Omar Ortiz

“Since I started painting I have always tried to represent things as real as I can. Sometimes I succeed and some others I don´t but it´s a fact that it is very difficult for me to do otherwise. I enjoy the challenge of reproducing skin tones and it´s nuances under natural light, particularly in bright…

Walgreen’s Wipeout

The largest, No. 1 drugstore chain in America: Walgreens Co., has announced that 76 of its unprofitable locations will be shutdown in order to increase marginal benefits.  Even though the closing of a portion of the Walgreen’s stores has already been decided; spokesman Michael Polzin has clearly stated that; “We [Walgreens] won’t be confirming those…

Dyado Dorbri

“The good will is just and true. Everything in it is good,” -Dobrev   Dobri Dobrev was born in 1914 in the village of Bajlovo; which is tucked away in the west wooded spurs of Ihtimanska Middle forest.  He turned 99 this year, still continuing to give of himself selflessly. Men, women, and children alike in Bulgaria…

267 Days

Fifteen-year old Berkin Elvan ventured out on the morning of June 16th, 2013 to buy a loaf of bread.  He never returned. Thousands gathered in cities across Turkey and in front of the Istanbul Hospital after hearing of Berkin’s death at 7:00 AM, March 11th, 2014. “His [Berkin Elvan] young body resisted for 267 days against…

Free Universities: Simply Alternative or Revolutionary?

With tuition costs consistently rising, and book costs reaching ridiculous highs; it’s no surprise that alternative means of education have arisen for penny-pinchers and people searching for different ways to follow their dreams.  Two accredited, non-profit, online Universities have arisen in hopes to bring knowledge to those who have no means to attain an education….

All Aboard!

Earthships “. . . the Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building.” The first Earthships were built in 2006 by Biotecture in Brighton, England as a series of 16 – made of roughly 15,000 old car tires and other recycled materials. These…

Antischism

Antischism– an American “crust punk” band from Columbia, South Carolina that formed in 1988. They are widely popular within the crust and anarchy-punk sub-cultures. For most of their existence, the band consisted of: Scott Cooper (drums, vocals, lyrics) Lyz (vocals) Kevin Byrd (guitar) Matt (bass) Till they broke up in 1998 and went their separate ways….

Why You Should Buy Locally

Since 1935, the United States has lost over 4.7 million farms due to larger corporations monopolizing the market-place, whereas Corporate Agribusiness profits have increased by 98% since 1990.  Four large firms dominate 80% of the beef slaughter, 59% of the pork packaging, and 50% of broiler chicken production, and these meat products travel (on average)…

Ed Terpening

Ed Terpening – Fine Art – http://edterpening.com A word from Ed: Why art? This is my “encore career”.  After toiling away 20 years in technology and marketing jobs, 911 and a significant health scare, I began thinking of my legacy.  Would it be developing a high tech product, or new marketing campaign?  Probably not.  Both of…

Keystone XL

In what was considered to be the “largest youth act of civil disobedience at the White House in a generation,” (according to the environmental organizers at 350.org) roughly 450 students were arrested when over one-thousand students from universities across the U.S. joined with Georgetown University attendees in a protest march from G.T. campus to the White…

Still the “Land of the Free”?

  With each passing day, those once commonly celebrated freedoms are becoming a thing of the past. The 18th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation was held in more than fifty cities across the U.S. (and two cities in Canada) a few months ago on October 22nd, 2013….

The Mighty Fine

    Local Punk-Rock band “The Mighty Fine” are soon releasing their newest album “Brothers & Smugglers”.  They are opening for Ataris and Verses The World at the Slo Brew on March 3rd and plan to release it at this stop on their “So Long, Astoria” reunion tour.  The new album will be on vinyl (yes…