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
FERAL PIGS have plagued the Northcoast for years, all the way back to the early twentieth century when they were widely cultivated and herded fairly long distances for rail shipment south to Bay Area slaughter houses.
JANE KIM is a San Francisco supervisor who, with her colleagues, are at last discussing neo-rent control strategies. SF rents are ridiculous, rising ever upward as more and more people with more and more money move into the city. Rents are also extortionate in much of Mendocino County, as are commercial rents in both locales. […]
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 […]
But there is time to imagine potential future scenarios and how we might react to them, to increase our resilience to the large-scale changes to our way of living it will bring, and to prepare ourselves for them (intellectually, emotionally, and capacity-wise that is — for the coming Long Emergency, hoarding assets and building bunkers is not a viable strate […]
So perhaps what every parent, aunt and uncle should do during the holiday season is line up the photographs of their children and younger relatives and visualize what conversations they will be having with them two to three decades from now.
Image: NOAA Climate.gov/ Mark TschudiThree decades of a consistent warming trend have made a greener Arctic the new normal, and "widespread, sustained changes" are set to come to region, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in an assessment this week. read more
Students being evacuated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado (Photo: NBC Nightly NewsUpdate (4:00 PM EST): Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson reports the alleged shooter has died of a self-inflicted wound. One student is said to be in critical condition due to gunshot wounds. read more […]
In defiance of an international ruling, Russian authorities are denying a group of Greenpeace activists known as the "Arctic 30" the ability to leave the country, the environmental group announced on Friday. read more
Draft proposals from the presidential advisory panel tasked with examining the surveillance activities of the National Security Agency will recommend broad reforms, including how the spy agency collects and stores the electronic information of Americans, according to media reports.read more
Yesterday the U.S. Department of Energy announced that NuScale Power LLC has been awarded a subsidy to finance development of a conceptual “small modular reactor.” This subsidy is more evidence that these imaginary reactors are not competitive in a free market and may never be deployed. read more
Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center and a native of Newtown, Connecticut, released the following statement prior to the anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012:read more
Martin S. Pribble, a long-time atheist blogger, says he's calling it quits and "no longer want[s] to be part of the online atheist 'community'." Well, shit. What did we do now? And what does it even mean to you say you're leaving us? What this means is that I will no longer be dragged into debates with theists who make a ludicro […]
Irony, thy name is Reverend Simon Tatton-Brown. The Anglican vicar, ad-libbing to a student assembly of children ages five to eleven, told his shocked audience that God isn't real, and that the Bible is full of child murder and perversion. No wait, my bad. I'll try again: A vicar has been forced to apologise after claiming at a primary school assem […]
It's been the longest-running Establishment Clause case in American history and it's still being debated more than 23 years later. It involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego -- a huge cross on public land erected in 1954. After the now-deceased Philip Paulson challenged the cross' constitutionality more than two decades ago and after ath […]
The 500 people who live in Awra Amba, Ethiopia, do things a little differently, by design. The village has a mill, where grain is crushed into flour. There is a textile factory, where villagers make clothes for themselves and to sell. You will also find a café, a tourist hostel, and two stores that cater to people from outside the village. With all of these […]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero