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
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, […]
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THE BIG BUST last week of the Love In It Cooperative headquartered in Albion, apparently began in Colorado, according Capt. Greg Van Patten, of the Mendo Sheriff's Department. Colorado police intercepted a package of cash, another package of dope and soon alerted Mendocino County of the intercepts.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) will be meeting in Oakland on March 11, 2014, to hear testimony on the sale of historic post offices and its effect on communities, historic buildings and historic districts. The ACHP is an independent federal agency that promotes preservation and sustainable use of our nation’s historic resources and […] […]
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; email@example.com 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 […]
Yes, how dare Western moviemakers try to provoke moviegoers' emotions! The Darren Aronofsky-produced “Noah,” with its depiction of the divinely inspired deluge and the building of an ark that saves surviving species, is the target of a fatwa issued by Al Azhar, a leading Sunni Muslim institution.
You can understand why some Christians would feel threatened by the attention given to atheism over the past several years. Atheist authors tend to spawn headlines with every book and we're quick to respond when religion is found at the scene of societal ills. In True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, edited by Tom Gilson and Car […]
You might know the Irish actor Chris O'Dowd from the TV series The IT Crowd and various movies, including This is 40 and Gulliver's Travels. On his side of the Atlantic, actors who are atheists, like O'Dowd and Daniel Radcliffe, appear to be able to speak their minds with less caution and equivocation than their American counterparts, such as […]
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero