Saturday Injustice

Deadline Looms For Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters To Vacate Camp

Just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, water protectors set their makeshift and traditional structures ablaze in a final act of prayer and defiance against Energy Transfer Partner’s Dakota Access Pipeline, sending columns of black smoke billowing into the winter sky above the Oceti Sakowin protest camp.

The majority of the few hundred remaining protesters marched out, arm in arm ahead of the North Dakota authorities’ Wednesday eviction deadline. An estimated one hundred others refused the state’s order, choosing to remain in camp and face certain arrest in order to defend land and water promised to the Oceti Sakowin, or Great Sioux Nation, in the long-broken Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851.

On these hallowed grounds, history tends to repeat itself. In 1890, police murdered Sitting Bull on the Standing Rock reservation out of suspicion that he was preparing to lead the Ghost Dance movement in an uprising. Two weeks later the United States Cavalry massacred more than three hundred Lakota at Wounded Knee. Over 126 years later, the characters and details of the stories that animate this landscape have changed, but the Cowboys and Indians remain locked in the same grim dance.

@ TG


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27 Responses to Saturday Injustice

  1. micki says:

    Den makes a point on this…it’s not so black and white (so to speak)…in TNYT:


    Trump Immigration Policies Pose Conflict for Police in ‘Sanctuary Cities’


  2. Den says:

    Hot coffee, bagels, tractors on the TeeVee, life is good.


  3. Den says:

    Meanwhile back at the redneck roundy-round it all goes wrong @ 1:20:


  4. Den says:

    Planned Obsolescence Lesson 1

    My range hood fan was not working, testing showed the motor coil to be open stopping electricity from spinning it.

    Usually small motors of this sort have an internal fuse in the motor coil, locating it by the wire type solid silver where it entered each side of the coil, I peeled back the insulation in that area and found it. Care must be taken in that area due to the very fine motor wire coil being exposed, shallow probing always.

    Once the fuse was removed I noted the size with a magnifier, 2amp, however the motor itself has a data stamp that said it had a 3.3amp draw at startup WTF????

    In theory the fuse would last a while the unit was new but once it had accumulated grease on the fan blades, heavier to spin, making startup draw more and more current blowing the underrated fuse as it did.

    I found a fuse in my car fuse assortment and carefully soldered in the blown ones place, tied down everything, plugged it in and it worked!

    The sweet smell of success beating the junkman.

    Kreepy Kitty Raspberries due to Whirlpool and IKEA.


    • David B. Benson says:

      The original fuse was a slo-blo rated for a 2 amp steady current. I hope you didn’t replace it with one of a higher rating.


      • Den says:

        It blew too soon, slo blo no mo. It doesn’t matter, a short in the motor would blow the fuse an a microsecond difference, who cares, I put in a 7.5A cuz it was all I had on hand and it made the circuit.


        • David B. Benson says:

          I strongly recommend acquiring an exact replacement fuse and wiring that in instead of an oversized one. As it is, you have created a fire hazard. Not seeing the setup I don’t know how significant the hazard is; it depends on the wire size and insulation leading to the motor, along with other factors.

          The engineer who specified the original fuse knew what he was doing. After all, the hood had to have UL certification. Do not try to be wiser. I have 3 degrees in engineering and I do not, ever, try to do that.


        • David B. Benson says:

          It wasn’t the grease. The little induction motor has a surge at startup for maybe a half second as the motor runs up to operating speed. If it cannot speed up quickly enough the fuse blows.

          I suspect that the bearings are giving out. Next time you take it out, to put in the properly sized fuse, check for freely rotating, except of course for the induced resistance of the motor. I doubt you can lubricate the bearings, but hand rotation might clear some of the bearing crud. Luck!


        • Den says:

          The bearings are fine, fan spins easily, there was a heavy accumulation of grease on the fan blades that took two hours of soaking in Dawn to dissolve, 1mm thick, both sides, dead weight. 12ga wires to motor in a metal enclosure, if the motor coil shorts out somehow (unlikely) that little 7.5 amp fuse will blow quickly, no fire hazard.

          I have 1 degree in Electrical Engineering and have been fixing stuff like this since I was a wee lad, I would have used a 3.5 amp fuse if I had one but as I mentioned before the difference between blowing a 3.5 amp fuse and a 7.5 amp fuse is a microsecond, the engineer on this job did not account for fan blade gunk accumulation (weight) when computing the fuse requirement, I would have chosen a 3.5 amp, slo blo to compliment the 3.3 amp startup current draw. IMHO

          I do not mean to challenge your level of education, I just want to fix the thing.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Here is one who should be documented, not deported.


    • Den says:

      Felony, use of a fraudulent SS #

      “He arrested me, and while searching my bag found documents that bore my real name and date of birth but a made-up Social Security number.”.

      This must be accounted for, these people need to made to know that this is not the right thing to do, there has to be consequences, not a free pass, she has 3 ‘anchor babies’, born here over the last 20 years skewing the outcome. In actuality it is her own fault for bringing this down on her family by ‘cheating’ the system in the first place, perhaps a parole program for those with families would work, but running across the border to have babies just so they won’t have to leave here won’t work either. A complicated issue with no simple solutions.

      Street gang thugs need to locked up until they are too old to fight, not deported so they can sneak back in.

      The system needs to be fair but just in it’s application of the law, no cheaters!


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Just 26 minutes to the Old Post Office. No birds, just plastic trash.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Same back for 52 minutes. The College Hill Climb is no challenge anymore but the following Maple Street Extension still gives me pause.

      Day 7: 196+52=248 minutes for the week.


  7. Den says:

    I’m putting that argument to bed, Democracy has spoken in it’s numbers here: 2.5 to 1.

    Hey! How about those crazy Democrats Party Leader election? (attempts subject change)


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Many articles in The Nation are upsetting, but
    Fighting for a Healthy Black Pregnancy
    Dani McClain
    2017 Mar 06
    was especially striking. Turns out being female and Black in the USA is the worst place in the developed world and many places in the developing world. The well established claim is racial prejudice.

    I’m still upset, but after reading that just as happy that my adopted daughter, of mixed race, chose not to have children.


    • Den says:

      One more reason to avoid having children.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Good Lord!


    • º¿carol says:

      Jill and I concur: there are no normal kids born anymore. They all have something wrong with them. Autism, ADHD, or whatever the letters are. I think people are toxic now, from the water, the air, the food supply, the everything. Hence their kids are born with something wrong.

      Having Pete and Jill in 1968 and 1970 was probably the last few years it was safe to breed.


  9. Den says:

    What happens after your Hamster gets into your stash:


  10. º¿carol says:

    Where does the time go? I can’t believe I missed coming here since Thursday. I thought I only missed yesterday.

    The other shoe dropped. After all the nice weather, including last night where we had thunder storms and a tornado watch, it dropped to 23° today. Brrrr. My fingers almost fell off from loading the bird feeders and suet cages.


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