February 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: film, environment, politics, South Dakota, "Water", movie, Black Hills, money, meeting, donations, Powertech, Clean Water Alliance, FLOW, uranium mining, CWA, Heartland Film Society, March 2, Rapid City, Rural Dakota Action, Powertech exposed, permit, witness, investors
Okay, here are a few information items from the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota regarding their ongoing effort to stop uranium mining in the Black Hills by Powertech. Take note that donations of ANY amount are requested by the Clean Water Alliance in order to enable the hiring of expert witnesses concerning the dangers of uranium mining. There is a link to an expert example. Take note that Powertech (p.31) wants water for FREE. Now if anyone else is using water we pay for it. Why should a uranium mining company get water at no charge? Oh and NO accountability or responsibility for any environmental damages either. What do I know? Not much. But Lilias Jarding of CWA knows a thing or two:
Last Friday, we had the prehearing on Powertech’s application for two water permits and a ground water discharge permit (to spray waste water on the ground). The good news is that the actual hearing on the applications before the state Water Management Board will not occur the week of March 18. It will be postponed, which gives us more time to prepare.
However, hiring the experts we need for the hearings costs money — lots of money. Our experts will talk specifically about how Powertech’s proposed project would damage groundwater and the land. We have to have experts to oppose Powertech’s applications effectively. We know who we want to hire, and it will cost over $15,000. So we need both small and large donations to help us raise that money.
We also need general operating funds. Clean Water Alliance is an all-volunteer organization, so your donations go directly to work against uranium mining in the Black Hills region. Every bit helps. Please give what you can.
Please CLICK HERE TO DONATE and pass this message along to others who might be willing to help.
Your support is gratefully received.
For anyone who hasn’t seen them, here is the link to the comments by Dr. Robert Moran on the draft Supplemental Impact Statement prepared by Powertech. These are the type of comments we would like our experts to do for the water permits hearing. And this is why we are raising money –
The next Heartland Film Society screening will be “Flow” on Monday February 25, 2013. It will be at the Elks Theatre in Rapid City at 7 pm. Admission is $7.00. The screening is co-sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of Dakota Rural Action. The film is about water and how important it is to protect it from corporations, both in the U.S. and internationally. It documents how local grassroots organizing can be effective. There will be a panel discussion afterwards with Debra White Plume, Bruce Ellison, and Becky Leas. They will be discussing the proposed uranium mining by Powertech in the Southern Black Hills.
Please come out and support this very important event. Bring a friend or three. Thank you very much. Clay and Mary Ellen Uptain and your Heartland Film Society Committee. http://heartlandfilm.wordpress.com/
The next Clean Water Alliance meeting will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. We’ll be meeting at Seattle’s Best coffeeshop’s meeting room again, as the library is not available. The coffeeshop is located at the corner of 6th Street and St. Joseph Street — on the first floor of the Alex Johnson Hotel in downtown Rapid City.
See you there!
Another reprieve for Powertech –
Powertech to raise $1.5 million from secret “strategic” investors
Posted February 18, 2013
Once again, Powertech CEO Dick Clement has saved the Canadian penny stock company from bankruptcy by convincing “strategic” investors to buy up to 15 million shares for $0.10 each, according to a February 12 news release.
The unidentified strategic investors would purchase units consisting of one common share of Powertech and one share purchase warrant. One warrant entitles the investor to purchase one additional share for $0.20 for a period of three years.
The gross proceeds of the proposed private placement are only $1.5 million, but would allow Powertech to survive for another four months, assuming a cash burn rate of $400,000 per month.
Unlike financial investors who invest solely to realize a return on their investment, strategic investors are typically operating companies in the same or similar industries that seek to create synergies with their investments.
Strategic investors often expect to assume a degree of control over the investee company, and in many cases intend to acquire the company.
Since Powertech is in the midst of seeking multiple federal and state permits for the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine, one would think that the disclosure of the potential future management of the company would be of interest to affected landowners, regulators, and investors.
But in typical fashion, Powertech has chosen to conceal the identities of the strategic investors.
Interestingly, Powertech has changed the description of the company that appears at the end of its news releases. After repeated challenges on this website to provide supporting evidence, Powertech has removed the following statement from its news releases:
“The Company’s key personnel have over 200 years of experience in the uranium industry throughout the United States, and have permitted more than a dozen in-situ operations for production.”
The February 12 news release includes the new language:
‘The Company’s key personnel have in-situ uranium experience throughout the United States and worldwide.”
News release – “Powertech Announces Private Placement” – Powertech Uranium Corp. – February 12, 2013 (P
February 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm (culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, journalism, life, politics, publishing, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "Wandering Ghosts", Book, Civilians, crimes, current events, Democracy Now, ethics, Geneva Convention, history, human life, interview, Kill Anything That Moves, miitary, My Lai, National Archives, news, Nick Turse, policy, politics, publishing, review, values, video, Vietnam, war
Recently I shared with some friendlies that I was reading Nick Turse’s Kill Anything That Moves, The Real American War in Vietnam. So far only one friendly has responded to my friendly email and that was basically to share the information that they had already read some of the many books on the Vietnam War–hence, implying that they weren’t interested in reading another tome. So I thought, yes, why indeed would anyone whose has attempted to make some sense out of a seemingly senseless waste of lives want to read Turse’s latest book? Why? I believe the answer involves the Vietnamese Civilians all too often callously dismissed as Casualties of War. Damn this sounds familiar. Care to insert Afghanistan Casualties of War? Iraqi Casualties of War? Pick any war and couple it with casualties. Civilians as totally expendable human resources is not a new concept. It’s been around a very long time. By the way, if you think this doesn’t pertain to you in any way, shape or form, please do think again. Why? Because unless you are part of the military forces you are indeed a civilian to be treated with absolute contempt by those with no regard for the tenets of the Geneva Convention–that nice little old-fashioned little agreement about how to treat people during any modern war. Somehow I doubt the Geneva Convention agreement is part of either a drone’s programming or of the human charting its course. It certainly has no value to those who send soldiers to wars. Hmm. Might it be helpful to consider the military forces at work in Vietnam as precursors to current drones? Perhaps. But there are serious limitations to drones conducting military strikes as drones are incapable of rape and torture. At least I think they are –so far. Have no doubt that some computer programmer somewhere is hard at work solving these drone limitations. Too bad that creative brainpower isn’t invested in something like combating pollution.
Now back to Turse’s tome which is all about the standard operating procedure of murder, rape and torture of Vietnamese civilians whose “hearts and minds” were supposedly being saved from the communist menace. Why read this book?
In Vietnam, where the “lives” of the deceased are believed to be inextricably intertwined with those of the living, it is thought that those who die a “bad death” may be forced to suffer as “wandering ghosts,” trapped in a limbo between our world and the land of the dead. In this shadow land, they forever reexperience the violence that ended their lives, unable to attain peace until the living truly acknowledge them and the fate they suffered.3 The idea of such wandering ghosts is an unfamiliar one for most Americans, but we should not be too quick to dismiss it. The crimes committed in American’s name in Vietnam were our “bad death,” and they have never been adequately faced. As a result, they continue to haunt our society in profound and complex ways. (p. 261)
Turse makes the case that it’s high time Americans quit turning a blind eye to the dark side of our history in war, politics and business. It’s time we all took a long hard straight on look at the military industrial complex that strives to rule the world with an iron fist. With knowledge, however nasty and unpleasant it may be, comes power. There’s a very important war emerging in the world involving everyone on the Earth. It helps to know one’s enemy. The enemy has left quite a few revealing footprints. Some of them lay in the history of the war waged on the children, women and men of Vietnam. There are older footprints, newer ones and ones currently underway. What will it take for “us” to change how we view casualties of war–and war itself? What will it take for “us” to refuse to play the game of murder, rape, torture of our fellow human beings just because some power-hungry egomaniacs demand we play? Don’t forget “we” are all totally expendable–our sons, husbands, wives, daughters, mothers, fathers, all our relations are absolutely of no account in the war games.
So yes, read Nick Turse’s book – and learn why the Winter Soldiers threw their medals at Congress. It’s not a fun read. It’s not enjoyable. It’s not a “feel good” book. It is an important book.
Democracy Now! www.democracynow.org
Written transcript of interview http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/15/kill_anything_that_moves_new_book
Geneva Convention http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Conventions
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 19, 2013 at 5:21 am (culture, education, ethics, history, life, politics, publishing, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Book, Democracy Now, ethics, history, human nature, interview, Kill Anything That Moves, Nick Turse, politics, publishing, video, Vietnam, war, Writing
I confess I’m not really wanting to read Kill Anything That Moves, The Real American War in Vietnam, because it sounds like a truly horrific book, yet I feel a sense of obligation to read Nick Turse’s work. Truth needs telling. Just from watching Democracy Now!’s interview of Nick Turse it’s pretty clear this is about the dark side of human nature and that’s not pleasant ever to encounter. Too often we think of war being an arena in which everything is allowed. Why is that? Why is it permissible for people to commit horrible transgressions against other human beings–women, men, children–during a state of war? Suicide is condemned in many cultures. To take control of one’s fate and decide whether or not one wishes to continue living is generally frowned upon. Yet–it is acceptable to kill OTHERS–just not yourself. Why is it “Okay” to kill other people during war or at other times? Why is it okay to rape and torture other people during war? Turse’s book delves into the atrocity as norm character of the Vietnam War. I fear it reveals a great deal about human nature that we’d rather turn a blind eye to. Yes, it’s been a long time since Vietnam. But there are ongoing wars. Has the conduct of war changed? Somehow I doubt it. I’m waiting for the time when some politicans declare war and everyone refuses to fight, thereby putting an end to the insanity.
Nick Turse site http://www.nickturse.com/books.html
Democracy Now! www.democracynow.org
Review forthcoming after I get my not so eager hands on Turse’s tome. If anyone out there has already read the book–no fear of spoilers–feel free to hold forth on it via the comments.
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 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
December 30, 2012 at 4:43 am (culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, Lakota, life, Native Americans, politics, Uncategorized)
Tags: 1890, 7th Cavalry, culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, healing, history, life, massacre, Medals of Honor, Petition, politics, random, Wounded Knee
Discovered this petition on the book of faces this morning:
We petition the Obama administration to:
Rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry in 1890 at Wounded Knee.
Rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry who participated in the slaughter of 300 or so Lakota Sioux, mostly unarmed women and children (approximately 200) at Wounded Knee on December, 29 1890.
Require all federal agencies and arms to refer to the Wounded Knee Massacre as a “Massacre” and not a “Battle or Battlefield.”
Help us rewrite history and forge a better way forward. We do not remember these tragedies to hurt, we remember to heal. We are facing the holocaust head strong, we are coming through it. We are lifting our heads and reclaiming our dignity.
Link to petition to President Obama regarding a request to rescind the Medals of Honor awarded USA Army soldiers at Wounded Knee in 1890.
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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