Friday, April 17, 2015
I think this video presents an honest depiction of the scary rise in antisemitism in the heart of America's Academic community today. It's cloaked itself in so called anti-Zionism and anti- Israel clothing , but one doesn't have to scratch too deeply under the surface of this language to come upon a deep seated hatred of Jews in general and a murderous one at that.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Oceans Facing Carbon Rates Which Spurred Mass Die-Off 250 Million Years Ago
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
New aluminum battery for smartphones can be charged in a minute
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Four people are running this year for the three Commission seats in Margate. Three of them are running together and one is running on his own. Three of those running are incumbents, those three are not running together. Mike Becker ( Mayor) , Brenda Taube ( incumbent) and John Amadeo are running together and Maury Blumberg ( incumbent) is running alone.
MAURY BLUMBERG & THE BULLET VOTE
The best outcome Commissioner Maury Blumberg can hope for this spring is that many people simply vote for him and no one else. This in the parlance of electoral politics is called a BULLET VOTE. The purpose is to get as many votes for one candidate as possible and to suppress the vote totals of the other candidates running. Two elections in Margate where this strategy was last employed with some success were when Ed McMeekin ran against the three Rs back in the 90's and came within 70 votes of winning a seat. I've been told that hundreds of his votes were in fact just that bullet votes, votes that suppressed the total for the third place winner that year. The other example was in the 2002 election when Vaughan Reale won the most votes in that election running a Bullet vote strategy and became Mayor. If Maury manages to do what McMeekin and Reale did in those elections I think he has a very good chance of winning the most votes this time around like Reale did in 2002.
THE COATTAILS EFFECT
The other guy's have decided their best strategy is to run together as a team and ask everyone to vote for them as such. Maybe because except for Becker the other two obviously don't feel confident enough to run on their own merits. In the case of Becker and Taube its there hope that the strong name recognition of former State Assemblymen Amadeo will strengthen the ticket. Interestingly, it's been speculated by some that Mr. Amadeo has been put on the ticket by the Republican party to replace Brenda Taube. I think that idea has some credibility because as I see it, Commissioner Blumberg has a solid base, so does Mayor Becker , but Taube a one term Commissioner has taken many very unpopular positions and has lost 3 separate public referendums over the last four yrs.,all of which she was the principle proponent of. Her most unpopular position has been trying to force the Absecon Island Shore Protection Racket down Margate's resident's throats. Taube's hope is that Becker's popularity ( mainly created because of the easy access to him he offers people down at the Hardware store.) and Amadeo's name recognition , as a former Assemblymen will somehow sweep her in on their coat tails. She certainly is not going to win on her record. I might agree with this approach if I thought former Assemblymen Amadeo had any local coattails and was indeed strengthening their ticket, but I don't. In fact, I think if anything he will more likely end up taking votes away from Taube then he will from Com. Blumberg. In reality, Taube's best hope is that Amadeo isn't very popular since he has not really shown very much interest in Margate politics up until now. Amadeo is probably hoping some of the anti-Beach Project people, most of whom are Blumberg supporters will also vote for him, since he's claimed public-ally to have voted against joining in the first referendum. He's also hoping that he'll be able to ride in on what he feels is the Mayor's popularity.
Personally, I'm not sure the Mayor is as popular as he was last time around, a lot of polluted water has passed under the bridge since then and frankly I don't think Becker has shown much leadership the last four yrs. Simply listening to people ramble on down at the tool shop isn't IMO leadership. Leadership is also not lying to people to their faces. Becker asked the people of Margate to tell him which direction to go as regards the Beach Project issue back in the referendum of fall 2013. He said then that whatever the people tell him to do he will do. The people spoke and spoke loudly, they didn't want any part of the Beach project. ( 64% to 36%) Did Mike listen? No, a year later in an extremely disingenuously worded and unnecessary 2nd referendum about the Beach Mike and Brenda tried their hardest to confuse people into joining the Project by telling them that fighting back was now futile, He claimed Margate couldn't win in a fight against the ACOE and Gov. Christie, so they should essentially surrender and join. This was not HONEST leadership. Mike Becker IMO dishonestly told people he was neutral on the issue back in 2013, he wasn't. I know this for a fact because I was at the polls the night of the vote count and so was the Mayor. In the moment after the count when it became clear that the Pro-Beach project side had lost and lost BIG the Mayor turned to me angrily and said the outcome was somehow MY FAULT. Instead, of congratulating me as a neutral person would have or as a GOOD SPORT would have Mike chose to be the SORELOSERMAN he is. It gets worse. A week after the election I met up with Mike's pal and advisor City Atty. Scott Abbott and Abbott unlike Mike very graciously congratulated me on the vote, but in that same discussion he made it very very clear that Margate ( meaning the PTB ) were not about to defend the voters desire to stay out of the Project. In other words if push came to shove Becker and Taube would not fund a City defense of the voters decision that fall. The stage was then set for a 2nd possible referendum the following year. That referendum , which happened last fall was a disgrace. Mike and Brenda having ignored the voters now claimed the vote in 2013 didn't authorize a defense by the city authorities! Now we all understood why he wanted it as a NON-BINDING vote. So, we had a second referendum one where the amount of dollars the city could use in any defense was to be limited to 200 K. So, Mike and Brenda made sure this time that even if they lost again there would be a limit to the amount spent. In other words even if they lost they would cleverly be able to say the voters ONLY authorized so much if any defense was mounted. Ask yourself this folks does someone interested in winning such a lawsuit limit themselves in that attempt? Of course not. So, Becker and Taube had no intention of honoring either referendum they lost. Instead, they try & use word games to de-legitimize any elections they lose. So, how long a set of coat tails Mike Becker has this time around is highly questionable.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Despite advance billing by the local media, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/army-corps-explains-why-ventnor-needs-dunes/article_97933b6a-d307-11e4-8731-6f0c4fe68b50.html and Ventnor city hall and Ventnor civic groups only about 30 people showed up Tues. evening for the ACOE and NJDEP's so called Dune Explanation forum starring Stockton College's Stewart Farrell head of the Stockton Coastal Institute and primary sponsor and benefactor of these projects. Why it was held was obvious to everyone locally. The Gov. was also on 101.5 radio yesterday threatening Margate's residents and leadership and calling us selfish etc. The Gov. doesn't get it yet. Margate doesn't give a shit about what he has to say about OUR friggin beach. Time to STFU Chris and go to court and I friggin hope you have your pen ready because its not going to cost a dollar to grab our beaches.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Yep, @ the Beach Blog is ten years old today!!! A lot has happened over the course of the past ten yrs. The blog started with its focus on just the beach and for awhile it was just going to be about Margate City's beach, because the original name of the Blog was Margate Citizen's for Beach Preservation. I changed that after the first few installments to @ the Beach and its been that name ever since. As for the content, it's stayed kind of beach centric and many of the original topics concerning Margate's beach are still being presented. In truth, part of the reason I started this blog was to carry the fight forward against the NJDEP and the Army Corps. attempts to spread its ugly intrusive Beach project south from AC and Ventnor into Margate. Amazingly, that fight is still happening even today! Although, I still love the beach, the blog has long ago strayed from just featuring this topic alone. Today it has become based in presenting articles and features of a more general environmental / scientific, political and philosophical examination of reality and events.
Interestingly, over the course of the last ten yrs. @ the Beach became part of the top 1% of Blogspots blogs ( our sponsor and host owned by Google.) That and a dollar though won't buy you a cup of joe, as the old saying goes. For some years the Blog did however earn enough from Google to pay for my monthly Internet connection. That was until Google stopped paying its blog customers anything. That we made anything at all was kind of amusing because @ the Beach was never conceived as a commercial Enterprise. Another interesting fact is that of its thousands of followers @ the Beach has people reading us on almost every Continent on the planet, so we've become an Int'l site. Beaches are everywhere!
@ the Beach - The FUTURE
So, what's planned for the next ten yrs. for @ the Beach? Well, you've probably noticed we also have a Facebook page where each blog post is linked. Also, I'm excited to announce that @ the Beach has a Podcast in the works for the near future and I'm also looking into doing an Email based Newsletter for the site. So, we'll be spreading out this year and looking forward toward reaching a wider audience World-wide. Who knows maybe we'll even be re broadcasting soon in French ( just kidding .) Anyway, what started out as a little blog about one beach in South Jersey has become over these years much more and we're still dreaming of becoming even more. I hope you'll stay with us and tell your friends about us. Oh and please keep those comments and emails coming !!