Which is the bigger problem: an environmentalist making international headlines who (a) knows about a serious environmental problem in one of his back yards and does nothing about it, or (b), does not know about it, because the community to which… Read More ›
Marden N. Plant
You need spare time — something the writer of this blog does not have — to promote a public service site on social media. If you don’t have any, getting the word out about problems can be slow – even… Read More ›
Public service announcement: a surfer’s guide for newcomers to Pooh! A tale of horror in luxury on the California coast
This is the twelfth post on a blog through which we – Advocat and Scriba — hope to save other people from experiences like ours of sewage backflows which, as we show, can happen in a gilt-edged gated community like the Seadrift Association in Marin County’s Stinson Beach.
Creating and updating this record became essential after the principal owner of the Seadrift house, the scene of the dramas, made a misleading public announcement about the lawsuit we were obliged to file in the wake of the trauma.
Could Stinson Beach’s rich gated community be the barrier to protecting unsuspecting visitors and renters from septic tank injury?
Raising the cash to build a public sewer to replace the hazardous, pollution-prone private septic tanks of Stinson Beach could prove difficult – with roughly half of property owners belonging to a prosperous club walled off by choice from the… Read More ›
Warning for litigation virgins: the road to relief from septic tank injury in a problem-plagued house is long, hard and ugly
… And a constructive suggestion for a different route … Eighteen months after one of us, Scriba, was given a sewage bath in Stinson Beach, we can address the question that the scientist and environmentalist Rollie White posed in an earlier post…. Read More ›
‘Merianplatz station was closed for several hours earlier today,’ a spokesman for the city fire brigade told reporters in Frankfurt, ‘due to an unusual mistake. After the weekend Berger Strassenfest (street festival) had finished, staff began cleaning away the rubbish… Read More ›
Did a landlord-cum-real-estate-broker in coastal California set a real life ‘Crap Detection 101 ’ test too hard for even eagle-eyed would-be renters?
Can search engines stand in for guardian angels in community life, protecting us from harm by making it easy to tip each other off about potential risks? … Usually, yes. But what about a business operator who sets out to mislead potential customers deliberately – and gets an unwary quasi-governmental organization not just to give that lie its blessing, but publish the misinformation online, with its seal of official authority?
We note your reply with interest, commenter ‘Carl’ – whether or not that is actually your name. To help search engines, we will be tagging this post with ‘Comment moderation on the internet,’ ‘Unattractive trolls,’ ‘Rude behaviour online’ and ‘Netiquette’…. Read More ›
An environmentalist’s take – and George Orwell’s advice – on stopping septic contamination in the Seadrift enclave in Stinson Beach
Rollie White is an ardent ichthyologist (fish scientist) with whom Scriba — the writer of this blog entry — once served on a peace-keeping panel during an environmental war on the California-Oregon border involving inhabitants of Goose Lake, such as… Read More ›
What search engines did not have: warnings or toilet training for unwitting users of troubled septic tanks in Stinson Beach
Helma Schwendig of the Stinson Beach County Water District (SBCWD) – the organisation in charge of overseeing the go-it-alone septic tank-owners of the place — could not have been blunter, on the last Tuesday of last August. ‘In a house… Read More ›
Research notes for Dan Brown: how septic tanks stand in for loaded guns in California’s Stinson Beach
In your own inimitable literary style, … ‘Dear renowned, internationally best-selling Dan Brown,’ … should you ever find your way to this blog post, it could give you an idea or two for future successors to your Da Vinci Code…. Read More ›