The Rainbow Gathering meets Burning Man

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Reliving the victory over Custer at the Little Big Horn River
The cowboy hat was made in China. It ruins the ensemble.
The protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, of an oil pipeline that does not cross their land, is something that I’ve had difficulty understanding. A prog friend of mine was supporting it until I reasoned with him. Now he’s quiet.
  • Oil and gas pipelines presently cross under the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in over 440 places. This is just one more. 
  • It’s not being built across tribal land. Indians are not being paid for an easement because it doesn’t cross their land — whoops – that might be the problem.
  • The protests gives the false impression that Indian tribes had no input to the project. The public record shows that they did. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held 389 meetings with 55 tribes to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe met with the corps nearly a dozen times to discuss archaeological issues and to help finalize the pipeline’s route.
Part of the problem is that there are no responsible news outlets to report the story fairly. That’s why you have Virtual Mirage and its crack editorial staff.
Freak Show
Native Americans?
What started out as a protest by Indians has become a lode stone that has brought professional protesters like holy men including Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton (on his farewell tour prior to leaving the US to avoid prosecution for tax fraud). It’s also brought an army of mostly aging white hippies, trying for one more go-round at protesting before they croak. Indian protesters are now voicing concerns about their Caucasian co-demonstrators. Is that racist? I think so, even though nobody asked me. 
Indians have taken to social media, claiming that social justice warriors are arriving at the Standing Rock demonstration for the “cultural experience” and are treating it like Burning Man festival. The Indians have complained that the white people are playing guitars or beating drums and interfere with that sort of music being played by official Indians. The hippies also chant at inappropriate times, and that disturbs the Indian’s chi.
When the Sioux first started the protest, they didn’t intend it to become a forum on gender identity speeches around their sacred campfires. And they didn’t expect the hippies to eat all of their food and scat all over the reservation. But such are the ways of hippies. The Sioux elders must not be old enough to recall the sixties. Or maybe they never visited Austin, Texas or San Francisco, California.

White People are Ruining the Protest

If you are going to host a protest, you need to have a way to filter out the hippies, little better than raccoons (trash pandas), who are attracted to these sorts of gatherings.
(Washington Times) “I Need to get something off my chest that I witnessed and found very disturbing in my brief time there that I believe many others have started to speak up about as well. White people colonizing the camps,” Alicia Smith said in a Facebook post. 
“They are coming in, taking food, clothing etc and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols,” she wrote. “These people are treating it like it is Burning Man or The Rainbow Gathering and I even witnessed several wandering in and out of camps comparing it to those festivals.” 
Her Nov. 14 post, now making the rounds on social media, said outsiders are “literally subsisting entirely off the generosity of native people (AND YOUR DONATIONS if you have been donating) who are fighting to protect their water just because they can.”
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II, who is leading the protest, raised concerns about sanitation in a Nov. 23 interview with Vice, saying activists are “digging pits out there for their human waste.” “That’s a flood zone,” said Mr. Archambault, referring to camps on federal land along the Cannonball River. “So when the floodwaters come up, that waste is going to be contaminating the water. We’re no different than the oil company, if we’re fighting for water. What’s going to happen when people leave? Who has to clean it up? Who has to refurbish it? It’s going to be us, the people who live here.”
The only thing keeping the hippies from running around naked at the protest this month is the bitterly cold North Dakota winter weather (which has not been impacted by global warming yet).
A couple News reports to consider:

October 28 News Report

December 2 Hawaii gets involved.

32 thoughts on “The Rainbow Gathering meets Burning Man

  1. Yeah, those damn white people. They have been screwing up everything for, well, forever. Something oughtta be done about them.

    And not to nitpick, but I thought 'chi' was the intangible energy flow that those who practice feng shui seek to optimize, and those who practice feng shui tend to come from China. When used with Indians, oil pipelines and hippies, I think its concept gets diluted.

    And speaking of optimizing energy flows, isn't this the basic concept of this pipeline to begin with? Just sayin'…

  2. I don't get the whole hippie thing, but I suppose that's why I've remained a conservative during my adult life. As nearly as I can figure it, this is the prog equivalent of cosplay. I also note that the caucasian progs have absolutely no concept of the sacred space that the tribe is trying to protect. Then again, these protesters usually have nothing rattling around in their brains at all.

  3. I think that I shall never see
    A thing as stupid as a hippie
    A hippie that squats and scats carefree
    Nor gives a hoot where he shall pee.
    Blah blah blah
    This ain't Wounded Knee.

  4. "We need to do something about the pale faces." – Crazy Horse

    If Indians had a better understanding of metallurgy and energy, they might have fared better against the pale faces. And if they'd had a resistance to European diseases…that didn't work out well for them either. Then there is fire water. The fickle finger of fate worked against them.

    Now the white people are burying a pipe a few miles from the Rez and they are ticked off because they won't be getting any wampum from it. Screwed again.

    AND then they decided to protest and progs (human lice) showed up to help, eating all their grub and dumping everywhere – sort of like a Trump protest or an Occupy Wall Street protest.

    Indians have it rough.

  5. The aging white hippies see it as an opportunity to re-live their glory days, and there is also free food. They see their deep spirituality (boosted by drugs and booze) as something that would appeal to the Indians, but for some strange reason, the Indians are not embracing them as blood brothers.

  6. In many situations, I agree with the Indians. They were massacred at Wounded Knee for exercising legitimate and legal rights. They've been pushed around and the government lied to them over-and-over-and-over again…sort of like, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." I worked for the government, which means that I trust it less than the Indians do.

    In this one, they had their input and the pipeline isn't being laid on their land. That more or less ends it. Allowing hippies to join them was an awful mistake…sort of like making peace with the Great White Father.

  7. The hippies are a lot of fun, frankly, until they move into your yard and prove that they have never seen a flush toilet. They are, indeed, the human trash pandas.

    If they want to get rid of them, just pass around the news that there is free weed and acid in some place in the next state, then close the gate behind them when they all stampede in that direction.

  8. The Indians need to do that, or OD the whole bunch of them on peyote.

    When I was a kid, the hippie movement was fashionable. I never signed on to orange sunshine, though, preferring life as a warrior to life as a parasite. The Indians seem to be confused as to how to deal with the ever increasing number of hippies arriving at their protest, demanding free everything.

  9. It's not being run on their land – which makes the protest less effective from a legal point of view. They signed off on all of it BEFORE they decided to protest. The pale faces will win again. And the hippies will eventually depart leaving mountains of human waste and trash behind.

  10. I think the natives are still worried about catching some kind of disease from the pale faces. Liberalism itself is a disease.

  11. "Holy men." *snork* Outstanding unbiased reporting, LL! I don't suppose someone with your access to Naval Weapons Depots could slip the Dakota Sioux some Napalm? Incendiaries? Hellfire missiles? That might help clear things up.

  12. Yes, they have an evil clown up in North Dakota (or had at one point) organizing the hippies. Indians wear make-up too, but didn't appreciate the clown mocking them. They need to start scalping hippies (many of whom have fine scalps) to show their displeasure.

  13. We never show bias here at Virtual Mirage. We hate all people equally irrespective of race, creed or national origin. There is no racial bigotry here= There is no progressive love for slimy, pinko, communist, cocksuckers either.

  14. No, and that's the point isn't it? If people were building a pipeline through the reservation, it would have been a completely different issue. I always have sympathy for the Indians by default. Reservations are not exactly happy places. In this case they're protesting to be protesting.

  15. That's what happened.

    P. S. Nice steelhead caught by your grandson! The force is strong with that one!!

  16. EXTRA! THIS JUST IN: The four-state, $3.8 billion project is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes" for the pipeline's crossing. Her full decision doesn't rule out that it could cross under the reservoir or north of Bismarck.

    "Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

    The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, had said it was unwilling to reroute the project. It had no immediate comment Sunday.

    I suspect that the Trump Administration may take a different approach.

  17. Obama pulled the plug on this almost complete project knowing that Trump will have no choice but to re-start it next month. He did it to cause Trump more trouble and it was pure spite and nothing else. I hope every union worker remembers this–and Keystone–the next time a Dem comes around for money and votes.

  18. Oh, I dunno about that rough life for Indians. Elizabeth Warren seems to be making out OK, for a Cherokee. She may even be on the presidential stump in 2020. Not bad for a red skin.

  19. Yes, Indian ancestry and the traditions handed down from her Indian father and mother have buoyed up Elizabeth Warren and made her the millionaire that she is today.

  20. You know I'm going to mention the red nose…
    ain't nothing freaky about that, Larry. That is one of my many deciples breaking through. It won't be long now…

  21. Is it just me, but there seems to be a whole lot of protesting going on. I have had it up to my ears with all this bullshit. Their time could be better spent in finding a job (or going back to work), or farming their land. I am tired of all this stuff.

  22. My sources say the Standing Rock Sioux have had it with the hippies. It's just a matter of time.

  23. Do you suggest that scalping will commence? If so will the DLC be able to mobilize in time to ride to the defense of the hippies – or would we be a month too late? (N. Dakota is a long way from Texas)

  24. Hippies don't work. They take government money (that you earn and pay in taxes) to support themselves. So I guess that they should say, "Thank you, John". But they don't, because hippies (above all) are ungrateful scoundrels.

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