February 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Independent film, Indigenous People, life, movies, nature, photography, politics, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", alternative energy, Canada, climate change, David, documentary, ducks, Eco Watch, Energy, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, film, First Nations, fish, Glaciers, health, independent, Independent film, Lavallee, mining, movie, natural law, nature, Oil, ponds, random, rivers, safety, tailings, Tar Sands, values, video, White Water Black Gold, Wind turbines, wolves
View entire film on Eco Watch http://ecowatch.org/2013/white-water-black-gold/
Eco Watch featured David Lavallee’s very accessible film White Water, Black Gold and I could not resist sharing after viewing it online. It does more than bring the toxic waste of Canada’s Tar Sands into view because it also presents some clean green alternatives that are already being successfully utilized not just in Germany, but ironically in Canada as well. What are the rest of us waiting for? For the Big Oil Companies to milk out all the profits possible while creating waste toxic waste dumps that destroy fresh water all living things depend upon for life? We cannot drink oil. Oil cannot make food crops grow. Plants need water. No wheat crop means no bread.
Make no mistake that Big Oil and corporations like Monsanto do not comprehend the situation despite their public relations denial spins. They do indeed and they want to use it to serve their own ends. There are reasons that Monsanto wants to patent all seeds for their own profit. There are reasons some Americans are NOT allowed to “catch” rainwater in barrels for gardening. The reasons are profits for those who want to control all the natural resources that are basic to all forms of life. If ducks could pay taxes then they’d be taxed for swimming in ponds. Deer would be taxed for eating plants. Wolves would be taxed just for being alive. I suspect the predatory human population feels an innate threat from wolves who don’t care for domestication by humans as dogs do. Wolves don’t need or want us humans. I don’t wonder why not. Perhaps it’s their independence which has set off the curent war on their very existence in the states. Could be. Wolves don’t give a damn about the corporate human economy. They’re bound only by the laws of nature. Oh, come to think of it, so are humans. Because in the end–it will be natural law which decides the survival of our species. It’s about time we all came to terms with that reality. Denial will not change outcome.
Gee, it appears I’ve gotten off the Tar Sands water usage and energy alternatives track of White Water, Black Gold. It may appear so. But since everything is connected–and we are all ‘related’–then I haven’t really gone off track. I’ve just followed a stream of thought. Continuing downstream . . . .
What this boils down to is values. Yes, what do we value? Our lives? All living things? Clean air? Clean water? Oil? Gas? Our oil dependent modes of transportation? What matters most to each of us? Why should each of us consider such questions? Because we’re the ones who will either change our ways for the betterment of all living things or we won’t. Whatever the politicians and corporations do amounts to their choices. We are responsible for ours, what we think, what we do, what we say. Does the state of the Earth reflect our values or those of someone else? Positive change is possible. We can make it. We may have to work very hard for it though. What are we waiting for?
I think we need to do more than get the President of the United States to shut down the Keystone Pipeline. The Tar Sands in Canada need to be shut down. Big Oil needs to be shut down everywhere. It’s time for a healthy change.
For more Tar Sands, Keystone and environmental news from Eco Watch http://ecowatch.org/2013/white-water-black-gold/
January 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm (art, culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, life, politics, random, religion, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, Canada, channel, Chief Ruben George, Earth, Elahogiant, environment, First Nations, Ft. Randall, Gathering to Protect the Sacred, Indigenous, Indigenous Environmental Network, Keystone XL, Native Americans, news, people, Protect the Sacred, South Dakota, Tar Sands, video, Yankton, YouTube
January 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm (education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, life, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", Black Hills, Black HIlls Wild Horse Sanctuary, Canada, Clean Water Alliance, Clement, death, Dewey-Burdock, Geiger counter, In-Situ, Marie Curie, miners, Navajo, Powertech, radioactivity, scientist, South Dakota, Uranium
via Ryhindor on YouTube
I don’t blame anyone for wondering just what stew is simmering in my brainpan after the my post regarding the big fan of uranium mining aka Richard F. Clement of Powertech fame. Dropping dots is perfectly understandable when juggling like crazy.
dot–uranium is a radioactive and toxic metal used for nuclear energy and weapons.
dot–Powertech Uranium Corporation wants to extract uranium from the Dewey-Burdock area in South Dakota.
dot–Richard F. Clement is CEO of Powertech Uranium Corporation.
dot–Mr. Clement has previous experience working for other uranium mining operations in places like New Mexico.
dot–Many Navajo, and non-Navajo, uranium mine workers have died and/or experienced serious health complications.
dot–Marie Curie died from cancer as the result of exposure to radioactive materials during her scientific research.
dot–The Dewey-Burdock uranium extraction project is located about 20 miles from the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.
dot–The Dewey-Burdock project acreage alone covers 17,800 acres.
dot–Powertech intends to use In-Situ mining in the Dewey-Burdock Project.
dot–In-Situ involves forcing water into sandstone to dissolve uranium in order to bring it to the surface for extraction and then sending the fluids back into the “wellfield”.
dot–Massive amounts of table water are required for In-Situ mining. The Clean Water Alliance has done the math for how much water Powertech’s uranium mining would consume : http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/
dot–The uranium mined will be exported out of the USA for the energy interests of OTHER countries.
dot–Powertech is a Canadian Company.
Who will benefit from uranium mining in the Dewey-Burdock area? Not Americans. The “product” and the profits will leave America. This project will not reduce unemployment in the area. This project will consume valuable water resources. This project has the potential to contaminate several major sources of water with a single spill/leak/accident.
So why should the project go forth?
Clean Water Alliance has a great deal of information, links, contact etc. http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/
Yeah, I think I dropped a few other dots along the way. . . .
Get your Gieger counters ready.
January 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm (Uncategorized, history, politics, culture, life, Indigenous People, Independent film, environment, random, ethics, education, nature)
Tags: Alberta, band audits, C-45, Canada, Dr. Pamela Palmater, education, environment, First Nations, funding cuts, genocide, Harper, housing, Idle No More, Independent film, Indian Act, Indians, Issues, Jessica Gordon, land, legislation, news, Nina Wilson, photograph, poverty, reserve, resources, Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdam, teach in, Trevor Grey Eyes, video, White Paper 2012, women, Women Warriors
The founders of Idle No More @Sylvia McAdam photo via twitter.
Sheelah McLean (left), Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon
If you’re still wondering what has Canada’s First Nations “Idle No More” then brew some tea, get your seat all comfy and let the ladies do their thing–teach. Here’s a very accessible introduction to the issues. Canada’s Omnibus Bill C-45 has been passed by the senate. Guess what that means after Dr. Pamela Palmater lays it all out.
Sylvia McAdam, Jan. 6 Teach In, Calgary via placesintheforest
Sylvia McAdam presents Peaceful Women Warriors ~ Alberta
Nina Wilson interview with Trevor Grey Eyes News regarding C-45
In depth presentation about Canada’s First Nations issues. This is very clearly presented information and explanations.
Dr. Pamela Palmater ~ Alberta (part 1/4)– On the legislation/Harper/Indian Act/environment and more.
(part 2/4) Water issues, discrimination via the Canadian legal system, pipeline, treaty partners, reserve land, First Nations elections, protests, chiefs and more.
(part 3/4) Omnibus Bill C-45, treaty rights, jurisdiction, ”unlocking our lands,” education, who benefits from First Nations poverty and more.
(part 4/4) Resource Development by force, right wing media spin issues, social media, White Paper 2012, et al.
Anyone else get the sense that just meeting with Harper is not going to silence the drums of ”Idle No More” while genocide is committed via legislation?
January 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, journalism, life, music, Native Americans, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: #J11, 2013, Canada, dance, drum, Global Day, Idle No More, Jan.11., January, Julie Ireton, life, mmmllleee123, music, Native Canadian-American Indian Veterans and Warriors, Ottawa, Parliament Hill, Patrick Wright, politics, random, solidarity, Student Movement, Sudents, unity, Victoria Island, video
Photo by Julie Ireton CBC –Victoria Island, Ottawa, ON –Jan. 11, 2013
Global it is indeed. See one list of supporters world-wide: http://www.j11action.com/
Solidarity–Idle No More and Student Movement Unite in round dance –Ottawa, U of O.
mmmllleee123 on YouTube
On Facebook the “Native Canadian-American Indian Veterans and Warriors” are constantly posting photos from Canada and around the world.
@Patrick Wright–Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON
January 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm (Uncategorized, music, journalism, Writing, politics, culture, movies, life, humor, art, Indigenous People, creative writing, Independent film, environment, random, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, entertainment, nature)
Tags: environment, news, random, climate change, ethics, movie, exploring interconnectedness, musings, Canada, whales, Leonard Cohen, Idle No More, Powertech, Exxon, Ad, The Last Trapper, By the Rivers Dark, Yahoo News, Exxon Hates Your Children, 98%, Oil Change International, other98
Random and free associations Alert!
Yes, this beauty came my way via an email to sign a petition and–well–it’s just too wonderful to not share with folks who understand the ways of the world as they’ve been–AND–that this insanity must stop! I think it’s a great ad because while the likes of Exxon have tons of cash to spread their view of how things “are” according to their well oiled brainpans, those who don’t exactly cozy up to their thinking aren’t exactly swimming in equal amounts of cash oceans for sharing a very different view of the status quo.
In other “news” which I’m still processing–I saw a video on Yahoo News about some whales trapped by ice (they’ve since found a way OUT) and the refusal of the Canadian government to render aid. Hmm. The fate of eleven killer whales isn’t of much concern to world governments–unless people start doing something about it and getting press coverage. Ouch, I think this could be applied to Indigenous/First Nations issues in Canada, the United States and pretty much around the globe. Shhh, hear that? Idle No More is dancing somewhere in the world to the beat of a very different drum.
Yikes, can I connect this thought dot with the Powertech Uranium Corporation? O hell yes I can! Do you see where this is going now? Yeah to more utter disregard for Earth, people, animals, and everything that does not bring in BIG PROFITS!
Is there a problem with some values?
Only if you’re thinking along the same interconnecting dot lines. Or perhaps some other routes too–routes that don’t lead to Wall Street, stock shares, investors and profits by any means no matter what the price in environmental degradation.
Exxon is probably well aware of this ad by now as it has 122, 457 views on YouTube thanks to the other 98% and Oil Change International. Hence, I’m sure they’re all primed and ready for PR spin. If they bother. Afterall it’s only a 30 second sound bite–just the sort of thing the multitasking population feeds on and tosses off while reaching for the next bite.
Oh and for some relief here’s some Cohen and The Last Trapper/Le Dernier Trappeur:
It all works for me. Sorry if you’re confused by all these seemingly random “dots.”
Also, sorry to break the poetic streaming. Will resume soon.
January 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, journalism, life, politics, random, religion, Uncategorized)
Tags: 11 January 2013, art, Canada, culture, Culturite, Earth, Earth Tribe, event, Facebook, global, Idle No More, Indigenous, life, people, politics, poster, random, solidarity, support
January 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm (art, culture, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, life, music, photography, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, Benefit, camp, Canada, chief, culture, Derek Miller, Digging Roots, Don Kelly, entertainment, Indigenous, Jasper, life, Melody McKiver, music, Music is the Medicine, news, ON, Ottawa, people, photograph, photography, poster, random, Ryan McMahon, Theresa Spence, video, Zaphods
December 26, 2012 at 6:19 am (creative writing, culture, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, life, poetry, politics, random, Writing)
Tags: "a woman is waiting", Canada, chief, creative writing, Cree, culture, exploring interconnectedness, First Nations, genocide, history, hunger strike, Idle No More, Issues, life, people, poem, poetry, politics, prime minister, protest, random, resources, Stephen Harper, Theresa Spence
“a woman is waiting”
a woman is waiting
for a man to talk–what else is new-
conversation is long overdue
yet silence continues
another form of abuse
genocide via ignor-ance~
IF the woman had some WMD
maybe some nukes
a few drones
the man would not be so rude
as to keep a hungry woman waiting~
IF this woman had some oil
natural gas for fracking
tons of coal
the man would come courting business
but the woman is still waiting
silence as a form of debating~
IF this woman had some iron ore
a little gold
a lot of lithium
the prime minister would come running chatting up charming a storm with tobacco in hand
but he’s not
because all this chief has got
is an unprofitable diamond mine lease
a lot of folks who speak Cree
on a reserve with a distinct lack of decent homes, schools and jobs
Theresa Spence is still waiting
Stephen Harper is still evading
she gains ground
with every dance
December 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm (art, culture, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, journalism, life, movies, nature, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: 21 December 2012, Canada, David P. Ball, Ditto, Ditto of Jesus, environment, First Nations, history, Idle No More, Indian Country Today Media Network, music, nature, Ottawa, Parliament Hill, photograph, politics, protest, rally, Round Dance, video
Live Gov Cam Photo shared by Ditto (Singer/Songwriter) via the book of faces http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ditto-SingerSongwriter/253555851169?ref=mf
According to Indian Country Today Media Network.com 4,000 took part in the 21 December 2012 protest in Ottawa, Canada–as reported by David P. Ball. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/idle-no-more-sweeps-canada-and-beyond-aboriginals-say-enough-enough-146516
World wide support for Idle No More continues to increase http://www.idlenomore1.blogspot.com/ . Indeed the “views” counter number has increased by at least 200,000 since my first visit. Information continues to be updated/added as support is shared and future events are posted.
Listen to more of Ditto of Jesus at http://www.youtube.com/dittoofjesus
A change is due and will do Mother Earth GOOD–and all living things too–including us humans.
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