• Andy Fox,  Claudia Bill-de la Pena,  Jeff Gorell,  Ventura County Board of Supervisors

    Andy Fox Endorses Jeff Gorell for Ventura County Supervisor

    Former long-time Mayor and Councilman for Thousand Oaks, Andy Fox has endorsed Jeff Gorell for Ventura County Supervisor.

    While this is not a surprise, it is notable since Fox served for many years with Gorell’s opponent, Thousand Oaks City Councilwoman Claudia Bill-de la Pena, on the council.

    One would think that serving so many years in a working relationship with someone, you, as an ex-pol, would simply sit out the election. Not so with Fox.

    There must be a host of reasons.

    I’ll let Andy speak to them himself.

    This is a significant pick-up endorsement for Gorell.

  • Conejo Valley Unified School District,  Thousand Oaks City Council,  Ventura County Board of Supervisors,  Ventura County Community College District Governing Board

    VOTE FOR or DON’T VOTE FOR Coming to FlapsBlog.com

    Flap and Victor

    Election season is upon us here in Thousand Oaks. Hence, Flap will be posting his FAVS and not so FAVS in this space.

    It is unfortunate, that local press coverage has gone extinct in the Conejo Valley. We used to have extensive local coverage by three print genuine newspapers: Thousand Oaks New Chronicle (Sister of the Ventura County Star); the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News. But, alas, the internet and social media killed them for local political coverage.

    Today, we have the Thousand Oaks Acorn and the Ventura County Star who remain. But, the Acorn newspapers are a weekly shopper and the VC Star, a real daily newspaper, has a very reduced reporting staff (except for local sports).

    Nobody reads the remaining journals, either online or in print, and who would certainly delve into the body of one of them to read a letter to the editor.

    Never Fear.

    Flap will give you the true poop and recommend for whom (as an informed citizen living in Thousand Oaks) you should vote.

    Comments are turned off (too many overseas spam links), but you can agree or disagree with me on Twitter (@Flap). Let it rip!

  • Cannabis,  Marijuana

    Reefer Madness?

    How weed Became the New Oxycontin

    Happy International Overdose Awareness Day.

    I wrote this story for Tablet. If the responses I’ve received so far are any indication, some of you are going to hate this article. Some of you might accuse me of propagating “reefer madness.” We can have an interesting discussion about that in the comments. My own suspicion is that for whatever reason, there is such a deep-seated cultural attachment to the idea of cannabis being some kind of a wonder plant that many people have a reflexive revulsion to anything arguing otherwise. In other words, I think much of the reaction is emotional. But I can be convinced otherwise.

    Read all of this excellent article here.

  • Dentistry,  Oral Surgery

    Oral Surgery and Endocarditis

    A new study validates American Heart Association guidelines concerning oral surgery and the prevention of bacterial endocarditis.

    The strongest evidence yet to support clinical guidelines that recommend that people at high risk of endocarditis, such as those who’ve had previous episode the disease or who have a prosthetic cardiac valve, should take antibiotics before they have a tooth pulled or other types of oral surgery, comes from a new study that used two methodologies.

    But it also pointed out that two-thirds of the time they aren’t getting that type of antibiotic coverage.

    The researchers conducted a cohort study of almost 8 million retirees with employer-paid Medicare supplemental prescription benefits and dental benefits, then conducted a case-crossover study of 3,774 people from the cohort who’d been hospitalized with infectious endocarditis (IE) and who had invasive dental procedures. The bottom line is that the study supports the clinical guidelines from the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology that recommend antibiotic prophylaxis (AP) before dental procedures for patients at high-risk of IE.

    Noncompliance is very worrisome. Dentists and patients alike should be vigilant in preventing this potentially deadly infection.

  • Claudia Bill-de la Pena,  HonestyCounts.org,  Jeff Gorell,  Linda Parks,  Nora Aidukas

    Who is Responsible for the Honesty Counts Website?

     

    Will the mainstream media investigate why a Ventura County Supervisor and her Planning Commissioner are hiding behind a supposed fact-checking website and Twitter account (@HonestyCounts4U)? In addition, is this advocacy considered a reportable California Campaign contribution?

    Flap will be watching the campaign filings – as others already have.

  • Flap

    Flap’s Blog Is Back

    However, it is under heavy reconstruction.

    Bear with me, please.

    You may submit stories, events, gossip, tips, etc. to Flap at Flapsblog Dot Com or to Fullosseousflap at Gmail Dot Com. Or, DM me on Twitter @Flap.

  • Parler,  Twitter

    Video: How Tech Monopolies Destroyed Parler and Why

    Glenn Greenwald: How Silicon Valley , in a Show of Monopolistic Force, Destroyed Parler

    The nature of monopolistic power is that anti-competitive entities engage in anti-trust illegalities to destroy rising competitors. Parler is associated with the wrong political ideology. It is a small and new enough platform such that it can be made an example of. Its head can be placed on a pike to make clear that no attempt to compete with existing Silicon Valley monopolies is possible. And its destruction preserves the unchallengeable power of a tiny handful of tech oligarchs over the political discourse not just of the United States but democracies worldwide (which is why Germany

    No authoritarians believe they are authoritarians. No matter how repressive are the measures they support — censorship, monopoly power, no-fly lists for American citizens without due process — they tell themselves that those they are silencing and attacking are so evil, are terrorists, that anything done against them is noble and benevolent, not despotic and repressive. That is how American liberals currently think, as they fortify the control of Silicon Valley monopolies over our political lives, exemplified by the overnight destruction of a new and popular competitor.

    Read all of the piece!

  • Barbara Boxer

    Former California Senator Barbara Boxer Goes to Work as a Foreign Agent

    Barbara Boxer Registers To Lobby For Chinese Firm Blacklisted Over Surveillance Of Uyghurs

    Former California Sen. Barbara Boxer has registered as a foreign agent for Hikvision USA, the American subsidiary of a Chinese surveillance company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. government.

    Boxer, a Democrat, registered the work through Mercury Public Affairs, the prominent lobbying firm that she joined as a consultant early last year. Boxer’s registration form, filed through the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, says she will be “providing strategic counsel” to Hikvision, which produces surveillance equipment for the Chinese government and Chinese military.

    The Trump administration has cracked down on investments in firms linked to the Chinese government, including Hikvision and Huawei. The Commerce Department added Hikvision to a trade blacklist on Oct. 8 , 2019, for “repression, mass arbitrary detention and high-technology surveillance” of Muslim Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province.

    Hikvision, in which the Chinese government holds a 42% stake, also produces many of the cameras used to monitor U.S. military bases, streets and homes, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Nov. 12, 2017

    Nice work, if you can get it and hold your nose.

    Shame on Barbara Boxer!