Feds OK bombing practice in waters off Kauai

Ed. Note: More war games at the expense of sentient marine life, it’s almost two months after the decision, where is the outrage, why no protests on Kauai? Befuddled….

The five-year plan by the Air Force cuts munitions and monitors wildlife

U.S. NAVYThree U.S. F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam await refueling from a KC-135R Stratotanker during Rim of the Pacific 2016 war games in Hawaii.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has given approval to a five-year Air Force plan for bombing practice at sea off Kauai that reduces munitions used and increases monitoring for impacts to whales and dolphins. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin, who previously criticized the plan as not doing enough to protect marine mammals, said Tuesday the Air Force “did beef up the monitoring, which is a positive development.” The Long Range Strike Weapons System Evaluation Program may use aircraft, including B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, and F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighters to release over water weapons including joint air-to-surface standoff missiles with a 1,000-pound warhead; 200 to 250-pound small-diameter glide bombs; high-speed anti-radiation, or HARM, missiles; and joint direct attack munitions, the Air Force said in a previous environmental assessment.

The Air Force said it needs the annual at-sea training at Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility up to Aug. 20, 2022, due to unspecified national security threats that likely revolve around China, with increased air-to-surface exercises directed by the Pentagon.

The fisheries service said since the development of the environmental assessment, which was completed in October, the Air Force identified a reduction in the number of munitions to be used during each exercise. No reason was given for the decrease.

The Air Force also previously said each long-range strike mission would occur over a maximum of five consecutive days a year with about 110 bombs released each time. The impact area is approximately 50 miles off Kauai in waters 15,000 feet deep.

A “finding of no significant impact” signed by the Fisheries Service on Aug. 11 said that in 2017 training would only occur on one day and include eight small-diameter bombs.

“In future years, the number (and) type of munitions are reduced by 40 percent with a maximum of four days of training occurring over a five-day time period,” the finding said. Between 38 and 64 weapons would be released annually between 2018 and 2021.

The training for 2018 through 2022 would be conducted on weekdays between June and August, or September through November.

EARTHJUSTICE, an environmental group, put the fisheries service on notice in June that it believed the federal regulations proposed at the time for the bombing practice violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The fisheries service said it was issuing the “letter of authorization” for the Air Force to go forward with the training after the Air Force decreased the number of munitions it plans to deploy annually, reducing the level of harassment for marine life.

The agency said it worked with the Air Force “to develop a comprehensive marine mammal mitigation and monitoring plan designed to decrease potential impacts to marine mammals.” Monitoring measures will include:

>> Aerial surveys using long-range sensor pods on aircraft and range cameras at PMRF to monitor before, during and after training. >> Delaying exercises if a marine animal is observed within an exclusion zone to avoid exposure to levels of explosives likely to result in injury or death.

>> Shifting the target site as far as possible from an observed marine mammal’s location.

>> Data from acoustic monitoring using PMRF’s hydrophones will be collected and analyzed to better understand the effects of the Air Force bombing. Henkin said it’s preferable to use the hydrophones in real time to monitor for marine animals, and environmental experts are reviewing the Air Force’s assertion that the hydrophones wouldn’t be suited for that.

“What I can say today, having looked at (the approval for the first time Monday), there have been many improvements made,” Henkin said.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act allows, with review and approval, the incidental but not intentional “taking” or harassment of small numbers of marine mammals during activities such as military training, the fisheries service said. Deaths or serious injury to whales and dolphins are not anticipated or authorized for the training, the agency said.

Level A harassment has the potential to injure a marine mammal, while Level B harassment has the potential to disturb an animal by causing a disruption of behavioral patterns. Thirty instances of Level A harassment from the training are projected annually by the fisheries service for whales and dolphins, with 18 for dwarf sperm whales, while nearly 1,200 instances are anticipated for Level B harassment.

The service issued a marine mammal incidental harassment authorization for very limited Air Force at-sea bombing off Kauai in 2016.



Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted

Woman filling a glass of water from a stainless steel or chrome tap or faucet
The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. Photograph: Michael Heim/Alamy

Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.

Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres.

The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.

European nations including the UK, Germany and France had the lowest contamination rate, but this was still 72%. The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe.

The new analyses indicate the ubiquitous extent of microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via contaminated seafood.

“We have enough data from looking at wildlife, and the impacts that it’s having on wildlife, to be concerned,” said Dr Sherri Mason, a microplastic expert at the State University of New York in Fredonia, who supervised the analyses for Orb. “If it’s impacting [wildlife], then how do we think that it’s not going to somehow impact us?”

A magnified image of clothing microfibres from washing machine effluent.
A magnified image of clothing microfibres from washing machine effluent. One study found that a fleece jacket can shed as many as 250,000 fibres per wash. Photograph: Courtesy of Rozalia Project

A separate small study in the Republic of Ireland released in June also found microplastic contamination in a handful of tap water and well samples. “We don’t know what the [health] impact is and for that reason we should follow the precautionary principle and put enough effort into it now, immediately, so we can find out what the real risks are,” said Dr Anne Marie Mahon at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, who conducted the research.

Mahon said there were two principal concerns: very small plastic particles and the chemicals or pathogens that microplastics can harbour. “If the fibres are there, it is possible that the nanoparticles are there too that we can’t measure,” she said. “Once they are in the nanometre range they can really penetrate a cell and that means they can penetrate organs, and that would be worrying.” The Orb analyses caught particles of more than 2.5 microns in size, 2,500 times bigger than a nanometre.

Microplastics can attract bacteria found in sewage, Mahon said: “Some studies have shown there are more harmful pathogens on microplastics downstream of wastewater treatment plants.”

Microplastics are also known to contain and absorb toxic chemicals and research on wild animals shows they are released in the body. Prof Richard Thompson, at Plymouth University, UK, told Orb: “It became clear very early on that the plastic would release those chemicals and that actually, the conditions in the gut would facilitate really quite rapid release.” His research has shown microplastics are found in a third of fish caught in the UK.

The scale of global microplastic contamination is only starting to become clear, with studies in Germany finding fibres and fragments in all of the 24 beer brands they tested, as well as in honey and sugar. In Paris in 2015, researchers discovered microplastic falling from the air, which they estimated deposits three to 10 tonnes of fibres on the city each year, and that it was also present in the air in people’s homes.

This research led Frank Kelly, professor of environmental health at King’s College London, to tell a UK parliamentary inquiry in 2016: “If we breathe them in they could potentially deliver chemicals to the lower parts of our lungs and maybe even across into our circulation.” Having seen the Orb data, Kelly told the Guardian that research is urgently needed to determine whether ingesting plastic particles is a health risk.

The new research tested 159 samples using a standard technique to eliminate contamination from other sources and was performed at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The samples came from across the world, including from Uganda, Ecuador and Indonesia.

How microplastics end up in drinking water is for now a mystery, but the atmosphere is one obvious source, with fibres shed by the everyday wear and tear of clothes and carpets. Tumble dryers are another potential source, with almost 80% of US households having dryers that usually vent to the open air.

“We really think that the lakes [and other water bodies] can be contaminated by cumulative atmospheric inputs,” said Johnny Gasperi, at the University Paris-Est Créteil, who did the Paris studies. “What we observed in Paris tends to demonstrate that a huge amount of fibres are present in atmospheric fallout.”

Plastic fibres may also be flushed into water systems, with a recent study finding that each cycle of a washing machine could release 700,000 fibres into the environment. Rains could also sweep up microplastic pollution, which could explain why the household wells used in Indonesia were found to be contaminated.

In Beirut, Lebanon, the water supply comes from natural springs but 94% of the samples were contaminated. “This research only scratches the surface, but it seems to be a very itchy one,” said Hussam Hawwa, at the environmental consultancy Difaf, which collected samples for Orb.

This planktonic arrow worm, Sagitta setosa, has eaten a blue plastic fibre about 3mm long.
This planktonic arrow worm, Sagitta setosa, has eaten a blue plastic fibre about 3mm long. Plankton support the entire marine food chain. Photograph: Richard Kirby/Courtesy of Orb Media

Current standard water treatment systems do not filter out all of the microplastics, Mahon said: “There is nowhere really where you can say these are being trapped 100%. In terms of fibres, the diameter is 10 microns across and it would be very unusual to find that level of filtration in our drinking water systems.”

Bottled water may not provide a microplastic-free alternative to tapwater, as the they were also found in a few samples of commercial bottled water tested in the US for Orb.

Almost 300m tonnes of plastic is produced each year and, with just 20% recycled or incinerated, much of it ends up littering the air, land and sea. A report in July found 8.3bn tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s, with the researchers warning that plastic waste has become ubiquitous in the environment.

“We are increasingly smothering ecosystems in plastic and I am very worried that there may be all kinds of unintended, adverse consequences that we will only find out about once it is too late,” said Prof Roland Geyer, from the University of California and Santa Barbara, who led the study.

Mahon said the new tap water analyses raise a red flag, but that more work is needed to replicate the results, find the sources of contamination and evaluate the possible health impacts.

She said plastics are very useful, but that management of the waste must be drastically improved: “We need plastics in our lives, but it is us that is doing the damage by discarding them in very careless ways.”



Iowa man charged with trafficking bald eagle parts


Note: I have no words to describe this except ‘utterly shameful’, especially coming from Native American’s when inhumane acts that desecrate the sacred nature of life are the M.O. of the White Man….face palm, shake head.


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man from Mount Vernon has been indicted by a federal grand jury in South Dakota with trafficking body parts of bald eagles.

Court documents say Jorge Pena is charged with violating multiple federal laws that protect the American Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle.

Pena is one of fifteen involved in a Bald Eagle trafficking operation.

U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler said that officials expect “significant” additional federal charges in the case, which focused on trafficking of eagles and eagle parts and feathers for profit. Authorities said the case involves more than 100 eagles, a number that could climb as high as 250.

Seiler described one operation as basically a “chop-shop for eagles” in which eagle feathers were stuffed into garbage bags. He said it was clear that it was a moneymaking operation and that the feathers and eagle parts such as talons and beaks were treated as merchandise.

“There was no cultural sensitivity. There was no spirituality,” Seiler said. “There was no tradition in the manner in which these defendants handled these birds.”

He said the investigation involved confidential informants, a multi-state area and the purchase of regalia items such as ceremonial fans. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said in an email that there are a variety of reasons why people buy eagle parts, and a collectors market plays a role.

Dan Rolince, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assistant special agent in charge of law enforcement for the region, said that some of those accused used code words to avoid detection by describing the eagle and other bird parts for sale using the names of animals or even car parts. He said the eagles were primarily shot.

“At the end of this process, I have full confidence that it will be one of the largest cases of this nature we’ve ever worked,” he said.

Three Rapid City men charged in the case are involved with Buffalo Dreamers, which performs Native American dance programs. Owner Troy Fairbanks has been charged with conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking and violations of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Lacey Act.

Fairbanks, 54, allegedly sold or traded eagle parts to an informant including a golden eagle head for $250, a trade involving about $5,400 of legal merchandise for eagle parts and selling two sets of eagle wings for $900. Rolince said that a whole eagle carcass would generally sell for between $1,000 and $1,200.

The indictment says Fairbanks in 2015 claimed he could acquire between 30 and 40 eagles by February 2016. Fairbanks also said in 2015 that he had 19 people in the Los Angeles area who wanted to buy “eagle feathers/parts” from him, according to the document.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Fairbanks has an attorney, and he didn’t immediately return an email from The Associated Press. A telephone number for Buffalo Dreamers went directly to voicemail.

According to another indictment, Juan Mesteth sold fans and eagle feathers to an informant. The document says Mesteth in 2015 discussed having connections in Wyoming who could get whole carcass eagles and would take the informant hunting for eagles. It wasn’t immediately clear if the 39-year-old Mesteth, of Pine Ridge, had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Those accused in the case include people from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Authorities didn’t immediately disclose how much the defendants are thought to have profited in the case, and Seiler said some of the 15 defendants are unconnected to each other.



International tribunal finds Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity


International tribunal finds Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity

by Vicki Batts, published on Natural News, on May 05, 2017

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(Natural News) Is Monsanto, the corporate scourge of the Earth, finally going to pay for its crimes? If the International Monsanto Tribunal has any say in the matter, the answer to that question appears to be an emphatic “Yes.” The tribunal, based in Hague, Netherlands, describes itself as “an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide.”

Five internationally acclaimed judges heard the testimonies of 30 witnesses and experts from five continents, and their goal was to deliver their legal opinion on the deplorable actions, environmental and health damages perpetrated by Monsanto.

And after much deliberation, the tribunal has finally come to a conclusion: Monsanto is guilty on all three counts. The judges who preside over the initiative have declared that the biotech behemoth’s activities do not just adversely affect the world’s access to food, but also negatively affect the human right to health — and that the company is also guilty of “perverting scientific freedom.”

As reported by ANH USA:

The tribunal stated that the company’s seed empire adversely affects the world’s access tofood, and that by manufacturing and distributing substances such as PCBs(polychlorinated biphenyls) and glyphosate, Monsanto has infringed on our right to high standards of health. Additionally, the tribunal found that Monsanto perverts scientific freedom by practicing forms of intimidation, pressuring governments, and discrediting legitimate scientific research that supports public health and environmental protection.

As the tribunal explains, Monsanto has been profiting from their creation of destructive and harmful compounds since the early 20th century. These toxic products, like PCBs, Agent Orange, Lasso and Roundup, have created untold damage to the environment and made thousands upon thousands of people sick. In addition to spreading poisonous chemicals around the globe, Monsanto also advocates and promotes deleterious and unsustainable farming practices that contribute to the following problems: Soil degradation, depletion of water resources, species extinction, reduced biodiversity and the displacement of small farms. On top of all that, Monsanto’s business of seed patenting threatens food freedom and sovereignty.

You’d think that alone would be enough to bring the corporate giant to its knees, but as we all know, Monsanto’s controversies don’t end with their actions that have destroyed the environment and wreaked havoc on the food supply. And as critics point out, the biotech company has spent enormous amounts of money to defend itself against lawsuits brought by their victims but legal action has not yet inspired the company to change their ways.

Monsanto is also guilty of lobbying governments and regulatory agencies to keep their products on the market, and to keep scrutinizing eyes at bay. The company has even colluded with US government agencies to keep the toxic nature of their products hidden. Their strategy to stay afloat seems to be one of concealment; in addition to lobbying, the company has also reportedly funded fraudulent studies on product safety and has coerced independent scientists and manipulated the media into standing behind their wrongdoings.

One way or another, it seems that Monsanto’s judgment day is coming. In addition to the tribunal, lawsuits against the corporation for their lies — particularly regarding the glyphosate-cancer connection — continue to pile up.

While the ruling from the International Monsanto Tribunal is not legally binding, there is hope that their verdict will inspire other governments and agencies to get on board. The fact that an international body has found Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity, violations of human rights and for ecocide is a tremendous step forward towards the goal of ending the corporation’s reign of terror. Whether or not further action will be taken remains to be seen, but it seems that the global condemnation of Monsanto is well underway.






This Man Posed Proudly With the Bear he Shot While it Was Hibernating

Note: Bloodthirsty cowards like this man could hardly wait for the ink to dry on the bill to get blood on their hands with their first kill! This is enough to make my head explode! From my perspective, it would be appropriate to find and publicly shame the man who did this, and, determine which FIFTY TWO Senators supported this bill and SHAME those barbaric assholes out of office. With ENOUGH public outrage this bill can be overturned. Will you take action for the wolves and bears who don’t have a voice? Please research & contact the guilty Senators and share this message. Mahalo {~A~}

By Hefty

The U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 47 to overturn a law that forbids the hunting of wild animals that are in hibernation.

The regulations enforced by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) were put in place to prevent excessive hunting, protect animals during the hibernation phase, and stop the killing of mothers and their offspring.

The new law allows hunters to use unfair practices, e.g. baiting hungry bears with food to shoot them at close range, and entering wolf and bear dens to slaughter entire families.


It also removes the prohibition on hunting from the air (shooting animals from an airplane or helicopter).

All of these hunting methods were formerly banned.

“What the Senate did today should outrage the conscience of every animal lover in America,” stated Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).


The protective measures were enacted during the previous administration.


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, June 4, 2016 ( geoengineeringwatch.org )

The criminal corporate media and the order followers that fill its ranks continue their campaign of total deception. Though the majority of the population is still committed to their denial on many fronts, there is a rippling of the coming forced awakening. The VAXXED documentary is triggering a justifiable outrage among those who have had the courage to face the truth and view the film. How much more rage will global populations feel when they completely realize the full extent of harm that has been inflicted on them by their governments (who are all participating either passively or actively in the ongoing global climate engineering assault). The death rate in the US has suddenly and unexpectedly spiked. Where is the corporate media coverage of this fact? Societal implosion and chaos continues to unfold in countries like Venezuela, Nigeria, and many more.
As the global economic house of cards crumbles, the most destructive and dangerous corporations like Bayer and Monsanto will try to merge in an effort to stay afloat. DuPont and Dow Chemical are also merging. Populations around the globe must be awakened to what is coming, starting with the issue of the climate engineering assault. From record droughts, to record fires, to record floods, anthropogenic activity and climate engineering are taking their toll on what is left of the planet’s life support systems. The most important step in this direction is to efficiently, effectively, and publicly expose all the media personnel, meteorologists and others that are actively or passively toeing the narrative of deception for those in power.
Make fighting to expose the whole truth your top priority. Make the fight for the greater good your mission, time is not on our side.

Alberta/Large Surface Collapse Possible/Steam Caverns BPEarthWatch

Note: The devastation to the natural environment by oil producers in Canada, is beyond stunning…it’s ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC! The politicians who granted access to the lands and decision makers from ALL the oil companies should all be rounded-up and tried for environmental war crimes, then punished to the fullest extent of the law. IMO Capital Punishment is in order for those found guilty, no mercy for Environmental Psychopaths – they need to be made an example of in a manner that will prevent others from even thinking about plundering Gaia’s resources into total destruction. Thankfully guillotines are still in production…or maybe that’s too quick, painless and easy for these criminal psycho’s.

Yes, even for one who’s operating in “sacred, neutral observation mode”, it’s extremely difficult not to get angry when one observes the carelessness in which these Luciferian based operations have been implemented.  It’s beyond belief. {face palm, shake head}

Namaste, {~A~}


The Beast, Alberta’s Large Forest Fire is Forcing Large Underground Thermal Steam Caverns to Shut Down, These Large Steam Chambers will collapse.
Canada oil sands thermal shutdowns pose risk to delicate reservoirs http://www.reuters.com/article/canada…

How Harper triggered a First Nations legal war over Northern Gateway

By Mychaylo Prystupa in News, Energy | October 1st 2015
#45 of 56 articles from the Special Report: Tar Sands Reporting Project
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Eight First Nations announce their federal legal challenge to the Northern Gateway pipeline at a Vancouver press conference. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
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The Harper government’s already strained relationship with First Nations that oppose oil sands pipelines is being put on trial this week.

Eight B.C. First Nations are in federal court to launch a legal attack on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The coalition hopes to overturn Ottawa’s conditional approval of the project, which would deliver Alberta crude to B.C.’s north coast.

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip pledged to go to jail if necessary to stop the pipeline, and said the federal Conservative government has “completely demonized and vilified Indigenous peoples of this country and has declared all of these [energy] projects in the national interest.”

“[It] has pitted the economy against the environment in a reckless and irresponsible fashion,” he said at a Vancouver press briefing today.
Expect more “Oka” conflicts

If a Harper government is re-elected, Grand Chief Phillip said to expect huge Indigenous clashes to continue and worsen over Northern Gateway— as well as over Trans Mountain expansion and Energy East pipelines.

“We are very quickly headed for another Oka type of conflict across this country,” he said, in reference to a 1990 showdown in Quebec, between Mohawk warriors and Canadian soldiers that caught the world’s attention.

Oka crisis Quebec Mohawk warrior Canadian soldier – CP

Quebec Mohawk warrior confronts a Canadian soldier in the Oka dispute 25 years ago. (CP image.)

Heiltsuk elected chief councilor Marilyn Slett knows about showdowns. She locked herself in a federal fisheries office earlier this year to force the federal government to negotiate regarding the commercial overfishing of herring off the central B.C. coast.

Fighting back tears, she said Thursday to expect more of that kind of drama should Northern Gateway go ahead.

“Whatever decision the court makes, the Heiltsuk are committed to protecting our land and our resources in whatever means necessary,” said Chief Slett.
So how did we get here? A Northern Gateway timeline

How have the actions of Conservatives and Enbridge led to such a sour state of affairs?


The saga began in May 2010, when Enbridge applied to the National Energy Board. The project was pitched as a “gateway” for getting Alberta oil to China. Its backers eventually included Chinese state-owned oil companies and giant Alberta oil sands producers such as Suncor.

But by December, the project had already lost favour with Alberta and B.C. First Nations, who signed the Save the Fraser Declaration. It stated the pipeline represented “grave” and unacceptable risks to ancestral lands and salmon watersheds. Many worried about pipelines bursting, and about how to clean up a catastrophic oil spill in B.C.’s remote far north, where rivers could swiftly carry away spilled toxic bitumen.


In late 2011, Stephen Harper got a disappointing phone call from Obama. The U.S. would delay approval of a different giant pipeline —TransCanada’s Keystone XL. Harper was reportedly furious, and convened a strategy session with cabinet where Enbridge’s Northern Gateway was seen as the “most imminent option” to get landlocked Alberta oil to market, Bloomberg reported.


Indigenous tensions intensified in January 2012 when the federal joint review panel hearings for the project began. But the process saw First Nations speak almost unanimously against it into government microphones —often briefly and with little effect, complained chiefs on Thursday.

“I spoke to my people for years about this project. And I was given 10 minutes [at the hearing]. And then arbitrarily cut off. So that was the extent of my input,” said hereditary Chief Tsodih (Pete Erickson) of Nak’azdli First Nation.
Yinka Dene Alliance chief – Wallace Studios, Vanderhoof, BC

Saik’uz First Nation chief Stanley Thomas with the Yinka Dene Alliance speaking against Northern Gateway. (Photo by Wallace Studios, Vanderhoof, BC)

“We constantly run up against a Canadian government who doesn’t listen to us —who is not interested in true consultation,” added councilor Cheryl Bear with Nadleh Whut’en First Nation. “We say the government acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally.”

Another chief chastised Enbridge officials for disrespectful gestures during community visits.

“They did come, but when the hereditary chiefs were ready to speak, they left. And that left a real sour taste in our mouths,” said Gitxaala hereditary Chief Matt Hill. “There’s no way we can respect people that handle their business that way.”
Pro pipeline laws enacted

2012 was also the year the Harper government launched a wave of pro-pipeline laws and policies. The moves sped National Energy Board (NEB) pipeline hearings, stripped away protections for waterways and endangered species, enabled tax authorities to audit charities that oppose the oil sands, and pushed to identify pipeline opponents as extreme “radicals” and national security threats.
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Senator Mike Duffy embracing Prime Minster Stephen Harper.

Even disgraced Senator Mike Duffy was apparently helping to push Enbridge in 2012 by exchanging notes with Prime Minister Harper about the company’s pipelines. He was also speaking often with two senior Enbridge executives, a National Observer investigation of Duffy’s redacted diary found. The Senator’s communications between the $57-billion pipeline giant and Stephen Harper’s government were never disclosed in the lobbying registry.

Senator Duffy’s black-marker smeared calendar also showed his frequent contact with North Vancouver blogger Vivian Krause, whose controversial theories on the U.S.-funding of anti-oil-sands groups became popular talking points for top Harperites.

Duffy introduced Krause to his speaking agent —who booked her at high-paid oil and mining convention speaking gigs. The senator also cross-examined her at a parliamentary committee hearing to popularize her views.
Spying for Enbridge?


In 2013, a Vancouver Observer investigation uncovered FOI documents showing the National Energy Board was coordinating the Canadian Security and Intelligence Services (CSIS) and the RCMP to keep tabs on First Nations groups and movements, such as Idle No More. [Vancouver Observer is a regional affiliate of National Observer.]

By the close of that year, the Joint Review Panel recommended the pipeline be approved. The Harper government then had six months to make a decision.


Enbridge spy scandal – Chuck Strahl, former head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), was discovered to be also lobbying for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. (CBC image.)

In the interim, a bombshell pipeline spy scandal broke. In January 2014, a further Vancouver Observer investigation found that former Conservative cabinet minister Chuck Strahl was chairing a body overseeing Canada’s spy agency, while also lobbying for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway. An uproar led to his resignation.

By March 2014, a surreal political campaign over a plebiscite began in Kitimat — the terminus community for the pipeline on B.C.’s northwest coast. Enbridge officials canvassed door to door, urging citizens to vote “yes” to the pipeline. Their opposition? Ordinary citizens with little money and hand-painted lawn signs. Finally in April, when the vote result was revealed to a Kitimat crowd. Residents and Haisla neighbours reacted ecstatically in a moment captured on video.

“I think Enbridge and the government really don’t understand what happened here tonight,” said former Haisla chief Gerald Amos to the crowd in a megaphone. “What we witnessed was a community-building exercise that should scare the shit out of them.”

By May, anti-Enbridge rallies in Vancouver heated up —and one was met by Sun TV’s Ezra Levant. The broadcaster and author of Ethical Oil walked right into the hornet’s nest of oil protesters with his cameraman to provoke passions for his now-defunct TV program. Sun TV was masterminded by the Prime Minister’s current Conservative campaign manager, Kory Teneycke.

Levant’s rants on Sun that year included tirades against rock star Neil Young whom Levant accused of spreading “lies” about the oil sands during his concert series in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan. The northern Alberta band is fighting to get government to “honour the treaties” that were supposed to protect their health and land from heavy oil sands development.

And in June, 300 scientists wrote a “Dear Prime Minister” letter stating that the federal review of Northern Gateway was deeply “flawed,” “biased” and excluded important science on oil impacts.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip Enbridge decision day June 2014 – Mychaylo Prystupa

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip Enbridge announces “the war is on” in Vancouver on the day federal government conditionally approved Northern Gateway on June 17, 2014. (Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.)

On June 17, 2014, the national media awaited a highly anticipated moment —a Harper cabinet member taking the podium to announce the government’s decision on the pipeline. The moment never came. A simple government press release was issued on one of the country’s biggest industrial decisions in generations. Northern Gateway was a go with 209 NEB conditions. Passions erupted in Vancouver where thousands protested and First Nations drummers took to the streets.

Many promised to “punish” Conservatives in B.C. in the next federal election. Grand Chief Phllip told a large downtown crowd, “The war is on.”


Enbridge attempted to meet the NEB’s 209 conditions, and those of B.C.’s government— which include a rapprochement with First Nations over the pipeline. But if the company’s silence has been any indication, negotiations have not gone very well.

In May 2015, the pipeline lost a major political supporter —an Alberta premier. A stunning provincial election replaced former Enbridge consultant Jim Prentice with Rachel Notely in an historic NDP routing of the 44-year-ruling Progressive Conservatives. Premier Notley said the pipeline stood little chance of gaining approval from First Nations.

The late Janet Holder, Enbridge’s vice president for Northern Gateway, at a Kitimat, B.C. pipeline forum in April 2014. (Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.)

And tragically, on Aug.31, Northern Gateway’s stalwart smiling spokesperson and vice president, Janet Holder, died of leukemia.
Enbridge speaks

Regarding Thursdays’s launch of the eight First Nations lawsuits, Enbridge’s manager of communications Ivan Giesbrecht said:

“Despite this litigation, we remain committed to working collaboratively with the applicant First Nations and would be very pleased to develop mutually beneficial solutions with them.”

“Our ongoing priority is to continue to build trust, engage in respectful dialogue, and build meaningful partnerships with First Nations and Metis communities. We know we have more work to do in this regard and we are committed to doing this work.”

“Northern Gateway accepts and recognizes the traditional land use rights and practices of First Nations and Metis peoples.”

“The project proponents believe First Nations and Metis communities should share in the ownership and benefits of Northern Gateway. Their input will make the project better and we are open to change.”

“The project proponents remain committed to Northern Gateway and building this critical Canadian infrastructure. We are continuing to work towards meeting the conditions set by the Joint Review Panel and the BC government.”

“As we’ve said many times, we remain confident in the rigor and thoroughness of the Joint Review Panel process. Its careful examination of the Northern Gateway project was one of the most exhaustive of its kind in our country’s history. Northern Gateway’s submission to the JRP was the most comprehensive application ever submitted: 30,000 pages, 180 days of hearings, and 80 expert witnesses including some of the foremost scientists and engineers in their respective fields from around the world.”


27 images that prove that we are in danger. #7 left my mouth open.

Note:When the state of our planet is revealed thru a compilation of images like below, it becomes apparent how urgent and dire the need is for action EVERYWHERE around the world. The entire planet needs help from an awakened humanity before it’s too late….

It was #4 that left my mouth open, those are chemtrails…not contrails, big difference. Please share…mahalo!


Sometimes every word is superfluous. These pictures say more than a thousand words.

1. The view over the overdeveloped metropole of Mexico City (with more than 20 million inhabitants).


2. An elephant killed by poachers left to rot.


3. The rainforest in flames – goats used to graze here.


4. Trails of excessive air traffic over London.


5. A massive truck delivers a load of oil sands for processing. Oil sand is considered the energy source of the future.


6. A simple herd farmer cannot withstand the stink of the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia.


7. A waste incineration plant and its surroundings in Bangladesh


8. A fire storm plows through Colorado – increased incidences of wild fires is a result of climate change.


9. The scars left behind from the mining of oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta.


10. A nighttime spectacle in downtown Los Angeles – the energy demand is unfathomable.


11. In Oregon, this thousand year old forest fell victim to the chainsaw for a new dam.


12. The area around Almeria in Spain is littered with greenhouses as far as the eye can see – simply for a richly filled dinner table.


13. Poachers pose proudly with the coat of a Siberian tiger.


14. The Mir Mine in Russia, the largest diamond mine in the world.


15. A dead albatross shows what happens when we litter. A living dumpster.


16. And yet another megatropolis – a bird’s eye view of New Delhi (over 22 million inhabitants).


17. Paradise almost lost: the Maldives, a popular vacation spot that is threatened by rising sea levels.


18. The beginning of Black Friday at an electronics store in Boise, Idaho.


19. Tons (literally) of broken electronics end up in developing countries and are stripped for precious metals by using deadly substances.


20. The blunder of the Brazilian rain forest is being repeated here in Canada.


21. A landfill for worn-out tires in the desert of Nevada.


22. While the entire world watched the events of Fukushima, a massive heat and power station was burning just a few miles away. All attempts to extinguish it were fruitless.


23. This polar bear starved to death in Svalvard, Norway. Disappearing ice caps are robbing polar bears of both their living space and food.


24. To the last drop: an oilfield in California and its merciless overexploitation by humans.


25. A massive waterfall from melting pack ice. These masses are the only meltwater on earth and the undeniable proof of how swiftly climate change is advancing.


26. A lignite power plant contaminates the air with its emissions.


27. The Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya rides a wave of filth and trash (Java, Indonesia).


“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.”

This prophecy is becoming a more and more brutal reality. But, even today, not every person is aware of the horrible effects our lifestyles have on nature. So share these evocative pictures with everyone.


Note: “Houston, we have a problem…”

“Engineered Winter, Engineered Drought” by Dane Wigington

Earth’s climate system is being manipulated and forced in too many directions to comprehend. Governments around the globe are participating in the climate engineering not only over their own countries, there is also the weather warfare aspect between opposing countries. Those in pursuit of power have turned our once pristine blue skies into a battlefield. Geoengineering is nothing short of an all out assault against Nature. Truly untainted weather is non existent, deep blue skies are no more. From record snows to record heat and drought, all is now being manipulated by the ecologically devastating climate engineering programs. Each of us must continue to help sound the alarm on the geoengineering insanity so that when the population is forced to wake up (due to the rapidly accelerating devastation that is occurring), they will know just how horrifically they have been violated by those in power. Make your voice heard, share credible data with others, start “spot fires” of awareness wherever you go.

5 Shocking Places Where Fracking Is Taking Off

As the oil and gas boom continues, these areas are devastated.

Photo Credit: Pinedale Anticline DSEIS

By now, many people have heard about the booming Bakken Shale in North Dakota where there is a mad rush for oil, enabled by the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a practice that pumps millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand underground to break rock and release hydrocarbons.

The Bakken has garnered big media attention and so too has Texas’s Eagle Ford Shale and the gas-rich Marcellus Shale in the Northeast. But more than these big shale plays are on the table. Fracking is happening in 17 states and more than 80,000 wells have been drilled or permitted in the last nine years — some of these in surprising (and alarming) places.

From scenic coastal waters to vital agricultural land, here are five places where fracking could soon be taking off.

1.California’sVital Farmlands.Kern County in California’s Central Valley is part of the heart of the state’s $43 billion a year agriculture industry and it has made headlines frequently as ground zero for California’s crippling drought. Dairy is big in Kern and farmers (mostly large agribusiness) also grow almonds, pistachios, grapes, cotton, carrots, onions, citrus and much more.

Diminished water supplies and overdrawn aquifers have farmers offering big bucks for water this year. But they may have to outbid another heavy weight — the oil industry. Kern County is the top oil-producing county in the state (although production tumbled nearly 50 percent between 1985 and 2011) and its Holy Grail is the Monterey Shale, a deep underground rock formation that was estimated to hold 13.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil – twice as much as North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.

Trying to get at more oil has meant more drilling and not just in Kern’s historical oilfields. In small agricultural towns in the county like Shafter and Wasco, wells are being drilled and now fracked in almond and pistachio orchards. It’s hard to tell exactly how many wells have been fracked – the state hasn’t required regulation of fracking, although that’s in the works.

Maps like this one from FracTracker show clusters of fracked wells along the oilfields that line Highway 33 (also known as the Petroleum Highway) and around Shafter and Wasco. The state’s Department of Conservation shows notices to hydraulically fracture 100 wells in Kern in the span of a month this spring.

Is Kern poised to take off like the Bakken? It’s unclear. Estimates of its vast reserves in the Monterey were recently reduced – drastically.  The amount of oil now deemed economically recoverable was cut 96 percent, to 600 million barrels, although that hasn’t yet deterred industry from trying anyway.

2.PacificCoast Waters.A six-month investigation by Truthout revealed last July that hydraulic fracking had occurred off the coast of California in the Santa Barbara Channel and no special permits or environmental review were required. Mike Ludwig wrote:

Truthout reported that an oil company called Venoco had quietly used fracking technology to stimulate oil production in an old well off the coast of Santa Barbara in early 2010. A Freedom of Information Act request recently filed by Truthouthas confirmed the Venoco operation and revealed that another firm had since received permission for fracking in the Santa Barbara channel, which is home to the Channel Islands marine reserve.

This year, federal regulators approved an application by the Ventura-based company DCOR LLC to use fracking technology known as “frack pack” in a sandstone well 1,500 feet from a seismic fault in the outer continental shelf off the California coast, according to the documents released by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the federal agency that permits offshore drilling.

Industry contends the offshore fracking is a much smaller operation (that uses less water, sand and chemicals) than what is previously done onshore but environmental groups are still concerned about pollution.

KCET reported in February that, “about half of the state’s offshore rigs pump at least some of their wastewater right into the Santa Barbara Channel” and “according to the Center for Biological Diversity, oil rig operators have federal permits to dump more than nine billion gallons of fracking wastewater into California’s ocean waters each year.”

While the Santa Barbara Channel is home to oilfields, it’s also renowned for its scenic beauty, prime beaches, ecological diversity, and the Channel Islands National Park. This map shows the proximity of oil activity and wildlife in the channel.

3.Florida’s Tropics.Is fracking happening in the Everglades? That depends on who you ask. According to the Texas oil company Dan A. Hughes Co., the answer is no. But not everyone agrees with that. The Orlando Sentinel reported that the Texas company, “has been caught using fracking-like blasting methods to drill for oil near the Everglades, raising alarms from state officials and inflaming a long-simmering controversy over energy exploration in the midst of a cherished ecosystem.”

The company was using an “enhanced extraction procedure” which involves pumping acid (instead of a mixture of other toxic chemicals) underground with water and sand to dissolve rock. According to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection the company apparently performed the technique without a permit and in violation of a cease-and-desist order.

The practice is known as acidizing, acid fracking or acid well stimulation. It’s new to Florida but it’s become common practice (although the subject of deep concern) in other states, like California.

Environmental groups in the area are concerned it will open a Pandora’s Box. Marjorie Holt, chairwoman of the Sierra Club Central Florida Group, told the Orlando Sentinelthat, “It opens the door to fracking for oil,” and “it could be an incentive for other companies to start exploration in Florida.”

4.TheGreat Lakes.Fracking is already happening in Michigan and environmental groups are worried that it may expand and threaten their prized freshwater resources.

“The oil and gas industry has leased 84,000 acres of national forest along the Great Lakes—putting our lakes and the waterways that flow into them in harm’s way,” reports Environment Michigan. “Fracking poses a huge risk of water contamination and depletion to the Great Lakes: 95% of our waterways are connected, so fracking anywhere in Michigan can threaten the Great Lakes … In Kalkaska County, a single fracking site contaminated 42 million gallons of water.”

Last year concern over water use by the oil and gas industry grew, as EcoWatch reported:

“Concerns about the impact to local groundwater by massive water use—on a scale never before seen in Michigan fracking operations—are coming to a head, as the plan for Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. to use 8.4 million gallons of water to fracture a single well has been stymied by a lack of water on site.

Instead, the company is trucking water—nearly 1 million gallons of it in just one week—from the City of Kalkaska’s water system to meet its needs. This one fracking operation today is using more water than Kalkaska is using for all its needs over the same time period.”

5. Next to Our National Parks.Fracking can’t take place inside our National Parks, but oil and gas development is getting closer and closer, which is bad news for wildlife that migrate across park boundaries, and for park visitors that hope for clean air and beautiful vistas.

No where is this more apparent than Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, which is enveloped by oil drilling, with gas flares at well sites visible from the park and nearby roads clogged with big trucks and industry-related traffic.

The National Parks Conservation Association reported that, “the impacts from the estimated 45,000 wells due at ‘full build-out’ could seriously impair the park’s mandate to protect its undeveloped lands and wildlife, perhaps most noticeably by severing connections between the park and the surrounding Little Missouri National Grasslands, impeding migration routes and fragmenting habitat for pronghorn, mule and white-tailed deer, elk, and sharp-tailed grouse.”

But the organization reports, Theodore Roosevelt is not the only National Park at risk, Grand Tetons National Park and Glacier National Park both have fracking encroaching near park borders. And public lands, such as state and national forests, across the country — from Pennsylvania to California — are already pocked by fracked wells.

Tara Lohan is a freelance writer and former senior editor at AlterNet. She is the editor of two books on the global water crisis, including Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource. Follow her on Twitter @TaraLohan or visit her website, taralohan.com.

NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

Victory: As NY high court rules towns can zone out oil and gas operations, trend spreads to other states
Downtown in Dryden, NY.

Downtown in Dryden, NY. Dryden’s story began in 2009, after residents pressured by oil and gas company representatives to lease their land for gas development learned more about fracking.

Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice
June 30, 2014
Albany, NY —Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

In a test case pitting community rights against the oil and gas industry, the Court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas operations, within municipal borders.

“Today the Court stood with the people of Dryden and the people of New York to protect their right to self determination. It is clear that people, not corporations, have the right to decide how their community develops,” said Dryden Deputy Supervisor Jason Leifer. “This would not have been possible without the hard work of many of my friends and neighbors and our lawyers Deborah Goldberg of Earthjustice and Mahlon Perkins. Today’s ruling shows all of America that a committed group of citizens and public officials can stand together against fearful odds and successfully defend their homes, their way of life, and the environment against those who would harm them all in the name of profit.”

“Heavy industry has never been allowed in our small farming town and three years ago, we decided that fracking was no exception. The oil and gas industry tried to bully us into backing down, but we took our fight all the way to New York’s highest court. And today we won,” said Dryden Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner. “I hope our victory serves as an inspiration to people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, California and elsewhere who are also trying to do what’s right for their own communities.”

Deborah Goldberg, an attorney with the public interest law organization, Earthjustice, represented the Town of Dryden in the case.

“This decision by the Court of Appeals has settled the matter once and for all across New York State and has sent a firm message to the oil and gas industry,” said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg. “For too long the oil and gas industry has intimidated and abused people, expecting to get away with it. That behavior is finally coming back to haunt them, as communities across the country stand up and say ‘no more.’ Earthjustice is proud to have stood with, and fought on behalf of, one such community.”

Today’s decision gives legal backing to the more than 170 New York municipalities that have passed measures to protect residents from the impacts of the controversial oil and gas development technique. The news also gives a green light to dozens of other New York towns that have been waiting for today’s decision to pass their own local ban.

“Town by town, New Yorkers have taken a stand against fracking. Today’s victory confirms that each of these towns is on firm legal ground,” said Helen Slottje, an Ithaca-based attorney whose legal research inspired New York’s local fracking ban groundswell and who was honored with the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. “The oil and gas industry tried to take away a fundamental right that pre-dates even the Declaration of Independence: the right of municipalities to regulate local land use. But they failed. The anti-fracking measures passed by Dryden, Middlefield and dozens of other New York municipalities are fully enforceable.”

The decision comes as a growing number of local communities in Colorado, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and California are opting to exert community control to guard against the environmental and public health threats of a deregulated, fracking-enabled oil and gas industry rush.

“We did it! This victory is for everyone who loves their town and will fight to the end to protect it,” said Dryden resident Deborah Cipolla-Dennis. “I’m proud of my town and I’m proud of the people in Fort Collins, Colorado, Denton, Texas, Santa Cruz, California and all the others who are standing up to the oil and gas industry.”

Dryden’s story began in 2009, after residents pressured by oil and gas company representatives to lease their land for gas development learned more about fracking, the technique companies planned to use to extract the gas. Residents organized and educated for more than two years under the banner of the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC), ultimately convincing the town board to amend its zoning ordinance in August 2011 to clarify that oil and gas development activities, including fracking, were prohibited.

Just six weeks after the town board passed the measure in a unanimous bi-partisan vote, Anschutz Exploration Corporation (a privately held company owned by a Forbes-ranked billionaire) sued the town. Dryden argued that their right to make local land use decisions, enshrined in the home rule provision of the New York State Constitution, applies to oil and gas development. In February 2012, a state trial court judge agreed. In May 2013, a panel of judges in a mid-level, appeals court unanimously sided yet again with the town. Today’s decision by New York’s highest court is the final ruling in the matter.

The case in Dryden has taken on special significance. Through the course of its legal battle, more than 20,000 people from across the country and globe sent messages to Sumner and her colleagues on the Town Board, expressing support for the town in its legal fight, and a video depicting the town’s fight has garnered more than 80,000 views.




Has a natural world wonder just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

One of the natural wonders of the world is about to have 3 million cubic metres of seabed dumped on top of it.

Great Barrier Reef aerial view

The Great Barrier Reef has been put at risk by the approval of a coal export terminal at Abbot Point. Photograph: Grant V Faint/Getty Images

Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the “Best Job in the World”?

The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and “caretaker” of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Ben Southal was the inaugural winner, a Brit by birth and native of Hampshire, he beat 35,000 applicants for the coveted role.

Ben spent a year promoting the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. In the first four days, he visited the pristine Whitehaven Beach, stopped for lunch at Hayman Island, went on a tour of the Coral Sea and Daydream Island and ended up at the Seaworld adventure park and a game of Aussie Rules (Richmond vs Adelaide – Go Crows!).

Four days into his year-long stint in the Best Job in the World, Ben said: “My stay on the Gold Coast has been nothing short of spectacular; there really is something for everybody.”

Unfortunately, soon a massively destructive coal port will be built just 50 km north of the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. The port expansion was approved by the Abbott Liberal National government on Wednesday 11 December, and it will become one of the world’s largest coal ports.

The coal export facility is ironically located on Abbot Point. The construction of this port will involve dredging 3 million cubic metres of seabed. The dredge spoil will be dumped into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

To give you an idea of the scale of this dredging, if all of the spoil was put into dump trucks, there would be 150,000 of them lined up bumper to bumper from Brisbane to Melbourne.

This expansion is further proof that the Abbott government is hell-bent on turning Australia into a reckless charco-state that solely represents the interests of fossil fuel and coal companies.

Just around the corner from the port is a beach that is the nesting place for endangered green and flat back turtles. Fun facts about the flat back turtle: they’re officially classified as “vulnerable” by the Australian Government, and nest only in northern Australia. They have the smallest migratory range of any marine turtle, so when their home in Queensland is destroyed, they’ve really got nowhere else to go.

Also in the spoil-dumping area are sea-grass beds, which are the home to dugongs. The “sea cows” may not be the sexiest of marine animals, but they are at risk of extinction, and most of the world’s remaining population lives in the Great Barrier Reef. This is one of the reasons that the Reef has World Heritage listing.

An independent government report from August this year found that dredging sediment travelled a lot further than previously thought. The risks include sediment being disturbed by severe weather. Even a cursory look at Queensland’s weather patterns near the Reef over the past decade would show that severe weather, including tropical cyclones and flooding, is a regular occurrence, even if you disregard massively destructive events like Cyclone Yasi.

The Great Barrier Reef generated around 69,000 full-time equivalent jobs, and boosted our economy by 5.68 billion in 2011/12, according to recent research. Most of this is through tourism and reef-dependent industries like fishing.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has mischievously claimed that “Some of the strictest conditions in Australian history have been placed on these projects”. This is mischievous because, obviously, massively increasing coal exports at this time will do irreparable damage to our climate.

Worryingly, Greg Hunt’s briefing, released on the 11th of December, states that “the project area (dredging area) is not a notable or significant biodiversity site in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area” and “the potential impact area in the dumping ground (which is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park) is considerably small”. The brief also says that the “habitats were recorded to recover from similar events”.

You are obviously free to come to your own views about Hunt’s strange cognitive dissonance, where on the one hand there are the “strictest conditions” on the dredging, but on the other hand the “dredging area is not a notable… site” in the Reef. Perhaps someone could leave a comment that explains why Hunt has required strict conditions if the area is not a significant site.

Unless of course, Hunt is simply trying to pull the wool over our eyes. You be the judge.

The very real problems are not just the vast and untold damage that dredging will do to the Great Barrier Reef, or the risk of damage to the reef by the substantial increase in shipping through the World Heritage Area.

The Abbot Point development has been green-lit to funnel vast amounts of coal out of Australia. The coal ports currently proposed, including Abbot Point and new coal terminals proposed at Wiggins Island, Raglan Creek, Balaclava Island, Dudgeon Point, and Cape York, would increase total coal tonnage by more than six-fold, from 156 Mt in 2011 to a capacity of 944 Mt by the end of the decade.

Australia’s coal is one of the globe’s fourteen carbon bombs. Our coal export industry is the largest in the world, and results in 760m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The urgent goal of Tony Abbott’s government, and his environment minister Greg Hunt is to ship as much climate-devastating coal as possible, as quickly as possible.

Every day, this Liberal-National government, led by Tony Abbott, provides new examples of its nastiness, its short-sightedness, and its willingness to destroy livelihoods, communities and the environment to enrich coal barons.

You can do something.


Please join me in signing petitions and making calls to stop this irreversible environmental disaster from taking place, please share this information widely:

GetUp Action for Australia: https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/coal-seam-gas/unesco-great-barrier-reef/sign-the-petition

Save the Reef/Greenpeace: http://savethereef.org.au/

tcktcktck The Call for Global Climate Action: http://tcktcktck.org/2013/07/sign-the-petition-protect-the-great-barrier-reef-from-coal-expansion/55323

Change.org: http://www.change.org/petitions/world-heritage-committee-fight-for-the-great-barrier-reef

WWF: https://files.wwf.org.au/email/EAForm/phone_gbrmpa.htm?

Largest Climate Conference in BC History Ends With Joint Idle No More Day of Action

Great news, the momentum is building against the PTW!! Please share freely…mahalo!


Oct 7, 2013


 For Immediate Release



Largest Climate Conference in BC History Ends With Joint Idle No More Day of Action


Hundreds gather in Victoria to push back on dirty energy projects


Victoria, Coast Salish Territories – Today, hundreds of youth attending the PowerShift BC summit joined with local Idle No More organizers and frontline Indigenous organizers from BC and Alberta for a march and public civil disobedience training at the British Columbia Legislature. The action took place along with over 60 others across Canada, the US and beyond marking the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation.

“Today we gather in mass numbers all across turtle island in solidarity and unity for one common cause – to commemorate the Royal Proclamation of 1763 in which land rights and title promises were made to the original peoples of this land, On this day we assert our rights to self determination and land title as per the CDN constitution,” said Crystal Lameman of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation. “As First Peoples of this land we are standing up with our brothers and sisters all across the land; in unity we stand together and we say no more will we say yes yes to dirty oil, pipelines, tankers, and poisoned water!”


Crystal spoke at PowerShift BC this past weekend about her nation which is currently involved in one of the country’s highest profile litigations against the Canadian and Alberta governments for the over 17,000 treaty violations from the expansion of the Tar Sands.


“Projects like the tar sands and their pipelines through BC are driving climate change and devastating communities,” said Kelsey Mech, an organizer with PowerShift BC. “We’re taking action in solidarity today to stop climate disaster, but while climate change may be the call that brings us together, justice is the goal.”


The action ended with a mass public blockade training at the provincial legislature, and a message to Christy Clark and Stephen Harper – “If you build it, we will block it”.


“Today we’re not just saying no to pipelines, we’re showing Christy Clark and Stephen Harper what’s waiting for them if they cross our lines,” Mech continued.


PowerShift BC was the first regional PowerShift gathering in Canada, after two national events in 2009 and 2012. With over 1000 people participating over the weekend, it was the largest climate conference in BC history.


“This weekend young people from communities across BC and beyond came together and sent a clear message, we won’t stand idly by while the fossil fuel industry threatens our future,” said Cameron Fenton, National Director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition. “Youth are working with First Nations to build a movement for a just and sustainable future and politicians should be worried.”


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The secret genocide – West Papua


Please note I had a difficult time getting this video to play full version on Youtube,
I had to go back to the  website three times to click the upper left hand link in the video player.
If you have problems viewing, here’s the source link

Far away from the attention of the mainstream media, the Indonesian army is slaughtering the native population of West Papua, while making the way for western, Asian and Australian logging companies who are rapidly destroying the second largest rain-forest in the world. Since 1969  when West Papua was unrightfully annexed by Indonesia 500,000 Papuans have killed and many others raped, tortured and dislocated. Most people are unaware that this is happening, so we have to take the responsibility of the media and raise awareness about this disaster.
Papua, the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea, belongs to the lungs of this world as it contains 31,5 million acres of tropical rain forest.
If the trees were to be cut, it would mean a threat to the livelihood and culture of many Papuan tribes. Deforestation means the destruction of their medicinal and food resources, expelling their ancestors and committing a heinous crime against nature. Deforestation will lead to suffering, disaster and chaos for the Papuans The forests form a part of their heritage.
In West Papua, Indonesia makes no pretense of negotiating with traditional landowners; they are thrown off the land, destined to become refugees or to be shot or forced into slave labor for the Indonesians. Canadian and Australian logging companies have joined the Malaysians and the Japanese in the race to destroy New Guinea’s tropical forests. Concurrent with Australia token gesture of giving the rock star Sting US $205,000 to support the protection of Brazilian rain forests, an Australian company announced plans to log a massive area of pristine rain forest in the Mamberamo River area – 600,000 hectares – in partnership with an Indonesian company (Sun Herald 5/28/89). Refugees from this area are exiled in Papua New Guinea camps along with people from every region of West Papua.
This report from Channel 4 News in the UK shows the degrading level of brutality that the Papuan people are exposed to on a daily basis under Indonesian colonial rule.
Foreign journalists are banned from West Papua – the Indonesian Government are desperate to hide the genocide from the outside world. Even NGO groups like Red Cross and Peace Brigades have been expelled in recent times. This disturbing footage was shot on mobile phones by Indonesian soldiers as ‘trophy footage’ for them to show their families.

In West Papua there is no peace, no justice. There is only killing, rape, torture, intimidation, bloodshed, oppression, village burnings, racism and eternal suffering for those living under Indonesia’s colonial occupation.

Please sign the petition to stop the ongoing violence and destruction:


Nestle CEO seeks to control the world’s water supply: BOYCOTT NESTLE NOW!!

Monday, April 22, 2013 by: Lance Devon
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040026_Nestle_water_supply_domination.html#ixzz2RcfSLtvZ

(NaturalNews) Gun control may be a hot topic, but what about water control? Recent comments from Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck imply that the world’s water will soon come under the control of corporations like his. Brabeck makes the astonishing claim that water is not a human right, but should be managed by business people and governing bodies. He wants water controlled, privatized, and delegated in a way that sustains the planet. View the astonishing interview here:

Water control hitting the United States

All of this means that Brabeck’s future plans include monitoring and controlling the amount of water people use. One day, cities and towns may be forced by international law to limit each household to a set amount of water. People may have to obtain permits to dig wells or pay fines for collecting rainwater. Laws like these are already in motion in the United States. Learn more here: http://www.naturalnews.com/029286_rainwater_collection_water.html

Nestle’s CEO thinks all water should have a price

In the interview, Brabeck touts that his company is the largest foodstuff corporation in the world with over $65 billion in profit each year. He proudly claims that millions of people are dependent on him and his company. Does this guy think he is a god?

He calls water a “foodstuff” that needs an assigned value. Who controls the price of water? Brabeck bases his sustainability projects on the fact that a third of the world’s population may face water shortages within 15-20 years. By price controlling water, Brabeck believes he may save the planet from food and water shortages in the coming years.

With the threat of future water shortages, is it necessary to strip all humans of their natural liberty to water, as Brabeck suggests?

What might happen if international controls are placed on water sources as a select few corporate dictators rule over the water supply?

Can a free and thriving people find better ways to conserve and respect water with their own liberty, rather than allow global corporations to control it?

Nestle CEO applauds GMO farming and criticizes organic practices

Putting a person like Brabeck in control of water would create a tyrannical monopoly on something that was meant to be free. If influential corporations put a lock on the water tap, then they could dictate which farms received water. Nestle could protect GMO farming. In fact, in the interview, Brabeck said organic food is “not the best” and he went on to say that genetically modified food is perfectly safe and causes no disease. With this philosophy, a Brabeck economy would cut off organic farming from the water supply and allow genetically modified food to reign over the people.

Working together to preserve our right to water

Free people everywhere must work together to preserve their natural right to water. If one wants to dig their own well and tap the ground water, so be it. They are responsible for their keep. If one wants to collect their own rain water to sustain their own garden, then so be it. If one wants to purify their own water trough charcoal gravity fed filters and ditch bottled water companies altogether, then they will be better off for doing so. Is it time to reject a bottled water industry that is brainwashing people to submit to price controlled water? Humans can self sustain and work together, managing their own water. Greedy corporate CEOs are not the answer. No one is dependent on them. Water should remain unadulterated, free and available as a right to all.

Sign a petition to stop Nestle from dominating the world’s water supply.

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NOTE: Another psychopathic corporate mentality which time has come to an end, before these people eliminate humans right to water  they need to be stopped. One easy way is to stop buying all products made by Nestle, they can’t operate without profits. This is a very serious issue people need to pay attention to and immediate take action against near total destruction of the water tables.  People in the Great Lakes area need to band together in massive protests against Nestle which is draining water from the Great Lakes at a highly unnatural rate. We need to form flash mob campaigns with people emailing/faxing UCC foreclosure notices putting them on notice that they are operating illegally by committing inhumane crimes against the Creator, the planet and the One People of Earth.


Dane Wigington – The MOST IMPORTANT Topic For 2013: Global Methane Expulsion Rates Explode!

Out of over 6000 posts in the last four years, this is probably the most important post on this blog. Please take time to listen and share, we find ourselves at an environmental crossroads where the future of planet Earth lies solely on choices we make now.
If we do not unite against geo-engingeering NOW, game over.

President John F Kennedy Secret Societies ~ This remarkable speech is more relevant today than ever…


Published on Feb 6, 2013


Help Us Fight Monsanto ~ Nation of Change

Aloha Beloved Friends!

By now, many of you are aware of our current campaign to fight back against biotech giant Monsanto.

For more information about the reasons behind this campaign watch our enlightening video:

Many people in this country have given up on fighting injustice. Citizens United symbolized for some the last vestige of a check on the unlimited capitol flooding our system.

We still have the power. We are raising awareness about Monsanto’s crimes against human health and the environment, but we need your help.

This month, we are raising $6,200 for an educational and enlightening billboard campaign targeted in Monsanto’s home county of St. Louis Missouri.

Monsanto poses one of the greatest threats on the planet to human health and the environment.

We have only three days left for this drive so if you’ve been thinking about getting involved, click here now to make a tax-deductible donation.

Please click here to make a secure tax-deductible donation or call in your donation at 1-800-803-6045. You can also mail a check to: 6319 Dante Ln NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114.
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America’s Anti-Christ: “How The Kochs Are Fracking America”

Note: Just to be clear, it is this editors opinion that the Koch brothers represent what the Christian fundamentalists term as the modern day Anti-Christ for 30 years in actively destroying the democratic foundations and principles America was built on, by covertly subverting our democracy into a fascist, totalitarian state. One only has to look at how ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council has been designed to dismantle the public good, how the entire skeletal structure of local and state governments is being sold off to corporations for profitization – my term for privatization – in states where Republicans have the majority. If you think you’re getting anything different with Ron Paul you better think again, he’ll sell everything off that makes this country good, for a profit! It’s not government that’s bad, it’s the corporate money that bought the will of our politicians, that’s what corrupted the system.

When we take the corporate money out of politics – no more lobbyists, no more PAC’s, no more Citizens United – when politicians can’t be bought like Indy Race Car Drivers then we’ll get the government we deserve. As it stands corporations are in control of everything, even the defense department are beholden to the corporations that manufacture weaponry and defense systems.

And this article clearly makes the connection between the Koch brothers and corporate destruction of the environment through fracking, which is causing earthquakes and the permanent destruction of the water tables. Would anyone argue that there’s a better, more thorough representation of pure evil in corporate America than the Koch’s?


 At the Republic Report, Lee Fang details how the Koch Industries petrochemical empire is involved in the boom in natural gas hydrofracturing.

The right-wing Koch brothers have developed a vertical empire designed to extract wealth from every point in the hydrocarbon lifecycle. A small fraction of their profits is funneled into corrupting our political system, in order to prevent government from protecting society against the costs of the waste products.

The October 2011 issue of Discovery, the in-house Koch Industries newsletter, explains how the Koch Industries empire is profiting from the “really exciting”fracking boom:

– 1. Koch Pipeline is partnering with NuStar Energy to develop a dormant pipeline from Pettus, TX to refineries in Corpus Christi. The pipeline will transport natural gas from fracking sites in southern Texas. Koch Pipeline is a Koch Industries subsidiary.

– 2. Flint Hills Resources recently purchased a small craft pier and wharf in Ingleside, TX to store shipments of natural gas from fracking operations in the Eagle Ford shale formation. Flint Hills Resources is a Koch Industries subsidiary.

– 3. Koch Supply & Trading, a Koch Industries company that deals with commodity trading and financial products, is “already trading Eagle Ford crude” to help supply Koch companies and other customers, according to a Koch Industries newsletter.

– 4. Koch Chemical Technology Group is designing a processing facility near Yoakum, TX to help process natural gas fracked in southern Texas. Koch Chemical is a subsidiary of Koch Industries.

– 5. John Zink, a Koch Industries company, is providing flares for a natural gas processing plant in Helena to service the fracking industry.

– 6. Georgia Pacific produces resins used for chemicals used to prop open micro-fractures, an important process for fracking to occur. GP is a Koch Industries subsidiary.

– 7. Koch Fertilizer, a Koch Industries company, has tapped into increased natural gas production from fracking to develop fertilizer.

From Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney to the Cato InstituteHeritage Foundationand Americans for Prosperity, the Koch political network has been furiously attempting to block any oversight or regulation of the pollution and risks associated with fracking, no matter the danger to the American public.

By Brad Johnson | Sourced from ThinkProgress