Posted 15 hours ago

doubleadrivel:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (9.29-9.30): Protesters gathered yet again, in a truly uplifting night of action and calls for justice. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses, due to the usual antagonism from the police, but it was solidarity at it’s finest. #staywoke #farfromover

Keep up with the action tonight. Follow the Argus Livestreams and/or BellaAiko from Occupy Oakland.

CLERGY ON THE FRONT LINES

Posted 21 hours ago

So today is my birthday.

And it’s not that I expect a small, passive crowd of strangers to feel compelled to celebrate that with me, but if you were feeling randomly generous, I love Amazon gift credit I can make a really good recommendation: please consider becoming a regular donating member of the Lakota People’s Law Project. They do some amazing work on some extremely important issues that are close to my heart.

You can commit to as little as $2 for as few as 6 months - that’s just $12, less than the price of the two or three beers we might share if you were taking me out on the town!

So whether you want to congratulate me on one score and six years of life, need some karmic kudos, or you know, just like supporting good causes, here’s your opportunity!

I tell you what, actually, for everyone who does donate, I myself will contribute $1 in a lump-sum one-time donation, on top of my own regular giving! Just let me know you’ve done it, maybe screen-shot the thank-you confirmation email and put it in a reblog or something.

For every note this post gets, I will donate $.01. So if you can’t donate yourself, I’ll do so on your behalf as long as you please like and reblog this message to spread it further.

On Nov. 1 I will make another post announcing the total.

(With any luck we’ll go a tiny bit viral and I’ll be committed to donating loads, in which case I reserve the right to delay donating until I’ve saved the full amount. I’ll add another $1 for every month I put it off!)

Posted 21 hours ago

Hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance in the Geronimo music vid for The Knocks & Fred Falke |

(Source: inspirationoutlet)

Posted 21 hours ago

meloromantics:

appropriately-inappropriate:

audreyvhorne:

sttinkerbelle:

vmpolung:

knowledgeandlove:

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#and I just don’t feel entitled to someone else’s life’s work.

That comment exactly!! It’s not mine and I can survive without it, so I will.

This is why honey is not vegan.

The problem here is that honey, especially if you buy it ethically from an apiarist, isn’t actually detrimental to the well-being of the bee or the hive. In the wild, honey is used as a food stock, but in a domesticated honeybee colony, the bees are fed quite well, and so the honey is a surplus.

The alternatives, like sugar, relies on monocrops in third world countries, with transient labour. Growing up, there was a sugarcane field by my house, and I’m sure the Haitian men who worked backbreaking hours hacking a machete through knife-bladed leaves in 40 degree heat for a couple dollars a day would have traded a testicle to be a Canadian honeybee. Stevia’s going the same way, iirc.

Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it’s estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival.

It’s their life’s work, sure, but it’s not the death of them to use it responsibly.

literally read anything about the history of sugarcane and the cuban sugar industry if you think sugar is or ever has been more ethical than honey

Support bees.

Or be a dickwaste.

The choice is very simple.

Posted 22 hours ago

naturepunk:

This is just a small portion of the stock I’ve prepared today for Okanogan Barter Faire. I have six gigantic boxes of leather scrap that will be coming with me, too, and a ton of jewelry pieces I’ve never shared before. Hopefully, I’ll make enough money this weekend to hold me over for a while, as this is officially the last festival of the season. 

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you should swing on by! Okanogan Barter Faire is a fantastic event. You can read more about it HERE

OMG so gorgeous!

Posted 22 hours ago

madeofpatterns:

knittedlampshade:

unlearning problematic behavior is a long ass process

you will fuck up

handle it gracefully.

It’s also… you’re not resetting to some sort of innate default. There isn’t a real core you that knows better and is above mistreating people; it’s — you’re learning a new skill. It’s not about purity. It’s about learning.

(Source: sordidmarigolds)

Posted 22 hours ago
upclosefromafar:

~My Hidden Nirvana~

upclosefromafar:

~My Hidden Nirvana~

Posted 22 hours ago
I met a dude one time who got all condescending when I told them that the pastor at my grandma's funeral said she was in God's hands. Like, how mean-spirited do you have to be that you see something said for the benefit of grieving people that does nothing but comfort them and think "Welp, better tear THAT belief down."?
sexualhobo asked

timsutton:

"gee, this belief makes people feel better, guess i should be an unrepentant COCK about it"

Posted 22 hours ago

hoganddice:

have there been attempts to revive the tradition? if not- your time has come

Not really, I have been considering it. But I may be too old.
Like you needed to be an expert in a ton of forms of rhyming meter and know at least 700 tales and songs by heart and recite your own genealogy back a few hundred years and make the whole thing rhyme.

Though, y’know, maybe we could work on just the contest part to start with.

There are definitely Eisteddfodau, which are basically the Welsh equivalent. They are practiced on a range of scales, and appear in many forms.

Most are more like festivals of both poetry and music (and often other forms of entertainment as well), which seems to be a result of 18th century revival romanticism. Sometimes the festival includes an official contest, and some smaller eisteddfodau are just a bardic competition in front of an appreciative select audience; repertoires might be song as well as verse, might be just their own work or include that of other artists…

And some are as you say, a bit more like “formalized rap battle”, with highly trained poets displaying their skills in competition for a title.

I don’t think precisely what you are talking about is likely to revive; our cultures don’t really support individuals who want to dedicate that amount of time and effort to the study of poetry, so you’d be hard pressed to find enough competitors to keep it going. The ones who would fill those roles are doing other things…

HOWEVER! As I say, there’s definitely an interest in the idea, both from potential competitors and audiences. The Welsh National Eisteddfod is extremely well attended, and the Gorsedh Kernow (Corniwsh Bardic Gathering) has been going for over 100 years. I have no doubt there are Irish equivalents in existence.

There are similar incarnations all over the place; I would almost go so far as to say that programmes like X Factor, Pop Idol, Star Search, etc. are paltry shadows of our cultural memory of consuming/witnessing such traditions (though I would never put those contestants on par with even a half assed fochloc career!) And hell, there /are/ rap battles, those are things that exist, and they can be incredibly intense, sometimes requiring competitors to declaim their origins in elaborate detail; from an Anthropological point of view, it’s not hard to draw the comparisons.

Bardic competitions in the SCA often take a similar format. I won one once where in one round I was given a topic, a form, a number of lines, and two hours to compose, and . And another one, where the final round was essential “bardic rap battle” between myself and one of the oldest and favourite bards in that region. Neither one of us could get the upper hand, so we negotiated (in verse) dividing the spoils – she took the title and I took the largess (it was an awesome handmade chair, I really wanted it!)

So… yes, I can easily imagine the exchange between an Irish bard and an American rapper!

And while I feel you hard on that wishing for revival of ye ways of olde, and there’s definitely a lack of overt efforts to preserve specific cultures, I would counter that with assertions that the tradition is not dead and gone, it has simply evolved and expanded to better fit the demands of both bards and their patrons.

Take heart!

Posted 1 day ago

Vancouver Island fisherman rescues injured bald eagle, gets encounter on video

Wowwww… what an honor!