Thursday, July 30, 2015

Yet Another Damned Political Quiz

I don't believe I've seen this one before. Another one of those quizzes that supposedly tells you where you are politically. The comments on the Facebook post over this seemed skeptical. It does seem rather odd to have liberalism square in the center, but it worked out pretty well for me.

The star marked "You" is where I landed. My score's description: "You're on the right and libertarian quadrant of the political spectrum! You prize individualism and personal liberty above all else. You believe in private property and the free market. You tend to be patriotic but you're sceptical of the state and you find little to no value in government institutions. You believe that success depends on the individual's ability to pull themselves up by their own boot straps and take advantage of the opportunities they have. You see taxes as a form of oppression and you believe that the greatest threat to freedom is big government. You believe in a society of independent and hard-working individuals who take care of themselves. You want big brother out of your bedroom, out of your bank account, and off your property!"

Eureka Police Homeless Policy Poll

The Eureka Police blog has a poll asking what you think the proper course for homeless policy should be. As I write this just over 65% chose "Focused Enforcement". I seem to be the only one that chose "Not Sure".

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Not Quite Warp Drive

The Telegraph reports on what looks like a promising development in space travel. An electromagnetic drive developed over 15 years ago, but ridiculed, is being looked at now as feasible. It uses solar power to generate microwaves which generate thrust. 

Considered akin to the Impulse Drive of Star Trek lore, it will make space travel much faster than it is now. They believe it could get someone to the moon in around four hours, Mars in 70 days. That would take out one of the biggest barriers I've always felt prohibited man from making a serious effort to land on Mars. Current plans would take as long as six months to get there.

Neat stuff. My only question now is what if there isn't solar power available if you're too far away from our sun or another star?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Returning Library Books

A lady writes to the Times- Standard about her vandalized library book. Apparently she had a friend return it for her. The friend gave it to the guy in line in front of her as he agreed to return it. She ends up getting a bill for $20.00 from the library for a wet book. How that happened, who knows, but she should have just used the drop box as a comment to the letter suggested.

That reminds me of my own returned book story from back in the early '80s. That was back when the library was in the basement of the courthouse where the Court Clerk's office is now. I used to go in there fairly often.

I'd gone back in to get more books and return one I was done with. Back then, when you'd have a book to return, you'd just set it on the front counter where there was a sign saying to leave returned books. I dropped the book off, then went to look for some other ones. There was a librarian sitting within four feet of where I left the book.

Next time I went in, the librarian dude tells me I have a book overdue. It's the one I left on the counter last time. I told him I set it right on the counter where I was supposed to and he was sitting right there. He said they had no record of it being returned but seemed as if he believed me. I even went to where it was on the shelf in case someone had put it back and just missed recording it. Nope. The book was nowhere to be found. Somebody must have taken it.

I guess the guy believed me. They never charged me for the book.

The name of the book? I believe it was External Security and dealt with retail security and ways to stop thieves from ripping off stores.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Washington Post Does Bees

The Washington Post has a story on Colony Collapse Disorder of honeybees similar to the one I posted here a while back. It's no surprise to see a couple comments to the story suggesting the story is some sort of conspiracy by the Koch brothers, just as we read here. 

More reinforcement for my claim that people believe the "science" that fits their ideology and overall worldview. It's a glass half full vs. glass half empty, or worse, depending on what role private industry has in the issue.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lost Coast Outpost Radio News

I listen to KMUD radio while driving around at work. After beer o'clock, while out in my garage, I listen to whatever that 105.5 FM station is. The Lost Coast Outpost does a super brief news announcement every half hour or hour on 105.5. What gets me is it's always the same story- someone gets arrested, or a big pot bust, over and over.

I can't blame them for my probably having read that same story online. I do wonder if they have to always feature the same story probably four times the whole time I'm listening. They usually have more than one story on their web site. Can't they or the radio station feature more than one?

Rant over.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Lost Dog

I told myself I'd never play the Good Samaritan with lost dogs again after an experience I had years ago. I couldn't help myself yesterday. 

I was out on the sidewalk by my truck when a golden retriever type of dog showed up a few feet away on the corner. He was skittish and seemed confused, darting back and forth. He came closer and then started to run out into E street. This was just before 4pm when there's a lot of traffic. I called to the dog and got him to come back to the sidewalk. Then I grabbed a dog biscuit from the truck and coaxed him close enough to grab his collar.

Sweet dog but seemed frightened. I found a couple phone numbers on a tag on his collar. I tied a nylon strap I had in the truck to his collar and tied the other end to the water faucet pipe by our front porch. I tried calling the numbers on his collar. No answer on one, voice mail message on the other. I left a message. 

Didn't get a call back right away and had told myself if I don't get one I'm letting the dog go once the traffic on E street calms down. Perhaps he can then find his own way home? Then I tried calling animal control and see if they could come get the dog to hold him until we can find the owner.

I guess Eureka doesn't have any dog catchers anymore. Phone book said to call the County Animal Shelter. I called the Shelter. A waste of time. Got some recording that eventually told me to call a number if my situation wasn't one of those mentioned. No mention of what to do if you have a found animal, or maybe I missed it? I called the other number, which turned out the be the Humboldt Sheriff's Office. Another recording saying to call 911 if it's an emergency. For other business call back between 8am to 4pm. Waste of time again.

By this time I figured the owners must have gotten my one voicemail, but I tried again, desperate. I don't want to let the dog go, but it's not spending the night here. Been there, done that. I called my neighbor Julie. She might be able to help, and might be able to recognize the dog as the one in the enclosure at a house a block away. I wasn't sure.

Julie comes right over. She doesn't recognize the dog. She sends a text message to one of the numbers we'd been calling. I'm hinting at putting the dog in her enclosed back yard. She won't fall for that but takes a picture of the dog to post on the Nextdoor Neighborhood web site, then leaves to go post it.

Maybe 15 minutes later my bum nephew comes over and doesn't seem happy with seeing the dog in my garage. That motivates him to call one of the numbers we had, again. Lo and behold, someone answers. She'd just got home from work and didn't know if her dog was missing. She checks and says she'll be right over. Within five minutes she comes and gets the dog. I asked her where she lived. Yep. Huntoon and F Streets. That was the dog after all.

I got my tablet and checked the Nextdoor Neighborhood web site. The announcement and photo of the lost dog was already up. I made a quick post that the owner had been found. Problem solved. All's well that ends well.

Update: Just after 8am this morning I got a call from the Animal Shelter. I'd forgotten I'd left a message. I guess they are there, but only from 8 to 4.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Staples Moving To Bayshore Mall

The Times- Standard reports Staples is moving to the Bayshore Mall after being at Eureka Mall for who knows how long. I'm betting they don't last long there and can't understand why they'd want to move. Not too big a deal to me personally as I rarely shop there. This almost guarantees I won't be going there even that much.

Supes Dealing With County Pension Problems

The Times- Standard did a good job explaining the county's employee pension liabilities. It's good to see the Board of Supervisors have publicly recognized the problem and are considering action to deal with it. Establishing the trust fund to help pay the debt sounds the best to me. 

Next question: Has the City of Eureka been doing anything to deal with their pension debt?