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Re: “Bomb Throwers and Bridge Builders

Remarkably accurate account of the country's politics and constituents. The loss of moderates, those able to make necessary compromises, is rightly compared to a hemorrhage. Stasis rules now.

No, the founders did not anticipate that gridlock would become a partisan political strategy. They assumed that participants in the government would naturally want the people's government to continue. This is no longer true.

"The mischiefs of faction," now takes the modern form of calculated treason from within against state and national governments by a cabal of embedded rightists, religionists, and opportunists. With the help of Billionaires, (who have a financial interest in the outcome,) and a clueless minority electorate, (go ahead ask them,) they've bought the government, but can they keep it? For some while, yes.

Posted by Pablo on 02/06/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “'Are You OK?'

"Lighten up" writes like a twelve-year-old, so I guess that she/he would know something about "doing a juvenile job of it."

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 02/05/2015 at 10:12 PM

Re: “'Are You OK?'

I'm sorry, but if Linda's primary concern regarding her editorial was to get through to a greater audience some kind of message about the rape scene within the grow scene, her replies to misconstrued feedback would be more apologetically persuasive than to post nya-nya selfies and further tell her confused audience that we're doing it wrong. One could write about rape, the troops, cancer, stillbirths every week, meet the job's deadline, get the paycheck and receive volumes of accolades from an audience that already gets it, as we can all see in this case. Linda's not telling anybody anything we don't already know, and if she's genuinely trying to, she's doing a juvenile job of it.

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Posted by Lighten up already. on 02/04/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “'Are You OK?'

@Lighten up?

All I see is a person too scared to voice his/her opinion without showing who they are. If you want to post something and wiggle your no-no finger at someone, try to have the intestinal fortitude to show yourself, or you're just another unnamed troll of the internet with no substance. You could also try opening your eyes maybe and think there might be shadows in that neck of the woods of yours, and just because you have never heard of something, it doesn't mean that its a lie.

@Linda
Love your writing Linda, hope you're doing well.

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Posted by Richard Smith on 02/03/2015 at 9:01 PM

Re: “'Are You OK?'

Thank you! Such a great response. Thank you. (Too often writers fall into the trap of getting personal and it obscures the issue that we need the awareness around.)

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Posted by George Inotowok on 02/03/2015 at 12:28 PM

Re: “'Are You OK?'

Linda wasn't calling anyone a trim bitch. She was referencing a term in use to show how it is part of a culture that is degrading to women. I've seen and heard about a lot of bad stuff that happens to women in the industry. That story sounds legit unfortunately. Hope your friend was ok. Tell her to get out of there. I'm glad you are bringing awareness about this whole problem. Who was the idiot comedian? As for the rest of those haters they just doing what they do because they don't have nothing worthwhile to say. Stay stong and keep up the good work!

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Posted by Lamont Peters on 02/02/2015 at 6:22 PM

Re: “'Are You OK?'

"Lighten Up," that is an absolutely innane response to a well written article. Linda, thank you for the example you set as a strong, principled woman. Our community needs you.

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Posted by Janice Hoffmann on 02/02/2015 at 6:03 PM

Re: “'Are You OK?'

Linda, as a writer you might appreciate the collective response as a glowing sign of your own miscommunication, and at least cop to it a little bit it rather than take up such an "I'm even righter, and you're even wronger" stance as you've done with this reply. I'm pretty sure negative feedback was due to 15,000+ copies of erroneous bullshit about our local grow scene being distributed with your name on it. "Rape culture" is itself a disingenuous term...gotta have a perverse fascination for "rape culture" to begin with to see things in such a light. Such violation spans demography, but you really lay it on too heavy and too serious about our own neck of the woods, which is really an extremely welcoming place. Why do you think your own friends thought you might be a victim? How about a follow up to the friend you mention in this article who was scared about being alone with a shady worker? Nothing happened, right? Stoned freakout. And "trim bitches"? At least fess up that nobody says that.

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Posted by Lighten up? on 01/30/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “A False Sense of Reform

So limiting money is dangerous?

I'd argue NOT limiting money is dangerous.

Exhibit A ... One and a half political parties ruled by money.

Money is not speech, there is no danger in extricating it from politics, the danger lies if we fail to.

Posted by Jon Yalcinkaya on 10/07/2014 at 6:02 AM

Re: “A False Sense of Reform

It has long seemed to me that anyone should be able to contribute whatever they want to any campaign, but all candidates on the ballot should get public funds matching the private funds received by their most well-funded opponent. That way, no one's money/voice is being stifled, but neither can anyone dominate the conversation just because they are rich.

No one would need to make the dangerous argument that there is a limit to how much money someone should be allowed to contribute, because most people will not contribute if they know that by doing so they are allowing their opponents to get an equal amount of money. (Of course, anyone contributing to a campaign because they really want all sides' views to receive a fair hearing will continue to do so, but that's not why most people contribute, now, is it?)

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Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 10/04/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The Numbers Game in America's Education Casino

That's right, you won't read about the public realities of "higher education" from an HSU executive, teacher, staff or student desiring to remain employed at HSU, or any other campus in the U.C. system! Alas, self-censorship is the primary reason for academia's lack of innovation and relevance in desperate times..."Fear at Work"!

Instead of vague philosophical quotations, write about your own personal experiences and observations at HSU, it would be vastly more interesting and valuable. The local courthouse is filled with such stories but no one willing to report them.

"Quantifying the unquantifyable??

a Generation ago, in "Schooling in Capitalist America", we find a graph showing the increasing number of college graduates per capita through history, alongside the increasing numbers of Americans living in poverty, a worsening reality that today includes a collapsing economy, environment, and society familiar to the corruption, predation, and inequities inherent in every other unsustainable imperial culture.

Read: "Failure".

If HSU's president spends half her time raising funds, then 50% her salary should be based on the results. Last time I checked, private funding from corporations and individuals accounted for 5% of HSU's budget.

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Posted by Jerry Stewart on 08/29/2014 at 12:49 AM

Re: “The Insurance Leech

But the issue is more complicated for individual insureds, at least for me. I'm self employed, and with no dependents. I did not want to buy a plan on the exchange because I read many doctors were not signing the contracts with Blue Cross or Blue Shield to accept that insurance. I contacted Blue Cross and asked them what individual policies were available that had contracts with my doctors, and would continue to contract with after the ACA went into effect. Basically, purchasing in individual private plan. I was told my doctors were covered. So on 12/23 I purchased a specific private plan. By 1/15/14, I learned that Blue Cross decided that it was going to require all doctors accepting my plan to sign the same contract for reimbursement it was requiring doctors who accepted the exchange plans. The result for me: I bought a private plan to ensure coverage and ended up with the private plan, without coverage because my doctors were not signing the ACA plan contracts Blue Cross required. Until the dates to switch insurance opens up, I am now paying almost $400 a month for premiums, and having to get care from "out of network" doctors and I am paying the full boat on all bills. The consequences of the ACA is to give more power to the insurance companies, and add more people to the insurance rolls and Medi Cal. Me? Self employed, middle class.... I'm screwed.Thank you NCJ and Dr Dalton for covering these insurance issues.

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Posted by Areal Voter on 06/21/2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The Insurance Leech

You folks need to remember those providers accept regular Anthem/ Blue Cross claims, or that's my understanding. They just don't accept plans bought under the ACA.

I actually called Redwood Family Practice some time ago after hearing they might not accept A/BC insurance. The gal told me they accepted and submitted all A/BC claims the same way. Whether they would continue to accept the ACA related insurance was dependent on ACA- A/BC reimbursement rates.

I have yet to see my doctor under the ACA plan and it's been some months, so don't know if they've decided whether they'll continue to accept them, or not.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 06/21/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “The Insurance Leech

A big thanks to Dr. Dalton and to the NCJ for these articles. I have the new Anthem Blue Cross insurance and feel duped and outraged by my experiences with this immoral company. The list of "network providers" on their website appears to have absolutely no basis in reality. Every single "network" doctor I've called is not (and never has been) in the network. I am going to great expense and logistical turmoil to have a hip replacement out of Humboldt because there is not a single local orthopedic surgeon in the network. Not one! And now, after going through all the trouble of setting up the surgery elsewhere, I discover that THAT surgeon isn't in the network either! Never mind that he's listed on their website. This means I will have to pay at least double for the procedure. Is this any way to treat people who are already suffering? Yes, I'd agree that the system is broken.

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Posted by Linda Mitchell1 on 06/21/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “The Insurance Leech

Thank you Dr Dalton for speaking truth to power; as more and more folks experience the outrageous greed of the Insurance companies, more and more folks will understand the efficiencies and benefits of a single payer system.

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Posted by yopeace on 06/21/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “The Insurance Leech

It would be interesting to hear how Dr. Dalton deals with MediCal/MediCare patients and their billing.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 06/19/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “A Grape Idea

Now I'm awake and fully functional, my electronic charge at day operation level, I challenge the observant reader to compare the quality of creative problem solving with the magic marijuana mind tool vs. the blitzed out brain of your typical Humboldt beer and wine swizzling Progressive activist. I mean, IS there any comparison? Those pathetic boozer losers couldn't organize a positive thing for Humboldt citizens if they tried which they can't get around to thinking of doing.

Meanwhile, the advanced use of mentality provided by the Goddess Sacrament, creates American know how and culture whizzes churning out creative solutions like there's no tomorrow and there might not be one without the mental enhancement qualities of Humboldt's proven herbal crop-a reputation that's given Humboldt County worldwide recognition that wine makers cannot touch as there is far too much wine competition in the world as is and more coming.

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Posted by Stephen1 on 04/17/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “A Grape Idea

Make more winos and more class division. Why not concentrate on sustainable eco-community crops before promoting still another foreign crop monoculture to take over local land resources. The real long term idea is to get out from under the whole capitalist marketing system that requires tremendous amounts of moving this from here to there.

The most efficient economic system is local production for local needs using local renewable resources. We are rapidly moving towards being able with micro-miniaturization of mfg processes to make most anything right here which means the whole economic system will be changing from mass production and distribution to local production which will save our planet, stop Global Warming, end class warfare, and bring in Eutopia, the Good Place, where money is a thing of the past as we finally enter into a permanent Gift Economy as our robots make everything necessary for us if we choose to let those lower class mechanical upstarts and their foul electronic ways pollute our master Human animate race with plastic and metal counterfeits. Pretty soon they'll be asking for equal rights..right along with the whales and dolphins, chimps and gorillas, ravens and wolves. What IS this world coming to? Be Prepared. The End is Nigh. 1st Blood Moon has passed..3 more to go...and I digress as my preferred intoxicant over that pickling agent stuff makes my poor pot deformed and obviously ruined and unable to organize anything worthwhile except various humanitarian aid programs benefiting thousands of human lives brain sleepy this early a.m..

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Posted by Stephen1 on 04/17/2014 at 6:46 AM

Re: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Meth

Great article! I do have one problem with it. When you say "we haven't risen above the tribal instinct to cast our sick out to die.", it assumes that "tribal instinct" is something that has been defined. So would you say the tribes who live here once had a "tribal instinct" to cast out those who became ill? I don't think so. It is an insult to our neighbors. For more info read Medicine Trails: A Life In Many Worlds by Mavis McCovey and J. Salter. As a medicine woman she describes how the ill were and are treated.

Perhaps you could say "We haven't risen above the christian instinct to cast out those who do not conform to our beliefs." Enough of my complaining. The point is made.

Your article is wonderful and much needed. Meth does such terrible damage to the human body and anyone in the grip of addiction needs many hands to help. It would be far less expensive to put in place adequate treatment options. I always enjoy your writing. Keep up the good work. Montanna

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Posted by Montanna Jones on 01/30/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Meth

trying to explain addiction to a normal person is like trying to explain motherhood to a bull. It is not that the bull is against it. He is just not equipped to understand it.

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Posted by Gus Erickson on 01/30/2014 at 11:16 AM

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