proof that what you write on the internet is forever - Joan Wheeler likes to distort and twist the circumstances of her adoption. Our father was NOT coerced into giving her up for adoption.
to fill out the 'correct' story of Joan m Wheeler's adoption...see
@John, guess you missed my phenomenology-friendly column from the previous week
For the record, I'm with Tom Wolfe (?), "Purposes are for porpoises."
Thanks to this writer for pointing out the farce that taking rat bait off the shelf is.
First of all, my membership in ASCAP means little to me because I'm not a pop musician. While I agree that ASCAP has been known to discourage the playing of live music and punishes establishments for not complying with their rules, ASCAP (including BMI, Sam Fox and SEESAC), wouldn't be as omnipotent without cooperation from the government. So, the "evil" is spread out among three entities: well-to-do pop musicians, the government and organizations such as ASCAP. We can thank ASCAP's lobbyists and those politicians in bed with the entertainment industry for the current state of affairs that penalizes small businesses and limits performers. That said, this isn't a fair illustration of "capitalism in action." Lastly, realizing that ASCAP should develop a radically different attitude toward small venues in remote locations (like here), musicians and businesses need to stop wimping out and find creative ways to get around ASCAP.
Free will does not exist in Creation if time and space are illusions and have no absolute reality. I deliberately use the term "Creation" vs. "universe" because in my Celestial Torah Christian belief system we live in a perpetual state of "maya", the world as illusion, going from one point in time to another. It is the way Creation works for those within Creation's dimensions, the illusion of time and space moving ever forward in temperal direction but to the Creators of Creation, it's an advanced CD movie, big technical effects, but in the end, a video selection, a documentary on How to Create God in 18 Billion lessons.. Celestial Torah Christianity. It isn't your grandmother's Christian religion any more..
Actually, the idea that the whole loaf "already" exists is skewed in both arguments, as it doesn't preempt the concept of time. The whole of existence, being an absolute immediate infinitesimal, can be argued to guarantee complete free will just the same as it can be argued to negate free will altogether. Just as the idea of a chain reaction relies on the concept of time, truly erasing time within that idea creates the infinite moment of a decision being made...a surfer on a wave negotiating his movements and positions to continue the ride, forever.
So what's the practical value of this philosophy? We are conceptually bound by the genuine paradox of all existence. Whether or not free will exists as well as it doesn't, we have the ability to decide to NOT destroy "life as we choose to know it", the natural environment around us, from which we have come into some sort of existence of thinking-therefore-being. Look around at anything and everything human...humanity is constantly and consistently destroying its own lifeblood, however not necessarily as a collective individual species, but through a self imposed hierarchy of individual group tiers, whatever their perspectives, allowing themselves to cognitively assist this process of self destruction and just as formally "program" other individuals below their place in the hierarchy to abide by obviously destructive means to an obviously destructive end...the power of belief, another topic altogether.
I am dismayed. In private communication with Colleen Toste I have come to realize that I was wrong in recommending that she be not re-elected. She cares deeply for the kids and for the schools, and my suggestion was just wrong. I have tried to right this wrong in a public way by sending a letter of apology to be published in this week's Journal. I was informed today that somehow that letter went astray and I did not make the deadline with my resubmission. Public comments need public apologies. I WAS WRONG! I am currently trying to get an ad in another paper, having missed the deadline for this paper. Who knows, I may have missed the deadline for that paper too? But, if you are reading this, and know a voter in the NHUHSD, please tell them i was wrong about Colleen. She cares, a lot. My apology needs to be as public as my original recommendation. Please share this, so that other NHUHSD voters can read it.
Why should folks who have the "opportunity to vote" have to wait two years to remove Johnson from the Board? I am very surprised there has been no talk of recalling this embarrassment ASAP.
I nominate Dan Johnson to be president of the Bored of Education.
Dan Johnson closely follows the contemporary right-wing rich-man’s playbook quite well: create a story that you're a hard working nice guy who is a competitive winner, which is why everyone is against him, and refuse to acknowledge any facts that may contradict the myth. Let's look at the story.
His fortunes come from hard work. Later in the interview, he admits that his success comes from the help of family money. (I doubt he would have made all that money on raising calves if he actually had to pay for feed and care, the ranch, etc.) Family money goes a long way, especially in a small, poor, good-ol'-boy community such as ours.
He has never been sued, nor has he sued anyone. How can a person forget multiple lawsuits? He has selective memory when the facts don't fit the story. He obviously thinks we, the public, are stupid. Or maybe his brain just doesn't work. More likely just a bald-faced lie.
He's competitive, which in this case, means greedy. In competition, one's gains result from another's losses. What fun! Competition is destructive, while cooperation is constructive. We need more cooperation, less competition.
He's a winner! Well, if it's a contest that he is assured to lose, he just won't enter the competition or race (except if no one else is running!). Keeps the story consistent so he can still be a winner (the implication being that the rest of us are losers). Self-defined winners usually aren't.
Everyone against him are just jealous of his awesome life and fortunes. It has nothing to do with him doing anything wrong or being greedy! Sorry, but not everyone in the world are greedy money-worshippers. I know that's hard for Dan to fathom.
His "reaching out" to the public seems to have backfired. He comes across as arrogant, but certainly not a winner. Sounds more like a whiner.
I guess we shouldn't expect a rich "winner" to apologize for anything. That is why we get a childish deflection of blame to all those critics who really are just jealous and envious of his money, at least in his mind.
The fact of the matter is that someone who doesn't know the definition of "plagiarism" (ignorantly wonders if reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is plagiarism!!!!) or lacks the ability to recognize sincerity (it must be hard to recognize something you yourself don't seem to possess), has no business directing the eduction of our young people, success in business notwithstanding. Ignorance doesn't belong on our Board of Education.
Thank you for your wonderful comments. It's a joy to read about good news. Margot Bray
Thanks for printing my letter. Although the headline, while a clever pun, defeats the purpose my letter was written for in the first place.
This is bull shit. Unions representing supposed "co-op" employees. You actually think the Union doesn't have lawyers working on their side writing their greedy policy? Get real! In Brattleboro VT the coop is the real deal--there are no unions. The people voted the unions out of their co-op in Portland or Eugene maybe Ashland...
As long as you have the large grocery store mentality through the unions grubbing money to the tune of a 15% pay hike this year on the North Coast for it's employees -- as a little insight the co-op has raised employee pay 5% for the past three years. Now the union wants that to triple this year?
The bent of your article is obviously slanted in a direction of the workers but not towards the organization as a whole. You should consider supporting the management. The co-op employees have it way better than most grocery stores and if you look more closely you'll see that the agenda of the union is to put the small grocer like co-op out of business. It's clear to me that at Albertsons they haven't lobbied like this. So why do you think their playing such hard ball with our whole foods?
Just keep up you hard work and see how happy Caliman's gonna be when the co-op is owned by big grocery!! Meanwhile I'll be growing my own food..
Now gentle folk of the jury please allow that I , at one point,have been homeless in eureka for a long time.I no longer live there but I keep informed.Shuffling homeless people from city to city like cards is no answer.How are the other counties in the golden state going to like it.You're not going to fix the problem of the "residentially challenged" © without getting rid of the Methamphetamines and Heroin.I wonder how many people are on disability on the streets here?100?..200?100,000.00 to 200,000.00 dollars into local businesses in one night.Hmmm....why is there so much drugs readily available?God gave you a brain.Use it.
Why is it that the Co-Op is spending MY MONEY (I'm a member) to hire a right wing cadre of lawyers to defend itself against those awful mean Union workers? Well guess what? I didn't sign up for that. I signed up for a place where I could by high quality food at reasonable prices, and where the workers were treated with respect, paid well, and enjoyed great benefits. If the Co-Op can't deliver this, than Eureka Natural Foods is just up the street. They may not be Union (there's not a single business is this county that shouldn't be) but their prices are sometimes much better. But this Co-Op is not run like any other Co-Op I've been a member of, which is very disconcerting to me. I say this to you - board members that I elected -- if you don't treat the Union right, if you don't call off the hounds, you will lose a lot of members. People who belong to Co-Ops tend to be Progressive/Liberal lefty types. This board sounds like a bunch of right wing Repub-litarians to me. And I can't stomach that.
I don't even live in Manila but can see the huge problems that are not being considered. Thank you Nancy for bringing them out here.
It does not seem like the gains are any where close to the losses to these communities. I sure like driving slower by our spectacular bay.
Thanks for this, Cindee.
Correlation doesn’t prove causation, of course, and in the case of TV violence, is insanely hard to prove (per the many uses of “can” and “may” above). Here’s another point of view from long-time observer Dr. John Grohol, posted on the excellent PsychCentral website:
Seriously. Eureka has plenty of trees already. OK, most are actually just logs on the back of a truck, but at least that way they don't create any nasty shade or fallen leaves. And hurray, no upkeep necessary!
Jana Genelly and Jon Yalcinkaya: Thanks for your excellent letters and I hope I'll see you both at the Aug. 13 Board meeting at the McK High School at 6pm.
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