Steve Parr 
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Re: “'Move On'

That's not what I'm talking about. You don't see holocaust survivors going on and on about how traumatized they were by it, unless someone asks them, and then it's more to protect other people; to prevent it from happening again. I'm talking about people who have no concern for whether whatever happened to them happens to anyone else - their main concern is that we know what happened to them, and never forget it; never accidentally mention anything in conversation that might be even remotely associated with their negative experience; never do anything that might "trigger" them, lest they crumble before our very eyes.

And I'm talking about people who take on every injustice that's ever happened in the world, and take it upon themselves to be offended, as if it happened to them. It's great to have empathy, but Jesus, just because something's a problem in Pittsburgh, doesn't make it a problem here.

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Posted by Steve Parr on 04/30/2019 at 7:56 PM

Re: “'Abject Failure'

I would say the "abject failures" would be ones who know what happened, and refuse to come forward. Law enforcement, nor the DA, nor the California Attorney General has the authority to torture confessions out of the perpetrators, or force witnesses to provide statements.

There is a cover-up here, but it is not on the part of the authorities, and it is not on the part of "systemic racists" in Humboldt County.

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Posted by Steve Parr on 04/18/2019 at 12:10 PM

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

What a world we live in, when satire makes sense, and no one gets it anyway. I'll play along with the guy trying to turn himself into a girl at a business I frequent, and refer to him as "her", but "them/they"? No, Jennifer, I came down off that mushroom trip years ago, and kind of enjoy seeing reality as it is.

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Posted by Steve Parr on 04/06/2019 at 8:30 PM

Re: “County Counsel Files Claim After Being Placed on Paid Leave

When I lived in Texas, I was impressed with the utter corruption and disdain for the public shown by many elected and appointed officials. When I came back here, I realized there was no need to feel embarrassed by being outdone by such a backwards state - our corrupt and incompetent officials are neck-and-neck, and in some cases outshine those amateurs down there. Way to go, Supes. Keep making us proud.

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Posted by Steve Parr on 04/06/2019 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Triggers and Lifelines

I died once, and went to that place of omniscient One-ness with the Universe, that place of all-being, all-seeing, and all-knowing; One with God. I could see the immensity of the Universe, and the minuteness of its components; the complexity and the simplicity of everything, all at once. What I remember most, other than a feeling of complete and utter, total serenity, was an awareness that, in the grand Universal scheme of things, my little problem down here (being dead) was just a drop in a bucket in a whole big ol' ocean of things to worry about, and so was, as a friend used to say, "Nothin' but a thing."

I think that those of us who would have us build a monument to their every trauma, to be reminded of it every day lest we trip on one of their marble bases as we wind our way through the veritable forest of them that would be required, possibly triggering the magic trapdoor releasing all our horrors, to be relived again and again, would do well to remember that we are all just little specks. We aren't the first people terrible things have happened to, those stories on the news really have nothing to do with us, and no one ever got anywhere by making a career out of keeping the memory of their trauma alive, feeding it and tending it so it never dies.

Terrible things happen. Some people are abusive. Accidents happen. Sociopaths walk among us. No society ever grew stronger by making a religion out of victimhood, though. We do well when we persevere despite our horrors, not when we focus on reliving them with every reminder. Live life. Move on. Be free.

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Posted by Steve Parr on 04/05/2019 at 1:30 AM

Re: “Mindful Bitchface

Hmm...sounds like you could just be a bitch, too. Not everyone has to think like you.

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Posted by Steve Parr on 11/05/2018 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Arborist Recommends Eucalyptus Removal to Make Way for Bay Trail

Although I'm usually against wasting taxpayer's money on "studies", etc, I think two assessments is not asking too much.

The "risk" associated with these trees had to do with how close they are to the proposed trail (overhanging it). Since the NCRA is no longer going to be an obstacle to using the track bed for the trail, are the assessments being done with a new realignment in mind?

Surely, moving the trail farther from the trees would reduce the risk.

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Posted by Steve Parr on 11/05/2018 at 3:31 PM

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