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    Eduardo Galeano- Stories of Intimate Connections between Freedom and Slavery, Richness and Poverty

    Democracy Now shows an article on and interviews with Galeano.  He fled military dictatorships because he didn’t want to be in a jail, "to lay in a cemetery… as death is very boring" .  He wrote of "our possible greatness, our possible beauty" and to remind us of the exploitation that has been done to us. "Torture is not to get information, it is to spread fear. Freedom and Slavery are intimately connected. Wars and invasions and coups are done in the name of democracy  against democracy."  He loved the playfulness of soccer, of language, of people, of stories.

    Posted on April 14, 2015

    Stop current neonicotinoid pesticides! Plus Portland bans them on city land!

    Tell  EPA  to ban current neonicotinaoid pesticides, not just limit some future ones!   Neonicotinoids kill bees butterflies, and  ladybugs.  This recent article shows the public relations tactic of the EPA pretending to regulate in the future while allowing more neonicotinoid pesticide use now.  Write letters to your newspapers, please.

    Posted on April 3, 2015

    Spring & Snow, Elk & Frogs

    Today sleet and graupel, yesterday daffodils and crocuses.  Last Saturday, a herd of 50 elk stampeded past me while I was hiking in the foothills.  The ground seemed to shake. I never have heard before the sound of a herd stampeding.   We found turkey tracks in the snow patches while we postholed thru remnants of snow. On Sunday, we heard choruses of frogs calling.  The apple, forsythia, and redbud blossoms were just budding out over the last few days.


    Forests threatened by global warming

    Warmer temperatures and droughts may lead to trees drying out faster than they can suck up water. According to an article in Rolling Stone, drought stressed trees have less sap to use to defend themselves from insects.  They are also more vulnerable to  wildfires.  Instead of live tress absorbing carbon, dead trees may release carbon.  Fires will release soot, which can lead to more warming.  Live forests store about 25 % of greenhouse gas emissions. 

    Join Clean Energy Action350.org350clorado.orgGreenpeace, Citizens’ Climate Lobby,  and Sierra Club to work against global warming.

    Posted on March 23, 2015