Navy Investigates Bible on “Missing Man Table” Tribute

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Navy Investigates Bible on “Missing Man Table” Tribute
April 9, 2018 by Todd Starnes
The U.S. Navy is investigating complaints lodged by a sailors and Marines about a Bible and a “One Nation under God” placard placed on a POW/MIA table at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a radical group that has a history of targeting public displays of Christianity, filed the complaint on behalf of 26 military personnel and civilian staff.

They wrote a seven-page complaint alleging that a Christian Bible was placed on a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action display in the hospital’s public gallery.

“Why is that Bible there,” MRFF president Mikey Weinstein demanded to know in an interview with Stars & Stripes. “Can you imagine if somebody put a Quran there, or the book of Satan, or the Book of Mormon? It’s violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause as well as DoD and Navy regulations.”

Rear Adm. Paul D. Pearigen ordered an investigation into the public display at the Navy’s largest overseas hospital, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation also wants the Navy to remove a placard explaining the reason why the Bible is a part of the display.

“The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded one nation under God,” the placard reads.

The MRFF was grossly triggered and offended by the statement – calling it unconstitutional and a “slap in the face to every non-Christian.”

“The statement on the Exhibit’s placard is nothing more than an illegal, unconstitutional proselytization from an extremist, fundamentalist Christian sect,” their attorney wrote. “It ignores all followers of other religions and totally ignores all those who subscribe to no religion – all in blatant violation of DoD and DON regulations.”

However, according to the U.S. Navy the Bible and the placard are on the table for a reason. Click here to read it for yourself.

The white tablecloth draped over the table represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms.

The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine, but all who are not here with us.

The table itself is round to show that our concern for them is never ending.

The Bible represents faith in a higher power and the pledge to our country, founded as one nation under God.

The black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends. A Purple Heart medal can be pinned to the napkin.

The single red rose reminds us of their families and loved ones. The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call.

The yellow candle and its yellow ribbon symbolize the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those yet accounted for.

The slices of lemon on the bread plate remind us of their bitter fate.

The salt upon the bread plate represent the tears of their families.

The wine glass, turned upside down, reminds us that our distinguished comrades cannot be with us to drink a toast or join in the festivities of the evening.

Hiram Sasser, general counsel for First Liberty Institute and a former Army Reserve officer, urged the Navy to resist the demands of the militant MRFF.

“The Bible is on the table because it is part of the tradition that predates our current demands for political correctness,” Sasser told the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “When we telegraph to our global military competitors that the mere presence of a Bible mentally destroys some of us, we are doomed.”

So why is the Navy wasting its time to investigate the unfounded allegations made by Mikey Weinstein and his minions?

This is nothing more than a despicable attack by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation on the families of those with a loved one who is missing in action.

It’s time for the Trump Administration’s Pentagon to stop this radical group from bullying military families and desecrating any more Missing Man tables.

https://www.toddstarnes.com/show/navy-investigates-bible-on-missing-man-table-tribute/

Petition · Let’s Stop the Robocall Insanity! · Change.org

Richard Codey started this petition to Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov and 8 others

Let’s stop the minute-to-minute annoyance of unsolicited calls constantly coming through to our mobile phones.

Calls when we are in a meeting, calls when we are with our children, calls when we are having dinner, calls when we are going to bed – when does it end?

Ten a day, then 15, then 20 – it just doesn’t stop.

Join me and sign the petition to pressure the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require that all phone carriers implement into their networks, free of charge, robocall blocking technology to prevent these calls from ever getting to your mobile phone.

We need the FCC to make the necessary regulatory changes on their end and then to start this mandate of the phone carriers.

Many of the hundreds of millions of calls are originating overseas. Companies and scammers are using computer technology to dial literally millions of numbers a day. With the push of a button millions of calls go out through the network at one time.

Furthermore, they are using “spoofing” technology to have those calls come through to our phones as a local call by showing a local area code to try and fool people into picking up.

It is time for the FCC to require phone carriers to develop and implement technology that can detect when a flood of calls are coming through the networks and prevent those calls from ever making it to your mobile phone.

Please sign the petition here, send this along to your friends and family and make our voices heard! The more that sign, the more the FCC will take notice.

In addition to this petition, please reach out to your congressional representative and United States Senator and let them know you have had enough and that you want them to lend their voice by letting the FCC know the robocall insanity must stop!

You can find your Congressional representative’s contact information here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

You can find your United States Senator’s contact information here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

To file complaints and contact the FCC you can do so here: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/stop-unwanted-calls-texts-and-faxes

Lets do our part to stop the insane robocalls now!

Please let me know your personal story with these insane Robocalls in the comment section. Thank You
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Petition · Karmenu Vella: Stop the slaughter of common dolphins by the fishing industry in EU waters · Change.org

Thousands of short-beaked common dolphins are being killed by fishing vessels targeting pelagic fish species in EU Waters. This barbaric practice is referred to as ‘bycatch’by the fishing industry. We are calling on Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for Environment Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, to take urgent action to end this cruel and unnecessary mess slaughter of these highly intelligent and much-loved animals.

https://www.change.org/p/karmenu-vella-stop-the-slaughter-of-common-dolphins-by-the-fishing-industry-in-eu-waters?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=10401740&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAKeZxgAAAAAAWswF7swB7Ws4OTY1MjAxOA%3D%3D

Petition · Justin Trudeau: STOP THE CANADA COMMERCIAL SEAL HUNT: Don’t Seal Their Fate. · Change.org

WE RAISE OUR PAWS TO BRING FORTH URGENCY TO END THE CANADA COMMERCIAL SEAL HUNT — UNITED WE STAND FOR LIFE!

As members of Canadian society, and an animal rights not-for-profit incorporation, we have always believed that Canada has represented itself as a progressive nation — but such progression should not include sacrificing and inhumanely killing innocent life for making profit or products.

I am speaking and bringing to your attention of Canada’s Commercial Seal Hunt, or “Harvest” as even the Federal Fisheries Department has claimed it to be – a definition basically stating that this slaughter and treatment to be mere hunting and collection of commodities that can be used for humanity’s own personal & profit making gain such as fur, seal oil (health supplements) and aphrodisiacs etc.

It is truly a blemish upon the country, when its Government and Fisheries Department continues to defend the nature of such a dying industry, calling it humane and sustainable, and putting forth funding towards the inhumane and cruel suffering and death of innocent life —- where the majority of innocent seals (by the hundreds of thousands) are either shot or clubbed in the head by instruments so that the pelt of such life is not damaged, and that the life suffering and dying are approximately 95 – 98% are 3 weeks to 3 months old.

According to the Federal Fisheries Department Website — The Three-Step Process, which also applies to harvesters with personal use licences is:

Striking – The Seal Harvesters must shoot or strike animals on top of the cranium with either a firearm, club or “hakapik” – a multipurpose hunting tool — wooden club with a hammer head (used to crush seal’s skull) and a hook (used to drag carcass away) on the end.
Checking – the harvesters must palpate both sides of the cranium (left and right) following striking, ensuring that the skull has been crushed — this ensures the seal is irreversibly unconscious or dead.
Bleeding – The harvester must bleed the animal by severing the two axillary arteries located beneath the front flippers and must allow the minimum of one minute to pass before skinning the animal — bleeding ensure the seal is dead.

The much awareness and outrage of not only individuals, but organizations and celebrity endorsements as well has made a huge impact against the commercial seal hunt — even bringing upon bans from other countries against the imports of seal products have caused a collapse in sales.

But even with such impacts, the Canadian Government still funds this industry, and has even increased quotas, despite the decline and collapse in such a market.

We are truly appreciative and thankful to all those who have contributed and supported the efforts in raising awareness and impacts against this issue – Please continue the fight and urge the Canadian Government to finally abandon its efforts to save the commercial seal hunt. Spread and Sign The Petition Today!

https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-stop-the-canada-commercial-seal-hunt-don-t-seal-their-fate?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13094628&grid_position=2&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAMy3ngAAAAAAWswCQzNarRc1ZmFmNWE5ZA%3D%3D

Petition · Honorable Judge Amy Ignatius: 70 Great Danes lives are at risk if Humane Society of the United Staes is granted custody · Change.org

Dane Watchdog started this petition to Honorable Judge Amy Ignatius

The future is at stake for the 70 Great Danes whose future is still uncertain and who are under the current care of HSUS employees. In the hands of HSUS employees, four dogs have already died (9 puppies were taken out of 24/7 care with the owners personal vet before they were two weeks old and put in a shelter. and 2 of those puppies died. They were still being bottle fed as Mother dog was recovering from mastitis). There were two adult Great Danes that died of bloat and the other dogs are still at risk. You could change the future for these dogs by acknowledging this plea to ask that the rest of the dogs (except those that have medical conditions or are old and have been granted to be released to the former owner), to be placed in the 50 homes that are screened and available now. These homes have the experience, knowledge and the means to take care of Great Danes. Great Danes have special needs related to their size, health,daily care and temperaments. These families will offer that to the dogs. If rehoming these dogs is not an option, I would suggest Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or another trusted Great Dane organization that has what it takes to PROPERLY care for these dogs and have the means to do this to be granted custody.

In June of 2017, 84 of these majestic animals were seized from their home. Ten of them have been deemed “unadoptable” due to age and/or medical issues. We ask that they are given to the former owner who will see them through the rest of their lives. The remaining 70 lie in the hands of Honorable Judge Ignatius’s final ruling.

These Great Danes have been living in a warehouse, in a parking lot, confined to 5×10 kennels since they were seized in June of 2017. There are no windows and no area for them to get any kind of exercise or fresh air. Though HSUS is monitoring them daily, (with no night care),these empolyees have little or no experience with this breed and can’t give them the specialized care they need. Many Great Dane rescues will not allow this breed dog toeven be adopted to people/families that don’t have giant breed experience as they know that without this experience many of these dogs will end up back in shelters or worse. I can’t stress how important experience is when dealing with Great Danes. By sending them to homes, shelters, etc with no prior experience, you would be compromising their health and well being. This is VICTIMIZING these dogs! The dogs are not at fault and shouldn’t be treated as victims.

The plan to have HSUS ship the remaining dogs to various parts of the country will cause them further undue stress on already stressed dogs. HSUS would then find foster homes for the remaining 70 dogs, which is a MASSIVE undertaking to find the proper foster homes. This is a waste of valuable time and could cause more deaths and possibly health issues. Again, they are becoming VICTIMS! We ask why they should be put through anymore than they have already endured. This can break the spirit of any animal, especially that of a Great Dane, which are known for their sensitivity, devotion and dependence on a stable family unit. Danes aren’t a dog that can be put in a backyard where there’s no interaction with humans on a daily basis. I can’t stress this enough! The screened families that have offered to do this are available NOW!

We, how have signed this petition are pleading for you, Honorable Judge Ignatius, to place these dogs in homes where they will be taken care of and be able to live out their lives. They deserve HUMANE TREATMENT! To put them in future care of an organization or homes that are uneducated and equipped to handle this breed greatly compromises their fate for a future. Please consider this with utmost thoughts of the best interest of the dogs.

We are most willing to help make this process and tremendous feat go as smoothly as possible.

Picture taken by The Humane Society of the United States

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Petition · Relocate Mernda Mob of innocent kangaroos BEFORE they die! · Change.org

THE AGILE PROJECT started this petition to Department of Environment Land Water & Planning (DELWP)

WE NEED TO BE THE VOICE FOR THESE KANGAROOS!

AUSTRALIA NEEDS TO HELP OUR PRECIOUS NATIVE SPECIES AND STOP WAITING FOR THEM TO DIE!

Once again, human development has trapped a mob of Macropods in a small and unsustainable area, with limited food supply and without access to water.

Many people look forward to visiting Australia because they want to see a wild and healthy population of Kangaroos. But unfortunately, the Mernda/Doreen Mobs in Melbourne have been abandoned and is stuck on land owned by Woolworths, on the corner of Plenty Road and Bridge Inn Road.

Approx. 60 defenceless Roos are stranded and no longer have access to Plenty Gorge. They are trying to survive amongst the construction but it won’t be long until their population starts to decrease from the horrible conditions.

There is another mob stranded between two schools on the corner of Bassetts Rd and Eminence Bld. On top of this, there is also another mob in need of help at 820 Bridge Inn Road as housing development has denied them access to Plenty Gorge Reserved. Wildlife Carers say their numbers have decreased by 50% in the last 12 months!

Wildlife Carers, Conservationists and Ecologists are actively trying to raise awareness to help these roos but ultimately it is up to State Government’s Environmental Department to step-in, take action and save these animals from the horrific conditions they have been forced to face. Thankfully, a local Wildlife Carer campaigned for a “no kill” policy for these mobs of Kangaroos and Whittlesea Council passed the motion.

RSPCA and DELWP have been notified, as this is now a case of severe animal cruelty.

Relocation is the most viable, ethical and successful option in these situations. Translocating 60 kangaroos is far cheaper than the “do nothing” approach. The kangaroos are being displaced by human development and if nothing is done, they will be killed off in accidents with cars. This is not humane and it is very expensive due to all the car insurance claims. There is also the risk of people getting hurt in car accidents with wildlife.

DELWP’s rules regarding translocation:

“Translocation of wildlife requires approval under the Wildlife Act 1975. In assessing translocation proposals, DELWP will consider the likely impact on the welfare of individual animals and the population an individual came from and is added to, and whether these impacts can be managed”.

Humans created this problem, but we ARE the solution! These Kangaroos need to be relocated to a safe and secure location, away from human development and motorists. The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) have the authority to help these animals, through translocation! Please show your support by signing this petition and being the voice for these poor, innocent and defenceless animals. Your signature can help give them a second chance at a fulfilling life.

You can also send a personal email to the Environmental Minister that’s responsible for this area: lily.d’ambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au and be sure to cc-in danielle.green@parliament.vic.gov.au who is the current electorate.
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petition: Rescue Two Abused Dogs From Man Who Dragged Dog With His Car

by: Care2 Team
target: L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster

2,379 SUPPORTERS
10,000 GOAL
A man has been caught on camera taking his two dogs for a walk. So what right? What’s the big deal? Well, when Facebook user Desiree Nicole saw a man walking his dogs with a car she knew that it was a very big deal.

Desiree recorded the man tying one of his two dogs to his car and then driving off. The poor dog tried all he could to keep up the pace while the other dog, which wasn’t attached, ran alongside.

When she finally confronted the man to tell him that his dog wasn’t able to keep up and that he was dragging her. He became “very vulgar and aggressive.” And seemed to show no remorse whatsoever.

According to reports, the man was also spotted throwing one of the dogs to the floor when it refused to get out of his car and kneeing another one.

But despite this blatant show of animal cruelty, officials in Lancaster, California refused to protect the pups. Instead, they insisted that the dogs weren’t injured and the owner just needed to learn “some proper pet care.”

Sorry, but if you haven’t learned that dragging a dog by a car is wrong by the time you are 20 years old, you will never learn. Lancaster officials are leaving these two dogs in the hands of an animal abuser and have neglected their duty to protect by refusing to confiscate the two pooches and give them to a rescue organization.

Please demand that they correct this mistake now. Please sign the petition and ask Lancaster police to take the two abused dogs away and ensure they find loving homes.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/834/385/158/

petition: Tell the Maryland General Assembly to Pass the “Beagle Bill”, Maryland

by: JHU Pet and Animal Welfare Society
target: Maryland General Assembly, JHU President Ronald J. Daniels, and UMD President Wallace Loh, Maryland
9,381 SUPPORTERS in Maryland
111,328 SUPPORTERS
120,000 GOAL

The Humane Adoption of Companion Animals in Research Act simply provides an opportunity for dogs and cats used in research to be adopted into a home once their time at a laboratory has come to a conclusion.

The legislation, often called the Beagle Bill because beagles are the most common breed of dogs used in research, is a common-sense animal protection bill. It does not restrict the research itself; it just requires research institutions to work with willing animal rescue organizations to find homes for pets once they are no longer needed.

Unfortunately, this legislation was defeated in 2017 under opposition from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, but we will not give up. The measure has been reintroduced as HB 732/SB 675, and it is critical that we fight back against the research institutions working to kill the bill.

Please sign our petition urging the Maryland General Assembly to pass the Humane Adoption of Companion Animals in Research Act, and demanding that Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland withdraw their opposition.

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Reality Stars, Trophy Hunters, and Gun Boosters: Meet the Trump Administration’s Wildlife Conservation Council – Mother Jones

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Cecil the lion gained fame after he was killed by Safari Club International member Walter Palmer during a hunt in Zimbabwe. Paula French/ZUMA

The Trump administration has launched a commission at the Interior Department to promote big-game trophy hunting and the “economic benefits that result from US citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting.” The council, which will cost taxpayers $250,000 a year, is charged with making recommendations to Secretary Ryan Zinke about removing barriers to importing trophy hunting animals—such as the recently overturned ban on elephant and lion trophies from some countries—and relaxing legal restrictions on hunting and importing endangered species.

The members of the International Wildlife Conservation Council, which is holding its first meeting Friday, include a reality-TV safari hunting guide, a former beauty queen, gun industry representatives, members and affiliates of a controversial trophy hunting group, and a veterinarian associated with an exotic animal breeding facility in Florida that sells endangered animals to roadside zoos.

“It’s really embarrassing,” says Masha Kalinina, the international trade policy specialist for the wildlife department at the Humane Society International. “I just question the qualifications of each and every one of these people. Notably missing from this trophy hunting council are legitimate representatives of the conservation community with proper scientific credentials and a record of successful conservation programs, along with wildlife law enforcement experts and biologists who have no financial stake in promoting trophy hunting.”

The council’s charter calls hunting “an enhancement to foreign wildlife conservation and survival.” Along with pushing to relax imports of trophy animals, it will also review the way the US complies with an international treaty designed to protect endangered plants and animals that guides regulation of the exotic animal trade. But the membership of the council seems heavily weighted toward people who think the best way to conserve wildlife is to kill it.

Indeed, the country’s largest trophy-hunting lobby seems to have an outsized role on the council. Of the 16 IWCC members, at least 10 have an affiliation with Safari Club International, which represents wealthy big-game hunters who often tangle with the Fish and Wildlife Service over permits to import of game trophies from overseas, particularly for endangered species. The advocacy group, with 50,000 members, frequently lobbies Congress and federal agencies to fight environmental regulations. It sued to overturn the Obama-era ban on importing elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Trump administration ended the ban earlier this month, despite the president’s earlier objections and comments that elephant hunting is a “horror show.”

Perhaps SCI’s most famous member is Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who got into hot water in 2015 for killing a lion named Cecil who lived in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and was being studied by scientists at Oxford University. Palmer was never charged with any crimes, but the killing helped drive public opinion even further against trophy hunting. A Marist poll that year showed that nearly 90 percent of Americans are opposed to big-game hunting, and more than 60 percent believed it should be banned.
The membership of the council seems heavily weighted toward people who think the best way to conserve wildlife is to kill it.

SCI’s political action committee supported President Donald Trump’s election and Zinke’s US House campaigns in Montana. The principal deputy director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Greg Sheehan, who is effectively running the agency in the absence of a congressionally confirmed director, oversees the IWCC. He is an SCI member and attended the group’s convention in Las Vegas last month when it awarded its “professional hunter of the year” honors to a South African man who has been fined for leading hunts of endangered black rhinos.

SCI’s president, Paul Babaz, is now a member of the IWCC. Another SCI-affiliated member, Mike Ingram, was a co-founder of a short-lived nonprofit set up in 2016 by Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr. that was accused of selling access to the president. The Trump brothers themselves are well-known trophy hunters who caused a stir when photos surfaced of them in Zimbabwe with the carcasses of dead trophy animals, including a leopard and an elephant.

Don Jr. appears to be keeping tabs on the new wildlife council. When Cameron Hanes, a professional bow hunter, announced his appointment to the IWCC on Instagram in January, Don Jr. congratulated him, writing, “well done and well deserved. As I’ve spoken about numerous times @realdonaldtrump has always given opportunities to those who deserve it not just those whose turn it is.”

Other members of the council are affiliated with the gun industry, including Peter Horn, a vice president of Beretta and former president of SCI, and Erica Rhoad, the director of hunting at the National Rifle Association.

Befitting the Trump administration, the Interior Department has appointed a number of reality TV stars to the wildlife council. Among them is Ivan Carter, a safari hunting guide and regular speaker at SCI events who’s frequently identified in press accounts as having been born in “Southern Rhodesia,” the former British colony that became Zimbabwe. Carter, who bears a faint resemblance to Crocodile Dundee, has hosted the Dallas Safari Club’s Tracks Across Africa TV show on the Outdoor Channel and his own Outdoor Channel show, Carter’s W.A.R.

Another member, Denise Welker, killed an elephant in Botswana on one of Carter’s safari hunts. She received an award last year from SCI underwritten by the NRA, and her husband is the co-chair of SCI’s Africa record-keeping committee. Then there’s Olivia Nalos Opre, a former Mrs. Nebraska who judges the televised Extreme Huntress competition for female trophy hunters, hosts other hunting shows, and does trainings for the Dallas SCI. Keith Mark, also on the council, co-hosted a hunting show with former professional wrestler Shawn Michaels.

One of the only members of the council who appears to have any scientific expertise is Jenifer Chatfield, a veterinarian who specializes in zoo medicine. But she, too, is not without a business interest in the animal trade. Chatfield is the staff veterinarian and vice president of the 4J Conservation Center in Florida. The private, for-profit center is run by Chatfield’s father, John Chatfield, an exotic animal breeder whose outfit previously sold animals to Texas hunting parks known as “canned ranches,” where people pay large sums to kill endangered animals within the fenced confines of the ranch.

John Chatfield is a co-founder of the Zoological Association of America, a group that offers accreditation to roadside and other private zoos that can’t meet the animal welfare standards of the more rigorous Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal welfare advocates have criticized the ZAA for protecting shady exotic animal breeders. The 4J Conservation Center holds a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service that allows it to trade in captive-born endangered species within the United States. The Department of Agriculture has cited 4J for unsafe and unsanitary conditions that violate the Animal Welfare Act.

“It’s like a puppy mill for lemurs,” says Delcianna Winders, a vice president at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In 2013, a red kangaroo escaped from the 4J center and had to be chased down by state wildlife officials, who shot it with tranquilizer darts. The kangaroo died two hours later. Later, an inventory showed that Chatfield had more than 60 kangaroos in pens on the compound.

The 4J center has loaned lemurs to a Tampa zoo, where Jenifer Chatfield experimented on them. In 2006, she published the results of a study in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine in which the lemurs were anesthetized and given as many as 50 shock treatments to force them to “electroejaculate” for artificial insemination collections. The procedure causes the animals to suffer from a “urethral plug” that can be fatal; these plugs were removed with forceps. Chatfield was testing a technique to prevent the blocks. Two years after the study, the zoo lost its accreditation for, among other things, trading animals with unaccredited facilities.

Reached by phone, Jenifer Chatfield referred questions about her appointment to the council to the Interior Department, which did not respond to a request for comment. John Chatfield could not be reached for comment.

Wildlife conservation and animal welfare groups and more than 60 scientists and economists have written to the Fish and Wildlife Service to protest the council and its membership. They argue that the way it was created violates federal law because of the lack of a balance of perspectives, its potential for capture by special interests, and the absence of public benefits. PETA’s Winders says the council’s creation is “openly defiant of the Federal Advisory Act, which requires a host of things, one of which is balanced representation, and this reads like a who’s who of hunting interests. I think we will see some legal challenges to this committee before long.” Indeed, on Wednesday, the wildlife conservation group Born Free sued the Fish and Wildlife Service for refusing to release documents related to the council’s creation.

Correction: An earlier version of the photo caption in this story stated that Cecil the lion was killed in an illegal hunt. In fact, the hunt has not been found to have broken any laws.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/03/reality-stars-trophy-hunters-and-gun-boosters-meet-the-trump-administrations-wildlife-conservation-council/

Patagonia vs. Donald Trump | GQ

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Patagonia vs. Donald Trump | GQ
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This is not your parents’ fleece-maker. We’re past the old jokes about Patagucci or Fratagonia. Sure, you still see a Synchilla vest on every venture capitalist in Palo Alto; not for nothing does the Jared Dunn character on Silicon Valley possess a Patagonia collection supreme. But the vest also crisscrosses popular culture: DeRay Mckesson, one of the faces of Black Lives Matter, wears Patagonia so often his vest has its own Twitter feed. A$AP Rocky shows up in Snap-T sweaters. Louis Vuitton cribbed its Classic Retro-X jacket for a mountaineering look. Universities from Oregon to Ole Miss are Patagonia-saturated, and meanwhile, vintage finds—the rarest featuring the original “big label” logo—fetch a premium on eBay.

The company’s HQ looks like a cross between a college campus and a recycling center. Solar panels everywhere. Wet suits drying on the roofs of cars—the five-acre spread is a short walk from the beach. The company has an on-site school where employees can enroll their kids through second grade, one of the reasons that Patagonia has near gender parity among employees. Many of its CEOs have been female, including the current one, Rose Marcario. Chouinard writes in his memoir–cum–business bible, Let My People Go Surfing, “I was brought up surrounded by women. I have ever since preferred that accommodation.”

Chouinard was born in Maine but formed in California. The son of a hardworking French-Canadian carpenter, he moved with his family to Burbank, just north of Los Angeles, in 1946, when Chouinard was 8; it was his mother’s idea, to improve his dad’s asthma. In California, Chouinard stood out, not in a good way. He was short, spoke French, and had a name like a girl. He hated school. High school history class was for practicing holding his breath, so he could free-dive deeper to catch wild lobster off Malibu. “I learned a long time ago that if you want to be a winner,” he told me, “you invent your own games.” So he ran away, to Griffith Park to hunt rabbits, the Los Angeles River to catch crawdads. It was a funny wilderness in the Valley—his favorite swimming hole was fed by a movie studio’s film-development lab. “Yeah, I used to swim in the outfall,” he said, cracking up.

Then he discovered climbing. In the 1950s, age 16, Chouinard drove to Wyoming and climbed Gannett Peak, the state’s highest mountain. Soon he met other young climbers, like Royal Robbins and Tom Frost, and migrated to Yosemite, where he lived off scraps—at one point, tins of cat food—and made first ascents up the granite walls. “In the ’60s, it was kind of the height of the fossil-fuel age,” he said. “You could get a part-time job anytime you felt like it. Gas was 25 cents a gallon. You could buy a used car for 20 bucks. Camping was free. It was pretty easygoing.”

Chouinard and his friends would transform rock climbing, helping to bring about the modern “clean” version, where you no longer hammer iron spikes into the cracks to aid your progress. This led to athletes like Caldwell, a Patagonia “climbing ambassador,” pulling off accomplishments no one thought possible—like the first free climb of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall. Chouinard also met his wife of 47 years, Malinda, in Yosemite. At the time, she was a climber who worked as a weekend cabin maid. According to Chouinard, the moment that clinched it was a day they were hanging out and Malinda saw some women pull up and throw a beer can out the window. She told them to pick it up. They gave her the finger. Malinda went over, tore the license plate off their car with her bare hands, and turned it in to the rangers’ office. Chouinard was in love.

Patagonia got its start as Chouinard Equipment, selling the climbing gear that Yvon was making for his friends. The first apparel was equally functional, designed to resist rock: sturdy corduroy trousers, stiff rugby shirts like the ones Yvon brought back from a climbing trip in Scotland. When the clothing started to take off, they decided to separate the garments from the gear; they just needed a good name. As Chouinard explained: “To most people, especially then, Patagonia was a name like Timbuktu or Shangri-la—far-off, interesting, not quite on the map.”

These days, that “far-off” land is thriving. With Marcario at the company, revenue and profits have quadrupled. In addition to clothing, the company produces films, runs a food business, even has a venture-capital fund to invest in eco-friendly start-ups; one, Bureo, makes skateboards and sunglasses from former fishing nets. Along the way, Patagonia began donating 1 percent of its sales to environmental groups—$89 million as of April 2017—and led the garment industry in cleaning up its supply chains, demanding better practices from factories overseas. (Chouinard, his wife, and their two adult children remain the sole owners of Patagonia.)

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WordPress on the Go: Five Ways to Start Using the App

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In “Blogging From Your Phone: A New Year’s Resolution,” Sarah Blackstock challenges herself to blog from the WordPress mobile app in 2018. Some of you may have similar goals to connect with others and write more, and one way to achieve both is by using WordPress on the device that’s always in your pocket. Not sure how to begin? Here are five suggestions.


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Download the iOS or Android app now.

The first place I look when I open my WordPress app is the Notifications tab — the bell-shaped icon on the bottom right. I get excited when I see that orange dot, which means that a reader has liked or commented on one of my posts. The Notifications tab is the quickest way to see who has interacted with your site(s): you can approve, trash, or edit comments, and respond to readers right on…

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