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Hundreds of Yellowstone buffalo face slaughter

Fuck the Montana Cattle Industry.  I’m tired of subsidizing corporate farming with welfare payments of virtually free grazing on federal lands.  Let McDonald’s charge an extra fifty cents per burger instead of raping the land and exterminating entire species.

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/04/yellowstone-buffalo-slaughter

Nearly 400 wild buffalo from Yellowstone national park in Montana face cull amid fears of disease outbreak

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

guardian.co.uk, Friday 4 February 2011

Hundreds of buffalo from America’s last great remaining wild herd could be sent for slaughter after being driven from Yellowstone national park by high snow and harsh temperatures, conservationists warned today.

Nearly 400 buffalo have been captured and penned on the northern boundaries of the park after wandering in search of food during an unusually severe winter.

Authorities were testing the animals for exposure to brucellosis, a disease that can cause pregnant cattle to abort. Those that test positive will be sent for slaughter under a controversial programme intended to protect Montana‘s cattle industry.

“It’s a nightmare that is going on here,” said Jeff Welsch, a spokesman for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. “One third of the herd was slaughtered under the same scenario in the winter of 2007-2008, and now we are going back to a similar situation.”

News reports said today 53 of the 161 buffalo tested so far were positive for brucellosis.

Meanwhile, conservation groups were seeking court injunctions to stop the authorities from shipping the corralled animals to a slaughterhouse on Monday.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/04/yellowstone-buffalo-slaughter

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The Koch Brothers’ Vast Right-Wing Media Conspiracy

From Mother Jones Magazine: http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/02/koch-brothers-media-beck-greenpeace

Watched any conservative programs lately? Chances are, you’ve seen an oil-funded pundit.

— By Kate Sheppard

Fri Feb. 4, 2011 3:00 AM PST

Last June, Glenn Beck paused in the middle of a rant about the economy and climate on his television show for an important, if rather unexpected, aside. “I want to thank Charles Koch for this information,” he said. Beck’s statement was totally without context, thrown in amid jabs at Al Gore and endorsements of the free market. Months later, it came to light that he recently had been a guest of honor at a semiannual confab sponsored by fossil-fuel billionaire Charles Koch and his brother, David, an event the pair hosts to connect conservative think tanks, politicos, and media types like Beck.

Koch Industries, a Kansas-based company founded in 1940 by father Fred Koch, is the second largest privately held company in America. Charles and David Koch are tied as the fifth wealthiest people in the nation, worth a combined $43 billion. Their money comes through a variety of business interests—ranching, mining, oil refining, and production of paper products, fertilizer, and chemicals. It would be an understatement to say that they have much at stake when it comes to efforts to cut climate-changing emissions.

Indeed, the brothers have spent $31.3 million since 2005 on organizations that deny or downplay climate change, according to a forthcoming report from Greenpeace that updates its report on Koch’s climate denial work released last year. But it’s the web of media influence the Kochs have created that perhaps accounts best for their power—particularly when it comes to sowing doubt about climate change.

Koch Industries describes its semiannual shindigs, which began in 2003, as an “opportunity for attendees and presenters to discuss ways of preserving and advancing economic freedom in the United States and to share ideas about the free-market principles that have made our country great.” The guest list for last weekend’s meeting is still under wraps, but the June 2010 event in Aspen drew a who’s who of conservative media stars; Besides Beck, there were Philip Anschutz, owner of the Examiner newspapers and the Weekly Standard; Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist and Weekly Standard contributor; Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal editorial board member; and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review.

Continue reading at: http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/02/koch-brothers-media-beck-greenpeace

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Astrology is a science, court rules

This is why I do not take the claims of Degrees in Alternative Medicine from “Universities” in India seriously.  Particularly mail order degrees.

From The Telegraph UK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/8303462/Astrology-is-a-science-court-rules.html

India: Astrology, the study of interplanetary alignments as the explanation for everything, is a credible science, an Indian court has ruled.

By Dean Nelson, New Delhi

3:57PM GMT 04 Feb 2011

The judgment will be met with relief in India, where engagements are decided, wedding and election dates are chosen on the basis of detailed charts drawn up by revered astrologers. A day deemed “auspicious” by an astrologer can lead to thousands of weddings and traffic gridlock.

For years it has been dismissed by the world’s scientists, but according to the Bombay High Court astrologers are officially their colleagues.

The ruling was made in a case brought by a campaign group, Janhit Manch, which sought a ruling against practitioners of “tantric” black magic and “fake” astrologers. Their “work” should be prohibited by India’s Drugs and Medical Remedies Act (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 which bans false claims in advertisements.

Continue reading at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/8303462/Astrology-is-a-science-court-rules.html

You Treat Women Like That?

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Headlines You Will neither See nor Hear This Weekend

We live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, host of this year’s annual over-hyped sports spectacle known as “The Super Bowl”.

Jerry Jones who recently extorted a new stadium out of the city of Arlington by running a con game of hype and bullshit about how much money this new stadium (Referred to as Jerry World by cynics like me) would bring to the region.

Well Jerry wasn’t satisfied with selling tickets to seats in the stadium because that would not set records and as we know many Texas men have to over compensate for a lack of natural endowments by bragging about how everything here is bigger and better than any place else.  Therefore Jerry started selling tickets to stand inside the stadium and watch the games on TV.  But even then he wouldn’t be able to pack enough bodies of hype buying morons into the actual building to top the numbers that can fit into the Rose Bowl in  Pasadena, California.  As a result Jerry decided to sell tickets, at $200 per ticket, to watch the game on televisions while standing in the parking lot.

Following a Sunday with temperatures in the 70s F a storm front moved in.  Monday, the temperatures fell dramatically and we had a storm that managed to drop both snow and freezing rain leaving the metroplex one large skating rink.

Then this morning we awoke to an overnight snow fall of six to eight inches, which is enough snow to pretty much shut down D/FW.  Especially since the temperatures haven’t been above freezing all week  and indeed have barely climbed in to the 20s F.

Now Texas may think it is bigger, better and badder than any place around, but as climate change deniers, they think infrastructure preparations to deal with the new climate extremes, like actually getting snow that doesn’t melt the next day, are for liberal wusses.  They also can’t drive for shit in rain much less ice and snow, so we have been treated to a week of videos of some truly spectacular crashes and automotive stupidity.

I don’t mean to make light of people getting injured as people have been injured in those accidents as well as those injured yesterday by falling ice at the stadium. (see 5 Injured, 1 Critically by Ice Falling From Cowboy’s Stadium.)

Rather than making fun of people getting injured because of this series of storms I think it is more appropriate to call attention to the hubris of the corporate rah-rahs and climate change denying public officials.  Perhaps instead of building Taj Mahal Stadiums for rich corporations to bleed the public, we should focus our spending on infra structure improvements needed to deal with the looming disaster brought about by the over usage of fossil fuels and the subsequent increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

No matter how much the paid shills of the oil industry like Joe Barton and other elected representatives of the oil industry obfuscate and lie regarding climate change brought on by global warming Mother Nature (Gaia) has a way of asserting reality.

Here are some headlines I doubt we will see, given some “religious” leaders past pontifications and how football is treated as a religion here in Texas as well as else where.

Arctic Weather Shows God Hates______ ! (Football, Jerry Jones, Texas sized hubris.)

Dallas/Fort Worth decide to Invest in Infra Structure

Texas Politicians Repent Regarding Past Positions of Climate Change Denial

Al Gore was Right about Climate Change

Sea Shepherd: Narrow Escape for the Gojira

It appears the Japanese have decided to make a habit out of ramming Sea Shepherd’s fast pursuit boats.  Last year they deliberately rammed and sank the Ady Gil, which was out of fuel and dead in the water and yesterday they tried to sink the Gojira, Sea Shepherd’s replacement for the Ady Gil.

Sea Shepherd News

http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110204-1.html

Narrow Escape for the Gojira

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Yushin Maru No. 3 deliberately turned into Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s ship the Gojira today in an attempt to ram and destroy the fast multi hulled vessel skippered by Captain Locky MacLean.

“It was like staring death in the face when that steel hull suddenly turned into us. We just narrowly avoided being cut in half,” said Captain MacLean.

Both vessels were on a parallel course, with the Yushin Maru No. 3 on the starboard side of the Gojira. Suddenly the Yushin Maru No. 3 made a hard turn to their port in an attempt to disable the Gojira.

Captain MacLean saw this in time to hit the throttle, effectively avoiding collision with the Yushin Maru No. 3 with the stern of the Gojira by a mere 10 feet.

Delta boat operator Chad Halstead narrowly avoided being injured when one of the whalers threw a bamboo spear at the boat crew. Sea Shepherd crew recovered a few of these potentially lethal bamboo spears.

Continue reading at:  http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110204-1.html

 

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