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 LOCAL ANGLE: Jeffrey Ruano, 50, of San Francisco, was arrested in San Jose after a manhunt that closed down streets in Daly City and a high-speed car chase that spanned four counties. He is accused of shooting a San Francisco police officer Saturday afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission District. It has since developed that […]
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, […]
Ultimately, the issue is that to extract oil or any fossil fuel, we have to keep the financial and political systems together. These systems can be expected to fail, far before we run out of oil in the ground.
In early January, on a visit back to my old stomping grounds in western Massachusetts, I trekked along the snowy banks of Amethyst Brook, a beautiful headwater tributary in the Connecticut River watershed.
In Extraenvironmentalist #75 we discuss our global systems of money and finance with Ben Dyson of Positive Money UK and Brett Scott author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money.
Former Ukrainian president Viktor F. Yanukovych spoke at a news conference on Tuesday. (Credit Sergei Ilnitsky/European Pressphoto Agency)What U.S. and other western governments call a legitimate popular revolution in Ukraine, the Russians continue to assert was an orchestrated coup d'etat.read more
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, right, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, were leading Democrats in the all-night speechathon for the climate. (Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)Though likely impossible to find anyone in the climate justice or environmental community to say that any sitting U.S. read more […]
A NASA image showing a snapshot of the Antarctic ozone "hole" in 2010. (NASA)Scientists have made a "very worrying' discovery of four new ozone-destroying gases. The research from scientists at the University of East Anglia was published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. read more […]
Today, residents, community leaders, medical professionals, and clean energy supporters – including the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and the Sierra Club’s My Generation Campaign - rallied outside Southern California Edison’s headquarters in Rosemead. Protesters gathered to call on Edison replace the closed San Onofre Nuclear Plant with cl […]
The Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe in Japan is about to enter its fourth year. Many questions remain unanswered. Little has been done to shore up the 31 U.S. reactors that are identical in design. Interviews with specialists at Beyond Nuclear are available. Kevin Kamps Radioactive Waste Specialist. 240.462.3216; firstname.lastname@example.org more
Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida sent a final warning to the Florida Board of Executive Clemency – made up of Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet – calling on them to reform Florida’s voting policies before they are the subject to international scrutiny at an upcoming United Nations review.read more
Friends of the Earth International commended a groundbreaking report presented today the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, which calls for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger.  Mr. Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapp […]
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:
Mina Sohail met up with a group of atheists in Lahore, Pakistan and shares their stories at Tablet. What's striking is how all of them refuse to be identified by their full name -- they don't want to face any punishment -- yet their Facebook group continues to grow: