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- FailureLast night I attended the Mendocino Music Festival’s third orchestral concert of this year’s festival, my wife a cellist in the most excellent orchestra. The second half of the program was Symphony No. 2 in E minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff, a massive work that lasted more than an hour. The third movement of the four-movement symphony was especially moving to m […]
- Hoefest 2014A gentle rain keeps me company in the wee hours as I pen these words. We desperately needed it. Throughout May and June, storms danced by with thunder and lightning all around, teasing us like a stripper in a night club when you know you ain’t getting none. “It’s gonna rain 2 inches,” said Jetta […]
- Lost Coast RambleWe approach the twentieth anniversary of the wilderness trek of the two greatest radical journalists of our time: the late Alexander Cockburn and Bruce Anderson, editor and publisher of America’s Last Newspaper—Anderson Valley Advertiser. In September of 1994 Alexander and Bruce, along with the chair of the Counterpunch board, Joe Paff and his wife Karen […] […]
- Local Folks, Part 2As promised in my previous article, here are descriptions of a few more local folks as I remember them during my time in Anderson Valley from the late 1950s to the late 1980s. Jack Clow — Proprietor of Jack’s Valley Store. Situated then, as now, about a mile northwest of Philo, Jack’s Valley Store in […]
- New Russia Sanctions: Washington, Delusional About US Energy Capacity, Lashes OutThe effect of the sanctions will be to speed the Russian decline, forcing up world oil prices as soon as US tight oil maxes out and goes into its inevitable nosedive.
- Ukraine - headlines•US and EU Lose Major Energy Battle in Ukraine •Coordinated Sanctions Aim at Russia’s Ability to Tap Its Oil Reserves •Ukrainian 'seizes Avdiivka' in rebel Donetsk stronghold •Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk resigns •Ukraine votes to keep Western companies out of gas industry •US intelligence officials just gave a very unsatisfying briefi […]
- Local Communities Playing Vital Role in Marine Conservation...it’s good news that a first of its kind assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean adds to growing evidence that marine conservation works best when local communities are responsible for fisheries management.
- Livestock: more than meatBeyond the debate about meat in our diet and the environmental impact of cows, there is an emotional and cultural angle on our human relationship with livestock that is rarely discussed.
- Court Denies Police Unions’ Late Attempt to Join Stop-and-Frisk Case, Approves Agreement to Proceed with Joint Remedial Plan
- New Analysis: Dark Money Groups Dominate Independent Spending in House Toss-Up Races
- Congressional Representatives and 157,975 Concerned Americans Demand that President Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services Intervene in Detroit Water Crisis
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- TV: Nuclear waste “flowing out to sea” from underground tunnels at Fukushima — 950 Billion Bq/m³ of cesium in Unit 2 shaft next to ocean — 11,000 tons estimated in tunnels — ‘Stream’ of moving water — Gov’t regulators ‘urgently assessing’ problems, ‘sense of crisis’ needed (VIDEO)
- Video: Fukushima debris “waist high” on Canadian island; “Catastrophic death” trapped in nets, it’s horrifying; 15-mile long lines of floating trash — Journalist: Radioactive tsunami debris found far from Fukushima plant — Global concern over spread of contamination
- TV: Mounds of millions of jellyfish-like creatures wash up on Pacific beaches across multiple states — “They lined entire Oregon Coast” — Seen for first time in a great many years — Official: “They just covered the sea surface… as far as we could see” — Thought to mix with ones from Japan (VIDEO & PICS)
- CBS: This is really disturbing, sea stars dying by the millions on West Coast — Like the Black Death, only faster and deadlier — ‘Mystery plague’ affecting 20+ species — TV: Disappears from Orange County coast over 2 week period — Expert: “Largest epidemic ever in ocean… Something has changed in marine environment to lead to this” (VIDEO)
- A Public Wiki Shines Light on North America's 4 Million Oil & Gas Wells'We're not doing anything the regulators can't do themselves if they were so inclined,' says the founder of WellWiki. By Lisa Song When residents of America's fracking communities want to know if a particular oil or gas well in their neighborhood has a good environmental track record, they usually face the cumbersome task of searchin […]
- FERC Commissioners at Hearing Agree on Need for U.S. Climate ActionIn a surprise, several FERC commissioners at a Tuesday hearing went easy on EPA's new power plant rule, and all supported global warming action. By John H. Cushman Jr. There are many reasons why members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the regulator of the nation's electric grid, might bristle at the Obama administration's new clim […]
- White House: $150 Billion a Year Will Be Cost of Climate InactionDamage to public health and biodiversity, as well as physical impacts from rising seas and more severe storms, droughts and wildfires will add up quickly. By Katherine Bagley Seeking to blunt Congressional criticism of its climate agenda, and in particular its new power plant rule, the White House released a report on Tuesday that argues the world could face […]
- InsideClimate News Responds to Steve Everley of Energy in DepthThe ploy to manufacture an imaginary public enemy called the 'anti-fracking industry' is not a substitute for controlling fracking's toxic air emissions. By David Sassoon Last week an oil and gas industry public relations front group called Energy in Depth published a lengthy criticism of InsideClimate News and our partner for the past year, t […]
- James Dobson Explains Various Sex Acts to an Audience of Horrified ChristiansWant to see conservative Christian leader James Dobson (circa 1980-something) talking about pornography, bestiality, glory holes, phone sex, and Prince jacking off his guitar?Of course you do.
- If Corporations Have Religious Beliefs, This is the Logical ExtensionRuben Bolling shows us how some companies are taking the whole "corporations have religious beliefs" idea a little too far:
- Pierce County Council (in Washington State) Votes to Display “In God We Trust” in ChambersA couple of days ago, we learned that the Pierce County Council in Washington state was considering a proposal to add the phrase "In God We Trust" to its chambers. At the time, only two of the seven council members opposed the plan.Last night, the council decided to approve the religious display by a 4-3 vote. And the same dimwitted officials attem […]
- Creationist Ken Ham Says That Atheist TV Will “Poison and Destroy” the Minds of ChildrenIn case you missed the launch of Atheist TV last night, the introduction video is below. I would pay special attention to the speech given by American Atheists' founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair at the group's 1990 convention, beginning at the 5:45 mark. Nothing she says is unfamiliar to those of us who read books and visit websites about atheism […]
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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
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