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Long Distance Motorcyclist IronBoltBruce Rides Through 1,534 Miles of Fracking Ecocide in 22 Hours

Fracking Ecocide

A record-holding endurance motorcycle rider and biker activist experiences first-hand what America is sacrificing to maintain the myth of energy independence and other false promises of natural gas hydraulic fracturing.

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Tuesday 2 September 2014 marked the end of 5 days and 3,755 miles in the saddle for me. My two-wheeled trek began with what the Iron Butt Association should certify as my 55th IBA ride and 22nd Bun Burner GOLD 1500. The BBG1500 requires a documented ride of at least 1,500 miles in 24 hours or less, and in this case I covered the 1,534-mile distance from Miami Beach Florida to Del Rio Texas in 22 hours and 1 minute.

At 8:07am ET Thursday 28 August 2014 I logged a gas receipt in South Beach to mark the start of my ride up the Florida Turnpike through Orlando to I-75 North, then west on I-10/I-12/I-10 through the Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana into Texas, where from San Antonio I continued west on US-90 arriving in the border town of Del Rio at 5:08am CT the next morning.

As a Native Texan exiled in South Florida, I have ridden deep into the heart of the Lone Star State and back again many times. And like many times before, the weather was warm and dry from end to end so I rode the entire stretch with my face in the wind. But unlike any rides of the past, this time riding mostly lidless and always shieldless from SoBe to South Texas exposed me to more than just sunshine and starlight:

Hidalgo – my 1999 Harley-Davidson FXDS – has a stock 4.9 gallon fuel tank which requires me to stop and refuel every 2 to 3 hours. And at almost every pit stop from Okeechobee on, I had to take my faded blue bandanna and wipe off a thin film of some kind of gunk that was collecting on my shades. What was coating my sunglasses and no doubt entering my lungs I can’t say, but when I typed “substances found “ into a search box Google quickly added “suspended in the air”

https://www.google.com/search?q=substances+found+suspended+in+the+air

… and when I typed “pollutants in “ Google’s recommended completion was “the air”:

https://www.google.com/search?q=pollutants+in+the+air

The air was different – and so was the sky. I’ve ridden west into more sunsets over Louisiana than I care to count, but the skies over Hammond around 7:00pm that Thursday simply did not look like they used to. The sky was still basically blue, the sparse clouds basically white, and the sun setting behind them basically yellow with pink glows and red radiants – but the colors were all softer or milkier than, and the clarity and contrast not as sharp as, they used to be. I can’t really put into words what I saw or why it seemed different, but the the impact of pollution on sky colors may explain it:

https://www.google.com/search?q=pollution+impact+on+sky+colors

By the time I rode across the Sabine River bridge into Sweet Mother Texas the sun was completely down and the light of a crescent moon somewhat obscured what might otherwise have been a star-filled night sky. But after crossing over the backbone of the ongoing fracking ecocide that is the Eagle Ford Shale Play, I was reminded once again that what filled the cool night air was not starlight:

http://stories.weather.com/fracking

The beard on my chin is about 4 inches long and normally white with a touch of gray in color. But after completing my ride and checking into single-star accommodations on the Del Rio US-90 strip, the beard I saw on my soot-covered face in the mirror was as black as asphalt! It took a whole bottle of motel shampoo, most of a bar of motel soap, and several minutes of scrubbing to get all the sticky tar-like goop out of my matted whiskers. When I was finished, the rinse water in the sink looked as nasty as backed-up sewage. And thinking about what the lining of my lungs looked like has made me mad enough to march:

http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

I know it takes oil to keep my Harley on the road. But if we have to poison the land we love, pollute the air we breathe, and condemn our grandchildren to life in a Mad Max ecological wasteland to produce it, I’d rather ride a horse.

IronBoltBruce

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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23fracking%20%23ecocide


AUMF Hunger Strike Enters Day 50

H.R. 198: Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF 2001)

AUMF Hunger Strike Status for IronBoltBruce

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 7 (Day 50)
Status: Weight Lost: 48lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/334625651422294016

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 6 (Day 43)
Status: Weight Lost: 43lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/332081945645305856

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 5 (Day 36)
Status: Weight Lost: 40lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/329538531737350146

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 4 (Day 29)
Status: Weight Lost: 34lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/327023783108038657

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 3 (Day 22)
Status: Weight Lost: 31lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/324465046728093697

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 2 (Day 15)
Status: Weight Lost: 23lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/322011760477470722

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 1 (Day 8)
Status: Weight Lost: 14lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/319395159882215424

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Hashtags:

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Boston Marathon Scare: Our Terrorism Abroad Washes Back Ashore

Boston Marathon Bombing | Boston Marathon Scare

Regardless of who was really behind them and why, chances are the Boston Marathon bombings would not have happened if unconstitutional laws like AUMF 2001 and NDAA 2012 Sec 1021 were not on the books.

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Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing killed 3 Americans and wounded more than 170 others. It was clearly an act of terrorism, but as with 9/11 no terrorist organization has thus far claimed responsibility. That’s seen by some as an indication that the act was state-sponsored. If so, what state?

I don’t know who did it. You probably don’t know who did it. And I’m convinced that the fearmongering CNN, Faux News, MSDNC and other mainstream media empty talking heads that started cackling “Al Qaeda! Al Qaeda! Al Qaeda! Homegrown Jihadists! 9/11!” before the dust even settled have no clue either.

Yes, the Boston Marathon Scare – which is how it will be leveraged by the fascist propaganda mouthpieces of our government and the Military Industrial Complex that controls it – is a human tragedy. But it is only one of countless human tragedies, and perhaps for perspective we should view it in comparison to just a few of the other “acts of terrorism” that occurred within a few days of the Beantown bombings:

  • In Afghanistan, a “fierce battle between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a remote corner of eastern Afghanistan left nearly 20 people dead, including 11 Afghan children killed in an airstrike… An airstrike in the same district in Kunar that killed 10 civilians in mid-February prompted Karzai to ban his forces from requesting airstrikes (http://mil-com.me/XQKJ6B). “And along with drone attacks, an average of 4.8 children are killed per day in Afghanistan…” (http://bit.ly/YsOrym).
  • In Iraq – where Dubya declared “Mission Accomplished” and which Odrona claims we “left with honor” – “As of midday on Monday, as security officials and medical workers continued to count the dead and wounded, at least 37 people had been killed and more than 140 wounded in nearly 20 separate attacks, mostly car bombings, in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Hilla, Falluja, Nasiriya and Tikrit, according to local officials. The local elections, the first since the withdrawal of the American military at the end of 2011, are being anticipated warily by American diplomats and United Nations officials as a crucial test of Iraq’s shaky democracy” (http://nyti.ms/159GLZ4).
  • In Pakistan, “At least 5 persons were killed and seven others injured when a US drone struck a compound in South Waziristan Agency (SWA) here in Wana on Wednesday. According to details, an unmanned US spy plane fired two missiles at a residential compound located in village Sararogha of Babar Kot in SWA. As a result of missiles strike the compound was destroyed completely resulting in death of 5 people and leaving 7 others injured. It was feared that death toll may rise further as condition of some injured people was also stated to be critical” (http://bit.ly/YTy0zy). U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are killing 49 innocent civilians – including children – for every 1 “known terrorist” taken out (http://bit.ly/NOthd0).
  • Here at home, “Almost once every hour a U.S. military veteran takes his or her life. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 22 veterans commit suicide every day, on average. Austin veteran Andrew O’Brien almost become one of them. He survived a suicide attempt in 2010, after returning from a 12-month deployment to Iraq. Now he’s telling his story to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and military suicides” (http://bit.ly/110Kumb).

For decades America’s false and failed “nationbuilding” efforts have spread death, destruction and moral decay more so than “democracy”. American drone, missile and bomb strikes are now terrorizing, maiming and killing innocent civilians and children in unprecedented numbers, and America’s military forces are losing more troops to guilt- and depression-related suicides than they are to enemy forces that the American government itself is funding. It should come as no surprise, consequently, that the insanity and inhumanity our perpetual wars for oil and profit are proliferating overseas would make their way back to our shores.

Regardless of who was really behind the Boston Marathon attack – and regardless of whether their motive was payback for years of murder and mayhem or psyop propaganda to convince you to sacrifice Social Security that’s real for National Security that isn’t – one thing is certain: On Monday 15 April 2013 the citizens of Boston got a very small taste of the death and destruction America delivers daily around the world, the principal and questionable legal justification for which is the post 9/11 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. Pass H.R. 198 to repeal it, and we’ll all be in a safer place. AUMF Hunger Striker IronBoltBruce has fasted for 22 days, lost 31 pounds and much of his strength in hopes of raising awareness and rallying support to make that happen (http://RepealAUMF.org).

And you?

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AUMF Hunger Strike Status for IronBoltBruce:

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 3 (Day 22)
Status: Weight Lost: 31lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/324465046728093697

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 2 (Day 15)
Status: Weight Lost: 23lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/322011760477470722

#AumfHungerStrike: AUMF Hunger Strike of #IronBoltBruce Week 1 (Day 8)
Status: Weight Lost: 14lbs; Resolve Lost: None.
#AUMF #NDAA #Drones | RepealAUMF.org
https://twitter.com/RepealAUMFNow/status/319395159882215424

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