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Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka

  A Wrestling Life on the Ropes   **Award-Winning Short Film**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     In the 1970s, everybody arguably believed wrestling was real. By the 1980s, people suspected the outcome of the matches were predestined, but they didn’t care because the grapplers were so damned entertaining. One such star, Jimmy “Superfly” [...]

Pioneering Philanthropists Launch Clean Energy Initiative

    Limiting Carbon Pollution from Power Plants– While Spurring Clean Energy Investments   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Move over, climate change deniers.  More change is coming your way. Just days after Time’s Editor-in-Chief declared climate change deniers were having a bad day following study after study pointing out that it’s a very real [...]

Study: Ocean Life Faces Extinction

  Multiple Pressures on a Fragile Environment   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them. “We may be sitting [...]

Growing is Forever

  A Redwood’s Muse: Trinidad and Patrick’s Point Park Humboldt County, Northern California   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “A very long time ago, there were no groves– because everywhere was a grove with no roads to bisect and no people to erect stones and fences and bridges. The trees were [...]

The Vanishing Monarch Butterfly

  90% of the Population has Disappeared   Award-Winning **VIDEO**     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     They are the butterflies we remember fondly from our childhood.  And they are disappearing in large numbers. Monarch butterflies may warrant U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because of farm-related habitat loss blamed for sharp declines in cross-country [...]

The Christmas Miracle of Charlie Brown

    And the WW II German Pilot Who Saved Him   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The 21-year old American B-17 pilot glanced outside his cockpit.  He froze in terror. He blinked hard and looked again in disbelief.  His co-pilot stared at the same horrible sight.  ”My God, this is a [...]

Helping Rich Lenders Rip-Off the Poor

16 December 2014

    State Legislatures Lift Interest Rate Caps   **John Oliver VIDEO**     Jim Hightower Jim Hightower.org     Loan sharks, banks, and their lobbyists really know how to put the “ick” in eth-icks. Though they’ve tried to buff-up their public image by calling themselves “consumer lenders,” their game remains the same ethical mess [...]

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America’s Explosive Oil Problem

15 December 2014

  The Disaster of Shipping Crude by Rail   **Award-Winning VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     On July 6, 2013, a train hauling two million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. It took two days to put out the fire and the [...]

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Australian Security Forces Storm Sydney Cafe

15 December 2014

    Hostage Siege Ends With Attack, Gunshots   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s over. Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic ending to a standoff that had dragged on for more [...]

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Mad Max’s Road Warrior Meets Disney’s Pixar

14 December 2014

    The 2015 Official Movie Trailers   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel       Cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.  The earliest people who made films were magicians.  And they knew it was always better to surprise and change other people’s expectations than to give them exactly what they wanted. [...]

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The CIA Psychologist Who Made $81 Million Teaching Torture

13 December 2014

    Cashing in on Conscience and Country   **VICE VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Working for the CIA has its perks. The Senate Intelligence Committee released a blistering, 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, a document that committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said represents the most significant oversight effort [...]

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Life in the Nordland

11 December 2014

  ‘The Fox of Bloody Women Island’   **Award-Winning VIDEO**     Vern Cummins and Jamie Gallant Bureau of Explorers.com     How does one find happiness throughout a winter when the sun barely makes an appearance? This source of curiosity took us to Nordland– a mystical Viking land of changing light, deep fjords and [...]

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Torture Perfectly Acceptable for America

11 December 2014

    Torture Defenders Double Down and Dig In   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The defenders of torture are doubling down and defending it.  And in some instances, they also cashed in:  two U.S. psychologists with no experience were paid about $81-million to consult with the CIA on the brutal interrogation [...]

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Stormy Weather Ahead

10 December 2014

    Love Rain Over Me   **Pearl Jam VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     A ferocious storm is forecast to batter California with drenching rain, heavy snow, pounding surf and howling winds until Friday. The National Weather Service said the storm is “expected to be one of the strongest storms in terms of [...]

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Senate Panel Releases Scathing Report on CIA Interrogations

09 December 2014

    Torture Tantamount To CIA’s Operations   –And They Lied To Justify Using It   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Torture, brutality, lying and deceit reigned supreme. The result of a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects following the 9/11 attacks has revealed a staggering level [...]

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Eaten Alive by a Giant Anaconda

08 December 2014

    Reality TV Stunt Brings Attention and Criticism To the Plight of the Amazon   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     We all have goals. When Paul Rosolie wanted to focus attention on the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, he decided he needed a stunt guaranteed to get people looking.  For the [...]

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The Great Freshwater Sunday Breakfast

06 December 2014

  Sunday Morning, December 7 from 8- 11 am     At the Freshwater Grange   –Still Only $5–     Music and Dutch Lottery, Too!   **VIDEO**     Breakfast… the most important meal of the day. And nothing quite compares like a delicious hot pancake breakfast with your friends and family on a Sunday [...]

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Bodies in the Street

06 December 2014

    Protesting the Nation’s Killings by Cops   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The fallout is tremendous. For the third night in a row, demonstrators spilled into the streets in cities across the country to protest police officers killing black men. In New York, where a grand jury declined to bring charges [...]

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Americans Should Care About Sierra Pacific’s Fire Case

05 December 2014

    A Prosecutorial Abuse of Justice   **VIDEO**   Sidney Powell Former Federal Prosecutor     Question:  What happens when lawyers uncover what could be explosive evidence of misconduct in a $122 million case by attorneys in the Department of Justice?  Answer:  the Department of Justice tries to have all defense lawyers who have [...]

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Rivages

04 December 2014

  A Film of Work and Men– and Women   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     In the secluded port of Le Havre, France, the docks are run only by men. No women are allowed within the confines of the port.  The male dockers fortunate enough to work there inherit the profession as [...]

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Pop Insanity

04 December 2014

  So What’s New?   **Viral VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Once in awhile we pop in on pop culture to remind ourselves of what we’re not.  We’re not rich.  We’re not trendy.  We’re not fashionable, hip, mod, awesome, totally dank or driving late model luxury rides.  Humboldt is more akin to [...]

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Wandering Nature

02 December 2014

  ‘Wanderment’   **Award-Winning Film**   Doug Urquhart Upthink Lab     Wanderment is the result of a 12-month collection of 4K time-lapse sequences captured while backpacking. From meandering streams and forest-dwelling organisms to the grandeur of high mountains above tree-line, this short film wanders through the contrasting wilderness of Alaska, North Carolina, Georgia and [...]

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Star Wars Awakens After a Decade of Slumber

01 December 2014

    The Movie Trailer Goes Mega-Viral    A Year Before Release   **Viral VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     It’s been in a deep freeze cryo-sleep for the past decade. And it’s waking up after a long slumber.  Nine and a half years since the last live-action Star Wars movie opened in theaters and just [...]

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The Dumbing Down of Democrats

01 December 2014

    Zombie Capitulation and Party Cowardice   **VIDEO**   Joseph A. Palermo Huffington Post     The internal sniping and bickering has already begun among Democratic ranks but it’s their own damn fault. The internal debates following the 2014 midterm elections highlight the ideological schizophrenia that continues to plague the Democratic Party. Is the Democratic [...]

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Greece’s Largest Mystery Tomb Unearthed

30 November 2014

    Identity of Ancient Tomb’s VIP Skeleton a Mystery   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     The ancient sands of Ozymandias are slowly and painstakingly being pulled back to reveal their secrets. Coins featuring the face of Alexander the Great have been found at the largest tomb ever unearthed in Greece, where archaeologists are hunting [...]

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Remember the Future: Chernobyl Revisited

29 November 2014

    Radiation Never Really Dies   **VIDEO**   Danny Cooke and Bob Simon CBS News     Some tragedies never end.  Just bury the horror and move on. Ask people to name a nuclear disaster and most will probably point to Fukushima in Japan three years ago. The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in Ukraine [...]

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Clean Water for All

28 November 2014

    Sumba Sammy’s Story   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     There is a big world out there to explore and Sammy from Sumba is keen to see it all. Why is that awesome?  Because it’s entirely possible now. You see, water is the basic building block for communities to prosper and [...]

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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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