Re: “Let it All Out

"When government agencies withhold information, people suspect that officials are trying to cover up bad or illegal behavior. Cover-ups are often worse than the crimes committed."
(Marcy Burstiner).

Are you serious?

That might have been true before an irony-weary public became too numb over a rigged society saturated in illegal behavior and cover-ups. Despite the Bernie Sanders "movement" and $1 billion dollars of media hype for 18 months, 80% of the potential voters abstained from the 2016 presidential primaries.

Today, Americans are not effectively protected as a whistle-blower and everyone from the janitor to the CAO keeps their mouth shut. They know that no one is watching, and if they are, the story will appear once before disappearing forever. If a similar story occurs it is usually reported as another isolated incident. In the worst examples, from police shooting unarmed poor kids to nationwide complicity with top Wall Street mortgage fraud, (having wrongly foreclosed tens of millions of families and crashing the world economy), few, outside the working poor and minorities, ever go to jail. When business or government is "held to account" there is usually a confidential "no-fault" monetary settlement paid by taxpayers or shareholders and the executive keeps his job. The "bad behavior" of Deborah Wasserman Schultz, former disgraced DNC chair, eclipsed without an investigation. Where's the public clamor?

Anyone actually paying attention to the media would be driven insane from the cognitive dissonance. Media reported a grieving U.S. Muslim father, (who lost his Muslim son in the Iraq war), responding to Donald Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry, "...would you like to borrow my copy of the U.S. Constitution Mr. Trump?" If the U.S. followed its Constitution only Congress could declare war on Iraq and Mr. Khan's son would probably still be alive. Media plays a huge role in distorting the public reality.


Back when student journalists were taught how to do their jobs professionally, share in their community's outrage and encouraged to do fact-finding, investigative work without fear or favor and without being outcast to the dwindling "alternative" press, (the consequence of the Bill Clinton administration's deregulation of media ownership), government agencies used to be far more selective in withholding information BECAUSE there were courageous journalists in most communities.


If public-interest reporting returned, would subscriptions increase? Would people return from the blogs in desperate search of meaningful community information?


For example, there were no headlines, nor followup, after Eureka's Public Service Officers faced layoffs and told the press, "We're handling 700 missing person reports each year, mostly youths". This is a community where volunteers operate second-hand stores to raise funds for wayward dogs while its county supervisors fight the CA Attorney General's subpoenas to investigate Humboldt's Child Welfare Services.

Would more residents rediscovery the usefulness of a "community newspaper" if Humboldt County's shocking "Trends Report" were headlined each quarter that it is published??

Oh, never heard of it? Hmmm.

Media shares a HUGE responsibility nationally and locally for the unprecedented collapse of the economy, healthcare, public services, housing, and the environment, due to the ignorance it perpetuates in every crisis we face.

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Posted by James White on 08/30/2016 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

JoanRN and Chad obviously did no research and perhaps are trolls. Joan mentions the US Supreme Court - the same group who called vaccines Unavoidably Unsafe, and removed liability to the makers of vaccines basically due to the possibility of too many lawsuits caused by injury and death from said vaccines. These two missed the fact that many vaccines have killed more people than the disease they are supposed to prevent. Pertussis vaccinated individuals, at the recommended amounts have the highest rates of .... wait....Pertussis, 3x more than non vaccinated children. The highest rates of mumps also happen in vaccinated people. And then there are the side effects of the vaccines themselves - autoimmune disease, allergies, eczema, higher rates of shingles, and on and on, not to mention seizures and brain damage. And perhaps cancer and heart problems, dementia, Parkinsons, etc. No long term studies of the current schedule have been done, so no one really knows what may happen in 20, 30 40 years, assuming you live that long. I forgot to mention paralysis.

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Posted by Tony Belmont on 08/29/2016 at 9:47 PM

This has been discontinued.

Posted by Rio Dell CRC on 08/29/2016 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Billboards R.I.P.

Yayyy... Down with the billboards!

Posted by Sy Keating on 08/29/2016 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Not Even From Around Here

I just drove the Mattole road from Ferndale into AW Way Campground for a few days, a quick stop into Honeydew for gas and EVERY person who passed us on the road waved. The waves were enthusiastic, consistent and each came with a smile. Was it my classic Ford 4x4 that provoked the locals to be friendly? Did they know of my Portuguese decent from my grandfather and great aunt who immigrated to Ferndale in the 60's? I highly doubt it. Just the most friendly warm folks I've come across in Humboldt. Pordagees, Bulgarians, eastern European who knows. What I can confirm is I had a great experience and felt welcome! Leaving Ferndale when I was a child to return to Humboldt as an adult, all i can say is Thank you!
Great article, LOVE the bridge!

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Posted by Cat Stevens on 08/28/2016 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

According to this BS277(yesBS) "law" healthy unvaccinated children are danger for others, but children with HIV and HepB are not? Where is a logic? Or it is long gone from this country?

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Posted by Sequence on 08/28/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Ramen Rumble

I'm completely underwhelmed. I've reviewed over 2,000 different varieties of instant noodles. www.theramenrater.com

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Posted by The Ramen Rater on 08/28/2016 at 2:25 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: “Ramen Rumble

Love this and Little Japan! Thanks for sorting out their many ramen choices.

Posted by Lynn Kelsey Leishman on 08/28/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Not Even From Around Here

I find the Bulgarians of Humboldt County to be extremely polite and amagable. I think the reason they get a bad rap is because they are good at what they do. Their professionalism in their work is extremely apparent. They take greater risks then their neighbors. Therefore greater reward. All interactions I have had have been pleasant. They might even be willing to help you out as a neighbor if your not a bigot. America is a country of immigrants, it's a melting pot of cultures. If you don't like culture start packing.

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Posted by Jorge Cervantes on 08/27/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Not Even From Around Here

this is a great article! thank you for sharing without prejudice!

Posted by Beverly Garcia on 08/27/2016 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

another case of Big business in the commons! Now we are paying taxes for even more poisons and administered on children! It is differently a breach of liberty and the pursuit of happiness! Homeopathy worked just as well as vaccines back in the day~ read your history about vaccines and Homeopathy~ so they should have that alternative! yet it is medical and military influence all the way through school and college. I remember how frustrated i got at recruiters at my sons High School being allowed to recruit but people coming to talk about why not to go military got kicked off school grounds.
water, school, streets, parks are some of the commons and would best be kept minutly governed, and pure/clear of big business influence.
If fluoride is so great then just send me a bottle and I will add to my own water, if vaccines are so great then I would be vaccinated..... what is great and increases life sells itself!
Also we are sold that there is just this one option from the world that is selling them and pushing them. The same thing is done with cancer~ surgery chemo and radiation or just go home and see. Yet people are curing themselves of cancer and more in many ways out of the medical system. again this reeks of big business ! same as c sections~ and the quickness of many surgical procedures! It is the system not the doc!
let people be free~ that was the whole point of this country~ to end tyranny~ this is right up there with Fascism and Dictator behavior~
thats my feelings on it all at this moment!

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Posted by Damion Sharpe on 08/27/2016 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Not Even From Around Here

No one is "from around here" except the Natives who were wiped out in the 1800's.

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Posted by Elliott Smith on 08/27/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

Bressler, a Nurse Aid is being prosecuted as we speak after a doctor and a Nurse signed a release stating there was nothing wrong with Mrs. Jeannie Newstrom upon release to Frys Nursing home. Is that not a travesty and an attempt to transfer blame away from a Doctor and a Registered Nurse

Posted by Alps on 08/27/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Controversial "I Like Eureka" Logo Given New Heart

Agree. Hearts are trashy.

Posted by jtimmons on 08/27/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

The real reason for this law was not because of the Disneyland outbreak, but because the senior scientist William Thompson who worked on the main study exonerating vaccines from causing autism, came forward in 2014 to say there was fraud at the CDC when the study was conducted. Congressman Posey of Florida is working on getting him a subpoena to come testify before congress. If vaccines are mandated, whatever is revealed in congress won't matter because parents won't be able to opt out of vaccines. I was in Sacramento when this law was waiting approval in the Assembly education committee and watched live when it was up for a vote in the Senate health committee. I challenge anyone to watch (it should be on you tube) this and see how the chair, Liu, made a mockery of the legislative system by basically telling Senator Pan he should withdraw his bill from the committee because he didn't have enough votes for it to pass and reintroduce it at a later time. This law would have died right there. But no, at the next Senate health committee, some Senators had been removed and new ones were there, and guess what, these new ones were all in favor of sb277. This is an outrage and joke on our legislative system. Think about it and research it. Which is, btw, all parents who stopped vaccinating are asking. Think and research vaccines, and once you have all the facts, then decide. Because parents certainly don't have all the facts. Hearing that vaccines are safe and effective by doctors who read the Thompson study (which is fraudulent and show that yes, there is a link between vaccine and autism!), doesn't grant them all the facts. It take a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone and objectively look at this issue. And it's agonizing for many parents who are torn between the thought of endangering their kids if they don't vaccinate or if they do. At the end of the day, the only answer to this is to research vaccine ingredients, side effects, ask for the vaccine insert (not the typical one-pager about why vaccines are necessary, that is given by pediatrician. No, the actual vaccine insert. And then ask questions and see how your doctor reacts. You may be surprised. One last thing regarding having kids under-vaccinated infecting others... Kids with HIV are allowed in school and their privacy is guarded. You will never know who they are. And yes, it can be transmitted by blood contact, not just sexually. I would say that is a serious consideration for not only the immunocompromised but all kids. So thinking that your children are "safe" in school because now all kids will have to be vaccinated is simply an illusion. Research vaccines. Watch the movie Vaxxed! It's a best seller on amazon now. Those 4 bucks will change your perspective in this issue forever. All it takes is to have an open mind and have the courage to question what you thought you knew for sure. Step out of your comfort zone.

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Posted by Isabelle Dfb on 08/27/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Not Even From Around Here

Yet again Linda, your gentle touch belies the razor sharp edge of the journalistic knife you wield with the precision of a surgeon. You have that rare ability to see the real behind the assumed truths that so many of us find easier to accept. You then present it in a manner that enlightens and educates without rancor or malice, with sensitivity and unwavering commitment to that truth. All communities have raw spots caused by a continued acceptance of assumed truths that are not valid but nonetheless commonly accepted by that community because the assumption is more comfortable and less threatening than the unvarnished truth. We guard our assumptions jealously, they provide justification for the prejudges we carry but won't acknowledge. It might be apt to note that forty some years ago, the communities and established families of the Mattole were faced with the invasion of their home ground by another group of foreigners that lived in ways that were reputed to be a threat to the established ways of the existing Mattole society. Fortunately the 'old timers' saw past the assumption of those newly arrived oddballs representing a dangerous, uncontrollable, and uncivilized threat, shook their hand, sold them some land-on an owner carry handshake-and taught them how to dig waterbars. And I've lived here ever since.
Linda, you demonstrate a maturity of perception and an unwavering commitment to fair, just and honest treatment of those uncomfortable raw spots in our communities that is so needed in today's world. But then I think I know where you learned a lot of that so it shouldn't surprise me.. Again thank you for saying what needs to be said so well, with so much compassion. You are one hell of a journalist and our Mattole community is much richer for your efforts.

Melanie Mirthan-Nelson

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Posted by Melanie Mirthan on 08/27/2016 at 4:13 AM

Re: “A Waiting Game

The Samoa housing expansion will have unmitigated negative impacts on Eureka's deadly traffic.

The Highway 1 "Safety Corridor" will start becoming inundated by high tides in 2 to 3 decades and will be completely submerged in 80 years.


Loosening coastal dependent zoning restrictions would be another step backward towards an era that left the entire bay wrapped in job-killing brownfields.

I hope the selection is NOT from my county, all our supervisors and their appointees are lackeys for the short term greed of the development industry.

Posted by James White on 08/26/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Into and Out of the Theater Business

The sound system is so messed up at this theatre that the most wonderful band sounds terrible. I hope the previous owners fix it before selling it, or the new owners will be stuck dealing with the problem.

Posted by Adrienne Floreen on 08/26/2016 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Prepare for Impact

Children with IEPs are exempt from SB277: "(h) This section does not prohibit a pupil who qualifies for an individualized education program, pursuant to federal law and Section 56026 of the Education Code, from accessing any special education and related services required by his or her individualized education program." So, if a child's IEP states they are to receive instruction in a public school setting, they can attend public school, vaccinated or not.

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Posted by Kimberly Ireland on 08/26/2016 at 5:42 PM

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