10-28 to 11-1-2019: Bill Meyer’s Blog

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Bill’s Guests: Friday, November 1, 2019

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update! Today, we’ll talk with Rick about the latest news on the impeachment hearings and other swamp news.

Read more great articles from Rick and other at: DailyTorch.com

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Friday Outdoor Report.

8:10: Tom DeWeese, founder of the American Policy Center chats with Bill this morning.

A win for the cattle industry!

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it has suspended its plan for force the use of electronic ID tags for cattle. The USDA said this shift in policy was in response to executive orders from President Trump. That proves that the White House is hearing our protests! Now it’s time to step up the pressure to demand action to put “Country of Origin” labeling on all meat products!

And I need your help to do it.

Let me explain:

It’s incredible, but the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (not the REAL WWF) – the world’s most powerful and radical environmental organization — has managed to worm its way into control of the American beef industry.

The WWF advocates that beef consumption is destroying the environment and they are working tirelessly around the world to stop you and me from eating beef.

The World Wildlife Fund has succeeded in taking over the American Cattle Industry!

  • They have created the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
  • It comes with an endless list of rules to control how cattlemen are to operate – and those rules increase costs, and make it nearly impossible for small farmers to operate.
  • They have succeeded in getting the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to endorse the Roundtable’s crazy rules.
  • And the Roundtable now controls the beef packing industry which in turn controls the entire beef retail market. Cattlemen either toe the WWF dictates or are cut out of the industry.

The Roundtable plans come with a strict set of “principles” that are right out of Agenda 21. Call 202-456-1111 and leave a message for President Trump to take the action to save the American Beef Industry.

I don’t know about you… but I like my steak medium rare.

Find out more, and read more great content at: AmericanPolicy.org


Bill’s Guests: Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Happy Halloween!

6:35: Prof. Lori Paige, Ph.D. and scholar of British and Vampire Literature at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts chats with Bill this Halloween. Today, Professor Paige is here to talk about her book:

Students at Harvard, Yale, and American International College (A.I.C) have been sinking their teeth into Vampire Literature.  Yes, literature that covers 18th Century poetry and gothic fiction featuring the lives and afterlives of vampires.  Popular authors like Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer have mesmerized audiences of all ages for decades with their runaway bestsellers.  Professors like Dr. Paige instinctively know that this is exactly where to meet the students and inspire more reading.

Check out this list of other universities that have vampire literature! And…

Happy Halloween.

7:15: Michelle Freedman of the Oregon/Washington Chapter of JDRF talks with Bill.

Congress Needs to Pass a Multi-Year Renewal of the Special Diabetes Program – November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

The Special Diabetes Program provides $150 million annually for T1D research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) takes place in November. More than 1.25 million Americans currently live with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and are dependent on insulin to survive.
  • JDRF is leading the global scientific charge against T1D by channeling billions into research while also working to secure funding from the Federal government, through the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), and private sources.
  • This NDAM, JDRF recognizes T1D Champions – the people living with T1D, their loved ones, researchers, advocates, volunteers, and donors – who are helping to improve lives and move us closer to cures.
  • JDRF advocates across the country are calling on Congress to pass a multi-year renewal of the SDP, a critical program that provides $150 million annually for T1D research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Short-term funding for the SDP expires in November. Renewal of the SDP is JDRF’s top legislative priority to ensure promising research can continue delivering results toward better treatments, therapies, and – ultimately – cures for T1D. Thanks to the SDP we’ve seen incredible progress over the years – technology advances have revolutionized how people manage T1D, new approaches are preventing complications, and beta cell replacement therapy and immunotherapy are promising avenues toward cures.

About T1D: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and — at present — nothing you can do to get rid of it.

ABOUT JDRF: It’s the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Its mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since its inception.

7:40: Lawrence J. McQuillan Ph D. Sr. talks with Bill. Dr. McQuillan has an interesting take on the fires, charring Southern California.

“The Kincade Fire in California’s Sonoma County is more evidence that PG&E and California agencies have failed to properly manage wildfire risk.”

“Early reports indicate that a faulty PG&E transmission tower may have caused the Kincade Fire. PG&E towers average 68 years old and the faulty tower in Paradise that caused the deadly Camp Fire in November 2018 was nearly 100 years old. Rather than investing in public safety upgrades, PG&E has been investing in wind turbines, at the behest of California politicians.”

“PG&E has only completed a third of its promised fuel reduction activities this year—even though the money was set aside for clearing excess vegetation.”

“Cal Fire continues to emphasize suppression over prevention and fails to adopt the most cutting-edge technology to prevent, detect, and quickly suppress wildfires. Negligent officials choose to shutoff power to Californians rather than quickly implement needed reforms. If blackouts are the best strategy, clearly they’ve failed!”

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Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and tester of bad ass new cars talks with Bill this morning about the latest happenings in the world of transportation.

Are the automakers ready to fight California’s push to control everyone else’s transportation? It sure looks that way.

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World?

Go check out more, and read Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes, all over at: EPAutos.com

7:10: David Kirby, author of the book: When They Come For You: How Police and Government are Trampling Our Liberties and How to Take Them Back, talks with Bill today.


Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

6:35: Gregory Wrightstone, geologist and author of the book: Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You To Know, chats with Bill about a couple of topics.

California Governor, Gavin Newsome blames capitalism and climate change for PG & E blackouts and wildfires, when, actually, most of the problem lies within the California Legislature.

“This is about greed…” Newsome Blames Power Shutoffs on Utilities

But, on the other side, a former California GOP Chairman and Central California resident says the state is to blame for the problem.

Will California voters see the light in 2020 after PG&E disaster?

Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist with more than 35 years of experience researching and studying various aspects of the Earth’s processes. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg University and a master’s from West Virginia University, both in the field of geology. He has written and presented extensively on many aspects of geology including how paleogeography and paleoclimate control geologic processes. His findings have allowed him to speak at many venues around the world including Ireland, England, China and most recently India. Gregory is a strong proponent of the scientific process and believes that policy decisions should be driven by science, facts and data, not a political agenda.

Find out more at: InconvenientFacts.xyz

7:35: Tom Giovanetti, President of the Institute for Policy Innovation chats with Bill this morning.

Let’s face it. Higher education is darn expensive! And, in this, the age where young kids are being told that getting a college degree is the only way to success in life, incredible amounts of money are being borrowed from government to pay for college. Sadly, this leaves the, now adults, in a pile of debt, long after they’ve graduated.

But, Tom Giovanetti has an interesting idea, that he says might be able to wipe out the student loan crisis, once and for all. We’ll talk with with him about it. And, you can read about it yourself, just click the link below:

Got A College Debt Problem? Social Security Could Solve It.


Bill’s Guests: Monday, October 28, 2019

6:35: Philip Klein, Executive Editor of the Washington Examiner tlaks with Bill. So, why do Millenials get so much heat from the other generations, like Boomers, X’ers and so on? We’ll talk with Phil about it, who has penned a new book on the subject:

In the book:

In the wake of exorbitantly expensive spending proposals being released by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, the book takes a deep dive into the ballooning federal debt and runaway entitlement spending that has been increasing for decades thanks to irresponsible legislation. Klein argues that millenials, despite the constant criticism of being entitled, will be the generation that must bare the fallout from this spending. While Democrats like Sanders, Warren, and AOC assert that socialism is the only way out of this mess, Klein offers a market-driven, capitalist approach that is rooted in the country’s founding principles. With the hopes of reversing the hand they have been dealt, young Americans have been presented with a choice: look to the government and socialism to remedy their problems or tackle head on the staggering growth of the federal debt and size of government.

Learn more about Philip, right HERE.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring you the Monday Outdoor Report.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, local historian and author joins Bill in studio today. It’s the weekly edition of: “What Made Southern Oregon Great!” Don’t forget to head over to Dr. Powers’ website: DennisPowersBooks.com

(Today, we’re talking right up Shane’s alley…)

Films made in Southern Oregon

By Dennis Powers

Southern Oregon has had its share of feature films, independents (“indies”), and made-for-TV filmed here. In the 1975 film, “Rooster Cogburn,” John Wayne played the one-eyed, alcoholic, out-of-shape federal marshal who met and was won over by Katharine Hepburn’s tough, New England schoolteacher character. The river float scenes were filmed on the Rogue, and dating back to this film, John Wayne made Deer Creek Ranch, located one mile west of Selma, his private hideaway.

In 1960, the television show “Route 66” televised two episodes set in Grants Pass, Merlin, and Wolf Creek. As Marshal Matt Dillon in “Gunsmoke,” James Arness dove into the cold Rogue River waters while escaping outlaws; this series was the country’s longest-running, prime-time, live-action drama that ran for over 20 seasons. The 1994 film, “The River Wild,” was filmed on the Rogue and with film stars Kevin Bacon and Meryl Streep.

Despite these well-known features, it turns out that the famous cliff-diving scene in the 1969 film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” did not happen at Hellgate Canyon. The Rocky Mountains provided the cliff and river scene with the precipice duplicated on a Hollywood soundstage. The filming of two stuntmen jumping from a crane into a water tank was combined with a painting of the river and bluffs on glass.

Jacksonville with its turn-of-the-century buildings has been another favorite. For example, “The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid,” was filmed there in 1970 and released two years later. Universal Pictures had the town appear like the 1870s where Jesse James and his gang had tough problems robbing a bank, including where an outlaw was locked inside the vault. Planks were laid over concrete sidewalks, telephone poles removed, and streets covered with dirt; when the producers asked for extras, needing only 200, thousands of area residents showed up with many in western garb. In addition, a prior remake of “Last of the Wild Horses” (1948) and a made-for-TV rendition of “Inherit the Wind” (1987) were also filmed in that town.

Owing to a favorable movie-making climate, more Indies are being filmed in this area now and with well-known actors and actresses. The great majority of the near–forty productions filmed in part or their entirety in Southern Oregon within the last ten years are Indies. Of these, “Night Moves,” “Redwood Highway,” (with three others by Gary and Anne Lundgren) stand out.

In late 2012, crew members in the movie, “Night Moves,” came to eat at Porters restaurant in the historic Medford downtown railroad depot. Liking the setting, one of the members approached a co-owner and asked if they could shoot a scene there. Porters agreed and later could add a film credit to its list of TV commercials. The movie is about three eco-terrorists who conspire to blow up a dam, and the production was filmed from Roseburg to the Applegate Valley, Medford, and Ashland. “Night Moves” features Jesse Eisenberg, who had the starring role as Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in the box-office hit, “The Social Network,” as well as Dakota Fanning, who has appeared in dozens of movies including “War of the Worlds.”

“Redwood Highway” is about a woman (Marie) who was living in a retirement community in Southern Oregon, but embarked on an 80-mile journey on foot along the Redwood Highway to the Pacific Ocean. Premiered in 2013, Marie is played by Shirley Knighta Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe winnerwho was twice nominated for an Academy Award. Tom Skerritt, who acted in “Alien,” “Top Gun,” and “A River Runs Through It,” is in a supporting role. The locations ranged from Cave Junction and downtown Grants Pass to the Applegate River Lodge, Talent, and Ashland.

The local, Ashland producers of this film—Gary and Anne Lundgren—also created and produced “Black Road”, “Calvin Marshall,” and “Phoenix, Oregon”. “Black Road” (2016) was a science fiction movie filmed in Southern Oregon and the Oregon Coast from Gold Hill northward. “Calvin Marshall” (2010), starring Alex Frost and Steve Zahn (of “Sahara” fame), was an award-winning baseball comedy and filmed in Ashland, Southern Oregon University, and Central Point. “Phoenix, Oregon,” is about two friends who battle mid-life crises and open a bowling alley/pizzeria, filmed in Klamath Falls (2019).

With the outdoors and amenities of this area, the snap of a scene set with the shout for “Action!” is being heard even more.

Sources: Bill Miller, “Hellgate Canyon Rogue River landmark is a Hollywood favorite,” Mail Tribune, June 21, 2009, at The Hellgate; Ryan Pfeil, “The Stars Were Out,” Mail Tribune, October 23, 2012, at “Night Moves”; Nick Morgan, “Redwood Highway,” Mail Tribune, May 23, 2014, at “Redwood Highway”; for more, generally, use an Internet search engine.