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A couple of years ago I had some business at the local hospital. I was tending to it when an elderly traveling couple walked into the front office and asked whether there were any restaurants in Garberville which didn’t sell “hippie food.” Apparently they had stopped at the Woodrose and Bagels Naturally, but they weren’t the color chalkboard menu kind of people. The woman at the front desk suggested Calicos. When I reminded her that they do serve hippie items as well, the woman said, “yes, but at least it’s clean.”

The Woodrose is perfectly clean by the way, as was Bagels Naturally when it was open.

The couple left with expressions slightly hopeful but suspicious. I finished my business and headed back to my office, noticing on the way that the couple was still studying the menu taped to the entrance window, a good 15 minutes or so later. I suspect that they endured hunger and held out for Fortuna or beyond.

This memory was jogged this morning as I waited for my cup of Black Thunder at Flavors. A middle aged couple, obviously traveling, came in. The woman stopped in the doorway as her expression evidenced concern and suspicion. Her husband was right behind her as she slowly made her way to the counter surveying everything in sight, including the color chalkboard. She then whispered, almost as if they might be in some sort of danger, “let’s check the place across the street.” They left quietly, almost ninja-like.

Their loss. Flavors has some excellent meals, their list of daily specials practically as big as the menu itself. Their coffees are first rate and enjoyed by all walks of Garberville life, whether “hippie,” “redneck,” hybrid, or other. And they keep the place very clean, color chalkboard aside.

Photo source is Jupiter images.

In today’s TS, John Driscoll does a very nice job of framing and summarizing the issues of the Harbor Commission elections. Probably the most important questions for voters are contained in the following paragraphs.

It boils down to this, according to most pundits: Either the incumbents are on the brink of reviving Humboldt Bay’s port, or they are woefully overoptimistic and it’s time for new blood. The challengers, on the other hand, are either the harbingers of a new dedication to conservation and recreation, or are the nails in the port’s coffin.

Plainly, if the challengers sweep Curless and Ollivier out of office, some profound changes could be afoot. It would give those supported by progressive interests three votes — along with Mike Wilson, who beat Ron Fritzsche two years ago. Those interests insist that the current board is far too devoted to developing the port while ignoring requests for improved recreation facilities, trails and restoration work.

The incumbents and their supporters say their record shows a commitment to recreation and conservation, but that those two parts of the commission’s mandate are largely dependent on income from port development. In other words, you need the port to fund the rest.

If Curless and Ollivier remain, and the information they continue to receive paints major port development as unrealistic, can they change focus? If Higgins and Quilez or Morris get in, and learn that port development is more feasible than they expect, would they support it?

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Meanwhile, the ER reports on the candidates’ reaction to the Chamber survey, which (duh!) favors the incumbents.

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Also, in his Town Dandy incarnation, Hank Sims interviews PL’s own George O’Brien; and comments on the projections of a hemorrage of presently inflated home prices as it may apply to PALCO’s proposed “kingdoms.”

The projected home price falls in conjunction with other signs of a weakening economy are always a focus of discussion over at Ecoshift’s place, including a humorous video explanation of SIV’s.

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Addendum: The KEET Harbor Commission debate podcast is up. I will review it tonight and comment further on Steven Spain’s question of Quilez if there’s anything to comment on.

Second Addendum: Reminder – you can meet Carlos Quilez at arts alive tonight at Persimmons in Redway, or at my house on Sunday afternoon. You can also help with GOTV phone-banking at the Friends of the Eel River office on Monday and Tuesday.

A documentary is coming out. Two trailers online.

One.

Two.

But I so much preferred them with the voice of Eve Libertine.

Memories of another era.

Image comes from this fan site.

The documentary is entitled There is No Authority but Yourself. Probably won’t make it to the Humboldt theaters.

I previously posted about the Kurdish war on Iran, and the Islamic solidarity elements of the anti-war movement assuming that the Kurdish groups were operating in conjunction with the American destabilization efforts. You’ve no doubt read the more recent news of fighting between Turks and the same Kurdish nationalists. Well, may to confound the anti-war movement, it turns out that we are providing intelligence assistance to Turkey in suppressing the Kurdish movement. This represents a change in policy.

From the Guardian (still haven’t found any mention in the American media, although the reporter is AP):

Pentagon officials are now starting to say publicly that the U.S. is flying manned spy planes over the border area, providing Turkey with more intelligence information, and that there are standing orders for American forces to capture rebels they find.

Only last Friday, the U.S. commander in northern Iraq, Maj. Gen Benjamin Mixon, said he planned to do “absolutely nothing” to counter Kurdish rebels operating from the region.

But the top American commander in Iraq, in comments that appeared aimed at allaying Turkish frustration over the matter, said Sunday the U.S. military was playing a role in trying to defuse tensions.

Gen. David Petraeus declined to elaborate. Since then, however, Pentagon officials have detailed a number of examples to undermine the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, holed up in bases in northern Iraq.

“`We are assisting the Turks in their efforts to combat the PKK by supplying them with intelligence, lots of intelligence,” Defense Department press secretary Geoff Morrell said.

And so far I can’t find any comment from the Kurdish region provisional government.

Update: The Kurdish Prime Minister has weighed in against the PKK. There will probably be some political fallout, particularly if he’s perceived as being an appeaser towards Turkey. This is all in the wake of PKK attacks on Turkish forces in September which resulted in the deaths of a number of Turkish troops. They seem to be doing quite well against Iranian forces as well. All of the sudden the PKK has everybody worried.

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