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Re: “Facing the Wind

Windmills or not, hunting and gathering using radar never boded well for sustainability.

Not only are 90% of the ocean's large fish species depleted, google: "6th largest extinction event" and learn what scientists all over the world are observing in the rapid decline of nearly every species including insects.

Reality and commercial interests conflict too much to be covered by today's media.

When the truth becomes revolutionary, you know you're living in tyranny.

Posted by Annonymous on 10/20/2018 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Mindful Bitchface

Still laughing as I write to thank you for this!

Posted by kymk1 on 10/19/2018 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Mindful Bitchface

Oooh...mee tooo
Cheers to RBF!

Though it does have its benefits! I'm less likely to be harassed or followed, and when we are actually angry, the gates of hell open though rage-flowing telekinesis! ;)

Posted by Emily Reinhart on 10/18/2018 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Facing the Wind

As a fisherman who has had direct issues with these wind shills I offer this bit of advice. Unless these people are cut from different cloth than the ones we are dealing with here on the East coast in Southern New England, beware. They have all of their talking points down in order to put your mind at ease. Don't believe the double talk.
With the amount of money involved in these scams, these people will say anything.
And if you're wondering my issue involved a legitimate claim that was well documented that these wonderful people tried to weasel out of. Only the threat of legal action made them pay for damages I incurred from the junk they left on the ocean floor.
And who will remove these monstrosities from the ocean when their no longer in use?

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Posted by Joel Hovanesian on 10/18/2018 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Homeland Insecurity

Good writing. Thanks.

Posted by Brian Hill on 10/16/2018 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Not Another Winter to Wonder

It's nice to hear a rational voice in these days of Trump. If there's an apocalypse the homeless will be best suited to deal with it

Posted by Craig Travis on 10/14/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Danger!

We send our young adults to Humboldt to further their education, please Humboldt University ask your students to come up with a safety plan for all of the students. More lights, cameras all over campus, hallways, car parks. The buddy system not walking alone, plan how you will get safely to your cars for a evening class. Talk to the Police department for ideas. A Very Caring Grandma for all students...

Posted by Linda Christopoulos on 10/04/2018 at 8:56 AM

Re: “'Zero Tolerance'

Richard Salzman, I almost unanimously agree with your opinions and have always supported your efforts. However, you're not invincible to shady politics. I think Estelle Fennell should be outright fired for a host of reasons, but her position on Measure K isn't one of them. Your claim that she, and others, object to Measure K on grounds that they have some sort of desire to be federal "lackeys" is just absurd. Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is people involved in the county's finances and paperwork don't want to deal with the additional expense and paperwork of an unecessary policy. What expense, you ask? Any expense, as Eric Kirk refuses to quantify or identify amounts and sources of money to be saved. Measure K is an expense, and another pile of paperwork. And Eric Kirk hasn't done the obvious showcasing of similar policy's effectiveness in other areas. That's because they're not effective. How many sanctuary city's have arrests occured anyway? How would this ordinance "stick it to Trump" as Eric claims, when the President has declared retaliatory aciion? Is Measure K out to make martyrs?

Richard, look at Eric's promotional material for Measure K and tell us what it DOESN'T inform voters. Don't you think it's very important to clarify to the generally informed general public that Measure K will NOT stop ICE activity whatsoever, and that people involved with ICE won't receive any kind of help from the county despite Measure K waving a "sanctuary" flag at them?

I believe in truth in advertising, and lowering our costs and bureaucratic hassles. Measure K does neither. Everything being championed by those who care about people as people can, and should, be achieved without legislation and expense whenever possible. Measure K is bad, ineffective politics, simple as that. It's playing on emotions, not common sense.

Posted by Art Spelling on 09/24/2018 at 8:14 PM

Re: “'Zero Tolerance'

Eric Kirk refuses to answer the following questions about Measure K. Let's see if he does so on this forum, as I've been censored on his.

For the record, Eric. Youve repeatedly claimed Measure K will save the county money. What money is being spent right now in Humboldt that will be saved? Who has made what, if any, proposals that have given you the idea money will be spent on any sort of systematic immigration in this county? Where in this country has any lawsuit even been filed, let alone successful, in the way youve repeatedly warned is a threat to Humboldt County? Has or has not the county assured you there's neither interest nor funds to spend on such matters?

Claudia Portillo received high profile attention for her arrest in a sanctuary city. You pitched Measure K to her audience. How did San Francisco's sanctuary ordinance help Claudia Portillo, before and after her arrest? How have these measures in other cities helped people like her who have been detained anyway? Do you feel San Francisco owes Claudia Portillo the $12,000 she was unobjectably required to be freed? Could Humboldt be sued for such lack of assistance?

Eric Kirk has called the sheriff and county staff liars over their cost estimates regarding Measure K, yet is unable to provide either a ballpark figure of what he claims the county will "save" or even a source of expenditures to be saved in the first place.

Straight forward no-bullshit questions, Eric Kirk keeps avoiding direct answers to these simple questions other than to ridicule me and call me illiterate. Illiterate like english is my second language? Speak to the people youre claiming to want to help, Eric. Because what you're doing instead is the exact kind of shady
politicing we've agreed on in similar instances.

Posted by Art Spelling on 09/24/2018 at 5:43 PM

Re: “'Zero Tolerance'

The estimated costs are pretty amazing. I had no idea that not doing something was so expensive!

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Posted by Eric Kirk1 on 09/24/2018 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Save the Mateel!

Good riddance to the Mateel and all the old hippy scuz that clings to it like flies to feces. The Humboldt County marijuana growing bonanza was decades ago. The county is now left with the dregs: A declining economy, a poor and poorly educated populace, environmental wastelands left from the marijuana growing, little in the way of healthcare services, crumbling infrastructure, inept local governments, an opiod crisis, widespread criminality at all levels, racial animosity on the rise. And that's just a start. What a gory and festering thing you have become, Humboldt County citizens.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 09/21/2018 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Bliss!

I think you're kidding, yes? Or, sarcasm?
Gee, I hope so.

Few things would/could be worse than having such low paying, high death rate businesses settle in.
Isn't South Broadway already ugly and gross enough?

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 09/20/2018 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Save the Mateel!

Yes, I agree the Mateel is invaluable.

The way I see it, there must be hundreds of pot growers with large stashes of cash tucked away who could and should donate enough to pay Mateel's bills, form a foundation and keep it serving the community forever.

Pot growers are some of the cheapest bastards I've ever met. They have bucket-loads of cash with nowhere to legally deposit.

When there was a all local talent excellent film being produced around here, not one cash burdened dealer gave cash to help get the film to the screen and world.

Come on, you cheap f...s. Cough it up.

Ya can't take it with you.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 09/20/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “In Case of Emergency, Break Glass

Perhaps instead of trying to reform gun laws we should just increase the production of glass bongs and recycling bins.

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Posted by Gloria Picchetti on 09/20/2018 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Same Team

Excellent post, King Max!

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Re: “Gun Forum Shows Left and Right Can Talk Peacefully

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Posted by Certificate Certifia on 09/12/2018 at 11:38 AM

Re: “In Praise of Diverse Views

"Articulate" or no, Brennan's letter consisted entirely of deflection, straw men, dog whistles, self-victimization, and outright insults. Not really something that should be praised.

Posted by K.A. Green-Wall on 09/10/2018 at 4:00 PM

Re: “'Vatican City'

The cover articleStatic at KHSUby Kristin Kirby had some strong points, but because of selective interviewing it leads to what I consider to be false impressions about the firing of a much-valued long-time employee and the current situation at the station. One strength of the article is the dispassionate tone and, so far as I could tell, objective investigation. The other is the inclusion of considerable history and background about KHSU. Readers will come away with a lot of information about the station. Let me briefly touch on some problems that were not addressed. I am writing as an on-air volunteer of 25 years.

The first difficulty is that the university was represented in the article by Vice President Wruck. Since he was responsible, with some advice from a committee, for choosing embattled station manager Peter Fretwell Wruck is actually a party to the conflict. I see most of his talk as cant, serving to obfuscate rather than reveal. The mission statement by the Presidents cabinet is a good example. Wruck himselfasked for this in the middle of a firing controversy. Who else in the community was even thinking about it? No one; it was a non-issue. So it seems like a fairly transparent ploy to shift the discourse from Fretwell and the work environment Fretwell creates to abstractions. To some extent the Journal article bought into this tactic. (A second example of obfuscation is Wrucks incoherent answer to the question of where additional money for increased programming will come from, especially in the face of losses due to canceled subscriptions and sponsorship due to the firing.)

Another buy-in to the official but inaccurate story was the quote from a published statement by Fretwell about how everybody took great care with the firing. I am sure that everyone made sure that all the rules had been followed, but that is very different from establishing the firing was justified, or that there was not an alternative (mediation?). More than one staff member told me Fretwell had disliked the fired employee from the get-go and the firing was the culmination of this. So the story leaves the impression that the firing was justified; that it isn't justified is what the whole commotion is about.

A significant problem is that the viewpoints of many principals were not represented. People have a right not to speak to journalists, but if enough people refuse (on record or off record) what is left ends up as a biased account. President Rossbacher has been out front on many issues since coming here but on this one she is silent. I would like to think the request for an evaluation by CSU staff is her way of saying she is not sure whether to trust Wruck and Fretwell. But, given many letters and pleas from community members and the Community Advisory Board statement of lack of faith in Fretwell, she should have actively involved herself in finding a solution back when the firing had just occurred. To be clear, the fired employee has a new job but the management problems have not been resolved.

We also didnt hear from Fretwell. There are many stories, perhaps only rumors, circulating about Fretwells background and previous employment. Those would seem to be fruitful fields of inquiry in explaining the current situation.Instead the article includes a quote from Wruck that makes it seem the atmosphere was corrosive before Fretwell came, which I do not believe is true. If nothing else, the previous station manager had regular meetings with staff and volunteers where feedback (non-corrosive) could and did occur.

In short, by giving so much space to Wrucka obfuscations and not getting more information from the parties directly involved, I think the article does not deal adequately with the real controversy at the station: Fretwells mis-management. Unfortunately, word from inside the station indicates that the atmosphere is indeed still corrosive and that Fretwell continues management by harassment. (It takes a very insecure manager to see insubordination in multiple employees.) The article is a good start, but I hope there will be follow-ups about the mission statement subterfuge, the CSU evaluation, and some digging into Fretwells record at previous jobs as well as what is currently occurring. As Wruck says, KHSU is a community service. We need KHSU to have leadership that is direct and trustworthy.

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Posted by dwchandl on 09/06/2018 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Reefer Madness and Bongzilla

Thadeus, you should read the study you and a gazillion other medias regurgitated last week about weed and schizo. It's garbage. You should also read others' regurgitations of that study amd see for yourself how nobody, including yourself, questioned any aspect of it. It's this very propaganda at work. 180,000 "subjects" (actually a mail order gene pool) and nobody questioned how many drink alcohol????? Nobody! Let alone to what degree? Let alone what other meds they're on???? chidhood traumas etc etc etc etc etc etc. Whereas you wrote that indeed correlation is not causation, you, and the gazillion other overworked and underpaid reporters took it at face value and left it at that. The study was even published by a website that does nothing but fearmonger weed in those ways. Make parents think their kids will go crazy if they or their children smoke. Make people think they might be prone to serious mental disorders. Make people actually think that they are genetically predetermined to smoke weed. It's a full frontal example of the propaganda mentioned here. Ask yourself how 14 federal agencies can successfully fearmonger weed in this day and age, there you go. Glowing success.

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Posted by Art Spelling on 09/06/2018 at 9:06 AM

Re: “'Manipulated'

It's great that Trump has inspired pro-fascists like Rick to come out from under their rocks so we can see who they are and understand just how dangerous they can be. Again.

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Posted by Annonymous on 09/02/2018 at 8:56 PM

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