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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Endless war....who is ready to STAND against ENDLESS WAR???

Didn't we get rid of Bush and republicans and elect a democrat AND a Black man so we could have a DIFFERENT life, a DIFFERENT government, an END to wars, occupations, invasions? So Iraqis and Afghans and human beings all over the world - including our beguiled youth - could have a different life, a life free from u.s.ofa. imperialist violence?

Who is ready to stand up and say NO MORE, ENOUGH, BASTA! Why are we so willing to tolerate blatant endless war?

Why did only 10 u.s.ofa. people show up Friday in San Francisco to say NO MORE WAR against a country far away from us, a country that has never attacked us and never will, never lobbed grenades or shot into our borders? When just a few dayz ago not 10 but 10's of THOUSANDS of people stopped their daily lives as usual to stand against another country's bombing of their own neighbor - with weapons we provided both sides with?

We SHOULD be out in the streets protesting Israel's bombing of Gaza - we should. But even 300 million times more, we should be out in the streets holding our OWN government accountable, forcing our OWN government & military to cease fire, making our OWN country stop this ENDLESS WAR once and for all.

But why is it so easy to drop everything and stand so vocally against another country while ignoring our own country? Especially a jewish country or communist country???

Obama is telling us our military will be involved in Iraq for a long time. Really Obama. What do we say? What do we do? Who will refuse to pay the taxes Obama needs to fund war? Who will sit in their congress persons' offices until they represent us in congress? Who will shut down military recruiting stations, block soldiers, barricade military armaments from engaging in not even wars but invasions???

Who will care not only about the 1800 children, men, and women killed in Gaza mostly by U.S. weapons & training, but the 1 MILLION children, women and men murdered and wounded in Iraq by U.S. soldiers, the 5 million displaced human beings who cannot return to their homes, barely existing in refugee camps in and along Iraq borders?

How can we continue our lives as usual, knowing that we are working to pay for these wars, we are living to embrace and even grow a lifestyle that is contingent on war, genocide, slavery and has always been birthed and nourished from endless war.

For who else in the world has attack more than 120 countries in our world (not counting on this land) - maybe our predecessor England, whose bloody footsteps paved the way for our world dominance.

Who is ready to STAND, to extricate our lifestyles from the spoils of wars, and to demand the end to war???

Sunday, May 25, 2014

County Park, Riverside CA

I spent a good part of my day today hiking on trails, startling lizards, bemoaning the trash scaring the beautiful forest, picking up plastic, remembering, remembering, remembering.

Can you find the camouflaged critter in this picture below?

Here's a close-up:

Fuckin marine billboard in PALM SPRINGS!!!

Billboard outside of palm springs: 

Celebrating Hispanic values& those who act upon them….

WTF??? Trying to attract all those Hispanic workers slaving for rich white palm springers....

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tucson and Anti-monsanto March! to be continued

Yeah! I've hooked up with the Anti-monsanto activists in Tucson!!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Organic stocking up in Las Cruces - to be continued

On the road again! to be continued

Sooooooo happy to be on the road again: $245 for parts only, $345; no it's really $370 total because I went to this guy who was great – dealer quoted me $500 just for labor – this guy charged me $100 for labor – I gave him another $25, not because I have it to spare, but because I sooooo appreciated his labor, honesty, expertise.

Bad timing....

My Tucson load-sharer informed me she can't make it to Tucson, therefore she's canceling her spot on the truck.... grrrrrrrrrr - no panicking. I'll figure it out...

Lucking out in El Paso! to be continued

What a way to start the day! to be continued

I call Derrick first thing this morning - he is so supportive and helpful, telling me to look at the rear wheels for brake fluid and to check my brake fluid level - all looks normal.

I decide to drive to the diesel truck place, which I'm so grateful is just a block off the freeway. No one is out and about, on the highway nor at the repair place but it looks like there are several on this little back-alley street.

I inspect the truck again, this time feeling the heat coming of the driver's side tire, I examine the wheel - it is not centered!

I panic and call Mr. Derrick! He tells me I just can't get a break/brake.... ha ha ah - wheel bearings! He tells me not to drive anywhere - thankfully, I'm already at the repair shop.

 I feel suddenly so thankful - I could have had a terrible accident. Now I have to wait for the mechanic to arrive. I'm HOPING they are working today, this Friday before a holiday!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Oh no, no brakes!!!!!

I'm in trouble~!!! Over the sound of my book on tape recording, I heard a sharp whine, like a fan belt squealing, smelled some kind of hot machine oil smell, and suddenly realized I didn't have brakes!!!

It is dark, dry now but lightening in the near distance, hot still. I pull over on the shoulder, pumping my brakes to stop, pulling up the emergency brake at the very end, and try to find out what happened. I see no leaks, no cables dragging underneath the truck.

I decide to go forward, still smelling something but hearing only the engine - which thank the goddesses sounds strong and normal.

I pull off at the next exit, see all the lights off at the roadside businesses and gas stations, only the motel lit up, and decide to try to make it to the rest stop just before El Paso.

I get to the rest stop without hitting anyone or running over the curb and smashing into the bathroom buildings!

I lift my cab by myself - Derrick has passed on the trick of opening the doors and then lifting the cab - 15 years I've had my truck and not one guy has shared this trick with me until Derrick, my fabulous and incredibly competent Atlanta mechanic!

I shine my flashlight over and under the engine but cannot see anything wrong. I decide to wait til morning. As I climb into the camper, the heavens open with big plodding drops of rain, then brilliant lightening and raucous thunder!

The lights go out at the rest stop, which I'm grateful for as the truck stopped right under a way too bright lite.

I go on-line and find a diesel truck repair shop 5 miles away, at the outskirts of El Paso. I'll try to make it there early in the a.m., before any rush hour, so I have less vehicles to wipe out if my brakes fail totally.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ways in which women are becoming just like men:

There used to be a time - in the olden daze as my goddess daughter would say -  when a womon walked into a women’s bathroom, a public bathroom, it was pristine: there was nothing on the floor, no pee on the toilet seat, it was clean.

In fact, you always knew instantly if you stumbled inadvertently into the men’s bathroom cause it was a dirty mess.

Now as womyn strive to be more and more like men, there goes our bathrooms - garbage strewn around, toilet paper unraveled, and pee on the seat as if a man had been there.

To think way back in 1978, my Iowa uncle was soooo worried that women, if liberated, would want to use men's bathrooms. Little did I know I'd have to worry that women wanted to emulate men in our bathrooms.

I HATE peeing after men - and women who wanna be men-like...

Leaving Louisiana and entering Texas

Southern Sunset

Spent a couple of wee morning hours resting at the Texas Welcome Center after fleeing the Shreveport rest stop overlooking the Mississippi River - a rest stop I like to stay at - but an 18 wheeler was idling in the small parking lot, annoying at least but mostly so very bad for our environment.

A young womon from Nevada traveling cross-country hooked up with us, loving the truck and taking lots of pictures, and then caravanned with us to the Welcome Center across state lines. She was an amazon herself, having rode her bike from Texas to San Diego last year!!! She told us about the bicycler sofa-surfing list, where fella bikers open their homes from traveling bicyclists!

Wide open southwest – just sooooo gorgeous, so much brilliant blue sky, individual white fluffy clouds – although it stinks of mega-farmed cow shit and petroleum processing off-gases. Refineries. But other than that, gorgeous.