Richard Heinberg and The Purposely Confusing World of Energy Politics

Our neighbor over at Sebastopol’s Post Carbon Institute, Richard Heinberg, has posted an excellent new essay at Resilience.org that touches upon numerous facets of current political debates over energy, economic growth, and climate change. One aspect of the essay’s thesis in particular caught my attention: Political prejudices tend to blind us to facts that fail to fit…

The $350 Million That Wasn’t: The Press Democrat Manufactures Happy Headlines

The Press Democrat (PD) manufactures a happy headline about (our) benevolent capitalists giving schoolchildren big bucks A minor quibble with the North Bay’s largest paper, perhaps, but shouldn’t we, at a minimum, expect a PD headline to be accurate, not directly contradicted by the article it accompanies? The article in question appeared on Wednesday, February…

A Special Screening of Women On The Land at the San Francisco Art Institute, February 25

Here’s a screening coming soon of a beautiful documentary that deserves a much wider audience – Women On The Land – Creating Conscious Community – at the San Francisco Art Institute. This is one of the loveliest, most inspiring films I’ve ever seen. The film touches upon the work of several generations of women on the Northern…

Industrial Agriculture: A Recipe For Disaster

Achieving Truly Sustainable Food Security Only Possible Through Small-Scale Farming & Agroecological Methods, According to UN Report [originally published on the Petaluma Bounty blog in March 2011, the central themes of this piece are more important than ever in light of unimpeded climate change, economic collapse, fossil fuel depletion, poverty and hunger] The UN Special Rapporteur…

An Obesogenic Environment: Debunking the Myths Surrounding Obesity

Deborah Cohen, author of the recently-published A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic and How We Can End It, is a senior natural scientist at the Rand Corporation. Dr. Cohen wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post shortly after her book’s publication, detailing five common myths she wished to debunk, summarized here:…

Caesar Gang Boys Culling Chickens, Charleston West Virginia, 1921

Oct. 13, 1921. Charleston, West Virginia: Some of the “Caesar Gang” boys demonstrating how to cull chickens to improve quality and quantity of product. Under direction of J. A. Wolfram, County Agent, Webster Co. W. Va. State 4 H Fair. From the National Child Labor Committee Collection (NCLC) of the Library of Congress. Working as…

Get in the Know About GMOs – California Grange, Moms Across America and the Label GMOs Campaign Sponsor Expert’s Tour

Iowa family farmer, crop nutrition advisor, and co-author of a significant recent study on the effects of GMO feed upon pigs, is coming to the North Bay this week. Mr. Viegler will be speaking at four Sonoma County Granges next weekend, January 25 and 26. See flyer below for details. Also, be on the lookout…

New Press/Nueva Prensa, Issue #1 is Now Available at a North Bay News Stand Near You

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is just public relations. – George Orwell Pick up your copy today at these locations (many more to come): Copperfield’s Sebastopol, Petaluma, and soon in San Rafael; Hardcore Coffee, Coffee Katz, Aqus Cafe, Lydia’s Sunflower Center, The Mail Depot

Obama’s Climate Change Envoy To Developing Nations: We’re Not Paying for Destroying Your Property, and You Can’t Make Us

U.S. Advocates Human & Property Rights Solely for Those Nations Who Have the Power to Demand Them Dean Baker, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, took note this morning of the Obama Administration’s perverse rationale regarding the compensation of the poorer nations bearing the earliest and worst effects of climate change, as spelled…

Hormel Workers Won a Historic Victory – November 13, 1933

1933: Striking workers at the Hormel meatpacking facility warm themselves around a fire in Austin, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. Click on image to enlarge.           On November 13, 1933, in what historians have suggested was the first officially-recorded sitdown strike in U.S. history, victorious workers at the Hormel…

Corporate America Wants the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Christmas This Year

In Secret Negotiations, U.S. Officials and Corporate Representatives Trade Our Human and Constitutional Rights for Corporate Profit When “Everything That’s Fit to Print” Doesn’t Include the Content of a Proposed Trade Agreement, Who Represents the Public Interest at the Bargaining Table? The New York Times – likely the most influential newspaper on the planet –…