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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ear Candy: Faunts


Not sure how I missed this band as the EP the track above is from came out years ago.  I like this song a lot; it's almost like Thom Yorke, Jesu, and Sigur Ros (which I don't typically like), all thrown into a blender... this one track at least.  I don't like all of their stuff, as some of it can come across, pretty much, as electronic pop (the later stuff it appears is more along these lines).

Here is their official site.



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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Man Who Saved The World


While Kennedy, incorrectly, receives nearly all the credit of averting WWIII, and Khrushchev not enough, it was one man that quite possibly saved all life on this planet.  While the submarine he was on was being hunted and attacked via depth-charges, Visili Arkhipov was the one man that prevented a nuclear-tipped torpedo from being launched.

'Basically what we were trying to do was apply passive torture. Frankly I don't think we felt any sympathy for them at all. They were the enemy'


Gary Slaughter, USS Cony signalman

Obviously, everyone on Arkhipov's submarine believed war had broken out.  Why there does not exist a holiday in this mans name I do not understand.

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Addicting Info

On October 27, 1962, the world stood at the closest it had ever been to nuclear war. It was the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And an accident, not under the control of either of the superpowers, almost turned the cold war hot.

Some background. In 1961, the Soviet submarine K-19 had a mutiny on its hand. If it was not for the actions of the senior command staff, including Vasili Arkhipov, in securing the nuclear reactor, it would have resulted in a nuclear accident unparalleled anywhere in the world until the accident at Chernobyl. The action put Arkhipov in to a form of super-stardom among the Soviet military.

In October of 1962, US spy satellites spotted intermediate ranged nuclear tipped missiles on the island of Cuba. So began the 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Soviet and US warships were dispatched. Among them, the B-59, with its new executive officer, the hero of the K-19, Vasili Arkhipov. And the B-59 was fitted with several nuclear-tipped nuclear torpedoes.

As submarines are apt to do, the B-59 attempted to operate by stealth. Unfortunately for the B-59, it lost direct communication when it dived. Even more unfortunately for it, the USS Beale, working in partnership with the aircraft carrier the USS Randolph, found it, hiding in the depths. The fleet was under orders not to let any ships through, so they began to use practice depth-charges; non-lethal but the captain of the B-59, Valentin Savitsky, had no way of knowing that. After the amount of bombardment, the captain was certain that World War III had already broken out, and was responding in kind.

After a period of bombardment, and without any way to communicate with the Soviet high command, the captain made the order, arm the nuclear torpedoes. For the use of nuclear weapons, you require a unanimous content of the captain, executive, and political officers. The captain and political officer, Ivan Semonovich Maslennikov, were in unanimous decision, use the nuclear torpedoes on the USS Randolph, an act which would have had nuclear fallout landing on Miami before the end of the day.

Had this happened, the Pentagon had put into place what they called the Single Integrated Operational Plan, a doomsday scenario which would have, within a half hour, launched over 5,000 nuclear missiles against their pre-determined targets. The response from the Soviet Union would have been far less, only 1,400 missiles, but it would have been enough.

Nuclear Armageddon.

The call came down to the B-59′s executive officer, the hero of the K-19, Vasili Arkhipov.

He refused to agree. The men argued, to no avail. Arkhipov would not change his mind.

Eventually the depth charges proved to much, and the B-59 was forced to surface when its batteries began running low from the continual maneuvering to avoid the depth charges.

This action by a man already hailed as a hero by those in the Soviet Union, averted World War III. Once back in communication with Moscow, and the information of the incident was made known, the Soviet command issued the order, turning away the blockade runners, and began the communication which halted the crisis.

Later in life, he rose to the rank of vice-admiral, and commanded the Kirov Naval Academy. He retired in the mid-1980′s where he settled in to a quiet life in Zheleznodorozhny, Moscow Oblast.

He passed away on August 17, 1998, at the age of 72.


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Here's an 18 minute video one guy put together which summarized his experience in Iran while riding through the nation on a Honda C90 motorcycle.  Notice, at the end he specifically states he had the same experience with Iranian military and police as those depicted in this video.

Remember, this is the country certain people in American and Israeli government would love to bomb into the stone age.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Violence, Short-sightedness, and Human Nature

You can lie to yourself all you want; even if the federal government completely disarmed American citizens there would still be violence... only the violence would be much more personal and close-quartered.  The reality is that the real problem lies with human nature and with the individual; as I've stated before, with American citizens legally possessing well over 300 million firearms if the weapons were the issue we would each know, personally, people who fell victim to them.  Again, the real issue with violence is within us.  We are so much like chimpanzees in regards to violence and tribalism we might as well call ourselves humanzees... and we kid ourselves and believe we just shouldn't have a particular type of weapon, that the issue is the weapon and not with the individual...

Here are some of today, January 18, 2013's violent headlines... and NOT A SINGLE ONE PERTAINS TO GUNS.  If you are anti-Second Amendment you might want to also consider banning hammers, knives, razors, fists... and people too (start with yourself, of course).




Robber robs bank at hammer point.


Gun control is a sham... the only thing it will accomplish is to punish law abiding citizens and violate the U.S. Constitution... leaving citizens vulnerable criminals and reliant on government.  There is no such thing as "first responders" - responders must be notified while a fire continues to burns, the injured continue to bleed, and a victim continues being victimized during the time it takes for emergency services to respond.  You are the first response.

Obama is doing exactly what Rahm Emanuel once said - "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."  Kind of like how the government used, and continues to use, 9/11.


So, after years of having gun ownership in your sights, you have the perfect storm.  You pose with children as props as you publicly announce your executive "orders".

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Manufacturing Terrorists - Inside the FBI's terror sting operations

 
Michael German
Reason
January 15, 2013

Imagine a country in which the government pays convicted con artists and criminals to scour minority religious communities for disgruntled, financially desperate, or mentally ill patsies who can be talked into joining fake terror plots, even if only for money. Imagine that the country's government then busts its patsies with great fanfare to justify ever-increasing authority and ever-increasing funding. According to journalist Trevor Aaronson's The Terror Factory, this isn't the premise for a Kafka novel; it's reality in the post-9/11 United States.

The Terror Factory is a well-researched and fast-paced exposé of the dubious tactics the FBI has used in targeting Muslim Americans with sting operations since 2001. The book updates and expands upon Aaronson's award-winning 2011 Mother Jones cover story, "The Informants." Most readers have likely heard about several alleged conspiracies to attack skyscrapers, synagogues, or subway stations, involving either individuals that the FBI calls "lone wolves" or small cells a credulous press tagged with such sinister appellations as the "Newburgh 4" or the "Liberty City 7." Many of these frightening plots were almost entirely concocted and engineered by the FBI itself, using corrupt agents provocateurs who often posed a far more serious criminal threat than the dim-witted saps the investigations targeted.

Drawing on court records and on interviews with the defendants, their lawyers, their families, and the FBI officials and prosecutors who oversaw the investigations, Aaronson portrays an agency that has adopted an "any means necessary" approach to its terrorism prevention efforts, regardless of whether there are real terrorists being caught. To the FBI, this imperative justifies recruiting informants with extensive criminal records, including convictions for fraud, violent crimes, and even child molestation, that in an earlier era would have disqualified them except in the most extraordinary circumstances.

In addition to providing leniency, if not forgiveness, for heinous crimes, the FBI pays these informants tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, creating a perverse incentive for them to ensnare dupes into terror plots. Aaronson quotes an FBI official defending this practice: "To catch the devil you have to go to hell."

Such an analysis might make sense when police leverage one criminal to gain information about more serious criminal conspiracies—in other words, to catch a real "devil." But Aaronson's research reveals that the targets in most of these sting operations clearly pose little real threat. They may have a history of angry anti-government rhetoric, but they take no steps toward terrorist acts until they receive encouragement and resources from government agents.


Aaronson takes pains to avoid portraying those caught in the stings as completely innocent of malice. But he demonstrates that they almost universally lack violent criminal histories or connections to real terrorist groups. Most importantly, while they may have talked about committing violent acts, they rarely had weapons of their own and lacked the financial means to acquire them. Yet the government provides them with military hardware that would cost thousands of dollars and would be extremely difficult for even sophisticated criminal organizations to obtain, only to bust them in a staged finale.

This aspect of Aaronson's narrative is most troubling to me, as a former FBI agent who worked undercover in domestic terrorism investigations before 9/11. My concern is partly that the artificially inflated scope of the threat in these cases appears to be specifically designed to overwhelm judges, jurors, and the general public, who might otherwise view these methods as illegal entrapment. Indeed, the judge in a case in which an informant offered a seemingly reluctant James Cromitie $250,000 to participate in his plot, severely criticized the investigation, stating: "Only the government could have made a terrorist out of Mr. Cromitie, whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope." Yet she let the jury's conviction stand and sentenced Cromitie to 25 years in prison. Of 150 defendants charged in these schemes, Aaronson documents only two acquittals. The majority plead guilty to mitigate draconian penalties. Law enforcement has no business staging theatrical productions that intentionally exaggerate the seriousness of a defendant's criminal conduct.

More unsettling is the flawed reasoning that drives the use of these methods. FBI agents have been inundated with bigoted training materials that falsely portray Arabs and Muslims as inherently violent. The FBI has also embraced an unfounded theory of "radicalization" that alleges a direct progression from adopting certain beliefs, or expressing opposition to U.S. policies, to becoming a terrorist. With such a skewed and biased view of the American Muslim community, the FBI's strategy of "preemption, prevention, and disruption" results in abusive surveillance, targeting, and exploitation of innocent people simply for exercising their First Amendment rights.

One area where Aaronson is off the mark, however, is in failing to recognize these tactics are neither new to the FBI nor exclusively used against Muslims. The FBI's earliest documented use of agents provocateurs was revealed during congressional investigations of labor "radicals," pacifists, and socialists in 1918. And the Church Committee's investigation of the FBI's COINTELPRO investigations revealed covert operations that targeted groups for First Amendment–protected activities from the 1950s through the 1970s.

In both cases, reform of these practices was implemented by restricting FBI intelligence activities and requiring a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before initiating investigations. Conversely, the rapid increase in sting operations under the Obama administration is directly attributable to some 2008 amendments to the FBI's guidelines, which authorized the use of informants without requiring any factual predicate of wrongdoing.

The FBI has also used these dubious tactics against aged anti-government militiamen and misfit anarchists, so it there's more than Muslims in the crosshairs: Without reforming the FBI guidelines, anyone holding unorthodox views or challenging government policies could be similarly targeted.

Michael German is a former FBI agent who currently works for the American Civil Liberties Union. These opinions are his own.

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Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees


Damian Carrington
The Guardian
January 16, 2013

The world's most widely used insecticide has for the first time been officially labelled an "unacceptable" danger to bees feeding on flowering crops. Environmental campaigners say the conclusion, by Europe's leading food safety authority, sounds the "death knell" for the insect nerve agent.

The chemical's manufacturer, Bayer, claimed the report, released on Wednesday, did not alter existing risk assessments and warned against "over-interpretation of the precautionary principle".

The report comes just months after the UK government dismissed a fast-growing body of evidence of harm to bees as insufficient to justify banning the chemicals.

Bees and other pollinators are critical to one-third of all food, but two major studies in March 2012, and others since, have implicated neonicotinoid pesticides in the decline in the insects, alongside habitat loss and disease. In April, the European commission demanded a re-examination of the risks posed by the chemicals, including Bayer's widely used imidacloprid and two others.

Scientists at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), together with experts from across Europe, concluded on Wednesday that for imidacloprid "only uses on crops not attractive to honeybees were considered acceptable" because of exposure through nectar and pollen. Such crops include oil seed rape, corn and sunflowers. EFSA was asked to consider the acute and chronic effects on bee larvae, bee behaviour and the colony as a whole, and the risks posed by sub-lethal doses. But it found a widespread lack of information in many areas and had stated previously that current "simplistic" regulations contained "major weaknesses".

"This is a major turning point in the battle to save our bees," said Friends of the Earth's Andrew Pendleton: "EFSA have sounded the death knell for one of the chemicals most frequently linked to bee decline and cast serious doubt over the safety of the whole neonicotinoid family. Ministers must wake up to the fact that these chemicals come with an enormous sting in the tail by immediately suspending the use of these pesticides."

Prof David Goulson, at the University of Stirling and who led one of the key 2012 studies, said: "It is very pleasing that EFSA now acknowledge there are significant environmental risks associated with these chemicals. It begs the question of what was going on when these chemicals were first approved. Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was 50 years ago but we have not learned the lessons."

However, Bayer's Julian Little told the Guardian: "We do not believe the new EFSA reports alter the quality and validity of [existing] risk assessments and the underlying studies. [But] the company is ready to work with the European commission and member states to address the perceived data gaps. We believe it is very important that any political decision relating to registrations of neonicotinoid-containing products should be based on clear scientific evidence of adverse effects … and not on the basis of an over-interpretation of the precautionary principle."

The chemical industry funded a report published on Tuesday claiming that banning neonicotinoids would cost farmers £620m in lost food production. But Goulson said the report contained "not a shred" of serious evidence.

A spokesman for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: "This research will be examined by the independent Advisory Committee on Pesticides and their advice will be considered by ministers. If it is concluded that restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids are necessary, they will be brought in." The spokesman said the results of new government field studies were expected imminently.

EFSA concluded that another neonicotinoid, thiamethoxam, was an "acute risk" to bees through droplets of sugary sap exuded by maize seedlings. But Mike Bushell, at thiamethoxam manufacturer Syngenta, said: "EFSA has focused on highly theoretical risks to bees, ignoring years of independent monitoring that demonstrates the identified risks are being managed through established stewardship practices." He said Syngenta's interpretation of studies was that there was "no evidence whatsoever" of an impact on bee colonies from sap droplets.

The effect of neonicotinoid on pollinators is under investigation by the UK parliament and the Guardian has learned that Bayer's spokesman, Little, is being recalled to explain "discrepancies" in his evidence. "Our inquiry has identified apparent flaws in the assessment of imidacloprid," said Joan Walley MP, chair of the environmental audit committee. "Despite data from field trials showing the pesticide could linger in the environment at dangerous levels, imidacloprid was approved for use in the EU. We have asked chemical giant Bayer to return to parliament to explain discrepancies in its evidence on the amount of time that imidacloprid remains in the environment."

Walley added: "The evidence seen by the committee raises serious questions about the integrity, transparency and effectiveness of EU pesticides regulation." EFSA is responsible for providing expert assessments on safety risks, while national governments and the European commission are responsible for taking action. Bans on some neonicotinoid uses have already been implemented in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia, but not, to date, in the UK.

Evidence submitted to Walley's inquiry cites a long list of failings in current regulations. They include that it is only the effects on honeybees that are considered, despite 90% of pollination being performed by different species, such as solitary or bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies, moths and others. Others are that the testing required is far too short to detect chronic or sublethal effects and that the regime was set up for pesticide sprays, not systemic chemicals like neonicotinoids that are used to treat seeds.

Even the National Farmers Union, which argues that there is no need for a change of approach to neonicotinoids, told MPs: "It is very well known that the current pesticide risk assessment systems for bees were not developed to assess systemic pesticides."

The National Farmers Union horticulture adviser Chris Hartfield, reacting to the EFSA report, said: "Any decision to change the regulatory process, which in turn changes pesticide usage, will have an impact. It is essential that we fully understand all these impacts before taking action."

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Help list the African lion as endangered...

Fat, feeble, sexually insecure good ol' boys patting themselves on the back after "conquering" a lion... bringing 11 people and guns to a melee fight.  This lion, whose nose is not the slightest bit black, is likely a young male, maybe 2-3 years old.  Even his main hasn't even matured.


The African lion is headed for extinction. Its wild population has dwindled by almost fifty percent in only the last three decades. Action must be taken now to save this iconic species, so we collaborated with other organizations and submitted a petition to list the African lion as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Even as lion populations plummet, lion trophy imports to the United States are on the rise. An ESA listing would prohibit lion trophy imports to the U.S. unless it serves a conservation purpose, and would raise global awareness about the need to protect lions from this and other threats. We must reverse the decline of the African lion and our petition demonstrates that listing them as endangered under the ESA would help to do just that.

TAKE ACTION

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just issued a preliminary finding that an endangered listing may be warranted, and the agency has initiated a status review for African lions. During the status review, the agency will consider public comments -- please fill out and submit the form letter below to add your name in support of this effort. We'll deliver the letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, towards the end of the public comment period.


SIGN THE PETITION BELOW TO LIST THE LION AS ENDANGERED:

Please sign and share...

This "man" appears to have shot and killed a female.

Here are two proud "tourists" who traveled to Africa to kill something beautiful... maybe because they are so inherently fugly?

More macho morons...

The whole family came out to shoot this young male...

What better way to enhance your relationship with your girl than to go out and put a bullet into a lion?



More pictures of idiots posing with lions they have killed can be seen here.

I despise every single person depicted above.  The only thing these people value is their own sense of self-entitlement.

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There is an attempt to protect the African lion as they continue to be hunted for sport.  Usually, and almost always, males are taken, which then has a damaging effect onto its entire pride - they are left vulnerable, and if another male claims the pride an entire generation of cubs is lost.  


The real work will lie in putting the screws to African nations to actually enforce lion protection; God knows what failure tiger protection has seen in places like China, India, and Russia.

Further, for those pansies that like to shoot animals to feel like a man, there is enough human conflict taking place on the planet in that, if they were true men, they'd step up and at least shoot at something that can protect itself by shooting back.


So, please sign the thing.  If their numbers get hit like the tiger there's little to no chance.

Think about it for a minute; do you really want to live in a world and reality where human beings consume and destroy everything?  Do you want your kids and grandchildren living in a world where the only place to see a lion or tiger is in a history book or zoo?!?  It goes much bigger than just lions and tigers, I am using them here as an example... and we are, definitely, heading in this direction.  

To illustrate the damage we, humans, have done onto lions, take a look at the image below:


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Chemtrails, again, over southern California

Golden Globes - Yet another sham of an award show...


I'll be the first one to say that awards, for any creative endeavor, is a joke.  I never watch any award shows... period.  Not even the Oscars.  You cannot compare apples to oranges.  I do believe, though, that you can review performances... especially amongst actors.  With that said, I watched "Lincoln", and was rather, to put it lightly, completely unimpressed and unmoved.  Of course though, with the subject matter and Daniel Day Lewis playing the part, it was going to get the nomination for best picture and nominated for best actor.  I have seen one Daniel Day Lewis film that I really like, "In the Name of the Father"... and possibly "Gangs of New York" - all the praise for "There Will Be Blood" and "Lincoln" I just can't grasp.  But, like I said, I knew the film was going to be nominated - it was a given.


The thing that irritates me is I firmly believe Denzel Washington and his performance in "Flight" far outdid Lewis in "Lincoln".  In my opinion, and although I didn't see "The Sessions", Denzel Washington deserved to win.  Period.


But, in a contest where "Django Unchained" (the only good thing in this film is DiCaprio - Christoph Waltz basically plays the same guy he did in "Inglorious Bastards" - anyone could have sat in for Jamie Foxx) and "Zero Dark Thirty" (a fictional film based on a fictional event) were nominated... FOR BEST PICTURE... the whole thing is, was, and will be entertainment itself.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tiger inbreeding...

For those out there that like to take their kids to the silly circus, or to lame Vegas shows that have white tigers here's a little fun fact for you.

While there is only a few thousand tigers left in the wild, and more tigers actually exist in captivity, there are idiots amongst us that waste reproducing tigers to bolster their numbers to make ligers and white tigers.  Both ligers and white tigers are prone to numerous health issues (the liger is due to size... but still, mating a tiger with a lion does nothing for the tiger gene pool).  White tigers, on the other hand, are inbred... there never has existed a naturally occurring tiger that is white.  These tigers are left with many issues... the rare products that lack visible issues are those you find doing silly circus tricks for your pleasure.




Here is some information from Big Cat Rescue on white tigers:

The ONLY way to produce a tiger or lion with a white coat is through inbreeding brother to sister or father to daughter; generation after generation after generation.  The kind of severe inbreeding that is required to produce the mutation of a white coat also causes a number of other defects in these big cats.

In June 2011 the board of directors for the American Zoological Association (AZA) formalized their 2008 ban on the breeding of white tigers, white lions or king cheetahs by their member zoos.  Their report said, “Breeding practices that increase the physical expression of single rare alleles (i.e., rare genetic traits) through intentional inbreeding, for example intentional breeding to achieve rare color-morphs such as white tigers, deer, and alligators, has been clearly linked with various abnormal, debilitating, and, at times, lethal, external and internal conditions and characteristics, which are outlined in this paper.”   This change in policy came more than 12 years after Big Cat Rescue first released Dr. Laughlin’s expose below.

The same gene that causes the white coat causes the optic nerve to be wired to the wrong side of the brain, thus all white tigers are cross eyed, even if their eyes look normal.  They also often suffer from club feet, cleft palates, spinal deformities and defective organs.

The white coat is a double recessive gene so most of the cubs born through this inbreeding have normal coloring but they too suffer the same defects and are referred to in the trade as “throw away tigers.”  As such, they are often killed at birth because only the white tigers are the big money makers.  And because none of these cats are purebred (they are all crosses between Bengal tigers and Siberian tigers), they serve no conservation purpose.

The American Zoological Association (AZA) recognizes that these cats should not be bred and admonishes AZA accredited zoos not to breed any more of them.  The leader of the tiger Species Survival Plan states openly that the only reason people breed white tigers is because people will pay to see white tigers.

You can end the misery by just Saying NO to any place that breeds or exploits white tigers.


It's beyond disgusting that we are responsible for this.  It's equally disgusting that we fail to protect the tiger and are not doing everything in our power to see to it that they do not vanish.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Overfishing Has Led To 96 Percent Population Reduction, Study Says


Joe Satran
The Huffington Post
January 10, 2013

The latest stock assessment of Bluefin tuna in the Pacific released on Wednesday indicates that overfishing has pushed the stock of the giant fish down by a shocking 96.4 percent compared to unfished levels, flying in the face of the conventional wisdom about Bluefin tuna, which says that the Pacific population is much healthier than the Atlantic population.

The assessment, which was released by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC), pins some of the blame for the precipitous decline on fishermen's propensity for taking juvenile tuna out of the water before they've had a chance to reproduce. About 90 percent of the bluefin caught in the Pacific are juveniles, according to the ISC's report.

Pacific bluefin -- actually a distinct species from their counterparts in the Atlantic -- are fished mostly for use in sushi restaurants in Japan, with some going to sushi restaurants in other parts of the world as well. They fetch extremely high prices, making them attractive to fishermen. Just last week, the first bluefin tuna of the season was sold at auction in Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market for a record $1.76 million. (That tuna, of course, fetched many times more than a normal one would, as the first specimen of the season always does.)

It's long been known that Pacific bluefin were overfished, but the species has never been placed on the IUCN's list of endangered species, in part because the officials in charge of conserving bluefin tuna in the Pacific have been unable to agree on one stock assessment. Some have always suspected that Japanese officials, eager to protect a valuable industry and a cultural touchstone, were systematically underestimating the extent to which Bluefin had been overfished -- and this study certainly supports that idea.

In any case, if the news in November that Atlantic bluefin tuna were starting to recover had you thinking it was OK to eat toro, this should go a ways toward changing your mind.

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America Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World


DSWright
FDL
January 11, 2013

The facts are in, the American healthcare system is one of the worst in the developed world.

... [Read the entire article here...]

The report’s authors were particularly critical of the availability of guns, writing: “One behavior that probably explains the excess lethality of violence and unintentional injuries in the United States is the widespread possession of firearms and the common practice of storing them [often unlocked] at home.”

In other words, socialized medicine and responsible gun control lead to a longer healthier life. Cue conservative outrage

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Here we have a piece written by an obviously staunch Obama supporter.  An individual who would seem to believe the American health system can be heading towards an upswing, supported by Obamacare... nevermind people paying more and more for insurance.  I know single mothers paying close to $600 per month.  I know people that sell insurance for a living whom have said that Obamacare is and will be a feeding frenzy as the insurance carriers smell blood.  And, to top things off, the author and the apparent report states that guns are one of the primary causes of decreased life expectancy within America; what's funny is neither I, and every single person I know, have ever known someone to die from a firearm... yet we are told it is oh so prevalent.  Never mind the processed shit you call food you shovel into your mouth.  Never mind the drugs that are quickly hurried to drug store counters to turn a profit.  Never mind the genetically modified food you eat, continue to enjoy, and refuse to require labeling.  Never mind the water you drink, wash yourself, your clothes, and your dishes in, as well as cook with, is full of chemicals ranging from chlorine to fluoride to drugs.  Never mind the fact that any time you clean anything, anywhere, you are using chemicals, most of which you haven't a clue about - you simply blindly trust the manufacturer.  Yeah never mind.  Let's just blame guns and heart disease and cancer (but whatever you do, don't mention the probable causes of the illnesses).

Well played DSWright.

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It's the same shit as always... just another stupid statement from just another puppet.  The war is not over until our troops are out of there... but I don't see a time ahead where they will be completely out of Afghanistan.  How is a war coming to an end when Obama himself, straight from his very own mouth, says our forces "will still be fighting" and that Afghan troops will be taking the lead with U.S. forces providing training etc.  When have we heard this before?  Besides, I thought for the last ten to eleven fucking years we have been doing the same exact thing, assisting and training the Afghan forces, no?

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Piers Morgan guest suggests shooting Alex Jones


Buzz Bissinger suggested Piers bring a semi-automatic weapon to a boxing match, which Alex challenged him to, and shoot him with it... which then brought about lots of disturbing laughter and jokes.  This is a prime example of how tyrannical the gun "control" crowd is.  Not to mention the fact that they are also knee-jerk, ignorant, collectivists that oppose anything and everything associated with the U.S. Constitution unless it is applied to people with skin any color aside from white.  It's also a prime example of how utterly sideways (and self-hating) lots of individuals are on the left.

Who the f*** is this Buzz Bissinger tool anyways?  I'd enter a ring with him any day... 

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If you think, we as Americans, have the Second Amendment for the purposes of sport you couldn't be more wrong.  It is an insurance policy against the hijacking of the population by a totalitarian government... and one can surmise we are on, and have been on, the cusp of just such a government;  a government that for the last twelve years has eroded citizens rights with every available excuse.  A government that has continually centralized power within the executive... a move that makes management much more efficient by the real power holding the puppet's strings.  Below is a few pieces of an article, written in 1990, about gun control, and how it was used to bolster control, in Eastern Europe under the Soviets.

I will not hand over my rights and pay for the crimes of others.  There is no reason over three hundred million American should have their Constitutional rights infringed upon by a government citing the actions of a very small minority.

I'll leave you with this.  Even if you were to believe that Obama is Mr. Benevolent, you have no idea what may come to be in ten, fifteen, twenty-five, or forty years.

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Dave Kopel
(Selected excerpts) 1990

In East Germany, private gun ownership was outlawed, although citizens were allowed to rent hunting guns for one-day periods.

Immediately after World War II, Hungary was governed by a coalition of democrats and Communists. Preparing the way for a total Communist takeover Laszlo Rajk, the Communist Minister of the Interior, ordered the dissolution of all pistol and hunting clubs, as well as of other organizations which might prove a threat to government power. Rajk claimed he acted "in order to more efficiently protect the democratic system of the state."

Poland, on the other hand, did allow limited ownership of registered target guns with a license from the so-called "Citizen's Militia." In December 1981, Poland's dictator, General Jaruzelski, decided that Solidarnosc had gone too far. He declared martial law, arrested all the pro-democracy leaders he could find, and ordered all firearms and ammunition be turned over to the government.

Nowhere was gun control fiercer than in Rumania. The dictatorship of Nicolai Ceausescu used registration lists to confiscate all firearms in private hands. The government also registered (but did not confiscate) typewriters.

The Ceaucescu regime fell when the Rumanian army turned against the government, and refused to shoot protestors in the streets. Had the Rumanians been well-armed, the population might not have had to endure 45 years of brutal dictatorship, waiting until the regime alienated even the Communist army officers.

Most Rumanians, though, had never touched a gun until they picked up a Kalashnikov assault rifle from the dead hands of a Securitate soldier. One can only speculate about how many Rumanian citizens were mowed down by Securitate because the citizens lacked the first idea about how to fire an automatic effectively, how to clear a firing chamber jam, or how to use a rifle sight.


Isn't it ironic how, so badly, the governments of Western powers, and all the major media outlets cry for bombing and intervening militarily regarding the Syrian government - a government they like to paint as tyrannical - yet they all, over and over again, call for stripping guns from American citizens?
 
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Days after bluefin tuna sells for £1m conservationists warn species is dying out

Where the Chinese tradition is to be the bane of all things that walks on four legs (I'd say even two legs), the Japanese are the bane of all things that swim.

Louise Gray
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January 9, 2013

Bluefin tuna are in danger of "all but disappearing", according to a new report, despite a decade long fight to save the "tiger of the seas".

 A new assessment of Pacific bluefin tuna by the United States and the Government of Japan shows populations of the fish have fallen by more than 96 per cent as a result of decades of overfishing.

Campaigners have fought for tighter controls on taking the fish, considered to be more rare than the giant panda or tiger, from both the Atlantic and the Pacific.

But with a single fish fetching more than £1 million at auction in Tokyo a few days ago, demand remains high and overfishing continues.

Pew Environment Group called for fishing to be suspended until significant steps were taken to reverse the species' decline or the species were "in danger of all but disappearing" from the Pacific.

Fishing vessels continue to catch the species in its only known spawning and nursery areas in the western Pacific, while management in the eastern Pacific is better but still not enough to halt the decline, the environmental group said.

The conservationists also warned that more than 90% of bluefin tuna caught were juveniles and had not had a chance to reproduce before they were killed.

 The 96.4 percent decline in spawning bluefin is compared with unfished levels, based on statistical modeling. It does not identify when the tuna’s population was at those levels.

Amanda Nickson, who directs global tuna conservation at the Pew Environment Group, said the overfishing must stop.

"This latest assessment shows just how bad the situation really is for this top predator.

"This highly valuable fish is being exploited at almost every stage of its life cycle, and more than 90 per cent of Pacific bluefin caught are juveniles, taken before they have even reproduced.

"Further, fishing continues on the spawning grounds of this heavily overfished tuna species."

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is also threatened by overfishing, but the body overseeing the region recently decided to set quotas for the species in line with scientific advice, a move welcomed by conservation groups. 

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The author of the above piece got it all wrong - conservationists have LONG said blue fin were being overfished... it's simply a case that nobody was listening or gave a damn.

But alas, it isn't just the Japanese.  Many Americans and others think it posh to eat sushi.  And representing the ignorant and stupid amongst humanity everywhere, they shovel the toxic shit into their face.  The fight to save blue fin has never landed any blows unfortunately - they continue to be herded and fished relentlessly due to greed; both the greed of the fisherman and fisheries, and by the greed of self-entitled consumers like us.

If you want a short, crash-course on what a bad state we have placed our oceans in (and outside of the global warming noise) watch this:


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Bill Chappel
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January 9, 2013

The animal welfare group Animals Asia received six bears in China today, after the Sichuan Forestry Department took the animals from an illegal bear bile farm. The two organizations worked together to remove the bears, in a project that highlights the poor treatment of bears that are kept in cages in order to harvest their bile for use in traditional Chinese medicine.

According to Animals Asia, the rescued bears were in very poor condition. Photos show that they had sustained wounds from the cages they're kept in; one also had severely injured claws.

"If you've seen the paws of the bears it's obvious they haven't stood on solid ground for years," the group's founder and CEO, Jill Robinson, said.

Many of the bears that are kept in confinement for their bile are Asian black bears, often called moon bears, which are classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Animals Asia estimates that more than 10,000 bears are kept on bile farms in China, with about 2,400 more in Vietnam.

As John Platt at Scientific American wrote last year, the practice has reportedly been shrinking in South Korea, where "90 percent of South Koreans think bear farming is inhumane and support ending the practice in the country." But he noted that demand for bear bile remained strong.

NPR has previously reported on the plight of the bears caught in the bile industry, including back in 2008, when producer Andrea Hsu visited Animals Asia.

As Andrea reported, the bile, which is extracted from gall bladders, isn't hard to find.

"I walked into a pharmacy on the way to dinner and found a small package of powdered bear bile selling for about $1.20," she wrote. "It's used to reduce fevers and treat problems with eyes, among other things."

The farming of bears remains legal in China, but "the government stopped issuing new licenses for it in 1994," Andrea reported.

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So... these bears would have been screwed if they were in one of the many "legal" bile farms.  What is it, I wonder, that the dirt-worshiping Chinese medicine-using public think bear bile does for them?  Too bad it wasn't like swallowing lye. 

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