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
COSTCO MOVES AHEAD. The Ukiah City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday Night, Steve Scalmanini dissenting, to deny the appeal of the permit for a 148,000 square-foot Costco on the town's big box row along Highway 101.
Stories to Build On: Finding the Spanish Past in Modern California Mendocino County Office of Education and the Teaching American History Project for Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties are pleased to announce a free historical lecture by Phoebe S. K. Young on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at MCOE, 2240 Old […]
The HazMobile household hazardous waste collection facility in Ukiah is now open an additional day every week, allowing public drop-off every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3200 Taylor Drive, Ukiah. Toxic waste that can’t go in the trash is accepted at the HazMobile including motor oil, paint, solvents, fuels, poisons, […]
Kate Marianchild gives talk, slide show on life in the oak woodlands. Last day of John Muir show by Roberta Werdinger On Sunday, March 16, at 2 pm, author and naturalist Kate Marianchild will give an illustrated lecture titled “Plants and Animals Among the Oaks” at the Grace Hudson Museum. The event is free with […]
Diplomatic efforts are underway to diffuse tensions between Russia and the West following the overthrow of Ukrainian President Yanukovych. Should tensions escalate, one risk is the disruption of gas supplies from Russia to Europe via the Ukraine.
In written testimony provided to the European Parliament and published publicly on Friday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden describes how the U.S. surveillance agency created a "bazaar" of spying across the continent by leveraging agreements with partner agencies that allowed it access to the bulk communication data of Europe's citizens withou […]
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is in the final stages of weighing approval for an overhaul of regulations governing the country’s poultry industry that would see processing speeds increase substantially even while responsibility for oversight would be largely given over to plant employees. read more […]
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone Friday morning, but no consensus on how best to move forward over the crisis in Ukraine was reached and each country represented the call, not surprisingly, with sharply different narratives. On Thursday, Obama signed off on a series of "soft" sanctions against R […]
As the crisis in Ukraine continues, some U.S. legislators have pushed for exporting the nation's natural gas to be used as a "weapon" or leverage point to weaken Russia and President Vladimir Putin's influence on the region. Yet others charge that this is an idea "untethered from reality." Ukraine is heavily dependent for natura […]
Today, two reproductive health clinic closures were announced in rural Texas, as a result of Texas House Bill 2, disproportionately affecting low-income women in the south and east of the state. These were the only clinics in East Texas and Rio Grande Valley.read more
Responding to the Home Secretary’s announcement of a judge-led inquiry into undercover policing, following revelations that Scotland Yard spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence, Reprieve’s Executive Director, Clare Algar said:read more
Two new reports released today in Brussels and Sydney will help strengthen the case for fossil fuel divestment, with one report emphasizing the growing risk of a carbon bubble  resulting from overexposure to high carbon assets, and the other concluding that responsibly divesting from fossil fuels will not hurt a portfolio’s financial performance.read more […]
On Friday, February 28, Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced that, working together with Wildlife Services, they succeeded in gunning down 23 gray wolves from a helicopter in northern Idaho’s Lolo elk zone near the Idaho/Montana border. The state agency said this killing was necessary to boost elk harvest levels in the area, despite independent scient […]
I’ve been to a number of wakes and funerals, and — so far so good — have never stolen anything from the deceased. For some odd reason, that urge never came over me. Now, were the recently departed friend or relative to clutch an object that I wanted, I don’t think I’d have the chutzpah [Read More...]
If you're a member of a City Council, how do you not understand this by now? If you're giving an invocation prayer, it must be non-denominational; you can't pray to Jesus when you're supposed to represent everybody. Hell, the Supreme Court is about to rule on this exact matter very soon. I guess no one on the Cuyahoga Falls City Council i […]
Was Satan, that jokester, up to his wily ways again -- by burning churchgoers' foreheads? Father Eugene Baker said he first became aware of the problem when a parishioner told him during Holy Communion they were "experiencing a burning sensation." About 30 parishioners had received ashes to mark the beginning of Lent at St. Joseph's Catho […]
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how Elevation Church in North Carolina performs “spontaneous baptisms” with a dose of deceit: You can read more about this practice here. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions [Read More...]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero