Encounters with Bernie
A few days ago I went to my second Bernie Sanders rally at the University of Massachusetts. I found myself standing in line a full five hours before the speech, on a freezing cold, clear day. By chance I was in the midst of a cheerful and enthusiastic bunch of students, band members as it happens, who were mostly Poly Sci majors (and one Forester). One of the students said he wants to run for Congress someday (he was dressed in a jacket and tie and I could see that he was ideally suited for that job). The students were happy, excited, and joyful with anticipation.
There were reporters there who clearly had an agenda. The current media meme is that Bernie’s supporters are mostly “young people”. Several reporters came over to our group and asked the students why they liked Bernie. All the students were amazingly articulate and well informed. There were even reporters from Canada. One of them asked a student why he admired Bernie so much. After she finished recording the student’s opinions I chimed in with “Bernie is cute but Trudeau is hot!” and the reporter loved that. She ran over to the crew to tell them what I had just said.
We were handed blue and white signs by someone that read “Students for Bernie”. Never mind that I was a baby boomer in their midst, I also had a sign. I don’t know if it was because I was with the marching band, but we soon developed a well-oiled routine. When a press photographer would point their camera our way I would yell “signage!” and everyone would veer in the photographers direction at once, holding up their sign for the camera.
The sense I had from the students was they felt real affection for Bernie. “We love him” one of them told me. When I was their age the mantra was “Don’t trust anyone over thirty”, the idea of feeling affection for a seventy four year old politician would have been unthinkable. I recall that a few years ago a younger co-worker of mine explained that it was Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead who had made it “cool to be old”. Here was a vivid example.
The reporters ignored the older folks in the line, probably because we didn’t fit into their current narrative about who is supporting Bernie. There were a wealth of wonderful local characters that could have provided human interest stories; my poet friend Penny, in her seventies, who was dashing about urging the students to cheer, My professional story teller friend Rona who appears to be in her late fifties or early sixties, who insisted on standing for hours in the pit before the stage, rather than take a seat. There was even a group of middle aged Buddhist nuns in their saffron robes. And then there was me.
Last time I heard Bernie I was worried because his speech was outside, to over a thousand people from the overflow crowd and there was no security. This time was very different. We were finally let in to the stadium and had to walk through metal detectors, empty our pockets and bags, and be wanded. I was forced to throw out the apple and energy bar I had secreted away in my pockets.
The sports arena slowly filled over the next few hours, in the end there were over nine thousands of us. When Bernie finally came out Jane was with him and looked very happy and ready to be First Lady. Bernie gave his familiar stump speech to an audience that was on its feet cheering as Jane smiled and beamed. At the end Bernie came down and shook hands with the students on the floor.
It is my fervent hope that the students who came to see their idol, Bernie, will actually show up to vote on March 1, which is election day in Massachusetts. Bernie is the real deal, a true FDR Democrat. EVERYONE, GET OUT AND VOTE! Feeling the Bern!
Watch a video of the event here.
Meanwhile, Bernie is still the only candidate who even mentions global warming. Here is an update on where we are at, as the species that is causing the sixth mass extinction.
SUPER TUESDAY IS MARCH 1 AND MANY STATES ARE VOTING;
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will hold primaries for both parties. Alaska will hold its Republican caucus while American Samoa will caucus for Democrats. Colorado will caucus for both parties though only the Democrats are choosing a candidate.
PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE!!! YOUR FUTURE IS AT STAKE!!!
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A WORKSHOP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MASSACHUSETTS
- Tree Magic and Medicine class with Ellen Evert Hopman
July 23,24 2016
Misty Meadows Herbal Center
183 Wednesday Hill Road
Lee, NH 03861
- My usual six month herbal intensive in the Amherst area starts October 15, 2016
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- Ancient Irish musical instruments
- Rome 320 AD (video)
- The Acropolis, Greece (video)
- Altamira to be opened to the public again
- A 7000 year old burial in Germany
- Australian rock art among oldest in the world
- How humans became carnivores
- “Hobbits” were probably not Homo Sapiens
- Easter Island, new discoveries
- Mythical tomb of Osiris found
- A Bronze Age wheel found in the Fens
- Neanderthals and humans mated much earlier than once thought
- Some new Pictish discoveries
- A project to digitize Ogham stones underway
- An example of female scholarship in the Middle Ages
- An ancient crannog found
- Traditional Inca technology still in use (video)
- Mesolithic pickled fish
- The Clava Cairns of the Inverness area
- 14,000 year old bisons sculpture
- Bronze Age burial discovered by a badger
- 8000 year old hazelnuts found in Skye Mesolithic site
- Irish DNA shows origins in the Middle East and Eastern Europe
- Epona – the Celtic and Roman horse Goddess
- The Celtic archaeology of the head
- Witch bottles
- Stonehenge was not just a man thing
- The last wolves in Ireland
- The lost world of Old Europe (video)More… (video)
- A Medieval book on alchemy
- How do you put on a torc?
- A bit of Celtic history
- Scandinavian wolf priestesses
- So, an exhibition in England is claiming that the Celts were really Anglo-Saxons (in other words, everyone is English/Angelish after all) and had no real identity of their own? Why am I not surprised.
- Queen Boudica of the Celts
- Rome’s Vestal Virgins
- More women than men buried at Stonehenge
- Ceremonial axes from Slovakia
- A mammoth carcass that could change history
- Did Berserkir really go berserk?
- 24 Olde English terms we need to reclaim
- Burdock soup
- Talking to plants – learn to listen to a forest
- Passive green houses and fruit walls for urban farming
- Make wildflower mead
- Elder as food and medicine
- Bidens- an herbal antibiotic
- Eat the dandelions
- Amazon tribes create 500 page encyclopedia of traditional medicines
- Make your own Fire Cider
- Plant Cucamelons
- The dangers of essential oils
- Ground Ivy and look alikes
- Motherwort, for anxious mothers, and others
- Eat fermented foods to reduce social anxiety disorder
- Fracking has contaminated drinking water EPA concludes
- Children’s cells discovered in mother’s brains
- Contaminated water in the USA – it’s not just Flint, Michigan
- The side effects of statins
- Biological evidence for acupuncture meridians
- A chemical larvicide, not mosquitos, may be the reason for the Zika microcephaly epidemic
- Which rice has the least arsenic?
- You have taste buds in your gut that recognize when you have worms!
- Anti-bacterial soaps found to depress muscle and cardiac function in humans and animals
- Web MD – plain soap is just as good as anti-bacterial
- There are many Flints in this nation, waiting to be revealed
- A Chinese stadium to be built with bamboo
- A dam is removed in WA and the salmon are already returning after a century of being blocked
- Meet the woman leading the Chinese organic farming revolution
- There is such a thing as plant intelligence
- Record number of beached whales due to radioactivity and toxic chemicals in the ocean
- The toxic legacy of our thirst for electronics
- California could be capturing storm water to ease drought
- Saudi Arabian hay farms in the USA are depleting ground water
- World’s largest solar plant, in Morocco, has gone live
- Many critters depend on dandelions so don’t cut them until they finish blooming
- A new theory of time
- Have more eco-systems been lost than the planet can bear?
- A huge methane spike in the US from fracking
- 37 million bees drop dead after farms are sprayed with nicotinoids
- Indian Point reactor is contaminating the Hudson river
- How corvids could save our forests
- How do we grieve the death of a river?
- The truth about foxes
- Nevada raises taxes on solar by 40%, effectively killing off the industry (who benefits? Hmmm.)
- Navaho water supply is contaminated “worse than Flint”
- The first official climate refugees
- Australia now has one solar panel for every men, woman and child
- The importance of human hair
- Melting permafrost in Alaska is not releasing methane as quickly as expected.
- Saving trees is key to climate change mitigation
- Release of a golden eagle (video)
- Grazing on public lands makes droughts worse
- Anti-fracking victory in Brazil
- 90 percent of our diet could be local
- 4 billion people already face water scarcity
- Wolves have different dialects, depending on species
- The truth about cats and dogs (I don’t buy their conclusion. I think it totally depends upon the cat. They are each very different.)
- Planting the wrong type of trees (conifers) increases global warming
- This changes everything (video)
- GOP senators: burning trees for energy does not affect the climate (what?)
- Is Capitalism destroying our planet?
- Plastic in the oceans – a new documentary
- Making Science beautiful through drawings
- Playing music for whales (video)
- The social life of trees
- NASA’s new planetary defense system
- An overview of the wheel of the year from a Scottish perspective
- Biddy Boys of Kerry (video)
- 11 powerful Goddesses to invoke
- The governor of Texas says its “ok” to put Christian crosses on cop cars (clearly doesn’t care about the beliefs of the rest of us)
- Mokosh – a Slavic Goddess of the spring
- Pastor and kids grow food for the poor
- Stonehenge to be alcohol free for Solstices
- Female Shamans in Russia
- Pope Francis: all religions are the path to the same God
- Brighid (video)
- The Cailleach
- Satanic group wins the right to opening prayer at AZ City Council meeting
- The Banshee (video)
- When grandfather was taken by the Fairies (video)
- Raths and Fairies (video)
- Traditional cures
- While Celtic Woman is usually too saccharine/sweet for my taste, this one is interesting. Note the green dress, a bow to the Sidhe (Fairies) whose favorite color is green, pictures of hawthorn trees (which mark an entrance to Fairy Land when found alone on a hill) etc. (video)
NEWS YOU CAN USE
- Turn your old car battery into a solar cell!
- Who needs oil? Solar thermal power plants are here
- Become clean compost when you die, using mushrooms
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POLITICS AND ETHICS
- The US has the worst income inequality and poverty of any developed nation, study shows
- Climate change is a dire threat but so is the population crisis
- Bernie Sanders – will end private prisons within 3 years of election
- In OR all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out
- Wisconsin just lost its 4th amendment rights
- Comparing Hillary and Bernie on Healthcare
- How tribalism overrides reason
- If the GOP block Obama’s SCOTUS nominee he wins anyway
- The difference between Hillary and Bernie is more than you might think
- Listen to Bernie Sanders warning about the economy in 2003, before the crash (video)
- A bill to require gun owners to have liability insurance (about time!)
- Michael Moore’s new movie WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Go see it!
- Marco Rubio: women who are raped should have to bear the child anyway
- Americans already pay enough to fund single payer health care, we just don’t receive it
- Oil sands project in UT halted due to low oil prices (sigh of relief)
- UN demands that women in Zika infected countries be given access to abortion and contraception
- Hobby Lobby must allow birth control, judge rules
- The new water billionaires
- 1 million Americans now face the loss of food aid
- What the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have done to America
- Why thieving CEOs aren’t prosecuted
- What the Democratic party should learn from the Sanders insurgency
- Friedman: under Sanders incomes, jobs will soar
- Top economists back Sanders’ plan to rein in big banks
- DNC chair attempts to explain why Sanders won in NH by 22 points but Hillary still got the same # of delegates
- Read this and weep (the fix is in)
- The DNC just opened the door to direct donations from special interests, Wall Street
- Why a NC war vet Republican has left the GOP
Happy Spring Equinox to all who read this and may your gardens bloom!