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MCT: Saturday, February 2, 2019

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THE FIRST OF TWO LARGE STORMS is impacting the West Coast this weekend bringing heavy rain, strong winds and heavy mountain snow to California. The heavy rain is heightening the risk for flash flooding near burn scars. Showers and possible thunderstorms Saturday. Highs in the 50s. Windy with 15-25mph winds, gusting to 40. Rain over 80% of the area with up to half an inch on Saturday. Showers will continue Sunday and into Monday with winds decreasing. Up to another half-inch possible. Clearing Tuesday through Friday but colder with overnight lows approaching freezing. (National Weather Service)

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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST AT COAST HOSPITAL

by Malcolm Macdonald

Dr. Bellah

At the Thursday, January 31st meeting of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Board of Directors, orthopedist Jack Bellah offered an ultimatum: reinstate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Edwards or he (Bellah) would resign. The physician went on to say that he and his wife were making plans to leave the area.

Further inquiry revealed that Bellah had not offered the hospital board an official resignation. Later in the meeting, the hospital board moved, seconded, and approved replacing Bellah with Dr. Barbara Killion on the planning committee.

If I may be permitted commentary so early in a report, there is no chance that the current board of directors is going to reverse field on the dismissal of Edwards. Dr. Bellah apparently chooses to forget the history of Bob Edwards at MCDH.

The now dismissed CEO is a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by the hospital's former chief human resources officer. Because of Edwards' and former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wade Sturgeon's actions the hospital still stands accused of violating the federal False Claims Act. Edwards, individually, stands accused of intentional infliction of emotional distress. Several other accusations relating to Edwards' actions are pending. The core of the allegations revolve around a former chief human resource officer's claim she complained to Edwards about possible Medicare fraud and that she was subsequently retaliated against because of raising such questions.

In the eyes of Edwards, anyone close to that former Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) was automatically suspect. He dismissed the CHRO's assistant, apparently because Edwards felt that person might be leaking information to the press. If there was any leak, which seems incredibly unlikely, it wasn't to the AVA. Though much farther down the chronological line (after the dismissal) I had one phone call interchange with the CHRO's assistant, I wouldn't recognize the person if we met on the street.

A few months later Edwards fired a long time Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for what could only be described as that person being too friendly with the CHRO. As far as that CNO leaking information, the only time I asked her for a minute of her time to answer a question after a board meeting she replied brusquely, “No.” I had one semi-private conversation with her, but the only details forthcoming from that coincidental encounter amounted to information about family matters.

While he was CEO, Edwards conducted himself in a manner best summarized as paranoid tyranny. Further evidence arrived in a November, 2017, newspaper article authored by a former business office manager at MCDH. The opening line of that piece stated, “Last week I received a threatening letter from Bob Edwards.”

The article detailed workplace harassment by both Sturgeon and Edwards directed at the business office manager. Another employee went on multiple stress related medical leaves due to Edwards' behavior. Eventually the employee had enough and left for a similar job out of state.

Those kinds of stories about Edwards go on and on, right up to the last month of Edwards' tenure. At the January 3, 2019, special board of directors (BOD) meeting, new BOD member Amy McColley alleged Edwards deliberately tried to keep her from that very meeting by intentionally lying to her about the date of the meeting. Details of how this occurred are in a January 9, 2019 AVA article. After McColley's allegation in open session, Edwards offered no excuse beyond nonsensical mutterings.

Edwards acted like a bully time and time again in his three years and nine months as MCDH's CEO. His dismissal should have come sooner. The previous BOD, who enabled Edwards, with the exception of Dr. Peter Glusker, are the ones to blame for the hospital having to pay approximately $400,000 to give the old CEO the boot.

If Jack Bellah wants to continue to side with Edwards, so be it. Perhaps Bellah thinks intimidation is the way to run a hospital. Other medical facilities should be forewarned of their like-minded natures.

I believe in forgiveness, so perhaps there's a chance Edwards and/or Bellah could be better folk in a different locale. It is a little too soon to buy that scenario playing out just yet. The negative tenure of Edwards at MCDH proved all too real. At this juncture I am reminded of what a former colleague used to say when politicians of a similar bent were eventually hoisted on their own petard and sent packing, “No loss to society.”

click to view meeting

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HELEN BARTOW

Helen Bartow of Willits was born January 27, 1926 and died on January 14, 2019 in her home with family around her. Helen spent her life working tirelessly beside her husband, William Bartow, on their ranch settled by her ancestors and located just down the road from where she grew up. She and William raised their own meat, fruits and vegetables.

Helen always made time for her own interests and activities. She enjoyed her sheep, cattle, gardening, berry patch and sewing. Throughout her life Helen worked to promote ranching and agriculture by her participation on the Mendocino County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for over 40 years and served on its scholarship committee for many of those years. She was a lifetime member of the Grange of yesteryear for more than 80 years.

Helen was on the Election Board and helped with every election for more than 60 years. She also participated on the Mendocino County Planning Commission. As a child Helen was a 4-H member and when her children were in 4-H she was a project leader and a community leader.

Helen liked to sing while she worked and during the time her children were very small she went on a few trips to sing with a group who call themselves "The Mothers Singers."

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, William Bartow, and is survived by their three children, Emma Thompson (Les) of Williams, Ruth Ford and Robert Bartow (Carol) of Willits. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1- 4 PM at the Willits Senior Center, 1501 Baechtel Road to share memories of Helen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Farm Bureau scholarship fund, Howard Memorial Hospital, Willits Senior Center, or your favorite charity.

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ANDERSON VALLEY GRANGE’S 28TH ANNUAL VARIETY SHOW is on Friday March 8th and Saturday March 9th, at the Anderson Valley Grange. We're looking for acts. Please come show off your variety! We need YOU and your acts onstage!

Please contact Captain Rainbow at 895-3807, or Robyn at 272-2127 (you can text her, too) if you have a talent, skill, animal, joke, or anything else you'd like to put onstage for all of us to enjoy. We'll discuss what you need for rehearsals and for the night of the show. We have professional caliber lights and sound, and the kindest, most enthusiastic and forgiving audience found anywhere in the world. This is your big chance to show us what you've got!

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THE FORT BRAGG GIRL reported missing yesterday has been found safe.

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TWEAKERS, THE MIDDLE YEARS

On January 30, 2019 at approximately 11:18 p.m., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies observed and contacted suspect Terry Counterman, 50 of Fort Bragg in the 18500 block of North Highway 1 in Fort Bragg.

Prior to contacting Counterman, Deputies developed information Counterman was in recent contact with suspect Garrick Hornlein, 36, of Fort Bragg. Deputies were actively searching for Hornlein who had an active felony arrest warrant for burglary issued out of the Tracy Police Department. Hornlein also fled from Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies twice over the last month and evaded capture. Hornlein was also a person of interest in several theft related investigations that occurred in the Fort Bragg area. During their contact with Counterman, Deputies developed probable cause to arrest him after observing evidence in his possession that showed he was actively aiding Hornlein with the intent to assist him in avoiding or escaping arrest. Deputies subsequently arrested Counterman and he was ultimately transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked for Aiding or Abeting a Principal of Felony and held in lieu of bail set at $15,000.

Counterman, Hornlein

On January 31, 2019 at approximately 2:40 a.m., Deputies and officers with the Fort Bragg Police Department responded to a residence in the 600 block of North Harrison Street in Fort Bragg after receiving information that Hornlein was at the location. After arriving they made contact with Hornlein and arrested him without incident. After his arrest, Hornlein was found in possession of a glass methamphetamine pipe. Hornlein was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked on the out of county no bail warrant and an open charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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AND ANOTHER THING, Kids, Be Sure To Eat Right And Exercise Every Day!

Congressman Huffman chats with Willits Unified School District Trustee Christopher Neary, Willits High School principal Michael Colvig and Superintendent Mark Westerburg. Courtesy, the Willits News.

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TEAM SCHRAEDER!

From the Redwood Community Services website:

Our Team

  • Timothy Schraeder, Chief Executive Officer
  • Camille Schraeder, Chief Financial Officer
  • Daniel Anderson, Chief Operations Officer
  • Dr. Rebecca Timme, Chief Psychiatric Consultant
  • Alicia Logan, Business and HR Administrator
  • Lynn Sallee, Financial Specialist
  • Mary Yovino, Program Administrator
  • Sue Ruddick, In-Patient Utilization Specialist
  • Sarah Walsh, Data & Contract Analyst
  • Lois LaDelle-Daly, Compliance and QA/QI Coordinator
  • Danielle Lower, Electronic Health Record Manager
  • Leandra Corpuz, Medical Assistant
  • Amanda Hiatt, Records Analyst
  • Celene Mendoza, Records Analyst
  • Rebecca Wilson, Care Coordination Specialist
  • Tanya Thurman, Medical Assistant
  • Michael Capistrano, Data Analyst
  • Nancy Riggs, Billing Coordinator
  • Joey Mertle, IT Specialist
  • Noelani Borecky, Intake Analyst
  • Nicole Dunaway, Medical Assistant
  • Mylee Borecky, Program Analyst
  • Julia Eagles, Medical Assistant
  • Sandra Lopez, Registered Nurse
  • John Garratt, Medical Doctor
  • Olga Seagal, Medical Doctor
  • Larry Aguirre, Physicians Assistant

Ed notes:

Rebecca Wilson. That’s Becky Wilson, former HHSA deputy director, now “retired” from the County and presumably drawing a nice pension on top of whatever she’s paid as part of Team Schraeder.

Joey Mertle? Any relation to Mark Mertle on the Measure B committee?

Dr. John Garratt is a psychiatrist with a practice listed for Coast Hospital who lives in Comptche. An internet post says he’s been in practice for 49 years. Until recently Dr. John Garratt was Chief Psychiatrist of Mendocino County before he went to work for RCS.

Dr. Olga Seagal [misspelled, actually it’s Segal) lives in Mill Valley and specializes in telepsychiatry.

According to the Kemper report, Garratt and Segal were paid $211k via RCS for whatever they did in FY 2018. (Last fiscal year.)

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AFTER SHED, PERRY HOFFMAN IS TAKING OVER HIS FAMILY’S BOONVILLE HOTEL RESTAURANT

by Tara Duggan

Perry Hoffman, who earned critical acclaim while chef at Shed in Healdsburg and Domaine Chandon’s former restaurant Etoile, is back to work at the very place he started out cooking 20 years ago.

Perry Hoffman, pictured here at Shed in 2018, is going to be cooking up in Boonville.

Hoffman has returned to his uncle Johnny Schmitt’s Boonville Hotel in the Anderson Valley wine region. The hotel is where he spent a lot of time during summer breaks and holidays while growing up, as well as at his grandparents’ Apple Farm in nearby Philo. The hotel is where he had his first kitchen job right out of high school, working with his grandmother Sally Schmitt — the French Laundry’s original chef-owner — who has since retired.

When the Boonville Hotel’s longtime chef Brennon Moore recently left, Schmitt asked Hoffman to help him find a new chef to run the restaurant inside the 15-room hotel.

At some point, Hoffman realized he wanted to be that chef.

“I have history. I understand it. It’s so special,” he says of the family business. “I kind of looked at my life and I was like, ‘I don’t know how I could say no to this.’”

Hoffman began working at the hotel earlier this month and plans to institute changes to the menu when its main season starts in April, when the restaurant will be open to the public from at least Wednesday to Sunday. During the winter season, when tourism is down, the restaurant is open only on Friday and Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch.

“I’ll change as much and as little as possible,” says Hoffman, who says he is excited about the kitchen garden right outside the hotel restaurant’s door and its proximity to farms — including his family’s Piment d’Ville chile pepper farm down the highway in Boonville — as well as ranches, wineries and wild seafood from the Mendocino coast.

Hoffman and his family currently live in Healdsburg, and he is commuting back and forth for now. He and his wife, Kristen, just bought a 4-acre parcel at the Apple Farm, where they plan to build a house. They have a 1-year-old daughter and are expecting a son in April.

“It just tickles me to my core that I’ll be able to raise my little girl and boy on that same 40 acres that I grew up running around,” he says.

Even though the kitchen is fully equipped and renovated, with “gorgeous” charcoal grills and wood-fired ovens, Hoffman is surprised at how little has changed since he first started out there.

“The oil’s in the same place, the salt’s in the same place,” he says. “It feels like the timer’s about to go off for the focaccia I made 20 years ago.”

Boonville Hotel, 14050 CA-128, Boonville. www.boonvillehotel.com. 707-895-2210. Dinner Friday and Sunday, lunch Sunday until April 3.

(Courtesy, the San Francisco Chronicle)

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TRAIL ADVOCATES from across #NorCal came together yesterday to start the conversation about creating the Great #Redwood #Trail. Later this spring and into the summer, we’ll be hosting town hall meetings with the community. The master plan is coming soon!

Great Redwood Trail planning kicks off

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LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD…

San Francisco Marin Medical Society Member Named to Lead S. F. Department of Public Health

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has named San Francisco Marin Medical Society (SFMMS) member and current Director of Marin Health and Human Services, Dr. Grant Colfax, as the new Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).

Dr. Colfax was raised in Northern California, attended Harvard College and Medical School and did his residency at UCSF. He previously worked at SFDPH as Director of HIV Prevention and Research before leaving to join the Obama White House as the Director of National AIDS Policy. He will become the San Francisco Public Health Director in mid-February.

Upon the announcement of Dr. Colfax’s appointment, Dr. Kimberly Newell Green, President of SFMMS, commented,

“We applaud Mayor Breed’s selection of such a distinguished and accomplished physician and SFMMS member as the new Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. We have enjoyed working with Dr. Colfax during his tenure in Marin on public health issues, including his leadership on the Marin flavored tobacco ban, and look forward to continued collaboration. SFMMS has long been a champion of HIV prevention and research and will continue our work in this area in conjunction with Director Colfax.”

Dr. Colfax

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INDEPENDENCE WITH ABUNDANCE, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

If you want to get prepared to walk out your door to enjoy your favorite fruits, vegetables, and herbs, put the 36th annual Winter Abundance Workshop on February 9th at the Boonville Fairgrounds on your calendar. Start plants with locally tested seeds from the exchange, add a graft to an existing tree, shrub, or vine, or for a few dollars buy a fruit tree rootstock and build the perfect tree styled to your own taste from your choice of hundreds of scions (a small branch of a fruiting tree that is grafted to another tree or rootstock). There will classes in beginning and advanced grafting; hands-on grafting workshops; classes on how to build healthy soil; and saving your own seeds. Except for the rootstock, all are offered as a free public service by Mendocino Permaculture, Anderson Valley Adult School, and Anderson Valley Foodshed. This year’s featured speaker will be author Robert Kourik talking about how to build healthy soil.

9:00 – 4:00 Open tables – Scions, seeds, cutting exchange with selection advice from experienced locals. A Farmers’ Market, plant/tree vendors, craft sales, Donna D’Terra/Motherland Herb School and Botanical Sanctuary, and the Ukiah Seed Library will be set up. AV Lending Library will be open for its regular hours.

9:00 — 11:30 Hot and cold Beverages and snacks for sale from AV 4-H.

10:00 — 2:00 Hands-on Grafting Clinics Sign up for a 45-minute class at the registration table when you come in.

9:30 – 10:30 Class – Mark Albert: Scionology – The crash course on making your own trees & vines from scions, rootstocks, cuttings, seeds. Basics of scion selection, grafting & budding, and rootstocks. 



10:30-12:00 Class – Robert Kourick: Good Fungi, Healthy Roots, Bountiful Trees

12–1:00 Lunch for sale – organic, mostly local by the Fair Boosters & chef Jay Newcomber

1:00 – 2:15 Class – Seed Saving Basics by Gina Covina of Open Circle Seeds

2:15 – 3:30 Class – Patrick Schafer: Advanced Grafting, Budding, Topworking Tricks, and Q & A.

Please bring your favorite seeds, scions, cuttings, and plants to share. For much more information go to www.mendolocalfood.org/events or email avfoodshed@gmail.com.

(Barbara Goodell)

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Employment Opportunity In Washington, D.C., For…

NET MAN

Duties:

  • Carries with him at all times a great big net, government-issue;
  • Follows the President around, observing him closely everywhere he goes;
  • Remains always on the alert, ready to deploy the net quickly, effectively, and as often as necessary; and
  • Provides secure transport to appropriate locked medical facilities as required.

Required Education: One semester of Psychology 101.

Required Experience: Several years as an adult living in the real world. Prior experience working with mentally ill patients helpful, but not required.

Compensation: Your Nation’s gratitude.

Position Available: Immediately.

Apply to: Send application and any references to:

  • Office of the Vice-President
  • Eisenhower Executive Office Building
  • Washington, D.C. 20501
  • Attn: 25th Amendment Working Group

(submitted by James Luther)

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CAMP NAVARRO is beginning to hire staff (lead housekeeper, maintenance and event sales manager) for the 2019 season. A current listing of jobs can be found at our website under the careers section. This page will be constantly updated with new positions in the next couple of weeks/months including kitchen, server, event support, bartender, housekeeper and other positions. We look forward to an exciting year ahead welcome you to be a part of our future.

campnavarro.com

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CATCH OF THE DAY, February 1, 2019

Chapman, Counterman, Eslinger

YVONNE CHAPMAN, Laytonville. DUI.

TERRY COUNTERMAN, Fort Bragg. Harboring a wanted felon.

TRACY ESLINGER, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, probation revocation.

Esquivel, Futral, Gonzalez

EDWARD ESQUIVEL SR., Willits. Community Supervision violation.

TODD FUTRAL, Yreka/Ukiah. Controlled substance, failure to appear.

LARIZA GONZALEZ, Ukiah. Battery, suspended license, resisting, probation revocation.

Hassenzahl, Hill, Hurt

CRAIG HASSENZAHL, Ukiah. Controlled substance, paraphernalia.

DOUGLAS HILL, Eureka/ Ukiah. Suspended license, probation revocation.

CLANCY HURT, Willits. DUI, cruelty to child with possible injury or death.

Jones, McCloud, Orey

KYLE JONES, Willits. Domestic abuse.

DONALD MCCLOUD, Ukiah. Parole violation.

PAUL OREY, Fort Bragg. Failure to appear.

Pinola, Schaefer, Silver

ARMANDO PINOLA, Chico/Ukiah. Disobeying court order.

JUSTIN SCHAEFER, Lakeport/Ukiah. Failure to appear, probation revocation.

PETER SILVER, Ukiah. DUI.

Stanton, Tinajero, Wolfe

KELLY STANTON, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

MICHAEL TINAJERO, Ukiah. Petty theft less than $950, controlled substance, burglary tools.

SHAWN WOLFE, Cloverdale/Ukiah. Probation revocation.

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ENTER, STAGE CENTER

by James Kunstler

Howard Schultz seemed like a nice enough fellow on CBS’s 60 Minutes show last week. The coffee maestro from the Brooklyn public housing projects is no Golden Golem of Greatness but, alas, he does happen to be a white man, meaning he’s a walking microaggression. And he informed the viewing audience that he is of the Hebrew persuasion, which must have induced a fugue of hysteria among those who believe that the Jews have put the global economy on layaway for some future apocalyptic Hanukkah celebration.

In a way, he’s calling the Political Identitarians’ bluff. The Democrats who, for the moment, remain a major political party, are absolutely determined to put a woman in the White House because men have made the world a failed planet that can only be fixed with a regime of caring-and-sharing. The Democrats would like to drive a wooden stake through Mr. Schultz’s offensive gonads.  How dare he! Does he not know that his independent ticket in the 2020 election will crib votes from whomever the “It’s Her Turn” candidate proves to be — and result in the re-election of that Diet Coke guzzling shit-magnet in the oval office? (!)

Senator Kamala Harris of California is the big locomotive on the track for now. I suspect her cowcatcher will shove Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and honorary feminist Cory Booker into the weeds before the first debates are over. Ms. Harris is a formidable personality. You could see it in her hectoring interrogations during senate committee hearings the past few years. She likes to chew up these equivocating pissants sitting below at the witness table and spit them out. She comes from a family of scientists and economists and has had a distinguished career of her own, dealing with a lot of dicey legal questions in the political hall of mirrors called California. I don’t have any doubt that she’s intelligent and qualified.

But I do have doubts that anyone will want to take the oath of office on January 20, 2021. The problem-of-problems (and there are many) is that America has shot its wad borrowing money to keep things going — things like the consumer economy, suburbia, generous pensions, agribusiness, health care, higher education… stuff like that. The reason we’ve shot our wad: the collateral for our loans is gone. Oh? What was that collateral? It was the promise of future economic growth, rather specifically of the industrial type that produced real stuff and real wealth. We put that on a slow boat to China some years ago and replaced it with financialization, which is a colossal Three-Card-Monte game that produces a lot of “money” without producing wealth. Even worse, financialization destroyed the indexes that accounted for the measurement of real wealth, or capital, and replaced it with accounting fraud, so it’s very hard to see the damage.

What it boils down to is that the USA is no longer a credit-worthy borrower. If the USA was looking for a car, it would have to settle for a 14-year-old Jeep Cherokee on somebody’s lawn with a sign taped to the windshield that says “Runs Gud!” Of course, America will still manage a kind of hocus-pocus to give itself loans — which is what happens when the Federal Reserve buys bonds from the US Treasury — but with the collateral of future real growth gone, the catch is that the money itself will increasingly be gone as the dollar loses value. That’s nature’s way of seeking equilibrium.

The final two years of the Golden Golem’s reign will be the workout of these dynamics. Poor Mr. Trump will be left groaning and bellowing in that tar pit of fiscal ruin like a doomed mastodon while the saber-toothed cats prowl the sagebrush flats around him. Let’s face it: he served his purpose. He stirred the pot. He gave the right people some wedgies. He revealed all the fissures in our disintegrating national life. More consequentially, perhaps, he changed the composition of the federal courts. So that when Kamala Harris does take her turn, and discovers the horrifying financial state of the union, the courts will obstruct her most ambitious schemes to strip the remaining assets from the land to keep America’s beater government running at all costs. That is, to turn the USA into a paradise of free everything.

But Howard Schultz kind of mucks things up. Think of him as a sort of Bizarro Golden Golem of Greatness. He will appeal to a lot of voters who are looking for a reassuring Daddy. He fulfills the fantasy of what an outsider businessman-type might bring to the scene without all the reeking baggage on Mr. Trump’s careening choo-choo. It’s also possible that he doesn’t scare easy, and that the show of claws and fangs he’s been treated to so far on the “Progressive” side of things are an interesting sign of weakness in his adversaries.

(Support Kunstler’s writing by visiting his Patreon Page.)

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WHERE'S AL?

Editor,

We are having the coldest winter on record. 60 below. Where is Al Gore? Where is global warming? Where is climate change? Where are these idiots now? They're hiding, aren't they?

People were netting butterflies down on the Mendocino Headlands. All of a sudden, Parks and Beaches showed up, along with Calfire, Fish and Game, Caltrans, Highway Patrol, Sheriff's office, ACLU, EPA, Mendocino County Transportation Department, Homeland Security, and Animal Control. There were 15 liberals dancing and playing music. Yeah! They handcuffed and arrested the people for cruel and unusual torture. A $1,000 fine and two weeks in jail for netting some butterflies so they could look at them. How do you like that? The liberals were shouting with glee.

What has happened to the red-blooded Americans? Is it all blue now? Do they all bleed blue? Nobody got any balls to stand up to these ghoulish people?

Officers are being shot in the line of duty so they have to change their policy. They should approach every situation with weapon drawn and ready to fire. Don't get caught in an ambush by some innocent looking person. Be ready to blast.

The liberal politicians who make up the rules for the police make it unsafe for officers to do their job. They are not out there in the middle of the night in the middle of the road stopping drunks and felons and stuff. They sit behind their desks doing nothing but making up cockeyed rules. The officers have to be ready to shoot in a matter of a second. When they approach a car full of people they should stay in their car and use their loudspeaker and make everybody get out of the car and put their hands on the roof before they get out of their car. When they approach anybody, whether it's in a barroom, a restaurant, a home, or on the sidewalk, if they have to approach anybody they should have their guns out down by their leg. Not only that, but out and ready to go and it doesn't matter what these god damn liberals think about that. Let these guys do their job. They go through pure hell just trying to get their job done and they are hated by the liberals and the environmentalists. They do a hell of a good job considering what they have to face every day and every night. And we should respect them a little bit for all they do.

God bless Donald Trump

Jerry Philbrick

Comptche

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THE CURRENT DATA on temperature rise at the poles and impacts on weather patterns around the world suggests we are already in the midst of dramatic changes that will impact massively and negatively on agriculture within the next twenty years.

—Jem Bendell

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CHP TO ‘TACKLE’ DUI ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 3, football fans will join with friends and family to watch Super Bowl LIII. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind motorists to designate a sober driver or use a rideshare service if their plans include alcohol.

“Impaired driving is not only irresponsible, but it can also destroy lives,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Choosing to get behind the wheel while under the influence can result in arrest, injury, or death. If you drink or use other impairing substances, do not drive.”

According to preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, last year on Super Bowl Sunday, seven people were killed in alcohol-involved collisions and 134 others were injured on California’s roadways. The same day, there were 352 arrests made by the CHP for driving under the influence (DUI). Consequences of a DUI arrest are jail time, the loss of a driver license, higher insurance rates, court fees, car towing and repair, and lost wages from time off work.

“Have a plan in place before the game,” Commissioner Stanley added. “If you will be consuming alcoholic beverages or using other substances that may affect your ability to safely operate a vehicle, make the smart choice to use public transportation, a designated driver, or a rideshare service to get home.”

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Have non-alcoholic choices for the designated drivers and ask guests to make proper arrangements and designate a sober driver before the big game begins.

The public can help by calling 9-1-1 if they suspect an impaired driver. Callers should be prepared to give the vehicle’s description, location, license plate number, and direction of travel.

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THE CITY SELECTION COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA for the February 4, 2019, meeting has been amended is now available on the County website:

mendocinocounty.org/government/board-of-supervisors/agendas-and-minutes/city-selection-committee

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OLD NORTH BEACH

San Francisco North Beach Playground Bocce Ball. 1935. Photo Open SF History.

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CLICKBAIT COLLUSION

Every now and then, it just hits, from out of nowhere, it seems, and it is nearly always welcome. I'll be reading a book or, since I do that on my Kindle and Facebook lives right next door, I'll take a break for a few moments and spend some time with the clickbait. Maybe a child greeting a parent just home from some war, sometimes a cat feeding fish, or a mother and child, and there they will be: the tears marking joy.

In common with other ways of gushing, the act nearly always feels good. It reminds us that regardless of how stern our lives need to look otherwise in the day-to-day, we still need to feel. Because whatever else may push us, being driven gets it done.

In my own life, I don't get to feel this emotion often anymore, and it feels rapturous, even orgasmic to feel it, like that special caress on the neck, a reward for being here and being welcoming to it all. Feeling it is to feel an unexpected charge from the cosmos. It is, to employ the word of the day, collusion.

To feel this charge is to swell like a peacock seeking a mate, to show that one will be equal to the task. And it will be lovely, doing one's part to bring them down, to watch them struggle and drown in that gush.

(Bruce Brady)

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WE DID IT

Editor,

We’ve always had California fires, but they’ve grown much worse with climate change. Our legal system can collect from responsible companies or persons, but it’ll surely turn out that the Calistoga property owner can’t pay the Tubbs fire damages. It may be that even soon-to-be bankrupt PG&E can’t pay the 2018 Camp fire damages.

That Calistoga owner didn’t cause climate change that parched the landscape and blew winds over Fountaingrove. Who did? Actually, I did, and so did all of us who’ve been burning fossil fuels.

Guilt doesn’t help fire-damaged victims, but a potential mechanism to pay damages can also help arrest climate change. State Sen. Bill Dodd’s recently enacted SB 901 allows PG&E to assess its customers “nonbypassable fixed recovery charges.”

That makes all 5 million customers equally liable, hardly fair in my view. Better would be to charge just fossil fuel burners with a modified SB 901 that authorizes the state Air Resources Board to tack those charges onto the cap-and-trade amounts we already pay. With higher fossil fuel costs, we’ll justify more solar panels and electric cars.

John Schaefer

Arcata

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DEMAND CRITICAL CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS — LONG OVERDUE, AVOIDED OR BLOCKED

by Ralph Nader

Earlier this month I wrote a column listing twelve major redirections or reforms that most people want for our country (see: “It’s Your Congress, People!” Make it work for you!). All of which require action by Congress—the gate-keeper.  Now Congress must hold informative and investigative public hearings to inform the media and to alert and empower the people.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) explains a Congressional Hearing as follows:

“A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest.

“Here are my suggestions for a dozen long-overdue hearings in the House of Representatives, now run by the Democrats:

  1. Hearings on the corporate crime wave, which is often reported by the mass media. Yet Congress, marinated in corporate campaign cash, has ignored, if not aided and abetted, corporate criminals for many years. Hearings on corporate crime, fraud, and abuse must be a top priority (see more at corporatecrimereporter.com).
  2. Hearings on the causes of poverty – e.g. the frozen minimum wage, tens of millions uninsured or underinsured for health care, unaffordable housing, criminal justice reform, and low utilization of tort law. These hearings will address public outrage about how our rich country treats the poor among us.
  3. Hearings on the need to fund the small Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) to provide in-house advice to Congress about big technological/scientific decisions – whether the boondoggle ballistic missile defense, electromagnetic or cyber-attacks, driverless car hype, runaway artificial intelligence, nanotech, biotech (see: Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us) and many other unassessed innovations— are key.
  4. Hearings on the overwhelming tilt into speculation, rather than investment, by the financial markets (e.g. Wall Street). The focus on speculation can cause grossly unproductive investments in the form of stock buybacks and off-the-charts executive compensation, which weaken the economy and keep shareholders (who are not allowed to vote on such decisions by their own overpaid hired managers) powerless. These matters need Congressional Review.
  5. Hearings on consumer protection – the myriad of recent controls and manipulation of consumers and their spending, savings and credit, along with the first real investigation of contract fine-print servitude or peonage. All topics neglected by Congressional Committees.
  6. Hearings on fundamental reform of our tax laws. Aggressively examining our tax laws’ perverse incentives, unjust escapes, privileges and immunities, and estimated (by the IRS) $400 billion a year of uncollected tax revenue will enlighten taxpayers and members of Congress. A hearing on this is long overdue.
  7. Hearings reviewing and evaluating our failed military and foreign policies – their costs, their boomerangs, and their unlawful violent impact on innocent peoples and communities abroad are vital.
  8. Hearings on the planet’s environmental disruptions from the climate crisis to water usage, to soil erosion, deforestation, and the oceans’ pollution and deoxygenation could increase grassroots action.
  9. Hearings on electoral reforms – dealing with campaign finance corruption to gerrymandering, to voter repression, ballot access obstruction, unequal treatments, and more might really help to “drain the swamp.”
  10. Hearings on needed and unneeded government-funded and operated projects, including varieties of infrastructure or public works and how to make them more efficient and clean will make the case for rebuilding our communities.
  11. Hearings on shifts of power from the few to the many, so long denied and abused will help empower the people to more easily band together as workers, consumers, small taxpayers, voters, litigants and as audiences of the public airwaves and cable channels.
  12. Hearings on the benefits of opening up an increasingly closed Congress, with concentrated power in the four leaders of the House and Senate at the expense of committee and subcommittee chairs as well as individual members. Doing so will help make Congress more accountable for the people. When Congress cuts budgets for Committees and advisory institutions, such as the Congressional Research Service and the GAO, it becomes more reliant on corporate lobbyists. These lobbyists work as Congressional staffers before they return to their corrupt influence peddling (the so-called K Street crowd). See: “Why is Congress so dumb?” by Congressman Bill Pascrell in the Washington Post). It also needs to be emphasized that routine Appropriations hearings in both House and Senate must step up mightily to exercise far bolder their supervision of Executive branch departments and agencies.  (The Senate’s confirmation hearings on nominated judges and high officials must also be far more rigorous and open to more witnesses to testify).

There you have it – people, citizens, voters, students and teachers. We need these and other such Congressional hearings to make up for the years of deliberate inaction and avoidance. Send your Senators and Representative your suggestions and the above list.  Demand more production from their $5 billion a year Congressional budget.

United States Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121.

(Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer and author of Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!)

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THE FAILURE of the World Economic Forum in Davos to crystalize the anger of protesters may be a sign of the erosion of its credibility. There was a time when peace accords could be negotiated on the sidelines of the summit (Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres shook hands in Davos in 1994); in 2019, several major political players are absent – Trump, Macron and May all busy at home with the government shutdown, the Gilets Jaunes and Brexit. Protesters aren’t the only ones turning away from globalization.

—Isabelle Mayault

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HOVERING outside was a habit of [vice president] Bush's. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who had been Carter's National Security adviser, told me he had been invited to brief the president early in his first term on the Soviet threat. When he had finished his summary, he said, he asked Reagan if he had any questions.

Reagan responded: "Do you know the one about the newly elected black judge in Mississippi?" Brzezinski said no. Reagan explained that the judge, after being told by his clerk that the case involved a charge of rape, said: "Well then bring in the fuckee and the fucker." That was it.

Brzezinski was ushered out of the Oval Office and found Bush waiting outside, eager to learn of Reagan's response to the briefing. "I said he told me a joke," Brzezinski recalled. The vice president replied: "Oh no. Not the one about the Mississippi judge."

—Seymour Hersh

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ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY

Imagine you are at the pearly gates.

You get led into the big room where a door leads out to paradise and an elevator goes down but before you go out the door or down the elevator you stand to hear the verdict. Being a soul your feet float inches above polished marble. You listen.

"Years I waited for you to do something and you did nothing. I waited for something, anything with a dust mote of meaning from you. Something to show you had found the joyous treasure map I put in your head when I sent you down. Something to show you were not just another brick in the worthless spectre wall.

"No you don’t get another chance. You were an American. Do you know how many chances an American gets compared to everyone else! You don’t want to go there.

"I know you did not do anything wrong, I get that. But you did not do any good either and that is what you were supposed to do.

"Next!"

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[IN HIS BOOK "MAPHEAD," KEN] JENNINGS relates the story of an assistant professor at the University of Miami named David Helgren, who in 1983 had given freshmen students a blank map of the world and asked them to locate thirty well-known places. He expected mixed results, but what he found was that the students mostly couldn't do any of it. Eleven who were from Miami couldn't even locate Miami. The "Miami Herald" picked up the story and then it became national news. Helgren was interviewed by lots of newspapers and film crews. And how did the University of Miami respond to this? It fired Helgren. When a colleague spoke up on Helgren's behalf, it fired him, too. Other findings have shown that about 10 percent of university students can't find California or Texas on a map and about a fifth of Americans overall can't even find the United States on a map. How can you not find your own country on a map?

— Bill Bryson, 2015; from "The Road to Little Dribbling"

29 Comments

  1. Bruce McEwen February 3, 2019

    Fred Sternkopff’s originals of the Three MCT Clowns: E. Sunsweat, J. Philbrick, B. McEwen & Charley Russell will go on sale soon, and those of you with a collector’s bent (and you misers know who you are) will probably want signed copies, which will go for several crates of Top Ramen Noodles on the jailhouse exchange, You could almost do a calendar with Caricatures like a Yosemite Sam dressed as Jerry Philbrick; Mr. McEwen ducking under the brim of his hat like a furtive Carlos Casteneada or maybe a spy, disguised as Eric ? — Oh,please.

  2. Gary Smith February 3, 2019

    Philbrick, I’m going to say this again just for you: Being a cop is not getting more deadly, statistically, nor is it even in the top ten of dangerous professions by any measure. Look it up. And please, stop promoting this wrong-headed hero worship.

  3. Eric Sunswheat February 2, 2019

    An autopsy report released Friday by the Sacramento County Coroner found that physical exertion, drug intoxication and restraint by law enforcement were factors in the death of 36-year-old Marshall Miles, who died Nov. 1 after a prolonged struggle with deputies at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

    The coroner listed his official cause of death as “complications of cardiopulmonary arrest during restraint and mixed drug intoxication,” noting the presence of narcotics in his system and blunt force injuries to his body.

    Miles was arrested Oct. 28 when several 911 callers reported him jumping on cars and acting erratically several days before in the area of Watt Avenue and A Street in North Highlands. On that Sunday night in late October, Miles was transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail where security camera and handheld camera footage showed him being restrained and struggling with officers during the booking process.

    Miles later became unresponsive on a cell floor less than a minute after deputies carried him there, according to video of the incident.

    (Easy to view timely video posted, unlike the 4 year coverup by the Sheriff and District Attorney of the County of Mendocino in the Steven Neuroth jailhouse death)

    Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article225426955.html#storylink=cpy

    • Eric Sunswheat February 2, 2019

      Los Angeles County leaders often call their jail system the nation’s largest mental hospital, and to our great collective shame, they are correct. The jails are where we dump thousands of people who really ought to be in psychiatric hospitals, community-based rehabilitation programs or supportive housing. Those facilities were supposed to be built decades ago to replace state mental institutions, which too often served as abusive warehouses for society’s sick and unwanted. The state institutions closed on cue — but precious few of the humane, treatment-oriented alternatives were ever built.

      https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-mental-health-jail-20190202-story.html

      In hospitals, patient misbehavior is handled by mental health teams equipped with an assortment of care-oriented responses geared toward improving behavior and encouraging recovery or at least better management of symptoms. In a jail, even one with doctors on hand, sheriff’s deputies with little or no training in psychiatric care respond to misbehavior as they are trained — with force and isolation, both of which generally exacerbate mental illness and produce poor results, including increased recidivism.

  4. james marmon February 2, 2019

    RE: TEAM SCHRAEDER!

    You forgot Rebecca Wilson, RCS’s Care Coordination Specialist, a long time county employee who became Director of Child Welfare Services for the last 4 years of her career. I caused her so much trouble she had to resign which made room for Lyin Bryan Lowery. Camille Schraeder, Becky Wilson, and Bryan Lowery were long time friends who started their careers together at Trinity Group Home. The last I heard the Lowery’s were foster care family for RCS and Tapestry Foster Care Agencies.

    James Marmon MSW
    Former Social Worker V
    Mendocino County Child Welfare Services

    • Bruce Anderson February 2, 2019

      The entire Team Schraeder enterprise should be carefully audited by the feds. Off the top, it seems to me that Mendo is not getting the services $20 annual million theoretically pays for. The tele-psychiatry, or “doc in a box,” is a total rip and should be separately investigated as the obvious scam it is.

      • james marmon February 2, 2019

        Most all their in-house mental health staff are only interns. Interns do not get paid by the Schraeders and if counseling fails its always the parent’s fault, never the therapist’s incompetence. Master Level Social Social workers are willing to do almost anything to get their licenses, most of them work at CPS while collecting their hours from RCS for the hours needed for licensing 8 to 16 hours a week. The Schraeders have it all covered from bottom to top. It freaked me out, I may never be the same after that experience.

        James Marmon MSW
        Former Mental Health Specialist
        Sacramento, Placer, and Lake Counties.

      • michael turner February 2, 2019

        Telemedicine is more of a poor solution than a blatant rip. Mendocino and Humboldt counties can’t attract subspecialty care. In Eurkea almost all the subspecialty care for Medi-Cal patients (rheumatology, endocrinology etc.) was delivered via telemedicine to UCSF and other tertiary centers. And this is the trend in Mendocino also. There are doubtless ways that telemedicine providers can milk the system but they are held to the same checks meant to limit fraud. (And those can be tough, a doctor definitely doesn’t want to undergo a Medi-Cal audit.) But, to me, there’s something wrong with the very idea of tele-psychiatry. These are very fragile patients and I doubt you can transmit much empathy via a Skype hookup. And it probably leads to other problems, like over prescription of medications. But again, my point is that the few psychiatrists in this area (other than the late great Doug Rossoff) have never carried their share of the load carried by our emergency rooms and clinics.

    • james marmon February 2, 2019

      RCS Foster/Adoption Agency has run Mendocino County Child Welfare for years, a lot of State and Federal money was funneled to the Schraeders to create the Agency it is today. When I worked for Mendocino County Youth Project in the early 90’s the County did not use foster care agencies, all placements were in County foster care homes. In 1997 the Clinton’s Adoptions and Safe Families Act change everything, Schraeder left Trinity and started up Redwood Children’s Services. Lot’s of money that had previously been used for “Family Preservation Services” were diverted to Adoptions and foster care. The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA) forced states to speed up the termination of parental rights of people whose children ended up in foster care so the children could be put up for adoption.

      Under Becky Wilson reign of terror she eliminated the County foster care homes all together, which gave Camille a real benefit. If you care to remember a couple years ago UC Berkeley assessed Mendocino County Child Welfare Services and one of their major recommendations was for Mendocino to go back to the County Foster Care System. I once watch Supervisor John McCowen when the Supes were giving Camille the Mental Health Contracts say “We (the County) have spent millions of dollars over the past 20 years in order to build RCS into what it is today, they’re our partner” What that had to do with the private for profit ASO contracts still dumbfounds me.

      President Trumps Families Prevention Service First Act (FPSFA) really changed things for the Schraeders which is why they are transitioning away for from foster care towards being a mental health provider.

      The law, called the Family First Prevention Services Act, prioritizes keeping families together and puts more money toward at-home parenting classes, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment — and puts limits on placing children in institutional settings such as group homes. It’s the most extensive overhaul of foster care in nearly four decades.

      “It’s a really significant reform for families,” said Hope Cooper, founding partner of True North Group, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy consultancy that advised child welfare agencies on the new law. “The emphasis is really on helping kids stay safe with families, and helping vulnerable families get help earlier.”

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/05/foster-care-family-first-prevention-services-act-trump/573560002/

      The biggest problem is now is that RCS is doing the mental health counseling under Trump’s Family First Prevention Services Act, since they are a mandated reporters, they will most likely vilify the parent if the see any good adoptable child or children. With the for-profit ASO RQMC in charge they have a perfect monster.

      James Marmon MSW
      Author of “A look inside”

  5. Stephen Rosenthal February 2, 2019

    Re “The Road to Little Dribbling”: one of my best friends is a retired teacher. He has degrees in Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry and twice was voted Teacher of the Year in his state. Each year he would teach various high school science classes. I once asked him what he was teaching that year. “Morons,” he responded.

    • George Hollister February 2, 2019

      When I was in high school, many of my fellow students likely did not known where Miami was on a map of the USA. But everyone knew where Vietnam was on a map of the world.

      • Harvey Reading February 3, 2019

        What high school you went, George? And when? I graduated high school in 1968 and the only times we had heard talk of Vietnam was on the nightly nooze. It was was mentioned exactly once in school: in my senior year, by an English teacher, who briefly asked, rhetorically and cautiously, whether it was a proper subject for classroom discussion. And that was in a college-prep seminar course.

        None of us had a clue about where Vietnam was on a map or globe, without looking for it. We knew it was in Southeast Asia, but not exactly where. We surely had no notion of what that despicable, murderous episode was all about, other than the lies being peddled by our so-called representative government. Neither did our parents. We knew where Miami was, though. Reno, too, and St. Louis. I know you’re from a wealthy background, so maybe things were different in prep school.

        • George Hollister February 3, 2019

          The only prep school I had was an uncompromising, and demanding father, “You will learn this, and you will learn this now, or else”. I had no idea Mendocino High was so ahead of the times. (We also studied about WW2, the Holocaust, and Japanese internment.) A map of Vietnam, North and South, was something we looked at, at least weekly. My family did not have a TV, but I watched the NBC News at my grandparents over Christmas break. Seems a map of Vietnam was on the news almost every night. How could anyone avoid seeing it? I remember seeing more maps of Vietnam, with my piers, than maps of anything else. It was like everyday was a geography class about Vietnam. The Northern Highlands; The Ho Chi Min Trail; The Laotian Border; The Mekong Delta; etc. Of course this geography was associated with the latest war events. We discussed the Vietnam War in class as well. “Discussed” is a polite description for the discourse.

          Gee wiz Harv. You led a sheltered existence.

          • Harvey Reading February 3, 2019

            When did you graduate high school? After the Vietnam mess was over with? I really doubt that Mendocino County public schools were any better or worse than those in Calaveras County during my high-school years.

          • Harvey Reading February 3, 2019

            One of the main things I remember from the evening nooze was those disgusting little “box scores” along the bottom of the screen that kept track of the “score” of those killed and wounded, by the “team” for which participants were “playing”. Naturally, the “body counts” always favored the U.S. and its despicable ally, the south Vietnamese puppets. This country of morons learned nothing from that slaughter.

            PS, I had a feeling that you experienced “father issues”.

          • George Hollister February 3, 2019

            I remember the scores measured in body counts, too. The US numbers were likely pretty close, The Communist numbers were inflated estimates.

            I owe my father more than I know. And he said I was a lot like him. He was right. I am reminded of that every morning when I shave. He died in 2006. Hard to believe it was that long ago.

          • George Hollister February 3, 2019

            I graduated in 1971. I don’t know if we were better or worse, but political discussion on the issues of the day were certainly front and center.

          • Harvey Reading February 3, 2019

            I believe the difference may have been due more to time than to a “better” or “worse” comparison. Three years made a huge difference in those days, George, if you recall.

            By ’68, the tide of pretty much unabashed nationwide support for the atrocity in Vietnam (and Laos and Cambodia) had just barely, and gradually, begun to turn, following the Tet Offensive (which marked the end of the lying Westmoreland who got booted upstairs for a few years). By 71, it was a whole different world, and by ’72 U.S. troop withdrawals were underway, leaving pretty much only the ragtag southern puppets to fight for freedomlandia’s goals in the south, though we continued our bloody war crime of bombing campaigns in the north, to our everlasting (or however long the memory remains) shame.

            For all I know, Calaveras County students may have begun hearing about the war in classroom discussions, too, by the time you graduated, youngster.

  6. Bruce McEwen February 2, 2019

    “Roughly speaking, any man with energy and enthusiasm ought to be able to bring at least a dozen others round to his opinion in the course of a year no matter how absurd that opinion might be. We see every day in politics, in business, in social life, large masses of people brought to embrace the most revolutionary ideas, sometimes within a few days. It is all a question of getting hold of them in the right way and working on their weak points.”
    — Aleister Crowley

    Over the course of the 30 years since Climates of Hunger was published, the climate has warmed more significantly than a mere end of the Little Ice Age would account for — and Dr. Bryson himself told congress that of course it was obvious carbon emissions was the cause but nothing could be done about it because we can’t deny fossil fuels to other developing countries after we’ve enriched our own lives with ’em, any more than we can keep the Ruskies from taking out the Earth’s other lung (the forests of the Steppe) after American and Canadian loggers took out the “lung” on our hemisphere — I wonder what Dr. Bryson would say if he were here today to experience the record-breaking heat wave Down Under and the simultaneous polar vortex in the Mid-West.

    • George Hollister February 2, 2019

      The experience of record breaking heat, or record breaking cold is beside the point. That, in itself, means absolutely nothing. The fact that the hypothesis that connects CO2 emissions to a changing climate has failed, does mean something. And the fact that excuses are made for this failure, and these excuses are passed off as scientific, certainly does mean something as well. It means the lambs are willing to believe anything the government tells them to believe.

      • Bruce McEwen February 2, 2019

        “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does a damn thing about it!”
        — Mark Twain

        The fact that the hypothesis has failed you have yet to convince one single person of on this page, George. So either you or the rest of us has our facts mixed up with wishful thinking or stubborn willfulness.

        • George Hollister February 2, 2019

          Bruce, I am not in the business of trying to convince anybody. Because when it comes to believing, that’s a matter of faith. And people do not change their faiths.

          I say this about the Climate Change narrative for the record, There are other views out there. And yes, it is OK to discuss this, contrary to what is heard, read, and seen on every college campus in America. It is OK to discuss this without resorting to name calling, too.

          • Bruce McEwen February 3, 2019

            On campus, George, like in lit and psych and everything but J-school, B-school, ag and gov, all the talk about climate change passes as an analogy for a sex change, dude. Perhaps you should go back to college and get a grip, my good man?

          • George Hollister February 3, 2019

            Bruce, you’re floundering.

      • Bruce Anderson February 2, 2019

        Yes, George, historically the climate has changed, but this time around there are millions more people and the change is people-induced, and much too rapid to accommodate or even plan for.

        • George Hollister February 2, 2019

          There is no scientific evidence that the change is people induced. And there is no evidence that reducing carbon emissions will make the climate either stop getting warmer, or cooler. The evidence is simply not there.

          What is there are computer models, that are based on past changes in climate, correlated with past increases in CO2 levels. These computer models represent the hypothesis for warming being tied to increases in CO2. When these models are tested, they fail, because they fail to predict a warming atmosphere associated with increased CO2 levels. Most pronounced is the large increase in CO2 levels in the last 25 years, coupled with no statistical increase in atmospheric warming as the models have predicted. Normally, when a model fails, the hypothesis is considered disproven as well. Normally.

          Instead the ICPP has reverted to trying to find ways to make the models work. Including aerosols into the mix was one approach. That does not seem to have gained traction. Now the discussion is about “sensitivity”. Or maybe warming is less sensitive to CO2 than the models state. I also see some academics referring to increases in ocean surface temperature. The standard has been atmospheric temperatures measured by satellites. To make the the convenient switch, particularly now, opens a whole new can of worms. Normally in science this not an acceptable practice. The right thing to say is the model failed, period. Let’s test something else and see how that works. The big question is why are we in a long term warming trend, not are people causing it. The fact that we have a large group, driven by ideology, involved in driving the science, that want the CO2-warming link, regardless, makes the scientific process dubious. That is being polite.

          What we see here is the exact same thing we saw/see when Christians intervene in the science of evolution. Just because they wanted the science to be the way they wanted it to be, does not make it the way it is.

          • Harvey Reading February 2, 2019

            LOL, George.

  7. George Hollister February 2, 2019

    The fact that we see a change in the climate is not a historically unique thing. It is also not unique that agriculture, along with humanity in general, is greatly effected by a changing climate. In fact a changing climate is a common, and an on going occurrence. Human survivors have always adopted, and moved on. A good book on the subject is “Climates of Hunger”, by Reid Bryson. Published in 1979. Available on Amazon. If we expect the climate to remain the same, our expectations are inconsistent with the historical record over the last 200 years, 500 years, 2,000 years, and 12,000 years. The changes in climate have been extreme, too. The necessity to adapt has been extreme as well. Look it up.

  8. michael turner February 2, 2019

    Interesting to see how much money was spent on telepsychiatry. Why? I’m a couple of years past retirement, but in my time the few psychiatrists in the area only saw patients with great insurance or cash. This excluded the bulk of the patients in this area, obviously, who were in crisis. Emergency room doctors as you know became de facto psychiatrists. Patients discharged from the ER needed follow up and that’s where this telepsychiatry thing comes in. In my experience it was pretty tough to get a psyche patient to schedule an appointment with….nobody there. But I guess enough did that these telepsychiatrists had a lot of billable hours. Doubt there are any studies showing efficacy yay or nay for telepsychatry. The real problem for me was the cherry-picking done by the practicing psychiatrists in the area, they weren’t really part of the local medical community, nor , in my mind, part of the larger community at all. (Other than those who came and went from MCHC).I could name names but you can just look up the psychiatrists in private practice in the yellow pages. Happy to admit I’m wrong but I doubt we haven’t heard much from them in all the public discussions about the community’s mental health crisis.

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