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Did You Know?

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Did you know that a personal check is no longer “legal tender” in the same way it was in early banking, i.e. 1960s and ’70s? I helped an elderly woman who had nothing. I had no cash, so I wrote her a check to cash at my bank where I keep a good deal of my $. The check was in her name. She had i.d. but no credit card, no debit card, no bank account because she is poor. And, the result of being poor is that the banks charge $8 for the terrible inconvenience of trading my check for cash money out of my account. WTF? In essence, she was fined for being poor. NOT GOOD!! [Trust me, I let the bank know what I thought and then I sent her $8.]
We love money!

 

Did you know that there is a growing Women’s Renaissance worldwide? Every day I learn of more young women who are standing in the face of power and saying, No! Here are two more who have boldly taken a coming-of-age festivity as an opportunity to make a real statement!

Quinceañeras

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/17/1681423/-Texas-teens-to-fight-show-me-your-papers-bill-with-quincea-era-themed-protest?detail=emaildkre

For more on the Women’s Renaissance worldwide, see our posts April 2016 Prom 2016 and the Renaissanceand June 2017 Feministas in the 21st Century.

 

Did you know that a Mexican is a Native American? A brown Mexican (white Mexicans are typically of Euro origin and typically far wealthier than brown Mexicans) is a Native American who speaks Spanish, not Indian, because of forced colonialism. Likewise, American Indians speak English because of forced British colonialism.
While the US is busy deporting those “pesky” Mexican Indians in order to make America Great Again, we are deporting indigenous locals who should have every right to be here.
Mexican Indians

The southern US border was created by non-natives. When the US bought/took/won/got California from Mexico, the US signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which made indigenous border crossing a right. Guess which was the very first treaty to be broken with California Indians; yes, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. (100% of California Indian treaties have been broken, including gaming.) Here are a few maps showing some of the extensive indigenous ancestral lands that cross our southern US border.

Yaqui territory

Yaqui territory

Kumeyaay territory

Kumeyaay territory

Apache territory

Apache territory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Polk (1845-49) put into motion the mindset of Manifest Destiny, that it is this nation’s god given right and duty to conquer “from sea to shining sea.” Manifest Destiny was one of the great devastations that still haunts American Indians.

 

Did you know that Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky wields great power (albeit sociopathic, in its own way) as Majority Leader, but comes from a state of only 4.4M. (Los Angeles has 4M.) With 2M of the 3.3M eligible voters turning out in Kentucky’s 2016 election, and 45% of them supporting Mitch McConnell, that means McConnell gained his near total power over the Senate with only 850,000 votes. Yet, McConnell fights for all things corporate and in the face of everyone he pretends to represent.

 

Did you know that secondhand clothing diminishes several environmental and human rights issues that are associated with haute couture?

So what will you wear when you boldly speak Truth to Power?

Red dress St. James

St. James Thrift, Solana Beach CA $14

Gentlemen, do not snub Grampa’s closet!

Grampy shirts

Depending on family dynamics, you will have a great selection if Gramma dressed Grampa in style! 

 

Did you know that all is not lost?! Simple solutions come from every direction. Check out Vertical Forests
For worldwide examples, I suggest you google “youtube vertical forest”.

 

 

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To Be, or Not To Be: that really is the question

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Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? ...

Colloquially speaking, it means Get Real! It asks if it’s better to be a stoic martyr, or to die trying!?! Shakespeare goes on:

... To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, 
Must give us pause: ...

Yes, you can wimp out. You can curl up and sleep your life away, but your dreams will follow you. The option, of course, is to just lie down and die.

... there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
[Reading classical literature reawakens all the vocabulary that was drilled into us as young students. contumely:  insulting display of contempt in words or actions; humiliating insult. bodkin: dagger. fardel: a bundle or burden]

Life is full of insults and humiliations; physically, mentally, spiritually, familially, financially, academically. You fight it, you live with it.

The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.—Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.

As much as we’d like to escape this burdensome life, we will not commit suicide because we know that there is no return. If you’re going to curl up in bed and try to sleep your troubles away, at the very least you should be looking good!

Secondhand clothing diminishes several environmental and human rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

I found this night gown (deserving of two words) at a Goodwill in Colorado Springs, CO. The hem was ripped so the price was lowered from $6.98 to $3.49 ~ OMG! The hand work is exquisite. Please look at the hand rolled hem; a work of perfection.

To be 2

This bed jacket is a hand-me-down from one of the many wizened old crones who raised me. It is most likely from the 1920’s.

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Feministas in the 21st Century

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“You’ve come a long way, baby” says the 1968 Virginia Slims cigarette ad. The very fact that the term “baby” is used, in itself disqualifies the source of this Virginia Slims“compliment.” There is no place I would rather live in the 21st century, but come on! There is some serious fine tuning that must take place.

Allow me to list a few:

  1. Women in prison: almost exclusively poor women of color. Orange is the New Black is a Netflix series that exposes the prison system via our protagonist Piper Chapman. It is based on the real life experience of author Piper Kerman, who has become a formidable advocate for reforming the women’s prison system. Orange is the New Black
    Another exposé is from the HBO series Vice, Season 5 Episode 12, “Women Behind Bars,” May 2017. Women Behind BarsQuestion: With all these mommies in jail, who will take care of their little children?
  2. Women’s contraception: Within 3 months of going public, Viagra appeared on every health insurance plan, with an option for Cialis. Yet, since going public around 1960, birth control for women is still not covered on many health insurance plans nationwide. Cialis adQuestion: Who are are these horny men going to romance when they do not want to make babies?
  3. Sharia Law American style: Parts of this nation are all in a tizzy about Sharia Law. Well, let’s take a closer look at ourselves. Nothing speaks more of Sharia Law creeping up on us than the photo of a bunch of creepy old white men in the US Senate deciding to denounce women’s health care and birth control. Well un-gentlemen, it looks like you might get your way.
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    U.S. Senators working on the Senate version of the Republican health care bill. Top row, from left: Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Middle row: Cory Gardner of Colorado, John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Cornyn of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Bottom row: Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas. | Official senate portraits

    Question: Why are we still tribalizing via religion?

  4. Dear Pro-Lifers, you are now demoted to “Birthers” due to the fact that you typically only insist that a baby be born, while you seem to be against helping poor women with prenatal care, early childhood education, free and reduced price breakfast and lunch programs, affordable day care, livable wage so parents do not need a handout, women’s health.
    The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850

    The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850

    Question: If you really care about babies, then why not start with sex education for pre-conception decision making, and support babies all the way to college?

  5. There are plenty more examples, but you catch my drift.

On the PLUS side, we Have come a long way!! I was visiting an old book store and found Blondes and Brunets, by Dr. Katherine Blackford, 1916. Dr. Katherine demonstrates that one’s hair color is “an infallible indication of character.”

Yikes! Compare that to the outstanding Hanna Rosin who penned The End of Men, the Rise of Women,  2017. Very bad title, it should be closer to The Women’s Renaissance in the 21st Century. Hanna demonstrates by the numbers that women worldwide are stepping up. Hanna Rosin

The 2017 graduating class shows that women are graduating from college at the same rate as men for the first time ever. Women enter college at twice the rate of men and now graduate in 4 years instead of 6-7 years or never, depending on outside demands. Women are taking over science, medicine, and math disciplines. Women are showing up in engineering, aeronautics, and more. Women are starting the long political fight to take the Senate and the House. For specifics, you can reference our April 2016 post on the women’s renaissance worldwide: Prom 2016 and the Renaissance

And while you’re Fighting the Good Fight, you should look your best while maintaining your environmental integrity. 

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

To lighten your carbon footprint in these critical times, do not snub the strip mall pawn shop. I found this 925 silver ring for $35 at Double Eagle Loans Pawn Shop in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Dramaturgia in the Neo-Trump Era

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Dramaturgiaa political strategy that uses conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception in order to manage and control. Political theater: creating chaos and distraction. Dezinformatsiya: the disinformation campaign of the Soviet Union during the Cold War years, launched to scandalize and disgrace US institutions [i.e. KGB rumor that the CIA was linked to the JFK assassination].

I do not credit Donald Trump with this political theater because I believe he is a fool. However, the sociopaths who surround Trump will manipulate with glee. And, Trump’s cultist followers are frightening.

I find information and interviews in entertainment magazines that dwarf the traditional news outlets, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines being two surprisingly detailed sources. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi writes political essays that read like Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Trump the Destroyer

Highly recommended is the 1285 Issue of Rolling Stone, April 20, Alex Morris’ “Trump and the Pathology of Narcissism,” yow!! You can calm down by reading the headline article on our beloved Chuck Berry, same issue.
Chuck Berry Rolling Stone

Also in April 2017, Vanity Fair published an excellent article that describes the Trump administration and the Kremlin playbook, “In Trump’s Amerika,” by Mike Mariani. Perhaps the political theater is to distract from the Russian connection. You can find more in the same April 2017 issue of Vanity Fair, “How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled his Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier” raising the possibility that Donald Trump may be vulnerable to Kremlin blackmail.

What to wear to the revolution!!


Cluny et al      Cluny tags
Cluny designer dress $32.50, never worn, $298, Crossroads Trading, Oakland CA
Old Navy faux leather shoes $10.50, Knimble Oakland, Oakland CA
Orange leather purse $7.99, never used, GoodwillMira Mesa San Diego CA
Silver (925) earrings $25, now closed consignment shop, Oakland CA
Silver Mexican Mayan bracelet $100, nameless secondhand store, Seattle WA

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!
For the rest of us, remember that secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

**For your viewing pleasure and to remind us all that the world is still a beautiful place. echinopsisfreak.comhttps://youtu.be/_hwDdE0Gu4E**

 

 

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We are a Global Society

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I recently purchased a comfortable desk chair from IKEA. The directions came in 35 languages, all printed compactly on both sides of one thin sheet of paper. Thirty-five languages is testament to a global economy. A healthy, sustainable international trade is supported by a collective social agreement; our Global Society.

The entire population of this planet is ultimately drawn into global awareness. There are global environmental issues that should be agreed upon by the entire planet instead of each individual country. Until then, there are many ways we can minimize our carbon footprint:

1. Pick up styrofoam whenever you see it. It is a catastrophe for marine life and for birds foraging for seed.

 

2. Cut open your seemingly empty product tubes. When you simply cannot squeeze out another dollop, take heavy duty scissors and cut the tube straight across. You will be amazed at how much is left inside. I’ve found 2 full tablespoons of product sitting just beyond the squeeze area. To reseal, I fit the pieces back together.

"Empty" product tubes

 

3. Visit your local thrift store for new sports equipment. Save the planet by not adding to consumerism, while saving yourself a bundle of cash. The following items are available at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop in Encinitas CA.

$38 Rancho Coastal Humane Society

$38 Never used bike wagon

$50 Rancho Coastal Humane Society

$50 New Freestyle, floor model

37" x 30" wicker mirror $2

37″ x 30″ wicker mirror $2 (yes, Two $ !)

Did you know? : Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House and Ronald Reagan removed them as a snub to renewable energy, 1981. Everywhere we go, everything we do makes at least a little difference! I marched with Native Nations Rise in Washington DC last month. 10,000 of us; it was exhilarating. While I was there, I claimed the Washington Monument for my Karuk tribe of Northern California.

Washington Monument (594KB)

I claimed the Washington Monument for my Karuk Tribe of Northern California!

 

 

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

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Indigenous Rights Worldwide

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I’d Rather Die Fighting!

With so many issues that must be addressed, I suggest you pick just one to dedicate your fight for the longevity of our peaceful and verdant planet. My chosen focus is on Indigenous Rights Worldwide. This broad but specific category seems to encompass most of the environmental and human rights issues that are important to me.

Weaver of Dreams (Ina Pearch) 1914

Ina Pearch, Weaver of Dreams c.1914

This is my grandmother, Ina Pearch, from the Trinity and Klamath Rivers in Northern California. She was known as Weaver of Dreams because of her refined artistic basketmaking skills. Ina walked on in 1967.

Every basket represents harmony with Nature. The roots and needles and grasses were harvested at the best time of the year, the best growth, and the best specimen. Her skirt is of the softest deerskin; killed with skill and grace and gratitude. The shells were harvested from freshwater rivers and from the sea. Everything had a purpose and was respected for that purpose in their world.

In 2008, our Karuk Tribe was determined to be 20,000 years old based on cultural artifacts and consistent carbon dating. Tribal endurance can exist that long not by conquering or dominating, but by cooperating with Nature and with each other, when everyone has a responsibility and is valued for their contribution. Sustainability comes when everyone values the concept that we part of Nature and not apart from it.

Standing Rock on the Sioux Reservation is a perfect example of Indigenous Rights abuse in the US. After fighting so hard against the Dakota Access Pipeline, in January of this year the Sioux Indians were thrown off of Treaty Land (!! Yes, land awarded to Indians by Federal treaty in 1869 !!). The Army Corps of Engineers bulldozed the site, including personal belongings, “for the safety of the Indians” because the Missouri River might flood. Then the Indians on Indian land were condemned for having left a mess. The condemnation of the Water Protectors for leaving a stinkin’ mess is a lie. The Indian way is to respect, revere, and honor the earth, to cooperate with it rather than dominate it.

1. 71 percent of elected officials are men, 90 percent are white, and 65 percent are white men. White men are 31 percent of the U.S. population but hold 65 percent of all elected offices. White men have 8 times as much political power as women of color. Oct 8, 2014 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/10/08/65-percent-of-all-american-elected-officials-are-white-men/?utm_term=.af031fe33c5bhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/…/65-percent-of-all-american-elected-officials-are-whi… This is a cause worth fighting for!

2. Republican elected leaders don’t look at all like America’s electorate. In 1950 it was almost all male. Today, 87 percent of House Republicans are non-Hispanic white men, compared with just 43 percent of House Democrats.1 For context, in 2014 just 34 percent of eligible U.S. voters were non-Hispanic white men. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/house-democrats-are-getting-more-diverse-republicans-arent/ Add to that: BEWARE OF THE GERRYMANDER!! This is a cause worth fighting for! 

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with ‘haute couture’.

Beauty is power. When you go to Fight the Good Fight, you will be more powerful if you are dressed to the nines!

BW coat

I.MAGNIN pure wool with satin lining, pre 1989.

Originally in the $700 bracket, this gem in perfect condition cost $50 from
St. Joseph’s Thrift, Solana Beach CA.
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This coat bears the ILGWU Label, International Ladies Garment Worker’s UnionThe ILGWU, along with many other unions, ended by 1989, and along with it, protections and benefits for decent, hard working Americans.
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And, a shout out to black-ish on their episode re jury duty. It was within the week that I received a jury summons. This time I will not Hope to be rejected.

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This is What a Feminist Looks Like

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What we learned from our global Women’s March on January 21 is that feminists come in all designs!
Feminist button

While some fathers brought their daughters to the inaugural parade for Trump-the-pussy-grabber “because it’s a tradition” [lame], others bolstered their young daughters to march with women for women’s issues and everything that satellites around women’s issues. Here is one of my favorites, Dan and Alana. Alana wanted to join the march with her mom and close adult female friends, but was worried about the bully girls at her school. So, Dan asked if she’d like him to march with her. This is the beautiful, supportive result of Feminist Dad.

Alana & Dan, Women's March

For all the “it doesn’t matter” people, it is today very clear why YOUR VOTE MATTERS! In large part, Donald Trump and his confederacy of billionaire fools and generals have made suffering worse, Nature more vulnerable, and demoted the general welfare. Read again the preamble to our Constitution:

We the People of the United States,
in order to form a more perfect Union,
establish justice,
insure domestic tranquility, 
provide for the common defense,
promote the general welfare,
and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
preamble-to-the-constitution

We vote to maintain this perspective in the USA. Yet, this is what the right wing is trying to neutralize, the general welfare of all American citizens. We also extend most of these rights and privileges to our guests. But, we are looking at seriously deviant times today. I heard someone on public radio compare our first Trump days with the “I Love Lucy” episode where the chocolate came so fast and furious that they had no time to deal with each individual piece. Chocolates were piling up, stuffed, scattered, and flung everywhere. Funny!, if it weren’t so close to our political situation. Eighteen edicts in 14 days!! Yikes, not so funny. And as the gentleman on the radio said, “only, this isn’t chocolate.”

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How does the rest of the world see us? Gevalt!!, worse than the Bush years by far. Here’s Der Spiegel, Germany’s Time Magazine equivalent: ouch…der-spiegel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is why we vote! As of this posting, Trump hasn’t even filled his cabinet and so far we have an anti-public education Secretary of Education, looks like it will be a racist for Attorney General, an oil man for Secretary of the Interior. The list goes on like a bad acid trip!

THIS IS WHY WE VOTE!!

Hey KELLY SLATER, world class surfer and author of irresponsible article on why you do NOT vote, now what do you think of voting? Everything about surfing is about the environment. Who is going to be in charge of the EPA?; oh, yeah, a guy who has spent big $$$ on abolishing environmental regulations so he can rape the earth with abandon. Who is going to be in charge of the health of our natural resources that end up in the ocean?; oh yeah, an oil guy who can’t wait to shoot all the pesky Indians who dare to try to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline that travels through ancestral land and under the Missouri River, a main vein of our living, breathing, America. (Secretary of the Interior oversees open space, national parks, Indian affairs, more.) I CHALLENGE KELLY SLATER TO START A VOTING CAMPAIGN AMONGST SURFERS! Also, I hold accountable Inertia, online surf magazine for printing his boast and Surfrider for posting it, especially without even a note from the editor. 

 

It was less than 3 weeks ago that “grabbing pussy” was our worst problem. Hah! It seems so tame now.

 

When you are exhausted and fresh out of facts and witticisms for the lower resonating humanoids, when it all seems too much, let a T-shirt say it for you.

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Never underestimate the treasures to be found at a secondhand store!

 

 

 

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I resolve to …

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If you need inspiration for your New Year’s Resolution,
you’ll want to listen to Michelle Obama’s final address to Educators.

The video is 21 minutes, but you can fast forward through the first 5 minutes of introductions. It starts getting interesting but not critical until the 8 minute mark, then definitely watch to the very end.

[If you cannot see the video, follow this link: https://youtu.be/pPHyNsBua_E]

 

New Year’s Resolutions: Live low on the food chain, high on the integrity ladder. BE CONSCIOUS! Be well read and well traveled and well partied, yes “partied” so that you can have a clearer sense of where you fit in this big, beautiful world.

And, what will you wear to these fabulous parties? Resale, secondhand, twice-sold, thrift, consignment, vintage, antique, retro, anything but Brand New. Wearing resale clothing absolves you of all environmental and human rights sins associated with the fashion industry. Decent people are always stunned to learn the entire cycle of an article of clothing, from resource to seamstress to you. For more specifics, see post May 2015, Prom Season and the High Cost of New Clothes.

The titles of these two recent articles will help you build resolve to purchase resale!

Calculate your slave labor footprint:  https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/slavery-footprint-forced-labor-app-calculator/ and
Child labor in fashion:  http://www.globallabourrights.org/reports/child-labor-is-back

And for an uplifting perspective on resale,

remember that you are no longer part of the shipping that is necessary for new clothing. Shipping affects open seas with noise, effluent, and dumping, and air quality from exhaust, and the heavy burden on land resources needed to deliver your new purchases.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are employed through the secondhand stores, including many bright and beautiful people with disabilities; not to mention the vast number of small businesses based in resale and resale boutique.

Additionally, you are giving the clothing new life. Your artistic curiosity forces you to wonder where last were these fabulous party shoes danced? Or, what inspired the handmade shawl or booties or even the discarded wedding dress? It’s a wonderful mystery that connects us all.

 

If you want to participate in the political process, but can’t decide what to do or how to do it, you might seriously consider joining the Women’s March January 21, 2017. If you cannot attend the massive gathering in Washington DC, then find your local march. Simply search for “Women’s March your town 2017.”

Women’s rights are human rights.
Gentle men are always welcome.

 

rousey

Happy New Year
Here’s to being your Absolute Best Self in 2017!!

 

 

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It’s All About the Water

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The oil war is a 20th century war. The water war is a 21st century war.

There are myriad little things you can do to save water that will add up significantly in your personal life style, as well as adding to the community mindset of the larger picture, i.e. Earth’s water is limited. For example, simply turn down the faucet. You do not need a hydro-blast to brush your teeth or wash your hands.

Or, when you fill your pet’s water bowl. If you change their water daily, there is no need to fill a gallon bowl when they can’t possibly drink more than a quart.

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Or you can do something BIG!! Here’s what a 13-year-old girl can do.
What about the rest of us?

 

Without water, there is no access to the planet’s riches. The first picture was taken in the 1880’s in Northern California when the gold miners and speculators were peaking in their new power. My ancestral land is in Orleans CA, originally known as Panamnik on the northern end of California’s Klamath River. My Great Aunt Minerva (1906-2002) explained why there are so few Indians in our once thriving Indian country. A militia of sheriffs, volunteers, and soldiers would line up their horses shoulder to shoulder, move forward and simply shoot anything that moved. The photo speaks for itself. The next photo is of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock just a few months ago; a horrific reminder of cowboys vs Indians in the 21st century.

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According to National Geographic, the average American lifestyle is fueled by nearly 2,000 gallons of H2O a day. Yet, only 5% of it runs through home toilets, taps, and garden hoses. Nearly 95% of our water footprint is hidden in our food, our energy use, the products we purchase, and the services we rely on. National Geographic offers us a water use calculator: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/

It takes approximately 700 gallons of water to make a cotton shirt, and 2,600 gallons to make a pair of jeans — most of it to grow the cotton. Typically, every dollar you spend on clothes and shoes costs about 23 gallons of water. Here are National Geo’s facts & tips: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips/ Scroll down for more on apparel.

Here’s a look at the short list: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/it-takes-more-than-3-gallons-of-water-to-make-a-single-sheet-of-paper/258838/

    • One pair of shoes: 2,257 gallons
    • One pair of jeans: 2,636 gallons
    • One chocolate bar: 454 gallons
    • One piece of beef: 4,000 gallons
    • One hamburger: 632 gallons
    • One plain-cheese pizza: 321 gallons
    • One slice of cheese: 40 gallons
    • One pint of beer: 45 gallons
    • One cup of coffee: 35 gallons
    • One apple: 22 gallons
    • One loaf of bread: 13 gallons
    • One sheet of paper: 3 gallons

To make an average pair of shoes, it takes over 2,000 gallons of water. Whaaaat? So to save water, I bought a fabulous pair of Michael Kors satin heels at the local strip mall Goodwill store. Value $150, purchase price $19.99. (I’m sure designer Michael Kors would be horrified to see “19.99” written in indelible ink on the bottom of his perfect soft leather soles! )

Haute couture and a sense of self-righteousness all for $19.99.

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Wanted: Global Radical Feminist Movement

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Nothing has fired up the Feminist in me like this election. I am in search of a Global Radical Feminist Movement. I am a soldier in search of my captain!! I want to lock arms with the Chilean mothers still searching for their disappeared university students, with the mothers in Juarez whose daughters have been disappearing for decades, with American mothers whose children have special needs, with women worldwide who despise war and know a better way, with men who are confident enough to join the feminist movement, with impoverished and forgotten women, with refugee women whose every breath begs god to save her children, with every LGBTQ whose life is a new hell every day, with every woman of color who sees the bitter unfairness of impoverished schools. 

WE ARE ALL CONNECTED 

 

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