Jordan Chariton of the The Young Turks reporting On #NoDAPL Permit Denial.

Who needs mainstream media robot reporters when there’s a passionate Young Turk on the job?

TYT Jordan reporting from Standing Rock:

TYT Politics

Encore:

Jordan goes undercover in Bismark, ND.

Just for fun: Jordan’s Ranting Vent on the New York Times’ FAIL reporting on Standing Rock– Heads up, foul language in profusion. Hey, it’s a RANT! It’s to be expected. If you want nice and polite tune into the PBS News Hour.

 

#WaterIsLife

 

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Have I Got This Right? : North Dakota Repudiates The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution Because It’s Not Good News for Energy Transfer Partners’ Big Oil Agenda

Amendment I

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.

 

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Respect.

Solidarity.

#NoDAPL

 

 

 

Free to Dance? NOT!

We Will Dance! @evawojcik

In 1890 a religious concept called the “Ghost Dance” travelled from one Indian reservation to another to another.  I have no intention of discussing the merits of this religious exercise. Rather my focus is on the RIGHT to practice one’s religious beliefs in this place called “America.” In 189o this right was denied, and continued to be denied long thereafter, to Native Americans. First the right to freedom of religion was denied to Native Americans by every representative of  every white european religious doctrine that made its way onto the reservations in order to get a slice of the Native American population pie for conversion to its congregation.  This religious invasion was not about the saving of souls but the procurement of government school contracts–in other words, money.  Oh yes the all-powerful motivating force of money.  This is not to say that there were not some well-meaning compassionate people amidst these religious invaders. The point is the fact that the Indigenous First Peoples already had their own religious beliefs and those were not only not respected but were denied them. Hence, I find it no stretch of the imagination to comprehend why some would engage in a practice of “faith” in order to find some hope of relief from the ongoing destruction of their culture on all fronts.  So, “We Will Dance!” is a small effort at representing the will to defy overwhelming oppression via a view of  the Ghost Dance as defiance on the most fundamental spiritual level.

Potluck leftover brain stew…..

Ever experience a collection of seemingly random concepts simmering in your brainpan? Some thoughts are easier to reconcile than others.  Some blend better than others–like some ingredients for potluck leftover stews. At another blogcasa there’s an ongoing discussion concerning truth, ethics, and politics. For now I’d rather let that conversation remain there because right now the following ideas are on my mental docket–and these extend beyond the context of that other dialogue. But the common ground entails notions about truth–and the consequences and ramifications of engaging in truth-telling. 

totalitarianism  

                                         fascism

                                                                    authoritarian nationalism

“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 to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment to the United States Constitution, United States Bill of Rights

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame, “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

“The New Colossus”  by Emma Lazarus

“Anyone can kill a man. Anyone can take a scalp. But only the bravest warrior can count coup and fight with no weapon at all.”

Matho Wayhui ~ Conquering Bear, Brule Lakota

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What’s this stew taste like to you? 

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Can  the  “Drill Baby Drill Lady” do a Mr. Clean job in the Gulf?

Al Gore will surely help her with the chore.

Hey Hollywood—got an oil flow disaster script on the fast track yet?

Oh and all the stories/image the Coast Guard is preventing from being shown.

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