Carbon Hoax

In 1974 I sat in a college class on Human Ecology. It was a required course for the degree. One of the concerns of the text’s author, and the prof who lectured, was the increase of carbon in the atmosphere. It was something that was there, but not alarming to these students as they had lived through the 1971 Zero Population Growth book popularity by Stanford’s Paul Erlich. Many accepted Erlich’s premise and college men went for sterilization and girls went for the IUDs instead of the birth control pills. The consideration that birth control is “anti-life” seemed not to matter. Since then, there have been many changes. Many starvations around the world, that may or may not have been due to over population, were more likely due to the regional political upheavals.

Bringing the time up to 2006, there appeared in the news the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide as the main culprit in global warming. And so the next new wave of doom which we all have to work to avoid was on. But, it was apparent to me that this was another “anti-life” like Erlich’s ZPG theory, and I sent a short letter to the local paper, which printed it, but received no comments nor counter letters.
Scientists and Universities have been on this for decades.

It was amazing how quickly the globe jumped on this theory. Prince Charles elected to fly to the “States” in a commercial jet, instead of the private jet, in order to “reduce his carbon footprint” in the atmosphere. Amazing.

Legislation and federal law
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/03/world/americas/03iht-scotus.1.5124385.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_v._Environmental_Protection_Agency

US Supreme Court: https://www.dieselnet.com/news/2007/04epa.php
http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ddoniger/climate_smack-down_court_uphol.html

EPA: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards
There is a detailed carbon dioxide discussion titled, “Is CO2 a Pollutant” at: http://www.skepticalscience.com/co2-pollutant-advanced.htm
It is astonishing the growth of the energy business – solar and wind – energy companies new and older power companies financing wind and solar. Do you get calls from and for solar installation?
A cap and trade story Sunday, November 16 – called Carbon Costs, McClatchy article by Dan Walters laments the undisclosed costs to Californians . Buried on page A16 in Fresno Bee’s Sunday issue, Dan Walter itemized a few California finance unknown answers. Some of those were ……. Carbon, cap and trade, renewable energy.

Climate Confusion [Encounter Books, New York, 2008] by climatologist author and warming skeptic Roy Spenser, PhD has been denounced on several websites as a “crank” and his latest paper as “failed to prove his point.” Read his site at: http://www.drroyspencer.com/
But, that reminds me something my editor said once. One of my book’s characters wrote a paper a paper on government control and exposed a domestic black ops unit. I was informed that my premise was not credible because retired CIA consultants had said the author would be denounced, discredited and to be shown to be quite a fool and a crank. Sound familiar? Exactly how Roy Spencer is being treated.
President Eisenhower warned President Kennedy about the “military-industrial complex.” Roy Spenser warned, beware of the “political-media” complex.
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Tim

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CMA Ain’t Country

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Where’s the fiddle and pedal steel guitar? I don’t know about you, but if that was “country” on last night’s ABC’s CMA show, I am a friggin alien. I liked some of it, and I can appreciate “cross-over” artists and music, but I had to turn it off and go to bed to read. That was the worst sound or mix control also. The vocal tracks were muffled compared to the instrumentals. We all appreciated that Conway Twitty and Brenda Lee, and Patsy Cline had their recordings aired on rock stations. I realize it is a different world …. [don’t we all?]. You could see it coming, at least I could, when I went to a Hal Ketchum concert and on the side of his bus is a huge name of “Mount Rockmore” with images of the four band members. Now too, Darius Rucker of 1990s Hootie fame has his hit of Wagon Wheel, done by many others in past, including the seeming his copy of Old Crow Medicine Show’s version and arrangement. You Tube it to compare for yourself.

Maybe it’s just ABC because everything is starting to be like a Disney production including the GMA show in the morning.

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Tim

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Genealogy at Fresno Fair

Family - Tim - Fresno Fair 2014

During the thirteen day run of the Big Fresno Fair, a few of us volunteer at the Fresno County Genealogy Society booth in the Home Arts building. While we do help get a few new member prospects for Sons of Confederate Veterans, we do more visiting with folks who sign up for other groups represented there. Those are: German from Russia, Swedish Society, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Afro-American Society, Armenian Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Scottish Society, and a few others. The Fresno County Genealogy Society has workers on the second floor of the downtown County Library every week. Many visitors there are surprised by the many ethnic groups represented. While each group may not have a direct member there, there is a display and a signup sheet on a clip board for each group. A lot of people have difficulty finding their roots, but there are many workers willing to help you, with no formal fee as some professional genealogists can charge.

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Tim
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Borden Station

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It is one of the towns that Catherine Rehart had written that “faded away.” It was so named in 1872 by Leland Stanford as he visited the Central Pacific railroad construction at the switch of the line near Avenue 12 at Cottonwood Creek and the later Highway 99. During the visit, Stanford had been hosted by Dr. Joseph Borden. The location was the Alabama colony which was founded in 1868 in what was still Fresno County. The name Arcola was not to be. Two years later in 1874, Borden was on the ballot as a choice for the new Fresno County Seat.
When one reads the accounts of the history of the place, there is also the Chinese community and the Borden Chinese Cemetery. There is much history at this link: http://chong.zxq.net/ancestry/prt1/FamilyChong_Borden.htm
My affinity for the place comes from the family stories of farming there. The Justice family had migrated from Lawrence County Tennessee to Fresno County in 1928, then to Borden in early 1930s. The town had long since vanished, but there was still a packing shed on the switch on the east side of the tracks. My grandmother Winona told me of packing peaches there. I had visited several times the farm on Avenue 12 of a great uncle Allen Roberts and great aunt Sadie Justice Roberts. Other Justices owned or leased land there.
Mom told me of living on the west side of the highway 99, near the Casa Grande Motel. Her sister Sarah Zoe Justice Todd painted a picture of the tank house and tree. Long lost, the painting looked something like this one.

Art - Tankhouse at Borden 2013

Another sister, Opal Florene Justice Root and her husband “Pete” farmed cotton there.
If there is a photograph of the Borden Station building, it has not been found. The station building was destroyed in a fire.
Lost in much of the conversation are the histories of the folks who established the Alabama Colony after the Civil War. Many were Confederate veterans. As supposed that they were seeking a new life in a new state, a new county, a fresh start, one wonders if they wanted to diminish their past as Confederate soldiers. Local historians gloss over this, as if it is not important. In 2005, the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ local General Tyree Harris Bell Camp 1804 conducted a memorial event at the grave of Joseph Borden. He is buried at Arbor Vitae Cemetery. He was a Sergeant and then became 1st Lieutenant in Company D of the 5th Alabama Infantry. There are ten other Confederates buried at Arbor Vitae, and there may be others. Another Alabama Colony rancher, George Mordecai was a Private in the 2nd Richmond Howitzers of Virginia. He is buried on his private property and home on Madera Avenue just south of Cottonwood Creek.
There is much construction going on now at Borden. The “High Speed Rail” project is going ahead. And while there are still political, financial and logic arguments over the “train to nowhere” I was amazed, as many others, that the starting place is at Borden. It may be fitting that Borden Station may have a resurrection.
By the way, before it was demolished I photographed the brick building that was a landmark for many years. Do any of you railroad experts know what these buildings housed along the rail line? They were typical along Southern Pacific tracks.

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Lester Dow Berger III Memorial

Art - Dow Berger 1964
Dow smoking on the East Bay bus 1964.

We called him Dow. His family called him Terry, from the Terrence of being the III Berger. We last talked in 1985. He told me that he was meeting the Truman daughter, Margaret. Her mother Bess had been wooed by Dow’s grandfather Lester Dow Berger, decades before. She was writing a biography and wanted to know what Dow knew about his grandfather and her mother. He was excited about it. Prior to that telephone conversation, I had not seen him since 1968. He stayed with us, on “L” Street, in Madera after he was out of the Army. He had been in Korea. After a few of days with us he had to move on. We dropped him off at the 99 on ramp south of the Clinton overpass. He was about 6’ 3” tall with red hair and always wore an OD fatigue jacket. He had his Martin in a black guitar case, and his image reminded me of the Phil Oaks album cover.

This sketch of him was on an East Bay Transit bus in fall of 1964. It was probably somewhere between Berkeley and Oakland. We lived in the same rooming house, Mrs. Darby’s at 4114 Gilbert Street, off 41st and Broadway in Oakland. Dow roomed upstairs on the main floor, and I was roomed with Gail Smith, from Davis, CA, in the basement, and with two other first year art students, a Kenneth and Jim, who were both from Chico High School. It was a few blocks to walk up Broadway and College Avenue corner, the location of California College of Arts and Crafts. It was a fine and crazy year.

At some time in October or November Dow, Gail Smith and I moved out of Mrs. Darby’s and rented an apartment in the building on the corner of Broadway and 41st Street. It was the floor directly over George Kaye’s bar, which is still there. At some point we became friends with John Tyson, a fellow that worked with props and lighting on some play productions in San Francisco. His day job was at his father’s frozen meat company and distributor, from San Leandro.

Dow wrote music and loved Bob Dylan. He aspired to be as great an entertainer. I was amazed with his guitar playing. He taught himself to arpeggio. It was beautiful listening to his playing. We all went down to an all night radio station in Berkeley one night. The station allowed people to sit in and play their music on the air. Dow wanted to do that too, but the night we went there, we either did not get there in time, or others were already lined up and performing, We watched those others for a while. They were a folk singing duo, and did a fine piece. They had a Peter, Paul and Mary sound.
In January of ’65, we all moved to a College Avenue. It was about five blocks from CCAC. That move is a whole other story. That spring, he did play and sing at a couple different venues in San Francisco, but I did not attend. I don’t remember where. Maybe it was at a bar that let him sit in. Maybe another was an “open mike” thing some place.
We were raised on different ends of the country. His stories of New Caanan are unforgettable. He taught me how to write research papers. I am not sure I contributed anything to his understanding. When he came to stay with me a few days over Christmas break, it was at the Roberts ranch place on Raymond Road in Madera. Dow thought it was an isolated desert wasteland, and could NOT understand how I lived there. We had a great time that year 1964 to 1965. If I had photos of him, I lost them in several moves and walking away in a divorce in 1970. This sketch is all I can find. The cigarette he smoked was and English Oval. He was a chain smoker that year.

I am saddened by his death. We usually parted with a saying to each other of, “See you down that long dirt road.” For him not liking my Raymond Road experience, maybe he did get it after all.
I wish I had another chance to visit with him. See you down that long dirt road, Dow.

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Infanticide

Infanticide.

This is a topic which brings up a memory of a distant college course I was in 1973. I as a zoology major and one of the required upper division/major courses was Human Ecology. The big issues for the previous early 70s years in biology and spilled out to the media was Stanford’s professor Erlich’s population control book ZPG – Zero Population Growth. This title wasn’t our text, but our text for the course was heavy with the same rational. One section gave a history – curiously from Africa – about the cultures that practiced infanticide as a method of their population control.

Read Janette Raleigh’s WordPress blog Legislating Morality – Infantacide

at : http://jeanetteraleigh.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/legislating-morality-infantacide/#respond

Yes. During the lecture on this topic, the young, first year professor lost control of this class discussion, to some degree, as many in the class questioned this along many avenues from morality to legality. I understood that he, the prof, was presenting the concept as an adjunct of the text, but the students speaking up were vocal in rejecting the premise. I thought he had done all right in stating that it wasn’t his personal belief, but he soon left the room. When he did not return, the college president came in to address us about our poor treatment of the instructor. It was a memorable experience seeing that session unfold.

Your question also about “what’s next, the elderly…” is exactly where Nazi Germany took things in the 1930’s with their “medical solution” of euthanizing those infirmed and feeble minded. [The Nazi Doctors by Robert Jay Lifton]. This was legal there and before the war and before the camps and the final solution.

For the life of me I do not see why more people do not see the “population control” mentality as anti-life as a concept. This is exactly what is flawed about the carbon dioxide, CO2, emission restrictions. CO2 is a product of the living, and a need of plants like we need oxygen. The “carbon footprint” concept and people that push that are anti-life. I wrote that to our local paper four years ago. While the letter was printed it had no responses. Main stream media accepts the “carbon problem” as do many legislators. Prince Charles worried aloud about taking the commercial jet to the “states” instead of the Royal jet in order to “reduce the carbon foot print.” I think they are all mad. Can one vote madness out of office? I hope so.

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Europe Thriller

 Europe thriller as subplots?

Maybe financial thrillers are only Wall Street screenplays and sequels, and yet it only seems like yesterday that the late Michael Crichton book “Rising Sun” was on the shelves. The business-as-war premise of that story was also connected to the leading edge of the digital technology of that time.  Also, back when, Tom Clancy’s “Executive Orders” had as a sub-plot, the financial meltdown caused by system hackers. In the very real 1999 “dot-com” crash, and then the 2007-2008 very real “sub-prime mortgage” financial meltdown, we learned more about the complicated the global financial network.

For the past three years,  I’ve been telling friends about the European news of DW network – Deutsch Welle – German news. It is carried in our area on the Catholic channel 49, at 7:00 PM PDT local, for thirty minutes. Include with the DOW index, is DAX stock index , which is the Deutsche exchange in Frankfurt, and the Euro exchange index out of Bonn.

Three years ago the DW-German news anchors were reporting on the US sub-prime mortgage financial decline. Germany had its own business decline going on. As one example Nokia there downsized and moved out.  The Germans were worried about how the US losses or the result of the bailouts would affect the euro and their economy. Since then, German industry has bounced back while Greece, Spain, Italy and France economies are in trouble. Then, the Euro group bailed out Greece. This past week Spain was bailed out. On June 12, Sean Hannity, on his radio program, voiced his concern and worry, if not alarm, about the Europe economy affecting the US economy in the years ahead. 20% of our exports are European markets.

I have to wonder where the media has been? True, this stuff is not carried on “network” news. We don’t live in a global vacuum.  http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL5E8HDB6420120613?irpc=932

Some might have the view that we caused the European economic crisis. Until, one learned that Spain has their “sub-prime mortgage” crisis going on. According to Ben Stein, interviewed on Fox news this week, the German banks own the bonds in Spain, Greece, and Italy. [Italy may default next]. The US banks own the German banks. Stein says, “Read my book.” http://www.benstein.com/stein2html

It seems that there could be a lot here for European set crime/thrillers, and home financial crime/ thrillers too.  What do you think? Fodder for subplots in family or crime stories?

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Conspiracy continued 2

Bilderberg Group.

On commenting to a blogger friend on this group, it is a good place to continue on the conspiracy discussion. BIlderberg Group meets secretly once a year in order to discuss how to influence or change the world? Since 1954?

Last Monday Mark Davis sitting in for Rush had a caller mention the Bilderberg group and the caller was then immediately disconnected, by Mark with the comment that he does not discuss that. And, in the past, a few years back, Rush had a caller that was expounding on all the Bilderberg connections and supposed control secrecy, and Rush would throw into the conversation one of the other connections, maybe like CFR, and the caller went with it. Rush was facetious the entire time, but letting the fellow talk, yet clearly in the end treating the caller like a kook. So,  I thought it was interesting on two levels: one, Rush was up on all this conspiracy angle as well as Mark Davis; two, neither of them believe any of it, or if they do, do not want have the EIB show reflecting any kookiness of condoning any particular conspiracy. What do you think?

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Confederate Memorial

CALIFORNIA CONFEDERATE VETERANS MEMORIAL

This is an open invitation to a memorial event near Fresno, California. The details are:

Bethel Cemetery

11608 East Central Avenue

Sanger, CA

Saturday – April 28, 2012

1:00 PM

There is a story to this stone being dedicated at this event. Around twelve years ago, the General Tyree Harris Bell Camp 1804 had a planned location to have a Confederate memorial placed. This place was at a local, rural, historical mansion and park which is maintained by the Fresno County Parks Department and the home of the Fresno County Historical Society. This was at Kearney Mansion and Kearney Park, Fresno County, and the site of a major annual west coast Civil War reenactment since 1990. Two years later, and after some changes in the Camp 1804 staff, this plan was “tabled.” My first awareness of this plan was another year later, sometime in 2003.

Under Commander Chuck Norred’s first two years, this Kearney Park plan came alive again. One other camp member took leadership and undertook a follow-up with Fresno County parks and the Fresno Historical Society.  After another year went by, this gentleman ceased to be an active member and the follow-up fell through. The Kearney plan had, once again, been tabled. At the same time Camp 1804 leaders were developing the General Higgins-Colonel Flourinoy memorial event at Colma, California, near San Francisco. The Colma event turned out to be a huge success.

The Higgins-Flourinoy memorial was such an inspiring program, gathering and tribute. It brought together all the northern California camps, as well as Bay Area Sons of Union Veterans members who wanted to be a part of the event as well as attend. Two SCV National Headquarters staff members flew in to San Francisco, including the National Commander Denny Sweeney and his wife.

In the years since, Camp 1804 has continued to do memorials in the San Joaquin cities of Fresno, Madera, Dinuba, Visalia, and Laton. Then in the Fall of 2009, the Camp 1804 began fundraising for reviving the Kearney Park plan with a new memorial and event. Inspired by the “Colma model,” plans were made for obtaining a stone marker and plans for the words to be engraved as the focus of the memorial. The fundraising was a huge success and in March 2010 a stone marker was purchased from Black Rose Engraving in Arizona. !804 now had their stone monument.  But in the following fall season, the arrangements for the Kearney Park location fell through. This was for a number of reasons, but the staff there recommended other locations that they would help with contacts.

It was another later, in the fall of 2011 that Bethel Cemetery in Sanger agreed to the placing of the monument at their site. It will be twenty yards from the final resting place of our Camp namesake General Tyree Harris Bell.

Here is the thing. This monument is a “first ever” memorial to and for all California Confederate Veterans. What is so huge about this are the words on the stone itself, which speak to those Veteran’s memory. The members of Camp 1804 hope that many of you can come to this memorial event. There are 2000 Confederate veterans buried in California. The words speak for us and proclaim to all the following on the stone:

In Memoriam

California’s

Confederate Veterans

Who Sacrificed All in the

Struggle for Independence &

The Constitutional Right

Of Self-Government

Oil

My advice? Build Keystone pipeline. Also, drill now. Everywhere. California too. This includes offshore in California and Bakersfield fields. This is not just for us. We need to supply Europe too. Europe is going to be in a squeeze also …….. just like us if we don’t start producing more oil. Planes, ships and tanks and trucks need oil. You can’t grow enough ethanol crops to create diesel and kerosene [JP fuel].