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Re: “Cancer: Evolution While-You-Wait

That is, SECOND leading cause of death (just). CDC reports for 2010 in the US:

Heart disease: 597,689
Cancer: 574,743
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
Alzheimer's disease: 83,494
Diabetes: 69,071
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

Posted by barryevans on 04/10/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

The March 18, 1850 Alta California lists Ben as being there but in the group opposed to killings....and that Sam Kelsey was one of the leaders. Sam is also named as a leader of this group in the paper on March 4, 1850.

Posted by Jim Goldrup on 04/09/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

Thanks Jim--I guess we should be grateful they didn't change the name of Union to Kelsey! Can you pls. reference the Alta California newspaper article for me.

Posted by barryevans on 03/29/2014 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

In reality (according to the Alta California newspaper at the time) it was not Ben Kelsey who led the band from Sonoma on the murderous rampage against the Indians of Napa and Sonoma Counties, but it was his brother Samuel Kelsey and a man called "Growling Mad" Smith who led that group. The newspaper article states that some of the band were not arrested and that Ben (who was a member of the group) tried to talk his brother and others out of killing the people. Just thought I would try and clear Ben of that one incident although he was involved with the mining operation at Kelsey Diggings and did shoot the man in Sonoma for bothering his wife. Ben and brother Sam were founders of Union (later Arcata) and it was again Sam that shot the Indian there that David Leeper mentions in his journal.

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Posted by Jim Goldrup on 03/28/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Trees on Mars

No wall structure there with frost wedging which are like dried mud patterns too. It's the wall structure and right angles that get me..

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Posted by Stephen1 on 03/27/2014 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Trees on Mars

Frost wedging?
http://www.enterprisemission.com/images/ri…

Posted by barryevans on 03/27/2014 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Trees on Mars

Barry,

You know anything about these "Martian ruins"?

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r236/bi…

If legit photos how do rectangular walls, with interior squared off corners, get constructed by natural forces? Any ideas? They do look similar to ancient city ruins.

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Posted by Stephen1 on 03/27/2014 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Trees on Mars

Barry,

You know anything about these "Martian ruins"?

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r236/bi…

If legit photos how do rectangular walls, with interior squared off corners, get constructed by natural forces? Any ideas?

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Posted by Stephen1 on 03/27/2014 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Fall of the Khmers

Should be 1150 to 1320 CE, of course!

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Posted by barryevans on 03/14/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Remote Viewing and Wayward Souls

Sorry, not coffee, Humboldt Mud. But hey, name your price.

Modern? Hameroff's microtubule-consciousness has been around since at least 1987, as elusive as ever...

Posted by barryevans on 03/09/2014 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Remote Viewing and Wayward Souls

Thomas Aquinas is the only subject matter expert consulted for this article? Other than unfounded skepticisim, the author provides nothing other than ridicule.

Modern research tells a different story: http://expandedconsciousness.com/2014/02/2…

The offer of a cup of coffee is as insulting as the rest of this article.

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Posted by Jeremy Webb on 03/05/2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

@Dwain1 Thanks so much for the link to Dr. Parker's talk--probably a good thing I didn't see this before writing my story, I'd never have gotten it into my 500-word limit! Yep, follow up story this summer on the Kelsey NRT. (And the parallel trail thru Cuddihy)

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Posted by barryevans on 02/16/2014 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

One more reference Dr. Parker posted on my Facebook page. This is VERY interesting and well written...

https://www.academia.edu/5539505/The_Kelse…

It could hardly get more gruesome.

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Posted by Dwain1 on 02/14/2014 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

Here's a little more of the story...

From Wikipedia...

"In 1848, during the California Gold Rush Ben took fifty Pomo men from his brother Andrew's rancho near Kelseyville, on Rancho Lupyomi, to the Sierra foothills in a gold mining venture, establishing a mining camp called Kelsey Diggings. Once at the diggings, Ben decided it was more profitable to sell all the company’s supplies to other miners and then ill with malaria, he headed back to his home at Sonoma. The Pomo workers, forced to camp near a hostile group of local Indians and suffering from malaria and starvation, were left on their own. Only one or two are thought to have survived. This mistreatment of the Pomo and that of Andrew and his partner later provoked the Bloody Island Massacre."

So 48 Pomo died at Kelsey's Diggins and then two Whites died [having sent the 48 to their graves], and then 200 more Pomo were killed at Bloody Island in retribution against the "Digger's."

Yep, that's our very own "cultural" history. Lovely, ain't it?


As for the trail, I know it goes across the Siskiyous before the Marbles (coming from the west.) I have been to the Siskiyou trail summit at Harrington Mountain. I didn't know at the time it had so many tears shed behind it, but I remember it being very a very somber place (super thick fog.)

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Posted by Dwain1 on 02/13/2014 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

manifest destany/what a croc

Posted by slufoot on 02/13/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

I appreciate what is here, but... There really is a lot more to this story and it is a very interesting one. The building of the trail itself would be appropriate to include here, would have supported the article's premise, and would have helped flesh out the article better than a reiteration of an earlier piece. Perhaps a bit of a mention of what it means to have a trail designated as an NRT. Was there a strict word limit on this piece?

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Posted by pedestrian on 02/13/2014 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

Thanks Barry! Great slice of history, for better or worse...

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Posted by dzsipo on 02/13/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

Bastards wherever they went. If it is of any consolation, when Stone and Kelsey were killed, one of them managed to crawl across the creek whereby the Pomo WOMEN finished him off with rocks.

And yes, we have our own Bloody Island down here, as a result, with 50-200 Pomo massacred by US troops in retaliation for the Stone/Kelsey killings.

Two problems, though, 1) the Pomo who were murdered were NOT of the band that killed Stone and Kelsey, and 2) Stone and Kelsey deserved it and then some.

As a resident of Kelseyville, I am disgusted with the namesake. Please, in the future, refer to my area as "Konocti."

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Posted by Dwain1 on 02/13/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Men (and Women) are from Mars ... Maybe

I suspected as much over 30 years ago. Only, I thought we got here by ships. (I'm still holding onto that theory, btw)

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Posted by Growley Tracy on 02/02/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Einstein, Newton and the Eclipse of 1919

The problem with General Relativity is political, not scientific.

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Posted by John P. Tarver on 01/02/2014 at 12:03 PM

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