Lifetime Passes for Fair 5/22/13

 Plumas Sierra County Fair

Lifetime Passes for the Plumas Sierra County Fair will only be available for a few more months. Last year, the Fair Board voted to extend the availability of the passes until the 2013 Fair. Lifetime Passes cost $100, and allow the bearer free admission to the fair for the rest of their life.

Fair Manager John Steffanic points out that those who have purchased the passes, have done so primarily as a show of support for the county’s biggest event. They have been given as graduation gifts and promotional prizes. The money helps the fairgrounds, mainly for maintenance purposes. A single Lifetime Pass can help the fairgrounds purchase up to 4 gallons of paint.

Purchasers are given a numbered, laminated card with their name on it. Applications for a Lifetime Pass can be found on the fairground website; or at the fair office in Quincy. Interested parties can also call the fair office at 530-283-6272 and an application can be mailed to them.

Sierra County Sheriff’s Log 5/13 to 5/19/13


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Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Public Log


  • Report of long haired white dog loose on Gold Lake Hwy near Goose Lake
  • Civil dispute in Loyalton
  • Another civil dispute in Loyalton
  • Loyalton resident and neighbors believe they hear someone calling for help
  • Dogs at large in Verdi
  • Welfare check needed on a daughter in Portola
  • Shots being fired in Pike


  • Someone making purchases on callers online account
  • Female with chest pains in Loyalton needs ambulance
  • Transient lying on side of the road near Beckworth
  • Subject in violation of court ordered release in Loyalton
  • Numerous 9-1-1 hangups from Loyalton
  • Suspicious vehicle on property in Loyalton
  • Loose animals in Sierra Brooks


  • 9-1-1 Call with static from Sierra City area
  • Deputy reports large smoke plume near Sierraville
  • Loose cattle and open gate reported by Sierraville Fire Chief
  • Another 9-1-1 with static from Sierra City
  • Children transported without seatbelts in Loyalton
  • Alleghany resident reports three sickly kittens
  • Assistance needed at Loyalton Mental Health
  • Subject using coat hanger to enter vehicle in Loyalton
  • Bicycle stolen in Loyalton
  • Dog barking non-stop in Sierraville


  • 9-1-1 hangup in Sierra City
  • Sierra City man needs ambulance
  • Caller reports friend missing for eight days
  • Smoke reported west of Verdi
  • Downed airplane near Verdi Peak


  • Black cow on road near A23 & Hwy 89 junction
  • Welfare check in Loyalton
  • CHP at vehicle accident near Sierraville on Hwy 89
  • 9-1-1 hang up with static from Sierra City
  • Livestock on Smithneck Rd near Sierra Brooks
  • Civil Dispute in Loyalton
  • Another Civil Dispute in Loyalton
  • Sierra City static hangup again
  • Cabin burn with Downieville Fire and TNF in Goodyears Bar
  • Illegal parking in Downieville
  • Again with the hangup in Sierra City
  • Report of two men stealing firewood in Downieville
  • 9-1-1 hangup, yep, in Sierra City


  • Paint Ballers disturbing other campers in Dog Valley
  • Traffic violation near Loyalton
  • Reckless driver on Hwy 49 near No Fork Bridge
  • Possible fire in Sierraville
  • Alarm reported on Stampede Rd


  • Parent/Child dispute in Loyalton
  • Break-in at a cabin near Downieville
  • Mountain biker has medical issue

WSMC Needs Your Input 5/22/13

Western Sierra Medical Clinic Seeks Community 

Input to Assess Current Health Care Needs

GRASS VALLEY, CA  May 20th, 2013  Western Sierra Medical Clinic (WSMC) is conducting a multi-county survey to identify the most important health issues within our region, and is asking community members to take a brief 10-question online survey.

The health care survey will assess the availability of medical, dental and specialty services, the biggest barriers to receiving health care, and the most pressing health issues facing our community.

Information collected from the survey will be used in a larger Community Needs Assessment being conducted by the health center, which will be used to make decisions about the expansion of health and preventive care services, and help to ensure healthcare access to individuals of all income or insurance levels.

Western Sierra Medical Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary health care, dental care, maternal health, counseling, and comprehensive health education programs to over 10,000 patients each year.

Eligible survey participants are adults age 18 and older, living or working within Nevada, Sierra and eastern Yuba counties. The survey will be open through Friday, May 31and can be found on the health center’s home page at

Individuals may enter to win a $50 gift grocery store gift card at the completion of the survey, and one winner will be drawn on Wednesday, June 5. Only one survey is permitted per person.

WSMC is a non-profit community health center with the mission to ensure that every person, regardless of their ability to pay, has access to quality health care. For information about Western Sierra Medical Clinic, visit

About: Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Inc. is a non-profit community health center serving 17,000 patients throughout Nevada, Sierra and Yuba counties. WSMC offers comprehensive patient-centered medical, dental, maternity and behavioral health care from its sites at Miners Family Health Center in Grass Valley and Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Downieville.


Carol’s Movie 5/22/13

The Big Wedding
Carol Says:
Well, I would rather put this off  this movie review but it must be done.  And maybe it will save you some money!  My friend and I wanted to see a movie and out of all the bad movies offered, we picked the best bad movie.  The Big Wedding.  This will be your first hint – it is supposed to be a comedy but during the whole movie no one laughed.  And I groaned inwardly.  The story line was lacking, and some of the the lines offensive.  And there was nothing poignant about this movie.
Basically, a divorced couple must act like they are married, as their adopted son’s mother is coming to his wedding and she doesn’t believe in divorce.  The ex-husband sleeps with his ex-wife and then proposes to his current girlfriend the next day and she accepts, knowing he slept with his ex.  But that is just one part of the movie.  The divorced couple have two bio children, and the daughter doesn’t like her dad but she actually does love him, so there was conflict in that story line.  The couple getting married is not the main focus of the movie, just all of the family around them.
I wish I had a more positive review for you, but just remember this is just my point of view.  There must be people out there that loved this, but not in our theatre.
Netflix says:
The Big Wedding2013RA long-divorced couple feigns years of wedded bliss to please a special guest at their son’s nuptials: his birth mother. As the hoax spins out of control among family and friends, it leaves behind a poignant and funny tale about the ties that bind.

Carol’s Books 5/22/13

“Women’s Murder Club” book series
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Carol Says:
Now I need to first explain that I don’t like murder books.  And I am not really a fan of James Patterson’s books.  However, a friend told me about this series and I really like it.  What I mostly like about it are the women in the books, their relationship with each other and with their respective boyfriend or husband.  So that is what got me hooked into this series.
It starts out with Lindsey who works for the police department.  Her friend is the coroner, another friend is an Assistant District Attorney and another friend is a newspaper reporter.   In the first book of the series, a murder is committed and they found that if they all worked together to solve the murder, because of their diverse professions that are tied in with each other, they could solve the crime faster.  That is the premise.   And in each book, we follow their personal life as it progresses.
Each book, and there is book #1 thru #12 at this point, has an individual name followed by (Women’s Murder Club), so all you have to do is look up his name and you will find the books.
Since they are mysteries, I really cannot tell you about each book but just following their lives is entertainment to me.  Not the murders.
Amazon says: Women’s Murder Club

Book Description

 Series: Women’s Murder Club
Imagine a killer who thinks, “What is the worst thing anyone has ever done?”–and then goes far beyond it. Now imagine four women –a police detective, an assistant DA, a reporter, and a medical examiner –who join forces as they sidestep their bosses to track down criminals. Known as the Women’s Murder Club, they are pursuing a murderer whose twisted imagination has stunned an entire city. Their chief suspect is a socially prominent writer, but the men in charge won’t touch him. On the trail of the most terrifying and unexpected killer ever, they discover a shocking surprise that turns everything about the case upside down.

TNF Campgrounds Open 5/22/13


Most Campgrounds in the Tahoe National Forest Open over Memorial Day

Little Snow Remains in High Country – Fire Danger High

Nevada City……Most campgrounds and recreation sites within the Tahoe National Forest will be open for Memorial Day and most trails are open with only patches of snow on north facing slopes.  “The dry winter and spring this past year has enabled us to get campgrounds open earlier than normal,” stated Tom Quinn, Forest Supervisor.  “The light snow pack permitted most of the sites to be open for the holiday weekend, which is unusual.  Hikers will still find some snow patches in the high country, especially on north facing slopes or in shaded areas, however much of the forest is snow free.  This lack of snow and reduced rainfall are making for very dry conditions, however.  We are moving into fire season much earlier than usual, especially on the east side of the Forest.  Please be very careful with your campfires this year.  Campfire permits are required outside of developed campgrounds and are free at all Forest Service, BLM, and Cal Fire offices,” advised Quinn.

The following status report of campgrounds, roads and trails is listed by major transportation corridor or area.

Bullards Bar Reservoir – Yuba County

All campgrounds, picnic areas, and boat ramps are open.   Shoreline camping is available.

Highway 49 – Sierra County

Most all campgrounds, picnic areas and trails in the lower and upper elevations are open along the North Yuba River.  These include Indian Valley, Ramshorn, Rocky Rest, Carlton, Cal-Ida, Fiddle Creek, Union Flat, Loganville, Wild Plum, Yuba Pass, Sierra, and Chapman Campgrounds.

Sierra Buttes Area – Sierra County

Gold Lakes Road is open.  Most TNF campgrounds in the area are open except for Salmon Creek due to paving of the campground.  Packer Lake Road is open past Packer Saddle.

Highway 89 North – Sierra and Nevada Counties

Most all the campgrounds are open including Cottonwood, Cold Creek, and Upper and Lower Little Truckee.

Jackson Meadow Area – Sierra County

The road is currently open to Jackson Meadow Reservoir and campgrounds will be open for Memorial Day.

Reservoirs East of Truckee – Nevada County

The campgrounds are open around Boca, Prosser and Stampede Reservoirs.

Highway 89- South – Placer County

Granite Flat, Silver Creek and Goose Meadows Campgrounds are open.

Interstate 80 – Nevada and Placer Counties

The Pacific Crest Trail and other trails along the Sierra crest still have some snow drifts.

Campgrounds including Big Bend, Hampshire Rocks and Indian Springs are expected to be open by Memorial Day.  (Call for information on campground water availability at Hampshire Rocks and Indian Springs – 530-367-2224.) North Fork, Tunnel Mills and Onion Valley Campgrounds are open.

Rattlesnake Road is open beyond Woodchuck Campground.   Woodchuck Campground is open.  Loch Leven trails still have some snow.

Highway 20 – Nevada County

White Cloud and Skillman Campgrounds are open.  The Pioneer Trail is open.  Rock Creek Nature Trail is open.

Bowman Lake Road – Nevada County

The Bowman Road is open to Faucherie.  Campgrounds including Bowman, Jackson Creek, Canyon and Faucherie are open.   Carr and Lindsey Lake Campgrounds are also open.

Foresthill Area – Placer County

Sugar Pine Reservoir campgrounds and picnic areas are open.  Big Reservoir campground (Morning Star) will be open for Memorial Day weekend.  The Sugar Pine OHV Trails are open.

Mumford Bar and Beacroft Trails are open, but there are many trees down on the trail and considerable brush and poison oak on the lower parts of the trail.

French Meadows campgrounds and boat ramps are accessible, but drinking water systems are still being tested.  Talbot campground and Trailhead to Granite Chief Wilderness are open.  Placer Big Trees Grove and picnic area are open.  Robinson Flat Campground is open but water tests not fully completed. (Call for information on campground water availability – 530-367-2224).

River Caution!

Even though water levels are down for this time of year, rivers are running fast and cold.  Caution should be taken near the water – especially with children and pets.

For More Information

For more information, see the Tahoe National Forest website at or call one of the Ranger Stations listed below:

Tahoe National Forest Headquarters – in Nevada City (530) 265-4531

American River Ranger District – in Foresthill (530) 367-2224

Sierraville Ranger District – in Sierraville (530) 994-3401

Truckee Ranger District – in Truckee (530) 587-3558

Yuba River Ranger District – in Camptonville (530) 288-3231.

Caution Logging Trucks 5/22/13

Logging operations will be commencing on the Canyon Timber Sale and there will be extensive log truck traffic on FS Road 35 and FS Road 25/Cal Ida beginning the week of May 12, 2013 and continuing throughout the field season.  DRIVE WITH CAUTION!!!

The Plum Timber Sale and the Ruby Timber Sale are active and drivers should be aware of extensive log truck traffic on Ridge Road/Pliocene Ridge and logging operations along Mountain House Rd. and in the vicinity of Forest City. DRIVE WITH CAUTION!!!

Gallery Open May 25th

The “Ain’t Spring Grand” Opening of The Gallery in Sierra City
The Gallery in Sierra City will open for the season on Saturday May 25th, the day of Sierra City’s annual All Over Town sale. Also opening on May 25th is the Gallery’s brand new next door neighbor, Mountain Java, where you can start out your day by indulging your sweet tooth and savoring a delicious cup of coffee.
Showcasing the work of nationally known photographers and some of the Sierra’s finest artisans, The Gallery is located in the historic red brick Wells Fargo Building at 231 Main St. in Sierra City, and can be reached at (530) 862-1188.
If you have fond memories of visiting a national park, then photographer Darby Hayes’ breath-taking park images are a “must-see.” The Gallery is known for its local imagery, and the photographs of Dee Wallace, Darby Hayes and Mark Stevenson all depict the stunning landscapes of our special part of the Sierra, but from strikingly different perspectives. In contrast, photographer Kathy Chow focuses on a more intimate and abstract view of our natural world.
Prize-winning fabric artists Peggy Daigle and Lynn Fillo are renowned for their creativity, imagination and dedication to craftsmanship, and will have an array of new creations on display this season. Woodworker Steve Fillo is always coming up with new innovations, and his feel for his material results in the beautiful organic creations which are his hallmark. Potter Marty Flora is known for her whimsical creations as well as her raku and horsehair pieces. The beautifully crafted ceramic pieces of potter Peggy McDermott, who utilizes her own glazes, are both functional and beautiful, and are always in high demand. Weaver and knitter Donna Edward is known for her imaginative use of luscious materials. Jeweler Ken McMaster’s process can start with mining the gold that is used in his unique lost-wax creations.
The public is invited to the opening reception, which will be held from 4 to 7 on Saturday, May 25; many of the artists will be present to discuss their work and answer questions, and refreshments will be served.
Memorial Day weekend hours will be: Saturday May 25th from 9:30-7, Sunday May 26th from 11-4, and Monday May 27th from 10-1.

License to Kill 5/22/13

Letting Murderers Go Free

Laura Finley

Laura Finley

By Laura Finley

Breaking News: In Florida, a murderer has made public his plans to kill three individuals in the next six weeks. If all goes according to his plan, Elmer Carroll will die on May 29th, William Van Poyk will die on June 12th, and Marshal Gore will die on June 24th. And what is more, this murderer has admitted that he has killed before; in fact, he killed three people in 2012 alone. Clearly this man is a serial killer who has killed and plans to keep doing so.

If this perpetrator were an average person like us, these highly publicized murder plans would be the subject of mass public outrage and the focus of tremendous law enforcement attention. A manhunt would be under way to catch the “evildoer.” Once apprehended, prosecutors would spare nothing to win the case and see this bloodthirsty felon held accountable for his crimes.

But, of course, the perpetrator is not like us. He is Florida Governor Rick Scott, and he has vowed to deplete Florida’s death row as quickly as possible. He has repeatedly demonstrated that he plans to continue the state’s heinously flawed death penalty system in the coming months and for the indefinite future.  And thus little public outcry, no “manhunt” for this man who will easily murder more people than did the Boston marathon attackers.  Instead, the state continues to make it easy for Rick Scott to kill and kill some more.

Florida is already the only state that allows a jury to assign a death sentence without a unanimous decision. A 7-5 vote can put a man on death row in the Wild West that is Florida’s death penalty. Some 406 inmates sit on that death row awaiting Scott’s decision when to kill them. This is more than any state except California. In the last two years, Florida, under Scott’s leadership, has led the nation in the number of new death sentences.  Florida also leads the nation with the number of death row exonerees, having found 24 people it sent to death row actually did not actually commit the offense for which they were convicted.

Not content with the ease with which Scott gets the go ahead to kill, the Florida legislature recently passed the Timely Justice Act. George Orwell would be so proud, for there is no justice in this Act and time works against justice. Instead, if Scott signs it into law, it will limit appeals for each person who has received a death sentence. It requires the Governor to sign their Death Warrants within 30 days after appeals are exhausted and clemency is denied, and it demands that executions take place within 180 days of the signing of the death warrant. This would impact 13 prisoners currently, and another 80 have exhausted appeals and are awaiting clemency hearings. This legislation will almost certainly lead to the execution of innocent individuals in the state of Florida, as most of the 24 exonerees had been on death row for more than 15 years before they were released.  And, while these innocent men languish in the prison at Starke, the real murderers carry on. And those who were responsible for the flaws—the police who elicit false confessions from mentally ill or low IQ inmates, the prosecutors whose misconduct has been repeatedly deemed egregious—they remain, like Rick Scott, in the free world doing as they please.

Even if Governor Scott does not sign the Timely Justice Act, however, he has vowed to speed up executions in Florida by executing an individual every two weeks. So, while six states in the last six years have abolished the death penalty, Florida wants Rick Scott to keep on killing.

I don’t think this is OK. And I hope others do not, either. If you are outraged that Florida’s serial killer Rick Scott and his legislative toadies are able to distort justice in these ways, take action. Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP), Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., and other groups are pushing Scott to veto the Timely Justice Act and are actively organizing to move Florida in the direction of the other 18 states that now do not kill offenders to teach them the errors of their ways. I implore you to contact Rick Scott and to get involved with FADP’s efforts.  Otherwise, we are simply turning our heads while a murderer remains free to kill again.

Laura Finley, Ph.D., teaches in the Barry University Department of Sociology & Criminology and is syndicated by PeaceVoice.

Equal Pay for the Rich 5/22/13

At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

Lawrence S. Wittner

Lawrence S. Wittner

By Lawrence S. Wittner

Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

According to recent surveys by the Chronicle of Higher Education, 35 private university presidents and four public university presidents topped $1 million in total earnings during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Among the public university presidents, Graham Spanier of Pennsylvania State University received $2.9 million for that year, followed by Jay Gogue of Auburn University ($2.5 million), E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University ($1.9 million), and Alan Merten of George Mason University ($1.9 million). Overall, the presidents of public universities — the poor relations of their private university counterparts — had a median annual total compensation of $441,392.

This very substantial income does not include many additional perks. According to the New York Times, President Gee is known for “the lavish lifestyle his job supports, including a rent-free mansion with an elevator, a pool and a tennis court and flights on private jets.”

Moreover, despite hard times, including pay cuts, for many Americans, university presidents are rapidly increasing their income. President Gogue’s annual earnings soared from $720,000 to $2.5 million in a single year. Between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the number of public university presidents in the $600,000-$700,000 income range jumped from 13 to 28.

Of course, it might be argued that they “earned” these hefty incomes through superior performance on the job. But is this true?

President Spanier, whose $2.9 million income in 2011-2012 made him the best-paid public university president in the United States, resigned his post in November 2011. His resignation came five days after the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State assistant football coach, on child sex abuse charges — charges that sparked nationwide outrage over that university’s failure for nearly a decade to alert law enforcement authorities to alleged sexual assault on campus. Spanier was himself charged criminally in an alleged cover-up of Sandusky’s crimes, although he continues to maintain his innocence.

In most cases, however, the bloated incomes of university presidents result from their fundraising prowess. President Gogue, whose $2.5 million compensation placed him second to Spanier, was lauded by Auburn University officials for his close relationship with business leaders. “In basic financial terms,” a university spokeswoman explained, “the return on investment is remarkably high.” Similarly, Hollis Hughes, Jr., the president of Ball State University’s board of trustees, justified the huge income of Jo Ann Gora, the university president — who, at just under $1 million income placed fifth in the financial ranking of public university presidents in 2011-2012 —on the basis of her success at fundraising.

Cultivating corporate and wealthy donors, of course, has long been a major task of university presidents, but it has become an obsession in recent years, especially as state governments have cut back funding for public universities. Over the course of a decade, the nation’s largest public university system, the State University of New York, has gone from a situation in which the state paid 75 percent of the university’s costs and student tuition paid 25 percent to exactly the reverse, in which state support covers 25 percent of costs and student tuition covers most of the remainder. In these circumstances, public universities are desperately seeking to attract financial support from corporations and the wealthy, with obvious consequences when it comes to rewarding the top fundraisers and setting campus priorities.

Meanwhile, faculty members are left out in the cold. Despite the fact that most faculty at public universities have many years of graduate education, doctoral degrees, publications, and years of teaching experience, their average annual salary is just over $80,000 per year. These, of course, are the full-time, “regular” tenured faculty. Part-timers, a talented but cheap labor force who administrators are increasingly substituting for full-timers, are paid, at best, a few thousand dollars per course—usually much less. Thus, even when they shuttle from campus to campus, cobbling together the equivalent of a full course load, they are so impoverished that they qualify for food stamps. These part-timers and other “contingent” faculty — large numbers of low-paid, full-time educators in temporary positions, without job security (but who sometimes teach at the same institution full-time for decades)—today constitute the vast majority of people who teach at American colleges and universities.

Nor do faculty salaries seem likely to rise very much. At the State University of New York, the faculty and other professional staff are now voting on a new, five-year contract with the state that will provide them with a salary raise of about 1 percent a year — a raise that, when inflation is taken into account, will actually give them a salary reduction. Although United University Professions, their faculty/professional staff union that engaged in tough, lengthy contract negotiations with the state, fought until the end for a minimum salary for part-time faculty, state negotiators — loyal to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hostile approach to public sector workers— adamantly refused to consider it. Consequently, although top administrators can (and will) be paid increasingly outlandish amounts, there will be no salary floor for those who do the teaching and research.

On university campuses, it seems, everyone is equal. But some are much more equal than others.

Lawrence Wittner (, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is “What’s Going On at UAardvark?” (Solidarity Press), a satirical novel about campus life. An earlier version of this article was published on

Jim Has An Idea 5/20/13


BLUE: 2  RED: 1

by Assembly Candidate Jim Reed

The smallest 22 States have 44 U.S. Senators, and California with a population equal to those States combined, has 2 Senators.   Furthermore, smaller & more local State Government is easier to manage than Big State Government.  If elected as an Assemblyman, dividing California into smaller States will be my highest priority.

The U.S. Constitution specifies how States can separate into smaller States. It has been done 4 times in the past. It only requires a majority vote of the State & Federal Legislature. With strongly polarized  legislatures, can it really be done?  Yes, but only if the State lines are drawn in a politically neutral way. If California is divided into two Blue States, Congress would never approve it. If divided into one Red State and one Blue State, California’s Legislature would not approve it.  California today is a Blue State, so a neutral division would be one Red State and two Blue States.

I am flexible on where the lines should be drawn. Former assemblyman, Stan Statham who is spearheading the drive to create separate States, suggests a Southern California divided at the Tehachapi Mountain range; I believe preserving County lines is more important than geography so would make Southern California’s most northerly counties San Luis Obispo, Kern & San Bernardino Counties, forming a straight line west to east. There could be a North Coast California and a separate Northeast California that would include Redding, Chico, Sacramento and Fresno.

We can have better State Government and better representation in Washington.

Assembly Candidate Jim Reed

Reality and Consciousness May 2013

New Book Published About The Metabrain

New ebook on reality and consciousness written by physicist and accompanied by over 90 beautiful color illustrations explores implications of quantum theory for understanding the metabrain.
Reality and Consciousness E-book
Reality and Consciousness E-book

PRLog (Press Release) – May 15, 2013 – IPSWICH, Mass. — The Round Thing announces the publication of Reality and Consciousness, (The Metabrain and the Quantum) the latest book by Thomas Schumann, the celebrated author of numerous scientific articles. Reality and Consciousness, is a compendium relating the mysterious paradoxes of quantum mechanics and the unexplained mysteries of mentalism. Reality and Consciousness, is published as an e-book and explains the concept of the meta-brain as a reality defined by consciousness. Schumann introduces this difficult subject with a review of relativity and follows up with a survey of key experiments in quantum mechanics including discussions of spin and the collapse of the wave function. Imagine our model for observable reality is that of many partially correlated streams of consciousness produced by various loosely connected sections of a meta-brain. The book is published in Spring 2013, and available now through The Round Thing’s online bookstore on the web at

Reality and Consciousness is a new book exploring the implications of the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Theory for understandings of consciousness and the mind. The book begins with a review of Einstein’s theories of relativity, and the reality of relative motion, an object is only moving if observed in motion. The book switches gears then and examines the quantum wave function and the recognition that an event state only exists when it is observed, and that for some states matter exists in a superposition and then collapses in the presence of an observer. Schumann explains the collapse of the wave function is defined by the presence of the observer and so as motion is relative to an observer in special relativity, the event (reality) is relative to the observer in quantum theory.

The implications of quantum theory for the nature of reality become even more complicated for the human mind when you include the possibility of compound brains and the idea of a shared mind. This fascinating book includes over 90 color illustrations and makes a terrific companion to any study of physics, consciousness, or the nature of reality. Thomas Schumann is an expert on the topic of the Metabrain and he has published numerous scientific articles on the subject in peer-reviewed journals. He brings insight and experience together in a way that is both illuminating and easy to comprehend.

The book is produced for e-readers and allows this examination of the quantum mind to be accessible to all audiences. This is the perfect book for anyone interested in the nature reality and the unexplained mysteries of consciousness, or anybody looking for a well-written account of one of the great mysteries in life. The e-book is the perfect way to present this monograph, a delightful interface between society and technology in a rapidly changing world.

About The Author.
Thomas Schumann has written for decades about physics and the brain. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subjects of the dreaming brain, mentalism, the conscious mind, and quantum theory and the brain. Schumann brings the difficult topic of modern physics down to Earth in easy to understand explanations accompanied by beautifully illustrated examples.

About The Book.
Reality and Consciousness is a new book exploring the implications of the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Theory for understandings of consciousness and the mind. Imagine our model for observable reality is that of many partially correlated streams of consciousness produced by various loosely connected sections of a meta-brain. Schumann introduces this difficult subject with a review of relativity and follows up with a survey of experiments in quantum mechanics including discussions of spin and the collapse of the wave function. Is it possible two brains connected together could share a single mind? The book includes over 90 color illustrations and is a terrific companion to any study of physics, consciousness, or the nature of reality.

About The Round Thing.
The Round Thing is a new imprint looking to publish the very best in science and technology. One of the many goals of the publisher is to present a thoughtful map of the unknown. The Round Thing publishes e-books on alternative and controversial subjects of science. Visit on the web at

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Ok, before you panic and wonder what is going on the new layout of the home page of the Prospect is really going to make it much easier to navigate or so I am told. I certainly hope so. Let me know how you like or dislike it. The articles are over on the right hand side of the page instead of up top. Except for a couple, or when I make a mistake and can’t figure out how to reset it.  There may be more than one article under each category. The new articles will have that week’s date attached at the beginning. Instead of having a separate archive the articles will be under that category just scroll down. You can also search for a particular article or name by entering key words in the “Search” box just above the week’s main photo. Well, good luck.

Before I forget, if you are not a member of Facebook it is worth it to sign up just to be able to view some of the Sierra County pages. Mary Davey just made a new page. As The Yuba Flows and there are others like You know you’re from Sierra County … and Loyalton, CA and I spent time in Downieville, CA .These are great information pages for asking and giving information about past, present and future of Sierra County.

I have to say while Gabby’s post is short this week it made me LOL . As usual Carol’s Book’s and Movie Reviews are delightful and Carrie’s Corner is relevant and pithy. I believe Jerusha has gone off the deep end but Cooter and The Cats bring it home. Then The Fringe is unusually fringey but well worth reading.

This week’s photo is a Sierra Valley sunset taken by Don Yegge from his backyard.

The Cats 5/15/13

Please stop bothering us. We don't want to be part of your sick game. Find some cats who care... like that would ever happen...

5/15/13 Please stop bothering us. We don’t want to be part of your sick game. Find some cats who care… like that would ever happen…

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