Unnatural Disaster 1

The featured interview is with Yumi Kikuchi, activist, practitioner with her husband Gen Morita of ancient Japanese medicine, and co-founder of Rasur Japan and Fukushima Kids Hawai’i, fukushimakidshawaii.com. Interruptions are covered/created with original limericks by Benjamin the Donkey and a poetry reading by Debba Kale Earnshaw. Caccini’s Ave Maria is performed by Latvian mezzo soprano Elina Garanca. Also included is George Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun from the Beatles’ album Abbey Road performed by Harmony On Tap (HOT). Sequitur theme music is written and performed by Zympht.

Tax-deductible donations to Fukushima Kids Hawai’i can be made through Fukushima Kids Hawai’i‘s GoFundMe site. Better still, you can send a personal check, in US dollars, please, payable to Fukushima Kids Hawai’i, and a personal note to Yumi and Gen at Fukushima Kids Hawai’i, 75-286 Hoene Street, Kailua, Kona, HI 96740. Be sure to mention that you heard Yumi’s interview on Sequitur: Unnatural Disaster!

Greensleeves lyrics from 1584

Alas my loue, ye do me wrong,
to cast me off discurteously:
And I haue loued you so long
Delighting in your companie.
Chorus:
Greensleeues was all my ioy,
Greensleeues was my delight:
Greensleeues was my heart of gold,
And who but Ladie Greensleeues.

I haue been readie at your hand,
to grant what euer you would craue.
I haue both waged life and land,
your loue and good will for to haue.
(Chorus)

I bought three kerchers to thy head,
that were wrought fine and gallantly:
I kept thee both boord and bed,
Which cost my purse wel fauouredly.
(Chorus)

I bought thee peticotes of the best,
the cloth so fine as might be:
I gaue thee iewels for thy chest,
and all this cost I spent on thee.
(Chorus)

Thy smock of silk, both faire and white,
with gold embrodered gorgeously:
Thy peticote of Sendall right:
and thus I bought thee gladly.
(Chorus)

Thy smock of gold so crimson red,
with pearles bedecked sumptuously:
The like no other lasses had,
and yet thou wouldst not loue me,
(Chorus)

Thy purse and eke thy gay guilt kniues,
thy pincase gallant to the eie:
No better wore the Burgesse wiues,
and yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

Thy crimson stockings all of silk,
with golde all wrought aboue the knee,
Thy pumps as white as was the milk,
and yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

Thy gown was of the grossie green,
thy sleeues of Satten hanging by:
Which made thee be our haruest Queen,
and yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

Thy garters fringed with the golde,
And siluer aglets hanging by,
Which made thee blithe for to beholde,
And yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

My gayest gelding I thee gaue,
To ride where euer liked thee,
No Ladie euer was so braue,
And yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

My men were clothed all in green,
And they did euer wait on thee:
Al this was gallant to be seen,
and yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

They set thee vp, they took thee downe,
they serued thee with humilitie,
Thy foote might not once touch the ground,
and yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

For euerie morning when thou rose,
I sent thee dainties orderly:
To cheare thy stomack from all woes,
and yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

Thou couldst desire no earthly thing.
But stil thou hadst it readily:
Thy musicke still to play and sing,
And yet thou wouldst not loue me.
(Chorus)

And who did pay for all this geare,
that thou didst spend when pleased thee?
Euen I that am reiected here,
and thou disdainst to loue me.
(Chorus)

Wel, I wil pray to God on hie,
that thou my constancie maist see:
And that yet once before I die,
thou wilt vouchsafe to loue me.
(Chorus)

Greensleeues now farewel adue,
God I pray to prosper thee:
For I am stil thy louer true,
come once againe and loue me.
(Chorus)

Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It’s all right, it’s all right

 

Soulful Recovery

Most of the show is a two-part interview with Linda Star Wolf, creator of Shamanic Breathwork, who draws from a background in addiction recovery counseling and shamanic soul retrieval work to pick up our discussion of the Wetiko psychosis and Shadow work. And as was the case with Lisa White and Shyrl McCormick in previous shows, it proved impossible to discuss these topics without bringing in the newly-(s)elected POTUS. Also included is a reading from Aldo Leopold’s essay On a Monument to the Pigeon. Music is by Zympht. Run time 58:17.

Lysistrata

Call-out for the Day Without a Woman on 8 March, International Women’s Day.

Climate change update with special attention to fire and ice.

Celebration of Guy McPherson’s birthday with clips from his recent interview by Gary Null and poetic gifts from Benjamin the Donkey and Debba Kale Earnshaw.

The Birthday song was written by Lennon-McCartney and performed by the Beatles.
Sequitur theme music is by Zympht. More of his music can be found on SoundCloud.

Heartsong

Valentine’s Day observance with Ivey Cone and John Compost Cossham; Shadow work with Shyrl McCormick, poetry read by Debba Kale Earnshaw (A Blackbird Singing by R.S. Thomas), limericks by Benjamin the Donkey, and music by Marca Cassity (Enemy); update on Indigenous movements by Standing Rock Sioux, Amazon Shuar, and Borneo’s Forest People (orangutans); featured image by Sam Levin for the Guardian, and theme music by Zympht.

Paradox

Celebration of the Imbolc holiday, pipeline update with an emphasis on Standing Rock, contributor Lisa White on working with our personal and cultural Shadow self. Scroll down below the song lyrics for referenced images and contact information.

Imbolc, from Lisa Thiel’s album Circle of the Seasons

Bléssed Bridget comest thou in
Bless this house and all of our kin
Bless this house, and all of our kin
Protect this house and all within

Bléssed Bridget come into thy bed
With a gem at thy heart and a crown on thy head
Awaken the fire within our souls
Awaken the fire that makes us whole

Bléssed Bridget, queen of the fire
Help us to manifest our desire
May we bring forth all that as good and fine
May we give birth to our dreams in time

Bléssed Bridget comest thou in
Bless this house and all of our kin
From the source of Infinite Light
Kindle the flame of our spirits tonight

Bléssed Bridget come into thy bed
With a gem at thy heart and a crown on thy head
Awaken the fire within our souls
Awaken the fire that makes us whole

Bléssed Bridget, queen of the fire
Help us to manifest our desire
May we bring forth all that as good and fine
May we give birth to our dreams in time

Bléssed Bridget comest thou in
Bless this house and all of our kin
From the source of Infinite Light
Kindle the flame of our spirits tonight

Maiden of Spring, from Heather Alexander’s album Merlin’s Descendants

Come Lady, play with me, all of the day with me.
Let me come lay with thee, maiden of spring.
Please let me dance with thee, gambol and prance with thee.
Let this romancing be our song to sing.

I will adorn with you flowers new-born with you
‘Til we have worn them through into the night.
You have now heard my song; every last word is strong,
Like a wild bird along its morning flight

Let us pick flowers where we can spend hours there,
And all the powers dare as we first kiss.
Held tight within my arms, protected here from harms,
Moonlight to lend its charms, quickening our bliss

If we stay tarrying here in this faerie ring,
We will be carrying love’s special seal.
Hand to hand let us be free but forgetlessly,
Ever to blesséd be part of life’s wheel.

Come Lady, play with me, all of the day with me.
Let me come lay with thee, maiden of spring.

The Wild Song, from Anuna’s album Invocation

A pale bird flies over open sea
Singing sweet soul music to me.
The ancient winds crying cold and flying free
Carry winter whispers through the trees.

A soft voice murmers a haunting melody
As it flows to the river from a stream.
The gentle breeze carries youthful memory
Through the shaded valley of my dreams.

I have come through the darkness
Touched the moon’s new fallen dew.
I have found there a place
Where the wild song echoes, echoes in my heart.

There the dawn is wide with the scent of spring
With a red sun burning on the tide.
In the hazel forest the blackbird sings
Of a secret place I keep inside.

I have travelled far, I have made the road my home,
But that music never will depart.
I have walked the shoreline where seabirds cry alone,
But a wild song echoes in my heart.

I have come through the darkness,
Touched the moon’s new fallen dew.
I have found there a place
Where the wild song echoes, echoes in my heart.
Where the wild song echoes, echoes in my heart.

Move Your Money. Do not support the bottom line of the banks shown below:

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Contact for Comments on ACE’s EIS NOI
Mr. Gib Owen
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0108
gib.a.owen.civ@mail.mil

Comments must be made by hand delivery, postal mail, or email. Advance arrangements must be made to hand deliver comments. For postal mail, post cards pass security clearance more readily than sealed envelopes.

All Comments must include your name, return address, and “NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing” on the first page of your written comments or as the Subject of your email. To maximize your impact, be sure to include the following language: “I am concerned about the vast and dire consequences that potential leaks at the proposed Lake Oahe crossing will have on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s treaty rights and urge the Army Corps to look at routing alternatives. I will not be silenced.”

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Wetiko

mlk

The main purpose of a Sequitur show released at this auspicious calendar time is to honor Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday without sitting in stubborn denial of what is happening in our nation-state’s history later in the week, and that made for a difficult assignment.The other thing that made this such a difficult show to produce is the enormous amount of research that went into it. Major sources are cited in full, and other names are abundantly mentioned.

So what is wetiko? Loosely translated, wetiko is greed. And how can we integrate a celebration of a cultural icon of Martin Luther King’s stature with such a theme? Well, it’s not the sort of show you’ll enjoy, but we hope it’s mind-expanding and consciousness-raising. We’ll start with the history of the MLK Day holiday and topical music recorded live in the late ’60s – no retakes like in the studio, and the sound quality is… well, old. Then we’ll segue into the treatment of wetiko with segments by Lisa White and John Cossham. Benjamin the Donkey is still with us to help run the show and provide some essential comic relief for this heavy topic, and theme music is still by Zympht.

Celebration

Contrary to appearances, Sequitur is not becoming a weekly show! It’s just that circumstances explained in the Celebration podcast inspired a tribute to the great musicians who died in 2016 and an invitation to several contributors to respond to the following four questions:

  • What is your biggest celebration from 2016?
  • What is your deepest regret from 2016?
  • What is the greatest opportunity you anticipate for 2017?
  • What is the greatest obstacle you anticipate for 2017?

John Cossham’s lovely segment is up first, after Benjamin the Donkey’s musings on our annual cycle, and Kevin Hester’s interview response closes the show. In between, there’s a segment by Producer Susan Livingston, a lightly-edited rebroadcast of a Walk in the Mud segment that Lisa White did for Extinction Radio (used here with her permission), and a Reading of the Names of the deceased musicians.

Are you curious about the referenced historical data on life expectancy? Here’s a partial accounting from the early 20th century to our own times:

date life expectancy (years)
1910 50.1
1930 59.7
1950 68.2
1970 70.8
1990 75.4
2010 78.7

Do you want to hear Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah again? Here is it, with the lyrics immediately following, including the two additional verses in the Pentatonix version.

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do ya?
Well it goes like this
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to the kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips, she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a vict’ry march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I’m still working on creating an audio file from the google image URL for Sophia Hennessey’s performance with Caroline on back-up, captured on a smart phone by Sophia’s mother, Patricia Brezny: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipOgKDqgB7OVz1ol3GtnmMKov3CmgcjwokKpozBn.

Generosity

dedication of the solstice holiday to generosity
the meaning of generosity by John Cossham
generosity, love, and honoring the sacred
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – The Loss of the Sacred and a Prayer for the Earth
Zhiwa Woodbury – Standing Rock’s Prayful Resistance: A Ray of Light in the Darkest Night
Standing Rock news update
Pachamama Alliance history and Amazon headwaters protection project
Pennie Opal Plant and Kevin Hester on the rights of nature in New Zealand
challenge to the rights of nature in Ecuador

Musical guests (in order of appearance):

Dorset Campbell-Ross – Ruth Bebermeyer’s Given To
Pray With Standing Rock – The Whole World Is Watching
Trevor Hall – Standing Rock
Sequitur theme music by Zympht

Gratitude

Celebrating the holiday weekend with Gratitude Day, Buy Nothing Day, and Small Business Saturday, Sequitur is proud to launch Extinction Radio Series 4 with a special report from the Climate Conference in Marrakech from Hollie Stenson, interviewed by Peter Melton, and a summary of the findings of the Climate Change Performance Index. Also included in the Sequitur portion of the show is a contribution by John Compost Cossham, an update from Standing Rock, and Limericks of Doom by Benjamin the Donkey with one set to music by the Donketts. Enjoy the show!

Domain

The black snake is threatening the water supply of millions as it is escorted across sacred Sioux land granted in perpetuity to the First Nations by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie. The map above was created by Carl Sack and published last week by Huffington Post; it clearly shows the racial dimensions of the situation.

This show is an in-depth exploration of the fallacy of the private-public polarity of land ownership. We’ll start with a tribute to the water protectors of Standing Rock, North Dakota, and then compare and contrast that situation with the recent confrontation at Malheur Ranch in Oregon. Also covered are the indigenous water protectors of the Amazon. We’ll conclude with climate change headlines and an update on a previous report from Guy McPherson.

Occupy the Commons!

You Can Help

Make a phone call.

  • North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple, 701-328-2200. Ask him to order the National Guard to stand down.
  • POTUS Barack Obama, (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Ask him to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Army Corps of Engineers,  (202) 761-5903. Ask them to reverse the permit.

Write a letter or email. Better yet, send a postcard; it’s easier to get it through security!

  • Lee Hanse, Executive Vice President, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
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    Houston, Texas 77002
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  • President Barack Obama
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    Clock Tower Building
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    Rock Island, Illinois 61204
  • Omaha District
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