Looking for a horror story? Look no further: Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson

Encountered Thompson’s work via Democracy Now! ‘s coverage of the anniversary of the uprising at Attica. I remember Attica If you don’t, you’re in for a bone chilling reality check.

I have not yet read Thompson’s work but there is an excellent review by Mark Oppenheimer:

NY Times Book Review 

 

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a poem day ? maybe, maybe not, then again

Today is one of those days. You know the sort. One of those days where you start off loaded with positive intentions that quickly are buried under the murky weight of dark news information freely flowing from one edge of the cyber swamp to another. Haiku was on my mind at dawn.  Something about the crisp cold snow seemed sensible for a few brief lines.  Then I got online and hit Democracy Now! for some news. I know better than to start every day off with Amy Goodman’s “War and Peace Report”.  For mental health reasons, I try to switch it up for different times of the day after the livestream broadcast. Some days it’s better to read the transcripts rather than listen. Real news can be very disheartening. I don’t know how the news staff of this independent news venue manages day in and day out to thrive on a steady diet of The Dark Side of Humanity–without perky blonde cleavage or airy breathless reading of text monitors. Seriously. Actual journalism work is not for the faint of heart.

A report on the death of another gang rape victim in India lingered long after I moved on to other online tasks. I thought it was disheartening enough to learn that a woman is raped in India every 11 minutes–until I learned that there’s a rape every 6 minutes in the United States.  These numbers maybe be skewed because so many rapes go unreported.  Violence against women has been on my mind lately. It’s hard to avoid–fans of Downton Abbey will even get a taste of it. Yes, I watched ahead via online venues. In real life, things for the women of Afghanistan are at about the worst ever. So much for all the USA lip service paid to making life better for women and girls. Not so far in the back of my mind loiters the question: What is wrong with all the people who rape women, children and men? Are they born-hard wired to engage in such violence or are they made by their environments? Maybe they’re nature’s form of human predators for our species?  I’m not sure. Before I forget, The Invisible War aired on PBS–again.  It’s an expose about the rape epidemic in the military.  Ladies, I know it’s tempting for some to enlist for economic reasons like supporting your family or college funds–but do so knowing the risks you’re taking by hitching a money ride with the armed forces on any front. Take note, men aren’t escaping the sexual violence either, they’re also targets.  I’ve had conversations with people who say that rape has always been a part of war.  Hmm, hard to dent that fact. But, how does that explain military people raping the men and women in their own ranks? Is that a by-product of military training people to kill, torture and rape other people who they’re taught to view as non-humans? Possibly. What’s going to happen when the rapists return home? Are they going to cease engaging in violent sexual crimes?

Well, this is now very far afield from haiku about biting frost. Or is it?

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Amy Goodman — We Will Not Be Silent

Link TV

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Deomcracy Now!

www.democracynow.org

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Democracy Now! YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/democracynow/featured

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January 2014

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Tomdispatch from January 2013

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175641/

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The Invisible War trailer

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Maze of Injustice–The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA–pdf file. This is the size of a small book complete with very informative end notes.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/MazeOfInjustice.pdf

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Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan ~ RAWA is the oldest political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women’s rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan since 1977.

http://www.rawa.org/index.php

https://www.youtube.com/user/rawa77/about

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so goes the snow haiku

down the rabbit holes deep

sleep? dream of chances snow blowing

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news blues blow off vent

cyber waves serenity

mind fields boom! boom! boom!

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November 25, Look thru Independent Lens for Young Lakota on PBS.

Heads up, documentary film, Young Lakota to air on Independent Lens on November 25, 2013.

I am wondering how in-depth this documentary will delve into the ongoing issues facing young Lakota –especially young Lakota women. From the trailer it appears to address at some level the sexual violence endured by many Indigenous women. I’ve provided links to two very important documents created by Amnesty International. Depending on your awareness of the issues they may or may not prove to be very disturbing reading.  I think they’re required reading for anyone entering into a serious discussion of violence, abortion, and sexual issues concerning Indigenous women–and all others as well.

I discovered this  information about the film via a post by Matthew L. M. Fletcher on Turtle Talk  http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/young-lakota-documentary-to-premiere-on-pbs-independent-lens-nov-25/

As I could not get the video on the link via TT to work properly I ventured to the tubes of you for an alternative which is posted here. I’ve included the links cited on Turtle Talk as well.

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Young Lakota 

IndependentLens

Three young people living in the Pine Ridge Reservation try to forge a better future. When the first female President of Oglala Lakota defies a South Dakota law criminalizing abortion by vowing to build a women’s clinic in their sovereign territory, the three young tribe members are faced with difficult choices

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Young Lakota website http://younglakota.tumblr.com/

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Racialicious :  http://www.racialicious.com/2013/11/19/young-lakota-premieres-nov-25-on-independent-lens/

10 .m. EST, Monday, Nov. 25, on PBS’s Independent Lens. The film chronicles Tribal President Cecelia Fire Thunder’s challenge to a proposed abortion ban in South Dakota, and the political awakening she inspires in Sunny Clifford, a young Lakota woman living on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Young Lakota was an Official Selection at the Big Sky Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the American Indian Film Festival, and won Best Documentary at Cine Las Americas and the Smithsonian Showcase.
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Maze of Injustice:  The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the USA.  (Note: Depending on your PC the PDF file may load fast or slow, but it will load–or so we hope.) This is not reading for the faint of heart.  Report by Amnesty International.
http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/MazeOfInjustice.pdf
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Stolen Sisters, Canada, A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada (Also not reading for the faint of heart.)
http://www.amnesty.ca/sites/default/files/amr200032004enstolensisters.pdf

Human–What is that being? A Theme Essay with Musical Side-Effects.

*Okay, I picked this Human Theme and wow, did I ever put myself in one heck of a wormhole by doing so.  I don’t think this has gone at all as I thought it might. I’m really curious what Bear, Johnny, Willow and Deborah have come up with for their Human Theme Essays. I might try this again–or not. I can’t say I’m happy with this posting and I can’t say I’m not. Maybe I have too many issues with humanity in general at this point in time? Yeah, I’m more than a little pissed at us regarding the state of the only planet we can call ‘home’ because we are responsible for this state of affairs. So, I think that’s coloring my view of humans.  I suspect The Doors’ song just might sum up a good part of my attitude at the moment. But just part of it. Feel free to chat up any part of any of this. I really am interested in how ‘we’ view ourselves these days.  Now, on with the show:

Isn’t it cool that a band called The Killers has a song titled Human? If anyone knows of a band called The Lovers that has a song titled Human, please, please share it.

The Killers ~~ Human

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What does it mean that we humans feel the need to make a declaration of our rights? Who violates innate rights and the natural laws and orders of our world? Oh yeah, we do. Falls under the phrase, ‘crimes against humanity.’  All humans are not nice, kind, compassionate and loving beings.  If we were then we would not need to make such statements–which are continually ignored and violated by our own kind. Hmm. What the hell are we going to do about this element of being human?

http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org
Created by Seth Brau
Produced by Amy Poncher
Music by Rumspringa courtesy Cantora Records

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This UK series  about a vampire, ghost and werewolf living together in the same house and attempting to have ‘lives’ as human as possible, as impossible as that may be, is a sort of quest for a nonexistent holy grail for each of them.  Humans do a great deal of questing, questioning, and quests and so this non-human trio with strong human connections offers a great deal on the human condition and human nature. At least I think it does/did.  Moral choices just never seem to leave the daily in-box even when you’ve got to be careful around the full moon.

Being Human –Good-bye Trailer

 xTLtokio

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I’ve included Time is Nothing partly because it gives glimpses of people around the world and the concept that humans travel a great deal from place to place. It also shows a lot of places touched by humans.

Time is Nothing

For more work by Kien Lam, visit http://kienlam.net/. The soundtrack was composed by William Lam, and is available as a free download on the site as well.

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An Exercise in Humanity  The Doctor, as in Who, as human; a hell of a job for a Time Lord to do.  Song: Sia’s “Breathe Me” . How might a non-human attempt a life as human is the point of this Doctor Who montage of when Rose and a ‘human’ Doctor Who live as humans. I think it does a decent job of showing a range of human emotions and interactions. It’s certainly not complete–but it gives a window on some human couples.

 Eclaire

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Robin Williams gets to play out several lifetimes in this film. Take or leave the concept of reincarnation as you please. Still, the film offers some perspective on the human condition over time.  In some ways it paves the way for the much more ambitious film, The Cloud Atlas.

Being Human ~ film trailer

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Something about The Doors and this song just feels soooooo right.  Sigh.

The Doors ~ People Are Strange

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This was an unexpected find via an online search. I was fascinated by someone actually writing about how to become a better human being–according to their perspective of course.

David Cain

Raptitude is a blog for getting better at being human. I see being human as a skillset — something you can get better at if you take it upon yourself to do so. You can learn to temper rotten moods, shed your insecurities, shore up your weak points and sharpen your strong ones. Human minds and bodies are complicated vehicles for which there is no manual and no training, but we can learn to drive them a hell of a lot better than we often do, if only we make a point of it.

And glittering prizes await! Consistently agreeable moods. Unshakable gratitude. Strengthened relationships. Abundant days and sleepful nights. Capabilities you never imagined were in you. Relief from boredom, envy, frustration and complacency.

A little skill and insight go a long way.

About Raptitude and Getting Better at Being Human

http://www.raptitude.com/about/

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Typical? Who is typical? What does this concept even mean for humans? I’m not entirely sure to be honest. But this attempt to use data to create a profile that changes over time is fascinating for what it tries to do–and the qualities of humans such venues can never grasp.

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Bear      http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/music-themes-human-beings-on-earth/

Johnny   http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/everything-human-music-theme-111313/

Deborah     http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/music-theme-for-november-13-the-humans/

Willow     http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

Thought for today, and tomorrow and the day after that . . . .

namaste

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.

Would you blog for peace?

Bloggers blog, right? Duh. We write short and long posts about everything from sex and drugs to forest slugs and oil spill slime.  There are over 300,000 bloggers just in WordPress land.  Lots more in the cyber-space beyond.  Blogging goes on around the globe.  In WordPress we find each other via tags and networking. We can connect with people in different time zones all day long.  We work the world-wide web like cyber demons sharing our humor,  poems, paintings, photographs, pains, joys, news, opinions, and everything else under the sun.  I wonder how many bloggers would blog a plea for world peace.  Just one blog post in the manner of one’s choice–poem, art, music, just a simple few words to signify that you desire peace around the world. How many bloggers would blog for peace? I don’t know.  I am  curious.  Shall we find out?

If you blog a plea for peace in the world please leave a link to your peace post.

 Shanti Om                                   Visualize       PEACE

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