Global Warming: THE HOTTEST DECADE

“The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest on record, new surface temperature figures released Thursday by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration show…. 2009 was the second warmest year since 1880, when modern temperature measurement began. The warmest year was 2005. The other hottest recorded years have all occurred since 1998, NASA said.” Global […]

EXPLORING RED CALIFORNIA: Marysville

Marysville: population: 12,268. 71% white; 18% Latino. Median household income: $28,494; 19% live below the poverty line. The 2000 Census. My wife and I, lost, stopped the car. The roadside sign had warned: “Gateway to The Gold Fields.” Two adolescents, arms around each other, bouncing and laughing, shouted instructions to the motel. “Tweakers,” I said. […]

Naked Pumpkins, Sex Offenders and Terrorists

by Michael I. Niman, ArtVoice (etc.) 11/4/09 http://artvoice.com/issues/v8n45/naked_pumpkins Most cities have some signature annual event, celebrating a unique aspect of their local culture. While New Orleans’s Mardi Gras is a massive, multi-day festivals, most are more on the scale of Binghamton, New York’s Spiedie Fest, which celebrates a regional marinated meat. Like Castroville, California’s Artichoke […]