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
What’s all the buzz about? A Pollinator Workshop! Friday March 21st 1-5pm At River’s Bend Retreat Center 18450 Rays Rd, Philo. Presenters and topics include: Jessa Guisse, Xerces Society, Native Pollinators; Kate Frey, Good Pollinator Plants for Anderson Valley and Pollinators in the Vineyard Setting; Linda MacElwee, MCRCD, Installing and Maintaining Pollina […]
The Board of Directors of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting (MCPB) met last night, March 3. It was an interesting meeting — in some ways painful, while in other ways cathartic. It was a long meeting. Three hours, fifteen minutes. I would estimate that 40-50 people attended the meeting, in addition to the nine Board Directors, […]
On Friday March 7th, Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools, Paul Tichinin announced to his staff and the County Board of Education that he would not file to run for another four-year term in office. He will retire in January 2015, at the end of his current term and after a 40 year career in education, […]
Perched along the rolling hills of Coastal Sonoma County, Bloomfield Farms spreads out across 50 acres, close to 40 of which are thick with kale, chard, heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, potatoes and 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
Tucked away in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal released early last week, say union critics, is a renewed proposal by the administration to destroy one of the last remaining success stories that resulted from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal" more than 80 years ago. read more […]
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- […]
A massive free trade deal went into effect 20 years ago and has had very harmful effects on communities and the environment in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, according to a report released today.read more
A gravely ill Yemeni man will today become the first Guantánamo Bay prisoner to have his claims of abuse at the military base considered by a US court of law. Emad Hassan, who has been held without charge since 2002 and cleared for release since 2009, has been abusively force-fed more than 5000 times since 2007 as part of the military’s efforts to break his […]
This is a guest post written by Kristine Kruszelnicki. Kristine is the President of Pro-Life Humanists. ... There was a time when the lines seemed clearer and the slogans said everything. Pro-lifers were Jesus-loving Pope-followers with a passion for sticking rosaries on ovaries, and atheists were quick to respond with "Keep your theology off my biology […]
The United Methodist Church is not ready to embrace same-sex unions. But a few of its members are. And while they've been quietly defying church law for years in order to grant LGBT people the respect, rights, and love they deserve, the story of one pastor who risked his career to celebrate his son's marriage is finally making bigger waves. This ca […]
There's a law in Oregon -- it's been around for decades -- that allows public school students to skip classes for up to two hours a week (or five if they're in high school) in order to get "instruction in religion." PREP4Kids is one of those indoctrination programs. They even provide a shuttle to take kids, in one case, from Banks El […]
Last night, Stephen Colbert tackled American Atheists' lawsuit against the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and its exhibit featuring a Christian cross. And much like Jon Stewart's skewering of the same issue back in 2011, Colbert's segment was heavy on mockery but empty on substance:
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero