Lac La Ronge Indian Band members are traveling across the north teaching people how to garden

This is awesome! I hope that composting and permaculture are included in the courses.

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Lac La Ronge gardenThe Star-Phoenix, April 27, 2016

Every time Phillip McLeod went boating along the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan, he saw huge cleared areas along the forested riverbank.

Curious about who had once tamed the land, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band member told the elders what he’d seen.

“They said ‘That used to be our garden,’ ” McLeod recalls. They told him stories of using dynamite to blast away rocks and trees and of nurturing a wide range of crops including strawberries, melons, potatoes and carrots.

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Elsipogtog roadblocks planned to keep drugs out of community

You know, they said after 9/11 that the infringement of our personal rights was worth it to curtail terrorism…and look where that has led…
I admire the thought to rid the community of drugs and I know how they have destroyed communities and families. I just don’t think this is the way to go about it. Perhaps a history lesson of the 60s — where we had a great movement of peace and tolerance for one another until drugs were introduced. David Crosby was asked what destroyed the 60s movement…and he answered “cocaine”. I see this happening all over again with meth and legalized marijuana…it’s hard to be strong against the Dark Side when you’re toxic from chemicals — be they recreational or not. The young do not understand why the politicians want them doped out of their minds…

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Elsipogtog john-levi John Levi, an Elsipogtog warrior chief, plans to set up roadblocks in his community to stem the flow of drugs. (Ian Bonnell/CBC)

Warrior chief John Levi says ‘It’s about time we made a stand and got our community back’ from influx of drugs

By Tori Weldon, CBC News, Apr 28, 2016

John Levi, the warrior chief at Elsipogtog First Nation, is planning to erect roadblocks on the three routes into the Mi’kmaq community in an attempt to curtail what he says is a steady stream of street drugs entering the reserve.

“It’s been many years that we’ve had problems with drugs in our reserve,” said Levi.

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INAC protesters in Winnipeg record video of ‘unexpected’ police visit

I think there is good and bad in every segment of society. I hope these officer’s intentions were good…but it remains to be seen whether they are respectful and upholding the law that allows free speech and assembly.

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INAC occupation winnipeg copFacebook video of the meeting has been viewed more than 5,000 times

By Jillian Coubrough, CBC News, April 25, 2016

When two police officers showed up at the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office in Winnipeg, where protestors have been peacefully occupying for 12 days, the group figured the worst.

“I heard someone say ‘the police are here’ and the warriors went to the elevator to block them,” protest supporter, Vivian Ketchum told CBC News. The occupiers are standing in solidarity with the Attawapiskat community and other First Nations amid a suicide crisis.

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Malaysia Flight 370 found?

Video here:

 

As you know, I had a vivid dream of MH370 about two weeks after it disappeared.  It was at the bottom of the ocean, everyone still strapped in their seats — with the exception of three bodies I saw float to the top.  To be more specific, these three people were in the first three seats of the left side of the plane (as you face forward), at the front of the regular section (in other words, not first class).   And this I did not reveal before, because I did not want to upset folks, but I have to say that the feeling I got was that these three were somehow connected, perhaps even responsible, for the plane going down.

Sea World continues to hold Tillikum captive **edited

instead of transporting him back to his native waters in the Pacific Northwest.

I love how they continue to portray themselves as giving a rat’s behind on Tillikum’s health and how they spin keeping him isolated in marine jail (medicine tank).

How can they justify 30+ years of keeping him caged?

Take him back to his native waters where he was stolen from…let him live free for what time he has left.  As I said before, they are probably worried that he would actually improve being  released from marine prison…

To those of you that pray or send Light and Energy, please do so for Tillikum…and all caged animals.

**Edited to add:  found this link about the story.  Note that Sea World launched a million dollar Public Relations campaign to boost its image…instead of doing the right thing by using that money to transport Tillikum back to his native waters.

Beeswax food wrap

Reblogging this great idea. In the comments, someone said they melted the beeswax in a double boiler, and then used a brush to *paint* on the beeswax. Great idea! Be the change you wish to see in the world….starting with reducing dependence on suffocating plastic. 🙂

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Ali Does It Herself has a blog up on a great idea for food storage.   I’m all about getting rid of plastic for the environment, and this is a way to do that.  I usually use glass for storing food,  but this looks promising, too.

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Statement from Vancouver #Occupy INAC

Glad to see the reference to holding women sacred. Only when women are treated as equals; only when the rape culture has been eliminated; only when the gentle is respected and honored along with the fierce will we begin to correct all the wrong that has been done. God Bless those that feed the Light.

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INAC occupation vancouver mask drum A young masked warrior at #OccupyINAC Vancouver, April 18, 2016. Photo via Facebook.

Occupations of offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) continue in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, along with protests across the country and a tent camp in Regina.  Below is the statement from Vancouver #Occupy INAC (hopefully we’ll get a text version to post).

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INAC protesters fenced out in Regina

Good Lord. Cage them like animals. The symbolic gesture is telling of the contempt for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. And the right to redress of one’s grievances.

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INAC occupation regina tents fences REGINA,Sk: APRIL 19, 2016 – The landlord has put up a temporary fence to keep protesters at the INAC office on city property on the 1800 block Albert St. . Photo by Bryan Schlosser

by Kerry Benjoe, Regina Leader-Post, April 19, 2016

A fence wasn’t enough to deter protesters in front of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office in Regina Tuesday.

For a third day the office remained closed to the public as protesters maintained a presence outside. At 3 p.m., a six-foot metal fence was placed on the property line in front of the INAC building, but protesters only moved their tents outside of the fence onto public property. They plan to stay put.

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Privatizing Education in Liberia: Mega-Philanthropy and 21st Century Colonialism

The red flag is that the people behind this scheme do not want their names associated with it. Philanthropy is giving money and not expecting anything in return. This is not philanthropy. And I agree that it smells of colonialism….

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I recently did some research on a subject I knew little about, social entrepreneurship.  I went to the library and checked out David Bornstein’s book, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.  After all, a blurb on the cover from a NY Times review says it is “A bible in the field.”  Social entrepreneurship is often non-profit and is best known in a global sense—the Grameen Bank and all those NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that are registered with the United Nations.  Bornstein explains that social entrepreneurs bring characteristics of business and competition into the way “the ‘noncommercial’ or ‘social’ business of society is structured. Around the world, this work has been dominated by centralized decision making and top-down, usually governmental, institutions. It has been managed a little like a planned economy.”(p. 276)

But, continues Bornstein, governments are often not ideal: “As in business, advancing…

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March against corporate government…

…that you are not hearing on the corporate-backed media…while they promote their corporate-owned candidates, 24/7/365.

I have read a couple of chapters of Ralph Nader’s The Seventeen Solutions, and just in the first two chapters, you can see all that is wrong in the country — the IRS is understaffed to the point that they are not collecting an estimated $30 BILLION in taxes per year; and the Commons (what used to be citizens collectively talking to each other and deciding what actions to take) are being silenced.  The active, vocal, passionate (or not) debates no longer take place.  Corporate-owned politicians make changes slipped into bills by sneaky ways so that the American public is unaware of policy changes until it has passed.  The corporate-owned media does not do its watchdog job of informing the public of the politicians’ actions.    And there are those who still blame the American public for not knowing what is going on…when they are deliberately kept in the dark…

It is imperative to protest in Cleveland and Philadelphia during the Republican and Democratic conventions later this year.

Yeah…except that you will be herded into a chain-link cage a block away from the Convention so that your Freedom of Speech doesn’t interfere with the limousines’ path…

Most people attracted to power, Popper wrote, are at best mediocre and usually venal.

Word.

This is why, as Ralph Nader points out, our last liberal president was Richard Nixon. Nixon was not a liberal or endowed with a conscience. However, powerful grass-roots movements, including the anti-war movement and labor unions, frightened him and others in power. Nixon in 1974 signed an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act that raised wages by more than 40 percent. He created the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He called for universal health insurance and passed progressive legislation including the Mine and Safety Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act—much of it authored by Nader. He pushed through a minimum tax on the wealthy—the alternative minimum tax—and called for a guaranteed minimum income for the poor under the Family Assistance Program. During his administration, for the first time since World War II, spending on social service programs exceeded expenditures on the war machine.

But the problem is that we saw all of these great progressive moves be quietly disempowered.  It’s as if we think *ah, well, that’s done…* and then go about our business thinking it will continue without our vigilant attention.  As soon as we let our attention be directed somewhere else, *they* know that they can give Deep Pockets back their goodies.  I’ve seen it happen over and over.  And Nader makes note of that in his book, as well.  Taxes were raised on the wealthy and then after the public’s attention is turned somewhere else, the taxes were relaxed again back to levels that allow them to acquire 2% of the wealth of the world….

…and I still am thinking we should demand paper ballots come November. And write in Ralph Nader’s name on the ballot.  And if we are denied paper ballots, to have spontaneous sit-ins outside of voting places, holding signs stating that the American voter demanded a paper ballot to ensure their vote was counted–but their demand was denied.  And people from both parties, independents, and even non-voters have a chance to count the ballots. It’s harder for those feeding the Dark Side to get away with it when they can’t hide in the shadows…