- Wet Weather
- El Nino
- Donald Wagner
- Racism Banner
- Tip Jars
- SoCo Supes
- Plowright Wanted
- Growers Aplenty
- Balancing Rocks
- Ads Disguised
- Police Reports
- Chemist Sentenced
- Water Scare
- Yesterday's Catch
- See Me
- Trebl'd Women
- Acoustic Music
- Carbon Trading
- Five Questions
- Approaching 1000
RAINFALL TOTAL PREDICTIONS for Mendocino county are dropping a bit for Wednesday as the Pacific rain storm appears to be drifting a bit further north than previously predicted. A third of an inch for Wednesday now, about an inch on Thursday. Light showers Friday. From half an inch to an inch each on Saturday and Sunday, and clearing Monday. Rainfall totals will probably be around 3-4 inches for central Mendocino by Monday. However, most of the rest of the week and the weekend will still be wet and windy.
According to the National Weather Service:
Wednesday Night — Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 49. South southwest wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Thursday — Rain before 10am, then showers after 10am. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to around 49 by 8am. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Night — Showers. Low around 42. West northwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday — Scattered showers, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. North northwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday Night — Isolated showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday — A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.
Saturday Night — Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday — Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 54.
Sunday Night — A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
All eyes to the sky as a once-in-a-generation El Niño gathers strength
THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS CONFIRMED THE IDENTITY of the victim in the fatal pedestrian vs. vehicle hit and run on Center Valley Road Sunday night: Donald Robert Wagner, 49, a Willits transient.
The California Highway Patrol is encouraging anybody that has information regarding this incident to please contact the Ukiah area CHP Office at 707-467-4040.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? Lots. First off it's incorrect. Most of the One Percenters we read about — Gates, Buffet, et al — are liberals. They aren't racists. The One Percent ought to be opposed because they profit from a wildly exploitive economic system, as do their enforcers in elected office and the legal system. Second, racism in this country is institutionalized in the form of redlining, bad schools, poor housing and so on from which, obviously, the One Percenters and wealthy people generally, profit from. If a lot of everyday white boys walk around with stupid opinions about race, a fatuous banner is unlikely to cause them to revise their attitudes. Third, K-MEC, the MEC, and Mendolib generally, and I'm sorry to be the guy who breaks the news to you Righteous Ones, have zero moral authority to preach to anybody about anything. If you raised an equivalently prominent banner that said, "DESTROY CAPITALISM" you might at least start a conversation about the nut of the prob.
TUESDAY'S FREE MONEY DAY at the Board of Supervisors prompts me to suggest Tip Jars on the reception desks of our top administrators. Come on, Mendo, these people are barely scraping by.
SONOMA COUNTY SUPES Make Mendo’s Overpriced Supes look cheap!
WELL, HE LIVES IN PHILO....MAYBE HAVE A LOOK THERE
Sheriff Allman’s Warrant Wednesday!
Thomas Plowright is wanted on two felony no bail warrants for possession of a firearm; possession of marijuana for sale and transporting with intent to sell.
- Height: 5' 7"
- Age: 48 years old
- Hair: Brown
- Eyes: Green
- Weight: 200 lbs
If you have any information regarding his location, please call MCSO Dispatch at (707) 463-4086
HUMCO'S BAYKEEPER REPORTS that some 3,320 parcels larger than 1 acre in Humboldt County have outdoor weed visible from Google Earth, give or take a couple of hundred. This is in the range of the Department of Fish & Wildlife's estimate of the number of grow sites, which is around 3,000-5,000. That's well over 1 in 10 (the County has more than 28,000 parcels larger than 1 acre, including public and tribal lands).
by Michael Grab
I don't know if you have ever watched the guy down by Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.) but it really is amazing watching him stack rocks, some pretty big, that just seems to defy gravity.
Zen and the art of rock stacking! All I know is if I were to try it, all I would get for my efforts are scraped shins and busted toes.
I must say Michael is even better than the Stanley Park guy. He is also from B.C.
The vertical ones you can possibly write off as a balancing act but how he does the arches truly does defy gravity! Pretty cool!
This is so hard to believe; so impressive. How does he do it? Not even a drop of Crazy Glue!!
ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY
“Much of what passes as journalism today, particularly online, is simply advertisement disguised as entertainments.”
I found a good example of that this weekend, when I blogged about the Detroit Free Press reporting on how Fiat Chrysler uses the power of The Force to sell cars. It was big news in the paper’s business section that the former number three car company in the U.S. has partnered with LucasFilm to cross-promote both their automobiles and the movie. That reverses your formulation, making it entertainment disguised as advertising. As for how the paper justifies it, well, what’s good for General Motors, or in this case, Fiat Chrysler, is good for the country.
Another example came the week before that, when WXYZ and MLive reported on a man named Tony who was biking to work in a snowstorm. A car salesman saw him and offered him and his bike a ride, first to work, then to look at a van. The salesman then set up an online fundraiser himself to get money for the van. It worked and Tony now has a lightly used van. The car salesman also made a sale for his dealership and got it in the news. The media spun the events as a heartwarming human-interest story – advertising disguised as entertainment, indeed!
MERRY CHRISTMAS (FOR THE THIEF) On December 3rd at about 1:01 pm, a UPD officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Cherry Street, for a reported burglary. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the victim, who reported that sometime on December 3rd between 7:35 am and 12:39 pm, an unknown person(s) came into the home and took numbers items, while the victims were not home. It was reported that Christmas presents had been removed from under the tree and unwrapped to varying degrees. An estimated $2,700 in property was stolen from the residence, including an X-box and lap top computer.
GET A GRIP, MOM. On December 4th at about 3:57 am, UPD officers were detailed to a report of a woman screaming and acting oddly in the 1700 block of Lockwood Drive. It was reported that the female had a 3 month old child with her and the child was now being cared for by the reporting party. Upon arrival officers contacted a female subject who was identified as Shannon McGee age 37. As officers spoke with McGee regarding her behavior, they noticed she appeared to be under the influence of an illegal controlled substance and began an investigation. McGee was placed under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance and child endangerment. The 3 month old child was turned over to the custody of Child Protective Services. McGee was booked into county jail on the listed violations.
ARRESTED FOR BEING SPOTTED? On December 4th at about 11:51 am, an off duty UPD officer spotted wanted Parolee Jerome McMurphy age 45 in the 100 block of Stephenson Street. UPD dispatch was contacted and an on duty officer responded, contacted McMurphy and took him into custody without incident. McMurphy was booked into county jail on the violation.
FREQUENT FLYER THREATENS HOSPITAL STAFF.
On December 4th at about 8:45 pm, UPD officers were dispatched to the ER of UVMC on a reported intoxicated male subject threatening to harm hospital staff. Upon arrival officers contacted Thomas Sanders age 53, who is known to law enforcement. Sanders was yelling at security guards and appeared to be taking a fighting stance. Sanders was extremely intoxicated, and taken into custody for being drunk in public and booked into county jail.
TOO DRUNK TO PAY FOR BOOZE.
On December 5th at about 5:42 pm, a UPD officer was dispatched to FoodMax for a reported shoplifter. Upon arrival the officer contacted a store employee, who had detained Luciano Sanchez-Lopez, age 33. It was reported that Lopez selected an 18 pack of Budweiser beer and concealed it in his backpack. Lopez then exited the store making no attempt to pay for the merchandise. Lopez was found to be extremely intoxicated and placed under arrest for shoplifting and for being drunk in public. Lopez was booked into county jail on the listed charges.
— From Ukiah Police Press Releases
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HIS HAT WAS PROBABLY ON SIDEWAYS, TOO
On 12-07-2015 at approximately 8:00 PM, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden observed a pickup truck in the area of MPM 12 on Sherwood Road in Willits, California. The vehicle was parked sideways in the roadway, completely blocking it. The Warden contacted the driver, Timothy James Bennett, 27, of Laytonville. As the Warden spoke to Bennett, the Warden detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the truck. A subsequent search of the truck resulted in the discovery of a duffle bag containing approximately seven pounds of bud marijuana. The Warden called for a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy to assist further. A Deputy Sheriff arrived a few minutes later and assumed responsibility of the investigation. Bennett was determined to be on felony probation for an unrelated offense and possession of marijuana was a violation his probationary terms. Bennett was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and violation of probation. Bennett was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held without bail. A female passenger was released without charges.
— Sheriff’s Office Press Release
FELONY SENTENCING. A Laytonville man, who in the course of chemically extracting THC from marijuana in a home garage caused an explosion and fire that demolished the house, was sentenced to state prison Friday afternoon. Maurice Alfredo Vionnet, age 40, received a 44 month prison commitment, his having earlier been convicted of manufacturing concentrated cannabis ("honey oil"), child endangerment, and unlawfully causing a fire of a structure, all felonies. The rental home, valued at $400,000, was a complete loss. The local fire department called for law enforcement help when while fighting the fire they discovered a significant number of empty butane cans and other BHO manufacturing evidence at the scene. The child endangerment conviction flows from the fact that the bedroom where Vionnet's two young daughters slept was directly over the garage where the manufacturing process was taking place and where the explosion and fire originated.
While the public defender argued that Vionnet "only" had two prior misdemeanor convictions and he had learned his lesson, Deputy DA Daniel Madow forcefully argued that the dangers posed to the defendant's family, the responding firemen, and the neighbors were too great of risks and that Vionnet had legitimately earned his way to state prison. After listening intently, Superior Court John Behnke ultimately decided that the dangers the defendant intentionally created were indeed great. It was noted that Vionnet was also before the court for sentencing on punching a Sheriff's deputy while he was released from custody and awaiting trial in the fire case and for the "bath salts" that were found in his pocket during that arrest.
After leaving the courtroom, DA David Eyster warned that alcohol and BHO labs are not protected activities under Prop 215 (the Compassionate Use Act), that they are a significant danger lurking in our local communities, and that prosecutors will continue to seek state prison sentences for those who don't heed the warning and instead continue their illegal manufacturing activities.
Our thanks to the first responders in this matter -- the members of the Long Valley Fire Department. The law enforcement agencies who investigated these crimes were the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force. Fire investigation assistance was provided by Cal Fire. DDA Caitlin Keane prepped the case and would have been the trial prosecutor had this matter gone before a jury.
— District Attorney Press Release
48 HOUR BOIL
Boil Water Notice — Not Citywide — Limited Customers Only
Posted: 07 Dec 2015 05:17 PM PST
— News Release —
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cathy Sanders
Phone: (707) 459-4601 <%28707%29%20459-4601>
Boil Water Notice —Not Citywide -Limited Customers Only
Willits, CA — On 12-06-15 City of Willits Public Works and Water Plant Operators responded to a water leak due to a broken 6 inch water main in the Walker Road area in the 18000 block which emptied the Berry Hill water storage tank. Water service was disrupted and affected customers along the adjacent Highway 101 corridor (South of Walker road) to the 18000 block of Walker Road. Repairs were done to the line and water service was restored at approximately 09:30 am on 12-07-15. As a precaution the State of California Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) was notified of the water break. The SWRCB required that the City issue Boil Water Notices to the affected 20 residential customers and it was recommended that these customers boil their water for a minimum of 48 hours until test results are received back from the laboratory. A hand delivered notice will be given out when the Boil Water Notice is lifted for the affected customers.
This Boil Water Notice does not affect other customers in other parts of the city and only those customers that received a hand delivered notice need to follow these precautions. A copy of the notice was inadvertently circulated in the community by the Schools and does not apply except to those households that actually received the notice.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Public Works Director at (707) 459-7143. email@example.com .
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THAT WILLITS WATER BOIL ORDER involved the small line on Walker Road that serves about 20 families. The line broke sometime on Sunday evening and Willits public works came out and fixed the line. Due to the nature of the repairs they had to replace a short section, which meant they couldn't guarantee that some dirt hadn't gotten into part of the pipe. When they were done with the repair early Monday morning they hand delivered a note to each household on that spur that they should boil their water for 48 hours just in case, a non-event in other words. A kind of false scare spread when the bureaucracy took over. Willits, by regulation, notified the Division of Drinking Water. The DDW notified Mendo County Public Health. Public Health, which apparently did not either receive or include either the location of the problem or its extent, then emailed the generic notice to Willits Unified. WUSD then emailed everyone on their email list that Willits had a boil order in place. Neither Public Health nor the WUSD verified the issue with the city.
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A READER WRITES: Test results show no problems with the water. But the story keeps getting more and more complicated. Apparently the email that went to the WUSD office (which such office promptly sent out to all school sites, did robo-calls to all parents(!), and sent copies of the notice home with all the students at the end of the day), came from CalFire! When superintendent Pat Johnson told me that, I thought she must be mistaken. But a couple others confirmed it. CalFire got one of the hand-delivered notices Monday morning – water gets pumped up to the Howard Station from the Walker Road end of the water system – and apparently somebody at CalFire took it upon themselves (no doubt due to that boilerplate) to take a PICTURE of the notice with their phone and send it to the schools! I tried to talk to CalFire today, but no luck, the nice lady who answered the phone said she’d try to find out what was up, but that nothing official had gone out. I am told off the record it was somebody at CalFire “trying to make themselves important” by doing this, and not any official decision to disseminate the notice…
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From: Gerry Gonzalez [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:41 PM
Thanks for getting word out. We are delivering notices tonight to those few people but figured we better put it out.
Chief Gerardo "Gerry" Gonzalez
Willits Police Department
125 E. Commercial Street Ste. 150
Willits, CA 95490
Phone : 707-459-6122
CATCH OF THE DAY, December 9, 2015
DUSTIN ALLEN, Willits. Robbery, offense while on bail.
OSCAR ALVAREZ, Ukiah. Probation revocation.
ANTHONY DAHL, Ukiah. Domestic battery.
JONI DEARING, Fort Bragg. Under influence, county parole violation.
RANDOLPH HAYES, Willits. Court order violation.
RICKEY LEWIS, Ukiah. Court order violation, probation revocation.
DUSTIN LOEWEN, Fort Bragg. Possession of controlled substance, paraphernalia and meth for sale, conspiracy.
JEFFREY MURRAY, Redwood Valley. DUI.
RYAN NELSON, Fort Bragg. Possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia, conspiracy.
TASHA ORNELAS, Ukiah. Drunk in public. (Frequent flyer.)
JOSE PEREZ, Boonville. DUI.
THOMAS SANDERS, Ukiah. Drunk in public. (Frequent flyer.)
DAVID WHITAKER, Cloverdale/Ukiah. Under influence, vandalism.
THE LONELY CROWD
Re: Jeff Costello's "Your Attention, Please" in Mendocino County Today, Dec. 8th, 2015, www.theava.com
Jeff Costello mentioned an idea about our overpopulated world and its effect on our psyches that I've had for a while: "Maybe it's the final existential crisis, in an overpopulated world. The more of us there are, the harder it is to stand out from the crowd. As if we need to be sure we're actually here."
I've been fascinated by population figures since I was seven years old and got my first World Almanac and perused the US Census population tables. I doubt many Americans are cognizant of the specific population figures of their town, city, county, state, country, etc., but we all know there are a hell of a lot of us in this state, country, and planet! The population of the Earth at seven billion would be equal to one thousand Bay Areas (seven million).
Humans seem to have a need to be seen, or for attention, and it must be overwhelming on the modern individual's psyche to have to compete with so many others for that attention. Costello used the example of Facebook as a forum where people are desperate to stand out. What about competition in jobs, schools, communities? Not to mention the fact that there are so freaking many of us people, each one of us is quite expendable! There will always be plenty of others to take your place if you're gone, even the President is expendable with the position of Vice President existing just for the reason of replacing him.
Maybe in a rural place like Anderson Valley with several thousand people this effect on one's psyche is not as extreme, but in a major metropolitan area like the Bay Area it's more pronounced.
by Al Krauss
Why would you encapsulate an idea? Why, (jerk!), so you can swallow it whole, no pain!
Theory is, your mental digestive system would then “comprehend,” and “understand.”
Problem is, without checking out the list of ingredients, you risk having swallowed an explosive mixture with unpredictable consequences.
Like, a time bomb. There it sits, a neat, compact package, waiting for some pre-set electrical impulse to “smithereen” the world within range.
Not to mention that “time bombs” are becoming passe. People go for direct action and immediate effect now, no time to waste. Use themselves as carriers and detonators all at once.
That may be why certain ideas with explosive consequences keep us all alert, with the NSA at the ever-ready. Just like the old battery brand, “eveready,” wire ‘em up, and throw the lever (touch the button, depending on your tech level).
ISIS is very disciplined. So is life within “Armed Forces.” What’s the difference?
Orders are given. Orders are obeyed. Explosives are delivered. Explosives tend to detonate. That’s in their nature.
What’s the difference between a drone and a self-destructing jihadist? Not one thing, its the MISSION, (dummy!). The army and Isis are servants, each, of their all encompassing god, “Obedience to the Higher Mission.”
Paradigm parallel here: Encapsulated Corporate footnotes, in the jungle of investment activities supporting our explosive way of life (this is NOT a “non-sequitur”), the higher mission is always “Bottom Line" (its the ECONOMY, er, dummy?):
In 1986, Union Carbide sold its Battery Products Division to Ralston Purina Company for $US1.4 billion, becoming the Eveready Battery Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary…. for your energy, breakfast and pet food needs.
Union Carbide Corporation is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. The spider web of corporate co-conspiracy includes all possible bad acts. There are still people dedicated to keeping slogans like “Remember Bhopal” alive.
Backwards in time: Old News Release from way after Bhopal (look it up): The Bhopal disaster, also referred to as the Bhopal gas tragedy, was a gas leak incident in India, considered the world's worst industrial disaster.
It occurred on the night of 2–3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Over 500,000 people were exposed to methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other chemicals. The toxic substance made its way into and around the shanty towns located near the plant.
Fast forward: 1999 September. Dow Chemical is buying Union Carbide for about $11.6 billion. The Dow-Carbide merger is a tax-free, stock-for-stock pooling of interests with the resulting corporation to be owned 75 percent by Dow shareholders and 25 percent by Union Carbide shareholders. Two Union Carbide directors will join the board of Dow. The new corporation expects to save $500 million by consolidating.
And investing we shall go!! “Roll me over, lay me down. And do it again.” (Stopping short of “ad nauseam”)
COME HEAR THE "TREBL'D WOMEN "
Leading off the Redwood Community Chorus concert on Friday evening and again on Saturday afternoon is a group of five women who take their name from the Treble Clef (from the French: clef or "key") that marks the range in which they sing. The group was formed over 15 years ago, and has been a fixture of the Redwood Community Chorus ever since.
They sing light classics, arrangements of seasonal songs (e.g. "The Feminist Holiday Songbook,") and songs from the Big Band era. The concert takes place on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. The "Trebl'd Women" will sing:
"Ricevete," from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by WA Mozart
"Nice Work if You Can Get It" by George & Ira Gershwin
"The Feminist Holiday Songbook" by Eric Lane Barnes
The "Trebl'd Women" are: Cheri Langois, soprano, Chris Stewart, alto, Tanya Smart, alto, Sara Carson, soprano/alto, and Rhonda Champagne, soprano.
Come hear the "Trebl'd Women" on Friday or Saturday at the Mendocino Presbyterian Church. Admission is FREE. Donations are welcome.
LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC on Friday and Saturday at Odd Fellows Hall. The comprehensive exhibit of 40 years of John Chamberlin's creations has filled the Odd Fellows Hall Gallery since December 4 will run through this Sunday, the 13th, with over 770 pieces! John's art was part of Mendocino culture since he first arrived in 1969. This benefit art show and sale for Mendocino Coast Children's Fund and MUSE (Mendocino Unified School Enrichment program) features many originals and some silent auction items. The first annual John Chamberlin calendar is also available for purchase.
This Friday and Saturday evenings, musicians will be playing acoustic tunes in the second story of the gallery. Friday, December 11 Featured performers include Frannie Leopold in The Cumbaleros with Peter Barg, Sue Crawford and Chad Swimmer; Ricochet Rockets with Frannie, Peter, Lee Rider and Ryan Kroll; and opening act Pattie DeMatteo and Janna Hansen, Ukulele Duet. Saturday, December 12 Featured performers include The Random Holler Jug Band with Kathy O'Grady, Chet Boddy, Cynthia Gair, T White and Jan Jakob; opening act Pattie DeMatteo, solo uke & vocals.
Odd Fellows Hall is at Kasten and Ukiah Streets, Mendocino, and the gallery is open from Friday December 4 through Sunday December 13. Gallery hours are 12 - 6 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 12 - 9 on Friday and Saturday evenings. Music starts at 7:30. Call 472-7960 for more information.
INDIGENOUS LEADERS SLAM JERRY BROWN, UN FOR POTENTIALLY GENOCIDAL CARBON TRADING
by Dan Bacher
At the end of his keynote address at the World Climate Summit in Paris yesterday, Indigenous leaders heckled Governor Jerry Brown, challenging him on his support of controversial carbon trading polices that represent “a new form of colonialism” that could potentially cause genocide.
Brown had just finished his brief remarks when protesters, including Penny Opal Plant of Idle No More, began yelling "NO REDD!"
REDD is the acronym for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.” It is used by the Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force, including California officials, to describe programs to promote reduced emissions from deforestation and land use, but Indigenous leaders say REDD really means "Reaping profits from Evictions, land grabs, Deforestation and Destruction of biodiversity."
"California officials have considered ways to link the state’s cap-and-trade program, in which polluters pay to offset carbon emissions, to tropical rainforests in Chiapas, Mexico and Acre, Brazil," the Sacramento Bee explained. You can see a video of the protest at: www.facebook.com/…
On his fourth day at the conference, Brown spoke at events highlighting what the Governor’s Office called “bold action to accelerate zero emission vehicles, reduce short-lived climate pollutants and build partnerships with other states, cities and regions to cut dangerous carbon pollution.”
"We are really a crucial element in making the fundamental change from a carbon intensive economy to one that is on the side of nature, and therefore sustainable," said Governor Brown. "Individual jurisdictions – cities, states, provinces and regions – can be a coalition of the willing."
Indigenous leaders from throughout the world disagreed that the Governor’s strong support of carbon trading and fracking represent a “fundamental change” that is “on the side of nature.”
A facebook post from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe yesterday commented, "Jerry 'Frack King' Brown" felt some heat in Paris today, where he has been continuing his charade as a 'green' leader, while opening the state to fracking and toxic fracking water dumping."
Caleen Sisk, the Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Tribe, is currently in Paris participating in the events, protests and meetings at the Climate Summit.
On the same day that Brown was heckled, civil society, environmentalists and Indigenous Peoples joined together at the foot of a miniature Eiffel Tower to reject REDD.
A joint news release from the Indigenous Environmental Network and Friends of the Earth International described REDD as a “carbon market mechanism, land-grabbing false solution to climate change that could potentially cause genocide.” (http://www.ienearth.org/un-promoting-potentially-genocidal-policy-at-world-climate-summit)
“Instead of cutting CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, the UN, the US, the EU, China, Norway and climate criminals like BP, Total, Shell, Chevron, Air France and BHP Billiton are pushing a false solution to climate change called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation)," according to Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
"REDD is a carbon offset mechanism which privatizes the air that we breathe and uses forests, agriculture and water ecosystems in the Global South as sponges for industrialized countries pollution, instead of cutting emissions at source," said Goldtooth. "REDD brings trees, soil, and nature into a commodity trading system that may result in the largest land grab in history. It steals your future, lets polluters off the hook and is a new form of colonialism. NO to Privatization of Nature!”
The REDD program is just one of the many anti-environmental policies of the self-styled "climate leader" that range from support of the environmentally destructive Delta Tunnels, to promoting the expansion of fracking in California, to pushing water policies that have driven Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species to the brink of extinction.
REDD is new phase of colonization
The No REDD in Africa Network describes REDD and all its variants as “unjust mechanisms designed to usher in a new phase of colonization of the African continent.”
“The REDD mechanism is a scam and the polluters know that they are buying the ‘right’ to pollute. Coming at a time when climate action has shifted away from legally binding requirements to voluntary, ‘intended nationally determined contributions,’ REDD provides a perfect space for polluters to keep polluting while claiming they are champions of climate action,” according to the Network.
“The worst form of slavery is to willingly offer yourself on the auction block, get bought and pretend you are free. This is what participation in the mechanism called REDD is,” said Nnimmo Bassey, co-director of the No REDD in Africa Network and recent winner of the Right Livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel Peace prize).
In 2013 the Government of Kenya was getting “ready” for REDD in the Embobut Forest — and now it is violently evicting the Sengwer People and forcing them “into extinction,” said Bassey.
According to Survival International, “as many as a thousand homes have already been torched.” The UK Guardian has characterized the eviction against the Sengwer People as “scorched earth tactics.”
The Kenya Forest Service and Administration Police, a paramilitary unit of the police, has evicted some of the Sengwer, touting AK-47s, not just from the Embobut Forest but from the entirety of the Cherangany Hills, destroying property and burning homes, the network noted. “The government of Kenya is forcing us into extinction,” a Sengwer spokesman has said.
“Since most of the world’s forests are in Indigenous Peoples’ territories, human rights activists are particularly concerned about the potential of REDD to cause genocide,” the news release stated.
Casey Camp–Horinek of the Ponca Nations said, “Yesterday’s genocide was done with guns and blankets with small pox. Now they are using carbon trading and REDD.”
Isaac Rojas, Friends of the Earth International Forest and Biodiversity Program Coordinator, said REDD is also a disaster for the environment. “Forests are not simply groups of trees and inert materials that can be reduced to ‘carbon stocks,’ commodities that can be traded on stock exchanges and markets,” he explained.
"REDD could also create adverse incentives for deforestation. As REDD offset credits are only supposed to be generated when deforestation or forest degradation has been avoided, governments and corporations are supposed to demonstrate that, at a given time, they were planning to log or clear certain areas of forest. It is thus in their interest to be able to maintain high levels of planned deforestation," the release concluded.
Brown’s tainted environmental legacy
As Jerry Brown continues to promote REDD and the expansion of fracking in California, along with hiring Big Oil-friendly officials to “regulate” the state’s oil and gas industry, reporters and editors from the mainstream media generally provide fawning covering of the Governor’s trips to climate conferences across the globe to greenwash his tainted environmental legacy.
In addition to his support of REDD and fracking, Jerry Brown has overseen a plethora of anti-environmental policies and projects that rip away the Governor’s “green” façade, including the following:
He promotes the environmentally destructive Delta Tunnels, a project that would lead to the demise of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas.
In collaboration with the Obama administration, Brown has presided over the draining of Trinity, Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs during a record drought to supply water to corporate agribusiness interests.
Brown's water policies have brought Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, Sacramento splittail and other fish species to the threshold of extinction.
He presided over record water exports out of the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta and a record Sacramento splittail kill in 2011.
Brown “completed” the faux “marine protected areas” developed under the helm of a Big Oil lobbyist under the privately funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. These “marine protected areas, based on terminally flawed “science” and the violation of Tribal gathering rights, fail to protect the ocean from fracking, offshore oil drilling, pollution, oil spills, military testing, corporate aquaculture and all human impacts on the ocean other than sustainable fishing and gathering.
For more information on the toxic environmental legacy of "Big Oil Brown," go to: www.truth-out.org/... You can also read my online debate with Tom Hayden over whether Jerry Brown is a "climate hero" or "greenwashing villain" at: sandiegofreepress.org/... For more information on Big Oil lobbying money in California, go to: redgreenandblue.org/...
NO NEED TO SHOUT, MEG
In the very near future, the KZYX Board will be interviewing five final candidates for the General Manager/Executive Director position.
I just received an email from Board Chair Meg Courtney, which reads in part: "WE NEED QUESTIONS FOR THE CANDIDATES, SO WE CAN ASK THE SAME QUESTIONS TO EACH CANDIDATE IN A ROUND ROBIN FORMAT WITH EACH BOARD DIRECTOR. PLEASE SEND ME YOUR QUESTIONS AND I WILL COMPILE THEM."
The emphasis in caps is Ms. Courtney's emphasis, not mine.
I am very interested in having you recommend to me five questions to ask.
- Open Letter to My Colleagues on the KZYX Board:
Per Board Chair Meg Courtney's request earlier today, here are my five questions -- or areas of inquiry -- for candidates for GM/Executive Director at KZYX who we will soon be interviewing:
- What are the most important goals for the station at this time?
- How will you engage with the members and the public?
- How do you feel about the board of directors telling you what to do?
- Please tell us about your management style?
Is your style Autocratic? (The GM/Executive Director makes decisions unilaterally, closely controlling every aspect of the station's operations, and purges critics.)
Consultative? (Decisions take into account all points of view of the station's 5-6 employees, 80-90 volunteer programmers, and 2,200 members -- a premium is put on two-way communication and feedback.)
Persuasive? (The GM/Executive Director is involved in two-way communication, but is also committed to getting support for decisions and will change decisions when there is a lack of support.)
Democratic? (Allows employees, volunteer programmers, and members a part in the decision-making process, therefore most important decisions are agreed upon by the majority.)
Chaotic? (The Silicon Valley model -- gives employees, volunteer programmers, and members almost total control in the decision-making process, thereby encouraging innovation by giving influence to all.)
Laissez-faire? (The GM/Executive Director takes a back seat to employees, volunteer programmers, and members, and gives direction when needed -- the manager is more like a mentor than a leader.)
Management By Walking Around, also known as MBWA? (Used by managers who are proactive listeners -- a premium is put on people skills, emotional intelligence, and a commitment to meet with all stakeholders.)
Please give concrete examples of your management style.
- What do you know about the recent history of conflict at KZYX? Did you know one third of our members voted for reform candidates in what have usually been uncontested board elections, or that the number of members and underwriters have both fallen in the last five-ten years? Did you know that KZYX Members for Change at Facebook has over 140 members? Did you that some members actually filed objections to the renewal of the station's two licenses at the FCC? Did you know that a lawsuit is being contemplated by some members for what are perceived to be the station's violations of the California Corporations Code? Assuming you know something about our recent history of conflict, please answer the following parts to this area of inquiry:
Without taking sides or playing the blame-game, how would you resolve those conflicts? Heal those wounds?
Leaders must initiate crucial conversations. What are those conversations?
How do we focus on accountability and stop bullying?
What communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills do we need to focus on?
What is our shared vision? What are our shared goals?
What is the social contract for team behavior?
How do we recognize disagreements and not ravage the team?
What are the missed opportunities?
I want to thank Chair Courtney for the chance to comment on how we will interview the candidates who make it to the final round and what we will ask them.
KZYX is at an important crossroads. We've been highly dysfunctional during these last few years. I hate it. I want it to stop. It must stop. Dysfunction leads to devastation. We're killing KZYX. All of us. We've all played a part in the dysfunction.
With our former GM/Executive Director (John Coate) and Program Director (Mary Aigner) gone, KZYX may finally have a chance at a new beginning.
I hope so.
KZYX Board of Directors (2013-2016), Board Treasurer (2014)
ONWARD AND UPWARD.
Hi, Marco here. It's still not too late to hear last Friday night's (2015-12-05) KNYO (and KMEC) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show. It's ready to download and keep or just play with one click at http://MemoOfTheAir.wordpress.com
Of course, there will be another one in a couple of nights -- my 923rd or 924th (I think -- I'll have to count the hash-marks again) Memo of the Air show, certainly my 155th for KNYO (and 8th or 9th for KMEC). That's the way time works. The numbers just go up and up. The interesting thing for me, right now, is realizing that those shows so far represent a total of 25,000 hours of concentrated work, not even counting the work writers and musicians did to produce the material I read and played for all those years.
Also at http://MemoOfTheAir.wordpress.com you'll find thousands and thousands of links to not necessarily radio-useful but nonetheless interesting things to see and hear and learn about, such as:
A British astronaut’s dream.
All the manned (and womanned) space rockets, ever.
High-dynamic-range photographs looking up between buildings in Hong Kong.
And a gracefully robotic French space dance.