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Israel and Palestine, an Animated Introduction

Good, historically accurate introduction to the Israel/Palestine conflict, in the form of a short (6+ minute) video, from Jewish Voice for Peace.   More Resources: Top sources for learning more about Gaza Additional Primers: Click here to read JVP Advisory Board member Aurora Levins Morales’ article “Latinos,...

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Incredible Time-Lapse Video of Severe Thunderstorms

“Feb. 19, 2014—The menacing, magnificent storm clouds of Wyoming come to swirling life in this time-lapse, ‘Stormscapes,’ by photographer Nicolaus Wegner. He braved lightning and the erratic fury of supercell storms to capture these images in the summer of 2013.” (National Geographic).

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Gasland Update: “Video of the Week”

Here’s Josh Fox’s latest update on Gasland. He lays out some more evidence for — among other things — the connection between fracking and the pollution of wells.

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The Shadow Universe (Short Video)

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The Time for the Wolf Creek Parkway is Now

By Don Pelton Bruce Herring  is the Parkway Steward for the Wolf Creek Community Alliance [Full disclosure: I'm a board member of the WCCA]. Here’s how we described his work in our most recent newsletter: Just months after his retirement as Principal of Bitney Springs Preparatory High School, Bruce Herring stepped...

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In Case You’ve Forgotten What A Miracle You Are

The following short (7+ minute) video illustrates why I have no hesitation in using the word, “miracle” to describe a process so thoroughly explained by science … which always leaves yet more to be explained. That its purposefulness evolved over eons from random processes is the most miraculous of...

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The Worst of Nevada County in National News, Again

Why is that only the worst of Nevada County — in this case another right-wing gun nut — makes the national news? Esteemed journalist and historian Rick Perlstein, writing in Salon, found occasion to notice this Nevada County event (while gently chiding the New York Times for failing to cover it): Here...

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” … a Hannity-shaped hole in the studio wall at Fox News.”

I’ve read William Rivers Pitt’s writing before, but never anything as remotely entertaining as this inspired article. Excerpt: “Every right-wing media personality and politician who had rushed to publicly embrace Cliven Bundy immediately fled his presence as if he was covered in Goliath tarantulas....

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A Creek Runs Under It — Part 2

A large group of students, teachers and parents from Grass Valley Charter School arrived this afternoon with tons of colored chalk and drew (above ground) the path (under ground) that Wolf Creek follows beneath the parking lot at Holiday Inn Express in downtown Grass Valley, before it emerges again into daylight beyond...

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A Creek Runs Under It

Wolf Creek goes underground at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Grass Valley and emerges again into daylight several blocks later next to Safeway. On Thursday May 1st at 11 AM, students, parents, and teachers from Grass Valley Charter School will gather at the Holiday Inn parking lot and use chalk art on the asphalt...

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Articles

Requiem for the American Century

Reprinted from TomDispatch.com with permission of the author Turning 70, Paragraph by Paragraph By Tom Engelhardt First Paragraphs on Turning 70 in the American Century That Was * Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating...


NBC Pulls Its Best Journalist from Gaza Just as Israel Invades

Reprinted from Foreign Policy in Focus under a Creative Commons License With Israeli tanks rolling into Gaza, NBC has pulled the reporter who has done more than any other to show the human costs of the conflict there. By Phyllis Bennis, July 17, 2014. News...


Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

Reprinted from Foreign Policy in Focus under a Creative Commons Licence Israel believes it can bomb Gazans into changing their interests. How long will Obama support this delusion? By John Feffer, July 16, 2014. Israel’s favorite metaphor for...


America in Decline: The Empire as Basket Case

Reprinted from TomDispatch.com with permission of the author. By Tom Engelhardt The Age of Impunity For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  Nothing it does – torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance,...


James Harold Galleries Presents: Gordon Pelton 3-D Art

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The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

Reprinted from truthout (15 January 2013) with permission of the author By Thom Hartmann The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see...


Short Video: Wolf Creek, Beauty and Community

By Don Pelton Here’s a short (4+ minute) video loop Jane and I made for the Wolf Creek Community Alliance non-profit display table being featured at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts for the month of June. (Full disclosure: I’m a member...


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Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You — He Already Has You

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.com The Militarized Realities of Fortress America By William J. Astore I spent four college years in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and then served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.  In the military,...


US Military Since World War II: A Record of Unparalleled Failure

Reprinted from TomDispatch.com, with permission of the author Don’t Walk Away from War  It’s Not the American Way By Tom Engelhardt The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights,...


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Reviews

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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