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Florida Manatee Deaths up Almost 50% in 2018

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A Florida manatee looking at the camera.
Florida manatee deaths rose significantly in 2018. Here’s Looking at You Kid – Meet a Florida Manatee by the U.S. Geological Survey. Public Domain.

Here’s a heart-breaking story by John R. Platt and Dipika Kadaba of The Revelator. It turns out that 824 Florida manatees died last year, almost 50% more than in 2017.

Those 824 mortalities (deaths) represent 13% of the Florida manatee population, and many of them were caused by people – either directly or indirectly.

The Revelator released a video that goes into more detail about why so many manatees died last year. Click below to watch it, and be sure to visit this link for the original story.

Video by The Revelator about the dramatic rise in Florida manatee mortalities in 2018.

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Amazing Nature . . . Ice eggs

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    Ice eggs are a rare phenomenon that occurs when ice is rolled over by wind and water.
    Location: Hailuoto Island, Finland
    Photo: Risto Mattila

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            Petition: These 4 million U.S. citizens pay taxes, serve in the military…and are barred from voting

            Imagine this: you are eligible to serve in the military — in past wars, folks where you are from have even been drafted, made to serve in the armed forces for their country. You pay payroll, business, estate, and social security taxes. You contribute to Medicare and Medicaid. You may even pay federal income taxes if you work for the government. 

            You fulfill all of the responsibilities of a citizen, contributing to every facet of your country’s infrastructure. But you are not allowed to vote in its most important elections.

            Sign the petition if you want to see all United States territories given the right to vote on November 3rd!

            Those territories are: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. With the exception of the Northern Mariana Islands, these territories  have ‘belonged’ to the United States for over 100 years — remnants of past wars and purchases driven by aggressive colonialism, the practice of expansion with the goal of economic exploitation of other countries and military augmentation for itself.

            These selfish, nationalist goals continue to be the driving force of how the U.S. treats its territories.

            They contribute massively to the U.S. economy. In 2016, Puerto Rico’s federal tax contribution was just below 4 billion dollars. In the same year, Vermont and Wyoming’s federal tax came to just above 4 billion dollars. The next year, Hurricane Maria would devastate Puerto Rico. The U.S. would shockingly withhold aid, underreport death and injury on the island, and completely fail Puerto Rico as a part of the country.

            These territories’ military offerings are also notable. American Samoa “has the highest rate of military participation of any U.S. state or territory.” They are also the only U.S. territory that the country has not extended citizenship to — people here are “nationals.” Sans citizenship, American Samoans still contribute to Medicaid and Medicare.

            It is not hard to guess where these injustices are rooted. Colonialism laid strong seeds for racism, and they have flourished in the U.S. 98% of folks who live in these five U.S. territories are ethnic minorities. Many people in the 50 United States don’t even know that these are their fellow citizens and that these disparities exist in their rights as such.

            And the U.S. government is obviously not going to jump at the chance to give people in these territories more power, as it has made it abundantly clear that racism is not an isolated problem, but rather woven into the fabric of every system in the country. Racist gerrymandering and voter suppression have been tools of the ‘democractic’ process in the U.S. since elections became something in which more people than just white men were allowed to vote. 

            But these territories are extremely motivated and active voters! In 2014, 61% of eligible voters in American Samoa voted in their election to decide their delegate in the House — a delegate that, it’s notable to add, does not vote. None of the delegates from any of these territories are able to vote — they have only floor privileges, as well as the ability to serve on committees. This is cold comfort for the citizens they represent. The same year that 61% of American Samoa exercised their limited right to vote, only 36.7% of U.S. citizens in the continental states showed up to vote.

            It’s obvious that people in these U.S. territories care about their country. It’s about time that their country returned the favor.

            This is the perfect time for full voting rights to be extended to these territories. The United States is on the precipice of possibly the most historic election in its history, and democracy is at stake. U.S. territories should have a say.

            The Constitution clearly states: “The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.”

            Sign the petition if you want to see the people of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa given the voting rights they deserve!EMBED

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            VIDEO Democrat filmmaker reverses opinion on immigration after working on documentary

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            ‘I’m actually going to vote for Trump, which I never thought I would be saying’

            Smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico border are now using fake Border Patrol vehicles to try and usher in illegal immigrants. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol)

            By Kaylee Greenlee

            Daily Caller News Foundation

            A director set out to make a documentary favoring illegal immigration and migrant caravans. But after investigating, Namrata Singh Gujral realized that illegal immigration actually harmed everyone involved, the director told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

            Gujral, a registered Democrat, said the stories of a homeless veteran, an illegal immigrant, a dead six-year-old girl, and the mother of a law enforcement officer killed by anillegal alienall featured in her film, “America’s Forgotten”are representative of those impacted by illegal immigration, Gujral told the DCNF. In her investigation into their stories, she “discovered the truth behind immigration fraud,” she said.

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            Taxpayers shell out huge subsidies to wolf-killer’s ranching enterprise

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            It’s been a while since there’s been news about public lands rancher/wolf killer Craig Thiessen from New Mexico. He’s the guy who pleaded guilty to killing a trapped Mexican gray wolf pup (named “Mia Tuk” by an Albuquerque schoolkid) with a shovel in 2015. He got off relatively easy for violating the Endangered Species Act and was mysteriously never prosecuted for animal cruelty by New Mexico, but the U.S. Forest Service took his violation of the grazing regulations very seriously and they yanked his grazing permit in November 2018.

            Trespassing bull on the Canyon del Buey allotment, June 12, 2020. Photo: G. Anderson/WWP

            Thiessen appealed the loss of his permit all the way up to the regional director, who affirmed the District Ranger’s decision and ordered the cows off Canyon del Buey allotment by the end of August 2019. As you can probably guess, Thiessen defied this direction and his cows are still in trespass on the Gila National Forest. There’s been some legal back and forth between Theissen and the feds and that process is ongoing (more on that here soon), but there’s something else for the taxpaying public to be enraged about:

            Canyon del Buey LLC was the largest recipient of Farm Bill livestock subsidies in Catron County in 2019, raking in $135,683 dollars of federal funding. Of that, $119,029 came under the “Livestock Indemnity Program” which is designated for livestock losses in excess than usual due to extreme weather or due to animals reintroduced by the federal government, i.e. wolves. It’s impossible (so far) to determine whether the Thiessens got money for extreme weather or livestock depredations, but at about $1,000K per head (see page 6 at link), that’s a whole lot of dead cows we taxpayers are paying for. (And it’s not the first time: Craig Thiessen has also received almost $400,000 since he whacked Mia Tuk.)

            This was in addition to the $9,550.50 Craig Thiessen got for claimed wolf depredations in 2019. Not clear which livestock were his, but as we’ve shown, many of the Catron County wolf depredation reports are a little more than fishy. At least that $9,550.50 came out of a privately-established compensation fund (the “Groves Estate”) and not taxpayer pockets, but it’s kind of offensive that someone who admitted to bludgeoning a wolf pup to death with a shovel can turn around and get money for his dead cows. It’s almost as if the game is rigged to benefit wolf-hating ranchers.

            http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2020/10/16/taxpayers-shell-out-huge-subsidies-to-wolf-killers-ranching-enterprise/

            Only 90 Wild Horses Released Back into the Red Desert Complex During the Largest Removal in WY History

            Straight from the Horse's Heart

            by Carol Walker as published on Wild Hoofbeats

             
            A gorgeous and proud buckskin stallion runs as fast as he can, away

            Yesterday, 20 wild stallions and 46 wild mares were released back into Stewart Creek in the Red Desert Complex in Wyoming. The day before 24 stallions had been released.

            Yesterday morning we drove 2 hours to the trap site, hiked and set up our gear and then were told that they cancelled the roundup for the day because of high winds. Of course the forecast had said that last night and this am, so it should not have come as a surprise. One more day of freedom for the wild horses of Arapahoe Creek.

            The 20 stallions

            We rushed back to temporary holding hoping we could see the stallions being released.

            A very happy varnish roan

            I watched 20 wild stallions being released back into Stewart Creek…

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            The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here’s what to expect. | Space

            The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here’s what to expect.

            On a night this past summer, soon after sunset, a number of people gathered at a little-league field, not far from my home, eagerly awaiting nightfall and the appearance of the stars. We had also gathered there because there wasn’t much in the way of light pollution and we were afforded a clear and unobstructed view toward the northwest. As the sky darkened, we finally could see it: Comet NEOWISE, displaying a lovely, curved tail. 

            “Not a bad show, considering we’re looking at a cosmic litterbug,” I said to the coterie of comet gazers. “Really, what we’re looking at is a piece of garbage out in space; think of that beautiful tail as ‘cosmic litter’; little pieces of dust and grit left behind by NEOWISE, all cluttering up the solar system.” nullADVERTISINGnull

            If you step outside before dawn during the next week or so, you might try to catch a view of cosmic litter that has been left behind in space by an even more famous comet: Halley’s. We call that cosmic litter the Orionid meteor shower. And 2020 will be an excellent year to look for them, since the moon will be a slender crescent, four days past new phase and will have set before 9:30 p.m. local time on the night of their peak activity, and will not pose any hindrance whatsoever to prospective meteor observers.

            Related: How to see the best meteor showers of 2020 Click here for more Space.com videos…

            If the December Geminids and August Perseids can be considered ranking as the “first string” among the annual meteor showers in terms of brightness and reliability, then the Orionids are on the junior varsity. This year they are scheduled to reach their maximum before sunrise on Wednesday morning (Oct. 21). 

            The name “Orionid” comes from the fact that the radiant — that spot on the sky from where the meteors appear to fan out from — is just above Orion’s second brightest star, ruddy Betelgeuse

            Currently, the Orion constellation appears ahead of us in our journey around the sun and has not completely risen above the eastern horizon until after 11 p.m. local daylight time. At its best several hours later, at around 5 a.m., Orion will be highest in the sky toward the south.

            But to see the greatest number of meteors, don’t look in the direction of the radiant, but rather about 30 degrees from it, in the direction of the point directly overhead (the zenith). Your clenched fist held at arm’s length is roughly equivalent to 10 degrees wide, so looking “three fists” up from Betelgeuse will be where to concentrate your view. null

            Best times to watch

            Orionid visibility extends from Oct. 16 to Oct. 26, with peak activity of perhaps 15 to 30 meteors per hour coming on the morning of Oct. 21. Step outside before sunrise on any of these mornings and if you catch sight of a meteor, there’s about a 75% chance that it likely is a byproduct of Halley’s Comet. The very last Orionid stragglers usually appear sometime in early to mid-November. 

            The best time to watch begins from about 1 or 2 a.m. local daylight time until the first light of dawn (at around 5:45 a.m.), when Orion stands highest above the southern horizon. The higher in the sky Orion is, the more meteors appear all over the sky. The Orionids are one of just a handful of known meteor showers that can be observed equally well from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. 

            Orionid meteors are normally dim and not well seen from urban locations, so it’s suggested that you find a safe rural location to see the best Orionid activity. 

            “They are easily identified … from their speed,” authors David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote in their book, “Observe Meteors: The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers Meteor Observer’s Guide” (Astronomical League, 1986). “At 66 kilometers (41 miles) per second, they appear as fast streaks, faster by a hair than their sisters, the Eta Aquarids of May. And like the Eta Aquarids, the brightest family members tend to leave long-lasting trains. Fireballs are possible three days after maximum.” 

            Undoubtedly this is connected in some way to the makeup of Halley’s Comet. 

            Halley’s legacy

            Comets are the leftovers of the earliest days of the solar system, the odd bits and pieces of simple gases — methane, ammonia, carbon dioxide and water vapor — that went unused when the sun and planets came into their present form. Meteoroids that are released into space out of this cometary debris are the remnants of a comet’s nucleus. All comets eventually disintegrate into meteor swarms and Halley’s is well into that process at this time. 

            These tiny particles — mostly ranging in size from dust to sand grains — remain along the original comet’s orbit, creating a “river of rubble” in space. In the case of Halley’s Comet, its dirty trail of debris has been distributed more or less uniformly all along its entire orbit. When these tiny bits of comet collide with Earth, friction with our atmosphere raises them to white heat and produces the effect popularly referred to as “shooting stars.” 

            And Halley’s Comet has left a legacy that is visible to us in the form of not just one, but two annual meteor showers. This is because its orbit closely approaches the Earth’s orbit at two different places. One intersection point (alluded to by Levy and Edberg) is in the early part of May, producing a meteor display known as the Eta Aquarids. The other point comes right now, in the middle to latter part of October, producing the Orionids. 

            At this moment in time, Halley itself is nearing the far end of its long elliptical path around the sun, out beyond the orbit of Neptune. Its last visit through the inner solar system was in the winter of 1986. It will arrive at aphelion — its farthest point from the sun, 3.28 billion miles (5.28 billion km) — in early December 2023. Thereafter, it will begin its long journey back toward the sun, due to return in the midsummer of 2061. If you were born any time after 1983, you probably have a better than 50-50 chance to catch it on its next return. 

            But for folks like myself — who will probably not be around when it returns — the Orionids will give us a chance to at least catch a view of some of the cosmic debris Halley has left behind in its wake.

            https://www.space.com/orionid-meteor-shower-2020-peaks-soon?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9155&utm_content=SDC_Newsletter+&utm_term=3223716&m_i=U87DZIIa%2BfCuNcCyJW5Iypl7yi6_x7WM%2BlOFZNp9x26w_l9I8IE%2B33MJaPkAVECMkONAM4e70Tjui007meu9UMFGT3uGiqLKDrFzchUUUK

            VIDEO Dr. Graves Exposes Truth About Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin – Dr Brian Tyson – Doctors address misinformation surrounding the coronavirus

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            The New American’s Christian Gomez interviews Dr. Karladine Graves, a board certified family medicine physician, about the history and safety of both hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. In the second half, Dr. Graves also discusses concerns about the Gates Foundation, ID2020 digital identity, and luciferase, which is an oxidated enzyme.

            VIDEO –Dr. Graves Slams Dr. Fauci & Attack on Liberty Amid COVID19
            VIDEO –Dr. Richard Urso, MD: Pandemic Over, Now in “Casedemic”
            VIDEO –The Truth About Face Masks


            California Doctor Successful with 1,700 COVID-19 patients

            The doctors that treat Covid 19 successfully have an understanding that is discussed in this video.

            It would appear that the media has overblown the numbers on this virus for the purpose of their Leftist politics.

            When you hear that the money given to hospitals and doctors if they write down the cause of death…

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            Feel Good Sunday: Video ~ Dog Becomes Obsessed With A Newborn Donkey

            Straight from the Horse's Heart

            Courtesy of The Dodo-Odd Couples

            “Please, wash your hearts and souls out with this…” ~ R.T.

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            Trump Overruled FEMA, Approved California’s Request for Wildfire Disaster help

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            This is the San Francisco Chronicle title: “Trump overrules FEMA, approves California’s request for wildfire disaster help by John Wildermuth, Alexei Koseff and Tal Kopan Oct. 16, 2020 Updated: Oct. 16, 2020 9:48 p.m.
            https://web.archive.org/web/20201017065923/https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/Trump-administration-denies-California-s-15652221.php

            From the Governor’s office:
            California Secures Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Support State’s Response to Wildfires 10.16.20 Published: Oct 16, 2020

            SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the President has approved California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires across the state and support impacted residents in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou counties.

            “Just got off the phone with President Trump who has approved our Major Disaster Declaration request. Grateful for his quick response,” said Governor Newsom.

            A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration helps people in the impacted counties through eligibility for support including crisis counseling, housing and unemployment…

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            VIDEO Sen Judiciary to Subpoena Twitter – WINTER IS COMING – Tucker Carlson Takes on Big Tech Censorship, Outlines Explosive Joe/Hunter Biden Story – Event to Protect Joe Biden… – MORE EMAILS – Twitter locks Trump Campaign Acct

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            Tucker Carlson Takes on Big Tech Censorship and Outlines Explosive Joe/Hunter BidenStory…

            October 14, 2020bysundance

            Fox News host Tucker Carlson used his megaphone tonight to outline the scale and scope of tech overlord manipulation in the 2020 election. Carlson also walks through the details of the explosive story that has sent the tech oligarchs into apoplectic fits of censorship.


            Big Tech Has Crossed The Event Horizon to Protect JoeBiden…

            October 14, 2020bysundance

            Everyone knew it would eventually happen and today is the day. In an effort to influence the 2020 U.S. election, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and the social media technocrats have crossed the Rubicon today and banned all sharing of the explosive information about Hunter and Joe Biden’s self-serving deals with Ukraine.

            In an effort to stop evidence from surfacing showing candidate Joe…

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            VIDEO Democratic Party leader vows to ‘lie,’ ‘cheat’ and ‘steal’ to win

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            Caught on undercover camera warning of civil war if Trump reelected

            Kristopher Jacks, a member of the Colorado Democratic Party executive committee, in a Project Veritas video.

            A Democratic Party leader in Colorado says the 2020 election amounts to a “revolution,” meaning lying, cheating and stealing are morally acceptable actions if they help bring about the defeat of President Trump in November.

            Kristopher Jacks, a member of the executive committee of the Colorado Democratic Party, expressed his beliefs in an undercover video released by Project Veritas.

            “I am going to do everything morally acceptable to win. I will lie. I will cheat. I will steal. Because that’s morally acceptable in this political environment. Absolutely. We are pirates on a pirate ship,” he said.

            “I want to make this point very loudly and very clearly,” he continued. “I said it nicely before, but I’ll say it more curtly now: 2020 is…

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            NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Should Denounce Her Own Connections to the Deportation of British Blacks; to Big Pharma; to the Tech Industry & to a Russian Oligarch

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            This isn’t a “smoking gun” national security risk of the type that Kamala Harris’ uncle and her lies about him are: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/09/26/kamala-harris-uncle-brags-about-india-deceiving-the-cia-with-nuclear-weapons-tests-kamala-deceives-biden-about-her-uncles-advisory-role-to-indias-ministry-of-defence/

            This post is simply identifying connections between elite hypocrites who accuse those who do not bend to their will of being fascists or racists or whatever else they decide to conjure up.

            Trump has denounced white nationalism and white supremacy repeatedly, and it’s never enough: https://youtu.be/Rj7jk9bDTyM His grandchildren are Jewish, and it’s still never enough. It’s apparently never enough because he has promised to reduce H1B and other immigration abuses, whereas most Media-IT companies wish to increase H1B visa abuses and to thus finish casting the majority of Americans into an unemployed India-style under-caste.

            NBC is owned by Comcast, which has used the H1B visa program to sell out US workers. The same can be said of ABC (Walt Disney), CBS (Viacom), Washington Post (Amazon) and most recently…

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            Kamala Harris’ Truancy Law: Mother with Chronically Ill Child Arrested in Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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            Kamala Harris Vice Presidential Nominee Truancy Laws Explained” – Interview by Antonio Moore: https://youtu.be/redw6jD1QVU

            Kamala Harris pretends to care about people with pre-existing conditions, but her truancy policies caused Cheree Peoples, with a chronically ill daughter, to be charged with a crime, and to lose benefits, because her daughter missed school. Her daughter suffered a stroke from the stress. This is but one way that having an ignorant, arrogant, “know-it-all”, like Kamala Harris, in power is very, very dangerous. We believe that her Brahmin upper caste upbringing made her ignorant of the lives of normal people, and uncaring.

            Cheree Peoples’ daughter has sickle cell anemia. It is recognized as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ms. Peoples had doctors’ notes and had met with the school, but was still arrested because her daughter was alleged to be truant. This made it impossible for her to…

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            We demand an open investigation into the environmental catastrophe in Kamchatka

            Екатерина Дворянинова started this petition to Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and 2 others

            On September 29th, the first messages appeared on the Internet, drawing people’s attention to the state of the Khalaktyrsky Beach (Kamchatka Krai). Witnesses stated that the shore was covered with dead animals’ bodies. In addition, surfers complained about vision problems, symptoms of poisoning, and fever after contact with water. In a number of cases, after visiting a doctor, people were diagnosed with ocular chemical injuries. 

            On September 30th, the Acting Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Kamchatka Krai reported, based on results of water sampling and quality assessments, that «… in one of the samples an excess of almost 4 times was found for oil products, in two samples – an excess of 2 times for phenols. During the extraction of samples, the glass of the chemical glassware was covered with an oily substance of a bright yellow color, which, may indicate the presence of a pollutant that is similar in properties to industrial oil

            On October 1st, Kamchatka Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor’s Office initiated investigation of the information spreading on media concerning pollution of ocean water in the area of ​​Khalaktyrsky beach.

            On October 2nd, the updated data of the chemical analysis of water samples confirmed an increase of approximately 2.5 times for phenols and 3.6 times for oil products.

            On October 3rd, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Kamchatka Krai posted on Instagram the following statement: «The color of the water is normal, the smell of the air is normal, the beach is completely clean», which contradicts the testimony of divers claiming thousands of dead animals.

            The fact that this pollution has been continuing for more than two weeks, despite the past two storms, may indicate that this is a leakage and not a one-time release of substance. Mass mortality of animals suggests that it can be an effect of a potent toxin.

            Dead ringed seals, giant octopuses thrown out of the water were found on the shore, along with perished fish, mollusks, and sea urchins underwater. If the leakage does not stop, more animals of various species, from numerous invertebrates to large mammals such as killer whales, whose migratory routes pass close to the contaminated waters, could be affected.

            Despite ongoing water quality assessments, the source and cause of the leakage remain unknown. Until it is detected and eliminated, the situation may worsen, and the destruction of the Kamchatka ecosystem will continue. In addition, with further development, the tragedy may spread to the water areas of the adjacent regions and/or the open sea, which lay beyond the territorial borders of Russian Federation. 

            We demand the measures to be taken to identify and eliminate the causes of the accident!

            https://www.change.org/p/we-demand-an-open-investigation-into-the-environmental-catastrophe-in-kamchatka

            Sunshine Mills Recalls Multiple Dog Food Brands Due to Aflatoxin

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            September 2, 2020 — Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of multiple dog food products due to elevated levels of aflatoxin that are potentially above the acceptable limit.

            Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.

            What’s Being Recalled?

            Here are images of the products affected by this recall:

            Sunshine Mills Recall - Family Pet Meaty Cuts
            Sunshine Mills Recall - Paws Happy Life Butcher's Choice Dog Food
            Sunshine Mills Recall - Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites Dog Food

            Here are the lot codes and dates of the products affected by this news:

            Sunshine Mills Recalled Products Table

            What Caused the Recall?

            The potential for aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit in these products was discovered by routine sampling performed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry showing that a sample of a single 4-pound bag of one lot of the product contained elevated levels of aflatoxin.

            No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.

            While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, Sunshine Mills, Inc. has chosen to issue a voluntary recall of these products as a precautionary measure in furtherance of its commitment to the safety and quality of its products.

            About Aflatoxin

            Pets that have consumed any of the recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

            The affected products were distributed in retail stores nationally.

            Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves.

            There are no other Family Pet, Heartland Farms, or Paws Happy Life products or other lot codes of these products affected by this precautionary recall.

            This is a voluntary recall being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

            What to Do?

            Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

            Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. Customer Service at 800-705-2111 from 7 AM to 4 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday… or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com for additional information.

            U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

            Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

            Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

            https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/sunshine-mills/

            petition: Smithfield Foods said they would improve their pigs’ lives. But after everyone looked away, the cruelty continued

            77,277 SUPPORTERS 80,000 GOAL The tight-fitting metal cage suddenly surrounds you. Your heart starts to race as your breathing becomes fast and shallow. Your mind turns fuzzy and blank, realizing there is no escape. This feeling is panicked desperation. And this is what mamas-to-be experience every day in factory farms. Mama-to-be pigs, that is. And it’s all due to the hideous use of gestation crates.

            Sign the petition to demand that Smithfield Foods removes all gestation crates from its facilities!

            What are gestation crates? They are extremely tight-fitting metal cages that enclose pregnant pigs, known as sows, while they are “with piglet.” Mama-pigs-to-be live for approximately four months at a time in these nearly form-fitting crates, in which they have almost no room to move. The cages are so cramped, the sows cannot turn side-to-side or around, and are barely even able to stand up and sit down. Their excrement piles up beneath and around their legs, and the sounds of animals in pain fill the air all around. The trauma this breeds is immense.

            Then, once the mama gives birth to her new litter of baby piglets, the babies are torn away — and the mama is re-impregnated, and thrust back into her familiar, inescapable coffin of a cage. The average sow in this situation is forced to breed and produce more offspring for slaughter five to seven different times.

            We might be used to the idea of these types of torturous Medieval enclosures for factory farmed animals, but consider if you yourself were told to live in one of these metal cages — and then, not just for one day, but for months.

            Stuffing pregnant animals into such crates is also not the exception. It’s the rule at factory farms. Of all the pigs raised for pork in the U.S., 95 percent come from factory farms. Numerous companies, including Smithfield Foods, have tried to fool consumers by making reassuring promises that they would phase out their use of gestation crates. But now, over five years later, nothing has changed. In other words: it was all just lip service. A lie.

            Smithfield Foods, Inc. is the largest producer of pork not just in the U.S., but in the entire world. The corporation murders nearly 30 million pigs every single year. So for them to make such a promise — and to then break it — is especially cruel to the countless forcibly-impregnated mama pigs in their scream-filled facilities.

            The only reason Smithfield ever made their (false, mal-intended) promise, though, was because of an outpouring of public outrage. If we can mobilize that public outrage again, Smithfield will realize the world is actually watching and that they have to do the right thing and follow through this time. We have that power!

            Help us pressure the giant factory farming corporation Smithfield Foods, Inc. to finally end its use of all gestation crates! Sign the petition!EMBED

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            15 Pet Food Brands Recalled Due to High Levels of Aflatoxin

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            Moldy Corn Containing Potential Aflatoxin

            Moldy Corn Containing Aflatoxin

            October 8, 2020 — Sunshine Mills, Inc. is expanding its recall of 15 brands of pet food that were made with corn that contained high levels of aflatoxin.

            What’s Recalled?

            The following brands and products are affected by this recall:

            Sunshine Mills Dog Food Recall Expands

            The lot codes can be located on the back of each bag.

            About the Expanded Recall

            This is an expansion of the recall initiated September 2, 2020, after an investigation along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that additional corn-based pet foods produced between April 3 and April 5, 2020 may contain corn from a single load of corn with elevated levels of aflatoxin.

            No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.

            Sunshine Mills, Inc. has chosen to expand its voluntary recall to include these additional products as a precautionary measure in furtherance of its commitment to the safety and quality of its products.

            About Aflatoxin

            Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.

            Pets with aflatoxin toxicity (aflatoxicosis) may show symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, diarrhea, and in some cases, death.

            Pets experiencing any of these symptoms after consuming the recalled products should be seen by a veterinarian.

            Where Were the Products Sold?

            The affected brands were distributed in retail stores within the United States.

            Principle Super Premium Natural Dog Food is exported exclusively to a distributor in Japan. Sortsman’s Pride Maintenance Adult Formula Dog Food is also exported to a distributor in Japan and Colombia.

            Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull any remaining inventory of these lots from their shelves.

            There are no other Champ®, Field Trial®, Good Dog, Hunter’s Special®, Old Glory®, Paws Happy Life®, Pet Expert, Principle, Retriever®, River Bend, Sportsman’s Pride®, Sprout®, Thrifty®, Top Runner® or Whiskers & Tails products or other lot codes of these products affected by this voluntary recall.

            What to Do?

            Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

            Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at (800) 705-2111 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday.

            Or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com for additional information.

            The expansion of this voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

            U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

            Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

            Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

            https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/sunshine-mills-aflatoxin/

            Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pig Ears Dog Treats

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            Stock Image of Pig Ear Dog Treats

            Pig Ears Dog Treats Stock Image

            October 1, 2020 — The Public Health Agency of Canada is alerting consumers it is investigating a deadly outbreak of Salmonella infections occurring in British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon.

            Based on investigation findings to date, exposure to pig ear dog treats has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak.

            Some of the individuals who became sick reported feeding their dog Paws Up! and Western Family brands of pig ear dog treats before their illnesses occurred.

            These brands are sold at Canadian Tire and Save-On-Foods.

            No recall image provided by the company

            The outbreak investigation is ongoing and it is possible that additional products may be identified.

            On September 29, 2020, the supplying company, Masters Best Friend, voluntarily issued a Notice of Stop Sale for Paws Up! and Western Family brands of pig ear dog treats.

            These products were sold nationwide in Canada.

            Investigation Summary

            As of September 29, 2020, there are eight confirmed cases of Salmonella typhimurium illness in the following provinces: British Columbia (5), Alberta (2), and Yukon (1).

            Individuals became sick between late February and early August 2020. Three individuals have been hospitalized. In addition, one individual has died.

            Individuals who became ill are between 7 and 95 years of age. The illnesses are distributed equally among men (50%) and women (50%).

            It is possible that more recent illnesses may be reported in the outbreak because there is a period of time between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported to public health officials.

            For this outbreak, the illness reporting period is between four and seven weeks.

            What to Do?

            Given this, do not feed your dog any Paws Up! or Western Family brand pig ear dog treats.

            Always wash your hands right after handling dog treats, and ensure that all areas the treats have come in contact with are properly cleaned and sanitized.

            This outbreak is a reminder of the importance of safely handling all pet treats, including pig ears and pet food.

            These products can be contaminated with bacteria that can make you and others sick if proper handling and cleaning practices are not followed. If contaminated, pet treats and pet food can also make your pets sick. Ill pets can spread bacteria, like Salmonella, to individuals they are in contact with even if they do not show any signs of illness.

            For more information on the affected products, please contact Masters Best Friend.

            Although products are no longer available for purchase in stores, they may still be in consumer homes.

            U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

            Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

            Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

            https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/salmonella-outbreak-pig-ears/

            US Senators Ask CBO For Cost Of Mini-Amnesty & Stimulus Payments For Illegals Which Was Sneaked Into Democrat Stimulus Bill

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            If Americans look at the HEROES Act and see the things in there, they would be furious at Pelosi, Schumer, and most Democrat politicians. It amnesties illegal workers until three months after the pandemic, among other travesties.


            They need to ask CBO to calculate the cost of S386. Mike Lee has been constantly trying to sneak it through with unanimous consent. Kamala Harris is also a sponsor of S386, which would give most employment based green cards to India, double extended family joining from India, Mexico, China https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/s386-to-increase-family-joining-migration-from-mexico-india-china-others-by-more-than-doubling-per-country-family-joining-cap-2/

            HT for letter https://www.numbersusa.com/news/senators-ask-cbo-review-cost-heroes-act-giving-aliens-american-jobs-amnesty

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            Bipartisan US Senate Intel Report Warned that Russian Operatives Used BLM in 2016 Information Warfare Campaign

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            The bipartisan US Senate intelligence report warned that Russian operatives had amplified Black Lives Matter (BLM) in 2016. Ignoring this point suggests that most Dem leaders did not, and do not, really take the Russian interference investigation seriously. Neither does the media. The current BLM related protest-riots are clearly someone’s active measures, and yet the Dems haven’t objected, despite the pandemic.


            In 2016, Russian operatives associated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) used social media to conduct an information warfare campaign designed to spread disinformation and societal division in the United States.

            Masquerading as Americans, these operatives used targeted advertisements, intentionally falsified news articles, self-generated content, and social media platform tools to interact with and attempt to deceive tens of millions of social media users in the United States. This campaign sought to polarize Americans on the basis of societal, ideological, and racial differences, provoked real world…

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            Kamala Harris’ Uncle Brags About India Deceiving the CIA with Nuclear Weapons Tests; Kamala Deceives Biden About Her Uncle’s Advisory Role to India’s Ministry of Defence

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            Kamala Harris’ uncle in India: It’s not a failure of the CIA,” said Indian nuclear researcher G. Balachandran. “It’s a matter of their intelligence being good, our deception being better.”CIA searching for answers behind its India-Nuclear failure” Saturday, May 16, 1998 https://fas.org/irp/news/1998/05/may16_cia.html https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000935281.pdf. And, the Tiger never changes its stripes.

            Below watch Kamala Harris Deceive Joe Biden Re Her Uncle; Why Didn’t She Want To Tell Biden Her Uncle Was Affiliated With India’s Ministry of Defence Funded Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)?

            Her uncle, Dr Gopalan Balachandran, explained to India Today TV (August 12, 2020) that he communicates with Kamala through his daughter, who lives in DC, due to the possibility of email hacking: “so nobody can say she is influenced by her family in India…https://archive.vn/rNYGx

            Goals of India’s RAW intelligence agency include “Moulding international public opinion and influence…

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            Cattlemen Tell EnviroNews Ranchers Want Mexican Wolves Killed, Despite Being Paid for Livestock Losses

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            Cattlemen Tell EnviroNews Ranchers Want Mexican Wolves Killed, Despite Being Paid for Livestock Losses

            14 – 17 minutes


            (EnviroNews Arizona) — Parts of eastern Arizona are a conflict zone, as a 100-year war between ranchers, conservation groups, government agencies, and the endangered Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) rages on. The rarest subspecies of gray wolf, also known as “el lobo,” is doing what wolves have always done in their native territories: they hunt and eat animals weakened by misfortune, time and nature itself. But ranchers who sell their cows, sometimes for $1200-$1500 per animal, aren’t happy when someone’s future hamburger becomes a wolf’s dinner.

            Even though the government will compensate ranchers for cows killed by wolves, a new survey reveals most cattle farmers feel el lobo’s reintroduction into the area is a threat to ranching – and their livelihoods.

            “[Ranchers] realize that [wolves are] there and they’re there to stay now,” Jerome Rosa, Executive Director of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, which funded the survey, told EnviroNews in a phone interview. “They just have to do the best they can to try and manage the situation and try to do what they can to be able to live, you know, cohesively. But if they had a preference, [absolutely they] would like to not have that apex predator out there.”

            Back From the Brink of Extinction

            When Rosa said, “out there,” he is referring to the southwestern United States – part of the Mexican wolf’s indigenous turf. Early in the 1900s when the livestock industry began booming, the federal government hired trappers to eradicate all wolves – and they were nearly successful in that task with el lobo.

            “This genetically [and] morphologically unique animal came about as close to extinction as any creature can get without actually going over the brink,” Michael Robinson, a senior conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, told EnviroNews.

            And how close is “close?” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) official Stephen Guertin told a congressional subcommittee “the Mexican wolf was all but eliminated from the wild by the 1970s due to extensive predator control initiatives.” According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AGFD) website, Mexican wolves had once disappeared completely from Arizona and New Mexico.

            But when the Endangered Species Act (ESA/the Act) passed in 1973, these critters finally received some appreciation. USFWS hired trappers again — this time to capture live wolves that could still be found in Mexico, in an effort to save the species from total annihilation. The agency was only able to find and capture five wild wolves; four males and one female. With time running out, USFWS took those specimens and launched a captive breeding program.

            In 1998 el lobo caught a break and received an invitation to return home to the Southwest and 11 were released into the Blue Range Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Area in Arizona.

            “They’re part of the natural ecosystem,” Robinson said. “They’re a beautiful, intelligent social animal that helps maintain balance, and they deserve to be there.”

            Mexican Gray Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi)

            The USFWS’ website hails the breeding program as a victory: “Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years, the howl of the Mexican wolf can once again be heard in the mountains of the southwestern United States.” Despite the agency’s victory dance, ranchers certainly were not out holding “welcome home” signs. The conflict zone reemerged — as did the wolf killings.

            Money Can’t Buy Wolves Love

            To help ease concerns, ranchers have been compensated for depredations since the wolves were first reintroduced in 1998 and in 2015 the State of Arizona Livestock Loss Board was formed. Ranchers can submit claims to the board for depredations when they can prove Mexican wolves most likely killed their animals. According to the agency’s most recent annual report ranchers have been paid more than $143,000 over the last few years.

            But Rosa told EnviroNews these reimbursements still can’t buy the wolves love. He said the number of cattle they kill exceeds what ranchers claim as a loss:

            Some [ranchers] just don’t want to deal with the red tape. They don’t want to deal with the paperwork. Or, when they find these carcasses, they’re too far gone. And remember: these cattle are out there in these vast, vast landscapes in really, really rugged terrain, and so often, when they do find a depredation, there’s nothing there to investigate. You know, there’s not enough to be able to prove it was a depredation. So, [ranchers] just don’t say anything. It’s like, “Well, you know, we took a hit on that.”

            Rosa added that there’s no way for cattlemen to calculate losses for livestock that die from exhaustion and dehydration after being chased by wolves, or cows that get stressed out, thin, and don’t reproduce.

            David Parsons, the wildlife biologist who led USFWS’ effort to reintroduce the Mexican wolf into the Southwest, told EnviroNews he’s heard those claims, but not the veracity of them. “Open range cattle die for many reasons other than predation or harassment by predators, such as weather extremes, disease, toxic plants, and even lightning strikes,” he refuted.

            Hawk’s Nest Pack Released into Pre-Release Pen in 1998 — Photo: Dave Parsons

            Parsons is now a science advisor for the conservation group Project Coyote. He said figuring out an exact cause of a cow’s death is arduous. “It would be very difficult to tease out the significance of mortality caused by predator harassment compared to all other causes of mortality.”

            Natural Born Killers?

            No one disputes that wolves are natural born killers. But Rosa claimed there are far more wolves out there than official counts reflect. “As the wolf populations increase, the cattle populations will decrease. I think that’s tragic,” he said.

            Rosa added the more the packs grow, the more food they will need. “And unfortunately, the realism of wolves is they don’t just kill when they’re hungry. They kill for sport,” he said. “That’s what they do. You know, they are… that’s what they do. I mean, they’re killers.” But many experts dispute that and say wolves do not kill for the fun of it.

            Greta Anderson — Deputy Director, Western Watersheds Project

            “They kill to eat,” Greta Anderson, Deputy Director of the Western Watersheds Project told EnviroNews. “When humans find animals that have been killed by wolves but are uneaten, they should assume the carcasses haven’t been consumed yet, as animals will routinely return to kill sites and continue to feed off a carcass as long as they can.”

            Regarding the numbers of wolves, federal and state officials have boots on the ground, the AGFD even pays five full-time biologists to help manage and tabulate the numbers. Currently, there’s a minimum of 76 Mexican gray wolves in the state and about 163 total in the Southwest. So, even after over two decades of “recovery” in the wild, the current number of lobos is far from the estimated 3000-4000 that roamed the U.S. in the early 1900s.

            Currently, wolf tracking is done in many ways: about half the estimated population wears radio collars, others are counted on the ground, in the air, and even by conducting howl surveys where biologists listen for wolves return howls.

            “I don’t think the cattle growers have a basis for contending that the numbers are substantially higher than announced,” Robinson said. “If there were significantly more wolves on the landscape than the interagency field team now contends, wouldn’t those wolves be breeding with each other, and wouldn’t their numbers grow to the point that their presences couldn’t be denied by anyone?”

            Wolf Depredation Prevention

            What about just deploying measures to keep wolves away from cows, so fewer end up getting eaten? According to the cattle association’s survey, some feel “spending on preventative practices can be large relative to returns.” And ranchers’ willingness to pay to avoid depredations may be an area they’ll study in the future.

            Jerome Rosa — Executive Director, Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association

            Rosa said prevention can be challenging, expensive and more assistance is welcome, adding, “I think the ranchers would like to have all the available tools in their toolbox to be able to manage the situation.”

            But in addition to reimbursements for depredations, there’s also money out there to help ranchers pay for prevention. One example: the State of Arizona Livestock Loss Board slated $110,000 to develop effective methods of preventing wolf and cattle interactions.

            At present, preventative tools like tracking collars, that help to alert ranchers when wolves are in the area, are being used along with blinking lights, electric fences, and range riders. The downside, Rosa said, is that batteries burn out, and some prevention is burdensome.

            All of these non-lethal measures just work for a short period of time,” he contended. “These wolves are extremely, extremely intelligent, and they get immune to those systems, and so then you constantly have to be changing.”

            Mexican Wolf With Radio Collar — Photo: Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team

            One solution Rosa offered is to limit the wolf population to a “manageable number” and kill problem wolves. “In areas where we’re having problems, then we need to go to lethal take on those packs,” Rosa told EnviroNews.

            “You mean kill the wolves?” EnviroNews reiterated for clarity. “Yes. Yes,” Rosa asserted. And sometimes ranchers ask for just that and the federal government obliges.

            Mexican Gray Wolf — Photo: KTAR Pheonix

            Experts tallied reports for EnviroNews and found that since Mexican wolves were reintroduced to the Southwest the feds have killed about 21 lobos. The most common reason was for livestock depredations.

            Dave Parsons Conducts Health Check on Captive-Born Mexican Wolf Pup

            Conservationists insist killing this already beleaguered species is not the answer. Instead, they say regulators should require ranchers to use more preventative measures and remove the remains of dead cattle immediately, so the scent doesn’t attract predators. Furthermore, they insist there’s plenty of money out there to help ranchers outsmart even the craftiest of wolves.

            “The government has asked nothing of the ranchers — at least required nothing,” Robinson continued. “They have asked nicely at times, you know, ‘Would you mind doing this?’ And sometimes the answer is ‘yes’ and sometimes the answer is ‘no.’”

            Parsons claimed some wolves are being killed in “cryptic poaching” — meaning poaching that goes undetected. “Uncollared wolves killed in remote areas are rarely discovered by agency biologists, and the same is true for collared wolves when the poacher immediately disables the collar,” he added.

            What’s at Stake?

            Rosa told EnviroNews that if something isn’t done to curb Mexican wolf numbers, more ranchers will hang up their hats. Fewer cattle, he said, means less meat at the grocery store and more wildfires because ungrazed pastures provide fuel for flames to spread. “Killing wolves will allow [for] cattle, [and for] more people to be able to continue having cattle, out there to graze these spots,” he asserted.

            Mexican Wolf — Photo: Columbus Zoo

            But in addition to the many tangible issues, palpable on the ground between ranchers and conservationists, the more esoteric factor of global warming looms. Scientists say the rising trend of massive wildfires in the West is fueled in part by methane emissions from livestock and the agricultural sector at large.

            Robinson told EnviroNews responsible, proactive ranchers should tap into the resources available to help keep afloat, but pulled no punches when emphasizing the free marketplace should determine the better mousetrap:

            As for whether ranchers will go out of business due to depredations in the absence of wolf killing, that very much depends. Not all business ventures in the United States are destined to succeed, even when subsidized. The fact that some ranchers refuse to take measures to protect their stock would seem to make them less likely to stay in business.

            Parsons agreed. “If a heavily subsidized livestock production business cannot afford to protect its primary asset (cows) by methods such as confining cows to pens for calving and hiring range riders to monitor and control their whereabouts on the landscape, then perhaps it is not a viable or appropriate business enterprise,” he said.

            This Land is Not Your Land

            Finally, EnviroNews asked Rosa, “Do you see the Mexican wolf as a vital part of the ecosystem? Should the species be there [at all]?” His answer: Nope. He concluded:

            I don’t see it as a vital part. It wasn’t here for many, many years after they had been hunted down in the past. Now, some will say, “OK, they take care of, you know, sick animals, they’ll put them down.” They’re non-discriminatory. So, they’re not just taking [out] the weakness of a species. They take these animals down just for sport. I mean, it’s just what they do. And so, I understand, you know, the wolf advocates reasoning that they use — that they try to use. But, [it’s] not logical, and it’s not realistic. But, you know, I understand that that’s their position.

            That’s something that enrages conservationists who say the wolves aren’t into sport killing and were there first. “The livestock industry has sought to transform the entire ecosystem of the Southwest… they see the wolves as the worst part of the ecosystem that they want to eliminate,” Robinson said.

            Mexican Gray Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi)

            So, the 100-year war between ranchers, cattle, wolves, conservationists and government agencies continues. Many battles ensue, no side declares any winners, but all have the instinct to keep fighting.

            OTHER GREAT REPORTS ABOUT MEXICAN WOLVES FROM ENVIRONEWS

            RECENT AND RELATED

            OTHER ENVIRONEWS REPORTS ON WOLVES

            https://www.environews.tv/092520-cattle-assoc-tells-environews-ranchers-want-mexican-wolves-killed-despite-being-paid-for-livestock-losses/

            Real Pet Food Company Recalls Billy + Margot Dog Food

            Real Pet Food Company Billy + Margot Dog Food Recall

            September 22, 2020 — Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, Arizona, is voluntarily recalling Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

            What’s Being Recalled?

            The following product has been recalled:

            • Billy + Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe
            • Package: 4-pound bag
            • Lot code: V 07 Feb 2022

            This recall does not affect any other Billy + Margot products or those sold outside of the USA.

            What Caused the Recall?

            The recall is a result of a routine sampling program by state officials which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.

            The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product.

            The FDA and the company will continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

            About Salmonella

            Salmonella can affect animals eating the products… and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

            While no illnesses have been reported, healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

            Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

            Owners exhibiting any signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider.

            Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever, vomiting and or abdominal pain.

            Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

            If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

            What to Do?

            Retailers who have received product from the affected lot code have been asked to remove this product from shelves immediately and dispose of the product with care.

            If you have purchased Billy + Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe in a 4 lb bag, with lot code V 07 Feb 2022 from any retail store nationally, please stop feeding the product to your dogs, dispose of this product immediately, wash your hands accordingly, and sanitize affected surfaces.

            Consumers who have purchased the recalled products may call Real Pet Food between 8 am and 10 pm EST immediately for a refund or for additional information at : 1-800-467-5494.

            Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-467-5494 during the above times.

            U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

            Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

            Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

            https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/billy-margot/

            Just chilling and checking out some photos

            A Family Portrait… Spanish Flu 1918

            Hi everyone ☺️

            On August 31st I went into the hospital for emergency surgery for appendicitis… I’m home and need 7-weeks to completely recover.

            I will answer your comments as soon as possible and stop by and visit your blogs.

            Stay healthy and stay safe🙏

            Alaska man charged federally with setting fire at Seattle Police East Precinct

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            (Seattle) –  A 19-year-old Alaska man was charged with arson today for the fire he set Monday, August 24, 2020 at the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  DESMOND DAVID-PITTS was arrested shortly after the fire following a Monday night protest march. DAVID-PITTS appeared today in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

            “This is the fourth defendant to appear in federal court after being charged with criminal conduct that went far beyond any peaceful protest,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Moran. “Those who go to protest but choose violence and criminal acts over protected speech will face the full weight of federal criminal sanctions.  This illegal conduct must end.”

            “The intentional fire set Monday evening in an organized, pre-planned attack endangered the lives of our officers and our entire community.  This was not a peaceful protest, or demonstration for equity, but an act of lawlessness.  We are grateful our federal partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office recognize the criminal nature of these acts and are holding those responsible accountable,” said Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.

            Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz promised to maintain the SPD’s federal partnerships as he takes command of the Department and added “We are hopeful that the federal charges now filed against Mr. David-Pitts will serve as a warning that crimes of violence will not be tolerated in Seattle.”

            According to the criminal complaint, DAVID-PITTS had arrived in Seattle from Alaska just three days before Monday’s protest.  After marching with the group in downtown Seattle, DAVID-PITTS is seen on surveillance video piling up trash against the sally-port door at the Seattle Police East Precinct.  Over an eleven minute period the surveillance video captures DAVID-PITTS not only piling up the trash, but repeatedly lighting it on fire and feeding the flames with more trash.  While DAVID-PITTS was lighting the fire, other people who appeared on the surveillance were attempting to use crowbars and cement-like materials to try to disable the door next to the sally-port to prevent officers from exiting the building.  At various times DAVID-PITTS appeared to be communicating with the others.  Despite efforts to disable the door, officers were able to get outside and extinguish the flames.  A similarly equipped group set a second fire around the corner from the DAVID-PITTS arson, and DAVID-PITTS was seen on surveillance working with the others to cut through a chain-link fence that was a barrier around the building.  The second fire was extinguished by Seattle Police Officers and members of the Seattle Fire Department.

            DAVID-PITTS was identified less than an hour later in the crowd outside the precinct because of the distinctive pink camouflage trousers he was wearing.  He was arrested without incident.

            Three people have already been charged with federal crimes in connection to civil unrest:

            • On July 15, Isaiah Thomas Willoughby was charged with arson in connection with a fire set at the East Precinct.
            • On June 11, Margaret Aislinn Channon was charged with arson for setting five Seattle Police vehicles on fire.
            • On June 10, Devinare Antwan Parker was charged with possessing a destructive device for bringing an improvised firearm to a protest.

            Arson is punishable by a mandatory minimum five years in prison and up to twenty years in prison.

            The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and the Seattle Police Department.

            The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.

            david-pitts_complaint.pdf

            https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwa/pr/alaska-man-charged-federally-setting-fire-seattle-police-east-precinct

            C-Span Flooded With Callers Leaving The Democrats To Vote For Trump In 2020 (VIDEO) — American Lookout

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            Over the last week, an amazing thing has been unfolding on C-Span.

            Caller after caller, is saying that they no longer recognize their party (the Democrats) and that they are now voting for Trump.

            Many of them supported Hillary in 2016, and also cite the rioting and violence as a reason for their switch.

            They are also being turned by what they are hearing and seeing at the Republican National Convention.

            Townhallreports:

            Landslide? C-SPAN Had Tons of Callers Explaining Why They Left the Dems to Support Donald Trump

            First Lady Melania Trump closed out the second night of the Republican National Convention. It was a great speech that hit on school choice, opioid addiction, the dangers of social media, and her family’s journey to America. She’s an immigrant who is now the First Lady. That’s an indelibly American story.

            Given that Fox News has been cutting out of the…

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            China can have them…

            Mink, New Hampshire’s Famous Rogue Black Bear, Has Died

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            Daniela Allee

            Mink, the infamous black bear sow that made the Hanover area its home for several years – and made an impression in New Hampshire and across the country- has died.

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            Mink was found on Tuesday near the Mascoma River in Lebanon. Andrew Timmins, New Hampshire’s bear biologist, says he had noticed there wasn’t much movement on her tracking collar for several days.

            Early on, he wasn’t too concerned. But when he checked back on Monday and there was still no movement from Mink, he called a colleague in Hanover to check on her.

            “Something was going on. That collar was not moving,” he said. “That usually means one of two things: that means the animal has slipped [off] its collar, or it can mean the animal’s not moving because it’s dead.”

            Timmins says based on her injuries and location he suspects Mink was hit by a car.

            This year, Mink had a litter of three cubs. Timmins says this summer Mink and the cubs were spending a lot of time eating berries along a powerline corridor, and mostly staying away from residential areas.

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            “She was a really amazing animal that was highly resourceful and overcame all odds,” he said. “She knew how to move around that landscape very successfully and did it for a long time.”

            In 2017, Fish and Game had planned on euthanizing Mink and her cubs, after they had roamed Hanover’s neighborhoods for food. That year, two of the bears got inside a home.

            But after public outcry, Gov. Sununu intervened. Mink’s cubs were relocated, and she stayed in the area until 2018.

            That year, she was training her cubs to search for food from homes. She was then relocated to northern Coos County, and then made national headlines in 2019 as she walked thousands of miles back to the Upper Valley.

            “The vast majority of people out there were pretty fond of Mink,” Timmins said.

            For the bear biologist, Mink left another lasting impact in the community.

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            “Because of her, Hanover is a lot more bear savvy now than they were five-years ago. She taught people that you can’t have your bird feeders out, you can’t have your garbage unsecured,” he said.  

            Timmins says even though Mink is gone, it doesn’t mean other bears in the area are gone and that residents still need to be vigilant about securing garbage and keeping bird feeders down.

            Timmins also recommends residents in the area call Fish and Game if they see the cubs, so they can be taken to a bear preserve in nearby Lyme.  The number to call is 603-271- 2461.

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