Sunday, March 8, 2020

Seed Bombs

Seed Bombs

a fun way to help save our future
#solarpunk #solarpunkActionWeek #SolarpunkDIY #SolarpunkDIY

(excuse the messy quick post)

SolarPunk action week is a week for solarpunk activism, direct action, and community building
held on March 8-14 2020.
TheCenter for a Stateless Society (C4SS) is an anarchist think-tank and media center. Its mission is to explain and defend the idea of vibrant social cooperation without aggression, oppression, or centralized authority. They describe SolarPunk Action Week thus:

“A week of independent decentralized and autonomous actions all undertaken with the goal of helping to create a solarpunk society.”

To begin in brief — what is solarpunk? This can be difficult but I like this version I read on a Tublr page:

An optimistic, eco-friendly vision of future Earth (without being blindly utopian) which shows the costs of getting or maintaining that sort of world (usually a severe struggle, hence "punk")

Or from Wikipedia:

Solarpunk is a movement that encourages optimistic envisionings of the future in light of present environmental concerns, such as climate change and pollution, as well as social inequality. Solarpunk encompasses a multitude of media such as literature, art, architecture, fashion, music, and games.”

Solarpunk seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like?” At 65 years of age I have been attempting to envision this future since the late 1960's. So today I proudly say, “I am a SolarPunk.” An ethos which aligns well with my “hippie” roots. In the past I have proclaimed, “The hippies were right!” Now I say as well, “The SolarPunks ARE right!”

For the first day of SolarPunk action week is a week I have chosen a fun action for us as well as for an activity children may love.

Seed Bombs

To begin — in brief — a little history.

Fukuoka Masanobu, 2 February 1913 – 16 August 2008 was a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified land. Fukuoka re-invented and advanced the use of clay seed balls. Clay seed balls were originally an ancient practice in which seeds for the next season's crops are mixed together, sometimes with humus or compost for microbial inoculants, and then are rolled within clay to form into small balls. A modern variation is to include additives such as cotton-fibres or liquefied paper mixed into the clay in order to strengthen it, or liquefied paper mash coated on the outside to further protect the clay ball during sowing by throwing, or in particularly harsh environments.

The term "seed green-aide" was first used by Liz Christy in 1973 when she started the “Green Guerrillas”. The Liz Christy Bowery Houston Garden (LCBH) started in 1973 is the first and oldest community garden in New York City. The first seed green-aides were made from condoms filled with tomato seeds, and fertilizer. They were tossed over fences onto empty lots in New York City in order to make the neighborhoods look better. It was the start of the guerrilla gardening movement. Seed balls are also known as "earth balls" or nendo dango in Japan.

Do you hate those blank vacant lots on the side of road and city streets? Have you wanted to put a flower garden in one of those lots? Well let's get started making our Seed Bombs!

Basically everything needed is — compost, clay and seeds. They say “preferably volcanic pyroclastic red clay.” And seeds can range from flower seed of all sorts — perhaps pollinator specific like milk weed for monarch butterflies. Kitchen herbs, edible flowers, and veggie seed bombs. My preference is pollinator-friendly wildflower bombs!

Michael Franti says, “We can bomb the world to pieces but we can't bomb theworld to peace” But perhaps we can just a little.

The simple formula is the 5-3-1 method. 5 parts clay 3 parts compose 1 part seeds. A little water to the mix then start rolling the balls in your hands. Remember to flatten one side if throwing on to hillsides to prevent rolling. After the seed balls have been formed, they must dry for 24-48 hours before use. For added fun use a slingshot! Seed bombs are the major weapon in this ground attack in this battle to save the planet.

This post could be much longer if I were to talk about drones and other aerial methods being used around the world for reforestation efforts. Methods enjoying great success.

A quick search on the web will result in all this information and more. From articles on Medium — to Twitter and Tublr — to many YouTube videos. Have fun exploring my dear friends.

For now have a thoughtful SolarPunk action week.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Giving Chocolate on Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter

Giving Chocolate on Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter
by Nino Kether

Image from ‟Put your money where your mouth is” Blog > A Guide to Buying Slave FreeChocolate

January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

I love chocolate. But I think the real cost should be addressed. It probably should cost more to have it — given much of the chocolate we get is produced from slavery and/or the money is used for war. These same concerns apply to coffee and diamonds.

Years ago I was going to have Boise'sDream Chocolate make specialty bars for us at the Idaho Peace Coalition as a fund raiser. I decided not to because they didn't know if their chocolate was slave free or conflict free.

According to Stop the Traffick, 1.8 million children are subjected to hard labor and horrible working conditions on West African cocoa farms, which is where 70 percent of the world's chocolate comes from. (STOP THE TRAFFIK was founded in 2006 by Steve Chalke MBE as a campaign coalition which aims to bring an end to human trafficking worldwide. Initially STOP THE TRAFFIK was set up as a two-year campaign to coincide with the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807)

Dream Chocolate's website now states, ‟We are dedicated to making high quality chocolate in a socially responsible way. Dream Chocolate Company has found suppliers who share values in preserving the Earth and taking care of the people who grow and produce this wonderful organic food. The cocoa beans are Rainforest Alliance Certified, to make sure our product is grown responsibly and the workers are treated well and paid fairly.” A Rainforest Alliance Certified farm is one that complies with 10 standards set in place by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). These standards include ecosystem conservation, wildlife protection, and fair treatment and good working conditions for workers.

Some terms to familiarize yourself with:

Stop the Traffick

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is the process established in 2003 to prevent "conflict diamonds" from entering the mainstream rough diamond market by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/56 following recommendations in the Fowler Report. The process was set up "to ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments."

A fair trade certification is a product certification within the market-based movement fairtrade. The most widely used fair trade certification is FLO International's, the International Fairtrade Certification Mark, used in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Fair Trade Certified Mark is the North American equivalent of the International Fairtrade Certification Mark. As of January 2011, there were over 1000 companies certified to the Fairtrade International's_International certification and a further 1000 or so certified to other ethical and fairtrade certification schemes around the world.

Looking for a Fair Trade, organic label or an explanation of why the source is child labor free is the best we can do as consumers when purchasing chocolate. Certification programs can only go so far when it comes to eradicating the worst forms of child labor including slavery.

It takes you and me.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Eris and Harmonia a kether muse

Eris and Harmonia
kether muse©

I saw Eris and Harmonia one day sitting on a bench in Elysium the home of the dead blessed by the gods. They were arguing about me as I sat quietly in witness. The question in contention was in fact had I, when time to die, would be deemed a just and loyal servant of the gods. One nods yea the other nay each unwavering in their pose as I looked on wishing to have a say but of course I had none.

From the side of the field was revealed another goddess was approaching. Tree and flower arched down low curved like a bow as she passed at last she was encroaching. Majestically enthralling. “Time to mute this dispute heard all the way to Hades. I am here because it's clear only I can hush you Ladies.” “This one in question,” she looked at me, “is pitiful quite often.” My demeanor fawned as she went on, “But I'm inclined and have a mind to favor him this time. As for all his life, I am told, he was mostly kind.”

She reached down anointed me with sweet pure ambrosia. Then laid me in her heart flames to burn my mortal chains still hanging as Eris and Harmonia sat silent on the stone and quit their near past wrangling. Alone, amazed as all three faded I rubbed my eyes in wonder. I felt the grass beneath my feet deciding then to wander the Fields of Elysium overcome by the scent of sweet sweet Ambrosia. The restful graves of blessed dead beckoned me to repose. “Not yet.” I said. “For I'm not dead. and wish to smell this rose.” Perhaps tomorrow I will explore the gardens more finding goddesses demure. Sitting there laughing as I'm passing arguing no more.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Kether Muse THIS DAY IN HISTORY October 6th

(primary sources Wikipedia and Google Images plus more)

69 BC – Third Mithridatic War: Forces of the Roman Republic subdue Armenia. The Battle of Tigranocerta was fought on 6 October 69 BC between the forces of the Roman Republic and the army of the Kingdom of Armenia led by King Tigranes the Great. The Roman force was led by Consul Lucius Licinius Lucullus, and Tigranes was defeated.
“... Despite the heavy losses Tigranes suffered, the battle did not end the war. In retreating northwards, Tigranes and Mithridates were able to elude Lucullus' forces, though losing again against the Romans during the battle of Artashat. In 68, Lucullus' forces began to mutiny, longing to return home, and he withdrew them from Armenia the following year... ...The battle is highlighted by many historians specifically because Lucullus overcame the numerical odds facing his army. The Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli remarked upon the battle in his book, The Art of War, where he critiqued Tigranes' heavy reliance on his cavalry over his infantry...”
This reminds me of The success of nonviolent civil resistance: Erica Chenoweth at TEDx Boulder how small groups can overcome larger forses.
AD 23 – Rebels decapitate Wang Mang two days after his capital was sacked during a peasant rebellion.
1539 – Spain's DeSoto expedition takes over the Apalachee capital of Anhaica for their winter quarters. Anhaica (also known as Iviahica, Yniahico, and pueblo of Apalache) was the principal town of the Apalachee people, located in what is now Tallahassee, Florida. In the early period of Spanish colonization, it was the capital of the Apalachee Province. The site, now known as Martin Archaeological Site, was rediscovered in 1988.
1600 – Euridice, the earliest surviving opera, receives its première performance, beginning the Baroque period.
1683 – Immigrant families found Germantown, Pennsylvania in the first major immigration of German people to America. Germantown has played a significant role in American history; it was the birthplace of the American antislaverymovement, the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the temporary residence of George Washington, the location of the first bank of the United States, and the residence of many notable politicians, scholars, artists, and social activists. The 1688 Germantown Quaker PetitionAgainstSlavery was the first protest against African-American slavery made by a religious body in the English colonies.
1789 – French Revolution: King Louis XVI is forced to change his residence from Versailles to the Tuileries Palace.
1849 – The execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad after the Hungarian war of independence. The Thirteen Martyrs of Arad were the thirteen Hungarian rebel generals who were executed by the Austrian Empire on 6 October 1849 in the city of Arad, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary (now in Romania), after the Hungarian Revolution (1848–1849). The execution was ordered by the Austrian general Julius Jacob von Haynau. Hungarians have come to regard the thirteen rebel generals as martyrs for defending the cause of freedom and independence for their people. Not all the generals were ethnic Hungarians, but they fought for the cause of an independent and — for its age — liberal Hungary. In this regard Baron Gyula Ottrubay Hruby who was also executed in Arad, was actually Czech, and spoke in German. The anniversary of their execution is remembered on October 6 as a day of mourning for Hungary.
1884 – The Naval War College of the United States is founded in Rhode Island.
1898 – Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the largest American music fraternity, is founded at the New England Conservatory of Music. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) (ΦΜΑ) is an American collegiate social fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America." Phi Mu Alpha has initiated more than 260,000 members, known as Sinfonians, and the fraternity currently has over 7,000 active collegiate members in 249 collegiate chapters throughout the United States.
1903 – The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
1908 – The Bosnian crisis erupts when Austria-Hungary formally annexes Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1923 – The Turkish National Movement enters Constantinople. The Turkish National Movement (Turkish: Türk Ulusal Hareketi) encompasses the political and military activities of the Turkish revolutionaries that resulted in the creation and shaping of the modern Republic of Turkey, as a consequence of the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I and the subsequent occupation of Constantinople and partitioning of the Ottoman Empire by the Allies under the terms of the Armistice of Mudros.
1927 – Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent "talkie" movie. The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical drama film directed by Alan Crosland. It is the first feature-length motion picture with not only a synchronized recorded music score but also lip-synchronous singing and speech in several isolated sequences. Its release heralded the commercial ascendance of sound films and ended the silent film era. 1927: The Jazz Singer - How The Movies Learnt To Talk.
1943 – World War II: Thirteen civilians are burnt alive by a paramilitary group in Crete.
1973 – Egypt and Syria launch coordinated attacks against Israel, beginning the Yom Kippur War.
1976 – Cubana de Aviación Flight 455 is destroyed by two bombs, placed on board by an anti-Castro militant group.
1976 – Premier Hua Guofeng arrests the Gang of Four, ending the Cultural Revolution in China. The Gang of Four was a political faction composed of four Chinese Communist Party officials. They came to prominence during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and were later charged with a series of treasonous crimes.
1976 – Dozens are killed by the Thai army in the Thammasat University massacre. The Thammasat University massacre (in Thailand known simply as the 6 October event, Thai: เหตุการณ์ 6 ตุลา RTGS: het kan hok tula) was an attack by Thai state forces and far-right paramilitaries on student protesters on the campus of Thammasat University and the adjacent Sanam Luang Square in Bangkok, Thailand, on 6 October 1976. Prior to the massacre, four to five thousand students from various universities had demonstrated for more than a week against the return of former military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn to Thailand from Singapore.
A day before the massacre, the Thai press reported on a play staged by student protesters the previous day, which allegedly featured the mock hanging of then Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. In response to this rumored outrage, military and police, as well as paramilitary forces surrounded the university. Just before dawn on 6 October, the attack on the student protesters began and continued until noon. To this day, the number of casualties remains in dispute between the Thai government and survivors of the massacre. According to the government, 46 died in the killings, with 167 wounded and 3,000 arrested. Many survivors claim that the death toll was well over 100.
1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House. He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 and canonised 483 people, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries.
1981 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is murdered by Islamic extremists.
1985 – Police constable Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm suburb of London. The riot broke out after a local black woman died of heart failure during a police search of her home, and took place against a backdrop of unrest in several English cities and a breakdown of relations between the police and some black people.
On Saturday, 5 October 1985, a week after the Brixton riot, police arrested Floyd Jarrett, a 24-year-old black man from Tottenham, on suspicion of being in a stolen car. It was a suspicion that turned out to be groundless, but a decision was made several hours later to search the home of his mother, Cynthia Jarrett, for stolen goods. In the course of the search she collapsed and died of heart failure.
The 1981 Brixton riot, or Brixton uprising, was a confrontation between the Metropolitan Police and protesters in Brixton, South London, England, between 10 and 12 April 1981. The main riot on 11 April, dubbed "Bloody Saturday" by Time magazine, resulted in almost 280 injuries to police and 45 injuries to members of the public; over a hundred vehicles were burned, including 56 police vehicles; almost 150 buildings were damaged, with thirty burned. There were 82 arrests. Reports suggested that up to 5,000 people were involved.
1987 – Fiji becomes a republic.
1995 – The first planet orbiting another sun, 51 Pegasi b, is discovered.
2007 – Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth. Expedition  360 is the name of a successful attempt by Briton Jason Lewis to be the first person to circumnavigate the globe using only human power – no motors or sails. Jason Lewis FRSGS (born 13 September 1967) is an English award-winning author, explorer and sustainability campaigner credited with being the first person to circumnavigate the globe by human power. He is also the first person to cross North America on inline skates (1996), and the first to cross the Pacific Ocean by pedal power (2000). Together with Stevie Smith, Lewis completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power (1995).
2010 – Instagram, a mainstream photo-sharing application, is founded. Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 exclusively on iOS.

1510 – Rowland Taylor, English priest and martyr (d. 1555) Rowland Taylor (sometimes spelled "Tayler") (6 October 1510 – 9 February 1555) was an English Protestant martyr during the Marian Persecutions.... Protestants were executed under heresy laws during persecutions against Protestant religious reformers for their religious denomination during the reigns of Henry VIII (1509–1547) and Mary I of England (1553–1558). Radical Christians also were executed, though in much smaller numbers, during the reigns of Edward VI (1547–1553), Elizabeth I (during whose reign, 1558–1603, some Roman Catholics also were executed, charged with treason), and James I (1603–1625). The excesses of this period were recorded in Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Protestants in England and Wales were executed under legislation that punished anyone judged guilty of heresy against Catholicism. Although the standard penalty for those convicted of treason in England at the time was execution by being hanged, drawn and quartered, this legislation adopted the punishment of burning the condemned. At least 300 people were recognised as burned over the five years of Mary I's reign by contemporary sources.
1565 – Marie de Gournay, French writer (d. 1645)Marie de Gournay; 6 October 1565, Paris – 13 July 1645) was a French writer, who wrote a novel and a number of other literary compositions, including The Equality of Men and Women, 1622) and The Ladies' Grievance (Grief des dames, 1626). She insisted that women should be educated. Gournay was also an editor and commentator of Michel de Montaigne. After Montaigne's death, Gournay edited and published his Essays.
1591 Settimia Caccini (6 October 1591 – ca. 1638, Italy) was a well-known Italian singer and composer during the 1600s being one of the first women to have a successful career in music.
1826 Géraud de Cordemoy (6 October 1626 in Paris – 15 October 1684 in Paris) was a French philosopher, historian and lawyer. He is mainly known for his works in metaphysics and for his theory of language. Also one of the founders of what is called "occasionalism". Occasionalism is a philosophical theory about causation which says that created substances cannot be efficient causes of events. Instead, all events are taken to be caused directly by God. (A related theory, which has been called "occasional causation", also denies a link of efficient causation between mundane events, but may differ as to the identity of the true cause that replaces them. The theory states that the illusion of efficient causation between mundane events arises out of God's causing of one event after another. However, there is no necessary connection between the two: it is not that the first event causes God to cause the second event: rather, God first causes one and then causes the other.
1729 – Sarah Crosby, English preacher, the first female Methodist preacher (d. 1804)
1773 John MacCulloch FRS (6 October 1773 – 21 August 1835) was a Scottish geologist. He was the first geologist to be employed by the government in Britain and is best known for his pioneering texts on geology and for producing the first geological maps of Scotland. He introduced the word "malaria" into the English language... ...He also studied marsh fevers or miasmas and introduced the word "malaria" into English in 1827 and examined its distribution from a topographical perspective.
1846 – George Westinghouse, American engineer and businessman, founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (d. 1914)
1887 – Le Corbusier, Swiss-French architect and painter, designed the Philips Pavilion and Saint-Pierre, Firminy (d. 1965)
1900 Vivion Mercer Lenon Brewer (October 6, 1900 - June 18, 1991)[1] was an American desegregationist, most notable for being a founding member of the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (WEC) in 1958 during the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The women spoke out in favor of a special election to remove segregationists from the Little Rock school board.
1903 Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton (6 October 1903 – 25 June 1995) was an Irish physicist and Nobel laureate for his work with John Cockcroft with "atom-smashing" experiments done at Cambridge University in the early 1930s, and so became the first person in history to split the atom.
1908 Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters; October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s.
Lombard's career was cut short when she died at the age of 33 on board TWA Flight 3 on Mount Potosi, Nevada, while returning from a war bond tour. Today, she is remembered as one of the definitive actresses of the screwball comedy genre and American comedy, and ranks among the American Film Institute's greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema.
1910 – Barbara Castle, English journalist and politician, First Secretary of State (d. 2002)
Meret (or Méret) Elisabeth Oppenheim (6 October 1913 – 15 November 1985) was a German-born Swiss Surrealist artist and photographer. Oppenheim was a member of the Surrealist movement along with André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, and other writers and visual artists. Besides creating art objects, Oppenheim also famously appeared as a model for photographs by Man Ray, most notably a series of nude shots of her interacting with a printing press.
Meret Oppenheim was born on October the 6th, 1913 in Berlin. Oppenheim was named after Meretlein, a wild child who lives in the woods, from the novel Green Henry by Gottfried Keller
Above Image: Meret Elisabeth Oppenheim Self-portrait, skull and ornament, 1964.
1914 Thor Heyerdahl October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002) was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between separate cultures.
The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Inca god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name. Kon-Tiki is also the name of Heyerdahl's book, the Academy Award-winning documentary film chronicling his adventures, and the 2012 dramatized feature film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
1914 Joan Maud Littlewood (6 October 1914 – 20 September 2002) was an English theatre director who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and is best known for her work in developing the Theatre Workshop. She has been called "The Mother of Modern Theatre". Her production of Oh, What a Lovely War! in 1963 was one of her most influential pieces.
1915 Carolyn Elizabeth Goodman (née Drucker; October 6, 1915 – August 17, 2007) was a clinical psychologist who became a prominent civil rights advocate after her son, Andrew Goodman and two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi, in 1964.
Politically active until age 90, Goodman came to wide public attention again in 2005. Traveling to Philadelphia, Mississippi, she testified at the murder trial of Edgar Ray Killen, a former Klan leader recently indicted in the case. On June 21, 2005, the 41st anniversary of the killings, a jury acquitted Killen of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner. Spartacus Educational Publishers Ltd. on Andrew Goodman.
1917 Fannie Lou Hamer; October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was an American voting and women's rights activist, community organizer, and a leader in the civil rights movement. She was the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Hamer also organized Mississippi's Freedom Summer along with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was also a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, an organization created to recruit, train, and support women of all races who wish to seek election to government office.
1921 Joseph Echols Lowery (born October 6, 1921) is an American minister in the United Methodist Church and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He later became the third president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, after Martin Luther King Jr. and his immediate successor, Ralph Abernathy, and participated in most of the major activities of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s
1934 Marshall Rosenberg (October 6, 1934 – February 7, 2015) was an American psychologist, mediator, author and teacher. Starting in the early 1960s he developed Nonviolent Communication, a process for supporting partnership and resolving conflict within people, in relationships, and in society. He worked worldwide as a peacemaker and in 1984 founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication an international non-profit organization for which he served as Director of Educational Services. According to Little, Rosenberg's early work with children with learning disabilities shows his interest in psycholinguistics and the power of language, as well as his emphasis on collaboration. In its initial development, the NVC model re-structured the pupil-teacher relationship to give students greater responsibility for, and decision-making related to, their own learning. The model has evolved over the years to incorporate institutional power relationships (i.e., police-citizen, boss-employee) and informal ones (i.e. man-woman, rich-poor, adult-youth, parent-child). The ultimate aim is to develop societal relationships based on a restorative, "partnership" paradigm and mutual respect, rather than a retributive, fear-based, "domination" paradigm. Little also says Rosenberg identified Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration for the NVC model, and that Rosenberg's goal was to develop a practical process for interaction rooted in the philosophy of Ahimsa, which Little translates as "the overflowing love that arises when all ill-will, anger, and hate have subsided from the heart.
1936 Julius LeVonne Chambers (October 6, 1936 – August 2, 2013) was an American lawyer, civil rights leader and educator. Chambers grew up during the Jim Crow era in rural Montgomery County, North Carolina. As a child, Chambers saw first hand the effects of discrimination when his father's auto repair business became a target of racial injustice in 1948.
1941 – Paul Popham, (October 6, 1941 – May 7, 1987) was an American gay rights activist who was a founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis and served as its president from 1981 until 1985. He also helped found and was chairman of the AIDS Action Council, a lobbying organization in Washington. He was the basis for the character of Bruce Niles in Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, which was one of the first plays to address the HIV/AIDS crisis.
1946 Millicent Dolly May Small, CD (born 6 October 1946), is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, best known for her 1964 recording of "My Boy Lollipop." >>video<<;
1948 Gerard Adams (Irish: Gearóid Mac Ádhaimh; born 6 October 1948) is an Irish republican politician who was the Leader of the SinnFéin political party between 13 November 1983 and 10 February 2018, and has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for Louth since the 2011 general election. From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Member of Parliament (MP) of the British Parliament for the Belfast West constituency.
1948 Glenn Branca (October 6, 1948 – May 13, 2018) was an American avant-garde composer and guitarist known for his use of volume, alternative guitar tunings, repetition, droning, and the harmonic series. Branca received a 2009 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. ; video;
Above The Original Super Soaker 30  was rereleased in 1991.

1949 Lonnie George Johnson (born October 6, 1949) is an American inventor and engineer who holds more than 120 patents. He is the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, which has been among the world's bestselling toys every year since its release....As a child, Johnson was very innovative and curious, some of this curiosity coming at the expense of his family's possessions. He reverse engineered his sister's doll to understand how the eyes closed. He also almost burned down his own house while making rocket fuel. In addition, he built his own go-cart out of a lawnmower engine and attached to scraps he found in the junkyard to it....When he finished, he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Nuclear Engineering from Tuskegee University....
1950 Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is an American scientist and author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards. His novel The Postman was adapted as a feature film and starred Kevin Costner in 1997(trailer). Brin's nonfiction book The TransparentSociety won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association and the McGannon Communication Award. (his predictions seem spot on)
1951 Kevin Patrick Cronin (born October 6, 1951) is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and occasional pianist for the American rock band, REO Speedwagon. REO Speedwagon had several hits on the Billboard Hot 100 throughout the 1980s, including two chart-toppers written by Cronin: "Keep on Loving You" (1981) and "Can't Fight This Feeling" (1985). >>video<<
1954 David Kent Hidalgo (born October 6, 1954, in Los Angeles is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums and guitar as a session musician on other artists' releases. >>video<<
1956 Kathleen Webb (born October 6, 1956) is an American comic book writer and artist and one of the first female writers for Archie Comics.
1966 Thomas Eugene Stinson (born October 6, 1966) is an American rock musician. He came to prominence in the 1980s as the bass guitarist for The Replacements, one of the definitive American alternative rock groups. After their breakup in 1991, Stinson formed Bash & Pop, acting as lead vocalist, guitarist and frontman. In the mid-1990s he was the singer and bassist for the rock band Perfect, and eventually joined the hard rock band Guns N' Roses in 1998.
1986 Meg Myers (born October 6, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Originally from Tennessee, Myers moved to Los Angeles to pursue music and met Doctor Rosen Rosen, who signed her to his production company. In 2012, Myers released her first EP, Daughter in the Choir. Later that year, she signed to Atlantic Records, with which she released the Make a Shadow EP (2014) and her debut album, Sorry (2015). She later departed Atlantic for 300 Entertainment and released Take Me to the Disco, her second album, in 2018. oh my! >>video<<
World Space Week is an annual holiday observed from 4 to 10 October in various parts of the world, including Europe and Asia. World Space Week is officially defined as "an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition".
German American Day

I have been doing this history on Facebook for a while. Thought I would try this format.
The links below I used with Facebook and will add them here as I get more used to the process:

Activist of the Day Happy Birthday, Born This Day:
Birthday Spotlight, Born This Day:
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My Featured Artist of the Day...
Noted Biography of the Day. Born This Day:
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Got War?

Recently I wrote a post on Facebook asking the question “Got War?” with the following text.

...“When one man dies, it’s a tragedy. When thousands die, it’s statistics.” - Joseph Stalin
Image from The Nuremberg Pharma Tribunal where the Nazis manufactured the Zyklon B gas used to commit genocide against millions of European Jews in the Holocaust....

Facebook blocked the image and told Facebookers they could choose to look at the image but it was graphic. Which it most certainly was/is. In a sense this illustrates my intent perfectly. (See attached image.)

Most American have no idea what war means. Veterans and certain refugees do. The images are burned into the PTSD soaked minds along with the sounds of guns, planes, exploding bombs and screams of terror.

I wish for people to think about and consider what war means. Who suffers in these wars? Ask someone from Iraq, Syria or Yemen.

No one remains who remembers WW1 or WW2. We can get a sense of it in War Poetry from Homer's Iliad to victims and soldiers of the day. Seems so crass to use the beauty of the language of poetry to describe the pain and gore of war. Cathartic for the composers and instructive for the rest of us.

At this moment John “Bom'em” Bolton, Mike Pompeo and President Trump are rattling swords (or penises??) at Tehran. (Bolton and Dick Cheney are fighting their erections). Analysts tell us that if you thought the war in Iraq was/is horrific, a war with Iran will knock your socks off. Will Israel strike Iran with its (undeclared) nuclear weapons?

How many U.S. Allies will join the fight and how many of Iran's will? How many of you “love the smell of napalm in the morning”?

From the Smithsonian:

The Horrors Of War -Gettysburg
Confederate soldier killed by a shell at the battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.

Caroline Hancock was 23 when she served as a nurse after the Battle of Gettysburg, in 1863. She found the smell of the decaying bodies so strong that “she viewed it as an oppressive, malignant force, capable of killing the wounded men who were forced to lie amid the corpses until the medical corps could reach them.” A sickening, overpowering, awful stench announced the presence of the unburied dead upon which the July sun was mercilessly shining and at every step the air grew heavier and fouler until it seemed to possess a palpable horrible density that could be seen and felt and cut with a knife …

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” - Douglas MacArthur

Work for Peace – End Wars

Friday, April 26, 2019

Kether Muse Book of Days

Hello. Been a while.

One of my projects:

I have been working on a coffee table book for a long time. I seek people I find interesting on their birthday via Google days, add to that day in the book, write a simple bio, then add quotes from them and/or significant acts they have done.