Incompetent Drumbeats Alarming for the Wrong Reason

drumbrokenDrumbeats normally make me smile. They’re an inducement to dance; drumming inspires friendship. There’s a marvelous drum class in my community that inspires thousands when they play in public like last New Years eve. Smiles as far as you can see across the crowd.

There’s another kind of drumbeat that alarms me. It occurs when a country wants to go to war without justification. They “frame” another country for crimes that never happened; they manufacture evidence of crimes by the intended victim.

My own country has done this twice in the recent past. In 2002 George Bush 2nd used false information of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” to get us into a trillion dollar war in Afghanistan and then Iraq. In 1991 George Bush the 1rst used false information from one of the US’s biggest Public Relations firms to get us into Kuwait. (The “Incubator Baby Hoax”).

Now contrary to Obama’s reasoned articulation on why it is a bad idea, it seems the Obama administration is beating the drums to go to war with Iran. Every week you hear another reason why the US should go to war with Iran – or why Israel would be justified in “Pre-emptively” attacking them as the US did to Iraq.

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Dave Potter’s Fantasy — “I’m a Friend of the Environment”

There’s a new campaign mailing advertising Potter for Supervisor with the text “Our Place, our values, our voice. . . “

Potter Fantasy

Potter Fantasy

The photograph is of a place that doesn’t exist – just like Potter’s “friendship with our environment.”

What’s really going on is the photograph is of Big Sur’s Point Sur, but just like Potter’s distorted political ads, the photograph is reversed – side to side.

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Midnight Earthquake 5.3 in Salinas Valley Shakes Buildings in Pacific Grove on Monterey Peninsula

Just 5 minutes before midnight turning into October 21, 2012 an Earthquake on the Eastern edge of the Salinas Valley gave buildings in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula a good shake.

Did you feel the earth quake shake our Peninsula at midnight? That’s the largest one I’ve felt in years.

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Don’t Chop Down Our Pacific Grove Trees – 3,000 Trees at Immediate Risk

Tree Destruction Effort Led by Kampe and Huitt

Tree Scream: New Law - 3,000 Trees Could be Chopped Down without any Permit in Pacific Grove

Tree Scream: New Law – 3,000 Trees Could be Chopped Down without any Permit in Pacific Grove


Stumps: Pacific Grove’s Newest Industry

Last night, Wednesday October 17, 2012 four City Council members voted to get rid of protection for trees on all residential property that are not Monterey Cypress, Coast live Oak or Monterey Pine. That loss of protection was estimated at 3,000 trees, but could be as high as 5,600 to 6,000 trees (1).

The tree destruction law was eagerly led and pushed by Mayor Candidate Bill Kampe.

Mayor Carmelita Garcia voted against this tree destruction when she was stunned to learn it would mean a death warrant for at least 3,000 trees as soon as next week.

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No on “F” and No on Kampe

Nader Agha's and Leddy's Holman's Hotel Across from our Library (drawing is much smaller than proposed Zoning)

Nader Agha’s and Leddy’s Holman’s Hotel Across from our Library (drawing is much smaller than proposed Zoning)

I attended the very first “informational” community meeting at Chautauqua Hall regarding the Holman Hotel project at which developer Drake Leddy gave an overview of his company, his intentions to build a first class hotel and answered questions from audience members. When I entered the meeting I was neither for or against the project.

The first words out of Mr. Leddy’s mouth were appreciative greetings to “at least 50% of you in the audience with whom I have met before ” with nods to most of those sitting in the first rows. From the type of questions asked by audience members and an unwanted and disturbing NO rant by a person who had to be quieted, it became obvious this was the first time Mr. Leddy had experienced any opposition to the project. By the end of the talk he was visibly upset.

For those who were truly there to find out about the project, the project lost credibility when Mr. Leddy stated he was legally bound not answer any questions about WATER, mentioned discussions of a three story garage being built behind the theater level to Fountain Avenue, did not adequately address issues of increased traffic, what streets would be shut down during building (which might take 2 years), disruption to the Library and neighbors and the possibility of balconies overhanging some sidewalks.

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Vote NO on Kampe, No on Huitt, No on Lucius in Pacific Grove, and No on Potter

 David Dilworth’s Take-it or Leave-it

November 2012

 No. NO. NO !

There’s a lot of “Bad” up for a vote this season.

Perhaps the local area with the most to lose is Pacific Grove.

* Choose badly and it will cost the city tens of millions and cost You Personally thousands of dollars.
* Choose badly and our Pacific Grove forest-tree canopy is gone; we’ll lose most of what is left of our few remaining trees.
* Choose badly and Pacific Grove’ll get a gigantic hotel at Holmans and Fast Food – all over town.

Summary of Most Important Issues:

PG: Please Vote — NO on Kampe, No on Huitt and NO on Lucius.

and Yes on Dan Miller, Mary Norton, Robert Pacelli and PG Mayor Carmelita; and in Marina — Mayor Bruce Delgado.

PG: “F – NO !”     Measure F –No on the Holman-Strosity. Its a Bait-and-Switch trick. You gotta give the developer credit for Texas sized arrogance with his mailer. – A Texas Developer telling Pacific Grove residents what we need – when we didn’t even ask for his opinion. (All the while Holman’s controversial property owner Nader Agha is hiding behind the curtains, knowing full well that the whole house of cards collapses when his name is mentioned.)

Both PG Mayor candidates Garcia and Kampe appear to support the hotel but in very different ways. Garcia voted to put it on the ballot so that we residents can choose if we want it or not, Kampe supports the giant hotel so much he voted to keep it off the ballot – but Kampe tries to disguise his secret extra-credit efforts to help the developers Nader Agha and Texas’ Leddy.

Yes on State Prop 37 = Will Require GMO (Genetically Modified) Food to carry Labels The only organized opposition to labeling our food is Monsanto and the other GMO manufacturers.

Details (for “Yes” votes – keep reading to the end)

Councilman Bill

Councilman Bill “Fast-Food” Kampe – the Tree Hater

My goal with this article it to help you avoid the worst voting mistakes by explaining what candidates DO versus what they Say.

Warning: If you don’t have a strong stomach – you might want to stop reading here.

PG: Kampe – NO ! For this voting season, electing Bill Kampe is the worst mistake any community could make. His political career is probably the biggest hoax I’ve seen around here in a long time. What he says contrasted to what he does as an official could not be more upside down to each other.

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Welcome to Pacific Stump – Thanks to Bill Kampe and Robert Huitt

Gentlemen . . . Start Your ChainSaws !

Stumps - Pacific Grove's Newest Industry Thanks to Bill Kampe

Stumps – Pacific Grove’s Newest Industry Thanks to Bill Kampe

Pacific Grove has lost about half of its trees since 1986 – which is just short while ago.

You might think a town with reverence for trees in its very own name would try to stop that crisis. But no, Pacific Grove is now joining Seaside in the race to see which town can remove all trace of trees first.

Half of Pacific Grove’s evaporating forest canopy was chainsawed down since 1986. (The canopy was already down to only 33% in 1986 because the first two-thirds were chopped down in the previous 100 years.) This is because more than 700 trees a year are cut down every year. Few are planted; fewer still survive.

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Priscilla Nesbitt — Lover of trees, wild animals, caring people and books.

Carmel lost a great character this morning.

Priscilla Nesbitt Laughing at my poor Pun - at 100, Arriving at Carmel Library Friends Book Sale

Priscilla Nesbitt Laughing at my poor Pun – at 100, Arriving at Carmel Library Friends Book Sale

Priscilla Nesbitt passed away quietly after leading a life of vibrant curiosity and deeply held passion for trees and wildlife, for caring people and knowledge.

You get an insight into Priscilla’s spirit with how she described her doctor to me. “Dr Kennedy is a tree hugger. I adore him.” I’m not sure she ever knew how much that endeared her to me.

I knew her as a lover of animals, trees and forests, and wild places topped off with a gentle but firm courteous demeanor.

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Bush vs. Obama: Who is More Wrong-Wing ?

Who is More Wrong-Wing — Bush or Obama ?
(c) Copyright 2012 David Dilworth

If George W. Bush was “the worst US President” – Why is Barack Obama continuing, and even increasing, many of Bush’s most repulsive actions of Preemptive War, Secrecy, and attacks on Civil Rights, Human Rights, Personal Privacy and our Environment ?

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Pacific Grove Newspaper Publisher Admits Deliberate Censorship

Pacific Grove newspaper Cedar Street Times’ Publisher Marge Jameson Censors all letters from a reasonable middle of the road citizen. Sends him two emails refusing to publish any of his letters to the editor.

Censor Kitty Denies Access

Censor Kitty Denies Access


Growing up here, I blindly trusted local newspapers. It never once crossed my mind whether they would do anything other than give us the whole story. And of course if they overlooked an important fact or useful way of looking at our local issues – a simple letter to the editor could easily correct it.

Sounds good right ?

Well that was my unarticulated understanding – until I got into politics.

“Well, the difference between theory and practice
is a lot bigger in practice than in theory.”

Its been an eye-opening and hard won lesson that leading Monterey Peninsula newspapers viscerally detest some opinions that oppose theirs. So they flat out censor those letters with views held by lots of local folks and the unarguable facts that support them. They employ all kinds of bogus excuses that are far more creative than “the dog ate it” – but just as counterfeit.

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Pacific Grove Council Begins Unwinding Pension Gifts Granted Illegally in 2002

A Giant Snowball has finally left the Building and is gathering speed.

(c) Copyright 2012 David Dilworth

Last evening Pacific Grove’s City Council unanimously took a strong step forward to correcting a great wrong — which is currently costing the city tens of millions of dollars and pushing it towards bankruptcy.

Former Pacific Grove City Manager Ross Hubbard had Council Adopt Illegal Pensions

Former Pacific Grove City Manager Ross Hubbard had Council Adopt Illegal Pensions – Is Now Long Gone

In 2002, the former City Manager Ross Hubbard put a raise for the police and firemen on the City Council’s consent Agenda – meaning there is no Council discussion and no public comment on the topic. It dramatically increased police and fire department retirement benefits. But Hubbard assured the Council that it would only cost the city some 51 thousand dollars.

In fact City Manager Hubbard knew it would cost some 15 times more, some 800 thousand dollars that first year alone, because Hubbard had the legally required report from an Actuary, but he hid it from the Council – who merrily adopted the retirement raise (called “3 at 50”) without any discussion.

Of course it is horrible that Hubbard hid the actual cost, but it turns out he and the City Council seriously violated a state law in approving it.

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New World Record? Six Logical Fallacies with a Single Sentence promoting Genetically Modified Food

(c) Copyright 2012 David Dilworth

This is an article about an Analysis(1) of a web article (“The anti-GMO campaign’s dangerous war on science”). The web article by Michael Eisen is a hypocrisy drenched assault on Informed Consent, Food Safety proponents, and the possibility of harm from Genetically Modified (GMO) food.

It shows admittedly “mad scientist” and genetic researcher Michael Eisen’s impressive wholesale use of fallacious reasoning(2) while ironically brandishing the banner of “Science.” (And No, contrary to his claims, Eisen failed to provide any evidence of a war or attack on science by Food Safety proponents; nor did he show GMOs can be proven harmless.)

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Well I’m angry, making sense gets in the way.(3)
Coupling” British TV comedy series

Hypocrisy Meter -- Pegged

Michael Eisen “Pegs” the Hypocrisy Meter 

An article on Genetically modified (GMO) food entitled “The anti-GMO campaign’s dangerous war on science“(4) is written by an admittedly “infuriated” genetic researcher in California named Michael Eisen claiming to support Open Science.

Eisen’s article initially attracted me because I’ve been helping to inspire people with the wonders of science and promote science-based governmental decisions for a few decades, I’m aware of real attacks on science philosophy and its credibility, and I’m a bit familiar with environmental impacts — so sounds good right ?

Wow, was I ever in for a disturbing surprise. With deeply profound irony the admittedly angry Eisen claims he’s fighting to defend science (“My vested interest here is science, and what I write here, I write to defend it”). Instead his article pummels and batters science reasoning and logic so relentlessly I had to set it aside for a few days to recover from my shocked dismay.

Wildfire demonstrating Eisen's False Claims

Wildfire demonstrating Eisen’s False Claims

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Holman’s Hotel: Holmon-strosity – even Worse than their Leaked Presentation Drawing. Luckily We get to Vote it Down

Proposed Holman-strosity from next to the Library at Central and Fountain

Proposed Holman-strosity across from our Library at Central and Fountain
(Click image to expand it – Just Like Developer Agha will do if we don’t Vote it Down.)

Controversial Developer Nader Agha wants to turn Holmans into a 420 room hotel; a giant hotel that goes from Holmans massive front on Lighthouse Avenue to our Library – street to street / block to block – and 85 feet high.

This would make it the largest building in Pacific Grove, possibly even larger than Monterey’s Hotel Pacific, or Seaside’s Embassy Suites – the largest on the Peninsula.

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New Words

Here’s a few new and useful words and terms I’ve created out of my seemingly inexhaustible mental bookcase of ideas (out of thin air).

While another stunningly creative person may have used one of these words or terms previously to me, I made these up independently (as far as I know) and by employing studiously superficial research could find no earlier use. In a few cases the word was already in use – but mine is a new (meaning better) definition. So here we go.

Fundalism - "Draw Bridge" is also a command

Fun-dalism – “Draw Bridge” is also a command

Fundalism” – Altering or responding to a public sign with humor – in a graffiti manner. (2015)

Ear-resistable” – Carefully prepared but repulsive sound.

The song “Horse with no name” is earresistable (May 2009)

Respectful Disagreement” (1990) – self explanatory, but seldom practiced – especially in politics. (I gave Leon Panetta a “Respectful Disagreement” button in 1994 when he accepted the employ as Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff. He thought it should be useful and appropriate in DC.)

Denaissance” – Dumbing of a culture. While Renaissance indicates an enlightening age, Denaissance is when a culture loses wisdom. Created December 8, 2009. Synonyms: DeEnlightenment, Dunlightnment (duh-enlightenment) or Un-naissance (created at the same time).

Example: “Around turn of the century, 2000, the United States denaissance began and is now spreading with the rapidity of a pandemic.”

Detrampulated‘ – the unbouncy, grounded feeling one gets upon returning to solid land after trampolining. It is a self-motion illusion, similar to the feeling of returning to ground after flying or doing gymnastics. Distinct from, but related to, Sea-legs the dizzy feeling of returning to land from a boat passage. (2015)

Charmel” the town I call home. The term fits so well due to its human inhabitants general attitude. (I’ve been using this since the early 1990’s and, while my friends are helping, I still await its wide spread adoption . . .)

Numerature” – communication or art primarily employing numbers.

Traffic Congestion - Los Angeles, Credit: LA Weekly

Traffic Congestion – Los Angeles, Credit: LA Weekly

Godomobile” – the almost unconscious acceptance that the car is God, taking cultural priority over all other values. Particularly prevalent in Los Angeles with its 24 lane freeways.

Example: “The Godomobile is responsible for LA’s 24 lane freeways.” (Jan 5, 2007)

DREGs” – noun, a word and an acronym meaning “Developers, Resource Extractors and Governments” adds concision to identifying those who harm our environment for money, greed or power. (2002)

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Runaway Environmental Impacts from GMOs Need Investigation

An English Agricultural Research Station called Rothamsted Research is preparing to harvest some Genetically Modified Wheat seeds in Spring 2012.

A food protection group (Take the Flour Back) is planning a rally for natural food on May 27th.

John A. Pickett is the spokesman for Rothamsted Research who penned a letter in NewScientist appealing to Food Protection activists not to harm his GMO project.

The Food protection group has appealed to the researchers not to harm our planet’s food system.

Here’s my response letter to Mr. Pickett :
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Deadly Mad Cows – Right Here in California

Since a “Mad Cow” was found at a Hanford, California slaughterhouse last week – people are again raising concerns about dying from eating beef. (Hanford County shares a fence with Monterey County.)

This is an overview of the science of alarming Mad Cow Disease in plain English – and what you can do to prevent you and your loved ones from getting it.

“Millions of British television viewers watched the harrowing final days of 14-year-old Zoe Jeffries in October 2000. The ordeal of the young girl from Manchester, England, began more than two years earlier. First she cried for two weeks, then came the hallucinations and continuous screaming.

As the disease progressed, the pain in her legs worsened until she couldn’t walk. Bedridden, her brain wasting away, she was reduced to communicating through moans and grunts.” -FDA Magazine

The first government recognized death of a North American from Mad-Cow disease was on June 20, 2004 in Meridian, Florida. Some believe she contracted it by eating beef in England.

Transmissible
Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) Overview

Mad Cow Disease is only one of a deadly family of diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy or TSEs (seemingly caused by Prions). TSEs are arguably more deadly than cancer, AIDs or biological or chemical weapons.

TSEs are 100% percent fatal to humans, are undetectable, untreatable, incurable, cannot be killed by cooking or even by burning and can live in your body for 40 years before acting.

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Toxics: Janet Fulton’s Junk Science about Methyl Iodide

Nerve Gas Methyl Iodide Sales Halted in US - for Now

Nerve Gas Methyl Iodide Sales Halted in US - for Now

A former UC (agricultural) Field Station manager wrote a commentary in the Herald about Methyl Iodide that contradicts all environmental science about the nerve gas. (Janet Fulton: Methyl iodide a casualty of junk science)

Sorry Ms. Fulton —

1. Methyl iodide is recognized by all government agencies as a highly toxic nerve gas.

2. Methyl iodide is listed as a Known Carcinogen under California Prop 65. It is extremely difficult to get a chemical on this list.

3. U.S. EPA lists it as a Hazardous Air Pollutant.

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Pacific Grove Pension Debt (CalPERS) 2007-2015

Pacific Grove Resident's Debt from CalPERS 2007-2015

Pacific Grove Resident's Debt from CalPERS 2007-2015


Here is a graph of the debt Pacific Grove residents are accumulating as a result of staying in CalPERs – contrary to the will of the voters.

The numbers from 2011 to 2015 are projections based on at least a 7.5 percent return on CalPERS investments.

If CalPERS fails to achieve 7.5 percent return (breathtakingly high these days) the debt will get even larger.

The data and notations are from Councilman Dan Davis who cites his references below (I just put it in a graph so you could see it easier.)

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Silly Censorship by Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey

Pacific Grove City Mangler Tom Frutchey

Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey

Tom Frutchey does not like criticism of his many failings as City Manager of Pacific Grove.

Recently, to intimidate a resident who told the City Council about her strong concerns about City staff insubordination – the City Manager hired a lawyer to write her a strong letter of reproach.
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Why Is “Smart Growth” Destructive?

Hog Disguised with Lipstick

Hog Disguised with Lipstick, named Tom Gray

(c) Copyright 2000-2012 David Dilworth

Smart Growth” is Doublespeak and an Oxymoron.

Along with “Postal Service“, “Jumbo Shrimp” and “Congressional Ethics” – “Sustainable Development” is a self canceling or contradictory phrase along with its new disguise called “Smart Growth.”

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Tailgating Kills Pets

Happy Dog

Happy Dog

Copyright 2000 David Dilworth

As sudden as a meteor streak – flashing into my headlights trots a large dog with a nice smile – in the middle of my lane!

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Illegal Development Approvals Admitted by Pacific Grove City Manager

Pacific Grove City Mangler Tom Frutchey

Pacific Grove City Mangler Tom Frutchey

“Things were much better [for developers] in the old days, in large part because staff didn’t follow the law.”

– Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey, April 2011

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Bill Kampe’s Fast Food Gets Bad Reviews in Pacific Grove

Ronald McDonald Quits

Ronald McDonald Quits

Attempted Murder of a Good Law: Two people tried to kill Pacific Grove’s law banning Fast Food. Councilman (and Carpetbagger) Bill Kampe1 along with Commerce Chamber head Moe “Strip Mall” Ammar wielded the weapons of mass deception.

Councilman Bill "Fast-Food" Kampe

Councilman Bill "Fast-Food" Kampe


Kampe put it on the Council Agenda arguing the City should welcome Fast Foods and “streamline the ordinance2.
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Skeptical of Strangers

Apparently skepticism of strangers is a long tradition; an ongoing theme in California.

Immigration has always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Native American (Credit: Souix Nation)

Immigration has always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Native American (Credit: Souix Nation)

“What are we to do then? Shall we remain supine, while these daring strangers are overrunning our fertile plains, and gradually outnumbering and displacing us? Shall these incursions go on unchecked, until we shall become strangers in our own land?”

Who said that?

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All the Kings Horses and all the Kings Men . . .

Here’s an example of how a lone voice can halt big mistakes.

“It wasn’t a bad catch,” said George Haines, state unit fire chief in Monterey and San Benito counties.

When I spoke out on this issue, all the Fire “experts” and lawyers said I was wrong. They said that the County’s best fire experts had met many times over the course of a year – and that there was no problem.

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For Consumers: The Best Monterey Peninsula Businesses (and the Worst)

The Best (and worst) Monterey Peninsula Businesses

A business only gets on this list if —

1. I have had direct personal experience with them, and
2. They have provided exceptional service, reliably – with no bad experiences.

These local businesses prove that there are solid reasons for buying some services and products locally and not over the internet / web. It is notable that several of these excellent businesses are large corporations – both privately and publicly owned.
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Its in his Arrgh

Pirate's Arrgh

Pirate's Arrgh

I lived in Europe for a while teaching several subjects including English and French. In my experience listening to people with languages from different cultures – the “R” is the most difficult sound to get right – in many languages.

Scots roll a long “Arrrr” almost like a pirate. The French pronounce it more like whispering “air”, while Asians often mysteriously switch “R” and “L” sounds.
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Museum of Invisible Art – Really.

I couldn’t make this up.

Emperors New Clothes

Emperors New Clothes

There’s a museum that wants to sell collectors and art appreciators – Invisible Art . . . for real money.

Not kidding.

Museum for NonVisible Art

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The Four Legs of Democracy (How to Measure Democracy)

HOPE – Four Legs of Democracy

The Four Legs of Democracy
(Measuring Democracy)

(c) Copyright 1996-2012 David Dilworth

Our Planet has no genuine governmental Democracy as of 2012.

Some places, such as California, come close but we still await – the real thing. Many “leaders” want you to believe that the only criteria necessary for a democracy is allowing people to vote.

As you will see here, voting is not the only thing necessary for democracy, as you may be aware, voting can be totally nullified or corrupted.

Political Gap” Means Democracy is Lacking

Democracy is defined as “the Consent of the Governed.” It means shared power or shared governance. It can not reasonably be called consent when the most important political decisions made by government officials vary grossly from the will of most voters, from protection of the politically weak, and from the public good.

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Is California’s Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey PG&E’s Lapdog?

Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey

Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey
Former CEO of a Utility-Southern California Edison

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” – Otto Van Bismark

Well, today California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey officially denied being a lapdog to PG$E — “the $38 million fine should put to rest criticism that the agency is a ‘lapdog’ of PG$E.”

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In PG, Golf play stops at Sunset time – so must restaurant operations

Golf play stops at Sunset time – so must restaurant operations.

The Herald published an unsigned, misinformed and misleading editorial advocating for expansion of the Golf Club restaurant to the non-golf customers – after sunset hours. I wrote a response online, but their systems screwed up the formatting so it was barely readable. Here is what I wrote in a readable fashion (with minor improvements).

“the clubhouse [that residents] opposed for so long” = misleading.

The Herald editorial makes it sound like the Clubhouse is a new concept and that it was always opposed.

Both wrong.

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Pacific Grove Intends to Violate Law “But only Temporarily”

This Wednesday the PG Council has an agenda item to approve extending business hours at the hotly contested Golf Course Grill into the evening to accommodate non-golfers.

Because of the traffic and noise impacts to the neighborhood the Council is required to complete CEQA analysis before approving any such operation. In addition, because the land is zoned as Open Space any use that is not golf course or recreation related is prohibited by city law.

Pacific Grove City Mangler Tom Frutchey

Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey

However, even though the City attorney has explained this, city staff and a few Councilmembers don’t want to wait.

According to the Herald — “Several issues requiring review under the state Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) must be dealt with, he said, and a draft report under the act requires 30 days for the public to comment on it.”

So staff has prepared a way to approve what they want and effectively evade the law.
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Joe Fitzpatrick: A fun, respectable classy news guy

Joe Fitzpatrick - Great Guy

Joe Fitzpatrick - Great Guy

Jospeh Michael Fitzpatrick
December 17, 1923 ~ May 29, 2010

CARMEL VALLEY, CA – Joe Fitzpatrick, witty newsman best remembered for his “My Bag” column in the Monterey Herald, passed away “with a smile” Saturday, May 29, 2010. He died of sudden heart failure at the age of 86 while being prepared to return home after a brief stay in Community Hospital.

His care giver, Yvonne Jacobs, said that “he just smiled, laid back on his pillow and died” after she had shown Joe a picture of his dogs, Hussy and Higgins, on her i-phone and told him they were going home to see them. Joe had been incapacitated and in ill health for the past four years. But he retained his spirit – and a sense of humor – throughout.
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SmartMeters Facilitate Cyber War Against US

SmartMeters Facilitate Cyber War Against US
(c) Copyright 2011 David j Dilworth

This didn’t happen — yet.

New York Power Blackout 2003

New York Power Blackout 2003 (simulation)

“Within a quarter of an hour, 157 major metropolitan areas have been thrown into knots by a nationwide power blackout hitting during rush hour. . .

“Subways have crashed in New York, Oakland, Washington, and Los Angeles. . . . Aircraft are literally falling out of the sky as a result of midair collisions across the country. . . . Several thousand Americans have already died.”

Richard Clarke-Security Advisory to Presidents Obama & Bush

This is an excerpt from “Cyber War” by Richard Clarke, former National Security Advisor to Presidents Obama and Bush. Its an “edgy account of America’s vulnerability to hackers, both state-sponsored and individual, especially from China.” – Seymour Hersch, Online Threat, New Yorker, Nov 2010

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Got Toxic Meat ? Its Legal to Sell !

It’s not illegal to sell raw meat that tests positive for salmonella, campylobacter or listeria.

Raw Meat Threat

Raw Meat Threat


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KBOQ Replacement – WCPE (on WiFi Radio)

Many of my friends are upset that KBOQ changed away from the classical music it has played since 1983.

Here’s a quick and clean alternative.

1. Click here to get WCPE radio station on the Internet (Its in North Carolina).

WiFi Radio

WiFi Radio


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Hyper-Certainty Principle

Hyper-Certainty Principle:

“Data quality and quantity is inversely related to advocacy certainty and ferocity.”
-David Dilworth, 2008

Thus the less and worse data available – the more certain the advocacy. This is dramatically apparent where zero data, such as opinions (or dare I say – religion), inspires huge certainty and advocacy; far more passion than facts.

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Occupy Solutions: How to Stop Legalized Bribery in Congress

Occupy Solution: How to Stop Legalized Bribery in Congress
(c) Copyright 2011 David Dilworth

Campaign Bribery

Campaign Bribery

While the “Robin Hood Tax” is a good short term idea and rallying cry, and “Ending Corporate Personhood” is an even more powerful idea, if we really want to eliminate the “Political Gap,” and Restore Democracy we need powerful, substantial changes – now !

We need a law severing money from political decisions; which can be adopted easily and quickly.

This is far more powerful than “Campaign Finance Reform” and “Public Election Financing” which were gutted by two recent Supreme Court decisions (Citizens United and McComish v. Bennett)

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How City Bankruptcy Benefits Pacific Grove Residents

How City Bankruptcy Benefits Pacific Grove Residents
by John M. Moore for Pacific Grove Taxpayers Association

How could Pacific Grove’s Pension payout improve if City files for Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy ?

What follows is my analysis and opinion of the payout the City should request in its proposed Chapter 9 Plan (Municipal Bankruptcy under Federal law), for both current Pacific Grove retirees and for those who have worked for Pacific Grove and are not yet retired.

100 Million Needed

Pacific Grove’s Pension plan is supposed to have about 100 million dollars in it.

Only 42 Million Available

Based on the Calpers 2010 estimate, I believe the City’ Pension plan has a current deficit of about 40 million dollars.

In addition the City owes about $18 million in principal for the 2006 pension bonds, for a total deficit of $58 million, leaving a net of 42 million dollars to pay for 100 million dollars of pension promises.
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