Our Land, Our Life

This was originally posted by Brenda Norrell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

“Our Land, Our Life” presents the struggle of Carrie and Mary Dann, two Western Shoshone elders, to address the threat mining development poses to the sacred and environmentally sensitive lands of Crescent Valley, Nevada. This was originally posted by Brenda Norrell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Western Shoshone protest Barrick Gold on Mount Tenabo photos

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Western Shoshone protest Barrick Gold on Mount Tenabo photos

Western Shoshone protest Barrick Gold’s destruction on sacred Mount Tenabo on Wednesday. Shoshone call for help to establish an encampment.
By Brenda Norrell
CRESCENT VALLEY, Newe Sogobi (Nevada) — While most Americans enjoyed Thanksgiving this week, Western Shoshone protested the devastation on their sacred Mount Tenabo, as Barrick Gold ripped out pine trees by the roots on this ceremonial mountain for gold mining.
As Barrick Gold continues its practice of genocide, targeting Indigenous Peoples territories around the world, Barrick is destroying Mount Tenabo for one of the United States largest open pit gold mines. The Cortez Hills Expansion Project is at the flank of the mountain where Shoshone carry out sweatlodges and other ceremonies. (See protest photos at http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com )
Shoshone called for help and an immediate encampment to protect sacred Mount Tenabo.
Earlier this week, several Western Shoshone tribes and non-profit indigenous and environmental organizations filed a restraining order in the federal District Court in Reno against the construction of the proposed mine site.Unable to wait for the hearing that is scheduled for early next week and the mine’s continual slaughter of the pinion forest, the Western Shoshone grandmothers and supporters traveled to the site demanding Barrick to stop cutting the trees.
“As heavy machinery used to tear out the pinion trees came to halt upon the arrival of the Shoshones, Barrick Gold employees ignored the Shoshone’s demand that they cease the clear cutting. They witnessed piles of pinion and other trees strewn across the landscape and unfenced polluted ponds,” Western Shoshone said in a joint statement.
“Today we went to a war zone, a war zone against the trees by the Barrick Gold Company. If people can eat or drink gold to sustain life, maybe we can call it a sacrifice of the life of trees, trees that gives us pine nuts and other medicinal uses,” stated Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother and executive director of the Western Shoshone Defense Project.The Western Shoshone had lived in the area of Mount Tenabo since the beginning of time.
Today it is the homelands to local Shoshones and continues to be the home to Shoshone creation stories, spirit life, medicinal foods and plants as well as a site for spiritual and ceremonial practices. Mount Tenabo is in the heart of Western Shoshone territory and is part of the ancestral lands that has been identified and recognized as Western Shoshone territory through the ratification of the Treaty of Ruby Valley between the Western Shoshone and the United States.
“The mining company and the Bureau of Land Management are trespassing on the Western Shoshone treaty land and are destroying our mountains, trees, food, medicine and leaving dirty polluted water ponds that are wide open making it unsafe to the birds and animals. Why doesn’t the mining company go dig up the Vatican or the Mormon Tabernacle instead of Western Shoshone lands, I’m sure they will find gold there, because this is what you are doing to our mountains and trees,” said Mary McCloud, Western Shoshone grandmother.
Earlier this year, Barrick attorneys halted release of a book exposing the global genocide and atrocities of Barrick Gold. The book launch for Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique, edited by Alain Denault and the Collectif Ressources d’Afrique out of Montréal, was halted when the authors and publishers (Édition Écosociété) received letters from a law firm representing Barrick Gold, according to the Dominion in Canada.
Barrick has also sued The Guardian and The Observer over published articles about the Bulyanhulu massacre in Tanzania.
The book exposes Barrick’s advantageous mining contracts, partnerships with arms dealers and mercenaries in the Great Lakes region, miners buried alive in Tanzania, an “involuntary genocide” by poisoning in Mali, brutal expropriations in Ghana, using people from the Ivory Coast for pharmaceutical testing, devastating hydroelectric projects in Senegal and the savage privatization of the railway system in West Africa.
For more information, or to help, Western Shoshone: Western Shoshone Defense Project
So-Ho-Bi (South Fork) office: 775-744-2565 (fax and phone) Main office:P.O. Box 211308Crescent Valley, NV 89821
Newe Sogobi775-468-0230775-468-0237 (fax)

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Western Shoshone Devastation and Destruction on Mount Tenabo

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Western Shoshone Devastation and Destruction on Mount Tenabo

Contact: Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother, (775) 468-0230

Western Shoshone Grandmothers Day of Resistance –
Devastation and Destruction Witnessed

(November 27, 2008, Crescent Valley, Newe Sogobi (Nevada). Western Shoshone grandmothers and other Western Shoshone supporters gathered in solidarity yesterday to oppose the clear cutting of pinion trees at the spiritual Mount Tebano where Barrick Gold Company is planning one of the country’s largest open pit gold mines known as the Cortez Hills Expansion Project at the flank of the Mountain. Earlier this week, several Western Shoshone tribes and non-profit indigenous and environmental organizations have filed a restraining order in the federal District Court in Reno, NV, against the construction of the proposed mine site.

Unable to wait for the hearing that is scheduled for early next week and the mine’s continual slaughter of the pinion forest, the Western Shoshone grandmothers and supporters traveled to the site demanding Barrick to stop cutting the trees. As heavy machinery used to tear out the pinion trees came to halt upon the arrival of the Shoshones, Barrick Gold employees ignored the Shoshone’s demand that they cease the clear cutting. They witnessed piles of pinion and other trees strewn across the landscape and unfenced polluted ponds. “Today we went to a war zone, a war zone against the trees by the Barrick Gold Company. If people can eat or drink gold to sustain life, maybe we can call it a sacrifice of the life of trees, trees that gives us pine nuts and other medicinal uses,” stated Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother and Executive Director of the Western Shoshone Defense Project.

The Western Shoshone had lived in the area of Mount Tenabo since the beginning of time. Today it is the homelands to local Shoshones and continues to be the home to Shoshone creation stories, spirit life, medicinal foods and plants as well as a site for spiritual and ceremonial practices. Mount Tenabo is in the heart of Western Shoshone territory and is part of the ancestral lands that has been identified and recognized as Western Shoshone territory through the ratification of the Treaty of Ruby Valley between the Western Shoshone and the United States. “The mining company and the Bureau of Land Management are trespassing on the Western Shoshone treaty land and are destroying our mountains, trees, food, medicine and leaving dirty polluted water ponds that are wide open making it unsafe to the birds and animals. Why doesn’t the mining company go dig up the Vatican or the Mormon Tabernacle instead of Western Shoshone lands, I’m sure they will find gold there, because this is what you are doing to our mountains and trees, stated Mary McCloud, another Western Shoshone grandmother.
Western Shoshone Defense Project
So-Ho-Bi (South Fork) office:
775-744-2565 (fax and phone)
Main office:
P.O. Box 211308
Crescent Valley, NV 89821
Newe Sogobi
775-468-0230
775-468-0237 (fax)

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Barrick Gold ready to carve up Western Shoshone sacred mountain

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ALERT: Barrick Gold ready to carve up Western Shoshone sacred mountain


Thanksgiving the “Cortez” Way – U.S. Ignores Western Shoshone Objections – Barrick Gold Readies Itself to Carve up Mount Tenabo Spiritual Area

By Timbisha Shoshone, Western Shoshone and Great Basin Resource Watch
Photo by Erin Hetherington/Oxfam
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November 20, 2008
RENO and CRESCENT VALLEY, Nev. — Last week, after years of determined opposition from Western Shoshone, the U.S. Department of Interior, through its Bureau of Land Management (BLM), approved one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines in the United States on the flank of Mount Tenabo – an area well-known for its spiritual and cultural importance to the Western Shoshone.

The area is home to local Shoshone creation stories, spirit life, medicinal, food and ceremonial plants and items and continues to be used to this day by Shoshone for spiritual and cultural practices. Over the years, tens of thousands of individuals and organizations from across the United States and around the world have joined with the Shoshone and voiced their opposition to this mine. The mine has been referred to as one of the most opposed mines in the world and indeed the level of public opposition is unprecedented for the BLM.

With the threat of mine construction beginning as early as this week, the South Fork Band Council of Western Shoshone, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, the Western Shoshone Defense Project, and Great Basin Resource Watch, today filed a complaint in the Reno Federal District Court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to stop the mine.
Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s largest gold mining company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, plans to construct and operate the mine, known as the Cortez Hills Expansion Project. The Project area is located entirely within the territory of the Western Shoshone Nation, recognized in the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley. The Mine would blast and excavate a new massive open pit on Mount Tenabo over 900 acres in size, with a depth of over 2,000 feet. It would include several new waste disposal and processing facilities (including a cyanide heap-leaching facility), consisting of approximately 1,577 million tons of waste rock, 53 million tons of tailings material, and 112 million tons of spent heap leach material. The Mine would include an extensive groundwater pumping system to dewater Mount Tenabo (in order to keep the open pit and mine workings dry during mining) and associated water pipelines that will transport the pumped water away from Mount Tenabo. In total, the mine would permanently destroy approximately 6,800 acres land on and around Mount Tenabo, over 90% of which is classified as federal “public” land.
“How are we, as a nation, showing our values, if we allow a transnational corporation to destroy this ‘church’ for all time, just to get 10 years worth of gold.” Says Larson Bill, Vice-Chairman of the South Fork Band Council. “There are dozens of active gold mines on Western Shoshone lands already, there is no need for this one, which is clearly immoral and irresponsible. The public should be aware that Nevada is not a waste land, but is the home of ranchers, sportsmen, fishermen and homesteaders that have enjoyed the lands alongside the Shoshone people for generations. We have been clear in our opposition to this mine and while Barrick tries to cloud the real issues with gifts and money, we continue to oppose this project – they have not bought our people, the traditions nor the lands of the Shoshone.” he adds.
The proposed mine area has been found by the BLM, in repeated ethnographic studies, as being of extreme spiritual and cultural importance to the Western Shoshone. One report says: “Mt. Tenabo is … considered a traditional locus of power and source of life, and figures in creation stories and world renewal. As the tallest mountain in the area – the most likely to capture snow and generate water to grow piñon and nourish life – it is literally a life-giver. Water is to earth what blood is to the body, and these subterranean waterways are likened to the earth’s arteries and veins.”
Carrie Dann, a world renowned Western Shoshone elder, and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (known as the “alternative Nobel Peace Prize”) has been among those to lead the fight to protect Mount Tenabo from mining for over 15 years. “Mount Tenabo should be left alone – no further disturbance. This mine will drain the water from Mount Tenabo. They will be sucking the water out of the mountain forever. The destruction of the water is like the destruction of the blood of the earth; you are destroying life of the earth and the people and wildlife that depend on it. Dewatering is taking the life of future generations. Water is sacred, all life depends on it,” says Carrie Dann.
“Next week we celebrate Thanksgiving – The question that the courts and the people of this country need to ask themselves is will we continue to tolerate these violations against the First Peoples of this land or will we finally turn the tide of injustice and protect these sacred areas?” Says Julie Cavanaugh-Bill, Consultant to the Western Shoshone Defense Project.
“None of us are opposed to mining, if it is done responsibly, however this project is as irresponsible as it gets. The BLM has a legal responsibility to protect the air, water, and ecological values of the area as well as the religious freedom of Western Shoshone, and to fully analyze the impacts of a proposed project. In each case, this mine would clearly violate the law.” Says Dan Randolph, Executive Director of Great Basin Resource Watch. “This is an example of how the Bush Administration is rushing to protect their corporate friends in their last few months in power. The BLM denied requests to extend the comment period on the Environmental Impact Statement not only from us, but also from several Western Shoshone tribal governments. Therefore, we are forced to now turn to the courts to stop this project. We know that Barrick will begin work on the mine as soon as they can, to cause enough harm in an attempt to make the religious rights arguments moot, and the BLM and Bush Administration appear to be more than willing to help them in every way possible.”
The plaintiffs are being represented in court by Roger Flynn of the non-profit legal firm, the Western Mining Action Project, which specializes in mining, public land, and environmental law.
For more information on the Cortez Hills Project, Mount Tenabo, and the legal challenge go to http://www.gbrw.org/ and http://www.wsdp.org/
For Immediate Release:
Contacts:
Larson Bill, South Fork Band Council of Western Shoshone, 775-744-2565/775-397-6726
Dan Randolph, Great Basin Resource Watch, 775-722-4056
Julie Cavanaugh-Bill, Western Shoshone Defense Project, 775-397-1371

Western Shoshone tour in Ireland

Western Shoshone tour in Ireland


Congratulations to newlyweds Larson Bill and Julie Cavanaugh-Bill of the Western Shoshone Defense Project, currently in Ireland

Photo: Larson Bill, Western Shoshone, videotapes gold mining operation near sacred Mount Tenabo on Western Shoshone land. Below: Julie Cavanaugh talks with Tom Goldtooth during the Indigenous Environmental Network Conference on Western Shoshone land in July. Photos Brenda Norrell

From: Derry, Northern Ireland
10th October, 2008.
Shoshone Indigenous Rights in the U.S., fostering links with Ireland, a Film & Discussion Tour

Watch “Our Land, Our Life,” online, 25 minute version of the 74 minute film on You Tube
Representatives from the U.S.-based Western Shoshone Defense Project will begin a week long speaking tour in Ireland this month. Larson Bill, Western Shoshone leader and community planner and Julie Cavanaugh-Bill, Irish descendant and Western Shoshone Defense Project advisor, will travel to the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritage, University of Ulster, Derry (22nd October), the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway (23rd October) and Erris in the Gaeltacht of Co. Mayo, (24th–26th October) where they will participate in Afri’s ‘Pipelines and Profits: People Under Pressure’ Hedge School, and meet community members opposing Shell’s attempt to build a controversial gas pipeline. During the tour Larson and Julie will talk about the struggle of the Western Shoshone, recent international successes and the need for indigenous-rights based protection of the environment, cultures and spiritual areas worldwide. The new award-winning film documenting the Western Shoshone struggle, American Outrage, will precede discussions.

The Western Shoshone struggle is well known and based on a decades long challenge to the US government’s assertion of federal ownership of nearly 90% of Western Shoshone lands. The land base covers approximately 60 million acres, stretching across what is now referred to as the states of Nevada, Idaho, Utah and California. Western Shoshone rights to the land – which they continue to use, care for, and occupy today – were recognized by the United States in 1863 by the Treaty of Ruby Valley. The U.S. now claims these same lands as “public” or federal lands through an agency process and has denied Western Shoshone fair access to U.S. courts through that same process. The land base has been and continues to be used by the United States for military testing, open pit cyanide heap leach gold mining and nuclear waste disposal planning. The U.S. has engaged in military style seizures of Shoshone livestock, trespass fines in the millions of dollars and armed surveillance of Western Shoshone who continue to assert their original and treaty rights. Both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination have ruled against the U.S. on several occasions, but the Shoshone continue to suffer from ongoing harassment by federal officials and massive expansion by transnational corporations.

Larson Bill, Community Planner for the WSDP and 25 year elected leader said before leaving the U.S.: “We are pleased to be able to meet with people across Ireland to discuss these issues that affect all of us around the world. It is through traditional knowledge and teachings that we will protect our spiritual areas and learn more about our original relationships to the earth and to each other as we take on some of the largest industries in the world.”

“We believe the connection between the struggles of the Irish peoples and the Indigenous peoples of the United States is very important. Similarities in colonization, struggles against spiritual, cultural and environmental destruction, as well as an undying spirit and connection to the land make us natural allies. We hope that this preliminary trip will open avenues to building stronger alliances and future delegations both to Ireland and to native territories in the U.S.” Added Julie Cavanaugh Bill who has worked in both legal and staff capacities for the Western Shoshone for over ten years.

Cathal Doyle an indigenous peoples rights advocate acting on behalf of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and a doctoral student in law at the University of Middlesex points out that “The struggle of the Western Shoshone reflects a global pattern of expropriation of indigenous peoples lands and resources. In the past this was as a result of colonization. Today it continues unabated through the activities of transnational corporations, particularly those in the extractive sector. At its core is a lack of respect for indigenous peoples’ rights. In 2007, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, laying out the minimum standards for their cultural survival. The Shoshone, together with many of the world’s 350 million indigenous people, now demand that governments and corporations make these rights a reality”.

For further information contact:
Julie Cavanaugh Bill (U.S.) +1 775-744-2565 (wsdp@igc.org) or
Cathal Doyle (Ireland) +353 86 85 45 414 (doncathal@gmail.com)
See Western Shoshone Defense Project website http://www.wsdp.org/
The Mayo Gaeltacht / official Irish speaking region, consists of approximately 11,000 people representing in the region of 11% of the total Irish speaking population remaining in Ireland. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaeltacht
Afri (Action From Ireland, an Irish NGO) will hold a Hedge School (Scoil Chois Claí) on the theme of ‘Pipelines and Profits: People Under Pressure’ with participation from the Western Shoshone Defense Project as well as people from Ecuador, Nigeria and France from the 24th to the 26th October. For more information see http://www.afri.ie/pdf/hedge-school-2008.pdf. For an overview of the campaign opposing Shell’s proposed project in north Co. Mayo see http://www.corribsos.com/

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Remembering Corbin Harney (Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader, Elder)

Corbin Harney with his trademark smile

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Corbin Harney has passed over
July 10th, 2007

March 24, 1920 – July 10, 2007

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Corbin Harney has passed over
July 10th, 2007

March 24, 1920 – July 10, 2007

In Loving Memory of Corbin Harney

Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader

Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone spiritual leader passed away on July 10, 2007.  He was born in Bruno, Idaho on March 24, 1920.  He was raised by his grandparents.  Corbin traveled around the world and spoke out about global toxins, radiation and illness.

He spent most of his life teaching people and healing many.  He spoke to many high schools, grade schools, universities, youth correctional institutions and prisons.  Corbin is well known around the world for the work he did.

Corbin founded Poo Ha Bah – meaning “Doctor Water” in Tecopa, California in the 1990’s, which is a unique native healing and prayer center.  A viewing will be in Lee, Nevada at Larson Bill’s residence on July 14th and 15th.

Services will be on Monday, July 16th in Battle Mountain beginning with a sunrise ceremony at the BattleMountain Indian

Community park, followed by funeral services at 9 a.m. at the Battle Mountain Indian Community Administrative Building at 37 Mountain View Drive.  Burial will be held at the graveside at the Battle Mountain City Cemetery at 10 a.m.  A feast will follow at the Battle Mountain Indian Community Administrative Building.

Corbin Harney is descended from generations of Newe (Shoshone) traditional healers and was always grateful for the many extraordinary teachers who shared their knowledge in his lifetime.

Corbin is survived by his daughter Reynaulda Taylor; granddaughters Ann Taylor and Nada Leno; grandsons Keith, Jon and Joel Leno and William Henry Taylor; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and his sister Rosie Blossom’s family; John Harney and other Harney family members; and the family of Marge McDade and many cousins and other family members as well as many, many, many, friends around the world.

Corbin was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister, grandparents, uncle, great granddaughter, cousins, and friends.

A very special thanks to Patricia Davidson, Corbin’s caregiver in his final months; Dominic Daileda, Corbin’s friend and companion for his support and compassion in hard times, and the family of Dixie and Martin van der Kamp for opening up their home and their hearts to Corbin and his family and friends during his time of need.

Donations may be made either to the immediate family through:

Reynaulda Taylor

P.O. Box 397

Owyhee, Nevada 89832

775-757-2610 or 775-757-2064

annietaytay@yahoo.com

Or, to:

The Corbin Harney Way

6360 Sonoma Mtn. Rd.

Santa Rosa, CA  95404

No other individual, organization or entity is authorized to receive donations on behalf of Corbin’s immediate family or Corbin Harney

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Western Shoshone leader dies at 87
– REVIEW-JOURNAL Article

Anti-Nuclear Activist and Spritual Leader Corbin Harney Passes Away. AUDIO and text by  Christina Aanestad:
Corbin Harney, spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone passed away July 10.2007 of cancer, on Turtle Island, Santa Rosa, California. Harney led the successful resistence to stop the Divine Strake, a nuclear testing plan on Shoshone Lands in Nevada earlier this year.
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An honoring of Corbin & discussion on how UC Berkeley has been in violation of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act) & excluding Indian people from related dialogue happening behind closed doors.  UC Berkeley is holding captive thousands of remains of Native ancestors. Bay Native Circle radio show, KPFA by Maya Orozco, Morning Star Gali, and Tony Gonzalas.
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Western Shoshone leader dies at 87 Associated Press 10:23 a.m. July 11, 2007

RENO, Nev. – Corbin Harney, a spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone who challenged the federal government – and once his own tribe – to oppose nuclear weapons on aboriginal land has died at the age of 87. Harney, a fixture at anti-nuclear rallies, died Tuesday of complications from cancer near Santa Rosa, Calif., where he had hoped to finish a book, according to his family.

“We have truly lost a lot,” said his nephew, Santiago Lozada, who was with him when he died. “

Corbin was a World War II veteran and was known around the world for his activism against radioactivity and nuclear weapons,” said Robert Hager, Reno-based lawyer for the Western Shoshone tribe. “He’s irreplaceable to the Western Shoshone nation.”

“He was someone who just had this gentle spirit but a steely resolve that people should do the right thing,” Hager said. “He thought people would eventually come around and realize the harm people were doing to Mother Earth.”

Hager recalled that Harney bucked his own tribe when the federal government in the 1950s unearthed remains of Western Shoshone ancestors during digging for nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site north of Las Vegas.

“He picked up the remains and gave them a decent burial,” Hager said. “He took a lot of flack from Western Shoshone leaders who said he should have nothing to do with the U.S. government. But I always respected Corbin for doing what, to the Western Shoshone, was not politically correct but in his mind was the right thing to do.”

Ian Zabarte, secretary of state for the Western Shoshone National Council, said Harney “was always steadfast in trying to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and guard the people against the threats and hazards that nuclear technology poses.”

Harney traveled around the world as a speaker and environmentalist. He received national and international awards and spoke before the United Nations in Geneva.

The family is completing funeral plans, but burial services will be at Battle Mountain Indian Community, where his wife, Marge, is buried.

He is survived by his daughter, two granddaughters, four grandsons; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Public Statement by
Corbin’s Immediate Family

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My tribute in Song Form- Box of Rain, preformed by Grateful Dead, lyrics-Robert Hunter, Music-Phil Lesh

Look out of any window
any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
birds are winging or
rain is falling from a heavy sky -
What do you want me to do,
to do for you to see you through?
this is all a dream we dreamed
one afternoon long ago
Walk out of any doorway
feel your way, feel your way
like the day before
Maybe you'll find direction
around some corner
where it's been waiting to meet you -
What do you want me to do,
to watch for you while you're sleeping?
Well please don't be surprised
when you find me dreaming too

Look into any eyes
you find by you, you can see
clear through to another day
I know it's been seen before
through other eyes on other days
while going home --
What do you want me to do,
to do for you to see you through?
It's all a dream we dreamed
one afternoon long ago

Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
to another land
Maybe you're tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted
with words half spoken
and thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
to do for you to see you through
A box of rain will ease the pain
and love will see you through

Just a box of rain -
wind and water -
Believe it if you need it,
if you don't just pass it on
Sun and shower -
Wind and rain -
in and out the window
like a moth before a flame

It's just a box of rain
I don't know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
or leave it if you dare
But it's just a box of rain
or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone 
and a short time to be there

8 Insane Nuclear Explosions

8 Insane Nuclear Explosions

July 21, 2008

A nuclear explosion occurs as a result of the rapid release of energy from an intentionally high-speed nuclear reaction. Below is 8 examples of this occurrence. Whether it be for testing, or the real the deal.

1.

These shots were taken July 3, 1970, by the French army in the Fangataufa atoll. Codenamed Canopus, it yielded 914 kt. Although this picture, like many of the series, is a work of the French Army (as far as I know) this is an original scan from a hardcopy, as processed to remove dust and scratches.

image sources from above pics

next 2 from wired

2.

Operation Upshot-Knothole, conducted at the Nevada Proving Ground between March 17 and June 4, 1953, consisted of 11 atmospheric tests: three airdrops, seven tower tests and one airburst. Upshot-Knothole involved the testing of new theories, using both fission and fusion devices.

House No. 1, located 3,500 feet from ground zero, was completely destroyed on the first day of testing. The elapsed time from the first picture to the last was 2⅔ seconds. The camera was completely enclosed in a 2-inch lead sheath as a protection against radiation. The only source of light was that from the detonation. Frame No. 1 (upper left) shows the house lighted by the blast. Frame No. 2 (upper right) shows the house on fire.

3. [below]

July 1, 1946, in the Marshall Islands: A mushroom cloud erupts in the North Pacific Ocean over the Bikini Lagoon during the first of the two detonations of Operation Crossroads. The series studied the effects of nuclear radiation on large ships, and the United States assembled a fleet of 90 obsolete naval vessels, including a few captured German and Japanese warships, for the test. Several ships can be seen here, silhouetted against the blast.

4. [below]

The Bravo test created the worst radiological disaster in US history. Due to failures in forecasting and analyzing weather patterns, failure to postpone the test following unfavorable changes in the weather, and combined with the unexpectedly high yield, the Marshallese Islanders on Rongelap, Ailinginae, and Utirik atolls were blanketed with the fallout plume along with U.S. servicemen stationed on Rongerik.

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5. [below]

Trinity was the first test of technology for a nuclear weapon. It was conducted by the United States on July 16, 1945, at a location 35 miles southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on what is now White Sands Missile Range, headquartered near Alamogordo. Trinity was a test of an implosion-design plutonium bomb. The Fat Man bomb, using the same conceptual design, was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, a few weeks later. The Trinity detonation was equivalent to the explosion of around 20 kilotons of TNT and is usually considered as the beginning of the Atomic Age.

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6. [below]

BADGER was a 23 kiloton tower shot that was fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site, as part of the Operation Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series.

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7&8. [below]

For those living under a gigantic rock the size of an apartment building: via wikipedia

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks at the end of World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States at the order of U.S. President Harry S. Truman on August 6 and 9, 1945. After six months of intense firebombing of 67 other Japanese cities, the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945, followed on August 9 by the detonation of the “Fat Man” nuclear bomb over Nagasaki.

The bombs killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945, roughly half on the days of the bombings.

Nagasaki [below]

The exact moment of detonation at Nagasaki is captured in this remarkable photograph. Notice the three people in the foreground, as yet unaware that anything has happened. The destruction of Nagasaki followed that of Hiroshima by three days and compelled Japan to surrender, ending World War II. [below]

The Nagasaki bomb: codename fat man. 10,200 lbs, and a height of 10.6 feet [below]

Hiroshima [below]

The Hiroshima bomb: codename little boy. 8,818 lbs and a height of 9 feet [below]

Extra pic:

Taken 1 millisecond after detonation, showing the “Rope Trick” The spikes seen at the bottom of the detonation are caused by thermal radiation (approx 20,000 degrees Kelvin, 3 1/2 times hotter than the surface of the sun) vaporizing cables that held the device in place. This is known as the “Rope Trick”

The mottling effect seen on the surface of the fireball is caused by clumps of vaporized bomb debris, traveling at several tens of kilometers/second, hitting the back of the slower expanding fireball.

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On a related note: I found this other wikipedia entry to be quite interesting…

Tip of the hat to:

http://picdit.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/8-insane-nuclear-explosions/