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Russ Steele
Russ is a systems engineer, freelance writer. Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
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Writing at Jeff's blog Margaret Joehnck claims to be the Nevada County Coordinator for Keep It California. According to LinkedIN Margaret is a central figure in the Nevada County Democrat Central Committee. Rural Caucus Treasurer, Ex.Bd Member California Democratic Party 2009 – Present (6 years)California Recording Secretary, Nevada County Democratic Central Committee 2005 – Present (10 years)Nevada County, California Chair Nevada County Democratic Central Committee 2005 – Present (10 years)Nevada County, Ca Another one of the usual suspects.
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From the Instapundit Glenn Reynolds: WAIT, MORE PREMATURE INTERNET OUTRAGE? SURELY NOT! Kyle Smith: ESPN was totally wrong to suspend Britt McHenry. “Several reviewers have complained that Advanced Towing brings in legally parked cars — and then, when you complain, simply insults you and holds the car hostage. We don’t even know what was said to McHenry, since the Advanced Towing employee’s remarks have been edited out of the video that went viral. And how do you feel about private companies with which you did not choose to do business making videos of you, then leaking them to the media for the purpose of humiliating you?” Different perspective. How come the Company Employee's remarks were edited out of the video?
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Here is some information on the Keep It California leadership. It will be interesting to see what the political back grounds are of this group. The Principal Officers for the Keep It California PAC include: Cindy Ellsmore Campaign Chair Sierra County Kevin Hendrick Vice Chair, Spokesperson Del Norte County Rob Rowen Vice Chair, Campaign Headquarters Shasta County Dolly Verrue Secretary Siskiyou County John Mertes Treasurer Del Norte County Larry Marks Assistant Treasurer Siskiyou County “Keep It California is forming Local Coordinating Committees in every county where State of Jefferson proponents are active and has volunteers in 20 counties building these committees to monitor and respond to any incursions by Jefferson proponents,” stated Vice Chair, Kevin Hendrick. Has anyone identified any coordinate committee members in Nevada County? My guess they will be the usual suspects.
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Paul, here is a short history of Agenda 21 from BEHIND THE GREEN MASK: UN Agenda 21. Note that member of the Nevada County Staff have been to Agenda 21 implementation sessions when they attended ICLEI training classes. UN Agenda 21 policies date back to the 1970’s but it got its real start in 1992 at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro when President Bush signed onto it along with the leaders of 178 other countries. Because it is a ‘soft law’ it did not have to be ratified by the Congress. The following year President Clinton began to implement it by creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD). Made up of cabinet level government officials, captains of industry (including Ken Lay of Enron), and non-profit groups such as the Sierra Club, one of the first tasks of the PCSD was to give a multi-million dollar grant to the American Planning Association to design a legislative guidebook to be used as a blueprint for every city, county, and state in the United States in order to implement UN Agenda 21. This document, called Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change, took seven years to complete, and a full nine years to arrive at the final version. The guidebook, and it’s not just a guidebook but a blueprint, contains sample legislation, ordinances, rules, regulations and statutes to be incorporated into the General Plans of every single city and county in the United States. By 2002 every planning department and every local, state, and federal department that governs land use had a copy and was implementing the practices. Every university, every college, every junior college, private school and teaching institution in our nation was using Growing Smart in its curriculum. Sound familiar? Growing Smart is Smart Growth. Koire, Rosa (2011-12-19). BEHIND THE GREEN MASK: UN Agenda 21 (Kindle Locations 192-194). Post Sustainability Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
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Yes, and it was "unverified." that muslims pilots wanted to fly planes into US business towers. And, we know how that unverified event worked out.
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Here are some more details on Nevada County school performance for the year 2013. Look at the math scores. Bear River High School 2013 STAR Math 26.1% Proficent, English 70.6% Composite SAT: 1651 Math: 556 Reading: 554 Writing: 542 http://schools.latimes.com/school/grass-valley/bear-river-high/ Nevada Union 2013 STAR Math 31.6% Proficent, English 58.6% Composite SAT: 1645 Math: 561 Reading: 545 Writing: 540 http://schools.latimes.com/school/grass-valley/nevada-union-high/ William & Marian Ghidotti High 2013 STAR Math 72.9% Proficent, English 94.1% Composite SAT 1757 Math: 582 Reading: 608 Writing: 567 http://schools.latimes.com/school/grass-valley/william-marian-ghidotti-high/ You will find a plethora of data at the links on past performance. You will see that math has been a problem for years and years with little improvement.
George@04:12 PM I attended Holly Hermansen’s presentation to the BoS this morning. In her preamble to the presentation explained that in the past she had discussed where Nevada County Schools were relative to the state and other counties, but that was old news and she wanted to focus on current programs to improve the schools. The Supervisors listed to the presentation rather stone faced, like a bored kid in school listing to a boring teacher. Nate asked my question about the where Nevada County Schools stood relative to the state and surrounding counties. Hermansen said that NC schools score about the state average in most areas, except in math, which is lower then State average, but science scores were above the State average. However, Nevada County is behind Placer and El Dorado County, more inline with Sutter and Yuba County, which is more demographically aligned with Nevada County, according to Hermansen. [More on this in a future post after I have studies the demographics.] In her answer on the math question, Hermansen said they were working to improve the math scores. But, not one Supervisor asked a follow up question as to what specific actions were being taken to improve the math scores. How long was it going to take, or what the BoS could do to assist schools in becoming closer to the top of the list in school performance. Nate asked how they were assessing the STEM programs. Hermansen said it was difficult to measure, and offered that improved science scores might be an indication. According to economic development and education studies, the number three item of importance to an employer seeking new or expansion location is the quality of the community’s education. The same is true when recruiting employees for local firms. Families want to move to a community with above average schools. Being at the state average, or below, in assessment scores is not an effective tool for selling Nevada County to companies seeking to relocate. It seems to me that the ERC should be very concerned about this situation and be working hard to improve schools scores. I am not aware of any ERC programs to improve school math programs.
Think any of the lame stream press would ask this question of Hillary? ROGER SIMON: My question for Hillary, shamelessly stolen from a tweet I can’t find now: Do the underage girls held as sex slaves on Jeffrey Epstein’s private island that Bill visited feel “empowered” by Hillary’s candidacy?
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Gregory@07:04PM Hermansen will present her Power Point to the Supervisors at the next Board Meeting on Tuesday at 9:02 AM. It is a scheduled item on the BoS Agenda. I would send some email to the Sups on Monday, or give their office a call. I sent email last Friday and have not received any answers yet. Maybe tomorrow?
California is not the only state with Counties that want to secede from a political machine that is run by liberal Democrats: But what is the solution? There have been debates raging for years in the Empire State about finding some way to split off New York City as its own state or allowing portions of upstate to secede and sign on with somebody else. But as long as the cities hold the numerical edge on the votes in the state government, there’s not much that anyone can do. It’s a culture war over a way of life and the economic realities of wildly different societal climates. And there’s no end in sight. More can be found here: http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/11/its-not-red-state-vs-blue-state-its-city-vs-country/
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Gregory, Thanks for taking the time to reply to Ms. Campbell, and for providing extensive quotes of her argument in your analysis. It made following the context much easier, rather then have to constantly switch back and forth between her article and your commentary on it. Well done!
Noted an error in my post above. It should read 1976/77.
You will be fined for taking long showers. Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers. Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.” More HERE. http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/04/05/gov-jerry-brown-californians-to-be-heavily-fined-for-long-showers/
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BLUE MODEL MELTDOWN: “Reform for Relief” Coming to Blue Cities. Chicago is broken — and Democratic ideas can’t fix it, at least at the local level. That’s one takeaway from John Judis’ recent article in the National Journal. Judis, one of America’s most thoughtful leftists, looks at the city’s mayoral runoff between Rahm Emmanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and finds both candidates lacking in solutions for city’s gargantuan problems. Those problems include deeply underfunded pensions, a decline in low-skilled jobs, and a dramatic gap in wealth, employment, and educational attainment between poorer (and often African American) residents and wealthier residents. In facing these challenges, Emmanuel may be a better manager, but his policies marginalize the city’s poor and seem incapable of reversing the city’s fiscal slide. For example, on jobs and the economy, Garcia has argued that Emmanuel has favored development in the wealthy downtown area instead of poorer ones. But Garcia himself is short on alternativesChicago is broken — and Democratic ideas can’t fix it, at least at the local level. That’s one takeaway from John Judis’ recent article in the National Journal. Judis, one of America’s most thoughtful leftists, looks at the city’s mayoral runoff between Rahm Emmanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and finds both candidates lacking in solutions for city’s gargantuan problems. Those problems include deeply underfunded pensions, a decline in low-skilled jobs, and a dramatic gap in wealth, employment, and educational attainment between poorer (and often African American) residents and wealthier residents. In facing these challenges, Emmanuel may be a better manager, but his policies marginalize the city’s poor and seem incapable of reversing the city’s fiscal slide. For example, on jobs and the economy, Garcia has argued that Emmanuel has favored development in the wealthy downtown area instead of poorer ones. But Garcia himself is short on alternatives. . . . Add all this up, and it’s likely that a European theme is going to be sounding in American politics in the future: reform for relief. That is, many Democratic, deep blue cities will be approaching state and federal treasuries with cap in hand for some time to come. First, because they don’t have the money to pay their bills, these cities will need help with exploding pension liabilities (and their pension problems are only going to become more urgent). Second, because their system has become unsustainable, they are likely to face gridlock at home. Black and Hispanic voters may be pulled apart rather than pulled together. Hispanics look like more of a conventional immigrant group wanting help from government aimed at promoting upward mobility, while the problems facing black Chicago may be more intractable. Competition over power and resources between these groups could be an important factor in the future of urban politics. http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/04/01/reform-for-relief-coming-to-blue-cities/
Over $255,000 Raised for Christian Pizzeria After Threats Force Owners into Hiding http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/04/nearly-150000-raised-for-christian-pizzeria-after-threats-force-owners-into-hiding/ This 7:30AM this morning it was $100,000. At 2PM it was $200,000 and at 3:45 it is $255,000 and counting. There is growing support for the Pizza Man and his family.
Driveby@07:36PM You are right about the young engineering not finding rural NC to their liking, but the Millennials starting a family might find NC much to their liking if they could find knowledge jobs here and we had outstanding schools. That is two issues to solve. We have declining schools and few knowledge worker jobs. We were once a creative hub, with lots of new products being created, companies growing and new companies being formed. Those heady days seem to have slipped away. It is impossible to recreate the past, we need to look forward to the next big thing and prepare for it. We can start by bucking up our schools and creating more students ready to enter the work force. One reason that companies move to a new location is to take advantage of a surplus trained work force. The numbers tell us that our schools are not up to the challenge. It is unlikely that Common Core is going to change the situation.
Driveby@05:27 RCD is growing, they just got their fiber connection from AT&T, Thurston Manufacturing was bought and closed, BUB built an expansion plant out of state, no idea about Ensemble Designs. Many have left the County for Roseville and Rocklin with lower transportation costs and redundant broadband. Some of the reason we have so much unused manufacturing space. At one time we had 32 design centers in Nevada County, but the manufacturing was being done off shore.
Driveby@02;19PM When you write "web connection" do you mean a broadband Internet connection? For a long time our business parks did not have any broadband connections, now some have fiber and some wireless connections. Very few have redundant fiber connections, which any company in the information distribution business would want. We now have two fiber access lines one up 49 and one up 20 and will soon have more, a second up 49 and possibly one on 174. The question is will our business parks have both primary and secondary access? They may not under the current grant rules, that avoids competition. No over lapping services allowed if grant money used to build the networks. That makes having redundant access difficult.
BenE@08:59 Can you support your claim "Climate Change is altering the continent of Africa" without resorting to the a paper based on the IPCC climate models? Global temperature increases have paused for over 18 years. How is Africa been altered over the last 18 years with a stable temperature? Who or what do you think is responsible for this pause in climate change, as CO2 emission continue to increase? It appears that increased level os CO2 have had a positive impact on Africa. Here is one example: The Sahara is actually shrinking, with vegetation arising on land where there was nothing but sand and rocks before.The southern border of the Sahara has been retreating since the early 1980s, making farming viable again in what were some of the most arid parts of Africa. There has been a spectacular regeneration of vegetation in northern Burkina Faso, which was devastated by drought and advancing deserts 20 years ago. It is now growing so much greener that families who fled to wetter coastal regions are starting to come back. There are now more trees, more grassland for livestock and a 70% increase in yields of local cereals such sorghum and millet in recent years. Vegetation has also increased significantly in the past 15 years in southern Mauritania, north-western Niger, central Chad, much of Sudan and parts of Eritrea. In Burkina Faso and Mali, production of millet rose by 55 percent and 35 percent, respectively, since 1980. Satellite photos, taken between 1982 and 2002, revealed the extensive re-greening throughout the Sahel. Aerial photographs and interviews with local people have confirmed the increase in vegetation. Why would people be migrating from Africa when it turing green from climate change?
Let’s Destroy Liberal Academia Understand that the purpose of modern American “education” is not to educate students. It is primarily to provide cushy, subsidized sinecures for liberal administrators and faculty while, secondarily, providing a forum to indoctrinate soft young minds in the liberal fetishes du jour. Actually educating students is hard, and a meaningful education is anathema to liberalism. In the liberals’ ideal world, the universities would simply fester with leftist nonsense and not even bother with trying to teach their charges anything at all. And today, it’s pretty close to being the liberals’ ideal world. http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2015/03/02/lets-destroy-liberal-academia-n1963149 And, they are left wondering why they cannot get a job after graduation. They did not learn any thing an employeer needs.
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I worked for TRW and automotive parts company and an aerospace company. In the early 1990s I was responsible for an initiative to move aerospace technology into the automotive industry. It was not a very succesful initiative, as only now is some of the technology we demonstrated appearing in autos today. But, this is a story about automation, the introduction of robots. TRW build an engine controller for Caterpillar and they were very critical about how the engine controller was sealed against dust and water. The cover required a very precise bead of sealling compound be placed without gaps and in a precise location. A company from Japan demonstrated a robot that could do the job much better than humans, especially on Monday morning. Problem, the robots would replace several workers who had been employed to install the sealing compound. The compromise with the Union was, the replaced employee would not lose their job, but would monitor the performance of the robot. I cannot think of anything more boring than watch a robot do the same task over and over again, never making a mistake. Union acceptance has been one of the impediments to the broad deployment of robots in manufacturing. There will be other social and economic impediments, but it will only slow, not block deployment.
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In reference to my comment above, the FCC rules may exempt the mom and pop WISPs from reporting, thus reduces staffing needs. Order adopts a temporary exemption from the transparency enhancements for fixed and mobile providers with 100,000 or fewer subscribers, and delegates authority to our Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau to determine whether to retain the exception and, if so, at what level.
Many citizens in Nevada County get their Internet from wireless providers. These are mom and pop business that do not have the staff necessary to provide the flood of federal paperwork that will be required once the Feds take over the Internet under FCC Title II. These ISPs will have to hire more staff to handle the reporting, this will increase the price of the service. This increased cost will be added to the special fees that are now on phone bill will soon be on Internet service bills, this will also increase the cost of the services and the cost of collection by the ISPs. Many families do not have Internet today, due to the cost. As the costs of Internet increases under Title II, more citizens will drop their connections, and go back to using Internet Cafes and Library Tech Centers. This will have an impact on the wireless providers bottom line. Many of the mom and pop wireless providers will be forced out of business by Federal regulations. One fairness law suite under Title II will finish off these mom and pop ISPs even faster than the cost issue. Stay tuned.
In a paper titled Algorithm Aversion the authors write: Research shows that evidence-based algorithms more accurately predict the future than do human forecasters. Yet, when forecasters are deciding whether to use a human forecaster or a statistical algorithm, they often choose the human forecaster. This phenomenon, which we call algorithm aversion, is costly, and it is important to understand its causes. We show that people are especially averse to algorithmic forecasters after seeing them perform, even when they see them outperform a human forecaster. This is because people more quickly lose confidence in algorithmic than human forecasters after seeing them make the same mistake. In five studies, participants either saw an algorithm make forecasts, a human make forecasts, both, or neither. They then decided whether to tie their incentives to the future predictions of the algorithm or the human. Participants who saw the algorithm perform were less confident in it, and less likely to choose it over an inferior human forecaster. This was true even among those who saw the algorithm outperform the human. It will be interesting to see how readers treat George's analysis, which uses an algorithm to calculate the probability of an event, based on human input, with adjustments being made as more precise information becomes available. Humans and algorithms working together to produce a better answer to a complex question. - See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/#sthash.iktqv9xQ.dpuf
Quote of the week, Mark Steyn: Marie Harf, star of the hilarious new comedy Geopolitically Blonde, explaining her jobs-for-jihadis program.
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