Calls to scrap badger cull as Brian May-backed farm declared TB-free

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by Mikey Smith11:30, 28 Oct 2019

The legendary Queen guitarist and animal activist also revealed he has farming in his blood

A Dairy Farm backed by Queen’s Brian May has been declared TB-free, boosting hopes that a way has been found to eradicate the disease without culling badgers.

And the legendary guitarist also revealed he has farming in his blood.

Ministers last month declared fresh plans to slaughter nearly 63,000 badgers across England’s countryside this autumn.

But Gatcombe Farm in Devon, run by farmers Robert and Thomas Reed and their vet Dick Sibley, have been trialling new tests to detect the disease earlier and clamping down on slurry management and farm biosecurity.

The farm had previously been beset by infection and closure. But it has now been granted TB-free status for the first time in six years.

Dr May is appealing to the government to back a series of nationwide trials of the new approach.

Dr May is appealing to government to back nationwide trials

“I believe we now have enough evidence to strongly suggest that the culling is not working,” he said.

“And has no hope of solving the TB problem in cattle.

“And, even more important, we now have an alternative TB eradication strategy which does work, has worked for Robert Reed, and could work for the whole of the UK, and make the bovine TB problem history.“

Dr May said the method used at Gatcombe Farm could eradicate TB from a farm within four years, much faster than the 25 year estimate for the Badger Cull.

Dr May has long been accused of being “anti-farmer” in his opposition to the badger cull, something he strongly denies.

He said: “If I were anti-farming, why would I have spent so much time over the last five years trying to help a Devon dairy farmer?

“As part of the Gatcombe team, I’ve had a hand in transforming a chronically infected farm into a TB free zone – a major achievement in these times.”

He added: “Interestingly, and it’s not something I’ve ever revealed before, five generations ago, my ancestors were dairy farmers in Devon and in Dorset.

“Perhaps my involvement in this very fraught situation was somehow meant to be.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Bovine TB remains one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK, causing devastation for hard-working farmers and rural communities.

“There is no single measure that will provide an easy answer to beating the disease.

“That is why we are pursuing a range of interventions to eradicate the disease by 2038, including tighter cattle movement controls, regular testing and vaccinations.”

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Stop oil and gas development from harming Alaska’s wildlife – Defenders of Wildlife

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Alaska’s wildlife is in jeopardy. A newly proposed development by oil giant ConocoPhilips would build a huge oil field with hundreds of oil wells that would impact critical polar bear habitat and protected lands in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the development, but they’re rushing through the process to open up leasing as quickly as possible, with little regard for the harm this development could bring to local wildlife.

Tell the BLM: Don’t turn a blind eye to wildlife!

Dear BLM State Director Chad Padgett,

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    I am writing to you with significant concerns about BLM’s Willow Master Development Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the proposed Willow oil and gas development located in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A). In particular, I am concerned about the Willow development’s proposed size and proximity to some of the most valuable wildlife habitat in America’s Arctic found adjacent in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area and Arctic Ocean, and its impacts to polar bear critical habitat. I am also concerned that the analyses and decision-making around this very significant development is happening virtually in tandem with BLM revising its overall management plan for the NPR-A, the Integrated Activity Plan, where the size and protections of established Special Areas may be changed.

ConocoPhillips has proposed developing a major industrialized zone, including up to five drill sites of up to 50 wells each, a central processing facility, an operations center pad, miles of gravel and ice roads, pipelines (including under the Colville River), a gravel mine just west of the community of Nuiqsut, and a gravel island in Harrison Bay. This human-made, modular island just off-shore and north-east of the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area would impact polar bear critical habitat and likely would also impact to threatened ice seals and whales. These species are already experiencing significant effects from climate change and other oil and gas activities in the Alaskan Arctic. The DEIS understates impacts to polar bears and seals, and completely omits impacts to cetaceans including listed bowhead and beluga whales.

I urge BLM to slow this analysis process down to make sure that the agency is getting sufficient public input; properly analyzing issues raised by a cross-section of stakeholders; and especially sufficiently analyzing impacts to imperiled polar bears, ice seals, whales and other wildlife.

Sincerely,
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Sign Petition: Two of this Zoo’s Three Elephants Have Died in Less Than One Year.

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Commerford Zoo

If you type in RW Commerford & Sons in Google Maps, it will take you to a small zoo in Connecticut. The park has a horrific rating of 1.5 stars and once you do a little digging it isn’t hard to see why. The zoo has been cited by the USDA for several animal welfare violations over the years and has earned the ire of animal rights advocates for its treatment of three elephants in their custody – Karen, Beulah, and Minnie.

At least they did have three elephants. Several outlets reported that two of their three pachyderms have died in less than a year. Now the infamous traveling circus just has one. Karen, died earlier this year and Beulah, the famous 54-year-old female which had been held captive by the Commerford family for more than 40 years passed away in September.

Beulah, without even knowing it, had been at the forefront of the fight for rights for elephants in the state of Connecticut where lawyers were working to earn her and other elephants’ legal personhood.

The elderly elephant died as she lived, a prisoner and a tool for the Commerford Zoo to line their pockets of money made by making her suffer. She collapsed at the Big E Fair in neighboring Massachusetts. Now Minnie is the last elephant at the Commerford Zoo and it is only a matter of time until she too passes away without ever knowing freedom.

The owners of the Commerford Zoo should be ashamed of themselves. Elephants are intelligent, sentient beings that have no business in zoos. Nor do other animals for that matter because captivity is cruel.

It’s time to stand up and say enough is enough. Sign the petition and demand that R.W. Commerford & Sons give Minnie a fighting chance at a happy life. Tell them to give her to a reputable animal sanctuary where she can be free.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/553/363/364/?TAP=1732

“Desperate search for missing 14-year-old girl”

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Aborted Fetal Cells in Your Coffee Creamer and Wrinkle Cream?

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Yesterday I read that the scalps of aborted babies are being sold to companies to help find out what causes male pattern baldness. Needless to say, this made me physically sick.  I think that selling the bodies and parts of aborted babies has to be the most wicked and evil thing humans can do.

Do these people have no consciences?

I originally wrote this article in 2016.  I will update information as I am able.

I have been tracking companies for years who have been using the cells of aborted babies in their products. I know this is horrifying and sounds more like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, but I’m sorry to have to tell you that it’s true.

I have been able to get an updated list as of June 2016. Some of the companies have ceased this monstrous practice (I have listed those); although I’m sure it…

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes PACT Act to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Felony!

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By Sharon Vega

For a long time, animal rights activists have been working hard for a federal animal cruelty law. Animal cruelty is only prosecuted on the state level in the United States. Animals should be protected from violence from humans, and defending animals from abuse also protects humans. There is a very strong and well known correlation between cruelty to animals and violence to humans. Studies have found that victims of domestic violence report that their abusers also harmed or threatened their pets. Other studies have also found that in homes where child abuse was found, there was also animal cruelty.

The state of Virginia was ahead of the curve seven months ago when they made animal cruelty a felony after the horrific tragic incident involving a dog named Tommie, who was cruelly burned alive. However, there was still no law on the federal level. But now there is hope. In the past, the U.S. House of Representatives has never voted to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, H.R. 724. That changed yesterday, on October 22nd when they did indeed finally vote to pass the Act!

Now that the bill has been passed by the House, it will go onto the Senate, where it is almost certain it will pass because it has in the past. Then it will go on to the President. Organizations like Animal Wellness Action believe it will be signed into law! As explained by Animal Wellness Action, the PACT Act would “make it a federal crime to torture an animal ‘in the special maritime time and territorial jurisdiction of the United States’ and in cases where acts of intentional cruelty affect interstate or foreign commerce.”

Representative Ted Deutch says: “This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals. We’ve received support from so many Americans from across the country and across the political spectrum. Animal rights activists have stood up for living things that do not have a voice. Law enforcement officers have sought a federal overlay to help them stop animal abusers who are likely to commit acts of violence against people. And animal lovers everywhere know this is simply the right thing to do. I’m deeply thankful for all of the advocates who helped us pass this bill, and I look forward to the Senate’s swift passage and the President’s signature.”

Another important aspect of animal cruelty covered by this bill is bestiality (sexual abuse of animals). This horrible act of cruelty was also punished on the state level, and in many states was not even illegal. But with the passage of this bill, those disgusting acts will not go unpunished.

To learn more animal cruelty, please see How to Identify Animal Abuse and Neglect and What to Do If You Suspect Cruelty and Should Animal Abuse be Considered a Violent Crime?

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/house-of-representatives-pact-act-make-animal-cruelty-federal-felony/

Sign Petition: 80,000 Seal Pups Are Going to be Murdered!

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Namibian Government

There is a mass murder of seal pups going on right now in Namibia! The purpose? To steal their penises to use in sex potions for the Chinese market.

Please sign on to stop this tragic massacre!

The seals are killed by first getting separated from their mothers, then either being struck with a club or shot point blank. The babies must be so scared in those last moments of their lives, away from their mothers, obviously facing danger. But sometimes the first blow doesn’t even kill them, meaning they are slowly bludgeoned to death by merciless humans.

They are literally killing baby seals to cut off their genitals and sell them. These poor baby seals and their grieving families don’t deserve the terror and tragedy they are experiencing and we have the power to save them from it.

Sign on today to tell Namibia to stop these people from clubbing baby seals to death!

Namibian authorities say it’s a necessary cull, but that’s debateable. What’s not debateable is that the cruel way these babies are murdered is inhumane. This is the largest murder of marine animals on the planet and we must stop it.

Sign Petition

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Drought causes more than 100 elephant deaths in Botswana

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Gaborone (Botswana) (AFP) – More than 100 elephants have died in two months in Botswana’s Chobe National Park due to drought, which has also affected wildlife in other countries in the region, the government said Tuesday.

Several southern African countries are enduring one of the worst droughts in decades, caused by months of over-average temperatures and erratic rainfall.

The drought has wilted grasslands and dried up water holes, making it increasingly difficult for animals to survive.

Botswana’s environment ministry said it has recorded a spike in the number of elephant and other animal deaths since May.

“More than one hundred elephants are estimated to have died naturally in the past two months,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that 13 deaths were recorded just this week.

In neighbouring Zimbabwe, Its wildlife agency has recorded at least 55 elephant deaths over the past month due to lack of food and water.

Preliminary investigations in Botswana have also suggested some of the elephants may have died from anthrax.

“Due to the severe drought, elephants end up ingesting soil while grazing and get exposed to the anthrax bacteria spore,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The animals are also travelling long distances in search of food which leaves some highly emaciated, ending in death.”

Anthrax is an infectious disease found naturally in soil. It is generally contracted by herbivores and is a common cause of death for both wild and domestic animals around the world.

The environment ministry said it would be burning “anthrax related carcasses” to prevent the disease from spreading to other animals.

It warned the public not to touch any animal carcasses they might find and report them to the authorities.

https://news.yahoo.com/drought-causes-more-100-elephant-deaths-botswana-164006451.html

Atomic Kittens?

I don’t know what to think about this.  I love cats and have myself seen cats going in and out of the Sellafield site.  A friend who worked at Sellafield some years ago said when the cats got too many they were culled ….but then there was a problem with rats and mice.

Surely Sellafield can have cats on site that are neutered and fed by the Sellafield workers without it getting to this level?

“Workers have fed hundreds of feral cats over the years.”

Animal charities are bearing the brunt of the nuclear industry’s negligence  with an influx of Sellafield cats being sent to animal charities for rehoming after making sure they are “safe”.  Goodness knows what happens to the “active” cats.

When a family of deer were trapped in the outer perimeter fence of Sellafield five years ago the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority would not release the deer to…

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Petition: Feds to Round Up America’s Most Iconic Wild Horse Herd… Say no!

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The Onaqui wild horses near Salt Lake City, Utah, are among the most famous and widely-photographed wild horses in the world. These horses have been protected for 48 years, but now the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a brutal roundup and removal of 80% of these horses. Our nation would lose a priceless natural wonder, and these horses would lose their freedom and family bands forever.

Sign and share today to stop the BLM from cruelly rounding up the Onaqui wild horses.

The Onaqui horses are beloved neighbors in the Utah community, and their loss would be devastating: both to the economy — they are a popular ecotourism resource — and to the people of Utah. In fact, several of these horses have become so well-known, they’ve been given names – like the beloved “Old Man”, a 28-year-old stallion uncommonly enjoying his elder years with the herd.

The roundups are also devastatingly cruel — using helicopters to run horses and sometimes even foals (babies) for miles until they’re exhausted. Many break limbs, crash into fences and die of exhaustion. Moreover, animal loving taxpayers are unknowingly paying millions for this abuse. While proven, humane, and cost-effective management solutions already exist. In fact, the American Wild Horse Campaign has offered to work with the BLM to create and fund a proven fertility control program.

Tell the BLM to stop the roundup and removal of the Onaqui horses. We want them protected and preserved on our public lands now and for generations to come.

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How to enable Twitter ‘Lights Out’ dark mode on Android – 9to5Google

Since the unveiling of Android 10, dark mode has been one of the most hotly requested features for almost every app. As of today, Twitter is finally rolling out their AMOLED-black “Lights Out” dark mode on Android, but you might need a trick to enable it. On those platforms, Twitter has long offered a dark mode which replace the blinding white background with a more subdued blue hue. Twitter for Android and iOS even allow this dark mode to be triggered automatically based on sunset.

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University dumps professor who found polar bears thriving despite climate change

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By Valerie Richardson

Nobody has done more to sink the claim that climate change is endangering polar bears than zoologist Susan Crockford — and she may have paid for it with her job.

After 15 years as an adjunct assistant professor, Ms. Crockford said the University of Victoria rejected without explanation in May her renewal application, despite her high profile as a speaker and author stemming from her widely cited research on polar bears and dog domestication.

Ms. Crockford accused officials at the Canadian university of bowing to “outside pressure,” the result of her research showing that polar bear populations are stable and even thriving, not plummeting as a result of shrinking Arctic sea ice, defying claims of the climate change movement.

Her dismissal, which she announced Wednesday in a post on her Polar Bear Science blog, has spurred alarm over the implications for academic freedom and the rise of the “cancel culture” for professors and scientists who challenge climate catastrophe predictions.

“When push came to shove, UVic threw me under the bus rather than stand up for my academic freedom,” said Ms. Crockford, who earned a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies, specifically biology and anthropology, in 2004.

Ms. Crockford cited numerous instances of the university promoting her interviews and work, including her participation in a 2007 PBS “Nature” documentary about dog domestication and evolution, as well as her appearances at K-12 schools and adult groups for 10 years through the University of Victoria Speakers Bureau.

That supportive climate changed two years ago. In May 2017, her lectures were shut down after the speakers bureau received a complaint about her “lack of balance,” which “I believe poisoned support I might have expected from colleagues in the department,” she said.

“The speakers’ bureau incident made it clear the administration had no intention of protecting my academic freedom against complaints from outside the university,” Ms. Crockford said in an email to The Washington Times.

UVic Associate Vice President Michele Parkin responded with a letter challenging the assertion that Ms. Crockford was let go for “telling school kids politically incorrect facts about polar bears.” She was referring to a recent headline in the National Post of Toronto.

“There is no evidence to suggest that Dr. Crockford’s adjunct appointment was not renewed for ‘telling school kids politically incorrect facts about polar bears,’” said Ms. Parkin. “The University of Victoria, in both word and deed, supports academic freedom and free debate on academic issues.”

The statement fell short of denying that Ms. Crockford’s dismissal was linked to her polar bear scholarship, which almost single-handedly blew up the climate change movement’s promotion of the bears as iconic victims of anthropogenic global warming.

Her books include “The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened,” published in February, in which she said the bears are not threatened. She noted that the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s 2015 Red List of Threatened Species puts polar bear numbers at 22,000 to 31,000 despite a widespread belief that the population has dropped to a few thousand.

‘Cancel culture’ and academic freedom

Marc Morano, author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change,” said situations like Ms. Crockford’s have become “all too common in the climate debate.”

He cited examples of prominent scientists who “came out” as skeptics only after retiring.

“Professor after professor has been hounded, silenced, censured or fired for speaking out against the approved man-made climate crisis narrative,” Mr. Morano said. “The message to any climate dissenters in academia is once again reinforced: Stay silent with your skepticism or risk endangering your career.”

University of Victoria economics professor Cornelis van Kooten warned of the threat to free speech on campus. “I think the climate change movement has done extreme harm to academic freedom,” he said, and the movement isn’t alone.

“Put it this way: religion, race, evolution, gender, indigenous peoples, nuclear power, polar bears, deforestation. … Any views on these topics that don’t fall in line with the ‘consensus’ are taboo,” Mr. van Kooten said in an email. “Think the extent to which free speech has been banned from campuses across much of the West in the name of political correctness.”

In her letter, UVic’s Ms. Parkin noted that adjunct professors are unpaid, meaning “Dr. Susan Crockford’s work can carry on without this appointment,” but Ms. Crockford said losing the university position will harm her ability to secure grant funding.

“No one suggested funds were involved,” she said. “The point is that I will not be able to apply for research grants and in most cases will be unable to collaborate with colleagues on their research projects without a university affiliation.”

Ms. Crockford has drawn the ire of environmental activists and scientists with whose views she disagrees, based in part on her associations with climate skeptical organizations such as The Heartland Institute and the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Her Polar Bear Science blog came under fire in a 2017 study in the journal BioScience by 14 academics, including Penn State climatologist Michael E. Mann, decrying the influence of “denier blogs,” which Georgia Tech professor emeritus Judith Curry blasted as “absolutely the stupidest paper I have ever seen published.”

Heartland spokesman Jim Lakely slammed Ms. Crockford’s dismissal as “outrageous, an affront to academic freedom, and a new, troubling step in modern #cancelculture,” adding that “all honest scientists should take up her cause.”

“The people who oppose her, and those who dismissed her, are not interested in science, but pushing political dogma,” Mr. Lakely said in an email. “This is a sad day for academic freedom and science, not dogma, ruling our public discourse.”

Now on a European speaking tour, Ms. Crockford, a co-founder of Pacific Identifications, said her critics should know that her loss of adjunct status will primarily discourage her work on “speciation and domestication mechanisms in evolution,” not polar bears.

“What a lack of academic affiliation has not done — and cannot do — is stop me from investigating and commenting on the failures and inconsistencies of science that I see in published polar bear research papers and reflected in public statements made by polar bear specialists,” she said. “I am still a former adjunct professor and I will not be silenced.”

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Who let the dogs out…

Looks like it’s a two-for-one Sunday… hope you enjoy both!

 

Dejan needs our help to build a winter shelter and to find forever homes for 600 dogs he has rescued

Photographer Documented The Friendship Between A Grey Wolf And A Brown Bear

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By. Ran

Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen captured the amazing sight of a female grey wolf and a male brown bear. The unlikely friendship was documented over the course of ten days in 2013. The duo was captured walking everywhere together, hunting as a team and sharing their spoils.

Each evening after a hard of hunting the pair shared a convivial deer carcass meal together at the dusk in the wilderness.

Image Credit & More Info: kesava | wildfinland.org.

They hung out together for at least 10 days.

“It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this” Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen, told the Daily Mail in 2013 when he took these surprising photos. “From what I could find, it’s actually the first time, at least in Europe, where such a friendship was developed.”

“No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends,” Lassi continued. “I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone…It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see.”

Lassi’s guess is as good as any, as there are no scientific studies on the matter, and it is very hard to find such cases – especially in the wild.

“It seems to me that they feel safe being together,” Lassi adds.

The duo comes from two species that are meant to scare everything the meet. However, this male bear and female wolf clearly see each other as friends, focusing on the softer side in one another and eat dinner together.

The two friends were also seeing playing!

The heart touching pictures of the unusual duo was captured by nature photographer Lassi Rautiainen, in the wilderness of northern Finland.

Rare pictures depict the bear and the wolf sharing a meal in leisure!

The friendship looks like something straight out of a Disney movie.

Nature never ceases to amaze us. While scientists are baffled by the unusual friendship, the pair seems to be enjoying each other’s company.

“No one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends,” said Lassi. “I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone”.

The friends were seen meeting up every night for 10 days straight.

https://whatzviral.com/photographer-documented-the-friendship-between-a-grey-wolf-and-a-brown-bear/

UVic bows to outside pressure and rescinds my adjunct professor status

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As you may have heard, this summer I lost my status as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada (UVic), a position I had held for 15 years. This action followed my expulsion from the roster of the university’s volunteer Speakers Bureau in May 2017. However, until April 2017 the university and the Anthropology department proudly promoted my work, including my critical polar bear commentary, which suggests someone with influence (and perhaps political clout) intervened to silence my scientific criticism.

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Journalist Donna LaFramboise has exposed this travesty in the National Post (16 October 2019), which you can read here. I have provided more background below and Donna’s blog post is here.

Losing my adjunct status

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Why & How Does a Web Site in Chinese & an Immigration Lawyer from Georgia Have Info on Durbin’s Alleged “RELIEF” for Immigrants Act Before the Bill is Introduced?

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WAKE UP AMERICANS!
URGENT: AMERICANS CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS!
United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121
How to contact your officials: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
NO TO DURBIN’S “RELIEF” FOR IMMIGRANTS ACT.
NO TO S386 (INDIA FIRST ACT).
NO TO ANY BILL WHICH LIFTS PER COUNTRY GREEN CARD CAPS.
NO TO ANY BILL WHICH INCREASES GREEN CARDS.

VOTERS WANT LESS MIGRATION NOT MORE WHEN THEY ARE TOLD THE ACTUAL NUMBERS! THIS INCLUDES IN ILLINOIS, WHICH DURBIN’S SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT: https://www.numbersusa.com/sites/default/files/public/Voters_Want_Less_Immigration1.pdf

How and why does a web site written in Chinese know about a bill that US Senator Durbin will supposedly introduce, before it is introduced? As well, a slick immigration lawyer from Georgia – Charles Kuck – who looks like a used car salesman or an Elmer Gantry type preacher and makes a long, boring and annoying as hell “Immigration Hour” podcast show, which touts immigration increases, had the low-down…

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We’ve all been there…

20 New Moons Found Around Saturn, Snagging Satellite Record from Jupiter

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By Mindy WeisbergerOctober 12, 2020

Saturn has overtaken Jupiter as the solar system’s satellite king.

Astronomers just discovered 20 previously unknown Saturn moons, boosting the ringed planet’s tally of known satellites to 82 — three more than Jupiter. And there’s more exciting news: You can help name these newfound objects.

All 20 moons are tiny, measuring about 3 miles (5 kilometers) across. Seventeen of them have retrograde orbits, meaning they move around Saturn in the opposite direction to the planet’s rotation. These 17 all take more than three Earth years to complete one Saturn lap, and the most far-flung one is the most distant Saturn satellite known, discovery team members said.

Photos: courtesy of Scott Shepherd

The discovery images for the newly found very distant prograde moon of Saturn. They were taken on the Subaru telescope with about one hour between each image. The background stars and galaxies do not move, while the newly discovered Saturnian moon, highlighted with an orange bar, shows motion between the two images.

One of the three newly discovered “prograde” moons has an orbital period of more than three Earth years, while the other two complete one lap every two years or so.

The 17 retrograde moons appear to belong to the “Norse group” of Saturn satellites, which share the same basic orbital parameters. The two innermost prograde objects align with the “Inuit group,” and the outermost prograde moon among the new finds may belong to the “Gallic group,” but that’s unclear at the moment, researchers said.

Each of these satellite groups is likely evidence of a long-ago impact that destroyed a larger moon that had been orbiting in that general area.

“This kind of grouping of outer moons is also seen around Jupiter, indicating violent collisions occurred between moons in the Saturnian system or with outside objects such as passing asteroids or comets,” Scott Sheppard, of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., said in a statement today (Oct. 7) announcing the discovery.

This illustration shows the orbits of 20 newfound moons of Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82 moons.

(Image credit: Illustration: Carnegie Institution for Science. Saturn image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. Starry background courtesy of Paolo Sartorio/Shutterstock)

Sheppard led the discovery team. He and his colleagues — David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Jan Kleyna of the University of Hawaii — found the Saturn moons using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.

“Using some of the largest telescopes in the world, we are now completing the inventory of small moons around the giant planets,” Sheppard added. “They play a crucial role in helping us determine how our solar system’s planets formed and evolved.”

For example, the newfound moons’ existence suggests that the impacts that created them occurred after Saturn was fully formed, Sheppard said. The gas giant was surrounded by a disk of dust and gas as it was taking shape. If these tiny moons had to plow through all that material on their way around Saturn, friction would have sapped their speed and sent them spiraling into the planet.

Sheppard discovered a dozen Jupiter moons last year, and the Carnegie Institution organized a public contest to name five of those worlds. If you missed that competition, don’t worry: You now have another chance.

“I was so thrilled with the amount of public engagement over the Jupiter moon-naming contest that we’ve decided to do another one to name these newly discovered Saturnian moons,” Sheppard said. “This time, the moons must be named after giants from Norse, Gallic or Inuit mythology.”

All 20 newfound Saturn moons are fair game for naming. If you’re interested, submit your proposal by tweeting @SaturnLunacy from now until Dec. 6. Include your reasoning and the hashtag #NameSaturnsMoons.

https://www.space.com/saturn-20-newfound-moons-naming-contest.html?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8635&utm_content=20191013_SDC_Newsletter+-+adhoc+&utm_term=3223716&m_i=%2B9Rb2lyEhhela8ObzJOXMdo6sk8iSwv7CcFDOvkw4pRSbcX1Wdjz4qbvrqsRhMS_aBJ22aJXBgvViaL7u8HUJr8bYys1Cxk%2B%2Bh

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Animal Abuse Link to Domestic Violence Highlighted As Cruelty Cases Rise in Michigan

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Coinciding with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Michigan State Police (MSP) have released data showing a huge rise in the number of animal abuse reports in the state.

Incidents of reported animal cruelty in Michigan soared from 93 in 2016, to 202 in 2017 and 297 in 2018 — an increase of a staggering 301% in just three years. In addition, animal abuse crimes rose by about 100 cases annually in the same time period, according to MSP’s Michigan Incident Crime Report, “Crime at A Glance.”

These rising figures are worrying in themselves, but there is further concern because animal abuse has been linked to domestic violence, with individuals who hurt animals being far more likely to carry out domestic violence offenses as well as other violent crimes.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says there is a clear link between these two areas of crime, it explains that individuals who abuse their partners frequently have a history of animal abuse that precedes their domestic violence offenses. It also highlights the fact that “abusers demonstrate power and control over the family by threatening, harming or killing animals.”

In its “Pets And Domestic Violence” report, the organization states that 13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence, and a massive 71% of pet owners who enter a shelter say their abuser had previously threatened, hurt or murdered a family pet. In addition, the investigation of reported animal cruelty within a household often leads to social services discovering hidden domestic abuse in that household.

If you need help regarding animal cruelty or domestic abuse, you can contact the American Humane Association on 303-792-9900 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline on 1-800-799-SAFE.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/animal-abuse-link-to-domestic-violence-highlighted-as-cruelty-cases-rise-in-michigan/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Disabled Dog Abducted and Found Dead Deserves Justice – Animal Petitions

Zorra, a partially paralyzed husky mix and an emotional support dog was in a locked car with the air on and parked in handicap parking outside the convenience store while Zorra’s guardian went in to pick up a bag of ice, a illegal immigrant stole the car, after a massive search they found the car and Zorra dead. Demand that justice be served for this helpless animal victim.

Source: Disabled Dog Abducted and Found Dead Deserves Justice – Animal Petitions

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#StopS386: Asian-Indian Elites Marching in Chicago Against Diversity; Counter-Protests for American Workers & Diversity Planned; Americans Call & Write Your Senators-Representatives

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Upper-Dominant caste migrants from India (elites), and other foreigners (aka ROW-rest of the world), are making their voices heard on critically important proposed changes to US immigration policy. Are you?

Americans call and write your US Senators to oppose S386 and any similar or related bills. Call Senator Durbin and thank him for blocking S386, but state an emphatic no to his proposal for increase in green card numbers. https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&Sort=ASC
Oppose the removal of the per country green card caps, oppose the doubling of family joining caps, AND oppose any expansion in green card numbers. The purpose of the caps is to have diversity, which allows immigrants to become Americans. It keeps one group from monopolizing immigration. Year-long public hearings, allowing Americans to be heard, and debate are needed. There are rumors that it may be sneaked into a DHS appropriations bill. Don’t be fooled, H1B “speciality occupation”…

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Sign the Petition save the Antioch lambs

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David Nibert started this petition to Tom Manley – President of Antioch College

Antioch College, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA, recently has changed its curriculum and now operates a farm with numerous animals, including nine young lambs. Currently the college is using the lambs as “living lawnmowers” in a field of solar panels, but later this summer the college will kill the lambs and feed them to students. The use and impending death of the lambs is hailed by the college as a lesson in the production of “real” food.

But the lambs are not carrots and turnips. Allowed to live their full lives these lambs can live 15 years, but Antioch College plans to kill them while they are very young. Rather than teaching students to respect life and to produce sustainable plant-based food, students are being taught that living beings are disposable and replaceable. Next year, they plan to do this all again with another group of innocent lambs.

By signing this petition, you are calling on Antioch College to release these lambs to area sanctuaries, where they can be spared the horrors of the slaughterhouse and where they can live out their natural lives in peace. You also are calling on Antioch College to focus on educating students in the production of plant-based food and to stop the use and oppression of any animals on the Antioch farm.

https://www.change.org/p/tom-manley-president-of-antioch-college-save-the-antioch-lambs

‘Miracle’ Dog Rescued After Weeks Trapped Under A Pile of Rubble from Hurricane

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In a heartening story of survival against the odds, a dog who was trapped for over three weeks in debris left by the destructive force of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has been found alive by an animal rescue organization.

Named Miracle by his rescuers, the emaciated, weak and frightened dog was discovered wedged under an air conditioning unit and building debris in Marsh Harbour on the Abaco Islands by members of Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

The organization was alerted to Miracle’s desperate situation on Friday, October 4 and immediately employed drones and recovery teams to locate and save him. After detecting a small area of heat among the rubble, the team managed to uncover the dog and rush him back to their HQ, where Miracle received lifesaving treatment and food.

On its Facebook page the rescue organization gave an update on Miracle’s condition: “We are taking care of our Miracle baby at Big Dog Ranch Rescue. He has a long road to recovery, but for now, he is comfortable, and he is eating and gaining a bit of strength! He is anemic, heartworm-positive, very weak, and he cannot walk on his own… The poor baby fought for his life over there — surviving on rain water from the storm for weeks!”

Big Dog Ranch Rescue has so far saved 138 dogs from the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, some of whom had become separated from their carers as they evacuated the area. Happily, many of these canine survivors have been reunited with their worried owners.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/miracle-dog-rescued-after-weeks-trapped-under-a-pile-of-rubble-from-hurricane/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

PETITION: Pass Braveheart’s Law to Give Abused Animals A Voice in Court

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PETITION TARGET: Rep. Allen Skillicorn

Braveheart was discovered with her right ear cut in half, a swollen muzzle and bite wounds covering her face and body. She was one of 11 dogs living among filth and excrement at the home of a convicted animal abuser.

After their rescue, Braveheart and her canine companions had nobody to fight for them. So they languished in a shelter for months, unable to even be fostered into loving homes. Her abuser made a plea deal and only received 18 months of probation.

Braveheart’s Law, a potential new bill in Illinois, could help protect dogs like her by allowing state courts to assign pro bono lawyers or law students to advocate for cats and dogs in animal cruelty cases, finally giving the animals a voice in the legal system.

State Representative Allen Skillicorn reportedly may propose Braveheart’s Law in January 2020. Please speak out to show your support and help this crucial legislation pass!

Other states have introduced similar laws. Desmond’s Law was enacted in Connecticut in 2016, and animal advocates say they have seen stiffer penalties for abusers since then.

Franky’s Law was proposed in Maine this year.

Every animal victim of abuse deserves a voice in court.

Sign this petition to let Rep. Skillicorn know that you fully support Braveheart’s Law, and eagerly await the introduction — and passage — of this important bill.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-pass-bravehearts-law-to-give-animals-a-voice-in-illinois-courts/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email