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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…

Florence Under The Influence

Each day in Florence begins simply enough. After the breakfast dishes and setting out washing to dry on the terrace (dryers are still not in common use by most Florentine…

Little Sisters & Heartless Older Brothers

Lucky and Cherry lived on the second floor of an old two family house in Newark, New Jersey. Above them was the unfinished attic with its casement windows, which would…

The Stony Lonesome, Privatized Edition

The Stony Lonesome, Privatized Edition

I’m in a private prison now, after spending a couple of years at the notorious sinkhole Tehachapi. It’s run by a company called Geo — not, I’m pretty sure, the…

Entropy & Empire

By 167 BC, so much revenue was pouring in from conquered territories that Roman citizens no longer had to pay taxes. 140 years later Caesar Augustus, faced with stiff resistance…

Escape From Jonestown

Escape From Jonestown

The journey up the coast was choppy, the boat too far out to get a good look at the shore. While the other passengers spread out in sleeping bags over…

Nonsense

According to new research by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the richest one-hundredth of one percent of Americans now hold eleven per cent of the nation’s total wealth. That is…

Mendocino Talking: Doug Mosel

Mendocino Talking: Doug Mosel

Since landing in Mendocino County, Doug Mosel has involved himself in several worthwhile community projects: running the successful Measure H campaign against GMOs; co-founding the Agriculture & Ecology Hour on…

The Earl Butz Memorial Trio

The Earl Butz Memorial Trio

As a guy who made a life (more or less) of playing guitar in various contexts including working bands, I still tend to spontaneously think of names for musical groups…

Going Native

Utopia isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. When Boonville resident Ken Montgomery arrived here 36 years ago, he hadn’t read the fine print in the Utopian Primer that…

Plinking Rockchucks

When it comes to fat, furry, bucktoothed rodents, I can’t say that yellow-bellied marmots are my favorites. Then again, I’m not well acquainted with them and have nothing against them.…

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