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Could Increased Focus on Hygiene and Disease Actually Lower Total Illness Deaths This Year?

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/02/2020 08:08 AM
Arnold, CA...A bit of counter intuitive thinking for a Monday. While Covid 19 is real and is and will cause a significant number of deaths for us domestically as in other areas of the world. Our hunch is there may be a silver lining in that increased focus on disease transmission and self quarantining while sick could actually lower total flu, Covid 19 & other infectious disease deaths in 2020.

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Proposition 13 Has Helped Generations of Property Owners ~ Al Segala

Posted by: thepinetree on 02/07/2020 04:17 PM
Copperopolis, CA...For over 40 years Prop. 13 has provided certainty to property owners. It protects homeowners, renters, small businesses and more from sudden tax increases we can’t afford. That same tax certainty provided by Prop. 13 has benefited our government as well by providing a stable and reliable stream of revenue. Now, measures are headed to the ballot to dismantle these protections. One has already qualified (2020, Prop 13) and another is in the signature gathering stage. The impact of this tax increase, if it passes, would amount to higher costs for consumer goods such as food and fuel, we all use every day, The split-roll measures are misleading. Supporters don’t want you to know that about $1 billion in administrative costs and payments to the state are paid out first and then whatever is left gets split with 60% going to unspecified local government services and lastly, only about 40% goes to schools with no guarantee that the money makes it to the classroom.

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Three Words Sum Up the Soon End of PG&E, Technological Determinism & Goodwill ~ by John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/30/2019 12:17 AM
Arnold, CA....Over the last few days one question has consumed us during the PSPS Outages & Kincade Fire debacles. Can PG&E survive this? No matter how we did our calculations financial, marketplace and political the answer was always no. We believe the highest revenue point PG&E will ever have was this past summer and over the next year of so they could and probably will lose a significant portion of their revenue.

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Cannabis Logic, Cannabis Black Market & Reasonable Rules ~ Al Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/22/2019 11:30 AM
Copperopolis, CA...I attended the recent Board of Supervisor meetings concerning commercial cannabis regulation. It was a hate fest with little good will and logic. Some thoughts: The problems with criminal activity relate to the black market grows, not the permitted ones. This was confirmed by the Sheriff and Ag Commissioner.

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Massive Marijuana Expansion Proposed! An Absurd Blank Check! ~ Alice Montegomery

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/28/2019 08:41 AM
San Andreas, CA...Calaveras County has a massive commercial marijuana expansion proposal in the works Oct. 1. Advocates are hoping you don’t catch on. If you think the Urgency Ordinance was a mess and Measure D was misleading, this proposal makes those two look benign Let's take a look. The County and pro-commercial marijuana advocates are gambling with your tax dollars while trying to pull a fast one. Against the State’s demand not to, the County is using an old, inappropriate Environmental Impact Report (EIR) created for a 3 year old, never used, obsolete, never adopted regulation. Then they’re cannibalizing it with an incomplete, vague, illegal addendum. The State of California has said these are both clear violations of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). The Planning Commission Chair and Planning Director knew this, but forged on with the imposter documents. Whenever there’s a change or new project, a new EIR is mandated. Even the Planning Chair stated on the record on 9/18/19 at 11:50 a.m.: “In this case we have a new project that was presented to us.” Michelle Plotnik

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Will Our Kids Be Free? - Al Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/11/2019 11:29 AM
Copperopolis, CA....September 17 is the 232nd anniversary of our wonderful US Constitution. For many thousands of years human slavery was normal - including in the United States. America was the first to claw its way out of the darkness of tyranny and put a solution down on paper.

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Rebuttal to Rep. Tom McClintock’s “Plan” to Avoid Addressing Climate Change. by John Henry Beyer, Ph.D. Geophysicist

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/08/2019 01:50 PM
Truckee, CA...In his Opinion piece in the March 24th edition of ThePineTree.Net, Rep. McClintock acknowledged, to my surprise, that, “No one denies that our planet is warming, carbon dioxide levels are increasing, and ocean levels are rising.” Of course, that’s not really true. There are many deniers, particularly politicians on the right, who claim global warming is a hoax, starting with the current President. Rep. McClintock then proceeds to use accurate snippets of science in an apparent effort to justify inaction on climate change. In each case he avoids describing the complete issue, which invariably highlights the urgency of taking action.

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The Sky’s Not Falling By Congressman Tom McClintock

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/15/2019 04:48 PM
Washington, DC...Abraham Lincoln told the story of boarding with the family of a Presbyterian minister on the night of the greatest meteor shower ever recorded in North America. He was awakened by the minister who shouted, “Arise Abraham, for the heavens are falling and the day of judgment has arrived.” But Lincoln noticed that despite the hysteria around him and the chaos above him, he could still see the familiar constellations fixed in the sky, and he knew the world was not about to end.

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Why Our Border Matters By Congressman Tom McClintock

Posted by: thepinetree on 12/14/2018 05:38 PM
Washington, DC...Every nation has a natural right and responsibility to determine who is admitted to its borders. This is what defines a country and ultimately determines whether its culture, values and institutions will endure. The unique qualities that develop within each country’s borders naturally make some more desirable places to live than others. These differences drive immigration patterns. The more successful a nation, the greater is the demand to immigrate to it.

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The Ban Slam: State Numbers Reveal a Damaged Calaveras Economy ~ David Kevin Sweet and Prapanna Smith.

Posted by: thepinetree on 11/06/2018 05:33 PM
San Andreas, CA...What was the effect of three Supervisors exiling 1000 workers representing 16% of the Calaveras County workforce without even a plan to replace those jobs? Except for in touristdriven downtown Murphys, exiling those missing customers spelled R-E-C-E-S-S-I-O-N throughout the county. Data available from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (formerly, Board of Equalization) shows a drastic drop in sales tax allocations in Calaveras County immediately following the County ban on commercial Cannabis cultivation.

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