Mischief Monday


In the face of climate change, some activists are willing to go to prison if it means disrupting the political system.

On Wednesday, a jury in Skagit County, Wash., failed to convict Ken Ward, the first protester to be tried for a shutting off a pipeline, after days of being presented with evidence of climate change and arguments that Ward’s disruptive action was necessary.

“I spent 30-some-odd years following only legal approaches,” Ward told Reuters. “It’s only been in recent years that the scale of the problem and lack of a political solution leaves no choice but direct action.”

Breaking in at a Trans Mountain pipeline facility in 2016, Ward activated an emergency shut-off valve, temporarily stymieing the import of Canadian tar sands oil to Washington state. He acted alongside five #ShutItDown valve-turners (now awaiting trial) and three videographers (two of whom no longer face charges) who targeted pipelines in several states on Oct. 11 in solidarity with protesters at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Now the activists are being taken to court over their nonviolent actions, which they believe were necessary in the face of acute threats to the climate from the use of carbon-rich fossil fuels.



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17 Responses to Mischief Monday

  1. Den says:

    We don’t need any more stinking oil!


  2. Den says:

    Sean Sphincter doesn’t like SNL’s skit which is a hoot.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Even John Yoo thinks The Donald has gone too far; TNYT.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Missed the giant fireball, but even if I were still going out for my evening walks, I wouldn’t have been out at 2:30 a.m. It appeared around that time, two-something.

    I have my new keyboard hooked up. Wrote the date down so I can see how long it takes for my fingers to melt the letters off the keys. Bob googled that once, I have acid fingers, or something. Bob’s keyboard has never worn off, I’ve worn out 3 of them.

    Nice day today, lots of sun. We rarely see the sun. Cloudy and gloomy all winter. All my solar lights are very happy right now.


  5. º¿carol says:

    I set the DVR to record a 3 part series on PBS about our busy skies. It will be interesting to see what goes on to keep all the airliners in the sky, flying all over the world. Seems like a nightmare to me. We watched the movie, “Sully,” and watching the guys in the control tower with their radar screens and knowledge of what they’re seeing, what they have to do, what they have to say to the pilot. I can’t imagine having that kind of important job.


  6. Den says:

    Raining buckets here, hope the terror tree stays put.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Mailman late again. Just came and went.


  8. Den says:

    The Media has become SATURATED with rich boy news, ya gotta really dig to find a story that does not have his drippings on it, story after story, ugh, I have to turn away, watching classic car auctions on the DVR is my preferred input, besides beer of course, no sniping and backbiting there either.

    Now the buckets have been upgraded to cats N dogs.


  9. Den says:

    Oh that’s what a Bidet is for:


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