December 22, 2016 at 7:31 am (creative writing, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, issues, life, nature, politics, random, searching, Uncategorized, urban life, Writing)
Tags: #honortheearth, #NoDAPL, #WaterIsLife, Advertising, climate change, comment, ExxonMobil, Facebook, Oil, oil spills, public relations, response
Today on FaceBook I had a close encounter with ExxonMobil’s Public Relations Machine via a video advertisement. The following is my comment/feedback/response to said ad:
Okay, I just ‘inquired’ why I’m seeing this ad and got a ‘good’ explanation from Facebook
[thank you, Facebook]–Exxon wants to reach out to people like ‘me’. Well, Exxon you and
your fellow Oil companies ‘reached’ me long ago via the Niger Delta, Ecuador and
Guatemala, and the house down the street where the owners were ‘stuck’ with a gas drill in
their front yard for years, via the oil storage tanks and refinery in the little township two
miles up north where cancer runs rampant, with the oil spill in Alaska, the oil spill in the
Gulf, et al and that’s why I say NO! to Big Oil. #NoDAPL, No to the entire fossil fuel industry,
NO to Exxon’s influence in Politics, NO to an industry with the biggest profits in the world-
-an Industry which destroys the Earth we all live on, attacks people who criticize it, and lies
about Climate Change and truly doesn’t give a damn about people like me. Yeah, I get it,
you’re on a Public Relations Roll. Good luck with that. I guess the upside is that you’re
giving work to some people in advertising, Facebook and everywhere you’re placing these
ads. So you reached out to someone in my demographics. Well, now I’ve reached back.
#WaterIsLife But hey, Exxon, ‘you’ already knew that, didn’t you? Now learn how to
#HonortheEarthbefore it’s too late. I don’t think Mars is ready for Homo sapiens just yet.
Have a nice day. 🙂 .
Ad reference is to ExxonMobil’s #Energy Lives Here ~ “ExxonMobil is a leader in carbon capture and storage” This sponsored video ad appeared on my fb timeline. Perhaps you’ve seen it there or elsewhere.
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November 26, 2016 at 7:00 am (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, issues, life, Native Americans, people, politics, random, Standing Rock Reservation, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Army Corps of Engineers, camp, DAPL, EtP, Kelcy Warren, North Dakota, Obama, Oil, oil industry, Pipeline, police, rant, Standing Rock, video
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!
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?
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.
Well, now that the water in the toilet is ‘fresh’ we’ll have to see what drops into it Dec. 5.
#WaterIsLife #NoDAPL #Honortheearth
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November 23, 2016 at 8:49 pm (Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, issues, Lakota, life, living, music, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, relationships, searching, Standing Rock Reservation, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", #NOBLACKSNAKEFRIDAY, #NoDAPL, #WaterIsLife, A Tribe Called Red, banks, DAPL, Economy, environment, EtP, Issues, money, music, North Dakota, Oil, police, politics, Sheriff Depts., solidarity, song, Standing Rock, video, Water Protectors, Yes magazine
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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November 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, life, Native Americans, nature, people, politics, random, relationships, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "Water", #NoDAPL, Army Corps of Engineers, Energy Transfer Partners, EtP, journailists, Lakota, Morton County Police, North Dakota, Obama, Oil, Pipeline, Standing Rock, values
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.
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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September 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, life, Native Americans, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", #NoDAPL, 350.rg, Bakken, banks, Bill Mckibben, CEOs, Dakota Access Pipeline, money, Oil, party, Pipeline, Yes!
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
September 29, 2016 at 4:17 am (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, issues, life, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, relationships, religion, searching, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, banks, environment, Gas Strike, International Days of Actions, Oil, peaceful events, Pipeline, prayer, Standing Rock
Lyla June Johnston
1- Close accounts with:
Bank of America
2- Lock-down major headquarters of these Banks
3- Gas strike / boycott especially Phillips 66
4- Organize a public prayer peaceful event/ demonstration of support.
What have we all got to lose?
Published on Sep 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND ACTION WITH STANDING ROCK
We are working on our website now…
Until then, please take 1 minute to record your prayer/action so we can put you “on the map”
Click here to record your event.
Let’s reach our goal to mobilize 5000 cities (or towns) in solidarity with Standing Rock! 🙂
September 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, issues, Lakota, life, living, music, Native Americans, nature, people, politics, quests, random, relationships, religion, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Bakken, big oil, Honor the Earth, music, Oil, Pipeline, politics, Protecters, Standing Rock, The Village is Growing, Water is Life
September 13, 2016 at 11:10 pm (journalism, Native Americans, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, arrests, Dakota Access Pipeline, journalists, media, news, Oil, Pipeline, protectors, Standing Rock, Unicorn Riot
September 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, journalism, Lakota, life, Native Americans, nature, people, politics, random, relationships, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, big oil, clean energy, Dakota Access Pipeline, Democracy Now, energy justice, fossil fuels, Indigenous People, LaDuke, news, North Dakota, Oil, pipelines, politics, Standing Rock
LaDuke lays it on the line for Amy Goodman ~ Democracy Now!
What’s in your water?
September 11, 2016 at 3:06 am (art, Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, issues, Lakota, life, nature, Pine Ridge Indian reservation, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, america, Bakken, Dakota Access Pipeline, event, Iowa, media, news, North Dakota, Oil, protest
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