Vol. 12, No. 24 – Aug 28 – Sept 10, 2019 – Opinion/Editorial

∙Hundreds of people were shocked recently when they went to pick up their mail from their PO Boxes at Coffee Dock & Post in the Harbor only to find it closed and gone. The business closed overnight, with no warning (or access to the boxes). The USPS was cooperative and delivered the mail to Coastal Postal for a few weeks. The mail is being held at the main post office until September 1. Go speak to Bill P. at the counter and he will give you two boxes full of mail to sift through. After September 1, all mail will be returned to the senders.

∙Rather ironic that Steve Bennett, Ventura County Supervisor, is suing the city of Ventura over its refusal to release records related to how the City responded to the fire and water shortage during the Thomas Fire. Steve started out his political career as a Ventura City Council member. He filed the lawsuit as a private citizen.

He is not the only one that has been frustrated with the lack of information released by the City about the fire, especially why water became unavailable. We haven’t had any luck obtaining information as well.

∙ Federal scientists announced that July 2019 was the Earth’s hottest month on record (I know it snowed in places). The global temperature for July was 62.13 degrees, which was 1.71 degrees higher than the average for the 20th century. It beat the previous record warm month, which was July 2016. Records date back to 1880.

July’s heat comes on the heels of what was the hottest June on record. Some might call this global warming, but not me of course.

Scientists are warning that a major heatwave in Greenland could lead to significant melted glacier ice this summer – 440 billion tons, to be exact. Maybe we shouldn’t buy Greenland yet until we see if there is still room to build the Trump Tower Hotel there.

Of course, living in Ventura we know that this is all nonsense. Global warming? Where is it? Marine layers have been blocking our sun. Experts tell us when it is hot inland, we get overcast skies.

The marine layer develops offshore, where low clouds develop when air sinks over the cold ocean water. A contrast in temperature (between hot inland air and cool ocean air tends to draw the marine layer on to land).

∙President Donald Trump has criticized Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying, “It shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Oh great, now I am disloyal and have no knowledge. On top of this, like the Devil, I’m left-handed. Three-strikes and maybe I’m out.

Next, he might send me back to where I came from, Detroit (No, not Israel never been there). The remark led critics to argue the President was dabbling in the anti-Semitic nonsense of “dual loyalty,” which questions the loyalty of American Jewish citizens. Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, called the comments “yet another example of Donald Trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism.”


J Street, a liberal advocacy group focused on a resolution between Israel and the Palestinian territories, said, “It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal.”

∙Less than two weeks before his scheduled trip to Denmark, Trump announced on Twitter that he has postponed his visit to Copenhagen after the Danish Prime Minister disputed his interest in buying Greenland as “absurd.” Former premier Lars Lokke Rasmussen stated, “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.” No joke I’m afraid. I wish that it was.

Obviously, I’m back commenting on Trump. Can’t wait to receive emails from Trump supporters.

∙CVS pharmacy had a special sale – buy a specific brand of 12 rolls of paper towels at a discount. I looked and looked and only found one that was labeled 8=12. I took it to the counter and said, “I only count 8 rolls.” Was told that they were big so equaled 12 rolls. I handed the clerk a $20 bill and told him “This is really $40,” but he wouldn’t accept it.

•A team from New York University Langone School of Medicine may have explained why people who have suffered cardiac arrest and seemed to have crossed over and “come back” to life.

Study author Dr Sam Parnia stated, “They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working and they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them.”

He said these recollections were then verified by medical and nursing staff who reported their patients, who were technically dead, could remember details of what they were saying.

People often claim that this is evidence of an afterlife or the separation of the body and the soul.

But scientists have increasingly attributed these out of body experiences to physiological processes and it is believed they are as a result of unusual brain activity caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. Death of brain cells can take hours even though patients are declared dead.

• The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will now consider public assistance, education, household income and health to determine whether to grant legal citizen status. Using this criterion many, many existing legal citizens would have their citizenships revoked.

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