When the mask falls things are very clear: Apparently the United States government is so deep in bed with big oil that it will do whatever it takes to make any opposition to the fossil fuel industry shut the hell up and go away. In other words: Standing Rock Water Protectors are served notice to get off land the Army Corps of Engineers deems “belongs” to them. Oh shit, now that’s some damn rich irony all told.

Warning–Ranting Ahead. Do not proceed to read if you’re easily offended by a lack of patriotic glee as there is NONE forthcoming.

Will someone please flush the toilet full of political bs?

Oh, yes, someone did.

Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers for even jiggling the handle after flushing the toilet. What relief, now the gas masks can come off.

According to a statement released November 25, The Army Corps of Engineers wants the Water Protectors to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin Camp by December 5–for their own safety of course.

How very considerate. Basically telling people opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline to get the hell out of North Dakota is preferable to putting the brakes on the Militarized Morton County Sheriff’s Department and its Partners in Crimes against Americans of all races, creeds and economic classes. Ooops, excuse me, that’s not quite accurate. Nope, not at all. If your name is Kelcy Warren and you’re a billionaire CEO of a BIG F*&^%ing Huge company (ETP) that specializes in building pipelines in order to move crude oil from one man-made ecological disaster to another, you have absolutely nothing to fear from anyone. If you own or work for an oil company you can do anything you damn well please and get away with it. Ignore the federal government when it ‘asks’ your company to halt construction on a pipeline, you can continue building said pipeline, you can commence drilling even without a permit to drill, and you can get the local law enforcement to provide ‘security’ for your construction crews and said law enforcement can do whatever the hell it wants too. It’s a grand time of freedom of expression by all. Or maybe not.

Damn, don’t we all love razor wire, concussion grenades, water cannons, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets–all of which Made In America. Howrah!!! Oh yeah. Why bother investing in clean energy in order to deal with 400 ppm CO2 and Climate Change when you can manufacture all kinds of nasty toys to inflict pain, suffering and death on your fellow human beings? Is this what makes America great? Yeah, I think the entire ‘great’ notion needs some serious rethinking across the board after some brutal reality checks from history regarding America’s ugly political-economic meddling in other countries south of that oh sooooo troublesome border and around the globe.

A digression of sorts–this is a rant after all::

Damn it, the migrant and ‘illegal’ crop workers should go on a massive strike so that the fruit and vegetable crops never make it to the grocery stores where my fellow Americans seem to think they appear by magic like rainbows in a skittles commercial. You want your greens and reds then go out to the fields and orchards and pick them yourselves. Then talk about some realistic compassionate immigration reform and a goddamn living wage. Christ, there’s no end to the irony–a nation of immigrants full of people who hate other immigrants. (Yes, I know not everyone is a racist fascist–though the president-elect certainly is based on his own words. Why say them if you don’t mean them? Don’t give me any glib bullshit about unity and coming together. Not happening. One does not collaborate with fascists.) Oh and then there’s the history of land “ownership” by prior long, long-term occupation –and that just stinks to high heaven galore. And regarding that wall, we could talk Mexican-American War and what went down in California with the Spanish and the Native Peoples, then there’s the Navajo and Apache–or not. I’m not up for it. Go look it up if you’re unaware of what your social studies teachers did NOT teach you about because it wasn’t in the corporate written and manufactured textbook they were required to use.

Hey, Army Corps of Engineers, flush the can again!

SWOOOOSHHHHH!

Thank you! Salute.

Day after day the mainstream media reports the death tolls from air raids and suicide bombs in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and anywhere else which will effectively create fear and horror in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. In reality, they don’t have to got so far from home base to scare the panties off a fair number of Americans, those who vote and those that don’t vote alike. They could just camp out at Standing Rock and film while evading arrest for recording what the people with the guns and gas are doing to the people without any weapons. But, well the time is long past for that agenda. After all who can respect the mainstream media after the way they handled the election? Now they play make nice nice to the orange and play ball for the next four plus years. There are no Edward Morrows among them. Hell, there’s not even a Mike Royko understudy loitering among the major newspaper columnists.

People are prepped for fear night after night simply by watching the news followed by prime time television with all the crime and police dramas full of good cops who would NEVER do what the Morton County Sheriff and buddies take such delight in doing to any Water Protector they can get their hands on. Strip searches for everyone!!!!  is their mantra. Or should that be, “You will be arrested”? Or—- (fill in the words that have made the most lasting impression on you while watching so-called officers of the peace yell at Water Protectors wherever they find them.). Why isn’t the army recuriting these officers for active duty since they’re so ken on violence and mayhem?

Flush.

Open window.

Deep Breath.

The Army Corps of Engineers didn’t decide on this eviction game plan all alone. Nope. Of course, it had lots of input from Obama and whoever else is interested in having the oil pipes pumping at will. The Fossil Fuel Economy MUST Go On at ALL costs or there will be oil hell to pay. Hmm. Yeah. Okay.Well, now that the Army Corps has made its position very clear everyone can get on the same page regarding what’s what at Standing Rock. ETP/DAPL will get to do whatever it wants while Morton County gets to practice waging war.

I stand corrected: No one in DC is turning a blind eye. On the contrary, they’ve been keeping a  very close eye on who is who and where and how many Water Protectors are there in North Dakota- damn can there really be 10,000 people camping outside in North Dakota in the winter time? Why not? The Lakota/Nakota/Dakota did it for thousands of years. And oh yeah, their supporters and allies around the world who go around making banks uneasy and a tad poorer every time someone takes a stand in solidarity and figures out where to move their hard earned cash. If goddamn Wall Street can play with money why can’t the rest of the American people?  While we’re at it , why can’t private people purchase land to protect it from the Oil and Gas industry which is allowed to buy it with clear intent to destroy it? What’s with that double standard? People want something to belive in and it’s NOT the oil industry’s bs and it’s not the feds and and it’s not the politicians and  it’s not the local law authorities who are offering any real hope and change for future generations. And it sure as hell isn’t the orange. Though, to be fair, the orange does seem to be shaking up more than the fascists. But the jury is still out on that awakening of the American people at large.

How Obama is doing on “this one” = FAIL–again–as he had NO clue at the time about Standing Rock at the time and now that he does–well, what he has NOT done speaks volumes.

What’s next?

Well, now that the water in the toilet is ‘fresh’ we’ll have to see what drops into it Dec. 5.

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A Cold Wind Blows Across Standing Rock, ND As Energy Transfer Partners/Dakota Access Pipeline Builders & Morton County Police Minions Act With Impunity. Big Oil Business Behaves As Usual While Obama Plays Rank Political PR Games And The Army Corps of Engineers Sends Up A Pretense of Due Diligence.

What can I say? Really what is there left to say at this point? If you’ve been following events at Standing Rock there’s nothing to share because you’ve seen and heard it all via social media and alternative press–with a few blips on mainstream media when it’s convenient or a ‘filler’ report is needed or they’ve been hounded into coverage by celebrities. It’s down to the wire as to what President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers will or will not do regarding the Dakota Access Pipelene that no one wants except Energy Transfer Partners. What can I say? What would Obama do if they wanted to run that pipe down the Mall in DC?

What can I say?

That racism still runs rampant in North Dakota just as it did when the region was part of the Dakota Territory before state-hood?

That Big Oil Companies continue to ravage the land and water without check in the United States of Corporate Owned America?

That the militarized state of the American police is on full view at Standing Rock–and mainstream media doesn’t want to touch it with a hundred yard pole and the President is steadfastly unwilling to address it?

What self-respecting journalist would NOT want to cover what’s going at Standing Rock where unarmed Water Protectors are going up against an Armed Police presence which serves only the interests of Big Oil  while getting to give vent to its own home-grown racism? It’s the kind of story journalists have wet dreams about. Or they used to. Or maybe only the likes of Sinclair Lewis and Edward Morrow did. (I write that last with FULL respect for all the independent journalists doing their best on the ground at Standing Rock.)

If there were hundreds of pretty blue-eyed blondes facing off with police anywhere have no doubt the mainstream media would zero in on them like a heat seeking missile and never let go until it drank the story cup to its driest dredges. Journalists would be swarming all over those attacks with pepper spray, batons, strip searches, dog kennels, rubber bullets, grave descerations, arrests of independent journalists, violations of civil and human rights like flies on a slice of cheese on a hot summer day.

Maybe that’s what’s required–thousands of white people going toe to toe with Morton County Police aka ETP/DAPL’s security force–a police force which ironically is now at least $10 Million in debt for playing toady to the oil business (according to one local news report Morton county thinks the feds will ante up for their security efforts. Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out for them.)

Or maybe not. I think the problem runs even deeper than skin color and culture and language to core values.

That’s where the crux of the problem lies:  The values of corporate mainstream media, Big Business, the President of the United (sort of) States, the Army Corps of Engineers and the dominant culture are in direct conflict, 180 opposition to the values of the Standing Rock Lakota, their Indigenous and Non-native allies and everyone else who loves the Earth –with or without humans running amok on it.

Rampant capitalism, greed, exploitation of the Earth’s resources without a care beyond the goddamned almighty profit margin VERSUS honoring the Earth and all other living beings it supports; a formerly perfect planet with a formerly perfect ecosystem for supporting an immense diversity of life.

It’s Death versus Life.

It’s Oil versus Water.

It’s the value system which claims Earth is a but a resource for non-stop consumption versus the value system which claims Earth is our Mother which allows us the ability to live and thrive as long as we Honor and Cherish it by living in harmony and balance with our environment and non-human relatives.

It’s the illusion of control and dominance of Nature versus graciously living in our place in the web of life.

But, hey, you probably already have thought all this out.

So–what’s next?

What will happen when ETP/DAPL lays pipe under the Missouri River? Does anyone really think an acting without a permit fine will stop them? In our more idealistic moments we like to think so in a fair game. But this is not a fair game played by nice players willing to obey a set of rules. The oil industry is not bluffing, it really is an absolutely ruthless business run by people perfectly willing to LIE endlessly about the reality of Climate Change and make no apologies for it. Exxon, Chevron, Shell–all you have to is check their histories in the Amazon, Niger Delta and in the Gulf of Mexico to get the point–if you don’t have it already. These people do NOT play fair. They do what they please–until it blows up–literally–in their faces. And even then they go right back to business as usual.

Oh wait, if the pipeline isn’t laid at Standing Rock and gets rerouted elsewhere is not the same problem still on the books for potential contamination of the soil and water?

Change is in order.

Climate Change is coming one way or another.

Ask Mother Nature what’s on her agenda. Perhaps her answer is on the winter wind so cold it hurts to breathe.  Perhaps a touch of global warming would be welcome at Standing Rock, North Dakota where the cold freezes bones and ices the air it sucks from your lungs. Ask the buffalo what they prefer.

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#WaterIsLife

#HonortheEarth

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90 Self Immolated Tibetans due to policy “made in China.”

The International Campaign for Tibet –> http://www.savetibet.org/

While the “free” world (Orwellian overtones notwithstanding) goes about its seasonal consumption binge to purchase many goods stamped with “made in China” the indigenous people of Tibet have been setting themselves on fire in protest.  Participants in the Occupy movement have nothing on Tibetans when it comes to legitimate grievances ranging from rampant cultural genocide to environmental destruction. There is no way to “spin” what has happened in Tibet during November 2012. There’s no double talk that puts things to rights.  Native American children may have to relinquish their statistical standing as the group with the highest suicide rate in the world to the Tibetans determined to be “heard” by resorting to suicide by fire.  I don’t write the preceding sentence without serious concern for the harsh realities faced by both groups.

The Holy Days/Holidays taken on a certain smoke tinged hue.

28 Self Immolations in one month.  —>> more at Students for a Free Tibet  https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/about-tibet/self-immolations

namaste

Hats off to Jeff Goodell in Rolling Stone! Number One item that Obama must do for the Environment: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!

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 Rolling Stone may finally accomplish what everyone else has failed to do so far: Put the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline on the radar of millions of unaware Americans. Let the googling for information, for YouTube videos, for environmental sites commence! Am I hoping for way too much? Mayhap. But I’m hoping at the moment.

Kudos to Jeff Goodell for laying all the cards on the table  in “Ten Things Obama Must Do. How the president can help slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet without waiting for Congress.”
 
Hell, we’ll all die from the next black plague epidemic before this Congress does anything for anyone besides the military industrial complex, BIG OIL and a multitude of small-minded self interests of its members. Obama has the power to kill this pipeline all by himself. If he doesn’t then we all will know exactly what he’s made of without any further doubts. Earth can expect no help from the United States Government at large. The simple fact that we all have only one planet to live on and hence we need clean air, water and soil to survive seems to be beyond the grasp of the people in government. Or–maybe they just don’t care? Could be. I’ll buy that too.   BUT that does not mean that WE, you and I, should not care. It means we need to care more. It means we will have to take more responsibility for the welfare of this wonderful planet. It means we will have to lead the way by thought, word and action.  People like Tim DeChristopher are blazing some trails.  More cheers for Goodell for making a pardon for Tim DeChristopher number nine on his Obama hit list. Bidder 70 ought to be on American radar full beam ahead ever since his imprisonment for a two-year sentence for disrupting that ILLEGAL land auction set up by Bushies for their oil and gas cronies’ benefit. Why can’t  ordinary Americans BUY the lands we want to save from developers? Don’t we have as much right to purchase for protection as developers have rights to purchase for destruction and environmental devastation that affects everyone? Let’s level the playing field here already between Big OIL and the millions of US. DeChristopher raised the funds to pay for the lands he won in bidding. He was willing to pay for the land in order to save it. Now the government figures he’ll pay with time in prison for doing the truly right thing. Whose priorities are skewed here? Guess what I’m thinking.  What does this reveal? The Government FEARS Tim DeChristopher.  They have advocated preventive medicine to keep others from engaging in Civil Disobedience by tossing DeChristopher into the pokey.  (Novel, isn’t it that they can implement preventive measures for political purposes but have trouble with preventive healthcare concepts–only in America, the rest of the developed world gets this notion quite well.) You know what this means, don’t you? Come on, you know, right? Their FEAR reveals how much power we really have. Even though we are not yet using it effectively–we clearly have enough innate power that the powers that be FEAR massive engagement in Civil Disobedience. WOW!  Judge Benson further empowered Tim DeChristopher the moment he had him hauled off to prison in order to silence him and dissuade others from following his example. Damn, there must be some folks biting their nails to the quick as they read Goodell’s article. Millions of readers who may not have heard of DeChristopher will learn of him via a high-profile magazine. THANK YOU, ROLLING STONE for yanking the cat out of the out of sight, out of mind bag and into the mainstream mindstream at large.  
Obama and pals may pay no head to Goodell’s list in the same way they seem to have ignored the two weeks of protest, 1,252 arrests, the 600,000 phone calls. They may snicker and sneer at it—and us.  The pipeline may be approved.  Construction may go forth. What happens then will be up to US. All of us. Will we let them destroy our life support system? Or will we take action to save it?   
 
 
 

Keystone XL Pipeline is a KOCH addiction. Oppose it BEFORE it Leaks!

Still confused about the Tar Sands Protest? Real News coverage can help.

Oh yeah, yet another Keystone Pipeline Protest Post from yours truly. It’s going to be a long week of such posts as I wade the web for coverage of what’s going in front of the White House. Daryl Hannah got arrested at the protest. Thank you, Ms. Hannah. Where’s that Al Gore and his “truth” crew? Gore has the funds to travel everywhere so that’s not an issue. Holding out for the big finish or just holding out, Mr. Gore?

Oh and somewhere along the way I learned that Obama still has NOT put solar panels on the White House roof. LOL. What does that tell Us? Hmm?

Can you imagine destroying 740,000 acres of forest for a pipeline to carry “crude” from Alberta, Canada to Texas refineries? Is there no end to the insanity? People go to jail for starting forest fires. Why don’t oil company executives go to jail for destroying forests?

National Native American Heritage Month Proclamation

 

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2010

Presidential Proclamation–National Native American Heritage Month

——-
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

For millennia before Europeans settled in North America, the indigenous peoples of this continent flourished with vibrant cultures and were the original stewards of the land. From generation to generation, they handed down invaluable cultural knowledge and rich traditions, which continue to thrive in Native American communities across our country today. During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor and celebrate their importance to our great Nation and our world.

America’s journey has been marked both by bright times of progress and dark moments of injustice for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Since the birth of America, they have contributed immeasurably to our country and our heritage, distinguishing themselves as scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in all aspects of our society. Native Americans have also served in the United States Armed Forces with honor and distinction, defending the security of our Nation with their lives. Yet, our tribal communities face stark realities, including disproportionately high rates of poverty, unemployment, crime, and disease. These disparities are unacceptable, and we must acknowledge both our history and our current challenges if we are to ensure that all of our children have an equal opportunity to pursue the American dream. From upholding the tribal sovereignty recognized and reaffirmed in our Constitution and laws to strengthening our unique nation-to- nation relationship, my Administration stands firm in fulfilling our Nation’s commitments.

Over the past 2 years, we have made important steps towards working as partners with Native Americans to build sustainable and healthy native communities. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to impact the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including through important projects to improve, rebuild, and renovate schools so our children can get the education and skills they will need to compete in the global economy. At last year’s White House Tribal Nations Conference, I also announced a new consultation process to improve communication and coordination between the Federal Government and tribal governments.

This year, I was proud to sign the landmark Affordable Care Act, which permanently reauthorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, a cornerstone of health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This vital legislation will help modernize the Indian health care system and improve health care for 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. To combat the high rates of crime and sexual violence in Native communities, I signed the Tribal Law and Order Act in July to bolster tribal law enforcement and enhance their abilities to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. And, recently, my Administration reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by Native American farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture that underscores our commitment to treat all our citizens fairly.

As we celebrate the contributions and heritage of Native Americans during this month, we also recommit to supporting tribal self-determination, security, and prosperity for all Native Americans. While we cannot erase the scourges or broken promises of our past, we will move ahead together in writing a new, brighter chapter in our joint history.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2010 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 26, 2010, as Native American Heritage Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

                 BARACK OBAMA

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