Late at night on May Day we sabotaged a rail line in Central Oregon to interrupt the flow of commodities. Capital depends more than ever on the metropolis, the constant flow of commodities, services, capital, information, and any interruption of that flow is a small victory. We took this action in solidarity with all those facing investigation, imprisonment, and repression in the Northwest… [More @ EF! Newswire]
Ahhhh. LA, Where people DRIVE to an environmental gathering. Yeah yeah. I know. They left you no choice You didn’t build the city Blah Blah.
MAYBE everyone ought to get on THAT as a issue. Forced into the psychological and social isolation of increasingly less viable automobile transportation. Nevermind just turn on the radio and let the same interests that forced you into cars advertise at you and fill your minds with garbage while U wait to go to (typically) jobs that produce nothing useful whatsoever for humanity.
You got a long way to go folks, and cars WILL NOT get you there Rallies WILL NOT DO THE JOB.
Join us in Los Angeles this SUNDAY, February 17, 2013, as we crash yet another neo-liberal permitted march & rally for climate justice, a solidarity action called out by bill mckibben and 350.org.
This event needs a huge anti-neoliberal, anti-colonialism contingent. Let’s not sugar coat or dance around the issue any more. The planet depends on the fall of capitalism. Let’s crash this liberal action and have our radical voices be heard. We are in solidarity with the earth, not with the bureaucratically provided slow and gradual solutions that prolong the power of a for-profit bipartisan dictatorship!
organize with your local anti-capitalist caucus and join the action!
I was at the first Earth Day rally in New York… and you know, not only has nothing changed, it’s gotten worse.
The cars used to visibly pollute but when their cycle was finished (in the case of my IH TravelAll, 50 years later) the whole thing was turned into a 2 ton recyclable steel cube.
Now we have cars that LOOK like they don’t pollute yet still ABSOLUTELY DO… invisibly, Formaldehyde, and Benzine… more. Even when they’re simply sitting still… Because they exist at all., and when the life cycle of the car is done (surely NOT 50 years), there’s nothing recyclable at all except plastic one can make faux lumber for park benches of, and toxic materials like lithium from E-Car batteries, and un-reusable metals like the Aluminum-Magnesium alloy used in modern engine blocks that EXPLODES if any attempt is made to re-smelt it.
It’s been Zero Sum since the first Earth Day, and the Earth IS beginning to Zero in on us and everyone still gets together for “Feel Goods” like they actually do one damn thing.
Bill Moyer’s beliefs notwithstanding…
Have you seen this?
“Pissed Off Scientists: Earth Is Fucked, Commence Resistance Now” (Slate)
Rallies and resistance… The ONLY thing they have in common is they both start with the letter “R”.
Edward Abbey would know what to do… There’s a book dedicated to him here that explains EXACTLY what to do.
Nestled among offerings such as “Bedrock Hillslopes to Deltas: New Insights Into Landscape Mechanics” and “Chemical Indicators of Pathways in the Water Cycle,” the question leapt off the pages of the schedule for the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting. Brad Werner, a geophysicist at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the more than 20,000 Earth and atmospheric scientists who descended on downtown San Francisco this week to share their research on everything from Antarctic ice-sheet behavior to hurricane path modeling to earthquake forecasting. But he’s the only one whose presentation required the use of censorious asterisks. When the chairman of Werner’s panel announced the talk’s title on Wednesday, a titter ran through the audience at the naughtiness of it all. [In Full, Slate via EarthFirst! Journal]
Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners. ~~ Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness 1989
An interview with author and unwilling activist Edward Abbey [Wikipedia] Phoenix Arizona PBS 1982, on ‘progress’, politics, the environment, and more.
Twas in the town of Tuscon, it was 1983 A man named “Edward Abbey” came walkin’ up to me He pulled his ‘Seagull’ from his mouth said I smell lawyers here The politician running dogs they crawled away in fear
A Synopsis Of This Morning’s News… H/t to ChrisM my MP3Angel for supplying the audio files.
«o»In the Republican run up to the elections Rick Santorum surprised almost everyone by taking Mississippi and Alabama yesterday with Newt Gingrich running second. The Hawaiian Islands went to Mitt Romney and on Samoa the results are still being processed. Due to the results there will be another 8-10 weeks of primary and caucus circuses around the nation with Missouri coming up on Saturday and Illinois next Tuesday.
«o»Could it be they’re scared of their own troops? Yesterday Secretary of Defense Panetta, after a VERY tense meeting with Afghan government leaders was in Helmand Afghanistan to meet and greet the troops. The Marines he visited were told to stack their arms outside the meeting hall. Could it be too many 3-4 tour PTSD’d soldiers around? It’s EXTREMELY unusual and often violates standing orders in combat zones to have your weapon at more than arms length.
«o»President Obama will be meeting British prime minister David Cameron today and the topic is undoubtedly going to be… Afghanistan, where the Brits are already in the process of pulling out.
«o»Yemen is in a state of full scale war with many Yemeni soldiers defecting to the rebels. Two military bases have been attacked in the last couple of days with purloined armor and the attacks drove the Yemeni army out of those bases. Meanwhile CIA drone strikes have killed four more ‘militants’, two of whom were alleged al-Qaeda operators.
«o»The sergeant who was responsible for the massacre of sixteen Afghani civiliansis at Fort Lewis Washington now and record checks show he had a near perfect military record.
However that ‘perfect record’ may not mean much because there’s a scandal brewing about PTSD’d soldiers being denied their diagnosis and treatment due to the fact that it costs in excess of $1.5 million dollars each for treatment and benefits, and there ARE A LOT of PTSD’d soldiers out there right now, including on the streets of your town.
“They may be authorities, (but) they’re not leaders.” ~~Edward Abbey
A televised interview with author and unwilling activist Edward Abbey Phoenix Arizona PBS 1982, on ‘progress’, politics, the environment, and more. Followed by Tom Russell (at one time a KPIG DJ) with “The Ballad Of Edward Abbey”, live.
Twas in the town of Tuscon, it was 1983
A man named “Edward Abbey” came walkin’ up to me
He pulled his ‘Seagull’ from his mouth said I smell lawyers here
The politician running dogs they crawled away in fear
From the preface to the original MonkeyWrencher’s handbook, Dave Foreman’s EcoDefense:
In 1830, John James Audubon sat on the banks of the Ohio River for three days as a single flock of Passenger Pigeons darkened the sky from horizon to horizon. He estimated that there were several billion birds in that flock. It has been said that a squirrel could travel from the Atlantic seaboard to the Mississippi River without touching the ground so dense was the deciduous forest of the East.
At the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, an estimated 100,000 Grizzlies roamed the western half of what is now the United States. The howl of the wolf was ubiquitous. The California Condor sailed the sky from the Pacific Coast to the Great Plains. Salmon and sturgeon populated the rivers. Ocelots, Jaguars, and Jaguarundis prowled the Texas brush and Southwestern mountains and mesas. Bighorn Sheep ranged the mountains of the Rockies, the Great Basin, the Southwest, and the Pacific Coast. Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and Carolina Parakeets filled the steamy forests of the Deep South. The land was alive.
East of the Mississippi, giant Tulip Poplars, American Chestnuts, oaks, hickories, and other trees formed the most diverse temperate deciduous forest in the world. In New England, White Pines grew to heights rivaling the Brobdingnagian conifers of the far West. On the Pacific Coast, redwood, hemlock, Douglas-fir, spruce, cedar, fir, and pine formed the grandest forest on Earth.
In the space of a few generations we have laid waste to paradise. The Tall-grass Prairie has been transformed into a corn factory where wildlife means the exotic pheasant. The Shortgrass Prairie is a grid of carefully fenced cow pastures and wheatfields. The Passenger Pigeon is no more; the last one died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. The endless forests of the East are tame woodlots.
With few exceptions, the only virgin deciduous forest there is in tiny museum pieces of hundreds of acres. Fewer than one thousand Grizzlies remain. The last three condors left in the wild were captured and imprisoned in the Los Angeles Zoo. (An expensive reintroduction effort has since been started.)
Except in northern Minnesota and northwestern Montana, wolves are known as scattered individuals drifting across the Canadian and Mexican borders. Four percent of the peerless Redwood Forest remains and the ancient forests of Oregon are all but gone.
The tropical cats have been shot and poisoned from our Southwestern borderlands. The subtropical Eden of Florida has been transmogrified into hotels and citrus orchards. Domestic cattle have grazed bare and radically altered the composition of the grassland communities of the West, displacing Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Pronghorn and leading to the virtual extermination of Grizzly Bear, Gray Wolf, Cougar, and other “varmints.”
Dams choke most of the continent’s rivers and streams.
Nonetheless, wildness and natural diversity remain. There are a few scattered grasslands ungrazed, stretches of free-flowing river, thousand-year-old forests, Eastern woodlands growing back to forest and reclaiming past roads, Grizzlies and wolves and lions and Wolverines and Bighorn and Moose roaming the backcountry; hundreds of square miles that have never known the imprint of a tire, the bite of a drill, the rip of a `dozer, the cut of a saw, the smell of gasoline…
If you want to help keep what’s left of the planet as an environment worth living on, get your own fully illustrated (HTML) copy of Dave Foreman’s Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching… A how-to civil defense/resistance manual for citizens of the Earth… [HERE], and then get active.
“We aren’t trying to overthrow EVERYTHING… …but certain specific things. Business POLITICS Poverty, and Oppression.” ~~Herbert Marcuse
Take it easy… But TAKE it!
This is Razer Raygun saying ‘Happy Motoring America…’. Remember:
Capitalism has a gun at your head every moment you’re alive:
The folly at the root of this foolish economy began with the idea that a corporation should be regarded, legally, as “a person.” But the limitless destructiveness of this economy comes about precisely because a corporation is not a person.
A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance. Unlike a person, a corporation does not age. It does not arrive, as most persons finally do, at a realization of the shortness and smallness of human lives; it does not come to see the future as the lifetime of the children and grandchildren of anybody in particular.
It can experience no personal hope or remorse, no change of heart. It cannot humble itself. It goes about its business as if it were immortal, with the single purpose of becoming a bigger pile of money. The stockholders essentially are usurers, people who “let their money work for them,” expecting high pay in return for causing others to work for low pay.
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