Christopher Fisher

Photographer Leslie Curchack’s 2015 Calendar – In Love With Earth – is Now Available

In Love With Earth: the 2015 Eco Calendar created by Petaluma photographer Leslie Curchack as a benefit for Daily Acts, is now available, just in time for the holidays and a new year. Visit Leslie’s website to purchase your copy – EarthLovingLens.com. In Sonoma County you can also pick up the Eco Calendar at Petaluma Market, Share Exchange, Copperfields,…

Happy Birthday to Anti-Imperialist & Satirist Mark Twain

Happy Birthday to anti-imperialist Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835.

As Twain told the New York Herald in October of 1900, after becoming more familiar with the Treaty of Paris and witnessing the U.S. war on the Philippines: “so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”

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Making Iraq Safe for American Rice

A Brief Exploration of Contemporary Imperialism imperialism: noun – A policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization, use of military force or other means.  – Oxford Dictionary. Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation, was fuming recently when the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) neglected, once again, to purchase American rice from…

Ursula Le Guin at National Book Awards: Capitalism Is Not Inescapable

According to NPR’s Petra Mayer, “the crowd went wild” over science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s impassioned defense of the genre’s place in American fiction at the National Book Awards on November 19. Le Guin went further, providing an otherwise sedate crowd with a stirring indictment of capitalism, suggesting we will need visionary writers…

U.S. Government Oil Forecasts “Wildly Optimistic” – Shale Revolution a Short-Term Bubble

We would do well to pause, and ponder both the data and implications presented in the Post Carbon Institute’s latest report, released a few days before Halloween, Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check On U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom. The PCI’s new report exposes current oil industry & Energy Department…

Grassroots Group Petaluma Tomorrow Asks Voters to Take a Deeper Look at Mike Harris

Local grassroots, public interest group, Petaluma Tomorrow, has published a detailed look into Petaluma City Councilman Mike Harris’s campaign to unseat David Glass as Mayor of Petaluma. The piece concludes by quoting the Press Democrat’s editorial on the campaign: “[Harris] has done little to distinguish himself as a leader on the council…” and “[Harris] fails…

Petaluma Councilmember Mike “Incremental Gains” Harris Has His Spinal Tap Moment

Petaluma Pete (a.k.a. John Maher of Maher Marketing), among everyone’s favorite ambassadors of our little big town, scored big-time this week after interviewing the 2014 mayoral candidates – City Councilmember Mike Harris and current Mayor David Glass – and posting the resulting video on YouTube. Pete came up with a clever means to get relatively…

Forty Years On, Wendell Berry’s “Culture of Agriculture” May Be More Important Than Ever

Forty years ago this month, Kentucky writer and farmer Wendell Berry traveled to Washington to address the “Agriculture for a Small Planet” symposium in Spokane. Invited to the West Coast to give voice to a “Labor Intensive Micro-Systems Viewpoint” – a phrase he promptly took issue with – Berry’s presentation eventually became the foundation of…

3rd Annual Petaluma Bounty Brews & Bites Benefit at the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary, Tuesday July 15

Get your fine self down to the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary Tuesday July 15 at 5:30 for Petaluma Bounty‘s 3rd Annual Brews and Bites, a benefit supporting Bounty and its innovative food access, education and nutrition programs. $20 for a salad, dinner catered by Rooster Run Events Center, dessert and a non-alcoholic drink. Your favorite Lagunitas beers…