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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Giant Squid vs. Giant Douche

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Giant squid
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A giant squid was finally captured on video in its natural habitat. Why is this news? Why should the denizens of the North Bay care? Because giant squid are incredible, that's why.



Unfortunately, this clip is from ABC, the lowest common denominator of television news. So there's about 20 seconds of idiotic banter in this 45-second clip. Yeah, buddy, don't take a dip past TWO THOUSAND FEET.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Permi-Fuss

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM

On Saturday, August 30, officers of the Minneapolis Police, Minnesota State Troopers, Ramsey County Sheriffs, Saint Paul Police and University of Minnesota Police pulled over the Earth Activist Training Permaculture Demonstration Bus, also called the Permibus. Without providing proper justification, the police told the people to exit the bus and explained that they would be detained. The only reason the police gave was that they were conducting a routine traffic stop. The police then told Stan Wilson, the driver and registered owner of the Permibus, that they were going to impound the bus in case they wanted to execute a search warrant later on.

After more than an hour of being questioned by Stan and Delyla Wilson regarding the legalities of their detainment and their bus' impoundment, the police informed them that the bus, which is legally registered as a passenger vehicle in the state of Montana, was being impounded for a commercial vehicle inspection. Despite these claims, the Permibus crew was not allowed to remove anything from the bus, including computers, toiletries and 17-year-old Megan Wilson's shoes. The family-members could only remove their dogs and chickens from the bus and were left standing on the highway as their home was towed away.

The group was driving to a friend’s house in Saint Paul after teaching Urban Permaculture at the Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis. The family had been traveling throughout the United States on their Skills for a New Millennium Tour teaching homesteading, citizenship and life skills. A donation supported project, the Skills tour is dedicated to providing tools for sustainable living, including Permaculture, to anyone who is interested."We believe that any solution that is not accessible to the poor and urban areas is not a real solution for the future," Delyla Wilson says. Permaculture is a design system with ethics and principles that can be applied to food production, home design and community building. The goal is to increase sustainability in food production, energy production and social systems.

In the past month, the Wilson’s would park the Permibus at several local businesses, respectfully contacting the appropriate precincts and receiving permission to park in their lots. In these interactions, as well as other casual discussions with Minneapolis and Saint Paul police officers, the Permibus crew found the local police to be supportive. This view changed, however, when the Permibus was seized."If the combined law enforcement of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, and the State of Minnesota can pull over and impound a vehicle and home used to teach organic gardening and sustainability, one has to wonder what it is our government really fears," Stan Wilson says. "After all, we seek to teach people that the real meaning of homeland security is local food, fuel and energy production. For that we have had our lives stolen by government men with guns."

As of now, the family has been unable to ascertain the current status of the Permibus despite their repeated efforts. Mr. Wilson was told that Officer Palmerranky was the inspector in charge of the case and would provide the family with more information regarding the search and seizure. Neither Officer Palmerranky nor his supervisor has yet to return Mr. Wilson's calls.

The loss of home and possessions has been particularly difficult for seventeen-year-old Megan Wilson, who has dedicated herself to making positive changes in the world. She was the youth keynote speaker at the Local to Global conference in Phoenix AZ, has taught conflict resolution at youth shelters and is the outreach coordinator for the Skills for a New Millennium Tour, the family’s traveling educational project."While I understand that the world we live in is not as it should be, I strive to live and teach in a way that shows the world how life could be,” she says. “What I don't understand is why I can't get dressed for an evening out with friends in my own home without armed men stealing my life out from under me."

Megan’s family, along with their dogs and chickens, are currently being housed in the Twin Cities. For more information on the seizure of the Permibus, the Skills for the New Millennium Tour or Permaculture, the Wilson's can be reached at 406.721.8427. See pictures and read stories at www.permibus.livejournal.com.To help, contact the following numbers and demand the immediate release of the Permibus:Precinct one in Minneapolis, MN: 612.673.5701

Mayor Rybak: 612.673.2100

Ramsey County Sheriff, Bob Fletcher: 651.266.9300

(Dial 311 or 612.673.3000 if calling from outside Minneapolis.)Help with the tow fee, impound fees and legal fees by sending a donation. Contact the Wilson’s for a local address or donate online at www.earthactivisttraining.org/donate.htm.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Nick's Summer Vacation: Hiking the PCT

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Former Bohemian classified ad rep Nick Curran is currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Having left in April, he plans to finish his journey in September. Periodically, when he staggers into a town, he'll send us an update. And man, are we jealous!

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Muir Pass, courtesy of the PCT

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail has been spectacular. You wouldn't believe how beautiful some of the passes have been. I've been hiking the John Muir Trail portion of the PCT since Mt. Whitney. Going over some of the passes has been very difficult. Muir Pass in particular was completely snow covered—I had to hike in snow for 12 miles to get through that particular pass earlier in the week. Muir Pass is proved to be the most difficult portion of the trail so far.

The other night, I hiked until about 10:30pm, when I reached the Middle Fork of the Kings River (about 7 miles south of Palisades Lakes on the PCT - if you happen to check out a map of the PCT). When I arrived, I was greeted by two sets of yellow-green eyes. I was completely in the middle of nowhere, surrounded on all four sides by 3,000- to 4,000-foot-high mountain cliffs.The eyes were really wide apart, and when I shined my flashlight towards them, the shapes (profiles) of the animals were just out of flashlight range. I noticed that the animals weren't moving, so I picked up a tree and threw it on the ground to show them who's boss; they still didn't move. I think that they were mountain lions trying to get past me and get a drink of water out of the river.

One of them starting walking around the back of where I was, but never came closer than about 25 feet. I was so tired from hiking that I finally just set up my tent and went to bed about 20 minutes later. It almost seemed as if they could sense fear, but I had a lot of adrenaline going for hiking for 15 hours straight that day, and was not about to back down, even though I was scared.Lake Palisides, from Doug McConnell's OpenRoad.TV

Arrived in the town of Mammoth yesterday. Mammoth is becoming a big resort town the likes of Aspen—they're even building a new airport here with non-stop to Chicago and L.A.

I will leave here this afternoon and get in to Yosemite on Friday. I haven't had a chance to make any emails for quite a while. When I have been in town, I've been too busy running errands to get to the computer.

Everything looks good as far as my plan to finish the trail by mid-September. I hurt both of my legs a few days ago from hiking too much. I hiked 38 miles a few days ago from just south of Evolution Lake to Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR) on Lake Edison. (They say hiking 17-18 miles through the Sierras is equivalent to walking 25 miles on flat ground.) The folks at VVR put me up for free at the resort so that I could let the swelling go down in my legs. All of the resorts and hiker-friendly towns have been great to the thru-hikers, we often get super-discounted deals and free supplies!

Well, 900 miles done, and 1450 to go. I think I'll make it. I miss you all a lot and hope to check in by the time I get to Tahoe in a few weeks.

Best Wishes,

Nick

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Save Our Parks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM

As you bloody well should know, Gov. Schwarzenegger's budget proposal includes closing some 48 California parks this year to help offset the $6 billion deficit in part created by his refusal to close the yacht loophole or otherwise tax the very wealthy. Monday, April 7, marks Save Our State Parks day, an action day in which all who enjoy a dusty path, a big tree, the very ocean itself or a single fern are encouraged to mass upon Sacramento to signal protest.

Among the threatened parks is the Armstrong Redwoods SRA, a preserve in which most trees are 600 years old and which over a million folks visit each year. Freelance vlogger Travis Mathews of San Francisco submits his short documentary on Armstrong to remind us of why this very important resource is more than worthy of keeping open. Take the eight minutes or so to remember why. Mathews is available to do videos by request. Reach him at 415.730.2415 or travisdmathews[at]gmail.com.

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