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Tuesday is election day. Only one local race, Vidal (top photo) v. Tim Root (bottom photo) for the local Utility Board.
Key West Citizen article about that today, at keysnews.com, says the Utility Board race has become contentious.
Key West amiga Rooster Girl wrote yesterday of the Higgs Beach fenced playground:
I bought a beautiful rooster painting she did, and that’s how come I started calling her Rooster Girl
I told my son about the trees being a problem in the children’s area. He said if they’re taken out, no one will go there anymore and it will be empty. Just like Astro City children’s park across the street. No one can go in the day because there is no shade, and the equipment and sand get too hot for the little ones.
before the playground, above, after the playground below
Re the 24-hour KOTS city homeless shelter proposed in yesterday’s post at goodmorningkeywest.com,
the angels chimed in during several nap dreams yesterday afternoon, that I should mention some provision will need to be made to help addicts
brought into the new shelter during the day to get through the night as withdrawal and perhaps the DTs start to set in. After they are released the next morning, they can medicate themselves with their drug of choice.
Robert Marbut told me, at his shelters they treat addicts for withdrawal and the DTs, unless they are so medically impaired they need to be taken to a hospital. As now happens, homeless addicts taken to either the jail or the hospital by Key West police, or by ambulance, are treated by either the jail or the hospital for withdrawal and the DTs. The jail sends addicts with serious medical problems to the hospital.
Naja Girard wrote of her and Arnaud’s part of yesterday’s post at goodmorningkeywest.com:
Why the picture of Art Winstanley
Apologies, when I googled Arnaud Girard, that came up and there is a resemblance, or maybe I really do need eye surgery. Can you send me a picture of Arnaud?
A little outdated, but at least its him.
Captain Arnaud Girard d’Albissin
Key West Marine Assistance LLC
P.O. Box 6263, 1214 Newton Street
Key West, FL 33040
Arnaud runs a marine salvage and assistance business. During my dinner with them recently, Naja said Arnaud built his 23-foot rescue vessel himself, making it just like he wanted, inventing features he needed. They told of him rescuing a 70-plus-foot vessel. I said I bet that looked interesting. I said Arnaud should wear a Mighty Mouse costume, “Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on his way!”
Nashville J wrote re my report in yesterday’s post of Key West City Commissioner Tony Yaniz using the F-word several times in an email sent out on his city commissioner email account, which email was recently reported in both the Keynoter and the Key West Citizen:
RIDDLE ME THIS, how did all those “F” words get by the filter on the City email server? Or is it only the County and School Board that will not deliver emails with bad words or words THEY feel are bad??
Just curious in Nashville!
Maybe the local government filters only screen incoming emails. School Board Robin-Smith Martin
once sent me an email from his SB email account saying one of my posts was right on the money, unlike the fucking batshit crazy stuff I usually publish.
I thought it was hilarious. I didn’t think it was so hilarious, though, that I did not tweak Robin a bit in my reply, and post his and the tweak, which then stirred some grumbling about Robin’s language in his email to me, which, again, I thought was hilarious.
Received this Press Release for me to publish:
25 OCTOBER 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: CINDY MCCAUSLAND (305) 942-9748 CASSANDRA TOPPINO (305) 942-3025
SUBJECT: “PERFECT STORM” MOVIE SHOWING AND GALA RECEPTION AT THE TROPIC CINEMA
The Key West Navy League Commissioning Committee for the Coast Guard Fast Response Cutters
cordially invites you to a showing of the epic movie “The Perfect Storm”, starring George Clooney, and a gala reception on Sunday, 10 November, beginning at 6PM, at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, Key West. At the reception, you will be treated to heavy hors d’oeuvres, sumptuous desserts, and complimentary champagne punch, and the epic movie on the big screen starting promptly at 7PM. Upon entry, each ticket holder will receive one free ticket to our big multi-prize raffle. There will be nautical music, a great silent auction, our big multi-prize raffle, and a cash bar. Your $50 donation will support the historic commissioning of six U. S. Coast Guard Fast Response Cutters being home-ported here in Key West. The first commissioning will be the CHARLES DAVID JR taking place at sunset on 16 November 2013. Gala tickets are available through the Tropic Cinema Box Office, and from commissioning committee members. Active duty military members in uniform will receive two tickets for the price of one!! (through commissioning committee members only, please). For information, call Cassandra Toppino at (305) 942-3025 or Cindy McCausland at (305) 942-9748.
Shortly after watching “The Perfect Storm” on Maui in maybe early August 2000, the swordfishing boat, captained by George Clooney, went down with all hands, my sixth wife and I ran out of money and lived on the street and beaches in Paradise until the angels’ not so fast response cutter found us a place to live inside again, in a tent on someone’s land actually. Later, the angels sent me to Key West, to live on the street. It indeed was a perfect storm.
Then I received this Press Release:
Good afternoon all,
The Navy has announced that the Record of Decision (ROD) for the NAS Key West Airfield Operations Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been signed, approving Alternative 2 of the EIS. Alternative 2 supports the transition to next generation aircraft
and provides the flexibility to accommodate additional carrier air wing Field Carrier Landing Practice at NAS Key West. The ROD addresses the public input obtained from public comments received during two public meetings as well as electronic and mailed comments.
Attached is a press release about the announcement. Also attached is a letter Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) Dennis McGinn sent to Monroe County Mayor Neugent indicating that the ROD has been signed.
Please read the ROD at www.keywesteis.com.
Public Affairs Officer
Naval Air Station Key West
Am unable to transfer those attachments into this post. The new aircraft are said to be as loud or even louder than the F-18 Superhornet,
the super noise from which has caused super outcry in the local press and at county commission meetings.
Throughout my dreams last night, I was told to be nice and sweet today, and in the last dream I was rushing to get some of my aborigine drawings ready for an art show. So …
several drawings from 2007-2008, all but the last of which recently received some touching up …
below, the first of three successive drawings predicting the sinking of the bigger cruise ship referendum in the last city election
followed by, in the order of arrival
“Comme un loup”
Just after this above was posted, Erika Biddle, of Key West,
send me Alex Symington’s contribution to what she had Facebook messaged me last night. My reply ain’t entirely nice and sweet, nor is Alex’s, nor is the centerpiece’s of the interview. Worms, snails and puppy dog tails are part of the Creation, too.
Might be interesting if everyone fed up with how it is stops voting in local, state, national elections, in America, elsewhere. That might send a really loud statement, but would the people in power give a shit? Would they behave differently? To borrow from Russell, those are facetious questions. I wonder what his revolution, if it happened, would look like? Might be, he would end up poor again, or maybe he’d end up being king and having to listen to his former political targets talk about him the way he used to talk about them. I agree with his diagnosis, but I think humanity has gone too far in the wrong direction to turn itself around. Might be the only real hope is a tremendous reduction in the number of people accompanied by a return to pre-electricity, pre-gasoline, pre-nuclear power. Horses, donkeys, oxen, camels, essentially. It might get there, but I probably won’t still be on this planet. Of course, there always is the spirit world intervention possibility, which readjusts everyone’s thinking and behavior pronto, or an alien fleet pays Planet Earth a call and humanity no longer is the dominant species, which it never was, but it somehow came to believe it was. The dominant species are viral and bacterial. Something so different, so out of the box, that humanity is stopped in its tracks, has to refocus, redirect, is what I think is needed, needed, needed. I hope Russel continues to have fun and make money, perhaps he is a bugle calling in something not even he can imagine – he still seems to be thinking there is a human solution, which I do not, being batshit crazy and all.
here is how Alex Symington sums it up: There has been a vast unexpected emotional reaction to comedian/actor Russell Brand’s interview, gone viral, with the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Paxman fired a first salvo at Mr. Brand by asking why he deserved to be guest editor of a political magazine with, “What authority do you have?” Mr. Brand responded by pointing out that “qualifying” as someone with something worthy to contribute to the political dialogue is an erroneous state of being. “Well, I don’t get my ‘authority’ from this pre-existing paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.”
Where is it written that only certain individuals must be properly sanctioned to speak in public on the critical issues that affect humanity at large? I think when we are subjected to outrageous and ridiculous blitherings on a daily basis uttered by the likes of elected officials such as Michele Bachmann, the bar has been lowered enough to allow a guy like Russel the leeway to offer his thoughts. He is a public figure, like it or not, so he is in a fine position to be asked for his views and articulate them.
In the interview he dances like Muhammad Ali deflecting and countering Mr Paxman’s predictable barbed statements, such as “You don’t believe in democracy, you want to start a revolution, don’t you?” Instead of listening to Russel he is maneuvering for optimum sensation and titillation for his perceived audience, even as Mr. Brand is clearly pointing out what is wrong with the current paradigm, blow by blow.
He goes on to explain to Mr. Paxman that he doesn’t have all the answers and can’t solve the world’s problems in a silly ten minute interview, but he does say what shouldn’t be acceptable. “We shouldn’t destroy the planet, we shouldn’t create massive economic disparity and we shouldn’t ignore the needs of the people.” All of which is rapidly increasing in severity.
Another predictable result of this subversively enlightening interview is the negative and fearful reactionary response by the very entities Russel Brand is exposing. The smear campaign was immediate. Because Russel attacked the one percent for their greed and destruction of the environment in their pursuit of never ending riches, so they countered with the “damning” information of Russel’s net worth of fifteen million dollars. As if to say he, again, is disqualified to speak to the issues of massive income disparity and the horrors of poverty in the world, because he is “rich” himself.
I think a great distinction can be made between an actor/comedian that made his money by making people laugh and the corporate ghouls making literally BILLIONS of dollars poisoning our food, water and air, with no regard to anything but their quarterly bottom line. The environment and the general population, be damned.
The overall sense I come away with is Jeremy Paxman is highly condescending in his approach to someone/something he is unfamiliar with, a true free and critical thinking interviewee. He really doesn’t know how to nail down someone thinking for themselves and not regurgitating the usual hegemonic pabulum he and his fellow corporate media brethren are so comfortable with.
What Mr. Brand is clearly stating, in spite of Mr. Paxman’s posture of incomprehension, feigned or real, is our species very viability is in jeopardy due to the last-man-standing-winner-take-all capitalist ideology that views the planet as a “thing” solely designed for exploitation and profit. Mr. Brand is not alone in his world view; he is just more visible than journalists like Chris Hedges or Henry A. Giroux that have been speaking truth to power for decades. Russel Brand’s visibility and popularity is what frightens those in charge, because for every person that follows the likes of Hedges and Giroux there are a thousand that follow Russel Brand’s exploits. Watch your back, Russel, but keep talking.
Alex Symington Key West
Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman talks to Russell Brand about voting, revolution and beards…