March 10, 2018

Parts of San Francisco are sinking faster than the sea is rising | New Scientist

March 10, 2018
Parts of San Francisco are sinking faster than the sea is rising | New Scientist

Rising seas aren’t the only problem facing low-lying coastal areas. Many of these areas are also sinking, vastly increasing the risk of flooding. 
English: The marshes next to Foster City, Cali...
English: The marshes next to Foster City, California, with its name carved into them for the viewing pleasure of those on flights landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According the the article at New Scientist, specific areas of the San Francisco Bay Area are sinking at a rate of up 10mm per year.

Areas which include the San Francisco International Airport, the artificial island Treasure Island, and Foster City. Foster City was built upon a marsh and former landfill off San Francisco Bay. So it shouldn't be that much of a surprise why Foster City is sinking. Similarly, much of the San Francisco International Airport was also built on wetlands. Treasure Island shares similarities to Foster City since it was also created from a former landfill. These areas in and around San Francisco are sinking quicker than sea levels are rising.

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February 27, 2018

Teen suicide epidemic: More students have taken their own lives in NE Ohio than anywhere in country

February 27, 2018
Teen suicide epidemic: More students have taken their own lives in NE Ohio than anywhere in country
Teen suicide epidemic: More students have taken their own lives in NE Ohio than anywhere in country 

A tragic topic has dominated our headlines recently: More students
have taken their own lives in Northeast Ohio than in any other community
in America.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people and every single one is preventable.
watch the video below

Young people in Northeast Ohio shouldn't have to resort to taking their own lives. Sadly, it is not just there where suicide rates are rising. It is all across this nation where the suicide rates of the youth and adults alike are rising.

The reality is that this society is diseased. This society is evil. This society itself, its ways, is what is driving the increase in suicides.

Sure, you can say that social media plays a role. It does. But the problem is the culture of this nation itself. Social media only provides a path for evil to spread its emptiness. This nation's culture is an abyss and it is providing NOTHING for young people and adults alike. Then there are the "treatments" for people feeling depressed, suicidal, or 'feeling down'. The treatments tend to always fall back on pharmaceuticals. Anyone who has paid attention over the past few decades knows about this one and, like everything else negative, it all comes back to profits.

Then there are people that like to say that this 'world', more specifically this society, isn't a dead end. Including a speaker in the video above. In many ways...yes, it is. It is when you, more or less, force people to go along with this society's corruption. So much so that they're unable to see any other path in life. The future feels like nothing to them. They are seeing a perspective of the future being futureless in the worthless, yes worthless, ways of this society. It is why they feel lost. They don't feel free.

They're told that there is hope but they're not shown any brighter light. The American Dream has died. They are just told that the 'struggle' is what allows them to see hope. But what is hope? Hope in a damned society where so much is artificial. Including social interaction.  Even face-to-face interaction. "Hope" itself is to become just another materialist. You wonder why these people feel hopeless? Especially when the only hope they're given is are hardly any better than words written on motivational posters and feel-good pamphlets.

As the Russell Means quote goes, "The United States is a fake country that has no culture."

The way of this nation has always been to strip away true culture and replace it with the false. This "culture" being centered around, for example, shallow entertainment where characters on TV and media, entertainment personalities are passed off as more real and more important than what's around you. Now with the artificiality seeping more deeply into the internet, especially into social media, how in the f*ck are people supposed to feel?  When you realize that so many people around you are go-alongs, materialists and resemble something closer to zombies, how can many not feel that the future is empty?

These people, suicidal people, self-harmers, and those that are depressed, they have hopes, dreams, needs and want to live a full life. They don't want to die. Yet this society is providing them nothing. They have not ever been given the breathing room to live. This nation is providing them with the things that they don't need. Everything provided to them, of materialistic value, is unfulfilling. It is an atrocity that is equal to the evil of every other atrocity committed in this nation's history. And it is just as intentional.

The society that we were thrown into, by birth, is not our society. It is not our place. This is not our nation. This is not the United States of America. Not anymore. That dream was sold and replaced with the artificial long before most of us were born. Read the writing that's on the wall. This society is best left to its own ruin. It is up to you to turn your face, your life, the ways that you live life towards something larger than this world.

Faith requires the shedding of your ego and believing wholeheartedly in goodness and being good. To be an example in this world, to distance yourself from its ways, and to permit yourself to have faith in a power larger than yourself. You are not a being of this world. You are a spiritual being. There is a better way in this world. I won't preach to you because it is up to you to seek it out. In KiNDness. This society doesn't have to feel like a prison. Don't feel bad for not finding a place in a broken society. But don't beat yourself up over it.

Follow your nature of goodness, KiNDness, and don't allow this world to tear you down. Seek out those like yourself instead of dulling yourself out to become like every other soul-less being out there. There are still good people out there, everywhere. Seek them out and pull away from the corrupt culture of this nation.

February 2, 2018

Pawnee - The Star People

February 02, 2018
Pawnee - The Star People
Many of us have heard about the new-age tales of "star people". These star people, a opportunistic, new-age marketer belief, were a creation of Brad Steiger back in the 1970s. His 'creation' was built on ideas lifted from Native American beliefs. Steiger's beliefs are that some people have an extraterrestrial spirit. A spirit which grants them the ability to see other worlds, communicate directly with these other beings and are ideas based in ego. His and others commercial writings, and more modern definitions of star people, star seeds, indigo, crystal, rainbow people, and the like represent nothing of actual Native American beliefs.
more on that here

Anyways, on to the subject.

The original star people were the Pawnee. Though some tribes held similar beliefs in later times. The Pawnee saw their ultimate home as being amongst the stars. The Pawnee used the stars as guides. From these ideas they began to build their dwellings in the shape of domes. Which was a reference to the sky. The placement of their dwellings were also aligned with stars in the sky. The centers of their dwellings were held up with poles that were marked white, yellow, red, and black as colors of the stars. White stood for Sirius, yellow for Capella, red for Antares, and black for Vega. These stars are the Four Direction Stars.

Another important star was the Great Chief Star. Which, to us, is known as Polaris or the North Star. The passing of certain stars were important to Pawnee ceremonies, festivals, and spirituality. The Pleiades and other star formations were important to them and their planting ceremonies. One of the most symbolic group of stars to the Pawnee were the Swimming Ducks. They were two bright stars that made up the tail and stinger of the constellation of Scorpio, Lambda Scorpii, and Upsilon Scorpii. When they were seen before sunrise, in the southeastern sky, the Pawnee saw them as a sign of spring and a time to prepare for their spring ceremonies. Ceremonies that took place around the time when the first thunders of the seasons were heard.

M45 Pleiades Stromar
By Boris.stromar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The Milky Way also held importance in the spiritual beliefs of the Pawnee. They saw it as the soul pathway of the deceased. The region above the Milky Way, where there are no stars, is where the Pawnee believed that the spirits of the deceased returned to take their place amongst the stars. They also believed that the Milky Way was divided. One part was for those that died of natural causes and other part for those that died before for their time. Which also included death in battle. The stars of the east are, in Pawnee spirituality, male stars. Within the eastern stars is a red star, the Morning Star, which is Mars. It is seen as the greatest among the eastern stars. The stars of the west are female stars and the most important amongst them is the Evening Star, which is Venus. Another star, the Wolf Star, is representative of the wolf coming and going from the spirit world. The wolf running down the Milky Way is where the Milky Way gets its name in Pawnee belief, the Wolf Road.

January 13, 2018

Sarah Franklin Bache

January 13, 2018
Sarah Franklin Bache

Sarah Franklin Bache

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Sarah Franklin Bache
 by John Hoppner in 1793 [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
Born: September 11, 1743, Philadelphia
Died: October 5, 1808, Philadelphia

Sarah Franklin Bache was the only surviving child of Deborah Read and Benjamin Franklin. Yes, that Benjamin Franklin, the founding father. She had an older step-brother, William Franklin, who was Benjamin Franklin's illegitimate son. He was raised as Benjamin and Deborah's son from infancy. Much of her knowledge, political knowledge, she had learned from her father. She was also said to have been a skilled harpsichord player.

Some of this knowledge aided her in her work during the American Revolutionary War. After the passing of her mother, in 1774, she took on the position of political hostess when her father returned, in 1775, from a diplomatic mission in France. Much of the work that she was involved in consisted of relief work. Which also included raising money for the Continental Army. She was also involved with the Ladies Association of Philadelphia. As a leader of the group, they made 2,200 shirts for the Continental Army, for soldiers at Valley Forge during the winter.

Prior to the war, she married Richard Bache on October 29, 1767. She did so despite the concerns of her parents about his financial standing and abilities to support her. They had eight children altogether.

After her father died in 1790, he left most of his estate to her. In 1807 she was diagnosed with cancer and died from the disease in 1808.

The Women of the American Revolution

November 27, 2017

Wooden Leg - Cheyenne Warrior Who Fought Custer

November 27, 2017
Wooden Leg - Cheyenne Warrior Who Fought Custer
Wooden Leg, of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, was born in 1858 in the area of the Black Hills and the Cheyenne River in Dakota Territory.

Wooden Leg Cheyenne Warior in 1913
See page for author [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
Quick Facts:

His father was Many Bullet Wounds. He also went by the preferred name White Buffalo Shaking off the Dust. His birth date and death date are not known.

His mother was Eagle Feather on the Forehead. Her birth and death dates are also unknown.

His two older brothers were Strong Wind Blowing and the other's name was Yellow Hair. His younger brother was named Twin.

His older sister was named Crooked Nose and his younger sister was Fingers Woman.

As a child, Wooden Leg went by Eats from His Hand. He received the name Wooden Leg from his uncle. He received the name since he was able to walk farther than his peers when it came to long travels.

The first time that he saw white men involved in a large battle was the Wagon Box Fight of 1866. His older brother, Strong Wind Blowing, was killed in this battle during Red Cloud's War. Wooden Leg was too young to have taken part in the battle.

Wooden Leg became a part of the Elkhorn Scrapers some time in 1872. It is said that they were one (of three) warrior societies made up of Cheyenne and perhaps members from other tribes.

The morning of March 17, 1876 Wooden Leg was encamped at Powder River near modern-day Moorhead, Montana along with a few hundred of his own tribe, the Northern Cheyenne, and some Oglala Sioux. Around 9 in the morning, Colonel Joseph J. Reynolds, with US soldiers under his command, carried out a surprise attack on the camp. The warriors were quick to get their women and children to safety. They also set up a defense to slow the US soldiers. The federal soldiers burned the village and their food supplies to effect federal policy, in an effort to cause tribes to move on to different lands. US forces also captured around 700 of the Cheyenne's horses. The tribes counterattack, which caused the army to retreat and leave most of the horses behind. The next morning, the Cheyenne took back the horses left behind, which was most of their previous 700 recovered, with little resistance from army soldiers still present. Despite this, their resources were devastated and members of both tribes, Cheyenne and Oglala,  men, women, and children, to the Oglala Sioux village of Crazy Horse. Relocating to the village, which was also along Powder River, took them three days of walking north. Many Cheyenne succumbed to the elements, freezing to death, while making their way to the village.

On June 17, 1876, Wooden Leg fought in the Battle of the Rosebud. Most of the cavalries from the Powder River attack were present at this battle. The allied tribes won this battle.

The morning of June 25, 1876, Wooden Leg and his older brother Yellow Hair were awakened by a warning about the arrival of US soldiers. The two of them quickly prepared for the battle alongside the rest of the warriors. It was a defeat for the US forces at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

In the latter months of 1876, General Crook held a force, at Cantonment Reno, further north up the Powder River. Indian scouts under his guidance, comprised mainly of Pawnee, Shoshone, and Sioux, discovered the Cheyenne camp near Little Bighorn River. The 4th U.S. Cavalry carried out an attack on Chief Morning Star's camp on November 25, 1876. Soldiers and scouts attacked the camp, killing many of the inhabitants and causing the rest to flee. Two individuals amongst those who fled were Wooden Leg and one of the Elk Horn Scrapers leaders, Little Wolf. The camp was burned by US soldiers and their food was taken by the soldiers.

After this attack, the Northern Cheyenne moved north, yet again, and met up with Oglala Sioux. Numerous tribes allied there and they moved on to the valley of Little Bighorn and then to the Tongue River. They were again involved in battle with the US forces at the Battle of Wolf Mountain.

Later in life, Wooden Leg, his brother Yellow Hair, and 34 Cheyenne refused to relocate to reservation land stayed in the region of the Tongue and Powder Rivers. Though much of the tribe did agree to relocate due to hunger. They stayed in the region until they too were experiencing hardship, mainly hunger, and moved on to the reservation. They settled at the White River Reservation.

Dull Knife and Little Wolf, along with a group they led, refused to obey unjust rules enforced by soldiers. They defied the forces and left the reservation, heading north to settle somewhere near the Tongue River. Wooden Leg refused to follow them and remained behind. Wooden Leg was then married to a Southern Cheyenne woman in 1878 and decided to meet up with Little Wolf at their camp, leaving the reservation.

In 1889, Wooden Leg joined up at Fort Keogh as a scout. Which he and other scouts guided US forces in the Ghost Dance campaign. Which would also lead to the Wounded Knee Massacre.

In 1906, he spoke about the Battle of Little Bighorn at the location where the battle took place. It was during a memorial for the battle.

In 1908, he was baptized on by a priest on the reservation.

In 1913, Wooden Leg, Two Moons, Black Wolf, and Little Wolf were a part of delegation headed to Washington to speak about the Cheyenne tribe, their experiences, and his experiences. He had also traveled to New York around this time. When he headed back to the reservation he became a judge on the reservation. He declined to become a chief of the Elkhorn Scrapers. Despite this, whites that he worked with called him a chief.

Wooden Leg did have two daughter but they died at a young age. He and his wife adopted a son from his sister. The boy was John White Wolf.

A lot of Wooden Leg's experiences prior to living on the reservation and his experiences at the Battle of Little Bighorn can be found in the book Wooden Leg: A Warrior Who Fought Custer. The book contains information told in interviews and conversations by Thomas B. Marquis, with Wooden Leg, in 1903. The book was first published in 1931 as a first person autobiography.

Wooden Leg lived until 1940, aged 81 or 82.

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