Building Community

February 1, 2013
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Social Media has transformed how Islanders connect with one another. Over 3,000 Islanders belong to the San Juan Islands Buy, Sell, Trade group, the largest social network group in the San Juan Islands today. What happens at San Juan Islands Buy, Sell, Trade that builds community? Well, first, everyone who joins knows they are joining with San Juan Islands residents. That gives us a...

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Lisa Byers for San Juan County Council

January 31, 2013
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Lisa Byers for San Juan County Council

This years election in San Juan County Washington brings a new face to politics – Lisa Byers. Lisa is a long time resident of Orcas Island. As the San Juan County charter has changed from 6 to 3 Council members, salaries have increased and with that I hope, less stress on the Council members to fulfill their responsibilities, and perhaps even introduce their own...

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BuzzFeed: New Journalism?

January 29, 2013
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BuzzFeed: New Journalism?

BuzzFeed. I’ve built a list of Internet sites that I find interesting. Most are the sites themselves, like Arstechnica, NY Times, The Verge, Science News, NASA and many career related professional journals. Some years ago, my list only included the sites themselves. A entirely new class of of sites has emerged over the past few years. The are sites which list other sites, and...

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Aaron Swartz is Dead

January 14, 2013
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Aaron Swartz is Dead

If you are aware of the slow erosion of person privacy on the Internet you likely know of Aaron Swartz. If you’ve watched the massive privatization of the Internet from mid 1990s through today, you probably wonder which young person is taking on the role of leader of Internet communications and services. Facebook and Google are massive businesses that attract billions from corporate interests...

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Freedom is Legal In My State: Norm Stamper Interview

December 8, 2012
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Freedom is Legal In My State: Norm Stamper Interview

Freedom is Legal in My State, An Unedited Interview with Norm Stamper. Norm Stamper is the former Chief of Police of Seattle. His distinguished career won him deep respect and understanding of the impact that law enforcement has on communities, individuals and health. He granted me a few minutes to talk about the Legalization of Marijuana recently at Enzo’s Caffe in Eastsound Washington. Many...

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Fiscal Cliff – Free Congress to Represent America

December 5, 2012
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“…they must, as a single body, reject their oath to Grover Norquist, renounce that oath in order to retake their oath of office; sincerely, without mental reservation, and without purpose of evasion; which is what they must do to be reinstated in our good graces, the people of the United States, of whom they are the employee.” – Buddhist Scholar Says Norquist Pledge Is...

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Faux News: NASA Discovers Plastic on Mars

November 30, 2012
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Faux News: NASA Discovers Plastic on Mars

Early this evening I received a link to a bogus web page that looks much like the authentic NASA web site. In fact, the registrar is listed as NASA as well. So this fake NASA like web site really have some people going. NASA has said there’s something brewing, however this isn’t likely what they’ll announce on December 3. Someone published a fake story...

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Orcas Island Food Cooperative Nonprofit

November 27, 2012
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Orcas Island Food Cooperative Nonprofit

Getting ready for more activity next year, with Spring just 5 months away. Amazing how quickly 5 months disappears when planning with an all-volunteer army of unpaid Islanders. Unlike the recent Orcas Waste Management (ORS) service contract, funded by Islander taxes and on-site fees and reuse sales, Orcas Island’s Food Cooperative Nonprofit intends to move forward with a minimum amount of impact to taxes,...

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New Adventure Film: “Into the Mind”

November 27, 2012
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“Into the Mind” the official teaser is here: click me From the same crew that brought us the amazing and delightful “All I Can” film. This looks to push the limits of cinematography and sound even further. Looking forward to this release next year. “Blur the lines between dream state and reality, as you perceive the world through the minds of many. Into the...

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Orcas Island Maple Bacon Donuts

November 27, 2012
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Orcas Island Maple Bacon Donuts

“200 donuts in 2 hours”, Jami Plummer posted in San Juan Island’s Buy, Sell, Trade group. Her Popup donut shop was a great success and who could resist a Maple Bacon donut? The latest goodness to join the Orcas Island selection of deliciousness. Update: donuts are now pretty much only available on a regular basis at island market. Sadly, we bid the occasional bacon...

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San Juan Islands Emergency Readiness Network

November 27, 2012
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Facebook is home to several thousand Islanders. The largest membership group today is the San Juan Islands Buy, Sell, Trade group. But its not just Buy, Selling and Trading. Often items are posted for *free*, or to share. In an abundance economy, sharing just makes good sense. San Juan Islands Buy, Sell, Trade offers Islanders free postings and group benefits. Business owners in the...

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Election Over, Fiscal Cliff Sold as Top Issue

November 21, 2012
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Yes, the GOP Congress continues to complain that the uber-wealthy in the country aren’t going to get paid by the public if the public doesn’t stop borrowing from the uber-wealthy for military weapons and social programs. Its pretty clear we don’t need any more weapons and the public is tired of trading tax breaks for billionaires for good social stability programs. No amount of...

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Oil Consumption Resumes

November 10, 2012
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The issues in energy are clear. Fossil energy sources are short-term cheap, cheaper than short term nuclear. Nuclear manages to hide 300 million pounds of high-level radioactive waste across America in places we don’t know much about. We do know its not in a bunker someplace, safe and secure. It is, as it was at Fukushima in a ‘cooling pond’. It is a problem...

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Historic Achievements – President Obama

November 6, 2012
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Rachel Maddow enumerates President Obama’s achievements.

Can we change the republican House? If we do, similar progress could take place.


“The President.. dragged America’s economy back from the brink of disaster”

November 6, 2012
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and so goes the endorsement of President Obama by “The Economist” in the 2012 Presidential Campaign. ” Many of The Economist’s readers, especially those who run businesses in America, may well conclude that nothing could be worse than another four years of Mr Obama. We beg to differ. For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you...

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Mayor Bloomberg Endorses Obama

November 1, 2012
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While he endorsed no one in 2008, today NY Mayor Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for re-election. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyregion/bloomberg-endorses-obama-saying-hurricane-sandy-affected-decision.html “But he said he had decided over the past several days that Mr. Obama was the best candidate to tackle the global climate change that the mayor believes contributed to the violent storm, which took the lives of at least 38 New Yorkers and caused billions of...

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Why I Like the President

November 1, 2012
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1. The first bill President Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, to help women fight back when they don’t get equal pay for equal work. 2. His Recovery Act supported millions of jobs and helped to stave off a second Great Depression. 3. He pushed for and won middle-class tax cuts that benefitted every American worker, and saved the typical family...

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Natural Capitalism

October 25, 2012
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In 2009 we started an effort to move the local economy forward inspired by RMI’s ‘Natural Capitalism’. Could we do it? Together, we are. To get materially involved, Join the Islanders Club. The Islanders Club is a not for profit business that designs and builds community social networks.

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OrcasIslandTV Endorses President Obama

October 25, 2012
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This is the last thing I’m writing about the election. I agree with the Salt Lake Tribute, President Obama should be re-elected. He has is a *seasoned* Commander and Chief to our military. I trust he’ll make the right decisions should any threat to Americans develop. He has Presided over the largest recovery since the Great Depression. In 2007, several friends were all on...

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