Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Is That Flutter Or Pain In Your Throat A Sign You Should See A Doctor? In California The Answer Is Yes.

Dan Whitcomb writing for Reuters December 10th. 2015

A new University of California, Los Angeles study has found that in parts of California the rate of thyroid cancer patients with an advanced stage of the disease is well above the national average, prompting research into possible links to farming or radiation.
According to the study, 35 percent of Californians with thyroid cancer were not diagnosed until the disease had already spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body, compared with 29 percent of people nationwide.
Could it be radiation? I say of course it could. Read the entire Reuters Story. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ohio Congressmen Claim Department Of Defense Involved In Domestic Spraying

So for anybody that still doesn't believe that our government is involved in spraying missions in the skies over our heads they need look no further than this letter signed by 5 Ohio Congressmen about the subject. Evidently they have been conducting spraying missions for so long the aircraft they are using need to be replaced with modern ones.

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was joined by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH-6), and Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) in urging the United States Air Force to replace the Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s (YARS) 910th Airlift Wing’s current fleet of C-130H aircraft with new C-130J aircrafts to ensure that the 910th’s Department of Defense (DoD)-mandated specialized aerial spray mission continues safely and without interruption.
“The Youngstown Air Reserve Station has become a model for other Air Reserve Stations throughout the country, but if we want to maintain this level of high performance, we must upgrade the aircraft at the base,”Portman stated. “I am proud of my strong record of support for C-130 modernization and will continue to work to ensure they have the capabilities needed to carry out their critically important operations.”
“Bringing in C-130Js to modernize the C-130 fleet at YARS will help strengthen our lines of defense and maintain jobs in Mahoning County,” said Brown. “This fleet carries out critical emergency missions and keeps our nation secure. It’s time to replace these aircraft to meet the unique mission at YARS.”
“I am proud to support the important mission and outstand work being done at the Youngstown Ari Reserve Station – and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that long term investments are being made at YARS,” said Ryan. “Each and every day, the men and women stationed in Youngstown put their lives on the line for our safety and it is our job to give them the resources they need.”
“It is critically important that we maintain the C-130 missions carried out by the Ohio Air National Guard units across Ohio,” said Johnson. “The Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS), in particular, plays an important role in America’s national security capability, and provides jobs vital to the Mahoning Valley. I’ll continue working with my Ohio colleagues to do everything in our power to make sure the YARS has the necessary resources to continue carrying out its important missions.”
“It is now, more than ever, critical that we provide our military with the resources they need to protect us and defend our country,” said Joyce. “This starts with modernizing the C-130 by making sure the men and women stationed at YARS have the equipment and tools necessary to respond to emergencies that arise.”
The full letter can be found below.
Dear Lt Gen Jackson:
We urge you to replace the Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s 910th Airlift Wing’s current fleet of C-130H aircraft with a minimum of ten C-130J aircraft to ensure that the 910th’s Department of Defense (DoD)-mandated specialized aerial spray mission continues safely and without interruption. The Fiscal Year 2016 House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense  Report  includes  language regarding the Air Force Reserve’s specialized missions, specifically that: “The Committee encourages the Chief of the Air Force Reserve to review the requirements to ensure that specialized units are allocated sufficient training hours to successfully perform both their specialized and tactical missions and are allocated equipment upgrades necessary to address safety concerns associated with these missions. The Committee also supports efforts to build partnerships between units performing specialized missions and other government agencies when practical.”
The current number of eight C-130H aircraft jeopardizes the 910th’s capability to effectively complete overseas tactical airlift missions and domestic aerial spray operations simultaneously. To highlight the dilemma: if, in the immediate future, the 910th were tasked to deploy four aircraft to support an overseas area of responsibility, they would only be able to support a one-ship spray mission in the United States.  As we are sure you’re aware, within the last decade, the 910th has deployed a three C-130H aircraft package in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and again in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 to provide domestic emergency aerial spray capability. Recapitalizing the 910th’s fleet of eight C-130H aircraft with ten C-130J aircraft would enable the wing to conduct both the overseas tactical airlift missions and the homeland aerial spray missions.
The unique aerial spray mission could also be in jeopardy after year 2020 due to several factors. The 910th’s airplanes require more maintenance due to the wear and tear cause by flying the specialized mission at low altitudes. In addition, an Operational Supplement, published 17 July 2015, significantly reduced the interval between Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) inspections based on Effective Flying Hour (EFH) calculations. The reduction in EFH interval will lead to an increase of approximately double the inspection time spent per aircraft.  The additional hurdle to ensure that the current C-130H fleet is airworthy, is the much needed Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) requirements required by the Federal Aviation Administration and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
As we continue to put more flight hours on the current fleet of aging C-130H aircraft, the inspection interval will continue to shorten, increasing the maintenance time and decreasing mission readiness. The C-130J models have a minimum crew size of three versus the legacy C-130H models’ crew of five, which would mean immediate personnel savings to operate the system, in addition to possible maintenance hours.
For these reasons, we request your consideration for recapitalization of the 910th Airlift Wing’s current fleet of C-130Hs with C-130Js at the soonest possible time, to ensure their continued and safe support of DoD’s only aerial spray mission.
Thank you for your consideration of our request. We look forward to working with you in this endeavor.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

So Jet Contrails Do Cause Less Sun Light To Hit The Earth's Surface

Below is an excerpt from a short but interesting article on sunlight and contrails. 
If you go outside on a clear day and look up toward the sun - being careful to block out the bright disk with your thumb - you might see a hazy white region surrounding our star. 
This haze is caused by airplanes, and it is gradually whitening blue skies, says Charles Long of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. “We might be actually conducting some unintentional geoengineering here,” Long said at a press conference this week at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Geoengineering involves the manipulation of an environmental process in such a way, usually deliberate, that it affects the Earth’s climate. For instance, .......see more at the link below. 
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Meanwhile, Parked Across The Freeway From The Former Nuclear Power Plant

They are storing the radioactive rods on site for the decommissioned nuclear power plant on Humboldt Bay owned and operated by PG&E. Not that that has anything to do with this truck. What is S-3? What does it all mean?

 I saw this truck parked just south of Country Club Market on South Broadway Eureka Ca., also across the freeway from the power plant Friday. Perhaps it's just a big fitting for a large erector set? Maybe a large concrete pipe fitting and S-3 is its part number? It does look like it's pretty solid and heavy though. I have no idea if it came from or was going to the power plant.
 It looks like one of those containers that cops use to detonate old ordinance, pipe bombs, grenades or what ever explosive device that might be found.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Not Much Drought Anymore On The North Coast Of California

My last post was about rain. We got rain. Now, more rain but this time with high surf and high tides that mean coastal flooding is likely.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rain And Wind Tonight On The North Coast But Good Luck Getting Propane In Trinidad

First of all, I just wanted to give visitors and travelers a heads up that it's becoming almost impossible to get propane at the Chevron station in Trinidad these days. For 3 weekends in a row, I have had to drive to Arcata because the guy either didn't show up, won't be in for a few hours or is off that day. Both Saturday and Sunday. I would also like to add that if you do drive to the Chevron on Guintoli Rd. in Arcata, you will not only be able to purchase propane on the weekend, but you will save .50 cents a gallon too. So if you are buying enough, it actually pays to make the drive. If you are in a pinch, they do have the exchange rack where you can pay
around 15 dollars more for a tank of propane. There are two exchange racks, one at the Chevron and one at Murphy's Market across the street. The service takes your empty tank and exchanges it for a full one. I only recommend this service for those that have an old tank that is starting to rust. You can exchange that for a shiny newer one that is full. 

Now about that storm. Most north west  storms have been breaking up when they hit the "warm blob" of water off the Oregon coast. This has been going on for over seventeen hundred days or since the 3 poorly designed nuclear reactors in  Fukushima Japan exploded and melted down. This is a good thing since rain from the north west would only make the radioactive particles in the air that we on the west coast are exposed to these days, end up on our streams, lakes, gardens,  rain barrels and all over ourselves if we happen to get caught in it. 

However this whole lack of weather or drought scenario is bad for the up welling of the ocean which brings nutrients up to the plankton so the small fish have something to eat. Without those strong winter storms from the north west there isn't much wind. The wind blowing over the ocean creates the up welling. Since that hasn't happened for over seventeen hundred days, the small fish have all but disappeared. This creates a huge problem for bigger fish and birds since small fish is what they used to eat. 

But I digress. Back to that storm. They are predicting gusty and erratic winds up to 40 mile per hour  with rain tonight.Tomorrow will be unstable and cold with a chance of hail or a thunderstorm. 
 Here is a statement from the National Weather Service for my area. 

346 AM PST SAT NOV 14 2015

346 AM PST SAT NOV 14 2015











Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Voter Fraud Is Rare But This Is What Election Fraud Looks Like!

Brad Freidman is my go to expert on voting, voting machines and irregularities.
In his latest story he is showing the world and the GOP what election fraud actually looks like. Indictments have been handed down in Kentucky. That's right, the same state that just had a very strange and unlikely election for its new governor Matt Bevin.

This latest election isn't yet being contested yet but the past 3 are. Sadly to say this is how our voting system can be rigged.

From The Brad Blog

Well, now we've got a whole passel of still more crooked officials to add to the list. Moreover: The Kentucky officials arrested and indicted today, "including the circuit court judge, the county clerk, and election officers" of Clay County, have been charged with "chang[ing] votes at the voting machine" and showing others how to do it!
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Five Clay County officials, including the circuit court judge, the county clerk, and election officers were arrested Thursday after they were indicted on federal charges accusing them of using corrupt tactics to obtain political power and personal gain.
The 10-count indictment, unsealed Thursday, accused the defendants of a conspiracy from March 2002 until November 2006 that violated the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). RICO is a federal statute that prosecutors use to combat organized crime. The defendants were also indicted for extortion, mail fraud, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to injure voters' rights and conspiracy to commit voter fraud.
According to the indictment, these alleged criminal actions affected the outcome of federal, local, and state primary and general elections in 2002, 2004, and 2006.

So you just have to read more here at the Brad 
In the mean time remember that it's a lot easier to steal thousands of votes with the push of a button than having dead people show up. This goes even deeper.

Oh please go to the link here because brad might not want me posting anymore of this with out me going there. OK just one more excerpt.

[Ed Note: According to the indictment, there were actually six, as opposed to "five", county officials arrested, counter to the NBC affiliate's original report above. See the "Clarification" at bottom of this story for more details.]
The article goes on to list some of the criminal actions listed in the indictment. Among them [emphasis added]:
  • Clay County Clerk, Freddy Thompson, 45, allegedly provided money to election officers to be distributed by the officers to buy votes and he alsoinstructed officers how to change votes at the voting machine.
  • Election officer William E. Stivers, 56, allegedly marked votes or issued tickets to voters who had sold their votes and changed votes at the voting machine.
  • Paul E. Bishop, 60, allegedly marked voters or issued tickets to voters who sold their votes and he also hosted alleged meetings at his home where money was pooled together by candidates and distributed to election officers, including himself. He was also accused of instructing the officers how to change votes at the voting machine.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Popcorn Clouds Creating Rain And Hail For The North Coast

Thunder storms are possible overnight as a front moves though the north coast of California into Monday morning.
They are bringing showers with possible thundershowers, which are much needed.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Bill Press Visits Eureka For The Humboldt Library Foundation.

On Saturday, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Bill Press came to Eureka and led a talk and discussion of the current political situation in Washington DC.

There were laughs, sighs and a lot of good questions from the very much engaged crowd and some great answers from Mr. Press.

I think of all the questions and answers that stuck out the most was when toward the end a guy, I believe his name was Dave, questioned why Bill Press predicted earlier in his talk that eventually Hillary Clinton would win the Democratic Nomination for President.
During the Q & A  guy in the back row asked Mr. Press why he was so quick to brush off Bernie Sanders campaign as not able to win?

Bill answered him with what many of us forget when talking politics in Washington. Super Delegates was his answer. Press said that he felt that even if Bernie Sanders wins the most delegates, that at the convention which is run by the Democratic National Committee, the Super Delegates would vote for Hillary over Bernie and that would be it.

He was correct of course. Most likely that would be the outcome even if there were a brokered convention or even if there was a clear majority for Sanders. This fact was something that I had forgotten about and had been overlooking. From the response of the crowd, I wasn't the only one.

The event was well attended and was a fund raiser for the Humboldt Library Foundation. Bill Press signed copies of two of his books, "The Obama Hate Machine; The lies, distortions and personal attacks on the president and who is behind them". And Toxic Talk which was written about the right wing talk machine and the corporations that control the message of talk radio. We started with a full box of books and ran out.

After the event, I was lucky enough to be invited to dinner with Bill Press and members of the Humboldt Library Foundation.

Bill Press does his radio show live locally on KGOE AM 1480 from 3 am to 6 am Pacific time. He is also on Free Speech TV.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weather So Interesting, They Can't Talk About It?

So, I'm a guy with a lot of opinions on a lot of subjects. I have always been a fan of weather forecasting, models, odd weather, hydrology and such. When I was young, I wanted to be a pilot. My neighbor was a pilot for United Airlines and he actually loaned me a book on the Boeing 727 so I could learn to identify the gauges and controls in the cockpit. After a few tests he took me up in his small plane. Before take off you have to check under the hood for critters or other problems. There is a complete safety check list that takes about a half hour before you get going down the runway. Once in the air I was in heaven. We went out over the hills and he actually let me fly the plane. It was so strange. I wasn't even old enough to drive yet but had driven my dads car on my aunts ranch so knew something about driving but this was much more complicated. Still I learned a lot from that guy and he showed me that there were many things I could be in life, a pilot was one of them. A few years later I did some sky diving and rode in planes that made me glad I had a parachute on while doing so. I only bring this up because I have spent my life studying the weather and  looking at the sky, unlike most people.

Seriously, most people don't look up and this was the norm before the so called "smart phones" took over the planet. Now almost no one ever looks up. It is because of this that those of us that do, are sometimes ridiculed for noticing and pointing out what is actually going on above our heads. I'm not going to go completely down that rabbit hole today because I don't have to. Below are links to two different stories referencing a gag order placed on US Government agencies such as the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

I will note that the recent hurricane Patricia that came out of nowhere to become the largest hurricane or typhoon ever recorded went away as fast as it started. No one died in Mexico either. This was just the strangest storm in the way it went from nothing to the biggest back to nothing in just over a couple of days. 

I would like to also add that the massive drought that has been persisting along the US West Coast started right after 3/11/2011 which was when the tsunami destroyed 3 nuclear reactors in Fukushima Japan. Those 3 reactors went off line causing them to go critical and explode. What fuel wasn't blown into the sky and all over the northern hemisphere melted down and continues to do so virtually unabated for over 1,685 days now. On the bright side, we haven't gotten that much radioactive rain here in Northern California. NOAA, 

The National Weather Service, The Weather Channel, the main stream media have never reported radioactive rain here on the west coast. They have never said whether or not it could even exist. They also have never reported on the west coast beta radiation monitors being shut off. I reported this over a year ago and this story from NewsMax is just about the only other good story about this and it just came out 5 days ago. I investigated and the EPA claimed to me that Eureka California's beta monitor was shut off due to RF interference. When I sent a follow up correspondence asking what the offending Radio Frequencies were that caused the shut down they quit talking to me. At least they talked to someone at The Wall Street Journal  where the NewsMax article links to a year later. 

Follow the dots...
It's not just about unions and control. It's also about whistle blowers losing protections. 

The link below may be too much for people that never look up. 

And then there is this.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Red Cross Readies Workers, Resources For Hurricane Patricia


Red Cross Readies Workers, Resources in Anticipation of Hurricane Patricia
Local Residents Encouraged to Share Preparedness Resources with Loved Ones in Path of Storm

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 – The American Red Cross is proactively readying its workers and resources in anticipation of Hurricane Patricia in order to be ready to respond quickly to the enormous storm.

Here in Northern California, trained Red Cross volunteers have been asked to update their availability to deploy should the need arise in Texas and the U.S. Gulf Coast; Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles and their drivers are on alert; and experienced leadership staff are on standby should their expertise be needed to help run Red Cross disaster relief operations in affected areas.

As Mexico braces for Hurricane Patricia, more than 500 Mexican Red Cross volunteers are ready to support with first aid, logistics, relief distributions, shelter support and damage assessments. The Mexican Red Cross has pre-positioned 18 emergency response units—including ambulances—around Puerto Vallarta, have positioned thirty tons of relief supplies in advance of Hurricane Patricia making landfall, and are assisting with community evacuations.

The American Red Cross works closely with the Mexican Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid and assistance during large emergencies. Disaster specialists at the American Red Cross are monitoring the storm closely, remain in close contact with colleagues at the Mexican Red Cross, and are on standby to assist. As in all international disasters, the American Red Cross intervenes when the national society (in this case, the Mexican Red Cross) requests outside help.
“The western part of Mexico --including the state of Jalisco-- happens to be from where the largest percentage of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in California come; so we know that many local residents are very concerned about their loved ones,” said Trevor Riggen, Regional CEO, Northern California Coastal Region. “We want to encourage residents to help their friends and loved ones in path of the storm to be prepared by sharing these tips.”

  • Everyone should download the free Red Cross Emergency App, which provides tips on how to stay safe before, during and after a hurricane and also provides emergency alerts and other tools. 
  • Encourage loved ones to find out where they will get information on when and where to evacuate, especially if they are visiting from out of town and aren’t familiar with evacuation routes and procedures.
  • Set up your emergency communications plan with them NOW, while communications are still up. How will you get in touch with loved ones and know they're safe if phone lines and cell towers go down?
  • If they are American citizens in Mexico, they should check with the U.S. Department of State for guidance:  
  • Ensure they have an emergency kit with supplies for at least 3 days, including food, water, medications, important documents, clothing, a crank radio, back-up chargers for phones, etc. Find a full list here:

In the past, the American Red Cross has provided aid to families impacted by heavy storms and flooding in Mexico, such as the distribution of kitchen items, household cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene kits in the wake of Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid, which struck in September 2013.

In response to Hurricane Odile—which made landfall in September 2014—the American Red Cross made a financial donation to aid survivors and helped reconnect families of US citizens who were stranded in Mexico. Red Cross chapters supported the reception of flights with returning tourists in Texas and provided snacks, comfort items, mental health support and calls to reconnect families. Likewise, the Mexican Red Cross makes itself available to aid the American Red Cross during emergencies, which it did during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

In the immediate aftermath of a large disaster, the best way to help is to make a financial contribution to the aid agencies responding. Once emergency response agencies have established their response structure, you can also reach out to find out what specific needs have arisen and the best way to help meet those needs. Do not drive into the affected area to deliver goods to volunteer unless you have already coordinated with an aid agency to confirm the need for your help and the ability to utilize it. (This article provides a deeper explanation of the best and worst ways to help:

Because of the size, complexity and cost of responding to large-scale disasters, the American and Mexican Red Cross utilizes local Red Cross and community volunteers first, then deploys skilled, trained volunteers from their nationwide network of Red Cross chapters. If you are interested in becoming a American Red Cross volunteer, it is important to sign up now and complete training so that you are ready to help your community when the need arises. Visit to fill out a volunteer application.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @redcross.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FBI Foils Dirty Bomb Plot. Who Cares?

I don't get it. Smugglers with suspected Russian ties were busted by the FBI for trying to smuggle radioactive medical waste, this time it was Cesium.

WTF? Who cares about Cesium? The FBI said it was enough material to contaminate several city blocks. I've got news for the FBI and anyone that feels that a dirty bomb would strike terror into anyone. Three dirty bombs (former nuclear reactors) exploded about 1, 670 days ago in Fukushima Japan and it hasn't terrorized anyone. There is virtually no news about it. Cesium is being found all over the planet along with some crap that was in one of the MOX Fuel reactors which contained plutonium too. This stuff is now found all over the northern hemisphere and is building up because it continues to be a dirty or 3 dirty bombs which have no end. They can't be turned off. No one knows how. If that doesn't strike fear into you than some radioactive medical waste or even a single melting down reactor shouldn't be that much of a big deal to you.

Our government isn't even doing testing of the food it imports from Japan these days. The fish in the Pacific ocean are not being tested for radiation by any of our governments. The radiation detectors that used to test for Beta radiation build up in our west coast cities have been turned off. They still test for gama but not the dust that used to settle on the air filters that told the story of what people were actually breathing from Alaska to Mexico.

None of this seems to be important enough for governments to get involved. None of this strikes terror into the hearts of the talking heads that deliver the news. None of this is significant in the eyes of the US or other governments. So I ask you Mr. Terrorist, what could your little dirty bomb do compared to these 3 massive reactors that continue to spew deadly radiation 24/7 into the Pacific Ocean and the air? Nothing. It would probably be hard to even know if you set it off here on the US West Coast. I could be wrong but since I can no longer access the data from the Radnet systems, who really knows.

All I know is somebody is lying to us about one of these incidents being dangerous. In order to cause terror, you need to do something that scares people. If 3 out of control nuclear reactors spewing for over 4 and a half years doesn't cause fear than your little bomb isn't going to amount to a rats ass. Get a job! Your terrorism days are over.

Oh yeah, here is a link to the so called dirty bomb story today.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Invasive Species Protections Struck Down As Harbor District Race Heats Up

You may be hearing radio commercials for Nick Angeloff who is running for Harbor Commissioner for the Second District. He is running on a pro shipping, pro good paying jobs platform and believes the  current board is pro aquaculture at the detriment of good paying harbor jobs. Angeloff believes the port is being poorly marketed as a shipping port.

To be honest, most shipping ports that have a lot of ship traffic also have a railroad which allows for a lot of freight to be loaded or unloaded through the port. Our harbor has no functioning railroad. Another strike against switching the focus away from aquaculture, boating, fishing and recreation is the fact that it was already tried. According to last weeks North Coast Journal the Harbor District almost went broke when the economy tanked in the late 2000's. The pulp mill closed and shipping dwindled. That's when the district started to move in a different direction away from shipping and large industries and more toward other activities and developments for the bay and that seems to have been paying off. The NC Journal has the numbers.

My concern isn't so much about Nick Angeloff himself, he seems like a nice guy. I'm concerned about the idea that we need to move back to a more industrial port. I would like to see better paying jobs at the port but my problem is that the mentality that wants more industry in the port is the same mentality that would let the aquaculture and fishing be destroyed by invasive species. Not that they want the fish and oysters to die but since the EPA rules for ballast water were just shut town by a federal court, they aren't about to impose stricter rules on ships coming into our port than what other ports would impose on ballast water.

If the EPA rules had been upheld, I might be more in line with this new, more industrial oriented shipping port idea, even absent a railroad to make it work.  Without those federal safe guards, I don't trust this new group to both bring us good paying jobs and shipping while also keeping the bay clean enough for aquaculture, fishing and recreation. If the wrong invasive species were introduced into the bay via ballast tanks from China or elsewhere, the destruction could cost millions of dollars in damage to the fishing and aquaculture industries.

Here is the story about the EPA rules from The Hill.

Court rules against EPA’s invasive species rule

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A federal court Monday rejected central pieces of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations to reduce the spread of invasive species through ship ballast water.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in New York City, ruled 3-0 that the EPA’s decision to adopt an international standard for the technology to filter ballast water was “arbitrary and capricious,” among other provisions in the 2013 regulation.

Read More Here

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Last Trinidad Art Nights Of The Season This Friday

Join us in Trinidad for the last Trinidad Art Night of 2015!

Fill the streets and venues with the joy and love of our community.

Make your own fun agenda from our schedule below:

SCHEDULE for October 2nd

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

“Lighthouse View,” start of Trinity St.

CIVIC CLUB ROOM 409 Trinity St. ‘Moonstone in Bloom,’ locally grown flower presentation by Devon VanDam.
Big Lagoon School Silent Auction and Raffle.

MOONSTONE CROSSING 529 Trinity St. Photography of Trinidad and Beyond. Dana Utman, Digital Archival Framed Prints. Jazz Standards by Tony Roach.

SEASCAPE RESTAURANT AND PIER 1 Bay St. Oil paintings by Jim Welsh.

TRINIDAD ART GALLERY 490 Trinity St. Featured artist Shirley Ruchong. Music by Howdy Emmerson and JD Jeffries.

TRINIDAD EATERY AND GALLERY 607 Parker Road. Gus Clark, Painting and Mixed Medium. Folk music by For Folk Sake!, Appetizers

 TRINIDAD TOWN HALL 409 Trinity St. ‘Meet Mr. Jesse,’ music presentation by Trinidad School’s music teacher. 6:30 - 7:30.
Bluegrass music by ‘The Good Time Rounders.’ 8:00-10:00.

Face painting by Tess Kraus and Painting with Jeff Stanley.
Beer, Hot Dogs and Refreshments.

“Saunders Plaza,” the start of Main St. Reggae Music by “Madi Simmons and Roots Foundation,” sponsored by Saunders Plaza businesses.

SALTY’S 322 Main St. Ocean lovers welcome.

STRAWBERRY ROCK GALLERY 343 Main St. Presenting a new selection of local art every month.

THE LIGHTHOUSE GRILL 355 Main St. Mark Chaton, Local Photography on Canvas. ‘Jill’s Whims,’ Jill Overbaugh, multimedia.

Trinidad North and Beyond

Featuring multimedia art from the Trinidad Art Gallery.

SIMMONS GALLERY 463 Trinity St. Recently opened! Showcasing select pieces by the late Ned Simmons, the Gallery's namesake.

SAUNDERS PARK (start of Patricks Point Drive) Fire performance extravaganza with Circus of the Elements at 8:30. Open Drum jam 6pm. (skate ramps continue next year!)

TRINIDAD TRADING COMPANY 460 Main St. ‘Spare Change,’ Jewelry by Jonna Kitchen.
 WINDANSEA 410 Main St. Featuring their own line of Jewelry.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Affordable Homeless Housing Alternative Expo And What The Movement Really Means

AHHA, or Affordable Homeless Housing Alternative in Humboldt County California had a great little event last Saturday where two tiny homes were auctioned off.

The expo had two panel discussions, 1) on issues of the establishment of immediate places to live for the over 2,000 unhoused neighbors in Humboldt County and
2) a panel of local clergy on the Religious Imperative in a Shelter Crisis.
 The Expo helped  raise funds for AHHA’s efforts to create immediate solutions for ‘safe, warm, and dry

There were displays of tiny homes 

This tiny home with a pop out was built by carpenter Chris G. Housley. He said it cost him about $400.00 to build donating his time but feels it would cost about $1,200 to build if it were done in a factory. He envisions them being built in an IKEA type factory with mostly robots to get the price down. He says he builds and donates  these to the homeless where he lives outside of Petaluma Ca.

 There was even a mobile sauna with shower at the event. 

There was also food and entertainment on two stages.

The idea of tiny home villages all over the country is what is being explored here. 

Here's my take:
It started over 30 years ago, our elected representatives decided to rig the system against the middle class and the working poor so that all financial gains would go to the upper 1 percent or those that paid for our representatives elections. This is called fascism. Over the past 3 decades or more this trend has continued to the point that what was left of the US middle class is now on life support with little hope that things would ever return to the good old days where income inequality was not such a big deal. These days in the richest country on the planet, there are mostly two groups, the haves or the 1% and the have not's or the 99%. 

Back before most of our good paying jobs were sent over seas to slave labor, our middle class was the envy of the planet. Any person willing to work hard enough, if their health held out, could easily make enough money to support not only themselves, but a family. If you go back 40 or 50 years, only one parent needed to work to do this. When I was young in the 1960's and 1970's many  families had two working parents but many times the wife would only work part time, just to make extra money for hospital bills, vacations or that second car. 

College was cheap, if you wanted to make good money, just go to college. It didn't cost 40 or 70 thousand dollars to get a bachelors degree at a good college. But even if you didn't go to college, there was always manual or skilled labor in factories, construction and the trades. 

Now, kids graduate from college with debt so high, the only way to pay back their loans is to move back into mom and dad's place or live on the streets. Sure, some find great jobs but that number is much, much smaller that it used to be. 
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So here we are, a generation of college educated professionals, moving back into their parents homes with no place to use their degree. And then there are the less fortunate ones that for what ever reason, didn't get a degree or are not in good physical or mental health. These people have been falling through the cracks for the past 30 to 40 years and now there are so many of them, they are not invisible anymore. They are living 5 to an apartment, or on the streets in their cars if they are lucky enough to still have a car. They are constantly harassed and forced to "move on" by law enforcement. 

City codes have not kept up with the current situation. Most people these days cannot afford to buy or rent a normal size house or apartment by themselves. Sure there are a few states where rent is relatively cheap because for the most part, no one wants to live there but in the majority of the states with larger populations, 
for many, rent is  unobtainable. The richest country in the world has not taken it's head out of the sand and looked around at it's inhabitants. It's as if our elected officials have blinders on. Those working 2 or 3 jobs just trying to keep their somewhat middle class lifestyle are too busy to get involved enough to help themselves. They don't have time to go to city council meetings or read up on what their elected officials are doing to them in Washington. So it's up to the rest of us. The rich and the poor. 

It's time we open our eyes and accept what we see. We are no longer a country with a huge middle class. We are no longer that great shining city on the hill that we used to be. We have allowed this to happen. It wasn't by accident though. This is by design! The corporations that own our politicians have, for some reason wanted this to happen. Now that it has happened we need to change our city, county and state codes and laws to allow for what we have created. We need to stop forcing builders to build 12-hundred square foot housed that no one can afford and allow more homeless campgrounds, tiny house villages and smaller apartments. The UN is already moving in this direction. Some municipalities are also stepping up to the plate and allowing for more creative solutions. This is reality and we need to accept it. 

Being homeless is a crime but it shouldn't be. Why should the person without anything be a criminal when those that took it from them are free to keep taking and fleecing the earth and the people on it? That is where the crime is being committed and as Utah Phillips said, "The Earth is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses". With the advent of the internet, we are starting to learn where and who these people are and they are getting nervous. 

So back to this one solution to a major problem, housing. There are more single people living in this country than ever before. This is due to many factors but income inequality is one of them. If I can't afford to support myself, how can I start family? This leaves a lot of people either living with people in unhealthy relationships just to get by, back at their parents house or on the streets. One solution is a resident and non-profit co-managed micro housing village. Structures from 100 sq. feet and more all in one area with a single community kitchen,  separate rest rooms and shower building, gardens and micro businesses. With the opportunity to produce for each other food, clothing, more housing, preventative health care, reuse and repair facilities, alternative energy and transportation innovations. 

AHHA advocates for different campground models too. Ones where people could sleep in cars, tents, RV's, open tent camping, bike camping, (bike and ride), park and sleep.  Assisting participant and non profit co-managed camp sanctuaries should be throughout the county and near services for people to get what they need. 

They advocate for Church camping in tents, cars and RV's and what I was talking about, zoning changes to allow residential camping and micro housing on residential properties and or city and county properties. 

AHHA also wants rest areas for people to come to for safe, legal sleep which should be open 24/7. Warming stations can be built and the rest areas can be in under used county and city parks, schools, vacant buildings and private property. 

Also needed are hygiene stations with showers, restrooms, water, wast disposal and lockers in appropriate accessible areas. 

The tiny houses seen in the photos above do not need plumbing or electricity. They are just a safe place to sleep and keep ones meager belongings. They are insulated and can have amenities such as solar panels and batteries for lights or charging phones or tablets. Some can even have a small storage locker at the rear for storing things that one shouldn't sleep. Central facilities make everything much cheaper than each individual having to pay for electric, plumbing, and the fact that there isn't any heat isn't that big of a deal to people otherwise stuck on the street. A good sleeping bag and a dog can keep one warm in a small insulated tiny house. 

AHHA says their mission is to provide information, education, advocacy and policy development on a variety of affordable housing solutions for the homeless in Humboldt County (but this model should be replicated nation wide). We will facilitate the implementation of these alternative models and assist in post completion operations by networking with private groups, non-profits, public agencies, religious organizations and individuals. 

For more about AHHA in Humboldt go to,, or write to right to a safe, legal place to live, P.O. Box 3794, Eureka , Ca. 95503-3794 
You can also call 707-445-5883

Friday, September 25, 2015

Northern California Fire Season Winding Down

Fire Update

Six Rivers National Forest lightning fires – Update
Percent Contained
Structures Lost
Gasquet Complex
Nickowitz Fire
River Complex
Mad River Complex
Route Complex*



* Route Complex totals for personnel, crews, engines and helicopters have been combined with Mad River Complex.
EUREKA, California, September 25, 2015, 11 AM — With a decrease in activity, due to recent rains, cooler temperatures and higher humidity, all the fires on the Six Rivers National Forest have transitioned to smaller, Type 3 incident management teams (IMTs).
According to Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr., “The rain we’ve received, combined with cooler evenings and effective fire-suppression activities, have allowed us to get to this point. Looking back over the past two months, there is much to be proud about. I appreciate everyone’s input and support along the way. I have been very happy with our fire journey and the effort that everyone gave this year.”
Fire managers have also transitioned from fire suppression to fire-suppression repair and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessments.
BAER specialists have completed data gathering and verification field work for the Route Complex, Mad River Complex, portions of the Humboldt Complex burn areas, and recently completed analysis on the Gasquet Complex fires. Additional BAER information and soil burn severity maps may be downloaded from the “2015 Six Rivers Post-Fire BAERInciWeb site.
·         Gasquet Complex – Gasquet Ranger District: Two of the four fires on the Gasquet Complex are fully contained—Coon (5,679 acres) and Feeder (897 acres). Peak (12,166 acres) is 10 percent contained, and Bear (11,619 acres) is 62 percent contained. Total acreage burned on the complex is 30,361 acres, with 50 percent overall containment and 133 personnel.
Crews will continue to implement fire-suppression repair plans and monitor the fires’ edges. Although diminishing, smoke from isolated burning stumps and smoldering vegetation inside the perimeter is still visible and could likely be seen until a season-ending weather pattern is established.
A weak front will move over the fire today bringing the chance of clouds, but no precipitation is expected. Gradually cooling temperatures and slightly higher humidity is predicted for the weekend.
Closures: South Fork Road is limited to residential and fire traffic only. A Six Rivers National Forest closure order (10-15-08) is in effect for the Bear and Coon fires, as well as for areas around the G-O Road.
A Klamath National Forest closure order (15-05-770) is also in effect for the Bear Fire. The order is in effect until the Bear Fire is fully suppressed. A detailed map and description of the closed area is available at
·         Nickowitz Fire – Orleans Ranger District: Yesterday, the Nickowitz Fire containment and acreage stayed the same—7,509 acres burned, 93 percent containment and 46 personnel.
Crews continue to patrol along Barren Ridge. Heavy equipment is on the incident to work on Stage 2 repair, which includes piling and stacking brush along firelines. Although fire behavior is minimal, the risk of fire-weakened trees, rolling rocks, and heavy equipment operations still exist.
Closures: A closure order (10-15-09) is in effect for public and firefighter safety. The order protects the public from firefighting activities and provides safe travel for fire suppression activities within the closure area.
·         River Complex – Lower Trinity Ranger District: The three fires on the River Complex have burned 77,081 acres, with 68 percent overall containment and 89 personnel.
Crews continue to make progress on fire-suppression repair operations and the removal of equipment and tools from the fire area. Over the next few days, crews will continue to mop up and patrol, looking for any areas of heat and securing firelines to minimize any threat of escape.
Though activity on the fire has slowed, there are still many hazards in the area. The fire will continue to smolder/burn within the Trinity Alps Wilderness until season-ending rains occur. The public is encouraged to check with local ranger district offices, on websites or social media for information about current conditions.
Closures: Forest area trail and road closures are in effect on the Six Rivers (10-15-02) and Shasta-Trinity (14-15-08) national forests. The closure areas on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest have been reduced in size, but remain in place.
·         Mad River Complex and Route ComplexMad River Ranger District: The Mad River Complex fires (Pickett, Gobbler and Lassic) have burned 37,462 acres. The Route Complex fires (Buck and Johnson) have burned 35,675 acres. There are 62 personnel are still assigned to these fires. Crews continue work on Stage 2 fire-suppression repair.
All fires are 100 percent contained and in patrol status: Johnson (34,005 acres), Gobbler (8,279 acres), Pickett (10,985 acres), Buck (1,669 acres) and Lassic (18,198 acres). Although these fires are contained, there are areas within the containment lines that are still burning. These areas will continue to burn and put up smoke until a season-ending rain/snow event.
After wildfires are contained, many hazards can be present for hunters and others wanting to enjoy the forest. The public is cautioned to be aware of hazards, such as standing dead trees, rolling rocks and logs, burned-out stump holes, and drainages within and downstream of the burned areas where rains can produce flash floods. Travel is discouraged on forest roads within fire perimeters due to falling trees and unsafe conditions.
Multiple forest area trail, road and campground closures remain in effect on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity national forests. For more information, visit Six Rivers closures or Shasta-Trinity closures.
As these fires will likely continue to burn until a season-ending rain event, smoke and air quality will continue to remain a concern. The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District recommends the public restrict outdoor activity when air quality from smoke is at unhealthy or hazardous levels. For air quality information, visit
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