Los Angeles DWP adding Chloramine to Drinking water (MaltoseFalcons.com link) I recently had to dump a batch of beer I made last month due to my tongue feeling numb and having this weird plastic taste to the beer. I recently read a post from More Beer stating that water companies are adding chloramine to water as a disinfectant, and how chloramine will react with malt and create chlorophenols.
Here is the article on More Beer (link). I'm thinking that I had filtered my water too fast and didn't get enough of the compounds out of the water which then reacted to my beer.
Here is the DWPs website on the chloramine expansion project (link).
(Mod: Maltose Falcons is a cool craft beer brewing website out of Los Angeles. As we tally up the reasons why putting chloramines into our drinking water is not a very good thing to do, we can now add that it completely wrecks homemade beer.)
Poll: Voters prefer hemorrhoids over Congress (USA Today link) It's no surprise these days that Congress isn't very popular, but a new poll says voters have a higher opinion of witches, hemorrhoids and jury duty than their lawmakers in Washington.
Public Policy Polling asked a series of questions trying to gauge support for Congress compared with government-run institutions such as the Internal Revenue Service, health problems such as toenail fungus, cockroaches and dog poop.
The findings may surprise some lawmakers in Washington, who are deadlocked over how to reopen the federal government after eight days of shutdown.
Voters say they have a higher opinion of hemorrhoids than Congress, by 53% to 31%. More than seven in 10 voters say they view jury duty more favorably than Congress, which musters only 18% support in that comparison. Even toenail fungus rates 3 percentage points higher Congress.
Overall, voters in PPP's telephone poll gave Congress an 8% approval rating. Nearly nine in 10 voters, or 86%, say they disapprove of Congress — which is in line with a recent CNN survey.
"Congress having an 8% approval rating tells us one thing about how unhappy voters are," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. "But it's even more telling that voters have a lower opinion of it than annoyances like the DMV and jury duty, health issues like hemorrhoids, and even witches."
(Mod: What makes me question the validity of this poll is it doesn't ask the voters how they would feel about a combination of these things. Which, in the case of Congressmembers such as Judy Chu, would be a valid consideration as she represents an agglomeration of all the above listed attributes.)
Assembly speaker’s relationship showed ‘poor judgment,’ experts say (The Press Enterprise link) For more than a year, John A. Pérez, speaker of the California Assembly, dated a Hollywood funeral director who faces fraud allegations in one of the biggest financial scandals to rock the U.S. funeral industry.
During their relationship, Pérez, a Los Angeles Democrat, mixed political business with his personal life in ways that showed poor judgment, ethics experts say. A Pérez spokesman said the lawmaker conducted himself appropriately during a casual dating relationship.
Tyler Cassity, proprietor of a boutique cemetery called Hollywood Forever and defendant in a $600 million fraud lawsuit in his native Missouri, accompanied Pérez to a series of high-profile public events.
In July 2011, the powerful state official brought Cassity to an exclusive Los Angeles party to honor Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, documents show. In December 2011, Pérez took Cassity on a weeklong lawmakers’ junket to Israel, where they met President Shimon Peres and other Israeli officials.
In 2012, Pérez persuaded Sacramento political donors to contribute thousands of dollars to AIDS/LifeCycle, a charity Cassity favors, according to state records. Also last year, Pérez accepted a $1,000 political donation from the funeral director.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, Cassity, his parents and his older brother are defendants in a 2009 lawsuit that contends they looted millions of dollars from trust accounts and insurance policies that were supposed to be set aside to pay for customers’ funerals. The suit was filed by a receiver appointed to oversee the Cassity family’s National Prearranged Services Inc. and related businesses after they became insolvent.
In terms of financial losses, the collapse of the Cassity companies may represent “the biggest scam” ever in the U.S. funeral industry, said Joshua Slocum, executive director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance reform group.
(Mod: You may recall that CA Assembly Speaker John A. Perez is the fellow that appointed our own freshman Assemblyman Chris Holden to a senior position in that august legislative body in exchange for $199,000 in campaign contributions. So that Perez should be in cahoots with an individual that robbed the dead should come as no surprise. You will also be pleased to know that Perez now plans to run for State Comptroller, and in a state as corrupt as ours he will likely get it. )
Plan circulating to extend transit sales tax (Los Angeles Daily News link) Don’t look now but a new version of Measure J — the proposal that would have extended the half-percent sales tax for transit projects — could be making its way to the ballot.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is contacting leaders of the various Councils of Governments in the county and the officials in the 88 cities to weigh in on what it would take for them to support a new version of the tax proposal.
Measure J was lost when it fell about 16,000 votes short of the two-thirds it needed to be approved. It would have extended the Measure R sales tax from 2039 until 2069.
Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had been one of the main supporters of the proposal, arguing it would allow the MTA to use the additional sales-tax money to issue bonds to pay for various projects.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said he wants all the Council of Governments and local city officials to weigh in on specific programs they would want to see in order to support the tax. Aides to Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was studying the plans.
(Mod: As a Tattler reader I am sure you are aware that we all beat this sales tax extension at the polls not too long ago. So just like it is with the UUT extension in Sierra Madre, the usual cast of bums wants a do-over election. There apparently is nothing these people can stand less than the taxpayers saying NO to their endless demands for more of our money.)
Welkome Comrade to One Bay Area (Redwood City-Woodside CA Patch link) How do you like the following idea? You will be told where you can live; the type of buildings in which you will live; and, the manner of travel you will use. Or else.
Most people will live in planned communities that are self-sustaining, and have most amenities nearby. Vehicle use will be almost unnecessary since these communities will be located near mass transit, and land use will be minimized as mid- to high-rise buildings will house almost all the population.
Also, residents will have what they need within walking distance, or a bicycle ride away - making them all healthier and if not, why then you’ll pay between a penny and 10 cents a mile for every mile you drive in the nine Bay Area Counties with that money going to transportation improvements above and beyond gas and property taxes… oh, and you’ll do this by paying a monthly bill based a GPS-like device that will be implanted in your vehicle.
While that may sound like a plan from a socialist country (or Bizarro world), it’s happening right here disguised as the One Bay Area Plan. “Sustainable communities” are the latest buzzword and blueprint for future property development and even more growth control (if thart's possible) in the nine Bay Area counties. The problem is that the goal of a sustainable community is actually quite laudable but One Bay Area manages to pervert that philosophy while using the concept’s cache (plus the threatened use of government sanctions) to cull a loyal following.
In California there are a total of 17 regions, including in Los Angeles and San Diego, that are implementing sweeping changes to future development so that, Kumbayah, we’re all in ”sustainable communities.” For the Bay Area, that plan will include two-thirds of all new housing to be mid- to high-rise buildings. These buildings will be located in certain areas, called Priority Development Areas (PDAs) and according to One Bay Area, and by the year 2040, nearly 70 percent of all new housing in the Bay Area will be in these PDAs. In fact, only four percent of the region’s total land area will be used for the PDAs, according to the plan.
(Mod: Three out of the five members of our City Council would vote for something like this. Personally, I think they would do it for a couple reasons. Native stupidity of course, plus a desire to curry favor with powerful LA County politicians and developers. Oh, and invitations to yummy buffets at COG award ceremonies.)
US judge tells man he's still legally dead (Seattle PI link) A man who disappeared decades ago is finding out there's no easy way to come back from the dead.
Donald Miller Jr. went to court this week to ask a county judge to reverse a 1994 ruling that declared him legally dead after he had vanished from his home eight years earlier. But the judge turned down his request, citing a three-year time limit for changing a death ruling.
Hancock County Probate Court Judge Allan Davis called it a "strange, strange situation."
"We've got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health," said Davis, who told Miller the three-year limit was clear.
"I don't know where that leaves you, but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned," the judge said.
Miller resurfaced about eight years ago and went to court so that he could get a driver's license and reinstate his Social Security number.
His ex-wife had opposed the move, saying she doesn't have the money to repay the Social Security benefits that were paid out to her and the couple's two children after Miller was declared dead. Robin Miller said her former husband vanished because he owed big child support payments and that the overdue payments had totaled $26,000 by 1994, The (Findlay) Courier reported.
Miller, 61, told the judge that he disappeared in the 1980s because he had lost his job and he was an alcoholic. He lived in Florida and Georgia before returning to Ohio around 2005.
(Mod: That explains it. You have to be an alcoholic to live in Florida. I think it is required by law.)
Absorbed device users oblivious to danger (SFGate link) A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol. He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side. He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose. Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away - but none reacts.
Their eyes, focused on smartphones and tablets, don't lift until the gunman fires a bullet into the back of a San Francisco State student getting off the train.
Investigators say this scene was captured by a Muni camera on Sept. 23, the night Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, allegedly killed 20-year-old Justin Valdez in an apparently random encounter.
For police and prosecutors, the details of the case were troubling - they believe the suspect had been out "hunting" for a stranger to kill - but so too was the train passengers' collective inattention to imminent danger.
"These weren't concealed movements - the gun is very clear," said District Attorney George Gascón. "These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They're just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They're completely oblivious of their surroundings."
Gascón said what happened on the light-rail car speaks to a larger dilemma of the digital age. As glowing screens dominate the public sphere, people seem more and more inclined to become engrossed, whether they are in a car or a train or are strolling through an intersection.
"When you used to go into a public place, you assumed everyone was in that place with you," said Jack Nasar, an Ohio State University professor in city and regional planning who specializes in environmental psychology. "What happens to public places when everybody is talking on a cell phone? Everyone is somewhere else.
"Someone can take a gun, hold it up, and nobody will notice it."
(Mod: I wonder if Siri would know what to do in a situation like that.)
New York man hit by exploding toilet (Yahoo News link) A New York man was seriously injured when a toilet exploded in his face after he pulled the handle to test the water pressure in his Brooklyn apartment. Michel Pierre sustained shrapnel wounds from flying shards of porcelain that pierced his face, arms and legs, and required 30 stitches, his lawyer told AFP.
The 58-year-old information technology specialist is now so fearful that he uses a rope to flush the toilet from behind the bathroom door at a safe distance.
"Those fears are part of his damages," said his lawyer Sanford Rubenstein. "Clearly toilets are supposed to flush, not explode." Three other tenants were also injured by what the Daily News website dubbed "the porcelain bomb."
The website said Pierre was briefly knocked unconscious and covered in blood by the explosion on October 2 in Brooklyn, an increasingly well-heeled part of New York.
"It sounds silly but I'm still scared," Daily News quoted Pierre as saying. "Maybe someday it goes away but right now I'm in pain."
Rubenstein said a lawsuit would be filed against the management company of the building so that a jury could decide how much compensation Pierre should be paid.
The full cost of his medical bills and whether he needs plastic surgery are not yet known, Rubenstein said. "Obviously there is a serious problem in the building," the lawyer told AFP.
(Mod: Do low flow toilets explode with the same force as regular ones?)
Let's stop here, shall we?