Wednesday November 15, 2017

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Caltrans is alerting motorists that the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in the Northern California area for Wednesday through Friday.. The storm is forecast to include heavy valley rains, high winds and up to 12 inches of snowfall at the higher elevations, including Donner and Echo Summit passes.

This is a great article about the (click here> Girls of the Golden West opera in San Francisco, good for Sierra County, looking forward to more visitors and tourists. It would be nice if we could get parts or all of the performance at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville, let’s work on it happening.

Gosh, I must really be turning into a little old lady. A while back I complained about car ads demonstrating totally irresponsible reckless driving on roads, kinda saying you can drive anyway you want with new technology and you still won’t kill a deer (or child) crossing the road. So it is before the holidays and Victoria Secrets new lingerie ads are irritating me, young women dressed in skimpy lingerie are depicted in sexual poses inside a residence and outside on the porch. It isn’t just VS, but perfume and jewelry and music… In today’s climate of accusations of sexual assault, rape and harassment it seems even more inappropriate than usual. Soft porn on network television, You know the advertising business needs to get “woke”. Hillary Clinton is a excellent example of what happens to a professional woman dressing in a professional way, she was constantly ridiculed for her pantsuits (and still is I might add). The news programs on television are interesting, the difference in the male and female reporters attire is striking and shoes…OMG… women’s heels are designed to accent sexual posture and think of all the back, feet, knee, hip problems as they age. I want to look pretty too, but there has to be some fairness to women and how they’re presented, children see these ads too, especially today with the advent of recording shows to watch during the day. … OK, finished with this rant, on to politics. Someone please tell t-RUMP to resign in a orderly fashion to save himself from self destruction, it may be too late for him, but not for us. Gadzooks, listened to his press conference today about his Asian trip…. apparently it was all about him, he started out trying to be gracious but then it all turned to his wonderful being.. blah blah blah .. lots of self praise and no substance, poor fool or is it poor us.

Mel Gurtov words on Congress, Patrick Hiller, Lisa Fuller and Robert Koehler provide our brain food this week, don’t miss out. Carrie’s Corner, Carol’s Movies, holiday happenings, places to go, things to do and lots of local news here for your reading pleasure. The Mountain Messenger is featuring a contest of sorts, be the first one to pick up the phone and see what awaits you as a new subscriber, remember Don loves subscriber is the key.

The photo this week was absolutely taken by Lee Adams at Haskell Peak while cutting Christmas Trees for the Downieville Lions Club and we are beginning to live in our winter wonderland of Sierra County,

Audy’s Jam at Coyoteville 11/15/17

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Audy at Coyoteville Cafe has a perfect selection of jams and jellies – homemade and delicious. Local, organic, and wild ingredients. Perfect gift for the holidays, for your morning toast, splendid over ice cream, and pretty to look at!

Your very own jar of homemade jam or jelly is waiting for you at Coyoteville Cafe!
Hurry, supplies are limited! This special offer can be yours, that’s right, you can have your very own jar of lip smacking, finger lickin’ good stuff in a jar for the special price of $7.00!
You heard me right, $7.00 each is all it takes for a jar or several jars of this made with love sweet or spicy treat to be yours! Again, that’s Coyoteville Cafe – 289-1820. Tell Audy Milly sent ya 😉

Mountain Messenger (Don Thanks) 11/15/17

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Next week is Thanksgiving and Don has a lot to be thankful for… his Mom, Irene, Milly, Jill, Carl, Scott, Brutus, Jim, Penelope and me. The other day I was walking Freddy Gingg in the evening as I approached the post office, I heard shouting from across the street right in front of the St Charles church. The words I heard were odd based on the location, something like, “well, they’re our elected representatives, take it up with them”,  I wondered who Don was fighting with now… and lo’ it was Star Mess Reporter Carl Butz, that’s right, the Boss was arguing with the lowly employee… I think the employee may have been winning… Carl may not be an employee, he probably is just getting a free lunch now and then, unless he is the one buying… but I digress. I was talking about Don being thankful, yep he has a lot to be thankful for, his subscribers, whom he loves, in fact the first new subcriber person who calls Milly and tells her, “I am subscribing because Don loves me” will receive a free one year subscription to the Mountain Messenger courtesy of the Prospect. So make that call now 530 289-3262 or email yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com … yeh –  that really is Milly’s email…

Don, Carl, Scott giving thanks at the St Charles

Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at yesdearyousuck@yahoo.com or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at mtnmess@cwo.com and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Miss Jody Thanksgiving Dinner 11/15/17

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Many years ago, where the Downieville Outfitters now resides there lived a restaurant named The Forks, owned by Ted and Nancy Heston. They noticed on Thanksgiving Day there were no restaurants or eateries available for hungry miners, tourists and passing motorists. Ted and Nancy opened their restaurant and provided a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner to one and all. This event was a local tradition enjoyed by all until Nancy and Ted decided to retire and sell The Forks.

Then Miss Jody Brooks, who bartended at the St Charles Saloon and lived in Downieville with her husband, daughter and three grandchildren and loved Randy Travis decided to continue the tradition of a Community Thanksgiving at the Downieville Community Hall, a little differently, but still open to anyone who needed a meal or community fellowship on Thanksgiving Day.

Tragically, Miss Jody and her grandchildren were killed in a fire at their home on Pearl Street in January of 1994. Later that year the Downieville Lions Club and the United Methodist Churches planned a Community Thanksgiving as a Miss Jody memorial, since then, the annual event has been continuously supported by the Downieville Lions Club, United Methodist, Assembly of God, and Immaculate Conception churches, Downieville and Sierra City grocery stores, Sierra Hardware and many members of the community. It has become a fund raising source for the Western Sierra Food Bank.

The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd at the Downieville Community Hall. This is a community event enjoyed by all who attend. The traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and luscious desserts is served from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone needing a home delivery of a meal should contact or Ann Hutchison at 862-1052 or Suzanne Smith at 289-3213 by Wednesday morning November 22. Donations may be made at Downieville Grocery Store and the Sierra City Country Store.

Weekly Warrior by Chase Noble 11/15/17

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This week in Ms. Maire’s classroom the students have been learning about the microscopic world of cells and how they interact with the bigger picture, our world. They are also having fun with the different regions and climates that can be found in the U.S. On Thursday they learned that not all sweets taste good together as found when they made their Mike and Ike, Snickers, and chocolate chip cookies. Ms. McDermid would also like to give everyone a reminder that her class is going to present a beautiful Christmas play in the Yuba Theater during Holiday on Main, December 2nd. She hopes that everyone can make it to see the 4-6th grade class’ great acting skills.
Mrs. Bosworth’s K-3rd class has been learning all about Veterans Day as well as the 5 senses. The K-1st students went to the Courthouse on Tuesday, November 7th to lead the Board of Supervisors in the Pledge of Allegiance. The K-3 class has also been enjoying music from Mr. Douville and Mr. Henrix.
In U.S. History Mr. Boli is always keeping the middle schoolers intrigued and involved in the early 1800’s arguments both for and against slavery. Later they will be learning about how slavery ties into the Constitution. The 9th and 10th graders have been studying the Protestant Reformation in preparation of learning about the Renaissance.
In Ms. Bolle’s room we have been learning how to draw optical illusions by creating different shapes and angles with a compass. Robin also had generously set up a tour for the upperclassmen to go inside the 16 to 1 Mine where we got see first-hand how rocks form and get compacted into earth’s crust. There in the “Ball Room”, some 1,000 feet below the surface, the whole group ate lunch by candlelight and learned some 16 to 1 history from the wise and talented Raebell. The tech class has been 3D printing some interesting historical structures that used to stand in Downieville.
Mrs. Fillo’s 7th and 8th grade class has been sewing some festive quilt squares to honor our veterans on Veterans Day. They were then put out on display at the Veterans Day luncheon held in the school cafeteria on Saturday, November 11. Also on display were six gorgeous Quilts of Valor made by Shannon Culvahouse of Manteca for members of her son’s Army division.
Mrs. Fillo’s 7/8th English class is enjoying the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond and how it involves Colonial America. The students made traditional quilt squares and are writing short stories to accompany the squares.
November 15, 16, 17—Wednesday, Thursday and Friday–are all minimum days due to Parent Teacher Conferences. Also November 22 is a minimum day due to Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th.
That’s all for now; see you in the next Weekly Warrior!

EMR Class in January – 11/15/17

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Beckwourth Fire Will be hosting EMR – Emergency Medical Responder

This 64 hour course is designed to prepare the graduate with the education and training to certify the student as an EMR within the Nor Cal EMS region. The course will include instruction in ICS (Incident Command System) 100-200, and  American Heart Association CPR.  January 15th, 2018   Every Monday and Tuesday evening 6pm – 10pm
Where: Beckwourth Fire Station 1, 180 Main St. Beckwourth Cost: $150.00
Cost includes; CPR, Blood Bourne Pathogens, and EMR Book

Does not include Nor Cal EMS certification or fees! (Tuition is non-refundable and due the first night of class) Class size is limited, RSVP, Beckwourth Fire Station 1, (530) 832-1008
Instructor: Greg McCaffrey RN, MICN, FEMP

EMR, EMT, Paramedic Recert 11/15/17

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Beckwourth Fire Will be hosting EMR, EMT, Paramedic Recertification

This 24 hour course is designed to assist the emergency worker in an update of current policies, practices and skills. And qualifies for Nor Cal EMS recertification. Additional CEs will be available for NREMT. Some items included: Incident Command System 100-200,
High Performance CPR. BLS Narcan, Glucometry, Epi and Airways Class starts: January 15th, 2018  Hours: Every Monday and Tuesday evening 6pm – 10pm
Where: Beckwourth Fire Station 1, 180 Main St. Beckwourth Cost: $1.00 per CEU

Does not include Nor Cal EMS certification or fees! (Tuition is non-refundable and due the first night of class)  Class size is limited, RSVP, Beckwourth Fire Station 1, (530) 832-1008
Instructor: Greg McCaffrey RN, MICN, FEMP

Animals Helped by ARF 11/15/17

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We Are Here To Help

In light of the recent events regarding the Loyalton Mobile Estates we would like to remind everyone that the Sierra County Animal Relief Fund (ARF) is here to help. We understand that many animals, along with their people, have been displaced. This is a hard time for both person and pet. If you are someone that has taken in an animal, we can provide needed assistance — whether it’s obtaining medical assistance, vaccinations, food or other supplies. If you know someone who could use our assistance, please give them our number. If you are an agency or an organization, please add us to your resource list.

With that being said, as the CEO of ARF, I would personally like to thank and acknowledge the hard work of Amanda Church Osburn. She has worked extremely hard on behalf of the residents and pets of the Mobile Estates. Going door-to-door seeking animals that needed help, she organized a re-homing event to find them new loving homes. She continues to seek homes and fosters for remaining animals. There are people who will be homeless, and having their pets taken care of will give them peace of mind. Amanda’s willingness to take on this great task with some help from her friends is a great strength to the community.

If you need assistance or would like to donate items to help get the newly re-homed animals on their feet, call Rachel Guffin, 289-2720 or Linda Guffin, 289-2751.

Rachel A. Guffin, CEO Animal Relief Fund (Sierra County) www.animalrelieffund.net

Carrie’s Wintry Corner 11/15/17

– by: Carrie A. Blakley

With the cold Winter months upon us (yes, I used the W word), we need to really start taking stock of our stocks. Food, wood, emergency and pet stocks. While many folks up here have become used to the power going out every time the wind sneezes the wrong way, or when ever the local squirrels have a tree party that involves power lines (on any level), most folks get the town’s generator power relatively soon (read that as: ‘before Hell freezes over, and we can float Noah’s Ark down Main St’). That being said, even with power, we still have mud slides, land slides, mountains sliding into the river, hills sliding into the ravines and the over all laziness of the boulders, which tend to take naps in the middle of the highway whenever it suits them to do so.

If you haven’t already, prepare for these power outages, and other such problems, now. First, and foremost, play it safe. Make sure you have a good escape route you, and your family members, can take in case it becomes necessary. We have very active bears right now (no kidding, right?) in the area, but be rest assured, they are not the only native members of this local tribe of ours that are active. At this point in the year, every living creature (including humans) is preparing for the long winter months ahead. They too are stocking up, so be aware of this when you think about keeping coolers handy to store your cold items outside. If you have no choice but to take that route, make sure the coolers are locked and anchored to something a large animal can not move, even with a back hoe and a lot of leverage.

Keep a land line phone handy (if you don’t already use one regularly), in cases of emergency, or to contact friends and relatives to let them know your situation. Keep a phone book, and an address book, near the land line phone. No power means that your cell phones, cordless phones and computer systems will not be able to recharge that quickly, even if you’re able to use a car battery for charging purposes. Be safe at all times. Do not risk illness, just for a can of soup. Check the expiration dates on your food items, especially canned meats. If they’re beyond the expiration date, do not take chances…throw the items out, and replace them with new items. You’ll also want to be sure your pets are well taken care of. Add extra blankets to the dog/cat beds. If they have medical conditions that require daily treatment, stock up if possible on these treatments. If it’s a snow storm that knocks out the power, that also means that you might not be able to easily get out of your home. Also make sure that your own medical needs are met (if you have an). Talk to your doctor about the possibility of a power outage, and see if there is an alternative treatment that you can use during those outages. This especially holds true if your medication requires cooling/refrigeration (as is the case with some Diabetics).

Finally, keep a running list of the items you will need to keep on hand. Batteries, lamp oil, candles, working flashlights, matches, fire starters, wood, kindling…whatever it is that you will need, make a list, check it twice and when you buy them, buy them thrice. Remember, during power outages, our emergency services are stretched beyond their capacity. You will need to be able to keep yourselves as healthy, and warm, as possible during the outages. When an outage occurs, unplug anything possible, so that a potential power surge can not damage your electronics. This is also true for a brown out condition. So, be prepared, and don’t wait to start stocking up. You can do it! Have a warm, and safe, week everyone!

Child Arrested by BPA 11/15/17

Bureaucracy vs. Humanity – by Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler

Basically, it’s kidnapping.

Were the Border Patrol agents wearing MAGA hats when they grabbed Rosa Maria Hernandez as she left her hospital room?

“It’s a shocking case — the most outrageous case I’ve ever seen. Is it a preview of things to come?” ACLU attorney Michael Tan said to me about the incident, shortly after the civil-rights group filed suit against the federal government demanding the 10-year-old child’s release from a detention facility in Texas, 150 miles from her home in Laredo.

Rosa Maria, who has cerebral palsy, was arrested at a children’s hospital on Oct. 25, the day after she had emergency gall bladder surgery. She’s been at the detention center for a week now, under the bureaucratic “care” of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which wants to ship her back to Mexico.

The child’s problem is that, although she has lived in the United States since she was three months old, she’s illegal. Her mother brought her into the U.S. — from Nuevo Laredo to Laredo — so she could get better medical care.

But there’s no mercy for the illegals. Last week, Rosa Maria’s ambulance, which was taking her to a children’s hospital in Corpus Christi in the company of an adult cousin, a U.S. citizen, was stopped at an immigration checkpoint. The Border Patrol agents demanded the little girl’s papers. She had none. They determined that she was illegal and followed the ambulance to the hospital; agents stood outside the child’s door for a day.

According to the ACLU:

“Throughout the time that Rosa Maria was in the hospital, male Border Patrol agents followed her every move, sitting next to her in the waiting room, remaining in a nurse’s screening room while her vitals were taken, and even peeking into the operation area while she was awaiting surgery. The agents stayed in the hospital over the objections of hospital staff. . . .

“Following surgery, Rosa Maria was experiencing pain and needed to stay in a recovery room overnight. Agents followed her to the recovery room and stood guard at her door until she was discharged. They physically took her into custody, directly from her hospital bed, on October 25, 2017. The agents did not obtain a warrant before taking Rosa Maria into custody.”

The agents told the cousin that the child and her mother had two options: The mother could agree to Rosa Maria’s immediate deportation to Mexico through “voluntary departure,” or she would be arrested and held in a detention center. The family chose the lesser of these two evils: arrest and detention.

I repeat: The little girl was recovering from gall bladder surgery when she was arrested, i.e., bureaucratically kidnapped. She was still in pain.

Tan told me that when the ACLU initially contacted the Office of Refugee Resettlement to demand Rosa Maria’s immediate release, “we were still hoping it was a case of overzealous Border Patrol agents. If we could get the case before the right people in the agency” — you know, reasonable, sane people — the child would be released back to her family. “That did not happen. The government doubled down.

“This,” he said, “sends a disturbing message.”

He added that the conditions of her detention are “awful, traumatizing. She’s never been apart from her family. Now she’s 150 miles away from them. [Holding her in detention] is especially dire in the wake of surgery. I think what the government is doing here is incredibly cruel. It’s also unconstitutional.”

The ACLU filed suit against the federal government on Oct. 31. It has also filed a temporary restraining order calling for Rosa Maria’s immediate release to her family, stating: “The government cannot plausibly contend that Rosa Maria Hernandez poses any danger to public safety, given that she is a 10-year-old child with serious medical needs who is currently recovering from needed surgery. . . .”

Enough, enough! What’s taking place here is institutional racism, aggravated in the Trump era by an uptick in border patrol aggression. The idea that a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who has lived in the United States since she was three months old, could be illegal — that any human being, in his or her very existence, could be illegal — freezes my soul. This is bureaucracy vs. humanity.

And it rips open the hypocrisy of the “limited government” crowd, who cringe at resources being used to help people — universal health care, free college tuition — but are OK, I presume, with money being allotted to maintain the various, enormously costly, wars against our enemies.

Rosa Maria Hernandez is not my enemy. And I have no tolerance for government resources being used to dehumanize people. It may be that this young girl’s arrest is partially a function of Trump policies — immigration arrests went up 37 percent shortly after he took office, the Washington Post reported — but, as usual, his reckless feeding of the bigotry of his base illuminates institutional prejudices that were already present.

The ACLU has urged people to call the Office of Refugee Resettlement and demand Rosa Maria’s release, and it has a website to facilitate the process. This may be a good place for us to start reclaiming the country.

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.

 

Vehicle of Terror 11/15/17

How to respond when someone uses a vehicle as a weapon of terror – by Patrick T. Hiller

Patrick Hiller

The use of vehicles as weapons to kill civilians has sparked global fear and attention. Such attacks can be carried out in any populated area, against any random group of people, by anyone with or without connections to a network of ideologues promoting fear, hatred and terror.

We do not need experts to tell us that it is almost impossible to prevent such attacks. Two notable attacks in the US were those by James A. Fields Jr., who rammed his car into a crowd of nonviolent protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia killing one and injuring 19, and by Sayfullo Saipov who deliberately drove a truck down a bike path killing eight and injuring at least 11. They acted on behalf of an exclusively “white America,” and the establishment of a new Islamic caliphate across the Middle East, respectively. A crucial, immediate and long-term response is to separate the ideology of hate from those people and beliefs the attackers claim to represent.

Those who commit such acts never represent the majority of the people they claim to champion. Fields did not represent the 241 million white people in the United States, just like Saipov did not represent the approximately 400 million Muslims in the Middle East or the 33 million Uzbeks of his native country. Nevertheless, baseless blanket accusations pitch “us” vs “them,” with “the other” being a group to be feared, hated, and destroyed. This response is used by designated terrorist group leaders and our own government officials alike.

Social relations are far more fluid than the “us/them” propaganda suggests. Peace scholar John Paul Lederach invites us to look at a spectrum where we have organizations and individuals who actively promote and pursue terror and violence on one end, and those who have absolutely no connection on the other end. The broad center of the spectrum is made up by those who have some connection—wanted or unwanted—through a shared common (religious) background, extended family links, geography, race or other factors. Passivity, silence, and neutrality on that spectrum is not helpful. Broad condemnation and unity by those who the attackers claim to represent takes away their claim of acting for a greater good. Just like New York City’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism John Miller clearly stated that Islam had no role in the attack by Saipov, the fact that diverse groups denounced and protested white supremacy in Charlottesville, helped isolate both attackers and their ideology. The “us” becomes a clear majority of those taking a side against violence in the name of an ideology. The “them” now are isolated violent actors without legitimate support, the latter being a key ingredient for recruiting members, safety, and resources.

The gut response when innocents are killed is to do something. In the case of the New York attack, calling the attacker a “degenerate animal,” calling for fear-based immigration policies, and increasing military attacks in a country halfway across the globe—all tweeted responses by President Trump—are worse than useless.

If we can learn anything from vehicle attacks on civilians, it is that the militarized war on terror is as helpful as banning cars. The militarized war on terror is not winnable by design. Increasing military responses sends a signal that the vehicle attacks are working as tactics by a militarily inferior party. Research shows that military action is often an ineffective and even counterproductive tool for countering terrorism. The grievances and narratives employed by terrorist groups are fed by military action—new recruits fall into their arms. The only feasible way is to address the root causes.

Not surprisingly, some root causes for white nationalist-and ISIS-inspired attacks are similar—perceived or real marginalization, alienation, deprivation, and unequal power relations. Admittedly, these causes require more profound societal transformations. While hard, the numerous rights movements –human, civil, women, LGBT, religious, etc.—demonstrate that we can build on those even in challenging times.

And how do we deal with terror groups in the meantime? First, the stated and actual path toward addressing the root causes already takes away incentives and legitimate support for any form of terror. Second, ISIS can be countered directly by initiating arms and ammunitions embargoes to the Middle East, support for Syrian civil society, pursuit of meaningful diplomacy with all actors, economic sanctions on ISIS and supporters, withdrawal of US troops from the region, and the support of nonviolent civil resistance. Creative nonviolence is also one of the best ways to directly counter public acts of white supremacy. When white supremacists march, they can outnumbered, they can be mocked, and they can be made friends and changed. Daryl Davis, a black musician, asked many clansmen “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?” He got 200 KKK members to leave the Klan.

There is no magic solution to eradicate the discussed forms of terror. There are, however, many ways we can respond to vehicles being used as weapons that make such incidents less likely in the future. If we don’t use these alternatives, it is not because they are not available, but because of artificially imposed constraints, lack of interest, or self-interest. The broad social spectrum gives us ample opportunity in our respective contexts to take the contested area away from the terrorists and dissolve any hateful ideology at its roots.

Patrick. T. Hiller, Ph.D., syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Conflict Transformation scholar, professor, served on the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (2012-2016), member of the Peace and Security Funders Group, and Director of the War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation.

Children Need Boomers 11/15/17

Dear Baby Boomers, Your Children Need You – by Lisa Fuller

Lisa Fuller

Dear Baby Boomers,

Your children and your grandchildren need you right now- their lives may depend on it. I know, because I am one of them.

My only memory from the Cold War is the fall of the Berlin Wall. The only reason I remember that day, however, is because my mother told me I would remember it. At the time, I had no idea why she was so excited about the demolition of a ugly concrete wall that was covered in graffiti. I was six-years-old.

I never had to do duck and cover drills in school. I was born 20 years after President John F. Kennedy went on national television to urge Americans to build fall out shelters. I was still a baby when Carl Sagan and his colleagues discovered and publicized the prospect of nuclear winter- a development so significant that it helped initiate the de-escalation of the nuclear arms race.

My generation never felt the anxiety of the Cold War, and few of us feel anxious about the current North Korea crisis. Although the risk of nuclear war is now as high as it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the majority of Americans “believe a major war is imminent,” we don’t seem to grasp the gravity of the situation, nor understand that even our own families could be at risk. Nuclear expert Alan Robock confirms that “most people, including high-ranking defense officials, are unaware that a nuclear war occurring halfway around the world from the U.S. could seriously harm the homeland.”

A few months ago, we mobilized in record numbers to prevent Congress from repealing the Affordable Care Act because we understood how losing Obamacare would negatively impact our lives. Now we are barely mobilizing at all around an issue that could have even more dire consequences for our health. Instead, we argue about nuclear war as if it was just one more issue on the political battleground that divides us. Even the activists amongst us are focused on other issues.

Author Jonathan Schell seemingly foresaw our predicament in 1998 when he wrote, “a new generation, innocent of the divisions of the Cold War… do not feel the urgency to escape the nuclear danger that some of its parents felt. The call for abolition should therefore be, among other things, a call from an older generation to younger one.”

In 1982, your generation organized the (then) biggest demonstration in American history to protest nuclear escalation. Your success was largely a result of your visceral understanding of the devastating effects of nuclear war.

I know many of you are retired, and even more of you are tired. I know you already did your part in the 1960s with peace and love and all that. I know it is supposed to be our generation that takes responsibility and demands an end to the senseless escalation of threats. But we’re not doing it.

We need our parents and our grandparents to help us one last time. We need you to speak out again.

Love,  Generation X and the Millennials

Lisa Fuller spent the past eight years working in war zones such as Iraq, South Sudan and Sri Lanka as a senior staff member at Nonviolent Peaceforce. She recently discovered that she is a member of the Xennial microgeneration. Follow her on Twitter: @gigipurple

 

Illusion of Salvation 11/15/17

The illusion of armed salvation – by Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler

This time, the “the fire and the fury” of American mass murder erupted in church. Twenty-six people were killed, including children, one only 18 months old.

How do we stroke their memory? How do we move forward? This is bigger than gun control. We should begin, I think, by envisioning a world beyond mass murder: a world where rage and hatred are not armed and, indeed, where our most volatile emotions can find release long before they become lethal.

As I read about the shootings at Sutherland Springs, Texas, and studied Devin Patrick Kelley’s troubled bio, I suddenly found myself picturing a coal miner trapped in a collapsed mine. Here was a man trapped inside himself: buried in his own troubles, disconnected from his own humanity and, therefore, everyone else’s humanity. A man in such a state is utterly disempowered.

And in this country, the path back to empowerment — for God know how many people — begins with owning a gun.

“The United States is one of only three countries, along with Mexico and Guatemala . . . (in which) people have an inherent right to own guns,” Max Fisher and Josh Keller pointed out recently in the New York Times.

That is to say, in most other countries, gun ownership, like driving a car, is a privilege to be earned, not a basic human right to be removed by law only when extreme conditions warrant it. And a large, organized segment of the population intends to keep it that way. After every mass shooting, the force that rallies in this country is the force that cherishes the right to own guns and views every attempt by government to limit that right as a theft of the most fundamental of freedoms, not as a means of protecting people. It’s as though the right to bear arms equals the right to be fully human.

Envisioning a world without mass murder — which means a world without war, waged either collectively or privately (with both types of war generating handsome profits for the weapons industry) — means envisioning a world where guns are not a precondition for empowerment and us vs. them isn’t society’s default setting.

Guns are a symptom of society’s addiction to fear. And efforts to pass gun control legislation are continually on the political defensive, caught between the addicts and the profiteers.

And thus, as the Baltimore Sun noted: “If Kelley was eligible to buy a gun, it was only just barely. Yet even so he was able to buy not just any gun but a civilian version of a military assault rifle, designed not for hunting or self-defense but combat.”

The Air Force didn’t work out for him. He was court-martialed for abusing his then-wife and fracturing the skull of his toddler stepson, spent a year in confinement and wound up with a bad-conduct discharge, but he still was able to claim his right to go into combat.

And in claiming that right — and becoming one of the “bad guys with a gun” — Kelley fueled the combat instincts in others, such as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has called for the armed protection of America’s churches. Speaking on Fox News, Paxton recommended armed security guards or “at least arming some of the parishioners so they can respond to something like this.”

As Fisher and Keller reported, citing a 2015 University of Alabama study: “Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns. From 1966 to 2012, 31 percent of the gunmen in mass shootings worldwide were American. . . .

“Adjusted for population, only Yemen has a higher rate of mass shootings among countries with more than 10 million people. . . . Yemen has the world’s second-highest rate of gun ownership after the United States.”

And of course the danger isn’t just from mass shootings. In 2013, for instance, there were 11,208 homicides in the U.S. involving guns, 21,175 suicides and 505 deaths from accidental discharge, they point out.

The prevailing belief and legal standard in this country is that people have a right to be armed in order to protect themselves, no matter that the opposite is probably the case. David Robert Grimes, writing several years ago in The Guardian, cited the findings of a University of Pennsylvania study that people carrying firearms were about 4.5 times more likely to be shot than those who did not carry and noted, with reference to a number of studies:

“While defensive gun use may occasionally occur successfully, it is rare and very much the exception — it doesn’t change the fact that actually owning and using a firearm hugely increases the risk of being shot.”

He also noted: “There’s good evidence that the very act of being in possession of a weapon has an unfortunate effect of making us suspect others have one too.”

Thus, arming ourselves both intensifies our fear and increases our literal danger. A lost soul with little emotional control to begin with is particularly susceptible to such effects and is, no doubt, the last person who should be armed. But in the United States of America, owning a gun — better yet, an assault rifle — may well be the most enticing option he has to save himself.

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.

Be Encouraged by Angela Collier 11/15/17

In carrying a heart of thanksgiving year round, we can avoid seeds of bitterness taking root after dealing with the heavier blows of life. God blessed me at a young age in revealing a passion for songwriting and the piano.

The late Tom Petty said “Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you’ll be a happy person”. The majority of readers can apply his philosophy because America is still the land of opportunity compared to a great many other nations. Sadly there are folks young and old that are stuck in factories, sweatshops, basically
enslaved to a trade or government not of their choosing. Painters, musicians, singers, bakers, doctors, architects, and craftsman (the list goes on) that will never have the opportunity to explore their skills as they are busy making cheap clothes and digging out diamonds for the Westerner.

In 2017 places still exist where women and children do not have a voice, they are simply property. In honor of those that never had the option or the ability to pursue their dreams, or for those whose life ended much too soon, do them proud and make your life count. It is not about appearing to look busy or productive, or appearing to be a contributing
member of society- God sees through the bull.

Some of the best work is done behind the scenes- God sees what others do not. I promote actually doing something of value that will stand for all eternity- whether you are paid or not, whether it is seen or not, rewarded or commended here on earth or
not.

We only get one life, one shot at this. If you are blessed enough to live where you have the freedom to learn what you are good at, passionate about, and the gifts and talents the good Lord blessed you with…my lands, don’t waste your life. Happy Thanksgiving! God is good! Always!

Foxes & Chicken Coop 11/15/17

The Foxes In Charge of The Chicken Coop

Trump is at it again. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, gave a no bid contract to a Russian company. The head of this company was the former head of the KGB. His employees, security officers, are all ex KGB officers. This no bid contract is to be the security officers of the United States Embassy in Russia. So now we know what Trump and his bro-mate, Putin, talked about at the recent Presidential trip overseas.

Mona Uruburu, Janesville, CA 96114

Project Warmth 11/15/17

United Way of Nevada County  Share the Warmth Collection Drive

B & C TrueValue Employees gather warmth

A collection drive for new warm hats, gloves and socks is being held by United Way of Nevada County for those in our community who need them the most. Donate these much-needed items and help everyone in our community stay warm this winter. Who are those in need? The sad truth is that a great majority of those in need are families with children who are just struggling to get by. This collection drive will help those households and individuals stay warm during the upcoming winter months.Now through Dec. 7th, new warm hats, gloves and socks can be dropped off at the following locations:
AAA, Walker’s Office Supplies, JC Penney, B&C True Value Home Center, Penn Valley Mini Storage, the Rood Center lobby, Grass Valley City Hall, The Union, Hospice of the Foothills, Training Zone, and the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, or the United Way of Nevada County office.

Currently United Way of Nevada County is focusing on helping the community of Nevada County in the area of Basic Needs, including Food, Emergency Shelter and Access to Health Care. United Way of Nevada County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability.

If you are interested in finding out more about our collection drive, please call 274-8111 or email admin@uwnc.org. Live United this holiday season and help us keep the community warm. For more information, call 274-8111 or email admin@uwnc.org

GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. LIVE UNITED

Country Christmas Faire 11/15/17

Country Christmas Faire  November 24, 25 and 26

The 33rd annual Country Christmas Faire is returning to the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 24, 25 and 26.
Four large exhibit buildings will be filled with handcrafted items and gifts, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping and purchase quality handmade holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, stained glass, candles, beadwork, fiber arts, and hundreds of other unique gifts created by talented artisans.
Visitors to the Faire can also enjoy strolling musical entertainment, a gingerbread house exhibit, and a community bonfire. Coloring contest entries will be on display alongside the gingerbread houses in Ponderosa Hall, wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered, and the RiverBells and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform during the event. There will also be delicious food and beverages, including cinnamon rolls, coffee, hot chocolate, pulled pork nachos, fine chocolates, Philly cheesesteak, quesadillas, hand dipped doughnuts, and kettle corn. New this year, the Fairgrounds Foundation will be serving holiday spirits.
Santa will be available from 11 am – 4 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Bring your camera to capture that special photo. Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit, so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be at Main Street Center and available to assist shoppers throughout the event.
On Sunday of the Faire, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will partner with Grass Valley Elks for a canned food drive. Bring a can of food on Sunday, November 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, and receive $1 off Sunday’s admission price (one coupon per person).

All food collected by the Elks will be distributed in their Christmas baskets in December.
The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday,
November 26. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

 

Bud’s new Book 11/15/17

Bud Buczkowske of Alleghany, Ca has added a Historical Fiction novel to his personal library of books penned by him.  This is a photo of the actual book cover front- side and back.  Bud has written previous books Journey to Eden:Pioneers of Sierra County, Their Voices Still Echo in the Canyons and I Saw a Nation Die with Harland Keller all available on Amazon.

Book cover of Bud’s historical fiction The Road To Jericho

Carol’s Movies 11/15/17

LBJ 2016 – The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

Director: Rob Reiner

Writer: Joey Hartstone (screenplay)

Carol Marshall

Carol Says – LBJ
Woody Harrelson did a very good job. The movie was not what I expected. I expected it to be about during his Presidency. The movie actually is before the Presidential race , when he is Vice President, and just a short time of his Presidency.

I felt I knew more about his politics and the person after seeing this movie. However, the movie is not much about his Presidency. It’s whether he’s going to run for president, when he’s vice president, and a lot about President Kennedy’s assassination.

The movie goes back and forth in time and I don’t think it flows well. Well the movie is 1 1/2 hours long, it felt more like 2 or 2 1/2 hours. They didn’t really mention the Vietnam war. At the end of the movie they mention the Vietnam war, and some of his accomplishments during his Presidency .

Either HBO or CNN or some station did a movie documentary on LBJ in the past year about his term as President and it was very good. The good thing about this movie, LBJ, was his passion about politics and his thinking on various political venues.

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