This is what Ukrainians did in Volyn, Poland in 1943. This is the type of people Obama is supporting now. You do the math.

US Fascism began in 1980 in earnest, and has not abated since.  Wake up folks.  92 countries attacked since World War II, and for what?  Profit, that’s for what.

Here’s what the Ukrainians who were supporting the Stepan Bandera Fascist government are capable of.  Not all Ukrainians supported that government.  But the new 2014  “government” smells a lot alike.  This type of thing was repeated in Odessa May 2, 2014 with support of the USA.

And here is how one of the Kiev  Junta leadership Yatsenuk was “greeted” in Germany.  Yet the USA insists on backing these brutal thugs.  If ethnic cleansing of Russians continues in Eastern Ukraine, Putin may react.  If he reacts, what has amounted to a creeping World War Three may break out in earnest.  Oh NOOOOOOOOOO!

ВИДЕО Жители Германии встретили Яценюка криками «Террорист и убийца»

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Americans just don’t quite understand the level of brutality of the people President Obama is backing these days.  Add the Ukraine thugs to being on the WRONG side in Syria, and expanding Bush’s war into Pakistan, increasing Drone air strikes by thousands of percents, and you have a man who was lying to us when he said he was going to bring the troops home.
Should Putin react to the wholesale ethnic cleansing of Russians in Odessa, Crimea, etc. in eastern Ukraine, then Obama has committed to backing the rebelious Junta that stole power in Kiev.
Of course Russian Natural Gas MUST FLOW THROUGH western Ukraine in order to reach Europe, which gets 40% of its natural gas from Russia.  Should any disruption in this flow occur, Russia is poorer (hence in a fighting mood) and Europe is well nigh obliterated by super hi natural gas prices.  The USA which is clearly overstocked with natural gas will also see prices fly sky high.  And, Like in Iraq, JP Morgan and others will jack the price of natural gas on the NY Merchantile exchange for their own profits, while melting down what remains of the USA middle class via escalating fuel and heating costs.  Note the USA doe NOT count oil and other feuls along with FOOD prices in their tally of the annual inflation rate.  Now how absurd is that?  How many Americans get by with no car and no heat?

Anyone who thinks that Kiev burning DURING the Sochi Winter Olympics was a mere coincidence doesn’t follow the CIA very well,  Nor Nato Secret Services.  Plenty of evidence suggests outside players are continuing the bloodshed in Kiev, while genuine bloodthirsty Ukrainians (not all Ukrainians are nuts, let’s separate the sinners from the innocent here) are maurading, and murdering in Odessa, Crimea, and other parts of eastern Ukraine that are Russian enclaves.  It’s Genocide in slow motion just as Slobo Milosovic’s attacks on Muslims were meant to be complete.  But in many ways he was also goaded and forced to react in a war that was ALSO cooked up by western spies.  The evidence for this is overwhelming.  30,000+ died in NATO and USA air strikes in Belgrade, and how many of those were “enemy combatants?”  We also coated bombs with uranium and bombed Serbia’s once-rich agricultural lands so that food from that region is no longer acceptable, and uh, Serbia had once fed all of Yugoslavia, and beyond.

OK the Slavic world has had a lot of things brewing for centuries, this is true, but with the natural gas pipeline in play, and the USA clearly backing the Junta (Remember when Bush and Condy Rize also Backed Pervez Musharraf, AFTER HE LOST A DEMOCRATIC ELECTION to Asif Ali Zardari  the replacement for Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in a bombing on 27 December 2007.  Even though Musharraf could not beat a last-minute replacement, He seized power and Bush and Rice BACKED HIM.  Wow how undemocratic can you get?   Muneer Malick, of the Supreme Court Legal society in Pakistan used to stand on top of buildings with a Nullhorn shouting down Musharraf, until he was poisoned.  At that he still sent out YOUTUBE videos while deathly ill.  He survived.  Long may you live, friend.

Well let’s See, how about selecting known Drug lord Hamid Karzai as president of Afghanistan?  Parliamentarian Malali Joya stood repeatedly to read charges against Karzai until she was thrown out of Parliament illegally and had at least 5 assassination attempts on her life.  Karzai is such a puppet he recently did this:

NEW DELHI: Even as India has stopped short of blaming any Pakistan-based terrorist group for the attack on its consulate in Heart last Friday, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the Lashkar-e-Taiba for the strike that was foiled by Afghan security forces and Indian paramilitary forces. Karzai, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday, claimed that the Afghanistan government had received information from a Western intelligence agency that the attackers belonged to the LeT.

Remember, Obama pledged to bring the troops home before the 2008 election?  HA, all they did was move over to Pakistan, where, Ostensibly, the last part of the Afghan oil pipeline must run to circumvent Iran and deliver to tankers in the Indian Ocean.  WAKE UP FOLKS!

All in favor of fracking and the Keystone Pipeline please take a bus home and sell your car(s).

Manhattan Mambo

Manhattan Mambo

Rain, mist, Rain.
Synthetic awnings cast water bombs
That splash between nose and lenses.
It’s a hike to Chelsea from Koreaville.
You duck into a pay-by-weight
Kimchi shop to fuel up for the
Twelve block trek.

Art at Whitehall, art on every floor,
Art by appointment only, art as
Video, art as manhole cover, art
as “Hello-my-name-is” tags, art
From Kansas, a Korean lady who glues
The outside frills of name badges in rows
Ten across and 300 high, quite derivative.

Seated, pooped, twelve-dollar park.
But what a relief to have been in the art.
You drive back to Carolina, land of crafts,
See Boston galleries showing gray,
Young wine merchants taking chances on
The stuff they hang in galleries. You have
The time to paint, but don’t today.

Heat, sun, heat.
Twenty five years of painting. One huge
Pile waiting to be stored, maybe framed,
Maybe dipsy-dumpstered, maybe sold off
The wall of Port City Java. To be amazed
By art, to laugh in the face of art. To paint:
The last refuge, last thread, last breath.


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The Falls

The Falls

Broken fender, twig in line
And light blue sky with trees.
Green on blue and mountain fine
With warmth upon my knees.

Summer sun at winter time,
Snow still on the ground.
The place is set for water-mime
So I listen for the sound.

The sound is one of Bash Bish Falls
And now I tend to stare.
Everflowing echo calls
Of water in the air.

It makes me think of trees gone by
And people never seen.
It shouldn’t, but it makes me cry
To think of where I’ve been.

Now I sit with tears on face,
Knowing all the glory.
Now I sit without a trace
Of how to tell the story.


Written in 1978, age 20. (This was sung as a song by Mike Browne of Brownedog, a Rochester, NY Band, 1992-1995)


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The Springs

The Springs

Let’s go down to the springs,
We can watch the dogwoods grow.
Let’s go down and watch things,
Get up right now, let’s go!

The water will be running,
We certainly won’t miss that.
Today you do look stunning,
Let’s go down and chat.

There’s something I want to tell you
There’s something I want to say:
Now we’re a nation of two
Starting this very day.

So, let’s go down to the springs
We can watch the dogwood grow.
We’ll hear the bird that sings:
There’s one thing that I know.

When we go down to the springs
We’ll see if two can be one.
We’ll avoid the things that sting
And catch a little sun.

The thing that I have found
Is a love for only you.
My heart will always pound
When I enter our nation of two.


Written in 1973 at age 15.


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Multi-national corporate power

Welcome to a rant about the many loopholes that lead to tax advantages for corporations that earn money in the USA, claim the money was earned elsewhere and then never repatriate the money. This means they never have to pay taxes on their profits. Meanwhile rich folks have had their taxes cut three times and in big chunks while we run up budget deficits and a national debt that is approaching $20,000,000,000,000. !

Massive military budgets and new wars add to this problem while making the same 16 defense contractors rich over and over again.
Meanwhile cuts to food stamps, meals on wheels, education and social ssecurity are the type if austerity measures literally starving our poor.

Some states have found themselves in budget crises of their own. It is at this level that education is being privatized via charter schools that are themselves often dysfunctional and almost ALWAYS with right wing conservative bullshit religious mumbo jumbo classes that fly in the face of what Jesus said, like “Do Unto Others, ”  but works well to robotize our kids toward careers as factory workers or managers. This is assured by standardized testing rigged toward rich children who attend private schools thus creating a massive private school industry such as we see in South Korea.

The entire system, our entire lives, are at the mercy of those who clawed their way to the top (who knows how). Some say the feudal lords were better to their serfs than the pittance the wage slaves are paid today. Others say this will mean the end of capitalism, but how? The owners of the means of production also control the governments and the armies. Juntas do not often work and when they do, lawlessness often results.

The solution is small and medium size farms to grow our own food in order to stop feeding this huge, ugly machine. But most land is full of gmos now AND owned by large Shri- business.

If you know a path on which we can take Billy Bragg’s “Great Leap Forward” please comment with it.  Thanks, Doug

Six PM, 25 December, 2001

Six PM, 25 December, 2001

It is her birthday, still she works
The wok, offering noodles, broccoli,
Special home-baked Christmas cookies
Brought to the table in a plaid tin.

Ruskin, home of the traveling tomato,
Plays host to a broad cross-section
Of Christmas diners. No Tet here. An
Eight-pack multi-generation family walks in.

Spanish and Chinese attempt to communicate
In English. Three couples in a row
Pick up take out. Over 60, loneliness
Screams from behind steaming plastic lenses.

Intermingled fortunes make her wonder
What the next customer will want.
You can’t believe everything you eat,
But we know crunchy veggies cleanse.

The dog and the dragon do not always get along.
She says thank you so much as she accepts
A three-song CD gift from a strange man,
Now done eating, looking to make a call.

Hard working Spanish-speaking revelers
Eat Chinese for Christmas dinner. She
Points to a pay phone, so the dog and dragon
Talk, then drive away from the vacant mall.



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Gwangju Christmas 2012

Gwangju Christmas 2012

Sa Sun and
Beop Jeong trusted deeds
over words even if their
words were so well known.
Christmas rolls

into town and for
true believers and
novices alike, simple
saves lonely souls who

might have slipped away.
So raise a glass to Jesus,
the uniter of

Even if the deeds
of many devote
Christians lay people in their
graves via Lee Myung
Bak’s water cannons,
Bush’s Abu Graib.

A toast then
to righteous Christians, in hope
that they can
help their priests see the
error of their ways.

Nothing in
the bible sanctions rape
of choir boys,
or Falwell’s use of
coffers to back the

Hold hands and shed a tear for
three thousand
cultures lost when greed
filled “Christians” went

across and
stole the homes of better men
and women
who loved the land. Rise
Christians, take a stand!

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HR 2847, a tax Law, also paves a path for the USA to Start Defaulting on its debt obligations.


H.R. 2847: This New Bill Will Go Into Effective On July 1st, 2014. It Will Usher In The True Collapse Of The U.S. Dollar, And Will Make Millions Of Americans Poorer, Overnight.
April 30th, 2014

What is FATCA?
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act became U.S. law in March 2010 but will take effect around the world on July 1, 2014. The goal of the law is to find offshore accounts held by U.S. taxpayers seeking to avoid paying taxes on them.

Under the law, banks from around the world will be asked to sift through their accounts to look for clients with U.S. connections, then share that information with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

The U.S. is looking for tax cheats, but critics say innocent people are getting caught up in the hunt.

Quick Facts
Under the agreement, financial institutions in Canada will not report any information directly to the IRS. Rather, relevant information on accounts held by U.S. residents and U.S. citizens (including U.S. citizens who are residents or citizens of Canada) will be reported to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA will then exchange the information with the IRS through the existing provisions and safeguards of the Canada-U.S. Tax Convention. This is consistent with Canada’s privacy laws.
The IRS will provide the CRA with enhanced and increased information on certain accounts of Canadian residents held at U.S. financial institutions.
Significant exemptions and relief have been obtained. For instance, certain accounts are exempt from FATCA and will not be reportable. These include Registered Retirement Savings Plans, Registered Retirement Income Funds, Registered Disability Savings Plans, Tax-Free Savings Accounts, and others. In addition, smaller deposit-taking institutions, such as credit unions, with assets of less than $175 million will be exempt.
The 30 percent FATCA withholding tax will not apply to clients of Canadian financial institutions, and can apply to a Canadian financial institution only if the financial institution is in significant and long-term non-compliance with its obligations under the agreement.
The agreement is consistent with Canada’s support for recent G-8 and G-20 commitments intended to fight tax evasion globally and to improve tax fairness. In September 2013, G-20 Leaders committed to automatic exchange of tax information as the new global standard and endorsed a proposal by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to develop a global model for the automatic exchange of tax information. They also signaled an intention to begin exchanging information automatically on tax matters among G-20 members by the end of 2015.
Draft legislation to implement the agreement will be released for comment shortly on the Department of Finance website.

July 1st 2014 FACTA Bill .Is America About To Stumble Into A Credit Default?

Markets everywhere breathed a sigh of relief in February when the GOP-controlled House of Representatives allowed the debt ceiling to be suspended without another tussle with the White House over spending. Whatever the political or budgetary merits, the world of finance and business cheered that the “full faith and credit” of the United States government would not be compromised by failure to meet all of its obligations on time.

The relief may have been premature.

In less than three months the Department of the Treasury will start trimming payments on portions of the $17.3 trillion-plus national debt, with unpredictable – and unstudied – consequences. Acting in violation of legal commitments to purchasers, the Department will chop 30% from interest payments due some foreign holders of hundreds of billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars’ worth of Treasury securities. Possible results of this consciously inflicted partial federal default could include mass dumping of bonds by jittery holders, a rise in the rate the government pays for debt service, and undermining the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency. The impact on the U.S. and global economy is, literally, incalculable.

Why would Treasury Secretary Jack Lew do this? Because he’s required to under a law of which few Americans have ever heard.

Enacted in 2010 by an all-Democratic Congress with almost no legislative review, the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act” (FATCA) was slipped into an unrelated jobs bill as a budgetary pay-for provision. Set to go into effect on July 1, 2014, FATCA supposedly is aimed at American tax cheats with money stashed abroad. But instead of singling out suspected tax evaders, FATCA creates an NSA-style information dragnet requiring all non-U.S. financial institutions (banks, credit unions, insurance companies, investment and pension funds, etc.) in every country in the world to report data on all specified U.S. accounts to the IRS.

Read more:

Obama’s new July 1st 2014 law will shock most Americans


Daily Paul Liberty Forum

Obama’s new July 1st 2014 law will shock most Americans

Dear Reader,

We’ve been critical of several Obama Administration policies over the past few years…

But a new law set to go into effect on July 1st, 2014 (less than six months from now), might be the Administration’s worst decision yet.

On this date, Title V of House of Representative Bill #2847, known as “FATCA,” goes into effect.

We believe this could precipitate a huge collapse in the U.S. dollar… and a rapid decrease in our standard of living.

Of course, we’re not the only ones who believe this new U.S. law is going to be a disaster for our country and American citizens.

Write Down This Date:
July 1st, 2014

On this date, U.S. House of Representatives Bill “H.R. 2847” goes into effect. It will usher in the true collapse of the U.S. dollar, and will make millions of Americans poorer, overnight. You now have just several months to prepare…



For Lenette

For Lenette

Big Ed of Big Ed’s drives a big Hummer now.
Down-home antique kitchen supplies hang over
serious conversations: it’s interracial in a downtown
southern redneck way. Walked by this place seven
years without stopping in. Eight waitresses smoke,
waiting for the lunch crowd. A forty-year-old with
tight braids down her T-shirt, bouncing horse-like
in the light that pushes between moving legs, and
customers who openly defy non-existent tobacco
ordinances too, but no one cares or notices except the
pen-pusher plonked in the corner. Braided lady
adjusts her chest by loosening her shirt from her
pants. Does it matter that some pretentious wanna-be
from the factory is more proud of his security badge
than a Cherokee warrior would be, returning from battle
victorious? Big Ed’s sign says, “no checks, no credit
cards,” hence the Hummer. What matters here is a
respite for the homeless. A five dollar warm up
in January, full of info, like “it’ll be fifteen minutes
before we start lunch, you want to wait?” Yep, he’ll
sit in a comfortable chair, pondering how to spend
street-hustled change for some time before deciding
what to eat. Gentle respect and hard work gain large
nods from the spirits floating in bedecked open rafters.



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Environmental Justice by Hemanatha Withanage, the Executive Director of Sri Lanka’s Center for Environmental Justice/ Friends of the Earth Foundation.

This is important stuff, and shows the massive difference the effects of global warming have. Rich countries cause it, poor countries to suffer from it.  The only problem I have is that for energy justice, Withanage both realizes that the whole world cannot consume at the rate of the United States, but that those who do not have electricity suffer lower standards of living, health risks, and die younger.  I will endeavor to find another piece in which the argument may be that a world cap on daily use per household of electricity be implemented, meaning the USA, for one would have to cut electricity consumption by 80% or so.  Where is the scream to ban automobiles?  Where are the boats raking volunteers to clean the plastic island in the Pacific?  Why aren’t municipalities held accountable when the say they are recycling sorted trash, but dump it anyway? When will we ban ALL products that, in their manufacture, pollute too much.  It’s absurd we still have styrofam.

In Gwangju, South Korea, (ROK) the World Cities Human Rights Forum kicked off a week of human rights workshops, and the marking of the 34th Anniversary of the May 18th, 1980 Uprising that say many killed in what would become the most significant catalyst for direct democratic voting, which began in 1987 in the ROK.

The best of what I attended was a speech by Hemanatha Withanage, the Executive Director of Sri Lanka’s Center for Environmental Justice/ Friends of the Earth Foundation.

He minced no words about how electricity used and generated by wealthy countries effected both the environment of the whole planet, and the exemplifies the gap between the rich and the poor in India, or Africa or Sri Lanka, versus Europe, the United States and the wealthier segments of Asia and the rest of the world.

Here’s what he said:

Energy Justice and Human Rights in Asia
By HEMANTHA WithanageExecutive Director, Center for Environmental Justice/Friends of the Earth, Sri Lanka
Over 300 million Indian citizens have no access to frequent electricity. Of those who did have access to electricity in India, the supply was intermittent and unreliable. However, the electricity sector in India had an installed capacity of 243.02 GW as of March 2014. Meantime the Narmada Valley Development Project the single largest river development scheme in India will displace approximately 1.5 million people from their land.Access to affordable energy is a right of all. It is well known factor that people in developed countries consume more energy than those who live in developing countries. Although I don’t believe that increased energy consumption is necessary for sustainable development, everyone needs to have access to the basic energy needs.
Energy consumption in developed countries is far higher compare to developing countries. For example per capita energy consumption in United States 300.91 GJ, United Arab Emirates 347.40 GJ, South Korea 212.52 GJ, Japan 163.73 GJ. However Sri Lanka is only 20.07 GJ and Bangladesh is only 8.77 GJ. This energy mostly comes from the fossil fuel burning and the contribution of the renewable sources is very little.

Meantime, the said economies mostly have acquired the space with the green house gas emissions from the fossil fuel burning. In such a situation even if the Bangladesh wants to consume the same energy, there is no space since the climate change is already adversely impacting the world.

On the other hand Bangladesh is one of the country facing serious climate impacts. Similarly many small island nations, the poorer nations face more severe climate impacts due to the poor housing, unsuitable locations, etc.

Energy Justice recognizes the inequality that exists in accessing energy resources, associated health

and environmental implications associated with the resource used. This theory is based on the premise that access to energy is more equitably available ensuring that health risks are phased out and replaced with sources that are reliable and sustainable.Energy justice issues may be varying from place to place. For example rural communities in some developed countries are off grid is an energy justice issue. Placement of hazardous equipment, coal or nuclear facilities around local communities is also an issue of energy justice. Time spent collecting biomass materials detracts from other pursuits such as education and livelihood pursuits in developing countries is an energy justice issue too.
Meanwhile, health and environmental issues in both developed and developing countries or impacts on agricultural land are also energy justice issues. Indoor pollution is responsible for 1.6 million deaths per year, which is one life lost every 20 seconds is an energy justice issue too.

Around the world, working class and low-income communities, communities of color and minority races, Indigenous Peoples and workers are the first and most impacted by polluting and exploitative energy industries, including biomass incineration. Non renewable energy production harm the communities, health, economies and the ecosystems we rely upon with a range of destructive and exploitative practices from industrial extraction, production, trade, waste and pollution, including climate-altering pollution and toxic emissions.

Despite the fact that burning coal is the main reason for climate change, world is still building more and more coal power plants. There are over 2300 coal-fired power stations (7000 individual units) worldwide. World coal production in 2011 is approximately 7678 million tons.

Sri Lanka is going to build 4700 MW coal capacity by 2032 when the required capacity is only less than 2000 MW. India is building 4000 MW coal power plant (Tata Mundra) and many other similar facilities. In India alone 551 proposed coal power plants will generate 616,879 MW and releases 3,648,034,879 Metric Tons of 002. In many such places people’s objections on the ground has already subjected to human rights violations.

According to Benjamin K. Sovacool 279 major energy accidents occurred from 1907 to 2007 and they caused 182,156 deaths with $41 billion in property damages. Coal mining accidents resulted in 5,938 immediate deaths in 2005, and 4746 immediate deaths in 2006 in China alone according to the World Wildlife Fund.


Coal mining is the most dangerous occupation in China, the death rate for every 100 tons of coal mined is 100 times that of the death rate in the US and 30 times that achieved in South Africa. Moreover 600,000 Chinese coal miners, as of 2004, were suffering from ‘black lungVCoal worker’s pneumoconiosis, a disease of the lungs caused by long-continued inhalation of coal dust. And the figure increases by 70,000 miners every year in China.1Mae Moh Coal power plant built on Thailand in the 80’s with the support of the Asian Development Bank has resulted more than 600 deaths due to respiratory problems and many more are suffering from lung problems. This is the story around many of the coal power plants in the world.
There is no correct figure about the deaths due to the nuclear power plants. A Greenpeace report puts this figure at 200,000 or more. A Russian publication, Chernobyl, concludes that 985,000 premature cancer deaths occurred worldwide between 1986 and 2004 as a result of radioactive contamination from Chernobyl alone.2

Displacements are also common when setting power plants. Seven people died and many others got wounded when Bangladesh police attached the demonstrators who were opposing to the proposed Asia Energy coal-mine and power plant in Phulbari area. Proposed coal power plant in Sri Lanka in the Sampur area will displace 3500 families.

The contributions of dams to human development cannot be ignored. The more than 45,000 dams around the world helped many communities and countries’ economies in utilizing and harnessing water resources from half of the world’s dammed rivers primarily for food production, energy generation, flood control and other domestic use.

But dams deprived and displaced people. The inundation of land for the reservoir submerged communities (some of these are communities of indigenous people) and altered the riverine ecosystems (upstream and downstream) thus affecting the resources available for land-and-riverine- based productive and economic activities where affected people depend their traditional livelihoods (from agricultural production, fishing, livestock grazing, fuelwood gathering and collection of forest products).

There are about 40-80 million people who have been forcibly evicted or displaced from their homes to

2Alexey V. Yablokov; Vassily B. Nesterenko; Alexey V. Nesterenko (2009). Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment

make way for dams. The impacts of dam-building have been particularly devastating in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Large dams in India and China alone (both in Asian region), could have displaced between 26-58 million people between 1950 and 1990. With the construction of the world’s largest dam, the Three Gorges in China, the level of displacement has increased substantially.3
Energy justice is one of the most important, but least developed concepts in the world. Less attention has been given at the social and equity implications of these dynamic relations between energy and low carbon objectives—the complexity of injustice associated with whole energy systems (from extractive industries, through to consumption and waste) that transcend national boundaries and the social, political-economic and material processes driving the experience of energy injustice and vulnerability.

Most electricity produce by violating the human rights, polluting the environment and basic needs such as water, air and soil finally reach the city population as a clean energy source. Frontline communities and workers—who benefit the least from, contribute the least to, and pay the largest price for the destructive practices of industrialized society—are among those leading the resistance to stop these industrial polluters and are cultivating sustainable community solutions for clean, just and localized economies that will benefit us all. It is believed that frontline communities and workers should play a leadership role in prioritizing and determining transitional strategies toward a community-led clean energy economy.

However, the urban population needs to play a better role for ensuring energy justice. The most important energy choice to make as a nation is how people can reduce own energy consumption to a sustainable level in a just and equitable manner, not which new dirty energy sources should be developed. It is therefore necessary to advocate focusing on energy conservation and efficiency measures, including community and worker-led initiatives that increase public transportation; food localization; zero-waste; and zero-emission, community-controlled energy especially in the cities and for urban population.

City population who believes that there should be no human rights violations when producing energy need to advocate that the energy should be met without harmful and combustion technologies and polluting sources. All energy needs should be approached with conservation and efficiency, with the goal of cutting energy demand as early as possible.

Once prioritize demand reduction, electricity needs should be met only with non-combustion and non­-nuclear technologies, with a focus on appropriate use of wind, solar and ocean power which is freely available in the world. Energy production should be decentralized as much as possible to reduce the need for large-scale transmission, which always creates human rights violation at the construction stage.
Transportation energy needs should be met by transitioning from combustion engines to electric vehicles, after cutting demand and improving conservation & efficiency and adding better use of public transport system.

Promoting peoples’ right to energy for their basic needs, transformation of energy systems (local, national and global) away from dirty and harmful energy, excessive energy consumption and fossil fuel dependence, and making the shift to renewable, clean energy systems under democratic control and management people and communities as quickly as possible is vital for energy justice. In the process and fighting for ambitious, adequate, equitable and fair sharing of global efforts to prevent catastrophic climate change are also important for ensuring no human rights violations in energy sector.

Better energy finance will also be another element for energy justice. Integrating human rights into energy projects shifts the traditional technology focus. This leads to a more flexible approach, with projects responding to different local needs, priorities and contexts. Human rights principles such as participation, non-discrimination and equality, and accountability, provide the basis for energy justice.

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Beauty Realized

Beauty Realized

Aspiring long-trunked Lindens
send leaf seeds spiraling
into Highland Park. The Peace Wave
dances, sings, paints, plays and eats.
A fully trimmed church social
for progressives, pot heads and artists.
Activists all.

Five women in pajamas dance
fertility, entrance patchouli-laden
jaw-dropped gawkers as their
seductive gyrations glaze
the eyes of men and women alike.
Loins slither, mingle, fling
jubilant torsos across the full stage.

Red scarves tie waists together
in a sweet maypole offering
officiated by throngs of soft naturalists.
Star city of the South nurtures
self-made lives, little cash flow
but long on love. One family fills
buckets with magnolia pods: art objects.



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Chilly Day

Chilly Day

Here you are, and here they are: in camouflage on a weekend
furlough, scoping out the wide variety of female talent. From
rank amateur to well-played skeptic, the ladies walk by until the
rest of the local unit falls in to form a posse of seven. Is it a
typical Sinae-day? No. The coffee/pastry shop, usually packed
on Saturday is down to two of us. No one, I mean none of the shop
walkers buys anything. Today’s parade is bagless, an early sign,
like snow-poking crocus, of a springtime of heartbreak. Human
desire keeps us on the same course, even if stripped of buying.
We want to mingle, so here come the expats, some lonely, others
paired up. Another sleepless year is a sure bet. Productivity only
matters if you are producing food. Bunned hair atop mega-hottie
stands, pink rose in hand, waiting a while then moving west,
searching for the idiot who caused her boredom. The brown dog
held by the crazy man, gets away, pees on an astro-turf carpet,
enrages the shop manager, is swept up and flees with its homeless
master. Twitching, greasy-haired, dark-skinned landmark is on the
run again. Maybe he finds a warm place to sleep. Someone did up
his hair in corn rows so it doesn’t get scraggly. Walkers veer away,
he’s seen it for years. They could learn survival from him, but don’t.


(Sinae means downtown in Korean.)


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May Muse

May Muse

When cool rains glistens
When an oboe player listens
When condo dwellers move to land
When women talk, life unplanned
When pink petals move in the wind
When novices are pinned
When the pace retreats to slow
When collected seeds are sewn
When groups form outside the rules
When life is land and farming tools
When electricity is made a better way
When starvation rules the day
When human beings survive this mess
When hard work leads to life undressed…

Then, returned to about three billion
Then allowed to feel cotillions
Then immersed in natural spirit
Then land fills up, while others clear it
Then books again become the way
Then children see a better day
Then, after crashes, wars and oil
Then, when generations boil
Then and only then earth’s saved
Then, with no more highways paved,
Then, when solar and wind power
Then, when nature’s triumphs tower,
Then, unpolluted water, land and air
Then an earth for our heir’s heirs.


I wrote the first eight lines of this from a cellular phone. It’s the first post I ever put up so adamantly, so spontaneously. It wasn’t done though was it?


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Hargraves Blues

Hargraves Blues

No obstacles in the physical realm can stop the
Flow of fix or ruin. One bicyclist, content to move
In limited space, dodges traffic, kicks her stand
And heads in to read. She gets paid to read, not many do.

No life is long enough to support all the relationships
We build: kids to cats, Moms to cleaning, teacher-student,
Boss to worker. One walker strides down Rosemary Street,
Pulls his hat over his ears, holds palms open, seeking change.

No gesture, however insignificant, goes unseen
In a town full of women. Drivers bounce from one plan
To another, running reds. Phone calls, calendar notes and
Breakfast fill seconds between lane changes, defying death.

No effort, regardless of intention, can sew a revolution
Without mass appeal. Two men shrug, walking into shade.
Nothing for them to do but drink and smoke and go to sleep.
The truth is here to see but no one’s looking anymore.

No wind, even from Saskatchewan, can clean us now.
Some loudmouth stumbles in offering to teach, but
None will have it. A rider, bussing there and back for free,
Takes comfort when a man stands to offer her a seat.

No sandwich, ever so scrumptious, lingers past initial taste.
Sun shines on a bouncing orb. Four for four, he’s another
Wizard with his hands. He does not get paid to shoot a ball.
His hand-to-eye skills have no value in this part of the world.



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