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Me and Bobby McGee

    Pearl:  Janis Joplin (1943-1970)   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Janis Joplin brought her powerful, bluesy voice from Texas to San Francisco’s psychedelic scene, where she went from drifter to superstar. It was a liberating move for the lonely and out-of-place Janis, who always felt like she was a [...]

The Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn

  Birds of a Feather Do Flock Together   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Take a moment to look up from the busy streets of New York City. You might glimpse a flock of purebred pigeons swooping in circles around abandoned tenement buildings of the Big Apple.  They’re there for a reason.  [...]

You Don’t Know Jack

    Jack Andraka, The Teen Prodigy of Cancer   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Only a sophomore in high school, Jack Andraka invented a new test for a deadly form of cancer.  It’s cheap, accurate, and revolutionary. Andraka created his potentially revolutionary pancreatic cancer detection tool at nearby Johns Hopkins [...]

The Real School of Rock

    Aaron O’Keefe’s Middle School of Rock   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     You want your kids to be cool, right? Well, cool within limits.  No worries.  Coolness and education is baked into each and every lesson Aaron O’Keefe offers for his students.  In fact, he created the O’Keefe Music [...]

Kaboom!

  Up in Smoke   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Think of it as an explosive love story– with sparks. Rich and Dee Gibson are a quirky couple who have built a career out of doing what they love:  playing with fire and blowing things up. As the owners of Rich’s Incredible [...]

Smile to the World

  “It’s Your Choice”   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.   ~Dr. Seuss   When you smile to the world, the world smiles back. People are basically good, and good-hearted.  And when they’re good and good-hearted, they smile.  It’s the curve that [...]

Tripping Thru ‘Nam

05 February 2015

  A Young Man’s 3-Minute Trip   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Young Russian photographer Georgy Tarasov’s film is a trip through a country once ravaged by war.  No longer.  That was 40 years ago. In The Road Story Vietnam, Daniil Tarasov, Georgy’s brother, takes viewers on an adventure through many [...]

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The Sadness of Losing a Best Friend

05 February 2015

    Crying Pup Grieves Over Loss of His Twin   **VIRAL VIDEO**   BrettVett1 YouTube     I noticed Brutus, my Rottweiler, was upset.  So was I.  His twin brother, Hank, had stopped eating.  He became lethargic, and then, seemingly, began grieving.  Hank had always been by my side with his Therapy Dog service.  [...]

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Double Deutsch Vision

04 February 2015

  Sight and Insight are Different Things   **Award-Winning VIDEOS**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     One step aside and you might discover something unexpected.  It´s amazing what you can find right in front of your door, if you just open your eyes and look a little closer. In the above video, Travel Where You [...]

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Elgin Park

03 February 2015

  Creating a Miniature Utopia of How the World Should Be   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Welcome to Michael Paul Smith’s Elgin Park:  A 1/24th-scale recreation of everyday scenes from mid-20th century America, ranging from the 1920s to the mid-1960s. Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950’s utopia, a [...]

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Lying in the National Interest

03 February 2015

    Well-Known German Journalist Admits Planting Stories for the CIA   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a “propagandist,” an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the [...]

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The Longest Walk

02 February 2015

  A Changing Selfie and Beard Across China   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Christoph Rehage The Longest Way.com     My name is Christoph Rehage, and I like to take walks sometimes. I was born a fat kid to a Hungarian mom and a German dad in Hanover, Germany, on November 9th in 1981.  During my childhood, I [...]

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Sunday Funnies

01 February 2015

  Time Out for Nonsense   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Let’s take a time out and amuse ourselves on a Sunday, shan’t we? Dji Death Sails is a superb award-winning 3D animation film by director Dmitri Voloshin and the Simpals crew. It tells the story of a distracted Grim Reaper [...]

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The Great Freshwater Sunday Breakfast

31 January 2015

    Cakes ’n Eggs ’n Maple Syrup For Sunday: February 1, 8-11 am     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel       Wake up and smell the coffee.   The Freshwater Grange volunteers are hosting their fresh hot pancakes and real scrambled egg breakfast with all the fixin’s again this Superbowl Sunday.   There’s breakfast, conversation [...]

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A Signpost for Humboldt County

30 January 2015

  Crime, Humboldt, and New York City: 1981   Award-Winning Short Film   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     NYC, 1981 is Austin Peters’ captivating six minute documentary about a particularly dark and intense period in New York City. A companion piece for the drama A Most Violent Year currently in theaters, Peters relates the [...]

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Breathe

29 January 2015

  Breathe in the Air   Award-Winning **Short Film**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     When we breathe in, we are breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, and the joys of life.  And we barely notice it. Breath takes us on a journey that explores everything that life is– from [...]

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Metallica Alcoholica

27 January 2015

    Hardcore Heavy Metal and Spirits   VIDEO:  ’The Unforgiven’   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Metallica was the golden era of one of heavy metal’s all-time greatest bands. They were also one of the hardest touring and hardest drinking bands of the era, too. It wasn’t easy for the group starting out.  They [...]

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Life is Too Short to be Angry

26 January 2015

  ‘Victor’   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Chad Thompson Yeah Haus     “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson   Victor is a short film about imagination, solitude and the sometimes blindfolded quest for happiness. This whimsical journey follows Victor, a peculiar man [...]

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The Year in Review– in Two and a Half Minutes

26 January 2015

  2014:  Looking Back, Month by Month   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     For a year riddled with milestones, tragedies and epic world events, the important and not-so-important moments get muddled over time.  Slowly fading from our memory, they become part of a distant past we largely forget. Thankfully, Brooklyn-based artist and “stuff-maker” [...]

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The Evolution of Batman

25 January 2015

  Gotham’s Classic Music and Batmobiles   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   The Piano Guys ThePianoGuys.Com     Holy Smokes, Batman! 50 years of music and film all rolled together in front of the cars that have become the icons of super hero history. This is one of those projects we’ve wanted to do from the very [...]

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The Outsiders

23 January 2015

  Arrested Development   **Award-Winning SHORT**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Who knew a game of Paper, Rock, Scissors could be so dangerous? Jerrycan is the story of a young boy who is bullied into some dangerous risk-taking to impress his friends.  Bad decisions and peer pressure can be like that, and they [...]

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Seeing and Hearing for the First Time

23 January 2015

    A Modern Miracle for Louise and Grayson   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     We take our senses for granted.  We can taste, touch, smell, see and hear– and think nothing more of it. There are those of us can’t see or hear.  For children and their loving parents, it’s often a heartbreaking [...]

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American Sniper

22 January 2015

    The Myth and the Reality   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Is it more fact or fiction? This past week, American Sniper sold millions of tickets.  Seen in the trailers above and below and based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, it’s a box office hit, [...]

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The Most Quoted Man in the News

20 January 2015

  An Average Joe with an Uncanny Knack for Media Appearances   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The Most Quoted Man in the News, directed and photographed by Andrew David Watson, is a short, smart documentary about an interesting guy with a curious ability to get quoted in the news. In an [...]

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The Real Downton Abbey

19 January 2015

    Your Home is Your Castle   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s as British as tea and crumpets. The very high-class soap opera Downton Abbey has taken the US by storm, scooping numerous Emmys and Golden Globes along the way.  The addictive tale of a family of British aristocrats and [...]

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Salute to Cinema

18 January 2015

  The 149 Best Scenes of 2014   One Very Fast **VIDEO** of Clips   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Let’s take a short trip down Memory Lane and jog your memory a bit. Yes, we know it’s 2015 already, but we liked this retrospective video and figured it wouldn’t hurt anybody. Director Ben [...]

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The Bumpy Ride of Adolescence

17 January 2015

  ‘Sean’   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Adolescence isn’t easy.  It never is.  The answers are just so… ambiguous. Sean is a meandering journey through the jumbled headspace of a typical teenager, presenting an almost weird and poetic insight into his life as he shares his thoughts on growing up, [...]

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What a Wonderful World

16 January 2015

  Sir David Attenborough   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue, And clouds of white. The bright blessed day, The dark sacred night. [...]

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Falling from Mount Olympus

15 January 2015

  Falling from Grace:  ‘The Off Season’   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “In the greatest country in the world a young man gets lost. Willy Loman never made a lot of money.  His name was never in the paper.  But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening [...]

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One Love, One Run

14 January 2015

  Bobby Brown’s Cool Running   Award-Winning Short **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     For his entire life, Bobby Brown has called Breckenridge his home mountain. Brown was nine years old when he got his start on skis. Growing up in the Denver suburbs, he would build ramps and jumps in his yard [...]

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iDiots

14 January 2015

  All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s no secret. We love technology, anything robotic, and of course, our cell phones. We want them to succeed and be our 21st Century heroes.  Luxury cars with powerful engines and display screens to [...]

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Free Climbing to the Top of Yosemite

13 January 2015

    Climbers Make Historic Attempt Straight Up El Capitan Using Only Hands and Feet   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s almost over. The two climbers vying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in California’s Yosemite National Park [...]

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The E-Joint Has Arrived

13 January 2015

    New Marijuana Device Has its Advocates and Critics   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s discreet, disposable, and mild—and they’re changing the way people consume marijuana. At a recent Seahawks football game in Seattle, Shady Sadis, 41, took a drag on a slim vapor pen that looked like a jet [...]

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Every Hour is Precious

12 January 2015

  Anton Chekhov and ‘The Gift’   **Award-Winning Sci-Fi Film**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     In March of 1886, at the age of 26, acclaimed Russian author and physician Anton Chekhov wrote this fascinating and honest letter of advice to his troubled older brother, Nikolai. Chekhov’s brother was a talented painter and writer who, [...]

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Charlie Hebdo, Before the Massacre

09 January 2015

  A Brief Inside View of the Murdered Cartoonists   **New York Times VIDEO**     Jerôme Lambert and Philippe Picard French Filmmakers      In February 2006 the editors of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo met to discuss a matter of what turned out to be of deadly consequence. Would they publish a satirical [...]

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Gateway to the Ganges

08 January 2015

    India’s Beauty and Woe Intertwined   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s been said that India is a place so visceral it can only truly be appreciated through your own experience. It takes a lot of skill to capture the feel of a place so steeped in unbelievable anachronistic awe.  [...]

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Manhunt Drawing Closer for Paris Terror Attack Suspects

08 January 2015

  Heavily-Armed Suspects on the Run – UPDATED –   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The Parisian police net is closing in quickly. A massive manhunt for the perpetrators of France’s worst terrorist attack in generations shifted to the countryside north of Paris on Thursday. Commandos and helicopter patrols poured into villages [...]

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An Epic Reminder to Do What You Love, Today

07 January 2015

  The Secret Sanctuary of Hayden Peters   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Emily Nuchols Under Solen Media     Life has its limits.  It also has its timeless beauty in all things. At the age of 30, Hayden Peters confronted a health scare where for three months, he didn’t know if he’d live a long life, [...]

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Failing to Succeed

06 January 2015

    Fighting for your Passion   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Devin Graham Filmmaker, Team Supertramp     Success comes from passion and a lot of experience– and by experience, I mean a lot of failure.  I just watched the video Nobody Tells This to Beginners, seen below, and it is right on par with everything [...]

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Snowboarding the Communist Bloc

05 January 2015

  Hippie Holy Dayze   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Watch out for that tree, Forest. Over the past season, 20-something Forest Bailey deftly navigated geographical extremes, hitting street rails in Mongolia one month, slashing powder in the Canadian backcountry the next, and making stops in the communist bloc of Europe [...]

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Land of Eternal Spring

05 January 2015

    The Land and People of Guatemala   **VIDEO**   Parker Walbeck and Carter Hogan Team Supertramp     Every so often Team Supertramp takes on a project knowing very little about the destination or the people involved.  The WeaveSleeve Project in Guatemala was one of those projects…  We– Parker and Carter– met up with [...]

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A Transgender Teen’s Final Words

03 January 2015

    Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide Note in Full:   ‘My Death Needs to Mean Something’   **VIDEO**   By Leelah Alcorn     After committing suicide and sparking a nationwide debate, 17-year-old Ohio transgender teen Leelah (Josh) Alcorn’s suicide note was taken down from her Tumblr account.  Others copies of her final words were scrubbed [...]

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The Island of Dharma

02 January 2015

  Sri Lanka   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The explorer Marco Polo wrote in the 12th century that Sri Lanka is the finest island in the whole world. Sri Lanka is nature’s treasure hunt.  For centuries it has seduced travelers with its magnificent beauty, stunning Hindu and Buddhist temples, lush [...]

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The Baby in the Drop Box

01 January 2015

  Saving Children’s Lives, One at a Time   **Award-Winning VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     2015:  It’s out with the old and in with the new. The Drop Box is the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of [...]

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MIT Scientist: Increased Autism in Children Due to GMOs

29 December 2014

    ‘Half of All Kids Will Be Autistic in Ten Years’   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has been an MIT researcher in the fields of biology and technology.  She has published over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles over the years. In recent years Dr. Seneff has concentrated [...]

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In Search of Surf

28 December 2014

    Around the World in “Strange Rumblings”   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The world is your oyster. You’re young and carefree, there’s no need for money and responsibilities, and the call for adventure beckons.  And over the next crest lies the next perfect wave for you to catch. Strange Rumblings in Shangri [...]

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I Believe in Father Christmas

24 December 2014

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel       They said there’ll be snow at Christmas They said there’ll be peace on Earth But instead it just kept on raining A veil of tears for the virgin’s birth I remember one Christmas morning A Winter’s light and a distant choir [...]

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Follow The Rules For Growing Weed, Or Else…

24 December 2014

    District Attorney Relies on a Different Tactic: Civil Lawsuits   **VIDEO**    Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Do greedy growers who flaunt the law get what they deserve– and does crime really pay? Humboldt County is at the forefront of an almost-legal, agribusiness weed-growing industry.  It’s an economic staple, an ever-prevasive and copiously prevalent culture with the District Attorney giving [...]

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