Chas Lewis / Thursday, Jan. 22 @ 5:38 p.m. /
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Are the rumors of a Mr. Humboldt recall gathering momentum?
Did the judges pick the wrong guy? Should you believe that the Humboldt-est man has retreated into his Westhaven compound, slyly shirking all the community service the office demands?
Not if Mr. Humboldt II, a.k.a John McClurg can help it. He wants the shady hills of Humboldt to echo his name until time itself ends.
MHII spoke with KHUM today, and came out swinging. He outlined a proactive charity agenda during his term as Humboldt's most-exemplary man. McClurg also discussed rumors of his imminent relocation, his volunteerism, and why he didn't take his pants off at the EPIC benefit.
But while he admitted to initially embracing a do-nothing, lame duck attitude he said things have changed.
"I was starting to get flak for not spending enough time in the public eye. So I've started to amp up my campaign, made wide changes in the administration, the cabinet has had a full workover, so expect a lot of PR in the next weeks here."
Mr. Humboldt, in happier times [Photo courtesy Bob Doran. More pageantry here.]
The North Coast Journal's Linda Stansberry wrote a piece about sexism in the pot industry. Go read it. Among other things, Stansberry takes aim at how casually terms like "trim bitch" are thrown around.
The majority of women in this underground industry are the mothers, grandmothers, farmers and college students mentioned above. And a smaller but not inconsiderable number are being pimped, exploited, enslaved and raped. Reducing the role of women in weed to a slur — trim bitches — is really an elaborate system of victim blaming that benefits no one except predators and pathetic stand-up comedians who can't write a set without one hand in their pants.
Local comedian (current Lost Coast Communications & former NCJ staffer) Kim Hodges took a fair amount of umbrage with the story via her Facebook page. The post generated over 300 comments.
Hodges spoke with KHUM about her beef with Stansberry's column.
"As a trimmer: there are grow hos. And people who financially make my job hard. And I think women use those terms that she's talking about to describe financial problems in the weed industry more than men..
It kinda seems like in the article she's flailing her arms, saying that women are being pimped, there's incest - and I'm just like 'Where is that happening? That is the story I want to hear.'"
Stansberry respectfully declined to speak with KHUM, but North Coast Journal editor Thaddeus Greenson told KHUM "We stand behind Linda's column. I'm also really glad that it's generated community conversation on the topic."
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Jan. 21 @ 2:45 p.m. / Music
According to the Washington Post, the AI robot revolution has found its way into one of the humanity's most sacred endeavor. Georgia Tech PhD student Mason Bretan told his little robots some basics about the song they'd be improvising and preprogrammed a few sounds. The rest, he says, come from the robots.
"And while he certainly doesn't want to replace human musicians like himself with robots, he's excited about the mechanical abilities they have that we don't. "I mean, Shimon already has four arms and can hold eight mallets," he said, "So it can already do something a person can't."
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Jan. 20 @ 11:45 a.m. / Trails
This year will mark a lot of progress on the Humboldt Bay Trail and the McKay Community Forest. Emily details the various phases of both of these projects that are getting underway this year.
Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, Jan. 19 @ 10:18 p.m. / Theater
This evening, Redwood Curtain Theatre and KHUM teamed up once again to bring you "Leaps and Zounds." A local live comedic radio play performed at the Sapphire Palace at Blue Lake Casino in Blue Lake. Described as Prairie Home Companion meets Saturday Night Live this radio play consisted of Redwood Curtain writers and actors, including James Floss, Bonnie Halverson, Ron Halverson, and Terry Desch, and chanteuse Christina Jioras.
This 8th installment of the "Zounds" franchise was performed to a sold out crowd and the largest in the shows history. It was also one of their best. Enjoy it again by clicking on the link below the photograph of the performance.
We weren't quite sure what to do with this package of photographs that one John Casali brought to KHUM's front door. And so LoCO Video™ presents something that's borderline unpresentable.
Have a look. Or don't, especially if you're unnerved by photos of dirty diapers, used tampons, human feces, and assorted heaps of garbage.
In followup phone calls, Casali said that he recently moved out of SoHum. He added that he "just wanted to move on" with his life.