A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms


A heart-stopping new documentary, A RIVER OF WASTE exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as “mini Chernobyls.” In the U.S. and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on the individual lives damaged and destroyed.

Andrew Bartzis – Animal Allies – Spirit Healers, Dreamtime Guardians and Voices For The Animal Hive Universe


Note: Mind-blowing information from Andrew Bartzis, Galactic HIstorian on our brothers and sisters from the animal kingdom, on their purpose as companion spirit’s and the healing/teaching/protection they bring to our lives. In-joy! {~A~}

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Animals have played a big part in the lives of people as far back as there are records, no doubt long before that. As the short clip included from Michael Tsarion illustrates, Andrew shares relative to their pureness of which is KNOWN. The awareness of the depth of relationship, however I would forward to be an aspect of our Race Amnesia Andrew talks about often. Which, as usual he adds dimensions to the nature of their role in one’s life. With the context to what Andrew shares here, I know I have been in the presence of such relationships. I hope it also clarifies to you what you may not have perceived until now yourself. And, the amazing things occurring all around all the time…..

Also include:

Animal Allies physical traits from being in Psychic Battles Protecting the Sacred Space of Bonded Human, Animal Healers, Taking on Burdens, Reciprocation of their Love and need for it, The importance of Communication, The use of Crystals for their Defence, Energy Hygiene, Sacred Feminine Warrior, Soul Connection through Lifetimes, Animal Teachers, Astral Animal Spirit Warriors, Dream Lodge, Moon Lodge, Soul Groups inc Animal Spirits, Animal Council Spirit Teachers, Region Totem Protector, Animal Community Ambassadors, Animal Hive Universe, Unified Dreamtime and much much more…..Enjoy

Clip – ‘1 Am Number Four’ – Touchstone Pictures

After uproar, U.S. government says does not plan to kill wild horses


By Alex Dobuzinskis

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it has no plans to euthanize a large share of the more than 45,000 wild horses and burros removed from lands mostly in the U.S. West, after an advisory panel’s proposal to kill some of the animals sparked outrage.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said they struggle to find people to adopt the growing number of wild horses and burros, which costs the agency millions annually to maintain in corrals and pasturelands.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board on Friday recommended the bureau consider euthanizing the animals that cannot be adopted, or selling them to companies that might slaughter them.

But Tom Gorey, a spokesman for the bureau, said in an email that the agency will “continue its current policy of caring for unadopted or unsold wild horses and burros” and will “not sell or send any animals to slaughter.”

File photo of several wild horses escaping as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather horses into a trap south of Garrison, Utah © REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo File photo of several wild horses escaping as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather horses into a trap south of Garrison, Utah The bureau is expected to formally respond to the panel at its next meeting within months.

The panel’s recommendation created an uproar among animal rights activists and highlighted the challenges ahead for the U.S. government as it seeks to control the population of wild horses and burros.

Gillian Lyons, wild horse and burro program manager for the Humane Society of the United States, said members of the public were quick to criticize the idea of killing the wild animals.

“It’s something the American public just doesn’t know about, you don’t think of wild horses being held in facilities all across the United States,” Lyons said.

She added that the bureau has a responsibility to the animals because it captured them.

Even after decades of round-ups of wild horses and burros, 67,000 of these animals roam the United States, mostly in Nevada and California, according to government estimates.

Without natural predators, they have proliferated far beyond the roughly 27,000 animals the U.S. government says would be a population low enough to prevent overgrazing and preserve land for other animals.

The bureau spends nearly $50 million a year in upkeep for captured horses and burros, Gorey said.

The Humane Society alleges the bureau spends so much paying private contractors to hold the animals that it cannot afford to expand its program to administer birth control to the animals on the range, which it contends would be more effective for population control than round-ups.

But the bureau counters fertility control is difficult, in part because the birth control drug wears off in less than two years.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/after-uproar-us-government-says-does-not-plan-to-kill-wild-horses/ar-BBwaryz

Truly remarkable! Bird revived back to LIFE by another bird


This is the heart-warming moment a stubborn bird saved his friend’s life by trying to revive it after it hit a window.
The scene, filmed in Saudi Arabia, was posted on LiveLeak by a baffled eyewitness.
It shows a nervous robin slapping its wings as he tries to give its pal – who lies unconscious on its back – the ‘kiss of life’ to revive it.
It is believed the other robin was knocked out by flying into a glass window.
The generous bird does not give up on his friend’s life and keeps stroking it with its beak – but the robin does not move and lies on its back unconscious.
The first bird then changes tactics and tries to move the fallen robin to turn it around.
Finally, slowly, the bird starts flapping its wings and regains consciousness.
The last peck sends the injured bird flying, followed by his saviour.

Move Over Cotton, Say Hello to Hemp — The ‘Forbidden’ Crop That is Taking the World by Storm


by PAUL FASSA

hemp-usesAllowing and encouraging domestic hemp cultivation would be a boon for small farmers, especially organic farmers. I’m talking only about industrial hemp, not medical cannabis/marijuana, which continues to prove its merits and gain acceptance.

Industrial hemp’s use should be a no-brainer. But it’s a complex boondoggle of legal and bureaucratic nonsense even without THC, the molecule that leads to “Reefer Madness”.

Industrial hemp commercial cultivation is legal in Canada. But the USA hemp industry was pushed to the side by government connected industry insiders whose monopolies were threatened when it appeared hemp may boom and compete for the very products of their monopolist concerns.

Circa 1937, the hemp industry had been given a mechanical invention gift known as the decoricator machine was invented. It was a machine that was to hemp what the 19th Century cotton gin was. It replaced hand shredding of hemp to glean its fibers, fibers that could be used for textiles, clothing, paper, and plastic.

With the advent of the decoricator, hemp would have been able to take over competing industries in paper, textiles for clothing and other applications, fuel, and plastics. Growing hemp in abundance was easy, and it’s plant to harvest time was no more than six months.

According to Popular Mechanics during that time, “10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average [forest] pulp land.” Then a  small number of large businesses with competition concerns used high level government connections to push through the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

The ensuing marijuana scares hyped by movies such as “Reefer Madness” brought about more legislation that would prohibit all hemp cultivation, even hemp without THC.

Prior to this, even without the high speed decoricator, hemp was an easy cash crop for small farmers, some of whom were recruited to continue cultivating hemp during WW II to provide hemp fibers for U.S. Naval ships’ ropes as well as other military applications.

And prior to that, hemp was so important during colonial and early American times that farmers were virtually required to cultivate it along with their other crops.

George Washington – “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”

Thomas Jefferson – “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”

Hemp for Nutrition

Hulled hemp seeds, their powders and cold pressed oils provide all the essential amino acids for easily digested high protein. Hemp is not only very high in omega-3, but it provides an almost perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.

It is truly a super food that you can buy in health food stores or online. The seeds come from Canada, where industrial hemp is legal. Hemp is so nutritionally dense that one could survive on hemp seeds alone during extreme food shortages. If hemp were legal, you could easily grow your own.

Hemp Improves Farming

Hemp plants don’t need pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, which rely mostly on the phosphate industry. A phosphate industry byproduct is the sodium fluoride that is sold to municipality water works for our poisoned tap water.

The runoff from fields of phosphate fertilizers into waterways that merge with seawater is causing all sorts of nitrogen and phosphorous excesses and imbalances, leading to algae that stifles the water’s ecological support systems.

Hemp’s thick roots ward off weeds, and growing hemp improves the soil’s nitrogen, making that soil better for other crops. They would be useful and lucrative rotation crops for organic farmers.

Hemp plants have a growth cycle of only four months. In mild climates, harvesting hemp two times in one year would create an annual cash cow for farmers. The marijuana taboo is eliminated by allowing the male plants to continually pollinate the female plants. This reduces psychotropic THC to legal levels.

Eliminating Toxic Petrochemical Plastics

There is a clump of plastic waste residue larger than the state of Texas floating in the middle of the Pacific. A lot of it is expected to decompose, creating a plastic soup in the ocean. The toxins from this plastic soup spread out into other oceanic regions and are hazardous to fish and bird wildlife. This soup could find its way into our kitchens as well!

All kinds of plastics are produced with hemp, from clear wraps for foods to automobile parts. Hemp plastics are durable and heat resistant. And they are bio-degradable. Recently the French auto industry use hemp to manufacture some of its automobile parts. Henry Ford pioneered this in 1941 when he built his “vegetable car” with hemp and flax. It was stronger and lighter than steel cars.

Ford’s hemp-mobile also used hemp bio-diesel fuel, which creates very little pollution. The petroleum industry didn’t want to see or hear that. Hemp seeds were even used to make paints and lacquers in the mid-1930s.

Petrochemical plastics for all purposes could be replaced with hemp plastics that are non-toxic and bio-degradable. Bye-bye BPA!

Construction Materials for Housing

Amazingly, housing construction materials made from hemp fibers have been discovered to be superior to most cheap materials used in housing construction these days. Ever see a house under construction after its initial framing?

What you’ll usually see before whatever exterior coating is used are sheets of wood substitutes, either pasteboard or particle board or pressboards, some of which are processed and bound with toxic chemicals that can off-gas into interior quarters. It’s cheaper than other materials and used abundantly.

Inexpensive hemp can be made into various different building materials, hempcrete, fiberboard, carpet, stucco, cement blocks, insulation, and plastic. Those materials are stronger and much longer lasting than what’s being used currently. They are also mold and rot free and more fire resistant. And they are environmentally and ecologically friendly and non-toxic.

More Trees for Tree Huggers

Pulp from trees is used to make paper. But anything wood pulp can do, hemp fibers can do better. It’s said that the original Constitution and Bill of Rights were on hemp paper.

Paper from trees can be recycled maybe three times. Hemp paper can be recycled eight times. Since hemp was effectively banned in the USA since 1937, 70% of the USA’s forests have been eliminated. It takes years for trees to grow. Hemp can be gown and harvested within six months.

It’s estimated that one acre of hemp produces more oxygen from CO2 and methane than 25 acres of forest. One idea presented by hemp advocates is to have inner city hemp plots to improve urban air quality. We wouldn’t need bogus carbon tax legislation.

Pulping trees for paper creates more waste, pollution, and consumes more energy than most enterprises. This industry consumes more water than almost all others. It is the fifth largest industry consumer of energy, and it emits a good deal of toxicity in the process.

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” Henry Ford

Anything the petrochemical industry can produce, hemp can do better without toxic synthetic-investmentsenvironmental and human consequences. Deforesting could be a thing of the past if hemp became the major source of construction materials and paper. Heavily pesticide and herbicide sprayed or GMO cotton wouldn’t be necessary, nor would toxic synthetic fibers.

Amazing how such an easily cultivated plant with so many beneficial applications has been so efficiently suppressed by the one or two percent for their purposes while too many among the 98% agreed with that suppression.

Paul Fassais a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com. His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption that harms more than most realize. Visit his blog by following this link and follow him on Twitter here.

Sources:
Ways hemp can change the world:
http://www.collective-evolution.com…
Relegalize hemp site:
http://relegalize.info…
Ocean plastic soup:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com…
Comparing hemp paper to tree paper:
http://www.hemphasis.net…
Hemp plastics:
http://en.wikipedia.org…
Hemp Plastic website:
http://www.hempplastic.com…
Naming names of those behind banning hemp:
http://relegalize.info…
How hemp as a cash crop can help our economy:
http://transformwabudget…
Paper on the industries behind banning hemp:
http://marijuana-tax-act-1937…
The decoricator machine
https://www.erowid.org…

 

http://www.realfarmacy.com/hemp-cultivation-would-be-a-major-blessing-to-mankind-and-the-planet/

Enter The Buzzsaw ~ Chemtrail Busting, Aliens, and the Disruption of Wilhelm Reich with Sharon Daphna


Chemtrail busting, orgone energy, alien and government conspiracies of weather wars, and the persecution of Wilhelm Reich are explored with Sharon Daphna. Chemtrails and contrail differences are laid out, and what people can do to disrupt atmospheric negative energy is explained. How heavy metals and strange additional ingredients are mysteriously used, the way concerned citizens can disrupt them, and the long, strange history of weather wars by visitors is detailed in this uncensored Buzzsaw, hosted by Sean Stone.

GUEST BIO:
Sharon Daphna is an orgone energy worker, planetary healer, researcher, and writer from Los Angeles. She began her life as an artist and musician with a BFA from UCLA and spent many years touring and playing live music. Since 2014, Sharon and her partner, Gabriel, have been making orgone energy devices called orgonite, and have worked to restore California’s climate and clean the air through orgonite gifting, distributing thousands of them throughout the state. Sharon has done public talks, including panels and seminars at the 5D Event and Conscious Life Expo, and has been a guest on Beyond Belief with George Noory on Gaia TV, Jimmy Church’s “Fade to Black,” Truth Be Told with Tony Sweet on UBN, Adam Vs. the Man hosted by Adam Kokesh, Weaponized News on 1680AM Fresno, CA, and many others.
She runs the websites The Chembow (thechembow.com) and the blog site “Somewhere Under the Chembow” (thechembow.tumblr.com), where she educates the public about how to use orgone energy to clean up the atmosphere and neutralize harmful EMF, and records the weather war in California in real time.

ADD’L LINKS:
http://www.thechembow.com
thechembow.tumblr.com
http://www.enterthebuzzsaw.com/
Make up to $10k per week with this secret system!
https://tradegenius.co/buzzsaw/ref/7?…

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Use Promo Code: Buzzsaw for $50 off!

Cleanse Your Body From Unwanted Toxins
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Buzzsaw YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/c/Buzzsawwith…
Buzzsaw Full Episodes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy7MN…
Buzzsaw Interview Highlights:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqELw…
Buzzsaw Secret Societies Illuminated Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
Metaphysics and Visionary Spirituality on Buzzsaw Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
Shadow Government Revealed on Buzzsaw:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
Alien Truth on Buzzsaw Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
More Buzzsaw Interview Highlights:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpVpd…
https://www.facebook.com/EnterTheBuzz…
https://www.facebook.com/thelip.tv
http://www.youtube.com/theliptv
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC25k…

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
00:01 Welcoming Sharon Daphna to Buzzsaw.
00:35 Chemtrails clarified. Contrails vs chemtrails for weather modification and other motives.
02:45 Why would the government spray their own families? Orders from above.
04:10 Orgone energy, Wilhelm Reich’s research, sex and life flow.
08:15 Alien agenda for global imbalance? Cloud busting and natural restoration.
12:54 Psychic contact with aliens, deadly orgone radiation, and the “space gun.”
15:30 Proof of alien involvement? Structural power of pyramids.
18:13 How to create orgone, and distributing chemtrail busters throughout California.
22:56 The agenda for weather wars, the effects on those that sleep, and transhumanist plots.
27:34 William Reich, imprisoned and suppressed in the energetic war.
33:28 Documenting chemtrail busting, and flipping the damage of cell towers.
36:00 Where to get more information on the weather war.
37:20 Thanks and goodbye.

Anti-Geoengineering Legal Alliance Files US 60 Day Notice Of Legal Action


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Dane Wigington
geoengineeringwatch.org

For over a year GeoengineeringWatch.org and a group of very dedicated attorneys has diligently and consistently worked on formulating a plan of legal action to effectively expose and halt the ongoing global climate engineering assault against our planet. Our team, the Legal Alliance To Stop Geoengineering, is comprised of attorneys and experts that are completely committed to the most critical cause of stopping global geoengineering. The increase in public awareness that will result from this legal effort is crucial. Public support of this effort is essential in order for the legal team to continue moving forward in this this critical battle.

Click the icon image below to go directly to the legal action LASG website

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The commencement of this plan is now underway with the notices of pending legal action already being sent out by certified mail to ALL the potential defendants named on the “60 day notice”. This very carefully crafted and very extensive document should be thoroughly examined by all, it is the core point of this entire post. This document/legal notice (including plaintiffs) can be reviewed by clicking the PDF icon image below.

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The global climate engineering assault against planet Earth, it’s climate systems, and all life forms, is the most urgent untold story in human history. How can such blatantly obvious atrocities continue to be hidden in plain sight?

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El Portal (Yosemite National Park), California. Photo credit: Ron Kauk

These unimaginably massive and destructive geoengineering/solar radiation management experiments have been fully deployed and perpetually expanding for over 70 years. The atmospheric spraying of toxic heavy metals and chemical elements (that are related to climate engineering programs) have been carried out by our government (and other nations around the globe) without the knowledge or consent of their populations. Those who control the weather, control the people, and in the process, the life support systems of our planet are being systematically torn apart.  Below is a statement about the “60 day legal notice” from LASG attorney, James Grant:

In coordination with GeoengineeringWatch.Org, the Legal Alliance to Stop Geoengineering (LASG), a cross-borders group of like-minded attorneys and their litigation team, are in the process of serving the attached “60-Day Notice” on the US government, including the Department of Defense and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as certain state, county and local regulatory agencies and entities in California, that LASG will soon file a citizens lawsuit in California federal court for declaratory and injunctive relief to expose and enjoin the toxic aerosol discharge programs being conducted by certain “Violators” without scrutiny by certain “Delinquent Regulators” (both prospective defendant groups are identified in the Notice) at high elevation over California and beyond in the dubious and unlawful effort to address/combat climate change and otherwise modify/engineer the weather.

In this time of disclosure, the citizens of this nation – indeed, of this planet – deserve to know the nature and extent of the aerosol discharge programs (“Programs”) occurring in the skies over California and its waters (both coastal and inland), as well as across the country and beyond our borders. These Programs are now sometimes referred to as “solar radiation management”, “stratospheric aerosol geoengineering”, and/or “stratospheric aerosol injection” programs. Such Programs are being conducted by various entities, including the US military, its contractors and affiliates, without regulatory agency scrutiny or public debate. Beyond the fictional defense that “it’s not happening” and the artificial clouds that are “just persistent contrails” from commercial aircraft (often in crisscross patterns that defy any notion of rational air traffic control and that feather out into a milky haze), the actual Programs are releasing nano-particulates of toxic materials, including but not limited to aluminum oxide, barium and strontium, into the atmosphere at high levels in the dubious and unlawful effort to impact the climate or for other reasons unknown. Based on the law of gravity, such toxic and tortious dispersions are coming down to ground-level waters, and contaminating our air, soil and water. The resulting devastation and damage to our environment and human health are widespread.

There is no “pharmaceutical fix” to climate change and global warming. As Albert Einstein said: “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” We deserve answers from the groups releasing toxic chemicals over our heads through the Programs, as well as from those who have turned a blind eye to them, in violation of our environmental and human rights laws. President Abraham Lincoln said: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

The Programs are occurring without legal permits, scientific justification (sound or otherwise) or public comment or debate. While such programs violate a broad spectrum of state and federal environmental and other laws, rules and regulations, LASG’s 60-Day Notice to the “Violators” and “Delinquent Regulators” and prospective federal lawsuit focus on violations of the federal Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act arising out of the contamination of the California water supply in Shasta, Placer, Siskiyou and Santa Cruz Counties, including the Sacramento Delta, which impacts the majority of California’s drinking water supply. Such violations impose strict liability on the parties involved in the non-permitted Programs, as well as mandatory obligations on the municipalities and regulatory agencies authorized to prevent such Programs.

We will post periodic updates on any response by the prospective defendants to the 60-Day Notice, as well as LASG’s filing of a citizens’ lawsuit to expose and enjoin the unlawful Programs. We anticipate the upcoming action will be heavily litigated because the stakes are high. If you wish to support our effort, please visit our website and contribute what you can. We are doing this for all of us who inhabit this beautiful planet and have a responsibility to protect it now and for the future.

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Tioga Pass (Sierra Nevada mountains), California. Photo credit: Vince Hughes

The threat posed by our now imploding climate system and environment is unimaginably grave and immediate. All available data makes clear that global climate engineering programs are making an already catastrophic climate collapse far worse overall. What we collectively face is nothing short of an immediate existential threat. SRM programs are fueling ozone layer destruction and a complete disruption of the Earth’s hydrological cycle. Chemically ice nucleated large scale surface cool-downs are also a major component of the climate engineering onslaught. From massive government documents, to extensive lists of climate engineering patents, to up-close irrefutable film footage of jet aircraft spraying, to satellite images of cloud formations that are inarguably engineered, the ongoing weather warfare cannot be rationally denied.

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Anderson, California. Photo credit: Krystal Fourzon Lane

Governments around the globe are involved with the covert climate engineering insanity, we are at an unimaginably dire time in human history. The effort to stop climate engineering should be, must be, the most catalyzing and urgent issue for the whole of the human race. The Legal Alliance To Stop Geoengineering team has worked tirelessly on this most critical issue in order to credibly move the ball forward in this must win battle. Public support and funding for LASG is absolutely essential for this work to continue ( LASG is a NON-PROFIT entity, all contributions are 100% tax deductible). Please help us to legally expose the covert climate engineering assault, and bring it to a halt.
DW 

May be freely reprinted, so long as the text is unaltered, all hyperlinks are left intact, and credit for the article is prominently given to geoengineeringwatch.org and the article’s author with a hyperlink back to the original story.

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/anti-geoengineering-legal-alliance-files-us-60-day-notice-of-legal-action/

Firefighters Dig Until Dawn to Rescue Underground Dog


Could it be that when you name a dog “Tiger” you can expect him to be especially territorial? Well, perhaps that’s why this dog in Gulfport, Miss., decided to race down the street in pursuit of a neighborhood cat. Only problem is, there’s something just as dangerous as quicksand in the concrete “jungle” and it swallowed poor Tiger just as quickly.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

Tiger fell deep into a concrete culvert pipe near the intersection of Mississippi Avenue and Tyler Street around 9 p.m. one evening, and it wasn’t until residents exhausted their own resources that they decided to call for help at around 3 a.m. the next morning.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

Gulfport Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Henderson, along with seven other firefighters and a pair of workers from the public works department, began working together to extricate the dog.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

It was a tedious rescue because the pipe was far too narrow for any rescue worker to fit through, so the team had to cut their way through the pipe.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

“We counted the joints in the pipe to estimate the distance, then walked off the distance on the top above the ground,” Henderson told the local ABC News affiliate.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

The firefighters dug down and then drilled holes to locate Tiger before bringing in a concrete saw to cut through the pipe and reach him.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

By 7 a.m. Tiger was pulled to safety and reunited with his guardian who planned to take him to the veterinarian as a precautionary measure although the dog appeared unharmed.

Credit: Chris Henderson of Gulfport Fire Department/ Facebook

http://www.care2.com/causes/firefighters-dig-until-dawn-to-rescue-underground-dog.html

Here, The Visitors Are In Cages & The Animals Roam Free


Note: Novel idea! It’s about time we gave wildlife a chance to gawk and poke fun at ie: “Save the Human’s”… Love it!❤

 
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By Alex Erickson,

Why do we go to the zoo? To see animals we’d never imagine coming across in our day-to-day lives wander about, eating, rolling around, and looking cute for our amazement. At least that’s what I get out of it.

As a child, I wanted to hear the trumpets of elephants, the roars of lions and tigers, the chatter of monkeys. I wanted to watch a giraffe walk elegantly about, its long neck stretching high and far for food.

I wanted to marvel at the incredible array of colours on the seemingly endless species of birds. What a beautiful thing to be able to see so many animals from all over the world in my hometown.

But long before I understood the downsides of many zoos, I wondered if the animals were happy. Maybe it was because I’d seen Free Willy too many times, or maybe it was because I had this innate feeling that being locked up was wrong, and couldn’t possibly be a part of happiness.

Even today, sometimes I stare at my cat and wonder if she is happy. I’ve given her an accessible ‘cat door’ to wander in and out of my house between the hours of 8am and whenever nightfall hits. But she mostly sleeps.

It’s often in the middle of the night that she is more exuberant, chasing bugs as a part of her nocturnal behaviour and perhaps as a way to make up for being caged in from her desire to hunt in the outdoors. But I’m scared. I don’t want her to get eaten by coyotes, and so my protective, motherly instinct keeps my cat from being free in a way that is most important to her nature.

As an adult, when I think of zoos, I imagine caged and humiliated animals meant to serve as entertainment for humans. Zoos claim to be more than just this, however, but do we really need them? The issue is controversial, with one side believing keeping animals in captivity promotes conservation and education, and the other arguing it simply supports animal cruelty.

One thing seems clear, however: no matter how you slice it, keeping any creature, endangered or not, behind a cage is inhumane. So what is the alternative? One zoo in China found an interesting way to bring people closer to the wildlife without actually caging animals. Their tactic? Put the visitors in cages instead.

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The Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo allows normally caged creatures like big cats and other wildlife species, such as bears, roam free, while visitors remain in a cage. This allows people to get extremely close without subjecting the wild creatures to the inhumanity of being trapped in small cages, like most zoos throughout the world do.

“We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks,” Zoo spokeswoman Chan Llang explained.

Chunks of meat are tied to the outside of moving cages to attract animals for the visitors. Inside the vehicles, visitors are protected from being eaten. Small openings at the top allow them to offer food to the exotic beasts.

Chan Llang says all the visitors are warned “to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.”

Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo was opened in 2015, and tickets were sold out for three months, proving people actually enjoyed the idea of allowing the animals to roam freely in their natural habitats while they remained behind cages themselves.

“It’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced in a zoo before,” explained visitor Tao Jen. “We’re not looking at them, they’re looking at us – and we’re lunch.”

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/08/13/here-the-visitors-are-in-cages-the-animals-roam-free/

Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience


A new first-in-the-nation law will shield residents from arrest as they use direct action to stop fracking-wastewater injection wells.
FrackingWell_650.jpgA tiny community sitting on a 27-square-mile piece of Western Pennsylvania wanted to send a big message to the energy company planning to deposit toxic fracking wastewater under its neighborhoods. And its 700 residents wanted it to be perfectly legal for them to loudly object.

Grant Township had seen what happens when people nationwide take to the streets to protest bullying corporations: Arrests. Lots of them.

So Grant Township planned ahead. Two weeks ago, it passed a law that protects its residents from arrest if they protest Pennsylvania General Energy Company’s (PGE) creation of an injection well.

Residents believe this law is the first in the United States to legalize nonviolent civil disobedience against toxic wastewater injection wells. “We’re doing it to safeguard the residents and protect as many people as possible,” Township Supervisor Stacy Long said.

Long said legalizing direct action is a response to the ongoing problem of rural residents seeing their voices excluded from discussions between state governments and big corporations on issues that have local ramifications.

Like so many other people in communities dealing with fracking and its waste, residents worry the injected wastewater will leak into their drinking-water sources.

PGE wants to repurpose an existing well in Grant Township into a Class II disposal well. These wells are used to deposit toxic wastewater deep underground. The wastewater is a byproduct of oil and gas drilling and can contain toxic metals, benzene, and radioactive materials, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 180,000 Class II injection wells currently operate, injecting more than 2 billion gallons of brine a day. About 20 percent are disposal wells.

While the EPA claims injection wells are safe, the toxic contents of the wells don’t always remain in the rock layer where they’ve been deposited. A ProPublica review found structural problems reported for 17,000 wells between 2007 and 2010.

The Grant Township community relies entirely on private wells and springs for their drinking water, Long said. Like so many other people in communities dealing with fracking and its waste, residents worry the injected wastewater will leak into their drinking-water sources.

The town’s new law has yet to be tested in courts, but it’s just the latest legislative move in a three-year battle Grant Township has had with PGE since the energy company first announced its plans to convert a well for fracked wastewater disposal.

The community enlisted the aid of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), which helped it to pass an ordinance in 2014 that established a community bill of rights guaranteeing clean air and water and excluding injection wells. PGE sued, and in 2015 a judge ruled that the town couldn’t ban an injection well.

“It’s going to have to be bodies in the road to stop those trucks if the courts fail us.”

Next, the community changed its municipality status from a second-class township to a home-rule municipality in the hopes that reinstating the ban against the injection well as a new type of municipality would give it more legal power. Long said home-rule municipalities have a greater say in decisions that are made about their community.

“The existing system is not providing communities with the legal tools to protect themselves,” said Chad Nicholson, Pennsylvania community organizer with CELDF.

PGE needs one more permit before it can create the injection well. The company already received a permit from the EPA but is still waiting on one from the Department of Environmental Protection. The department gave PGE a permit in 2015 but revoked it a few months later, saying it needed to review additional criteria.

Industry’s position is that injection wells are the least expensive and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of fracking wastewater.

But for Long, there is no place safe enough to pour toxic liquid into the ground. “I was elected to keep everything clean and nice and that weighs heavily on me,” Long said. “It’s going to have to be bodies in the road to stop those trucks if the courts fail us.”

 

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/faced-with-a-fracking-giant-this-small-town-just-legalized-civil-disobedience-20160513

Monsanto Losing Millions As Farmers In India Rebel, Plant Indigenous Seed


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By Christina Sarich

India — Monsanto is losing millions on failed GM cotton. The company illegally pushed a form of Bt cotton into India and Africa more than a decade ago, but farmers are now pushing back by planting their own indigenous seed.

Monsanto is accused of writing laws and then breaking them to enter the market in India, but after more than 300,000 farmer deaths between 1995 and 2013, many of them attributed to Monsanto, the company is finally paying for their misdeeds. The corporation’s greed is linked to farmer suicides throughout Maharashtra, considered the ‘Cotton Belt’ in India.

The Indian government is now actively promoting the use of indigenous seed, and has called Monsanto out for profiteering illegally on Bt cotton seed.

Monsanto has already lost nearly $75 million in royalties this year (5 billion rupees) due to the change in seed choice by farmers. Sales in India have fallen by 15 percent, and though this is a relatively small market share, it is still making a huge impact on the company’s bottom line.

This could be the end of Monsanto, altogether, in India. Keshav Raj Kranthi, head of India’s Central Institute for Cotton Research said:

“Just wait for the crucial three to four years to see a complete, natural turnaround. By then most farmers will give up Bt cotton and go for the indigenous variety.”

Notably, Burkina Fasso in West Africa also recently rejected Monsanto’s Bt cotton seed after finding the seed produced a poor quality cotton that fetched low prices for the farmers who bothered to grow it.

While Monsanto argues that its genetically modified seed is better, many studies state that their comparisons were not looking at hybridized and indigenous seed (not GM seeds) that give better crop quality and higher yields.

Bt cotton is genetically modified seed which contains Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium that produces toxins harmful to a variety of insects, including, supposedly, bollworms that attack cotton; however, like weeds that have become impervious to RoundUp, many organisms become even stronger when introduced to genetic mutations of Mother Nature’s perfection. Monsanto even admits that insect resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis is ‘natural’ and ‘to be expected’.

Indeed, the indigenous varieties of cotton have fared better against the bollworm, whitefly, drought, and other dangers that cotton farmers face.

Monsanto (doing business in India as Mahyco Monsanto Business Limited) has even threatened to pull out of India completely, calling the bluff of a government who threatened to lower their royalties; but the government was undeterred, cut their seed royalties by 74 percent, and capped seed prices.

This will bring much relief to cotton farmers in India, but with 96 percent of India’s cotton crop being developed with Monsanto’s Bt cotton, it could take generations to recapture the indigenous crop completely, while bankrupting the corrupt Monsanto simultaneously.

As Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, India’s Junior Agricultural Minister has said of Monsanto, “The greed has to end.”


This article (Monsanto Losing Millions as Farmers in India Rebel, Plant Indigenous Seed) via NB is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Christina Sarich and UndergroundReporter.org. If you spot a typo, please email the error and the name of the article to undergroundreporter2016@gmail.com. Image credit:Wikimedia Commons/Claude Renault

https://cultureofawareness.com/2016/08/06/monsanto-losing-millions-as-farmers-in-india-rebel-plant-indigenous-seed/

NOAA scientists report mass die-off of invertebrates at East Flower Garden Bank in Gulf of Mexico


Note: No mention here from NOAA scientists about the millions of gallons of highly toxic Corexit 9500 that was dumped into the Gulf after the 2011 BP oil spill disaster, to push the oil to the bottom of the ocean, creating a massive dead zone of toxic soup. Nothing to see here folks, moving along….

Sanctuary recommends public avoid diving, fishing, boating activities in affected area

By Dr. Steve Gittings, steve.gittings@noaa.gov
Chief Scientist, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

July 2016

Update: 08/03/16 Added animated GIF

A white mat of unknown material coats a dying sponge
Scientists are currently unsure of the exact cause of the die-off in the East Flower Garden Bank, marked with a red star. This visualization shows salinity levels in the Gulf of Mexico. White areas indicate low salinity levels, which usually stay near the coastline. Notice the intrusion of freshwater south of the Texas/Louisiana border; this increase in freshwater is a possible contributing factor to the die-off. Image Credit: United States Naval Research Laboratory – Stennis Space Center
A white mat of unknown material coats a dying sponge
A white mat of unknown material coats a dying sponge at the East Flower Garden Bank during a large-scale mortality event. Image shows area 8-10 inches across. Image: FGBNMS/G.P. Schmahl

On Monday, sport divers on the M/V Fling, diving in the Gulf of Mexico 100 miles offshore of Texas and Louisiana, were stunned to find green, hazy water, huge patches of ugly white mats coating corals and sponges, and dead animals littering the bottom on the East Flower Garden Bank, a reef normally filled with color and marine life. The reef, which is part of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, is considered one of the healthiest anywhere in the region.

The charter captain alerted scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), who were doing annual monitoring work a few hundred yards away on the same reef. The scientists are now reporting that a large-scale mortality event of unknown cause is underway on this bank.


Coats of white mats covering dying star corals during a large-scale mortality event at the East Flower Garden Bank. Image shows area 8-10 inches across. Image credit: FGBNMS/G.P. Schmahl

The divers and researchers found unprecedented numbers of dying corals, sponges, sea urchins, brittle stars, clams and other invertebrates on large but separate patches of the reef. Sanctuary Research Coordinator Emma Hickerson reported extensive white mats covering corals and sponges, and estimates the mortality of corals to be nearly 50 percent in some of the affected areas. The spatial extent of the event is still being determined, but Hickerson says the die-off has so far been seen at three dive sites that charter boats typically use when they visit the bank.

Oddly, there was no evidence of the mass die-off at the site used for long-term monitoring of the bank since the late 1980s, where the scientists had been working when they first heard the news. Annual monitoring at the sanctuary is co-funded by NOAA, BOEM and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Twelve miles away, the reefs of the West Flower Garden Bank remain vibrant, bathed in clear, blue water and free of the problem for now.

Massive star corals have been impacted by a large-scale mortality event at the East Flower Garden Bank
A massive star coral impacted by a large-scale mortality event at the East Flower Garden Bank. These corals are hundreds and hundreds of years old, and can be lost in a matter of days. Image shows area 15-18 feet across. Image credit: FGBNMS/G.P. Schmahl

Until the problem is sorted out, NOAA is recommending the public avoid diving, fishing, and boating activities on the East Flower Garden Bank. This is primarily to prevent the transmission of whatever is causing the mass mortality to unaffected locations, but also could protect divers from ingesting what could be harmful pathogens or toxins.

“At present, we are not aware of any specific risks to humans, but we are recommending this action as a precaution until more is known about the cause,” said G.P. Schmahl, Sanctuary Superintendent.

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The remains of a sea urchin recently dead from a large-scale mortality event at the East Flower Garden Banks laying atop dying star coral colonies – these are coated with a white mat of unknown material. Image shows area 3-5 feet across. Image credit: FGBNMS/G.P. Schmahl

Several potential causes of the outbreak will be investigated, including poor water quality, disease pathogens and chemical spills. Each alone could cause mortality in coral reef organisms, but more likely, a combination of stressors is at work.

“We know of no spills that have recently occurred near the Flower Garden Banks,” said Schmahl, “but water temperature over the banks is quite high, at 86 degrees.” In addition, large plumes of low-salinity coastal water have moved offshore following months of extreme rainfall in the region. That water is rich with plankton, nutrients and chemicals that arrive to the Gulf through runoff and river discharges. As the plumes decay, oxygen levels in the water can decrease.


Tissue sloughing off a recently dead brain coral succumbing to a large-scale mortality event at the East Flower Garden Bank. Image shows area roughly 2 feet across. Image credit: FGBNMS/G.P. Schmahl

Combined, these stressors could make coral reefs animals and plants more prone to disease outbreaks, or simply fuel the growth of bacterial or algae mats that smother the reefs. Scientists from around the world are offering advice and assistance in trying to help discover the cause.

Isolated bleaching events and unconfirmed cases of diseases have been reported at the Flower Garden Banks in the past. Overall, however, the health and stability of the sanctuary’s invertebrate and fish populations have been in stark contrast to coral reefs around the world that have degraded over the last four decades.


A deadly white mat coats a sponge between star and brain coral at the East Flower Garden Banks. Image shows area roughly 3 feet across. Image credit: FGBNMS/G.P. Schmahl.

Concern now is that the isolation of the banks, which many believe has been shielding them from human impacts, may not be enough to fully protect them anymore. But from what? The sanctuary and the science community are desperately trying to figure that out.

To learn more:

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/

BOEM Science Notes – Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
http://www.boem.gov/2014-03-Science-Notes/

Long-Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks
http://marinecadastre.gov/espis/#/search/study/27295

 

http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/jul16/noaa-scientists-report-mass-die-off-of-invertebrates-at-east-flower-garden-bank.html

News Worth Celebrating: Megadam in the Heart of the Amazon Canceled!


Note: This victory was only made possible by the 1.2 million environmental activists & Earthkeepers around the world who participated in signing petitions protesting the construction of this megadam. So don’t believe the naysayers who say petitions are a waste of time, because they can really make a HUGE difference when we unite together en masse behind a cause. People power is one of the most powerful forces in the Universe!

Hence the reason “they” have created 1001 ways to divide us – fortunately the dark matrix is collapsing as humanity RE-Unites in heart and spirit!

Have a blessed weekend, aloha! Annette

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by Danicley de Aguiar

Thanks to all of you — more than 1.2 million people — who stood with the Munduruku Indigenous people and made this victory possible!

© Rogério Assis / Greenpeace

This Wednesday, I had barely had breakfast when I was surprised by some absolutely amazing news: the Brazilian environmental agency — IBAMA announced it would cancel the process for licensing the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT) megadam in the heart of the Amazon. Once my heart rate returned to normal, I started to call my colleagues and Munduruku leaders, seeking confirmation.

Today, it’s official: The Brazilian environmental agency has cancelled the São Luiz do Tapajós megadam. It’s time to celebrate this incredible news!

I would like to thank all of you — more than 1.2 million people around the world — who stood with the Munduruku Indigenous People to say no to the SLT dam and pressure multinational companies like Siemens to distance themselves from the project.

You made this victory possible!

Munduruku children playing in the rain in Sawré Muybu village. Sawré Muybu village serves as headquarters for the action on March 18th, 2016. A 20x30 meters banner is to be opened near the Tapajós river, protesting against the construction of dams in the region. Warriors from other villages and Greenpeace activists gather in the village. A aldeia Sawré Muybu recebe os preparativos para a ação do dia 18/03/2016, em que um banner de 20x30 metros deve ser aberto próximo ao Rio Tapajós, em protesto à construção de hidrelétricas na região. Guerreiros de outras aldeias e ativistas do Greenpeace chegam à aldeia. 15/03/2016. Foto: Rogério Assis/Greenpeace.

Over these last months we truly believed that sooner or later IBAMA would need to recognize the megadam project’s significant environmental and social impacts in the region. Now, with IBAMA’s decision, the approval process for the megadam cannot move forward.

Other Brazilian agencies like FUNAI (National Indigenous Foundation) and federal public prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Pará had recommended that IBAMA cancel the license because the project would displace Munduruku communities, making it unconstitutional. Part of the Munduruku Indigenous land called Sawré Muybu – an area in the process of been officially recognized as Indigenous Land – would have been flooded by the dam.

Now that the megadam’s license has been cancelled, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice must recognize its obligation and move swiftly to officially demarcate the Sawré Muybu territory.

Although, we are celebrating this incredible victory, we know there is a lot more to do to keep the Tapajós and other Amazon rivers free from hydrodams. Our campaign has not finished yet!

There are 42 other hydrodam projects planned in the Tapajós basin and hundreds earmarked across the Amazon rainforest – part of an aggressive economic model that doesn’t consider the critical importance of protecting the Amazon forest and its inhabitants. Previous dams build in the Amazon have negatively impacted local communities, devastated the environment and even been mired in corruption scandals.

We need to stop them, one by one!

The Brazilian government plans to build a series of dams in the Tapajós River basin, which would severely threaten the fauna, flora and life of the Indigenous people living along the river. O governo brasileiro pretende construir uma série de barragens na bacia do rio Tapajós, que ameaçam gravemente a fauna, a flora e a vida dos povos indígenas que vivem ao longo do rio.

There is another way.

Brazil must focus on truly renewable energy and become a world leader in wind and solar.

With the right investments, it is possible to generate the same amount of energy that dams like São Luiz do Tapájós would produce, by harnessing the power of wind and sun.

Danicley de Aguiar

By Danicley de Aguiar

Danicley de Aguiar is an Amazon forest campaigner for Greenpeace Brazil.

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news-worth-celebrating-megadam-heart-amazon-cancelled/

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Hero: Obama Blocks Sale Of Sacred Apache Land To Foreign Mining Firm


Note: Victory for the Arizona Apache! Kudo’s to Obama for doing the right thing, it looked like the sacred site at Oak Flats would soon be opened to mining. But much to Mccain’s chagrin, the deal was blocked. Big smile🙂

May 25, 2016
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Over 300 Apache tribesmembers have occupied the site in protest since early 2015 in protest of the sale, determined to protect their ancestral grounds where girls hold their coming-of-age ceremonies. Apache spokesman Wendsler Nosie, Sr. wrote in a powerful letter to the Congressmen that the land of Oak Flats “has always been our connection to our Mother, our right to exist, a central part of our prayers, songs, stories and spiritual practices. It is from here that we emerged. It is who we are. We have lost so much.”

Gosar and Kirkpatrick were unmoved, however, motivated only by the demands of mining lobbyists and the allure of money. They orchestrated a shameful smear campaign that disputes the site’s sacred status and demanded that the Park Service declassify it as a protected area. The Obama Administration, through the Parks Service, instead designated it a historical district, effectively ending their efforts to mine holy grounds.

Gosar promptly threw a tantrum that will bring a smile to your face:

Shame on the Park Service and Forest Service for ramming a bogus historic place listing down the throats of Arizonans.

Clearly, the Obama Administration cares more about pandering to extremist environmental groups and a D.C. lobbyist from the Clinton Administration than following the law and listening to the American public. Oak Flat has never been a sacred site, as confirmed by the local tribe’s own former historian. Yet, Obama’s minions are hell-bent on sabotaging an important mining effort by listing a small, public campground 20 miles away from the nearest tribe’s reservation as a historic site.

President Obama and the Park Service have made a strong statement with their defense of Apache religion and the environment. It’s hard to imagine any politician arranging a shady deal to plunder a Christian or Jewish religious site – but clearly the victims of American genocide aren’t worthy of that respect in the eyes of Republicans.

Nothing may be sacred to Tea Partiers – but President Obama still knows where his priorities are.

http://universepolitics.com/2016/05/25/hero-obama-blocks-sale-of-sacred-apache-land-to-foreign-mining-firm/

 

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Massive Fish Die-Off at Lake El Reno In Oklahoma, Pacific Ocean Life Devastation


Note: Fracking casualties? Multiples of existing frack-tures in the ground may have released toxic wastewater into the lake, or caused a massive release of hydrogen sulfide or methane into the water suffocating the marine life since it apparently affected all the fish in the lake, not just one species.

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By now we should be able to acknowledge that the election is rigged and that none of the current candidates represent the deepest interests of the American people or the human race. Never the less a sea of human energy and resources are being dumped into the phony contest, all the while, critically important issues go undiscussed with no plan what so ever. The amount of vitriol, anger, and hate in the election debate this year is suffocating, leaving one to wonder what would happen if this much energy were directed toward solving our most pressing collective problems.

Nothing is more important to life on earth than the condition of our global eco-systems, and in the 2014 edition of World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report, it was reported that 52% of the world’s marine life has disappeared since 1970. Staggering.

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This woman swings at an elephant…Now watch what the elephant does next!


Music has a certain power to it. It can completely alter our moods, relaxing our souls, and lifting our spirits. Whether it’s parents singing to their babies or people zoning out to a tune on their music player, music can sooth and relax. But it doesn’t just work on us humans, it works on animals too! At the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, there is a special caretaker named Lek. She shows us exactly how powerful music is for her elephants. One in particular, Faa Mai, actually zones out to the sweet sound of Lek’s beautiful singing voice. Clearly these two have an incredible bond that has really been sealed with the power of music! What an amazing sight, and what an amazing woman!
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Monsanto’s Seed Imperialism Halted In Canada Thanks To Massive Protests


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by ETHAN A. HUFF

monsantos-seed-imperialism-halted-in-canadaGrassroots activism against transgenic encroachment has paid off in Canada, where licenses for genetically modified (GM) alfalfa have been put on hold, according to new reports. Massive protests in Montreal, Levis, Quebec City, Toronto and as many as 35 other towns and cities across Canada caused U.S.-based Monsanto and Forage Genetics International, the company responsible for creating GM alfalfa using Monsanto’s technology, to have the issuance of their growing licenses delayed in accordance with the will of the people.

The Montreal Gazette explains that, besides widespread farmer resistance to the crop — which is completely unnecessary, as natural alfalfa already grows heartily and steadily without the need for pesticides — tens of thousands of Canadians have repeatedly expressed their disapproval of it. Even Quebec’s union of agricultural producers, known as the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) of Quebec, has expressed strong disapproval of the crop.

“The UPA isn’t against genetically modified seeds in general, but we voted unanimously — for two years in a row — that commercialization of GM alfalfa should be prohibited,” stated Marcel Groleau, a UPA member and farmer who, along with his brother, raises 100 dairy cows in Quebec. Like many other farmers throughout the region, Groleau is concerned that GM alfalfa will contaminate conventional and organic alfalfa, as alfalfa is a perennial crop pollinated by bees that spreads easily.

“Organic farms are very much against it, because GM alfalfa might spread, and it’s a perennial, too,” admitted Victor Lefebvre, director of Quebec-based Pickseed, a company that had planned to sell GM alfalfa.

Organic dairy, meat to be forever lost as a result of GM alfalfa

Dairy and livestock farmers in particular rely on alfalfa to feed their animals year-round. In fact, it is probably the most important staple crop currently grown in Quebec, which is why many farmers are speaking their mind about this potentially irreversible change to the agricultural process. Canada’s organic market has tripled since 2006, topping $3.7 billion annually, but this entire market is threatened with elimination by GM alfalfa.

“We’ve developed this niche here. That’s why the issue is more important here than in other provinces,” explained Groleau to The Montreal Gazette. “Organic farmers will suffer significant commercial losses because GM contamination means they won’t comply with Canadian Organic Standards.”

As you may recall, Australian wheat and oat farmer Steve Marsh had his organic farm contaminated by nearby GM canola crops, the contaminated pollen of which blew over onto his land. Marsh lost his organic certification as a result and is now in the process of suing the farmer responsible for the contamination, which led to major financial losses.

Preventing GM cross-contamination is impossible, experts agree

Industry officials have repeatedly tried to coddle regulatory bodies into approving the crop on the basis that a mitigatory plan can be put in place to prevent cross-contamination. But those in the organic industry, not to mention the millions of consumers that rely on organic food for health and sustenance, recognize this as an empty lobbying ploy that simply won’t work.

“The industry is pretending it can stop GM alfalfa from contaminating our fields but that’s pure fiction,” stated Gilbert Halde, President of the Union of Organic Milk Producers of Quebec, last year at a protest. “GM alfalfa cannot be contained by any type of ‘plan.’ Will the bees read the industry’s plan?”

Groleau agrees, having told reporters that, no matter what Monsanto says, GM alfalfa will spread if it is eventually planted commercially. Canada has already suffered the consequences of GM flax, which spread to non-GM fields back in 2009, causing millions of dollars in losses for both farmers and taxpayers.

“What I’ve heard from specialists is that it will spread because of bees and water,” opined Groleau. “Also, in Quebec, we have small farms, which means you can’t easily isolate one farm from another. It would be almost impossible to prevent any cross-contamination and cross-pollination.”

For more information and breaking news on GMOs, visit GMOs.NaturalNews.com.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.montrealgazette.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

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http://www.reuters.com

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U.S. ordered to lower Navy sonar levels to protect whales


By Bob Egelko Updated 1:23 pm, Saturday, July 16, 2016

U.S. officials have wrongly allowed the Navy to use sonar at levels that could harm whales and other marine mammals in the world’s oceans, a federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled.

The decision Friday by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would scale back the Navy’s use of low-frequency sonar in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea under authority that was granted in 2012.

Sonar, used to detect submarines, can injure whales, seals and walruses and disrupt their feeding and mating. Environmental groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council filed suit in San Francisco in 2012, arguing that the Obama administration had approved emissions at sound levels that violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

A federal magistrate disagreed but was overruled Friday by the appeals court, which said government officials had disregarded their own experts’ warnings about sonar’s potential impacts.

Under the 2012 standard, which is scheduled to expire in 2017, the National Marine Fisheries Service required the Navy to reduce sonar levels in areas known to have high populations of marine mammals but failed to order similar protections in other areas where their presence was uncertain, the court said. Those included some offshore zones that had been protected in the past and others listed by scientists as likely habitats, the court said.

The protected zones showed a “bias toward U.S. waters,” the court said, with several zones on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States but none on the Pacific coast of South America and only a scattered few in other waters.

“The result is that a meaningful proportion of the world‘s marine mammal habitat is under-protected,” Judge Ronald Gould said in the 3-0 ruling, which would also set standards for future renewals of the program. He said the government had failed to comply with a law that requires it to make sure its peacetime oceanic programs have “the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammals.”

Bob Egelko is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: begelko@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @egelko

Read the ruling: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2016/07/15/14-16375.pdf.

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/U-S-ordered-to-lower-Navy-sonar-levels-to-8381417.php?cmpid=twitter-mobile

If You Care About Animals and the Earth, Here’s Why You Need to Boycott Palm Oil Immediately


If You Care About Animals and the Earth, Here's Why We Need to Boycott Palm Oil Immediately

25th June 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Found in an astounding array of foods — like baked goods, cookies, chocolate, potato chips and milk — palm oil is in half of the packaged foods that line our supermarket shelves today. It’s also heavily used in cosmetics and toiletries, to increase the feeling of creaminess in products ranging from soap to shampoo, detergents and toothpaste. The oil is used increasingly for biofuel as well. Add to this a high demand in Myanmar and Indonesia as a replacement for coconut and peanut oil, and palm oil tops the list as the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, surpassing even soy.

What most people don’t realize is how damaging the crop is to rain forests, animals and the environment. It’s one of the most destructive crops in the world — and the situation is only becoming worse…

A massive industry of environmental devastation

Only able to grow in the tropics and requiring vast amounts of water, oil palms are native to South America and West Africa. However, man-made palm plantations have spread to areas like Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Southeast Asia. It’s an enormous industry, especially in Indonesia, where the oil accounts for 11 percent of its export earnings, making it the country’s third largest export. As profitable as the oil may be, the environment pays an exceptionally high price due to these plantations.

The expansion of palm oil plantations around the world threaten vast areas of tropical rain forests. The two countries most at-risk are Indonesia and Malaysia, both of which are home to endangered orangutans. Several studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Princeton University in the United States have shown palm oil plantations are causing extreme destruction to the world’s rain forests — where upwards of 60 percent of palm oil expansion is at the expense of primary tropical rain forest. These plantations not only endanger the health of the environment and orangutan populations, but also inflame conflict with local communities over traditional land rights.

Orangutan Foundation International highlights the dire consequences of palm oil production:

“In Sumatra at least 10.8 million hectares have been opened up for palm oil plantations. The situation in Borneo is similar. Large scale conversion of tropical rain forests has had an absolutely devastating impact on biodiversity in both Borneo and Sumatra. In addition, deforestation may cause soil erosion and, because most forests have been cleared through the use of fire, massive air pollution from smoke. Much of the land on which palm oil plantations have been established consists of peat swamp forest. The draining, burning, and conversion of peat swamp forests to palm oil has been especially damaging to the world’s climate as it has led to Indonesia being the third largest contributor of carbon to the world’s atmosphere after China and the United States.”

If You Care About Animals and the Earth, Here's Why We Need to Boycott Palm Oil Immediately - Oil Palm Fruit
Oil Palm Fruit

Palm oil companies tend to clear primary forests — instead of degraded areas — for plantations because the forest land can be cleared by fire, which naturally fertilizes the soil and saves the company money. Over and above that, any timber that’s cut can in turn be sold for a profit. Once the plantation is established, displaced orangutans are often brutally killed as the starving animals try to obtain food in the plantation areas. The animals have been found buried alive, as well as killed by machete and guns. The industry considers orangutans ‘agricultural pests.’ It’s estimated that 50,000 orangutans have died over the last two decades due to palm oil plantations.

Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sun Bear, Pygmy Elephant, Clouded Leopard and Proboscis Monkey populations have also suffered from the encroachment of palm oil plantations on their natural habitats.

“According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years.” [source]

Orangutan hands - national geographic - visions of earth 2011
Image from “Visions of Earth”, © National Geographic 2011

Sustainable palm oil: fact or fiction?

You might have noticed over the last few years the appearance of red palm oil in health food stores being marketed as a healthy cooking oil. Take a closer look at the label and it will say the oil is sustainably harvested and does not impact orangutan habitat. This may ease our minds as consumers, but are these products actually safe for the environment, local communities and animal habitats?

In 2004 the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) established voluntary guidelines to develop less destructive methods of palm oil production — including ways to protect land rights of local people. While they appear promising on the surface, many activists claim the guidelines are simply “greenwashing” the issue — largely because forests continue to be destroyed, wildlife killed and local people jailed after protesting the seizure of their land. In short, it’s just business as usual.

If we truly would like to make an impact, there are several straightforward actions that can be taken today. Have a look at this handy resource list by Say NO to Palm Oil, with practical ways you can live more ethically through your consumption choices.

The Insatiable Demand for Palm Oil

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About the author:

Carolanne WrightCarolanne Wright enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years.

Through her website Thrive-Living.net, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. You can also follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Further reading from Carolanne Wright:

 

http://wakeup-world.com/2016/06/25/if-you-care-about-animals-and-the-earth-heres-why-you-need-to-boycott-palm-oil-immediately/

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