An evolution of "Defend New Orleans?"
Ryan: some follow-up on the hand grenade would be great. Is this a sensationalistic and overblown thing, or a genuine threat? Was it a live grenade, or was it inert? Was it real, or a prop?
As a pedestrian who lives on the South Side of Samoa blvd, I implore those who believe that 255 is faster to slow down while in town. Those 5 blocks between 101 and 255 are part of Samoa Blvd, my residential neighborhood. Many drivers seem to mistakingly believe that they are on the autobahn. All that "improvement" to Samoa blvd seems not to have affected behavior. My dog and I put our lives on the line on a daily basis, so you can drive 55 through the 35.
Perhaps next time, instead of painting triangles to indicate where drivers should stop for pedestrians at F & Samoa, they should put in spikes that would pop up when these speed demons refuse to allow me enough time to safely cross with my dog. That might get the point across.
Just so we're clear Joel, I'm no Walmart fan.
I'm just not a fan of hipocracy either.
And the "there's no alternative" is the same argument folks who shop at walmart use.
Perhaps there is no alternative to Chinese electronics, but there are ways to reduce the harm. Perhaps I'm wrong in assuming that "AmericanSelfishness" didn't do something like buy used parts and DIY a computer, or look for manufacturers with verified adherance to a high code of conduct, or buy from a local reseller.
My point is, let he who is without consumerist sin throw the first stone.
Hating low-level employees and folks on a limited income is liberal bourgouise bs. Its acting like a pawn of the powers that be. Those in charge like nothing more than for the poor and middle class to fight with each other.
Hate walmart yes, its a corporation and doesn't have feelings. But don't hate the humans.
I'll ignore the troll-bait comment about lectures and ask others to do the same.
My fellow anti-walmart folks:
As you discuss and debate the relative merits and flaws of Walmart in Humboldt, please direct your insults towards the rapacious corporations, not the locals who need a job or the shoppers trying to stretch a local paycheck without breaking it.
Don't let the 99% be divided and conquered. Yes, Walmarts bad, mumkay? But so is driving your gas-guzzler to the local non-union boutique coffee house that pays part-timers a walmart worthy wage/benifits package, where you sip imported coffee and soy milk while shopping amazon on your laptop. Can anyone really claim that they buy 100% local products from 100% local stores, spending only money obtained from a locally-owned employer who operates at the highest ethical standards while offering a living wage and full benifits?
If you are truly without "sin," go ahead, throw stones at walmart employees and shoppers. You really ARE a better person than the rest of us.
Everyone else, please direct your ire at the non-human corporation that threatens us all.
The line "Arcata, Eureka and Humboldt County have all put a temporary halt to issuing permits for any new marijuana dispensaries" should have read "have put an indefinite halt to issuing permits for the existing marijuana cooperatives."
I think the lack of young rockers has much to do with the local venues. I don't know exactly how you define "young rocker," but for simplicity, I'll define it as people between 14 - 25 who listen to KSLG, and "the scene" as attending local live music venues, both as performers and audience.
I can think of a lot of reasons for this, having grown up in Humboldt. I'm 34 years old, but I still haven't forgotten all years when I was shut out of 90% of shows.
The lack of all ages venues.Over the years, I've watched them come and, all too quickly, go. Sooner or later, the neighbors complain about the tangible presence of young rockers in the neighborhood and use their evil grown-up powers to destroy it, or the venue decides to mix youth and alcohol, screws it up, and decides to become 21+.
Busses that stop at 10:00 PM on Friday, 6:00 PM on Saturday, and don't run at all on Sunday. I'm no longer a "young rocker," but I don't own a car so I've missed a lot of shows at the Lil Red Lion and Red Fox Tavern. I'm sure a lot of high school and college students and others have this same problem - 5 miles away might as well be 300 some nights.
Venues/booking agents: I like Reggae, Folk/Bluegrass, and Blues/Jazz based jam bands. But often it seems that's the only thing happening. And in between these shows, they often seem to prefer to book the $5 DJ over the $10 band. Sure, there are a few venues, such as the Alibi, the Lil Red Lion, and such, that book acts outside this narrow definition of Humboldt music. But they're hardly the largest or best venues in town. Where are local "rockers" supposed to play or gather to hear travelling musicians?
Just a few thoughts. One could also blame a decline of funding for arts in the schools over the past 20 years for the lack of new musicians and fans, or the fractionalization and factionization of music scenes, or any number of other causes.
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