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
JOHN HOGGATT has died. Known in Willits simply as John The Printer, John passed away Tuesday evening at his Willits home after a protracted battle with cancer. He has printed our newspaper for many years, buying the business from our previous printer, the late Jim Chase. Printing X-Press (formerly Willits Printing) maintains the last web […]
A MORE comprehensive account of last weekend’s Redwood Classic hoops tourney is coming, but for now local fans should know that Branson won it in double overtime over Stuart Hall, and Mendocino surprised a lot of people by playing the powerhouse schools tough the whole way. The Classic is Mendocino County’s original and its oldest […]
Sunday an hour before kick-off, Niners vs Seattle, I’m on the sideline behind the Seahawk bench. A few players for both teams are on the field, running practice routes, playing soft toss, punting balls high into the ozone. The sideline is a beehive of camera crews, security guards uniformed and not, equipment managers checking tape, […]
Praised by some as the summation of Robert Redford’s distinguished acting career, his latest film begins without music, just the stillness of a calm sea at dawn, the wide-screen expanse bathed in myriad shades of blue reluctantly relinquishing the pink glow of a sun not yet visible above the horizon. This is an array of […]
What would our food system look like if the impacts of production on the environment and on public health were taken into account? At present the polluter doesn’t pay, and those producing food sustainably are not rewarded for positive outcomes.
From Britain to the Czech Republic, European nations have been restoring rivers to their natural state — taking down dams, removing levees, and reviving floodplains. For a continent that long viewed rivers as little more than shipping canals and sewers, it is a striking change.
(Reuters/Mathew Sumner)Uruguay has chosen to "bravely break with the failed prohibitionist model" in becoming the first country to legalize and regulate the production, distribution, sale and use of marijuana in a landmark bill passed by the country's parliament Tuesday. read more
Hundreds of student protests swarmed Malet Street London for #copsoffcampus demo. (Photo: hassan_ghani/ Twitter)Defying a ban on campus protests, thousands of London students staged a mass demonstration Wednesday to demand an end to the presence of police on campus and the privatization of the university system. read more […]
Miami-Dade Police Department's Fusion Center (Photo: Microsoft)The post-9/11 explosion of local law enforcement intelligence gathering and "counter-terrorism" efforts—including the growth of a national network of "joint terrorism task forces" and "fusion centers"—violates civil liberties and perpetuates racial and ethnic pr […]
(Photo: The.Rohit/ cc via Flickr)Australia's environment minister has put the nail in the coffin for the Great Barrier Reef, environmentalists charged, after the lawmaker greenlighted plans to build one of the world's largest coal ports Tuesday. read more
Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) will chair a House Natural Resources Committee hearing Thursday to orchestrate yet another spurious and highly partisan attack on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for doing its job — protecting rapidly declining species under the Endangered Species Act.read more
National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, today expressed dismay and alarm over the federal budget deal announced yesterday, saying it will perpetuate the harmful effects of austerity, especially with so many in Main Street communities continuing to feel the painful effects of the Great Recession caused by Wall Street sp […]
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said widespread grassroots opposition to cuts in Social Security benefits and Medicare coverage kept congressional budget negotiators from cutting the programs in a two-year agreement outlined yesterday.read more
During Monday's hearing of the Australian commission that investigates child sex abuse, it emerged that Australia's Catholic Church has paid at least $43,000,000 in hush money to victims of pedophile clergy members. It's easy to miss the significance. This money wasn't a settlement. The Church paid it on the express condition that priests […]
This is a guest post by Veronica Chenik Gilmore. ... "You are so blessed" “You’re an angel" "Are you Catholic?" "Are they all yours?" "God Bless you" These statements are just a sampling of what people say to my husband and me when they find out we have seven children. We have a blended family -- three biological […]
"If religion means anything other than Christianity, we have no way to stop Islam or satanism," is the title of this video. At 2:30, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, discussing the First Amendment, concludes that "By 'religion,' the founders were thinking of Christianity. So the purpose was to protect the free ex […]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero