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Dignity and Companionship

Posted 08-Apr-2012 at 12:35 AM (00:35) by iamwombat

Recently several people I have known passed away. Some were old and others not so old, just afflicted with illness that could not be treated. Those left living repeat many of the same laments about losing a loved one, and many of them were not present for the last act of the one they miss now. The cultural social fabric I have been brought up in, here in America, does not teach or prepare us to accept death or to be very able to handle it in others. We shun the sick, elderly and afflicted as if...
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Popping my head up like a gopher

Posted 05-Mar-2012 at 07:49 PM (19:49) by iamwombat

And seeing if the coast is clear. It appears to be. We had some serious weather around here lately, all is well at our wigwam but many people nearby didn't do well at all.

Peregrinus got stranded at her work site this morning by snow, and is working a second shift without sleep. These kind of events require us to shelter in place with the individuals we care for and thats what she's doing. I wish I could take her coffee and a smoke!

So, with school closed,...
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Posted 24-Nov-2011 at 04:07 AM (04:07) by iamwombat

Traditional American Holiday......Thanksgiving. I grew up in a large blood related family, that celebrated the Holidays together. Both my maternal and paternal families participated together by sharing the burden of hosting the various Big Holidays each year. I interpreted the Thanksgiving feast to mean we are happy to be eating and sharing food together, and able to transcend the distances between us each year to do so. Sharing food seemed like a big deal in that we ate better at Holiday feasts...
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Occupation against corporate tyranny, in a very small town.

Posted 14-Oct-2011 at 12:03 AM (00:03) by iamwombat

The occupy Wall Street movement has come to our little neck of the woods in Kentucky, giving Peregrinus and I a chance to show solidarity by participating. We had two meet-ups in our city park this week, to attract attention and participants and to coordinate support for the event planned to kick off this Friday. Most of the supporters are young folk interested in seeing less corporate money influencing politics, less corporate tax exemption and less GMO foods. Many other complaints were also aired...
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Now we wait for the XL Pipeline decision.

Posted 09-Oct-2011 at 12:12 AM (00:12) by iamwombat

Yesterday was the last day the State Department accepted testimony, petitions and the research gathered on the further development of the U.S. portion (1700 miles) of Trans Canada and XL Pipeline. November is when we'll see the outcome.

Many really good people (indigenous and U.S. citizens) in Oregon and Idaho are still getting up at midnight to spend the a.m. hours protesting along key-point junctions of the Tar Sands Mega load transport corridor. Eleven individuals were arrested...
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Remembering Matthew Shepard

Posted 08-Oct-2011 at 08:26 AM (08:26) by iamwombat
Updated 08-Oct-2011 at 09:15 AM (09:15) by iamwombat

Matthew Shepard's murder began October 6th, 1998. He was kidnapped, brutally beaten and tortured in the early hours of October 7th, tied to a lodge pole cattle fence in the barely inhabited Wyoming badlands and left to die, he was 21 years old. 18 hours he hung from that fence before finally being discovered and taken to the hospital, arriving there unconscious, he died from his injuries five days later. His murderers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, both 21 years old, were subsequently charged,...
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No thoughts under the sun are new, but sharing them is important to me.

Posted 05-Oct-2011 at 08:20 PM (20:20) by iamwombat
Updated 06-Oct-2011 at 06:04 PM (18:04) by Gurdur

Gurdur just posted a good blog http://heathen-hub.com/blog.php?u=1 that provoked in a positive way my writing the following post, which was to long and in and out of topic to place under his blog in comments. I used to apply my efforts to change things only in my immediate vicinity, believing that I really had no way to effect change at any great distance. I would have concern for the starving emaciated child pictured in an add (usually faith based) that lived in Africa or South America, but how...
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Just a note on being revived.

Posted 05-Oct-2011 at 08:25 AM (08:25) by iamwombat

Much has gone on this past few months that kept my attention or interest to a minimum. Taking time off from work, having surgery on the spine, recovering from same and getting on track again. I'm happy to say with a smile that were it not for my "wanderer wife" I'd not be as ahead as I am now. Just to make the point that at any stage in life, we can still pull through adversity best when another close human helps us out with moral support and some physical aide when needed. Thank you Peregrinus,...
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Canadian Tar Sands Information Links

Posted 03-Sep-2011 at 09:10 PM (21:10) by iamwombat

Here are some additional links to information on the Keystone XL Pipeline and related information concerning the broader Canadian Tar Sands to Oil mining operations.
"Oil Sands Background Information"
This a good link because it offers an outcome to the current goals of not just stopping the construction of pipelines across American soil but of shutting down this entire project to mine these tar sand deposits.
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143 Arrests as President Obama returns to the White House

Posted 29-Aug-2011 at 11:01 PM (23:01) by iamwombat

Earlier today a mass phone-in to the White House was made in response to the following e-mail sent to members of the Tar Sands Action. I was surprised to get through myself after just two attempts, and made a brief comment encouraging the President not to sign off on the permit for the pipeline to be built on U.S. soil. If your a U.S. citizen and a registered voter it is important to denote yourself as such when signing any actual petitions for consensus of a given issue and when calling in. ...
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From the Big Haul to the XL Pipeline

Posted 24-Aug-2011 at 10:32 PM (22:32) by iamwombat
Updated 24-Aug-2011 at 10:38 PM (22:38) by iamwombat

The Mega-loads/Big Haul (http://heathen-hub.com/blog.php?b=1008) are not stopping; the oil interests bought their way around load limits on State Highways in both Idaho and Montana. The protests are continuing and about to become acts of organized civil disobedience in Idaho along State Highway 95 North from Lewiston to the Canadian border. Indigenous people were the first to bring the harm and fallacy to light over the issue of refining ‘tar sand’ into crude oil, both in the U.S. and Canada, now...
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Keith 'El Muero Guero' Ferguson

Posted 23-Jul-2011 at 10:51 PM (22:51) by iamwombat

Happy Birthday memory to a truly inspiring bassist from Texas, Keith would be 64 today were he alive.
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Information access; Aaron Swartz accused.

Posted 20-Jul-2011 at 09:16 PM (21:16) by iamwombat
Updated 21-Jul-2011 at 07:37 AM (07:37) by iamwombat

Aaron Swartz, founder and director of a liberal online organization called Demand Progress was arrested last week for downloading information from JSTOR. JSTOR is a search engine archival system generally used by academics and students to access and retrieve peer reviewed journal articles for research purposes. Many many articles in the JSTOR system cost money to retrieve, quite a bit of money in some instances. I paid over 160.00 for two related articles totaling 320 pages on a research project...
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Make what you will of it.

Posted 19-Jun-2011 at 10:50 PM (22:50) by iamwombat

I'm not big on 'conspiracy' theories, although if conspiracy did not exist we wouldn't need a word to describe it, I am interested though in my government doing things below board in our supposed 'open' society. This is a link to an article right off a conspiracy minded blog/info site. I place it for tie-in between it and recent local events involving military vehicles (airborne and ground) that I've not seen before in my five years of living in eastern Kentucky.

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Nothing cerebral just gadgets and doings.

Posted 18-Jun-2011 at 01:55 AM (01:55) by iamwombat

For nifty gadgets, I read about an MIT research grant turning up among other things, a 'solar leaf' panel. The neatness factor comes from it's function: submersible electrolysis. The size of a playing card, it produces photo-voltage that then separates hydrogen and oxygen, which can be used for many purposes including fuel cells. they're looking at ideas for collection of the gases once freed. I played with electrolysis alot as a kid, mostly just to light the resultant gas on fire! I'm too lazy...
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Uranium Contamination in New Mexico

Posted 17-May-2011 at 01:48 AM (01:48) by iamwombat
Updated 04-Jun-2011 at 07:46 PM (19:46) by iamwombat

For some time now, the indigenous people of New Mexico (Dine, Navajo) have been getting poisoned in several areas from the ground water they depend on, by uranium waste products left over from mining. This link is on a short article detailing the story as it becomes a legal complaint. http://www.kmvt.com/news/regional/Na...121809869.html

This is a facebook site set up to advertise a short filmography of this problem. Please look into it and if you care to, share the story.
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Bluefin Tuna may benefit from War in Libya

Posted 15-May-2011 at 06:25 AM (06:25) by iamwombat

Unless poachers increase efforts to fish for them that is, but hey, how safe can fishing in a War Zone be anyway?


This is one of the craziest positives I've ever heard of coming from a conflict.
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Be afwaid, be wary wary afwaid.

Posted 15-May-2011 at 05:36 AM (05:36) by iamwombat
Updated 15-May-2011 at 06:05 AM (06:05) by iamwombat
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As if the U.S. wasn't a scary enough place to live (or visit) now we can really be scary worldwide at the drop of a hint of terror, whether imagined or just imaged. This gives the commander in chief the power to send any branch or combination thereof into foreign territory to wage war. Used to be just the marines that had that horror, I mean honor.

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Is Europe over populated?

Posted 15-May-2011 at 05:26 AM (05:26) by iamwombat

As someone in Oregon twice said, win and assbad. Or something to that effect.
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Conservative paradigm replacing the Liberal continuum in American University's

Posted 14-May-2011 at 09:21 PM (21:21) by iamwombat
Updated 14-May-2011 at 09:43 PM (21:43) by iamwombat (URL repair and well, spelling.)

I want to share a concern about American Universities becoming more and more inclined to support and promote a conservative agenda rather than the liberal. I also want to bring your attention to some recently ran articles on private influences promoted through University that may well steer students and their minds into pro-corporate avenues rather than socially minded and environmental ones. Public undergraduate and postgraduate schools have long aided research in all sciences and therefore received...
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