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  • Don Lichterman 10:31 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Another Scare tactic From The GOP: Dounwyth Disease (DWD) 

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  • Don Lichterman 10:25 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Hal Sparks: “Any time we declare a war on something in this country, it seems to improve; I wish the government would declare a war on hot chicks because there would be ten of them on every corner giving themselves away” 

    CHAPTER ONE (I): FRIDAY IN JUNE (From Three Weeks In June by Me)

    Any time we declare a war on something in this country, it seems to improve; I wish the government would declare a war on hot chicks because there would be ten of them on every corner giving themselves away”

    I have just been fired from a job for the third time in my life. All of those times have been by Warner Music companies. I have had so many jobs since I was in high school. I am not even sure if getting fired three separate times from the same company is as bad as actually getting hired three separate times by that same company. This could now be the perfect time for me to relocate to Hawaii to report on a gonzo-styled account of a marathon run held on that island. Although it is an election year, I could spend time traveling on a “campaign” trail covering the Democratic Party primary selection. If it were January, I could head out to Las Vegas to write about the Super Bowl, however, we are in June today, and I have three weeks of vacation time.

    The U.S. has launched airstrikes, drone strikes and two land invasions in a dozen or more countries since 9/11 under the auspices of the “war on terror.”

    Have they worked? Have they made any country safer in the past 13 years?

    Right now, there are at least seven proposals in Congress to authorize new military force against the Islamic State. But more than a decade of “war on terror” has shown, at a tragic cost, that violence begets violence. Militant groups like the Islamic State thrive in atmospheres of violence and fear, and these new proposals will only perpetuate the violence.

    Urge your members of Congress to end the “war on terror.”

    We know that violent extremism won’t be stopped by “killing bad guys.” Instead, we need a strategy to address the reasons people join these dangerous groups in the first place: political instability, unemployment, poverty and fear. More bombs will only make these problems worse.

    Tell Congress: the “war on terror” isn’t working.

    As Congress considers whether to expand the “war on terror” to include the Islamic State, make sure your members of Congress know where you stand.

    We’ve answered some of your most common questions about the Islamic State on our website. Take a look!

    Q&A on Nonmilitary Options and the Islamic State

    Oct 9, 2014

    As FCNL watches the violence in Iraq and Syria and the U.S. bombing, we long for an answer of how to stop the killing and protect the people at risk. In the past week, some of you have shared with us your belief and frustration that military action seems like the only way to stop the Islamic State militants. We do not have all the answers at FCNL, but we remain concerned that this military action — like so many before it — will not help build a world free of war and the threat of war; indeed, it is likely to lead to greater violence and endless war.

    Some of you had specific concerns about nonmilitary responses to IS, which we’ve offered our perspective on here:

    How can the U.S. stop IS from killing people without going to war?

    The U.S. must act immediately to prevent further violence, while making sure that any response does not do more damage over the long term. Any strategy should reduce the flow of weapons and recruits to the Islamic State (IS), and it should address the conditions that lead to violence and extremism. In addition to stopping the bombing, the U.S. should work proactively to stop IS from committing further atrocities:

    • Starve IS of weapons and supplies. IS is not manufacturing its own weapons, and cutting off the arms and ammunition supply from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other countries will dramatically reduce its capacity.
    • Starve IS of people willing to fight for them. Political discontent, instability and deep poverty create conditions ripe for extremism.
    • Stabilize the region. The civil war in Syria, and decades of bombing in Iraq, has allowed IS to flourish. A political solution that engages the Gulf States, Iran and other countries in the region is essential to any lasting solution.

    I generally agree that the U.S. is too quick to commit its military to solve problems. But this group is committing mass atrocities right now. If we don’t respond, we’re letting people die. What should we do right now that’s not a military response?

    The best way to protect people in the greatest danger would be to support resettling them in areas outside of IS control. The U.S. has a responsibility to provide generous financial and political support to a massive resettlement effort. Ultimately, the only way to protect civilians is through a durable political solution to stabilize Iraq and Syria.

    The U.S. should unilaterally impose an arms embargo on all armed actors in Syria and Iraq, especially given that U.S. weapons have already ended up in the hands of IS. At the same time, the U.S. should increase humanitarian aid to the region so people feel like they have a way to meet their basic needs. These steps will help stop IS from growing. The U.S. should immediately stop killing more people, including civilians, and put an end to the airstrikes on Iraq and Syria, which help IS expand its recruitment efforts.

    IS is an extremist group, and extremism cannot be bombed out of existence. IS was essentially bombed into existence, forming out of the violence unleashed by the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    Short-term steps will only be effective if they’re paired with long-term strategies. The U.S. should work with the international community to impose a comprehensive arms embargo and sanctions that to block money, weapons and ammunition flowing into IS. Peacebuilding efforts must also include a political component to stabilize the region and prevent further conflict.

    IS has captured and beheaded journalists and aid workers. I’m appalled by their violence. How can you watch those videos without wanting to act?

    We agree we must act decisively to stop the beheadings and other violence, and we have a responsibility to ensure the action taken does not result in even more deaths. Every death is a tragedy, and the beheadings are horrific. Here at FCNL, we want to make sure the U.S. response is effective over the long term — preventing not just violence next week or next year, but violence five or ten years from now.

    The military-first strategy has, time and again, left countries destabilized and vulnerable to extremist groups like IS. We can’t accept a strategy that could lead to more beheadings, more violence, a stronger IS, or the rise of the next IS.

    IS is too extreme to respond to negotiations and diplomacy. How do you reason with terrorist groups?

    The first step for diplomacy is not talking to IS — it’s talking to nations making IS’ work possible. The international community has contributed to this crisis by supplying money, weapons and ammunition to armed actors in Syria and Iraq. The international community can blunt the violence by cutting off these supplies. IS does not need to participate in diplomacy for the international community to work together in de-escalating the violence in Iraq and Syria.

    This group is not Islamic and does not represent a state. Why do you call them the Islamic State?

    None of the available terms are perfect. At present, we identify the group as the Islamic State for two reasons: first because it’s how most journalistic style guides, including the AP, describes them; second because it’s how the group identifies itself. We understand the power given by names and are considering alternate ways of identifying the group, especially given concerns about describing IS as “Islamic.”

    More questions? Ask us!

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    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 10:13 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Scarred for Life: A Scary Story About Entanglements Just In Time for Halloween 

    Socks, entangled sea lion

    Socks had deep wounds around her neck and across her face after the entangled fish netting was removed.

    Does this sea lion look familiar? Her name is Socks, and the scars leading from the corners of her mouth up toward both of her ears may remind you of the Joker, a Batman villain known for his creepy clown face.

    Despite her permanent “smile,” this sea lion’s story isn’t a happy one. Socks’ wounds were caused by fish netting wrapped around her face and neck.

    Some of the fishing line also looped around her face, cutting into the corners of her mouth so deeply that the skin ripped up toward her ears.

    Can you imagine how scary that must have been?

    As if that wasn’t enough, the way the entanglement wrapped around Socks’ body left her at such an awkward angle that she couldn’t properly lie down or maneuver her head and neck to catch fish. As the netting got tighter and tighter, she stopped being able to feed herself.

    Most likely she would have starved to death if not for the caring people like you who called our rescue hotline. When we found her on a jetty in Morro Bay, California, she was emaciated—her ribs clearly visible through her skin.

    We immediately disentangled her and treated her wounds, but she still had a long road to recovery.

    Will Socks’ story have a happy ending? >>

    Thanks to people like you, we’re able to help hundreds of seals and sea lions every year. Unfortunately, many of them have been impacted by human carelessness. Socks is just one of many entangled animals we’ve rescued this year—we have two others in our care right now!

    With your help we’ll be able to continue to care for patients like Socks that have faced a scary entanglement.

    Finally Free! These entangled patients have all been released.
    Snouty
    Snouty with crab snare

    Shammyrock
    Shammyrock

    O’Neill
    O'Neill, entangled sea lion

    Seals & Slippers
    Camp out under the stars and wake up to the sounds of barking sea lions at this overnight adventure for families. Register now for a few remaining spots at our November 21 event!

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 10:07 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Yeah. This is Normal: 10 Whales Shipped In Filthy Crates Arrive In China 

    10 Beluga whales from Russia, suffering deplorable conditions, arrive at China’s Ocean Polar World,  after 20+ hours in transit without food or filtration.

     

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    October 29 2014, China; Shandong Penglai Ocean Polar World Whale Bay Plaza

    The staff watched on as the crane lifted 10 beluga whales into a facility where they will eventually die early from the stresses of captivity. This is the ugly reality of live transport and the captivity industry.

    With flight times between Russia and China ranging from 7 to 12 hours, not including ground transit time, these beluga whales have been floating in their own excrement for at least 24 hours before arriving to this facility.

    A more accurate guesstimate is 3-5 days as was the case below.

    Marine Connection reported similarly appalling conditions of beluga whale transports happening within Russia.

    The journey below took 10 days and the transit distance was 10,000 kilometers.

    Ocean Aquarium:

    The cargo service used has not been revealed.

    The 10 beluga whales were transported from Russia to China in metal crates lined with plastic, are getting measured before finally having access to “fresh water”.

    They arrived in Yantai, Shandong Penglai Ocean Polar World yesterday, never to see the light of day.

    The new arrival of the 10 beluga whales included three males and seven females , ages were about 2 years old , weighing about 400 kg per head and body length of about 3 meters. Xinhua News Agency ( Shen Jizhong )

    The above picture was taken right after their release into the barren tank where they will  will die prematurely.

    Below is a picture of a beluga that has been there for a while, notice the body shape contorted by captivity.

    And of course no captive tank is complete without its Taiji dolphins:

    10 dolphins at Ocean Aquarium have been confirmed to be from the infamous killing cove in Japan.

    Russia has a history of shocking transport conditions of beluga whales….3 days is not out of the ordinary to hold whales in tanks like this one below.

    This shipment went to another part of China to Harbin Polarland in northeast China just this June.

    Previous trips  from Russia to China has taken at least 20 hours for just the transport portion of the trip. It does NOT include all these steps:

    Until they are finally at the barren tank they will die in.

    As previous reported on Cetacean News Network, the perils of live transport reported by local animal rights citizens in Belgrade who found beluga whales suffering in rusted crates during a traveling show. This crate was sitting in this position for at least 3 days until they were moved to their “permanent” facility which was a glorified blow up tent.

    Let those who are thinking of going to these places to remember where they come from and how they got there. This is not rescuing, this is exploitation and genocide.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 9:31 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Showtime is soon; Phish to Cover Walt Disney’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House in Las Vegas 

    now the show is at 730 Vegass time.

    Phish will take the stage tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV for a three-set show that will feature a cover of Walt Disney’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House during the second set. The album is mainly comprised of sound effects that had been collected by the Sound Effects Department of Walt Disney Studios. First released in 1964, the album contains ten stories narrated by Laura Olsher as well as a second side featuring 10 sound effects meant for others to create their own stories.

    Per the playbill given to fans at the venue, Jon Fishman said, “My friends and I would turn off the lights and listen to the album in the dark, afterward we’d turn on the lights and no one would speak. It was like we all had a glimpse into the secret pulsing black heart of humanity, the festering wound, underneath the mask each of us wears to lumber through our souless world. I never saw those friends again.”

    Phish hits the stage tonight around 8 PM PT. The show will be webcast via LivePhish.

    _Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House Tracklist:

    The Haunted House
    The Very Long Fuse
    The Dogs
    Timber
    Your Pet Cat
    Shipwreck
    The Unsafe Bridge
    The Chinese Water Torture
    The Birds
    Martian Monster

    Pulled From Jambase. Thanks!

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  • Don Lichterman 9:22 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    A Note From Erica Lafferty and A List of Gun safety Advocates to Vote For Tuesday by Me and that I snagged from Everytown USA 

    Everytown for Gun Safety. For the very first time, Everytown for Gun Safety is endorsing state and federal candidates from both parties for their leadership in fighting to keep our communities safe from gun violence. Learn about these endorsed candidates and support Everytown’s efforts to elect Gun Sense Champions in 2014.

    Support Gun Sense Champions. Select candidates by state, or scroll down to load more candidates. Use the volunteer and social media links to learn more about these campaigns! Stand up for Gun Sense – Make a gift to support Everytown’s Gun Sense Voter project.

    My mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was the school principal at Sandy Hook Elementary. She was shot and killed along with 20 of her students and five other staff members nearly two years ago.

    Now, every time I step through the doors of a school, it doesn’t matter which one — any random school — I’m overwhelmed. That was my mother’s sacred ground.

    No one should have to die the way the Sandy Hook students and educators did. But the painful truth is, there have been at least 87 school shootings since Sandy Hook. And our reaction as a country has been to teach our children to prepare for the worst.

    I don’t want to live in a country where we terrify a whole generation of schoolchildren with lockdown drills. Instead, we should be doing everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. And we need to start by voting and electing leaders who will stand with us for stronger gun laws.

    I’m asking you to go out and vote for candidates who will work to reduce gun violence in America. Click here to find your polling place now, and make a plan to go cast your ballot before the polls close on Tuesday.

    If you’ve already voted, click here to share the image below on Facebook or on Twitter to encourage your friends and family to get out and vote, too.

    I'M TIRED OF LOCKDOWN DRILLS

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    You can also share by forwarding this email to your friends and family.I know the long-lasting pain that gun violence can leave on a family. We can’t bring back my mother or the countless others who have died as a result of weak gun laws in this country, but we can make sure fewer lives are turned upside down in the future by making our voices heard at the polls.

    Click here to find out where you should go to cast your ballot, and make a plan to vote in the next five days.

    I’m voting in memory of my mother. I hope you’ll make a plan to go out and vote, too.

    Thank you,

    P.S. — Want to know who to vote for?

    All Candidates

    PETE AGUILAR

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 31

    Pete Aguilar supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    STACI APPEL

    U.S. HOUSE

    IOWA – 3

    Staci Appel supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    BRENDA LAWRENCE

    U.S. HOUSE

    MICHIGAN – 14

    Brenda Lawrence supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    KATHLEEN RICE

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 4

    Kathleen Rice supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    JOHN FOUST

    U.S. HOUSE

    VIRGINIA – 10

    John Foust supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    BRENDAN BOYLE

    U.S. HOUSE

    PENNSYLVANIA – 13

    Brendan Boyle supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    MARK DESAULNIER

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 11

    Mark DeSaulnier supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    DON BEYER

    U.S. HOUSE

    VIRGINIA – 8

    Don Beyer supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW JERSEY – 12

    Bonnie Watson Coleman supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    RON BARBER

    U.S. HOUSE

    ARIZONA – 2

    Ron Barber is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    NANCY PELOSI

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 12

    Nancy Pelosi is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JACKIE SPEIER

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 14

    Jackie Speier is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MIKE HONDA

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 17

    Mike Honda is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    ZOE LOFGREN

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 19

    Zoe Lofgren is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    LOIS CAPPS

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 24

    Lois Capps is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JULIA BROWNLEY

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 26

    Julia Brownley is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    ADAM SCHIFF

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 28

    Adam Schiff is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JOHN GARAMENDI

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 3

    John Garamendi is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    GRACE NAPOLITANO

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 32

    Grace Napolitano is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    RAUL RUIZ

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 36

    Raul Ruiz is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MIKE THOMPSON

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 5

    Mike Thompson is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    AMI BERA

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 7

    Ami Bera is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JERRY MCNERNEY

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 9

    Jerry McNerney is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    ED PERLMUTTER

    U.S. HOUSE

    COLORADO – 7

    Ed Perlmutter is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    ELIZABETH ESTY

    U.S. HOUSE

    CONNECTICUT – 5

    Elizabeth Esty is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    PATRICK MURPHY

    U.S. HOUSE

    FLORIDA – 18

    Patrick Murphy is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    DAVE LOEBSACK

    U.S. HOUSE

    IOWA – 2

    Dave Loebsack is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    ROBIN KELLY

    U.S. HOUSE

    ILLINOIS – 2

    Robin Kelly is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MIKE QUIGLEY

    U.S. HOUSE

    ILLINOIS – 5

    Mike Quigley is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    TAMMY DUCKWORTH

    U.S. HOUSE

    ILLINOIS – 8

    Tammy Duckworth is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    NIKI TSONGAS

    U.S. HOUSE

    MASSACHUSETTS – 3

    Niki Tsongas is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MIKE CAPUANO

    U.S. HOUSE

    MASSACHUSETTS – 7

    Mike Capuano is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    STENY HOYER

    U.S. HOUSE

    MARYLAND – 5

    Steny Hoyer is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JOHN CONYERS

    U.S. HOUSE

    MICHIGAN – 13

    John Conyers is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    KEITH ELLISON

    U.S. HOUSE

    MINNESOTA – 5

    Keith Ellison is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    BENNIE THOMPSON

    U.S. HOUSE

    MISSISSIPPI – 2

    Bennie Thompson is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    DAVID PRICE

    U.S. HOUSE

    NORTH CAROLINA – 4

    David Price is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    CAROL SHEA-PORTER

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW HAMPSHIRE – 1

    Carol Shea-Porter is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    ANNE KUSTER

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW HAMPSHIRE – 2

    Anne Kuster is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    TIM BISHOP

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 1

    Tim Bishop is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    CAROLYN MALONEY

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 12

    Carolyn Maloney is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JOSE SERRANO

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 15

    Jose Serrano is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    NITA LOWEY

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 17

    Nita Lowey is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    SEAN PATRICK MALONEY

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 18

    Sean Patrick Maloney is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    PETE KING

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 2

    Pete King is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    DAN MAFFEI

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 24

    Dan Maffei is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    STEVE ISRAEL

    U.S. HOUSE

    NEW YORK – 3

    Steve Israel is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    CHAKA FATTAH

    U.S. HOUSE

    PENNSYLVANIA – 2

    Chaka Fattah is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    PAT MEEHAN

    U.S. HOUSE

    PENNSYLVANIA – 7

    Pat Meehan is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MIKE FITZPATRICK

    U.S. HOUSE

    PENNSYLVANIA – 8

    Mike Fitzpatrick is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    DAVID CICILLINE

    U.S. HOUSE

    RHODE ISLAND – 1

    David Cicilline is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JAMES LANGEVIN

    U.S. HOUSE

    RHODE ISLAND – 2

    James Langevin is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    GERRY CONNOLLY

    U.S. HOUSE

    VIRGINIA – 11

    Gerry Connolly is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    BOBBY SCOTT

    U.S. HOUSE

    VIRGINIA – 3

    Bobby Scott is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    SUZAN DELBENE

    U.S. HOUSE

    WASHINGTON – 1

    Suzan DelBene is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    GWEN MOORE

    U.S. HOUSE

    WISCONSIN – 4

    Gwen Moore is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MARK UDALL

    U.S. SENATE

    COLORADO – STATEWIDE

    Mark Udall voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    CHRIS COONS

    U.S. SENATE

    DELAWARE – STATEWIDE

    Chris Coons voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    BRIAN SCHATZ

    U.S. SENATE

    HAWAII – STATEWIDE

    Brian Schatz voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    BRUCE BRALEY

    U.S. SENATE

    IOWA – STATEWIDE

    Bruce Braley is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    DICK DURBIN

    U.S. SENATE

    ILLINOIS – STATEWIDE

    Dick Durbin voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MARY LANDRIEU

    U.S. SENATE

    LOUISIANA – STATEWIDE

    Mary Landrieu voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    ED MARKEY

    U.S. SENATE

    MASSACHUSETTS – STATEWIDE

    As a U.S. Representative, Ed Markey was a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    SUSAN COLLINS

    U.S. SENATE

    MAINE – STATEWIDE

    Susan Collins voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    GARY PETERS

    U.S. SENATE

    MICHIGAN – STATEWIDE

    Gary Peters is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    AL FRANKEN

    U.S. SENATE

    MINNESOTA – STATEWIDE

    Al Franken voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    KAY HAGAN

    U.S. SENATE

    NORTH CAROLINA – STATEWIDE

    Kay Hagan voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JEANNE SHAHEEN

    U.S. SENATE

    NEW HAMPSHIRE – STATEWIDE

    Jeanne Shaheen voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    CORY BOOKER

    U.S. SENATE

    NEW JERSEY – STATEWIDE

    Cory Booker supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    TOM UDALL

    U.S. SENATE

    NEW MEXICO – STATEWIDE

    Tom Udall voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JEFF MERKLEY

    U.S. SENATE

    OREGON – STATEWIDE

    Jeff Merkley voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JACK REED

    U.S. SENATE

    RHODE ISLAND – STATEWIDE

    Jack Reed voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MARK WARNER

    U.S. SENATE

    VIRGINIA – STATEWIDE

    Mark Warner voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    KAMALA HARRIS

    ATTORNEY GENERAL

    CALIFORNIA – STATEWIDE

    As Attorney General, Kamala Harris advocated for commonsense gun violence prevention laws and defended California’s strong gun safety laws in court.

    JOHN HICKENLOOPER

    GOVERNOR

    COLORADO – STATEWIDE

    John Hickenlooper signed Colorado House Bill 1229 (2013) and Colorado Senate Bill 197 (2013) into law. HB 1229 requires background checks for all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense, and SB 197 prohibits domestic violence offenders from possessing guns.

    JEANNE NICHOLSON

    STATE SENATE

    COLORADO – SD-16

    Jeanne Nicholson voted for Colorado House Bill 1229 (2013) and Colorado Senate Bill 197 (2013). HB 1229 requires background checks for all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense, and SB 197 prohibits domestic violence offenders from possessing guns.

    RACHEL ZENZINGER

    STATE SENATE

    COLORADO – SD-19

    Rachel Zenzinger supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    ANDY KERR

    STATE SENATE

    COLORADO – SD-22

    Andy Kerr voted for Colorado House Bill 1229 (2013) and Colorado Senate Bill 197 (2013). HB 1229 requires background checks for all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense, and SB 197 prohibits domestic violence offenders from possessing guns.

    VALERIE LONGHURST

    STATE HOUSE

    DELAWARE – HD-15

    Valerie Longhurst supported Delaware House Bill 35 (2013), which requires comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    MARGARET ROSE HENRY

    STATE SENATE

    DELAWARE – SD-2

    Margaret Rose Henry supported Delaware House Bill 35 (2013), which requires comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    BRYAN TOWNSEND

    STATE SENATE

    DELAWARE – SD-11

    Bryan Townsend supported Delaware House Bill 35 (2013), which requires comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    ANTHONY BROWN

    GOVERNOR

    MARYLAND – STATEWIDE

    Anthony Brown supported Maryland Senate Bill 281 (2013), which cracks down on illegal gun trafficking and requires lost and stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement.

    BRIAN FROSH

    ATTORNEY GENERAL

    MARYLAND – STATEWIDE

    Brian Frosh was a leading advocate for Maryland Senate Bill 281 (2013), which cracks down on illegal gun trafficking and requires lost and stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement.

    MIKE MILLER

    STATE SENATE

    MARYLAND – SD-27

    Mike Miller voted for Maryland Senate Bill 281 (2013), which cracks down on illegal gun trafficking and requires lost and stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement.

    KATHLEEN DUMAIS

    STATE HOUSE

    MARYLAND – HD-15

    Kathleen Dumais voted for Maryland Senate Bill 281 (2013), which cracks down on illegal gun trafficking and requires lost and stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement.

    MIKE BUSCH

    STATE HOUSE

    MARYLAND – HD-30

    Mike Busch voted for Maryland Senate Bill 281 (2013), which cracks down on illegal gun trafficking and requires lost and stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement.

    JAMIE RASKIN

    STATE SENATE

    MARYLAND – SD-20

    Jamie Raskin voted for Maryland Senate Bill 281 (2013), which cracks down on illegal gun trafficking and requires lost and stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement.

    MARK DAYTON

    GOVERNOR

    MINNESOTA – STATEWIDE

    Mark Dayton signed Minnesota House Bill 3238 (2014) into law, keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and convicted stalkers.

    MARILYN DONDERO LOOP

    STATE SENATE

    NEVADA – SD-8

    As a member of the Nevada State Assembly, Marilyn Dondero Loop voted for Nevada Senate Bill 221, required background checks for all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense, but was vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval on June 13, 2013.

    JUSTIN JONES

    STATE SENATE

    NEVADA – SD-9

    Justin Jones was the chief sponsor of Nevada Senate Bill 221, required background checks for all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense, but was vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval on June 13, 2013.

    AMY BEAULIEU

    STATE ASSEMBLY

    NEVADA – AD-18

    Amy Beaulieu supports comprehensive background checks for gun sales in Nevada.

    ANDREW CUOMO

    GOVERNOR

    NEW YORK – STATEWIDE

    Andrew Cuomo signed New York Senate Bill 2230 (2013), strengthening the New York State background check system.

    ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN

    ATTORNEY GENERAL

    NEW YORK – STATEWIDE

    As Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman has been an advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention laws and has defended New York’s strong gun safety laws in court.

    JOHN KITZHABER

    GOVERNOR

    OREGON – STATEWIDE

    John Kitzhaber supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    TOM WOLF

    GOVERNOR

    PENNSYLVANIA – STATEWIDE

    Tom Wolf supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    DIANA DEGETTE

    U.S. HOUSE

    COLORADO – 1

    Diana DeGette is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    JOHN SARBANES

    U.S. HOUSE

    MARYLAND – 3

    John Sarbanes is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    ELIJAH CUMMINGS

    U.S. HOUSE

    MARYLAND – 7

    Elijah Cummings is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    BARB YARUSSO

    STATE HOUSE

    MINNESOTA – HD-42A

    Barb Yarusso voted for Minnesota House Bill 3238 (2014), which keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and convicted stalkers.

    YVONNE SELCER

    STATE HOUSE

    MINNESOTA – HD-48A

    Yvonne Selcer voted for Minnesota House Bill 3238 (2014), which keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and convicted stalkers.

    RON ERHARDT

    STATE HOUSE

    MINNESOTA – HD-49A

    Ron Erhardt voted for Minnesota House Bill 3238 (2014), which keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and convicted stalkers.

    PAUL ROSENTHAL

    STATE HOUSE

    MINNESOTA – HD-49B

    Paul Rosenthal voted for Minnesota House Bill 3238 (2014), which keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and convicted stalkers.

    LAURIE HALVERSON

    STATE HOUSE

    MINNESOTA – HD-51B

    Laurie Halverson voted for Minnesota House Bill 3238 (2014), which keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and convicted stalkers.

    WILL MORGAN

    STATE HOUSE

    MINNESOTA – HD-56B

    Will Morgan voted for Minnesota House Bill 3238 (2014), which keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and convicted stalkers.

    CHRIS VAN HOLLEN

    U.S. HOUSE

    MARYLAND – 8

    Chris Van Hollen is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    MIKE MERRIFIELD

    STATE SENATE

    COLORADO – SD-11

    Michael Merrifield supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    JIM HIMES

    U.S. HOUSE

    CONNECTICUT – 4

    Jim Himes is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    DORIS MATSUI

    U.S. HOUSE

    CALIFORNIA – 6

    Doris Matsui is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    EARL BLUMENAUER

    U.S. HOUSE

    OREGON – 3

    Earl Blumenauer is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    LINDA THOMPSON

    U.S. HOUSE

    PENNSYLVANIA – 4

    Linda Thompson supports commonsense gun violence prevention laws, including comprehensive background checks for gun sales.

    ROSA DELAURO

    U.S. HOUSE

    CONNECTICUT – 3

    Rosa DeLauro is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

    FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE NOW
    SAN
     
  • Don Lichterman 9:09 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Climate voter? Take action: Turn Out For Climate Action 

     

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:49 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , Molly Rauch, Moms and Clean Air Force   

    A new study, published today in the journal Environmental Health, identifies potentially hazardous concentrations of air pollutants near some oil and gas operations in five states. 

    FRACKING AND TOXIC AIR

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    A new study, published today in the journal Environmental Health, identifies potentially hazardous concentrations of air pollutants near some oil and gas operations in five states.

    The research shines a light on what some communities face as US oil and gas development accelerates. The United States is now the leading natural gas producer in the world. The number of natural gas wells in our country has increased by more than 80% since 1990. There are now half a million natural gas wells in the US. Countless communities are living side by side with well pads, compressor stations, and pipelines – some for the very first time.

    In a years-long collaborative project, residents in Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming were trained to take air samples, which were lab-tested for dozens of volatile organic chemicals.

    Why did these community members walk fields, farms, and country roads in five states, sniffing for telltale signs of pollution?

    Because no one else would.

    Many of these community members have told heartbreaking stories about the air pollution they breathe each day. They have watched their rural communities become industrial sites, complete with chemical mixing facilities, increased truck traffic, compressor stations, injection wells, and pipeline spills. They have wondered whether their nosebleeds, hair loss, skin rashes, headaches, and other health complaints could be related to the oil and gas operations near their homes, schools, farms, and ranches.

    But when they asked their local officials to help them figure out what was in their air, nothing happened. No health studies conducted, no air monitors installed. Meanwhile, the people kept on breathing. Day in and day out.

    So they sucked air into special Tedlar sampling bags when they smelled, saw, or felt something funny. They took samples near discharge canals, compressor stations, separators, injection wells, and well pads. They stood anywhere from a few yards to a few hundred yards from the oil and gas infrastructure. While taking the samples, they reported health symptoms including headaches; dizziness or light-headedness; irritated, burning, or running nose; nausea; and sore or irritated throat.

    It’s a power to the people story, because they took air pollution monitoring into their own hands, and showed the profound limits of our government’s current approach to safeguarding the air near oil and gas operations.

    Deborah Sonderman (left) and Deb Thomas take tedlar bag samples at a gas pad in Park County, Wyoming during the study's air monitoring effort. Credit: Deb Thomas, Shaletest.org

    Deborah Sonderman (left) and Deb Thomas take tedlar bag samples at a gas pad in Park County, Wyoming during the study’s air monitoring effort. Credit: Deb Thomas, Shaletest.org

    They found that concentrations of benzene, hydrogen sulfide, and other volatiles exceeded health-based standards in 16 of the 35 grab samples collected in 5 states. Formaldehyde levels, sampled with a different method, were detected in 14 of 41 samples. They detected toluene, xylene, and other toxic compounds as well.

    visited some of these sites myself, and talked with these brave citizen scientists about their project. I experienced dizziness, nausea, and headaches when I was near the injection wells, compressor stations, and well pads. I don’t know for sure what caused my symptoms. But I know it was a wake-up call for me.

    These community members, and the scientists with whom they co-authored their study, understand that this research does not prove that their health problems were caused by the toxics in the samples; nor does it prove that all gas wells emit toxic chemicals. They don’t have the decades to undertake those kinds of studies — nor do they have the money to do highly sophisticated air samplings and tests. What they have is the desire to get officials to pay attention.

    Many other studies across the country have pointed out exactly the same thing: some well development sends toxins into the air. There is an expanding area of recent research dedicated to exploring the potential health impacts of oil and gas development. (See, for example, here, here, and here.) But this is one of the first studies published in a peer reviewed journal to have empowered community members to sample their own air, because they are concerned about what they are breathing, and have had no other way to get the ball rolling on finding out what is going on in their communities.

    And their data signals a problem:

    We’ve got a rapidly expanding extractive industry with no monitoring requirements, no disclosure requirements, and inadequate federal air quality regulations. The substance being extracted – methane – is far more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and it appears to be leaking by mistake into the atmosphere at climate-wrecking speed.

    The same wasteful leaks that spew methane into the air also emit harmful pollutants, such as benzene, hydrogen sulfide, formaldehyde, n-hexane, toluene, and xylene. In this industry, local air quality and greenhouse gas emissions are inextricably linked.

    Right now EPA is in the process of deciding whether to act on methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Please join with MCAF to tell the EPA that they must do so. Cleaning up methane leaking from oil and gas infrastructure will benefit local air quality and our climate.

    Here’s to walking fields, farms, and country roads without having to sniff for signs of pollution.

    Photo: Frank Finan

    TELL EPA WE NEED NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR NATURAL GAS POLLUTION

    A new study, published today in the journal Environmental Health, identifies potentially hazardous concentrations of air pollutants near some oil and gas operations in five states.

    The research shines a light on what some communities face as US oil and gas development accelerates. The United States is now the leading natural gas producer in the world. The number of natural gas wells in our country has increased by more than 80% since 1990. There are now half a million natural gas wells in the US. Countless communities are living side by side with well pads, compressor stations, and pipelines–some for the very first time.

    TELL EPA: We need protection from methane pollution.

    In a years-long collaborative project, residents in Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming were trained to take air samples, which were lab-tested for dozens of volatile organic chemicals.

    Why did these community members walk fields, farms, and country roads in five states, sniffing for telltale signs of pollution?

    Because no one else would.

    Many of these community members have told heartbreaking stories about the air pollution they breathe each day. They have watched their rural communities become industrial sites, complete with chemical mixing facilities, increased truck traffic, compressor stations, injection wells, and pipeline spills. They have wondered whether their nosebleeds, hair loss, skin rashes, headaches, and other health complaints could be related to the oil and gas operations near their homes, schools, farms, and ranches.

    But when they asked their local officials to help them figure out what was in their air? Nothing happened. No health studies conducted, no air monitors installed. Meanwhile, the people kept on breathing. Day in and day out.

    So they sucked air into special Kevlar sampling bags when they smelled, saw, or felt something funny. They took air pollution monitoring into their own hands, and showed the profound limits of our government’s current approach to safeguarding the air near oil and gas operations.

    They found that concentrations of benzene, hydrogen sulfide, and other volatiles exceeded health-based standards in 16 of the 35 grab samples collected in 5 states. Formaldehyde levels, sampled with a different method, were detected in 14 of 41 samples. They detected toluene, xylene, and other toxic compounds as well.

    Please click here to tell EPA to protect us from methane pollution.

    These community members, and the scientists with whom they co-authored their study, understand that this research does not prove that their health problems were caused by the toxics in the samples; nor does it prove that all gas wells emit toxic chemicals. They don’t have the decades to undertake those kinds of studies–nor do they have the money to do highly sophisticated air samplings and tests. What they have is the desire to get officials to pay attention.

    Many other studies across the country have pointed out exactly the same thing: some well development sends toxins into the air. But this is one of the first studies published in a peer-reviewed journal to have empowered community members to sample their own air, because they are concerned about what they are breathing, and have had no other way to get the ball rolling on finding out what is going on in their communities.

    And their data signals a problem:

    We’ve got a rapidly expanding extractive industry with no monitoring requirements, no disclosure requirements, and inadequate federal air quality regulations. The substance being extracted–methane–is far more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and it appears to be leaking by mistake into the atmosphere at climate-wrecking speed.

    The same wasteful leaks that spew methane into the air also emit harmful pollutants, such as benzene and hydrogen sulfide. In many places, dangerous, unhealthy chemicals are in the air.

    Right now EPA is in the process of deciding whether to act on methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Please click here to join with MCAF to tell the EPA that they must do so. Cleaning up methane leaking from oil and gas infrastructure will benefit local air quality and our climate.

    Here’s to walking fields, farms, and country roads without having to sniff for signs of pollution.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:43 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Jen J., Michael Taylor   

    Families dedicating their lives to the U.S. military are forced to relocate all the time — but the military is forcing some service members to leave their pets behind. 

    Don’t Separate Military Families From Their Pets!

    When military families are ordered to a new base in the U.S. or around the world, moving bills pile up and you are faced with an administrative nightmare. If you have children, new schools have to be found, spouses have to look for new jobs and the list goes on. Thankfully the military pays for many moving costs, but strangely they don’t help our military families relocate the family pet.

    Please sign the petition today!Click here to sign the petition demanding that the U.S. military cover the cost for service members to relocate their pets!

    While serving their country, military families are often asked to move several times. Every time, they have to start over: new schools for the kids, a new job search for spouses, saying goodbye to friends. Our service members are already making huge sacrifices — they shouldn’t have to worry about losing a part of their family.

    Transporting animals can cost thousands of dollars. That’s money many American families simply don’t have, especially when the cost comes as a surprise. When the military asks families to move, the cost for bringing pets with the family should be covered.

    Stand with U.S. service members — ask the Secretary of Defense to reconsider the policy of not relocating pets with military families.

    For those serving in hostile countries a pet is so much more than a pet. It’s a companion, someone who doesn’t judge and is always happy to see you. A pet becomes an important part of anyone’s life, not just our men and woman of the military.

    For those families with wives and husbands on active duty abroad, a pet helps fill the gap left by the absent loved one.

    With the costs involved in transporting animals, families are torn apart, and soldiers are left devastated when they cannot take their beloved animals with them. It may seem like an insignificant thing to you, but to someone that animal is his or her world.

    These animals offer more than companionship, they offer respite, they offer hope and they offer nothing but love. Surely they are an important part of the family?

    We implore the secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel to reconsider the policy of not relocating the pets with the families of our military.

    Sign this petition to stand with our military and their pets.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/747/559/009/?z00m=22253612&redirectID=1502924084

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:36 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Lauren Buglino   

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

    Maximum Punishment for Charlotte the Dog's Alleged Abuser

    This petition is in reference to “Charlotte” (previously “Snowflake”), the tiny, 2lb, 3 month old puppy, who, at the hands of Ms. Alsu Ivanchenko, allegedly, was starved, had her skull crushed, and her bones broken. To add to this heinous act, Ms. Ivanchenko allegedly stuffed the puppy into a plastic bag, tied it at the top, and threw the bag out of a moving car against a fence, leaving the dog to suffer and die. Charlotte was found and is currently under veterinary care. Her injuries caused temporary blindness due to the head trauma she suffered.

    Ms. Ivanchencko, in a statement to police, showing no remorse, simply (allegedly) stated “Just give me my misdemeanor so I can get out of here, it’s just a dog”, and then proceeded to purchase a new dog.

    We, the petitioners, are asking for your help in changing the animal abuse laws. We are asking for the maximum penalty of two years in the case of Ms. Ivanchenko (Case number: 00204-2014)

    We, collectively feel that stronger animal abuse laws need to be in place. Animals are defenseless, and we need to be their voice. Animal abuse is cruel and evil, and should not be tolerated. A mere slap on the wrist will not prevent these heinous acts from occurring. Research has shown a correlation between animal abuse, family violence, and other forms of societal and community violence. Animal protection professionals have noted that abuse of animals is connected in a self-perpetuating cycle of violence.

    We are the voice of helpless animals, and we will continue to be. We need to protect animals, and send the message that cruelty and abuse will NOT be tolerated in this society.

    We hope you take this matter seriously. We need to see Justice for Charlotte, and justice for all that do not have a voice.

    We want to see the maximum penalty of two years incarceration be handed to Ms. Ivanchenko. We want to be certain that animal abusers attain the maximum penalty for their crimes.

    https://www.change.org/p/daniel-donovan-maximum-punishment-for-charlotte-the-dog-s-alleged-abuser?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=170219&alert_id=hOYNSZZdew_LoN0VwKcZ%2FleopGI8d9%2BTV69%2FGrNWtwiX6%2FwL8nmXnA%3D

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:26 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Pledge to Tell NIH to Stop Tormenting Infant Monkeys 

    We’re nearing the final hours of our Global “Stop Animal Tests” Challenge, and thousands of caring PETA members have already committed to helping PETA end cruel tests on animals. We truly hope that you’ll join them.

    Nothing is more comforting to an infant than the love and protection of his or her mother.

    Depriving baby monkeys of this affection—by isolating them from their mothers just hours after birth, restraining them in a cramped mesh cage, and frightening them with loud noises—isn’t just denying them comfort. It’s child abuse.

     

    It’s abuse that National Institutes of Health staff have forced hundreds of young monkeys to endure in cruel experiments that began 30 years ago. And it’s still happening today.

    PETA’s Global “Stop Animal Tests” Challenge may be your best chance to help end these and other cruel, archaic experiments on animals.

    Time is running out to DOUBLE your impact for animals in laboratories.

    Our landmark exposé of an NIH laboratory in Maryland reveals the cruelty and abuse inflicted on hundreds of mother and baby monkeys trapped there right now. Bred to be genetically predisposed to mental illness, these babies are taken away from their mothers at birth in order to traumatize them, confined to tiny cages all alone, and tormented for years on end—they’re even intentionally addicted to alcohol in order to worsen their symptoms.

    For decades, these hideous experiments have been hidden from the public eye—but in the few short weeks since PETA first shared heartbreaking footage of these tests, we’ve inspired more than 100,000 people to raise their voices and demand an immediate end to the cruelty. And momentum is building, as new advertisements featuring images from this investigation appear in newspapers and blanket transit stops around Washington, D.C.—including stops near NIH offices—graphically reminding experimenters that their secret is out and that caring local residents are now aware of the horrific tests that they have been unwittingly funding with their tax dollars.

    Last month, PETA revealed the role that a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) administrator played in cruel and deadly infectious disease experiments on monkeys that violated animal welfare laws and exposed humans to extremely dangerous viruses without their knowledge. Just days later, he was forced out of his position at a university where he was an associate dean and head of oversight for experiments on animals. While not all of our victories for animals in laboratories will be that quick, each one brings us closer to a day when painful and crude experiments such as those conducted by NIH, the CDC, and other government agencies, universities, and private laboratories will finally end.

    For just two more days, every dollar you give to stop animal suffering in laboratories will be doubled.

    Your gift will do twice as much for monkeys, cats, rabbits, and others who are waiting for our help right now.

    Strengthen Animal Welfare Laws in Laboratories

    5363742241_4bdd9e2680_mA recent series of investigations uncovered the horrible treatment and suffering contained within the United Kingdom’s animal testing facilities. Demand that the regulations for these institutions be strengthened immediately.

    Target: Theresa May, U.K. Minister of the Home Office

    Goal: Provide more protection for animals involved in experiments and also provide greater oversight for laboratories

    Recent investigations into the suffering of laboratory animals in the United Kingdom have had sad and startling conclusions, proving that the laws protecting these animals are much too weak. The lives of lab animals are already short, void of autonomy, and fraught with suffering. This is even when the strictest regulations are being followed. They need all the protection they can get and we must demand it is given to them.

    The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) led the investigation, which took under consideration the extent of suffering experienced by lab animals and whether the Home Office rules have been broken. The Home Office is the department in the United Kingdom responsible for governing science and research. The results of their investigation are alarming.

    At Imperial College animals were left unattended overnight after invasive surgery: mice had to be euthanized because they were found in an incredibly distressed state. A staff member even commented, “We would have been screwed if the Home Office saw those mice.” Even worse, licensed procedures with significant death rates were classified as “moderate,” rats were decapitated using a guillotine or left with one transplanted kidney; and other animals underwent excruciating abdominal surgeries.

    At MSD Animal Health, an animal pharmaceutical company, tests were carried out on puppies as young as 4 weeks, and kittens as young as 8 weeks. The younger animals were often left to suffer even more, especially as the result of deadly disease, because there was no overnight watch. Despite BUAV’s accusations, not a single one of the laboratories they investigated challenged or objected to their findings. The Home Office even admitted that the culture of care at Imperial College was poor and knew it had breeched its license on several occasions, confirming that animals were often left to suffer even more than already allowed by the licenses.

    There are no words to describe the appalling callousness and insincerity of both the Home Office and those operating these labs. Animals are not ours to do with as we please or to treat without mercy and respect.

    Please sign the petition below and demand that the Home Office not only strengthen its regulations on animal experimentation, but also ensure that the laboratories it oversees are following them to the letter.

    PETITION LETTER: http://animalpetitions.org/26214/strengthen-animal-welfare-laws-in-laboratories/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=abbd1aa6a2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-abbd1aa6a2-77807085

    Dear MP May,

    A recent series of investigations by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection into the conditions and suffering experienced by lab animals throughout the United Kingdom had horrifying results. Not only were Home Office rules being broken on a daily basis, even when rules were being followed within the labs the amount of suffering experienced by these animals was appalling. None of the labs that were investigated challenged the findings and the Home Office even knew rules were being broken, such as those at Imperial College.

    This cannot continue. What kind of example does it set if you are training people to have so little consideration for the suffering of others, or that the governing body created to ensure that doesn’t happen is also turning a blind eye to situation? Please enforce stronger regulations for research laboratories throughout the United Kingdom immediately.

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name Here]

    Photo credit: polybiotique via Flickr

    http://animalpetitions.org/26214/strengthen-animal-welfare-laws-in-laboratories/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=abbd1aa6a2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-abbd1aa6a2-77807085


    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:06 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Someone (Mitch McConnell) is getting very desperate (and gross) in Kentucky! 

    Grimes Sues McConnell Over ‘Despicable’ Voter MailersXfzelvbyirt1jnnpmzcb

    “Of all the terrible things Mitch McConnell has done during this 30 year career in Washington, this last-ditch campaign he authorized to intimidate Kentuckians and prevent them from exercising their right to vote is unquestionably his most despicable,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said.

    The mailers have the words “ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE” sprawled at the top and attack Grimes for spreading “fraudulent” information.

    The McConnell campaign and the Kentucky Republican Party have not returned queries from TPM regarding the mailers.

    Grimes Campaign Complaint – 10.31.14

    https://www.scribd.com/embeds/245146077/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 7:56 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Sunset’s Daily’s Halloween News Day! 

    How to Buy a City: Chevron Spends $3 Million on Local California Election to Oust Refinery Critics. Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins Calls for a “Green New Deal for New York”. Public Health vs. Civil Liberties: Debate over Ebola Quarantines Harkens Back to AIDS Panic in 1980s. The Nazis Next Door: Eric Lichtblau on how the CIA & FBI Secretly Sheltered Nazi War Criminals. Are You Afraid of The Dark? (Election 2014 Parody)

    The oil giant Chevron is being accused of attempting to buy the city government of Richmond, California. The company has spent more than $3 million to back a slate of pro-Chevron candidates for mayor and city council ahead of Tuesday’s election. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Chevron has paid for TV attack ads, purchased space on virtually every billboard in town, funded a flood of mailers and financed a fake “news” website run by a Chevron employee. The move comes two years after a massive fire at Chevron’s oil refinery in Richmond sent 15,000 residents to the hospital. It was the third refinery fire since 1989 in the city. The city of Richmond responded to the latest fire by suing Chevron, accusing officials of placing profits and executive pay over public safety. We speak to one of the politicians being targeted, outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.

    In New York state, the Green Party hopes to make major gains in the race for governor. Its candidate, Howie Hawkins, is taking on incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and Libertarian Michael McDermott. Hawkins is one of more than 200 Green candidates running for office across the country on Tuesday. Hawkins is calling for a “new Green Deal” that includes public jobs for the unemployed, single-payer healthcare, a ban on fracking and a 100 percent clean-energy future. Last week, he participated in four-way gubernatorial debate where Democracy.

    Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined in New Jersey after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, openly defied the state of Maine by leaving her home and taking a bike ride with her boyfriend on Thursday. Maine Gov. Paul LePage vowed to use “the full extent of his authority allowable by law” to keep her in her home. Juan González talks about his most recent column in the New York Daily News and his interview with Norman Siegel, an attorney for Hickox.

    Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau’s new book unveils the secret history of how the United States became a safe haven for thousands of Nazi war criminals. Many of them were brought here after World War II by the CIA and got support from then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Lichtblau first broke the story in 2010, based on newly declassified documents. Now, after interviews with dozens of agents for the first time, he has published his new book, “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men.”

    The kids from Nickelodeon’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” learn the true meaning of terror…election-year rhetoric. Produced by Paul Detrick and Justin Monticello.

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  • Don Lichterman 7:26 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    (Two) New Rules Tonight: 

    New Rule # 1: Stop saying that people from the Northeast parts of the United States and notably from New Jersey are into that Chris Christy lashing out type of attitude because we are NOT into it. Chris Christy is a dick and he acted like such an ass towards that guy who merely wants his money for when the Sandy Hurricane took its house down. Besides, if anyone ever acted that way towards me, I would be in their face saying fuck you back to him,
    and,
    New Rule #2: Stop saying people or whomever during terrorist acts and tragic events act like a lone wolf. What the hell does that mean compared to say any other mammal or animal or even human that does whatever on their own? It makes no sense as a cliché.

    Thanks

    Chris Christie ‘Lashes Out’ While Hillary Shows ‘Softer Side’

    Good Morning Americas Jon Karl on Thursday couldn’t help but contrast Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton as “lashing out” vs. the “softer side.” Featuring the two possible 2016 contenders, George Stephanopoulos chided, “We’re going to turn to politics now and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lashing out on the stump.” An ABC graphic underlined, “Caught on Camera: Chris Christie Lashes Out.”

    The New Jersey governor got into a verbal battle with a protester. The GMA journalists ignored the fact that the man involved, Jim Keady, is a Democrat and blogger for the liberal Huffington Post. Instead, Karl compared, [Christie's] blunt style stood in stark contrast with the softer side that new grandmother and likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton showed as she campaigned, Wednesday, in Iowa.” [MP3 audio here.]

    http://www.mrctv.org/embed/130203

    Karl then included a clip of Clinton quietly recounting, “And all of a sudden, she reaches this little finger up to my mouth. She goes, ‘no sing, mommy. No sing.'” On GMA, it’s quite the contrast next to Christie screaming at the top of his lungs: “Someone like you, who doesn’t know a damn thing about what you’re talking about…Sit down and shut up!”

    CBS also pounced on Christie’s confrontation. Jan Crawford skipped the protester’s liberal affiliation, too.

    NBC’s Today featured Jon Stewart assailing Christie as a “dick.

    A transcript of the October 30 segment is below:

    ABC GRAPHIC: Caught on Camera: Chris Christie Lashes Out: Governor Takes on Protester

    GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: We’re going to turn to politics now and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lashing out on the stump. The presidential hopeful confronting a protester at an event marking two years since Hurricane Sandy. ABC’s Jon Karl joins us from the White House. And, Jon, this is signature Christie. Some love it, some don’t.

    KARL: George, it’s been a while since we saw an eruption like this one, but it was classic Chris Christie. It’s exactly why some people love him.

    CHRIS CHRISTIE [to

    protester]: I got the picture. I read it. Okay? So –

    KARL: And why some hate him.

    CHRISTIE: Turn around. Get your 15 minutes of fame.

    KARL: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got tough with a protester, Wednesday, during what was supposed to be a victory lap heralding the rebuilding of the Jersey shore on the second anniversary of Super Storm Sandy.

    CHRISTIE: Someone like you who doesn’t know a damn thing about what you’re talking about  except to stand up and show up when the cameras are here. I’ve been here with the cameras aren’t here, buddy, and done the work!. I’ve been here when the cameras aren’t here and did the work! So listen, you want to have the conversation later, I’m happy to have it, buddy. But until that time, sit down and shut up!

    KARL: But that protester said Christie hasn’t done enough to help storm victims. The governor has long been known for his outbursts.

    CHRISTIE: Did I say on topic?

    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Yes.

    CHRISTIE [montage]: Are you stupid? You conduct yours like that in the courtroom, your rear end’s going to get thrown in jail, idiot. I don’t give a damn about election day. It doesn’t matter a lick to me at the moment.

    KARL: But this time around, Christie is a potential presidential candidate. His blunt style stood in stark contrast with the softer side that new grandmother and likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton showed as she campaigned, Wednesday, in Iowa.

    HILLARY CLINTON: And all of a sudden, she reaches this little finger up to my mouth. She goes, “no sing, mommy. No sing.”

    KARL: Shortly after the confrontation, Christie said he likes a good back and forth, and, quote, “there’s still plenty of Jersey in me.” There’s no doubt about that, Robin. Less clear is how that style would play in a presidential campaign.

    ROBIN ROBERTS: Stay tuned. All right, Jonathan, thank you, Jon.

    - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2014/10/30/abc-chris-christie-lashes-out-while-hillary-shows-softer-side#sthash.oLQ5LtPH.dpuf

    Lone Wolf’ Terrorist Acts Will Be Used to Justify the Surveillance State

    When Nidal Hassan, the US Army psychiatrist turned jihadist, shot dead 13 people and injured more than 30 at Fort Hood in 2009, his act was not officially deemed one of terror. The Department of Defense controversially classified the mass shooting as a case of “workplace violence”; Hassan had acted alone and could not be linked to any terror groups. Individual actors, it seemed, could not carry out terrorist acts.

    Had the massacre taken place today, would it perhaps have been differently designated? We are, after all, in the era of “lone wolf” terror attacks.

    The 24-hour news cycle is never shy to proclaim new “waves,” “frontiers,” and “faces” of terrorism. Accordingly, following a hatchet attack on NYPD officers and a shooting on Canada’s Parliament Hill, the “lone wolf” has been discursively established as the domestic terror threat du jour. New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called the hatchet attack “a terrorist attack, certainly”; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the same of the shooting that left a soldier dead.

    New Islamic State video shows hostage John Cantlie allegedly reporting from the ground in Kobane. Read more here.

    The phenomenon of individuals committing violent and murderous acts in the name of an ideology is nothing new in the US. The FBI’s Operation Lone Wolf investigated white supremacists encouraging autonomous violent acts in the 1990s. Why, then, are we seeing pundits and politicians newly focus on the “lone wolf” category? There’s no simple answer, but we can at the very least see that the old binary, distinguishing terror as the act of networked groups versus lone madman mass killings — a distinction that has tacitly undergirded post-9/11 conceptions of terrorism — doesn’t serve the latest iteration of the war on terror.

    California Senator Dianne Feinstein, speaking on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, suggested that “the Internet, as well as certain specific Muslim extremists, are really firing up this lone-wolf phenomenon.” Whether intentionally or not, the Senate Intelligence Committee chair performed a lot of political work with that one comment. Crystallizing “lone wolves” as a key threat domestically helps legitimize the US’s current military operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. With or without established connections, the Islamic State’s far-reaching tentacles of online influence encouraging individuals worldwide cement the group as a threat to the homeland — which is always useful for politicians struggling to legally justify another protracted war. In this way, attributing attacks to homegrown “lone wolves” is more useful for current US political interests than attributing them to madness alone.

    The assumption that terror acts were always borne of connected networks problematically buoyed domestic counter-terror efforts that saw entire communities profiled as potential threats.

    Which is not to say that “lone wolf terrorist” is a flawed designation for attacks by ideologically motivated individuals. In many ways it seems apt, and any challenge is welcome to the all too basic distinction that imbues group terror with motive while dismissing individual acts as madness. The “lone wolf” straddles the ill-conceived gap between madman and terrorist node. It’s an intersection all too complicated for the inexpert punditry of Fox News: “They are terrorist acts, to be sure,” Megyn Kelly said about Canadian gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, adding “but this guy was also a nutcase.”

    Furthermore, the assumption that terror acts were always borne of connected networks problematically buoyed domestic counter-terror efforts that saw entire communities profiled as potential threats. Under the premise that terror networks ran like arteries through US Muslim communities enabled an era of profile-driven preemptive policing that has been nothing short of racist. Entire mosques in New York were designated terrorist organizations to enable police surveillance. The NSA’s meta-data collections claim justifiability on the premise that terror was locatable by tracing networks of communication.

    Homegrown extremism in Canada is nothing new. Read more here.

    The “lone wolf” phenomenon should at least prompt the questioning of the sort of profile-based counter-terror efforts that assumed terror lurked in any network of Muslims, and that the mass hoarding of communications data was vital to national security. However, the rhetoric surrounding this type of domestic threat already bodes ill for civil liberties. If the hunt for terrorist networks has been plagued by ethnic profiling and overreaching spycraft, an established threat of “lone wolf” attacks gives a defensive imprimatur for unbounded NSA-style surveillance — anyone can wield a hatchet with ideological ire.

    As Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul said on This Week, finding such lone actors in advance of attacks is like “finding a needle in a haystack.” And as Feinstein said the same day, “You have to be able to watch it, and you have to be able to disrupt them.”

    As such, the era of the “lone wolf” terrorist does not only spell the end of the bunk distinction between motivated group and deranged individual. It ushers in the dawn of a new era of justification for our totalized state of surveillance and national security paranoia.

    Follow Natasha Lennard on Twitter: @natashalennard

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  • Don Lichterman 1:26 PM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Don’t Sell Off White Rhinos! 

    South Africa’s Kruger National Park has announced that it is holding an auction for 500 of its white rhinoceros. Park officials say they are taking bids for the rhinos for the sake of their safety, to protect them from poachers.

    Selling the endangered white rhinos is not a solution. Buyers have been known to use the rhinos to bring tourists to lodges for game viewing and for legal trophy hunts.
    http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/Ak2GC/zp4f/cHtEi

    I just signed a Care2 petition telling Kruger National Park to stop selling its rhinos. Will you sign too? Here’s a link to the petition:

    Tell South Africa's Kruger National Park to Stop Its Rhino Sale

    Tell South Africa’s Kruger National Park to Stop Its Rhino Sale

    • author: Linda V.
    • target: South Africa’s Kruger National Park

    we’ve got 109,519 signatures, help us get to 110,000

    South Africa’s Kruger National Park has announced that it is holding an auction for 500 of its white rhinoceros. Park officials say they are accepting bids for the rhinos for the sake of their safety, to protect them from poachers.

    Kruger National Park’s eastern border is next to Mozambique, one of the poorest’s countries in the world. Poaching rhinos has been a way to provide its residents with quick money.

    Selling the endangered white rhinos to collectors is not a solution. Buyers have used the rhinos to bring tourists to lodges for game viewing and for legal trophy hunts; they have also traded them in an open market. In some cases, ranchers have procured rhinos in the hopes that the trade in their highly sought-after horns will be, at some time, legalized.

    Due to the many risks of owning rhinos (including keep them safe), there may well be very few buyers for Kruger National Park’s rhinos. Private rhino owners have to spend around $24 million annually on security for their investment.

    Kruger National Park’s sale carries too many risks for the 500 rhinos. Tell Kruger National Park to stop the sale and step up measures to save the rhinos in the park!

    Please help us increase pressure on park officials to stop the rhino auction by asking a friend to sign the petition too.

    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 10:02 AM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    Oceana Reveals Misrepresentation of America’s Favorite Seafood 

    Oceana study reveals misrepresentation of America’s favorite seafood – shrimp – across the United States. In the only known study of its kind in the U.S., DNA testing confirmed that 30 percent of the 143 shrimp products tested from 111 grocery stores and restaurants were misrepresented. Oceana also found that consumers are often provided with little information about the shrimp they purchase, including where and how it was caught or farmed, making it difficult, if not impossible, for them to make informed choices.

    Oceana found misrepresented shrimp everywhere it tested, including rates of 43 percent in New York, NY, 33 percent in Washington, D.C., 30 percent in the Gulf of Mexico region (Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, FL; Mobile and Orange Beach, AL; Biloxi and Ocean Springs, MS; New Orleans and LA, Louisiana; and Houston and Galveston, TX) and 5 percent in Portland, OR. Oceana defined misrepresentation as products that were mislabeled (one species swapped out for another), misleading (e.g. farmed species labeled as “Gulf”), or mixed/mystery (e.g. commingling species among bagged shrimp).

    Overall, 35 percent of the 111 vendors visited nationwide sold misrepresented shrimp. Of the 70 restaurants visited, 31 percent sold misrepresented shrimp, and 41 percent of the 41 grocery stores visited sold misrepresented products. However, shrimp purchased from grocery stores and restaurants were misrepresented at the same rate – 30 percent.

    Media Contacts:

    B-roll available upon request. Please contact Dustin and Amelia.

    Download “Shrimp: Oceana Reveals Misrepresentation of America’s Favorite Seafood” (PDF)

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:54 AM on October 31, 2014 Permalink
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    It’s Halloween! 

    Phish Live Tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena! MGM Grand is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 people with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Grand Garden Ticket Office open from 9:00am – 8:30pm, daily. MGM Grand Gift Cards – To order gift cards, please click hereMGM Grand Garden Arena FAQs

    Grand Garden Arena Schedule

    Friday, October 31
    : Grand Garden Arena

    Phish returns to Las Vegas for three nights of unforgettable performances LIVE at MGM GRAND!

    $ 60.00 – GA Floor Standing (Plus $9.10 Handling Fee) $ 60.00 – Reserved (Plus $9.10 Handling Fee) **Prices inclusive of 5% LET**

    Buy Tickets  Floorplan  Book Room

    Saturday, November 1
    : Grand Garden Arena

    Phish returns to Las Vegas for three nights of unforgettable performances LIVE at MGM GRAND!

    $ 60.00 – GA Floor Standing (Plus $9.10 Handling Fee) $ 60.00 – Reserved (Plus $9.10 Handling Fee) **Prices inclusive of 5% LET**

    Buy Tickets  Floorplan  Book Room

    Sunday, November 2
    : Grand Garden Arena

    Phish returns to Las Vegas for three nights of unforgettable performances LIVE at MGM GRAND!

    $ 60.00 – GA Floor Standing (Plus $9.10 Handling Fee) $ 60.00 – Reserved (Plus $9.10 Handling Fee) **Prices inclusive of 5% LET**

    Buy Tickets  Floorplan  Book Room

    Halloween Costume Contest In Las Vegas

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    The Phish Halloween costume contest is back again this year with help from those of you that can’t be in Las Vegas.

    First off, here’s the prize: the person who dons the best costume (fans will be voting) will win two tickets to each night of Phish’s Miami New Year’s Run, including the sold out New Year’s Eve show. Two Runner ups will receive a Phish Dry Goods prize package, including Fuego, Phish’s new album, a 10/31/14 Halloween Limited Edition Poster and some other goodies.

    To enter the contest, you have to:

    1) Dress in costume, between the time doors open and before the third set (an important note: masks may not be worn inside the MGM Grand Casino, but will be allowed once you’re inside the actual venue. Toy weapons of any kind are NOT permitted inside the MGM Grand Casino OR the venue. Take note, storm troopers.

    2) Have your photo taken at one of THREE Photo Booths adjacent to either of the merchandise stands and at the main entrance.

    All photos will be uploaded throughout the night to Phish’s Facebook page, where fans both inside the venue and at home, can vote on the best costume by “liking” the photos. The costume with the most likes wins. We’ll keep voting open until Saturday, November 1st at 9PM PDT.

    If you’re a part of a group costume, you can get your picture taken with the group, but we can only offer one pair of tickets for each of the Miami shows for the entire group.

    Also… all entrants will be able to take home a print out of your photo on the spot, as a memento of your Halloween in Las Vegas.

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    Phish has covered an album by another artist at each and every Halloween show they’ve played between 1994 and 2010. Last Halloween, the Vermonters debuted the original material they would release about eight months later on Fuego, but the song suite was then known as Wingsuit. Back in June, Anastasio told NPR’s Arun Rath the band’s days of covering albums by another artist may be finished, “I think everybody kind of got sick of it, to be perfectly honest. So the last couple of years it started to feel like a trap we had built.” Page went on to reveal, “I think doing our own album was a little bit of a liberating experience for me. I kind of wonder if maybe we’ll look to start a new tradition.”

    When Phish announced a fall tour that includes Halloween in Vegas, there was no word about how the holiday would be celebrated. Trey continues to hedge on the possibility of a musical costume in Sin Ciy as he told Oregonlive.com, “I don’t know that we’re going to cover anything this year, to be perfectly honest. That’s the word I’m getting from the other guys. You never know. I’m guessing that we may have put that tradition to bed with the wink to Fuego.” As the guitarist says, you never know with Phish, they could be toying with fans and will cover an album after all or they might start a new tradition, as McConnell hinted. [Published on: 9/8/14] @ Jambase.com

    HALLOWEEN VEGAS WEBCASTS – PRE-ORDER – OCT. 31 & NOV. 1-2, 2014 LAS VEGAS, NV – Phish will celebrate Halloween in Las Vegas for the first time since 1998. Watch all three nights live starting at 7PM PST. Order Webcast+T-Shirt Bundles and Webcast+MP3 bundles.

    Halloween Special 2014 with The Vinyl Geek! 

    Vinyl Rewind Halloween Special 2014. Stockholm HP Lovecraft festival teaser with music videoDreams in the Witch House vinyl review / interview along with the Dreams In The Witch House extended interview…

    This is a trailer for the upcoming Vinyl Rewind Halloween special. it premiered at the Stockholm H.P. LovecraftFestival on October 9th, 2014. The Halloween special airs October 21, 2014. http://www.shplf.se/

    Extended interview clips of producer Mike Dalager and The Vinyl Geek talking about a variety of subjects including, H.P. Craft, rock operas and the 2013 album Dreams In The Witch House

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE
    Producer Mike Dalager stops by the Vinyl Pad to chat with The Vinyl Geek about the 2013 album Dreams In The Witch House, a concept rock opera based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft.

    ENTER TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE ALBUM – http://www.vinylrewind.tv/witchhousecontest

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    Recipe Of The Week: Halloween Cupcakes by Sweet Jane with a Halloween Poem by Brenda Davis Harsham 

    By Sweet Jane:

    Today I started fooling around with Halloween cupcake designs.

    This is what I have come up with so far; not too bad although the eyeball cupcake needs some work.

    It may just be the color of the green frosting..not sure, but I will keep working on it!

    Here is another picture, hopefully she says she will have more tomorrow.

     

     

    Spooky Sky

    A fright, A scream
    Things unseen,
    A scary dream,
    Happy Halloween!

    Halloween is tomorrow, be safe! Be spooky!

    Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

    SAN

     

     
  • Don Lichterman 8:50 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Flik the Inventor, A Bug’s Life  

    Flik finds that his inventions aren’t nearly as exciting to anyone else as they are to him. Thorny, more than anyone, is getting fed up with Flik’s useless inventions. Under pressure from Thorny to join the other ants collecting food, Flik finds a way to have the best of both worlds, combining two inventions into one harvesting machine and saving countless hours. This well known Disney Hard Cover Book includes 45 pages of beautiful illustrations and text. This is Volume 1 (Flik the Inventor) of Disney’s Bugs Life Book collection. Each book measures approximately 10 inches by 8 inches. Buy NowGo To The Web Site and visit S2e Books at Anytime.

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  • Don Lichterman 8:42 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Andrew Priestly, , Great Cats Of The World, John Jansen, Paul Fontaine, Tom Westbrook   

    Let’s Go Around The World to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Africa, United Kingdom & to the USA in Hawaii 

    Japan:

    Angel is a beautiful albino dolphin calf who once swam freely alongside her mother in the Pacific Ocean off Japan. But earlier this year, Angel was captured by dolphin hunters.

    As she was dragged away in a net, she saw her mother and family being herded into a shallow cove, to be slaughtered in an unspeakably cruel way.

    Tell local authorities to release Angel – and end the inhumane practice of dolphin hunting in Taiji for good.

    Angel was taken to a local aquarium, the Taiji Whale Museum, where she is now a “freak” exhibit. She’s confined in a tiny indoor tank. Eyewitnesses say she floats lifelessly, or swims in small distressed circles with her eyes often closed. With her mother dead, Angel has no one to help her except us.

    Please ask the Taiji government, which owns the Whale Museum, to release Angel into a shaded sea pen. The Museum already has sea pens in a nearby natural lagoon so this is a feasible option. It will vastly improve Angel’s quality of life while options for her full release into the wild are pursued.

    When we have 100,000 signatures, we will deliver the petition to the Mayor of Taiji, and send periodic updates after that as we collect more signatures. Please add your signature now, and make sure the Mayor hears your voice on behalf of Angel.

    After Angel was captured in a net
    After Angel was captured in a net, hunters backed their boat propellers into her mother and the other terrified dolphins in their family. They were herded into a cove and stabbed to death. It was a frightening, agonising slaughter. Sadly, this is a regular occurrence in Taiji.

    To: Mr Kazutaka Sangen, Mayor, Municipal Government of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

    Dear Mayor Sangen,

    I strongly oppose the cruel treatment of Angel, the albino dolphin calf in captivity at the government-owned Taiji Whale Museum. I also oppose in the strongest terms the brutal practice of dolphin hunting carried out in Taiji.

    I have seen reports of Angel’s traumatised state in the cruel, inadequate confines of a small indoor tank. These conditions are wholly unacceptable for a wild dolphin, especially a young calf who no longer has the company and protection of her butchered mother.

    I call on you to free Angel from her hellish prison and demeaning performance training, and release her into a shaded sea pen in the nearby natural lagoon. The Whale Museum already has several large sea pens in the lagoon, and this will vastly improve Angel’s quality of life.

    I also call on you to put an end to the unspeakably cruel practice of dolphin hunting in Taiji. Angel is a representative of the hundreds of dolphins taken into captivity, and the many hundreds more slaughtered in Taiji each year for profit. Please make a decision to stop these hunts – and with them the suffering of these emotional, intelligent family animals.

    Yours sincerely,

    [your name here]

    Australia

    A baby whale has died after being entangled in a shark net at Mona Vale Beach

    Marine rescue staff at Mona Vale beach.

    Marine rescue staff at Mona Vale beach.

    A BABY whale has died after being caught in a shark net off Mona Vale this morning.

    The calf’s mother and four other adult whales remain in the vicinity.

    The baby humpback is understood to have become entangled in the net in the early hours of the morning and was spotted from the shore about 6am.

    After authorities were contacted, staff from the National Parks and Wildlife and from ORRCA rushed to the scene to try to disentangle the calf.

    ORRCA volunteer Shona Lorigan estimated that the calf was no older than three months, and about 6-7m long.

    She estimated its mother’s weight to be about 45t.

    The calf was travelling with its mother on its southern migration to the Antarctic.

    Local Andrew Hodgson told the Manly Daily that he saw the calf “thrashing around” the water at about 6am, with its mother circling around it.

    “You could see the baby just bobbing around,” he said.

    Mona Vale Beach has been closed and the public is asked to stay away from the area.

    FACEBOOK HAS ERUPTED IN DEBATE OVER THE USE OF SHARK NETS

    The adult whales stayed close to the beach in a tight pack formation, swimming up and down the beach for most of the morning.

    They then disappeared from sight but the calf’s mother was expected to stay in the area for several hours.

    The whale disentanglement team is remaining on the scene to ensure no other whales become entangled in the shark net.

    The contractor who sets the shark nets is also on the scene.

    Rescuers attempted to fere the baby whale trapped in shark netting off Mona Vale Beach. Picture: Twitter

    Rescuers attempted to fere the baby whale trapped in shark netting off Mona Vale Beach. Picture: Twitter

    The rescue attempt. Picture: Twitter

    The rescue attempt. Picture: Twitter

    The death of the whale calf will reignite the debate about shark meshing off Sydney’s beaches, which was introduced in 1937 following a series of fatal shark attacks, including several on peninsula beaches.

    Avalon-based Humane Society International spokesman Alexia Wellbelove said the death of the whale calf drove home an important message.

    “For many years HSI has been seeking the removal of shark nets due to what we consider to be the unnecessary impacts these nets have on marine life, and this morning’s entanglement of a whale is exactly what we hoped wouldn’t happen,” she said.

    Ms Lorigan said an alternative to shark nets had to be found.

    “I certainly hope what comes out of this is there is research into different forms of shark deterrence,” she said.

    “This was a beautiful baby whale.

    “We need to find something else. We need to find another way.”

    A NPWS spokeswoman said arrangements are being made with Taronga Zoo for a necropsy to be performed to determine the precise cause of death.

    Northern beaches shark nets catch dolphins, whales and rays but few dangerous sharks

    A swimmer at Shelly Beach at Manly is oblivious to a 1.4m dusky whaler shark below. Pictu

    A swimmer at Shelly Beach at Manly is oblivious to a 1.4m dusky whaler shark below. Picture: ECO DIVERS

    Less than a tenth of creatures caught in shark nets from Manly to Palm Beach are the dangerous target species the nets are supposed to be trapping.

    Eight target sharks were caught and found dead in nets on the northern beaches between September and April and 75 non-target animals, mostly rays and harmless hammerhead sharks were also entangled.

    The bycatch makes up more than half of the non-target species caught on the stretch of coast from Stockton, near Newcastle, to South Wollongong, where 51 beaches have nets between spring and autumn.

    BEACH BY BEACH

    ■ Manly: 1 smooth hammerhead, 2 Australian cownose rays, 1 ornate eagle ray

    ■ North Steyne: 6 Australian cownose rays, 1 stingray, 1 smooth hammerhead

    ■ Freshwater: 1 southern eagle ray, 6 Australian cownose rays

    ■ Curl Curl: 3 southern eagle rays

    ■ Dee Why: 1 smooth hammerhead, 1 southern eagle ray, 2 bottlenose dolphins

    ■ Narrabeen: 4 smooth hammerheads, 1 common blacktip shark, 1 shortfin mako, 1 Australian cownose ray, 2 green turtles, 2 southern eagle rays

    ■ North Narrabeen: 1 dusky whaler, 1 Australian angelshark, 3 green turtles, 2 Australian cownose rays, 4 southern eagle rays

    ■ Warriewood: 3 southern eagle rays

    ■ Mona Vale: 1 bull shark, 1 smooth hammerhead, 1 black stingray, 2 southern eagle rays, 1 humpback whale calf

    ■ Newport: 2 southern eagle rays, 1 bottlenose dolphin

    ■ Bilgola: 2 southern eagle rays, 1 dusky whaler

    ■ Avalon: 1 shortfin mako, 2 southern eagle rays

    ■ Whale Beach: 2 smooth hammerhead, 6 southern eagle rays

    ■ Palm Beach: 1 common blacktip shark, 1 smooth hammerhead, 1 shortfin mako, 1 white spotted eagle ray, 5 southern eagle rays

    Between Manly and Palm Beach, three dolphins, a whale, eight rays and four green turtles were killed by the nets, which are designed to trap sharks and stop them from forming territories at swimming beaches.

    Three shortfin mako sharks, two blacktips, two dusky whalers and a bull shark – all target species – were also found dead.

    Sharnie Connell at the SEA LIFE aquarium.

    Sharnie Connell at the SEA LIFE aquarium.

    A trawler drags away the body of a whale that had become tangled in a shark net off Mona

    A trawler drags away the body of a whale that had become tangled in a shark net off Mona Vale beach last year. Picture: MARTIN LANGE

    Sharnie Connell, a Manly Sea Life Sanctuary aquarist and founder of No NSW Shark Cull, said the level of bycatch, 90 per cent, was “unacceptable” and that even some of the target sharks, such as the broad-nosed sevengill shark, posed little danger to humans.

    “The shark meshing program is a placebo,” she said.

    “(It) only works to create an illusion of public safety, sharks are able to swim, over, under and around the nets.”

    TOTAL HAUL

    Target

    2 dusky whalers

    2 common blacktip sharks

    3 shortfin makos

    1 bull shark

    Total: 8

    Non-target

    1 Australian angel shark

    11 smooth hammerheads

    54 rays

    5 green turtles

    3 dolphins

    1 humpback whale calf

    Total: 75

    Manly Council has also called for a review of the shark meshing program to canvass alternatives.

    The NSW Department of Primary Industries, who run the shark meshing program, said the nets are fitted with pingers to deter dolphins and whales. Non-target animals are freed and released alive wherever possible.

    A department statement said that the meshing program is “highly successful” and that “no viable alternatives to shark nets have been found”.

    A harmless Port Jackson shark tangled in a net.

    A harmless Port Jackson shark tangled in a net.

    HISTORY

    ■ Between 1934 and 1936 there were four fatal shark attacks on the northern beaches

    ■ Shark meshing was introduced to Sydney’s beaches in September 1937

    ■ There have been no fatal shark attacks at Sydney’s ocean beaches since then

    ■ In 2003 the NSW Scientific Committee determined that meshing threatens the survival of turtles, sharks, dolphins, dugongs and whales

    Around 2000 protesters marched along the Corso in opposition to shark nets. Picture: PHIL

    Around 2000 protesters marched along the Corso in opposition to shark nets. Picture: PHIL ROGERS

    Norway

    ‘Nail in coffin for Norwegian seal hunting': Govt cuts subsidies

    Reuters / John Jansen / NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center

    Reuters / John Jansen / NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center

    Norway has cut a 12 million kroner ($1.8 million) subsidy for seal hunting from next year’s budget. Environmentalists have applauded the move. Some businesses say it is putting an end to a historical and eco-friendly practice.

    The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries say stripping the seal industry of subsidy has been dictated by “economic priorities.” The government is aware of how vital the financial support has been for the business.

    “Seal hunting businesses are run by 80 percent subsidies,” State Secretary Amund Ringdal of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

    “When they are removed, the consequences will clearly be big. But we cannot say whether it’s the final nail in the coffin for Norwegian seal hunting.”

    The opposition has criticized the government for yielding to pressure from the EU.

    “In reality the government gave in to pressure from extreme animal rights organizations and the EU, and did not have an understanding of the historical roots of seal hunting and its role in the management of ecosystems,” Geir Pollestad, of the Centre Party said.

    Seal hunting supporters argue there’s a need for limiting the seal population to keep the Norwegian ecosystem balanced. Fishing businesses argue that the end to the seal hunting business could have a negative impact on their industry as well.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists stage a demonstration against the seal hunting in front of the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquaters on February 18, 2013 in Geneva. (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists stage a demonstration against the seal hunting in front of the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquaters on February 18, 2013 in Geneva. (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)

    “We do not accept the government proposal to take away government support for sealing overnight without discussing such a dramatic step with business organizations,” Audun Marak, Managing Director of the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association said in a statement.

    Supporters of abolishing the subsidy argue seal hunting has already shrunk due to a 2009 EU ban on seal product imports. In 2014, an estimated 11,980 seals were caught by only three Norwegian boats.

    Environment groups believe the hunt is not influencing the overall seal population and if the business ceases to exist, it’s not going to affect the environment.

    “The seal hunting subsidies are a typical example of tax payers’ money being used in a meaningless way,” Siri Martinsen from NOAH animal rights group told NTB. “One has paid for the seals to be killed, paid for their skin to be sold, and in some cases also paid for their skin to be destroyed.”

    Seal hunting nations including Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Russia have in the recent years come under strong pressure from environmentalist groups calling for a ban of the practice.

    Russia banned baby seal hunting in 2009, following mass protests in the country inspired by online videos which showed baby seals being clubbed to death by hunters.

    In 2011 Russia followed the EU in banning imports of seal products.

    Canada and Norway in 2013 appealed to the World Trade Organization to overturn the EU ban on seal products. The WTO Appellate Body however upheld the ban in May 2014.

    Norway Wanted To Send Whale Meat To Iceland
    Skari

    Norway Wanted To Send Whale Meat To Iceland

    Documents obtained by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) revealed that a Norwegian whaling company has sought to ship about 10 metric tonnes of minke whale meat to Iceland, and Iceland’s most prominent whaler stands to directly benefit from the deal.

    According to a statement posted by the AWI, the Norwegian whaling company Lofothval has sought permission to ship the minke whale meat to Iceland only weeks after the United States criticised Norway over whaling at the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

    Norwegian whalers killed 731 minke whales in 2014, more than in any year since the country resumed commercial whaling in 1993, and the hunt yielded a record 871 metric tons of whale meat. However, domestic sales of whale meat have struggled in recent years, as government- and industry-subsidized whale meat marketing programs look to increase local demand. Norwegian whalers therefore endorse increased exports, claiming that international trade in whale meat is needed to help ensure the survival of the industry.

    Kristján Loftsson, managing director of the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf, also happens to be a shareholder in Lofothval.

    News of the shipment comes in the wake of recent news that Iceland’s minke whale stocks are so low that there will most likely be a shortage of the meat this winter. While only 3% of Icelanders eat whale regularly, minke whale meat remains popular enough amongst tourists to precipitate a shortage in Iceland’s shops and restaurants.

    “Norway has systematically increased its cruel slaughter of whales in recent years,” AWI executive director Susan Millward said. “The United States recently imposed diplomatic measures against Iceland for its whaling and trade in whale products, and we believe that these same penalties should be imposed on Norway. We call on the United States and other governments to act decisively to bring international trade in whale products to an immediate halt.”   @pauldfontaine

    Africa

    ACTION NEEDED ASAP~ PLEASE SPEAK UP ON BEHALF OF THE AFRICAN LION

    Thank you U.S. FISH and WILDLIFE SERVICE (FWS) for Sealing the Fate of The “African Lion”.
    You have shown The World once again, where your compassion, and your priorities lie..
    The Almighty Buck is going to help Wipe out the Remaining of this Species………………………………………………………………………………..

    Safari Club International For Immediate Release: October 27, 2014
    Major Setback for Anti-Hunting Efforts; FWS Rejects Attempts to Stop Lion Hunting;
    Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rejected the claim that the African lion merited listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. After a long and comprehensive review of the species status, which included information from the foremost lion researchers in the world, the FWS concluded that the African lion simply is not on the brink of extinction and did not merit listing as an endangered species.
    “SCI raised over $ 1 million for SCI Foundation to combat the listing of the African lion as endangered. We will continue to ensure funding is available for science – based conservation of the African lion in the
    future,” said SCI President Craig Kauffman. “SCI is proud of our Foundation which has won this battle against anti-hunting activists.”

    http://www.fightingforlions.org/pressreleases/fws-lion-decision.pdf

    *Also keeping in mind that : https://www.thedodo.com/african-lion-threatened-specie-785256110.html < states that : the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed listing African lions as “THREATENED” which falls under 3 Catagories
    . critically endangered (CR)
    . endangered (EN)
    . vulnerable (VU)

    Not forgetting of course this very important stipulation
    >>>>This rule, if made final, would implement the Federal protections provided by the Act for this species. However, the proposed rule under section 4(d) of the Act will establish a permitting mechanism for the importation of sport-hunted lion trophies, provided that the lions originate from countries with a scientifically sound management plan for African lions <<<<

    THIS MAY BE YOUR ONE AND ONLY CHANCE TO SPEAK OUT ON BEHALF OF THIS SPECIES. I IMPLORE YOU TO PLEASE ASK THE U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE TO ISSUE A COMPLETE BAN ON THE IMPORT OF LION TROPHIES TO THE U.S.A.

    ***** Please do so at the following two attached links here :

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R9-ES-2012-0044-0001 and http://www.fws.gov/director/dan-ashe/index.cfm/2014/10/27/The-African-Lion-Needs-Our-Help Thank you! Greatcatsofthe”World” Original Lion Image courtesy ©Atkinson Photography and Safaris http://www.grantatkinson.com/ With Thanks x

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     USA

    Contacts: Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity, +1 (415) 644-8580, ckilduff@biologicaldiversity.org
    Marjorie Ziegler, Conservation Council for Hawaii, +1 (808) 593-0255, mz@conservehi.org
    David Henkin, Earthjustice, +1 (808) 599-2436 x 6614, dhenkin@earthjustice.org

    Ignoring International Limits, U.S. Expands Fishing for Declining Bigeye Tuna

    HONOLULU— The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued regulations allowing Hawaii-based longline fishermen to ignore international agreements and continue fishing for bigeye tuna after reaching the cap allowed for U.S. fishing vessels. Highly valued for sushi, bigeye tuna has been increasingly in demand for the past decade; meanwhile scientists have sounded the alarm over unsustainable fishing levels and declining populations.

    “Bigeye tuna are in serious trouble, and this rule only makes it worse. Not only will these tuna pay the price, but so will the whales, dolphins and other animals that get caught on their hooks,” said Catherine Kilduff with the Center for Biological Diversity. “International limits were put in place for a reason, and this rule is simply a cynical workaround to allow fishing to go right ahead even though the limit’s already been caught.”

    Today’s rule, which implements an amendment to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region approved earlier this year (Amendment 7), dodges quotas intended to prevent overfishing by creating a separate quota for “U.S. Pacific Territories” and then allowing that quota to be transferred to Hawaii-based fishermen who neither fish in territorial waters nor land their catch in the territories.

    “The United States should set an example for responsible fishing, not make a mockery of international protections for imperiled bigeye tuna that it agreed to less than a year ago,” said David Henkin, a staff attorney at Earthjustice. “If we want future generations to have fish to eat, the United States needs to live up to its commitments and limit bigeye catch by longline fishers flying the U.S. flag, wherever they fish.”

    Bigeye tuna, warm-blooded predators similar to endangered bluefin tuna, swim in deep waters around Hawaii and across the Pacific Ocean. Currently at their lowest historical levels, bigeye tuna have been experiencing overfishing since the 1990s. From 1996 to 2008, the number of longline hooks set in Hawaii fishing grounds increased fourfold. On top of fishing stress, climate change threatens to warm ocean waters in a way that could kill off Pacific bigeye by century’s end.

    “With thousands of dangling hooks on lines stretching up to 60 nautical miles long and 1,150 feet deep, Hawaii’s deep-set longliners create a curtain of death across huge swaths of the ocean, indiscriminately catching large amounts of other marine life along with the targeted bigeye tuna, including humpback and sperm whales, false killer whales, dolphins, sharks and seabirds,” said Marjorie Ziegler, executive director of Conservation Council for Hawaii. “The Fisheries Service should not be looking for ways to expand this extraordinarily wasteful fishery, which discards about 40 percent of the fish it catches.”

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    The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 800,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. http://www.biologicaldiversity.org

    Conservation Council for Hawaii is a Hawaii-based, non-profit environmental organization founded in 1950 to protect native Hawaiian species and ecosystems for future generations. For more information, visit http://www.conservehi.org.

    Earthjustice is a non-profit, public-interest, environmental law firm. The Mid-Pacific office opened in Honolulu in 1988, and has represented dozens of environmental, native Hawaiian, and community organizations. Earthjustice is the only non-profit environmental law firm in Hawaii and the Mid-Pacific, and does not charge clients for its services. For more information, visit http://www.earthjustice.org.

    New Zealand

    Shell 

    Tell Shell to Dispel ALEC’s Climate Disinformation; Shell caught drilling illegally in NZ waters!

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<p>The <a class=” />Environmental Protection Authority (<a class=EPA) has discovered that two wells have been drilled illegally by Shell Todd Oil in New Zealand waters.

    Shell cited ignorance of the law as its only defence and despite knowing about the illegal drilling for some months now,the EPA has failed to prosecute!

    Take action now to demand that the EPA Prosecute Shell

    Ignorance is no defence and the failure to prosecute makes a mockery of claims by the Prime Minister that New Zealand won’t allow “Cowboys” to operate in New Zealand.

    Indeed Minister Nick Smith blew it off as inevitable “argy bargy” around new regulations as though he was talking about kids in a paddling pool!

    This is not a paddling pool. A drilling accident in New Zealand waters could see oil washing on to our beaches, wildlife badly affected, communities destroyed and New Zealand’s reputation and economy damaged.

    We don’t need to be taking these risks. New Zealand can move away from our dependence on polluting fuels and power our homes, cars and businesses on cleaner, safer and smarter energy.

    But right now there is now only one month left for the EPA to bring a prosecution. They must act now.

    Tell the EPA to prosecute Shell now.

    Shell: Not Aligning with Climate Skeptics?

    Then why is Shell still funding the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that’s been spreadingdisinformation about climate science for years?

    We need to send Shell a strong message today: On climate change, actions speak louder than words. Stop funding climate disinformation!

    We’ve been working hard—with the help of supporters like you—fighting back against those who mislead the public about climate change. You know our joint efforts to defend climate science are paying off when you hear statements like this coming from one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies:

    “Let me be very, very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat we want to act on.”

    The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell went on to say, “We’re not aligning with skeptics.”

    But Shell continues to fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has been spreading disinformation about climate change for years.

    Tell Shell to stop funding ALEC’s climate disinformation today.

    Just this summer, politicians attending ALEC’s annual meeting in Dallas were misled to believe that “There is no scientific consensus on the human role in climate.”

    As you and I know, there is no debate within the scientific community—climate scientists agree that climate change is real and largely caused by humans.

    We need to let Shell know that actions speak louder than words when it comes to standing up for science.

    United Kingdom

    The UK Wants to Break Its Promise to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses 

    The UK Wants to Break Its Promise to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

    Broken promises are never good news, and that’s especially true when a broken promise enables animal cruelty. Alas, that’s exactly what’s happening in the UK right now. Although the government pledged to pass legislation that would ban circuses from taking animals from the wild to add to their shows, they’ve suddenly backtracked on this vow.

    Accordingly, the Care2 community has started a petition to demand that the British Parliament follow through with its original promise.

    For two years, the British government has claimed it would protect wildlife from potential animal cruelty. When the bill was finally brought to the House of Commons floor, however, MP Andrew Rosindell blocked the potential legislation altogether.

    The reasons for this surprising obstruction were not immediately clear. After Rosindell received many angry emails and letters from animal lovers for killing the legislation, Rosindell is justifying his lack of support by insisting that other government officials asked him to stop this bill on their behalf.

    Even if that’s true, it’s hard to ignore Rosindell’s personal connection to circuses. In addition to having an affiliation with the now defunct Great British Circus, Rosindell has previously written that leaving animals in a circus is “the kindest thing” one can do for them.

    As for the legislation at hand, Rosindell dismissed the helpfulness of the bill. “It means nothing. There is a very tiny number of animals left in the UK circus and no cruelty,” he said. “Cruelty existed years ago, it is no longer there.” If his original claims weren’t enough, Rosindell also utilized a groan-worthy slippery slope excuse, stating that this bill would lead to subsequent legislation that would ban people from even owning dogs.

    While it’s true that circuses are declining in popularity in the UK, that hasn’t stopped animals from being imported into the country as circus entertainment. What’s worse is that circuses currently have lower requirements for standard of care than zoos. This is especially absurd considering that these animals need and deserve the same kind while touring with a circus as they do while living at a zoo.

    “There has been a clear commitment by government to bring in a ban, yet time and again we have witnessed attempts to avoid taking action on this matter,” said David Bowles, a leader at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He listed small cages, excessive travel, and forced performances as some of the reasons circuses need further regulation.

    One poll put public support for this legislation at an overwhelming 94%. Show the British House of Commons just how much we care about this issue by signing the petition to pressure them to fulfill their initial promise.

    Furthermore, if you know of another animal injustice somewhere around the world, create a petition of your own to help bring about positive change:

    UK – Keep Promise to Ban Circuses from Using Wild Animals

    • author: Kevin Mathews
    • target: MP Andrew Rosindell and other Members of British P…
    • signatures: 7,872

    After promising to amp up regulations in order to gain protections for circus animals, the UK has suddenly dismissed this legislation following an “objection by MP Andrew Rosindell.

    Without these laws, wild animals can be brought into circuses and kept in substandard conditions.

    We call on the British government to remain commmitted to protecting these animals. Animals deserve a good life, not the cramped cages and grueling performance hours that current lax regulations allow for circuses. Don’t break your promise with so many of us watching!

    http://www.care2.com/causes/the-uk-wants-to-break-its-promise-to-ban-wild-animals-in-circuses.html

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 7:57 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Reverend Al Sharpton,   

    Thanks to the Rev (Al Sharpton) for being the ONLY major media outlet by far to go over Animal Welfare issues with regard to the election on Tues! 

    Big shout out to the rev and to the head of the Human society for going over the major ballot issues with regard to animal welfare (ie: Wolves are not eaten and therefore why do we hunt them and Bear baiting is an insane so called hunting practice!). Thanks also to the great public speaker and the head of the great Humane SocietyWayne Pacelle!

    Wayne Pacelle – CEO & President – The Humane Society of the United States

    • Wayne Pacelle (puh-SELL’-ee) is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS

    Wayne Pacelle (puh-SELL’-ee) is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States.

    Pacelle took office June 1, 2004, after serving for nearly 10 years as the organization’s chief lobbyist and spokesperson.

    Under Pacelle’s leadership, The HSUS has been approved by the Better Business Bureau for all 20 standards for charity accountability, voted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia experts as the #1 high-impact animal protection group, named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities, and is ranked in the top 10 for nonprofit brands.

    During his tenure as HSUS President and CEO, Pacelle has spurred major growth for the organization, which is now the nation’s largest animal protection organization with 11 million members and constituents, annual revenue of $160 million, and assets of more than $200 million. The organization is the 155th largest charity in the United States. The growth has partly been achieved through successful mergers with other animal protection organizations. In 2004, Wayne Pacelle and Michael Markarian (President of The Fund for Animals and now Chief Program and Policy Officer of The HSUS) helped engineer the corporate combination of The HSUS and The Fund for Animals, the national organization founded by Cleveland Amory. In 2006, Pacelle was the architect of a combination with the Doris Day Animal League, which was founded nearly 20 years ago by iconic actress Doris Day, and is one of the major American animal protection organizations. He created the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, after the formerly named Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights was brought into the HSUS family.

    Wayne Pacelle has also dramatically grown the animal care programs of The HSUS. He arranged a corporate combination with the SPCA Wildlife Care Center (now the South Florida Wildlife Center) of Broward County, Fla.—now the fifth animal care center of The HSUS. The HSUS created Duchess Sanctuary, a safe haven for horses in Oregon, in 2008, and acquired the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch and The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Southern California, in 2005 with the union with The Fund for Animals. The HSUS provides services for more animals than any other animal protection organization in the United States.

    Since 1990, Pacelle and Markarian have played a central role in more than 25 successful statewide ballot measure campaigns. In 2010, Pacelle led the effort to pass Proposition B in Missouri, which is the first statewide ballot measure addressing the problem of cruelty at puppy mills. In 2008, he led the effort to pass Proposition 2 in California, halting the intensive confinement of 20 million farm animals. Prop 2 was the third in a series of anti-factory farming measures he and HSUS advanced, with Florida voters banning the use of gestation crates for housing breeding sows (Amendment 10 in 2002) and Arizona voters putting a stop to the use of gestation and veal crates (Proposition 204 in 2006). He led successful efforts to ban the use of bait and dogs in the hunting of bears, cougars and bobcats in Colorado (Amendment 10 in 1992), Massachusetts (Question One [PDF] in 1996), Oregon (Measure 18 in 1994), and Washington (Initiative 655 in 1996); to ban the use of cruel traps in California (Proposition 4 in 1998), Colorado (Amendment 14 in 1996), Massachusetts (Question One in 1996), and Washington (Initiative 713 in 2000); to outlaw cockfighting in Arizona (Proposition 201 in 1998), Missouri (Proposition A in 1998), and Oklahoma (State Question 687 in 2002); and to ban mourning dove hunting in Michigan (Proposal 3 in 2006), among other ballot measures. In 1996, Campaigns and Elections named him “a rising star in politics,” saying the honor was “largely for his achievements in crafting, qualifying, and passing statewide ballot initiatives.”

    He led successful campaigns to defeat ballot measures hostile to animal protection in California (Proposition 197 in 1996), Oregon (Measure 34 in 1994), Arizona (Proposition 201in 2002 and Proposition 109 in 2010) and Oklahoma (State Question 698 in 2002). Pacelle previously served on the national advisory board for the Initiative and Referendum Institute, and is a frequent speaker on the initiative and referendum process.

    Wayne Pacelle and The HSUS have worked for the passage of more than 500 new state laws since 2005, and he has helped to pass more than 25 federal statutes to protect animals in the last decade—including laws to protect the great apes in their native habitats (2000), to halt any interstate transport of fighting animals (2002) and to make interstate transport of fighting animals a felony (2007), to halt commerce in big cats for the pet trade (2003), to establish federal standards to include pets in disaster planning and response (2006), to ban the import of puppy mill dogs from foreign countries (2008), to require accurate labeling of fur garments (2010), to combat cruel “animal crush” videos (2010), and to strengthen protection for sharks from the inhumane practice of finning (2011). He has also been the architect of a large number of amendments to halt funding for programs to harm animals, including a program to halt funding for the mink industry and the slaughter of American horses for human consumption.

    He has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on a wide range of animal protection issues, on subjects relating to the mistreatment of downer cows, the banning of “canned hunting,” securing adequate funding for the Animal Welfare Act and other wildlife and animal protection programs, halting the trophy hunting of threatened and endangered species, combating cockfighting and dogfighting, stopping horse slaughter, cracking down on puppy mills, stemming the exotic pet trade, halting bear baiting, protecting Yellowstone’s buffalo, and managing Chronic Wasting Disease.

    Wayne Pacelle’s work on animal issues has been featured in thousands of newspapers and magazines across the country. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on almost all of the major network television programs—including “60 Minutes,” “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” “Oprah,” “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” “Larry King Live,” “Good Morning America,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and ABC’s “Primetime Live.” Pacelle spoke at The City Club of Cleveland (2011), and City Club of Portland (2011), and TEDxManhattan (2012).

    In addition, Pacelle is an experienced writer with numerous pieces published in a variety of newspapers, journals and magazines including Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Campaigns & Elections, and George Wright Society. He has written columns for dozens of major daily newspapers, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, St. Petersburg Times, The Seattle Times and San Francisco Chronicle. He has written chapters in a number of books dealing with animal issues and the initiative process. Pacelle’s best-selling book,The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, was published in April 2011 by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins. He also blogs at A Humane Nation, where he covers the latest news and insights into our relationship with animals, and keeps readers informed about efforts to protect them.

    Wayne Pacelle is the founder of Humane USA, the non-partisan political arm of the animal protection movement, and the founder of The Humane Society Legislative Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that lobbies for animal welfare legislation and works to elect humane-minded candidates to public office. Working with both organizations, Pacelle has helped to defeat some of the most active anti-animal welfare politicians in the United States, including Rep. Joe Knollenberg of Michigan (2008), Rep. Richard Pombo of California (2006), and Rep. Chris John of Louisiana (2004).

    Prior to joining The HSUS, Pacelle served as the Executive Director of The Fund for Animals (1988-94). Pacelle also served as Associate Editor (1987-88) and, later, President of the Board for The Animals’ Agenda magazine, and as a guest instructor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Training Academy. He serves on the board of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, Humane Society International, the South Florida Wildlife Center, Global Animal Partnership and Humane USA. In 2006, Wayne Pacelle co-founded the National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS), a trade association principally representing local humane societies across the nation, and he now serves on the board of that organization.

    In 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported, “Pacelle has retooled a venerable organization seen as a mild-mannered protector of dogs and cats into an aggressive interest group flexing muscle in state legislatures and courtrooms.” In 2007, The New York Times reported, “The arrival of Wayne Pacelle as head of the Humane Society in 2004 both turbo-charged the farm animal welfare movement and gave it a sheen of respectability.” In 2008, Supermarket News included Pacelle on its annual Power 50 list of influential individuals in food marketing, writing that “there’s no denying his growing influence on how animal agriculture is practiced in the United States.”

    Wayne Pacelle was named one of NonProfit Times’ “Executives of the Year” in 2005 for his leadership in responding to the Hurricane Katrina crisis. In 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014, The NonProfit Times named Pacelle to its annual “Power and Influence Top 50″ nonprofit executives. In 2008, the National Italian American Foundation presented Pacelle with the Special Achievement Award in Humanitarian Service. In 2010, Pacelle received the Knight of Honor Award from Notre Dame High School.

    Wayne Pacelle received his B.A. in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University in 1987.

    Journalists seeking interviews with HSUS experts, please see our directory of media contacts

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 7:42 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Recipe Of The Week: Halloween Cupcakes by Sweet Jane with a Halloween Poem by Brenda Davis Harsham 

    By Sweet Jane:

    Today I started fooling around with Halloween cupcake designs.

    This is what I have come up with so far; not too bad although the eyeball cupcake needs some work.

    It may just be the color of the green frosting..not sure, but I will keep working on it!

    Here is another picture, hopefully she says she will have more tomorrow.

     

     

    Spooky Sky

    A fright, A scream
    Things unseen,
    A scary dream,
    Happy Halloween!

    Halloween is tomorrow, be safe! Be spooky!

    Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 7:22 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING, ANIMAL ABUSE, ANIMAL PLEDGE, , , , EXPERIMENTS, GEGEN TIERVERSUCHE, , HUMANE EDUCATION, KANINCHEN, , , , , , , SAVED FOR NOW, SCHWEIN, THE AMERICAN ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY, TIERQUÄLEREI, TIERRECHT, TIERRETTUNG, TIERSCHUTZ, VICTORY   

    Seventh Generation Got the Message 

    Good News: Seventh Generation Got the Message

    Photo: AAVS

    Photo: AAVS – It is clear that through social media, petitions, e-mails and other forms of communication companies feel the pressure of the consumers and are able to react fast. So adding your voice to a petition, writing an e-mail or picking up the phone makes a difference – for many animals in this case.

    “After receiving tens of thousands of calls and e-mails and after 85,000 angry consumers signed our petition, Seventh Generation now understands the importance of animal-protection issues to consumers, and it has cleaned up its act! The company reversed course and signed on to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s letter to Congress acknowledging that animal tests are “slow, unreliable, and expensive” and calling for non-animal methods and strategies to be used first and foremost, and it has committed to advocating for this principle in all of its lobbying efforts.”

    Thank you for spreading the word on animal awareness!

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 7:15 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Gerri Miller   

    The Great Invisible 

    New film on BP oil disaster

    This video says about itself: The Great Invisible | Official Trailer

    On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in American history.

    ‘The Great Invisible’ explores the environmental and psychological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill

    New film documents the environmental and personal damage caused bythe 2010 disaster

    It has been more than four years since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 crew members and unleashed 2.4 million gallons of petroleum per day into the Gulf of Mexico, but the effects of the disaster are still being felt. The devastating pollution has impacted the fishing industry and those who rely on it, not to mention the ecosystem. Recovery also eludes the survivors and the families of those who died who are still battling BP, which leased the oil platform, for restitution. Meanwhile, oil drilling continues with more than 3,500 offshore rigs in the Gulf, dozens of newly approved pipelines and no new regulations to prevent history from repeating itself.

    Filmmaker Margaret Brown spent the better part of four years interviewing struggling fishermen, Deepwater Horizon survivors, oil industry insiders and others to tell the deeper story of the disaster and its aftermath in her documentary “The Great Invisible,” winner of the grand jury prize at the SXSW Film Festival. The film opens on Oct. 29 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a national release.

    “I decided to make a movie that looks at the South through the prism ofoil production and consumption. It became so much larger than simply what happened to these people when I started to look at what our collective responsibility really is,” says Brown, who previously made “Be Here to Love Me” and the Peabody Award-winning documentary “The Order of Myths.” She shared her insights with MNN.

    BP SPILL LEAVES OILY RING ON OCEAN FLOOR “The BP oil spill left an oily ‘bathub ring’ on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig.” [AP]

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 6:56 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Shell 

    Tell Shell to Dispel ALEC’s Climate Disinformation; Shell caught drilling illegally in NZ waters!

    Shell caught illegally<br />
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<p>The <a class=Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has discovered that two wells have been drilled illegally by Shell Todd Oil in New Zealand waters.

    Shell cited ignorance of the law as its only defence and despite knowing about the illegal drilling for some months now, the EPA has failed to prosecute!

    Take action now to demand that the EPA Prosecute Shell

    Ignorance is no defence and the failure to prosecute makes a mockery of claims by the Prime Minister that New Zealand won’t allow “Cowboys” to operate in New Zealand.

    Indeed Minister Nick Smith blew it off as inevitable “argy bargy” around new regulations as though he was talking about kids in a paddling pool!

    This is not a paddling pool. A drilling accident in New Zealand waters could see oil washing on to our beaches, wildlife badly affected, communities destroyed and New Zealand’s reputation and economy damaged.

    We don’t need to be taking these risks. New Zealand can move away from our dependence on polluting fuels and power our homes, cars and businesses on cleaner, safer and smarter energy.

    But right now there is now only one month left for the EPA to bring a prosecution. They must act now.

    Tell the EPA to prosecute Shell now.

    Shell: Not Aligning with Climate Skeptics?

    Then why is Shell still funding the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that’s been spreading disinformation about climate science for years?

    We need to send Shell a strong message today: On climate change, actions speak louder than words. Stop funding climate disinformation!

    We’ve been working hard—with the help of supporters like you—fighting back against those who mislead the public about climate change. You know our joint efforts to defend climate science are paying off when you hear statements like this coming from one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies:

    “Let me be very, very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat we want to act on.”

    The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell went on to say, “We’re not aligning with skeptics.”

    But Shell continues to fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has been spreading disinformation about climate change for years.

    Tell Shell to stop funding ALEC’s climate disinformation today.

    Just this summer, politicians attending ALEC’s annual meeting in Dallas were misled to believe that “There is no scientific consensus on the human role in climate.”

    As you and I know, there is no debate within the scientific community—climate scientists agree that climate change is real and largely caused by humans.

    We need to let Shell know that actions speak louder than words when it comes to standing up for science.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 6:46 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Kevin Mathews   

    The UK Wants to Break Its Promise to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses 

    The UK Wants to Break Its Promise to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

    Broken promises are never good news, and that’s especially true when a broken promise enables animal cruelty. Alas, that’s exactly what’s happening in the UK right now. Although the government pledged to pass legislation that would ban circuses from taking animals from the wild to add to their shows, they’ve suddenly backtracked on this vow.

    Accordingly, the Care2 community has started a petition to demand that the British Parliament follow through with its original promise.

    For two years, the British government has claimed it would protect wildlife from potential animal cruelty. When the bill was finally brought to the House of Commons floor, however, MP Andrew Rosindell blocked the potential legislation altogether.

    The reasons for this surprising obstruction were not immediately clear. After Rosindell received many angry emails and letters from animal lovers for killing the legislation, Rosindell is justifying his lack of support by insisting that other government officials asked him to stop this bill on their behalf.

    Even if that’s true, it’s hard to ignore Rosindell’s personal connection to circuses. In addition to having an affiliation with the now defunct Great British Circus, Rosindell has previously written that leaving animals in a circus is “the kindest thing” one can do for them.

    As for the legislation at hand, Rosindell dismissed the helpfulness of the bill. “It means nothing. There is a very tiny number of animals left in the UK circus and no cruelty,” he said. “Cruelty existed years ago, it is no longer there.” If his original claims weren’t enough, Rosindell also utilized a groan-worthy slippery slope excuse, stating that this bill would lead to subsequent legislation that would ban people from even owning dogs.

    While it’s true that circuses are declining in popularity in the UK, that hasn’t stopped animals from being imported into the country as circus entertainment. What’s worse is that circuses currently have lower requirements for standard of care than zoos. This is especially absurd considering that these animals need and deserve the same kind while touring with a circus as they do while living at a zoo.

    “There has been a clear commitment by government to bring in a ban, yet time and again we have witnessed attempts to avoid taking action on this matter,” said David Bowles, a leader at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He listed small cages, excessive travel, and forced performances as some of the reasons circuses need further regulation.

    One poll put public support for this legislation at an overwhelming 94%. Show the British House of Commons just how much we care about this issue by signing the petition to pressure them to fulfill their initial promise.

    Furthermore, if you know of another animal injustice somewhere around the world, create a petition of your own to help bring about positive change:

    UK – Keep Promise to Ban Circuses from Using Wild Animals

    • author: Kevin Mathews
    • target: MP Andrew Rosindell and other Members of British P…
    • signatures: 7,872

    After promising to amp up regulations in order to gain protections for circus animals, the UK has suddenly dismissed this legislation following an “objection by MP Andrew Rosindell.

    Without these laws, wild animals can be brought into circuses and kept in substandard conditions.

    We call on the British government to remain commmitted to protecting these animals. Animals deserve a good life, not the cramped cages and grueling performance hours that current lax regulations allow for circuses. Don’t break your promise with so many of us watching!

    http://www.care2.com/causes/the-uk-wants-to-break-its-promise-to-ban-wild-animals-in-circuses.html

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 6:34 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Alaska 

    Grizzly bears

    Increasingly the state of Alaska has been targeting wolves and bears, even in our national preserves, in an effort to boost moose and caribou populations for the benefit of human hunters.

    In addition to being cruel, this behavior threatens to upset the area’s natural balance.

    Unsporting hunting practices include shooting bears over bait and killing wolves, coyotes and bears in their dens, when they’re raising young or when they’re very young themselves. Such acts are considered taboo throughout much of the world; yet the state of Alaska will allow any measure, so long as it kills off as many wolves and bears as possible.

    It’s a management style that has nothing to do with sound science and directly conflicts with the National Park Service’s mandates to conserve wildlife and maintain natural processes on national preserves. For this reason the Park Service has proposed permanent rules exempting these preserves from the state’s hunting methods.

    Take action below — tell the National Park Service you fully support its new rules to protect wildlife and defend the natural character of our national preserves.

    Alaska Lyrics

    I always had to tell her to relax

    And a cat can slip indoors through multitudes of cracks
    And it’s funny what they’ll do cause cracks lead outside too
    When I asked her where she’s going she said, far away from you

    Stuck here on my own now, diggin’ down deep
    I don’t understand it but I ain’t losing sleep
    I’m not gonna lay down, I’ll head north out of town
    I don’t know but I think I’ll go, a track dog mushin’ with an Eskimo

    In Alaska, Alaska, I think I’ll try Alaska, somewhere she might wait for me I’ll catch up just wait and see
    Idaho, Nebraska I don’t know “I’ll aska”, Think I’ll try I guess I’ll try Alaska…

    I sold my old piano for the rent
    I loaded up on bug spray and I found my daddy’s tent
    And now I’m in high gear, doin’ 45
    Hummin’ a tune, I won’t see the sun till sometime in July.

    I guess I coulda flown or took a train, but you won’t see a moose when you’re sittin’ on a plane.
    And now there’s no more road, but I got a light load and if she isn’t in Alaska I’ll stay and pan for gold.

    In Alaska, Alaska I think I’ll try Alaska somewhere she might wait for me I’ll catch up just wait and see…

    Idaho, Nebraska, I don’t know “I’ll aska” I think I’ll try, I guess I’ll try Alaska.

    Just when I thought I’d end up alone, Big ol’ Alaskan mama come walkin’ down the road

    Alaska, Alaska I’ll stay right here in Alaska all settled down and havin fun here in the land of the midnight sun

    Is it time to call the Pastor, I don’t know “I’ll aska” I’ll stay right here, I’ll stay right here… I’ll say tight here, I’ll stay right here…

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 4:17 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Sunset Daily News 

    “The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster”: Charity Prioritized PR over People After Superstorm Sandy. Showdown over Ebola: Will Quarantines of Healthcare Workers Harm the Fight Against Epidemic? Should Libertarians Vote for Republicans in 2014? Is Your Judge for Sale? Dark Money Groups Pour Millions into Judicial Races to Reshape Courts. The Goriest Horror Film You’ll Ever See.

    This week marks the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the New York City region, becoming one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history. A new joint investigation by ProPublica and NPR contends the American Red Cross bungled its response to Superstorm Sandy by caring more about its image and reputation than providing service to those in need. It alleges the organization diverted vehicles and resources to press conferences instead of using them to deliver services. And it estimates the Red Cross wasted an average of 30 percent of the meals it was producing in the early days of its Sandy response effort. We speak to ProPublica reporter Justin Elliott and Richard Rieckenberg, former disaster expert with the Red Cross — he oversaw aspects of the organization’s efforts to provide food, shelter and supplies after the 2012 storms. We also air an official Red Cross response to their investigation.

    A debate is intensifying in the United States over quarantining healthcare workers who return from West Africa but do not show signs of Ebola. On Wednesday, Maine‘s governor said that he would seek legal authority to enforce a 21-day home quarantine on Kaci Hickox, a nurse who has tested negative for Ebola after treating patients in Sierra Leone. Hickox made national headlines when she publicly criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for quarantining her in a tent outside the hospital. Hickox said she would challenge Maine’s restrictions just as she did in New Jersey. “I completely understand that the state’s purpose is to protect the state of Maine,” Hickox said last night. “I have worked in public health for many years, and that has always been my purpose, as well, but we have to make decisions on science, and I am completely healthy.”

    “A lot of times, when [Republicans] are on the stage with Libertarian candidates, we are agreeing with you guys–with libertarians–more than we are agreeing with Democrats,” says Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

    So should small-“L” libertarians vote for Republicans next week?

    Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie recently sat down with Kukowski to give her a chance to explain why libertarians, who hold a broader definition of social freedom than the GOP platform lays out, should vote for Republicans during Tuesday’s midterm election. During the interview the two discussed what lessons the Republicans have (or haven’t) learned during the Bush years, why 2016 is shaping up as the year when libertarian-leaning Republicans will push to change the party, and whether Libertarian candidates should be seen as spoilers by GOP and Democratic partisans.

    With the 2014 midterm elections just days away, we look at how anonymous donors are reshaping judicial races by pouring millions of dollars in “dark money” into races. Some donors see giving to the campaigns of judicial candidates as a way to get more influence, for less money than bankrolling legislative campaigns. A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine is headlined “Is Your Judge for Sale?: Thanks to Karl Rove and Citizens United, judicial elections have been overtaken by secretive interest groups, nasty ads, and the constant hustle for campaign cash.” We speak to Andy Kroll, senior reporter for Mother Jones.

    A stranger approaches, knife in hand. You know this could be the end. You struggle to escape, but there’s nowhere to run. It’s too late. Luckily for you, this is just a nightmare. But for animals in the food industry, it’s reality. Learn more: http://meat.org

    Every single animal who is slaughtered for meat will die a painful, terrifying death. The best way for you to help prevent this is to choose a plant-based diet. With delicious and affordable options available in grocery stores all around the globe, there’s never been a better time to go vegan: http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

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  • Don Lichterman 3:32 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Halloween Special 2014 with The Vinyl Geek! 

    Vinyl Rewind Halloween Special 2014. Stockholm HP Lovecraft festival teaser with music videoDreams in the Witch House vinyl review / interview along with the Dreams In The Witch House extended interview…

    This is a trailer for the upcoming Vinyl Rewind Halloween special. it premiered at the Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival on October 9th, 2014. The Halloween special airs October 21, 2014. http://www.shplf.se/

    Extended interview clips of producer Mike Dalager and The Vinyl Geek talking about a variety of subjects including, H.P. Craft, rock operas and the 2013 album Dreams In The Witch House

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE
    Producer Mike Dalager stops by the Vinyl Pad to chat with The Vinyl Geek about the 2013 album Dreams In The Witch House, a concept rock opera based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft.

    ENTER TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE ALBUM – http://www.vinylrewind.tv/witchhousecontest

    S2eTV

     
  • Don Lichterman 3:18 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    WildEarth Guardians News from the Frontline 

    Activist Spotlight

    Activist Spotlight Annie Parizeau

    Annie Parizeau from Sherborn, Massachusetts, chose to feature and fundraise for WildEarth Guardians as part of her school’s fifth grade “charity awareness” project. Annie says, “I chose this organization because wildlife is very important to me. More and more wild places are being taken over by humans, and I would hate to see a world one day where no one knows what trees look like because they are so scarce.” Thank you, Annie, we are so grateful to have you on our team advocating for the wild.

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    Want to stay in touch with Guardians but receive fewer emails? You can change your email preference here and elect to receive only the monthly Frontline, the occasional appeal and event invites, or remain as “keep me informed” and get all the latest Guardians’ actions and news.

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    Blackfoot river property

    Buyer Wanted! In 2013 a generous anonymous Guardians member donated a unique home and property along the Blackfoot River in western Montana. .

    The proceeds from the sale of this recently reduced price home will be used to fund our expanding conservation work. Please help us spread the word and find a buyer.

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    Wolf Trio by Ray Rafiti

    In September and October, four Wolf Packs sprang up across Colorado. No, not the Canis lupus kind—at least not yet. Wolf Packs is the name we use for the community-based wolf advocacy groups WildEarth Guardians is organizing across Colorado.

    In Boulder, Vail, Denver, and Pueblo, Wolf Packs are meeting and regularly promoting the return of wolves to their native Coloradan habitats. Wolf Pack projects and activities include everything from lobbying politicians and organizing wolf drawing contests for kids to hosting ambassador wolves and speakers, and sponsoring documentary screenings.

    To join your local Colorado wolf pack or to organize one in your area, contact Guardians’ organizer Bob Brister.

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    Attend our 25th Anniversary Treehugger’s Bash as we celebrate keeping our public lands fossil fuel free. This event takes place
Thursday, November 6 at the Grove Market and Café in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Purchase your tickets in advance today.

    So, How’d it Go?

    Our Guardians Gala on September 27 generated some amazing results. Seventy-eight businesses donated items for our auction and over 220 members, supporters, and new friends and family attended and gave generously. We raised an unprecedented $152,000 for wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and the health of the American West. Thank you to everyone that participated.

    WildEarth Guardians

    Defending Wolverines
    from Obama Administration

    Wolverine pc Jeffrey C. Lewis

    WildEarth Guardians and a coalition of groups filed suit last week to overturn a politically motivated decision to deny the majestic wolverine long-overdue protection under the Endangered Species Act. The wolverine depends on snow for its survival and is increasingly threatened as temperatures rise with climate change. With fewer than 300 wolverines left in the lower 48 United States, the species is barely surviving. In spite of widespread public concern and scientific agreement that this fierce icon of our high mountain country is in danger of extinction, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service rejected pleas for protection. Guardians, leading a unique coalition of our members, conservationists, animal welfare activists, hunters, and anglers aims to secure much-needed protection for this critical carnivore.

    Read More >>>


    Fish and Wildlife
    Imperiled by Climate Crisis

    Rio Grande Sucker pc CO Dept Natural Resources

    Last month, WildEarth Guardians called for Endangered Species Act protection for the northern bog lemming and Rio Grande sucker, species threatened by the climate crisis. While the lemming inhabits cold weather forests of the Northern Rockies and the sucker inhabits its namesake southwestern river, habitats for both are shrinking because of rising temperatures, drought, and new chaotic weather patterns. If trends continue, both face extinction, and with them the other fish and wildlife that depend on their forest and river habitats. Guardians petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the species and their habitats, and to save the web of life they depend upon.

    Read more >>>


    New Hope for Clean Air,
    Safe Climate in Colorado

    Comanche Generating Station pc Xcel Energy

    Spurred by WildEarth Guardians, the Environmental Protection Agency reversed course on a plan to allow a Colorado coal-fired power plant to continue dirtying and polluting our air. Xcel Energy’s Comanche generating station, located in Pueblo, is one of the least controlled coal-fired power plants in the state. Sadly, EPA approved a plan that actually allowed Xcel to increase its pollution output, endangering more lives and effectively encouraging more coal burning. After Guardians exposed the illegal plan under the Clean Air Act, the EPA withdrew its approval, opening the door for potential real pollution cuts and real progress toward clean energy.

    Read more >>>


    Saving Streamside Habitats in New Mexico

    New Mexico meadow jumping mouse

    This month WildEarth Guardians filed suit to protect streamside habitats on the Santa Fe National Forest to recover the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. A bellwether for healthy streams, the mouse unfortunately has declined precipitously over the years—habitat loss from livestock grazing is the primary culprit. Guardians secured Endangered Species Act protection for the meadow jumping mouse this year, but the species and its habitat continue to be trampled, threatening wetlands and the fish, wildlife, and communities that depend on and benefit from them. Guardians’ suit aims to give new life to clean water and healthy habitats on the Santa Fe National Forest.

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    Illegal Coal Mine Expansion
    Targeted in New Mexico

    San Juan Generating Station and Mine pc WG

    The Bureau of Land Management authorized a coal mine expansion in northwestern New Mexico behind closed doors and without any consideration of the consequences for local communities, our climate, or clean air, prompting Guardians to file a lawsuit asking a federal judge to cancel the approval. The San Juan coal mine fuels the San Juan Generating Station, currently the largest source of carbon pollution in New Mexico. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining approved the mine’s expansion without public notice; we are demanding a say about our collective future. The suit is part of WildEarth Guardians’ campaign to hold the Interior Department accountable for safeguarding the American West from coal.

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    The Wild Wins in the Gila

    Gila Box Riparian NCA pc BLM

    The habitat-fragmenting, water-polluting road network on the Gila National Forest will be decreased by 1,000 miles thanks to WildEarth Guardians’ advocacy. The U.S. Forest Service travel plan, which Guardians supported, safeguards some of our favorite wild places from motorized vehicles, like the San Francisco River, which is eligible for “wild and scenic” protection. This action benefits us all and preserves wildlife habitat, restores wild places, defends clean water, and enhances opportunities for quiet hiking, bird watching, and other non-motorized recreation across the 3.1 million acre national forest.

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    photo credits: (Left column) wolverine: Jeffrey C. Lewis, US Department of Transportation. Rio Grande sucker: Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Comanche Generating Station: Xcel Energy. New Mexico meadow jumping mouse: J.N. Stewart. San Juan Generating Station: WildEarth Guardians. Gila Box riparian NCA: Bureau of Land Management. (Right column) activist Annie Parizeau: Annie Parizeau. Wolf Trio: © Ray Rafiti.

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  • Don Lichterman 3:10 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Have You Voted Yet? If Not, The Polls Open Next Tues Morning! 

    Call out the vote, beat the Right AND help undo Citizens United – here’s how:

    It’s official: this is by far the most expensive midterm election in history, expected to cost nearly $4 billion, due to all of the unlimited spending and corporate special interest cash still flooding in because of decisions like Citizens United.

    It’s got to stop … and you can help do something about it.

    There are key races where progressive champions in our fight to get big money out of elections are running neck and neck with right-wing candidates who embody the problems of corporate influence and big money corruption in government.

    Won’t you please help these champions for Government By the PEOPLE win by getting out the progressive vote with calls from your phone, wherever you are?

    We can only take back our democracy from the big money interests if we have enough lawmakers on our side. And when you take some time between now and Election Day to help these money out champions, you’ll also be helping to take a big bite out of John Boehner‘s Tea Party House majority.

    Progressive candidates who are champions in our ongoing fight to get big money out of politics are in some of the tightest races in the country.

    Sign up to Call Out the Vote — right from your home — for progressive champions between now and Election Day>>

    We’ve partnered with our friends at Mayday and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to empower you to take part in phonebanking right from your phone, wherever you are, to get out the progressive vote.

    When you sign up, PCCC will email you a reminder about your shift.

    These close House races are also in states with important Senate races and could have a significant “up-ballot” impact.

    About the races:

    In Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, you can help Call Out The Vote to defeat extreme right-wing Republican incumbent Fred Upton, the powerful Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — who takes millions from Big Oil and special interests, and then does their bidding.

    His Democratic opponent Paul Clements is a strong progressive who understands the urgency of undoing the harm of decisions like Citizens United to get the unlimited influence of big money out of our democracy. He’ll fight to protect social security and Medicare, and supports Elizabeth Warren’s economic populist agenda.

    President Obama won Michigan’s 6th District 53% to 45% in 2008 and narrowly lost 49% to 50% in 2012, when Upton won re-election by the smallest margin of his career.

    In Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, progressive Staci Appel is running against far-right Republican David Young, whose campaign is funded mostly by lobbyists and special interests.

    This seat has been left open by retiring Republican Rep. Tom Latham, but a Democrat held the seat before him and President Obama won the district in 2012, making it ripe for a Democratic pickup to decrease and weaken John Boehner’s Tea Party majority.

    In New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, progressive Carol Shea-Porter is running against Tea Party Republican Frank Guinta.

    Guinta has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from Wall Street and CEOs to do their bidding in the House. He’s voted for cuts to Medicare, tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses that ship jobs overseas.

    Carol Shea-Porter is the first woman elected to federal office in New Hampshire. She co-sponsored the Government by the People Act and is a vocal opponent of Citizens United.

    What are you waiting for? Get calling!

    Thank you for standing with us to save democracy and restore Government By the People!

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    • Six Senate races are absolutely deadlocked today. SIX.
    • If we protect three of these six seats, Democrats keep the Senate.
    • But that gives us just 50-50 odds with five days left. That’s simply alarming.

    We have seven days left until Election Day. There is no doubt that Democrats have some amazing pickup opportunities for Congressional seats in New Jersey, but we need to make sure we’re all doing our part in this final stretch.

    Aimee Belgard, Roy Cho, Bill Hughes, Jr., and the rest of our amazing Democratic slate need critical resources for their Get Out The Vote (GOTV) operations in this last week.

    It’s well known that Democrats have the advantage when it comes to sophisticated GOTV programs

    40,000 Voter Registrations Have Mysteriously Vanished, Could Determine Control Of The Senate

    Sign On: Demand Georgia Fix “40,000 Missing Voter Registrations” Problem Immediately

    –> Click here to view and sign the petition

    Nearly 40,000 voter registrations have mysteriously “gone missing” in Georgia, registrations overwhelmingly from young people and people of color. Georgians who thought they’d registered months ago are nowhere to be found on the voter rolls.

    And the Georgia Secretary of State is refusing to order the forms reprocessed to correct the apparent mistake. And a Georgia State Judge has now also refused to act, calling action “premature” – even though voting has already begun in the state. And even though there may be evidence of foul play:

    Burrofsky said the people she registered in Dunwoody, Georgia, a more affluent and conservative community, did show up in the system, while those in more diverse and low-income communities in DeKalb County mysteriously disappeared.

    “It just hadn’t occurred to me that this would be a tactic that the Secretary of State could use. I was very naive, I guess. I feel absolutely sick that this election is being stolen,” she said. (source)

    Georgia is one of the most closely watched states this election cycle, with a race for governor that is a toss-up, and a race for senator that could decide which party controls that chamber. Action must be taken immediately to ensure that these voters are not prevented from casting their ballots.

    Send a message today, and demand that Georgia fix this problem.

    –> Click here to view and sign the petition

    Senate Georgia

    CREDIT: AP – ATLANTA, GEORGIA—A court could decide any day now whether tens of thousands of Georgia voters can cast a ballot this November, a choice that could sway the outcome of the state’s neck-and-neck races for Governor and Senator.

     Earlier this year, organizers fanned out across nearly every one of Georgia’s 159 counties and registered nearly 90 thousand people who have never voted in their lives, most of them people of color, many of them under 25 years old. But when the groups checked back in late August, comparing their registration database to the state’s public one, they noticed about 50,000 of the registrations had vanished, nearly all of them belonging to people of color in the Democratic-leaning regions around Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus.

    Georgia’s state minority leader Stacy Abrams (D), whose group The New Georgia Project led the massive registration drive in March and April, told ThinkProgress what happened next was “deeply disturbing.”

    “We asked the Secretary of State to meet with us. We wanted to understand if we were doing something wrong, or if there was another database we didn’t have access to. But he refused to meet with us,” she said.

    Joined by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Georgia NAACP, the organizers asked twice more for a meeting about the missing registrations. When early voting began across the state and they still had not heard from the Secretary of State, the New Georgia Project took them to court. In arguments on Friday, Francys Johnson, president of the Georgia NAACP, asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher to compel the state to process every valid registration.

    “In 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, we were only able to know there were problems when it was too late, when people started showing up to the polls and they were not on the voter rolls, and folks were already disenfranchised,” Johnson explained to ThinkProgress over the phone. “We must catch that disenfranchisement before it takes place.”

    Lawyers for Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and three counties who are also the target of the suit countered that state law sets no deadlines for processing voter registrations, and emphasized that any voter unsure of their registration status can always cast a provisional ballot. Those who do so must return within three days to present additional documentation or otherwise cure any problem with the system. But the NAACP and New Georgia Project called this remedy “unacceptable.”

    “I cannot tell you what little return we actually see in terms of provisional ballots,” Johnson said. “The election is decided the night of the election. It’s not really a ballot at all.”

    Even if every one of the registrations in limbo does get processed and added to the voter rolls by Election Day, Johnson says the uncertainty has still been “problematic.” Because the 40,000-odd voters have not yet received their registration cards in the mail that tells them which precinct they’re assigned to, “this ambiguity may discourage people from going to out to vote, and those who do go won’t know where to go, and they’ll be shuffled around from polling place to polling place.”

    Amidst this chaos, the Secretary of State publicly accused the New Georgia Project in September of submitting fraudulent registration forms. A subsequent investigation found just 25 confirmed forgeries out of more than 85,000 forms—a fraud rate of about 3/100ths of 1 percent.

    Abrams explained to ThinkProgress that all other third party registration groups must submit every form they get no matter if it’s incomplete or forged. She characterized the subpoena and accusations as an attempt to intimidate and discredit her efforts.

    “If you accuse people of fraud, the public will believe there is fraud, just like if you yell ‘fire,’ people run,” she said. “The problem is, if there is no fire, you’re causing damage, and if there is no fraud, you’ve damaged reputations.”

    Dr. Francys Johnson agreed, but ThinkProgress the accusations have not worked as the state may have intended.

    “If they thought it would have a chilling effect on voter registration efforts, they were mistaken. It has emboldened our efforts. It has awakened the consciousness of people that the right to vote is still precariously endangered.”

    The legal battle comes at a pivotal time for the state of Georgia. The state’s African-American, Latino, Asian and Native American populations have grown extensively, as has their share of the electorate. The growth is dramatic enough that many political analysts predict the state’s political identity could swing from red to blue over the next few years.

    At the same time these changes were taking place, the state enacted measures courts have found to disproportionately impact voters of color. In 2006, Georgia enacted a “strict” voter ID law. Five years later the state cut the number of days of early voting. In 2012, the Secretary of State purged thousands of voters from the rolls a few months before the presidential election. Just last month, the same Secretary of State lamented before an audience of Republican activists that the registration of more voters of color would mean a win for Democrats.

    Abrams told ThinkProgress she launched the registration effort to make sure the officials in local, state and national office actually represented the people of the state.

    “We are facing a new Georgia: demographically, politically, economically, and socially,” she said. “We should all be engaged in a process to bring them into the civic conversation. It is dangerous, no matter your party, to have large swaths of your population disengaged and disaffected.”

    A ruling from Judge Brasher could come at any time, and based on his remarks during Friday’s hearing, Abrams says she is not optimistic for a ruling in her favor. The New Georgia Project can appeal, but with the election less than two weeks away, the window is getting narrow for forcing the state to process the registrations.

    Even as she vowed to continue reaching out over the coming years to the hundreds of thousands of remaining unregistered voters in Georgia, Abrams said her “deepest fear” is that many of the newly registered young voters will by turned off voting for life if they can’t cast a regular ballot this November.

    “Fast-forward ten years, and you’ll have a majority-minority population that has even less power than it has right now, because they’ll have become so disengaged, ” she warned. “And the people with power will solidify that power and put up barriers to any possible change.”

    One concrete way this could happen is the next time the state revises its voting maps, in 2020. The governor elected in 2018 will have the final say on those maps, which could be gerrymandered to benefit one political party for many years to come.

    Texas Election Judge Had To Turn Away 93-Year-Old Veteran Due To Strict Voter ID Law

    Campaign signs outside an early voting location in Houston, Texas.

    Campaign signs outside an early voting location in Houston, Texas. CREDIT: EMILY ATKIN

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — In the six days that early voting has been underway in Texas, election judge William Parsley on Sunday said he has only seen one potential voter turned away at his polling location, the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in downtown Houston.

    “An elderly man, a veteran. Ninety-three years old,” Parsley, an election judge for the last 15 years, told ThinkProgress. “His license had expired.”

    Under Texas’ new voter ID law, one of the strictest in the nation, citizens are required to present one of seven forms of photo identification to vote. The identification can be a Texas-issued driver’s license, a federally-issued veteran’s ID card, or a gun registration card, among other forms. Licenses can be expired, but not for more than 60 days.

    The man Parsley said he had to turn away was a registered voter, but his license had been expired for a few years, likely because he had stopped driving. Parsley said the man had never gotten a veteran’s identification card. And though he had “all sorts” of other identification cards with his picture on it, they weren’t valid under the law — so the election judges told him he had to go to the Department of Public Safety, and renew his license.

    “He just felt real bad, you know, because he’s voted all his life,” Parsley said.

    As of Sunday evening, almost 137,000 Harris County voters had cast early in-person ballots. Those ballots were cast just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state’s controversial voter ID law, crafted to prevent in-person voter fraud, could be implemented for the election.

    That ruling also came with a fiery dissent from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said voter fraud was not a real problem in Texas and that the law seemed “purposefully discriminatory,” making voting harder for low-income, minority, and elderly populations. Indeed, as Ginsburg wrote, “there were only two in-person voter fraud cases prosecuted to conviction in Texas” from 2002 until 2011, while at the same time it’s been estimatedthat the law could disenfranchise approximately 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters.

    With the voting process in such early stages, it’s hard to say how many people will be affected this time around. But poll monitors in Houston say they’ve already encountered problems with some registered voters not being allowed to cast their ballots.

    “We had a voter show up with her Mississippi ID, and it’s a valid ID with a picture and name,” said Marianela Acuña Arreaza, the Texas coordinator for VoteRiders, a non-profit that helps people obtain their voter ID so they can vote. “Her name matched her voter registration, but it’s not one of the IDs that the law requires.”

    “She was offered a provisional ballot, but she refused,” Acuña Arreaza continued. “She came out and told the poll monitors.”

    In partnership with Common Cause, another non-profit that lobbies for voting rights, Acuña Arreaza is organizing and dispatching poll monitors in Houston who seek to help people who are turned away at the polls. From the time early voting started in Houston, Acuña Arreaza said she’s seen about 10 cases of registered voters not being allowed to vote — a number that was less than she expected, but “still too many.”

    Acuña Arreaza and Parsely are both hopeful that the voters turned away for early voting will be able to get some form of acceptable ID by Election Day. But one thing that worries Acuña Arreaza is that the process of getting turned away can sometimes be so embarrassing that people get dejected — they don’t want to come back, and they don’t want to tell anyone what happened.

    “We try to encourage people to come back, but what we’re worried about is that we may just lose that ballot as a whole,” she said. “A lot of people are ashamed of being rejected, and they just don’t want to talk about it. We have so many cases, but not everyone wants to come out and speak about it.”

    Parsley, however, said the process of some people getting rejected at the ballot always happens in Texas, mostly because of how often state the voting laws are amended and changed. So far, he said, the amount of rejections haven’t been more than normal.

    “At this location [in Downtown Houston], the people rejected are a drop in the bucket. Maybe a tenth of a percent,” he said. “If we were near an old folk’s home, maybe that’d be a different story.”

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    2014 ANIMAL PROTECTION VOTER GUIDE

    Animals win when humane leaders win. So be sure to vote November 4, or earlier if your state allows it!VOTER REGISTRATION || EARLY VOTING

    Then use this quick and easy guide to identify HSLF-endorsed candidates and see how to vote pro-animal on important measures that may be up for a vote in your state. All the candidates below received our endorsement; those in red include links to more information about their record on animal issues.

    For an in-depth look at how candidates have voted on animal issues, check out our Humane Scorecard.
    FIND YOUR STATE

    Alabama District of Columbia Iowa Minnesota New Mexico Rhode Island Washington
    Alaska  Florida Kansas Mississippi New York South Carolina West Virginia
    Arizona  Georgia Kentucky Missouri North Carolina South Dakota Wisconsin
    Arkansas  Guam Louisiana Montana North Dakota Tennessee Wyoming
    California Hawaii Maine Nebraska Ohio Texas
    Colorado  Idaho Maryland Nevada Oklahoma Utah
    Connecticut  Illinois Massachusetts New Hampshire Oregon Vermont
    Delaware  Indiana Michigan New Jersey Pennsylvania Virginia

    Alabama

    No endorsed candidates

    Alaska

    U.S. Senate
    Mark Begich (D)

    Arizona

    Ballot Measure:
    Local, Pima County: YES on Prop 415

    U.S. House
    Arizona 2nd Congressional District: Martha McSally (R)
    Arizona 3rd Congressional District: Raúl Grijalva (D)
    Arizona 9th Congressional District:  Kyrsten Sinema (D)

    Local Races
    For more information on animal-friendly candidates in Arizona, visit Humane Voters of Arizona, which makes its own endorsements (not verified by HSLF).

    Arkansas

    U.S. Senate
    Mark Pryor (D)

    California

    U.S. House
    California 2nd Congressional District: Jared Huffman (D)
    California 3rd Congressional District: John Garamendi (D)
    California 5th Congressional District: Mike Thompson (D)
    California 6th Congressional District: Doris Matsui (D)
    California 7th Congressional District: Ami Bera (D)
    California 9th Congressional District: Jerry McNerney (D)
    California 10th Congressional District: Jeff Denham (R)
    California 11th Congressional District:  Mark DeSaulnier (D)
    California 12th Congressional District: Nancy Pelosi (D)
    California 13th Congressional District: Barbara Lee (D)
    California 14th Congressional District: Jackie Speier (D)
    California 15th Congressional District: Eric Swalwell (D)
    California 18th Congressional District: Anna Eshoo (D)
    California 19th Congressional District: Zoe Lofgren (D)
    California 20th Congressional District: Sam Farr (D)
    California 24th Congressional District: Lois Capps (D)
    California 25th Congressional District: Tony Strickland (R)
    California 27th Congressional District: Judy Chu (D)
    California 28th Congressional District: Adam Schiff (D)
    California 29th Congressional District:  Tony Cárdenas (D)
    California 30th Congressional District: Brad Sherman (D)
    California 32nd Congressional District: Grace Napolitano (D)
    California 33rd Congressional District:  Ted Lieu (D)
    California 35th Congressional District: Norma Torres (D)
    California 36th Congressional District: Raul Ruiz (D)
    California 37th Congressional District: Karen Bass (D)
    California 38th Congressional District: Linda Sánchez (D)
    California 39th Congressional District: Ed Royce (R)
    California 40th Congressional District:  Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)
    California 41st Congressional District: Mark Takano (D)
    California 42nd Congressional District: Ken Calvert (R)
    California 44th Congressional District: Janice Hahn (D)
    California 46th Congressional District: Loretta Sanchez (D)
    California 47th Congressional District: Alan Lowenthal (D)
    California 51st Congressional District:  Juan Vargas (D)
    California 52nd Congressional District: Scott Peters (D)
    California 53rd Congressional District: Susan Davis (D)

    Governor
    Jerry Brown (D)

    Lt. Governor
    Gavin Newsom (D)

    Attorney General
    Kamala Harris (D)

    State Senate

    California 6th State Senate District: Roger Dickinson (D)
    California 6th State Senate District:  Richard Pan (D)
    California 10th State Senate District: Bob Wieckowski (D)
    California 18th State Senate District: Bob Hertzberg (D)
    California 22nd State Senate District Ed Hernandez (D)
    California 24th State Senate District: Kevin De Leon (D)
    California 30th State Senate District: Holly J. Mitchell D)
    California 32nd State Senate  Tony Mendoza (D)
    California 34th State Senate District: Jose Solorio (D)
    California 40th State Senate District: Ben Hueso (D)

    State Assembly
    California 7th State Assembly District: Kevin McCarty (D)
    California 7th State Assembly District: Steve Cohn (D)
    California 10th State Assembly District: Marc Levine (D)
    California 17th State Assembly District: David Chiu (D)
    California 18th State Assembly District: Rob Bonta (D)
    California 19th State Assembly District: Phil Ting (D)
    California 20th State Assembly District: Bill Quirk (D)
    California 22nd State Assembly District: Kevin Mullin (D)
    California 24th State Assembly District: Richard S. Gordon (D)
    California 27th State Assembly District: Nora Campos (D)
    California 28th State Assembly District: Evan Low (D)
    California 29th State Assembly District: Mark Stone (D)
    California 31st State Assembly District: Henry T. Perea (D)
    California 36th State Assembly District: Steve Fox (D)
    California 37th State Assembly District: Das Williams (D)
    California 39th State Assembly District: Raul Bocanegra (D)
    California 41st State Assembly District: Chris Holden (D)
    California 43rd State Assembly District: Mike Gatto (D)
    California 45th State Assembly District: Matt Dababneh (D)
    California 46th State Assembly District: Adrin Nazarian (D)
    California 47th State Assembly District: Cheryl R. Brown (D)
    California 48th State Assembly District: Roger Hernandez (D)
    California 49th State Assembly District: Ed Chau (D)
    California 50th State Assembly District: Richard Bloom (D)
    California 51st State Assembly District: Jimmy Gomez (D)
    California 52nd State Assembly District: Freddie Rodriguez (D)
    California 54th State Assembly District: Sebastian Ridley Thomas (D)
    California 57th State Assembly District: Ian C. Calderon (D)
    California 58th State Assembly District: Cristina Garcia (D)
    California 59th State Assembly District: Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D)
    California 61st State Assembly District: Jose Medina (D)
    California 62nd State Assembly District: Autumn Burke (D)
    California 63rd State Assembly District: Anthony Rendon (D)
    California 65th State Assembly District: Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)
    California 66th State Assembly District: Al Muratsuchi (D)
    California 69th State Assembly District: Tom Daly (D)
    California 77th State Assembly District: Brian Maienschein (R)
    California 78th State Assembly District: Toni Atkins (D)
    California 79th State Assembly District: Shirley N. Weber (D)
    California 80th State Assembly District: Lorena Gonzalez (D)

    Colorado

    Ballot Measure
    Local, City of Aurora: YES on #2D

    U.S. Senate
    Mark Udall (D)

    U.S. House
    Colorado 1st Congressional District: Diana DeGette (D)
    Colorado 2nd Congressional District: Jared Polis (D)
    Colorado 7th Congressional District: Ed Perlmutter (D)

    Connecticut

    U.S. House

    Connecticut 1st Congressional District: John Larson (D)
    Connecticut 2nd Congressional District: Joe Courtney (D)
    Connecticut 3rd Congressional District: Rosa DeLauro (D)
    Connecticut 4th Congressional District: Jim Himes (D)
    Connecticut 5th Congressional District: Elizabeth Esty (D)

    Governor
    Dan Malloy (D)

    Delaware

    U.S. Senate
    Chris Coons (D)

    U.S. House
    At Large Congressional District:  John Carney (D)

    District of Columbia

    U.S. House
    At Large Delegate: Eleanor Holmes Norton (D)

    Florida

    Ballot Measure

    Statewide: YES on Amendment 1

    U.S. House
    Florida 3rd Congressional District: Ted Yoho (R)
    Florida 5th Congressional District: Corrine Brown (D)
    Florida 14th Congressional District: Kathy Castor (D)
    Florida 16th Congressional District: Vern Buchanan (R)
    Florida 18th Congressional District: Patrick Murphy (D)
    Florida 20th Congressional District: Alcee Hastings (D)
    Florida 21st Congressional District: Ted Deutch (D)
    Florida 22nd Congressional District: Lois Frankel (D)
    Florida 23rd Congressional District: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
    Florida 24th Congressional District:  Frederica Wilson (D)
    Florida 26th Congressional District: Joe Garcia (D)

    Attorney General
    Pam Bondi (R)

    Georgia

    U.S. House
    Georgia 2nd Congressional District: Sanford Bishop (D)
    Georgia 4th Congressional District: Hank Johnson (D)
    Georgia 5th Congressional District: John Lewis (D)
    Georgia 13th Congressional District: David Scott (D)

    Guam

    U.S. House
    At Large Delegate: Madeleine Bordallo (D)

    Hawaii

    Hawaii 2nd Congressional District: Tulsi Gabbard (D)

    Idaho

    No endorsed candidates

    Illinois

    U.S. Senate
    Richard Durbin (D)

    U.S. House
    Illinois 1st Congressional District: Bobby Rush (D)
    Illinois 2nd Congressional District: Robin Kelly (D)
    Illinois 3rd Congressional District: Dan Lipinski (D)
    Illinois 4th Congressional District: Luis Gutierrez (D)
    Illinois 5th Congressional District: Mike Quigley (D)
    Illinois 6th Congressional District:  Peter Roskam (R)
    Illinois 7th Congressional District: Danny Davis (D)
    Illinois 8th Congressional District: Tammy Duckworth (D)
    Illinois 9th Congressional District: Janice Schakowsky (D)
    Illinois 11th Congressional District: Bill Foster (D)
    Illinois 14th Congressional District: Dennis Anderson (D)
    Illinois 17th Congressional District: Cheri Bustos (D)
    Illinois 18th Congressional District: Aaron Schock (R)

    Governor
    Pat Quinn (D)

    Attorney General
    Lisa Madigan (D)

    Indiana

    U.S. House
    Indiana 7th Congressional District: André Carson (D)

    Iowa

    U.S. Senate
    Bruce Braley (D)

    U.S. House
    Iowa 1st Congressional District: Pat Murphy (D)
    Iowa 2nd Congressional District: Dave Loebsack (D)
    Iowa 3rd Congressional District: Staci Appel (D)
    Iowa 4th Congressional District: Jim Mowrer (D)

    Kansas

    No endorsed candidates

    Kentucky

    U.S. House
    Kentucky 1st Congressional District: Edward Whitfield (R)
    Kentucky 3rd Congressional District: John Yarmuth (D)
    Kentucky 6th Congressional District: Elisabeth Jensen (D)

    Louisiana

    U.S. Senate
    Mary Landrieu (D)

    U.S. House
    Louisiana 2nd Congressional District: Cedric Richmond (D)

    Maine

    Ballot Measure
    Statewide: YES on Question 1

    U.S. Senate
    Susan Collins (R)

    U.S. House
    Maine 1st Congressional District: Chellie Pingree (D)

    Maryland

    U.S. House
    Maryland 2nd Congressional District: C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D)
    Maryland 3rd Congressional District: John Sarbanes (D)
    Maryland 4th Congressional District: Donna Edwards (D)
    Maryland 5th Congressional District: Steny Hoyer (D)
    Maryland 6th Congressional District: John Delaney (D)
    Maryland 7th Congressional District: Elijah Cummings (D)
    Maryland 8th Congressional District: Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (D)

    Governor
    Anthony Brown (D)

    Attorney General
    Brian Frosh (D)

    Local Races
    For more information on animal-friendly candidates in Maryland, visit Maryland Votes for Animals, which makes its own endorsements (not verified by HSLF).

    Massachusetts

    U.S. Senate
    Ed Markey (D)

    U.S. House
    Massachusetts 1st Congressional District: Richard Neal (D)
    Massachusetts 2nd Congressional District: James McGovern (D)
    Massachusetts 3rd  Congressional District: Niki Tsongas (D)
    Massachusetts 4th Congressional District: Joseph Kennedy (D)
    Massachusetts 5th Congressional District: Katherine Clark (D)
    Massachusetts 6th Congressional District: Seth Moulton (D)
    Massachusetts 7thCongressional District: Michael Capuano (D)
    Massachusetts 8th Congressional District: Stephen Lynch (D)
    Massachusetts 9th Congressional District:  William Keating (D)

    Local Races
    For more information on animal-friendly candidates in Massachusetts, visit Massachusetts Voters for Animals, which makes its own endorsements (not verified by HSLF).

    Michigan

    Ballot Measure

    Statewide: NO on Proposals 1 and 2

    U.S. Senate
    Gary Peters (D)

    U.S. House
    Michigan 5th Congressional District: Dan Kildee (D)
    Michigan 6th Congressional District: Fred Upton (R)
    Michigan 7th Congressional District: Pam Byrnes (D)
    Michigan 8th Congressional District: Eric Schertzing (D)
    Michigan 9th Congressional District: Sander Levin (D)
    Michigan 11th Congressional District: Bobby McKenzie (D)
    Michigan 13th Congressional District:  John Conyers (D)

    State Senate
    Michigan 20th State Senate District: Sean McCann (D)
    State House

    Michigan 23rd State House District: David Haener (D)
    Michigan 30th State House District: Bo Karpinsky (D)
    Michigan 39th State House District: Sandy Colvin (D)
    Michigan 41st State House District: Martin Howrylak (R)
    Michigan 52nd State House District: Gretchen Driskell (D)
    Michigan 76th State House District: Winnie Brinks (D)
    Michigan 91st State House District: Collene Lamonte (D)

    Governor
    Mark Schauer

    Minnesota

    U.S. House
    Minnesota 4th Congressional District: Betty McCollum (D)
    Minnesota 5th Congressional District: Keith Ellison (D)
    Minnesota 8th Congressional District: Rick Nolan (D)

    Local Races
    For more information on animal-friendly candidates in Minnesota, visit Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection, which makes its own endorsements (not verified by HSLF).

    Mississippi

    U.S. Senate
    Thad Cochran (R)

    Missouri

    U.S. House
    Missouri 1st Congressional District:  William Lacy Clay (D)

     

    Montana

    No endorsed candidates

    Nebraska

    No endorsed candidates

    Nevada

    U.S. House
    Nevada 1st Congressional District:  Dina Titus (D)
    Nevada 3rd Congressional District: Joe Heck (R)
    Nevada 4th Congressional District:  Steve Horsford (D)

    Attorney General
    Ross Miller (D)

    Local Races
    For more information on animal-friendly candidates in Nevada, visit Nevada Political Action for Animals, which makes its own endorsements (not verified by HSLF).

    New Hampshire

    U.S. House
    New Hampshire 1st Congressional District:  Carol Shea-Porter (D)
    New Hampshire 2nd Congressional District: Ann McLane Kuster (D)

    New Jersey

    U.S. Senate
    Cory Booker (D)

    U.S. House
    New Jersey 2nd Congressional District: Frank LoBiondo (R)
    New Jersey 3rd Congressional District: Tom MacArthur (R)
    New Jersey 4th Congressional District: Christopher Smith (R)
    New Jersey 5th Congressional District: Roy Cho (D)
    New Jersey 6th Congressional District: Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)
    New Jersey 7th Congressional District: Leonard Lance (R)
    New Jersey 8th Congressional District:  Albio Sires (D)
    New Jersey 9th Congressional District: Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)
    New Jersey 10th Congressional District: Donald Payne (D)
    New Jersey 11th Congressional District: Rodney Frelinghuysen (R)

    New Mexico

    U.S. Senate
    Tom Udall (D)

    U.S. House
    New Mexico 1st Congressional District: Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
    New Mexico 3rd Congressional District: Ben Ray Luján (D)

    Local Races
    For more information on animal-friendly candidates in New Mexico, visit Animal Protection Voters, which makes its own endorsements (not verified by HSLF).

    New York

    U.S. House
    New York 1st Congressional District: Tim Bishop (D)
    New York 2nd Congressional District: Peter King (R)
    New York 3rd Congressional District: Steve Israel (D)
    New York 5th Congressional District: Gregory Meeks (D)
    New York 6th Congressional District:  Grace Meng (D)
    New York 7th Congressional District: Nydia Velázquez (D)
    New York 9th Congressional District: Yvette Clarke (D)
    New York 10th Congressional District: Jerrold Nadler (D)
    New York 11th Congressional District: Michael Grimm (R)
    New York 12th Congressional District: Carolyn Maloney (D)
    New York 13th Congressional District: Charles Rangel (D)
    New York 14th Congressional District: Joseph Crowley (D)
    New York 15th Congressional District: José Serrano (D)
    New York 16th Congressional District: Eliot Engel (D)
    New York 17th Congressional District: Nita Lowey (D)
    New York 19th Congressional District:  Chris Gibson (R)
    New York 20th Congressional District: Paul Tonko (D)
    New York 25th Congressional District: Louise Slaughter (D)
    New York 26th Congressional District: Brian Higgins (D)

    North Carolina

    U.S. House
    North Carolina 2nd Congressional District: Renee Ellmers (R)
    North Carolina 3rd Congressional District: Walter Jones (R)
    North Carolina 4th Congressional District: David Price (D)
    North Carolina 12th Congressional District: Alma Adams (D)

     

    North Dakota

    No endorsed candidates

    Ohio

    U.S. House

    Ohio 3rd Congressional District: Joyce Beatty (D)
    Ohio 9th Congressional District:  Marcy Kaptur (D)
    Ohio 13th Congressional District: Tim Ryan (D)
    Ohio 14th Congressional District:  David Joyce (R)

    Oklahoma

    No endorsed candidates

    Oregon

    U.S. Senate
    Jeff Merkley (D)

    U.S. House
    Oregon 1st Congressional District:  Suzanne Bonamici (D)
    Oregon 3rd Congressional District: Earl Blumenauer (D)
    Oregon 4th Congressional District: Peter DeFazio (D)
    Oregon 5th Congressional District: Kurt Schrader (D)

    Governor

    John Kitzhaber (D)

    Pennsylvania

    U.S. House
    Pennsylvania 1st Congressional District: Robert Brady (D)
    Pennsylvania 2nd Congressional District: Chaka Fattah (D)
    Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District: Patrick Meehan (R)
    Pennsylvania 8th Congressional District:  Mike Fitzpatrick (R)
    Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District: Tom Marino (R)
    Pennsylvania 11th Congressional District: Lou Barletta (R)
    Pennsylvania 13th Congressional District: Brendan Boyle (D)
    Pennsylvania 14th Congressional District: Mike Doyle (D)
    Pennsylvania 16th Congressional District: Joseph Pitts (R)
    Pennsylvania 17th Congressional District: Matt Cartwright (D)

    Local Races
    For more information on animal-friendly candidates in Pennsylvania, visit Humane PA, which makes its own endorsements (not verified by HSLF).

    Rhode Island

    U.S. Senate
    Jack Reed (D)

    U.S. House
    Rhode Island 1st Congressional District:  David Cicilline (D)
    Rhode Island 2nd Congressional District: James Langevin (D)

    South Carolina

    U.S. Senate
    Lindsey Graham (R)

    U.S. House
    South Carolina 5th Congressional District: John “Mick” Mulvaney (R)

    South Dakota

    No endorsed candidates

    Tennessee

    U.S. House
    Tennessee 9th Congressional District: Steve Cohen (D)

    Texas

    U.S. House
    Texas 15th Congressional District: Rubén Hinojosa (D)
    Texas 16th Congressional District: Beto O’Rourke (D)
    Texas 18th Congressional District: Sheila Jackson Lee (D)
    Texas 20th Congressional District: Joaquin Castro (D)
    Texas 21st Congressional District: Lamar Smith (R)
    Texas 23rd Congressional District: Pete Gallego (D)
    Texas 25th Congressional District: Lloyd Doggett (D)
    Texas 26th Congressional District: Michael Burgess (R)
    Texas 30th Congressional District: Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)
    Texas 33rd Congressional District: Marc Veasey (D)
    Texas 34th Congressional District: Filemon Vela (D)

    Utah

    No endorsed candidates

    Vermont

    U.S. House
    At Large Congressional District: Peter Welch (D)

    Virginia

    U.S. Senate
    Mark Warner (D)

    U.S. House
    Virginia 3rd Congressional District: Bobby Scott (D)
    Virginia 8th Congressional District:  Don Beyer (D)
    Virginia 11th Congressional District: Gerry Connolly (D)

    Washington

    U.S. House
    Washington 1st Congressional District: Suzan DelBene (D)
    Washington 2nd Congressional District: Rick Larsen (D)
    Washington 6th Congressional District: Derek Kilmer (D)
    Washington 7th Congressional District: Jim McDermott (D)
    Washington 9th Congressional District: Adam Smith (D)
    Washington 10th Congressional District: Denny Heck (D)

    West Virginia

    U.S. Senate
    Shelley Moore Capito (R)

    Wisconsin

    U.S. House
    Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District:  Mark Pocan (D)
    Wisconsin 4th Congressional District: Gwen Moore (D)

    Wyoming

    No endorsed candidates

    And make sure to check out and support these other hot actions on Left Action:

    –> Denounce GOP Plans to Privatize Social Security
    –> Tell the EPA: Don’t Keep Fracking Chemicals Secret
    –> Tell Dick Cheney: “How Dare You Lecture us on Iraq”

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 2:49 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Jeff Flocken,   

    Poachers and trophy Hunters are Idiots 

    Poaching Kingpin in America

    Charges: The men have been charged with “conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns”.

    Dawie, with his wife in Musina court. Photo: Brendan Croft

    Dawie, with his wife in Musina court. Photo: Brendan Croft. Dawie used his safari company, Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris to conduct the hunts

    According to the 18-count indictment, from 2005 to 2010, the Groenewald brothers travelled throughout the United States to attend hunting conventions and gun shows where they sold outfitting services and accommodations to American hunters to be conducted at their ranch in Mussina, South Africa. During the time Janneman lived in Alabama, where Out of Africa maintained bank accounts, and is accused of money laundering and structuring deposits to avoid federal reporting requirements. -US Department of Justice

    The Groenewalds essentially sold the rhinos without permits, under the guise they were “problem rhinos” and were very “dangerous and aggressive”. Although the trophies could not be imported back into the US, the hunters were allowed to pose with the bodies and were told the hunt could count toward their hunting “status” in record books.

    After the photos were taken, Dawie would then cut off the horns with a chainsaw and sell them on the black market, earning profit from both the huntand the horn sale.

    The Lacey Act

    It is a U.S. conservation law that prohibits trade in illegal wildlife. This law is far-reaching, one of the broadest and most comprehensive forces in the federal arsenal to combat wildlife crime. It is under this law, where a vast amount of charges come against the Groenewalds.

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    Rhino on Groenewald’s farm, where he claims he was “forced to shoot them because that is the only way the trophies can be sold and exported. You have to kill the animal to sell its horns.”

    South Africa

    The “Groenewald Gang”, including Dawie and 9 others were arrested in 2010 on a variety of similar charges to that of the US. Dawie himself, remains free, has 1500 charges against him, and has killed more than 15 rhinos. The case has been repeatedly postponed, with the current date being set for August of 2015.

    The South African authorities have given “substantial cooperation” to the US investigation. As far as the extradition request, SA states “such assistance will be provided”. It is unclear when this will happen.

    American hunters involvement

    The hunters who paid between $3,500 and $15,000 for the illegal rhino hunts, are not being brought up on charges. They were cooperative with authorities on their involvement with the safari outfitter, and essentially were misled. They believed there were appropriate hunting permits in place, and that the rhinos were “problematic” animals.

    So is this the end of the Groenewald gang? And perhaps more importantly, will this send a strong message to trophy hunting groups like Safari Club International?“Frankly these hunters should have known better. All hunters should consider this a warning that when they are involved in an overseas hunt for any species, they should make sure that the hunt that they are considering is offered by a reputable guide service operating in a country certified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as managing its wildlife responsibly and sustainably,” said Dan Ashe, director of US Fish and Wildlife Services

    “We are literally fighting for the survival of a species today.  In that fight, we will do all we can to prosecute those who traffic in rhino horns and sell rhino hunts to Americans in violation of foreign law,” said Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.  “This case should send a warning shot to outfitters and hunters that the sale of illegal hunts in the U.S. will be vigorously prosecuted regardless of where the hunt takes place.”

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    American trophy hunters displaying patriotic pride in slaughtering Africa’s endangered wildlife.

    Very hard to understand why and how, there is a certain sect of society, that is comprised of and focused around a almost satanic dark world of blood and guts spilled of innocent creatures of no crimes. These dark seeded individuals, wallow in the pain and suffering that they inflict, they take photos, videos, trophies.  When Jeffery Dalmer’s story was told, it totally mirrored what I see in hunters, I don’t discriminate, the species of animal that is in the freezer, it is all flesh and blood of an animal that was murdered, a life taken unwillingly, unjustly is a life taken. Hunters are quick to cite the bible verses to interpret and fit their own egocentric blood lust desires. And to take these verses literal that possibly, some other sociopathic killer wrote eons ago, and really, who the hell was the writer? Do we really know? Really, O yee of Christian faiths that blindly follow the words of someone that they can not validate, instead of following your moral and ethical compass inside you.  Is that the problem, they have a  genetic flaw in their DNA that was squashed out decades, or generations before and now leaves them naturally devoid of empathy and full of apathy, like a bad drug would do, leaving you hollow inside, desiring to feel something, anything? So like a bad slasher movie, you kill, murder what you can get away with.

    Guilty: London Auction House Admits To Selling Illegal Ivory

    A London auction house was caught selling illegal ivory this month, becoming the first of its kind to face prosecution — a sign of the growing crackdown on the sale of products made from elephant ivory.

    The piece was an ivory carving created from the tusk of an elephant who was killed in the 1960s, according to Wildlife News. Chiswick Auction House was slapped with a fine of £3,200 ($5,151).

    The U.K.’s Wildlife Crime Unit and Arts and Antiques unit discovered the piece on sale by a vendor at London’s iconic Portobello Market and traced it back to the auction house. Because the piece was made after 1947, under the Convention for Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), it cannot be considered “old ivory” — and is therefore illegal to buy or sell.

    The auction house pleaded guilty in court, saying that they had mistakenly appraised the ornament. While the bust is only concerning one item, other U.K. vendors and auctioneers have been facing crackdowns lately. In June, BBC’s “Antiques Roadshow” announced that it would no longer appraise ivory tusks on air (though the move doesn’t cover all legal ivory products).

    The royal family has spoken out against the ivory trade lately, calling for an all-out ban. In February, the Guardian reported that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wanted all of the ivory in Buckingham Palace’s 1,200-piece collection removed and destroyed in a show of solidarity. It’s been reported that he’s been removing ivory from his Clarence House and Highgrove homes over the past few years, but no announcement has been made yet on the palace’s items. In the U.S., progress is being made as well — New York and New Jersey have recently passed landmark legislation banning the sale of ivory.

    It’s not a moment too soon — poaching for the ivory trade threatens to eliminate wild elephant populations. Over 20,000 African elephants were poached in Africa last year, according to a report released by CITES. There are some 410,000 to 650,000 elephants left in Africa — that number has declined by more than 50 percent in the past 35 years.

    Welcome “Threatened” Listing Would Help Protect African Lions From Trophy Hunting

    Posted: 10/28/2014 12:29 pm EDT Updated: 10/28/2014 12:59 pm EDT
    AFRICAN LION

    Responding to a petition submitted by IFAW and a coalition of animal welfare groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced its proposed rule to list African lions as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

    This decision is a victory for lions–until now, the species have been the only great cat not protected under the Act.

    African lion populations have decreased by more than half in the last 30 years, with potentially fewer than 32,000 left in the wild. Given the drastic declines, we forced the agency to consider how trophy hunting is contributing to the deteriorating population numbers.

    The Endangered Species Act has no authority to stop African lions from being hunted abroad (that’s up to the regional African governments), but it can regulate how their trophies and parts are imported and move throughout the United States.

    We were pleased today to see that along with the proposed listing decision, USFWS recommended a special rule that would create a new permitting system to monitor and control Americans importing lion trophies and parts–a protection entirely missing up until now.

    If the rule is implemented as proposed, lion imports will be limited to hunters transporting trophies from origin countries with a scientifically sound management plan for the species.

    This is significant as the U.S. is responsible for importing more than half of all lion trophies brought home by hunters each year. Of course this is not the same as the government banning lion imports altogether–it does, to some extent, leave the species vulnerable to sport-hunting by vainglorious Americans–but it is commendable, and will hopefully prove effective.

    We remain optimistic that trophy hunting will eventually rank lowest on the list of the many threats lions face (which also include the bone trade, killing as retaliation for human-wildlife conflict and lost of prey base and habitat).

    Today’s proposed decision is a good first step in recognizing the dire situation of the African lion.

    Renowned wildlife expert, Dr. Jane Goodall, IFAW Honorary Board Member, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, agrees,

    “I want to congratulate the US government for proposing to list African lions as Threatened on the US Endangered Species listing. This is excellent news. African lions have been decreasing in numbers steadily over the past years, yet most people were unaware because of the ease of seeing prides in national Parks and Reserves. I hope that the proposed listing will be approved – how terrible to lose the ‘King of Beasts’ from the African scene.”

    Up until today, trophy hunting has been one of the contributors to the decline of this iconic species. We thank the U.S. government for acknowledging that the African lion is in trouble. Stay tuned to learn how you can support these new regulations and give the king of the jungle the royal and respected treatment it so rightly deserves.

    Jeff Flocken is the North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Visit http://www.ifaw.org to learn about the organization’s work to save African lions.

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    And then I see the intellectual compassionate human that loves wildlife and all animals with amazement that all the animals on this planet have just as much right to a life as they do.

    They respect the Art of the environmental landscape, they take photos to share such beauty and serenity, and fight to save that beauty for their grandchildren.

    This is a time of evolving to realize that the dark ones are fewer, but louder and highly dangerous, abuse by their very nature and have put themselves in political positions to remain in control, because that is their agenda, control.

     

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    Special Thank you to Rite-Aid for selling these products :)

    So,  I am advocating serious change: Please sign as many petitions as you can for the animals, make your voices heard. Time for Animal Rights Advocates to challenge the existing structure of F&W/G. Facts against our Civil Rights, are that this is a PUBLIC agency being run by a small percentage of a “special interest group”, the so called “conservationists” do not and should not use hunting licenses to fund our managing and saving our Wildlife. There are many subsidies from public funds that support this mis-managed agency. Proven research by many, but one that I have seen for myself is by Peter Muller, this research proves Wildlife Watching has and will generate 7-10 times the revenue for that dept, than “hunting” does. Hunting, as is this “Task Force”, is antiquated, barbarically cruel and is sociopathic in nature.    WildlifeWatching.Seneca.EDC

    There are so many killing sprees by Hunters, we have to stop this insanity once and for All.

    http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18282

    http://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/grizzly-bear-killed-in-idaho-livestock-incident/

    https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2777

    http://www.yousign.org/en/wirral-gin-traps

    http://forcechange.com/131090/encourage-protection-of-the-endangered-species-act/

     http://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/

    http://merchnow.com/products/184654/shoot-selfies-not-animals-camo

    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 2:30 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , Earth Report, Mari Motsenbocker   

    Protect Native American Burial Ground & Protect My Burial Ground in the Great Barrier Reef! 

    Protect Native American Burial Ground

    Target: Jim Nepstad, Superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument

    Goal: Restore damaged Native American burial grounds at Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa

    For nearly a decade, the sacred Native American grounds of Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa have been undergoing illegal construction. Costing approximately three million dollars, this construction took place under the watch of the National Park Service, who have done nothing to stop it.

    The illegal construction consisted of installing boardwalks and other structures around the park, partly to make the park more handicapped-accessible. The park did not properly conduct archaeological research before the construction, which infringes on ancient burial mounds in the park.

    Tim Mason, a park ranger who worked at the monument in the past, filed a complaint when he saw boardwalks and other structures being installed in the park. This led to a criminal investigation by a Park Service special agent, who found that the construction was violating federal and state laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act. The National Park Service is currently creating a corrective plan to ensure that nothing like this occurs again in the future.

    Much damage has been done to the Effigy Mounds National Monument over the course of the past decade, and considerable restorative work needs to be done to correct this destruction. Please sign the petition below to urge the current park’s superintendent to plan and work toward restoring the sacred conditions of the park.

    PETITION LETTER: http://forcechange.com/134469/restore-native-american-burial-land/?utm_source=ForceChange+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0f37b65a1e-NL46810_29_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_600a6911b9-0f37b65a1e-297252581

    Dear Superintendent Nepstad,

    It was quite shocking to read about the desecration of the ancient Native American burial mounds site that took place as a consequence of the construction at Effigy Mounds National Monument. Respecting the ancient Native American burial mounds in the park is necessary for preserving these people’s culture, and restoring the park to pre-construction conditions would be a viable option for overturning the injustice that has occurred. Restoration efforts will no doubt turn back much of the damage that was done to the park.

    Please plan and work toward restoring the park to its condition prior to construction. The park depends on your efforts to ensure that its rich history and cultural heritage is properly persevered.

    Sincerely,

    [Your Name Here]

    Photo Credit: Bill Whittaker via Wikimedia Commons

    http://forcechange.com/134469/restore-native-american-burial-land/?utm_source=ForceChange+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0f37b65a1e-NL46810_29_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_600a6911b9-0f37b65a1e-297252581

    Wildlife – Great Barrier Reef’s Biggest Threat is Coal

    A recent report found that the Great Barrier Reef had lost 50% of its living coral. This was mainly from cyclones and the damages of Crown of Thorns starfish. Then there are the new threats of coral bleaching and acidification.

    This issue of coal lies at the heart of current threats to the Great Barrier Reef, and symbolizes an economic mindset that reef lovers everywhere are up against. Our government has decided that Australia’s economic future lies in selling cheap coal to China and India. To do this the Federal and Queensland state governments need to expand existing coal ports on the Reef because these provide the cheapest and quickest shipping routes to Asia.

    Quite apart from discouraging investment in renewable energy by backing fossil fuels, this decision has fraught implications for the health of the Reef and its waters.

    Because the reef is too shallow for massive container ships, the new coal ports all entail extensive dredging of the seafloor. Thankfully public agitation has temporarily deflected the government’s original plan to dump three million cubic meters of dredged silt from Abbot Point into the reef channel, where it would choke corals and swamp sea grasses. Even so, dredging will stir up immense amounts of sediment as well as coral-threatening bacteria.

    The vastly increased tonnage of container ships churning up and down the tricky reef channel represents a further threat from reef accidents and oil spillages, both of which have occurred a number of times in the recent past. There are plans, too, for several new mega-sized coal mines to be opened nearby, requiring similar access to the Great Barrier coastline and lagoon.

    To call this policy short-sighted is an understatement. It sacrifices one of the wonders of the world and a substantial economic asset for Australian tourism; and this at a time when even China is trying to wean itself from using polluting coal.

    Coal may prove to be an even bigger threat than the crown of thorns starfish which wasted coral reefs all along Australia – because it is something the reef has never seen and it is on an industrial scale that could threaten even this biggest biological structure on Earth. And all to help China pollute their own air! What happens after you build all these ports, you export the coal and China turns to their vast supplies of natural gas? Dead reef and a dead exporting business!

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    A coal company plans to wreck the Great Barrier Reef to build a coal port — if it gets funding.

    Save the ReefTell Bank of America: Don’t finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef!

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems — home to the endangered green sea turtle and a nursery for humpback whales to raise their young.

    That’s why what I am about to say is almost unbelievable: the coal industry is planning to build out one of the biggest coal ports in the world right in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s insane, but it’s true.

    The good news is that we have a chance to stop it from happening. The coal industry can’t complete its plan without major financial backing from banks. Three of the biggest Wall Street investment banks have already said they won’t fund the project. But Bank of America won’t commit to staying away.

    Tell Bank of America — don’t finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef!

    Adani — the mega corporation seeking funding for this disastrous project — is attempting to dredge three million cubic meters of seabed, wrecking part of the biggest stretch of coral reef in the world.

    And the devastation wouldn’t stop there. The expanded terminal would also increase dangerous coal ship traffic over the Great Barrier Reef. If Adani gets financial backing for this project, it will irrevocably change one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet.

    Greenpeace has teamed up with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) to make sure no American bank will fund this ludicrous project. RAN has been working behind the scenes, to get institutions like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs to commit to not finance reef destruction. But to get Bank of America to commit to not supporting the terminal, we need everyone who cares about our oceans and planet to speak up.

    Send a message to Bank of America now, and tell the bank to stay away from this coal port expansion.

    Not only would expanding this coal terminal — called Abbot Point — damage a World Heritage Site. It would also deal a tremendous blow to the climate. Adani and the coal industry want to build out Abbot Point so it can dig new mega-mines, doubling coal production in Australia, already the world’s second-biggest coal exporter.

    Unbelievably, in the midst of the world’s climate crisis, Bank of America is considering bankrolling carbon pollution on the scale of the Alberta tar sands or the Department of the Interior’s coal leasing program.

    But without the backing of major financial institutions like Bank of America, this deal cannot go ahead. In the last three weeks, three of the biggest Wall Street banks — Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup — have committed not to finance the Abbot Point terminal expansion.

    That leaves Bank of America as a holdout. Tell the bank to commit: don’t fund a deal that would wreck the Great Barrier Reef and harm the climate!

    Together with environmental groups across the world and hundreds of thousands of people like you who care about our oceans and climate, we can stop reckless fossil fuel projects like Abbot Point.

    From preventing coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest to preserving the Great Barrier Reef, acting now is the best way we can make a difference for this generation, and future ones.

    For the climate and for the Great Barrier Reef.

    Eternal Reefs creates permanent living legacies that memorialize the passing of a loved one.

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    For families and individuals that choose cremation, Eternal Reefs offers a unique memorial choice that replaces cremation urns and ash scatterings with a permanent environmental living legacy.

    Families and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the creation of their loved one’s memorial reef. From placing your hand print in the damp concrete during the casting, making a rubbing of the bronze plaque during the viewing ceremony, or placing a flag on your loved one’s memorial reef during our military honors ceremony, all Eternal Reefs’ activities provide peace of mind for everyone involved.

    SAN

     
  • Don Lichterman 2:16 PM on October 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Gun Safety 

    The NRA‘s leadership hopes you’ll ignore what’s going on in Washington State because they know what losing will mean for their extremist national agenda — and now there’s only one week left to make a difference.

    This year, Washington State could make history as the first state to decide at the ballot to require background checks on all gun sales — a move that would send shockwaves through the leadership ranks of the NRA. They know that if they lose in Washington, the national tide will turn against them.

    In a scramble to win, the gun lobby is misleading voters with dishonest ads and fear-mongering. We can’t let them get away with spreading lies about this life-saving measure.

    Early voting is already under way in Washington State. With just one week to go, we need to make sure every voter knows the truth about Initiative 594 before they cast their ballots.

    Whoever wins this fight in Washington State will get to define the national landscape for years to come.

    Donate now to help defeat the NRA in Washington State this year — and in states across the country in the years to come.

    This election, the Washington that matters most is Washington State.

    Polls are tightening. Resources are badly needed. Here’s what your gift can help accomplish in these final days:

    • $15 will provide walk lists and clipboards for organizers to knock on more than a hundred doors tomorrow
    • $35 will cover the cost of 50 pieces of mail about I-594
    • $50 will help volunteers make more than 500 phone calls to voters
    • $100 will help keep ads on TV and online in critical markets in Washington State

    You Can Still Eat This Corgi In Pennsylvania, Thanks To The NRA

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    CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK – Earlier this month, a lopsided majority of the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that, among other things, would have subjected anyone who “[b]reeds, keeps, sells, offers for sale or transfers a dog or cat for the purpose of human consumption” to up to seven years in prison. This proposed ban was inspired by a series of investigations by the Pennsylvania SPCA which uncovered kennels where dogs were bred for meat, including one ten year-old incident in Philadelphia where a single kennel kept 150 dogs.

    It is currently legal to slaughter and eat dogs or cats in Pennsylvania, and, thanks in large part to lobbying from the National Rifle Association, it will remain so. Although the animal cruelty bill passed the state senate by a 36-12 margin — and even though Gov. Tom Corbett (R) was expected to sign it — legislative leaders in the state house did not include this bill in the final list of legislation that would receive a vote before the end of the house’s 2013-2014 session. The NRA swiftly claimed victory for killing what it viewed as a “misguided” bill.

    The NRA’s primary objection to the animal cruelty bill was a separate provision banning what are known as “pigeon shoots” (although it is worth nothing that the NRA assembled a coalition of groups to oppose the bill that includes dog breeders opposed to additional regulation of kennels). According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, pigeon shoots are “a practice where live pigeons are launched from electronic boxes while shooters fire rounds at short distance. Injured birds that land in the shooting circle get their necks broken – often by teenagers. Wounded birds by the hundreds fly off to die slow deaths.” Animal rights activists have been working to ban this practice for the last 27 years.

    Nevertheless, the NRA described pigeon shoots as an “ethical” practice. They also argue that if this “traditional shooting sport” is banned then it will lead to a “slippery slope” where other firearms activity will also be banned.

    The defeat of this animal cruelty bill wasn’t the NRA’s only victory this past week. Pennsylvania lawmakers also snuck a provision allowing the NRA to sue cities, townships and counties with gun laws into a bill targeting the theft of copper wire and other valuable metal.

    It’s been almost 4 years since a gunman tried to take Gabby’s life while she was meeting with her constituents. While she survived, our friends, neighbors, and co-workers lost their lives or those of loved ones.
    Tucson shooting
    The long road of recovery for Gabby has been incredibly difficult. But we’ve beat expectations, and Gabby gets stronger every day.
    Gabby's getting strong
    We thought that after Gabby resigned from Congress, we’d focus on building Gabby’s strength and our family together.
    But then a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. And we knew that our lives would change again.
    Sandy Hook
    After seeing the horror at Sandy Hook, Gabby and I started Americans for Responsible Solutions. We dedicated ourselves to making sure that no other family would have to experience losing a loved one to gun violence.
    We were disappointed — furious, even — when a minority of Senators blocked expanded background checks, meaning criminals and the severely mentally ill would still have easy access to guns.
    After the Senate blocked sensible gun laws
    But this is a long haul. The gun lobby has both deep pockets and a history of blocking even the most basic solutions to reduce gun violence.
    We need to do all we can to protect those members of Congress who want to work with us to keep communities safe — and do all we can to keep out the gun lobby’s candidates who will obstruct that progress.
    I hope that one day, we will see the President sign these sensible ideas into law. But we need your help to do it.
    Obama signing Gabby's legislation
    Every dollar you donate before midnight tomorrow will be matched by an anonymous donor — so you can double your impact.
    Thank you for all of your support, from both of us.
    Gabby and Mark
    Gabby just wrapped up her Protect All Women tour — a 9 day trek through 9 states, during which she talked about her work to protect women from gun violence.
    We captured some great moments along the way, and wanted to share some with you.
    Gabby Giffords
    One thing was clear at every stop along the way. There’s so much more to be done to protect women from gun violence, and so much is at stake for it during this election.
    If the gun lobby’s candidates win, they’ll fight every effort to keep guns out of the hands of stalkers and abusers.
    Gabby and Mark hosted a breakfast with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in Arizona:
    Gabby, Mark, and Justice O'Connor
    Gabby met with law enforcement and domestic abuse survivors’ advocates in Minnesota:
    Gabby with Law Enforcement
    Along the way, Gabby practiced her remarks and reviewed what would be happening at each event:
    Gabby in the car
    But she still had time to celebrate a staff member’s birthday along the way with some cupcakes:
    Cupcakes!
    Gabby even made a surprise visit to a school in Connecticut:
    Gabby in School
    Gabby needs you to stand with her now more than ever. It’s critical that we get contributions before the election to help protect women from gun violence.
    Gabby on the plane
    The tour was a lot of work for all of us, but we’re digging in until Election Day. Thank you for standing with Gabby and helping protect women from gun violence.
    SAN