I'm a Libertarian living in Humboldt County, CA. I've lived here in Eureka since 1973 and joined the Libertarian Party in 1992. This blog will mostly focus on local political issues, but I may stray into state and national issues as well, when I can't help myself. Please post your comments by clicking on the "comments" link at the bottom of each post. Although I do moderate comments, you need not be a registered user to post them.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
How The Hell Did They Do That?
I went into Occupational Environmental Health and Drug Screening to get my blood drawn on Wednesday. Gotta love it! $53.00 for a bunch of tests and I was in and out of there in no more than 20 minutes. It usually takes a week or so for the results to come back as testing is done out of state. This time I was surprised, if not amazed. I had the blood drawn at around 8:30 Wednesday morning. I got my results in the mail Saturday just after noon- three and a half days. How the hell did they do that? I know FedEx can get the samples to Minneapolis (or wherever it is they send it) overnight. Still, I would think it would take at least another day for it to get to the lab and probably most of another day to test and process the results. That would be to Friday, I would think. Then it would take a few days for them to mail me the results. Heck, it takes 2 or 3 days to send mail locally most of the time. This took 4 days from start to finish. HOW THE HELL DID THEY DO THAT SO FAST??? I'm going to have to remember to call them on Monday and ask.
Some of you might remember about 6 months ago I went in there for a blood draw and they told me, because I had insurance, they wouldn't even let me pay cash. They're over that now, having settled the insurance company problem, although they have signs up saying they don't take Blue Cross anymore. The lady who took my blood explained it to me, although I can't quite exactly remember the last half of it: Some lady came in and paid cash for a blood draw, then filed a claim with her insurance company. This is where I'm a bit confused but apparently the insurance company insisted the office refund the lady some money- more money than the lady paid to begin with. The office said No Way. Thus began the big insurance squabble where they ended up severing their contract with Anthem/Blue Cross.
I don't think they ever accepted insurance for blood draws, but you could always file a claim with your insurance company on your own.
Every now and then the camera they have set up at the Humboldt Bay Eagle nest gets some great pictures. I believe this one is recent. Pretty cool, huh? Join the Humboldt Bay Eagles Facebook group for more.
When the subject of same- sex marriage is brought up, most libertarians I've heard from suggest getting The State out of the marriage business altogether. Reason magazine looks at a proposal in Oklahoma to do just that...kinda. A Republican state representative, in reaction to legalization of same- sex marriage in the state, wants to protect court clerks from having to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. His proposal would require couples to get married by a priest or other religious official. Those who couldn't do that simply file with the court clerk for common law marriage. Sounds good enough to me. I wrote here long ago that since a surprising number of people think marriage is a religious thing, maybe we should let the churches have the word. Others, not interested in any religious aspect, could simply file as some sort of domestic living contract, civil union, or whatever you want to call it. So long as they're otherwise treated equally under the law, where's the problem?
Nextdoor is a place where you get all your neighbors to sign up so you can share information about the neighborhood. I forget how long ago I tried it. You were supposed to outline your neighborhood on a map, then try to contact everyone in that area and have them join. I wasn't sure just what I'd do with something like that but it seemed a worthy idea.
I went ahead and tried to start up a neighborhood group. I figured mine would extend maybe two blocks east and west, and two or three north and south. Nextdoor said that wasn't big enough to get enough members and you have to have a certain number of members for them to accept your neighborhood.
I went ahead and kept expanding it to the point I had areas included I didn't really feel were my neighborhood and they finally accepted. Then I tried getting members. I forget how many members I came up short but never made critical mass. I just let it wither on the vine, then gave up altogether when they kept bugging me about ways to get more people.
I forgot about it entirely until yesterday when my next door neighbor sent me an e-mail inviting me to join a new group. This one is the "Henderson Center" neighborhood, but it seems to extend well beyond what I consider Henderson Center. There's one post by someone down past Eureka High School. Whatever. I signed up and got the neighbors behind me to sign up. We're still 6 members short to it becoming an accepted group. I see from the posts already on the group how it could be useful, despite being a larger area than I'd want. One lady, down near the high school tells of being burglarized. Another tells of a lost cat that was found. Julie, the gal behind me commented on what she felt was a suspicious vehicle parked for a while near her house.
Those are things would be good to get out to the neighbors. I'd like to post a picture of a couple cats that hang around our house to see if anyone knows who they belong to. Now we'll see if we can get enough members. Six more needed and I just thought of two more prospects. If you live anywhere near Henderson Center, feel free to join. If not, maybe consider starting up a site for your own neighborhood.
Update: After checking out the Nextdoor page further, it seems the Eureka High School area isn't the same neighborhood. You just get info from other neighborhoods should you choose to. By default, you do, but you can choose which ones you want info from. The Henderson Center neighborhood is pretty small. It might be the same one I started.
There's also a map that shows other neighborhoods such as Westside, Cooper Heights, Hodgson Street and so on. Myrtletown could probably use one.
There's a new, apprentice barber in town offering free "buzz cuts" according to Craigslist. This is that Barber Center on the corner of Grotto and E streets in Eureka. The place run by what I normally call the loneliest barber in town. Looks like he has some help now. Seriously. Most barber shops I've seen have at least one customer waiting to be taking care of. Drive by this place and, nine times out of ten, he's sitting in the barber chair reading the paper. I've seen him playing with a laptop lately. I've gone to him two or three times. He's ok, but nothing there that really makes me want to go back. I'm tempted to go get me a free buzz cut. Wouldn't bother me to have what little hair I have left buzzed off.
Correction: I blew it! The Barber Center isn't at Grotto and E Streets. It's on Henderson. Different places a couple blocks apart. It was the last comment that made me realize the mistake. No way the guy at Grotto and E could have been barbering for 25 years. He's too young.
Steve Greenhut takes a look at a state proposal to help businesses in dealing with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is one law by a Democrat that I'll support, although it doesn't go far enough. If I'm reading it right, it just allows businesses more time to make themselves ADA compliant and would base fines on actual "harm" rather than generic violations. Greenhut mentions at the beginning a business in Sacramento sued for ADA non- compliance but it was in a building so old to make compliance extremely difficult, if not impossible. That business moved to a different building. As far as I'm concerned they shouldn't have had to.
Older businesses like that should be exempt from the ADA. This proposal doesn't seem to address that.
Tim Martin is spot on in his commentary on overprotective parents (and "authorities"). We are getting more and more overprotective of kids. When I was a kid we'd go out and play, letting whatever happened happen. Yep, every now and then someone might get a cut, bruise or broken bone, but we survived and learned to be more careful next time.
I didn't have to walk far to elementary school as we lived less than half a block from it, but my friends and I would walk about two miles every day to junior high school and back. We had fun going each way. I've known parents nowadays that drive their kids to schools only a few blocks away. That's always seemed rather odd to me. We keep hearing of more and more cases like this one where parents get hassled by authorities for such things as letting their kids walk home alone from a park or playground. I suspect we'll be seeing even more of that, and it won't be beneficial to either kids or society.
It's never too early to show your support proclaims a classified ad on Craigslist's Politics section. I'm wondering if the writer is really supporting incumbent Estelle Fennell? If nothing else, what's with the statement "It's time to start outlawing all these guns."?
Is Estelle Fennell really anti- gun? If she is, it's the first I've heard of it, and why bring it up in a county supes race up here?