29 Jun 2008
Del tha Funkee Homosapien is an alternative hip hop artist. Del was born Teren Delvon Jones on August 12, 1972 in Oakland, California . He currently lives in Richmond, California.
BiographyCousin of renowned rapper Ice Cube, Del began his career writing lyrics for Cube's backing band, Da Lench Mob. In 1991, with the help of Ice Cube, Del released his first solo album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, at the age of 19. The album was a commercial success, largely due to the popularity of the hit single, "Mistadobalina". Ultimately Del, who was not pleased with the limited musical range of the album, took matters into his own hands, and severed his production-artist relationship with Ice Cube for his next album, No Need for Alarm.
Due to touring, mundane activities, and frequent psychedelic drug use, it would be another five years before the release of his third album. About a month before the release of his third album Future Development Del received an auspicious letter from his label, Elektra, stating that his contract had been terminated.
Together with his crew, Del has established his own independent record label, Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings, which primarily consists of an expanded Hieroglyphics roster and a few other artists with whom the group collaborates regularly.
Del's impact on the music world did not end with his solo work of even the albums his label released. At the beginning of the new millennium Del branched out and through his work with Dan the Automator on the Deltron 3030 record and later with the Gorillaz multi platinum first album (and on which he voiced the hit single, "Clint Eastwood"), Del continued to push the boundaries of the art of MCing and proving that talent and versatility could make rap relevant outside the traditional boundaries of genre.
When asked about working with Def Jux, Del commented: "I look at this as an opportunity to spread the gospel a little thicker. El-P and I have known each other for a long time and I respect what he does. I see Def Jux out there doing their thing, I think we can help each other build new audiences. I'm looking forward to working with El-P and Def Jux on future projects as well."
to reach out and grasp that which is needed
for our survival. There is a longing among
the young of my nation to secure for them-
selves and their people the skills that will
provide them with a sense of worth and
purpose. They will be our new warriors.
Their training will be much longer and
more demanding than it was in olden days.
The long years of study will demand more
determination, separation from home and
family will demand endurance. But they
will emerge with their hand held forward,
not to receive welfare, but to grasp the
place in society that is rightly ours.
I am a chief, but my power to make war
is gone, and the only weapon left to me
is speech. It is only with tongue and speech
that I can fight my people's war."
by Chief Dan George
Chief Dan George, OC (July 24, 1899–September 23, 1981) was a chief of the Tsleil-Waututh, a Salish First Nations people located in Burrard Inlet, British Columbia. Chief George was also an Academy Award-nominated actor and an author.
Acting careerIn 1960, when he was already 60 years of age, he got his first job acting in a CBC Television series, Cariboo Country, as the character "Ol' Antoine". He performed the same role in a Walt Disney Studios movie, Smith!, adapted from an episode in this series (based on Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse, a novella by Paul St. Pierre). At the age of 71, George won several awards for his role in the film Little Big Man, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to act in other films, such as The Outlaw Josey Wales, Harry and Tonto, and Americathon, and on television, including a role in the miniseries Centennial, based on the book by James A. Michener.
George acted the role of Rita Joe's father in George Ryga's stage play, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, in performances at Vancouver, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Washington.
During his acting career, Chief Dan George always worked to promote better understanding by non-aboriginals of the First Nations people. His soliloquy, Lament for Confederation (full text), a riveting indictment of the appropriation of native territory by white colonialism, was performed at the city of Vancouver's celebration of the Canadian centennial in 1967. This speech is credited with escalating native political activism in Canada, as well as touching off widespread pro-native sentiment among non-natives.
In 1971, George was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
He died in Vancouver in 1981 at the age of 82.
28 Jun 2008
Old growth forest
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Old growth forest, also called primary forest, ancient forest, virgin forest, primeval forest, frontier forest or (in the UK) Ancient Woodland, is an area of forest that has attained great age and so exhibits unique biological features. Old growth forests typically contain large live trees, large dead trees (sometimes called "snags"), and large logs. Old growth forests usually have multiple vertical layers of vegetation representing a variety of tree species and age classes.
Forest regenerated after severe disruptions, such as clear-cut or fire is often called second-growth or regeneration until a long enough time passes that the effects of the disturbance are no longer evident. Depending on the forest, this may take anywhere from a century to several millennia. Hardwood forests of the eastern United States can develop old-growth characteristics in one or two generations of trees, or 150-500 years.
Old growth forests may be home to rare species which depend on this now-rare habitat, making them ecologically significant. Biodiversity may be higher or lower in old growth forests than in second-growth forests depending on specific circumstances. Logging in old growth forests is a contentious issue in many parts of the world.www.catpress.com/planet/
Native Americans have always had a close relationship with all the creatures of the Earth. Did you get closer to their view of life through your experience? Have you been in contact with any Native American tribes since then? I know, for example, that you are involved in the campaign for Leonard Peltier's liberation.
Yes, Leonard Peltier is a Native American who has been in prison for 25 years for a murder he did not commit. Like other people who have been wrongly imprisoned, he is paying for standing up for what he believes in and for defending the rights of a minority. I have been in contact with two Native American tribes in particular: the Lakota from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and the Dineh Navaho from Big Mountain, Arizona. The Lakota of the Pine Ridge Reservation are the poorest people in the US. The unemployment rate is 98% there. With the Circle of Life Foundation we are working to improve their conditions.http://juliabutterflyhill.wordpress.com/
All of the indigenous tribes knew how to live as one with nature. They taught about the three S's, that is Sovereignty, Subsistence and Spirituality. Sovereignty is the ability to self-govern by living according to the laws of nature. Among the Natives, the rules for humans patterned the rules of nature. Subsistence is about seeing the difference between needs and wants -in other words not to destroy what we need because of what we want, because of greed. Spirituality is about recognising that every life is sacred. Every time they take a life for food, the Natives ask for permission first, and then they give thanks.
The Lakota have really taught me a lot. For example, in the Lakota language there is no word for mitigation. Mitigation is the word we use when we are trying to clean up the streams we have polluted. The concept does not exist in the minds of the Lakota because they do not make a mess in the first place, so they do not need to clean up. The Lakotas have so much to teach us. Unfortunately these three ways of living have been undermined and destroyed in every possible way, but the Natives who hold on to their spirituality are so much richer than the wealthiest people in America.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Greenpeace posed as a pro-coal organization to become a sponsor of the 2008 McCloskey Coal USA conference, which was surprised but allowed them to deliver a brief anti-coal message, officials said Friday.
When The McCloskey Group figured out who the Institute for Energy Solutions really were, they decided to let Greenpeace have their booth under the phone name and make brief remarks, organizers said.
The conference managers did take the precaution of adding security because of Greenpeace's reputation for confrontational, disruptive tactics, they said. The muscle was used once, to eject one Greenpeace member.
Greenpeace spokesman Carroll Muffett was allowed to speak against coal as a polluting fuel for a few minutes, and the team manned a booth offering information and anti-coal paraphernalia.
"It's a lot of value for the money," said Muffett of the $8,500 co-sponsorship fee that made the Greenpeace front group publishers of the conference brochure.
In the brochure, an ad for the fake Institute seems pro-coal, but if readers go to the www.tomorrowsenergytoday.org website, they are redirected to www.coal-is-dirty.com.
The Greenpeace team handed out business cards that read: "The Institute for Energy Solutions is a joke. So is clean coal." The cards were signed Greenpeace.
Muffett said the environmental action group merely copied a tactic used by several industries, creating a benign-sounding but phone front to promote their position.
Gerard McCloskey, chairman of the consulting and publishing company that bears his name, said it was his second experience with Greenpeace recently.
The group disrupted a conference in London several months ago, and he decided to try to have a conversation with Greenpeace, McCloskey said.
"I thought what we should do was engage them," McCloskey said. "All of us have children, grandchildren. It was good to see Greenpeace here willing to put their argument out."
As the conference broke for lunch Thursday, Greenpeace had Muffett's 9-year-old daughter and two boys ages 10 and 11 handing out asthma inhalers and masks.
That offended some attendees. "I think that using kids ... was inappropriate," McCloskey said.
Muffett demurred, saying the 10-year-old boy has asthma and the youngsters wanted to be there. "What to me is unconscionable is to sell a product when you know it gives children asthma," Muffett said.
Muffett said he was pleased with the effort and called the conference attendees "quite receptive" after they listened quietly and responded to his remarks with polite applause.
"Maybe the coal industry's excessively polite," McCloskey said.
McCloskey said he would like to address a Greenpeace meeting. "I would like to persuade them that they're wrong in key areas," he said.
(Reporting by Bruce Nichols; Editing by John Picinich)
25 Jun 2008
- My job is to save the fucking wilderness. I don't know anything else worth saving.
- One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothing can beat teamwork.
- Seldom Seen Smith in The Monkey Wrench Gang, pg. 313
- Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.
- Abbey's Road (1979)
- We're all undesireable elements from somebody's point of view.
- Abbey's Road
- May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
- Earth Apples: The Poetry of Edward Abbey (1994)
- Without courage, all other virtues are useless.
- Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951-1989 (1994)
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government."
" Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. "
"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. "
Viva Edward Abbey
George Carlin R.I.P.
No herds to follow.
Without game, men prey on each other.
The family weakens by the rights we swallow...
True leaders gone,
Of land and people.
We choose no kin but adopted strangers.
The family weakens by the lengths we travel...
All of us with wings..." Perry Farrell
Write in Pauline Whitesinger for President 2008
24 Jun 2008
and the Media continues to use the coming Presidential election as the backdrop distraction to deflect attention away from our treasonous leaders.
While McCain flounders valiantly in trying to rally the elites around him
the Obama campaign advances solidly and stealthily like a well-oiled machine.
I would not be surprised if he were a member of the C.I.A.... or at least had them running his election campaign.
In the past week there have been three very specific criticisms brought against him by the fifth estate...
1. He refuses to take 85 million dollars that the U.S. Government could give him
2. He denied the right of dressed Muslims to sit behind him at a photo op
3. He made his own Presidential Seal
~ call them criticisms, statements of fact, observations or news... all three end up as tactical victories for the Obama campaign.
These "mistakes" actually confront his critics with information that forces them to evolve their opinions...
1. He is saving the U.S. Government 85 million dollars
2. The sight of Obama near a Muslim in the Land of the Free is too threatening for the American public today
3. Even if the Presidential seal offends you, it forces the reality of the possibility into our conversation and thoughts
"Issues are never simple. One thing I'm proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues." Barack Obama
"Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate. " Sun Tzu
"You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt. " Barack Obama
"Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance." Sun Tzu
So, the media is reporting that Obama has unveiled his own pseudo Presidential seal with the Latin translation for "Yes We Can" on it... Vero Possumus.
This is interesting because his "Yes We Can" slogan is a translation from the Latin American political cry of "Si, Se Puede"
But what no-one has mentioned yet is what it replaces on the true Presidential seal,
E Pluribus Unum ~ "Out of many, One"...
Which leads me to believe that Obama is using Latin to politely tell America that although Bush has divided us,
Unity is possible.
23 Jun 2008
Pier 57 cops also exposed to toxins during 2004 RNC
By Chris Lombardi
As lawsuits proceed in the case of detainees hauled in to Pier 57 during the 2004 Republican National Convention, more than 42 reports filed by NYPD officers on the scene indicate they, too, were exposed to diesel dust, harsh solvents, black oil and asbestos.
The reports, obtained under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) by the Environmental Justice Law Project, appear consistent both with plaintiffs’ testimony in those suits, who are suing the city and Hudson River Park Trust, and the reported condition of the building before 2003, when it was still a bus garage run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Plaintiffs in the suits charge that the NYPD held them for an average of 33 hours at the pier in metal cages atop a floor covered in oily muck, and that HRPT, which loaned the pier to the NYPD for the week and protested when the detentions hit the news, should still bear some responsibility. Right now, the suits are still at the deposition stage, with the 500-plus plaintiffs spending days at the federal courthouse downtown.
...“MOS (member of service) performed 12 hrs X 8 days at [Pier 57].... [blacked out] because of sore throat, irritated eyes & chest congestion. Saw PMD [NYPD paramedic] 9/4. Was given antibiotics, cough syrup and a puffer,” the latter presumably to help her breathe. Alone among the reports released, #1678 also contained advice about how to protect herself and her family from the lingering effects of exposure."
...many of the aromatic hydrocarbons used to clean large vehicles are listed on the Center for Disease Control’s American Toxic Disease Registry. Peffers added that she was quite disturbed about the detention of protesters in such a place, before the building had been certified as free of either asbestos or other toxins.
“For solvents, all exposure routes are significant,” said Peffers. “Respiration can cause long-term breathing difficulties and neurological problems.
...Kupferman added wryly that the evidence from the reports moves away, finally, from earlier stages in the RNC litigation, when videotaped evidence contradicted police testimony. The officers, after all, filed these reports just as their boss, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, was telling CNN that protesters’ descriptions of the pier were “exaggerated.”
Thus, the modified Alternative B as it concludes in the Draft EIS inadequately interprets the destructive processes of aquifer and coal extraction of Dineh and Hopi lands that encompasses mostly pristine topography that contain numerous cultural and religious sites. The haste in soliciting comments for an entirely new project precludes an adequate representation of these harms.
21 Jun 2008
"This is where the party ends
I can't stand here listening to you
And your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
And your racist friend
It was the loveliest party that I've ever attended
If anything was broken I'm sure it could be mended
My head can't tolerate this bobbing and pretending
Listen to some bullet-head and the madness that he's saying
This is where the party ends
I'll just sit here wondering how you
Can stand by your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
You and your racist friend
This is where the party ends
I can't stand here listening to you
And your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
And your racist friend
Out from the kitchen to the bedroom to the hallway
Your friend apologizes, he could see it my way
He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking
Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding"
song: Your Racist Friend
Artist: They Might Be Giants
My neighbor is a racist. So is his wife and i suspect his dog as well. He has a large American flag hanging on the wall of his front porch, he told me that inside the house he flies a Confederate and a Nazi flag also. He told me his relative is in History channel documentaries for being the head of the SS in Nazi Germany until he was assassinated by Hitler... for arguing that Jews were white.
When i asked him if he would be voting for Obama, he physically recoiled away from me and only responded wordlessly in the negative.
I am not a racist (i am white with no pride) but i can totally relate to his reaction, that is how i have always felt about G.W. Bush.
Is a good movie, i liked it. Some major themes it intensely explored for me were Death, Youth and Language. The possibility that the northeast USA is confronting a terrorist attack directly confronts the emotions of 9/11... with bodies dropping off a building in NYC as a terrible reminder. Central to the action is the way adults comforted children as people were dying. The film has one main premise: what if humans were afflicted the same way that bees are with colony collapse disorder. That horrifying possibility is what makes this a horror film.
The films action doesn't make sense. How can it, when it is confronting a human world that isn't making sense either. We are singlehandedly destroying the very environment that we need to survive. Mother Earth is reacting to our lack of logic and resisting... fighting back. The suicidal annihilation of bee colonies can seem to us lacking purpose or reason but the effects are clear... no more bees would have a devastating effect on life as we know it.
As the human colony collapse begins to unfold in the film a quote is flashed on the screen attributed to Einstein, " “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years left to live.” Whether or not he said it is debatable. Whether or not it is true is debatable as well. The only inarguable fact we can confront right now is that the bees are disappearing. The only part of the plot of "The Happening" that we can reliably comprehend is that people are killing themselves.
Our environment is being ravaged on catastrophic proportions. When a catastrophe occurs our language fails us and it is disorienting to our minds. This is captured in the fatal attacks of The Happening. The first stage of assault is loss of speech. The second is physical disorientation and the third is death.
The acting in the film lacks gravity... the goal of the actors is not to transport the viewer into the world of the film where their feelings and emotions mirror our own. The actors are more treated as delivery vehicles... they sacrifice authenticity and realism in order to force their situation directly onto the movie audience. It is simply not possible to realistically "act" in a way that confronts the illogic of our environmental actions. The only actors capable of doing that are the ones that are killing themselves. The ones in collapse.
But somehow there is good in humanity and hope for the environment... i cannot prove this but i feel it in my gut. Or maybe i am just hoping, because i don't want either to end. Likewise i know this was a good movie and i feel it in my gut as well...
because when the credits scrolled up i didn't want it to end.
It is relevant that the movie title occurs in present tense.
The English language has evolved from the rule of the English throne...
meaning that it inherently relies on the concept of one acknowledged human ruler.
That underlying aspect and philosophy of the language has undergone transformation and evolution ever since it become exposed to the cultures of the Americas... which have always recognized the inherent equality of all humanity in their attitudes, practices and languages.
Just as the authority of the King was usurped once his subjects became exposed to Americas' shores...
the authority inherent in his lingual usage of the word "I" has also been destroyed.
There is no Native American language having a direct translation for the word I. It is more simply done in the Spanish language, where "I" becomes "Yo"... this being possible because the Spanish language also comes from an aristocratic ruler.
Since American Democracy rejects the existence of a supreme human ruler it logically follows that the American English language cannot allow the exists of a literal I.
I becomes all of us, I is really We from a personal perspective.
The existence of I is suspect on several levels, really. To begin with, as a word it hardly exists... in point of fact it is merely a letter.
In addition it barely exists even as a sound. "I" is the same as "Eye" and the same as "Aye".
For all we know, when George Washington was confronted by his father for chopping down an apple tree he may have responded, "Eye cannot tell a lie".
"And that's very important for, I think, the people to understand where I'm coming from to know that this is a dangerous world. I wish it wasn't.
I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign-policy matters with war on my mind. Again, I wish it wasn't true, but it is true. And the American people need to know they got a president who sees the world the way it is. And I see dangers that exist, and it's important for us to deal with them."
THE OVAL OFFICE, FEBRUARY 7, 2004
BROADCAST ON NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2004
PLEASE CREDIT ANY EXCERPTS TO NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”
20 Jun 2008
19 Jun 2008
As of this posting,
the unholy reign of G.W. Bush marches on politically and legally uncontested for another half a year.
he was illegitimately elected twice.
He started his presidency by making history as taking the most vacation days ever in office.
He led the nation during the only major attack ever perpetrated by a foreign power on U.S. soil and has failed to bring his avowed enemy to any sort of justice.
He took a robust and succeeding economy and launched it into a recession... creating the largest deficit we have ever seen.
He started a false war in Iraq and declared it a success years ago while it still fails today.
The global policies of the United States of America and it's allies are destroying the hearts and minds of the children of the world. In addition they are systematically devastating the ecology of earth.
Ever since Europe made contact with the Americas the culture and environment has been ravaged and subjugated.
The most blatant symbol of this situation is the theft of Geronimo's skull by a secret society of white men.
The treasonous President of the United States is a member of that society and his ancestors perpetrated the original sacrilege.
Punishing him and his family would be a crucial first step towards recognition of the validity of indigenous existence.
For thousands of years the Original Peoples of the Americas were stewards and caretakers of Mother Earth. We need to humbly learn from them the correct way to live on this planet...
but instead, the last two Presidential candidates were both proud members of Skull & Bones.
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A stairway to the dark side of the moon reveals an orchestrated King
singing the blues while sexual pistols whip Jesus’ son.
Who’s influence weens us?
Me and my friends gratefully raged against the machine for three days
in the shadow of the valley of the dead
so big brother and company held us down while the wind cried
nothing to be gained here (except copied rights),
Then a questing tribe of beastly boys found a digable plant
where a buffalo soldier picked up a Gideon’s bible from the Godfather
in joe’s garage (or was it in one of 200 motels?)
Anyway, on a Holiday, the pinball wizard boy (Billie)
followed his heart and stopped pretending he was the king of the little plastic castles
while education, missed in the house of the naked apes, evolved and mutated
into and with ~ Nature Art Love Truth ~ and we do too…
And somewhere over the rainbow dancing fools send clowns and purple rain
into imagine nations where everything is now sacred
and there are no more public enemies or rusted Roots or minor threats
or bad brains or busted rhymes or widespread panic
and everyone can read the hieroglyphics on the wall
and we are all refugees of courtney’s love attaining nirvana….
But then again, you’re so vain, you probly think this poem’s about you-
we are everywhere and we cannot be beaten
it’s all over now baby blue, all we need is Love