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GARDEN HELP (Shadow Black Cat)

Posted in Organic Gardens, Poems with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by Drogo

by Christine Schoenemann (Maccabee)

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Wishing for a shadow

as I do my morning chores…

Another “me” to follow

lifting buckets of manure.

Like a streak my little black cat

races past me down the path.

I smile…

he makes me laugh.

After watering I go into the house,

and there he quietly sits,

My shadow…

beside his dinner dish.

My garden help,

little Black !

Appalachian Rap Music

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Music Reviews, POB Audio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by Drogo

Yes there are black people in West Virginia; and they are not afraid of representing their home State WV!! In fact the first free black college in America was in Harpers Ferry, WV; Storer College. From a rich African-American cultural heritage mixed with white Caucasians for generations; some have been rapping and recording their music for over decades now since MTV began. Although modern multi-media has affected cultural style and subject matter, it does not replace their heritage; rather there is an evolution of expression. In the Harpers Ferry area, some renaissance men have been leading and waging an under-ground musical revolution. In Harpers Ferry there is an historic tradition of revolution.

One such Harpers Ferry musical revolutionary from black-roots is Donald Greene. Together with his circle of friends (many local), they have been doing their thing… all the while having fun. These artists have had to wear many hats to pay bills and play artistically. These new pioneers are artists, musicians, producers, writers, film-makers, and more.

There is no public funding or venue to sell what they do, yet they do it just to do it.

Here we will explore Interviews, Albums, and other aspects of Appalachian Rap Music.

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Freestyle 2006 audio cassette tape “John Brown n Shadows” – JB, Arob, Mike Fields, Paul

A: JB & Arob (14 tracks): Sycamore, Union Street, Union Freestyle, Showbiz Ridin, Metamorfosiz, Fight Klub, Rambone Shaka, Billigoat Gruff, Dungeon Kreep, Transformuz, Shadow Talknik, Frak Niggas, Ladies Bombaz (Brown Shugga), Booty Shake, Caribbean Rap

B: Beat Boxing w Paul (3 tracks); Slugging w Mike Fields (5 tracks): Thug Snappa, Robo Pirates, Gonna Get It On, Tree Thugga, Circus Dont Stop; JB & Arob (3 Reggae Beat tracks); Local Party recording (w Keith, Doug, DG, Deena, etc)

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24 Tracks 2007 : JB Codiak & Arob

 

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AMM 2013 : Appalatian Mountain Malitia

AMM Intro, AMM Anthem, Return of JB, What it Is, Morbit, Serial Killa, Dark Echoes, JB Fort, Jeff Rock, In God’s Hands

 

 

 

 

Blackberry Cove Herbal Book

Posted in Book Reports, Food & Drink, Medical, Nature Studies, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Gardens, Pagan, Trips, Walks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by Drogo

BLACKBERRY COVE HERBALS

West Virginia Wise-woman healing with wild herbs in the Appalachian Mountains; according to organic, rural folk-traditions.

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2nd Edition (Full Color):  Paperback book

2nd Edition (Full Color Illustrated):  Kindle ebook

2nd Edition (Greytone Illustrated):  Paperback book

3rd Edition (Text Only):  Kindle ebook

 

 

Congratulations President Obama

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2013 by Drogo

I write this tribute to our first African-American President on the day of his 2nd Term Inauguration. I proudly voted for him this time. Last time I proudly voted for my Green Party Candidate Cynthia McKinney, who would have been our first Black and first Woman President. Before that I was Kucinich all the way. Many whites forget that it was not long ago that our culture treated blacks as property, because they were our slaves. Not only are we mostly ignorant about this history, it is almost impossible for most of us to feel their suffering, never mind trying to understand that we should celebrate the fact that we have a kind, intelligent black representative leading us now. It is true we can argue that maybe Obama is actually more white socially, but he is a decent negotiator between the two cultures.

Finally I feel the USA is back on track with social liberties, picking up from the 1990s and all the damage that was done in between, regarding racial, ethical, and cultural freedoms in general. Considering what a president has to deal with, I like Barack just fine.

Sure there are policies I disagree with. For example I do not threaten people with nukes or guns. So I am not as conservative as Obama on many issues; and perhaps I would have not bailed out all the banks and auto companies, but I remember the political pressure that was put on him by all those that believe in Wall Street and all that shit, and I am sure there is some bribery going on there to make it all function. I do not gamble like that, but obviously those rich people do. The worst things about Obama (and JFK) is that for all their kindness, they tend to go along with whatever the military wants, so I question everything from Drone Strikes to the regular military shit.

Ok I would also legalize Pot.

Besides those issues, I agree with Obama on Gun Restrictions, Gun Rights, Gay Rights, Equal Rights, Ethics, etc… and most of all Environmental Protection, Alternative Fuels, and Renewable Energy in that we need more of these things. I think we need more radical change faster, but fast change can have worse side effects sometimes than slow change, in a culture where almost half of the voters do not want those changes. So there you have it.

– Drogo

“A decade of War is now ending. Peace need not be maintained by constant War.”     – Obama.

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Tombstone Epitaphs of Dark Humor

Posted in Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by Drogo

Tombstone Epitaphs (Comic Horror)

Written by Drogo Empedocles

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BEGURKLE

Alex Begurkle in peace sleeps below,

for he tried to reach the bathroom but was far too slow.

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R.I.P.  SAM GREMBLE

Sam Gremble is here lying at rest,

he barfed to death while taking a test.

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Here lies NEL WEEKS …

He was just one of those freaks.

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Buried beneath is Susan McCall

while playing a game she swallowed the ball.

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Curled up in soil is Mat Grit,

who fell from a building and did a split.

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Funny Epitaphs From Real Graves

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It was a Cough

That carried him Off

It was a Coffin

They Carried him Off In

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(On an attorney’s tombstone:)

Goembel, John E.

1867-1946

“The defense rests”

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Here lies Johnny Yeast.

Pardon me For not rising.

Ruidoso, New Mexico

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Jebediah Goodwin

Auctioneer

Born 1828 Going! Going!! Gone!!! 1876

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Stranger tread

This ground with gravity.

Dentist Brown

Is filling his last cavity.

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Effie Jean Robinson

1897-1922

Come blooming youths,

as you pass by, on these lines do cast an eye.

As you are now, so once was I;

As I am now, so must you be;

Prepare for death and follow me.

(Graffiti response: To follow you

I am not content, How do I know

Which way you went.)

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Here lies Lester Moore.

Four slugs

From a forty-four.

No Les

No More.

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Here lies Johnny Cole.

Who God rest his soul,

While chewing his crust

Was turned into dust.

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Bill Blake

Was hanged by mistake.

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Here lays Butch McGraw.

He was quick on the trigger

But slow on the draw.

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Here lies the body

Of Margaret Bent

She kicked up her heels

And away she went.

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She got a fish-bone

Stuck in her throat

and never sang

another note.

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Here lies Athiest, John Doe

All dressed up and no place to go!

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I told you I was sick!

Black Voices From Harpers Ferry

Posted in History with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by Drogo

Walton Stowell, February 20, 1990
Banner Book Report, 8th Grade Reading

“Black Voices From Harpers Ferry” is a book from Osborne Anderson’s version of John Brown’s Raid. It is an account of the events from the Kennedy Farmhouse, the Potomac River, and his own escape. Anderson’s story is brought together in this book by Jean Libby.

Osborne Anderson was a negro (African-American) who participated in John Brown’s Raid as one of the 18 raiders. When they first arrived in Harpers Ferry, Brown and the crew rented an old farmhouse from the local Kennedy family. Osborne describes Brown as being a firm figure, like a ‘modern Quaker’. To Osborne his ways could be described as those of a religious business man, but undoubtedly a true philanthropist. Life at the Kennedy Farmhouse was an adventure. Osborne was a truthful, honorable, brave, and loyal man who looked up to Brown, who he saw as a distinguished leader.

One of Osborn’s raider friends, Dangerfield Newby, was shot down by a local slave owning sniper. Another friend and fellow raider, Shields Green, he described as “the bravest man that ever lived”. His best friend, whom he escaped with, was Hazlett. After the capture of John Brown, Anderson and Hazlett escaped across the Potomac to Halltown where a friend gave them room and board.

A few years after John Brown’s Raid, Osborne Anderson was outraged at having found out that the southern slave owners had changed the story around. They said that all the slaves were afraid to join Brown; but in truth many slaves did join the Raiders in hopes of winning their freedom. Osborne Anderson’s factual manuscripts pay off for historians. If not for his lifelong association with abolition, we may not have this valuable information we have now. Osborne spent most of his time after the Raid, in Canada. When he joined the US Army in the Civil War, he wrote his narrative.

The 2010 Great American Oil Spill

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Drogo

BP Offshore Oil Spill Along US Gulf Coast in 2010
Southcoast BP Oil Spill of 2010

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of Crude Oil have poured into the Gulf of Mexico, every day, for days now. The Oil is gushing from a well 5,000 feet underwater. An explosion and fire on a drilling rig on April 20, 2010; left 11 workers missing and presumed dead. The rig sank two days later about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. Immediate States Affected: Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas (basically the Southern Coastline).

The oil slick was 16 miles offshore the Mississippi River Delta, the marshlands at Louisiana where the river empties into the ocean. The Coast Guard and Navy aided BP with 100,000 feet of protective booms have been laid down to protect the shoreline, with 500,000 feet more standing by. Two Air Force C-130 Hercules planes have been sent to Mississippi and were awaiting orders to start dumping chemicals on the oil spill in the water.

Coast Guard Admiral Landry said a scientist from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had concluded that oil is leaking at the rate of 5,000-25,000 barrels a day, not 1,000 as had first been estimated. At a rate of 210,000 gallons a day, many species are already suffering and worse is expected as the massive environmental disaster barrels toward the Gulf states. Migrating birds, nesting pelicans, river otters and mink along Louisiana’s fragile islands and barrier marshes are all endangered.

Wind patterns pushed the spill into the Louisiana Coast, prompting consideration of more urgent measures to protect coastal wildlife. Among them were using cannons to scare off birds and employing local shrimpers’ boats as makeshift oil skimmers in the shallows. As the vast oil slick spread across the Gulf, driven by winds and currents from the site of the leak, fishermen in coastal towns feared for their businesses and the White House stepped up its response to the worsening situation.

Cleanup crews began conducting what is called an in-situ burn, a process that consists of corralling oil in a 500-foot-long boom, and burning it. Burns will not be effective for most of this spill. 97 percent of the spill is estimated to be an oil-water mixture.

Last week, Forbes magazine published what the top U.S. corporations paid in taxes last year. “Most egregious,” Forbes notes, is General Electric, which “generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing to Uncle Sam. In fact, it recorded a tax benefit of $1.1 billion.” Big Oil giant Exxon Mobil, which last year reported a record $45.2 billion profit, paid the most taxes of any corporation, but none of it went to the IRS.

Exxon tries to limit the tax pain with the help of 20 wholly owned subsidiaries domiciled in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands that (legally) shelter the cash flow from operations in the likes of Angola, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi. Of $15 billion in income taxes last year, Exxon paid none of it to Uncle Sam, and has tens of billions in earnings permanently reinvested overseas.

President Obama ordered a freeze on new offshore drilling leases until a review of the oil rig accident that caused the spill could be concluded, and new safeguards put in place.

“I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security,” Mr. Obama said on Friday, addressing concerns about whether the administration would continue with its plan to increase drilling in the Gulf.

Even so, he said, “the local economies and livelihoods of the people of the Gulf Coast as well as the ecology of the region are at stake.”

Mr. Obama, speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, said he had dispatched two Cabinet secretaries to the region to assess the damage. He ordered Secretary Salazar to report within 30 days on what new safeguards were needed to prevent future oil spills.

It is a bad year already for fossil fuels, as this follows the WV Coal Mine Explosion and Collapse that killed 29. The odor of Oil has already extended inland, and Federal warnings for respiratory conditions have begun. It will be many years before clean-up will be finished. So long as we are using Crude Oil to the extent that we are, we are all fucked. But I would rather be fucked by Oil pumped at home, rather than going to new Wars for it in the Middle East and other places abroad, in addition to spills like this. We don’t need any more Wars over this shit, when we have so many other energy sources.

* In August 2010 the Well leak was killed, with a final total of 4.9 million barrels having leaked into the Mexican Gulf