Look, ground-truthing is always going to come from someone like me who has taught in a whole hell of a lot of schools, from Newport, OR, to Vancouver, WA, from Seattle to Spokane, El Paso to Austin. And many more. Taught in prisons, in military compounds, homeless shelters, halfway house, and, shoot, more places.
This attack on the 50 percent of Americans who need their lives heralded and supported by their hard work, the work that we do for the 2,400 billionaires in the world and those 36 million millionaires, all loaded because they are at the heart of exploiting and polluting.
We need more SNAP benefits for Americans, more TANF for families, more food programs in the PK12 schools — gardens, canning centers, kids learning how to smoke salmon or grow all those salad fixings. How to bake gluten free bread, and sour dough buns.
Instead, we see the duopoly of Demon-Can’ts, or Repube-crats, whatever you want to call for parties of donkey and elephant manure, killing their own people, and eating their children.
Farmers and food purveyors in the schools, man. Kids learning how to grow permaculture gardens, how to milk a pygmy goat, how to make goat feta cheese, and more. Youth need so much more to impregnate them with real tools to fight the oppression, stupidity of their elders and the tipping points coming down hard tied to global warming.
Instead, we have these white devils in their dervishes of insanity and narcissism destroying all communities.
It was Fyodor Dostoyevsky who said: “The degree of civilization in a society is revealed by entering its prisons.”
So, these idiots are at it again — not enough kids get good food in a day, let alone food period. I have written about the fries, pizza, full-fat chocolate milk, and ketchup diet we force onto youth. This is the latest in another white devil’s view of the world he doesn’t live in or come from —
Six states and the District of Columbia sued the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, saying it weakened nutritional standards in school breakfasts and lunches when it relaxed the requirements affecting salt and refined grains last year. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court asked a judge to overturn the changes, saying they were carried out in an arbitrary and capricious manner.
The government “significantly weakened” nutritional standards for sodium and whole grains, according to the lawsuit, without giving the public a chance to comment on them and in opposition to nutritional requirements for school meals set by Congress.
The states and D.C. said the standards should be based on recommendations of the U.S. government’s “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” the National Academy of Sciences and scientific research regarding children’s nutrition.
The USDA school lunch program provides low-cost or free lunches and breakfasts in public schools and other institutions. Last year, it served an estimated 30 million children.
An email seeking comment was sent to the Justice Department.
New York Attorney General Letitia James led the multistate civil legal action, saying in a release that over a million children in New York depend daily on the meals.
“The Trump Administration has undermined key health benefits for our children – standards for salt and whole grains in school meals – with deliberate disregard for science, expert opinion, and the law,” she said.
Note: I am on the Central Coast of Oregon where I have undertaken rooting myself somewhat in the culture, in the history and in the future of this place. I’ve been working with students in K12 as a substitute for all levels, all categories of teaching. I’ve joined Surfrider and the American Cetacean Society. I’ve interfaced with the Newport city twice-a-week newspaper to get some insider news out around teaching and environmental issues.
There is irony here: writing for free, and, I cut my teeth when I was 18 working for the Tombstone Epitaph in Arizona, and then small dailies and mid-size city dailies — Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Spokane, Seattle — then some news organizations like the LA Times Syndicate and Gannett.
Here I am, sending in copy, to this small newspaper, part of a small conglomerate of newspapers owned by News Media Corporation, with background on them and the owner here and here. My piece below has been hacked up, per the small newspaper business, but alas, sometimes it’s about getting the basic message through. It’s on page A-5, April 3, 2019.
What gets cut, unfortunately, are the guts of the story, about a woman who owns a restaurant and is for a proposed single-use plastic bag ban for the city of Newport, not a baby-step, but an inch-worm’s step. Here, below, the original copy turned into the newspaper.
Plastics are increasing every year, and if we know anything about petrochemicals and how and where they are produced, then this is yet one of a thousand humanity and ecosystem cuts of death. Here, from another venue where I publish, for free, again, for free — Why Recycling Is a ‘Pseudo-Solution’ to Reducing Plastic Waste
Omelets and Pancakes and Every Day Learning How and Where to Cut Back on Waste
Café Nye Beach owner is a strong proponent of the Newport City plastic bag ban
Putting her mouth where her heart is, Judy Buchko sees her Nye Beach eatery as something more than an all-day breakfast joint with a hundred culinary options.
“To tell you the truth,” said the 62-year-old owner of Café Nye Beach, “I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was thirteen.” She was cracking, whipping up and storing a few dozen eggs (five dozen) when she showed this writer the ins and outs of her business.
We talked about the deep history of her work as a restaurateur, but also what it means to be a responsible member of the community. Buchko’s ethos is about protecting her workers, and in that regard, she pointed out that she pays above the minimum wage considered average in Newport.
Some of my employees get fifteen dollars an hour, on top of tips,” she stated. “It’s only fair they get a higher wage, with all the work they do to make this place successful.” Judy has 11 employees, half of whom are full-time. If there was an affordable small business insurance program, she says she’d surely like to offer health insurance under some group health insurance model.
She is in favor of a single-payer health care system, something she knows personally. Almost five years ago, after six months of pain she attributed to a hernia, she was diagnosed with cancer. After an 8-hour operation to take out a five- pound ovarian cancerous tumor, she was on medical leave. Soon, she had part of her intestine removed because of the scarring the malignant tumor had done to her insides.
Straddled with both debt for remodeling the restaurant and the hospital bills, Buchko understands the precarity of the average American when something goes wrong medically.
She’s been at the current location for over eight years, and when asked what she might be doing in five years, Judy stated, “I will probably be winding down from the business.” She stated she’d like to travel, to places like Kenya or Nairobi: “Just to experience a place where I do not know the language and learn how to adapt.”
She was in full-on tongue-in-cheek mode when she implied her travels might start sooner as the upstairs apartment dweller upstairs wasn’t too keen on the eating establishment below, complaining about the normal noise coming from a diner. “She’d like to see my place closed.”
The eatery has a deep menu, with homemade breads, many gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian option, and she sources her produce, beef and other products locally. While she was discussing the history of the business and her own personal narrative, Lorne from the egg place arrived with a few cartoons of eggs from he and his wife’s chicken and egg operation, Emerald Hills Farms.
Lorne’s proud of his 89 years on planet earth, having originally come from California more than 8 years ago “with a much younger wife, who works at Oceana.” He delivers the free-range and antibiotic-free eggs daily to Café Nye Beach since the operation goes through 15 dozen or more eggs a day for their 8 pm to 3 pm daily restaurant.
Like many of the Nye Beach establishments, the owner of Café Nye Beach supports the Newport City single use plastic bag ban. Judy stated she went to a City Council meeting where she spoke for the ban and listened to a young Sam Case student she knows, Anders, “eloquently speak on the harms of plastics on ocean life.”
I’ve always cared about all the little children, and my support of the ban and putting that up that sign in the restaurant as a show of solidarity is out of my love for kids . . . my voice is speaking for them, those who can’t vote.”
Ironically, she talked about having many sleepless nights mulling over plight of the planet and global warming, but more specifically about the waste that is part and parcel hitched to the restaurant business. She estimates more than 50 percent of the food people order gets tossed. She talked about so-called “green cups” she used, which Judy said after two weeks soaking in water at home in an experiment she was conducting the cups had not even begun to biodegrade.
She’s always willing to talk to anyone interested in her stand for a plastic bag ban and other environmental measures, adding that she is not going to win any arguments with people who are already convinced climate change isn’t real or that plastics restrictions won’t work.
Her setting down roots in Newport occurred thirty years ago, when she hitchhiked from Wisconsin and fell in love with the place. She opened up a restaurant in the Bay Front, but moved over to Nye Beach more than 13 years ago. “I love to cook, and I realized when I was recovering from surgery — after this cancer the doctor said I wouldn’t survive — that I had to get back to work, back to the restaurant.”
Work and being connected to people, she states, are healing qualities she can count on. Her tenacity she attributes to growing up in a poorer section of Milwaukie, with a single mom. “I remember our dirty coal burning heater, and we’d have to clean out our nostrils every day from all the soot.”
She repeated several times, “I try to do the best in terms of environmental awareness at my age.”
He hero includes her now deceased older brother who fought against unjust prison sentences and police brutality in Milwaukee. He also was part of a “free Angela Davis” group, and eventually, he succumbed to AIDS in 1992.
The activism and social and environmental justice awareness were sparked young, she stated. “My uncle, mom, brother and myself and some other kids went to the A & P to protest them selling Gerber baby food.” It was a campaign started when journalists revealed Gerber sold infant formula to undeveloped countries without sufficient warnings about using clean water and refrigeration. “Many thousands of babies got sick and many died because of Gerber’s bad policies.”
Many of her employees were rushing around her as she was shredding potatoes for fresh hash browns. Claudia, a 42-year-old from Puebla, Mexico, said she appreciates the work and her boss’s attitude. We spoke at length in Spanish, discussing her 15 years in Newport and five years in Arizona after leaving Puebla with her husband. Judy pined in stating she wanted a friend of hers who is a linguist to help Claudia and others to learn English so they can make more money out front waiting tables.
She’s working everyday to cut down on waste and throwaway items: she’s got cardboard instead of Styrofoam takeaway boxes; hemp straws; cup lids made out of sugar cane.
One day she’d like to travel to the Galapagos Islands, but even that keeps her up at night: “I will have to research that and make sure I am not just adding to all the pollution with all the tourism on those incredible islands.”
“The…truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty.” — Michael Parenti
Goddamn, this is one messed up country, one messed up freak show! The serious nature of America’s collective insanity covers both dangerous species who toilet paper themselves either in donkey or elephant manure.
This society runs on madness, on the collective chronic disease that defines the United States of Amnesia. We might think we are grounded, plying away on our special projects. I of course write about education and about environment, a lot, but the discourse goes deeper, really, as the philosophy and spiritual core of someone like me go way beyond the chatter and amazingly consistent looniness of the Homo Sapiens Consumopethicus Retailopethicus. Here, from the controlled opposition, Democracy Now, just the headlines:
*Israel Continues Airstrikes in Gaza Amid Fragile Truce *U.S. Officially Recognizes Golan Heights as Israeli Territory *Trump Suggests Probes into “Traitors” in Wake of Mueller Report *Pentagon Authorizes Diversion of $1 Billion to Build Border Wall *Father of 6-Year-Old Sandy Hook Victim Dies by Suicide *Parkland Survivors Urge Senators to Pass Background Check Act *DOJ Backs Full Repeal of Affordable Care Act *Mexico: Radio Reporter Killed Amid Spate of Journalist Murders *Venezuela: New Power Outage Hits Residents Amid Political Turmoil *Suspects in College Admissions Scam Plead Not Guilty *Green New Deal Goes to Senate Floor, Dems Call Out GOP “Stunt” *Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion and Fraud *SoCal Mosque Vandalized, Graffiti Cites NZ Christchurch Massacre *Mexican President Calls on Spain, Pope to Apologize for Colonial Past *Special Counsel Finds No Collusion btw. Trump & Russia; Dems Call for Release of Report *Cyclone Idai Death Toll Rises as Officials Warn of Health Risks *Brexit: 1 Million Take to Streets to Call for 2nd Referendum *France: Protesters Take to Streets for 19th Week Amid Gov’t Clampdown *Thailand: No Clear Election Winner as Pro-Military Party Takes Lead *Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinian Protesters Over Weekend *Netanyahu Cuts U.S. Trip Short After Rockets Hit Israeli Home *Somalia: At Least 15 Killed in Gun Battle at Gov’t Bldg *Mali: 134 People Killed Amid Mounting Ethnic Tensions *Afghanistan: 14 Civilians Killed After Week of Attacks
The list is not comprehensive, but if we look at the news, at the public discourse, at the coffee shop and Wendy’s chatter, we have so-so much confusion and disembodied discussions. All of this speaks of mindlessness, a blatant disregard for the human brain’s capability to think-be-live in a systems thinking world. The millions of words I could galvanize here in this blog would be an endless stream tied to how insane our systems of oppression are when it comes to the struggle we all have within our own contexts and our own eroding sense of community. Now, families are eroded, and in my years as a teacher, social worker, case manager, and journalist, the family under attack and denuded of roots and in constant fight or flight mode, I can see that that core, that basic unit from which to figure out how to raise youth and care for the old, it’s gone belly up.
News headline after news headline, drawing more and more blood from the souls of Americans. Drawing attention away from HOW to destroy capitalism. Then the Project Censored headlines, the most put aside or under-reported stories for 2017-2018. Most of it is negative, with some solutions in the mix. All of it is the blockade of sanity and solutions by the great wall of Capitaism:
25 –Sheriffs Using Iris Recognition Technology along US–Mexico Border
In April 2017, the Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition
(SBSC) unanimously approved use of new biometric identification technology as a
defense against “violent unauthorized immigrants,” George Joseph of the
24 –More Than 80,000 Stolen Guns Worsen Crime in Florida
Over the past ten years, more than 82,000 guns stolen in
Florida remain missing, Laura Morel reported in November 2017 in joint reports
for the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for…
23 –New Restrictions on Prisoners’ First Amendment Rights
On November 1, 2017, the Michigan Department of Corrections
(MDOC) implemented strict changes to its prison mail policy that discouraged
inmates, their families, and friends from using the US Postal…
22 –Big Pharma’s Biostitutes: Corporate Media Ignore Root Cause of Opioid Crisis
At least 64,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, with
more than 80 percent of those deaths attributed to opioid drugs, according to
an August 2017 report from the…
21 –Parkland Shooter’s JROTC Connections Spotlight Militarization of Schools
Public officials have offered their thoughts and prayers to
the families of some 141 children, educators, and other people who have been
killed in the dozens of school shootings in the…
20 –Extravagant Hospital Waste of Unused Medical Supplies
Hospitals in the United States are wasting millions of
dollars’ worth of sterile and unused medical supplies, practices that impact
the cost of healthcare, as Marshall Allen reported for ProPublica…
19 –People Bussed across US to Cut Cities’ Homeless Populations
An investigative report by the Guardian studied homeless
relocation plans in major cities and counties across the United States.
Released in December 2017, the 18-month investigation recorded 34,240 journeys
made by homeless…
18 –Adoption Agencies a Gateway for Child Exploitation
As the Epoch Times reported in March 2018, “Global adoption
is a big business, fraught with loose regulations and profit incentives that
have made it a target for kidnappers, human…
17 —“Model” Mississippi Curriculum Omits Civil Rights Movement from School Textbooks
Inadequate textbooks used in the Mississippi school system
are affecting civil rights education, Sierra Mannie reported for the Hechinger
Report in October 2017. In 2011, Mississippi adopted new social studies…
16 –$21 Trillion in Unaccounted-for Government Spending from 1998 to 2015
Two federal government agencies, the Department of Defense
and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), may have accumulated
as much as $21 trillion in undocumented expenses between 1998…
15 –Digital Justice: Internet Co-ops Resist Net Neutrality Rollbacks
More than 300 electric cooperatives across the United States
are building their own Internet with high-speed fiber networks. These
locally-owned networks are poised to do what federal and state governments…
14 —FBI Paid Geek Squad Employees as “Confidential Human Source” Informants
New documents released to the Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Louisville field officers
have been paying Best Buy Geek Squad employees as informants for…
13 —The Limits of Negative News and Importance of Constructive Media
Historically, journalism has highlighted social problems in
order to expose wrongdoing, inform the public, and spur reform. This “watchdog”
role is vital to a democratic society. However, as Christopher Reeve…
12 —ICE Intends to Destroy Records of Inhumane Treatment of Immigrants
In recent years, numerous news reports have highlighted
illegal or inhumane actions committed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) officials in their attempts to expel illegal immigrants. Despite the…
11 —US Air Force Seeks to Control Seventy Percent of Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge
“More than 32,000 people have submitted comments opposing a
military takeover of most of Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge,” the
Center for Biological Diversity reported in March 2018. In order…
In August 2017, the counterterrorism division of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued an intelligence assessment warning law
enforcement officers, including the Department of Homeland Security, of the
9 —Indigenous Communities around World Helping to Win Legal Rights of Nature
In March 2017, the government of New Zealand officially
recognized the Whanganui River—which the indigenous Maori consider their
ancestor—as a living entity with rights. By protecting the Whanganui against
8 —Congress Passes Intrusive Data Sharing Law under Cover of Spending Bill
Hidden in the massive omnibus spending bill approved by
Congress in February 2018 was the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data
(CLOUD) Act of 2018. The CLOUD Act enables the…
7 —Regenerative Agriculture as “Next Stage” of Civilization
Regenerative agriculture represents not only an alternative
food production strategy but a fundamental shift in our culture’s relationship
to nature. As Ronnie Cummins, director of the Organic Consumers Association
6 —Russiagate: Two-Headed Monster of Propaganda and Censorship
Russiagate, which began as a scandal over Russian efforts to
sway the 2016 US election, has since proliferated into a drama of dossiers,
investigative councils, Russian adoption cover-ups, and an…
5 —Washington Post Bans Employees from Using Social Media to Criticize Sponsors
In June 2017, Andrew Beaujon reported in the Washingtonian
on a new policy at the Washington Post that prohibits the Post’s employees from
conduct on social media that “adversely affects The Post’s customers,…
4 —How Big Wireless Convinced Us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe
A Kaiser Permanente study (published December 2017 in
Scientific Reports) conducted controlled research testing on hundreds of
pregnant women in the San Francisco Bay area and found that those who had been
3 —World’s Richest One Percent Continue to Become Wealthier
In November 2017, the Guardian reported on Credit Suisse’s
global wealth report, which found that the richest 1 percent of the world now
owns more than half of the world’s wealth. As…
2 —“Open-Source” Intelligence Secrets Sold to Highest Bidders
In March 2017, WikiLeaks released Vault 7, which consisted
of some 8,761 leaked confidential Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents
and files from 2013 to 2016, detailing the agency’s vast arsenal…
1 —Global Decline in Rule of Law as Basic Human Rights Diminish
A 2018 survey conducted in response to global concerns about
rising authoritarianism and nationalism shows a major decrease in nations
adhering to basic human rights. As the Guardian reported, the World Justice
Ahh, just go back into the archives of Project Censored, and then we can understand how deep the cognitive dissonance is in regard to the hard truths of living in the perverted carnival of Casino-Parasitic-Predatory Capitalism, which unfortunately for those capitalism lovers, no matter how hard they try and rationalize how great it is, all capitalism is about destroying the environment and people:
This video of Michael Parenti explaining the fundamental differences between a liberal and a Marxist analysis of capitalism is a valuable pedagogical tool for understanding the limits of liberalism and the power of anti-capitalist critique.
So, no matter how spiritual or connected to one’s self one is, unfortunately, none of those stories and topics above can be tackled without first tackling a giant reformation. Not baby steps. Not enlightenment of the self or individual or small group. But revolutionary change. This is vital to know and then to fight, and the fighting is the big WHAT, HOW, WHERE, WHO, now is it not?
The global 1%, comprised of over 36-million millionaires and 2,400 billionaires, employ their excess capital with investment management firms like BlackRock and J.P Morgan Chase. The top seventeen of these trillion-dollar investment management firms controlled $41.1 trillion dollars in 2017. These firms are all directly invested in each other and managed by only 199 people who decide how and where global capital will be invested. Their biggest problem is they have more capital than there are safe investment opportunities, which leads to risky speculative investments, increased war spending, privatization of the public domain, and pressures to open new capital investment opportunities through political regime changes.
The global power elite are aware of their existence as a numerical minority in the vast sea of impoverished humanity. Roughly 80% of the world’s population lives on less than ten dollars a day and half live on less than three dollars a day. Concentrated global capital becomes the binding institutional alignment that brings transnational capitalists into a centralized global imperialism facilitated by world economic/trade institutions and protected by the US/NATO military empire. This concentration of wealth leads to a crisis of humanity, whereby poverty, war, starvation, mass alienation, media propaganda, and environmental devastation have reached levels that threaten humanity’s future.
This is not only bullshit but the crime, the real crime, and I have to tell my climate change greenwashers, bullshit to all of that Titanic deck chair rearranging. We are bombing people as a First World collective. We are stealing land as a collective. We are polluting the earth as a collective. Wherever capitalism goes, cancer follows. Can we look at this — Eighty Percent of the global population lives on less than $10 a day. And then from that 80 percent, 40 percent lives on less than $3 a day!
Wrong, wrong, wrong, no matter how puffed up anyone gets when talking about how they do this or that for their local community. It is our fault for this global shame. It is the rich people’s conduit that creates poverty. And, in this “first” world country, if you and I are doing “well,” that wellness is at the expense (deadly) of the people we eviscerate, whether in Gaza or the Amazon. And, look hard at the military industrial complex, and how much we pay dearly for the trillions spent on killing people. Every American is guilty. Read this newsletter, and look at the varying tentacles that grab our futures — war-war-war infects everything. Read the article on page 4, “We must demilitarize to decarbonize.” Space Alert:Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
Connect the dots, readers! No climate change mitigation or quasi FDR-like democratic socialism will get off the ground without stopping war and war lords and all the millions of college educated folk who make money from the lords of war.
My sanity comes from so many sources, but for now, it’s this benediction for a good friend, someone who was born with a disadvantage, cerebral palsy, who turned life into his own goodness, and his lightness of being, and parlayed the physical disability into his own ability to have fun and be a part of disability rights organizations and movements. I met him while working as a slave laborer for United Cerebral Palsy, working as a case manager for adults with disabilities. He was the board president, and as such, he wanted to know what shenanigans were going on in the department I worked for. Oh, we talked on and on about the reverse sexism of women managing social services. Oh, we talked about the inability of management to break out of nannying people or what trauma-informed management/supervision should be and how it should be utilized as more than just mumbo-jumbo PC-ese.
But we went beyond that rickety non-profit, which he very much was still a part of right up to his unfortunate death at age 65. Here’s my dedicatory poem to him. Sanity cutting through the miasma of the insane nature of USA and the headline eaters of our time! My sanity is balancing the insane Perverted Carnival that is USA, and my inner/outer poet. Enjoy! Others have.
rebar-to-super sleek wheelchair: he’s always on the other end of the line
for Jerry Pattee, RIP
by Paul Haeder / March 24th, 2019
storyteller he teeters on crutches shows Ma Bell books, Bakelite phones switchboard wired up, front door in Sellwood rigged with pay phone pick up handset, ringer tells Jerry more visitors, misbegotten souls he’s always on the other end of the line
life defined to receive words upside down lives, delineated he lived political action rights for disabled, flash of smile he showed up for everyone, always open to disaster, lives came with tattered spirits, Jerry defined by CP, always gave shelter
stories unfolded, details like chronologist’s bowing legs young, his old man in Payette, Idaho, fashioned rebar, pulled young Jerald’s legs come-along so boy might walk
he did, drove his fancy car second male at Pacific Bell early days of all-female switchboard operators, from small-town to Portland, Jerry figured life was no bowl of cherries yet he captivated hundreds, fought good fight for disability rights worked his spiritual magic even with me, atheist, rabble-rouser two men gathering matching stories
people live in a bubble, head in sand, praying for one-drop rule passing family line roulette wheel drinking in pregnancy, child culled with fetal alcohol syndrome or, tough pregnancy, delivery Cerebral Palsy, another throw of dice spastic, tremors, slurred or no speech, Jerry, seemingly neuronormal on phone radio caster’s voice
the age of CP moves rapidly swallows difficult, more tremors spasms, muscles atrophying internal organs sprayed a difficult aging process Jerry let all of that go joked on crutches, eventually wheelchair lamented when young found healthy woman married knowing she would take care of spider-legs failing faculties, yet life’s boomerang, wife fell hard robust one day, multiple sclerosis the next, as Jerry spent decade salving her until her death
irony left, me, storyteller crow stealing shiny things Jerry always there listening my trials tribulations high-strung artist, he colluded with literary arts, until that day of one thing after another CP-breakdown like old Ford, rusty leaky, electrical system frazzling, Jerry had helping hands till the end, wry humor
the story about LA aunt husband lawyer to the studio stars, a mix of Blanche Dubois, Rita Hayworth, young Jerry in dressing rooms, lingerie fittings even met Rita, other starlets stories, people held in his twinkle, dashing face, young boy still
chiseled fading face his life adopting houseless, his heart always on the other end of the line old phones ringing
Note: I substitute teach in Lincoln County, Central Oregon, on a magnificent coast that is going downhill quickly: clear cuts up to the beach, more and more development blocking natural estuary systems, biohazards (solids) spread throughout the farming community, more people, more plastic, more crab pots, more whale and pinniped entanglements, no more sea stars, fish full of microplastics, and hot compounds floating from Fukushima nuke explosion.
There is a plastic grocery bag ban being proposed, and it’s not hard to believe many residents write into the local rags how banning toxic bags is akin to taking their .357 magnum away from their cold dead hands. I am writing a book on the PK12 education system in the USA, and, well, what better ground truthing than teaching it. The names of the students cited below are pseudonyms. Everything else is fact!
By Paul K.Haeder
Having fourth graders at Taft Elementary ask me how the children of Houston are doing as the petrochemical plant burns inspired me yet again to continue my substitute teaching for Lincoln County.
We’re looking at nine-year-olds who already want answers and
are passionate about connections.
First, we went on a plastic treasure hunt in the classroom.
Low hanging fruit were all the plastic bins, totes and folders. There were
keyring gizmos on their backpacks. There were youth with lunches wrapped in holey
We got creative, eventually agreeing that almost everything
in the classroom has plastic, and everything inside and outside the classroom
has fossil fuel markers on it. Children looked at the “contains 100% polyester”
on clothing tags, then realized that anything with paint on it had polymers
derived from oil, i.e. plastic. Desks and white boards and light protectors –
Then one of the students with his Chromebook (90 percent plastic)
pulled up an article about plastic compounds in human feces. We got through that
discussion okay, but the fourth graders were perplexed on how everyone on earth
has plastic in their poop.
The study, which now will be replicated in almost every
country, discovered subjects (humans) with microplastics in their feces – both polypropylene
(PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). All the volunteers had consumed food or
beverages stored in plastic wrapping, bottles, or containers. More than 70
percent had eaten fish from the sea, not plastic fish but real fish.
The Taft class then did a poll – how many had food in
plastic containers, and how many had eaten fish of any kind the past week. One
hundred percent of the 25 students raised their hands, lifting up the plastic
lined milk cartons and the Lucky Charms cereal containers they had just
Young people want real answers, and they understand that at
9 years of age, they have on average another 60 or 65 years left on the planet
(we looked up life expectancies for Americans in different parts of the
They asked what affects do all the plastics have on their own personal health, both now and in the future. One student, Ronny, found the five-legged frogs and double-headed fish science story on the internet. We talked about hormones and PP, PET, and the other members of the dirty dozen chemicals – mostly come coming from petrochemical plants found in Houston, Texas. All are hormone disruptors so we had to talk about the endocrine system.
They asked why the government wasn’t looking after their
health and safety. They wanted to know why scientists weren’t working on ways
to reduce these chemicals, polymers, many of them plastics. They went onto the
internet, ended up finding peer-reviewed journal sites, and lo and behold, in
one student’s own words: “It’s like
Frankenstein’s children they are making, on purpose.”
Tying that “everything is made up of plastic” to a simple
single-use plastic bag ban proposed for Newport and then the state of Oregon
was a no brainer.
“We shouldn’t have plastic in our bodies. Fish shouldn’t
have plastic in their muscles that we then eat. Whales shouldn’t choke to death
on all the plastic. Will I get cancer because my mom microwaves all the
leftovers in plastic containers? Why are these companies doing this to us?”
Their words of frustration.
The beauty of
teaching is a great facilitator can throw out a kernel of information and with
some flair for engaging youth, the young people can teach themselves about the
how, what, why, when, where, who of things they need to know to critically
think about problems.
They wanted to know what dirty dozen were, so I listed the chemicals/ metals on the board (see below) and assigned pairs of students for each one to research. The principles I deployed in the science session included math (percentages, values), rhetoric (compare and contrast, formulating processes, cause and effect) and narrative (finding personal stories around each dirty dozen).
As a substitute, I started them to really think, and alas,
we ran out of time, because school today is set by bells, breaks, snacks,
shuffling from one end of the hallway, to the playground, and sometimes (which
occurred the day I subbed), a drill of an active shooter in the school, a Code
Runny eyes, sneezing, coughing, tightness in the chest,
heart beating rapidly, fainting spells. The
pairs listed many symptoms as a result of young and old breathing in the smoke
from the Houston petrochemical fire.
They discovered that, yes, compounds for single use plastic
bags are cooked and chemically leeched into the stretchy polymers that make
those grocery bags what they are.
One student read off the lede from one story on the
internet: “The latest blaze erupted just hours after a wall holding back almost
a million gallons of toxic, flammable liquids collapsed, and just two days
after the original conflagration was suppressed. Intercontinental, a unit of
Japan’s Mitsui & Co., said three tanks and a drainage ditch were alight
before firefighters suppressed the flames after more than an hour.”
Students were upset that the following dirty twelve are in
their cookware, storage containers, on their vegetables and fruits as
pesticides, in their salmon, in their drinking water, in paint thinners, on
their carpet and lawns.
They asked how this has happened, and, then, bam, the bell
rang and it was recess. The day ended, and that fourth grade class asked me
when I was coming back to Taft finish up the science section. They asked me if
they could go to the City Council meeting in Newport in April to speak on why a
simple single-use plastic bag ban is not even a baby step on the road to a
“It’s at least a start,” Liliana said, after telling the
class about her father who is on sick leave because he was exposed to
pesticides at a Christmas tree farm. “His body aches all over all day and all
Sad news for her family but the class got the connection – David
read out another Internet finding: “’Grocery bags are made from polyethylene,
which consists of long chains of ethylene monomers. Ethylene is derived from
natural gas and petroleum.’ The bags we use today come from the same place
where those kids in Houston are being let out of school because of the toxic
BPA – breast and
other cancers, obesity, early puberty, heart disease
Doxin – carcinogen,
affected immune and reproductive systems
Atrazine – breast tumors,
delayed puberty, prostate cancer and turning male frogs into females
thyuroid imbalances, impeded brain and organ development
Fire retardants –
imitate thyroid hormones, lower IQ
Lead — permanent
brain damage, lowered IQ, hearing loss, miscarriage, premature birth, increased
blood pressure, kidney damage and nervous system problems
Arsenic — skin,
bladder and lung cancer, death
Mercury — the
metal is known to concentrate in the fetal brain and can interfere with brain
development been shown to damage cells in the pancreas that produce insulin,
which is critical for the body’s ability to metabolize sugar.
chemicals (PFCs) — decreased sperm quality, low birth weight, kidney
disease, thyroid disease and high cholesterol, among other health issues
pesticides – disrupting brain development, behavior and fertility
Glycol Ethers — shrunken testicles, blood
abnormalities and lower sperm counts. Children who were exposed to glycol
ethers from paint in their bedrooms had substantially more asthma and
Note: Names of students have been changed to pseudonyms.
Third note: The youth of today are being not only ripped off education-wise. They are not only being dumb-downed education-wise and within the home. They are being polluted, part of a huge chemical experiment perpetrated by the Fortune 500 chemical companies, industrial agriculture thugs, petrochemical heathens, auto and airline industry felons, and food purveyors. One giant human experiment around GMOS, hormone distruptors, cancer-causing compounds, pesticides, EMFs, you name it. I tell the climate “activists” who want carbon trading or the New Green Deal to shut up or put up: killing people in other countries with USA-made and lead military hardware; killing and maiming people worldwide and in this country with the chemicals and by-products and products of capitalism? If we can’t keep killer chemicals off the children’s veggies and fruit, how are we going to shift to a “green economy?” Or on personal products like shampoo?
Final note: I’ll be writing about the beach clean up, and about how the Mayor of Eugene is a big rah-rah for carbon trading, but that in itself is not any way out of mitigating climate change. Really. I also will be putting up my Op-ed in response to the Eugene Mayor’s, and I doubt very much it will get into the Register-Guard. The reason is that in America, for decades, speech at schools, in non-profits, within the movements like environmental or climate change, and on and on, it has all been gatekeeped into oblivion and mush hell. More and more people I meet who do beach clean ups know squat about ecosystems, whales, all the hormone distruptors in the foods they eat. They will come to a beach clean up with Starbucks coffee! Imagine that with local coffee shops struggling and we get Starbucks.
The framing in this country is so off kilter that it’s no wonder youth have no leaders, empty promises, idiotic City Councils and Mayors and State Reps. Imagine, Oregon on a highway building frenzy, and then we try and get a statewide plastic bag ban, and it’s the paper/timber companies who are lobbying against the ban citing paper bags being a huge waste and environmental problem. This is how these thugs work — timber-paper lobby working with the plastics lobby.
This final note is about people who are fearful that the column below, which discusses why we need to let children know why Exxon or petrochemical companies or Starbucks or any of the players out front of these outfits, or the actors selling the crap, or the baseball stars, all of them, HATE my students. Hate means a company will site chemical production companies near poor communities; hate is releasing toxic byproducts in the air at night. Hate is a governor of Texas approving these petrochemical companies to run roughshod over entire communities, across many county lines.
Hate is a politician against universal health care, or another group of idiots who hate my students’ parents by putting them in termination harm’s way if they miss too many days of work because of their own illness or children’s illnesses.
Hate is the bank that forecloses on a family, or a property management company that evicts or raises rents to gentrify.
Bad hombres that the hateful Trump Klan talk about, well, that’s just hate speech, calling Mexicans rapists, murderers, terrorists, criminals. Now, fair play would allow me to say how Trump Klan and all those like him or those not like him but with him, that they are criminals, murderers, rapists, and criminals. I could easily cite factual story after story outlining just how criminal the big hombres are, and even with facts, I’d be called out on it, probably banned from teaching here.
Teaching young people to know why “they” hate them and their families is not teaching them to hate, but how to rebuff it, or fight it, or nip it in the bud. But again, fighting some fires with fire is the only way to put out the raging, homicidal, home-destroying wild fires. Billionaires and millionaires and police forces and military forces are the wild fires that have for centuries kept my students and their families down.
People do evil things because they are evil. Some people are evil in the way that some things are colored indigo. They commit their evil deeds not to achieve some goal, but just because of the sort of people they are. — Terry Eagleton
Every empire, however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate. — Edward Said
The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born — Antonio Gramsci
Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world. — Paulo Freire
Paul K. Haeder is a certified substitute for Lincoln County Schools living in Otis. He has been a newspaper reporter in Texas, Arizona, Washington. He was a faculty member for several colleges and universities. He completed a job as social worker for homeless veterans in Portland. His short story collection is coming out in 2019. He’s working on a book about US’s PK12 education system.
Below is related to my blogs on the environment and on teaching and learning. First, we have the mayor of Eugene writing a simplistic Op-Ed for the Eugene newspaper (sic), the Register-Guard. It’s pretty scary stuff considering this is 2019, and global warming will suck the rivers dry, even up here in old mossy Oregon. It’s a naive attempt at placating, and the bottom line, if Eugene wants to get serious about climate change, then all the governors have to get on board with region planning.
Instead, we see more and more highways expanding, and if you read the latest “hot” spots to move to, i.e., the fastest growing cities in the USA, many are in Florida, you know, that bastion of climate change mitigation and protection.
So, when you are a mayor, or congress person, or head of a governmental agency, or president, or anyone, how serious can we get about “climate change” when the fossil fuel/extraction industry is turbo charge, thanks to the felons and murderers in the banking/financial system:
A report published Wednesday names the banks that have played the biggest recent role in funding fossil fuel projects, finding that since 2016, immediately following the Paris Agreement’s adoption, 33 global banks have poured $1.9 trillion into financing climate-changing projects worldwide.
The top four banks that invested most heavily in fossil fuel projects are all based in the U.S., and include JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America. Royal Bank of Canada, Barclays in Europe, Japan’s MUFG, TD Bank, Scotiabank, and Mizuho make up the remainder of the top 10.
Ahh, the wet paper bag, and this mayor, as you can read here (Vinis: City is meeting urgent call to climate action), is saying nothing, which means she and her city politicians will do nothing, as well. Here, another point of view on just how green greenwashing is!
“Green New Deal” is a great slogan. Unfortunately, the campaign ignores inconvenient facts.
We are beyond the limits to growth of non-renewable fossil fuels and of “renewable” resources such as forests, fish, soil, fresh water and food. Find details about overconsumption, overpopulation and overshoot at peakchoice.org.
Using unprecedented levels of energy does not mean there are equally sized alternatives to power the American Way of Life (AWOL). I have used solar panels since 1990; they are great but not as concentrated. It takes fossil fuels and mineral ores to make, move and install them.
Claims we could have 100 percent of current consumption without fossil fuels don’t describe how to heat cold cities during a “polar vortex.”
We will live radically differently on the resource downslope, but the end of economic growth doesn’t poll well in Democratic Party focus groups. Greenwashing and wishful thinking are popular but unable to sustain social safety nets.
Democratic politicians profess concern for climate while promoting highway expansions, urbanization and industrial clearcutting.
As the fracking bubble subsides (due to geology) we will enter the new world of permanent energy rationing, which will collapse the exponential growth economy and fuel scapegoating of whom to blame.
We are damned if we drill because of toxic pollution and climate chaos.
We are damned if we don’t because fossil fuels power food supplies, keep cities warm in the winter, and run electric power grids.
Real Learning, Healthy Lunches, Safe Drinking Water and Hands-on Teaching Leads to Surviving Climate Change Chaos
By Paul Haeder
“Why can’t we have that school system you always talk about, Professor Pablo?”
I have the luxury of being a substitute teacher, here in Lincoln County, parachuting into classes, from 1st grade to high school, from special education to science, and everything in between.
I use the shallow and not well-developed ideas, such as that of the Eugene Mayor’s who doesn’t say much in her March 19 Op-ed for the Register Guard. (“City is meeting urgent call to climate action”)
The bottom line, for youth, is we need to build resiliency in the PK12 system. Now. These youth want to learn how food is grown, how it’s preserved, and how it’s cooked. These students want to have a school system that teaches them about solar power, micro-home building, xeriscaping, permaculture, and how to build a life tied to durable goods and the Indian way.
Now, at school, with the parking lots ripped up and playgrounds transformed into hands-on learning environments for all the community to learn from and help sustain.
How many times have I taught here in Lincoln County, then up in Vancouver, and elsewhere, to include Seattle and Spokane and El Paso, and felt the heavy pall of housing youth in prison-like schools? Then there’s this image: Here in Lincoln County the children are served pretzels, French fries, ranch dressing, canned peaches and slabs of meat on puffed up buns washed down with chocolate milk. This is one lunch session.
Any talk about mitigating through a capitalist framework — which includes business as usual, planning for what, three, five, seven percent annual growth – to work on collapsing marine systems, desertification of arable lands, the shrinking of aquifers and draw-down of rivers is letting that proverbial big old fox guard the hen house.
Oh yeah, these PK12 students also want to know how to build ponds and raise catfish and grow corn alongside hen houses and how to construct corrals holding goats for milking and cheese making.
They want to learn how to become wise by holding talking circles around fires, and they want to know how to live like a mountain and learn from our Indigenous people who are the only true experts in so-called sustainability on Turtle Island.
Global warming will only be mitigated with youth who can live well with less and in a world of retrenchment.
The mayor and cronies working cap and trade are part of the greenwashing shell game embedded in colonized minds who can’t recognize their positions of power and status in the communities are based on protecting their own special interests.
Students want the power to grow – personally, learning construction, learning how to collect rainwater, how to do passive solar and how to create the arts that count. Learning how to make marketable craftwork out of cedar or discarded but still usable scraps of building materials.
Students need enterprises, like building hoop gardens and growing tomatoes, herbs and flowers: to sell to local businesses. They want leaders and mentors to show them the way of pedicabs, and how to learn sharing, communitarianism.
Students want learning but not Google Chromebooks, nor the constant dumb-downing of common core and standardized testing. Students wonder how an education system at the national level, under a billionaire extremist like Betsy DeVos with zero classroom time, allows such hateful and anti-teacher and anti-student people to hold such an office.
Students wonder why their schools are run down versus those in rich neighborhoods which look lie private colleges.
Students want to know why a high GPA is even necessary in a time of extinctions and an earth with no ice.
We read Lucy Vinis’ shallow Op-ed and parsed her conclusion: “The challenges of climate change are opportunities to make our community more resilient — to provide better housing for our more vulnerable citizens, cleaner energy, better parks and a stronger economy. Daunting? Yes. Promising? You bet! This is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ moment in human history and I am confident we will meet this urgent call to action.”
The students know this is all smoke and mirrors, that having even little things of great harm stopped is what counts: Like recent findings that show 70 percent of all vegetables and fruit kids consume in the USA are spiked with heavy traces and residuals of pesticides and, in some cases, polluted with 18 Capitalist Approved Compounds.
They know that parents working three jobs and one paycheck away from eviction is nowhere near where their own student universe should be. “How can we keep growing and building roads and pipelines in Oregon and then stop global warming?”
Think about generational changes, more and more graduating classes of youth who can not only conceptualize the entire system of growing food, producing products and sustaining life in their community but who are actively part of their communities helping everyone learn how to take care of their neighbors and elders.
They know what an offset is, whether it is carbon offset or the offsets they pay for dearly in the form of their own mental and physical health degraded due to the true definition of offset – trade-offs and externalities. They know nothing around climate change talk, this “all hands on deck” rah-rah, will even get out of the dock when children in Houston suffer for days as refineries and chemical processing plants burn and burn and burn.
Children see through all of this, and if we allow for collective learning and calling a spade a spade instruction, then just maybe hands on learning with bring us to hands-together resiliency.
Paul is working for Lincoln County Schools as a substitute teacher after being a college English faculty in several states, social worker in Portland and Beaverton, newspaper reporter in El Paso, Bisbee, Spokane and Seattle. He’s working on several books, including one on the US public school debate: Conjugating the World: Lessons from a Freeway Flyer Who Taught Himself How to Learn with Studen
Every human being is a raindrop. And when enough raindrops become clear and coherent they then become the power of the storm.
The great lie is that it is civilization. It’s not civilized. It has been literally the most blood thirsty brutalizing system ever imposed upon this planet. That is not civilization. That’s the great lie, is that it represents civilization.
Don’t trust anyone who isn’t angry.
~John Trudell quotes
Daily, the children of the world are fed pure junk, and while the irony is they salute the Walton Family and Kroc Family with every Walmart and McDonald’s run their families make, the pledge of racist allegiance is mouthed daily to a pitiful and dangerous group of people, the Trump Klan, under the mantel of the Fourth Grade President who has been pulled into investigation after investigation surrounding abusing women, and even within the circle of Jeffrey Epstein, the pedophile billionaire.
These people run in the same circles, go to the same schools (cheaters to get into those faux “great schools” of poison ivy), and they hire the same lawyers covering their illegal tracks, use the same accounting firms scamming the IRS, utilize the same Botox specialists covering the crows’ feet of their ever-conniving sleepless nights and endless Club Med trips.
Let’s not be fooled, though, that the Rockefellers and Kennedys and Rothschilds are not the only enemy of my fourth graders. The reality is that my high schoolers consume the ignorance and lustful propaganda stories of other never great people, the athletes of the world who take so much time away from your relationships, your own father-son/daughter time, since sports is King in America, and other parts of the Capitalist world.
This guy? Hero? Thief? Empty soul. Soul snatcher!
The schools are sagging, the communities peeling with curled-over paint, the old people rustling on the streets with no sidewalks to trip through, and the entire USA is one hobo camp about to implode.
Yet we teach these people that the rich, and the rich and famous, and then the rich and powerful, are the only things that count, the only ghouls to aspire to.
So so many of the children of the USA, yes, that red white and blue and apple pie and hot dogs and things go better with Coke, they are born into indentured servitude to the millionaires and billionaires. And they are at the whim of the corrupted politicians and business round table freaks.
I let them know in no uncertain terms that the rich and the famous and the singers and actors and presidents and bosses and all the ones that have some level of microphone and digital space DO NOT like them. In fact, they hate them, one and all, the lower middle class and the middle class.
Any unelected president who hires on heads of housing or education or the FCC of FAA or EPA or any number of other agencies who actually HATE the agencies, hate the workers, hate the front-line heroes who are elegant whistle-blowers of the corrupt and illicit and polluting and thieving heads of companies, all in the name of cheating and subjugating the masses — the fourth graders’ and high school students’ families and their own individual futures — that person is the enemy of the people, and should be hated.
Hate is a motivating force, yet we whine and lecture youth to not hate, to love thy neighbor and to respect anyone’s opinion.
This is a pile of crap, and it is the castrating elixir of the modern capitalism that has infected K12, and teachers, who are not heroes anymore, but rather are test and common core moderators, babysitters, behavioral managers, and the controlled front line who if they teach the way a Betsy DeVos or Bill/Melinda Gates and Ivanka Trump would like, we might as well deliver education like pizza, on-line, corporate controlled bunk.
Oh, it sort of is that now, yet teachers are striking back, unfortunately with Nerf bats against the reinforced steel and concrete of the billionaires’ and powerful ones’ plan for constructing prisons of total indentured servitude to debt, consumerism, wastefulness, pollution lifestyles, illiteracy, and entertainment that is as good as crack cocaine at lobotomizing the masses.
The ugliness of the families below is enough for righteous ones to pull out the old rusty double barrel 10 gauge and . . . . You get the picture.
These people have gold toilet seats, silk enema bags, staffs that clean between their toes, and they go on big game hunts, fly around the globe in private jets, float around on $200 million yachts.
Every time one of these idiots does a photo op in a factory, inside a school, on an assembly line, in a kitchen, wherever they find us, the 80 percent, they should not only be met with vile in the form of their lies and crimes posted on protest signs, but with eggs thrown to their heads and backs turned away from their face-lifted clown faces.
Do any of them like us, the fourth graders or high schoolers ask?
Ahh, children, they despise you.
What shouldn’t fly under the radar, however, are the huge cuts to social safety net programs embedded in the document’s 150 appalling pages. These include drastic reductions in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — which Trump always promised to protect from any cuts — and to food stamps, housing assistance and family assistance.
It appears that work requirements are at least as likely to increase as to decrease poverty.
Some of the support for social programs trumpeted by the budget document turn out to be largely mythical. Trump boasts of his determination to “defeat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
But as Lindsey Dawson of the Kaiser Family Foundation points out, the cuts and limitations he’s proposing to Medicaid would undermine care for HIV patients, 41% of whom get their health coverage via that program. And the $3.5-billion appropriation for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which Trump claims would “continue the United States’ position as the world’s top HIV/AIDS donor,” actually represents a cut of nearly 20% from 2019 funding, which is $4.34 billion.
On the other hand, Trump’s budget is great news for the 1%. He would continue the tax cuts enacted in December 2017, which went largely to corporations and the wealthy.
It’s probably true that Trump’s budget will be dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, since the Democratic House won’t accept many of its provisions and even plenty of Republicans see lots in it to hate. But the document is useful for divining what goes through Trump’s head and those of his minions in the White House.
This kind of stuff should be called out in all sectors of the so-called economy. Those idiot baseball players, every rotten actor, every governor, every school principal, everyone, but instead, Americans are like rats waiting for another hit of peanut butter or powdered cocaine.
Do they love you, kids? Michelle or Chelsea or Hillary or any of the idiots all painted up who call themselves mothers?
So whose country is it, boys and girls? Not yours. Not your daddies’ or grandmommies’ country.
What these kids really need, oh, it’s like too much CO2 in the atmosphere, the lag time, the feedback loops, the tipping points –global warming and a world without ice and a world in total chaos. Children, you are and so are your parents and your grandparents infected with the diseases the rich and powerful have spread throughout the land — wealth theft, tax evasion, community polluting, cancerous toys-foods-products, wars to get maimed or killed in, endless pacifying stuff on line and in the Google Chromebooks.
The poor poor stuff the kids are being mainlined in addiction on those Chromebooks, the math problems, all the junk, it makes a grown teacher and revolutionary cry, because every nanosecond captured on the digital superhighway is another day lost in helping young people know how and when and why they should hate these people below, et al.
No, none of the 2020 candidates love you, children, and they hate your parents and your communities and could care less about granny’s illnesses and your parents’ eviction notices and your near homelessness and your shitty nutrition at school and the lack of parks and rec and programs in your cities and towns.
These people like the suffering you go through, because it makes them and their friends mucho mucho dinero. Trillions. These people hate your guts, children, and as your teacher, I should be able to give you lessons in subversion and history lessons on how they got this way and lessons from other places where they are at least standing down these rich devils and their police and military protection rackets.
The shape of learning comes in all sizes, all forms. We know what not learning is — texting, emailing, You Tube videos, a world of Tele Tubbies, from birth to death.
I know what education planners are not — hedge fund billionaires, charter school profiteers, down home religious bigotry and stupidity ignoramuses, the lady from McDonald’s funding all these looped back and forth non-profits and shell NGOs and their two-year-in-the-making white papers after reports after white papers.
The fourth graders I taught Friday have a sponge for a brain, and they want something better than what they get — bells and announcements blaring throughout the day, rote memory assignments, the same old tired little book stories, little math problems, red-orange-yellow drills, lock-downs, health warnings, and on and on and on. They know that’s not real life, though . . . . in compliant and nanny-state and rule-making America, hmm, maybe school is the launching pad.
They need mentors in the school, not just the poor flagging teachers who have taken these silly classes in college taught by even more silly professors who actually know squat about children struggling, and less about the roots of the struggle: mass culture which is mass incarceration set loose by the Capitalists, the very people who should be denigrated and egged daily (as in chicken ovum in their faces), everywhere and anywhere they pollute the world. They need schools that are of the world — beaches to clean up and learn from; corporations that spend more time nurturing humanity than maximizing profits; government officials that love them as opposed to hating them; parents who aren’t afraid of their own shadows; and revolutionary teachers.
This can only be done with the death of Capitalism. Only done with revolutionary acts daily, collectively. Only with calling a spade a spade.
You know, America and Western White Civilization stink to high heaven. I’ll get to what it is that allows me to survive without going Ted Kaczynski or Going Postal on the closest thing that deserves RIP justice.
But first, here, a comment from Joe from Merced, commenting on my previous post:
May I add that education should be something available to all age groups wishing to learn when they are ready to learn, whether that be at six years of age or thirty six years of age. Also the idea that the only place one can learn is in a designated school during designated hours is preposterous and itself a form of unexamined conformity and subservience to power. The fact that knowledge is only knowledge if it comes from, or is acknowledged by academia, is narcissistic and pathological in itself. For many education comes from tagging along and being exposed to some old timer with tons of experience and watching and doing as advised.
Maybe most importantly the quest for more knowledge and technological advancement itself is a progress trap that leads civilization into a box canyon to nowhere. Just because man can think it, doesn’t mean he should act on it. An example of that being the development of damned near every modern advancement in the fields of chemistry which has unleashed incredible pollution onto the environment. Nuclear energy development that has contaminated the whole world and is yet poised to complete the job of annihilation of the planet. The development of plastics that are killing the ocean sea life.
If education leads to life destructive products or customs, then maybe education ought to be about humility and self examination of outcomes rather than our current model of economic self fulfillment which never questions outcomes in its quest for profits. Maybe the best most simple idea for learning came from Gandhi and needs no tweaking, only adoption into modern curricula as the foundation of our educational system.
Wealth Without Work Pleasure Without Conscience Knowledge Without Character Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics) Science Without Humanity Religion Without Sacrifice Politics Without Principle
He’s so right, and alas, the problem of weaker and more intellectually- challenged and physically- imperiled generation after generation produced by this perverted society is solved with real mettle, real individual change, family collective change, community change, national change.
Calling the spade a spade.
Yesterday, we looked at plastics in their lives, in their blood, in their hormone-disrupting growth cycles, inside a turtle’s nose, and wrapped around the necks of birds and sea lions.
We looked at Chris Jordan’s work on consumption — how many plastic straws are consumed each second on planet earth or the number of disposable cups thrown away just on airlines per hour.
They had just come back from lunch, and those without responsible parents and charges who made decent lunches had to eat in the cafeteria — deep fried potatoes, fatty meat, ketchup and ranch dressing on EVERYTHING, doughy pretzels, sugared canned peaches, chocolate milk, stringy cheese.
This is not even prison food, and the place I taught, on the outside, could have used a good coat of community (yes, Mayor and Council and Chamber) paint, a mural project for the outside, new playground equipment, and more more more to engender learning — goats, fish, yurts, greenhouses, apple trees, flowers, a hedge maze, and more more more.
I stay sane by recognizing the insanity and drill down into it. Here’s the real ugliness of capitalism. Below this person, all white and female, all middle/upper middle class, all just right in her captured make-over photo, gives squat about the children of Oregon and Coos Bay. Yet, her life is to dispose of liquid natural (sic) gas through the black snake of Canadian extractive fossil fuel industries. Her life is about injecting as much CO2 into the atmosphere as her white female-loving excetionalist life can tolerate.
These people are evil, more evil than Pence or Trump or Pelosi or Hillary. Look at the woman’s white-white face, that death twinkle in her eyes. PR wizard (grim reaper for us) for a Canadian company ready to push a pipeline through Oregon to peddle more climate-warming LNG crap for China. Through Oregon:
Her job is to lie-lie-lie, like all PR flaks for corporations, governments and non-profits. The opinion piece shows her education, her k12 upbringing, her college cred. She is part of the devil’s brigade.
This woman probably has a degree in communications, in psychological management, institutional leadership, or some such. Her goal in life is to be Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Pembina. Enbridge. Killers of ecosystems, people, cultures. She might have even gotten herself a college degree in un-Journalism.
Corp Watch Always do the corporation watch, every single one that comes into your community to spill death words and Orwellian cancer onto the land.
This Tasha has blood on her hands. Whale blood, bird blood, and the blood of future generations on her hands. Children’s blood. However, the sane people fight the insanity with one group at a time, up against multiple millions in bribe money from the companies this Tasha loves to represent.
But the fight is far from over. In 2017, not long after FERC denied the project a permit the year prior, Don Althoff, then-CEO of the parent company Veresen (now Pembina), met with President Donald Trump and the founding director of Trump’s National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, of Goldman Sachs.
Shortly thereafter, Cohn announced: “The first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to permit an LNG export facility in the Northwest.” Support from the fossil fuel industry spans the length of the pipeline, from Colorado to Oregon. Pac/West, a major pro-fracking lobbying and communications firm active in Colorado has also been operating in Oregon. The firm has gone so far as to have Oregon state legislation proposed officially on its behalf, which would have blocked local governments from interfering with fossil fuel infrastructure projects, such as Jordan Cove.
This legislation was in response to a 2017 county “Community Bill of Rights” ballot initiative in Coos County, Oregon, the site of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal. If passed, the local law would have outlawed industrial fossil fuel projects and established legally enforceable rights for local ecosystems. Jordan Cove LNG spent an unprecedented $596,155 in cash and in-kind contributions to help defeat measure, according to the Oregon Secretary of State website.
This woman makes how much for her Faustian Bargain, her Josef Goebbels lies?
She could be working for the plastics industry:
She could move on and work for the pharmaceutical genocide leaders:
These Big Eichmanns get big bucks for their lousy BA in communications degree: Around $95,494 to $136,893 . . . $150K a year? $164,000 annual base salary? Plus perks, plus stocks, plus travel. What’re the sins Gandhi stated which she is smack at the center of living and abiding by? In bold:
Wealth Without Work Pleasure Without Conscience Knowledge Without Character Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics) Science Without Humanity Religion Without Sacrifice Politics Without Principle
Well well, this is the result of a powerful un-education system, rigged for sinners, rigged by Little Eichmanns working for the rich as we all have had to read about the past week with the so-called scandal of the rich paying bribes for their little Johnny and Sally to get into Harvard or Yale or Stanford!
From Democracy Now: Journalist Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. His book examines how the so-called elite class of America have worked the system to maintain and consolidate power and wealth, even while claiming to help people and “change the world” through charity. On Wednesday, Giridharadas tweeted: “The college bribery scam is not a college bribery scam. It is a master class in how America—governed by a cheater, ruled by rule breakers, managed by a class that confuses its privilege for merit—functions.”
And what we learned is, as you cover on this show, America is, in many ways, rigged for the wealthy and powerful. And we know that. We have a tax code that is rigged for the wealthy and powerful. We have anti-trust enforcement that’s rigged for the wealthy and powerful. We fund public education according to property taxes, so the nicer mommy or daddy’s house, the better the school you get. America is already rigged for rich people.
The problem is, for some rich people, all that rigging that I just described is shared equally among rich people. Right? You have the same first-class seat on the commercial jet that everybody—all the other rich people have. And what we found in this case was, some rich people are not satisfied with the generalized rigging that they have to share with everybody else. They want special, private, bespoke, bottle-service rigging over and above the standard rigging that rich people receive.
And I read the indictment. This Rick Singer guy is a great character, and he really understood the psychology of these rich people. People like him in that kind role, who are service providers, often do. And he says, “You know, the people I work for, they don’t want to do a million-dollar check and then hope their kid gets a second look. The people I work for, the wealthiest families in America, they want a guarantee. They want this thing done,” he said.
And so, I think this is a phenomenal glimpse, because what—as someone who’s been writing about this plutocracy for a few years, what these folks say when they hear critics like me is, “Don’t be negative. Don’t be zero-sum. We can empower the least among us. We can fight for the poor. And we can benefit and get rich. Right? It’s not zero-sum.” And you know what really is actually zero-sum? When there is one college seat, and a hard-working kid from a poor neighborhood, whose family has never sent anybody to college, but now they have a shot at that seat—they’ve worked hard, their parents took many buses to many jobs, they might be eligible for that seat—and they don’t get that seat, because someone like Bill McGlashan, private equity baron, impact investing impresario, who had a $2 billion impact fund with Bono, has locked up that seat for his son.
So, daily, I try to instill into youth — aged 6 to 18 — to begin loving the fight, and to learn how to be IN the fight, with self-sacrifice as the underpinning of their lives; to instill in them they are the answer, that they themselves hold the key to happiness, and, contrary to capitalist thinking, happiness cannot be gained on the backs of hundreds of millions, or several billion, toiling for the rich countries; that happiness is not what they should be seeking but rather social justice/economic justice/environmental justice. Which is not all fun and games to undertake, and could be a life of poverty and recriminations from every corner, especially from family members. To the contrary as we all looked at Jordan’s film Albatross there are no happy endings if that’s all one seeks — pleasure, wealth, superficiality, pop culture, consumerism, exceptionalism in the way of America’s mythology.
The kids want something more. They just can’t get it, because America is about feeding the rich and powerful. America is about shining the spotlight on the rich and powerful. America is about hating the poor and future generations and loving the rich and powerful.
I hope not one child I teach comes out the educational grinder even with a sliver of the propaganda plague the Tasha’s of the world possess.
Poetry, man, poetry, we also talked about. How the 62 year old substitute, who they called “Professor Pablo” is really about embracing that child, that youth, that young man. Inner child and those around me.
So, at the same age, more or less, 7th grade, here I was in Tucson, running through the desert barefooted, wrestling, tripping to Mexico and diving. Cutting down billboards and burning down development model homes.
And, taking in the spirit cells of poets, the voices deep outside the human capacity to kill, maim, incarcerate, exploit. Maybe that’s the answer to insanity of Western Culture. Poetry!
In any case, my tribute to W.S Merwin, age 91, gone, supreme anti-Vietnam War activist, and activist against the continual desecration of Hawaii by consumerism and pollution.
Just getting young people to think like a poet, draw like a scientist, believe like a sage, and work in the world like a water protector or Thoreau, we as keepers of a new and back-to-the-simple civilization, this is our course in life. Mine at least.
Now that’s the work no PR flak could ever understand in her or his colonized mind! PR firms spin America into war, spin coups, spin Americans to feed toxins to their children, and PR firms are the Faustian Bargain of the rich-rich wanting total control of all humanity, from cradle to grave, from brain to stem cell.
Scrawled Lightness of Remembrance
upon the death of W.S. Merwin (9/30/1927—3/15/2019)
by Paul Haeder / March 16th, 2019
those bucket bearers word carriers bees lifting barrels he sent benediction into boy’s blood Sonora riot recounting Bob Dylan Stafford Peter Gabriel WS Merwin busted knees from blasting Suzuki into desert realms dogeared Carrier of Ladders old US Army rucksack — Neruda, Borges, Marquez, Octovio Paz “for the anniversary of my death”
his poem I prophesied nineteen with sister slain on road from Kamloops to Tucson sideswiped Harley skidded-over now his death silent “tireless traveler”
juxtapositions made his words boy to man reckless wrestling burning billboards boy’s own music treble cleft of poet Merwin until my 20th birthday tall man there Tucson reading to whispering crowd turtle neck dashing really nothing like my dread-locks hard sun skin at 20 yet he sang to me treble and bass no tribal Yusef Komunyakaa drum
Merwin’s vines stilled anger touched thin bone near heart my rage bullets into Mexican night turned to free-tail bats famous poet sickened with full force of Vietnam War tucked inside my rucksack next to .44 magnum
WS Merwin me with tumbler of whiskey 1977 he said something like “stay concealed in your hate of wars in our name stay hard with sinew for love of desert ecosystems”
poet refused laurels Pulitzer Vietnam war like acid on his tongue
Now this — We are the shadow of Sirius There is the other side of as we talk to each other we see the light and we see these faces but we know that behind that there’s the other side which we never know
those falling embers once rockets to Sirius coal black ash to soil I touch living poet “tireless traveler like beam of a lightless star” Merwin’s shape whale spray I now seize in Oregon
death is no glowing dove nothing bright moving as shapes above WS Merwin like all tribes from each book travel with me Merwin me that is for sure even whiskey tequila the shape of his eyes setting upon me thirty years his junior but my brother his words coffin bearers over and over starting with a dead sister:
Then I will no longer Find myself in life as in a strange garment Surprised at the earth And the love of one woman And the shamelessness of men As today writing after three days of rain Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease And bowing not knowing to what
Hold those things that tell your history and protect them… The ability to have somebody to tell your story is so important. It says: ‘I was here’.
– Maya Angelou
One of those splattering days — called to teach special education at one of the high schools in Lincoln City. Wonderful students, wonderful para-educators, wonderful teachers.
But not according to the powers that be in the world! How many students are thrown to the floor/ground and handcuffed by armed cops? How many schools are like prisons, with armed school personnel and local cops there to intimidate?
We are priming youth with these strip searches and forced drug tests and grillings about their allegiances outside the capitalist frame to be compliant adults, scared of their own shadows, frightened to death to take too many breathes of air.
No one can dispute a federal appellate court’s characterization of a strip-search as “demeaning, dehumanizing, undignified, humiliating, terrifying, unpleasant, embarrassing, [and] repulsive, signifying degradation and submission.” Even the Supreme Court has said that a search that intrusive “demand[s] its own specific suspicions.” The shock and humiliation suffered by persons subjected to such arrests and searches is aggravated by the fact that they are almost always ordinary citizens who have never been in jail before. In one case a Chicago woman doctor who had been strip searched afterward suffered paranoia, suicidal feelings and depression and would not undress anywhere but in a closet.
The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The Framers would be appalled.
So, how many students are put through this fascist ringer, forced into this series of illegal, unethical, inhumane, insane demands that speak to deeply dehumanizing actions by the so-called powers?
Teaching students in public schools is like pulling the blinders and the blindfolds off of captives who have been shuttered away in some dark and cold cave in Pakistan. They think they sort of have these freedoms outlined in the Constitution, or Bill of Rights, but in reality, they know the jig is up. They know you can’t cross the street while being black without a police confrontation. They know that if they skip rope the wrong way or if they wrestle with their buddies in the cafeteria, then they are subject to the resources officer (thug, wannabe cop) coming in and escalating the situation.
You can’t wear caps, and you can’t hug in public. If you raise your voice in school as a Latino or some teen who is Asian and expressively dressed, well, we have the entire thug force of America come at you full-force.
The Fourth Amendment is dead, and the new government bureaucrats and Gestapo chieftains have taken away unlawful and overreaching search and seizure laws and have normalized their complete “right” to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.
In any given day, thousands of Americans undergo forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases.
I have worked for the Starvation Army, through the auspices of the VA, and that corrupt religious outfit — brown shirts one and all — not only forces veterans to pee in a cup for an illegal UA test, but twice daily everyone in a transition housing center has to blow in a straw and prove sobriety with a alcohol monitor.
It’s not for the benefit of the individual, mind you. Getting caught with a hot pee or positive for booze blow, for the homeless vet, the powers that be come down like orchestrated hammers to remind you that you are broken, that you need fixing, that your three hots and a cot are jeopardized and that you might be on the streets, with your four bags of belongings, your emotional support dog, your wife and three kids in tow.
The same treatment is in store for our first through 12th graders.
Typical of the public schools is a North Carolina case of administrators strip-searching a 10-year-old boy in hopes of finding a $20 bill lost by another student, even though the accused boy protested twice that he did not have the missing money. Get this — these little and big brown-shirts, like this ass. principal, ordered the fifth grader to disrobe down to his underwear and subjected him “to an aggressive strip-search that included rimming the edge of his underwear.”
The so-deemed ripped-off $20 bill was later found in the school cafeteria. Did the parents come in with bats and get retribution? Was anything done?
The children of the world want real answers, real stories, real heroes and real tools to navigate a world of fascists, climate change, huge class divides, no economic futures for at least 40 percent of the students as they matriculate out and meander in the wasteland of the 21st century’s second decade in. We have talking sessions and the youth want to ask why people my age and younger have allowed the corporations and government to seize the most intimate details of who we are. Why this is a police state, and a policed school system.
They get it and don’t think all of this talk is some movie script for a Minority Report Two. They already know all their testing scores and performance reports are held captive somewhere. They also know that their vaccination and health records are easily accessed by school officials.
I try and tamp down the urge to tell it like it is early in a class: in the United States we are now guilty until proven innocent.
Students want to know why there are so many fellow classmates with Epipens, why so many are on Individualized Employment Plans, why so many have para-educators assigned to them, what so many are pulled out of classes for special ed or special diets.
We can’t share snacks at breaks because so many are allergic to gluten or sugar or corn or coconut or peanuts of eggs or soy. They are these nervous assist objects and gizmos for many youth on the spectrum to handle, and some are allowed to bring in their own beanbags or to stand up away from the class or pace the room.
We talk about the consequences of unintended fallout from all the junk and plastic products and chemicals laced in the foods and emanating from every corner of a community.
Background checks, parents’ credit checks, health records, records on what they eat and purchase and what their parents plop down on credit cards. What we think, believe, hope for, covet, adhere to spiritually, all of it is recorded, put out in the cloud, held by the IRS, Medical-Pharma-Finance-Debt Complex.
On one hand, we talk about climate change, plastics in their feces, why they get sick with cheese or white bread or with peanut butter. These are smart kids, probing, wanting to know more and more.
They want people in their lives that take them over to the edge of the cliff, and strap them into the hang-glider and take off. They want teachers and mentors taking them to the edge of the boat and plopping backwards to the great blue sea in their snorkel and scuba gear.
They want to go into the forest, not the edge of it. They want to spend time with beavers and watch the process of dam building and the amazing species of aquatic animals thriving.
These children are tired of the Tupperware brand of education and the countless coloring projects and poster projects. They want teachers to help them build catfish ponds, to build gardens, to learn in tepees, to learn how to make children’s puzzles out of wood to sell to the public. They want zip lines around their school, and they want more and more hands-on work. They want to know how to make clay pots, and they want to learn how to arrange flowers, and grow them. They want to learn how to grow food and prep it and cook it. They want to build solar powered pedicabs, and they want to go to all the nursing homes and care facilities with their homemade drums and pianos and accordions and voices and sing and dance and perform for their elders.
It all can be done, and they ask why not, and we talk about every dollar put into a system like decent and real life education getting many dollars matched in return for each dollar invested in children and youth.
Then, we talk about what it means to give up everything for the job, that getting a low paid service job means not having health insurance and being forced to not take vacations, ever, if the job is below a certain amount of hours. They know they won’t be high paid $2000-an-hour lawyers, and they know that very few of the graduates from all the schools in this county will get to be brain surgeons.
We talk about the power in numbers, like bee hives, or ants, and then relate it to people — how many people would it take to get some land, build gardens, do some home-cottage industry work, and sustain a healthy lifestyle. I name this as intentional communities and cooperative living.
Unfortunately, these children are going to be the products of parents who are downtrodden, negative about their own futures, and denigrating against any or all new ideas to get out of this hamster wheel America.
Most of the ideals the youth I teach possess come from Hollywood or thereabouts. They have not met real farmers who are also experts in cheese making and cooking and preserving. They are not meeting the people who are the survivors and the ones who can help us get through this climate and economic chaos.
We talk about the very concept of making sure not to degrade or toxify one self of any of the vital keys to self and community preservation — you are what you eat, you are what you read, you are what you dream, you are what you hope, you are what you think, you are what you say, you are what you believe, you are what you imagine, you are what you do.
There is a lot of pressure on youth, but mainly because the education system as such and the economic horizon we have gifted them are imperiled and off the rails. They want to know what Genetic Engineering is, why all the food items in grocery stores that are not in the green grocery section are contaminated with Roundup, or glyphosate.
They want to know what a Franken-fish is. We talk about that, the mighty salmon, since they reside in Salmon Nation.
Twenty million people share our home in this place we call Salmon Nation.
It spans 100 million acres between San Francisco and Anchorage and generates over $500 billion in economic activity each year, yet is only a sliver of the range that Pacific salmon once ran.
The historic salmon runs remind us of our heritage—what is, was, and, maybe, could be again. Salmon Nation offers a framework for our thinking—a nature state, not a nation state—based on interconnection and the broad distribution of wealth between marine and terrestrial, freshwater and saltwater, urban and rural. Our work is to figure out how to organize our communities and economies to sustain, or even restore, that wealth into the future. Salmon Nation is about the connection between people and place—loving where you live and leaving it better than you found it.
I talk about the power of young people occupying buildings, occupying parks, occupying grocery stores, and occupying the world. They want to know how to protest, how to sing, how to develop the tools that will one day be used by them collectively to do more in the world than to work for the man and bleed their souls for the debts incurred in this capitalist nation.
We parse the following press release just pushed out by environmental groups:
FDA Lifts Import Ban on Genetically Engineered Salmon
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and Quinault Indian Nation, and Feed Seven Generations today decried the FDA’s decision to lift the 2016 import alert that banned genetically engineered salmon from entering the U.S.
“USDA’s new guidelines don’t require adequate mandatory labeling, don’t require calling the fish “genetically engineered” and don’t help consumers know what kind of fish they are buying,” said George Kimbrell, Legal Director at the Center for Food Safety. “These guidelines don’t require mandatory labeling of GE salmon, and instead allow producers to use QR codes or 1-800 numbers for more information. That clearly is not what the Murkowski amendment requires.”
Dana Perls, Senior food policy campaigner with Friends of the Earth, warned, “The FDA’s decision to allow GMO salmon onto the U. S. market runs counter to sound science and market demand. More than 80 retailers have said they won’t sell this risky, unlabeled GMO fish and polls show consumers don’t want it.”
“The FDA’s unilateral decision, without tribal consultation, is an alarming signal that our sacred and prized wild salmon is now even more vulnerable to external markets and ecological threats,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation. “It’s unconscionable and arrogant to think man can improve upon our Creator’s perfection in wild salmon as a justification and excuse to satisfy corporate ambition and greed.”
“By lifting the ban on genetically engineered salmon, the FDA has put American consumers at serious risk and has directly attacked the life ways of Pacific Northwest Tribal communities,” said Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Tribal Member and Executive Director of Feed Seven Generations. “They have done this without a single tribal consultation, which violates their legal responsibility, mandating that they consult with tribes. Clearly this is an appropriation of our culture and this action will lead to inevitable contamination and irreversible damage to our food system.”
In every year since 2015, Senator Murkowski (R-AK) has inserted a requirement into FDA appropriations language that requires the FDA to issue mandatory labeling guidelines for GE salmon, using clear, on-package labeling stating that these fish are genetically engineered. FDA claims that the USDA new “bioengineered food” labeling guidelines are adequate, but the USDA “bioengineered” guidelines do not require explicitly labeling GE salmon as “genetically engineered.” Moreover, companies could choose to hide the label using a QR code, rather than on-package labeling.
George Kimbrell, Legal Director at the Center for Food Safety, announced that CFS is examining possible legal actions to force the FDA to comply with the Murkowski amendment. Moreover, the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice are leading the legal challenge to whether the FDA even has the legal authority to approve this genetically engineered fish as a “new animal drug”.
More information on health and environmental risks of genetically engineered salmon and a full list of stores that have made commitments to not sell genetically engineered seafood and salmon, letters sent to companies by Friends of the Earth U.S., Center for Food Safety and allies, and a list of coalition partners are available at www.gefreeseafood.org.
We talk about how youth, how students, even how their own parents have no say in this insanity of releasing Frankenstein fish into their diets. They are already concerned about other grand experiments by the sociopaths — nanoparticles in all processed foods; more and more chemicals on their bodies, inside their bodies, inside their lungs, unregulated created by these sociopaths in the sciences and technologies hired as hired-guns to make profits for the elite at the expense of global health, and each child’s health. We talk about the native American way, that we need sanity back, sane ideas, sustainability that is real.
Tribal fishermen scramble to contain a spill of farmed Atlantic salmon in north Puget Sound before they tarnish local waters, shedding light on a global struggle between farmed and wild fish. Annie Crawley worked with the Lummi Tribe, Wild Fish Conservancy, Lummi Island Wild, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and many others to tell the story of the farmed Atlantic salmon spill into the Salish Sea in August 2017. The event sparked a movement of people to speak out against Atlantic salmon net pens in the Puget Sound. Although our state government has taken action to remove the net pens, they are still in other parts of our world ocean. We hope this film will ignite others to choose wild salmon over farmed salmon and create awareness around the impact farmed salmon can have to wild populations. https://www.anniecrawley.com/
The young people of today are our only hope. It’s not the aging politicians that will work to solve the global problems. It’s not the rich and the famous and the celebrity who give a shit about us, the 80 percenters. It’s not the athletes or the CEOs or the bankers who will put the blood sweat and tears into the problems to solve them.
Young people are the lost generations, the lost people, the lost souls, as we adults have abandoned their futures by eating up their futures with this continual continent-sized pile of lies and magical thinking.
They are ready for action and for actors to help them lead themselves. Young people are open to radicals and revolutionaries. Young people need leaders and shaman people to help them crawl out of the dungeons their parents have constructed in not only their own lives, but the future lives of their children.
Each day I learn more and more about the value of listening and being with and being one with the people of the world, the new people, the arising ones, the people who have not felt gravity enough to weigh down their hope and outlook and creativity. Unfortunately, the systems set up in Capitalism are all about colonizing people at younger and younger ages so they too can be ready for the hamster wheel of Capitalism.