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I just found out what type of political philosophy I was influenced by while growing up.

In a Washington Post opinion article this morning, So much for ‘Biden the socialist’, I discovered that I should probably have been classified as a Rockefeller Republican.

I spent my formative years, high school and military service, outside of the US in the South Pacific (Navy Brat/Sailor).

Back in the sixties and seventies, communication was not like it is today. Normal mail, averaged 22 days by ship. No radio or TV broadcasts were “live from America”. Non-local newspapers and magazines also appeared to fall in the 22 day delivery bracket.

Because of that, we meditated more on the news, instead of reacting in real-time. After all, we new that more had happened during that delivery lag and many of us wanted to know what that reaction was, before we reacted. …


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The study concludes that Donald Trump was likely the largest driver of the COVID-19 misinformation “infodemic”.

The Cornell Alliance for Science published the following study, which is being discussed on many of the main street media. [1] You won’t hear about this on right wing news sites, such as Breitbart. [2],[3]

CORONAVIRUS MISINFORMATION: Quantifying sources and themes in the COVID-19 ‘infodemic’

“The study concludes that Donald Trump was likely the largest driver of the COVID-19 misinformation “infodemic.”

Executive summary

The World Health Organization has stated that a parallel “infodemic” of misinformation is undermining efforts to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. …


A copy of a letter to members of the California legislature about Manufactured Home Community Rent Increases. Unfortunately I don't expect much of a response, given that there is more hot-air dedicated to the Affordable Housing Crisis than actual effort to do something that would have a positive effect.

The Honorable Sharon Quirk-Silva
State Assembly
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814

AB-2895 (Quirk-Silva/Chiu) Mobilehome parks: rent caps. - OPPOSE

I am the president of the Home Owners Association at the Mobil Country Club manufactured home community in Rancho Cordova, CA.

Starting in the fall of 2018, the HOA initiated an annual survey to see how residents of our community were affected by the annual December rent increases. The responses were received from about 25% of the residents. Based on the answers we received, here is how our senior (55+) community, with over 450 households, stands based on the HUD standards related to the percentage of their income that is spent on housing costs. …


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I am so tired of being lectured for my lack of concern for life because I am not in rabid support of the so-called Pro-Life movement. Pro-Life should not be just Anti-Abortion, yet that is how many in the movement appear to see it.

My problem is simple. I believe all life is precious, yet many in the pro-life movement only seem to worry about protecting children before they are born. They seem to be forgetting about them after they are born. For example, as a society we don’t seem to care as much as we should about the abuse of others. …


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Déjà vu all over again…

Listening to all the discussions about wearing masks being a violation of civil rights brought me back 50 years to all the similar complaints about seat belts.

However, in this case, the risks are reversed.

Seat Belts

The arguments for seat belt laws were based on the protection of the person wearing the seat belt. You could argue that you have the right to put yourself at risk and even claim the risks are minimal.

It’s the loss of freedom. Seat-belt laws infringe a person’s rights as guaranteed in the Fourth, Fifth, and the Ninth Amendments, and the civil rights section of the Fourteenth Amendment. Such laws are an unwarranted intrusion by government into the personal lives of citizens; they deny through prior restraint the right to determine one’s own individual personal health-care standard.


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[Your Name], complete your Privacy Checkup

If you received an email message that looks like it came from Google, but you are not sure, here is how to verify that it is safe.

Take a Privacy Checkup

We’ll walk you through key privacy settings step-by-step to help you choose what’s right for you.

From: Google Account <*protected email*>

This is a message from Google to help verify that you have personally checked your privacy preferences and that you officially give permission to Google to track your personal data.

If you click on the Start Now button, you should see something like this.


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Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results.

The current Affordable Housing Crisis and the Homeless Problems will continue to get worse unless we do something different. Yet, at every level of the political spectrum, politicians continue to focus on repeating the same proposed solutions over and over again, in spite of the fact that they have failed to produce new results over the past thirty years.

In addition, that is exactly what major industry leaders are telling us to do and that is what Frank Rolfe and his investment partners are self-servingly advising others to do.

Tim Sheahan, when he was president of the National Association of Manufactured Home Owners (NAMHOA) noted in a document linked here that when there was plenty of competition and new land-lease manufactured home (MH) communities were coming online, that the law of supply and demand kept site fees affordable. Unfortunately, there have been no new communities in California in the past thirty years and only ten in the USA since 2000. …


We are all called to be people of prayer.

Silhouette — Man kneeling in prayer
Silhouette — Man kneeling in prayer

God is Universal

As Christians, we need to remember that God IS and that He is universal in His dealings with all of His children. Do not assume that the things you see around you are part of an isolated event. The safer assumption is that He is dealing with the Universal Church in the same manner that He deals with your local spiritual community.

I monitored the Catholic Charismatic Renewal around the world for almost twenty years. What I saw clearly demonstrated that God deals with His people in a consistent manner. The problems we share are universal — disagreements, human jealousy, spiritual pride, the break up of Christian communities — all happening here, there, everywhere. The patterns that you observe where you live are also being repeated around the world! …


As a leader in the Navy and later as a manager in the corporate world, these were the rules that I developed for doing more than just surviving.

Van Cleef’s First Law

1. Never underestimate the power of a draft memo.

How often have you attempted to get management’s attention, but your recommendations fall on deaf ears? While working for NASA I discovered the secret to getting attention and cooperation.

Post a draft memo for “review” by your team and management. Those memos will take on a life of their own. …


The Journey: Session Three, Part Three

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Today many people seem to want to be deceived. They chase after any spiritual manifestations and believe what they see, unconditionally.

Many others seem to be afraid to challenge or question anyone’s prophetic proclamations. They refuse to stand up and denounce those who practice astrology, psychic fortune-telling, or witchcraft. They accept without question declarations of those who follow UFO’s, New Age concepts, Pagan religions, or those that channel reincarnate spirits from the past. And yet, the message in the Scriptures is very clear, false prophets exist and we must test them.

(Mat 7:15) [Jesus Speaking] “[15] Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” …

About

Robert E. Van Cleef

I am an SOB: Son of a Bos’n — Sailor, Preacher, Advocate, Computer Geek.

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