Dark Energy: Blunder or Boondoggle?

(January 23, 2020) Albert Einstein told physicist George Gamow that the greatest blunder of his life was his introduction of a "cosmological constant" designated by Λ, the Greek letter lambda. In his 1915...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 23, 2020

(January 23, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) declared that English writer Lord Byron (1788–1824) was the greatest genius of the 19th century. Here's an interesting coincidence:...

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HumBug: The Current Mass Extinction

(January 19, 2020) There have been five major mass extinction events in the fossil record. Some folks claim the human race is causing the sixth right now. Dumping massive amounts of greenhouse gasses, saturating...

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Joyful Moving

(January 16, 2020) Every year, between the end of December and early January, I read a fair number of articles focused on health and wellness. My favorite this season was: "How to...

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Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

(January 16, 2020) For years, driving by, I would see her lonely figure sitting on the bench. I never stopped but in time I grew used to her presence there, looking to...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 16, 2020

(January 16, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Comedian John Cleese has an insight I hope you'll consider. He says, "It's easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do...

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HumBug: Even Parasites have Nightmares

(January 12, 2020) Some experts assert that the most common lifestyle in nature is that of parasitism. (Read Rachel Nuwer's interview with ecologist Kevin Lafferty "Parasitism is the Most Popular Lifestyle on Earth" for...

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Does My BMI Make Me Look Fat?

(January 9, 2020) OMG! My BMI (body mass index) just jumped from under 24, where it's been for years, to more than 24. It's only a matter of time before it tops 25,...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 9, 2020

(January 9, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): When comedian John Cleese was 61, his mother died. She was 101. Cleese testifies, "Just towards the end, as she began to run out of energy,...

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Best of the Bugs

(January 2, 2020) After almost five years doing a weekly blog it had to happen. With rainy, cold weather and the fact that over the last several years I've already written about most...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 2, 2020

(January 2, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "We are all hostages of the joy of which we deprive ourselves," wrote poet Odysseus Elytis. Isn't that an astounding idea? That we refuse to allow...

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HumBug: Things that Need Bugs

(December 29, 2019) I didn't expect to see a lot of insects but it was sunny today so I went for a walk along “my” stretch of the Van Duzen River. I saw...

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Evolution Isn't Progress!

Part 2

(December 26, 2019) Last week, I discussed the fallacy of thinking of evolution as a progressive process, that is, simple to complex, "lower" to "higher" animals, culminating, of course, in humans. The theory,...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Dec. 26, 2019

(December 26, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Nazi Germany invaded and occupied Denmark during World War II. In 1943, Hitler ordered all Danish Jews to be arrested — a first step in his...

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Evolution Isn't Progress!

Part 1 of 2

(December 19, 2019) Evolution is not progress: There's no goal, no purpose, no plan, no direction. Easy to say, hard to believe. We humans are the last to see the randomness of evolution...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Dec. 19, 2019

(December 19, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): The English word "hubris" means prideful, exaggerated self-assurance. In the HBO TV series Rome, the ancient Roman politician and general Mark Antony says to his boss...

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HumBug: Best of the Bugs

(December 15, 2019) After almost five years doing a weekly blog it had to happen. With rainy, cold weather and the fact that over the last several years I've already written about most...

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King Peak

A winter wonderland worth the trip

(December 12, 2019) Heading south on U.S. Highway 101, I came around a bend of highway meandering along the Eel River where it slithers its way around one avenue of Redwoods after the...

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Sexy, Sexy Herring

(December 12, 2019) I sometimes ask myself whether I'm beautiful. It's always a short conversation. Then I wonder what exactly "beauty" is anyway. I'm wondering about attractiveness, or "sexual beauty." But that isn't...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Dec. 12, 2019

(December 12, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Nobody knows really what they're doing," says Aries comedian Conan O'Brien. "And there are two ways to go with that information," he continues. "One is to...

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North Coast Night Lights: Art Utility Boxes of Eureka: Marine Life Triptych

(January 24, 2020) Wintertime has dampened my nighttime roaming and kept my photography a little closer to home of late. But as a famous photographer once said, though I can’t recall who...

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Safety Corridor Sees First Fatal Collision in Years as Project Gears Up

(January 21, 2020) Even on an already notorious section of road, the Indianola Cutoff on U.S. Highway 101 stands out as a dangerous crossing point, with a collision rate 200 percent higher...

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North Coast Journal Preview: Video

(January 19, 2020) If you've tuned in to Access Humboldt's channel 12 lately, you may have seen (or heard, if you listen to its radio station KZZH 96.7 FM at noon and 5...

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