Peace be with you
Ann Lindsay, Humboldt County Public Health Officer has gone beyond trying to fluoride everyone’s water to trying to insure everyone has to drink it. The evil doctor has made a “first of its kind” Health Impact Assessment for our 20 year planning update plan. I have read a lot of junk science in my days, but never one more obvious and convoluted then this one. Ms. Lindsay would have us believe that living in the city is “healthier” then living in the country. Besides the intuitive sense that her HIA report is bullshit, trying to recreate her leaps of assumption and comparing of complete opposites is imposable for any intelligent person. But regardless of what is apparent to anybody who studies this fabrication, Lindsay is now trying to prevent people from being country folk in Humboldt County, and all of us who have to buy bottled water, and shower fluoride filters know, Lindsay is a relentless little propaganda minister.
Lindsay “invited” 300 people to be her focus group representing all 130,000 Humboldt residents. She sure as hell didn’t invite me, how about you? Out of these few special invites she ended up with 80 who were her group. This six, ten-thousandth of the population is suppose to cover the required “public participation” in the making of the HIA.
Next Lindsay took 35 “indicators” from a list of 112, which she claims in her report were only 60, from a San Francisco urban Healthy Development Measurement Tool. These indicators were designed for SF to develop its urban areas. Lindsay then used them to develop Humboldt’s rural areas. As you read the HIA it becomes clear that Lindsay picked 35 indicators that would best support her choice of “Alternative A;” the crowding of everyone into polluted, over populated, urban slums, as a way to make people healthier.
To debunk this 244 page report would properly require at least 244 pages. So I will pick and chose which junk science I will refute, but suggest everyone read the HIA for themselves to see the enormity of the bullshit being spread.
Let us start with transportation though 70% of all pedestrian/vehicle crashes in Humboldt happened in Eureka or Arcata, both urban areas, Lindsay say you will be healthier living in these environments. The number of unsubstantiated claims in this section is great, and contrary to what really happens. She for instance, claims more people would have to walk to a bus stop or walk to work if they lived in urban areas. Can we be sure that people who would of lived in the country and drove to work, would now live in the city and not drive to work? She claims that the less miles would be less greenhouse gasses, but neither takes into consideration the difference between freeway driving and stop and go driving, nor the health effects of biking and walking next to high volume gas and diesel traffic.
In Housing she claims that housing costs are cheaper and mean more affordable housing. The infrastructures are here and affordable housing is not being built now. If her theory were true then it would already be showing signs of affordability, but its not. She claims more affordable housing would decrease homelessness thus reducing the ill health effects of homelessness. In reality there is way more to the ill effects to the unhoused then just housing. We could increase access to healthy food and feed the houseless more then five meals a week. Access to medical care would probably go much farther towards improving the health of houseless individuals then hoping that some day affordable rents and employment opportunities will be created out of a “plan.” She doesn’t even consider the effects of bigoted police and citizens when they harm and even kill houseless individuals. Lastly in the housing category she tells us that crowding us like sardines would make schools, jobes, and grocery stores miraculously appear and make our neighborhoods “complete.”
My favorite spin comes under the title “infrastructure.” In this section she makes her biggest concessions with the truth. For instance she claims people who live close to a city park and a Safeway are going to be healthier then those who live in the country. First of all Ms. Lindsay, the country is just a really big park; and second, do you think fruits and vegetables are grown in Safeway? As far as being “close to schools” goes, I see no net health benefit from children being sent to compulsory schools. Besides the fact they are being taught to be stupid in those places, the odds of being forced on some type of “mental health drug” increases, the food is crap, and government introduced illegal drugs run rampant. Its always been my observation that homeschooled country children are much healthier then those institutionalized in public indoctrination schools.
I leave the rest for the reader to research, but basically what Lindsay presented to the local governments is another of her pet projects – namely mandated high density urban growth. The report makes some really good points about what needs to be done to improve already existing urban centers, but is convoluted by the “don’t let anyone else live in the country” of the rural living author. It really does smack of what many call “I’ve got mine, so fuck you, you can’t get yours” altitude of the social engineers. All these “plans” that the local governments are spending millions on are really just “tools” to be used to control behavior and free up our counties resources for exploitation of multi-national corporatists. I don’t know what kind of “doctor” Ann Lindsay is, but spin really seems to fit her like a glove.
I guess when the idea of the American dream is completely squashed maybe some of you will finally wake up. But it would really be much easier to throw all the plan making politicians out on their ass, and get people in there who will restore our sovereignty, our way of life, and our social and economic egalitarianism. Lindsay’s plan is bullshit and can not be supported with any real science.