Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stand With Standing Rock

Hear the message of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Honor tribal sovereignty and the Earth we inhabit by telling President Obama to deny the easement by calling 202-456-1111. We need every person to call Obama this week before Dec. 5th. Please share. For more information visit

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The Beneficial Psychedelic Experience | THE SHAMAN

Anything from magic mushrooms to Ayahuasca can provide you a beneficial psychedelic experience, as long this is the goal you are after.
The sacred psychedelic plants are part of the human culture since time immemorial. The shamans rely on these plants for achieving altered states of consciousness. In these states the spiritual workers are able to tap in to realms of existence otherwise unreachable. Accordingly to the mainstream historians, psychedelic plants and substances are been used for more than 10,000 years. Evidences of shamanic-ritual usage of San Pedro cactus in Peru for example, are dated 8600 B.C. The magic mushrooms usage in Mexico and Guatemala has long roots. Artifacts like the mushroom stone (apx. 3000 years old), are a definitive evidence of how important the hallucinogenic mushrooms were for the people. The Batel plant was wildly used in Asia. The first evidence of Batel usage pointing back to 2660 B.C. …

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Victory for Standing Rock: DAPL Easement Not Granted | Earthjustice

Victory: The Dakota Access Corporation was not granted the easement needed for construction under Lake Oahe; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moves to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for alternative routes

December 4, 2016:

Standing Rock — Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not be granting an easement under Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross the Missouri River a half mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The Corps further stated that it plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for alternative routes. These actions trigger a new round of public involvement processes to permit the final piece of the pipeline as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The decision is major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all who stood in solidarity over the last few months...

more: Victory for Standing Rock: DAPL Easement Not Granted | Earthjustice

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL (Official Video)

Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL (Official Video) - YouTube
Published on Dec 4, 2016
Tell President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and protect water for 17 million people and our planet for future generations: SIGN THE PETITION at PEOPLESCLIMATEMUSIC.COM

Hip Hop Caucus, creator of People’s Climate Music, has partnered with Taboo, solo Hip Hop artist and member of the Grammy Award-winning pop group Black Eyed Peas, to debut “Stand Up/Stand N Rock”. This song and video were created in support of the Standing Rock Reservation and the Sioux Tribe, as they lead a peaceful, powerful, and diverse movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). 

Song produced by Printz Board.

Video directed and edited by Johnny Lee, filmed by Baxter Stapelton and includes actress and Divergent series star Shailene Woodley; artists: TABOO of Black Eyed Peas, Tony Duncan (flute), Perry Cheevers (intro/native chant), PJ Vegas (hook), Kahara Hodges (hook), Emcee One (2nd verse), Drezus (2nd verse/pos-hook), Supaman (bridge) Gerald Danforth (bridge), Spencer Battiest (last verse), Doc Battiest (last verse), and MC My (verse), Martin Sensmeier, Bethany Yellowtail, Lehi Thunder Voice Eagle, Shalene Joseph, Temryss Lane, Gina Tiger, and Indigenous Enterprise. Additional footage provided by Heather Rae, BEN, and Cody Lucich - Thank u all for Standing Up 4 Standing Rock.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

#NoDAPL | photo: Benny Zable at Standing Rock

Photo by Alan Chidester taken at the central camp at Standing Rock. #NoDAPL #WaterisLife

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Standing up in unity with Standing Rock.. — with Lewis WalkerJason Atterton and Sam Crozier in Nimbin Rocks.
Mike Toner photo – With Benny Zable, David Hyett and Cecil Roberts at Phoenix Rising Cafe.

Friday, November 25, 2016

update on my medical situation

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UPDATE 17 NOVEMBER: a quick update on my medical situation: i met with my surgeon yesterday, and he wants to try a course of injections for my neck rather than perform surgery at this point. the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders have literally pulled my shoulder out of place so that i have been having some serious difficulty with my right arm; also, we have discovered that there are 4 bad disks instead of only 3 – hopefully this therapy will work and no surgery needed!  

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Water Cannons Fired at Water Protectors in Freezing Temperatures Injure Hundreds — Sacred Stone Camp - Iŋyaŋ Wakh�ŋagapi Oth�

Cannon Ball, ND-- Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening.   The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806.  Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Some flares shot by law enforcement started grass fires which were ignored by the water cannons and had to be extinguished by water protectors. Law enforcement also shot down three media drones and targeted journalists with less lethal rounds...


Monday, October 31, 2016

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Conserving the Future is a Matter of Public Trust - Project Coyote

Children suing state and federal governments argue climate change will be irreversible and current generations should not rob the next of a stable, predictable climate. Treves says the same argument can be made regarding wildlife extinction. Photo: Thomas Good

Last May, a group of children persuaded the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to compel the state government to regulate greenhouse gases. Their case was based on a claim that the atmosphere falls under a long-standing legal principle: the government is obligated to hold some resources in trust for public use, now and in the future.
“Atmospheric trust” lawsuits are also advancing in other state courts and two federal courts. Their arguments arise from common-law principles, as well as the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of intergenerational justice for the beneficiaries identified in its Preamble: “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
The U.S. Constitution does not specifically mention the environment, so marshaling it in such cases depends on a common law doctrine called the “public trust” – the concept that certain assets must be held in trust for our children and theirs. This doctrine has guided almost 200 years of U.S. jurisprudence.
The Massachusetts case is just one of many that might revolutionize how the U.S. and state governments preserve our climate, water, and wildlife...

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

#petition: Protect Freedom of The Press: Drop Charges Against Journalists for Covering ND Pipeline Protests :: #NoDAPL

Drop Charges Against Journalists for Covering #NoDAPL Protests

– In North Dakota, journalists are being targeted and arrested for covering peaceful protests against a harmful pipeline. These arrests are a clear and blatant attempt to suppress the press from reporting on human rights violations committed by the state acting on behalf of oil and gas companies. 
As Earth Guardians around the globe, we demand that North Dakota officials drop the charges against journalists and that President Obama ask the DOJ to investigate the unlawful arrests.

Even at 16 years old, I know the importance of the first amendment of the constitution, which protects the freedom of our press. It's an essential right in a free country and is something that sets us apart from countries around the world where reporters are locked up for reporting on human rights violations. But right now that's exactly what's happening:
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman was charged with criminal trespassing simply for filming an attack on Native American-led water protectors. Actress and activist Shailene Woodley along with many other peaceful protestors have been arrested as well. Most recently, documentarian Deia Schlosberg, the producer of Josh Fox's new climate change documentary has been arrested for filming a protest in North Dakota. She could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted. 
We cannot let corporations and police violate the first amendment and intimidate our work towards a healthy and sustainable future. Please sign on to demand our constitutional right of freedom of the press is protected!

SIGN NOW: petition: Protect Freedom of The Press: Drop Charges Against Journalists for Covering ND Pipeline Protests

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#JoinThePack :: Wolves Need A Good Lawyer, Now More Than Ever Before.

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– THE INCREDIBLE COMEBACK OF THE GRAY WOLF in the Northern Rockies signaled the resolve of a society strong enough to embrace a world ensured not just for us, but for all species. Today, the future of wolves remains under threat—from hostile state management plans to anti-wildlife politicians. Earthjustice enforces the rule of law to preserve our irreplaceable wildlife and wild places. And we hold accountable those who harm them.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time | Environment | The Guardian

Seven types of bees once found in abundance in Hawaii have become the first bees to be added to the US federal list of endangered and threatened species.

Placing yellow-faced bees under federal safeguards comes just over a week since the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed adding the imperilled rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once found in the upper midwest and north-eastern United States, to the endangered and threatened species list.
One of several wild bee species seen declining over the past two decades, the rusty patched bumble bee is the first in the continental United States formally proposed for protections.
...The listing decision, published on Friday in the Federal Register, classifies seven varieties of yellow-faced or masked bees as endangered, due to such factors as habitat loss, wildfires and the invasion of non-native plants and insects...
...The bees faced a variety of threats including “feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of native habitat due to invasive plants, fire, as well as development, especially in some for the coastal areas”, Jepson told Associated Press...
...Hawaii-based entomologist Karl Magnacca said the bees “tend to favor the more dominant trees and shrubs we have here”, he said. “People tend to focus on the rare plants, and those are important, that’s a big part of the diversity. But the other side is maintaining the common ones as common. (The bees) help maintain the structure of the whole forest.”
The bees were critical for maintaining the health of plants and other animals across the islands, said Gregory Koob, conservation and restoration team manager for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Honolulu.
“Those plants are not only food and nesting habitat for the bees, but they also provide habitat for other animals,” he said. “It’s the web of life.”

complete article: Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time | Environment | The Guardian

More than 100 Native American tribes have joined a protest in North Dakota against a major oil pipeline. As the the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline continues + Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years

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Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years
The proposed bill also seeks to remove protection from 18 million acres of land in eastern Utah and prevent President Obama from designating the Bears Ears area a national monument.

Adjoining Canyonlands National Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bears Ears is an unprotected culturally significant region that contains more than 100,000 Native American archeological sites. These sacred sites are subject to continual looting and desecration. More than a dozen serious looting cases were reported between May 2014 and April 2015.

The area has been inhabited for at least 11,000 years. Many Southwestern tribes have longstanding connections to this land, including Navajo, Ute and Paiute peoples. The Navajo Nation and the White Mesa Ute Reservation border Bears Ears. Rock paintings and petroglyphs are found throughout the area...

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

turning desert into forest :)

An amazing forest in the desert
Forests are springing up in the Egyptian desert. But they're not mirages. Scientists have found a way to grow trees there using sewage


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Monday, September 12, 2016

#NoDAPL :: Native American Activist Winona LaDuke at Standing Rock: It’s Time to Move On from Fossil Fuels |

While Democracy Now! was covering the Standing Rock standoff earlier this month, we spoke to Winona LaDuke, longtime Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. She spent years successfully fighting the Sandpiper pipeline, a pipeline similar to Dakota Access. We met her right outside the Red Warrior Camp, where she has set up her tipi. Red Warrior is one of the encampments where thousands of Native Americans representing hundreds of tribes from across the U.S. and Canada are currently resisting the pipeline’s construction

transcript: Native American Activist Winona LaDuke at Standing Rock: It's Time to Move On from Fossil Fuels | Democracy Now!

North Dakota v. Amy Goodman: Arrest Warrant Issued After Pipeline Coverage

As we reported on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 – In other Dakota Access pipeline news, last Thursday, Morton County, North Dakota, issued an arrest warrant for Amy Goodman. The charge: criminal trespass, a misdemeanor offense. The case, State of North Dakota v. Amy Goodman, stems from Democracy Now!’s coverage in North Dakota over the Labor Day weekend of the Native American-led protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Saturday, September 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company using dogs and pepper spray to attack protesters.

more: Dakota Access Pipeline @ Democracy Now!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

#NoDAPL :: Federal Agencies Step in After Judge Denies Tribe's Request to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline, and A GRAIN OF SALT

Friday afternoon brought a roller coaster of emotions for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and supporters in the battle to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the tribe's North Dakota reservation. Shortly after a federal judge rejected the tribe's emergency legal challenge, a joint statement by three federal agencies effectively stopped work on the pipeline until significant questions are answered about potential environmental and cultural impacts.


"Here’s the real story: This fight has neither been won nor lost."

Erased By False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL

All Native struggles in the United States are a struggle against erasure. The poisoning of our land, the theft of our children, the state violence committed against us — we are forced to not only live in opposition to these ills, but also to live in opposition to the fact that they are often erased from public view and public discourse, outside of Indian Country. The truth of our history and our struggle does not match the myth of American exceptionalism, and thus, we are frequently boxed out of the narrative.
The struggle at Standing Rock, North Dakota, has been no exception, with Water Protectors fighting tooth and nail for visibility, ever since the Sacred Stone prayer encampment began on April 1.
For months, major news outlets have ignored what’s become the largest convergence of Native peoples in more than a century. But with growing social media amplification and independent news coverage, the corporate media had finally begun to take notice. National attention was paid. Solidarity protests were announced in cities around the country. The National Guard was activated in North Dakota.
The old chant, “The whole world is watching!” seemed on the verge of accuracy in Standing Rock.
And then came today’s ruling, with a federal judge finding against the Standing Rock Sioux, and declaring that construction of the pipeline could legally continue. It was the ruling I expected, but it still stung. I felt the sadness, anger and disappointment that rattled many of us as we received the news. But then something happened. Headlines like, “Obama administration orders ND pipeline construction to stop” and “The Obama Administration Steps In to Block the Dakota Access Pipeline” began to fill my newsfeed, with comments like, “Thank God for Obama!” attached to them.
Clearly, a major plot twist has occurred. But it’s not the one that’s being sold.
To understand that this isn’t the victory it’s being billed as, you have to read the fine print in the presently lauded joint statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior...

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