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Re: “'The Marcus Affair'

I have had dealings with the public defenders office and it's investigative staff, both of which have absolutely no idea of California law or conflict of interest laws. They do not represent their clients and end up doing them more harm which is an abuse all of its own!! Maybe now I can get some things accomplished!

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Posted by Robin Whipple on 01/09/2018 at 6:25 PM

Re: “About McKinley

Imperial moralism takes a long time to understand and revile, it usually begins when the empire starts to collapse, the rich rob the public treasury and turn the empire against its own people.

We need more statues of martyrs for social justice, not failed imperialism.

Posted by Gerald Gates on 12/23/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “In McKinley's Shadow

This is yet one more Article where the core iss is to be mired in "Indian victimhood" scenarios more thatn130-years old. Perhaps it is time for the non-Indian citizens of the United States to recognize that post the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, there are no more "Indians" within the original meaning of the United States Constitution...only U.S./State citizens with "Indian ancestry/race" entitled to no more and no less than every other non-Indian U.S./State citizen!
It never ceases to amaze me just how United States Constitution-stupid politicians-state and federal-are piled on top of how stupid their attorneys are! As of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, there are no more "Indians" within the original meaning of the United States Constitution...only U.S./State citizens with "Indian ancestry/race" entitled to no more and no less than every other non-Indian U.S./State citizen in accordance with the U.S. Constitutions 14th Amendments equal protection Clause! And, yet, faux Title 25-INDIANS and faux 'Indian treaties' whereby these attorneys and politicians-state and federal-assert the United State Constitution has provision whereby We, the People, have 'treaties' with Other We, the People, because of the "Other's" Indian ancestry/race and non-Indians believe this hoax.

Worse yet are judges-state and federal-who woefully fail to uphold and defend the United States Constitution in their oath of office clearly articulated in CJ Marshall's Marbury decision posted below by accepting both sides attorney's petition there are "Indian Treaties" and "Indian reservations" where politicians-state and federal-continue to regulate from womb to tomb a select group of U.S./State citizens health, welfare, safety, benefits, capacities, metes and boundaries because of their "Indian ancestry/race" at the same time condemn "Jim Crow Laws" citing the United States Constitution's 14th Amendment for one....what hypocrites!

The United States Constitution makes for no provisions for "Indian reservations!" Land commonly known as an "Indian reservation" with rare exception is land owned by the People of the United States according to a federal document readily available on-line where U.S./State citizens with "Indian ancestry/race" residing on said land are merely tenants with rights of 'use and occupancy' only!

If I can find these federal documents on-line, why are high-powered politicians-state and federal-and their highly paid attorneys and judges-state and federal-too stupid to do the same?

United States Supreme Court MARBURY v. MADISON, (1803) Argued: Decided: February 1, 1803:
If an act of the legislature, repugnant to the constitution, is void, does it, notwithstanding its invalidity, bind the courts and oblige them to give it effect? Or, in other words, though it be not law, does it constitute a rule as operative as if it was a law? This would be to overthrow in fact what was established in theory; and would seem, at first view, an absurdity too gross to be insisted on. It shall, however, receive a more attentive consideration.
It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. Those who apply the rule to particular cases, must of necessity expound and interpret that rule. If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each. [5 U.S. 137, 178] So if a law be in opposition to the constitution: if both the law and the constitution apply to a particular case, so that the court must either decide that case conformably to the law, disregarding the constitution; or conformably to the constitution, disregarding the law: the court must determine which of these conflicting rules governs the case. This is of the very essence of judicial duty.
If then the courts are to regard the constitution; and the constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the legislature; the constitution, and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply.
Those then who controvert the principle that the constitution is to be considered, in court, as a paramount law, are reduced to the necessity of maintaining that courts must close their eyes on the constitution, and see only the law.
This doctrine would subvert the very foundation of all written constitutions. It would declare that an act, which, according to the principles and theory of our government, is entirely void, is yet, in practice, completely obligatory. It would declare, that if the legislature shall do what is expressly forbidden, such act, notwithstanding the express prohibition, is in reality effectual. It would be giving to the legislature a practical and real omnipotence with the same breath which professes to restrict their powers within narrow limits. It is prescribing limits, and declaring that those limits may be passed at pleasure.

Posted by constitution defender on 12/21/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Tell the Truth

George: That is so true--and so sad. Thanks for tying these seemingly disparate issues together.

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Posted by Donna Wildearth on 12/12/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Tell the Truth

Well said!

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Posted by Andrea Patt on 12/10/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Dysfunctional??

George Clark has again hit the nail on the head. If good sense were all that is needed to guide our community, Clark would be a Supervisor. But since corruption, of which Ulansey is intimately involved, puts sycophants in Supervisor roles, we have supervisors who put favoritism first, and the community second.

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Posted by Larry Hourany on 11/30/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Gravity and Light

Thanks for this, Don. If both the wavelength and the space between the mirrors are equally stretched, how is it possible to detect anything? Heres my understanding. Its true that the laser beams actually in the LIGO tubes at the moment the gravity wave starts coming through the apparatus see nothing unusual. But gravity waves vibrate about 100 times per second, much slower than the laser light, so fresh light coming into the already-stretched tubes has to travel fartherand its that fresh light that detects the passing gravity wave.

Posted by barryevans on 11/05/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Stupid is as Stupid Does

FYI, many of history's worst tyrants were "well-read" and "well-traveled". Utter meaningless measurements of intelligence. Except for U.C. Berkeley in the 1960's, America's universities are sanctuaries for the privileged classes.

The current U.S. President is a natural outcome following 40 years of democratic support for "bipartisan" policies divesting from U.S. human resources, services, housing, education, infrastructure, including privatization, job exports, wars for oil, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of financial markets and their subsequent bailouts, again and again...

Homeless Americans are now filling our streets and like the 1930's, a courageous leader will eventually respond as American's suffering, protests and demands gradually become ubiquitous.

Catalysts for successful social change are unpredictable, usually a very slow, painful process.

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Posted by Gerald Gates on 10/15/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Carrying Capacity

There is no research supporting Ms. Corbett's assertion. Humboldt County once exported vast quantities of many varieties of grains, more than enough to sustain a high population density.

That's not the problem.

All imperial economies today are dependent upon the slavery of native, Asian, African and South American children and teens assembling our commodities, harvesting natural resources, mining our cobalt, or growing our food. It is not sustainable and all have collapsed before us.

Every measurable environmental, economic and social indicator is in decline, except the Dow Jones, temporarily sustained, like all past imperial economies, by turning imperialism's predatory prowess upon its own citizens with usurious (once illegal) interest rates, unprecedented public divestment in education, social services and infrastructure, and massive tax cuts...with every fearful institution, government, media, academia, and family terrified into silence.

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Posted by Gerald Gates on 10/15/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Why?

While I share Sheila Evans' concern about a detailed explanation of making hash oil, I cannot fault Thadeus or The Journal for including it.

For me, as a reader, I now understand how it's made. I probably would have wondered how it's made, had it not been included in the article; however, I doubt that I would have Googled it.

Since I read Sheila's well-meaning comment, which I respect, I Googled how to make hash oil. My results gave me a variety of ways to make it, as well as a YouTube video. Thus, I cannot fault Thadeus.

Furthermore, Thadeus' account of the melting flesh, if I recall correctly, came through in the article as a very stark, painful and tragic reality of what happens when making it goes wrong.

Lastly, Thadeus' article would give any sane person pause before attempting to make cannabis or hash oil on their own.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/30/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Vexed by Vax 'Bias'

I agree with Barry. If lefties ever wonder how people can deny climate change, a few may find insight in their beliefs about vaccines. While some modern medicine is no better than placebo, and there is still much that cannot be cured, vaccines are pretty close to a miracle and have saved untold millions of people, mostly children, from serious illness, maiming and death. The use of vaccines wiped deadly and disfiguring smallpox from the face of the earth, a boggling feat, and is close to doing so with polio.

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Posted by Esme Pendergast on 09/14/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Vexed by Vax 'Bias'

Sorry Linda, much as I admire you and your writing, I'm with Emily 100%.

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Posted by barryevans on 09/14/2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Unexplained Origins

I hesitate to pick nits with my esteemed Field Notes predecessor, but the origin of quantum physics should be credited to Robert Kirchhoff, whose 1860 theory (and law) regarding blackbody radiation contradicted classical physics.

Posted by barryevans on 09/01/2017 at 12:33 AM

Re: “Where Have the Birds Gone?

Utter nonsense.

Twenty five years ago Humb.Co. Planning Commissioner Denver Nelson called for water carrying capacity studies for our headwaters. At a minimum, certification for expected impacts on fresh water should be required prior to approval of ANY development, it's not brain surgery!

But OHHH NOOO, the "liberal", "progressive, "environmentalist", "back to the land", "low impact", "homesteaders" would have none of it!!!

NOT ONE SoHum resident bothers to testify in support for their "low impact" lifestyle in front of the Planning Commission and instead SoHum came out in force to partner with wealthy speculators and their "Humboldt Citizens for Property Rights" to lobby, (and win), the Planning Commission's uninterrupted right wing, political legacy of deregulation.

Congratulations Betty, you and the other SoHum "environmentalists" got what you wished for! Go ahead, put up that guest rental you always wanted and wire it up any damn way you want! Grow lots of pot!

We are experiencing the 6th largest biodiversity collapse and extinction event because of lost habitat and diminishing clean water. Yes, it's a slower loss than allowing continued clear-cutting, but the end result is indistinguishable.

Industrial Pot follows industrial timber because the folks living in our headwaters want to retain their ancient "Lockian" philosophy (John Locke), in effect, whoever can afford the deepest wells, fattest pipes and biggest pumps get the most water.

Until we extract ourselves from this 300 year old philosophy, Humb. Co. will continue down the identical path of rural SoCal 100 years ago...like most of the rest of the world...

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Posted by Sammy Ortiz on 08/08/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Where Have the Birds Gone?

I agree.

Posted by Gloria Picchetti on 08/03/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “A 'Trumpian' Rant

Fred's lovely letter took the edge off my boring morning.

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Posted by Gloria Picchetti on 08/03/2017 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Oh, mercy

I am sorry to have to say that Merricks' response simply validates my contention that he does not understand what imprinting means. The study of animal behavior is ethology, not animal psychology and while it certainly has 'moved on' in the sense that new knowledge has been acquired since Lorenz time the work he did on imprinting is still as simply valid today as it was then because animal behavior in that respect has not changed. A goose hatchling will still imprint on the first moving being or object it sees and will still follow that object/being and believe that is what they are. It's just nonsensical to say that is not a hard and fast idea. It is built in animal behavior that does not change over the 40 plus years since Lorenz died. It is not a "tool" that changes with time, that's just foolish to say. It is a hard and fast FACT and is essential to understand if dealing with animal behavior. I had the rare privilege of meeting with and visiting Lorenz in my home in Cambridge, Mass. on his only brief visit to the US in the 60's and he was an amazing and knowledgeable man. Unfortunately his legacy is besmirched by the stands he took during WW2.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 08/02/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Oh, mercy

Actually, the ideas of imprinting, habituation, their definitions and the differences between them are something we take very seriously in our work, as do all wildlife rehabilitators. These definitions exist, not as commandments but as tools that change with time. Ideas about the consciousness of animals are as subject to revision and review as anything else and at the moment, there aren't hard and fast ideas about what imprinting means, or even if that idea is particularly useful. No disrespect to Konrad Lorenz intended, but the fields of animal psychology have moved on since his time.

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Posted by Monte Merrick on 07/30/2017 at 3:19 PM

Re: “GMO No

Maybe that is what Steve should do, or at least a little research. You might start with Nexera canola that replaces is made in to a cooking oil lower in saturated fat and higher in omega fat. Bt crops do not allow for "higher diesel of toxic pesticides", but rather replaces the large quantities of organophosphates that used to be applied to the soil. As for your economic hardships? I guess you could blame that on gmos, since we have had several record setting crop yields over the last few years with gmos at 90+%.

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Posted by Jacob McDaniels on 06/29/2017 at 1:24 AM

Re: “About the Fourth Estate

California has enacted the National Popular Vote bill.

The bill is 61% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.
Candidates, as in other elections, would allocate their time, money, polling, organizing, and ad buys roughly in proportion to the population

Every vote, everywhere, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
No more distorting, crude, and divisive and red and blue state maps of predictable outcomes, that dont represent any minority party voters within each state.
No more handful of 'battleground' states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states, like California, that have just been 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.

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Posted by Susan Evoy on 06/22/2017 at 9:26 AM

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