CounterPunch Warning – War Criminals May Find This Deeply Offensive

Shameless fundraising for the best political newsletter around. From CounterPunch: This is Why Henry Kissinger Hates Us.     Over the course of 22 years, we’ve published many unflattering stories about Henry Kissinger. We’ve recounted his involvement in the Chilean coup and the illegal bombings of Cambodia and Laos; his hidden role in the Kent…

Canadians Dump The Last Remnant of George W. Bush in North America

Canadian Election Coverage Democracy Now!: Canadians Oust Stephen Harper, Right-Wing PM Who Ignored Climate Change & Shunned First Nations Canadian voters have unseated right-wing Prime Minister Stephen Harper after nearly a decade in office. In a surprise result following the closest election campaign in recent history, the centrist Liberals jumped from third place to a…

Know Someone Who Needs a Free Meal or Groceries in Petaluma? Check Petaluma Bounty’s Updated Food Resource Guide

Petaluma Bounty’s goal is to make certain everyone in our community has access to healthy food. To that end, they regularly update their Petaluma Food Resource Guide, available by this link as a pdf file. Bounty’s Guide lists the locations, times and procedures where members of the community may find a free, hot meal, free…

The Demonization of Vlad Putin – James Petras OpEd

Putin And The Press: The Demonology School Of Journalism – OpEd By James Petras — (October 17, 2015) The major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every day in which he is personally stigmatized…

The Bureaucracy of Assassination by Drone – Journalist Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now!

Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets – Democracy Now TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. GONZÁLEZ: One of the most secretive military campaigns in U.S. history is under the microscope like never before. In a major exposé based on leaked government documents, The…

Are the Delta Tunnels Good for California? Your Comments Needed

Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and many others ask important questions about whether the Delta Tunnels, also known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, will be – or can possibly be – beneficial.

Comments on the Delta Tunnels are due by October 30.

Send your comments by snail mail to:

BDCP/WaterFix Comments, P.O. Box 1919, Sacramento CA 95812 or

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Viewers & Pundits Differ Dramatically on Who Won First Democratic Presidential Debate

From Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: Pundits Thought Clinton Beat Sanders–but Did Viewers? Who won the Democratic debate? Depends on whether you ask pundits or people. (image: CNN)   by Gunar Olsen, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting   A New York Times article (10/14/15) by Alan Rappeport about who won last night’s Democratic presidential debate…

Climate Change and the Power of Community – Steven McFadden

From author Steven McFadden’ blog, The Call of the Land: Climate Change and the Power of Community I wrote out a quick question on a slip of paper, and sent it on to the moderator last night as Bill McKibben of 350.org finished his lecture for the E.N.Thompson Forum in Lincoln, Nebraska. “What about the role…

Criminal Prosecutions of Corporations Way Down Despite Tough Talk from Justice Department

Syracuse University research shows that despite considerable rhetoric to the contrary from the Obama Administration’s Justice Department and elsewhere, criminal prosecutions or corporations have declined by nearly a third in the last decade. Their research conclusion: The officially stated goals of most organizations in the United States are ambitious and high minded. So two central…

Time to Dump Industrial Ag: Organic Farming Can Provide a Sustainable Food Supply for 9 Billion People

More research showing the profound benefits of moving away from industrial agriculture, this time from Chairman of the Sustainable Food Supply Foundation, Bertus Buizer. From a February 2015 lecture in Amsterdam.   6 July, 2015 Organic farming has the best credentials for an adequate sustainable food supply Strong annual growth in consumer demand for organic…

Localization: for people and the Earth

The movement for localization is growing rapidly, worldwide.

These international voices from the 2014 Economics of Happiness conference in Bangalore, India, succinctly tell us why globalization is so damaging, why localization is the most strategic antidote, and what we can do to help make the shift from global to local.

From Local Futures/The International Society for Ecology and Culture.

Though over a year old as of this posting, this remains a worthy introduction to the localization movement from a broad array of advocates. – Ed.

 

‘Like Talking On-Air!’ – Here Come the Petaluma Radio Players

  TIME TO CHANGE DENTAL PLANS – Using his “midget respirator,” the evil, one-time, aspiring world class dentist, Doctor Milton Hager (Steve Lubliner), prepares to induce sleep, 10 years’ worth, in the lovely Margot Lane (Jackie Van Winkle) in ‘Death in the Tomb,’ one of two, classic, 1940s radio show episodes of ‘THE SHADOW.’ For…

Agroecology works. New book highlights success stories around the world.

From the Pesticide Action Network: Agroecological practices can increase farm productivity and food security, improve rural livelihoods and adaption to climate change, and reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2015 Press Contacts: Sarojeni Rengam, PAN Asia Pacific – [email protected](link sends e-mail), +6 04 657 0271 Linda Wells, Pesticide Action Network…

Home with the Grange

A Granger’s Lament from Petaluma Grange Lecturer Connie Madden Robert Digitale’s article, Sonoma County’s Granges Status in Question, left out the character and work of the California State Grange, now called CSG after a court order obtained by the National Grange, made it unable to use the common word grange. Living at Oasis Community Farm…

Chilean Dictator & Longtime U.S. Ally, Augusto Pinochet, Personally Ordered 1976 Washington D.C. Car Bombing

via The National Security Archive: On September 21, 1976 a bomb exploded underneath a car on Sheridan Circle, about a mile and a half from the White House, killing former Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Orlando Letelier and his colleague, U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt. A newly declassified memo from Secretary of State George Schultz…

Mass Surveillance by U.S. Leads EU Court to Strike Down Trans-Atlantic Data Pact

Court strikes down U.S./EU “Safe Harbor” Agreement The European Union Court of Justice this week struck down the “Safe Harbor” data transfer agreement, saying the fifteen year old deal does not adequately protect its citizens’ data from mass surveillance by U.S. authorities. The Court stated that the data agreement “enables interference, by United States public…

Bowing to His Industry Masters, Vilsack’s USDA Dumps Sustainability Considerations in New Dietary Guidelines

Notice posted by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. Continue reading down below for an analysis of the Vilsack decision by Michele Simon of Eat Drink Politics 2015 Dietary Guidelines: Giving You the Tools You Need to Make Healthy Choices Posted by Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Burwell,…

How Housing Vouchers Can Help Address California’s Rental Crisis – Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

How Housing Vouchers Can Help Address California’s Rental Crisis SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 BY DOUGLAS RICE, EHREN DOHLER, AND ALICIA MAZZARA[1] California’s severe shortage of affordable housing has hit low-income renters particularly hard.  Nearly 1.6 million low-income California renter households paid more than half of their income for housing in 2013, and this number has risen 28 percent…

ExxonMobil’s Early Knowledge of Climate Risks Could Cost Them

From the award-winning Inside Climate News and their excellent Exxon: The Road Not Taken series. ExxonMobil Faces Heightened Risk of Climate Litigation, Its Critics Say Advocates explore holding the company accountable after new evidence shows it’s long understood that global warming threatened its business and the planet. By Bob Simison, InsideClimate News Sep 30, 2015…

Farm to Pantry: Tomato Canning Time, Oct. 10 – Volunteers Needed

From Farm to Pantry: Let’s Preserve! We are only a week away from our 5th Annual “Let’s Preserve!” community canning event and we still need volunteers! Please join us on Saturday, October 10th at the Healdsburg High School Kitchen as we prepare and preserve hundreds of pounds of tomatoes into tomato sauce and donate all of the finished product to the…

Chomsky on Challenging Authority

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them. Unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. That includes political power, ownership and management,…

John Nichols of The Nation on Elizabeth Warren’s Black Lives Matter Speech

Elizabeth Warren: ‘Black Lives Matter. Black Citizens Matter. Black Families Matter.’ In a landmark speech, Warren proposes a progressive politics that protects black people from violence, ensures access to the ballot box, and builds economic opportunity. Read it at The Nation. Watch Elizabeth Warren’s presentation or read the transcript.

Senator Elizabeth Warren Gives a Passionate Call for Economic & Racial Justice

  BOSTON, MA – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks today at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, as part of the Institute’s “Getting to the Point” speaker series. A PDF copy of the remarks is available here, and the full text is below, as prepared for delivery: Senator Elizabeth Warren…

Hundreds of Climate Activists “Flooding” San Francisco’s Financial District – Rising Tide North America

Dear Friends, Breaking News! Currently, hundreds of climate and social justice activists are shutting down San Francisco’s financial district with mass civil disobedience at the front door of climate profiteer Bank of the West. They aren’t demanding superficial reforms from morally bankrupt climate profiteers like Bank of the West. They’re demanding a radical transformation of…

Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade – David Swanson

From journalist, author and activist David Swanson: Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade By davidswanson – Posted on 24 September 2015 I lack patience. I admit it. There’s my confession. I couldn’t sit through the Pope’s slow and plodding and polite speech to Congress, waiting for him to say something against…

Pope Francis Reverses Position On Capitalism After Seeing Wide Variety Of American Oreos – The Onion

September 22, 2015. The Onion WASHINGTON—Admitting the startling discovery had compelled him to reexamine his long-held beliefs, His Holiness Pope Francis announced Tuesday that he had reversed his critical stance toward capitalism after seeing the immense variety of Oreos available in the United States. “Oh, my goodness, look at all these! Golden Oreos, Cookie Dough…

A Message of Hope in Difficult Times – The National Heirloom Exposition Continues to Inspire

A Message of Hope in Difficult Times – The National Heirloom Exposition Continues to Inspire This report originally appeared at Positively Petaluma.   Seedsman Jere Gettle and his Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company crew have pulled off another of their annual paeans to heirloom produce and the food movement, as the fifth National Heirloom Exposition…