Hello, A fire at City Hall this morning destroyed the roof and although at this point the actual extent of damage is unknown, it looked like smoke and water heavily damaged the second and first floors. The building was unoccupied when the fire began sometime around midnight. The computer servers with whatever digital information was on them were saved. But given that water was poured on the building for six hours, much historical paper will be lost. Fortunately there was no damage to the surrounding houses and buildings. Where, when, and how temporary city offices will be set up will be determined in the coming days. (If interested, I posted several photos of the fire on the facebook page, bisbee community https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459070177702318/ Get the slingshots ready, Bisbee may be taking on the State. The council voted (5-1 w/Cline voting against) to contest the AG if he finds that Bisbee is violating a state law forbidding banning of plastic bag. The huge issue here is State vs. local control. Can the State usurp the legal right of a Charter city to deal with matters of purely local control. City attorney Britt Hansen has filed an 8-page response to the complaint with the AG's office. I couldn't find the actual letter but here is a AZ Star article: http://tucson.com/news/local/stay-out-of-plastic-bag-law-bisbee-tells-state-attorney/article_fd587b9a-54d8-55d1-9e9e-553dcce8eea2.html 2 GIVEAWAYS I'm renewing a few of my subs and with it I can get freebies. If you are interested ya gotta send me your mailing address... I've got one free subscription to Fast Company, a business magazine, to give away to the first person that sends me their name and mailing address. The monthly magazine focuses on new innovations in business, upcoming innovative capitalists, future of business, with some cultural stuff thrown and some snazzy graphics. See a sample here: https://www.fastcompany.com/ For hard core politicos only please don't send me if you are only come si, come sa, interested ....one free subscription to the Nation to the first person that sends me their name and mailing address.The weekly magazine features some of the best reporting and articles from a left/social democratic perspective and often some sound guidance for grappling with the rapidly changing political environment. See a sample here: www.thenation.com fred ...................................... CALL TO ACTION....CHAIR AUCTION LOOKING FOR PRETTY SEATS FOR BUTZ. Only six weeks to go if you are planning to paint a chair, side table, bench, any small pieces of furniture for the Art Chair Auction to be held on Friday and Saturday, November 24 & 25. This year the Bisbee Home Tour will be in the San Jose and Naco areas of Bisbee and the chairs will be displayed at the Turquoise Valley Golf Club, 1794 W. Newell St., Naco, AZ. Get your entry forms from www.hometour.com The proceeds from the auction support the BWC Scholarship program. Artists split the sale price 50/50 with BWC or may choose to donate the full amount. There is a $100 award for the Best of Show which is decided by a vote of those viewing the chairs. If you have any questions or you cannot afford to buy a chair, please contact Judy Perry at (520)432-1261. If you have chairs you would like to donate for our artists, please let them know.
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YAHOO...3 BILLION ACCOUNTS HACKED If you have a yahoo account, mail or otherwise, it would be prudent to immediately change your password and security questions. It would be wise to change to another mail service. Verizon, who recently bought Yahoo, said that all accounts at Yahoo were breached, 3,000,000,000. Whatever info was in your account was stolen. If you use a Yahoo email account for other accounts, change it immediately. Here's how to move your yahoo email to gmail and delete your yahoo account if you so choose. Be careful though to not lose important info/emails in your yahoo account, not everything can be transferred. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-delete-your-yahoo-account/?ftag=CAD3c77551&bhid=24867379272108267615610596432948 <><><><><><><><><><><>< HIJACKING THE MIND: HOW IT IS BUILT INTO TECHNOLOGY This long article talks about how some of the inventors of the most habit forming tech motions in software applications (like buttons, red colored icons, push notifications, etc.) have concluded that human minds are not only being hijacked but neuro-networks reformed by tech companies. “The technologies we use have turned into compulsions, if not full-fledged addictions,” Eyal writes. “It’s the impulse to check a message notification. It’s the pull to visit YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter for just a few minutes, only to find yourself still tapping and scrolling an hour later.” None of this is an accident, he writes. It is all “just as their designers intended”. The same forces that led tech firms to hook users with design tricks, Williams says, also encourage those companies to depict the world in a way that makes for compulsive, irresistible viewing. “The attention economy incentivizes the design of technologies that grab our attention,” he says. “In so doing, it privileges our impulses over our intentions.” https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=247032&subid=20881720&CMP=GT_US_collection
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REAL TAX REFORM, NOT TAX CUTS http://prospect.org/article/real-tax-reform-what-it-and-what-it-isn%E2%80%99t WILL OUR HEADS GET WET FROM TRICKLE DOWN TRUMP? This is a succinct discussion of why tax cuts do not boost the economy. an historical analysis of one of the people who designed Reagan's tax cut. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/28/i-helped-create-the-gop-tax-myth-trump-is-wrong-tax-cuts-dont-equal-growth/?utm_term=.0bbce1dfa74a
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NAOMI KLEIN ON ANTIDOTES TO THE ELITE "...the Shock Doctrine: the exploitation of wrenching crises to smuggle through policies that devour the public sphere and further enrich a small elite." https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/28/labour-shock-doctrine-moral-strategy-naomi-klein?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=245819&subid=20881720&CMP=GT_US_collection <><><<><><><><><><>< 33,000 GUN DEATHS: A COMPLETE ANALYSIS Several articles below for an overall perspective
https://fivethirtyeight.com/tag/gun-deaths/ The interactive graphic breaks it down about 2/3rds are suicide 22,000...85% male and 1/2 of those 45 and older about 1/3rd are homicides-12,000. Half are young men and 2/3rds of are black young men 1700 death are women, many from domestic violence Remainder of deaths are accidents Go to the menu on the left top of the page and read about: suicides; homicides; accidents https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/gun-deaths/?ex_cid=SigDig "If we focus on mass shootings as a means of understanding how to reduce the number of people killed by guns in this country, we’re likely to implement laws that don’t do what we want them to do — and miss opportunities to make changes that really work. Gun violence isn’t one problem, it’s many. And it probably won’t have a single solution, either." <><><><><><><><><><><><><>< THE ORIGINS OF WHITE SUPREMACY Ta-Nehisi Coates in this excerpt from a coming book, examines the underpinnings of democracy, the root cause of the civil war, and why Obama led to complacency and a misreading of the phenomena of Trump. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/sep/29/we-should-have-seen-trump-coming?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=245819&subid=20881720&CMP=GT_US_collection
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BEST PRODUCT REVIEWS I've mentioned Wirecutter before, but its worth checking out before you buy anything. The reviews are extensive and really do separate the good stuff from enormous amount of crappy, poorly designed products. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/insider/how-the-wirecutter-obsesses-over-products-so-you-dont-have-to.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ti_20171006&nl=times-insider&nl_art=3&nlid=55736694&ref=headline&te=1 ********************** 43 QUARTS OF POPCORN PER YEAR... DID YOU DO YOUR PART? https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/29/popcorn-boom-americas-favorite-snack?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=245819&subid=20881720&CMP=GT_US_collection
********************** NESTLE TURNS WATER INTO MONEY IN MICHIGAN (and soon in Phoenix) In the category of 'ain't capitalism something' category...Nestle pays $200 a year to process water next door to Flint Michigan. They will open a plant in Phoenix in 2018 that will process 35 million gallons of city water. And Niagrara is opening a plant in Mesa to process 40 million gallons of city water. Trickle down is going to become a reality. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/29/nestle-pays-200-a-year-to-bottle-water-near-flint-where-water-is-undrinkable?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=245819&subid=20881720&CMP=GT_US_collection
**************************** A GOOD NEWSLETTER FOR SPORTS JUNKIES Besides the Points...Good writing, lots of stats and percentages, lines and predictions. From the fivethirtyeight people. "There are five teams in the NFL who — based on FiveThirtyEight’s projections — currently have less than a five percent chance of making the playoffs. Those teams are Cleveland (0-4) and San Francisco (0-4), each with less than 1 percent chance of making the postseason; the L.A. Chargers (0-4), with a 1 percent chance; Chicago (1-3) with a 3 percent chance, and the New York Giants (0-4) with a 4 percent chance" https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/beside-the-points-for-monday-oct-2-2017/?ex_cid=SigDig **********************
LITEFEET IS DIFFERENT THAN BREAK DANCING The streets are alive with sound of....shooz. I couldn't do these moves even in my prime...Here's a primer of the moves. Whereas break-dancing is about getting down on the floor, litefeet is all jumps and fast floaty footwork performed to dance music and chants. (See the basics below.) http://www.vulture.com/2015/09/how-litefeet-moved-from-subway-to-mainstream.html