Tales From The Drop Box Episode 130 (2018-29)

This episode is a bit of an odd duck. I was scanning a bunch of tunes I had saved up for future episodes of Tales From The Drop Box after enjoying a fine thanksgiving day with my family.  After listening to several catchy tunes in a row, I just cobbled together this episode from that playlist. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 130 is a slightly mellow affair, but perhaps it was the big meal.

This episode will also help you remain calm while you digest the full 4th National Climate Assessment Report. Truly a distressing read but at least your feet will be tapping.

My takeaway after reading the full report is that climate change is real. But you already knew that. What you also know as a fact and the report confirms that unless very aggressive action is taken to reduce and eliminate carbon emissions that life is going to change for all of us. One of those changes is that on a global basis humans are going to suffer. Many will die from famine, disease and catastrophic weather events.

Another takeaway garnered from the response to the report by Trump is that we need to eliminate impediments to change. i.e. eliminate the noise created by climate change deniers that prevent action directed to reduce the impact of these events. We also need to stop fake presidents.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #130:

  1. Watoo Watoo – “Les Regards Hostile” (Modern Express)
  2. Can’t Swim – “My Queen” (This Too Won’t Pass)
  3. Therapie Taxi – “Zarba” (Hit Sale Xtra Cheese)
  4. Tomorrows Tulips – “Certain Frantic Quality” (Harnessed To Flesh)
  5. The Littlest Viking – “Deathdrop For Jesus” (Feelings & Stuff)
  6. Color TV – “Pale & Vicious” (Color TV)
  7. Workin’ Man Noise Unit – “Turn It Off” (It’s Not Nothin’)
  8. Harlan T. Bobo – “Spiders” (A History Of Violence)
  9. Gold Star – “This Is The Year” (Uppers & Downers)
  10. Night Shop – “I Was Alone” (In The Break)
  11. Hippo Campus – “Anxious” (Bambi)
  12. Middle Class Rut – “Swimmin’ outta L.A.” (Strangler Days)
  13. We Hate You Please Die – “Minimal Function” (Kids Are Lo-Fi)
  14. Radio Birdman – “I-94” (The Essential Radio Birdman 1974-1978)
  15. Escondido – “Bullet” (Warning Bells)

Je cherche le cerveau dans mon chemin et dans ma fête c’est la tête je fous plus rien mon dieu, mon dieu là c’est demain réalité la nier, ça m’f’rait du bien . . . I could say it right now but it’s not the time I see those friendly faces but they only make me anxious . . .



Tales From The Drop Box Episode 128 (2018-27)

Here is what I hope is a pleasant surprise for your Friday – a bonus episode this week of Tales From The Drop Box. Episode 128 is a driving episode filled from beginning to end with high energy rock n’ roll mostly traversing the punk rock world. For once this should be a good surprise, eh?

NB: If you listen to this podcast with impressionable and sensitive young children around you, you should probably give this episode a pass if they can make out the words, eh? There are a ton of fucks liberally sprinkled throughout the show.

Enjoy your Friday!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #128:

  1. Time Shifters – “Dangerous Man” (Screaming Heroes)
  2. Skating Polly – “Classless Act” (The Make It All Show)
  3. Sick Of It All – “Wake The Sleeping Dragon” (Wake The Sleeping Dragon)
  4. The Filaments – “Fuck The Alt-Right” (Look To the Skies)
  5. Surfbort – “Pretty Little Fuckers” (Friendship Music)
  6. The Casualties – “Feed Off Fear” (Written In Blood)
  7. Flanders 72 – “What The Hell Is Going On?” (This Is A Punk Rock Club)
  8. Candy – “Systematic Death” (Good To Feel)
  9. Creep Scene – “Kill” (Regret)
  10. The Heroes – “Separate Ways” (Beautiful Disaster)
  11. Sick Thoughts – “Chainsaw” (Sick Thoughts)
  12. Send Request – “Antisocial War” (Perspectives)
  13. Adolescents – “Just Because” (Cropduster)
  14. Big Black – “Kitty Empire” (Songs About Fucking)
  15. Lost Sounds – “Satan Bought Me” (Memphis Is Dead)

Nazis! That shape our policy and take our liberty dominated and controlled. Live free! . . . I jump around with my wang in the wind it flops around, you admired it I am your neighbor now you can’t stop me now . . .


Tales From The Drop Box Episode 127 (2018-26)

I am glad that the U.S. soldiers who fought and died in France in WWI were not like the President Donald “FPOS” Trump who couldn’t be bothered to travel in the rain to Aisne-Marne American cemetery in Belleau and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony. The cemetery is located on the site of a World War I battle, in which Americans and French forces battled German force in 1918, killing over 1,800 Americans troops.

For the self-proclaimed supporter of our veterans the failure to participate in the wreath laying ceremony was truly a disgrace and dishonored those who served valiantly and gave their lives for the cause – to defeat nationalism and tyranny. November 11, 1918, Armistice day, marked the day World War I ended in a ceasefire at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that agreement between the Allies and Germany. While other world leaders participated in the rain, the President stayed at the hotel.

While many news outlets, worldwide, have observed the shameful behavior of the President, his loathsome inaction should not come as a surprise to anyone. As we all are fully aware by now – Trump does not care about the optics or about others, including those veterans he sent to defend our southern board from the invaders from the south. Oh wait…that is an unaarmed group of persons seeking asylum. No person of any intelligence could honestly believe that there is not anyone better than Trump to lead this country. Our democracy will survive the reign of this nationalist @$#%%!!!. (You can insert your own adjective.)

I was inspired by the words of French President Emmanuel Macron, who pointed out that Trump is an asshat without saying his name “Trump Faces Backlash After Canceling WWI Ceremony Due To Rain.” Macron elegantly pointed out the obvious, that patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. We need to fight, like our veterans did for us, the scourge of nationalism.

As we remember our veterans on this Veterans Day and thank them for their service, we should also remember what they fought for – to preserve our freedom, democracy and end tyranny. We must fight evil wherever it exists.

For those who voted last week, I thank you. For those who served, I cannot thank you enough.

Have a blessed veterans day.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #127:

  1. L7 – “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago” (Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago Digital Single)
  2. The Lone Bellow – “Water Under The Bridge” (The Restless EP)
  3. Gin Blossoms – “Fortunate Street” (Mixed Reality)
  4. Vacation Manor – “Move On” (Everything I Can’t Say Out Loud)
  5. Leoniden – “Colorless” (Again)
  6. The Insinceres – “Molly” (Sad Mess)
  7. Mother Feather – “Man, I Wish You Were Here” (Constellation Baby)
  8. Scarecrow Sideshow – “Mystic Mama” (An Exit Strategy)
  9. Deaf Wish – “Metal Carnage” (Lithium Zion)
  10. My First Story – “Winner” (S*S*S)
  11. Direct Hit! – “Welcome To Heaven” (Crown Of Nothing)
  12. Drug Church – “Strong References” (Cheer)
  13. Turin Brakes – “Tomorrow” (Invisible Storm)
  14. 999 – “Emergency” (999)
  15. She Drew The Gun – “Since You Were Not Mine” (Skeleton Key)

Raiders strike but where panic in the air running scared oh I’m so scared it gets you everywhere . . . S.O.S. from a golden throne mogul’s in deep shit, he’s all alone it’s not good, a riot in fact the whole friggin’ country club is under attack


Tales From The Drop Box Episode 126 (2018-25)

Tomorrow is election day – Go Out And Vote. Democracy only works if we all participate. You can listen to this episode, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 126, while you head to your polling station. If you live in California, you can locate your polling place fairly easily:

Find Your Polling Place

Here is your reward for voting – an aggressively positive episode! Enjoy!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #126:

  1. Now, Now – “SGL” (Saved)
  2. Antarctigo Vespucci – “Kimmy” (Love In The Time Of E-mail)
  3. The Aints! – “Red Aces” (The Church of Simultaneous Existence)
  4. The Boss Hoss – “In Your Face” (Black Is Beautiful)
  5. Arlington – “Hollow Moon” (A Walk Through Jackson County)
  6. Atreyu – “In Our Wake” (In Your Wake)
  7. Abandoned By Bears – “So Far Gone” (Headstorm)
  8. Turnspit – “Midsentence” (Desire Paths)
  9. A Gazillion Angry Mexicans – “Driving Fast With Your Friends” (Stonerpopdoompunk)
  10. Hardcore Superstar – “AD/HD” (You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘n Roll)
  11. Sister Disaster – “Kill” (Away)
  12. Nerve Quakes – “Running” (Running b/w Rewind 7’’)
  13. Revenge of the Psychotronic Man – “I Wanna Be A Spaceman” (That Was Just Noise (2004-2018))
  14. The 4 Skins – A.C.A.B.” (The Albums)
  15. dragSTER– “One Bad Cop” (Anti-Everything)

Hanging around with my mates one night we got in a little fight geezer comes with a knife in his fist I got cut along with the rest said … pick it up, baby, if I’m moving too slow I got the seat back windows up just say it, I’m yours now every word is heavy


Tales From The Drop Box Episode 125 (2018-24)

Yet another diversionary tactic. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 125 is my humble attempt to divert your attention from reality – at least for an hour. With pipe bombs being sent around the country by yet another mental defective who finally lost the plot to the evil perpetrated by the a-hole in Pittsburgh, it would be easy to give up hope for a better world. However, we must not lose sight of the future and the unmistakable conclusion that we as a species can overcome evil. We must believe that good still exits in the world and not give in to the temptation that the horrific events occurring with seemingly increasing frequency are somehow “normal.” As we reflect on these tragedies, we must act against evil. The prescription is relatively easy. Perform good acts. Take time to be kind. Be helpful. Resist anger. Recognize good in others. Don’t blame. Be honest. All of these actions are within the capacity of us all.

oh…and rock on!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #125:

  1. Seasaw – “God (Zilla)” (Big Dogs)
  2. Basement – “Slip Away” (Beside Myself)
  3. Cloud Nothings – “In Shame” (Last Building Burning)
  4. Strange Ranger – “New Hair” (How It Al l Went By EP)
  5. GØGGS – “Killing Time” (Pre Strike Sweep)
  6. Baked Beans – “Easy” (Babble)
  7. The Frights – “Over It” (Hypochondriac)
  8. Negative Scanner – “History Lesson” (Nose Picker)
  9. The Cruel Intentions – “Check Your Head” (No Sign Of Relief)
  10. The Parkinsons – “Metal Cranes” (The Shape Of Nothing To Come)
  11. Templeton Pek – “Nowhere To Hide” (Watching The World Come Undone)
  12. Jump, Little Children – “Hand on My Heartache” (Sparrow)
  13. Curtail – “Sleight of Hand” (All Your Luck)
  14. Joe Strummer – “London Is Burning” (Joe Strummer 001)
  15. Amy Stroup – “Lost Ones” (Helen of Memphis)

The sirens’ risin’ there’s a distant blues dance on a crowded street the temperature’s a-risin’ soon you’re gonna be runnin’ down . . . I don’t need to say what I said before you never listened to me anyway, my voice is sore or I’m not sick at all, I’m just sick of you


Tales From The Drop Box 2018-23 (Episode 124)


I’ll bet you are glad that the introductory notes to this episode of Tales From The Drop Box Episode 124 are going to be thankfully short after last episode’s lengthy discussion of the California ballot propositions. I have a full week of work ahead, so you get the benefit – very little to read but a ton of good stuff to listen to in this show. I was digging around and found a couple of tracks that for some reason or another didn’t make it into the podcast because they were awkward. For example, the track by The Weeks “Button” is a live cut with a drum solo at the end. I love the song, but couldn’t figure out how to fit it smoothly into the show. I still haven’t, but I’m comfortable just dropping it in the middle of the show and living with it. The show is filled with these misaligned misfits but I have enjoyed every song in this episode a number of times before offering it up for your listening pleasure. Hopefully you like a little awkwardness in your music!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #124:

  1. The Regrettes – “Come Through” (Attention Seeker)
  2. Family Of The Year – “Two Kids” (Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime)
  3. Beachtape – “Fix It Up” (Fix It Up b/w Figure It Out 7’’)
  4. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – “Muckraker” (12 Bar Bruise)
  5. The Weeks – “Buttons” (Inside The Pines)
  6. Starcrawler – “I Love L.A.” (Starcrawler)
  7. Tancred – “Hot Star” (Nightstand)
  8. Drinking Boys and Girls Choir – “I’m A Fucking McDonalds” (Keep Drinking)
  9. Assuming We Survive – “Make It out Alive” (Chapters EP)
  10. Thrice – “Hold Up A Light” (Palms)
  11. Gino and the Goons – “Wring Side Of A Cigarette” (She Was Crushed EP)
  12. Last Dinosaurs – “Eleven” (Yumeno Garden)
  13. The Town Heroes – “More” (Everything (will be fine when we get to where we think we’re going)
  14. Angry Angles – “Apparent Transparent” (Angry Angles)
  15. Cloves – “Bringing The House Down” (One Big Nothing)

You’ve got a lot of nerve when you’re trying to call me out but we both know very well you’re the one with the big mouth . . . lost some buttons to my overcoat pull your knife away from my throat she said, ‘smoke your cigarette, I hope you choke’ kissed my lips and quickly ran away


Tales From The Drop Box 2018-22 (Episode 123)

A tale of two shows in a single episode Tales From The Drop Box Episode 123 is split evenly into two distinct halves – each with vibrant energy – but each half producing different mood altering impacts. I am not sure how Episode 123 it will impact you overall, but it left me a little unsettled as I recorded the show. Not because the music is unsettling because it is not, but just how the tracks fell together created tension. I honestly have no idea where I’m going with this introduction, but I felt it was important to forewarn you that this show is mood altering – in a very pleasant way!

There is an important event occurring shortly that is relevant to your life – we have an election coming up on November 6!

NB: If you are one of the many foreign listeners to this podcast feel free to skip ahead! If you don’t live in California but live in the U.S., then read the next section and then skip ahead to the track listing at the bottom so you can see what the heck this episode is really about! Hint: Episode 123 begins with RunHideFight (an excellent new band from Pennsylvania) and ends with Mod Con (an excellent new band from Melbourne Australia). If you live in California, then read all of these notes! However, if you are not “feeling it” then skip to the bottom and check out the music.

The most important thing for everyone to do right now is register to vote! If you do not register, then you cannot vote. It is that simple. And as I have informed you before – it is really @^^!!!^&! important to vote.  So, here is where you go to register:

  1. Determine your state registration deadline:


  1. Then register to vote: (It takes less than 2 minutes – 120 seconds to vote for change)

For California: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

For the rest of the U.S.: https://www.rockthevote.org/

For California residents there are, as always, a lengthy number of ballot propositions this year. Unfortunately this also means proposed legislation by special interest groups. Below you will find my voters guide to the 11 propositions on the ballot to be decided on November 6. You can read the official voters’ guide here: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/  (But I think you will find my version much easier to read!)

1 Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute.

Affordable Housing And Home-Purchase Assistance For Veterans: If passed, Proposition 1 would authorize the sale of $4 billion in bonds to finance existing housing programs, as well as infrastructure work and grants to match a local housing trust fund dollar-to-dollar. One-quarter of this $4 billion would help veterans purchase farms, homes and mobile homes.

I vote Yes. This was close. In fact, in order for me to vote yes, I had to make a huge leap of faith. The Proposition does not provide nearly enough money to make a significant impact, but will add units to the rental market. The $4 billion sets aside $1.5 billion to provide loans to renovate or build more rental housing. We need more rental housing – it is that simple. There are simply not enough available rental units and the price of those rental units is so high that most people cannot afford to rent them. Millions of dollars of the money raised by this proposition would also go toward grants to build or improve sewers, roads and water systems in cities i.e. infrastructure improvements which are desperately needed. So, on this one, I am a yes, but it is a qualified yes. If you believe that the State will actually utilize the money, monitor where is goes, and provide oversite then vote yes. If you believe government will waste the money or use it to reward pet projects, then vote No. The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates the total cost, with interest, for the $3 billion in funding this measure calls for would end up at $5.9 billion. The loans for veterans has no impact as they are loans. I have a hard time swallowing the fact that Californian taxpayers will squander $1.00 for every $1.00 raised, but I believe we have to bite the bullet now as housing costs are only going to increase in this new era of tariff’s on soft lumber. We need the units. I’m just praying it works a little to ease the pressure.

2 Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute.

Using Mental Health Dollars For Low-Income Housing: Proposition 2 would free up $2 billion in bonds to pay to build housing that includes mental health services for chronically homeless people. The original bonds are part of the Mental Health Services Act, approved by voters in 2004 to provide mental health services to Californians. Legislators tried to appropriate this money two years ago, but that law has been tied up in courts ever since.

I vote No. This was also actually a close call but in the end, a no vote is the correct call. This is the second of the two affordable housing measures (see Prop 1 above). Prop 2 wants to issue $2 billion in bonds to fund No Place Like Home, a state program that builds housing for homeless folks with mental illnesses. The state then wants to repay a part of the $2 billion bond utilizing $140 million a year out of the state’s Mental Health Services Fund. And this is where I have the issue with this proposition. Prop 2 on the surface sounds like a good idea because we should help the mentally ill and the homeless but in application the benefits may not be realized i.e. the actual consequences of the proposition can completely miss those people and by diverting funds away mental health treatment programs actually harm the people who need the support.

The Mental Health Services Fund was itself created by a proposition. Passed in 2004, Prop 63 taxed people making in excess of $1,000,000.00. The funds raised from that tax were to be utilized to expand mental health services, particularly for the homeless. A 2014 State auditor’s report demonstrated that the State had no idea as to where most of the approximately $13B raised was spent, and questioned whether the money raised had actually done anything to ease homelessness or impact California’s mental health crises. The 2017 Report is actually worse: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2017-117.pdf . The report title provides the single best reason to vote no on this proposition: Mental Health Services Act – The State Could Better Ensure the Effective Use of Mental Health Services Act Funding. Therefore, I vote no because the success of the measure depends on close government oversight and monitoring and the State is wasting taxpayer money already. Do we want to give them more to waste? Certainly not.

Note: The congressional Annual Homeless Assessment Report estimated that California’s homeless population is around 134,000 people, and our “unsheltered” homeless population is around 92,000 people, an increase of 13.7% from 2016 to 2017. (See p. 13, Ex. 1.7.)

3 Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute.

Authorizing Bonds for Safe Drinking Water and Water Infrastructure: With Proposition 3 voters will decide whether to authorize $8.87 billion in state bonds for water infrastructure. The majority of the revenue would go to safe drinking-water projects and watershed and fishery improvements, with money also going to habitat protection, dam repairs and other programs. The proposition also gives priority to disadvantaged communities, and would require some projects to come up with matching funds from non-state sources.

I vote NO. This is pay-to-play and promoted by individuals and entities that are going to be receiving a share of the bond money. This will be a pit of graft and waste all at the taxpayer’s expense. Prop 3 would authorize the largest water bond in California history, $8.9 billion. Add in $8.4 billion for interest payments and the total reaches $17.3 billion. That’s $430 million annually for 40 years. 3 water bonds in 4 years? The Central Valley will reap the rewards and the rest of California will pay for it. It is merely a pork-laden pet project list with no prioritization and it pisses me off that propositions like these keep appearing each year.

4 Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute.

Authorizing Bonds for Children’s Hospitals: Proposition 4 would approve $1.5 billion of bonds to build, expand, renovate and equip qualifying children’s hospitals. The majority of funds would go to private nonprofit hospitals that provide services to children who qualify for certain government programs. This includes children with special needs who qualify for the for the California Children’s Services program. The rest of the funds would be allocated to the University of California’s acute care children’s clinics, and public and private nonprofit hospitals that serve qualified children.

I vote NO. You are likely reading this to yourself  and saying to yourself only a cold cold hearted bastard would deny hospitals money for children with special needs. These are hospitals taking care of critically ill children and this bond would enable hospitals to acquire new cutting edge technology. I still vote NO. like past measures, enabling public support for a broken system prolongs the tax payer agony and does not improve healthcare. Making it easier for hospitals to feed from the public trough does not save lives. It creates waste and relieves the hospital administrators from prioritizing patient care, research and eliminating waste.

5 Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Granting Property Tax Break to Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons: Proposition 5 would grant a property tax break to property owners who are over 55 years old or severely disabled. The measure would allow them to transfer their property tax to a replacement property of equal or lesser value in a specific county.

I vote NO. Although well-intentioned, it is difficult to imagine how much harm to local communities would arise from the loss of tax revenue. Schools are funded in part from local tax revenues and this would not fix the problem of adding new units to the housing market. We are still going to have a severe housing shortage and this is definitely not the approach. Advanced by the California Association of Realtors, this would not fix the housing shortage. In order to fix a housing shortage the solution is to build more houses. Tinkering with tax breaks will result in long term harm to every community without impacting the housing shortage or the affordability problem.

6 Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees Be Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Repealing the Gas Tax: Lawmakers’ increase to the gas tax has been contentious since the moment it passed last year. Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman was recalled in June in part over his “yes” vote on the tax. Proposition 6 would allow voters to repeal the gas tax increase that currently generates revenue to pay for improvements to local roads, state highways and public transportation. Prop. 81 would also require that the Legislature submit any future tax or fee on gas or diesel fuel, or on those driving a vehicle on public highways, to voters. Gov. Jerry Brown came out hard against the measure when it qualified for the ballot, calling it “flawed and dangerous” in a tweet.

I vote NO. Unless you live in a major city in California, and even in some of the smaller cities you cannot even believe how bad traffic really is in this state. In Los Angeles, on an average day to go from Pasadena to Santa Monica, a journey of 26 miles, can take on average more than 2 hours between the hours of 6:030 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The journey home takes a little longer at rush hour. Rush hour is from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. It is only getting worse. Repealing the gas tax would insure longer drives as the road repairs would not be made and the congestion is only going to get worse. It is too bad Los Angeles didn’t actually begin planning for public transportation that works until recently, but things are not going to change soon.

7 Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute.

Revisiting Daylight Saving: California lawmakers have flirted with ditching seasonal time changes for years. Proposition 7 itself would not make permanent or abolish daylight saving time. The measure repeals a 1949 voter-approved proposition that established Daylight Saving Time in California. This would leave it up to the Legislature to decide how the state’s time should be set. The Legislature could then establish year-round Daylight Saving Time in California with a two-thirds vote and Congressional approval.

I vote NO. As much as I would like to say, really? We have a ballot measure that would permit our legislature to set our time clock, the real issue is that already people believe Californian’s are different. Do we want to be perceived with as much disdain as Newfies? Newfies are residents of Newfoundland, Canada and as the joke goes, they are always ½ hour behind the rest of us. There is no need for Californian’s to be out of synch with the rest of the country.

8 Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute.

Limiting Dialysis Clinic Revenue: If passed, Proposition 8 would put a cap how much outpatient kidney dialysis clinics may charge patients, and would impose penalties for excessive bills. The measure would also prohibit clinics from discriminating against patients based on their method of payment. In a push for accountability, clinics would also be required to report annually to the state costs, revenue and charges.

I vote NO. This proposition was brought by two labor unions who attempted unsuccessfully to organize workers at dialysis clinics. This is essentially a unions large middle finger to the industry. It would hurt existing clinics, and frankly is an attempt to get the government to implement socialism in this industry. This would likely cause clinics to close and hurt patients. If there is one small positive about the proposition, at least the proponents were not deceptive about it’s true intent which is to interfere with the operation of these clinics as a business, who like every other business exist to make money. If passed this proposition would destroy competition, force closures and in the end increase the cost of services for patients who desperately need this service.

9 On July 18, 2018, Proposition 9 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court.

Sometimes the court’s actually work. This proposition which attempted to carve up California, was nonsense. Best evidence for why this is a bad idea are North Dakota and South Dakota. Do we really need multiple Californias? Hell no.

10 Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.

Allowing Local Authorities to Enact Rent Control: A measure seeking to give local authorities more freedom to enact rent control policies will be on the November ballot. Proposition 10 would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and its ban on certain types of rent control, including protections for tenants of single-family homes, condos and apartments built after 1995.

I vote NO. There are some people who must think that the California electorate is stupid. You would have to have not a clue about how the State and most local governments work to vote yes on this proposition. Giving your elected officials control over the rental housing market is a very bad idea and would certainly make things even a bigger mess than they are. The reason California has a housing shortage is because of restrictive building and zoning laws that increase the cost of building new residential units. If you add on rent control, then you can guarantee that no one is going to build more units in California because the economics simply will not work.

11 Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute.

Ambulance Workers To Remain On-Call On Meal And Rest Breaks and Get Paid; Disaster Training: If passed, Proposition 11 would require ambulance workers at for-profit medical-response companies to be on-call during meal and rest breaks, meaning that they would need to be reachable by mobile device in case of emergency. Workers would be required to be paid at their regular rate during these breaks, and interrupted breaks would not be counted toward the breaks a worker is required to receive per shift. The measure also requires companies to provide additional specialized training to ambulance workers, and to offer mental health services to employees. Companies would be required to either offer 10 paid mental health services per year, or to offer medical insurance that covers long-term mental health care, if the company provides health insurance.

I vote NO. This is another great example of a deceptive proposition for which California is known. Ambulance workers, like every other worker need meal and rest breaks. This one is designed to increase the overhead cost of every for-profit ambulance service by increasing the cost of services and increasing worker pay. If passed this proposition would also would guarantee mental health benefits for emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and mandate additional training for active shooters, terrorist attacks and natural disasters. This is a government required pay raise for workers supported by local unions who want to interfere with business decisions by owners of these companies. California workers have more than ample protections imposed by law. This is piling on.

12 Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute.

Farm Animals Need Space: Proposition 12 bans the sale of meat derived from animals and their food products that are confined within certain areas. By 2021, the measure would also require that all eggs sold in California be from hens raised according to the United Egg Producers’ 2017 cage free guidelines. California passed a similar measure in 2008, Proposition 2, which banned the sale of certain animal products if the animals were confined in spaces that left them unable to turn around, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs. Prop. 12 would take this one step further by laying out specific square footage requirements.

I vote No. Regardless of how you feel about the treatment of our food supply i.e. we raise the animals in order to kill and eat them, the net effect of this proposition will be the same as Prop 2 – decrease production and substantially increase the cost of food. We already have a highly regulated agricultural industry and this will not improve it one iota and instead will substantially increase food prices.

So there you have it. My cheat sheet for all of the propositions on the California November ballot.

I am voting Yes on Prop 1 and voting No on all of the others. Information is power. A well informed electorate reduces the chance for major mistakes that hurt people.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #123:

  1. RunHideFight – “He’s A Jerk” (He’s A Jerk 7’’)
  2. After 10 – “Paper Thin” (Bad Influences)
  3. Famous World – “Candylegs” (Spesh)
  4. The Villagers – “Fool” (The Art of Pretending To Swim)
  5. Blue Heaven – “Assumptions” (Volume 1)
  6. Broncho – “Boys Got To Go” (Bad Behavior)
  7. Bleeding Knees – “Case” (Fade The Hammer)
  8. Youth Killed It – “What’s So Great, Britain?” (What’s So Great, Britain?)
  9. Peter Holsapple – “The Death of Rock” (Peter Holsapple v. Alex Chilton: The Death of Rock)
  10. Bragging Rights – “Built To Destroy” (Bragging Rights)
  11. Civic – “New Vietnam” (New Vietnam EP)
  12. D.O.A. – “State Control” (Fight Back)
  13. Drenge – “Fades To Black” (Autonomy EP)
  14. The Libertines – “The Man Who Would Be King” (The Libertines)
  15. Mod Con – “Tell Me Twice” (Modern Convenience)

Three nations divided in two under one banner old school views but we live in a new manor, traditional values have to evolve or stand like statues … To make what I quite like to make it through the night my heart beats slow fast, I don’t feel right with a sleight of hand I might die what about you over there?