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Accused horse trainer Asmussen sacks assistant Blasi; industry responds

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The word over the weekend concerning Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Steve Asmussen is he has sacked his assistant Scott Blasi. Blasi is the inconvenient star of the Peta undercover investigation that leaves he and and Asmussen accused of horse cruelty, among other things. “Among other things” appears to be on most people’s minds however.

Our concern of course is for the horses. Per usual the horses are barely mentioned in the write ups. And typical of American horse racing they are trying to deflect their problems onto PETA.

Here’s a sampling from ESPN citing the Blood-Horse as their source:

The situation erupted March 20 after the New York Times, under the condition it not name the undercover investigator, published a story on the PETA allegations. The woman, who is said to have gotten to know Blasi with the intention of infiltrating the stable at Churchill Downs and Saratoga Race Course…

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Bison and they said never again

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Bison slaughters in Yellowstone over for season after almost 600 killed, removed

Yellowstone announces end to 2014 bison slaughter following one-man blockade

Yellowstone seeks information on illegal bison shootings

Killed and injured by men in helicopters for NO good reason

This year’s tragic bison slaughter in Yellowstone National Park, driven by Montana’s ranchers, has come to an end. It resulted in nearly 600 bison being killed or otherwise “removed” from their rightful home in Yellowstone National Park. 318 were shipped to slaughter or research facilities and more than 270 wild bison have been killed by state and treaty hunters just outside Yellowstone’s boundary in Montana.

Lawsuits are underway to grant bison to habitat north (the Montana Supreme Court just ruled in favor!) and west, outside of the park.  If you haven’t already, please send a letter to the Montana officials responsible for allowing or not intervening in this massacre:

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Great Day for Nebraska’s Mountain Lions!!!!!!

South Korea: Pass the amendment to Animal Protection Act. Protect animals from cruelty and improve the welfare of Korean animals!

Naju (Jeollanamdo-province), S. Korea: Please crack down on illegal dog slaughter & auction market immediately!

Exxon Valdez Disaster ….. 25 years ago!!

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~~March 24, 2014~~

The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, when Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California, struck Prince William Sound‘s Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. local time and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels (41,000 to 119,000 m3) of crude oil over the next few days. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters. The Valdez spill was the largest ever in US waters until the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in terms of volume released.

 However, Prince William Sound‘s remote location, accessible only by helicopter, plane, or boat, made government and industry response efforts difficult and severely taxed existing plans for response. The region is a habitat for salmonsea ottersseals and seabirds. The oil, originally extracted at the Prudhoe Bay…

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On Exxon Valdez anniversary, a fresh spill threatens Texas wildlife

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The accident-prone oil-transportation sector is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez grounding in Alaska with a large oil spill on the other side of the country.

An oil barge-versus-ship accident in Texas’s Galveston Bay on Saturday triggered the largest Gulf of Mexico oil spill since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Galveston Bay isn’t really a bay; it’s one of America’s largest and most ecologically productive estuaries, and it’s surrounded by wildlife refuges. Oil quickly started coating wildlife at the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary. A Texas wildlife official told the L.A. Times that “hundreds or thousands of birds” are threatened:

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Government Chemist Tampered With 40,000 Cases, Locking Countless Innocent Americans in Prison | Filming Cops

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UPDATE 03/07/14: Dookhan scandal was part of larger “pattern” at drug lab — over two thousand additional cases now in need of reviewOngoing investigations have revealed that what Dookhan did was part of a larger “pattern” of neglect and deficient protocols, according to a new report by the Boston Globe.Around 2,300 new cases were found to contain incompatible evidence but made it past prosecutors and defense attorneys anyway.That is over two thousand additional times, we are told, that “neglect” happened at the lab.A more rational explanation is that it was premeditated and intentional as part of a scheme to make money locking up innocent people.“The report found what we have been saying all along: The entire lab was a problem,” said Anthony Benedetti, chief counsel of the public defender agency.In all, there were at least 46,000 cases that Dookhan handled, according to the Boston Globe.She was convicted for tampering with…

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The Republican and Religious Right War On WOmen – ‘When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Deny All Health Care To Women And Not Just Birth Control’

The Last Of The Millenniums

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Republicans – Keeping women ‘in their place’.

This won’t happen in this day and age….will it?

1) ‘Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet’.

2) ‘A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) ‘In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care’.

4) ‘Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids’.

5) ‘In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her…

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The Hidden Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation By Sue Kovach

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Every day, we’re swimming in a sea of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) produced by electrical appliances, power lines, wiring in buildings, and a slew of other technologies that are part of modern life. From the dishwasher and microwave oven in the kitchen and the clock radio next to your bed, to the cellular phone you hold to your ear—sometimes for hours each day—exposure to EMR is growing and becoming a serious health threat.

But there’s a huge public health crisis looming from one particular threat: EMR from cellular phones—both the radiation from the handsets and from the tower-based antennas carrying the signals—which studies have linked to development of brain tumors, genetic damage, and other exposure-related conditions.1-9 Yet the government and a well-funded cell phone industry media machine continue to mislead the unwary public about the dangers of a product used by billions of people. Most…

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New study links over 7,000 cancer deaths to cell phone tower radiation exposures

Circus elephants damage several vehicles after escaping handlers in U.S.

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WATCH: Three elephants escaped the circus near St. Louis Saturday afternoon. Handlers were able to capture the elephants. No one was injured.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Authorities say three elephants escaped from their handlers at a circus in the U.S. and damaged several vehicles in the parking lot before they were recaptured.

Television station KMOV reports that the female elephants escaped from the children’s ride section of the Moolah Shrine Circus in Missouri.

READ MORE: Circus elephant survives drive-by shooting in Mississippi

TV station KSDK says the circus issued a statement saying the handlers were able to occupy the animals and that “they are now resting comfortably in their compound at this time.”

Police say that the animals also damaged the venue’s loading door.

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Circus elephants damage several vehicles after escaping handlers in U.S.

Global News

WATCH: Three elephants escaped the circus near St. Louis Saturday afternoon. Handlers were able to capture the elephants. No one was injured.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Authorities say three elephants escaped from their handlers at a circus in the U.S. and damaged several vehicles in the parking lot before they were recaptured.

Television station KMOV reports that the female elephants escaped from the children’s ride section of the Moolah Shrine Circus in Missouri.

READ MORE: Circus elephant survives drive-by shooting in Mississippi

TV station KSDK says the circus issued a statement saying the handlers were able to occupy the animals and that “they are now resting comfortably in their compound at this time.”

Police say that the animals also damaged the venue’s loading door.

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Circus elephant survives drive-by shooting in Mississippi

Global News

TUPELO, Miss. – Authorities say a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant was hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting.

Circus spokeswoman Melinda Hartline says the elephant was not seriously hurt Tuesday. She says no other animals were harmed.

The elephant is part of the circus in Tupelo, Mississippi for a series of performances. The elephant was in an area outside where the circus keeps animals at the BancorpSouth Arena.

Police Chief Tony Carleton says a vehicle drove past the arena about 2 a.m. and fired into the area. Police are investigating.

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The NBA Cares, and that’s No Hype!

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Picture credits:  Elephant: Ian Sewell,   Basketball: Reisio,   Rhino: Ikiwaner

“It would have been great to have shown you any of the player’s pictures,  or the NBA Care’s Logo, or anything related to this story here, however, the NBA strictly forbids it!”

The American culture of sports figures and their ability to influence in this country is legendary, but when it becomes a mantra for saving the lives of animals being slaughtered,  it reaches a new level of altruismaltogether.

The hysteria for college basketball raging through America right now is at its peak, with March Madness and all that that implies!

So, what better time for a story about some of the stars of the sport and their efforts to put a bright spotlight on a criminal, barbaric act against animals.

These six NBA stars: “Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha of the…

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Tasmanian devils face extinction from rare and contagious cancer

Google Follows Snowden’s Advice, Encrypts All Gmail Messages

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Mar. 20 2014

Whether you think former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor, at the very least you now know that the National Security Agency has expanded the scope of its surveillance of American citizens quite a bit. The government agency has been forcing tech companies to turn over reams of user data while also brute forcing their way past those company’s security protocols to access even more information about their customers. In reaction to these methods, Google announced today that it’ll be encrypting all incoming and outgoing messages through Gmail by default.

The news comes via a post by Gmail Security Engineering Lead Nicolas Lidzborski, who wrote about the new initiative on the Google Enterprise Blog:

“Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since…

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Environment

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Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit Another Milestone

Levels of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere have already surpassed a troublesome record set in May 2013, researchers said Wednesday (March 19). The week ending Tuesday, March 18, was the earliest to average more than 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide, according to the Keeling Curve, one of the best climate records available. The 400-ppm milestone in 2013 was the first time carbon dioxide reached such a high level in human history.

The Keeling Curve is a continuous daily record of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, running since March 1958. That year, the greenhouse gas was at 313 parts per million. (Parts per million denotes the volume of a gas in the air; in this case, for every 1 million air molecules, 313 are carbon dioxide.)

While carbon dioxide levels have steadily climbed since 1958, every year…

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 Nine US Fisheries Waste ‘Almost Half A Billion Seafood Meals,’ – New Report

What the United States wastes annually is nearly equivalent to what the rest of the world catches in the same time period.

A new report published by the nonprofit conservation group Oceana exposes nine of the “dirtiest” U.S. fisheries. When fishermen target a specific fish, it’s common for other species to get caught in their nets. This is known as bycatch, and it’s a growing concern among nine U.S. fisheries.

“Anything can be bycatch. Whether it’s the thousands of sea turtles that are caught to bring you shrimp or the millions of pounds of cod and halibut that are thrown overboard after fishermen have reached their quota, bycatch is a waste of our ocean’s resources.” Depending on the type of fishing gear used, fishermen tend to catch everything from dolphins to sea turtles and sharks. These inadvertent…

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Major Online Retailer Under Fire for Selling Ivory and Whale Meat

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Major Online Retailer Under Fire for Selling Ivory and Whale Meat

Major Online Retailer Under Fire for Selling Ivory and Whale Meat

According to a new report released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in conjunction with Humane Society International (HSI) one of the world’s largest online retailers is helping to facilitate sales not only of ivory, but also of meat from dolphins and endangered whales.

The trade in ivory has led to a dangerously high levels of poaching that continues to threaten the future survival of elephants, while hunting whales and small cetaceans has raised serious ethical concerns, along with worries about the safety of their mercury-laden meat and unsustainable hunting practices.

The report,”Blood e-Commerce: Rakuten’s profits from the slaughter of elephants and whales,” exposed Rakuten Ichiba, Japan’s version of Amazon.com, for carrying thousands of products made from elephants, dolphins and endangered whales, in addition to outlining the…

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Beef Production is Killing the Amazon Rainforest | One Green Planet

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The Amazon rainforest has been facing severe deforestation problems for several decades — it has lost about a fifth of its forest in the past three. While there are many causes, one of the main causes is cattle ranching, particularly in Brazil. Trees are cut and the land is converted into a pasture for cattle grazing. According to one report, an estimated 70 percent of deforestation in the Amazon basin can be attributed to cattle ranching. Using these numbers, cattle ranching in the Amazon has resulted in the loss of an area larger than the state of Washington.

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Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef. Between 1996 and 2004, the total export value of beef increased tenfold from $1.9 million to $1.9 billion, making Brazil the world’s largest beef exporter. It has the largest commercial cattle herd of approximately 180 – 190 million head. The government of Brazil offers…

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STOP the Proposed Silurian Valley Wind/Solar Project!

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Dear Readers and friends of the California Desert, I need your help opposing the proposed Silurian Valley Solar/Wind Project which is slated for development southeast of Death Valley National Park….

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ConAgra Responds (Orville Redenbacher Popcorn)

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Noticed by chance a carton of Orville Redenbacher in my pantry.  More palm oil.  More disappointment.  Off goes an email.  Here’s behemoth’s ConAgra’s response:

Thank you for your email concerning our Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave Popcorn.

Consumer safety and health is a top priority at ConAgra Foods. For that reason, we work with reputable suppliers for all of our ingredients to ensure the safety, quality and wholesomeness of our products.
Whether they are based in the United States or elsewhere, all ConAgra Foods suppliers must adhere to the standards set by the federal government as well as by ConAgra Foods for delivering safe, quality ingredients – allowing us to provide consumers with products they can trust.
We are in compliance with all applicable regulations regarding all of our products and ingredients, regardless of their country-of-origin. Additionally, we require that all of our suppliers to do so as well.
Food safety and quality are our…

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Act to keep endangered species protections for wolves

Study Shows What Mexican Gray Wolves Need to Survive – Defenders Blog

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And, for the model to work, there must be at least three populations with this movement happening between them. The good news is that this is possible, provided that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes two additional populations and lets lobos move from population to population.

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Namibia: Esau Considers War Against Seals

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“THERE are about 1,2 million seals along Namibia’s coast – 16% up from 1993 figures – and consisting out of 26 colonies, according to the last survey figures from 2011.  The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau, views this as a possible imbalance and is considering “to declare a war” against the seals”  http://allAfrica.com .

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General Mills says GMO switch not helping sales of Cheerios

Global News

NEW YORK – Plain old Cheerios are no longer made with genetically modified ingredients, but the switch hasn’t yet translated to a boost in sales.

General Mills, the company that makes the cereal, in January announced it would start making its plain Cheerios without GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. The move came after a campaign by the group Green America, which prompted fans to express their support on the Cheerios’ Facebook page.

On Wednesday, CEO Ken Powell said in a phone interview that the Minneapolis company has gotten supportive letters and online comments for its decision. But he said the company was “not really seeing anything there that we can detect” in terms of a sales lift.

“It’s what I expected,” Powell said. He added that genetically modified organisms aren’t really a concern for most customers.

Americans have been moving away from cereal more broadly, as alternatives such as Greek…

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Ivory Economics

Newly discovered, but nearly extinct species