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Can New California Water Storage Projects Win State Funding?

Can New California Water Storage Projects Win State Funding?

An initial review by the California Water Commission slashed the ‘public benefits’ claimed by project applicants, prompting outrage in some quarters. Others say the process is working exactly as voters intended. The Bear River in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada foothills, shown here, is the site for the...

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A Great Blue Heron, Cherry Garcia and the Founding of the Wolf Creek Community Alliance

A Great Blue Heron, Cherry Garcia and the Founding of the Wolf Creek Community Alliance

By Don Pelton and Jane Pelton Members, Wolf Creek Community Alliance INSPIRATION One day in the fall of 2002, local contractor Jonathan Keehn had an unforgettable experience while walking along a stretch of Wolf Creek in downtown Grass Valley. He described that experience a couple of months later in an influential article:...

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Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump

Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump

Our best hope is perhaps that Trump comes to realize that climate change is a threat not just to human civilization but to the one thing he cares about—Trump. by Michael Mann Describing our study, one journalist summarized our key finding as “a snowball’s chance in hell that this was natural.”(Photo: Oil...

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The Tax-the-Rich Animation that Riled the 1%’s Most Fervent Cheerleaders

The Tax-the-Rich Animation that Riled the 1%’s Most Fervent Cheerleaders

Reprinted under a Creative Commons 3.0 License By Fred Glass Five years ago, an eight-minute cartoon delightfully demolished all the conventional rationales for grand concentrations of private wealth. In 2009 my union, the California Federation of Teachers, started a movement for progressive taxation to...

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“Do Kids Die, Mom?”

“Do Kids Die, Mom?”

Facing the Future With Trepidation in the Age of Trump By Frida Berrigan As a mother and an activist, here’s what I’ve concluded as 2018 begins: it’s getting harder and harder to think about the future — at least in that soaring Whitney Houston fashion. You know the song: “I believe the children are...

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Trump’s bizarre obsession with his questionable intelligence

Trump’s bizarre obsession with his questionable intelligence

Trump is “very intelligent.” Just ask him. (Actually, you don’t have to ask—he’ll tell you.) By Peter Dreier / AlterNet October 26, 2017, 6:32 PM GMT Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com Many Americans complain that Donald Trump has a tiny vocabulary. But he disproved...

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How should we protest neo-Nazis? Lessons from German history

How should we protest neo-Nazis? Lessons from German history

How should we protest neo-Nazis? Lessons from German history A supporter of President Donald Trump, center, argues with a counterprotester at a rally in Boston on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer By Laurie Marhoefer, University of Washington After the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, many...

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New study finding fat isn’t as bad as carbs misses the point

New study finding fat isn’t as bad as carbs misses the point

What’s more important to examine is whether the fat and carbs come from fruits and vegetables or doughnuts and candy. from www.shutterstock.com.au By Clare Collins, University of Newcastle A new study has added weight to the debate as to whether fat is better or worse for you than carbohydrates, in terms of risk...

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Old West theme parks paint a false picture of pioneer California

Old West theme parks paint a false picture of pioneer California

Reprinted from the August 30, 2017 edition of The Conversation Editor’s Note: The nostalgia for California’s past is still very much an influence throughout much of the state, and is especially conspicuous in the Gold Country, where many old-timers long to re-open old polluting gold mines, such as the...

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Inside the anti-racist movement that brings the fight to white supremacists

Inside the anti-racist movement that brings the fight to white supremacists

Editor’s Note: In a recent article in Mother Jones about the US anti-fascist movement, a young man spoke about his flexible ideology: “I wasn’t sure if I was racist or anti-racist,” recalls Alex Stuck. “I just knew I was pissed off … thank God that [HARM] got to me first. I could have easily...

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The WELL (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link)

The WELL (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link)

I just ran across this Amazon book review I wrote back in 2001, of Katie Hafners’  The Well: A Story of Love, Death & Real Life in the Seminal Online Community. The WELL, started by Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant in 1985, was one of the...


CHRIS HEDGES | HOW ‘ANTIFA’ MIRRORS THE ‘ALT-RIGHT’

CHRIS HEDGES | HOW ‘ANTIFA’ MIRRORS THE ‘ALT-RIGHT’

“We know now that many Germans supported the fascists because they were terrified of leftist violence in the streets. Germans opened their morning newspapers and saw reports of clashes like the one in Wedding [a Berlin neighborhood]. It looked like...


Trump and the Russian Mob

Trump and the Russian Mob

The September issue of The New Republic features this cover image: In the following Democracy Now interview, Craig Unger, author of the New Republic article, talks about his research on Trump and the Russian mob.


Why it’s a disastrous mistake for Democrats to call Trump voters “stupid”

Why it’s a disastrous mistake for Democrats to call Trump voters “stupid”

Don Pelton September 1, 2017 Kansas native, lover of populism (the good kind, the FDR kind), historian Thomas Frank gives the most brilliant analysis I’ve heard yet of the failure of the Democratic Party and the resurgence of right-wing populism...


Giving the Gift of the Magi Every Day

Giving the Gift of the Magi Every Day

Don Pelton It occurred to me recently, as I was cutting a couple of pieces of watermelon for my dear wife and me (giving her the larger piece) that in a long marriage (we’re at 52 years and counting) we exchange the “Gift of the Magi”...


They’re BACK !!! Canadian Mining Company to Re-Open Idaho-Maryland Mine

They’re BACK !!! Canadian Mining Company to Re-Open Idaho-Maryland Mine

by Don Pelton They’re back? Really? We heard this siren song before, when Emgold sang it to lure investors and in the process bewitched enough people in the local community to make it look plausible for a few years. In the end, Emgold failed to...


Republicans Once Again Disregard States Rights (Water Rights This Time)

Republicans Once Again Disregard States Rights (Water Rights This Time)

From High Country News: “This July, California Republicans cheered when the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act passed the U.S. House. Rep. David Valadao, a Central Valley Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation was necessary...


Smoking Marijuana Triples Risk Of High Blood Pressure Death, Study Say

Smoking Marijuana Triples Risk Of High Blood Pressure Death, Study Say

CBS Local — A new study is warning that people who smoke marijuana have three times the risk of dying from high blood pressure than those who don’t use the drug. Scientists, publishing their findings in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology,...


Who Benefits from the Russian Hacking Story? Centrist Democrats.

Who Benefits from the Russian Hacking Story? Centrist Democrats.

Compelling new evidence suggests that there was no hack of DNC servers (by Russia or by anyone else), but rather someone inside the DNC copied a mass of data onto a thumb drive. This explanation is supported by metadata showing that the transfer rate...


“Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that”

“Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that”

“With a billionaire real estate tycoon occupying America’s highest office, the effects of riches upon the soul are a reasonable concern for all of us little guys. After all, one incredibly wealthy soul currently holds our country in his hands. According...


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Free Book: “The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive”

Free Book: “The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive”

By Dean Baker Progressives need a fundamentally new approach to politics. They have been losing not just because conservatives have so much more money and power, but also because they have accepted the conservatives’ framing of political debates. They...


Book Launch in Nevada City Council Chamber: Richard Tuttle’s “Nevada City and Beyond: An Unscripted Life”

Richard Tuttle A day or so ago I received this email from our friend, Dave Comstock, publisher of Comstock Bonanza Press, concerning a “book launch” on October 15th in the Nevada City Council Chamber … of judge Richard E. Tuttle’s...


Devastating New Ron Susskind Book on Obama and his Dysfunctional Economic Team

Larry Summers Napping In excerpts below from their discussion, Frank Rich and Adam Moss talk about Ron Susskind’s new book Confidence Men — published tomorrow — about president-elect Obama’s choice of his economic team in 2008,...


GOP Rule is More Dangerous to Our Health, Study Proves (100 Years of Data)

Professor James Gillligan has spent his professional life studying violence. In his latest book, “Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others,” he summarizes his study of a whole century of data, proving that all forms of violence...


Yes, the Latest Right-Wing Paean to Sociopath Ayn Rand Is Really, Really Awful

by Brad Reed Take Lisa Simpson and combine her with Gordon Gekko and the obnoxious child-android from “Small Wonder,” and you get the perfect Rand hero. The year is 2016. Eight years of Obammunism have transformed the former capitalist paradise known...


Rich People Things: Ayn Rand, La Dolce Vita Redubbed and the Plutocrapocalypse!

Who’s suffered most in the Great Recession? Why, it’s the rich, the affluent, the meritocracy, of course! So says — satirically — Chris Lehmann in his new book, Rich People Things. From the publisher’s description: It’s...


Farming Was His Life, Until the CAFOs Came

I heard Thom Hartmann interview David Kirby, author of Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment. This could be one of those watershed environmental books, like Rachel Carson’s...


Corporations Have Become More Dangerous to Democracy Since Reagan

Barry Lynn, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, talks about his book, Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction. According to Lynn (speaking in the video below), “in 1981 the Reagan administration changed the...


Amazing Buzz on New Book: Eating Animals

I’ve never seen this kind of buzz on a new book before, and since I’m a sucker for book buzz and hype, and I haven’t actually read the book yet, I’ll just pass on some of the buzz and hype about Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran...


Book Review — The End of the Long Summer

Book Review — The End of the Long Summer

Dianne Dumanoski, in her book, “The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth,” writes with great breadth and depth about what she calls the planetary era. Since the beginning of this era, in...


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