Continuing with the theme of critical thinking, Bob Froehlich and Julia Minton will join Eric Kirk to discuss the mechanics of changing one’s mind on an important issue – at what point should one invest time and effort to research the validity of our premises and the soundness of our arguments?  Join them to discuss the matter tonight at 7:00 on All things Reconsidered.

Too bad Richie Cunningham isn’t in Congress.

And actually, there’s a bit of 6th Amendment issue mixed in.

1950s values, right conservatives?

I haven’t plugged another blog in quite a while.  The local blogosphere is past its peak in terms of volume, as other social media with more bells and whistles have drawn energy away from this kind of medium.  But maybe the good stuff has managed to withstand the ravages of fashion.

The State is Concentric and the Individual is Eccentric isn’t a new blog.  In fact, it’s been around almost as long as mine. 

the other side of the streetI know that my blog list is way out of date, with many a dead link.  And probably I’m missing a number of thriving blogs.  One of these weekends I’ll clean it up.  Not sure I even remember how to add a link, but I’ll figure it out.

kaivalya 2

Stop pooping and save water!

More as the story develops.

Anarchists vs. ISIS is the story, and again, maybe there’s a bit of typical left-romanticization in these stories – photos of good-looking young women with assault rifles have generated youth would-be revolutionary solidarity activist capital since the Sandinistas and FMLN.  It always seems so good to be true.

And here’s an article in a semi-mainstream liberal online magazine, also with lots of photos of the women – apparently the strategy is that the fanatics back off when they approach because if they’re killed by a woman in combat they don’t go to Heaven.

PKK Women

But what’s missing here are the articles from the mainstream media about atrocities committed by this group – so far none reported.  Yet the PKK does remain on our government’s list of terror groups.  There was a Commentary (a conservative magazine) article whining about the group’s Marxist influences, as this group is doing what four local governments and one superpower can’t seem to do.  They’re defeating ISIS.  And they’ve fought Iran.  Hussein.   Bashar al-Assad.  But they’ve also fought Turkey, and Turkey is a NATO ally, so, it is what it is.

Are they the real thing?  And given that four local governments, one superpower, and a very powerful fanatic group don’t like them – can they survive?

Photo is from the TPM article linked above.

Pulp MillOther than some brief interest from Oracle a decade or so ago, Samoa remains a potential site for architectural digs for the industry of a bygone era – just sitting there waiting for some kind of entrepreneurial effort to take root.  With the Humboldt County community hurting for livelihood opportunities, the Mad River Union reports that the Harbor Commission has hired Bonnie Neeley to market the land and what’s left of the infrastructure for a potential eco-industrial park scenario.

The definitions of an “eco-industrial park” vary with the examples, but it’s an intriguing concept along with the associated concept of “industrial symbiosis,” which is all about planning infrastructure and pooling of resources for interactions between various industries which there may be mutual benefit and ecological mitigation.   Despite the greenish terms, the concept has attracted considerable capital investment around the world, though it hasn’t taken off quite as quickly in the U.S.

I have no idea what potential industries might want to come to a site in Humboldt County for a project like this, but it’s worth looking into.

Thank you Linda Stansberry.

Or are there two creeks?

Loco reports on a biologist raid on properties at “Sprowl Creek.”   Biologists can be pretty mean!

It says “roughly west of Richardson Grove.”  The Nielsen Ranch?

My work address for years was 293 Sprowel Creek Road, Garberville.

This map shows a “Sprowl Creek Road” and a “Sproul Creek” and a “Sprout Creek.”

And the Sprowel Creek Music Studio, located in my former office at 293 is spelled with the e.  But this yellow page listing puts it on “Sprowl Creek Road.”

The election season is over with ideologically split results locally. Humboldt County is one of the most politically polarized counties in the state. Local business woman and sometimes conservative activist Liana Simpson will join Eric Kirk for an open and respectful dialogue about where the community goes from here on Thursday Night Talk, January 22, at 7:00 p.m.

This parody of Fox News by French comedians is going viral.

Here’s a little more of an explanation.

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