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Oct. 22, 2017 Blumbers

Power Abuse

There have been a number of stories about harassment. It is everywhere and is an abuse of power. If you are looking for a job, one interesting test is if you can work remotely. If you work in a office, it means you can work at home. If a boss wants you to be physically present in their office then they may want you physically. Hold them accountable. If necessary, get online everyday to remind them of their actions.

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Oct. 21, 2017 Land Of Chimneys

Driving through Napa and Santa Rosa California I am struck by acres of chimneys stretching to the horizon. They survived the fire, but will still have to be knocked down and rebuilt for the next one. One former resident wonders what is the point of building a house or owning property? Why bother if it is just going to burned in fire, flooded in a hurricane or leveled in an earthquake?  We have to find a better way to house people.

Copyright 2017 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Oct. 19, 2017 California Politics And Harassment

On Oct. 19, 2017 NPR’s Marisa Lago and Scott Shafer reported ” ‘Enough’: California’s Women In Politics Call Out Sexual Harassment.” Lobbyist Samantha Corbin open letter said “Often these men hold our professional fates in their hands. They are bosses, gatekeepers, and contacts. Our relationships with them are crucial to our personal success,” they wrote. “We don’t want to jeopardize our future, make waves, or be labeled ‘crazy,’ ‘troublemaker,’ or ‘asking for it.’ Worse, we’re afraid when we speak up that no one will believe us, or we will be blacklisted.”

Copyright 2017 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Oct. 18, 2017 California Single Payer Bill

On Oct. 18, 2017 KQED’s Pauline Bartolone and Ana B. Ibarra reported on California’s Single Payer Bill. “The ambitious attempt to create one government-administered or “single-payer” health care system in California has been tabled until next year. SB 562 by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) would provide comprehensive health coverage to all Californians, regardless of immigration status. Private insurance companies would be barred from the system, and enrollees would not be charged copayments or premiums. A legislative committee estimated that the program would require $200 billion annually in additional tax revenue. Supporters of universal health care hope to put a measure on the statewide ballot that would make it easier to fund a single-payer system.

Copyright 2017 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Oct. 15, 2017 Blumbers

Living Like A Refugee

At some point you are going to be a refugee. One spark, one raindrop, one sneeze, one bullet and you will be left with the clothes on your back. You will need help. Fortunately America is a place where we are constantly starting over. We keep trying until we succeed. We need to build a society that helps people help others. There a lot of good people out there, be one of them.

Copyright 2017 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Oct. 14, 2017 Evacuating

Authorities began releasing information about those who died in the North Bay fires. Many were disabled and unable to evacuate in time. While the youngest was 57, many were elderly and on a fixed income. We have to find a way to help. If you or someone you know is disabled, is there a plan to get to safety? Is your vehicle small enough to fit through heavy traffic or blocked roads? Does it have enough fuel?

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Oct. 12, 2017 Breath of Fresh Ash

The smell of burning leaves used to be something nice in the autumn air. This week most of Northern California smells like an ashtray. People are wearing bandanas and filter masks to deal with the smoke. When a house burns nowadays, it is burning wood, plastic, metal. If you must enter these areas, mind your mask. Goggles are a good idea too.

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Oct. 11, 2017 Burning Backyard

As I cover this year’s wildfire in California and Oregon, I noticed that homes with backyards facing open space seem to be at a greater risk for fire. Also, wildfires tend move faster uphill. So I guess you should not buy a house on a hill or ridge with the backyard facing a public park. One guy I know is happy he developed an empty lot near the center of town. It is next to a firehouse.

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Oct. 10, 2017 Fire Zone

The Tubbs fire is spreading across the North Bay area from Santa Rosa to Napa Valley. You see a lot unusual behavior. It is probably a good time to remind people about fire or emergency lanes. In California, curbs near fire hydrants are painted red. So are any other areas that fire fighters need to do their job. On Sunday, I saw a black Mercedes SUV parked in the fire lane at a gas station. Four different people walked up to the driver and asked him to move his vehicle. Finally, a fire truck pulled up right behind him and honked. He reluctantly moved to the boos of the crowd as his wife came out with her coffee. The fire truck was refueled and headed back out to the wildfire.

If you are disabled, I understand parking in the designated spaces. If you are a firefighter I understand using the fire lane. If you just want to double park next to the front door, you will have to walk a little bit to get your half caff latte.

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Oct. 8, 2017 Blumbers

The Road From Mandalay

A friend sent a message late Sunday night that there had been a shooting Las Vegas. Their daughter had gone to a concert with a friend and they had not heard from either of them since the shooting. They thought they had done everything for their daughter, nice house, good schools but nothing prepared her for the chaos of the twenty-first century. Dozens were killed and hundreds wounded. The two young women survived with minor injuries and  lost their phones. Her parents are now for gun control. Frankly, they did not care about other people until they became other people.

When going to an event, take precautions. Wear sensible shoes. Know where the exits are. Keep moving away. Agree on a meeting place. Learn basic first aid. Vote for the right people.

Note: Beaverton OR SW Grabhorn and SW Stonecreek Cooper Mountain

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Oct. 7, 2017 Great Grandma

Longevity creates some interesting situations. I was in the checkout lane at a grocery store. A toddler reached into my cart an grabbed an apple. An older woman took the apple from the toddler and gave it back. She apologized and said she was 66 years old and still getting used to taking care of her great granddaughter. Forty eight years ago she gave birth to her daughter. Thirty years ago she became a grandmother and two years ago she became a great grandmother. This woman is also taking care of her 85 year old mother.

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Oct. 5, 2017 Life Expectancy

On Oct. 5, 2017 NPR’s Emily Sohn reported “People Are Living Longer In Places You Wouldn’t Expect” Christopher Murray, of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health talked about the new study. “Since 1970, he says, worldwide life expectancy has increased by 14 years, from 58 to 72. And since 1990, the proportion of children who die before their fifth birthday has dropped from nine percent to four percent.”

Murray said in the country of Niger “To keep its little kids alive, the government has set ambitious goals, including a policy instituted in 2006 that offers free health care to women and children. There’s also a national program to train more community health workers. As a result, more children are vaccinated for diseases and treated for major childhood killers like diarrhea.” So if you have free health care, you live longer?

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Oct. 4, 2017 Impressed

It is great when you see someone you knew in school doing something wonderful for other people. This is the kind of person people not only name streets and buildings after, but people name their children after. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

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Oct. 1, 2017 Blumbers

Unknown Phone

I was shoveling through a box of phones and one of them had a call from Unknown. Friends identify themselves, so I tossed it back in the box. Same thing any with any other communication. I don’t read comments from people I do not know. There is barely time from people I do know. There are a lot of unhappy people online, let them create their own site. If you have something to say to me, identify yourself.

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Sep. 30, 2017 Day Of Atonement

This is a day to atone for your sins. Ideally, this should be everyday. You ever do something wrong? Cause someone to be seriously injured? Put somebody in the hospital? Cemetery? How about put somebody out of job? Force them from their homes? Did you profit from it? Did you brag about it? Did you convince yourself and others that it was okay? How do you atone? Admit it. No convoluted excuses. Own it. Be known for what you did. Fix it. Otherwise it will go on for for more than just one day.

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Sep. 29, 2017 Puerto Rico The Climate Change State

Puerto Rico is recovering from several hurricanes. They need everything we can give them. It is time to discuss statehood. I know there are people who give very persuasive arguments for independence, but there is an advantage to belonging to a larger union in face of larger problems. If Puerto Rico was a state, it would have two senators and a several congressional representatives working with their colleagues to get help for their constituents. Puerto Rico has given us much, it is time to give back.

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Sep. 28, 2017 Jet Pack Contest

On Sep. 28, 2017 NPR’s Glenn McDonald reported “Wish You Could Soar? A $2 Million Contest Aims For Personal Flying Device”. There is a contest for creating a jetpack.. “According to the GoFly Prize competition rules, the flying device just needs to be safe, compact, relatively quiet, and able to provide vertical (or “near vertical”) takeoff and landing capability in urban environments.” Great. Now we will have distracted people flying around while on their phones.

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Sep. 24, 2017 Blumbers

Reaching Majority

Soon anyone born at the turn of century will be turning eighteen over the next year. Before the Industrial Revolution, the average lifespan was about 35 years. You turned eighteen and reached your majority. Essentially you graduated from high school and had to schedule a mid-life crisis. If your grandparents or parents lived to 65, it was a miracle.

How long an eighteen year old will live depends on their actions today. Things will get steadily worse. Learn from your parents. Avoid big cars, big houses, big debts.  You can work for a better world where people help each other. You can vote. You can be elected. You can survive.

May the majority of your years be ahead of you, in spite of your idiotic parents.

Copyright 2017 Dj Cline All right reserved.

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Sep. 23, 2017 Nuclear Anniversary

On Sep. 23, 1983 the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces’ lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov was working the nightshift monitoring computers, looking for any hostile military activity from the United States. Suddenly an alarm indicated that there were five nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles headed toward the USSR. It seemed too small for an all out attack. He thought it was an error and chose not to attack. He was reprimanded for making mistakes in his logbook and eventually lost his job, but billions of people are alive today because of him. Petrov lived simply and died May 19, 2017 at the age of 77. What if you saved the world and nobody knew?

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Sep. 20, 2017 GOP Fails Jimmy Kimmel Test

On Sep. 20, 2017 NPR’s Domenico Montanaro reported “Jimmy Kimmel Blasts GOP Health Bill, Says It Fails The ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’.””Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., touted Tuesday on Capitol Hill that his plan passes the “Jimmy Kimmel test.””But Kimmel said the latest bill doesn’t pass the test. He used his late night platform to knock down Cassidy’s health care plan, which the GOP is trying to pass by the end of the month, point by point. He said Cassidy, whom Kimmel quizzed on his show before the plan came out, “lied right to my face.” Contact your senators and Congressional representatives and ask them to support Medicare for all at 202-224-3121.

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Sep. 19, 2017 Plastic Seafood

On Sep. 19, 2017 NPR’s Ken Christensen reported “Guess What’s Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics.” Vancouver Island University’s Sarah Dudas talked about the increasing amount of plastics in shellfish. She said “”So when you eat clams and oysters, you’re eating plastics as well,”

Peter Ross of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Pollution Research Program said “We’ve long known that plastic and debris can be a problem for ocean life,” “The research is adding to the evidence of a problem that touches every corner of the planet: from the depths of the ocean abyss to the surface waters of the Arctic to an area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean now known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Scientists think plastic pollution in the ocean could outweigh the fish there by 2050.”

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