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I Can See Clearly Now…

  …The Rain Is Gone:    Johnny and Jimmy’s Versions   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     1972 was a good year for Texas singer/songwriter Johnny Nash. Nash, who recorded Reggae-influenced music, had gone to Jamaica and recorded his song Hold Me Tight and a cover of Sam Cooke’s Cupid with a [...]

Genesis

  The Creation of Life   A Short and Stellar Award-Winning Sci-Fi Film   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Dawn of light lying between a silence and sold sources, Chased amid fusions of wonder in moments hardly seen forgotten Colored in pastures of chance dancing leaves cast spells of challenge Amused but real in [...]

The Flying Squirrel

  The Remarkable 6-Year-Old Surf & Skate Wonder   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   At the tender age of six, Quincy Symonds is already tipped as a future Layne Beachley or Stephanie Gilmore. She may well be the best six-year-old surfer and skater on the planet. They call her The Flying Squirrel.  The [...]

Choppers

  American Freedom **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Choppers, and building them, are big. A chopper is a motorcycle either modified from an original motorcycle design– “chopped”– or built from scratch to have a unique hand-crafted appearance.  Relieved of weight by removing excess parts making them lighter and faster, choppers have a [...]

The World’s Largest Urban Zipline

  One Heck of a Thrill Ride to the Bottom   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It’s one of his most fun stunts yet. And it’s big.  That’s right; the man who constantly keeps us pushing ourselves to go bigger with our adventures has teamed up with his buddies to create the world’s [...]

Going Dark

  The Final Days of Film Projection Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s another nail in the coffin of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Jason Gwynn and Jay Sheldon’s documentary short film, Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection focuses on two men for whom the change in theatrical projection from celluloid film to digital disk is [...]

Jimi’s Machine Gun

01 September 2014

  Hendrix’s Famous Star Spangled Banner Shred at Woodstock   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     At Woodstock in 1969, Jimi Hendrix did a startling take on the national anthem. He was the last act of the festival and scheduled to close the show on Sunday night.  He didn’t take the stage until 8 am on Monday [...]

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Humboldt Bay Coast Guard Open House Today

30 August 2014

  Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 am to 3 pm A Rare Once-a-Year Peek Inside   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It’s a once-in-a-year opportunity to see some really cool things. Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay welcomes the public to its annual Open House Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 from 10 am to 3 [...]

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Struggling for a Parent’s Affection

29 August 2014

  ’1982′ An Award-Winning Film   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Leave it up to cinematographer Frank Buono and he’ll transport you into the window of a young boy’s life in ten minutes. Leave it up to writer and director Jeremy Breslau and a beautifully poignant story will slowly unfold before your eyes. Constructed like [...]

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Mitch McConnell’s Party of Greedy Old People

28 August 2014

    GOP’s Secret Plan for Making All of Us Poor   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Don’t let that glad handing and sweet Southern smile fool you.  It’s not hard figuring out whose pocket Mitch McConnell is in. At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers last [...]

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My Big Brother

27 August 2014

  Living Life with a Giant   Award-Winning Animated **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     You usually have it two ways living with a big brother:  living in their shadow or living in their glow. My Big Brother is a Savannah College of Art and Design short directed by student Jason Rayner.  His  film [...]

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Swatting the ‘Hood

27 August 2014

  Neighborhood Police… Or Combat Soldiers?   Vice **VIDEO**   Jim Hightower JimHightower.com     From 1776 forward, Americas have opposed having soldiers do police work on our soil.  In recent years, however, Pentagon chiefs have teamed up with police chiefs to circumvent that prohibition. How?  Simply by militarizing police departments. Through the little-known “military [...]

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The Brutalization of Kindergarten

26 August 2014

  Kids Just Wanna Play   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It used to be that kindergartners could play — which is how early childhood development experts say young children learn and are socialized best. Today 5- and 6-year-olds are forced to sit for hours at a time doing academics, often with [...]

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Bringing Jobs Back to America

26 August 2014

  The Cooperative Revival   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s not surprising that some are making the case for working co-ops.  When workers own their companies, everyone wins. Leo Gerard, the President of United Steelworkers Union, has been vocal about the possibility of what he calls “union cooperatives.”   He has [...]

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Remembering Playland at the Beach

25 August 2014

  San Francisco’s Long-Forgotten Icon **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel         Playland view to the south, 1940                 Young family enjoys cotton candy at Playland, 1960s.             Playland died along with blue collar image that once embodied a gritty [...]

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Net Neutrality and the Gilded Age

25 August 2014

  Time to Shut Up and Pay Up for Access   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s not the government that’s going to trample on your 1st amendment rights.  It’s the corporations with the government’s permission. Namely, Comcast and Time Warner.  And your local politicians who are paving the greedy way forward. A whopping [...]

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

24 August 2014

  Nick Geddes’ Long Road to Recovery   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     In April of 2011 while racing the Sea Otter Classic in California, I had an unexpected crash during the Dual Slalom finals that ended up changing my life. Following a minor concussion I was taken to the hospital for [...]

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Warbird Pilot

23 August 2014

  Keeping the Legacy Alive Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Some people see warbird pilots as fearless, confident, risky or arrogant. In reality, they’re no different than you or me.  They’re just willing to put it all on the line to keep the old warbird legacy alive at their own personal expense.  [...]

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Free Humboldt History Presentation in Freshwater

22 August 2014

  Jerry Rohde Offers a Historical Perspective of Humboldt’s ‘Unique and Useful Products’   Friday, August 22 at 7pm at the Freshwater Grange   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     There will be hot times in Wrangletown tonight. Pierson Building Center in Eureka is funding a free series of historical lectures as part of their celebration [...]

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Where Did You Sleep Last Night

21 August 2014

  Lead Belly’s Nirvana (1888-1949)   **Viral VIDEO**     He was a bad dude who lived larger than life. Lead Belly is an old-school wrecking ball folk-singer who worked hard labor as a sharecropper in the Depression-era South, and lived it up with hot babes, stiff drinks, and smoke-filled clubs in Renaissance-era Harlem. He kicked [...]

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Silo

20 August 2014

  A Short Film about a Man and his Missile   Staff-Pick **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     We hate a bad day at the office. When we lose things. And things go sideways. And the boss doesn’t understand. And we happen to be drunk. Sigh.   Ever have those days where everything goes wrong and it would’ve [...]

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Am I Next?

20 August 2014

  Ferguson Seen Through the Eyes of a Teenager   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     A 16-year-old kid says more with a marker and paper than all of the media did. Looting, chanting, tear gas, and rubber bullets have been the frequent images coming out of Ferguson, Mo.   Much of the [...]

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Ranger Gabriel Gets His Wish

19 August 2014

  A Young Boy’s Journey to Yosemite   Staff Pick **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Gabriel always had a wish to be a park ranger. When the Yosemite park rangers got word of his dream, they stepped up to the plate, in a VERY big way. Gabriel Lavan-Ying is an eight-year-old from [...]

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Pink Floyd’s Crazy Diamond

19 August 2014

  The Final Parting of Syd Barrett   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun Shine on you crazy diamond. Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky Shine on you crazy diamond. You were caught in the crossfire [...]

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Small Cameras, Big Stories

18 August 2014

  There’s a Spy Amongst Us In the Animal Pack   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It’s a whole new world out there. Exciting developments in camera technology have distinguished the playing field between the professional and amateur photographer. The current challenge now is making something novel and better than what [...]

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Missouri Burning

17 August 2014

  Tensions Again Erupt in Ferguson– One Protester Shot; Seven Arrested   **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s only getting worse. Rioting, looting, shooting and burning down stores.  What we’re seeing in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, is an example of how the streets can quickly descend into chaos as tensions erupt. The [...]

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A Shredding Good Time Road Trip

16 August 2014

  Shred ‘Til You’re Dead With the Homies   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Skate ’til you drop. Five of the world’s best shred skaters, such as Chris Haffey, Erik Bailey, Jeff Stockwell, Victor Arias and Brandon Smith shared a two-week, 3,000-mile summer tour of skate parks in Northern California, Oregon and Idaho. [...]

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Black Lightning Moto Envy Show and Bike Raffle Today

16 August 2014

  Be There & Show the Love:   Saturday, August 16, 12-7 pm   440 F Street, Eureka   Trina Black Lightning Motorcycle Café   This project started 7 months ago after I got a wild idea in my head. I had been working at the Black Lightning Moto Cafe in downtown Eureka, which meant I [...]

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Float Plane Barefoot Skiing Madness

15 August 2014

  Skating on Thin Ice & Thick Skin   ** VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     What an insane way to beat the summer heat. Can you imagine surfing over water barefoot while getting pulled by an airplane? Three veteran barefoot water-skiers from the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, Florida, joined stunt [...]

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The Most Wanted Man in the World

15 August 2014

  Edward Snowden’s Untold Story   **VIDEO**   James Bamford Wired Magazine   The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says.  “Be in the lobby of the Hotel X by 1 pm.  Bring a book and wait for ES to [...]

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30 Gifts for 30 Strangers

14 August 2014

  Better to Give Than to Receive **VIDEO**   Lucas Jatoba Filmmaker     Hello! My name is Lucas and I’m Brazilian.   Since I arrived in Australia a lot of beautiful things happened in my life.  On the day I turned 30 I decided to celebrate in a special way, being grateful to the [...]

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A Love Letter for Trail Runners

12 August 2014

  …Or Trail Walkers   Staff Pick **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   For The Love is a beautiful cinematic poem on trail running in the Marin headlands by Luis Peña. It reminds us that while running is good, it’s not the only thing going.  You don’t have to run, you can just simply… walk. [...]

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Robin Williams Crosses Over

12 August 2014

  Severe Depression Likely Led to Suicide   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “The loneliest people are the kindest   The saddest people smile the brightest   All because they do not wish to see   Anyone suffer the way they do”     ~Unknown   The Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died [...]

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My Life After Manson

11 August 2014

  Patricia Krenwinkel’s Story Award-Winning Documentary   Olivia Klaus Filmmaker     Forty-five years ago, Patricia Krenwinkel killed for Charles Manson.   I vividly remember entering the California Institution for Women for the first time in 2001. As the prison guard slammed the gate behind me, I wondered if I had made the right decision to [...]

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Ebola: A Painful, Dreadful, Merciless Virus

11 August 2014

  West African Outbreak Spreading   **VICE VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international crisis, killing more than 900 people and spreading beyond borders. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) is calling it a “painful, dreadful, merciless virus.”  [...]

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Lookin’ Out My Backdoor

09 August 2014

  Tambourines & Elephants  Playing in the Band    Old School **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     I love being here, looking out my back door. Seeing mountains and green trees and beautiful skies every day.  Feeling the cool coastal breeze pass on through on a fine summer’s day.  The birds and dragonflies humming about, [...]

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The World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight

09 August 2014

  Christian Peeps Battle for Glory   VIRAL MUSIC VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Time out for a little fun and sun from an otherwise typical college day. Thousands of young Mormons gathered on the field of battle in Provo, Utah, armed with nothing more than a few thousand water balloons and [...]

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The Closeness of Summer

08 August 2014

  Cherish It While It Lasts Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     I almost wish we were butterflies and lived but three summer days– three such days with you and I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”      ~John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems [...]

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The Billionaires’ Tea Party

08 August 2014

  How Koch-Headed Billionaires Plan to “Save” America   **VIDEO**   Jim Hightower Jim Hightower.com   The Tea Party movement, bankrolled by the Koch Brothers, has taken American politics by storm. But is this truly a populist uprising– or one of the greatest feats of propaganda ever seen?  In the above video, Australian filmmaker Taki [...]

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The Band and Ball Brawl

07 August 2014

  Basketball Streetball Bonding: ‘We’re All in this Together’   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The Rigsketball tournament takes place every summer all around Portland. Here’s how it works:  The Rigsketball van is parked in front of strip clubs, skate parks, cul-de-sacs, alleyways—wherever you can brown bag it and hit the hoop. Two [...]

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Love, Humboldt

07 August 2014

  Humboldt-Made   A Staff Pick *Hum-VIDEO*   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     We love Humboldt.  Everyone does.  It’s our people and community; our place and our home. Head north along the coast to where most people think California ends. Then keep going.  You’ll eventually reach the redwood forests, pristine beaches, and the six [...]

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Life, Death, and Happiness

06 August 2014

  Reflections By Philip Seymour Hoffman   Staff Pick Animated Flick   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Sigh. The greatest interview ever recorded won’t get as many hits on YouTube as a cat giving a high five. The people behind Blank on Blank want to change that.  They take the audio gems falling on the [...]

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John Oliver Takes On Native Advertising

06 August 2014

  The Raisins in the Cookie No One Wants   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It was an unusual, yet timely, subject to take on. HBO comedian John Oliver took a hatchet to native advertising, arguing that the trendy marketing practice is a threat to the editorial independence of newsrooms, misleads readers [...]

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The Last of the Neon Sign Makers

05 August 2014

  Todd Sanders and his Glowing Craft   Award-Winning *VIDEO*   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “When I went to buy the run-down fruit stand that is now Roadhouse Relics, I was offered $15,000 by an Austin investor to walk away from the deal.  My friends told me I was crazy not to take the [...]

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The Hunt for Shane Miller is Over

04 August 2014

    Murderer’s Remains Found in Petrolia   *VIDEO*   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   From the Times-Standard news this morning: The hunt for Shane Miller is over. The Humboldt County’s Coroner’s Office confirmed Sunday the human remains recovered near Petrolia on Friday night belong to Humboldt County native Shane Miller, who was wanted in [...]

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An Engravers Art

03 August 2014

  The Beauty is in the Detail   Vimeo Staff Pick *VIDEO*   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   From Kessler Productions: We recently traveled to Austin, Texas to collaborate on a shoot with Joe Simon, Owner and Creative Director of The Delivery Men. The subject of the mini-doc we filmed was engraver, Gerry Beathard.  Our [...]

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Run Jose, Run

02 August 2014

  Fleeing Africa’s Violence and Killing Fields Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   After being abducted from a marketplace as a child and forced to kill, Jose Maria Joao had a vision one night in a dream. Risking death, he acted on his conscience.  The decision that came to him in his dream was [...]

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The Angst of Being Cyborg

01 August 2014

  A Sci-Fi Android’s Bonnie & Clyde Tale   **Award-Winning SHORT**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Consider this the prequel to the coming blockbuster.  Sometimes the end is just the beginning. An android receives notice that he will be shut down the next day, effectively ending his dreary droidian life.  But an unexpected encounter of [...]

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