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    Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters, Ordered to Leave, Dig In

    By JACK HEALYDEC. 3, 2016

    CANNON BALL, N.D. — Lee Plenty Wolf knows the government wants him to clear out of the snowbound tepee where he stokes the fire, sings traditional Oglala songs and sleeps alongside a pair of women from France and California who came to protest an oil pipeline in the stinging cold. But he and thousands of other protesters are vowing to make what may be their last stand at Standing Rock.

    The orders to evacuate the sprawling protest camp on this frozen prairie just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation came down last week from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota governor’s office. After four months of prayer marches and clashes with law enforcement officials who responded with tear gas and water cannons, the protesters now have until Monday to leave.

    The government said it would not forcibly remove anyone, but could cite people for trespassing or other offenses.

    At the camp, defiance is rising like smoke from the stovepipe of Mr. Plenty Wolf’s tepee. People are here to stay. They are building yurts and hammering together plywood for bunkhouses and lodges. The communal kitchen stops serving dinner at 9:30 p.m.; it reopens a half-hour later as a sleeping space.

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  • Rosa Luxemburg (1056 posts)
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    1. Why hasn't Obama intervened in this?

    Obama could at least make a stand against big oil in his last few weeks of office?

    The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands. Rosa Luxemburg.    
    • Rocco (537 posts)
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      2. Obama has not intervened

      because he cannot find his “comfortable shoes.”

      Apparently he does not care, or he would executive order something.

       

    • djean111 (2898 posts)
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      3. Obama has his own fortune to think of after he leaves office.

      Standing up to big oil is not going to help him.  And the media and the DNC will dutifully polish his cow flops, er, legacy, after he is gone.

      You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.
      • LiberalArkie (3588 posts)
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        5. He really does not care. The Democrats do not care.

        It became very evident during the primary. The union leaders were for HRC, the members not so much. The Democratic party leaders were for HRC, but the Democratic voters could not go there.

        I knew where Obama was as soon as he announced his cabinet. I now judge people by who they surround themselves with.

        • djean111 (2898 posts)
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          6. Rick Warren was my wake-up call. Or, really, confirmation of what I

          already expected.  I never listened to any of Obama’s speechifying, because speeches don’t mean squat to me.  Deeds, records, actual policies.  Appointments.  Advisers.   Bernie is pretty much the only politician I will listen to.  But – I don’t need to.

          You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.
          • LiberalArkie (3588 posts)
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            7. I just read the transcripts as people can learn to be very entrancing

            when talking. Obama has a way of talking that makes one believe what he is saying if you do not know better. Bill Clinton was the same way.

            • djean111 (2898 posts)
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              8. Heh. I had a teenager. I don't think I can be entranced any more.

              You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.
        • Rosa Luxemburg (1056 posts)
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          9. yes

          that’s a good point – judge people who they surround themselves with.

          The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands. Rosa Luxemburg.    
  • jdpriestly (4394 posts)
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    4. Standing Rock is just the beginning of a real movement to save our

    environment from fossil fuels.  This is just the beginning.

    No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
  • jwirr (2812 posts)
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    10. Someone must stay to let them know that this is not over until the company goes

    away. I do not trust TPTB and especially the oil barons.

    • TM99 (4694 posts)
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      11. A contingent of around 1000 vets

      are still there, at least when I left just a few days ago.  This is in addition to the tribal protectors and several hundred other activists.

      And we vets are on stand by to return at a moments notice if shit gets real again.

      When you hear people raising reasoned objections to Trump’s policies and appointments, odds are that you’re listening to the sort of thoughtful dissent that’s essential to any semblance of democracy, and it may be worth taking seriously. When you hear people criticizing Trump and his appointees for doing the same thing his rivals would have done, or his predecessors did, odds are that you’re getting the normal hypocrisy of partisan politics, and you can roll your eyes and stroll on. But when you hear people shrieking that Donald Trump is the illegitimate result of a one-night stand between Ming the Merciless and Cruella de Vil, that he cackles in Russian while barbecuing babies on a bonfire, that everyone who voted for him must be a card-carrying Nazi who hates the human race, or whatever other bit of over-the-top hate speech happens to be fashionable among the chattering classes at the moment—why, then, dear reader, you’re hearing a phenomenon as omnipresent and unmentionable in today’s America as sex was in Victorian England. You’re hearing the voice of class bigotry: the hate that dare not speak its name.  -- John Michael Greer
      • jwirr (2812 posts)
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        12. Good that is what I wanted to hear. It is not good weather out there right now

        so it would be hard for huge numbers but standing by and having someone to issue the call is a very good plan. Thank you TM99 and all the others who went out to serve.

        • RedPlanet (13 posts)
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          13. god help them

          Twitter-in-chief will probably do all sort of injustice to them.

          • TM99 (4694 posts)
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            14. Trump may indeed

            but it has been Obama and the Dems in Congress that have done jack shit to stop the pipe line and support Native sovereignty on their own land thus far.

            When you hear people raising reasoned objections to Trump’s policies and appointments, odds are that you’re listening to the sort of thoughtful dissent that’s essential to any semblance of democracy, and it may be worth taking seriously. When you hear people criticizing Trump and his appointees for doing the same thing his rivals would have done, or his predecessors did, odds are that you’re getting the normal hypocrisy of partisan politics, and you can roll your eyes and stroll on. But when you hear people shrieking that Donald Trump is the illegitimate result of a one-night stand between Ming the Merciless and Cruella de Vil, that he cackles in Russian while barbecuing babies on a bonfire, that everyone who voted for him must be a card-carrying Nazi who hates the human race, or whatever other bit of over-the-top hate speech happens to be fashionable among the chattering classes at the moment—why, then, dear reader, you’re hearing a phenomenon as omnipresent and unmentionable in today’s America as sex was in Victorian England. You’re hearing the voice of class bigotry: the hate that dare not speak its name.  -- John Michael Greer