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LOCALLY BREEZY CONDITIONS will be accompanied by areas of smoke mixed with hazy sunshine this weekend. Coastal clouds and fog will return heading into the work week, while hot and dry conditions continue inland. (NWS)
SUPERVISOR HASCHAK: Free Dumps Days in Covelo has been wildly successful. Volunteers cleaning up creek beds, Round Valley Indian Tribes clearing illegal dump sites, people being very patient and helping others get stuff to the transfer station. Thank you to CalTrans, Solid Waste of Willits, RVIT, RVAMAC, and Mendocino County. Each day has been like this!
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Louise Simson, Superintendent, Anderson Valley Unified School District, Cell: 707-684-1017
Health District candidates forum September 21
To bring the candidates into focus before the November 7 elections, Mendocinotv.com is hosting a livecast forum with the Mendocino Coast Health Care District citizens who are vying for your votes. September 21 @ 2pm Skip Taube will interview Lee Finley, Paul Katzeff, John Redding, Dawnmarie Risley-Childs, Susan Savage and Jade Tippet.
Plus there will be a select studio audience primed to quiz the candidates and educate the electorate. An online chat connection will allow queries from the broader internet audience. The forum will be posted for free viewing on Mendocinotv.com.
Sponsors are sought to offset the costs of this volunteer citizens journalism and reporting. If you can help with a donation of $100, credit will be gratefully given to your business or cause during the forum.
Thank you and remember: Vote like your life depended on it—because these are our health care, tax funded, representatives who will guide the district for us for many years.
Skip Taube, 937-1437, POB 1833, Mendocino 95460
To The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors:
The Board of Supervisors submitted an ordinance to regulate the sale and transport of groundwater from private wells in Mendocino County. The key factor of this ordinance is a hydrologic well test. The key factor of this test is called the THEIS calculation. Using the data collected during the course of the THEIS test and then running it through the THEIS calculation we get very accurate graphs of the radius of influence for the tested well at various pumping rates. This means the county can stop a potential problem of overdrafting! This will protect the county from future litigation like what happened in Sonoma County in 2021.
If the Board of Supervisors allows existing water sellers to continue pumping and selling without having met the same requirements as new permittees, then they will have failed to comply with their duties as ministers of the public trust.
From permitsonoma.org, August 9, 2022:
Sonoma County puts forward an amendment to their well drilling ordinance #25B from July 2015. The new ordinance number 25B-4 titled “To Mitigate Public Trust Resources Liability” will be voted on in 2023. To cover additional costs they will add at-cost fees to well permits deemed to have potential public trust involvement.
Today: We have the science available and must use it to make informed decisions about our groundwater. Every commercial well must have a full hydrologic test!
Round Valley County Water District
PS. A brief history of groundwater protection laws in Northern California:
1977. There was a serious drought. Butte, Sierra and Glenn Counties passed groundwater protection ordinances.
1980. Some groundwater ordinances in Inyo and Nevada counties were struck down. This caused other counties which were thinking of passing groundwater protection regulation to hold off!
1994. Baldwin versus Tehama. Tehama Aquifer Protection Chapter 9.40.20. Mining of groundwater prohibited. 9.40.30, permit required for extraction of groundwater for off-parcel use. This ordinance was upheld by the California Supreme Court!
2002. 22 of the 58 California counties passed groundwater protection ordinances!
2014. The state passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This Act emphasized local groundwater management. It required state agencies to help local entities manage groundwater basins.
2018. An environmental group sued the State Board of Water Resources Control. Third District Appellate Court confirmed the public trust doctrine applies to groundwater if the extraction adversely impacts navigable waterways. The court also ruled that the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act did not excuse the county and the State Water Resources Control Board from their obligation to consider the public trust doctrine.
2021, July 1. California Coastkeepers alliance sues Sonoma County. This lawsuit alleged Sonoma County did not consider public trust resources in issuing 404 well permits between August 2018 and August of 2020. The suit also alleged through public records that Sonoma County knew that wells were overdrafting the Russian River. Records show the county's knowledge of overdraft as early as 2015.
MARSHALL NEWMAN: Laughed at this bit of marketing. This souvenir sticker from Walmart seriously missed the mark portraying Philo.
CAL FIRE RENEGES ON LOGGING PROMISE: Activists Warn Response of Protests, Civil Disobedience
Rally in Jackson Forest Scheduled for Sunday Aug. 28
Contact: Matt Simmons, EPIC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310 666 8912
FORT BRAGG, Calif.—CalFire announced today that logging would resume in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest in Mendocino County, previously put on “pause” while negotiations with local tribal nations were underway. CalFire made this announcement without informing the tribes that they have been at the table with for six months.
Michael Hunter, chair of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, said he was “shocked” by the news and raised doubts about the whole effort. “The State did not even bother to notify The Tribe beforehand. The State wants to continue logging our Pomo Homeland—the Jackson Demonstration State Forest—while negotiating a co-management agreement with the Coyote Valley Tribe. This makes me question the State’s seriousness about Co-Managing ancestral lands. The State still does not understand that there is a difference between Co-Management and tribal consultation. Tribes must not be relegated to an advisory role in managing their ancestral lands. For co-management to succeed, it must be a government to government relationship that creates equal decision making powers. I worry that the State does not understand the importance of the words they are using. We must ensure that co-management creates an equal relationship between the State and the Tribes with equal decision making authority.”
CalFire plans to resume logging four controversial Timber Harvest Plans (THPs) that were halted by protests last year. These THPs were written without community or tribal involvement and directly threaten large second growth coastal redwoods and tribal Sacred Sites. Instead of listening to the community, CalFire has unilaterally made slight adjustments to the plan and is restarting operations.
“CalFire appears intent on burning bridges,” said Matt Simmons, staff attorney at the Environmental Protection Information Center. “The ‘pause’ in operations made community input and tribal negotiations possible. Now, any progress or goodwill has been shattered. We call on CalFire not to resume logging until they have a new Management Plan.”
“Redwood forests have amazing climate mitigation potential and management needs to maximize that potential.” said Sara Rose, a youth activist with Mendocino County Youth for Climate. “My generation will have to live with what the planet becomes if we don’t save it. We have to face the reality of Climate Change.”
Resuming operations also calls into question the new “vision” outlined by CalFire released on August 19th, which among other things, promised tribal co-management of the Jackson Demonstration State Forest. That CalFire is considering a new vision at all is the direct result of more than two years of tireless advocacy by a broad community that was appalled by the way the State was managing this forest. Until they were stopped by forest defenders, CalFire was authoring timber harvest plans (THPs) that engaged in climate change denial, logged some of the largest trees in the forest, and damaged Native American Sacred Sites. Many of the changes discussed in CalFire’s vision sound good in theory. The Coalition was initially encouraged that CalFire is discussing co-management and the fact that the forest will no longer be funded entirely by timber sales. However, the announced resumption of logging calls into question whether or not these promises can be successfully implemented and whether co-management would be pursued in good faith.
On Sunday August 28th, from 1-4pm the Mendocino County Youth for Climate are holding a rally at the Caspar Scales in JDSF. The Coalition encourages members of the public who support changing the forest’s mandate and want logging to remain paused to make their voices heard there.
The Jackson Demonstration State Forest has been operating under the same state law since 1947. This law requires Jackson to produce timber and sees the forest as little more than an economic resource. This law was written at a time when the values of thepeople of California were completely different than they are today. In 1947, the State did not recognize tribal sovereignty, was not concerned with biodiversity loss, and did not understand the risks of climate change. These different values have led to the unacceptable practices that sparked the movement to Save Jackson and are on display in CalFire’s decision to resume logging.
To take one shocking example, since at least 1999, CalFire has known that its road management activities were destroying Sacred Sites belonging to Northern Pomo and Coast Yuki Peoples. Cal Fire’s own archeological report stated that because of certain activities within the forest including timber harvest, road maintenance, and recreation “the prehistoric archeological record of JDSF is gradually but inexorably being depleted.”
The report specifically called for road maintenance activities to halt in the vicinity of known sacred sites until a road maintenance/archaeological site protection plan could be implemented.
The report also warned that there were likely many additional undiscovered sites that were threatened by additional timber activities. To date, Calfire has never developed a road maintenance/archeological site protection plan, – rather they continue to propose further road construction that runs straight through ancestral sacred sites. This is completely out of step with Governor Newsom’s September 25, 2020 Statement of Administration policy which states it is the policy of the State to “[f]acilitate the access of California Native Americans to sacred sites and cultural resources” located on State held lands.
CalFire has also regularly logged some of the largest trees in the Jackson forest. If not for the actions of community protestors, CalFire would have allowed a timber company to cut down a nearly 200-year old coast redwood that was 77 inches diameter at breast height. Coast redwoods like those found in Jackson sequester and store more carbon than any other forest type on the planet. When they are logged, the vast majority of their carbon is released to the atmosphere, directly fueling climate change. In timber harvest plans for the Jackson, CalFire has questioned human’s contributions to climate change, writing, “exactly how and to what extent human activity plays a role in global climate change appears to be unknown.”
The Coalition wants to transform Jackson into a Forest for the 21st Century. A place where management is primarily focused on tribal inclusion and co-management, forest and watershed restoration, carbon sequestration and climate resilience, biodiversity conservation and scientific research, all while providing equitable access to nature for the over 10 million Californians who live within 3.5 hours of Jackson. These are all management objectives California desperately needs demonstrated today, not commercial logging. If CalFire and the Jackson Advisory Group are serious about this new vision, then the Coalition encourages them to support legislation that will change Jackson's mandate. In the 21st century, our State Forests should no longer be treated as commercial timberlands with a mandate to maximize production of timber. Instead, we should be prioritizing tribal sovereignty, climate resilience and access to nature.
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Logging To Resume In Jackson
CalFire announced Thursday that logging would resume in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest in Mendocino County, previously put on “pause” while negotiations with local tribal nations were underway. CalFire made this announcement without informing the tribes that they have been at the table with for six months. Email Action! Use this link to send emails to 7 officials https://epic.salsalabs.org/actionalertshamecalfirestoploggingjdsf/index.html
Read the Coalition press release here: https://tinyurl.com/Aug25SJPR Join us this Sunday 8/28 1-4pm to make your voice heard. We need a big turn out!! Spread the word!! Youth-Led Rally for Forest Protection <https://www.facebook.com/surjmendocoast/posts/pfbid02oNwtynu3caxRwin2B2xcTMuQqUeHqXmmzZK3uAjFrgJLQ2eBFwRWuynfE1dDYnVwl>Sun August 28th 1:00-4:00pm at Caspar Scales Kiosk (from Hwy 1- east on Fern Creek Rd. then right on Caspar Orchard Road, follow to dirt parking lot) Music Speaks and more information. MORE RALLIES! Mon Aug 29th 4pm Fort Bragg Town Hall march to Cal Fire office Tues Aug 30th 11am-1pm 715 P STREET, SACRAMENTO at CA Natural Resources Agency 1:30pm - 4:30pm Legislative Walk at the Capitol
TRUE ZONES, NOT BLUE ZONES
Open Letter to Ukiah Unified Superintendent Deb Kubin sent on 8/11/22
Dear Superintendent Kubin,
I hope you’ve had a pleasant and restful summer and are, like me, excited about starting the new school year. At Scott Paulin’s suggestion I’m writing to express my concern about the new and according to Scott unprecedented partnership between the UUSD and a sectarian religious organization, Adventist Health, whose stated mission is “Living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope.” I believe this partnership may violate federal law.
As you know, Scott and I had several conversations about this issue at the end of last school year; I’m cc’ing Scott, all my UISA colleagues and Kris Swett, principal of South Valley, on this letter in the hope that we can have an open discussion about this critical issue that affects all of our students, their families and school staff.
Last spring Scott informed me that teachers at UISA and South Valley are entering a new collaboration with Adventist staff on student activities which promote health and fitness. Adventist employees are offering copies of the book The Blue Zones Solution to staff and students involved in this partnership. This book promotes the Seventh Day Adventist Church and no other specific church or religious sect, and for that reason it is not appropriate for use in a public school classroom or instructional setting. The book also rests on claims that have been debunked by reputable scientists.
Here are my main concerns about this book and why I believe disseminating it among public school staff and students in a school setting violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment:
● In the chapter about Okinawa, the author notes briefly that one resident regularly says a Confucian adage, 'Hara hachi bu,' before eating, but he never ascribes Okinawans' health to adherence to Confucian philosophy. Why is a section in the same chapter headed 'Top Longevity Foods from Okinawa' and not ‘Top Confucian Foods,’ as in the chapter on Loma Linda, where the similar section is titled, 'Top Adventist Longevity Foods.' The Loma Linda chapter has a section with the heading 'God's Food Guidelines' and another headed 'Typical Daily Diet of the Seventh-Day Adventists.' Why is the Loma Linda chapter the only one that mentions any specific church and the only chapter that focuses on religion?
● Almost all people who live in Sardinia and Nicoya (locations of two other so-called Blue Zones) identify as Catholic, yet the author doesn't state that Catholicism is a major factor in their health; there are no sections titled 'Top Catholic Longevity Foods' or 'Typical Daily Diet of Catholics.' Interestingly the author says that with the help of researchers and demographers “we concluded that the Nicoyans' secret lies partly in their strong faith community” (73) but the name of their church is never mentioned. Again, why does this author omit all references to specific churches except for the Seventh Day Adventist Church?
● Buettner lists “Community” as one of his Power Nine (p 21), or nine habits and practices common to all five so-called Blue Zones. The word 'Community' is in boldface; the text that follows reveals that by 'community' the author only means “faith-based community,'' strongly implying that faith-based communities are the only genuine ones or at least the only ones that confer health benefits. Not surprisingly, the author provides no evidence to support this specious implied claim.
In addition to these distortions which promote the Seventh Day Adventist Church above all other religious denominations and religious groups over secular ones, the book’s major claims are dubious and have been refuted by medical and science professionals:
● Oxford University demographer and geneticist Saul Newman studied the claims related to so-called Blue Zones and concluded “Blue Zones were rife with fraud, error and logical inconsistency.” Newman’s research notes, for example, that Okinawa “ranks first in the nation for obesity and unemployment, second for beer consumption and number of households living on welfare, and last for consumption per capita of fruit and vegetables.” (https://www.smh.com.au/national/dr-saul-newman-has-a-big-idea-it-might-change-ho w-we-think-about-ageing-20210316-p57b32.html)
● Regarding the longevity claims, Newman states “Blue Zones are full of people either getting their age wrong – or lying about it.” He notes that “when you look at the birthdates of people aged 100 or more, they tend to cluster on the first day of the month – as though someone is simply writing in their age on a form.” Newman suggests early eligibility for a pension as a likely motive for a person to misrepresent their age.
● Physician Harriet Hall writes, “The Blue Zone Diet assumes that common dietary factors have been identified and that following the diet will make us live longer. That appears to be a false assumption based on speculation, misinformation, and wishful thinking, not on science.” (https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/blue-zones-diet-speculation-based-on-misinformati on/)
● Hall notes, “Loma Linda has a longer-than-average lifespan. This has been attributed to the large population of Seventh Day Adventists with a healthy lifestyle, but it might just be due to the fact that people who are richer tend to live longer. Similar longevity might be found in other well-to-do locations. There have been no good studies to rule out possible confounders.”
● In his 2018 study, Newman notes that “In France, Japan and Britain the best predictor of extreme age records was poverty.” (https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/704080v2) He argues that attributing longevity in Loma Linda, California, and elsewhere to other factors is misleading at best: “They had the entire US to pick from and they picked one town; if we did the equivalent in London, and went to the rich part of London, I would expect the average life expectancy to be 10 years higher than what it is in Loma Linda.”
● Newman says the problem with claims of longevity arising from a particular region was leading to “wasted research” and “he wonders whether these are just ways to sell diets.” Sardinians themselves understand that claiming special status regarding longevity is a potent “marketing vehicle.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/13/world/europe/italy-sardinia-perdasdefogu-seulo- longevity.html)
At a time when six members of the U.S. Supreme Court appear determined to impose the Catholic doctrine of their upbringings on a vast, diverse, democratic nation contrary to its wishes, I urge you to stand firmly on the side of our students and their constitutional rights.
Some have claimed that so-called Blue Zones workers are not employed by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. That is obviously false (simply google ‘Who owns Adventist Health, LLC?’). Some have also argued that there is no cause for concern because these workers may not even be members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. That fact is not material. All Blue Zones workers must commit to fulfilling the mission of the Church as is required of all Adventist Health employees. All Adventist Hospital employees, for example, “are expected to be familiar with and to ‘dedicate their service’ to the Hospital’s Mission and conform their conduct to that Mission.” (https://www.sidley.com/~/media/files/experience/in-the-matter-of-ukiah-valley-medical-center-an d__/extensioncerepexperiencedocument1/ukiah_and_cna_before_nlrb.pdf)
According to lawyer and Seventh Day Adventist minister Alan Reinach:
The principal function of any Adventist Hospital [is to] fulfill the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ, which is very much both a Healing Ministry to the body and to the spirit as well. We have a belief in the holistic nature of man, and you cannot separate the secular and the spiritual. The [UVMC] hospital is absolutely central and essential to the evangelistic work of the Church. ... The Hospital views itself as ‘a continuation of the healing ministry of Christ.” [emphasis mine]
It’s safe to assume that the Seventh Day Adventist Church’s acquisition of Blue Zones, LLC, last year for $78 million was likewise intended to further that mission.
When the UUSD promotes ‘Blue Zones’ in any way with posters and other advertisements, it is prima facie engaging in promoting a particular religion.
It will be difficult, for example, to defend the idea that a school district which distributes literature describing the five healthiest places in the world but credits only one church by name– which happens to be the church that owns Adventist Health, the provider of the literature– is not promoting that religion in violation of the establishment clause.
So many Ukiah educators care deeply about health and fitness and devote our passion and energy to helping our students learn about these important topics. Our efforts should not be directed at improving the reputation of a controversial church-owned healthcare corporation.
I would like to know what steps you and school site administrators are taking to ensure that our school district is not sanctioning the promotion of a particular religion in violation of the First Amendment. I hope you will share this information with us and join us in this important conversation.
PS. Superintendent Kubin sent a short reply on 8/17/22 in which she stated “this program does not promote any religion nor does it act to coerce children into the practice of any religion.”
I sent the following response to her on 8/19/22:
Deb, thank you for the reply. Since you did not address any of my specific concerns I will continue to voice those concerns to UUSD stakeholders until it is clear to me that you are not sanctioning a partnership that violates the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Some immediate questions are:
● Will Adventist Health employees (aka ‘Blue Zone workers’) and/or UUSD staff be distributing the book Blue Zones Solutions to UUSD students or families?
● Will Adventist Health employees or UUSD staff be distributing any other literature related to so-called Blue Zones or Adventist Health or the Seventh Day Adventist Church to UUSD students or families?
● Will the UUSD administration notify Adventist Health employees that, contrary to the commitment they have made to their employer, they are not permitted to mention, discuss, or promote in any way Adventist Health’s mission with UUSD students and families before they have any contact with those students and families?
● Will the UUSD administration notify all relevant UUSD staff that, while the administration has chosen to partner with a church-owned organization, that decision does not change the fact that UUSD staff may not promote a particular religion, the practice of a particular religion or religion in general because doing so violates federal law?
● How will the UUSD administration verify that Adventist Health employees and/or UUSD staff are not promoting a particular religion, the practice of a particular religion or religion in general in violation of federal law?
I hope you will share the answers to these questions with our community right away. UISA and South Valley staff in particular have a right to know whether their efforts to promote health and wellness through this partnership may implicate them in civil rights violations.
I have received many positive responses to my open letter from my UISA colleagues and from concerned community members, and I am grateful for those supportive comments. I pledge to continue voicing my concerns at every opportunity until it is clear that UUSD teachers and school staff are not spreading Seventh Day Adventist church propaganda or are in any way involved in violating the First Amendment rights of our students. Most of us do not believe that those rights ought to be jeopardized in exchange for the opportunity to receive free water bottles or similar items.
I hope you will share with us the specific measures the UUSD administration intends to take to safeguard our students’ First Amendment rights as you embark on this unprecedented and controversial new program. If you cannot do so I hope you will reconsider your approval of this potentially illegal partnership.
In solidarity, Andrew Lutsky
THE NATIONAL DESK, and who could be less qualified than me to intelligently comment on Trump subjects? But gol durn it, I'm a citizen and have every right etc and etc. From here, I'd say the obvious, that The Libs can't sic the federal apparatus — 13 “intelligence” agencies? — on the orange whale, thus compromising for the million-ith time their purely self-alleged neutrality, while simultaneously ignoring Hillary's e-mails and Hunter's laptop. The FBI was formed as a political police force and has always operated as one, and all these police bureaucracies consider Trump beyond acceptable, way, way, way outside the American consensus as determined by Lib, Lab and Westside Ukiah.
LOCALLY, the FBI was here during the 1990s to monitor Earth First!, operating out of 106 W. Standley in Ukiah in a decrepit building owned by former supervisor John McCowen. Do you have proof of that? Not without pounding you into begging me to stop me as I launch into my 5000-word circumstantial case, but given that the Hoovers were caught in the act trying to frame Dave Foreman of EF! down in Arizona in the same late 80's early 90's period, and given that Earth First! was a major presence in Mendo at the same time while recommending industrial sabotage, a federal crime, of course the FBI was here, as were its local snitches.
And given that the FBI claimed they were baffled by the car bombing of Earth First!’s Judi Bari, even going so far as to claim “Case closed because no one will talk to us” when they clearly knew who was involved, and given that both Bari and her ex-husband maintained their offices at 106 Standley, I'd have to suppose the feds didn't arrest Mike Sweeney because he was one of theirs all the way back to his youth as a Stanford Maoist. “Arrest me?” I can just hear the little psycho indignantly daring the feds. “Arrest me and I'll tell the world everything you were doing up here in our rural paradise.” And so he gets a free pass to blow up his ex-wife.
ANYWAY, for the five of you who keep track of these futile things, Sweeney easily reinvented himself as a solid citizen of the Westside liberal type and, fully vetted as a Shoemaker-Mastin sanctioned Mendo Democrat, was soon in a cush public job as head of Mendocino County's trash bureaucracy. Sweeney has since emigrated to New Zealand where he's freshly married, having abandoned Glenda Anderson, reporter, whom he'd used for years as his chief local propagandist. Oddest guy ever in Mendo, which is a mouthful given Jim Jones, the Manson Family, Leonard Lake, Kenneth Parnell, and a platoon of lesser known maniacs, all of them, including Sweeney, a perfect fit in a county where you are whatever you say you are, and history starts all over again every day.
PS. Prior to the FBI doing their thing with Earth First!, they were caught doing a number on the Black Panthers, MLK, any number of anti-Vietnam War opponents, then Sandinista supporters, CISPES — anybody effectively critical of official American policy. Now the FBI is busily going after fat Trumper camo guys who beer-bullshit about taking down the government.
THE MORE CREDULOUS libs think the federal police apparatus is a network of conservatives unto fascist, but it's a liberal network in the Democratic Party sense of “liberal,” hence its relentless dirty tricks in pursuit of Trump, which continues to work to Trump's political advantage.
BILL MAHER HAS IT RIGHT: he, a liberal of the better type, said the other night that there was a “conspiracy” to get rid of' ex-president Donald Trump that involved suppressing the New York Post's infamous Hunter Biden laptop story. In October 2020, the New York Post published a highly scrutinized article alleging that Hunter's laptop had been recovered by the FBI. The contents of the computer apparently contains information showing that President Joe Biden's son was attempting to sell the influence of his father. “My friend Sam Harris was on a podcast…they were talking about Hunter Biden's laptop, which was a story and now all the mainstream press has finally admitted it was a real story, it was a real laptop — now look, let's not pussyfoot around this, he was selling the influence of his father, Joe Biden. I mean, most political sons do. … Hunter Biden's laptop was buried by the press, even the head of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, said that was a mistake. They buried the story because they remembered what happened with James Comey and the letter eleven days before the 2016 election. Sam Harris says it was appropriate for Twitter and the heads of big tech and the heads of journalistic organizations to feel that they were in the presence of something that is a once-in-a-lifetime moral emergency, meaning Trump. So, he's saying it's okay to have a conspiracy to get rid of somebody as bad as Trump.”
Elizabeth Kohlbert writes for the New Yorker that the reason for unanimous voting by Republicans is money. Caused by the Citizens United decision. Are there any old codgers around who remember Stanton Delaplane in Mexico talking about holding two fingers close together which indicates the “little now,” or Art Hoppe and his “Ayatollah U” t-shirts, or “our famous correspondent,” Charles McCabe in “QED.” When Falk, Anderson and Bosco drop to their knees in prayer at bed time they always give a shout out to A.J. Liebling — “Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one.” Would anyone on the AVA list of contributors like to write a letter to the editor of the Press Democrat, Richard Green, and ask them Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson thought about the Pelosi trip to Taiwan? That is #12 on my list of this poor decisions he has made since he started as editor. He should be sent to Hales Grove to learn which news stories to run. You pick up the phone and asked Hoffman and Thompson directly. If they don't have an answer for the question, that's the story. Seeing the story about the Gualala library in the Press Democrat reminded me that that's where I started my trip to try to collect enough money to buy Charles Peterson's subscription to the Advertiser. He claimed that he never read the AVA. I made about five stops until I got to Elk. I collected zero money. Bruce Anderson wasn't as popular then as he is now. He has cooled down his Marxist rhetoric somewhat.
PS. When I write to the AVA I often wondered if anyone is interested? One? Three? Nine? Marques does correct my spelling errors for free. I wrote about listening to classical music on Google streaming. There may not be an AVA reader who listens to that style of music. But anyhow I've found that switching from WQXR New York to do WRTI to KQAC Portland to classic KING in Seattle when I hear something I don't want to listen to it only takes a minute.
Every time a deputy sheriff or cop kills an unnamed Hispanic or negro the Press Democrat buys five extra barrels of black printing ink and a rail car of number one grade newsprint. The Andy Logan story has gone on for long enough so it is now found in schoolbooks. Recently we have experienced the death of an Hispanic man who lost his life simply because he didn't understand what the police were shouting at him. It should have been “Los Manos Arriba!,” (raise your hands) instead they were shouting “Abajo, abajol.” (Down). Now when something like this happens large gatherings of “people of color” rise up from nowhere and demand that “something” be done, usually at a cost of thousands, at least hundreds.
Needless to say as usual I have found the answer. Each deputy in and cop in Willits will be ordered to learn in 100 words in Spanish. This may include five commonly used words that are not in the dictionary because they would burn a hole in the paper within two months. What's happening in Willits when all the police are in the classroom? Nightly lectures series would be sold out, especially those featuring Tommy Wayne Kramer, Thom Hartmann and Scott Simon.
I've been reading 'Following the Equator' by Mark Twain. He has a lot of information but it is not well presented. He could have skipped every other chapter but he had debts to pay and needed “volume.” I like the part of “Roughing It” where Mark told us how much he doesn't like the Mormons, particularly the women. What I like about the Spanish language is that a question mark is placed at the beginning of a sentence upside down to warn the reader that a question is on the way.
Another narrative-free letter you seldom see anymore. Katie Tahja and I both read but never the same books. She likes cowboy stories. She likes pieces in the New Yorker that I don't bother with. I've noticed that when MSNBC has a particularly knotty problem to deal with they call in David Remnick. Trump was elected in some places by huge margins. Main reason: racism. I wrote that in a letter to Bruce Anderson on the second week of January 2001. He did not print that letter. I sent exactly the same letter to him in the second week of November 2001 in 2016. He did not print that letter either. I think today he would print it.
Ed note: Mr. Bostrom probably has his dates confused. We did not get those letters. We have printed all of Mr. Bostrom's letters we have received, letters which would never be printed anywhere else. Sometimes Mr. Bostrom sends us packages of clippings from other papers which we do not feel like re-typing; maybe that's what he's referring to.
CATCH OF THE DAY, August 27, 2022
NATALI CARRASCO-SANTANA, Ukiah. Domestic battery.
THOMAS COOK, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.
ALEXANDER CROSSMAN, Monte Rio/Ukiah. Burglary.
CLAYTON FIGUEROA JR., Redwood Valley. Probation revocation.
MOIRA JORDAN, Potter Valley. DUI.
VICTOR LUCAS, Ukiah. Under influence.
RICARDO MEDINA, Ukiah. DUI, suspended license for DUI, probation revocation.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, Ukiah. Protective order violation, paraphernalia, failure to appear, probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)
CHRISTINA TORRES, Hopland. Failure to appear, probation revocation.
RUSTI VASSAR, Ukiah. Controlled substance.
UKRAINE, SATURDAY, AUGUST, 27, 2022
Zelenskiy Reinforces Nuclear Warning After Disruption
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WHAT A SATIRICAL PLACE is the old-style cemetery, a veritable play by Gogol! Here, a cracked marble representation of a crow's nest, bent in the middle, leans nearer a green sea of the earth than ever did the mast of any but a foundering ship. There, a scroll of verse, bought by the yard, proclaims the immortal memory of the great one whose name has been long erased by moss. Golden letters on a toppled urn promise that the deceased will be missed forever by mourners who have not visited the spot in a generation. All around, symbols of a pathetic, infantile yearning for immortality: vacuous girlish angels with clipped wings and busted lyres; imposing, classic, dowager muses with one eye and a missing nose; antique warriors in battle pose despite lopped off spears, swords, arms, legs, even heads. Presiding over each estate in the country of death (as in life) stands a manorial mausoleum, rising amid this junkyard of statuary in forlorn assertion of superior status. I have to admit — cemeteries do energize me. They even cheer me. I look at these relics of the famous, the great, the rich, the powerful and I can assure myself — no one lasts forever. They will all go some day. Why not hurry their class into its grave, even if the burial is a trifle premature?
— Lenin, as channeled by Alan Brian
Whether people wish to notice or are comfortably blinded by hate, I’m pointing out how various government agencies use the law as a weapon. A large percentage of Donald Trump’s legal problems have nothing to do with politics, government or his presidency. They are tax issues, real estate issues, etc. These investigations have been pushed because many don’t care for his behavior as a president. However, these investigations have, or so we are led to believe, nothing to do with politics.
I question why no other similarly situated billionaires have been subjected to the same scrutiny. Unless all billionaires in this country, Democrats and Republicans alike, undergo the same in-depth investigations, it becomes obvious that the law is not being applied evenly and fairly. Many wonder why voters are disenchanted by our government and legal system. Maybe it’s because they feel like they might be the next target of an inequitably applied/weaponized legal system.
Today’s favorite hue and cry is that no one is above the law. It appears that the various governments, state and federal, feel they are above the law and can use their position to use the law as a weapon against anyone they don’t like and turn a blind eye to those in favor.
WHEN BILLIONAIRES AND THE GOVERNMENT Work Together To Control Information
by Caitlin Johnstone
Facebook restricted visibility of the New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story in the lead-up to the 2020 election after receiving counsel from the FBI, according to Facebook/Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“So we took a different path than Twitter,” Zuckerberg said during a Thursday appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience. “Basically the background here is the FBI, I think basically came to us — some folks on our team and was like, ‘Hey, um, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert. There was the — we thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election. We have it on notice that basically there’s about to be some kind of dump of — that’s similar to that. So just be vigilant.'”
Zuckerberg said a decision was made to restrict that information on Facebook's multibillion-user platform. He said that unlike Twitter, which banned the sharing of the article entirely, Facebook opted for the somewhat subtler option of censorship by algorithm.
"The distribution on Facebook was decreased," he said, adding when pressed by Rogan that the decreased visibility of the article happened to a "meaningful" extent.
As we've discussed previously, censorship by algorithm is becoming the preferred censorship method on large Silicon Valley platforms because it can be done to far more people with far less objection than outright de-platforming and bans.
In addition to being censored across social media platforms, the Hunter Biden laptop story was first ignored and dismissed by the mainstream news media, then spun as a Russian disinfo operation. Those media outlets eventually came around to admitting that the leaked emails were probably authentic, and Hunter Biden tacitly authenticated them himself when he acknowledged that the information "could" have come from his laptop. Nothing that came from that laptop was anywhere near as scandalous as the unified front presented by the news media and Silicon Valley in reducing the political impact of an October surprise before a presidential election.
And now we know that the reason the world's largest social media platform censored that particular story was because they were cautioned by the FBI against allowing such information to circulate. How many of those other institutions suppressed that news story because they were told to by the FBI or other government agencies? How often are US government agencies involving themselves in the act of censorship? What other information is being suppressed in this or similar ways? What other information will be suppressed in the future?
Because of the veils of government and corporate secrecy which obscure our view of the behaviors of power, we don't get to have answers to these questions. All we get to have is what oligarchs like Mark Zuckerberg choose to tell us, in whatever way and to whatever extent they choose to tell us about them.
But even what we've been told is pretty ugly. A government agency and a social media platform of unprecedented influence teaming up together to silence impactful political speech is censorship by any sane definition. Mainstream liberals can come up with all kinds of arguments for why the continually expanding justifications for online censorship are fine and normal and not really censorship, but are they able to maintain those justifications when government agencies are actively involved? Is it really better when political speech is being censored by a collaboration of government operatives and billionaires than censored directly by the government alone?
Alan MacLeod has been putting out a number of reports with Mintpress News documenting the way many veterans from the FBI, CIA, NSA and other government agencies have been recruited to work for tech companies like Google/YouTube, Facebook/Meta, and Twitter. The intimacy with which these government and corporate entities are working together is growing closer and closer, and they're making less and less effort to conceal it.
In a power structure without clear boundaries separating corporations from the government, corporate censorship is state censorship. The mightiest power structure on earth is growing more and more brazen and shameless about this reality.
You know you are living in an oligarchy when Mark Zuckerberg has more political influence over your country than any elected official. Democracy is an illusion. Those who live under the US empire are a propagandized and politically impotent population who only think they are free because they've been given the illusion of freedom, and less and less effort is being made to sustain that illusion.
We are ruled by unelected sociopaths who have no wisdom, no compassion, and no intention of ever relinquishing their rule. This will continue unless and until enough of us wake up to what's going on to stop them.
ADULTS ARE RUINING YOUTH SPORTS — Phony Cries Of ‘Racism’ At Little League World Series Are Only The Latest Offense
by Kirsten Fleming
Watching this week as the internet tried to brand the Davenport, Iowa, Little League team as a bunch of racists, during what should have been one of the happiest times of their lives, I was reminded of something my late father used to say about youth sports, “It’s the adults who ruin it all.”
My dad pretty much had a Ph.D. on the subject, coaching basketball at our Catholic grammar school, and officiating football from the Pop Warner level to Division II college. He ran the local program to teach football officials, and for more than 20 years, he stood on the sideline, watching his own three children play basketball, baseball, soccer and football.
Of course, my father was talking about a small percentage of the grown-ups, but when they do it, they do it up big. Poor behavior on the playing field by people who are old enough to know better has become a national epidemic. We’ve seen so many videos of parents brawling at their kids’ games that it should be its own sanctioned sport.
Back in the spring, there was a rash of violence against youth referees, with one Mississippi softball ump getting punched in the eye by a player’s parent wearing a “mother of the year” T-shirt. There are tales of parents pushing their children to the point of burnout and more extreme, horrific cases like Aqib Talib’s brother murdering the youth football coach in Texas.
Many of these shameful incidents occur from the sideline — presumably done by people who have a stake in that child’s life. However, the most recent example of adults ruining youth sports came in the most 2022 way possible: from absolute strangers on Twitter.
Caption: What the internet saw: The Davenport boys giving their teammate Jeremiah Grise a makeover. The use of cotton stuffing triggered a strong reaction online.
What actually happened: Grise was just one team member with the eyebrow-raising hairstyle, which the children said was in tribute to Honolulu player Jeron Lancaster, whose sensational white mohawk had been the talk of the Series.
Last Sunday, ESPN was broadcasting their MLB Little League Classic at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where the Orioles were playing the Red Sox and the Little League teams participating in the tournament of champions attended.
Earlier in the day, these 12-year-olds were able to interact with their MLB heroes, get autographs and slide with them, down the iconic hill near Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport.
It was boyhood joy in action.
By that evening, however, the Davenport team of 12-year-olds — Midwest champs for 2022 — would be unwittingly cast as racial oppressors in a saga that went far beyond baseball.
During the game, the ESPN cameras showed a few white kids from the Iowa squad putting stuffing from a plush animal in the hair of their teammate, Jeremiah Grise, who is black.
With little-to-no context, social media erupted, essentially accusing the boys of being baby Grand Wizards and subjecting their black teammate to racial humiliation, using cotton as their weapon.
“History is literally repeating itself, and not the good kind, either,” said one Twitter user. Op-eds followed and some mused that this is why black kids don’t want to play baseball. Little League was forced to make a statement.
“We have spoken with the player’s mother and the coaches, who have assured us that there was no ill-intent behind the action shown during the broadcast,” it said.
That wasn’t enough to put out the fire. In its coverage, the Washington Post spoke to — surprise! — a total stranger, named Carolyn Hinds, who is a film critic in Toronto, Canada. The interview was about how the footage made her feel, as she also questioned the Iowa team’s parenting.
Did anyone, at any time, consider Grise’s actual feelings in the matter?
I had been in South Williamsport covering Massapequa Coast’s Little League run, so when someone brought it up to me on Tuesday morning, I had no clue what had occurred. On the ground, it was all baseball, team bonding, pin trading and dance-offs with Dugout, the mascot.
iPhones miles away and exported through social media to many willing consumers.
Later, more footage emerged, revealing the incident as innocent as kids tossing a ball around the sandlot. Both black and white teammates used the plush stuffing on their heads to imitate Jaron Lancaster, the dominant pitcher from Honolulu who has a very striking white-dyed mohawk. Lancaster with his bat, arm and hairstyle had emerged as the big man on campus and the Iowa boys had just gotten his autograph. Davenport Little League posted its own explanation, showing Grise reveling in the moment.
I understand race is a third rail that will get someone like me zapped on impact. But it felt pretty gross for strangers to tell a 12-year-old boy, that they don’t know, to feel bad about something because of the color of his skin. In doing so, they projected their own cynicism onto him unfairly, making him bear the weight of their personal grievances.
And they cast an ugly, divisive narrative on what was supposed to be a beautiful experience on the national stage.
After a fuller picture crystalized, there was nary a peep from the foaming mouths. Likely, some didn’t want to admit they had jumped to the worst possible conclusion.
While most, who had no skin in the game, had already moved on to the next event in their oppression olympics with little regard for the boys or the innocence they trounced over.
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I have always been told that cobwebs are the work of “cob spiders,” I googled this, and it turns out they are indeed the work of certain kinds of spiders–”Cobweb spiders (Family: Theridiidae) make cobwebs.”
Perhaps the creepiest spiders are wolf spiders. Those suckers can grow as big as dinner plates. You normally only see the really big ones in houses that have been sitting empty for a long time. When I first moved into my old house in late winter, it had been sitting empty for a long time. In early spring, we got ducks, which were able to get into the crawl space. Within a very short time, we had NO bugs or spiders of any kind. Ducks eat everything that moves and have insatiable appetites.
As for women being afraid of mice, spiders, and bugs, I always assumed that the ladies were pretending to fear them to make their husbands feel useful. I’ve never had any particular fear of any such creatures. When I was married, it was my husband who was afraid of bees and wasps, so I was always the one who dealt with them. So I think there is wisdom in the ladies pretending to be afraid of the critters. If the men have to deal with the problem, they will have learned to do SOMETHING, which will build their confidence and perhaps cause the to attempt to do other things successfully.
But first you have to decide which is more irritating: watching hubby duck into the remotest corner of the room in fear while you remove the wasp, or letting him do it and watching him strut around for the next hour as if he’d killed a mountain lion.
STATE UNVEILS LATEST ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS MEANT TO PUSH CONTROVERSIAL DELTA TUNNEL AHEAD
by Dan Bacher
The California Department of Water Resources, or DWR, has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the embattled Delta Tunnel, beginning the 90-day public comment period from July 27 to October 27 for what conservationists describe as an “environmentally destructive project.”
According to project opponents, different versions of this same gigantic and wasteful public works project — the Peripheral Canal, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the California Water Fix and now the single Delta Conveyance — have cast a dark, toxic shadow over California water policy since it was first decisively rejected by California voters in November 1982 as the Peripheral Canal.
While tunnel advocates claim the tunnel will protect the reliability of water transport infrastructure, address the impacts of sea level rise, and improve the Delta’s aquatic conditions, critics say the project will do none of these things, instead hastening the extinction of Sacramento River winter and spring-run Chinook salmon, the Central Valley steelhead, the Delta and longfin smelt, and the green sturgeon. It’s feared these fish species will die off as the multi-billion tunnel keeps indebting Californians for generations to come.
Those fighting the tunnel, including indigenous tribes, environmental justice advocates, anglers and Delta farmers, have also expressed little faith that the Draft EIR will address any of the questions and concerns they raised repeatedly during their work with the Stakeholder Engagement Committee for the Design Construction Authority during that two-year tunnel planning process.
The Draft EIR was prepared by DWR as the lead agency to comply with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, which is supposed to involve evaluating a range of alternatives to the proposed project. The process should also include disclosing potential environmental effects, as well as associated mitigation measures, according to an announcement from DWR.
The agency claimed that “no decisions will be made” until the conclusion of the environmental review process, after consideration of public comments submitted on the draft. At that point, DWR will determine whether to approve the proposed project, an alternative or no project.
“The purpose of the proposed Delta Conveyance Project is to upgrade the aging State Water Project water transport infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,” the agency said in a statement, adding that it wanted to “minimize water supply disruption caused by an earthquake and provide operational flexibility to improve aquatic conditions in the Delta.”
“Two out of three Californians rely on the State Water Project for all or part of their water supply,” DWR Director Karla Nemeth mentioned in her own release. “Modernizing this infrastructure is essential to adapting to a future that includes more frequent extremes of drought and flood, and greater water instability.”
Additionally, Nemeth claimed, “If the project had been operational during the big storms in October and December of 2021, DWR could have captured and moved about 236,000 acre-feet of water. That is enough for about 2.5 million people for a year. If approved after completion of the environmental review process, the project will also help California manage through periods of severe drought like the one the state is experiencing now.”
Nemeth summarized DWR’s work in the last three years as attempting to “refined, redesigned and rerouted” the project under the Governor’s 2019 direction.
“We took a fresh look at everything,” she asserted. “Changing from two tunnels to one opened the door to many creative design and engineering innovations.” Brannan Island in the Delta. Photo by Scott Thomas Anderson.
In response to the draft being released, the Sierra Club said that it is “working hard to review the document and begin the process of commenting.” The nonprofit will host a workshop in the next couple of weeks to assist Californians and answer any questions about the comment process.
The Sierra Club continues to stress that the tunnel’s construction would “significantly harm the important biodiversity of the Bay-Delta region,” and cost California taxpayers between $16-40 billion.
“Sierra Club California strongly believes this flawed project is incredibly wasteful,” said Brandon Dawson, director of the statewide club. “Climate change continues to impact the state’s hydrology, and there is no certainty as to the amount of water that will be available for the project when it’s completed. We will be closely examining the draft EIR alongside our environmental partners for new information on the anticipated impacts of the project for frontline communities, Tribes, and the vital ecosystem of the Bay-Delta.”
Dawson also noted, “We encourage the Newsom administration to fully shift the DWR’s attention to sustainable water management efforts that are environmentally beneficial and will work to build regional resilience, including conservation, efficiency, recycling, and stormwater capture.”
Restore the Delta’s executive director, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, also criticized the release of the Delta Tunnel draft EIR.
“This plan is so massive, it will be delivered to us on thumb-drive: A full review of this mountain of paper is simply not possible for Delta communities, environmental justice groups, or Northern California tribes in just 90-days,” Barrigan-Parrilla observed. “As we read, we will be looking for answers to the questions we raised during our work with the Stakeholder Engagement Committee â¦ Delta communities raised concerns about water quality, salinity intrusion, pollution mitigation, and significant air pollution impacts resulting from construction and operation of the project. DWR needs to speak frankly about the sacrifices expected of the people of the Delta for this project to advance.”
Restore the Delta went on to point out that the State has only recently begun to hold workshops on salinity intrusion into the estuary, which is also part of climate change planning, and that there is “no framework for what a just transition for the Delta would entail.”.
Scientist Deirdre Des Jardins, of California Water Research, views the impact of climate change as a huge issue regarding the draft EIR for the Delta Tunnel.
“I included the NOAA 2022 estimates of probabilities of high sea level rise, which are less than 1 meter by 2100, except for scenarios with high or very high GHG emissions,” Deirdre Des Jardins explained in a recent analysis. “These could lead to warming of up to 5 degrees C by 2100. Many scientists think that level of warming would be catastrophic for the planet and human civilization. I cited the August 1, 2022 letter in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences which points out that 5 degrees C of warming which calls for study of catastrophic scenarios.”
Des Jardins went on to detail that the more catastrophic scenarios would imply that the State Water Project needs to reduce its GHG emissions footprint as soon as possible.
In this reporter’s analysis, the Delta Tunnel is a project based on the illogical concept that diverting more water out of the Sacramento River and Delta estuary will somehow provide for the “coequal goals” of water supply and ecosystem restoration — being promoted during a time of increasingly dramatic impacts of climate change upon the state’s water supplies.
In fact, the best available science reveals that the Delta Tunnel will in fact hasten the extinction of several fish species. I don’t know of any water diversion project in world or U.S. history where taking more water out of a river or estuary has restored that river or estuary. The Delta Tunnel project, if ever constructed, would be no different. BE HEARD
What: Public comment period for the Delta Conveyance Project Draft EIR
When: Comment period: July 27, 2022 — October 27, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.
LULU LAFRAME (formerly Steve Schwartz) Why i am proud to have been a Republican:
20 things I have done my enemies could not do:
Refuted the Butterfly Problem in linguistics, 1958-.
Joined the Paris Surrealist Group, 1967.
Represented Eden Pastora, 1980s.
Love Rebecca, 1984-
Published Chomsky, 1985.
Published POUM history, 1988.
Busted Moscow infiltration of the Freud circle, 1988.
Helped elect Violeta Chamorro, 1990.
Helped defend Giovanni Toracca, 1991.
Helped lead a victorious strike at SF CHRONICLE, 1994.
Represented the Kosova Liberation Army, 1998-.
Supported the Muslim Brotherhood, 1999-. See #2 attached.
Busted Saudi Wahhabism, 2001-.
Helped liberate Iraq, 2001-.
Published #3 attached.
Came out as a gorge, glam transwoman, 2017.
Sang and danced on stage in bars and restaurants with a bad right leg, in a “suggestive” outfit, 2018-
Cofounded Sexworkers Resistance Movement, aka Straight Razor Mamas, aka Sindicato Revolucionario de Mujeres, 2019-.
Ran for SF Board of Supervisor as a Social Democrat, 2020.
33 books in 10 languages.
And so, i...
Lulu the Luscious Leninist
Soon to be 500 cc! Rhyme!
KEATING TO LAFLAMME
I heard a rumor that SF is soon going to be the site of a convention of Alice Cooper impersonators -- is this true?
Kevin Keating, San Francisco
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The first part of this particular show is the responses to my asking for recollections of Rainbird, who we all just found out died three weeks ago of pneumonia. There are some later in the show, too, from when I checked my email around midnight. Here's one of those, from Peter Lit:
"Sometimes in the '80's, she would show up at Caspar Inn for entertainment that she was drawn to. We would go down to the sidewalk, pick up her chair, carry it and her up the stairs and into the Inn. I never heard her complain about the lack of a wheelchair ramp; in fact, I never heard her complain. I did see her rocking out on the dancefloor, conscious and respectful of others and I am grateful to learn some of her backstory. Her strength and courage were inspiring, an example for us all."
Here's one from Tom Tetzlaff:
"Rainbird was awesome! She will really be missed. She was a wonderful friend to me and helped me a lot. I will always be grateful to her for her forthrightness, and mutual appreciation for an entire host of things. She had a wonderful grasp of science. And what a gardener she was! She was growing all kinds of flowers and food and her place looked fabulous. She had a great eye for that.
"Then there was that time I was married to Rainbird. Yep. Well, not officially or anything and only for about an hour. Here is that story.
"One day some years back Rainbird gave me a call. I could tell immediately from the tone of her voice that something was wrong. That dude from China had just showed up in Albion out of nowhere and was trying find her. Rainbird wanted nothing to do with him. He somehow found out that Rainbird lived in Albion and started snooping around downtown Albion asking people where he could find her. Stalking her all the way from China apparently. Yeah, that scores high on the creepy scale. If I remember right, someone down at the store knew Rainbird and gave her a call. Rainbird wanted nothing to do with that guy at all! He refused to take no for an answer, continuing to pester everyone, so something different was going to have to happen.
"Using colorful language that was a little out of character for Rainbird, she told me that he is a full-on jackass and that relationship was long done and over. She asked if I would come over and take her down to the store, pretend to be her husband, and make it crystal clear to this guy that he is not welcome around here.
"So that's what we did. I got there as soon as I could. We loaded up and went down to that area next to the Post Office. Damn, she was pissed. I mean, really pissed off at this guy.
"She wanted to get out of the truck and confront this guy face to face. There was a serious exchange of words in Chinese. I do not know what was said exactly. The emotion was raw and the message was being sent in clear terms. One didn't have to speak Chinese to generally understand what she was saying. I made a few hand gestures indicating that he should get the fuck out of here and tossed in a "You go away!" and a couple other simple phrases that I meant for him to understand. Our body language was plenty good enough to make the point.
"A few more words were exchanged in Chinese and he finally relented. After a final cool but direct exchange, Rainbird turned to me and said that we were done. Let's go home. To the best of my knowledge, he never tried to contact her again. Damn, she was so pissed off that day.
"Now I will listen to this song again, have another good cry, while remembering the good times and what a wonderful woman and good friend Rainbird was.
"Rest in loving peace, Rainbird!"
(And then Tom posted the lyrics of a song called Ripples, by Genesis.)
You can always email me your work on any subject and I'll read it on the radio the upcoming Friday night. And at https://MemoOfTheAir.wordpress.comyou'll find a fresh batch of dozens of links to not necessarily radio-useful but nonetheless worthwhile items I set aside for you while gathering the show together. Such as:
Feelings. How articulate these perfectly ordinary boys in 1967 seem. And how polite the other kids are, doing their schoolwork while all this is going on. (via Everlasting Blort) (You might have to click the sound on.)
Andre Antunes finally got around to metal-scoring the Why Are You Closed guy. (I had forgotten about the teenage boys behind the man, making fun. At first you're afraid he'll go off on /them/, but his brain can only process one unconstitutional insult at a time. A guy like this, it's easy to imagine he's this mad about something at least once a day. Imagine what that must be like for him. His guts must be constantly in a knot. Imagine what he smells like.)
"So, whatta they call you. Wheels?" -Wolverine, on being introduced to Professor X.
And insouciant expertise. (via TackyRaccoons)
— Marco McClean, email@example.com, https://MemoOfTheAir.wordpress.com
When I was a young man courting the girls
I played me a waiting game
If a maid refused me with tossing curls
I'd let the old Earth take a couple of whirls
While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls
And as time came around she came my way
As time came around, she came
When you meet with the young girls early in the spring
You court them in song and rhyme
They answer with words and a clover ring
But if you could examine the goods they bring
They have little to offer but the songs they sing
And a plentiful waste of time of day
A plentiful waste of time
Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short
When you reach September
When the Autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time for the waiting game
Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few
And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you
— Kurt Weill
Live recording from 1999, John Lewis - piano: https://youtu.be/7E-FESqeN98