Monday, April 24, 2017

Costa Mesa Politics

Only Two Words Matter

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Truth and Trust Volume 1504 Number 4 Contracting gets a bad rap nowadays, often well-deserved. We’ve personally dealt with contractors for two plumbing, two tile, three electrical, three minor improvement and one air conditioning project in Costa Mesa. Some contractors were courteous, others rather surly. One was an abomination in work quality as well as reliability. Two plumbers, one tile ... Read More »

Banning Bashing revisited

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How rather than what Normally we don’t answer personal questions – personal beliefs aren’t often relevant to the logic of the ideas discussed. However, “What do you personally think about development of the Banning Ranch?” does introduce an important political perspective. First of all, the point to the post was neither the value of Banning Ranch nor the advisability of ... Read More »

Slow targets are easier

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Volume 1501, Number 11 Why pick on them? We received a provocative, anonymous question:  “Why don’t you criticize the idiotic comments by pro Mayor “chronic commenters??” We looked back at the posts of eight commenters, tallied as either “pro” or “anti” Mayor. Individually they may not be absolutist in their views. One (pro Mayor) commenter made a lot of well-reasoned ... Read More »

Hyenas and pseudomonas

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Volume 1501, Number 10 Changing our science thinking  Most of us believe that hyenas are pretty well programmed to scavenge carrion. If the environment changes, such as in areas where hunting bans appear, hyenas begin to hunt game and livestock and start ignoring the carrion. (Without hunting in the delineated areas the lion numbers increase, the prey declines, then most ... Read More »

They can’t believe that

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Volume 1501, Number 7 Filling idle time  While cooling our heels we occupied ourselves by dissecting an example of the type of thinking so common in Costa Mesa. We recommend the activity to readers who have idle moments. K. Findley, a “Top Commenter” for the Daily Pilot wrote:  “It doesn’t seem to be effective to attend the meetings. Monahan, Righiemer ... Read More »

Angry, misguided — and wrong again

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Volume, Number 7 Meandering and minutia Some who attend the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meetings are supposedly irate. “The great majority wants a ‘natural’ park and no development but the committee ignores them.” Nonsense. The 24 regular visitors we’ve identified who show up for most or all meetings are not representative of 110,000 Costa Mesans. (More attendees show up ... Read More »

Activists/Terrorists — or just bullies (Amended)

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Volume 1501, Number 5 Al Qaeda tactics  The Fairview Park Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting illustrated “terrorist tactics” as a preferred approach to problem solving. No dynamite or swords, though, just raucous rudeness and name calling. But the purpose was the same — to intimidate those who disagree by attacking them personally. The specific issue for the committee was requesting more ... Read More »

What are kids learning

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Volume 1501, Number 4 They learn by watching Young people who attended the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday night learned a lot. They learned that the way to deal with those who dare disagree with you and your friends is to groan ostentatiously, catcall, and yell “liar.” And, they found the way to handle a request to refrain ... Read More »

Noted in passing

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Volume 1412, Number 17 Midweek’s  random notes Gandhi on guns: “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Gandhi might have some sour observations about the California government. Stabilizing or moving to stables? LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two dozen ... Read More »

Plan for Pareto effects

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Volume 1412, Number 13 Pareto’s Principle is correct  Pareto’s Principle boils down to: 80 percent of the effects (good or bad) always come from 20 percent of the causes. It seems to apply in fields as diverse as economics, medicine and even home gardening. Pareto’s Principle is validated during CM Council meetings: about 80% of the vitriol originates from about ... Read More »