Monthly Archives: February 2017

Bad Dudes

IMG_0935Woke up Monday morning to the news that two fugitives were holed up somewhere around Big Twig.  They were on the run and had abandoned their car and headed into the hills.  At around Noon, word was that they might be heading South on the Boulder Road.  That’s a mile from the ranch.

My husband, to be mild, is not an alarmist.  I’ve never seen him “jumpy” unless somebody comes up to him from behind.  He is one of the most laid back dudes I’ve ever met.  So when I saw him lock the door, I was a bit surprised.

“I don’t want to be alone here when you go out to feed (the cattle bales of hay),” I mewed.

With that he went into the other room and came back with the Colt.

“You can pull back on the trigger and it will fire.  But it will be hard to pull.  So you can also cock the gun and then pull the trigger, ” he said as he laid the gun on my desk.

I just stared at him. Continue reading

The Revolution in Rojava | Dissent Magazine

The Kurds of northern Syria are building an enclave of radical democracy and feminism in the middle of a devastating war—and beating ISIS in the process.

Source: The Revolution in Rojava | Dissent Magazine

I admire David Graeber’s writing and activism.  He visited Kobani and declared that this was a “genuine revolution.”

But in a way that’s exactly the problem. The major powers have committed themselves to an ideology that say[s] real revolutions can no longer happen. Meanwhile, many on the left, even the radical left, seem to have tacitly adopted a politics which assumes the same, even though they still make superficially revolutionary noises. They take a kind of puritanical “anti-imperialist” framework that assumes the significant players are governments and capitalists and that’s the only game worth talking about.

Revolutions are possible.  But not without going outside your comfort zone.  Look outside of political parties.  Challenge the “left/right” terminology.  Challenge your tribe. Start from the place of a beginner and start with “Everything I thought was true might well be wrong.”

More links on the feminists of Rojava, Syria:

Rolling Stone has a story which follows young men who have gone to fight with the Kobani Kurds.   So which story will get made into a movie?

How A ‘Farm Bust’ Could Help Renew American Agriculture

Current agriculture methodologies aren’t just bad for land, community, and ecology—they’re increasingly bad for business. Something’s gotta give.

Source: How A ‘Farm Bust’ Could Help Renew American Agriculture