Comment Archives: Last 30 Days

Re: “35 Days in the Forum

This is a very balanced and well written piece. Thank you!

Posted by Stefani Baldivia on 02/26/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Settled out of Court

What a waste of money. Only the lawyers get rich. Learn to be adaptable, work your hardest to be your best. This applies to school till the end of your life.

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Posted by Shane Green on 02/26/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The Curious Case of Pluto

The author seems to have a sense of glee at the demotion of Pluto. Rubbing it in, as it were. All with old arguments and without any historical account of how the vote in 2006 went down. Only 232 or so members of the 10,000 strong IAU voted to demote Pluto in Prague on the last day of the General Assembly. Members who the Executive Committee and their lackeys knew were for Pluto's demotion were asked to stay for the surprise vote. The fix was in. Pro-Pluto speakers who happened to be at the session were cut off in mid-sentence. I watched the entire session on video.

Dwarf stars like our sun are still considered stars. Dwarf galaxies are still considered galaxies. Dwarf planets should be a subcategory of planets, like rogue planets should be. The definition of planets needs a redux.

The writer, instead of being excited about 2015 being the year of the dwarf planet, viz., Ceres, Charon, and Pluto, seems to gloat in the old hackneys arguments of Pluto haters who claim to have killed the planet and have stooped so low as to actually behead a Disney doll of Pluto.

The demotion of Pluto has nothing to do with Science. It was political, and it will not last. I am Ceres.

Posted by Mike Wrathell on 02/26/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Hello, Cowboy

An irreverent classic!

Posted by Joel Mielke on 02/26/2015 at 10:58 AM

Re: “The Curious Case of Pluto

Pluto is still a true planet. There is absolutely no reason why the IAU definition, which constitutes one view in an ongoing debate, should be given privileged status as the "official definition" when the reality is it is just one of many currently in use.

Pluto is not suspect as a planet. Why should an object have to orbit in the same plane as Earth to be considered a planet? That type of thinking goes back to the pre-Copernican view in which Earth was seen to have a privileged position. The ecliptic is not even the path of the Sun; it is the path the Earth takes around the Sun. Mercury also has an elliptical orbit that is inclined to the ecliptic. Does this mean Mercury isn't a planet?

Pluto's orbit may be eccentric, but it is stable. Pluto will not crash into the Sun or into any other planets. Significantly, astronomers have discovered many giant exoplanets with orbits around their stars that are far more eccentric than Pluto's around the Sun. Does that mean these giant objects are not planets? Some hot Jupiters have close orbits that are not even stable, meaning they will eventually fall into their stars.

Many astronomers and planetary scientists never stopped viewing Pluto as planet. Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists but other types of astronomers. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition of hundreds of professional astronomers led by New Horizons Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern. Ironically, Stern is the person who first coined the term "dwarf planet," but he did so intending to designate a third class of planets in addition to terrestrials and jovians, not to designate non-planets.

Stern and like-minded planetary scientists prefer an alternate definition, the geophysical planet definition, according to which a planet is any non-self-luminous spheroidal body orbiting a star, free floating in space, or even orbiting another planet. The only size that matters is that the object is big enough and massive enough to be squeezed into a round or nearly round shape, a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium. Pluto well exceeds that threshold, as does its moon Charon. Since Pluto-Charon orbit a barycenter outside of Pluto itself, that makes them a binary planet system.

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Posted by Laurel Kornfeld on 02/26/2015 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Beer is Good

I recognize this Lee Chappelle character from comments he left on a local blog…

What a guy

Posted by Humboldt Hunny on 02/26/2015 at 7:02 AM

Re: “The Curious Case of Pluto

In my opinion, there's nothing to argue about here. I just wonder why some people are constantly trying to "denigrate" the 9th planet?

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Posted by Pavel Rezvushkin on 02/26/2015 at 5:53 AM

Re: “The Not-So-Peaceful Atom

There is no safe way to store nuclear waste, either in the long or the short term. We can only do with the best of what we have.

The waste at Humboldt has cooled down both in temperature and the most active types of radiation, by sitting in the fuel pools for 35 years before being moved to cask. It was the best we could do for Humboldt, but is totally inappropriate for storing fresher fuel like that at San Onofre and other nuclear power plants.

And, obviously, we've got to quit making more of the stuff.

Posted by Solar Bozo1 on 02/25/2015 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Coffee with the Captains

"Homelessness is very complicated. We need to find the root cause." (Watson)

They don't have a home Mr. Watson.

Utah eliminated 78% of its homeless problem by giving them modest apartments for as long as needed at huge cost savings for the public.

Instead, Eureka will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars condemning flop houses requiring dozens of law enforcement, social workers, a homeless liaison, housing vouchers, attorneys, lawsuits and settlements.

Do your homework, stop shuffling the homeless around, and admit what works regardless of your right wing ideology.

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Posted by Barry Gates on 02/24/2015 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Big Beer

There's nothing weak about this report.

If the folks that advocated and approved public money for private business, (while schools, services and infrastructure collapse), only have "no comment" I want to know!

Our supervisor ideologues don't need no stinking General Plan! They ran on a platform of finishing it but took their own years to rip it to shreds.

They are of, by and for "big".

Big is good.

Bigger is better.

Make the public pay.

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Posted by Barry Gates on 02/24/2015 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Big Beer

If only somebody at the journal could be as comparatively insightful about our supervisors' spending etc. How much did that GPU update rewrite cost the public? Well, we know they demanded at least $20,000 for "meetings" in which they rewrote a few sentences at nobody's request, in addition to the tens of thousands of dollars they had already been paid for closed-door nothing. Etc. etc. etc. The last article I can recall about the logging companies titled something-or-other "greenwashing" was pathetically one sided, horrible journalism. Seems if reporters are willing to go a distance to dig for dirt among smaller private businesses, they could do so higher up the food chain.

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Posted by tired of weaksauce reporting on 02/24/2015 at 12:31 PM

Re: “HumBug: Mysteries of the Variegated Meadowhawk

Great, informative article--and the pictures are amazing!

Posted by LisaBaney on 02/23/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Yoga

I came here to the does prairie grange, but the door was locked and no one was in the parking lot. What gives?

Posted by Theresa on 02/23/2015 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Richmond Reflects

Support????Where needed?The Natural History Museum?Nurses?Soccer Team, Male--Native American Faculty----5 to 1 1/2.....
Humboldt has both HSU ad CR\==what an educational project to integrate thesepublic serving projects...I spent six years as a student
at HSU-it is a fine university and the only representative of naive Americain theState College System------

Posted by jean doran1 on 02/22/2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Find Your Tribe

What do you reccommend?? Lyching? Castrating>>>...Taking thelaw in your hands--or ignoring the law doeswn't solve the probrem or prevent recurrence--Peer pressure or family caring can help..But don't sweep the problem underthe rug....

Posted by jean doran1 on 02/22/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Danger at McCann

Silly nut.

Even if you ignored the other public costs of the "rural life", the infrastructure and emergency services are being subsidized by Americans that will NEVER be able to afford to live out there, it would take decades before McCann residents had enough money from their property taxes to build that bridge!

According to Dr. Alan Arbutus of British Columbia's School of Planning, housing built 10 miles outside of city centers require tens of thousands of dollars in unfunded infrastructure and emergency services annually.

Many of our rural folks migrated from SoCal where they happily escaped the disasters of unbridled rural development.

Posted by Barry Gates on 02/21/2015 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Danger at McCann

So, Barry, they should just pay their property taxes and expect no access services from the Government?

Posted by KenMalcomson on 02/21/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “$10 Million Claim in McClain Shooting

I wholeheartedly support the family.

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Posted by Denise E Gordon on 02/20/2015 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Not Blue about the Blue Heron

This guy seems more concerned about what some rich asshole thinks than how poor people actually have to live. Man... who's the real scumbag here? Why don't you do something positive to change your city other than kicking back and take joy like a psychopath in the fact that MORE people just got put onto the streets, and became that much more desperate and vulnerable after getting cheated on both ends from our thug police force and a slumlord?

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Posted by Zach Thiessen on 02/20/2015 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Policing the Police

And Greg Allen. Useless as a member of the so-called Redwood Chapter ACLU.

Posted by Verbena on 02/20/2015 at 5:10 PM

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