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Russ is a systems engineer, freelance writer. Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
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Hall to join 50th anniversary of Selma to Montgomery March according to her Facebook Page. I am sure we will be hearing about her journey on KVMR and reading about it in The Union.
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The new government of Greece is just thinking about the little people when it decides to shut down a major chunk of it's economy. Tourism accounts for 15-20% of GDP. When a new Greek activist government — under pressure to look like it’s doing something — declares that they believe all-inclusive resorts are bad because tourists stay on property instead of benefiting the local town economies nearby but promise they’re only talking theoretically and you should trust them that they aren’t going to do anything about it… you should trust them as much as you do that they’ll repay all of their bonds in full. I wonder if they have thought this decision through, as it is tourist from the UK and Germany that prefer the all inclusive vacations, and they are the only ones in the EU that have any money to spend. Greeks's batshit crazy leaders can do serious harm to the whole country as they attempt to tranform the country's economy so it is consistent with their communist philosophy. I wonder if the Greeks catch this trasformation thing from Obama?
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Nine out of 10 Californians believe state government wastes their tax dollars. Two-thirds believe state government is run for the benefit of a few special interests and state officials cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Results from a Public Policy Institute of California survey. This is consistent with Kotkin's presentation. See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2015/01/30/californians-distrust-state-government/#sthash.PsVnIdbi.dpuf
Jeff@o7:50AM Jeff, what is John Paul's view on a third party, you, with no financial stake in the out come holding "discussions with the CPUC" on a very delicate negotiation. It seems to me this kind of meddling might have a negative impact on the out come. Thoughts?
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George@09:05AM According to a presentation to the BoS they are using a model developed by the ICLEI mother ship. Stuff the model with garbage data by SBC clerks, and out comes a print out that is never questioned by the BoS. After all the computer did it. We are dealing in junk science and the BoS and City Council just accepts the results without challenge. They have no idea what algorithmic computation are being made by the model, or what garbage is being feed into the beast. Maybe a Freedom of Information Request is in order, requesting a copy of the model. I bet we will be told it is protected and cannot be revealed. So, they will be making policy decisions based on an Agenda 21 secret sauce.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Heidi Hall can do better at Rebane's Ruminations
The whole anthropogenic global warming hoax can be traced back to Agenda 21. Here is Section 9.8.(d) of Agenda 21: Cooperate in research to develop methodologies and identify threshold levels of atmospheric pollutants, as well as atmospheric levels of greenhouse gas concentrations, that would cause dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system and the environment as a whole, and the associated rates of change that would not allow ecosystems to adapt naturally; It is the Sierra Business Council, with funding from PG&E under threat from CARB, that is conducting an inventory of greenhouse gases in Nevada County. This inventory is to "identify threshold levels of atmospheric pollutants". Once the base line level is measured there will be a demand by CARB that the level of CO2 be reduced. Local government has approved these SBC greenhouse gas inventories without making a connection to Agenda 21. Why? Intentional ignorance? Or, just plain too lazy to worry ignorance. We all want to know.
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The UN ICLEI is already here and operating, under the SBC Greenhouse gas inventory project, which the BOS has endorsed, as has Grass Valley and Nevada City Councils. I recommend at everyone take five minutes to read Georges 2012 post: Agenda21 on cat’s feet (updated 24may12) The link is here: http://rebaneruminations.typepad.com/rebanes_ruminations/2012/05/agenda21-on-cats-feet.html#more Check out the links in George's post to some of my writing on the subject of Agenda 21 and ICLEI at an old blog. Here is a link to the background on Nevada County's involvement in the GHG Inventory and ICLEI role. http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/bos/cob/docs/Board%20of%20Supervisors%20Supporting%20Documents/2012%20BOS%20Meeting%20Supporting%20Documents/05-22-2012%20BOS%20Supporting%20Documents/25%20Sierra%20Business%20Council.pdf
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George, in reference to the update. Did you see any Supervisors or City Council members in the audience?
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Regulations, damm money grubbing regulations! BOUND BROOK – School was closed for the blizzard that wasn’t, but there was still enough snow on the ground that two Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School seniors thought they could make a few extra bucks. In the process, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, also learned a valuable lesson about one of the costs of doing business: government regulations. The two friends were canvasing a neighborhood near this borough’s border with Bridgewater early Monday evening, handing out fliers promoting their service, when they were pulled over by a police and told to stop. It would be OK, once they pay the city $450 for a permit giving them permission to canvas door to door selling sidewalk shoveling for $25 to $40 per walk.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Sandbox - 26jan15 at Rebane's Ruminations
Jeffie has a comment, but he could not find a way to post here, so thought I would help him out. jeffpelline says: January 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm George Rebane — whose blog is filled with misogynistic, extremist and bigoted commentary — thinks “Heidi Hall can do better.” He calls her columns “low grade ore.” And he adds: “With what she today promised for her future columns, there is little or nothing new that we can expect from her output in the coming editions of our local newspaper. Any one of our RR readers could easily draft such partisan pabula. As our new prominent voice of the Left, she should be capable of much more that we hope to see sooner than later.” OK, thanks George. ROFLOL. http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2015/01/12/heidi-hall-to-provide-a-new-voice-at-the-union-and-kvmr/ Reply
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Energy reality in Greece. Syriza’s election victory in Greece has kindled hopes of an environmental champion pushing for greater climate ambition on the European stage, but the party will need to balance its green credentials with a commitment to new coal plants. “If we face fiscal difficulties from abroad in the medium term, then to burn more lignite instead of importing energy will seem a wise thing to do,” a Syriza source said. “If we don’t have money to import petrol then we will burn lignite which is free – not of a carbon footprint – but relatively cheaper. One way or another Greek lignite will be exploited.” --Arthur Nielsen, The Guardian, 26 January 2015
DonB@06:56PM As freelance writer I was commissioned to do a profile on Nevada County for Comstock's Business, a regional business magazine. I forget which year it was, as I did two of them for the magazine in the late 90s or early 2000s. I interviewed a number of the technology CEOs for the articles, and one of the issues that came up was the MJ culture. It was a real problem in the hiring phase, for production workers from the local population, and for importing engineers. This was especially true for those engineers from the mid-west, where social mores were more strict. For many of the engineering candidates, especially those with families, the local MJ culture was a red flag issue.
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George@11:56AM This is an issue we should not be too subtle about. For years it was one of the reasons families with children moved to the foothills, escaping urban blight. Now we do not have much to sell.
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George Boardman has a column on local economic in The Union today: Strong commitment needed to win the economic development game I take exception to this statement in his article: What incentives can we offer? A family-friendly environment, “top-notch” schools, and our little corner of heaven. Quantify that on the bottom line. We once had "top notch" schools, not any more. Some are not meeting the standards. High school graduates are not meeting college entry requirements, with more and more taking remedial math and English before they can enroll in college level classes. Test scores are falling short of benchmarks. I wrote about our declining school performance in this article: Proceed With Caution: CA Schools Not Good Sales Tool for ERC Unless the community does something to improve school performance we have one less important thing we can use to sell about our community to potential companies interested in foothill locations.
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Jeffie has made note of this post on his blog this morning, especially my comment above. Local hard right threatens “uncomfortable” Supe meetings on the horizon on Agenda 21 issues Posted on January 26, 2015 by jeffpelline “In the past the Tea Party and CABPRO have ignored each other, even though they have common objectives,” hard-right political supporter Russ Steele writes on George Rebane’s blog. “For this event both are on board. I received e-mail notices from both organizations. The BOS might want to take notice when conservative organizations start cooperating on Agenda 21 issues. Some uncomfortable board meetings are on the horizon.” Russ was responding to this post: “NC Tea Party Event – Debbie Bacigalupi” “Judi Caler of the NCTP asked me to let RR readers know about this 28jan15 event at the NC fairgrounds. Come and meet the local crowd of the kind of Americans that scares the crap out of the Dept of Homeland Security. According to Team Obama, these are the real terrorists about whom the country should be on guard. And this is why this administration claims that we cannot just call out Islamic terrorists – no, no, no! – because there exist all these other kinds of terrorists. Scary stuff.” The more things change, the more they stay the same. I guess it’s time for the tin foil hat song again. I hope you enjoy it:
paul@05:48 When MJ is legal, standard economics will take control of the market. To help you understand supply and demand take a look at the section two of this economics course. http://mruniversity.com/courses/principles-economics-microeconomics/introduction-microeconomics
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UK Daily Mai, with lots of photos at the linkl: Greek election leaves Eurozone braced for 'catastrophe' as radical left-wing anti-austerity party wins historic election victory • Syriza soars ahead of ruling New Democracy with predicted 149 seats - just short of 151 it needs to rule outright PM Antonis Samaras conceded defeat after warning of 'catastrophe', adding: 'The Greek people have spoken' • Syriza's leader, aged just 40, promised to 'restore the country's lost dignity' and 'clash with old establishments' • Euro fell in trading on Australasian markets after result, which put ultra right wing Golden Dawn in third place Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2925262/Greeks-polls-critical-snap-general-election.html#ixzz3PsnogSLG
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek state TV exit poll was projecting that anti-bailout party Syriza had won Sunday's parliamentary elections - in a historic first for a radical left-wing party in Greece. But it was unclear whether Syriza had won a decisive enough victory over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' incumbent conservatives to govern alone. For that, they need a minimum 151 of parliament's 300 seats. The exit poll on Nerit TV projected Syriza as having won with between 35.5 and 39.5 percent - or 146-158 seats, compared to Samaras' New Democracy with 23-27 percent - or 65-75 seats.
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In the past the Tea Party and CABPRO have ignored each other, even though they have common objectives. For this event both are on board. I received e-mail notices from both organizations. The BOS might want to take notice when conservative organizations start cooperating on Agenda 21 issues. Some uncomfortable board meetings are on the horizon.
When we say middle class, what do we really mean? What does Obama and the Democrats mean when they say middle class? When conservatives on this blog say middle class what do we mean? When liberals use these words what do they mean? I suspect that we are using the same words, but attaching different meanings. We are talking past each other. Dr A.B. Hollingshead, Yale University, defined social Class in the United States as a five-class hierarchy. This definition has been widely accepted in academic circles. Upper class: Attended elite schools and engages in inconspicuous consumption. Upper-middle class: Professionals, independent businesspeople, and corporate executives. Lower-middle class: Salespeople, clerical workers, supervisors, construction contractors, and small retail storeowners. Upper-lower class: Skilled and semi-skilled blue-collar workers. Lower-lower class: Lower blue-collar workers, the unemployed, families on welfare, and unskilled workers. If we combine the upper middle and lower middle we should be talking about; professionals, independent businesspeople, corporate executives and salespeople, clerical workers, supervisors, construction contractors, small retail store owners. Do you think these are the people that Obama is talking about when he says that he and the Democrats want to help the "middle class”? Or, is he talking about the 23.6 million people on food stamps? When an economist says “middle class”, who is he talking about? Is there a designated family income range for a middle class family? How should we define the middle class, so that we are all, liberal and conservative, talking about the same cohort of people? Thoughts?
Joe Smith@08:36PM Who is Stephan Hawkins? Did you mean Hawking?
BillT@07:51PM and George@05:59PM Middle-class manufacturing jobs? Not in California Economic conditions are not going to improve for the middle class in California anytime soon. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jan/24/middle-class-manufacturing-jobs-not-in-california/
Agenda 21 right here in Penn Valley. http://sierrafoothillcommentary.com/2015/01/24/penn-valley-confronts-agenda-21-packem-and-stackem/
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Rewrite: Alas, the going in different directions is the very reason that Nevada County does not have an economic recovery plan. All the Nevada County tribes want to take a different path to the future. You can not get there from here, unless you know where there is. Unfortunately, every tribal council has a different path to there, and we will never get there until we have unity on a future path to a clearly defined goal. As George notes, we will have the same problem with the recovery after the collapse, only on a larger scale than just our little community of tribes. If we cannot solve the problem locally, how could we do it on a larger scale?
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Alas, the going in different directions is the very reason that Nevada County does not have an economic recovery plan. All the Nevada County tribes want to take a different path to the future. You can not get there for here, unless you know where here is. Unfortunately, every tribal council has a different path to here, and we will never get there until we have unity on a future path to a clearly defined goal. As George notes, we will have the same problem with the recovery after the collapse, only on a larger scale than just our little community of tribes. If we cannot solve the problem locally, how could we do it on a larger scale?
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