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Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Watched the video and only saw great recreation in a beautiful natural setting. Missed the all the destruction and raping of resources by the MTB'rs. If riding your bike down a mountain constitutes the "rough treatment of nature" then I guess I'm guilty of manhandling mother nature.

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Posted by Harry_Balzonya on 07/06/2015 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfshost.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtb_dangerous.htm .

For more information: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtbfaq.htm .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/01/2015 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Constant Gardener

Please Please,more Rupert Penry-Jones ... I love this very skilled actors work and soooo lovely to watch!

Posted by Diana Duran on 06/25/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Private Impressions

We are so glad there is a local Edward Degas show!

-Village Art Supply
Santa Rosa

Posted by Bank Wizus on 06/22/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Dolby Days

I need to get my hands on a Desciples of Ed tape. Any suggestions?

Posted by Wood on 06/20/2015 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Return to Form

CONCERT IS SATURDAY, JUNE 20 (ARTICLE SAYS FRIDAY)

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Posted by Lynda LeMole on 06/17/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Return to Form

Go for it Beau..... with best from Tad Mann

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Posted by A.t. Mann on 06/17/2015 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Tea for Two

When you bringing it East? I'll never forget that day in Erbil...

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Posted by Bill Shortell on 05/22/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Funny Stuff

That's more of a summary than a review.

Posted by GlassMonkey on 05/20/2015 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Funny Stuff

One man, two GUVNORS...

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Posted by David Urquhart on 05/20/2015 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Flying Through Glass

Read a write up about this great poetry reading at http://haroldnorse.com/1707

Posted by HaroldNorse on 05/10/2015 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Hip Couture

LOVE suzy's pretty dresses, look her up on instagram!!

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Posted by aaa on 05/06/2015 at 1:46 PM

Re: “True Blues

It's not that the fans don't want new recordings, it's the radio DJ's that haven't given them much play with new discs. We fans would love a new recording once a month I'm sure!! However, as you said, Gillian, Justin and John, I believe, will continue to give us something new as time and effort permit. They are so busy touring right now and then Justin will be doing a solo tour across the Northeast that it's hard to find time to record. However, Justin has said he believes he has at least one more CD to publish that will give him a chance to express his own personal feelings - something he can't do under The Moody Blues name. And John has said that he is planning something really special for the 50th anniversary of DOFP in 2017! Plus next year will be the official 50th anniversary of this incarnation of The Moody Blues. So who knows what's ahead? I would just start saving my money for something spectacular from this legendary band with fans all over the world! SIWL, Arline

Posted by Justin Fan 1 on 05/02/2015 at 8:09 AM

Re: “True Blues

It is a shame that they feel that new works by themselves is not what fans want but I suppose as long as Justin and John can release new material to know that there is still something new to give and express even after all these years. Maybe to celebrate 50 years in 2017 they could come up with something extra special that would be fantastic! PLEASE!! love Gillian

Posted by Gillian Alcock on 04/22/2015 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Bury the Problem

Biochar systems have so many market applications yet to be cultivated; "Carbon Fodder" feeds for Livestock in the EU, Australia & Japan, Plant Chemical Communications, (plant signaling), even Char building materials such as Biochar-Plasters which block Cellphone signals, the potential markets are massive.

CoolPlanet's investors & CEOs project (assert) that they will be the first Trillion Dollar Company, based on their $1.50/Gal. cost to produce Bio-Gasoline. Biochar the by product.

For a complete review of the current science & industry applications of Biochar please see my 2014 Soil Science Society of America Biochar presentation. How thermal conversion technologies can integrate and optimize the recycling of valuable nutrients while providing energy and building soil carbon, I believe it brings together both sides of climate beliefs.
A reconciling of both Gods' and mans' controlling hands. Agricultural Geo - Engineering; Past, Present & FutureAcross scientific disciplines carbons are finding new utility to solve our most vexing problems
2014 SSSA Presentation;Agricultural Geo-Engineering; Past, Present & Future. https://www.soils.org/files/am/ecosystems/kinght.pdf

Posted by Erich J. Knight on 04/17/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Iconic Opening

I'm disappointed. I've been pretty excited about the opening of the Art Museum of Sonoma County only to find out that admission to its Studio 54 themed party, complete with red carpet, is $200/$175, if you're a member. I'm not wanting to go for the soirée but for some art in my neck of the woods. I didn't see a "normal" cost of admission for the exhibit that runs through May 24th in this article or via their website. Way to isolate a lot of us, especially the starving artist. Sheesh!

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Posted by Ro on 04/10/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Crazy Christmas Carol

Years ago, when the girls were little, we acquired a box of children's records, and this record was in it. We sang it over and over, amazed that it even existed. I've hunted for it again, but it has disappeared in the turnover of the years. I'm so glad to find it again! Thank you!

Posted by Karen Jives on 04/10/2015 at 6:46 AM

Re: “So Long

I'm glad that the Bopeemian did a story on Matt. He was a really influential person. He definitely touched me.

I'm still going to say Bopeemian though, since that's my jam.

Matt, you are missed. Facebook went nuts for you.

Let's try to go nuts for each other with better timing in the future. Ok?

Thanks ladykiller Charlie! <3

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Posted by andrewapeterson on 04/09/2015 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Pretty Theft

It's always struck me as odd that ppl in Santa Rosa won't drive from Montgomery Village to Railroad Square to see a show, because "It's too far". But plenty will travel to SF and points beyond.

Posted by Chris Alexander on 04/03/2015 at 11:20 PM

Re: “'Fresno' Bound

We saw these delightful guys at SHED when they performed during a West Coast Live show. They are really really good...give them a look see and find out for yourselves.

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Posted by Marlene Alves on 04/01/2015 at 4:59 PM

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