12 Dec 18
The New Dark Age

In a recent media alert, we presented a few rules that journalists must follow if they are to be regarded as a safe pair of hands by editors and corporate media owners. One of these rules is that ‘we’ in the West are assumed to be ‘the good guys’. This seriously damaging narrative, flying in the face of historical evidence and endlessly crushing state policies, ensures that the public is kept ignorant and pacified. The consequences have been deadly for millions of the West’s victims around the world, and now mean climate catastrophe that could end human civilisation.

12 Dec 18
Indie Voice Blog

It never ceases to amaze us with the quality of recordings coming from the indie music community, not only in the US but around the world.  We have five more quality projects to review today, so let’s get started. Artist Name: Laura Dickinson Album Name: Auld Lang Syne Label: Music and Mirror Records Genre: Christmas […]

12 Dec 18
Soren Sciera

My first memory of music was around the age of two. I guess they played  “Yesterday” with the Beatles a lot on the Radio back in 1965. And my first real encounter with a musical instrument was at the age of 5, when my father came home from Japan with a Accordion. Slowly I began […]

12 Dec 18
The Jewish Thinker

From Reform to Orthodox back to Conservative By Daphne Drohobyczer, Editor-in-chief I spent a considerable amount of time at all three major sects of Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox synagogues.  I acted as an intern at the Shaare Emeth library, a reform temple, with a couple of elderly women.  One of them, Sarah, was in […]

12 Dec 18
Russia News Now

In a recent media alert, we presented a few rules that journalists must follow if they are to be regarded as a safe pair of hands by editors and corporate media owners. One of these rules is that ‘we’ in the West are assumed to be ‘the good guys’. This seriously damaging narrative, flying in […]

11 Dec 18

As Uprising Spreads Across Globe, Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky Among Signers of Open Letter Backing Extinction Rebellion “The climate crisis is worsening much faster than previously predicted. This desperate situation can’t continue.” Jake Johnson, staff writer After starting in the United Kingdom just months ago with a mere 10 members dedicated to pressuring their […]

10 Dec 18
Americana Highways

One of the best things about December is the chance to circle back and catch some of the art and entertainment (music, movies, television, etc) that we may have missed earlier in the year. With Americana music at a peak, there’s so much good stuff to check out that it’s easy to miss something. So […]

09 Dec 18
Musicalmemoirs's Blog

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AND THE FIRST HUMAN INSTRUMENT: THE VOICE By Dee Dee McNeil/Jazz Journalist December 9, 2018 MARIA SCHAFER & SHANE SAVALA – “CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY” Independent label Maria Schafer, vocals/composer; Shane Savala, guitar/composer. Maria Schafer doesn’t need a huge production to enhance her lovely voice and celebrate the season. Every bright light shines […]

06 Dec 18
The Ladies Philoptochos; Friends of the Poor Christmas Bake and Boutique Sale of 2018 is planned for this weekend. In other words, the Vallejo Greeks are baking again, and the detectable treats are for sale. This year’s event also includes a boutique with new and White Elephant items, organizers said. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Community Center at Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Vallejo, 1224 Alabama St., as it has for the past 40 years, organizer Deme Stall-Nash said. Ingredient donations are welcomed, and pre-orders are available at (707) 208-4605, she said. Most of the volunteer bakers are women and most are, shall we say, mature, Stall-Nash said. “The thing I appreciate the most about these women are there in their mid-to-late 70s and they put their heart and soul into all these pastries,” she said. It’s even harder than it looks, she said. “The hardest part is the preparation for the syrups for the baklava and the dough for the pastries,” Stall-Nash said. “Plus all that has to be baked, and that’s a lot of lifting of those heavy pans and putting them in the oven, and then pulling them out, turning them in between to make sure they’re cooked evenly; it takes a lot of work for Magda McPherson who is the lead cook. We could not do this without her. It’s very heavy — lots of butter and eggs.” Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society raises money to support the Greek Orthodox church and community events to support the seniors and homeless, she said. The Christmas bake sale under the practiced and watchful eye of McPhearson and her crew, “who dedicate many hours to baking these delicious Greek pastries,” Stall-Nash said. “We always appreciate the community support,” she said. Church officials hope to make about $3,000 from this bake sale, they said. “The majority of our people know that we use all real products and they appreciate the hard work that goes into making these Greek pastry delicacies,” Stall-Nash said. “It is always fun during the Christmas holidays to set up for Christmas with all the beautiful decorations.” Geraldine Nikolatos Steinberger of Vallejo recently picked up 30 dozen cookies for her brothers-in-law in Utah and El Dorado Hills, along with 30 dozen for her hair-dresser, from Vallejo’s Greek Orthodox church, which is holding its annual Christmas bake sale this weekend. (Contributed photo) Like the baking, most of the holiday decorating is done by the elder crowd — something Stall-Nash said she hopes will eventually change. “This year we were very blessed with our long-time parishioner Kay Nules, 82 years old, who decorated the hall so beautifully, and Mary Dorer, also 82, who also helped, and we appreciate their continued support,” she said. “We are in hopes that the younger generation sees the need to learn the recipes and keep the legacy of our delicious pastries alive year after year.”
29 Nov 18

View story at Julia Steinberger wrote a great article about the individual actions that you can take to counter climate breakdown: An Audacious Toolkit:Actions Against Climate Breakdown . Before I read the article I had been working on these two cartoons about the same subject. I think the first one helps to illustrate her […]

29 Nov 18

You don’t have to sacrifice scientific integrity to rebel, as ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protestors show.

27 Nov 18
Piano Poetry Pantelis Politics

In the German border town of Konstanz I listen for “The voice … of the noblest of rivers,/Of free-born Rhine.” The Alpine Rhine begins in the Swiss Alps, flows into Lake Constance, which lies between Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, passes under a bridge connecting the modern and the old parts of the city, and continues […]

27 Nov 18

Who knows, you might find a vendor you’ve never heard of. Also, if you have any vendor recommendations, please let me know. I’ll get ’em added as soon as I can…

26 Nov 18
Jessica Designs

My senior Project is redoing a website. The essential question that I have is, How does graphic design work with web development? I am 95% completed with the website that I’m creating. I want to finish re-organizing the sections in the website. I am going to continue to work on the website all day till […]