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Mendocino County Today: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

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STORMY WEATHER in store for the next few days. Windy tonight, heavy rain on Wednesday, snow on Thursday for interior locations. Showers on Friday and continued wet weather on Saturday. Dry weather after that. (National Weather Service)

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Hello Everyone,

Some of you may have heard that Jerry has been very sick. He has double pneumonia, RVS and has been in Ukiah Valley Medical Center in the ICU since last Wednesday. He is going to be going home on Hospice tomorrow (Wed) or Thursday. The Dr. thinks he has anywhere between a few days to a week. He is really too weak for visitors, but he will be surrounded in his last days by his family.

He has been able to talk to us and he knows what is going on. He is not afraid of death and he says he is ready to be with God. He is truly at peace. He has been so thankful for his life and he said he has been so happy.

We will be planning a funeral at Resurrection Parish in Santa Rosa shortly following his death, as well as a Celebration of Life in Anderson Valley. We will keep you all posted on the details. He told us last night that he wants an Irish Wake, which we'll do our best to make happen!

We love you all and thank you for the amazing love you have shown towards him.

Much Love,

Kathy, Rebekah & Mary Anne

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IF THERE IS A MORE INTENSE, fiercely competitive coach in the NCL III than Anderson Valley's Luis Espinoza we have yet to meet them. And his teams reflect his intensity - he coaches both the boys JV & varsity squads.

Which is why you can toss the win/loss records out the window when Mendocino plays Anderson Valley - it'll be a dogfight in Boonville today and again when Mendo closes out the league season at home with the Panthers on Thursday, February 15th.

The "record" shows Mendo with four losses and Anderson Valley with only four wins - but this might be simply a ruse by the wily Coach Espinoza to lull the Cardinals into a false sense of security today - to then slam home a Panther victory tonight.

Mendo has all the advantages "on paper" - but Vegas oddsmakers wouldn't dare set odds on the contests today. You simply NEVER know what will happen in Mendo vs AV games.

Here is the history of the two teams. What you can't tell from the historical record, unless you were at the games, is for three seasons 2014, 2015 & 2016 Mendocino beat Anderson Valley in "pre-season" only to have AV sweep Mendo during league play - when it really counts. Last season, Mendo had the "sweep" - but it took a superhuman effort - and a foul on the Panthers with less than a second on the clock in the final period - and a Nakai Baker foul shot - to make that a reality.

MSP PHOTOS--Coach Luis Espinoza coaching the Panthers during the JV Jamboree in Point Arena earlier this month:

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In a game that started with a bizarre 6-3 score after 8 minutes of play, Mendo harnessed the Panthers big threat Alejandro Soto and managed to walk away from the Boonville game with a 60-37 victory. Unofficially, Cody Call scored a game-high 22 points (16 rebounds), Nakai Baker added 17 points (5 rebounds) with Cole Duncan starting the game with a “trey” then sitting out the third (with four fouls) only to explode for 9 points in the fourth ( 12 points on the night). Logan Gruys worked the boards as always and tossed in 5 points and the Mendocino bench got a lot of work. Alejandro Soto did end up with 18 points (he hit a couple beautiful “treys”) for Anderson Valley with JT Carlin working hard on the boards and scoring five of his 7 points in the fourth quarter.

MENDO (5-1) travels to Point Arena (4-1) Friday for a “must win” contest if they want to keep pace with undefeated Laytonville.

Box Score

MENDO: 06 22 16 16 = 60

AV: 03 14 10 10 = 37

(Text & Photos, Courtesy, Mendocino Sports Plus)

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(Photo by Judy Valadao)

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A DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT at the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. Dramatic, that is, if you’re involved or interested in Mendocino County’s emergency medical and fire services. It began with this short note in CEO Carmel Angelo’s CEO Report:

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) — Coastal Valley Emergency Medical Services and Mendocino County have decided to research other models for EMS delivery systems. We will be meeting with the State to determine options. The timeline for this change is December 31, 2018.”

During Ms. Angelo’s discussion of the subject at the Tuesday Supes meeting, Ms. Angelo explained that the current “model” — i.e., subcontracting out Mendo’s emergency services administration functions to Sonoma County’s Coastal Valley EMS — isn’t working for Mendo and the problem was made clearer during the Redwood Fire Complex in October when Coastal Valley was unable to do much of anything for Mendo due to the high volume of emergency and disaster activity in Sonoma County at the time.

Last week the Anderson Valley Emergency Services Committee wrote a pointed letter asking why the Ambulance Service Exclusive Operating Area Request for Proposals was taking so long:

And this week we heard that Mendo intends to discontinue its arrangement with Coastal Valley. In that letter last week the AV group noted that the alleged reason for the delay — Coastal Valley had said the package had to go back to the State for re-review because the County had decided to retain CalFire as the emergency services dispatch operation — couldn’t apply because the Mendo Supes had directed that two separate RFPs be prepared, one for Ambulance Service and one for Dispatch. The Ambulance Service RFP should not have been affected by the dispatch discussion and should not have needed any further review by the State.

AND BACK IN NOVEMBER around the time the Redwood Complex Fires were just being extinguished, we wrote:

WHERE’S COASTAL VALLEY EMS? In all the depressing excitement of the Redwood/Potter Fire Emergency, we’re not the only ones wondering where the County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency has been. Mendocino County contracts with the Sonoma County office to manage emergency services (typically ambulance service). And clearly there were special challenges for all emergency responders during the fires. But we can’t find anything CVEMS contributed. What, if anything, should they contribute? Several local fire officials are mulling the question and are talking about asking Official Mendo to spell out exactly what we’re supposed to be getting for the nice nickel we pay them.

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AT ONE POINT Tuesday during CEO Angelo’s discussion of her intention to look for another “model,” she added that “it is mutually agreed that we need to look at this model and quite possibly this is a model that will not work going forward.”

Angelo added that she is meeting with the state emergency services office to discuss options. Then it will come back to the Board. “We do have an agreement that this model is not working,” said Angelo, “and will not work going forward. The rumors out there are flying, as you can imagine.”

We don’t know which “rumors” are flying, nor that there even were any. We have certainly heard some grumbling about Coastal Valley as occasionally uncooperative, high-handed and not taking Mendo emergency services seriously. “I have been talking to some fire chiefs and EMS providers,” Angelo continued, “and have scheduled a meeting at the request of some of the fire chiefs for Thursday to talk about this and discuss what we plan to do going forward.”

It can be hard for small rural counties to set up their Emergency Management Authority and that’s why Mendo subcontracted to Sonoma County in the first place twelve years ago. Angelo said she is looking at other counties to possibly join with, or a stand-alone authority or a hybrid with fire services. “Coastal Valley and Mendo want to do what’s in the best interest of Mendocino County,” insisted Angelo.

Supervisor Carre Brown asked Angelo about the status of the Exclusive Operating Area Agreement.

Angelo replied that it has to go back to the state “because of the change we were proposing. That is also a topic for discussion.” (The only change being discussed is Mendo discontinuing its arrangement with Coastal Valley)

Angelo then added, “I don’t believe there has been any work done [on the EOA] since October by Coastal Valley.”

Prompting Supervisor McCowen to ask, “Did you just say Coastal Valley has done nothing to take that issue to the state since the last board action?”

Angelo: “To my knowledge there has been no movement to discuss this with the state. I do believe there has been no movement to discuss that with the state at this time.”

McCowen: “Since they were as I understand it completely unavailable during the fires, it almost becomes a breach of contract question for us. Is Coastal Valley doing anything for us currently?”

Angelo replied that they’re still doing the routine things having to do with EMS certifications, updated protocols, etc. But, “I would like to look past the last couple months and look at the last twelve years.” Angelo pointed out that Coastal Valley continues doing day to day activities. “But they were not available to be here during our disaster. I believe the answer is no. But realistically, we did not have the medical emergency they had in Sonoma County.” … “What you’re [McCowen] saying is the reason we are looking at an amicable split with Coastal Valley.” … “The EOA is the challenge. I will be meeting with the state in the next 30 days between changing the model and removing Mendocino County from Coastal Valley’s. And our other priority with the state is the Exclusive Operating Area which we know we need.”

WE’VE LONG THOUGHT that whatever services Coastal Valley was providing could be handled by a small expansion of the Sheriff’s small but effective “Office of Emergency Services” using some of the funds now allocated to Coastal Valley. (We’ve heard Mendo’s been paying about $90k a year for Coastal Valley, but have not seen an official number.)

That office’s website says, “The Office of Emergency Services (OES) coordinates the overall county response to disasters. OES is responsible for alerting and notifying appropriate agencies when disaster strikes; coordinating all agencies that respond; ensuring resources are available and mobilized in times of disaster; developing plans and procedures for response to and recovery from disasters; and developing and providing preparedness materials for the public. OES provides for coordination of plans and programs countywide to ensure protection of life and property.”

THE COUNTY IS ALSO supposedly looking at combining or consolidating dispatch services in the County.

BACK IN OCTOBER in the aftermath of the big fires we wrote:

SUPERVISORS Carre Brown and Dan Hamburg refused to volunteer to be considered for the ad hoc committee on combining Ukiah and County dispatch to save some money for both agencies. Readers may recall that Sonoma County-based Coastal Valley EMS, the agency that the Board has blindly turned emergency services over to lock-stock&barrell, tried to push through a dispatch RFP and privatization schedule until Supervisor Gjerde got back from vacation and convinced Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey that putting Calfire’s local Dispatch operation out to bid was a bad idea. So Croskey changed her earlier vote for the RFP and joined Gjerde and McCowen in postponing the Dispatch RFP indefinitely. But Hamburg and Brown, citing a version of staff-right-or-wrong, streadfastly refused to reconsider — even when faced with a phalanx of local firefighters and cops who explained in detail why privatizing Dispatch was a very bad idea.

IN EXPLAINING this week why she had no interesting in saving the County and the City of Ukiah some dispatch money by consolidation, Brown specifically referred to last week’s 3-2 vote to hold off on the Dispatch RFP, adding that she was sure Supervisor Hamburg felt the same way. “Thank you, Supervisor Brown,” replied Hamburg, indicating his solidarity with Brown’s nonsensical and petty refusal. In the end Supervisors McCowen and Croskey were appointed to the dispatch ad hoc committee, but not until Brown and Hamburg had reminded the other three Supes that they had no intention of participating in the “cooperative” manner they always talk about.

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WE’LL PROBABLY KNOW MORE after the Thursday meeting that Ms. Angelo plans to have with those local fire chiefs. For now we’ve already heard that they do not want to wait until December of 2018 for the change to be made.

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LITTLE DOG SAYS, “My friend Lar wrote this just for me:"


a real realist

with a real tale to tell

and a real tail to tell it with

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ODD as it may seem to people unfamiliar with Mendocino County Public Radio, but Larry Minson’s public complaints about the functioning of station management is the first public complaint from a disgusted station insider since the station’s murky beginnings a quarter-century ago. Two recent hires, a manager and a program director, simply fled, referring vaguely to a “toxic environment” at KZYX’s Philo headquarters. I’d say toxic and, over the years, often creepy. The nut of the problem at the station, apart from a full generation of self-interested nuts who glommed on to the enterprise at its non-public founding by a hustling entrepreneur called Sean Donovan, is the closed nature of the enterprise. It’s always been a publicly-funded private club presided over by a rubber stamp board of trustees but run by a cringing claque of station employees and entrenched programmers, many of whom boast that they "speak truth to power." As an at-large candidate for the KZYX board who has no hope of election, here’s what I would hold out for if, by some fluke, I found myself partially responsible for the station’s cooked books and its recumbent staff:

  1. An end to the station’s lengthy blacklist
  2. An honest, fully explained budget
  3. The combining of the positions of general manager and program director into one position for one salary
  4. A morning news hour focused entirely on local matters, thus giving locals a reason to tune in, thus expanding the membership (static for years now)
  5. Increased visibility of the station beyond the in-County lib-pwog echo chamber it presently is
  6. Term limits for programmers and a requirement that they pay the station $20 a month for air time
  7. Prompt, candid replies from management to all inquiries
  8. A requirement that each board member bring in at least one new member every month
  9. A working person’s membership at $20 a year
  10. Basic civility from all employees

JIM UPDEGRAFF comments: "The letter from Mr. Minson certainly dealt with the concerns I previously expressed to you about the station management. The advice from Mr. Minson’s lawyer to resign was sound advice. It would be wise of the other members of the Board to discuss the concerns of Mr. Minson with their lawyers. Generally, directors of a non-profit are legally protected from lawsuits; however, under certain circumstances the Chinese Wall can be penetrated. Also, if I was the lender, I would be concerned. KZYX is a non-profit and must comply with the rules and regulations of the Registry of the Charitable Trusts division of the CA Attorney General. The IRS 990s are available for review. Bruce, you might have one of your attorney friends help you in asking for a copy. Also available is a complaint form pdf. The Registry takes their responsibilities very seriously and I am sure they will have a concern with management and board of the station."

NOT TO INSULT my old sparring mate, Gordy Black, and I'm half-sorry I messed with him in the first place, but I expected him to get it when I asked him to be my Coast campaign manager in my run for the roses, er, the KZYX board of directors.

GORDY WROTE BACK: "I am sincerely honored, but your candidacy is so problematic that I personally would fall into absurdity promoting it. If you were straight in behalf of the station, you’d be interesting and maybe valuable. But your attendant friends cost a lot of time, grief, and money. Meanwhile, the paper is splendid, the writing and writers unmatched. Thanks for asking, and I mean it."

I WONDER if Meg Courtney might go to bat for me out there in the fog belt. She's not only a former trustee but might help me with the Appropriate Police.


Hola, KZYX Trustees, whoever you might be: No one at Philo headquarters can tell me who has signed up to run, and your general manager? Well, I left him a message… And, when exactly do the ballots go out?

Thank you,

Bruce Anderson, Boonville

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Dear Bruce Anderson,

Thank you for your inquiries.

The Mendocino County Public Broadcasting board of directors election is organized by the board, with logistical support from the station staff. The KZYX general manager and staff are not authorized to disclose nominations or discuss election or other operational matters with candidates or nominees. The nomination period closes on 30 January 2018, after which the list of nominations can be made public.

Under federal and state rules governing FCC-licensed public radio stations and 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporations, Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is required to prepare and make public an IRS Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, an annual independent audit and an audited financial report to the federal Corporation For Public Broadcasting, which funds the station’s Community Service Grant. The station’s budget is prepared by the board treasurer and finance committee in consultation with the general manager and staff. The board approves the budget in a public meeting, one of six public board meetings scheduled over the course of the year. Documentation of those public filings and public meetings is posted on the station website.

Thank you for your support.

The Board of Directors

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting

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RENOWNED AUTHOR URSULA LE GUIN DIED on Monday, her son said. She was 88 years old.

Le Guin authored dozens of short stories, novels and essays which focused mostly on science fiction. “If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly,” Le Guin once said during an interview with The Guardian. Her work also took on feminist themes, and one of her most popular novels, “The Left Hand of Darkness,” featured characters on a planet where gender did not exist.

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RE LEGAL POT, a reader writes: "I hope the black market thrives in Cali. I'm on disability and use mmj. I didn't have the money to pay for it before the taxes were piled on. I sure as hell don't have it now. I have had to grow my supply because of costs. California now has a BUDGET SURPLUS and they keep piling the taxes on. Everyone in the game is driven by greed. The growers as well as the politicians. Nobody really gives a rat's ass about medical, especially now we have rec. It has never been about helping people, just about lining pockets. The dispensary I use is doing rec sales now too. I'm about to go to the black market to get my plants because I am so disgusted with the situation."

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by Justine Frederiksen

The Division Chief who served as interim chief of the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority for nearly a year is currently on administrative leave, Ukiah City Manager Sage Sangiacomo reported.

“Division Chiefs Jeff Adair and Kevin Jennings have been filling in as acting fire chief as (Division Chief Kirk Thomsen) in on administrative leave,” Sangiacomo told the City Council at its last meeting. “(Adair and Jennings) have been doing a great job filling in, but we are working to get them administrative assistance in the near future.

“My hat is off to the department for working short-staffed though this period of time, and we do hope to be fully staffed here shortly,” he continued.

Thomsen had been serving as interim chief since mid-January 2017 following the abrupt retirement of former chief John Bartlett in late 2016. Thomsen was placed on leave in mid-December for undisclosed reasons.

“I cannot comment on personnel matters,” Sangiacomo said when asked why Thomsen was not serving in his position. When asked if an investigation was being conducted, Sangiacomo said he could “neither confirm nor deny” whether that was the case.

Last fall, an employee of the UVFA said his department was handling several extensive Public Information Requests, including one that asked for a large amount of the text messages sent and received by Thomsen. It is unclear at this time why those messages were requested or if they are related to Thomsen being on leave.

When asked how much longer Thomsen was expected to remain on leave, Sangiacomo again said he could not comment except to say that the city and the Ukiah Valley Fire District, who have been working together in an informal merger the past few years, have two chief positions they are trying to fill: one a third division chief and one department chief.

When asked if Thomsen would still be considered as permanent chief, Sangiacomo could say only that the hiring of a department chief was a process being conducted by both the city and the fire district that had yet to be completed.

In December, the UVFA responded to 249 calls, one third of which were in the district’s jurisdiction and two-thirds of which were in the city limits, Adair reported to the City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting.

Of those calls, five were vehicle accidents and one was a structure fire. An average of two volunteers per call responded.

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(Photo by Dick Whetstone)

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I feel compelled to write you concerning your reporter on the Silver case. He has a truly biased position and claims to be reporting fact when in truth I have rarely seen him in the courtroom and his comments certainly reflect that. How could he have heard all the evidence without being there? It seems that he is only interested in information about the participants so that he can make slanderous remarks like some bad late night show host. Well he is not funny and he doesn’t have his facts right and he has truly prejudiced people against the defendant and his lawyer and case. The last remark about the prediction that Caleb would murder his lawyer in the New Year has caused some people to call us concerning his remark.

Please feel free to call me concerning this reporter and the trial.


Kathalene Kephart


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CATCH OF THE DAY, January 23, 2018

Anderson, Lozano-Corona, Maldonado, Rutherford

PETER ANDERSON, Ukiah. Domestic battery.

PATRICIA LOZANO-CORONA, Willits. Domestic battery.

JOSE MALDONADO, Willits. Under influence, probation revocation.

ELIAS RUTHERFORD, Laytonville. Controlled substance, mail theft, getting credit with someone else’s ID, receiving stolen property, paraphernalia.

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PG&E has temporarily suspended billing for 6,500 customers that lost homes or businesses in the October wildfires. Some have moved into new homes and are bracing for hefty charges when the bills resume.

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August Bebel once called anti-Semitism the socialism of fools. These days, the 9/11 conspiracy fever is fast becoming the "socialism" of the left.

by Alexander Cockburn (September 2006)

You trip over one fundamental idiocy of the 9/11 conspiracy nuts in the first paragraph of the book by one of their high priests, David Ray Griffin, The New Pearl Harbor. "In many respects," Griffin writes, "the strongest evidence provided by critics of the official account involves the events of 9/11 itself…. In light of standard procedures for dealing with hijacked airplanes…not one of these planes should have reached its target, let alone all three of them."

The operative word here is "should." One central characteristic of the nuts is that they have a devout, albeit preposterous, belief in American efficiency, and hence many of them start with the racist premise that "Arabs in caves" weren’t capable of the mission. They believe that military systems work the way Pentagon press flacks and aerospace salesmen say they should work. They believe that at 8:14 am, when AA Flight 11 switched off its radio and transponder, an FAA flight controller should have called the National Military Command center and NORAD. They believe, citing reverently (this from high priest Griffin) "the US Air Force’s own website," that an F-15 could have intercepted AA Flight 11 "by 8:24, and certainly no later than 8:30."

They appear to have read no military history, which is too bad because if they had they’d know that minutely planned operations–let alone responses to an unprecedented emergency–screw up with monotonous regularity, by reason of stupidity, cowardice, venality and other whims of Providence.

According to the minutely prepared plans of the Strategic Air Command, an impending Soviet attack would have prompted the missile silos in North Dakota to open and the ICBMs to arc toward Moscow and kindred targets. The tiny number of test launches actually attempted all failed, whereupon SAC gave up testing. Was it badly designed equipment, human incompetence, defense contractor venality or… conspiracy? Did the April 24, 1980, effort to rescue the hostages in the US Embassy in Tehran fail because a sandstorm disabled three of the eight helicopters, or because agents of William Casey poured sugar into their gas tanks in yet another conspiracy?

Do the military’s varying attempts to explain why F-15s didn’t intercept and shoot down the hijacked planes stem from predictable attempts to cover up the usual screw-ups, or because of conspiracy? Is Mr. Cohen in his little store at the end of the block hiking his prices because he wants to make a buck, or because his rent just went up, or because the Jews want to take over the world? Bebel said anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools. These days the 9/11 conspiracy fever is fast becoming the "socialism" of the left.

My in-box overflows each day with fresh "proofs" of how the towers were demolished. I meet people who start quietly, asking me what I think about 9/11. What they are actually trying to find out is whether I’m part of the coven. I imagine it is like being a normal Stoic in the second century AD going for a stroll in the forum and meeting some fellow asking, with seeming casualness, whether it’s possible to feed 5,000 people on five loaves of bread and a couple of fish.

Indeed, at my school the vicar used to urge on us Frank Morison’s book Who Moved the Stone? It demonstrated, with exhaustive citation from the Gospels, that since on these accounts no human had moved the stone from in front of Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb, it must have been an angel who rolled it aside, so Jesus could exit, astonish the mourners and then ascend. Of course, Morison didn’t allow the possibility that angels never existed or that the Gospel writers were making it up.

It’s the same pattern with the 9/11 nuts. There are photos of the impact of the "object" that hit the Pentagon–i.e., the Boeing 757, Flight 77–that seem to show the sort of hole a missile might make. Ergo, it was a missile and a 757 didn’t hit the Pentagon. As regards the hole, my brother Andrew–writing a book about Rumsfeld–has seen photos taken within thirty minutes of impact clearly showing the outline of an entire plane, including wings. This was visible as soon as the smoke blew away.

And if it was a missile, what happened to the 757? Did the conspirators shoot it down somewhere else, or force it down and then kill the passengers? Why plan to demolish the towers with pre-placed explosives if your conspiracy includes control of the two planes that hit them? Why bother with the planes at all? Why blame Osama if your fall guy is Saddam Hussein?

The demolition scenario is classic who-moved-the-stonery. The towers didn’t fall because they were badly built as a consequence of corruption, incompetence, regulatory evasions by the Port Authority and because they were struck by huge planes loaded with jet fuel. No, they collapsed because Dick Cheney’s agents methodically planted demolition charges in the preceding days. It was a conspiracy of thousands, all of whom–party to mass murder–have held their tongues ever since.

Of course, the buildings didn’t suddenly pancake. People inside who survived the collapse didn’t hear a series of explosions. As discussed in Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins’s marvelous Grand Illusion, about Rudy Giuliani and 9/11, helicopter pilots radioed warnings nine minutes before the final collapse of the South Tower that it might well go down, and similar warnings, repeatedly, as much as twenty-five minutes before the North Tower’s fall.

What Barrett and Collins brilliantly show are the actual corrupt conspiracies on Giuliani’s watch—

— the favoritism to Motorola, which saddled the firemen with radios that didn’t work; the ability of the Port Authority to scrimp on fire protection; the mayor’s catastrophic failure in the years before 9/11 to organize an effective emergency command, meaning that many lives could have been saved, cops and firemen could have communicated and firemen could have heard the helicopter warnings and the Mayday messages that saved most of the police. That’s the real world, in which Giuliani and others have never been held accountable. Instead, the conspiracy nuts have combined to produce a ludicrous distraction.

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"LEMME OUT--I'll Stay, I Promise!"

(Photo by Harvey Reading)

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by Jim Shields

Water Districts throughout five critical watersheds were put on notice last week by the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) that, “Through a coordinated effort between the Water Board and California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, the following five priority stream systems have been identified as a starting point for the California Water Action Plan (WAP) effort:

  • South Fork Eel River, tributary to the Eel River, Humboldt and Mendocno Counties
  • Shasta River, tributary to the Klamath River, Siskiyou County
  • Mark West Creek, tributary to the Russian River, Sonoma County
  • Mill Creek, tributary to the Sacramento River, Shasta and Tehama Counties
  • Ventura River, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties”

You probably don’t need me to explain to you that these five watershed systems are the primary regions of the state where cannabis is grown.

Here’s how the Water Board explains it:

“The Water Board and CDFW are currently working to identify potential actions that may be taken to enhance and establish instream flow for anadromous fish in these five priority streams and other streams of importance for the WAP objectives. The development of hydrologic characterization models is one of the first efforts that the Water Board will work on to better understand water supply, water demand, and instream flow needs in the priority watersheds… In recent years, flows have been decreasing due to extended dry periods in winter and early spring, as well as increases in legal and illegal water diversions. There are many surface diversions and groundwater wells associated with rural residences, Cannabis culitivation, pastures, crops, and municipal water systems. Since the legalization of Cannabis, cultivation of the crop has expanded dramatically in the basin, and is associated with increased water diversions.”

Honing in on the North Coast, the Water Board cites a study by NOAA Fisheries regarding water consumption by cultivators: “Mendocino and Humboldt Counties are home to some of the largest Cannabis growing operations in California, which have been increasing in number and scale during recent years. The consumptive demand for Cannabis farms impact summer stream flows during low-flow periods. This altered hydrologic function is one of the most critical stressor for juvenile salmonoids in the South Fork Eel River watershed, particularly in more urbanized areas such as the Salmon Creek and Redwood Creek watersheds where Cannabis cultivation coincides with domestic usage.

In a previous column, I warned folks that the Water Board is in the process of basically “locking down” watersheds by restricting how much marijuana can be grown on a sustainable basis, watershed by watershed. It appears the Water Board is moving in the direction of establishing a cap on licenses and permits based on watershed sustainability That’s why they are requiring water districts, including the one I manage, to provide them with all this hydrological data.

Erin Ragazzi, an assistant deputy director for the State Water Board’s Division of Water Rights and Water Quality Certification, said in a Water Deeply interview, “Well, I think one of the things that’s important to point out is that the policy creates a comprehensive mechanism to regulate cannabis cultivation, and it includes both those water supply, water rights side and water quality components. Specifically, I think it’s important to note we have a lot of important requirements to address individual and cumulative impacts that can occur in watersheds, and that’s been a big concern for a lot of folks, in terms of not just the site-specific impacts but the broader cumulative impacts in a watershed.

“To that end, that policy includes requirements establishing maximum diversion rate, a forbearance period when no diversions can occur and instream flow requirements so that even when you’re in the season of diversion, you can always divert when flows are above that instream flow requirement. So there’s a pretty comprehensive look at ensuring that we’re not seeing the impacts associated with diversion and use of water, while at the same time allowing folks a pathway to get a storage water right, which often would take a very long period of time … There’s the potential to have a limited number of plant identifiers and licenses issued by the various entities, and so those folks that come forward earlier are going to be in a better position than folks that may stand on the sidelines and wait for a while.”

I think that’s a pretty strong message to cultivators, but you have to wonder if any of them are listening, or even care.

(Jim Shields is the Mendocino County Observer’s editor and publisher, and is also the long-time district manager of the Laytonville County Water District. Listen to his radio program “This and That” every Saturday at 12 noon on KPFN 105.1 FM, also streamed live:

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A guy out of the ordinary—

Trying to find a place for me and my tools and trucks and motorhome seems to be impossible task. Most telling me i got too much, and without my tools of my trade i would be a useless handyman. My present place of stay is not by choice and now i'm desperate to move away to get away from a growing controlling situation just for my stay. I'm now starting to think to sell it all, everything just to be able to move away. I like doing my handyman work helping others as well as it's helping me to survive some. Securing it all is now becoming a burden, a burden i'm getting tired of thinking of and doing.

Al Nunez" <>

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Mendocino County Soccer Academy, spring 2018

Shane Huff
Director of Coaching and Academy Operations
Mendocino County Soccer Academy (MCSA)
C: 707-972-7312

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America’s political system won’t be, and can’t be, the source of any solutions. We don’t have political parties; merely rival factions of Oligarchy. 60 years ago, the Democrats were the enemies of Civil Rights, which was championed by Republicans. The parties rather abruptly switched polarities in 1968. That wasn’t the first time by a long shot, and it certainly hasn’t been the last time.

If we had actual political parties, with ideologies, we could make some choices about the options facing America. Since instead we vote for personalities and advertising packages, once in office politicians can do whatever they want among themselves, according to which faction of Oligarchy has the upper hand at a given moment.

The most important consideration for all factions of Oligarchy, and their coalitions working more or less together under the umbrella of “party,” is to make sure nobody examines or analyzes our collapsing system of economics and finance. Particularly finance.

Whichever faction of Oligarchy you root for, you have to acknowledge that a fiat system that uses debt at interest as money has to have infinite inputs of money, resources, markets, and energy. We live on a finite planet, subject to laws of nature. Therefore only money can be made infinite, by making it abstract. Since our system of economy has to always expand, or the interest can never be repaid, and we can’t artificially inflate resources, markets or energy, we have to inflate the money.

We’ve reached a point where there’s no more real expansion to be had. The oligarchs don’t want to inflate away the value of the money they’ve cadged from the system, so they have to extract ever more from those who have ever less of it left. This is the same situation, in human terms, we face with carbon-based energy, which is rapidly approaching the point at which it takes more energy to extract than it supplies.

This is a point where decline accelerates exponentially, because it has to. The Oligarchs cannot allow a critical mass of people to notice this and observe what it means. So we get increasingly frantic distractions. One faction plays to those at the bottom of the ladder, inciting them to blame immigrants, city dwellers, non-whites and uppity women for the fact the Oligarchy has looted them. The other faction plays to immigrants, city dwellers, non-whites and uppity women, inciting them to blame poor dumb whites without skills.

Both factions agree that nearly a majority of Americans simply can’t compete on a level playing field, and need a system of arbitrary discrimination and favoritism just to get by, as they have no skills, no ability or willingness to think analytically and critically, and want an Authority figure to take care of them and tell them what to do and think.

Control of this collapsing system has become cemented in the hands of feuding Oligarchs, and may they have great joy of it as it collapses.

For the rest of us, we need to put increasing effort to the task of keeping on the good side of the system, as it lashes out in its death agony to ensnare as many of us, and what’s left of our wealth, to stall the inevitable for smaller and smaller increments of time. We need to stick together, work together, and tune out the incitements of the Oligarchs, which can’t withstand any critical scrutiny no matter what the claim.

All one needs to consider is how the Democratic Party faction of Oligarchy has systematically chased out the most popular politician in America, whose positions most accurately reflect the opinions and values of a large majority of Americans. Instead, they rigged the process in favor of the only politician in the nation who could have lost to the second-worst candidate ever put forward by a major party for major office in American history. And now they’re looking to double down, by finding their own show-biz billionaire fictional scripted character. There are very few people from any walk of life who could lose to Donald Trump in 2020, so it will take hard work by the Democrats to find one such. Michelle Obama apparently declined the opportunity, and Oprah Winfrey probably will soon.

The key is to not be in power on the approaching day when a critical mass of Americans simply don’t show up to play their part in the collapse of Empire and our financial system, fatally flawed from the start.

All the “issues” people discuss on a daily basis with so much mimickry of passion are actually desperate efforts to avoid noticing, understanding and addressing the fundamental crisis of our system as it falls apart.

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I GRIND OUT THE OLD TUNES on the old organ and gather up the coppers. — Bret Harte

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Oh! some folks boast of quail on toast,

Because they think it's tony;

But I'm content to owe my rent,

And live on abalone.


We sit around and gaily pound,

And hold no acrimony,

Because our object is a gob

Of toothsome abalone.


He hides in caves beneath the waves —

His ancient patrimony,

And so, 'tis shown that faith alone

Reveals the abalone.


The more we take, the more they make

In deep sea matrimony;

Race suicide cannot betide

The fertile abalone.

— George Sterling (probably)

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San Francisco, 1906

First on the bill of fare was the soup — thick and good. Next, one of Louis' three cherubic little sons brought on a course of fish — sole, rock cod, flounders or smelt — with a good French sauce. The third course was meat. This came on en bloc; the waiter dropped in the center of each table a big roast or boiled joint together with a mustard pot and two big dishes of vegetables. Each guest manned the carving knife in turn and helped himself to his satisfaction. After that, Louis, with an air of ceremony, brought on a big bowl of excellent salad which he had mixed himself. For beverage, there stood by each plate a perfectly cylindrical pint glass filled with new claret. The meal closed with fruit in season — all that the guest cared to eat. The price was fifteen cents!

— Jack London

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Lake County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Committee

And The University of California Cooperative Extension – Lake County Present a public workshop addressing the Economics of Fishing on Clear Lake.

Date: Wednesday, January 31
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers, Lakeport.


Understanding the economic value of angling on Clear Lake: Greg Giusti, University of California, emeritus

Tapping into the Economic Potential of Lake County Fishing Tourism: Tiffany Harz, MBA, Marymount College

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IN ITS NEWLY RELEASED annual State of World Inequality report, Oxfam detailed that 82% of all wealth created in 2017 went to just 10% of the world's citizens.

Meanwhile, In Davos:

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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA for February 1, 2018, is posted on the department website at:

Please contact staff with any questions.

Victoria Davis, Commission Services Supervisor, 707-234-6664

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Cloverdale Arts Alliance organizes tour of picturesque, 100-acre “sculpture ranch”

Cloverdale, January 23, 2018 – Much-coveted tickets to tour the world-renown Oliver Ranch are now on sale through the Cloverdale Arts Alliance.

Located in the heart of Sonoma County, overlooking the Alexander Valley, the Oliver Ranch is home to 18 remarkable site-specific sculptural installations, including Ann Hamilton’s The Tower, where commissioned dance, poetry, theater and music performances take place.

From the ranch’s first sculpture, Shepherd’s Muse by Judith Shea, which was commissioned in 1985, Steve and Nancy Oliver were motivated by a love of art, a desire to support artists, and also a wish to circumvent the "business" of art. Disillusioned with valuation in the world of art collecting, the Olivers decided to commission site-specific installations that could not be moved, and therefore, neither bought nor sold, thus putting the focus on the art itself, not its assessment.

As the ranch grew in acclaim, requests for tours grew and the Olivers saw that their ranch could benefit non-profit organizations. As a result, the Olivers now make tours available to non-profits who can then offer them as an auction item or on a cost-per-ticket basis.

“Tours are offered only a few times each year to a limited number of people,” said CAA Executive Director, Mark Tharrington. “The Arts Alliance is thrilled to be chosen as the non-profit to organize and benefit from this one-of-a-kind, art-centric tour.”

The tour will be Sunday, April 8, 2018. The cost is $65 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members and $75 for non-members. The tour will be led by Steve Oliver or a trained docent and covers approximately 2.5 miles and 600 feet in elevation change. The tour is not wheelchair accessible and comfortable walking shoes are essential.

Participants will be taken to the Oliver Ranch aboard a tour bus, which will depart from the downtown Cloverdale Plaza at 9:30am. After the tour concludes, about 12:30pm, the group will be returned to Cloverdale.

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization bringing cultural arts to northern Sonoma County. CAA programs include Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Art Gallery, THE Jazz Club, Americana, Night, Music Workshops, Discovering Art Series, Art Classes, The Blues Session, and special events.

Photo: Ann Hamilton Tower

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Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

there were no rootless Christmas trees

hung with candycanes and breakable stars

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

there were no gilded Christmas trees

and no tinsel Christmas trees

and no tinfoil Christmas trees

and no pink plastic Christmas trees

and no gold Christmas trees

and no black Christmas trees

and no powderblue Christmas trees

hung with electric candles

and encircled by tin electric trains

and clever cornball relatives

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

no intrepid Bible salesmen

covered the territory

in two-tone cadillacs

and where no Sears Roebuck crèches

complete with plastic babe in manger

arrived by parcel post

the babe by special delivery

and where no televised Wise Men

praised the Lord Calvert Whiskey

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

no fat handshaking stranger

in a red flannel suit

and a fake white beard

went around passing himself off

as some sort of North Pole saint

crossing the desert to Bethlehem


in a Volkswagen sled

drawn by rollicking Adirondack reindeer

with German names

and bearing sacks of Humble Gifts

from Saks Fifth Avenue

for everybody’s imagined Christ child

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and ran away to where

no Bing Crosby carolers

groaned of a tight Christmas

and where no Radio City angels

iceskated wingless

thru a winter wonderland

into a jinglebell heaven

daily at 8:30

with Midnight Mass matinees

Christ climbed down

from His bare Tree

this year

and softly stole away into

some anonymous Mary’s womb again

where in the darkest night

of everybody’s anonymous soul

He awaits again

an unimaginable

and impossibly

Immaculate Reconception

the very craziest

of Second Comings


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by Ambrose Bierce (1888)

I found a young man, the youngest young man, it seemed to me, that I had ever confronted. His appearance, his attitude, his manner, his entire personality suggested extreme diffidence. I did not ask him in, instate him in my better chair (I had two) and inquire how we could serve each other. If my memory is not at fault I merely said, "Well," and awaited the result. "I am from the San Francisco Examiner," he explained in a voice like the fragrance of violets made audible, and backed a little away. "Oh," I said, "you come from Mr. Hearst." Then that unearthly child lifted its blue eyes and cooed: "I am Mr. Hearst."

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by Dan Bacher

How is that “iconic network of jewels of the sea” created under the “most open, transparent and inclusive process” in California history, according to Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative proponents, working out?

Not very well, it appears, if you consider a recent untreated wastewater spill that is likely to foul these so-called “marine protected areas” off the Monterey County coast, just like the Refugio Oil Spill fouled Santa Barbara County beaches and “marine protected areas” on May 20, 2015.

Approximately 4.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater have been discharged into the blue waters of Monterey Bay through an ocean outfall discharge pipe 2.5 miles off shore, the result of an “equipment control failure” at the Monterey One Water Regional Treatment Plant in Marina, California, on January 19 and 20.

As of January 22, Carmel Beach at Ocean Avenue, Monterey Municipal Beach, Lover's Point, the Beach at Monterey State Beach, San Carlos Beach, the beach at Sunset Drive at Asilomar, the beach at Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove are closed.

These beaches will remain closed until samples indicate that the water is again safe for contact according to state guidelines. “All other beaches are open without restriction,” according to the Monterey County Health Department.

The department warns that contact with contaminated water may cause gastroenteritis and other water board illnesses.

This event occurred late Friday evening, January 19, and into the early morning hours of Saturday January 20.

“Because of this release, Monterey County Health Department immediately issued beach closures from Moss Landing to Stillwater Cove. The Health Department is advising the public not to have any ocean contact at this time,” according toPaul Sciuto, General Manager for Monterey One Water, in a press release.

Sciuto said five water samples from local beaches and eleven samples from the receiving surface water (RSW) surrounding the outfall pipe were obtained on Saturday. Sampling from the same local beach locations plus two more sites also occurred on Sunday.

“All eleven of the open ocean results from the Saturday sampling event were below the Ocean Plan limits for Total Coliform, E. coli and Enterococcus. For the five local beach samples taken on Saturday, only one sample (Monterey Wharf #2) had an elevated Enterococcus measurement of 108 MPN/100mL. The single sample limit for Enterococcus is 104 MPN/100mL,” Sciuto said.

“Sampling results for the seven local beach locations will be made available on Monday afternoon. The Agency is continuing to investigate the cause of this event and will post new information including additional sampling results on the Agency's website as soon as it becomes available,” he concluded.

Monterey Bay is unique in having one of the diverse marine ecosystems on the planet, since cold water species like Chinook salmon, rockfish and lingcod thrive in its waters, as well as warmer water species such as white seabass, bonito and barracuda, particularly during El Nino events. It also features one of the largest arrays of surfperch in its waters, including barred, silver, walleye, pile, rubberlipped, black, rainbow, striped and walleye perch.

"I find it interesting that you have to dig a little in all the reports that the spill was in Marina, not Monterey, actually," Frank Emerson, local angler and conservationist, commented. "It seems a little downplayed to me that it is severe pollution of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and that 'Protected' status under the MLPA designation does not really protect against actual threats to the habitat. It only regulates unfairly against the fishing public."

I will update this article as more information becomes available.

Information on beach closures can be found at or call 1- 800-347-6363.

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by Dr. Nayvin Gordon

For thousands of years physicians took oaths to always act in the patient’s best interest when providing care. At the heart of medical ethics, this moral code was passed down through the centuries and reaffirmed by The World Medical Association (WMA) in 1949 and again in 2006. Additionally they specified:”A physician shall not allow his/her judgment to be influenced by personal profit or unfair discrimination,” and “shall not receive any financial benefits or other incentives solely for referring patients or prescribing specific products.”

Medical ethics ran head long into The HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) Act of 1973. The passage of this act set the stage for the undermining of long established medical ethics. The HMO Act was designed specifically to reduce costs, by charging patients a monthly fee for a set package of health care. The Act was passed with the knowledge that there had been no systematic analysis done to show that it would not negatively impact health care. None the less, the Government gave million of dollars in direct financial assistance to develop the HMO which was designed to be a profit making business.

This HMO economic arrangement put the physicians and other health care providers’ financial interest into conflict with the needs of their patients. The monthly pot of money must provide for profit, salaries, wages and health care. If too much is spent on the patients, there is less available for profit and wages. So began the Health Insurance, Corporate Medicine assault on medical ethics.

Did the Medical Profession fight to hold on to its ethics so as to always “act in the patient’s best interest when providing medical care”? No. Tragically the Medical Profession succumbed to the rise of Corporate Health Care by betraying their core medical ethic and became complicit “stewards” of an economic system that puts profits before people—The AMA’s (American Medical Association) Principles of Medical Ethics:V11, gives the following ethical guidelines for physicians: Mitigate possible conflicts between physicians financial interests and patient interests by minimizing the financial impact of patient care decisions and the overall financial risk for individual physicians.”

We have experienced four decades of HMO’s negative effect on health care while they became the darlings of Wall Street earning billions of dollars for investors as health care was rationed by: denial of service, restricted benefits, cost cutting, patients dumping, overworked and underpaid staff, and plunging physician’s incomes.

The author D.H. Lawrence (1880-1930) appears to have anticipated these horrors, when he wrote: “The mosquito knows full well, small as he is he’s beast of prey. But after all he only takes his bellyful, he doesn’t put my blood in the bank.”

Fast Forward to the ACA (Affordable Care Act) of 2010- One of its chief goals was to “reduce the cost of health care” by giving “financial incentives” to providers for the “Value” they provide in health care. A value-based payment incentive was to be established by bundling payment for certain types of care. Forbes Magazine, advertised as ‘The Capitalist Tool’ stated, “Bundled payments are just price controls by another name—and as such will yield subpar care by encouraging insurers and providers to put their own financial interests above the medical needs of patients.” The ACA was passed with very little known about its effectiveness or risks to Patient Care.

Once again it is all about cost cutting. But now with the so called “Value Based Purchasing”, it is no longer about making profits for corporations, but spending less government money -- it is about getting more for the Governments shrinking dollars going to health care spending for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Disability. The politicians want to “save” money, which in reality means to redistribute money, but the economics is similar. With some ten trillion dollars in tax cuts for the rich over the last seventeen years.

the US treasury has less available for social services as politicians continue to redirect a trillion dollars per year to the military--war industry without concerns that it is “costing the government too much.” The latest Republican Tax Reform Bill of 12/17 will suck out of Medicare an estimated $30 billion.

Bundled payments will shrink and the giant vice of shrinking payments, combined with rising costs (hospital profits, rising prices for supplies, drugs, medical equipment, etc.,) will inevitably squeeze the life blood out of both the patients and the health care providers.

The exsanguination of medical ethics has helped to bring us to this dangerous moment in history. We have witnessed a craven transformation of medical ethics when physicians, nurses and other health providers are clamoring to sign up for “Value-Based Bundled Care.”

The AMA has betrayed their ancient oath as healers, in service to an economic system that puts profits before people. While deadly epidemics of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, violence and addiction haunt the nation, we have been led into a partnership with Dracula.

Dr. Nayvin Gordon

(Dr. Gordon is an Oakland Family Physician who has written many articles on Health and Politics. He can be reached at



  1. Eric Sunswheat January 24, 2018

    9/11 government conspiracy denial rant above, cogently neglects to mention collapse of Building 7, that contained the prosecutorial lawsuit filed evidence against major corporations. Also thermite residual hotspots in towers bases was not spoken to, along with many other omissions, part and parcel to the coup d’etat by the security state.

    • Bruce Anderson January 24, 2018

      Building 7 collapsed because it was vaccinated. Hell, Eric, everyone knows that.

      • David Gurney January 24, 2018

        I thought Building 7 flew up your ass.

        • Bruce Anderson January 24, 2018

          Are you nuts? Further nuts? Drunk? One more witless remark outta you and you’re banned. If you want to insult me, stop by the office and do it in person.

          • james marmon January 24, 2018

            That’s telling him Bruce, kick his ass.

          • George Hollister January 24, 2018

            A few of Robin Hood’s merry men of Mendocino’s yesteryear, are getting a chuckle here. They might even stop by the AVA office to see what’s going on.

          • David Gurney January 25, 2018

            Why would I waste my time stopping by your office? Is this some sort of bully’s threat? Sorry, Brucie baby, I’m not afraid of you, or your cheesy yellow rag. Ban me? Figures, punk.

      • Eric Sunswheat January 24, 2018

        Building 7 was rigged with explosives, and decision overheard, “to pull it”, just as the KZYX ‘hater’ accusers, riddle their own bodies with In-N-Out burgers feedlot offal, whores to every vaccination injection pimp, rigging the immune system redundancy statistics, to be comparable to traveling bumper to bumper traffic bridges
        that County of Mendocino Supervisor John McCowen had his colleagues agree to pay extra, for Caltrans to redesign to block off, so that credit card rich tourist bicyclists caught in a rainstorm, who now did not have a bridge to sleep under. So much for hyperbole of how many billionaires read the AVA, what with a new billionaire created every other day?

  2. LouisBedrock January 24, 2018

    Why I don’t believe the 9/11 Commission’s official conspiracy story and why I believe the 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation:

    These are just the ten top reasons. There are many more.

    1. The three World Trade Center Buildings did not collapse. They exploded and disintegrated. They collapsed into their own footprints as in other cases of controlled demolition.

    Don’t take my word. Check out the videos. For example, check out 911 Mysteries: Demolitions

    Office material and concrete were pulverized. Steel beams were shot 400 feet into other buildings.

    “We know that it is strictly impossible for any building, much less steel columned buildings, to ‘pancake’ at free fall speed. Therefore, it is a non-controversial fact that the official explanation of the collapse of the WTC buildings is false.”

    2. When a Learjet 35 carrying two pilots, golfer Payne Stewart, and three other passengers, went off course (everyone aboard had been asphyxiated from lack of oxygen), the plane was intercepted within 20 minutes. A total of five F-16s followed the aircraft until it crashed.

    I find it impossible to believe that the two 767 airplanes that went off course for over an hour were not intercepted before entering NYC airspace.

    3. I cannot believe that any airborne object, even a parrot, could penetrate the airspace of Washington D.C..

    The formidable defenses of the Pentagon include its own missile system and a radar system employing IFF—Identify Friend or Foe.

    No one could have gotten in unless they were allowed in.

    4. I don’t believe amateur pilots trained on Cessnas could fly a 767. I asked a friend, a recently retired pilot for Iberia and British Airlines, his opinion.

    “No way,” he responded.

    “For a guy to just jump into the cockpit and fly like an ace is impossible,” said Wittenberg, recalling that when he made the jump from Boeing 727s to the highly sophisticated computerized characteristics of the 737s through 767s, it took him considerable time to feel comfortable flying.”

    (Capt. Russ Wittenberg, U.S. Air Force – Former Air Force fighter pilot, who flew over 100 combat missions, and commercial pilot for Pan Am and United Airlines for 35 years.)

    5. The 911 Official Report was a bad joke. It doesn’t mention Building 7, which collapsed because of magic. The story of hijackers taking over planes with boxcutters makes no sense and defies credibility. There are several measures pilots could have taken to alert air controllers of a hijacking.

    6. That there were a series of military exercises and war-games involving aircraft attacking building on the same day of the actual attacks is beyond belief.

    7. New York Mayor and Mobster Rudolph Giuliani destroyed forensic evidence by sending the structural steel to China and India on ships in record time. 99.5 percent of the steel was then melted, after being sold at a bargain rate of $120 per ton, rather than the going market rate of at least $150 for especially high-grade steel.

    8. There are eyewitness reports of multiple explosions by first responders and people who were in the buildings.

    9. Suspicious insider trading and put options.

    10. The Project for A New American Century published a 76 page pamphlet called “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”. It called for a “New Pearl Harbor”.

    PNAC got their new Pearl Harbor and exploited it for war profiteering, the destruction of several countries and the theft of their resources, and the forging and imposition of the repressive, misnamed Patriot Act.

    Alexander Cockburn is a hero of mine–has been since his days at THE VILLAGE VOICE.

    However, even the best journalists have blind spots. I believe that Alex also thought that JFK was killed by Oswald.

    • George Hollister January 24, 2018

      Alex was also a human caused climate change skeptic. The very thought of it, rationality from the Left.

        • George Hollister January 24, 2018

          Of course Alexander Cockburn is long dead. He had connections to the old left, that had some degree of rationality, due to his father Claud. That is all gone, now.

          Back in the 1990s, Alexander Cockburn had a piece in the AVA about how the Animal Rights movement was taking a chapter out of the Nazi Bible. He had some choice quotes from some high level Nazis, and pointed out that Hitler did not believe in eating meat. Of course the Nazis felt exterminating people was OK. Cockburn believed human lives were more important than critter lives. What a radical thought for the Left, today.

          I used to read Cockburn for the sole reason that he had some degree of rationality, something missing with the current Left. Now the left is completely unhinged. Up is down, black is white, and the working man is an entirely abstract concept.

          • Jeff Costello January 24, 2018

            Hitler, not a vegetarian, was prescribed a vegetarian diet by a doctor to curb his chronic flatulence. Whether that worked is not known. Adolph was fond of Bavarian sausages and stuffed pigeon. The “vegetarian” story was likely a dig, an insult to non-meat eating peace activists to conflate them with war and nazi horrors.

            • George Hollister January 24, 2018

              Alexander Cockburn in Counter Punch 8/8/2005

              “Nazi leaders were noted for love of their pets and for certain animals, notably apex predators like the wolf and the lion. Hitler, a vegetarian and hater of hunting, adored dogs and spent some of his final hours in the company of Blondi, whom he would take for walks outside the bunker at some danger to himself. He had a particular enthusiasm for birds and most of all for wolves. […] Goebbels said, famously, ‘The only real friend one has in the end is the dog. . . The more I get to know the human species, the more I care for my Benno.’ Goebbels also agreed with Hitler that ‘meat eating is a perversion in our human nature,’ and that Christianity was a ‘symptom of decay’, since it did not urge vegetarianism. […] On the one hand, monsters of cruelty towards their fellow humans; on the other, kind to animals and zealous in their interest. In their very fine essay on such contradictions, Arnold Arluke and Boria Sax offer three observations. One, as just noted, many Nazi leaders harboured affection towards animals but antipathy to humans. Hitler was given films by a maharaja which displayed animals killing people. The Führer watched with equanimity. Another film showed humans killing animals. Hitler covered his eyes and begged to be told when the slaughter was over.”

              That is what I remembered from a piece in the AVA. Could have been the same one. But I thought it was written much earlier.

        • George Hollister January 24, 2018

          Cockburn in Counter Punch, 4/28/07

          “The modern trade is as fantastical as the medieval one. There is still zero empirical evidence that anthropogenic production of CO2 is making any measurable contribution to the world’s present warming trend. The greenhouse fearmongers rely entirely on unverified, crudely oversimplified computer models to finger mankind’s sinful contribution. Devoid of any sustaining scientific basis, carbon trafficking is powered by guilt, credulity, cynicism and greed, just like the old indulgences, though at least the latter produced beautiful monuments. By the sixteenth century, long after the world had sailed safely through the end of the first millennium, Pope Leo X financed the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica by offering a “plenary” indulgence, guaranteed to release a soul from purgatory.”

          Cockburn did think for himself. I do not believe any oil company was influencing his opinions. Could be that from his education, he learned about changing climates and the theories there are for why climates change, long before a changing climate was considered something new.

    • LouisBedrock January 24, 2018
  3. LouisBedrock January 24, 2018

    “On Hemlock Street”
    by Ursula K. Le Guin

    I see broad shoulders,
    a silver head,
    and I think: John!
    And I think: dead.

  4. james marmon January 24, 2018

    LaKe County News

    Warming center offers update on first month of operation

    “Of the 52 individuals served so far, several spend every night, others are eventually able to find permanent housing – although the critical shortage of affordable housing in the county makes that a very challenging endeavor, according to the association.

    Many arrive cold, hungry, discouraged and out of plans. After a good night’s sleep, a hot shower, a nutritious dinner, and with clean clothes, the way forward, at least temporarily, becomes a little clearer, officials reported. The vast majority of the center’s guests are long-term Lake County residents…….”

    • james marmon January 24, 2018

      Helping those in need (Today)

      “On Wednesday, the Lake County Continuum of Care (CoC) held a Point-in-Time survey to count the sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families countywide. Those who attended received food and a bag of hygienic items. Pictured is Point-in-Time volunteer Nicole Zabel surveying in Lakeport, one of six survey sites in the county.”

      I can’t wait to see Ukiah’s PIT count, I wonder if it will be higher than Marbut’s 4 counts where the best he could come up with 110 homeless, much less than Beckie Emery’s 750 in last years PIT count.

      Homelessness is a very competitive business, the towns and counties with the most homeless per capital wins all the grants.

      James Marmon MSW

      • james marmon January 24, 2018

        that should have been “per capita”

  5. Mike Williams January 24, 2018

    Ursula Le Guin was the daughter of Alfred Kroeber, the dean of California Anthropology, and Theordora Kroeber who wrote “Ishi in Two Worlds”.

  6. Debra Keipp January 24, 2018

    Ursela Le Guin’s quote on marriage: Marriage cannot sit there like a stone. It must be made anew everyday like bread.

    • Harvey Reading January 24, 2018

      Or taken every day, like a S—!

  7. Harvey Reading January 24, 2018


    Not to worry, all will be well. A being from another universe visited me just the other day. I had been anticipating such a visit for the last few years, just a feeling I had.

    During this initial visit, the being transformed my body into my mid-30s self, leaving intact all my memories and experience, such as they are, gained in 68 years on planet earth, while living in the United States.

    The being stated that she – and I use the term she incorrectly, since the beings from which she derived are sexless and reproduce in a manner quite different from our own, though just as pleasurable, as she demonstrated to satisfy my curiosity; it’s sort of a mental exercise – would visit me once more, in about 6 months, to complete her mission. The delay, she said, was to allow me to become acclimated to my more-youthful self, and to give me time to get whatever “wild oats” I might feel as result quite sown and be ready to, “Get serious,” as she put it (or, more correctly, as I interpreted her thoughts).

    She also left some plastic disks, surprisingly compatible with Windoze XP, containing a comprehensive history of her kind – and many others. Amazingly, these disks pass information telepathically, to use a human term, once inserted into the CD-ROM drive. I’ve been through them several times, now, and still find them fascinating and thought-provoking.

    Bear in mind that no words were actually spoken during our “interview”. It was a totally telepathic exchange. She quite easily taught me the method, and you will learn it easily, too, and in the not-very-distant future.

    She only hinted at what that next visit would entail. But her hints were enough to let me know that soon life on planet earth will take on a whole new “persona”, if you will, and that my powers will be essentially limitless. Think about that! I know I have.

    Let’s just say that phases like “equal distribution of wealth among all” and “leisure society”, with most tasks being accomplished by robots, and such will become a common feature on earth. Kaputalism will die, almost immediately, its natural death, as do all evil systems ever conceived by humans.

    Her final hint was that, in the not-too-distant future, we earthlings will be welcomed into the Association of Sentient Beings (my translation of her thoughts), a cooperative among beings from several different universes.

    That’s all for now. Have a good day!

  8. David Gurney January 24, 2018

    Mr. Mcskew’em,
    Sorry, it wasn’t I who referred The Rolling Stones attorney to your vile little rag, but I m sure Matt Taibbi. (You phony jackass who can’t even spell his name) doesn’t like his work stolen by you crooks any more than I appreciate your disgusting and cowardly libel. And yeah, you pompous narcissistic turkey, I already knew what plagiarism is.

    • Bruce Anderson January 24, 2018

      The Taibbi piece was sent to us by one of our readers. We simply threw it up there. When he complained we took it down. That’s life on the internet. We try to be careful, scrupulous even.

      • David Gurney January 24, 2018

        Yeah, right…

      • Lazarus January 24, 2018

        I thought his dad Mike was better…that said when Imus and Olbermann were still kick’n it I enjoyed Taibbi juniors visits to the shows. To bad RS, etc. had to be pricks…
        As always,

  9. Debra Keipp January 24, 2018

    Larry Minson’s suggestions for kzyx are right on! And because of that, will be ignored…

  10. Harvey Reading January 24, 2018

    Re: Meanwhile, In Davos:

    At first I thought the guy was taking a pee.

    • Jeff Costello January 24, 2018

      You’re not alone, Harvey

  11. Dick Whetstone January 24, 2018

    If you ever wondered where James Cameron got the idea for AVATAR, read Ursula Le Guin’s “The Word for World is Forest.”

  12. james marmon January 24, 2018

    Lake County News

    Happening now!

    This is over there in the Park where that guy was shot and killed about 2 weeks ago.

    Clearlake PD Wednesday January 24th, 2018 :: 12:21 p.m. PST


    Police activity in the area of Acacia/Arrowhead 2nd/Modoc Oleander/Sonoma 2nd/Eastlake and Pomo School

    Police activity in the area of Acacia/Arrowhead 2nd/Modoc Oleander/Sonoma 2nd/Eastlake and Pomo School.


    • james marmon January 24, 2018

      On the Scanner Lake County

      “Armed suspects fireing at police after vehicle pursuit after vehicle attempted to strike law enforcement official”

      “Suspects armed on foot police have taken fire from the suspects and have fired back and.attempted to stop these criminals”

      • james marmon January 24, 2018

        “just got notified that Pomo Elementary is on lockdown, no other schools at this time”

  13. chuck dunbar January 24, 2018

    Very sad to see Hugh Masakela has died. I have always loved his trumpet, a joyous and exuberant music that we’ve all lived with for decades. My wife and I were going to see him at the SF Jazz Center next month, where he was playing with his old buddy, Abdullah Ibrahim. Not to be…

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