Jackson Hole Newspaper Cheap Shot Smear Job of Myself
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#1 Sep 18, 2013
It's happened again...I spoke at Idaho Falls, ID City Council meeting 9/12/2013. You can pull up the video of the meeting by going onto the City webpage and selecting "live stream".
Problem: The first two minutes of my three minutes have been ommitted (it is not the first time I have spoke at a City Council meeting and had my comments censored). I was the first and only person to speak during public comment (which began as the first item on the agenda). I spoke about pepper spray not being enough to stop a charging bear. Referred to "Be Bear Aware"--the pamphlet advising people to use pepper spray for bear attacks; that pamphlet is distributed by the National Forest Service and I cited the pamphlet showing pepper spray is endorsed by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, and National Forest Service bear biologists (there are other gov't endorsements but don't have the pamphlet in front of me at the moment).
I shared of our bear attack in 1996 where pepper spray did not stop the bear; the bear knocked me down, was growling and snarling in my face while swinging its paw threateningly at my head, etc. I shared pepper spray is not enough to stop a charging bear.
I then shared U.S wildlife officials themselves use firearms when responding to bear attacks--not pepper spray. "So they know what the better choice is yet they advise the public to use pepper spray".
I then began sharing about the marijuana issue, and although some of that is ommitted too, the video begins with some of my comments about the marijuana issue (that the argument of it being needed to be legalized for the tax revenue is refuted by Noam Chomsky's Understanding Power, Chapter 10, footnote 28).
But why was the pepper spray issue completely ommitted, particularly when I had recently spoken before the Jackson, WY city council on the same issue, only to have columnist Jake Nichols (of Jackson Planet Hole newspaper) portray me as irrational and crazy.
If this Idaho Falls video were not edited to where my comments on the bear issue do not appear, it could have served as proof (in comparison) that Jake Nichols portrayal of my speaking during public comment was an unethical cheap shot smear job.
#2 Sep 18, 2013
To pull up the video:
Google "Idaho Falls, ID"; select Idaho Falls official city website; on that page select "City"; then "Live Stream"; then select 9/12/2013 City Council video part 1 in the sidebar. The video begins with myself speaking during public comment (3/4's the way through).
#3 Sep 18, 2013
On a Google search of my name the following link comes up of the Jackson Planet Hole:
Council Chronicles 8/21/13:
"...The two high-fived to seal the deal and it was on to the opening act – a rambling and often off-point diatribe about the inefficiencies of pepper spray on bears from a public commenter named Chris Deile. Deile, from Silver City, NM, was addressing the council about a 1996 griz attack he survived in Alaska.
Deile told the esteemed panel pepper spray was nearly worthless and should not be promoted by area parks as the best line of defense against bear attack. He suggested the park hire trained Inuit guards armed with .454 Casull’s or sawed-off shotguns. Mayor Barron talked him away from the dais in the careful manner one coaxes a jumper off a window ledge and it was on to more important matters like a consent calendar filled again with temporary banner requests."
I have numerous comments under that article (if they're still there and have not been removed and/or manipulated) refuting Jake Nichol's portrayal. But this video could have been very helpful in showing his portrayal was false and defamatory.
#4 Sep 19, 2013
Florangela Davila of the Seattle Times did the same thing--portrayed me as irrational, foolish, and scared in her article 'Spray Pepper or Bullets'. Realized after reading Matt Dyer's letter responding to mine, that pro-pepper spray propagandists portray those pro-firearm (for bears)as motivated by fear (ad hominem). Dyer was the Sierra Club hiker in critical condition after an electric fence failed to stop a polar bear from attacking him in his tent at 1:30am. Dyer wrote if a person (he actually directed the comment at me) is afraid to go out into the wilderness (or mall, etc.) w/out a firearm then they should stay home.
The Portland Herald Press did not publish my response to that when pointing out U.S. wildlife officials are not motivated by fear when choosing firearms over pepper spray when responding to bear attacks--they are simply making the better choice; meanwhile those same officials advise the public to use pepper spray.
#5 Sep 19, 2013
In the Idaho Falls video my comments that I was a heavy marijuana smoker as a teenager and now have lung cancer; that I was not a cigarette smoker so it was the marijuana that quite likely cause the cancer were also edited out.
#6 Sep 21, 2013
Yes--it's about 1:20 of the Idaho Falls City Council video (Part 1; Sept. 12, 2013) where they edited my comments. I said "For a personal anecdote...", and when actually speaking said: For a personal anecdote, I have lung cancer--I was a very heavy marijuana smoker as a teenager, was not a cigarette smoker, and am only 49 years old, but have lung cancer...
You can see in the video--when looking for it because otherwise it appears seemless and you wouldn't know a portion of my comments had been edited--that it instead goes from "For a personal anecdote--the lung cancer....". All that I just wrote has been removed.
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