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  • Don Lichterman 9:27 AM on November 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Alex Kirshner, Ann Arbor, , , Devin Gardner, , , Matt Wile, , Michigan Stadium, Michigan Wolverines football, Scott Milanovich   

    Maryland-Michigan final score: C.J. Brown, Brad Craddock lead Terps to 23-16 comeback victory 

    Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports – The Maryland football team scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to come back and beat Michigan on Saturday.

    The Maryland football team has struggled on third downs all season. For a second, at the start of the fourth quarter against Michigan on Saturday, it looked like those struggles would curse them again.

    The Terps trailed, 16-9. On a third down-and-12 play from Michigan’s 17-yard line, C.J. Brown threw for Jacquille Veii on a crossing route nearly the goal line. Veii was well-covered, the ball fell incomplete and Brad Craddock came on to make a 35-yard field goal. But a personal foul – roughing the kicker – on Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis – nullified the field goal and gave Brown another shot. On the next play, Brown kept the ball for an 8-yard touchdown run.

    On Maryland‘s next possession, his 36-yard strike to Amba Etta-Tawo keyed a game-winning drive that culminated with Wes Brown‘s 1-yard touchdown drive. The Terps took a 23-16 lead on that Brown run with 5:59 to play. They would not relinquish it, holding on to win by that same score before a crowd of 101,717 at Michigan Stadium.

    Brad Craddock kicked three field goals for Maryland, putting him at a perfect 17-of-17 on the season. Will Likely had his sixth interception, leading to one of those field goals in the first half.

    Maryland’s offense had more success moving the ball than it had in weeks, but the Terps had to overcome a bevy of self-inflicted wounds. Maryland’s first drive died because of a Jacquille Veii drop over the middle. Maryland’s second drive ended because of another Veii drop, also over the middle. The third possession died because of another central-field drop, this one by fill-in receiver Daniel Adams. And on the Terps’ fourth drive to start the game, a Derrick Hayward drop near the goal line forced the Terps into a chip shot field goal rather than a touchdown. Later on, a Deon Long drop stymied another offensive possession.

    C.J. Brown had  his best game in well over a month. After a career-worst stretch that seemed to reach bottom a week earlier, Brown completed 13 of 24 passes for 165 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Those numbers would have been exponentially better had it not been for the five drive-killing drops on the part of his receivers and tight end. Brown’s 8-yard touchdown run, which knotted the score at 16 apiece just after the start of the fourth quarter, gave him the university’s all-time total touchdowns record.

    Their offensive drops hurt Maryland, as did sloppy maintenance on special teams. The Terps napped on a 52-yard direct snap fake after Michigan’s punt team came on after a third-down stop in the first quarter, and the Wolverines converted it into three points. The Terps nearly blocked the ensuing field goal, but Matt Wile‘s boot glanced off a Maryland hand and through the uprights. Maryland narrowly avoided a disaster later on, when an out-of-the-way block in the back nullified a Dennis Norfleet punt return score for Michigan.

    Ultimately, Brown’s heroics in the fourth quarter put Maryland over the top. In their first try in two decades, the Terps left Michigan Stadium with a win in tow. Find 

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:16 AM on November 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Aasif Mandvi, , Amputation, , , British American, , Christie's, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Terry Branstad, ,   

    Guyute was the ugly pig (I mean Governor, Chris Christie not an actual Pig); Who walked on me and danced a jig 

    Stand up Against Animal Abuse by Abigail and Elizabeth Fournier - We’re twin sisters who are proud to be from New Jersey, and we care a lot about animals! We love that our state is full of people who help others and aren’t afraid to speak up when they see something wrong. Our governor, Chris Christie, has a chance to be on the side of kindness by supporting a bill that will prevent factory farms from confining mother pigs to tiny metal stalls. Please sign our petition to encourage Governor Christie to support S.998 and stand up against animal abuse.

    S.998 is great because it will outlaw “gestation crates,” which are inhumane metal cages used by pork producers to confine mother pigs. These cages are so small the pigs can’t even turn around—for years. We can’t even imagine being grounded for a week!

    Opposition to these cruel crates is coming from Republicans and Democrats because we can all agree animal cruelty is wrong! On farms which use gestation crates, each animal is crammed into a cage by herself, unable to do anything but take one step forward and one step back.

    Scientists tell us that pigs are extremely smart animals but they go insane in these awful conditions. Nine other states have already banned gestation crates. New Jersey veterinarians, responsible farmers, animal advocates and concerned citizens all want our state to become the tenth.

    McDonald’s, Subway, and Target are among many companies who have also decided this is a factory farming practice they will not support in the future. We have testified to the Assembly Agriculture Committee about our views and collected signatures in our community, but this petition is a way for us to reach even more people to gain support.

    Thankfully our legislators listened and overwhelmingly passed this bill because of so much public support. Now we need you to join us in respectfully encouraging Governor Chris Christie to sign the bill into law.

    As Thanksgiving approaches, many of you may have turkey on your minds.

    But we want to turn your attention for a moment to Sus scrofa domesticus, the scientific name for the creatures better known as pigs.

    State Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) has introduced and passed legislation to ban the use of pig gestation crates in New Jersey – a cruel practice that must be stopped.

    But despite the overwhelming support from New Jerseyans, Chris Christie is set to veto it, all in the name of a potential presidential run in 2016.

    Tell Chris Christie to stop being such a swine. Call on him to support legislation banning pig gestation crates!

    The Daily Show covers Gov. Christie factory farming controversy!Last week, 125,000 New Jerseyans presented a petition calling on Chris Christie to support the bill.

    A simple bill calling on the humane treatment of animals ought not to be used as a political stunt. Unfortunately, Chris Christie is making it one.

    The Governor should not put his foolish political ambitions before the will of the people he represents here in New Jersey. Will you stand with us?

    Add your name: Call on Chris Christie to support legislation banning pig gestation crates!

    Thanks, (New Jersey Democrats)

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart did a funny yet thought-provoking segment about the gestation crate campaign in New Jersey. You have to see it to understand how excited we are to see this issue attracting national attention. You can watch the segment here:

    http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/rabmax/november-19–2014—jessica-chastain

    Please watch the clip and email the link to your family and friends. Don’t forget to share it on your Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media as well!

    The Daily Show did an excellent job explaining why Governor Christie should continue to fight for what the people of New Jersey desire rather than prioritizing the opinions of exterior industries.

    We will update you next week with more important steps to take as we near the deadline for this bill to be signed into law.

    November 19, 2014 - Jessica Chastain

    November 19, 2014 – Jessica Chastain - Hasan Minhaj and Jordan Klepper debate about gestation crates, Lewis Black investigates Black Friday’s impact on laborers, and Jessica Chastain discusses “Interstellar.” - HTTP://THEDAILYSHOW.CC.COM

    Guyute Lyrics

    (Anastasio/Marshall)
    © Who Is She? Music, BMI

    Guyute was the ugly pig
    Who walked on me and danced a jig
    That he had learned when he was six
    Then stopped and did some other tricks

    Like pulling weapons from his coat
    and holding them against my throat
    He lectured me in a language strange
    Then scampered quickly out of range

    I’m bouncing like a new born elf
    I can’t believe inside myself
    Guyute glances in my eyes
    and manages to hypnotize

    me as I sleep the sleep of death
    He sucks from me my only breath
    That I had breathed since I was ten
    I hope this happens once again

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:06 AM on November 23, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Danielle Smith, , , Gay–straight alliance, Jim Prentice, Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Liberal Party (UK), New Democratic Party (Canada), Private member's bill, Senator Roy C. Afflerbach,   

    Non Human Rights 

    Animal Legal Rights – Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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    Animal Justice believes that animals matter.

    No animal should be forced to endure suffering, neglect and abuse at human hands or for trivial purposes. The law is our most powerful tool to improve the status of animals in Canada, hold abusers accountable for unlawful conduct, and work towards a society in which all animals live free from suffering.

    Please sign and share the Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms to show elected officials that Canadians expect better for all animals. With your support, Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund can work to enshrine these rights into law.

    ANIMAL CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

    Whereas non-human animals experience both suffering and pleasure in the same way that humans do;

    Whereas discrimination on the basis of arbitrary characteristics, such as species, is a violation of equity, natural justice and the rule of law;

    Whereas our legal system must not exclude the most vulnerable members of society;

    DEFINITIONS

    “Animals” means sentient, non-human animals.

    LEGAL STATUS

    1.  Animals have the right to have their interests represented in court.

    2.  Animals are persons under the law.

    FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS

    3.  Animals have the right to be free from pain, injury or disease.

    4.  Animals have the right to be free from abuse and neglect.

    5.  Animals have the right to be free from fear, and emotional and psychological distress.

    LEGAL RIGHTS

    6.  Animals under human care have the right to adequate, species-appropriate food and water.

    7.  Animals under human care have the right to safe, clean, and comfortable shelter.

    8.  Animals living in the wild have the right to enjoy a clean and ecologically sound natural habitat, free from human intervention or exploitation.

    9.  Animals have the right to socialize with friends and family in a manner that is appropriate for their species.

    10.  Animals have the right to engage in normal and natural behaviours.

    Please Sign the petition here: http://www.animaljustice.ca/charter/

    The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only organization working toward actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own.

    Our mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them.

    Our first cases were filed in December 2013, and this year we will file as many suits as we have funds available. Your support of this work is deeply appreciated.
    His name is Tommy and we found him in a small cage in a dark barn at a used-trailer lot. Tommy is in solitary confinement, living in “dungeon-like” conditions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Good Things Come To Those Who Wait – So Long As They Outwork The Devils While They Wait

    Guest blog by Senator Roy Afflerbach, Ret.

    Powerful4

    Thanks to patient, steadfast, relentless repetition and perseverance by animal advocates during the 2013/14 Pennsylvania legislative session, more than two-dozen bills favorable to animals were introduced. One of the strongest bills passed this session provides for the cost of care for animals rescued from cruelty and it was signed into law.  Two others affecting the protection of police dogs also passed.  Two more bills,  the bill to end live pigeon shoots and the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption as well as theanimal fighting paraphernalia bill made it to the final steps and were almost voted on before the end of October, and every bill that negatively affected animals except one has died. This has been no easy task.

    Some may ask, why haven’t more bills passed? Why is it taking so long? What is the legislature doing?

    These are not uncommon questions as people look to Pennsylvania’s full-time legislature for action on a variety of issues. Unfortunately, many people consider action to be the passage of new legislation, forgetting that others consider preventing the passage of new legislation to be action. The goal of these individuals is to contain or reduce the influence of government. Often, they consider the passage of legislation to be an expansion of government and they will do whatever they can do to prevent action.

    Some people may suggest that the struggle to pass legislation is a contemporary phenomenon. It is not. The writings of the founders of both the Pennsylvania Constitution and the United States Constitution indicate that they deliberately designed our democratic system of government to be arduous in the passage of legislation to avoid knee-jerk reaction to a temporary public outcry. Their writings further indicate that the founders felt legislation with merit would survive the hurdles and eventually rise to the level of passage into law.

    Consequently, on average only 4% to 8% of the all bills introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Senate combined become law in a 2-year legislative session. In the present 2013-2014 session, 263 or 7% of the 3816 bills introduced have become law. In the 2011-2012 session, 285 or 8% of the 4310 bills introduced became law, and in the 2009-2010 session only 181 or 4% of the 4274 bills introduced became law.

    Moreover, fully 100 to 120 bills passed in each session (50 to 60 bills per year) are “mandatory” bills. They are necessary to keep the state, local governments, and school districts operating, or are necessary to meet federal requirements. In the 2009-2010 session those “mandatory” bills represented more than half of the bills that became law.

    Because of the small number of bills that are actually passed in a session, the question becomes not “why hasn’t this bill passed,” but rather “how do we move a bill ahead of the other 92% to 96% that won’t be considered?” It will never be easy to convince 102 of 203 personalities in the House or 26 of 50 members of the Senate, in addition to a Governor and his/her administration, to support new legislation – especially if it is opposed by powerful interest groups. But with patience, perseverance, relentless repetition of taking the issue to the legislature, and occasionally replacing recalcitrant legislators or Governors through the election process, passage can be achieved.

    In short, success in the legislative arena is not for the impatient or faint of heart. It is most often a marathon, not a sprint. Individuals or organizations that recognize this fact and approach legislation with disciplined staying power are the most likely to succeed! That is why bills to promote the compassionate treatment of animals are in position to become part of next session’s 7%!

     

    In addition to being a co- founder and Treasurer of Humane PA PAC, Senator Roy C. Afflerbach, Ret. is founder and President of The Afflerbach Group, LLC.

    TommyWhat had he done wrong? Nothing. Tommy’s problem, simply and sadly, is that he was born a chimpanzee.

    The Problem - Chimpanzees like Tommy are self-aware beings who possess deep emotions, live in close-knit societies, use sophisticated communication, solve difficult problems, and mourn the loss of their loved ones. Just like us humans.

    But the law still considers Tommy to be a piece of property – a “thing.” As such, he has no legal rights. And the horrendous way he’s being treated is quite legal.

    Tommy and his kind can still be kidnapped from the wild, subjected to painful experimentation, exploited for entertainment, and treated like objects for mere amusement or profit.

    And while the Supreme Court has ruled that even corporations are entitled to certain legal rights, Tommy has no more rights than a pair of tennis shoes.

    Here at the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), that’s what we’re setting out to change.

    While there are many “animal rights” organizations, to this day the only animal with any legal rights at all is the human animal. And to this day, no one has ever demanded a legal right for a nonhuman animal like Tommy in a court of law.

    Instead, the few animal welfare laws that exist are weak and give the animals themselves no rights at all. Something is wrong with this picture.

    Enter the NhRP – the first and only organization working to secure real legal rights for animals like Tommy.

    Nearly 30 years ago, I began laying the groundwork for a bold, innovative legal strategy on behalf of these animals. As I recently told Stephen Colbert, we are now petitioning the courts to recognize that, based on existing scientific evidence, nonhuman animals like Tommy are entitled to certain basic legal rights like “bodily liberty.”

    Bottom line: we believe chimpanzees like Tommy belong in a sanctuary, not a cage, not in a laboratory, and not in a circus!

    Our all-star legal team of attorneys has delved into more than a dozen areas of the law, analyzing over 60 different legal issues across all 50 states. And last year we filed our first series of lawsuits – on behalf of all four chimpanzees being held in captivity in New York State.

    What’s Next

    Right now, these cases are working their way through the legal system. Last month, in a packed courtroom, our legal team presented Tommy’s case to an Appellate Court. This is a landmark case and a legal milestone – an historic and unprecedented lawsuit that has the potential to reach far beyond just Tommy.

    But the Nonhuman Rights Project has some powerful enemies who don’t like what we’re doing. Experimentation laboratories, zoos, circuses and other animal abuse industries will do whatever it takes to preserve the status quo.

    None of that will stop us. And Tommy’s case is just the first of many that we plan to file over the coming months. Cases are pending for Kiko, Hercules and Leo, the three other abused chimpanzees in New York.

    But we can only file as many cases as we can afford. So please, visit our website to learn more about our historic, precedent-setting work.

    We hope you will become involved with the NhRP. Of course, you may always unsubscribe at any time if you wish to remove yourself from this list.

    With each day we move one step closer to bringing rights to nonhuman animals. And we’re ready to launch even more history-making suits for chimpanzees like Tommy and, this coming year, for elephants. So please, visit our website to learn more about our historic, precedent-setting work.

    Nonhuman Rights Project – Working Toward Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals

    Karen Lyons Kalmenson

    Source Nonhuman Rights Project

    Please sign petition HERE

    Meet Tommy the chimpanzee. The Nonhuman Rights Project found him locked in a small cage, in a dark barn, at a used-trailer lot in New York. Tommy lives in solitary confinement, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Chimpanzees like Tommy are intelligent, self-aware beings. But the law still considers Tommy to be a piece of property – a “thing.” As such, he has NO LEGAL RIGHTS. While the Supreme Court has ruled that even corporations are entitled to certain legal rights, Tommy has no more rights than a pair of tennis shoes.

    Add your name to this urgent petition if you agree with us that chimpanzees like Tommy belong in a sanctuary, not in a cage, not in a laboratory, and not in a circus!

    The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only organization working toward actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Our mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them. Our first cases were filed in 2013. Your support of this work is deeply appreciated.

    Donate HERE

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    What do you see

    What do you see when you look at me
    The face of your genetic history
    Do you see the intelligence, the soul,
    The feelings
    Of a primate that has suffered
    From man’s cruel misdealings
    Or do you see a thing
    That belongs in a lab
    Alive or dead
    Lying on a cold slab
    Your vision is determined
    By your inner brain’s eye
    My future depends
    Please I do not want
    To cry.

    Karen Lyons Kalmenson

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 5:02 PM on November 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , Autumn leaf color, , CenturyLink, Dan Noyes, , Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Airport, Mount Moran,   

    Two (2) More Unnecessary Deaths This Week 

    Justice for Bear #760: Killed By Wyoming Game and Fish and It’s been one week since a 16-month-old western lowland gorilla named Kabibe died at the San Francisco Zoo, crushed under an electric door.

    I was honored to take pictures of Bear 760 numerous times over the past few years, and was always amazed by his inquisitive, yet peaceful nature. He was one of Grand Teton National Park’s most photogenic and popular bears. He was born and raised in the park, and was very accustomed to being around people. He never showed any aggression and was always very well behaved.

    He roamed for miles on his home turf through Grand Teton National Park. It was when he roamed outside of the Park that things started to go wrong for him.

    Last month, when he was trying to fatten up and prepare to hibernate, he was moved by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department into one of the most densely populated areas for grizzlies in the entire Yellowstone/Teton area. Competition for food and territorial range was fierce. Bear 760 was likely forced out and wandered near a small town, where he happened upon a hunter’s deer carcass, hanging in a tree. This jackpot for Bear 760 quickly became his death sentence, as Wyoming Game and Fish were called, he was trapped, and ultimately euthanized.

    The tragic death of this charismatic, crowd-pleasing grizzly opens up many troubling questions about Wyoming’s management of grizzly bears.

    Sign my Care2 petition to demand answers from WGFD and make sure a story like this doesn’t happen again.

    Thanks for caring,

    Richare Spratley
    Wildlife photographer and Care2 member

    I-TEAM: ZOO KNEW DANGERS YEARS BEFORE BABY GORILLA DIED

    I-TEAM: Zoo knew dangers years before baby gorilla died
    The I-Team has new information that San Francisco Zoo administrators had heard warnings about the gorilla enclosure door for years.

    It’s really interesting to see how the zoo managers operate. They release documents that point to mistakes by that zookeeper, but there is much more to the story, including proof they knew about dangers at that very same door and failed to take action.

    This week, the zoo released a note from the zookeeper about the death of little Kabibe. Her grandmother was carrying the 16-month-old into room four for the night, and the keeper writes, “I began to close electric door 4 and when I looked at the door again, it was closed and Kabibe was caught in the door across her chest.”

    But, internal zoo documents obtained by the I-Team show a long history of problems with the operation of that same door.

    A log entry from January 27, 2010 notes that Hasani, a gorilla that was about the same age as Kabibe when she died, “got hand caught in (electric door) 4. Not using at first, but within 5 minutes only mildly favoring it.”

    The next day, a zookeeper warns to “avoid shifting Hasani into far off electric doors (which are hard to see gorillas through).”

    Sources tell me the door that killed Kabibe is the farthest away from the control panel.

    In May 2010, a different door trapped Hasani again. The zookeeper wrote, “I didn’t catch the door in time. He screamed… Looks like there is a gash in left middle finger knuckle. Knuckle swollen.” The zookeeper even illustrated where the cut appeared on Hasani’s hand.

    Officials are bringing in zoo expert Terry Maple, Ph.D., from Florida, and he tells ABC7 News, “There’s a lot of issues in the building. There are visibility issues, there’s lighting issues, the configuration of the room is not ideal.” He says one obvious solution would be to have a second set of eyes when transferring the gorillas past those doors: “If there are two of you operating the system, and one person doesn’t see something, the other person can say, ‘Hey, look at this, there’s something going on there, you need to stop.’”

    But, almost a year to the day before Kabibe died, a zookeeper emailed management asking for the same thing — a second employee — an “ape keeper… who would be available for all shifting.” Shifting is when the keepers move the gorillas through the doors.

    If zoo officials had taken action after that email one year ago, there’s a chance Kabibe would be alive today. A source close to the zookeeper says she is devastated by Kabibe’s death and hasn’t worked since. She also feels like the zoo is trying to deflect attention by blaming it all on her. A zoo spokesperson emailed the I-Team late today that they will have no comment until the investigation is complete.

    Petition to demand Justice for Baby Kabibe- Boycott and Write SF Zoo to Answer for Carelessness

    Demand Justice for Baby Kabibe- Boycott and Write SF Zoo to Answer for Carelessness

    we’ve got 2,679 signatures, help us get to 3,000

    Update #2 November 20, 2014

    Update from Tanya Peterson, Director of SF Zoological Society. Acceptable? You decide:

    http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/San-Francisco-Zoo-seeks-answers-after-gorilla-s-5899432.php

    Thank you for supporting this petition.

    Update #1 November 19, 2014

    The SF Zoo knew and ignored dangers years before the death of Baby Kabibe– Please see link to news story: http://abc7news.com/news/i-team-zoo-knew-dangers-years-before-baby-gorilla-died/396296/

    This was a systems failure due to the culture at SF Zoo, not the fault of any one zookeeper. Please forward this petition to keep the pressure on the SF Zoo so they cannot blame the zookeeper and deflect attention from this issue. Thank you!

    About this Petition

    Kabibe was a 16-month old female Western Lowland Gorilla who was crushed to death by a closing hydraulic door on November 8. Our hearts go out to the Kabibe’s family (notably her grandmother, Bawang who was rearing her) and the well-intentioned zoo staff who are certainly mourning.

    However, we cannot afford to be this careless with these precious primates who are so close genetically to humans and are rightfully entitled to personhood status. The San Francisco Zoo has already been under fire for safety and habitat failures that led to the deaths of elephants in 2004, injury of a worker in 2006, and tragic death of a Siberian tiger and a zoo visitor that the tiger was allowed to attack in 2007. If zoos, like the SF Zoo cannot fully invest in the animals’ and public’s well being, the zoo should forfeit their right to have these animals. We owe animals more than making them attractions for profit.

    What other safety gaps are there at SF Zoo that we don’t know about and haven’t been addressed? Take to Twitter (@sfzoo) and demand that Ms. Peterson (tanyap@sfzoo.org) learn from the San Diego and Dallas Zoos and do better for primates and the conservation of all animals. The dignity and safety of the zoo staff are also at stake. Urge Ms. Peterson not to settle for anything less than making SF Zoo a world-class example and leader in zoo safety which includes being fully accountable, apologetic, and outcomes-driven to improve safety and thriving. Until then, choose not to support this institution.

    Do please support gorilla and great ape conservation programs like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (https://gorillafund.org/) and the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (http://igcp.org/). The Jane Goodall Institute also supports the preservation of Great Apes, including Gorillas (http://www.janegoodall.org/) For more on Great Ape Personhood: http://en.wikipedia.or/wiki/Great_ape_personhood Thank you.

    SAN
     
  • Don Lichterman 4:38 PM on November 22, 2014 Permalink
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    You Know How The GOPers say that the Polls (which I still have yet to see what poll they speak of but anyway) say that Americans OVERWHELMINGLY want that Keystone XL Built? 

    Can we all remind them of the TRUE OVERWHELMING polls from Americans that want sensible Gun Safety laws set up in Place but yet that vote could not even get through the house? Because why would (John) Boehner selectively preach how bad Americans want the XL built (even though it affects a mere seven or a whatever amount of states it goes through and that pipeline does not affect most of us; yet that gets misconstrued that the majority wants that thing built) and yet he/they selectively leave out how much everyone wants sensible gun laws finally set back up. Regardless, Benny Wheeler was just six years old when he was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. His dad, David Wheeler, worked with Americans for Responsible Solutions during this election to make sure we have a Congress that can honor Benny’s memory by acting to reduce gun violence.

    David’s recorded an ad to tell his story — and it’s exactly what’s needed to cut through the gun lobby‘s rhetoric and spending.
    By working with people like David Wheeler, we can do what’s necessary to serve as a counterweight to the gun lobby. With your help, we can fight to have a Congress that works to make communities safer from gun violence. Meet Dr. Vivek Murthy. President Obama nominated him to be Surgeon General last year.
    He’s an accomplished physician and a well-respected doctor known across the country. Dr. Murthy should be confirmed for Surgeon General. Except for one thing: the gun lobby doesn’t like him, and they’ve fought his confirmation all year.
    Now Senators aligned with the gun lobby are even trying to say that Dr. Murthy — who’s cared for thousands of patients, and taught medical students at Harvard — isn’t a “health professional.”
    The truth of the matter is that Dr. Murthy would make a good Surgeon General. To get him confirmed, we need to overcome the gun lobby and have the Senate vote. Sometimes the conversation at the Thanksgiving table gets taken over by a certain someone with strong opinions and shaky facts — a cousin, an uncle, or a who-invited-her kind of guest. Our handy guide for busting common myths about guns was so popular last year that we’ve updated it for 2014 to help you set the table straight this year:

    Five simple things you'll need to know to set the table straight.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 2:40 PM on November 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Digital Audio Broadcasting, , , HD Radio, , , RIA Novosti, RT (TV network), ,   

    Aaron Phillips will be giving one of our tracks by DOWN FROM ZERO a spin on Amazing Radio this evening (Saturday Night). 

    Amazing Radio and DAB digital radio in London are Playing ‘Same Old Story’ Tonight; Tune In Please!

    Playlist

     

    The show goes out from 8pm – 10pm every Saturday night and you can listen on DAB digital radio in Londonand at http://amazingradio.com.

    If you can’t listen live, the show will be available to listen again shortly after broadcast on Aaron’s show page (http://amazingtunes.com/amazingrock/playlists/103869). You can also find him/them on twitter @amazingradio or @aaronphillipsdj, and on facebook at facebook.com/amazingradio.

    You can find the full playlist here http://amazingtunes.com/amazingrock/playlists/103869!

    Most of all, thanks to Aaron and everyone at Amazing radio and at DAB in London for that support!

    sunsetFILM

    snst recds

     

     

     
  • Don Lichterman 12:57 PM on November 22, 2014 Permalink
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    As the wolves all wait below 

    Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

    Turning up the Heat Against Idaho’s Predator Derby: Last week we shared with you that we’re taking BLM to task for its approval of a wolf killing contest now slated to occur in January on wide expanses of public lands outside of Salmon, Idaho. Even after Defenders members submitted over 100,000 comments in opposition to the proposal, BLM approved the derby, failing to address the many potential adverse impacts from such an event, including impacts on local and regional wolf populations. If there’s any silver lining here, it is that this BLM’s approval is already getting significant news coverage. Having this news in the national spotlight will hopefully put more pressure on Department of the Interior to stop this before it occurs. And, you can be sure that we won’t stop working to put an end to this killing contest – in the courts, in the media, and on the ground with our members. Stay tuned!

    Secretary Jewell has the power to reverse the BLM’s decision. Tell her to use it!

    Red wolf, © Steve Hillebrand/USFWSRed Wolf Recovery Program Reviewed: This week, the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), an independent nonprofit conservation organization, provided an evaluation of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery program for red wolves. At Defenders, we feel the review signals that a more robust and throughout evaluation is needed. In response to the plan, Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark said: “This Wildlife Management Institute report shows that red wolves still have a long road ahead of them, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hasn’t finished the job. The report makes several points that echo Defenders of Wildlife’s stance on what red wolves needs to recover, including more room, better public support and an improved recovery plan based in sound science.”

    Wolf Champion in Congress Takes On New Leadership Role: This week, Congressman Grijalva from Arizona was elected as Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with preserving America’s public lands, nation’s parks, fisheries, wildlife, as well as oversight over Native American affairs and mineral land laws. Rep. Grijalva continues to be a champion for wolves and we’re thrilled to see him move into this important position in Congress. Earlier this year, Grijalva co-authored a letter — signed by 85 other bi-partisan Representatives — in which he urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to maintain Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for gray wolves in the US. Our congratulations go out to Rep. Grijalva for this well-deserved honor!

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    1827 Dead Wolves -Northern Rockies/Great Lakes 2013/early 2014

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    Update: November 21, 2014

    Putting this all together, adding the current 2014 wolf mortality numbers of 443, plus the 1827 wolves killed during 2013/early 2014, minus the 11 wolves who died of natural causes, adds up to2256  wolves killed between January 2013 and November 21, 2014. They were wiped out by hunters, poachers, Wildlife Service control actions, ranchers and accidents. I believe the numbers are much higher than this. Many more wolves have been killed illegally and will never be counted, so we can only speculate on those numbers but I’m sure they’re not insignificant.

    In less than 23 months over 2200 wolves have been killed! This is an absolute outrage. Wolves cannot sustain these high mortality rates. Something must  be done to stop the carnage.

    In the coming days I’ll be exploring a way in which wolf advocates may be able to challenge this slaughter. It’s been written about and discussed but hasn’t been tested.

    November 20, 2014

    My previous post dealt with the ongoing number of wolves killed in 2014. This post deals with total 2013/early 2014 wolf mortality in the Northern Rockies/Great Lakes.  It’s a huge number! A slaughter!  What’s behind this madness? It’s certainly not because wolves are harming humans or are a threat to the livestock industry.

    From Wildearth Guardians:

    Livestock Losses

    Cattle

    Myth:  Wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, bears, and others kill lots of cattle.

    Truth:  Less than a quarter of one percent, 0.23%, of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores and dogs in 2010, according to a Department of Agriculture report.

    The government’s own data show that the real killers of cattle are not a few endangered wolves or other wildlife – it’s illness and weather.  Yet, the predation myth has directly contributed to a federal, 100-year, paramilitary assault on millions of native carnivores.

    The livestock predation myth is a big lie imposed on the American public. While lethal predator control does little to help the fat cats of agribusiness, it ensures that the USDA-Wildlife Services stays in business. While the feds assault millions of our native wolves, bears, cougars, and coyotes, the true cattle killers are illness and weather.  The Wildlife Services’ lethal predator control program must end, and the taxpayers, wildlife, and wildlands will reap the benefits.

    Read the full report here

    Wolves are being wiped out in record numbers, driven by a hate filled anti-wolf movement Their numbers are small but unfortunately for wolves, the haters dominate policy in wolf states. They also have powerful allies, like The Safari Club, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife, Cattlemen’s Association, etc.  The profit motive is also driving the killing machine. State fish and game agencies win in two ways, a top predator is killed off to inflate ungulate numbers for their customers, the hunters and the state makes money off the sale of wolf hunt tags. Wolves are also the target of ranchers, Wildlife Services and poachers. Anywhere wolves turn,  they’re in danger. Even Yellowstone National Park wolves aren’t safe. Many collared park wolves have been shot by hunters when they step one toe outside the park. The most famous wolf in the world, the Lamar Canyon alpha female, better known as O6 (her birth year), was killed by a hunter’s bullet.

    No wolf is safe in America.

    Northern Rockies: 2013 Wolf mortality

    Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery
    Program 2013 Interagency Annual Report

    Northern Rockies or NRM -2013 Wolf Mortality

    In 2013,  922 wolves were killed in the Northern Rockies. This USFWS chart, shows the breakdown of  wolves mortality in each state. Hunting (Harvest), Control, Human (Poaching/Accidents), Natural Causes, Unknown.

    Wolf Mortality Chart NRM 2013

    Idaho – 335 wolves

    Montana – 473 wolves

    Wyoming – 109 wolves

    Oregon – 3 wolves

    Washington – 2 wolves

    Total 2013 Northern Rockies:  922dead wolves

    http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/annualrpt13/reports/FINAL_NRM-Sum2_2013.pdf

    Great Lakes -2013/early 2014 Wolf Mortality

    Unlike the Northern Rockies, the Great Lakes states combine 2013/2014 wolf mortality  numbers.  In my previous post I did not include the 2013/2014 wolf hunt mortality numbers in that total.

    Minnesota 

    2013/2014 Hunt 238 wolves (previous hunt in 2012 killed 413wolves)

    2013/2014 Control Actions 127 wolves killed (previous control actions in 2012 killed 295 wolves)

    *No numbers for poaching, accidents or natural mortality

    Total wolf mortality Minnesota 2013/2014: 365 wolves

    Wisconsin

    Wolf hunt 2013/2014: 334 wolves

    Control actions 2013/2014: 65 wolves

    Total wolf mortality Wisconsin 2013/2014: 429 wolves

    Michigan

    Wolf hunt 2013 : 23 wolves

    Control actions: Since there’s no breakdown on the number of wolves killed in control actions between 2012-2013 I’m going to half the 73 control action numbers to 36 for 2013. *No numbers for accidents, poaching or natural mortality.

    Total wolf mortality Michigan 2013: 109 wolves

    Great Lakes/Total Wolf Mortality 2013/early 2014 – 903 wolves

    Illinois

    March 2013, 1 radio collared female wolf, from Wisconsin, found dead

    North Dakota

    1 year old male wolf killed by a deer hunter -2013

    http://www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf/monitoring/pdf/Year1PDMReportSept2014.pdf

    Total wolf mortality Northern Rockies/Great Lakes - 2013/early 2014 - 1827 dead wolves!

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    Top photo: USFWS - Bottom Photo: Idaho Wild Wolf Images Copyright 2011 - Posted in: gray wolf, Wolf Wars, Animal cruelty.

    426 Wolves Wiped Out in 2014 and It’s Not Over…

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    443 wolves killed 2014 - 426 wolves have been wiped out since the beginning of 2014. Pups, alphas, whole packs, gone. The majority have been slaughtered in the ongoing  Idaho, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin wolf hunts. 17 wolves were killed in Wyoming’s “predator zone” before a federal judge recently relisted them. 3 wolves were killed in Washington state, even though they’re “protected” there. The Huckleberry Pack alpha female was shot by a WDFW sharpshooter from the air, the alpha female of the Teanaway Pack and a female wolf from the Smackout Pack, were both poached.  And I’m not even counting wolves killed by Wildlife Services this year or wolves killed in the 2014 part of the 2013/2014 hunts. That would push the total much higher.

    The saddest part of all this are the hunts are far from over. Wildlife Services killings are not over.

    This has to stop, we are traveling down that long, dark road of wolf eradication.

    Please don’t give up on wolves, be their voice!  Speak out for them, they’re suffering, in the cold, in traps, shot, snared, torn from their families! We must work to end this nightmare! We are their only voice!

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has just approved a commercial wolf and predator-killing derby in Idaho. What’s worse, the agency has authorized the event to take place once every year for the next five years!

    Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, has the power to reverse this decision. She needs to use it.

    Tell Secretary Jewell that killing wolves and other predators for commercial gain on publicly owned land is just plain wrong.

    Introduced by a “hunters’ rights organization,” this kill-fest will make a competitive, commercialized sport of killing wolves and other predators. And, it will take place on federal public land – that’s land that belongs to you and me!

    Contests like these have no place in the 21st Century. They are a throwback to times past, when wolves and other predators were seen as vermin. The federal government shouldn’t be encouraging and endorsing this outdated thinking, and it certainly shouldn’t be hosting thrill kill competitions.

    Please take action TODAY, and help us stop this atrocious event!

    Killing Contests Don’t Belong on America’s Public Lands

    WildEarth Guardians - A group of anti-carnivore zealots want to slaughter wolves and coyotes for sport and the Bureau of Land Management just gave them the green light to do so on your public lands in Idaho. Even worse the approval is for five years!

    We’ve gone to court to stop the madness and now we want your help to tell Secretaries Jewell and Vilsak to stop this killing contest.

    We are outraged and disgusted that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service are allowing a vocal minority of wolf-haters to hold body-count killing contests on our public lands. Tell Secretaries Jewell and Vilsack that killing contests are unacceptable.

    The event’s sponsor claims their shameful and mindless persecution of animals is a “family event” intended to get kids outdoors. Interior Secretary Jewell has said she wants to use her power as Interior Secretary to get more kids outside—we certainly hope this isn’t what she meant. Let Secretary Jewell know Americans think massacring animals and calling it “family fun” is offensive and reprehensible.

    Killing contests ignore science and perpetuate false stereotypes about important species like wolves and coyotes that play essential roles in healthy, vibrant ecosystems.

    Though the BLM and Forest Service are responsible for protecting the health and integrity of our public lands, those agencies are aiding and abetting the bloodshed.

    Tell them to stop bowing to anti-wildlife extremists and instead to protect our native carnivores.

    Emergency Suit to Stop Wolf-killing Derby in Idaho

    Center for Biological Diversity - Bad news: The Bureau of Land Management just approved the Idaho “Predator Derby” on public land. In January 500 hunters will descend on Salmon, Idaho for two days of “family friendly” wolf slaughter for fun and prizes. Even worse, this approval would apply to the next five years as well. We’re filing an emergency suit to stop it, and we need your help.

    To fund this suit, a dedicated wildlife champion has stepped forward with a challenge: She’ll give $2 for every $1 you give, tripling your gift to the Predator Defense Fund in the next few weeks.

    The Center for Biological Diversity is going to court to ask for an emergency order to shut down the derby before it starts. We’ll take on Idaho’s powerful wolf-hating politicians — men like Gov. Butch Otter and Congressman Raul Labrador — and do everything we can to pull the brakes on this sick, publicly subsidized kill-fest.

    The Center is saving wolves across the country. We helped stop the Wyoming wolf hunt, got a hired government killer out of Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness, and just filed suit to force the government to adopt a proper wolf recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves. We know how to win for wolves and we’ll win in Idaho.

    Help us stop this grotesque killing competition. Make a gift to the Predator Defense Fund today and your gift will be tripled with a generous 2-to-1 match.

    Wolves shouldn’t be slaughtered for fun and prizes on public lands. The war to save wolves is fought one battle at a time, and this one is crucial. We’re ready to go. Join us.

    ‘Predator Hunt Derby’ in Idaho Has Environmentalists Screaming


    BOISE, Idaho (CN) – An “Idaho Predator Hunt Derby” targeting gray wolves, coyotes and even starlings is unprecedented and illegal, environmentalists claim in two federal lawsuits.

    The Bureau of Land Management has approved the “Idaho Predator Hunt Derby,” which gives special permit holders the right to kill gray wolves and coyotes on three million acres of federal and private land in eastern and Central Idaho.

    Up to 500 entrants can register annually for the five-year, three-day competition, which begins Jan. 1, 2015.
    Targets of the derby, which is open to youth hunters, include skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons and European starlings. Hunters will be awarded cash and prizes for the most, and biggest kills.

    BLM approval of the derby has thrown advocacy groups into a frenzy.

    Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and Project Coyote sued the BLM and its District Manager Joseph Kraayenbrink on Nov. 13, saying the derby goes against everything they, and the federal government, has strived for.

    “Gray wolves were protected under the ESA [Endangered Species Act] for more than 30 years in the Northern Rockies due to human persecution … and the federal government invested heavily in winning the social acceptance of wolves through the wolf reintroduction program,” the environmentalists say in the 33-page lawsuit.
    On the same day, WildEarth Guardians, Cascadia Wildlands and Boulder-White Clouds Council filed a nearly identical lawsuit against the same defendants, describing the derby as a “killing contest.”

    Both lawsuits claim the killing contests violate the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedures Act.

    The derby was conceived by the group Idaho for Wildlife, a Salmon, Idaho-based group that is dedicated to “protect[ing] Idaho’s hunting and fishing heritage,” according to its website.

    The derby comes as no surprise to environmentalists who have chimed in on almost two decades of controversy brought about by the wolf’s reintroduction to the wilds.

    Three dozen gray wolves, then a protected species under the Endangered Species Act, were brought in from Canada under the federal government’s reintroduction program in 1995.

    The wolf has been a contentious issue in Idaho ever since, creating an ideological chasm between hunters and ranchers, who say the wolves have decimated elk and other herds, and environmentalists who say they are part of the natural ecosystem.

    The animal was delisted in 2009 based on significantly rebounded numbers. Consequently, wolf hunting seasons were established.

    Today some 650 wolves roam the forests of Idaho, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. There were once more than 350,000 in the Western U.S. before hunting and trapping devastated the population.

    The BLM has authority under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act to regulate permits, including special use permits, for the use of public lands (for nonprofit uses), according to both complaints.

    Under the FLPMA, however, the BLM is obligated to “proactively” protect “sensitive species,” including the gray wolf.

         The plaintiffs say the BLM violated NEPA by not preparing a full Environmental Impact Statement on the effects the derby will have on animals and the environment.

         Competitive hunting for wolves on public lands in Idaho has never before been authorized, according to the plaintiffs, who say the derby is “incompatible with modern-day wildlife management principles and ethical hunting practices. Indeed, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a policy to ‘not support any contests or similar activities involving the taking of predators, which may portray hunting in an unethical fashion, devalue the predator, and which may be offensive to the general public.’”

         The BLM has received more than 100,000 comments from people in Idaho and around the world, including Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, scientists and other organizations who oppose the Idaho Predator Hunt Derby, according to the Defenders complaint.

    The WildEarth complaint added another aspect of the derby they say is cause for concern – public safety.

    “The contest occurs in the middle of the holidays on the weekend following New Years Day,” the complaint states. “During this time, many families have time off work, can recreate on public lands and head out to test out new skis, snowshoes, sleds, snowsuits and snowmobiles. The derby concentrates shooters on public lands.”

    The BLM approved the hunt based on only a “cursory Environmental Assessment, Finding No Significant Impact and Decision of Record, which are riddled with factual and scientific misstatements, omissions and legal errors; and which fail to address the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts associated with BLM’s approval of the proposed derby,” the WildEarth plaintiffs claim.

    In addition, “the BLM Manual states that any action to control predators should be undertaken in certain limited circumstance – e.g. to prevent disease transmission, to protect livestock … or to enhance recovery of endangered or threatened species – none of which are present here,” the Defenders’ complaint states.

    The groups want the approval set aside and enjoined as arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion and illegal under the FLPMA, NEPA and APA.

    The Defender’s are represented by Laurence “Laird” Lucas, with advocates for the West, of Boise, and Amy Atwood, with the Center for Biological Diversity, in Portland, Ore.

    The WildEarth plaintiffs’ lead counsel is Celeste Miller, with McDevitt & Miller, of Boise, Idaho. 

    For the first time in more than 40 years, nearly every gray wolf in the Lower 48 could be stripped of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could announce its final decision to delist wolves any day now.

    If they do move forward with delisting, it will mean they’ve ignored the recommendations of their own scientific peer review panel – and leave wolves at the mercy of extreme anti-wolf state politicians, putting the recovery of wolves everywhere at grave risk.

    We can’t let that happen.

    With your help, we’re launching an Emergency Protection Fund for Wolves. Will you be among the first supporters?

    To get the fund off to the strongest possible start, generous donors have agreed to match your gift, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $150,000.

    Your support will help give us the extra resources we need to protect wolves where and when they need it most.

    • Our legal team is already gearing up for a monumental legal battle to uphold the law and restore federal ESA protection to wolves;
    • We’re stepping up our presence in battleground states like Idaho, where extreme anti-wolf politicians have caused the deaths of more than 1,400 wolves since 2009 and made a mockery of wolf conservation;
    • We’re going to states like California and Oregon, where there’s plenty of suitable wolf habitat, and where pro-wolf voices ring loud and clear;
    • And we are tirelessly organizing – in neighborhoods, online, and through the media – to make it clear to our elected officials that most Americans want wolves in their world.

    Please be among the first to donate generously to our Emergency Protection Fund for Wolves. Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $150,000 until 11:59pm EST on November 21st.

    I want to be clear on one thing: Whatever happens in the coming days, this fight is far from over.

    Thanks to you, in 1967, Defenders of Wildlife was the first organization to propose reintroducing wolves. In 1995, we were there when a new generation of wolves first set foot in Yellowstone National Park and the central Idaho wilderness. Every day since, we have fought in court, in Congress, and in statehouses across the country to make sure wolves get a fighting chance to survive.

    With people like you at my side, I remain steadfastly optimistic.

    Steam Lyrics

    (Anastasio, Marshall)
    © Who Is She Music, Inc. (BMI)

    there is the tower
    like a solitary flower
    standing in the snow
    as the wolves all wait below
    and you’re walking on the ledge
    throwing bread crusts off the edge
    as you sing in voice so clear
    and my name I think I hear
    concealed within the theme
    then it disappears as steam

    and I’m standing far below
    watching wolves you seem to know
    as your voice still carries on
    in your never-ending song
    and my blood begins to boil
    and my bones melt into oil
    hissing liquid in the snow
    as my body sinks below
    and a ripple sends a beam
    of sunlight dancing through the steam

    my now unfettered soul
    has direction I control
    to your tower I draw near
    but do I see a trace of fear?
    the approaching sound of hooves
    now scatters all the wolves
    you briefly watch the horseman ride
    then you quickly run inside
    the rider’s weapons gleam
    while the horse’s nostrils steam

    there’s no time to reflect, who
    is this man? I must protect you
    in the rider’s hand I see
    he holds your prison’s only key
    he glances up and glares
    and then he starts to climb the stairs
    I can tell you’re terrified
    so I quickly go inside
    but then I hear a fateful scream
    and your soul joins mine as steam

    we escaped the dreadful night
    and as lovers soared in flight
    blissful weeks turned into seasons
    but one day without a reason
    or goodbye you flew below
    back to the animals you know
    now you forever sing your song
    with the wolves where you belong
    now quite alone I often dream
    I hear you singing through the steam

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 11:48 AM on November 22, 2014 Permalink
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    Corporations Are People Too My Friends 

    Government By the People Campaign

    We the People

    The national movement to get big money out of our elections suffered a major blow this month with pro-corporate, right-wing Republicans winning control of the Senate and other victories in the most expensive midterm elections ever.

    But we’re vowing not to rest, or even slow down, in our march towards amending the Constitution to save our democracy and overturn decisions like Citizens United.

    Are you with us?

    Join PFAW and Campaign for America’s Future in our message to the 114th Congress telling them to amend the constitution to get big money OUT>>

    Let them know you’re still here and you won’t rest until Government By the PEOPLE is restored!

    Just look at how far we’ve come:

    • In this outgoing Congress we were able to get the Democracy For All Amendment all the way to the Senate floor — and with majority support.
    • 16 states and nearly 600 municipalities and counties have passed resolutions calling for the amendment.
    • Polls and ballot initiatives continue to confirm that an overwhelming majority of Americans think money in politics is a major problem and most support a constitutional amendment to fix it.

    To put it another way, we lost one battle but we’re winning the war.

    AND we already have commitments from our allies on Capitol Hill to reintroduce the Democracy For All Amendment in the new Congress…

    AND we’re pushing forward with the grassroots effort to get even more states on the record calling for an amendment — in 2015, targets include New Hampshire, New York and Washington.

    Join PFAW and Campaign For America’s Future by signing our joint petition right now telling Congress to amend the Constitution, get big money out of our elections and restore Government By the PEOPLE>>

    After you sign, please spread the word!

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 7:43 AM on November 22, 2014 Permalink
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    Breaking: Panama Jack ending partnership with SeaWorld 

    Panama Jack to end its partnership with SeaWorld, the company said the decision was for business reasons and will end when their contract is up in February 2015. The company has already removed SeaWorld’s logo from its website.

    “Another SeaWorld corporate partnership is ending, this one with Panama Jack.

    The Orlando-based sunscreen company had sold its products in some SeaWorld locations since the mid-1980s.

    Another SeaWorld corporate partnership is ending, this one with Panama Jack. The Orlando-based sunscreen company had sold its products in some SeaWorld locations since the mid-1980s. Lynn Martenstein, a spokeswoman for Panama Jack, said the company recently informed SeaWorld it would end its partnership as of Feb. 28. Martenstein said Panama Jack did so “based on business reasons” and would not elaborate.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it wrote to Panama Jack on Oct. 21.

    “After several follow-up e-mails and calls, we received an e-mail on November 12 from Lynn Martenstein that Panama Jack would be ending its SeaWorld sponsorship for “business reasons” when the contract is up in February, though the company has already removed SeaWorld’s logo from its website,” spokesman David Perle said in an email.

    SeaWorld and corporate partners have been the target of animal-rights activists because of its captive killer whales. The issue of captive marine mammals has received more mainstream attention after last year’s documentary “Blackfish.” The company has acknowledged that negative publicity has been part of the reason attendance has declined at SeaWorld parks.

    SeaWorld and Southwest Airlines ended a 26-year partneship earlier this year. Virgin America dropped SeaWorld from its frequent flier program last month.

    Copyright © 2014, Orlando Sentinel

    ORLANDOSENTINEL.COM|BY ORLANDO SENTINEL
    SAN
     
  • Don Lichterman 10:10 PM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Yummy: Dog Meat! 

    End Barbaric Dog Meat Trade

    dog

    The dog meat industry in Southeast Asia is still operating despite efforts to shut it down. Help put an end to this cruel industry and to the consumption of dog by signing the petition.

    Target: General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand

    Goal: Shut down the dog meat trade

    Thailand is considering shutting down the brutal dog meat industry for good. The police have already started setting up sting operations to take down what they refer to as dog meat kingpins who oversee the exportation of dogs to Vietnam and China where eating dog meat is more common.

    The consummation of dog meat is relatively confined to northern Thailand, such as the province of Sakon Nakhon, where residents seem to be split on eating dog meat. Civi groups have formed in the last two years to protest the consumption of dog meat, such as the suppression division of Watchdog Thailand where residents can phone in anonymous tips to help capture those slaughtering and transporting dogs.

    While Thailand’s government has made progress taking down these dog meat kingpins, there is still no law that bans the practice of eating dog meat. The only reason they have been able to arrest these operations is because the dog meat kingpins had no license to slaughter or transport the dogs. Many in Thailand have urged the government to pass a bill that would ban eating dog meat, but so far nothing has changed. Eating dog meat is cruel and not the way to solve an abundant stray problem.

    Sign this petition to urge the Prime Minister to ban the consumption of dog meat in Thailand.

    PETITION LETTER: http://animalpetitions.org/31474/end-barbaric-dog-meat-trade/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=a35caf4b96-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-a35caf4b96-77807085

    Dear General Prayuth Chan-ocha,

    The last two years have seen successful progress in shutting down illegal dog meat operations, but there is still much progress to be made. The only reason Thailand’s police have been able to arrest dog meat kingpins is because they were operating without licenses to transport or slaughter dogs. By allowing those with licenses to continue, the dog meat industry lives on.

    Since eating dog is mostly confined to smaller villages, such as those in the Sakon Nakhon province, there would not be a huge outcry from banning the consumption of dog meat. There would most likely be a positive reaction throughout Thailand and certainly throughout the world.

    Please push for a bill that would ban for the consumption of dog meat in Thailand and continue to shut down illegal operations that slaughter and transport of these poor dogs.

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name Here]

    Photo credit: public domain via Wikipedia

    http://animalpetitions.org/31474/end-barbaric-dog-meat-trade/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=a35caf4b96-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-a35caf4b96-77807085

    Inside A Dog Meat Restaurant

    www.Saynotodogmeat.Net

    Inside A Dog Meat Restaurant

    Do these dogs belong to the owner whose making sure his dogs are with him during the day and not sitting home by themselves? NO! You are standing in the doorway to a dog meat restaurant and the live dogs are for you to choose which one you’d like to see killed on the spot, for you to eat. This situation is a very common occurrence throughout all dog and cat eating countries.

    Picture this scene: you’re a tourist walking along the street with your tour group in China. Everyone is excited as you all head toward the market, laughing and snapping photos. You notice the restaurant which everyone’s photographing has some dogs in a cage at the reception desk, inside the restaurant.

    You cannot storm into the building like John Wayne and demand they give you the dogs – you will be laughed at, you will most likely beaten up and probably arrested for being a public nuisance. If you bought each of the dogs, which would not be cheap, they will walk to their holding cell and fill up the cage with more dogs.

    Besides, what are you going to do with three live dogs when you are a tourist? You cannot rely on rescue groups to take the dogs and they will probably require expensive veterinary treatment, over weeks. To make things even worse, buying the dogs encourages the dog butchers to keep displaying the dogs so more tourists will feel sorry for them and pay ridiculous amounts of money. Buying dogs from butchers is supporting the dog meat trade.

    To dog eaters, a live dog on display is no different from having a tray of oranges to pick from. Dog eaters look at live dog meat dogs and salivate whereas we look at live dog meat dogs and feel pain in our heart. When I lightened the photo right up there are actually a few dogs in the cage, you can almost see one on the right, standing up.

    If you are a tourist in a dog or cat eating country be prepared to unexpectedly walk into situations such as this photograph portrays. I have witnessed many tourists standing right in-front of dog-meat dogs and cats and not even “see” them, as if it were something too shocking for their mind to comprehend so an invisible psychological curtain drops down, making the reality of what they are staring at invisible to them.

    When you travel through Asia and Africa, if you keep your eyes open you will probably see cages along walkways, especially if they have an empty bowl in them; some are big cages and some are small. Most likely you are looking at empty dog and cat meat cages, which will be filled with live animals either early in the morning or early evening, when the tourists are gone.

    Please feel free to share your dog and cat meat experiences with us. Please either leave a comment below or email us at: contact@saynotodogmeat.info. (Photo not credited to Saynotodogmeat.Net)

    Michele Brown.

    GLOBAL MARCH
    Saturday April 4th, 2015 Saynotodogmeat.Net is hosting a Global March for dogs and cats in the live meat trade. Please march with us, in your country. It will be an orderly and peaceful march but we need more ‘demonstration leaders.’ If you can help us, PLEASE EMAIL: CONTACT@SAYNOTODOGMEAT.INFO

    Bring your family, children, pets and banners; we need as many people as possible, worldwide. Please mark your calendar and join our march. If you haven’t already done so, please click the box to let us know you are coming:https://www.facebook.com/events/294347744053559/

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    http://saynotodogmeat.net/2014/04/04/email-the-philippines-president-to-end-the-dog-meat-trade/

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    http://saynotodogmeat.net/2014/01/31/turkana-africa-emergency-aid-letter/

    EMAIL THE GOVERNOR OF NIGERIA: New Address: info@nigeria.gov.ng

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    JOIN THE WORLDWIDE GLOBAL EVENT HERE TODAY
    PLEASE EMAIL US A.S.A.P FOR INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP. SATURDAY 4TH APRIL 2015 – TIME TO MARCH FOR DOGS AND CATS IN THE MEAT TRADE.
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  • Don Lichterman 10:04 PM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , Santa Monica Airport, Sei whale, , The Hump,   

    Yummy: Whale Meat! 

    L.A. Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty Fined $27k For Serving Endangered Sei Whale Originally Caught For “Science” by Japan

    Today was a big day for whales.

    Japan announces their intentions to expand their Antarctic whaling area for bogus scientific reasons, and coincidentally the news of a restaurant owner admitting to selling endangered sei whale in sunny Los Angeles finally comes to light in court. The whale meat that was served to two undercover people has been forensically linked to the bogus scientific research hunts conducted by Japan in the Antarctic.

    In 2009-2010, an undercover sting by a producer of The Cove OPS exposed whale meat being sold in Los Angeles’ upscale beach community of Santa Monica.

    Restaurant Owner Admits He Allowed Sushi Chefs To Serve Whale Meat

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    The Hump, prior to its closing in 2010 (AP Photo by Reed Saxon)

    The owner and parent company of a now-closed Santa Monica restaurant pleaded guilty to serving a protected species of whale meat to a customer.

    Under the terms of a plea deal, they’re expected to pay over $27,000 in fines and be put on probation.

    The Hump used to be a restaurant at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport, but it was shut down after a 2010 undercover investigation revealed that protected Sei whale meat was being served to customers. Typhoon Restaurant Inc.—the restaurant’s parent company—and owner Brian Vidor pleaded guilty on Monday to one unlawful sale of marine mammal, the L.A. Times reports.

    Vidor admitted that he knew sushi chefs Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda were serving whale and that he permitted it. Those chefs already pleaded guilty, but have not been sentenced.

    If Judge Dale S. Fischer agrees to the terms of the plea, Typhoon and Vidor will pay a joint fine of $27,500. Typhoon will also be placed on 18 months of probation, while Vidor will face 12 months. The sentencing is scheduled for February 23.

    The investigation into The Hump came about after the producers of the 2009′s The Cove, a documentary about the dolphin hunting industry in Japan, secretly recorded whale meat being served. Undercover federal agents then went to The Hump where Yamamoto served them the meat, telling them in a whisper that it was whale. Tests of the meat later revealed it to be at least three years old.

    History of the Whale; Part 1

    On February 01, 2013 Betty Hallock wrote:

    Grand jury indicts the Hump and sushi chefs in whale meat case

    The shuttered Hump restaurant in Santa Monica and two of its sushi chefs have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including selling sei whale meat, an announcement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles says.

    Typhoon Restaurant Inc., the parent company of the Hump, and Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda were named in the nine-count indictment. Other charges include conspiracy to import and sell meat from the endangered sei whale and lying to federal investigators.

    The Hump closed in 2010 after an associate producer of the documentary “The Cove,” which investigated the killing of dolphins in Japan, orchestrated a video sting. The Times reported that two participating activists asked if they could order whale meat as part of an omakase meal and a waitress served eight pieces, according to a federal affidavit. DNA tests confirmed the meat came from a sei whale, which is protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It’s illegal to sell any kind of whale meat in the U.S.

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    If convicted, Yamamoto faces up to 67 years in prison, and Ueda faces a maximum 10-year term. Typhoon would face fines totaling $1.2 million.

    Yamamoto, 48, and Ueda, 39, allegedly ordered the whale meat from Ginichi Ohira, who has already pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Ohira received the whale meat in the U.S., prepared an invoice that described the meat as fatty tuna and delivered it to the Hump.

    The attorney for Yamamoto did not immediately return a call for comment.

    James W. Spertus, the lawyer for Ueda, said, “It’s very unfortunate that the U.S. attorney’s office has decided to charge my client after years of doing nothing. The case was charged initially as a misdemeanor.

    “The goverment’s theory of this case is completely upside down. The federal government has given a pass to the most culpable person in this chain, the supplier, and instead has focused on the sushi chef serving what customers ordered.”

    Assistant U.S. Atty. Dennis Mitchell in the environmental crimes section said he had no comment.

    The company and Yamamoto initially were charged three years ago, but prosecutors sought to have the charges dropped with the option to refile at a later date.

    The chefs and the restaurant parent company are due in U.S. District Court in coming weeks, the announcement said.

    Part 2: Forensic Proof

    On April 14, 2010 Brian Merchant wrote about how the whale meat was traced back to sei whales (endangered) being sold in Japan back in 2007.

    Scientists have used genetic fingerprinting to prove that whale meat found being sold at the Los Angeles restaurant The Hump came from the same sei whale that was sold in Japan in 2007.

    The sei whale is on the brink of extinction, and the LA restaurant caught serving the black market meat has been forced to close.

    But the most startling development is perhaps the fact that this evidence leads investigators to the unfortunate conclusion that the illegal whale meat trade is indeed still thriving.

    The BBC has the story:

    A team of scientists, film-makers and environmental advocates say they collected samples of whale meat being sold in sushi restaurants in both the US and South Korea late last year. A genetic analysis of meat found in Los Angeles showed that it was identical to meat from a sei whale being sold in Japan in 2007 … Criminal proceedings have started against the Los Angeles restaurant caught selling the whale meat.

    Japanese whale meat has also been identified in an unnamed eatery in the South Korean capital of Seoul. Specimens gathered there too have been determined to be genetically identical to whale meat bought in Japanese markets three years ago.

    Minke Whale killed during so-called scientific research often ends up in markets.

    Scientists have used genetic fingerprinting to prove that whale meat found being sold at the Los Angeles restaurant The Hump came from the same sei whale that was sold in Japan in 2007. The sei whale is on the brink of extinction, and the LA restaurant caught serving the black market meat has been forced to close. But the most startling development is perhaps the fact that this evidence leads investigators to the unfortunate conclusion that the illegal whale meat trade is indeed still thriving.

    The BBC has the story:

    A team of scientists, film-makers and environmental advocates say they collected samples of whale meat being sold in sushi restaurants in both the US and South Korea late last year. A genetic analysis of meat found in Los Angeles showed that it was identical to meat from a sei whale being sold in Japan in 2007 … Criminal proceedings have started against the Los Angeles restaurant caught selling the whale meat.

    Japanese whale meat has also been identified in an unnamed eatery in the South Korean capital of Seoul. Specimens gathered there too have been determined to be genetically identical to whale meat bought in Japanese markets three years ago.

    The scientists and advocates say that Japan should be forced to set up a reliable monitoring system to ensure that whale meat doesn’t make it to the black market.

    Ever since 1986, the international trade of whale meat has been banned between countries that signed that year’s document produced by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES (CITES was in the news a bunch earlier this year too, but for failing to protect the trade of just about every endangered species imaginable–at least they banned ivory).

    Also in February on this year Victoria Kim of the LA Times wrote:

    Chefs Susumu Ueda and Kiyoshiro Yamamoto were indicted in early 2013 along with Typhoon Restaurant Inc., the parent company of the restaurant the Hump.
    The restaurant closed in 2010 after a sting operation involving an associate producer of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” revealed that whale was being served off-menu to customers.

    But not everyone is angry at this chef.

    Posted: Feb 19 2013 on Time Out LA

    The windows at Yamakase are frosted over and the sign reads “Closed.” But if you’re lucky enough to secure a seat at this invite-only restaurant, a Japanese omakase experience unlike any other in Los Angeles awaits.

    Chef and owner Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, a surprisingly jolly Yama-san, has a storied past. He is the chef of the highly-praised but ill-fated—closed after serving illegal Sei whale—Santa Monica Airport restaurant, the Hump. This time around, though, at his year-old Palms restaurant, he’s playing by the rules.

    Behind the eight-seat sushi bar—the cramped, shoebox of a restaurant is somewhat devoid of atmosphere and seemingly makeshift with boxes spilling out from curtains and empty sake bottles lining shelves—Yama skillfully prepares course after course (we counted 20): jamón Iberico topped with Osetra caviar, orange clam with shiso, chawamushi with truffle butter, tenderloin steak with matsutake mushrooms, neatly cubed jellyfish presented in a soup spoon of cold sesame broth and a tomato wedge—chewy, slippery, cool, refreshing and absolutely delicious. According to a Japanese patron sitting next to me one night, Yamakase serves better sushi than 90% of the restaurants in Japan. And four hours, 20 courses and $300 later, I believed him.

    Vitals

    What to eat: It’s omakase, only, so what’s served is the chef’s choice and varies nightly. Expect exotic ingredients—jelly fish, poached monkfish liver and crab brains are just a few of the many surprises—and beautiful presentation.

    Where to sit: The intimate sushi bar holds eight seats and one seating a night.

    What to drink: There’s no corkage fee, so diners generally bring their own bottles of wine and sake. And they usually share with the chef. But, for those that don’t BYO, there’s beer and two sakes by the glass or bottle.

    Conversation piece: Diners can experience the “invitation only fine dining” by filling out a request form on the restaurant’s website. A confirmation emails provides you with the restaurant’s exact address.
    - By Olive Ashmore

    Want more nformation about whaling in Japan? WDC is a great start.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 9:56 PM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , Alaska Senate, , , , Gallup (company), Knoxville, , , , ,   

    Conservatives Concerned About The Death Penalty Update! 

    Shrinking Support for the Death Penalty

    The annual Gallup poll on the death penalty was released in late October. The results of the poll found that support for capital punishment across the United States is near a 40-year low, and Gallup also found that Republican support for the death penalty has fallen by 5% in just one year. This is a substantial shift in such a short period of time, and it likely stems from the fact that many Republicans now see capital punishment for what it is, a dangerous and expensive government program.

    Conservatives Concerned in the Media

    CCATDP has, once again, been featured in numerous publications.

    • Following Gallup’s findings, Townhall and Libertybriefing reported on the shift in Republican support and highlighted the work that we have been doing.
    • I was a guest on Daybreak with Drew Steele (a Fox radio station), Talking out Loud with L.A. Cooper, and the Andy Caldwell Show.
    • I was also interviewed by NBC’s Channel 10 and the UT Daily Beacon following an event in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Conservative Conversations

    Continuing our series of conservative conversations about the death penalty, we featured two segments this month. Clare McCallan, Young America’s Foundation, described what it means to be pro-whole-life and how it is inconsistent with the death penalty. Austin Paul, Turning Point USA, discussed the issue of fiscal responsibility and how costly capital punishment really is.

    Conservatives Concerned in the Field

    I traveled to central and south Florida sharing the conservative case against the death penalty, and I spoke at events hosted by conservatives and libertarians at the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Central Florida, and at the monthly meeting of the Orange County, Florida Young Republicans. I was welcomed with open arms, met many supporters, and even changed many attendees’ views of capital punishment.

    After this trip, I headed north to Knoxville, Tennessee to an event hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at the University of Tennessee. The event featured death row exoneree and Witness to Innocence’s Ray Krone, the NAACP’s Reverend Butler, Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty’s Stacy Rector, and myself. The room was near capacity, and the event impacted many of the students’ opinions on capital punishment.

    Meanwhile, CCATDP’s Ben Jones spoke in Kansas at the Baldwin County Republican Club to explain how capital punishment runs contrary to conservative values.

    As we continue to travel the country, the Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty family thanks you for your support and wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

    We’ve learned a lot about the death penalty in the last 30 years

    For three decades, we have tinkered with the death penalty in an effort to make it fair, accurate, and effective. Yet the system continues to fail.

    The risk of executing an innocent person is real

    The DNA era has given us irrefutable proof that our criminal justice system sentences innocent people to die. Evidence we once thought reliable like eyewitness identification is not always accurate. DNA evidence has led to hundreds of exonerations, but it isn’t available in most cases. Despite our best intentions, human beings simply can’t be right 100% of the time. And when a life is on the line, one mistake is one too many.

    Read More

    The complicated process has drained our resources

    The death penalty is longer and more complicated because a life is on the line – shortcuts could mean an irreversible mistake. For this reason, the death penalty costs millions more dollars than a system of life without parole – before a single appeal is even filed.

    Read More

    The death penalty has failed victims’ families

    The longer process prolongs the pain of victims’ families, who must relive their trauma as courts repeat trials and hearings trying to get it right. Most cases result in a life sentence in the end anyway – but only after the family has suffered years of uncertainty. To be meaningful, justice should be swift and sure – but the death penalty is just the opposite.

    Read More

    The death penalty doesn’t keep us safe.

    In the name of helping law enforcement, the death penalty concentrates enormous state resources on chasing a small handful of executions while thousands of cases go unsolved. It’s hardly surprising, then, that police chiefs rank the death penalty last among public safety tools..

    Read More

    Fairness in the death penalty is a moving target.

    We expect justice to be blind. Otherwise it’s not justice at all. Yet poor defendants sentenced to die have been represented by attorneys who were drunk, asleep, or completely inexperienced. Geography often determines who lives and dies, and after 30 years we have not found a way to make the system less arbitrary. Every effort to fix the system just makes it more complex – not more fair.

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    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 9:48 PM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , , Maasai people, Politics of Tanzania, Dubai   

    Wildlife Crime Update: Terrorist Groups Profit from Wildlife Crime and Two South African poaching kingpins were charged by the US government with operating a rhino horn trafficking syndicate. 

    AWF CEO Shakes Up Tanzanian Wildlife Summit

    Nearly 15 percent of Africa’s poached elephants are in, or close to, conflict zones, according to a recent UN Environment Programme and Interpol report. Terrorists and other non-state actors are responsible for 90 percent of the poaching. These armed groups receive up to US $12.3 million annually from the illegal ivory trade alone, with additional profits coming from the exploitation of other natural resources, such as charcoal. During a wildlife summit held in Tanzania earlier this month, AWF CEO Patrick Bergin urged countries to prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law. “When people start receiving punitive sentences and going to jail, the traffickers will realize the weather has shifted,” Bergin said.

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    An African elephant stands in the morning light in northern Tanzania. Photo Credit: Billy Dodson

    At a regional summit focused on combating wildlife crime, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) CEO Patrick Bergin called for the political will to prosecute wildlife crime at all levels of society, from the poacher to the corrupt government official.

    “Many good things are being done to fight the illegal wildlife trade, but the sun still shines on the traffickers. Virtually no one anywhere is being indicted, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced,” said Bergin at the two-day summit, which began today. “In the 1980s, Africa went from having 1.3 million elephants to 600,000. Will the population have to be halved again for us to have the political will to prosecute these crimes?”

    Bergin added: “Governments and stakeholders have held many big meetings, and there has been plenty of agreement on the need to halt this horrific trade—but cases are still not being prosecuted enough in Africa, the United States, Europe or Asia. When people start receiving punitive sentences and going to jail, the traffickers will realize the weather has shifted.”

    Bergin emphasized that no community or country should protect those involved in the illegal ivory trade. “Elephants need safe havens, not poachers or wildlife traffickers,” he said. “Wildlife criminals need to be prosecuted regardless of what party they belong to, who they are related to, whether they are citizens of a powerful nation or whether they are rich and prominent local business people.”

    The first day of the summit kicked off under a dark cloud after a London-based NGO released a report accusing Tanzanian and Chinese officials at nearly every level of government of colluding in the illegal ivory trade and directly contributing to the decimation of Tanzania’s elephants. In the report, “Vanishing Point: Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants,” the Environmental Invesitgation Agency cites instances of Tanzanian officials, Chinese diplomats and criminal syndicates working together to ferry illegal ivory from Tanzania to China via diplomatic bags and planes.

    “My first reaction to this report is a sense of outrage,” said Bergin. “It is one thing for Chinese criminals to steal from Tanzania. It is another thing for those elected to be stewards and guardians of Tanzania’s heritage to betray the trust of the Tanzanian people.”

    Tanzania is home to Africa’s second-largest population of elephants, but is also ground zero for the illegal ivory trade in Africa. The country has recorded drastic declines in its elephant population in recent years. In the Selous Game Reserve, elephant numbers have declined by 66 percent between 2009 and 2013, and an estimated 11,000 elephants are killed each year as a result of the illegal ivory trade.

    “If these allegations are true, it’s an insult to all the hard-working rangers, community scouts and conservationists in Tanzania who are often putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the country’s elephants and other wildlife,” said Bergin.

    Bergin recommended to summit attendees that African nations put wildlife crime on the agenda of the next Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). He also urged African nations present to urge China to host the next big wildlife trafficking conference.

    Editor’s note: For more information on AWF’s efforts to combat the illegal ivory trade in Tanzania, or to arrange an interview, please contact Kathleen Garrigan + 1 202 939 3326 or kgarrigan@awf.org.

    ‘It is hard to imagine a penalty too harsh for those found guilty of instigating and promoting this vile crime’

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    Black rhino. Photo credit: Jenloh

    As news broke of the U.S. government’s indictment of Dawie and Janneman Groenewald, two South African brothers charged with allegedly operating a rhino horn trafficking syndicate, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) CEO and member of the President’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, Dr. Patrick Bergin, released this statement:

    “Trafficking in rhino horn is an egregious offense on multiple levels. It drives the theft of private and state property and robs nations of their national heritage and us of our global heritage. It kills valiant rangers and game scouts, leaving families without spouses and parents. It constitutes international organized crime, as demonstrated by this indictment by the U.S. government of two South African citizens. This crime represents complete disdain for the common good and rule of law, and causes untold suffering and cruelty to the rhinos themselves.”

    The Groenewald brothers and their private safari hunting company, Out of Africa, were indicted on multiple charges, including rhino horn trafficking and money laundering. The accused allegedly sold illegal rhinoceros hunts in Africa to American hunters at hunting conventions and gun shows. After the hunts, they reportedly cut off the rhino horns, selling them on the black market in Asia, in direct contravention of national and international trade laws prohibiting the commercial trade in rhino horn.

    This is not the brothers’ first brush with the law involving wildlife trafficking. In 2010, Dawie Groenewald pleaded guilty in Montgomery, Ala., to a felony charge involving a leopard that was illegally hunted in South Africa. He was fined US$30,000. The same year, Dawie, his wife and several others were arrested by South African police on charges of illegal hunting, rhino horn trafficking, racketeering and money laundering. They are awaiting trial, tentatively set for August 2015. The U.S. government is expected to seek extradition for the brothers.

    “The days when these criminals could operate within their countries and across international borders with impunity are gone. We are heartened to see the long arm of the law reach out in many countries and arrest and prosecute these criminals within the fullest extent of the laws available,” Bergin said.

    In Kenya, a local magistrate who received wildlife crime and law sensitization training through a workshop conducted by AWF recently handed down the maximum fine—Ksh 20 million—to a convicted poacher.

    YouTube violated Us for some reason and started our views over so we went from having over 16K views tonone….Idiots but whatever…as long as people see it….that is the key and any plays does go to WWF top stop wild life crime. I pay a minimum amount every month ti them anyway but still…annoyance…

    Anyway, as you know about us, all Video Footage for all Sunset Music videos was done using the GoPro Hero!

    Thanks especially to the tireless and what is endless work of the people that are trying to stop all Wild Life Crime every day and in every way, and thanks to any participants who please, if you want to be credited in any way, contact us now at artistdevelopment@tropical-records.com. We will do it that minute.

    Again, this video is monetized in some way (ad shares, amounts of plays, amounts of views, etc.) and therefore any and I mean 100% of all revenues made from it, will go to the WWF.

    Illegal wildlife trade has exploded to meet increasing demand for elephant ivory, rhino horns, and tiger products, particularly in Asia. Controlled by dangerous crime syndicates, wildlife is trafficked much like drugs or weapons. Wildlife criminals often operate with impunity, making the trade a low-risk/high-profit business. Today, it is the fifth most profitable illicit trade in the world, estimated at up to $10 billion annually.

    WWF is leading a global campaign to stop wildlife crime.

    We are applying the strength of our worldwide network, our influence with partners and governments, and the passion of our supporters to a crisis that is threatening to undo years of conservation progress. The past year has already yielded some big wins like Thailand’s ban on their ivory trade and support from champions such as U.S. President Barack Obama. Join our campaign and help us:

    Push governments to protect threatened animal populations by increasing law enforcement, imposing strict deterrents, reducing demand for endangered species products and honoring international commitments made under CITES.

    Speak up on behalf of those on the frontlines being threatened by armed poachers so they are properly equipped, trained and compensated.

    Reduce demand for illegal wildlife parts and products by encouraging others to ask questions and get the facts before buying any wildlife or plant product.

    As a matter of fact, we have set up an automated monthly payment which I am matching BTW, every month. Thanks for the help and for your participation in stopping all wildlife crime. If you want to donate direct to the WWF for the Stopping of All Wild Life Crimes, please click here (https://secure3.convio.net/eii/site/Donation2?df_id=1942&1942.donation=form1).

    I did one video for a charity one day using the GoPro footage and I am NOT sure what happened because I went off doing at least one for all of our Sunset music artists. I had so much fun doing it. I never made a video before these ever in my life. Thanks again because it was fun to break away from my real work to do this creative work!

    Also, please visit this artists web site at http://www.Richtaste.sunsetrecordings.com and visit Sunset Records at anytime at http://www.sunsetrecordings.com.

    Overall, thanks for the great support because we had almost 15K views in less than a month before the YouTube officials flagged it, deleted it, and started it over here for some reason that had something to do with us changing distributors. But whatever, and again, thanks for the support building these plays, etc. (again)…and most of all, we hope you enjoy the music and this music video!

     

     

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 9:33 PM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , Andrew Emett, , , , , , Ken Anderson (wrestler), , , Waverly   

    Animal Cruelty Is A Crime and You Will Do Time! 

    Justice Is Served: Strong Sentences Handed Down in Historic Dog Fighting Case. Daniel Donovan: Maximum Punishment for Charlotte the Dog’s Alleged Abuser. Stop The Abuse Of Horses, And Stop The Slaughter Of Horses. Dog Fighting Organizer and Co-Conspirators Sentenced to Prison. Praise Arrest of Man Who Shot a Family Pet.

    Dog Fighting

    This week marked the conclusion of sentencing for eight individuals arrested during the second largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history in August 2013. The perpetrators received six months to eight years—the longest prison term ever handed down in a federal dog fighting case. The judge in this landmark case estimated that the defendants had injured or killed 420 to 640 dogs in the course of this dog fighting operation. Learn more about the case and how you can help us stamp out this deplorable blood sport.

    Strong Sentences Handed Down By Alabama Court in Historic Dog Fighting CaseThe United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama concluded sentencing today for eight individuals arrested during thesecond largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history in August 2013. The case was led by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who requested assistance from the ASPCA and HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) in the removal, transport, sheltering, medical and daily care of the animals seized during the raid. Sentences ranged from six months to eight years—which is the longest prison term ever handed down in a federal dog fighting case.

    Throughout the hearing, U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins commented on the extreme cruelty committed both due to dog fighting and the conditions in which these dogs were forced to live. Judge Watkins further reiterated that the federal sentencing guidelines for dog fighting are wholly inadequate to address the seriousness of the crime. He estimated that the defendants had injured or killed between 420 to 640 dogs in the course of this dog fighting operation.

    “These dogs lived in deplorable conditions, were emaciated, had parasites, ear infections, eye infections, heartworms, fleas and ticks,” stated U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. “Their living conditions constituted extraordinary cruelty. These dogs were also made to fight and, if they lost the fight, they were killed. I hope that these sentences demonstrate the seriousness of this crime and will deter others from committing these atrocities.”

    Judge Watkins also ordered that after their release from prison, each defendant serve a three-year term of supervised release. While on supervised release, the defendants are prohibited from possessing dogs.

    “This is truly a landmark case for the animal welfare community,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response, who testified at the hearings. “We hope this case serves as a precedent for future dog fighting cases and sends a message to dog fighters everywhere that this crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

    On August 23, 2013, The ASPCA and HSUS assisted the United States Attorney’s Office and FBI in seizing hundreds of dogs in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Many of the dogs seized during this case have finally moved on to the second chapters of their lives and were placed with various rescue groups across the country to be made available for adoption.

    We believe that there will come a time when dog fighting is seen for what it really is: the shameful pastime of cowards. But until that day comes, we will continue to fight for the victims—so that they never have to fight again.

    Daniel Donovan: Maximum Punishment for Charlotte the Dog’s Alleged Abuser

    Also, the ASPCA has updated us on Charlotte’s condition. “After more than a month of intensive medical care and assessment – including surgery to repair her broken leg — Charlotte.

    “After more than a month of intensive medical care and assessment – including surgery to repair her broken leg — Charlotte was eating regularly, walking on her own and actively engaging in play. She is still at risk for developing a long-term seizure disorder, but this will only become evident over time,” said ASPCA spokeswoman Natasha Whitling.

    “Given her progress, Charlotte’s team of medical experts felt she was ready to enter a home environment. She was recently adopted into a loving family that has experience caring for dogs with her medical needs. She is progressing very well.”

    While this is amazing news, it does not change what we are fighting for. We will continue to fight to make certain animal abusers are given the maximum penalty for their crime. In this case, we want to see the alleged, Ms. Ivanchenko serve 2 years behind bars. This is just the beginning.

    I want to also personally thank everyone for their support.

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Charlotte the puppy is on the mend and has found a new home. The Maltese-Shih Tzu mix puppy was just three months old when rescuers found her badly battered in a discarded…http://WWW.SILIVE.COM. http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/11/charlotte_the_puppy_found_batt.html.

    Stop The Abuse Of Horses, And Stop The Slaughter Of Horses.

    President Barack Obama, Senate and Congress.

    Attention; All Animal Lovers; Attention; All Horse Lovers. Greetings; I am Dr. Damian Stone; Founder, and President of The National Association of Veterinarians. I would like to hereby appeal to each and every one of you to Please Sign The Petition.

    Signed,

    DrDamian Stone

    HOW THIS WILL HELP

    Horses are Regal, and Magnificent Animals, and Horses Do Not Deserve To Be Abused, and Horses Do Not Deserve To Be Slaughtered. Please Sign the Petition, and if Possible Donate any amount to The National Association of Veterinarians for this Fundamentally Important, and Very Worthwhile Cause.

    http://www.thenationalassociationofveterinarians.org/ - https://www.causes.com/actions/1771034-sign-the-petition-to-president-barack-obama-senate-and-the-congress

    Dog Fighting Organizer and Co-Conspirators Sentenced to Prison

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    The FBI along with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States had raided a dog fighting ring in Alabama. Charges of animal cruelty and conspiracy were given to the organizer and co-conspirators.

    On August 23, 2013, the ASPCA and HSUS assisted the FBI in seizing hundreds of canines from dog fighting rings in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. Wounded, malnourished, riddled with parasites, and chained to car axles buried in the ground, roughly half of the seized dogs died or were euthanized. Federal and local law enforcement also seized drugs, firearms, and over $500,000 in cash from illicit gambling activities.

    After organizing and hosting at least 80 dog fights, 50-year-old Donnie Anderson was arrested when investigators raided his Auburn home and wooded property in Waverly, Alabama. Cooperating witnesses testified that Anderson’s fights regularly had between 100 and 300 people in attendance who paid $100 to $150 for admission. With bets averaging $100,000 per fight, many participants were armed and sold illegal drugs at the venue.

    “These dogs lived in deplorable conditions that constituted extraordinary cruelty,” stated U.S. Attorney George Beck, Jr. “They were made to fight and if they lost, they were killed. In addition to the brutality experienced by the dogs, these events attracted drugs dealers and illegal gambling. It was not uncommon for large amounts of cash, often between twenty and two hundred thousand dollars, to change hands. The prospect of huge profits made these fights even more popular and provided a venue for other criminal activity. I hope that these sentences demonstrate the seriousness of this crime and will deter others from committing these atrocities.”

    After raiding Anderson’s property, investigators seized 126 dogs with several pregnant dogs that later gave birth to 21 puppies. Emaciated and suffering serious health problems, five dogs died and 73 had to be put down. According to witness testimony, Anderson had executed the losing dogs by drowning, electrocuting, or shooting them.

    “We heard testimony of Mr. Anderson killing at least one dog by hanging that dog from his collar attached to a leash on a tree branch,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of field investigations with the ASPCA.

    Commenting on the extreme cruelty committed by Anderson and his co-conspirators, U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins claimed the federal sentencing guidelines for dog fighting are utterly inadequate in addressing the seriousness of this crime. Judge Watkins estimated the defendants had injured or killed between 420 and 640 dogs during the course of the investigation.

    Donnie Anderson received eight years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy, sponsoring dog fights, possessing a fighting dog, and operating an illegal gambling business. Demontt Allen and Michael Martin each received five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy. Allen also admitted to participation in high-stakes dog fights, while Martin pled guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

    After pleading guilty to conspiracy, Irkis Forrest received a three-year prison sentence. Edward Duckworth got 14 months in prison, while William A. Edwards received one year and a day in prison after they also pled guilty to conspiracy. Sandy Brown received six months in prison for sponsoring a dog fight, and Jennifer McDonald received two months in prison and two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy.

    Judge Watkins also ordered each defendant to serve a two or three-year term of supervised release after serving their sentences. During this supervised release, the defendants will be prohibited from owning dogs. The defendants may also be ordered to pay restitution to the ASPCA and HSUS for the cost of caring for the seized dogs.

    “People have a really tough time believing and understanding the true brutality and barbarians involved in this, but I also think the public fails to understand the scope of the people,” Rickey said. “This is not an isolated event in Alabama, it is happening all over the country much more frequently than people would understand.”

    http://www.nationofchange.org/2014/11/16/dog-fighting-organizer-co-conspirators-sentenced-prison/

    ANIMAL CRUELTY ONCE YOU KNOW, YOU CAN’T UNKNOW!

    ANIMAL CRUELTY - Once you know, you can’t unknow! Limited edition campaign with proceeds helping shelter animals.

    PUPPY DOE UPDATE. November  2014 - The illegal immigrant from Poland behind the infamous “Puppy Doe” torture case is expected to plead GUILTY later this month, according to court records. Radoslaw Czerkawski is scheduled for a change of plea hearing Nov. 25 in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham. LINK:http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/11/suspect_in_puppy_doe_case_expected_to_change_plea

    Praise Arrest of Man Who Shot a Family Pet

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    A man has been charged with felony animal cruelty after shooting a farm dog in the face on a hunting trip. Thank law enforcement officials for their quick apprehension of the heartless shooter.

    Target: Sheriff Terry S. Johnson, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office

    Goal: Thank police for finding and charging a man who purposefully killed a family’s pet dog

    A man has been arrested after shooting a farm dog while hunting and posting the video to Facebook. Trevor Lee White from Snow Camp, North Carolina has been charged with felony animal cruelty for shooting Ellie Mae, a rescued pit bull mix, in the face. If convicted, White could face a 10-month jail sentence and lose his hunting and firearm permits.

    The day after killing the dog, White posted a video of the shooting on a Facebook group for hunters, bragging that he shot a dog because it was running loose. The community responded by reporting White to the authorities and taking screenshots of the post before it was removed. Though White claimed that he shot the dog accidentally while deer hunting, evidence retained by members of the Facebook group was enough to charge him with animal cruelty.

    Ellie Mae’s owners, the Dixon family, received wide support from the community on their own Facebook page. One supporter is designing shirts in Ellie Mae’s memory, while another has volunteered to create decals. These will be sold to benefit Susie’s Hope, an animal advocacy organization that aims to educate citizens on the prevention of animal cruelty.

    After pit bull Susie was found after having been set on fire and left to die in 2009, North Carolina legislators introduced tougher animal cruelty penalties and citizens began to take more interest in preventing future instances of brutality against animals. Now, the laws implemented after the attack on Susie will help ensure justice for Ellie Mae. Sign the petition below to thank law enforcement for their efforts to ensure that the perpetrator of this shocking cruelty is properly reprimanded.

    PETITION LETTER: http://animalpetitions.org/31505/praise-arrest-of-man-who-shot-a-family-pet/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=a35caf4b96-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-a35caf4b96-77807085

    Dear Sheriff Terry S. Johnson,

    Trevor Lee White, a 20-year-old from Snow Camp, has been charged with felony animal cruelty after he shot a dog while hunting. Though White claimed the shooting was accidental, evidence gathered from Facebook was enough to lay charges on the man, who boasted about his kill to a hunting group.

    If convicted, White could lose his ability to hunt or possess a firearm and could face up to 10 months in jail. We, the undersigned, thank you for your efforts to apprehend White and ensure that he refrain from future acts of animal cruelty .

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name Here]

    Photo credit: mrs staffies via Public Domain

    http://animalpetitions.org/31505/praise-arrest-of-man-who-shot-a-family-pet/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=a35caf4b96-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-a35caf4b96-77807085

    SAN
     
  • Don Lichterman 9:06 PM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: A People's History of the United States, A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present, , Acting on Impulse, , , Howard Zinn, The Lord of the Rings (film series), The People Speak (film), Viggo Mortensen, Voices of a People's History of the United States: Second Edition   

    Fridays Sunset Daily News Headlines 

    Ferguson Grand Jury Decides – Police Press Conference. Obama’s Action Marks Historic Victory for Immigrant Rights, But Activists Warn of a Long Way to Go. As Mexicans Protest US-Fueled Drug War, Sanctuary Movement Backs Church Refuge for the Undocumented. Viggo Mortensen Helps Mark 10 Years of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History”. Food Chains: New Film Tracks How Immokalee Workers Won Fair Wages from Corporate Giants.

    Ahead of a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., law enforcement held a press conference detailing how they would respect the constitutional rights of citizens. Performed by Justin Monticello. Written and produced by Monticello and Paul Detrick.

    In a prime time speech Thursday night, President Obama outlined his plan to take executive action granting temporary legal status to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants protecting them deportation. Under the plan, undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will be allowed to temporarily remain in the country and work legally if they have lived in the United States for at least five years and pass a background check. But the new plan will not provide relief to the parents of undocumented children, even those who qualified for deferred action in 2012. The executive order will also not provide undocumented immigrants any formal, lasting legal status. Many will receive work permits, which will give them Social Security numbers and the ability to work under their own names. But they will have to reapply after three years. We get analysis from Democracy Now!

    People from around the world joined a day of action on Thursday to demand justice for the 43 Mexican students from Ayotzinapa teacher’s college who have been missing since September following a police attack. Earlier this month authorities said two suspects had confessed to killing the students and incinerating their bodies, leading investigators to badly burned remains, which are still being analyzed. Outrage erupted across Mexico Thursday, as caravans of the missing students’ families and classmates converged in Mexico City. Tens of thousands rallied in the main square and a 30-foot effigy of President Enrique Peña Nieto was set on fire. We are joined by one of the organizers of the day’s events, Juan Carlos Ruiz, a priest and community activist who serves as immigration liaison with the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

    Actors including Viggo Mortensen, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kelly MacDonald are gathering in New York today for a reading of “Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” based on the late historian Howard Zinn’s book “People’s History of the United States” — which has sold over a million copies. The event marks the 10th anniversary of publication of “Voices,” which was edited by Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Mortensen, an Academy Award-nominated actor whose credits include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has appeared in numerous performances of “Voices” and is a cast member of the television documentary version, “The People Speak.” He joins us along with Anthony Arnove to discuss the 10th anniversary of “Voices” and its continued political relevance today.

    Opening today around the U.S., the new film “Food Chain” documents the groundbreaking partnership between farmworkers, Florida tomato farmers and some of the largest fast food and grocery chains in the world. We are joined by one of the film’s key players, Gerardo Reyes-Chavez, a farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Reyes-Chave has helped lead the group’s success getting 12 corporations to join their Fair Food Program–including McDonalds, Taco Bell, and most recently, the retail giant Wal-Mart. Participants agree to pay a premium for the tomatoes in order to support a “penny per pound” bonus that is then paid to the tomato pickers. Soon, the Fair Food label will appear on Florida tomatoes at participating stores.

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  • Don Lichterman 3:03 PM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
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    A Journalist and His Time 

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    Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Time: During the fifty years he has been variously a reporter, a political spokesperson, and a broadcaster, Bill Moyers has demonstrated a deep commitment to understanding the workings of our government and the role of the individual in society. His essays and commentaries, such as the recent “Shivers Down the Spine,” “A Time for Anger,” and “Journalism Under Fire,” are argued over and passed along as soon as they appear in print or on the Internet. Identifying what he sees as a political system increasingly at the mercy of a corporate ruling class, he urges a reengagement with the spirit of community that makes the work of democracy possible. Not only a trenchant critique of what is wrong, Moyers on America is also a call to arms for the progressive promise of the people of America, in whom his faith is strong..​.Buy Now and go to the S2e Book Web site!

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  • Don Lichterman 11:03 AM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
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    New Rules: Don’t Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of US Environmental Policy! 

    Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is about to take charge of the Senate committee that oversees environmental policy. Senator Inhofe has publicly declared that God, not people, is responsible for changes in the climate. He has compared the EPA to the Gestapo, and even says that climate change might have a “beneficial effect on how we live our lives.”

    Don't Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of US Environmental Policy!

    Sign the petition asking the Republican leadership not to appoint Senator Inhofe as chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

    It’s obvious that somebody with these extreme views should not be given the power to lead our country’s environmental policy – but Senator Inhofe has already been named the top choice of the Republicans. That’s because Inhofe already chaired the committee once before.

    And when he was in charge, he had Jurassic Park creator Michael Crichton speak as an expert in a climate science hearing and made one of his novels required reading for committee members.

    We need our nation’s environmental leadership to understand the difference between science and fiction. Unless we take a stand now, Republican leadership will go through with Senator Inhofe’s appointment. Please sign this petition to stop the Republicans from naming a climate change denier to our country’s top environmental job!

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 10:51 AM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Think Progress: 

    California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor

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    CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK – Out of California’s years-long litigation over reducing the population of prisons deemedunconstitutionally overcrowded by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, another obstacle to addressing the U.S. epidemic of mass incarceration has emerged: The utility of cheap prison labor.

     In recent filings, lawyers for the state have resisted court orders that they expand parole programs, reasoning not that releasing inmates early is logistically impossible or would threaten public safety, but instead that prisons won’t have enough minimum security inmates left to perform inmate jobs.

    The dispute culminated Friday, when a three-judge federal panel ordered California to expand an early parole program. California now has no choice but to broaden a program known as 2-for-1 credits that gives inmates who meet certain milestones the opportunity to have their sentences reduced. But California’s objections raise troubling questions about whether prison labor creates perverse incentives to keep inmates in prison even when they don’t need to be there.

    The debate centers around an expansive state program to have inmates fight wildfires. California is one of several states that employs prison labor to fight wildfires. And it has the largest such program, as the state’s wildfire problem rapidly expands arguably because of climate change. By employing prison inmates who are paid less than $2 per day, the state saves some $1 billion, according to a recent BuzzFeed feature of the practice. California relies upon that labor source, and only certain classes of nonviolent inmates charged with lower level offenses are eligible for the selective program. They must then meet physical and other criteria.

    In exchange, they get the opportunity for early release, by earning twice as many credits toward early release as inmates in other programs would otherwise earn, known as 2-for-1 credits. In February, the federal court overseeing California’s prison litigation ordered the state to expand this 2-for-1 program to some other rehabilitation programs so that other inmates who exhibit good behavior and perform certain work successfully would also be eligible for even earlier release.

    As has been California’s practice in this litigation, California didn’t initially take the order that seriously. It continued to work toward reducing its prison population. In fact, the ballot initiative passed by voters in November to reclassify several nonviolent felonies as misdemeanors will go a long way toward achieving that goal. But it insisted that it didn’t have to do it the way the court wanted it to, because doing so could deplete the state’s source of inmate firefighters.

    The incentives of this wildfire and other labor programs are seemingly in conflict with the goal of reducing U.S. reliance on mass incarceration. But the federal judges overseeing this litigation were nonetheless sensitive to the state’s need for inmate firefighters. That’s why they ordered the state to offer 2-for-1 credits only to those many inmates who weren’t eligible for the wildfire program. This way, inmates who were eligible would still be incentivized to choose fighting wildfires, while those that weren’t could choose other rehabilitative work programs to reduce their sentence.

    The Department of Corrections didn’t like this idea, either. It argued that offering 2-for-1 credits to any inmates who perform other prison labor would mean more minimum security inmates would be released earlier, and they wouldn’t have as large of a labor pool. They would still need to fill those jobs by drawing candidates who could otherwise work fighting wildfires, and would be “forced to draw down its fire camp population to fill these vital MSF [Minimum Support Facility] positions.” In other words, they didn’t want to have to hire full-time employees to perform any of the work that inmates are now performing.

    The plaintiffs had this to say in response: “Defendants baldly assert that if the labor pool for their garage, garbage, and city park crews is reduced, then ‘CDCR would be forced to draw-down its fire camp population to fill these vital MSF positions.’ That is a red herring; Defendants would not be ‘forced’ to do anything. They could hire public employees to perform tasks like garbage collection, garage work and recycling … ”

    In a short order Friday, the federal court seemingly agreed with this argument, ordering California to expand its 2-for-1 credits program.

    California’s resistance to the initial federal court order is not surprising. Despite making some real strides in reducing its prison population relative to other states, the state has fought court orders every step of the way, as Gov. Jerry Brown claimed that the prisons were on the verge of being “gold plated.” But its newest line of argument reveals another obstacle to prison reform that may affect many other states without a court order for reform.

    UPDATE
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris told BuzzFeed News she was “shocked” to learn that the lawyers in her department had argued against parole credits because they wanted to retain their labor force. “I will be very candid with you, because I saw that article this morning, and I was shocked, and I’m looking into it to see if the way it was characterized in the paper is actually how it occurred in court,” Harris said in an interview with BuzzFeed published late Tuesday. “I was very troubled by what I read. I just need to find out what did we actually say in court.”

    Harris was referring to the Los Angeles Times’ report on the three-judge panel’s ruling, which included a line referencing that argument.

    While ThinkProgress does not know what lawyers for the state said in court, the written motions submitted in the litigation make very clear that the state did indeed argue against expanding the early release program on the basis that it would deplete the labor force. The motion included explicit statements such as, “Extending 2-for-1 credits to all minimum custody inmates at this time would severely impact fire camp participation,” and an affidavit from Department of Corrections official Vimal Singh that expanding the early parole program would “deplete the fire population.”

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 10:39 AM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Polar bear biologists doing mark-recapture work in Hudson Bay may have misled the world 

    What exactly are Western Hudson Bay (WHB) polar bear researchers hiding? Since 2004, research on the body condition and cub production of Western Hudson Bay (WHB) polar bears has been carried out but none of the results of these mark-recapture studies have been made public.

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    The researchers all claim that WHB polar bears are struggling to survive because of recent sea ice changes but won’t release the 10 years worth of updated information they possess on the bearsor the sea ice.

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    Mark-recapture work entails chasing the bears down with helicopters (including females with newborn cubs), drugging them with a cocktail of sedatives that taint the meat (and perhaps the milk of nursing mothers) for months afterward, installing radio collars or ear tags, extracting a tooth for aging, drawing blood and fat samples, and before it’s all over, posing for a few up-close-and-personal photos with the tiny cubs of drugged females (see photos above and below).

    Derocher's recently graduated Master's student Alysa McCall has a photo op with a WHB cub (from her student page).

    Derocher’s recently graduated MSc student Alysa McCall has a photo op with a WHB cub (from her student page).

    That’s a lot of stress to the bears and to what end? Detailed biological information about the bears that’s necessary for sound management, we are told.

    In order to assess the true status of a population, biologists tell us they need to compare the size of litters, the proportion of yearlings (1-2 yrs old), the rate of cub survival, and the weight of adult bears (altogether, these are the so-called “vital rates” of the population).

    However, I just updated a list I made in this previous post (which has the references) and you should know that by 2014, there has now been:

    — No published data available for size of WHB litters or proportion of independent yearlings since 1998 (16 yrs ago).

    — No data on cub survival in WHB since 1992 (22 yrs ago).

    — No data published on weight of lone WHB females since 2004 (10 yrs ago)

    — No data published on weight of adult WHB males and females with cubs since 1998 (16 years ago)

    There has also been no sea ice data published for Hudson Bay since 2004 (10 yrs ago) using the old method of determining breakup/freeze-up (50% ice coverage); using the new method of determining breakup and freeze-up (30% coverage/10% coverage over WHB, respectively), the last year of data is 2009 (5 yrs ago).

    The Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) promised in February 2014that this year, polar bear data collected since 2004 in WHB would be released:

    A new population estimate based on extensive continued Physical Capture-Recapture will be available in 2014 and, will provide an updated assessment of the long-term trend in population size and vital rates, that is not possible from a single aerial survey.

    [Note that the upgrade to the trend status for the WHB subpopulation recently made by Environment Canada (discussed here) — from “declining” (according the PBSG in February 2014) to “likely stable” (June 2014) — appears to have been based on the publication of a peer-reviewed paper on aerial survey population size estimate (Stapleton et al. 2014, discussed here), not mark-recapture results]

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    Nick Lunn, polar bear researcher for Environment Canada, uses the cub of a drugged female for a photo op.

    And with little more than two months remaining in the year, there has been nary a whisper of what those mark-recapture studies showed. What we have heard is an ever-increasing litany of polar bear woos:

    Melting ice is cutting polar bears off from their food source in Hudson Bay, and death rates have soared.

    Polar bear biologist Andrew Derocher, in a recent CBC documentary(links to the videos here), said this:

    “Our estimation is that we probably won’t have polar bears in Churchill once we get out to mid-century … They could be gone in a couple of years.”

    And Steve Amstrup, spokesperson for Polar Bears International, claimed in an interview a few weeks ago that in WHB:

    Only about 3 percent of the western Hudson Bay population, for example, is now composed of yearlings.

    Compared to what? Apparently, Amstrup knows but we aren’t allowed to see the details of the studies that generated that information.

    Andrew Derocher (University of Alberta) and several of his students (including Patrick Mislan shown above), Nick Lunn (Environment Canada), and conservation activist organization Polar Bears International (led by former USGS biologist Steve Amstrup) have all been doing invasive research on WHB polar bears using mark-recapture methods over the last 10 years but none of the data on body condition, cub survival and litter sizes have been published.

    Remember this when you hear and read statements from these biologists and other conservation activists over the next few weeks and months. You might even ask yourself:

    Are polar bear biologists withholding data on Western Hudson Bay mark-recapture work and breakup/freeze-up dates because the results don’t support their claims? Should the recent upgrade to likely stable have happened five years ago — or even earlier?

    We wait, with baited breath, for evidence that the biologists entrusted with collecting and publishing unbiased scientific data have not been deliberately misleading us about the current status of Western Hudson Bay polar bears.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 12:14 AM on November 21, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Atticus Finch, Bryan Stevenson, , Convention on the Rights of the Child, , , , , , ,   

    Sunset’s Daily News Headlines! 

    From Hottest October to Coldest November, Is Climate Change Behind the Extreme Weather? Can FBI Cut Internet, Pose as Repairmen to Enter Your House? Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?! The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest: New Film Captures Florida Prisoner’s Shocking Ordeal Behind Bars. “Just Mercy”: Bryan Stevenson on Ferguson, Prison Reform & Why the Opposite of Poverty is Justice.

     

    Record cold temperatures have been recorded across the country this week. The most extreme weather is hitting western New York, where at least seven people have died. At least six feet of snow has already fallen on parts of Buffalo, and another two to three feet is expected today. Tuesday was the coldest November morning in the country since 1976. Temperatures dropped below freezing in every state including parts of Hawaii on Tuesday and Wednesday. This comes just days after NASA reported last month was the warmest October on record. We look at the link between extreme weather and climate change with Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate.

    Should it be legal for law enforcement to cut your Internet, electricity, or water, then show up at your door posing as repairmen in order to gain access to your home? A recent FBI sting operation may serve as a test case that answers that question.

    Agents suspected some high rollers staying at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas of illegal sports betting (the horror!). The feds didn’t have enough evidence to obtain a warrant, so they got creative: They cut the suite’s Internet, then showed up posing as repairmen.

    Once they gained access to the suite, they sneakily collected enough evidence to persuade a judge to issue a warrant. They then returned to the suite and arrested eight men for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation.

    Defense attorney Tom Goldstein argues the evidence was obtained illegally, claiming the federal agents failed to mention their “cable guy” shenanigans when they approached a federal magistrate judge seeking a warrant.

    We look at the shocking case of Mark DeFriest, known as the Houdini of Florida prisons because he has tried to escape 13 times — seven of them successfully. In 1979, DeFriest’s father died and left him a set of tools. He picked them up before they were probated. The teenager was arrested for stealing and sentenced to four years in prison. Thirty-four years later he is still there, having spent 27 of those years in solitary. He spent much of it in the notorious “X wing” of Florida State Prison, where he went for years without seeing the sun. We are joined by Gabriel London, director of the new film about the case, “The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest.”

    As Ferguson awaits the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, we speak to attorney Bryan Stevenson, author of the new book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.” With growing focus on the failures of the criminal justice system, Stevenson has been fighting those injustices case by case. He is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a group based in Alabama that represents some of this country’s most marginalized people — the poor and the wrongfully convicted. Stevenson has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court six times. In 2012, he won a landmark Supreme Court case that barred states from giving mandatory life sentences without parole to children. The Nobel Prize-winning South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called Stevenson “America‘s young Mandela.”

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  • Don Lichterman 5:31 PM on November 20, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: All rights reserved, Alopecia, , Bloomberg L.P., , Cardiovascular disease, , , , Smoke point, Taste   

    Recipes Of The Week! 

    How to make Sergeant Pepper cocktail along with Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Cranberry Wild Rice and Creamy Mashed Potatoes With Roasted Garlic Gravy.

    Sergeant Pepper cocktail.

    Inspired by the classic 1967 album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, the Sergeant Pepper is the perfect compliment to your next 60s listening party. It’s a nice, refreshing drink with just a touch of pepper.

    RECIPE
    Half an apple, cubed
    12 fresh Blueberries (Blackcurrants)
    8 Black peppercorns
    1 Lime wedge
    1 tsp Raw sugar (optional, I find it makes it too sweet)
    2.5oz Gin

    In a shaker, muddle the apple. Add the blueberries, peppercorns, lime, and muddle again. Add the gin and fill with ice. Shake well and double strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an apple slice.

    Cocktail by Michael Waterhouse: http://liquor.com/recipes/sergeant-pepper/

    Creamy Mashed Potatoes With Roasted Garlic Gravy

    Here’s a simple, classic side dish for the holidays or anytime.

    Roasted Garlic Gravy Recipe (http://www.peta.org/recipes/roasted-garlic-gravy/)

    1 head garlic
    1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
    1/4 cup flour
    2 cups vegetable broth
    Salt and pepper, to taste

    • Cut off the top of the garlic head, exposing the tops of the cloves.
    • Drizzle 1 teaspoonful of the olive oil on top and place in a garlic roaster (a small baking dish or a section of a muffin tin covered with foil also works).
    • Bake covered at 375°F for 1 hour, or until browned and soft. Remove from the oven and let cool.
    • Remove the garlic cloves from the head, place in a bowl, and mash well with a fork.
    • Heat the remaining olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and flour, whisking constantly, until lightly browned. Add the broth, continuing to whisk, and bring to a boil.
    • Season with salt and pepper and serve with mashed potatoes, faux turkey, or any other dish that needs a savory upgrade.

    Savory Stuffed Squash

    Here’s a delicious dish that’s perfect for the holidays. Your dinner guests will love this entrée, and it fits right in with other classic sides. Savory Stuffed Squash Recipe (http://www.peta.org/recipes/winter-sq…)

    2 oz. vegan margarine, plus extra for brushing the squash
    2 Tbsp. maple syrup, plus extra for brushing the squash
    Pinch ground cinnamon
    Pinch grated nutmeg
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    2 1-lb. squash (acorn or winter squash work well), cut in half lengthwise and seeded
    2 vegan sausages, sliced
    1 green apple, peeled and chopped
    1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    • Melt the vegan margarine in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave and stir in the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Spoon into the seeded squash halves and bake for about 40 minutes, or until you can pierce the skin with a fork.
    • Pour the margarine mixture from the center into a medium bowl. Scoop out some of the cooked squash flesh with a spoon, making sure to leave enough at the bottom so that the squash hold their shape, and add to the bowl. Add the vegan sausages, apples, and walnuts and mix until well combined. Fill each squash half with the mixture, then brush with vegan margarine and maple syrup. Cover with foil and bake for another 35 to 40 minutes.

    Join Randy Clemens, author of The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook, as he shows us how to cook his favorite holiday dish. Recipe:http://www.peta.org/recipes/maple-sri…

    Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Cranberry Wild Rice.

    1 small red onion, diced

    5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 bay leaves
    1 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
    3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
    1/2 cup dried cranberries
    1/2 cup maple syrup
    3 Tbsp. Sriracha
    1 1/2 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce
    Juice of 1 lime
    1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
    1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts or pecans
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    2 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
    Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

    • Add the onion, 2 tablespoonfuls of the olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, wild rice, vegetable stock, and cranberries to a rice cooker* and cook on the brown rice setting.
    • While the rice is cooking, preheat the oven to 375°F.
    • In a large bowl, combine the maple syrup, remaining olive oil, Sriracha, liquid aminos, and lime juice and whisk until well blended. Add the Brussels sprouts and toss until evenly coated.
    • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the Brussels sprouts to a nonstick baking sheet and spread in a single layer. Reserve the excess liquid. Bake for about 25 to 35 minutes, or until tender and browned.
    • When the rice cooker has 5 minutes left of cooking time, add the walnuts without stirring and allow the rice to finish cooking. Add the rosemary, then season with salt and pepper.
    • Serve the Brussels sprouts over the rice, garnished with a healthy drizzle of the reserved maple-Sriracha dressing and a sprinkling of parsley.

    Adapted and reprinted with permission from The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook: 50 Vegan “Rooster Sauce” Recipes That Pack a Punch by Randy Clemens. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Don Lichterman 7:19 PM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Alan Menken, , Annie (musical), Aurora (Disney), , , , , Layla, List of Family Affairs characters, Poodle, South Los Angeles   

    Two stray dogs get separated during the rescue – see what happens next and please share. 

    To make a small donation and help us save more lives, please visit: http://www.HopeForPaws.org and to adopt Aurora & Anna, please visit: http://www.palrescue.org

    This rescue was much harder than it shows… getting two dogs together is a tricky thing and required a lot more running than I could show on this short video (this is why I was out of breath by the end of the video).

    Please watch all the way to the end for special cool links to the Hope For Paws coloring book and more.

    Last thing: please, please, please share the video so we can find them an amazing home.

    Thanks :-)

    Eldad

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  • Don Lichterman 6:24 PM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Jerome Bettis, Junior Seau, Kevin Mawae, , , , , , , Super Bowl XLIX   

    Five Rams Named Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalists 

    The 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 were announced on Tuesday night, and five former Rams made the list.

    Four members of the Greatest Show on TurfIsaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Orlando Pace, and Kurt Warner — were all named as semifinalists, as was linebacker Kevin Greene, who played for the Rams from 1985-1992. Bruce, Holt, Pace, and Warner are all semifinalists in their first time on the ballot.

    “It’s a honor to be moving on in the next phase of the process,” Pace said. “It’s also special to share this experience with my teammates.”

    The selection committee will further reduce the list to 15 finalists, before the final vote takes place in Arizona on January 31, 2015 — the day before Super Bowl XLIX. The Class of 2015 will be announced that evening. According to the by-laws of the selection process, between four and eight Modern-Era finalists will be enshrined.

    As the leader of the NFL’s top offense in 1999, Warner was named both the league’s and Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player. The quarterback threw for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns in the Championship season, and 414 yards and two touchdowns in the Super Bowl — including the game-winning, 73-yard strike to Bruce. He ranks first on the franchise list in career passer rating (97.1), and is fifth in Ram’s history with 14,447 yards passing and 102 touchdowns.

    Bruce, whose No. 80 has been retired by the Rams, ranks first on the franchise list in receptions (942), yards receiving (14,109), and career yards from scrimmage (14,259). His 1995 season is arguably the best from a wide receiver in Rams’ history, as he made 119 receptions for 1,781 yards and 13 touchdowns. His mark of 84 touchdowns is second only to Faulk (85).

    Between 2000 and 2009, no one in the NFL caught more passes or tallied more yards receiving than Holt. In 157 games, Holt had 868 receptions for 12,594 yards. In Rams’ history, the wide receiver ranks right behind Bruce in career receptions (869) and yards receiving (12,660), as well as third in touchdowns (74) and all-purpose yards (12,732). In his rookie season of 1999, Holt contributed 788 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

    Of course, Pace protected the blind side of Rams’ quarterbacks for 12 years at left tackle. The 1997 first overall pick out of Ohio State was named an All-Pro five times, and was selected to eight Pro Bowls.

    The Rams drafted Greene in the fifth round of the 1985 draft, and the linebacker played 15 seasons in the NFL — eight with the Rams. He finished with 160 career sacks, good for third most in league history, and the most all-time by a linebacker, as the sack became an official statistic in 1982. Greene led the Rams with 16.5 sacks in both 1988 and 1989, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro distinction in the latter year.

    Five Rams Named Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalists  and follow the Rams Insider

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  • Don Lichterman 5:49 PM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Phun, , , ,   

    Sunset Music Video of The Week: Moon Sabled Nights 

    All Video Footage for all Sunset Music videos was done using the GoPro Hero!

    Thanks especially to choir and crowd and thanks to any participants who please, if you want to be credited in any way, contact us now at artistdevelopment@sunsetrecordings.com. We will do it that minute.

    I did one video for a charity one day using the GoPro footage and I am NOT sure what happened because I went off doing at least one for all of our Sunset music artists. I had so much fun doing it. I never made a video before these ever in my life. Thanks again because it was fun to break away from my real work to do this creative work!

    Thanks again!

    Also, please visit this artists web site at http://www.JoeAtman.sunsetrecordings.com and visit Sunset Records at anytime at http://www.sunsetrecordings.com.

    Overall, thanks for the great support because we had almost 15K views in less than a month before the YouTube officials flagged it, deleted it, and started it over here for some reason that had something to do with us changing distributors. But whatever, and again, thanks for the support building these plays, etc. (again)…and most of all, we hope you enjoy the music and this music video!

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  • Don Lichterman 5:25 PM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
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    Dragnet: 16 Classics Episodes on 2 DVDs  

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  • Don Lichterman 4:09 PM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Al-Aqsa Mosque, Amira Hass, , , , Israeli settlement, , , Nablus, ,   

    Sunset Daily News on Wednesday! 

    As Sioux Tribe Calls Keystone XL an “Act of War”, TransCanada Hires PR Firm to Probe Critics. Q & A With Andrew W.K.: “A Role Model for Fun”. Jerusalem Unrest Threatens Wider Flare-Up After Deadliest Attack on Israeli Civilians in 3 Years.

    The unrest that has gripped Jerusalem has escalated after a deadly attack on five Israeli civilians. The victims were killed when armed Palestinians stormed a synagogue during morning prayers. It was the deadliest attack on Israeli civilians in more than three years and the worst in Jerusalem since 2008. The dead included three U.S.-born rabbis, a British-born rabbi and a Druze police officer. Seven worshipers were injured. The assailants were shot dead by police. The attack came after weeks of unrest fueled in part by a dispute over Jerusalem’s holiest site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and known to Jews as the Temple Mount, as well as the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. After the synagogue killings, Israeli settlers launched reprisal attacks in the occupied West Bank, targeting a school near Nablus and Palestinian motorists on a road near Hebron.

    The unrest that has gripped Jerusalem has escalated after a deadly attack on five Israeli civilians. The victims were killed when armed Palestinians stormed a synagogue during morning prayers. It was the deadliest attack on Israeli civilians in more than three years and the worst in Jerusalem since 2008. The dead included three U.S.-born rabbis, a British-born rabbi and a Druze police officer. Seven worshipers were injured. The assailants were shot dead by police. The attack came after weeks of unrest fueled in part by a dispute over Jerusalem’s holiest site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and known to Jews as the Temple Mount, as well as the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. After the synagogue killings, Israeli settlers launched reprisal attacks in the occupied West Bank, targeting a school near Nablus and Palestinian motorists on a road near Hebron.

    In a dramatic showdown Tuesday, the Senate narrowly missed a 60-vote threshold required to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Fourteen Democrats supported the measure along with all 45 Republicans. With just 59 aye votes, the measure failed to pass. After Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced the tally, a man reportedly with the Lakota Tribe of South Dakota burst out in song, followed by protesters who called out Democrats who voted in support of the pipeline. After Tuesday’s vote, Republicans vowed to immediately bring the bill back in January, when they will hold the Senate majority. This comes as newly leaked documents reveal the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline is engaged in a “perpetual campaign” to mobilize support for another pipeline connecting the tar sands oil fields to an ocean port, this one entirely inside Canada — by passing opposition in the United States.

    “I never thought I would be a role model for anything. But a role model for fun, I can do that,” says musician Andrew W.K., who has been called “the great unwashed rock star” and “the great god of partying”since he first hit the charts with the release of his 2001 album “I Get Wet.” That record featured the anthemic tunes “Party Hard,” “We Want Fun,” and “Fun Night.” Rolling Stone praised the album as “the loudest and funniest metal you’ve heard in ages” and Allmusic.com pronounced that “resistance to its hard-partying charms is futile.”

    Born in 1979 and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Andrew W.K. has also delighted a generation of children as the host of “Destroy Build Destroy,” a live-action Cartoon Network series in which teams of kids compete for the right to blow up each others’ creations. Of the popular and sometimes controversial show, Andrew W.K. says, “Isn’t this great that we’re using weaponry purely for fun? Just for the spectacle, like a fireworks show.

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  • Don Lichterman 11:28 AM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Adult Swim, Alex Lifeson, , , Brendan Kennedy, , , , , Music of Jamaica, Private equity firm, Privateer Holdings   

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    George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter,bandleader, and music producer and the principal architect of P-Funk. He was the mastermind of the bandsParliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and launched a solo career in 1981.

    He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music, along withJames Brown and Sly Stone. Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

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  • Don Lichterman 8:26 AM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , Election Day (United States), , ,   

    Tune in Today! 

    Making Progress: 2014 Policy Conference, Today, November 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

    Today the Center for American Progress will host its second annual Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington, DC. This year’s conference will feature some of the rising stars of progressive policy and politics, including Ambassador Samantha Power, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Corey Booker, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and many more. From the economy and the importance of a strong middle class to the impending challenges of climate change; from the changing face of our nation to our postures internationally, Making Progress promises to push for answers to the important questions confronting America.

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    Check out the full agenda.

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    This event is invite-only. View the livestream on americanprogress.org and MSNBC.com.SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 7:49 AM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
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  • Don Lichterman 5:31 AM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Central Asia, , Conservation management system, , , , ,   

    Victory! 

    BREAKING: Silky and thresher sharks are now protected internationally by the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP-CMS)! Now countries must work together to protect these species and build a healthier global ocean.

    Victory! Twenty-one species of sharks and rays, including the thresher shark (pictured), are now protected internationally by the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter:

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  • Don Lichterman 5:26 AM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Board of governors, , , Chief operating officer, , , , , Mail carrier, , Patrick R. Donahoe, ,   

    New Rules: Real Life and Live Animals Are Not Toys For You To Exploit in Stupid Ways! 

    Stop Sending Live Baby Chicks Through the Mail

    TargetPatrick R. DonahoePostmaster General of the United States

    Goal: Don’t allow one-day-old chicks to be mailed through the post office

    Stop Sending Live Baby Chicks Through the MailA woman’s ex-boyfriend recently completely legally sent her 15 live baby chicks through the mail. The baby chicks were sent along with a note from the ex-boyfriend that said “there are lots of other chicks out there.” The woman was allegedly planning on dumping the baby chicks in a dumpster before the USPS member stepped in and offered to take them to the Washington Humane Society. Nine of the chicks are currently at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary while the other six are being cared for by Peaceful Fields Sanctuary in Virginia. All 15 chicks are in good health, although one had an injured leg and is in the process of recovering.

    One might wonder how this could possibly be legal. The United States Postal Service has a list of mailable live animals, and under this list is a whole host of animals that are only required to be under 24 hours old in order to be mailed. This recent headline of live animals being mailed will hopefully cause the debate to resurface over this cruel law. In the past, it was reported that 1,000 baby chicks had died when they were being shipped from Iowa to Kentucky. Mailing live animals is outrageous and should not be legal due to the risks it poses to these animals and how cruel it is. We need to change the laws that allow this before any more baby chicks are put through this ordeal.

    PETITION LETTER: http://forcechange.com/135074/dont-allow-baby-chicks-to-be-sent-through-the-mail/?utm_source=ForceChange+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a31e4f9639-NL47311_17_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_600a6911b9-a31e4f9639-297252581

    Dear Mr. Patrick R. Donahoe,

    The mailing of 15 baby chicks by a man to his ex-girlfriend as a prank has recently made the news, causing the debate over mailing live animals to resurface. As I’m sure you know, there has been controversy in the past over the law that allows one-day-old baby chicks and other animals to be mailed through the United States Postal Service. The 15 baby chicks previously mentioned are all okay due to a kind USPS member stepping in, but past incidents have resulted in animals to suffering and dying.

    It is cruel that such young animals are able to be packaged and sent as though they are not living creatures. Please voice your support in changing this outdated law so that no more animals will be harmed through the postal service and incidents like these can not occur in the future.

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name Here]

    Photo credit: via Pixabay

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    Last week on the steps of City Hall, we exposed police records of shockingly disturbing incidents that the carriage horse industry doesn’t want you to know about:

    • a child fell out of a carriage and was run over by the carriage
    • an elderly woman was sideswiped in a hit-and-run by a carriage
    • a carriage was hit by a taxi and the driver was found lying in the street

    And that’s just a sample of more than 25 accidents (including a dozen hit-and-runs at the fault of carriage drivers) that the public never knew about until the NYPD‘s records came to light.

    This has to stop now.  Call your City Council Member and demand they support legislation that will end the carriage horse industry once and for all. >>

    Once you’re done, send a Tweet urging Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to take action here >>

    We cannot let the carriage industry cover this up. It’s time to expose this lawless industry and get the horses off the streets and into loving homes.

    Wayne State Dog Experiments

    Enough Is Enough - Stop Exploiting Dogs, Wayne State University!

    Imagine the following: You are put on a treadmill. You are told to run. You are forced to do this until your heart begins to fail.

    Unfortunately, this is the reality that dogs face during a cruel heart failure experiment at Wayne State University. Worst of all is that the dogs that do survive the experiment are killed months later, because they are no longer “useful.”

    This is outrageous! No animal should be exploited like this. Join the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in their mission to pressure Wayne State into stopping these cruel procedures. Together, we can protect dogs from further pain and death! (http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/PCRM-WayneStateUniversity?origin=ETA_111414_PCRM-WayneStateUniversity_F&utm_source=email&utm_medium=animalsta&utm_campaign=PCRM-WayneStateUniversity&utm_term=20141114&utm_content=_F)

    Camels, Llamas, and Sheep in New York City?

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    PETA is calling on Madison Square Garden Company executives to stop the exploitation of animals after actor Kathy Najimy tweeted that camels were being paraded up and down the busy streets of New York City in an exploitative attempt to promote the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular holiday shows. Radio City also uses camels, llamas, and sheep—provided by notorious Dawn Animal Agency—in its Celebrate the Miracle live nativity performance. Please join PETA today in urging decisionmakers to consider a more humane approach to entertainment!

    Dawn Animal Agency has repeatedly failed to comply with even the minimal standards of animal care required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has been found noncompliant in 29 of its last 32 inspections. These problems go back decades. The USDA assessed Dawn Animal Agency a monetary penalty in 1993 for chronic, serious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. The animals who are used in the Christmas Spectacular are deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them. They’re hauled in to New York City on trucks, stored in cramped holding pens, and subjected to a barrage of public contact. Being forced to walk through crowded streets or being put on stage under bright lights and amplified sound systems is stressful and confusing for them. Camels are skittish animals who pose a danger to the public.

    The Rockettes are a holiday icon. Camels and sheep in Christmas shows are not. Urge executives to close the curtain on exploiting animals on stage and in the chaotic streets of New York City! (http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/camels-llamas-sheep-new-york-city/#.VGVZ9dxQAMQ.wordpress)

    Stop Forcing Injured Elephants to Perform

    Target:  Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago

    Goal: Stop an inhumane circus from forcing injured elephants to perform

    Despite veterinarians observing injuries on four Ringling Brothers elephants, the popular circus will continue forcing them to perform in Chicago. Stephen Payne, the spokesman for the Ringling Brothers, said that there was no medical reason to stop the four elephants from continuing the show, despite veterinarian Dr. Philip Ensley examining them and recommending against it.

    The elephants, named Nicole, Karen, Rudy, and Kelly Ann, have serious foot injuries, some of which have persisted since Dr. Ensley examined them in 2007 when the city of Los Angeles requested the examinations. Foot injuries in elephants are the number one reason they are put down, and the elephant Karen has had a cracked toenail since 2007. Nicole has an active infection, which could lead to serious problems without proper time to heal.

    These elephants are not being given enough time to heal and the injuries will simply continue to be aggravated and potentially lead to euthanasia all for the sake of a show. The circus isn’t easy on elephants and the Ringling Bros. use bullhooks and chains to force the elephants into action. The city of Chicago has laws that don’t allow the over-working of animals and prohibits them to from being treated inhumanely. I would argue that this is incredibly inhumane.

    Please sign the petition below and demand that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel force the Ringling Bros. to not make these elephants perform.

    PETITION LETTER: http://animalpetitions.org/28905/stop-forcing-injured-elephants-to-perform/#.VGN30PRjAmE.wordpress

    Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel,

    The upcoming circus in Chicago by the Ringling Brothers poses some serious problems. There are four elephants that have been examined by a veterinarian since 2007 showing serious foot injuries that will not heal unless they are given proper rest. The Ringling Bros. are forcing these four elephants to perform in this upcoming show, allowing the risk of complications from these injuries that could lead to their deaths.

    Dr. Philip Ensley has 29 years experience at the Zoological Society of San Diego and has examined these elephants in the past and as recently as last month. He agrees with PETA that these animals should be given proper rest and time to heal rather than participating in this show.

    Chicago has laws protecting animals from being over-worked and treated inhumanely. Forcing these elephants to perform when they are seriously injured is inhumane and should not be tolerated. Please do the right thing and stop the abuse of elephants Nicole, Karen, Rudy, and Kelly Ann by forcing the Ringling Bros. to cancel their Chicago show.

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name Here]

    Photo credit: via Pam Fray

    http://animalpetitions.org/28905/stop-forcing-injured-elephants-to-perform/#.VGN30PRjAmE.wordpress

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  • Don Lichterman 5:09 AM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Bank of America, , , Citigroup, , , , Jamie Dimon, , U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,   

    Corporations Are People too My Phriends; Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: No more excuses. Time for criminal charges against JPMorgan Chase 

    Petition to Attorney General Eric Holder:

    Holder_charge_JPMorganChase“Alayne Fleischmann’s whistleblower account paints a clear picture of outright fraud at JPMorgan Chase. The Justice Department must immediately announce criminal charges against JP Morgan Chase.”

    Rolling Stone magazine has just published a breathtaking account of a whistleblower who personally witnessed fraud at JPMorgan Chase and was willing to testify – even as the Justice Department claimed it lacked the smoking guns to prosecute big banks.1

    For eight years, Alayne Fleischmann has told her story to regulators and government lawyers, only to watch as the Department of Justice settled with JPMorgan Chase out of court, with no admission of guilt, and a much lighter penalty than was initially announced to the public.2 Now, despite a confidentiality agreement covering her time at the bank, she decided to speak out.

    For years, federal prosecutors have told the public that they lacked the clear evidence to bring criminal charges against big banks for mortgage security fraud. But if Fleischmann’s account is true, the Justice Department had the evidence but simply chose to ignore it, and instead helped JPMorgan Chase avoid accountability for its crimes.

    Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: No more excuses. Time for criminal charges. Click here to sign the petition.

    At one point, Fleischmann says, the U.S. Attorney General’s Sacramento Office was on the verge of announcing criminal charges based on her testimony. But according to Rolling Stone and other press accounts, the press conference announcing the prosecution was canceled after JPMorgan Chase Chief Jamie Dimon called Tony West, the third-ranking official in the Justice Department, and offered to settle out of court. The attorney general touted the resulting $13 billion settlement as a major victory, even though the bank paid less than $9 billion, was able to write off the penalty on its taxes, and was able to keep its criminal wrongdoing from the public.

    A former securities lawyer who worked as a diligence manager evaluating mortgage securities, Fleischmann personally witnessed wrongdoing and even attempted to notify her superiors. The Rolling Stone piece recounts how:

    • Her bosses in the diligence team insisted on a “no email” rule to avoid a paper record, which one former federal prosecutor says shows “these people knew what they were doing and were trying not to get caught.”
    • Almost 40% of one pool of mortgages were found to be based on overstated incomes or had already defaulted; her bosses pressured diligence workers to revise the number downward to under 10% and gave the resulting security a misleading credit rating.
    • Fleischmann told her boss that the bank couldn’t sell a security based on those mortgages without telling customers of its content, even if it meant no one would buy it, because to do otherwise would be fraud.
    • She submitted a memo detailing all of these charges to her superiors, expecting the written record to force an end to the practice.
    • Fleischmann can today point out “exactly how her bosses at JPMorgan Chase committed financial fraud: It’s right there in the documents.”

    JPMorgan Chase’s lawyers worked for years to keep Fleischmann quiet. Now we know why.

    Sign the petition ►Tell Attorney General Eric Holder: No more excuses. Time for criminal charges. Click here to sign the petition.

    Fleischmann’s story is actually far worse for the Justice Department than it is for JPMorgan Chase. Most observers already knew the general outlines of how mortgage originators and big banks conspired to fake documentation and then sell off bad loans to unwitting investors. In case after case, regulators and the Justice Department settled out of court and pursued specific instances of wrong-doing instead of widespread fraud. The excuse has always been that the government lacked the legal firepower and evidence to go big.

    It is not clear whether regulators and the Justice Department believed a settlement was better than the risk of losing a trial, or were helping powerful institutions cover-up their crimes. But it is now plain to see that the problem was not a lack of credible witnesses. In Fleischmann, the government had a graduate of Cornell Law School who would help them press charges – and simply chose not to.

    This past summer, a new set of investigators approached Fleischmann and appear to have restarted the criminal case against JPMorgan Chase. She would not comment on that investigation. But if one thing is clear from the last few years, it’s that investigations like this tend to die before charges are filed. This time – with all the facts that are now public – we cannot let that happen. Click the link below to sign the petition to Attorney General Holder to file criminal charges against JP Morgan Chase:

    http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Holder_Justice_Chase?t=6&akid=12208.6785281.jg9zjL.

    Alayne Fleischmann could face legal, financial, and career repercussions for sharing her story. It’s up to us to make sure it isn’t in vain.

    Thank you for helping demand accountability for Wall Street’s crimes.

    1. Matt Taibbi, “The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare,” RollingStones.com, November 6, 2014.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 5:01 AM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Ben Sander, Cold wave, , , Ishpeming, Lake Superior, Lake-effect snow, Marquette County, , , Upper Peninsula of Michigan   

    See Wild, Rugged Isle Royale Next Summer with NPCA 

    Lake Overlook © Mike LinkDid you know that 97% of Michigan’s spectacular Isle Royale National Park is designated wilderness, and its wolves and moose are the stars of one of the longest-running wildlife studies in the country?

    Explore the rugged charm and beauty of this remote island on NPCA’s ParkScapes summer journey to Lake Superior, North America’s largest freshwater lake.

    Join fellow NPCA members and park supporters as we enjoy a sunset cruise among the islands and sea caves of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, then head north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula along Highway 41, one of the most scenic roads in the United States.

    Along the way we will stop at one of the most beautiful spots in Michigan, Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains State Park, before reaching the historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge.

    Our group will then spend three days discovering the unique history of Isle Royale while staying at the iconic lakeside Rock Harbor Lodge. Activities will include canoeing and kayaking, interpretative hikes, time with the lead scientist on the wolf-moose study, and plenty of opportunities to kick back and relax.

    Isle Royale Wilderness Sojourn

    Date: August 16 – 23, 2015

    NPCA Member Price: $3,895-$4,295

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    We will wrap up our journey to Lake Superior with a full day at Keweenaw National Historical Park, learning about the importance of the copper mining industry to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Then we’ll relax along the shores of nearby Houghton, featured in author Norman Crampton’s “The 100 Best Small Towns In America.”

    NPCA’s first departure in July 2015 is already full, and our August 16-23 departure is filling quickly! I encourage you to visit the online trip page today or contact me directly at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org about this or any of NPCA’s 2015 departures.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 4:54 AM on November 19, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Ben Carter (musician), , , , , , ,   

    Stop The Hunting of all endangered WildLife & Submit comments to USFWS to list lions as “endangered” 

    Click to visit the original post

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1504708633137623/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

    *****PLEASE JOIN AND THEN SHARE THIS ONLINE EVENT HERE AT:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1504708633137623/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

    The Purpose of this Event is to get as Many names as possible to Submit their comments to the US Fish and Wildlife Service , asking them to List the Lions as Endangered ~ banning Imports of Lion Trophies to the USA.
    There is less then 90 days to do this, So Please JOIN and SHARE this EVENT on every Page  or Website/Blog you belong.

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R9-ES-2012-0025-3488

    http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/pdf/201410294_African-lion_Proposed_Rule.pdf

    Director : Daniel M. Ashe: USFWS. : Ban Endangered African Animal Trophy Imports From Namibia & SA.

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    21,078 signers. Let’s reach 100,000
    Why this is important to me: STOP COREY KNOWLTON. HE HAS BEEN GRANTED PERMISSION FROM: THE NAMIBIA (MET) , THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND ; Chris Weaver SA /Namibia (WWF)’S TROPHY HUNTING PROJECTS and ICUN: Mike Knight‘s HUNTING RECOMMENDATIONS / The Lead Professional working with the Namibia Black Rhino Conservation

    THE USA ; FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS) DECISION IS NOW PENDING, TO IMPORT THE BLACK RHINO.

    THERE ARE between 1,700 /50 LEFT IN NAMIBIA , just over 4,000 BRs in the whole world , THE HUNT IS IMMINENT IF WE DONT BLOCK THE TROPHY IMPORTS!!! . YOU SEE NO IMPORT LICENCES INTO THE USA GRANTED , NO HUNTING PERMITS ISSUED !!!

    The USFWS Hunting Permit Applications have been announced for 2 Black Rhinos , for 2 Americans including CK , to import BR trophies into the USA. This petition needs a lot of support to make a difference, ideally we need to reach close to a 100,000 signatures before the end of the month, TO TELL USFWS THAT WE OBJECT TO CRITICALLY ENDANGERED ANIMALS TROPHY IMPORTS INTO THE USA FROM AFRICA , can you make this happen ? CAN WE REACH THIS GOAL ?

    The second American has paid $200,000 to the Namibia Government, independently, of DSC , to kill a Critically Endangered Black Rhino. He has applied for a BR Import Licence along side Corey Knowlton. He is a ‘ Las Vegas resident named Michael Luzich. A member of the NRA’s “Ring of Freedom,” Luzich is a founder and managing partner of the Nevada-based investment firm Luzich Partners LLC, and founded a casino operator called Peninsula Gaming Partners LLC. Luzich independently negotiated with the Namibian government to secure his permit to trophy hunt a black rhino. So far, it’s unclear whether Luzich has killed the rhino assigned to him yet. ‘ Quote : Dodo: https://www.thedodo.com/black-rhino-trophy-hunt-import-803886662.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb#

    ‘The Namibia wildlife is at risk of going extinct because the animal populations are very low and vulnerable because the WWF are ‘cooking the books’ to allow Trophy Hunting to continue from the most fragile wildlife populations on earth.

    The WWF should be protecting the animals , however, they are openly lying and grossly exaggerating wildlife population numbers to keep a Trophy Hunting Stance in Africa , as they control funding streams from Global Charity Donations and USAID; to ALL the African countries from the USA and Congress , who is lobbied by the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby Groups to maintain Trophy Hunting, from almost extinct animals populations .

    The African people are powerless to stop their wildlife being massacred into extinction.

    We urge the USFWS to consider their decision and listen to the world instead of the voice of a few and protect Africa through your laws and policies .

    Save the last of the Black Rhinos and the Desert Elephants from American Trophies Hunter’s Greed and Vanity . We need the animals alive in healthy in family groups, or we will loose them forever’

    COREY KNOWLTON’S Dallas Safari Club AUCTION PURCHASE

    THE BLACK RHNIO , Between 1,700/50 IN NAMIBIA, TAG WAS BOUGHT IN JANUARY 2014, SINCE THEN IT HAS CAUSED A GLOBAL OUTCRY. THE WORLD IS HORRIFIED !! THE DEAL WAS DONE AT DALLAS SAFARI CLUB

    COREY KNOWLTON, HAS MASSACRED 120 RARE ANIMALS IN THE WORLD IN THE LAST 10 YEARS , AND HE PAID $350.000 FOR THE RIGHTS TO KILL A CRITICALLY ENDANGERED BLACK RHINO, ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION.

    COREY KNOWLTON IS KILLING A BLACK RHINO FOR A HUNTING TV CHANNEL IN AMERICA, FOR ENTERTAINMENT !! WE THINK THIS IS IMMORAL, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE POACHERS ARE SLAUGHTERING THEM TOO !!! !!! !!!

    Ten Hunting permits to kill BR’s are issued every year for Trophies from Namibia and South Africa because of ‘ICUN: Mike Knight’s HUNTING RECOMMENDATIONS / The Lead Professional working with the Namibia Black Rhino Conservation / Hunting Projects is getting funding from the WWF’s International Charity Funding Purse and he is also working with Corey Knowlton’s purchase .


    Even though the Black Rhino Species is under attack from poachers and going extinct and classed as Critically Endangered, CITIES have allowed TEN animals to be massacred for Trophies every year because of the WWF and ICUN: Mike Knight’s corruption . We want to challenge this rule and over turn it so that the Black Rhinos are protected , by blocking USA Trophy Imports .
    When the Namibian Government issued 5 permits a year for Trophy Hunting, they believed themselves invincible to Rhino Poaching. Now poaching has started and many Rhinos have already been killed this year in Namibia and the BR population is rapidly declining . http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3713688.stm

    There are less than 1,700/50 Black Rhinos left in Namibia’. In the 1970′s there were 65, 000 in Africa , now there are 4/5, 000 Black Rhinos in the world. In Namibia there are now less than 1,000 Black Rhinos in protected areas an estimated 700/50 which, are Free Range. So once the poachers start seriously targeting Namibia (it has already started) , at the rate of the South African incidents, they will wipe out the total Namibian population of Black Rhinos in less than two years. NOT ONE MORE CAN BE AFFORDED TO BE HUNTED!


    No one can see the benefit of more critically endangered animals being killed, and WWF and DSC have been so successful fabricating lies they have ensured TEN Critically Endangered Black Rhino Animal Trophies every year, are officially killed and this has been granted by CITIES, based on no factual evidence from the actual African people who this affects directly:

    Resolution Conf. 13.5 (Rev. CoP14)
    Establishment of export quotas for black rhinoceros hunting trophies
    “THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION
    APPROVES
    “the establishment of an annual export quota of five hunting trophies of adult male black rhinoceros from South Africa and five from Namibia:
    AGREES that hunting trophies of the black rhinoceros are defined as the horns or any other durable part of the body, mounted or loose and that all parts to be exported should be individually marked with reference to the country of origin, species, quota number and year of export”: Please read more on the Link: “

    http://www.cites.org/eng/res/13/13-05R14C15.php

    PLEASE READ THE WORDS OF THE ACTUAL PEOPLE FIGHTING POACHERS AND TAKING BULLETS TO SAVE THEIR WILDLIFE :-
    ‘OPEN LETTER TO COREY KNOWLTON’: Founder, Walk With Rangers; Quote:

    “In forty years of close association with black rhinoceros, I have NEVER known of a free ranging wild old male past his breeding period targeting, and killing, rhino females and calves but, rather, the odd fights have only, in my own experience, occurred amongst breeding competing males, as is common in other species.
    In Africa old age is respected: by extension, it is un-African and basically unethical not to allow an old male that sired many calves a peaceful retirement, in the same way as breeding bulls in the cattle world are put out to pasture, not sent to the butcher, once they stop being productive.

    Sir, I have struggled to understand why SCI and DSC continue to put prices on the heads of our wildlife. It is laughable that they even think they have any right. The wildlife of a nation remains the sovereign property of its people. Would this not mean then, sir, that privatizing such public property would, in fact, be a gross violation of the rights of the African people? I will let you ponder over that for a while. We are in the wake of a crisis that has gripped our region. Poachers have decimated our herds, and Africa is no longer teeming with wildlife. You kind sir, have been duped into believing that your hunt will aid conservation in Africa.
    It will not. Aside from gaining Namibia huge disrepute, it will go against the very fibre of what we are trying so hard to achieve – the protection and true management of our last wild things. It is also imperative to note here that local African communities do not eat rhino meat.”
    Read more : Twitter: @raabiahawa

    http://africageographic.com/blog/kenyan-rangers-moving-letter-to-american-rhino-hunter/#sthash.scgQxpuT.dpuf

    http://africageographic.com/blog/kenyan-rangers-moving-letter-to-american-rhino-hunter/

    THE NAMIBIAN WILDLIFE IS UNDER THREAT FROM CORRUPTION !!

    The natural world is under attack like never before the ecosystem and food chain is breaking down in Africa and the African Tribes and animals affected, need protection . This is NOT SUSTAINABLE HUNTING !!

    PLEASE STOP THE USA TROPHY HUNTERS IN NAMIBIA FROM KILLING THE LAST OF THE DESERT ELEPHANTS. THERE ARE ONLY an estimated 70 BREEDING ADULTS LEFT , LESS THAN 10 BREEDING MALES , OF THE VERY UNIQUE DESERT ADAPTED ELEPHANTS , THEIR NUMBERS ARE ON THE DECLINE , AND THEY ARE DOWN TO ‘EXTINCTION STATUS’ AGAIN, THEIR EXISTENCE IS THREATENED THEY ARE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION .

    Please watch the Youtube link : ‘ Elephants in the Namibian desert – Wild Africa – BBC 2009 ‘; this is independent evidence stating that there are ’100 or so Desert Dwelling Elephants; being supported by the Desert ” . The Namibia Ministry has just announced there are 20,000 backed by WWF . The relentless massacring is destroying the African Ecosystem and the Tribal People’s Food Chain. ; this is being done by the Media Invisible Wealthiest White People, and the most Powerful People in the world !!!!

    WWF and the Namibian Government are claiming that the Unique Adapted Desert Dwelling Elephants do not exist, and there are 750 of them in the Namib Desert, which, is incorrect. Please read the following:

    ‘ Namibia Refuses to Cancel Desert Elephant Hunt After Protests’
    Quote: “The elephants, which live in the Kunene region, are one of only two groups adapted to desert existence with the other being in Mali. They numbered about 750 in 2012, according to the WWF, an environmental group.”

    http://www.noanimalpoaching.org/animal-poaching-news-2014/namibia-refuses-to-cancel-desert-elephant-hunt-after-protests

    THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE ARE MASSACRING ALONGSIDE THE POACHERS ! They are wiping out the last of the African animals unchallenged for hundreds of thousands of Dollars each, paying for Unsustainable Hunting in under -developed countries where populations of animals are being exaggerated by the WWF who are informing CITIES and USFWS, as they keep the doors open for Trophy Hunting to continue from almost extinct populations of animals , that , are being wiped out by poachers .

    The truth is known and been written over 10years ago by a British MP and this evidence has been disregarded and the USFWS have continued to import Trophies and trade with corruption sending African wildlife in to total extinction…

    THIS DELIBERATE EXTINCTION HAPPENING TO THE AFRICA WILDLIFE DONE BY THE USA CITIZENS IS OUTRAGEOUS !!

    ‘The Myth of Trophy Hunting as Conservation. A League Against Cruel Sports submission to Environment Minister, Elliott Morley MP
    December 2004’
    Quote: -
    “A smokescreen for corruption and poaching

    “With their financial and political might of the USA, this formidably powerful clique of hunters is shamelessly promoting hunting as a form of conservation. Many poor governments are easily won over because it offers such easy money – the bulk of which goes straight into their pockets. “

    http://www.saveafricananimals.org/attachments/article/136/The_%20Myth_of_Trophy_Hunting_as_Conservation.pdf

    This exploiting of the African countries; is directly affecting the poorest people in the world, who are victim to it ; as their animals are being massacred off this planet into extinction forever in one generation ; for ornaments, for TV Hunting Channels Entertainment and Mono-Culture Agriculture , which means 400,000 acres plus lands of one crop in a plantation . Which , means land is being Grabbed by USA Corporations for Food Globalisation, Food production .

    No people and no wildlife can be tolerated on the plantations , so the land Giants are being massacred into extinction in the wild to allow this bio-diversity backed 100% by WWF , so that African Animals will only exist in Canned Hunting parks and farms in a small number in the future .

    THE UNIQUE ADAPTED DESERT DWELLING ELEPHANTS ARE NOT LARGE ENOUGH IN THIER POPULATION TO CULL !!

    35,000 AFRICAN ELEPHANTS WERE MASSACRED BY POACHERS LAST YEAR ALONE. THE ANIMALS ARE GOING EXTINCT ; MORE THAN THE WHOLE DESERT POPULATION OF ELEPHANTS ARE KILLED EVERY DAY, IN AFRICA.

    Director : Daniel M. Ashe: USFWS
    Please Ban Imports from Namibia into the USA of ALL Critically Endangered African Animals IMMEDIATELY !

    The Desert Elephants population in 20 years has risen from 52 members to less than 100( they are rapidly declining) . Namibia’s Desert-Dwelling Elephants are one of only 2 populations of Elephants in Africa living in a desert environment (the other is in Mali).

    The majority of the world population does not think massacring endangered animals is appropriate whilst , the poaching of the African Animals is out of control in Africa , and allowing imports of African Animals dead or alive by the USFWS shows a lack of respect and understanding for people who are actually risking their lives and struggling to keep these animals on this planet for longevity .

    There were 5 MILLION Elephants in Africa 40 years ago , now there are between 300.000/ 600,000 Elephants , of which, 100 Elephants are killed everyday by poachers , 700 a week and so on . The whole of the equivalent population of the DESERT ELEPHANTS are being WIPED OUT IN A DAY !! in Africa by poachers , issuing permits to kill more, this is NOT SUSTAINABLE HUNTING !!!

    Associate Director : Robert G. Dreher : USFWS , you appear to be disregarding the rules set down by CITIES. :- Email Letter received , after I contacted David Cameron , Prime Minister of the United Kingdom , early this year: Defra Government Department United Kingdom :- I Quote ; Kevin Woodhouse Defra – Customer Contact Unit “

    LETTER FROM THE UK GOVERNMENT

    “The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to which the UK is a Party, applies to ensure that trade in listed species hunted for their trophies is only permitted if it is sustainable.

    In view of concerns raised that the import of hunting trophies of some species from some countries are unsustainable, we have agreed in principle with other EU Member States that stricter measures should be introduced in relation to the importation of hunting trophies of rhinos, lions and some other species. This list will be further considered and kept under review.

    We will continue working with other CITES Parties and relevant non-government organisations to ensure the long-term survival of this and other important species.
    Yours sincerely
    Kevin Woodhouse
    Defra – Customer Contact Unit “

    SUMMARY

    I reiterate : ‘The Namibia wildlife is at risk of going extinct because the animal populations are very low and vulnerable because the WWF are ‘cooking the books’ to allow Trophy Hunting to continue from the most fragile wildlife populations on earth, in Namibia.

    The WWF should be protecting the animals , however, they are openly lying about populations to keep a Trophy Hunting stance as they control funding streams from USAID; to ALL the African countries from the USA Congress , who is lobbied by the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby Groups to maintain Trophy Hunting, from almost extinct animals .

    The African people are powerless to stop their wildlife being massacred into extinction.

    We urge the USFWS to consider their decision and listen to the world instead of the voice of a few and protect Africa through your laws and policies .

    Save the last of the Black Rhinos and the Desert Elephants from American Trophies Hunter’s Greed and Vanity . We need the animals alive in healthy in family groups, or we will loose them forever’

    UPDATES : Updates 2014 : 3 ‘ home use ‘ Bulls have since been shot , putting one of the hunters in hospital . 7 Permits are now Advertised in the USA for 2015.

    Regardless of the international outcry from conservationist, NGO’s and the public, the Ministry issued a press release urging the public to “ignore these inaccurate, false reports and assumptions on our elephants and sustainable utilization practices,” and threatened “illegal” NGOs “working against the wildlife conservation activities of the government” to “refrain from this irresponsible behavior before action is taken.”

    Nothing about what has been reported has been inaccurate so far and what is taking place could not be considered conservation in any shape or form.

    How do we fight poaching when all you have to do is come up with enough cash to kill these animals legally, FOR FUN!!

    For more information on this injustice, visit -: https://www.facebook.com/savedesertelephants

    Also read the article in the Daily Maverick -: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-06-09-hunting-desert-elephants-for-meat-raises-a-storm-and-denials/#.U6mq-I1dXSz

    Please sign the petition to stop this slaughter is on Avaaz -: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Namibian_Minister_of_Environment_and_Tourism_U_Herunga_Stop_ALL_Hunting_of_Rare_Desert_Elephants/

    Articles :

    https://za.news.yahoo.com/namibian-desert-elephants-line-fire-065611059.html/

    http://africageographic.com/blog/trading-the-lives-of-desert-elephants-for-votes/

    http://africageographic.com/blog/sleeping-elephant-woken-up-to-be-shot/

    http://www.informante.web.na/rhino-hunt-will-be-private.14076

    Texas hunting club will cancel auction if rhinoceros carcass is barred from US

    Corey Knowlton paid Dallas Safari Club $350,000 for licence to shoot beast Fish and Wildlife Service yet to say if trophy can be imported from Namibia.

    A black dehorned rhinoceros is followed by a calf. Namibia’s programme sells licences to kill five rhinos a year, intended to be older males unsuitable for breeding.

    A Texas hunting club that auctioned off a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Africa said it will cancel the hunt if a federal agency denies the winning bidder’s request to bring the dead animal back to the US as a trophy.

    Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 at a January auction that the Dallas Safari Club billed as a fundraising effort to save the endangered species. Last spring, he applied for a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service that would enable him to import the rhino’s body following the hunt in Namibia. But he is still waiting to hear back.

    The agency is applying extra scrutiny to Knowlton’s request because of the rise in poaching, said a spokesman, Gavin Shire.

    If the permit is denied, the safari club plans to refund Knowlton’s money that was pledged to a rhino conservation fund in the south-western African country.

    “Most people that have an animal mounted, it’s their memory of their experience,” said Ben Carter, the safari club’s executive director. “It’s not always, ‘Look at what I’ve shot.’ When they look at it, they remember everything. That’s what he bid the money on, that opportunity.”

    The wildlife agency began taking public comment on the permit application this month and has already heard from many of the groups that fervently opposed the auction.

    The safari club has defended the planned hunt, noting that auction proceeds would go to a trust fund administered by the Namibian government to help boost the black rhino population.

    The wildlife service expects to make a decision after the public comment period ends on 8 December, taking into account the state of the herd in Namibia, where 1,800 of the world’s 4,880 black rhinos live. The agency is also examining exactly how the auction funds would be administered.

    Advertisement

    Last year, the service granted a permit to import a sport-hunted black rhino taken in Namibia in 2009, but increased poaching since then may affect whether any more are approved, said Shire.

    Each year, the Namibian government issues five black rhino hunting permits that fund efforts to protect the species. The programme includes habitat improvement, hiring game scouts to monitor the rhinos, and removing the animals’ horns to reduce their appeal to poachers.

    “The aim is to re-invest these financial resources back to conservation, protected area management and rural community development,” said Kenneth Uiseb, Namibia’s director of wildlife monitoring and research.

    But opponents of the auction say the programmes are not worthwhile if they entail the killing of any endangered animal.

    “Kill it to save it is not only cruel, it’s not conservation,” said Jeff Flocken, the North American regional director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. “If black rhinos and other dwindling species are to have a future, people must be encouraged to value animals for their inherent worth alive, not their price tag when they are dead.”

    The safari club has said the hunt will involve one of five black rhinos selected by a committee and approved by the Namibian government. The five are to be older males that cannot reproduce.

    Namibia sold another hunting permit for $200,000 directly to Michael Luzich, a Las Vegas investment manager who is also seeking a permit to bring the trophy into the US, according to Shire.

    But Luzich has received far less scrutiny than Knowlton, who said in January he hired full-time security because he received death threats after his name was leaked on the internet.

    Knowlton lives in Royse City, about 30 miles from Dallas, and leads international hunting trips for a Virginia-based company, The Hunting Consortium. He has killed more than 120 species, including the so-called big five in Africa – a lion, a leopard, an elephant, a Cape buffalo and a rhinoceros, according to the company’s website.

    He did not return messages left by the Associated Press for this story, but told Dallas television station WFAA in January that he believed the hunt would be managed well.

    “I’m a hunter,” Knowlton told WFAA. “I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino.”

    Texas hunting club may cancel endangered rhino hunt

    DALLAS – A Texas hunting club that auctioned off a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Africa said it will cancel the hunt if a federal agency denies the winning bidder’s request to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. as a trophy.

    The agency is applying extra scrutiny to Knowlton’s request because of the rise in poaching, said spokesman Gavin Shire.

    If the permit is denied, the safari club plans to refund Knowlton’s money that was pledged to a rhino conservation fund in the southwestern African country.

    “Most people that have an animal mounted, it’s their memory of their experience,” said Ben Carter, the safari club’s executive director. “It’s not always, ‘Look at what I’ve shot.’ When they look at it, they remember everything. That’s what he bid the money on, that opportunity.”

    The wildlife agency began taking public comment on the permit application this month and has already heard from many of the groups thatfervently opposed the auction.

    The safari club has defended the planned hunt, noting that auction proceeds would go to a trust fund administered by the Namibian government to help boost the black rhino population.

    The wildlife service expects to make a decision after the public comment period ends Dec. 8, taking into account the state of the herd in Namibia, where 1,800 of the world’s 4,880 black rhinos live. The agency also is examining exactly how the auction funds would be administered.

    Last year, the service granted a permit to import a sport-hunted black rhino taken in Namibia in 2009, but increased poaching since then may impact whether any more are approved, said Shire.

    Each year, the Namibian government issues five black rhino hunting permits that fund efforts to protect the species. The program includes habitat improvement, hiring game scouts to monitor the rhinos, and removing the animals’ horns to reduce their appeal to poachers.

    “The aim is to re-invest these financial resources back to conservation, protected area management and rural community development,” said Kenneth Uiseb, Namibia’s director of wildlife monitoring and research.

    But opponents of the auction say the programs are not worthwhile if they entail the killing of any endangered animal.

    “Kill it to save it is not only cruel, it’s not conservation,” said Jeff Flocken, the North American regional director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. “If black rhinos and other dwindling species are to have a future, people must be encouraged to value animals for their inherent worth alive, not their price tag when they are dead.”

    The safari club has said the hunt will involve one of five black rhinos selected by a committee and approved by the Namibian government. The five are to be older males that can’t reproduce.

    Namibia sold another hunting permit for $200,000 directly to Michael Luzich, a Las Vegas investment manager who is also seeking a permit to bring the trophy into the U.S., according to Shire.

    But Luzich has received far less scrutiny than Knowlton, who said in January he hired full-time security because he received death threats after his name was leaked on the Internet.

    Knowlton lives in Royse City, about 30 miles from Dallas, and leads international hunting trips for a Virginia-based company, The Hunting Consortium. He has killed more than 120 species, including the so-called big five in Africa – a lion, a leopard, an elephant, a Cape buffalo and a rhinoceros, according to the company’s website.

    He did not return messages left by The Associated Press for this story, but told Dallas television station WFAA in January that he believed the hunt would be managed well.

    “I’m a hunter,” Knowlton told WFAA. “I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino.” © 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

    SAN

     
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