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Bellingham's ho hum waterfront may not be as spectacular as once thought.  They have finally invited developers to start working on the first part of the central waterfront, near where Georgia Pacific was.  Those first few acres around the old Granary Building are ready for development and the bidding process opened, but, basically, only one taker.  Also, the one company interested offered less money to buy the land than Port of Bellingham officials first expected it would go for.  The deal looks like a good solid plan, but there doesn't seem to be a rush of interest to develop our waterfront.  

I remember when people feared runaway development and the side effects of an economic boom; such as spiraling rents, blocked views and more traffic.  The central waterfront was thought of as a golden opportunity for investors.  Vacant waterfront near the downtown of a vibrant city.  A beautiful setting between Seattle and Vancouver.  One would hear people say, "just wait, Bellingham will explode upon being discovered just after 2010 Vancouver Olympics."  "We wouldn't be able to afford to live here anymore."  

Well, it doesn't look like it's that special after all.  There's lots of other nice places, in USA, with good economic prospects.  Bellingham is just another one in the many good places around the country.  

Work on the central waterfront may finally be starting to take some slow and important steps forward, but it's still Bellingham.  No run away development boom in sight.  Plans discussed during first segment of The Joe Teehan​ Show.  Good to get an update.     
http://930kbai.com/the-joe-show/the-joe-show-for-4215/
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Senator Bernie Sanders interviewed on KQED Radio.  When ask about a possible run for president, he's considering it, but he reassures us that he won't be a spoiler taking votes away from a progressive front runner, like Ralph Nader may have been against Al Gore in 2000 possibly helping George Bush get elected in a close run.  He could run in the primaries for the democratic nomination, or carefully consider the really difficult run as third party, but only if he's not a spoiler.  Most likely, he just stays in Congress and focuses on the important work he does there.
http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201503300900
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the longest-serving independent in American congressional history. He's made a name for himself by criticizing corporate excess and pushing for more transparency in campaign finances - he once delivered a filibuster against the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for more than eight hours. He joins us to talk about economic justice, his boycott of the recent Netanyahu speech and his thoughts about running for ...
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Interesting. Government should be spending more on energy research, but Bill Gates could practice more of what he preaches. Seems like the Gates Foundation could have focused more on alternative energy and sustainability over the years. It's focus has mostly been related to education, healthcare in Africa and so forth. Maybe that's changing now. I haven't seen pie charts, but haven't heard much about sustainable development from the Gate's Foundation. Google has been more visible with it's solar development.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/24/us/top-us-business-leaders-urge-increased-energy-research.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
At stake are not just long-term goals like reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, Mr. Gates said, but also continued United States leadership in industries of the future.
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Say good by to agriculture in California's Central Valley?
The word collapse may be overused these days, but I think we could soon see the collapse of agriculture in California's drought stricken Central Valley. With successive years of low snow pack in the Sierra, farmers are now turning to wells, from limited gro...
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Yesterday, I said I might be publishing less on Google Plus since I found Pearltrees.com with it's topic mind mapping system.  I also have my blog which automatically posts to Google Plus.  That's good yet I don't post to my blog real often.  Facebook still has the inertia of likes and comments that other services, including my blog,  don't have for me.  I'm  a non celebrity.  Celebrities would get feedback wherever they go, but being a celebrity has its downside also, I'm sure.  Google Plus, tho, is still a good way to stay in touch with some of my friends, like Kevyn Jacobs, and that, in itself is worth it.
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Door to Northwest Economic Council and Smart Trips office on Champion St.

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Interesting to read how the governor of Indiana, and many other folks, have tried to distance themselves from the term discrimination. Discrimination is a buzzword that implies "bad" to most people, these days, including, apparently, many conservatives. Well, maybe they should call a spade a spade and say they support discrimination even though the political consultants would advise them not to. Political consultants would advise, "don't say discrimination as that will sink your cause in the court of public opinion." It's kind of like the conservatives want it both ways. They want to pass a law that would allow discrimination, in certain instances, but then say it's not discrimination. Well, it really is discrimination, but maybe they could say that discrimination is not always a bad thing? After all there are those advertisements for high quality products that say, "for the discriminating buyer?" In these ads, the term "discriminating" has a positive spin. The person who demands quality is often called a "discriminating consumer." Maybe I shouldn't be giving the right wing any ideas, but it just seems like their wrangling over this issue is kind of two faced. Two faced trying to distance themselves from the term discrimination. I would assume they might say, instead, "yes, we are into discrimination." "Discrimination in certain instances." They don't say this because it wouldn't play well in front of the political consultants.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/04/02/instead_of_condemning_anti_gay_christians_we_should_ask_them_to_examine.html
In the latest development in a stunning week of anti-gay drama in Indiana, Memories Pizza, a Christian-owned pizzeria has announced that it will not cater same-sex weddings after the state passed a so-called “religious freedom” law. As a “Christian establishment,” said an owner, “if a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide...
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I'm creating a Pearl Tree mind map of my agenda
I have found a tool on the web for creating a mind map of one's ideas. Actually I learned about it from a friend. I've been arraigning some of my posts, from Facebook and my blog, into a hierarchical tree by topic. Its a good way to see where one's various ...
I have found a tool on the web for creating a mind map of one's ideas. Actually I learned about it from a friend. I've been arraigning some of my posts, from Facebook and my blog, into a hierarchical tree by topic. Its a good...
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I still plan to post some things on Google Plus after all.  I was thinking I was going to post less since I now am building a tree on Pearltrees which also allows postings open to the entire web; like my settings on Google Plus.  I don't think Facebook allows people's walls on Facebook to be open to all, including non Facebook users.  Still, Facebook gets the most feedback while Pearltrees is a nice way to organize things.  Only so many hours in the day.  I guess I haven't even logged into Ello (another alternative to Facebook) in months.  Not much inertia there, for me at least.  Meanwhile, things have been a bit slow for me on Facebook recently.  Lots of clutter there including those paid posts in the feed.  I'm I being narcissistic announcing why I post where I do like I'm an institution?  All the information environments we have these days, are quite interesting, like, for instance, Pearltrees. http://www.pearltrees.com/robertashworth 
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I just saw the movie Imitation Game which is still playing at the Pickford and I don't go to movies often.  Very good and powerful movie about the life of Alan Turing and the invention of a machine that figured out how to read messages that the Germans had encrypted during WWII.  Quite dramatic, depicted in the movie at least, about all the obstacles that were thrown in his way by even the bureaucrats of his own British nation.  He persevered, the machine did make a significant contribution to the winning WWII and is now at the foundation of modern computing technology.  After the war, Turing was also persecuted for being homosexual.  That was all well depicted in the movie as well.  Very sad and quite powerful.  I wonder why it wasn't listed as part of the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, from what I can gather by browsing that web site?  Must have been an oversight.      
http://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org/programs/pickford/the-imitation-game/
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More from film description: During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.
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Hidden behind the controversy of whether Israeli President Netanyahu should speak before Congress is a deeper issue.  We may be on the cusp of a deal to limit Iran's nuclear ambition and more moderate forces may be gaining ground within Iran.  A fragile and hopeful situation, but Netanyahu is speaking out against the possible deal.  Can the situation with Iran (and also inside Iran) improve and what obstacles are in it's way.  Will the US Congress sabotage the situation?  Will talks break down creating a situation where radical mullahs, in Iran, regain power over moderates?  Are we headed more toward peace or war with Iran?     
http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-02-24/prospects-for-an-agreement-to-limit-irans-nuclear-program
High-level officials from the U.S. and Iran may be inching closer to an agreement over limits on Iran's nuclear program. Prospects for the deal and why some argue any agreement could be a security threat to the region and the U.S.
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My posts on Google Plus will probably not be that frequent as I have found a new thing called Pearltrees that I am quite excited about.  The thing I really liked about Google Plus is being able to set the "wall" to the open web.  One need not be a member to see it.  Pearltrees is the same way.  My "tree" is open to the whole web (I think at least).  

My main posting outlet is still Facebook, the "other guys."  I use that because of the inertia there for providing likes and feedback.  Yes, I'm somewhat addicted to that outside of me stuff.  Pearltrees doesn't bring me a lot of feedback, yet at least, but the neat thing is being able to arrange ones posts by subject in a tree, so to speak.  It's basically a mind mapping tool.  I am gradually building my tree based on articles I find, comments I have and so forth. 

Also posting on Google Plus might be good as well, but there are only so many hours in the day.  Check out my tree, or also check out Pearltrees web site itself.  Building a tree helps organize things for me, rather than just having a feed flowing sequentially.
http://www.pearltrees.com/robertashworth
Pearltrees lets you organize all your interests
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I got a degree in Geography from Western Washington University. Studied city planning. Got A's in a few entry level physics courses so I have some understanding of energy systems, space and the way things tend to tick. I travel by bicycle. Have even been across USA via bicycle. I take a lot of photos and comment on the landscape. Pondering a lot of questions related to lifestyles and sustainable development.
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Have bicycled across USA.
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  • Western Washington University
    Geography, 1973 - 1978
  • Pullman High School, Pullman, WA.
    1969 - 1973
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