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How Chris McCandless Died

How Chris McCandless Died
Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors. Taped to the door was a note scrawled on a page torn from a novel by Nikolai Gogol: From a cryptic diary found among his possessions, it appeared that McCandless had been dead for nineteen days. A driver’s license issued eight months before he perished indicated that he was twenty-four years old and weighed a hundred and forty pounds. After his body was flown out of the wilderness, an autopsy determined that it weighed sixty-seven pounds and lacked discernible subcutaneous fat. In “Into the Wild,” the book I wrote about McCandless’s brief, confounding life, I came to a different conclusion. “Into the Wild” is a misrepresentation, a sham, a fraud. I was perplexed.

Northern California County Votes To Secede From California By Ian Millhiser "Northern California County Votes To Secede From California" The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday in favor of seceding from California to form a new state called “Jefferson.” Siskiyou also plans to invite nearby counties in California and southern Oregon to join with them in casting off the bonds that have tied them to their fellow Californians and Oregonians for generations. Residents attending the supervisors meeting were virtually unanimous in supporting the predominantly Republican county’s secession. According to the Redding Record Searchlight, a local paper, one member of the board of supervisors raised a laundry list of complaints related to “regulation, restriction of rights, lack of representation, regionalism and restoration of limited government.” Siskiyou’s effort to form a new, presumably Republican state is not an isolated incident.

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GIVE THESE PEOPLE AIR! There is a scene in Total Recall (I refuse to see the "remake" and refer, of course, to the 1990 film) wherein a corrupt profiteer named Cohagen shuts off the supply of breathable air to part of a city managed by his corporation to "teach them a lesson" for hiding Arnold Schwarzenegger's character. It provides us with one of the more famously bad Schwarzenegger quotes from his Eighties "I haven't totally mastered English. Or acting." phase: "Give these people air!" It's no "Get to the choppa!" but it'll do. We've all realized by now that the 1987 Paul Verhoeven splatter-fest RoboCop was actually a documentary about how Detroit would look in 25 years; there may not be police-robots but Omni Consumer Products is getting ready to take over. Well it turns out that last week's power outage in Detroit was done intentionally by the Rick Snyder-appointed "city manager" or someone in that office. There hasn't been a peep about this from the media, of course. Be Sociable, Share!

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Lifelines for Poor Children What’s missing in the current debate over economic inequality is enough serious discussion about investing in effective early childhood development from birth to age 5. This is not a big government boondoggle policy that would require a huge redistribution of wealth. Acting on it would, however, require us to rethink long-held notions of how we develop productive people and promote shared prosperity. Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch Everyone knows that education boosts productivity and enlarges opportunities, so it is natural that proposals for reducing inequality emphasize effective education for all. While education is a great equalizer of opportunity when done right, American policy is going about it all wrong: current programs don’t start early enough, nor do they produce the skills that matter most for personal and societal prosperity. The cognitive skills prized by the American educational establishment and measured by achievement tests are only part of what is required for success in life.

How to Survive a Mass Extinction - Even One Caused by Us Scatter. Adapt. Remember. Click here for an audio sample from the book on organisms that unleashed planetary catastrophes in the past (along with the usual array of super-volcanoes and asteroid impacts). As I first wrote in 1992, an organism — Homo sapiens — is jogging important Earth systems right now, but unlike the cyanobacteria that transformed the atmosphere through the great Oxygen Catastrophe some 2.4 billion years ago, we’re aware (to some extent) of what we’re doing with the greenhouse buildup. Can we survive ourselves? I explored this and other questions about planetary hard knocks with Newitz by video hookup the other day. I thought of Newitz’s book quite a bit late last week when I was listening and speaking at a fascinating meeting at the Library of Congress exploring “The Longevity of Human Civilization: Will We Survive Our World-Changing Technologies?” Read this Live Science post on the meeting by Tanya Lewis to get a sense of the discussion. The question:

Two-State Illusion Josh Cochran Oded Balilty/Associated Press A barrier in the West Bank city of Hebron. With barbed-wire coils, hills scarred by patrol roads and weather-beaten guard posts, Israel has been shaped like few other countries by its borders. True believers in the two-state solution see absolutely no hope elsewhere. It’s like 1975 all over again, when the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco fell into a coma. True, some comas miraculously end. Strong Islamist trends make a fundamentalist Palestine more likely than a small state under a secular government. All sides have reasons to cling to this illusion. Israeli governments cling to the two-state notion because it seems to reflect the sentiments of the Jewish Israeli majority and it shields the country from international opprobrium, even as it camouflages relentless efforts to expand Israel’s territory into the West Bank.

Political Deadlock in Tunisia: 9oddem el UIB The stage at the Bardo Square sit-in moments before Hamma Hammami, a member of the National Front party, speaks to the crowd, Tunis, Tunisia. Photo by Nadia Ayari, August 24, 2013. To readers unfamiliar with conventions used for text messages and online chatting in Arabic: please note that the number 9 refers to the phonetic sound of the letter Qāf (ق). Additionally, 3 refers to Ayin (ع) and 7 to Hā (ه‎). “Hani 9oddem el UIB,” says Sarah Zaafrani, a 33-year-old Tunisian lawyer speaking to her friend on a cell phone. Days earlier, Zaafrani had expressed her skepticism of the Bardo Square sit-in, a sentiment shared by many in her community: “I think the opposition’s demands are off-putting. Sarah Zaafrani (right foreground) gathering with fellow protesters at Bardo Square, Tunis, Tunisia, with the National Constituent Assembly in the distance. “What is most frustrating is that the people in power today were not present at the revolution. Tonight the atmosphere at Bardo is buoyant.

Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party North Coast Journal - May 1, 2003: IN THE NEWS May 1, 2003 Medi-Cal cuts threaten local clinics by EMILY GURNON Community clinics are among those scrambling to cope with potentially huge cuts in funding as California's budget deficit approaches one-third of the state's total budget by some estimates. Because no one expects the Legislature to pass a budget by June 30, the state will be forced to borrow money to pay for things like Medi-Cal reimbursements for treatment of low-income patients. "We would lose basically 80 percent of our income and it would make it very difficult for us to continue to provide services," he said. The Open Door network, which includes nine centers and 20 to 30 outreach sites, saw nearly 35,000 patients last year one of every five residents in its service area (Humboldt County plus parts of Del Norte, Trinity and Siskiyou counties). In the long term, once the budget is passed, clinics like Open Door could see a 20 percent cut in funding. Nevertheless, Spetzler remained optimistic. by ANDREW EDWARDS St. Comments?

Cost of Occupation | News | The Journal click to enlarge Image from a brochure promoting the Honor Tax A little over a month from now, across America, people will belly up to plates heaped with festive eats -- turkey and tofurky, potatoes and pie. Here, however, the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development and Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County will be placing before us another way to express thanks. The honor tax is voluntary, can be any amount, and is to be mailed directly to the Wiyot Tribe's Table Bluff headquarters in Loleta. "Seventh Generation Fund is located in Arcata in Wiyot territory, that's why we're paying it," Peters says. A few others started paying the tax last year. "It's a time when kids in school are going to hear the story of Thanksgiving that has nothing to do with the reality of what happened," says Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, director of DUHC. "The intention was not to make people pissed or defensive," she says. Peters sees the tax as a means to begin re-connecting all people to the land.

Dramatic New Palco Plan | North Coast Journal Blogthing Feb. 29, 2008 Posted by Hank Sims under Business, Courts[12] Comments Judge Richard S. Schmidt only alluded to it briefly in Thursday’s hearing, but a new player has entered the Pacific Lumber bankruptcy proceedings. Rio Dell resident and Humboldt County blogospherian Steve Lewis has officially entered his Heartlands Project proposal into the Pacific Lumber bankruptcy file. The incredible scope of the plan makes it difficult to summarize. You have to read the whole thing to get real sense of this remarkably ambitious plan, but here are some of the lesser-known highlights: International Satellite Lottery System: High-tech, smartphone-based lottery. The Heartlands prospectus also includes a brief synopsis of the various nefarious players who have stymied this miraculous proposal from bearing fruit hitherto. Early in Thursday’s bankruptcy court hearings, Judge Schmidt and the attorneys in the case ran down all the items that would be dealt with on that day’s calendar. Like this: