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Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

Carrots anyone?

Posted by Sungnome Madrone 1 on 03/25/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Yes, Another Pot Story

I appreciate the time and trouble the NCJ has put into keeping me informed.
Your articles are always well written.
If the situation presents itself, please include mention of Mary Jane the Potumentary. Hopefully you have seen it. MJ lays out the history and future of pot here in Humboldt County. Disclosure...I'm a Co-Producer, still photographer and bit player in the film.
Thanks.
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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 03/16/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Out of Order

Humboldt County in general and especially Eureka, lacks top executives with advanced degrees in their field. It's time for a hard-hitting report on this scandal.

Credentialed professionals, like local doctors, are hard to retain.

So, who are these people?

They are people who are trusted....friends of the family, church, club and political party.

Posted by Howard Smith on 03/02/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Weed and Prejudice

Geezer, the first time I heard that was at Lackland AFB when one day the TI stopped us marching around on the drill pad and made that surprising statement, "Smokem if ya gottem." Sadly one eager Airman whipped out his pack of cigs and proceeded to lite up! He forgot to remember we had never been released to go buy any cigs, yet, so his was contraband! We never saw him again.

Posted by alchenault on 02/28/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Press Time

Where was all the righteous indignation while Obama was massively building up the perfect weapon for use in a fascist regime? That tool is called JSOC and is currently used around the world to suppress our "enemies", or perhaps to murder innocent civilians with drones.
I'm constantly amazed that people trusted all the fools that have come down the pike to "help" us. Don't forget that the Nazi party started as a left wing party.
No, I am not some nutty Trump supporter, I don't trust him in the least. I don't trust any of them.
As a matter of fact I don't trust anyone whose goal it is to be in charge of me. Remember the people who ran for class president? These are those same people on steroids.
Wake up and stop believing in any of these idiots, they are not on your side.
"Society is infested with saviors." - EM Cioran

Posted by Frederik Kalor on 02/28/2017 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Out of Order

this is completely unacceptable and none of the supervisors deserve to even be considered for reelection unless they remedy this crime against the most vulnerable sector of any public. to wish the unfairly appointed defender success at this point is meaningless, he already got the job despite a critical record of the exact nature certain to disqualify a person from the position, a false reference in walnut creek and literally refusing to discuss the matter with the inquiring public hes supposed to represent. the supervisors further insult their constituents by refusing to discuss the issue, admitting only that even they didnt decide the makup of the "advisory committee" who, for every outward appearance, ordered the hire without compromise. theyve illegally colluded a crime against their own public.

cannabis laws have changed. this issue is of critical importance. the slightest mishandling of even petty cases can and does lead to such dramatic longer term consequences as property forfeiture, for anybody involved. its not unreasonable...in all fact its completely reasonable...to not trust david marcus to work for the best interests of the public. the same can now be said with confidence of every humboldt county supervisor. its easy to be cordial and kind and assure everybody that everything will be okay, but this demonstrates an inability to trust them at all.

Posted by unbelievable. on 02/26/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Out of Order

I totally agree that this process was seriously flawed and should go back to the drawing board. I know how important it is to have great leadership in the Public Defender's office where the hours are long and the demands of the job are overwhelming.

I was a deputy Public Defender when Bill Connell ran the office and inspired young attorneys to do great work. I watched his successor Jim Steinberg do the same thing as Public Defender. Kevin Robinson carried on in that tradition. Each of these amazing attorneys were hired from within the Public Defenders office. There are equally highly qualified attorneys in the office now who would carry on this tradition.

Are we going to Mr. Marcus because the current lineup of Public Defenders is doing too good a job?

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Posted by zach zwerdling on 02/23/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Human Rights Fight

Richard D. Brown is coming from a place of white male privilege in his comment which demonstrates quite nicely why we have reached the point that it is necessary for our public officials to affirm the very obvious fact that equal rights are for EVERYONE. His 'I've got mine" attitude is part of the problem. Sad!

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Posted by Reynard on 02/23/2017 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Gubernatorial Advice

"Just cause that smoke makes you happy, and dumb, doesnt mean its good for you" -- Governor John Hickenlooper

Gov. Hack is an absolute moron who led a prohibitionist cabal in undermining and contradicting constitutional protections for the use of cannabis as soon as the People of Colorado passed them. He has bungled the regulation of cannabis and misdirects the proceeds into shoring up Prohibition; over $1.6 million was appropriated out of the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to the Colorado Department of Law ($436,766 to its Special Prosecutions Unit) alone last year. Despite Hack having proposed to spend cannabis revenue on building housing for the homeless (Hack declares that cannabis causes homelessness) and then proposing to raise already exorbitant taxes on cannabis another 50% and use the money for education, the cops are first in line for more tax revenue from cannabis -- if the State can collect much before the Attorney General closes (recreational) dispensaries.

The hopeless clown asked voters for some kind of tax for a huge deficit in transportation spending six weeks ago, only he hadn't figured out what kind of tax -- he still hasn't! In the aimless way of Colorado politics, Collaborationists (Democrats) in the General Assembly are supposed to initiate a spending proposal and Crisanta Duran, the new Speaker of the House, has linked transportation spending to education spending, thereby guaranteeing that the General Assembly will refer nothing to the voters. Instead of dealing in any meaningful way with Colorado's extant fiscal crisis, Hack flits off to Cuba and to California -- to proffer advice on a subject of which he is grossly misinformed! The irony of Hack trying to tell California how to legalize cannabis could hardly be more acute; not only does he remain a committed opponent of legalization, Colorado faces the imminent loss of perhaps $300 million in tax revenue from cannabis and the simultaneous unemployment of many thousands while Hickenlooper and the government he heads fantasize about getting and misspending even more! Reality can be very harsh and some is about to obtrude itself onto Colorado's idyll all too soon.

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Posted by Robert Chase on 02/17/2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “'Go Fly a Kite'

I'm wondering who Joshua Kinch voted for? Gary Johnson?

Posted by Fred Mangels on 02/16/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Make America Safe Again

Rick Brennan, did you read somewhere that there was an estimate of .01 percent of 800,000 refugees in Germany having a chance of being terrorists? If so, that would be 1/100th of one percent, which would be 80. (Not 8,000 minimum suspected jihadists. That would be one full percent--one in a hundred.)
Not even 80 terrorists is good... but it's no small exaggeration to say 8000 when you mean 80. Nor is it comforting to know that so many people who can't even do basic math (and thus, can be assumed not to have much functioning upstairs) are actively promoting fear and hysteria.
Your propaganda is devalued by your ignorance.

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Posted by Laura Cooskey on 02/11/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Weed and Prejudice

The balcony was plenty smoky. I smoke weed, but prefer to do it outside (even in the rain). The right to clean air should be one of our civil liberties. Great show.

Posted by Dan Hapgood on 02/09/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “'Dick Move'

Gee, Susan. What I see is a group of kick ass women who ain't puttin' up with the bullshit of the day.
I just bought 4 of the T-shirts being offered by this paper....and paid $25. instead of the requested $15. I do what I can to support my sisters and artists.
Go girls, go.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 02/09/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Weed and Prejudice

So, are you sayin' one can get high for free just by sitting in the balcony? I need to adjust my ticket buying habits.

Holy shitballs. I had no idea there was pot smoking going on the Duzer. Must not happen all that much as I have never sniffed the slightest hint of the weed in any of the years I have attended performances.

But, I'm thinkin' if I were the only one to fire up for the Chinese Acrobats, Baroque Orchestra, David Sedaris, Paul Taylor Dancers, Arlo Guthrie, W. Kamau Bell or Graham Nash I would probably get my butt kicked out.

Those tickets are too expensive to take a chance. Plus, I'm waaaaaay too old to go to jail for smokin' pot.

Smoke 'em if ya go 'em.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 02/09/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Reawakening, Part II

Nice job, Judy! A pleasure to read your writing even if the subject makes me feel a bit bleak. Engaging!

Posted by Lisa D'Addesa Zambas on 02/08/2017 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Market Forces

$50/lb will never happen the way "regulation" is being set up. look at our own humboldt, what other crop in the world requires a $50,000 fee per acre before anythings even growing on it? we're seeing all that supposed greed black market growers harbor surfacing in our politicians even moreso. arent they supposed to represent the majority of people? arent they supposed to make human wellbeing priority over monetary profits? wouldnt it be great if such a wonderful medicine/pastime were as free as it could and should be? screw mcquire, screw "cannabiz". grow your own and share! free seeds, free weeds...

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Posted by the weed aint freed. on 02/04/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Dear Shlomo,

In my time working there, MediCal patients who were there for therapy were only given 40% of the therapy that they were supposed to receive because Rockport put an artificial ceiling of 60 minutes per day on these patients therapy. Even if MediCal was paying $700 per day, which was more than $500 a day over the cost of providing care, Janet Stone still refused to approve the care that the residents needed. My understanding is that this policy is still in place with Amad Nazifi in the leadership position but given that it is probably fraud, It is an unofficial guideline.

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Posted by Ghosthymn on 02/04/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Yes, I Use a Fork

How on Earth do 3,000 rural protesters believe they can influence the (obscene) administration in D.C. when they have never been able to extract the development industry from dominating every elected and appointed county office?

About 10 dedicated volunteers is all it would take.

The chronic (rigged) shortages in affordable housing, decade after decade, has had immense impacts on every human crisis currently plaguing this county.

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Posted by Howard Smith on 02/04/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Yes, I Use a Fork

Way to go, Sylvia, you rock (still!)

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Posted by barryevans on 02/02/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Yes, I Use a Fork

I am the person who wore the sandwich board sign that said at 80 I can't believe I still have to protest this f---ing shit. Roe v. Wade 44 years. I had my picture taken at a non-stop rate for the entire time I was there. Rarely more than a half a minute went by without my being asked if I would let someone take my picture. I think my sign was the single most popular sign at the march. I went into Galleghers later and they insisted on giving me a meal on the house and when I asked why they said, "We like your sign.". When I have to, at the age of 80, fight for the rights so hard won by myself and other women after 50-60 years all over again I feel quite entitled to swear. Further: we have a president who is an obscenity and who uses obscenities regularly. How about worrying about that instead of nit-picking at the content of heart felt signs.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 02/02/2017 at 10:59 AM

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