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Zombies Defend Destroying Blair Mountain at Historical Panel
The West Virginia cultural museum hosted a panel on the importance of Blair Mountain to Union and Coal aficionados yesterday. During the "official" panel there was hardly a mention of the current efforts of out of state coal mining companies to destroy this piece of history and the psychological & economic impact it could have as a tourist attraction. Best quote of the afternoon: In the school system West Virginia history is Morgan Morgan lived in a tree and fought Indians, the civil war and that's the end of it... never a mention of the largest insurrection our country has seen. They don't want to teach kids the power of organizing. Blair Mountain use to be on the national registry of historic places and therefore protected from strip mining. Legally, locals may object to the historic designation if they choose. The effort to rustle up objectors netted 2 zombies who now live peacefully in the heart of a millionaire coal exec somewhere. Mo'Fo' www.friendsofblairmountain.org From: FluxRostrum Views: 144 7 ratings Time: 09:45 More in Travel & Events
Recession is hitting us all these days and even though I have established web consulting clients that have afforded me the luxury of spending the bulk of my time shooting an editing these under reported news stories, it seems the reccession has finally caught up with me. The work load I'm recieveing from my clients is down to a trickle. If I'm to continue throwing my body & equipment into the gears of fascism, I'm going to need a little more on going support.
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One of the most common responses to the thought of wide spread Anarchy by those who've made it past the anarchy=chaos misconception is that of the lowly trashman. "But who'd take out the trash" if we were all free to do what we wanted, who on earth would choose to be the trashman or the sewer worker, you know.. the shit jobs. I've heard this arguement often and I finally have an answer. .... I would.
I have met many Rainbows over the years volunteering with one disaster or another; some standing up for your rights on a street corner but I had never made it to a Gathering "on time". 2008 saw a valiant attempt to make it to Wyoming but our side trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation left the bus sabotaged and we spent the week of the Gathering waiting for a part we didn't even need. So this year I found a random ride home, on Facebook.
Going in I envisioned prolonged down time and hanging out with people I knew but that's not how it played out. Turns out my friends seem to be the ones that ... do the work.. and we "hung out" mostly in passing as we went about our "work" daze.
Instead of camping with pregathering friends I decided to stick with the 3 random strangers I'd shared a van with for the 5 day journey that we all thought was to be 3. There were no mechanical problems; we just stopped every hour or 2 and the van was too cramped for comfortable napping. It was a bit frustrating for me to take 5 days to drive a distance I've done alone in 2 &1/2 but it was the 1st time I ever road tripped somewhere and did not drive so that was way different and certainly a bonding experience. ;~)
Rainbow Gathering 2011 ~ roadlogue
This features an extensive interview with Christy Covington from the PR office of the Forest Service. I shot very little video at the Rainbow Gathering, it was glorious. I'll write more about it later. seattletimes.nwsource.com fluxview.com washingtonexaminer.com From: FluxRostrum Views: 1788 16 ratings Time: 07:00 More in Travel & Events
people power ~ Blair Mountain March day 5
A few days ago someone blocked the public access road to the Blair Mountain Battle Field with boulders that were clearly brought from a mine site. This would prevent the march from using this state road turnout off the highway as a pick up and drop off spot for Marchers who intended to walk up the Public Road to the historic site. A small group of marchers took the initiative to move those boulders with their bare hands. They opened up the road while jeering miners, private security and state police looked on. The action had been cleared by the Dept of Transportation because this turnout was an important safety feature on this windy steep mountain road that is frequently traveled by fast moving over loaded coal trucks. From: FluxRostrum Views: 2411 23 ratings Time: 06:12 More in News & Politics
March on Blair Mountain day 3
Marchers tell personal accounts of the impact o their lives from Mountain Top Removal and the battle to save their own personal histories and the sustainability of the land. Spirits are high as the march passes through Madison WV. marchonblairmountain.org From: FluxRostrum Views: 1468 15 ratings Time: 05:48 More in News & Politics
Union Miners Support the March on Blair Mountain
A little bit of Union History, morals & ethics in regard to the Blair Mountain Historic Battle Field; the site of the largest Armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War. 10000 union miners engaged in armed conflict with coal company thugs and the US Military over the Unionization of the coal mines in 1921. From: FluxRostrum Views: 2506 19 ratings Time: 06:31 More in News & Politics
MBN Independent Media Saboteur
It was NOT actually Bug Spray. A counter protester tries to sabotage the generator being used by independent media at the first campsite of the march. Several independent reports from those on the scene said it smelled like Starter Fluid. Irregardless, the best thing that could have happened if I had allowed this man to continue would have been the destruction of the generator. The worst thing that could have happened is that he blew up himself, the generator, gas can, and potentially the Media Bus full of people and equipment. mo'fo' marchonblairmountain.org sorrow, sorry, let's stop this shit together http From: FluxRostrum Views: 16590 60 ratings Time: 02:52 More in News & Politics
On Saturday, June 4 from 7-10 pm a panel of storytellers and
documentarians will be talking about their work at the march
headquarters in Marmet, WV. Join us for this lively presentation and
This June, hundreds of people from all across the country will come
together to preserve Blair Mountain, abolish mountaintop removal,
strengthen labor rights and invest in sustainable job creation for
Appalachian communities. This event will undoubtedly be historic, but
the struggle for the land and people of Appalachia is ongoing. We hope
that by recording this march and telling stories from it, we can inspire
people in Appalachia and across the nation to continue the struggle.
mo'fo' on panel and the Blair Mountain March @
Later that night there was an awesome concert honoring Hazel Dickens
Frenchmen to French Broad
This starts off with a bike ride through the French Quarter. Then NOmadjik Media Bus travels from Frenchmen st. New Orleans to the French Broad river Hot Springs North Carolina. In route I stop off in Tuscaloosa Alabama with donated supplies for the tornado disaster zone. I hook up with John Wathen who gives the run down on the enviro-friendly tactics he's pushing to use in Hurricane Creek, which happens to have been 1 of the most bio diverse areas on the planet. If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity why not help him ensure that it remains 1 of the most bio diverse areas on the planet? There are photos of what this area USE TO LOOK LIKE & Mo'Fo' @ www.hurricane-creek.org From: FluxRostrum Views: 501 11 ratings Time: 14:20 More in Travel & Events
Time lapse photos of 2 afternoons worth of heating, filtering and pumping about a 100 gallons of waste veggie oil. The Bus leaves for Alabama's Tornado Zone on Wed. the 18th. Then on to the March on Blair Mountain in WV. ~ download
Thanks to the Frenchmen St Deli & Mardi Gras Zone for their lovely fuel.
Filtering Waste Veggie Oil in NOLA
Time lapse photos of 2 afternoons worth of heating, filtering and pumping about a 100 gallons of waste veggie oil. I'm fueling up to head into the Alabama Tornado Zone in a couple days and then on to the March on Blair Mountain. marchonblairmountain.org Thanks to the Frenchmen St Deli & Mardi Gras Zone for their lovely fuel. There are plenty of detailed guides available on line that will tell you exactly how to run WVO in your diesel engine. This is video is a reminder for you to look at them. From: FluxRostrum Views: 1072 11 ratings Time: 05:39 More in Film & Animation
Part 3 covers the the beginnings of the BP Oil Disaster, showing the effects on the residence of the gulf and their learning curve involved with dealing with this disaster. Kindra Arnesen emerges as a force to be reckoned with in the Venice, LA area.
Part 4 covers the use us corexit, the health of Gulf Seafood and those who live there. It attempts to demonstrate what those in disasters path have learned over the years.
Gulf Coast Disasters, long removed from the news cycle, are eating away at the livelihoods and patriotism of those left behind to deal with the front lines of the environmental and economic terrorism that is the legacy of our government.
part 2 focuses on the rebuilding the community after Hurricane Katrina.
Kindra's Window (rough cut)
perspective on gulf coast disaster
premiers April 19th @ N.O.Space