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Was Trump Created by Bialystock and Bloom?

Was Trump Created by Bialystock and Bloom?

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Bear Cam at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Bear Cam at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska

From Explore.Org: The Katmai bear cam is back Explore.org is once again live streaming brown bears as they fish for salmon at Katmai National Park and Preserve. Looking for your nature fix? The Katmai bear cam has you covered. Explore.org has once again partnered with Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve,...

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Sacramento’s CBS13 News Live Interviews Grass Valley Opponent of Brewery Proposal

Sacramento’s CBS13 News Live Interviews Grass Valley Opponent of Brewery Proposal

By Don Pelton As I understand it, Sacramento’s CBS13 News Live Reporter Kelly Ryan this morning had “mixed results” when attempting to find someone in the City of Grass Valley willing to be interviewed  about the Whispering Pines Brewery proposal. Here, however, is the CBS13 brief report (snipped...

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Local Citizens’ Group Takes Legal Action Against City of Grass Valley

Local Citizens’ Group Takes Legal Action Against City of Grass Valley

By Don Pelton Attorney Michael W. Graf, representing local citizens’ group, Citizens Advocating Responsible Development (CARD), yesterday filed a petition in Nevada County Superior Court challenging the City of Grass Valley’s “actions on May 10, 2016 and May 24, 2016 approving Text Amendments of the...

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How the NY Times Puts Its Finger on the Scale for Clinton, Against Sanders

How the NY Times Puts Its Finger on the Scale for Clinton, Against Sanders

To understand the power of an editor, all you have to do is compare the original URL for this NY Times article with the headline as it finally ran: URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/us/politics/bernie-sanderss-campaign-accuses-head-of-dnc-of-favoritism.html HEADLINE: Bernie Sanders, Eyeing Convention, Willing...

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Power Outage @ 1:45 pm (est fix = 4:45 pm)

Power Outage @ 1:45 pm (est fix = 4:45 pm)

Our power went out at 1:45 pm. We got an automated PG&E call just now that said the outage is affecting 1400+ customers. They estimate resolution by 4:45 pm.  

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Grass Valley City Council Ignores CEQA Guidelines in Last Night’s Whispering Pines Decision

Grass Valley City Council Ignores CEQA Guidelines in Last Night’s Whispering Pines Decision

Don Pelton The Grass valley City Council last night voted 3 (Jason Fouyer, Howard Levine, Ben Aguilar) to 2 (Jan Arbuckle, Lisa Swarthout) to adopt an ordinance that includes (1) amendments to the Whispering Pines Business Park Specific Plan and (2) the adoption of a Negative Declaration as “the appropriate...

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Community Meeting: Peabody Creek Restoration, Stormwater and Flood Management

By Don Pelton The Wolf Creek Community Alliance  (full disclosure: I’m on the board) received this today from Trisha Tillotson, Senior Civil Engineer/Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Grass Valley.  

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Is there a bigger scandal beneath the Sanders/DNC Scandal?

Is there a bigger scandal beneath the Sanders/DNC Scandal?

If you’ve been following the DNC broken firewall scandal(*) of yesterday with an open mind, here’s a question that should interest you: Why didn’t the DNC fix the software problem when it was first reported to them by the Sanders campaign itself back in October? Is this just a case of incompetence,...

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Darth Trump

Darth Trump

Weirdly true-to-life in its depiction of a self-absorbed Vader … hilarious! And of course the contrast between the expected Darth Vader basso voice and Trump’s unmistakable weeny voice adds to the hilarity.

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Hooked!  The Unyielding Grip of Fossil Fuels on Global Life

Hooked! The Unyielding Grip of Fossil Fuels on Global Life

By Michael Klare Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.com Here’s the good news: wind power, solar power, and other renewable forms of energy are expanding far more quickly than anyone expected, ensuring that these systems will provide an ever-increasing...


How to Make a Political Revolution

How to Make a Political Revolution

By David Morris Reprinted with permission from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance [Editor’s Comment: Note in the article that follows the discussion of the Bank of North Dakota, which has received particular attention in the last few years because...


The Age of Disintegration:  Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World

The Age of Disintegration: Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World

By Patrick Cockburn Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.com Introduction by Tom Engelhardt: Here’s an unavoidable fact: we are now in a Brexit world. We are seeing the first signs of a major fragmentation of this planet that, until recently,...


The #1 Factor Experts Say Accounts for High Number of Mass Shootings in U.S.

The #1 Factor Experts Say Accounts for High Number of Mass Shootings in U.S.

Welcome to the world of environmental criminology. By Patricia Pearson / Reprinted from AlterNet June 21, 2016 Canadians are reputed to be polite. But that isn’t a very compelling argument for why the lone wolves there are less inclined to engage in...


Sixty local women needed for Community Health Impacts of Mining Exposure (CHIME 2) Study

Sixty local women needed for Community Health Impacts of Mining Exposure (CHIME 2) Study

Press Release Sierra Streams Institute 431 Uren Street, Suite C Nevada City, ca 95959 530-265-6090 Sixty local women needed for Community Health Impacts of Mining Exposure (CHIME 2) Study Nevada City-based non-profit Sierra Streams Institute is partnering...


Privatizing America’s Public Land

Privatizing America’s Public Land

How the Raid on Malheur Screened a Future Raid on Real Estate By William deBuys Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.com It goes without saying that in a democracy everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions. The trouble starts when people...


“Print the Money”: Trump is Right About This, And Not Much Else

“Print the Money”: Trump is Right About This, And Not Much Else

Editor’s Note: Proponents of Modern Monetary Theory will appreciate this article as an example of their fundamental tenet: a “sovereign government is the monopoly supplier of its currency and can issue currency of any denomination in physical...


Dirt First

Dirt First

The March/April 2016 issue of the beautiful environmental magazine, Orion, features an article about “a revolution in the science of dirt,” which — it claims — “is transforming American agriculture.” The article is...


What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

Scientists believe that simple land management techniques can increase the rate at which carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored in soils. By Sally Neas  Reprinted with permission from Yes! Magazine under a Creative Commons License      ...


Debacle at Doha:  The Collapse of the Old Oil Order

Debacle at Doha: The Collapse of the Old Oil Order

By Michael T. Klare Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.com Sunday, April 17th was the designated moment.  The world’s leading oil producers were expected to bring fresh discipline to the chaotic petroleum market and spark a return to high prices....


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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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