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Cornering Trump on Jobs, Sanders Announces Anti-Outsourcing Bill

Cornering Trump on Jobs, Sanders Announces Anti-Outsourcing Bill

‘We need to send a very loud and very clear message to corporate America: the era of outsourcing is over’ by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Reprinted from Commondreams.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License Sanders’ legislation, the Outsourcing Prevention Act, would prevent...

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Nasty Women:  Donald Trump, the Greatest Victim in the History of the World

Nasty Women: Donald Trump, the Greatest Victim in the History of the World

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.com By Ann Jones Donald Trump grabbed a new lifeline. Speaking at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 15th, he raised a hand as if to take an oath and declared: “I am a victim!” The great business tycoon, the one and only man who could fix America and make...

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We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People: Saving the Soul of Democracy

By Bill Moyers Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.com Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good place to be a cub reporter — small enough to navigate but big enough to keep me busy...

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Climate Impacts: Melting Glaciers, Shifting Biomes and Dying Trees in US National Parks

By Patrick Gonzalez, National Park Service Trees are dying across Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks. Glaciers are melting in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Corals are bleaching in Virgin Islands National Park. Published field research conducted in U.S. national parks has detected these changes...

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Gimme a Break! IRS Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-stricken West

By Abrahm Lustgarten (Reprinted with permission from ProPublica) ProPublica’s reporting on the water crisis in the American West has highlighted any number of confounding contradictions worsening the problem: Farmers are encouraged to waste water so as to protect their legal rights to its dwindling supply in...

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New Book Reveals Trump Is Actually Sleazier and Slimier Than We Ever Thought

New Book Reveals Trump Is Actually Sleazier and Slimier Than We Ever Thought

“There is no moral core inside Donald Trump.” By Steven Rosenfeld Reprinted with permission from AlterNet David Cay Johnston has been one of the nation’s premier investigative reporters for decades, specializing in the ways government works for the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans. He first met...

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How America Rising Ties the GOP Establishment to the Stalkers Harassing Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer

How America Rising Ties the GOP Establishment to the Stalkers Harassing Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer

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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 share of our future energy supply.  According to the...

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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 of its beneficial role in helping North Dakota weather the...

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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 cognoscenti were convinced was globalizing rapidly and headed...

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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...


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...


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

Which means, if Trump wins, everyone else loses.


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...


Was Trump Created by Bialystock and Bloom?

Was Trump Created by Bialystock and Bloom?


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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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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