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Re: “Where's the Beef?

Wow! I am impressed with the comments I read in response to "Hypocrisy Now," and my hat is off to the readers of the North Coast Journal. Thoughtful responses to emotive propaganda pieces are few and far between. I would like to add that, while veganism is a good start toward reducing one's impact, it may not be the most effective. Studies reported in the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (University of California Press) point out that lacto-vegetarianism, ovo-lacto-vegetarianism and even reduced meat omnivorisim are all capable of reducing one's agricultural footprint even below that imposed by a vegan diet. The point is, many plant crops produce by-product in-edible to humans that may be fed to chickens, livestock or fish which may then be used to add eggs, milk or even meat to the human food chain. It makes more sense to utilize the energy in such by-products to produce more food (even if animal-based) rather than waste this energy and then be forced to establish even more cropland to feed the human population, with total loss of all plant and animal life on such converted lands. Also, the consumption of wild fish and game (I assume that this is what is meant by the term "Fog Hog"), taken in a sustainable manner from undisturbed wild lands, is far less destructive of animal life than is converting such lands to crops. Veganism is certainly better than the "average Joe" diet, but a single line drawn arbitrarily between plant and animal lacks the nuance necessary to minimize our environmental impact.

Posted by Stewart Lands on 04/28/2017 at 12:06 AM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

Brilliant!!

Posted by Matthew Kumin on 04/24/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Hypocrisy Now!

Adopting a vegan lifestyle out of compassion is misguided but kind. Farming for high quality nutrients relies on bone meal, fish emulsion, and other animal products. Harvesting grain kills millions of mice and countless other small mammals caught up by large threshers - ask any farmer. Only one animal died to provide me with steak versus potentially hundreds to feed me bread. Also this:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/actually-raising-beef-is-good-for-the-planet-1419030738

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Posted by Hemingway on 04/24/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Cannabis and Carbon

The CO2 converted to plant matter should roughly zero out over a very short time scale because of the short lifecycle of the product. Simplifying a bit, CO2 is converted to plant matter which is then burned and/or discarded and left to decay returning that CO2 back to the atmosphere. This all happens on timescales of less than a year, generally.

The challenge is the energy used to grow, process, and transport marijuana releases additional CO2 above and beyond the roughly net-zero growth/harvest cycle.

One variable that must be considered when weighing the carbon benefits of indoor vs. outdoor is a concept called land use change. This essentially tries to quantify the potential impact of converting land currently being used to provide one service (grow food, provide habitat, etc.) to grow marijuana. The increased crop density and accelerated growth cycles that are attainable with indoor operations may significantly push back on the carbon benefits of using the sun instead of electricity.

Answering the question of whether indoor or outdoor has a lower carbon foot print is nuanced, and requires consideration of variable such as land use change, whether the electricity is generated from renewable sources or not, the origin of fertilizers used, the impact of land management and agricultural strategies, etc. Its not a simple question. But if youre lucky enough to know your farmer, asking questions can go a long way towards a gut check of the potential carbon footprint of the product you are purchasing.

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Posted by Jerome Carman on 04/21/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Cannabis and Carbon

"But for the vast majority of patients and users, there's simply no reason good old fashioned, sun-grown cannabis can't get them the relief or the high they're looking for."

this sentence highlights how poorly thought out this editorial is. the vast majority of patients and users...the overwhelming majority, in fact, as supply cannot begin to meet demand (hence all things black market)...are poor, live in cities, have few connections and/or live in states where marijuana is illegal. i wonder how many equally scathing letters thadeus has written to his government representatives imploring legal reform. the price of marijuana could and should be negligible, anybody could grow it freely, etc. etc. etc. this editorial is pretty ridiculous in too many ways, less the author cares to truely audit his lifestlye in equal accord if his real and driving concern is the environment.

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Posted by what a lame rant. on 04/20/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Cannabis and Carbon

Nonsense you have not calculated the co2 converted to oxygen during the grow

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Posted by Simon Clare on 04/20/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms?

That bill is long overdue and it will probably never happen on a federal level. But it can happen on a state level. Marijuana is till a controlled substance under state law. That should have been included in Prop 64 legislation, but like many other missives in Prop 64 it was not addressed.

Posted by ladynacage on 04/20/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Farmer to Farmer

Person to Person: "free competitive markets," require infrastructure, essential services and having those impossible conversations about how our community lives and works together. Huge praise to all those, like the Buckeye Conservancy, who are willing to lead us all towards those essential, informed, adult conversations. While the Democratic Process can be ludicrous, as we witness daily on the National level, the alternative is truly horrific!

Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 04/18/2017 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About Rex

"Let's Talk About Rex"

Thank you for publishing this article in the North Coast Journal. Public officials must not stonewall when asked to explain their actions. The Supervisors work for us, and they receive an adequate compensation from the citizens of Humboldt County. I cant remember when so many employees serving in a department felt the need to state their opinion of their superior, David Marcus. I would like to hear the facts, good or bad. There are simply too many unanswered questions. This must be addressed by our County Supervisors. Just because a person is elected to public office, doesnt give them carte blanche to act without consequences.

Sam King
McKinleyville, CA

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Posted by retired on 04/17/2017 at 5:59 AM

Re: “The Need for Sanctuary

The primary word is "illegal" immigrants. If I broke the law. I most certainly be arrested. I'm very familiar with the INS. My wife came to the United States in 2003 on a spousal VISA which we had to file six months prior to her arrival . Then we had to go through the process for the residential VISA. within the next week we worked on her citizenship, which she passed the exam and became a citizen. Every year thousands go through the VISA process. just takes time and money.

Posted by Stedman Lee Peters on 04/16/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About Rex

not to detract, but a seperate note entirely, i want to clarify the last statement of my response to this column @ 1:11pm because it seems harsh with no explanation. i dont understand the rise in what i would call "text speak" working its way into professional writing, especially "the news". for example, parts of the above editorial are written as though very informally spoken, complete with mumbled interjections. if its intended to parody rex bohn's stammering, it doesnt come across that way, but more like a hasty rant. only parts of the editorial, the rest is spot on. im a shameless grammer nazi, hypocrite too as i type this with my thumbs on a janky phone not giving a fuck...such is the cesspool that is the internet.

Posted by P.S. on 04/15/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About Rex

thadeus, i agree with everything you wrote 111%. the issue is very serious and the supervisors' behavior is very disturbing in many ways. with all the talk for needs of affordable housing, healthcare, public transit etc etc, its really telling that the supervisors are repeatedly insulting the same public by downplaying the importance of proper legal representation when needed. when falsely accused, when unjustly persecuted, when simple misunderstandings can lead to life changing court decisions in a matter of moments. our supervisors are collectively paid over $30,000 of our tax money every month. regarding this issue in particular, they're all demonstrating exactly how out of touch they have become with their own common constituents. whereas even a $300 legal fine of any sort is nothing to them now (as many of us knew the supervisors before their lifestyles matched their current income bracket), that petty cash difference is literally crippling families the nation over. rex bohn insults the poor even further by dismissing the credibility of journalists working for genuinely local readership, as if every fresh graduate is guarunteed a position within one of his media sources of choice (and they all pay the bills through advertising). it shows, in his own words, his complete lack of integrity, or in the very least his naivette of such a thing as integrity in the first place. the same goes for all four other supervisors for their silence in this matter, and moreso for their refusal to acknowledge, let alone do something, about a clear cut case of a very important tax-paid public official who has been deemed incompetent by his former employera and isn't even welcome by his own current staff. would they accept a chief of police under these circumstances? would the police chief accept a new officer with such scrutiny? the behavior of humboldts board of supervisors over this matter is inexcusable.

that said, while i understand this particular writing is an editorial, it reads like a drunk facebook post. the issue deserves better, please. thanks for everything youve done and continue doing as a journalist...keep it up!

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Posted by the supervisors arent listening. on 04/14/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About Rex

County government is run by an auctioneer, realtor, waitress, and rural radio host, each laser-focused on representing the property rights zealots that funded their campaigns.

Stop electing development industry hacks and start demanding that your local government hire executives and department directors with advanced degree in their field, you know, the kind of professionals that understand how to incorporate the law into practice.

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Posted by Howard Smith on 04/14/2017 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Let's Talk About Rex

Something is fishy

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Posted by Shelly Fitzgerald on 04/13/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “There's No Way Around It

I am normally in agreement with calls for compromise. In this case, simple morality does not allow for compromise. There is an obvious an easy choice on this issue. Humans have killed around 95% of the Coast redwood forest. When we talk about impact on these trees, it is imperative that we consider that we as humans have already killed 95% of these forests for our economic benefit. There is no monetary issue can morally justify further impact! Every remaining tree is worth all the wealth on Earth. "Cost more" or "takes longer" are arguments that carry zero weight with a moral and informed person.

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Posted by Aaron Gustaveson on 04/09/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

Excellent article.

Posted by Aaron Gustaveson on 04/09/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Reason to Reconsider

"The supervisors were elected to serve all the citizens of Humboldt County...." Yes, and this includes those of us who do not presume to know so much about the public defenders office and who would prefer to give David Marcus more than a few weeks to settle into the job.

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 04/07/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Equal Pay Day

Re: "On average, for every dollar a white man earns, a white woman earns 78 cents"

Forgive me, Eva, but you do not know what this means.

Please see: "Womens 77 cents to mens dollar: What it really means" http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/womens-77-cents-to-mens-dollar-what-it-really-means/

Answer this:

Women's advocates insist employers everywhere pay women less than men for doing exactly the same work in the exact same occupations and careers.

Yet these advocates also seem to think employers' prime modus operandi is greed. ("Corporate greed" may be one of the Left's more salient rallying calls.) Thus they no doubt believe employers would hire only illegal immigrants for their lower labor cost if they could get away with it (many do get away with it), or would move their business to a cheap-labor country to save money, or would replace old workers with young ones for the same reason.

So why do these same feminist activists and women's advocates think employers would NOT hire only women if, as they say, employers DO get away with paying females at a lower rate than males for the same work?

Many of America's most sophisticated women choose to earn less than their male counterparts:

"Female physicians worked about 5 hours fewer per week than their male counterparts through age 54...." https://www.aamc.org/download/426242/data/ihsreportdownload.pdf?cm_mmc=AAMC-_-ScientificAffairs-_-PDF-_-ihsreport

In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time, up from 7% of men and 29% of women from Cejkas 2005 survey. ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/03/26/bil10326.htm

"...[O]nly 35 percent of women who have earned MBAs after getting a bachelors degree from a top school are working full time." It "is not surprising that women are not showing up more often in corporations top ranks." http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/why-women-are-leaving-the-workforce-in-record-numbers/

"Compared to men, women view professional advancement as equally attainable, but less desirable" http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/09/15/1502567112.full.pdf

See the real reasons the wage gap hasn't closed after thousands of measures over many decades:

"Salary Secrecy Discrimination Against Women?" http://malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/salary-secrecy-discrimination-against-women/

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Posted by Jerry Boggs on 03/30/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

I enjoyed reading your article. As we as a society re-think the war on drugs, and cannabis specifically, both medicinal and recreational, I wish there were more practical solutions being presented to problems that must be addressed. I wonder though... have you given thought to what would constitute BMPs? Who would determine these? It seems to me that the current incentive is really no incentive at all; it is clear, based on the number of current applications submitted compared to total number of estimated grows, that the current system is not working, and I don't see that changing without real change in how cannabis is treated in relation to every other agriculture crop.

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Posted by Josh Emerald Madrone on 03/28/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “It's What, Not How, You Grow

Carrots anyone?

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Posted by Sungnome Madrone 1 on 03/25/2017 at 1:26 PM

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