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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Friday, November 14, 2014

Yeah! The sun came out just now - earlier, the forest was really gorgeous with her silent blanket of fog resting high up on the tree tops. I hesitated taking a hike because it still might rain but now that the sun is brilliantly shining, I'm off toward the buttes!

I changed my main veggie oil fuel filter this a.m. and tried to change the smaller diesel fuel filter but I don't have a small enough wrench...grrrrr so that'll have to wait.

Off to the mountain top!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The masons ... really?

As I walk down the mountain, exploring this town of 225 people, I notice that one of the oldest buildings in town has a mason sign on it.

Really? Against all hopes, I ask the realtor about it. Not only is it a mason symbol but a CURRENT mason gathering place. In fact, she says, they meet the first Thursday after the full moon.

Okay.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Good news - Corporate millions DEFEATED in Richmond & Berkeley!!!!

TEAM RICHMOND triumphs!!!! I head outside with this knowledge, avoiding all the other election results....

I'm on about a 5 mile hike today! Thru town, dodging barking dogs - fortunately they didn't attack me!

But an old white male who let me know immediately he was wealthy and highly educated, did approach me with 2 of his barking dogs. I should have lied to him when he asked me where I was from as he thinks Berkeley – he & his beloved bequeathing ancestors’ alma mater – is the epitome of ridicule and superfluous-ness of the nation.

He was so arrogant, condescending  & really hateful about all things Berkeley - me included altho I could barely get a word in edgewise...NOT! I told him he sounded like an example of the people he is putting down.

But he gave me the good news about the soda tax and the people of Berkeley voting against big corporate money! When I celebrated and expressed my gratitude for the news, he accused me of being a secure confident woman.

Heaven forbid I, a 64 year old lesbian crone should be secure & confident in life...

He mumbled something like he bet I wouldn't even ask him how women can liberate themselves. Wisely when I said "I beg your pardon" he instead beckoned me to cross the road,  climb the incline and peer over the edge to Plum Creek running below. 

It probably never crossed his mind to be fearful that I might toss him over the edge, as I did have visions of smacking him upside his head. But I was the one who made sure I stayed over an arm's length from him, I made sure I watched him carefully and prepared to protect myself.

He wanted to show me the creek as an example of confidence and security if only I lived in the mountains.

So I get to meet the neighbors of Sierra City! They do not detract from the amazing glory of the Sierras. The campground is deserted - beautiful and empty of people! The sign says it is closed for the season yet the gates and bathrooms remain open. It is actually quite big for not having electricity! It looks like people who like to fish might be the ones who camp here!


Saturday, November 01, 2014

Pacific Crest Trail

I don't think I've ever been on the Pacific Crest Trail - at least not in 'recent' ...as in the past 20 years... memory! And today we went for a hike on this wonderful trail! I HOPE I will be able to walk the 3000 miles of trail one day soon - maybe for my 70th birthday!

I can't get the pics - they're posted to facebook & disappeared from my phone.... oh well, still lo-tech!



Friday, October 31, 2014

To the mountains!

This morning I waited for the Registrar of Voters office to open before leaving town - and I discovered there are mailboxes OUTSIDE the courthouse specifically for absentee ballots! So I could have dropped off my ballot anytime prior to the election!

This is my first kinda long distance trip since bringing my truck back from Atlanta, after the SECOND engine rebuild - and after working with Shazam for weeks on restoring the camper parts that were either stolen or broken. We still have some work to do - mostly cosmetic - but it will wait until I get back.

The drive up here - we're at Sierra City in the gold country just 2 miles from the Pacific Crest Trail and 6 miles from Sardine Lake, beautiful beautiful beautiful Sierra Nevada country~ - the drive up here was mechanically uneventful. I did have to switch to straight diesel at about 2500 feet for the last couple thousand feet up! I think if I change the main fuel filter, it should be okay.

We picked up wondrous  Highway 49 which follows the Yuba River in this part of the Sierras. It is just stunningly beautiful and I feel so lucky to be making this journey. When I first crossed into the Sierra Nevada in the early 70's I promised myself I would one day live here. Of course, this was before I got accustomed to living without snow!

Along the way, a couple of positive honks, peace symbols, and a few raised solidarity fists by womyn! When we stopped in a small town along side the road, a scruffy plaid shirted white man appearing either homeless or maybe just typical rugged mountain man abruptly stood feet parted with his hands slowly sliding down to his patched hips, staring silently at the "end violence against women & children" side of my truck.

I paused, having plenty of time to re-read every word twice while I ponder what his reaction might be, when he nods vigorously at me, points to the truck and says "yea, I like it" I breathe, smile broadly acknowledging his support, throw him a peace symbol as I continue to climb back in the driver's seat.

Sierra City turns out to be a very small town, typical of small towns in these mountains I'm sure. The houses are built on hills and not very far apart. There doesn't seem to be the 5 acre ordinance of Nevada City as I can see three neighbors' houses from 3 different sides of this house.

Maybe because it is almost winter but most of the trees here are cedar, pine, fur with some oak and several gorgeous broad leaf maples!

I'm curious to find out how they picked this town and this house!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

In case u need to know how to...

First George Lakoff tells us how to speak, now he wants to tell us how to think!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What else has to happen...before we act?




What else has to happen…

…..before we act?

I.

1.       We  have fracking destroying our water

2.       We’ve got  carbon emissions polluting and destroying our air

3.       We’ve got Fukushima radiation destroying our oceans

4.       We’ve got oil companies, the meat industry & everybody else – along with the Albany City Council & my new neighbor – devastating our forests and trees

5.       We’ve got Monsanto& comparable malevolent giants poisoning and trying to control our food

6.       We have gross inequity, injustice and genocide still operating in full force against peoples of color, against womyn, against poor people to the benefit of whites, men, the wealthy

7.       We’ve got mega agri-biz and pharmaceutical companies making us sick so they can sell us mega drugs

8.       We’ve got 1000 military bases(that we know of) around the world

9.       We’ve got a military  that is the #1 consumer of oil on the planet,  our country the #2 consumer

10.    We’ve got one thousand five hundred plastic water bottles purchased per SECOND in the u.s.ofa.

11.    We’ve got a bigger military budget than every other country on earth combined

12.    We’re bombing TODAY how many countries, hurting how many people in the world

13.    We have 25% of the world’s prison population, close to 2/3’s of whom are people of color

14.    We have weapons and prisons being our biggest ‘legal’ exports

15.    We have the enslavement, rape, torture of girls and womyn, and some boys being our largest ‘illegal’ money maker, coming a close second only to drugs

16.    We have 3-5 womyn per day murdered by some man who claims to have loved her…

17.    We have over 85 people getting shot to death every day, excluding those dying from police bullets

18.    We have increasing and new ‘mental health’ diagnoses and diseases especially for our children

19.    We have private corporations controlling every institution from education to health to “justice”

20.    We have nineteen thousand, six hundred and thirty three new plastic bags used per SECOND

21.    We have private corporations building & needing to fill mega-prisons with people

22.    We have national and global violence against womyn and girls increasing exponentially

23.    We have over 70% of women here & around the world hurt by male physical violence in their lifetime

24.    We have the U.S. military callously exploding armaments in over 500,000 – that’s half a million – square miles of ocean 24 hours a day, seven days a week

25.    We have “fishermen” tracking fish with drone technology and pushing fish populations to extinction, or its edge

26.    We have a human being dying of starvation every 2.3 seconds in our world

27.    We have developers paving over every inch of land in our cities, spreading suburbs, destroying the desert, rain forests, mountains

28.    We have 1 BILLION tons of pesticides dumped on the Mother Earth in our country alone

29.    We have 149 acres of rainforest destroyed per MINUTE by agri-business or oil & mining corporations

30.    We have over half the golf courses in the world, some guzzling 1 million gallons of water a DAY – which is what the average u.s.ofa. family of four uses in four years

31.    We have access to most of the world’s clean water so the average individual u.s.ofa. person can use 176 gallons per day while the average whole family in Africa gets to use 5 gallons per day

32.    We have 1% of our population hoarding as much wealth as almost half of the world’s people

33.    We have our typical m.o., born with the creation of this nation, of wars and violence against peoples of color, womyn and the mother earth raging on with increased and unimaginable, unhuman brutality

II.

= equals

1.       We have fracking exploiting and destroying our water = no potable water….

2.       We have got carbon emissions polluting and destroying our air = no fresh air to breathe…

3.       We’ve got Fukushima spewing radiation destroying our oceans = hundreds of thousands of years contamination….

4.       We’ve got oil companies, the meat industry & everybody else along with the Albany City Council &my new neighbor devastating our forests and trees = no oxygen to breathe and destruction of whole communities that live among and depend upon trees for survival

5.       We’ve got Monsanto poisoning and trying to control our food = inability to eat healthy or to feed ourselves….

6.       We have gross inequity, injustice and genocide still operating in full force against peoples of color, against womyn, and against poor people = racism, sexism, classism controls everything in our country, communities, individuals

7.       We’ve got mega agri-biz and pharmaceutical companies making us sick so they can sell us mega drugs = poor health, painful death & drug companies controlling our health & our illnesses

8.       We’ve got 1000 military bases(that we know of)  around the world = hegemony

9.       We’ve got a military  that is the #1 consumer of oil on the planet,  our country the #2 consumer = the root and largest cause of climate change on the planet

10.    We’ve got one thousand five hundred plastic water bottles purchased per SECOND in the u.s.ofa. = an island of plastic water bottles bigger than the size of Texas floating around in the ocean

11.   We’ve got a bigger military budget than every other country in the world combined = empire of the most violent bullies on the planet

12.    We’re bombing TODAY  how many countries, hurting how many people in the world = terrorism …

13.   We have 25% of the world’s prison population as we imprison 1 in 3 black adult males while 58% of all youth incarcerated are African-American = criminal injustice, institutionalized racism….

14.   We have our biggest ’legal’ exports of weapons, how-to-kill-your-own-people training, and prisons = that’s what we’re selling the world …

15.    We have the enslavement, rape, torture of girls and womyn, and some boys being our largest ‘illegal’ money maker, coming a close second to drugs = exploitation and genocide of womyn and children

16.   We have 3-5 womyn per day murdered by some man who claims to have loved her = violence against womyn…

17.   We have over 85 people getting shot every day, excluding those dying from police bullets = murder & suicide by white men who are going crazy with the guns; by black men who are killing each other and black womyn, and by police who are killing an African American womon, child, or man every 28 hours…

18.   We have increasing and new mental health diagnoses and diseases especially for our children = sick, unhealthy, drugged children …

19.    We have private corporations controlling every institution from education to health to “justice” = society directed by profit needs of corporations, not human needs of the people…

20.    We have nineteen thousand, six hundred and thirty three plastic bags used per SECOND = war for cheap oil to make plastic…

21.    We have private corporations building & needing to fill mega-prisons with people = profiting off the incarceration of people…

22.   We have national and global violence against womyn and girls increasing exponentially   = male violence being the #1 killer of womyn, killing more females between the ages of 15-44 than the other top 5 killers of womyn…

23.   We have over 70% of women around the world experiencing male violence in their lifetime = control and subjugation of womyn & children.…

24.   We have the U.S. military callously exploding armaments in over 500,000 – that’s half a million – square miles of ocean 24 hours a day, seven days a week = death to the ocean…

25.   We have “fishermen” tracking fish with drone technology and pushing fish populations to extinction, or its edge = eventual human extinction…

26.   We have a human being dying of starvation every 2.3 seconds = murder…

27.   We have developers paving over every inch of land in our cities, spreading suburbs, destroying the desert, rain forests, mountains = amerikkkan nitemare….

28.    We have 1 BILLION tons of pesticides dumped on the Mother Earth in our country alone = dead soil and dying farm workers…

29.   We have 149 acres of rainforest destroyed per MINUTE by agri-business or oil & mining corporations = the extinction of multitude of plants and animals and causing severe climate change

30.   We have over half the golf courses in the world, some guzzling 1 million gallons of water a DAY – which is what the average u.s.ofa. family of four uses in four years = over 2/3rds of the world’s humans – 4.7 billion people – deprived of water and sewerage

31.   We have access to most of the world’s clean water so the average single u.s.american can use 176 gallons per day while the average whole family in Africa uses 5 gallons per day = 85% of the humans on the planet struggling daily for clean water and sewerage ….

32.   We have 1% of our population hoarding as much wealth as almost half of the world’s people = capitalism….

33.    We have our typical m.o., born with the creation of this nation, of wars and violence against peoples of color, womyn and the mother earth raging on with increased and unimaginable, unhuman brutality = destruction innocent human, animal, planet life here and around the world…


III.

… as we

1.       We have fracking exploiting and destroying our water = no potable water….as we automatically turn up the thermostat & throw one sweet potato into the oven, without thought.

2.       We have got carbon emissions polluting and destroying our air = no fresh air to breath…. as we drive blocks or country miles mindlessly.

3.       We’ve got Fukushima spewing radiation destroying our oceans = hundreds of thousands of years contamination….as we keep on demanding and burning more and more energy.

4.       We’ve got oil companies, the meat industry & everybody else along with the Albany City Council &my new neighbor devastating our forests and trees = no oxygen to breathe and destruction of whole communities that live among and depend upon trees for survival… as we robotically grab household products off the shelves, 40-50% of them using palm oil...as we continue enjoying mega shopping centers, online superstores, and access cheap meat daily.

5.       We’ve got Monsanto poisoning and trying to control our food = inability to eat healthy or to feed ourselves….as we make them rich devouring their non-organic – but dollar cheap – food.

6.       We have gross inequity, injustice and genocide still operating in full force against peoples of color, against womyn, and against poor people = racism, sexism, classism controls everything in our country, communities, individuals…as white people enact upon their privilege as they seize more and more ‘things’ and black people are left with less and less; as men…& womyn…; as wealthy… & poor people...

7.       We’ve got mega agri-biz and pharmaceutical companies making us sick so they can sell us mega drugs = poor health, painful death & drug companies controlling our health & our illnesses ...as we gulp down pills and feed our children genetically modified nutrition-less poison.

8.       We’ve got 1000 military bases(that we know of  around the world = hegemony … as we accept for the price of plentiful cheap oil and asphalt the daily genocide and murder of people of resource-rich countries, or the funding of right wing extremists to create havoc and coups in these countries.

9.       We’ve got a military  that is the #1 consumer of oil on the planet,  our country the #2 consumer = the root and largest cause of climate change on the planet as we send our youth off to become the occupying forces of the countries we’ve conquered, ensuring our access to cheap oil & resources

10.    We’ve got one thousand five hundred plastic water bottles purchased per SECOND in the u.s.ofa. = an island of plastic water bottles bigger than the size of Texas floating around in the ocean…as we continue to buy water in bottles that we need to kill people in order to make, steal their clean water to fill, and toss into the ocean or landfills to feed birds and fish to their deaths


11.   We’ve got a bigger military budget than every other country in the world combined = empire of the most violent bullies on the planet….as we continue to work to pay 50% of our income and discretionary taxes for wars, believing in our right of world domination and accepting murder, genocide, enslavement for the price of our entitlement to the “amerikkkan nitemare”

12.    We’re bombing TODAY how many countries, hurting how many people in the world = terrorism ….as we allow the military unfettered  access to our youth so they can provide job training in killing, maiming, raping, and torturing other human beings.

13.   We have 25% of the world’s prison population as we imprison 1 in 3 black adult males while 58% of all youth incarcerated are African-American = criminal injustice, institutionalized racism….as we launch no national or local campaign to eliminate racism, abolish prisons, and institutionalize equity and reparations.

14.   We have our biggest ’legal’ exports of weapons, how-to-kill-your-own-people training, and prisons = that’s what we’re selling the world….as we ensure the world is in turmoil and rendered vulnerable to our corporations so we can buy cheap plentiful goods and make huge profits to maintain our life styles under the empire.

15.   We have the enslavement, rape, torture of girls and womyn, and some boys being our largest ‘illegal’ money maker, coming a close second to drugs = world-wide exploitation of womyn and children…. as we foster and condone male violence and fail miserably to protect the lives and quality of life of womyn and children, bowing to the god-given needs and rights of males.

16.   We have 3-5 womyn per day murdered by some man who claims to have loved her = violence against womyn… as we give men the bill of rights to bear arms and the institutional rights to oppress womyn.

17.   We have over 85 people getting shot every day, excluding those dying from police bullets = mostly by white men who are going crazy with the guns; by black men who are killing each other and black womyn, and by police who are killing an African American womon, child, or man every 28 hours…….as we flood this country with a multitude of weapons while we allow armed uniformed men to roam our streets with their billy clubs, handcuffs, legalized racism and steel-toed black boots.

18.   We have increasing and new mental health diagnoses and diseases especially for our children = sick, unhealthy drugged children …as we keep serving poisoned food, hire strangers to parent infants & toddlers, ply them with Hollywood & 5th Avenue violence, then plug them with drugs

19.    We have private corporations controlling every institution from education to health to “justice” = society directed by profit needs of corporations, not human needs of the people…as we trade access to stuff and status for corporate control

20.    We have nineteen thousand, six hundred and thirty three plastic bags used per SECOND = war for cheap oil to make plastic…as we carelessly yank bag after bag off grocery rolls, stuff with food half of which we’ll most likely throw out, and then toss the bag on/in2 the Mother Earth.

21.   We have private corporations building & needing to fill mega-prisons with people = profiting off the incarceration of people…as we take our money out of public education, make people “illegal”, and discriminately enforce drug charges against black people and for white people resulting in over ½ the prison population jailed on non-violent drug-related “offenses”

22.   We have national and global violence against womyn and girls increasing exponentially   = male violence being the #1 killer of womyn, killing more females between the ages of 15-44 than the other top 5 killers of womyn….… as we continue to legalize superiority and “needs” of men to have power over womyn & children under the cover of male domination and sexuality rights

23.   We have over 70% of women around the world experiencing male violence in their lifetime = control and subjugation of womyn & children.…no words

24.   We have the U.S. military callously exploding armaments in over 500,000 – that’s half a million – square miles of ocean 24 hours a day, seven days a week = death to the ocean….as we claim we live in the best country in the world

25.   We have “fishermen” tracking fish with drone technology and pushing fish populations to extinction, or its edge = eventual human extinction…….as we go out for rare seafood, sushi  and fish & chips, and gobble endangered and ancient sea creatures.

26.   We have a human being dying of starvation every 2.3 seconds = murder….as we throw away enuff food daily to fill a 90,000 seat football stadium, sometimes twice daily

27.   We have developers paving over every inch of land in our cities, spreading suburbs, destroying the desert, rain forests, mountains = amerikkkan nitemare…..as we demand bigger houses with several bathrooms surrounded by identical fake landscapes to inhabit

28.    We have 1 BILLION tons of pesticides dumped on the Mother Earth in our country alone = dead soil and dying farm workers…as we keep buying ‘cheap’ non-organic food, valuing our wealth over the quality of life for the worker and the continuation of life for the Mother

29.   We have 149 acres of rainforest destroyed per MINUTE by agri-business or oil & mining corporations = the extinction of multitude of plants and animals and causing severe climate change ….as we continue to wolf down McDonalds, sirloin, and gold.

30.   We have over half the golf courses in the world, some guzzling 1 million gallons of water a DAY – which is what the average u.s.ofa. family of four uses in four years = over 2/3rds of the world’s humans – 4.7 billion people – deprived of water and sewerage….as 28.6 million u.s.americans continue to enjoy playing golf

31.   We have access to most of the world’s clean water so the average single u.s.american can use 176 gallons per day while the average whole family in Africa uses 5 gallons per day = 85% of the humans on the planet struggling daily for clean water and sewerage ….….so we can keep flushing the toilet, have green grass lawns, leave the faucet running and take endless showers as many times a day or week as we desire

32.   We have 1% of our population hoarding as much wealth as almost half of the world’s people = capitalism….as most of the 99% continue to buy the goods and services provided by those one percent while wanting the wealth of the 1% distributed among themselves.

33.    We have our typical m.o., born with the creation of this nation, of wars and violence against peoples of color, womyn and the mother earth raging on with increased and unimaginable, unhuman brutality = destruction innocent human, animal, planet life here and around the world…life goes on as usual here

What else has to happen…

…..before we act?