Our youth join effort to support "Green New Deal"

“Sunrise Movement is a youth-led movement of young people committed to stopping the climate crisis,” as the group explains. “Sunrise Movement is leading actions around a Green New Deal, including by planning hundreds of launch parties across the country.”

And youth in our area also are participating in the activities. The youngest Americans — millennials and Generation Z — are set to exercise their political muscle in 2020, making up 37 percent of the electorate, according to a new study by Pew Research.

“In April, young people and adults across the United States will come together for three days of youth-led climate action. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, will kick off three days of nationwide events, including strikes, marches, rallies, and teach-ins.

“The three days of climate action, from April 22 to April 24, build on the momentum of the largest youth-led climate mobilization on September 20, 2019, when 650,000 people across the United States led strikes to call on elected officials to rise up and address the climate crisis.

“Friday, April 24 will be another massive strike day dedicated to collective power and unity. Millions of youth and adults will strike from school and work and take to the streets to participate in hundreds of events across the world.

“Climate action must be a priority as we head into the 2020 election, and we are determined to carry the momentum of these multiple days of action into the voting booth,” said Marlow Baines, Youth Director of Earth Guardians.

Time Magazine’s person of the year was 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. In the last 18 months, Greta “has succeeded in creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change,” the editors of Time wrote in December, when they named her the magazine’s 2019 person of the year.

More details on the previous worldwide climate strikes are here.

The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change. More details are here:

"Jefferson Backroads"

I picked up a publication I hadn’t seen before at the SPD Market in Grass Valley this week. It is called “Jefferson Backroads.”

“Jefferson Backroads is proudly published every single month for our
fellow independent, old school, hard working, Patriotic American Law Abiding Rebels who live in or travel through our Rugged & Beautiful State of Jefferson Region. The same true Independent Nature and Old School Essence of our beloved State of Jefferson is still ALIVE, ALL ACROSS AMERICA. We are doing our part to proudly keep this Patriotic American Spirit Alive!”

The focus is on Siskiyou County but also “our beloved State of Jefferson region — the 19 counties that make up our version of The Great State of Jefferson Region in Extreme Southern Oregon and Extreme Northern California.”


Democrats "eat their own" in first Presidential debate

Like others, we watched the first Democratic presidential debate. It was a rough act — Saturday Night Live will have a field day with an entertaining skit of the political free-for-all. I half look forward to watching that.

The six Democratic hopefuls targeted each other — often with personal attacks. Oddly enough, Donald Trump seemed to be the one that escaped unscathed.

The headlines summed up the night. CNN: “Mike Bloomberg gets badly roughed up in debate that tests his unconventional campaign.” The Washington Post: “The Democratic debate was noisy and full of attacks, a sign of the urgency many candidates and the party feel.” The New York Times: “Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. claimed undue credit for being the ‘first’ candidate to introduce a public (health care) option.”

Bloomberg took his licks, but he made a cogent remark in passing: “I can’t think of a way that would make it easier for Donald Trump to get re-elected than listening to this conversation.”

New Fair Poster

“Introducing the 2020 Nevada County Fair poster, created by talented local artist/illustrator Kathy Dotson,” according to the Fair’s Facebook page. “We love the different fun elements of this design, and how she captured this year’s theme of ‘Miners, Marigolds & Memories!’ Thank you, Kathy! We’re so excited for the 2020 Fair!”

Scoop: Downtown Grass Valley featured in a Bloomberg political ad about "small towns"

A Mike Bloomberg for President political ad called “Small Towns” includes video of downtown Grass Valley, Main Street, and local businesses including the Sierra Starr Winery tasting room and Holbrooke Hotel, Sierra Foothills Report has learned. (You can watch the video below; downtown Grass Valley appears at the 15 second mark).

It is a “feel good” ad that Bloomberg’s team has created for the businessman’s run for President and includes lyrics from John Mellencamp’s song “Small Town.”

“In small town America, dreams hold fast, but good jobs seem like a thing of the past,” says a narrator, while images of small towns (including ours) appear on the screen and Mellencamp’s 1985 hit song plays in the background. “And more and more of our kids have to leave in search of an opportunity, making smaller towns smaller.”

“Mike Bloomberg knows a little something about opportunity,” it continues. “As a business leader and mayor, he created hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs. So he intends to finally invest in our infrastructure and partner with community colleges to prepare the next generation for next generation jobs.”

The ad was posted on Feb. 4 and it has 5.7 million views on YouTube, according to the internet video-sharing platform.

Mellencamp, the “quintessential small town boy,” Indiana native, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of Farm Aid, is supporting Bloomberg for President.

The song begins:

“Well I was born in a small town
And I live in a small town
Probably die in a small town
Oh, those small communities.”

“Mellencamp isn’t a stranger to the political arena, or to Bloomberg. The two met while working on the ‘From the Ashes,’ a documentary about the impact of the coal industry on the environment, economy and public health. Mellencamp contributed a song to the soundtrack,” the Indianapolis Star reported.

Bloomberg will join other Democratic candidates on the debate stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, and he is expected to face some tough questioning. California’s Presidential primary election is March 3. Let the games begin!

(Hat tip to Jackson Starr for the tip!)

Downtown Grass Valley in Mike Bloomberg for President video

Apple signals coronavirus's threat to global business

Apple warned its revenue will be lower than expected, thanks to the coronavirus. “Many global firms rely on factories in China to manufacture goods as varied as socks and laptop computers,” as the New York Times observes. “And Chinese consumers, who had ridden a wave of rising wealth, had been avid buyers of luxury goods, iPhones and many other items.”

Apple’s statement on the corona virus is here:

“As the public health response to COVID-19 continues, our thoughts remain with the communities and individuals most deeply affected by the disease, and with those working around the clock to contain its spread and to treat the ill. Apple is more than doubling our previously announced donation to support this historic public health effort. 

“Our quarterly guidance issued on January 28, 2020 reflected the best information available at the time as well as our best estimates about the pace of return to work following the end of the extended Chinese New Year holiday on February 10. Work is starting to resume around the country, but we are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated. As a result, we do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter due to two main factors.

“The first is that worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained. While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated. The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts as this ramp continues. These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide.

“The second is that demand for our products within China has been affected. All of our stores in China and many of our partner stores have been closed. Additionally, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very low customer traffic. We are gradually reopening our retail stores and will continue to do so as steadily and safely as we can. Our corporate offices and contact centers in China are open, and our online stores have remained open throughout.

“Outside of China, customer demand across our product and service categories has been strong to date and in line with our expectations.

“The situation is evolving, and we will provide more information during our next earnings call in April. Apple is fundamentally strong, and this disruption to our business is only temporary. Our first priority — now and always — is the health and safety of our employees, supply chain partners, customers and the communities in which we operate. Our profound gratitude is with those on the front lines of confronting this public health emergency.”

Trump eliminates funding for program honoring Ambassador Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi

“The Trump administration has zeroed out of the State Department budget a request from a nonprofit entity set up in honor of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 terrorist attacks,” The Washington Post is reporting.

“The agency’s fiscal 2021 budget proposal cuts $420 million from its educational and cultural programs, including $5 million for the Stevens Initiative, an organization created to memorialize the late ambassador’s dedication to cultivating international exchanges.

“This appears to be at least the third time that dedicated funding for the program has been removed by Trump’s budget officials. For the past two years, Congress has restored it.

“A State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss official matters, defended the suggested cut, saying that even if it isn’t included in a final budget, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Stevens program will lose funding.

“’The flexibility of the ECE [Educational and Cultural Exchange] budget allows for programs to continue under other line items, such as ‘Professional and Cultural Exchanges,’ even when they do not have a separate budget line item,” the official said in an email.

(Ambassador Stevens was laid to rest in Grass Valley. He was born in GV, and his senior thesis was about Cornish miners. A walkway in Downtown Grass Valley is dedicated to the fallen hero).

The rest of the article is here.