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The Paradigm of Survival and Ghosts with Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni is back for the second half of our conversation in episode five. If you like ghost stories then look no further! We’ll touch on some of the rather spooky and unexplainable events that occurred in the mountains in the Lake Arrowhead area of Southern California.

The street hockey crew of the San Fernando Valley. Rico Colantoni and Ted Mattison lower right. Chuck Klausmeyer upper left

But since I get scared easily by ghost stories we’ll turn our attention to other topics including Canada, hockey and planting potatoes based on the cycles of the moon. One of the more poignant moments comes when Rico talks about his father and that his father had a connection to the earth and the moon – the environment. Rico’s father didn’t realize this dormant urge to be part of his surroundings again until he retired from his work in Toronto and moved back his native Italy.

This contributes to one of the dominant themes of my conversation with Rico: how we can get trapped in a paradigm of survival. How we become sucked into a vortex that limits our ability to see more important things such as meditating under a tree or appreciating the outdoors as real and necessary.

Finally, we’ll have some fun with the ‘Where in the World are You?’ and ‘What in the World Would You Do?’ games.

In our 3×3 Main Street Challenge we’ll head to Flagstaff, Arizona and visit the good people at the Wanderlust Brewery and Flagstaff Climbing right there on Main Street in Flagstaff.

Just 15 minutes from there is Walnut Canyon National Monument and a short 84 miles away is one of the seven wonders of the world also known as the Grand Canyon.

In Where Art Meets Nature with DJ Shark we’ll talk about one of the most important songs I’ve ever heard or will ever hear about our environment. It’s time to look at Joni Mitchell’s, Big Yellow Taxi. Here are the lyrics and a concert video to one of the most iconic and brilliant songs of the last 50 years by a true genius.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJIuP7zEVeM

They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bopThey took all the trees
Put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bopHey, farmer, farmer
Put away the DDT now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bopLate last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bopI said, don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bopThey paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bopThey paved paradise
Put up a parking lotSource: LyricFindSongwriters: Joni MitchellBig Yellow Taxi lyrics © Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing

Steven Donziger won a landmark case against Texaco/Chevron for the people of Ecuador but is now UNJUSTLY under house arrest in New York City.

In There’s No Planet B we re-visit the Amazon rainforest in both Brazil and Peru. There’s no doubt about several things:

  • Chevron lost a major court case more than once BUT STILL HASN’T PAID THEIR FINES OR CLEANED UP THEIR MESS.
  • Attorney Steven Donziger is currently under a house arrest on a charge so ludicrous that any rational human would throw it out of court. But since it was manufactured by Chevron who has a oil-friendly judge in New York city, Donziger continues to be unjustly restricted.
  • The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro is doing everything in his power to intimidate, invade and otherwise destroy the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous peoples who live there and have a guaranteed right to that land.

There is a lot of fascinating evidence here and I encourage you to dive in. Steven Donziger’s story is here: https://theintercept.com/2020/01/29/chevron-ecuador-lawsuit-steven-donziger/

His website and legal defense fund that could use your attention is here: https://www.donzigerdefense.com/

A great summary of just how obscene a crime Chevron has gotten away with so far to the detriment of both the rainforest and the lives of real people who live there and continue to suffer from their crimes of which they were convicted. https://www.makechevroncleanup.com/

A long record of President Bolsonaro’s violations exists. Here’s some links that show his hostility to both indigenous people and the rainforest.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/climate/deforestation-climate-change.html?searchResultPosition=3

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/28/world/americas/brazil-deforestation-amazon-bolsonaro.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/world/americas/brazil-amazon-deforestation.html

And finally, some very smart and committed people aren’t going to let these crimes and injustices go unanswered. They include Amazon Watch, Roger Waters, Alec Baldwin, Jody Williams and dozens of Nobel Laureates. Here’s a fascinating conference call/ webinar that will tell you everything you need to know about Chevron’s crimes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DqCSQFp-S4&t=667s

And much more is there for you in the ONLY PODCAST VARIETY SHOW FOR NATURE AND ADVENTURE! Thanks for coming along! Sincerely, Ranger Ted.

https://www.makechevroncleanup.com/
https://www.makechevroncleanup.com/

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