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Why California’s Governor Should Be Recalled, As California Burns

August 31, 2021

When talking of Governor Newsom’s viciousness the establishment media mentions the restaurant he went to, paid by a medical lobbyist, to celebrate said lobbyist’s birthday. This approach seems critical, but it is actually a psychological vaccination. Inoculate with the tiny restaurant scandal, get away with not mentioning the rest.

Yes, Newsom had his feast indoors, without masks, after imposing stridently and most violently masks on all the little people in California. Similarly, the Speaker of the US National Assembly (so-called Congress), Nancy Pelosi was caught several times in public events she organized among the wealthy, doing the same, no masks, after imposing punishment on Congress if caught not wearing masks. Pelosi, a wealthy heir and manipulator of public rage, has found it was enough to accuse her accusers to be “Trumpist“, and California loves her, and especially her lying. And the establishment media celebrates her vigor at denouncing “racist right wing extremists”. The same sing-song is rolled out, again and again, and it always work…

Newsom’s “French Laundry” wine, alone was already $12,000. The minimal dish there is $800…

Newsom’s extravagant unmasked restaurant outing is often mentioned, because, actually, it’s an alluring diversion. It looks scandalous, but extravagantly innocent. It put Newsom up there, another flamboyant celebrity, with Prince Harry and Meghan. Yes, it’s bad that restaurant episode, but in a sense typically hypocritical, yet nobody hurt. But Newsom has done way worse: preventing the education of most children, burning California, reinforcing the oligarchy. Talking about the “French Laundry” episode sounds funny, like a sitcom. It amuses people, make them feel benignly superior to Newsom. But Newsom is actually not a comic object, but a tragic figure, an end-of-civilization figure. 

My daughter was prevented to go to school by governor Newsom’s decision to close public schools, last October 2020. Meanwhile the governor kept private schools open, including the private schools where his four children went. In my county of Alameda, 32,000 wealthy kids could go to in person private schools. While 300,000 public school children were confined at home. And so on.

The squalor of the camps in California is incomparable (worst in the world, according to the UN). Entire parts of some cities are polluted by excrements from the camps. Newsom launched the camps, when he was mayor of San Francisco. That made him look Politically Correct.

Newsom did not clean the forests… which are burning, turning skies orange and polluting the air for months. Specialists such as Scott Stephens, a top professor of fire science at UC Berkeley have found the state to be completely derelict in fire prevention. In particular, the Caldor Fire progression along California route 50 into the Tahoe Basin was not a problem with the Federal Government… but with the California government.

Newsom has tried to fix some of the issues; However, he has been ineffective: democratic (in name only) cities have resisted his efforts to build housing, going to court instead (where they are losing).

Newsom made his fortune from leveraging his father’s position as lawyer for Getty oil. The Gettys have financed Newsom’s 11 (eleven) companies… Why do we keep on calling such people “democrats”? (I am a registered Democrat, and I campaigned for Obama, BTW).

On August 29, Jeff from California commented in the New York Times, trying to publicly contradict me by sounding better informed and superior:: 

@Patrice Ayme: Well as to the burning forests, the State of California has has absolutely no authority since those burning forests are own3d by the Federal Government. As to private schools, the State has no legal authority to close private schools.

The point was not to close the schools… But to keep them open, so that the children could learn. Closing schools is bad, very few countries did it for any length of time. California did it maximally.

My local superintendent of public schools, Dr. Wells, who is black like charcoal, had reallocated his school budget to redo the entire ventilation system of the schools with HEPA, rendering the schools safe.

However, California governor Newsom ordered the public schools closed, knowing full well the rich kids, including his own, would get an education in private schools while the public school kids would not. Pseudo-“democrats” like governor Newsom are wealthy and enjoy that their children learn, while the black lives of common animals, which matter, are better left ignorant. California private schools often cost a large fraction (1/3) of the median family income. For Newsom, with his multimillion dollar income from his eleven Getty companies, paying several times the median family income so that his kids go to school, this is nothing: after all, he earned last year 40 times the median family income, or so…

As far as the forests are concerned, the least Newsom could have done, is to draw attention to this dramatic problem, in a major way. He did not. It turns out really a lot can be done, especially where people are living. People do not live in National Forests, but in area and corridors next to these national forests…. And this is where fire penetration is the worse, for example, in the Caldor Fire, along California road 50… 

Also Newsom and company could force the utility company to bury its fire generating power lines, instead of forcing it to spend all its money on a new wind turbines to replace the old ones…. A case of apparent corruption.

Another way to diminish fire danger is to allow grazing… This is actually happening in many Californian national forests… But not where governor Newsom had jurisdiction, proving my point.

A drastic way to reduce cataclysmic fire it to make prescribed fires in winter. Those have been typically blocked by “democrat” cities, and the governor could have condemned them, explaining why those ideas were bad. Instead in the past year, California spent more than $1 billion on emergency fire suppression efforts but, under Newsom’s leadership slashed its prevention budget. And only prevention will work. Also some prescribed fires have been blocked by specifically Californian “ecological” laws, passed by “democrats”… starting multi-year reviews… Where money is wasted in a corruption maze, while the fate of a bird, or snake, is contemplated (when the cataclysmic fire finally happens, both are burned).

This is why for example prescribed fires were blocked in Marin County, which is ready to explode in flames, up to a few months ago.

Newsom had no problem taking unconstitutional actions using “emergency powers” to close the schools, force masks, or directing business towards his immensely wealthy sponsors…

Newsom looks more interested by his multimillion dollar annual income… And his ultra wealthy sponsors are now spending dozen of millions to keep their gravy train in place. Newsom ordered small stores closed, big ones, open: he is an oligarch.

Burning along highway 50, as seen below at Echo Summit, with private properties for thousand of feet on both sides was the governor of California’s responsibility, not the forest service. 

This looks like Mars, but it is actually Sibley Regional Park, in Oakland, California, looking east, enjoying the smoke of the burning state, as the land goes from thickly forested to parched desert…

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In a bit more detail, answering a reader: I have written about cleaning the forests, many years ago… Even taking pictures of the dying forests in the Tahoe Basin (which I know thoroughly all around, including the parts presently burning)… and I then predicted giant fires. Newsom did preciously nothing, but for purchasing night vision helicopters (which have just started in action; I was present at a fire stopped by helicopters, three weeks ago).

At this point the situation is so terrible, it is hard to believe. I have some pictures on my site. One can take two hours to go one mile on a trail, so many trees having collapsed. Some methods are readily available: salvaging wood from dead trees, prescribed fires around winter, grazing with cows and goats, and planting anti-fire trees: redwoods and Monterey cypresses, which make rain out of fog, and are nearly impossible to burn. Newsom did nothing. On housing he means well, but he has been ineffective against NIMBYs…

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P/S: New York Times allowed a few careful, polite and measured comments of mine about this, telling the truth, and nothing but the truth… They censored others. Some were recommended by many readers: ooopppsss! Superior censors saw this… So then the following appeared everywhere: The comment you are looking for is currently unavailable.

It is proposed, by wise people, and I was the first to do this, to my knowledge, that any act of censorship by any KNOWLEDGE UTILITY (such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, all and any newspaper) should be justifiable in a court of law. And a law should be passed enabling any citizen victim of censorship, to sue.

Our Divine Leaders Want Us Obedient. How To Bring Them Back To Human Size

November 20, 2020

For California Governor the Coronavirus Message Is Do as I Say, Not as I Dine
A meal at the French Laundry? A junket to Maui? California’s Democratic leaders have put strict measures in place. If only they would follow them.

That was from the… New York Times [1]. My eleven year old daughter was submitted to four weeks of “voting suppression studies” a sort of hysterical propaganda to justify the dictatorship of a few “Democrats”. It is NOT AT ALL the official California sixth grade program… which focuses on ancient civilizations from the Middle Earth, India and China… More than two thousand years ago. So the little ones were told that those who were not wealthy enough could not vote, nor could some races, or women. All very good that now we can all vote… But do we? Of course not. In Berkeley-Oakland, for decades, people have been free to vote for Barbara Lee.

Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district. Now in her 12th congressional term, Lee has served since 1998, and is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 9th district from 1998 to 2013, is based in Oakland and covers most of the northern part of Alameda County. Lee is the current whip and former co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (2005–2009).

Who does that “whip” strike?

SAN FRANCISCO — It was an intimate meal in a wood-paneled, private dining room in one of California’s most exclusive restaurants in Napa Valley, the “French Laundry”. The cost of dinner starts at $500 per person… without wine. Newsom mentor Willie Brown wrote that he heard the meal’s wine bill alone “was $12,000”. This is a restaurant where the cheapest dinner for two costs what the median US family earns in a week… Before taxes. No one around the table wore masks, not the lobbyists, not even the governor.

Democratic leaders in California have repeatedly ordered residents to be hyper vigilant amid the biggest spike in infections since the Chinese virus pandemic began.

Democratic leaders in California have flouted the state’s coronavirus orders and guidelines. Mr. Newsom and other officials stridently clamored for Californians to make sacrifices to stop the spread of the virus. Most recently beseeching them to stay home and avoid visiting family over Thanksgiving.

California lawmakers went to their traditional vacation cum conference for a week of taxpayer and lobbyist paid a luxury resort Fairmont Kea Lani in south west Maui, Hawaii. Rooms start at more than $500 per person, and up to above $1,600… Full disclosure: I have been in Maui, and I know some people who went to this luxury resort… which is way too expensive for my ethical code. I even asked pointedly why they went there, and the answer was that they liked the luxury, being provided with brand new slippers everyday. In my opinion, humanity has better things to do than new slippers for the wealthiest everyday (if nothing else it prevents investing in biotechnology).

So at the luxury resort, those who vote the laws and those who know which laws they want to pass co-mingle, thanks to the Independent Voter Project… another of these sinister plutocratic conspiracies with a misleading name… All breathing together good coronavirus air in Maui.

The Maui luxury resort extravaganza happened just as California issued explicit guidance on avoiding “nonessential travel to other states or countries.” The elitist malfeasance displayed here by the governor, legislators and lobbyists — from the California MEDICAL Association, no less — knows no limits…. and therein its charms.

Ms. Feinstein, 87 walks regularly through Congress and airports without a mask. The video was widely circulated a day after California issued expanded orders for residents to wear face coverings when they are outside of their homes.

Face coverings the efficacy of which, aside from hospital settings, with more sophisticated, cleaner equipment, has not been scientifically demonstrated… Feinstein obviously knows this, the inefficiency of masks, otherwise she would be wearing one, all the more as she is a “legislator”.

The juxtaposition between the strict orders to the plebs and the behavior of lawmakers does not just undercut a defining message of prudence that the state’s Democrats have sermonized throughout the crisis. It brings up a fundamental question. The sumptuous dinner at the French Laundry was hosted by a prominent California lobbyist, Jason Kinney. The chief executive for the California Medical Association and the organization’s top lobbyist were also there. 50,000 California physicians.

Fascist multimillionaire corrupt Governor Newsom eating his 20,000 dollars meal with his lobbyists and Pluto friends, complete with Californian medical association (of millionaires). No masks, no social distancing, all laws of the land. Newsom turned around and closed the California economy, a few days later, and then imposed a curfew… All of this within days of the dinner above.

Newsom on Monday described the dinner as taking place outdoors. But the photos show a table indoors with a glass sliding door that opens to a courtyard. On Wednesday a spokesman for Mr. Newsom, Nathan Click, said the governor had no further comment. Newsom admitted his sin with glee: “The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted and I’ve got to own that,”

Governor Newsom announced on 7-17-2020 that California Public Schools would be shut down for the rest of the year. Why not? Private schools are open, in person, for the elite, everyday: let the wealthiest be the brainiest, it is safer that way! Newsom’s four children, aged 4 to 11 get superior private school instruction (as Newsom himself explained). Newsom’s kids go to Country Day, a $25,000 per year and per student. So while my daughter in public school is given eight hours of total instruction a week, much of it insisting that listening to US president Trump causes insanity… Newsom’s children learn the California curriculum… ancient civilization in the case of the sixth grade. Yes, in public school as I observe it, the California curriculum in history has been changed by the standards of the present “Democratic” Party propaganda (which is standard fascism, actually, a la Giovanni Gentile‘s definition of fascismo, a tight relationship between the state and the corporations…)

Newsom and the first partner eschewed state public health guidelines to dine with friends at a time when the governor has asked families to scale back Thanksgiving plans,” wrote the Sacramento Bee editorial board on Friday. It added, “If the governor can eat out with friends — and if his children can attend their expensive school — why must everyone else sacrifice?

And the answer to this is that you have got to be used to it. Indeed, why does the elite insists for the plebs to follow ridiculous rules (masks in the wilderness, say)? The juxtaposition between the strict orders to the plebs and the behavior of “Democratic” lawmakers does not just undercut their sermon throughout the pandemic. It brings up a fundamental question: What are they trying to do? Could this flaunting of privilege and disdain for the law, not be a device to mentally condition us further down our debasement?

Is it not because the elite, the Feinsteins (billionaire), the Gettys (once the world’s wealthiest family and Newsom’s telerobotic operator), the Newsoms, know it is important to train Californians to obey senseless orders as if they were dogs… So the mandatory mask wearing, the curfew and the senseless rules (don’t go on the giant beach!) are mostly to inure the plebs to obey senseless orders. It works: the California proletariat voted for Prop 22, which goes back on more than a century of workers’ rights.

Governor Newsom has been a public servant his entire life. After graduation from college, he founded the PlumpJack wine store with family friend billionaire Gordon Getty as an investor. The Getty family was long one of the world’s wealthiest. Newsom’s father was an appeal court’s justice and attorney for Getty oil. Newsom’s maternal great grandfather was a professor of medicine at Stanford University.
Newsom is Californian elite, through and through. Instead of acquiring a professional degree (lawyer, doctor, etc.) Newsom leveraged his acquaintanceship with the elite. Newsom’s friendship with the California elite enabled him to be nominated to the San Francisco Board of Supervisor (and from there, mayor). Newsom was sworn in by his own father.

Being part of the elite insured contracts for Newsom’s flourishing businesses, with a personal income well above a million dollar a year, and more than 700 employees. A long article in the LA Times documented, while Newsom was lieutenant governor, the investment of Getty in ten of eleven Newsom’s businesses. Getty said he treated “Newsom as a son” (SF Chronicle).

Please also notice the immensely wealthy Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi is part of the family (Newsom’s aunt is married to Nancy Pelosi’s’ brother in law). Public education has been basically stopped. My daughter gets eight hours a week, by zoom, half of it unabashed Democratic Party propaganda, as a California public school child. Private school children are back being educated in full and in person, including Newsom’s four private school children. Is that democracy? Or plutocracy?

These distortions of reality are there to impose a new mood. That the plebs should get used to the following: the plebs has to follow orders and the law imposed on itself by the elite, and the elite is above them all. In other words, the plebs has to accept mental (economic, financial) neo-feudalism…

We have see all of this before. This is the essence of fascismo a la Gentile. Giovanni Gentile was described by Mussolini, and by himself, as “the philosopher of Fascism”. The Italian fascists promoted a tight relationship between corporations, plutocrats, governance and workers. The plutocrats came out ahead, the rest, not so much… In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Gordon Getty was the chief investor in 10 of Newsom’s 11 businesses at the time. Getty dragged in many other plutocrats to invest in Newsom’s businesses. “We’ve assembled our dream team and are ready to embark on creating Tahoe’s most distinctive resort and residences,” said Hilary Newsom, president and partner of Newsom’s PlumpJack Group.

They have assembled your dream team and are ready to embark on creating the world ready to serve them… The Global Plutocrats want us to feel they are divine. However… Si comprehendis [,] non est Deus (if you understand [something], it is not God). As Augustine of Hippo put it in Sermo 117.3.5; PL 38, 663 (Although anti-Christian globally, it does not mean I do not find inspiration in Christian thinking. The exact same idea is found in the Qur’an, spoken by Allah Himself… When Allah is asked to justify His friendliness with the devil and Djinns…)

By inverting Augustine’s idea, we get a remedy. If we understand them, they are not divine. that’s how to bring them down from their perch.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Now that Trump is out of the way, maybe the New York Times’ Trump Derangement Syndrome is on the mend? Hope springs eternal…


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