Wednesday, August 23, 2017

All the People Who Filed Financial Disclosure Forms in Miami Dade County. By Geniusofdespair

There are 45 pages of people. Maybe you would like to check on someone. Form 1 is useless.

2016 net worth of County Commission Chair Esteban Bovo $447,760
His Business is ELB Business and Community Consulting. He claimed $75,000 in 2016 from that. He has $333,275.19 in liabilities.

2016 Net Worth of County Commissioner Joe Martinez is $309,095. He figures his house is worth $469,420 and he has two mortgages totaling $368,000. His income is $75,000 from Centurion Security Group.

Need to get Form 6 Financial Disclosures for others? Here is the link.

Tomas Regalado's form is with the Miami Dade County Commissioner of Ethics because he only had to do form 1. I can't find them on line.

Form 6 is much more interesting. Here is Mayor Gimenez's Form 6 (his quarter of a million income -- from us).

Misinforming the Majority: A Deliberate Strategy of Right-Wing Libertarians ... by gimleteye

The spectacle of an unhinged president is dominating the news, while the Mueller investigation of TrumpRussia moves along. The inescapable conclusion: an unfit, unstable and egocentric shut-in is at the helm of the White House. Today Phoenix. Tomorrow, God knows where.

The majority of Americans -- and even an increasing number of Republicans in Congress -- believe the president is hopelessly lost in matters of governance. Trump is defaulting at every occasion to the spectacle of professional wrestling in lieu of cogent, rational leadership. Invent villains (ie. Fake News). Attack mercilessly. Strike pose. Change pose.

Only Trump's hardcore supporters -- a small minority swayed by Alt-R and conservative radio and TV bloviators -- trust him. The circle is not widening. It is shrinking.

The Trump presidency is a tragedy on face value, but it is deep within the purpose of dark money Republican channels -- pie-in-the-sky libertarian aspirations for governance masking self-enrichment -- where a catastrophe is unfolding.

There are ways to correct course, but judging from what is happening on the political ground today; not so long as Republicans dominate legislatures, Congress, and executive branches of government -- holding the key to judicial appointments where the platitudes are set in stone for distant, future generations of Americans to disentangle if at all.

This is the deadly serious problem at the heart of American democracy. Federal government and authority is falling to pieces. Yet Trump is a side-show to the dismantling operation waged by billionaires. Read the analysis, below:

Read TruthOut:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Most Important Race in Miami-Dade: And only 2 Candidates Showed up at the League of Women Voters Event. By Geniusofdespair

 As a member of the League of Women Voters, I went to a meeting (great food to be had) and was able to see 2 candidates for US Congress Kristen Gonzalez and JJ Rodriguez (Jose Javier Rodriguez is too cumbersome) speak. I didn't really listen to them but they were the ONLY 2 CANDIDATES that showed up for U.S. Congressional District 27.

State Senator JJ Gonzalez with School Board Chairman Lawrence Feldman
Commissioner Kristen Gonzalez with School Board Chair Lawrence Feldman
Ileana Ros Lehtinen has decided not to run after decades in the US House and that seat is very important to Miami Dade County and the COUNTRY. There is a chance a Democrat can capture US Congressional District 27.

Democrat Kristen Gonzalez, she is a Commissioner in Miami Beach. State Senator JJ Rodriguez, a Dem, is also running for District 27.

State Rep David Richardson is running as well. I have never seen the man: EVER. Jose Javier Rodriguez has been present at the Science March and other important events I have been to in Miami.  That gives him a plus plus for me. He is out there meeting the people.

I heard that  County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro is running for the Pubs. Ouch. He is horrible!!! He is a charter member of Eye on Miami's unreformable majority.

I looked at these numbers for Richardson (JJ Rodriguez was not on the list for the State Senate):

The 10 House Democrats most likely to cross party lines, based on an analysis by The News Service of Florida. They are ranked by the percentages of votes they cast with the Democratic caucus on divided issues where the party largely hung together:

Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation --- 71.1 percent (no surprise, she is a DINO)
Rep. Roy Hardemon, D-Miami --- 74.1 percent
Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami --- 78.4 percent
Rep. Matt Willhite, D-Wellington --- 79.7 percent
Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs --- 80.0 percent
Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach --- 84.0 percent
Rep. Robert Asencio, D-Miami --- 86.4

Here is a map, are you in the District? You must vote in 2018 if you are. I am in it.

All the candidates according to Ballotpedia:
They say that the district is 72.7% Hispanic.  I wish one of these candidates would register for the State Senate seat that JJ has to give up to run. That seat is very vital to our State and so far only Manny Diaz Jr. is running.

Please do your homework in this race.

Meanwhile in the most vulnerable Republican seat in the Country, there are 3 relative unknown Dems running in Florida 26th Congressional District:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Receding Glaciers Equals Receding Drinking Water. By Geniusofdespair

Me on the slushy Athabasca glacier in Jasper, Canada. They are counting the months that this glacier can STILL be visited as it is getting unsafe. I am fortunate to have seen it.
Athabasca Glacier largest of 6 forming part of Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park (I thought it was 5 glaciers wiki says 8, just guess yourself - how about a bunch)

Think of this as a sketch of the receding Columbia Icefield Glacier Athabasca, as you cannot superimpose photos taken at different angles accurately and we can't see the depth loss (there are 5 Glaciers from this Canadian Icefield). "the Columbia Icefield, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is one of the major sources of fresh water ice in North America.


I took this in August 2017

Look at it another way:


According to CBC News in 2014:
A recent American state-of-the-union report has singled out the rapid melt of glaciers in British Columbia and Alaska as a major climate change issue saying they are "shrinking substantially."

The U.S. National Climate Assessment said the trend is expected to continue and has implications for hydro-power production, ocean circulation patterns, fisheries and a global rise in sea levels.

The report said glaciers in the region are losing 20 to 30 per cent as much as what is melting annually from the Greenland Ice Sheet, which has received far more worldwide attention.

Wilmshurst said it's estimated that the Athabasca Glacier is about 300 metres deep, but it is slowly disappearing.

"It is hard to know in the long term what climate cycles mean to people. It does mean we should be preparing for drier conditions in the future. I think long term it's not good news at all," he said.

"Absolutely the glacier will be gone. Not within my lifetime, probably, but maybe within my children's lifetime."

Also read...
“The Athabasca Glacier is the single best accessible example of what we are seeing happening in the world today because of climate change,” said Bob Sandford, director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative and the Canadian Chair of the United Nations 2005, decade-long, Water for Life initiative. “We have been using the glaciers as a kind of climate change canary. What we’re finding now is that the canary has already sung.”

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Did you go to a pink hat rally? You are in big trouble. By Geniusofdespair

The pink hatted are being targeted as Political Dissidents perhaps...they are keeping the reason for wanting our names private. Me? They are looking for me? They already swiped my name from the Department of Elections files.  Maybe they will fuse the databases and prevent me from voting. Big Brother, leave me alone! Take that little girl in the forefront with the big hat. She is dangerous.

According to the Guardian:

The US government is seeking to unmask every person who visited an anti-Trump website in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional “fishing expedition” for political dissidents.

The warrant appears to be an escalation of the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) campaign against anti-Trump activities, including the harsh prosecution of inauguration day protesters.
At the center of the requests is, a website that organized participants of political protests against the current United States administration. While we have no insight into the affidavit for the search warrant (those records are sealed), the DOJ has recently asked DreamHost to provide all information available to us about this website, its owner, and, more importantly, its visitors.

Here is the warrant Pink hatted people:

We are caught up in the
January 20th melee
. They still have no right for that information....those dogs.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bannon Speaks and I Wonder: Are Democrats Being Played for Fools Like the Neo Nazis and even Trump? by Geniusofdespair

Steve Bannon called the white supremacists "a Collection of Clowns" (according to CNN) in an interview he thought was off the record. "Ethnonationalism — it's losers," he said. "It's a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more ... These guys are a collection of clowns."

What does Steve Bannon think of Democrats? That they can be easily thrown off course and be distracted (MANIPULATED):

Miami Herald

The New York Times outlines Bannon's Dovish side on North Korea:
Mr. Bannon’s dovish tendencies spilled into view this week in unguarded comments he made about North Korea to a liberal publication, The American Prospect. Days after Mr. Trump threatened to rain “fire and fury” on the North Korean government if it did not curb its belligerent behavior, Mr. Bannon said, “There’s no military solution here; they got us.”
“Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Mr. Bannon said in a phone call with Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect’s co-editor.
But as far as the Democrats go:
We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again

-The Who-
It is time for leaders of the Democratic Party vying for the Presidency to step forward and make themselves known. There is an absence, a big black hole, of Democratic talking heads that are Presidential material. I want to see something surface with this witless party. They can't just watch Trump implode. So we are on "moral higher ground". So? Sew Buttons. Preparations must be made: Leadership Now!

....and our President continues to doom himself tweeting. You turkey Trump: there is No Alt-Left. Democrats: don't let that name stick. Call it out. They call themselves Anti-Fascists, don't let Trump re-brand them.

Stephen Harper: Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump ... by gimleteye

If there is any "plan" in the communications "strategy" of President Trump, call it: Distraction.

It's vital for Miami and the rest of the nation to keep the eye on the real scandal of the Trump White House: Russia. #TrumpRussia is the biggest story in modern American political history, and thanks to Bill Moyers, we can view the whole of it now.

Simmering below the surface: Miami's real estate landscape that provided arbitrage between Russian interests and Trump investment vehicles.

Click here, to view the interactive timeline with over 400 entries. NOT FAKE. REAL.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

WLRN Programming Change Ahead ... by gimleteye

Miami's only public radio station has an opportunity to fix its local programming format, now called Tropical Currents, to provide listeners with quality programming equivalent to that of other major American cities.

Certainly, the money is available in the Friends of WLRN budget to upgrade, all around.

Going forward, our recommendation is to rotate hosts; younger, with fresh voices, insights, and perspectives. Try new formats and partnerships. Don't fear peeling back the layers of the Miami-Dade onion and saying so.

Nationally, public broadcasting is (often) fearless in reporting and commentary. WLRN? No and no.

The punches WLRN has pulled in local programming involve sacred cows that deserve their place on the roasting spit. Perhaps not with the spice of Eye On Miami, but well-seasoned would do.

Miami needs strong, local public broadcasting radio programming.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hudstead (aka Homestead) Update. By Geniusofdespair

A new watchdog Facebook Page exists for Hudstead: True Homestead (not to be confused with True Blessing Car Care on Krome Avenue).

Their mission is: This page is to expose corruption and ethical failings in the City of Homestead and its Police... (Tall Order)

Here is a video starring, I think, the owner of the site Dr. James Eric McDonough:

James have you looked at Wayne Rosen? Wayne, I have decided that you should restore the golf course to a park, like they did in Palm Aire (Pompano Beach) because you owe the people of Homestead so much and you have gotten rich off of them. Not a cut the grass park but a more natural park. I think you should talk to The Trust for Public Land. Maybe you can even get tax write-offs. Don't be so greedy Wayne. Help the people who stupidly bought your homes with the promise of a golf course. And, let them form an independent Homeowner's Association. It is time (over 20 years of buildout--come on!).

I think this is a site worth following. It appears to focus on police...I followed all their links.


Lynda Bell has her house for sale for $385,000 according to Zillow and has already moved to Tallahassee where she has bought some rental property.

Donald Trump: W.W.E the people ... by gimleteye

In Harper's Magazine, Naomi Klein writes an important analysis of Donald Trump, "W.W.E. the people". It is especially insightful in light of the past days' trauma, first instigated by racist and Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia and compounded by President Trump's statements in response.

Klein has Trump's number; the know-nothing, narcissistic savant of infotainment reality television.

Since the election, we’ve heard a few mea culpas from media executives acknowledging that they abetted Trump’s victory by giving him such an outsized portion of their coverage. Yet the biggest gift to Trump was not just airtime but the entire infotainment model of election coverage, which plays up interpersonal dramas between the candidates while largely abandoning the traditional journalistic task of explaining how different candidates’ positions on issues such as health care and regulatory reform will play out in voters’ lives.

Trump didn’t create the problem — he exploited it. And because he understood the conventions of fake reality better than anyone, he took the game to a new level. He didn’t just bring the conventions of reality TV to electoral politics — he mashed them up with another blockbuster entertainment genre also based on cartoonishly fake performances of reality: professional wrestling.

It’s hard to overstate Trump’s fascination with wrestling. He has performed as himself (the ultrarich boss) in World Wrestling Entertainment appearances at least eight times, enough to earn him a place in the W.W.E. Hall of Fame. In a Battle of the Billionaires, he pretended to pound wrestling kingpin Vince McMahon, and then celebrated his victory by publicly shaving McMahon’s head in front of the cheering throng. He also dropped thousands of dollars in cash into the audience of screaming fans. Now he has appointed the former CEO of W.W.E., Linda McMahon (Vince’s wife), to his Cabinet as the head of the Small Business Administration (a detail that has largely been lost amid the daily scandals).

Like The Apprentice, Trump’s side career in pro wrestling exposed and endeared him to a massive audience — in stadiums, on TV, and online. Pro wrestling might be invisible as a cultural force to most liberal voters, but W.W.E. generated $729 million in revenue last year. And Trump did more than pick up votes from this experience — he also picked up tips.

As Matt Taibbi pointed out in Rolling Stone, Trump’s entire campaign had a distinctly W.W.E. quality. He carefully nurtured feuds with other candidates, and handed out insulting nicknames (Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted). He played ringmaster at his own rallies, complete with over-the-top insult-chants (“Killary,” “Lock her up!”), and directed the crowd’s rage at the designated villains: journalists and demonstrators. Outsiders would emerge from these events shaken, not sure what had just happened. What had happened was a cross between a pro-wrestling match and a white-supremacist rally.

Bear in mind Klein writes these words long before the Charlottesville tragedy.

Many observers have noted Trump's deterioration and mental confusion. One sign of dementia is receding into the character traits that represent one's anchors to reality. In Trump's case, the noted "doubling down" on support for Alt Right, Nazis, and racists is simply a factor of no belief held more deeply than the use of the pro wrestling format to separate and to objectify villains and heroes. To Trump, he is the hero he talks about in the third person. Nero said this, Nero did that. In itself, that is unhinged and far below the dignity of a national elected official much less a president.

The villains, though, are just like the tag teams in a pro wrestling contest. They are either good or macabre and frequent shifts of roles is expected by the paying audience who are, when all is said and done, vastly entertained. This is Trump's default view of reality; without any values except what happens inside the ring.

The ring, in this case, is the United States and international relations with sovereign states. They should think more of him, he believes, and come to him on bent knee and in praise like his cabinet officials. After pleasantries, all can retreat to the high dollar seats ringside and watch Donald Trump double down on the nation and the world's problems with views that are bizarre, strange, dangerous and archaic but above all, ready to be slammed down and bounce up just like the good old days, before he was president, and had the world of pro wrestling on a string.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Local Politics: Miami-Dade. By Geniusofdespair

A reader asked: Why don't you write about local politics. One: None of you read the crap. Two: It is a losing battle. You keep electing shit politicians and thus, we are always writing about bad news because we can never get anywhere.

Here is a wrap up of local, lets see how many of you read it:

Francis Suarez - He will be Mayor of the City of Miami. There is no doubt about that. He is a very nice guy. I just hope he can be a leader for the people of the City. I like his mailers so far. I do not support his idea to have a strong mayor as Gimenez has made it obvious how toxic it can be. His friends continue to suck off the tit of County funds. I will vote for Francis.

Daniella Levine Cava - You might think the County Commissioner from District 8 is up for reelection this year by her aggressive campaigning. It won't be till next August. Daniella has already raised $301,309.54. All the even numbered County Commissioners will be up for reelection in August. These are non-partisan so November voting means little in these races.

In the 2018 race to replace Congresswoman Illenan Ros-Lehtinen, only Kristen Rosen Gonzalez is registered. I never heard of the other 3 candidates. I thought I would see Javier Jose Rodriguez and others but none have come out of the woodwork. In Congressman Carlos Curbelo's district 26, there are two democrats running against him: Steven Machat and Steve Smith. Never heard of either of them.

These are all the candidates registered for Governor in 2018 (you can't raise money till you register) but your PAC/ECO can be raising money hand over fist, so it is still early:

Josue Larose is a phantom candidate that registers for a lot of stuff. Out of this group I would vote for Gwen Graham.

In the last election the Republicans put a ringer Democrat into Florida Congressional District 38 to siphon off votes from Jason Pizzo in the primary. Don't be fooled again. Do not, under any circumstances, vote for the DINO Daphne Campbell in the primary. She is the worst Democrat I ever encountered. A totally awful woman, sleazy too. Tell all your friend in the North Beach Cities to vote for Pizzo.

Congressional District 115 has no incumbent. Jeffrey Solomon is there, again.

My Congressional District is 112. I will have to write myself in. I would not vote for the Democrat Nicholas Duran. I hope another Democrat enters the race. I would vote for the Republican Rosa Palomino if we had more Democrats in the House but because we are so over-loaded with Republicans in the State, I have to write myself in here. I would be a good candidate, better than Duran. But, I will not run.

Okay you wanted local - so read it.