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Re: “Isolation Row

Torture. Sadistic, immature, bullies with badges and Tazers and guns, but no training to de-escalate situations, empathize, as with the responsive mentally-ill inmates deposited in jails and prisons in lieu of treatment and plans to mitigate problem behaviors prior to re-releasing the suffering back into society.

Honor, integrity, restraint, empathy, respect for humanity, civil liberties, life, are abundantly rare in law enforcement. Screening new applicants for law enforcement jobs ignores "character" and "ethics" and training could be summed up as "We, the Blue Badges, are brothers and sisters. It's us against the citizens. all shady criminals where our infidelities and vices are just products of the stress of a dangerous job. At all times, remember, back your fellow law enforcement officer, get your stories straight, lie and fudge if needed to justify anything and everything your eyes witnessed or your ears heard, sympathy and reflection are weakness. You are part of a team. A gang. Everyone up and down the chain including the District Attorney and FBI and Internal Affairs...has your back. You are better than the riff-raff which is why you have a badge and a gun and a license to kill. And your culture doesn't just disdain officers snitching on fellow officerrs, it resolutely demands lying to cover the lies of your colleagues. Best of all, you will be rewarded for lying, and never held accountable. When I grow up, I want to be in law enforcement. Now hand over your lunch money.

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Posted by hiredgun56 on 12/16/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Teachable Moment

Wall Street vs CA schools budget. Confused by the comparison. The governor has a $6B surplus, march in Sac first. Stop focusing on observers and start negotiating the salaries since the contract isn't even up yet. You'd get 2.5% now and likely another 2.5% in June if you'd get to the table. You're harming yourselves over principle (right or wrong).

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Posted by listen to all sides on 12/11/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Hog Heaven

Great article, thank you. I wish my name was spelled correctly though..

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Posted by Tony Incontro on 11/24/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Hog Heaven

Great article Stett!!!

Thanks for the inside information it was a pleasure to read it and be a tiny part of that story.
I know Tim very well......

I live in the Netherlands and the 8 pregnant sows came to me from the Mangalica Farm in Hungary, (from Péter Tóth, President of the Hungarian Mangalica Breeder Organization) from all different bloodlines. They gave birth in my quarantine stable, and I cared for the 50 piglets during almost 3 months. The 18 best- 10 reds & 8 blonde were selected for the States and 8 of the reds went to Tim in California. He is one of the most dedicated breeders I know!!! Tim truly loves the breed and he is willing to sacrifice all that is needed to establish a healthy breeding base in America with Wilhelm Kohl of Pure Mangalitsa, Michigan.

Tim works closely with Pure Mangalitsa in Michigan, who arranged the first import of original Hungarian live-stock to the states. They are also the ones who did the first import of the blonde Mangalitsa from Austria in 2010.
Until the beginning of this year, (2014) it was not possible to get breeding stock from the Hungarian herd-book because the Mangalitsa is a protected breed in Hungary, so no breeding material was allowed to leave Hungary.

It took Wilhelm Kohl almost 2 years to build a stable relationship with the Hungarian Mangalica Breeder Organization before they agreed with the first export of Mangalica ever!! So what we see here is also a very important moment of Mangalitsa history, written in our days. Most people don't know this......but I guess it’s interesting for some..

The other 2 reds are in Michigan at the Mangalitsa-base farm, "Pure Mangalitsa," as well as the 6 blonde......2 of the blondes went to Atlanta to Justin King's Farm.

Pure Mangalitsa has a unique position in the US when it comes to the original Hungarian lines, they are the only ones that have the contracts for importing these "Royal Hungarian Mangalitsa’s” to the States. Why Royal? The Mangalitsa was in the beginning of the breed (1833) only bred for the Habsburg dynasty ....so it's truly a pig for Royalty!

Greets from the Netherlands, Barbara Meyer zu Altenschildesche, „Mangalitza Breed“

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Posted by Mangalitza Breed on 11/23/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Hog Heaven

nothing like stupid comments from people who know nothing about raising pigs..or nature for that matter....guess they'd rather have seen the breed go extinct. The reality is that you can't maintain the species without having a meat program since 1). pigs are very prolific, and 2). only the best genetics are bred. In nature, with predation, that's how hardy breeds are maintained. Without apex predtors, man assumes that role.

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Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 11/23/2014 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Hog Heaven

Completely disgusting..

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Posted by Lisa Soldavini on 11/20/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Light Fantastic

Hi There,

Great to see this story in the Bohemian. Last month I attended the memorial for my uncle, J. Woodland Hastings, a marine biochemist who dedicated his entire life to the study of these amazing critters. Uncle Woody died in August.

Anyway, you can read more about his life's work, some of which formed the basis for some of the practical applications of his discoveries mentioned in the story. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/science/j-w-hastings-87-a-pioneer-in-bioluminescence-research-dies.html?_r=2

And the book he co-authored about bioluminescence, published in 2013, is available at amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bioluminescence-Living-Lights/dp/0674067169
It is somewhat technical here and there but mostly a very fun read for those interested in bioluminescence.

-Woody Hastings, Sebastopol

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Posted by Woody Hastings on 11/19/2014 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Hog Heaven

disgusting

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Posted by Compassion on 11/19/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

Nicolette, I don't care if one eats meat or not, but after nearly 45 years of not eating meat I would never change. Raised 3 healthy children who as adults remain vegetarian.
Adequate protein and B12 were never a problem and done without meat, supplements or vitamins. Since discovering Macrobiotics I have never looked back. At 70 years old I remain healthy, active and drug free. Can the same be said for meat eaters?

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Posted by MrNatural on 11/12/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

A Well-Fed World specifically makes the connection about the harm caused by the "livestock" industry on global hunger and food security. www.awfw.org/scarcity-vs-distribution

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Posted by Dawn L. Moncrief on 11/03/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Debriefer: October 22, 2014

Being a nudist, that's nice. Meet more nudists on nudistfriendfinder.org

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Posted by nudistfriendfinder on 10/29/2014 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

The premise that ecologists have followed is that animals cause soil degradation and desertification due to over grazing. Based on this premise, Savory (with the support of all the other ecologists in his country) made the tragic mistake of removing elephants from the landscape. Savory acknowledges this tragedy and that he'll take this mistake to his grave.

What happened though without the elephants is that desertification got a lot worse. What Savory learned is that the elephants and large grazers were and are essential in preventing desertification and that animals are an essential part of maintaining grassland ecosystems. 2/3 of the earth non-submerged area is grasslands.

In America, the near extermination of bison took those large ruminants out of the ecosystem. Abolitionist vegans now want to further degrade ecosystems by doing away with grass fed cattle and other livestock. But despite misinformed editorials claiming that Savory's methods don't work, the proof is in the implementation with over 40 milion acres on 5 continents utilziing holistic management methods producing results.

Here are two excellent videos showing the methods and benefits of proper management and soil sequestion. Anyone who dismisses what Savory has been accomplishing is simply blinded by his or her food religion and has not spoken with any ranchers using these methods

The Soil Solution to Climate Change - http://t.co/SJpHvU4vFg
Soil Carnon Cowboys - http://vimeo.com/80518559


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Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 10/27/2014 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Eat More Beef

"This concept of cattle as agents of environmental remediation, and much of the intellectual underpinnings of Hahn Niman's analysis, is based on the work of Allan Savory."

Savory, responsible for the killing of 40,000 elephants because, he claimed, they were destroying the Savannah, now advocates the breeding of cattle to restore that same land, has never provided any reproducible data to back up his claims. His assertions are rebuked here: http://bit.ly/asavory and here: http://bit.ly/1zdoedf

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Posted by Kamal S Prasad on 10/26/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

She actually argues that eating meat is not morally wrong, and that it can be part of a health diet along with being a positive towards our environment versus the projected view that all meat production is a negative impact on our environment. Are you willing to acknowledge that humans have been eating meat since evolution formed modern man, and that our ancestral roots also come from meat eaters? Is the hawk immoral? What about the cat, dog, snake, salmon, bear, raccoon, hummingbird, etc.? How do you feel about wind turbines, hybrid cars, trains, plant farming, etc. killing countless animals everyday? I understand the point you are trying to make, animals feel pain (agreed) and that should be respected (again, I agree). But you are living in a fantasy utopia where death is not part of how our world operates, some animals/plants die so others may live. Should we do everything possible to make sure animals who are being raised for food are treated with respect and raised as humanly as possible, I say emphatically yes. Should they be slaughtered (processed for the PC crowd) humanly, without a doubt. If the author chooses to raise animals humanly and in a sustainable fashion, makes sure they are slaughtered humanly but still chooses to be a vegetarian that is her choice, and should not be used as an argument for why you dismiss everything she states in her article as bullshit just because you have a different opinion, what happened to using science to form an opinion instead of letting emotions skew your take on facts.

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Posted by Fisch on 10/26/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

....What? This entire article, her entire ARGUMENT is full of paradox after paradox. She doesn't eat meat, and she "feels too strongly" about animals to eat them, but she argues FOR EATING MEAT??????? Am I the only one that realizes this is all complete bullshit? If animals didn't have feelings, if it wasn't WRONG to kill animal, if it didn't cause them pain, why would she cry and weep for them? This is so ridiculous. This entire article is bullshit. I am so through with irrational justifications. I cannot wait until a meat-eater with decent arguments actually arrives and gives me something to think about.

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Posted by Nataya Foss on 10/26/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Eat More Beef

The author's points are well taken; we've let agribusiness take us into a horrible realm where the livestock is basically tortured in the name of efficiency. And we already know the damage done by intensive industrial farming, the vegetables starved of nutrients, crops modified to absorb more pesticides, the Amazon cleared for soybean production...
So why not eat eggs and meat and fowl provided by small, preferably local producers - just as we try to do with produce, baked goods, etc?

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Posted by leslie 2 on 10/25/2014 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Eat More Beef

Nothing sensational at all, the author cites scientific reports to debunk all the myths that are being passed off as "science." maybe you should read the books as well its footnotes before making such ill informed comments. Besides any introductory environmental course that doesn't understand the carbon cycle, ecosystems and soil health really isn't a very good one. Diets that require a lot of transportation for out of season produce don't have small carbon foot prints.

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Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 10/24/2014 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Debriefer: October 22, 2014

asset forfeiture purposes."as they say is just another way for law officers to take what you have and keep it even with no charges being laid. This his happening to more & more people and a stop should be made to it. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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Posted by Robert Palmer on 10/23/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

Oh, her case has absolutely nothing to do with her bank account, I promise. /s Sad, sensationalist piece that panders to the meat-loving crowd. What exactly qualifies this lady to call out a mass of scientifically published journals/reports as "flimsy science"? If this is the route the bohemian is going to take with such an impending issue, please cite sources.

Even the text used at the JC's introductory class for environmental science states that the best way to lessen your carbon footprint is to adopt a plant-based diet.

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Posted by Matty Womp on 10/23/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Eat More Beef

Not Harming Animals: What reasons cited by the author make no sense?

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Posted by Stett Holbrook on 10/23/2014 at 9:53 AM

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