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 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.
September 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, journalism, Lakota, life, Native Americans, nature, people, politics, random, relationships, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, big oil, clean energy, Dakota Access Pipeline, Democracy Now, energy justice, fossil fuels, Indigenous People, LaDuke, news, North Dakota, Oil, pipelines, politics, Standing Rock
LaDuke lays it on the line for Amy Goodman ~ Democracy Now!
What’s in your water?
September 11, 2016 at 1:57 am (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Native Americans, people, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Amy Goodman, Arrest Warrant, big oil, Cody Hall, Democracy Now, Journalist, news, North Dakota, Pipeline, politics, Red Warrior Camp, Standing Rock
Arrest Warrant Issued for Amy Goodman
Targeting Journalists reporting on events in America–who does this?
I guess this is a certain type of compliment for Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! If you’re not a threat then you’re ignored.
Apparently Cody Hall, the media spokesman for Red Warrior Camp, has also been targeted.
It’s time we all pay attention to what’s going on with Big Oil, Big Banks and our political system. If we don’t we all will pay the price when Mother Nature kicks our ass for good. Denying climate change and environmental degradation is so “good old business boys” OLD school.
What really makes America great?
September 10, 2016 at 4:32 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, life, living, music, Native Americans, nature, people, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "PTSD", #NoDAPL, Bakken, climate change, Democracy Now, Enbridge, environment, gas, history, Lightning Cloud, music, nature, news, North Dakota, Oil, Pipeline, protectors, song, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, TechN9ne, video, Water is Life
Tech N9ne ft RedCloud -“PTSD” #NODAPL
For extensive media coverage Democracy Now!
Lyrics are posted on YouTube.
September 7, 2016 at 7:49 am (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, Native Americans, politics, random, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, banks, Democracy Now, Food & Water Watch, media, money, news, North Dakota, Pipeline, Standing Rock Sioux
Sure you do. Well, Citibank and Wells Fargo and 15 of their good money buddies are now engaged in screwing the environment by financing the interests of oil companies run by people who want to frack the hell out of everywhere on Earth in the quest for the almighty dollar aka as the profit margin galore. The gas and oil industry already has everyone in America over barrels–literally between gasoline and heating prices. Though the Global Warming / Climate Change they pay well to deny will put the screws right back at them in a tragic-irony kind of way.
But don’t believe this just because of my venting. For your own sake, and that of any offspring you’ve had with the long-term in mind, take a cyber hike over to Democracy Now! and read the oily writing on the money for yourself. Then add that to why the biggest defensive environmental action underway in America via the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is being ignored by mainstream news media which does not dare bite the banks that fund them.
In an interview with Amy Goodman, Hugh MacMillan of Food & Water Watch, author of “Whose Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline?” lays out all the money tracks very neatly for anyone who cares to look.
Are we having fun yet?
Ever wonder what your money is doing while “in” the bank? Or what your bank is doing? Think about that the next time you feel the aftershocks of an earthquake evoked by fracking in another state. Think about it when you fill your gas tank. Think about it when there’s an ozone alert. Please just start thinking about the consequences of America’s addiction to oil.
Who’s Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline?
Food & Water Watch
September 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm (environment, ethics, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, Native Americans, nature, people, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAP, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, Enbridge, Endbridge, journalism, Lakota, media, news, North Dakota, Pipeline, protest, Siouc, Standing Rock Sioux, video
Coverage of the ongoing protest via Amy Goodman ~ Democracy Now! Independent Global News.
Who has the right to set dogs on people? This is America in 2016, is it not?
Who has the right to pepper spray and mace protesters?
Who has the right to attack peaceful protesters?
Apparently the employees of Big Oil / Enbridge do–with total impunity.
Petition to Stop Dakota Pipeline
October 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm (books, culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, life, living, Native Americans, people, politics, quests, random, relationships, satire, searching, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: art, Buzzfeed, Colorado, Columbus Day, creative writing, Democracy Now, dialogue, dramatic dialogue, education, exploring interconnectedness, fact, history, Howard Zinn, Indigenous People, internal monologue goes external, Issues, journalism, lie, media, Mexican American Studies, mind control, Native Americans, Noriega, poltics, protests, Sandro Botticelli, satire, Writing, Young Turks
~In 1482, Columbus sailed the ocean blue~
He was Bad News for the Taino People ~
But some people don’t want to think about that reality.
Because then they’d have to learn a new history.
~Ooops–but isn’t history supposed to be true and honest?
Depends on who is using which facts to support which version of what happened.
~Are you saying people manipulate facts to suit their own agendas?
Me? Why would I ever say something like that? It might be politically incorrect, and we can’t have that, can we?
~Hmm, but what’s Politically Correct for one group isn’t necessarily PC for another group. And people do have a tendency to abuse PC everywhere in order to create conflict and sometime even abuse other people who had no intentions of abusing anyone. There’s been some very rough irony involved in demands for PC over the years.
No way! Who would do something like that?
~Who doesn’t? Come on, look at the conservative media, the scared shitless media, the controlled media, the alternative media, the foreign media, the underground media, the social media–everyone spins everything to suit their vision of reality, right?
Do you think that’s what pissed off those high school kids in Colorado so much that they pretested in the streets about changes in what history would be taught?
~What do you think?
I’m not sure yet. But–I do recall what happened in Arizona with the Mexican-American Studies program being shut down because it presented a different viewpoint of history than what the TPTB wanted taught in schools.
~Hey, are you saying there’s a conspiracy to teach lies in American schools?
Look, I don’t go in for conspiracy theories. But I don’t think this is a coincidence either. Maybe it’s just like minds acting out in similar ways. Or not.
~ Like minded people, right. Ah ha.
Lie. Lie. Lie.
Deny lying and lie some more.
Because if the truth is known the people might rebel.
There’s a very good chance they’ll refuse to be cannon fodder.
They might even learn other languages in order to talk to the rest of the world about issues that affect everyone.
Howard Zinn on Honesty In History
Humor ~~ Warning! Contains Sarcasm, Irony and Questioning of Authority
If you’re still in the dark about the history curriculum issue in Colorado:
As for the Mexican-American Studies Program in Arizona, check this out from Buzzfeed’s David Noriega:
Am I spinning the facts? Me? No way. Why would I do something like that?
A few of the many Italian things I really like:
Friendly Italian people
Sandro Botticelli, artist ~ http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/botticelli/
~~No, I’m not going to talk about the Pope or the Vatican. One should never discuss religion. It’s very Un-PC. Or it used to be. I’m not sure anymore.
May 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm (culture, eating, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, food, issues, journalism, life, living, people, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: 2014, Burger King, burgers, business, CEOs refuse to pay living wage, Democracy Now, Economy, exploitation, Fast Food, Fast Food Workers Strike, fries, greed, independent journalism, inequality, Issues, low wage jobs, May 15, McDonalds, media, money, news, RT, strike, unions, wage theft, Wendy's
While I am not a fan of fast food– I am a supporter of workers earning a living wage and their right to unionize.
Exploitation is Exploitation is Exploitation.
Greed is Greed.
Without the workers there would be NO fast food.
Who makes your burger and fries?
Not the rich CEOs who refuse to share the billions in profits with the people who do the work.
Who makes $9,220 per hour?
Some fast food workers LIVE on that amount of money for an entire year while working FULL time.
Can a CEO flame broil a burger or anything else? Would they ever work for the wages they pay their employees? I doubt it.
From Democracy Now! news coverage today, May 15, 2014.
Fast Food CEOs Oppose Worker Raises Despite Making 1,200 times More Than Average Employee
Democracy Now!’s web exclusive –Workers Charge McDonald’s With Wage Theft
Discover more Democracy Now! independent world wide news coverage –> http://www.democracynow.org/
Please share in solidarity.
March 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, life, living, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, people, photography, politics, random, relationships, religion, searching, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: activism, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, Dine, documentary, environment, exploring interconnectedness, films, Flagstaff, genocide, health, Issues, journalism, justice, Klee Benally, media, music, nature, Navajo, news, Outta Your Backpack Media, Peabody Mine, Peaks, protest, raising awareness, relationships, religious freedom, reporting, sacred places, sewage, snow, song, Song of the Son, teaching, The Return of Navajo Boy, uranium mining, Without Water & Weather Changes, youth
Yes, it’s Monday. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. It’s national beer drinking day for a lot of folks.
But it’s also another day in the ongoing fight against uranium mining and its consequences everywhere from the past to the present.
On March 14, 2014 independent journalist Amy Goodman reported from Flagstaff, Arizona about the ongoing environmental and health issues connected with uranium mining and its long-term consequences for the Dine ~ Navajo people. The main portion of her video report is posted here but there is a great deal more information and related coverage on Democracy Now!’s site. Part of the Democracy Now! broadcast discussed the use of music and film by to raise awareness and share information regarding issues. To supplement DN!’s coverage I’ve included two videos featuring Klee Benally’s music and an informative video about Outta Your Backpack Media which teaches Indigenous people how to make and use movies to address the need for media justice and coverage in their communities. There’s a trailer for the film The Return of Navajo Boy which is referenced in the news piece. The film’s website –> http://navajoboy.com/. Democracy Now!’s page for the story also includes links to information and related stories.
Without Water & Weather Changes ~ Klee Benally
“A Slow Genocide of the People” Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy On Indigenous Land
Democracy Now! A Daily Independent News Hour — http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/14/a_slow_genocide_of_the_people
Outta Your Backpack
The Return of Navajo Boy Trailer
This is a trailer for the award-winning documentary film, “The Return of Navajo Boy.” See its official website for more information:http://www.navajoboy.com
Also see Groundswell Educational Films website:
Song of the Sun ~ Klee Benally
What part of sacred don’t you understand?
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