Archive for August, 2020

Very important FREE herbal course for mass gatherings. Training for Street Medics, First Aid, and more. | furbirdsqueerly

John Gallagher from Learning Herbs sent along this announcement and it is our hope that folks will pass on this information. Very important courses for these troubled times. Courses that could help save someone’s life. John and 7 Song are two of the most respected herbalists working today and do quite a bit of training in herbal knowledge. John begins his e-mail announcement like this:

Yes, it’s true.

There are no strings attached.

Here’s the story…

In 2012, 7Song and I produced a course on herbal first aid at his school in Ithaca, NY.

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Source: Very important FREE herbal course for mass gatherings. Training for Street Medics, First Aid, and more. | furbirdsqueerly

Four Thought – Embracing Uncertainty – BBC Sounds

Caoilinn Hughes discovers the power of embracing uncertainty.

Source: Four Thought – Embracing Uncertainty – BBC Sounds

Kamasi Washington Hub-Tones – YouTube

What have they done to the rain? and from the ashes of the old. | furbirdsqueerly

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1962 as “Rain Song” then in 1964 as “What Have They Done to the Rain” by Schroder Music Company, renewed 1990. a.k.a. “Rain Song” and “Just a Little Rain.” People now think of this as a song about acid rain, but it was originally written as part of a campaign to stop aboveground nuclear testing, which was putting strontium-90 in the air, where it was washed down by the rain, got into the soil and thence to the grass, which was eaten by cows. When children drank the cow’s milk the strontium-90, chemically similar to calcium but radioactive, was deposited in their bones. Mothers saved their children’s baby teeth and sent them in to be tested by scientists who indeed found elevated levels of strontium-90 in their teeth. A year after this song was written, President Kennedy signed the treaty against aboveground testing.

We are reminded of this song today when it is raining and more rain coming. We need the rain as it has been dry and there is a drought in this area. In so many places the people our earth needs rain. We listen to the rain hitting our metal roof on the porch and think back to when we first heard this song. It was when Anne came back to town for a visit telling us all about the Ban the Bomb March she had been on, and her and others sitting outside during an air raid drill. Anne and her brother attended one of our Sunday afternoon neighborhood sing-a-longs and Anne borrowed Peters guitar and sang this song.

Malvina Reynolds wrote this song in 1962 and nothing has really changed. The big boys who were responsible for the above ground testing of nuclear testing are now involved with more destruction of the planet and its people all in the name of their real god, $$$$$. Don’t let them fool you. When, for god sakes when will we be able to get rid of the big boys as they continue to destroy and put the earth and its people in jeopardy? Somehow in all of this they will fail. They will be brought down hopefully never to rise again from the ashes of the old world.

Source: What have they done to the rain? and from the ashes of the old. | furbirdsqueerly

Friday, August 28, 2020 – MUTTS Daily Email

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Beowulf review: Maria Dahvana Headley’s translation sings – Vox

Maria Dahvana Headley’s Beowulf.Beowulf Sheehan; Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

“Bro! Tell me we still know how to talk about kings!”

Source: Beowulf review: Maria Dahvana Headley’s translation sings – Vox

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Lives Matter, Protests, and Editing Vanity Fair | Vanity Fair

“Whiteness thrives in darkness,” Coates writes. “So it was with the slave narrative. So it is with the cell phone.”

Source: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Lives Matter, Protests, and Editing Vanity Fair | Vanity Fair

100% Pure Sewage Popsicles: Disgusting, weirdly beautiful “pollution popsicles” made from Taiwan’s waste water — Quartz

Three art students from Taiwan have concocted an unusual summer treat.

Source: 100% Pure Sewage Popsicles: Disgusting, weirdly beautiful “pollution popsicles” made from Taiwan’s waste water — Quartz

COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols. We Need to Adapt | Time

People wear protective face masks while shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket during Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on Aug. 22, 2020 in New York City.
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Aerosols are more important when it comes to transmitting COVID-19 than we thought six months ago — and we need to act accordingly.

Source: COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols. We Need to Adapt | Time

The Trinity Cube

 

When the world’s first atomic weapon exploded in New Mexico in July 1945, the energy from the blast formed a new mineral called trinitite from the desert sand. For his 2015 Trinity Cube project, artist Trevor Paglen took irradiated glass gathered from the area around where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred in 2011 and combined it with trinitite to form a blue cube. He then installed the cube in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone to continue to be irradiated.

The artwork will be viewable by the public when the Exclusion Zone opens again, anytime between 3 and 30,000 years from the present.

Source: The Trinity Cube