Carmel Highlands

The Highlands Paper Michael was elected as Vice President of the Carmel Highlands Association Board. He is also the writer and editor of the Association’s newsletter: The Highlands Piper. The Highlands Piper covers topics ranging from local traffic to community events, beach access rules to important fire prevention measures in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Read samples of the newsletter here:

September 2016

Three Issues That Could Define Carmel Highlands’ Future

History of the Highlands

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton – Human Rights and Religious Freedom Excerpt from a speech given on June 30, 2012

Now, earlier today the State Department released its latest International Religious
Freedom Report. It opens with the words that guide our work and the work of
governments and individuals devoted to freedom of religion around the world. They are the
words of Article 18of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And listen to those
words again, because much of what I will say today is, of course, rooted in our Constitution,
in our belief about the importance of the free exercise of religion. But it’s important to
remember that these words were adopted by the international community, not just by the
United States.

Here they are: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and
religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either
alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief
in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” Now, these are clear and straightforward
principles that bring people together in both heartfelt unity and furious disagreement. For
the United States, of course, religious freedom is a cherished constitutional value, a strategic
national interest and a foreign policy priority.

To download a Word document the full speech transcript, click here.

Treating Depression: Is there a placebo effect?

CBS News, 60 Minutes: Harvard scientist Irving Kirsch compares drugs used to treat depression versus the placebo effect. A fascinating interview that everyone should watch.

Fox News Reporters Fired for Refusing to Lie to the American People

What does Monsanto’s bovine grownth hormone have to do with cancer-related deaths? Fox News reporters found a link between Monsanto’s bovine growth hormone and cancer-related deaths from drinking pasteurized milk bought at the store. These reporters got fired. Watch the video below for the full story.

That Which We Occupy: The latest release from At The Hop Productions

In response to the Occupy Movement, At The Hop has produced a brilliant video.


This is for you who have stood up.
This is to acknowledge your cause.
We are trying to awaken a world that has sunken into a swamp of lies.
Occupy, protest & demand that there be real change.
There are no holds barred on freedom.

Let’s continue.


At The Hop

Michael Wisner

Michael Wisner

Welcome to my Blog

"Plato refers to Socrates as the "gadfly" of the state (as the gadfly stings the horse into action, so Socrates stung various Athenians into action)."