May 25, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Gives Interview to NBC –
Wednesday at 10pm, KING-5 locally


“NBC Nightly News” anchor/managing editor Brian Williams with Edward Snowden
Photo credit: NBC News

– “EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Gives Wide-Ranging Interview to Brian Williams”
“‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor and managing editor Brian Williams traveled to Moscow this week for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with Edward Snowden. The former NSA contractor’s first-ever American television interview
By Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole and Mark Schone, NBC News.
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– “Everyone should know just how much the government lied to defend the NSA”
“A web of deception has finally been untangled: the Justice Department got the US supreme court to dismiss a case that could have curtailed the NSA’s dragnet. Why?”
By Trevor Timm, UK’s Guardian.
Read more


May 25, 2014

Climate change enters into state’s conversation


Gov. Jay Inslee

– “Governor Jay Inslee looks to climate lessons from Europe, Asia”
“The Washington governor’s task force is exploring how to make a cap-and-trade program work well in Washington.”
By John Stang of Crosscut.com.
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– “Report: Climate-change effects are already apparent in NW”
“Bigger, more frequent forest fires, shrinking snowpacks and changing ocean chemistry herald greater risks in the Northwest due to climate change, a new report says.”
By Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times science reporter.
Read more

– “Inslee wants to wean state’s electric utilities off coal”
By Phuong Le of the AP.
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– “Showtime film on climate change puts Gov. Inslee in favorable activist light”
By Brad Shannon, The Olympian.
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– “Climate change increasing risks in Washington”
Read more from the AP.

– “Climate Impacts in the Northwest”
Read more from the EPA.

UPDATE: June 2, 2014
“Gov. Inslee praises Obama step on reducing coal-plant carbon emissions”
By Brad Shannon in The Olympian.
Read more


May 24, 2014

Renewed hope that Lolita may return to Puget Sound


Lolita incarcerated at the Miami Seaquarium
Photo credit: Miami Seaquarium

From KOMO-TV 4 (ABC) in Seattle:
“There are new developments in the decades-long battle over whether Lolita the killer whale, still at Miami Seaquarium, will be returned to her home waters near Seattle. Activists believe, while still a long shot, these developments present the best chance in 40 years to achieve their goal.”

“Among the developments, Lolita will likely get protections under the Endangered Species Act; a new company with less reliance on Orca shows will complete its purchase of Seaquarium in mid-May; and celebrities are speaking out about Lolita’s plight including Seattle natives Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart.”
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Read more from the Orca Network.

Editor’s Note:
I personally knew Arthur Hertz, CEO of Wometco Enterprises, which is selling the 58-year-old Miami Seaquarium attraction to Palace Entertainment, a California-based subsidiary of a Spanish parks operator. I interacted with Mr. Hertz when I was University of Miami (FL) Football Manager from 1972-1978 and when I was an executive with Eastern Airlines based in Miami in 1977-1978 and can attest Mr. Hertz was one of the finest and most dedicated civic leaders in South Florida. Hertz was a former chair of the Orange Bowl Committee, a senior trustee at the University of Miami (FL), a longtime leader of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and a onetime board member of the Jackson Health System.

Mr. Hertz’s company Wometco Enterprises owned Florida’s first television station WTVJ – Channel 4, which at the time I knew Hertz & Wometco in the ’70’s, was a CBS affiliate. Wometco sold their TV stations including WTVJ, which is now NBC-owned and broadcasts on Channel 6.


May 23, 2014

David McCarthy settles NZ lawsuit with JZK, Inc.


From March 15, 2013: Pastor Jeff Adams on “Sabbath Rest” while Court fines him $500 – taken in New Zealand with former RSE student David McCarthy.
Photo credit: Enlighten Me Free

From JZ Knight.com:
“By mutual agreement, the parties filed a joint memorandum with the High Court of New Zealand in Auckland notifying the court of a settlement and asking the court to issue an order by consent of the parties. At the parties request, the trial set for May 26, 2014 has also been cancelled.

Under the agreed order, McCarthy is permanently restrained from disseminating proprietary video recordings of information and techniques taught at Ramthas School of Enlightenment (RSE) including the videos that were at issue in the case.

‘We have never disputed Davids right to lawfully criticize,’ said Mike Wright on behalf of RSE. ‘We recognize that not everyone agrees with our philosophical model or our training. It is not meant to be for everyone.’

McCarthy, who lived in the Yelm area for many years, has been an outspoken critic of RSE since 2004. JZK, Inc. only filed suit in February 2013 after McCarthy posted portions of several private videos on YouTube and elsewhere. The complaint for copyright and contract violations was filed in New Zealand where McCarthy now lives.”
Read more

– UPDATE: May 23, 2014
“JZK, Inc. and McCarthy Settle New Zealand Lawsuit”
By the Nisqually Valley News
Read more

Yelm Community Blogger Steve Klein has been employed by JZK, Inc. since October 2003.


May 23, 2014

JZK, Inc. sues the Freedom Foundation

From JZ Knight.com:
“At an initial hearing Tuesday, May 21, JZK, Inc. requested a temporary restraining order, essentially asking the judge to call a time out on the behavior of Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF). Judge Settle declined to do so this early in the proceedings.”
Read more from Mike Wright, Legal Affairs Manager for JZK, Inc.

– UPDATE: May 23, 2014
” Ramtha Video Tapes Allowed, for Now”
“Judge Denies Temporary Restraining Order Regarding Controversial DVD”
By the Nisqually Valley News
Read more

Yelm Community Blogger Steve Klein has been employed by JZK, Inc. since October 2003.


May 22, 2014

Census: Seattle & Yelm noted for huge growth jumps –
Yelm makes national news for growth rate

From the AP, published in the San Francisco Chronicle:
“The Census Bureau estimates that Seattle grew at a faster rate than any other major American city in the past year.”

“Washington’s population grew by 76,000 and is estimated at 6.97 million.

Ridgefield in Clark County grew at a faster rate than any other city in Washington, with an increase of 7 percent. Other cities with big jumps include Yelm in Thurston County; DuPont in Pierce County and Liberty Lake in Spokane County.”
Read more

– CBS News posted this story, as well
Click here

Editor’s note:
As I am on-record saying many times in the mid-2000’s, the grow, grow, grow policies of the City of Yelm to obtain tax revenue will have consequences down the line with increased traffic,air/water pollution, stress, crime, increased taxation and more. All have come to pass as recorded in many stories on this Blog the last 8 years.

Now, Yelm’s growth is making national news via the AP wire story.

I do not look at this as a positive thing for this area, however is the result of Yelm City Hall’s induced plans that continue unabated.


May 22, 2014

Two upcoming important events @ The Triad

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO


May 21, 2014

Yelm’s Dr. Joe Dizpenza has NY Times Best Seller book

Within a week of release, Yelm’s Dr. Joe Dispenza’s new book You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter is now #13 on the New York Times Best Seller list under the section of “Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous.”
Read more

Click here to purchase your book,
Click here for the Kindle Edition.


May 20, 2014

Tenino, Rainier & Yelm Schools in the news –
YHS’s Bergh named state History Teacher of the Year

– “Three Thurston schools will get help improving”
“Three Thurston County schools landed on the states list of under-performing schools and will receive additional funding and support to try to make improvements, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Rainier Elementary School was listed as priority because of its reading and math test scores during the past three years.

Tenino Middle School and Yelm Middle School were listed as focus schools because they fell below the states bar for reading and math scores by the subgroup of students receiving special education services,” quoting Lisa Pemberton in The Olympian.
Read more


“Yelm High School teacher Teacher Ed Bergh facilitates a spirited yet well-reasoned class round table discussion on the landmark Roe V Wade abortion ruling during their American government class in 2012. That’s when Bergh was honored as the Washington State Civics Teacher of the Year. He recently won Washington State History Teacher of the Year, and is in the running for a national award.”
Photo credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian

– Ed Bergh, Washington History Teacher of the Year
“Mr. Ed Bergh has been awarded the 2014 Washington History Teacher of the Year. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY, and Preserve America are honored to celebrate the outstanding work that you do in the classroom.

Congratulations! You are the 2014 Washington History Teacher of the Year. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY, and Preserve America are honored to celebrate the outstanding work that you do in the classroom. A panel of teachers, administrators, and academics from your state chose you for your use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration that you provide to your students and your career achievements in education. We thank you for engaging students with dedication and creativity,”: quoting Yelm Community Schools.
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Editor’s Note:
Yelm High School Principal Brian Wharton reports that Yelm High School will receive a donation for school’s as part of the award.


May 19, 2014

“The Hum”

“The mystery noise might be part of a worldwide phenomenon referred to as The Hum. According to a 2002 article in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, the Hum is an untraceable sound heard around the world by 2 percent to 10 percent of the population. The report rules out the hearing disorder tinnitus, and suggests that some people have the capability to interpret radio transmissions at certain wavelengths as sound. The report also notes that the only reliable relief from The Hum is a masking noise, such as the sound from an electric fan.”

“A website called The World Hum Map collects reports from people who hear the noise. The closest entries to Thurston County were posted in March 2014 by a Tenino resident and in January 2013 by a Yelm resident. Both reports describe the sound as similar to a diesel train engine,” quoting Andy Hobbs in The Olympian.
Read more

Click here for
“The World Hum Map and Database”
“Hum Database Map and Low Frequency Noise Research”


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