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Godspeed, Yellowstone Female Wolf 832F and Her Friend Wolf 754

4:29 pm in Uncategorized by wendydavis

(Dedicated to my friends, wolf lovers and admirers hfc and tm, who are in anguish over this news.)

 “The wolf exerts a powerful influence on the human imagination. It takes your stare and turns it back on you.”

~ Barry Lopez

From the New York Times:

Yellowstone National Park’s best-known wolf, beloved by many tourists and valued by scientists who tracked its movements, was shot and killed on Thursday outside the park’s boundaries, Wyoming wildlife officials reported.

The wolf that researchers called 832F, left, was shot on Thursday. The alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack, she wore a tracking collar. The wolf with her, known as 754, was killed last month.

The wolf, known as 832F to researchers, was the alpha female of the park’s highly visible Lamar Canyon pack and had become so well known that some wildlife watchers referred to her as a “rock star.” The animal had been a tourist favorite for most of the past six years.

The wolf was fitted with a $4,000 collar with GPS tracking technology, which is being returned, said Daniel Stahler, a project director for Yellowstone’s wolf program. Based on data from the wolf’s collar, researchers knew that her pack rarely ventured outside the park, and then only for brief periods, Dr. Stahler said.

This year’s hunting season in the northern Rockies has been especially controversial because of the high numbers of popular wolves and wolves fitted with research collars that have been killed just outside Yellowstone in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

 “It does not demean men to want to be what they imagine the wolf to be, but it does demean them to kill the animal for it.”
~ Barry Lopez

I’d wanted to embed Bill Moyers’ final interview in 2010; he chose Barry Lopez (vimeo here)  as what he’d thought would be his final guest.  Lopez, an author, moral philosopher and righteous human being wrote, among other great books, Of Wolves and Men in 1978.  To say it’s a book that can change the way you understand life may be trite, but it’s also true.

This is the link to the vimeo version of the interview; if I knew how to embed it, I would.  The transcript is here.

Once my friends emailed me the news, I thought a lot about wolves and humans and the attempts to re-introduce them into the Northern Rockies.  My mind was full of the images wrought by Barry’s  having said concerning the idea that so many of us have effectively separated ourselves from nature by seeing it as ‘the other’.  Here he was speaking about the oldest metaphor for those living in North America being…nature.  Here is some of it from the interview:

 So, it’s the oldest metaphor, because our stories began where we used animals and wind and light as a context in which to develop something that was very complicated. And that’s how we communicated with each other.

We have from, you know, the beginning of the Holocene, you know, the raising, the creation of cities in the Tigris/Euphrates, we have created a world in which we marginalize that which we don’t think serves us as well as it could. We’ve turned nature into a thing. You know, Martin Buber’s wonderful I/it relationship and I/thou relationship. This is an “it.” The book is an “it.” It is soulless. It is utilitarian. I can throw it on the ground if I want. But if it’s an I/thou relationship, you never make those kinds of presumptions. So a lot of what traditional people when you watch- when you’re in their environment, everything is I/thou. The relationship to the wind; the wind is alive. It has a soul. It’s part of the moral universe.

And we’ve created something in which we have excluded from our moral universe everything but us. And in fact, a lot of people have been excluded from this central White Western European dominant culture. Everything else is an I/it relationship. With African Americans or, you know, in Aboriginal people, whatever it’s going to be. But when you– with traditional people, the relationships with everything are about the holiness of the other, the mystery of the other. That’s that I/thou relationship.

And what I would like to I guess encourage people to understand is that for the sake of our own convenience, we created an “other,” and that other was nature. And we said, if it doesn’t serve us, kill it, move it, destroy it, crush it. Make it serve us. And if it doesn’t, it’s no good.

The next part about the impossibility of directing the play in life, but needing to be part of the play, and interact with other humans in love and community is simply beautiful; I hope you read it.  Or watch the video.

Goodbye, Wolves 832F and 754.

“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”
~  Barry Lopez

Bill Moyers Journal: Barry Lopez video, from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

#N3 Portland Action Lab Protesters Kettled and Pepper-Sprayed

6:09 am in Uncategorized by wendydavis

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(by Anthony Freda via wendydavis @ flickr.com)

OregonLive has the story and good art.  I’ll let Caleb and the videos speak without my interference.

“Nicholas Caleb, 29, a spokesman for Portland Action Lab, said the rally was an attempt in continuation of the Occupy Portland movement to bring together those fighting for different causes in order to bring down austerity cuts.

“It’s another effort to get that energy organized,” he said. “People oppose the status quo. Occupy was one of those and there will be many more.”   Caleb said he hopes the rally will make a difference.

“Each act of dissent shows the reality,” he said. “People are suffering and desperate. These types of rallies show that the energy is still here and will be for a while.”

Organizers said they had hoped to draw as many as 1,000 people to participate in a mass demonstration against corporations.

The event is organized by Portland Action Lab, a group that spun out of Occupy Portland gatherings and organized the F29 Shut Down the Corporations protest last February and the N17 Occupy the Banks action. Occupy Portland and other organizations are endorsing the event.

Organizers are hoping protesters in other cities across the country will also stage demonstrations as part of the campaign. “Mobilizing the Saturday before the election was an intentional tactic to call attention to the lack of true democracy in the political system,” the group said in a press release. “Both political parties have agreed to force the burden of this ‘crisis’ on the people.”

Anti-Austerity protesters attempt to free themselves from an illegal police kettle in NE Portland on November 3 2012. It was confirmed afterward that several of those hit with chemical weapons were students.

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This Is What Indigenous Activism for Mother Earth Looks Like: The Shadow People’s Summit at Rio+20

8:43 am in Uncategorized by wendydavis

Damn, I love all this; these folks are sincerely badass activists.  In the theme of ‘nothing left to lose’, they understand that they, and their values and solutions must prevail…or else. Last week I wrote about the People’s Summit that many said was being taken over by various eco-groups and other NGO’s that were far too allied with corporate green-washers, or Green Capitalists (you can read it here.)  Even though I followed  the stories, it’s still unclear to me which global Indigenous groups are participating in the People’s Summit or even different parallel Summits; but no matter: the actions will all be great.  Today is a big day for the Indigenous Peoples around the globe:

Media alert for Thursday June 21, 2012 Indigenous Peoples Set to Deliver Kari-Oca II Declaration to Rio+20 Leaders Indigenous Peoples will march to the United Nations Rio+20 Summit tomorrow to deliver the historic Kari-Oca II Declaration to the Rio+20 Secretary-General, Sha Zukang. Ratified by over five hundred Indigenous Peoples from Brazil and throughout the world, the Kari-Oca II declaration demands respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the dignity of Mother Earth and condemns the Green Economy as the privatization of Life. PHOTOS AND VISUALS: Indigenous Peoples will be in ceremonial regalia.

Yesterday, Indigenous activists from North and South America held a march in Rio to protest ‘The Greed Economy’ the other Summit is promoting (I think you’ll love this video).

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Ring of Fire Annular Eclipse on Sunday, May 20; My Stars. ;o)

8:20 am in Uncategorized by wendydavis

Editors Note: LIVESTREAM LINKS

(h/t to pastfedup, with thanks)

“Sunbeams turn into little rings of Light.”  Could that be a more charming and evocative image?

Irrespective of how you understand this event, either astrologically or astronomically…or a combination of both, the descriptions of the event can make you grin, or even to laugh out loud.  Considering the breadth and depth of the Universe can dwarf our everyday self-importance, allowing a wider perspective of time, both past and future as we consider the implications of being singular beings in the vastness.  As emerging science becoming more in synch with our spiritual and sometimes religious understandings, we’re also learning that we’re interconnected, and share not only common DNA, but particles that have continued to be shaped since the beginnings of time.

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‘Rogue’ US Soldier Kills 16, Wounds 5 in Kandahar

5:44 am in Uncategorized by wendydavis

According to BBC News, an as yet unnamed soldier left his base in the early morning hours (22:30 GMT Saturday) walked to two nearby villages, Najeeban and Alkozai, entered at least two houses, and opened fire on the families inside.   Early reports vary, but BBC reports at least sixteen dead and five wounded.  Among the dead, of course, are women and children.

It’s being reported that the soldier had ‘suffered a breakdown’ before the murders, and turned himself in to military authorities following killings.

Also according to BBC’s Quentin Sommerville: “This kind of rogue event is almost unknown in Afghanistan”.  More:

“”Eleven members of my family are dead. They are all dead,” Haji Samad, an elder from Najeeban village, told the AFP news agency.

The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said in a statement that US officials in Afghanistan would work with their Afghan counterparts to investigate what happened.

“This is a deeply regrettable incident and we extend our thoughts and concerns to the families involved,” Isaf added.

RAWA (Reality of Life in Afghanistan) reports that a March 10 US-led airstrike on Kapisa Province killed at least four people, and wounded two.  They report that all were civilians.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is negotiating with the US on a SOFA in anticipation of an ISAF pullout in the year 2087 /s.  Plans are underway to turn over the prison system to Afghan control.

What will the riots look like this time?  Coupled with the immense hatred of night raids, drone killings, with a few Koran Burnings, photos of American soldiers pissing on dead Afghans, and other monstrous acts…will there be some tipping point to any of this?

O, Kandahar, O Kandahar!  How many times will we clean you up so that good governance can be achieved?

I look forward to all the empty apologies from our military, President O’Bomba and SoS Clinton.

Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) was launched on Oct. 7, 2001.  Do you feel freer?  Do you feel safer?  Whose fucking freedom was the military talking about?  Please let me know…if you know.

Will the families of the dead receive blood money from the US?  How many American dollars is each life worth now? Can the families of those we’ve killed so cavalierly and needlessly ever hear the prayerful apologies we send to them?

O, You Masters of War: The Military-Industrial-Congressional-Entertainment-News-Complex.  This is for you.  Please remember: We will reap what you sow. We must put an end to your wars.

#J15 Worldwide Candlelight Vigil for Unity Jan. 15 7:00 p.m.

8:32 am in Uncategorized by wendydavis

The #J15 folks don’t seem to have put up any youtube videos, oddly enough.  C’mon Joan Baez (one of the musician ‘heavy hitters’ involved), et.al.!  This was uploaded by mcspeaker4thedead (beats me), a white rapper, not the J15 people, but it’s kinda cool, and the term ‘communitism’ is great, and timely.  His math makes you smile, too, though the reference to the recently executed Troy Davis dates it, and is hard to hear, as is ‘womanize us’, lol!

Our Hotflashcarol sent me this information the other day after having read my ‘Occupy One Candle’ diary, loving the idea…and keeping her antennae tuned for related actions.

This is a one-off, not an attempt at establishing a rhythm of bi-weekly events or something, but it is cool, nonetheless, that the idea is out there now (great minds, and all that).  ;o)  I’ll keep hoping that some of the Occupy heavy-hitters get back to me, but if not…at least there’s this as a beginning.

From J15global.com:

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

January 15th, 2012 @ 7:00pm in Each Time Zone Globally

Via J15global.com: On his birthday and in the spirit of Dr. King’s vision for racial and economic equality, peace, and non-violence, we are holding candlelight vigils to unite our world in a global movement for systemic change.

Wherever we may be, whether in our homes, in city squares, online, Occupies, or at work, we lift a beautiful message high above the political dialogue. We light the dream of a more equitable world in our hearts. We can overcome! Read the rest of this entry →