April 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm (art, buddhism, education, environment, exploring interconnectedness, life, nature, photography, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, buddhism, chemicals, culture, education, environment, exploring, film, interconnectedness, life, link, nature, PBS, photography, plants, random, Science, video, What Plants Talk About
Okay, I’m not the most sociable human at the present time so I’ve not been playing much in blogland. While I’m not about to commence running rampant from blogcasa to blogcasa, I really want to share this recent Nature program with anyone interested in the interconnectedness of all things. What Plants Talk About offers some incredible insights into the living Earth we call home. I think it also serves as a huge positive statement regarding why we MUST preserve the ‘natural’ environment widely and learn to re-integrate our human species with our plant and animal relations quickly in order to ensure our own survival. If we don’t, I suspect we may find Earth less than welcoming of our continued presence. Mother Nature will find a way to deal with us as hostile creatures and create a new healthy balance. No, I’m not kidding.
The full episode of What Plants Talk About is currently available for viewing
It is very well worth an hour of your time to watch and learn what’s going on with all the leafy green things above and below ground. This is a very accessible program about some serious science. It’s also features beautiful photographic film work.
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
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
February 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, life, nature, photography, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, Black Hills, Black HIlls Wild Horse Sanctuary, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, February 2013, Free To Run, Heart of Gold, horses, Hot Springs, music, mustangs, nature, news, Niel Young, photography, rescue, Sanctuary, South Dakota, video, wild
Heart of Gold ~ Neil Young live 1971
Most of us enjoy some positive news to break up the monotony of all the negative malarky–don’t we? The following update from the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary offers a glimpse of what humans can do to help our animal relatives. In this case it’s Mustangs. It’s a labor of love to give wild animals the opportunity to live and thrive in a world which currently seems to be all about destroying nature in so many ways.
SAFE HAVEN FOR STARVING MUSTANGS
Saturday was a busy day at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. For the past three weeks the Sanctuary has been host for several horses that were recently rescued by local authorities. We allowed these horses time to rest and regain their strength before it was time for them to move onto new lives.
As part of our mission to provide freedom for unadoptable wild horses, we are devoted to giving unwanted horses a “quality of life”. We are proud to have served as temporary hosts for these horses.
Truck and Trailers
Trucks and trailers lined up near the corrals in preparation to receive their precious cargo and take them to their new homes.
Time to load
After being sorted it was time to load the horses onto the trailers. The horses seemed to know better things awaited them down the road. Everyone loaded calmly and quietly in preparation for the ride to a better life.
Is hay served on this ride?
Noses and faces peek out of the trailer as everyone is secured for the ride.
Down the road..
To new lives! The owners anxiously wait as the trucks leave the Sanctuary.
We have six horses still waiting for their turn to begin new lives. This coming Saturday will be the day for them. Some of their “horsey friends” have left them and they seem unsure of what to do or where to be. We continue to provide clean water and hay as they grow stronger daily. Soon they will be in the hands of caring new owners.
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Won’t you help us continue to help Mustangs in Peril?
Hot Springs, SD. 57747
January 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, life, Native Americans, nature, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: 28 January 2013, Aaroon Paquette, Activist, art, culture, Earth, Earth Tribe, environment, exploring interconnectedness, First Nations, global, history, Idle No More, life, nature, news, politics, poster, random, support
January 10, 2013 at 6:02 am (art, creative writing, exploring interconnectedness, life, nature, poetry, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: art, creative writing, Earth, exploring interconnectedness, haiku, Lais, Ley Lines, love, nature, poem, poetry, random, Writing
“Ley Lines Lais”
darker down deeper
soils searching sea king sweet source
fresh fire fleet feet flee
January 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Independent film, Indigenous People, Lakota, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", Barbara High Pine Peltier, Black Hills, chemical composition, Christopher Crosby, corporate, culture, Dayton O. Hyde, Dewey-Burdock, environment, human body, Karla LaRive, mining, nature, profit, South Dakota, Susan Watt, Tom Ballanco, Uranium, video, Virgil Red Cloud Goode, We Are the Land
Chemical composition of the human body
Yes, I’m being very literal with this diagram and the Wikipedia article. But we literally “are” the land and the land is “us.”
Just in case anyone is uncertain about the uranium mining issue in the Black Hills here’s Christopher Crosby’s film, ”We Are The Land, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills.” Sit back, relax, enjoy the music, horses and scenery while Susan Watt, Barbara High Pine Peltier, Tom Ballanco, Virgil Red Cloud Goode, Dayton O. Hyde, Windwalker and others fill in the blanks. Enjoy!
View more of Christopher Crosby’s videos at
note: diagram original source currently uncertain.
January 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, life, Native Americans, nature, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", 10 January 2013, American Legion, animals, art, Black Hills, Cheynne River, community, culture, Dayton Hyde, Dayton O. Hyde, Dewey-Burdock, Docket NRC-2012-0277, eagles, Earth Tribe, education, environment, Exposed, Facebook, flood, groundwater, historic site, horses, Hot Springs, impact, Indigenous, information, IRAM, Karla LaRive, letter, meeting, Mine, mining, mustangs, Native American, nature, news, people, photograhy, photograph, polluition, poster, Powertech, project, protest, public announcement, random, risk, SEIS, South Dakota, Susan Watt, toxic waste, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Uranium, Wild Horse Sanctuary
photo @ Karla LaRive 2012
The letter following my comments is from the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary pages on Facebook. Please help spread the news. I think they could use some major support. They’re fighting uranium mining. This post is my tiny effort to raise awareness. Thanks to Earth Tribe for its support.
Powertech Exposed –and the difficulty of commenting via a malfunctioning website:
The uranium mining industry is not playing “fair”–because they know their mining is not wanted in the Black Hills -or anywhere else where the population is informed about the dangers of uranium mining and the environmental dangers it produces. Clearly some people learned nothing from the Fukushima disaster.
Please consider the dangers and consequences of the Dewey-Burdock project – From the desk of IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt
From the desk of IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt
January 1, 2013
Please, I would ask all of you to read and understand what is going on in the arena of the Uranium Mining.
This proposed project affects all of us. Please support our efforts by joining us and the community on Thursday Night, January 10, 2013 at the American Legion in Hot Springs, So Dakota for a Community Meeting at 6:30 pm.
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REPOST – December 30, 2012
Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements and Directives Branch
Division of Administrative Services
Office of Administration, Mailstop TWB-05-B01M
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, D.C. 20555-0001
Docket NRC-2012-0277, the proposed Dewey-Burdock project, comments on the SEIS
Dear Ms. Bladey,
Twenty five years ago I founded the Institute of Range and American Mustang (IRAM) a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. IRAM’s Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is home to more than 600 wild horses on 13,000 acres of private range in South Dakota.
On this location one can find; 60 million year old remains from the Pleistocene era of plants and animals, Ancient Petroglyphs that date back hundreds of years, Native American Ceremonial Sites, Historic Pioneer homesteads, and hundreds of native species of plants and animals. IRAM is supported by the thousands of visitors that come to South Dakota each year to see the natural history of the local area. Besides a Wild Horse Sanctuary the historic significance of this region brings people and scientists from all over the world.
For hundreds of years, the Cheyenne River that runs through the Sanctuary was the first source of water for the wildlife that lived on the grassy prairies. Ancient man and the dinosaurs of the past traveled this waterway. Native Americans hunted the buffalo and then held their sacred ceremonies on this land.
Along with IRAM’s Board of Directors, I am greatly concerned over the proposed Powertech Dewey-Burdock project that is located within twenty miles of the Sanctuary. We feel that the SEIS was issued before all the relevant information was available.
The Cultural and Historic impact that will result from this proposed project have not been considered properly. The relevant information is still not available. The SEIS should not have been issued until a thorough study of the cultural and historical sites on the proposed project area was completed.
The SEIS “dilutes” impacts by saying that the impacts are “small” because only part of the project area is involved. The impacts are large to the affected areas, and that is what should be considered. The Cheyenne River and its water shed are within a few miles from the proposed mining area. Our house wells and livestock wells all share the same aquifer that is to be used to inject the waste water from the project.
The SEIS only includes the impacts of a 100-year flood, and some facilities are allowed within the 100-year flood boundaries. A 500-year flood should be considered. No facilities should be allowed within the 100-year flood boundaries. Vigorous, overland and stream flooding is common in the Black Hills.
The SEIS says that impacts are “small” in a number of instances because Powertech Uranium has said it will do certain things if problems develop. The SEIS should not consider only the “best case” impacts, but should consider impacts if the problems found at other ISL projects develop. The public and the environment should be protected from worst case impacts.
Besides over 600 wild horses, IRAM also has a herd of Red Angus Cattle and over 100 domestic horses, chickens, turkeys, and peacocks. We are greatly concerned over the potential exposure to radiation for all of these animals.
The SEIS lists a number of things that Powertech should do before it starts its operation, such as air dispersion modeling, livestock radiation sampling, pump testing, creating well field operational plans, and setting up emergency procedures for truck accidents. These activities should be completed before a SEIS is issued, so that the public can have full information on which to base its comments, and so that the NRC can have full information on which to base its ratings of various impacts.
Due to the high desert environment, this area is very susceptible to lightning strikes and wild fires. This summer alone there were months of fires in the local area of the proposed mining.
The environmental impacts of wildfires, which are common in the immediate area of the proposed project, should be considered, including potential impacts if a fire strikes mining, pipelines, overhead power lines, and processing buildings.
The SEIS does not acknowledge environmental justice, cultural, and historical concerns that include Lakota treaty rights to the proposed project area and the fact that a number of Native American tribes consider the Black Hills to be sacred.
Bald eagles, sage-grouse, whooping cranes, and black-footed ferrets are all threatened or endangered wildlife species that could be negatively impacted by the proposed project. Wildlife is simply expected to disperse and go elsewhere. This creates undue hardship on sensitive species.
All ponds, including radium settling ponds, and areas where wastewater is applied to the land are threats to wildlife, particularly birds.
Public hearings should be held after full information is available on the proposed project. Hearings held elsewhere during the writing of the NRC’s Generic Environmental Impact Statement are not adequate to this specific project.
Because the state no longer has regulatory authority over ISL mining, the federal government’s plans for monitoring the project should be clearly explained in detail, so that the public can determine whether monitoring will be adequate.
All data provided by Powertech Uranium should be independently verified. It is not in the public interest to have the proposed project’s benefits and problems judged based almost entirely on data provided by the company seeking a permit.
The applicant has never mined uranium. They do not have anything close to the resources necessary to create a mine. The inexperience of the company and its lack of funding are important variables in the company’s ability to manage the environmental aspects of the proposed project and should be discussed in the SEIS.
The SEIS indicates that 30% of the water treated through the reverse osmosis process will become waste. The impacts of the removal of this water from local aquifers should be discussed much more clearly.
All of the above facts about the Dewey Burdock project and the SEIS clearly affect the Institute of Range and American Mustang Programs and Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. The Uranium Mining would endanger the wildlife, the mustangs, the water supplies, the land and all the people that are on the land.
This matter of allowing Uranium Mining and using the water from an already delicate ecosystem must be considered and analyzed from all dangers and risks. Science tells us what a situation is but it is up to the humans involved to make the decisions. Once this area is exposed the Uranium Mining there is no turning back the clock to undo the mistakes.
Our policy at IRAM is that man is the caregiver of the Earth and all of its beings and no one has the right to contaminate or pollute the environment. There are no second chances at life if the water, land, wildlife, people and history of an area are destroyed by Corporate Greed.
There is something very great at stake here in the Black Hills of South Dakota and we ask you please to consider the dangers and consequences of the Dewey-Burdock project of what it can and might to do to the very water we drink and the land we live on.
Sometimes in life the risk is just not worth taking. Please help us keep our land and water safe.
Dayton O. Hyde
IRAM President / Founder
January 1 2013
January 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, life, nature, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: animals, change, culture, environment, forests, Greenpeace International, health, life, map, nature, rainforests, random, sustainable, trees
Seriously–forget cap-and-trade. Forget all the nonsense about expanding until all the Earth is covered in concrete. We all know concrete cracks. Nor does concrete produce Oxygen. Consider the increasing need for clean air. Think about the recent Urban Air Bamboo Billboards project. Now–imagine trees everywhere. Not just any trees planted helter skelter, but trees native to each landscape flourishing, thriving, expanding so that they produce oxygen–which ALL Homo sapiens require for life 24/7 year round–yep, even corporate oil executives need oxygen no matter how much they may deny it. Hmm, with those trees will come other plants –and animals, insects, birds–all sorts of wonderful living things! Of course humans will have to learn a great deal about all their non-human living relations in order to adjust to sharing the Earth’s space in a positive non-destructive manner. There’s really no reason to fear those curious little skinks exploring the undergrowth. We’re all much larger than any of them. What is keeping us from growing more trees? Why don’t we pay the countries with rainforests to keep their forests intact and expanding? Let’s not just maintain the rainforests, let’s encourage their expansion. More Redwoods anyone? Hmm? Why not? How about oaks, cottonwoods, birch, aspen, pines? Think of all the jobs that would be created in order to educate humans about how the return of forests would benefit them –and owls, beavers, fish, elk, wolves. What new things could be learned and discovered about the medicinal properties of wildflowers, grasses, trees? Many biologists, chemists, surveyors, teachers would be required to deal with all the information starting with collection to distribution. Imagine a world in which humans live amidst nature instead of outside, disconnected, and alienated from the web of life. New urban designs for cities with more than city parks–but cities as “parks’–as greenways. How about some consideration for animals that need to migrate? Hmm? I’m sure some clever imaginative folks can devise all sorts of tunnels and bridges and other pathways for our animal relations to travel safely.
Imagine Earth alive and thriving with forests, prairies, cacti galore. Imagine thousands of people planting trees, repairing removed mountaintops, clearing out the plastic in the oceans. Cleaning crews could be busy for decades. Imagine a healthy planet.
The map posted at Greenpeace International is from 2006 so I suspect there is much LESS forest today than it depicts. But this offers a starting point.
Isn’t it time to put an end to this:
And get some traction going perhaps this way:
Btw, goats will eat any plant that is not toxic to them.
I’m not entirely “pleased” with this post. Please share your suggestions, input, ideas, questions, brainstorms for improving it.
December 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm (art, buddhism, culture, exploring interconnectedness, life, music, nature, photography, random, Tibet, Writing)
Tags: animals, buddhism, exploring interconnectedness, flowers, gift, healing, holidays, holy days, images, Medicine Buddha, Medicine Buddha Mantra, music, nature, random, Tibet, video
Namaste to all living be-ings everywhere.
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
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.
World wide support for Idle No More continues to increase
. 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
A change is due and will do Mother Earth GOOD–and all living things too–including us humans.
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