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Friday, October 31, 2014



    Last year at this time our Gov. Chris Christie was telling Margate's voters they were stupid if they voted against his goal of imposing the AISPP ( Absecon Island Shore Protection Project) on us. I guess, were stupid because 65% of us ignored the Governor's threats to ignore us, if we voted against his plans. We thought it was pretty obvious then, that if we rejected the Governor's Project it would require some kind of legal defense to sustain our will in that vote. Well, at least it was obvious to most of us, but not everybody it turns out. So here we are again, a year later voting on essentially the same topic again. This time its supposedly to authorize the City of Margate to spend up to $200,000 to hire outside legal counsel in this matter. The truth is the Margate's  Commission already has the power to authorize such a defense with just two votes. Obviously, that wasn't going to happen, because one of those two votes was stridently for the Beach Project from the beginning of all of this. Another is stridently against it  and the third says he's against it, but that we can't win in court against the State. So, The one  for the Project and the One against it (only if we don't have to fight to stay out) have decided that any defense against the State has to be ok  again by the voters next Tues.


    Of course, like last year's vote  this year's vote is also non-binding, which means the same two Commissioners who are putting the town through this again this year can just ignore the results again if they don't like them. So, why are we bothering to do this, you might wonder? Because, the one that says he against it but not if we  have to fight, is hoping we'll say we want to give up and not spend anymore $$ fighting what he considers a hopeless cause. Makes you wonder what he and the one that wants it will do if we vote Yes we do want the city to fight? Doesn't matter, if your still against joining or allowing this Project to happen on Margate's beaches just come out and vote.

     PLEASE VOTE ON NOV. 4TH    -  VOTE YES on Question No. #3 !!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Gov. Christie earned the Pinelands pipeline defeat: Editorial

The Bass River, which runs through New Jersey's Pinelands (Andrew Mills/Star-Ledger)
Star-Ledger Editorial BoardBy Star-Ledger Editorial Board 
on October 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM, updated October 26, 2014 at 8:13 AM
You’d think Governor Christie would get the message by now: The Pinelands are not for sale.
That land is an ecological dreamscape -- home to plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet, all hovering over a pristine aquifer that contains 17 trillion gallons of fresh water. To thread a pipeline through its bowels would desecrate our most glorious tableau.
So while you expect Christie to push his dubious energy agenda – the one he shares with too many South Jersey Democrats – the Senate Judiciary Committee was justified to freeze his two nominees to the Pinelands Commission last week for not offering their opinion about building a 22-mile pipeline through the Pinelands to the B.L. England plant. This project would benefit South Jersey Gas and its export ambitions more than it would the rate-payers of Atlantic and Cape May counties
Let’s be clear: The governor has a right to nominate like-minded people. But the legislature also has the right to reject them.
The governor’s strategy in the Pinelands echoes his strategy in the Highlands. He knows he lacks the leverage to repeal the protections outright, so he is undermining enforcement by packing the agencies that govern them with people who don’t support the mission.
Christie’s pro-development agenda is reckless on both fronts. The pipeline project he is pushing in the Pinelands was condemned by four former governors, two from each party: Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean, Christine Whitman, and Jim Florio. They said it would “compromise the integrity of the Pinelands Plan and serve to encourage future development.”
Still, after the Commission rejected the pipeline in January with a 7-7 vote (it would take eight ayes to pass), Christie decided it was time to stack the deck.
Some nay-votes came from Christie’s own appointees – including D’Arcy Rohan Green, a Republican fundraiser who was always an ardent environmentalist, even before Sandy reduced her Bay Head home to matchsticks.
Predictably miffed, the governor downshifted to Bully Ball: He vetoed the minutes from the January meeting, nullifying a five-percent raise the commissioners had proposed for 33 Pinelands employees, who have had nothing but salary reductions the last four years. He even called the raises a “gross abuse of authority” -- a knee-slapper for the guy who gave 27 staffers a $338,000 reward for his successful reelection campaign.
Then he went to work on retrofitting the commission by not reappointing the likes of Green. To use Gov. Florio’s delicate interpretation, “You never want to assume there’s bad faith, but it’s important to avoid even the perception that you’re trying to manipulate votes.”
Help yourself to that one. Christie has pulled the plug on RGGI, pinched more than $1 billion from the clean energy fund, has shown no interest in keeping his state from sinking, and routinely demonizes all regulations as job-killers.
In short, as he worships at the Church of Koch, he has relinquished all good faith pertaining to environmental discourse. The Pinelands Commission defeat is just the kind of constraint this governor has earned.
Our hope is the Senate holds its ground. It needs assurances that the guardians of the Pinelands value a precious natural resource over the governor’s agenda.

Friday, October 24, 2014


  The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating swaths of West Africa will likely get far worse in the coming weeks and months unless international commitments are significantly and immediately increased, new research led by Yale researchers predicts.
The findings are published in the Oct. 24 issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
A team of seven scientists from Yale's Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia developed a mathematical transmission model of the viral disease and applied it to Liberia's most populous county, Montserrado, an area already hard hit. The researchers determined that tens of thousands of new Ebola cases -- and deaths -- are likely by Dec. 15 if the epidemic continues on its present course.
"Our predictions highlight the rapidly closing window of opportunity for controlling the outbreak and averting a catastrophic toll of new Ebola cases and deaths in the coming months," said Alison Galvani, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health and the paper's senior author. "Although we might still be within the midst of what will ultimately be viewed as the early phase of the current outbreak, the possibility of averting calamitous repercussions from an initially delayed and insufficient response is quickly eroding."
The model developed by Galvani and colleagues projects as many as 170,996 total reported and unreported cases of the disease, representing 12% of the overall population of some 1.38 million people, and 90,122 deaths in Montserrado alone by Dec. 15. Of these, the authors estimate 42,669 cases and 27,175 deaths will have been reported by that time.
Much of this suffering -- some 97,940 cases of the disease -- could be averted if the international community steps up control measures immediately, starting Oct. 31, the model predicts. This would require additional Ebola treatment center beds, a fivefold increase in the speed with which cases are detected, and allocation of protective kits to households of patients awaiting treatment center admission. The study predicts that, at best, just over half as many cases (53,957) can be averted if the interventions are delayed to Nov. 15. Had all of these measures been in place by Oct. 15, the model calculates that 137,432 cases in Montserrado could have been avoided.
There have been approximately 9,000 reported cases and 4,500 deaths from the disease in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea since the latest outbreak began with a case in a toddler in rural Guinea in December 2013. For the first time cases have been confirmed among health-care workers treating patients in the United States and parts of Europe.
"The current global health strategy is woefully inadequate to stop the current volatile Ebola epidemic," co-author Dr. Frederick Altice, professor of internal medicine and public health added. "At a minimum, capable logisticians are needed to construct a sufficient number of Ebola treatment units in order to avoid the unnecessary deaths of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people."
Other authors include lead author Joseph Lewnard, Martial L. Ndeffo Mbah, Jorge A. Alfaro-Murillo, Luke Bawo, and Tolbert G. Nyenswah.
The National Institutes of Health funded the study.
When I started paying attention to this evolving nightmare the virus was still  only in parts of Western Africa. Now cases are popping up in Europe, and the US the latest in NYC. Are we being told everything there is to know about the particular variety of EBOLA? Maybe, maybe not?  We should all hope that it burns itself out at some pt., as did the bubonic plague, because based upon what I'm seeing so far humanities response to this extremely deadly virus is pathetic to say the least. I've read, that a possible vaccine even exists, but couldn't get anyone ( BIG PHARMA) to fund the necessary human testing requirement before its released. Is lack of funds going to be the obit for millions of people soon? If so that's pretty sad.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Here we go again! Its starting to look like the annual Margate Beach Project vote. What didn't Mayor Becker and his side kick Commissioner Brenda Taube understand about last Nov.'s vote 65% to 35% against the Beach Project? Apparently, everything. They spent the whole next year complaining to everyone in Margate that even though they had almost the entire political , media, State, local & Fed. bureaucratic  establishment behind them that it had actually been a one-sided battle against them and that we ( the opposition) had lied and that's how we'd won. It was one sided alright , but that was the outcome not the battle.   Now they want us to do it all over again so they can have another shot at winning. Anyway, if your a Margate resident and you would like a lawn sign for this yrs. contest, please email me @  and I'll arrange to have it dropped off to you over the next few days.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, New Jersey ...
Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, New Jersey (photo taken July 2004) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    Margate is gearing up once again for next mos. 2nd non-binding referendum concerning the AISPP or the  The ABSECON ISLAND SHORE PROTECTION PROJECT ( AKA "The Dunes Project." )  Apparently, last years resounding NO vote in a  65% to 35% decision  wasn't enough to convince Mayor Becker and Commissioner Taube that Margate's voters and residents  simply DO NOT want anyone messing with their beaches and that includes Gov. Christie. This years vote is ostensibly to approve or disapprove funding an actual LEGAL defense, but in reality what its really about is giving the Mayor and his ally Com. Taube a second shot at Victory. Nevertheless, its important  that everyone that voted NO last year come out and once again vote against the Project and for the city funding an actual legal defense against the State in this matter. However, this year voting against the Project will require everyone to VOTE YES on ballot question No. 3 !!


Also, once again MCQBP ( Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project) will be leading the opposition campaign to the Pro-Dune forces that have cooked up this referendum. For more info on this election and the group please  check out the groups sites on Facebook and its website at 
Please donate what you can to help MCQBP win this battle!  They have a page set up at 

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

AC's Waterfront

English: Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, NJ
 Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, NJ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There's an article at the AC DEPRESS today about the AC waterfront.  It basically blabs on about the untapped resources on Absecon Islands bayside and starts by extolling our beautiful beaches and boardwalk. I of course took issue with this simple minded praise under our present circumstances and below in bold is what I said in a comment response to the authors description of our beach and boardwalk today in AC.

  "Whoa, let's go back to that statement about our great beach and boardwalk. 
I take issue with that description today. The boardwalk has been buried behind 
the Army berm/ dune now for a decade, how's that working out? Think its just a coincidence that ALL the failed Casinos are on the boardwalk and none have failed on the bay? 
 Maybe, besides being all those new Casinos out everywhere ,maybe all those failures are also because when the tourists come here we even deny them something as simple and as basic as the VIEW of the Ocean and the smell of the sea breeze from our once World famous boardwalk. I can just  imagine what Hap. Nucky and the Commodore would have thought of the stupid idea ( of protecting an elevated boardwalk.)  We can never get back to sq. one till this horror is fixed. Go to Ocean City, or Cape May to see how doing a Beach Project  with a commercial boardwalk behind it is properly done. Why it was done the way it is in AC is because the stupid leadership here doesn't even get one of the main reasons people even bother coming here in the first place and its not to gamble, nor is it to walk behind a weed filled  faux dune / berm looking at their feet. Wake up AC and smell the rat droppings and  wind blown garbage you've traded for 45 mins. of protection in a really major hurricane.  Get this right first and then clean up the mess Pacific avenue has become, re-purpose all the failed boardwalk Casinos into God knows what and then worry about the bay. "

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Two more Atlantic City casinos may declare 


There could soon be just six Atlantic City casinos in operation.
After Apollo Global Management won approval to transfer control of its Caesars customer loyalty program away from the company that owns the Bally’s and Caesars entities, the likelihood of those two casinos filing Chapter 11 vastly increased, one gaming analyst said.
If they file and no buyer emerges, the closing of the two would leave just six casinos in Atlantic City.
There were 12 at the beginning of the year.
The owner of Caesars and Bally’s, Caesars Entertainment, would like to avoid making the $250 million payment due its junior creditors in December, sources said.
The $4.5 billion in second-lien bonds fell by 1 cent on Monday, to 24 cents on the dollar.
“The bankruptcy is coming — no question,” the analyst added


The news just keeps getting worse for AC this year. This story is literally hot off the Presses! Now it appears likely that by early next year only FIVE Casinos will be left operating in AC. The story above forgot to mention the very real possibility that the Taj Mahal will be closed before Thanksgiving. This would leave less then 50% of the AC gaming Industry still operating.   Close to 20 K jobs just in the gaming sector of AC's economy alone will disappear overnight and with them will also go many other jobs in related Industries and eventually in the public sector as well. Another possibility now is a TOTAL collapse of the gaming sector in AC and the eventual closing of all of the Casinos as the public outside of AC abandons the dying town like rats jumping off a sinking ship. So ends the Boardwalk Empire.