Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's Up To The Those On The Right

It has come down to it. It is up to those on the right to see what their extremist Tea Party wing is doing to the American Middle Class. The idea of taking government back to the old days of lower taxes is a false lie. If we took the country back to WW2 we would looking at a 68 percent upper tax rate. Eisenhower took us up to a 91 percent upper tax rate. Those were the days when the US built the largest, most successful middle class the world had ever seen. By investing in infrastructure and taxing wealth we grew this country into the envy of the world. All of those people with jobs were able to pay taxes that funded the infrastructure and helped build this great country and it's institutions.
Dees Illustrations

We have lost sight of the American dream and would cut the rug out from under us to please international banksters that don't give a damn about the American middle class. We would do this because we have been conditioned to believe that now with an upper tax rate of about 36 percent and dividends or un earned income down to 15 percent, we are taxed too much. Personal income taxes are at the lowest they have been in about 70 years. This lower tax rate for the privileged coincides with the fall of the American Middle Class. As the pay for CEO's rose during the 1980's and '90's, worker pay has stagnated. This while worker productivity in the US has risen steadily for the past 3 decades. Profits are being siphoned off and used to gamble in the international futures markets. In the old days people would put their profits back into the business because if they didn't they had to pay a lot in taxes. Now they just use the money they make off our hard work to gamble in the commodities markets. This creates housing, oil and food bubbles that make people cold, homeless and hungry. Those people are the neighbors of the rich. We all live in the same country.

If the Right in this country don't call out their colleagues and politicians on this, we are doomed. Most on the real left already know this, the independents spend most of their time making up their mind and there is no one left to turn this around other than those on the Right. To those on the right, I ask of you, what kind of country do you want to live in? Do you want to afford the police you will need in if a few months or years when the people find out that they were betrayed so that you can live in your gated community and pay lower taxes? Remember, when the middle class is gone, you will have to pay for the courts and the cops and pretty much every thing else. You will have to fund the concentration camps to hide away the agitators like me to keep me off the blogs and airwaves, exposing you for what you are.

You will have to wonder if you're butler is working for you or his own best interest. You will be easy to spot while we will just blend in with the rabble. Join with us to rebuild a country where people can be comfortable enough to care less about those rich people that have it all. " I have my house, a pension and two little dogs, I'm going fishing". That is the attitude that built this country. Independence. I don't have to be king, I can just invent Flubber in my garage because I have a decent standard of living and can use my personal time for more lofty adventures.

I am trying to reach out to those on the right or you tea partiers that think you pay too much in taxes. We are all frustrated. Bush gave the country to the banksters on his way out and Goldman Sachs was the biggest contributor to Obama. The whole thing is rigged in favor of Wall St. over Main St.

We need to find a way to steal back our American Dream.

It's up to you on the right to reject this destruction of the American Dream and move to a more local anti international bankster oriented society. Any ideas?

Monday, May 30, 2011

There's a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Deal With a Jobs Crisis -- Why Is Germany Doing It So Well?

Photo from Henry Work as seen at Alternet
 
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The Great Recession hit harder in the United States than in most of the rest of the world. Among the world's rich economies, we experienced the third largest increase in unemployment, trailing only Spain and Ireland. Most advanced economies saw substantially smaller increases in unemployment and one --Germany-- actually saw its unemployment rate decline.
 
Can we learn anything from countries that weathered the Great Recession better than we did? The experience of two countries --Denmark and Germany-- seems particularly informative. Denmark had a model labor market before the downturn, but ironically, offers a cautionary tale. Germany's economy has been up and down since unification in the early 1990s, but points one way out of our mess.
 

German Nuclear Shutdown Sets Global Example

BERLIN (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany could serve as a global trailblazer with its decision Monday to phase out nuclear power by 2022 in favour of renewable energy sources.
Merkel said the "fundamental" rethink of energy policy in the world's number four economy, which was prompted by the disaster in March at Japan's Fukushima plant, opened up new opportunities for business as well as climate protection.
"We believe we as a country can be a trailblazer for a new age of renewable energy sources," she told reporters.
Read more of this Agence France Presse story here

In other news a Typhoon is heading toward the leaking, spewing, crippled Fukushima nuclear power plants.  They are not ready for it.

The Golden Age


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Injured Sea Lion Pup On Indian Beach

After a fine breakfast at the Eatery in Trinidad this morning, David Bender, myself and some friends walked down the steps of the trail by the light house to Indian Beach. On the beach was an injured Sea Lion pup laying on the sand. David called a phone number that was listed at the Fred Telonicher  Marine Lab for just such purposes (not porpoises). Being a Sunday and a 3 day holiday weekend, he was only able to reach a machine. He called somewhere in San Francisco where he was able to reach someone that just said to stay away from the pup so that it's mother would feel safe to return to him. That is the standard response to abandoned or injured Sea Lion pups, leave them alone.  We gave it lots of space and wondered if its mother would return for him and how bad his injuries were.  You can see a small bloody spot just above his right front flipper.  It's like he hit a rock while swimming or something.


David asked if there was anybody I knew that we could call and I suggested Pete Nichols of Humboldt Baykeeper. He returned the call and said he would find someone to come and check the little guy out. On a 3 day holiday weekend, Mr. Nichols was not only returning calls but rallying his troops to get some help for this injured pup. This is not what Humboldt Baykeeper usually does. They mostly focus on clean water, pollution testing, outreach and awareness. I want to thank Humboldt Baykeeper and Mr. Nichols for working on the holiday weekend to help local wildlife when the people that would normally do this weren't available.
 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

More Kinetic Photos

Video coverage of the race at www.accesshumboldt.net and on local cable TV channel 11 Access Humboldt.





Let The Race Begin

Here are a couple of short videos from today just after the start of the 3 day Kinetic Grand Championship. This 2 day race started today at Noon at the Arcata Plaza and will end about 30 miles to the south on Memorial Day in Ferndale Ca. All craft are 100 percent human powered and must be able to float and navigate a water crossing in Humboldt Bay tomorrow as well as traverse the sizeable sand dunes in Samoa today. This is the 43rd year of the race.
 Blogger doesn't let me comment on my blog anymore and it also doesn't let me embed videos. I will probably switch to a dot com or Wordpress sometime in the future if they don't get the bugs worked out.  Until then, I can post links to my videos below.  I will add more links as I get them uploaded.
 Tomorrow morning will be the water crossing at Halvorsen Park in Eureka.  That starts about 10 am.
If you can't go you can catch all the action and glory on KHUM FM 104.3 and 104.7 or log on to http://www.khum.com/ for live streaming audio all 3 days. 
For more info on the race go to www.kineticgrandchampionship.com

Friday, May 27, 2011

Republican Judge Strikes Down Ban On Corporate Contributions Directly To Candidates

From ThinkProgress.org

Reagan-appointed federal Judge James Cacheris just ruled that corporations have a constitutional right to contribute money directly to political candidates:
In a ruling issued late Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Cacheris tossed out part of the indictment against two men accused of illegally reimbursing donors to Hillary Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.
Cacheris says that under last year’s Citizens United Supreme Court case, corporations enjoy the same right as people to contribute to campaigns.
The ruling is the first of its kind. The Citizens United case had applied only to independent corporate expenditures, not to actual campaign contributions.
Today’s decision extends beyond the egregious Citizen United decision because Citizens United only permits corporations to run their own ads supporting a candidate or otherwise act independently of a candidate’s campaign. Cacheris’ opinion would also allow the Chamber of Commerce and Koch Industries, for instance, to contribute directly to political campaigns.
If today’s decision is upheld on appeal, it could be the end of any meaningful restrictions on campaign finance — including limits on the amount of money wealthy individuals and corporations can give to a candidate. In most states, all that is necessary to form a new corporation is to file the right paperwork in the appropriate government office. Moreover, nothing prevents one corporation from owning another corporation. Thus, under Cacheris’ decision, a cap on overall contributions becomes meaningless, because corporate donors can simply create a series of shell corporations for the purpose of evading such caps.

This decision by the US Supreme Court would allow well over 100 separate donations from just one Humboldt County location. Security National Partners located at 323 5th. Street Eureka Ca. 95501. The business owned by local millionaire Robin Arkley Jr. is home to well over 100 separate corporations, most of them seemingly to be part of the Arkley empire. So even if there is a contribution limit for each individual or corporation, Arkley has you or I beat by 100 times the legal limit.

 Democracy has been replaced by fascism. This will be hard to overcome by ordinary organized citizens that are trying to make a difference. People like Arkley or the Koch Brothers have the influence that their money can buy to beat us into submission or complacency and there is nothing we can do about it. Decisions by the US Supreme Court are pretty much final.

I am not being allowed to comment on the PG&E post

I don't know why but no matter how many times I enter the code or my email and password, I can't comment on my last post but I was able to make a new post about not being able to comment on the last one.  Strange. If my information is wrong it shouldn't let me post this.
Oh well.  That's the so called free internet.

I just tried to comment on this post and same problem.
If I am a man of few words these days it's because of blogger.   Evidently blogger is so insecure that it allows something to keep those  that wrote the post from commenting on the post.

Lucky for me I have a 5 thousand watt transmitter that can get around this.  I guess I am supposed to broadcast such things.  Stay tuned.

Blogger says:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


We're investigating an issue which is preventing login and comment posting for some users, and hope to have a fix released shortly.

Thanks for your patience in the meantime.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Consumers Win Partial Victory Over PG&E Rate Proposal

From Bruce Mirken at Greenlining.org


SAN FRANCISCO – Low-income consumers won a significant victory today as the California Public Utilities Commission rejected a key portion of Pacific Gas and Electric’s proposal to increase electricity rates for low-income customers.

The CPUC declined to approve a PG&E residential rate change that would immediately add a flat $2.40 monthly customer charge to every low-income customer’s bill and a $3.00 customer charge for all other customers. The commission did okay modifications to the CARE rate structure for low-income customers that will mean rate increases for some low-income ratepayers who use moderate amounts of energy.

“While consumer advocates didn’t get everything we hoped for, we’re delighted that the CPUC rejected the customer charge, which would have disproportionately affected low-income customers and those who conserve energy,” said Greenlining Senior Legal Counsel Stephanie Chen. “Millions of California families are struggling to keep the lights on and still afford food and rent, and these families need protection.”

Chen noted that the upcoming review of budgets for the utilities’ low-income assistance programs will offer a chance to mitigate the impact of the new rates. “We will be working closely with the commission, the utilities and other consumer advocates to ensure that these essential programs best serve the families that rely on them,” Chen said.

THE GREENLINING INSTITUTE
A Multi-Ethnic Public Policy, Research and Advocacy Institute
www.greenlining.org

Suddenlink Announces Plans to Enhance Local Service

From Suddenlink Press Release
EUREKA, Calif. (May 26, 2011) – Suddenlink today announced an agreement to use a new, 121-mile fiber-optic route that San-Francisco-based IP Networks, Inc., plans to build in Humboldt County, running from Cottonwood west to Eureka.

Suddenlink is the first local cable company to announce an agreement with IP Networks for use of the new route. IP Networks expects to complete construction in late September, with Suddenlink moving traffic across the route soon thereafter. The construction is being financed, in part, with a grant from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), which was established in late 2007.

“Once completed, the IP Networks project will give us what is commonly known as ‘redundancy’ – a second route for Internet and video traffic in and out of the communities we serve, further enhancing the reliability of our services and giving us additional capacity to launch even faster Internet speeds and additional high-definition TV channels,” said Wendy Purnell, Suddenlink’s Director of Operations in Humboldt County.

“We’re dedicated to enhancing broadband connectivity in California, and we’re very pleased that Suddenlink will be using our new fiber network,” said IP Networks Vice President Mary-Lou Smulders. “IP Networks’ unique relationship with the power utility enables us to more easily reach less accessible communities. As broadband demand increases, we look forward to similar projects delivering broadband to rural and other remote communities in the near future.”

This sounds like good news for cable and internet junkies.  It will also be good for business.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Japan's Tepco Confirms Meltdowns Of 2 More Fukushima Reactors

May 24 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co , the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disabled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, confirmed on Tuesday that there were meltdowns of fuel rods at three of the plant's reactors early in the crisis.

More at Reuters

Help Bring Better Air Service To Arcata/Eureka

If you would like to see better airline service to the Arcata/Eureka Airport, take the survey at Fly Humboldt.org.  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Two Graffiti Artists Arrested Charged With Felony

City of Arcata

PRESS RELEASE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO ARRESTED FOR FELONY GRAFFITI VANDALISM AND CONSPIRACY

On Monday, May 23, 2011, at about 8:00am, Officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the area of the St Louis Road Overcrossing for Hwy101 on the report of a subject painting graffiti.  A Cal Trans employee observed the suspect, called APD and provided the suspect's description for responding Officers.  APD Officers located several people a short distance from the overcrossing.
21 year old Christopher Huizar-Garcia, of Reno Nevada was positively identified as the suspect.  He was placed under arrest for vandalism.  During their investigation, additional "tags" were located which led the Officers back to those remaining in the group.  21 year old Blake Nash of Reno Nevada was identified as an additional suspect.  He was placed under arrest for Vandalism and Possession of Vandalism Tools.
The amount of graffiti and the circumstances discovered during this investigation make these incidents a felony-level crime.  Both subjects were taken into custody for Felony Vandalism and Conspiracy.  They were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
The total cost for repair of the damaged property is not yet known.  The graffiti resulting in these arrests consists of possibly hundreds of "tags" placed at various locations in Arcata area.  The Humboldt State University Police Department has investigated a number of graffiti vandalism incidents where the same "tag" had been painted.  The Arcata Police Department is working to coordinate these incidents and to learn if additional jurisdictions have investigated graffiti vandalism cases involving the same "tags".
The Arcata Police Department takes an assertive stance on graffiti response and investigation.  Community members wishing to report locations where graffiti has been observed are encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department's Graffiti Hotline at 825-2587.  If you see someone painting graffiti, call APD at 822-2424.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Texas Ignores Federal Radiation Standards In Local Drinking Water.

Today I heard Bob Brinker on "Money Talk" a nationally syndicated financial talk radio show compare Greece and their financial woes to California. He and many in the country hold California up as the standard for anti corporation or business friendly states. Bob's argument and many on the political right would claim that California's stance on business regulations has led to it's huge budget deficit. Brinker and other right wing pundits ignore the countries most business friendly state, Texas. Texas has a budget shortfall almost identical to California's. They ignore this. They ignore that Texas is one of the most polluted states in the union. Texas also has fewer safety nets and a lower standard of living.

Now we learn that the residents there are not only being polluted by the oil industry and a lack of regulation but their own government ran water municipalities.

Bob Brinker and other so called conservatives would do better to compare California to Texas than some foreign entity that is under a different monetary currency. California has the most strict environmental standards in the US and Texas has just about the lowest. California has large unfunded pensions and huge public works projects going on. Texas spends most of its' money on what the corporations want like a new stadium for the Cowboys at the tax payer expense. Both states have similar budget deficits.

California is about 15 billion shy of being balanced and Texas is 27 billion but they have a two year budget. California has more people, businesses and a bigger economy to pay back the debt than Texas has. The biggest difference is the quality of protection for its citizens. In California you can't hardly sneeze without some government entity making sure that everything is still ok. In Texas they try to hide from the citizens things that can kill them.

Below is a video from KHOU channel 11 news in Houston Texas about local politicians all the way to the Governors office hiding the fact that drinking water in 35 municipal water districts had more than the Federal standard for radiation. They hid this from the people of their own state because they said they did not believe the science behind the Federal standards.

I have been unable to embed anything controversial on my blogger account for some time now.  Here is a link to the KHOU video if you don't see the video box.
KHOU Video


Just another reason I don't listen to right wing politicians and choose to live in California.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Strange Story About A Missing Girl And Her Mom's Missing Memory

Her name is Claudia Pedreros.  On Friday morning at about 9 am, she was found walking naked on Highway 3 near Trinity Lake.  Her daughter is missing and according to the Times-Standard, she has no recollection of having a daughter and no memory of how she got to the  campground where her car was found.  
Update: Missing 2 year old daughter found dead in in Trinity River.  Mother charged with Murder.

The press release is below.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On 05-20-2011 at about 0815 hours the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office took a report, regarding a missing female subject named Claudia Pedreros aka Parker age 30 from Yamaha Court, McKinleyville. Pedreros left her residence at about 0030 hours this morning with her 2- ½ year old daughter; driving a 2008, silver Kia, sedan, California License number 6GKR186. Pedreros is 5-0, 140 pounds, brown eyes, black hair.

At about 0900 hours the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office located a female subject, walking naked on Highway 3, near Coffee Creek Road, which is near Trinity Lake. The female subject was identified by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office as Claudia Pedreros. When Trinity County Deputies inquired with Pedreros status they discovered that she had either mental health issues or was under the influence of some type of narcotics.

Pedreros did not know where her daughter was at or how she arrived in Trinity County. Deputies located Pedreros’s, 2008, silver, Kia sedan, parked at the Trinity River Camp ground off Highway 3. The child was not located in the vehicle or the surrounding area.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching all roads in the area of Highway 3 for the child. Trinity County Sheriff’s Office located an approximately 10-mile area off Highway 3 where it appeared that contents of the vehicle were thrown out. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching all roads towards Trinity County off Highway 299.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public immediate help if they know the location of Pedrero’s daughter or if they had seen Pedreros traveling on Highway 299 or Highway 3, Trinity County.
Please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or Sergeant Wayne Hanson at 228-3639 or Detective Kyla Smith at 268-3643.
This case is still under investigation.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Rapture Tomorrow?

Some so called Christians are predicting the end of the world tomorrow or the Rapture. I am looking forward to this. In the Christian Rapture world, millions of people will suddenly disappear. This would free up a lot of good jobs that are in short supply and would drive up the cost of labor and increase wages. 
On the other hand, the Jehovah's Witnesses that usually visit on Saturday believe that only 144-thousand people will be raptured or taken up during the rapture. They have been predicting this for almost 100 years now but have gotten it wrong. Or have they? On a planet of 6-billion or so people, the loss of 144-thousand people would probably go mostly un-noticed.

John's And Prostitutes Names And Pictures To Be Released By Eureka Police Department

Subject: 3rd Street Prostitution Sting Nets 4 Arrests
On the afternoon of 5/18/11, detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted a prostitution sting operation in Eureka’s Old Town area. This was in response to the ongoing problem of prostitutes blatantly working along 3rd Street west of the Humboldt County Library and other nearby locations.

During the approximately two hour operation, POP detectives made 4 arrests for 653.22 PC – Loitering with intent to commit prostitution. Those arrested included 3 female prostitutes and a male “john” who stopped and picked up one of the women. One of the prostitutes was arrested after she approached undercover detectives and propositioned them for sex for money.

All four suspects were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked and later released for 653.22 PC. Additionally, one of the prostitutes was booked on an outstanding felony warrant alleging she maintained a place for purposes of drug use/sales.

In the future, POP anticipates also releasing the names and pictures of any “john’s” (and prostitutes) arrested for picking up or attempting to pick up prostitutes in this area. Names and photos will not be included with this release.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mad River On Horseback


Horseback Riders Near Mouth Mad River

What Looks Like A Petrified Alien

Mad River Tree
 
This place is just off US 101 on the north end of McKinleyville Ca.  Take Murry Rd. west about 1 block to trailhead. Park and it's just a few dozen yards to views of the Mad River.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Road Home


Sometimes you have to take the long way home.  This road is as far left as the country gets, overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Scenic Drive going north about 2 miles south of Trinidad Ca.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Relinquishing The Bloggers Cup

I am proud to announce tonight that because of his brave perseverance in the quest for the truth , that I have relinquished my 2011 Bloggers Championship Cup to Hank Sims of the Lost Coast Outpost. He will retain the cup and I will buy him a beer to put into it until he has concluded his coverage of the county email/Arkley saga or until a new blogger champion is chosen.

Tom Sebourn

2011 Humboldt County Blogging Tournament  Champion

Community Supported Fisheries or CSF's For California

UCSB to Launch Seafood Program
The Hook: It's Fresh and Local

May 16, 2011
Contact: Christina S. Johnson, csjohnson@ucsd.edu, 858-822-5334

Fishermen in Santa Barbara may soon be able to sell their catches directly to the UC Santa Barbara community through a pilot community-supported fishery program that it is hoped will help re-vitalize the local fishing industry.

As envisioned by the fishermen and scientists leading the project, members of the UCSB community will be able to buy pre-paid "shares" that entitle them to scheduled deliveries – typically weekly or bi-weekly – of locally caught fresh fish and shellfish. Think: rock crab, California halibut, black cod, white seabass, spot prawns and sea urchin, among others.

Members would also periodically receive educational materials related to their deliveries, such as seafood recipes and handling tips.

The idea for the seafood program is modeled after community-supported agricultural programs, more commonly known as CSAs, which have become popular with health-conscious Americans interested in supporting local organic farmers.

Community-supported fisheries, or CSFs, which are up and running mostly on the East Coast, appeal to a similar demographic – foodies who value fresh seafood and want to know where that seafood is coming from, the so-called "slow foods movement."

"Santa Barbara has a fishing heritage that is an integral part of the community's identity," says the seafood project's leader Kim Selkoe, a marine ecologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UCSB. "The CSF is about our local fishermen getting credit for the regulations that they adhere to, and giving them a leg up on imported seafood products that may be illegally caught, improperly labeled, and potentially contaminated."

Selkoe, California Sea Grant Marine Advisor Carolynn Culver and Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara President Stephanie Mutz were recently awarded a grant from the Associated Students Coastal Fund at UCSB to help kickstart the seafood program.

Funding is making it possible for the team to survey UCSB's demand for the program and its seafood preferences. Results will be folded into a business plan for the fishing community that will, among other things, identify who will catch what and when for the CSF, and the prices that would be paid for the catches. All this to ensure that CSF members have a steady supply of popular seafood.

The Santa Barbara fishing community is a small-boat, owner-operated fleet of about 200 fishermen, says Mutz, who is also a commercial sea urchin diver.
Mussels, I don't have any Urchin pix

"The CSF allows the fleet to adapt to stricter regulations and marine protected areas, and to the globalization of the seafood marketplace," she says. "It also provides an opportunity to educate the public about the local fishing culture and community, and its responsible fishing practices."

The short-range plan is to begin selling seafood directly to the UCSB community in early 2012 and then, looking forward, to build a larger fishermen-owned retail outlet for direct sales to the whole community.

"Direct sales could help the entire community," says California Sea Grant's Culver. "Not only could it make local seafood more accessible to consumers and more profitable for fishermen; but, perhaps more importantly, it could enhance people's understanding of local fishing and connect them to the fishing community. This is critical for the long-term viability of commercial fishing in Santa Barbara."

This could be replicated here in Humboldt County with HSU.  It's something to think about.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Trinidad Museum On A Rainy Day

Trinidad Museum Nature Trail And Seasonal Pond
Because it was raining, I decided to check out the work that has been done on the new Trinidad Museum. For those that have never been here, Trinidad is a Gateway to the California Coastal National Monument. The Museum sits across the street from Murphy's Market in the tiny sea side town. Once the home of Tsuari Village where Yurok Native Indians settled in the 1600's, It later became a whaling and lumber town that even had train service at one time.

According to Wikipedia, The first European sighting of Trinidad Harbor was by the Portuguese navigator Sebastian Rodriguez Cermeño, who did not make landfall. The next visit was by Bruno de Heceta and Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra of the Spanish Navy. Their two ships anchored in Trinidad Bay on June 9, 1775. On June 11, which was Trinity Sunday, a formal act of possession was conducted.[3] The area was named "la Santisima Trinidad". Settlers arrived on the James R. Whitting in 1850 and founded the town, renamed Warnersville in honor of R.V. Warner, one of the settlers.[4] The first post office opened in Trinidad in 1851.[4]
The town was incorporated in 1870 as a city and is still one of the smallest cities in the entire state of California.
Local books and maps for sale

As whaling and lumber died down, the town became a fishing village. Trinidad still has a viable Dungeness Crab fishing industry. Today there were a lot of people with their boats taking advantage of Sport Salmon Fishing Season that opened this weekend.

The Museum takes people back in time to the various incarnations of Trinidad from it's Native American history to the lumber and whaling days and includes a nature trail, seasonal pond and lots of information on local plants and animals and sea life. One could easily spend an hour in the museum just taking in all of the displays.

Yurok Canoe


A new Library is to be built on the same grounds next door to the museum. Funds are still being raised for the project and contributions can be sent directly to: Trinidad Library Building Fund, Humboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road, Bayside Ca. 95524.
Tsuari Village Model

Friday, May 13, 2011

Why a watch is smarter than a smart phone

Below is a picture of my so called smart phone below the official US Pacific Time on the Internet from the US Government.
The Internet shows military time as opposed to 12 hour am and pm time but it is clear that my droid is stupider than my old 20 dollar Casio watch. The droid thinks I am on the east coast as the time is 3 hours later than here in California.

I used the Internet instead of my watch because I could have just changed the time on my watch to make this up but the official us time clock has never lied to me yet. I use this to set the time on radio station computers so that everything syncs up.

This raises more questions about the so called smart phones. If the GPS inside my phone knows where I am, why doesn't it know what time zone I am in? I would say that if my smart phone ever gets me into any trouble with law enforcement or anyone else, I will just refer to this blog post to show that the so called smart phone really doesn't know crap.

Fukushima Plant Suffered Nuclear Meltdown

Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant

One of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant did suffer a nuclear meltdown, Japanese officials admitted for the first time today (story from yesterday), describing a pool of molten fuel at the bottom of the reactor's containment vessel.

Read more at The Telegraph UK

I tried to post this yesterday but blogger was down for the day.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Madaket Back To Her Home Dock Ceremony Friday



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 9, 2011

WHO: Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum/ Motor Vessel MADAKET

WHAT: Back to her Home Dock at the Foot of C Street Welcoming Ceremony

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2011 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Foot of “C” Street Dock, Eureka Ca.

CONTACT: (707) 445-1910 or humboldtbaymaritimemuseum.com
The Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum is excited to announce that their historic vessel
MADAKET will operate from her former home dock and ticket office at the Foot of C Street in
Eureka beginning May 13, 2011. A greeting ceremony will take place at the Foot of C Street on
Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Speakers from the City of Eureka and Maritime Museum will be
present and the first cruise of the 2011 season will depart at 1:00 p.m.

The Motor Vessel MADAKET, which operated from the Foot of C Street since 1972, had been
relocated to alternate docks along Eureka’s waterfront while the City of Eureka developed the
Eureka boardwalk. Now nearing final phases of completion of the Fishermen’s Terminal
building and C Street Market Square at the Foot of C Street, MADAKET will be able to come
home once again.

The City of Eureka and Maritime Museum would like to invite the citizens of the Humboldt Bay
area to join us this Friday at 11:30 and welcome MADAKET home. The new “C” Street dock
will provide the MADAKET with a ticket office that will be open daily during the MADAKET
cruise season.

For more information call 445-1910 or visit humboldtbaymaritimemuseum.com

Dalene Zerlang
Operations Director
H.B.M.M.
M.V. MADAKET
707-845-4687

Second Annual Humboldt Arts Festival This Weekend In Arcata Ca.


This was pretty cool last year.  I should mention that it's FREE!
Click the link above for schedules, directions, t-shirts and more.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Obama and Al Qaeda Both Say Osama bin Laden Dead

Reuters
May 6 - Al Qaeda confirmed Osama bin Laden was dead on Friday and vowed to mount more attacks on the West.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/06/us-obama-statement-idUSTRE74107920110506

This should put to rest the conspiracy theories about Osama still being alive.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Sunbow?


A Cinco de Mayo sun photo from Eureka during my lunch break today.  A mix of moist air and some of those pesky jet trails or chemtrails created a sunbow around the sun at around 1:30 this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Raw Story Exclusive: DOJ plan to arrest state licensers, tax dispensaries could doom medical marijuana industry

A recent letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ), threatening state employees in charge of implmenting medical marijuana laws with prosecution, has forced some governors to re-evaluate and even veto popular legislation -- all seemingly in violation of what the medical marijauana community thought was a cease-fire with the federal government.
More at RawStory.com

Breakfast In America

This morning I decided to take my breakfast burrito away from the gas station where it was purchased and instead of eating it at work, I stopped a few blocks down the road and enjoyed it here. I will do that again.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Two Vandalism Suspects Arrested In Arcata

City of Arcata PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO VANDALS ARRESTED IN ARCATA

With the assistance of citizens, two vandalism suspects were arrested this week by the Arcata Police Department.

The first subject was seen vandalising several vehicles and a home in the 400 Blk of Forest Ave on Sunday May 1st at approximately 11:00 PM. The man used a paint marker to "tag" the vehicles and residence. Responding officers located a man matching the description provided by witnesses walking a short distance from the scene of the vandalism.

30 year old Eric Scott Howe, a transient from Eureka was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for felony vandalism, public intoxication and probation violations. Howe is currently on probation in Humboldt County for vandalism.

The second subject was seen vandalising several locations in the downtown area of Arcata in the early morning hours of May 3rd. The man used both spray paint and paint markers to "tag" numerous buildings and walls. A witness followed the man while providing police information as to his location. When the man was contacted by police, he fled and when apprehended he violently resisted the officers.

20 year old Nicholas James Merrill of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for vandalism and resisting arrest.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tree Verses Billboard And Other Oddities On US 101 Today

A Eucalyptus tree got tired of living on the side of a hill on Broadway ( US 101) in Eureka across from the Bowling Alley.
It wasn't happy with taking it's own life and had to take a billboard out with it.
The mess ended up blocking many lanes of Broadway and causing traffic troubles this afternoon.

This morning a bobcat excavator committed suicide by leaving the truck it was being pulled by and died near the HSU exit on south bound US 101 in Arcata. That also caused a major backup.

This afternoon not far from there, in the northbound lanes someone lost a load of hay. That didn't hold up much traffic as people just drove through it.

It was a good Monday to just stay home.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Obama Was Busy

This is from Mark Cunningham http://imgur.com/gallery/KDssc

Car Chases Down Hits Pedestrian In Parking Lot

This is some crazy stuff,

This Afternoon, on 05/01/2011 at about 12:02pm the Eureka Police Department received a report of an injury traffic collision in the gravel lot at 1st and D Streets. The investigation revealed that a verbal altercation had occurred between the male victim and the driver of the car, Robert Anderson, age 67 of Eureka.

After the verbal argument, Anderson got into his car and started chasing the victim, who was on foot, around the parking lot. The victim was throwing rocks at the car to try to deter the driver, but was unsuccessful.

Witnesses stated Anderson eventually caught up with the victim and struck him with the vehicle near the west end of the parking lot. The victim was tossed in the air and shattered the vehicle's windshield with his body. Anderson was not able to stop the car before colliding with a solidly placed steel post which caused major damage to the front of his vehicle.

The victim was transported by City Ambulance to the St Joseph ER where he was treated for moderate injuries. Anderson was booked into the HCCF on a charge of PC 245(a)(1), Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

The investigation is continuing.

He's Dead Jim...

After 18 years on the run, Osama Bin Laden is now dead.

President Barack Obama is addressing the nation as I write this.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad, a U.S. source said on Sunday.
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