Friday, May 24, 2013

The Day Custer Got Siouxed

June 25th is the anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Or as some call it, "The Day Custer Got Siouxed."

I propose that we appoint that day as the day "We the People" make our stand against the arrogant corporations and politicians that want to subdue us into oblivion. We do not have to finally give in to survive like the great leaders of Native America did.

The trouble is that after they won, they disbanded and went their separate to avoid another conflict and lost a little each year until they lost big time in 1890. That was the problem with the Occupy movement too and what we must not repeat. We are fighting not only the corporatocracy, but the government too because they are owned by the monied interests that got them elected. Once we start we cannot back down or disband.
I realize that there are honest business owners and politicians we must keep them on our side, not alienate them.
What do we do? Spread the word. Facebook, college newspapers, classmates, co-workers, whatever. I'm open to ideas. I only have experience as an individual. But if you understand the significance of that date in American history and know a little about Indian warfare, You will know that Indians all over were fierce fighters, but they fought for individual honor and lost too many battles. It was not until they learned to work together at the Little Bighorn that they won a major victory.Refuse to drive or buy gas. Buy only used items, shop locally, civil disobedience, Ideas please.
June 25 is only the beginning.
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Here is a post by Ezrabiggins   Notice. who answered my appeal on Truthdig
June 25 Day of Action Do not work. Do not shop. Do not buy gas. Walk or bike or bus downtown. Set up clearly marked education tables: "Lost Rights" "Reject D.C." "War Crimes" "Dollar Collapse" "Change Your Bank" "Student Debt" "Homeless Veterans". Tuesday June 25 -- It's About Time.
Get a permit and march. But individually block traffic while holding a sign. One person at a time stops a lane of traffic. Ask for drivers' support. "Honk your horn." "Park and Join Us." If you do not cause trouble you will have no effect. No violence. No destruction of property. But be loud and cause inconvenience. We will not be contained or obedient. Tuesday June 25 -- It's About Time.
Plan locally. You must communicate the message to the unemployed, the homeless, veterans, students. Talk to strangers. Use this forum--the comments to the week's Chris Hedges column--to share ideas and information nationally. You must be the leader. Tuesday June 25 -- It's About Time.
June 25 was the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The day Custer fell.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Modern Mound Builders of Minnesota

The Man-Made Mound of Northern Minnesota 

      I am temporarily working out of Thief River Falls and, coming from the rolling terrain of central Montana, I am amazed at the vast flatness of the region. The town is located in the Red River Valley of Northwest Minnesota at the confluence of the Red Lake and Thief rivers. It is also at the bottom of the ancient lakebed of Lake Agassiz. The Red River valley is so wide and flat that spring usually brings a flooding concern as spring melts the abundant snows of winter. It will not take much to spill over its pathetic banks. The valley is so wide and flat that you cannot even see the hills that contain it. It is so flat that any visible rise in elevation is clearly man-made. The highest points are generally roads, railroads and county maintenance sand and gravel piles.
     So, this is where I am travelling each day when on the horizon I see a very large hill in the distance and from my knowledge of the region’s geology, I know this is not just a hill, it is a man-made mound. My mind goes back to my youth in Minneapolis and the swallowed up city of Mound which was named after the ancient Indian mounds. I also recall the many burial  mounds along the Big Sioux River on either side of  the border of South Dakota and Iowa from the time period when I lived nearby. And then… the Mother of all Mound communes: Cahokia, right across the Mississippi River from Saint Louis, the most sophisticated and largest pre-Columbian city north of Mexico.
     The era of mound-building indigenous peoples of North America lasted some 5000 years and left behind thousands of mounds from the size of a dome shaped two-person tent to Monks Mound at Cahokia which is about 100 feet high, 955 feet  long, and 775 feet (236 m) wide.  ( That is one big man-made hill—and built to last, centuries after the people left for reasons unknown.

Monks Mound
     Why did they build these mounds? They were built for many reasons; burial, worship, rituals, sacrifice, and even foundations for a few homes of the elite. They came in different shapes too; rounded, cone-shaped, flat-topped, elongated, ridged, and even animal-shaped. Some even had designs worked into them with rocks or further raised earthworks. They were engineering marvels and built to last—long after the builder’s cultures and peoples disappeared from memory. It is only by archeology and anthropology that we have learned anything about them--and keeping developers from destroying any more of it! 
     These mounds and/or clusters of such were the center of many peoples’ lives—villages were built around them, commerce was conducted around them, and each culture had their own styles of building and reasons for building them. But one thing seems to be sure, they were the center of their lives.
     Now, back to the mound I see growing larger as I come closer. I begin to see something big and shiny on top. Could this be a modern monument to inform the visitor of the finds archeologists have found? Or perhaps it is a shelter to allow people to rest after climbing to the top? Closer, closer, I am beginning to make out a… what the?… a large tractor! Why is there a tractor on top of this mound? Surely something is afoul here.
      Then I smell vaguely foul odor and soon I see a sign identifying this modern marvel of a man-made mound. It is the Markit landfill near Hallock, Minnesota. It is man-made alright, but for hiding our waste out of sight—in plain sight. The center of their lives is no longer holy.
     The landfill is built as a hill to keep it well above the shallow water table. The waste has already been sorted for recycling and is baled up to reduce windblown liter. The area around the site was remarkably clean, so they must be doing something right
 The tip on top is the tractor
You can see the bales of trash stacked up ready to be buried 
You  can also see the road angling to the top on the right.
Here’s to the future. Oh, what a treasure trove for our progeny to dig up and wonder why in the year 2525.