rising tide

I think of you often. Especially in the evenings, when I am on the balcony and it’s too dark to write or to do anything but wait for the stars. A time I love. One feels half disembodied, sitting like a shadow at the door of one’s being while the dark tide rises. Then comes the moon, marvelously serene, and small stars, very merry for some reason of their own. It is so easy to forget, in a worldly life, to attend to these miracles.

anonymous asked:

Hello Sam and thank you for being here for everyone. You live close to the seaside, right? Could you tell stories about how it is to someone who haven't seen it yet. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

One time I was sitting on the jetty at Ocean Beach, a regular surfing spot of mine, to watch the sunset. The sea is a living thing and it influences everything in its proximity. The air is crisp and full of spray. It smells of living things. It undulates in and out and the tides rise and fall with the phases of the moon.

As I sat the sun dipped beneath the distant horizon. I stood to leave but suddenly something happened. The water was filled with brilliant blue lights darting about. Like a constellation of stars they were. The sea air changed from salt spray to the scent of sex. I can’t explain it any other way. A million tiny creatures laid their eggs and the males let loose a milky cloud of semen to fertilize them.

I was transfixed by the experience. The sea is a living breathing organism.

“I think of you often. Especially in the evenings, when I am on the balcony and it’s too dark to write or to do anything but wait for the stars. A time I love. One feels half disembodied, sitting like a shadow at the door of one’s being while the dark tide rises. Then comes the moon, marvelously serene, and small stars, very merry for some reason of their own. It is so easy to forget, in a worldly life, to attend to these miracles.”

- Katherine Mansfield


Our pain for their gain. The profit motive of capitalism is killing this planet & destroying the health of our people. We have to change the system to make this impossible.

Marathon refinery explosion in Detroit. Marathon operates seven refineries, some of which refine tar sands crude. How much longer are we going to let corporate polluters threaten communities lives?


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Near the Port of Umatilla two people locked down to a megaload of equipment bound for the Alberta tar sands halting its planned departure at 10:00 PM as tribal members and climate justice groups rallied nearby. The equipment, a 901,000 lb. water purifier 22 feet wide, 18 feet tall and 376 feet in length was met by fifty people and was prevented from departing as scheduled. It had planned to leave the Port of Umatilla, head south on 395, then east on 26 on Sunday night.

This week’s protest was larger than a similar protest last week as news of the shipment has spread throughout the region. An estimated 50 people greeted the megaload with signs as it’s schedule departure time neared. Before it could depart two participants locked themselves to the trucks hauling the megaload, the first time they have been blockaded in this way. This is the first of three megaloads the Hillsboro, OR based shipping company Omega Morgan has scheduled to move through the region in December and January. Similar loads sparked major protests moving through Idaho and Montana including a blockade by the Nez Pierce tribe in August.

Pleasejoin on Thursday for an info and planning meetingabout what happened tonight and how you can get involved! There are two more megaloads scheduled to move through Oregon over the next two months.

If you’d like to get updates or just want to be kept further in the loop about Northwest megaload resistanceclick here!

According to Rising Tide Portland, “The Umatilla Tribe has officially stated that they oppose the shipment.” All Against the Haul reported that Nez Perce activists may be traveling to stand in solidarity, having successfully won their own battle against megaloads: 

Nez Perce activists may be rising again in solidarity in Umatilla homelands! Qeciyewyew and travel mercies for all the brave warriors coming to Umatilla!

Check out Rising Tide Portland on FB for more info and to get involved 

NYPD erecting walls around Zucotti Park ten days before the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

Via Rising Tide North America’s Facebook (I would link it, but you have to be friends with them cos it’s a page & Facebook won’t allow them to add anymore friends)

We’ll be at the anniversary, so if you’re interested in meeting up with us in New York, let us know!

Dozens Arrested After ‘Bomb Train’ Protests

Thousands of people around the country protested over the weekend to stop fossil fuels and demand a just transition to an economy that uses 100 percent renewable energy. More than 50 people were arrested in the Pacific Northwest and five others were arrested in upstate New York, where protestors stopped trains carrying crude oil.

How the 1 Percent conjured a monster storm

October 30, 2012

THAT HUMAN-induced climate change is part of the reason for Hurricane Sandy–the “largest hurricane in Atlantic history,” according to the Capital Weather Gang, as measured by the 1,040-mile diameter of its gale-force winds–is explained by Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth, a distinguished senior scientist in the climate analysis section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research:

The sea surface temperatures along the Atlantic coast have been running at over 3 degrees Celsius above normal for a region extending 800 kilometers offshore, all the way from Florida to Canada. Global warming contributes 0.6 degrees Celsius to this. With every 1 degree Celsius, the water-holding of the atmosphere goes up 7 percent, and the moisture provides fuel for the tropical storm, increases its intensity and magnifies the rainfall by double that amount compared with normal conditions.

Global climate change has contributed to the higher sea surface and ocean temperatures and a warmer and moister atmosphere, and its effects are in the range of 5 to 10 percent. Natural variability and weather has provided the perhaps optimal conditions of a hurricane running into extra-tropical conditions to make for a huge intense storm, enhanced by global warming influences.

As the climate continues to warm, the effect will only increase, leading to more extreme weather events, flooding and drought, as outlined in two recent Nature articles.

And warm it will. Not because we don’t have answers to prevent that from happening and derive our energy from sources other than fossil fuels, but because it’s simply too profitable to change. There is a compulsion inherent to capitalism; the propellant force of profit that powers further growth in a perpetual feedback loop, whereby the colossal forces of production are testing the limits of the planet to absorb the battering its biosphere is taking.

Never has Karl Marx and Frederick Engels’ comment in the Communist Manifesto on the nature of capitalism been so apposite:

Modern bourgeois society, with its relations of production, of exchange and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.

At this point, as a thunderous storm barrels up the east coast of the United States–which still suffers from an unprecedented drought in other parts of the country–it seems indisputable that the capitalist system has put the entire web of life on a collision course with a stable biosphere and climate system. One of those systems has to give, and there is no indication that it will be capitalism.

To the extent that anything is being done internationally to address the inextricably intertwined ecological and social crises, the answer seems to be to hack down the last vestiges of humanity’s common heritage via the sword of privatization.

Read the full article here.

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