A federal judge just handed down an Order in the Dakota Pipeline (DAPL) case. He will rule on pending motions to stop the flow of oil in that pipeline at a later date.
These small victories are never enough, but keep a small, dedicated army of grassroots warriors on the front lines energy to overcome the natural fear of a superior, violent force, and keep on fighting in defense of Mother Earth.
“Water protectors at Standing Rock faced forcible evictions, and hundreds were injured, with 26 reportedly hospitalized, in one November 2016 “mass casualty incident” where police used water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and other weapons.” – Sharon Kelly
Fight or flight? That is the question. Silence in consent.
“With the understanding that SARS-CoV might be with humans for years to come, knowledge of the evolutionary mechanism of the SARS-CoV, including its mutation rate and emergence time, is fundamental to battle this deadly pathogen. To date, the speed at which the deadly virus evolved in nature and the elapsed time before it was transmitted to humans remains poorly understood.” https://bmcevolbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2148-4-21 (June 2004).
Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding landscape is one of the most inhospitable locations in the Lower 48. Life for large mammals is particularly challenging given the frigid temperatures, deep snow and long winters. Summer is short and can be equally dangerous for the living due to wildfires, drought, and millions of tourists all trying to get that perfect “refrigerator shot” of a bison, grizzly, elk or some other wild critter wishing only to be left alone.
Since moving to Bozeman, Montana in 1986, I have had the privilege of working with some dedicated individuals and grassroots groups, all trying to protect nature (God’s country) in this amazing ecosystem. This running battle with the State of Montana, various federal agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service-USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-USDA (APHIS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a host of elite local and national NGOs that suck on an average day/year knows no end, and seems to have no bounds. And it seems to be getting worse, not better.
I’ve been working to protect wilderness on federal public lands in the Northern Rockies for over 40 years. This article illustrates some of the frustration I’ve experienced trying to sort out the perceptions that NGOs are some monolithic unit trying to keep locals out of the protected areas.
Federal laws are not perfect. Loopholes were created for commerce, which are exploited to the max. That doesn’t mean, however, that all wildland conservation is fraudulent, or a waste of time. Somehow, the difference between the evil players and those with a genuine interest in protecting nature need to be exposed for all to see. Even then, people don’t want to see, or hear, the truth. Here we are, stuck in unreality, losing precious fish and wildlife habitat to mining, logging, grazing, energy development, as we argue about the impurity of corporate-sponsored fakes that dominate the narrative.
Wealthy NGOs and their sick, twisted funders are not kings, or gods. They are slave-agents of capital and its many manifestations.
As has been pointed out by some of our readers, I do a lot of bitching. Add this to my pile. NO regrets.
Like the mysterious origins of the Egyptian pyramid scattered around in strategic locations, fasci, the symbol of people united under a single, authoritarian state and its man-made laws. Fasci can be found in places most Americans might find odd if they were aware of the meaning of these ancient symbols.
To be a “citizen” of such a state is not what it’s cracked up to be. Home of the free, and land of the brave, are little more than meaningless words in such a system, regardless of how many times they are repeated in song and literature. I hope to give a glimpse or two into the false world we live in, and possibly a way we all might learn of a way to abolish slavery once and for all.