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Kali, Hindu Goddess of destruction and resurrection, kinda a female version of Jesus, kinda
In my last dream this morning, I was headed somewhere about something having to do with tantric practices, which are found in Yoga and Buddhism. I have my own view of what tantric practices mean, which simply is:
The people I engage in this or that earthly dance, we each have our respective roles to play, and if we each do our own parts, then there is spiritual advancement for each of us, and perhaps something occurs in the earthly dance, which otherwise would not have occurred. If we don’t each all do our respective parts, then those of us who did our parts still advance spiritually, but those who did not do their parts regress spiritually, and the earthly dance may be altered away from the outcome which could have happened if all had done their respective parts.
With that in mind, today’s features start with my observation in Banks Prevatt’s Dump the Pumps camp, who oppose use of grinder pump sewer systems in the lower Keys anywhere gravity sewer systems can be used. In that camp are two men who are very knowledgeable in that area of critical concern, who, so far, have refused to put their faces and names on any email correspondence on this topic, and who, so far, have said they will not be at this Friday’s special County Commission meeting on this topic, Harvey Government Center, Key West. The reason these two men are behaving in this way, they both told me, is because they work for either Monroe County or Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and fear being fired or otherwise retaliated against if they go public with their opposition to grinder pump systems anywhere gravity systems can be used.
I told them both that I have a big problem with people who want help but wish to remain anonymous. I have not publicly identified them so far, and I may not identify them. However, their “testimony” before the county commissioners this Friday would be powerful because of how much they know about grinder pumps and gravity systems. Their testimony would be all the more powerful because they work for the public agencies which keep telling the Dump the Pumps camp that grinder pumps are as good as, cheaper than, and as environmentally safe as gravity systems, which, based on what these two men have shared privately with many people apparently, is a big fat lie. These two men’s testimony also would be all the more powerful because they would be putting themselves at risk by testifying in public and stating where they work, under whom, and their fear of retaliation, however the truth must be told.
Sometimes unexpected good things happen for people who put themselves at risk for the greater good. Sometimes not. Only by putting themselves at risk do they find out. Many times have I written in posts: there is no place in the Kingdom of God for cowards. I do not mean when cowards die, they go to hell and burn there forever. I mean, cowards do not enter the Kingdom of God in this life.
Here is a recent email from one of these two insiders, which Banks Prevatt shared with many people. I hid the email addresses only to prevent the recipients from receiving Spam.
CC: wdrabinski@__________, dgeebee@_________
Sent: 1/24/2014 9:28:29 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Fwd: Fw: posted to CT
Forwarded from Anon, a posting he submitted to Coconut Telegraph today.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Anon Emus <halloween@___________>
Date: Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM
Subject: Fw: posted to CT
It all started with the personal affront of a forced easement, heavy electrical cost burden, and unreliable service of individual grinder pumps in a forced central sewer system. If it was all about the money, the decision to go with grinders instead of cheaper, more reliable, and vastly more environmentally safe vacuum sewers as an alternative to gravity made no sense. As we looked deeper, we came to realize that the engineers responsible had virtually no experience in LPS sewer design or operation, and were being “educated” by the E-1 grinder pump salesman, who had no experience in LPS sewers of such size and complexity because none exist! Here was an obvious recipe for disaster, and it has come to near fruition. We focused first on the evils of grinder pumps in general and the E-1 brand in particular, which led us to discover that the pump is individually incapable of pumping fast enough to keep grease and solids from gumming up the top or settling out on the bottom of the sewer force main pipe. Because they only pump for less than a minute in normal operation, the very common short streets will seldom see more than one pump working at a time. The flow rate is also not fast enough to push the inevitable sewer gas pockets through the pipe which will result is air locks (air binding). As we looked deeper, we found that the same residential E-1 grinder pumps were being used in area lift stations! They are not explosion-proof and are entirely illegal and a public safety hazard in such an application. We looked deeper still and found that many of the trunk sewer force mains throughout the system are also in danger of catastrophic blockage due to lack of sufficient flow velocity! In intermittent operation, they need at least 3.5 ft/sec to re-suspend settlements which they will never see. The same applies to the forcemain under Niles Channel and others, which has no containment casing! In case of a blockage, what is the first thing the emergency service crew is going to do? Apply higher pressure! We checked and discovered that the force mains are not even tested to the maximum pressure developed by the little E-1 residential grinder pumps! The pipes are bedded in gravel, like a French drain or your septic tank drain field, and will accept an amazing amount of finely ground raw sewage slurry before distributing it into the shallow tidal water along the trench and hence to the nearshore waters. This environmental disaster sewer system must be stopped. Visit http://dumpthepumps.com to sign the petition and learn more. If you can, donate something there to further the legal action.
To the above, I add that it was said at a Dump the Pumps steering committee meeting I attended a couple of weeks ago, by someone I figured ought to have standing to say it, that the next paragraph below is how County Commissioners George Neugent and David Rice are making decisions on Dump the Pumps’ plea for gravity sewer systems wherever feasible:
George and David estimate how many votes they will lose in the lower Keys, if they stick to the current sewer plan for the lower Keys, and they estimate how many votes they will gain in Marathon and the upper Keys, if they stick to the current sewer plan for the lower Keys, and if they guess they will lose 1,000 votes in the lower Keys, but gain 2,000 votes in Marathon and the upper Keys, that decides how they vote at this Friday’s County Commission meeting. It has nothing whatsoever to do with what is best for the lower Keys, or for the Keys. It has only to do with votes.
When I shared that perspective with a Key West person yesterday, who knows George Neugent and David Rice, that person said that is how George and David operate. I am not naming that person, nor who said it at the Dump the Pumps meeting. They are receiving copies of this post today, and they can name themselves, or not. Suffice to say, they are movers and shakers in the lower Keys. They have clout. And they really do not like grinder pumps.
moving westerly from the lower Keys, an email from Christine Russell prompted by my publishing her and my earlier email correspondence in yesterday morning’s Key West’s Truman Waterfront: crown jewel or rubble? post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com:
Recall your question to me on the park:
What do you want on Truman Waterfront, Christine? Leave everyone else out of it. What do you want it to be?
And that was my response to you – my ‘dreamy’ response – leaving everyone else out of it. I of course would want to consider the Navy because they gave us the land and leaving them out would be disrespectful – sort of biting the hand that feeds you. This is why I did not include any boats or some other features – this was my dream park – just as you requested.
But we may as well live in Neverland … 13 years and counting….not the park most ‘dreamed’ of.
And a restaurant in Building 103!!! where the h— did that come from? Oh I remember – that was part of the mega-yacht marina with the 5 star pool the public was not going to be allowed to use, and a restaurant possibly also a ship store to support the mega yachts – so they did not have to mingle with the underlings in town (I will dig out my docs for that project).
A discussion of Building 103 needs to take place! TWAB needs to bring that topic to light – out in the SUNSHINE. Never was a restaurant suggested at ANY of the charettes OR the meeting in the Douglas gym
over the past 10 years.
I wanted you to leave everyone else out of it, and was glad you did. I replied to yours, and then you came back with this which I feel qualifies, if not rejects, what you wrote from your heart. You did the same thing the other day.
I wish you would stop doing that. You usually do it at city commission and other public meetings, too, during citizen comments. You speak from your heart, then you backfill it with sugar, cya, qualifications. It’s not becoming, fetching, and it sends double messages.
Bob Kelly replied to my post today, which included your dream Truman Waterfront and my response to yours. His is down below, followed by reply to his.
Love and kisses,
New comment on your post “Key West’s Truman Waterfront: crown jewel or rubble?”
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E-mail : kwshoes@___________
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I met Christine ten or more years ago at a meeting at someone’s home set up to discuss organizing what was to become the Hometown PAC. She was already an activist and I was a relatively new arrival to Key West seeking to find out more about what went on and was then going and what might be going on in the future. I had enrolled in the Ambassador’s program in 2004 after recently returning to our fair city following a two year sojourn back in the frozen north.
Over the years we have remained in touch, and particularly so when I was briefly a member of the Truman Waterfront Advisory Board for about six months during 2012. Christine and several others, including Richard Tallmadge, had formed the Key West Commoners in the hope of organizing some things that could be done quickly at the waterfront with very little expense, things like an outdoor market, impromptu musical events, kids games, and the like. They had also contacted Project for Public Spaces and gotten a quote from PPS to conduct a quick study that would engage the entire community in a park-building exercise that would lead to a Lighter-Quicker-Cheaper plan that could be realized while the more formal planning and building process went forward.
Christine’s latest missive to you demonstrates her passion for this park. I share it and hope to be able to enjoy the park in the years that I have remaining at 74 years old.
You asked Christine what she would want at the waterfront. It’s everything that I would want and more than I’d even thought about. I would add to her vision tables for chess, checkers and dominoes, a croquet lawn, bocce courts.
The city is moving very rapidly to demolish the Navy Mess Hall, even though it is part of the 6.6 acres that Clayton Lopez has recently come to realize is being taken away from the citizens of Bahama Village. During my time at TWAB I could see that happening and tried to alert Clayton and the City Commission to that fact. My warnings received only shrugs and fell on deaf ears.
Now the Waterfront Advisory Board and the Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee are being primed to hold a joint meeting to hash out what to do with the 6.6 acres. The BCCLT plan died with the demise of that organization, but reservation Architect Bert Bender redesigned a scaled-back plan that would have achieved some of the objectives that were incorporated in the BCCLT plan, including a community center and other community spaces. Right now, though, that plan is impeded by the “temporary” soccer field which is about to get $170,000 worth of rehabilitation; the Waterfront Advisory Board unanimously recommended that the rehab <strong>not </strong>be carried out. It has often been the case that the TWAB recommendations are over-ridden by the CC. It was and is a frustration to me that the Commission uses the TWAB for cover and then goes ahead and does what it wants.
On a different note, if anyone thinks for a minute that Ron Deems is out there pitching warnings on his own, they clearly don’t understand how things work in the military. Ron is the senior civilian official at NAS Key West. He reports to the NAS Commander and so far has had the Commander’s backing and that of other Navy officials up the chain of command. It is naive of the City Attorney to advise the City Commissioners that they can ignore Deems’ advice about what needs to happen to ensure that the Navy command staff will continue to support the City’s plans. He (Smith) may have some sort of legal justification to say what he did on Wednesday, but following his advice and twisting the tiger’s tail is done at some risk, nay at GREAT risk, to the City and the hoped-for park.
With an election coming in the Fall, citizens may have to take action to change the makeup of the Commission by electing candidates who will right the sinking ship that is our dream park and set it on a safe course.
All the best,
I wrote back:
Hi, Bob – thanks for your thoughts and comments on what I know is, and has been, a painful journey for you.
I, too, like Christine’s dream design for Truman Waterfront. And, I like adding chess, checkers and dominoes tables and benches, a croquet lawn and bocce courts. Perhaps also shuffle board, horseshoes and badmitton (spelling?).
I imagine with just the 2 of you running this show, it could be settled and put in place rather quickly. Too bad we don’t have a 2-person city commission deciding how to do Truman Waterfront, and you 2 are it. I would not wish the rest of the crapola the city commission deals with on you 2, though, although maybe I should. Maybe you 2 would cut right through all of that, too, like a pair of barracuda cut through a school of mullet.
I also agree that it was not terrifically smart to blow off Ron Deems. I told someone sitting beside me, after it became clear that he was going to be blown off and he did not then go quietly by any stretch of the imagination, that he represented the 800 pound gorilla and that should not be ignored.
Whether or not the voters view themselves at an 800 pound gorilla when it comes to the fortunes or misfortunes of the city’s current elected officials, remains to be seen. If citizens who are steamed up about Truman Waterfront return to office this year any of the incumbents standing for reelection, that might indicate that the voters are not an 800 pound gorilla, or they are not really steamed up about Truman Waterfront.
I could say the same for the city voters and their sentiments about the dirtiest worst possible cruise ships calling on Key West since long before I arrived in Key West, which was late 2000. I suppose what I’m getting down to saying is, action speaks louder than words.
Also yesterday, Mike Tolbert of Daddy Bones’ yummy BBQ, located behind Checker’s on North Roosevelt Blvd
is throwing a fund raiser today for Frank Decker, a former Daddy Bones employee who was sideswiped on his motorcycle in Key West by a motorist. The impact ripped off part of Frank’s left leg and injured his heart and other body parts. He was literally saved by local paramedics and kept alive until reaching, via helicopter, a Miami hospital, where he hovered between life and death for some time before starting to come around. The fundraiser begins at 2 p.m. today and runs until. There will be food, drink, music and perhaps other entertainment which might be interesting. Mike don’t always do things by the Mary Poppins book :-).
As for the jabber, Mike wrote yesterday:
OK your friend christines idea for a park is just great. I can only imagine how many more jack booted thugs Donnie Lee [Key West’s police chief] will need to enforce a dress code that excludes any body deemed undesirables! As for the powerboats! LEAVE THEM ALONE they are the nost fun and profitable event in key west. I wish they still ran 2 events a year! The arrogant whiney yachtys can go. sure would make a lot of people happy to replace quantum with another REAL race by superboats!
I, too, wonder how many police will be required to harass homeless people in the new park, if such ever comes to life at Truman Waterfront. Personally, I still like the RV campground idea, which is not mine, I can’t recall now who suggested it. They have a lovely park right next door, Fort Zach, which is homeless person free because of the small entrance fee.
As for the power boats, given what all kinda horsepower you have working at Daddy Bones, I can’t imagine you needed any more excitement in your life :-). Even so, I don’t see even the slightest snowball chance in hell that the power boats will be ousted by park lovers, although the way the power boat magnate acted recently, apparently making up that he was being courted and wooed by other Florida coastal cities, might have been a harpoon shot up his own ass and out his mouth.
Love and kisses,
yea when Al Copeland died a lot of the class in powerboatracing died with him. He is surely. missed around here. STILL drive to mainland every now and then for POPEYES FRIED CHICKEN.
Also today, an article from Key West the Newspaper – www.theblueppaer.com – with several readers’ comments, including some from moi:
President Obama says that he wants to make income inequality– the growing gap between the richest and poorest Americans– the defining issue during 2014. He points with alarm to the fact that distribution of economic gain is increasingly favoring a small percentage of the population– those who are already well off. Duh! Why would anyone find that surprising, much less somehow illogical? But to Obama, it is simply unfair for a corporate CEO to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, while a high school dropout working at a fast food restaurant makes minimum wage. And in the president’s mind, that can be fixed by simply taking money from those in our society who have figured out how to be successful and giving it to those who haven’t figured it out– in essence, redistribution of wealth.
The fact is, however– except maybe in Sherwood Forest– taking from the rich and giving to the poor is not going to have much impact on the problem of income inequality. What would make an impact is somehow helping the dropout in the fast food restaurant simply “figure it out.” I have lived for a number of years and I have concluded that “figuring it out” is what life is all about. How hard is it for young people to figure out that they will do much better in life if they at least finish high school and don’t start having babies in their teens? Those who can figure it out up to that point should also be able to figure out how to go to college or trade school. Granted, it’s easier to figure it out if you have parents and/or others to coach and encourage you.
Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard all the crap about how, if you are born poor, you will almost certainly stay poor. Bull! My father died when I was five and my mother struggled for years just to provide the basic necessities for her two kids. But despite our situation, she told us over and over again that we could be anything we wanted to be in life and that the first step was education. She always assumed that my sister and I would go to college– and my sister and I also assumed that– although we never discussed how we were were going to pay for that.
From junior high on, I figured out how to use part-time jobs to pay some of my own expenses– important stuff like ball gloves and bicycles. My very first job was as a soft drink vendor at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. My mother helped me get my social security card. I also worked at an ice house, bagged groceries, delivered flowers and shelved books at the county library. And I had several paper routes. When I graduated from high school, I had to figure out how to finance college. I was able to do that for a year with part-time jobs, but I soon figured out that this was not going to be sustainable. There was a draft back then and I figured out that I could volunteer for the draft, serve my two years and the GI Bill would then pay for my college. Once I had a college degree, corporations actually recruited me to come work for them! What a concept! Later, when I pursued advanced degrees, I found that scholarships and grants were readily available.
Does what I did mean that I am inherently smarter than the guy who dropped out of high school and went to work at the fast food restaurant? I don’t think so. I just made different decisions. I figured it out. And it wasn’t particularly hard. The decisions I made just seemed logical to me. But having said that, the dropout must bear some responsibility for his own decisions. But Obama wants to reward him by providing more government entitlements and by forcing his employer to increase the minimum wage. That may or may not happen and, even if it does happen, I do not share the notion that it will mean the economic end of the world. But the notion I do share is that those few additional dollars will not make much difference in the life of the dropout working at the fast food restaurant. He will still always be poor– unless he figures it out.
Having said all of this, I am hardly a role model for young people who want to become rich. I took too many “sabbaticals” to pursue adventures like spending six months in London and Paris, sailing in the Bahamas for three years and running a weekly newspaper in a small town for 18 years. But my education and experience– which resulted from the decisions I made in high school– made it possible for me to do that.
Dennis Reeves Cooper, Ph.D
Dennis Reeves Cooper founded Key West The Newspaper (the Blue Paper) in 1994 and was editor and publisher until he retired in 2012. He says he has at least one more adventure left in him. He has applied to serve in the Peace Corps.