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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 SB Short film provides thought-provoking look on consumerism Did you know that 99 ii!~F" il percent of everything manufactured is headed to the garbage dump within six months of its being sold? This fact propelled the production of the popular online film "The Story of Stuff. "Written by Annie Leonard and Jonah Sachs, this film explores the way we make, use and throw away all the "stuff' in our lives. The film, sponsored by Transition Quincy, looks at ii the underside of our production and consumption ~,~! patterns, exposing the connections between a great many environmental and social issues. It connects the ii dots between our consumer . ii behavior and how that COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL production explains five aspects of the process: resource extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal. At each step the effects of each aspect are explained and considered. This 20- minute YouTube ffflm shows how our consumer behavior has been purposely manipulated since the 1950s, when "planned obsolescence" became a would buy more "stuff," keeping corporate interests foremost. And since the 1950s our level of happiness has decreased with this rise of consumerism. The film makes the point that recycling is important. However, it is not enough to make a major difference in our resource depletion, unless we lobby for a 75 percent recycling goal. It would take this kind of commitment in order to effect a major shift. "The Story of Stuff" emphasizes the effect that corporations have on our lives as healthy, fairly treated human beings. Making the point that corporations have neither our welfare nor our ii! relationship affects our i: environment and quality of i life. corporate paradigm a way well-being in mind, we need ! In the film the cycle of to ensure that the public to restructure the manner in ties in thn. e " " e!l :i On Jan. 15, the secretary of Farmers and ranchers in Agency, provided e "g'b" " y agriculture under the final the following counties in requirements are met. ~ ~ rule of the disaster Nevada and Oregon also Farmers in eligible counties desxgnation utihzed the !'fast qualify for natural disasterhave eight months from the track" authority and assistance because their date of the declaration to i designated 27 California counties are contiguous, apply for loans to help cover counties as primary naturalThose counties are: part of their actual losses: disaster areas. As such, these Oregon: Curry, Jackson, FSA will consider each counties have been named Josephine, Klamath, Lake. loan application on its own eligible for USDA emergencyNevada: Carson City, merits, taking into account farm loans and additional Douglas, Washoe. the extent of losses, security production loss programs "Our hearts go out to those available and repayment because of physical and California farmers and ability. FSA has a variety of production losses based on ranchers affected by recent programs, in addition to the damages and losses caused natural disasters," said emergency loan program, to by drought. Agricultural Secretary Tomhelp eligible farmers recover California primary Vilsack. "President Obama from adversity. disaster counties: Butte, and I are committed to The Obama administration Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, ensuring that agriculture remains committed to i:: Humboldt, Lake, Lassen,remains a bright spot in our helping the thousands of i::i Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, nation's economy by farm families and businesses !~ Napa, Nevada, Orange, sustaining the success of struggling with natural ~' Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, America's farmers, ranchers disasters. Actions taken by Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra,and rural communities Vilsack in 2012 to provide Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, through thesedifficult times, assistance to producers Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, We're also telling California impacted by the drought Yale, Yuba. producers that USDA standsincluded: Farmers and ranchers in with you and your --Extended emergency the following counties in communities when severe grazing on Conservation California also qualify forweather and natural Reserve Program acres, natural disaster, assistance disasters threaten to disrupt freeing up a record 2.8 because their dSunties are your livelihood." million acres and as much as contiguous. Those counties All counties listed above $200 million in forage and are: Alameda, Contra Costa,were designated natural feed for ranchers during a E1 Dorado, Los Angeles, disaster areas Jan. 22, challenging time. Monterey, Riverside, making all qualified farm --Purchased $170 million of Sacramento, San Diego, San operators in the designated pork, lamb, chicken and Francisco, San Bernardino, areas eligible for low-interest catfish for federal food San Benito, San Joaquin, emergency loans from nutrition assistance Santa Clara. USDA's Farm Service programs, including food Public Works Received Grant Public Works has received a $30,000 grant from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (NSAQMD) under the AB2766 grant program using Department of Motor Vehicle surcharge fund. Eric Braswell, the Department's Equipment Maintenance Supervisor for Public Works, has been successful in the past applying and receiving grants offered through NSAQMD. Eric continues to focus on achieving goals for cleaner emission vehicles and secured another AB2766 DMV surcharge grant from NSAQMD for another $30,000 to replace a 1974 Heavy Haul Low-bed Truck with a 2013 or newer truck. With this grant, Plumas County Department of Public Works purchased a 2014 Ford Diesel F550 Plow Truck after a sealed bid process. The new truck replaces a gross-polluting 1990 Ford Diesel F350 Plow Truck with over 450,000 miles. The program has helped the Public Works Department to meet its equipment compliance requirements as mandated by the California Air Resources Board. ~ :/ "Devery" is a neutered male ~ y~, yellow Lab cross. He's a big ~l 'Dezi is a 6 month old Foxhound boy that LOVES to fetch cross and is looking for an active, tennis balls. He knows basic ~ family with a fenced yard. commands and loves everyone. ~i~I Shelter hours are Monday & Wednesday 8om-Spm, Tuesday & Thursday I pm-Spm, Saturday @~@ 12-5 for viewing only and closed Friday & Sunday. Plumas Animal Services charges a $10 fee and license fees are $5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's veterinary~@~ of choice to have the animal altered in completion of the adoption requirement. For more ~r information, call 283-3673 or visit countyofplumas.com or petfinders.com. @~@ Your Local Full Service~. * ~ ^~ ~-~ Pet & Feed Store I'~ 283-9605 L:. ,~~~~ 36= Crescent St~ I~ "i F~&~IIIL~ ~i~Nut~n~'~ (nextt FeaQ:iR?yrFitness) which they relate to our This is a film that all ages multinational corporations. democratic process and do can appreciate. The simpleSmall businesses provided 56 business in the world. First explanations and drawings million jobs and large the way in which make it an easily digested, corporations also provide 56 corporations spend money in thought-provoking and million jobs. The number of elections must be addressed, entertaining film. I wouldsmall-business jobs could As long as corporations use suggest that this would make increase if regular investors their financial weight to an excellent family had the opportunity to invest influence elections they will conversation as well as anlocally. also succeed in creating a easily presented topic for any Present security laws, lack of transparency in order third-grade to adult which were created to protect to protect their bottom lines, classroom, investors after the 1929 stock Corporate interests often In terms of establishing, market crash, make it nearly don't align with those of the alternatives to typical impossible for regular people and the planet, corporate behavior, a group investors to invest in local Stressing the need for a of local investors will soon be businesses, but there are new type of economy, the meeting to discuss ways insome exceptions, with more basic tenets of this new which we can move our appearing on the horizon. economy would be to put the investment dollars "from Transition Quincy's next welfare of the people and the Wall Street to Main workshop, "Local Investing environment ahead of Street." From Wall Street to Main corporate welfare. This Presently, 50 percent of or Street," will go over some of vision would take into economy is made up of small the possibilities Feb. 25 at account the planet's limits business but almost all 5:30 p.m. If interested in this for resource extraction and investment dollars go intoevent, call 283-1309 for more its carrying capacity, the other 50 percent --~,:information. Is 1 emergency arm Ioa banks, to help relieve pressure on American livestock producers and bring the nation's meat supply in line with demand. --Reduced the emergency loan rate, from 3.75 percent to 2.875 percent, as well as making emergency loans available earlier in the season. --Allowed haying or grazing of cover crops without impacting the insurability of planted 2013 spring crops. --USDA worked with crop insurance companies to provide flexibility to farmers, and one-third of all policyholders took advantage of the extended payment period. ---Authorized $16 million in existing funds from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program to target states experiencing exceptional and extreme drought. ---Transferredr $14 million in unobligated funds into the Emergency Conservation Program to help farmers and ranchers rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and carry out emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. ---Authorized haying and grazing of Wetlands Reserve Program easement areas in drought-affected areas where haying and grazing is consistent with conservation of wildlife habitat and wetlands. --Lowered the penalty on CRP acres used for emergency haying or grazing, from 25 percent to 10 percent in 2012. --Simplified the secretarial disaster designation process and reduced the time it takes to designate counties affected by disasters by 40 percent. Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency CQns,ersration Program: Fede ! rop Insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at disaster.fsa.usda.gov. Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE: the Livestock Indemnity Program; the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish; the Livestock Forage Disaster Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. 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