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Re: “#ThisIsAbsolutelyUs

We only find out "who we are" when facing extremes.

Eureka had its largest protest-ever after the 2017 election, YET, only ten dedicated volunteers could end the right-wing domination of Humboldt County government for the first time ever. No matter how despicable the new president's legislation becomes, it would fail without the participation and cooperation of America's municipalities.

In order for truth to be believed, it must be repeated. Unfortunately, media still reports on elections as if they are legitimate.

Anytime 70% of a country's potential voters abstain, the results do not constitute legitimate representation for a nation...for decades this has been one of the criteria used by the State Department to define and condemn the "rogue nations" they don't like.

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Posted by Gerald Gates on 08/22/2017 at 1:37 AM

Re: “#ThisIsAbsolutelyUs

John
...and 63 million people voted for Trump of which 55-64% still agree with his actions, conduct and policies that include three alt-right advisers in his closest circle (Sebastian Gorka, Steven Miller and Steve Bannon [well not any more for this Steve]).
While many of "us" did not vote and 3.5 million more voted for Hillary or someone other than Trump, it is almost as bad when others sit out elections or stay silent or soothe their souls with, "that is not us."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Sir Edmund Burke

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Posted by ladynacage on 08/20/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “#ThisIsAbsolutelyUs

This is not us.

We are a nation of some 330,000,000 + people and a few hundred haters showed up in Charlottesville, then 39 showed up in Boston. One mental case ran his car into a crowd.

The media is blowing this all out of proportion to reality.

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Posted by John Fullerton on 08/20/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “#ThisIsAbsolutelyUs

This is a brilliant commentary. You bet this is who we are as a nation. The American Civil War is not over. If anything the Confederacy has gained strength with its allies in the White House and Congress.

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Posted by ladynacage on 08/19/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “#ThisIsAbsolutelyUs

Speak for yourself. Your former president was no better than your current president. One nation under an internet meme doesn't demonstrate enlightenment, either. In this country, a person has the right to be an asshole, as well as you have the right to do what you want. I don't waste my time with assholes.

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It's the measles of mankind."

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Posted by Eh. on 08/18/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Don't Live in a Murder House

This is such an articulate, beautifully expressed article. I thank you so much for saying what so many of us believe and know to be true. Give it back, it is stolen goods.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 08/13/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Don't Live in a Murder House

This was a well-written column. Thank you for writing it.

"Genocide in Northwestern California: When Our Worlds Cried" by Professor Jack Norton should be taught in every single Humboldt County school. I wish Indian Press or HSU or someone could get the book into subsequent printing. It is a treasure. I still have mine all these years later.

There should be memorials to the genocide against not only the Wiyot, but the Hupa, Tolowa, Yurok, and other tribes. One good place for a memorial would be the Jacoby Storehouse and The Plaza. That's just for starters.

And, has the Clarke Museum returned all of the baskets and other regalia that Jack mentioned in his book and talked about in class so many years ago?

Regarding Jack, I wish more Humboldt County students could have been taught by him. I had him for several classes in what was then called an emphasis phase at HSU: "The Study of Genocide." Dr. Sam Oliner was another quality teacher in that emphasis phase, which was similar to a minor, since, if I recall correctly, HSU didn't issue minors then.

And, although I worked for Rob and like him, I respectfully disagree with him on this subject. The portion of the island that the city of Eureka owns should be turned over to the tribe. It would be one step in the coming to terms with the genocide of our Native American brothers and sisters. It's righting a historical wrong. One small step in what is needed on the North Coast, which has never really come to terms with the genocide and, later, the discriminatory and racist policies targeting generations of survivors and their children.

Lastly, thank you for pointing out the serial genocidal murderer, the "settler," "hunter" and "trapper" Seth Kinman.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 08/13/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Don't Live in a Murder House

Just because somebody has money doesn't mean they should be allowed to buy anything they want it's like being a spoiled child. They're no different. They're no better than any other person in Eureka they need to realize that. Give the land back to the rightful owner. It was stolen in the first place.

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Posted by Sharon Ross Catlett on 08/12/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Don't Live in a Murder House

I'll help. Let me know what I can do other than what I am now which is reminding people of the horrors of yesteryear for native Americans including the Wiyots.

Haven't we all had enough of rich fucks trying to control everything?
Here's a suggestion...call, write, visit the folks in Eureka who are involved with this ordeal. Let them know that we white and folks of color stand behind the Wiyots.
GIVE THEM WHAT BELONGS TO THEM. IT'S STOLEN PROPERTY.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 08/10/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Don't Live in a Murder House

Excellent article

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Posted by Toni Brockington on 08/10/2017 at 10:30 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 ago...like 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: “Homicide by Police

Samantha you can contact me on Facebook messenger as Leanne Estrada.

Posted by N8tivecali on 07/29/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Homicide by Police

My father was recently murdered by police officers. If any one has any information to help me and my family with legal matters please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Posted by Samantha Vasquez on 07/28/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Let's Talk About Rex

Amen to Sally's post

Posted by Irene Hedgecock on 07/27/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Stay Grounded

http://hightimes.com/news/portland-airport-allows-travelers-to-smuggle-marijuana/

Posted by Travels on 07/24/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Stay Grounded

TSA officials at the airport are extremely helpful, patient, and have only the passengers best interests in mind. They are many things, all positive, but being ornery is not a trait that I have ever witnessed them exhibiting. Get your facts straight. Oh, and you owe them an apology.

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Posted by JRWhitmore on 07/23/2017 at 6:22 PM

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