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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 of 130,000 people — could erode during heavy winter rains and...

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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 Radosh of TheDailyBeast: “I’m a Leninist,” Bannon proudly...

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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 words do decades later; sometimes a few passionate people change...

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A Moment of Genuine Sweetness

A Moment of Genuine Sweetness

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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 inclined to ask you: Did you feel like a small part of a...

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I Fine Myself $2 for Using The T-Word

I Fine Myself $2 for Using The T-Word

I fined myself $2 this morning for using the T-word twice before I finished discussing Kelly Ann Conway’s argument with Chuck Todd yesterday, during which she tried to redefine the Administration’s lies as “alternative facts.” She was responding to Todd’s reference to them as “falsehoods.”...

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Politically, the Clintons Are Done

A NY Times article today says that Hillary Clinton blames FBI Director Comey for her loss. I understand her complaint, but her loss was multifaceted. The Comey sabotage was a factor, but so was her campaign’s failure to focus more on the Dem platform (partially crafted by Sanders’ followers) in order to...

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In Trump Country, the Bucolic Sounds of Honey-Lab Explosions

In Trump Country, the Bucolic Sounds of Honey-Lab Explosions

Only in a surrealistic election year such as this could an otherwise ironic remark like the following — by Sherry Turkle — be read as straight-up un-ironic truth: ” … that this man who stood against democratic institutions is also a misogynist is a stroke of good fortune. The next time we may...

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Trump’s Business Model is a Zero-Sum Game,, Which Means …

Which means, if Trump wins, everyone else loses.

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A 3,000 Year-Old Ball of Yarn, and Other Unfinished Projects

A 3,000 Year-Old Ball of Yarn, and Other Unfinished Projects

By Don Pelton For some reason this article (mentioned on Facebook by our daughter) reminds me that my mom, when she died at age ninety, left us a whole chest-of-drawers full of unsewn fabric (future projects, I suppose). Not as old as 3,000 years, but many decades’ worth. In the days before she died, when she...

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Talk: “Implementing Youth-Led Citizen Science Through Plant Phenology”

Talk: “Implementing Youth-Led Citizen Science Through Plant Phenology”

Event Details The Sierra Science Lecture Series at the Nevada County Campus welcomes Kelly Santos in a presentation titled, Implementing Youth-Led Citizen Science Through Plant Phenology. The presentation will be held on Tuesday evening, February...


How to Help Evacuees Who Have Come to Nevada County

By Hayley Yount Severe (Reprinted from Facebook with permission of the author) When we first heard of the evacuation last week, we began to imagine what we would do in the same situation. Where would our dog go? How would we meet up with our children...


Loving America and Resisting Trump:  The New Patriotism

Loving America and Resisting Trump: The New Patriotism

By Frida Berrigan So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life.  It didn’t take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he’s already declared war on language,...


Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump

Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump

By Chris Edelson “A week ago, men and women went to work at airports around the United States as they always do. They showered, got dressed, ate breakfast, perhaps dropped off their kids at school. Then they reported to their jobs as federal government...


Lawsuit Reveals Melania Trump Saw Presidency as Potential Profit Machine

Lawsuit Reveals Melania Trump Saw Presidency as Potential Profit Machine

Lawyers representing the first lady claim President Trump’s wife missed out on ‘once in a lifetime’ endorsement opportunities because of false escort claims by Nadia Prupis Reprinted from CommonDreams under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share...


Many from the Washington Power Elite Are United in Their Dismay About Trump’s White House

Many from the Washington Power Elite Are United in Their Dismay About Trump’s White House

Democrats, Republicans and military leaders balk at the president’s recklessness. By Jefferson Morley Reprinted with permission from AlterNet General Joseph Dunford Photo Credit: YouTube/CSIS   From the center-right apparatchiks who...


10 Films to Keep You Inspired After the Women’s March

10 Films to Keep You Inspired After the Women’s March

Movies to remind you there’s hope in the fight for justice and equality. By Breena Kerr Reprinted from Yes! Magazine under a Creative Commons License   In the days since his inauguration, Donald Trump has given women around the country—and...


Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Already Trump is super-charging U.S. militarism, gutting diplomacy, and punishing the victims of wars Washington started. By Phyllis Bennis, January 27, 2017 Reprinted from Foreign Policy in Focus, under a Creative Commons Attribution License (Image:...


How Co-ops Can Make Infrastructure Great Again

How Co-ops Can Make Infrastructure Great Again

If the Trump administration is serious about bringing jobs and pride back to rural America, they should take a lesson from cooperatives of the 1930s. By Nathan Schneider Reprinted from Yes! Magazine under a Creative Commons License Hoover Dam. Photo...


Acts of Hope: Challenging Empire on the World Stage

Acts of Hope: Challenging Empire on the World Stage

[Editor’s Note: An essay from 2003, with a  bit of history and a message more urgent today than ever] Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.com By Tom Engelhardt at 3:47am, May 19, 2003. You know how, out of the blue, someone can walk into...


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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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