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Re: “The Thing About Socialists

Where would capitalists find happiness if not from the suffering of others?

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Posted by Anon. on 03/22/2019 at 11:10 PM

Re: “The Bully of Oz

Stunning and sad to read a letter decrying bullying by a former HSU administrator who oversaw the undermining of due-process employment rights victimizing thousands of auxiliary staff, including many students, since 1986.

Victims and perpetrators alike are the models for our children.

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Posted by Anon. on 03/21/2019 at 1:41 PM

Re: “On Murder Mountain

I am currently watching this series on Netflix. I am starting episode 5 this evening.

While I admit one can take different aspects of the show and make a case for any number of issues, the more important point is that the program is inaccurate on so many key points they are not even worth mentioning here.

I moved to the area in 1989. My house and 40 acres are a short drive from the Nonagon. I was the Music Director at KMUD as well as a programmer for many years. I was a volunteer fire fighter and first responder in the area. I have also worked as a real estate agent in Southern Humboldt/Northern Mendocino. Hell, I was even on the Board of Directors for Little League.

I had never heard of the area being called Murder Mountain. It was always known as Rauncho. But, I am assuming that was not sexy enough for the title of the show. Because of the very title, I think all should be circumspect before jumping to any judgements.

I will wait until I finish the show in its entirety before coming to some final conclusions.

A couple of things jump out though:

It is painful to watch so many of the locals involved in the program take on the sensationalized point of view of the director.

If you are such a good person, good friend to many and a good son, why in the hell would you get involved with a known violent drug addict when so much money was at stake in illegal activity?

And, why is there so much anger and blame directed at law enforcement in the show? Pot was illegal until recently.

Folks in the hills in Southern Humboldt depended upon the cops not doing their jobs by letting them grow weed. Nearly everyone got away with it. It is self righteous to hold them to a high standard in this case when everyone counted on them to not do their jobs adequately for so long.

Posted by Michael Davis on 03/21/2019 at 1:39 AM

Re: “The Thing About Socialists

Where will capitalists get their money without exploiting the labor of the working class?

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Posted by Collin Yeo on 03/14/2019 at 11:16 AM

Re: “'Arcata's Idiotic Plan'

Here's my suggestion Nancy:

Learn a bit more about your country, I suggest Thomas Jefferson, and you will also oppose lionizing human being's imperial inclinations whether they are McKinley, Bush, Obama, Trump, or native people.

One million Filipino civilians died under McKinley's term.

How many more will die from U.S. oil-wars?

Posted by Anon. on 03/09/2019 at 9:29 PM

Re: “The Bully of Oz

People never talk about boys bullying girls. I remember when I was in school. Boys bullied me for my hair, my clothes, being too thin, being too pale. Whenever I stood up to them they just bullied me more.

I realize my experiences aren't universal. But I seldom hear them talked about. The Casual Vacancy by Rowling is one exception.

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Posted by Nicole Cormier on 03/08/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Pay it Forward

Thanks Thad! Great story!! What a crazy weekend with a miraculous outcome! Thank you to all the Locals, Non Locals and everyone that assisted!! Will send check soon!

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Posted by Michelle Bishop on 03/07/2019 at 6:32 PM

Re: “'Arcata's Idiotic Plan'

Heaven forbid that we should have one less old racist white guy elevated on a pedestal, especially since that is what Arcata is *totally* all about. The will of the people definitely being violated there. And it was totally an act of the people when the statue was put up and completely not the act of one rich guy who was a fanboy paying for the statue himself and spearheading the effort. Civilization is entering the end times.

The preceding was sarcasm.

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Posted by Esme Pendergast on 03/07/2019 at 10:40 AM

Re: “'Arcata's Idiotic Plan'

Now that it turns out that our first 12 presidents were slave owners I would like to see the National Mall leveled and repurposed as a luxurious hotel.

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Posted by Dav on 03/07/2019 at 8:51 AM

Re: “'Arcata's Idiotic Plan'

Statue went to Ohio, it wasn't destroyed, calm yourself. Rant about something worth the effort...

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Posted by Emily Reinhart on 03/07/2019 at 7:53 AM

Re: “'Arcata's Idiotic Plan'

I bet this lady cheered when the Corporate Media aired images of US soldiers toppling statues of Saddam Hussein.

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Posted by Opinionator on 03/07/2019 at 2:47 AM

Re: “Farewell from McKinley's Statue

arcata doesn't deserve the statue. Now they have an elevated place upon which to stand to exercise their freedom of speech and make bigger fools of themselves in the process.
How about a big shiney plaque dedicating arcata's pledge to foreign criminals they shall forever have new generations of victims while they enjoy the freedoms of sanctuary cities.
good work knuckleheads. Build the Wall Crime will Fall.

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Posted by john buster on 03/03/2019 at 11:18 AM

Re: “'Be Best'

Brilliant response Lauraine LeBlanc. Even if it was meant to be satire, it just didn't come off that way precisely because well, what Trudeau said.

Posted by unja on 02/28/2019 at 3:25 PM

Re: “'No Refuge'

I was slammed with the name Anthony Sanger when I started to read this letter. I knew, or suspected, that something had happened to Anthony because it has been so long since I've seen him or heard from him. I now know that the worst that I had feared is what has happened. I've known Anthony for many years. It was a joy to go to the Jam when Anthony was on keyboard. He truly was a genius. I've never heard anyone play that piano like he could. It was a small upright and often he would get so out there that someone would have to grab the piano because it was about to flip over and hit the floor. I spent many, many hours with him when he went into a manic phase because he had decided he didn't need the Bipolar meds anymore. He lost everything as a result of the manic phases, his little house, his wife, his son, everything. I can't do justice to how tragic it was and what it was like when he came down and was hit by all he'd lost. This mad, brilliant piano player who had a life of loses and struggle that is beyond heartbreaking. Beyond his pills there was no help for him. He ended up in scuzzy living situations in Eureka and sometimes with no roof over his head. I'd run into him pulling his piano behind him and I would try to find a way to help but rarely could do much. Thank you, Ellen, for at least giving me an ending, though not the one I would have wished for. I'd love to know more if you'd ever care to share.

Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 02/28/2019 at 1:10 PM

Re: “It's the Meth

I can assure you, my son, Jeffrey Jurgens, was NOT self medicating at the age of 5 yo or even at the ages of 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15yo. I take offense to your misleading comments insinuating his mental illness was due to meth! Get your facts straight!

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Posted by JJ 1 on 02/28/2019 at 11:59 AM

Re: “It's the Meth

Agreed that there is a huge need for meth treatment, the presence of an addiction does not negate the existence of a serious mental illness. Incompetent to stand trial is far more complex than what this article indicates and typically meth use doesnt land an individual in a state hospital.

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Posted by Diyah on 02/28/2019 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Farewell from McKinley's Statue

Hella sweet, maybe even wicked!

Yes, leave the plinth bare as a reminder of what the last forty years of leadership of the United States has done for the country's citizens. Promise the rest of the country that when a President does something worth celebrating (Medicare for All, anyone?) they can stand on the plinth for a while.

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Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 02/28/2019 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

This was an excellent read thank you

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Posted by commie trans lady on 02/28/2019 at 3:02 AM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

I wrote this satirical piece for our satire/humor column Seriously? to poke fun at the flimsy and selfish arguments (grammar, awkwardness, having to let go of some outdated notions about gender) that so-called allies unfortunately use against adopting they/them for non-binary people. When taken to their conclusions, those objections are pretty insane, which I hope is apparent to the folks still clinging to them.

As for those insane conclusions: I do not call deer "antler dogs" or fish "scaly flippies." You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who genuinely thinks "mankini" is an elegant addition to the English language. Using 19th century classifications of Caucasoid, Negroid and Mongoloid is NOT recommended in conversation. And if you're only concerned about supporting marginalized people when they're watching your performance of allyship, well, that's not great. And, of course, nothing (certainly not British spelling) could keep any sane person from Idris Elba.

Call people what they wish to be called. It's a lot easier than the mental gymnastics required to hang on to a grammatical convention.

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Posted by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill on 02/25/2019 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

Do y'all in the comments know this is satire? Like, it's very clearly satire. I understand if you have concerns about the mixed messages of a satirical piece focusing on a marginalized group, and your feelings are valid if that's the case. But it's definitely not meant to be taken seriously, and if that's what offends you, you need to grow up and work on your critical thinking skills.

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Posted by Adam LeJeune on 02/19/2019 at 3:19 PM

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