Water is Life

I really don’t recognize my country anymore. Nothing feels normal, nothing feels safe. I go to bed at night, worried about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I wake up in the morning, worried about them. I check Facebook way too much, just to see if the water protectors are okay.

Energy Transfer Partners is building the Dakota Access Pipeline. First, they were going to run it through Bismarck, North Dakota*. But the white people there said, “um, no, we don’t want to be the next Marshall, Michigan or Mayflower, Arkansas”.  So Energy Transfer Partners decided to run it right near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The tribe said, “um no, we don’t want it, either”. But, for some reason, Energy Transfer Partners didn’t listen.

Energy Transfer Partners is funded by all of the big banks. President Elect Donald Trump has stock in the project. They’ve brought in their own mercenaries with dogs and mace, and Morton County Sheriff’s Department is also at their beck and call.  This department has brought in other law enforcement as well.  Price tag is north of $20 million so far.   North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple is also on board, as well as most of the media.

There have been various confrontations between the two groups, with injuries sustained on the Native side. The National Guard has also joined on the Powers that Be side of things, as one might expect.

And now the US Army is getting involved.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been joined by other natives and other allies from across the nation. The Oceti Sakowin camp has been set up on unceded (ie., stolen) land. The government that stole it calls it Federal land.

Now the US Army says that this village (numbering some 8,000 water protectors) has to move. The US Army has designated a free speech zone where they can stay. Isn’t that special? I just love the idea that the US Army has the right to declare where free speech can occur!

2016 has been an outstanding year for irony. I suspect 2017 will surpass it.

Once again, the US Army wants to relocate Native Americans. Or, at least, try to, since the water protectors have said that they are not moving. They have also issued a call for more warriors.

President Obama has done little to intercede.

United States veterans are traveling to Standing Rock to protect the water protectors from the Powers that Be. They arrive the day before the eviction notice goes into effect.

People from all over the world have been watching the live streams. We’ve seen unarmed people being maced. We’ve heard the sound cannons and seen water cannon being deployed in freezing temperatures. We’ve seen live streams interrupted by electronic “sting rays”.

We’ve seen photos of injuries. The Morton County Sheriffs Department first denies using these means of control, then accuses the “protesters” of being violent. Their evidence doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

Battalions of police in riot gear are being deployed to protect an oil company. Usually, it’s the US Military, going to a different country, to protect “our interests”. Today, it’s on home soil. This is as it should be, as Americans should see with their own eyes what we do to others every day. This answers the question “why do they hate us?”.

This is America.

All of the lies about standing for freedom from tyranny, liberty and justice for all…they stand exposed as the lies they have always been.

This is on President Obama’s watch. This is his legacy, as our first black president. Because, of course, he must stand with the Powers that Be. He is one of them, after all, or he never would have been allowed to take office.

One must always keep precedent in mind. Resistance must be firmly put down. Otherwise, it grows.

Mussolini called the merging of industry and government fascism. Never before has it been so clearly seen, so blatantly transparent, than today out in North Dakota.

 

 
*I misidentified the state, saying it was South Dakota, in previous posts. Sorry.

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Fight or Flight

Well. I didn’t see this coming.

I went to bed on election night before anything was decided and woke to a different country than I thought I was living in. And, these days later, I’m still trying to get my head around it.

How bad is it going to be? Given that the physical world is crashing, it’s going to be even worse than I thought.

Internally, a war is being fought. My gut is in full rage (ie. fight mode) and my heart is in full fear (ie. flight mode). Every person I know, the ones who didn’t vote for the Big Cheeto, has experienced a physical reaction to this “election”.

The Nobody household is discussing a move to Canada.

Canada is no panacea. It’s got people there, too, and people generally suck. What is has, that America doesn’t, is healthcare and people who didn’t vote for Trump. And, no mass shootings. Alas, this may not be so easy. Canada does not encourage old people who are not rich enough to invest $2 million or more.

I’m fighting, desperately, to keep my sense of humor and some perspective intact. I’ve been amusing myself with various scenarios of Trump being briefed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As they discuss the threats, climate change will come up quickly. Will the generals be able to keep a straight face when Trump learns that it’s not a Chinese hoax?

The Republican platform calls for America to be declared a Christian nation. I wonder how that will go. Catholic or Protestant? If Protestant, which brand? There are so many because people can’t agree.

How bad is it going to get?

As near as I can figure it, being a middle brow and all, it’s going to get worse faster.

At minimum, with Trump and Republicans in both the House and Senate and with an open Supreme Court seat, we can expect environmental destruction to proceed. Soon enough, our water quality will resemble Flint’s, our air quality will resemble China’s.  China’s air quality is so bad that it is poisoning the soil, thus poisoning food.

I suppose black and brown people will be rounded up and put into detention centers, run by profiteers. Torture will proceed. Renditions of political dissenters is on the table, of course.

It’s going to be great!

So, fight or flight?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve done the marching, the picketing, the letter writing. Now that I’m pushing 60, I’m tired. It didn’t work before and it’s not going to work now. With the surveillance capabilities of today, any insurgency will be infiltrated. Resisters should be prepared for jail with long terms, assuming they even get a trial. Suicide by cop may be the only way to avoid jail.

Democrats are taking a conciliatory approach (or is it appeasement?) to our new leadership. These people are wrong, wrong and wronger.

And, I’m aware that there are people out there who say this is an over reaction. They say he won’t be so bad. But, as people learned in the 1930’s, it’s wise to take people at their word. When Hitler was elected, all kinds of rationalizations went on. Humans are absolutely supreme at denial and hopium.

Trump promised to build a wall, to deport Muslims and Mexicans, to dismantle Obamacare, to deregulate. I think we should believe him.  It’s really not hard to see him at Hitler 2.0.

Nothing he has done since the election makes me feel any better. I just love the idea of Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric the lion killer both running the Trump empire and helping daddy rule, don’t you?  No conflicts there!

I was so hoping for a few years of peace with my husband before the world crashed.

Alas. Not meant to be.

I think, without any hyperbole, that this country is headed for another civil war.

Prepare yourself. You will have to choose a side. Soon.

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Dirty Politics

This election is making people nuts. Me, included.

I now know people who are being harassed by their neighbors. People who are gay. Their neighbors are Trump supporters.

It’s getting ugly out there.

“Don’t act like this all started with Donald Trump”, President Obama has said. The GOP has “been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years.”

Yep.

“Obamacare”, for instance. That started in the Heritage Foundation, a conservative “think tank”. Mitt Romney used it for the “Massachusetts miracle”. But, when President Obama used it, it became “Obamacare.” For the record, I think a single payer system would be much much better. But that would never have been passed.

The birthers, too, came from the same swamp. Ronald Reagan was the swamp creator, or chief feeder. He spawned Rush Limbaugh and Fox News with his nutty policies. I hated that man when he was alive and I hate him even more today. I hope he is burning in hell.

Today, there is a Supreme Court nominee who won’t be confirmed. The GOP holds the House and enough of the Senate hostage to their do nothing, know nothing, reality be damned swamp of hate.

Today is October 17 and our temperature will be a record 91 degrees.

Donald Trump has said that global warming is a Chinese hoax.

Bwahahaha!

Even crazy people are right once in awhile, though. Trump has said that the election is rigged. I think he is absolutely right, but probably not in the same way as he’s claiming.

The electronic voting machines are hackable. No question about that.

The “debates” have declined in quality ever since they were taken from the League of Women Voters in 1988. The parties decided, behind closed doors, that they wanted control.

Well, here we are. And thanks.

Third party candidates have little voice. The Supreme Court upheld Citizen’s United, agreeing that money is free speech. Way back in 2000, we saw an election stolen.

But now, the media is upset with Trump for saying what most of us know….the system is rigged. Oh dear, how horrible! People might start to think they don’t need to vote (for one of the two candidates we are allowed to vote for) and that would be bad.

These two candidates are particularly onerous, if you ask me. The Democratic National Committee decided that Hillary was it, despite the baggage she carries with her. Personally, I don’t like her, don’t trust her and think she will be, at best, a one term president. She likes fracking and the fossil fuel industry and is firmly in bed with Wall Street because she is so insanely personally ambitious that she doesn’t care about water, soil, life, health. She has said that environmentalists need to “get a life.”*

So, bad choice or worse one.

We are the land of the free, though, right?

We have free and open elections, right?

Liberty and justice for all, right?

Unless something happens between now and election day to make me change my mind, I will vote. I’m going to hold my nose and do something I haven’t done in a long time….vote a straight ticket.

And then, I may never vote for president again. It makes me feel sick to participate in such a fixed “race.” I will vote and then come home to take a shower…..a long hot shower to try to get the slime off of me.

A pox on both of you! Democrats. Republicans. You both fucking suck!

*Wikileaks and the speeches to Wall Street that were behind closed doors.

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Pussy Riot

I can’t wait for this election to be over.

It so accurately reflects the stupidity of the American public, which is not an accident, that it’s painful to watch.

These two people (because only two are allowed) are the best and brightest this country has to offer. Or, these two people are the only ones allowed to run by the powers that be. The shadow government is what really rules. Eisenhower and Kennedy warned of them.

As usual, I will vote for the candidate I hate the least. Both suck. They just suck in different ways.

One party acknowledges climate change and does nothing. The other party just denies it. The net result is exactly the same.

We are so fucked.

While we watch the show, ice continues to melt. The oceans and trees continue to die. The globe continues to warm.

We are so fucked.

Both candidates love Wall Street. Our financial system, globally, continues to wobble before it crashes, yet again. Nothing has changed there.

The media is owned by members of the shadow government so we talk about pussy instead of the real threats.

America. You just gotta love it, right?

And Columbus Day is just around the corner. Jesus. It’s 2016 and we are still celebrating a mercenary slave trading genocidal white man who got lost.

We are so fucked that it doesn’t even matter anymore who we elect. We will continue to war on poor people of color. Most importantly, we will continue to rape and pillage the earth until there is nothing left. Then we’ll try to get to Mars or someplace so we can continue our destruction on a different planet.

That is who we are. We are homo sapiens, the wise ape. Bwahahaha! So wise, so smart, so superior to everything else on earth that we destroy our home! We worship printed paper based upon nothing to the exclusion of, well, everything else.

At this point, I’m just hoping to live long enough to see the whole thing crash. It’s kinda like watching the ice calve. A crack here and there. Then, ice the size of Manhattan detaches. To our simple brains, it seems slow and gradual, but the rot or melt is continuous, even when it’s not visible to the eye.

We are so fucked that we can’t even see how fucked we are.

Neither Clinton nor Trump is going to do a damn thing to stop the ice melting. Neither of them is going to do a damn thing to stop the contamination of water and air. Neither will do a damn thing to alter the redistribution of wealth. Neither of them will address over population or fossil fuel consumption. Even if they could, they wouldn’t.

To think otherwise is to be deluded.

And, don’t get me wrong. I understand how attractive delusion is! It is far less painful than to live day in and day out with the truth of our situation. But, delusion or no, the facts remain. There are too many people on the planet and we are all consumers, though some of us consume more than others (like, Americans).

Who wants to hear about that? That’s Debbie Downer territory. That does not uplift the human spirit.

So. Pussy it is.

And the kicker is, we probably haven’t even hit rock bottom yet.

How low can we go?

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Marching to the Pits

I pulled out Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War and War and Remembrance recently for a re-read.

The generation that experienced WWII is dying off. Echoes of that era can be seen and heard today in our arguments about taking Syrian refugees, our immigration policies, and of course, despotism.

America didn’t want Jewish refugees then anymore than we want Syrian refugees today. The words change, but the fear remains the same.

What struck me most about the books today is how very little has changed when it comes to denial.

“The hundreds of thousands of Jews that now lie in these graves meekly marched out to the pits and stood on the brink to let themselves be shot, with their wives, children, old parents, and all. Why? Because the Germans were acting beyond human nature. The surprise was too numbing. It could not be happening.” (pg.859/860 of War and Remembrance)

This ability is probably hardwired into our big brains. And the marketing people know it.  Propaganda works.  It helps us to deny what we dislike. Even Mr. Wouk, in suggesting that the German’s final solution was an anomaly, something new, was in denial.

Genocide is not new. The Holocaust was simply industrialized genocide. Instead of a few million people exterminated over a long period of time, like the United States treatment of American Indians, 11 million people were killed fairly quickly, and robbed most efficiently. Hatred, fear, and its consequence….war, seem to be a part of human nature, whether we want to acknowledge that or not.

Just like there were people then who took Hitler seriously and got out of Germany while they could, there are people today who can see the worlds trajectory. Unfortunately, today, there is no safe place to go.

“But as the patient refuses to believe he has leukemia but grasps at any straws of reassurance, so the European Jews willed not to believe the ever-mounting rumors and reports that the Germans meant simply to kill them all.” (pg.961. Ibid)

Today it’s “Technology will save us. We will figure something out.” This will be accomplished by finding a new planet to live on…..without, of course, acknowledging that we’ve trashed this one. And without acknowledging the time it will take. Time that we don’t have.

Millions of dead trees and dying oceans spell death for homo sapiens. But few can see that. It’s just too depressing, right?

There are people…seemingly smart people…..who honestly seem to believe that our explosive population growth is not a problem. They don’t see a problem with feeding as many as 10 billion people. This, despite the fact that 2 billion are already not getting enough food now, when global population is at 7.4 billion.

There are people, seemingly smart, again, who think that windmills and solar panels are the answer. They don’t seem to understand that making and transporting those use fossil fuels and rare earth metals, not to mention using toxic processes.

The corporatists know. That’s why they are in the race to extract and deplete whatever is left as quickly as possible. The denial industries know, so they shriek louder and louder not to pay any attention to the dying of the oceans, the death of trees, the extinction of more and more species.  Certainly the owners of the media know it.

Don’t believe your eyes. Don’t believe your senses.

There are still some who resist. The Native American tribes out west, in South Dakota, are protesting the newest proposed pipeline. They are being met with mercenaries and dogs. I believe there will be blood shed soon enough. This protest is almost exclusively being reported on social media as few of the mainstream media is covering it. It will most certainly be infiltrated and corrupted as resistance cannot be allowed to bloom. But it’s lovely to see in the here and now.

Does past behavior predict future behavior? I think, for the most part, it does. History repeats because humans are flawed. It doesn’t matter what is true. It doesn’t matter what is real. What matters is how we feel.  Or, even worse, how we want to feel.

So close your eyes and imagine the very, very long line of people meekly marching to the pits.

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Anniversary

A year ago, I would have sworn that we are a quiet couple and that we have a peaceful abode.

We’ve just celebrated our year anniversary with the Chippet and she’s taught us that we are not the quiet people we thought we were.

Bambi is extremely noise sensitive, but only certain noises bother her.  I think our HVAC system is very noisy, but that doesn’t bother her one bit.  Let a spoon fall, though, and she’s ready to flee for her life.

Now it’s a game to see if I can lift plates out of the cupboards without a noise.  She hates kitchen noises, especially, so we have become sensitive to them as well.  It’s crazy how much noise a person can make while trying to make none at all.

Thunderstorms top the list, closely followed by fireworks and guns.  She starts shivering and pacing when a storm rolls through, and will even come into the hated kitchen if I happen to be in there.

So, besides pheromone diffusers, I’ve invested in a Thundershirt for my Chippet. It’s a compression jacket and it works wonders.

I don’t put it on her when I cook or work in the kitchen, because she usually will trot off to her safe place in our bedroom and curl up.  Not during a thunderstorm, though.

Still, she’s calmed considerably.  We can now lift a hand without scaring the crap out of her.  She is much less afraid of Mr. Nobody.  There is much less flinching all together.

We’ve discovered that she loves car rides.  She gets so excited.  And once we’re riding, she finds the cutest positions to curl up and snooze, making my ride so much better.

So, all is well with my little cutie pie.  She is learning to relax and enjoy life a little.  She sure brightens up our lives!

 

 

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Compromise Critters

As I’ve mentioned, I was hoping for close encounters with wild animals when we moved from suburbia to the country.  Specifically, I was hoping for mammal encounters.

That hasn’t happened like I hoped it would.  But, there are critters around, and I believe that spiders will inherit the earth.

dscn2594I was ambivalent about putting a pool in.  I didn’t like the idea of extra water or energy use, but Mr. Nobody really wanted one and since moving into the sticks was my idea, I did want to sweeten the deal.  On heat advisory days, I’m not so ambivalent.  So, the pool has led to several close encounters.  Every morning, I check the skimmer to see if anything needs rescuing.  This was what I found the other morning.

dscn2617I had to gird my loins to figure out how to encourage him or her to move on.  I settled on using a weeder.

dscn2636There are so many webs around the house that I won’t need to decorate for Halloween.  I had to rescue this guy from a web.  The blue tails are so cute.

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I had Mr. Nobody take this guy out of the skimmer.

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There are a variety of amphibians and reptiles aroundIMG_0878

 

Seems like I’ve been seeing more butterflies this year.  And I nominate this caterpillar as one of the cutest.

 

Birds are migrating and I miss feeding them.  This one crashed into a window recently and was stunned.  Since Buddy was ready to pounce, I picked it up and held it until it got its wits back.  I think it’s a flycatcher of some kind.  I already miss hearing the wood thrush.  They’ve gone, and they are the sound of summer for me.IMG_0903Then, there is the fungi.

IMG_0890DSCN2538I’ve got lots more pictures of fungi, but am having technical difficulties with uploading the damn things.

So this is the wildlife still around.

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