Who sees a fire in their neighbor’s yard and walks off without doing anything? A young white dude who flips houses for a living, that’s who. Who does something? Hint: It was not a white dude.
March 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm (creative writing, culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, issues, life, living, politics, random, relationships, Uncategorized, urban life, Writing)
Tags: communication, cooperation, dumb shit people do, fires, Issues, Mexican Americans, people, race relations, real events, relationships, urban living, White Dudes, Writing
December 22, 2016 at 7:31 am (creative writing, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, issues, life, nature, politics, random, searching, Uncategorized, urban life, Writing)
Tags: #honortheearth, #NoDAPL, #WaterIsLife, Advertising, climate change, comment, ExxonMobil, Facebook, Oil, oil spills, public relations, response
Today on FaceBook I had a close encounter with ExxonMobil’s Public Relations Machine via a video advertisement. The following is my comment/feedback/response to said ad:
Okay, I just ‘inquired’ why I’m seeing this ad and got a ‘good’ explanation from Facebook
[thank you, Facebook]–Exxon wants to reach out to people like ‘me’. Well, Exxon you and
your fellow Oil companies ‘reached’ me long ago via the Niger Delta, Ecuador and
Guatemala, and the house down the street where the owners were ‘stuck’ with a gas drill in
their front yard for years, via the oil storage tanks and refinery in the little township two
miles up north where cancer runs rampant, with the oil spill in Alaska, the oil spill in the
Gulf, et al and that’s why I say NO! to Big Oil. #NoDAPL, No to the entire fossil fuel industry,
NO to Exxon’s influence in Politics, NO to an industry with the biggest profits in the world-
-an Industry which destroys the Earth we all live on, attacks people who criticize it, and lies
about Climate Change and truly doesn’t give a damn about people like me. Yeah, I get it,
you’re on a Public Relations Roll. Good luck with that. I guess the upside is that you’re
giving work to some people in advertising, Facebook and everywhere you’re placing these
ads. So you reached out to someone in my demographics. Well, now I’ve reached back.
#WaterIsLife But hey, Exxon, ‘you’ already knew that, didn’t you? Now learn how to
#HonortheEarthbefore it’s too late. I don’t think Mars is ready for Homo sapiens just yet.
Have a nice day. 🙂 .
Ad reference is to ExxonMobil’s #Energy Lives Here ~ “ExxonMobil is a leader in carbon capture and storage” This sponsored video ad appeared on my fb timeline. Perhaps you’ve seen it there or elsewhere.
[note: speaking of ads–any ads appearing here do so at the behest of wordpress and have no connection to moi. thanks for visitng.]
December 13, 2016 at 3:40 am (contemplation, creative writing, eating, exploring interconnectedness, life, living, random, Uncategorized, urban life, Writing)
Tags: current events, food, greed, guttonly, holiday season, Issues, monologue, Writing
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:
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 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 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
Link to The Guardian will take you directly there.
Aren’t we humans clever?
September 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm (art, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, issues, Native Americans, people, politics, Uncategorized, urban life)
Tags: #NoDAPL, #watherislife, BLM, Chicago, Oil, Pipeline, rally, Samantha Garcia, Sept. 9 2016, solidarity, Standing Rock
Going where NO politician has ever gone. The Urban Farming Guys are on an epic concrete hope for the future roll in KCMO–and beyond.
August 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm (environment, ethics, issues, life, living, quests, random, Uncategorized, urban life)
Tags: community revitalization, crowdrise, economics, hope, KCMO, MakerSpace, urban blight, Urban Farming Guys
I had other plans for a post today –until I checked my email and found a missive from The Urban Farming Guys. Timing is everything. The Urban Farming Guys have been busy–very busy. And they want to keep on being very busy in the urban core and beyond. UFG are doing what no politician has ever done–create a world of real possibilities. They are grassroots in ACTION. They’ve got an ambitious plan underway and they need OUR help to make it so. See what they’re up to now and if you’re impressed please share/donate/reblog–in other words, help however you can right now because the clock is ticking.
Without further ado:
The time is now.
These guys are the real deal. Please spread the word.