While #NoDAPL Solidarity Unites the World in North Dakota 20 Protectors and 2 Unicorn Riot Independent Journalists Arrested

Coverage at —>>>     Unicorn Riot Independent Media


Reality Checked: All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

Film site

The opening scene with Colin Powell chilled me to the bone.


What Makes America Great? Your Freedom of Speech. Freedom of the Press. #NoDAPL

Remember those Big Bad Banks from the Financial Crisis that Screwed Everyone But Their CEOs?

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 

#NoDAPL Solidarity 


Solidarity #NoDAPL ~ Wherever You Are ~Stand With Standing Rock Protectors of Earth ~ Sky ~ Water

Our Native American brothers, sisters, relations & settler supporters have assembled at the Sacred Stone Camp and are converging with hundreds of Indigenous Tribal Nations and thousands of Water Protectors at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. They are holding the line against construction of a pipeline that would carry highly flammable, fracked […]

via Weeks of #NoDAPL solidarity planned — Beyond Extreme Energy

North Dakota 2016 Uprising Against Big Oil#NoDAPL

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.



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History ~~ Ouch–It Hurts! ~~ What’s Columbus Got To Do With Anything In 2014?





~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.

~Why not?

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.

Or not.




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


Florence, Italy


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.




Fast Food Workers Strike today! Solidarity! Greedy CEO Cats have FATTEST paychecks.

In Solidarity

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.

Finance Online


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

—> http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/3/19/video_fast_food_workers_charge_mcdonalds

Discover more Democracy Now! independent world wide news coverage  –> http://www.democracynow.org/


Please share in solidarity.



Pulling The Rug Out From Under Big Brother– The Burglary, The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI by Betty Medsger

The New York Times



“There are certain points in history where a society goes so wrong, and there are certain people who will say, ‘I won’t stand for that . . . I will risk career, life, limb, family  freedom . . . And I will take this risk, and I will go and do it.”

                                                                                                                                                                                          David Kairys

Betty Medsger’s book about the 1971 burglary of the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania isn’t about a cheap thrill ride of robbery for adrenaline kicks and profit, though it was a crime with a huge payout–the truth.  The burglary committed by a crew of non-violent peace activists assembled by a physics professor, William Davidon, confirmed the suspicions of anti-war activists that they were being unlawfully spied upon by their own government because they were exercising their right to dissent — and that thousands of other people were being illegally spied upon because they were considered subversives according to one man, J. Edgar Hoover.  People didn’t have to commit any crime or even speak about committing treason to get their names put on a list of folks to be rounded up and jailed in the event of some national emergency. If they were liberal, if they were black, if they espoused anti-war sentiments, if they were writers, artists, then they were candidates for warrantless, indefinite detention without due process under the law–as far as Hoover was concerned. The Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI’s theft of FBI records brought into the light of day the term COINTELPRO–and a lot of very very illegal activity by the FBI as it committed crimes against the American people with impunity. Such crimes included destroying the lives of innocent people by deliberately framing them for crimes they didn’t commit, celebrating such wrongdoing and refusing to turn over evidence that proved their innocence in any wrongdoing. Hoover’s secret FBI didn’t give a damn about truth, integrity, civil liberties, or the law. It existed to create paranoia and fear in the population at large in order  to control everyone. It refused to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States and the law. It was a criminal entity from the top on down with a few exceptions.

If this is striking a contemporary current events cord with you, that’s not an accident.

If you’re expecting an anti-war tale rife with hippies, drugs, sex and rock and roll music, look elsewhere. The people who broke into the FBI office in Media were not a bunch of hooligans. They weren’t looking for money. They were searching for evidence.  These were people who raided draft offices in order to destroy the effort to conscript young men for the war machine then stayed to be arrested by the police in order to take responsibility for their actions. These were people deeply invested in ethical behavior and education who wanted the death and destruction in Vietnam to stop. They were people committed to the civil rights movement.  Betty Medsger’s book provides varied personal portraits of the burglars, each dependent upon how much personal information they were willing to share, of the Media burglars.  There’s a range of backgrounds and experience among them which provides some sense of the breadth of the range of people involved in the anti-war movement and what inspired them to become activists.

If you have no clue about the short and long-term importance of this burglary and the context in which it occurred, don’t fret, Medsger will fill you in. She provides notes and a very useful bibliography for further reading. While this is a very serious book about very serious issues which are very relevant to the here and now, it’s also very very accessible and readable. It gives life and breath to events by creating connections with real humans thinking hard about the world we live in–and how we live in it. What are the responsibilities of those who are free? What does it mean to have the right to dissent without fear of retaliation in a society that claims to be free? What are you willing to do to protect your civil liberties? Who wants to live their lives in fear of being arrested because of their ideas?

Betty Medsger’s book raises all sorts of interesting issues for serious conversation while stressing the important role ‘ordinary’ people play in creating the world in which we live our daily lives. If you think one person doesn’t have a lot of influence in the power plays then consider J. Edgar Hoover the Head of the FBI versus William Davidon, a physics professor with an idea.

Who is reading everyone’s mail? Who is collecting phone conversations? Who is creating files on everyone? Why?

Who has the Hoover virus? What is to be done about it?


The Burglary site –>> http://www.theburglary.com/


Betty Medsger ~ The Burglary (note, her part does not run the full hour of the video)

Published on Mar 21, 2014

http://www.politics-prose.com/book/97… Betty Medsger talks about her book about the previously unsolved burglary of an FBI building in Media, Pennsylvania. Recorded on March 16, 2014.
Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics & Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics & Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at http://www.politics-prose.com/



Media, Music and Movies ~ For Uranium Mining On Navajo Land, Plus Snow From Sewage

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



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