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don’t know about you, but just about the last thing that I want to see when I’m out having fun with my friends is a shark in a tank. Not because we don’t like ‘em (we ♥ sharks!), but because they don’t belong in tanks.
A commercial real estate company in Michigan is planning to keep sharks imprisoned in a tank at a new nightclub. These sharks, who are naturally very shy, will be subjected to hundreds of people, loud music, and bright lights.
THIS IS HELL FOR A SHARK.
Ed schultz just referred to bill o reilly and whomever is stating the healtcare.org is so hard to navigate and he said it is not and for those that do…to go to healthcare.org/dumbass. This is to paraphrase him but you get the idea….LOL….i am still L’ingOL
Angola Prisoner Herman Wallace is dying of liver cancer after 42 years in solitary confinement. A member of the so-called Angola 3, Wallace and two others were in jail for armed robbery, then accused in 1972 of murdering a prison guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary known as Angola Prison. The men say they were framed because of their political activism as members one of the first prison chapters of the Black Panther Party. Wallace’s supporters say he has just days to live, but his requests for compassionate release has so far gone unanswered. We speak with Jackie Sumell, a New Orleans-based artist behind “Herman’s House,” a collaboration with Wallace, which is the subject of a new documentary by the same name. “I’m not sure in the state of Louisiana if compassion is part of the vocabulary of those who are in power. I always felt that compassionate release, or asking for compassionate release, was important in terms of a multi-pronged effort to hav…
We broadcast from New Orleans, Louisiana, the heart of the world’s prison capital, where more people are behind bars any other state per capita — an incarceration rate 13 times that of China. Louisiana also ranks among the highest in the country in terms of the number of people per capita who are exonerated after serving years in prison for crimes they did not commit. We are joined by Henry James, the longest serving prisoner to be exonerated in Louisiana. James spent 30 years in the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola Prison, on a life sentence without parole for rape. At trial, the prosecution never told the jury that serology testing from the rape kit excluded James as the perpetrator. In 2011, DNA evidence found by accident proved James’ innocence, winning him his release. We also speak with Emily Maw, director of the Innocence Project of New Orleans, which helped win his exoneration. “Henry James’ case is unfortunately atypical.
Now the GOP says Obama caters to a certain few people with a certain status level whereas everyone should live equal within the law. Of course now when Bush Jr did it with his people…It was ok then for the GOP to act that same exact way they are saying Obama acts today…Instead of manifesting talking points that may or may not stick every other day…why will the GOP just not be real? They are still trying to trick people into seeing things their way…its such odd behavior for an adult with a brain to act this way. because think about the GOp today…the ONLY people they care about is their select few in their select districts and they actually state that very action out loud every day…The GOP is projecting….
After enduring decades of deprivation and psychological torment in the entertainment industry, J.R. has been rescued. Now he’ll spend his days with fellow chimpanzees at a lovely sanctuary dedicated to providing the respect and care that he deserves. Subscribe: http://youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=officialpeta The website the meat industry doesn’t want you to see: http://meat.org How to go vegan: http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/ PETA Saves: http://features.peta.org/petasaves/ PETA: http://PETA.org FAQs:http://www.peta.org/about/faq/default.aspx
They’re at it again.
Late Saturday night, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill that would keep the government open only if the new health care law is delayed for a year and only if bosses are allowed to refuse female employees birth control coverage.
Yeah, you read that right.
These House politicians want your boss to be able to deny you access to birth control based on moral objections. And that’s not all. The bill also allows bosses to refuse to cover the other seven women’s preventive services covered in the new health care law, including things like breastfeeding supplies, domestic violence counseling, and screening for HIV. This is insane.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of politicians putting anyone but me in charge of my health care decisions.
Senators are expected to act on this TODAY — and we need your help to tell them that the only person who should be making decisions about your birth control and health is you.
As always, thanks for keeping it personal.
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Here’s the latest: Speaker Boehner just went on the House floor and threw down the gauntlet. He actually claimed that the American people support the Republican plan to threaten a government shutdown over Obamacare.
Unless Boehner has a change of heart in the next 13 hours, the United States government will shut down at midnight.
Tell Boehner: “Go Defund Yourself. If government is shut, why should YOU still get paid?”; Tell Democrats: Don’t let Republican hostage-takers put Medicare and Social Security benefits back on the chopping block. ; Tell the Republicans: “Repeal your own government health care first, hypocrites!”;
Take these actions, keep up the pressure, and fight back against right-wing insanity! (note: sending more than one message is fine and still helpful)
Boehner & House Republicans have passed a bill that forces a government shutdown unless Obamacare is defunded. Conspicuously absent from that bill, however, is a promise that Republicans would forgo their own salaries if a shutdown actually takes place.
House Republicans aren’t doing their jobs as it is. Why should they still get paid if the rest of the government is shut down?
Send Boehner a message, and demand that House Republicans agree to forgo their salaries in the event of a shutdown, and return any payments made to them.
Congress is headed for two major showdowns over federal spending and Republican hostage-takers are once again trying to force weak-kneed Democrats in Congress to agree to cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.
Tell Democrats: Don’t let Republican hostage-takers put Medicare and Social Security benefits back on the chopping block.
Send them a message. Call them on their hypocrisy. Tell them to repeal their own health care first!
Thanks for your support, and for fighting back!
|New Yorkers can call Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and tell them: Don’t cave to Republican extremists.|
|With a governmental shutdown looming, we need to make sure Democrats in the Senate don’t cave to the outrageous demands of House Republicans, who are seeking to hold our entire government hostage to their extremist ideology.
Pick up the phone today, and demand Democrats stand up to Republican hostage-takers.
Click below for a sample script and the numbers to call:
Intransigent and irresponsible Republican extremists in Congress have set us on course for a government shutdown at midnight tonight.
This weekend, with the clock ticking down, the Republicans chose not to do the responsible thing to ensure the continued functioning of the federal government.
Instead of simply extending governmental funding at current levels, House Republicans passed a budget bill that contained a grab-bag of ideological demands and poison pills wholly unrelated to government spending.
This amounts to nothing less than the Republicans playing a high-stakes game of chicken with our country’s well-being, hoping that Democrats blink first and cave to their demands.
We need to make sure Senate Democrats stay strong.
While it’s appropriate for lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, to work to find common ground to keep the government functioning, that’s not what’s happening here.
Instead, Republicans are threatening to shutdown the federal government over legislative battles that they have lost in Congress and that have been soundly rejected at the ballot box.
If Democrats don’t stand up and act with strength this time, it will only embolden Republicans the next time.
And with the looming debt-ceiling fight just a few weeks away, this is no time for Senate Democrats to telegraph weakness by suggesting that they may reward the Republicans’ outrageous and undemocratic behavior by caving in to their demands.
Thank you for speaking out.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
Are you able to join us in Albuquerque in person this Friday, October 4 to speak for wolves? If so, please RSVP here*.
***Note: If there is a U.S. Government shutdown this week wolf hearings will likely be cancelled or delayed. We will contact anyone who has RSVP’d with us to the hearings to advise as soon as we are notified.
The fate of the Mexican wolf is being decided right now—these beautiful and all too rare animals need you to stand up and speak for them. Fifteen years after being reintroduced to the wilds of the Southwest, the lobo is still struggling under a flawed recovery framework.
Please be a voice for wolves by joining us at a rally and public hearing* next Friday, October 4 in Albuquerque, NM. If you can’t join us in person, sign this letter supporting Mexican wolf recovery and we’ll deliver it on your behalf.
Today only 75 Mexican wolves live in the wild. America’s most endangered mammal has only this one small wild population, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers these animals non-essential and experimental under the Endangered Species Act, which means they are afforded a lesser level of protection. This classification makes no sense, and it’s this illogical, deeply flawed thinking that plagues every aspect of the Mexican wolf recovery effort.
Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is re-considering the framework for Mexican wolf recovery and is proposing taking baby steps when bold steps are needed. You have until October 28 to tell the Service that Mexican wolves are essential and that lobos should have the freedom to roam beyond arbitrary, political boundaries that hinder recovery. Tell the Service that a comprehensive, scientifically valid recover plan must be developed that allows Mexican wolves to expand from the Greater Gila north to the Grand Canyon, Southern Utah and to the Southern Rockies.
Mexican wolves are essential and so is your voice. Please stand up and be counted to ensure a brighter future for wolves in the Southwest.
|Wolves Need your Help!
The war on wolves in Wyoming is relentless; we must continue to fight back for them and for wolves across the country.
“100 wolves are good enough for us.”
That’s the attitude Wyoming has towards managing wolves in their state.
Starting tomorrow, hunting season begins in Wyoming, and almost no wolf will be safe.
In a state where the goal is to reduce the wolf population by more than 60 percent – leaving just 100 wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park – you can bet that wolves in Wyoming are running for their lives.
Wyoming uses a number of lethal tactics – from hunting and trapping to predator control – in order to carry out their extreme anti-wolf agenda.
Not even the supposedly “protected” wolves of Yellowstone National Park are free from the perils of hunting season – they become fair game to hunters and trappers the moment they leave the park during the season.
Put simply, Wyoming’s wolf management plan means that wolves in more than 80% of the state lack any protection and can be killed anytime by almost any means, including aerial gunning and trapping. Even more disturbing is the simple fact that if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) gets their way, wolves across the country could face this same grim reality.
Wyoming is an alarming example of what wolf management looks like when it’s turned over to states dominated by anti-wolf politicians with deadly agendas. Wyoming’s wolf management plan is not only bad policy, but we believe that the 2012 delisting was downright illegal. That’s why Defenders filed suit against the Department of Interior in federal court demanding that they overturn the decision to delist Wyoming wolves.
We’re on the ground in local communities to dispel misconceptions and anti-wolf propaganda; we’re working with ranchers, private landowners and others to pioneer nonlethal strategies so that wolves and livestock can peacefully coexist; and we’re doing everything possible to try and stop the national delisting from happening.
Wyoming doesn’t persecute any other native species like they do wolves – managed around a population requirement of only 100 – Wyoming’s wolf management plan sets a disturbing precedent.
Thanks for all you do for America’s imperiled wildlife,
The legislative landscape has changed dramatically in the last few days, and a shutdown of the government appears to be inevitable. In the email you received from us on Friday we told you about our kick off event for the Healthcare Marketplace on Tuesday. We still need help for that, and now it has taken on even greater significance.
As you’re all well aware the Republicans in Congress, led by an extremist segment of their caucus and Sen. Ted Cruz have voted to shut down the government on Tuesday at 12:00 AM if the implementation of the Obamacare exchanges is not delayed by a year. Let’s be clear – There will be no delays in that implementation!
These outrageous tactics demand a response from all of us who are reasonable and who understand the need for health care coverage as part of the common good.
So, we need some additional help on pretty short notice. There are a few different ways to choose from for you to help:
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Starts at noon
Tuesday’s Lindenwold Information Event Information
This Tuesday, October 1st is the opening day of the Healthcare Marketplace (a.ka. – the health insurance exchange), in New Jersey and around the country. We in Organizing for Action South Jersey will be doing our part in helping to get this very important phase of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) off the ground.
So please join with OFA South Jersey as we meet commuters at the Lindenwold High Speed Line Station to provide them with important information about Obamacare on October 1st, the opening day of the New Jersey Health Insurance Exchange. Our very important job is to make sure that the public has accurate information about its benefits and where they can turn for information if they need coverage. We will provide all of the materials you need and you provide the enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Here’s the event info and RSVP/Signup link:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Lindenwold High Speed Line Station (Lindenwold, NJ)
901 N Berlin Road
Lindenwold, NJ 08021
RSVP/Signup link: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gsftsj
We’ll provide a meet up point later.
We’ll look forward to seeing you there.
Important Obamacare Related Information
A number of you have asked - How can we help get the word out about the benefits to those already covered by their employer and to those who need coverage on an ongoing basis? Well the best thing to do is to begin having conversations with family and friends about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. We want to make sure that people have accurate information because we know there are those out there distorting the truth rather than being concerned about the well being of their fellow citizens. This entire process of helping people with the information they will need is not a sprint; it is a marathon. This first enrollment period, starting on October 1st, will last for six months. The best thing for you to do right now is to first of all inform yourselves; and then inform others. And by all means use social media – post information on Facebook, Tweet, etc. To help we’ve included some links below that have good information.
Get the Facts; Get Covered - http://www.barackobama.com/health-care/
Dept of Health and Human Services - http://www.healthcare.gov (a really good site)
The White House - http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/health-care
The Kaiser Family Foundation - http://kff.org/health-reform/ (This page has a health insurance subsidy calculator)
9/26/13 – President Obama Speaks on the Affordable Care Act – This is the speech that you have been waiting for: http://1.usa.gov/19KxNPA
9/24/13 – President Obama and President Clinton Discuss Health Care – A remarkable discussion: http://1.usa.gov/14JywBT
Start spreading the word and encourage people to Get Covered.
Thank you for everything you do.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
When football funds lethal and useless experiments on innocent animals, there is something seriously wrong with the world we find ourselves in.
But that is exactly what the National Football League Foundation is doing. They claim to do it in the name of mimicking serious injuries suffered by their players, but research by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) shows otherwise. It shows that the experiments “have never yielded an effective treatment or preventative measure”, not to forget footage of a live rat having its head robotically crushed.
PETA are not the only objectors. Sports Grid, a website for sports fan, has highlighted the number of footballers who have spoken out about animal welfare. They call the research “pointless and cruel”.
Join PETA and Sports Grid. Call for an end to this pointless animal cruelty done in the name of sport.
Have you heard the truth about chicken? The facts are stunning—today, almost all chickens raised for food are bred to be so huge and top-heavy they can barely walk! Some poor birds die of thirst just inches from water because they’re unable to move.
No animal deserves to be treated this cruelly—but with your help, we can begin to put a stop to this.
More than 29,000 people have already signed on to tell the chicken industry that these birds deserve better, but for our message to be heard it will take a loud chorus of voices demanding change. The chicken industry needs to hear from dedicated ASPCA supporters like you, too.
Thanks for all you do for animals,
Gina Thompson‘s Missing You is in stores everywhere that sells music!
An important new climate science report was just released, and the results aren’t exactly cheerful.
The new report is long and dense, so we thought we’d boil it down. Since we’re quite fond of science and numbers at 350.org — after all, we’re named after the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — we wanted to share a few of the key numbers from the new climate report:
But there are a few numbers you should know about climate change that aren’t in the latest report — numbers that give us reason for hope:
I believe in people power. I think social movements can force the kinds of major societal changes needed to halt climate catastrophe. That’s why I’m so proud of what we’re doing at 350.org with our partners all over the world.
But we’re not doing enough. To scale this movement to truly meet the challenge of the climate crisis, we need your help. We’ve got big plans that we’ll be rolling over the coming months — but to make them work, we need to be able to cover our costs.
Can you pitch in to support this movement’s growth? Click here to make a donation.
This new climate report has made one thing completely clear: we need to act boldly, quickly, and all together.
Let’s do it,
P.S. Our social media team just made this great graphic about the new report — can you take a moment to share it on Facebook?
One important note: some scientists criticize these reports for being both too conservative and behind the curve. The group behind the report — the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” or “IPCC” — is a collaboration of 800 climate scientists around the world. The body is considered the foremost global authority on climate science, and integrates the research of more than 9,000 studies. But because of the size, scope, and consensus-based nature of these reports, they are often “lowest common denominator” science, and there’s a pattern of them underestimating the scale and severity of climate change and its impacts. You can learn more about this at this Wikipedia article.
More Info and Resources
What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists - AP Article
|26 Million Acres of Critical Habitat Proposed for Canada Lynx
In a victory for rare Canada lynx — driven toward extinction by trapping and habitat loss — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed on Wednesday to protect 26.6 million acres of critical habitat for the animals, spread across six states. The designation expands the size of a 2009 habitat proposal and responds to court challenges from snowmobile groups, which wanted to get rid of habitat protections.
After the Center for Biological Diversity and allied groups intervened to protect the big cats’ habitat, a judge ordered the Service to redo its economic analysis, but keep critical habitat in place.
The designation requires that federal agencies ensure their actions will not hurt or destroy the lynx’s critical habitat, including by building and maintaining trails for snowmobilers.
Read more in the Minneapolis StarTribune.
|State Dept. Ignores Keystone XL’s Ugly Toll on Wildlife — Watch Video
If the Keystone XL pipeline is built, at least a dozen of America’s endangered species will be in harm’s way, including whooping cranes, northern swift foxes, black-footed ferrets, piping plovers and pallid sturgeon. A new report by the Center finds that the State Department’s review of Keystone largely ignores how oil spills (34,000 gallons per year, the government estimates), 378 miles of new power lines, habitat destruction, and expanded tar sands development will affect some of the country’s most imperiled species.
These aren’t just bureaucratic oversights. If endangered species are ignored, they’ll pay a heavy price when the 1,700-mile pipeline is built in some of the last places on Earth they survive.
“This is yet another black eye in the Keystone XL debacle. The State Department has utterly failed in its duty to fully disclose — or to reduce — the impacts of this pipeline on some of the rarest animals and plants in this country,” said the Center’s Noah Greenwald.
|Thousands Rally Against Keystone, Dangerous Fossil Fuels — Thank You
Talk about inspiring. Last weekend thousands of Americans from coast to coast took to the streets against Keystone XL and other projects that will push our climate closer to catastrophe. The Center, along with 350.org and other allies, was part of a national day of action called “Draw the Line.”
We were out in force in California’s Pinnacles National Park, Albuquerque, Vermont, Florida and beyond. It was great to see so many people from so many walks of life standing together for wildlife, a healthy planet, and safe, sane sources of energy. We had a blast, especially with those who showed up with their own costumes, masks and signs.
Thanks to all of you who turned out — and stay tuned for our next day of action.
Take a look at this gallery of photos from events around the country.
|Agreement Will Protect 10 Species — Fox, Birds, Toad, Fish and More
Under our 2011 settlement to move forward protections for 757 species, the Center is given 10 species to single out for expedited decisions every year. This year we sped up protection decisions for the Sierra Nevada red fox; a 2-foot-long salamander called the eastern hellbender; three Southeast species, including a fish, a crayfish and a mussel; the boreal toad, which lives in the interior West; a northeastern, mountain-dwelling thrush; and a seaside sparrow and skink that live in Florida. (A critical habitat designation for loggerhead sea turtles, achieved earlier this year, was also part of the agreement).
All 10 species will receive protection decisions within the next five years, with most getting decisions even sooner. The forces driving them toward disappearance are both large and small scale: climate change, habitat loss and destruction, dams, pollution, logging, grazing, off-road vehicles and disease. Protection under the Endangered Species Act is the only way to save many plants and animals from extinction.
Under the Center’s 757 agreement, 109 species have been protected so far and another 61 have been proposed for protection.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.
|Petition Filed to Save Northern Rockies Fisher
The Center and allies filed a scientific petition this week to protect Northern Rockies fishers under the Endangered Species Act. Fishers are secretive, cat-like carnivores — members of the weasel family with slender bodies and bushy tails, so daring they make meals out of porcupines.
Sadly the fisher almost went extinct in the early 20th century because of trapping and logging of old-growth forests — much like the Pacific fisher of the Northwest, although the Northern Rockies fisher lives along the border of Montana and northern Idaho. Before the fisher was nearly wiped out, it ranged from British Columbia and Alberta through areas of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.
In 2011 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that fishers in the northern Rockies portion of their range are genetically distinct from fisher populations in the East and on the West Coast. New genetic information has also revealed that the fisher is the only member of its genus — making it all the more important to save.
Read more in The Montana Standard.
|Missouri Cave Fish Latest to Get Protection Under 757 Agreement
The Center’s landmark agreement securing protection decisions for 757 species around the country is a gift that keeps on giving — this week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the grotto sculpin, a rare cave- and stream-dwelling fish in Missouri, under the Endangered Species Act.
The 4-inch fish lives only in Perry County and for years has been threatened by pollution, including household garbage, old tires and even dead livestock dumped into sinkholes that drain into the groundwater that sculpin rely on.
No habitat has been protected for the grotto sculpin, but we’re hoping that a newly developed conservation plan clamps down on pollution and gives this unique cave fish the help it needs to survive.
Read more in our press release.
|Study: Protected Travel Corridors Crucial to Wolf Recovery
A new study finds that wolf recovery in the West may hinge on wolves being able to move safely between populations separated by great distances. Although wolves have returned to areas like the Yellowstone ecosystem, they face long odds of naturally establishing new populations elsewhere when they have to travel through unprotected areas.
The findings, published in Conservation Biology, are the first time scientists have used genetic and habitat data to project how many dispersing individuals are needed to sustain genetic health.
“Our findings imply that we can’t restore formerly widely distributed species like the wolf to isolated populations in a few parks and expect them to remain genetically healthy,” said one of the researchers, Dr. Carlos Carroll of the Klamath Center for Conservation Research.
The study comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to strip protections for all wolves in the United States (except in the Southwest), essentially abandoning the idea of wolf recovery in places like Colorado, Utah and the Northeast.
Read more at the Klamath Center for Conservation Research.
|Climate Change Deniers Debut New Distortions
Heard the one about Earth entering a period of global cooling? Or maybe you’ve read that Arctic sea ice is actually growing, so polar bears can relax? A well-funded army of climate change deniers has worked for years to spread misinformation, but two conservative British newspapers recently took scientific ignorance to new levels.
Reality check: Sea-ice extent in September 2013, while above the record low in 2012, is still the sixth lowest on record, as Center Climate Science Director Shaye Wolf points out. And sea ice is still on a rapidly declining trend, as info from the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows. “That spells disaster for polar bears and plenty of trouble for the rest of us,” Shaye says.
As for the supposed warming “pause”: Surface temperatures are still increasing — the last decade was the hottest on record — but much of the heat caused by greenhouse gases has recently been absorbed by the oceans. That trend endangers marine life, and atmospheric temperatures will continue to rise, especially as the ocean heat sink slows.
The bottom line: Climate change is continuing, scientists say — and continuing to be a dire threat to both biodiversity and human welfare.
Learn more about the Center’s climate work through our Climate Law Institute.
|International Program Embarks on New Journeys
International law is notoriously hard to enforce. Yet for the past decade, the Center has been successfully saving animals, plants and habitat outside the United States as well as at home — winning U.S. protections for South American birds, safeguarding species in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and fighting destructive military activity in Asia.
Now, building on our International Program’s solid history, we’re expanding its reach with new energy, new projects and a new director: Sarah Uhlemann, who boasts a proven species-saving record and unsurpassed energy for international work.
Using the U.S. legal system and the Endangered Species Act, we’ll be protecting species from American government actions abroad, whether it’s subsidizing fossil fuel facilities in the Great Barrier Reef or building military bases in fragile habitat. We’re now pushing the United States to ban fish imports from gear that drowns marine animals, pursuing better polar bear protections in Canada, and urging Mexico to protect sea turtles.
“Species are disappearing around the world at record rates,” said Sarah. “But with the Center’s strong, science-based advocacy, smart legal action and creative diplomacy, we can achieve real, on-the-ground protections — no matter how far away that ground may be.”
Learn more about our International Program.
|Wild & Weird: Fly Like an Eagle — Watch Video
This week we’d like to offer up two pieces of evidence that eagles are, in fact, radically awesome.
Exhibit A: A wildlife camera set up to capture images of endangered Amur tigers in Siberia recently snapped three photos of a golden eagle swooping down, attacking and capturing a deer. Researchers who later retrieved the photos found the carcass of the deer nearby.
Exhibit B: A recent YouTube video upload gives viewers the experience of being 6 inches tall and riding on the back of an eagle as it soars over the Mer de Glace glacier in the French Alps. It’s a majestic video captured by a tiny camera mounted on the back of an eagle — and gives “Fly Like an Eagle” a new relevance.
Photo credits: lynx kitten courtesy Colorado Division of Wildlife; lynx kitten courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Bernard Landgraf; black-footed ferrets by Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo; Frostpaw by Patrick Sullivan, Center for Biological Diversity; Sierra Nevada red fox courtesy USDA; fisher courtesy Flickr/Josh More; grotto sculpin by Brad Probst, Missouri Department of Conservation; gray wolf courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Chris Muiden; polar bear by Florian Schulz; loggerhead sea turtle courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Brian Gratwicke; golden eagle courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
In a surprise decision that brought new hope to Alaska’s Bristol Bay, British mining giant Anglo American — the lead company behind the Pebble Mine — announced that it is abandoning the project. The announcement dealt a heavy blow to the proposed gold and copper operation, which would produce some 10 billion tons of contaminated waste and threaten the greatest wild salmon runs on the planet. NRDC Members helped make this victory possible by deluging Anglo American with nearly one million messages of protest. The fight is not over yet — we’ll need new funding to ratchet up the pressure on the remaining companies behind the mine and win EPA action to protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mining.
The U.S. Navy says it will ignore a unanimous recommendation by the California Coastal Commission to reduce the harmful effects of naval sonar on the state’s marine mammals, which would violate California law. The Navy is planning to dramatically increase its use of dangerous sonar and high-powered explosives off the coast of Southern California during training and testing. It predicts that such operations will kill hundreds of marine mammals — and injure thousands of others — over the next five years. New research shows that the Navy’s California training is already putting entire whale populations at risk, including endangered blue whales, the largest animal on Earth.
Navy Refuses to Protect Marine Mammals from Deadly Sonar
NRDC and our partners ran a full-page ad in The Washington Post that featured a letter from ten Nobel Peace Prize winners, calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way beyond dirty oil.
U.S. Blocks Import of Wild-Caught Belugas
The National Marine Fisheries Service has denied a permit — opposed by NRDC — that would have allowed the Georgia Aquarium to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia for public display purposes at aquaria around the country. We applaud the decision since Russia’s wild beluga population is still recovering after being hunted nearly to extinction in the 1960s. Read more.
CA County Cracks Down on Fracking
In July, NRDC’s Community Fracking Defense Campaign scored a big victory when California’s San Benito County approved an ordinance imposing new safeguards on this dangerous form of oil and gas extraction, including a greater setback from homes and disclosure of the chemicals used during drilling or fracking. Read more.
During the fifty years he has been variously a reporter, a political spokesperson, and a broadcaster, Bill Moyers has demonstrated a deep commitment to understanding the workings of our government and the role of the individual in society. His essays and commentaries, such as the recent “Shivers Down the Spine,” “A Time for Anger,” and “Journalism Under Fire,” are argued over and passed along as soon as they appear in print or on the Internet. Identifying what he sees as a political system increasingly at the mercy of a corporate ruling class, he urges a reengagement with the spirit of community that makes the work of democracy possible. Not only a trenchant critique of what is wrong, Moyers on America is also a call to arms for the progressive promise of the people of America, in whom his faith is strong...
Update: House Republicans actually did it. AGAIN. They are about to vote tonight on a bill that will result in a government shutdown. Send a message, stand with President Obama’s threat to veto this bill, and tell the Republicans ENOUGH ALREADY.
Tonight, when they thought no one was looking, Republicans in Congress added last-minute language into the shut down bill that would limit your access to contraception. This so-called “conscience clause” would allow an employer or an insurance company to opt out of preventive care for women, i.e. birth control.
Not only are House Republicans about to vote to shut down the government over Obamacare but, AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE, they added language that limits women’s access to contraception.
This is just too much. First, they want to defund Obamacare. Then, they plan to shut down the government. And now they are going after women’s reproductive rights. ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
I’m outraged! But I don’t have time to dwell on it, and neither do you. We have to make sure everyone knows what’s happening, and then we have to do everything we can to make sure our pro-choice Democratic women
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President Obama has made his position clear. It doesn’t matter if it’s a one-year, two-year, or two-day delay — we will not delay or defund Obamacare just to satisfy Ted Cruz and the Tea Party Republicans.
If you agree with the President, we need your immediate support before today’s vote.
|“We have to stop the oil giants pushing into the Arctic. An oil spill in the Arctic would devastate this region of breathtaking beauty, while burning that oil will only add to the biggest problem we all face, climate change. That’s why I’m backing this campaign.”
- Thom Yorke
Radiohead, Atoms for Peace
Thom has it right. We cannot allow one of the most beautiful places on earth to suffer a catastrophic oil spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico a few years back. A spill in the Arctic would be impossible to clean up due to the extreme weather conditions in the region.
Not only would you be helping us protect the Arctic, but also will have the chance to win a trip to LA to see Atoms for Peace play live. It’s a win win situation.
The contest is simple. One lucky person (you?) will win a trip to see Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace play at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Together we hope the opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience will help raise awareness about the Arctic.
Almost 4 million people have joined the save the Arctic movement by signing our petition. Help us call for a global sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole, a sanctuary that would keep greedy oil companies like Shell out of the region forever, by taking action today.
The good news is, the campaign is making real progress. Finland’s government just announced they plan to lead the way, being the first Arctic country to back Greenpeace’s call for a global sanctuary in the Arctic!
Thank you for all you do.
For the Arctic,
Many thanks again to all who have signed this petition. It has just been reported that Marissa Alexander is going to receive a new trial! This is amazing news, but we must keep the pressure on so she can be pardoned and released. Please share this petition widely and we can send a strong message that the hypocrisy of “Stand Your Ground” laws will not be tolerated. Thank you!
The Stand Your Ground Defense failed domestic abuse victim Marissa Alexander – who didn’t shoot anyone.
Only after enduring a year of violence from her husband Rico Gray, who has a documented history of abuse, did she arm herself for protection.
The next threat came just nine days after giving birth to their daughter. Gray, in a rage, cornered her and threatened to kill her. But instead of shooting him, she aimed upward. The only thing she hit was the ceiling.
Gray ran into the street, claiming she threatened to kill him and his boys. Marissa, on his word alone, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
For protecting her life and children she was just sentenced to twenty years in prison, even though Gray has since admitted his intention to harm her. There’s no excuse for Florida to deny this responsible mother her freedom.
Marissa is currently in the process of appealing her conviction. Tell Governor Scott to PARDON Marissa NOW!
A new survey from a University of California-Davis professor shows that even amajority of gun sellers support background checks. Looking at 1,601 federally licensed gun dealers in 2011, Director of UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program Garen Wintemute found that 55 percent support comprehensive background checks, despite the NRA’s position against it. Wintemute found high levels of support for denying guns to people convicted of assault and robbery, as well as those with alcohol abuse and serious mental illnesses.
When the author began his survey in 2011, he says he received a warning from the National Rifle Association urging members not to participate. An NRA member himself, Wintemute showed Al Jazeera America the email sent, though it appears gun dealers did not heed the NRA’s warning:
If you are a federally licensed dealer in firearms, you may recently have received a survey questionnaire from gun control supporter Dr. Garen Wintemute, of the University of California, Davis.
Why is Dr. Wintemute sending the survey? Consider the source. Over the years, he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from anti-gun organizations to conduct “studies” designed to promote gun control.
While the NRA claims Wintemute is backed by more powerful special interests, the NRA is the giant by any measure, worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, thanks to the NRA’s success banning Center for Disease Control funding, there is virtually no funding for gun violence research. As a result, researchers have chosen unusual routes to pursue data on gun deaths, including going as far as crowdsourcing his or her own research.
Even though more than 90 percent of the public and 74 percent of NRA members back universal background checks, the Senate rejected the simple gun violence reform in April. Under current law, only federally licensed gun dealers must comply with background screenings, leaving out about 40 percent of guns sold through private sales.
China Southern Airlines is one of only two major international airlines—and the only airline based in China—that ships primates to laboratories. Countless monkeys, many captured from the wild in China, could be saved from misery if this airline adopted a sensible and compassionate policy prohibiting primate shipments, as most other airlines have.
Please take a moment to call China Southern Airlines at 773-462-0100 and politely urge the airline to join Air China, China Eastern Airlines, United Airlines, and dozens of other companies in the cargo and passenger airline industry in refusing to fly monkeys destined for laboratories.
Thank you for keeping the pressure on China Southern Airlines. Every call matters!
Despite the fact that most Americans object to the tactic of shutting down the government over Obamacare, Congressional Republicans continue to insist that they will not pass a budget for the federal government unless the Affordable Care Act is defunded, meaning that the government could potentially shut down when its current funding authorization runs out this coming Monday, September 30th.
A review of the most recent contingency plans completed in December 2011 for federal agencies shows that under a government shutdown, federal land management agencies would be required to close national parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests to the general public but keep them open to most oil, gas, and mining operations.
Effective immediately upon a lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service will take all necessary steps to close and secure national park facilities and grounds in order to suspend all activities except for those that are essential to respond to emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property…Where ever possible, park roads will be closed andaccess will be denied.
The closures, which may happen just 48 hours after tens of thousands of volunteers turn out this Saturday for National Public Lands Day, will not only throw a wrench in countless family plans, but will send chills through the country’s multibillion dollar tourism and recreation industry.
But because Congress allocates resources to federal agencies through a complex mix of funding sources, public lands and waters would likely remain open to most oil, gas, and mining operations.
This is even true for national parks. Drilling is currently happening in 12 national parks, including in Padre Island National Seashore in Texas and Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. The National Park Service’s contingency plan did not specify what impacts the shutdown would have on oil and gas operations within these areas but it does note that “access to personal and commercial inholdings and leased facilities is permitted.”
Additionally, while the Bureau of Land Management will not be able to process new oil and gas permits, oil and gas production at existing operations is expected to continue in other locations onshore according to the Bureau of Land Management’s contingency plan. Yet only minimal agency personnel necessary for “protection of human life and property” will be on duty for inspections and enforcement and to oversee drilling activities such as “well shut-ins, re-completions, and downhole/equipment changes in drilling/plugging operations.” Current mining operations on public lands may continue as well, provided they do not need new authorizations or permits.
Offshore oil and gas drilling will also be largely unaffected by a shutdown. Thecontingency plan for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, one of the two agencies that manages oil and gas offshore, states that:
In the event of a shutdown, BOEM would continue to perform major operations and planning. This would allow the Bureau to continue to plan for future exploration and development of energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf… The operations and planning activities that continue would allow industry to function during a government shutdown.
Being “denied access” to national parks and public lands is not the only way that Americans will feel the effects of a government shutdown when it comes to energy and the environment. As Climate Progress described this week, other federal agencies would be required to stop environmental permitting for construction projects, cleanup of toxic waste sites, as well as many scientific research projects. Additionally, the Smithsonian Institution wrote in 2011 that “it would be necessary for us to close all museum buildings to the public.”
On Sunday, an episode of the National Rifle Association-sponsored “Under Wild Skies” aired, showing NRA lobbyist and host Tony Makris shooting and killing an elephant, and then celebrating over champagne. The spectacle sparked vocal backlash, with criticism on social media and a petition at Causes.com that has since received more than 50,000 signatures.
“We’ve listened to our viewers and will not air that particular episode of ‘Under Wild Skies’ again. We’re also taking a close look at our internal standards as part of this process because this content should not have aired,” the network said. “While this form of hunting is legal, we understand that many viewers find it objectionable. As a result we are taking an aggressive approach towards objectionable content within future episodes of ‘Under Wild Skies’ and other series.”
So, NBC will not re-run the episode of “Under Wild Skies” that shows Makris shooting the elephant. But the network’s claim that the “content should not have aired” seems strange, considering the program is entirely dedicated to the hunting of large African mammals, including lions, rhinos, leopards and other animals that many of the show’s critics would likely find objectionable.
Makris, a public relations strategist for the NRA for decades, recently responded to the criticism on an NRA program. In an exchange captured by Media Matters, he claimed that he hunts elephants because he hunts all animals. Makris said that those who were fine with him hunting ducks and squirrels but believed killing elephants was wrong were practicing “animal racism.”
“And they said, ‘but [elephants are] so big and special and they’re smarter,’” Makris recalled of a recent discussion with a detractor. “And I went, ‘you know, Hitler would have said the same thing.’”
Elephant hunts like the one Makris was on aren’t unusual. Many African nations charge hefty fees to allow Western hunters to come on big game safaris. The money is supposed to help fund the preserves and pay the staff who manage them. While supporters of the system claim the specific animals are carefully vetted before being killed, this is not always the case. In 2010, a beloved elephant was shot dead by an American hunter after straying out of its sanctuary and onto hunting grounds.
The approach to legal elephant hunting could soon be changing in parts of the continent. Citing concerns over declining elephant and other wildlife populations, aban on all commercial hunting on public lands is set to go into effect in Botswana by January 2014.
As Republicans try again to block the implementation of Obamacare, the major part of the Affordable Care Act is about to take effect. Individuals seeking health insurance under Obamacare will be able to enroll online through new federal marketplaces beginning October 1. The marketplaces are primarily designed to serve the 48 million Americans without health insurance and those who buy insurance on their own. To help navigate the new system, we speak to Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives of Community Service Society of New York. Watch Part 1 of this interview: http://youtu.be/YtjAWKjjkBI “When you go to the marketplace, you will be able to put in your information and it will give you a very small selection of plans. You will have choices, but the choices will be standardized. You will be able to do a real comparison — you will know exactly how for example Aetna compares with Empire or Blue Cross Blue shield,” Benjamin says. “So …
The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge could be the site of a major step backward in the protections for our national parks system. If Secretary of the Interior Jewell decides to approve building plans that would put a road right through the refuge, who’s to say what other environmentally harmful projects could be approved elsewhere?
We need to keep these wild habitats and ecosystems safe from outside influences and set a precedent for responsible planning for the future. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already denied the Izembek building plan. Let’s make sure that Secretary Jewell does the same!
Alex Wagner is interviewing Kate McKinnon which this is the first time I have seen her in an interview or outside of character….and then Joy (Ann or not; I a not sure anymore…) Reid….(bobby moinhan is being interviewed too but he’s a guy so ya know…take no offense Bobby…i dont even know what you are saying right now)…Alex (Wagner) is off today doing that interview of the snl people…I think because she is doing something after the alma awards….and yes…kate mckinnon is way hot….eye balls and everything…actually..that black haired woman on SNl is super hot too…i have no clue her name but there are a couple and maybe one more hottie besides those two on SNL nowadays….being hot and smart though is tougher to find on tv rather than whomever just being out and out hot..or just smart and not hot./…….and alex (wagner) and joy (Reid) of course….have both things covered and speaking of hot people on m or c nbc…that new business chick is super duper hot…what the hell is her name? oh and mika looked really good today on her show…everyone is hot….lol…speaking hotness…strike back is on tonight….i think sturbridge and the new chick bang tonight and then scott has not gotten laid in an episode..so he s due too….its a shame the boston legal woman was written off the show…she was not only smart and hot…she could fucking kill like 200 men or soldiers rambo style all by herself….now thats hot….the chix that scott bones are hotter than hot and even better because they are from some wild places that we don’t get to see those types of beauties every day…like in parts of africa or in the middle east….he gets some hot woman man from all parts of this earth….but they fight terrorism and so ya know…they tend to be in areas that there are a lot of terrorists…not the most exotic of places although it is in some respects….like saudi women…that was exotic in that episode..she made a come back she was so hot but then she just got shot up already this year..anyway…have a fun…fun day….