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Thank You For Vaping

  The E-Cigarette Debate   New Yorker **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     In 1963, a patent was filed for a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette,” but the invention never took off. Forty years later, in 2003, Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist whose father had died of smoking-induced lung cancer, patented a similar device—this time, [...]

The Story of Place

    The Greater Canyonlands   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “What is this place worth in oil?  Where do we want to steer our civilization?  What do we want left when we’re done? ~Craig Childs, The Story of Place   Canyonlands National Park, and the lands that border it, are part [...]

The Ambition of the Rosetta Mission

  The European Space Agency Gambles Big   **Award-Winning Film**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “Ambition“ really took us by surprise. Made in collaboration by the European Space Agency (ESA)—the European equivalent of NASA—it is remarkably unlike any other film NASA has ever done for its own space missions. It is definitely something [...]

Touchable Memories

  Seeing Eyes, Helping Hands,  and Winning Hearts   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     If you were blind, how would you “see” a photo? This is how. The third dimension can be the critical bridge for the visually impaired — the difference between the flat, indistinct, and illusive surface and the [...]

The Light of Boston

  Clarity and Illumination for Our Favorite City   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     This is a completely different—and stunning– application of time-lapse photography. It’s called layer-lapse photography.  What you’re seeing is the world’s first use of it here. Julian Tryba’s Boston Layer-Lapse is a unique piece of painstaking work.  He explains [...]

Elvis on the Stairway to Heaven

  Led Zeppelin Meets Elvis, 40 Years Ago   **Archival VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     40 years ago today the band began to play.  And it was out with the old– and in with the new. The Los Angeles Forum played host to some of the greatest shows Led Zeppelin ever put on.  [...]

Musical Chairs

26 November 2014

    Musicians Who Died Too Young   Viral **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up.  And [...]

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The Art of Kaiseki

25 November 2014

  The Thoughtfulness of Food   Award-Winning VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Niki Nakayama, renowned chef and owner of LA kaiseki restaurant n/naka, lays down a beautiful palette representing the taste, texture, and sheer thoughtfulness of food in a way we’ve never seen done before. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, [...]

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Grand Jury Returns ‘No Indictment’ Decision in Ferguson

24 November 2014

    Thousands Rally and Protest;   No Violence Reported at Onset   UPDATED:  Looting, Arson Erupts   Overnight in Ferguson   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   After weeks of rising tension in Ferguson and the broader St. Louis region, the St. Louis County grand jury reviewing the death of Michael Brown has [...]

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The Black Sea Devil

24 November 2014

    Rare Sea Monster Caught on Film for the First Time   **VIDEO**    Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s a rare and unusual creature, lurking deep in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. A research team conducting a dive in Monterey Bay off the coast of California have captured first-ever video of a [...]

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Life and Love in the Redwood Forest

23 November 2014

  A Very Odd Love Story   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Shot in the heart of the Redwood forest of Humboldt County, right about where home is, we have a different sort of love story. Inspired by Where The Wild Things Are, the video for Metronomy’s latest single, The Upsetter, tells [...]

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President Offers Temporary Legal Status to Millions of Illegal Immigrants

21 November 2014

    GOP Determined to Look Foolish   **VIDEO**   Kimberly Akins Boston Herald     President Barack Obama delivered a historic nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.   Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million [...]

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The Sounds of Interstellar

20 November 2014

  Making The Blockbuster Film Sound Real   **VIDEO and TRAILER**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Interstellar is a film representing some thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan. Supervising Sound Editor Richard King talks about the sound team’s extensive work on the immersive sci-fi film– in [...]

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The All-American Dad’s Deafening Silence

19 November 2014

    ‘Shaming Bill Cosby is the Best We Can Do’   **VIDEO**   Hanna Rosin Slate     What should happen to Bill Cosby now that more than a dozen women have accused him of sexual assault? In a better world—or a world where justice was more satisfying– these women’s stories would be investigated [...]

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The Costs of Being McBoss

18 November 2014

    What it Takes to Own a McDonald’s   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     What’s better than having a McJob?  Being the McBoss. Owning a McDonald’s franchise is a lucrative business.  The McDonald’s Corporation 35,000 global outlets had combined annual revenues of $28.1 billion, and profits of $5.5 billion in 2013.  The [...]

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The Little Person Inside

17 November 2014

  Hope, Passion, and Goals   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Talan Skeels-Piggins was severely injured in 2003 when a car side-swiped him, ramming his motorbike head-on into traffic. Left paralyzed from the mid chest down, Talan was told he had just a 30 percent chance of survival and would spend [...]

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The Columbus Example of Doing Things Right

15 November 2014

  A Model for Eureka and Humboldt County   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Fix the Middle East?  We can’t even fix Detroit. Fix Eureka?  You would think we’d be able to do so.  It’s our own backyard and a much smaller place. But not with our current money-hungry do-nothing City [...]

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Slow Motion BMX

14 November 2014

  Capturing the Moves   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     What goes up must come down.  Slowly. Devin Graham, aka DevinSupertramp, dug deep into his bag of high-tech trickery and equipment for another superb action video. This time, Devin and his team used a spectacular Phantom Miro camera to capture BMX jumps [...]

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Sound Meets Matter

14 November 2014

  Nigel Stanford’s Cymatics   A Unique Music Video   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Audio frequencies meet physics.  Who knew? Sound makes funny shapes.  We don’t usually see it in real life.  But when you put together water and sand and flames with speakers bumping at different frequencies, you’ll start seeing spirals and [...]

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Alive

12 November 2014

  Blackfeet Tribe Thought Rez Drug Abuse Story ‘Needed to Be Told’   Staff Pick **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Welsh filmmaker Josh Cole’s Alive is about drug use, crime and ceremony on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. It inspired a tremendous reaction from Indian country:  some viewers praised the clip for its [...]

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The Story of Reckless

11 November 2014

    The War Hero You Never Knew Of–   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     You’ve heard of the famous racing ones: Seabiscuit, Secretariat, War Admiral. But there’s one horse– a decorated military hero– you haven’t heard of. It’s the story of Sgt. Reckless, the little chestnut Mongolian mare.   Reckless was a pack [...]

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Struggling to Get By In a Cold, Cold World

10 November 2014

  Empathy Deficit Disorder   **VIDEO**   Robert Reich Robert Reich.org     Commenting on a recent student suicide at an Alaska high school, Alaska’s Republican Congressman Don Young said suicide didn’t exist in Alaska before “government largesse” gave residents an entitlement mentality. “When people had to work and had to provide and had to [...]

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Post Apocalypse

08 November 2014

    Greetings from the Last Survivor on Earth   A Sci-Fi Short Film   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     On a post-apocalyptic Earth, Leila is the only human survivor.   Raised by robots after humans abandoned and destroyed the planet with nuclear warfare, Leila cannot forget her parents or her quest to find other [...]

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Way Too Many

08 November 2014

    Recycle Your Electronics the Right Way: Here’s How   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Agbogbloshie, Ghana, is the location of one of the worst E-waste dumpsites in the world. An electronic recycling company named Gizmogul has built their business model centered on recycling these E-wastes responsibly and easily. Gizmogul was started [...]

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Midterm Elections 2014: A Very Brief Autopsy

07 November 2014

    Democrat Death by Lethargy and Malaise   **VIDEO**   Dr. Joseph A. Palermo Huffington Post   With the dust still settling around the 2014 midterms and much bloviating commentary inundating us as every pundit in the land interprets the meaning of the elections, we might step back for a moment and analyze some [...]

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A Town Called Trona

07 November 2014

    Life in the Desert Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Trona, California is known by few. Those who have ventured to its hot and barren landscape arrive with the feeling that they’ve left the Earth for some sort of hell-like desert planet on the far side of a distant galaxy, [...]

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Fracking Banned in Mendocino County

06 November 2014

    Voters Deliver Historic Mandate– ‘Changing the Law by Challenging the Law’   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The little Mendo-mouse roared, poking Big Oil in the eye on Tuesday. Mendocino County voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative banning fracking in the county, joining San Benito County in saying no to the [...]

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Make Stuff

05 November 2014

  Mac Premo’s Reflections in a Carved Nutshell   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Mac Premo, b. 1973. American artist and stuffmaker.  Graduate of Rhode Island School of Design ’95. Exhibited art in NYC, LA, Miami, DC and Belfast, Northern Ireland.  His fine art, sculpture, and collage is represented by Pavel Zoubok [...]

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Share No More

05 November 2014

  90-Year-Old Florida Man Faces Jail for Feeding the Homeless   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently joined more than 30 cities that have restricted or are taking steps to restrict sharing food with the homeless.  But one Good Samaritan, Arnold Abbott, says he plans to keep breaking the law [...]

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Enough Already. Vote No New Taxes.

04 November 2014

    Humboldt Taxpayers League Speaks Out     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The Humboldt County Taxpayers League (HTL) Board of Directors issues the following position statement in regard to the many tax proposals and School Bond measures facing the voters of Humboldt County on the November 4, 2014 ballot:   “Taxation in California, [...]

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Hobbit Humans

03 November 2014

    The Mysterious Race of Little People A New Species of Human Evolution   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The tiny skeleton found buried in a cave on Indonesia’s Flores island is a unique and ancient species of man, researchers insist. In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores [...]

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The Road to Wolfeboro

02 November 2014

  A Photographer’s Maturing Journey   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.  It requires the ability of judgment and the severe discipline of hard work, with the tempering heat of experience and maturity. From the bustling concrete jungle of New York, photographer Brian Gaberman found authenticity and [...]

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Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be… Militants

01 November 2014

    Poster Kid Jihadists   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, left the Austrian capital Vienna in April this year, leaving a note for their parents explaining that they had gone to fight in Syria, a decision believed to be influenced by their [...]

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The Incredible Amazing Flying Car

31 October 2014

  It’s Here.  It’s Real.  And It’s Spectacular.   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Up, up and away. Meet the AeroMobil 3.0, a car and plane hybrid that its inventors say will revolutionize the transportation industry. The flying car weighs just 880 pounds and has a flying range of 435 miles– making [...]

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Pour Some Sugar On Me

30 October 2014

    HBO’s John Oliver   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Tomorrow, America’s children will collectively binge on the sugary sweetness of Halloween candy. John Oliver used his platform on Last Week Tonight to marvel at our country’s sugar consumption and the politics behind it. Sugar.  It’s in everything.  Is it good for [...]

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Solving the Mystery of Amelia Earhart

30 October 2014

  Metal Fragment of Amelia’s Plane Found   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     What happened to Amelia is an unsolved mystery that has captivated the world’s attention after she disappeared 77 years ago. A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time [...]

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The Value of Work

29 October 2014

  The Minimum Wage Debate   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Why is the minimum wage important? In 2013, Seattle became ground zero for the heated national debate about increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Director Steve James’ The Value of Work gives a fair voice to supporters and the opponents, [...]

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Cyber-Sync

28 October 2014

  SYNC:  A Science Fiction Film   **Award-Winning Short VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The devil is in the details.  Or the courier. Known for his high-concept Sci-Fi thrillers, director Hasraf Dulull (known as HaZ) returns with his most ambitious short film pre-project to date, and released today: Sync. Synch is set in the [...]

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Monopolizing Beer

28 October 2014

    Big Box Beer Dresses Up in Crafty Clothing   ** Local Brew VIDEOS**   Jim Hightower Jim Hightower.com     It’s bad enough that the goliaths of Big Beer are consuming each other in a new round of mega-mergers, meaning fewer choices and higher prices for consumers. But the really bad news is that [...]

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The Ingenuous Choice

27 October 2014

  Mountain Running and Anton Krupicka   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s what you learn after you know that counts. Why do we decide to explore mountains, trails and the wilderness? Perhaps, as Thoreau once said, “because we can never have enough of nature.” A short film directed by Maxime [...]

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Jordanne

27 October 2014

  “Just Be the Person You Were Born to Be …And Live On”   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Meet Jordanne Whiley.  She’s the 22-year-old Grand Slam tennis champion of Britain.  Four times.  And she’s broken her legs 26 times. She is Britain’s youngest ever National women’s singles champion in wheelchair [...]

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Today’s Chuckle: Just Another Day at the Courthouse

26 October 2014

  Practicing Law and Common Sense   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Never underestimate someone paid $350 per hour.  One can pass the bar and practice law, but it doesn’t always buy common sense. A recent court transcript brought us today’s chuckle that we just had to share with you.                   [...]

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Sexting and Kids

24 October 2014

  Why Do Kids Sext?   **VIDEO**   An Excerpt from Hanna Rosin For The Atlantic Monthly     The following excerpt by Hanna Rosin for the The Atlantic Monthly looks into one recent scandal and reveals how kids think about sexting– and what parents and police should do about it.   It was late [...]

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The Gilded Age

23 October 2014

  And the Gilded Cage: Americans Poorer Today than Past 27 Years   **ZZ Top & Jeff Beck VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     What do you get?  Another day older and deeper in debt. Once upon a time, the American economy worked for everybody, and even the middle class got richer. But [...]

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The Love of Chaos and Danger

22 October 2014

  The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger   **A Very Campy Film**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     We were had just at the title. Director-Producer Michael Litwak’s The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger tells the tale– or fairy tale–  of a very, very strange romantic [...]

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A Tale of Inertia and Momentum

21 October 2014

  It’s Funny as Long as it Happens to Somebody Else   **A Quick Animated Humor Flick**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Life has its dark and humorous moments at times. Remember, everyone you meet is fighing their own uphill battle that you don’t know about.  So just be kind.**   **Plato said that.  2,400 years ago. [...]

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Turning Public Education Into Private Profit

21 October 2014

  One Businessman is Cashing In   **Viral VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     This post first appeared at ProPublica and versions of this story were co-published with Bill Moyers, The Daily Beast, the Raleigh News & Observer, and a host of others. …The epic rap battle between Sir Issac Newton vs. Bill Nye [...]

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To Dam or Not to Dam?

20 October 2014

  Californians to Vote on Water  and North Coast Relics   **VIDEO**   Will Parrish Anderson Valley Advertiser     In roughly three weeks, the relatively slim percentage of Californians who vote in the Nov. 2014 election will decide on a politically contentious $7.5 billion state general obligation bond, Proposition 1, entitled “The State Water Bond.” A [...]

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