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Re: “Photos from Mad River Enduro

What were you thinking??? Mountain biking and trail-building destroy wildlife habitat! Mountain biking is environmentally, socially, and medically destructive! There is no good reason to allow bicycles on any unpaved trail!

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: https://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see https://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat. See https://mjvande.info/scb9.htm for details.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: https://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm .

For more information: https://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 09/10/2019 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

Notice how NONE of the silly symbol-minded, tiki-torch holders are demanding a vote after they suffered a resounding loss of that outrageous statue lionizing mass-murderer William McKinley.

A majority of voters are realizing how U.S. imperialism is coming home to roost.

Salute it all you want in the privacy of your own home...while you still have one.

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Posted by Devlin Mayfair on 09/09/2019 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

God DOESN'T EXIST and I have the RIGHT to refuse to believe in the delusions of others! - https://ffrf.org/

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Posted by Rob Thomson on 09/09/2019 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

Mystikal Monk, how 'SAD' that you live in FEAR of your imaginary god. You should seek psychiatric help. Maybe a good 'shrink' could cure you of your DELUSION.

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Posted by Rob Thomson on 09/09/2019 at 1:17 AM

Re: “Coasties Rescue Two Injured Firefighters from the Fireline

Thanks Brother's and Sisters

Posted by Jose Beltran on 09/08/2019 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

If I am required to make an oath to a lie - it gives me the right to lie!!!

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Posted by brifd on 09/05/2019 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

Many people cannot take an oath in good conscience, or cannot include "so help me God" in such an oath.

1. Some Christians, such as Mennonites and Quakers, take the words of Jesus seriously: "But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all..." (see Matthew 5:33-37). Their religious belief and practice preclude them from taking such an oath.

2. Polytheists, such as Hindus, believe in multiple gods. A reference to a single monotheistic deity, named "God," can have little meaning to them.

3. Atheists, of course, believe in no deity at all.

What shall we do when a witness falls into one of these categories?

One approach is never to call such a witness at all, arguably violating the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the first Amendment, if not the No Religious Test Clause of Article VI of the US Constitution. Even if you don't mind violating the Constitution, you would deprive yourself of the testimony of that witness, thus defeating your own purpose.

Another approach is to require such witnesses to take a religious oath as prescribed, regardless of their own religious beliefs. In that case you would accept their testimony only if they demonstrate a willingness to violate their own principles. Does that really make sense?

The only sensible approach is to make the religious aspect optional. Let witnesses swear or affirm according to the dictates of their own conscience. That is the approach commonly taken by courts of law. That is the approach taken by the US Constitution, where it specifies the oath of office for the President. That oath does not include the phrase "so help me God," though it has become customary for Presidents to add it voluntarily (probably beginning with Chester A. Arthur in 1881).

In any case, no one tempted to perjure himself or herself would likely be dissuaded by religious language in the oath. Such language creates problems without solving any.

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Posted by Scott McKellar on 09/05/2019 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

I tire of hearing about 'respect' from trogs like Claudia who pull this love-it-or-leave-it horse manure. The rest of the idiotic words they use generally prove that they don't really know what respect means--they want and love that unquestioning obeisance to nationalistic ritual. They don't really CARE if you feel it in your heart or whatever--they just want the performance.

As to 'Mystikal'--your lordsaviorghost-thing doesn't exist, monk-ey.

Thought you oughta know.

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Posted by Defensis Prime on 09/05/2019 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

If Christians think oaths are all right they should reread Matthew 5.

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Posted by Robert Baden on 09/05/2019 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

It's none of anyone's business what other people's religious preferences are! This country was founded on religious freedom for ALL, not just some. I care about the character and actions of elected officials - and people in general. This is NOT and is not supposed to be a Christian country or government. That is the point of religious freedom and tolerance for ALL.

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Posted by Meg Stofsky on 09/04/2019 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

As usual, sepfish Republicans want to push their god on everyone else, whether they want it or not.

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Posted by Brian Westley on 09/04/2019 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

If these kind of things keep up seems to be no respect for anything that was put in there because that's the way the people felt when they wrote it that's why you don't have to swear to God in a Court you can affirm I believe that's what they call it there just seems to be no respect anymore in our small County of Humboldt there's a town called Arcata they want to get rid of the Pledge of Allegiance I guess if you don't want to pledge allegiance to this country then you better leave it I would call right that was some kind of comment during Vietnam if you don't love and want to defend our country I suggest you go live somewhere else see how very few Liberties you have

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Posted by claudia Johnson on 09/04/2019 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

This poltroon and traitor continues to shoot the country in the back at every turn. What a pathetic crybaby communist pig dog. Should have been run out of the US on a rail long ago. An embarrassment to all liberty-loving, god-fearing citizens.

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Posted by Mystikal Monk on 09/04/2019 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Warning: Dam Releases Mean Swift, Cool Waters on the Trinity

Why did it need to be released on one of the biggest weekends? Seems irresponsible to me.

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Posted by Christine Stachel on 08/30/2019 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Sheriff Downey: 'It Has Been An Honor to Serve'

What a corrupt pos. And he calls himself a "man of God" What a joke.

Posted by cherokeeweaver on 08/24/2019 at 11:11 AM

Re: “New Survey Reveals Who Owns Guns in California — and How Many Got Them Without Background Checks

I put my gun on the table and I says to it , gun go kill someone...... I waited and waited. Nothing happened! People kill people. Or more correctly mentally unbalanced, no empathy people kill innocent people. God bless

Posted by Paul Nielsen on 08/19/2019 at 7:19 PM

Re: “'The Bay is Back in Business' After Dredging

Yeah, that's pretty much the South Jetty.

Posted by winkygman on 08/19/2019 at 2:58 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Missing Humboldt Hiker Found Dead After Massive Search Effort

Rather heartless, Mr. Zero. Mr. Komins was an EMT and a volunteer firefighter. You know what that means? It means he saved peoples lives. Everybodys lives. Lots of them. A real loss. A family who loved this man and your concern is how much money was spent trying to rescue him. Daniel is in heaven. Keep up such cold heartless comments and you will find yourself very uncomfortably burning in...when it is your time. Take your hate someplace else.

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Posted by Copland on 08/18/2019 at 9:17 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Missing Humboldt Hiker Found Dead After Massive Search Effort

So all this money and those resources spent because some yuppie wanted to play adventurer. No one should be backpacking alone! That is a no brainer (for people with brains). The taxpayer has to pay out over and over again so idiots can be saved: people stuck on a river rock, college kids washed onto a coastal cliff, arrogant hikers lost in back country. Humans should not even be in wilderness or sensitive areas. The earth needs to heal. Reckless people should stay home and play Russian roulette.

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Posted by Jonah Zero on 08/18/2019 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Coastal Commission: If Trinidad Rancheria Can Find Water, it Can Build its Hotel

Are you kidding?

Water goes to whoever can dig the deepest for it...Casinos, hotels and pot?

No one here has ever seen the movie "Chinatown"??

Prepare yourselves for the violence our county supervisors are inviting.

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Posted by Charles Warren on 08/11/2019 at 1:50 PM

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