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Information of every type gleaned from sources everywhere by a rowdy and ribald woman researcher and writer. Everything related to peace in any way is fair game and no attempt is made to have this be a journalistic (at least not in the corporate media se

Updated: 2017-09-05T19:17:21.085-07:00


Build Peace Moved, sort of....


Long time no write.  Sorry.  

Actually I've been writing a lot!  Just not here...   

I tried Done Nesting as another blog here on blogspot, and because of the positive response and realizations I had on and because of that site, I decided to kick the concept up a notch that and  We're Done Nesting will relaunch as a broader concept website this fall.  

I've tried several different blog platforms and blogging configurations to house the rest of my writing and what has resulted is Reason Creek.  Check it out.  It is a place where logic flows... freely.  

My Planned Parenthood


For Tucson this past week has been a busy one.  First the air was calming down after El Tour de Tucson, and gearing up for Buy Nothing Day and Shop Local Saturday, then on Thanksgiving the air was abuzz with how wonderful it was that Gabby Giffords was able to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the servicemen at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, which was uplifting, even though from my perspective it would have been more wonderful if she had served the homeless or the Occupy folks. 


Our Crisis


As any of you who read my blog with any regularity know, I am into linkages, connections, synchronicity and building a well-reasoned and sustainable world from whatever emerges from this time of total world ecosystem rearrangement. And regular readers will also know I often talk of war and military industrial machines.  Today I manage to connect veterans and sustainable practices.  Read on.Our descendants' descendants will ultimately have to deal with the results of industrial madness that valued property above people, once some environmental stability returns to our ecosystem, if it does. But, and this is a very big but, they will only have this option if those of us who understand the fullness of the severity of Our Crisis act with a fierce determination to build, heal, sustain, educate, and grow unselfish structures in place of greedy and unsustainable short term ones. This is beyond war and peace, beyond resource depletion and sustainability, beyond patriarchy and egalitarianism, and far beyond insignificant either or false dichotomies.We are traveling blind but blind isn't without information and knowledge. Put your hand to the door. Is it hot? Don't open the door - just find another way out. Does your guide stick find nothing solid beyond this step? Around and retrace your steps until you are back on the path. We are blind to the future. Some have flashes of insight and glimpses of potential, some have premonitions, some have mathematical and statistical probabilities of extinction rates, climate change, and societal upheaval. There is no way to predict the future. No one knows what is to come. That is why I really cannot blame individuals who choose to ignore what to me seems like blatant 500 lb. gorilla in the room facts. Most people in our over-privileged stratum of the world see absolutely no correlation between what they do and what happens in the country or world. It is easiest, and least unbalancing to the individual to believe that either what happens is God's will, or that it doesn't matter what any individual may do; destiny is a freight train of accumulated consequence with unstoppable momentum. But that is flat out wrong. Small changes can have large results. Freight trains can be derailed by the smallest of perturbations -- some with intention and some without any conscious effort. All this philosophical rambling is outgrowth of my stumbling across a website of a network of essentially horizontal thinkers The Grassroots Netroots Alliance is an interesting take on how to integrate progressive action. Its main landing page features climate change, democracy, peace, economic and political issues as aspects of an organically based network. Organic.... in all major meanings of the word. Like it or not change is coming so we have been told.   In fact,  the most recent research findings back this up.   To get up to speed on what science tells us, I recommend the three part series from Scientific American this past week:Storm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate ChangeGlobal Warming and the Science of Extreme WeatherOur Extreme Future: Predicting and Coping with the Effects of a Changing ClimateMassive, unprecedented change that will happen at a rate not experienced by humans since the time global weather changes propelled humans out of Africa, at least three different times, is on its way. align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">A bioregional approach to survival makes the most sense of anything I've seen. Of course I personally like its perspective because I grew up on one of the last of the first wave of U.S. small farms that constituted local networks capable of i[...]

Make Mine Green Without Military Funding: The Electric Vehicle Connection to Drone & Missile Manufacturers


Well alrighty then, you decide you want to rid yourself of reliance on oil and one of the ways you are thinking about doing it is by purchase of a Nissan Leaf and a charging station.  Sounds good, doesn't it?  Even though you might not be sure about the oil and war connection, your cousin Chakra goes off on the connection between war and the extant energy industry all the time.   Then there are the conspiracy theories that your neighbor spouts about a very small number of companies and the people behind them that are manipulating our economy and controlling the government.   The clearest explanation of the Big Brother connection between the car charger and the drone manufacturing industry I've found is from an unlikely titled nsource called clearancejobs.comAeroVironment, which is designing and building small, hand-launched drones, is another area company that is seeing sales improve. AeroVironment also has a commercial division that is creating charging stations for the Nissan Leaf and other electric vehicle technologies. A company spokesperson told the Pacific Coast Business Times that the company is working to apply its drone know-how to commercial markets. “We don’t think the market opportunity for small unmanned aerial vehicle systems is limited to military customers,” said Steven Gitlin, a spokesman for AeroVironment. “Law enforcement, first responders, even companies that have to inspect widely distributed assets like pipelines and wire lines could use our system to great effect.” Further behind the scenes connections to the missile section of the industry of war is found in  UNITED STATES. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. Washington, D.C. 20549. SCHEDULE 14A. Proxy Statement:Charles R. Holland has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2004. General Holland retired as Commander, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command in November 2003 and currently serves as an independent consultant for various entities. Mr. Holland has been a consultant for AeroVironment since February 2004.  ... Mr. Holland previously served on the board of directors of General Atomics, Inc. and currently serves on the board of directors of Protonex Technology Corporation and as an advisor to Camber Corporation, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, and Raytheon Company.  ... Jikun Kim was appointed as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective June 22, 2010, after serving as Interim Chief Financial Officer since March 31, 2010. Prior to the interim appointment Mr. Kim served as our Vice President and Controller since June 2009. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Mr. Kim served with Raytheon Company, a defense contractor, for more than eight years, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Raytheon Vision Systems.  So when you purchase a charging station for your electric vehicle, check out the manufacturer carefully or you may end up directly supporting one of the major manufacturers of drones that are now being used in civilian surveillance by police, immigration, and domestic "security."  So you will end up paying for the development of new and better methods of invading your privacy. [...]