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Young People's Pavilion: Bedtime For Chickies
"To write a good young picture book ... You have to write with all the skill of an adult who understands words, rhythm, rhyme, character, and story and all the heart and soul of a child who ...
The Book Bear 05/24/2015 1
"Black People Had War Declared on Them By Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf."
On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in response to window breaking during ...
jpmassar 05/24/2015 27
David Frum suggests that immigrants are drinking most of California's water
Unbelievable b.s. coming from David Frum, a conservative senior editor at The Atlantic, charging that immigrants are responsible for California's water crisis. Population has grown by 10 mn ...
VL Baker 05/24/2015 62
Saturday Night Loser's Club, Vol. CDLXXVIII, Like Water for Food Edition
One vintage bumper-sticker type slogan goes: "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." That came to mind when I was reading this NYT interactive article , "Your ...
chingchongchinaman 05/23/2015 18
Books So Bad They're Good: A Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Summer in Badbookistan
'Tis summer, and time for a middle aged woman's fancies to turn to thoughts of bad books. Not only bad books, of course. I picked up several excellent books at Kalamazoo last week, two of which I'...
Ellid 05/23/2015 23
Tunnels critics blast Governor Brown for trampling laws, water quality and habitat
In their statements to the State Water Resources Control Board on May 20, Restore the Delta (RTD) and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) slammed the Brown administration ...
Dan Bacher 05/23/2015 4
Hundreds to rally and protest against Monsanto at State Capitol Sunday
There will be a march and rally against Monsanto at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday, May 24, starting at 10 a.m., part of a worldwide day of action against the corporate giant. The press ...
Dan Bacher 05/23/2015 2
Capitalists in politics - worse than you think
Remember the job creators? In the fevered dream the Republican strategists in the last Presidential election, they were the prime justification for Mitt Romney's candidacy and his policy stances ...
Liberal Protestant 05/23/2015 7
Embrace the Suck? Hell No!
Citizens United is not a big deal, TPP is not a big deal ... don't worry about anything, we'll take care of you. That's what we are told, time and time again by elected officials who don't want to ...
We Shall Overcome 05/23/2015 18
Water board approves Delta farmers proposal to voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent
While Paramount Farms and Westlands Water District continue to expand water-thirsty almond acreage during California's epic drought, Delta farmers this week stepped up to the plate and proposed a ...
Dan Bacher 05/22/2015 1
When is a campaign not a campaign? When it's Jeb Bush's!
Joan McCarter 05/22/2015 26
Scott Walker and the GOP Turning First Amendment Rights Upside Down
Does simply investigating whether a political crime occurred violate the First Amendment rights of the suspect? Presidential hopeful Scott Walker's allies say yes. What will the courts say?
Sue Wilson 05/22/2015 15
Santa Barbara spill shuts up KXL crowd
Funny how quiet pipeline supporters have become this week. You know, the ones who jump up and down, waving their arms every time an oil train derails or springs a leak. "Pipelines are safer than ...
Saldana33 05/22/2015 33
Money is the Original Form of Viral Media
In ancient times, Romans crossed out coins imprinted with the face of their tyrannical emperor, Caligula. In the early 20th century, British ...
BenCohen 05/22/2015 5
Beating political corruption one small step at a time
According to the Huffington Post , 80 percent of Americans oppose the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Sixty-five percent oppose it strongly. Many people feel it opened the flood gates for ...
eclecticguy 05/22/2015 4
Due to historic drought, California forced to take extreme measures to save the salmon
Jen Hayden 05/22/2015 3
Bernie Sanders and Minority Voters in Democratic Primaries
The 2008 Democratic presidential primaries were so fascinating to me on a number of fronts, demographically speaking. But the most fascinating thing that occurred in these primaries was how African-...
unapologeticliberal777 05/22/2015 34
It's gotten this bad:Water Wars in California as agriculture prepares to face strict mandatory cuts
On April 1, when California Governor Brown issued mandatory water restrictions for urban users he warned that he might have to consider cuts to agriculture in the future as well. Well, that ...
VL Baker 05/22/2015 31
For those who believe in the social benefits of oil spills
Who bears the costs of oil spills aside from the environment? Like the taxpayers who ...
annieli 05/21/2015 9
Write On! Pacing
Hello, writers. Last week we talked about making time pass in a narrative. Now I’d like to talk about a related area, pacing. Pacing a story well means spending as little time as possible over ...
SensibleShoes 05/21/2015 105
Oil, Water, and Sand
When will we ever learn, these three basic ingredients -- Don't really Mix. Oil Spill Worse Than First Thought (Video) NBC News Channel -- May 21, ...
jamess 05/21/2015 7
Protesters converge on Nestlé bottling plants in Sacramento and LA
The outrage over the bottling of California water by Nestlé, Walmart and other big corporations during a record drought has become viral on social media and national and international press ...
Dan Bacher 05/21/2015 9
Why I'm Standing With Doug Hughes, the Gyrocopter Pilot
Activists gather at the Pettyman Courthouse in D.C. today for Doug Hughes's indictment hearing. He faces 9 1/2 years in prison because he landed a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol last month to�
BenCohen 05/21/2015 15
Courts Can't Charge Bail for Traffic Cases
This is something we've been fighting for a long time. Say you get a traffic ticket and you want to fight it. You go to court and demand a trial, only to find that you have to pre-pay the fine as ...
recoveringConservative 05/21/2015 16
Time for Dem Committees to Follow California Dem Party's Lead, Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment ASAP
I wrote this on Blue Virginia , but it applies to every single state and local Democratic Party committee in the country. Just do it! A few weeks ago, Terry ...
lowkell 05/21/2015 11
Bookflurries-Bookchat: Driver, Follow That…Book!
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. It is necessary in ...
cfk 05/20/2015 142
Big Oil Trashes the California Coast
State and federal government crews continue to monitor the clean up of a big oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara as the size of the disaster has expanded. The spill from a ruptured pipeline ...
Dan Bacher 05/20/2015 14
Wonder What Bin Ladin Read in Bed?
Need to know what volumes were on Bin Ladin's bookshelf? Curious if his reading tastes were close to yours? Ever consider if what you read makes you who you are, or is who you are dictated by what ...
Limelite 05/20/2015 64
CA-Sen: Watch Kamala Harris (D) Rock The California Democratic Party Convention
Received this e-mail today from Attorney General Kamala Harris' (D. CA) U.S. Senate campaign:
poopdogcomedy 05/20/2015 8
California pipeline bursts near popular Santa Barbara beach, 4-mile-long oil slick on beaches
A portion of the 4-mile-wide oil spill near Santa Barbara, CA Campers at popular Refugio State Beach in California were alarmed by noxious fumes and notified authorities, who discovered ...
Jen Hayden 05/20/2015 101
Santa Barbara oil spill highlights dangers of offshore fracking and drilling
In the same region where questionable "marine protected areas" were created under the helm of a Big Oil lobbyist, state and federal government crews are cleaning up a big oil spill off the coast of ...
Dan Bacher 05/19/2015 20
California will allow pharmacists to dispense birth control (and Oregon may be next)
California pharmacists can already dispense emergency contraception, so why not birth control pills? SB 493, signed in to law on October 1, 2013, expands the role of pharmacists as health care ...
Eyesbright 05/19/2015 37
Elizabeth Warren fires up Democrats in California
In case you missed this, it was a pretty stirring speech: Elizabeth Warren at CA Democratic Convention 2015 link to video Published on May 16, 2015 -- cademorg Senator Elizabeth Warren ...
jamess 05/19/2015 32
Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left: May's 3rd Tuesday & Salute to a Friend
So, here I am, racing another deadline, though I've had a pretty good idea of what I was going to write about for at least a few days. As long as I've admired the work of poets I have the privilege ...
Kit RMP 05/19/2015 10
Sadistic Anthem Blue Cross refuses to allow California hepatitis C patient to be cured of disease
Imagine being struck with a truly horrible disease -- perhaps hepatitis C -- and there is a cure available. A really good cure. What some might describe as a "miracle" of modern medicine. But, wait ...
james321 05/19/2015 123
Hillary Clinton takes aim at Citizens United, while Republicans are all about the billionaires
Republicans keep trying to make a big deal over donations ...
Laura Clawson 05/19/2015 57
Monday Murder Mystery: Debtors' prisons and 'The Devil in the Marshalsea'
Marshalsea Prison, 1773 Click to enlarge On June 1, 1729, William Acton, one-time butcher and deputy ...
Susan Grigsby 05/18/2015 8
Beauteous Maidens
The mainstay of fairy tales and most romances, feminine beauty in this sort of literature is usually raised to incredible (and incredulous) heights as synonymous with virtue, goodness and truth. In,
Karen Hedwig Backman 05/18/2015 3
Unbelievable: Democratic congresswoman mocks Indians with clueless 'war whoop'
David Nir 05/18/2015 117
Must read economics books: On value and values
For a recent project, I’ve been researching organizations and values within organizations. I happened to come across On Value and Values by Douglas K. Smith because of the following quote: For ...
akadjian 05/18/2015 57
Medieval Studies Rewind: I'm Still A Gal in Kalamazoo
Tonight, I come to you from the past. Partially this is due to where I am: the Kalamazoo Medieval Studies Congress at Western Michigan University. This annual conference, which brings together ...
Ellid 05/16/2015 17
An Approached to E. M. Forster
Or How Classical Liberals Became Socialists Disclaimer: I am one of those people who knows a little bit about a lot of stuff, but who is not an expert at anything. I hope you forgive me if I and ...
se portland 05/16/2015 3
The Great Symmetry
My science fiction novel The Great Symmetry is now out in the world. The intro has a brief description of the book, while the main diary has some philosophy and personal observations. In the ...
James Wells 05/15/2015 45
100 California Officials Ask Gov. Brown for Fracking Moratorium
Californians Against Fracking just issued the following press release on a letter signed by 100 California officials calling on Governor Jerry Brown to halt the environmentally-destructive practice ...
Dan Bacher 05/15/2015 4
Buckle up, California–scientists predict you're about to ride one hell of a long heat wave
If you live in Southern California, better get used to seeing thermometers rise As if the drought in California weren't bad enough, scientists are predicting Los Angeles temps are going ...
Jen Hayden 05/15/2015 71
Books in My Life--The Printed Word as Anodyne
Good morning, readers and book lovers! Guess what, we were going to have a good old American breakfast at the Country Kitchen down the road from where I live, but the line of people waiting to get ...
Diana in NoVa 05/15/2015 43
Write On! How to make time pass.
Hello, writers. One of the little tricks a writer has to learn is how to make time pass. In a story, that is. An author at a retreat I attended last year made a throwaway comment in conversation: “
SensibleShoes 05/14/2015 42
California Senate just passed a bill to end personal belief exemptions for vaccinations
Three cheers for common sense! Today the California Senate passed Bill SB277, meaning parents can no longer opt out of vaccinations for their publicly schooled children ...
FaithGardner 05/14/2015 80
We finally have a contested Senate race in California, as Loretta Sanchez kicks off her campaign
Newly declared Democratic Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez Attorney General Kamala Harris has had the Democratic field to herself for the last few months, allowing her to build a war chest and rack ...
Jeff Singer 05/14/2015 53
Self-publishing 101: The Kübler-Ross Stages of Editing
There are no gatekeepers any more. Your opus can be free in the world, its fate determined by merit and your skill and level of effort getting the word out. You can do this. Just be prepared to ...
James Wells 05/14/2015 33
Bookflurries-Bookchat: The Great Reading Quest
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. "Out of the night, ...
cfk 05/13/2015 104
Spot In My Eye (Indigo Kalliope: Poems From the Left)
Spot in my eye, rolling in black water, fumbling for an object in a dark house. What I've seen past the spot might be better. Worrisome blind blur allows no ease. Pry-bar touches ribs, dig your ...
ruleoflaw 05/12/2015 5
CA Dems Could Play Huge Climate Divestment Role
California’s the center of the new energy revolution—if there was ever any doubt about that, Elon Musk’s announcement of his new home battery from Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne settled ...
Bill McKibben 05/11/2015 13

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