Politics

Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

(Santa Rosa, CA) An overflow crowd spilled into the lobby at California State Senator Mike McGuire’s August 13 promised Town Hall. Many were alarmed by an article at the top of the front-page of the prior day’s pro-wine industry local daily newspaper.  “Wine Industry’s ‘Water Grab’” headlined the Press Democrat (PD) story. It described legislation being drafted that would […]

Killing the Poor and Totalitarianism – Business As Usual for the UK Government

Killing the Poor and Totalitarianism – Business As Usual for the UK Government

Unless something is seriously done to curb or stop this continual onslaught, where everything in this world is for sale and people are seen by the ‘elite’ as mere commodities, we will be complicit in herding future generations down a dead-end road in order to continue fulfilling the desires of a few.   One of […]

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

  (Sonoma County, Northern California)   “Grapes versus eggs,” reports an excellent August 6 article in Sonoma County’s daily Press Democrat (PD). The Windsor Oaks Vineyard and Winery, seeking to expand its events, forced the closure of the popular Wise Acre Farm’s egg stand, disappointing many local food customers. Selling eggs directly to people for […]

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

    (An excerpt follows from the keynote speech at the kickoff rally for Bernie Sanders on July 29 at the Grange in small town Sebastopol, attended by 180 people.  Half a dozen other house gatherings occurred elsewhere in Sonoma County, Northern California, with the one in Graton village drawing 55 people. Over 3,000 such […]

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

(Sonoma County, California) Sonoma County Winegrowers bought an expensive, full-page, color ad, using tax dollars, in the July 12 daily Santa Rosa Press Democratand in various weeklies, such as the North Bay Bohemian and Sonoma West. The ad ignited a firestorm of protest with angry letters to editors and online comments from the community storming […]

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Expats Post friend and follower, Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett, received a tweet this morning from the U.S. Surgeon General on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in “extending preventative #MentalHealth services, making progress”. However, Dr. Mimi was having none of it. Instead, with a flutter of responding tweets, she schooled the U.S. Surgeon General on the state […]

Secrets of the Tudor Age Seers

Secrets of the Tudor Age Seers

Today, it is my pleasure to welcome Nancy Bilyeau to my Fear and Loathing in Tudor England blog. If you love all things Tudor, you will love these posts. Have a look around to see what else Nancy has contributed to the blogs. You’ll also find articles by Alison Weir, Susan Bordo, Adrienne Dillard, The […]

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Northern California’s Sonoma County has been known historically as part of the natural Redwood Empire. Wine industry lobbyists re-branded it as the commercial “Wine Country.” Its economy has been so colonized by outside investors, who extract water and resources from the environment and export them, that re-branding would be appropriate. A more accurate description would […]

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