To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing.” ~ Raymond Williams
Small is beautiful, when small is skilled and dedicated... There is so much artificial and plastic crap around, the human spirit yearns for the homespun and the real. ~Gene Logsdon→
I've observed that people tend to live at one of two extremes in the spectrum of life: those who live on the edge, and those who avoid the edge. Those who live on the edge are hanging out in the most dangerous and unstable places — yet they're also often the most powerful agents of change, because the edge is where change is happening; away from the edge, things are naturally unchanging. ~Thom Hartmann
THE SMALL ORGANIC FARM greatly discomforts the corporate/ industrial mind because the small organic farm is one of the most relentlessly subversive forces on the planet. Over centuries both the communist and the capitalist systems have tried to destroy small farms because small farmers are a threat to the consolidation of absolute power.
Thomas Jefferson said he didn’t think we could have democracy unless at least 20% of the population was self-supporting on small farms so they were independent enough to be able to tell an oppressive government to stuff it.
It is very difficult to control people who can create products without purchasing inputs from the system, who can market their products directly thus avoiding the involvement of mercenary middlemen, who can butcher animals and preserve foods without reliance on industrial conglomerates, and who can’t be bullied because they can feed their own faces. ~Eliot Coleman
I sang as one / Who on a tilting deck sings / To keep men's courage up, though the wave hangs / That shall cut off their sun. ~C. Day Lewis
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. ~Thomas Paine
COSTCO MOVES AHEAD. The Ukiah City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday Night, Steve Scalmanini dissenting, to deny the appeal of the permit for a 148,000 square-foot Costco on the town's big box row along Highway 101.
Stories to Build On: Finding the Spanish Past in Modern California Mendocino County Office of Education and the Teaching American History Project for Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties are pleased to announce a free historical lecture by Phoebe S. K. Young on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at MCOE, 2240 Old […]
The HazMobile household hazardous waste collection facility in Ukiah is now open an additional day every week, allowing public drop-off every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3200 Taylor Drive, Ukiah. Toxic waste that can’t go in the trash is accepted at the HazMobile including motor oil, paint, solvents, fuels, poisons, […]
Kate Marianchild gives talk, slide show on life in the oak woodlands. Last day of John Muir show by Roberta Werdinger On Sunday, March 16, at 2 pm, author and naturalist Kate Marianchild will give an illustrated lecture titled “Plants and Animals Among the Oaks” at the Grace Hudson Museum. The event is free with […]
Diplomatic efforts are underway to diffuse tensions between Russia and the West following the overthrow of Ukrainian President Yanukovych. Should tensions escalate, one risk is the disruption of gas supplies from Russia to Europe via the Ukraine.
(Photo via Flickr / Light Brigading / Creative Commons License)The conservative group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "going local." read more
M'Poko airport camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Photo: Steve Cockburn/Oxfam/cc/flickr)A majority of Muslims have been forced out of the western region of Central African Republic, and those who remain "are under permanent threat," warned U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on […]
Enbridge buried pipeline marker (Adam Scott/Environmental Defense)The tar sands oil industry scored a regulatory victory on Thursday when the Canadian National Energy Board approved a plan by energy giant Enbridge to reverse the flow of Canada's 'Line 9' oil pipeline eastward from read more […]
On the last day of the public comment period, Keystone XL opponents held a rally in front of the State Department to deliver more than 2 million comments submitted to the State Department to urge Secretary Kerry and President Obama to reject the dirty, dangerous pipeline. The public comment period regarding the national interest of the pipeline began on Febr […]
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that it has finalized its Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards for immigration detention facilities. Today’s standards are needed because though PREA became law over a decade ago, the Department of Justice issued a rule in 2012 that excluded immigration detention facilities from coverage under […]
Consumers and health advocates launched a national campaign calling on local and regional supermarket chains to label their store-brand products for ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), on the one year anniversary of Whole Foods’ announcement that it will adopt labeling for all products in its stores.read more
A United Church minister in Ontario, Canada, accused of criminal negligence in the manslaughter death of his wife, was sentenced to three years in jail yesterday. The judge left no doubt as to the intention of the verdict. [T]he message to the public has to be loud and clear: In this type of case, the sentence must be denunciatory and exemplary and reflect s […]
Georgia legislators, in their infinite wisdom, are trying to imitate Oklahoma, which is rarely a good idea. Republican Rep. Greg Morris is sponsoring a bill to install a Ten Commandments monument on or around the state Capitol grounds... and it just passed through the House on a 138-37 vote. One Democrat attempted to warn him about what's going to happe […]
Shanon Nebo became pregnant with her second child at about the same time her brother's wife got pregnant with their first. Simultaneous joy in the family, right? Well, everyone was thrilled... for a few weeks. That's when Shanon got some heartbreaking news:
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero