Saturday Reading


On December 4, 2016, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) denied Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) a permit to drill under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. Despite mainstream media’s portrayal of this denial as a full victory, and despite the fact that many of the 3,000 veterans who had come to stand with Standing Rock for the threatened eviction of the Oceti Sakowin Camp on December 5, 2016, returned home the following day feeling assured by the victory, many Water Protectors regard the day as bittersweet.

Dallas Goldtooth, the Keep it in the Ground organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network — the organization leading the struggle at Standing Rock and working hand in hand with the Sioux Tribe — affirmed that “the decision by the Obama administration not to grant the final easement was a clear demonstration of effective organizing and mass mobilization and the power of the people and it was not an end-all victory.”

The Sioux Tribe and the Water Protectors were asking for a flat-out denial of the permit and a full Environmental Impact Statement, they got neither. Instead, the USACE said that it wouldn’t issue a permit at that time and that it would only carry out a limited impact statement. After the permit was denied pending further investigation, ETP — the company behind the construction of DAPL — did not leave. In fact, the company’s lights still shine brightly on the camp, their equipment is ready to go and according to Kandi Mossett, the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator at the Indigenous Environmental Network, the drill pad site is still a “fortress.”



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22 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. Den says:

    I expect rich boy and his oil buddies will force the pipeline through regardless because they are major assholes that worship their money more than their fellow man.

    I heard the other day some group of rich boys wanted to mine an asteroid, more assholes pillaging Earth and now space too. Maybe they should go to Mars and pillage that too, that is the way assholes operate, loot and pillage, environment and people be damned.


  2. Den says:

    Twitter has removed the ability to post tweets here or anywhere else for that matter.

    More assholes in action.


  3. Den says:

    David Corn a twitter twat?


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  6. Den says:

    It’s official, the crowd today is TWICE what it was for rich boy’s inauguration.


  7. Den says:

    I must be a twat too.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    “May you live in interesting times.”


  9. jimhitchcock says:

    Twats? Twits?

    Youse guys are sufferin’ from too much precipitation, too much water in the ears, fungal infection ­čśë


  10. ┬║┬┐carol says:

    Went to the Women’s March in Lansing today with Pete and Nicholas. Sara and her sister went to the one n D.C. It was WONDERful! I was moved, got choked up a few times…I’m so emotional anymore, and I thoroughly enjoyed being with that great crowd of people. Nothing but smiles, and kindness, my kind of people, no sign of trolls, or Trump followers. A multitude of home made signs, every gripe we have with this country was represented.

    There were porta-johns and someone had put a small sign on one that said, “Full of shit, just like Trump.” ­čÖé

    Pete took a picture of me with a transvestite guy, AWESOME! There were two of them, wanted my picture taken with both of them, but they were in demand, EVERYone wanted their picture taken with them.

    I was on my feet about 2 hours and when we got back to the car, I could hardy lift my right leg to get in. And now I’m sitting in front of my computer for a couple hours and when I stand up, I can’t walk right away. Have to wait until my legs work again. And my feet are angry, they don’t like not being in their shoes with the arches.

    I had to do some cooking when I got home, had to run downstairs to toss the wash around and I was just fine. But sit down for awhile, and HOO boy.

    I told the kids this past summer at the Detroit Zoo that that was my last time going with them. Not long before we were to call it a day I noticed how hard it was getting to walk. Legs didn’t want to move anymore. Today confirmed the zoo, NEVER going there again.


  11. ┬║┬┐carol says:

    Talk about great weather! It was 55┬░ at the Lansing capitol building this afternoon, zero wind, and the high today on our little weather station here at the ranch was 57┬░. Spring thaw going on, don’t walk on the grass. The dirt/mud could suck a shoe off.

    Bob had a great day yesterday. Today, not so much.


  12. Den says:

    Doggie exercise:


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