Save American sage grouse, petition


From eNature in the USA:

Save the Greater Sage-Grouse. Sign Our Petition To Protect An Iconic American Bird! Take action today!

Greater sage grouse

These majestic birds are in rapid decline becaus their prairie habitat is being rapidly developed.

Please sign our petition encouraging measures to protect the sage grouse’s nesting habitat!

Dear Friend,

The Greater sage-grouse, one of America’s most spectacular birds, celebrated for its fascinating mating dance, lives its entire life in the wide open spaces of the American West, from the Dakotas to California. The sage-grouse’s sagebrush habitat is also home to a variety of magnificent wildlife, including elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and golden eagles. But these uniquely American birds face dire threats.

You can help protect our remaining sage-grouse by signing this petition!

Greater sage grouse

Sage grouse populations have plummeted during the last century because more than half its sagebrush habitat has been lost or degraded due to unbalanced management of our Western lands.

However, there is hope….

The Bureau of Land Management is creating management plans to guide conservation of the sage-grouse and its sagebrush habitat throughout the West. It will take President Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the BLM, and Western state governors working together to ensure that the BLM’s final plans provide adequate, meaningful protections while allowing responsible development.

Will you sign our petition urging action to protect our remaining Greater sage grouse?

Please urge President Obama and other decision-makers to protect the remaining healthy sagebrush habitat across our public lands for the greater sage-grouse and other wildlife that make their home in these remarkable places.

So please sign this petition. President Obama, Secretary Jewell and others need to know we ALL believe that these birds and their habitat deserve protection.

Thank you for your help– it really can help make a difference! While it may seem like “inside baseball”, the collaborative approach our petition seeks is the ONLY way that we can find a way for grouse and humans to thrive together.

Sincerely,

Robin McVey

Robin McVey
Public Editor, eNature.com

Take action today!

P.S. eNature and Care2.com have teamed up to send periodic updates providing folks ways to help protect America’s wildlife. Please get involved by signing our petition today!

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Video of US President Roosevelt walking


This video from the USA says about itself:

15 mei 2014

Jimmie DeShong motion picture film featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt arriving by car and walking to stands during the July 7, 1937 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.

1937, black and white, 8mm, silent
Running Time: [02:51]
Production: James (Jimmie) DeShong Home Movie
From: Audio-Visual Collection (MG 254), M0254_0000_0000_0001, Pennsylvania State Archives
Copyright: 2014 PA State Archives

Identifiable players and other figures in order as they appear at Griffith Stadium

July 7, 1937 All-Star Baseball Game players and dignitaries:
Joe McCarthy – manager of American League team
Jo-Jo Moore – NY Giants
Charlie Gehringer – Tigers
Lefty Grove – Red Sox
Spud Chandler – Yankees #13
Lou Gehrig – Yankees #4
Jimmie Foxx – Red Sox
Lefty Gomez – Yankees
Red Rolfe – Yankees
Hank Greenberg – Tigers
Beau Bell – St. Louis Browns
Sam West – St. Louis Browns
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis – Commissioner of Baseball
Eddie Collins – General Manager of the Boston Red Sox and former player
Tom Yawkey – Owner of the Boston Red Sox
Carl Hubbell – NY Giants
Dizzy Dean – Cardinals

Parade into ballpark:
Policemen
Boy Scouts
FDR in convertible car
FDR walking into Griffith Stadium stands

See also here.

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Young owls hatching and fledging on United States webcams


This video from the USA says about itself:

First Glimpse of Barred Owl Chick #1

On April 9, 2014, the female Barred Owl on the Wild Birds Unlimited camera left the nest for a few minutes and we were able to get a glimpse of the hatchling #1. Note the fish prey in the bottom right that was brought into the nestbox; not always a food associated with owls.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Nonstop Owl Action

Our two owl cams have been a whirlwind of activity over the last few days. The three owlets at the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam were named Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by the cams community, and on May 12, Wynken fledged from the box to a nearby maple. Over the next couple days the other two owlets will leave the box, and may not return to it ever again. Don’t miss your chance to see them before they depart for the outside world! Watch the owlets.

In addition to the fledging activity, two of the five eggs at the Texas Barn Owl Box hatched out over Mother’s Day weekend (watch the highlight video), and the third hatched yesterday! The last two should hatch over the next few days. Watch now.

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Internet neutrality in the USA, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Net Neutrality in the US: Now What?

7 May 2014

Comprehensive info. Time is of the essence, so forgive my inevitable errors.

Much links and fun times below:

We’ve stopped things like this before! You have power if you bother to take it.

Video script and better formatted version of the links below can be found on my blog: http://vihart.com/net-neutrality-in-t…

Politicians love when you personally contact them! It is a fact. If you’re not in the US, make sure your local government considers this state of affairs an embarrassment for the US, not something to model your own rules on.

List of FCC commissioners and their twitters, emails, blogs, instagrams, etc: http://www.fcc.gov/leadership

Don’t know how to contact your representative? Find out who they are and let them know you’re watching them! http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

Comment form for proceeding 14-28 “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet”
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/displ…

Comment form for proceeding 14-57 “Applications of Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc. for Consent to Assign or Transfer Control of Licenses and Applications”
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/displ…

List of all proceedings available for comment: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list

General “open internet” FCC inbox: openinternet@fcc.gov

whitehouse.gov petition for net neutrality in general: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/peti…

whitehouse.gov petition for reclassifying broadband as common carrier, specifically: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/peti…

Once you have a whitehouse.gov account, you can sign petitions about all sorts of things you care about!

There’s a rally in Washington DC on May 15 2014 if you’re around: http://act.freepress.net/survey/DC_Ma…

Learn more about all this stuff:

Court case ruling cable internet as an “information service” rather than “telecommunications service”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National…
Communications act of 1934, describing common carriers under title II: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communic…
Telecommunications act of 1996, including Title V, the CDA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecomm…
Communications Decency Act, part of the Telecommunications act of 1996, which protected ISPs from liability: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communic…

The FCC’s Open Internet Order 2010:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCC_Open…
Verizon had the above overturned in 2014 as not applying to non-common carriers:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verizon_…)

A couple of other attempts at net neutrality things:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communic…

Data on internet speed from study “The Cost of Connectivity”: http://oti.newamerica.net/publication…

Terms to know
Antitrust law: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_S…
Cartel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartel
Common carrier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_c…
DMCA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMCA
FCC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_…
Game theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory
ISP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISP
Monopoly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly
Net neutrality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neut…
Oligopoly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligopoly
Telecommunication: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecomm…

Also see these other videos on the topic:
BlinkPopShift: http://youtu.be/bzUuOscaDbI
CGPGrey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtt2a…
Extra Credits: http://youtu.be/wQtiIazfoQM
Hank Green: http://youtu.be/mc2aso6W7jQ

Thank you Emily Eifler and Christopher Hart for their advice!

This video is Creative Commons non-commercial share-alike.

The FCC’s controversial proposal that will kill net neutrality advanced yesterday, and here’s the one thing you need to understand about the development.

FCC Advances New Internet Rules Despite Mass Protests: here.

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Unjustly convicted boxer ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies


This music video is called Bob Dylan – Hurricane (original). The lyrics are here.

From the Canadian Press:

‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76

April 20, 2014 / 8:04 am

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former American boxer imprisoned nearly 20 years for three murders before the convictions were overturned, has died at his home in Toronto.

Media reports say he was battling prostate cancer.

The Hurricane‘s autobiography, “The Sixteenth Round,” was published in 1975 it helped raise awareness for his case. Also in 1975 Bob Dylan wrote the song ‘Hurricane’ based on the book.

According to CTV, Carter was arrested in 1966, along with acquaintance John Artis, for a triple shooting in New Jersey. His conviction was quashed in 1985, with the help of a group of Canadians who fought to keep his case in the spotlight.

Eventually, Carter moved to Toronto, where he helped to form the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. He served as the association’s executive director from 1993 to 2004.

in 1999 Norman Jewison made the movie ‘The Hurricane’, Denzel Washington played the lead role.

See also here. And here. And here.

On race, the US is not as improved as some would have us believe. Despite the legacy of civil rights, some doors remain firmly closed. And across the US, schools are resegregating: here.

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Anti-Semitism in Ukraine and the US State Department


This video from the eastern Ukraine says about itself:

19 April 2014

Ukraine: In multinational Donetsk, all are equal – Pushilin

Leaders of the Donetsk interim government gave a press conference in the Regional administration building in Donetsk, Saturday.

Denis Pushilin, the Deputy ‘People’s’ Governor of Donetsk and member of the interim government, recently said that it’s up to residents to decide where and how they want a referendum to take place.

Pushilin also responded to questions relating to a forged leaflet which showed up on social media networks, calling for Jewish people in Donetsk above the age of 16 to register their names and pay $50 (€60) in cash. Pushilin said that the republic of Donetsk is multinational and that all people are equal.

By Alex Lantier:

US imperialism and the anti-Semitic leaflet in Donetsk

19 April 2014

US outrage at a vile anti-Semitic leaflet circulating in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that all Jews register with local pro-Russian authorities, is a hypocritical fraud. US officials have seized on the leaflet, whose authorship is totally unclear and which stinks of a provocation to smear protesters hostile to the US-backed Ukrainian regime in Kiev, to denounce protesters and posture as opponents of anti-Semitism.

At talks between US, European, Ukrainian and Russian officials in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “In the year 2014, after all the miles traveled in the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque … beyond unacceptable.”

What hypocrisy! In the February putsch that toppled Ukraine’s government, Washington and its European allies worked directly with fascists, including the Right Sector militia and the Svoboda party. These forces—which hail the World War II-era Ukrainian fascists led by Stepan Bandera, who collaborated with the Nazis as they carried out the mass murder of Jews in Ukraine—now occupy top positions in the unelected, pro-Western puppet regime in Kiev.

Kerry was cynically seizing upon the leaflet to improve the US position in talks with Russia, by distracting from popular anger with the Kiev puppet regime’s ties to fascism and providing ammunition for hysterical attacks on Moscow.

US officials ignored the multiple signs that the document is a crude forgery. The leaflet—bearing the name of the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic, which is occupying local government buildings in Donetsk, and signed by its leader, Denis Pushilin—was reported on Wednesday in Israeli media.

It begins, “Dear Ukrainian citizens of Jewish nationality, due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community support the Bandera junta and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, [we have] decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

It demands that Jewish citizens provide extensive documentation as to their property holdings and religion and pay a $50 fee to officials in Room 514 of the local government building occupied by the pro-Russian protesters. Otherwise, the leaflet said, they would face deportation.

The initial Israeli media reports made clear the highly dubious character of the leaflet. They cited Pushilin’s denials that his group had issued it, as well as broader doubts as to its authenticity. Alex Tenzer, a director of the National Association of Immigrants from the Former USSR in Israel, said: “It’s hard to tell whether the leaflet is valid or simply a provocation.”

Olga Reznikova, who sent YNet a copy of the document from Donetsk, said: “I do not intend to register. I am 32, I have lived in Donetsk my entire life, and have never had to deal with anti-Semitism until I laid eyes on this piece of paper. Though I take it very seriously, I am uncertain of its authenticity.”

Reporters for the New York Times who visited Room 514 of the Donetsk local government building on Thursday found it empty. They spoke to protesters who said the leaflet was a trick of the Kiev regime to discredit them. “We are laughing; this is propaganda,” one said.

As Western officials and media prepared for the Geneva talks, however, they baldly attributed the leaflet to pro-Russian groups. Ignoring continuing reports from Donetsk challenging the authenticity of the leaflet, they speculated that it could harm the pro-Russian forces and “change the narrative” about Ukraine—that is, undermine the credibility of anti-Kiev protesters.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph wrote: “A shocking story coming out of Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country are accused of asking Jewish citizens to register their identity or face deportation … It could change the narrative of the conflict yet again: the Russian separatism becomes a call not for self-determination, but outright bigotry informed by a desire for racial purity and Orthodox chauvinism.”

Kerry’s denunciations of the Donetsk protesters over the leaflet were echoed by other US diplomats. “Everything we’re hearing suggests this is the real deal, and that it is coming from someone on the ground there among these radical groups,” US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt told CNN, “either to stir fear or to create provocation justifying further violence.”

Reporting from Donetsk, however, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh called the leaflet “by all accounts an isolated incident.” Referring to protesters and the Jewish community in Donetsk, he added, “All sides are really trying to calm this down. Bizarrely, really, it’s the US State Department focusing specifically on this allegation.”

This comment from CNN, which can hardly be accused of having a critical attitude towards US foreign policy, gives a far better idea than Kerry’s hypocritical statements about the political origins of the anti-Semitic leaflet. The US State Department, Kiev, and their collaborators in Europe know more about it, one may safely assume, than Moscow or the protesters in Donetsk.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Poland and the United States would announce next week the deployment of US ground troops to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO military forces in Central and Eastern Europe, in response to the crisis in Ukraine: here.

Leading German journalists, who have been agitating for weeks for a war against Russia, intensified their propaganda after Tuesday’s announcement that NATO was stepping up its intervention in Eastern Europe. Even after the experiences of the First and Second World Wars, some clearly can’t wait for a re-run of the Eastern Front: here.

Canada is deploying six F-16 fighter jets to Eastern Europe in support of the war threats against Russia made by the US, Germany and NATO, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday: here.

Russia: Fatal gun battle near Ukrainian city of Slovyansk shows Kiev is failing to rein in extremists: here.

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