coping. There are actions we can take at a local level that have a national effect. Second, I'll note that our local newspaper, the Davis Enterprise, sometimes has national stories, letters to the editor, and columns. These of of interest to Davisites, too. And to be clear, you'll note that this post was neither really about Kavanaugh nor about Democratic talking points. It's about actions that people can take concerning the upcoming midterm elections.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2018 on What to do post-Kavanaugh at The Davisite
(and sorry, thanks Rik. I didn't mean to leave you out).
Jason, thank you for your comment (and Karen and Nora, belated thank yous for your comments of support). First of all, this is not about "offending me." This is about maintaining appropriate discourse that promotes an informed electorate and maintains our congenial community. I was not personally offended, but I was outraged and disappointed. Second, you accused the No side of lying, but nothing that you said at the forum showed that anything that they said was false -- besides which, "lying" is a very strong word, as it implies intent to deceive, which you also have not given any evidence for. Third, your inappropriate remarks went beyond just accusing the No side of lying, as I describe above. They include also outrageous, insulting, and unsubstantiated accusations that your opponents don't care about seniors, that they are against all developments, that they are just arguing for sport. Notice that NONE of these is about the project. You made the discussion personal. That's inappropriate and unproductive. Frankly, you missed an opportunity to convince the audience about the benefits of your project.
The Yes on L side did not behave well at Sunday’s CivEnergy forum. This inappropriate behavior certainly wasn’t CivEnergy’s fault. They had picked an excellent moderator in the form of attorney and former City Council candidate Linda Deos, who asked fair and neutral fact-finding-oriented questions about the West Davis Active... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at The Davisite
Thank you, Steve. That is indeed an excellent piece. There are many parts I would quote, but I'll pick out just one: "It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds. Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice."
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2018 on What to do post-Kavanaugh at The Davisite
Yes, 538 has that race as "close but leaning blue," so that is a great one to put one's efforts toward.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2018 on What to do post-Kavanaugh at The Davisite
Thank you for that, Steven. It is comforting to think that we could come out on the other side of this, because right now it is hard to see. Is this the essay that you mean?
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2018 on What to do post-Kavanaugh at The Davisite
Time to act. I've been so emotionally caught up in this Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination for the last few weeks, and now I find I can't even think about it. Too horrifying. My way of dealing today is to pick a bunch of Senate and Congressional races and send them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at The Davisite
Thanks, Greg, that’s helpful. And I know you’ve spoken before on the Planning Commission about the need for us to examine and talk about cumulative impacts. I meant to dig up your quote from the Enterprise, but it slipped my mind. As for SACOG, does that mean that we have already exceeded the SACOG expectations?
I do agree, though, that the City could do more to facilitate and encourage biking.
Quick response here, Todd... I think you're making a lot of assumptions here, among them is that UCD destinations don't tend to drive (there are a lot of cars on campus, including students) -- and a big part of that is the campus's failure to build housing on campus. That's not something that "we" did to ourselves.
M. Draffen, I am not “trying to cancel the whole deal.” I’m simply expressing outrage at the Enterprise’s attitude, which, ironically, embodies the very racism that they are saying the project lacks.
No one in Davis talks about growth. We talk around growth, sure – the need for specific projects, or the need to preserve farmland. But we never talk about growth. Consider our most recent City Council election. Did one of the candidates present themselves as pro-growth or slow-growth? Not that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at The Davisite
Good point, Matt. It's hard to imagine any job where you could behave like that in an interview and still get the job, much less a lifetime position on the Supreme Court. Agreed -- there are many other qualified candidates.
Pam, I keep asking myself how anyone could read that sentence and think it's OK. I come up blank.
This feels like a new low.
Is this really your view on Measure L, Davis Enterprise? Because I'm having trouble believing the words in front of my eyes. Did you really write, "If WDAAC gets built and all the white Davis seniors move into it, then it will give more opportunity for minorities from out of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at The Davisite
Good point, Nancy. And to add to what you've said, the fact that he has perjured himself should also be a non-partisan/non-political reason why he doesn't belong on the Supreme Court. Or, if there are those who doubt that he perjured himself, the FBI should include this issue as part of its investigation this week. We should not be confirming a new Supreme Court justice with all of these question marks about illegal behavior hanging over his head.