Why? Because My ID is Running Amok, So, Without Further Ado: The Complete History of the Soviet Union, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris

Sometimes the oddest things strike us as those which demand doing even when the why seems foggy and perhaps we’re just gleefully taking delight in the dark side of life. But, wait, I doubt I can conjure anything darker than what is already running amok in the world of humankind. So, let’s have a bit of comic fun while we’re waiting for all the skeletons to descend from the global political attics. Comedy, music, animation, do we detect irony here? mayhap–but just a dash and splash in with the vodka–pass the pierogies and the blood sausage. Let’s eat, drink and be very merry.
Guilty pleasures for one and all.
Chocolate ice cream too.
I make no apologies. My ID made me do it. Or d-id it?

disclaimer: never never never pay attention to what one’s spawn is viewing on the tubes of you

Now, where is the The Complete History of the United States of America Arranged to the Melody of Tetris? Hmmm? If you find it, please post it.

Info from YouTube:

Music by Pig With the Face of a Boy———-yes, really.
Directed, animated, and edited by CHRIS LINCÉ

WINNER – BEST ANIMATION – Super Shorts International Film Festival 2010
WINNER – LOW BUDGET AWARD – Super Shorts International Film Festival 2010

GET THE T-SHIRT! I Am The Man Who Arranges The Blocks T-shirts or not: http://pigfaceboy.co.uk/

Sensual Saturday Sings

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Today, a sweet taste of The Incomparable Joan Osborne …o hot damn the end of “St. Teresa” is like none other.

Could you survive on $250 a month? What if it suddenly disappeared? Welcome to the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, USA where the BIA is on the job–or are they?

What would you do if you were totally dependent upon a single monthly check of $250 to cover all your living expenses from rent, heat, electricity to food and then your check suddenly ceased arriving in your mail box without any explanation? What if you live on a reservation where there is 80-85% unemployment and your tribe is $60 million in debt? Add to the context the highest rates per population of child suicide in the world. Now imagine what goes through your mind when your single source of income becomes “invisible” and you already know you don’t have the gas to drive off the reservation to search for employment, you have no funds to find housing off the reservation, and you are the sole adult caretaker for your grandchildren.  What is now going through your mind at this point?

The following information is directly from Anne Fields who has been in direct contact with people on Pine Ridge Reservation who are currently in precisely the situation presented above.

Anne Fields:

There is a new situation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota (and presumably on other reservations) that is very dire and perhaps life threatening.

I am a white grandmother who has spent a total of 18 months on the reservation, including four months teaching in the Early Head Start program.  I have friends who are directly affected by the problem and who are growing more desperate each day.  So far my efforts to find information or help for them have been unsuccessful.

Each month the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been providing General Assistance grants (see below) to many residents who are desperately needy.  On Pine Ridge approximately 940 people receive monthly checks of up to $250.  These checks are often their only source of income and their lifeline.

In December 2012 no checks came.  I spent several hours on the phone with officials at the local, regional, and national levels trying to find out what had happened.  Eventually I ended up at the BIA Division of Human Services in Washington where I spoke with Bevette Hern at 202-513-7608.  She told me that there had been new software which had a glitch that was holding things up. She said it was now fixed and that the Treasury would get a file transfer shortly and that the Agencies should have the money by the end of that week.  This did indeed happen.

But then in March 2013 again no checks ever came and there were no notifications to the recipients.  The Post Offices were besieged by people looking for their money.  No checks have arrived for April 2013 and folks are seriously cold and hungry.  They do not know if the money will ever come again. They have had no information from the BIA.

In an effort to try to get some information regarding these crucial funds, I tried to call Bevette to see if this is a permanent situation, only to find that she is no longer working there (even though her answering machine still uses her name).  I spoke with someone who would only give her name as “Roberta” and who said that she knew nothing about the details, only that the money available for “Welfare” has been cut back.  She told me that I needed to talk to the BIA Great Plains Social Services in Aberdeen, SD.  I called them at 605-226-7351 and spoke with “Patti.”  She told me that Central Office has not received any funds so they have nothing to give out.  She recommended that I talk to the folks in Washington–the same people who directed me to call her office.

I have written to South Dakota Congresswoman Noem and Senators Johnson and Thune for clarification, but as of now I have heard nothing back from any of them.

BIA Human Services handles 6 components of Financial Assistance, which consist of:

1. General Assistance

a) An applicant must meet the criteria contained in 25 CFR 20.300 (Who qualifies for Direct Assistance)
b) Apply concurrently for financial assistance from other state, tribal, county, local, or other federal agency programs for which he/she is eligible;
c) Not receive any comparable public assistance, and
d) Develop and sign an employment strategy in the ISP with the assistance of the social service

worker to meet the goal of employment through specific action steps including job readiness and job search activities.

source: http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/RegionalOffices/GreatPlains

So, what should Anne Fields and these 940 people on Pine Ridge Reservation DO to get some information from the BIA and/or the Federal Government?  Any suggestions? Even if you have no notions about how to deal with this continuing situation, please take a moment to send this information via your favorite internet social network sharing options.

Namaste.

IDLE NO MORE ~ One Heartbeat Across Turtle Island, Friday 21 December 2012 Everywhere ~ And that’s just the tip of the drum.

Okay folks, Idle No More’s site has been very busy –and this morning it’s clear why. There’s a lot going on and more on the  docket. You’ve got to be quick.  So instead of my yapping about all the information, C-45, protests, solidarity actions and the huge issues for Canada’s First Nations AND the Earth, I’m providing a link to their very informative blog for all interested parties to visit and share widely. According to recent posting on the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Online Reporter blog thousands are expected for rally protest in Ottawa this Friday! http://www.ienearth.org/blog/2012/12/thousands-expected-at-ottawa-protest-on-friday/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IenOnlineReporter+%28IEN+Online+Reporter%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

For much more Idle No More  information  and a  list of events on Dec. 20, 21 and beyond- visit:

http://idlenomore1.blogspot.com/

Idle No More was formed by Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon and Sheelah McLean to oppose C-45 and other Canadian legislation (in violation of treaties)  that will adversely affect the environment and Indigenous people.

Mission Statement”

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth. On December 10th,  Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous  sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development. All  people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future. There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.

O Canada!

Hey Harper!

One thing everyone everywhere can participate in is the Heartbeat Across Turtle Island event at Noon on Friday 21 December 2012.  Any form of “drum” will suffice wherever you are on this beautiful blue and green planet. http://www.idlenomore1.blogspot.com/2012/12/one-heartbeat-across-turtle-island.html

Idle No More is heating up on Facebook fast!

Methinks the tipping point has arrived.

Idle No More Round Dance Flash Mob — Drums included.

Stop Belo Monte Dam! Dec. 10 Day of Action. Justice Now! Campaign. Brazil, Respect Indigenous Rights!

For what you can do to join in solidarity with the 40,000 Indigenous people of Brazil visit ‘Eye on the Amazon–Official blog of Amazon Watch’ http://amazonwatch.org/news/2012/1204-take-action-for-justice-now-on-dec-10   Join the campaign on Facebook, send letters to the Brazilian consulate nearest you, sign the petition, distribute the petition, tweet the campaign and raise awareness globally.

AmazonWatch site http://amazonwatch.org/

The displacement of 40,000 Indigenous people and the destruction of the ecosystem of the Xingu River seems to be of no concern to those demanding the construction of the Belo Monte Dam. What is real progress? Is changing the landscape and destroying the lives of people “progress” in our world of climate change? Or is “progress” learning how to reach sustainable life-ways in harmony and balance with our environment upon which we are all dependent for survival as a species? What world will your grandchildren know? Or will there be a life-sustaining habitat for humans in the future? Is energy at any cost really worth the price of extinction?

 Stop Belo Monte Dam!

Let the Xingu River Flow!

Let the people Live.

90 Self Immolated Tibetans due to policy “made in China.”

The International Campaign for Tibet –> http://www.savetibet.org/

While the “free” world (Orwellian overtones notwithstanding) goes about its seasonal consumption binge to purchase many goods stamped with “made in China” the indigenous people of Tibet have been setting themselves on fire in protest.  Participants in the Occupy movement have nothing on Tibetans when it comes to legitimate grievances ranging from rampant cultural genocide to environmental destruction. There is no way to “spin” what has happened in Tibet during November 2012. There’s no double talk that puts things to rights.  Native American children may have to relinquish their statistical standing as the group with the highest suicide rate in the world to the Tibetans determined to be “heard” by resorting to suicide by fire.  I don’t write the preceding sentence without serious concern for the harsh realities faced by both groups.

The Holy Days/Holidays taken on a certain smoke tinged hue.

28 Self Immolations in one month.  —>> more at Students for a Free Tibet  https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/about-tibet/self-immolations

namaste

“The play’s the thing….” Or is it the barn? — Some players come from barns, hence, The Barn Players. Six plays for $10. Hay not included.

Click to visit.

 

Looking for some very affordable quality entertainment? Well, The Barn Players just might have something that will satisfy your drama quest this December at the their festival.  What would you do with ten minutes of stage time to play at will? Hmm? Any playwrights out there itching for a Shakey Will Spearing? Hmm?

November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

click image for information and poster download.

 

“Honor the Treaties” featuring Aaron Huey’s photojournalism.

Today’s post offers a highlighting short film of Aaron Huey’s ongoing photographic journey on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Honor the Treaties link –>>  http://vimeo.com/47043218

and http://weareshouting.com/ for Director Ed Becker’s bio and contact information.

Aaron Huey —>> http://www.aaronhuey.com/

Please share widely and often.

 

Much thanks to Charles aka slpmartin.

Protect Mother Earth, Stop SB 2109, Protect Sacred Sites, No Racism, No Foreclosures, et. al. March Rally Flagstaff, AZ April 28, 2012, 3 pm

Click poster for more images at Navajo Truth SB 2109 on facebook.

Now this is what an alliance looks like. Take note of all the interconnected issues and groups involved in this event. Some people are getting together for mutual support. Something tells me this sort of bridge building is not taught in The Huppenthal Mind Control School Plan. But taking an axe to the Ethnic Studies programs in the state of Arizona sure might have thrown some serious fuel on this bonfire. Protecting Mother Earth is everyone’s common ground. Unless, of course, you’re McCain, Kyl, a Bush, BP, Shell, Chevron, Trans-Canada, Canadian PM Harper, Kinder-Morgan, Enbridge, Palin — whatever will it take to wake these folks up? Oil spills inside their homes? Mandatory gas masks for everyone? Water rationing?
Not in Arizona? Then spread the news cause I don’t think this rally will be aired on CNN, ABC, NBC or Fox news unless it’s a 5 second soundbite IF the police crack open some pepper spray.

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