Dakota Access Pipeline: Here’s What You Need To Know

Dakota Access Pipeline: A well-kept secret threat on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Preservation

It all started back in July when the US Army Corps of Engineers approved the Dakota Access Pipeline, otherwise known as “DAPL”, a $4 billion pipeline that will stretch across four states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. In an attempt to halt the project’s construction, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe taken a stand against the construction and sued the US Army Corps. Their argument is that the massive pipeline would not only destroy the Tribe’s sacred sites, but threaten the environmental well-being of the Reservation’s inhabitants, as well as countless others across the 1,172-mile stretch. One spill, one mistake, could spell disaster for large number of people.

According to the BBC, the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline has encouraged the largest gathering of Native Americans in 100 years. The problem with this construction and its issues is that, most of it has flown under the radar of major news stations and most media outlets. It wasn’t until recently that the events at Sacred Stone Camp became more public as a private security company unleashed attack dogs on the protestors. According to The Associated Press, a tribe spokesman claimed that “…six people were injured by the dogs and at least another thirty were pepper-sprayed.”  With bloodshed, came a flood of attention to the enduring resistance of the activists.

One major network that has made headway on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the fight at Sacred Stone Camp is MSNBC. In the piece, “Rewrite: the Protests at Standing Rock,” Lawrence O’Donnell spits out some cold hard truth on the history of the colonization and genocide of America and the treatment of Native Americans. O’Donnell says, “After all of our major wars, we signed peace treaties and lived by those treaties. After World War II, when we made peace with Germany, we then did everything we possibly could to rebuild Germany. No Native American Tribe has ever been treated as well as we treated Germans after World War II.” The Dakota Access Pipeline is, arguably, another slap in the face to the indigenous people.

Source: MSNBC

Celebrities, too, have been showing their support for the cause and using their audience to spread awareness of the ongoing fight. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has also taken a strong stand on environmental issues like climate control, took to Twitter saying, “Inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux’s efforts to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.” Actors and Actresses like Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson, and Shailene Woodley have been speaking out against the Dakota Access Pipeline over social media for months. What’s more, is that on August 24, 2016, Shailene Woodley and Susan Sarandon attended a rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Washington D.C. right outside the U.S. District Court. It was at this same rally, which ran 2,000 miles from North Dakota to Washington D.C., that provided a petition meant to stop the continued construction of the pipeline.

In more recent events, the protesters have made a small step in the right direction. In light of all their efforts, a recent ruling offered a temporary halt to the project’s construction, but only in certain areas of the pipeline. According to Democracy Now! “Yesterday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg issued a temporary restraining order that halts construction only between Route 1806 and Lake Oahe, but still allows construction to continue west of this area. The ruling does not protect the land where, on Saturday, hundreds of Native Americans forced Dakota Access to halt construction, despite the company’s security forces attacking the crowd with dogs and pepper spray.” The victory, if it can be called that, has only spared them a short lapse in the continuous damage to their lands and it does not erase the damage already done.

So, what happens if the construction continues? What happens if, like many dangerous attempts to produce and transport oil in the United States, something goes wrong? Will we look back to this moment in time and regret not protecting that which we have often taken for granted, or will the economic benefits blind the majority to the possibly harmful side effects of greed? Want to join the cause? Show your support and sign the petition to help put an end to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Change.org

 

 

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Nat Geo’s Favorite Earth Day Photos

It’s that time of year again, the one day almost everyone actually tries to be environmentally friendly and appreciative of Mother Nature.

To celebrate, National Geographic highlighted some of their favorite photos in the Your Shot community, a community for amateur, casual, and professional photographers to share their images with each other. The #YourShot hashtag on Twitter is an easy way for anyone to get involved and contribute to the community.

“Last year, National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen issued a call to the Your Shot community to share their favorite images of trees.”

Nat Geo assembled some of their favorites in a photo gallery.

Some of my favorites (that are not solely of trees) include:

Remember, that though Earth Day is a great excuse to recycle, conserve, and change wasteful habits, don’t limit yourself to just April 22nd to do these things! Climate change is real; and we can do so much for the world if we keep this mindset year round. Happy Earth Day everyone! Go plant a tree!

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Sunday Paper: January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

A lot of people will start New Year resolutions and end up quitting after the first month. It usually can be attributed to bad habits, lack of motivation or simply feeling incapable of meeting their goals. Let me be the first to tell you that they are WRONG! I know what it’s like first hand to make New Years resolutions and fail because I was not prepared. So what’s my strategy now? Plan. Prepare. Repeat.

As a college student preparing to graduate in the spring my entire life has become one giant planner. Planning for the upcoming semester, planning for graduation, planning for future employment, it doesn’t stop! A great way I found to keep myself organized while I plan is to make lists. This might be the oldest trick in the book and hey, even your mom does it, but you’re mom is a pretty smart lady so it’s about time you listened to her (or me). Start by making reminders in your phone or using post it notes. I usually make a daily list the NIGHT BEFORE of things that I need to do or want to accomplish for the following day. If you’re really forgetful make yourself a note to make yourself a list of things to do. Post it on your bathroom mirror, pillow case, head board, or wherever you’ll see it and make yourself a list!

So you’re now a pro at making list. You’ve earned the title ‘List Master’. You’re unstoppable! Now it’s time to prepare. Review your list and look at the tasks you need to complete. Ask yourself, ‘what do I need in order to complete these tasks?’. Once you know what you need start to prepare for it. For example, if your goal is go to the gym then make sure your gym clothes are clean, gym bag is in order and membership card prepared to be swiped. Boom, you’re out the door. No excuses! You prepared! Here’s another example: Your resolution is to do better with money. Make yourself a budget list and include how much you have, an itemized list of how much everything cost and how much you can afford to spend. BE REALISTIC! Once you have your numbers together you can successfully have a good time and do what I call ‘ball on a budget’.

Lastly, repeat! Once you have gotten the hang of your list making and preparing you’ll notice yourself executing tasks like never before. You’ll be so productive you won’t even recognize yourself. Break your long-term goals down into short-term goals and break those short-term goals down into daily lists. One by one check things off your list as you have completed them. Prepare for your list and you’ll be on track to the new and improved you.

Now that you have recovered from your hangovers and a prepared to get out bed, let’s get started on those New Year resolutions.

Follow me on Twitter at Officially_JT or the hashtag #GlamorousPaper for more. And as always, I will be back at your next week with more entertainment and pop-culture news!

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Short Skirts and High Stakes: American Apparel Files for Bankruptcy

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American Apparel, the highly controversial, sweatshop free, teen clothing store filed for bankruptcy protection today. The company, founded by ex-CEO Dov Charney has apparently been struggling financially since 2009. A potential source of the business’ losses can well be attributed to the controversies the company has caused. Known for its incredibly sexual and degrading advertisements, American Apparel was put on the spot a few years back after news that Charney was fired after many accusations of sexual harassment.

Ex-CEO Dov Charney was often criticized for his company's racy ads that display women as sex objects
Ex-CEO Dov Charney was often criticized for his company’s racy ads that display women as sex objects
The company owes more than $500 million dollars while  only worth $200 million. Standard General, American Apparel’s largest shareholder is currently still holding on to Charney’s 43% in the company. Whether or not the company will still be afloat this time next year is still up in the air.

 

 

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FYI, FYF Fest 2015 Did Not Disappoint

* Some videos posted may have explicit content *

Attendees posing in front of FYF sign
Attendees posing in front of FYF sign
On August 22nd and 23rd, 2015, at Exposition Park in Los Angeles California, FYF hosted an event attendees would not forget. (Just typing that statement, I can hear some festival goers say, “It wasn’t better than last year,” or “It was better when FYF first started out.”) Yes, on its 12th year now, FYF may have had some more lively years, but this year was one for the books. FYF was equipped with captivating artists, mesmerizing sounds, the friendly people of LA, and delicious food. Before I get into all the exciting parts of FYF, let’s take a moment to thank Sean Carlson, the founder of FYF, for introducing the world to FYF in 2004.

Preparation 

Before I enter any festival, I have to have the essentials that help guarantee a decent day out. First and for most, always check the weather. Just because there are stormy clouds in the morning, it doesn’t mean it will be a jacket kind of day. Clouds clear, and you don’t want to pass out while watching your favorite artist. Remember fashion kills, but don’t let it kill you! After you check the weather, be sure to dress appropriately, or don’t; festivals are outlets for expression, so use them to your advantage.

If you aren’t one for backpacks or anything of that matter, still consider a Camelbak. My small Camelbak  holds about 1.3 liters, and lasts me most of the day. Depends on the festival, but I’ve never had to fill it up more than three times in one day. Stay hydrated everyday, but especially on festival days!

Finally just make sure you bring sunblock, a portable charger, a towel, comfortable shoes, chapstick, and cash.

F@ck Yeah Festival

Okay, sorry for beating around the bush. It is now time to fill you in on the amazing weekend I was able to share with everyone who went to FYF.

DAY I

Who said, ‘Boys Don’t Cry?’ Because by the time FYF was around the corner I was Balling. Frank Ocean was originally supposed to drop his new album in July, and grace us with his presence for Saturday’s headlining performance, but for personal reasons Ocean dropped out of delivering both. Not to worry, because if LA can’t get Frankie, we get Kanye West. Yes, Yeezus stepped in to give the community of FYF a show they would remember. West knew exactly how to get the crowd fired up, bringing out Rhianna for ‘FourFiveSeconds,’ and ‘All Of The Lights.’ West also brought out Travi$ Scott (Travis Scott), to perform ‘Upper Echelon,’ and ‘Antidote.’

Christian Garcia, a festival goer, stated, “Aside from his sick stage setup and his crazy live performances, Kanye honestly threw one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a while. Rowdy, but everyone was enjoying it.”

Saturday consisted of many talented artists, and I had the honor to catch some of their performances. I have videos of some of them in the video links below, but again my camera skills are atrocious when people are going crazy next to me, so I apologize in advanced for my crappy videography skills. Anyway, Saturday consisted of artists such as Tennis, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada, Shlohmo, Flying Lotus, The Drums, Chet Faker, Bloc Party, Purity Ring, Run The Jewels, and many more. I personally only heard Tennis while walking into the festival, and only saw BADBADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada, Shlohmo, Chet Faker, and Kanye West. For the artists I did have the opportunity to catch, they put on a show. BADBADNOTGOOD shared a jazzy performance, and captivated their audience with covers of hip-hop songs such as ‘Lemonade,’ by Gucci Mane. Kaytranada threw a dance party inside the arena right after BBNG, and I could say with confidence, he made everyone dance their problems away. After, I left to the Lawn stage to catch a glimpse of Shlohmo. The LA native artist performed hits off his album, ‘Dark Red.’ I stayed the whole show because it was easy to get lost in the artist’s mesmerizing synths, and electrifying  guitar. I caught up with a fan who stayed to watch Flying Lotus in the arena.

Carlos Maldonado, from Burbank California, was struck with, ‘awe,’ as he listened and watched Flylo’s psychedelic performance. When asked about his experience at FYF he said, “Kanye, Kaytra, Flylo, Flume, and Death Grips were my favorite performers because just listening to familiar songs live, and seeing them live gives the audience an indescribable experience.”

To sum up day one, Chet faker brought out the gorgeous Banks to help him serenade the crowd with their  hypnotizing vocals as they performed, ‘1998,’ and of course, Kanye proved once again that he knows how to put on a show. The whole day was filled with talented artists and great music. The venue was big, but had enough free water fill up stations and convenient medical tents just in case fans were feeling under the weather. It was a non-stop party, even when walking from stage to stage. Friendly people saying “hi,” or complimenting clothes kept the spirit of camaraderie alive when trying to reach the next artist.

Below I have attached a video of Kayne performing Black Skinhead and provided some links to other videos I recorded on my phone at FYF. I recommend checking these out, but I apologize for the quality. I know you can find better videos online, but I like to think that mine are engaging. Flying Lotus video shot by Carlos Maldonado.

All Day- Kanye West Black Skinhead- Kanye West FourFiveSeconds- Kanye West ft. RhiannaChet FakerShlohmoShlohmo pt.2 Flying Lotus

DAY II

The attitudes and weather was no different; still friendly and still hot. Performances from Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, Nicolas Jaar, Flume, MAC Demarco, HEALTH, Death Grips, D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Morrissey, and FKA Twigs, left the crowd with a satisfying yet empty feeling. The emptiness coming from the fact that FYF is over.

Jared Bitoon, a festival goer, said,”Flume’s visuals were dope, especially during, ‘You and Me.’ It felt like Flume was really being intimate with the crowd.” Jared went to comment on how Flume was his favorite performance of the weekend. Flume is always a treat to watch live, but this time he outdid himself bringing out the beautiful Lorde to smile and dance to her song he remixed, ‘Tennis Court.’ He also brought out Andrew Wyatt, and Marcus of Collarbones. “He makes the intimacy level of the crowd very enjoyable,” as Jared pointed out.

Though I did not catch Mac Demarco, I heard his show was a bit rowdy and there was mosh pitting. Mosh pitting could be fun,  but sometimes too much for festival goers that are trying to just enjoy the show. So just be respectful if you like to get crazy and let the music consume you. Talking about mosh pitting, Death Grips brought the crowd alive with their insane performance. Their experimental hip-hop sound gets the listeners attention in an intimidating, yet intriguing way. Death Grips bring a punk element to their music, and just watching them intensified my respect for the genre.

“FKA Twigs ended my summer perfectly,” Sydney Yatco laughed as I asked her how FKA performed Sunday night. As the summer season is winding down, FKA channeled the intimate vibes of her audience and gave them a show they would not forget. “I feel like I paid $150 just to watch Twigs perform. That’s how amazing she was!” Sydney ended.

After all the music and positivity throughout the weekend, if I may paraphrase Sydney Yatco, FYF was a great way to end the summer. Share your FYF experiences with us, and express what you enjoyed about the festival.

Below is the video of Flume ft. Lorde and links to other videos I recorded on my phone at FYF. I recommend checking these out, but I apologize for the quality. I know you can find better videos online, but I like to think that mine are engaging. FKA Twigs video was shot by Sydney Yatco.

Flume ft. Lorde You and Me Remix- FlumeFKA TwigsToro Y MoiDeath Grips

Did you love FYF Fest 2015 as much as we did? Will you be going next year? Are you big festival goer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter using #glamorouspaper

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