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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day two: dinner, filmed

Day two was cold with a wind blowing. Dinner brought a few smiles. The hot soup with dessert was delicious...

Day two in photos, pt 2


Bernadette

Francis


Peace, Dennis




John and Steve in profile

Day two in photos, pt 1



Today the port-a-potty had its own temper, but onwards the walkers went...

Taking drones literally

A scary piece on how the US government turns the Insect World into Enemy Combatants against - well, the enemy (think up some for yourselves):

Developing tightly coupled machine-insect interfaces by placing micro-mechanical systems inside the insects during the early stages of metamorphosis.
Further reading.

A very early exercise in Unmanned Bombing

A remarkable piece on exercises with so-called "drones", Unmanned Aereal Vehicles, 1978/79, on the island of Diego Garcia. Equally remarkable: no mention of the people of Chagos who were deported to make room for a US basis and now are being denied return for "ecological reasons". Look here.




For more on Chagos you should check out Chagos Gulagwatch and the resources bar on the left side.

And on behalf of the Insect World we should protest the use of the name "drones" as well as protest the production and use of the things themselves.

John Amidon's notes on the Walk



Former NDE-coordinator John Amidon is very much present at the Sacred Peace Walk. He writes down his own serious notes with a light touch. Since I met him while he was singing Angel of the morning I quote him on that:


Andre and Annabelle and are from Holland visiting the Nevadea Desert Experience and doing prison work. At one point in his life, Andre had been a disc jockey. [He still is, actually - AdR]


For reasons I can no longer recall we began singing, Angel of the Morning. Andre knew most of the lyrics and soon Mary Ann and I were on you tube listening to a number of different version by the Pretenders, Juice Newton and of course Merillee Rush.. Since Mary Ann and I both enjoy the theater of the absurd, (much of life fits this description and nuclear weapons are truly absurd and so very deadly) and since I quite like Angel of the Morning, I rewrote a version of the song which I hope might be sung at the Nevada Test Site before crossing the line. There are some difficulties though as the song isn't particularly easy to sing. Anyone have a spare karaoke machine they can lend us quickly. Below is Angel of the Test Site. Perhaps soon the Raging Grannies might add it to their song book. Then again, maybe not.
Angel of the Test Site


By John Amidon

(Sung to the music of Angel of the Morning)

There are no cuffs to bind my hands
Not if my love can change your heart.
There is a need to take a stand
Nuclear weapons tear us apart.
I choose to protest now
I see no need to drop the bomb,
So much better not to harm.

Just call me angel of the test site, Angel
Let my heart touch yours before you leave me, Baby.
Just call me angel of the test site, Angel
Then slowly turn away from me.

When the blast turns sunlight dim
Then it won’t matter anyhow.
When we dropped the bomb we’ve sinned
Something I ‘m trying to prevent now
Trying not to be victims of bomb,
Trying to avoid the harm.

Just call me angel of the test site, angel
Just touch my heart before you leave me baby
Just call me angel of the test site, Angel
Then slowly turn away
I won’t beg you to stay with me
Through the tears of the day,
Of the years, baby, baby,
Just call me angel of the test site, Angel
Just touch my heart before you leave me, baby


See John's notes here.

Trident and nuclear disarmament

The UK government is planning to "modernize" its nuclear armament at the cost of about 100 billion US dollars (present day value). Here is one journalist/columnist who thinks this idea might be overturned by the US president. True or not, there might be some pressure put on this.
See what you think of it.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

They are off!



2010 Sacred Peace Walk organized by the Nevada Desert Experience: they are off!

Sr Megan Rice speaks



Sr Megan Rice speaks at the opening of the 2010 Nevada Desert Experience Sacred Peace Walk, March 30, 2010

A prayer



Steve Kelly offered a prayer during the opening ceremony at the first day of the Walk, at the statue of Martin Luther King.

Meanwhile, in Belgium


At the airbase of Kleine Brogel, Belgium, activities have been put to a standstill for more than an hour by fifty activists who were letting up balloons. Twenty of them were arrested because they entered the area of the base.

On April 3d there wil be an inspection of the base for nuclear weapons.

Start of the Sacred Peace Walk March 30th 2010


The starting point of the Sacred Peace Walk was the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. at Martin Luther King Boulevard, North Las Vegas. Symbolically MLK was asked to join in. The walkers also got the blessing of a former chef of the Nevada Test Site, who apparently had a serious disease after having worked there for twenty-seven years. He was a passer-by.

There was singing, a blessing of the participants with sage and off the twenty-five participants went.

There was a strong, hot Southwestern wind, sometimes with force of 60m/h, which led to the idea that camping would be impossible at the end of the first stage.
As far as we know this will however be done. We are awaiting further news.

Monday, March 29, 2010

First celebration


The Jewish Seder (Pass Over) was celebrated as one of the inter faith celebrations at the Sacred Peace Walk. This year, it was celebrated the evening before the start of the Walk. Here is the table, laid out for you to see...

Press Release: Nuclear Madness and the Sacred Peace Walk


Release Date: 29 March 2010

Nuclear Madness and the Sacred Peace Walk

Why worry about nuclear weapons? Well, there are several good reasons. The nation is in deficit spending and on the verge of economic collapse. Las Vegas is suffering severely from this economic depression, the outcome of a war economy. Nuclear weapons are capital intensive and a tremendous economic drain on our nation. There are of course legal and moral reasons but in this city money talks. Funny how quiet it has become lately.

What: The 18th annual Nevada Desert Experience Sacred Peace Walk to the Nevada Test Site

When: Dedication of the Walk: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8 AM
Step off at 8:30 AM heading west on Carey Blvd.

Where: Highland Valley Park at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and W. Carey Ave.

Who: Peace walkers from around the nation, and the local peace organization, Nevada Desert Experience

Why:

  1. To help educate the public about the cost, and danger of nuclear weapons,

  2. To make the connection between nuclear weapons development and the ongoing expansion of other new technologies killing increasing numbers of civilians abroad

  3. To provide a healing, prayerful presence to southern Nevada during this season of Spring religious celebration and reverence for life and renewal.

Contact:
Jim Haber, Coordinator
415-828-2506 (mobile)
702-646-4814 (office)
jim@nevadadesertexperience.org
http://nevadadesertexperience.org/programs/2010/pw_schedule.htm
http://nevadadesertexperience.org/programs/2010/DesertCry.htm

About Nevada Desert Experience: Its mission is
• to stop nuclear weapons testing and development through a campaign of prayer, education, dialogue, and nonviolent direct action.

to mobilize people of all faiths to work toward nuclear abolition and nonviolent social change.

to support personal renewal in the desert tradition, reconnecting with each other and the earth.

Sacred Peace Walk 2010


March 29 to April 5, 2010
Please note that this year's walk includes the Mahavir Janant (Jain), Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter (Christian), Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu), Passover (Jewish), and Theravadin New Year (Buddhist).

We walk in the footsteps of a long legacy of peace walkers and spiritual leaders to draw attention to the nuclear dangers that continue to threaten our sacred planet and the community of life. Please join us in transforming fears into compassion and apathy into action in NDE's 2010 Sacred Peace Walk.

NDE's 62-mile, annual pilgrimage to the Nevada Test Site will begin on March 29 with an orientation in Las Vegas and preparation for our six-day walk starting on March 30. The main Walk ends on Sunday (which happens to be Easter), with an extra special action on Monday for those who can hang out longer in the desert.

We have a support vehicle available for those who need extra support, and for emergencies as well. Some Walkers on the Sacred Peace Walk only come for a few days--all are welcome to do as much or as little of the SPW as the Spirit calls..

Gonna take Us All, Jon Fromer (RIP

To keep the spirit!

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