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Re: “It's Yellow Journalism

My kind of article. I learned alot. Love mustard!

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 01/29/2014 at 5:29 PM

Re: “A Better Discipline

Restorative Resources is a great organization + we are lucky to have it here in Sonoma County. Another local organization, Center for Restorative Process, provides a curriculum + trains facilitators to help schools build a positive culture based on the values of restorative justice. This includes positive support for problem-solving and community building before things get to the stage of needing restorative justice intervention. See, where you can download a curriculum + training manual for free. Experience shows that building this kind of foundation also helps to support positive outcomes when student behavior escalates to where restorative justice intervention is needed. Thanks!

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Posted by mishara on 01/26/2014 at 7:16 PM

Re: “A Better Discipline

I know many young adults who would benefit from programs like that. The hard part is getting them interested.

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Posted by Thefatherfigure on 01/25/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Long Overdue

There's plenty of wasted tax money in this area that could easily cover the costs of keeping the library open more. One example is marijuana arrests. It's better spend money on reinforcing positive habits that to suppress negative habits. That technique almost never works – look at the war on drugs. Look a child who was NEVER allowed to eat candy or sweets. Whenever she could, she binged on those foods, and ended up overweight with an eating disorder. I personally wanted to only eat candy when I was 6 years old - and my parents let me! I lasted a day. Since that instance, I rarely eat candy.
Spend money on the library and library programs, and our town will use it.

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Posted by Sammy Vanek on 01/21/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Beyond Counting Sheep

Movie : Wolves of Wall Street..Leonard DeCaprio actor.....Same story about sales and being convincing...

Posted by Brad Pipal on 01/21/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The Straight Dope

It's no wonder so many can't see through the fog of ego bashing and misinformation to find the truth about cannabis. We are restrained by government controls and/or ignorance so science has a difficult time getting funding so they can give us the straight goods.

If however, we become ill or stressed beyond our limits and try this wonderful healing plant for ourselves all the controversy fads into the background as we realize we have found something very special, we take a deep pain free breath and we know the truth.

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Posted by Metatron on 01/19/2014 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Beyond Counting Sheep

I can only sleep after I jack off - Sincerely, Chris J. Robert

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Posted by Chris J. Robert on 01/15/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “The No-Workout Workout

Thanks for this article - very interesting!

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Posted by Scamperwillow on 01/15/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “So Long, 2013!

I concur w/ Thomas re the women who spoke addressing the effect that Mr. Carrillo's conduct has had on them and those they know. It was incredibly brave of them and very emotionally wrenching to not only hear their stories vis-a-vis Efren's actions, but the lasting impact of fear that permeates their lives forever after. This is not a fairy tale and should not be swept away.

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Posted by Marsha Vas Dupre on 01/01/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “So Long, 2013!

Bravo to all of the contributors to this piece. You did a great job summarizing some of the most important issues which garnered the spotlight and captured the imaginations of the people of Sonoma County last year. But I must clarify something. You report that Ms. Darling says that nobody is talking about the effect that Mr. Carrillo's conduct has had on women. This is not entirely true. While I (and others) perceived a dearth of outcry of shock and disgust from the women in this county for a time after this shameful incident occurred, that all changed at the second meeting held by the Citizens for Accountability which was held at the Sebastopol Grange a week before Thanksgiving. At that time, several women, one by one, got up out of their chairs, bravely faced the members of the large crowd and spoke of their own past unrelated experiences and how hearing about Mr. Carrillo's reprehensible conduct in the early morning hours of July 13, 2013, violated their right to feel safe in their own home. Then at the third meeting held by the Citizens for Accountability, several women once again rose up out of their chairs, took the mic and expressed similar feelings. Also, it should be pointed out that I and others have been raising this issue since Day One of this incident; in fact, I wrote a letter to this publication, which was published, identifying the REAL victim as the woman who, at 3:40 in the morning on July 13, 2013, was so terrified by Efren Carrillo's actions that she found it necessary to call 9-1-1 not once, but TWICE. I will reiterate once again that I stand with this victim and hope that she will avail herself of each and every opportunity which may become available to her in her personal pursuit of justice. And it is my sincere hope that she is receiving the support that she needs to get her through this most trying time.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 01/01/2014 at 11:17 AM

Re: “The Anchor-Outs

I live on the anchorage its a really nice life stlye

Posted by Taylor on 12/18/2013 at 3:30 AM

Re: “George Takei's New Trek

George is also active in the Japanese American Community, producing a musical drama on his imprisonment here:
And when he posted this site to his followers, bumped this petition by about 25,000 signatures:
Fighting for civil rights with passion and humor, an amazing human being!

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Posted by Evan Johnson on 12/15/2013 at 6:09 PM

Re: “George Takei's New Trek

Although I haven't been much of a "Trekkie", an Interred-Asian, or specifically gay man, I still find the career and life of George Takei fascinating.The author of this article paints a picture of an uncomplicated American original who has survived, and is now thriving in an ambiguous culture with an uncertain future. His bravery is demonstrated when virtual and actual worlds of real people meet. It is not surprising that he has gained an immense following in the realm of social media. A man of this caliber would be a natural for political office in any arena.His ending statement about humor being the connective glue that binds us, speaks of his humanity. Someone with this much insight and wisdom is desperately needed to lead us out of our virtual prison camps and into a closet that fits us all ...(Pun intended).

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Posted by Christopher Sullivan on 12/11/2013 at 9:16 AM

Re: “The Straight Dope

Student: See

Posted by bo pappworth on 12/02/2013 at 10:01 AM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted

Looove Swami Steve! Met him here in Virginia Beach a time or two. I would like to add my piece to the mosaic, drives me nuts that I seem to be the only person even aware of the existence of this "Rosetta Stone" book, entitled: "Appointment in Dallas" - from an unimpeachable source, one Hugh MacDonald. I read it in the mid-seventies and it still exists on AMAZON! I just downloaded a digital copy but there are still some paperbacks in circulation!!! Hugh was the preeminent Police Officer, war hero, inventor of the "Identakit", CIA, Barry Goldwater's Chief of Security, etc. He used his long career in the international shadow world of spies and covert agents to find and interview the guy who caused Kennedy's head to explode. He got $50K because that's what he charges for heads-of-state. Find it, read it, share it!!!

Posted by Michael McCarthy on 11/24/2013 at 8:09 AM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted

Swami Steve's answer is a profound answer reflecting his ability to go deep into himself, and history, and to remember....... Where were you when you heard the president was shot?Thanks for this remarkable article. Shall read this book.

Following is one the most brilliant and unsettling paragraphs, I have ever read about the perceptual distortions that are currently going on in our news media......!!! It says:

Swami Steve was/is WONDERFUL, WISE and WITTY, making his troublesome observations even palatable. Most useful quote from a House Concert of his, in Austin Texas, was that Swami Steve said "the only one's speaking the truth on television, during these times, were the comedians, not the news-broadcasters." What a wake-up call! .... I have found that to be true and have watched Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and Rachel Maddow, ever since.

Could it be we are in "the dark side of democracy" which Jefferson warned us about, when people of privilege would take advantage of the others, less fortunate, actually not realizing they are a majority? Anytime politicians start cutting public education, I remember Jefferson's warning, especially here in Texas. Jefferson invested his land and personal fortune in education, starting the University of Virginia, because he believed so much in education for us all to be informed and participate in evolving the best form of government possible for ALL.

The authors of a remarkably well-developed book on the cycles of American history, The Fourth Turning sub-titled their researched work, "An American Prophecy—What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny." Read how an economist and an historian can predict that we will elect and anti-government president in 2000. Strauss and Howe did that in the mid-'90's.

How will those of us, living through this pivotal time in history live well with our heritage into a sustainable future? ..for our children and their children? Where will this next century take us and what is my part in that? Who does speak the TRUTH ! Seems Swami Steve does!

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Posted by Roberta Shoemaker-Beal on 11/22/2013 at 7:42 PM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted

Thanks for writing this Steve. I'm sharing it on Facebook and will plan to reread Douglass's book. A couple of recent books I've acquired are also eye opening. "Me and Lee" by Judiyth Vary Baker gives a comprehensive picture of the real Lee Harvey Oswald. "Mary's Mosaic" by Peter Janney, the son of a CIA operative who was deeply involved, throws a lot of light on the CIA involvement as well as the elimination of people who knew too much.

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Posted by Jerry Riley on 11/21/2013 at 11:45 AM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted

The Coalition on Political Assasination COPA ( is have a conference starting on 11/22 through 11/24 to discuss this issue. The conference will have a live stream. Very important information will be brought to light.

Posted by Steve Stodola on 11/21/2013 at 5:23 AM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted

Thanks for encouraging us to read this book. I will get it soon. Your analysis of the
big picture seems spot on, on every level. I have been to Daley plaza. I have a friend who
was at the parade in Dallas as a young woman. I don't believe the Warren Report and
don't know anyone else who does either.
I think the reason so many folks want to keep their guns is the basic distrust so many
have about our govt. I am not a gun person, but I can understand the general uneasiness.
I have also toured the Holocaust Museum and some patterns during the build up of the Nazi era seem to be occurring here. Curtailing freedoms bit by bit, was one thing they did.
What I have to go through to fly nowadays feels incredibly invasive. I often joke with the people undergoing the security system, "well, it was nice undressing with you!" and we all wryly laugh. But we know its not funny.
Thanks for publishing this excellent article. I have seen this man's performances and he is gifted and brilliant. Let's read and heed.

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Posted by Cayce Friend on 11/20/2013 at 8:44 PM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted
"In JFK and the Unspeakable Jim Douglass has distilled all the best available research into a very well-documented and convincing portrait of President Kennedy's transforming turn to peace, at the cost of his life. Personally, it has made a very big impact on me. After reading it in Dallas, I was moved for the first time to visit Dealey Plaza. I urge all Americans to read this book and come to their own conclusions about why he died and why -- after fifty years -- it still matters."
-- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

This statement is itself historic: the first time any member of the Kennedy family has publicly endorsed a book that attributes President Kennedy's assassination to a conspiracy involving the military-intelligence establishment of the U.S. government. But what sets Douglass's book apart from the many treatments of Kennedy's assassination is his methodical case for the reasons behind it: to thwart the President's extraordinary turn toward peace, especially his back-channel negotiations with Nikita Khrushchev to dismantle the Cold War. So, elements of his own government viewed the President as a dangerous traitor, one to be eliminated.
Only by remembering this story can we take up the challenge that Kennedy left unfinished—the challenge to make peace our legacy for generations yet unborn.


President John Kennedy

Address to the United Nations General Assembly
September 20th 1963

excerpt: full speech at

''Finally, in a field where the United States and the Soviet Union have a special capacity--in the field of space--there is room for new cooperation, for further joint efforts in the regulation and exploration of space. I include among these possibilities a joint expedition to the moon. Space offers no problems of sovereignty; by resolution of this Assembly, the members of the United Nations have foresworn any claim to territorial rights in outer space or on celestial bodies, and declared that international law and the United Nations Charter will apply. Why, therefore, should man's first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction, and expenditure? Surely we should explore whether the scientists and astronauts of our two countries--indeed of all the world--cannot work together in the conquest of space, sending someday in this decade to the moon not the representatives of a single nation, but the representatives of all of our countries. ....''

"Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world--or to make it the last."

-- President John F. Kennedy, September 20, 1963 speech to the UN calling for an end to the Cold War and converting the Moon Race into an international cooperative effort, two months and two days before he was removed from office.

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Posted by Mark Robinowitz - on 11/20/2013 at 6:24 PM

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