The New and Improved
Back in the early 90's we created what I called the "Unified Community Web Site" for the community of Bainbridge Island (everyone got free web sites) to get them going and understand the value of the Internet, and we had a "Unified Community Calendar". Much to my surprise (silly me) Bainbridge Island is not a unified kind of place. Sooo... We followed the "Path of Fragmentation" and everyone has their own calendars. We accommodated that on our current calendar page.
Some of those original people have decided as of late that it might be a good idea to have a "Unified Community Calendar (imagine that). It only took 22 years. Problem is they want to do it as part of a tourism project and of course they will go to our corrupt city for LTAC funding to do it and steal the project from me as they have done for years with LTAC grants (show you later). This Bainbridge Island community site has been working in part with tourism all these years and has been doing a good job in that regard (35 of our top 100 trafficked areas are useful to visitors). But we feel there is a whole lot more to the community than tourism. So we have dusted off the "Bainbridge Island Unified Calendar" and are adding it back to the Community Site after all these years. We will still carry all the individual calendars. You can log in and add your own events right over the Internet or email us your one time event and we will post it for you. It's easy. It's free. To sign up just go to our contact page and send us a note about you or go to the calendar, click on the "UPDATE" link and sign in as a new account. And, pass the calendar on to your friends. - Dave
I am leaving the above story in place for now as it involves this website and many efforts to establish a community calendar (Senator Rolfes will be part of this story). It is relevant today relating to the corruption of the LTAC grant history. Barry Peters LTAC of 2008 is particularly important. I remember Bonnie McBride of the Eagle Harbor Inn say at the pre-grant meeting: "The Lodging Association generates this tax and we should be the ones who decided how this money is used". What would happen if all retail businesses thought that way? Even council woman Kim Bracket who was leading the meeting took note of that statement. It says a lot about "Bainbridge Island and who we are" as you will see shortly. City Councilman Bob Scales has a role in this history also with the Winni/Mickey team.
I am taking the Community Website out of retirement to tell a story that is most important at this time in global history and the subject of Net Neutrality.
OK, ok.. I know you glaze over with stuff like this. So here is a fun way to deliver the message you should take the time to know (if you care). John Oliver, late night Aussie comedian
Want to do something? Lower you cable bills? Cell phone bills? Check this out and participate. It happens today Sept. 10th, 2014
The time has come the walrus said, to speak of many things... Only we are going to substitute hamsters for oysters.This site is now going to work in conjunction with three other projects: REAL ECONOMY, REAL GOVERNMENT AND THE DIOGENES AWARD. Bainbridge Island's value in all this is it's 22 year old story involving the establishment of the Internet here in this community very early on and the effort to create this community website. It is a magnificent and unique story in the world. But also very tragic.
I have thought a lot about how to tell this story. It will be unfolding in chapters over time. There is a series of audio interviews with me over two days by a radio talk show host who flew out here a couple of months ago from Princeton to do these stories and I (we all) owe him a lot.
There is a massive amount of documentation to support the stories and there are decades of witnesses: City staff, ,councils and mayors. Boards of directors and directors of non-profits organizations and business people, as well as just individuals who have witnessed this journey with me. You will get to meet some of them. Especially the LTAC Mafia (definition: LTAC MAFIA - Six nonprofit organizations - Chamber of Commerce, Arts and Humanities, Downtown Assoc., Lodging Assoc. Kitsap Visitors and Convention Bureau and the City of Bainbridge Island) that control a grant of tax money passed on from the state, administered and led by the City of Bainbridge Island.
I have decided to start this story with the most significant piece of history of all (the tip of the iceburg as it were). It defines the true nature of the leadership of this community for generations. This event made it clear to me that I would never be allowed to create a community website here, helping what I call the "three pillars of a community"(government, business, social community)and demonstrates the depth of meanness and depravity that typifies decades of back room activities/leadership on Bainbridge Island. I also saw it in Kitsap County as well. From 1999 and the following letter from ECRC, I began winding my activities down. Stopped putting up new innovations and creating models for the LTAC Mafia to steal. Instead I put them in the can for this story and this time. Depending on the direction things go I may bring them forward. I came back for the ISP Channel event which I knew would some day arrive. When it was done I resumed my "mothballing" process. I still get lots of requests to add and update thing. I am sorry I just can't afford it any more but I am leaving the site run for it's historical value and as a monument to a corrupt community. This sets the stage for the ECRC (Electronic Commerce and Recourse Center) invitation to this community to be the father of Community Internet in the Nation.
This audio story will give a little idea of my experience in fiber optic commuications networks in Kitsap and NW as well as my connection with ECRC and my northwest outreach period.
Here is a partial list of people who saw some for of my presentations around 2000 (As you look at this list ask yourself how many of these people belong to the LTAC MAFIA in some form? This is what creates a "culture" that makes a community what it is).
Another list coming soon: The Matrix of Influence
This is the ECRC Letter. Note: the letter is made out to the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. I delivered it personally to the chamber manager in a meeting for that purpose (Merril Robison also got a copy). I also delivered it to the City of Bainbridge Island in a meeting with Mayor Dwight Sutton, City manager Lynn Nordbe and executive secretary Lita Meyers. A week later I went back to ECRC to tell them the leadership of this community has refused their offer (by "not responding at all" is a method repeated throughout history. All leadership need to do to kill something is simply "do nothing"). This will be one of many "disabling" techniques government employs and cameod in my "REALGOVERNMENT" project.
I had succeeded in achieving my ultimate goal way ahead of schedule. ECRC had just completed a 14 million dollar project with the navy and were interested in continuing the process with me. This will go down as the saddest day of my life.
I recently applied for a grant with Kitsap Bank for innovation & entrepreneurialism. I got rejected in the first cut. But they do sit on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce. In the process of appling I worked on my history for my Realeconomy.net project and used an unlisted site for a staging area. If you want a peek at part of what is to come... Check it out. The audio stories are especially interesting.
The following is returning to the old site but soon to be part of the future.
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The Three Minute Government
This is going to be an update of several recent things I have mentioned in my three minutes at city council meetings and a forum at the City that related to "Good Governance". As usual our leaders can't even begin to get the information they need to make good decisions in three minutes. The system also breaks down when leadership does not seek out knowledge and relies on the incompetent or those promoting their agendas that have the inside access for all their information. This method of government comes with many costs (usually the public pays the price) and it can be counted in millions of dollars in loss & waste over decades.
As usual things are not black & white and are interconnected with history (we tend to repeat history. Since the Waterfront Park and 2 million dollar pot of money is the next target. Parking in downtown is connected. Three projects that I believe would be better, more cost effective or an improvement on what is designed and being rushed through as I write, but were not allowed to be considered in the "public input process"(I will probably do this in a video)
Time to visit our cities hot new downtown wireless. How is it working for you and the chamber? Time to tell you why I didn't do it 12 years ago now that you have spent/wasted the money. Did anyone do an ROI on this puppy?
Sooo, let me take our city and this community on a walk down memory lane to another mayor and council and another give-a-way of public land. This time instead of nonprofits it was a developer. It involved Winslows park commission (which I was a member of)
When you see my history you will understand I am an aggregation of art and tech, with and entrepreneurial bent from grade school. When the old BIB/EDC/former City mayors,councils and staff "mafias?" cranked up to create a new taxing district to funnel house holders monies in this economy when people are loosing their retirements and houses in this economic down turn and into their pockets as a "PORT OF BAINBRIDGE ISLAND." If you look into the history of port districts you will see they are very corrupt (just look at Seattle's history in the news). I couldn't stand by because I knew them all and we were repeating history. They will pick a non-profit to hide behind. Because it was marine Port Madison Yatch club was elected and there is a concentration of them as members, easy pease. (sorry Port Madison but you let them do it). So Winni Jones did her "Fearless leader" thing, organized a public event at the Commons, stacked the "would be board" with all the cronies and got the press on board who will never question the truth they know. Sooo. I showed up at the event (another story).
Of cource all our current local leaders and press know about the truth of this but if they do nothing they can't be held accountable now or in the future (maybe?).
But I also thought..., these people have been trying to kill this community for over 3 decades that I am aware of, so maybe I can help. I got a hold of the "Grimm Reapers" union and asked if they could lend a hand to the Port effort and Barry Peters as well (might as well kill two birds with one stone). They sent an emissary to meet three commuter boats on halloween in support of the Port project and Barry Peters re-election but it sadly didn't help. Went down in flames 25/75 on the Port. But the Reapers tried. Thanks guy for the effort.
Reflecting in retrospect, maybe the voters of BI are smarter than the local mafias & City after all (knowledge is power). THINK ABOUT IT... WHY DIDN'T YOU KNOW ABOUT ALL THIS WHEN IT WAS HAPPENING???? IN THAT ANSWER, YOU WILL KNOW ONE OF THE REASONS WHY DECADES OF LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISLAND HAVE TRIED TO ELIMINATE A COMMUNITY WEBSITE and the true nature of our local papers.
Ethics and integrety in leadership and transparency on all levels is key. Why Bainbridge Island's history is so important to the state, national and global subject of Net Neutrality. the ISP Channel story will show all.
The big event in this history of Bainbridge Island and connected to the story of the "tip of the iceberg, ECRC letter". The arrival of the ISP Channel - more soon
ISP Channel/Northland's website for Bainbridge Island . Note the Discover Bainbridge Project promoted top dead center. What our City & essentially of the LTAC Mafia worked to eliminate me and Bainbridge Island Community Network for.
As I have often said in the past: "It would all be so sad and tragic if we can't laugh a little". Here is a "biblical" tale of the event when it happened. After all I am "David" and I did meet the Goliath of Palo Alto and supporting cast of Bainbridge Island's esteemed leadership on the Planes of Woodward and won. Factual, more boring story will follow.
Here is the audio interview with Dave Henry & Greg Moore on the ISP Channel/Northland/Bainbridge Island/Discover Bainbridge Island event.
Discover Bainbridge directory (soon)
This was the end of what could have been an amazing future for the Bainbridge Island Rotary on the national level
I will show you how the history of our government is written in it's lawsuits. The same methods employed against Chuck Cole vrs Bainbridge Island, the people caring for stray dogs, Papa Murphy's and Dave Christenson were used against me and the Community Network, only I had no money to defend myself against their economic and bureaucratic terrorism. Chuck Cole case was why Dwight Sutton (mayor) couldn't get out of office fast enough and Stephany Warren (land use admin.) was fired. But supposedly the next mayor (Darlene K)hired her back for a year so she could get invested in the Cities retirement fund. I have both the video and text versions of their deposition on this case. Davis Wight Tremaine was the attorney of record at the time representing Chuck Cole. Ironically they are supporters of the Coalition for Open Government and a bag from that organization with the law firms name on it is how I transport my portable audio recording studio to record City meetings. (I was told in passing by a former city council person, who I can't remember, that Stephan committed purgery in the deposition. I have no idea what it is because I don't have the inside knowledge that mayors & council have in executive sessions and I do not have the time to waste on such trivial pursuits. For me it is all about salvaging what is left of our economies and the reconstruction there of into the future. Sadly, I suspect we have more losses to come. Watch global currencies and the central banks for clues. (If somebody wants to publish another opinion on this subject I will gladly post it, just give your name and email address as I do.)
Soon, the "Matrix of Influence" on Bainbridge Island. Kind of reminds me of the Georgia Guidestones you can see some of there names carved in stone in our new art museum. Millions of dollars worth of investment.. Nice place, worth a visit.
Dave Henry and the Bainbridge Island Community Network are going to trial!!!! Starting the deposition phase now.
Significant leftovers from the "old" site
A Shot of Public Art on Bainbridge Island
Marina District - Be Seeing You
Some backyard on Bainbridge -
We need lots more of this, and the Community Network and friend are doing our part.
Inside Bainbridge: Great source of information on what is happening on the island. Well balanced, especially government issues. A good example of what the Internet has "ENABLED" in our communities. This will be important in my history. I am happy to support them.
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Of Social Significance
OUR CONSISTENT VISION: To be our community's 'Online Neighborhood.'
Very early, we realized that the internet had a lot of potential -- both positive and negative -- for small communities. We saw that the creation of a Community Network on Bainbridge Island was a way to actualize some of that positive potential and help insulate the community from some of the negative. Here's how our vision played out in the real world.
More on the history of Bainbridge Island Community Network
Also see Bainbridge Island and Net Neutrality issue as well as The Secret Formulas of Community (also on this page) for a broader perspective.
Here is something we all need to understand. It is connected to everything: Global warming, population issues, human rights and a better quality of life. Even the survival of the planet. (needs broadband)
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After you watch the movie, here is how to
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(Note #6, we're doing our part).
One of the most profound lessons I have learned in the journey I've been on all these years, is that the true measure of the value of a community is seen not by what it is, but rather in the story of what it might have been.
Dave Henry - Builder and Craftsman of the Virtual Community
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