editor: fred miller February 21, 2022 Wire #24/February 22
Don't ya kinda wish that instead of a holiday for dead prezs we could have a holiday for voting instead?
The diddling continues in Phoenix. The House finally voted 45-14 to suspend the spending cap for schools, but the whoopee cushion repugnican senate can't muster the votes...yet. Instead of a critical issue they see an opportunity to try and salvage tax breaks for the rich. Of course LD 14 senator david gowan has said he will vote no. Gowan is one of many politicians that rarely votes for something without trying to get something out of it; personal aggrandizement or a favor down the line. And also par for the course, LD 14 house reps Griffin and Diaz were 2 of the 14 who voted against lifting the waiver. Griffin reps corporate water interests as well as wanting to do free land owners to no limits about what they can do on their land. Diaz, the recently named pastor, reps who? god maybe.
Unfortunately we will be stuck with them through this session. However because of redistricting, Bisbee will be in Legislative District LD 21 a heavily democratic district, in the primary and general this year. If GG&D choose to run again they will be in LD 19. Good riddance.
Read on for some of the outrageous anti-citizen legislation being proposed. The repugnicans are so afraid of voters that they introduced some 80+ bills to restrict voters, add crappy changes to vote tabulating, and screw with the process....In addition to banning critical race theory as a constitutional amendment. White repugnicans are running very scared these days. Dangerous sure, but ya think it could be the last hurrah? Death rattles? They be circling the drain?
Lotsa random info here, I emptied the Wire stash of things I should publish.
WARD 3 NEEDS A REP Anna Cline is lonesome cause one of the Ward 3 council seat remains unfilled. The first-ever situation has resulted in the council extending the application date till March 10. Apparently the mayor will appoint someone if nobody applies. (Fred's alternative is to give them a half vote!) The term is only 9 months and has few requirements; be a registered voter and reside in the ward for one year. If you know of someone who might be a good rep, ask them to apply. .............. WARREN ZOOM A zoom meeting of the Warren Historic group will be Tuesday Feb 22 @ 6:00. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucOmorj8iEt2gp2mlN1O1CvMF6EWVksWS. Discussion of survey results and perhaps a way forward. .............. BISBEE MENTIONS https://www.worldatlas.com/cities/charming-american-towns-you-haven-t-heard-of-but-should-visit.html?fbclid=IwAR1OdAAuKkFcBzr4B_cb_X7jOC0sKIEttwPZrrJk9rzdVZIkMhMlvqW6rZs ................ FLASH MOB! The energetic and creative Rita Verri has a fun event cooked up and you can join her for an intro and rehearsal for a surprise appearance of a mob somewhere in Bisbee. Go here: https://www.postermywall.com/index.php/posterbuilder/view/a91f0e2893467f1772e9a493df10e880/0
DUPED SUPES Crosby and Judd Refuse $1.9 mil Grant; DEMO TUESDAY! Demo at the supes office on Melody Lane on Tuesday 9:30. May be antimaskers there in addition to peeps advocating for accepting the grant. The focus In case you missed it...Spouting nonsense and discredited science, Supe Judd drank oj with horse wormer after getting the trump virus and Supe Crosby compared vaccines to agent Orange. The deluded supes turned down an almost $2 mil grant the county had applied for. It pissed people off. You may register for call to the public (before 5 pm Monday) here: https://www.cochise.az.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2252/Board-of-Supervisors-Speaker-Request-Form-PDF (Also on the agenda is a proposal to add Randy Miller of hands for Health and Healing to work sessions. This group is a distributor of misinformation, with no medical background. Supe Cosby is trying to get this person at work sessions which are traditionally used for staff informing supes of issues. The grant refusal made the NYTimes. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/11/us/covid-relief-funds.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20220212&instance_id=52992&nl=the-morning®i_id=61005435&segment_id=82522&te=1&user_id=a6554dadaad9c455c1d11820a9266cd5 ................
In case you didn't know... The library has a streaming movie service, Kanopy, that you can access by signing up with your library card. One of my fave movies just became available Get Shorty. Go here for info: https://bisbeeaz.kanopy.com/?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=watch_this_weekend ................ VULTURES RETURN!We will be having the celebration in Vista Park as part of the Bisbee Saturday Market on Saturday, March 12. Live vultures from Liberty Wildlife from 10am-12pm. Wear a costume! Be in the Park Parade! Vultures will also be at the Library Annex in San Jose from 1-2pm. This celebration, largely due to Cado Daly's initiation, is to celebrate the vultures which come back to Bisbee every year. Valuable scavengers that clean up dead stuff. You can see some past festivities here. https://www.facebook.com/BisbeeVultures/ Fun facts: Vultures urinate straight down their legs; the uric acid kills bacteria accumulated from walking through carcasses, and also acts as evaporative cooling. and...A group of vultures in flight is called a 'kettle', while the term 'committee' refers to a group of vultures resting on the ground or in trees. A group of vultures that are feeding is termed 'wake'. ................ A reader noted how to characterize people of Bisbee: people who live in Warren are Rabbits, people who live in Old Bisbee are Old Souls (or maybe Old Soles is more apt), and people who live in San Jose are Still Looking for the Way. Get it? (like do you know the way to San Jose?) hee, hee.
The lege is on edge Only Appropriations and Rules Committees will meet this week. Bills that have passed their committees in each chamber still need to pass the full Senate and House before crossing to the other chamber, and there will be lots and lots of floor debate. A staggering number of bills are crammed into the Rules Committee agendas, and it's likely that a fire hose of bills will be brought to the floors of both the House and Senate for final debate. It also means that the dreaded strikers will be used. What's a striker? Also called a "strike-everything amendment," it replaces all existing text from a bill that has already gotten partway through the legislative process. The new text doesn't even have to be related! Strikers can revive dead bills, skip over parts of the public hearing process, make an end run around difficult lawmakers, advance unpopular ideas, or all of the above. Isn't that convenient. Some of the worst legislation content will be proposed using a benign title. Ya gotta hand it to the bandits. Go here for a roundup of the mostly odious bills emanating from the corridors of power: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bF0g2tU3xJhX04U9gK6AEZcK4FwLZLMfwP6E7Yu96VM/edit?emci=c929f34a-0a92-ec11-a507-281878b83d8a&emdi=4af1ed77-5e92-ec11-a507-281878b83d8a&ceid=2157530 And this update from the League of Arizona Cities and Towns newsletter indicating some movement on the air b&b city restrictions imposed by the lege a few years ago.
Short-Term Rentals Two League resolutions related to short-term rental related measures passed out of House committees this week. No date of when they will be heard:
HB 2625 vacation rentals; short-term rentals; regulations (Biasiucci) was heard in the House Appropriations committee, the measure passed 10-3 with bipartisan support. The measure is an important effort that would allow cities and towns to require a local license or permit for short term rental operators and allow the municipality to require a valid TPT license number from operators.
HB 2663 short-term rentals; vacation rentals; licensing (Kavanagh) passed out of the House Government & Elections committee 7-4, with two members voting present. HB 2663 would allow communities to limit the number of short-term rentals within their jurisdiction based the total housing stock available. The measure also includes a local license or permitting option and specifically distinguishes short-term rentals from long-term residential rentals. The committee expressed concerns over a 2-night minimum included in the measure. There were additional concerns expressed about how the measure would impact small operators looking to make additional income.
The House Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee also passed HB 2711 vacation rentals; short-term rentals; restrictions (Barton) with a 10-1 bipartisan vote. The measure allows communities under 17,000 in population to limit short-term rentals and institute a local license or permit requirement for short-term rental owners. The League is supportive of the measure. &&&&&&&&&&& HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW This informative lil pamphlet is yours for free. Read the history and then go here to download; https://arizonaagenda.substack.com/p/how-an-arizona-bill-becomesa-law?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjo1NzkwMjM3NiwiXyI6ImNMaklCIiwiaWF0IjoxNjQ0NTQ1ODI3LCJleHAiOjE2NDQ1NDk0MjcsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0zNzM1MjEiLCJzdWIiOiJwb3N0LXJlYWN0aW9uIn0.X7JTnA73FsMt6uRPEA1tzXsUEytpMCXuL9ljFoaD-sw
Candidate Haul Examined Candidates for statewide office gave the public the first glimpse into their 2021 fundraising. Jan. 15 candidates filed reports with the Secretary of State disclosing donors for all of 2021.
These three indexes produced by The Future of Media Project at Harvard University gives a fair idea of who owns what and how much stake they have. The nonprofit digital publications are not very complete and seem to exclude much of the conservative and far right newsletters. These lists were published in May of 2021.
AN INDEX OF LARGEST MAINSTREAM MEDIA OWNERS
This index lists ownership of 176 of the largest media companies, size of audience, and investors
POLITICAL DONATIONS OF MEDIA OUTLETS, OWNERS, EXECUTIVES Who supports who? Read it here: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/futureofmedia/donation-index-media-company AN INDEX OF NONPROFIT DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/futureofmedia/donation-index-media-company
BASIC GMAIL HOW TO GUIDE
If you are having probs with gmail; understanding, getting used to, new to, wanna know more, this basic primer for gmail will help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D7H4p_luvs &&&&&&&&& APPLE USERS/PERSONAL SAFETY USER GUIDE This is available below from Apple and is an excellent guide to keeping data and yourself safe. A quick looksee is useful for how to stop stalkers, spam, etc. It provides detailed recommendations and advice for Apple users that span numerous Apple services, apps, hardware, and websites. https://help.apple.com/pdf/personal-safety/en_US/personal-safety-user-guide.pdf &&&&&&&&&APPLE PROBLEM SOLVING This is a free resource for apple users. I've used Tidbit Talks for year for troubule shooting. They put out an enewsletter that is often over my head, but sometimes useful. https://talk.tidbits.com/c/tidbits-talk/6 &&&&&&&&&CONVERTING FARENHEIT TO CELSIUS subtract 30 and then divide by 2 if it is 100 degrees F, it is 35 celsius converse add 30 and divide by 2 to go from farenheit to celsius &&&&&&&&&ALL ABOUT THE EMOJI Who knew? Likely the definitive site for all things emoji including the new ones introduced. https://blog.emojipedia.org/first-look-new-emojis-in-ios-15-4/ &&&&&&&&& DONATE WHEN YOU BUY Amazon will donate to a charity of your choice when you shop their site using smile.amazon. Just the login is different, everything else is the same. It's easy and a good way to at least get them to fork over a bit of their profit. activating smile: https://smile.amazon.com/b?node=15576745011&ref=smi_em_l2_sml_disb_active_eng_mkt
TREES AND THE WOOD-WIDE WEB An interview with a seminal researcher that discovered the connection between trees. I was a tree planter in the 70 and 80's, in a 300 person worker's cooperative, The Hoedads were based in Eugene Oregon. (another story another time) We bid mostly on forest service and bureau of land management contracts to plant trees after they had been clear cut or ahem 'harvested'. At that time clear cutting was the prevalent, most efficient method of delivering lumber to a build-everything nation and world. We were a very small part of trying to heal the wounds of the earth after clear cutting. We clambered over tree stumps, stumbled through 10 feet high thorn patches, in hot/cold/wet/dry weather. We trod on and around fire blackened ground, in drainages, on very steep slopes, and flat ground; all the while planting trees in highly regulated grids that were predetermined by the Forest Service. During that time on the slopes among the debris left by logging, many of us had intuition, and visions, but mostly, felt experience, that trees were much more connected in a 'network' than current forestry practices realized. We didn't have the science to support us then. This researcher did the difficult stuff of putting it together. https://emergencemagazine.org/interview/finding-the-mother-tree/?fbclid=IwAR3SjEO-5aRyeoFJbGCGtCSRU_qTrkhqt4COirF7qdqQIx_TPGSWgosvag4 .................. Speaking of Worker Coopshttps://reasonstobecheerful.world/co-op-businesses-worker-power-pandemic/ &&&&&&&&&& SW DROUGHT WORST IN 1200 YEARS "Tree rings are a year-by-year measure of growth — wider in wet years, thinner in dry ones...last summer was the second driest in the last 300 years, with only 2002, in the early years of the current drought, being drier." https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/14/climate/western-drought-megadrought.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20220215&instance_id=53220&nl=the-morning®i_id=61005435&segment_id=82772&te=1&user_id=a6554dadaad9c455c1d11820a9266cd5 &&&&&&&&&& THE BASICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE This instructive article sums up the basic scientific evidence for climate change. https://www.nytimes.com/article/climate-change-global-warming-faq.html?action=click &&&&&&&&&& Polly want a pint. In Australia, the mango harvest is coming to an end. That’s bad news for parrots in the country’s western region, who are feasting on fallen fruit—and as a result, getting absolutely wasted. That’s because mangoes rotting under the sun are undergoing a natural fermentation process, which converts sugar into ethanol, explains Vice. The birds who then consume the alcoholic fruit, in turn, become intoxicated, which can lead to lethargy, malnutrition, or even death. In some instances, one veterinarian said, the sickened birds may fly while drunk, leading them to collide into doors and windows. (The Counter)
Being tethered to the house for a couple of years has changed our viewing habits. We ditched cable some years ago (yes we got a zillion channels, but there was still NOTHING TO WATCH!) So we have subscribed to several streaming services to be able to pick and choose the content we might like.
The pandemic has changed how cultural content is delivered. It is no accident that Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube TV, Apple-the biggies, are now creating content when just a few years ago they were just delivering content.
(A digression....The scary part of all this viewing, when combined with our internet use and phone use, gives these and other corporations critical personal information about us-where we go, what we eat, where we sleep, what we watch, when we watch it, how we watch it; in short how we go about our lives. That info is then used to deliver personalized ads, modify our behavior, feed disinformation/misinformation/information, while picking our pockets. It is a tradeoff we, as viewers, are relatively powerless to prevent. Unless there is concerted effort to effect change and limit personal info reaping.)
Although there was some dogs that we gave about 20 minutes of our lives too, there has been some quality stuff. So thought I would share much of what we have watched. In a previous Wire I posted all the Scandinavian series we thoughy were good also.
This list is mostly from the past two years and does not include some of the older and best content still available; The Wire, Sopranos, Tombstone, etc. And it is in no particular order of better/best/newer.
If you have a fave we have missed, please send it on case, you know we have some idle viewing moments.
The Righteous Gemstones
Mare of Easttown
Somebody Somewhere (iffy but grew on us)
The Flight Attendant
CB Strike series
(based on the excellent Strike books written pseudonymously by J. K. Rawlings)
Big Little Lies
I know this much is true
Plot Against America
Six Feet Under
Nightmare Alley (HBO)
The Tender Bar (Amazon)
Being the Ricardos (Amazon)
The Electric Life of Louis Wain (Amazon)
Uncle Frank (Amazon)
Knives Out (Amazon)
Troop Zero (Amazon)
Trial of the Chicago Seven (netflix)
Postcard Killings (Hulu)
AMAZON PRIME Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
(based on Steig Larson books girl with dragon Tattoo, etc)
Line of Duty (original one)
Call My Agent
How to get away with Murder
Who Killed Sara
Behind Her Eyes
Better Call Saul
The Queens Gamit
Top of the Lake
Line of Duty
Nine Perfect Strangers
This Way Up
The Morning Show
GOOD NEWS ARTICLES https://medium.com/future-crunch/99-goodnews-2021-2492e4fcacfb Sure, Take It Out on Workers...“There’s a lack of outlets for people’s anger,” Ms. Swift said. “That waiter, that flight attendant — they become a stand-in for everything coming between what we experience and what we think we are entitled to.” https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/01/business/customer-service-pandemic-rage.html
&&&&&&&&&&&& VINTAGE CLOTHES CRISIS IN NEW YORK https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/nyregion/the-gilded-age-costumes-helen-uffner.html?campaign_id=20&emc=edit_wg_20220121&instance_id=50994&nl=watching®i_id=55736694&segment_id=80433&te=1&user_id=7cc6a6c69f2273ee4973e26b946baac2 &&&&&&&&&&& MEXICAN FOODA Nevada court will have to decide on the precise nature of Mexican food, as a Las Vegas shopping center landlord is suing a fast-casual Mexican food chain called Cafe Rio, which contends that neighboring restaurant Chop Shop violates a provision in its lease that no other restaurant in a shopping center can make over 10 percent of its sales from Tex-Mex or Mexican food. In 2020, Cafe Rio invoked a lease provision that cut its rent in half for up to a year, arguing that the salad joint was making over a tenth of its business from items like the Viva Mexico Chop Salas, or the Santa Fe chop, or the Chopurrito. At issue for the court will be whether using Mexican ingredients like jalapeños or tortillas makes a dish Mexican food, even if they contain non-Mexican ingredients like cheddar cheese. Chop Shop even claims that burrito bowls are not Mexican food, arguing that they were invented in Colorado by Chipotle within the past 15 years. Alicia A. Caldwell, The Wall Street Journal
THE ICE (CREAM) MAN GOETH A short vid of an ice cream vendor funeral procession. https://twitter.com/LouisaD__/status/1471779181667225603?s=20 &&&&&&&&&&&& JOBS OPEN The Counter has an opening for audience editor, remote, full time. Appply by 1/17/22. Go here for details: https://thecounter.org/jobs-audience-editor/
What To Say To Someone Who Has Fallen For A Conspiracy Theory
“So, do we want to honor your father’s do-not-resuscitate order or not?”
“Well, I...I guess I can’t prove definitively that we landed on the moon, no, but...I mean, surely...”
“That’s not what I read on Facebook.”
“I’m going to lecture the fuck out of you.”
“Of course, that’s just what they want you to think.”
“I get it. Lots of people are stupid.”
This was sent to me as an annual competition held by the 'New York Times' but I couldn't find the source. Still word fun.
I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I'd swear I've never met herbivore.
I know a guy who's addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
A will is a dead giveaway.
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.
A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.
He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd dye.
Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.
I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
When chemists die, they barium.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end