This evening, upon returning home from a Maker's Fair, we encountered some kids and a man standing in the middle of the road. The adult held a shovel. We stopped and they moved something out of the way with a stick. We moved slowly past and I looked down at the ground to see what they had moved.
There was a smallish yellow and black garter snake, about 3 feet long lying on the side of the road, his head in position to see me. He was still conscious, but his head had been partially hacked off with a shovel and was bleeding.
A little innocent garter snake just out minding his business. Happily eating mice that carry dangerous diseases like Lyme disease. Performing a real service. Harming no one.
After securing my things at the house, I went back to talk to them and explain that these snakes are harmless and helpful, but they were gone. They had all gone up to the neighbor's house, carrying the now dead snake. The neighbor was up there, with his gun holstered, glancing at me. It was clear from the way they were showing the snake and he was examining their work that he had sent them down to kill the snake. Some years back this neighbor had previously threatened to harm my family, while in the direct presence of his friend the Deputy Sheriff. I asked the Deputy at the time if he had any opinion about that threat and he told me, "To be serious it has to be more specific than that." This neighbor doesn't take kindly to having any of his various killings and schemes questioned, and often spends hours shooting his various guns, so I chose not to proceed with the explanation of the snake's harmlessness, which he knew anyway. The reason these people murder animals is because of their distorted religious framework that calls for domination and destruction of innocent creatures. I knew this because some years ago I was in a field with him and his children and picked up a black snake and they wanted me to kill it but I would not. I explained that these snakes reduce disease, are harmless and helpful and something that you want more of, not to harm. Their response to all these points was simply "Snakes have the Devil in them."
Whether killing garden snakes, shooting little turtles, murdering indians, or enslaving blacks, it's all the same philosophy and comes from the same place and is an endemic theme of this colonialist culture. A place of immense evildoing seeking to control, assimilate, enslave and destroy.
Lola Ahmedova - Unutolmadim | Лола Ахмедова - Унутолмадим
It's been a while since Lola Ahmedova's last video, glad to see a new one. Lovely voice, very sentimental topics.
Yulduz Usmonova - Yoningdaman | Юлдуз Усмонова - Ёнингдаман
Latest video from Yulduz Usmonova. For those not keeping up with the super coolest stuff, Yulduz is especially interesting because after her music was banned for being too activist, there was a great public outcry and her music was restored. Inspired by the support of her fans to fight the power, she ran for national Parliament and was readily elected. She's also cool and approachable, maintaining her indigenous roots which are apparent in some of her videos involving mountain tops. (This particular one is more popish and follows the new bicycle trend started last month by Munisa.)
Колыбельная / Lullaby
Мне сегодняшний день скука / This Day Today I have Ennui
Во поле туман / The Field Tuman
Огней так много золотых / Many Golden Lights
Today, July 4, Great White Father Washington invites you to celebrate 238 years of white supremacy, genocide, land theft, colonialism, rape, slavery, war and murder under his new style of flag.
Accepting an invitation to celebrate such matters is a personal choice.
Traditional Lao Gyroscopic bamboo fireball competition in Thailand.
Каниза - Уйна
And here the story ends.