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
JOYCE MURRAY OF BOONVILLE HAS DIED. Mrs. Murray’s husband, Ross, said that Mrs. Murray passed away Thursday night. She was 87. Joyce Murray was a well-known professional singer with the Andrew Sisters. There will be a graveside service at Anderson Valley’s Evergreen Cemetery at 2 PM on Saturday, March 15th, following which family and friends […]
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An elegant, unfailingly pleasant woman, Joyce Murray, lived a long and full life, some of which Joyce, who passed away last week, shared with Steve Sparks and the readers of this newspaper in 2009. In her memory, we reprint it here. * * * Last Friday morning, I drove a couple of miles out of […]
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.
Detail of NSA slide showing outline of how the NSA performs “industrial-scale exploitation” of computer networks across the world. (Image: NSA document via The Intercept)The "most significant revelations to date." "This is huge, in scale and in implications." read more
Thousands gather in Istanbul as they carry the coffin of Berkin Elvan during funeral (Photo via twitter / @ozannkosee / AFP)Mass protests in Turkey have flared up once again following the death of a boy who died Tuesday night from an injury inflicted by police during last summer's country-wide wave of protests. read more […]
Protesters gather at the Victorian State Parliament Tuesday (Photo: CounterAct)A draconian anti-protest bill passed the Victorian state parliament Tuesday, prompting protests in the parliament chamber that were violently shut down by security. read more
Last night, the Colorado House Judiciary Committee voted to defeat HB 1133, a proposed total abortion ban that could also have banned emergency contraception and sent doctors to jail. Colorado is a historically pro-choice state and attempts to ban abortion at the legislative level and through ballot measures have repeatedly failed. Coloradans have declared t […]
The $26.7 billion in bonuses Wall Street banks handed out in 2013 would be enough to more than double the pay for all 1,085,000 full-time U.S. minimum wage workers, according to an Institute for Policy Studies analysis of New York State Comptroller bonus figures released this morning.read more
The European Parliament today passed a resolution calling for a protected area around the North Pole which could ban oil companies and industrial fishing fleets from the region. The text echoes the demands of an international campaign which has attracted the support of over five million people including Sir Paul McCartney and US oceanographer, Sylvia Earle. […]
Churches in Kentucky will stop at nothing to prove just how powerful their homophobia can be. This time, they've taken $7,000,000 away from a children's services organization on the basis of a proposed pro-LGBT policy that never made it past the planning stages. The resulting budget shortage has left the organization scrambling -- and the responsib […]
Greg Candelaria didn't get on the Malaysian airplane that disappeared with all crew and passengers now feared lost. He was too tired from previous trips and decided to cancel his ticket. The Houston-based IBM worker calls the fact that he's alive the "providence of God": "The very grace of God and nothing more. It wasn't a coinc […]
If you're a mayor, here's a simple rule: Never use this as your salutation: But "your servant in Christ" are the words Green Bay, Wisconsin Mayor Jim Schmitt used in a letter attempting to get the Pope to visit his city: With this letter, it is my deep and personal honor to extend an invitation to you, The Sovereign Pontiff, His Holiness […]
Over the weekend, anyone who threw cash or a check into the collection plate basket barrel at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church got some very bad news: We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen from the church over the weekend. This includes cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information, and it is limited only to thos […]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero