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Re: “Enough, Mr. President

Oh, come on, Judy. Move to Canada? Right. To proclaim a belief that the dog-and-pony show that is the Trump presidency would have any real effect on the ground would be specious at best, for a supposedly educated, world-wise old veteran like you. His tweets are designed for one thing and one thing only: to keep those foolish enough to follow them absorbed in their inanity, thus missing out on the real shenanigans of government.

And our flawed electoral system? it's funny how we never hear about it when Democrats are its beneficiaries. And start a war? What president hasn't started, or continued a war somewhere?

As far as our reputation as a bastion of Democracy - our "efforts" towards the spreading of "Democracy" world-wide have done more than anything else to harm our reputation, making it clear to all but us that we're willing to kill native peoples anywhere for American corporate control long before we're willing to kill them into accepting "democracy".

But let's get to the heart of the matter: the total bullshit being fed to us as news. You cannot turn on the television, read a paper or open a magazine without getting such a terribly skewed, one sided version of events as to render it all useless for anything other than propaganda. Stories that should just contain the facts (remember, "Who, what, when, where, and how"?)instead try to tell us why, with little concern for the accuracy of the information used to form the opinion, and act as if we must be addle-minded to even consider looking at anything from a different perspective.

I'm not picking sides here (something our news agencies do with glee) - Fox is as bad as CNN or MSNBC - but what Trump says is true: the major news agencies will not give the full story, or the important news about events that will really have an effect on our lives; they will fill our heads with a different calamity or fabricated crisis every week, and never tell us that our government just signed over our sovereignty, unless it's couched in some bullshit story about how the treaty will provide protection to some obscure critter somewhere by tightening environmental laws. Never mind that it just made our laws on the matter null and void, and gave the authority for policing our own lands over to some international tribune, somewhere.

So yeah - you all have dropped the ball, and now you're reaping the rewards. If you're tired of the criticism, suck it up and start doing your jobs. We'd all come out ahead.

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Posted by Steve Parr on 08/19/2018 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Reaching Hmong Growers

Thank you for this important perspective which opens the door to all kinds of questions of access to opportunities and how our community responds.

Posted by thewayofcollage on 08/19/2018 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Enough, Mr. President

Note: California has enacted the National POpular Vote bill.

The bill is 64% 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.

It simply requires enacting states with 270 electoral votes to award their electoral votes to the winner of the most national popular votes.

All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.

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Posted by oldgulph on 08/17/2018 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Enough, Mr. President

as one of Japanese,
Objection from Many US Media against their "Leader" look enviable movement.

Also Japan is under similar situation but Japanese mainstream Media cannot do same thing.

For example,
Chairman or executives of Japanese Major Media often enjoy to dine with Prime Minister Abe.

One of them,TV Asahi has weakened Criticism of Plural News Shows by self-censorship or hesitation to Abe Government and its Supporters.
and,Government's vindicater who justify even Anti-LGBT politicians become anchor of noon time weekday news show.

Criticism against Abe Government has decreased from Japanese Major Media year by year.

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Posted by Aoi Azuuri on 08/17/2018 at 1:07 AM

Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

Thank you Ms. Taylor for another insightful editorial of the bigger picture and larger context widely self-censored in today's press, your well-informed views are especially annoying to those who dislike anyone that takes their citizenship seriously.

Thank you for that too.

With a misanthrope for president, democratic victories should be overwhelming, instead, the primaries are promising narrow gains this November.

Following 40 years of complicity in, and compromise with, the republican agenda of job exports, offshore tax havens, mass-deregulation, mass-privatization, mass-public divestment, mass-corporate bailouts, mass-incarceration, perpetual wars for oil...and the plethora of imperial interventions abroad, covert, overt, hot, cold and tepid...

...The DNC sees no alternative to their anti-Trump strategy, a president they helped elect.

It's not too late to return the party to its roots by adopting Bernie Sander's platform and begin earning-back some of the 70% of U.S. adults who never vote, described by Jimmy Carter as "the greatest threat to democracy" in his 1979 "Energy Independence" speech.

Unfortunately, returning to a party of the working people with an unprecedented nationwide voter registration drive is anathema to the millionaires in Congress beholden to the highest bidders and the military industrial complex.

Change must begin in our communities where we find our own corrupt developers
and entrenched elites, like Trump, dominating nearly every elected and appointed office.

Posted by Annonymous on 08/14/2018 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Pot POW

So...pots legal in most states now! Have they released Brett yet? If not...whats the holdup? Save prisons for the real criminals! This is one very talented individual, let him spend his time doing something productive like making music! I will be one of the first to attend his concert if PRISON doesnt ruin his musical abilities or stamp out his natural beauty!

Posted by Tatia Dominguez on 08/11/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

I hate to interrupt Ms. Taylor's Mussolini cosplay, but I don't think we've seen such treasonous drivel since Benedict Arnold tried to hand over West Point to the British. Hello?... the Revolutionary War called, it wants its rhetoric back, because in case you haven't heard, Great Britain are our friends now; WWI, WWII, the Cold War, remember?

Lucky 007 dropped the dime on this Manchurian Candidate of ours, but do you really think a guy that cheats on his wife with porn stars, and pays them off with hundreds of thousands of dollars wouldn't consort with urinating Russian prostitutes? How blind can you be? Oh, I get it, he's your hero and can do nothing wrong. Like a favorite Uncle, that takes you to Disneyland, and molests your sister.

Indeed, this person's comment reads more like a veiled threat than memorial to Hiroshima. "Be nice to Putin, or he will nuke us all". No doubt, let us have no illusions about the desperation of a nation with a GNP several times smaller than Italy, and the distinct threat that all their oligarchs ill begotten wealth that is stored overseas may be forfeited. Lastly, how stupid do you have be to fall for that N.Korean lies, again? Maybe we ask the Japanese how they feel about Kim Jong-un?

Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 08/06/2018 at 7:49 PM

Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

Working Toward Peace

Today, the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, is testimonial to the overriding issue of world peace. In this context, when President Trump meets with Putin in friendship, or for that matter with Kim Jong Un, his misbehavior is completely beside the point.

Presently President Trump has about 90% backing from the Republicans. They are forced on to the defensive by the Democrats focused attack on Trump personally. Their jeering ridicules those who voted for him as well. And it probably obliges them to support policies of the administration which they would otherwise reject.

I suspect many upper-echelon Democrats are secretly delighted with how the Trump administration is enriching them. They havent even begun to field a candidate for the next presidential election. But to hear Senator Duckworth, a Democrat, freak out at the idea of the US withdrawing troops from Korea, a dream and aspiration of all Koreans, and to hear of our own Representative Huffman belittling Trumps moves toward peace, when he should be enthusiastically endorsing them, thus slowing the Doomsday clock, is evidence that our nation is going grievously insane.

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Posted by Ellen Estabrook Taylor on 08/06/2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “'Save the Eucalyptus'

"A couple of times I have continued along the freeway shoulder to Eureka..." Spending millions on a trail that dead ends half way no where is emblematic of California's dysfunctional environmental permitting situation.

Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 08/05/2018 at 9:37 PM

Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

Wow - Ellen Taylor has drunk the Kool Aid. Trump is lining his pockets and those of the one-percenters. He is not working towards peace - he is trying to establish a dictatorship in the US and the obvious hacking of the US election in his favor is a high crime with ties to Trump's campaign. His military spending continues a trend of increasing the amount that the US tax payers pay out to the military contractors - making obscene amounts of money for the CEOs and shareholders of those corporations at the expense of our social programs and infrastructure. Trump won't release his tax returns because he doesn't want us to know how deep his financial interests and ties to Russia are. His antics are a big distraction so we don't notice how he is dismantling the financial and environmental regulatory systems and shifting even more wealth from the 99% to the 1%. I can't believe that anyone thinks Trump is sincerely working toward peace - that seems extremely naive and I am surprised to hear that from Ellen Taylor. Maybe her identity was hacked and someone else posted that comment - it doesn't sound like previous letters I've seen from her.

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Posted by Don Allan on 08/03/2018 at 12:33 PM

Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

I suppose had someone sent a letter to a small-town paper in August of 1938, supporting Germany's annexation of the Sudetenland, the injustice of the Treaty of Versailles, ranting against the Democratic Party and its local politicians, that editor could have published it in the interest of free speech. However, four years later, I think not so much!

My concern with this piece isn't only that it contained a particularly insidious narrative that cleverly mixed historical truths and rhetorical devices, but also that it had environmental undertones entirely absent from mainstream Republican dogma. Likely designed to win over the kind of clueless tree-hugging activists this area is know for, let us not forget that had not the Independent Left largely sat out this last election, Trump would have never been elected.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the cornerstone of post WWII security in Europe, but how does a knave from Petriolia know the exact number of NATO military exercises? This Ellen Taylor seems very versed in Russian history, but the cherry-picked version we got does not include their murderous suppression of the press, LBGT rights, and political dissent. By no means a "Red Herring", I would call how the Russians intervened in our 2016 elections, and the possibility that the Republicans and the National Rifle Association (NRA) helped them a clear and present danger to our Republic.

Incidentally, Anaconda, as in a South American species of python snake is spelled with a "c", but in Russia its spelled with a "k", which makes me question if this letter shouldn't more correctly have been signed Yelena Taylor, or .

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Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 08/02/2018 at 11:44 PM

Re: “'Working Toward Peace'

I'd say that he's "working towards peace" to about the same degree as you are in this letter. And all I'm seeing from you is a mishmash of schoolyard insults and ad hominem tu quoque (or, to put it in simpler terms, "I know you are but what am I" presented as an argument).

And then, there's the utter credulity regarding the word of someone who's repeatedly proven himself to be fundamentally and abjectly dishonest. Really: anyone who still sincerely believes any of what you've claimed here would have to be deeply in denial.

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Posted by K.A. Green-Wall on 08/02/2018 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Distressed by 'Combat' Energy at Fairy Event

Dear Margaret,
I am so sorry that you had a negative experience at our first Fairy Festival. Thankfully, aside from a wish for more food options and several children hoping for unicorns and more dragons next year most of the reviews from the community seem to be positive. It was such a joy seeing so many enjoying the sunshine on the plaza, the children and adults who chose to dress up, the vendors' creative fabulous offerings, and several downtown businesses and farmers from the market participating in the fun.
I am sorry that you did not enjoy our bands - we worked hard to bring music that would create an etherial soundtrack for a magical afternoon and evening. Black Magdalene, http://www.blackmagdalene.com/media.html, and Stellamara http://stellamara.com/media/ are both so delighted to offer their music to our local audiences and happily I have heard many people were enchanted with both. Both play at the famous Faerieworlds event in Oregon and at many other events catering to all ages. Of course our local music artists were fantastic!! :-)
Our friends at Emerald Empire Live Action Role Playing who offered the boffering arena is a favorite every year at the annual Medieval Festival of Courage in Blue Lake for all ages. They have years of experience running such an area, and I know they work hard to help kids interact, be in communication with those around them and to instruct everyone to aim for the boffers, not the person. I knew kids love them and it was lovely having them join us.
We are excited to work with more fabulous people in future years of this event to bring more creative maker's activities of different kinds,
We were delighted that it was a successful fundraiser for our friends at Humboldt CASA and I'm SO very happy that most of the feedback we have gotten was positive. We were trying hard to make a festival with a different layout and elements that would be new and exciting. If you would like to help make next year even better we'd love to have you join us.
If anyone would like to share their thoughts about our event please feel free! We have a feedback form here: https://goo.gl/forms/xD1pWdkNaQc7y1fD2
Love,
Shoshanna

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Posted by Shoshanna on 07/31/2018 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Emergency No More

Both the lack of a 1 acre acreage cap AND the restrictions on light dep for outdoor permits will have severely negative consequences on the very small family farms that are the economic foundation of Humboldt County. Please go to the Adorni Center next Tuesday, from 1-3 pm, to protest this farm-unfriendly regs to the reps of California's Dept of Food and Ag!

Posted by FredKrissman on 07/21/2018 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Know Your Enemies

Just to reinforce Mitch Trachtenberg's comment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's political cartoonist Rob Rogers, who had been there since 1993, was the victim of a right-shifting newspaper. As the paper shifted. his cartoons became more frequently rejected or sent back for a remake. Finally, a little over a month ago, he was let go. You can find interesting articles about this on the web.

Posted by Maybe,maybe not on 07/18/2018 at 1:19 AM

Re: “Know Your Enemies

While the scapegoating and demonization of journalists is every bit as horrible as other behaviors of the Trump administration, I'm not at all certain that today's typical journalist is working in support of something greater than themselves.

When you work for an advertising supported outfit, it strikes me that it is very reasonable for your readers to wonder exactly on whose behalf you are speaking. The advertisers? The publisher? The local chamber of commerce in general? The local and national powers that can grant or not grant you "access?" I don't doubt that many journalists perceive themselves to be unburdened by the interests of their publisher, and some may well be. You may well be. Or, you may sincerely believe you are, because it is extraordinarily easy for human beings to fail to notice what they'd rather not notice.

I lost most of my faith in the media when The New York Times folded for Reagan, lo, many years ago. And I've seen little in the years since to cause me to think of the media as a more-honorable-than-most work site.

In my experience, what's happened in this country has been a forty year downward slope predictably leading to Donald Trump, and the media has been an active participant, primarily because the vast majority of the smart journalists participating in it have chosen not to test the boundaries within which they have "free reign." I simply cannot believe they are actually speaking their mind, or even offering anything objective. What they offer is inevitably colored by the source of their paycheck. And, when a journalist *is* outspoken beyond the limits of free reign, rising above and speaking in opposition to the source of their paycheck, I wonder how long they keep that paycheck.

Would that it were otherwise, but this is the capitalist/consumer/advertiser system that has been perfected.

Mitch Trachtenberg

Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 07/14/2018 at 11:27 AM

Re: “'Petty Things'

Right. Because our healthcare, standard of living, and international standing are such "petty things." Keep telling yourself that, Dora.

Also? Playing the "sore losers" card just makes you look petulant. (Not to mention self-unaware, in light of how the right behaved after both of Pres. Obama's wins.)

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Posted by K.A. Green-Wall on 07/12/2018 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Know Your Enemies

Interesting info.

Self-medication has been around a long time. Even the African Elephant will search a root that nearly incapacitates them, monkeys too will periodically feed on a fermented fruit that leaves them stumbling around forgetting they are prey...but not all partake.

Psychologists claim that you can take a bucket of heroin downtown without increasing the number of addicts, only certain people are prone. Medicating children, however, is another matter. Not since the Nazi Youth Movement has intervention into child rearing been as effective as corporate advertising.

It's hard to blame journalists. Like the rest of us, unless we're financially independent, it's the boss's way or the highway and 80% of mainstream media is owned by 5 companies!! Here in HumCo a tiny minority of wealthy corporate interests provides the bulk of media advertising.

"Corporatocracy".

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Posted by Annonymous on 07/09/2018 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Know Your Enemies

Well said, anonymous. Another shooting, more predictable gun talk and fear speak, not one mention of the pharmaceutical connection. Been like that since at least Columbine, and the population has literally become over 400 percent more pharmaceutically medicated to "stabilize" behavior since. I attribute the lack of local attention to a journalist's ignorance and laziness. It's quick and easy to jump on the media bandwagon and stamp out a virtually ready-made page of predictably polar text on deadline. But a person paying attention might start to think the corporate/pharmaceutical/major media connection actively keeps their drug deals out of the equation. See how long it takes you, reader, to learn what pills Jarrod Ramos was popping before he flipped out on the Capital Gazette. Took me more than a few minutes. Do so with other mass shooters and violent crimes and read for yourself, the pharmaceutical connection becomes undeniable.

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Posted by Art Spelling on 07/08/2018 at 8:56 AM

Re: “The Marijuanapocalypse

Is it really a crisis? If so, why did it happen? They had six months to plan for and transition to compliant stock. Sounds like they did little until the last moment. if it's a crisis now it's because they simply decided to make larger profits by continued ordering and stocking cheaper non-compliant merchandise.

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Posted by Bill Taplan on 07/07/2018 at 3:36 PM

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