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A Walk In The Grass, on Cement, and Asphalt

July 7, 2015

Musings from the Chiefio

Tonight I went for a short stroll outside. The sun was down hours ago as it is now about midnight.

As usual, I was barefoot. I spend as much time as possible unshod. (It’s a long story…)

This has given me ‘educated feet’. I grew up running from white paint stripe to grass patch on the mile walk to the city swimming pool. Shade was cherished. Black asphalt in the sun a known hell. Albedo education by contact…

Tonight I was reminded of that. A first step onto the walkway that had been shaded most of the day, but with some afternoon sun, was pleasant. Just a touch of warmth. A stray step to the side onto grass was cold and a surprise reminder to say on the path… Despite identical sun, the grass was cold, the path warm.

Stepping out into the street, the warmth was greater. Asphalt is…

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Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) ღ Aloha Ke Akua

July 6, 2015

RED ALERT! SOLAR STORMS HEADING OUR WAY – 22 JUNE 15 – YouTube

June 23, 2015

RED ALERT! SOLAR STORMS HEADING OUR WAY – 22 JUNE 15 – YouTube.

Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years | Consequence of Sound

June 22, 2015

Neil Young has teamed with Promise of the Real, a band featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Michah Nelson, for a “politically/ecologically-charged” collaborative album entitled The Monsanto Years. Ahead of its June 29th release, the album is streaming in full. Listen in the link below.

Spanning nine tracks, the album features songs critical of large corporations, including Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart, and Chevron.

Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years | Consequence of Sound.

J.Crew executive taunts after mass firing | New York Post

June 20, 2015

Hours after telling members of his team they were laid off, a J.Crew veep danced on their graves at a nearby bar with fellow survivors — posing for celebratory photos that were hash-tagged with “Hunger Games” jokes.

J.Crew executive taunts after mass firing | New York Post.

And Russia Makes Two Leashing NGOs

May 26, 2015

Musings from the Chiefio

A while back, India made it possible to declare foreign NGOs as “not welcome” for meddeling in their internal affairs. Now Russia has joined the ranks too. Given that China has everyone under a thumb and on a tight leash, I’d count them in the club too, but so far it isn’t an explicit law (AFAIK).

India:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/govt-bans-direct-foreign-funding-of-ngos.html

GOVT BANS DIRECT FOREIGN FUNDING OF NGOS
Friday, 20 June 2014 | PNS | New Delhi

Voluntary organisations will now have to fulfil stringent regulatory norms and show compliance reports

The Centre has banned direct foreign funding to NGOs operating in India unless they fulfil stringent regulatory norms and show compliance reports. This is seen as the beginning of a process to block flow of foreign aid to NGOs, which, it perceives, are engaged in stalling developmental activities in the country. As per this exercise, the Centre has cracked down on NGO…

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The History of ‘Ohio’: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s Raw Reminder of the Kent State Massacre

May 21, 2015

The History of ‘Ohio’: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s Raw Reminder of the Kent State Massacre.Kent_State_massacre