Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day Service and Party and Dave Israel's objections to this Holiday,

There is a lot of support for the second annual Memorial Day service and celebration scheduled on Monday, May 30th in the clubhouse. Many Cv residents eagerly anticipate coming out to remember the sacrifice, and to celebrate the freedom Americans  so valiantly fought for.

The Messenger Club, who are sponsoring the event, have encountered a wave of opposition from the administration since the inception of this event. Last year the Club was refused the use of CV facilities to conduct the service and were compelled to find an alternate venue. This year's event is facing obstructionism again.

The club's determination to pay homage to the million men and women who gave their lives in the defense of freedom since 1776 is undeterred by the unreasonable obstructionism perpetrated and supported by the administration.

In attempting to advertise this year's event, the Club was dismayed by the denial of access to channel 63, and the complaints of David Israel who objected to the club posting a flier on the bulletin board in the medical building. He insisted that the rental agency for the building remove the flier.

There is no good reason for this egregious act. It's well known that there is no love lost between the club and David Israel. The Messenger Club is active in bringing to light the failings and shortcomings of the administration. Mr. Israel's behavior in attempting to stifle the Memorial Day service goes beyond the pale.

The refusal to air a poster on channel 63 is another matter. The channel is totally controlled by David Israel, Joy Vestal and Ed Black who have consistently refused any programming from who they deem to be opponents of their tenure. The recent airing of an interview by the owner of a bagel shop is a thinly disguised promotion of that business. This is something that is prohibited under the agreement with Comcast who provide the community channel service to CV. How using the channel to promote a business while refusing to air a Century Village event honoring our war dead is beyond explanation and beyond any reasonable excuse.

The question that needs answering from the residents who voted for and support David Israel and his cronies  is:  In giving your support to these people, does that mean you are also in favor of their actions in this matter? Do you think it's right for David Israel to not only fail to attend but to  go out of his way to stifle the Memorial Day services? Do you think it's appropriate for the administration to not only refuse supportt, but to actively attempt to obstruct this event ?

If your answer is no, then you really need to question your motives in voting them into office, and you need to voice your objections to this kind of behavior.

Failing to recognize and act is not just turning a blind eye to CV politics ,it's an insult to the men and women who gave their lives to protect the very freedoms that this administration so readily tramples.

In spite of the administration's feeble attempts to interfere with the Memorial Day service, it will proceed as planned. We look forward to CV residents attending to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the freedoms we enjoy that were achieved through the continuing  sacrifice of America's sons and daughters.

To demonstrate your support and appreciation for your freedoms plan on attending the event at 12.00 noon in the Clubhouse on Monday morning. We doubt that any of the administration will be there to show their commitment to freedom. Their absence speaks volumes about where they stand on true democracy.

Neil J. Moore

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CV Messenger Party BYOB, there will be Dancing (TWBD)



The attached poster was presented to UCO for posting on channel 63.

It was summarily rejected by David Israel   for totally political reasons which is a disservice to our fallen vets as well as to   our fellow residents.

Therefore, I ask you to post the above on your bulletin boards so all our fellow unit owners can come, pay their respects and enjoy the festivities.

There will a rabbi and a priest for the service and music, dancing and entertainment for everyone.

As an aside, Channel 63 is running and interview with a Bagel place, which is OK, but how does that compare with an invitation to a Memorial Day service and party invitation?

View the latest issue of the CV Messenger Paper - Click here

Friday, May 20, 2016

Our lakes are full of Unhealthy Algea

Information about why algae grow in lakes

www.ecy.wa.gov › ... › Water Quality › Aquatic Plants, Algae, and Lakes

Algae grow when they have the right conditions such as adequate nutrients (mostly phosphorus but nitrogen is important too), light levels, pH, temperature, etc. Generally, the amount of phosphorus controls the amount of algae found in a freshwater lake or water body increases.

Algae Control Options - Washington State Department of Ecology

www.ecy.wa.gov › ... › Water Quality › Aquatic Plants, Algae, and Lakes

Phosphorus generally limits the growth of freshwater algae in most West Palm Beach lakes. A direct relationship exists between the amount of phosphorus in a lake and the amount of algae growing in the lake. As phosphorus levels increase,  so does the amount of algae increases too.

Information about Cyanobacteria (Blue-green Algae)

www.ecy.wa.gov › ... › Water Quality › Aquatic Plants, Algae, and Lakes

People may become ill after swimming or water skiing in lakes with toxic blue-green algae. Rarely, humans may experience stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea, ...

So what are the Powers that be doing about this??

Thursday, May 12, 2016

What I think.

I'll tell you what I think.

First off,it must be nice, no wonderful, to know everything about everything and postulate about it without  fear of contradictions. It must be great to know it all. So goes David Israel.

In Syria, why do we only go after the fighters? Why do we not go after the leaders? Why is Assad safe and his fighters and the civilians attacked?

There is a missing link in our Village. I have looked high and low for ours, to no avail. I cannot find any evidence of Honesty by the current administrators.

Donald Trump is a school yard Bully. We have some that reside right here in our Village. He and they should not be given respect.

Donald Trump seems to lie to us He says one thing during his Primary runs, and now that they are over he wants to walk them back, to repudiate them, to take them back. How can you trust this man?

“I consider him to be a malicious and malignant figure on the American political landscape — cruel, crude, vindictive, obsessive, narcissistic, a nativist and xenophobe, a man who seems to relish demeaning and dehumanizing others,”

Limericks and Thanks to the New York Times

There was an old man in a tree,Whose whiskers were lovely to see;But the birds of the air,Pluck’d them perfectly bare,To make themselves nests on that tree.
That might sound a bit like Dr. Seuss, but it was written by the British painter and poet Edward Lear, who popularized limerick poems in his “Book of Nonsense” (1846).
Photo
A drawing of Edward Lear, right, with one of his characters.CreditUniversal History Archive/UIG, via Getty Images
He was born on this day in 1812, which is why today is Limerick Day.
The limerick’s name has been traced to France, where an 18th-century Irish Brigade was serving.
The men returned with a song, “Will You Come Up to Limerick?” — an Irish city and county. The chorus may have developed into what became the limerick form, some scholars say.
Lear had been hired to paint an aristocrat’s private menagerie and he came up with his poems to amuse the children in the household. He said he got the idea from an old nursery rhyme.
The five-line poems have an AABBA rhyme scheme, meaning the first, second, and last lines rhyme, as do the third and fourth lines.
The first and second lines introduce a character, activity or setting while the third and fourth lines are generally shorter to intensify the punch line.
The last line, of course, should be amusing.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

UCO's Broadband (read Wi-Fi)



So Dear Readers, read the above. This was handed out by the UCO organization. It shows the Broadband (read Wi-Fi) deal that the Great One has been working on and harping about.

What do you think of this?
The price is $200 per unit that will be returned to UCO for signing. The cost is $61.99 per unit, instead of about $40 per unit, which we pay now.

We are still waiting for the rest of the bidders.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CV Messenger Paper


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Ducks, Ducks and more Ducks



Birds, Birds, Birds. You want Birds we got them. 

All over the Village. The birds you see are called Muscovy Ducks.

They are considered a nuisance, but I don’t think so. When I see one of more of them walking, or I should say waddling across a street I have to stop and laugh. Also, if you have noticed, these Ducks expect you to stop when they are crossing the street in your way.

You can see a bunch of ducks on Duck Island. It is probably mating season. No Humans allowed.

If you go there, you will be attacked. It is funny to talk about. But not funny to have a big angry Male squawk at you, flap his wings and snap his beak.

These Birds seem to nest in our neighborhoods and are contented. If you leave them alone, they will leave you alone.

You should not feed them. You should not feed them bread. This is not good for them, and they will not eat it all. Their bread leavings will attract other varmints, such as Rats, etc.


Cooked and ready to eat, this Duck is known as a Barbary Duck.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The anniversary of Shakespeare's death

Saturday the 16th of April is believed to be the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (he is thought to have died on his 52nd birthday).

His death wasn’t front-page news in 1616. In fact, it was barely noted, unless you happened to be in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, his birthplace.

He was buried in the Holy Trinity Church, the Shakespeares’ parish, where the baptismal register had an entry in 1564 that read, “Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakespeare.”

He also penned his own epitaph, a final verse: “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbeare / to dig the dust enclos├ęd here. / Blessed be the man who spares these stones, / and cursed be he who moves my bones.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dead fish filling up the Waterways

Speaking about the Rotten Smell, what about the large fish kill between Oxford and Sheffield. The waterway is FULL of dead fish.

THis may of happened because of poor oxygen due to the rains. But I don't think so.

This is a problem that must be addressed and cured.

See the following post

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Smells again

WHAT IS THAT ROTTEN SMELL ?
The rotten smell wafting through
your window is hydrogen sulfide gasses
that are the product of decomposing algae
and dead vegetation in CV Lake.

The sun sparkling on the waters of
our lake is a wonderful sight. But the
beauty is belied by a closer look at the
slimy green water and the rotting algae
that rings the lake. The most objectionable
thing about it is the smell that wafts
throughout the village as the algae rots in
the sunshine.

Efforts have been made to fix it.
Aerators that bubble air into the water in
an attempt to clean it up have been installed
and there is talk of adding carp to
the lake who will hungrily devour the
green slime that coats the bottom, clouds
the water, then dies away and floats
around rotting. Carp are known to eat
algae but prefer succulent water plants
and small aquatic organisms

The rotting algae is not just contained
in the lake. Irrigation sprinklers,
spray water and the algae it contains all
around the village. Residents are aware
of the objectionable smell, but are they
aware of the potential health hazards of
exposure to the Cyano-bacteria that
come with the algae?

The chart below shows the whole
effects of exposure to hydrogen sulfide
gas. The levels in the air around Century
Village are fairly low and are not likely
to cause the extreme symptoms caused
by exposure to high levels.

Summer will soon be here and the
warm weather can only make the rotten
smell worse as the algae thrives.

Hold your nose and get an air
freshener, it’s about all you can do to
avoid the rotten smell from the CV Lake.

Concentration (ppm) Hydrogen Sulfide
Symptoms/Effects

0.00011-0.00033 Typical background concentrations
0.01-1.5 Odor threshold (when rotten egg smell is
first noticeable to some). Odor becomes more offensive
at 3-5 ppm. Above 30 ppm, odor described as
sweet or sickeningly sweet.

2-5 Prolonged exposure may cause nausea, tearing
of the eyes, headaches or loss of sleep. Airway problems
(bronchial constriction) in some asthma patients.
20 Possible fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, irritability,
poor memory, dizziness.

50-100 Slight conjunctivitis ("gas eye") and respiratory
tract irritation after 1 hour. May cause digestive
upset and loss of appetite.

100 Coughing, eye irritation, loss of smell after 2-15
minutes (olfactory fatigue). Altered breathing,
drowsiness after 15-30 minutes. Throat irritation
after 1 hour. Gradual increase in severity of symptoms
over several hours. Death may occur after 48
hours.

100-150 Loss of smell (olfactory fatigue or paralysis).
200-300 Marked conjunctivitis and respiratory tract
irritation after 1 hour. Pulmonary edema may occur
from prolonged exposure.
500-700 Staggering, collapse in 5 minutes. Serious
damage to the eyes in 30 minutes. Death after 30-60
minutes.

700-1000 Rapid unconsciousness, "knockdown" or
immediate collapse within 1 to 2 breaths, breathing
stops, death within minutes.

US. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

National Walk day

So today is national Walk Day. So, go out and walk. A 30-minute brisk walk will overcome hours a sedentary action in front of the TV or snack table.

WE have a nice walk route around the Village center. So, there is no excuse not to walk.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Are we communists?

Well, he won the election, but his thinking is sequestered, at least, when it comes to Sheffield O. Kelly has been quite, but he has not released his grip on the Board and he is still calling all the shots.

And as for Israels use of the word agitprop, a word from the 50's, look it up, his use of this word is in error. He is calling us Communists!


David Israel 8 months ago

Terri Parker declined to interview me, as I would not go for this malcontent agitprop approach. The malcontent effort to sensationalize the issue and aggrandize themselves is highly counterproductive. The malcontents that appeared on the so-called news piece, are totally unaware of the efforts in train, and the potential damage inflicted by their ill-informed comments! The fact is that Mr. H.I. Levy's efforts have already borne fruit, in readjusting Mr. Kelly's attitude regarding dissolving Condominium. Mr. Levy is not done with this matter. UCO meanwhile is vigorously interdicting irregular call-in channels which have been enabling the flow of residents to and from the Sheffield - O motel. The message to Mr. Kelly is clear, go home, we do not want you here!! Dave Israel

Common use of the Reporter

Olga has reported before, the Reporter was being used as a fish wrapper. Well, she was in the Dollar Store and guess what she sees them using the current issue as wrapping paper. According to Olga, that is the best use of this 'loaded with advertising paper'. Also, think of this, why do we see dumpsters full of this paper? It is because they make a large run to satisfy the advertisers who are probably told an inflated circulation.






Thursday, March 31, 2016

Term Limits are right!

I see that the Boss' coterie is out in force to scream against Term Limits. They want to protect the longevity of David Israel's term as UCO President. To insure that he has a job for life

Their arguments are frivolous. We don't need a Term Limit By-Law all we have to do is not vote for the person and he won't be elected. That is not right. That is forgetting the fact that the incumbent has all the advantages for re-election. He has name recognition. He has advertising on Israel's private blog, which has a large readership. He has the apathy of the DA.

Allowing a President or any UCO Administrator a chance for a life-long job is wrong. What we need is new ideas new thoughts, and new vigor. This only can be attained with new people.

Vote in the Term Limits.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Boss says OK!


Could there be anymore proof of the need for Term Limits than what happened at to-days Operations Committee meeting?

This was a regular Operations Committee meeting attended by all the Committee Members, including Eva, the Manager of the Clubhouse.

A delegation of CV Owners also attended with the purpose of removing the rule to exclude religious material from the Clubhouse library.

There was a discussion on this subject that went on for about 45 minutes, with Eva consistently saying no, David Israel stayed silient for the whole discussion. Finally he said he was convinced and he agreed with the petitioners, after a while Eva also agreed.

And here is the point. The petitioners repeatedly called for a vote on this and Israel said it was not necessary.

So what happened is that when the Boss said OK, then the Clubhouse manager said OK and so the Petitioners got what they asked for.

But , you see what happened here? The President's opinion is the only thing that mattered here. It is exactly what I have been saying, the need for Term Limits becomes a necessity. We don't need a king. Too long in the job breeds arrogance and disdain. Disdain for the needs and wants of the CV residents.

We need Term Limits.

Sprinkler retrofitting

To all Century Village and Associations important issues to consider.
Stewart Richland
Two important issues were discussed at the UCO Executive Board meeting held yesterday that must be addressed by  every Condominium Association here in Century Village.
The first issue deals with the retro fitting of fire sprinkler systems in all condo units. The second issue deals with  infrastructure elements that focuses on the deteriorating condition of concrete walk ways, hand rails and rusted rebar supports.


CHAPTER 718 FLORIDA STATUTES THE CONDOMINIUM ACT
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, And Mobile Homes Northwood Centre 1940 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1030
The information below is found on page 22 of the Florida Business/Professional regulations for Condominiums.
I have taken the liberty to highlight the passages that explain what an Association can do to “op-out” of this very costly retro fitting requirement.  The important issue here is that all Associations must act on this issue prior to the December 31, 2016 deadline date.  Based on the cost to retrofit, it is reasonable to assume that all our Century Village Associations will opt out of this requirement. 
However, what is vital is that each Association follow the opt out instructions outlined below in order to protect their Association from any action that could be taken by the state of Florida.
(l) Certificate of compliance.—A provision that a certificate of compliance from a licensed electrical contractor or electrician may be accepted by the association’s board as evidence of compliance of the condominium units with the applicable fire and life safety code must be included. Notwithstanding chapter 633 or of any other code, statute, ordinance, administrative rule, or regulation, or any interpretation of the foregoing, an association, residential condominium, or unit owner is not obligated to retrofit the common elements, association property, or units of a residential condominium with a fire sprinkler system in a building that has been certified for occupancy by the applicable governmental entity if the unit owners have voted to forego such retrofitting by the affirmative vote of a majority of all voting interests in the affected condominium. The local authority having jurisdiction may not require completion of retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system before January 1, 2020. By December 31, 2016, a residential condominium association that is not in compliance with the requirements for a fire sprinkler system and has not voted to forego retrofitting of such a system must initiate an application for a building permit for the required installation with the local government having jurisdiction demonstrating that the association will become compliant by December 31, 2019. 1. A vote to forego retrofitting may be obtained by limited proxy or by a ballot personally cast at a duly called membership meeting, or by execution of a written consent by the member, and is effective upon recording a certificate attesting to such vote in the public records of the county where the condominium is located. The association shall mail or hand deliver to each unit owner written notice at least 14 days before the membership meeting in which the vote to forego retrofitting of the required fire sprinkler system is to take place. Within 30 days after the association’s opt-out vote, notice of the results of the opt-out vote must be mailed or hand delivered to all unit owners. Evidence of compliance with this notice requirement must be made by affidavit executed by the person providing the notice and filed among the official records of the association. After notice is provided to each owner, a copy must be provided by the current owner to a new owner before closing and by a unit owner to a renter before signing a lease
2. If there has been a previous vote to forego retrofitting, a vote to require retrofitting may be obtained at a special meeting of the unit owners called by a petition of at least 10 percent of the voting interests. Such a vote may only be called once every 3 years. Notice shall be provided as required for any regularly called meeting of the unit owners, and must state the purpose of the meeting. Electronic transmission may not be used to provide notice of a meeting called in whole or in part for this purpose.
3. As part of the information collected annually from condominiums, the division shall require condominium associations to report the membership vote and recording of a certificate under this subsection and, if retrofitting has been undertaken, the per-unit cost of such work. The division shall annually report to the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services the number of condominiums that have elected to forego retrofitting
4. Notwithstanding s. 553.509, a residential association may not be obligated to, and may forego the retrofitting of, any improvements required by s.553.509(2) upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the voting interests in the affected condominium. (m) Common elements; limited power to convey.—
Please note that there is some confusion over retrofitting buildings that are considered high rise structures.  Use Google to connect with the current fire department regulations for multi-storied buildings.
Every Condo owner must become aware of their environment.  Every unit owner should show due diligence when inspecting their apartments and their outside environment.  When you see something that does not seem right, notify a member of the board so they can act upon it.  The problem arises when an owner sees changes in their surroundings, and ignores it. This is dangerous to the safety to all the residents. Many of the problems are hidden.  Such as cracked and stained concrete could be a result of corroding re-bar and deteriorating concrete. The best advice that can be given to any association is to call in an expert to determine if there is a problem, and if there is one act quickly.
In evaluating concrete problems, one of the important decisions home inspectors must make is determining whether a problem is the result of conditions that have stabilized with a low chance of continuing future problems, or whether the conditions that caused the problem are such that there is a high probability that problems will continue or worsen. The goal of inspection or quality control programs is to ensure that contract documents and building codes are followed.
Some causes of concrete and re-bar issues are:
Steel Corrosion
Corrosion of embedded steel is the most common cause of concrete problems. As steel corrodes, the corrosion product expands, and this expansion can crack concrete and cause sections to break loose in flakes. Steel is typically protected by a thin film that develops as part of a chemical reaction with cement. This coating, called passivity, lowers the rate of corrosion to a point at which it becomes insignificant.  Several conditions can damage the passive coating and dramatically increase the rate at which reinforcement steel corrodes.
Leaching by water.
Since most concrete is porous, CO2 will be slowly absorbed by the surface and find its way deeper into the concrete.  Also, water will slowly diffuse through it. If steel has inadequate concrete cover, usually 1-1/2 inches minimum, the pH of the concrete encasing the steel may be lowered to the point at which the passive layer is damaged or destroyed and the rate oTo all Century Village and Associations important issues to consider.
Stewart Richland
Two important issues were discussed at the UCO Executive Board meeting held yesterday that must be addressed by  every Condominium Association here in Century Village.
The first issue deals with the retro fitting of fire sprinkler systems in all condo units. The second issue deals with  infrastructure elements that focuses on the deteriorating condition of concrete walk ways, hand rails and rusted rebar supports.


CHAPTER 718 FLORIDA STATUTES THE CONDOMINIUM ACT
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, And Mobile Homes Northwood Centre 1940 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1030
The information below is found on page 22 of the Florida Business/Professional regulations for Condominiums.
I have taken the liberty to highlight the passages that explain what an Association can do to “op-out” of this very costly retro fitting requirement.  The important issue here is that all Associations must act on this issue prior to the December 31, 2016 deadline date.  Based on the cost to retrofit, it is reasonable to assume that all our Century Village Associations will opt out of this requirement. 
However, what is vital is that each Association follow the opt out instructions outlined below in order to protect their Association from any action that could be taken by the state of Florida.
(l) Certificate of compliance.—A provision that a certificate of compliance from a licensed electrical contractor or electrician may be accepted by the association’s board as evidence of compliance of the condominium units with the applicable fire and life safety code must be included. Notwithstanding chapter 633 or of any other code, statute, ordinance, administrative rule, or regulation, or any interpretation of the foregoing, an association, residential condominium, or unit owner is not obligated to retrofit the common elements, association property, or units of a residential condominium with a fire sprinkler system in a building that has been certified for occupancy by the applicable governmental entity if the unit owners have voted to forego such retrofitting by the affirmative vote of a majority of all voting interests in the affected condominium. The local authority having jurisdiction may not require completion of retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system before January 1, 2020. By December 31, 2016, a residential condominium association that is not in compliance with the requirements for a fire sprinkler system and has not voted to forego retrofitting of such a system must initiate an application for a building permit for the required installation with the local government having jurisdiction demonstrating that the association will become compliant by December 31, 2019. 1. A vote to forego retrofitting may be obtained by limited proxy or by a ballot personally cast at a duly called membership meeting, or by execution of a written consent by the member, and is effective upon recording a certificate attesting to such vote in the public records of the county where the condominium is located. The association shall mail or hand deliver to each unit owner written notice at least 14 days before the membership meeting in which the vote to forego retrofitting of the required fire sprinkler system is to take place. Within 30 days after the association’s opt-out vote, notice of the results of the opt-out vote must be mailed or hand delivered to all unit owners. Evidence of compliance with this notice requirement must be made by affidavit executed by the person providing the notice and filed among the official records of the association. After notice is provided to each owner, a copy must be provided by the current owner to a new owner before closing and by a unit owner to a renter before signing a lease
2. If there has been a previous vote to forego retrofitting, a vote to require retrofitting may be obtained at a special meeting of the unit owners called by a petition of at least 10 percent of the voting interests. Such a vote may only be called once every 3 years. Notice shall be provided as required for any regularly called meeting of the unit owners, and must state the purpose of the meeting. Electronic transmission may not be used to provide notice of a meeting called in whole or in part for this purpose.
3. As part of the information collected annually from condominiums, the division shall require condominium associations to report the membership vote and recording of a certificate under this subsection and, if retrofitting has been undertaken, the per-unit cost of such work. The division shall annually report to the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services the number of condominiums that have elected to forego retrofitting
4. Notwithstanding s. 553.509, a residential association may not be obligated to, and may forego the retrofitting of, any improvements required by s.553.509(2) upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the voting interests in the affected condominium. (m) Common elements; limited power to convey.—
Please note that there is some confusion over retrofitting buildings that are considered high rise structures.  Use Google to connect with the current fire department regulations for multi-storied buildings.
Every Condo owner must become aware of their environment.  Every unit owner should show due diligence when inspecting their apartments and their outside environment.  When you see something that does not seem right, notify a member of the board so they can act upon it.  The problem arises when an owner sees changes in their surroundings, and ignores it. This is dangerous to the safety to all the residents. Many of the problems are hidden.  Such as cracked and stained concrete could be a result of corroding re-bar and deteriorating concrete. The best advice that can be given to any association is to call in an expert to determine if there is a problem, and if there is one act quickly.
In evaluating concrete problems, one of the important decisions home inspectors must make is determining whether a problem is the result of conditions that have stabilized with a low chance of continuing future problems, or whether the conditions that caused the problem are such that there is a high probability that problems will continue or worsen. The goal of inspection or quality control programs is to ensure that contract documents and building codes are followed.
Some causes of concrete and re-bar issues are:
Steel Corrosion
Corrosion of embedded steel is the most common cause of concrete problems. As steel corrodes, the corrosion product expands, and this expansion can crack concrete and cause sections to break loose in flakes. Steel is typically protected by a thin film that develops as part of a chemical reaction with cement. This coating, called passivity, lowers the rate of corrosion to a point at which it becomes insignificant.  Several conditions can damage the passive coating and dramatically increase the rate at which reinforcement steel corrodes.
Leaching by water.
Since most concrete is porous, CO2 will be slowly absorbed by the surface and find its way deeper into the concrete.  Also, water will slowly diffuse through it. If steel has inadequate concrete cover, usually 1-1/2 inches minimum, the pH of the concrete encasing the steel may be lowered to the point at which the passive layer is damaged or destroyed and the rate of the steel’s corrosion may increase dramatically.

Pictured below are just some conditions that develop over time and must be addressed.
The issues addressed in this article are important.  Please take them seriously.  Become proactive. 
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Pictured below are just some conditions that develop over time and must be addressed.


The issues addressed in this article are important.  Please take them seriously.  Become proactive. 

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Religous speech - free

The decision to allow all religious material space on the library shelf has opened another question. Does this mean ALL religions ?

When Florida State made the decision to allow religious materials in the schools it had an unexpected effect that had parents howling and officials scurrying. The decree was designed to curry favor with a bible belt electorate. They were still smarting from the loss of prayers in school.

It seems that the kids started getting satanic pamphlets from an atheist group who set up a display around the school and handed out their stuff to all the kids. They said they were atheists and didn't want any religion around their kids. They didn't believe in Satan either , they just wanted to make a point. Needless to say the parents were mortified and outraged.

The uproar from the parents went nuclear. The scurrying officials tried to hide out while they removed the egg from their faces. The kids started wearing satanic T shirts and had pictures of ol' Nick himself adorning their rooms, while the press had a field day.

The people were upset and the governor was embarrassed, bureaucrats lost their jobs or got demoted, while others worked in fear of getting the axe. The Guv' finally had to tell the people there was nothing he could do, "The law's the law" he said.

The atheists continued for a while and the whole incident became a memory of a struggle for a cause they had won. They had made their point .

I don't know if the atheists are still hanging around the school in Talahassee where this all took place. I haven't seen anything in the news about it . Even if they're not , there are still kids wearing satanic T shirts, and Ol' Nick still stares down from the walls of the bedrooms of Talahassee.

Few, if any residents of Century Village could be converted to satanism or any other religion. But you never know. It shouldn't really matter to anyone else if they do.





Neil J. Moore

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

EVA Caves In

A large protest group at the operations' meeting overturned the edict of Eva Rachesky to ban religious material from the clubhouse library. The group dedicated to the rights of religious freedom was vociferous in attempting to sway Eva to change her mind about banning faith based pamphlets and books.  The protesters made valid points on the subject of freedom of religion and the American constitution.  After about 40 minutes of discussion, David Israel who was quiet on the subject finally spoke. He related the story of his trip to the public library when he was 12 years old to borrow the book Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler. Although his mother had a near fit when he brought it home, he read it and said, it did not turn him into a Nazi. Minutes later he turned to Eva and said, in an apologetic tone, I’m sorry, I have to disagree with you on this one;   a short time later Eva relented and decided to change her mind about the ban.

 A compromise, between the protesting parties was reached that if the library were to become cluttered with too many copies one or two would remain, and the rest discarded.

In the past, Eva has always stated she does not take her orders from David Israel, yet it was obvious to the people in the room that Eva relented under his influence.