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My life’s pace is finally slowing down a bit. I’ve had some time to explore the local blogs of late. Here are some highlights.


Fred notes that both Humboldt and Mendocino counties are pushing Thompson to support marijuana legalization, but wonders why they don’t start with industrial hemp per Ron Paul’s actually existing legislation.


Heraldo’s head is spinning as he’s simultaneously attacked for being a cop lover and a cop hater.


Anon.R.Mouse thinks Richard Salzman is stupid.


Steve Lewis thinks I’m a Zionist here to suppress him.


Hucktunes has a nice photograph of a very beautiful woman on a bicycle.


Reggae Warrior is MIA.


Forest Defender is promoting a “direct action camp” for the first week of September.


The Petch House people are taking a break from the bathroom and painting outside.


Jennifer S. recommends a yogurt and honey mask for your beauty. (She’s yet another blogger who moved over to WordPress. Can’t go to sleep or the pod might get me too!).


Ed gives a thumbs-down to Safeway’s prepared meal.


Rose discusses the admissibility of polygraph tests (California requires stipulation from both sides).


And ecoshift ponders the roller coaster stock market of late, and it’s implications (ecoshift also fell asleep near a wordpress pod).


All that and more! Don’t say you don’t have choices. More fun than you can shake a stick at!

And this time it’s at the Community Park rather than Benbow, probably in part due to some of the hassles of last year.

From KMUD’s site:

KMUD Celebrates 10th Annual Lu’au and Slack Key Guitar Festival, Saturday August 25th.

In ancient times, Hawaiians gathered together for three days in ceremony “to make right”- called Ho’oponopono. When problems in extended family units, called Ohana, reached a level of inescapable severity a pig would be raised, sacrificed, cooked and sent home to the many households for use as a sacred feast of thanksgiving after a wrong was righted. The modern day Lu’au has its roots in this ancient Hawaiian psychotherapy.

KMUD’s 10th Annual Lu’au once again asks all to gather together in feast and song to help heal and perpetuate KMUD’s Ohana, its family, and its diverse community. This year the Lu’au will take place on Saturday, August 25th at the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville. Aptly called “Lu’au In The Park” this event is also a Slack Key Festival featuring Aaron Mahi, Martin Pahinui and George Ku’o. One of Hawaiian music’s most gifted vocalists, Martin Pahinui has performed with a host of top artists, including his father’s legendary Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band. Martin’s incredible voice ranges from a low deep bass to a rich high and haunting falsetto. Aaron Mahi is one of Hawaii’s living legends in traditional Hawaiian music. He has a tremendous repertoire and knowledge of the hidden meanings of traditional Hawaiian songs. Aaron is Hawaii’s musical ambassador as he also performs with the Royal Hawaiian Band all over the world. George Kuo in known for perpetuating traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar styling, called kiho’alu. George shares the feelings and enjoyment of a by-gone era in Hawaii that he was fortunate to be part of. Martin Pahinui (6 string slack key guitar), Aaron Mahi (bass guitar) and George Kuo (6 and 12 string slack key guitar) will present the slack key guitar and vocal melodies in a manner that will give the listeners goose bumps on their arms and a rich happiness from their deep soulful delivery.

People can attend the Lu’au food fest only or enjoy the Slack Key Festival only or participate in both. The Imu (pig in a pit) uncovering begins at noon and a feast of kalua pig, chicken lau laus, sweet potato, poi, grilled fish and tofu as well as KMUD’s infamous Lu’au spam, are accompanied by salads, drinks desserts and more. Many food and flowers are flown in from the Hawaiian Islands. The aroma will be intoxicating!

Tickets are available at The Metro & Greenhouse Board Shop in Arcata; The Works in Eureka; Leaves of Grass in Willits; Tangents in Fort Bragg; Wild Horse Records & Blue Moon in Garberville and in Redway at Redway Liquors or stop by the KMUD studio. Lu’au & Slack Key Festival tickets are $50 in advance, Slack Key Festival only tickets are $20 in advance.
Ticket discounts for seniors, students and KMUD members. Children 12 and under are free, as is the parking.

Come celebrate our Ohana, our diverse community and see why KMUD ‘got da bess Lu’au in da mainland’. For more information call KMUD at 923-2513.

Also of note (which I probably missed), KMUD has a new program director:

KMUD is pleased to announce our new Program Director, Marianne Knorzer. Marianne comes to us from Radio Birdstreet, 107.1 FM in Oroville, California, a station she helped found and manage. We are all looking forward to working with her to continue the excellent programming KMUD is appreciated for. We will have opportunities for the public to meet her at one or more gatherings soon, stay tuned to KMUD!

Welcome Marianne!

Boy! I don’t know how I missed this one. I’ve definitely been out of the loop of reality of late. Maybe the Reggae conflict has overshadowed the event. In any case, Bruce Anderson has returned. He’s back in charge at the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which has a website now where you’ll find his return interview.

I won’t bother to make an introduction for those of you who don’t know him. He’s a brilliant writer, and a consummate iconoclast. Many people will also tell you he’s, well, a supreme asshole. To say that not everybody is going to be overjoyed with his return is about along the lines of suggesting that PB and Anna Hamilton won’t be having any Sunday dinners together anytime soon. Anderson has pissed a lot of people off, some of who probably deserved it and others who clearly didn’t. His scorched earth writing about the Judi Bari saga is a classic example. I hosted him on my radio show a few years back (and subsequently gave Darrel C. “equal time”) and it was one of my more lively shows. I should point out that many of his detractors accuse him of being very loose with the facts, at least when it came to the Bari story. I’m sure the thread will be rich with accusations to that effect.

Setting aside the controversies, his writing is extraordinary and fun to read. Then again, I haven’t really been a target of his. Not yet anyway (though I was briefly slammed by one of his writers, but as I said once before, it only made me feel more important than I was). I was just going through my e-mail archives and I found this old piece of his on modern bookstores and progressive magazines. You either love his stuff, or you don’t.

“If you’re like me, and you must be pretty much on the same page if you read this fine newspaper every week, the new book stores are of little interest other than as a place to buy a book that you can’t really afford but can’t wait to be remaindered when you buy if from Hamilton for $3.95. You want to read it NOW. And the new bookstore sells NOW. (Kids aren’t the only segment of the society prone to the pull of instant gratification. Book fogies are right up there with junkies in unreasoning compulsion.) New book stores irritate the hell out of me, frankly, because they’re a living reminder of how far the culture has slipped. Of course to stay in business a new bookstore has got to sell what people pay to read, hence the shelves stuffed with the aforementioned Toms and Dicks. Hawk, along with Dr. Laura, Miss Butterfly, Tome Clancy, Michael Jackson bios, and all the rest of the downward cultural indicators in print form. The cover art, if that’s what it’s called on new books, is as awful as the gibberish on the page. Fifty years ago even bad books came in interesting wrappers designed and illustrated by real artists. No more. If the product wasn’t in book form you could be browsing in WalMart for all you can tell from the packaging.


The magazine racks are even more offensive than the new book stores. Here’s the cover of a recent collection. Small seas of brightly colored covers committed to nothing at all of the latest in mindless consumption. Hidden away in the “serious” part of the mag rack there with the three copies of New Left Review and maybe two copies of Monthly Review, there’s the Nation wondering on its cover if Nancy Pelosi will move the Democratic Party in a more “progressive” direction and, on the same cover, another inane ditherer is worried that Ralph Nader might run for president again. I have a suggestion for the progressive print people: Combine The Nation, In These Times, Utne Reader, The Progressive, Mother Jones, and Z in to one monthly magazine called WUSS. A Publication for Greek Seaman’s Caps and People Who Drive Used Volvos With Lots of Bumperstickers On Them.”

Hmmm. What’s going to happen if he catches up with the Reggae conflict? Then again, maybe he won’t bother. All of the sudden the old quote by Tom Lehrer comes to mind: “I gave up satire the day they gave Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize.” I mean, what could Bruce add to the mix?

The Times Standard’s article barely scratches the surface and makes no mention of the aging BAE study commissioned by Eureka during the WalMart controversy. It focuses on the impact of the megaboxes in Crescent City, then acknowledges later in the article that we’re talking very different economies and cultures. The Humboldt Business Council did commission a poll last fall which suggests that the Eureka citizenry is supportive of the proposal, though last fall’s election results introduced some ambiguity.

I doubt the following paragraphs from the article are going to excite the majority of Humboldt residents, at least not in the right way for Marina Center advocates.

In addition to bringing traffic into town, Naffah said the combination of Home Depot and Wal-Mart has also brought the interest of other national chains, which he welcomes with open arms.

He said Starbucks is opening a shop across the street from Home Depot, and Walgreens has plans to move in shortly. He said he has no question that Home Depot played a role in those companies’ decisions.

”One thing sort of feeds into another,” he said. “There’s kind of a synergetic snowball effect.”

The Marina Center faces a number of serious obstacles, both from local grassroots opposition and potentially from various layers of regulation as Mark Lovelace explained to me some months ago.

I had promised to study the issue and make some sage comments about the whole thing. We are of course waiting for the Security National economic study intended to address concerns raised by the BAE study as to the impact on local businesses. I did meet with Security National representatives last fall and they made some compelling arguments for the proposal. I would add to their arguments that Humboldt County has an aging population with families on the decline. All of the school districts are experiencing declining enrollment as the economic bases are melting away.

I don’t know if this proposal would make a difference. It doesn’t revive old economic bases, nor does it introduce new ones with the possible exception that the development would introduce a small amount of infrastructure to accommodate high tech industry. It would seem to basically kick around the same money, the only benefit coming from the multipliers if there is an increase of income and more spending. But sooner or later local progressives are going to have to propose something and not just stand in opposition to whatever comes along.


August 2007