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Blog Indian 2


 The Apache holy grounds in Arizona are about to be stolen and raped. And these particular lands have had special protection since 1955 when President Eisenhower decreed the area closed to mining. President Nixon renewed this ban in 1971.

Hard to believe, isn’t it?.

Why would any politician give away Native American lands? And to Rio Tinto an Australian-British mining concern? A foreign corporation? By this obscene act, Congress has handed over a sacred Native American site to a foreign-owned company for what may be the first time in our nation’s history.

It can only be one of two things:

  1. Someone saw too may bad western movies as a child – the ones where the government paid for Indian scalps, because they were supposed to be bad people. Why else would we want to steal their land from them?
  2. Money. Or is that the same thing as No. 1

And who are the politicians who are handing over these Indian holy lands? None other than that great American patriot, Senator John McCain and Arizona’s other Senator, Jeff Flake.

How did they do it?

It wasn’t really that difficult? While other bills to accomplish this have always failed because of lack of support, this time they simply tacked on as a last minute rider to a must-pass defense bill.

They slipped it in below the radar. Sneaky? That’s how they do things in Washington. That way, it avoids any kind of public scrutiny.

And is it for the public’s welfare, which they are always touting? Not on your life. It brings more environmental devastation.

Big time.

When mining interests are finished with this land, what remains will be a massive crater. You know, nothing but a big hole in the ground. Not just a hole. It will be a two-mile wide, 1000-foot-deep pit.

That’s what’s going to happen to Apache holy land.

Apaches have been a part of this site since well before recorded history – this by congressional testimony from the Society for American Archaeology.

Little tidbits: Resolution Copper Mining, Rio Tinto’s parent company, has been a McCain campaign contributor, and before Mr. Flake made it to Congress, he was a paid lobbyist for Rio Tinto Rӧssing Uranium (a huge uranium mine in Namibia).

It just goes on and on. Steal again, and again from the indigenous peoples.

These Senators, robbers of Native American lands, are supposed to be patriotic Americans. Which Americans do they represent? Certainly not American Indians – is there anyone more American than the native peoples of this country?

Do we, the people, even count when the legislators of Congress give our heritage away? Yes, this is our American heritage, as well as that of the American Indian.

We all need to wake up.

This Congress is giving away our beautiful country, selling our land to obscene corporations who don’t give a rat’s ass about America the beautiful.

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 Many thanks to Lydia Millet, author, and Opinion Section contributor to the New York Times. She brought this underhanded action to my attention.

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Pic Red roses

I never could understand people who look at an interracial couple kissing, or a woman kissing another woman, or a man kissing a man, as anything other than the beauty and wonder of love. Why should people kill, fight, and generally make fools of themselves because other people live and love differently?

When I was in nurses’ training and I was about to observe my very first surgery,  I was excited and a little nervous. I mean, someone was going to be cut up before my eyes.

Watching that scalpel slice someone’s abdomen open evolved into an epiphany — it  made me aware of the most amazing thing.

When a knife cuts through skin, skin loses relevance to anything else. It’s so thin and unimportant you barely notice it’s there.

What’s underneath?


But that thin, almost a wisp of a layer that was cut through was barely noticeable anymore.

Black, white, brown, red, yellow – or maybe, male, female, lesbian, gay , bi, transsexual. What’s the big deal? Why do people go crazy over these exterior differences?

They mean nothing. It’s what’s underneath, the way people interact, the things they do, the deeds they perform – that’s what matters.

For instance: Sir Nicholas Winton, who  died this week. He was a 106-year-old British man who led a long and good life.

From an article by The Daily Kos

( An online newspaper.)

Proof once again that the good do not necessarily die young.

Sir Nicholas Winton died today at the age of 106.

In 1938-39 he organized eight trains to carry 669 Czech Jewish children from Prague to Britain just before the outbreak of World War II.  He died on the anniversary of the largest train load that saved 241.

Even more amazingly, he never said anything about it for almost 50 years. His wife found a scrapbook in the attic where he had kept the names of the children he had saved.

Among those he saved were

Film director Karel Reisz, who made “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Isadora” (1968) and “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” (1960); Lord Alfred Dubs, who became a member of Parliament; Joe Schlesinger, a Canadian broadcast correspondent; Hugo Marom, a founder of the Israeli Air Force; Vera Gissing, the author of “Pearls of Childhood” (2007) and other books, and Renata Laxová, a geneticist who discovered the Neu-Laxová Syndrome, a congenital abnormality.

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Sir Nicholas was a 29 –year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange in 1938 when war was breaking out in Europe. He traveled with a friend to Czechoslovakia and it was there that he was hit with the realization that the country was not only in danger, but, while some Brits were working to get Jewish intellectuals and others out of Czechoslovakia, no one was saving the children.

Almost single-handed, he saved 650 Jewish children from certain death by Nazi extermination. (I have found several opinions as to the actual number saved–whichever was the largest figure, is the one I hope is true.)

Cutting through unbelievable financial problems and bureaucracy, he arranged for eight trains to carry children from Nazi-occupied Prague to Britain. Seven trains made it to safety, but as the war broke out and the borders were closed, the last train never made it. The 250 young people on that train were lost, ground up in the Nazi extermination machine. And of those children who were saved? Only a very few would ever see their parents again.

As the article above says, Sir Nicholas Winton’s heroic acts did not surface until 1988 when his wife found a scrapbook in the attic of their home – only when a dusty record of names, pictures and documents, detailing a story of redemption from the Holocaust, did anyone know about what this remarkable hero had done.

In all those years he’d never spoken about the all-but-forgotten miracle he performed — saving  children, who, like the parents who gave them up to save their lives, were destined for Nazi concentration camps and extermination.

It’s hard to believe.

This wonderful human being, Sir Nicholas Winton, Britain’s Schindler, did something so remarkable and never told anybody about it.

Why do you think this man put his life on the line?

And why did those parents give their children away?


You’ll never convince me that a man who saved 650 children that he never knew wasn’t filled with not only strength and kindness, but love.

The best any of us have to give.

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The Organ Harvesters (Assent Publishing) Winner! The 2014 Stellar Sci-fi Contest For Science Fiction Dystopian Novel.

A damning evaluation of a system that had put technological advancements ahead of human rights, and protection of the environment.

Five ***** “Compelling from cover to cover.”