U.S. considering rerouting N Dakota Pipeline


Obama says U.S. mulling alternate routes for N. Dakota pipeline

By Valerie Volcovici | WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama said the U.S. government is examining ways to reroute an oil pipeline in North Dakota as it addresses concerns raised by Native American tribes protesting against its construction.

Obama’s comments late on Tuesday to online news site Now This were his first to directly address the escalating clashes between local authorities and protesters over Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline project.

“My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans. And I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline,” Obama said in the video interview.

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On Wednesday, protesters on the banks of the Cantapeta Creek confronted law enforcement, as they attempted to build a wooden pedestrian bridge across the creek to gain access to the Cannon Ball Ranch, private land owned by ETP, according to a statement from Morton County officials.

The U.S. Justice and Interior Departments along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halted construction on part of the pipeline in September due to protests by Native American tribes who contend the pipeline would disturb sacred land and pollute waterways supplying nearby homes. The affected area includes land under Lake Oahe, a large and culturally important reservoir on the Missouri River where the line was supposed to cross.

Construction is continuing on sections of the pipeline away from the Missouri River, one of the owners of the pipeline and a U.S. refiner Phillips 66 said.

The 1,172-mile (1,885-km) pipeline, being built by a group of companies led by Energy Transfer Partners, would offer the fastest and most direct route to bring Bakken shale oil from North Dakota to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.

North Dakota officials are girding for a long fight. The state’s emergency commission on Tuesday approved another $4 million loan to support law enforcement during the protests.

David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, in a Wednesday statement lauded Obama’s comments and called on the administration and the Army Corp of Engineers to issue a stop-work order on the pipeline on federal land. He also called for a full environmental impact study.

“The nation and the world are watching,” he said. “The injustices done to Native people in North Dakota and throughout the country must be addressed. We believe President Obama and his Administration will do the right thing.”

LETTING THE SITUATION PLAY OUT

Obama said government agencies will let the situation “play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of First Americans.”

Morton County Commission Chairman Cody Schulz, in response to Obama’s statement regarding the pipeline, said that letting the situation play out “affords the opportunity to the out-of-state militant faction of this protest to keep escalating their violent activities.”

The Now This video, however, suggests that Obama was talking about the review process, not the protests. The president later in the interview says that he wants to make sure that both protesters and law enforcement are “refraining from situations that might result in people being hurt.”

The fight against the pipeline has drawn international attention and growing celebrity support amid confrontations between riot police and protesters. More than 140 people were arrested when a protest was broken up by law enforcement nearly a week ago.

Some have said an alternative pipeline route could be a way to get over the impasse.

In North Dakota, gubernatorial candidate Marvin Nelson, a Democratic state representative, said in an interview with Reuters last week that moving the route 10 miles north could make a difference.

“It would take some time to do that, but it seems to me to be a much safer route and it wouldn’t need to cross culturally sensitive land,” he said.

Environmental group 350.org urged Obama to reject the federal permit for the entire project.

“There’s no reroute that doesn’t involve the same risks to water and climate,” said Sara Shor, a campaign manager for 350.org.

“President Obama breaking the silence on Dakota Access is a testament to the powerful resistance of Indigenous leaders, but he shouldn’t sit back while people are facing violent repression from militarized law enforcement on the ground.”

This is an improvement. President Obama needs to stop big corporations from building the pipeline at all. It puts the environment at risk. Yesterday we saw an explosion of the pipeline in Alabama. Stop the pipeline! Save American land. Save our environment! Stand with the Native Peoples who are courageously protesting the immoral stealing of their sacred land. Write to President Obama and tell him what you think. America for our Native People.

Namaste,

Barbara

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We Outsource and Abuses Happen


On the morning of April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza Industrial building in Savar, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring 2,500—mostly women garment workers. Eighteen year old Reba Sikder was one of the survivors, trapped for two days with a broken ankle before she managed to crawl out. This, I think, shows major courage and moxy.

 

She had been working in a garment industry since she was 14 years old, earning about $103 a month. She worked fourteen hours a day, six or seven days a week. Rana has testified in front of the United States House of Representatives.

 

Bangladesh has suffered a horrifying toll of deaths and injuries. They have a $20 billion export garment business. In February, protests sprang up around the world. These protests put unprecedented pressure on Western companies to improve unsafe and exploitative working conditions. They have also been pressured to clean -up supply chains after years of evasions and neglect.

 

President Obama spoke about the world’s second-largest garment exporter. Despite President Obama taking a stand, the U. S.  has its own explaining to do. Six months before the tragedy in Savar another Bangladesh garment factory was destroyed by fire. One hundred and twelve people died in this fire. Found in smoldering heaps of fabric were clothes bearing the logo of the United States Marine Corp. The United States government has contributed to abuses in Bangladesh.

 

In their drive to create a high-volume, low-cost business model, the exchanges have likewise followed in the footsteps of big department stores by farming out much of their production overseas. Together, the exchanges acquire 90% of their clothing from factories abroad, translating to $1.5 billion in apparel and footwear sales annually. Most of this now comes from Bangladesh. Bangladesh until recently had the lowest minimum wage of $38 a month. They have set up export-processing zones have brought millions of women into the formal workforce. Today, nine  out of ten garment workers there are women. Early in the last century, we had a similiar problem in the garment districts. Women and children worked very long days for very little money. Unions and child labor laws were the end of abusive treatment here in America’s factories.

 

Today, overseas, there is gender-based violence and worker safety is neglected. At times, women are forced to perform sexual acts to keep their jobs. Those who complain, face dangerous conditions and retribution. The clothing labels may as well read, ” made with violence against women.”

 

If overseas women workers are to gain real security, policymakers in Washington must confront the systemic abuses in Bangladesh and come out force-fully against them, in spite of the moneyed retail lobbyists working to white-wash the industry. Reba Sikder told congress members that workers are losing their limbs, their feet and their hands. Families have lost sons and daughters. She asked them to “think about their pain and how they are forced to live.”   Namaste

 

 

 

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HIs Day is Done


Today’s Memorial Service was so amazing and historic. It was amazing to see all of that love and peace being released into the world like this. It strikes me that Mr. Mandela would have been so amazed and probably is amazed and so very pleased. There are so many sources of negativity/ evil constantly being added to the energy of the world.  We all, here at WorldPress add positive energy to the world on a daily basis. I have been to Peace Convocations where there were speeches, drumming, dancing, loving and white doves were freed and it was so wonderful. But today, once again due to Nelson Mandela we have put so much positive energy into the world. My heart constricts with joy. The words, the music will always remain for the glory of forgiveness, peace, reconciliation and freedom. All this day, this ordinary Tuesday here on our planet, has become part of the legacy of Nelson Mandela. I envision the angels singing while the four hour service  was being conducted.

Mandela and Clinton on a visit to America.

Mandela and Clinton on

 a visit to America.

Mr. Mandela has shown us that” it always looks impossible until it is done.”    —President Barak Obama giving his speech at Memorial Service

I saw a gesture of unity and reconciliation today with an unplanned act. When President Obama walked over and shook hands with Castro, it was as if the spirit of Nelson Mandela stood next to them smiling in approval. It was just a handshake but it was an unselfish act that might be the beginning of reconciliation and understanding. It might not, but it is a crack in the wall of anger and hatred between our two countries.

If we are walking on the journey of freedom to peace, each small step is a positive action towards peace. It can get discouraging wanting peace, forgiveness, and love in our World. A world that houses all of us…sentient beings. There is no other way we and the planet will survive.

                     Mr. Nelson Mandela’s legacy will last into eternity

The four hour Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela

The four hour Memorial Service for
Nelson Mandela Rest in peace. You have changed the world.

Nelson Mandela is now a historical legend.  His words while inspire generations of Human Beings.

Nelson Mandela is now a legend                                                                                                                                               Generations of Human Beings will know that this great man walked his talk, and wanted peace and freedom for South Africa. He was willing to give up his life for the ideals of freedom and peace. Even the twenty seven years he lived in prison and he forgave them. May we always remember how important forgiveness is in our lives.

Are we really suffering with Obama as President


The House of Representives and their actions

Obama is a truthful man of character

Obama is a truthful man of character

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       Republicans wanted to increase interest  rates

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          Solar energy is cheaper, but won’t make oil companies as much money

46 million Americans without food beginning tomorrow

Obama is trying to prevent mass shootings.

Obama is trying to prevent mass shootings.

Justice and long prison sentences for the people who buy and sell people.

Justice and long prison sentences for the people who buy and sell people.

Praying hands that mean so much to God

Black and white are all equal human beings

We need to take care of our environment. GOP keeps voting in favor of big oil companies and against the environment.

We need to take care of our environment. GOP keeps voting in favor of big oil companies and against the environment.

This is your opportunity to stop this subjection and ownership of the female gender

This is your opportunity to stop this subjection and ownership of the female gender

world peace

   We must work with all countries to promote peace

Due to the game of politics, many of the issues you see here are being ignored or fought by Republicans.  This isn’t even all of them. We need to be a progressive nation. The Founding Fathers did not found the United States of America by being conservative. The conservatives were the Tories. These were men of vision and dreams. They stood up and decided that we didn’t need to be a colony and that we needed to be our own country. Wow. What bravery and courage to even come up with a plan of strategy. Yet they were progressive and working to design a progressive government.

Not everyone agreed. And out of the heated discussions some were named traitors. If you wanted to remain under the king, you felt that others were traitors So if you are descended from colonists who came over on the Mayflower, you might have the blood of traitors in your families. Those traitors were men of vision and saw a very different future.

We are in a similar situation now. The Republicans are mired in mud over their heads. The Republicans are fighting Obama, why? Because they are racists?  Why do they want to have control over women’s health and bodies? They cut monies for food for the poor. Why? I believe that many people of wealth look down on poor people. They think they are lazy, and have what they deserved. Oh, but what about the fact that the GOP doesn’t want to pay for contraception and doesn’t want to feed the babies which are born due to this lack? I don’t think that anyone asks to be born, therefore, we need to give a helping hand. Many poor people are working but our minimum wage is so low a family can’t live on it.  Do the Republicans care…no. Their voting records show us that.

The Republicans keep voting against our environment. The energy companies fund large lobbies to woo the Republicans to vote against clean energy. What about the air and water you ask? Well, it is a concern. So is all the chemicals they are putting in our food. Fracking is another issue which the GOP wants to ignore. Fracking causes more earthquakes.

We have twice now elected a man of color as President. I have seen more activity within the KKK. I believe prejudice is the real reason the Republicans are fighting every issue that would benefit the American people. They are prejudiced against  making life easier for people of color, the poor, education, equal pay for equal work, the minimum wage and having clean air to breath.

There are many lies being told and there is much hatred going on in Washington. I believe if we allowed President Obama to put his progressive programs into effect, America would be a much better place to live. I love America but the anger and hatred we live with is so toxic to our world and ourselves. As the American people we have a responsibility to know what is going on in our government. To turn off the news and just focus on our lives is not being responsible.

A journalist asked a woman which health plan she had more faith in. The journalist asked the woman which plan she preferred Obamacare or the Affordable Health Care Act. She thought a moment and said she preferred the Affordable Health Care Act to Obamacare. When asked why she replied that it was too much, too confusing so she wasn’t going to get it. I will end my comments here.

Children learn racism

Racism is the vehicle for hatred and anger. 

Senators and Congress Representatives


“Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin‘.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.”

― Bob Dylan.

Congress, we the people need you to stop all of the politics. It is fifteen hours until we default.  You are embarrassing us in front of the world. You are messing up the strength of America. And you are making 800,000 people suffer. They aren’t your neighbors because they don’t have your wealth, but they are your fellow citizens. The Constitution assures us we are equal. Yet you aren’t doing your job and you are still collecting your pay and receiving and using your benefits.

Our American Congress

Our American Congress

There are also the people effected by the government shutdown because the aftermath is trickling down. How will all of you be recorded in history?  Our future youth are going to be reading about you and your unpatriotic behavior in their history books Can you imagine what will be written about you. In my sixty three years I have never been this ashamed of being an American. I have been ashamed before. Take Vietnam for instance. Or Nixon’s clear lack of character and ethics.

I believe there is some racism involved. President Obama’s skin color isn’t an issue and if it is for you, then you are a racist and you will always find someone to hate. Racism is hatred and hatred tears apart all aspects of our society. This is not a civilized culture. You all may have forgotten what civil behavior really is. You have given our country a black eye. It isn’t too late to put your own special interests aside and do your job. Get our government open. The affordable health care act is law. The Supreme Court has upheld it. You are beating a dead horse.

These Founding men were radical and liberal.

These Founding men were radical and liberal.

Your time for getting even with each other, of obstructing justice, and teetering on the cliff of destroying our country is running out.  You are an embarrassment to the American people.  Make America strong again. Stop thinking about your own wants.  Think about the 98% who are really being hurt by your behavior.

OPEN UP OUR GOVERNMENT. OPEN IT TODAY. I vote and if you don’t open government, you will never get my vote and I know many who feel the same way.