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KYAGB (KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE)

I’ve been watching and listening to Guy McPherson for the last few years, but I’ve rarely recommended him to others, because his conclusions — on a scale from “EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE FINE” at one end to “KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE” at the other — are at the KYAGB end....

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Environmental Impact Report Needed for Blue Lead Mine

By J. Pelton The owners of Blue Lead Mine have proposed a 20-year gold-mining operation covering 74 acres in the Red Dog/You Bet area which is still in recovery after the devastation of hydraulic mining.  They refer to this mine as a Mom and Pop operation, and say they will be using “only” 20,000 gallons of water...

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Nevada County Board of Supervisors Delays Decision on Blue Lead Mine

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors was surprisingly receptive to those appealing the recent decision of the Planning Commission to grant Blue Lead Mine a “mitigated negative declaration” in lieu of a full EIR (environmental impact report). After a full afternoon  (1:30 to 7:30) of testimony and deliberations...

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Could This Explain the George Washington Bridge Scandal?

Could This Explain the George Washington Bridge Scandal?

Ryan Lizza, writing in a long article about Chris Christie in The New Yorker, describes George Norcross III, “New Jersey’s most influential Democratic political boss.” When Norcross introduced Christie at the ceremony, he teased the Governor openly. He reminded the audience that, despite Christie’s...

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Watch This, You’ll Be Glad: “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

This looks fascinating .. the follow-on to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

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KEYSTONE PipeLIES Exposed

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Fundraiser Tomorrow at the Fairgrounds for Pete Lance and Family

This is our long-time arborist, Pete Lance, and his family. A few days before he was scheduled to do some work for us earlier this month, he fell from a height of 50 feet while working at a home in Folsom and broke his back. He’ll have a long recovery, and he’s (I think) the sole support of his family....

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This Little Light of Mine … I’m Gonna Let It Shine

I was in the Booksellers bookstore in Grass Valley recently and one of the clerks pointed at my pants and asked “What’s that?” I looked down and saw that the little flashlight attached to my keychain inside my pocket had accidentally switched on and was shining a light right through my pants. Without...

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Without Progressive Uproar, Social Security and Medicare Face Axe

Reprinted from Common Dreams (October 21, 2013) under Creative Commons License By Jon Queally, staff writer The lines are being drawn for a ‘Grand Bargain’ and the Democrats’ continued willingness to give away role as defenders of safety net and earned benefit programs, say critics, is deeply worrying From...

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Wolf Creek Community Alliance Presents: State of the Creek

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Carbon Delirium: The Last Stage of Fossil-Fuel Addiction

Carbon Delirium: The Last Stage of Fossil-Fuel Addiction

Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.com By Michael Klare Of all the preposterous, irresponsible headlines that have appeared on the front page of the New York Times in recent years, few have exceeded the inanity of this one from early March:...


City Needs Comprehensive Development Plan Centered Around the “Real Gold in Grass Valley”

By Bruce Herring Much ado lately in local press and other spheres concerning the future of Grass Valley. Citizens, elected officials, print journalists, bloggers, and other characters have bandied about a variety of notions. At issue: What is, what has,...


The Golden Age of Journalism?

Reprinted from TomDispatch.com with permission of the author. Your Newspaper, Your Choice  By Tom Engelhardt It was 1949.  My mother — known in the gossip columns of that era as “New York’s girl caricaturist” — was freelancing theatrical...


How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme — Again

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.com The Empire Strikes Back  How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme — Again  By Laura Gottesdiener You can hardly turn on the television or open a newspaper without...


Obama’s Washington is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Middle East

Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.com By Bob Dreyfuss Put in context, the simultaneous raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign...


Gulf of Mexico: “There is no life out there”

Gulf of Mexico: “There is no life out there”

Reprinted from Transition Voice under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. By Tom Lewis Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Manager Jereme Phillips reports oil on a refuge beach in Alabama in June of 2010. Three years later,...


On this Labor Day, Let’s Remember What Unions Have Done for America

Reprinted from Fabius Maximus (under Creative Commons License) by Fabius Maximus Summary: On this Labor Day let’s revisit the lost history of the union movement, and its vital contribution to building the middle class. To remember the loneliness,...


Fracking Boom Slouching Toward Bust

Reprinted from Common Dreams (under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License) By Richard Heinberg Stop me if you’ve heard this one. What’s an obscenity that starts with “f” and ends with “ck”? Oh wait, sorry, this is supposed...


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19 ways climate change is now feeding itself

Reprinted under a Creative Commons license from Transition Voice By Guy McPherson This essay updates my earlier effort to tally and describe self-reinforcing feedback loops with respect to climate change. At that time, seven months ago, we had strong...


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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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