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
OUT IN THE SNOW… Editor, I realize domestic disputes are hard on everyone in the vicinity at best, but the police are supposed to have training in sorting out what is dangerous and what is not for the people involved. Friday evening of the big snow and freeze, I went on Ukiah’s Artwalk in spite […]
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 […]
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 […]
•Naomi Klein: Radical GHG emissions policies need radical social movements to back them •The billionaire boys’ club: How college students and Wall Street are thinking alike •Coal blow as major European bank cuts funding •Safe Limit for Global Warming Is Lowered Dramatically by Experts
But why should we care about what happens to some sheep farmers in a remote corner of Britain, far from the front lines of catchier environmental stories like the disappearing Amazon rainforests, China’s sinking coastal cities, or rampant poaching to feed the illicit ivory trade?
"I don't know a better way to do it," said General Keith Alexander, director of the National Intelligence Agency, to a Senate oversight panel on Wednesday. Referring to the bulk-collection of personal data that the NSA sweeps up in a series of domestic and global surveillance programs that have been disclosed to the public through a trove a le […]
Secretary of State John Kerry listens to opening statements as he waits to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Despite repeated warnings that such a move could scuttle the hopes for a comprehensive and more permanent agreement on Iran's domestic nuclear program, U.S. read more […]
(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 […]
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
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the new sign in front of Pine River Elementary School in Leroy, Michigan: It was created by LeRoy High School Class of 1943 graduate Carl Gustafson and initially included the phrase "In God We Trust" on the spine of the book. However, Superintendent Jim Ganger and the board of education decided to remove it afte […]
Last night, Stephen Colbert mocked Fox News' coverage of the "War on Christmas" (apparently, a Festivus pole is ruining it) and even threw in a little support for a claim made by Dave Silverman that "Christianity stole the season from the solstice":
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Can atheists celebrate religious holidays?: 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 tackle next!