Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

30 May 2006

Tributes to two giants

Today I heard an interview with a woman, who I will strive to mimic from this day forward. Nicole Barlow has taken on petrochemical giant Sasol, property developers Petro Props and the lazy, lumbering, bureacratic fossil that we know as local government in South Africa.

These blik$#@s are building a petrol station on a wetland. Nicole is taking them on and they have made her life hell ever since. Read more about her ongoing struggle here.

Go Nicole, GO!

My other tribute, believe it or not, goes to a member of the mainstream media. Radio presenter Jenny Crwys-Williams dares to interview people like Nicole Barlow, who, let's face it, is dangerous to the powers that be. Read more about Jenny here.

One of my favourite authors Derrick Jensen wrote about how it's okay for richer, more powerful people to threaten and coerce poor and disempowered people. They get away with it, because they have money for lawyers and money to bribe people with. But woe betide those lower on the social scale who dare to take on the rich and powerful. They will be hung, drawn and quartered.

"Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always transparent, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized." - Derrick Jensen

Unless they're Nicole Barlow of course. Or Rachel Carson. Or Jane Goodall. Or Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld.

29 May 2006

Bite the hand that feeds you

It's the only way to learn to fend for yourself.

“Don't try to drive the homeless into places we find suitable. Help them survive in places they find suitable.”
Daniel Quinn

16 May 2006

For a change ... a tribute

A couple of days ago was the 25th anniversary of Bobby Sands' death in prison, due to a hunger strike. So I have decided to pay tribute to him today.

I remember the distasteful jokes about Bobby Sands being told in the hallways of my snobbish "upperclass" school at the time of his death. I was as a very green, young highschool student in 1981, and at the time, I did not appreaciate what an amazing revolutionary, poet, humanbeing he was.

Bobby Sands joined the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to fight for Irish independence in 1972. He was sent to jail in 1976, elected to Parliament from prison in 1981, and died in a hunger strike a month later. 5 May 2006 was the 25th anniversary of Bobby Sands' death. Read about Sands' life here, and read pages of his prison diary here.

15 May 2006

who's law is it anyway

I adore this definition by the MOVE community. It says so much in simple terms. And who could argue with this?

NATURAL LAW: "We believe in Natural Law, the government of self. Man-made laws are not really laws, because they don't apply equally to everyone and they contain exceptions and loopholes. Man-made laws are constantly being amended or repealed. Natural Law stays the same and always has. Man's laws require police, sheriffs, armies, and courts to enforce them, and lawyers to explain them. True law is self explanatory and self enforcing. In the undisturbed jungles, oceans, and deserts of the world, there are no courtrooms or jails. The animals and plants don't need them. No living being has to consult a law book to be able to know if they have to cough, sneeze, or urinate. Natural Law says that when you see something getting too close to your eye, you will blink, whether you are a German Shepherd or a Supreme Court Justice."
John Africa's MOVE organisation

11 May 2006

Bat shaman

It was while attending an interspecies communication workshop recently that I realised I might have shaman potential ...

The animal totem card I draw at the start of the day was an upside down bat: symbol of the suppressed shaman, a shaman experiencing a breached birth. If I do not follow my true path it may be that I get stuck in the birth canal and die.

Photo credit: © Mark Levesley, courtesy Centre for Bioscience ImageBank.

Bat upright: rebirth, secrets and initiation
Bat upside down: breached birth, resisting initiation

Whether this would be a metaphorical death or a physical one is immaterial to me. I know I have to follow the path I have glimpsed. I have to commune with nature in order to live. I can no longer deny my true being.

With this in mind I have been doggedly pursuing the options open to me. I am seeking community with others who believe in helping protect the wilderness at any cost.

Watch this space and see how things evolve ...

ps I have had some noisy and bold visits from a troop of nagapies who are making my life a joy to behold. A sure sign that things are moving forward in my life's work ... and it has NOTHING to do with my day job!

08 May 2006

Destroying the children

Policemen, teachers and aid workers abuse Liberian children

Monday, May 8, 2006

MONROVIA, Liberia, May 8 -- Sexual exploitation of young girls is rife in refugee camps and communities in war-ravaged Liberia and threatens the country's recovery after nearly two decades of conflict, according to a report released Monday.

Save the Children UK said an alarming number of girls as young as 8 were having sex with older men, including policemen, teachers, aid workers and U.N. peacekeepers, in exchange for money, food or favors such as a ride in a car or watching a film.