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Congratulations Zoe Barnum!

These kids did some hard work for the Youth Relay for Life this weekend.  They registered first, which earned them a pizza party.  Then they came in second in laps numbered.  I don’t yet know how much money they raised.

My wife is a resource teacher for some very dedicated kids from a school that doesn’t get enough credit for good work with kids sometimes seen as problems rather than students.  The kids borrowed our tent for last night and had a great time.

Congratulations to all the other teams as well.  They weren’t out there for their health.  Well, actually, they were.  But you know what I mean.

This is a PSA for the event.  You can still donate through the above link.

  1. Amy Breighton
    May 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Does the Cancer Society still have toxic chemical manufacturing industry executives on its board? It always seemed odd.

    Odder still…there’s thousands of survivors marching around CR’s track and not one booth warning about the toxins in our food, water and air and the industries largely responsible. Shouldn’t we have been marching around city hall to demand that Eureka start holding the industries responsible that turned Humboldt Bay into a contiguous brownfield….inhibiting capital investment for decades?

    Today’s teens would love to learn civics in a more relevant and meaningful way.

    The Cancer Society has the resources to sound the alarm and report the statistics and causes of this devastating epidemic, it’s difficult to understand why they don’t….since it would increase awareness and their credibility.

    How many new cases were there in Eureka today?

  2. 69er
    May 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Would be nice to see a few positive comments here instead the soap box attitude. Let’s hear it for the great kids of Zoe Barnum and those who will be out at CR for the annual walk.

  3. What Now
    May 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I think it’s quite admirable that those students showed so much commitment and follow through.
    Quite a lot more than i’ve come to expect from adults in the last 20-30 years.

  4. Mitch
    May 21, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Congratulations, thanks for the hard work, thanks for caring!

  5. Goldie
    May 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

    A wonderful accomplishment. Three cheers for these young citizens.

  6. Goldie
    May 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I see that my comment is awaiting moderation so I am thinking that my cheering was not enough. Three cheers x 3, you know, the crowd goes wild, and another pizza party for their supurb efforts and achievements.

  7. Werner
    May 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Great job. It’s wonderful to see youth getting involved – and for such an important cause!

  8. High Finance
    May 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Some of the best employees I have hired were Zoe graduates.

  9. Boris
    May 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Some of the best employees I exploited and underpaid were Zoe graduates.

  10. Anonymous
    May 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Amy’s point shouldn’t be discarded out-of-hand. We blindly support this org and its local event as a feel-good shindig, not looking at exactly what we’re supporting… a national org with an interest (look at the board of directors) in the pharmaceutical industry, treating cancer with medical research (with any resulting treatments sold for profit), while not doing a whole lot to promote a cleaner, less toxic environment (etc.) to prevent cancers in the first place. It’s net worth is more than $1 billion with around $1 billion in annual revenue. But for me personally, I can’t support ’em because they turned down $500,000 from the Foundation Beyond Belief. (aka atheists).

  11. Mitch
    May 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    The hard work and enthusiasm of the kids at Zoe Barnum and other high schools is wonderful to see.

    In my opinion, their teachers ought to investigate the American Cancer Society and the Foundation Beyond Belief, and involve their students from the start in the choice of which organizations their volunteer energies will go to support.

    Charities vary in many ways: size, acceptance of diversity, willingness to collaborate, transparency, effectiveness. Just because a particular charity has a “brand name” doesn’t mean it excels.

    I’m very disturbed by some of what I’ve just read about the American Cancer Society, and I’m grateful to Anonymous 2:50, as I am to the kids selflessly participating in Relay for Life.

  12. Eric Kirk
    May 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    There are legitimate concerns about the whole direction of cancer research. After so many decades, there are basically three treatments for diagnosed cancer – poisoning it, burning it, and cutting it out. But the treatments have been fine tuned, and certain cancers which were untreatable just a few years ago now involve some hope. And the research has resulted in serious mitigations of “side effects” with dosages and regimes parred down with pretty much the same effectiveness. It has come a long way, and ACS has been quite effective in funding the most effective research programs. They do their homework quite well.

    The Beyond Belief controversy is legit as is the criticism that they push frequent mammograms and universal prostate checks a bit aggressively, perhaps in deference to special interests (I’ll let the medical industry and insurance interests argue that out). And if what I read is accurate, their CEO is way overpaid.

    On the up side, over 70 percent of the funds go to the programs, which include prevention and research. Most of the rest goes to fundraising, with I think like 7 percent going to administration. That’s actually pretty good. And they’ve funded dozens of people who ended up winning Nobel prizes for their research. It’s not always about the politics.

    In any case, these kids became engaged, and that’s not nothing.

  13. Anonymous
    May 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    These kids, mostly young women, deserve lots of credit for their altruism and their hard work. It’s too bad it was all for the ACS. Researching the ACS as a class project is a great idea. The more knowledge, the better!
    As a 21 year breast cancer survivor, I looked into the ACS a long time ago and didn’t like what I learned but until then I thought the organization was next to sainthood. Prevention beats having to go through the cure.


  14. Goldie
    May 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    All of this conversation about these groups is very worthwhile and perhaps deserves its own post so more information can be shared and discussed. As adults in the village that it takes to raise a child we might wish to encourage their participation and their accomplishments. They planned, they committed to their goal, they showed up, they did amazingly well and then they celebrated. These youths totally rocked it. I truly hope they travel the places their inspiration leads them and perhaps it will be to investigate a bit more into what associations bring about the better world they deserve. I believe in these young folks and their ability to prefect the skill of knowing where to show up and what to do once they are there. For now I give them an A+.

  15. Eric Kirk
    May 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm


  16. High Finance
    May 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Oh yes, we must investigate.

    Imagine, the pharmaceutical industry spending tens of billions, maybe hundreds of billions of dollars on medical research and development and then trying to make a profit !

  17. Fact Checker
    May 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Less than a billion Hi Liar.
    “The Decline Of Pharmaceutical Research, Measured In New Drugs And Dollars”

  18. Jack Sherman
    May 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Hurry Heraldo, Highly Mistaken needs a new subject for his/her next pummeling, stat!

  19. Anonymous
    May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    “In any case, these kids became engaged, and that’s not nothing.”

    Unless you consider their potential beyond camping and jogging…oh right, we mustn’t risk discouraging our youths with truths!

    Averting our eyes, showering praise, and hoping for the best has worked so well for our society!

    The Imperial Industrial Council thanks you.

  20. High Finance
    May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    “Fact Checker” is a fraud, Jack Sherman is just an idiot.

    Factless, did you even read your own link before you made a fool of yourself again ?

    According to Research America.org, the amount spent on health research funding in 2009 was $139 billion dollars in the US. $74 billion was spent by industry including $32 billion on Pharmaceutical R&D, $33 billion on Biotech R&D and another $9 billion on Medical Technology R&D.

    Another $47 billion was spent by the federal government and $18 billion by others.

    Even your own link’s graph, as small as it was, backed up the $139 billion dollar amount.

    This topic was to celebrate the wonderful Zoe kids & you had to bring your garbage here.

    Shame on you two.

  21. Fact Checker
    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    “Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $65.3 billion in 2009.[8]…For the first time ever, in 2006, global spending on prescription drugs topped $643 billion…the pharmaceutical industry is — and has been for years — the most profitable of all businesses in the U.S.”

  22. Eric Kirk
    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Averting our eyes, showering praise, and hoping for the best has worked so well for our society!

    The Imperial Industrial Council thanks you.

    This is a classic example of why normal people are turned off by the left. The smug sense of superiority is a killer, along with the mega-politicization of all things existing.

  23. Fact Checker
    May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Eric. Have you ever read George Will?

  24. Anonymous
    May 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    “This is a classic example of why normal people are turned off by the left.”

    Define yourself, please, eric. Are you a normal person? Are you one of the “left”? If not, which are you: one of the right, up or downs? North by northeast, etc? Your employment currently gives you a loud voice of representation regarding the future of a significant amount of protected real estate…er…natural environemnt. Are you not strongly bound by some of your own convictions? Are you afraid to say what they are, as well as truely discuss what they aren’t?

  25. Eric Kirk
    May 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Eric. Have you ever read George Will?

    Uh, yeah. Why?

  26. Fact Checker
    May 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    “The smug sense of superiority”

  27. Not A Native
    May 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    The 2008-2010 cancer death rate in Humboldt was 185 deaths per 100,000 people. It’s the third worst rate in CA, better only than Shasta and Del Norte. The average rate for all of CA was 152. Los Angeles and San Francisco have below average death rates. All those numbers are normalized to the national US age profile.

    On average, 270 people annualy died of cancer in HumCo. Of course, the number of people diagnosed and being treated is much higher. I’d say cancer is properly an important local concern, HumCo is spoiling the Statewide average.

  28. Eric Kirk
    May 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    “The smug sense of superiority”

    Well, I also used to read Buckley. And Gore Vidal. Which is why their classic confrontation is so… classic.

  29. Anonymous
    May 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Never thought I would say this, but I miss Buckley.

  30. Jack Sherman
    May 23, 2012 at 12:30 am

    “This is a classic example of why normal people are turned off by the left. The smug sense of superiority is a killer, along with the mega-politicization of all things existing.”


    In reality, the things “normal” people do everyday, from which their “normalcy” is presumed, are causing a cancer epidemic, melting the planet like a Popsicle, and literally killing life on Earth in the 6th largest extinction event in 300 million years.

    However, to speak of it is a “turn off”!
    A “killer”!
    And an exhibit of a “sense of superiority by smug lefty’s mega-politicization of everything”!?

    As research in the economic, social and environmental sciences become increasingly uncomfortable and inconvenient to our unsustainable lifestyle, the right-wing backlash against academia and the sciences is spilling over to “normal” people.

    Mr. Kirk provides an extraordinary example.

    Since the first Earth Day, and long before, we’ve done a grave disservice to our children by protecting them from reality…the result is yet-another generation expecting and enjoying the “normal” windfall of empire amid unprecedented collapse.

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