PG&E Slammed Again

New reports of PG&E’s culpability for the Camp Fire in Butte County, California, near Chico. If they are at fault, how do we hold them accountable?


Fire Update 2017 October 20

California Statewide Fire Summary

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cooler temperatures and rainfall across California provided for minimal fire activity

overnight, allowing crews to continue to make good progress on the active wildfires.

Today, nearly 10,000 firefighters are still battling 9 large wildfires burning in the



As of this morning, just over 15,000 people remain evacuated from the fires. While

the damage assessment is nearing completion, the latest estimates now put the

destruction at an estimated 7,700 structures. In fact, the Tubbs Fire alone has sadly

broken the record as the most destructive wildfire in California’s history. To view the

entire “Top 20 Most Destructive Wildfires” click here.


While Northern California experienced rain overnight in most areas, lowering the fire

risk for today, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch in

Southern California due to gusty winds and low humidity through the weekend.


For residents in Southern California, CAL FIRE is urging caution, as fire danger has

increased. To learn more tips on how to be fire safe visit


Since the start of the October Fire Siege on Sunday, October 8, CAL FIRE has

responded to 250 new wildfires. At the peak of the wildfires there were 21 major

wildfires that, in total, burned over 245,000 acres, 11,000 firefighters battled the

destructive fires that at one time forced 100,000 to evacuate, destroyed an

estimated 7,700 structures, and sadly, took the lives of 42 people.


Sonoma County bore the brunt of the devastation, with 23 deaths recorded in an 11-day span as four large fires — that recently merged to become three — tore through more than 80,000 acres in the North Bay. But as the three fires — the Tubbs, Pocket and Nuns — neared containment, first responders were looking forward to recovery.

And on Thursday, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said there were now 37 people unaccounted for, an increase from the 30 listed as missing a day earlier.


First Artist & Musical Track Selected for CD

Exciting news! We already have a couple artists who are submitting songs for consideration. One for sure is Jordan de La Sierra’s Song of the Rose, who composed this piece using the Pythagorean harmonic scale. Jordan has lived in Northern California since the 1970s when he performed with Theater Artaud. ~ #jordandelasierra #songoftherose #norcalfirerelief #solace ~

Music in America

Check out this interactive map of music in the USA! It reveals where each of 17 genres have the most fans.

“Music preferences can tell you a lot about a person or, in this case, a city. That’s because music choices aren’t just about music. They’re about fashion, philosophy, and lifestyle, too. Inspired by recent coverage of the geography of music scenes, we decided to map out music preferences across the US.”

The Healing Power of Music

A growing body of research attests that that music therapy is more than a nice perk. It can improve medical outcomes and quality of life in a variety of ways. Here’s a sampling:

Improves invasive procedures. In controlled clinical trials of people having colonoscopies, cardiac angiography, and knee surgery, those who listened to music before their procedure had reduced anxiety and a reduced need for sedatives. Those who listened to music in the operating room reported less discomfort during their procedure. Hearing music in the recovery room lowered the use of opioid painkillers.

Restores lost speech. Music therapy can help people who are recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury that has damaged the left-brain region responsible for speech. Because singing ability originates in the right side of the brain, people can work around the injury to the left side of their brain by first singing their thoughts and then gradually dropping the melody. Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords used this technique to enable her to testify before a Congressional committee two years after a gunshot wound to her brain destroyed her ability to speak.

Reduces side effects of cancer therapy. Listening to music reduces anxiety associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It can also quell nausea and vomiting for patients receiving chemotherapy.

Aids pain relief. Music therapy has been tested in patients ranging from those with intense acute pain to those with chronic pain from arthritis. Overall, music therapy decreases pain perception, reduces the amount of pain medication needed, helps relieve depression, and gives people a sense of better control over their pain.

Improves quality of life for dementia patients. Because the ability to engage with music remains intact late into the disease process, music therapy can help to recall memories, reduce agitation, assist communication, and improve physical coordination.





Harvard Medical School ~