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
THE LOCAL ANGLE: Jeffrey Ruano, 50, of San Francisco, was arrested in San Jose after a manhunt that closed down streets in Daly City and a high-speed car chase that spanned four counties. He is accused of shooting a San Francisco police officer Saturday afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission District. It has since developed that […]
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, […]
In Extraenvironmentalist #75 we discuss our global systems of money and finance with Ben Dyson of Positive Money UK and Brett Scott author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money.
Just wait till you see how God's Plan works... If there really is a Plan, then God is one wicked character. Thankfully, there isn't, and we're all better off because of that. (via Pie Comic and Exploring Our Matrix)
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero