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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 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm (art, creative writing, culture, education, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, Lakota, life, Native Americans, Pine Ridge Indian reservation, poetry, random, Writing)
Tags: "Cheryl's Students", art, children, creative writing, culture, education, exploring interconnectedness, future, gift, history, hope, Lakota, life, poem, poetry, random, Roxie, supplies, Writing
Much thanks to Roxie for her very generous gift of art supplies to Cheryl Locke’s elementary class on the Pine Ridge Reservation. My poem, as promised, on topic of Roxie’s choice.
Visit Roxie’s blogcasa for many things writing/publishing related–with good humor too. Sorry, not the Good Humor Ice Cream Bars–yet. Though she may figure out how to link us up with those too soon enough! http://roxieh.wordpress.com/
we are the pasts unintended
over years courses
we are the others
children born of desire
in spite of all
invaded isolated alienated
scarred, scraped, scoured
singing soaring smiling
persistent we learn enemy ways
hearing old ones wind whispering
We are Lakota!
January 26, 2013 at 5:04 am (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, history, life, poetry, random)
Tags: culture, Dark Night of the Soul, entertainment, highwayman, history, Lady of Shalott, life, literature, Lorenena McKennitt, love, Mummers, music, Noyes, passion, poem, poems, poetry, random, spirituality, St. John of the Cross, Stolen Child, Tennyson, video, videos, Yeats
So often in these times of vast literary ignorance it’s forgotten that “songs” and poetry move together. Today’s rock stars have nothing on the travelling bards of the past who relied on their musical talents for daily survival. Odd that many who currently evade poetry like a plague yet adore their modern musical choices. What are song lyrics but poems? Loreena McKennitt’s music often draws directly upon the rich works of dead poets. I doubt any of them, the dead poets, are complaining.
Loreena McKennitt’s renditions are nothing if not sensual sound feasts.
poem by Alfred Noyes
The Dark Night of the Soul
via Ginevra Corvino
poem by St. John of the Cross
Poems Found in Translation
The Stolen Child
Poem by W.B. Yeats
The Lady of Shalott
Poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
One more for fun.
The Mummers Dance
More on Mummers
January 26, 2013 at 2:26 am (culture, education, environment, ethics, history, Indigenous People, Lakota, life, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", 141, 148, 149, 150, Bills, Black Hills, bond requirements, clean up, Clean Water Alliance, Dakota Rural Action, education, In-Situ, Jarding, Lakota, legislation, legislature, Lilias, Mine, mining, monitoring, Native Americans, natural resources, penalities, Powertech, radiation eposure, Senate, South Dakota, tailings, update, Uranium, video, violations
This post concerns “Much Ado about in-situ leach uranium mining, Powertech, clean water, mine bonds, the environment and Bills.” No, not tax bills, not Mr. Bill, but bills of legislative import in South Dakota–the land of Powertech Potential Profits without accountability. Well, Lilias Jarding, who plays very nicely with the Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota, has a few activist proposals for the citizens of South Dakota concerned about the potentially nasty toxifying effects of in situ uranium mining touted by Powertech and their other foreign–and American grown–cohorts. Without further ado, please take a gander at Lilias’ list of not to be missed Bills.
From the cyber-desk of Lilias Jarding, Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota,
Senate Bills 148. 149, 150–and 141.
There are now three bills in the S.D. Legislature that we need to work to support! This is great news, but now the work begins. This message contains information on how to contact your legislators to say you support the bill and information on each bill. Please read to the bottom and take action today.
The first bill, Senate Bill 148, would return state regulatory authority over in situ leach uranium mining. This is the authority that was taken away in 2011 by the bill that Powertech Uranium authored. We are FOR this bill. We want the state to regulate this type of dangerous mining, not just some distant federal officials. And we want regular monitoring of the construction, operation, and water quality at ISL mines. Without state monitoring, this regular oversight will not occur.
The second, Senate Bill 149, would change the current law. The current law gives uranium companies 30 days to report environmental violations without any penalty. Instead, under this bill, the companies would have to report environmental violations within 24 hours. We are FOR this bill. We want companies who do this dangerous type of mining to be responsible for their spills and leaks. We want problems to be reported quickly, so that corrective measures can be applied quickly.
The third bill, Senate Bill 150, is the longest. It provides additional protections that: (1) require uranium companies to return water to baseline conditions after they mine, (2) let the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources determine if it is feasible to mine safely in a particular place, (3) allow a mining permit to be denied if the company cannot demonstrate that restoration of water will work, and (4) require full restoration of water quality after mining. We are FOR this bill. We want full protection from the problems that in situ leach uranium mining has caused in other places. The mining companies say they can mine safely and without contaminating groundwater. This bill simply holds them to their word.
These are important bills, and we are lucky to have strong supporters like Senator Bradford and Representatives Heinert and Killer, who introduced these bills and will work to support them. So please take a moment to thank them. And plan to support these bills by going to Pierre, when they are up for hearings. This could happen with only a couple days’ notice, so have your gas money set aside! We’ll help arrange carpools, when the time comes.
Right now, please contact your area’s legislators and urge them to support each of these bills. You can find out who your legislators are at http://legis.state.sd.us/who/index.aspx
You can e-mail legislators at http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx You only have to write a message once and change the legislator’s name at the top and in your “Dear ___” line. If you have more than a few minutes, please contact every legislator and ask for their support.
We will be targeting the members of specific committees, as soon as the bills are assigned to committees. So watch for that.
Thanks for all you do. As usual, let me know if you have questions
Senate Bill 141
Here is another bill we need to support. It’s Senate Bill 141. It would increase the bond requirements for mining companies and would apply to Powertech Uranium’s proposed mine. The text of the bill is here: http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/Bill.aspx?File=SB141P.htm. Before they start mining, companies have to post a bond to insure that the mine is cleaned up, especially if the company goes bankrupt or leaves the state. These bonds are usually way too low. This bill would require a higher bond.
Please contact the bill’s sponsors — Senators Adelstein, Rampelberg, Kirkeby, Lucas, and Tidemann and Representatives Sly, Kopp, Hunhoff (Bernie), and Shrempp — and thank them for sponsoring the bill.
Please contact your district’s legislators — and as many others as you have time to contact — and tell them you support this bill. We support this bill because we want to be sure that the state’s natural resources are protected and that South Dakota taxpayers are not left paying to clean up messes left by mining companies, as has happened so often in the past.
You can write one e-mail and send it to multiple legislators easily. To e-mail legislators, go to http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx
Thanks to all who have been writing legislators. Please also remember to spread the word to your lists.
And here is where you can find the text of each bill —
January 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm (creative writing, culture, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, fiction, life, literary fiction, music, poetry, publishing, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: 3013, April 23, books, culture, deadline, entertainment, fiction, Free books, German, Give, Ireland, January 25, life, literacy, literature, love, publishing, random, reading, signup, UK, USA, videos, World Book Night, Writing
Never know what will be discovered when following the “dots” in cyberspace. Today I discovered World Book Night in the USA, April 23, 2013. Event also flows in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. You too can sign up to give away free books to people. Yes, you read that correctly–on April 23, 2013 people will be giving away free books to promote reading. As a life long reader I totally support this event.
Now–if you’re willing to give away free books–Sign up at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/
It’s really easy to sign up. There’s a great list of books to pick from.
Spread your love of reading and writing!
“For us convinced physicists, the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” ~Albert Einstein
What happens when we let go of the human construct of “time”?
January 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm (culture, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, life, music, nature, Poland, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: Australia, culture, Dead Can Dance, entertainment, life, music, Nord, Poland, random, Senusal Saturday, site, videos, Warsaw Village Band, YouTube
Saturday has arrived again. Figured some more music ventures are in order. Warsaw Village Band meets Dead Can Dance. Music from Poland to Australia that breaks down the usual boundaries. Hope everyone finds something engaging.
Warsaw Village Band:
The Rain is Falling
Joint Venture in the Village
Warsaw Village Band YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/WarsawVillageBand?feature=watch
Warsaw Village Band site http://www.warsawvillageband.net/
Dead Can Dance:
All In Good Time
Opium & Paris
Return of the She-King
Tell Me About the Forest (You Once Called Home)
Dead Can Dance site http://www.deadcandance.com/main/
Apparently, contrary to some online info, the group has been ‘revived’ with a 2013 tour agenda.
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 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
Elahogiant’s channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/elahogiant?feature=watch
Indigenous Environmental Network info on gathering http://www.ienearth.org/gathering-to-protect-the-sacred-from-the-tar-sands-and-keystone-xl/
January 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm (art, creative writing, culture, environment, exploring interconnectedness, life, nature, photography, poetry, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: art, clouds, creative writing, culture, exploring interconnectedness, haiku, life, Minolta X 700, Nebraska, photograph, photography, poem, poetry, random, Scotts Bluff, sky, wind news, Writing
sniffing wind knew scent
returning relatives dance
is too late hopes not
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