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The ‘Stain’ Of Torture

The ‘Stain’ Of Torture

The “Torture Report” is finally public, at least much of it, and it’s been front-page news, and it is horrible, disgusting, shameful and embarrassing. Other nations not known for their…

Bob Marley Spins In His Grave

Bob Marley Spins In His Grave

The Marley estate plans to use Bob Marley’s name or image on a vast array of products, from Marley coffee (the slogan: ‘Stir it Up’) to soccer balls, bedsheets, and…

Fukushima & Your Fish

It’s now over three and a half years since the earthquake-triggered nuclear disaster in Japan, and concerns regarding the impacts continue. In Japan itself, the impacts have been huge and…

American Music’s Long Strange Trip

For almost a quarter century, Dennis McNally held a job that could be considered an ultimate dream or nightmare, depending on one’s perspective — he was the official publicist for…

Albion Sunlight

Albion Sunlight

The Albion was on 16th Street in the Mission district, on the corner of an alley called, yes, Albion Street. This was when the Mission was a largely Latino, relatively…

Reunited & Feeling Good

Recently, there was a reunion of my high school class, a recurrent traditional all-American event I'd always ignored, but for whatever reasons the peer pressure to attend this time came…

Ramblin’ On

Not so long ago, many American kids dreamed of becoming cowboys – but of course few really did. Teenager Elliot Charles Adnopoz of 1940s Brooklyn, however, made his dream come…

For What It’s Worth

“I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the qualities of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind. ….It is the…

The Sounds Of Sierra Fest

The Sounds Of Sierra Fest

Saturday's closer Shaggy, a superstar dancehall reggae singer/toaster of the 1990s, was a controversial headliner from the start - months before the show, online comments like "Shaggy? LOL" appeared, with…

Fairgrounds Music Fest Returns

The third weekend in June is upon us, and for the past decade in Boonville that means the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival kicks off in the fairgrounds Friday evening…

Not In Kansas Anymore

Not In Kansas Anymore

Can you imagine your young kids setting off to see the world, with no real plans, little money, and no phone or internet access? “See you in a few months…

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