Saturday, November 26, 2016

Unverified Immigration: Tick tick... goes America?

Slow Dance Strategy

MEDIA CREDIT: the blaze, 11.23.2016

(Excerpt) “The jailed architect of 9/11 [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] revealed that al Qaeda's plan to kill the United States was not through military attacks but immigration and ‘outbreeding nonmuslims’ who would use the legal system to install Sharia law, according to… [author James E. Mitchell, PhD].

…[Details from Mitchell’s book] show that Muslim terror groups had a much bigger plan to crush America than just through attacks like 9/11.

Instead, the plan is to fill the country with like-minded Muslims through the country's easy immigration laws and by having babies, and then using the U.S. legal and welfare system to turn the country into a system like Iran.

Consider this passage in the book, Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America, where KSM [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] reveals the plan to Mitchell:

Jihadi-minded emigrants: "'practical' way to defeat America" -- KSM

‘It would be nice,’ he said, if al Qaeda or like-minded Islamists could bring America to its knees with catastrophic attacks, but that was unlikely to happen; ‘not practical’ is the wording he used. From his perspective, the long war for Islamic domination wasn't going to be won in the streets with bombs and bullets and bloodshed. No, it would be won in the minds of the American people.

He said the terror attacks were good, but the ‘practical’ way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America's rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law,
 and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia [Shariafrom within. He said the brothers would relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people eventually would become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they would just want it to end."



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Silicon Valley Needs Some New Highs...


HIGH walkability to local services, HIGH capacity rail transportation, HIGH density zoning, HIGH rise construction, and HIGH reduction of automobile traffic.

The cities and counties in the "Silicon Valley" (region or area) could become, in a phrase: a high functioning urban organism. See also (somewhere else): sustainable urban organism.

A Mostly New Reality
MOST high tech and other companies could have MOST of their employees living MOST of their lives MOSTLY within a fifteen minute commute to work -- probably not in a single driver automobile.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

US Political Polling Results: inaccurate at best

Methodology of political polling (surveys)
Why has American political polling been so wrong for so long?

The Silent Majority
This concept, that there are a large number of American citizens that do not often speak of personal political opinions -- and almost never to pollsters, seems to have been impossible to capture by nearly all that try.

Bloodless Political Revolution
How could the professionals that DESIGN polling surveys have missed representing this American political revolution that has occurred without a one rife shot being fired?

Increase the accuracy of American political polling
Going forward, accuracy should beget credibility. Those American polls that pander, slant, and misrepresent the data should be recognized for what they are -- inaccurate failures that need improvement to be relevant.


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Unstad Norway: Surfing above the Arctic Circle

 Surf Village on Norwegian Sea Beneath the Northern Lights


Source: Unstad Norway

International Location Map



Arctic Surf: Wet suit design expands surfing destinations


Source: unknown poster seen in Reykjavik, Iceland


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Migrant Refugee Housing: Swedish summer houses?


MEDIA CREDIT: svd.se

Swedes with summer houses may rent to migrant refugees
(Excerpt) "Sweden’s generous asylum and migration policies have led to chronic housing shortages over the decade. The nation of under 10 million people admitted over 160,000 non-EU migrants last year, exacerbating the problem. Swedish public housing organisation SABO reports that almost half a million new homes must be built in the country just to meet demand."
Source: Breitbart News Network

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Political Correct: tyranny or... freedom?

Apparently, PC began to germinate in freedom

(Excerpt) " 'Politically correct' was born as a lefty in-joke, an insidery nod to the smugness of holier-than-thou liberals. As Gloria Steinem put it: ' "Politically correct" was in­vented by people in social-justice movements to make fun of ourselves.' "

And a pragmatic commentor adds this bit of value to the article:

"The idea of 'political correctness' is a victim of 'reductio ad absurdum' in two directions. To the left, it is too easily used as a means to stifle honest discourse or to berate and silence people who mean no offense. To the right, the reaction to PC is too easily used to sanctimoniously disregard the humanity of others under pretense of one's right to free speech.

In the middle, it's really just the age-old Golden Rule. We should try to understand and be decent to one another. It's not actually that hard to communicate clearly and honestly while being mindful enough to abandon language that belittles or demeans others. On the other side, it's also not that hard to consider the context and the speaker and not automatically take offense when none was intended.

In the end, it's not being 'politically correct' that's important; being decent to one another is."



On Topic:
(Excerpt) “The only thing that you’re allowed to tolerate is left issues. They have to be tolerated. If you’re coming from the right it’s hate, it’s bigotry, it’s intolerance. People that come from faith-based values — you’re not allowed to have an opinion. Even if you express it nicely and politely and kindly."


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Always Daylight Saving Time. End the time shifting

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Earth from space -- a new dawn

Extreme Time Shifting

"Because [in outerspace] we were orbiting the earth faster than earth spins on its axis, we went around the earth 16 times a day, an earth day, which meant 16 periods of lightness and 16 periods of darkness in 24 hours..."  -- Helen Sharman, scientist


(Excerpt) "The... [California] Senate on Tuesday rejected Assembly Bill 385, [by Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose] which would have placed a measure on the ballot asking voters to dump the twice-annual changing of the clocks and keep California on... [Pacific Daylight Time] year-round...

Minutes later, the Assembly passed a resolution urging [United States] Congress to allow states to adopt daylight saving time year-round. That resolution cleared the Senate near-unanimously last week."


On Topic:
The radical plan to destroy time zones


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

No Daylight Saving Time (DST): more morning


MEDIA CREDIT: TERRI LAINE

Embrace those cooing sounds of the Mourning (read: Morning) Dove or risk the swooping capture by a Nighthawk. This metaphorically may be similiar to the often mentioned half-a-glass (full or empty); or the vacillating time standards that give us morning light or keep us in morning darkness.

Again yearlong, the morning daylight of Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) could dawn over California at a reasonable hour in the morning -- not leaving one with the inconvenient and cold morning darkness caused by the deceptively named 1949 voter initiative: Daylight Saving Time.

Pacific Daylight Time in California -- no time shift
A proposed California law would eliminate twice-a-year time shifting. This would be accompolished by establishing the time in California as: always PDT, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) minus seven hours, or UTC-7.
(Excerpt) "That reality became more plausible Thursday with the vote by the [California State legislature’s] appropriations panel, which functions as a legislative gatekeeper capable of halting controversial bills. To land on the 2018 ballot, the bill [authored by Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose] will still need to clear both houses and win the support of Gov. Jerry Brown." Note: At least until the 2018 election, twice-a-year time shifting is currently required.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, 8.11.2016

Alternative: 'Always DST' in California -- no time shift
"Neither Hawaii nor Arizona observe Daylight Saving Time. An alternate option of switching to Daylight Saving Time... yearlong could not happen in California without federal approval. A resolution calling on Congress and the president to authorize such a move has been advancing through the Legislature." Note: It's unclear if the 'Always DST' proponets are seeking support only in California.

DST requires another time shift in late 2016
Regardless of any pending proposals, on Sunday November 6, 2016 we will again disruptively turn back all clocks and devices; thereby forcing the darkness of night to again extinguish the dawning sun's lighting and warmth until a later morning hour. Why do this intentionally, habitually, or even absent mindedly? A voter initiative in 2018 could make this not happen at all.

Environmental and social costs of the controversial DST twice-a-year time shift
(Excerpt) "...contrary to the policy's intent -- DST increases residential electricity demand. Estimates of the overall increase are approximately 1 percent, but we find that the effect is not constant throughout the DST period. DST causes the greatest increase in electricity consumption in the fall, when estimates range between 2 and 4 percent. These findings are consistent with simulation results that point to a tradeoff between reducing demand for lighting and increasing demand for heating and cooling. We estimate a cost of increased electricity bills to Indiana households of $9 million per year. We also estimate social costs of increased pollution emissions that range from $1.7 to $5.5 million per year. Finally, we argue that the effect is likely to be even stronger in other regions of the United States."


On topic:
Proper Timezone Acronym Usage - PT vs PDT or PST


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

"As-of-Right" Real Property Development Approval

Housing proposals often have tough sledding through the rough and rocky snows of approval processes...

Photo below: Rendering of San Francisco's Treasure Island Plan proposal -- 20 years in-progress.

MEDIA CREDIT: SFist.com

California: Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals

(Excerpt) "Any design review of the development shall not exceed ninety (90) days from the submittal of the development to the local government pursuant to this section, and shall not in any way inhibit, chill, or preclude the ministerial approval provided by this section and the effect thereof.
(e) A development that satisfies subdivision (b) of this section shall not be subject to the requirements of Section 65589.5 of the Government Code in order to be accorded by right status under this section.
(f) The review of a permit, license, certificate, or any other entitlement, including, but not limited to: the enactment and amendment of zoning or design review ordinances or guidelines, the issuance of zoning variances, the issuance of conditional use permits, and the approval of tentative subdivision maps, by any public agency with land-use authority over any development that satisfies subdivision (b) of this section shall be ministerial.
(g) This section shall be enforceable pursuant to a writ of mandate issued pursuant to Section 1085 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(h) The development applicant or development proponent may submit information describing the development pursuant to Government Code Section 65400.1(a).
(i) The Legislature finds and declares that this section shall be applicable to all cities and counties, including charter cities, because the Legislature finds that the lack of affordable housing is a matter of vital statewide importance.
(j) Any and all individuals displaced by a development that is approved through the ministerial process authorized by this section shall be accorded relocation assistance as provided in the California Relocation Assistance Act set forth in Section 7267.8 et seq.
(k) This section shall apply, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this code or in any other law."
Source: California Proposed Legislation -- Government Code Section 65400.1

Regulatory Constraints
Development Rights
As-of-Right Uses and their Accessory Uses
NIMBY Syndrome


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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rutenberg: Suspending Journalism's Fiduciary Standards

Jim Rutenberg, Mediator, The New York Times

MEDIA CREDIT: The New York Times

'Oppositional' Journalism

Politically oppositional. Unmasked. Intentional and open political opposition to a candidate nominated by process to compete in a national election for the honor of representing all Americans by serving a specific term in the highest political office created by the founders of the United States.

Is this a constitutionally appropriate posture for mainstream and lesser organs of American journalism? Legal adjudication of this question is above this blogger's creditials. Recommendation: citizens beware.

Let's read how Jim Rutenberger of The New York Times newspaper was feeling about this 'oppositional' standard (reality) in American journalism in an article published on August 7, 2016:

(Excerpt) "...Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous [to the status quo of mainstream media?], then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.

But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place?"

Source: "Trump is Testing the Norms...", The New York Times, 8.7.2016


On Topic:
Has political correctness become normal in polite society -- or dangerous political opposition tool?


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Turkish military coup attempt: was it genuine?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(NOT-Former) President of Turkey


MEDIA CREDIT: SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Last Friday (7.15.2016), many news sources told Americans and the world that there was a military coup underway in Turkey that appeared to be attempting an overthrow of the president and a takeover of the Turkish government. In the aftermath, there have been other opinions...

The following English language quote is from www.zynisk.blogg.se :

Excerpt:

Source: ZYNISK blog
Note: "Zynisk" may not generally fit into typical topics here at "Give Me A Moment" blog. However, it is interesting that the one quote (excerpt above) was presented in English on the sourced website.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

TOD Honolulu: transit oriented development

TOD planning concept in high-density rail corridor
Communities of higher density residences and services that are designed for walkablity and located near to a light rail transit station.



TOD Honolulu: neighborhood planning areas
(Excerpt) "It is easy to forget that at one time—over a half century ago— Oahu had street cars and trains... [before] the private automobile rose to prominence. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) rail transit system is the newest phase of the ongoing evolution of our island-wide multimodal transportation system.

After more than three decades of planning, [light rail] rapid transit is finally nearing fruition. The rail system will not be isolated, but rather closely integrated with our buses and roadway system. The rail component will serve as the spine of an island-wide multimodal transportation network that... will change the way we get around.

Rail transit and the concept of a high-density rail corridor are also part of the City’s strategy to manage and direct growth... [by]... channeling development pressure to rail station areas. This goal is possible through transit-oriented development (TOD) -- compact, mixed-use development within easy walking distance of a transit station. TOD is designed to encourage walking, biking and [light rail] transit... Since this type of urban development uses land more effciently, it will enable these [TOD] communities to accommodate growth [and preserve agricultural or environmentally sensitive land] for many generations."




Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
HART route map and travel times



Elevated Light Rail Project Progress
(Excerpt) "The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation [HART] has completed five miles of guideway for Oahu’s rail transit system, which accounts for 25 percent of the project’s elevated guideway work for the 20-mile system.

'This is an important milestone,' said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. '...As commuters drive by and look at the guideway, they know that an alternative to sitting in traffic is on the way.'

The five miles of guideway includes more than 215 spans. Each span, which is the portion of guideway between two columns, typically consists of 12 segments. And each segment weighs about 50 tons."
Source: HART Press Release, 12.4.2015


On Topic:
HART: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
Honolulu Transit photostream on flickr


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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cali HSR: Silicon Valley to Central Valley

The Pacheco Pass is an area of the Diablo Range in northern California. This relatively long low mountain pass lies in a possible high-speed rail (HSR) corridor apparently being considered between Gilroy Station and the City of Chowchilla in the Great Central Valley.

More information about a northern extension of HSR
Source: San Jose Mercury News CALIFORNIA, 2.17.2016



2018 California State Rail Plan
(Excerpt) "Your answers to this survey will help inform the development of the 2018 California State Rail Plan, which will provide an exciting new framework for California’s rail network and set the stage for new and better rail service and community connections in the State for the next 20 years and beyond. Caltrans plans to make the rail network more efficient, seamless and better integrated and connected to provide a better transportation alternative for Californians. The plan supports efficient movement of freight by rail, which benefits California by reducing roadway congestion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions."
Source: 2018 California State Rail Plan Survey

On Topic:
Cali HSR Authority: new 2016 Business Plan


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Saturday, February 27, 2016

California: Pacific Standard Time. Always.

By 1949 law, what's going to happen twice a year at 2:00 AM?
2016 voters may ultimately decide for in California...

MEDIA CREDIT: QwkDrw

Law's Author: Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose
California Legislature -- 2015/16 Regular Session

Proposed law in California: AB 2496
(Excerpt) "It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish United States Standard Pacific Time [PST] as the standard time within the state during the entire year."
Complete text: AB 2496

Okay then. It is about... time. It's TIME to stop the often ineffective, perhaps dangerous, and certainly disruptive biannual clock changes mandated by a practice too-long endured: spring forward/fall back for daylight savings time (DST).

Electorate approved inititive in 1949
that put DST into practice
(Excerpt) "...voters approved [DST] back 1949 via Proposition 12... Reversing the electorate of 1949 would mean going before today’s voters and asking them to make the change, assuming... [AB 2496] passes.

Assemblyman Chu said, 'This could be a very controversial one [AB 2496]... but when he informally polls constituents... the results are very positive.'"
Source: The Sacramento Bee, 2.24.2016

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On Topic:
Daylight Savings Time (DST)


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cali HSR Authority: new 2016 Business Plan

Phase 1: Extend to Northern California
Construct High-Speed Rail (HSR) passenger service to connect California's Silicon Valley and Great Central Valley by 2025.



California High-Speed Rail Authority: Draft 2016 Business Plan
(Excerpt) "This Draft 2016 Business Plan provides an update on the progress made, the changes that have occurred and the lessons we have learned over the past two years... [the California High-Speed Rail Authority describes their 2016 plan] to deliver high-speed rail service connecting the Silicon Valley to the Central Valley, and offer high-speed rail passenger service between these two important economic regions within the next ten years."
Source: Draft 2016 Business Plan, 2.18.2016

Intitial Operating Section Extention
(Excerpt) "While the core of the construction has always been focused on construction in the Central Valley first, the Initial Operating Section [IOS] has always had two options: extend from the Central Valley northward toward the Bay Area (IOS-North, San Jose to Bakersfield), or southward to Southern California (IOS-South, Merced to San Fernando Valley)

IOS-North Extention: Silicon Valley to Central Valley
... based on a more recent analysis of the funding available and time necessary to bring an IOS online per the legal requirements, the... [California High-Speed Rail Authority] is now proposing the IOS-North be implemented... This is being called the Silicon Valley to Central Valley Line, and it is expected that sufficient funding will be available to bring this online by 2025...

Construction on the... [Initial Operating Section near Fresno in the Great Central Valley] began in 2015 and is expected to end in 2019, after which it is proposed that the... [San Joaquin - Amtrak California] train use the line for faster conventional rail service... until HSR [High-Speed Rail] trains use the line."
Source: Wikipedia

On Topic:
San Francisco Transbay Transit Center
California High-Speed Rail
San Jose Diridon Station


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

2016 SF Giants: 4 in 7 World Series Champions?

Giants miss the post-season playoffs in 2011, 2013, and 2015
2015 was the third straight time a San Francisco Giants baseball team followed winning the World Series Championship with a season that did not even put them in the playoffs. This may be a good opportunity to mention that currently there is an even-year run of World Series Championships by a Giants team that includes winning the title in 2010, 2012, and 2014. In 2016, manager Bruce Botchy may see an extention of those consecutive even-year title wins.

Regarding a possible next even-year championship:
(Excerpt:) "... the Giants [in 2016] are looking to once again rely on their tried and true formula of strong pitching and defense and a lineup filled with contact hitters who can pressure the opposing staff... 'Across the infield and outfield, this is as set as we've been and as good a defensive club as I've ever had.'"
Source: (Future) Hall of Fame Manager, Bruce Bochy
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ae9f8e4e97ba4dd7b524424fdb3a2074/giants-hope-productive-winter-leads-4th-even-year-title

Walt Disney World sets up a December 5, 2015 event:
Hunter (All-Star) Pence proposes to (now) Fiancee Lexi Cozombolidis
Source (1:45 video): http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:14777142

Hunter and Lexi are optimisitic about their future together. The San Francisco Giants are optimistic about next season -- of course, many can be optimistic at this time in a baseball year.

Perhaps prophetically for the Giants, it takes 4 wins in 7 possible games to win a World Series Championship.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

San Francisco Transbay Transit Center

"Grand Central of the West"


Transbay Joint Powers Authority
(Excerpt) "The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)... oversees the $4.5 billion Transbay Transit Center Program... [A new multi-modal transportation hub, high density developments, and open space in downtown San Francisco] will connect 11 different public transit systems in one facility and build a 40-acre pedestrian friendly [walkable] community on former state owned parcels with seven new high rises, including the tallest building in San Francisco, approximately 4,500 new housing units, commercial and retail developments, and 11 acres of new parks. By providing... public transit options and by creating a livable community (emphsis added) near transit, employment, shopping, and other urban amenities... [the Transbay Transit Center Program] is a national model for the integration of land use and transportation planning."


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Peace for Paris: allo?

Peace for Paris

Source: Jean Jullien

A French graphic designer, Jean Jullien, currently lives in London.
(Excerpt) "He... did a graphic design degree in Quimper... graduated from Central Saint Martins... and from the Royal College of Art... His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work."

Jean Jullien posted the above cartoonish illistration on 11.14.2015 -- his icon has resonated globally. Perhaps the next iconic symbol to seep into the awareness global politicians may be drawn by the reader. Here is your blank canvas:

Peace for the World



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Single Level Housing Development Incentives


Overarching Premise: An increasing number of people in American society would benefit from homes that are permitted and intentionally designed as single level homes -- from selected living areas, to exterior doorways, to parking.

Organizing Design Principle: Create one level housing units that include: barrier-free access in core habital space, barrier-free access for entry and egress, and barrier-free access to close proximity vehicle parking.

Possible Requirement: Responsive planning departments and local politcal juristitions that will authorize incentives, within existing and future land use ordinances, that will encourage development of single level homes.

Hillside Locations:  Specifcally hillside locations may have potential for planning departments and local politcal juristitions to incentivize single level housing development. Alternatively hillside locations, rather than generally less costly to develop prime agricultural land.

Conceivable Harm: Short term, if not long lasting, environmental damage may occur in hillside development if the site design and mitigation measures do not accomodate existing conditions and provide for a project's reintegration into the original context

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

"Salt is good..."

Causing to Stumble
(Excerpt) "Be salty. 'Salt is good...' I think salt is one of those biblical images that has so many meanings. Salt is a preservative; it maintains life. Salt is the way in which we live our lives with favor and zest. 'Salt is good... .'

So, Jesus... [might say,] be salty... be filled with life, with zest -- preserving life."
Complete audio of this sermon: "Whose Responsibility?" Rev. Rolfe Granath, 9.27.15

Scriptural basis - Mark 9: 38-50
(Excerpt) 50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Complete text that contains this passage: Mark 9: 38-50 

A Humble Spirit
(Excerpt) "Create a pure heart in us, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in us. Our sacrifice is a humble spirit; you will not reject a humble and repentant heart."
A church publication, CPCC, 10.4.15

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sermon on the Mount

"This is the way, walk in it."
If you want to live your life following God's will and walk in the ways of Jesus, read: Sermon on the Mount.
Listen to this sermon: "When We Journey Off the Map, Jesus Leads the Way," David Lange, Youth Pastor, 8.9.15

Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5-7; complete text here: BibleGateway.com

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Salinas, California: "All-America City"


National Civic League:
“…outstanding civic accompolishments.”
(Excerpt) “The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges.”

John Steinbeck: native son
(Excerpt) “[Ironically,] …people in Salinas feel isolated. Steinbeck wrote that the fog turned Salinas into ‘a closed pot’ cut off ‘from the sky and from all the rest of the world,’ a line that still gets quoted by residents even though their city is a California crossroads. It’s right on the 101 [freeway], linking the coast and the agricultural inland, north and south. Even if you’ve never stopped to visit, you’ve almost certainly driven through [Salinas, California]… .”

2010 US Census
It is reported that this small city in Monterey County currently has approximately 155,000 people. From numerous door-to-door interviews and weeks of first-hand observations during the decennial census in the Salinas region and beyond, I have primary source level knowledge that not all of these souls are responsive (at first contact) to voluntarily submitting answers to an officially mailed government questionnaire related to the number of persons residing at a specific premises. Unfortunately for this writing, I am contractually sworn to secrecy regarding specific information obtained as an official US Census Bureau Enumerator. So, tell no tales.

If that were not the case, a screenplay for a movie, “The Enumerator” would probably already be produced in the private sector, with a collaboration of select census enumerators as consultants, and would be available on DVD or streaming online. If the right team was assembled, this action/comedy would write itself. Somebody take notes.

However, it may be legal to mention that my analytical abilities were proven over time and came to be respected by the bureau’s hierarchy. Supervisors frequently would pair me with another veteran enumerator when our other far-ranging team members were deployed to also gather granular census information in sensitive situations — and always one in my pair would be fluent in Spanish. I do not speak Spanish.

My personal opinion: Enumerators are like the small exploring fingertips on a large will-not-be-denied hand that a curious government extends over a geographic area to discover specific information that may be useful to its all-knowing brain.

Specifically Salinas, California
(Excerpt) “Salinas has the advantage of youth—its average age is less than 30…

It’s known as the Salad Bowl of the World, a center for producing healthy foods—leafy greens and berries—at a time when such foods have never been more popular…

‘Rich in Land. Rich in Values. Ripe With Opportunity,’ reads the slogan on a city website… [Indeed,] Salinas might be the richest poor city in California…

Salinas is just eight miles from the Pacific [Ocean]. It might have the best weather in the state. It’s part of the prosperous Monterey Bay region, and close enough to Silicon Valley…

[There is] …an excellent community college and the newest California State University campus a 10-minute drive away…

Jobs in the region’s… agriculture and tourism economies are so plentiful that employers have been complaining of labor shortages…

[Salinas is culturally rich] …Ask its residents where they’re from, and they’ll answer you with the name of their neighborhood—and a colorful description of it.

But ask people in Salinas why the city ranks so miserably low in so many measures—crime, schools, public health—and you’ll likely get puzzled looks.

Why does Salinas add up to so much less than the sum of its parts?
Two of its handicaps are fundamental: it’s a small city and it’s in California. Salinas [current population approx. 155,000] is one of 60 small cities in [California] …between 100,000 and 300,000 people, too many of [those 60 small cities] are dysfunctional…

Salinas-sized cities in California often have similar problems.
Salinas’ municipal sisters include bankrupt Stockton and San Bernardino. The problems for Salinas-sized cities is that many started as smaller towns and grew to where they have all the problems of any urban place, while retaining the weak local governments and public resources of small towns. California’s governing system—which famously limits the power and discretion of local officials—imposes heavy regulations on local communities while giving city governments precious little power to shape their own destinies…

Of course, Salinas has problems that are peculiar to it. While residents like to tout the size and wealth of the city’s agriculture industry, the hard truth is that for most, agriculture is an industry that doesn’t pay all that well, which is why agriculturally-oriented cities are typically poor and too often plantation-like in their social structure…

[Also,] …Salinas’s prosperous surroundings do it no favors. The economic successes of Monterey and the Bay Area [Silicon Valley] can make the climb Salinas faces seem steeper than it really is.

Salinas is an ‘All-America City’ … suitably, it’s a double-edged award. It recognizes all the efforts in Salinas to address community problems — of which there is an all-American abundance.”


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