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Updated EWG water test results — even Meadview is listed

The Environmental Working Group just released its 2019 UPDATE to water testing.

Amazingly, they even include Meadview’s Joshua Valley Water Company. And of course it’s the same water we drink in water haul.

https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=AZ0408017

“Serves: 957” — how do they know?  They couldn’t be talking about homes, right?  We don’t have that many people.

I’m really glad I got my Berkey, but I’m sad for the many people who don’t have a really good water purifier.

And I keep thinking how it can be that we have so many nitrates and all these pesticides, glyphosate etc., not in huge quantities, but considering that it could ONLY be contaminate our aquifer through RAIN — how much water is in our aquifer?

Many of these chemicals are fairly new, 20 – 30 years, I just can’t see how we can have any detectable amounts just from rain in the last 30 or so years, UNLESS there’s not a lot of water in our aquifer.  They say it’s going down a foot a year, but nobody knows how many feet we have.

DOLAN SPRINGS:

GOLDEN VALLEY:

KINGMAN is in trouble!

I posted about the Golden Valley and Kingman EXTREMELY high Chromium-6 levels last year:

https://highdesertdirt.com/blog/2018/06/17/chromium-6-in-drinking-water/

Our supervisor Jean Bishop couldn’t care less.
Here’s an interesting 2016 article:

Chromium-6: ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical threatens two-thirds of Americans

And nobody cares.

I realize that it’s expensive to get these chemicals out of our water.  But if it’s too pricey to filter the water, why not AT LEAST warn the residents so they can buy systems to clean their water?

And maybe provide FREE purifying systems to people living in poverty?

Verizon so screwed me — VOTE to STOP legalized THEFT!

Updated 10/16/19 with a screenshot of the bill, I can finally access it.   NO word from Verizon.

Updated 10/24/19:  Still NO word from Verizon.  STILL so many problems and my number still has not ported yet — it’s almost 4 weeks now. Several times I “chatted” with Verizon people (no more phone calls), every time I give them the link and ask for comments and they PROMISE someone will get back to me.
One time I got to a supervisor who accused me of failing to call some porting number (it’s ALWAYS the customer’s fault).  Since not only nobody told me to call anyone about porting, but I was assured numerous times that they were taking care of it, I had them pull the recordings of my calls. Well, she said they would.  We’ll see.  I just paid the almost $150 bill for NOTHING.

Updated 11/11/19:  Unsurprisingly, Verizon ignored my attempt to get this nightmare resolved in their community forum after their “chat” wasn’t working:
https://community.verizonwireless.com/t5/Verizon-Wireless-Services/How-Can-I-Chat-With-A-Verizon-Agent/

There’s no end to this nightmare.  Verizon will continue to charge ENORMOUS fees to my credit card while I can’t even use the phone, the number still hasn’t ported, Frontier still hasn’t shut off my services …

And I can’t even SUE THE BASTARDS!  

— UNLESS you vote Trump out and get a bunch of Democrats into the Senate

https://www.fastcompany.com/90407170/fair-act-house-votes-to-end-forced-arbitration-and-allow-you-to-actually-sue-companies?

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I was hoping to post here how you can get much better speeds and service from Verizon than with Frontier.  Sadly, I just found out that Verizon LIED, LIED and LIED again.

I spent many HOURS at their website trying to figure out their UNLIMITED plans.  I called them several times.  And EVERYBODY told me that it’s UNLIMITED data — for the phone and for additional devices such as a router / modem / jetpack.

Almost 3 weeks ago I finally signed up.   It was a nightmare from the first minute.  

I tried to sign up online.   First they couldn’t run my credit with my current address, changed to Meadview in June.  I called, was on hold for a long time, finally decided to use my old address in Kingman.  That worked for the credit.

Then I got to shipping and there was NO way to ship the phone to me.  They didn’t like my street address, wouldn’t accept my PO Box, it wasn’t possible to pick the phone up in Kingman at their stores and since my cordless phone has only 2 hours of talk / speaker time, I had to call them the next day.

So, I finally signed up by phone the next day and it took another two hours on the phone.

EVERYTHING and EVERY TIME it took two hours.  “Unusually long hold times” or something like that was their hold message.  I finally asked when I could call without the long hold time and was told they’re always that busy after a new iphone is released.    First half an hour or more on hold to get to a person, then more holds to be transferred to other departments — the average call was two hours and it’s only that short because that’s when my phone dies.

Verizon was to port my home phone # of 19 years.

It’s still not done.  Sara “forgot” to finish up the next day when she had trouble getting it done in the two hour call.

They didn’t mention that I had to sign for the phone.
Why don’t these stupid IDIOTS ask where to ship to so that someone is there to sign?
Don’t most people have JOBS to go to?

HOURS on the phone again, eventually picked up the new cell in Kingman at UPS way out at the airport.

It’s been a GIANT NEVER ENDING NIGHTMARE!

I’ve spent at least 25 hours on the phone and in “chats” to get things working. 

I still had a Jetpack that I used at the Collectors Corner years ago and had that activated last Friday.   It worked well, most of the time faster than Frontier and that’ll go into the Airbnb.

Finally I got to tell Frontier to shut off everything, including the internet service at the Airbnb I manage.

Today I got the Verizon 4G lte MIFI Home T1114.  I’m not sure I even need the “home phone” option, got headphones for the new cellphone, but I thought I’d try to see how it works and of course to use it as my home internet.

I CALLED Verizon before ordering it and they assured me it worked with my “unlimited” plan.

To activate it, I tried chat first.  After about an hour, it turned out that they can’t assist me anymore because I got tired of the Verizon countless texts to my phone and had typed “STOP” when I got THREE Verizon spam texts to my PHONE after the last chat on my COMPUTER.

All my credit cards and bank accounts have the option to get SPECIFIC alerts, but not spam.  At Verizon, it’s apparently ALL or NOTHING.

I asked them to send me the required code to my email (listed on my account), but they can’t do that.

I asked whether I can’t “undo” the “STOP.”  They told me I had to take the phone to a Verizon store.

So, I once again had to go for the two hours on the phone with Verizon.

And that’s when they informed me that I can’t have unlimited data on the Verizon 4G LTE MIFI Home T1114.

So I asked what I can order so I get unlimited and was finally, after almost 3 weeks, informed that there is NO unlimited data at all.  It’s only for the phones!!!!!

You can’t make this shit up.  I asked so many times.

And I READ so much at their website, which is obviously full of lies and deception.

Tonight I logged in my Verizon account, where I can NOT see my bill, documents or ANYTHING — been trying for days and had a long chat about that yesterday.  Of course it did NOT get fixed.

However, I can click on the picture of the jetpack and get this:

Since Friday I used almost 9 GB and I was actually out most of the time.  Perfect painting weather.

Do you see the part where Verizon states:

Stream all you want, you’ve got unlimited data.

And then there’s the disclaimer in SMALL print talking about “mobile hotspot/tethering reduced to speeds “up to” 600kbps after 15 GB/month.

HOW IS THAT UNLIMITED DATA?
I remember when I ordered the lady said specifically that it MAY be slower during congestion after 15 GB or whatever and I figured I can live with that — how much congestion can there be in Meadview?

How do you stream all you want with only 15 GB?

WTF????

As my FB readers (Meadview Uncensored) know, I finally sued Frontier when they started to cancel my repair tickets.  I found out that Frontier has a mandatory arbitration clause and just over the weekend looked into filing a UDAP (unfair practices) suit against Frontier.  They really think that it’s perfectly acceptable to simply cancel repair tickets and then have their customers incur the legal fees to sue them as there’s NO other way to get the line repaired.  They did finally come out again and it worked a little better now, but I just cannot afford to constantly wait an entire day for repair people who don’t show up because my ticket got canceled and to date, despite my lawsuit, nobody has explained to me WHY they did do that — TWICE in a row!   I’ll be posting the gruesome details once I figured out how I’ll be online from now on and recovered from the ENORMOUS time wasted on Verizon.

I was SO happy that Verizon finally has “UNLIMITED” data.

I recorded many of the Verizon calls, hopefully got the calls with their lies.  Maybe in a chat too.

And since I was about to file regulatory complaints about Frontier, I’ll be filing the complaints about Verizon too.
They need to remove any mention of “UNLIMITED DATA” from the website and replace it with “15 GB” or whatever it is.

Scum sucking bottom feeding corrupt companies EVERYWHERE I look.
There is no free market.  There is NO large corporation that isn’t as corrupt as Trump himself.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint … ALL OF THEM ARE THE SAME …   They lie, deceive and defraud with impunity.

Don’t vote for these corporations again.  I heard most of the debate tonight.  EVERY ONE of these candidates is a thousand times better than Trump.

We need to REGULATE, REGULATE, REGULATE!

For 19 years I’ve been paying the HUGE tax on landlines to bring utilities to rural areas.   I heard that Frontier got a million of that tax money to bring fiber optic to Meadview, half their cost.   And what did I get?

CRAPPY service and after several tickets that didn’t get it fixed, they canceled my tickets.

And now I can’t even sue them?

As I researched my legal option with Frontier last weekend, I read much of the “Model State Consumer and Employee Justice Enforcement Act” — revised in 2015.

Some fantastic proposals, private attorney enforcement and state enforcement — that’s what we need.

I know what to expect from Arizona regulators and the FCC.  Been there, done that.

But I’ll do it anyway to PROVE to you that you need to vote AGAINST the corporations.

Voters need to learn how we get screwed by our governments and by corporations like Verizon, Frontier and ALL of them.

We have NO choice.

Our only choice is to pay connection and disconnection fees (yes, Frontier wants to charge me to DISCONNECT service!) and to switch from one CORRUPT LYING COMPANY TO ANOTHER.

OUT with Trump and the rest of these corporate owned Republicans and while I’m no fan of Democrats, it’ll be a start.  What we really need are Independents like Bernie who understand that we do NOT need these corporations and their stinking jobs and services.

We need to give the power back to the people.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have real unlimited internet for $30 or $40 per month with the profits going to a LOCAL entrepreneur in our community?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually get service repaired without having to file a lawsuit?

Wouldn’t it be nice if UNLIMITED data actually was UNLIMITED data?

VOTE for OUR rights, NOT corporate profits!

I posted the link to this post in another Verizon “chat” for comment.  No stinking code needed for that:

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I’ll forward this to our Management and see what we can do to help.

Let’s see what, if anything, Verizon has to say.

10/16/19:  FINALLY I could access my bill.  I’m shocked!  $156.36 for 3 days for ONE phone with unlimited data that’s NOT unlimited date.
I’m supposed to receive a $16.81 equipment charge credit NEXT month. Why not THIS month?
And I was supposed to get a $20 activation credit because of the trouble I had ordering.  I asked about that during one of my subsequent calls and was told it will surely be on my bill .
Yeah right.

Liars and thieves.  That they have the NERVE to charge me ANYTHING after what I’ve been through just goes to show that they can do WHATEVER they want.

Too big to care.

AFTER the closing date for this bill I made all sorts of changes and I have NO idea what the next bill will look like.
Very scary.


9/23/2019 LMRFD board meeting summary

The board met in the MCA meeting room as the auditorium floor was being waxed.

LMRFD board meeting in recess so the board members could review the financials prior to approving them.

Larry is making sure nobody gets bored.

He comes up with the most ridiculous issues, but he does have a good sense of humor.  He attended by phone today and said it was nice not to see our facial expressions when he talks 🙂

Today’s highlight was Larry demanding that Karen, the incompetent administrative assistant who had filed an ADA complaint against LMRFD and cost the tax payers MANY thousands of dollars, can CONTINUE to work from home.

He went on and on about million dollar businesses being run out of homes and he just doesn’t get it.

Larry, how about you let the firefighters work from home too?

It’s Karen’s job to deal with the public and to work at the fire station — NOT in her home!

Why didn’t Larry provide a listing of other fire districts who let their OFFICE personnel work from home?

You can’t make this stuff up.

He also wanted the dead ambulance at the Meadview station repaired and DEMANDED written estimates.  He comes up with that stuff out of nowhere.  I think Larry needs to start his own business so he can be the decider.  This is NOT how a fire district board member ought to behave.

I do agree that Meadview SHOULD have an ambulance up here, just not that old thing with a dead engine that costs way too much to repair.

GOOD NEWS: 9 volunteers plus 4 or 5 more applications, that’s great!

Tim is doing a fantastic job.  I think DeMaio got one volunteer in the three years he was chief and Tim is outperforming DeMayo in just a few months.

So, with all these volunteers, Meadview ought to be able to TRANSPORT patients.

I realize that there is no money for another ambulance because SO much money is thrown away.

DeMayo was overpaid about $3,000, but our attorney Whittington doesn’t think it’s worth his fee to get the money back.

Why would you even hire a lawyer for that?  You send him a bill and if he doesn’t pay it, you take it from there.  Sending that letter demanding repayment was Karen’s job, not an attorney’s.  And that’s why the legal fees are so high.

Speaking of legal fees, no matter how many times board members or the public ask for accounting, we get nothing.  Why can’t Karen provide a comprehensive report?  How much for DeMayo’s EEOC complaint?   How much for Karen’s ADA complaint?

How much for each of the countless other issues?

Karen is making herself indispensable just like former chief DeMayo.

As Ellen pointed out, if something happened to Karen, nobody would know what to do.  That was also DeMayo’s strategy.   When he went on vacation, someone from the GV district filled in.  That’s why there was so much turmoil when DeMayo finally decided to quit.

It’s much worse with Karen as she works at home.   Who fills in for Karen?
Has the board learned nothing?

If Karen had worked at the station, it’s very unlikely that it would have taken her over a year to notice the $24k payroll fraud.  She would have seen who worked which shifts.

LMRFD.org is ALWAYS a mess and has NEVER functioned properly.  I heard that Karen’s husband was paid for the website.  If that’s true, he got paid for nothing.

The website isn’t just for minutes etc., but it is supposed to contain information such as about board members, employees, services, events, etc.  LMRFD needs to have a blog with regular updates and news.  That is what an administrative assistant does.

Karen failed to provide the documents related to LMRFD.org, requested and paid for MONTHS ago.

For some reason Tim and the board seem to think that the law doesn’t apply because I made my public records request when DeMayo was still chief.   And I don’t want to file a formal complaint  because Tim is doing such a good job.

I realize that with DeMayo leaving, it would have been very difficult to get by without Karen.  But now that Tim got settled in, it’s time for a someone who SHOWS UP and knows how to do spreadsheets, analysis and basic WordPress, so that the district can focus on getting services to Meadview.

How many people died after a stroke or other serious medical emergency up here?

I know of one. 

How many more have died because of DeMaio’s EEOC complaint and Karen’s ADA complaint and the related legal expenses?

When they voted on the ambulance repairs and everybody had agreed that two ambulances (in Dolan Springs) are sufficient, I thought I’d ask what the value of a Meadview life is.   Chairwoman Deb Cass didn’t allow me to speak until the call to the public.  AFTER they voted.  Complaining that this is why the meetings are so long. Deb so needs to go.

I’ve asked for YEARS for a listing of all ambulance runs to Meadview, with the time it takes from the 911 call to arrival in Meadview and a description of the emergency.

So I brought that up during the call to the public and was told to request these records.

First of all, as I also AGAIN mentioned today, I’m still waiting on the records regarding the website.

But more important, it’s the BOARD’s job to DEMAND that public records requests are handled as required by LAW.

Why should I PAY for those records?

Same with the legal bills.   Why should I PAY for these records?

It’s the BOARD’s job to DEMAND these records so that they can make informed decisions.

Ellen talked about how important it is to have the administrative assistant in the office as she used to have that job.

The best news today was that we’ll FINALLY get subscriptions, as I have requested since 2015. 

A huge thank you to Tim!

I would NEVER voluntarily put my house into the fire district — FOREVER or until the district dissolves.  But I’ll pay for my annual subscription and if they don’t get an ambulance for the Meadview station, I can simply stop paying.  Let’s see how many people subscribe, a good showing should get us the ambulance.

I’m so happy to see Tim do such a fantastic job, getting so many volunteers and also paid personnel.  We even have a full-time lady firefighter now!

But with Deb, Larry and Joe voting against Ellen and Charlotte, it doesn’t look so good.

Theodora deserved to be on the board, but Deb doesn’t like Theodora, one of Meadview’s most intelligent residents with lots of board experience. Theodora had been volunteering for LMRFD and attended the board meetings. She had done a lot of research.

They told her that she wasn’t eligible to run until the filing deadline had passed.

The corruption, even at the lowest level … Corruption just like in D.C.

The El Paso shooter’s racist white nationalist manifesto

I’ve been looking for the original manifesto, but apparently the Trump regime prefers to have countless lies about the shooter and his manifesto spreading like infectious disease across the internet. I am SHOCKED to see that Mohave County has been so radicalized that apparently none of the immigrant haters and racists read the the manifesto. Continue Reading

The TRUTH documented — history, reality, conspiracy — how America is radicalized

Updated 8/17/19:  Added pics to all videos for the people who have trouble reading and now you can just scroll down for the pictures to watch the videos 🙂 PUBLIC racism spreads through Mohave County, the country and the world.  Trump continues his assault not only on the people, but on all life on ourContinue Reading

Pretrial conference re. $24000 theft from LMRFD — collusion and obstruction?

This is truly bizarre.    LMRFD chairwoman Deb Cass took this matter OFF the agenda at yesterday’s fire district board meeting.  The board was to provide updates on the prosecution of Phillip Picard, but Deb refused any discussion. That really leaves me wondering what chairwoman Cass is covering up!   There’s something really wrong when a fireContinue Reading

REAL rain — a promising start for this monsoon season

We’ve already had thunderstorms in May and I’ve been enjoying the unusually cool June. Lightening, thunder, rain and a beautiful sunset: I was actually painting a shed earlier and had no idea we might get rain: More than the usual 5 drops  / sqft and I finally shut off the irrigation No filters, just theContinue Reading

How could LMRFD chief Tony DeMaio NOT notice $24,000 payroll fraud?

Just when I think I’ve seen it all! How could chief DeMaio NOT notice this $24k theft by fire fighter Phillip Picard? I’ve heard that he’s friends with Picard.  The chief’s administrative assistant works from home.  About half the LMRFD firefighters are leaving WITH DeMaio as he is resigning.  Has anyone audited THEIR time sheets?Continue Reading