Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Volcano Threatens Nuke Plant But No Worries!

Not that anybody cares or like it’s a big deal or anything but a the first nuclear power plant restarted in Japan since the Fukushima plant melt downs is now being threatened by a volcano.

This would seem to be cause for alarm, the fact that a nuclear reactor may be blown up along with a volcanic eruption but I say that can’t be a problem.

Fact is, 3 plants in Japan have been melting down for over sixteen hundred days now and you hardly hear anything about it from our corporate media or our corporate government. So if nuclear plants blowing up and sending radioactive hot particles all over the earth was something to be concerned about, surly our press and government would have said something about it.

Reuters news seems to be a bit worried though and you can see the video and story HERE.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

This Friday Is Trinidad Art Nights

Join us in Trinidad for a wonderful night in the village and beyond. Please check out the schedule below and plan your night or just come and find surprises around every corner. This is a great night for friends and family!

SCHEDULE for August 7th

There is now a Shuttle Service Provided by Cher-ae Heights Casino.

Special Event: BLM in collaboration with the Trinidad Museum and the Trinidad Rancheria will open the lighthouse on the Trinidad Head from 3pm-6pm.
Julie Clark will be giving living history performances throughout the opening at the lighthouse. She role plays as Josephine Harrington, Lighthouse Keeper Harrington's wife. Music by JD Jeffries.


  Featuring multimedia art from the Trinidad Art Gallery.

TRINIDAD TRADING COMPANY 460 Main St. Abstract Expressionist, Reuben Mayes, acrylic on canvas.
TRINIDAD MUSEUM 400 Janis Court at Patricks Point Drive. Author-historian Jerry Rohde presents, "Wish You Were Here," a postcard tour of Humboldt County from Richardson Grove to Prairie Creek.

SAUNDERS PARK (start of Patricks Point Drive) 7:30-8:30. Aerial Dance performance with members of the Synapsis Troupe. 6:00 Open Drum jam. Skate Ramps provided by Trinidad Skatepark Alliance.

TRINIDAD MUSEUM 400 Janis Court at Patricks Point Drive. Author-historian Jerry Rohde presents, "Wish You Were Here," a postcard tour of Humboldt County from Richardson Grove to Prairie Creek.

WINDANSEA 410 Main St. Featuring locally crafted gifts.

“Saunders Plaza,” the start of Main St. Dance music by “Blue Rhythm Revue,” sponsored by Saunders Plaza businesses.

SALTY’S 322 Main St. Ocean lovers welcome.

STRAWBERRY ROCK GALLERY 343 Main St. Featuring many fine local artists.

THE LIGHTHOUSE GRILL 355 Main St. "A Celebration of Home", Howdy Emerson, oil on canvas.

“Lighthouse View,” start of Trinity St.

BEACHCOMBER 363 Trinity St. Corbin Brasher, Wild and Wooly Feltworks. “From the Hearth,” artisan Pizza by Colleen Kelly. Music by the Sand Fleas

MOONSTONE CROSSING 529 Trinity St. “Some Images of the North Coast,” Marc Chaton, Digital Photography. Jazz standards from Tony Roach.

SEASCAPE RESTAURANT AND PIER 1 Bay St. “The Seascape Collective.” Art work from Seascape staff.
Take the complementary Cher-ae Heights Casino shuttle to the pier.

TRINIDAD ART GALLERY 490 Trinity St. Featured artists: Connie Butler and Howdy Emerson. Original music by singer-songwriter, Margaret Kellerman.


300 Trinity St. Boffer Ring and Face Painting. Kids crafting.

TRINIDAD CIVIC ROOM 409 Trinity St. Closed for August

TRINIDAD EATERY AND GALLERY 607 Parker Road. Featuring local artists. Music by “For Folk's Sake.”

TRINIDAD TOWN HALL 409 Trinity St. Closed for August

Thank you to all our sponsors, Trinidad businesses, participants, artists and musicians!

For more info please visit our website:

Monday, August 3, 2015

When We Raise Minimum Wage To $15.00 Per. Hour, What Will A Big Mac Cost?

I have asked the same question by looking at the minimum wage during the 1970's and the cost of a Big Mac at the time. I came to the conclusion that you could purchase more big macs in the 1970 after working one hour at minimum wage than today.

Now Thinkprogress.org has come up with some math to back up what doubling the minimum wage would to the labor cost of a big mac. It would raise the cost from $3.99 to $4.16 or in other words it would go up .17 cents.

For those of you that don't understand the difference between cost and labor cost, you should read up on this. If you think doubling the minimum wage will double the cost of goods consider this.
Excerpt from Thinkprogress

 If the minimum wage were increased to $15 an hour, prices at fast food restaurants would rise by an estimated 4.3 percent, according to a new study. That would mean a McDonald’s Big Mac, which currently goes for $3.99, would cost about 17 cents more, or $4.16.
The study from Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management also found that in order to compensate for the higher cost of employee compensation at limited-service restaurants, or those without table service or tipping, if they decided to change food sizes rather than prices, the Big Mac would shrink somewhere between 12 and 70 percent.
The price increases would be a good deal larger if the minimum wage were raised to $22 an hour, or average private sector pay: the authors found they would increase by 25 percent, raising the price of a Big Mac by about a dollar.

See the whole story

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kansas Voting Machines Could Be Rigging Elections, But Officials Don't Want To Know

If voting machines are accurate, it should be easy to tell. At least that's what a Kansas mathematician with a doctorate in statistics says. Beth Clarkson is trying to find out why she is seeing consistent patterns from voting results which she says don't make sense.

We have heard about this from Bradblog's Brad Friedman for years now but others are starting to take notice of these proprietary machines that are not standardized and which count our votes in secret. Those who would poo poo this being a problem have either not actually looked into it or are purposely trying to mislead people about the machines. Clarkson has had to sue her state to get records and still is hitting a wall and lots of push back from state officials.

Here is an excerpt from the article that I found at OccupyDemocrats.com 

Clarkson is baffled by the reluctant attitude she has faced in trying to do the right thing and make sure that votes were being counted accurately. She said: “I really did not expect to have a lot of problems getting these (records).”

At this point, you have to wonder…what are they hiding? Given how Republicans across the country are busy passing “voter registration laws” to combat all the “fraud” that has been shown not to exist, it would follow that it’s a classic smoke-and-mirrors tactic to divert attention away from the fraud that they’ve been perpetrating the whole time- whether through gerrymandering or questionable voting machines.

Read the whole thing.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Doctors Without Borders Urges ReWrite Of Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Deal

TPP Negotiators Must Fix the Most Damaging Trade Agreement Ever for Global Health

As U.S. aims to close deal, countries should reject damaging provisions that will block access to affordable medicines
Photo from Citizen.org

Maui/New York - Trade negotiators must remove damaging provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal or risk locking in high drug prices and endangering the health of millions of people for decades to come, said the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as negotiations resumed in Maui, Hawaii, today. MSF’s call comes as reports indicate that this could be the last negotiation before the agreement is concluded.

If approved in its current form, the TPP, which is being negotiated between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific-Rim countries, will have a devastating impact on global health. It would strengthen, lengthen and create new patent and regulatory monopolies for pharmaceutical products that will raise the price of medicines and reduce the availability of price-lowering generic competition.

“We have raised our voice as loudly as we can, repeatedly warning that this is a terrible deal for access to affordable medicines,” said Manica Balasegaram, executive director of MSF’s Access Campaign. “Ministries of health, humanitarian groups such as MSF and global health programs funded by the U.S. government all rely on affordable medicines to provide medical care. Despite repeated warnings from MSF, other concerned experts and groups, and even other negotiating countries, U.S. negotiators have pushed for provisions that benefit pharmaceutical companies at the expense of the more than 800 million people who need access to affordable generic medicines in current TPP countries.”

Some of the most concerning provisions in the TPP center on so-called ‘patent evergreening,’ which would force TPP governments to grant pharmaceutical companies additional patents for changes to existing medicines, even when those changes provide no therapeutic benefit to patients.
U.S. negotiators have also aggressively pushed for 12 years of ‘data exclusivity’ for biologic medicines, which include vaccines and drugs to treat conditions such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. Data exclusivity blocks government regulatory authorities from allowing price-lowering generic competitors to enter the market with previously generated clinical data.
If pharmaceutical companies get their way, brand-name drugs and vaccines would not face direct competition for excessively long periods of time while patients, medical providers like MSF, and people in TPP countries endure unnecessarily high prices.

“The U.S. is demanding that countries implement a devastating set of new trade rules that will essentially block people from benefitting from the latest advances in medicines for years simply because this is in the interest of multinational pharmaceutical companies,” said Judit Rius Sanjuan, U.S. manager and policy advisor for MSF’s Access Campaign. “Extended monopolies, such as those being pushed by the U.S. in the TPP, are irresponsible and harmful to public health.”

The provisions demanded by U.S. negotiators break past U.S. government commitments to global health, including a 2007 agreement in which the U.S agreed to include key public health safeguards in future free trade deals with developing countries.

“The U.S. has abandoned its previous commitments to protect health in its trade policy,” said Rius Sanjuan. “The TPP is a precedent-setting blueprint for future trade deals that will deny countries their right to balance business interests with the public health needs of people – a right that is ingrained in international trade rules. This week might be the last chance negotiators have to mitigate the potential devastation of the TPP. We ask government negotiators to protect access to medicines and fix the most damaging provisions in the TPP.”
If you consider the above story with the news here that Anthem just bought Cigna health care which now reduces our freedom of choice for major health insurers  to 3, one can see that there isn't really going to be any healthy competition anymore for health care. It's all about how much money the corporations can make. So for those that didn't want the government getting into health care I give you corporate health care. That's what we have and almost without any competition. And after all, its a lot easier to vote out a CEO of a large health care company than your government officials. Oh, wait. We don't get to vote for corporate CEO's.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF's work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.
MSF operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas.

Westhaven Blackberry Festival Today

Normally the ladies that bake the thousand or so pies call me to let me know that they festival is coming and I can put the word out on our 5 radio stations as well as my blog, facebook and twitter.

This year they must have decided to go with someone else for their advertising. I never got word that it was happening until a friend dropped by this morning as I was making breakfast. He said he was on his way to the festival and I was like, "what, that's today?"

So I looked it up and found this at Redwoods.info


Join neighbors and friends at the Annual Westhaven Blackberry Festival  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Westhaven Fire Hall on Sixth Avenue.
Sales of fresh blackberry pies, jams, barbecued hamburgers and beverages benefit the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department.

There will be music, booths and goodwill in abundance. No pets, please

Monday, July 13, 2015

California Gas Prices Humboldt Style

A combination of things that have mostly to do with refineries and California's own special blend of gas have pushed prices up as much as .50 cents a gallon today from last Fridays prices.

Here on the north coast we seem to actually have lower prices than the state average today. According to AAA the listed average for regular in the state was $4.05 a gallon and here in Eureka it was between $3.65 and $3.69 per gallon depending on where you went.

What I have never seen before is the strange prices for higher grades. 89 octane used to be a dime more and 91 octane .20 cents more than regular. Now prices in Humboldt are all over the place from the old .10 cents difference to as much as 50 cents a gallon more for premium. Prices are expected to ease by mid week or so but they don't expect prices to come back down anywhere near as fast as they went up. 

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