With deep background in journalism,
human rights, international affairs, organic farming and food,
interpersonal communication, theatre arts, humanities, and sciences,
Maura Stephens is a generalist who sees the interconnections in . . . everything.
If you get your "news" from mainscream media (including most offerings of
US "public" media), for the most part you're getting corporate spin and "cultural" fluff, not real news. That means your thinking is being
deliberately colonized for the benefit of multinational corporations and
the political operatives who abet them.
Please check out the
independent media sites linked below, and start getting an unfettered
story. Please also visit the linked organizations, which all do remarkable work.
Invasion of the Black Snakes
The peaceful people of Standing Rock Reservation, along with relatives from more than 300 other Native American societies and tens of thousands of white, black, and brown allies, are bringing to public attention the egregious crimes being perpetrated by fossil-fuel corporations in cahoots with captured public officials. Learn more about this prayerful, unarmed resistance and how you can help or become more involved at the Oceti Sakowin Camp website, Sacred Stone camp website, and the independent journalism outlets The Young Turks network and Unicorn Riot, http://www.unicornriot.ninja/.
Similar atrocities against people and planet are happening around the continent and indeed the globe.
In our own region, New York State is being crisscrossed by fossil fuel pipelines and related other infrastructures intended to bring methane ("natural" gas) from Pennsylvania and other fracked regions to foreign markets, where they fetch much higher prices than domestically.
Everyone who lives in New York City, southern NYS, northern New Jersey, Connecticut, or Long Island should be especially worried -- very, very worried -- about the "Algonquin Incremental Markets" Pipeline that's slated to go
109 feet from the Indian Point nuclear power plant. It also happens
to intersect the rail line that carries oil-laden "bomb trains" down the Hudson River. Oh, and it falls within the Ramapo seismic fault line. (Yes, you read all that right).
this region would benefit from cheaper gas. But they might pay the
ultimate price, for the short-term
enrichment of some corporate bigwigs and high-stakes investors . . . and the
politicians in their pockets.
Please learn how this will affect the tens of millions of people and other species who live in this densely populated area. Here's a great comprehensive six-minute video from the Guardian about this. And then please get engaged. It's critical. ==========================================