Sunday, December 21, 2014

Shelter Dogs In Jeopardy

Forwarded to me from Matt Owen via the County of Humboldt:

The ​animal ​shelter is at critical mass -​t​hey ​
will euthanize adoptable dogs for space on Monday if dogs are not adopted or rescued!

I just learned that there were no kennels available and that on Monday adoptable dogs will be euthanized for space. 

Please pass the word about this crisis situation. 

We would not want a family
who was putting off adopting a shelter dog until after the holidays
to learn after the fact that the dog they were interested in was
euthanized to make room for more incoming dogs.  

Usually there are non-adoptable dogs off their hold that are first on the euthanized list, but there is only one or two such dogs and so adoptable dogs are at risk!

Available dogs are listed below are grouped by breed.

For more information about how to adopt  please call the animal shelter at (707) 840-9132 - they open at 10 am on Monday

Before then if people want to voice their commitment to adopt a particular shelter dog or if you hear of any sort term fosters willing to house a dog in the short term to save a life, please have them email or and include what dog they are interested in as well as their their contact information.

Thank you again for supporting shelter dogs and sorry for the short notice, but dogs were not redeemed, kept coming into the shelter and the hoped for miracle has not as yet happened - please help us save Humboldt Count Shelter dogs by passing the word about their plight!

Milk Bottles and Milk Men

The funny things you think about when you're laying in bed early in the morning. For some reason this morning I lay there for some time thinking about milk bottles. I couldn't remember what kind of lid, or caps, they had to keep them closed.

I believe the last time we had a milkman deliver our milk was in the '60s when we lived in Tustin, CA. I don't remember how often he'd come by but we'd put the clean empty bottles out on the front porch. He'd drive up and replace them with full ones. 

I vaguely remembered the milkman as driving a white truck. He also wore white pants, shirt and hat. He'd carry the bottles in a wire frame six pack thing with a handle.

The bottles were similar to the one in the picture, but squarish. The lid was the same. It was some kind of waterproof, thick paper mixed with foil. The foil on the edges let you push it around the lip of the bottle so it would stay on. I don't recall what we'd do if we lost the cap. The good old days.

Times- Standard Web Site Has Improved

I don't know what they did, but I'll give the Times- Standard kudos for cleaning up their web site so it's a bit more usable. Used to be the pages would freeze up on me most of the time. It had something to do with Flash player. Now I can actually go there without having to worry much about the screen freezing up. Well done.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I Had No Idea: Mailing Children

In 1913 it was legal to mail children. With stamps attached to their clothing, children rode trains to their destinations, accompanied by letter carriers. One newspaper reported it cost fifty-three cents for parents to mail their daughter to her grandparents for a family visit. As news stories and photos popped up around the country, it didn't take long to get a law on the books making it illegal to send children through the mail.

Click on the picture to read comments to the post. They're interesting, too. I like this one:
"So thankful that with today's technology we can fax em".

Friday, December 19, 2014


I don't know the re- establishing of diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years needs defending, but I'll go ahead and link to Nick Gillespie's take on it. That anyone in congress from either the Left or Right is opposed to it, is appalling.

Potential presidential or congressional candidates- Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, for example- that oppose the opening of diplomatic relations and and end to trade sanctions would never get my support. As far as I'm concerned such a position on that issue alone would be a deal breaker.

Kudos to the President for his action in this regard.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gary Johnson Finishes Life Long Quest

Gary Johnson, past Libertarian Party candidate for President- and likely 2016 candidate- has reached the summit of Mt. Vinson, the highest point in Antarctica. That means he's reached the peak of the highest mountains on all 7 continents, a life long dream of his.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Suddenlink Looking Better

I got an e-mail notice from Dish Network a couple days saying they're raising their monthly rate yet again. Five dollars more starting in January 2015. That's after raising it $5.00 in 2013 and earlier back in 2011 or thereabouts. They say it's because of the networks. I don't care.

This isn't worth it to me and hasn't been for some time. The wife likes it, though, and doesn't seem to care about the cost. 

Suddenlink is expensive, too, but they're looking better all the time. It seemed to me cable TV went up about a dollar a year. That's still better that $2.50 a year. If I had my druthers I might try to dump satellite and cable TV altogether and maybe just get an antenna. As it is I'll be keeping an eye open for some good deals from Suddenlink.

Artificial Intelligence Taking Over The Web?

This Grid web site bills itself as artificial intelligence that will design web sites for you. Unlike some web design programs, this one is supposed to do everything:

"Want to add e-commerce? Social feeds? A different layout? The Grid just takes care of it."

Will you web designer and development folks be among the first to be replaced by artificial intelligence? I didn't watch The Grid's video, but just based on their home page, I'm not impressed. I'd say you don't have anything to worry about in the immediate future.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dr. Ladika's Rant

Doctor Courtney Ladika makes her debut in the letters to the editor of the Times- Standard suggesting the intersection of Harris and Dolbeer Streets in Eureka needs a stoplight. She seems to have almost been hit by a car while crossing Harris Street there.

Seems to me that's a fairly bad place to cross a street by foot or car, anyway, as it's on a rise with cars coming uphill to it from both directions. Aside from that, Dolbeer Street doesn't seem to me to have enough traffic when it reaches Harris to warrant a stoplight.

It would make more sense to just walk half a block down to Harrison and cross there where there is a stoplight and crosswalk. It might also make her a little safer if she'd take those speaker things out of her ears and pay attention to her surroundings when she's out walking. I saw her walking by the water district once and she seemed oblivious to the goings on around her.

I'll have to remember to tell her that during my next appointment.

Addendum: Hee, hee. I just tried sending her a link to this blog post through the Redwood Family Practice "Patient Portal" web site. Wonder if she'll get it? Link wouldn't format right in the message so it may not work.

Speaking of Discrimination

Reason magazine's Scott Shackford takes a look at an almost botched experiment in reverse discrimination. Some religious right- wing guy tries to get some bakeries to make "anti- gay" cakes. As Shackford points out, too bad this wasn't done by someone a bit more level headed.

Shackford sums it up in far fewer words than I have:

"Nobody should, by order of the government, have to make Shoebat's stupid cakes. And nobody should be forced to make gay wedding cakes either."

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Homeless Bill of Rights?

On my Facebook feed from the Libertarian Party a fellow posted notice about a friend starting one of those petitions asking to have a Homeless Bill of Rights created. I had to comment I likely wouldn't sign it because I'm skeptical of what those "rights" might be.

I've posted about this once here before and was supportive of Richard Salzman's objection to the Arcata City Council ordinance making panhandling illegal. As I wrote at the time, we all have a human right to ask for help, which is what panhandling should be considered. We also have a human right to refuse another person that help.

And that's the conundrum here. Will their bill of rights end up being more along the line of forcing others to put up with them? If so, to what extent?

I pointed that out to the fellow and also brought up, perhaps slightly off topic, so- called gay and lesbian rights. LGBT folks shouldn't be arrested for homosexual behavior. They should also be able to live their lives as they choose in all other ways. I don't believe they have a "right" to force businesses to serve them, which is what those rights have evolved into as of late.

Is that where this homeless bill of rights is heading? 

Ironically, the fellow replied that he pretty much agreed with me. To quote his reply, " The ACLU agreed to helped my homeless friend fight a town anti homeless laws only if their argument was that the government had a responsibility to care for the homeless.".

So homeless rights become a government entitlement? Those are exactly the kind of "rights" I'm opposed to.