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  • ChePasa commented on the blog post Hong Kong Protests Continue With Major Crackdown Looming

    2014-10-20 10:42:54View | Delete

    It’s wise not to take the propaganda about what’s going on in Hong Kong at face value. Propaganda is the stock in trade of American mass media.

    Those who are skeptical of the current ‘pro-democracy’ demonstrations in HK have a right to be.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Recent Developments in Killed by Police Cases: Good, Bad, and Suspect by wendydavis.

    2014-10-19 06:54:18View | Delete

    If the Boyd murder is ruled “justified” by all the legal folks in power and by the FBI — despite David’s tweets we haven’t reached that point yet, but we might — then the message from On High is clear: “You people need to stop your silly and ineffective protesting and get your minds right. You will [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post A Belated Good Indigenous Peoples’ Day to All of Us by wendydavis.

    2014-10-17 07:54:46View | Delete

    “We Shall Remain” is good. Episodes are online, maybe all of them, I’m not sure. Another Indian perspective I appreciate is “Looking Toward Home” about the forced…erm, “voluntary” urbanization of Indians in the 1940s and 50s. Indians haven’t forgotten what happened to their peoples under the loving kindness of the Great White Father. Far from it. [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post A Belated Good Indigenous Peoples’ Day to All of Us by wendydavis.

    2014-10-16 20:00:08View | Delete

    Chris Eyre is at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design where he chairs the film school. Sherman Alexie is at IAIA in Santa Fe along with Sherwin Bitsui, faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program. Both institutions have very active contemporary film, arts and literature programs which intentionally appeal to Native American students. [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post A Belated Good Indigenous Peoples’ Day to All of Us by wendydavis.

    2014-10-16 19:10:48View | Delete

    Brilliant historical overview, ThD,yet perspective matters, too, and from an Indian point of view, the focus is usually on the living, not on the dead or how they got that way. Julia Coates wrote and teaches what I think is a magisterial history of the Cherokee people that essentially refutes a lot of the “Cherokee History” [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post #FergusonOctober: Day 3 [Updated]: Woot! by wendydavis.

    2014-10-13 12:33:19View | Delete

    I’m not good at tweet-following as everything becomes a muddle very quickly and there’s typically too much noise to signal, so I like to follow events on the livestreams whenever possible. I wasn’t up for the actions last night — too old anymore to stay up much past nine, heh — but I did review Rebelutionary_Z’s [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Infrastructure Is the Current Revolution by TarheelDem.

    2014-09-27 08:40:47View | Delete

    Excellent. The urban environment is a cornucopia of legacy infrastructure that can be almost endlessly adapted, re-configured and reused. I was watching this video of a couple of guys in Brooklyn who moved into a “big vacant space” and turned it into a home for themselves and a gathering space where they serve meals and play [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Infrastructure Is the Current Revolution by TarheelDem.

    2014-09-26 16:53:36View | Delete

    From a late comment I left on Cassiodorus’s ‘Existential Threat’ post:

    But of course in so many climate change discussions — with or without the overlay of an Existential Threat — “we” doesn’t mean “us,” it means “them.” In effect the poorest must sacrifice the most to “save the planet” — and besides, there are too [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Infrastructure Is the Current Revolution by TarheelDem.

    2014-09-26 12:16:51View | Delete

    As for reliance on politics for solutions to crises and everyday issues and problems, I don’t say “give it up,” I just encourage a recognition of what politics and politicians can/will and can’t/won’t do. And what voting will and won’t accomplish.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Infrastructure Is the Current Revolution by TarheelDem.

    2014-09-26 12:10:30View | Delete

    When the state is smashing itself through privatization, it’s time to move on to something different.

    Indeed. Moving on to something different is happening in both directions — toward something different for the ruling class and toward something very different for the rest of us. On the one hand, the ruling class doesn’t see disintegration, [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Is climate change an “existential crisis”? by cassiodorus.

    2014-09-26 06:56:58View | Delete

    Climate change and chaos has already wiped out innumerable species and quite a few of the Rabble, and of course more death and destruction is in the offing as climate chaos continues. I think we probably passed the tipping point some time ago, and we’re basically trapped within a climate system over which we have [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Daily Kos/Democratic Party Asks Where is the Antiwar Movement? by Big Al .

    2014-09-26 06:37:48View | Delete

    As far as I know, the Anti-War Movement is still around, it didn’t go anywhere. Instead, the media in collaboration with the government demonstrated its power in 2002 and 2003 by ignoring and/or trivializing the biggest protest demonstrations in world history. In other words, marching, carrying signs, protesting and demonstrating in vast numbers all over [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Over Easy: To Market To Market …. by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-23 09:48:24View | Delete

    We’ve got one of these Silex outfits that we sometimes make a pot of brew with. It can be a challenge, though, as you have to watch it like a hawk. There’s no thermostat or timer on the burners and you’ll get a mess of coffee and coffee grounds all over the place if the top [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Climate Change Protest a Success!, Peace and Antiwar Not So Much. by Big Al .

    2014-09-22 11:44:46View | Delete

    At least the police are protecting the Bull at all costs.

    That seems to be their sole objective. Protect that Bull.

    Not many arrests, a good sized crowd, love the banners.

    Livestream:
    StopMotionSolo on the Front Lines.

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Livestream and Live Tweeting From the Peoples Climate March by BrandonJ.

    2014-09-21 20:29:34View | Delete

    Both? Neither?

    It’s a long story, but I’ll leave it at that for the time being.

    Nevertheless, we need a revolution and a revolution is coming, but it won’t be much like the revolutions of the past…

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Livestream and Live Tweeting From the Peoples Climate March by BrandonJ.

    2014-09-21 19:25:00View | Delete

    It’s good and necessary to get people out in the streets, joining with others speaking out about something they care about. The act of being physically together in these kinds of demonstrations can have a profound effect on those involved and those who witness. The size of the march in New York was impressive, and [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Once There Was a Way to Get Back Home by Isaiah 88.

    2014-09-16 03:40:45View | Delete

    Excellent rant. However:

    this endless road of ruin

    It’s not a road to ruin for someone who matters. For them, it is a road to endless riches, unfathomable power, satiation of every conceivable lust, creation of ever more alluring attractions. For someone who matters this is the best of all possible worlds, and they cry out for more, more, [...]

  • ChePasa commented on the diary post Pull Up A Chair: Is It Fall Yet? by dakine01.

    2014-09-13 06:40:11View | Delete

    Overnight, temps plummeted here in central New Mexico. We’re in the high thirties-low forties, and we’ve put some extra layers on the bed and body to ward off the chill. Fall is good, though. Respite from the heat — which was not nearly as hot or persistent this year as it was last year. The [...]

  • There were constant claims by the troops, er… police officers, deployed to Ferguson that they were being “shot at,” and that they were being subjected to a barrage of “thrown objects,” including rocks, bottles (some containing urine), and Molotov cocktails.

    Every night, Captain Johnson would make these claims as a way of justifying the highly militarized and violent response of the troops, er… police officers under his command.

    He was challenged more than once to provide evidence, since media on scene witnessed nothing of the sort happening. No Molotovs thrown, no one shooting at the police, no bottles of urine, no rocks, no bricks thrown. Some said they witnessed empty plastic bottles and half-full bottles of water thrown at police — after they started firing smoke and flash bang grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowds. And they saw those grenades being thrown back at police lines.

    But they never saw what Captain Johnson said was happening to justify the armored response.

    Captain Johnson eventually produced five pistols he said had been seized from people at checkpoints around the protest area (two on one night, three on another), and a half-full Colt 45 bottle with a rag stuck in it that he said was a “Molotov cocktail.” Oh, and some packages of D Cell batteries. That’s it. Those who witnessed this display — especially the Colt 45 bottle — tended to laugh.

    Police also claimed that there had been “no injuries” among the protesters from the abundance ordnance fired at them by police from their armored vehicles. “No injuries.”

    Right.

  • Bingo. The pattern is the same.

    Get too close to the fence, alarms are triggered in the watchtowers, and blam. The “Threat Has Been Neutralized.” Prolly earned a medal or a bonus or both.

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