August 28, 2014

"Americans’ Optimism Is Dying" & Economic Chart proof

Photo courtesy: Liberty Crier

- "Americans’ Optimism Is Dying"
"It is the very essence of the American Dream: an irrepressible confidence that our children will live better than we do.

And now it is gone.

It has been slipping for some time, really, but a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll this month put an exclamation point on Americans’ lost optimism.

When asked if “life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us,” fully 76 percent said they do not have such confidence. Only 21 percent did. That was the worst ever recorded in the poll; in 2001, 49 percent were confident and 43 percent not.

When you look closer, things seem even worse, if that’s possible," quoting Liberty Crier.
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- "Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook"
"The Tough Road Ahead for Wal-Mart"
"The world's largest retail store cut its profit outlook as its customers continue to spend cautiously," by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer.
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Editor's note: Yelm's retail sales, which rely on Wal-Mart, have been flat or eked out negligible gains recently.

- "How Did the Suburbs Become the Zip Code From Hell?"
"For most of the 20th Century, suburbia was the great imaginative engine driving the American Dream. A home in the 'burbs was the place you could sit back in safety and security and watch the great capitalist parade roll by."

"Somehow, while everybody was grilling hotdogs, the demons slipped in. Then they kicked back and made themselves at home."
By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet.
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Editor's note: The leaders here for the last decade-plus have crafted Yelm as a suburb and bedroom community of the Olympia, Tacoma, JBLM Metroplex. This story is so pertinent here.

- "The Scary Economic Trend Making Americans More Job-Insecure Than Ever"
"Under-the-table, off-the-books has become the work for many"
By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet.
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- "Fake Economic Recovery Exposed With One Chart – Mike Maloney"
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August 27, 2014

Oregon denies permit for coal terminal -
"The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed"

"Despite President Obama’s climate policy urging less reliance on coal at home and abroad, the federal government has taken a hands-off approach to proposals to build northwest terminals capable of exporting more than 100 million metric tons of coal annually. It’s been left to the states of Oregon and Washington to determine the future of coal exports for America.

Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber pleaded with the federal government to undertake a broad and comprehensive analysis of exporting coal, including its transportation by rail, pollution of air and water, and the long-term impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.

There’s been nothing but deathly silence from Washington, D.C.

So it was good news last week when the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a vital permit to Ambre Energy, effectively shutting down its application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River. It would have shipped about 9 million tons of coal to Asian markets annually.

The state of Washington should follow suit and reject Ambre’s plans for a larger terminal at Longview, being proposed under the subsidiary Millennium Bulk Terminals," quoting The Olympian.
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Editor's note:
I concur!

- "The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed"
By Claudia Ciobanu and Silvia Giannelli, Inter Press Service.
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Karla's Wild-Shop Saturday - Fermenting Foods

Are you also enjoying the bounty of your garden or the abundance of veggies and fruits at your local Farmer's Market?

That's the reason why I sneaked into my busy schedule another Wild-Shop where you will learn the basics of fermenting food. Fermented foods are not only fun to make and taste delicious, they are also very healthy for you.
We will make Sauerkraut, Salsa, Beet Kvass and much more. It's a fun class with lots of hands-on in the kitchen. Each participant will take home their self-made fermenting creations.

Saturday, August 30th from 3pm to 6pm
$35 plus $3 for material
Click here to enroll.

5 reasons why you should add fermented foods to your daily diet:
-Supports your digestion
-Improves your gut bacteria
-Helps with weight loss
-Helps against chronic diseases
-Improves your immune system

August 26, 2014

Your every move is tracked

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- "Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, And There’s A Website To Prove It"
"Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today, Google is tracking wherever your smartphone goes, and putting a neat red dot on a map to mark the occasion.

You can find that map here. All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt across your screen like chicken pox," by Elizabeth Flux, Junkee.
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- "Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg wants you to pay him to stalk you."
" In a breathtakingly creepy invasion of privacy, Facebook is forcing all smartphone users to install a new messaging app. The Android version of the app -- and to a lesser extent the iPhone version as well -- allows Facebook to access your phone camera and record audio, call and send messages without your permission, identify details about you and all your contacts, and send that info on to third parties," quoting SumOfUs.
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Editor's note:
I got rid of my cellphone in 1999 and have not had an issue without one.

August 25, 2014

Clearwood Communications building vandalized

"Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Saturday morning [Aug. 23] to the Clearwood Community Communications building in the 18900 block of Blue Hills Drive S.E., following a report that the building had been broken into and vandalized.

The reporting party was Fair Point Communications, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release," quoting Rolf Boone in The Olympian.
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Council member McGowan's public farewell tomorrow

Yelm Council member Mike McGowan
Photo Credit: City of Yelm website

- Yelm Council's McGowan resigns - no longer Yelm resident
"Yelm City Council member Mike McGoawn has resigned 8 months into his third term on the Yelm City Council because he is moving outside the city limits. McGowan originally ran for this seat in 2005, was reelected unopposed in 2009 and 2013, beginning his third term just last January."

"...he’ll still be working at Yelm Timberland Library."

"A farewell reception for outgoing Yelm Councilor Mike McGowan will be held 5-6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Yelm Public Safety Building, in the council chambers, 206 McKenzie St. SE.," quoting Steven Wyble in the Nisqually Valley News.
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Editor's note:
The Editorial Board of The Olympian said this October 12, 2005, when McGowan first ran for public office:
"Klein and McGowan best for Yelm"
[This writer was a candidate for Mayor of Yelm at the same time McGowan was a City Council candidate.]

While he we may have disagreed on occasion with my comments before the Yelm City Council, I commend Mr. McGowan for always listening AND for his public service. Mike fulfilled what The Olympian said about him, being THE single Council member that stood up for the public, his constituents, more than any other the last 8 3/4 years, in my view.


"Microsoft aims to be greener and drops ALEC membership"

"The tech giant pulls out of the conservative lobbying group that is known to have pushed legislation to block renewable energy development."

"Microsoft said on Tuesday [Aug. 19] that it will end its involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative advocacy group, reportedly because of the group's lobbying against renewable energy.

CNET reported that Microsoft would cease being a member of ALEC's communications and technology task force.

'In 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council's Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC,' the software company said in a statement, per CNET.

'With this decision, we no longer contribute any dues to ALEC,' it said. 'We are no longer members of ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind.'

Microsoft joins Coca-Cola, General Motors, Bank of America, and Proctor & Gamble as some of the major corporations that have severed their relationship with ALEC, according to CNET. Others -- like Google, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo, and Yelp -- remain involved with the group.

CNET linked Microsoft's decision with ALEC's bid to stop renewable energy projects. As The Guardian reported last year, Microsoft has begun investing in renewable energy, including anannouncement (sic) that it would run one of its data centers entirely with electricity produced by a wind farm in Texas.

ALEC, which has been around since the 1970's, gained renewed national attention after Republicans scored major gains in state governments in 2010 and the group's signature model legislation began appearing in statehouses nationwide. 'This is proof positive of the depth and scope of the corporate reach into our democratic processes,' Bob Edgar, president of the liberal advocacy group Common Cause, said in 2011 of the group's activities," by Dara Kerr.
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August 24, 2014

Noted speaker Michael Tellinger in Yelm

Michael Tellinger has become an international authority on the origins of humankind and the vanished civilizations of southern Africa. Scholars have told us that the first civilization on Earth emerged in a land called Sumer some 6000 years ago. New archaeological and scientific discoveries made by Michael Tellinger, Johan Heine and a team of leading scientists, show that the Sumerians and even the Egyptians inherited all their knowledge from an EARLIER civilization that lived at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago… mining gold.
Come hear the latest from the expert himself!

August 27th @ 7pm: Fireside Chat 2014
Michael Tellinger & Dr. Miceal Ledwith will come together once again!
Good Friends/Great Minds Entangling!!
Please come sit with us as these two dynamic individuals share their knowledge with us! We wish to thank Scott Mowry for bringing these two together!
Advance tickets are available at a discounted price of $30 only at Brown Paper Tickets.
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Tickets $35 at the door

August 28th @ 7pm: It's Time!
Michael Tellinger solo!
Come hear the latest from the expert himself!
Advance tickets will be offered at $30 each only through Brown Paper Tickets.
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August 23, 2014

Open seats in County & now City Council McGowan's

Yelm Council member Mike McGowan
Photo Credit: City of Yelm website

- City of Yelm Council member Mike McGowan resigns -
no longer a city resident

Yelm City Council member Mike McGoawn has resigned 8 months into his third term on the Yelm City Council because he is moving outside the city limits. McGowan originally ran for this seat in 2005, was reelected unopposed in 2009 and 2013, beginning his third term just last January.

Once McGowan became familiar with his position, he championed public issues on a council that otherwise all voted together in "rubber-stamping" city Staff Reports. He was very active with The Thurston County HOME Consortium and an advocate of affordable housing and social services for our area. He will continue as an employee of the Yelm Timberland Regional Library (TRL).

His positions on the following recent issues were of particular note:
- March 22, 2011 - stood-up to Mayor Harding and Mayor Pro-tem Bob Isom, who wanted to curb McGowan's questions on the Medical Marijuana Moratorium. McGowan, while voting FOR the moratorium, expressed his concern prior to the vote and unanimous approval. Now state law, McGowan proven right.
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- June 28, 2011 - only council member voting "no" to name the Yelm bypass 'connector' road “Walmart Boulevard, questioning an appearance of a conflict-of-interest that the city is endorsing a specific business, in this instance, mega-retailer Wal-mart.
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- May 8, 2012 - voted noted on-the-record that while he agreed with a pay-out for the golf course water rights litigation, he was voting "no" and stated, "I think the public should have the opportunity to comment,"
after a closed-to-the-public Executive Session.
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- August 29, 2013 - became the first and only Yelm City Council member to visit the areas' private Phoenix Rising School (PRS).
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And visited the PRS predecessor, the Children's School of Excellence (CSE) in 2007.
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Kudos and thanks got to Council member McGowan for his public service.
Read more from Steven Wyble in the Nisqually Valley News.

- Thurston County Seeks Citizen Volunteers
From Thurston County Press Release:
Thurston County is looking for volunteers to serve on advisory boards, committees, and commissions. These groups meet on a regular basis and make recommendations on important issues to the Board of County Commissioners.

Current vacancies include the following:

Area Agency on Aging
• one Thurston County representative

Agriculture Advisory Committee
• one non-farmer member
• one farmer member

Chambers Basin Ditch District
• one vacancy

Historic Commission
• two alternate members

Hopkins Ditch District
• one vacancy

RSN Mental Health Advisory Board of Thurston/Mason County
• seven members

Storm and Surface Water Advisory Board
• Upper Deschutes Basin representative
• Lower Deschutes Basin representative
• Black River Basin representative
• Budd Inlet Representative

Water Conservancy Board
• one member position
• two alternate positions

Please visit the Thurston County website at to obtain an application or call Danielle Westbrook at (360) 786-5414 for more information.

August 22, 2014

Public Hearing Monday on Catholic Church expansion

A Public Hearing will be conducted Monday at 9am about the proposed expansion of the St. Columban Catholic Church at the Yelm Public Safety Building.
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