I could just disappear.
This isn’t what I envisioned…
I guess it almost never is.
Some random thoughts from the HARN this past week
(in no particular order):
Why is it that only people in wheelchairs or who are visibly physically handicapped in some way are called “disabled”. Do we realize that, if we live long enough, we ALL WILL BECOME disabled? Is that what drives us from engagement? Should we maybe give the voices of the disabled some room? Might they help teach us to live with dignity as we lose our abilities? Show us how to shine with our circumstances? Might we realize the value of every human more fully?
How much of this is about the chemicals they keep putting in our bodies…
glyphosate, toxins in our baby food, and what is in those vaccines?
Why do we trust that Big Pharma has good ideas? Aren’t THEY grabbing at straws?
Didn’t they get us into this mess in the first place with ‘better living through chemicals’?
Meanwhile, they UK won’t eat our bacon! Shouldn’t that tell us something?
Or are we so PROUD of our EMANCIPATION from Britain [still] that we refuse to acknowledge the UK, let alone any of Europe – who’ve been managing for far longer than us? Not to mention the Indigenous folks who lived in this land for millennia in reciprocity? You know, those people ‘America’ has been and continues to try to wipe from the face of the land?
Line 3 is just another form of genocide.
How many Americans believe Indians are no longer around? Or did until recent years when, beautifully, we are giving more attention to these voices and we see more and more rise to stand together with Native Peoples? Watch out… the Supreme Court is ruling in their favor. Those Treaties – they matter. 😉
Shout out to Martin Case who helped broaden my understanding of Treaties as being pretty much just about Property Rights. And as we watch thousands of Americans being evicted from their residences, in winter, perhaps we will all take some time to READ the Treaties? They’re short. You can read them all in about an hour. Easily. Danny and I spent an afternoon reading them. Taking breaks in between to discuss the atrocities and absurdity of each. A contract was made for 25-years… and before that contract could expire, they came back and made another contract… until the contract language met colonizer wishes. How can these treaties hold any legal status if they are based on a false understanding of the first signers?
How can people who believe land to be a relative ever consider OWNING it?
The basis of this entire country is on lies.
If you take a moment to read the Treaties – and literally, it’s a few pages of text (p. 45-53) – you will be astounded by the atrocities. You see the undervaluing of colonizers and the deals – the corruption in government has always been…
And now we see the Feds saying $1400 will last until July? IN WHAT WORLD? One Senator said the $600 check would last 6 months – in what world can ANYONE survive on $100/month? Real easy for a Senator making FAR MORE [who is provided Health Care no less?] to say this? Doesn’t make it so… No matter how many times you say it, dude.
I’d propose we let Senators live on a minimum wage and see how long they last.
Yet they put TRILLIONS into the Market and don’t even DISCUSS IT? Why is it when PEOPLE need support, there’s no money? But when Billionaires and their Casino need it, we just print whatever is deemed necessary?
Is anyone prepared for the pending collapse? For $20 bread costs? Do we think it won’t happen here? What gives the average American ANY CONFIDENCE that the government is gonna protect them? We just watched as Republicans refused to acknowledge we’ve had an insurrection! In broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon. Just like Kavanaugh!
These politicians live in a fantasy world of greed and economics while most Americans are struggling to figure out how to get to work to be able to feed their families and pay for housing? And watch as many are being kicked to the street in mid-winter – a vicious one at that?
I get why ppl just say FUCK IT and put a bullet in their brains. We’ve seen more of late. We just got a call from a friend whose daughter was found dead of suicide. We hear talk of struggles and feelings of hopelessness and unsuccessful attempts. I imagine this will be a more common occurrence as many in America find themselves with fewer and fewer options in this game of survival of the richest. I pray we keep reaching out to help each other get through all the BS.
If this is a concern for you – check out Anxiety in the pandemic – why you’re told it’s your fault from Russell Brand. He’s been putting out some pretty cool stuff and this was especially informative and comforting. And ask for help when you need it.
Is it not until it is Your Own Mess that it becomes clear how rigged the system is? And maybe see the disparities that show we require solidarity, not supremacy? Yet we see White Supremacy America screaming about freedom! Can’t be bothered with the discomfort of a mask even if it does save Grandma?
And what does it matter… as depopulation is something that will help the planet? [We’ve always thought humans a plague on the planet.]
Nimaamaa Aki – Mother Earth – She is depopulating the planet now. At our direction. We’ve created a pandemic with our actions and it’s coming back to bite us humans. We’re seeing hundreds of thousands killed in the climate chaos of floods, fires, drought, hurricanes, and tornados. Mostly the result of human burning of fuels. We are our own executioners. Well, some of us more than others…
Humans, especially in America, continue to live in denial, helping exacerbate the issues – as many ignore Her power, living on coasts that are submerging, building in places where strikes occur year after year? FFS, how many times has Duluth rebuilt their waterfront?
And some believe Bill Gates’ is vaccinating humanity to death as a de-population objective. I find it hard to argue that powerful folks are NOT simply trying to reduce the ranks… [as they automate their factories and don’t need so many of us?] As I watch the managers (not leaders – we no longer have many of them really) misinform about masks, then say they are ok, all while NOT TALKING ABOUT BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM or Vitamin D or other supplements that CLEARLY help mitigate the effects and symptoms of Covid?
The Arctic Sea ice is gonna continue to melt, the oceans will continue to warm, the warming water will expand and levels continue to rise, and when the Greenland ice shelf breaks free, New York will be gone. Yet we have NO PLAN IN PLACE? And San Fransisco is going under with major waste water treatment plant concerns near-term.
Read Ted Koppel’s Lights Out if you think there are plans. Every department thinks the OTHER is on top of things. The DOD, DHS, FEMA – none are prepared. The people that have these responsibilities have failed and we’ve got 4 years of a non-functioning government that mean a big hole we have to escape.
And Why TF do we need nine people to tell us the weather in Miami? Are those seven guys just taking credit for the work of those two women? That seems to be how things go, if you look close… It’s often not until women get involved that CHANGE FOR THE PEOPLE happens. And you see the kids on the protest lines? Lotta them are chickas… just sayin’…
Did you know that the military used to just issue guys boots and clothes and such… whether they fit or not – YOU MAKE IT WORK. Then women get into the military and are like, “No, these boots are not effective.” and they bitched about it… until they got gear that fit and made ALL the soldiers more effective because EVERYONE GOT GOOD BOOTS THAT FIT after that. [Kinda makes you wish there were more “bitches” about, eh?]
Meanwhile, in DC, Insurrectionists WALKED INTO the CAPITOL. If you think that wasn’t an inside job, you’re fooling yourself. Last year we watched George Floyd be murdered before our eyes and this year we watched as a policeman was beat to death by his own people! He voted for Trump, FFS!
Meanwhile, no one has been impeached and convicted. Johnson survived by one vote. Nixon RESIGNED and LEFT before they could impeach him. Clinton was impeached and acquitted. The penultimate impeachment involved no witnesses, no evidence… and, apparently, no guilt??? And the latest American news talked FREELY, OPENLY and INCESSANTLY about how we all WATCHED WHAT WE SAW… and then Republicans do not convict? And we’re supposed to respect them? When they don’t respect the very Citizens they represent?
It’s the Illusion of Accountability Show. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court refused to do his part under the Constitution! It doesn’t say ‘if he wants to’. And Americans have yet to revolt?
We may see the rest of the world revolt with embargos [WTF do we really make here anymore anyway?] as they watch the Apartheid in America? It’s becoming more of an authoritarian police state with media supporting the powers that be and their messaging every day. Look at coverage in MN on Line 3 as an example… and the law enforcement colluding with Enbridge.
Or maybe we’re gonna be like the Soviet Union? Get all split up into Regions? FEMA regions would make sense as it seems this was our Coronavirus response – we’re District Five. Do you know your FEMA district? [Are any of you recognizing the Hunger Games appearance of those on the news? While the rest of us are Zooming without pants? Will we all soon be relying on FEMA? Take a look at Snowpiercer again?]
This is the Winter of our discontent. [We’re only in second winter here. March-April winter yet to come.]
Can we watch what is happening in Europe and Africa and take heed? Or will America (seemingly) continue to think we are a different kind of human? We’ve got YEARS more to get through this Pandemic. And if vaccines only last 3-6 months, how can we keep up? Unless more of us die and there’s less of a burden in keeping up? Well, there is always that…
Mozambique hit with 3 hurricanes last year. Honduras and Guatemala hit by hurricanes a week apart. Floods in China, Italy, India. Why do you think Elon Musk wants to launch multiple rockets at a time? Talking of a Fleet of Rockets? WHERE THE FUCK ARE THEY GOING?
If America is about being willing to fight to the top of the mountain, crawling over whoever we need to to get there, is that a society in which we want to live?
Does anyone wonder why we’re so fucked up and never question that there are so few women, disabled people, Natives, children, recent immigrants representing us and informing the decisions being made on our behalf? Rich, old, white people, mostly guys, are running the show. WHY DO WE PUT ALL HOPE IN THESE FEW WHITE PEOPLE?
I’ll hold that if we’d let the PEOPLE speak in 2014, we’d have had Bernie as President. [And if we’d done it in 2019, we’d have seen a landslide.] And perhaps all these White Supremacists would be hiding back in their holes of societal disapproval instead of planning another takeover in a couple weeks? March fourth, anyone? [All those years of focus on 45… gee, looks like we could have just stopped watching long ago?]
Biden is basically reinstating the CCC to do all the kinds of things they did then, planting trees, building roads, supporting the local infrastructure needs with a civilian servant corps. This could be a gap-year option for teens looking to figure out who they want to be before jumping into a career after school is done? [If ‘schools’ even exist as some kind of an entity that leads to college? … Which could be a good thing as there aren’t many jobs available?]
And will MANY be looking to require some kind of training to a new job – like growing food or helping others in the community? As we work to live more locally and sustainably? As we realize the real important work of connecting with each other, supporting each other, and enjoying the richness of nature and living simply? Will we tire of the consumption… before it consumes us?
What are so many gonna do Thursday if the fast food workers DO walk off the job? Maybe being hungry will give some more folks a perspective? Unfortunately, the ones to suffer are always those without resources to find another path.
The ECONOMIC segregation leads to EDUCATIONAL segregation leads to OPPORTUNITY segregation. And we all stay in our places.
At some point we will need to stand up and say, Enough is Enough.
This is NOT what we want and we WILL NOT continue.
And in the end… Love Wins.
“Love wins every, single, time when we join hands and fight for it just like it fights for us. Even islands are connected by water. Nature knows that without connection, there is no love and without love, there is no survival.”J. Autherine, Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul: Poems and Inspiration to Live and Love Harmoniously
It’s been a pretty rough week. Last Tuesday, we got notice that the Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with the PUC’s decision-making in denying the Red Lake and White Earth Bands’ request for a Stay on the Line 3 project. It’s hard to comprehend how we follow Treaty Law and make a decision like that. But from my experience in Minnesota courts to date, there does not seem to be an application of Treaty Law, local Judges seeing themselves only as arms of the State, not the Federal, government. I believe this is an error in judgment. But I’m not fully trained as a lawyer so… what do I know?
There were a whole host of other debacles this past week that have left me feeling beaten down. Hopeless in moments, disturbed in others, darkly sad and alone in many others. When it rains, it pours. So, overall, a pretty rough time.
It’s been a hard couple months but I haven’t felt so much like just walking away from it all in a while. Trouble is, how does one walk away from accountability to the land, the trees, the water, the animals? I truly don’t think we’ve got much chance remaining to really save ourselves as a species. Though I focus on helping and not harming as much as possible these days, in hopes of leaving more for those who remain after us. Some weeks are more successful than others.
Perhaps one of the most heartbreaking pieces of the puzzle of dismay in the last week, was the sinking of a piece of Enbridge equipment in the LaSalle Creek Aquatic Management Area just south of us. We got word from a friend who’d seen the iNewzTV coverage. I was concerned about the person, in fact, so concerned that I’m surprised he was treated and released, one bit of good news in the last week. I was telling a friend Sunday, some things are so horrific, you are better off not recovering. Based on the reporting, it seemed this might be one of those cases. It reminded me of a friend I had who survived an explosion with pretty severe burns over a large portion of her body. She spoke of not wanting to survive. Dan too speaks to his own struggles in surviving his burns. While the physical pain was the driver in the beginning, in a society where trauma is not acknowledged and superficial beauty is so valued, pain is not the only concern as time passes. Some of those scars can last a lifetime.
Nonetheless, a bigger piece of my sad this week is for the beavers who were affected by this equipment failure. The pipeliner was trapped in the equipment and could not be freed. [Um, OSHA anyone? Perhaps some quick release latch on the plexiglass enclosures for emergency submerging situations? FFS has no one ever thought of this before?]
According to a report from iNewz.TV, the vehicle’s shatterproof plexiglass windows made it difficult for workers to free the victim, forcing them to break a nearby beaver dam in order to lower the water level inside the cab.”Line 3 pipeline worker rescued after being trapped underwater DECLAN DESMOND UPDATED: FEB 7, 2021 ORIGINAL: FEB 7, 2021
No mention in the coverage on how the beavers fared. And what was the effect on the surrounding environment? Was the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency or Department of Natural Resources on site to monitor the releases of oil into the water? Assure proper containment? We will see. My guess is no, based on how little they’ve done to protect Nature and how much they’ve done to accommodate industry in the years I’ve been civicly involved in Minnesota. And what I heard at the MPCA Rule Change meeting Thursday.
Dan and I went to see what we could document and found what appeared to be further work on trying to remove the equipment – at least that was our assessment.
A few years back a neighbor blew a beaver dam. I was shocked. It was early winter as I recall – snow on the ground. Those beavers were left homeless – or dead? – in a time when it would be harsh conditions to find new housing. As I said, perhaps some things are better off not surviving. And here again, we hear no plea for the beavers. No concern for their situation? Perhaps this is why we find ourselves in this mess.
Another Water Protector emailed her own dismay this weekend saying, “Sometimes I wish all the animals could rise up and defend themselves. All at once!” I replied:
I too wish the animals could defend against us. We’re too powerful and destructive. And they are not. That’s not how they live. Or how we should…
Regardless of how things go, we can be very proud of stopping so much of the Tar Sands these past half dozen years. That in itself has helped postpone the end of our species. Perhaps giving enough of us time to awaken, get serious, and listen to the Animals, Plant Nation, Nibi, and Aki.
These are the things that give me hope.
I will close with big thanks to all the lovely Water Protectors who have come to my aid this week in the struggle. We rely on each other in these times of darkness and I appreciate all who have given me support, strength, love, care, and hope. You help keep me sane as I make sense of all that is happening. And thanks also to all the others who brought me love, laughs, or perspective. And those who also are doing good… always an encouragement. I have some cards to make and send…
In our fossil fuel-soaked reality,
it feels impossible to live without.
Yet our situation demands we simply
Must begin to work it out.
Some say, “It’s not us! We’re not to blame!
Let’s keep on living just the same!”
Others say it’s China rigging the game,
“We can’t control them, just take your fate.”
Maybe we can’t… though many keep trying,
To find a way to keep things from dying.
As we struggle and pray and keep on vying
To maintain our place while so many are crying…
“It’s impossible to solve all these ills!
We’re facing too many awful spills!”
Some keep working with all their will,
While others just escape in pills.
Who came blame them as things seem hopeless,
As not enough of us are working to use less,
And governments pretend they’re helpless,
To try and solve the plight they’ve presented us.
Their laws favor polluters, giving THEM cash,
And rules are broken at will, we’re at an impasse!
We keep tipping points that we mustn’t pass
As we all are beginning to run out of gas.
We keep building mines and pipelines
Running like scars of cocaine lines
Across the table of the planet they vine
While many – of carbon budgets, remind.
We can point our fingers in all directions,
point at unresolved elections,
point at each of our selections,
while its actually just a bunch of deception.
Fossil fuel execs want us to think,
They will be solution kings!
As we sit upon the brink,
Of human extinction… don’t blink!
None of us would choose this mess,
Of having choices less and less.
Leaving voices of color unaddressed,
As we all await our casket dress?
If it was up to us to make the scene
We’d make it green and keep it clean.
Regenerative and reciprocal… LEAN.
Enough for all to have time to dream.
We’d make systems that allow for all
To decide their lives and make the call
A Community All-for-One-and-One-For-All!
As each does a bit to help the cause.
We all know Earth is our only home,
The place that gives us all we own,
The source of all the food we’ve grown,
The soil where all our dreams are sown.
So we can argue day and night
About who’s wrong and what ain’t right.
But that just brings bigger circles of blight,
As we struggle to find our way to the light.
Instead can we bring a world of possible?
Can we birth a new green probable?
Can we finally discombobble?
And find our way to the solvable?
The lies are coming clear at last,
On how carbon budgets were eaten fast,
Especially by the ones with the most…
While those doing little were already toast.
We’re wiping millions out with floods
And now we’ve got a disease of the blood,
That’s already wiped several million from the planet,
Did someone in power plan it?
Or is it just the culmination
Of a trillion-choices combination
Of flying and driving more than we need
And living a life of wealth, fame and greed?
Is it too late to save the human race,
Are we living at too fast a pace,
To slow down and give some grace
To those who haven’t had a place?
What if we focused on basic needs,
On food and water and a few seeds,
To plant a new community,
Where each of us can just be free?
Can America do with just a little less?
I think we can if we do our best.
To live with just what we require,
So that others… won’t expire.
The thing is, I think we can!
If we consider our fellow man,
And bird and bug, and weed and plant,
Every elephant and every ant.
We surely cannot save them all,
For that is a goal quite too tall.
Because each of us will eventually fall…
And that mortality is our call!
To be the best that we can be.
In our short time, we can succeed
In assuring everyone can meet their need
For food and sun and warm and seed.
If we work toward solution,
Instead of bickering about resolutions,
And each does his part to bring the sun
Of a smile, a hug, or a couple of ones?
Let’s look at the good we have done
Remembering that we are all one,
And share what we have be it money or fun,
And make a place that shines like the sun.
Let’s remember the incalculable
Love we share! It’s truly palpable!
As many act as they are able
A new reality… can be inevitable.
‘Cause if we don’t, I fear we will…