Friday, October 24, 2014

Brace For Lots Of Wind

Humboldt County, a mother of a wind storm is about to unleash it's fury on us. In my neck of the redwoods near Trinidad Ca., I will be expecting sustained winds of between 20 and 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. According to one report, gusts as high as 70 on the ridge above me. Things should start around midnight tonight and thunderstorms including possible small hail are possible in the morning.

I expect to wake up without electricity so I am taking the precautions needed like getting the chain saw out, flashlights in order, filling water containers (for flushing toilets) and topping off the britta filter pitchers. We're on a well so, no power, no water. There is a over 1,000 gallons in a tank but we would have to get it out with a bucket if the power is off.  I put away the trash cans and some lose items that could blow into my car. I also expect some of the radio stations I work for to go off but I hope they don't. I really need a day off.

Here is the skinny from the National Weather Service

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shasta County May Be On To Somethig

Could this be the interference that the EPA couldn't identify that caused them to turn off their Air Monitor in Eureka? Probably not but who knows?

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors all took this seriously and have drafted a letter to seeking answers. At least some governmental body is taking the changes in the sky, air and soil seriously.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The EPA Has Turned Off All Coastal Beta Radiation Monitors Between Anchorage Alaska And San Diego California

Late last year I discovered the EPA Radnet system of air monitors. There were originally more than 200 of these scattered around the country. As some of them break or are taken off line for other causes, there have become fewer. There are now about 40 stations scattered around the US. There is (was) a Query Interface that you can plug in the nearest city to you and check for different radiation readings. Beta radiation is one of the things that one can check for. This type of radiation is generally weak and not that destructive. It is measured by forcing air through a clean paper filter and then taking measurements. The numbers of the measurements are displayed in CPM or Counts Per Minute. Beta radiation is what we are breathing in and this accumulates, meaning it builds up in your body. Normal background beta radiation in Eureka is between 7 and about 30 CPM. I have seen measurements as high as 230 CPM for our area which is pretty high to be breathing continually. Most of the high readings are spikes and only exist for a few hours or days however.

As we get 3 and a half years closer to when the 3 melting reactors in Fukushima Japan find the ground water table there and China Syndrome, one would think that more monitoring would be going on. When those melting cores hit cold water they will shoot radioactive steam high into the atmosphere where it will easily find it's way around the northern hemisphere. In a normal winter weather pattern, that would mean it would hit the jet stream and end up somewhere over the west coast between Canada and San Francisco. That's where the winter storms used to make landfall. Lucky for us, the jet stream doesn't head our way much anymore because since the accident destroyed the plants, we have been in a drought. This doesn't mean that we aren't getting hit with some radiation though. I have two charts below from the Radnet System. One is from Fresno California and the other is from Corvallis Oregon.

The area of Japan where the 3 melting reactors was hit by two massive typhoons in the last month. Water has poured into the open destroyed buildings and fallen onto the hot fuel releasing steam.

As I have been writing this I kept saving it for updates and have been avoiding it's release because I was waiting to hear back from the EPA. Here's why.

On August 6th. the Eureka Radnet monitor was shut down. There are no longer any public air radiation monitors along the west coast between Alaska and San Diego Ca. The official story from the EPA to me as to why the Eureka site was shut down as "Too much Radio Frequency interference".

I asked two follow up questions: "Are the rest of the west coast monitors turned off for the same reason?" and "What are or do you know what those offending radio frequencies are?" I have not received any response to the last two questions from the EPA. For this reason I have written our Congressman Jared Huffman.

The following information has been submitted:
Name: Mr. Thomas R. Sebourn
Address: ###############
City/State/Zip: Trinidad, CA 95570
E-mail: ##############
Telephone: 707-##########
Issue: ENV
Message Subject: EPA Radiation Monitoring Turned Off
Message Text:
Mr. Huffman, I am concerned about the EPA turning off the last coastal beta radiation monitoring site between Anchorage Alaska and San Diego California. Eureka was the last one working but was turned off due to "Radio Interference." The EPA Radnet sites are the only way the public could see the amount of radiation in the air. The current Typhoon dumping water into two of the 3 melted down reactors in Fukushima will produce steam that will make more radiation airborne. Too bad we aren't able to know if we even need to take cover. This is a travesty and a disservice to the public. One can only assume that things are so bad that we aren't being allowed to know what is happening to our DNA and the future of the planet.

Would you like a response? Yes.

Now I find that the EPA has turned off the Radnet Query Tool entirely. I don't know why. I still haven't gotten a response from Congressman Huffman or the EPA. If you go to the web site where I got the above charts showing high CPM in the 400 to 500 + range of beta radiation in Bakersfield and Fresno. You can't see them anymore because when you go to the query tool site you get an error.
The beta monitors were turned of one by one until San Diego and Anchorage were the last ones on. I took the above screen shots of inland readings for Bakersfield and Fresno on the 15th of October 2014. That is yesterday as I write this and they were still working inland. From what i have been seeing, It looks like a trend up in CPM for the unforeseeable future, or maybe I have just been looking at too many charts. I guess I won't have that problem anymore since the charts are now dark.

I was sent the following link this morning there is some more information there. Don't look to the main stream media for much on this story though because they already have Ebola and advertisers don't like this story very much. Besides, they looked into it a few months ago and things were fine on that day.

It comes with an interesting conversion chart for reading radiation levels.

 While most of us are distracted by Ebola, NFL or Baseball playoffs, this seems to be moving up to levels where it should make people sick. It's going to rain again. That changes everything.

We Need To Make Some Improvements. How Did You Perform For The Great California Shake Out?

After the siren from the decommissioned nuclear power plant a few hundred yards away stopped just after 10:18 this morning, I took stock of how things were here at our 5 radio stations. I didn't tell my co-workers to prepare other than handing out flyers about the drill to the on air staff to share with the public so no one knew I would be assessing our readiness after the siren went off.

Of course our news guy was out of town on vacation as he usually is when disaster strikes. We still have 3 well seasoned DJ's though and myself to pass along any information providing we have
electricity.  Oh yeah, the generator. The generator was just tested a couple of weeks ago ( I test it about every 90 days) and we have just under 10 gallons of gas. That's enough to run some stuff for about 15 hours or so.

  Assuming the power would go out, I checked the earthquake kit, flashlights, check. Blanket, check. A candle in a can, check. CCrane Radio with wind up, solar rechargeable batteries, shortwave, weather and regular radio bands, check. Water? We have almost 18 gallons on hand and I have about 18 small bottles in the trunk of my car.
Our first aid kit is so so. We could use a few more items for that but at least we have band aids, tape, some gauze pads and a few sanitary wipes.

Food? No food. We did have Rita's today so there was some food but not in the kit. That was eaten over a year ago. We have some cereal on hand and a display of candy bars in the front office for a fund raiser. We need to improve the food situation.

I checked with the sales staff in the back building and one of them actually had a working flashlight in her purse. The other sales person on hand just had the one on her phone.

One of the changes we need to make is food. We need something that the DJ's won't eat when Rita's doesn't make it in. Instead of cereal bars or protein bars we need dehydrated food that needs to be cooked. That means we need a small one burner stove and some small propane cylinders. We have a kitchen with gas and a microwave but if the gas lines are broken and power is out we need a backup and you can't run a microwave off our small generator while it is also powering the radio stations.

Our first aid kit is so so. We could use a few more items for that but at least we have band aids, tape, some gauze pads and a few sanitary wipes.

Food and first aid kit are the two things that need to be addressed the most here. How did you do? Were you fully prepared?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tomorrow Is The Great California ShakeOut, Are You Ready?

Tomorrow at 10:16 AM the siren will sound at the PG&E Humboldt Bay Power Plant. That will be heard throughout the King Salmon and Humboldt Hill area as well as parts of the bay. The timing coincides with The Great California ShakeOut.

The Shakeout is designed to remind people that we live in Earthquake country. Do you have a plan?
Here is a good place to start when putting together an Earthquake Kit. That site is and the kit is applicable for anyone living anywhere where a disaster might strike including areas subject to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, locusts and other things that can just ruin your day, week or month.

Here is some info from the website:
While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others (see below), all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation.
What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?
The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.
Registration totals from Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills across the U.S. are also included in America's PrepareAthon! participation totals.
Learn more below, or read answers to frequently asked questions.

Monday, October 13, 2014

March Against Monsanto Saturday In Eureka

This Saturday locals will march against Monsanto in Eureka. 

Here is information from their flier. 

An important part of the global movement to label, better yet, ban GMOs! Bring your kids, dogs, costumes (honey bees! bumble bees! beekeepers! butterflies! ladybugs!, the possibilities are endless!), dogs, signs, drums - whatever your imagination dictates, and we MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO and FOR SEED FREEDOM!! Protect ourselves, our children, our CSAs, our bees, our mother earth, our organic farmers, ourselves, our rights, our very existence!
 We will meet at 2nd and I streets in Eureka, and starting at 2:00, and at 3:00 we march to the Humboldt County Courthouse, where we will listen to various speakers and have the opportunity to speak ourselves, if we so choose. This is also a “get out the vote” exercise!  Vote YES on Measure P!!!

Check out our FaceBook page at Humboldt March Against Monsanto, Eureka or email us at

Humboldt County Candidate Forums On KEET-TV

KEET TV and the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County will be airing their candidate forums prior to the November 4, 2014 election live on KEET-HD/113. Viewers will be able to call in questions for the   Questions can also be e-mailed to by 4:00 pm on the forums broadcast day, except for October 26th. E-mails should be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, October 24th. All broadcasts can be heard live on 90.5 FM KHSU Public Radio. All forums will be streamed live online through various apps by the StreamGuys at
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candidates beginning at 6:45 pm to 445-0811.

Arcata City Council
Monday, October 13, 7:008:30 pm

Measure P
Wednesday, October 15th, 7:00-8:00 pm.

Eureka City Council
October 20, 7:00-8:00 pm.

U.S. Representative  District 2
Sunday, October 26th,
9:00-10:00 am.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Green News Report.

The Most Trusted Name In Coal
The Green News Report with Desi and Brad discuses science and global climate change with an unarmed opponent. Is US Senator Mitch McConnell really just a talking turtle?

Props to Chris Hayes for keeping it real at msnbc

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Moonstone Grill At Sunset Over The Pacific

It was a fantastic sunset along the north coast tonight where hazy warm skies created warm friendly look. 
 A couple of humans enjoy the sunset on the bluff above Moonstone Beach California.
 There is very nice restaurant with full bar above Moonstone Beach.
 Lots of fresh seafood and local stuff.

  I think they're Spruce trees.

 Cars leaving the beach parking lot where there are no parking meters.
All this and there is a casino, camping, B&B's, several restaurants, gas and supermarket in the sea side fishing village of Trinidad just up the road. Sometimes I kayak the small stream called Little River seen cutting through the sandy beach. You can canoe or kayak inland for about a mile at high tide and ride the tide back to the parking lot. Except for during the rainy season there isn't much of a current in the river so it's great for a novice paddler.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Replaced By Glenn Beck on Suddenlink?

If you have tuned in to Comedy Central in the past couple of nights you may have noticed that in Humboldt County it are no longer there. So maybe you went to the internet to find them and they weren't there either?  It seems that Suddenlink the internet service and cable TV provider is in a fight with Viacom which owns MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, TV Land and Comedy Central. According to Suddenlink, Viacom has raised it's rates 50 percent to Suddenlink and other cable TV providers.

So while the two fight it out, we get Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" TV show, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Sprout,  Investigation: Discovery, and something called UP! instead of the above mentioned Viacom shows which includes The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Oh and if you are a Suddenlink customer, you can't get the Viacom channels streamed on the internet either because Viacom has blocked those too. says you can access the channels through the internet with YouTube, Hulu, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Amazon Prime, iTunes, or other Internet sources.

 According to Suddenlink pays more for ESPN than all 24 Viacom channels put together.

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur