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Re: “Candelabra Trees

Hi Rosanna, best person to ask would be Louisa Morris of the Mendocino Land Trust. I'm guessing 50-100 of these trees.

Posted by barryevans on 10/17/2016 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Candelabra Trees

How many candelabra trees are there? Are they all approximately the same age?

Posted by Rosanna Petralia on 10/15/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Rammin' at Ammon

Drinking is not a mando...There have been some pretty good 100 % pay outs... plus different surprises..

Posted by Doug Baldwin on 10/14/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

visible, or invisible, recognized or unrecognized, interesting or not, one thing was true. They could not imagine the imminent and clear danger they were in until it was too late. This is the lesson for us today. It is the same apathy, carelessness or ignorance about the destructive forces in our lives. for ex proxy wars that can turn into a nuclear war any day now, or irreversible damaging and depletion of natural resources like tropical forests, oceans,water streams or atmosphere. This is happening everyday we see or hear about it but, we go on with our business in the same manner everyday because we only care about our senses and convenience but not enough about our children's future or how we are going die one day.

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Posted by TC Artemis Aygen on 10/05/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Language: Innate or Invented?

Dan Everett deals with the merge/recursion confusion--also whether a single counter-example of a language lacking recursion voids a language gene--in this very readable discussion:…

BTW, he's had to put up with a lot worse than "infantile and misdirected" over the years!

Posted by barryevans on 10/04/2016 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Black Light Party

Another beautiful example of thought, precise writing, and humor from Humbugs!. Keep Tony Westkamper writing!

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Posted by Alineglish on 09/30/2016 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Language: Innate or Invented?

One in every three secondary school leavers failed in English, year after year, decade after decade. This seriously affected their career prospect in an age of global economy. I gave up a HK$2.5m directorate job in the Government, took early retirement and set up Le Beaumont Language Centre (2004-14) as a teaching and research base. We were the first ones to merge language study with neuroscience. I was particularly impressed by Charles Nelson's findings on the neurogenesis of the neurons in the Broca's area which peaked out at the end of the 9th month after birth. We admitted infants one month after birth into our multilingual playgroup. They embarked on a 5-nation tour, an hour a day, Monday to Friday, conducted by graduate teachers from England, France, Spain, Germany, Japan and or China. The babies all grew up into linguistic geniuses by the age of 3. They were super intelligent. We also observed how 12,000 kids of different ages acquired different number of languages for different durations with different outcomes, burning HK$112m in 10 years.

The Beaumont Study (2004-14) is probably the most important study after the classic Abecedarian Study (1972-77) in the past century. For 10 years, we observed at close distance how a large number of infants acquired languages.

The following are our key findings.
1. The brain is made up of billions of neurons and trillions of synapses. A memory is formed when 2 neurons connect in a synapse. The brain is a huge memory base.
2. Language is made up of 2 components, a sound database developed from interaction with people during the first 9 months after birth, and a matching software inherited from the genes. The sound database and the matching software form the voice recognition system.
3. The voice recognition system is at the 'developmental' mode during the first 9 months. It can recognize the sounds of whatever language the infant interacts with and input them into his voice database. The baby is only interested in sounds, not in meaning. Grammar does not come into the picture.
4. The voice recognition system is at the 'application' mode from the 10th month onwards when the baby begins to imitate sounds. He 'recognizes' the sound he hears by matching the incoming soundbites with those in the voice database.
5. You 'hear' what the matching software can find in the voice database. If the incoming sound cannot be found in the voice database, its looks for the nearest sound in the voice database. This is what you 'hear' and what you imitate. This minor distortion of sounds gives rise to ascents.
6. All languages are built on sounds made from mouth. Sounds made with mouth opened are called vowels. The mouth can only make limited number of shapes, flat or round, wide opened, half-opened, or relaxed. It gives rise to the 5 cardinal vowels, which were first recorded in Latin, now shared by languages from English to Japanese. You can find the 5 cardinal vowels in practically all languages in the world.
7. A language is the outcome of a natural developmental process, based on the manipulation of our data from our memory, or learning process. Language starts from the memory of sounds to form phonemes in the first year, the association of sounds with objects and actions to form vocabulary in the 2nd year, and the application of the memory of patterns of usage to form grammar in the 3rd year. We have observed our polyglots compressing the time scale in the 3 processes involved. But the sequence is the same.
8. Even IQ is the application of the database of dynamic memories acquired during interaction with people, in games, in life experience and in problem solving.

The Beaumont Study discovered the following,
1. A biological basis for language development, i.e. the language neurons, which are designed to record voice. The timeline of the developmental path was first identified by Charles Nelson. Joan Stiles pointed out that language neurons used during the first 9 months were fed and kept and those not used were deprived of nutrition and perished with time.
2. The brain is but a huge storage space of gargantuan proportion. The contents are input from the child's interaction with the outside world.
5. Like the computer, there are 2 types of memories,
a) Memories in the Central Processing Unit forming the Operating System. The developmental process of this type of memory is time sensitive. It is related to the exponential growth of functional neurons in the early years, viz. the first 3 months for vision; the first 9 months for language; and the first 3 years for cognition.
b) Memories in the hard disc, which is not time sensitive.
6. Language acquisition is a deceptively simple process in memory. The only thing we inherited from our genes is a simple matching mechanism for the operating systems, for vision, language or cognition. It is void of any contents. Chomsky's grammar genes is an adult's postulation of a much simpler process in the language development of a baby.

Sam TS Chow
Founder, Le Beaumont Language Centre (2004-14)
Love to hear from you!

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Posted by email on 09/29/2016 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Language: Innate or Invented?

No, merge works recursively. Merge is just a computational operation whereby two syntactic units are combined together to form another syntactic object (for example, "the cat was killed" and "when it was hit by a car" produce, when operated upon by merge, the sentence "the cat was killed when it was hit by a car"). Merge is recursive because it is an operation that can be applied to its own output (in the last example, the inputs were "the cat was killed" and "when it was hit by a car", the computational operation was merge and the output was "the cat was killed when it was hit by a car"; via the application of the same merge operation, this output can then be combined with yet another syntactic unit, like "that was traveling at sixty kilometers an hour" for example, to form another linguistic unit: "the cat was killed when it was hit by a car that was traveling at sixty kilometers an hour"). So merge works just like any recursive function does in the theory of computation, which is why merge has the property of recursion. There's no "downgrade" from recursion to merge, you just didn't understand the theory.

Moreover, Everett's argument is fallacious in the most vulgar sort of way. Chomsky's claim is roughly the following: (1) if humans acquire recursive languages, then humans must have a genetic capacity that allows them to mentally process recursive languages. Anyone who knows their logic is aware of the fact that this conditional does not imply the following proposition: (2) if humans have a genetic capacity that allows them to mentally process recursive languages, then humans must acquire recursive languages. That is, in general, "if A then B" does not imply "if B then A". In finding an example of a human language that does not feature recursion, all Everett has done is to disprove proposition (2), but this proposition is not implied by Chomsky's actual claim, and so Everett's (very much disputed, if not refuted) discovery is irrelevant as far as the viability of Chomsky's program is concerned.

As for a younger generation of linguists abandoning ideas of innate grammar, well that might be partially true. At the same time, there are academics trying to argue that there are no such things as genetic programs, and that all talk of information being encoded in DNA is meaningless. In both cases, this doesn't represent the majority view, which is fortunate because in both cases it simply demonstrates a shocking lack of understanding of theory of computation. As far as I can tell, dissent from this basic view of Chomsky's amounts to an infantile and misdirected fear of genetic determinism (of course, many people, like Pinker for example, dissent from Chomsky in the finer details, and that's where the media coverage should be concentrated; at the moment, what the media is doing is analogous to claiming that the general theory of relativity has been disproved instead of focusing coverage on the more subtle disputes--the ones of actual importance to physicists--that exist between scientists who accept general relativity).

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Posted by rationalistpaladin on 09/29/2016 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

Hi, just wanted to question the assumption of these peoples "living on the edge of survival". I believe quite the opposite was true.

It's fun to consider the possibility this reaction (if accurately reported) is similar to what you may expect from people who've seen similar ships before.

Enjoyed article, thank you.


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Posted by CH on 09/05/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Shots, Shots, Shots

Nice historical story. I think the problem with modern vaccination schedules is the sheer amount of different strains the body is forced to deal with. The multiple of vaccines that are stacked and given at a rate that may very well be overloading a young, developing immune system. This, in addition to, the adjuvants, which often contain mercury are quite possibly too much at one time for anyone who might be dealing with other environmental issues. I'm of the belief that vaccines do have a place, but the schedule of multiple vaccines may not be the best thing for a young child. Personally, my youngest was hospitalized after a round of vaccinations, so it's a bit scary when something meant to help can also harm, And can have long lasting consequences for both children and parents. The debate is fierce, and we can look to the fluoridation of our water supplies when nothing positive has been proven by ingesting it. If you are a proponent of flouride, then why not just go for tablets or drops that each family can decide, depending on their individual needs. The FDA hasn't signed off on water treatment, so why are we so adamant about medicating an entire water supply when studies have shown that the amount of water actually ingested is less than 10%. So we are fluoridating our lawns, gardens, at a very real cost to the communities, the least bringin up questions of how to effectively manage real health issues and solutions.

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Posted by dylthepickle on 09/04/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “A No-Win GMO Label Law

Barry, now we know Glyphosate is being applied to the Lanphere Dunes,
seems that it is worth a mention, as in what the hell is going on with
HSU and why the sheer cowardice in reporting?

Posted by palustrine on 08/28/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Sensed Presences and Heard Voices

I have had three distinct encounters, each of which has been life-changing.

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Posted by LaPortaMA on 08/25/2016 at 8:21 PM

Re: “A No-Win GMO Label Law

Well, I have left my comments at length. But your NCJ posting of comments system... After I posted... Your system posted my comments with a bright yellow frame border line... And a tag sign on top said, "Hold for 5 minutes to edit or delete".

What's up? I posted some very vital important sources for community edification about big global crisis with GMO everything!

I hope my comments content is NOT deleted!

Does your comments posting system ONLY allow a maximum of so many characters?
It did not state any limits before or after my pressing POST.

I will send this my 2nd comments post and seen what happens.

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Posted by Meaghan Simpson on 08/11/2016 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Highway Robbery

Mercer Fraser deserved to get sued on this level. In fact the the lawsuit amount they ended up paying wasn't enough!! The litigation fees they should have actually paid should have been like 25 million dollars!!

Mercer Fraser is a horrible civil engineering company!! The company earns millions of dollars in profits and revenue annually. Then the company mistreats their employees all the time and wage discriminate all the time. They have shady business practices!

Mercer Fraser should be sued everyday all day long by everyone who can bring a law suit against this weasel of a company until this company is insolvent and no longer in business!

This company should be targeted by sue happy attorneys, the federal government and other 3rd parties that are watch dogs that put crappy engineering companies out of business and make it impossible for Mercer Fraser to do business in the United States, because Mercer Fraser exploits employment practices, exploit wages and break business laws all the time!

Mercer Fraser places job advertisements online frequently. In their job advertisements they ask the job seekers to provide a salary requirement. Then Mercer Fraser responds by saying they will only pay slave wages for all the job openings even when they are a 100 million dollar profiting organization. This company make their profits by the backs of slave employment and paying slave wages to their employees.

This type of business practices shouldn't be acceptable in the United States. We need to weed this type of business out of our communities in the United States. Make it hard for them to do business in the United States when the business owners rip off the workers, lie, cheat and behave like weasels.

Posted by SquashM on 08/11/2016 at 9:38 PM

Re: “A No-Win GMO Label Law

Hi Barry! GMO everything is monopoly monster madness mergers mounting...yes it is only getting way worse with GMO super weeds crisis global crisis new mega new GMO super poison
Pesticides to try and control super weeds by GMO... All the SCI-FI horror shows of wacko weird fake foods products are pumping out of GMO labs faster than you can have massive nightmares about fake foods full of poisons... New editions and renditions churning. This is not going away anytime soon.

The worst of the worst world order secret global corporate gov pacts from hell, the TPP - TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP pact from hell is hostile coup by over 666 mega multinational corporations buying our national, state, county and city legal sovereignty from WA, DC criminals politicos willing to sell USA and our planet Earth out and destroy everything for pennies on the $billions and $trillions for their owners profiteers MONSANTO and others.

Many millions of people around the world and 90% of USA citizens oppose GMOs. USA is part of 7 massive events been held, GLOBAL MARCHES AGAINST MONSANTO...and all the nations where GAFTA and NATT filthy dirty trade deals with MONSANTO corp invading INDIA taking over lands and farms and wiping out the local healthy heirloom organic crops the indigenous farmers have been successfully growing for centuries. This ever unfolding heart wrenching story of horrors of India's farmers wiped out SOOO stolen lives. Over 300,000 farmers have committed suicides because their ability to farm traditionally has been stolen! This is just one of the horror stories from other nations! This is the GLOBAL nightmare come out of Clinton's GAFTA NATT sick deals for HRC's big cronies client and campaign manager MONSANTO corp owns HRC since a young bitch lawyer! MSM does not cover the GLOBAL MARCHES AGAINST MONSANTO with mega millions of people so strong and articulate and boldly courageous! USA gov is sabotaging our common will and good and driving our standards into the darkest dumpster. Traitors.
We are getting screwed while RUSSIA bans all GMO and Russian AG is heirloom certified organic
With happy pollinators of all kinds. 70 nations either outright BAN GMOS or require GMO full disclosures on labels. 70 nations OUTSIDE the USA.

Much evidence for 20 years that over 90% of us USA citizens demand TRUTH on labels, every ingredient. What do we get? Nothing. We have demanded full disclosures of BIG CHEM poison PETRO fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides. The vast majority of USA citizens are on record for TOTAL BANS on EVERYTHING GMO. We want to be honest articulate adults DAMM it and claim the best standards in the world, not the worst which is what WA, DC 90% whores for the 1% poison PETRO corporations BIG AG BIZ committing crimes against humanity, the rights of heirloom organic nature and all living things.

This GMO issue just keeps on expanding with USA big gov who DO NOT CARE!
We do not get to vote. the deep secret global gov, by, for and of the corporations. We really must engage with our leaders globally and in USA for in depth full circle community awareness of this war on our health and safety that has polluted our planet egregiously so that killer Roundup ingredient, glyphosate is everywhere and part of climate crisis and it all rolls down into our sick oceans.

Good comparison is our fake corrupt democracy for decades bursting broken big time reality TV casino circus crimes on steroids, fixed, rigged, tampered, manipulated, illegal, immoral, most obscenely overpriced ripoff poison 2016 presidential frauds elections in human history... What we got is the two most untrustworthy unpopular candidates ever. Like Julian Assange said who he would choose, said something went viral, "the choice is between cholera and syphilis. No choice!"

Please expand way beyond MSM gov news! Many wonderful USA alternative true news reporting, movies, books, foundations, forensic testing for purity and potentcy,

1. Health Ranger Mike Adams and Check out all the articles and searches, GMO madness.


3. ELIZABETH KUCINICH Foundation in WA, DC is the core of truth and light regards horrors of GMOs. Many leaders connected in our movement do explain this very evil complicated issue.
And is major source of information regards Regenerative AG transition of crops and pasture lands to Heirloom Certified Organic... The Problems AND the solutions! We are the walkers and talkers in the NEW EARTH uniting to transform our collective consciousness from empire based to earth based. Stop watching MSM and computer games and Help bring this foundation's light into our Humboldt community now!

4. Get the documentary movie "CONSUMED" award winning...

This is a conflict between real and fake.
Please make this a BIG cover story soon! I am glad our county was able to say no on a ballot to GMO, but we should be very wary about the corporations scamming to make GMO marijuana
working away in their mad scientist labs on all kinds of ways... Will GMO marijuana be way bigger than real heirloom marijuana?... Like GMO Salmon is on steroids. There are no doubt all kinds of weird seeds strains invading Humboldt with thousands upon thousands of illegal super grows by big greed heads for recreational MJ without any of our Medicinal Marijuana local heirloom organic strict standards. We are AG and we are being invaded. MONSANTO wants to own every seed strain on earth and they buy up every good old heirloom organic seeds companies they can buy for decades. They take all the seeds and put them in their vaults and hide them so GMO patented corporate owned seeds/plants that cannot reproduce fertile seeds..
And that brings us to the wild subject of real and fake seeds in our human dilemma. OY VAY my garden home is under SEIGE!

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Posted by Meaghan Simpson on 08/11/2016 at 9:29 PM

Re: “A No-Win GMO Label Law

UPDATE: Prez signed into law July 29.

Posted by barryevans on 08/11/2016 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Wild Wood

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Posted by emily strange on 08/07/2016 at 12:04 AM

Re: “The Road Not (Yet) Taken

Thank you for perhaps the most level headed thing I have read today. I am sure there are many people who are faced with the same problems I recently had. I couldn't find I am sure at least once in your life you had to fill out a form. I use a simple service for forms filling. It definitely makes my life easier!

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Posted by sharlene buckman on 07/26/2016 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Non-random Random Primes

Hi Maybe, these were from first billion primes (i.e. two billion pairs). Apparently the bias effect tapers off as you increase the dataset, all the pairs trending to 6.25%. Cue spooky music...

Posted by barryevans on 07/16/2016 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Non-random Random Primes

Barry: I assume these percentages were derived from analyzing the first X number of prime numbers as a sample. Because the series of prime numbers is actually infinite, what guarantees that these percentages don't shift around significantly after adding another million prime numbers or so. For example, couldn't the percentage of "1-9"s say surpass that of "7-3"s?

Posted by Maybe,maybe not on 07/15/2016 at 4:35 PM

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