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  1. Common Sense says:

    January Proved to be a time of much Turmoil for the #45 Administration. McCabe was forced out but we all knew that would happen sooner or later. Now, what is happening for sure?

    Well for sure we know that Devin Nunes is in a lot of trouble (creating a fake document is one thing….changed it and trying it again is quite another! ). We know that Jared Kushner is in hot water and we know that many more are going down with the ship if they can’t swim!

    This is the Endgame…the part where the SXXT hits the fan this month….where the hairbrained Conspiracy Theories (deflection/projection click up to high gear and where the chips are all on the table!

    Any living breathing person with at least a couple functioning brain cells can clearly see OBSTRUCTION Of Justice is a Given at this point…..the Financial Crimes…..they are in the near future.

    Wondering why all the GOP guys are Not running for Re election?….when a ship full of holes is in the middle of the ocean with limited fuel left( and the Bilge pump broke)….you figure it out.

    With So many people moving from the T Team to the M Team…..the end is near. When his numbers go into the 20’s….he who pushed many out….will find himself out….Welcome to Pol I Ticks.

    There is a Large wave that his gathering momentum out in the Ocean….it will hit land in Nov…. Foxx News will call that just water…perhaps fake water….perhaps Hillary put that water there or…

    • Common Sense says:

      Who is next to go? Kelly or Hicks…its a toss up…#45’s Pathology says he or she that betrays me must pay the price! Or who won’t do my bidding that is. The Pathology also says….you are friend of Foe…..its all black or white….you are With Us….or you are against us….there is no in between.

      { Remember back after he won….he referenced those that didn’t vote for him as his Enemies?}

      Look for some more firings and leaks as the end game has started and everything will be thrown against the wall hoping at least something sticks!

      We at this point have many people that Will be charged and doing some time, IF, they don ‘t flip and cut a deal….so it should be an interesting end of the month!

    • Common Sense says:

      Today the 16th of Feb’s Keyword is once again Treason! Richard Pinedo….soon to be a household name….

    • Common Sense says:

      Anyone care to go all in on the T Train??…I will be happy to take your money!….
      R.V. , Cheyenne? ….anyone?

      The Deputy Attorney General of the United States just publicly announced that a grand jury has indicted the Russians for a massive scheme to rig the primary and general election in Donald Trump’s favor.

      Our Illegitimate President is in REAL trouble!

      This is the End Game….and it’s not going to be pretty……Ding…. buckle your seat belts Trumpettes and Trumpsters….

      • cheyenne says:

        Actually the only ones making a charge to derail the Trump train are Republicans as the Democrats are still stuck on “What Happened?”. As the saying goes, if I had a dollar for everyone of your predictions that hasn’t happened I would be a rich man.

        • Common Sense says:

          Agreed…Mueller is a Registered Republican!…..and …enjoy your $5.00…I admit I have not been 100%…..back to work for me! But then you know all this that I talk about right…..since you say we read the same Intelligence Briefs and Info? Oh sorry….the same news sources. Hahahah….

    • Common Sense says:

      This one is For Cheyenne! He said be sure and let him know when they start going to Jail….that was about 6 months ago.

      Well…..Here Ya Go!

      This is just the tip of the Iceberg! Let us all remember…..Mueller is Playing 4 Dimensional Chess….

      Its the End Game now…..Flip…and Quickly…or do the Time!! Tick….tick…..Boom

  2. Russell K. Hunt says:

    There are two essential things that immediately need to be done. Jail space and getting the homeless off of the streets. Our leaders are massive failures. And the incumbents need to be kicked out.

    • Common Sense says:

      Russell, they HAD the opportunity to provide jobs, have Millions in Tax Revenues and Continue getting State Grants ( not to mention state money to clean up the environmental disasters that cartel grows do )….All by Saying YES to 64…not NO!

      The Question we need to be asking instead of asking the Residents to pay more is this one:

      >>>Dearest Supervisors…what is your PLAN to Offset the Millions Lost….the Jobs Lost…..the State Grants LOST….because you said NO to Prop 64??<<<

      If they have NO Plan…..they are Negligent and should ALL be fired!

      Show us your PLAN SUP's

  3. Tim says:

    Hope you got out of bitcoin CS — its looking pretty ugly.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I don’t know exactly why, but I’m getting a perverse pleasure from knowing that the Winklevoss twins are being gutted. I guess it was partly how they were portrayed in “The Network.”

      In the absence of any actual real evidence, I like to think of them as a pair of smug, entitled, no-talent Richie Rich assholes in real life.

      Daddy must have taken them sailing on the day of the tulip bubble lecture at Haavaad.

    • commonsense says:

      Indeed Tim!….Kind of like what the stock market will be doing…..

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        SELL! SELL! SELL! Black Monday is coming!

        Okay, maybe not this coming Monday. But it’s coming.

        Alan Greenspan was off by…….what?……a year and a half?

        • commonsense says:

          The same guy that called the last one to a T….he called this one a month ago….perhaps a Two for Two?

        • Common Sense says:

          They all heard you Steve!….lol

        • Common Sense says:

          I am waiting for the ” Obama and or Hillary” are the reason the stock market is correcting and going down so much….bwahahahah

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Just for the record, I posted this on Friday, Feb 2, at 2:35 pm. On Monday, the stock market took it’s biggest one-day point tumble in history.

          :::pats self on back:::

          • Tim says:

            Point drops are a silly way of measuring – good for headlines, but lacking perspective (the dow is 2x as many points as it did 10 years ago and 3x as many points as 20 years ago).

            As a percentage, Monday’s drop wasn’t even 5% which is not that unusual (there have been 25 larger drops since 1960 — about one every 2 years).

            For perspective: the 1987 crash dropped 23% in one day; the 1929 crash was 13%.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Yeah, I agree, Tim—I said the same on my FB page where I also predicted the Monday drop. I also pointed out that it’s not what happens on Monday that’s important. It’s the rest of the week, when investors either decide that stocks are on sale, or a panic takes hold and grows. It’s looking like stock were on sale, briefly.

            I’m still giving myself credit for predicting the drop, though.

      • Tim says:

        You know CS, I’d been gradually shifting from stocks to cash for the past 2 years, so obviously I have no ability to time the market with usable precision.

        But I’m actually not as pessimistic as I was a year ago. Sure, there are tons of companies with silly valuations (Amazon). And it is hard to find anything that is legitimately cheap. But there are a number of stocks that don’t look awful, especially under Trump’s tax rates. Take Carmax:

        $69 price
        $3.74 earnings
        18.4 price/earnings

        That is a little rich for my blood, but then you realize those earnings are after paying 37% in taxes. Trump knocked down the federal rate to 20%, so using a 25% combined state & federal tax rate would cause CarMax’s earnings to jump 18% to $4.41:

        $69 price
        $4.41 earnings under Trump tax rates
        15.6 price/earnings — < s&p500 longterm average of 15.7

        Now I'm not giddy buying CarMax at $69, especially with autonomous cars on the horizon as a potential threat to the used car market. But with the fear of inflation ever present I would much rather hold things like it and Ruger (35% past tax rate) than cash…

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Shifting to cash? A bad place to as inflation kicks up. Since you’ll likely need to re-invest your cash somewhere to keep it from eroding, what are you thinking?

          Bonds? Short-Term Investment Grade Investor? Limited-Term Tax-Exempt? U.S. Agency Bond Inde….Inde….In….

          :::passes out:::
          :::slips into coma:::
          :::corpse bursts into flames:::

          • Tim says:

            I wouldn’t be surprised if the real (inflation-adjusted) returns of every asset class are negative over the next 3-5 years. The game should be the same though: which assets give you the best (or least bad) return?

            But human psychology being what it is, there are an awful lot of people out there gambling on long shots to avoid booking a modest loss.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I guess you’re not gonna rise to the fly and tell me which best-of-a-bad-situation asset you’re betting on. One thing you’re betting on, it appears: Being a for-free financial adviser earns zero return.

          • Tim says:

            No pecuniary returns, but writing things out tends to help shore up ideas (offset by the risk of becoming wedded to an idea that turns bad).

            Least bad ideas:

            *Multifamily rental real estate, particularly 5-15 unit properties. 2-4 unit properties qualify for HUD’s 3.5% down conventional financing, which tend to inflate sales prices. 16+ unit properties require an onsite manager and tend to be massive projects undertaken by sophisticated players. 5-15 unit properties tend to be orphans that require cash or commercial financing to purchase, but aren’t big enough to whet the appetite of big investors. This makes them inexpensive to buy (per unit), but hell to sell. But they can offer decent returns to those that buy & hold and are a good hedge against inflation.

            *Trump stocks. Look for companies with little/no debt (interest rates are rising), high tax rates (tax rates are declining), and/or significant buybacks. Buy those with future earnings that will be meaningfully higher via reduced taxes & share counts (assuming the valuation is reasonable). Beware of companies spending the tax windfall on executive bonuses.

            *Cash. Be prepared to lose 2-5% of its purchasing power per year, but gain the flexibility to act immediately when opportunities present. You’ve probably heard the saying “a lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part” – change that to “a lack of planning on your part constitutes an opportunity on my part.” E.g. you might have only $0.90 of your $1 remaining after 2 years, but what do you care if you’re suddenly able to buy things worth $1 for $0.50 because no one else has cash?

            *Bonds. The US government sells inflation protected bonds which should be less bad than, say, a negative yield on a 50-year Swiss bond… But the federal government is as slimey as the worst wall streeter and has been cheating the official inflation stats ever since a PhD named Boskin reckoned that when steak gets expensive, people can just substitute hamburger instead. Additionally, TIPS bonds can actually lose money in a deflationary environment.

    • Common Sense says:

      That was a buying opportunity Tim!…Lol…..hope you got one when it was in the $8000’s! Sell when it hits 20k…..thank me later…..

  4. Marc Carter says:

    Monitored Changes to EPA webpages on Climate

  5. commonsense says:

    Leaks…Leaks…and More Leaks! The gloves are off now……with the release of the fake memo that was changed by Devin Nunes…..the War with the Intelligence Community just Heated UP! Look for some especially Salacious tidbits to hit the papers in the coming weeks!

    They call them the “Intelligence Community” for a REASON.

    Game is ON!

  6. commonsense says:

    San Juan Puerto Rico…..The Crypto Paradise that many are heading for! With No Federal Taxes, No Capital Gains taxes and favorable Business taxes…. The Perfect Haven to Forge the new frontier in Alt Coins!

  7. Tim says:

    FBI asked Oregon SWAT to leave bodycams behind on the day they shot and killed Levoy Finicum:

  8. Common Sense says:

    The Dictator in Chief….Calls for an end to any semblance of independence for the IRS, the FBI, the Department of Justice, or any other federal agency.

    Trump is calling for an end to any semblance of independence for the IRS, the FBI, the Department of Justice, or any other federal agency.

  9. cheyenne says:

    Forget porch pirates, in Denver there have been at least three mail stealing instances caught on video of a driver using a fishing gadget to steal mail out of mail drop boxes.
    Sessions in his losing battle over MJ has run into a major obstacle, the Girl Scouts. While this has been an ongoing fund raiser in Colorado, in San Diego a Girl Scout sold 300 boxes of cookies in front of Urbn Leaf MJ store.

  10. Good morning. It’s that sweet time of the month!

    Karen Bennett and Carla Clark are this month’s winners of treats – a token of our thanks for their recurring monthly donations to aNewsCafe.

    Karen chose my famous sour cream coffee cake, and Carla chose my creation of lemon cake with walnut-streusel topping.

    Congratulations, ladies, and thank you for your support.…
    Doni's sour cream coffee cake is a winner

  11. Common Sense says:

    The Benno Family Saga may finally be nearing an end! It’s been nearly 4 years now that the Benno Family has been charged with Multiple violations with growing Cannabis. The problem is and has been…they were doing it Legally according to the Laws at that time! Hence….beating 16 of the 17 charges against them!

    You can liken it to Custard’s last stand I suppose….The “Not in my Backyard Mentality” has been eroding slowly but surely and with Prop 64 now passed….the Refer Madness has…well taken a HIT!

    With close to 70% of Adult Americans now wanting Legalization at the Federal level….the holdouts and refer madness clan are betting on a Lame Horse!

    It will be very ironic that the County that did this and just recently voted NO to 64 and not in my backyard….might be the same County Paying out a Millon with the lawsuit that is currently pending on this matter.

    Times have changed…..but some people have not gotten that memo…..its here to stay…. it’s beneficial medically….it’s legal now Recreationally….time to move on.

    It may be illegal to grow outside now….but back then….it was legal…..the changes in Consciousness with more people realizing that for 70 years we have been lied to about Cannabis and the recent prop 64 passage all show… is over!

    I expect the Judge to Throw this last remaining count out….This has been a Real Waste of Taxpayers Money with the facts and representation showing the facts….. Benno was probably one of the Few that Actually “Had” his Legitimate Paperwork and ducks in a row…..

    So not only will the County NOT get any Tax Money from Prop 64 and will not Get any State Grants and will not be creating new jobs in our County…They may be PAYING OUT a Big Check because of all this!!

    If the County were Smart…..they would settle the Lawsuit filed because of all this and move on! Two Wrongs will Never Make a Right! Get your checkbooks out Shasta County Residents….this one could be costly when it’s finally settled or ruled.

  12. Common Sense says:

    Trader Joe’s has shown that Redding Can Support that type of Store! Who is next? Word on the street is that a Whole Foods may be coming to part of the Mall known as Sears Currently!

    Will that cut into Trader Joe’s? Probably……but one thing is for sure….if people can start buying Organic Food for the price of regular food…..there will be Many Shopping at Whole Foods!

    Look for this one early 2010….facing Hilltop Drive!

    • cheyenne says:

      With all the recent news about Whole Foods problems highlighted in Forbes, Fiscal Times, Business Insider, NY Times, Washington Post, I think a better prediction would be Whole Foods could be gone by, 2010? this is 2018. Their problems are the same as others, too much expansion, treating employees badly and prices are rising and they can’t keep their shelves stocked because of lack of supplies. Trader Joe’s and even Walmart are better options according to the NY Times.

      • Common Sense says:

        Whole Foods is owned by Amazon… my Opinion is much different! I see a Grocery Company that will take market share and compete like no other in 2 years! Deliveries right to your door in selected areas no doubt!

        But then I saw the current Administration was going to have a LOT of problems in the future….. back in Feb 2017…..go figure.

        • cheyenne says:

          CS, your opinion could be spot on.
          In my opinion, after talking to many Walmart employees from store to distribution(My son drives for them also), is Walmart is going to defeat Amazon in their battle for retail share.
          While Amazon is trying to go to brick and mortar, whence the Whole Foods take over, Walmart is divesting their smaller stores that didn’t work out as well as some Sam’s Clubs. Maybe Amazon will do better as they work out the kinks but Walmart has already worked out the kinks on the ground and online.
          A recent article in WaPo highlighted how Millennials are causing the demise of club stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. They don’t like them. How long us old White people will be around to shop at club stores and vote GOP is the real prediction.
          But this is just an opinion. The future will tell what happens.

          • Tim says:

            Millennials don’t have the space to store 24 jars of pickles!

            “I have learned about bulk shopping in my four weeks as a Mississippi River resident. Republicans go to Sam’s Club, Democrats go to Costco. But everyone buys bulk because – unlike Manhattanites – they all have space to store twenty-four jars of sweet pickles. And – unlike Manhattanites – they all have uses for twenty-four jars of sweet pickles.”

            – Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)

    • K. Beck says:

      Trader Joe’s is not Whole Foods. I am not sure Redding could support a Whole Foods where the prices are totally inflated. You need a lot of rich people willing to waste money on overpriced food. Bezos bought Whole Foods so he could put his “no employees wanted Amazon GO grocery stores” in play. I posted on this somewhere ob ANC a while ago.

  13. Karen Bennett says:

    sour cream coffee cake & a steaming mug of black coffee….I can’t wait! thank you Doni and ANC!

  14. Common Sense says:

    And now for our “What He Said on Twitter Moment” that has all the indications of coming back to bite someone in the t (rump)…..

    “If the Dow Joans ever falls more than 1000 points in a Single Day, the sitting President should be loaded into a very big cannon and shot into the Sun at Tremendous Speed! No Excuses!”

    YOUR Potus – Feb 25th 2015 12:27 Am

    Just in case there is anyone just a bit slow out there…..notice the time……that’s a
    “Clue”…….who Rants at that time of the morning?

    Load the Cannon!!

  15. Common Sense says:

    A big thank you for Rep. Barbara Comstock (Va.) in today’s meeting at the W.H! Glad to see an Adult in the Kids classroom!

  16. Tim says:

    Equal pay for equal work? Despite gender-blind payment algorithms, female Uber drivers earn 67% as much as men per week and 93% as much per hour:

    Gender differences:
    *Women work 29% fewer hours than men
    *Women drive slower
    *Women are more likely to discriminate (reject riders/locations)

    Contributing factors:
    *Experienced drivers earn more (women work less and quit sooner than men)
    *Uber bonus structures reward drivers who work the most (women work less)

  17. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    It occurred to me this morning that the State of Jefferson’s logo is pretty much the band Nirvana’s logo.

    Maybe make the Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings” the state anthem.

    • cheyenne says:

      I live in Wyoming. I am moving to Arizona. Yet I get multiple SOJ friend requests on Facebook. Are they recruiting?

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        It seems like the SoJ ringleaders are continuously recruiting and at the same time banning people from the clubhouse. I’ve heard that if you dare disagree with a few of the key players, you get banished to the gulag. If that’s true, it suggests rank authoritarians behind those libertarian masks. Frankly, I’d be shocked if it were otherwise.

        • Common Sense says:

          I have but one simple question to the whole SoJ thing….explain how you plan to Finance the whole thing?

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            That’s not even the first question the Jeffertards need to answer. The first question is this: What compelling reason does the rest of California, and then 2/3 of the United States, have to grant you your wish to become the 51st state? Here is a laundry list of 20 reasons why they shouldn’t grant your wish—reasons why SoJ is contrary to their best interests. Name a single compelling reason that overrides those 20 downsides for them. We’ll wait.

            I’ve asked that question a dozen times of the Jeffertards. I asked it in the three-part article I wrote for ANewsCafe on SoJ. They never answer it, because there is no convincing answer under the sun. I truly think they’re satisfied selling t-shirts, flags, bumper stickers, and beer cozies.

          • Tim says:

            The SOJ makes a great deal of sense for its original purpose moving state-level powers to a regional level. The advantages are too numerous to list, particularly for business/investment purposes (well, unless you have an environmental consulting biz).

            But one example is labor cost. Take a minimum wage position working five 8 hour shifts per week.

            Hours paid: 40
            Hours worked: 38.333 (two paid 10 minute breaks/day)
            Hourly cost: $11.47 (not including tax, W.C., etc)

            Hours paid: 40
            Hours worked: 40
            Hourly cost: $7.25 (not including w.c., taxes, etc)

            In which state would you want your factory or distribution center?

            Unfortunately, the guy doing most of the SOJ promotion is a rigid right-wing fundamentalist who doesn’t want regional representation as much as he wants people like him in power. And in the process, he’s lining his pockets… But he is self-appointed & does not speak for the movement.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Tim — It’s not a mystery to me, nor has it ever been a mystery to me, how people up here can convince themselves that they’d be better off as the State of Jefferson citizens than they are as NorCal residents. Righteous indignation, a seething victim mentality, a sense of moral superiority, scorn for all things “libtard,” unearned self-confidence and pride, and a highly delusional sense of self-reliance—none are in short supply in these parts.

            But you—just as the SoJ ringleaders alway do—have ducked my question. Why would the rest of CA, and in particular the rest of the USA, want anything to do with making our pipe dream of emancipation from the rest of California come true? Why would 2/3 of the other states want to give such a small, unimportant populace two US Senators? Why would they want to create another economically parasitic red state? What’s innit fer THEMS that gotta grant our wish?

            Regarding the current SoJ leadership, though—you pegged it.

            Oh, and I could easily run an environmental consulting firm from SoJ. Our current clients are all over the western United States. I’ve had projects from Australia, Fiji, Japan and Hawaii to Florida. It’s my wife, the school administrator, who’d probably want to relocate rather than take a chance with SoJ’s nascent public school system—which no doubt would make those of failed Kansas and failing Oklahoma look inviting.

          • Tim says:

            Why *should* the rest of the US let us? Because we are supposedly all for self-determination (unless you’re a country with natural resources to exploit).

            Why would they? Democrats most certainly wouldn’t voluntarily. They’d be losing power in the Senate and electoral college… So the most likely way would be as part of a horse trading package that lets the heavily Democratic Puerto Rico become a state alongside the moderately Republican Jefferson…

          • Tim says:

            Why would California? They absolutely shouldn’t. They would lose a little power nationally, lose a fair amount of power regionally, and lose control over vast resources they take for granted.

            Why should the master free the slave?

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            California already has self-determination, to the extent that any states have it. Puerto Rico and the other territories have plenty to bitch about. California doesn’t.

            Why should the master free the slave? Because slavery is immoral. Are Jeffersonians slaves? There’s that rabid victim mentality again.

            Slaves can’t move away. Jeffersonians can move to Idaho, Oklahoma, or Alabama as soon as they’ve had an @$$ full of liberal California. California has been liberal for 30+ years, and it’s getting more liberal, not less—if you’ve been here all that time, you’e staying put for reasons that have nothing to do with being a slave. And the state is never going to lop off some land for a small cohort of parasitic malcontents. Why not? Because our parasitism is so insignificant relative to California’s enormous economy, it’s not even noticeable to our hosts. We’re almost commensalate, like the mites living at the base of your eyelashes.

            I suspect there’s some cognitive dissonance going on with those who choose to stay. They hate liberals, but they sure like scarfing up the crumbs of prosperity that get swept off the Blue California table and land on the floor of Jefferson Land. Over the decades, it made for some relatively easy living up here, at least until the state’s booming economy started driving up housing costs even in the hinterlands.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Tim, why do you suppose the SoJ proponents have never warmed to the idea of asking the State of California to set Jefferson aside as an autonomous region—a group of counties that have to stand on their own economic feet, but get emancipated from California’s regulations? What’s wrong with that as a first step in a step-wise progression toward independence?

            Why do they insist on the impossible instead—skipping immediately to statehood? I suspect a combination of at least two factors:

            1. Some SoJ proponents are too dumb and pig-headed to even comprehend the idea of a step-wise progression. They want instant gratification—they think they should get what they want NOW, because that’s what they want.

            2. Other SoJ proponents just enjoy public pissing and moaning, want to be the center of attention, and see an opportunity to sell crap to chumps. They have no real interest in SoJ ever seeing the light of day.

          • Tim says:

            Jeffersonians cannot lower taxes, minimum wage, cap lawsuit awards, set our own timber & mining regulations, reduce public pensions, set school curriculum, etc. So no, we don’t have much self-determination.

            And if we’re so parasitic, why won’t CA let us go? Maybe because that funding imbalance you like to talk so much about isn’t real. Maybe the funds for those social programs actually come from the Feds and are just routed through the state (which, of course, takes its cut). And maybe the state isn’t recognizing Jefferson revenue as Jefferson (1 example: airline/truck/railroad/bus taxes are apportioned based on the percentage of miles traveled in each state. Most of those miles are in rural counties, but the revenue is recognized as originating in Sacramento).

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Your concept of self-determination, reductio ad absurdum: Every man is a nation unto himself. Every man is an island. There are a couple of nut-cases in the hills who actually believe that and act upon it, declaring their properties sovereign nations. One of ’em recently went to prison for chasing down some “illegal aliens” and murdering them.

            And I already answered the question about why our host doesn’t cut us free. But here it is: We get about $1.60 from Sacramento for every $1.00 we send south. It seems like a burden, but there are about a million of us Jeffersonians (at most), of an approximately 40 million Californians. California’s economy is an elephant, and we’re less annoying than a mosquito. There’s the occasional “f*** you” fire fee wrist-slap when we annoy them, but mostly they couldn’t give a crap. Go ask someone in Marin County if they resent subsidizing our country-cousin lifestyles. The answer will be, “Huh?”

            I was in Canada years ago during grad school, and the rancher that I was staying with in Alberta was holding court at the dinner table, going on about what Canadians thought of Americans. To be charitable, it was a mixed bag. He then asked what Americans thought of Canadians. “To be honest,” I responded, “Americans don’t think about Canadians all that much. We’re kinda self-absorbed.”

            We Jeffersonians are the Canadians.

  18. Common Sense says:

    When Cognitive Dissonance Far Outweighs Common Sense!

    An Article on the wretched flashlight states the County may add some beds to the Jail and won’t need additional Staff to do it. That is a good thing! Congrats if you guys Do do this!

    Now the Common Sense Part….or Lack thereof-Supervisor Moty says we just don’t have Enough Money to add to the jail and to do what we need to do!

    So Just to Clarify…..These are All the Same Supervisors that Voted NO to prop 64 and the Millions of Dollars that it would bring into the County???? I think they Call that Cutting off one’s nose to Spite his Face!

    So We Don’t Want The Millions of Dollars over the years in State and Tax Money from Cannabis Sales and Cultivation {Plus the State Grants}….but Mean While We can’t keep up with the Enforcement of these Cultivations and we have NO Money for any more Jail Beds and Staff……you know to keep the citizens Safer and let the guilty spend some time thinking about what they did.

    Now either I am full of more shit than a Christmas Turkey…..or we have some SEVERE COGNITIVE DISSONANCE at play here….

    Thank goodness the good folks in Shasta Lake City have some Critical Thinking Skills and Common Sense!….they openly have embraced the new jobs and tax money created by Prop 64!

  19. cheyenne says:

    How would the SOJ fund itself? A better question would be what are their politics regarding legal marijuana?
    If the SOJ had legal marijuana that would bring in billions of dollars in taxes and hundreds of jobs. The biggest obstacle to the MJ stores is supply, there isn’t enough. Even in Colorado the Denver MJ stores are running out, that is why many of the rural cities are growing MJ, to supply Denver. The SOJ could supply the nations growing urge for MJ. Almost everyday LE stops and seizes illegal MJ on I80 coming from California headed East. Not only would the SOJ sell the nation MJ, but like what has happened in Colorado with the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, families have moved to the state for treatment for their children. With an ample supply of MJ the SOJ would probably attract a Children’s hospital to the north state. Along with all the families moving in and medical help other support businesses would move in. Could this happen? Probably not. But when Weld County talked session in Colorado. Denver listened because 70% of Colorado’s budget came from oil/gas/agriculture in Weld County. That has not changed as Colorado announced another record year in oil sales. The North State needs to show the rest of California that they need the SOJ counties. Marijuana could do that. And the Girl Scouts would sell more cookies and more pizza shops would open.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I’m pretty sure that for interstate transport of commercially grown MJ to become hugely profitable for SoJ or anyone else, federal law would have to change. And at the point where MJ becomes widely legal, the profitability of growing in SoJ—so distant from markets—becomes highly questionable.

      A large part of the reason the Emerald Triangle became a growing Mecca is because the places where most of the growing occurs is hella remote. That remoteness is good if your objective is to be far from LE eyes. (I’ve had several project in the area, and I’m telling you, it is a bitch getting in and out.) Once hiding is no longer a benefit, growing pot in the vicinities of Dinsmore or Zinea or even closer to HWY 101 is going to mean higher transport costs for getting supplies in and the product out, in exchange for not much upside.

      It was an eye-opener 10-15 years ago, driving deep into eastern Humboldt County and western Trinity County and seeing how many people were buying new 4WD pickups and SUVs every year. Chicken coops out back that you initially mistook for mother-in-law quarters. Well-dressed hippies in the bigger towns peeling off $100 bills to pay for a $300 dinner for four, talking about their upcoming two months in Costa Rica or Bali. It’s already less profitable than it was back then.

      Humboldt and Trinity counties should be sweating bullets—that whole economy is in peril.

      • Common Sense says:

        The grow game is done……now its the way it probably should have been many many years ago….you either grow your own and do it for the medical benefits or you pay your taxes and buy from a legit place and they pay their taxes on it….the grower money game is gone now…..I have seen those HUGE 4×4’s brand new all over Trinity and Humbolt running around also…..hope they saved some for retirement! Cause this game has gone and changed ya’ll.

        Imagine if they legalized it across the entire nation….the billions in tax revenues….Law Enforcement could have full funding….the Cartels would move on… and if they didn’t then they would get caught for sure with 3x more officers…..just like Cheyenne said….

        Let the people that had a gram and are doing 10 years out in the southern states……more room in the jails for the actual criminals….

  20. Russell K. Hunt says:

    Public safety meeting Feb. 22 at City Hall. Watch JAILS NOW ! Measures “J” and “JJ” on You Tube, the effort to create 400 more jail spaces.

    • Common Sense says:

      Russell if you want people to look at something post an actual link…make it easy if you want to try and help educate.

  21. cheyenne says:

    Is Amazon any better than Walmart, or even worse?
    An article on MSN by Alana Semuels of The Atlantic has an article asking, Are any jobs better than no jobs? As I am just an uneducated hill person that doesn’t know how to post a link you’ll have to find it yourself.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I think it’s reasonable to label that poster exhibit as racist in intent.

      1. The student who submitted it—an Asian-American—is know to make racist comments in class and to be a racial provocateur. It’s not unreasonable to judge that his true intent is to push buttons rather than to engage in a scientific study.

      2. His hypothesis is spurious. Admittance to McClatchy High’s HIPS program is not on the basis of IQ test performance. It’s on the basis of various achievement and aptitude metrics, none of which directly measure IQ. (The research “question” being addressed by the study is also possibly spurious, as it doesn’t address the proportions of each race in the source population. Further, the methodology doesn’t appear to provide a random sampling from each race—he apparently asked a small number of people to take the test. The potential for selection bias is huge.)

      3. Even if admittance to HISP was based solely on an IQ test, that still wouldn’t support the conclusion, “…racial disproportionality in HISP is justified.” Racial disparity in HISP could occur for a wide range of reasons, many of which are not mutually exclusive. There is no indication of controlling for these other potential causal factors. Further, admittance based solely on IQ is a value judgement, not a justification. If your sole goal is to only admit to HISP those with the highest IQs, then only having the highest IQ students in HISP as an outcome is justified. Where is it written that the goal of the HISP is to limit the program to only those with the highest IQs? Nowhere, I’m sure.

      4. The study suggests an extremely naive understanding of the heritability of IQ, and an even more naive understanding of race as a meaningful biological distinction.

      As for disallowing the poster, I’m torn. I don’t think a high school science fair is a reasonable forum for the exhibition of pseudo-scientific propaganda by a racist student. On the other hand, there are probably other examples of questionable scientific merit in the science fair. Given that the intent of the poster is clearly racist, I’d be okay with letting it stand, with an accompanying poster debunking it point-by-point. Of course, that would probably get the schools sued.

      • Tim says:

        Flawed science? sure. Political? Absolutely (on both sides). But that is par for the course at High School Science fairs (how many projects were hyperbolic over simplifications of global warming/alternative energy?). But rather than counter his science with better science, which might improve subsequent experiments, administrators just removed his display for not fitting the school “culture.”

        There are few recent academic studies because anybody who studies race & IQ is quickly labeled a racist – prophylaxis against having to explain why IQ gaps remain? Those most invested in promoting diversity seem to be the most resistant to quantifying the concept.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          It’s been decades since I read Stephen J. Gould’s “The Mismeasure of Man.” It’s a flawed book, but I still think his main gripe is valid. He argues that the primary assumption underlying biological determinism is that worth can be assigned to individuals and groups by measuring intelligence as a single quantity.

          For biologists, the concept of “race” is so flimsy and biologically meaningless that anyone obsessed with it might well be questioned as to their motives. For social scientists, the artificial construct “race” may be more useful, but the greener pastures lie elsewhere: Studying how culture and environmental enrichment affect intelligence (the non-heritable component of IQ).

          I think the larger reason that there were for a long time fewer studies on race an intelligence is that the field was somewhat played out. It became established science that the heritability of intelligence is roughly 0.5 (where 1.0 is 100% genetic). After that, the field regressed for a long time to just a bunch of fiddling around with ways to measure IQ—the classic side-eddies of mainstream science that get you tenure at East Jesus State College, but that’s about all.

          However, there have been some interesting recent developments in the arena of genotype-environment covariance. Behavioral genetics researchers—who parse the genetic and environmental sources of variation—used to operate on the assumption that genotype and environment are independent and do not covary on IQ. New studies reveal that they very much do. (These studies also solve the riddle of why heritability increases linearly from childhood to young adulthood, which shouldn’t happen if heritability is determined solely by genotype that doesn’t change.)

          One important finding of these recent studies of IQ covariance is that the bigger the difference in cognitive ability between blacks and whites on a given multi-faceted IQ test, the more the difference is determined by cultural influences (the opposite of what was formerly understood).

          • Tim says:

            Sure, but professional society now assumes no gaps exist legitimately. Scratch that – it is even worse. They have *faith* no gaps exist legitimately.

            If there is a proportional disparity of superficial traits among workers, it must be illegal discrimination unless absolutely proven otherwise. But should you want to study -or even hypothesize- whether those superficial traits might correlate with traits affecting job performance (thus proving no illegal discrimination), you’re a bigot.

            So in an effort to prove it is beyond looking at superficial traits, Google spends millions specially cultivating people who lack the superficial traits usually associated with various positions. In doing so they fight superficiality with superficiality – perpetuating the very social crimes they are purporting to cure.

  22. Marc Carter says:

    Hey trump supporters in Shasta County: Satellites that show accelerating sea level rise is *NOT* fake news.

    • cheyenne says:

      The “fake news” that Democrats spread is that convincing Republicans to accept that global warming is caused by humans will immediately stop global warming. Democrats are humans and they cause just as much warming as Republicans. The WHO ranked the 32 dirtiest air cities in the world and they were all in Asia or Africa, not one was in the Americas, north or south. While North America has snow days where schools are closed Asian cities have smog days where schools are closed. There are no Republicans, or Democrats, in Asia. Los Angeles is the poster child for dirty air in America and they have reduced their smog to the point that they occasionally see blue skies.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Cheyenne sez: “The ‘fake news’ that Democrats spread is that convincing Republicans to accept that global warming is caused by humans will immediately stop global warming.”

        LOL. Fake news. Nobody thinks that. Together, the US and the EU emit 25% of the world’s greenhouse gasses. What we do matters. It matters even more that we move China and India in the right direction.

        Leading by example is something that the US was good at for a long time. Trump bailing on the Paris Accords (joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only three countries on the planet with their heads in the sand) is the opposite of that. China is now widely viewed as having taken the leadership reins from the US on slowing climate change.

        Republicans—for political/philosophical/nostalgia reasons—are abdicating the enormous business opportunities of alternative energy to Europe and Asia, where it’s being fostered. They are also abdicating the moral responsibility of not using up all of the planet’s non-renewable resources before we hand it over to our grandkids.

        • cheyenne says:

          Steve, why should America be part of an agreement that forces emission controls on our country while allowing other countries who pollute more than America does to have less restrictions? It is simply a move to make other countries get serious about emission controls before we join in agreements together. And China is taking the lead in emission controls? They are the #1 total pollution country in the world. America used to be the #2 total pollution country but has been passed by India. Discover magazine had an article a few years back about how 50% of the mercury in lakes and rivers in western America comes on the winds from Asia.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Yep, China is the #1 polluter on Earth, and its citizens are getting tired of it. China now has a large middle class that can afford to travel, and they see what the air quality looks like in European and North American cities. China is now treating air pollution not just as a long-term existential threat, but also a quality-of-life issue right now. While Trump speaks of increasing coal production, China is trying to phase coal out.

            The Paris Accords put more of the burden of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions on the countries with the highest per-capita GDPs. Many international agreements are shaped that way.

      • Marc Carter says:

        cheyenne, The article makes no mention of political party affiliation. (Only you are making such an assertion). It is simply posting evidence based on satellite findings. A call of concern to all… and by the way, not only to folks in Asia, Africa, and L.A.!

        • cheyenne says:

          Marc, you are right the article made no mention of political parties but you called out Trump supporters. Isn’t that a party assumption?

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I’ll defend “Trump supporters.” He’s the most prominent proponent that AGW is a hoax. There are plenty of Republicans who don’t agree, and plenty of Republicans who think Trump is a dumb-@$$ who thinks his uninformed opinions shape reality.

          • Marc Carter says:

            No, cheyenne, wrong! Not a party assumption. No one is calling out a political party here… at this point. I’m merely sending up a warning flag to trump supporters (and there are apparently plenty around these parts) that this president is still driveling AGW denial while recklessly promoting offshore drilling, oil transfer pipelines, and coal re-startups. At the same time, suppressing solar & wind power equipment production.

          • Tim says:

            By “suppressing” you mean… not subsidizing?

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Tim — The costs of electricity production over 30 years prior to application of tax credits, of plants coming online in the near future (by 2022), might surprise you.

            Costs of electricity from coal-fired plants are so expensive that none are being built. Nuclear, biomass, solar thermal and offshore wind are also jokes.

            Hydroelectric is borderline—depending on how you calculate its economic viability into the future, it’s either a small loser or a small winner.

            New gas-fired combined-cycle plants, solar PV, and onshore wind are all economically competitive with one another, with wind and solar the most economical in the long-term because the variable O&M costs (including fuel) are zero. Most economical of all if you can get it? Geothermal. Icelanders pay about $0.05/kWh for electricity—for that reason it’s become a Mecca for bitcoin miners, and thus a problem. My PG&E rates are 4-8 times Iceland’s rate.

          • Tim says:

            You’ll get no argument from me that we’ve subsidized the fossil fuel industry too. You’ll get plenty of arguments if you think subsidized energy is a good idea (be it wind, solar, nuclear, etc).

            Frankly, energy should be so expensive we grimace at the thought of using it unnecessarily.

            If mounted on tracks, it would take 500 times less energy to physically move the empire state building to Florida for the winter and to Quebec in the summer than it does to air condition it (The Empire state building uses ~55 million Kwhr annually – about half goes to HVAC. It would take ~57 thousand Kwhr of energy to move the 370,000 ton building 3,000 miles by rail).

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Tim — Were it not for subsidies during development, utility-scale alternative energies would not be developed until we started running low on fossil fuels. Alternative energy is subsidized in order to compete in the market, increase their volume and develop the technology, so that the subsidies become unnecessary eventually. And that’s what’s happening with onshore wind and solar PV.

            If AGW did not exist, it might be reasonable to argue that we should just let the cheap established technologies dominate until they can dominate no longer. But AGW exists.

          • Tim says:

            I disagree, perhaps mainly in semantics. You could instead tax objectionable behavior/sources to the point alternative energies become relatively attractive (but still properly expensive).

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            So like, a sin tax on fossil fuels? Some (people who have never traveled to Europe) would say California already has that.

            Feed-in tariffs work—they are used world-wide. They usually include “tariff degression,” a scheme by which the price (or tariff) ratchets down over time. That’s done in order to encourage technological advances and cost reductions. The goal is to offer cost-based compensation to renewable energy producers, providing price certainty and long-term contracts that help finance renewable energy investments.

            I’d be interested to know what about feed-in tariffs that you find objectionable. Is it purely philosophical? They’re used word-wide because they’re so effective. One of the important side-benefits of boosting the developing alternative energies is that you don’t have all of your energy-generation eggs in one basket.

            The manager of Hatchet Ridge told me years ago that there would be no new wind developments in California one the feed-in tariff program for wind expired. He was wrong. There’s a newly proposed wind farm in the planning stages across Hwy 299.

          • Tim says:

            Imo a feed-in tariff is not as robust of a solution as a sin tax. With perfect central planning, both accomplish the same thing. With only moderately flawed central planning, the tariff can be devastatingly disruptive.

            Take a flawed sin tax: If the tax is too low, the market won’t adopt other technologies as readily, but the energy supply will be stable. If the tax is too high, rates may suddenly go up until alternatives fill in the gap, at which time rates will ease into the new equilibrium.

            For an example of the flawed tariff system, look to Las Vegas (no, it wasn’t exactly a feed-in tariff but the point still applies). Initially the tariff was reasonable and everyone was happy: the implementation of solar was gradual with no disruptions. Then the price of solar plummeted thanks to a new generation of cheap Chinese panels. Tons of people were rushed to install solar because it was gauranteed money (in a major Recession). Often a precursor to a bubble, solar sellers even started doing no money down loans.

            But then the amount of solar energy exceeded the legislated threshold and the utility company started hemorrhaging money because too much of the grid was not paying for any of the infrastructure (they got reliable power at midnight without paying the true cost for it).

            Warren Buffett swooped in to buy the utility before it became insolvent and kept things afloat while the regulators went through the bureaucratic process to change customer rates. A year or two later, customers utility rates suddenly (to them) shot up; the effect was felt mainly by the lower and middle class (those who didn’t have the money or credit to buy solar right after the financial collapse). Regular ratepayers raised an impressive populist uproar, rates were changed again (a bit quicker with picketors at the door) and now solar buyers were left footing the bill – their “pays for itself” solar systems were costing them money each month. Worse, when they went to move they discovered that instead of increasing property values, their leased/financed solar panels were a major liability and actually lowered home values more than the solar system was originally worth! The private solar industry closed its doors almost overnight in Nevada.

            Ironically, the utility company then began investing in massive solar farms because with panels being cheap and its economy of scale, industrial solar power was now legitimately competitive in price (when they weren’t forced to pay tariff rates). But this understandably angered the early adopters who never got a chance to pay off their panels at the originally promised rates.

            Anyway, I believe that poor central planner is trying to figure out what rate to set next…

    • Tim says:

      Hey Trump haters: Scientists from UCSD say we are about to enter a mini ice age:

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Bzzzzzzzt. Wrong—they don’t say that at all. From UCSD’s web page regarding the study:

        “…Lubin said that an upcoming (grand minimum) event would not stop the current trend of planetary warming but might slow it somewhat. The cooling effect of a grand minimum is only a fraction of the warming effect caused by the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

        • Tim says:

          Wrong? Are we not expected to enter a grand minimum (aka mini ice age)? Are temperatures not expected to drop?

          “The study found that after the initial decrease of solar radiation in 2020, globally averaged surface air temperature cooled by up to several tenths of a degree Celsius.”

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            A grand minimum is not a mini ice age. The former is a solar phenomenon. The latter is a phenomenon of Earth’s climate. You’ve conflated them, but they are not equivalents. The grand minimum has an effect on Earth’s climate, but it isn’t the only effect.

            Here’s the rest of the paragraph that you quoted:

            “By the end of the simulated grand solar minimum, however, the warming in the model with the simulated Maunder Minimum had nearly caught up to the reference simulation. Thus, a main conclusion of the study is that ‘a future grand solar minimum could slow down but not stop global warming’.”

            Yes, wrong.

          • Tim says:

            Yeah warming will return to modeled forecasts “by the end” — meaning around the year 2070…

            Last year it was global warming. Last decade it was climate change. The decade before that it was global warming. Two decades before that it was global cooling.

            Forgive me for being skeptical about a branch of science’s supposed ability to predict the climate in 10, 25, or 100 years when it can’t reliably tell whether it’ll rain next week.

          • Tim says:

            Substitute “climate scientists” for FBI profilers:

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Weather and climate are different animals.

            The warming trend isn’t just a modeled prediction—it follows from inductive reasoning. It’s what we’re observing.

            I would love to be wrong about an upcoming mini ice age—that would be fantastic for my grandkids’ sake.

  23. Tim says:

    I know Dr. Greenberg briefly covered TamiFlu in his recent article ( ), but I started doing a little more digging after all this social media uproar over the poor Texas teacher dying because she couldn’t afford the copay (snopes: mostly false).

    Anyway, I can’t believe what a racket TamiFlu is! This drug has been around long enough to come off patent and yet it has never had a major independent study! The company’s internal studies were released piecemeal and independent analyses have been very critical. Basically the drug decreased the length of symptoms from ~120 hours to ~105 hours, but the study was too flawed to show whether there was any difference in hospitalizations or complications. And it comes with a long list of possible side effects, including psychosis, suicide, anaphylaxis, abnormal heart rate, etc. Citing this evidence, last year the WHO downgraded TamiFlu from its “core” list of essential drugs.

    Despite the dubious science, the US military stockpiled $1 billion of the drug for the military and nearly another $2 billion for civilians during the buildup to the War on Terror. I should mention that a fella named Donald Rumsfeld was a former Chairman of the drug company and owned millions worth of stock when GW Bush started stockpiling. No independent study!

    For comparison, the army took 10 years to pick a new pistol for its officers to carry. Multiple companies submitted designs meeting the 350 pages of detailed specifications, tens of thousands of rounds were fired from each sample, and finally they picked a winner. This for a $207 hunk of plastic that sits unused in officers’ holsters (infantry don’t generally carry pistols, and special forces have their own procurement). That contract? $170 million.

    But a $1 billion stockpile of dubious drugs was given the greenlight with no independent test or review? Crazy…

  24. Common Sense says:

    The 2019 Budget….this should be a Real Wake up Call for any Trump supporters on public assistance!

    Reduces funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $17.2 billion in 2019 and $213.5 billion over the next 10 years.

  25. Tim says:

    Trump’s food stamp proposal will save 30% while delivering a much more nutritious mix of food (than what consumers pick for themselves) directly to the door. SNAP recipients will still be able to spend half of their benefits as they see fit, which statistically will be on sugary drinks instead of fresh fruits and vegetables.

    No, it isn’t the twilight zone. Liberals are expressing outrage at the intrusion into the free market and question whether recipients know how to cook.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I don’t have a problem with food boxes in theory, but if you really think Generalissimo Bonespurs can deliver boxes of healthful food to the door at 30% less than $1.40 per meal, I’ve got a harp-shaped bridge over the Sacramento River I’d like to sell you.

      • Tim says:

        I think about 90% of people (on both sides of the isle) would change their opinion of this proposal if they were told it was coming from Barack Obama.

        My main concerns are about cronyism & the potential abuses (who picks what goods are approved and who supplies them). Some of that could be alleviated if they modified this to be kind of like a Chinese family dinner — you can get 4 items from category A, 4 from B, 4 from C, etc…

        This isn’t meant to be a shipped meal like Blue Apron, but rather a shipment of non-perishable staples purchased on an incredible economy of scale. As such, it won’t need to be shipped in expensive packing every few days. You could send it once a month (perhaps offset 2 weeks from when the card is reloaded to help those with difficulty budgeting).

        You could also then severely restrict what the card could be used to buy: fresh fruits, vegetables, meat & dairy, bread, etc — just the outer walls of most supermarkets.

        Combined this would cut down on fraud (which is monetarily a small nuisance, but which psychologically limits willingness to help). Additionally, the fresh food stipulations on the card would cut down on “food deserts” that exist where the stores accepting ebt sell only junk food.

        PS: $1.40 isn’t supposed to be the entire meal, it is supposed to be “supplemental”

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          As I said, I don’t think the concept is bad. I’m just assuming the execution will be awful, like most everything Trump administration does.

          Every description of the proposed program I’ve read says that it’ll exclude fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy (packaged milk will be available).

          I wouldn’t mind having it cost double what it costs now and be Blue Apron-like. We’re talking about food that something like 15% of the kids in this country are going to eat. I don’t think the wealthiest nation on Earth should be feeding those kids canned garbage.

          But hey, gotta pay for at least a portion of those tax cuts for the über-wealthy.

          • Tim says:

            “Every description of the proposed program I’ve read says that it’ll exclude fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy (packaged milk will be available).”

            That says something about the veracity of today’s news… The program, as a whole, allows for both food choice and fresh produce. Half of the existing SNAP benefit would remain on the EBT card, which the beneficiary could use to buy pretty much any food (including fresh fruits and vegetables). The other half would pay for non perishable food items sent by mail.

            Unfortunately, most SNAP users don’t buy fresh produce anyway (it is such a problem that the USDA has launched a number of pilot programs which actually bribe recipients with extra benefits when they buy fresh fruits & vegetables). Part of the problem stems from the fact fresh fruits & vegetables are more expensive than processed foods. But part of the problem is that the stress of poverty lends itself to ego-depletion which tends to aggravate regular old supermarket decision fatigue which causes suboptimal decision making.

            So maybe limiting choices for how the poor spend taxpayer dollars isn’t quite as “inhumane” as a certain publication claimed…

            As for a full-on Blue Apron style program, the main hurdle is the cost of climate-controlled packaging & expedited shipping. A $10 blue apron meal costs about ~$4 in food and ~$3 in shipping. If you’re trying to feed the nation nutritious food on a limited budget, it is probably best that you don’t spend 30% + on shipping.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Another part of the problem: Have you ever stepped foot in a grocery store in the hood? There might be a small selection of fruit and veggies, but it ain’t necessarily fresh. There are often no supermarkets in those neighborhoods. It’s a real problem.

            On the sunnier side, I visit Oak Park Farmer’s Market in Sacramento fairly regularly. (Oak Park is the traditionally African-American community in mid-town, though it’s rapidly gentrifying.) All of the vendors accept SNAP EBT cards—it’s heartening to see them being used to buy fresh food. A recent issue of Sunset Magazine features an African-American organic gardener who sells his produce at the farmer’s market and to local restaurants, grown on a half-acre lot in Oak Park.

            Most of the cost of supermarket food comprises labor, shipping, storage, utilities, waste (in the case of fresh food), etc. It’s not obvious to me why the same Amazonian market forces that are decimating brick-and-mortar retail would not apply to food. It could be that 30% for shipping is a damned good deal after you account for all of the overhead costs of supermarket food.

          • Tim says:

            Speaking of unpopular Trump proposals that actually make sense, did you see where he is proposing a $0.25 increase in gas tax? In an election year?

            Come on, give the man credit one time… 😉

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Elsewhere I posted that the Herr Frankenhair’s administration would be hitting the working and middle classes with new taxes and fees to erase their income tax windfalls. I used as an example the proposed new entry fees for national parks.

            That propose higher gas tax, along with expected increases in fuel costs, would take away about $71 billion from consumers, or 60 percent of the expected $120 billion gain from tax cuts.

            The increased cost of gas at the pump would also be nine times larger than the estimated $4 billion companies are handing to workers in the form of bonuses, due to corporate tax cuts.


    • Common Sense says:

      Amazon would have to be involved to make it actually happen! Dictator T couldn’t find his way out of a pork barrel.

  26. cheyenne says:

    Every article in every media source about Trump’s budget proposal has stated every president’s budget proposal in the past has been dead on arrival. Trump’s budget proposal will be dead before it arrives. It is an election year and all those doomsday predictions from liberals will not happen. It was just a few days ago, a week, that certain posters were telling me that SS would be cut. Paul Ryan said on January 12th that there would be no cuts to SS discussed and this budget proposal makes no cuts to SS. You don’t like the budget proposal talk to your representatives.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Paul Ryan has also said that Social Security and Medicare need “reform,” and that’s next on the legislative agenda once infrastructure is done (or dead). We’ll have to wait to see what he means by “reform.” I won’t be surprised if it doesn’t involve cuts.

      Maybe it’ll exclude more people who have paid into SS, but won’t get it because they have some other form of retirement (like teachers, who are singled out now for some reason that seems bizarre to me). Maybe the age at which you can start taking SS will increase by a number of years. (That’s actually a rational thing to do.)

      They better get it done before the mid-terms if they want to get it done the GOP way.

      • cheyenne says:

        Paul Ryan said Medicare needs reform, he said no cuts to SS this year. And the common sense of raising the age to take full SS has been happening for years. When I retired it was 66, when my wife retired it was 67. The age is set to go up to 70 eventually. After that I don’t know.
        STRYS and CALPERS have weird rules. Classified employees, me, didn’t participate in SS. The year before I was hired Classified employees were entered into the SS system and had the 7.5% deduction just like private sector employees. In addition I had 7.5% deductions go into CALPERS. That was 15% of my wages going into retirements. When I retired my CALPERS was actually reduced, for some bizzare reason, because I received SS even though I paid fully into both programs. I was told that many teachers, because they weren’t into SS, did coaching which put them into SS.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          My wife didn’t start teaching until she was in her early 30s, so she paid into SS for a good 15 years. She also has a double income—she’s our firm’s CFO, and she gets tagged for SS on every paycheck. Like you, if she elects to take SS when she retires, it reduces her CALPERS by the amount of her SS benefit. It’s a screw-job.

          Meanwhile, our do-nothing Congressman Dougie LaMooch will earn a $139,200 annual pension when he retires, he’ll get Social Security on top of that, and he’ll likely continue to get crop subsidies. According to an article in Chico’s local fish-wrap last year, he’s the biggest crop subsidy recipient in Congress. LaMooch has repeatedly voted to reduce SNAP benefits.

          It cheeses me off, man.

  27. Marc Carter says:

    “Cohen’s $130,000 payment could be construed as an illegal 2016 campaign contribution.”
    Lawyers are always paying hush money for their clients who patronize porn stars – just to be nice! But Trump denies that he ever had the affair with Stormy… So the slimy lawyer paid $130,000 for a porn star to be quiet about an affair that didn’t happen? Does anybody associated with the Trump Crime Cartel ever tell the truth?

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      The “just so” story will likely be that President Mango Freakyhair didn’t have sex with the porn star, but she was trying to extort money from him by claiming that he did. So his lawyer, out of the kindness of his heart, shelled out $130k of his own cash as hush money, monumented with a non-disclosure agreement, with no expectation of reimbursement of any kind by his client or agents of his client.

      If you’re a GOP congressperson, at some point I would think you’d have to say: “No, no, no. No way. I can’t do this any longer. It’s asking too much, putting me in the position of pretending to be stupid enough to believe this bullshit. This never-ending trail, pile after pile, of total bullshit. Nope. Not doing it.”

      But apparently 90% of them are either incapable of shame, or they really are that stupid.

      • cheyenne says:

        Steve, where did you find that 90% figure? Did you just make it up? Count me as one of the 10% that is fed up with all the DC BS including the Democrats who also have their sexual problems. I read where CNN is wanting access to former President Bill Clinton’s records. Will you be as shocked about those findings?

        • Marc Carter says:

          “The Democrats who also have their …….. blablabla”

          Mooseshi* Pie!! You know, I half expected something similar.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Cheyenne — I don’t care about Clinton’s sex life, and I don’t care about Trump’s sex life. That’s between them, their wives, and the floozie celeb-humpers involved. Nothing about Clinton’s past behaviors would surprise me. He’s no longer POTUS. What he did in the past or what he does now is no longer a national security issue.

          The problems start when the POTUS and his team engage in paying hush money, lying, coercion, and other cover-up practices. The Stormy Daniels thing isn’t important because it’s sordid. It’s important because it suggests that Trump has engaged in behaviors that make him vulnerable to extortion. It suggests that he’s willing to do underhanded things to keep those events under wraps. (Remember, that’s was Clinton’s undoing—the lying about it.)

          See, the problem is that Trump denies that the Russians have anything on him regarding kinky behavior in Moscow that they could be using as leverage. He’s clearly bullshitting us about Stormy Daniels. Is he bullshitting us about the pee tape being a fabrication, too? Is Russia using the pee tape, or something like it, as leverage? Is that shaping policy in any way?

          Trump’s own desperate and weaksauce attempts to deny his fling with a porn star validate those questions.

          • Common Sense says:

            Thanks for presenting some Facts Steve! I find it quite interesting that some find it necessary to bring up “Others” Indiscretions from many years past. It’s the same tactic the current administration uses…it was Hillary this and Obama that and ….blah blah blah….

            Fact: We have a “Current” POTUS that has some Mental Issues.
            Fact: We have a Current POTUS that is a Liar.
            Fact : We have a current POTUS that represents Russia ( No I am not going to enforce any sanctions). NO, I don’t believe there’s anything there….even though ALL the Top Intelligence Members have said there IS!
            Fact: Fox news is the Fake News!

            I find it very interesting that many of the Republicans have gotten over the POTUS’s admitted sexual assaults, affairs, Lies, Idolry, Greed, Narcissism, Vulgarity, and lack of Respect for the Constitution, Civility and Common Decency.
            But have never gotten over Obama Being Black!

            They say ACTIONS speak Louder than Words!……and the actions speak Clearly, we have a Traitor in Chief.

            So why does he ignore warning after warning?


          • Common Sense says:

            Hahah…and now he gets to Lie about Playboy Playmate Affair!…81% of the Evangelical Vote……amazing!

      • Common Sense says:

        LOL……Weekend at Bernies!….We will continue propping him up until his numbers fall!…Then we ditch him and run like hell…….you know….Midterms around the corner thing!

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Yes, I pulled 90% out of my @$$. I count a few brave Republicans in Congress who are willing to call out Trump for what he is—an incompetent, reckless, authoritarian buffoon. One of them is dying, and the other few have decided not to run for re-election, so they are free to speak their minds.

        90% is probably a conservative estimate. If you’re pressing me for a better guesstimate, I’d say more like 97% are willing to put up with anything Trump says or does, so long as the GOP remains in a position to serve its true constituents.

        • cheyenne says:

          Senator Enzi, according to my local paper, is on the budget committee and not too happy about the budget proposal. That brings it down to 75% and I think Senator Barroso is leaning away from Trump too. Rep Cheney doesn’t count as she lives in Virginia despite her protestations that she is from Wyoming.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Westerners are particularly independent and stubborn, Cheyenne. Both of Arizona’s GOP Senators are loose cannons as well. And both McCain and Flake are short-timers.

          • cheyenne says:

            Steve, I don’t believe Flake will be a short timer. He is very conservative but really has strong feelings in favor of DACA. With the current crop of nut job candidates, Apaio and chem trail Ward, seeking Arizona’s Senator seats I think Flake will return. Add to that mix Mitt Romney replacing Utah’s Orin Hatch the conservatives against Trump are growing. Then add to the mix the non-Clinton Democrats that are winning and we may actually have a working Congress. But I am an optimist as opposed to the pessimists on Anews.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I guess I could see Flake changing his mind and deciding not to retire, but I haven’t read anything about efforts to sweet-talk him out of it. That’ll change if the GOP cranks wanting to take his place are polling behind whoever the Demos are running.

          • cheyenne says:

            Steve, Jeff Flake is a strong conservative and would not switch parties no matter how much he hates Trump. What he could do is run as an independent as Bernie Sanders did and win. Last year the Arizona Republic reported that the largest group of voters in Arizona were registered as independents. Soon I will be joining that group as I m registered as an independent.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Flake isn’t running for re-election because failure to back Trump earns you abandonment by the state and national party apparatus—it pretty much turns you into a lame duck. That’s the same reason that other Repubs in Congress who have decided to follow their conscience rather than back Trump are not running for re-election (excluding McCain, who obviously has his own reasons).

            Republicans in Congress have a choice: (1) Speak your mind, vote your conscience, and go home for good, or (2) shut up, vote the party line, and keep your seat in Congress.

          • cheyenne says:

            Steve, I’m sorry you live in a political area where what you want won’t happen no matter what you do. But other areas, like Arizona and Utah, where Mitt Romney just announced his senate bid and he has the full backing of the Republican party because he is against Trump. If Flake indicated he would run as an independent the Republican party would help him because they don’t want to lose the Senate race to a Democrat which they would with their current crack pot collection of candidates.

  28. Common Sense says:

    Simple steps to Identify an “Authoritarian Populist President”

    #1. They attack the Media ( everyone that doesn’t agree with me is fake news)

    #2.They accuse their political rivals of doing Treasonous things! ( in the current case its a case of projection) Stating they need to be locked up.

    #3. They challenge Democratic Institutions and results. ( Game is rigged, results can’t be trusted, unless I win of course)

    #4.They perpetuate and stoke violence.

    This is a Test….. Trump is a “character test”: American conservatives are failing. Trump is a Symptom…not the Cause!

  29. Common Sense says:

    Trump inaugural committee paid $26 million to friend of first lady Melania Trump. Can you see WHY he hates the Media?? Yep….because they Call him on his Antics!

  30. conservative says:

    When I lived in Shasta county, I planted basil and tomato seeds this time of year in the sunniest window. For many years, a heavy growth of aphids weakened the plants. Washing aphids off with water and using insecticidal soap worked partly. A small spider web at the top corner of the window had aphid mummies and the web and spiders grew. Using a paintbrush, I carefully moved a spider and some web into the container with seedlings. Excellent aphid control. Steve Zion, regular guest on the Sunday KFBK Farmer Fred radio show and I exchanged emails and he endorsed this.

    For many years, pantry moths infected food in my kitchen cabinets. Putting the container in the freezer and transferring to the fridge as space required was partly successful. After my tomatoes and basil were ready to move outside, I transferred 2-3 spiders to the top shelf of the kitchen cabinet where I store things seldom used. No more pantry moths.

    Integrated pest management works for me!

  31. Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    Don’t say I wrote this, but I harbor spiders in my home. I do transport wolf spiders outside though. I will try your ideas Conservative. We don’t use any pesticides around here so we have a lot of insects, salamanders, lizards and birds. Something to eat for even the tiny new lizards.

  32. cheyenne says:

    In ancient times, before Big Chemical, Chinese farmers would build tiny shelters in their fields in the fall where spiders would seek hibernation. In the Spring when the bugs appeared millions of starving spiders would also appear to munch on the buffet. The original Organic gardens.

    • Common Sense says:

      Very Interesting fact Cheyenne!…..They are ahead of the curve there. We here in the USA go out and buy a poison to kill everything and then another poison to off set that one….back to basics and living close to the earth is my way of thinking and doing! Big Pharma can into Existence as did all these pesticides as a way to use all those Chemicals after the War!

      The Chinese use Herbs and natural medicines….they have it right in my opinion! Use RX’s Only AFTER the natural medicines don’t work….as a last result!

  33. Marc Carter says:

    In his first year as president, he said 44 times that the Russia probe was a hoax perpetrated by Democrats. I don’t think he’s saying that exactly, now. Does anyone have an idea how he might try to explain receiving the tons of support from them for well over 18 months plus the meetings, the phone calls, and visits? The social media manipulation stuff alone was costing over a million a month during the campaign.

    I wonder what he’ll say when the next set of indictments roll in.

    • Common Sense says:

      Wait till we get to the financial crimes part Marc…..It Ain’t going to be pretty! That’s the only way to make a point….Seize all the Assets bought with the funny money….Manafort might learn that one the “Hard” way if he doesn’t flip here REAL soon! The get out of Jail cards are Just about to Expire!

      Mueller is playing 4 Dimensional Chess here….Trump is looking for his checkers….they call them the “Intelligence” Community for a Reason.

  34. Common Sense says:

    And some laughed 7-8 months ago about my Cyber Warfare statement……

  35. Tim says:


    Attempting to influence public opinion by hiring internet trolling to post on facebook is a far cry from “hacking the election.” Especially when the other campaign hired its own foreign agent to attempt to influence public opinion.

  36. cheyenne says:

    Russian bronze medalist in curling suspected of doping. Trump must have done it. LOL.

  37. Common Sense says:

    From Bust to Boom…how one California City Opened up their minds and changed the City for the better!

    • cheyenne says:

      CS, if you look at the pictures in your link all the grows are indoors as they are in Colorado. Shasta County growers need to open their minds and grow indoors like all those million dollar grows elsewhere.

      • Common Sense says:

        It’s the only choice you have in the “Regulated” Market….they don’t allow Outdoor. Well unless they do in Colorado?

        • cheyenne says:

          Regulated means legalized. I have not seen where any state, I am mostly familiar with Colorado and Arizona, allow outdoor growing. The nearest thing would be in greenhouses. The states are concerned about security around MJ farms. A person, according to the rules, could open an indoor MJ farm in Redding if they registered it, paid the fees, had a background check done, and allowed inspectors to enter at any time to inspect. That is the way it is done everywhere else, why should Redding be any different?

  38. conservative says:

    Kindergarten and first grade teachers should do better screening for fetal alcohol syndrome. It is better for a boy to repeat kindergarten than fail to learn in primary grades and end up on psychotropic drugs. An extra year or two of maturity can be an advantage overcoming fetal alcohol syndrome.

    Russian orphanage children have an extremely high incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome.

    Some children, especially some boys, need more discipline.

  39. cheyenne says:

    I’ll make my prediction for 2018 though it actually started in 2016. As I have posted I wrote in Mitt Romney in the 2016 presidential election. I had a letters to the editor article printed on Anews about what a Mitt Romney presidency could do for the country, it did bring out the Mormon haters. Now Romney has all but been handed a senatorial seat from Utah. The moderate GOP is backing him all the way. In all likely hood he will be the 2020 Republican candidate for president. I also predict that the Democrat presidential candidate will be Joe Biden. Either man would unite the country so it will be a tough choice that could come down to their running mate. I predict that Romney’s running mate will be Jeff Flake. I do not know who Biden would choose, possibly retiring Colorado Governor Hickenlooper.

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