Thailand is not exactly known for the cleanliness of its bar glasses, the safety of its water or ice, or even for the use of soap in restaurants. But it is known for its date rape drugs. All the more reason for tourists to drink their Singha straight from the bottle.
“In the Ojibwe tradition it is the women who care for the water.”
[Ready for a little Water Protection Tourism? The North Woods beckons. Yes there is a resistance camp, but follow their social media for a little while first: the big media event was last weekend, there seems to be some court case expected later in June. It seems like Fire Light Camp near the Mississippi headwaters is actively looking for people until at least July 1]
The new pipeline replaces a pipeline the Enbridge company says is outdated, and would be rerouted to pass through treaty-protected tribal lands, including a watershed of Lake Superior that supports wild rice, a cultural heritage of the Ojibwe People.
Yes the tribes have first dibs on harvesting the rice, they do it by canoe, bending the stems over the canoe and striking them with the canoe paddle to get the grain to fall into the canoe. Later in the season others can try for a harvest, there is usually some left on the stems that is worth going after. Wild rice is expensive, if you can get it at all.
Some say the pipeline is not even a “replacement”, it is a totally new one, and that Enbridge has no intentions of removing or cleaning up the old one, which was built in the 60s and has had multiple problems. They just intend to abandon it.
“If an oil pipeline breaks, the oil will float to the top of the water, but this tar sands is more like a peanut butter sludge, and if it breaks—which it will—that sludge will sink to the bottom, as the benzenes they use to keep it broken up and flowing will evaporate into the air.”
“Particularly from a climate standpoint, the case for a brand-new, massive tar-sands pipeline is extremely thin and frankly nonexistent,” said Moneen Nasmith, an attorney with the environmental legal organization, EarthJustice, [hmm, “originally Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund”] which is challenging the pipeline.
The protests are taking place at Two Inlets pump station, about 20 miles north of the town of Park Rapids, Minnesota, north on Highway 71.
Hmm, Itasca State Park… seems familiar for some reason, yes…headwaters of the Mississippi River.
Oh look, the art work is by Macalester student Dio Cramer, it’s women all the way.
https://welcomewaterprotectors.com/ Water Protection Tourism: the locals will show you their territory. “We are inviting you into our Akiing – our territory. Our territory is full of life. We live where the wild things are – the wolves, bears, otter, beaver, butterflies, frogs, and yes, the mosquitoes. Someone has to be at the bottom of the food chain – and sometimes, we feed the mosquitoes. ” Ha. It’s Minnesota, bring DEET.
You can use it to evaluate the quality of an article. Before you reject this out of hand, try looking at the rubric for hand-scoring articles, then take a look at a few articles that have been hand scored. You will probably find the scoring wildly out of date and inaccurate. Either the articles have been massively improved, or they have slid downhill pitifully, none of which is reflected in an evaluation done five or ten years ago. Yet, where is the value of hand-scoring millions of old articles over and over. Unless a piece is going to appear on the Wikipedia front page, it’s probably all horseshoes and hand grenades. So if you create an article, run the ORES and put the score on the talk page. If someone decides to make a project, and improve the articles on a given topic, they can see which articles to concentrate on.
I was a bit surprised to find out that ORES was created by Aaron Halfaker, but I probably shouldn’t have been. He also did this slide about the impact of the Women in Red project.
Dear All, There is one last bit of news I would like to share following the Board meeting update.
After ~ 8 years on the Board of Trustees at the Wikimedia Foundation – a long time! – I have notified the Board that I am stepping down as Chair and trustee, effective end of day today.
As all of you know, the community-selected seats were due to expire last year and were extended at the request of the Board to see through these difficult and unprecedented times. Now, after chairing the last meeting of the fiscal year and having the call for candidates for the upcoming elections approved, it is the least disruptive moment for me to step down. The Foundation has asked me to consider an advisory role to support Movement Strategy and the onboarding of new trustees and the new CEO/ED, to help support leadership and this strategic transition. Nataliia Tymkiv, currently Vice Chair, will act as Chair until a new one is elected by the Board ensuring continuity.
Hopefully this news will not come as too much of a surprise. I am grateful to the community members who lent me their trust and support to become a trustee on two different occasions, to the staff, and to the trustees for their confidence in me in the different leadership positions I have held within the Board – first as committee chair, then two terms as Vice Chair, and two terms as Chair.
Together we have accomplished many things during this time, but if I had to single out only a few they would be the following: launching the Movement Strategy process, engaging in the most ambitious governance reform in the history of the Board, and working to ensure the stability and sustainability of the Foundation. It has been a time of change, of discussing strategy and our future, and deciding together what the path forward should be.
Of course, the work is never finished – it will be the task of the Board to continue what has been done and face the newer and complex challenges that will no doubt arise. I hope that we will see many of the women of the movement and people from the Global South as candidates in the upcoming community elections – I know there are many qualified people ready to step into these important roles. I look forward to supporting an increasingly capable and diverse Board.
There are undoubtedly some people whose names I will not mention who will be doing a victory dance, but I think they will eventually come to the realization that there are a lot worse things that could happen than having the lesbians in charge.
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The Monastic Matrix is “a scholarly resource for the study of women’s religious communities from 400 to 1600 CE”. If it comes up in a search result, chances are you will be directed to a site maintained by the Ohio State University department of history. http://monasticmatrix.osu.edu/ But it’s not there any more, even though an internal search of the OSU website turns up dozens of dead links. But you can find it in the Wayback Machine, and even browse it there.
Shall we try to look up something, like maybe the our Cornish saint Keynes? Here is a search for St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, where St. Keynes is said to have appeared, along with her sainted brother. Or maybe nephew. It was a popular pilgrimage site, where else would a couple of Cornish saints go on vacation in the 5th century? So here is one document, from the search, showing the charters in Latin, with an English translation. The documents show the dispersal of the monastery, and the location of any extant documents. I do love primary sources.
If you are looking for more rabbit hole, the same search also brings up a very long but interesting essay, “Chapters IV, VI, VII and IX; Appendix of Women under Monasticism“, on the history of women and monasticism, that will tell you why the English monks, but especially nuns, got tired of living in England and decided to go convert some heathen in Europe, or go on pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
So, what about this St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall?
An 1811 poem here mentions the saint on page 24 (#38), as “Keyna”, (Keyne, in the footnote), and it’s a really awful poem, but the footnote points us to a “Mr. Polwhele’s history of Cornwall. b.I.c.3,” which we are told is the source of the information that she was at St. Michael’s on pilgrimage. This must be “The History of Cornwall” by Richard Polwhele (clergy again) republished in 1978 in several volumes with snippet view, or the 1816+ [free ebook]. Once something gets republished with a new copyright, it seems to be really hard to find the previous editions. But there is the first volume, and it ought to be easy enough for someone to determine if it has anything about the saint, or if the other volumes are worth looking for. So we can abandon that trail for now. So the two volumes are Polwhele, History of Cornwall:
From Baring-Gould and Fisher’s 1907 Volume 1, page#20 we find out that “Capgave gives us a few more Lives…S.Keyne…” This would be English historianJohn Capgrave (1393 – 1464) and his Nova Legenda Angliae (New Reading from England), but according to this it was “compiled in the mid 14th century by John of Teignmouth from an unknown original”, and it was probably falsely attributed to Capgrave. Other spellings: ‘Cein-wyry’ (‘Keyne the virgin’), [often shortened to ‘Ceinwr’ and ‘Gaynor’ – or again ‘Ceinwen’ i.e. ‘Cain the holy’]. So here is a 1516 copy of John of Tynemouth ( -1290?), “Sanctilogium Angliae, Walliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae” [Nova lege[n]da Angliae] in Latin. “Translated from English and printed in Latin”. Wat. Translated from English? All right, it says there is an abbreviated copy by Pynson, [publisher Richard Pynson (c.1449 – c.1529)] “Nova legenda Anglie“: “First complete edition of the Nova legenda Anglie. Pynson published an abridged English translation 20 Feb., 1516”. That would be cited here, in Here begynneth the kalendre of the newe legende of Englande, Hilton, Walter, d. 1396. So get out your best Middle English for this one: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=eebo;idno=A17943.0001.001 The contents are nicely alphabetized, so we find our saint is listed as “¶De sancta Keyna virgine.” https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A17943.0001.001/1:5.101?rgn=div2;view=fulltext
This isn’t half bad:
“…when her moder was with childe with her she sawe in vision her bosome full of myrre and balme / and her tetes shynynge of a heuenly lyght and she thought that in stede of a childe she was delyuered of a fayre wyght / and when she was first borne her face was somtyme whyte lyke snowe / somtyme bryght shynynge lyke the sonne…”