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Toxic Metal Fire in Redwood City California and beyond   Leave a comment

A toxic metal fire burned all day Sunday, November 10th, 2013 in Redwood City, California, US sending visible plumes of poison to San Jose, California and places unknown. We are told that the fire is stopped, but toxins from that burnt waste must be in many unthinkable areas, our water, the soil, our gardens, farms, and even in our food.

“Just thinking… about what we don’t get told.”

There is a very real photograph by (nz)dave at http://www.EVERYDAYPOLLUTION.wordpress.com

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Classism, the great separator from Earth   Leave a comment

I have recently been thinking about class ism. Class is a group or groups one might belong or might not belong. Sometimes class ism can be as simple as naming a class ‘cool’ and another class ‘lame’. This labeling is happening in all types of groups, often without thought.  A young student of mine once said, “religion is the great separator.”  Class ism seems similar to me  in that it separates you from folks poorer or richer, folks less, better or differently educated than oneself, it separates you from the Earth. We as humans can experience both the positive and negative sides of class ism. Class ism can strike at any age and often strikes negatively the weak in our groups.

If one wants to believe men are equal to women, that we as individuals are not any better than anyone else, that Earth and all of  Earth’s living inhabitants, dirt, trees, animals are equal or of the ‘same’ value, one must explore class ism in ones own life.

Is class ism simply the great separator, destroying the Earth’s air, the Earth’s water, soil, food and the human social web we need?