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What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

Scientists believe that simple land management techniques can increase the rate at which carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored in soils. By Sally Neas  Reprinted with permission from Yes! Magazine under a Creative Commons License                                                ...

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Debacle at Doha:  The Collapse of the Old Oil Order

Debacle at Doha: The Collapse of the Old Oil Order

By Michael T. Klare Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.com   Sunday, April 17th was the designated moment.  The world’s leading oil producers were expected to bring fresh discipline to the chaotic petroleum market and spark a return to high prices. Meeting in Doha, the glittering capital of petroleum-rich...

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What We Know About The Progressive Future, Part I: Here Come The Millennials

What We Know About The Progressive Future, Part I: Here Come The Millennials

By Sara Robinson     Originally published in Sara Robinson’s blog, February 2, 2016. Reprinted with the permission of the author. In January 2011, I presented a futures research project to the Progressive Caucus in Congress, then the largest of all the caucuses in that body. The report, Progressives 2040...

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Teach A Man to Reason, And He’ll Think For A Lifetime

Teach A Man to Reason, And He’ll Think For A Lifetime

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A Nuclear Armageddon in the Making in South Asia

A Nuclear Armageddon in the Making in South Asia

By Dilip Hiro Reprinted from TomDispatch.com Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades, the most dangerous place on Earth has been the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir. It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border might — given the known military doctrines of the two nuclear-armed...

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Robert Reich: “Stop Voter Suppression”

Robert Reich: “Stop Voter Suppression”

By Robert Reich Reprinted from Robert Reich’s blog at robertreich.org A crowning achievement of the historic March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, was pushing through the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. Recognizing the history of racist attempts to...

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Eat at Summer Thyme’s Restaurant and Money is Donated to Wolf Creek Community Alliance

Eat at Summer Thyme’s Restaurant and Money is Donated to Wolf Creek Community Alliance

By Don Pelton (Board Member of the Wolf Creek Community Alliance) Dear Friends of Wolf Creek: Here’s a great way to have some fun and trigger a contribution from Summer Thyme’s Restaurant to the Wolf Creek Community Alliance (without spending an extra cent of your own)! Drop by Summer Thyme’s Restaurant...

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A Fukushima on the Hudson?  The Growing Dangers of Indian Point

A Fukushima on the Hudson? The Growing Dangers of Indian Point

By Ellen Cantarow and Alison Rose Levy Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.com It was a beautiful spring day and, in the control room of the nuclear reactor, the workers decided to deactivate the security system for a systems test. As they started to do so, however, the floor of the reactor began to tremble....

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Thomas Frank: How the Democrats Created a “Liberalism of the Rich”

Thomas Frank: How the Democrats Created a “Liberalism of the Rich”

By Thomas Frank, author of the just-published Listen, Liberal, or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? (Metropolitan Books) from which this essay is adapted. He has also written Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What’s the Matter With Kansas? among other works. He is the founding editor of The...

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Are We in a New American World?

Are We in a New American World?

By Tom Engelhardt Reprinted with permission from Tommdispatch.com The other week, feeling sick, I spent a day on my couch with the TV on and was reminded of an odd fact of American life. More than seven months before Election Day, you can watch the 2016 campaign for the presidency at any moment of your choosing, and...

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Community Meeting: Peabody Creek Restoration, Stormwater and Flood Management

By Don Pelton The Wolf Creek Community Alliance  (full disclosure: I’m on the board) received this today from Trisha Tillotson, Senior Civil Engineer/Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Grass Valley.  


Is there a bigger scandal beneath the Sanders/DNC Scandal?

Is there a bigger scandal beneath the Sanders/DNC Scandal?

If you’ve been following the DNC broken firewall scandal(*) of yesterday with an open mind, here’s a question that should interest you: Why didn’t the DNC fix the software problem when it was first reported to them by the Sanders campaign...


Darth Trump

Darth Trump

Weirdly true-to-life in its depiction of a self-absorbed Vader … hilarious! And of course the contrast between the expected Darth Vader basso voice and Trump’s unmistakable weeny voice adds to the hilarity.


Keep It California: “Please Come to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Meeting on May 12th at 12:30 PM”


Keep It California on KVMR Wednesday May 6th at Noon

I hear from Margaret Joehnck (with Keep It California Nevada County) that she and Kevin Hendricks, who headed up the successful Keep It California campaign to defeat the State of Jefferson ballot initiative in Del Norte County, will be interviewed by Lee...


Sign the Petition Opposing the State of Jefferson


Wolf Creek Chalk Art Project — April 22nd


West Coast Port Slowdown Impacts Nevada County Businesses

West Coast Port Slowdown Impacts Nevada County Businesses

By Don Pelton When we arranged with the local tree experts and altogether good people at Trees Unlimited to fell about a half dozen large ponderosas on our property and have them trucked to a mill, we scheduled the work to be done on Friday the 13th,...


“Thank You Mr Gray. You Were a Great Teacher”

“Thank You Mr Gray. You Were a Great Teacher”

By Don Pelton I had a slightly melancholy experience this morning. I ran across a webpage describing all my old high school teachers and what became of them. I graduated in 1959. I was especially interested to know about the one teacher — an English...


Another Economic Crash is Coming

Another Economic Crash is Coming

Economist Ross Ashcroft (in this 4-minute video) correctly points out that the most important warning sign of an impending crash is the level of private (household and business) debt as a percentage of GDP. In this view, he is in complete accord with...


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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”

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)

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

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...


Simplicity Bistro: Excellent New Restaurant in Grass Valley

Simplicity Bistro: Excellent New Restaurant in Grass Valley

I learned something from our three meals at Simplicity Bistro over the last week: I learned that I have a burgundy beef need that can apparently only be satisfied by recurring dinners at Simplicity Bistro. I’m a bit worried, though, because...


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

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

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

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...


Amazing Buzz on New Book: Eating Animals

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...


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