Only One Earth . . .

Earth From Orbit, Credit: NASA

Returning from Orbit a Space Shuttle Astronaut wisely observed —

 

“The first day we all pointed to our countries.

. . .

“The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents.

. . .

“By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth.”

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I Don’t Give em Hell, I just Tell the Truth and they think its Hell

President Harry S Truman

President Harry S Truman

“I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it’s Hell.”
US President Harry Truman

That pretty well describes my experience in local politics.

Mark Twain, my father’s favorite humorist, said

“Always do right. this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

Mark Twain and Will Rogers are proof that if you want to tell the truth in politics, it helps to have humorist skills.

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The Giftmas Tree

(c) by David Dilworth

Opening Presents Under a Giftmas Tree

Opening Presents Under a Giftmas Tree

I love trees. My dear brother does too, but its probably related to how he loves opening presents – which sometimes magically appear under trees. (We’re both diagnosed as genetically happy.)

Of course most of us relish getting presents, but he seems to get extra passionate thrill from it.

He isn’t really bothered much if the present isn’t for him. Its the opening that excites him.

He is so enthusiastic, when he was young, and our neighbors got a head start putting up a Christmas Tree, occasionally he’d quietly wander into a neighbor’s home, settle down under their tree and start opening their presents.

Thank goodness we had such wonderful neighbors who found it charming, rather than alarming. But then many people fall under the spell of his affable innocence and become his admiring cheerleaders and friends.

Our neighbors would just re-wrap their presents, have a fun story to tell – and more often than not they would bring over a special present just to enjoy my brother opening it.

So all was well.

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Buying a Home in Pacific Grove? Beware of a Huge Secret Cost.

Bill Kampe-Persistently Harming Public Interests

Bill Kampe-Insistently Harming Your Public Interests

There’s a frighteningly large (and mostly secret) debt that you will have to pay to live in Pacific Grove due to years of horrible politics. This article about how it happened is researched and written by a Pacific Grove resident, a highly respected lawyer, and verified by one of the smartest people to ever serve Pacific Grove: Councilman Daniel Davis.

It is a story about how local government employees gigantically inflated their pensions by deception and bullying enough elected officials to get this approved – however illegally it was done. Before you buy a home in Pacific Grove, you might ask your realtor to officially disclose to you – “how much will this cost me over the next 10 years?

What realtors are not required to tell you is how the City Council has been cutting everything else to the bone to pay these outrageous costs: Cutting Library services, Recreation, Planning, etc. One Council led by Mayor Cort even gave away our beloved Museum.

Every Pacific Grove resident owes thanks to John Moore for painstakingly following this issue and trying hard to fix it.

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Genesis of Pacific Grove’s Excessive pension costs and debt

by John Moore

This is a brief out-line of how Pacific Grove arrived at its ruinous pension cost/pension debt condition: according to its latest financial report, it now spends about a quarter of its budget ($5Million per year) for pensions (including pension bonds and payment to Monterey as part of the fire service contract). Continue reading

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World’s Funniest Compass – a Tates Compass

Tates Compass from LOBZONEver heard the story about the Tates Compass ?

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A French Toast to Serendipitous Living

Eiffel Tower - Courtesy Wikipedia

Eiffel Tower – Courtesy Wikipedia

Many years ago I read an incisive article about the French culture in a coffee table magazine by an American woman who’d lived in Paris for 20 years or so, having married a Parisian and raised children there.

Having lived in Europe myself, including many regions of France, for a couple dozen moons, and having the pleasure of meeting hundreds of fabulous French folk, I was rather eager to learn of her far more experienced take on it.

With sharp insight, she addressed the American misunderstanding that the French are rude to Americans. Roughly, (wish I could quote the article exactly, but it is filed inscrutably away in some folder in storage) she explained: Continue reading

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Improve – Not Change

Fire Makes

Fire Makes “Change”

You want to “change” the world?

Whoa. That’s frightening.

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Everybody Loves Boobs

This is a scream – with a deadly serious message.

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Dave’s List – Shameless Promotion — for Pretty Good Products

Excellent Backup Drive - Western Digital Passport

Excellent Backup Drive – Western Digital Passport 1 to 3 Terrabytes for $60-120

To help make your life easier and maybe a bit more fun – here are some pretty good products that I use and recommend – that can help make your life better.

If you buy something through this web page it will provide a few dimes to help reduce costs to run this “free” website.

And it won’t cost you a penny more to buy them through the links here. In fact, because of my extraordinary shopping skills to find you and me the highest quality products at the lowest prices – they may save you considerable money over their life span – all the while making your life easier.

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Casey Lucius – EcoFaux or Eco-Fraud ?

“I do not use environmental concerns in my decision making . . . 

and I never will.”

Casey Lucius - EcoFraud

Casey Lucius — Eco-Fraud “I do not use environmental concerns in my decision making – and I never will.

The five of us who heard this politically absurd declaration were stunned nearly speechless.

While Pacific Grove grows or collects some wonderful environmental protection advocates,
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101 Thank You Signs for FireFighters from Carmel Valley folks, for Big Sur’s 2016 Soberanes Fire

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Here’s a photo essay of the overwhelming (hand-made) “Signs of heart-felt appreciation” from local folks for the men and women fighting Big Sur’s terrible Soberanes Fire in July and August 2016.

Fire Fighter Sculpture

Fire Fighter Sculpture

I found more than 100 signs on Carmel Valley Road alone. Some are elaborate works of art, some small, some huge, some clever, and one is a sculpture of a fireman. Some thank those who have saved animals and the helicopter crews.

From simple to snazzy, be advised the sheer volume and sincere sentiment might inspire tears.

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Soberanes Fire Plume 2016 from Carmel Valley Airport – Aug 8, afternoon 2pm

Fire Plume from Carmel Valley Airport Aug 8, 2pm Looking South-East

Fire Plume from Carmel Valley Airport Aug 8, 2 pm
Looking South-East

Big Sur’s Soberanes Fire Plume 2016 from Carmel Valley Airport – Aug 8, afternoon 2-pm

This smoke plume is blowing in a new direction: much more East than South-East (the direction the whole fire was advancing in general up till now).

The plume poking up on the right looks to be from the Los Padres Dam area.

Frighteningly, the low cloud of smoke just to the left is from just downstream, apparently in the Prince’s Camp / Cachagua valley – where a lot of people live.

There apparently is a backfire set in that area.

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Queen Elizabeth appreciates John Livingstone’s Photography

John Livinstone - Master Photographer

John Livinstone – Master Photographer

Before settling in a lovely Portland, Oregon suburb, bon vivant John Livingstone enjoyed an idyllic many-decades career in Carmel as a respected master photographer, author and restaurant reviewer.

He had the pleasure of  meeting and photographing many fascinating characters and their events; keeping some of the nicer ones as friends.

He admits his fifty-year career was recently “capped by a gracious letter from England’s Queen Elizabeth” in response to a photograph he took on her Coronation Day, some sixty two years ago in a Swanage, Dorsetshire pub.

During World War II, The Anchor Pub was Pfc Livingstone’s favorite off-duty destination along with his army buddies in the small English Channel town.

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Recovery: Wolf family returns to California with Pups

Five wolf pups and their parents were photographed in Northern California recently.

The last confirmed wolf living in California was more than 90 years ago in 1924. (One  wolf,the famous wolf OR7, visited California in 2011.)

Wild wolves historically inhabited California, but they were all killed by humans.

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Who’s the Enemy ? Domestic Enemies with TLAs

National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee on the NSA's PRISM program, which tracks web traffic and US citizens' phone records, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander – Total Contempt for YOUR Personal Privacy. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

What do the CIA, FBI and NSA (No Such Agency) have in common with everyday Americans ?

Regarding secrecy and privacy protected by our Constitutions – absolutely nothing. They have it ALL backwards, upside down – and absolutely wrong.

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Best Advice ever on how to buy a New Car

While I doubt I’ll ever buy a new car (they lose thousands of dollars in value the moment you drive them off the showroom floor), here is an excellent step-by-step advice on how to buy a new car. Continue reading

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Eager Dog Teased

I like this.

Clark the Dog Comedian

Clark the Dog Comedian

Naaaahhh. That’s way too mild.

This is hilarious, brilliant and inspiring. Maybe the funniest dog in years !

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Aflockalypse Solved

Blackbird Mass Deaths: New Years 2010 to 2014 – Solved

(c) David Dilworth

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve (2010-2011) between 3,000 and 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe (Arkansas). Most were dead on the ground but some were living but dazed.” – Wikipedia

Red-winged Blackbirds

Red-winged Blackbird

David’s Diagnosis:

What could cause rapid death of hundreds of birds and leave no physical trace and no hint of any disease ?

  1. It is widely agreed that the birds were startled into flight by fireworks exploding at New Year’s Eve celebrations. This identical phenomena occurred several New Years in a row.

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PG&E Can’t Buy CyberAttack Insurance anymore (actually ALL Energy Corp. Cyberattack Insurance was cancelled.)

New York Power Blackout 2003

New York Power Blackout 2003 (simulation)

Know anyone who had their insurance cancelled ?

And you imagined big corporations were immune from that insult. Well, apparently some goofy things corporations do are just so far beyond stupid (too big a risk) that Lloyds of London won’t insure them anymore.
In a little noticed news item that should be front page lead story of New York Times, BBC reports that energy corporations can no longer get multi-million dollar insurance against cyber attacks !

Energy firm cyber-defence is ‘too weak’, insurers say

and a Slate article “Energy Companies Can’t Get Cyber Attack Insurance Because Their Defenses Are Too Weak” adds a bit more detail and examples.

A 2011 article on this website warned about the incredible danger to our country from cyber attacks using “smart” meter infrastructure.

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Ed Leeper: Monterey Renaissance Man

Ed Leeper Polymath - in his favorite Chair

Ed Leeper, Polymath – in his favorite Chair

Ed Leeper passed away comfortably at home in his favorite chair Friday evening, while methodically perusing his vast collection of Fine Art books with a poetry book in one hand.

Ed was seemingly a permanent fixture of our Peninsula. He was a man of myriad talents and a hero to many. A successful political wizard, a revered conceptual artist, an accomplished outdoorsman, sailor, avid hiker, party animal, potent author of letters to the editor and our community’s leading intellectual Santa Claus who likely gave away more books than anyone in California history.

As a sailor, he met the love of his life — the elegantly eloquent  woman of wisdom Elizabeth. They sailed to Baja together, married without delay upon returning and lived happily ever after in the woods of upper New Monterey. You just knew Ed must be something special upon realizing he captured Elizabeth’s heart.

Political Wizard —

What a shame Ed left us — just a day before the Herald publisher put out a call for exactly Ed’s talents – Letters Editor. “Don Miller: Wanted: Opinion editor

Miller asked for “Superb journalistic skills, ability to sift through varying opinions, ease in community networking, fearlessness in taking on tough positions.” All those are just a few of Ed’s wonderful qualities.

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Alaska’s Bristol Bay Destruction Mine Project Fatally Wounded by US-EPA – Expected to Die soon

Grizzly Catching Salmon Credit: Brigitte Werner

Grizzly Catching Salmon Credit: Brigitte Werner

We won.

Well, actually the magnificent natural landscape of Alaska’s Bristol Bay and all the wildlife and plants that call it home have won a big victory.

One of the world’s largest Mines, the Bristol Bay project, has suffered a fatal blow.

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Blunder: PSA Test Should NOT be used warns Researcher who Discovered it !

NewScientist just published an article stating

Pathologist Richard Ablin discovered the PSA antigen 40 years ago. He says it should never have been used as a cancer screening tool for all men

The NewScientist article is ‘Prostate cancer test has been misused for money

Richard Ablin’s book is “The Great Prostate Hoax: How big medicine hijacked the PSA test and caused a public health disaster

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How Long Would You Like to Live? Centuries?

2,000 Year Old Man Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner

2,000 Year Old Man Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner

Dear Friends,

Did you ever imagine biology research could help you finish your to-do list?

A team of researchers (including a Noble Prize winner) has found an easy way to make new stem cells from your own organs. This means that just like those Volvos that keep running for millions of miles, doctors could keep replacing your body parts that fail – not just until you make it to 100 years old — seemingly forever !

“If this can be reproduced in humans, it will be a paradigm changer” Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology in Marlborough, Massachusetts

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Too Wonderful – Australian Government Engineers Inspire 7 year old Girl’s Quest for Dragons

I LOVE this story !

Toothless, Girl Dragon

Toothless, Girl Dragon

It combines touching-kindness and caring about children, inspiring them with science and engineering !!! – and even includes Dragons. What more could I ask for? 

A curious young woman (7 years old) writes to Australia’s Government Research Center called CSIRO and asks if they can make a Dragon.

They not only respond, they apologize and before long … well you’ll have to read the story.

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NSA Spying Predictions for 2014

Obama Share Everything Plan

Obama Share Everything Plan

US President Obama falsely claimed —

“The way in which [the Snowden] disclosures happened has been damaging to the United States and damaging to our intelligence capabilities…”

Yes, exactly how arresting a Bank robber is damaging to his freedom to steal and damaging to his false reputation for honesty.

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Obama Nominates Assassination Legalizer David Barron to Appellate Court – Through the Looking Glass

David Barron - Assassination Legalizer

David Barron – Assassination Legalizer

Infamous Executive Branch “Assassination Legal Memo” author David Barron was nominated to the First Circuit Appeals Court to be a lifetime appointed Judge by Barak Obama yesterday.

David Barron authored the notorious Office of Legal Counsel memos authorizing the assassination of an American citizen with zero due process – no court case was ever decided, no charges were ever even filed.

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An-aesthetic – A person with no aesthetic appreciation

Wildflower Avalanche, Big Sur by David Dilworth

Wildflower Avalanche, Big Sur by David Dilworth
http://www.inspiringlandscapes.com/wildfloweravalanche.htm

Have you ever met a guy who just couldn’t care a fig about a richly colored sunset, a Beatles tune, a fragrant flower, a massage or even ice cream ?

A lot of them are elected to official political positions and always vote against, and sometimes harangue against protecting a place because of its beauty or silence values.

Others are just ordinary people who simply don’t get excited about those sorts of things.

Well, for a few years I’ve been searching for a term to describe such folks without an aesthetic sensibility. I tried out lots of awkward words without any success such as “Dis-thetic,” anti-aesthetic etc.

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Community Rights vs. Property Rights

(c) Copyright David Dilworth 2002-2013

No one has any sacred or legal right to do anything they want with property they own.

This article is a concise overview of the Constitutional and legal foundations of Community Rights contrasted with Property Rights.

A government can restrict any use of property if it can make a fair argument or “any rational basis” for the public control of that property.

If zoning exists, it can strongly, even severely, restrict the activities one can do. You generally cannot drill an oil well in a residential area (except in Houston – seriously not kidding).

Pollution that travels beyond a property line (sewage, smoke, bullets, light, and even invisible things like radiation and noise) is a trespass, can be a nuisance or strict liability, can be extremely restricted by law, and in many cases is wholly prohibited with large penalties.

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You Own Your Personal Information — A Real Privacy Bill of Rights

(c) Copyright 2008-2013 David Dilworth

Obama on phone with Verizon saying

Obama Share Everything Plan

The following article is a summary of the Report “Personal Information Privacy Rights Table which outlines the five (plus one) crucial protections needed to insure legal privacy anywhere from any unauthorized collecting or use by governments or corporations.

This Privacy Rights report entitled “Personal Information Privacy Rights Table” was written long before the National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s equivalent Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) were exposed as comprehensively spying on their own citizens and citizens of and in other “friendly” countries. It was just updated to include references to these recent disclosures. It is notable that all the principles are identical save one. I have included genuine Whistleblower protection.

Privacy Bill of Rights

1. You, and Only You, Own Your Personal Information

Each individual has Un-alienable self-executing Privacy Rights to wholly Control, Protect or Encrypt all personal information about themselves.

You also have the Right to Revoke the ability of anyone to obtain, use or keep any of your personal information. Additionally, you have the right to know who has, or controls, any of your personal information.
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Secret FISA Court Out of Control – Makes Violently Anti-Constitutional Decision Giving up ALL Your Phone Records

Secret FISA Court Judge Roger Vinson. Photograph: Ben Twingley/AP

Secret FISA Court Judge Roger Vinson Orders ALL Your phone records collected. Photograph by Ben Twingley/AP

 

“Cockroaches do their best Work in the Dark.”

Years before the existence of the National Security Agency (NSA) was ever acknowledged, many of us read evidence that NSA was out of control. Now thanks to the anti-constitutional “Patriot” Act a FISA Court judge (Roger Vinson) was discovered secretly ordering a major phone company (Verizon) to turn over all of YOUR phone records to NSA.

All government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery” – Jonathon Swift, “Drapier’s Letters“, 1724

This massively anti-constitutional privacy-invasion program only came into a strong light because of a secret court decision leaked to England’s Guardian newspaper “NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily. (This Presidential program to spy on phone calls of millions of Americans was first revealed in a 2006 USA-Today article by Leslie CauleyNSA has massive database of Americans’ phone calls.“)

“Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama

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Cedar Street Times’ Publisher Jameson Ramps Up from Censorship to Blacklist – Refuses Letter and Large Paid Ad

Censor Kitty Gets Much Worse - Now Blacklist Kitty

Censor Kitty Gets Much Worse – Now Blacklist Kitty

 

“Because the pension question is now being litigated, I have chosen not to run your letters or your advertisements.”

Marge Jameson, Editor
[email protected]
Cedar Street Times
306 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove, CA
Voice: 831-324-4742
Fax: 831-324-4745″
(Dated: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM)

This was in response to a request by Pacific Grove Taxpayer’s Association President John Moore to place a large advertisement and a letter explaining the side of the citizens fighting to protect the City of Pacific Grove from a 50+ million dollar financial suicide. (1)

Mr. Moore’s letter was also trying to respond to a personal attack on him by the Mayor (Kampe) in a commentary the newspaper had just published.

Cedar Street Times’ Publisher Jameson is clearly not a supporter of freedom of ideas. She earlier declared a Blacklist on letters from a middle of the road Pacific Grove resident. (See “Pacific Grove Newspaper Publisher Admits Deliberate Censorship.”)

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Obama-Holder’s “Justice” Dept Seizes Major Media Phone Records – including Home Phone Records (and don’t forget Obama-Alexander’s NSA tapes your every Phone Call.)

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

– Frederick Douglass

If you and I oppose tyrannical acts – have we reached the limits of our endurance with U.S. Spying on us?

US Attorney General Eric Holder Seized AP Phone Records

US Attorney General Eric Holder Seized AP Phone Records

Chief executive Gary Pruitt said the Associated Press was told on Friday the Justice department had gathered records of outgoing calls from more than 20 phone lines.

“The Associated Press has described the US government’s secret seizure of its journalists’ telephone records as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion“.

Mr Pruitt said there could be “no possible justification for such an overbroad collection“.

“The justice department has provided no explanation for the seizure.”

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Triple Standard – Some Lives are Worth More. Additional Deaths Are Not Newsworthy

(c) Copyright 2013 David Dilworth

Three heart-wrenching tragedies in the past week showed three wildly different responses that are intensely revealing of our culture. (It would be inaccurate to described ours as a “civilization.”)

Boston Marathon Bomb
April 15, 2013
Texas Fertilizer Explosion
April 17, 2013
Deaths by Doctors & Hospitals
April 15, 2013
Killed314120-600
See references 1, 2 and 3)
News CoverageMassive, worldwideWidespreadNone.
Presidential acknowledgement of the deaths.Yes, Attended and Spoke at Memorial ServiceYes "A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives,"Silent. Zero acknowledgment.
Presidential VisitYesNoNo
President On Those Responsible"Yes we will find you, and yes, you will face justice…"Silent about the West Fertilizer Co. plant OwnersSilent about the Doctors and Hospitals

Commentary:

Let me point out some notable contrasts.

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David Walton Concludes a Gracious, Giving Life in China

David Walton, Home in China

David Walton, Home in China

Have you been around Monterey long enough to remember the groundbreaking Sancho Panza Bohemian coffee house or Gallatin’s elegant dining ?

The genius behind Sancho Panza, and the grace at Gallatin’s was my friend David Walton who died in China this month.

David’s nephew Todd Walton gave me permission to share his memories, so splendidly illustrated with words — it almost brings David back to life.

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Uncle David

(c) Copyright Todd Walton 2013

My uncle David Walton died in China on March 8 at the ripe old age of eighty-seven, just a week ago as I write this, yet I have already received an email with photographs from the lovely memorial service that was held for him in Xichang where David lived and taught English for the last several years, his Xichang friends and students in attendance. And that memorial service email was just one of many I have received so far along with several phone calls from a tiny fraction of the hundreds of people who knew and loved David.

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Pacific Grove Illegal-Pension-Gift Signatures Turned In

Pacific Grove City Clerk receiving the signed petitions

Pacific Grove City Clerk receiving the signed petitions with 1,303 signatures

This morning a group of dedicated Pacific Grove citizens turned in more than 1,300 signatures of registered Pacific Grove voters to put on the ballot whether to void an illegal pension increase gift to city employees in 2002.

“I’m disappointed that the city government chose to ignore the need for rescinding this generous “3 at 50” pension and refused to consider it in the negotiations. So we have been left with no alternative but to file our petition.” – Frances Grate

Update April 22, 2013: The County Elections Department certified that sufficient valid signatures have been turned in. While only 950 were needed, apparently some 1,995 were gathered and turned in.

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Kampe Closely Following in Potter’s Harmful Wake

It took the Sierra Club some 8 years to catch on to County Supervisor Dave Potter’s systematic Eco-Fraud.

Bill Kampe - Shark in Otter's Clothing

Bill Kampe – Shark in Otter’s Clothing

How much longer before everyone catches on to Bill Kampe’s harmful intent and acts?

Kampe’s bad acts are now affecting our greater Peninsula community.

On a major water and development issue Kampe just cast a key vote against County  Supervisor Jane Parker (by far the most public interest minded Supervisor in the past 30 years)  and for Sand City Mayor David Pendergrass (the Peninsula’s most pro-development elected official).

The board in January split 6-6 between Pendergrass and progressive Supervisor Jane Parker for the important committee. Supervisor Dave Potter, who was absent previously, voted for Pendergrass, and Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe switched his vote to the Sand City mayor.” -Monterey Herald, “FORA lawyer quits, saying job isn’t fun anymore” March 15, 2013

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“Flower” Singing “Cow Cow Boogie” with Friends

Found this terrific old film of a fun song “Cow Cow Boogie.

Singing Cows, Credit: Tony Hutchings

Singing Cows, Credit: Tony Hutchings

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