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
PUBLIC DEFENDER LINDA THOMPSON did not attend memorial services for long time public defenders Bert Schlosser and Tom Croak. Zero persons from Thompson’s classy operation attended Croak’s service, three deputy district attorneys turned out for Schlosser. The boss did not acknowledge either memorial nor did she send flowers or condolences to family members of […]
It was an exciting night that crisp February 25th of this year, so exciting that Walter K. Miller’s performance is playing again in Mendocino County Superior Court. Miller, 43, of Ukiah, is accused of leaning out the passenger window of a speeding car and shooting at a pursuing deputy’s vehicle. Miller was one of two […]
Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Is it cold enough for you? I thought so. As is often the case when the first such significant cold spell hits the Valley, it is the main talking point around town. This is understandable of course, but obviously we have nowhere […]
Before she was a victim of homicide, Susan Keegan was a victim of emotional abuse. When we think about domestic violence, we tend to think about physical harm, but a victim can also be the target of verbal aggression, manipulative behavior, and deliberate efforts to humiliate or belittle. Contempt is often part of that package, with the abuser mocking or ins […]
What would our food system look like if the impacts of production on the environment and on public health were taken into account? At present the polluter doesn’t pay, and those producing food sustainably are not rewarded for positive outcomes.
From Britain to the Czech Republic, European nations have been restoring rivers to their natural state — taking down dams, removing levees, and reviving floodplains. For a continent that long viewed rivers as little more than shipping canals and sewers, it is a striking change.
Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Patty Murray of Washington at a news conference on a budget deal. (Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times)"Dumb." That's what University of California, Berkely economist Robert Reich called the budget deal announced by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chair […]
An ironic protester holds a sign aloft at an Occupy Wall Street 'Jail the Banksters' demonstration.(Photo: eyewashdesign/ A. Golden/ cc via Flickr)Financial regulators announced Tuesday that, after three and a half years of negotiations and billions spent by big banks in an attempt to carve out regulatory loopholes, Feds agreed upon a set of bankin […]
Today is International Human Rights Day and also marks Idle No More’s one-year anniversary of last year’s national day of action. In honor of this occasion, hundreds of First Nations protesters have taken to the steps of Canada’s Parliament to send a resounding “No” to the Conservative government’s First Nations Education Act (FNEA) and the federal Terminati […]
December 10—Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is calling on Fisher-Price to immediately stop selling its Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity™ Seat for iPad® device. The Apptivity Seat is a bouncy seat for infants with a place for an iPad directly above the baby’s face, blocking his or her view of the rest of the world.read more
The American Civil Liberties Union will appear in court on Wednesday on behalf of a U.S. citizen who was illegally detained and mistreated by American officials in three east African countries in 2007. After fleeing unrest in Somalia, New Jersey resident Amir Meshal was arrested, secretly imprisoned in inhumane conditions, and harshly interrogated by FBI age […]
With less than a week remaining before the budget conference committee's Dec. 13 deadline, reports indicate that negotiators have not yet agreed on a federal spending plan for 2014. Though there is some optimism that a fairly small deal could be reached before Friday, nothing concrete has been released from the closed-door negotiations between House Bud […]
Jennifer Michael Hecht, writing for Politico Magazine, wonders whether electing an atheist president is "the last taboo" -- and she brings up Barney Frank's subtle summertime revelation: ... while few seemed to care about Frank’s pot-smoking admission, atheists across the country -- myself included -- were disappointed that he hadn’t acknowled […]
It's a fool's errand but still amusing: Who's the most important person in history? Steven Skiena, a professor of computer science at Stony Brook University, and Charles Ward, an engineer at Google, analyzed data from Wikipedia to answer that question.
The floodgates are open and the view is glorious. A week after the Satanic Temple said they wanted to put up a monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building (in response to a Ten Commandments monument already on the grounds), a Hindu group is following in their footsteps. Activist Rajan Zed put out a press release today saying that his group, the Universal […]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero