The Cell Tower God’s Must be Crazy…or is that ISC?

AT&T Cell Tower of Babble

Palo Alto internet service threatened with disconnect by consortium leader Stephen Stuart….

See relate video clip – “Planned AT&T Church Cell Tower of Babble Discussion” from our Qik video archives from our Home Page…

Up-date – Community comment submitted on 2011/04/01 at 11:04 am by David Espinosa

Re: “Planned AT&T Church Cell Tower Of Babble”

First, Mark, I found one spelling error and few grammatical errors. I find Giulianina’s comments petty to say the least. Your credibility is based upon your experience and knowledge, not on your spelling and grammar expertise.

Personally, I have dealt with this issue on many occasions. I have represented numerous Churches, Synagogues and non-profit organizations in their dealings with wireless carriers. Many times, the allure of revenue for the organization runs in direct conflict with the goals of the organization.

Before the organization can truly analyze the proposal, they must first do some research to ensure the offer is at a market rate. Some of the common factors are Lease length, Escalations, Rental Rates, Collocations, Compound size and competing structures among other things. AT&T could be offering a “front-end” loaded lease, which is well below market. My experience has seen almost all offers below market.

It is common for non-profit organization to enlist a member who is an Attorney, CPA, Real Estate professional or Finance guru to help. These individuals, which have limited experience in dealing with these matters, always come back with poor agreements.

Last, whether or not the Church wants this tower, it will eventually get built somewhere nearby. The Federal Government has already established that Wireless Carriers, who bought these Spectrums, have the right to expand their networks. In fact, the Carriers are required by Law to expand their networks. The real issue is does the Church want to gain new revenue for many years or see a neighbor within 1 mile get that revenue?



Freedom of Speech Is It Being Abused?

Free Speech

THE door to the 21st century is about to swing open. No doubt the new century will bring new hopes, ideals, mores, visions of amazing technologies, and demands for greater freedoms. Already, traditional views of governments, religions, and people are giving way to new voices and demands. In many places the rush is on to remove existing restrictions on freedom of speech and expression, regardless of the consequences!

What was once frowned on and prohibited by radio and television broadcasters and censors—obscene language and pornographic scenes and gestures—is now commonplace in many countries, cloaked by the right of freedom of speech!

Those skilled in the use of computers, both adults and children, can now transmit graphic pictures of lewd sex acts to other continents within seconds and converse with known sex offenders and child molesters who ask for names and addresses for clandestine rendezvous.

Music with lyrics that suggest and encourage suicide and the killing of parents, police, and government officials is now heard daily on radio and television or is on recordings played by children.

Few of those demanding unrestricted freedom of speech would disagree with Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who over a half century ago wrote in a famous landmark decision regarding freedom of speech:

“The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”

The resulting consequences of such an act are obvious. How unreasonable, then, for these same ones to place little or no value on a subsequent sentence of that same decision and act in headstrong defiance of it.

“The question in every case,” said Holmes, “is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.”

Computer Pornography

“Sex is everywhere these days,” reported Time magazine, “in books, magazines, films, television, music videos and bus-stop perfume ads. It is printed on dial-a-porn business cards and slipped under windshield wipers. . . .

Most Americans have become so inured to the open display of eroticism—and the arguments for why it enjoys special status under the First Amendment [freedom of speech]—that they hardly notice it’s there.” There is, however, something about the combination of explicit sex and computers that has brought new dimension and meaning to the word “pornography.” It has become popular, pervasive, and worldwide in scope.

According to one study, subscribers to adult-oriented computer bulletin-board systems, who were willing to pay monthly fees ranging from $10 to $30, were found in “more than 2,000 cities in all 50 states and 40 countries, territories and provinces around the world—including some countries like China, where possession of pornography can be a capital offense.”

Computer pornography,
“a grab bag of ‘deviant’ material”

Time magazine described one type of computer pornography as “a grab bag of ‘deviant’ material that includes images of bondage, sadomasochism, urination, defecation, and sex acts with a barnyard full of animals.” The appearance of material like this on a public computer network, accessible to men, women, and children around the world, raises serious questions about the abuse of freedom of speech.

“Once children are on-line,” noted a British newspaper, “hard-core pornography is not restricted to the newsagents’ top shelves, potentially it is at the fingertips of any child, and that means in the privacy of the bedroom.” It is predicted that 47 percent of all British homes with computers will be hooked up to computer networks by the end of 1996. “Many British parents are excluded from the high-technology world their children inhabit. In the past 18 months ‘surfing the Net’ has become one of the most popular teenage pastimes,” the paper said.

Kathleen Mahoney, a professor of law at the University of Calgary, Canada, and an expert in legal issues surrounding pornography, said: “The public should be aware that a wholly uncontrolled medium exists through which children can be abused and exploited.” One Canadian police official said: “The signs are clear that a boom in computer-related child pornography cases is on the horizon.” Many family counseling groups insist that computer pornography seen by children and the influence it can have on them “represent a clear and present danger.”

Dissenting Opinions

Civil libertarians are outraged over any efforts by Congress to restrict such things as computer pornography, in line with the ruling of Justice Holmes and the U.S. Supreme Court. “It’s a frontal assault on the First Amendment,” declared a Harvard law professor. Even veteran prosecutors ridicule it, commented Time magazine.

“It won’t pass scrutiny even in misdemeanor court,” said one. “It’s government censorship,” said an official of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “The First Amendment shouldn’t end where the Internet begins,” Time quoted him as saying. “It is clearly a violation of free speech,” announced a U.S. congressman, “and it’s a violation of the right of adults to communicate with each other.”

A professor at New York Law School argues that there is good in various expressions about sex, beyond civil rights and free speech. “Sex on the Internet might actually be good for young people,” Time reported on her view. “[Cyberspace] is a safe space in which to explore the forbidden and the taboo . . . It offers the possibility for genuine, unembarrassed conversations about accurate as well as fantasy images of sex,” she said.

Also up in arms over any restrictions of pornography on computer networks are many youths, especially university students. Some have marched in protest over what they consider an abridgment of their rights of freedom of speech.

Although not that of a student, one voice quoted in The New York Times no doubt echoes the sentiments of many who object to any proposal that would prohibit pornography on computers: “I suspect it will be laughed at collectively by the Internet users of this country and ignored, and as for the rest of the world’s Internet community, it will make the United States a laughingstock.”

In reporting a statement from an official of a civil liberties group, U.S.News & World Report made the comment: “Cyberspace [computer networks] may give freedom of speech more muscle than the First Amendment does. Indeed, it may already ‘have become literally impossible for a government to shut people up.'”

In Canada battles are raging over what may violate the freedom of expressions provisions in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Arrests have been made of artists whose paintings have raised the ire of critics and police, who label them “obscene.”

Artists and free-speech advocates have united to protest and denounce the arrests as an infringement of their freedom of speech. Until about four years ago, pornographic videotapes were routinely seized by police under Canada’s obscenity law, and cases were brought to trial and convictions won against the merchants who sold them.

All of that changed, however, in 1992, when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a landmark case that such products were protected from prosecution because of the guarantee of freedom of expression in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The court ruling “has brought marked changes to Canadian society,” wrote Maclean’s magazine. “In many cities it is now common to find hard-core pornographic magazines and videos in corner stores,” the magazine observed. Even those that the court ruled may be banned are still available for consumers.

“I know if you go in there you will find things that may be over the line,” said one police official. “That’s probably stuff we could go and lay charges on. But . . . we haven’t got the time.” They also have no guarantee that the charges would stick. In this permissive age, the accent is on unlimited personal freedom, and courts are often ruled by public opinion. But whatever the rationale, the debate will continue to arouse deep and divisive passions on both sides—for and against.

Once upon a time, Japan found itself under heavy restrictions regarding freedom of speech and the press. An earthquake, for example, that measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and left over a thousand dead could not be reported frankly.

Cases of corruption and of lovers’ killing each other in suicide pacts could not be reported. Newspaper editors caved in to governmental threats as controls increased in intensity even over what were considered trivialities. Following World War II, however, restrictions were lifted and Japan enjoyed more freedom of speech and the press.

Indeed, the pendulum swung toward the other extreme as magazines and some children’s comic books were filled with erotic and obscene drawings. The Daily Yomiuri, a leading Tokyo newspaper, once noted:

“Perhaps one of the most shocking sights for a foreigner newly-arrived in Japan is the businessmen reading sexually explicit comic books on Tokyo subways. Now the trend seems to be affecting the other half of the population, as ‘hard core’ women’s comic books appear on the shelves of book stores and supermarkets.”

In 1995 the reputable newspaper Asahi Shimbun called Japan a “Porn Paradise.” While the editors and publishers sought a voluntary solution to objections from parents rather than government regulations, young readers protested. One wonders, ‘Whose voices will finally prevail?’

Freedom of speech is a subject of much controversy at present in France. “Without a doubt,” wrote French author Jean Morange in his book on freedom of speech, “the history of freedom of speech has not ended, and it will continue to create divisions. . . . Hardly a year goes by without the release of a film or a television series or an advertising campaign causing a fierce reaction, reawakening the old and never-ending debate regarding censorship.”

An article appearing in the Paris newspaper Le Figaro reported that a rap group called Ministère amer (Bitter Ministry) is urging its fans to kill policemen. One of their lyrics says: “There will be no peace unless the [police] rest in peace.” “On our record,” declared the spokesman of the group, “we tell them to burn down the police station and sacrifice the [police]. What could be more normal?” No action has been taken against the rap group.

Rap groups in America also advocate the killing of police and declare the right to make such expressions under the protection of freedom of speech. In France, Italy, England and other nations in Europe and around the world, the cry can be heard from all sectors that no limits should be put on the freedom to speak publicly, even if the speech is “of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger.” When will the controversy end, and whose side will emerge the winner?

Palo Alto Educator Meeting Obama’s Call for STEM Education Innovation

Palo Alto Unified School District Teacher and Librarian Meg Omainsky has been selected as one of twelve education innovators to present their STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) teaching innovations at the first-ever “STEMposium” – a STEM education symposium – on Friday, April 1st at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

A TED-meets-the-Oscars celebration of innovation in K-12 STEM education, STEMposium will showcase compelling new methods of bringing science, technology, engineering and math to life in the classroom through short, rapid-fire presentations.

Omainsky, 41, was selected from more than 130 submissions to present at STEMposium and compete for the opportunity to win
prizes valued at up to $5,000.
A longtime educator with a passion for using technology to engage students, Omainsky is creating “Science Slam” to reinvent
science fairs through an online portal where students can upload their science fair demos and learn from viewing one another’s innovations.

Omainsky’s STEMposium submission video – “Science Slam” – is at

Omainsky’s presentation will be Livestreamed at to a national online audience of educators, students, policymakers, business and philanthropic leaders and education thought leaders and hundreds of students, teachers and civic, business, philanthropic, nonprofit, education and technology leaders at the live event.

A release announcing the STEMposium finalists is attached and all STEMposim finalists’ videos are at

We’d love to arrange a conversation with Omainsky to discuss how Science Slam and her participation in STEMposium is bringing
science to life in Bay Area Schools and beyond.

Communication with Children: Poetry, Precision, and Practice

AKA “Daffy Dave” at The Ethical Society of St. Louis in Feb. of 2008.  Reprinted for publication in The Pietistin, Volume 23, No.2, Christmas 2008)

In his collection of kid sayings, Richard Lederer recalls:  A kindergartner was diligently pounding away on a word processor.  She told her teacher she was writing a story.  “What’s it about?” the teacher asked.  “I don’t know”, she replied.  “I can’t read.”

This is why I love working with kids so much!  They write novels even when they can’t read them yet.

Another child, Ray, went on a field trip to the fire station.  The firefighter giving the presentation held up a smoke detector and asked the class:  “Does anyone know what this is?”

Ray’s hand shot up and firefighter called on him.  “That’s how Mommy knows supper is ready!”

Enthusiasm and honesty:   kids have these qualities in spades.  So, with such passion and imagination running rampant with kids, what might be some effective ways to communicate with them?  How can we get and keep their attention?  How do we get through to children and inspire them to communicate with us, especially since they are so naturally enthusiastic and honest?

A child looks at his grandmother’s varicose veins and wonders why “she has lightning in her legs.”  Another child gazes at a crescent moon and observes, “The moon is just waking up.”  “Close the curtains!”  requests a two-year old girl sitting in a pool or bright light.  “The sun’s looking at me too hard.”

Enthusiasm.  Honesty.  And,  poetry!  How do we communicate with these enthusiastic, honest little poets?  Perhaps we need to get on their level?  Maybe we could use more poetry when communicating with kids.

The late poet, Richard Hugo, said that poetry is saying the right things with the wrong words.  Isn’t that true?  Poetry is filled with images and metaphors that refer to deeper truths behind the actual words themselves.

William Butler Yeats says in his poem, “Dialogue of Self and Soul”,  “A living man is blind/ and drinks his drop/ what matter if the ditches are impure?/ What matter if I live it all once more?…”

Obviously he’s not saying that everyone is literally blind, but rather, that we, as humans have a limited perspective and can’t apprehend the whole truth and meaning of our lives.  Blindness is a metaphor for a deeper truth about our human limitations.

Of course, I don’t  know about you, but I’m glad that Yeats pronounces hope in the midst of such “blindness”.  He concludes his poem by stating:  “We must laugh and we must sing./  We are blessed by everything./  Everything we look upon is blest.”

Ah, but what is my experience about the poetry of communicating with children? And what have I learned?   What can I pass along?   First, I submit, it’s about wanting to say the right things to children and then attempting to say it in ways that kids understand things.

Here’s how it’s been working for me. I communicate my life values, and even my ethics,  i.e. the “right things”, by messing them up …like with poetry, by using the wrong words to say the right stuff….AND ALSO BY letting the kids show me, correct me.

I’ve witnessed how kids, especially 4 and 5 year-olds, love to correct adults who do and say things the “wrong” way.  In fact, my whole Daffy Dave Family Comedy Show is based on this overall formula of doing and saying the wrong things on purpose because, of course,  it naturally compels children to laugh, pay attention, and then, (and here’s the really awesome part)…to be empowered because the kids know the right way better than the clown adult up there on stage and, for once, they aren’t being corrected by adults, they (the kids) are now doing the correcting:

“No!  Daffy Dave, it’s not Ladies and Garbage Cans, it’s Ladies and Gentlemen!”  “Noooo!  Daffy Dave, the underwear’s not lost!  It’s on your head!”  “Daffy Dave!!!  Your pants fell down!”  “Daffy Dave!  You don’t cook your laundry, you wash it!”  And, on and on with loud voices and veins popping out of their little necks.

Kids laugh at my mistakes, (and, by, reflection, their mistakes, i.e., all of our human mistakes!) and, they cheer when I actually do the right thing.   This whole comedy of errors entertainment process reinforces many of the basic human truths kids are starting to learn about life (although, it’s probably more pre-conscious or subconscious since they’re not really philosophers yet) … truths like the importance of cleaning up after yourself (ie, self-responsibility) or correct wording (i.e, communication) and, of course, laughing at our funny human mistakes, imperfections and shortcomings…in other words, the values of acceptance, forgiveness, a sense of humor, joy, and creativity.

Another important aspect of the poetry of communication (especially with children) is enthusiasm. I have found it to be true in my experience that if I’m excited about something others will be too.  This is doubly true with children.  If I want kids to listen, I have to be interested in what I’m saying or doing.

If I want kids to sing, I have to love singing!  If I want kids to clean up their rooms, I have to appreciate a clean room and clean up my own room too.  If I want kids to read, I have to love reading and read books too.  It’s the old “teaching by example” phenomenon.  If I want kids to get dressed….well…

One of my favorite ways to dress kids, especially to put on their socks and shoes when they don’t want to (which is almost all the time for some kids I know), is to ask them to show me how to put on my socks and shoes.

I start by trying to put my socks on my hands like mittens, then, on my ears, etc… Pretty soon, they’re laughing and more receptive to me now trying to help them put on their clothes as we laugh along the way.

Of course, I don’t always get excited about communicating with kids (I’m tired, not in the mood, etc.), so they’re reaction can then become tepid or even a bit rebellious.  Kids are so honest and transparent, they mirror back to us more readily our adult moods, etc.  But,  that’s when I just grin and bear it, bite the bullet, fake it til I make it, and try my best to persuade, influence, inspire.

That’s also when I sometimes stop and listen to the kids more.  What do they want and need?  What can I learn from their perspectives?  Sometimes, that’s when I open up with them (especially when I’m teaching soccer, telling stories or leading them in songs at the schools I teach at in the Bay Area).

And, let me tell you, the kids can sometimes reveal the most interesting, down to earth, close to the heart wisdom I still use in my own life.  Kids say the darnedest things, right?  They’re just big spirits in little bodies.  And, it helps me to respect and validate them when I can stay open to their vulnerable, innocent perspectives.  For instance, an elementary school teacher once asked her class to fill in the second half of common folk sayings.  Here’s some great responses they had:

“A penny saved… not very much.”

“You can lead a horse to water……but how?”

“Better safe than……pregnant.”

Or, as Richard Lederer has recorded, a little girl attending a wedding for her first time whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?”  “Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.”  The child thought about this for a moment, then said, “So why is the groom dressed in black?”

You see, not only can kids make us laugh with their perspectives, they can really make us stop and think:  “Yeah, just how do you lead a horse to water?   Never mind, the “get him to drink” part, how do we lead the horse to the water in the first place?  Do we pull the reins hard, cajole, bribe, or maybe,… lead by example ?!”  Who knows, it might work with horses too!  Ok, it might be comical, but if it works, why not?

All kidding aside, we now come to the Precision of Communication. Can we be both poetic and precise in our communication?  How can we say the “wrong” words to get to the right meaning, as in poetry, and also strive to be precise?  To me, it’s knowing when to be precise and when to be poetic.  To be precise and exact with one’s communication with children, seems to be especially important in the realm of conflict resolution.

This is why you sometimes hear parents say to their children, in the heat of an angry outburst,  “use your words” (as opposed to your hands!).  “What are you mad about?”  Or, if they’re in physical pain,  “Show me where it hurts”.  Or, if they are upset because they didn’t get some need or want met, “Can you tell me what you want?”  Sometimes, precision is required to diffuse an upsetting situation.

It has really helped me to explain the ground rules precisely with children in my soccer class, for example, and then, if any of the rules are broken, to precisely give them choices with regards to consequences. (Kids just want to know, what are the rules, who’s enforcing them, and are they being enforced?) I repeat the rules every once in awhile too.  What are the rules for soccer everyone?  “When you hear the whistle: stop, look , and Listen.”  #2, Try Your Best, #3 Have Fun.

And, then, if  a kid is acting out, distracting other players, and not participating in the game, I precisely say, “Ok, your choices are this:  you can either try your best to play soccer with us or you can go to Teacher Ellie’s office and take a time out.  Which one do you want to choose?  It’s not perfect, and I try to say it firmly, patiently, and with love.

Usually, it works.  And, sometimes, I have to help the kid choose to take a time out (without shaming them, of course) explaining to them that perhaps they need to think about how their disruptive behavior is interrupting the game and come back when they’re ready to have fun and play with us.

This only happens rarely, but I find it helps to be precise and stick to your principles or else kids won’t know what the boundaries are and it will become too chaotic and unpleasant.  Boundaries are necessary, like in a basketball game, without the boundaries around the court,  the ball could go everywhere and you couldn’t play the game and have fun.  Kids need boundaries to play the game of life!  We all do.

Other ways I’ve learned to be precise with communication is to use “I Statements”.  “I feel upset when you don’t listen to me, don’t behave, etc.”  This puts the focus on the behavior and not the internal value of the child.  I’m upset with an action, not the core child.  This also helps the child listen and feel less defensive and not feel toxically ashamed of him or herself and therefore better able to hear me and consider their actions better.

My final point about Communicating with Children is Practice.  Communication is a skill that requires habitual effort or practice, to improve it.  And, when I’m in the mindset of practice, I ease up on myself.  I’m just practicing.  It’s not the actual game.  Just like when I was in Little League, practice was always less pressure than the games.

Maybe not as exciting, but less pressure, and therefore, my mind was freed up to concentrate on developing the finer points of holding the bat, getting in front of the ball in order to catch it, keeping an eye on the ball when swinging the bat, etc, etc.

During the games, we couldn’t really work on those points over and over again, but we certainly tried to remember those new insights and then, when they worked, and we connected with the ball, caught a bouncy grounder, or hit a home run, we were so thankful that we had learned those skills by practicing them during the week.

My point is that learning anything well helps if we take time to work at it and work at it (hopefully with grace)… with an attitude that we’re imperfect humans with limited understandings….so let’s ease up and work at it with forgiveness and love and fun always there in the background.

And, too, when communicating with children, it helps to remember it takes practice, mistakes will happen, feelings will get hurt, misunderstandings will arise.  But, if our hearts are in the right place and we are willing to learn, listen, and try our best to get our points across,  more natural, lasting bonds will be made with our children and the whole community will strengthen as a result.

Palo Alto Small Businesses Embrace Social Media with Web Lunch Box training at J Salon

When it comes to social media,  many Palo Alto, CA small businesses are turbo charging their online presences using Facebook Business Pages, making and uploading Videos, creating online business profiles on Google, Yahoo, Yelp and Micosoft and joining and creating profiles on local small business sites such as Home Town Peninsula of Menlo Park.  Tim Hmelar of Web Lunch Box has worked with hundreds of local small businesses in coaching them on how to maximize social media at little to no cost




Presently Tim is teaching a hands on class at J Salon of Palo Alto on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30PM.  Class participants range from mechanics, vitamin stores, hair stylists, automotive glass installers, mortgage lenders, physical therapists, realtors, home stagers,  and even Daffy Dave a local entertainer and clown.  Students no only learn about social media they bring their computers to class and actually set up the different profile in the class.  Daffy Dave says ” I loved the first class!  I  learned 3 things that I implemented during the class.  The class is fun and practical and I enjoy the comraderie of  the other small business owners”



Classes are presently being taught in Fremont, San Jose and Palo Alto.  Kepler’s Books and Magazines of Menlo Park will even be hosting a series of classes starting on April 11th.  For more info check out the Web Lunch Box Facebook page or Web Lunch Box website.  Tim is always available to help small businesses with their social media needs and feel free to contact him at



How to Make Your PC as Fast as the Day You Bought It

One of the most frustrating things in life is a slow computer.

Every few years, we buy an expensive new PC and love how fast it starts up, runs programs, and loads websites.  Inevitably though, it starts to slow down until eventually we are pulling our hair out waiting for it to do routine tasks.

Why is this?  It turns out the answer is actually quite simple and you don’t even need to be “technical” to understand the causes and solutions.

The good news: It’s not the computer hardware that’s the problem.  In most cases, the hardware you have is perfectly capable of being restored to its original glory and kept in fast running condition with minimal effort.

Rather, the problem lies with changes that occur to the PC’s software.  The two most common causes of slowdown (along with easy solutions) are:

1. The most common problem: registry errors

Every time you (or your kids) load a program, game, or file, your PC’s software registry is updated with new instructions needed to operate that item.  However, when the item is removed, these instructions usually remain on your PC.  Every time you run your computer it tries to execute these instructions but, because the related program can’t be found, it causes a registry error.  Your PC is doing a lot more work than it should be and the result is a significantly slower computer.

One of the best ways to manage this is with a neat little tool from, a Silicon Valley based company.  It’s called ARO 2011 and it scans, identifies, and fixes registry errors–resulting in a computer that’s a lot more like it was when you first bought it.  On top of the amazing results it offers, it’s so easy to install and use that it was recently awarded a coveted 4.5 star rating (out of 5) by CNET’s editorial staff and has been downloaded more than 30 million times.

You can now get a free working version of the software which will quickly scan your entire PC and identify all of the registry errors that may be bogging it down.  The free version also scans for junk and checks your PC’s baseline security status.  It will eliminate the first 100 errors for free, and if you have more errors that you want to clean up or want to set the program to run on a regular basis (which is recommended), you can easily upgrade to the full version for just $29.95.  After that, registry errors will no longer be a problem.

To get the free version simply click here.

2. Spyware and viruses

Spyware and viruses are software programs that are loaded on your computer without your knowledge or permission.  They have various purposes, including:

  • Changing the default search engine in your browser.
  • Tracking your Web surfing habits and showing you targeted advertising.
  • Using your email program to send out spam to other email addresses.
  • Stealing your personal information.

Most spyware and viruses get onto our computers through files that we download from the Internet or as attachments to emails.  They tend to take up a lot of computing power and, as a result, will significantly slow down your computer.

The simple rule of thumb to follow is to never download any free software programs from companies you do not know and trust, especially screensavers, emoticons, and the like.  In addition, you should never open any attachment to an email unless you are 100 percent certain you know and trust the sender.  In addition, make sure you have a good anti-virus/spyware removal software running at all times.

Follow the above advice and your PC should stay fast and safe.

This article sponsored by Copyright 2011

Public Employee Pay – Too much for Too little

To justify their extremely high pay and benefits, Police and Fire Unions tell the public that they risk their lives for us.  First of all, they don’t.  The job is not that dangerous.  And Secondly.  Who asked them to?

They chose to work as cops and firemen. And Police and Fire jobs are not risky anyway.  They are Not even in the top 10 most dangerous jobs according to OSHA

Job Annual Earnings

  1. Fishermen 24,000
  2. Loggers 35,000
  3. Airline Pilots 90,000
  4. Farmers 33,000
  5. Roofers 34,000
  6. Iron Workers 45,000
  7. Sanitation 35,000
  8. Machinists       40,000
  9. Truckers/Drivers 39,000

According to OSHA it’s far more dangerous to be a  Fisherman.

And have you ever heard of the Rule of ‘9s’  – that is – 99 % of the time, Police arrive safely after a crime has been committed and you are robbed, wounded, raped, dying or already dead and the perpetrator is long gone.  Dangerous job?   No.

And Firemen, spend most of their days thinking about or shopping for dinner at Safeway, polishing the Truck and equipment.  Guys at the ‘Hand Car Wash’ can do the same job for a lot less and no benefits.  And both jobs require little more than a High School diploma.

Would there be any Police or Firemen if we paid them the median wage for the area?   Of course.  There are plenty of guys, just like these guys, who love the uniform, or the authority, the swaggering power, the occasional thrill, the adrenalin and would do it for even less money.

How many young men really dream of being a ‘public servant?’  About as many as dream of growing up to be a ‘middleman.’    Isn’t it really all about the image.  Or the money and benefits, the occasional thrill of intimidating or beating the hell out of somebody, and the security of a job that produces nothing and from which you can’t be fired.

What I’m getting at it here is that everyone is in their job for some reason.  Money.  Psychology.  Image.  Necessity.  Lack of other options.  The influence of Family or Friends.   But none of these is a reason to pay someone Twice the median wage of the area and much much more in benefits and retirement.

Cops, Firemen, public employees are not worth it and it’s not just them. No one is  worth the kind of big money public employees get unless they actually create an equivalent amount of value.  Period.

Here’s an example:

Armored Car guards earn a pitiful wage, $ 12-25/Hour.

They are sometimes assaulted, shot, robbed, killed yet they earn way less than half what a Cop or Fireman gets.  Why?

Because they are not Unionized and even if they were, there is competition for their service.  There are plenty of Armored Car Carriers.  If one is too expensive, you hire another.

We only have one Police Department, One Fire Department, One City Hall, citizens can’t go to a competitor because there is none.  It’s a monopoly, like John D. Rockefeller wished he could still have.  It’s a fact.  Public servants are an overpaid monopoly.

If these big brave public servants feel they are worth so much let them go out in the real world and find out exactly how much someone is willing to pay for their ‘talent, skill, courage or lack thereof.’

The fact is our big brave cops and firemen hide behind the political stranglehold of a public employee union that does their dirty work in secret meetings against wimpy, untrained city negotiators and political whores who spend the taxpayer’s money  to get themselves reelected,  by the Unions.

Once you take the time to look at the Public Employee Union situation, you wonder what kind of parasites are attracted to these shameful organizations that extort money from the Public and then wrap themselves in the glory of a claim to ‘Service.’    Isn’t this criminal?   Doesn’t it stink ?

It’s hard to look at any of these uniforms with respect after you think about it.  They are taking much more than they earn or deserve, not much better than the bully that took kids lunch money in grade school.  Only now, they get to wear a uniform or sit in a fancy office.  It stinks.

Adventures of The New Apple iPad 2

Glacier Point Road Yosemite Nation Park

The iPad 2 adventure started out at Badger Pass parking lot at 11:30am on Saturday morning and we that is to say, my new Apple iPad 2 hiked all day arriving at Glacier Point at 8:00PM.  Glacier Point is only accessible this time of year on skies, snowshoeing or on foot.   There was a storm coming in so I decided to error on the side of good judgment and return.

After fixing myself an espresso, (Starbucks) I headed back to base camp.  AKA the Badger Pass parking lot with a full moon at my back all the while thinking that I was going to be attacked by “Big Foot”.  It was an exhausting 25 mile round trip.

My eyes must have been playing tricks on me only because I saw what appeared to be two red eyes glaring at me from the underbrush.  For your enjoyment, here are a few raw video snippets of  the Apple iPad 2 adventure on the main page.

Palo Alto’s newly appointed city attorney Ms. Molly Suzanne Stump

In the interest of Open Government and Transparency the following information was obtained on Ms. Stump through the California State Bar web-site which among other things, lists her practice. attempted to call her too wish her well in her new assignment and also ask her to define and list her TOP Legal Priorities as she envisions them for the city of Palo Alto.

My wish list includes:  Palo Alto social media policy for twitter, facebook and emails.  Currently there are none defined for general public use in harmony with the First Amendment.  See associated PA links below.

Palo Alto secret behind closed door minutes:

If anyone thinks that what is being discussed behind these secret closed door meetings, will not influence Palo Alto City Council members on the value of social media evolving policy changes, is asleep behind the social media mouse and in stark contrast with the Mayors claims of Open Government and Transparency.

Palo Alto Press Release – Contact Karen Holman 650.444.4017


Up-Date:  PA City Attorney Molly Suzanne Stump Employment Contract – Golden Parachute Clauses

7.1. Severance Pay. If Stump is asked to resign or is terminated as City Attorney, she shall receive a cash severance payment or payments (without interest) at intervals specified by Stump, equaling six (6) months salary and benefits calculated at the date of
termination. The six (6) month severance benefit will increase by one month for each completed year of service, to a maximum of nine (9) months. (By way of example, after one year of service, the severance benefit will be seven [7] months, after two years it will be eight [8] months and after three years or more it will be nine [9] months.)

7.2. Non-Payment of Severance under Certain Conditions. If the termination of Stump is the result of conviction of a felony, she shall not be paid any severance pay.

**Misdemeanor(s), DUI convictions, California State Bar moral turpitude issues are excluded.  Based on the provisions as outlined in this contract she would be entitled to all severance pay.

Molly Suzanne Stump – #177165

Current Status: Active

This member is active and may practice law in California.

See below for more details.

Profile Information

Bar Number 177165
Address Ofc City Attorney
Ste 234
1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number (415) 554-4628
Fax Number (415) 554-4763
e-mail Not Available
District District 4 Undergraduate School Pomona Coll; Claremont CA
County San Francisco Law School UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall; Berkeley CA
Sections None

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
6/14/1995 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Disciplinary and Related Actions
This member has no public record of discipline.
Administrative Actions
This member has no public record of administrative actions.