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During a nap dream yesterday afternoon, I was playing chess and three of my unseen opponent’s pawns were moving side by side into my side of the board, threatening my defenses with one or more of the pawns becoming passed pawns and reaching my back line and becoming queens, or whatever else my opponent wanted them to be. I awoke, understood there was something going in in which I was involved, in which I was being outflanked.
In my inbox was email activity involving three men I know, and I thought maybe the three men were the three pawns. I responded to all three men. My dreams throughout the night, however, made it very clear that I had not nailed it. The last dream, after I had woken up for good just before 7 a.m., left me feeling one of the three pawns is one one of those three men, Peter Anderson, Chairman of the Board of Reef Relief, and the other two pawns are Dr. Brian La Point, a marine biology expert, with whom I recently met to be educated on what Tallahassee and Big Sugar have cooked up to start killing the Everglades again, thus what little remains of rest of the reef, which I reported the other day at this website, and Joel Biddle, who once worked for Reef Relief, who had linked me up with Dr. La Pointe.
The other day, Reef Relief sent out to its members, of which I am one, a promo for a beach cleanup, as I recall. I tried to copy it but was unsuccessful, to use later, but I see this morning that I was unsuccessful.
I replied to it:
What’s the latest on Tallahassee letting Big Sugar start dumping its chemical runoff into the Everglades, again? What’s the latest on Reef Relief’s efforts to stop that from happening, again?
Peter Anderson wrote to me yesterday:
The answer(s) to your questions are far more complex than your questions.
The short answer(s) are: “everything we can”…and, “it’s never stopped”…and “it’s not just sugar…”
We are in constant contact with DEP, EPA, and we work closely with the Everglades Coalition, and its Water Team. EVCO represents 57 organizations with over 6 million members
Our Tallahassee representative works tirelessly on our behalf with a legislature that never met a polluter they did not love.
We circulate petitions and RR action alerts to our membership constantly.
Essentially the plumbing of South Florida is highly complex. The CERP plan is a very complex 30 year plan now in its 13th year. The damages done over 60+ years of Army Corp mistakes will take a generation to undo.
Meanwhile, dirty water and it’s impacts are finally up on almost everyone’s radar. We (I) managed to get five words inserted in the EVCO legislative agenda for 2104,”Stop pollution at its source.” during our annual retreat. It’s a start.
If you would really like to help, maintain you new membership, stop bashing RR and me in your blog, and help us raise the money it takes to wage these battles…none of which goes to our volunteer board, BTW.
Unlike the Quirolos who took hundreds of thousands out of RR from cruise ships and their ilk, the only people paid at RR are our dedicated staff.
You suffer from a number of delusions that you take as gospel. Not all your opinions (like Republicans) are based on facts or the reality of situations. And yet that does not stop your sometimes toxic and public opinions. I do not know what to do with a person like that, so my usual reaction is not to react at all.
So, this is the last communication of this type you will ever see from me. It is tendered as a courtesy.
Please stay tuned to our website (see our Portfolio of activities), our action alerts, and ask what you can do for us. Be part of the solution. Please.
I replied last night:
Well, Peter, how many dollars do you figure you have made off of cruise ship passengers, selling them “Conch Republic” passports, flags, T-shirts and related trinkets?
What effort have you personally, and Reef Relief under your leadership, made to have the dirtiest worst possible cruise ships (according the Key West Chamber of Commerce PAC for dredging the channel wider study’s spokesperson, Robin Lockwood, M.D.) from calling on Key West and being allowed to dock at Port Everglades and other south Florida cities?
How many members of the Reef Relief Board of Directors besides you, Peter, make money off of cruise ship passengers who visit Key West? I know at least one other Board member who does, he works for the Walsh family, who own the Westin, which is one of the three piers where cruise ships dock in Key West.
I think you are dreaming, Peter, if you think the damage done to the reef can be restored in one generation, even if all of the water polluters were to stop doing their dirty deeds today. After getting educated by Dr. Brian La Pointe recently, and hearing from him that 97 percent of the reef is dead, I wonder what is the point in trying to save the remaining 3 percent, which so far has not been killed by chemical runoff in south Florida, south east coast Florida cities flushing their raw or partially treated sewerage into the Atlantic Ocean, the Keys doing the same, and cruise ships doing the same.
I was surprised to learn from your fairly recent conversation with DeeVon Quirolo on Reef Relief’s Facebook page, which I published a few times thereafter, how ignorant you were of cruise ships sewerage treatment and dumping. Either that, or you were not ignorant, but lied to Reef Relief’s Facebook page readers and DeeVon called you on it. Hard to imagine, the Chairman of the Board of Reef Relief could be that ignorant. Not hard to believe, the Chairman of the Board of Reef Relief, making who knows how much money off of cruise ship passengers in Key West?, would tell the truth about cruise ships dumping their sewerage in the sea. Hard to believe anyone associated with Reef Relief would not be screaming their lungs out for Key West to ban cruise ships, and for Florida to ban them.
To refresh you memory, Peter, first below is what you wrote on the Reef Relief Facebook page, and below that is what DeeVon wrote to you, and below that is what she then wrote to me.
Peter Anderson Cruise ships do not dump raw sewage into the sea anymore, Janet. Reef Relief and many others made them change those habits years and years ago.
DeeVon Quirolo Not so. The cruise ship industry made a big deal about agreeing to go to secondary treatment–settling the solids and adding chlorine ON NEW SHIPS ONLY; but they will still dump the highly concentrated liquids overboard and this will at best eventually include only a small fraction of the cruise ships on the high seas. The worst part is that they dump outside the reef tract on their way to Key West from Port Everglades.
DeeVon wrote to me:
The current situation is that cruise ships routinely dump thousands of gallons of partially treated concentrated waste in the ocean outside of the reef on their way to Key West from Port Everglades. They run just outside the reef to avoid the offshore counter current of the Gulfstream, which is why the Area to be Avoided was established by the International Maritime Organization to keep them far enough off critical areas where many large ships ran aground the reef. When I was on the Cruise Ship Task Force for the City, we tried running a sample of cruise ship waste through the sewage treatment plant, but it was so anoxic that it would have shut down the anerobic action of the plant by depleting all the oxygen needed. Plus it was in salt, not fresh water, so that was an additional negative factor that reduced the potential for the biological treatment that is employed at the plant.
All the best, DeeVon
There is nothing complex about conflict of interest, Peter. It is like being pregnant. You have the condition, or you don’t.
You should not have anything to do with running Reef Relief. As long as you and other cruise ship lovers are on the Reef Relief Board, you will not like what I write about Reef Relief, nor about you.
The odd things about my dreams last night was, for a change, I was not beaten black and blue and terrified for not going about something in the way the angels wanted me to go about it. The dreams were relatively civil, for a change. Perhaps that is because the angels and I simply do not see eye to eye on this situation, and they taught me to see this situation how I see it, which is expressed in my reply to Peter.
Certainly, what Big Sugar and Tallahassee have cooked up, which Dr. La Pointe told me very well might come to pass, is a very big deal and should not happen. Certainly, any efforts by anyone, including Reef Relief, to head THAT ECO DISASTER off at the pass, must be made. However, the only way I see to really head it off at the pass is to deep six Big Sugar in south Florida altogether, because just forcing Big Sugar to hold to the status quo, according to Dr. La Point, will mean Big Sugar keeps dumping its chemical runoff into Lake Okeechobee, which drains into an east-west canal running from the Sebastian Inlet/Stuart area on the Florida east coast over to the Port St. Lucie area on the west coast. Those communities are losing their sea grass, which manatees eat. The chemical runoff, principally nitrogen, has killed those grasses, but has caused the red seaweed associated with red tides to proliferate. The manatee are eating the red seaweed, trying to survive, but it is poisonous to them and they are getting sick and dying. So, letting Big Sugar hold to the status quo is no solution, either. The only solution is to deep six Big Sugar in south Florida. I wrote that before.
I also wrote before, and I repeated it in my email to Peter Anderson, that trying to save what little is left of the Florida Keys Reef is far too little, far too late. I know that is a cold-blooded, heartless thing to say, but I cannot ignore what Brian La Pointe told me. Sure, I applaud his hard work and long efforts to get Tallahassee’s and everyone else’s attention. He was the only scientist who correctly sized up that Big Sugar’s chemical runoff into the Everglades, which filtered down into the Bay of Florida, and then down to the reef, was killing the reef. The Quirolos believed him, and they alone, of various environmental outfits and government agencies, pressed for an end to Big Sugar’s chemical runoff dumping in the Everglades. With the help of litigation, as I understood from Dr. La Pointe, that effort succeeded. But, the result was, Big Sugar started dumping its chemical runoff into Lake Okeechobee, which created be A DIFFERENT ECO DISASTER.
I remain of the view that this topic is beyond my sphere of influence, which I told Joel Biddle in reply to his email telling Dr. La Ponte was coming down to the Keys and he wanted to meet with me. I met with Dr. La Pointe shortly thereafter, and I learned a great deal from him in the 45 minutes we were together. Or rather, I re-learned it, because Joel already had told me most of it a few months prior, except for the dying manatees on the Florida east and west coasts.
Perhaps I was brought into this because the angels knew I would concluded the only solution is to deep six Big Sugar in south Florida, and put its employees on workman’s compensation, which I wrote in a recent post. Of course, I don’t see that happening. I would be insane to think it would happen. It is the only solution I see, though, and any other solution is no solution. If the angels don’t like my conclusion, or how I dealt with this today, I’m sure they will let me know.
After this post was published, Peter let me know:
You see, Sloan, this is why I work hard not engage you. You are a mean spiteful, angry, fucked up human being.
Later in the day, DeeVon Quirolo sent this to me:
Sloan–I tried to post this on your blog, but it won’t accept my email address. Can you put it up for me? DeeVon Quirolo
This post by Peter Anderson would be laughable if it weren’t so completely inaccurate and slanderous. Yes, Reef Relief received a grant from some of the fines specified to go to local reef protection from the Royal Caribbean legal settlement and we also worked with Holland America on an educational program for incoming cruise ship passengers that reimbursed our costs. But no, Craig and DeeVon went for many many months over many many years without paychecks in order to insure that our staff never did. Even when there were grants and donations for our dedicated and often difficult up-hill battles to protect the reef on a full time basis for Reef Relief, our salaries were approximately half that being earned by our equals in the environmental and non-profit world in the Keys. And we accomplished a lot. While we were raising and spending at a minimum a half a million dollars a year to protect the reefs, our salary never equaled even one-tenth of that. We were not independently wealthy and Craig and I both gave up our own good businesses to invest our time in Reef Relief. I regret the day Peter Anderson decided he needed to steal our thunder and pillage our good name in the community. I think most people see through this. It is just more of Peter’s delusional world to justify the harm he has done to Reef Relief since Craig and I retired and he mounted his hostile and illegal take-over.
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
I had a barrel of laughs yesterday with GS11, sometimes persecuted whistleblower, who sent me about 125 emails, each of which contained a different old post/article I had written in the past:
Why are you sending me all of these old ramblings of mine? You are cluttering my inbox, I sure hope there is a good reason. Sloan
For your blogs historical file To the right side, I have 1332 files back to 06
Goodmorningkeywest.com started in July 2007, showing 2248 articles, as of today. Goodmorningfloridakeys.com started November 2007, showing 2143 articles, as of today. There was some overlapping, perhaps one-half of the articles on goodmorningfloridakeys.com were not duplicated on goodmorningkeywest.com. You also sent stuff I published just to my bulk email list before goodmorningkeywest.com started. Going back to when I started having a bulk email list, there might be 1,000 more articles. That’s an obscene amount of articles. Again, why did you send all of that to me? I have it all on the two websites, and all of it is backed up in my two email accounts.
Thank you for your update. I only saw records to Nov 2007.
Are you hearing voices and own firearms?
I’ve been hearing voices since early 1987, when all of this weirdness started, in Santa Fe, NM, as follows.
I was at the end of my rope, out of bright ideas, knew it. I felt like a total failure as a man. One morning, I prayed, “Dear God, I do not want to die like this, failed.” Pause. “I offer my life to human service.” About ten days later, in the wee hours, as I lay beside my new girlfriend in bed in her home in Los Alamos, I awoke and saw two what I took to be angels hovering above me in the darkness. They were white with a little blue tinge. No wings that I saw. I heard in my mind, not in my ears, very clearly: “This will push you to your limits, but you asked for it and we are going to give it to you.” I remembered the prayer I had made. Then, I was struck by lightning three times, there were white flashes, my body lurched with each strike. I figured it was spiritual lightning, It was electrical. The beings dissolved into the darkness. I lay shaking.
In January 1997, I got locked up for telling that story, and had myself a real live One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest experience, with a real life Nurse Rachet, and then with a psychiatrist just about like her, the psychiatrist was from India or Pakistan, it looked to me. Rachet was white, America. She ran with a white psychiatrist about as bad as she was, and I ran from them, via being transported by a deputy sheriff, into the clutches of the Indian or Paki psychiatrist in another facility. Lovely people. Only by angelic intervention and other people did I escape.
Going back to 1987 and your gun question, which makes no sense to me, that was the same year, as I recall, that my second wife and I were divorced and she ended up with our S&W .38 and my 12 gauge Ithaca pump and a .22 bolt action repeating rifle. Since then, the only guns I have handled were in my dreams.
I still don’t understand why you sent all those old articles? 125, as I rough counted. In separate emails. Were you bored? Did you get drunk or drugged up? Or hypnotized? Did voices in your head tell you to send me all of those old articles? Were they selected by the angels, to be representational of the town idiot, as I described myself to someone last night on Mallory Pier, who was not from around these parts, in the new book Patrick the Terminator said I should write?
AND, How’d you get the old articles which predated the websites? Off the Coconut Telegraph at bigpinekey.com? Did you hack into my email account?
Wondering, wondering, wondering …
ROR SOME REASON IN 2006 APRIL I STARTED SAVING YOUR E-MALES BEFORE THAT I JUST DELETED THEM. (2004) DONT KNOW WHY
GOT 20 g eMAIL STORAGE.
YOUR NOT angry ARE YOU (AT THE WORLD)
I’m still wondering why you sent me 125 emails today? Were you angry at me? I asked several other reasons in my prior email.
I find this world to be lots of things. Some are hilarious. Some are infuriating. Some are sad. Some are joyful. Some are insane. Most of what is given to be to engage is awful, but even in the awful there is humor, if you have a twisted sense of humor.
What most wearies me is carrying so much of it inside of me, the poison. And, being the only person I know who is run by angels, which leaves me with no one to talk with about it, who actually knows what it is.
I used to know a few people who knew what it was, but they are not around today.
again, I FOUND ON MY FILES, didn’t SEE ON YOUR LIST OF E-MAILS, I SENT TO YOU… SOME TIMES A DUCK IS A DUCK…
Maybe I should sue you for $14,000,000, for cyber terrorism, and settle for $6,500,000 like Key West did when it pulled its own quack quack stunt? Maybe the angels will explain in my dreams why you sent me 125 separate emails today, each containing an old raving.
THAT WOULD BE A GOOD START TOWARD REHABILITATION
From former School Board volunteer Audit & Finance Committee member, and former School Board candidate, Larry Murray:
Trying a different approach.
Dr. Larry Murray
Fiscal Watchdog and Citizen Advocate
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Lawrence Murray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Sean Kinney <email@example.com>; Terry Schmida <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 10:05 PM
Subject: Press Release – Suit Against MCSD
On Monday, September 15, 2013, I filed suit against the Monroe County School District for failure to comply with three Public Records Requests. The first dates from August 15, 2013, the second from August 29, 2013 and the third from August 30, 2013. Further, the first two were never acknowledged as received by MCSD which is required by law.
While this is the first time that I have sued MCSD, it is by no means the first time that I have had difficulty obtaining compliance with Public Records Requests. Getting Superintendent Mark Porter to provide the requested documents has always been a struggle, despite the fact that I copy School Board Chairman Andy Griffiths and District Counsel, Dirk Smits to keep them informed. When Superintendent Porter has complied, it is invariably after repeated requests.
You may recall that approximately a year ago, early in the Porter administration, I requested copies of all complaints and resolution thereof received by the District’s Waste, Fraud and Abuse Hotline. Those requests dragged on for over three months as I was continuously rebuffed by Superintendent Porter. It was only after Dennis Ward, then in private practice, intervened on my behalf with the threat of suit that I received the documents. Mr. Ward had to negotiate with Mr. Smits, thus incurring needless legal expenses to the District.
Of course, I am not the only one that has had difficulty extracting documents from the District. I am sure that you remember how the School Board appointed a committee of Dirk Smits, Board member Ed Davidson and Audit and Finance Committee member Stuart Kessler to investigate Change Orders associated with the HOB construction project That group hit a stone wall when requesting pertinent documents from the District. Ultimately, in order to do its work, the committee turned to the contractor to obtain relevant information.
My experience and that of the HOB investigative committee suggests that there is a pattern of willful disregard for the Sunshine Laws. We are not talking about odd or exceptional behavior. Rather, my suit addresses what has become the norm with the Porter administration.
I regret that I have had to file suit, but I do not believe that I had any choice. I only ask that MCSD and its superintendent, who is a lawyer, comply with the law. In addition, there is a principle involved, that the public has a right to expect that a public official comply with the law without having to resort to litigation.
Attached is a copy of my suit.
Dr. Larry Murray
Fiscal Watchdog and Citizen Advocate
“that the public has a right to expect that a public official comply with the law without having to resort to litigation.”
Probably not entirely accurate. Probably accurate, often as not, the public expects a public official to not comply with the law, even though the public official is required by law to comply with the law.
Looks like the [pro se] suit papers were drawn up by a lawyer, where did you get your law training?
It crosses my mind again in not very many minutes that your tango with the SD/SB reminds me of Shahdaroba Rodd’s (Hatman’s) tango with the City of Key West, although he has been at it a bit longer, and he has been beat black and blue a few times by the KWPD, and he has beaten the KWPD black and blue a few times, whereas, I do not forsee the SD/SB beating you black and blue.
Everything you send to me about the SD/SB reminds me that I’m still in favor of a state takeover of the SD/SB.
I look forward to the Citizen and the Keynoter’s rendition of what you shared with them. Did you copy Bill Becker with it?
Although I can open and read your lawsuit papers, I cannot copy and paste them into another file, so when I publish on this tomorrow, readers will not see the lawsuit papers. I will let them know that the individual employee whose salary and supplemental pay, if any, you sought to ascertain is Christina McPherson.
Vietnam vet, subsequent war protester lawyer buddy Hawkman from Alabama wrote:
I was glad to see you received a copy of the article about Chuck Morgan. I thought of you when I read it and noted the role of your mentor and friend, Judge Clarence Allgood. Charles Morgan is the reason I went to law school. I read his book, A Time To Speak, while I was teaching at Brighton High School (all black then) in 1970. By that time, I too was AWAKE to the nature of the society I lived in and wanted to make a difference in changing it. Morgan’s book caused me to conclude lawyers can make a difference in bringing about social justice (well, at least courageous lawyers like Chuck Morgan). So after 4 years of teaching , I went to U of A Law. Chuck’s son owns two restaurants here and I have gone by several times to tell him of his father’s influence on me–he’s always somewhere else: usually on the coast at another of his restaurants. As I began typing this, it occurred to me your blog had info about Chuck Morgan and Mario Morgan! I very much enjoyed Mutant Message Downunder which you either gave to me or I bought it on your recommendation. I read it again a few years back–fascinating. One of the most interesting occurrences was when the young aborigine fell from a bluff and received a compound fracture of his leg. Another young man in the tribe manipulated the broken leg, rubbed his hands over it and it was healed instantly. The tribe had that wonderful spiritual cavern inside a large natural dome structure to which they would make pilgimages . Two Morgans who definitely worked to become a REAL Person.
Hawkman ain’t your ordinary Alabama lawyer. For many years, he was the lead defense lawyer in the Tuscaloosa Public Defender’s office. He handled all of the serious felony defenses. We first got to know each other around 1980, through our mutual passion for white water paddling, and eventually we became a tandem partnership in his C-2, which is a bigger version of a C-1, which is a decked canoe that looks like a kayak, but you kneel in it with your butt on a small pedestal, instead of sitting flat on the bottom of it, like in a kayak, and you use a canoe paddle, instead of a kayak paddle. Wasn’t long after I got abducted by angels in 1987 that Hawkman started having his own not of this world experiences. He wasn’t beaten black and blue by angels, like I was, but he certainly had his rough spells in the human dimension. Perhaps the main difference in his spiritual adventures and mine is, I was abducted by Jesus and Archangel Michael, and Hawkman was not.
On Mallory Pier most evenings is a fellow named Randesh, or Randy, from British Guiana, whom I met in Key West maybe in 2007 or 2008. He busts fresh coconuts and puts on quite a good show for tips. If you have not seen his act, I recommend it. If you have not drunk real coconut juice, and eaten real coconut meat, or jelly if the coconut is young, I recommend it. It just might ruin your taste for coconut products in grocery stores, but then, if you are addicted to processed food, McDonald’s, American soft drinks, maybe you won’t like fresh coconut juice, jelly or meat at all.
Back when I spent some time in the Caribbean, I learned that physicians down there tell their patients to drink the juice of one “pepe” (baby, green) coconut a day, and they won’t have to come see their doctor. A pepe coconut only has juice, not even any jelly. The juice is not sweet, usually, like it gets after jelly starts forming, and even sweeter after hard meat starts forming. Pepe coconut juice is full of enzymes and electrolytes. It cleans your stomach, liver, gall bladder, kidneys, intestines. It was used as an IV drip in Shri Lanka, after the big tsunami wrecked that nation’s east coast and hospitals ran out of saline solution for IV drips. Coconut water is sterile, totally safe, unless, I suppose, the tree was injected with chemicals to fight disease, which sometimes happens in the Keys.
Randesh tells people that coconut juice is the closest thing to mother’s milk. He says, it is possible to survive just on coconut juice and milk and meat. He sometimes tells people, who won’t try coconut juice, that they must not have liked mother’s milk, either. I don’t know, my mother said she never nursed me; I was on boiled milk right away. It was said that I would sit in my high chair all morning, because I refused to drink my bottled milk. Then, I would be served lunch. I don’t remember that, but I heard it so many times, I came to believe it.