This is an excellent article. Climate change is the biggest threat to our survival, which is is why 40,000 people from nearly 200 countries attended the Paris climate change conference last month.
This article presents a unique perspective to the classic phrase that "you are what you eat." Next to the military assault on climate, Big Ag is the next main cause of chaotic climate change. I say this as someone who has operated a small farm that employs organic practices for the last 24 years. I like the phrase that this article quotes from the NY Times--"climatarianism."
I have a new program on KOWS-FM, where I plan to address some of these issues on Jan. 18, Mon., 5-6 p.m., when I interview author Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute. My program is called "A Better World IS Possible." I have already had two programs on climate change and one on agriculture. You can listen at 107.3 in the Occidental area and on the web at www.kows.fm.
Shepherd Bliss, Sebastopol
The majority of people who went to the January 9th meeting, over 200 residents and the majority of residents that filled out the online survey, around 400, made it clear that we demand our heritage trees to stay in the square! But the City Coucil seems to think that putting in more parking is more important than trees or taxpayer opinions. Not only will this kill carbon sequestration but also cause traffic chaos in downtown. Residents NEED to come to the January 26 meeting and let their voices heard. Even if you could care less about the Reunification of Old Courthouse Square you should know that if you drive in Santa Rosa you will be effected by the decisions made. Please come and insist on the City Council to make positive decisions for Santa Rosa's future and not more money exchanges within the "boys club".
I know this is the Bohemian, and a lot of people who depend upon animal production read your paper, but I was really saddened to read that you're splitting hairs (and feathers) to say that it's better to eat pork and chicken than lamb and beef. In addition, eating vegetables is cheaper than eating meat or fish. It's not a matter of "having the fortune to obsess over artisan, carbon-friendly lifestyles". Our grandparents cooked their own beans and we can, too.
Eating plants is the best way to care for the planet. Period. http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
Please watch the documentary. Facts and sources are noted above.
Elvis Costello’s solo "Detour" tour arrives on March 29 in Santa Rosa at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Performing with guitar and piano in front of a giant television set on which are projected family photos, mysteries, mottos and other mischief, Costello sings his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow in a way that is both intimate and vividly emotional. Larkin Poe opens http://tickets.wellsfargocenterarts.org/si…
LE brutality in Sonoma County is alive thanks to the DA, Sheriff and BOS for not doing their job by holding LE individuals accountable for their misdeeds. Sonoma County has not fired anyone responsible for these misdeeds or even ask department heads to resign. BOS cuts the checks to sidestep the accountability issue of LE misdeeds. The use of liability insurance by Sonoma County Risk Management to cover up Sonoma County mistakes is excessive. A public records request PRA was utilized to retrieve litigation and settlement costs from Sonoma County. These costs averaged $1million per year from year 2000 to 2013. We the taxpayers are responsible for any amount of combined settlement and litigation costs if below $1mil. If the costs are above $1mil, the liability insurance kicks in. This case is just one that has been settled. There are other cases of LE brutality waiting for the BOS to write the checks. The accountablity and transparency of this process by the BOS needs to be highlighted. There was no mention of the litigation costs incurred by Sonoma County to defend this case.
These people aren't normal. Look up each one of their verdicts and let me know where you would put them. I did. They're fine where they are.
Memorial will send their uninsured, and homeless to Sonoma West Hospital. They will not be abe to survive with the government paying 35 cents on the dollar of a hospital bill. I hear taps playing in the distance. RIP
In 2008 we surely needed the HOPE that Obama offered. We needed a new model of who a President could be. What we got was a clear demonstration that the Civil War is not over, by far; that minorities have not won the battles for Civil Rights, and that we have much more work to be done in all areas before real Freedom (not just the freedom to own guns and drive trucks anywhere you want) can Ring in the US of A.
From the beginning the "I hate Obama" faction had one problem. There was a black man in the White House.
Louis, you have overlooked Bernie Sanders -- he is not owned by special interests but, unlike Donald Trump, is not using duplicitous and manipulative "art of the deal" techniques on the American people every time he speaks. Bernie is what you say you want and he has 30 years of being a public servant who works tirelessly for all Americans -- those on both the Right and Left. Bernie is also unique in being a true gentleman, never stooping to power broking, dividing racial groups from each other or running a negative campaign that insults other candidates.
worse than Alcatraz is like a zoo with all the cages outside, not normal
This show was a blast - thanks to everyone involved. The photo shown above was taken at a party where Tower of Swine (TOS) played far too many years ago. This year's Nostalgia Festival was the first time TOS played together in more than 30 years. Here is a link to a video of that performance.
Donald has a special interest group of one.
Trump is a joke!
Donald Trump is the only candidate in either party who is not owned by the special interests of the left and of the right. He represents America's silent majority of decent men and women.
Maybe its time for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to reduce the Sheriff's Dept budget for cannabis "enforcement" actions.
"When a hurricane wipes out a shantytown, and the science points to the cause being extravagant lifestyles of the global North, we should not be surprised if it results in cycles of terrorism and right-wing reactionary backlash."
There it is. The dumbest damn thing I've ever read. You obviously know nothing about terrorism or hurricanes. "Extravagant lifestyles of the global North" causes hurricanes? What does that even mean?
The Northern Hemisphere is where hurricanes occur, genius. Atlantic hurricanes generally form off the west coast of Africa and travel west. When's the last time a hurricane hit Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Paris? The only "shantytowns" even in the path of a hurricane are in the Caribbean and, the last time I checked, the Haitians weren't blowing up theaters and the Jamaicans weren't shooting up cafes.
Once again, someone who believes himself to be some sort of expert has no clue about reality. Please educate yourself before writing any more of this tripe.
"When a hurricane wipes out a shantytown, and the science points to the cause being extravagant lifestyles of the global North, we should not be surprised if it results in cycles of terrorism and right-wing reactionary backlash. Let's head that off, and work together toward a peaceful, just and climate-protected world."
This is easily the stupidest thing I've read all month. Even IF I accepted the premise that global warming was a root cause of terrorism, which is preposterous on its very face, last time I checked it isn't Haitians and Jamaicans that are exporting terrorism, and no hurricanes are leveling shantytowns in North Africa and the Middle East. Were I the Bohemian's editor, I wouldn't even have considered this for publication.
This initiative is DOA so long as it continues the ability of locals to ban even tiny outdoor grows. The cops will still be up our butts with this turkey, and Sean will laugh all the way to the bank since we'll have to flock to his stores to buy smoke.
Very good James!
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