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Re: “Stupid is as Stupid Does

FYI, many of history's worst tyrants were "well-read" and "well-traveled". Utter meaningless measurements of intelligence. Except for U.C. Berkeley in the 1960's, America's universities are sanctuaries for the privileged classes.

The current U.S. President is a natural outcome following 40 years of democratic support for "bipartisan" policies divesting from U.S. human resources, services, housing, education, infrastructure, including privatization, job exports, wars for oil, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of financial markets and their subsequent bailouts, again and again...

Homeless Americans are now filling our streets and like the 1930's, a courageous leader will eventually respond as American's suffering, protests and demands gradually become ubiquitous.

Catalysts for successful social change are unpredictable, usually a very slow, painful process.

Posted by Gerald Gates on 10/15/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Carrying Capacity

There is no research supporting Ms. Corbett's assertion. Humboldt County once exported vast quantities of many varieties of grains, more than enough to sustain a high population density.

That's not the problem.

All imperial economies today are dependent upon the slavery of native, Asian, African and South American children and teens assembling our commodities, harvesting natural resources, mining our cobalt, or growing our food. It is not sustainable and all have collapsed before us.

Every measurable environmental, economic and social indicator is in decline, except the Dow Jones, temporarily sustained, like all past imperial economies, by turning imperialism's predatory prowess upon its own citizens with usurious (once illegal) interest rates, unprecedented public divestment in education, social services and infrastructure, and massive tax cuts...with every fearful institution, government, media, academia, and family terrified into silence.

Posted by Gerald Gates on 10/15/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Pity and Fury

Very accurate impressions, imnsho.

Thanks; sometimes I want to tear my hair out from this lack of introspection and imagination from my so-called 'community'.

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Posted by outtathere on 10/13/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Way. Too. Much. Weed.

Water resources need to be protected as well. I think that restricting water in an industry that is as volatile as this one is might be a very good way to stem the tide of overproduction. It's a much more valuable resource than pot production justifies useage of.

Posted by Carolyn Filby Furman on 10/12/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Way. Too. Much. Weed.

Market forces will continue to prevail. Thus, the price that buyers are willing to pay will continue its long decline. As a result, the Humboldt County economy will continue to decline and its social and community problems will continue to increase.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 10/06/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Way. Too. Much. Weed.

Yes, oh the irony!

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Posted by Tall Trees on 10/06/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “The Choices We Make

Oh, by the way, I think you and your staff are doing great at The Journal.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 10/05/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Choices We Make

Excellent editorial, Thadeus. Despite my working in media for many years, until today, I had not heard of Project Censored.

The Project Censored article was well-written and worthy of consideration.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 10/05/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Why?

While I share Sheila Evans' concern about a detailed explanation of making hash oil, I cannot fault Thadeus or The Journal for including it.

For me, as a reader, I now understand how it's made. I probably would have wondered how it's made, had it not been included in the article; however, I doubt that I would have Googled it.

Since I read Sheila's well-meaning comment, which I respect, I Googled how to make hash oil. My results gave me a variety of ways to make it, as well as a YouTube video. Thus, I cannot fault Thadeus.

Furthermore, Thadeus' account of the melting flesh, if I recall correctly, came through in the article as a very stark, painful and tragic reality of what happens when making it goes wrong.

Lastly, Thadeus' article would give any sane person pause before attempting to make cannabis or hash oil on their own.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/30/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives

I know Monty and don't think that he is against Europeans in particular. He is against the mindset that nature needs to be "tamed". Unfortunately many of the Europeans that came here years ago had that mindset and we now see the results. The natural ecosystems that supported the Native Americans as well as wildlife has been mostly destroyed.

I've read about them to some extent, and the West Coast Native Americans really did largely live in harmony with the natural environment. There were many Native American tribes and their cultures varied considerably. As far as I know the West Coast Native Americans didn't use buffalos.

To say that technologal advancement necessarily means environmental destruction is a cop out. I don't buy it. People can be technologically advanced and at the same time protect the environment. What is needed is for them to care about the environment and about wildlife. If they care about these things they will protect and preserve them.

Posted by Jeff Strehlow on 09/29/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives

While I applaud grow local, grow native, I find the eurohate a little ridiculous. I learned in my Environmental Science Class At CR many years ago that every culture impacted their environment to the degree that their technology allowed. Native Americans practiced slash and burn, traded seeds, grew non-native plants, herded buffalo over cliffs.....

Posted by John Nelson on 09/28/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives


I've been working on a website that shows Monty's favorite native foods that can be grown locally. Though the website isn't finished yet, I think it provides the information that you are looking for.…

Posted by Jeff Strehlow on 09/26/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives

I'd like to know more about indigenous foods and how to begin "bringing them back". Don't have a lot of time for research. Can you help by providing me, first, with a list of maybe 10 foods? Thanks!

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Posted by wimsicle on 09/21/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “'Overlooked'

Having known Peter when I was editor of The Redwood Record in Garberville, and having followed him over the years, I can certainly attest to his being a true environmentalist. While we may not have always agreed on some issues, Peter has always had my respect. He is a steward and he certainly is not an ***hole. He's not responsible for all the bad apples who didn't care about the land. I also remember United Stand and all the meetings in Garberville. I also remember receiving a medallion for my coverage of land-use issues from United Stand. All they ever asked for was balanced coverage.

Always a thoughtful and kind person, Peter's experience and the issues he has expressed should certainly be considered by county officials, and I hope this column leads to some more reflection and, perhaps, analysis and action, because the last thing the county needs is more environmental degradation.

Lastly, the thought of generators and the eye and light pollution in Southern Humboldt are disconcerting. Very much so. These are variables that county regulations could be created or stiffened for, because the area's rural nature should be retained and light pollution and noise pollution should not be allowed to the extent that Peter has described, in my opinion.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/18/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “'Overlooked'

To Scott G:

Scott, your astonishing response to my article strikes me as a classic example of the misunderstanding on the part of certain environmentalists that has been a problem in the past, to which I referred briefly in the article. You say that "Real environmentalists can see right through your bullshit". Ill forbear to respond to the second part of that sentence (or the rest of your comments) but with regard to the first:

As a card-carrying Gemini Ive been an activist in several areas over the years, one of which is certainly environmentalism. Soon after we arrived here in 1971 we became aware that the only private parcel of old growth fir in our neighborhood was going to be logged. Two or three of us got together with the landowner and to his credit, he agreed not to log it (we made a strong case).

Then the BLM planned to log Gilham Butte, which had over three hundred acres of virgin old growth fir and was also a part of our neighborhood. A number of us put a substantial amount of effort into preventing that from happening, and we succeeded.

But a new Area Manager opened it up for logging again and we had to do it all over again. This time we ensured its safety by putting it into ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern). For good measure we also created the Old Growth Reserve System within the BLM, through which we saved four more old growth forests in addition to Gilham Butte.

As a result of those activities I served a term as Vice Chair of the Ukiah BLM Citizens Advisory Committee, which term was cut short by the James Watt gang (Reagan's Secretary of the Interior) when they purged advisory committees all over the country of environmentalists. But before I left I got the Committee to approve a strongly worded statement regarding the need for the BLM to protect all the old growth within their jurisdiction.

I was fairly deeply involved in the Timber Wars. I was hauled off in irons (well, plastic) twice; of the roughly fourteen hundred arrestees in the Headwaters Forest demonstrations, I was one of seven who eventually went to trial, where I got considerable satisfaction from entering into the record a plea of "moral necessity".

Then I served on the Board of Directors of Ancient Forest International, which was started by another hippie hill dweller who happened to be a park ranger in Chile during the Pinochet regime (a tale or two there, youd best believe!). We played a significant role in saving a substantial amount of virgin Chilean alerce forest, as well as some magnificent araucaria. I spent several unforgettable days hiking in the Andes in connection with that effort.

So I think I qualify as an environmentalist. As do you; I know that you care deeply about the natural world and that youre as horrified as I am by the way weve treated it, and by the urgent necessity for protecting it. We're on the same team, Scott. Wouldnt it be better all around if we just recognized that fact and treated each other with the respect we deserve?

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Posted by PC on 09/18/2017 at 6:43 AM

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