Monday, December 11, 2017

Roch Smith, actual journalist; "Fake! News & Record publishes apparently plagiarized column from Proctor & Gamble employees"

"The News & Record published an opinion piece yesterday it identified as having been written by Kevin Hazel and John Sorjonen. The authors, who are local employees of Proctor & Gamble, appear to have plagiarized the piece almost entirely. A cursory search, apparently beyond the interest of the N&R editorial page editor, reveals that what the News & Record published is corporate propaganda previously published elsewhere—nearly identical, but for a few words—under the names of other Proctor & Gamble employees.

Here is the piece Hazel and Sorjornen pass off as their own. Highlighted portions are found in columns previously published elsewhere under the names of other authors (linked below)........"

http://greensboro101.com/fake-news-record-publishes-plagiarized-column-from-proctor-gamble-employees/

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

On Entropy, Israel, the Middle East and what may be Donald Trump's end game if he actually knows what he's doing

Do suicide bombers act in ways they think God wants them to?

If the second law of thermodynamics
means concentrated pockets of energy in isolated systems, like Earth even out over time,
where and what on Earth is more or less concentrated,
and how fast is what evening out?

If resource consumption, food production, population,
money supply and temperature,
all rose faster in the last 50 years than the preceding 5,000,
we consuming more than replenishing?

What happens when linear food production
can’t keep pace with exponential population growth?

If there is more unknown than known
like what started everything and why or if what started everything is still around,
and we don’t know for certain what happens before life or after death,
what is the purpose of cognitive existence?

Don’t do anything you don’t want done to you, unless you need to.
Don’t believe everything you think, conclude what you want because you want to
or confuse effort with result.

Give your family a better chance to succeed than your forefathers gave your parents
and your parents gave you.

Make luck happen.

Create a higher likelihood of a better present by securing need and achieving want
in the shortest time with the least risk for as long as possible,
by thinking of what and when relative to what was
and what may happen after what could happen next.

History shows again and again
how nature points up the folly of men

Godzilla
Blue Oyster Cult

If there’s less risk and higher return in using a plan that matches circumstances
than trying to force circumstances to fit a plan,
relax, accept and embrace uncertainty, focus, hypothesize, experiment,
observe, acknowledge mistakes, compare, question the status quo,
consider the counterintuitive, anticipate anticipation,
find strength in weakness, weakness in strength and advantage in disadvantage,
know what you own, consult wisdom, accept and learn from criticism,
look within for faults found in others, embrace differences, respect momentum,
be incremental, bypass irrelevancy, protect your flanks, calculate risk,
prepare for instability when stable, reduce to the least common denominator,
rise above and control emotion, weigh choice, adapt, practice with someone better,
commit, accept responsibility, maximize what works, minimize what doesn’t,
tear band aids off swiftly, pay yourself forward and play to win.

If the credit industry slashes trillions of consumer lines of credit
totaling about half of available consumer liquidity,
are living standards likely to rise or fall
for those who don’t step back from conformist thought
while many with collectively held erroneous assumptions fracture
succumb to deer in headlights incomprehension
compounding prior miscalculations?

Why are weak governments and/or fringe political movements
more likely to embrace religion or nationalism
in times of economic and social instability
and/or when distractions appear helpful to bury other more important issues?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jeff Sykes carves up Nancy Vaughan, Roy Carroll, Randall Kaplan and the rest of the crooked crew in downtown Greensboro










Saturday, December 2, 2017

Billy Jones; "In a high-poverty city, why give to the rich?"

"On Dec. 19, the Greensboro City Council is scheduled to vote on spending $56 million to build two new parking garages to support the building of new downtown hotels. If our recent experience with the downtown performing arts center is any indication, the actual costs to the taxpayers will probably be doubled before the projects are finished.

...while the council continues this long, failed policy of corporate welfare and giveaways to wealthy developers, according to city-data.com the poverty rate in Greensboro is 28.4 percent with some neighborhoods as high as 40 percent.

It hasn’t worked so far. Why should we think it will work this time?

If I told you I know a better way, would you want to hear it? Would anyone?

Billy Jones
Greensboro

http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/in-a-high-poverty-city-why-give-to-the-rich/article_11d1f7d1-bb41-5e4a-86fb-13ad697c87b6.html

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A mix of Gary Kenton's letter to the editor and Hartzman's, "Voters should follow money connections", with some public records requests submitted to the City of Greensboro

In the course of my unsuccessful bid for City Council, 
my campaign raised some issues 
regarding the way certain downtown projects get funded 
while other areas in Greensboro are neglected.

In November 2013, opposition to a Greensboro City Council vote
immediately after an election
delayed a targeted taxpayer subsidization of a downtown hotel.

We provided factual information 
showing that a group of developers and lawyers 
who benefit directly from downtown projects supported by taxpayer funds 
are also the biggest donors to the campaigns of some City Council members.

This month, the council delayed a vote to fund $56 million in parking decks
for several of the same campaign contributors,
along with a donor/owner of a local newspaper
that endorsed candidates and reaped revenue from political ads.

Throughout the history of Greensboro, 
there has always been a small group of wealthy and powerful people 
who dictate policy and growth patterns, 
enriching themselves and their business associates in the process. 

Council members who were to vote some of their obfuscated financial backers’ money
didn’t mind until accusations of “crony capitalism” and “corporate welfare” erupted.

Although the media didn’t pick up on it, this is a big story 
that helps to explain the current proposal to spend $60 million 
on two parking garages.

To avoid perpetuating this pattern of cronyism...

Greensboro

As pre-election campaign finance reports were due Oct. 30,
the election took place on Nov. 7,
and the rest of the pre/post-election filings are due Jan. 26,
the public will be not be fully aware of who received what from whom
before the rescheduled vote on Dec. 19.

As both projects are developer construction reimbursements,
it’s unclear how much benefactors stand to personally profit from deals
“the mayor is authorized ... to effectuate ...”
after most of the council received financial support from relatively the same patrons.

Please advocate for full transparency.

Greensboro’s voters deserve to know
how tax monies are allocated in our community’s best interests, or not.

George Hartzman
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City of Greensboro open public records requests

Please provide documents and communications regulating, limiting or identifying how much CHI Greensboro, LLC and Elm Street Hotel, LLC could profit from the design and construction of the two new parking decks planned for downtown Greensboro.

Please provide the feasibility studies of downtown Greensboro's current parking decks

What are the indirect "financial incentives for their proposed projects"?

"the developers will not receive any direct city financial incentives for their proposed projects"

Jim Westmoreland

Please provide all information, documentation and communications concerning the selection process which determined which sites were selected for the placement of two new downtown parking decks, including the locations of the sites not selected and why they were not approved

Please provide information, documentation or communications concerning any of the City of Greensboro's past business dealings with any of those with a direct financial interest in projects associated with two new planned downtown parking decks

Please provide the City of Greensboro's past approved direct city financial incentives for any of those with a direct financial interest in projects associated with two new planned downtown parking decks, who Jim Westmoreland is saying "will not receive any direct city financial incentives for their proposed projects"

Please provide the City of Greensboro's past direct city financial incentives provided to any of those with a direct financial interest in projects associated with two new planned downtown parking decks, who Jim Westmoreland is saying "will not receive any direct city financial incentives for their proposed projects"

Please provide all documentation and communications related to the RFP process, legal notices, requests for bids, advertisement of bids, qualifications of bidders and decision process involving the approval of the developers for both parking deck projects planned for downtown Greensboro.

Please provide all documentation and communications between anyone at the City and the ICRCM, involving "an information workshop on Dec. 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum" concerning "an effort to better inform the public on the details of both parking deck projects, the city plans to host".

Please provide the contract for "an information workshop on Dec. 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum" concerning "an effort to better inform the public on the details of both parking deck projects, the city plans to host".

Please provide all details of the selection process which determined how developers were selected for the placement of two new downtown parking decks, including the names of the developers who didn't win in the bidding process

Please provide all details of "Both parking decks will include ground-floor retail space" cited by Jim Westmoreland, including who will pay for the creation of the spaces, who will own the spaces, who will realize the lease revenue and what realtors will market the spaces

Please provide the City of Greensboro's past financial subsidies/incentives/services/infrastructure allocations to "the developers" who Jim Westmoreland is saying "will not receive any direct city financial incentives for their proposed projects"

Please provide the City of Greensboro financial anaylysis showing "The debt service on these bonds will primarily be financed through monthly and hourly parking fees (in the new decks and the existing parking decks), and through new city sales and property taxes to be generated by the new private development projects that are expected to occur as a result of the city building the new parking decks" cited by Jim Westmoreland

Please provide the City of Greensboro legislation which states the City is obligated to provide "off-street parking (both surface lots and parking decks) to meet the needs of downtown businesses" cited by Jim Westmoreland

Please provide the "analysis" with the underlying data cited by Jim Westmoreland that "the demand for the new decks was validated last year by a Department of Transportation analysis"

Please provide the current and anticipated occupancy of the three proposed new downtown hotels, including the current and projected occupancy of existing downtown and surrounding hotels

Please provide sustainability data incorporating three new taxpayer subsidized downtown hotel plans along with hotels already in the area

What is the anticipated tax value of the land underneath Roy Carroll's new parking deck?

Please provide any communications, data or information concerning who is paying to create/build "ground level retail space" for CHI Greensboro's downtown parking deck.


Please provide any communications, data or information concerning who will profit from lease revenue associated with "ground level retail space" incorporated within CHI Greensboro's design plans for a downtown level parking deck, and how much any non-subsidized businesses in the area stand to lose from increased competition.

Please provide any data or information concerning anticipated parking revenue impact associated with downtown Greensboro's new performing arts center, relative to the creation of two new parking decks within the same area.

Please provide the identities of any legal representatives and the names of any legal firms involved with Randall Kaplan's Elm Street Hotel, LLC's, and Roy Carroll's CHI Greensboro, LLC's parking deck projects.

Please provide the names of any individuals with any financial interest in Randall Kaplan's Elm Street Hotel, LLC's parking deck project.

Please provide the names of any individuals with any financial interest in Roy Carroll's CHI Greensboro's parking deck project.

Please provide finding, and the data supporting the finding, that Roy Carroll's CHI Greensboro's parking deck project is “likely to have a significant effect on the revitalization of the city’s central business district” to justify entering into a binding contract with CHI which would include both a public and private facility.

Please provide the data showing "within the downtown core, the City is projecting a deficit of parking spaces within the next two (2) years due to new residential, office development, commercial, and hotel development" in the attached document.

http://gsoapps.greensboro-nc.gov/downloads/PIRT/7179/17-0257%20CHI%20GSO%20LLC%20Resolution%20%205-2-17.pdf

"State law requires city council to make a finding that the projects are “likely to have a significant effect on the revitalization of the city’s central business district” to justify entering “into binding contracts with one or more private developers with respect to acquiring, constructing, owning, or operating a downtown development project comprising of one or more buildings and including both public and private facilities.” The council has already made the finding for the parking deck planned to support Carroll’s project, but not the Elm Street hotel. In the latter case, the finding would be made as part of the resolution approving funds for the deck."

https://triad-city-beat.com/city-considers-56m-outlay-parking-decks-support-hotel/

Please provide the data related to "over the past twelve months the City of Greensboro has experienced a significant growth in parking demand due to new and anticipated development in downtown Greensboro" in the attached documents

http://gsoapps.greensboro-nc.gov/downloads/PIRT/7179/17-0201%20Elm%20St%20Hotel%20LLC%20Resolution%204-18-17.pdf

http://gsoapps.greensboro-nc.gov/downloads/PIRT/7179/17-0257%20CHI%20GSO%20LLC%20Resolution%20%205-2-17.pdf

Please provide any communications and/or documentation to or from any City Council members concerning parking decks, since 1/1/2017

Please provide a copy of Lewis Pitt's 11/22/2017 "Request for all documents related to Downtown Projects, parking decks, subsidies, etc. as described below" #7461

Please provide any communications and/or documentation relating to "Request for all documents related to Downtown Projects, parking decks, subsidies, etc. as described below" #7461 in electronic form.

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=3765

Why would the City of Greensboro take 11 weeks to produce an advisory opinion on the Justin Outling and United Healthcare conflict of interest?

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/11/why-would-city-of-greensboro-take-11.html

On April 18, 2017, Justin Outling seconded and voted to give Brooks Pierce Partner George House Greensboro taxpayer monies while Justin worked at Brooks Pierce

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/11/on-april-18-2017-justin-outling.html




On "The Shadow Government", by @americaduped


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sometimes strangers call me and ask for information

A voice on an information gathering device I sometimes hold to my head, and with which I read what may or not be true.

On some subjects, I have to tell them a federal judge said I can't tell them about the exact issues they are struggling to fend themselves from.

This is a rigged game.

Decisions have been made, not in the best interests of truth, or justice or any trivial matters, but in the best interests of the few, at the expense of the overwhelming masses of human beings on this planet.

That's where we are.

Survival of those who know and have the ability to act

Monday, November 27, 2017

City of Greensboro open public records requests

Stuff 11/27/2017, with a little poetry slipped in, in honor of Billy Jones