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Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

If you took 2 minutes out of any day in your life to speak with her your story might be relevant. She was Proud and intelligent. If she ever asked for so much as a lighter or a cigarette she would always offer a trade in money or a story.

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Posted by AJen on 01/24/2020 at 1:53 AM

Re: “Dark Energy: Blunder or Boondoggle?

Well yeah, obviously

Posted by barryevans on 01/23/2020 at 3:52 PM

Re: “HumBug: The Current Mass Extinction

We flock to estuaries, along riparian rivers where we can act as if occupants of Edens. (Rivers and lakes, and even ocean shores made for easy and relatively safe transportation corridors, for us soft tasty omnivores).
Unfortunately we foul any place wherein we're sedentary.
Physical anthropologists point out that we are running and walking animals, becoming rather quickly unhealthy without motion.
Our brains evolved into such moveable feast niches, able to do so due to increased calorie availability.

Our skeletons are not as swift, gracile, as some of our ferebears such as the beautiful Homo erectus and such relatives who expanded from Africa long before and separately from ourselves. I suppose, like so many animals, beefy large characters clubbed their male way to social status, to the extent that females accepted brutality; so we didn't go all out for cantankerous bullish ways, still able to bond and band together in generous harmony, to "move in space with miniumu waste, and maximum joy."

I look at the apple photo, remembering my brother holding a seemingly perfect apple, offering me a bite, in a wild feral orchard, now covered by shopping malls. Always naive, I bit, and the whole inside had been occupied with soft organisms that had presumed safety inside their foodish shelter.
Underestimating the power of hunger and naivete', he could not know that even today, I am not repulsed by those inoffensive occupants of apples. I merely leave them some, eating around them.
No Imidacloprid necessary! I recommend that all accept the validity of these other lives, and demand the extinction fo Neonicotinoid producers instead.
A life is diminished beyond fuction when it is so narcissistic that it cannot tolerate other lives.

THe Oceti Sakowin peoples have a saying, a recognition taught in earliest childhood. It is not ritual, but greeting:
They say, and think, when opening their minds to wakefulness, "all my relatives."
it constitutes the only essential prayer, the source of lively compatible inquisitive eagerness and welcome.

In this land of the greatest living beings of earth, the Coast redwoods, I constantly seem to have to remind humans with whom I interact: We are NOT the crown of creation. A single individual one of these has the capacity to live and sequester carbon, break CO2 back into lifegiving oxygen , for a span of over twenty to thirty of our fullest lifetimes.

This December I saw optimistic yung pumpkin and crab spiders weaving webs on the sunny arbors here. I whispered cautions to them, but in ensuing days noticed the gnats and flies who also decided that our climate had changed . THe flowering ceased, though,
They withdrew.
Models show that locally we may not dessicate but may precipitate an equal or greater amount of rain.
Some kind souls sprout clones of redwoods to plant in the Puget Sound area. I noted a few more hardy insect-consuming garter snakes in coastal dunes than in last century's years, picking one up to help young boys unfamiliar with them to assuage their excitement away from possible fears (we are the cruelest of all species, killing from fear)

Yes, our omnivorous design makes a population averaging over 140 per square mile of habitable earth, totally untenable. China, having excessively promoted humans uber alles for thousands of steady years now, continues to evolve new constraints. Today's is yet another coronavirus, a relative of common colds and deadly SARS. There, evolutionary biologist calculate, originated Yersinia pestis, a virulent form of Vibrio cholerae (the latter bacteria genus a denizen of estuarine habitats and brackish waters everywhere. In fact some other Vibrio can have properties allowing their inhabiting humans. Expect them)

We work at odds with ourselves. HIV has become quite varied in its nucleotide makeupp, and if you pause, aware of social signals in the most modern generations of humans, you can see the pressure toward casual mating strategies being either promoted or noted. I suspect the latter. Immune system compromise occurs under unrelieved stress as well, and nature, our overgeneral term for the myriad individuals of all kinds, all, like excess humans, seeking , as does life itself, ever new occupiable niche, has to mirror excess humanity. We seek instead of skill or knowledge to act with integrity, to become ever-more opportunistic middlemen, squeezing into cracks we make between producer and consumer.

We accept such pests when they are human, while attempting to wipe uut pollinators, supposed "weeds", and other organisms that long antedate our own overproliferation.

Could it be that in excluding other life, inventing toxicities (an interesting compound word. Play with it) to diminish the lives of others , so that we can create intolerable - come on , now 140 per square mile???
Could it be we are doing what psychoanalysts have called "transference?" raging and blaming others for our own behaviors?

Posted by george mira on 01/23/2020 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Dark Energy: Blunder or Boondoggle?

You'd like things to end, perhaps biased by your own biological DNA methylation ( in a limited environment, the alternative is endless growth or cancer. An unlimited environment so often desired by the psychopathic limited in the thin skin of biological earth, with its complex sharingecosystems, appears at present to occur, although excluding an insignificant system-dependent organism composed of only the four or so most common local elements).
But please don't conflate such presumption and consequent jealousy with reality dwarfing your capacity to comprehend.

Even biological life, largely carbon-dependent and constantly so active that even your most lasting physical object, your femur, is totally composed of new atoms and molecules inside of 11 years,
Motion, or flux, is the sole constant - energy. That we , or stars, accrete and finally disperse is a product of that constant flux.
Theoretically, (to limited thinkers) random distribution is the far future. But looking up into the random distribution of the very stars, we find huge variation, fierce massive stars and present black holes, , and on minute scales, virtual "particles" coming into evanescent being , seemingly occurring as "space" stretches, and immediately winking out (mostly, as far as we can tell.
When encouraged as a young teen to study Einstein's work, I looked, responding to the physicist who was pushing me, "these equations do not necessarily support any actual existence of matter, just apparent variations in the shape of an unknown field.
What ARE the topes, shapes that other equations define as "one-dimensional" strings, or several dimensional membranes, fluctuating?

That we cannot connect basic components of the energy densities that constitute matter, is of little significance, when we ourselves had senses evolved only for the utilities of temporary persistence and motion within a constrained biosphere in concert with myriad other organisms, all temporarily acquiring moderately electron-balanced atoms and molecules, essentially inviting them to spend a bit of time (whatever THAT is!) moving in and through some replicating organism , then setting them free to find other such associations.

Philosophy is limited, dead-endish.

Affect - emotional experience and states, rule ur thinking , efficient at our scale to persist for a while. Brains,, you see, have evolved over time as heuristic predictors - using experiences, and simulation (memory, association) to engage in persistence. Our brains are naturally self-interest-biased, and ALL our conceptualizing and machinations are involved in rather social interaction, distorting all information toward the perceived utility of the individual agglomeration, the organism that grew the particular and unique brain.

It doesn't MATTER what we like, and to whimper although excoriated as "miserable" by some social-dominance-oriented user of the word, is always and only a social signal, largely emitted by a subadult or injured animal.
I respond quite compassionately to whimpers, unlike the psychopathic, and recognize their utility and meaning, again, ENTIRELY social and signaling distress in a finally optimistic way.

Bangs, the neurohormonal thrillers of psychopaths - consider war and pleasure killing and the phony presumption of superiority that bangers desire - have no universal meaning.
Time was certainly shaped differently when all was plasma, heat.

Yet the question that has NOT been addressed is, "How anisotropy?"
Nothing is isotropic, even light bends in response to mysterious gravity.

The author appears to have miscalculated his opinions and questions as having far more gravity than they do in reality. Discovering something weighty but consistent, some couling constant K pulling at tensors, , is not inherently different from messing with bacteria, and noting an infection of a penicillium mold pushing them away, at bay. It may have some functional value at some scale; after all science has consistently been conflated with mere engineering, an occupation desiring to dispense with offensively (to engineers) variables.

I want to puke at philosophy.

Meanwhile the more acute intelligence of wolf and hawk merely observe, not demanding information fit into their known past, but willing to contain it. This, whether or not it become key to assessing whether some future concentration of energy demonstrate variation affecting lunch.
Vectors and tensors, you see . . .

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Posted by george mira on 01/23/2020 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Steller Sea Lyin'

Interesting story, I respect your 'hobby' it sounds adventurous!

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Posted by Eila Faulkner on 01/22/2020 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

Did anyone finally figure out if that woman went into safe quarters, or did she pass? I also tried to give her food items. And she would never accept them. I do want to comment that I don't feel the title vacancy at 4th and E streets, is appropriate.

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Posted by Olveda, ang on 01/18/2020 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

I once knew a millionaire who had his house burn down and his family in it. He would still live at the property, only the house wasnt there, many belongings were. This went on for years, he would ride around the town on his bike. I was about 10 years old. Finally I heard a neighbor gave him a room in their house. He lived their. Sometimes people are hurt, confused, and feel lost. We are all human, we need to help each other and not hate. People that talk bad about the homeless sicken me and shouldnt be allowed to live on this earth.

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Posted by Matt Smith on 01/17/2020 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

A few years ago my husband was on a paint crew that painted the building catty-cornered to 'her' corner. He said that some mornings she wasn't there, and then they would see her slowly walking along the sidewalk and then go sit on the bench (as if to 'start her day'), other mornings she would already be there when they arrived. He said that he and his co-workers would bring her food on occasion, she would never accept it, so they would just leave it on the bench for her...she would never speak to any of them (or even acknowledge them).

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Posted by Number 8 on 01/17/2020 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

I work in eureka and used to pass her often, wondering if she was still even breathing. She had disappeared for a while earlier this year (late summer time?) and I started wondering where she went, and hoped she was somewhere doing better. Then one day, I saw her sitting there, uncovered. I was shocked to see her uncovered, and back in her spot, but relieved to see that she must have been recently up and moving around. Then she disappeared again. I hope she is somewhere, in a better place than that bench.

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Posted by Krystal on 01/16/2020 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

While this story is touching, I'm curious if anyone ever reached out to her to help, or did we all just walk past her? Is it only sad now that she's gone? Could she still be here if we had offered a helping hand?

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Posted by Hailey Sicotte on 01/16/2020 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

Are The dead are not without peace when their living presence is remembered and shared. Nice photo. Sad story. Same ending for us all.

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Posted by Mr wilson on 01/16/2020 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

That's Beautiful. Did she pass away or relocate into her own Apt.?

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Posted by Angel McGuffie on 01/16/2020 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

Has the woman passed away? I heard otherwise, but both options are sad.

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Posted by kim pinches on 01/16/2020 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

self-indulgent, narcissistic garbage. At least have the decency to allow the dead to rest in peace instead of milking one last poorly conceptualized and irrelevant column out of their misery. Can we agree to that at least in 2020?

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Posted by Art Critic on 01/16/2020 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

I remember her and think of her often. I used to buy food gift cards and hand them out randomly and I'd slip one to her when she was asleep so she could sit inside at Denny's and get some hot food when she woke up. She was always gentle and kind.

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Posted by Dawn Albrecht on 01/16/2020 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Evolution Isn't Progress!

Until the environment changes quickly and drastically, at which point the "progressive" organism is SOL

Posted by barryevans on 01/01/2020 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Evolution Isn't Progress!

It can be both random and "progressive". Natural selection, over time, shapes an organism that is better suited to its environment. One might think of that as progressive.

Posted by doofus on 12/31/2019 at 12:02 AM

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