Saturday silliness – more motivation to leave California

Yesterday I lamented the potential banning of fire.

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Implosion schema of the “fat man” nuclear weapon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those of you that don’t know, I live in a town that rivals Berkeley for nuttiness. Thanks to the progressive thinking fomented by Chico State University, Chico is often like an alternate reality in a sea of conservative rural farmers.

In today’s Chico Enterprise Record “Hits and Misses” we have another example of this.

The city of Chico is talking about raising all sorts of fees and fines in an effort to plug an enormous hole in its budget.

The council has for years approved spending millions of dollars it didn’t have, shifting money around to hide the problem. Now it’s out in the open, and citizens will pay dearly if they dare break city laws.

But there’s good news out there for nuclear bomb owners. The current fine for a first-time violation of the city’s nuclear-free ordinance is $1,064. Under a proposal to revise certain fines, a first-time offense will be reduced to $1,000.

For those of you new to town, this is not a joke.

http://www.chicoer.com/editorials/ci_23322509/editorial-hits-and-misses

No, really, it isn’t a joke.

No person shall produce, test, maintain, or store within the city a nuclear weapon, component of a nuclear weapon, nuclear weapon delivery system, or component of a nuclear weapon delivery system under penalty of Chapter 9.60.030 of the Chico Municipal Code.

Source: http://www.chico.ca.us/document_library/municode/Title9.pdf

On my Facebook page where I first mentioned this hilarity, Ric Werme had the best comment:

Ric Werme: Say what you will, but ever since the nuke ordinance law was passed, there have been no nuke ordnance explosions in town. Clearly that law has been more successful than the budget process!

Please excuse me, while I go enjoy some yellow cake while looking over my shoulder.

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Hell_Is_Like_Newark

The “nuclear free” zone ordinances were big in the 1980’s. I think Hoboken, NJ used to have we are “nuclear free” signs all over the place. I wonder if that included all the nuclear materials used in medicine?

Joe Public

And who will be left to apply the penalty for a 2nd-time “test” violation?

Sam the First

I posted this yesterday, but most regulars probably already posted and missed it… More risk-averse California nonsense:
http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/fema-plans-clear-cutting-85000-berkeley-and-oakland-trees
As for the fine for the bomb, I wonder what planet the bureaucrat who fixed that inhabits?

Gary Hladik

Building on the success of its nuclear weapon ban, the city should now ban catastrophic climate change within city limits. If enough cities and counties ban climate change, we won’t need expensive “carbon” taxes, ethanol mandates, wind farms, etc.
While they’re at it, Chico should also pass a law making it a terrorism-free zone.

Gary

What’s wrong with the Council? To solve that deficit problem they should raise the fine to $10M and book it as anticipated revenue. Lowering it will only encourage violators and you don’t make any money at one grand a pop. Shameful.

Latitude

I see there’s no provision for second offenders……………..

The “delivery system” for a nuclear weapon can be a truck. So apparently, this law bans all trucks.

higley7

At the City Limits of Iowa City near the University of Iowa, there is a sign with a broad red circle and a diagonal broad red line. Under this is the image of a double layer mushroom cloud. However, the cloud is in green, making it resemble a big tree with a canopy and secondary branches, and the upper mushroom layer has a profile resembling Snoopy. So, at first glance, the sign says “No Trees,” and at second glance, somebody really does not like Snoopy—he’s been banned from campus.
I always found the sign useful for reminding me to take my nukes out of the trunk and them at home when I went to class. Whew, almost forgot once!

Mpaul

“…a component of a nuclear bomb…”, that seems pretty vague. It would seem that anyone who has a 1/4-20 screw in the garage has violated this law.

G P Hanner

I there is a sea of conservative farmers around Chico, why are the nut jobs running things? Don’t the farmers vote?

john robertson

Beautiful demonstration of our local government conundrum, no one in their right mind wants the job.
The rewards are minimal, the stimulation less than zero for fair and private people and the effect on ratepayers are usually small enough to ignore.
So who seeks those positions? People with an agenda, fame seekers and wanna be higher office seeker. As a qualifier, sane people who have been damaged by the idiocy of local council soon become crazed people with an agenda, when seeking redress.
Apparently the concept of Agenda 21 was designed to take advantage of this weakness.
I liken these anti nuke,anti carbon proclamation to buying Unicorn proof fencing, buy my invisible, magical fence and you will never be gored by a Unicorn.
How to fix?
Do not know, but human nature has not changed so
1 Status quo, keep electing self selected “leaders” and ignoring them.
2 Go to civic service as in jury duty type of selection.
3 Reverse the tax system, to individuals pay 10% to local council, council pays 10% of their take to State and State 10% to Feds. Local politics becomes important and the bureaus are starved.
4 Sit back and watch the public wealth destroyed and stolen by voluntarily non productive people. While claiming the moral high ground.
I am almost crazed enough to engage in the circus of, “Trust me, I want to be your leader.”

I wonder how the law defines “component of a nuclear weapon”. I remember in the run-up to the Iraq war, there was considerable debate over some components that had multiple possible uses.
If candle wax can be melted down and molded into a neutron reflector for a bomb…

GoneWithTheWind

The problem is simply this: In any well informed and intelligent society public officials who did stupid things like this would get voted out. It should be grounds for dismissal from the job to pass stupid laws and regulations. Just as teachers who expel 6 year old boys for bitting their pop tart to resemble a gun should never again be allowed to work with children and be paid by taxpayer . So what this is telling you is you live in a community/state/country people by uninformed and unintelligent voters. Therefore this problem will continue and in fact get worse until the tremendous weight of stupidity cause it all to collapse. So if you are informed and intelligent prepare yourself for what is coming…

@ G P Hanner
Due to improvements in fossil fueled equipment and fertilizers, one US farmer is able to feed 100 non-farmers, who can then control the farmers AND their own starvation level. Too bad the Chico council clowns could not stop their fad infatuation at the “Ban the Bra” movement.

BarryW

Careful Anthony, making jokes about “yellow cake” could cause you to wind up with a SWAT team at your door (or an Obama drone overhead).

Owen in GA

The farmers are in the county – outside Chico city limits, and thus able to possess, transport and test all the nuclear weapons they want. 🙂

Mpaul says:
May 25, 2013 at 7:49 am
“…a component of a nuclear bomb…”, that seems pretty vague. It would seem that anyone who has a 1/4-20 screw in the garage has violated this law.

What are you doing with those neutrons?

JohnOfEnfield

From the point of view of the UK with a full complement of “nut jobs” going round cutting off soldier’s heads this posting is a bit of light relief!

UC Berkeley has applied for the grant to destroy the bucolic Strawberry and Claremont Canyon areas, claiming that the trees pose a fire hazard. The school has no plans to replant, and instead will cover 20% of the area in wood chips two feet deep. And it will pour between 700 and 1400 gallons of herbicide to prevent re-sprouting
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But wait – don’t trees remove CO2? If we are worried about camp fires, trees and nuclear weapons, then what about cars?
Cars are killers. They kill more people in the US every year than do guns and nuclear weapons combined. They kill more people than do for example killer tornadoes, hurricanes and super-storms. Also, cars create CO2, which creates these killer storms. Before humans created CO2 from burning fossil fuels these “super-storms” never happened. All we had before were big, huge, enormous, monstrous and gigantic storms, but no super-storms. Super-storms require CO2.
Also, without cars and CO2 it can be reasonably argued that in a very short period of time, perhaps as little as one or two years, that no more humans would be killed. In fact, by eliminating CO2 we could in just a few years eliminate death from planet earth almost completely. Surely that is a cause worth dying for.
Thus, shouldn’t we ban cars? Or at least ban cars in California. It seems only reasonable that California take the lead, given the superb job they are doing in cleaning up truly important problems.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

Anthony Watts for Chico city council!
Dilute the ill repute!
–This message brought to you by the Sanity Now! Anthropolitical Climate Change coalition.–
Reality starts here!

nutso fasst

“…a sea of conservative rural farmers.”

Have they been heating up? To what depth?

G P Hanner says:
May 25, 2013 at 7:50 am
I there is a sea of conservative farmers around Chico, why are the nut jobs running things? Don’t the farmers vote?
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Unfortunately the ballot contains only two choices. A crook or an incompetent. One is a republican, the other a democrat, and you never can be sure which is which. Sometimes you get both in one package, which is why the Presidential Pardon was invented.
Who else would want a job that costs millions to get and pays thousands in return? You either must be a crook and hope to make back the money by returning favors to your backers, or you must be incompetent and not realize that spending millions to make thousands is not really good for the nation.
The crook will make money, but only for themselves and their friends. The incompetent will simply poor money down the drain. Nowhere is there the option to vote “none of the above”.

Anthony
I don’t want to risk a fine. If I cant go to chico to test out my bomb can you suggest other places closeby where I wont be unfairly penalised for following my hobby?
tonyb

Typical of municipal politicians, who cannot police adequately but mess in the responsilities of other governments.
Fad in SW BC is shark’s fin soup which immigrants from the orient like. Whatever the concern about shark populations (they are in relatively unpoliced areas), that is a federal government responsibility.
Voters are the problem – electing incompetent do-gooders.
ps: 1064 is a familiar number to computer programmers.
REPLY: No that’s 1024, or 2^10. 10000000000 in binary, 400 in hex- Anthony

BradProp1

I think the conservative citizens of California should be given the option of leaving the state with the state picking up the full tab. Why should the conservatives have to live in an alternate reality that has been created by people that must be on an LSD trip!

Gary Hladik

higley7 says (May 25, 2013 at 7:48 am): “At the City Limits of Iowa City near the University of Iowa, there is a sign with a broad red circle and a diagonal broad red line…”
Holy smoke, you’re right! Iowa City is indeed a Snoopy-free zone!
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/96346569.html

jaypan

What a déjà vu.
Reminds me of former East Germany, where in order to distract from economic downturn, cities have been declaring themselves as “City of Peace”.
However, looking back, it has been more lip service and not such an efficient approach as Chico CA is doing.
I am impressed, how well it works out. So far.

RockyRoad

“UC Berkeley has applied for the grant to destroy the bucolic Strawberry and Claremont Canyon areas, claiming that the trees pose a fire hazard.”
If any though were applied to this situation, they’d find the vast majority of houses are made of trees, too–and these are just as susceptible to fire.
So what now? Will they evict everbody and force them to live in caves?
You’ve come a long way, baby…

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

From Keith Sketchley on May 25, 2013 at 8:27 am:

ps: 1064 is a familiar number to computer programmers.

As I thought for a quick minute before getting another cup of coffee, then remembered it’s 2^10=1024.
Too bad, since I was wondering if they had originally decided on that fine after the number got stuck in their brains doing conversions between kilotons and megatons.

Under the category of “Idle Speculation”….
if California would adopt a statewide “Ban the Bra” movement….
then Californians would have an alternative….
and more interesting method of monitoring Earthquakes…
and perhaps increased interest in quake studies….

RockyRoad

I see a definite conundrum brewing in Chico–home of the atom finers.
Once Energy Catalyzers are available for home use, will the city realize they’re distant cousins to the A-Bomb and fine every house that installs one? Sure, they’ll be the “greenest” energy source on the planet, but will the city council hesitate to ruin the economic advantage of ownership just so they can’t balance their revenues?
Anything to thwart progress… That the Progressive way.

“….No person shall produce, test, maintain, or store within the city a nuclear weapon, component of a nuclear weapon, nuclear weapon delivery system, ….”
Given the warningsthat terrorist might deliver a nuke in a city in a suit case, then surely luggage falls foul of this law?

Beta Blocker

Mpaul says: May 25, 2013 at 7:49 am “…a component of a nuclear bomb…”, that seems pretty vague. It would seem that anyone who has a 1/4-20 screw in the garage has violated this law.

More to the point, every home and office in Chico and its surrounding area contain some piece of digital circuitry whose close cousins reside inside nuclear weapons.

pottereaton

That’s funny, but beware the reality of the increase in fines. I just got a ticket in Temecula CA for not wearing a seatbelt. The officer told me the fine would be around $100. He lied. The ticket came and the fine is $213. These are revenue raising schemes and and provide yet another reason for people to move out of California.

Bryan A

Things to be banned in Chico due to their Non-Nuclear ordinance
U235
Pu239
Beryllium
Tritium
Deuterium
Hydrogen (DiHydrogen Monoxide) as a source of hydrogen
High Explosives (TNT) (firecrackers, fireworks)(Ammonium nitrate/Diesel fuel)
Blasting Caps
Electronic Components (Transistors, Diodes, Resistors, Circuit Boards, Wiring, etc…)
Steel (housing)
Screws, Nuts & Bolts (actually not Screws & Nuts or the Chico Board would have to be dismissed)

Bryan A

Also, Lets not forget the dreaded radioactive Iodine-40 and the stuff that makes your watches glow

Cal Smith

Everyone in California knows that all Chico needs to do to solve their financial problems is to put a $10 tax on every Chico State party.

Phil.

Conversions a bit off: 1024=400 hex=100000000 bin
REPLY: yep, fixed. A

mkelly

I think in the movie “Sum of all Fears” the delivery system was a coke machine.

robr

Anthony,
You my not want to order some of the stuff here. You might have to pay a fine.
http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2_4
REPLY: I’m well familiar with them. – Anthony

OldWeirdHarold

I suppose that a depleted uranium bullet would be classified as a nuclear weapon by these Einsteins.

Alan S. Blue

component of a nuclear weapon delivery system
So…
Gas, tires, rims, chassis, drivers, oil, semis, trailers, steel, aluminum, trains, lights, stereos, paint, …
I could do a whole lot of fundraising with that one phrase.

“Thanks to the progressive thinking fomented by Chico State University, Chico is often like an alternate reality in a sea of conservative rural farmers.”
I think that’s common and it was true of where I went to school. Many of these kids vote and they’re active and there are enough of them to swing an election. Their “thinking” is not much appreciated by the more conservative town-folk, esp. since the “progressives” won’t be there for very long, so don’t have to live with their “improvements.”

marc

Do you only pay half the fine if you pay within 14 days?

At some point all the sane people of wealth will leave California and the rest of the nation will continue to welcome them.

Jim

I moved to Washington 13 yr’s ago. Best thing I ever did.:-)

California is nutty, no doubt. The video in the link below describes the 20-plus years effort to repair the Bay Bridge after earthquake damage in 1989. The Bay Bridge is in San Francisco Bay.
But, project proponents insist the High Speed Rail will be built on time and on budget.  
http://live.wsj.com/video/opinion-the-next-california-boondoggle/4777D02D-1438-48C1-9925-C5C3EC52C671.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h#!4777D02D-1438-48C1-9925-C5C3EC52C671

GlynnMhor

So, if the town experienced a sudden nuclear detonation crime spree, would there be anyone left to collect the fines?

Jay

LOL.. Simply fire 2/3s of all government workers (starting at the top).. Adjust wadges and benefits to the average private sector worker.. Only spend 95% of tax revenue with the other 5% being used to set up a city bank that offers loans to local people and businesses at competitive rates..
Is that profit I smell?
Like magic all of governments problems will disappear within 10 years.. With the public being truly served and supported by our government workers..
The question is does open revolution have to happen to make this happen?

Richard M

Does this mean no PET scans are allowed in local hospitals? 😉