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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

Re: “Equal Pay Day

I would also like to point out that most of your links are to "malematters.usa". The top of the website page says "The 'male side' to gender issues". I doubt that this website is fully taking in the views of women.

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Posted by Eva Swartz on 05/05/2017 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Equal Pay Day

Hello Jerry. I found your argument fascinating, but I find your claim that "many of America's most sophisticated women choose to earn less than their male counterparts" ridiculous. Why in the world would someone choose to earn less? I read the articles that you provided the links to, but found that, while they do support your claim, two of them focus on the same subject, female physicians. The article about how 35 percent of women who have earned MBA's is also fascinating, but could it be possible that women feel pressured to do so? After all, it is a blatant fact that women don't get paid as much as men. Is that something to look forwards to after getting out of college?
Further more, although I did do my research, I would like to inform you that I am 13 years old, and I wrote this letter as part of my school community project. Thank you for your opinions, as well as the links to those articles.
-Eva Swartz

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Posted by Eva Swartz on 05/05/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “$1 for Every Vegan

"Humans are not evolved to eat all vegan diets. (Please don't say that it's fine because apes do it. We are not apes, by the way.) There is so much evidence of this, not just based on science, but also on millennia of human history. Yes, of course, we should drastically cut down on meat. Meat should be nothing but sprinkles. Perhaps in the future we will evolve to be vegans in a way that supports our bodies, but that doesn't happen over night. In the meantime, feel free to quit telling me what's best for my body. People have different requirements. I don't mind that you're vegan and I'm glad it works for you and your body's specific needs, but please stop with the assumptions that everyone is like you. "

1. All essential nutrients can be found from plant foods and in nature. You won't be able to list one that isn't.
2. Just because we have eaten meat throughout history, it doesn't mean we are best suited to, or should in the modern era, when we have the choice to eat an abundance of plant food instead.
3. I don't want to tell you what to do, but I'm willing to bet both of my balls that you don't track every nutrient that passes through your body, have not even thought about what essential nutrients it is you're getting from meat that you feel you would lack as a vegan, and have no intentions to measure and balance your meat intake based on your findings. You probably eat meat everyday which you buy in the supermarket, which has nothing to do with human history, and you probably eat dairy, which as you may know, we've only been doing for 10,000 years, and thousands of years less than that as a global trend. For the other 190,000 years of homo sapien history, we weren't known to suck on cow nipples shortly after they've given birth.

I'll throw my hands up and say fair enough, if you do try and limit your meat in-take to only what is needed, and you've thrown out truly unnatural practices like eating baby cow milk and chicken periods. But if you've written this absolute pissfest of an article and appealed to the necessity of eating animals, but still eat them as much as you like, then this is seriously pathetic.

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Posted by Cameron Herkes on 05/04/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “$1 for Every Vegan

I'm surprised that the letter by Loo K. would even be published in any paper. Clearly this person is highly uneducated and is in no place to criticize vegan activists. He provides no evidence for his ethical right kill and eat animals when plant foods will provide all of the nutrition the human body needs. The plant based diet is the only diet that can reduce heart disease and cure type II diabetes. These are facts, just like the fact that homo sapiens are apes. Ask any zoologist. But as Merrill Peterson mentioned, this is an ethical argument, period. We have to stop you from eating meat because that meat once had a brain and feelings attached to it. You cannot justify enslaving pigs, chickens, turkeys, cows, goats, or fish. If you would not like to live a miserable life and suffer a miserable death then you have no right to inflict that upon someone else, just because you are an ignorant bigot.

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Posted by Matt C on 05/04/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Fake POTUS

Rita, you made my day with this insight of yours: "Trump may possibly be the best wake-up call the American people have ever had!"

Nothing good is going to happen unless the American people wake up. Had Clunkton won, the People would have gone to sleep again, just as they did when Obummer was elected.

Therefore, it's better for the future of our country (not to mention the Planet) that Donald, not Hillary, was elected.

What a pass we've come to that either of them was a candidate!

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Posted by Lanny Cotler on 05/04/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “$1 for Every Vegan

The main driving issue for vegans is to reduce the harm done to other living beings. Once a person sees what that means, they automatically stop eating animal products, without even trying. Being vegan is about increased awareness; the personal physical benefits are just a nice side effect of the openness to compassion.

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Posted by Merrill Peterson on 05/04/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Miffed by the Races

Just moved here and we were not made aware of the NOISE from the races. Unbelievable that people have to put up with this level of noise. 4 miles way and it sounds like it is our backyard.

Posted by Susan Noble on 04/30/2017 at 9:27 AM

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.

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

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"

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...."

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.

"...[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."

"Compared to men, women view professional advancement as equally attainable, but less desirable"

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

"Salary Secrecy Discrimination Against Women?"

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

Re: “Human Rights Fight

Richard D. Brown is coming from a place of white male privilege in his comment which demonstrates quite nicely why we have reached the point that it is necessary for our public officials to affirm the very obvious fact that equal rights are for EVERYONE. His 'I've got mine" attitude is part of the problem. Sad!

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Posted by Reynard on 02/23/2017 at 6:46 AM

Re: “'Go Fly a Kite'

I'm wondering who Joshua Kinch voted for? Gary Johnson?

Posted by Fred Mangels on 02/16/2017 at 8:53 AM

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