Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mike Rowe Likes Glenn Beck

Gotta love the following comment just made on the Tuluwat Examiner:
 
"This blog seems like a big oxymoron! You put out posts that seem pretty far left. Then, you put out a post like this and seem to run into tea party territory.
Not to take away from the shooting, but I think a lot of conservatives would like your train of thought regarding rights on private property."

I'm not sure whether that means he finds it a good post, offensive or just odd. I get the impression he simply can't understand someone not towing a strictly left or right partisan line. 

Regardless; in honor of that comment, here's Mike Rowe, of the TV show World's Dirtiest Jobs fame responding to a couple of folks who expressed disgust on his Facebook page over Rowe's appearance on the Glenn Beck Show. I've only watched Rowe's show a few times but can't help but like the guy after what I've been reading about him of late.

Some of you might remember Rowe being up here in Humboldt recently.

Artichoke Water?

First I've heard of this new drink: a beverage made from artichokes. They supposedly use the whole flower. I love artichokes. I'm not sure artichoke water would get me excited. Anyone ever tried it?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

N.C. Journal Covers Shooting Investigation

The North Coast Journal has a pretty good account of what goes on behind the scenes after a police shooting. In this case, the recent shooting of Thomas McClain.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Heading to 1 1/4 Inches

The forecast was for heavy rain today. I wouldn't call this heavy but it's dumping water. Over an hour ago my rain gauge showed just under 3/4 of an inch. An hour later it broke the one inch mark. That's fast. Now it's working its way to 1 1/4 inch.

Seems to be only hitting Humboldt, Del Norte and Siskiyou Counties at this point. Too bad there isn't more sharing of the wealth, especially inland.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Have You Been Hacked?

I know I've had my Yahoo Mail and Facebook accounts hacked before. I figured that out when bad e-mail addresses suddenly starting bouncing back to my Yahoo Mail and posts I didn't make showed up on Facebook. 

I'm not sure what to make of this web site that tells you if you've been hacked. The hacks on my Yahoo and Facebook accounts don't show up. Entering my three main e-mail addresses using fredtyg at gmail, yahoo and sbcglobal, shows my gmail address was hacked once- something to do with the Forbes.com web site. I don't know if that's anything to worry about. My other addresses come up clean.

The explanation is here, but I'm not sure I understand it. Another one of those things that showed up on my Facebook page.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Eyewitnesses

The Lost Coast Outpost has some statements from witnesses in the shooting by police of Tommy McClain. One says she didn't see McClain in possession of a handgun. Another won't say exactly what was seen but suggests the police were justified in the shooting. Perhaps another one of those cases where people can watch the same thing happen but come to opposite conclusions?

Some of you that have followed this blog might remember this Sacramento Bee story I linked to last year about a case in High Desert Prison in Susanville, CA. At least two correctional officers were fired after allegations they were involved in severely beating a mentally ill inmate. 

Three female visitors testified along the lines of it being along the likes of what happened to Rodney King of L.A. Riots fame. Problem was, nobody else present saw the same thing, including the supposed victim. A judge restored the officers' jobs.

Then there's the case I read about in the Santa Rosa Press- Democrat earlier this year. A guy was arrested and spent seven months in jail for sexual acts with a young (10 or 11 years?) girl who was staying at his home. The victim herself testified it was he that did it. His lawyer finally managed to get a DNA test done. The DNA didn't match.

Detectives went back to the case and interviewed the guy's roommate who finally fessed up and admitted to having done it. This after the girl positively identified someone else.

It's rather scary when you think of how unreliable eyewitness testimony can be, and how much we often rely on it.

The New Slim Fast?

Reason magazine takes a look at a new food item. Soylent isn't made from humans but supposedly provides all the nutrition you need for one meal. This might make a good earthquake food if it didn't require extra water.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eureka Shopping Cart Ordinance Passes

John Chiv reports the proposal making it a misdemeanor to take shopping carts without the store owners' approval was passed unanimously (Mayor Frank Jager absent) by the Eureka City Council. This subjects those who take the carts to possible jail time among other things. I agree with the one comment to Chiv's post:

"Most of the people who push shopping carts around are homeless. In what world does the Council think the homeless can pay a fine? They will end up getting arrested for failure to pay and released due overcrowding in the jail due to AB 109". - Michael Adams

We have enough trouble keeping more serious criminals in jail, and we want to clutter the jails up with the homeless? Never mind there were already legal sanctions available for shopping cart thieves. I don't know if there is a real solution to the problem but this isn't it. 

I do think the stores need to take more responsibility. There is technology available that can disable shopping carts if they go beyond a certain distance from the store. Maybe they could give that a try?

I'd meant to mention this to Councildude, Mike Newman, when he'd stopped by my house on campaign business but it slipped my mind. I believe it was his proposal. It's not one he should be proud of.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mary Does Insurance Now

Some of you that are, or were, members of Provident Central Credit Union might recognize the gal in the picture. That's Mary Huber, formerly the manager. She recently retired from the credit union and started a second career with State Farm Insurance. Her brand new digs are on Harris Street right next to the gas station in Henderson Center. Nice place.

I went in there yesterday to see if I could have her take over my State Farm policies as we were getting tossed back and forth to different agents since our old agent, Janet Holmes, retired. I'm now one of her first customers, but she could use more. You might consider signing on with her. She told me they can beat the widely advertised Progressive Insurance rates.

She goes by Mary Huber- Wallaker now. Her contact info is here. Give her a call today!