Mendocino County Today: Saturday, Mar 5, 2016

by AVA News Service, March 4, 2016

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FLOOD WATCH continues, and the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory from 10 am to 6 pm PST Saturday.

  • South wind 15 to 30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH.
  • Locations include Crescent City, Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Kneeland, McKinleyville, Fickle Hill, Fort Bragg, Point Arena, and Mendocino.
  • Highways impacted: 101, 36, 199 and 299 including Berry  Summit.
  • Strong winds can make driving difficult, especially for  high profile vehicles.

For a detailed view of the hazard area visit wrh.noaa.gov/map.

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COACH LUIS ESPINOZA of the about-to-be small school champs of the Northcoast, the Anderson Valley High School Panthers, writes:

Watching the Championship Game Live Online

While I don't want to discourage anyone from attending what could be the game of the year for the Anderson Valley Boys Varsity Basketball team, I don't want anyone to miss it either. Because it is the championship game and it's close to the Bay Area I learned it will be broadcast live online on the National High School Sports Network. It's not free unfortunately but a one day fee is somewhere around $10. You would want to login and pay for it the day of the event and buy a 24 period to watch. I've attached what I believe is the link.

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/cifncs/7aa41724a0

Of course, everything is better live and in person so anyone that can should go. We match up well against this team and our speed will make this a fast paced game based on scouting reports coming out of other schools in our division who don't feel Emery should even be competing. I for one agree with the adage "You want to be the best, you've got to beat the best." Go Panthers. Glad you made the game the other night. Ugly but in the end a wins a win. For those traveling to the game it will be located at the Emery HS Gym 1100 47th St, Emeryville, CA. Start time for game is 7 PM. I know it's a busy weekend for the valley but I promise those that go, there will be another Variety Show next year, I'll cook spaghetti when I get back and the Quincenera can be a Sweet Sixteen. See everyone there.

Coach Espinoza

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A READER WRITES:

The Ukiah Daily Journal got a few points wrong in their article on the Ukiah Animal Shelter posted in the online AVA yesterday. Most glaring is that during the Supes meeting Tuesday, the interim shelter manager was NOT responsible for mentioning a "hostile work environment" investigation in regards to several volunteers. That was Supervisor Gjerde. Also, Ms. Mountainfire was put on leave before the volunteers were restricted.

One volunteer who was mistakenly put on restriction has followed the guidelines asked of her (no participation in shelter activity.) The others have not, and continue to post unnecessary and negative stuff — their own, or reposts from elsewhere, on the NEW county facebook page, which is set up to alert people about lost dogs and cats, and showcase adopted dogs and cats and event fliers. The past couple of days on the site has seen overtly negative articles about poor sheltering practices elsewhere in the country, etc, with an all too obvious purpose.

Though the shelter is obliged to let stand on its Facebook page posts written to imply its poor work, the social media pages of the pro-outsourcing people can and do delete posts they do not like and attack community members who ask questions or disagree, calling them names, etc., all while on a public forum. The whole enterprise is like junior high school on steroids. Welcome, brave new world.

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BALLOT MEASURE NOT REALLY ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY

by C. David Eyster

Thank you for your recent coverage of my efforts, as well as those of the California District Attorneys Association, to shine a spotlight on a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” initiative that is now pending review in the California Supreme Court. In brief, the Supreme Court has been asked to determine whether the Sacramento County judge’s order was correct in finding that the proponents improperly attempted to “take cuts in line” to get a bad initiative to the November ballot. To be clear, this is an initiative that will further wreak havoc with public safety by overriding important voter-approved laws without revealing those consequences and impacts to the voters.

Unfortunately, your page 2 headline last Friday -- “DA’s successfully stall proposed public safety measure” – inadvertently clouds what is happening. The measure in question -- The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 -- is not a “public safety measure;” rather, it is the opposite -- a sentence reduction and prison depopulation measure cynically intended to save money for the annual state budgeting process at the expense of public safety. My colleagues and I are not merely attempting to stall the measure; rather, we are trying to educate the public with the end goal of defeating bad policy and rebuking a false and misleading ballot measure.

If approved, the measure in question would overturn four decades of laws passed by the voters and Legislature that have lowered crime rates and protected the public by keeping the most serious criminals behind bars. Additionally, the stated goal of rehabilitating inmates, although laudable, is largely illusory because the measure neither defines nor funds programs necessary to accomplish this goal.

At its core, the initiative is a throwback to past failed policies that allowed corrections officials to release felons after they had served very short periods of incarceration. These practices produced record levels of violent crime and are strikingly similar to the policies the current initiative seeks to revive.

Among its many negative impacts, the so-called Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 would make the following changes:

  • Give the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation virtually unlimited authority to reduce sentences for “good behavior” without regard for the current limits on credits approved by the voters and Legislature. The initiative would enshrine this bureaucratic power in the California Constitution and authorize reductions for all classes of crime, including murder, rape, child molesting and human trafficking.
  • Grant criminals a constitutional right to be considered for parole after serving just a portion of their sentences without regard to the gravity or number of offenses committed.
  • Make criminals eligible for early parole consideration by disregarding consecutive sentences imposed by a judge for additional crimes, prior offenses and enhancements. This effectively treats the worst offenders the same as first-time offenders.
  • Nullify provisions of the Victims’ Bill of Rights enacted by voters in 1982, which requires enhancement of sentences for prior serious felony convictions.
  • Undermine the protections of Marsy’s Law, a second Victims’ Bill of Rights enacted by voters in 2008, which requires that sentences be carried out as ordered by the court, and mandates that sentences “shall not be substantially diminished by early release policies intended to alleviate overcrowding in custodial facilities.”
  • Abolish much of the Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act, passed by 62 percent of voters in 2000, by restricting the prosecution in adult court of juveniles charged with murder and other serious offenses.
  • Disregard the will of 81 percent of voters who enacted the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act, by allowing prison officials to reduce prison sentences of human traffickers.

The proponents should not be allowed to keep these adverse consequences hidden in the shadows. These consequences need to be openly discussed and that is what my colleagues and I will continue to do. As a group, we are committed to protecting our local communities from criminals. Serving as I do on the front line of the fight for public safety, I respectfully assert that the voters should be told the truth about the negative impacts that proposed laws will have on local public safety.

If and when this measure shows up on a clip board at a supermarket near you, it is my request that you please decline to sign the petition. Instead, save your signature for worthy causes that will not threaten or adversely impact the quality of life we all enjoy in Mendocino County.

(C. David Eyster is the Mendocino County District Attorney.)

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FROM THE DESK of the SFPD's laughing policeman, Captain Silverman of the Richmond District Station: Geary & 9th Ave

The suspect boarded a casino bound shuttle bus but she did not have a valid pass. The driver asked her to pay $10 and she refused. The suspect argued with the driver and declined other passengers’ offers to pay her fare. The driver called the SFPD and officers tried repeatedly to convince the suspect to leave the bus. They explained that she would be arrested if she did not get off. When she refused, they tried to gently escort her off. She punched one officer and bit another so hard that his wound required medical attention.

Captain’s Note: Some days you take a bite out of crime… Other days, crime takes a bite out of you. Fortunately, the officer is okay. The suspect has been charged by the DA’s Office.

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SAUNA GROPER

Novosartov

Novosartov

On Friday, February 26, at about 12:15 pm, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported sexual battery that occurred at a resort located in the 13000 block of Orr Springs Road in Ukiah. Upon arrival, Deputies contacted an adult female who reported she was lying down in a sauna steam room when she was inappropriately touched on an intimate part of her body by an unknown adult male. The adult female slapped the adult male's hand away and confronted him about the conduct, resulting in him leaving the sauna. Deputies searched the resort property and located the unknown adult male who was identified as being Armen Novosartov (age 44) from Novato. Novosartov was subsequently arrested for the listed charge (243.4(A) PC [Touching the intimate parts of another against their will]) and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Two movies from Scotland (My people! My people!)

An ultra-vi thriller called The Disappearance of Alice Creed and The Angels' Share, the former a clever kidnap saga, the latter centered, more or less, in fine whiskeys, and also heavy on the ultra-vi. Both are by the great director, Ken Loach, whose dramatic film about the Spanish Civil War, Land and Freedom, is wonderful beyond wonder. Alice Creed and Angels are also interesting as blue collar slices-of-life. I won't spoil things for you with plot lines — NPR's movie critics are so annoying in a hyper-academic way you want to track them down and… Anyway, as most of you know, the Brits (we'll include the Scots as Brits here, much as they'd rather not be included) employ actors who (1) can act (2) look like real people, not the Barbies and Kewpie Boys who dominate our movies, not that there aren't some good ones down there in Tinsel Town. And, boy, can the Scots swear!

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FUTURE HOME: America's Last Newspaper

FutureHome

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ON MARCH 2, 2016, at about 9:08pm an unidentified male was described as walking in lanes of traffic and not moving for vehicles on Talmage Road east of Babcock Road. Catherine Higgs was driving a 2004 Infiniti on Talmage Road westbound east of Babcock Road. The male was walking in the westbound lane for an unknown reason. Subsequently the Infiniti collided with the male causing moderate damage to the passenger side of the Infiniti. The Infiniti came to rest on the right hand shoulder of Talmage Road westbound. The male succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Catherine Higgs was determined to be under the influence of drugs and was subsequently arrested. Higgs was then booked into the Mendocino County Jail. The identity of the deceased pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of family. The investigation continues.

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ON MARCH 1, 2016, 7:01 AM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office with assistance from law enforcement personnel from the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force, County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Justice executed a search warrant at a residence located in the 46000 block of Fisherman Drive in Laytonville.

During the execution of the warrant, Nicolas Scarberry, 36, of Laytonville, was seen to have a handgun in his waistband and was confronted by law enforcement personnel. Scarberry was given verbal commands, which he failed to follow. Sheriff's K-9 "Ruddick" was deployed at which time Scarberry was apprehended without injury to the K-9 or law enforcement personnel. It was later determined that Scarberry was in possession of a loaded handgun. During a search of the property personnel located over 100 pounds of processed marijuana, an active hash oil lab, processed hash oil, over 1,000 butane canisters, a small amount of heroin, numerous prohibited firearms and bullet resistant body armor.

Scarberry, French, Quiroga

Scarberry, French, Quiroga

Johnathan Jay French, 40, and Armando Quiroga, 52, both of Laytonville, were contacted at the scene resulting in them being placed under arrest for the manufacturing of hash oil and committing or attempting a crime while armed with a firearm. French and Quiroga were subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where they were to be held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Scarberry was arrested for possession of hash oil, possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing hash oil, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, felon in possession of body armor and being in possession of prohibited weapons. Scarberry was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $100,000 bail. In addition, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has received information that Scarberry may have been involved in the commission of numerous thefts while posing as a law enforcement official. If you have any information regarding this potential activity then please contact the Sheriff's Office tip line by calling 707-234-2100 or at crimetip@mendocinosheriff.com by email.

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CASH RELIEF FOR STRUGGLING CRABBERS?

California commercial crab fishermen, many struggling to keep their businesses afloat amidst an unprecedented season closure caused by a toxic algae bloom, could see more than $130 million in disaster relief under a last-ditch federal proposal to bail them out of financial doom.

Bay Area Reps. Jackie Speier and Jared Huffman introduced the legislation this week, more than three months after commercial crabbing was shuttered by state officials due to dangerous levels of a neurotoxin found in Dungeness and rock crabs caught along the coastline from Santa Barbara County to Oregon.

“We are here today, as you can tell, surrounded by fishermen who aren’t working,” Speier, D-Hillsborough, said at a news conference Friday outside Scoma’s Restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf. “To lose that money, to lose that income, is devastating.”

Speier’s office estimated that commercial crab fishermen have lost $68 million this season, while related businesses, such as restaurants that depend on selling the seafood delicacy to diners, are down about $70 million.

Last month, the California Department of Public Health green lighted recreational Dungeness crab fishing near San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Monterey — but commercial crabbing remains dead in the water.

The bill proposed by Speier and Huffman — the Crab Emergency Disaster Assistance Act of 2016 — seeks to appropriate about $138 million in disaster funds to fishermen and small businesses, including restaurants, that were banking on the commercial season. Sen. Barbara Boxer is expected to introduce its companion bill on Monday.

On top of disaster assistance, the legislation would include $1 million for sampling and monitoring of the neurotoxin, domoic acid, which is produced from marine algae blooms. Another $5 million would go toward grants administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for research on the biotoxin and the growing blooms from which it sprouts.

But it may take quite a bit of time before anyone sees the money.

Funds from the legislation are contingent upon a disaster declaration by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, whose office declined to comment Friday on the possibility, and a potentially lengthy appropriations process in the House and Senate.

“This is a Congress that doesn’t do a heckuva lot,” Huffman, D-San Rafael, said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

John Barnett, 50, a fisherman who has caught crabs commercially for 10 years, had to take out loans from his retirement account to do engine work on his boat, The Amigo. But he counts himself among the lucky ones in his hard-hit industry. Fishermen who watched the news conference at the pier said they know crabbers who needed to mortgage their homes to make ends meet.

“We’re just waiting,” Barnett said. “We want to go out and fish. No one wants a handout.”

Crustacean fishing for many is the most lucrative time of year. Many of those in California’s $90 million crabbing industry also took a hit last year with a blighted salmon season, another one of which may be around the corner.

Fisherman Jim Anderson, 64, who sits on the state’s Dungeness Crab Task Force, said about 95 percent of his income depends on crabbing. The disaster assistance, he emphasized, would “make us whole — it’s not asking for a windfall.”

The crisis in fisheries and on dinner tables originated in a massive harmful algal bloom that contains an algae by the name of Pseudo-nitzschia. The diatom is believed to produce domoic acid, which climbs up the food chain and can wreak permanent brain damage on consumers — be they Dungeness crabs, clams, sea lions or humans, for whom the illness is called amnesic shellfish poisoning.

Years before the closure of fisheries, Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center was dealing with the biotoxin in pinnipeds.

The domoic acid cases appear to be on the rise, according to Dr. Cara Field, a veterinarian at the center. In previous years, the algal blooms spiked in the summer and autumn, she said, but it persisted year-round in 2015, leading to an intake of about 235 patients, some of whom “don’t remember where to go to be a normal sea lion,” Field said.

Cessation of commercial crabbing cast newfound scrutiny on the rise of harmful algal blooms, which have largely stumped marine scientists. Doctors like Field are hopeful research funds from the bill could help close the knowledge gap.

In the meantime, commercial fishermen are cautiously awaiting a possible go-ahead from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, despite the best part of the season, which begins in November and lasts until June, having come and gone.

Jacky Douglas, 87, who captains the Wacky Jacky and takes people salmon fishing, lamented the closure of crab fisheries.

“It’s their livelihood we’re talking about,” she said. “We’re all part of the ocean brotherhood.”

(Courtesy, the San Francisco Chronicle)

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KYLE BYER, 34, of Willits, was killed Thursday night when his westbound Ford F350 truck careened off the Covelo Road and into the Eel River near Dos Rios in Mendocino County, CHP officials said. The cause of the accident is not known, but Byer's truck turned over many times on the long and steep incline between the road and the river before it landed, cab down, in the fast-flowing water.

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CATCH OF THE DAY, March 4, 2016

Badger, Bailey, Borup, Brint

Badger, Bailey, Borup, Brint

RENEE BADGER, Santa Rosa/Fort Bragg. Protective order violation.

TABOR BAILEY, Modesto/Fort Bragg. Controlled substance, failure to appear.

DAVID BORUP, Laytonville. Court order violation, failure to appear.

ZACHARY BRINT, Ukiah. Criminal threats.

Clark, Davis, Hernandez, Hernandez-Sutherland

Clark, Davis, Hernandez, Hernandez-Sutherland

ROBERT CLARK, Boonville. Under influence, failure to appear, probation revocation.

KAILEB DAVIS, Ukiah. Battery, petty theft, misdemeanor hit&run, vandalism, drunk in public.

DAVID HERNANDEZ, Eureka/Ukiah. Meth possession, sale of meth, possession of drugs while armed, armed with firearm, concealed weapon, etc.

MIGUEL HERNANDEZ-SUTHERLAND, Ukiah. Under influence, dirk-dagger, probation revocation.

McConnon, Page, Specieday

McConnon, Page, Specieday

PATRICK MCCONNON, Lucerne. Drunk in public.

MARTIN PAGE, Willits. Under influence, probation revocation.

CHEYENNE SPECIEDAY, Fort Bragg. Vehicle theft, controlled substance.

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ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY

A certain Rolling Stones song has been playing in my head all day. “And Goodbye, Rubio Bluesday…..” Who will be Ruby this time around? Trump is a genius. No other mortal could take on the world the way he has. Not even Hitler. He’s ten times the man Hitler could have ever hoped to be and he has a beautiful wife and beautiful children. The entire Global Elite has lined up against him and he’s winning. Since I generally lean anti-establishment, I have to say, I respect what he’s accomplished.

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HILLARY MUST BE FEELING SCORCHED. How dare some multi-married megalomaniac upend destiny and orchestrate her defeat with such aplomb when she has been a lady-in-waiting loyalist, working from Wife Of and stand-by-her-man sycophant despite his flagrant philandering to……….. an exalted station, a political force in her own right, a power dealer, pushing mind against muscle, overthrowing heads of state, producing wastelands, breaking lives, tossing human beings into hopelessness? If it’s Hillary and Donald: He. Will. Peel. Her. Skin.

— Missy Beattie

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"WHILE THERE IS A LOWER CLASS, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free."
--Eugene Debs, Statement to the Court, Upon Being Convicted of Violating the Sedition Act (September 18, 1918)

THE DEATH OF THE LAST VETERAN OF THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE

Del Berg, 100, was one of the Americans who volunteered to fight Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War, and he never stopped fighting for leftist causes.

by David A. Graham

Del Berg nearly died around 10 a.m. one sunny day in August 1939.

The 23-year-old American was staying at a monastery outside Valencia, Spain, when Italian bombers flew over and dropped their payload. The bombs were aimed for a nearby rail depot, but they hit the monastery instead. Berg, who was on the second floor, and the men he was with frantically climbed downstairs on a pipe. Berg was last, and it was only when he’d gotten down he realized his shirt was soaked in blood. Shrapnel had struck his liver.

That piece of shrapnel was still in Berg’s liver when he died — more than 76 years later, on Sunday at his home in California. He was 100.

Although the bombardment was not intended for Berg and his compatriots, the Italians wouldn’t have shed any tears. Mussolini’s air force was flying sorties in Iberia on behalf of General Francisco Franco, the Fascist fighting for control in the Spanish Civil War. Berg was there as a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of idealistic, often far-leftist Americans who took up arms on behalf of the doomed Spanish Republic. He was believed to be the last surviving member of the brigades.

Around 3,000 young men volunteered for the fight, slipping surreptitiously into Spain. About 800 of them were killed. The war ended in 1939, with Franco victorious. He would go on to lead a repressive dictatorship until his death in 1975. Some of the brigadiers who returned led fairly straightforward mid-century American lives, but not Berg. After returning to the United States in 1939, he was drafted by the U.S. Army and sent to New Guinea. Discharged in 1942 because of his wounds from Spain, Berg promptly joined the Communist Party USA, and led a life of activism throughout his life.

Berg was an old-school leftist—the type who came by his politics not from theory but from life. Born Delmer Berg in December 1915, his father was a tenant farmer. “I was born into a very poor farm family in Southern California.” he told the Anderson Valley Advertiser in 2013. “We lived near Modesto, and I became a radical early on in life.”

A dishwasher with a union card, 21-year-old Berg was walking down a street in Hollywood when he saw a sign on the side of a building: “Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.” He walked in and asked to go to Spain. They explained they couldn’t directly send him, but they helped direct him. What followed was a circuitous process involving various offices, unmarked doors, and a dour, crippled World War I veteran. Eventually, Berg took a cross-country bus to New York, and then he and other volunteers took an ocean liner to Paris followed by a broken-down bus to near the Spanish border.

In Spain, Berg helped install communication lines for anti-aircraft batteries. The war is considered a test-run for the heavy bombardment of the Second World War, and it afforded Adolf Hitler and Mussolini a chance to try out tactics on behalf of Franco. The Soviet Union aided the Republicans. (The methods were still a little rough, which is one reason the monastery was struck: “‘If you want to be safe,’ we used to say, ‘go to where the fascists want to bomb.’”) Berg also fought in the Battle of the Ebro, the war’s biggest battle.

He sometimes claimed political naïveté about the conflict—“I didn't know a damn thing politically. We were just kids. We wanted to do something to help the Spanish people” — but back in the states, Berg continued to espouse leftist and radical causes. He was vice president of his local NAACP chapter — at a time when he was reportedly the only white member. He worked with Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers. Later, he protested nuclear weapons and the Vietnam War.

During the McCarthyite 1950s, Berg said federal agents questioned his family and friends, but they didn’t ever question him directly, which he attributed to the place he lived: a trailer between a Pentecostal church and a whorehouse on the wrong side of the tracks in Modesto. “They hesitated coming to the black community,” Berg told The Union Democrat in 2007, but he did not.

In 1966, the House Un-American Activities Committee wanted to question him. “They could never find me to serve a summons,” he boasted in 2012 to The Volunteer, an Abraham Lincoln Brigade veterans’ paper. He said that the two proudest moments of his life were “when I was elected vice president of the local NAACP, and when one of my grandsons was valedictorian at his Oregon high school graduation and said in a newspaper interview, ‘My grandfather is my inspiration. He’s a Communist!’”

Berg remained dogged in his political pursuits up until the end of his life. In 2007, he told The Union Democrat that his hearing was making it hard for him to go to meetings and speak out on the topics he cared about — including fighting for national health care and against the privatization of Social Security — but that he had to keep it up: “Sometimes, if I don’t do it, no one else will.”

In 2014, a reporter for People’s World, the digital offspring of the old Communist paper the Daily Worker, visited Berg at his self-built home. The 98-year-old demanded to hear what had happened at the last AFL-CIO convention. In an interview with The New York Times last year, he lamented his unfinished work. “It bothers me a little that at 99 you’re going to die any minute, because I have a lot of other things I want to do,” he said.

Yet it’s hard to imagine many people getting quite so much out of life as Berg did in his century. And with his passing marking the end of the survivors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, it’s a little harder to imagine the horror of the Spanish Civil War.

(Courtesy, The Atlantic)

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THE BIG CHILL: THE DONALD, AND THE JUDAS GOAT: THE BIG PICTURE ON 2016

by Paul Street

Candidates We Hate

What could be more absurd than the longstanding died-in-the-wool neoliberal corporatist and arch-imperial war hawk Hillary Clinton striding up to a victory podium with Black, Latino/a, and Muslim people cheering backstage and signs pasted all around saying “Fighting for Us”? I don’t know…maybe the blustering, white-nationalist real estate tycoon, television bully, and World Wrestling personality Donald Trump posing as the champion of the American working man?

So here it is. The “hidden primary of the ruling class” (Laurence Shoup) has spoken with an ugly verdict this last stupefying Super Tuesday. We can smell what the Rock of Class Rule is cooking up for the latest quadrennial extravaganza. It’s emitting the usual faint odor of inverted fascism more strongly than any time in recent memory.

We can feel the Big Chill[ary] in our bones as The Queen of Chaos gears up for the ultimate quadrennial cage match with the new Latter Day Mussolini, poised to become “Silvio Berlusconi with nukes” (Roger Cohen). We are being handed a great authoritarian “choice” between two noxious, super-wealthy presidential candidates we rightly loathe. In one corner, Hillary “My Turn” Clinton weighs in with a Quinnipaic rating of 56% unfavorable vs. 39% favorable. In the other corner, The Donald tips the scales at 59% unfavorable v. 34% favorable. “You hate your selection? Too bad, ungrateful underlings! Now open wide so we can shove this slop down your throat.”

Both of the candidates exude violence and authoritarianism to a disturbing degree. Hillary says “we came, we saw, he died.” The victims of the blood-drenched madness she’s helped advance in the name of humanitarianism in Syria, North Africa, Honduras and elsewhere can testify to the misery she inflicts. Trump talks flippantly of shooting people and punching protesters in the face. He mocks the disabled, engages in the macho jeering of women, and goes off on anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican tirades. He promises to expand U.S. militarism like no previous president to “make America great again.”

Judas Goat

Oh but what about Bernie? Send the Judas Goat back to his comfortable perch as Vermont Senator for Life, I say. My distaste for Sanders has only grown with the primary contest. His doomed and nominally socialist, socialism-neutering campaign feeds the deadly illusion that progressive, social-democratic policies lack majority support in the U.S. Nothing could be further from the truth but the Bernie madness and failure helps cloak the reality. It also helps Hillary seem to have emerged victorious from a serious and democratic debate about the issues. Truly, it would have been better for her to ascend to the top of the Democratic ticket through a more transparently corporatist coronation.

Then comes the deepened sense of popular powerlessness engendered when Sanders tells his supporters to vote for Hillary, a candidate who epitomizes much of what he at least claims to be against. He promised to do this from the start, pledging not to be “spoiler like Ralph Nader.” Trump likes to tweet a quote attributed to Mussolini: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” Bernie will ask millions to vote like sheep on the day he gives his concession speech.

On the very day that Sanders announced his candidacy as a Democrat (still pretending to not already have been a de facto Democrat for many years) last May, the veteran Black left activist and commentator Bruce Dixon identified Bernie in Chicago as a “sheepdog”: a fake “contender” whose basic mission is to rally understandably disaffected voters and non-voters to the dismal corporate-military Democratic Party. Sanders as much as admitted the accuracy of the designation when he gave the following debate remarks in the course of telling CNN‘s Anderson Cooper what he meant by “democratic socialism”: “The facts that are very simple. Republicans win when there is a low voter turnout, and that is what happened last November. Sixty-three percent of the American people didn’t vote, Anderson. Eighty percent of young people didn’t vote. We are bringing out huge turnouts, and creating excitement all over this country. Democrats at the White House on down will win, when there is excitement and a large voter turnout, and that is what this campaign is doing.” That sure made Frederick Engels proud.

Actually, I think “sheepdog” is too mild. Here is Wikipedia’s definition of the term Judas Goat: “a trained goat used in general animal herding. The Judas goat is trained to associate with sheep or cattle, leading them to a specific destination. In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared. Judas goats are also used to lead other animals to specific pens and onto trucks. They have fallen out of use in recent times, but can still be found in various smaller slaughterhouses in some parts of the world, as well as conservation projects.”

A “sheepdog” the canine just moves the sheep around in the pasture. They get to live on eating grass and getting shorn of their wool every so often. Not bad. A “Judas Goat” send other sentient beings to their death. The second metaphor better captures the Democratic Party’s time-honored role (ably documented in Lance Selfa’s excellent book The Democrats: a Critical History) as the graveyard of social movements and independent people’s politics. Maybe I’m overdoing the anthropomorphic thing (apologies to Orwell and others) but the analogy stands. The Democratic Party (with which Sanders has been strongly if stealthily affiliated since at least the early 1990s) is the great and longstanding killing floor for radical and grassroots activism and protest. Its dreadful track record as a social justice cemetery goes back at least to the Populist rebellion of the 1890s and up through the industrial workers’ movement of the 1930s and Civil Rights, Black power, feminist, Chicano/a rights, immigrant rights, and gay rights movements during and since the 1960s. The dismal, demobilizing Dems’ leaders have not been averse to combing repression with co-optation, as when Democratic president Woodrow Wilson incarcerated and deported American socialists and anarchists during and after World War One. Presidents Kennedy and Johnson harassed, infiltrated, and spied on Civil Rights and antiwar activists. Barack Trans Pacific Obama’s savagely neoliberal administration helped coordinate the violent dismantlement of the Occupy Movement (this even while “Wall Street Barry” stole Occupy’s rhetoric for deployment against Mitt Romney) by Democratic Party-run city governments across the U.S in the fall of 2011.

The “Purist” Charge

One of the more depressing parts of The Bernie Sanders Experience for an actual independent American radical socialist like (well) myself has been to be told by fellow “progressives” and even “leftists” that one is engaging in a selfish, even narcissistic exercise in “moral purity” and “extremism” when one has the decency to situate the longstanding de facto Democrat Sanders in this unpleasant history. It is apparently the duty of all serious leftists to muzzle their observations of fake-left sheep-doggery and Judas Goatery past and present. We are expected also to suppress basic reporting and commentary on some rather ugly parts of Sanders’ record, past and present, including his failures to seriously attack the American global Empire project and Pentagon system (whose massive budgetary take renders Bernie’s ambitious progressive domestic agenda largely mute); his open embrace of Obama’s Drone War; his reference to the anti-totalitarian hero Edward Snowden as a criminal; his sickening defense of Israel’s mass murder of Palestinian children in Gaza; his vote for the funding of U.S. military forces occupying Iraq (despite his admirable vote against authorizing George W. Bush to invade); his support of the Obama administration’s criminal and provocative actions in Ukraine; his equally terrible support (as a fake-independent US Congressman) for Bill Clinton’s unnecessary and criminal bombing of Serbia (urged on Bill by the Queen of Chaos in her First Lady days); his championing of the murderous F-35 Fighter Jet in the name of stealth military Keynesianism (“jobs for Vermont”); his call for the arch-reactionary and arch-fundamentalist, head-chopping Saudi Arabian regime (leading center of Wahhabist ideology) to step up its murderous military role in the Middle East (good grief!); his ridiculous defense of the abjectly corporatist and terribly misnamed Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) as a first step to real social-democratic health care (single-payer); his sad support of rampant, mind-numbing standardized testing in K-12 education; his tepid record and statements on immigrant rights and racial justice; his abject failure to seriously call the Clintons out on their full, longstanding, and deep records of corporate neoliberalism, imperialism, classism, eco-cidalism racism, and mass-incarceration-ism.

For an actual radical socialist to note all this and more terrible to mention (including not least of all Sanders’ insidious, Judas-like watering down of the meaning of socialism to connote at leftmost a hint of Scandinavian social democracy) in Bernie’s record is to be accused of parading around to “demonstrate the superiority of one’s politics.” Wow.

Racial Fail

Nothing is more pathetic perhaps than Sandernistas who say they just can’t understand why Hillary has beat Sanders so badly with the Black primary vote. If Sanders had been remotely serious about getting Black voters, he would have run early and hard against the Clintons’ vicious and deeply racist 1996 welfare “reform” (a measure that Hillary writes about with great admiration in her recent memoir). He would also have gone after Hillary’s horrible, racist remarks on Abe Lincoln and Reconstruction and at the (co-president) Clintons’ three strikes mass incarceration-ist crime bill. He would have spent more energy trumpeting the contrast between his early 1960s civil rights activism and Hillary’s racist Goldwater Girl origins. He would have talked about how the corporate-neoliberal “New Democrat” tendency that the Clintons helped champion in Arkansas meant pushing the Democratic Party further away from any substantive concern with racial justice. He would have avoided his foolish standoffishness about reparations and dropped his underlying suggestion that liberal-Keynesian economic policy will provide a nice color-blind and social-democratic solution to the nation’s stark racial disparities and oppression. There was a lot of racial justice material for Bernie to work with and an old white guy from super-Caucasian Vermont needed to work with it if he was at all serious about taking Black votes from the Clinton machine. He failed badly here.

Match-Up Fantasies

Nothing is more lame than the Sandernistas’ whining about Blacks except perhaps their citing of primary season match-up polls to tell us that Bernie would do better than Hillary Clinton against the Republican candidate (Trump, barring a coup of some kind at or before the Republican National Convention) in November. Sorry, but no. Match-up polls in the primary season are worthless, or close. The bigger reality is that a nomination of the “socialist” Sanders by the Democratic Party – always a wild progressive fantasy – would send vast piles of 1% and Super-PAC cash otherwise earmarked for Hillary to the GOP candidate. The red- or at least pink-baiting project funded by big Republican donors would likely be effective and it would get no small assist from a corporate media that has obsessed over the quasi-fascist Trump’s every word and gesture while steadily downplaying and ignoring the giant crowds turning out for Bernie’s progressive rallies.

My semi-educated guess is that the nation’s unelected dictatorship of money would prefer the – let’s be honest – moderate de facto Republican Hillary in the White House over a GOP lunatic and wild card like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. At the same time, the real masters atop the deep state financial corporatoracy love divided government and would like to keep the game going with one party in charge of the WH and the other party in charge of Congress. But not to the extent of letting a self-described socialist into the presidency.

A Radical Hillary Dividend?

Is there anything for leftists to be happy about here? Sure. The smart money still has Hillary prevailing in November and it’s better for the left to have a corporate Democrat than a corporate Republican in the White House for two key reasons different from those given in the self-fulfilling, viciously circular Lesser Evil argument many progressive intellectuals and activists (including some of the left’s best and brightest) make every four years. First, the presence of a Democrat in the nominal top U.S. job is always usefully instructive for young workers and citizens. It helps demonstrate the richly bipartisan nature of the American plutocracy and Empire. The people need to see and experience how the intolerable misery and oppression imposed by capitalism and its evil twin imperialism live on when Democrats hold the White House.

Second, the presence of a Republican in the White House tends to fuel the illusion among progressives and others that the main problem in the country is that the wrong party holds executive power and that all energy and activism must be directed at fixing that. In other words, if McCain had won in 2008, we wouldn’t have gotten the briefly remarkable Occupy Movement but rather a big Get the Vote out for Barack or Hillary movement in 2011. (It’s the same perhaps for Fight 4 15 and Black Lives Matter if Mitt Romney had won in 2012.) And here let me quote a self-declared Sandernista, Ron Jacobs, who disagrees with me about Bernie but shares my sense that it is not at all useful for left organizing to have Republicans in the White House:

“There are those who incorrectly think having an extremist like Trump or another Republican in the White House will make it easier to organize opposition, like it was during GW Bush’s regime…The problem with this line of thinking is that those numbers in the streets in the Bush years ended up being used by the Obama campaign – a fact that effectively stifled most movements for social justice once Obama was elected. If Hillary Clinton wins the White House the likelihood of a popular movement for social justice and led by the Left has a much better chance than one that merely opposes a reactionary GOP regime. Remember, it was during Bill Clinton’s term that the anti-neoliberal capitalism movement organized and grew into a massive popular and militant movement around the world.”

There is, yes, the problem of Democrats in the White House functioning to stifle social movements and perhaps especially peace activism. But there’s more good news here about a Hillary presidency. Not all Democratic presidents are equally good at shutting progressive activism down. As the likely Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein recently noted in an interview with me, Hillary Clinton will have considerably less capacity to deceive and bamboozle progressive and young workers and citizens than Barack Obama enjoyed in 2007-08. Obama, Stein notes, was fairly new on the scene. Hillary, by contrast, “has been a warmonger who never found a war she didn’t love forever!” Hillary’s corporatist track record – ably documented in Doug Henwood’s book My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency (her imperial track record receives equally impressive treatment in Diana Johnstone’s volume Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton) – is also long and transparently bad.

By the Way…

Dare I say that a Hillary Clinton administration might, combined with objective circumstances of capitalist and imperial rule that are only going to get worse and worse (the profits system has nothing left to offer any but the wealthy few), help make America a left organizers’ paradise? I will also add something that the mass corporate media and the broader, Big Business-managed media won’t tell you this year any more than they did in 2012 or 2008 or 2004 or 2000: if you want to vote (and it’s certainly understandable if you don’t) for a presidential candidate who is neither a lesser nor a greater evil next November, guess what? That candidate – imagine – will be on your ballot, even if kept out of the officially sanctioned debates. Her name is Jill Stein of the Green Party, whose core platform includes a thoroughly do-able program to save livable ecology (the biggest issue of our or any time, by the way) while creating millions of good paying and socially and environmentally-necessary jobs, slashing the disastrous Empire budget to help pay for programs to eliminate poverty, health care insecurity and eco-cide. Now that Bernie is done for (and he is, despite the denial that prevails among his more passionate supporters), those who want to use the presidential ballot as a vehicle for progressive change (I’m more of a social movement type but I always take five minutes once every four years to vote for the most viable and sensible third party left candidate) might want to think outside the two party box that way next fall.

(Paul Street’s latest book is They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014. Courtesy, CounterPunch.org)

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CREATE A GARDEN ANYWHERE WITH STRAW BALES

by Melinda Myers

Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This technique allows gardeners to create raised bed gardens on a patio, lawn or any area with poor compacted soil. Straw bale gardening has been around for centuries, but thanks to Joel Karsten’s book “Straw Bale Gardens” it has gained new popularity.

All that is needed are a few straw bales, fertilizer, a bit of compost and time to condition, plant and water the garden.

Be sure to purchase straw bales made from alfalfa, wheat, oats, rye or other cereal grain that have less weed seeds than hay. Start a few weeks before the designated planting date.

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Place the bales in their permanent location with the cut sides up and twine parallel to the ground. Once you start the condition process, the bales will be very heavy and hard to move. When the bales are in place you are ready to start the conditioning process. This is done to start the inside of the straw bales composting, so they’ll support plant growth.

On day one, spread fertilizer over the top of the bale. Use a ½ cup of a complete garden fertilizer or three cups of an organic fertilizer like Milorganite (milorganite.com). Then completely moisten the bale. The organic fertilizers feed the microorganisms that help decompose the straw into a nutrient rich planting medium.

Thoroughly soak the bale everyday. On days three and five you will add more fertilizer at the same rate used on day one.

Days seven through nine use half the rate used on day one. This would be ¼ cup of a complete garden fertilizer or 1 ½ cups of an organic fertilizer. Thoroughly water the bale each time.

On day ten you will add one cup of 10-10-10 or three cups of an organic fertilizer rich in phosphorous and potassium. This completes the conditioning process.

Bales treated with a complete fertilizer should be ready to plant. You may need to wait a few more days when using an organic fertilizer. The inside of the bale should be the temperature of warm bath water or cooler for planting. If it is hotter than this, wait for the bale to cool a bit before you plant.

Use a trowel to pry open a hole in the bale. Place the plant in the hole and cover the roots with potting mix or compost.

Create a planting bed for seeds by covering the bale with a one- to two-inch thick layer of planting mix. Follow the planting directions on the back of the seed packet.

Regular watering is critical for success with this method. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation make this an easier task. You can also use gallon milk jugs with holes in the bottom or inverted two-liter soda bottles placed near the base of each plant to provide water where it is needed.

Give your straw bale garden a nutrient boost about once a month or as needed throughout the growing season.

Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to growing a productive straw bale garden to enjoy throughout the season.

Gardening expert Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and spokesperson for Milorganite. Myers’ website is www.melindamyers.com.

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“THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION"

by Big Man Howard

The film by producer Stanley Nelson, entitled "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" is a well-produced documentary with a specific focus. Nelson makes good use of footage of actual events and music from the era to serve as both a background and accompaniment for the main ingredient of this film - comments from a number of former Black Panther Party members, featuring mainly some of the so-called "rank and file" members. This is, in and of itself, a unique achievement, as most other films have never done this, but solely relied on interviews with the leaders. This particular film concentrates on giving the viewer a closer look at The Black Panther Party, from a particular perspective. It, by no means, even begins to tell the "whole story" of The Black Panther Party. No one film can do that - the Black Panther Party was the most revolutionary and progressive group of freedom fighters of modern times. I think that Stanley Nelson produced the best film he could with the information, materials, time and money that he had to work with. He also did a good job of getting the film out there to allow as much of the public as possible the opportunity to see it. To critics and detractors of Nelson and the film, I say this: There is indeed much more of this story to tell, including more of the vital and innovative community programs and the many accomplishments of The Black Panther Party. There are still so many of our comrades locked up in dungeons for more than three and four decades. There are still many more former Black Panther Party members who have important stories to tell and I would encourage future film-makers to seek information from them while they are still around.

Some of what we did: The Black Panther Party engaged and worked to solve the problems of poor and oppressed people in America and around the world. We did this through very hard work, commitment, dedication and solidarity. We started with feeding the hungry through our free food programs, then came our free clothes and shoe programs. These programs led to more - free plumbing services, free ambulance services and free medical clinics. We organized rent strikes to force landlords to remove lead-based paints from tenant housing. We escorted the elderly to cash their checks and to the store, etc. We gave rides to people who needed transportation to see their loved ones in the hell-holes this government calls "prisons".We lent support and joined the farm workers in their struggle for fair wages and working and living conditions. With the Black Panther Party Newspaper as an informative tool, many in the world were educated to the evils of wars created by capitalistic and corporate greed and racist aggression against countries of people of color . We exposed the profiteers of these wars and awakened people to the fact that poor and disadvantaged youths, predominantly those of color, were the ones fighting and dying in these wars. We fully supported the student/anti-war movement against the Vietnam War and supported other movements which molded themselves after the Black Panther Party - The Brown Berets, AIM, The Young Patriots and others. With the need for improved education, the Black Panther Party joined with students across America in demanding that Black, Asian, Latino and Native-American history courses be taught in colleges and universities and that degrees be awarded in these studies. So many programs now had their beginnings stem from what we in the Black Panther Party fought for. Taking this a step further though, to combat the sub-standard education being given to poor children in public grade schools in our communities, some Black Panther Party Chapters started their own community schools. These were called Liberation Schools and they were free.

On the international level, the Black Panther Party was followed by and interested, thousands world-wide and speakers from the BPP were sought after.

Our newspaper made this possible and our Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas, was an integral part of all of that. His art reflected the conditions of poor and disenfranchised peoples of color here and everywhere. It spoke to people in Asia, Africa and Latin America. To this present day, Emory is in demand and travels extensively, lecturing on his art and how it reflects the world we live in. Today's crises of police killings of Black and other disenfranchised people is nothing new. This was our struggle - the Black Panther Party formed to put a stop to this some fifty years ago. The fight was not just about guns and confrontations but it was about making efforts to change laws and the system that breeds brutality by so-called law enforcement, along with the militarization of police.

We wanted mandatory Community Control of Police - the Black Panther Party worked very hard and got Community Control of Police put on the ballot in Berkeley, CA. It did not pass but it educated the community and showed that there is strength in unity. So these are some examples of what other films on the Black Panther Party could use as material to educate people and disperse more knowledge around the world. For me, the community programs and the overwhelming desire to serve the people, the struggle of the masses world-wide, how important it is to identify with their struggles and the absolute belief that power lies in the hands of the people, that's what it is all about. Let's have some films which aren't about personalities and super-stars but about what dedicated people working together can achieve for humanity.

--Elbert "Big Man" Howard, March 1, 2016 Santa Rosa, CA

(Elbert "Big Man" Howard is one of the six founding members of the Black Panther Party and is an author, lecturer and community activist in Sonoma County.)

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MARCH 17, 2016 MENDOCINO COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/planning/meetings.htm

Only one item on the agenda:

CASE#: R_2015-0003
DATE FILED: 5/28/2015
OWNER: CANANDAIGUA CALIFORNIA ACQUISITION
APPLICANT: CANANDIAGUA WEST INC.
AGENT: NORMAN L. DEVALL
PROJECT COORDINATOR: FRED TARR

REQUEST: Rezone of approximately 27.7+/- acres from General Commercial (C2) to General Industrial (I2).

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION: The project was fully evaluated by the Ukiah Valley Area Plan EIR, no additional analysis is required {CEQA Section 15162(a)}.

LOCATION: 0.5± miles north of the City of Ukiah, lying on the east side of North State Street (CR 104), 0.25 mile north of its intersection with Orr Springs Road (CR 223). Located at 2399 North State Street; APN 169-242-11 and -12.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Recommend approval to the Board.

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LOUIS BEDROCK WRITES:

Cartoon plus commie anthem. Try listening to this without standing and raising your fist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQbXO828Vio

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INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL’S POST-FESTIVAL TOUR

The RVOEP Wildlife Film Festival will screen two powerful films on Friday, March 11th at the Ukiah Civic Center.

Festivities will start at 6:15 p.m. with live bluesy rock music provided by Kim Monroe. Films begin at 7pm.

AfricaGiants

"Saving Africa’s Giants" (42 min) was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding nature programming and features Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, who joins forces with WildAid to educate the public about the dire state of rhino and elephant populations resulting from illegal ivory and horn trade.The film follows Ming as he travels to Africa to witness the struggle of orphaned rhinos. Due to the subject matter, parental discretion is recommended. "Tigress Blood" (42 min.) is a coming-of-age story of four sister tigers who battle each other for dominance over their homeland in the forests of Central India. As they struggle to survive, they make a startling choice: join forces and hunt as a pack. Their decision culminates in a never-before-filmed hunt of an unusual prey. Proceeds from the film festival are an important funding source for the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP), a special program of the Ukiah Unified School District that provides outdoor environmental education programs to over 2,000 students a year. The Ukiah Civic Center is at 300 Seminary Ave. Tickets are available at the Mendocino Book Company and at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children. The film fest continues on Friday nights through March. For a full program and more information about the RVOEP visit its website, www.rvoep.org. For further inquiries, contact Maureen Taylor, RVOEP Education Coordinator, at 489-0227.

Roberta Werdinger
Writer, Publicist, Editor
RWerdinger@Yahoo.com

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SPECIAL MEETING FOR MARCH 8, 2016 AT 5 PM!

CITY OF POINT ARENA CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/44d53d62-5a78-4074-aaca-2da54d142628

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I WANTED TO SHARE. When I was producing Suns of the Dead, I met a woman, Iris Rosenthal, Chinese. Her father had gone to China, Married a Chinese woman and opened a plastics factory. Iris had been adopted and worth billions. She had offered to fund a tour on the East Coast. My husband couldn't handle the pressure that comes with public interest so this became the end for the band rather than the leap to national stage as I had worked for. I enjoyed Iris on many levels and I learned a lot about Chinese Jews. Well, five Chinese Jewish women have just made history and this is a 6:48 video of their arriving in Israel. I'm sending it because I appreciated the gentleman who worked to bring the Chinese women to Israel explains a little history of the Chinese Jews, which Bruce, some of the videos of ceremonies and their life style, and where they live where tourists don't go.. it's amazing and beautiful. It's a youtube, and for that I'm sorry, but how else can I show you if you would like to see.. most people have no idea these people exist. — BB Grace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcaAfE8GBw

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IS BIG PHARMA TESTING YOUR MEDS ON HOMELESS PEOPLE?

https://medium.com/matter/did-big-pharma-test-your-meds-on-homeless-people-a6d8d3fc7dfe#.kvpoqy6wb

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GALA OPENING OF QUILLS ON SATURDAY!

Celebrate the opening of the first play of our 2016 season, QUILLS, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright. Enjoy delectable small bites, free-flowing champagne, and authentic French pastries. Visit with cast and crew after the performance! The evening begins at 7:30. Reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are just $35 per person. Please phone the box office, 707-937-4477 to reserve your seat! For information about the play, please see our website http://mendocinotheatre.org/quills/

35 Responses to Mendocino County Today: Saturday, Mar 5, 2016

  1. BB Grace Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 7:10 am

    RE: I WANTED TO SHARE

    Reading “Chinese Jews” just gets me how English language can be so harsh, but if I said, Kaifeng, I would have to explain in harsh English anyways.

    This Wiki is a great read about these “where have we been our whole lives” people.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaifeng_Jews

    Symbolically, to many orthodox the Kaifeng women making aliya to Israel is an event of biblical proportions.

    Re: STRAW BALES

    I straw bale, but not like that. I’m too lazy. I buy hay, what ever is cheapest. I stand the bales so water won’t run through, usually length side, on black landscape fabric in the fall and let them wret over the winter. One 4″ pot/zucchinni for example, will consume one bale over the summer leaving a really wonderful compost to work with when you pull the root at the end of the season. I plant 4″ containers with a little top soil, I use sluggo. The bales stand to my hips, so it’s great to not have to bend to weed, which there isn’t any weeds, and I toss coffee grounds, orange peels, diatamatous Earth, Neem, for problem prevention.. Years later, I’m using panels of corregated pvc to contain what has become rich soil, with tons of worms. I let the chicken scratch through the straw bale remains all winter. All I do now is top the beds by opening the bale and layering the sections, planting the 4″ starts same as Earth sowing. Fun first time experiment for straw bale project is planting one pumpkin and 3 straw berrys.. Strawberrys for summer pumpkins in fall. Buy a bale, let the rain soak it, or soak it and wrap it in plastic or a tarp and keep is wet for a week, two weeks, make a hole twice as big, 8″ and fill with plant and extra soil.

    Re: Is it Mr. Bedrock’s luck that once he catches on to the fun of videos, management bans them? If you put a beer in my fist, OK, I’ll raise my fist that way, and have a good time dancing no matter what the meaning of the song if I don’t understand the lyrics or the meaning but the music is great and voice is bouyant. You must miss Ms de Castro awefully bad to be putting up videos now that you chased her away being so mean and fisty.

  2. LouisBedrock Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Irony, among other things, is the difference between what one says and what one means. My comment on videos was ironic. I don’t miss them or Ms. de Castro who seems to lack the capacity to employ her own words and relies on links, videos, or dreck written by her daughter, to communicate.

    Dancing and celebrating what you don’t understand, sadly, is one of your characteristics. You celebrate the Zionist apartheid theocracy and ignore the blood of Palestinian Arabs that has been shed to establish and maintain this hideous little country with the hideously large army and its arsenal of nuclear weapons.

    It’s too bad you rely on Wikipedia for information It’s a veritable on-line READER’s DIGEST. There’s Edward Said, there’s Noam Chomsky, Ghana Karmi, and many more reliable sources for information on the crimes of israel.

    Are you aware of Zionist collaboration with the Nazis? Do you know what The Ha’avara Agreement was? Or of visits by high Nazi officials to Israel?

    “On October 2, 1937, two SS officers, Herbert Hagen and Adolf Eichmann, disembarked in Haifa and were met by the Gestapo’s agent in Palestine, Fritz Reichert, and later in the day, Fevel Polkes, a Haganah agent, who showed the Nazi officials Haifa from Mt Carmel and then visited a kibbutz. Some years later, when Eichmann was hiding in Argentina, he taped a story of his excursion to Palestine, stating:

    I did see enough to be very impressed with the way the Jewish colonists were building up their land. … In the years that followed I often said to Jews with whom I had dealings that had I been a Jew, I would have been a fanatical Zionist..”

    (http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/07/the-zionist-nazi-collaboration/)

    You are an ignoramus, BB. A garrulous ignoramus.

    I would appreciate it if there were no more communication between me and if you excluded my name from your demented diatribes. I’ll do the same for you.
    As I’ve said before, arguing with you is like punching a tar baby.

    • james marmon Reply

      March 5, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Maybe you should fly out here and file a restraining order against her. Make her stop talking to you through the internet. As bizarre as it sounds, that’s something you can do in Mendocino. Doesn’t she frighten you sometimes?

      Why people can’t resist pushing play on videos, can’t bypass comments when they know who the author is, or just hit the “block sender” option on their email accounts puzzles me to no end. I have to go to superior court next Friday and argue my right to free speech and explain to some old man the constitution of the United States and how some of our citizens are under seize by domestic powers.

      I have enough evidence to take the whole machine apart and they know it. I offered to mediate 5 years ago, and the County refused, that’s on them. I wonder how high do they really want to go?

      Can you believe that one fat 62 year old man has an entire county government shaking in shoes because of somethings I might say?

      The one thing they have never done however, and to their credit, is to dare call me a liar.

      • james marmon Reply

        March 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

        At least to my face anyway, or in any written documents that I am aware of.

        • BB Grace Reply

          March 5, 2016 at 11:20 am

          Wanted to say to your post last night.. I bet no matter what your read with your nephew he would love it because he loves you.

          Chewck out this video on YouTube title:
          New Mexico Law Prohibits Forced Psychiatric Drugging of Children

          Next Friday? Before or after lunch?

          • james marmon Reply

            March 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm

            We are raising our little guy to be a patriot, maybe we should rush him over to RQMC where he can be deprogramed and placed with strangers.

    • Harvey Reading Reply

      March 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Was it you that chased the poor old thing away? If so, I’m relieved.

  3. LouisBedrock Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 9:02 am

    “I would appreciate it if there were no more communication between me…”
    =”…between us…”

    • BB Grace Reply

      March 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

      It is with respect to your request I make this post to you Mr. Bedrock, who I care about, because I believe all your red fisty bruhaha on the AVA, as if Marx, Lenin, Etc weren’t Jews, is what happens when good people stagnate and begin shutting down.

      You made two posts to me; I will respond to your accusations in this one post:

      1. “You celebrate the Zionist apartheid theocracy and ignore the blood of Palestinian Arabs that has been shed to establish and maintain this hideous little country with the hideously large army and its arsenal of nuclear weapons.”

      This accusation is not from the heart. It has passion, but it is a “canned” accusation, as in “programmed”. The accusation is word smithed as a “predetor trap”: Unassociated ideas are brought together forming associations that in reality do not exist. That why you are unwilling to debate. You have no answer from your heart.

      I love people, all people.. If you have issues with some people over other people those are your issues. I don’t have issues with peoples based on MSM and Alt MSM and “group think”, politicaly correct peer pressures. I may have an issue from time to time with an individual. But I think people are good, and some born into situations that I wasn’t, so I don’t pick a side that way. There’s something wonderful about all people everywhere and that’s what I like to share.

      2. Jews as Nazis.. That’s a fact, some Jews were Nazis. Some Jews are Catholics. Some Jews are Muslim, Sunni and Sheite. Some Jews are Buddists. Some Jews are Wiccians. Some Jews are Nontheist. Some Jews are Hillary supporters. Some Jews are Trump Supporters. Some Jews feel The Bern. Some Jews hate Israel. Some Jews love Israel. Some Jews are paid to dress like Santa and sit at Macy’s Christmas Chiar. So what? The only crime being they are Jews? Surely you do not think that Arab Muslim are Supreme or any race supreme? Israel is not apartide. Islam is.

      I think Israel’s IDF is brilliant and how it “trickles down” to serving communities is much better than what we do with transfers and department divisions. I think the Mushav community is brilliant and we should be building them in the USA. Marijuana is a medical drug there, tested and government approved. Israel is so far ahead of the US.. I worry about the US more than Israel, or Palestine, which has never know much peace in it’s history that Jews have always been part and always will be.

      I’d LOVE to go to Israel and work on an archelogical dig for a few months.. Maybe I will.

      • Harvey Reading Reply

        March 5, 2016 at 3:24 pm

        You speak of Jews as a distinct people, as though they were a race. At best they are, like other religious groups, a menagerie of different lineages come together because of their shared religious belief.

        If one believes the Bible, they were descended from a Babylonian, named Abraham, who walked up the Euphrates from Ur, then down to a settled land, where he camped, permanently. His god promised that his offspring were to be the chosen of that god, in that land, which reflects pretty typical human thought.

        Time went by and their bi-polar god apparently alternately abandoned and chastised, then rewarded those chosen ones, depending on his mood, over the next several hundred years. During that time, they, including Moses, David, Solomon, etc. intermarried pretty regularly with outsiders, to the extent that David himself had “outsider” blood, from Ruth in him, ‘way back when.

        Jumping ahead, since this is a really boring story, when many (not all) the chosen ones finally were driven out of Palestine — by Muslims, not by Romans (many of the latter converts to Judaism as well as Christianity) — around 500 C.E., they traveled in several directions, proselytizing and intermarrying as they had done for centuries, along the many ways they traveled following expulsion.

        Those who moved in a more northerly direction often converted and married light-colored people with blue eyes and blonde hair, and settled generally in the more eastern parts of Europe. Those following more southerly and westerly routes intermarried with and converted darker-skinned peoples.

        In short, Judaism is a religion, not a distinct race of people. There is no Jewish gene. It is a religion shared by people of many different lineages. Jews were as much proselytes as Christians. Their insularity is a fairly modern development, the result of others discriminating against them.

        As I see it, Jews are no better, no worse than the members of any religious cult, but they are nothing special either, all the Zionist blathering aside. And those Jews (Zionists) in Israel are committing atrocities against Palestinians, with full support and funding from this country, a fact which shames me. They have no right to do so. It was the Germans who undertook the Holocaust, not the Palestinians. In my opinion, the Jews should have been given all or part of the territory comprising Germany at the end of the European war, not allowed to settle in Palestine at the expense of its inhabitants.

        Enjoy yourself in Palestine.

        • LouisBedrock Reply

          March 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm

          Excellent lesson in history and anthropology, Mr. Reading.

          “This country exists as the fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be ridiculous to ask it to account for its legitimacy.”
          (Golda Meir, Le Monde, 15 October 1971)

          I wonder if Ms. Meir had a deed signed by God, awarding the Jews Eretz Israel. As you may know, the Zionists claim dominion “from the Egyptian River as far as the great river, the Euphrates” (as stated in Genesis 15:18).

          I wish the Palestinians, Syrians, or Hezbollah would drive the Israelis into the sea. It would save U.S. taxpayers about $5 billion a year. And maybe certain tourists from California would drown with the rest of the fanatics.

        • BB Grace Reply

          March 5, 2016 at 4:19 pm

          Thank you Mr. Reading.

          By introducing the Kaifeng, I am showing that the Jewish people are not a distinct race of people.

          I think Britian in it’s blood thirsty industrial lust of empire set up the Jews to turn Palestine into a blood bath and finish Hitler’s Jihad. But those Druze Arabs, many who are proud Israels, have been and are right in there, Kessenet, IDF, Moussad men and women, fighting for Israel, which has very good relations with most of the Middle East (not to be confused with Islamic “Asia”), which an American would never know reading US press, AND IMO if America and Russia would leave the Mid East, there would be peace.

          There’s a lot of blood being spilled, and it’s not by Jews, so why Jews and Israel are an issue.. I think it’s Freedom of speach, taking advantage of American ignorance about geography, history religion, political youth, and funded by Arab oil companies who hate to see Israel going Indy from them.

          Whose else is against Israel? Islam.

          So why would any nontheist care?

          Because it gives them something to feel politically correct about as the UN asists Arab nations purging their populations globally.

          It’s fine by me for anyone of any religion or nationality to come to Mendo, and I would hope to see that extended globally, unfortunately, migration to Arabia appears limited to Hajj and slaves of some type. Other than that.. it’s refugee camp, and the best get IsraeliAID and medical treatments.

          If I can get over Old Coast being a mental health center, then Palestinian Muslims and Christian reconstructionists should be able to get over jews being in Palestine. They always have been.

          • Harvey Reading Reply

            March 6, 2016 at 10:10 am

            Huh? The Balfour Declaration was issued long before the time of Hitler coming to power …

            • Harvey Reading Reply

              March 6, 2016 at 10:29 am

              There is plenty of blood being spilled by Jews, has been since they took over Palestine, with the blessing of most of the west, that blessing being the result of western countries not wanting to take in Jewish refugees themselves. Hell, Chomsky pointed out that not even U.S. Jews wanted them. At the moment, it’s mostly Palestinian blood that the Zionists are busy spilling …

              • BB Grace Reply

                March 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm

                To address a few of your issues Mr. Reading:

                1a. If you are sincerely interested in knowing how Palestinians feel or think about Israel and related issues there is a wonderful youtube blog by Corey Gil-Shuster who takes questions and explores Palestine, West bank, Gaza, and Israel asking locals, shop owners, moms, folks hanging out, anyone, “How do you feel/think about….?”, “Would you marry a Jew/Palestinian?” What do you think of Palestinians/Israelis?”, “On a scale from 1 – 10, how much do you hate Palestinians/Israelis?” It’s very interesting also because you get to see the streets of Palestine, the malls, the shops, the parks, reminds me alot of Ventura CA, including the mansions, which they have in the West Bank and Gaza.

                b. Updegraff/Palestinian “population bomb”/Malthusian Catastrophy never materialized and it won’t. Israeli Muslims are free to have as many children as they can produce.

                2. Balfour Declaration. You may want to explore the McMahon-Hussein Correspondence. Both documents were issued by England, one, Balfour Document to the Jewish people, and one, McMahon-Hussein Correspondence to the Arabs. These documents represent the alpha-omega of the Palestinian disputed territories. England betrayed both. If you look into the migration of Jews to Palestine after WWI, the conflict is clearly with England, who sunk migrant Jewish refugee ships and shot Jewish migrants coming on shore, who were saved by, ta da, the Druze. England has a terrible relationship with Israel and has been fading as an Empire since.

                3. “Jews spilling Palestinian blood”. Palwatch is a very good website for exploring what’s going on in Palestinan media today. You might remember my saying Hiam Abbass in my favorite actress and I love Palestinian movies because they don’t have to go far to find the absurb, irony, very touching human relationships. Palestinian TV is something else, and you can see much of it from this PalWatch website.

                Notice who is making the same arguments by LB. Mr. Updegraff and you.

                http://www.palwatch.org/pages/aboutus.aspx

                • Harvey Reading Reply

                  March 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm

                  You can find anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant … or on the Internet … People who rely exclusively on the Internet for their information source tend to be very unreliable sources of accurate information.

                  Had an Internet freak tell me the other day that Margaret Thatcher had been a single mother of five children. No worse really than the nonsense you peddle.

                  • BB Grace

                    March 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

                    I agree.

                    One can not rely on the internet. It’s important to read books, non-fiction and reference especially, and that way, when you communicate on the internet, you don’t have to depend on the net to be your guide and wind up beliving the Earth is flat. You do your homework and then you go on the net and see what, if any, links there are to what you’ve read that you can share.

                    The internet is full of tricks. Here’s one: When you make a Wiki reference, always check the history. Always. Recently someone updated the AVA’s Wiki. They made some typos someone should return to correct.

          • LouisBedrock Reply

            March 6, 2016 at 3:33 pm

            1. http://www.britannica.com/event/Balfour-Declaration

            2. Arabs love for Israel:
            To prove his ‘Arab people’s hatred of US’ – Chomsky also cited last year poll taken by the Zionist think tank Brookings Institute which showed that 88% of Arab participants regarded Israel being the greatest threat to the region while 77% voted for the US and only 10% believed Islamic Republic to be a threat to the region. (Poll from 2010)

            3. According to a new US government report (The State Department’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004), the Palestinian population in Israel and the occupied territories now exceeds 5.3 million, while the Jewish population stands at 5.2 million. The report states that the population of Israel stands at 6.8 million, of whom 5.2 million are Jews, 1.3 million are Arabs, and 290,000 are other minorities (which apparently includes even more Arabs like Druze and bedouins). The report also puts the number of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip at approximately 1.4 million, in the West Bank at approximately 2.4 million, and in East Jerusalem at nearly 240,000.

            The Jews with the highest birthrate in Israel are the ultra-orthodox Haredi—it is because of the Haredi that Israel does not face an immediate demographic crisis as a Jewish state …

            4. http://www.ifamericansknew.org

            Look at the well documented statistics instead of slandering the organization, Grace.

            5. I would recommend that people who are interested in learning a more truthful story of Zionism and Israel read,

            1. THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF ZIONISM by Ralph Schoenman

            2. MARRIED TO ANOTHER MAN by Ghada Karmi

            • BB Grace Reply

              March 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

              1. http://www.britannica.com/topic/Husayn-McMahon-correspondence

              2. What is interesting about your rebuttle Mr. Bedrock, is that you chose to refer to Mr. Chomsky during the conversations when President Obama was attempting his first Palestinian – Israel Peace Treaty 2010-11, as Mr. Chomsky, a nontheist ironically defends hate of Aryan/Iran/”Islamic Republic” – Fascism, an irony Chomsky was paid to deliver and you bought.

              There are many links within this wiki link:
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_supporters_of_Israel

              3. adds up like this:

              US Republican + Christian = Bad.
              Iranian Republican + Islam = Good
              Isreal anything = Bad

              US nuclear energy = Bad
              Iranian nuclear energy = Good
              Israel anything = Bad

              US population increase = Bad
              Palestinian Arab Islamic population increases = Good
              Israel anything = Bad

              I don’t agree and don’t mind saying that I don’t agree.

              The Gil-Shuster videos are great because you get to hear from the people themselves in their own words.. It’s very obvious secular Palestinian Arabs have an appreciation for Israel. Islam is doing all it can for that to not happen.

              4. I did not slander IF AMERICANS KNEW. I showed that last July they had been removed from the coalation for peace because they were found guilty of racism. I did read everything of IF AMERICANS KNEW Mr. Bedrock, years ago. The documents you offered did not name Alison Weir. How do you think I knew? I’ve been active in pro peace/ antiwar for decades. 911 changed things.

              Antiwar and peace movements always had a lot of Jews. Jill Stein is Reform Jew, Bernie Sanders workied in a Kubbitz, so when the dialoque at antiwar/pro-peace began turning against Jews in the name of Israel and zionism from WWI, I began my own investigations and it has been facinating. I am happy to be relieved of hate, for any peoples.

              I also recommend people read the books LB is recommending.. or Skip Schoenman and read Bertrand Russel (antisemite emeritus). 2. NYTs purchased Karmi’s family home and wouldn’t give it to her.

              USS LIBERTY. Really a shame how the US lost a NSA spy ship by illegally spying on their friend. When will the US pay tribute to the lost lives of the crew?

  4. LouisBedrock Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    “There’s a lot of blood being spilled, and it’s not by Jews, so why Jews and Israel are an issue…” (sic)

    http://www.ifamericansknew.org

    • BB Grace Reply

      March 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Seriously LB, you need new friends
      http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4510

      “After a thorough review and a correspondence with Ms. Weir, the committee has concluded that Ms. Weir’s repeated statements and actions, often as the Executive Director of If Americans Knew, did indeed violate our anti-racism principles, as detailed later in this statement. Ms. Weir’s responses led us to believe that these violations will continue in the future. Based on the report of the review committee, our Steering Committee voted in favor of removing Ms. Weir and If Americans Knew from our coalition.”
      – See more at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4510#sthash.Wd56YpdL.dpuf

      “Ms. Weir and If Americans Knew have been notified of this determination which is effective immediately. Per our established procedures, Ms. Weir and If Americans Knew are entitled to reapply to join the coalition, at which time the US Campaign Steering Committee will assess whether concerns detailed herein have been addressed. – See more at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4510#sthash.Wd56YpdL.dpuf

  5. Bruce McEwen Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    British War Correspondent Robert Fisk Says Goodbye To Prime Minister Tony Blair

    My father used to call people like Blair a ‘twerp’ which, I think, meant a pregnant earwig. But Blair is not a twerp. I very much fear he is a vicious little man. And I can only recall Cromwell’s statement to the Rump Parliament in 1653, repeated – with such wisdom – by Leo Avery to Chamberlain in 1940: ‘You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.’

    This ringing quote was only one of many treasures I gleaned from the book sale at the Ukiah library today.

  6. Jim Updegraff Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Paul Street: Probably an excellent report but it was so blasted long I would fall asleep every time when I started to read it.

    Israel: yes, it is an apartheid theocracy. It has a long term problem. Its annual census report clearly indicates that the non-Jewish population is growing much more rapidly than the Jewish population. As you look into the future Israel as did South Africa will find that an apartheid state can not survive when the oppressed is larger than the oppressor.

    Quick question: What country in the Middle East out side of Israel has the largest population of Jews?

    • BB Grace Reply

      March 5, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Israel has many kinds of Synagogs, Mosques, Churches all in good repair and being used by peoples of all races, nationalities, together. Freedom of religion.

      That is not the case in Islamic nations, where synagogs are rare, Churches heavily taxed as tourist attractions and pulverized when they don’t attract people, and nontheist homosexual drug users are executed, not celebrated with International Gay Pride Week and 400K gay people upsetting Islamic Palestine off by dancing and parading in the streets of Tele Aviv.

      COEXISTANCE

      The non-Jewish population? The nontheists of Palestine are growing more rapidly? You can’t even say “Muslim”?

      The Palestiniana Muslim population is purposly populating the planet and that’s OK too because Israeli Ag tech is so advanced, the planet will be able to sustain the booming Muslim population.

      Off hand answer to question is: Iran.

      In 1973 many Farci Jews moved to Los Angeles and built what is called, “Persian Palaces”. Wonderful Mid East market on Pico.. Elat’s, everything is written in Arabic, Hebrew and English, as all signs in Israel.

      I find Islam/ISIS and corrupt Arab governments that purge their populations the oppressors of Palestinian people, not Irael.

    • LouisBedrock Reply

      March 6, 2016 at 6:05 am

      Like all AIPAC spokespeople and all defenders all defenders of Israel, Grace relies on ad hominem attacks against Chomsky, Said, Schoennman and other critics of of the Zionist state propped up by our tax dollars. Given the money that AIPAC and its allies possess, it’s not hard to find hacks to do hatchet jobs on journalists or writers that provide documented information that is used against anyone that challenges their mythology.

      Note that although Grace finds an article criticizing Ms. Weir and her organization, she does not and cannot challenge the data in the report.

      http://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/accusations.html

      Grace needs to get out into the world. When I traveled through Europe and taught English as a second language, I met and spoke with a lot of people from many different countries, including Israel. No one can challenge that Israel was built on the bodies of the 750, 000 Arab people that lived there before the invasion and occupation by Zionists. However, supporters of Israel offer two justifications: God gave the land to the Jews, which they document with Genesis 15:18, which is mythology; and the Holocaust, which had nothing to do with the occupation of Palestine.

      It is futile to argue with Grace. No matter what the facts are, she’ll find something in Wikipedia that is tangentially related to the discussion and use it to defend her indefensible, looney arguments.

      i resent that over 5 billion dollars of my tax money goes to support this country; that Israeli lobbyists enjoy the power to influence our government and intimidate our journalists. Grace is uneducable, but hopefully other people can be influenced, will act, and the Zionist propaganda apparatus can be disabled and dismantled.

      In answer to your question, Jim, I would say Brooklyn. Syria?

      • BB Grace Reply

        March 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

        The article was from Coalation For Peace, which also calls Israel apartide, as to show you that the organization you chose to represent was outted for racist statements by Their peers.

        Your ideas about the existance of Israel falls dramatically short of international laws, for example, Israel, Pakistan, Jordan were established in 1948 unanimously by the Leaque of Nations. Israel has peace with Egypt and Jordan, actually they have very good ME relations with everyone but the Ayrans (Iran). Much Palestinian land was legally purchased long before 1948. Palestine has laws against selling Jews land today. Israel has no laws preventing Muslims for owning land, and why they do. As Mr. Updegraff pointed out, Palestinians are experiencing a baby boom, the population is obese ay 30 BMI and now that Iran is offering Palestinian families $30K per dead Jew we’re sure to see some action this summer that you can blame on the Jews in the name of “zionists or Israel”.

        The “zionist” thing BTW, that’s actually over. Israel exists, Jews have a place to go to escape bigots and Flavians, build a life and become part of one of the greatest human acheivements happening today.

  7. Jim Updegraff Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    BB – dream on – you are always good for a laugh!

    Ps. Muslims are monotheist -You know – the 3 children of Abraham.

    The census does not a class of nontheist for secular Jews, Christians and Muslims

    • BB Grace Reply

      March 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      CIA world fact book:

      Nationality:

      noun: NA

      adjective: NA

      Ethnic groups:

      Palestinian Arab and other 83%, Jewish 17%

      Languages:

      Arabic, Hebrew (spoken by Israeli settlers and many Palestinians), English (widely understood)

      Religions:

      Muslim 80.0 – 85.0% (predominantly Sunni), Jewish 12.0 – 14.0%, Christian 1.0 – 2.5% (mainly Greek Orthodox), other, unaffiliated, unspecified <1.0%

      note: the proportion of Christians continues to fall mainly as a result of the growth of the Muslim population but also because of the migration and the declining birth rate of the Christian population (2012 est.)

      religious affiliation:

      Population:

      2,785,366 (represents Palestinian population only) (July 2015 est.)

      note: approximately 371,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank; approximately 211,640 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem (2014)

      https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/we.html

  8. Bruce McEwen Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Here’s another irresistible quote from Robt. Fisk, re: Geo W. 2005 &c.

    “Sy Hersh is an ornery, cussed sort of guy, not one to suffer fools gladly. As the man who broke the My Lai story and the atrocities at Abu Ghraib, I reckon he has a right to be ornery from time to time – and cussed. … The graying, bespectacled, obscenity-swearing Hersh is about all we have left to frighten the most powerful man in the world…”

    • Bruce McEwen Reply

      March 5, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      FISK: “So what is the Hersh school of journalism?”
      HERSH: “In my business, I get information. I check it out and I find it’s not true — that’s what my business is.”

    • LouisBedrock Reply

      March 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Fisk and Hersh are both good reads.
      Wonder what they would have written about Washington.

      Good book. Read first two chapters. Today I will finish THE DEVIL’s CHESSBOARD by David Talbot. Then I will devote myself full time to finishing Ellis’s very good book.

      Thanks again.

      Don’t let the sniping by intellectual dwarves get you down.

  9. Jim Updegraff Reply

    March 5, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Oh, Ms BB I was referring to the very comprehensive census the Israeli Government does every year not the CIA Fact Book. The apartheid state has a very increasing demographic problem. Also, now that the State of Palestine belongs to the ICC Israel is going to have a big problem.

    • BB Grace Reply

      March 6, 2016 at 7:10 am

      IF Israel was an apartide state Jim, you would be correct; However, because of Israel’s vibrant democracy, Israel provides more rights to their citizens than any other nation or state in the ME.

      If the ICC had teeth I guess it would be an issue.

      You’re funny as you write reams warning about climate change by humans, but support Muslim population booms because they promise to annhilate the JEWISH population of Israel, and in the name of “love and peace”.

      • Harvey Reading Reply

        March 6, 2016 at 10:08 am

        You’re living in a world as you wish it was, not as it is. When you go to Palestine, ask Israeli Arabs just how wonderfully, how equally, they are treated by the kind-hearted, progressive Zionists. As Mr. Updegraff stated somewhere above, when a persecuted population in an apartheid nation, like that in Zionland, becomes becomes the majority, it eventually takes control.

        • LouisBedrock Reply

          March 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

          Grace ignores documented reports and makes up her own facts.
          As Reagan observed, “Facts are stupid things.”

          I can argue with people like Todd Walton about science, or Steve Heilig about the ACA, or with Jim about Christianity, and come out of the argument knowing more than I did before the discussion. With Grace, discussion is futile. She cannot refute the documented information, so she fabricates her own. She lives with her head up her ass.

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