And It Just Gets Worse

The latest talk concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline is that President Obama is in fact going to allow the construction to go ahead, turning his back completely on all the promises he made to the Native population when he first took office. For those of you who still watch the mainstream news channels, you may or may not have heard that the latest atrocity being committed against the peaceful Water Protectors, by the oil pipeline security is the use of a water cannon being applied to soak the people down as they stand out there at night on the North Dakota prairie with temperatures dropping to the low 20’s. This is of course resulting in mass cases of hypothermia, and when the Water Protectors build fires to try and warm up, the security forces use those fires as their excuse for using the water in the first place, since their actions could actually be seen not only as Human Rights Violations, but as criminally endangering human life.

On top of soaking them down with water cannons, the security forces are still targeting those they prefer to call “protestors” with tear gas, mace, rubber bullets, and now, concussion  grenades. The other night a young woman, in her early twenties, after being soaked down at about 3 in the morning, was hit in the arm with a rubber bullet. Having reach her personal limits, she turned, and was running from the security forces, who then targeted her once more, and with her back turned to them, managed to land a concussion grenade either ON the already wounded arm she was cradling in her other hand as she ran, or close enough to it, that the explosion shredded the flesh from the arm elbow to wrist, and shattered the bones. The oil company, the police and the security forces are trying to say that they aren’t using grenades, and it was an explosive device that the “protestors” threw that caused this damage. Unfortunately for them, it seems the doctors who have been doing the emergency surgeries on this girl over the past few days, may have recovered some of the shrapnel from the lady’s arm and clothing, which will be used in the upcoming lawsuits. Besides which, all the video which the progressive news stations (the only news stations bothering to cover this entire tragedy) have gathered, have shown over and over again, that the Water Protectors have been nothing but prayerful and peaceful, every day getting teargassed, maced, sprayed with water, and shot in the hands, legs and heads repeatedly WHILE PRAYING and YELLING “I LOVE YOU”.

There was actually another person with this young lady pretty much right up to the moment of the incident. They were helping each other hold a shield together for protection against the water-cannon until she got shot in the arm, and started to run. Jordan Cheriton, the reporter for TYT Politics interviewed this man to get the real story about what happened that night, and I’ve linked to it below. It really is worth checking out. I guess other than that, the only thing I can think of to say is, “Shame on you President Obama. Is that really all your word was worth? If it was, you certainly won’t be missed.”

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These Shocking Photos Show The Scars You Can’t Normally See. And They’re Horrifying.

In the little over three years that I’ve had this Blog up and running, I can count the number of times I’ve felt the urge to reblog someone else’s content onto my page. Today is one of those days. Before you click over there, however, fair warning, you’ll see some pictures that are made pretty graphic (by amazing make-up artists), that also contain some harsh language. The article is a photo-essay by a survivor of extreme child abuse who has tried, with the help of those make-up artists I mentioned, to illustrate the kind of effect it has on a person when they are abused with language. It’s a fascinating study that I thought a lot of people should see. Hence, the reblog. In addition to all of that, I also had personal reasons.

As someone who likes to both write, and take photographs, as well as being a person who endured precisely this type of abuse as a child, I just wanted to thank everyone involved with the article  in question for bringing a very critical issue into focus. If by reblogging it on my own page, I can help spread the crucial message it contains to even one more person, then I consider it well worth the effort. So my thanks again to all involved. As one of the subjects in the story so aptly put it, I feel like any physical damage I experienced when I was a child is adequately healed, and yet…those emotional scars still linger.

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Words have meaning, and they possess the power to change the world.  They can inspire us to do amazing things, or to commit the most  horrible acts.  It’s up to everyone to understand they are responsible for wielding that awesome power.  Because words cut the deepest, and yet leave no marks, they can truly be the most devastating form of abuse.

PhotographerRichard Johnson, who has himself suffered from the worst kind of verbal abuse, created a series of photos to illustrate their incredibly harmful effect.  These images, created for theWeapon of Choice Project, are important because they remind us that the terms we throw out in moments of anger or frustration can be just as damaging as physical abuse.

CAUTION!: The photos below feature victims and strong terms of emotional, sexual and verbal abuse.

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The News As It Should Be

I don’t watch mainstream news. If I want to know what’s up with the Kardashians (I don’t), I could always check SnapChat or Twitter, or whatever, because that’s what “Social” media is for. But when I want the news, I go to a “News” outlet, and nowadays, that means getting as far from the Mainstream News channels as I possibly can. I even find myself wondering if the average person remembers what true news sounds like.

You’ve probably all heard by now about the protests going on around the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, but if you’ve heard about it from the regular sources, such as Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, and the rest of the usual nere-do-wells, I dare say you’ve most likely gotten a somewhat slanted version of the story. You know, where the Big Oil company is trying their best to help the country by investing in a major project on private land, and is currently being harassed in their efforts by a bunch of lazy, no-good, environmental activists, who would like to see your country revert to the stone age. These uneducated protestors keep talking nonsense about how this state-of-the-art pipeline might actually spring a leak and contaminate the lake the oil company is planning to run it under, and the Missouri River which it is connected to. The oil company, however, assures you all, that the idea of a leak, is nearly inconceivable in the first place, and if it were to happen at all, it would be immediately contained, and so quickly and thoroughly cleaned up, that you would be hard-pressed to even prove it had ever happened.

That’s basically the version the mainstream news would have you believe.

Below, I have linked to a 13 or 14-minute episode of Jordan Cheriton, the investigative reporter from TYT Politics, interviewing John Bolenbaugh, “a whisteblower who exposed the oil industry’s cover up of major oil spills throughout the United States”. They’re discussing the very real possibility of a leak, or leaks, and what truly happens (or has happened in the past) in the event of that occurrence, or occurrences. If you can manage to watch even the first 2 or 3-mins. of this video, I’m pretty certain, that like myself, you will be so hooked by the quality of the information that you will be receiving (actual news coverage), that you will be more than willing to watch the whole thing. The only problem I can foresee is that you may never feel quite the same watching your regular news programs ever again. But, like always on my page, I only ask that you judge for yourself.

So there you go. Pretty frightening isn’t it. But it doesn’t have to be. If we talk about it, and get others talking about it, then better solutions can be found, and implemented. Just making money, and making it the fastest way possible, cannot be good enough any longer. The election the people of the United States just held showed one thing more clearly than anything else. It showed people wanted a change, and they wanted it so bad, they were even willing to vote for Donald Trump. So just remember, those same establishment Democrats that couldn’t even beat Mr. Trump are the same people behind all these big oil pipelines, and their time really is over. Maybe it’s time they see the writing on the wall? Just asking.

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Now I Remember

Quite a while back, I mentioned I had some pictures to share with you all that I took one day when I walked up to the top of Queen Elizabeth Park, here in Vancouver’s Kitsilano, or Mount Pleasant area, depending on how you want to look at the map. What is for certain is that when you are at the top of that park, at The Bloedel Conservatory, you are basically at the highest point in the city, the top of Little Mountain, and the views can be spectacular at the right time of year, if the weather is co-operative.

Anyway, after I mentioned having those pictures, I preceded to get so involved with all that was happening in the US elections, that as you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve done very little with my page at all. And then today, while I was trying to sort everything out after one of Microsoft’s constant updates, that seem to do everything for my computer BUT improve anything about it, I came across some of those pictures, and remembered that I never did post any of them.  So…here is the batch that I came across today which I had apparently gotten ready to post as a first batch, and as soon as I edit a few more, I’ll follow up with a second post.

Until then, everyone take care, stay healthy and stay safe. For all my friends in the USA, I’m thinking good thoughts for you, and just want to remind you, that as those pictures under these words prove…you’ve still got friends in high places. : )

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You Will Not Be Forgotten

Fallen Soldiers Memorial“IN BLESSED REMEMBRANCE”

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“They Won’t Back Down”

I really don’t have anything much that I can say, that would do justice to this video that I have for you all today, other than to mention that it really does deserve the 10 minutes that it takes to watch it. If it doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, and truly wrench at your heart during the last 90 seconds, I would be very surprised. I would also be quite surprised to find out it failed to stir at least a little anger within your heart. It sure did in mine.

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Beautiful Solidarity

As word of the situation in North Dakota continues to spread, and the mainstream media loses it’s battle on behalf of it’s corporate supporters to hide, or whitewash just what’s happening there, more and more people are getting involved, and standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Water Protectors. The beauty of social media is that it is becoming so difficult for things like this to be done in the dark anymore, and if people are going to treat others with disdain and/or uncalled for aggression, the chances are good that the rest of the world will hear about it very quickly, and quite often, people will take action.

Quoting from her bio at the bottom of an article in today’s digital issue of CounterPunch Magazine, “Joni Sarah White is a Mohawk from Akwesasne who’s paintings and sculptures have appeared throughout the world. A graduate of Dartmouth College and recipient of fellowships from both Hedgebrook and Chautauqua Institution. Additional work of hers can be seen at www.wethepeople.gallery”.

Well, after reading the article she had published in CounterPunch today, I just had to share share a link to it with you, and show you what a great talent this young woman is who was obviously very moved by the situation at the pipeline. The poem she wrote in dedication to the people’s cause, and the paintings she included with those beautiful lyrics are pretty amazing, and I think they deserve to be spread as far and wide as possible. So with that said, the link to the article follows:

Water is Life: With Solidarity for Standing Rock

And as for me, I think I’m off to take a walk in the rain. We had one day without any, and now it’s back, so I figure if you can’t beat it, join it. You all have a great week-end, stay safe and healthy, and we’ll see you soon.

Beautiful Solidarity