Sans A Murder

crow alone does not

a murder makes no sky sense

singular tragic

Ambrosio Vilhalva 1960 -2013, Guarani leader murdered

Is there no end to violence?

Why do we not live in harmony with the Earth and each other?

When will this destruction of people and Earth cease? When all Homo sapiens are dead? Is that the answer? Our own self-destruction of one another in order to stop death and destruction? Perhaps that’s what it will take for all of us to realize we and the Earth are one.  There’s more truth in “ashes to ashes” than we like to acknowledge as we play in cyberspace.

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Yes, I discovered this news item and dropped it here with some dark questions leaving visitors to create context themselves by following the links and watching the videos.

What we have here is a murder of another Indigenous person fighting for the right to life for his people and the planet.  That’s why this death/murder is of public interest.  There are people grieving for this man. His family. His friends. We talk a great deal about behaving like civilized creatures when there are many among us who are anything but civil to each other.  Not everyone does want a world of peaceful coexistence. Lots of people benefit from the murder and mayhem inflicted on Indigenous and Native people–and those Non-natives who support them. (Oh, everyone has DNA that was once “native” to a particular place on the planet. Yeah, even if you’ve forgotten this point, your genes haven’t.)  Profit is the name of their game. Unfortunately many of us contribute to the Profit by creating a demand for all sorts of nice things we take for granted–like clean drinking water, access to a lot of food, heat on demand, electricity, gas and all the toys that come with this package deal. Our wants often are supplied by others who cannot and do not enjoy the same. What would you do if all the “easy” things disappeared? No grocery stores with shelves full of yum yums. No gas at the pumps. No electricity 24/7. No water for every load of laundry and shower on demand. What would your life be like if someone stole your home? Hm? Oops, is that the nightmare button I’ve pushed?

Have we got context now? Hmm. I’m not sure. But this is what’s here now.

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Survival International site  http://www.survivalinternational.org/
News:  http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9797
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Crows: Black, Dancing and Counting Everywhere! Catch Them If You Dare.

In case you haven’t already guessed there seems to be no end to the music about, referencing and associating with Black Crows.  This post could go on and on and on. I focused on black crows, and a raven, in order to create some cohesion for myself.  I hope there is little overlap between Bear, Willow, Johnny and myself in regard to our choices for this theme because there is so much sky to cover here.  Though I will be very surprised if Johnny and I don’t cover at least one musical selection. There’s a vast array of music, poetry, art, research, science and all the ways in which people record their observations and interactions with the Crow in their daily lives.  This post could simple fly away with me if I let it.    Kaw Kaw 

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Urban Crow Dance (of the Bird Kind) ~ Joy Harjo

Wildwoodflowerify

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The Crow and The Butterfly ~ Shinedown

Shinedown

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Black Crow by Jamiroquai

funkysize

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Raven Chant  ~ Of the Wand and The Moon

In The Woods

Nighttime Nightrhymes (1999)
Dark Folk/Neo Folk

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“crows visits”

after hungry hawk’s denial

Kaw! Kaw! Kaw!

hawk gone, gone, gone

crow visits

strutting surveying

street walking

straight on white line

chic glistening black

sneering at autos

wings smug

Kaw! Kaw! Kaw!

water, water, water

drinks deep

eyes glinting bows

swaggers

crisp feathers catch wind

Kaw! Kaw! Kaw!

still hungry hawk watches crows flight

@ewa

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Counting Crows  ~ Murder of One

Astaeria·

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And Murders of Crows 

Alexander Parsons

Animation: Paul Rains
Music: Paul Rains & Alex Parsons

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WING

MadArtistPublishing
WING (2012) 04:53 | 3D Animation – Adventure/Fantasy
Produced at The Animation Workshop (www.animwork.dk).

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Black Crow by Angus and Julia Stone

Fanch RIOUAL

Angus & Julia Stone – Black Crow (Live Pop Rock Station Bordeaux 26-11-2010)

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Black Crow

Musicenthusiasm

Joni Mitchell – vocals, Jaco Pastorius – bass, Herbie Hancock – piano, Don Alias – percussion. Very nice and extremely rare recording of “Black Crow” from Berkeley Jazz Festival, on May the 27th in 1979.

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“crows kawing”

sparrows tatter tatter titter among spilled seeds

dried leaves haunting

wind whips spills out then whips again

bending folding clouds scattering

crows kaw kaw kawing

like all crazy ones do

@ewa

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Black Crow King  ~ Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

 Eric Lemieux

From the album The Firstborn Is Dead Released June 3, 1985
Rights go to Mute Record

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Fly as only a cyber crow flies to Bear, Willow, Deborah, and Johnny’s blog skies for more Corvidae:

Bear has created an impressive of all things Crow which can d be found on Word Press http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/corvidea-within-wp/

At the moment, Links to Bear, Johnny and Willow.

Bear:                      http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-music-themes/

Bear II:                   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-ii-music-themes/

Bear III:                  http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-iii-music-themes/

Johnny
http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidea-music-theme-for-november-4/
Willow               http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/muscical-theme-corvidae/

Won’t Leave

Should I bother with any preamble or not? Whatever for? Ever have an image, a thought, a random notion get caught in your mental loop and refuse to whirl off as it ought in time? If so then you’ll understand why I’m writing this in an effort to clear my brainspace of a ‘story’ embedded in the “Lost Vikings” of Greenland segment that I posted earlier in the week.  I’m beginning to feel just a tad haunted by the fact that these people actually burnt a man at the stake for seducing a woman.  Think about that for a moment. A man and woman decide to engage in some sexual activity and he gets burned at the stake by his fellow-men. According to the rest of the information in the segment, the woman “did not last long” after that murder.  I gather she too died–but of what? By her own hand? After much sorrow and abuse by her fellow women and men? Could it have been from a broken heart?  Was she married to some man whom she didn’t care for and who made her pay for her sexual indiscretion? I don’t think there’s a way of knowing any of the answers.

Yet, there is the fact that a man was burned alive.  According to the written record of hundreds of years ago he “seduced” a woman. It doesn’t say he raped a woman. He s e d u c e d a woman.  Who murders anyone for having sexual relations? Well, the global news is full of all sorts of told and untold stories of people killed for adultery and women suffering honor killings for being raped.  All of these involve violence connected with sex in some way. In the Viking story the violence seems to come from some other part of the human thought system. Is it just condemnation? If so, how many other men and/or women would have been burned alive for seducing someone? If you think my mind is wandering into more sinister byways, you’re correct.  What was really going on in that community at that point in time? When murder is justified by claiming sexual wrongdoing I begin to wonder about motives.  Everyone wants motives, except our justice system which doesn’ want moral or ethical motives coming into court for people like Tim DeChristopher and Bradley/Chelsea Manning.

I’m wondering about this woman who didn’t live much longer after her seducer was roasted alive. Did she watch him burn? Can you imagine watching another human burning alive? Close your eyes and imagine that if you can: sounds, smells, sights.

Perhaps another word might be in order here–love. What happens when love comes into play? There’s no mention of “love” in the segment or the historical account. Were these just two lusty adults? Were they lovers?

Do we get jealous lovers? A triangle? A quadrangle? Forbidden relationships? Why?

Or is that taking it all too far?

What can kill a person without leaving a physical mark upon them?

What happens to a woman who watches a man die a horrible death because she and he had sexual relations —  by choice and consent? Or vice versa–a man watching a woman he cares for die in such a horrific manner.

I’m thinking there were some very angry men doing the staking and torching. Perhaps some women too.

Some men in the right positions to get away with murder via their own record keeping.

Maybe this is all completely off the mark of reality.

Still–their story, complete with all the unknowables, is keeping me company. It just won’t leave.

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Katyn Forest Knows, O Yes, She Does

 Katyn Forest Knows, O Yes, She Does

 one bullet each

390 one night

did the trees weep

shudder, cringe, flinch

year rings holding knowledge

still men hold close in secret keeps

thereafter

250 single bullets

shot after shot methodically delivered

nothing random night to night

light no chance plays

did the night birds sing

warnings prayers

mourning dawns

250 trigger pulls

no sharing, one per each uniform head

no trip wires

no mines

hand held small gun

execution after identification

leading minds need dying

250 uniformed

Poles of whom thou shall not speak

1940 in Katyn Forest 22,000 lying

know you no you know

NKVD drains brains blood

counting seventy years denying

genocide claims no one owns

but

Katyn Forest knows all

o yes she does

listen close

songs

dying roots embraced

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Wikipedia page for 2007 film https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy%C5%84_(film)

Katyn is available with English subtitles via that company with the little red envelopes.

With English subtitles:

In Polish:

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From Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katyn_massacre

According to a report from 19 November 1939, the NKVD had about 40,000 Polish POWs: about 8,000–8,500 officers and warrant officers, 6,000–6,500 police officers and 25,000 soldiers and NCOs who were still being held as POWs.[1][13][22] In December, a wave of arrests took into custody some Polish officers who were not yet imprisoned, Ivan Serov reported to Lavrentiy Beria on 3 December that “in all, 1,057 former officers of the Polish Army had been arrested”.[10] The 25,000 soldiers and non-commissioned officers were assigned to forced labors (road construction, heavy metallurgy).[10]

Once at the camps, from October 1939 to February 1940, the Poles were subjected to lengthy interrogations and constant political agitation by NKVD officers such as Vasily Zarubin. The prisoners assumed that they would be released soon, but the interviews were in effect a selection process to determine who would live and who would die.[23][24] According to NKVD reports, if the prisoners could not be induced to adopt a pro-Soviet attitude, they were declared “hardened and uncompromising enemies of Soviet authority”.[23]

On 5 March 1940, pursuant to a note to Joseph Stalin from Beria, four members of the Soviet Politburo – Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, Kliment Voroshilov, and Anastas Mikoyan – signed an order to execute 25,700 Polish “nationalists and counterrevolutionaries” kept at camps and prisons in occupied western Ukraine and Belarus.[25][c] The reason for the massacre, according to historian Gerhard Weinberg, was that Stalin wanted to deprive a potential future Polish military of a large portion of its talent:

“It has been suggested that the motive for this terrible step [the Katyn massacre] was to reassure the Germans as to the reality of Soviet anti-Polish policy. This explanation is completely unconvincing in view of the care with which the Soviet regime kept the massacre secret from the very German government it was supposed to impress…. A more likely explanation is that… [the massacre] should be seen as looking forward to a future in which there might again be a Poland on the Soviet Union’s western border. Since he intended to keep the eastern portion of the country in any case, Stalin could be certain that any revived Poland would be unfriendly. Under those circumstances, depriving it of a large proportion of its military and technical elite would make it weaker”.[26]

In addition, Soviets realized that the prisoners constituted a large body of trained and motivated Poles who would not accept a Fourth Partition of Poland.[1]

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Quick Flick Picks

Okay the heat is UP UP UP and so is the electric bill due to the NEED for air conditioning and fans to prevent being boiled alive like lobsters in a pot inside your own home. So here is a suggestion if you’re pressed hard for disposable cash and yet desiring some decent escapism from your local heat wave. Though it is my understanding that in some parts of the world waves of rain are causing very serious flooding. Ah weather extremes–what do they mean. Well if we’re brutally honest we know full well what they mean. But–right now the issue is heat relief and some decent entertainment at a price we can afford.  If you’re not aware that your local public library probably has movies available to check out either entirely free or for the nominal fee of one brilliantly useless American dollar, as my public library charges for the price of walking off with a brand new dvd for about a week, then you need to explore this heat distraction avenue asap!

Here is a list of some of the flicks on dvd that I have enjoyed so far via my public library.  Several of which they actually purchased via requests for recommendations.  Your suggestions and comments are very welcome here. Please share whatever film gems you’ve discovered no matter what the genre.  While I’m no ardent fan of Animal House or SAW fare I realize other folks are often on the lookout for such entertainment. So please don’t hesitate to share whatever flicks trip your dvd playing trap.

And now on with the shows:

http://fishingintheyemen.com/#/videos

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen — Love of fishing not required for viewing. In my opinion Ewan McGregor steals the show quite delightfully.

http://www.newhollandpictures.com.au/unfinishedsky.asp

Unfinished Sky — Who needs Crocodile Dundee when there’s a man like John to be found in the Land Down Under?

http://weinsteinco.com/sites/the-artist/

The Artist — OOO the beauties of black and white film!  Lessons in how to communicate without saying a word.

http://www.kingsspeech.com/

The King’s Speech — I may have been one of a handful of folks who did not view this film until recently. Unexpectedly throughly enjoyed the damn royal flick trick.

http://entretenimiento.terra.com.pe/cine/octubre-es-la-cinta-peruana-prenominada-para-el-oscar-2012,c4a6acd977e82310VgnVCM10000098f154d0RCRD.html

octubre —  Loan shark + baby + a month of miracles = changing lives in Peru.

http://www.sion.com/buenavista/elaura/indexf.htm

The Aura — Do all taxidermists have imaginations like this or only the ones in Argentina?

http://www.rezbomb.com/

Rez Bomb — Lakota girl and White boy fall in love and find a whole lot of trouble on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212132/

The Tracker —  Just f * $ & ing damn BRILLIANT!!!!

Submarine — Ah young gangly British love….

Memories of Murder — Do NOT watch this with the dubbing. Read the subtitles. The dubbing destroys the integrity of the film so badly it ought to be removed as an option. I watched it both ways after making the mistake of trying the dubbed route.  Very soon it became evident that something was not right. This is an EXCELLENT Korean film that offers visual beauty, an unnerving and complex storyline and memorable performances.

The Crazies — A surprisingly satisfying modern chemical horror story.  Yes, I’m serious, it’s pretty damn good stuff.

Reel Injun– I’ve plugged this documentary earlier and am doing so again. It bears watching–and Chris Hill offers great comic relief.

http://www.thepipethefilm.com/

The Pipe — Viewed this documentary on Hulu–free at the time. It offers an interesting view of the people battling Shell Oil’s proposed pipeline in Ireland. For more information about the protests ongoing for about 12 years now visit Shell to Sea online. Who says the government works for the people?

Okay, now what’s been twirling in YOUR dvd players?

The usual information on all these films can be found on Imdb –>> http://www.imdb.com/

The Dirt Chronicles– A horror story about the lives of punk street kids on the mean streets of Toronto. Ready, set, dumpster dive!!

Click to visit Arsenal Pulp Press

Kristyn Dunnion strikes hard punk gold again in The Dirt Chronicles, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, which is mis-identified as a collection of short stories.  I can see how that labeling came about. These can be read as short stories. But, in reality, this is a novel presented from several different characters’ viewpoints and fully individual voices. It’s a little disconcerting unless you’re a fan of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. The story is dark, hard, gritty and it’s all about the lives of several punk street kids in Toronto. It’s not pretty. There’s the corrupt cops, drugs, rape, murder, sexual identity issues and relationship issues galore. This may not be an easy read for some folks. But if you’ve got a rebellious teenager overflowing with angst–you might want to take a hard look at the issues Dunnion deals with head on–from the perspective of the kids instead of the adults they run from.  Dunnion’s ability to present convincing male and female voices and perspectives is uncanny. Writing about such subjects with harsh realism is the forte of few. It’s verification of Dunnion’s talent as a writer every time you cringe while discovering the very dark side of street and squat life.  Oh and yes, again, this is also a love story (ies). How much does Oreo love Ferret? Enough to leave the entire world behind while pole dancing. What will Eddie do to get back to protecting Ray Ray? Whatever it takes.

Warning: This is not Patsy Cline crooning on this video.

Stolen Sisters: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

On Tuesday 15 February 2011 Native America Calling will broadcast a radio talk show regarding Missing and Murdered Women in Vancouver.  The third annual Stolen Sisters Memorial March was held on February 13.  Heads up, we’re not talking about 5 or 6 women who have gone MIA. There are nearly 600 Indigenous women on the list compiled by the Native Women’s Association. Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest is just one of several high kill zones for Indigenous women along the Canada/United States border and the Mexico/United States border. Hundreds of unsolved murders and disappearances of Indigenous women go unsolved, seldom reported in the mainstream media, and ignored by the general population.  Amnesty International has investigated this continuing violence against Indigenous  women.  The question arises of what if these women were white and middle class? Would there then be widespread awareness and public outcry for all the crime prevention units to produce some serious results for ending this murder industry? I don’t know. 

At any rate, Native America Calling’s show will include Angela MacDougall (director of Battered Women Support Services) and Marlene George who organized the annual march. The show is broadcast live 1-2 pm Eastern Time–and will be available online afterwards.  The show streams live online. 

                          http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

For Amnesty International’s report: A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women In Canada:

              http://www.amnesty.ca/stolensisters/amr2000304.pdf

Click photo to see more images by Adrian Lam, Time Colonist

care is a capital offence

care came in today’s mail

staring at the logo, her face appears

woman in video angry about the lack of clean water

death to children

amidst all the killings

no one claimed responsibility for hers

odd that

even the overwhelmed iraqis demanded her safe return

language, marriage, caring made her theirs

wondered then–and now again–

who did she threaten most

easy enough answer

who wants to face that truth

who kills an angry woman for caring about water supplies

ugly truth

yes who kills a little woman for her anger and knowledge

we do we do we do we do

is it conscience or cowardice that no one claims this mighty victory?

it is the Margaret Hassans these silent guns fear most

why else disappear a little irish woman in iraq

yes, care came in the mail today pleading

“Please help us keep children alive.”

Margaret’s motivation

warranted a death sentence

clearly care is dangerous to one’s health

beware

 

 

 

to care visit  www.care.org

 

 

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