Make Your Money Sing Solidarity With Standing Rock

H10 no black snake

https://nodaplsolidarity.org/

Yes! magazine’s list of Banks invested in ETP/DAPL 

How to Contact the People Sending Militarized Police to Standing Rock

Make this holy-day season truly meaningful. Stand with Standing Rock. Honor Our Mother Earth. Sing Water Is Life Loud and Clear.

 

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Get Your Cellphones Charged. It’s #NoDAPL Pipeline Party Time!

What’s a cellphone for? Activism at your fingertips.

Share your loving concern for Mother Earth’s health and well springs (as in water not mattresses) with a  CEO banker who funds DAPL

Call a CEO and share your concerns about their funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline–and other oil projects if you’re so inclined–which contribute to climate change.

Oh, no, not just any banker will do. Contact the CEO bankers investing money in DAPL.

Yes! magazine has put together a list of CEOs to contact at the banks funding the pipeline: names, corporate addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. If you’d rather use snail mail, go right ahead.

How to contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline

There are even suggestions for what to say if you’re at a loss for words.

Be clear. Be kind. Be polite. Be firm.

Don’t be passive.

Don’t let the people at Standing Rock and in Iowa have all the fun.

This matters to all of us. Even those who deny it.

Still unsure about letting your fingers get some action? Then let Bill McKibben of 350.org have a few minutes of your reading time:

A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.

What have you got to lose?

Clean water. Clean air.

So, have a pipeline party. Gather some friends. Get some pizza and beer. Or some pies and coffee. Call some CEOs.

Water Is Life

 

 

 

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 

 

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?

CEOs.

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.

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Fast Food CEOs Oppose Worker Raises Despite Making 1,200 times More Than Average Employee

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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.

 

 

May Day ~~ Say Fair Wage Pay Day. Wait~~ The Prices Might Go UP. Downsides are such a bummer.

Bear selected May Day as a subject for this round of music. Admittedly I’ve fudged on some of the music here. I reserve the right to revise at will.  Until then Labor is the issue. Unless Bear had another kind of May Day in mind–as in the Maypole kind of May Day. Hmm. Anyway back to Union ordeals. Workers just don’t get much respect when it comes down to the bottom lines.

A few income figures of interest to a few Americans–well, to everyone who is not one of the 894 people who have more income than 99.99% of the rest of the people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/income-inequality-crisis_n_4221012.html

There are reasons people gather in unions in order to get a living wage–a main one is that many employers don’t like sharing the profits. The operative word here is greed. Or am I missing something?

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McDonald’s Cheats Employees

LowPay NotOk

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May Day In Chicago

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Walmart Gives Food Stamps Applications to Employees ~~  OOOO so that’s how low the Waltons go.

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Which Side Are You On?

LEPOCO Peace Center

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The Most Dangerous Woman In America

Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips from the album Fellow Workers.

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And another kind of May Day~~~~ Mediaeval Babes Summerisle , The Maypole Song

 

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Let’s see what Bear has lined up…..

BEAR: BEAR
EVA: https://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/
JOHNNY: JOHNNY
LISA: Lisa

 

 

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life ~ Essays by 40 Working Artists, ~~ Thanks for sharing, Sharon Louden

In the box or out of the box?

To gallery or not to gallery — to quest or not to quest?

Shut up and pass paper and pencils. Art wants making.

For the book price of less than a dollar a piece, editor Sharon Louden, working artist herself,  invites artists, and any other interested parties, to engage with 40 working artists n what has been an ongoing discussion for as long as creative people have striven to live and thrive in a world at large that far too often is less than supportive of their existence. No, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Essays by 40 Working Artists isn’t a book about artists who rock the status quo of mainstream society. Though there are artists within these pages who do so in one medium or another.  What this very engaging tome offers is a very wide and diverse range of perspectives based on experiences had by artists who’ve found their own ways to survive, thrive and continue to create over time. There are discussions of quests for studio time,  for money to provide food, shelter and art supplies, for solitude and for companionship, gallery representation and new ways of making a go of things with and without galleries. There’s a lot of insight, hindsight, information, ideas and inspiration in these essays written by a very wide range of artists including those raising children and engaged in mutually supportive relationships. Plus, there is an excellent photograph of each artist’s work prefacing their essay. Yeah, that’s a very sweet bonus track in this book–you get some views of art you might or might not have seen yet. So this libro also serves as a visual catalog of artists as essayists. Hence, you get a small visual sense of what these artists invest so much vital energy and time creating.

A few of my visual treat picks:

Michael Waugh’s The American Jobs Act, part 1 (detail)

Peter Drake’s Day for Night

Thomas Kilpper’s State of Control

Maggie Michael’s Swans of Other Worlds ~  (photography by Dan Steinhilber)

Julie Hefferman’s Self Portrait as Big World

Jay Davis’ Please, no more birds

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Living and Sustaining a Creative Life Panel ~ Book tour video.  Yes, this is an interesting and engaging serious discussion among artists, about artists, art and the art world. Enjoy.

 

Here’s a link to Amazon’s Look Inside page for the book – http://www.amazon.com/Living-Sustaining-Creative-Life-Working/dp/178320012X#reader_B00F4AT02K

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Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from the essays:

Annette Lawrence ~ “I am generally led by curiosity, and nothing is off-limits.”

George Stoll ~ “I LIke to work but don’t always like to start, so I make it as easy to begin as possible. At a restaurant near my house that has good coffee, friendly waiters and an owner who tolerates my long visits, I start most days. . . .  I’ve learned that I am especially productive when feeling a bit delinquent.”

Tony Ingrisano ~ “I sleep and eat and breathe drawing, so it’s only logical that I’d do anything necessary to keep drawing.”

Sean Mellyn ~ “Rauschenberg’s Bed made an early and lasting impression on me – that art can not only be made from anything, but material extrapolated from a life lived is a powerful statement.”

Brian Tolle ~ “There are no bad opportunities if you have only one.”

Austin Thomas ~ “There are as many ways to be an artist as there are artists; Lucas Reiner told me that one and it is true.”

Amy Pleasant ~ “And it wakes me up each day. And I follow it. And at the risk of sounding melodramatic, it is the greatest thing I know.”

Maggie Michael ~ “Falling n love was easy. What became labored was managing our bank account after college (when our student loans came due). Artists often pair with someone who has a reliable career and income, but we could not change partners now or in hindsight.”

Dan Steinhilber (Maggie Michael’s partner) ~ “Many people seem to give us extra credit because we involve our child in our life as artists. Clay has excellent conversational skills, yet he does not make a great deal of artworks. Nevertheless, he is imaginative and creative and amazing to us.”

Dan Steinhilber ~ “Over time we learned how to help, support, and appreciate each other rather than be competitive. For example, on days when Maggie is teaching, I often go to her studio and do practical things for her – build stretchers, prime canvases, and keep her supplies organized so that her time in the studio can be focused on painting.”

And

Link for Intellect, Publishers of Original Thinking page –>>   http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5042/

How do you measure success?

What did you create today?

Okay, now that I’ve done my good book information sharing deed for the day, it’s time to take advantage of the lull in the rain to get the box of sheet music out of the back seat and see what suits my agenda.

 

Terra Nullius?

Henry Jekyll has a wicked sweet piece that puts certain things into perspective without pulling any punches.

high-grade discourse

“I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.” (emphasis added)

(To the Peel Commission 1937) – Sir Winston Churchill (no Sir of mine).

The race argument may have been facially concealed by the self-perceived elite, however the latter’s disdain for life continues to be expressed via its system of financial oppression. I hope this provides a modicum…

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“Capital” — new film by Costa-Gavras opens Oct. 25, 2013 in NYC and Nov. 1 in LA et al.

What’s in your wallet?

Film Is Now – WORLD CINEMA upload

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A film, Capital,  is coming to the USA Oct. 25 in NYC and I wonder what the fat cats will make of it.  It will be interesting to see just what Costa-Gavras presents about the matters of money and economy which continue to influence daily life. In America corporations are ‘persons’– which allows big money to play at will and do as it pleases legally.  Keep in mind that the law has nothing to do with ethics, moral authority, or truth.

*As for the bigger picture of film-making and what will be tolerated in American movie theaters:

Consider this:  The Only Good Indian could not get booked into mainstream movie theaters stateside.  It’s a film about genocide in America.

http://www.theonlygoodindian.com/

TheOnlyGoodIndian upload

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Consider this:  Capital is a film about the destruction of the economy.  Hmm. what makes people more uncomfortable?

Fresh Movie Trailer  upload

Published on Sep 30, 2013

Directed by Academy Award winner Costa-Gavras
Join us on Facebook http://facebook.com/FreshMovieTrailers
A mid-level banker is installed as CEO in this edge-of-your-seat, darkly comic thriller about the murky side of capitalism. From Academy-Award winning political filmmaker Costa-Gavras.

CAPITAL Trailer
Starring Gad Elmaleh and Gabriel Byrne.
In theaters October 25th 2013
“Money is the Master”

CAPITAL Official US Trailer
© Cohen Media Group

democracynow upload

Democracy Now!  News :   http://www.democracynow.org/

Transcript of video –>> http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/9/taking_on_capitalism_us_torture_dictatorships

Gazprom! Russia! Free the Arctic 30!

BREAKING: This morning Greenpeace France activists protested peacefully at Gazprom’s offices in the center of Paris, while their friends on the Arctic Sunrise are detained in Russia for peacefully protesting Gazprom’s reckless plans to drill in the fragile Arctic.

Voice your support to peaceful activism to protect the Arctic. SIGN and SHARE: www.greenpeace.org/freeouractivists/?fbgpi9oct1

Direct from:

Russia is pressing charges against the peaceful activists that could land them in prison for 15 years. Is this political insanity at work? Power running amok for sure.

Shout Out! To KCPT and ALL PBS viewers. Share your mind with KCPT about pulling the film “Citizen Koch” from the air.

Hello KCPT,

We, your viewers,  really want to see “Citizen Koch.” It should not have been pulled off the air. The public has a right to see the documentary and the station should not be fearful of upsetting the Koch brothers.

Public television should be used to inform us; that was the purpose of Independent Lens, was it not?

If you watch PBS, please call for the national showing of this important documentary.

That’s why I signed a petition to KCPT Public Television Station, which says:

“I think the public has a right to view the film “Citizen Koch.” We are requesting you to please show this film. Koch money shouldn’t influence what we can or can’t see aired on our PBS station.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/workingfamilies/sign/kcpt-kansas-city-air?source=s.fwd&r_by=642703

The people of Wisconsin have not given up. Why should the rest of us?

 

Raise your voice, Tweet, Facebook and reblog at will. Please help fight media control.

Thanks!

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