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Show Up at NID Today at 1 pm & Oppose CA Taxpayer Dollars for Centennial Dam

Show Up at NID Today at 1 pm & Oppose CA Taxpayer Dollars for Centennial Dam

From South Yuba River Citizen’s League: Show  Up at NID Today & Oppose CA Taxpayer Dollars for Centennial Dam   KNOW & GO:  Who: Dam Watchdogs What: Show up for NID’s Special Board Meeting; Tell them to vote “NO” on Resolution No. 2017-24 When: Today, Wednesday, August 9, beginning at 1pm Where: 1036...

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‘Earth Is Exhausted’: Humans Have Already Consumed the Planet’s Annual Resources

‘Earth Is Exhausted’: Humans Have Already Consumed the Planet’s Annual Resources

“The costs of this global ecological overspending are becoming increasingly evident around the world.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, Commondreams Reprinted from Commondreams under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License   “This means that in seven months, we emitted...

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Watch “An Inconvenient Sequel” This Weekend—But Then Do This

Watch “An Inconvenient Sequel” This Weekend—But Then Do This

Actions to take after you see Al Gore’s new documentary By Mark Rahner Reprinted from Yes! Magazine under a Creative Commons License Al Gore with former Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Typhoon Haiyan survivor Demi Raya, in the Raya family home. Tacloban City, Philippines, March 12, 2016. Photo by Jensen...

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Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Talk

Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Talk

We’re not all ready to have the same conversation, but perhaps that’s a good place to start by Richard Heinberg       Reprinted from CommonDreams under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License   A placard warning against the dangers of climate change used in the...

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Message to Democrats: Get on Board With Medicare For All or Go Home

Message to Democrats: Get on Board With Medicare For All or Go Home

For universal healthcare to become a reality, “it’s going to take a movement of movements, and it’s going to take the American people making it toxic for our elected officials not to get on board.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, Commondreams   Medicare for All “is the only...

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Will Democrats in Congress Go Bolder or Backwards?

Will Democrats in Congress Go Bolder or Backwards?

The new Democratic Party ‘Better Deal’ agenda features a job-training proposal that demands less from CEOs than the training proposal Bill Clinton ran on a quarter-century ago.   By Sam Pizzigati Originally published in Inequality.org Reprinted under a Creative Commons License 3.0 The Democratic Party’s...

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Peter Van Zant: Be Skeptical of NID Scare Tactics

NEVADA CITY, Calif. July 24, 2017 – Nevada Irrigation District (NID) still hasn’t dropped its ill-conceived plan to build Centennial Dam on the Bear River. They have yet to demonstrate the need for the project or explained how they plan to pay for the dam’s construction. And there is no assurance that the ratepayers...

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How to Face the Ecocide: Climate chaos, mass extinction, the collapse of civilization: So what if we’re doomed?

How to Face the Ecocide: Climate chaos, mass extinction, the collapse of civilization: So what if we’re doomed?

By Brian Calvert      Image credit: Elena Dorfman      Reprinted with the permission of High Country News In the winter of 2013, I drove up California’s Central Valley to Stockton, to interview Cambodian parents who’d lost children in one of the nation’s many mass school shootings. A local man named Patrick...

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Artist Gordon Pelton’s View of Trump: “A Thousand Flaws”

Artist Gordon Pelton’s View of Trump: “A Thousand Flaws”

Gordon Pelton Editor’s Note: Full disclosure: Artist Gordon Pelton is my brother. To appreciate Gordon’s deconstruction and reconstruction of Trump, you’ll need to click on the digital image below, then click on it again to enlarge it and reveal the full text of Trump’s “thousand flaws.”...

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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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Republicans Once Again Disregard States Rights (Water Rights This Time)

Republicans Once Again Disregard States Rights (Water Rights This Time)

From High Country News: “This July, California Republicans cheered when the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act passed the U.S. House. Rep. David Valadao, a Central Valley Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation was necessary...


Smoking Marijuana Triples Risk Of High Blood Pressure Death, Study Say

Smoking Marijuana Triples Risk Of High Blood Pressure Death, Study Say

CBS Local — A new study is warning that people who smoke marijuana have three times the risk of dying from high blood pressure than those who don’t use the drug. Scientists, publishing their findings in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology,...


Who Benefits from the Russian Hacking Story? Centrist Democrats.

Who Benefits from the Russian Hacking Story? Centrist Democrats.

Compelling new evidence suggests that there was no hack of DNC servers (by Russia or by anyone else), but rather someone inside the DNC copied a mass of data onto a thumb drive. This explanation is supported by metadata showing that the transfer rate...


“Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that”

“Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that”

“With a billionaire real estate tycoon occupying America’s highest office, the effects of riches upon the soul are a reasonable concern for all of us little guys. After all, one incredibly wealthy soul currently holds our country in his hands. According...


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...


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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”

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)

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

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

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!

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

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

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 the...


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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