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Posts published by “Matthew Hable”

Big Brother is still watching you

Personalized ads, location tracking services and obsessive use of social media. Technology is on track to outgrow human intelligence as it continues to ingrain and spread itself throughout our increasingly globalized society. In recent years, George Orwell’s “1984” about a…

Universities should model accountability

The sudden retirement of HSU Athletics Director Daniel Collen raises unanswered questions of accountability. How did administrative oversight fail to anticipate and mitigate Athletics’ budget crisis threatening the football program? Did Mr. Collen’s political campaign and election to the Northern…

Hit the road, Jacks

Finals are upon us, but so is winter break. It’s time to make travel plans again. Some people huff at the thought of making travel arrangements, especially since many of us just got back from a long-awaited and well-deserved Thanksgiving…

Trump and the Weinstein effect

Now is an appropriate time to have a serious discussion about sexual harassment. Dozens of celebrities have come forward to reveal their stories of sexual harassment, assault and rape. Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey are just a sample of the…

We ain’t afraid of no ghost

Ghosts are figments of our imagination. That strange presence you’ve felt is your mind playing tricks on you. Chances are there is a rational explanation for that mysterious noise you heard in the middle of the night. The prickly feeling…

Make the most of it

Businesses in Arcata close up shop too early, leaving some of us bored and frustrated with the same limited options when we’re done for the day. Affordable dining and entertainment options are especially slim pickings. A good deal of local…

The next great quake is coming

It’s only a matter of time before nature blindsides us with a catastrophic earthquake. Geologists predict that the next big one could happen within our lifetime and we are ill-prepared for it. According to the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast…