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Why I’m bringing centuries-old ‘ghost ponds’ back to life

Why I’m bringing centuries-old ‘ghost ponds’ back to life

By Emily Alderton Emily Alderton, Author provided Over the past century half of the world’s ponds and wetlands have been destroyed, with many being filled in and turned into agricultural land. However, all is not lost, and it is possible to “resurrect” these buried habitats from the seeds and eggs stored within...

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Steve Frisch on Trump, Our National Embarrassment: “This Too Will Pass”

Steve Frisch on Trump, Our National Embarrassment: “This Too Will Pass”

By Steve Frisch The following impromptu “essay” was written by Steve Frisch in the form of a comment to his Facebook friends, and reprinted here with his permission, in honor of July 4th, 2017. “I think the first step in celebrating America this weekend is recognizing that as much of a national...

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Op-Ed | Mike Pasner: Poison in the Water?

Op-Ed | Mike Pasner: Poison in the Water?

By Mike Pasner PENN VALLEY, Calif. June 26, 2017 – NID is registered with Nevada County agricultural department for use of 23 chemicals. That is 216.18 pounds and 4,665.01 gallons of materials in 2016. Since there are 62 delivery points, I am worried that the concentration at these delivery points is toxic to livestock,...

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America Last:  Will Trump Set a Record for the History Books?

America Last: Will Trump Set a Record for the History Books?

By Tom Engelhardt Reprinted from TomDispatch.com In its own inside-out, upside-down way, it’s almost wondrous to behold. As befits our president’s wildest dreams, it may even prove to be a record for the ages, one for the history books. He was, after all, the candidate who sensed it first.  When those he...

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In Praise of Warriors, Not War

In Praise of Warriors, Not War

Editor’s Note: I reprint this essay every Memorial Day. I sometimes feel that I should write something new each year for this special day that Americans celebrate so gleefully. But there are few human customs more perennial and more celebrated than war. The best and the worst of it are nothing new. By Don Pelton On this...

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Democrats – Lemmings in Search of a Cliff: Why You Shouldn’t Bet the Ranch on 2018

Democrats – Lemmings in Search of a Cliff: Why You Shouldn’t Bet the Ranch on 2018

by John Atcheson Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who soared to national prominence during last year’s presidential campaign, is now the most popular politician in the nation. (Photo: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0)                   Republicans should be on the...

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Steve Frisch: “It’s Time to Kill This Tired Old Cliche That Government Should Run Like a Business”

Steve Frisch: “It’s Time to Kill This Tired Old Cliche That Government Should Run Like a Business”

By SteveFrisch Editor’s Note: Steve Frisch offered the following comments on his Facebook page in response to the article linked below, about Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law Jared Kushner to a “swat team to fix government with business ideas” So I don’t think it’s a terrible...

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The Other Right-Wing Tidal Wave Sweeping America: Federal and State Preemption of Local Progressive Laws

The Other Right-Wing Tidal Wave Sweeping America: Federal and State Preemption of Local Progressive Laws

Preemption allows corporations to boost their profits by suppressing local government power, community groups and citizens. By Don Hazen, Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet Photo Credit: Image by Shutterstock, Copyright (c) Cheapbooks Last week, the National League of Cities released a report tracking an outbreak of state...

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The Constitutional Apocalypse

The Constitutional Apocalypse

At the Kentucky Capitol in January, union leaders addressed those protesting a Senate-approved bill making it illegal for workers to be required to join a union or pay dues to keep a job. (Photo: Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press) By Les Leopold   As Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants,...

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California’s rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes

California’s rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes

Reprinted from The Conversation California is particularly earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone. wlscience/flickr, CC BY-SA   In recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone. If there is an...

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Help Fiber Come to Your Neighborhood By Taking A Simple Survey

Help Fiber Come to Your Neighborhood By Taking A Simple Survey

By Don Pelton If you are interested in Spiral Internet’s fiber deployment and — like me — you are in the “Comcast Challenged” zone, take the following survey: https://spiral.servicezones.net/ServiceAreaA/ComcastChallenged In...


Yubanet to Livestream NID Board Meeting Wed 3/21/17 9 AM

Yubanet to Livestream NID Board Meeting Wed 3/21/17 9 AM

From Yubanet today: “GRASS VALLEY, Calif. March 22, 2017 – Live streaming of the NID Board of Directors meeting starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. “YubaNet will livestream the meeting for NID constituents who cannot attend...


Doug LaMalfa Listens Politely to Nevada County

I notice that quite a few people did what we did: we watched Yubanet’s video while listening to KVMR’s audio stream, because the rough acoustics in the auditorium created a lot of distortion in Yubanet’s mic. I’m happy that Yubanet...


Making America Mediocre Again

As conditions in the U.S. deteriorate, the world will continue to suffer the consequences of U.S. military force — but without the mitigating influences of U.S. foreign aid and diplomacy.   By John Feffer, March 1, 2017 Reprinted from Foreign...


The Massive Clearcutting Above Lake Oroville Can’t Help

The Massive Clearcutting Above Lake Oroville Can’t Help

By Don Pelton After sending a few friends a link to a good SacBee article today about the stressed reservoirs in the Feather River watershed above Lake Oroville, one of my friends called my attention to the extensive clearcutting in lands surrounding...


State Was Warned in 2005 About Inadequacy of Emergency Spillway

State Was Warned in 2005 About Inadequacy of Emergency Spillway

From the OrovilleMR: “More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of California’s largest water agencies rejected concerns that Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway — at risk of collapse Sunday night and prompting the evacuation...


Steve Bannon Boasts He is a “Leninist” Who Wants to Destroy Government

Steve Bannon Boasts He is a “Leninist” Who Wants to Destroy Government

I was frightened enough when — like a lot of people — I realized that Steve Bannon is actually the President. Finding out that he also proudly calls himself a “Leninist” doesn’t help at all. Here’s a report by Ronald...


Hope In Dark Times

Hope In Dark Times

“Causes and effects assume history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension. Sometimes one person inspires a movement, or her...


A Moment of Genuine Sweetness

A Moment of Genuine Sweetness


The Sometimes Huge Power Of Small Acts of Resistance

The Sometimes Huge Power Of Small Acts of Resistance

We were not among the millions of people who took to the streets of the world yesterday, in the most inspiring outburst of protest in my long lifetime … against everything vile that Donald Trump stands for. If you were among the demonstrators, I’m...


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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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