Monday, September 1, 2014

Legendary Labor Day Edition Of The Tattler Weekly News

CETT's fabulous new One Carter designs?
(Mod: Well, OK, these news posts are not quite as weekly as they used to be. They've actually gotten to the point of being almost yearly. I can't honestly remember the last time I posted one. But there have been some pretty good articles in the papers lately, so I figure I'd catch up by posting a bunch all at once. That seems like the right thing to do. So fire up the bar-b-que, grab a cold one, salute the working man, and join us as we explore some of the greatest issues of our time. At least for the moment.)

WILX TV 10 (link) Couple Falls to Their Deaths While Taking Selfie: A couple on vacation in Portugal fell to their deaths yesterday, apparently while they were taking a selfie. The Polish couple was visiting cliffs at Cabo Da Roca with their children.

Investigators say the victims were taking pictures of themselves when they fell. Rescue workers were unable to recover the bodies from the Atlantic Ocean yesterday. The recovery mission resumed today and both bodies have been found.

The children are now in the care of Polish diplomats and have visited with psychologists.

(Mod: While it might have been appropriate to the funeral for the authorities to recover the bodies, the Internet mourns the loss of their camera.)

Sacramento Bee (link) Arrest rate in California Senate higher than rate in all of state's largest cities: Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities.

State Senator Ron Calderon was arrested in February for allegedly taking bribes. State Senator Leland Yee was arrested in March for allegedly trafficking in firearms and taking bribes. State Senator Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving charges. A fourth senator, Roderick Wright, was convicted of perjury and voter fraud charges in January but was arrested prior to this year.

The statewide arrest rate for all Californians in 2012 was 1.3 arrests per 40 residents, according to figures from the FBI and the state Department of Justice. (If only looking at residents between the ages of 10 and 70, the arrest rate was 1.6 per 40 residents.)

(Mod: That's nice and all, but what about the other 37?)

NBC News (link) ISIS Forces Iraq Shopkeepers to Veil Mannequins: ISIS has ordered shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The Sunni extremist group recently declared a caliphate – or Islamic State - covering parts of Syria and Iraq. Shop owners in Mosul said they had been told to cover the faces of male and female mannequins, apparently in line with strict interpretations of Shariah law that forbid statues or artwork depicting the human form.

(Mod: Yet one more piece of bad news for Noah Green.)

Sacramento Bee (linkAtwater considers holding 1 council meeting a month: The Atwater City Council may soon hold only one meeting a month, making it the only city in Merced County to cut down on the number of council meetings.

In a 3-2 vote, the City Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance that reduces the council meetings from two to one, as well as combines three city commissions into one “super” commission. Councilmen Joe and Jeff Rivero voted against the proposal.

City administrators say the efforts will save the cash-strapped city $21,000 by reducing staffing costs, but residents are angry at what they view as a lack of accessibility to their government.

(Mod: That would be bad news for The Tattler should it happen here. What would we do with our Tuesday evenings? The "super commission" meetings would be interesting, though. I'd go to that. What do you think they would call it?)

Wired (linkFederal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges: As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images.

But DeFoggi—convicted today in Nebraska on three child porn charges including conspiracy to solicit and distribute child porn—must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing network shielded him from federal investigators. He’s the sixth suspect to make this mistake in Operation Torpedo, an FBI operation that targeted three Tor-based child porn sites and that used controversial methods to unmask anonymized users.

But DeFoggi’s conviction is perhaps more surprising than others owing to the fact that he worked at one time as the acting cybersecurity director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. DeFoggi worked for the department from 2008 until January this year. A department official told Business Insider that DeFoggi worked in the office of the assistant secretary for administration as lead IT specialist but a government budget document for the department from this year (.pdf) identifies a Tim DeFoggi as head of OS IT security operations, reporting to the department’s chief information security officer.

(Mod: Your Federal taxpayer dollars hard at work. No word yet if DeFoggi will soon be visiting with Chief Giannone to tell him that there are two sides to this story.)

Sacramento Bee (link) Ben Hueso, other lawmakers, photographed drinking on Capitol balcony before DUI arrest: Hours before state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he and four other lawmakers were photographed reveling on a Capitol balcony, drinks in hand.

In a tweet later deleted from her account, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, wrote “Yes.... Loving my Latino Caucus boys...” and attached a photograph of Hueso with Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens and Assemblyman V. Manuel PĂ©rez, D-Coachella.

Hueso appears in the middle of the photograph, his shirt partially untucked. He is holding a glass in his right hand, with his left arm around Lara.

Hueso was later arrested by the California Highway Patrol, and the Sacramento County jail’s website listed him as being booked at 3:27 a.m.

(Mod: Astute Tattler readers will recall that Ben Hueso is the brother of none other Ruben Hueso, the defeated candidate for a PUSD Board of Education seat now occupied by Pasadena's Tyron Hampton. That a group of California State Senators should be photographed getting loaded on State Capitol grounds is not surprising to me. What is surprising is they apparently paid for the booze themselves.)

CBS News Sacramento (linkEast Porterville Residents Without Water As Wells Go Dry During California Drought: Hundreds of people in a California town have no water after wells ran dry during the state’s drought. The small town of East Porterville in Tulare County has about 7,300 residents, and at least 300 homes have been without water for weeks.

“We can’t shower. We’re wearing dirty clothes. My kids had to wear dirty clothes to school this morning,” said Elizabeth Baker. “I had to go across the street last night to get water for my kids from the fire department.”

The county set up a 5,000-gallon water tank for residents to help with flushing toilets and irrigation, but now drinking water is the problem. They had to distribute more than 15,000 gallons of drinking water last week.

There are fears the problem could be even worse as people believe some people aren’t reporting their wells have gone dry out of fear their landlords will evict them, or their children will be taken away. In fact, the county didn’t know how dire the problem was until they were tipped off by a nonprofit group

(Mod: This could never happen in Sierra Madre. I'm sure City Hall is working very hard to make sure that it doesn't.)

That is enough news for now. There was one more item I was going to include here, but I've decided to save it for tomorrow when we're all back at work.


  1. The multi-level trailer park is far too creative a design for CETT.

    1. Which one is the bunker?

    2. I'll bet the cost on the penthouse trailer is outrageous.

    3. Unlike the real One Carter, the trailer people spared the trees.

    4. I don't see any water hook-ups.

    5. Another view. In case you're thinking about making your dreams come true.

    6. It's a set design in an outdoor theatre in Holland. That's why the trees were allowed to live.

    7. They must sell pot there.

  2. Atwaters population is about 29,000.
    Let's see how that works out for them....

    1. It would be hard to find a name for a super committee. I know that we could combine two and have the Senior EENERs.

  3. The picture on today's Tattler reminds me of a song that Pete Seeger sang,
    Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky-tack,
    Little boxes on the hillside, and they all look just the same.
    Guess today the song would be the opposite.
    Big McMansions on the hillside.........and they all look just the same.

    1. It's good to know we aren't alone. That the whole world has gone mad along with us..

  4. Mod, why do you assume the California State Senators paid for the booze themselves? Certainly not when they were on a capital balcony. Maybe when Hueso kept at it until 3 a.m. it was on his dime, but I doubt it was before that.

    1. Here's the picture:

  5. Pay attention to Sierra Madre's own drainage canal which runs the best Spring Water 24/356 days a year. Oh well who cares?

  6. Pete Seeger sang a version which got most attention, but Malvina Reynolds wrote "Little Boxes" and I heard her sing it in San Francisco. Lived across the way from the Daly City ticky tacky that inspired it. However, lived in a trailer park on Mission Street in Daly City at the time, met my husband there. We were both saving beau coup bucks at $35.00/month water included while attending San Francisco state.

    1. I love Malvina Reynolds. Lucky you to see her perform. My favorite is "Morningtown" Train....All bound for Morningtown, many miles away. I'm going to YouTube to see if I can listen to an old video of Malvina. Thanks for the information on ticky tacky....It made my day!

    2. And what a fortuitious pairing it was all those years ago, 7:15 pm. The two of you have made an adventure of your lives and marriage.


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