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Thanks to Heraldo for the heads-up, the blog’s temporary location is right here.

This could be a big boon if they do it right. Here you have potentially minute-by-minute coverage of crucial events with a full news department behind it. Obviously they have to sell their papers so you’ll get the depth of the stories there. But this could one more step to bringing Humboldt County into the 21st century. Online access to court case files, like just about every other county, should be the next.

Hank’s got several posts up already, including this follow-up to the Grannie Greenjeans/Coop controversy, such as it is. And there’s some election finances stuff which reports me as “retired.” Sorry Hank, not quite ready for shuffleboard. But I wanted to know who else donated to Quilez, and Sonia Bauer is the only other contributor mentioned. Obviously she would like somebody on the Commission to second her son’s motions to discuss something beyond the old guard agenda. Also, Quilez could obviously use some money. There will be a fund raising party in Redway on Sunday afternoon where you can meet him, and another one earlier in Miranda. Contact the campaign for locations.

Anyway, looks like a great addition to the local blogosphere. There are already comments mounting.

Obviously I’m not a huge fan of French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s, but you have to respect his response to a classic papparazi question from one of our own media establishments.

From the Toronto Star:

NEW YORK–France’s president abruptly ended a 60 Minutes interview aimed at introducing him to the U.S., dubbing it “stupid” and a “big mistake” and refusing to answer questions about his wife.

Before the CBS interview in Paris even began, Sarkozy called his press secretary “an imbecile” for arranging the session on a busy day. “I don’t have the time. I have a big job to do, I have a schedule,” Sarkozy said through a translator.

In the interview, conducted earlier this month and aired Sunday night, he talked candidly of his admiration for the U.S. but grew agitated by questions about his wife, Cecilia, whom he sent to Libya in July to secure the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor.

“If I had to say something about Cecilia, I would certainly not do so here,” replied Sarkozy, who then said “Bon courage” and left. Two weeks after the interview, the Sarkozys’ divorce was announced.

It’d be great if more public figures reacted that way when asked patently stupid questions. The problem is, this Onion satire is too close to the truth.

Photo comes from the NY Times.

Thanks to Hank Sims for the link. Maybe it’ll all pass quietly. Or maybe there’ll be a deluge of Khazar conspiracy rants, Flynn effect debates, and humorless charges of all sorts of bigotry and belligerence. I probably shouldn’t post it, but the potential for rich layers of irony which bring me perverse pleasure just lures me against my will.

From the New Republic.

The Jesuits Are Gonna Love This
I apparently missed the early buzz on AEI adjunct fellow Jon Entine’s book “Abraham’s Children”–all about how Jews are genetically programmed to be smarter than everyone else–but Dana Milbank’s dispatch from Monday’s AEI forum on the book includes a lovely quote from fellow AEIer Charles “Bell Curve” Murray, reminding us of Murray’s special gift for winning friends and influencing people. Positing that the Talmudic tradition probably drove out slow Jews long ago, Murray notes, “If you were dumb and a Jew, it was a lot easier to be a Christian.”


–Michelle Cottle

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 1:52 PM with 5 comment(s)

Have at it.

They are supporting Quinton Mecke, Ahimsa Porter Suchai, and Chicken John for mayor – the ABG slate. Well, they’re technically not a slate since they’re running against each other.

Ahimsa means “truth force.” I remember that from my Ghandi readings in college.

The members want a fan in the meat department so vegans don’t have to smell it, but the article suggests that the problems run a bit deeper – perhaps starting with the construction of the Eureka branch and renovations of the Arcata branch in which there was no allowance for member input.

Apparently the developers demanded that such a discussion be suppressed and it was “take it or leave it.” Sound familiar?If you’re me, do you really care what the city thinks? I don’t want to have an alternate plan out there because it might not be what I want.”

In a democracy unilateralism has its short term benefits. But it creates its own long term problems. The Coop board has no right to kvetch as they knew what kind of membership they have. I’m surprised the resistance has taken as long as it has.

Addendum: Heraldo has the issue up as well.

On another forum, this Dutch blogger brought to my attention the solar race car “Nuna” (depicted above) which has won the Solar Challenge in the last four races (the race is biannual, so they have essentially held the title for six years (obviously guaranteed eight). She is particularly proud as the car is the creation of Delft University engineering students. You will find a couple of videos in her post on topic.

The race is across Australia just over 3000 Kilometers, which is about 2000 miles if my brain is working right. Nuna is powered on demand, although she explains that a Lithium Polymer battery is used to stabilize the current. I can’t find the rules at the event site, so I’m not sure if the participants would be allowed to supplement the power supply with stored power so long as it originated from the sun (well, most all our power originates from the sun ultimately, but you know what I mean).

According to this article, Nuna finished the race in 32 and a half hours, averaging about 60 miles per hour and breaking its own (and the world’s) record. On the last day they pushed it and traveled over 65 miles per hour to cover about 830 km (tired of doing the conversions).

The article also contains some of the vehicle’s specs.


In other solar news, Berkeley is instituting an innovative plan to encourage solar powered homes. Basically, the city will incur the initial cost of the construction of the system and the homeowner will pay it back as a low-interest property assessment over 20 years. The interest and principle will be kept low with the help of low interest bonds, grants, and rebates.
For more information about Berkeley‘s energy-saving initiatives, go to

For information on California’s incentives and rebates for installing solar panels, go to or

My secretary wrote a letter which will be published in one of tomorrow’s local weeklies. The Post Office hours have been altered again. While it is open until 5:00 on Saturdays, the closing time during the week was moved from 8:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., creating a hardship for those in the community with regular work hours.

The Garberville Post Office has no closing hours. They have had problems with the homeless as well.

She has complained to the US Postal Service in Washington D.C. and urges you to do the same by calling 1-800-275-8777.

Update 10/30/07: The postmaster contacted my secretary and said that he was looking into timed locks so that they could keep the lobby open until 10 p.m.

It’s “a leaf” actually.

But hemp is verbotten.

Another amusing moment in the interview is when Schwartzenegger is asked what he thinks of the president, and the governor starts complimenting Bush, Sr.

Based on some findings which you can find in their report which details shortcomings. What concerns me most is the lackadaisical approach states are taking with regard to DNA evidence.

From AHN:

“In determining who gets the death penalty,” Stephen Hanlon, chair of the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, was quoted by ABC news as saying, “All too frequently, it seems to be not the person who has committed the worst crime, but the person who has the worst lawyer.”

Hanlon called America’s death penalty system “rife with irregularity–supporting the need for a moratorium until states can insure fairness and accuracy.”

Findings of the ABA study revealed that verdicts in many capital punishment cases were flawed. According to an ABA statement, there were a number of reasons. Some of those reasons included eyewitness misidentification; false confessions from defendants; significant racial disparities in how the death penalty is imposed; failure to use the most sophisticated testing procedures; serious mistakes or fraud in results from crime laboratories; a lack of policies by many states to ensure that mentally ill or mentally retarded defendants are identified and given the proper defense and a lack of specific standards used by those who are investigate, prosecute, defend, decide and review death penalty cases, the ABA Journal reports.

I’m particularly concerned about the lackadaisical approach states are taking with regard to the preservation of DNA evidence and the fact that some states are employing rules which make it difficult for a defendant to demand and obtain testing. Apparently it’s already spoiled too many prosecutions based on false confessions, weak counsel, or police/prosecutorial misconduct.

If you live in the encircled areas, or elsewhere and you listen – pay up! Although KMUD does receive some grants, it is almost entirely listener sponsored. There are very few stations around the country which can say the same. And they depend on syndications for only an hour or two per day, the rest of the programing being local.

Did you know their website has a forum? So far there are nine threads with fourteen posts.

KMUD is also part of the Seven Rivers Radio Network. Quick, without looking at the map, name the seven rivers!


October 2007