This Land is Your Land by Barry Underwood

Inspired by the famous folk tune, “This Land is Your Land” written by Woody Guthrie, Barry Underwood’s series affirms his standing as an environmentalist photographer and ecological advocate. Written in 1940, the song’s original lyrics introduced a critical perspective to the idealistic view of America as Underwood’s images challenge the common bucolic perception of the landscape.

Underwood marks the landscape with LED lights, luminescent substances and other physical processes, utilizing lustrous color and working with shapes, lines and light to point to the immutable traces that human interventions leave behind. By staging a visual disruption in an otherwise familiar setting, Underwood seeks to reveal the unseen potential instilled in the landscape. As a result of the interplay of the natural and unnatural, he creates strikingly beautiful, otherworldly visuals enhancing awareness of environmental issues.

He writes, “The landscape has been and continues to be altered by ambitious human activities linked to political, social, economic, climactic, and aesthetic forces. I am particularly interested in connections between land use and the interpretation of a landscape as a politically symbolic environment, reflecting human activity and one’s own self-definition, as well as our values and beliefs.”

From the exhibition at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.


Rules For Dating My Daughter: The Modern Father’s Guide to Good Parenting

Rules For Dating My Daughter: The Modern Father’s Guide to Good Parenting
by Mike Dawson
Uncivilized Books
2016, 160 pages, 6.0 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches, Paperback
$11 Buy on Amazon

Rules For Dating My Daughter is a slice of life. It gives glimpses into the domestic and professional life of cartoonist and father Mike Dawson, as he navigates earning a living, finding creative inspiration, and raising children (together with his wife).

The book intersperses mundane everyday experiences, told in illustrated diary form, with comics where he tackles massive issues: climate change, the scale of history, the ethics of eating meat, gun violence, and modern feminism. The shifts aren’t jarring because ultimately this is a collection about parenthood. Global issues like environmental change are made to feel personal, now that Dawson is responsible for two young lives.

The central questions — how to be a good person, and how to raise good people — are universal. Dawson tackles these with disarming honesty and attention to detail, whether he’s teaching his daughter how to play Minecraft or wrestling with making his kids do something he’s not willing to do himself. In its quiet way, Rules For Dating My Daughter is a refreshing change from lots of pop culture depictions of fatherhood. It shows how hard parenting can be, and how easy it is to get lost in both abstract big-picture stuff and mundane trivialities.

– Christine Ro

February 21, 2017

#DonaldTrump and the #Koch Brothers would likely be in the driver’s seat to keep us addicted to dirty energy as they profit exploitation of dirty energy.

Standing up to defend the only place we have as a home will depend on us by voting out corrupt politicians who represents the greedy class. All corrupt politicians need to be voted out. Regardless if it’s Republicans or Democrats.

Will it take an environmental disaster or a tragedy to vote out corrupt politicians? It seems that we’re heading in the direction to wake people up in which its no longer worth voting for the same corrupt parties who are going make our problems a lot worse. By the time all corrupt politicians are voted out of office then it maybe too late.

It’s up to us to avoid environmental catastrophe.

The Future Is Going To Be Nasty....

Gear up my nasty ladies and bad hombres. Less than a year until we start talking midterms. If we can organize and get out the vote in midterms we can take back the Senate or the House. Stopping Trump from a dangerous agenda becomes much easier if we control one or both of the houses of Congress.

But it WON’T HAPPEN if no one votes. We lost it in 2012 and failed to win it back in 2016. In 2018 don’t let it fall further into the hands of people who want to:
Cut your healthcare
Cut Medicare
Privatize social security
Repeal laws about global warming
Privatize and/or drill in National Parks
Ban Muslims
Deport immigrants
Refuse to invest in clean energy
Take away women’s rights to their bodies
Refuse gun reform

I could go on and on.

Stay indignant. Stay kind… but stay indignant. Stay motivated.

Organize, educate, and vote in 2018


the next issue of local riot is the issues issue. we want to create a piece that voices all the concerns and opinions you have about the world and what’s happening in different countries. raise awareness about mental health, womens rights, lgbtq+ rights, trump as a leader, whatever you consider important!

submit your ramblings, photographs, poetry, articles, etc, to localriotblog@gmail.com

Don’t be so hard on others. Be as positive as you can, whilst showing them how much you enjoy your cruelty-free lifestyle. Focus your frustrations on governments, scientists and big businesses, the very ones who allow this cruelty towards animals and the environment to be acceptable, when research shows differently.

DOODA ŁEETSOH! NO TO URANIUM! This picture was taken in Cameron, AZ, where there are numerous abandoned uranium mines. Over the whole of the Navajo reservation, there is a conservative estimate of over 500 abandoned uranium mines that are in existence that continue to impact the health and well-being of various communities. Many of these mines that emit high dosages of radiation are within a quarter of a mile of inhabitants on the reservation. No to environmental racism, no to desecration of sacred lands, keep it in the ground!

White people need to stop fooling themselves. No land in the Americas “once was native land” it was and always will be native land. The blood you’ve spilled and the lives you’ve ruined and the people’s you’ve displaced to take that land will never be erased, it was and still is and forever will be native land. You cannot change that.

Natur- und Ideenwelt - Nature and Ideas

 Umwelt und Umweltprobleme – Environment and Environmental Problems

das Atomkraftwek – nuclear power plant
das Aussterben – extinction
die Bodenschätze – natural resources
die Dose – (aluminum) can
die Einwegflasche – disposable bottle
das Gift – poison
die Glasflasche – glass bottle
die Klimaerwärmung – global warming
die Müllentsorgung – waste management
der Mülltourismus – waste exportation
die Mülltrennung – waste separation
die Nachhaltigkeit - sustainability
die Naturkatastrophe – natural disaster
der Naturlehrpfad – nature trail
die Ökologie – ecology
das Pfand – deposit
die Pfandflasche – returnable bottle
die Umweltbildung – environmental education
die Umweltpolitik – environmental policy
der Umweltschultz – environmental conservation
die (Umwelt)verschmutzung – pollution

erhalten – to conserve
recyceln – to recycle
verbrauchen – to consume
zerstören – to destroy

friedlich – peaceful
gefährdet - endangered
ruhig – quiet
still – quiet
trinkbar – drinkable
umweltfreundlich – environmentally friendly
wiederverwertbar – recyclable, reusable

Gesetze und Anrechte – Laws and Entitlements

die Erziehung – education
die Freiheit – freedom, liberty
die Gerechtigkeit – justice
die Gesetzgebung – law, legislation
das Gewissen – conscience
die Gleichheit – equality
die Grausamkeit – cruelty
der Machtmissbrauch – abuse of power
das Menschenrecht – human right
die Unmenschlichkeit – inhumanity
das Verbrechen – crime

einschätzen – to gauge
einsperren – to imprison
missbrauchen – to abuse
schützen – to protect
ein Gesetz verabschieden – to pass a law
verteidigen – to defend
verurteilen – to condemn

 (un)gerecht – (un)fair, (un)just
(un)gleich – (un)equal
(il)legal – (il)legal
(un)schuldig – (not) guilty
unterdrückt – oppressed

 Fragen und Meinungen – Questions and Opinions 

die Angst – fear
die Drohung – threat
die Gewalt – violence
die Politik – politics
die Sicherheit – security; safety
der Terrorismus – terrorism
die Wahl – election

erreichen – to achieve
fördern – to promote, to encourage
kämpfen – to fight
retten – to save, to rescue
sich streiten – to verbally fight, to argue
sich widmen – to dedicate oneself

friedlich – peaceful
gemäßigt – moderate
konservativ – conservative
liberal – liberal
pazifistisch – pacifist

Die Leute – The People

der Aktivist, die Aktivistin – activist
die Geschworenen – jury
der/die Kriminelle – criminal
der Naturschützer, die Naturschützerin – conservationist
das Opfer – victim
der Rechtsanwalt, die Rechtsanwältin – lawyer
der Richter, die Richterin – judge
der Terrorist, die Terroristin – terrorist
der Zeuge, die Zeugin – witness


Chase Iron Eyes Released From Jail - #StandingRock

“It’s Donald Trump who’s inciting a riot”.

You Don't Know Sh*! About Natural Gas. Read This.

Let’s talk about gas. No no, not the gas that comes out of your ass but rather the gas that comes out of the earth and fuels your stoves, homes and generates electricity that powers your life and gadgets! Everyone who recycles and eats “locally sourced” lettuce thinks they know a thing or two about what it means to being green, but when we bring up natural gas as one of the great heroes of the clean energy movement, everyone goes blank.

Here’s just how much you don’t know about natural gas.

When you hear the words “climate change” being spoken, you think about the sad polar bear standing on his 1 cubic square inch of ice almost drowning to death in the middle of the North Pole. And the world coming to an end. And the fact that you could be riding your bike more. You definitely don’t think about all the things we could be doing to lower CO2 emission rates, and how we can maintain our standard of living whilst being conscience of our carbon footprint. Natural gas is a great remedy to our emissions issues. It is the least carbon-intensive major energy source, emitting up to 60% less CO2 than coal when used for electricity generation.

When you think about oil, you think “evil liquid killing the earth that also fuels my lovely Prius named Penelope”… But did you know that coal is a huge culprit of CO2 emissions as well? Well now you know. You’re welcome.

When you see solar panels, you wish you were soaking up the sun, too or you think “ugh, too expensive for me”. You definitely don’t think about how much solar panels are saving us from ultimate world doom and saving you dollars on your energy bill.

“You know what fracking is, right??” “Fracking… Oh, let me just google that right quick. I used to know… Umm, my internet is down. Can you just remind me again?” “It’s this thing…”

When you think about climate change and these types of issues, you get overwhelmed because quite frankly, who cares about the environment when you don’t even have a job and you have all these bills to pay? Forget the polar bears, save the US economy first!

When you think of oil companies, you don’t think about the other “good stuff” they’re doing to save the environment such as renewable energy and natural gas exploration. You just think “big evil oil company killing all the polar bears… and fueling my car” because after all, that’s the way the media and all your friends tell you to think, right?

Staying informed is the key to curing ignorance… But remember, not all news sites are created equal.

Let’s talk about something dirty… Voting! Everyone does it, but no one wants to talk about it. Just kidding! It’s more like: no one does it, but everyone talks about it. It’s like our complicated relationship with cross-fit and veganism.

When you think about the things that matter to the US, you think of job creation, more organic food for everyone, and stricter gun laws. One of the most understated issues is alternative, clean sources of energy. We all love our iPhones, computers, the lights in our homes, and the gas in our stoves, but we rarely think about what powers our world (literally!). Without energy, you wouldn’t be able to read this article right now!

Think about the next question carefully… Your iPhone, iPad, computer, cat, mom, and the mac-n-cheese on your stove depend on it.

Forming opinions and perspectives can be healthy when it comes to understanding complex issues such as climate change and natural gases. However, remember that being flexible about your views can make you even smarter and more enlightened.

So knowing what you know now… Why don’t you think more people know about natural gas?! When you figure out the answer, please tell us (in the poll below).


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