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Re: “Vexed by Vax 'Bias'

I agree with Barry. If lefties ever wonder how people can deny climate change, a few may find insight in their beliefs about vaccines. While some modern medicine is no better than placebo, and there is still much that cannot be cured, vaccines are pretty close to a miracle and have saved untold millions of people, mostly children, from serious illness, maiming and death. The use of vaccines wiped deadly and disfiguring smallpox from the face of the earth, a boggling feat, and is close to doing so with polio.

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Posted by Esme Pendergast on 09/14/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Vexed by Vax 'Bias'

Sorry Linda, much as I admire you and your writing, I'm with Emily 100%.

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Posted by barryevans on 09/14/2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Unexplained Origins

I hesitate to pick nits with my esteemed Field Notes predecessor, but the origin of quantum physics should be credited to Robert Kirchhoff, whose 1860 theory (and law) regarding blackbody radiation contradicted classical physics.

Posted by barryevans on 09/01/2017 at 12:33 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: “GMO No

Maybe that is what Steve should do, or at least a little research. You might start with Nexera canola that replaces is made in to a cooking oil lower in saturated fat and higher in omega fat. Bt crops do not allow for "higher diesel of toxic pesticides", but rather replaces the large quantities of organophosphates that used to be applied to the soil. As for your economic hardships? I guess you could blame that on gmos, since we have had several record setting crop yields over the last few years with gmos at 90+%.

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Posted by Jacob McDaniels on 06/29/2017 at 1:24 AM

Re: “About the Fourth Estate

California has enacted the National Popular Vote bill.

The bill is 61% 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.

All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.
Candidates, as in other elections, would allocate their time, money, polling, organizing, and ad buys roughly in proportion to the population

Every vote, everywhere, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
No more distorting, crude, and divisive and red and blue state maps of predictable outcomes, that dont represent any minority party voters within each state.
No more handful of 'battleground' states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states, like California, that have just been 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.

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Posted by Susan Evoy on 06/22/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Smells Fishy

Here's the best way to check out the veracity of unnamed sources: Watch what unfolds. Did Flynn make phone calls to Russia and discuss sanctions? Yes he did. Did Donald Trump discuss Israeli intelligence with Russians in the Oval Office? Yes he did. Is Donald Trump being investigated for obstruction of justice? Per Donald's own tweets the day after the story was reported via "an anonymous source," he is indeed under investigation.
It's actually pretty easy. Read and wait. There's going to be lots of truth coming from unnamed sources in the foreseeable future. Get used to it and learn from it.
By the way, The NY Times issues corrections and retractions, often several per day.

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Posted by Brian Nash on 06/15/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “About Time

Hey Douglas, Thanks for this. You answered your own question: becoming "more random as the system ages" IS the arrow of time. Entropy is what gives the arrow direction, hence "past" and "future."

Posted by barryevans on 05/25/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Miffed by the Races

I am many miles away..,may 2017 and the noise is horrendous. I am
Indoors behind double paned glass. Insane.

Posted by Noyb on 05/13/2017 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Racists Among Us

Perhaps Ms. Bishop should have shared her letter on her "Code of Conduct" for African Americans to some of her "friends of many" races before sending it.

Posted by Brian Nash on 05/13/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Racists Among Us

Welcome to the Redwood curtain Shonquinta Jones. We have been here thousands of years, killed at the hands of the Humboldt Militia a private army set upon killing as much Indians as possible or the Larabee Militia that wiped the Nongatl tribe off the face of the earth. Or perhaps read about the Chinese expulsion from Humboldt County, and the massacre of the Wiyot's by the pillars of the community at seven sites besides Indian Island. For every type of David Josiah Lawson murder there are 1,000 native souls murdered (notice that I do not use the word massacred).

Also think about Mr. Chin who braved opening a Chinese restaurant in 1954, the bravery of Jim Howard the first black man elected to the Eureka City Council in 1972 for 18 years, or the establishment of the Native American Studies Program at HSU in 1971, or the many accomplishments of people of color in Humboldt County.

Yes some people may not like our kind here but the reality is people of color were here first and the tide is turning. If you think racism is well and alive here, you didnt experience the 50s, 60s or 70s.

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Posted by Robert Ulibarri on 05/11/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “$1 for Every Vegan

Veganism is not about "reducetarianism" this author seems to refer to and is also not a diet. Plant-based is a diet but vegan is an ethical stance. Every single human being could live healthily as a vegan on an entirely plant-based diet because all nutrients humans need to be healthy and survive can be found in plant foods in nature. B12 is naturally occurring in the soil and could be naturally attained through eating all plant foods, but because of modern agriculture fruits and vegetables are so washed down that the B12 is stripped of fruits and vegetables and therefore vegans need to take a B12 supplement. Every single other nutrient can be obtained without a required supplement on a plant based diet. Once you recognize that its is morally wrong to use animals you go vegan. Its not a matter of reducing our meat intake or reducing our dairy or other animal product consumption. Veganism is about recognizing that all animal products result in animals unnecessarily suffering and dying and therefore if we believe animals matter morally we end our participation in animal exploitation. That's it going vegan is simple and easy.

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Posted by Kyle Gillen-Hughes on 05/06/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Equal Pay Day

I would also like to point out that most of your links are to "malematters.usa". The top of the website page says "The 'male side' to gender issues". I doubt that this website is fully taking in the views of women.

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Posted by Eva Swartz on 05/05/2017 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Equal Pay Day

Hello Jerry. I found your argument fascinating, but I find your claim that "many of America's most sophisticated women choose to earn less than their male counterparts" ridiculous. Why in the world would someone choose to earn less? I read the articles that you provided the links to, but found that, while they do support your claim, two of them focus on the same subject, female physicians. The article about how 35 percent of women who have earned MBA's is also fascinating, but could it be possible that women feel pressured to do so? After all, it is a blatant fact that women don't get paid as much as men. Is that something to look forwards to after getting out of college?
Further more, although I did do my research, I would like to inform you that I am 13 years old, and I wrote this letter as part of my school community project. Thank you for your opinions, as well as the links to those articles.
-Eva Swartz

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Posted by Eva Swartz on 05/05/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “$1 for Every Vegan

"Humans are not evolved to eat all vegan diets. (Please don't say that it's fine because apes do it. We are not apes, by the way.) There is so much evidence of this, not just based on science, but also on millennia of human history. Yes, of course, we should drastically cut down on meat. Meat should be nothing but sprinkles. Perhaps in the future we will evolve to be vegans in a way that supports our bodies, but that doesn't happen over night. In the meantime, feel free to quit telling me what's best for my body. People have different requirements. I don't mind that you're vegan and I'm glad it works for you and your body's specific needs, but please stop with the assumptions that everyone is like you. "

1. All essential nutrients can be found from plant foods and in nature. You won't be able to list one that isn't.
2. Just because we have eaten meat throughout history, it doesn't mean we are best suited to, or should in the modern era, when we have the choice to eat an abundance of plant food instead.
3. I don't want to tell you what to do, but I'm willing to bet both of my balls that you don't track every nutrient that passes through your body, have not even thought about what essential nutrients it is you're getting from meat that you feel you would lack as a vegan, and have no intentions to measure and balance your meat intake based on your findings. You probably eat meat everyday which you buy in the supermarket, which has nothing to do with human history, and you probably eat dairy, which as you may know, we've only been doing for 10,000 years, and thousands of years less than that as a global trend. For the other 190,000 years of homo sapien history, we weren't known to suck on cow nipples shortly after they've given birth.

I'll throw my hands up and say fair enough, if you do try and limit your meat in-take to only what is needed, and you've thrown out truly unnatural practices like eating baby cow milk and chicken periods. But if you've written this absolute pissfest of an article and appealed to the necessity of eating animals, but still eat them as much as you like, then this is seriously pathetic.

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Posted by Cameron Herkes on 05/04/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “$1 for Every Vegan

I'm surprised that the letter by Loo K. would even be published in any paper. Clearly this person is highly uneducated and is in no place to criticize vegan activists. He provides no evidence for his ethical right kill and eat animals when plant foods will provide all of the nutrition the human body needs. The plant based diet is the only diet that can reduce heart disease and cure type II diabetes. These are facts, just like the fact that homo sapiens are apes. Ask any zoologist. But as Merrill Peterson mentioned, this is an ethical argument, period. We have to stop you from eating meat because that meat once had a brain and feelings attached to it. You cannot justify enslaving pigs, chickens, turkeys, cows, goats, or fish. If you would not like to live a miserable life and suffer a miserable death then you have no right to inflict that upon someone else, just because you are an ignorant bigot.

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Posted by Matt C on 05/04/2017 at 9:11 PM

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