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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 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

Re: “Smells Fishy

Here's the best way to check out the veracity of unnamed sources: Watch what unfolds. Did Flynn make phone calls to Russia and discuss sanctions? Yes he did. Did Donald Trump discuss Israeli intelligence with Russians in the Oval Office? Yes he did. Is Donald Trump being investigated for obstruction of justice? Per Donald's own tweets the day after the story was reported via "an anonymous source," he is indeed under investigation.
It's actually pretty easy. Read and wait. There's going to be lots of truth coming from unnamed sources in the foreseeable future. Get used to it and learn from it.
By the way, The NY Times issues corrections and retractions, often several per day.

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Posted by Brian Nash on 06/15/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “About Time

Hey Douglas, Thanks for this. You answered your own question: becoming "more random as the system ages" IS the arrow of time. Entropy is what gives the arrow direction, hence "past" and "future."

Posted by barryevans on 05/25/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Miffed by the Races

I am many miles away..,may 2017 and the noise is horrendous. I am
Indoors behind double paned glass. Insane.

Posted by Noyb on 05/13/2017 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Racists Among Us

Perhaps Ms. Bishop should have shared her letter on her "Code of Conduct" for African Americans to some of her "friends of many" races before sending it.

Posted by Brian Nash on 05/13/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Racists Among Us

Welcome to the Redwood curtain Shonquinta Jones. We have been here thousands of years, killed at the hands of the Humboldt Militia a private army set upon killing as much Indians as possible or the Larabee Militia that wiped the Nongatl tribe off the face of the earth. Or perhaps read about the Chinese expulsion from Humboldt County, and the massacre of the Wiyot's by the pillars of the community at seven sites besides Indian Island. For every type of David Josiah Lawson murder there are 1,000 native souls murdered (notice that I do not use the word massacred).

Also think about Mr. Chin who braved opening a Chinese restaurant in 1954, the bravery of Jim Howard the first black man elected to the Eureka City Council in 1972 for 18 years, or the establishment of the Native American Studies Program at HSU in 1971, or the many accomplishments of people of color in Humboldt County.

Yes some people may not like our kind here but the reality is people of color were here first and the tide is turning. If you think racism is well and alive here, you didnt experience the 50s, 60s or 70s.

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Posted by Robert Ulibarri on 05/11/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “$1 for Every Vegan

Veganism is not about "reducetarianism" this author seems to refer to and is also not a diet. Plant-based is a diet but vegan is an ethical stance. Every single human being could live healthily as a vegan on an entirely plant-based diet because all nutrients humans need to be healthy and survive can be found in plant foods in nature. B12 is naturally occurring in the soil and could be naturally attained through eating all plant foods, but because of modern agriculture fruits and vegetables are so washed down that the B12 is stripped of fruits and vegetables and therefore vegans need to take a B12 supplement. Every single other nutrient can be obtained without a required supplement on a plant based diet. Once you recognize that its is morally wrong to use animals you go vegan. Its not a matter of reducing our meat intake or reducing our dairy or other animal product consumption. Veganism is about recognizing that all animal products result in animals unnecessarily suffering and dying and therefore if we believe animals matter morally we end our participation in animal exploitation. That's it going vegan is simple and easy.

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Posted by Kyle Gillen-Hughes on 05/06/2017 at 2:45 PM

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