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Lawsuit Filed to Block Permit for Blue Lead Mine

A new local non-profit, the Bear Yuba Watershed Defense Fund (BYWDF), filed a lawsuit on June 3rd to block Nevada County from issuing a use permit for the Blue Lead Mine. The suit, according to the BYWDF press release (below) is based on the contention that Nevada County, as the lead agency, violated CEQA (the California...

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Tomgram: Gottesdiener and Garcia, How to Dismantle This Country

Introductory Comments by Tom Engelhardt (Reprinted from Tomdispatch.com) They say that imperial wars come home in all sorts of ways. Think of the Michigan that TomDispatch regular Laura Gottesdiener describes today as one curious example of that dictum. If you remember, in the spring of 2003, George W. Bush ordered...

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This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Raised the Minimum Wage. Now, His State’s Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Raised the Minimum Wage. Now, His State’s Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers’ wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article. When he took office in...

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A Man You’ve Never Heard of Saved Your Life

A Man You’ve Never Heard of Saved Your Life

Reprinted from WashingtonsBlog (Posted on February 6, 2015 On October 27, 1962, a man you’ve never heard of saved your life … It was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the U.S. and Soviet Union were on hair trigger alert for World War Three. And an order to launch a nuclear missile against Americans...

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Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime, study shows

Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime, study shows

Stanford research reaffirms that right-to-carry gun laws are connected with an increase in violent crime. This debunks – with the latest empirical evidence – earlier claims that more guns actually lead to less crime. BY CLIFTON B. PARKER Vartanov Anatoly/ShutterstockResearch co-authored by law Professor John...

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Fish still contaminated with phased-out Scotchgard chemical

Fish still contaminated with phased-out Scotchgard chemical

Reprinted from Environmental Health News under a Creative Commons License Smallmouth bass are one of many freshwater fish species contaminated with PFOS in U.S. rivers and the Great Lakes. By Brian Bienkowski A persistent chemical formerly used in Scotchgard still contaminates most fish in U.S. rivers and the Great...

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Eric Holder: The Reason Robert Rubin Isn’t Behind Bars

Eric Holder: The Reason Robert Rubin Isn’t Behind Bars

Reprinted from The Center for Economic and Policy Research under a Creative Commons License By Dean Baker The big news item in Washington last week was Attorney General Eric Holder decision to resign. Undoubtedly there are positives to Holder’s tenure as attorney general, but one really big minus is his decision...

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Evidence Mounts of Hidden Fracking Hazards

Evidence Mounts of Hidden Fracking Hazards

Reprinted from Common Dreams under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License “We need strong state action to protect the public health from yet another troubling side effect of the unprecedented wave of shale gas development,” environmentalist warns by Deirdre Fulton A web of roads,...

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How the New York Times Enables Economic Illiteracy (Austerity)

Reprinted from the New Economic Perspectives blog at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Editor’s Note: William K. Black, author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One,” is Associate Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where — according to James...

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When Hope Becomes Revolutionary: Change in a Time of Climate Change

When Hope Becomes Revolutionary: Change in a Time of Climate Change

Reprinted from TomDispatch.com Editor’s Note: Rebecca Solnit, is one of the best writers in America because she’s one of the most original thinkers. Here she reminds us of the revolutionary power of hope, and how hope overturns old regimes from the bottom up. By Rebecca Solnit There have undoubtedly been...

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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...


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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...


Is the “Sharing Economy” (Uber, Airbnb, etc) a Rip-Off?

Is the “Sharing Economy” (Uber, Airbnb, etc) a Rip-Off?

By Robert Reich Reprinted with permission of the author, from his blog at http://robertreich.org How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’...


From Nevada County Sherriff’s Office: “Good Morning Nevada County!”

From Nevada County Sherriff’s Office: “Good Morning Nevada County!”

OK, we had some “fun” this morning. We got an automated call from 866-419-5000 on our Magic Jack home phone (an Internet phone). I did a quick Google search for that number (since I was sitting at my computer when the phone rang) and —...


Does the “Sharing Economy” Create Community, or Profit From the Lack of It?

Does the “Sharing Economy” Create Community, or Profit From the Lack of It?

When our kids were little, we lived in an Eichler suburb in south Palo Alto. Every house on the block had a 6-to-7-foot fence around it. In the year that we lived there we rarely saw a neighbor. It was eery. One day, while mowing our lawn, I had a revelation:...


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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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