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 LODGE AT THE WOODS, an assisted living community owned and operated by Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS) has announced it will soon be closing. The Lodge compound in the hills above Little River is home to a large number of persons, not all of them elderly and disabled. The facility’s directors say […]
Saturday March 15 from 5-8pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Building inUkiah. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child, with a slight price increase at the door, and are on sale at Mendocino Book Company and DFM Auto Repair.” — Katrina Cavender
Wildlife Film Fest double feature features extraordinary new research and photography. The International Wildlife Film Festival’s Post-Festival Tour continues this Friday, March 14 at 7 pm at the Ukiah Civic Center with two films, “Birds of Paradise” and “Smarty Plants.” The first film reveals a fascinating world of birds on the other side of the […] […]
Last month a small but vocal group gathered on the steps of Seattle's city hall to demand greater restrictions on the controversial transportation of oil by railway tanker through the Northwest. This was the latest action in the larger movement of opposition to trains carrying fossil fuels through Washington.
Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has been at the center of government efforts surrounding the expansion of inter-agency information sharing when it comes to data collected by the National Security Agency. read 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
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- […]
After a lot of discussion about a mother's roadside cross in memory of her son, the threat of a lawsuit against her city that compelled her to finally take it down, and the multiple crosses put up in its place (which stain her son's memory far more than atheists ever could), we're finally hearing from the woman who initially requested that the […]
Where do atheists get their morality? Possibly from a better place than lots of people of faith get theirs. I wonder what would happen if you ran this story, devoid of religious identifiers, by 1,000 random adults and asked them whether they surmised that the sledgehammer-wielding landlords were atheists or devout believers. Anyway: Hasidic slumlords [Read M […]
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how long roadside cross memorials should be allowed to stay up: ) You can read more about this story here, here, and here. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the project -- more videos will be posted soon -- and we'd also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackl […]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero