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Why City People Are Less Friendly

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I think most people probably realize that cities are less friendly places. For instance, there have been experiments done where a person falls down in the street and they count how many people pass them before someone helps them, or how long it takes for someone to help them. The numbers are always higher in cities. That's just a small example, but you get the idea. The real question is, why?


I think there are a few reasons that all converge. And, it's a bigger issue than some people realize, because it's a massive cultural divide.

In a city there are masses of people. It only makes sense to think of people in groups rather than as individuals, there are too many individuals to think about. So humans lose their individuality and become perceived of as part of a mass or group, unless you happen to know them closely like family, friends, or co-workers. In the country there are fewer people, you can think of them as individuals because you have the mental capacity to handle t…

Hitler is a Tool

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Most people think Hitler was evil. And, I agree. But, I find that a lot of the people that say Hitler was evil support the same ideas that Hitler supported. So, I'm proposing this heuristic: If Hitler was for it, maybe it's evil and we should be against it. Let's explore some of what Hitler was for and against.


Hitler was for judging people based on race rather than as individuals. This is directly opposed to the notion that Martin Luther King Jr. made famous that people "will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Racism changes terms based on the time and place, but this underlying essence is always the same: the race matters, the group matters, not the individual. In the US the more recent racist terms are "affirmative action" and "diversity and inclusion."

Hitler was for centralized government and authoritarian rule as opposed to a distribution of power with checks and balances. That's the def…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 14 of ?

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What do you do if the government protects corrupt officials? I don't rightly know. I'll demonstrate some of the corruption, point out some of the broken laws, and some more lying. But, near the end I will include a fun poem.


First of all, let's look at what you can do when you have the corrupt government on your side. This is a post that Hidden Creek Farm put up yesterday. Brought to you by Tony Barnes and friends.

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Okay everyone,

Lee and I would like you to meet our neighbor Kenneth Wentworth 1148 W River Rd. 49445.

We have been quietly and kindly dealing with his stalking and harassment for months now. He disrespects our privacy on a regular basis. He didn't even have the dignity to let up with the picture taking while our best friend and companion Sophie was leaving this world, even though he was nicely asked.

While we are just going about our daily chores we will look up to find him parked and taking pictures of us and our farm. This commonly happens w…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 11 of ?

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David was never supposed to win against Goliath. David (a citizen of Dalton Township) is standing in the middle of this field looking at Goliath (the corrupt Dalton Township government officials), and thinking "I'm pretty sure this thing is rigged to be an unfair fight."


The favorite weapon of corrupt government officials is the legal system. They buy lawyers as champion mercenaries and unleash them on you, with the idea of crushing you underfoot.

This morning I woke up with an email from The Curcio Law Firm. They are representing Tony Barnes at the Recall hearing tomorrow. Nick Curcio attached a 7 page document to the email, a "Letter to the Election Commission" stating that there shouldn't be a Recall on Tony Barnes.

The election commission is three people: Muskegon County Clerk Nancy Waters, Chief Probate Judge Gregory Pittman, and Country Treasurer Tony Moulatsiotis. Judge Pittman is the Chair of the Election Commission and responded to the email statin…

Books for Bernie

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Bernie Sanders is a joke, except that he has power. That's a horror story. Let me list the ways: Soviet Union, Communist China, Pol Pot, Venezuela, etc.


I recently heard that Bernie Sanders was complaining because so many people have sent him economics books. Great economics books by people like Thomas Sowell, Friedrich Hayek, and Henry Hazlitt. I wanted to get in on this.

The first book I looked at sending was "I, Pencil" by Leonard Read. It's a wonderful economics book that is 12 pages. I heard that Bernie doesn't read any of them, so I thought that he might be able to read 12 pages. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have it in stock. Come on Amazon, huge letdown.

Alas, I turned to the wonderful Frederic Bastiat. I thought about sending "The Law", which is great, but I thought that 75 pages might be too long for Bernie. I finally decided on "That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen". If you don't understand anything about economics…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 10 of ?

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I filed the Recall for Tony Barnes. The clarity hearing is next week.


Here is the final wording that I went with.

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On May 8th, 2019 Dalton Township filed an injunction for a Temporary Restraining Order as well as a lawsuit against Hidden Creek Farm. No vote was taken for either of these actions at any public meeting prior to that. Both of these actions are direct violations of the Michigan Open Meetings Act. It is the job of the Township Supervisor, Tony Barnes, to see to it that the township acts in compliance with applicable laws, which he failed to do.

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Here is part of the email that I received.

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You are hereby notified, that a Clarity/Factual Hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 11:00 am in the Board of Commissioners room in the Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice, 990 Terrace Street, 4th Floor, Muskegon MI.

The purpose of this hearing will be to determine whether each reason for each recall is factual and of sufficient clarity in …

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 9 of ?

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Removing an elected official from office is difficult, which it should be.


I contacted the Muskegon County Clerk's office to find out the official number of signatures needed and the time frame. Here are the number of votes needed:

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The total number of votes cast for Governor in Dalton Township in November of 2018, was 3,530 of which a recall would require a number of signatures equal to 25% of the number of votes cast or 882 valid signatures of registered voters in Dalton Township.  This is following the process for filing for recall beginning with filing a recall petition with the County Clerk and approval of the petition language by the Election Commission at a Clarity Hearing, prior to circulating petitions for signature.

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And here is the rest of the process:

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Filing for recall is not a quick process.  When you file the wording with us, a clarity hearing is scheduled for not less than 10 or not more than 20 days from the date the wording …

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 8 of ?

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It's time to clear the air.


It sometimes happens that people are put in bad spots, almost impossible positions. "Lie or you lose your job." You don't want to lie, but you can't afford to lose your job either. That's a difficult situation. Maybe you make the wrong choice. We all make bad decisions at some point. The question is, can it be rectified?

Personal and public redemption are two different things, but they also complement each other. Personal redemption is more important, by far. You becoming okay with you, the decisions you've made and the actions you've taken, nothing's more important than that. And violating the public trust, that's a big issue.

Here is a statement from U.S. President Grover Cleveland in a speech titled "Good Citizenship".

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...toleration in all things save dishonesty and infidelity to the public trusts.

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I'm not sure the public trust can be restored after something like what ha…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 7 of ?

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I see a bright future for Dalton Township.


There comes a day when the mettle of a community is tested. When hard times come, a question is asked, a question that reaches out to each citizen and wonders, "What will You do?"

In that choice, in that decision, lies the entire future of the community. It's a decision that rests in the heart and soul of each individual.

The community that comes together in a show of support is the community that has a bright future.

The community where the citizens find courage and strength in each other, that is the community that has a bright future.

I see hundreds of people coming together, connecting, sharing, supporting, and seeking for that brighter future.

A future where the citizens participate in, and contribute to, the township's policies.

A future where the citizens oversee and approve of the township's procedures.

A future where the citizens of Dalton Township trust the officials of Dalton Township.

That's the future th…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 6 of ?

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Why do some people feel that they can trample other people's rights and that's fine? This article will be fast and heavy. We are going to see the eight ways that people detach morality from their actions, why it's hard to tell when politicians are lying, a disturbing statistic related to the dark triad, two experiments that show the tendency of some people to abuse power and other people to follow bad orders, how stories reveal some of these processes, and the possibility for redemption.


There are eight techniques that people use to make the bad things that they do seem okay. The psychologist Albert Bandura wrote the book "Moral Disengagement". He also has a five page paper by the same name. By knowing about these you can be more alert and aware of the various manipulation techniques that are used. This will be a short overview. They have semi-confusing names, so I'll break down what they really mean.

Moral Justification
This is simply doing bad things as a m…

Fighting Local Government Corruption - Part 5 of ?

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How do you stand up and talk in front of a crowd? Some people fear it more than death. It's okay to come to the Dalton Township meeting and not stand up, but if you want to stand up and say something then this article will help you.


First, some inspiration. Then we'll dive into specific options.

One of the most important things to realize about a local government meeting like this is that you are not making a presentation. You won't be graded. You are there to say what you have to say. I'm going to put a few of my speeches from the last couple of months here. You do not have to stand up and speak like this. To a large extent you can't. You will only have three minutes during the public comment section. (Notice though, that even these speeches are only about 5 minutes long.)

A couple of weeks ago I requested a 5 to 10 minute spot on the schedule and the township would not give it to me. That's because they don't want to hear what we have to say. That's a…

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