Friday, June 24, 2016

That Brexit Thing

The internet circles I hang in are abuzz today over Brexit- that's Great Britian's decision to leave the European Union(EU). I say good for jolly old England but am surprised at how many oppose that decision, including at least one of my nephews an a  niece. My advice to them: Leave British affairs to the British. At least one of them gave that comment  a Facebook Like.

Over at Redwood Coast Business, Julie Timonns is grieving the EU's "failure". I can only guess that Julie'ie's feelings derive from her overall sympathy for unions. That and the preference for centralized control.

The others? i'm not sure why independence has gone so out of favor nowadays.I"not sure I can come up with ny examples where indpendence has turned out worse than dependence after all was said and done.

Our independence from England has worked out ok over time,depending on who you ask. 

Ia Scotland any worse off since they declared independence from England last(?) year? I haven't heard anything about that. 

Addendum: Reason magazine thinks brexit could a win- win for both England and Europe

Hummingbird Healing Center

Not sure if that's the right name, alhtough I should be sure since I Just got back from there.

It's the Medical Marijuana place at the back of the Myrtletown Shopping Center.

I'd never been there before but had a yankering for some pot with  trip to UCSF coming up. I figured it might make me feel more at ease during my imprisonment in the hospital. I fiinally decided to head down to the cannabis center this morning. I don't yet have doctor's recommendation in the form of a '215 card' but hoped that my last discharge paper fromUCSF might suffice to convince them I wasn't faking it.

That didn't work, aalthough the gal in charge seemed sympathetic . She did reconmmend a place I might quickly go in town to get a card. I stood there for a while watching the goings on-some of the customers coming in looking older than me, or so I thought.

iIfinally broke down and tried o buy one of heir cannabis based drinks. In what looked like 12 oz bottles were colored drinks  called Cannabis Quench, or something along that line. I think they were areund $20.00 each. I tried to buy one only to be toldthey were so potent they couldn't sell them to me without a real 215 card.

Oh well... I tried buyingsome of their other stuff only to be told the same thing. After a bit I gave up and left,although I intend to go back

I kinda had my heart set on having some stuff to take with me to UCSF. Too late now , but maybe next time? Maybe I'll go down now and look for that 215 clinic?

The New, Improved, Eureka?

A link on the Lost Coast Outpost took me to th LoCo's Facebook page where the first thing I saw was, "Imagine Eureka with new hotels! New stores! How about museums? Or maybe a ferris wheel?". I had to comment to that one that I can't think of one " new' thing in Eureka that has made it a better place. It was a better place when I  first moved here in the mid 70s. The Eureka Mall back then seemed a lot more fun with its atrium. Now it's just a bunch of stores, although Winco is probably an improvement over Sears that stood in the same place back then.

I guess the Bayshore Mall is considered an improvement by some. I never go down there. Then there was Food Mart in Henderson Center which closed only to be replaced with that crappy little Rite Aid. The old Payless Drugs was a much better store, although we never had Payless in Henderson Center if memory serves me correct.

As far as I"m concerned, the new, improved Eureka is anything but.

Can anyone come up with some new things that made Eureka better? There must be at least one.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Honoring Jim Howard

The Lost CoasstOutpost reports on a ceremony honoring former Eureka City Council dude, Jim  Howard. For those that don't know, Jim Howard is a negro (gasp, there's that N word again!). looks like lots of people showed up for the event, enough to convince me we won't end up back  in the days of slavery if we didn't have a Civil Rights Act as many readers have suggested here previously.

Hoopa Ray's Cleanup Continues

The Times- Standard reports on continuing efforts to clean up the Hoopa Ray's Food Place, that store having been close due to a rat inestation. Hoopa residents can't shop there until the store is cleared for opening by County Health.Some residents are now having to drive to Willow Creek for groceries.

I don't get how the health department can shut off the community's only access to food. Seems to me, if there is an actual health threat, the health department should just warn residents of it and let people make their own choices of whether they want to buy food there. The end result might still be the same with most still opting to go elsewhere for goceries, but at least they'd have the choice.

It would really piss me off if they tried a stunt like this with Eureka's Winco Foods. I suppose I could always switch to the Food Mart in Fortuna or Long Valley Market in Laytonville but I'd prefer to make that decision myself rather than the health department leaving me no choice at all.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scotus Approves Warrantless Searches

Yep, as the article points out, 4th amendment protections against warrantless searches by police took a hit today iwth the Supreme Court deciding evidence of a crime can be seized even if it was found by means considered illegall... at least up until now: "
In a split 5-3 decision, the justices voted to reinstate the drug-related convictions of Joseph Edward Strieff. In the case of Strieff, he was illegally detained during a “concededly unconstitutional detention,” which eventually led to the discovery of drugs inside his vehicle.

If memory serves me correct, this would seem to invalidate the old "fruits of the poisoned tree" protections we had previously. That meaning that if a search is begun under less than legal conditions, any evidencelater found as a result of that search is deemed inadmissible for prosecution purposes. Hard to determine just wha this means, alhough I suspect this will face judicial review again.

That's of little comfort to me. As I've wrote here before, the Supeme Court along with lesser ones, seem to rule against constitutional protections and in favor of government power just as often as not. And tha's often rgardless of who appointed the court.

The Smallest Minority

Liberty magazine's Lori Heine is disappointed in her fellow LGBT's embrace of gun control and reminds us, "When people are rounded up together like cattle, it is not very often by those who care about them, or mean them well. I take it as no less of an affront that a few elites, who think they’re better qualified to see to my safety than I am, are doing their utmost to keep me from defending myself."

Lori is one of the rare LGBT types that isn't an authoritarian. That's refreshing to see for a change.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cell Phone Tips

From CNET comes just what I was looking for; Top Phone Tricks You're Probably Not Using. I made the mistake earlier on with my phone of following the manufacturer's advice and password protecting it. I thought at the time I'd probably regret it and I was right. Now I have to enter  a password just to answer the phone.They described one tip as making it so you wouldn't need a password if you're in a safe location such as at home. That sounded perfect, except the instructions haven't worked for me, at least not yet.

It said to go to Settings, then select Security , then Smart Lock. Then you can supposedly set what location(s) you want as safe zones. Except i can't find Smart Lock on my phone, so that idea was a bust. It iwill be fun if I can actually get that done, though. I'll try later.

I'll try some of the other tips later, too.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Citizen's United Effort Fails

Just got the following e-mail from the folk trying to raise money to overturn the Citizen's United decision. It looks like they failed, although there might be some time left:

'Fred, this is the email we don’t want to send you tomorrow.

But unless we turn things around, it’s going to become reality. With just hours to go, we still need 316 donors to hit 1,OOO,OOO donations to End Citizens United."

I'm delighted.

Libertarian Party Opposes No Fly- No Buy

The LP beats all other parties with this release, imo:
The Libertarian Party opposes the No Fly No Buy bill and other restrictions without due process
The Libertarian Party opposes the No Fly List, "no buy" lists, and other such lists where the government infringes on a person's rights without due process of law.
In recent years, the federal government has used "the war on terror" as an excuse to
encroach on our most fundamental human rights.

Warrant-less wiretapping, detaining prisoners for years without trials in Guantanamo
Bay, "no fly" lists that are compiled secretly and without due process, and similar "no
buy" lists all violate the human rights of Americans and non-Americans alike.

Our founders would be horrified and every American should be too.

Our country claims to stand as a beacon for "liberty and justice for all" and yet there is
no liberty and no justice in these breaches of our rights.

The presumptive Republican and Democratic Presidential nominees have stated their
support for many of these programs.

In contrast, Libertarian National Committee chair, Nicholas Sarwark, says, "There
shouldn't be a no-fly list, terrorist watch list, or any other secret government list you can
be put on without due process of law." Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for
President agrees.

In recent days, Congress has been debating a "No Fly No Buy" bill which would prevent
people listed on the No Fly list from buying firearms.

The Libertarian Party urges Congress to vote down any bill, such as this one, that
infringes upon rights without due process. Due process is one of the most critical
elements of our justice system, designed to protect our rights. It must be respected
and upheld, no matter the circumstances.

Currently, the No Fly List is so casual that Americans are at risk of being denied access
to commercial travel because of clerical errors. This is a terrible injustice. The idea of
using such a flawed No Fly List as a guide for restricting other rights, such as gun
ownership, is appalling.

If the government has evidence egregious enough that a person should be prevented from
boarding a plane, the government needs to take this evidence to court and have a fair and
open hearing to determine whether the person in question should have his/her rights
denied. If someone is found to be plotting violence, they should be arrested immediately
and prosecuted.

The Libertarian Party is the only political party in America devoted to protecting all
rights, of all human beings, all the time. The Libertarian Part

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act

I believe the Adult Use of Marijuan Act (AUMA) might be on the ballot this November. I don't know much about it but a gal has been posting almost daily on my NorCal Libertarians Yahoo Group, Lrtitta Pepper is opposed to it and claims it doesn't really legalize adult use of pot since it still allows sanctions for use.

I don't know, but I've yet to read any rebuttals to her repeated protests. Her most recent, I received this morning:

"I am pro-medical-marijuana because I have multiple sclerosis.  I save $300 a month in co-pays by using marijuana instead of prescription drugs that made me sick.
     I am an attorney, so I do not support the current legalization initiative.  It is long and deceptively written, will replace medical marijuana with recreational marijuana, and send many more young adults to jail.
     The Democratic Party's endorsement of this bad initiative was based on the suppression of medical marijuana patients' votes by the Chair of the Brownie Mary Club of California"

I haven't looked at the initiative's wording. Then again, I'm not sure a "clean"legalizaion initiative would be succesful at the ballot box. She might be right, but is that a valid reason for opposing it? It still might be better than the situation as-is.

Any thoughts? Anyone else been looking at this initiative? You can read more of Letitta Pepper's arguments at the NorCal Libertarians Yahoo group. Her comments are pretty much the only ones up there. You might have to join the group to read messages, but that's easy enough.

Democrats: The War Party?

Nice explanation from Consortium News on how the Democratic Party changed its reputation as the more peaceful of our two major parties. Much of it centers around... you guessed it.... Hillary Clinton.

In fairness to the Democrats, who was the last U.S. president that didn't attack other countries? The only that comes to my mind is Jimmy Carter, a Democrat. Those days seem to be long gone with their current standard bearer being an unabashed hawk.

I wonder who Jimmy Carter is backing this time?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

About Jill Stein

Politico has  nice article on Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein. It even includes mention of the Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson. Even Humboldt's very own, David Cobb, gets a mention. I was surprised to learn he was the one who came up with the "safe state strategy". I'd only heard of that in libertarian circles previously:

"Cobb pioneered a “safe-state” strategy—hunting only for votes in deep blue and deep red states, thus successfully protecting the Greens from the “spoiler” label. But he wasn’t successful in winning votes, garnering only 120,000 votes compared to Nader’s 2.9 million.'

What that means, if you're not aware is that you can vote freely for third party candidates states that re considered "safe' for Republicans or Democrats. For example, there's no Question Clinton will win California, so you're not messing her up by voting for the Green Party. I had no idea Cobb came up with that. He never mentioned it to me

Jill Stein: Hillary Worse Than Trump

It's nice to see that great minds think alike. Reason magazine looks at Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein's, feeling about the front runners in the presiential race. She thinks Clinton could be  more dangerous choice than Trump:

"And it's not only the militarism that Trump talks about, it's Hillary's massive record of militarism,

 "The rush into Libya, which was really—you know, she was the prime mover behind that campaign, which the military advisers were largely against; her approval for the war in Iraq and so on; you know, her threat to bomb Iran; and, you know, she—and her demonization of Russia and China, and the pivot against China. We are rushing towards war with Hillary Clinton, who has a track record," Stein said."

Yep, Stein is spot on.

County Pot Sales Tax On The Way

The Times- Standard reports the county Board of Supervisors is considering  a sales tax for marijuana that might soon be legally grown here. This should come as no surprise. I've wrote here before of a friend years ago telling me the only reason drugs aren't legal is government hasn't figured out a way to tax them. He's now retired from the Casa Grande, AZ police dept.

And how true that is. As we've seen everywhere marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized, governments, especially local ones, want some of the action. What gets me is we hear no complaints from most people. If it was a private company trying to skim money from the pot operations, we'd hear accusations of greed and unbridled capitalism. When our supposedly benevolent government does the same thing, not a word.

How To See The Internationl Space Station

I've always wondered if I could see the International Space Station as it passed by overhead. The Earth Sky News comes through again with info on that, although you have to wonder how well that would work around Eureka with our fog and clouds.

Never mind the fog and clouds, I wonder how practical such an effort would be anyway. I used this site to get location specific instructions for viewing the space station.It says that the station would have been visible from my house yesterday at 9:36 pm for 2 minutes at 12 degrees above the west- southwest horizon. The problem with that being there's large 3 story victorian house directly across the street from our house that would always be in the way. Regardless, I'll try to remember to keep looking.

They say the station looks like a meteor or satellite moving across the sky. I'm wondering if you might also see its actual shape, maybe with binoculars?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hansen's Climate Change Predictions

Reason magazine science correspondent, Ron Bailey- himself a believer (note small b) takes a look at how climate change guru, James Hansen's predictions fared years later.

I Like Hockey

I'll admit to being a social misfit if for no other reason than I'm not sure I could care much less about sports. Not sure I've ever cared much. Makes you really feel like an outsider when you work somewhere where everyone else is a football fan as it was when I worked at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant. Superbowl time was insufferable there as that was all most talked about then, except for me and John Krause. He didn't care, either. But others seemed to live for football. I remember the late Rich Whitmire asking me once; "How can you not like football?".

I suggested to John Krause once that maybe we should form a Society of the Socially Retarded for those of us who didn't care who won the Superbowl. We never got around to doing that.

One exception to sports for me is I enjoy watching hockey. If nothing else, that just looks like it would be fun to play. Onr problem for me being I can't skate. I used to when I was kid in Illinois. I remember a school or park there where a small pond would freeze over in the winter and everyone would go there to skate.

Then there was the time we went to one of the Great Lakes. Not sure which one it was, but I ended up skating on a huge frozen lake. At some point I fell down, hitting my head on the ice. I remember laying rhere looking across the ice and miles away were a bunch of snow covered hills. Then I blacked out, only to waken some time later on a table in a warm room. No harm done and no lasting damage to me.

Not sure if I could learn to skate again. At my age, I"d be leery to try, but it might be worth it if someone would start a hockey league up here. Don't they have an ice rink in Fortuna? We could play hockey there. I'd be leery to try, though. Watching the game on TV, I don't know I'd survive the many slams players make running into the enclosure of the ice rink . I suspect just one of those would send me to the hospital. Still, the game sure looks fun.

Gotta learn the rules, though, so if any of you want to play, here's the Dummy Guide to Hockey Rules.

Gays For Trump?

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the Orlando shootings have prompted at least one self described gay activist to switch his support to Donald Trump rather than Clinton.My personal experience has showed LGBT folks to lean strongly authoritarian, almost excusively, which is why I was disappointed but not surprised when one of the lesbian gals that used to live behind us told me she was a die hard Hillary supporter. She and her wife have since moved to Oregon where they can screw up that state's politics. I'll still miss Julie and Laura regardless.

But this guy says he's now backing Trump because of Trump's anti- Muslim rhetoric. Oh well. We'll see how that plays out:

"I know that Trump is an a**hole, Trump is a clown, Trump is a motormouth buffoon. You don't have to convince me of that. But he's also the only person saying anything about putting the brakes on Islamic extremism, and in light of what happened last night in Orlando, suddenly that is the only issue that really matters when it comes to the health, well-being and safety of the queer community."

Addendum: Johnny...oh, Johnny Maniac: Will you be voting for Trump now?