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Re: “Homicide by Police


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Posted by CANT KILL US ALL on 09/29/2015 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Homicide by Police


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Posted by CANT KILL US ALL on 09/29/2015 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Homicide by Police


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Posted by CANT KILL US ALL on 09/29/2015 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Growing a Greener Bud

Pam, where do people recycle the bags? If you know of a place that will actually get them to recycing, Id LOVE to know. Ive been searching for months....

Posted by Holly Carter on 09/23/2015 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Out of the Shadows

In the event that "creationist nuts" are reading The Week in Weed, thanks for your examples of evolutionary hustle.

Posted by Grant Scott-Goforth on 09/22/2015 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Out of the Shadows

"There's not a multi-celled organism on earth that could evolve much in 25 years." Check out Blue Moon butterfly. Also Darwin's poster bird, the medium ground finch. Wikipedia sez:

"The medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis) is a species of bird in the Thraupidae family. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands... One of Darwin's finches, the species was the first which scientists have observed evolving in real-time.

In 1977, a severe drought reduced the supply of seeds in the Galapagos. The finch, which normally preferred small and soft seeds, was forced to turn to harder larger seeds. Subsequently, there has been a 10% change in the size of beak for these finches in a couple of generations." [i.e. 2 years]

[Off topic, I know, but the opening line gives fuel to the creationist nuts]

Posted by barryevans on 09/22/2015 at 8:53 AM

Re: “The Golden Rule Recalled to Life

Thank you for your eloquence and inspiration in your piece on the Golden Rule, and so clearly stating what she stood for, and what was (is) at stake.

Your words do stir and renew our resolve to act on behalf of Life itself.

The subtitle of Captain Albert Bigelow's book, "The Voyage of the Golden Rule", is "An Experiment With Truth". One responsibility we all share with the Golden Rule is to expose the truth about our role in maintaining and advancing empire at any cost, including our renewed use of nuclear weapons.

Peter Aronson
Golden Rule worker

Posted by Peter Aronson on 09/14/2015 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Stoned Yoni

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Posted by donkenedy on 09/13/2015 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Evict 'em

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Posted by Richard Salzman on 09/10/2015 at 3:46 PM

Re: “The Golden Rule Recalled to Life

Ellen, I am at the edge of tears. I've read much of your writings of the last decades and have always admired it but this time you've broken all records. This incredible, beautiful sentence is only a small example "They wended their way through the topography of the century, samurais for social justice." of the excellence and emotive strength of your wordsmithing. Kudos on a wonderful and important piece of work. I hope everyone will be cutting this article out and posting it and re-reading. Thank you.

Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 09/10/2015 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Cat Scratch Furor

Well, cats DO keep the rodent populations down. And keeping cats in the yard? An absolutely ridiculous suggestion. Have you actually owned a cat? But let's get real. HUMAN activity is probably responsible for the vast majority of animal death and extinction. Maybe it is time to rid the planet of this one very invasive and reckless species.

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Posted by humboldtrick on 09/10/2015 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Paddleboards and Privilege

"And if the 420 Games is committed to ending stigmatization of responsible pot-smoking athletes, what is it doing for high school, college and professional sports players — many of them minorities — who turn to marijuana as an accessible and effective pain reliever, putting their careers at risk?"

--> FIRST... We are educating them to NOT USE CANNABIS if they are in high school and underage... Then we are educating college and older athletes that there are many methods of ingesting cannabis that is more healthy than smoking it...
In terms of the persecution they face, look at our Facebook page... We have fought to push information out to the public to help end the war these athlete's face from using cannabis...

I think you should scroll our Facebook page posts and you'll possibly glean a better outlook on what we are doing...

Happy to talk to you if you'd like!

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Posted by Jim McAlpine on 08/30/2015 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Paddleboards and Privilege

Why do you think what we are doing lacks self awareness? I personally think you are wrongful making claims without enough information. The crowd in SF was a mixed bag, white, brown & black... And so was the golf tournament... All races were represented and in attendance... We are not focused on white or gentrified people... We are fighting FOR ALL PEOPLE.. This goes beyond cannabis and is a also a fight for ALL PEOPLE TO BE ALLOWED TO BE AND DO WHAT THEY WANT AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT HURT OTHERS.... For Gays, For Blacks & for cannabis users. No one should be subjected to prejudice and judgement for being who they are as long as it does not hurt other people.

I'd be happy to speak with you and give you more insight on our missions, but until you actually have a conversation with me about why I'm doing this I think you are wrong to be making statements like "it's like an expression of white privilege completely lacking self-awareness."

I'd appreciate if you would expand upon your reasoning for that statement?

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Posted by Jim McAlpine on 08/30/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Pot Shards

I posted the comment at 6:31, and have since read ed denson's editorial. I don't read it as being critical in the way amy gustin interprets. If the concern is the environment, and certain marijuana plantations are a detriment, then timber, wine and new developments are exponentially greater detriments to the environment, yet are consistently and completely ignored by the same people demonizing marijuana supposedly for that reason. Who's really passionate about what?

Posted by triple take on 08/28/2015 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Me-OW

I doubt we will ever convince enough people to to change the the way they 'manage' their cats to make a significant difference in their negative affect on wildlife. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that most people don't value wildlife enough to care that much. Just read some of the posts here to get an idea of what peoples priorities are. Personally, i don't care as much about people pissing on buildings, even though i smell it regularly in Old Town. The number of cats out there that have 'owners' must be a very small fraction of the total number of cats that are wreaking havoc on wild birds and other critters. I don't think cat owners is the most effective piece of the problem to focus efforts. Feral cats likely kill far more birds than cats who are cared for and fed by their owners, as they are effectively part of the wildlife and MUST kill in order to survive. There has been much debate about spay/neuter programs and it seems to have generally settled with an overall acceptance of spay-neuter-release programs. Of course there are those on both sides that oppose this approach, but it seems to be the vast central accepted strategy. I say let it be as such. Of course, people should be encouraged to take responsibility for their cats natural behavior that kills birds, and there are many things that can be done. If you have bird feeders, feeding areas, put a fence around them. This wont save entire species or populations, but hey, individual lives matter, right? Loss of habitat through deforestation, conversion, development and ultimately human overpopulation must be more important than the irresponsibility of pet owners. At least most pet owners show that they have affection for animals. I know of more than a few scientists/birders who seem to lack that. I think there is much greater good to be done with far less resistance by continuing to nurture an appreciation for nature and wildlife through schools and public outreach -- opening the eyes of our youth to the wonders of nature, helping them to see their connection with it, and dissolving fears of it. If we can achieve more of that, the rest will fall in place.

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Posted by One of Us on 08/28/2015 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Pot Shards

Amy, maybe you misread the tone of the editorial you're criticizing? Definitely not as I read it, as such a criticism, for sure. I believe everybody including ed denson, who I only know from his editorial, would agree that the total effected area of a marijuana plantation spans beyond its canopy. I believe the purpose of the comparison was to point out the lack of exposure to exponentially larger plantations, the effects of which span well beyond their canopies as well. If the damage being done to the environment as a result of illicit marijuana grows is so significant as to deserve the degree of attention the issue is receiving in our local media, then our local media is pitifully incompetent in its coverage of the county coffer's real cash crop, timber. I agree with you're editorial, I just think you've misinterpreted the other editorial. I might be wrong, I don't remember it very well, but different than you.

Posted by double take on 08/27/2015 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Me-OW

I agree with the writer about people and their issues about cats attacking birds. This City needs to improve their infrastructure.

Aurelio Casillas

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Posted by stand up for your rights on 08/27/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Me-OW

if there are people so concerned about cats killing the birds here's what you can do. Organize a group of people that does not have anything better to do have them meet at the Twenty Thirty Park that is the west side of Eureka located off Buhne and Summer. With cages and/or boxes go block to block collecting all the stray cats, stray dogs, and the bums strung out on drugs that are camped out underneath the trees. That would be a start. After that, start knocking on the doors of lawyers and judges and have them enforce Orders to remove the old railroad trains near the waterfront. There is slots of projects to keep anyone busy in this Cty instead if complaining about cats killing birds. Next project is to create good paying jobs so people can support themselves and their families. This City will never moved forward because of your petty issues over cats.

Get a life!

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Posted by stand up for your rights on 08/27/2015 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Me-OW

The majority of individuals living in this hick city you call Eureja just have nothing better to do but find worthless causes to complain about. Let's worry about getting these run down streets repaired, getting rid of that eye-sore Blue Herron on Broadway, stop the blatant discrimination at the Humboldt County Department of Social Services, ridding the City of these worthless bums, stop the hate crimes e.g., happening in this City--a racist wanting all the [EDIT] off the block. The old mindset of this community needs to just shut up. This is the worst prejudiced community by far in California. You worry about cats killing birds what about those worthless bums pissing around the buildings in Old Town and causing such a foul odor?

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Posted by stand up for your rights on 08/27/2015 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Me-OW

Way to justify your little four legged Eco-terrorist! Domesticated cats should be declawed and inside pets only. EVERY feral housecat should be hunted to extinction to save our native songbirds and other small critters. As an irresponsible pet owner, you want to let your cat do the damage it is genetically engineered to do. Just like the owner of a cage trained pit bull is responsible for the damage it may do to other dogs and people, YOU are responsible for the death and destruction your pet inflicts on our collective habitat. Shame on you for not keeping your murderous little beast inside.

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Posted by Bejesus on 08/27/2015 at 12:07 PM

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