Mitch Trachtenberg1 
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Re: “HumCo Jail Outbreak Infects at Least 15 People

The job of prison guard (or, "correctional officer" if you think our jails are "correcting" people) puts one in a uniquely powerful position over others, even beyond the power we grant police officers in general.

While I understand libertarian arguments against vaccine mandates, such arguments are just silly when it comes to people who are in a position to cause an outbreak of a deadly disease in a confined facility where people have little ability of their own to prevent coming into contact with infected persons.

Vaccination and masking should both be mandatory for anyone who enters a prison of their own free will.

Posted by Mitch Trachtenberg1 on 12/22/2021 at 7:19 AM

Re: “HumCo Records 100th COVID Death, 35 New Cases Confirmed

We will never know how many of these 100 deaths could have been avoided had county residents been united in reducing the spread of this virus by simply wearing masks and accepting vaccinations. We do not know how many of the 9,000 residents of Humboldt who have had COVID will now suffer from "long COVID," or how many fewer would face that risk had county residents been united in reducing the spread of this virus by simply wearing masks and accepting vaccinations.

But those who, for whatever reason, have been convinced of an alternate reality? They're still largely convinced. The truth may win out, but it's sure taking its time.

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Posted by Mitch Trachtenberg1 on 10/07/2021 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Correction

$0.35/hr in 1935 equates to $7 per hour today. The minimum wage in parts of the United States is now $7.25.

Has there been progress? Yes, certainly, especially for those who are able to be part of a union.

Has it been as substantial as is often claimed? Probably not. The huge increase in wealth that technology has brought about has gone mostly to a tiny minority at the top. Unions are struggling, police are still breaking heads, and the greediest are still celebrated.

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Posted by Mitch Trachtenberg1 on 09/19/2021 at 10:02 AM

Re: “What the Seven Stages of Severe COVID-19 Look Like Up Close

It amazes me that anyone can read this horrifying essay by a respiratory therapist and respond the way "America First" has.

At least a million people in the US have now died from this pandemic (the official figures are low; see… ). Maybe a million excess deaths doesn't seem believable, or maybe it seems low to "America First," since it's from a population over 300 million. But it's more deaths than there have been combat deaths in *all* the wars the US has fought since it was born, put together.

There are plenty of stories out there like this one:…

But "America First" still thinks they know better. If nothing else, I'd have expected "America First" would acknowledge the work of the essay's author, Karen Gallardo, who is risking her life on a daily basis to help those infected in the pandemic. Not to mention her sanity. But maybe there's something even firster than America for "America First."

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Posted by Mitch Trachtenberg1 on 09/09/2021 at 1:08 PM

Re: “'Policing our Own'

Thanks, this was very informative. It looks like S.B. 2 is a start. Police officers need to be at least as accountable as everyone else.

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Posted by Mitch Trachtenberg1 on 06/10/2021 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Supes Approve Investigation of Auditor-Controller Allegations

Assuming the independent report simply confirms what the elected Auditor Controller has been saying for a very long time now, I'd like to suggest that the four Supervisors who decided the independent report was needed should pay for it from their own salaries.

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Posted by Mitch Trachtenberg1 on 06/04/2021 at 10:03 AM

Re: “'Humane Officers'

Cops do what those in power want them to do. The business community wants "bums" and "undesirables" moved along, and many cops are just thugs who decided to be bullies for the law instead of burglars. Better pensions. Yes, we need more honorable cops calling out the ones who are most dangerous, but the entire profession exists to serve its masters and ours. If the society is just, the cops will be too. If not, we get what we've seen. They are just the vanity screen over the chamber of commerce and other "respectable" folk.

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Posted by Mitch Trachtenberg1 on 05/13/2021 at 9:56 AM

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