Consumption and Population

safe_image-4.jpgPushing the Earth into the wrong spin, and now the imbalance (or new arrangements that endanger our children) are accelerating. 

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Whipping up the gall and thrall

10486199_10204147892720195_5581579115980437104_n.jpgJust enough for the next activist transgression. Or as we say - "transformative trespass." I'm back in San Francisco this morning. about midway between the end of the last Joe's Pub show in New York's Public Theater and the return to that radical cabaret for the holiday run in November. 

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Bakersfield

10628382_10152220145775974_118392531280913405_n.jpgWhen I’m alone, and it’s late morning, and it’s Bakersfield, California and I'm sitting there with a coffee and a red, white and black crane truck pulls up across from me and big guys swearing at each other get out and start a job. And I'm alone in a peculiar way, noticing this aloneness quality, in the desolate town of Bakersfield – Oh! -- I realize that here is a moment. 
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Art of the Power Prayer for a Vanishing Bee

10612714_10152213867530974_6692441597255581804_n.jpgSavitri kneels before a flower in the Queen Bee gown with swirling hive as the crown, while Lena watches from deeper in the grass. Near the Giant's Causeway west of Belfast (the Irish Sea is just beyond the horizon of this picture) are the haunting sea-cliff meadows. the home of last of the Colette's Bee. These are not hive bees, but "solitary bees" that burrow down in the turf of this windy grass and flowers. This year a right wing rich Irish-American is buying the land and converting it to hotels and golf courses. 

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Can the bees start us singing again?

1948057_10152210323440974_3602532395757124733_n.jpgThere is something the Information Age cannot say. The crisis of the Earth is reported to us as numbers. A hurricane has a category number, a minimum and maximum wind speed, and a cost in number of dead and number of billions. This is classic for the dot com era, where public talk is abbreviated, snarky, and a wet cat doing chin-ups can go viral like the 9th Symphony used to. 

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Honeybees and Fracking Wells

10428445_10152206479080974_6141182547202206113_n.jpgIn each singing ritual on the tour of Scotland and Ireland, bees have descended on our shoulders, wild bees and honey bees. Today we travel to the last habitat of the Colette's Bee, an species endangered by golf courses and second home condos in Ireland's north.

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All Packed

We're all packed for Scotland. Lena is crying as Savi brushes her hair. Going out a week early to meet Edinburgh activists and try to find where Monsanto's CEO Hugh Grant lived when he was a boy. 

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In the Forest

Tomorrow Monday we perform in the City Centre, the old Corn Market, in Belfast, at 3 PM. It was a market of local produce, including honey and beer and all things Irish, which has now been killed by sweatshop retail financed by big banks. Our hosts in this venture are the Friends of the Earth of Northern Ireland. 

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Cops and Bankers

safe_image-5.jpgCOPS & BANKERS LOVE THEIR CHILDREN & WE GOTTA LOVE 'EM TOO. The Earth Movement won't move if cops & bankers don't move on their bosses & defend the lives of their loved ones. So ("COPS & BANKERS...) is the opening line from our new song! Talking with activists in Edinburgh last night.

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Not Another Meme//Writing Matters Again

In the 70's, Joan Didion had a realization that overwhelmed her. She was motoring in Los Angeles at the time, working on a movie, and it dawned on her that "narrative doesn't matter anymore" in American culture. She had to pull off the road. I'm an American in Scotland, on my first morning after the flight from New York, and I'm having a double-take in the opposite direction. 

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