R.I.P Amity – A Sea World Icon

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On Sunday February 10, the news was shared on a cetacean-interest Facebook page that Amity, Sea World Gold Coast’s oldest dolphin had died.  The comments that followed were mostly from people who had known and worked with Amity during their careers, and it was clear that there was a genuine fondness for this captive dolphin.

Amity received her name from the area where she was collected – Amity Banks in Moreton Bay, Queensland.  Estimated to be around 3 or 4 years of age, Amity was  captured sometime in the mid to late 60’s when wild dolphin capture was still legal in Australia.

It is likely that Amity belonged to the resident population in that area, and as a juvenile Australian Humpback dolphin (Sousa sahulensis), she would either have been taken from her mother or would have recently become independent, as calves of this species usually stay with Mums for around…

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The Russian dossier was concocted to frame Trump and conceal the Clinton/DNC/Russian collusion — Truth2Freedom’s Blog

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Bill and Hillary Clinton were and are up to their eyeballs in Russian collusion. All of the roads to the Trump dossier lead directly to them: Christopher Steele: Paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC and who paid Kremlin operatives for the dirt on Trump (Steele shopped the dossier to numerous journalists in the summer of […]

via The Russian dossier was concocted to frame Trump and conceal the Clinton/DNC/Russian collusion — Truth2Freedom’s Blog

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READ THIS SECTION OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL DOCUMENT FROM OCASIO-CORTEZ : IT’S AN INVESTMENT NOT AN EXPENSE

I get phone calls like this that are called scams and emails that land in my spam…. Which makes me want to put her in jail..🤔

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Here below is a section from Cortez’s Green New Deal document.  Written by a true Socialist mind, with less sense than a grade school child.   To sell it; she sounds like a time-share sales person.  It isn’t an expense, it is a “MASSIVE” (HER WORDS) INVESTMENT”; an investment WE would make.   Not going to calling funds gobbling a tax……… nope, an investment.

Read below, just a portion of the document.  Also, here is the link to the document, which I believe Cortez has since removed from her website.  https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5729035/Green-New-Deal-FAQ.pdf

“Why do we need a sweeping Green New Deal investment program? Why
can’t we just rely on regulations and taxes and the private sector to invest
alone such as a carbon tax or a ban on fossil fuels?
 The level of investment required is massive. Even if every billionaire and
company came together and were willing…

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US Senate Targets Those Boycotting Israel; 77 Senators Voted To Throw Away The First Amendment; 23 Voted To Protect

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We need more boycott, divestment and sanctions, not less.

In NAACP vs. Claiborne Hardware Co., it was determined that boycott is protected under the first amendment of the US Constitution:The nonviolent elements of petitioners’ activities are entitled to the protection of the First Amendment… Through exercise of their First Amendment rights of speech, assembly, association, and petition, rather than through riot or revolution, petitioners sought to bring about political, social, and economic change… While States have broad power to regulate economic activities, there is no comparable right to prohibit peaceful political activity such as that found in the boycott in this case.https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/naacp-v-claiborne-hardware-co-boycott-protected-under-first-amendment-of-the-us-constitution/

Are the 77 Senators going to move to Israel? Most are not Jewish. Would they be allowed? Where is America first, as opposed to Israel first? The United States seems to be the only country in the world which puts its own people last…

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Take Action to Help Save the Sunflower Sea Star

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Take Action to Help Save the Sunflower Sea Star

A new study has documented that the sunflower star has been virtually eliminated along a 3,000 mile stretch of coast. A “zombie apocalypse” has been underway beneath the waves since 2013, with “sea star wasting disease” (SSWD) literally dissolving more than 20 species of sea stars into puddles of rotting flesh on the seafloor.

The publication documents how this most important of species, the sunflower star, has rapidly declined because of the combined effects of a devastating disease and climate-driven ocean heat waves. As we continue to burn fossil fuels, massive amounts of heat are being absorbed by the ocean, which is driving extreme temperature events that appear to increase the lethality of SSWD. This one-two punch is not only destroying the sunflower star—but also destroying the kelp forests that provide the foundational structure for an entire ecosystem of ocean species.

Saving what we love—including the sunflower star—will take all of us who do have a voice using it.

Congress must act on climate change. The science is clear, solutions are available here and now, and the ocean must be at the heart of climate action.

Congress must debate and move aggressive climate legislation that will ensure communities and ecosystems are spared the most devastating potential impacts from climate change, and are able to successfully adapt to those they can’t avoid.

That work must start now.

But in addition, Congress can and must take action immediately using the tools we already have. This spring Congress will take up appropriations legislation for the next fiscal year. Those bills must prioritize critical funding for the climate research, coastal resilience, and adaptation programs that are already working to tackle our climate challenges.

Take action today.

https://takeaction.oceanconservancy.org/page/38258/action/1?ea.tracking.id=19LPBCBAXX&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=20190210ClimateAdvocacy&utm_content=20190210-ClimateAA-Prospects-Email1-19LPBCBAXX&ea.url.id=1856064&forwarded=true

US Senator Sanders Investigates $375,000 Price On Old Drug Previously Available For Free

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The drug was invented in Scotland in the 1970s, and has been given away for free by Jacobus pharmaceuticals for 20 years. One need only look at this case to see why medical price caps are essential. Neither individuals nor insurance companies nor the US taxpayer can afford US medical charges. The Canadian system works only because of caps on charges, and not just drug charges. US doctors are gouging too.

The $375,000 would even take a big chunk out of the Catalyst CEO, Patrick J McEnany,’s $900.000 salary. US Senator Sanders explains: “Recently, Catalyst licensed the rights to the drug and received exclusive rights to market Firdapse for seven years under the FDA’s orphan drug designation. In December 2018, Catalyst announced to investors it would set the list price for Firdapse at $375,000 per year

Catalyst was sued by investors in 2013 for failure to disclose the…

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Sign Petition: Octopus Are Extremely Smart, But These Countries Want to Make Them Suffer

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: China, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Mexico, and Chile

41,715 SUPPORTERS – 45,000 GOAL

In the Disney movie “Finding Dory,” audiences fell in love with the scene-stealing octopus named Hank who helped the main character escape from an aquarium. While octopus can’t talk or drive cars, they have been known to be incredible escape artists who often leave fisherman or aquarium workers scratching their heads, wondering where their catch has gone.

That’s because the cephalopod is extremely intelligent. They are capable of figuring out complex puzzles, planning attacks, memorizing landscapes and using tools to survive. This intelligence has convinced many who study the animal that it isn’t just smart, but possibly a conscious being.

This fact has brought many to the conclusion that octopus should no longer be eaten, since eating one would be similar to eating a dolphin, parrot or chimpanzees — all smart animals in their own right.

But others have not gotten the memo. In fact, at this moment scientists in several countries are looking for ways to make underwater octopus farming a reality. If successful, hundreds of thousands if not millions of octopus a year would likely be kept in featureless tanks, without stimuli only to be slaughtered for human consumption.

In order to make any sort of octopus farming profitable, farmers would either have to keep them in small individual tanks or in large enclosures which held multiple animals. But according to a new study that analyzes the costs of the proposed project: “Octopuses are solitary, carnivorous animals badly suited to captivity. Confined in tiny cages, they suffer and die; confined together, they kill each other.” Neither way would likely be up to the humane treatment standards most nations expect their food to be raised.

But it’s not just the idea of factory farming yet another animal — and a smart one at that — that is troubling. The side effects of factory farming octopuses could be our seas as a whole. Just as we exploit thousands of acres of land to produce feed for our cows, industrial farms would require tons of wild caught shellfish and other food for their animals. So quite opposite from relieving the stress on our oceans, it could actually increase it.

Right now, scientists are encouraging nations to stop this inhumane and ecological disaster before it starts by urging them to ban octopus farming now. Doing so would kill demand and stave off an industry that will likely have serious negative effects on our planet.

Please join them, sign the petition and tell the governments of China, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Mexico, and Chile to kill this industry before it starts. Ask them to ban octopus farming.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/752/976/272/

Sign Petition: Threatened Species, Pets and All Fur Bearing Animals Are Cruelly Trapped and Killed!

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Over the past few decades, trapping in California has had a devastating impact on wildlife populations and continues to put furbearing animals, non-target animals, including threatened and endangered species, people and pets at risk.

Sadly, hundreds of furbearing animals continue to be trapped every year in the state for nothing more than their pelts, which are being sold in foreign markets. Not only is this harming individuals animals, and posing a risk to others, it’s also harming local ecosystems — especially when top predators are targeted.

Now, however, conservationists and animal advocates are hopeful that new legislation will end the practice in California for good.

The bill (AB 273), which was just introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, would protect furbearing animals from this cruel and archaic practice by banning commercial trapping in the state.

Not only will it end the suffering of animals who are trapped for their fur, it will also save taxpayers who are currently subsidizing this practice because it’s bringing in far less than what’s being spent to oversee this program. Additionally, it will also help increase wildlife viewing opportunities, which generate far more revenue than trapping does.

While this bill is bound to face opposition, it’s being cosponsored by organizations including the Center for Biological Diversity and Social Compassion in Legislation, and will hopefully garner enough public support to pass.

You can help by signing and sharing this petition urging California lawmakers to protect wildlife by banning commercial trapping throughout the state.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/341/881/149/