Joaquin Alvarado of the Institute for Next Generation Internet mentioned Humboldt County in his keynote address to the Integrated Media Association's annual Public Media Conference this morning. The annual conference, which kicked off today in Atlanta, is aimed at managers of public radio and television stations. The theme this year is "An Historic Convergence" -- the "an," in this case, nicely upholding public broadcasting's snobby image.
In the video above -- click the play button, if you haven't already figured that out -- Alvarado describes his amazement at the standing-room-only receptions he has received during his various visits here. Humboldt County may be dirt poor, he concludes, but we know which way the wind is blowing.
Thanks to StreamGuys for the clip and the tip.
UPDATE: Did he say that a third of California's drinking water comes from Humboldt County? Um ...
The NCJ Robot now tracks all new Humboldt County timber harvest plans. Here's an example post concerning a Humboldt Redwoods THP filed with the CDF last week. Suggestions welcome, as always.
Imagine this: You're out in your yard, watering the lawn, and because it's a nice warm day, and because you live a mile-and-a-half down a private road festooned with "No Trespassing" signs, you're wearing nothing but your favorite underwear, which have these cute little pigs on ’em and are so totally comfy. Suddenly you hear the sound of a car approaching. The driver pulls up, snaps a few pictures of your house, capturing you in your skivvies in the process. Months later, you find the pictures displayed on a popular Web site for all the world to see. Is this criminal? An invasion of privacy? Apparently not, so long as the car's driver worked for Google.
At least, that's the way court battles have gone thus far in the assorted cases of Google Street View v. "Get the hell off my property" -- of which there appears to be at least one locally , according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat . Yesterday, a Pittsburgh couple had their case against Google dismissed on the grounds that the couple "failed to state a claim under any count." The couple, Aaron and Christine Boring (insert "too much time on their hands" joke here), had argued that by capturing images of their house, which sits beyond "private road" signs, Google caused them mental suffering and damaged the value of their home. They asked for the images to be removed from the Web and destroyed. Oh, and $25,000.
Last year, Humboldt County was the first rural area in the country to be given the Street View treatment -- which creates a really cool 360-degree panorama that can be viewed by anyone with Internet access. At least one local resident sued Google for invasion of privacy (check the PD story ), though simply asking them politely to remove the offending images might prove more effective. Last month Google did just that at the request of a Minnesota community. If you choose to get all litigious and shit, they'll play hardball. In response to the Borings' claim, Google said that in the age of satellite technology -- and I quote -- "complete privacy does not exist."
Just like that? Where was their polite request to us?
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This just in from Rep. Mike's office:
Thompson Named Chair of Intelligence Subcommittee
WASHINGTON (February 17)—Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) was re-appointed Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence for the 111th Congress. Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) announced the subcommittee assignments. Thompson will also serve on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
“I am honored that my colleagues trust me to help ensure our nation has the best intelligence programs in the world and that we are using our capabilities effectively and responsibly,” said Thompson. “The men and women who serve our country by gathering intelligence are one of our nation’s best assets, and I look forward to assisting their efforts.”
"Mike Thompson led active oversight efforts as a subcommittee chairman in the 110th Congress, and I am pleased that he will repeat this role again,” said Chairman Reyes. “As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence, his efforts are critical to ensuring that the men and women of the Intelligence Community receive the resources and authorities that they need to keep the country safe.”
This is Congressman Thompson’s second term as Chair of the subcommittee. As chairman, Thompson will direct hearings, investigations and legislative initiatives under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The subcommittee authorizes the budgets and activities of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the national security elements of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the intelligence elements of the Departments of State, Energy, Treasury, and Homeland Security.
“Securing peace and stability around the world cannot be done without effective intelligence gathering,” said Congressman Thompson. “My belief in the power of good intelligence to create a world without terrorism has only been strengthened by my experience on this Committee. We must continue to work for a world where intelligence is our best weapon, and war is our last resort.”
Thompson, a Vietnam combat veteran, served on the House Committee on Armed Services from 1998 until 2002. He was appointed to the Committee on Ways and Means in the 109th Congress, where he currently serves on the Health and Select Revenue Measures subcommittees.
Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be a Good Samaritan. That must be the conclusion reached by an Albany, Calif., couple this morning after they stopped to check on a motorist who'd just blazed past them, then lost control of his Monte Carlo on the Little River Bridge south of Trinidad, driving his pimp-mobile off the freeway. And what did the nice couple get for their troubles? Dude jacked their Camry!
According to a CHP press release, Daniel Egger, who appears to have a history of such behavior , threatened to harm the couple, then hopped into their Toyota all Grand Theft Auto-style. On his way through McKinleyville, he found trouble in the form of a CHP officer who'd received a call and was lying in wait for his ass. The subsequent chase exceeded 100 mph, according to the release, before Egger opted to take the Giuntoli exit.
While trying to pass cars on the right-hand shoulder, the release states, "The Toyota was disabled...when it struck a road sign." Egger fled on foot but was foiled by "a barrier of brush" -- proof, perhaps, that nature is on the side of good. Egger was booked into the Humboldt County Jail for a good number of charges, including DUI, car jacking, hit and run and resisting arrest.
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