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A New Life in the Saddle

  The Story of Jonathan Field    Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him participate in synchronized diving.”         ~Cuthbert Soup, Another Whole Nother Story   His parents introduced him to horses when he was just a year old and he’s been [...]

Guardians of the Temple

  Burning Man and Meaning Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It’s fairly simple, actually.  Life is precious.  Life is short.  Life should be a celebration.  And your temple of sacred space for the celebration and reflection of life is anywhere and everywhere. Since 2002, the Guardians have held an integral role at the [...]

JFK’s Rant and Wrath

  And the Little Guy Caught in the Crosshairs of Presidential Power   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   A silly misunderstanding can have its consequences.  Especially when you’re the innocent subordinate. How would you feel if the president of the United States– your Commander-in-Chief– publicly referred to you as a “Silly Bastard” and wanted you shipped to [...]

Urban Surfing

    Let the Fun Times Roll A Soon-To-Be Viral Video   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Devin Supertramp’s team has put it’s own twist on surfing  for what they call “Urban Surfing.”  They hit the wicked streets of San Francisco to create what looks like a giant slip ‘n slide.  After laying down some plastic and spraying [...]

Growing Up Bayou

  Everyone is Happy to Give   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     At 82, Anna Mae Doucet sounds deeply comfortable with herself and her life. Doucet is a Cajun. “I wouldn’t want to be anything else but a Cajun.  I’m happy.  I’m a very happy person,” she said. “Maybe the happiest [...]

Flowering Beauty

    Stunning Time Lapse Photography Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “Earth laughs in flowers.”      Ralph Waldo Emerson   From earliest times, flowers have held a special place in people’s lives. Observed in art, jewelry, stories and paintings, a rich love has grown up around flowers throughout the centuries.  We [...]

Terrorist-Captured US Arms, Tanks, Going to Al Qaeda

22 June 2014

  ISIS Arming Iraq and Syria’s Rebels with US Military Hardware   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It seems the spoils of war are easily disposed of.  By the enemy. Syrian and Iraqi terrorist forces obtained significant numbers of tanks, trucks, and US-origin Humvees in recent military operations in Iraq and those arms [...]

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Oops! Sorry About that Deadly Anthrax Leak…

21 June 2014

  CDC Mistakenly Ships Lethal Sample; 84 Scientists Exposed to Bioterror Weapon   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It could have been a deadly mistake. As many as 84 scientists and staff may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers failed to follow safety procedures, the U.S. government said Friday. The Centers [...]

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The Last Poison Blowpipe Maker

20 June 2014

  Life Deep in the Forest Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   In the damp, lush and humid rainforest of northern Sarawak, on Borneo, the indigenous Penan tribe have lived on the island for centuries. The Penan have lived in the Selungo valley for just as long.  Having lizard for breakfast and church [...]

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The Hands We’re Given

19 June 2014

  Putting Them to Good Use Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “How true Daddy’s words were when he said:  all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their [...]

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The Young Brothers Mondavi

18 June 2014

  The New Breed of Winemaker on the Block   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   We like the brashness, ingenuity, hard work and determination of youth.  We want them to succeed.  Here’s an example. Carlo and Dante Mondavi are two brothers from the famous winemaking lineage family who ventured out on their [...]

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Take On Me

16 June 2014

  Jeremy Weiss and his Deity Cryptkeeper **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Snow and ice all over your ramps?  No problem.  Just melt it off with a blow torch. Freeride bike athlete Jeremy Weiss is the young dude who embraces his goonie riding style and keeps doin’ his thing. A local to Kelowna, [...]

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The Revisionist History of the Iraq War

16 June 2014

  Down the Memory Hole: A History of the War Told Entirely in Official Lies   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   How quickly we forget. The following is from Harper’s Magazine in 2003, six months after the Iraq invasion.  Although it would take much of the ‘embedded’ media and American public much longer [...]

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The Illusory Rapture of Woman

15 June 2014

  Womanhood, Femininity and Grace **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Stephanie Di Giusto’s film is a surrealist reflection on the femininity, assertiveness, and purity of women. It’s also a love story of sorts. Reflecting another side of femininity, it’s the stirring truthfulness of mysteriousness and strength with every look and movement that grabbed [...]

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Disgrace

12 June 2014

  A Family on the Brink   Vimeo Staff Pick **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Let’s put it out there.  This isn’t a pleasant feel-good film. It’s a bit unpleasant and painful.  It cuts to the chase.  It’s reality.  Families get that way when crisis and frustrations bubble to the surface. J. Casey Modderno’s short film [...]

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Still Life

10 June 2014

  A Powerful Poem of Moments Award-Winning VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   How do we hold a moment? That is the simple question posed and pondered within Still Life, an incredible work by Zandrak Production and directed by Charles Frank and Jake Oleson. The short film shot in an intriguing guerrilla style blends [...]

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Wasting Billions of Tax Dollars on Nothing

10 June 2014

  Corporate Contractors’ Heavy Burdens on Taxpayers   **VIDEO**   Ralph Nader RalphNader.org   Next time you hear federal officials say that there is no money to repair or build necessary public facilities in your community, ask them why there always seems to be money to greatly overpay for government projects routinely outsourced to corporate [...]

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America’s Flagging Economy Pales to Others

09 June 2014

  Vast Majority of Canadians and Europeans Live Longer, Happier Lives   **VIDEO** ‘Money is Material’ by Avant/Garde Diaries   Robert Reich RobertReich.org   For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe. American capitalism might be a bit crueler but it generates faster growth and [...]

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CAT: An Anti-American American Company

07 June 2014

  Caterpillar Heavy Equipment Hides Massive Profits Overseas VIDEO   Jim Hightower JimHightower.com   Talk about creepy-crawly slimy. The dictionary defines a caterpillar as a “wormlike larva” and a “crawler.” The “pillar” part of that caterpillar word is derived from a French verb that means to “pillage, abuse, and mistreat.” Now, meet Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest [...]

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My Mom’s Motorcycle

06 June 2014

  Our Connections to Objects and People   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   We liked this short little humor flick about past connections. My Mom’s Motorcycle is a short film by Cincinnati-based filmmaker Douglas Gautraud that explores the roles objects play in our lives and how they help connect us to our [...]

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Life, Love, and Grace

06 June 2014

  ‘Love Can Happen to Anybody at any Time’   VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.  Love is like a virus.  It can happen to anybody at any time.” ~Maya Angelou   Maya Angelou [...]

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The Last Wind Talker

05 June 2014

  Chester Nez, Last WWII Navajo Code Talker, Passes   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   With saltwater filling our boots and dragging against each step, we forced ourselves forward. We try to avoid the bodies and parts of bodies that float everywhere.  But that’s impossible.  Blood stains the tide washing onto the beach.  [...]

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Never Give Up

02 June 2014

  The Story of Matt Tapia **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Born 3 months premature and weighing in at a mere 1.5 pounds, doctors only gave Matthew Tapia a 5% chance of survival. If he were to live, he would be unlikely to speak or walk.  Matt did live.  And he defied [...]

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The Very First Bungee Jump

02 June 2014

  You Don’t Have to be Crazy, but it Helps **Award-Winning Short VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Leave it to those Down Under. In 1980, with a healthy mix of imagination, a wild and crazy do-or-die attitude, and his roughly remembered memory of Newtonian physics, Chris Sigglekow jumped off a bridge and sailed [...]

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Picking Up God’s Slack

01 June 2014

  We Bring Good Things to Life **Viral VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   We’re glad to see technology finally getting the recognition it deserves. Now folks everywhere will finally get to know more about the partnership between Panasonic and Monsanto. It’s true.  Your friendly neighborhood multinational conglomerate megaproducer of just about anything you [...]

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Military School Administrator Faces Molestation Charges

31 May 2014

  Abused Position of Trust and Students   Award-Winning VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced seven new criminal charges Friday against a man already accused of molesting students at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. The new sexual abuse charges against a former top administrator of [...]

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Pursuing the Meaningful Dream

30 May 2014

  Life’s Passion Through the Lens **Award-Winning Short VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   We like inspiring stories about people.  Everyday people who make something truly extraordinary of themselves, rising up from adversity and challenge to create something uniquely special. Atiba Jefferson is a professional photographer from Colorado Springs, CO. He discovered photography in high school and [...]

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Maya Angelou

30 May 2014

  Beloved Poet Passes Award-Winning VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   We admire grace and beauty in all its forms. This is one of them.  Take three minutes out of your day and spend them here. In this small director’s cut video created by Ben Hughes, Maya Angelou talks about the beauty of language, poetry, [...]

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Of Bad Blood and Banjos

29 May 2014

  A Different Take on Slayer An Almost VIRAL VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   In the video above, Rob Scallon totally crushes heavy metal band Slayer’s hit song Raining Blood. By plucking on a banjo.   The YouTube sensation knocked us out before with his superb guitar skills, playing 30 different songs in [...]

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Skating for Peace

28 May 2014

  Cuba Skate **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Sport has the ability to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite in a way little else can. It speaks to the youth in a language they understand.  Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.  It [...]

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Pop-Up Books!

27 May 2014

  The Art of Imagination in a World of Playstation VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Pop-up books by their very nature are intended to surprise and delight. They bring a sense of animation and visual depth to what a normally two-dimensional page.  To readers, a flat, static expanse is completely disrupted by the [...]

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Memorial Day

26 May 2014

  The Greatest Generation **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   There is a generation of real heroes leaving this world faster than we know. We call them the Greatest Generation of military veterans.  Freeing the world from totalitarianism by defeating Germany and Japan, the fortunate ones who survived returned home to their families and built the United [...]

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California Chrome

24 May 2014

  The Triple Crown Underdog Hopeful **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     California Chrome is the star of the show. He’s the handsome California-bred chestnut colt of humble origins, winner of the first two legs of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, and the dual character of underdog and [...]

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Tennessee Brings Back ‘Old Sparky’

23 May 2014

  Governor Signs Electric Chair Bill into Law   **Almost a Viral VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “There are states that allow inmates to choose, but it is a very different matter for a state to impose a method like electrocution. No other state has gone so far.” ~Richard Dieter, Death Penalty Information [...]

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Football, 6 Young Men, and the Lone Star State

22 May 2014

  ‘Texas Six’ Award-Winning VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Texas is serious about its football. The northwest Texas towns of Turkey and Crowell are separated by about 60 miles as the crow flies.  They’re dusty and lonely and forgotten places you’re most likely to stumble upon only if taking a few wrong turns [...]

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Americas’ ‘Missing Link’ Discovered in Underwater Cave

22 May 2014

  12,000-Year-Old ‘Naia’ Sheds New Light on Land Migration VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   ABOVE VIDEO:  In a submerged cave in Yucatan, divers found the near-intact skeleton of a delicately built teenage girl, who died more than 12,000 years ago after she fell into a sinkhole from which there was no way out. [...]

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What ‘Buy Fresh, Buy Local’ Got Wrong

21 May 2014

  Why Farm-to-Table Food is Missing the Boat **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Above video:  Meet Kelly Geary, founder of Sweet Deliverance. A Blue Hill trained chef with a soft spot for small organic farms, she’s on a mission helping New Yorkers take advantage of the farm-fresh produce in their area, but just [...]

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Search for Missing Nigerian Girls Heats Up

21 May 2014

  80 US Military Personnel Deployed Amid Country’s Whacked Violence   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The United States deployed 80 members of its armed forces to Chad to help in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls amidst an alarming rise of violence in the country, the White House said today. Yesterday in [...]

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Traveling with a Purpose

20 May 2014

  Because Everything We Do Matters Award-Winning VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Filmmaker Stefan Hunt makes visual magic with meaning.  And his cohorts, Joel Fitzgerald and Chrystal Jameson Fitzgerald, are surfers on a special journey. Gaining a new perspective on travel that extends far beyond simply riding the waves in Thailand, they all [...]

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Record High Radiation in Seawater off Fukushima Plant

20 May 2014

  California Coastal Commission: Radiation Plume to Hit Coast in Year VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   In the above video, Naoto Matsumara is the only resident living a lonely existence in the exclusion zone around Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. When the massive earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown in 2011, high [...]

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For GOP, “Conservative” Means Serving Corporate Power

19 May 2014

  Koch-Heads Tax Oklahoma’s Homegrown Energy Producers VIDEO   Jim Hightower JimHightower.com   Oklahomans have been socked with a surprise from their own, supposedly “conservative” state officials. It seems that thousands of Sooners have been putting solar panels on their homes to save on energy costs and reduce fossil-fuel pollution. Switching to solar even allows [...]

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The Koch Brothers’ Other Brother

19 May 2014

  Birds of a Feather Don’t Always Flock Together   Daniel Schulman Excerpt: Sons of Wichita   While Charles, David, and William Koch have made headlines for their political and litigious activities over the past decades, eldest brother Frederick has led a notoriously private and opulent life as an art collector and philanthropist. For the [...]

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Murphy’s Law & Laughing Sal

18 May 2014

  What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Award-Winning VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Ok, we enjoy a little dark humor from time to time. As long as it’s in good fun and well natured.  No blood, no foul, and no one gets hurt.  Well, to be honest, we did like Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.  [...]

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From Bean to Bar: The Quest for Chocolate

18 May 2014

  Adventure of Artisanal America Award-Winning VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The Mast Brothers are pioneers of the bean-to-bar craft chocolate movement. Founders Michael Mast and his older brother Rick– two bearded Iowa boys– came to New York to pursue careers in film and cooking, respectively.  They share a fiercely independent spirit, a driven [...]

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Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around You

17 May 2014

  Catatonic Flatlining and Social Media VIRAL VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   A recent viral video might make you think twice about social media. In Look Up, writer-director Gary Turk recites a poem about the negative impact of social media on real-life interactions. People are becoming stunted in their social interactions.  They’re missing out [...]

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28 Feet

16 May 2014

  Life on a Little Wooden Boat   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your [...]

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Terra Firma Death Wish

15 May 2014

  Challenging Life and the Urban Landscape Award-Winning Video   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Some say life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. It’s when we’re outside our element, our comfort zone, that we experience ourselves the most.  We see and feel who we really are when hurling ourselves out into the [...]

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Eureka City Hall

14 May 2014

  Who’s in Charge?  Who’s on First? What’s on Second?   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The money’s gone and there’s no telling where it went. The fiasco will end up costing Eureka taxpayers more once the lawyers get their say in court.  Meanwhile, there’s nothing– and no one– to show for it. First off, we have [...]

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