"Biologically, females have more potential…females have more sensitivity about others’ well being…. If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
According to a new report from Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders / RSF there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the U.S. in 2013.
The United States has plunged 13 spots in the group’s global press freedom rankings to number 46.
Read more: http://bit.ly/1okCslx
Monsanto Boogie / by The Gitmos [HD]
We preface this first music video offering by mentioning that some outlets will not review this video as it was deemed ‘too controversial’ — we’ll let you decide. [Lyrics posted below band links]
Singer, Uncle Samir shares: “We met over tea in a London railway station. Then again over beers at a pub in Indianapolis. It was all quite magical. At first we were just a Movie Night…but we quickly became a catchy tune and then Your Government Is Lying was born.
We run the spectrum, politically and I tend to be the most conservative. Saddam Paul Jones is the weeping liberal, love him though.
As far a what prompted the song,…take a good look around. Big Ag is basically Too Big To Fail, but it’s already Bust! The very concept of sustainability is anathema to the corporate scheme. Our lifeline to our food and the land is now a profit margin away from destruction, and nobody seems to realize it. We dance to anyone’s tune, as a society…and when it comes to what’s on your plate, that’s The Monsanto Boogie.
Any legislation co-written by the corporations and the supposed regulators….none of it benefits us. It’s all designed to prolong the status quo, which seems to be designed to keep us under the thumb of the establishment.”
Keep your eyes on this band. Their next offering will certainly be found here at the Collective : “You’re Wrong” [A song about gay marriage]
Monsanto Boogie lyrics by The Gitmos:
“You’ve got to buy our seed because our seed is all you need
Organic’s not the way to go, and we don’t care if your organs bleed
We control the food supply —We control the world
The science is so plain you see, who cares about human history
Profit-driven market domination is our game
We are Monsanto
We’ve grown to be so, so big, we filed patents for the pig
We’ve got farms on every continent. Our lobby money is well spent
We have a team of lawyers to take all that you own
Should you decline to plant our seed, ‘cause nothing beats our corporate greed
Dominate the food supply and make you all our slaves
We are Monsanto
We’ve got immunity
From Lawsuits, don’t you see?
The revolving door at the FDA
Means Round Up Ready is here to stay
We will write the policies. We will get the votes
We’ll have the courts overturn the legislation you wrote
You can try and kick us out, but in the end you’ll shout
Some countries try to kick us out, but in the end they shout
You’ve contaminated our heirloom seeds and killed all our bees with your frankenfood genetics
*submitted by Gabrielle Price for The Shadow Gallery Collective
Crumbling church in Picher OK, which had to be abandoned due to overwhelming toxins from lead and zinc mining.
Source: photographyguy (flickr)
Nafeez Ahmed: Industry expert warns of grim future of ‘recession’ driven ‘resource wars’ at University College London lecture
The years 2008 to 2013 were the first few years of peak oil. We are already feeling the effects and have been for years. When will we take the next leg down? When the US shale oil bubble pops…sometime between 2015 and 2020. Brace yourself…
Wounded Knee Memorial Riders in Kyle, SD today. Photo by Waniya Locke.
Brazil’s Guarani Indians accused Coca-Cola of buying sugar from a Bermudan company that sourced it from their ancestral lands, urging the US soft drink giant to find a new supplier, a tribal rights group said Monday.
The Guarani community, with a total population in Brazil estimated at 46,000, has been trying to recover a small portion of its original territories, but faces violent resistance from wealthy ranchers as well as soy and sugar-cane plantation owners.
"While these companies profit, we are forced to endure hunger, misery, and killings," said a Guarani spokesman in a statement by London-based Survival International, which champions the rights of indigenous people worldwide.
Coca-Cola buys sugar from Bermudan agribusiness giant Bunge, “which in turn buys sugar cane from land stolen from the Guarani, to produce biofuels ?tainted with Indian blood,?” the group said, citing a recent report by aid agency Oxfam.
Coca-Cola “must stop buying sugar from Bunge,” it said.
But in a statement sent to AFP from its US headquarters in White Plains, New York, Bunge said it “operates its sugar and bioenergy business in accordance with all Brazilian laws, (and) with Bunge’s global labor, environmental and sustainability policies.”
According to Survival International, the Jata Yvary community in Mato Grosso do Sul state, which has 370 residents, “has lost most of its ancestral land to plantations which sell sugar cane to Bunge, and is forced to live on a small patch of land completely surrounded by the crop.”
However, Bunge maintained that “the lands in question are still under adjudication by the Brazilian government… As of now, the Federal Government has not made a decision designating the lands as indigenous.”
"As such, the company continues to honor legal contracts with growers, signed prior to our acquisition of the mill, to source sugarcane from these lands," it added.
Bunge pledged not to renew the contracts as they expire. The last are set to run out in 2014.
"If the lands are designated as indigenous before that time, we will stop purchases," Bunge spokeswoman Susan Burns added.
Roughly 12 percent of Brazil’s land currently is recognized as indigenous territory.
Survival International insists Guarani Indians suffer “severe health problems as a result of toxic pesticides sprayed on the plantations, and mourn the loss of their forest, which they relied on for food, medicines and shelter.”
a poem by Gabrielle Price
My sisters and brothers are black,
And some are yellow, red, and white…
Many have feathers; others, scales and fur,
Some worship money but the best of them prefer,
To live with enough; and believe enough is a feast.
Hard truth for western man — in the belly of the beast.
Hard truth includes that rich or poor doesn’t matter,
not to birds of one feather that all bleed the same.
Murmeration: the meaning of something deeper;
That true hearts beat wild, unabashed and fierce,
When we seek to be our relative’s keeper.
What happens to them, happens to me,
More bad now than good in the land of the ‘free’.
Real freedom is earned not with money or gold,
But sacred truth; whispered words, howls and winds
that devour every flag and PR myth ever sold.
The American Dream skips like a broken record,
Corporate DJ’s are paid to keep it in rotation.
Echoing for eons, in the minds and hearts of my kin;
To question empire : sane to my chosen family,
To deny the myth : the original American sin.
My chosen family I’ve grown to respect and admire.
Beautiful teachers that groove with critical thought.
Underground records speak truth, and nothing but.
Western seekers will grasp, finding it eludes them
in a cellophane culture so easily bought.
Yet it is this epic place in history my relatives chose
To engage in sacred work, without repeating a script;
But through telling our wild stories, song and prose.
Not to burn the broken record but to keep the new one
To serve as reminder : that we will never sell our souls.
Twice as Forever
Keetra Dean Dixon & my submission to Yule Log 2.0
Also available as a single-serving site
The new year will not see me doing this again…working smarter not harder.
Happy holidays and a happy new year! It’s a seven. Sweet.