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Blue Like A River: Burning The Bridge Between Red And White At Standing Rock

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This book is about the protest against the Dakota Access pipeline that occurred between April 2016 and February 2017 in North Dakota.

This 446-page softcover book is printed in full color inside.

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What This Book Is About My goal with this was to address some of the troubling aspects that came out of this protest, as well as provide information and facts that weren't commonly known by many people who only knew of the protest based on various media sources. Since the story of the protesters and their camp life was constantly promoted by media, this book takes a different approach, and tells the stories of people in the community who were directly affected by this protest who didn't get a chance to speak. What you read will shock you.

The book is the story of figuring out the story, and uses essays and interviews to illustrate how I tried to better understand what had really happened and what it meant for the people who live in the area near the protest as …

Running Post: Book reviews by people who haven't read the book, and other various threats.

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I figured I ought to write a post like this so I have a resting place for all of the "reviews" and threats of people who haven't read the book. This post will be updated as I'm motivated to share these little joys with you.

Regarding the book, these folks all seem most concerned about:

My white skin.That I am making huge money off of "their" event.That I mentioned their name and I will be sued for doing so.That I'm pretending I was on the front lines and am lying about such things.That they think I hate Native American [women] and want harm to come to them.
A couple of things.

Sunblock. Huge fan of it. Can't lie.Nope, not at all. And I've actually given about 20 percent away to someone just to help them. And, for the record regarding the "ownership" of the Dakota Access event, it wasn't just the protester's event. Lots of people, communities, and other people's money were involved. We all have an experience, and the right to …

Surprise: The City of Seattle actually didn't divest from Wells Fargo.

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The City of Seattle, most recently making the news for putting a "head tax" on large corporations against the wishes of their own Chamber of Commerce, has a quiet little news flash for you: they didn't divest from Wells Fargo.

An entire essay in the book is devoted to the concept and realities of the Dakota Access protesters demanding divestment from banks and any organization or corporation associated with the pipeline. That the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 in February 2017 to end their relationship with Wells Fargo was seen as a huge activist victory. Much attention was given to this event online.

Funny how not much fanfare and equal attention was given to the current reality, which occurred the second week of May 2018:



That cherry headline is from a May 14, 2018 article in the Seattle Times.

Considering some of the activist moves the city has made, including the employee "head tax" (which sounds like humans are cattle), this quote from a council member at …

High Country News Report: "Cashing In On Standing Rock"

In the book, I talk about the millions of dollars protesters pulled in for the NoDAPL protest, and the clear evidence of scams that even protesters themselves eventually came to recognize. Of particular note was the veterans movement, Michael Wood, and Wesley Clark, Jr.

Clark responded to my query and his response is included in the book. I spoke with a man regarding Wood and the possibility of where the money went that was supposed to go to the veterans.

There is an interesting April 13, 2018 article (cover story, in fact) in High Country News entitled "Cashing in on Standing Rock." HCN also created a detailed spreadsheet of what they found on Go Fund Me. They came up with 225 different fundraising accounts that raised more than $3,000, ultimately totalling $7,457,123.

Keep in mind, as I pointed out in the book, that that is not all of the money raised. Many protesters had individual PayPal accounts, and other crowd funding sources.

I haven't had a chance to go through …

"But there was no crime or weapons in the camps."

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C.S. Hagen wrote yet another story connected to the DAPL protest, though with a different angle. This time it's the horrific story of a young woman allegedly kidnapped, raped, and assaulted by the son of the self-anointed protest leader, Mike Fasig.

By their own words, the protesters from the Dakota Access Pipeline camps are letting us know that yes, there were rapes, weapons, and violence in the camps. Despite repeatedly telling the world it was all peace, and that the claims of weapons and violence in the camps was all fabricated, those (mostly women) who were abused in the camp are starting to tell their stories. I hope they continue.

You can read the article yourself. What I find interesting, as related to this blog post's title, are a few key excerpts.

First, a woman describes a rape by an alleged serial abuser, the son of a man who considers himself a protest leader:


Lest you think that was a rare case of sexual assault in the camp, no. In a follow-up article on this inc…

Morning Has Broken, And Das Trolls Are Out

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There are any number of ways a person could fritter away their time on things that have no meaningful or long-lasting impact. Collecting beanie babies, for example.

Here's another one: I'm getting ready for work, it's 8 am, and I see I have a Messenger request. The majority of such requests I get are from protesters or protest supporters who want to leave a fly-by-the-night nasty message (variations of "you're a dummyhead" in PG, PG-13, R, and X varieties); in the manner of linguistic cowards, most send the ditty and then block you so you can't respond. It's become a bit funny at this point. I collect them like badges of honor and plan to use them in the future in a poem or something.

Anyway, I don't know how you started your morning, but Jarod M. Galvin started his like this:



I snickered. Bro, please. Going on the Facebook lecture circuit about people who dared leave a one-star review, sans explanation, on the Sacred Stone Camp Facebook page? Keep…