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
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PROBABLY TEN YEARS AGO, I was an occasional correspondent with a guy doing a long stretch in an iso unit at Pelican Bay State Prison. He was confined to the “Security Housing Unit” on an allegation that he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and had gotten an AVA from another prisoner. He wrote […]
THE TREE CONSPIRACY Editor, Regarding a couple of recent stories in the Journal; I drove down Mill Street today and took a look at those redwood trees in front of the Journal’s building, in the opinion of this non-arborist tree hugger, I would have to agree with the opinion of that original arborist for the […]
BRIAN BLUMBURG, a long-time resident of Anderson Valley, died of a heart attack yesterday (Wednesday) at his home in Navarro. An unfailingly genial man, Brian was best known as the highly skilled proprietor of Anderson Valley Plumbing and Pump, the successful business he founded in 1986. ============================= THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL has announced it w […]
Once written off as dying of thirst and beyond revival, the delta of the Colorado River is slated to get a rejuvenating flood that for scientists offers a unique opportunity: the chance to study how plants, trees, birds, fisheries, and the vast delta ecosystem as a whole respond to an experimental pulse of river water.
In Borneo's Danum Valley — one of the last, untouched forest reserves in a region ravaged by logging and oil palm cultivation — a team of international and Malaysian scientists is fighting to preserve an area of stunning biodiversity.
My wife and I went semi-nomadic in 2010, traveling the mountain West for almost two years. Not having a settled home was eye-opening, and taught me a lot about one of my perennial themes: how much humans lost when we became domesticated by agriculture.
British and American intelligence agencies had a comprehensive list of surveillance targets that included the EU's competition commissioner, German government buildings in Berlin and overseas, and the heads of institutions that provide humanitarian and financial help to Africa, top-secret documents reveal. read more […]
Protester holds a sign shaped like a whale during demonstration against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver, November 2013 (The Canadian Press) A Canadian governmental review panel approved a proposal from energy giant Enbridge on Thursday to soon begin construction of the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline, sparking read more […]
Ibrahim Idris smiles after his release from Guantanamo Bay upon his arrival at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, December 19, 2013. (Photo: Abd Raouf / Associated Press)Upon his return to Sudan after 11 years of incarceration at the hands of the U.S. read more
Today, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood sent a petition to Geoff Walker, Executive Vice President of Fisher-Price, demanding that the toy company recall its notorious Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity™ Seat for iPad® device. To date, the petition has been signed by more than 12,000 parents, grandparents, educators, and health professionals. CCFC sent the […]
Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an opinion in the closely-watched case of Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, No. 63 MAP 2012. The case was a challenge filed by several Pennsylvania municipalities against the state legislature’s adoption of Act 13. Act 13 sought to eliminate zoning authority from municipalities over oil and gas ex […]
The Senate late last night passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014, which will ease transfer restrictions for detainees currently held at the military detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, most of whom have been held without charge or trial for over a decade. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last week, cleared […]
As I mentioned earlier today, the Morton Grove Public Library board of trustees held its monthly board meeting last night and voted 5-2 to reject our donation of over $3,000. Well, it turns out they videotape their monthly meetings and put them up on YouTube... So we can see for ourselves how the discussion went down. I just watched it and, um, wow. You gott […]
Jerry Coyne put it this way: "New York Times officially opposes stupid rules of Catholic hospitals." He’s referencing a recent editorial entitled "When Bishops Direct Medical Care," in which the editorial board takes on the case of Tamesha Means, on whose behalf the ACLU is filing suit against the United States Conference of Catholic Bish […]
The United Methodist Church proved once and for all this week that its values are completely out of line when they defrocked a pastor for performing his son's wedding years ago. Rev. Frank Schaefer came under fire earlier this year for officiating his son's Massachusetts wedding back in 2007 (when same-sex marriages were already legal there). A not […]
The Reverend Zachery Tims was a troubled young man before he was "miraculously saved, instantly delivered from drug addiction, and called into ministry," according to his megachurch, New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida. When Tims was fourteen, the young hoodlum was convicted of attempted murder and went to juvie for two years. After fin […]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero