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Re: “The Organ Trail

Opens up my eyes.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 10/23/2013 at 7:39 PM

Re: “The Royal Scam

My father was S.F.P.D., U.S. Department of the Treasury, "A.T. and F. and later I.R.S...Do not involve yourself in any interstate mailings involving funds of "ponzi nature.".......It will take you to the Federal system faster than you can spit...

Posted by Brad Pipal on 10/21/2013 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The Royal Scam

Great article, thank you!

Posted by Kat on 10/21/2013 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Bypass Mayhem

Criminal actions by local residents who don't need to get to Eureka.....Law enforcement was present and gave orders..."Stay out." ..No vigilante groups shall shut down Union work........It is against the law...Do not trespass......They may "Oak tree " for stepping on their job site...Use common sense. Stay out of their domain.........You maybe looking for another local heaven but Willits "Little Valley" is not it.....

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Brad Pipal on 10/20/2013 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Chainsaw Wine

Five acres of land with Redwoods does not pay the bills.....But income from five acres of great grapes will pay the bills....$100 K dollars..per year...

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Brad Pipal on 10/19/2013 at 9:43 PM

Re: “It Showed Up on My Doorstep.

Hi, Gabe et al.

I never got confirmation that my story was received. Were we supposed to? I just want to make sure I don't end up on the wall of shame. Because I even if I didn't get picked, I am a winner simply for being on time.


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Posted by Amy W. on 10/16/2013 at 9:55 PM

Re: “It Showed Up on My Doorstep.

Where can we read all of them? Are they online, or can you put them up?

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Posted by Sierra on 10/16/2013 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Chainsaw Wine

There is NOT one original Oak left in Oakland California. For 75 years we have been destroying our forests instead of growing hemp. How many golf courses and 'vineries' full of pesticides and harmful chemicals do we need?

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by William Kosinar on 10/16/2013 at 3:02 PM

Re: “It Showed Up on My Doorstep.

What?! I got a teabag! What a waste of time!

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Posted by LB Zee on 10/16/2013 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Chainsaw Wine

Artesa would clear-cut 1.25 million board-feet of redwood and douglas fir at the site, based on 2004 inventory, according to what the project description in the EIR says would be logged. That sure sounds more like a "forest" than "agriculture", unless you define "forest" as "tree farming"....except that it's a final harvest forever -- converted to monoculture vineyards, not regenerating young forest after clear-cut.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Botany Bay on 10/16/2013 at 11:50 AM

Re: “It Showed Up on My Doorstep.

"Black Panther" was especially endearing; a special reminder of growing up in the 50's. My 93 year old mother still has her black panther proudly displayed.

Posted by Vicki S. French on 10/16/2013 at 7:11 AM

Re: “The Simple Life

Some of the so-called criticisms that people come up with are pretty ironic. She's been 'accused' of being a stay-at-home mom. Like its a crime.

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Posted by Liz on 10/11/2013 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Simple Life

Great article! I'm so grateful that Bea has the courage to open up and share her story. I've learned so much from her over the years - she's such an inspiration!

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Posted by Chelsea Gale on 10/10/2013 at 8:24 AM

Re: “The Simple Life

I've been following Bea for a few years, this is one of the best articles on her admirable pursuits I've seen yet. Thanks again for sharing your lifestyle with us Bea, especially in the face of rude and ignorant commentary by those who are too set in their wasting ways to consider adopting some ZW choices.

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Posted by Adrienne Hutchinson on 10/10/2013 at 5:52 AM

Re: “The Simple Life

I've learned so much by following Bea's blog... and she's not judgmental, she just chooses to show the changes she's made. It's make it easier for the rest of us if someone else is willing to share their pioneering efforts : )

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Posted by Robin on 10/09/2013 at 3:31 PM

Re: “The Simple Life

Pioneer woman!! this is awesome, I love my zero waste lifestyle, let's get down to the basics!! I feel the same way about my glass pantry, and yes the food is the star/ should be. simplicity in surroundings can be very helpful only mental & emotional but also in a very practical sense/ cleaning sense.

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Posted by Jessica Silva on 10/09/2013 at 3:12 PM

Re: “The Simple Life

Inspiring! Living simple really is simple. Everyone can surely embrace some part of this philosophy, simply not buying water in plastic bottles would be a nice start. Take a good look at the amount of packaging waste in the grocery store and you might consider buying from the bulk bins. Great article.

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Posted by Huli on 10/09/2013 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Bypass Mayhem

This week’s cover article “Calling for a Shutdown” is must reading. I appreciate the divergent perspectives of the Willits residents on this matter, but there is a much bigger picture here.

I was drawn into the article because of the evocation of the feds’ shutdown. But the article is about the Willits Bypass tree-sitting by reporter Will Parish and others in Mendocino County. We North Bay readers in Sonoma County, where I live, Marin, where I teach, and Napa, would be wise to read this article. It helps us understand why we are likely to see more such “direct action” here as conditions in the U.S. worsen.

Some “background,” as they say in journalism. Parrish writes for the Anderson Valley Advocate (AVA). He has done some of the best research and writing about the bloated Sonoma County wine industry and how it rules our county.

Rachel Dovey’s article appropriately compares Parrish to’s Bill McKibben and the “Guardian’s” Glenn Greenwald reporting on whistle-blower Edward Snowden exposing the National Security Administration (NSA). Let's also not forget that another journalist, Tom Paine, was key in starting the American Revolution with his pamphleteering. There is a long history of advocacy journalism and direct action by courageous writers.

Why might one risk eight-years-in-jail, as Parrish has? Because “the Willits Bypass destroys wetlands, kills coho salmon and forever changes a valley,” the cover reads.

As an activist in the Sebastopol Grange, I appreciate Dovey mentioning the “thriving Grange” in Willits. Last year’s 140th Annual California State Grange Conference happened in Willits, and this year’s happens in Sebastopol, Oct. 9-13. Please join us Oct. 9, Wed., 7 p.m. for a free screening of “Symphony of the Soil,” an incredibly beautiful musical documentary about the ground that holds us up.

Parrish has laid his life on the line, high up in those trees, and now faces a sentence of up to eight years in jail. He has been charged with 16 misdemeanors. This is the non-violent way that Gandhi, King, and others have pursued. This young man deserves our support for his courageous direct action and in his trial, scheduled to begin in November.

Shepherd Bliss, Sebastopol

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Posted by Shepherd Bliss on 10/04/2013 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Bypass Mayhem

Sorry to see people re-post themselves in the above: not just that, but a few who Always travel-together, Online (but where are they in person?). There are some who are speaking publicly on this major harm to the environment, and some who do not care about it. I put in my time So Far, others need to just get started, Still, good luck!

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Posted by "anonymous tree-sitter" on 10/03/2013 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Bypass Mayhem

Will Parrish is no more a legitimate reporter than Bill Clinton is a faithful husband.

6 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Phil C on 10/03/2013 at 11:07 AM

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