October 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm (environment, ethics, films, history, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, life, politics, relationships, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Army Corps of Engineers, bioneers, Goldtooth, Houska, journalism, Mossett, news, North Dakota, police, Standing Rock, video
Published on Oct 23, 2016
Kandi Mossett, Tara Houska, and Dallas Goldtooth present an update and call to action on the situation at Standing Rock, North Dakota – where thousands of Indigenous water protectors and allies are defending sacred lands from desecration by the Dakota Access Pipeline in the face of police brutality and arrest.
Filmed live at the Bioneers 2016 Conference on October 23, 2016.
Learn more at http://www.bioneers.org
The Army Corps of Engineers Contact information
Honor the Earth
Sacred Stone Camp
Indigenous Environmental Network
Ongoing News Coverage of #NoDAPL at Democracy Now!
October 15, 2016 at 6:04 am (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, movies, Native Americans, nature, people, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Amy Goodman, Dakota Access Pipeline, Democracy Now, First Amendment, freedom of the press, Mainstream Media, news, North Dakota, RT, Standing Rock, The Real News, Unicorn Riot
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
First Amendment ~ U.S. Constitution
The First Amendment is not respected in North Dakota. Or maybe it got lost in the Second Amendment Shuffle. The right to bear arms is definitely allowed–well, as long as you’re a police officer or a member of a private security force or oil company executives. Can’t say for sure about oil company executives because they don’t show their faces in public and they’re definitely not heading out any time soon to lay any pipe themselves. Personally, I’d really like to see that dirty work in the field happen but that’s an entirely different issue. Oh, wait, there’s also some serious history of law authorities not being too fond of the Lakota/Sioux having weapons of any sort close at hand–so I suspect the Second Amendment is off-limits to them in North Dakota.
When in North Dakota:
Journalists Shall Not Report what is going on at Standing Rock or elsewhere regarding the defense of water and land under threat by a big oil pipeline. They will arrest you for this:
Citizens Shall Not Live-stream the actions of Police, the National Guard and Private Security Firms. They will arrest you for this.
Thou Shall Not Take Photographs which document Police, National Guard, and Private Security Firms which contradict their stated version of events involving peaceful Protectors.They will arrest you for this.
Thou Shall Not Reveal How the Police in North Dakota are doing the bidding of Energy Transfer Partners. They will arrest you for this.
If you think I’m joking just ask Deia Schlosberg, Unicorn Riot , Shailene Woodley, Madison WI City Alderman Rebecca Kemble and the Standing Rock Protectors who’ve been jailed for documenting what’s happened with North Dakota Police, ETP’s private security, and the National Guard.
If you do record and share such information you are an enemy of the state of North Dakota and its good buddies, Energy Transfer Partners and the big banks which are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. (If you think ‘enemy’ is too strong a word then feel free to suggest other word choices. I’m open to suggestions.)
Wondering why I’m rambling on about the Freedom of the Press?
Things are going to get a tad interesting regarding the Freedom of the Press in North Dakota on Monday morning when Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman intends to turn herself in to authorities to deal with the charges made against her for doing her job.
UPDATE Regarding North Dakota Versus Amy Goodman Now it’s “riot” instead of “trespassing.”
I’m wondering if any mainstream media operations will cover this action. Will CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, NPR show up for this confrontation regarding First Amendment festivities? How about Al Jazeera? CNN maybe? At the moment I’m betting they’ll all be no-shows, though they do like using Democracy Now!’s news footage from time to time. Those pesky independent journalists get to go to all the ‘fun’ hot spots television news anchors might not be able to find on a travel guide map. (Is that too harsh? I don’t think so, but one never knows.) By the way, if you don’t know who Amy Goodman is and you’ve never watched Democracy Now!’s Independent Global News well then it’s about time you considered expanding your news horizons. Be forewarned, there will be no hot blondes in tight dresses breathlessly spewing out sound bites in an effort to give you an anxiety attack about local events. The headlines are often delivered at a fast and furious speed in an effort to make the most of the time. The in-depth coverage might take you places and introduce you to people you never knew existed–and probably would never meet via mainstream news.
You might get angry. You might be offended. You might start wondering why mainstream media treats people like blithering idiots. Some of those interviewed such as Henry A. Giroux will share their thoughts on that last notion from time to time. If you have children in school you might want to pay close attention. (Damn all the teaching to the tests.)
So, if you’re a serious reader you might discover some new books. Said books may depress you with their reality checks. But so be it.
And then there are the discussions of films ET wouldn’t dare spotlight:
If you’ve read and watched so far you now have some idea of the nature of independent journalism as practiced by Amy Goodman and the rest of Democracy Now! It’s probably clear why Energy Transfer Partners and the authorities in North Dakota are none too keen on making Goodman or any other kind of journalist welcome to venture out to Standing Rock and other oil pipeline sites. Even from New York City, Democracy Now! has provided all kinds of ongoing intriguing issue raising coverage of #NoDAPL. Most of which puts the likes of PBS to shame for its depth and breadth.
Hence, come October 17, 2016 I wonder which journalists will be covering the story of Goodman turning herself in Mandan, North Dakota. There’s a chance there might only be the Democracy Now! crew and Standing Rock Protectors as witnesses. Let’s hope not. Let’s hope mainstream media can find its way to Mandan, Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline no one needs. Like Climate Change, which mainstream media has done a damn fine job of ignoring, the First Amendment impacts all of us. Ignorance is not bliss. You really do need to know what the hell is going on. That’s the purpose of having an independent news media.
October 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm (contemplation, creative writing, culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, issues, life, Native Americans, nature, people, poetry, politics, relationships, religion, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Columbus Day, current events, Defenders, Elegy for Paradise, history, Indigenous Day, poem, poetry, RT News video, Standing Rock
Sweet water ripples
falls fruit ripe
lush was paradise
color flows out of the world
what words for this loss
life flows out of the earth
tiniest to largest creature vanishing
words cannot serve this loss
sky closes saturated with human waste
homo sapiens self harms
collateral damage in excess
all life flows out of the earth
In the sixties,
In a Catholic school,
Thou Shall Not Ask:
“Where are all the Indian People?”
On your knees in the corner,
Another pink slip home.
“Where are all the Indigenous People?
At Standing Rock defending the Water, Earth and Sky.
October 7, 2016 at 3:08 am (education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, issues, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, urban life)
Tags: 350.org, 400 ppm, Bill Mckibben, carbon dioxide, climate, Climate Central, climate change, CO2, Democracy Now, Enspire, environment, fossil fuels, global warming, Inside Climate News, Risk Bites, Science, The Young Turks, TYT, video, weather
You may consider this video heavy post laziness on my part, unwillingness to return to previous stomped climate ground, or simply an easy way to engage via visual aides in order to get some traction. Actually it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that whatever your level of understanding of what’s going on with those parts per million comments popping up hither and yon there’s something here or in the links to other information resources for frying in your brain-pan.
Pick your present point of information departure.
Democracy Now! ~ 2016
The Young Turks ~ 2016
PPM = Basic Parts Per Million ~ Explained
400 Parts Per Million CO2 ~ 2013
Enspire Click through to watch YouTube for more info links.
Democracy Now! ~ 2013
More information sources:
Inside Climate News
350.org Concerning the Science of 350 / 400 ppm, resources and more.
Climate Central Antarctica CO2 Hits 400 ppm for first time in 4 Million Years
On October 6, 2016, The PBS News Hour devoted some time to Climate Change via The Paris Accord . … during which Judy Woodruff asked Gavin Schmidt, NASA climatologist, if the rise to 4oo+ ppm was important. Schmidt clearly thought it was. It wasn’t clear if Woodruff agreed or not. ~~~ “baby steps”—ahhhh haaa….
More trees please.
October 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm (education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, issues, life, random, relationships, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: children, climate change, Climate Science Awareness Solutions, Dr. James Hansen, global warming, Lawsuit, video, weather, Young People's Burden
As Dear Kitty often writes —“The video speaks for itself.”
Well, actually Dr. James Hansen and his granddaughter, Sophie, do all the speaking. And they do it quite well.
October 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm (environment, exploring interconnectedness, issues, life, Uncategorized, urban life)
Tags: biodiversity, butterflies, butterfly count, butterfly gardens, Butterfly Rest Stop, Monarch, plants, Volunteer Gardener
Yes, I really want to know how many butterflies you’ve seen this summer.
My count so far:
5 Yellow Swallowtails
3 Black Swallowtails
Uncountable number of teeny tiny white butterflies swarming lavender flowers.
This count is not impressive. When I was a kid I saw so many Monarch butterflies that I took them for granted. Even on the South Side of Chicago they frequented gardens, vacant lots filled with wild Queen’s Anne Lace, Milkweed, and Black-eyed Susans. Where I live now sighting a Monarch, a Swallowtail or any other is a day maker for me.
What’s flying, or not, in your outside spaces? Are you seeing bees, butterflies and hummingbirds?
The ‘rain-drop’ effect. Yes, you too can grow Milkweed. And so can your neighbors and friends.
(Click the watch on YouTube option for more information about video providers.)
This afternoon I sighted Yellow Swallowtail number 5 catching a meal on the dwarf orange Zinnas which are still blooming madly in this ‘autumn’ heat. As I watched #5 move from flower to flower I wondered if this summer might be the last summer I see any Swallowtails and Monarchs–or any butterflies for that matter. A friend has only seen three Monarchs in her garden this years.
Calvin takes butterfly plant choices beyond the planting of Milkweed. Depending on the growing conditions where you live, consider your plant choices for gardens. Or if you’ve never planted anything how to start by planning a garden in order to provide what butterflies need to survive.
Take note: I’ve seen NO large bumble-bees like those that visited my flowers last summer. Nope, not a single one. Have you seen them?
A glimpse of the bigger picture involving butterflies, bees and homo sapiens.
September 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, life, Native Americans, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", #NoDAPL, 350.rg, Bakken, banks, Bill Mckibben, CEOs, Dakota Access Pipeline, money, Oil, party, Pipeline, Yes!
What’s a cellphone for? Activism at your fingertips.
Share your loving concern for Mother Earth’s health and well springs (as in water not mattresses) with a CEO banker who funds DAPL
Call a CEO and share your concerns about their funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline–and other oil projects if you’re so inclined–which contribute to climate change.
Oh, no, not just any banker will do. Contact the CEO bankers investing money in DAPL.
Yes! magazine has put together a list of CEOs to contact at the banks funding the pipeline: names, corporate addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. If you’d rather use snail mail, go right ahead.
How to contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline
There are even suggestions for what to say if you’re at a loss for words.
Be clear. Be kind. Be polite. Be firm.
Don’t be passive.
Don’t let the people at Standing Rock and in Iowa have all the fun.
This matters to all of us. Even those who deny it.
Still unsure about letting your fingers get some action? Then let Bill McKibben of 350.org have a few minutes of your reading time:
A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.
What have you got to lose?
Clean water. Clean air.
So, have a pipeline party. Gather some friends. Get some pizza and beer. Or some pies and coffee. Call some CEOs.
Water Is Life
September 29, 2016 at 4:17 am (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, issues, life, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, relationships, religion, searching, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, banks, environment, Gas Strike, International Days of Actions, Oil, peaceful events, Pipeline, prayer, Standing Rock
Lyla June Johnston
1- Close accounts with:
Bank of America
2- Lock-down major headquarters of these Banks
3- Gas strike / boycott especially Phillips 66
4- Organize a public prayer peaceful event/ demonstration of support.
What have we all got to lose?
Published on Sep 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND ACTION WITH STANDING ROCK
We are working on our website now…
Until then, please take 1 minute to record your prayer/action so we can put you “on the map”
Click here to record your event.
Let’s reach our goal to mobilize 5000 cities (or towns) in solidarity with Standing Rock!🙂
September 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm (Uncategorized)
Take a walk with Al along the river.
Artist at Exit 0 Riverblog
We have had some stellar days of late with the air so crystalline and fresh that it has been an added bonus to be outside. The temps have been manageable as well. I began this post more than a week ago, but put it on the back burner until now. I am no doubt busier now than I ever have been (particularly at work), but I’m still finding the time to be involved with my own art. And I must confess…if I have to prioritize whether to stay home and work on a blog article or go to the river and participate in life at that level…well, I think you know what my answer will be! I have enjoyed blogging, but must admit to myself that what I do will never be most people’s’ idea of a good read, especially since there are now literally millions of blogs out there!…
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September 28, 2016 at 10:22 am (culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, issues, journalism, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized, urban life)
Tags: Aleppo, drone, drone footage, images, l, Syria, The Guardian
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