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Facts About May Day—I’d Be Fine With A Big General Strike, But I Don’t See It Happening






(Photo above by Martin Hartland)

Tomorrow is May Day.

Here are some facts about May Day from The Huffington Post

“Although it’s not recognized in the U.S. or Canada, May Day is one of the biggest bank holidays elsewhere in the world.

While it conjures up images of maypoles and folk dances, the holiday has gone through a radical transformation over the centuries. Originally a pagan celebration called Beltane (which translates roughly to “day of fire”), May Day is observed as “Labor Day” or “International Workers’ Day” in many countries, and organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labor unions are common.”

Here is an explanation of different ways May Day is observed around the world.

May Day is a day of working people’s empowerment in much of the world.

There are protests taking place in the U.S. this year on May Day. Many of these protests are taking place in conjunction with the Occupy movement.

There has in some cases been talk of a “general strike” and other dramatic actions.

While I’ve not at all given up on Occupy, I’ve seen nothing to back up the most aggressive claims of what will take place on May Day here in U.S.

I’ll be quite happy to be proven wrong— Yet until that time I’m not going to promote stuff that is way beyond any reasonable expectation of what will really take place.

There are always plenty of solid reasons to be hopeful. Big talk that leads to small actions does not promote hope.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

To The Extent You Are Able, Avoid Drifting—Seaweed, Driftwood & A Sea Tumbleweed

Above is a picture I took last year in Galveston, Texas  You see that seagull is eating some creature unlucky enough to be caught in a clump of seaweed and washed up on the beach.

This is what happens if you drift through life. You get washed up on the beach and maybe eaten.

Here is a definition of seaweed-

Any of various red, green, or brown algae that live in ocean waters. Some species of seaweed are free-floating, while others are attached to the ocean bottom. Seaweed range from the size of a pinhead to having large fronds (such as those of many kelps) that can be as much as 30.5 m (100 ft) in length. Certain species are used for food (such as nori) and fertilizer, and others are harvested for carrageenan and other substances used as thickening, stabilizing, emulsifying, or suspending agents in industrial, pharmaceutical, and food products. Seaweed is also a natural source of the element iodine, which is otherwise found only in very small amounts.

Here is a link to the well-done Seaweed Site. It will teach you a lot about seaweed.

Here is information from NOAA about deep water seaweed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Below is a picture I took last year of some driftwood that got stuck on shore on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River across from Cincinnati.

I don’t want to be driftwood. That log is marooned.

At the end of this post is a photo I took few years ago of seaweed and what is, as far as I can tell, a sea tumbleweed.

A tumbleweed just blows around.

This picture was taken on the Gulf of Mexico side of North Padre Island National Seashore just outside of Corpus Christi.

Circumstance plays a great part in life. Sometimes you are just out of luck. But to the extent possible, try to take command of your fate. Be more than seaweed, driftwood, or a tumbleweed.

Here is the definition of a tumbleweed—-

“Any of various densely branched annual plants, such as amaranth and Russian thistle, that break off from the roots at the end of the growing season and are rolled about by the wind. 

All photos in this post copyright Neil Aquino

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