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
What’s all the buzz about? A Pollinator Workshop! Friday March 21st 1-5pm At River’s Bend Retreat Center 18450 Rays Rd, Philo. Presenters and topics include: Jessa Guisse, Xerces Society, Native Pollinators; Kate Frey, Good Pollinator Plants for Anderson Valley and Pollinators in the Vineyard Setting; Linda MacElwee, MCRCD, Installing and Maintaining Pollina […]
The Board of Directors of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting (MCPB) met last night, March 3. It was an interesting meeting — in some ways painful, while in other ways cathartic. It was a long meeting. Three hours, fifteen minutes. I would estimate that 40-50 people attended the meeting, in addition to the nine Board Directors, […]
On Friday March 7th, Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools, Paul Tichinin announced to his staff and the County Board of Education that he would not file to run for another four-year term in office. He will retire in January 2015, at the end of his current term and after a 40 year career in education, […]
Perched along the rolling hills of Coastal Sonoma County, Bloomfield Farms spreads out across 50 acres, close to 40 of which are thick with kale, chard, heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, potatoes and more.
A crowd welcomes a screening of the documentary "Drill Baby Drill" in Warsaw. (Photo: greensefa/cc/flickr)As the crisis in Ukraine continues to put a spotlight on Russia's stranglehold over European gas supplies, Poland has offered a frack-friendly proposal of making shale gas extraction tax-free in the country. read more […]
(Photo: Him Winstead / Flickr Creative Commons)The legacy of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), twenty years after implementation, is one of environmental degradation and corporate dominance, according to a report published Tuesday. read more
Tucked away in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal released early last week, say union critics, is a renewed proposal by the administration to destroy one of the last remaining success stories that resulted from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal" more than 80 years ago. read more […]
The practice of giving low doses of antibiotics to healthy livestock on factory farms is contributing to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a growing public health concern that’s making antibiotics less effective in treating infections in humans and animals. The Food and Drug Administration released voluntary guidance, GFI #213, in December to add […]
Three years ago today a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami which struck Eastern Japan. Three nuclear reactors and a spent fuel pond at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station proved vulnerable to the rising waters and melted down -- causing an unprecedented nuclear crisis. On the third anniversary of this catastrophe, Friends of the Earth pres […]
Today, Media Matters released “How Conservative Media's Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire A Scientific Study,” by Hannah Groch-Begley, which reveals a stigmatization of sexuality by conservative outlets.read more
Today over 387,000 farmers, farmworkers, health professionals, and concerned individuals from across the country joined together in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reject Dow AgroSciences’ application seeking approval of controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean varieties that are resistant to the hazardous herbicide 2,4- […]
We already know Christian pseudo-historian David Barton's research skills are as strong as his math skills, which is to say they're both awful. In his latest math blunder (a "faux pi"?), Barton claimed on his radio show "WallBuilders Live" that more Christians were killed last year than the previous 2,000 years combined! […]
Spare the rod, spoil the child? That’s the credo that members of a church in Wisconsin live by. The courts, however, call it child abuse. A couple who spanked their young children on their bare bottoms with wooden dowels in keeping with the teachings of the church they belonged to were convicted Friday night of [Read More...]
Syracuse resident Marcell Washington was a follower of Islam. So when, back in November 2011, he started feeling uneasy about hearing strange whispers -- some, perhaps, emanating from his three-year-old son, Ameen -- he asked a religious elder what he should do. The man told him to take Ameen (below) to a mosque, where Washington should read the Qur'an […]
This is a guest post written by Kristine Kruszelnicki. Kristine is the President of Pro-Life Humanists. ... There was a time when the lines seemed clearer and the slogans said everything. Pro-lifers were Jesus-loving Pope-followers with a passion for sticking rosaries on ovaries, and atheists were quick to respond with "Keep your theology off my biology […]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero