21st Century Rape Culture

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

Is there an environmental “rape culture” in the United States? Yes, of course, there is. Most contemporary ecological problems, or “rape the land” mentality, is deeply rooted in Western patriarchal culture.

Rape (transitive verb) definition for this piece: 1a: (archaic) to seize and take away by force b:despoil 2: to commit rape on Continue reading “21st Century Rape Culture”

More “Red Meat” for America

serveimage.jpgCould not resist sharing this. 
Of course, it’s not hard to see why artists and poets are the first to be rounded up when nationalism boils over.
And if you’re not sure what to get Uncle Grumpy for Christmas, there’s always the Trumpy Bear to consider.
I’ll leave you all with this mini-montage as the country watches (and worships) football, and fights in the stands and living rooms  about who’s more patriotic.  Rhymes with idiotic. 
Won’t somebody give me a cheeseburger?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyV41-tFPcQ

“Saving” Watersheds and Urbanites

The Prussian “Iron Chancellor” Otto Von Bismarck is often credited with the saying: “To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.”

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) recently introduced legislation to speed forest clearcutting and thinning projects in the Forest Service’s Northern Region.

The “Protect Collaboration for Healthier Forests Act” would adopt a regional approach to disputes over forest management projects that Daines has sought to implement nationally. According to Sen. Daines, “fringe litigators — radical environmental extremists — sue to stop commonsense collaborative forest management projects that would reduce the risk of wildfire.” Continue reading ““Saving” Watersheds and Urbanites”

Bloody good blood.

” Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,’ I says, ‘but don’t insult me poor bleedin’ country.”   Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990)

With all the recent focus on peerage and landed gentry of the United States, and linkages back to distinguished, royal families of Great Britain, it seems to me that it all comes down to blood.

But how much do we understand about the blood in our own bodies? For example, which organ of the human body is most responsible for controlling blood pressure? Most people, when asked, simply do not know.  Not surprisingly, this important fact is not part of most public-education curriculum.  Continue reading “Bloody good blood.”

Love Your Lymph

 

The lymph is interstitial fluid that bathes our cells, brings them nutrients and removes waste.  First and foremost, detoxification occurs through the lymph.  As more chemicals enter our bodies through the air we breathe and the food and water we ingest, maintaining the lymph, a vital route of detoxification often goes unnoticed.  In most people the lymph is operating far below its capacity because it is clogged with dead skin cells and un-removed waste excreted by perspiring. Continue reading “Love Your Lymph”

Grizzly Bears, Endangered Species Act Win Big in Federal Court

Yaak, MT – On Tuesday, August 22, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is prohibited from reinventing the legal definition of an endangered species.

In 2014, when FWS managers declined to list as endangered the remnant population of grizzly bears that live in Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, in northern Idaho and northwest Montana, the agency broke the law.  After almost three years of battling the agency in federal court, that crucial decision would ultimately lead to a huge conservation victory for grizzly bears, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the plaintiff, Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Continue reading “Grizzly Bears, Endangered Species Act Win Big in Federal Court”

Of Art and Freedom

Art is essentially an uncensored expression of human freedom.  Artistic expressions of freedom come from inside the artist.  Making art is something an artist simply must do, and must do with autonomous, soulful emotion.  Art’s essential spirit is connected to the mysteries of nature — nature’s way, if you will.  If given half a chance, art can help protect us from spiritual stagnation, even in the spectacular, secular wasteland created by rapidly-advancing technology, hyper-consumerism, materialism and voyeurism, to name a just a few of my favorites. Continue reading “Of Art and Freedom”