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I’ll admit that the Cohen show is compelling to a certain degree. And I have some moderate interest in the charade taking place in Vietnam.

But right now, two nuclear powers are shooting at each other. Shouldn’t that ought to be the primary headline of the day?

Just asking.

The Bay may be closed for business soon if it isn’t dredged early.

Is the “declaration of emergency” just to get the Army Corp of Engineers attention, or is the Bay really going to be shut down for business until summer?  Can they even dredge in this weather?

Has this ever happened before?

If there is an “emergency” in the US it’s on the streets.  There are very few communities which are not impacted by people in too much poverty, for whatever reason, to have continuous shelter.  Humboldt County has recorded about 1500 homeless in the most recent counting, twice that of 2017 – although I wonder if they aren’t just getting better at counting them.  And I wonder if this includes people living in their cars.  I’ve seen more than a few of them over the years, parked at the O Street trail head at Sequoia Park – that is until a log was placed to block the parking space.  Do most of those people finding housing before they lose and abandon their cars?

Anyway, it is a problem across the country and various communities are addressing it with various degrees of success (possibly the most successful being the Salt Lake City model – apparently providing housing is the most effective way to combat homelessness).  But it’s huge.  No single community can solve the problem.  A thousand points of light can’t solve it.  We need comprehensive national and regional policies.  We need a federal government commission tracking the data and the efforts, and hopefully coordinating.  We need Congressional hearings.

No other country has our problem.  And yes, then Governor Ronald Reagan opened it up by emptying the mental health care system.  But the next Governor, Pat Brown, Sr. continued the policy.  And we’ve had a slew of Democratic governors since who could have reversed the policy.

It’s bigger than Humboldt County.  It’s bigger than California.  And no Presidential candidate has addressed it as a national concern, not even Bernie – not really.

This is the time to demand attention from national political figures.  The Democrats have the House.  There are a million Presidential candidates.  It’s time to demand some national attention.  And we don’t need another “war on poverty.”  We need a comprehensive national policy.

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Continuing my series of interviews of local millennial and younger activists/leaders, Hailey Lamb will join me on All Things Reconsidered on KMUD at 7:00 p.m. tonight. We will take calls.KMUD

I only have a Facebook Page link right now.  Will update if I more comes my way.

I’ve gotten to know Allen over the past year and he is smart, passionate, and very involved in the Community.  I think it will be an uphill fight to defeat Rex in the first District, but to quote the late Dennis Huber, “If you don’t have somebody on the ballot you’ve already lost.”  And politics are always fluid.

He has some enthusiasm behind him and that’s always dangerous for an incumbent.  But Rex is pretty seasoned.  I don’t think he will underestimate any opponent.

Of course I endorse Allen.  But duh, you knew that.

Update:  LoCo is on it.

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Confession on camera.

The President laments that someone can satirize him without retribution.

Honestly, I would never have watched the video but for the headline.

Did the President just advocate the death penalty for drugs?

Tonight on Thursday Night Talk I’ll have what will hopefully be a lively respectful discussion with Bill Bertain and Karen Brooks about the East West Railroad proposal. We will discuss it’s viability as well as its potential function and value to Humboldt County. We will take calls. Tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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I’ve been asked in the threads below to comment on the “New Green Deal.”  I was accused of “dodging” because I said I have no opinion as I don’t really know what it is.  So I decided to read up, and I still don’t really know what it is.  When it finally gels into a detailed proposal, I suspect that I will agree with most of it.

My understanding, just from the title, is that it’s going to be modeled after the New Deal which pulled the US out of the Great Depression with stimulus programs focused on rebuilding and converting infrastructure.   I think we’re going to need some kind of comprehensive policy to this effect given the climate crises and other issues of sustainability and environmental degradation.  New technologies have been developing, and probably it’s going to require some national and international effort to reorient the infrastructure for the production and distribution of goods, travel, power, etc.

But I don’t see this as something which can be passed in one law.  We would need hearings with testimony from experts, industry representatives, consumer advocates, environmentalists, labor unions, etc. to identify the problems and propose comprehensive solutions.

So we do need to consider what our biggest impacts are right now, what technology has been developed, what tech is in the works, and whether we need to reorient our concepts of industry, and environmentalism.  For instance, there is a younger generation of environmentalists looking at changes in nuclear power technology (liquid cores which reduce melt-down risks, smaller plants to avoid mega disasters and less dependency on large plants to fuel the grid, etc.).  It means we finally catch up with the rest of the world with regard to public transit and, yes, work towards a national high speed rail system (although I have questions as to whether it would work here on a national scale, but we need to consider everything).

And we need to find ways for people without a college education to be productive and be able to earn a living in a rapidly changing global and national economy.

So yes, I support a “New Green Deal.”  But what that means, and what proposals I’ll support – we’ll see.

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