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Re: “ACLU Angst

The National ACLU is also opposed to adoptees having. their rights to their original birth certificates. Some local ACLU chapters around the country have been supportive of adoptees rights to their own original birth certificates. It seems the national ACLU doesn't believe that the 14th amendment applies to people who are adopted in this country. I think it's just become yet another corrupted political organization

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Posted by marachristine on 02/02/2015 at 6:20 PM

Re: “ACLU Angst

These protesting ASU Students are laying their futures on the line in support ofsomeone who supported them for years Read the MadRiverunion for iintensive covererage

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Posted by jean doran1 on 01/29/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “ACLU Angst

marcy is in a diffucullt position as is the new president---the problems

formed in the past administration-- it is"No--it is POLICY...NO-"--there is a
Need to know
Concerned citizen,ACLU since 1980,HSU student 9409-86690

mckinleyville""

Coverage
by Mad RiverUnion informative---

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Posted by jean doran1 on 01/29/2015 at 2:35 PM

Re: “ACLU Angst

I like that idea humboldtrick, and I would even take it a step further and say that we are each individually our own ACLU. If it gets down to it you need to advocate for yourself if you feel that your constitutional rights are not being respected by individuals or organizations that like to interpret laws how they see fit. I can easily see the ACLU being taken over in a clandestine move the way certain right leaning individuals tried to take over the HCDCC here. Sounds like the national strategy needs some revamping and perhaps a change in leadership.

Posted by trickledown on 01/29/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “ACLU Angst

Perhaps our local group should split from the national group (large organizations tend to become corrupt) and become the HCLU (Humboldt Civil Liberties Union) or possibly the PCLU (The People's Civil Liberties Union).

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Posted by humboldtrick on 01/29/2015 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Horror Movies

"I teach media history..."
Well, thanks for clearing up the confusion.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 01/26/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Horror Movies

Terrific writing once again!

Posted by Tall Trees on 01/01/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Scare Tactics

"The problem with the news industry is that it feels compelled to report what's new."
This is the sort of loopy prose that I'd expect to see in the letters to the editor in a small town newspaper, but instead we're getting it from the "chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Humboldt State University."

Posted by Joel Mielke on 09/12/2014 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Scare Tactics

This one kind of threw me for a loop. I agree with your message that newspapers and media in general swamp us with bad news. It's like a pack of dogs during dinner time, they go to where the easy meal is. The easy stuff tends to be the bad stuff. The dogs devour that stuff as gluttonously as the rest of us do. But you are so right. We are safe for the most part. Now that news is worldwide and updated by the minute, it's easy to get lost in it all, to lose your grip on reality if you follow it too closely. For that reason a good journalist should take his time and breath a situation in before he reports on it. And as for the rest of us, we should do the same. It's too easy to go with the pack. We should take the time to chew our daily dosage of news before we swallow it.

Posted by El Dangeroso on 09/09/2014 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Scare Tactics

Marcy, I hear you, but if newspapers ran their main headline with "Nothing Bad Happened Today," no one would read them.

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Posted by Jessica Cejnar on 09/09/2014 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Scare Tactics

News--Who makes the decision what does the public want to hear and
what shall we bury?---selective news is not news..

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Posted by jean doran1 on 09/03/2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Scare Tactics

I'm with you Marcy. So what should you and your colleagues in Journalism be doing to make our newspapers better?

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Posted by Rollin Richmond on 09/03/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Scare Tactics

This is a joke, right?

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 08/30/2014 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Scare Tactics

"I'd like to wake up every morning and see a big five-column headline in my paper: "Nothing Bad Happened Today." That's a paper I'd read."

No, you wouldn't. Too boring.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 08/28/2014 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Our Sound of Silence

Thank you for an excellent article. It reminded me of what was, I think, Rollin Richmonds first year and the work up to invading Iraq had everyone astir. There was a site on the HSU web site that listed news sources on the subject. They were all of the ABC, NBC, NYT ilk. No mention of any so-called alternative sources such as Common Dreams, Democracy Now, etc. I email Rollin and submitted a list of sites with a request they be added on. He refused. I kept at it and finally requested an in person meeting with him. I was a returning student in my 50's, he clearly was expecting a young 'un. He had peppered his office w/ books meant to dazzle some sweet young thing and I was not only not dazzled but made it clear that I was familiar w/ them all and then started a discussion about my friend Noam Chomsky and tossed Howard Zinn in for the heck of it. My list got added to the site. I never thought much of Rollin after that.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 08/03/2014 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Courtesy Titles

People like John Anderson, who complain about "political correctness" are obviously the ones with the thin skin. They change their behavior for fear of being called on it, and then snivel loudly and often.

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 07/01/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Courtesy Titles

So PC.
That, as you say "creeps me out". Honest Engine? Offensive to whom? Indians? American or Eastern? The fear of frivolous law suits as well as listening to the sniveling drivel emanating from the upturned noses of the PC set is more like the reason for Mr, Neely's decision. Sad, very sad.
A time honored local business being subjected to changing it's good, descriptive name, with no puns intended (it's spelled engine, not injun), with no malice directed toward anyone, all in the misguided interests of political correctness.
Why not force the name change of the Bayshore Mall to the Eyesore Mall while you are at this? That place is insulting enough, most people despise the place, as it has caused more harm to the area then good, yet no action has been taken or ever proposed! Sound preposterous? This whole thing, in my opinion is!
As the old bumper sticker, once prevalently seen stated,
"political correctness is neither".
To all the thin skins, get over it.

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Posted by John Anderson on 06/26/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Art Attack

Stephen---what is Heartland--Google doesn't help..

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Posted by jean doran1 on 06/03/2014 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Art Attack

Stephen--don't malign the student cooperative Assn at
Berkeley--like thousands it enabled me and mynot yet husband to put in work time and still have class time.
There were summerjobs--Kitchen jobs, and NYA National Youth Authority 50cents/hr-work in your field--My NYA jobs-
killing rabbits and prepairing them for dissection--then
classifying bones and typing a thesis----Bob workedhis way through Humboldt in the kitchen--tookhim eight years.
John Denby Doran changed bedpans at UC Hospital,
cut frozen bacon for Hormel on our Wedding Night,War jobCrane Operator Richmond Ship Yard--all as a student

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Posted by jean doran1 on 06/03/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Art Attack

What, Jean? Have you ever worked in a restaurant kitchen? I have. Quite a few times. I've worked as dishwasher, prep cook, cook, waiter, and I can tell you this kind of work is considered degrading work for everyone under chef level. Only chefs get respect. Everyone else are lackeys.

Oh, and yes, I worked in the coop dorm, everyone had too, as part for reduced rent but working and going to U.C. Berkeley full time was not really an option for most students, poor students without grants and I guess loans these days don't go. One of the reasons my first alternative community designs was an alternative college communal cooperative, the Communiversity, Free University centered cooperative community of communes concept I proposed in 1968 that led to the creation of Lime Saddle Commune in 1971 which produced Communities Magazine still going strong as the leading communitarian world information clearinghouse. I'm curious if Bob Doran would have been hired without college credentials by Judy.

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Posted by Stephen1 on 05/31/2014 at 7:34 AM

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