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Re: “Strumming Up a Case

Oscar was recently greeted with a large contingent from the police department. They put on quite a show which although flattering in the amount of attention they gave Oscar seemed to be kind of morality show. First the presence are so many officers would give anyone in the area the impression that a major Criminal is probably present. I don't think that musicians busking in a public place meet that Criterion. Furthermore they attempted to intimidate anyone who would give Oscar any money in compensation for his noteworthy efforts by arresting one of his admirers on the spot. What a waste of taxpayers money to put on such a show.

Posted by Steven Bridenbaugh1 on 09/13/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “'The Hollow Men'

As the Mom of someone who suffers from schizoaffective disorder and has been jailed, beaten, missing, homeless, and on and on over the course of the last 14 years, I find these stories especially painful to read knowing that this could be my son on any given day. I am so sorry for Daren and his family. He was obviously a beautiful human being. He did not deserve to be constantly incarcerated and to have his life end this way. He deserved to be helped when he needed help. He deserved to be treated with compassion, love and respect. The way people suffering from serious brain disorders are treated in this country must change. We have ignored, neglected, and jailed our most vulnerable citizens. #StandUp! #ShatteringSilence

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Posted by Jeanne Allen Gore on 09/12/2017 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Strumming Up a Case

Listen to some Oscar's recent recordings here: https://soundcloud.com/simonlebunn
See video of Oscar performing on location on Broadway at Eureka Natural Foods here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk2l2S9IT4M

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Posted by Oscar Leatherman on 09/10/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “'The Hollow Men'

This is a tragedy that seems to get repeated here again and again. Lovely young person has mental illness, does drugs, gets arrested again and again, and they get caught up in the system and end up hurt or hurting someone. There must be a better way.

Kudos to Thadeus once again doing a great reporting job; no other reporting gave Borges the humanity this article did. I went from rolling my eyes at the jury's award of $2.5 million to being glad the message is so loud the jail can't ignore it! Having a nurse check everyone being booked is the minimum given how many folks are in need of medical attention.

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Posted by Tall Trees on 09/09/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “'Tipped Over the Edge'

Watson was on vacation it was someone else

Posted by Shelly Fitzgerald on 09/08/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “'Tipped Over the Edge'

The word you are looking for is "Libel." And unless the city can prove its published claims, it will be found guilty of libel.

Posted by Gaol Barrister Esq. on 09/07/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “'The Hollow Men'

I recognize and appreciate Darren's Aunt Zo who loved and responded to him faithfully. This story is excruciating to read, I can't imagine the horror of living it. To his surviving family, I am so sorry for his untimely death and appreciate your memories of him. To those of us in the community, we must find ways to do better to protect our vulnerable citizens.

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Posted by ursi reynolds on 09/07/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Resisting Reparations

Terry Escarda. You failed to mention the Indian tribes lost the wars to the United States Armed Forces as provided-for by the United States Constitution! Time to get over events more than 130-years ago.
Secondly, provide the historical facts you claim and not your unsupported opinion: " by murder, butchery, deceit, and theft."
Lastly, you did not disprove any of my Constitution-based truths.

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Posted by constitution defender on 09/07/2017 at 5:05 PM

Re: “'The Hollow Men'

In my opinion it seems the nurse did not do Daren justice at all. How can you possibly truly asses a patient from the door?! At least take some damn vital signs! This story is incredibly sad. Im glad the jury made the right decision.

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Posted by Sally Sunday on 09/07/2017 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Resisting Reparations

The land "Constitution Defender" is so concerned about was obtained by the good citizens of Eureka, of whom I am a native son, by murder, butchery, deceit, and theft. Hardly rights provided by the Constitution.

Terry Escarda

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Posted by Terry Escarda on 09/07/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Resisting Reparations

Mr. Robin P. Arkley II is correct to demand answers to his questions of public servants who allegedly are giving away public land to a faux "Indian tribe" under what state Constitutional authority?

This article is an astonishing piece of a deplorable lack of journalist curiosity regarding U.S./State citizens with Indian ancestry/race since The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924! That single Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, made null all previous common law-state and federal-including Presidential Executive Orders, Commerce Clause and Treaty Clause alleged Indian Treaties (if any U.S. Senate confirmed Indian treaties actually existed pre-1924 Citizenship) regarding U.S./State citizens with Indian ancestry/race so often touted by politicians and Indian advocates as being legitimate law.
And yet, politicians and MSM continue to perpetuate willful blindness to the Constitutional absurdity that Congress, Presidents/Governors, Initiatives and Referendums can make distinguishable the capacities, metes and boundaries of a select group of U.S./State citizens with Indian ancestry/race post citizenship.
The United States Constitution makes for no provisions for:
1. Indian sovereign nations. None of the asserted tribes possess any of the attributes of being a sovereign nation: a. No U.S. Constitution recognition b. No international recognition c. No fixed borders d. No military e. No currency f. No postal system g. No passports h. et al
2. Treaties with its own constituency
3. Indian reservations whereby a select group of U.S./State citizens with Indian ancestry/race reside exclusively and to the exclusion of all others, on land-with rare exception-that is owned by the People of the United States according to federal documents readily available on-line that notes rights of renters as occupancy and use by these distinguished U.S./State citizens with Indian ancestry/race only with the land owned by the People of the United States.
4. Recognition of Indian citizenship asserted by various tribes. There is no international/U.S. Constitution recognition of Indian citizenship as there is no nation-state from which citizenship is derived.
A simple question for politicians and MSM to answera question so simple, it is hard:
Where is the proclamation ratified by the voters of the United States that amends the Constitution to make the health, welfare, safety and benefits of a select group of U.S./State citizens distinguishable because of their Indian ancestry/race?

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Posted by constitution defender on 09/07/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Holding On

4 year olds riding 600# steers! Are you kidding me?

Posted by msmukler on 09/07/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

The community needs to have a public, detailed analysis of how much money the HSU football team makes or loses each year. I suspect that on the whole it is a big money loser and the students, through bloated student fees, and the community, by loss of necessary programs such as nursing, suffer from it.

Posted by msmukler on 09/07/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “'The Hollow Men'

Very good story, Thadeus. Solid reporting. You gave this reader as intimate a look into this young man's life as possible, as well as describing his arrest and confinement and death. Excellent reporting once again by Thadeus.

My comments are not related to the court case because I don't know enough about it to offer an opinion, but I would like to say that it is so very sad that a society as wealthy as ours does not have a civilized way to care for all mentally ill individuals. I understand there are limitations because of individual rights. It just seems so uncivilized that so many mentally ill end up in jails and prisons, when they should be in a more humanitarian setting.

I also feel for the police officers and deputies and others who have to deal with the mentally ill again and again and again. They must also wonder why there is not a better solution than jail and, for some, prison.

When you strip away the substance abuse and the way Daren lived, and if he were in a stable situation, the young man seems like he had a heart of gold. That he had schizophrenia was not his fault.

It is very sad that his mother and family were assaulted by Internet trolls. As I have mentioned on LOCO, Humboldt County has the most hateful, hostile and cruel trolls as any city or town I've come across and I read a variety of publications from large to small, from towns in Nevada to cities in California.

His mother, who obviously loved her son, as well as his sister, who loved her brother, are also victims of a society that is ill-equipped to deal with a problem that affects all strata of society. I wish I had the answers, but I don't. I just empathize with all involved. I also have a cousin who is mentally ill and was on drugs the last time I saw her years ago.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/07/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “'Tipped Over the Edge'

What a idiot Watson is for this shit show..It's school yard behavior like this that's going to come back an bite them in the ass..EPD just keeping up with their bad decision marathon and if they make a call like this with a pen..they proly should be kept away from firearms,an have a time out in the corner.. Guess they careless if they get sued for talking shit.. Hey boys..it's not our money..I'd whoop sum back side if that was my employee

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Posted by Handy man on 09/07/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “'The Hollow Men'

I am Daren's aunt. I had a strong, close lifelong relationship with my nephew and I loved him dearly. For the 20 years he lived in Humboldt County I was his primary point of contact. Daren was a beautiful person with a ready laugh and a warm heart. He never failed to ask how others were doing and to offer a joke or a word of support. I was always amazed that his heart could remain so open and loving given his almost daily experiences of discrimination, oppression and disrespect. Daren had pride and faith in his gifts. He identified as a poet. His rights were regularly violated and I am deeply satisfied that he has been vindicated. I just wish it was not at the cost of his life. I would like to send a hearty thank you to the Eureka Rescue Mission which was a safe haven for my nephew. They never turned him away. Zo Devine, Arcata

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Posted by Zo Devine on 09/07/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Shot in the Dark

Herd immunity is a term used by "biologists" to scare people into vaccinating their kids. They blame all the unvaccinated kids for spreading disease. Have you heard of viral shedding? It's what happens when we are putting all these diseases into people and their bodies try to fight the disease in their bloodstream. They shed all these germs everywhere....and we wonder why there are still outbreaks.

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Posted by Amanda Cordova on 09/07/2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Shot in the Dark

Natural immunity is FOREVER. "Herd immunity" is a term that has no scientific proof. It only lasts while people are utd. Natural immunity is when the body fights bacteria from the outside. What human bodies were made to do. We weren't designed to inject disease right in to our bloodstreams. Especially handfuls at a time.

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Posted by Amanda Cordova on 09/07/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Shot in the Dark

That's what I interrupted from the article. How do we know there is loss of herd immunity if even individuals that are utd can still carry and spread the bacteria?
https://vk.com/id445903438

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Posted by Radha Kumari on 09/06/2017 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Shot in the Dark

"Herd Immunity"...as Ronald Reagan said in that infamous Freudian Slip, "Facts are stupid things" (RNC, 8/15/88):

https://www.google.com/search?q=herd+immun…

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Posted by Terry L. Clark on 09/06/2017 at 5:24 PM

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