This was a huge week for news about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. I originally wanted to make this a list of links to the stories of what’s been going on at Standing Rock, but I don’t know what to say. It’s depressing and enraging to the point that the best I’ve been able to do about communicating my feelings is retweeting and reposting things created by people more eloquent than I am– left to my own devices, I’d break into incoherent rage and flip my desk.
To quote Dave Barry, “I don’t want to write it, and you don’t want to read it.”
Instead, I’ve put together another list of strange, eerie links in honor of Halloween/Hallowmas/Samhain:
The Vivid Blue Mineral That Grows on Buried Bodies and Confuses Archeologists — It’s an oddly beautiful mineral, and the chemistry aspect is fascinating(ly creepy). Part of my mind can’t help but wonder how well it’d work for spiritwork.
What The Real Witches Of America Eat — It’s not all eye of newt. Truth is, we’ve got jobs to go to, houses to clean, friends to hang out with, and families to care for like everyone else.
Unconscious Ventriloquism: The Unsolved Mystery of the Zaragoza Goblin — “The supernatural often seems to get a short shrift from government authorities, but that isn’t always the case. Or, at least, once, this wasn’t the case, because in 1930s Spain, the police, the military, and the international press were all summoned in response to the supposed voice of a goblin living in a residential stove.”
DEATHstination on Instagram — Laura, the morose mortician, posts images of graves and the fascinating stories of their occupants.
Inside the Machine That Will Turn Your Corpse Into Compost — Most people (at least in the U.S.) have to choose between cremation or burial when they die. Soon, they might be able to take a third option.
Fishing with the Living and the Dead: The Sáiva Lakes of the Sami — An interesting read, but the tone is uncomfortable. Since the Sami people still exist, and all. It’s also an interesting glimpse at how majority religious practices are referred to as “religion,” while practitioners of minority religions are further marginalized by having their religious practices dismissed as “folklore.”
Lastly, if you are interested in helping the Standing Rock protesters, please consider signing this petition to stop the pipeline once and for all. If you are able to, please also consider doing one of the following: