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Many of us would love to do more for the voiceless. Many of us would love to go to Taiji to be Cove Guardians. For whatever reason, many of us cannot. Here is a chance for us to support someone special and send her in our stead! Here is an opportunity to do something extra by giving a little to represent all of those who can’t give at all! Please consider donating to Nikki’s trip and share her mission with everyone you can.

Nikki Botha:

The annual murder of thousands of dolphins started on 1 September in Taiji, Japan.

The Cove, where this slaughter takes place, will be the host of Cove Guardians all over the world. Last year I served as a Cove Guardian side by side with volunteers from all over the world. It was the both the best and the worst experience of my life. Worst…

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Buddy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warning – Tissue Alert!

Just An Old Dog

“He’s just getting old,” the man said.

“Do you want to be with him?” asked the doctor.


“Are you taking the body home?”


I’m standing in the back, out of sight, and the feeling of dread washes over me. That happens a lot when I’m at work. Listening to the conversation, I hear the question “Do we have room for him in the freezer?”

I take a deep breath and walk forward. “I don’t think so” I say. “We had a paralyzed dog that got hit by the car this morning, remember?

How big is this dog?”

The Man looks at me, “He’s big,” he says.

I walk around the counter, to view the dog. He is big, at least 100 pounds, his head finds my hand, and I automatically stroke him.


“He’s too big,” I say, looking down at the dog, he is old. His watery brown eyes meet mine as he raises his grey face to look at me.

“Well, the bodies are scheduled to be picked up tomorrow.” Said the doctor. “We can keep him over night, and put him down in the morning, when we have room. There will be no charge for the overnight stay. Or, you can bring him back in the morning.”

The man looked at his dog. “I’ll leave him here, his hips are getting bad, and his skin is a mess. The allergy medicine just isn’t clearing it up anymore.”

The doctor looks at me. “Go get a run ready for him.” He tells me. I turn and leave the room.

My heart is breaking, I cant help but think of my dog, who will be 13 years old soon. I can’t imagine doing this to him, can’t imagine how afraid and alone he would feel if I left him behind to die. I put two thick blankets down on the concrete floor of the run. I then added a bowl of water, and a bowl canned dog food. I then slowly make the walk back to the lobby. I grab a slip leash as I walk by. I enter the lobby, and the old grey head again finds my hand, tail slowly wagging.

“Whats his name?” I ask.

Buddy.” The man replies.

I gently put the slip leash over Buddy’s head. “Do you want to keep his collar and leash?” I ask the man. He nodded and bent to unhook the collar from around Buddy’s neck.

I turned to take Buddy back, he resisted. “Ohh, come on Buddy, it’s okay baby.” I said to him in a soothing voice. He followed me back. He calmly looked at all the barking dogs we passed, but kept his pace.

I entered the run with him. He sniffed the water and food, then turned to look at me. He had such a look of anxiety on his face, and his ears were pricked up now. Maybe listening for his master, hoping he was following behind us. “It’s okay Buddy.” I said, trying to stay calm, I didn’t want him to pick up on my anxiety. I rubbed his head for a while, as tears ran down my cheeks. I had to go, I turned and shut the gate, locking it in place. Buddy’s watery brown eyes locked to mine through the gate.

“I’m so sorry.” I said.

I will go to work tomorrow, with a lump of ice in my stomach. Knowing that Buddy will die, on a cold metal table, surrounded by strangers. I will feed him another can of food for breakfast. I will walk him out to use the bathroom, letting him sniff around longer than I’m supposed to, because I know it will be the last time. The last time he will smell the air, the dirt, the grass. The last time of just being a dog.

When the time comes, and the doctor tells me to bring him up, I will hug his head to my chest, as I hold the vein off. I will caress him and whisper what a good boy he is. I will tell him he is the best dog in the world, how much he is loved, how special he is. I will whisper these words to him until he takes his last breath, until his old body goes limp in my arms. I will cry for his passing. I will do all the things that the man who brought him here should be doing.

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thank You to Luree!

Stopping Trans Canada’s Keystone XL Pipeline–Activism from the Trees and on the Ground

Stopping Trans Canada’s Keystone XL Pipeline–Activism from the Trees and on the Ground.

Stopping Trans Canada’s Keystone XL Pipeline–Activism from the Trees and on the Ground

By Ann Wright

October 26, 2012 “War Is A Crime” – –It seems as though most Americans don’t know that the Obama administration has backed off its commitment to stop a Canadian oil firm from bringing dangerous and toxic tar sands from the fields in Alberta, Canada to oil refineries in Texas.  But in East Texas, the farm lands and forests have been seized for the Canadian company through eminent domain and are already being destroyed for the foreign pipeline.

Yesterday, October 24, Leslie Harris of Dallas, Texas and I visited the “boys” in the trees, the great activists who have been living in the trees along the Trans Canada Keystone XL pipeline that is carving a terrible scar in the countryside of East Texas.  Earlier in the day we had been meeting with dozens of Tar Sands Blockade (TSB) activists who are preparing campaigns in East Texas and Houston to challenge the XL pipeline.

Activism in the Air

The Tar Sands Blockade (TSB) fellows are living in tree houses built high in the branches of tall oak trees next to the piles of sandy soil that has been dug up and mounded 30 feet high.  Huge green pipes lay on the side of the trench sliced deep into the Texas soil.

Michael’s Construction company has been hired to lay the first 90 miles of pipeline in East Texas.   We surprised their security personnel when we emerged from the forest and underbrush virtually beneath the tree houses.  Even though they are not police, the company security employees wear POLICE jackets. The security employees have set up a camp under the trees that the activists are living in, ready to detain them when they come down from the trees, or detain anyone bringing supplies to them.

We had walked through the oak and pine woods and the thick underbrush to the “No Trespassing” yellow tape the security personnel had set up very close to the trees where the activists were living.  We brought out our yellow “Crime Scene” tape and put it up in a couple of places identifying the gash in the earth for what it really is.

We yelled up to two young men on the tree platforms, thanking them for what they are doing. After a few stunned seconds, two surprised voices yelled back.

When asked how long they had been in the trees, one responded, “24 days” and the second replied, “A week longer! 30 days!”

“How are you holding up?” we asked.  “Fine, we’ve got lots of food and water, but we’ve run out of reading materials so we are re-reading books and magazines.”

“Is it lonely being up there?” we asked. “No, lots of animal life — squirrels, birds, even a white owl. And lots of noise from the machines.”

“How is the night sky?” we asked. “Strange you should ask, because last night was the first night we have not had flood lights shining up at us.  It was beautiful to finally see the stars at night and to have some quiet time with no generator noise.  But, they probably will have the lights on us tonight.”

“How long are you staying up there?” we asked.  “As long as it takes,” came the answer.

Activism on the Ground

Earlier in the day, Cherri Foytlin, the wife of a Gulf coast oil worker and mother of six from Louisiana, chained herself to a gate at the Keystone XL pipeline storage yard in nearby Winfield, Texas and blocked six trucks from leaving the grounds. Under a banner that said “Defend All Coasts”, Foytlin was arrested as her chains were cut by sheriff deputies with bolt cutters.

Cherri was threatened with a felony use of a criminal instrument-a chain and lock. Ultimately, she was charged with Class A Misdemeanor Criminal Trespass of a Habitation/Shelter/Superfund/Infrastructure, a new charge leveed at activists.  Her bail is $2500.

Prior to her arrest, Foytlin had prepared the following statement to be released in the event of her arrest:

By the time you read this I will be actively engaged in a non-violent direct action designed to bring awareness to the construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline, to this country’s continuing use of our cherished Gulf Coast as the nation’s energy sacrifice zone, and in defense of our Mother Earth.

Having spent the last several days with Gulf Coast communities that will be adversely affected by this disastrous project and after visiting with residents whose efforts to protect their communities, their land and their ecosystems through civil discourse and through the exercise of their constitutional rights and freedoms have been repeatedly denied, I am convinced that the choice to use our bodies as a shield in order to amplify the call for protection is indeed necessary.

It is time for us to take a stand, to take action, to join with our Texas neighbors and with our brothers and sisters from across the country, from Canada and from around the globe to say, “no more!” 

Today I stand as a Gulf Coast resident and in solidarity with the Defend Our Coast activities in British Columbia, where more than 60 Canadian communities are protesting a proposed tar sands pipeline through their region. We must, as a unified voice, defend all coasts and all regions from toxic tar sands pipelines.

The Gulf Coast is not our nation’s sacrifice zone! We will not, cannot, sit idly by while our freedoms are trampled by a foreign corporation, we will not, cannot risk our children’s air, water and land for empty promises of “energy independence” or “jobs” or in the name of “progress”.

I come to you today, to ask you to join us – the Tar Sand Blockade, Rising Tide North Texas, and others, in our mission, and to solidify the Gulf regional voice.

I know that many of you may be unable at this time to join me in Texas or to commit to acts of non-violent action, yet there are other ways to support this mission. 

·         Share this press release with your media contacts.

·         Visit Tar Sands Blockade to see other ways you (as an individual or organization) can support.

However you choose to support, every action is needed.   

By taking action, it is our hope that environmental justice communities across the Gulf will be brought into the national spotlight in conjunction with this highly publicized event.

In closing, I would like to add that it is an honor to serve with you. I am proud of all of your work. Who knows what this action will yield, but I do know that this is our time to make a righteous commitment to each other and to our regional movement for justice for our historically overburdened environmental justice communities, for the people and ecosystems that continue to suffer the effects of the BP disaster, for the health of our communities, and for the people and ecosystems of our Gulf Coast. 

God be with you.

In solidarity,

Cherri Foytlin

In an op-ed that appeared on Common Dreams on October 23, 2012, Foytlin talked about those living in the tree houses near Winnsboro, Texas:

The Tar Sands Blockade has been vigilant in their campaign of non-violent protest of this pipeline, and in doing so, these modern day patriots have also been protecting our freedoms. By building and refusing to leave tree house villages, chaining themselves to equipment, and working with landowners who wish to meritoriously exercise their right of ownership, they have valiantly defended our Gulf Coast, as well as our nation’s constitution.”

In 2010, Foytlin walked all the way from her home in Louisiana to Washington, DC to bring attention to the terrible effects of the oil spill.

Please read  Cherri’s blog and watch her Why We Blockade Testimonial Video

Blockade on a Shoe String Budget

The Tar Sands Blockade is being operated on a shoe-string budget.  If you would like to help support this important campaign, please see the website

About the Author:

Ann Wright is a 29 year veteran of the US Army/Army Reserves and retired as a Colonel.  She was a US diplomat and served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.  She resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war.


Published on Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Common Dreams

Brazil Tribe of 170 Threatens Mass Suicide If Forced to Leave Ancestral Land

‘They could now go down in history as being the tribe which wiped themselves out’

– Common Dreams staff

An entire indigenous tribe in Brazil told the government they will leave their sacred burial ground “neither dead nor alive,” leading to speculation that the group of 170 plans mass suicide.

An indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa Brazilian from the state of Mato Grosso do Sul fixes a cross into the lawn at the Esplanade of Ministries in Brasilia yesterday. Initial reports indicated his entire tribe of 170 Indians vowed to commit mass suicide after a court ruled they must leave what they believe is sacred land, but a subsequent statement said the group would protest and fire on federal agents or anyone who tries to remove them from the land. (Photo: Reuters.) The Daily Mail reported Wednesday that the Guarani-kaiowa tribe claims their ancestors were buried on the land—inside a ranch in Brazil’s southern state of Mato Grosso do Sul, according to Brazil’s Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI).

But in September, a judge upheld a petition by the ranch owners to evict the Guarani-kaiowa from the land, and imposed a fine of £150 for every day the tribe remains on the land.

The tribe wrote to the Brazilian government that they would rather die than leave the land, and requested that they be buried there.

According to The Daily Mail, the letter states, in part:

We would prefer to die and be buried together with our ancestors right here where we are now.

We ask, one time for all, for the government to decree our extinction as a tribe, and to send tractors to dig a big hole and there to throw our dead bodies.

We have all decided that we will not leave this place, neither alive nor dead.

“This tribe has had its culture and lands attacked for centuries,” Federal Deputy Sarney Filho wrote in a letter to Brazil’s Justice Ministry. “They could now go down in history as being the tribe which wiped themselves out by committing collective suicide … We must take the necessary measures to avert the worst.”

But also on Wednesday, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) reported that the tribe denied reports that it planned mass suicide.

CIMI spokesman Ruy Sposati told APTN that the group planned “mass resistance.”

“It is not suicide … this is a mistake,” Sposati said. “They say they are going to die together resisting on their land if they are removed by federal agents, the military or gunmen. They are going to stand up and if they start shooting, they won’t run.”

Sposati said the tribe would be armed only with bows and arrows and wooden hatchets.

“They don’t usually resist with violence and they will stay there,” he said. “(A massacre) is one of the possibilities.”

CLIMATE CONNECTION reported this dramatic epos first. I reblogged the lines and twittered them, send them to all my friends…and so did more of us. And now look: Big News now! Title Story! Even reported these news!

But it is very important that people learn about the fame of threatened tribes!

Annamaria My Blog et. al.

Poaching Gang Nabbed at Kenyan Coast!/2012/10/poaching-gang-nabbed-at-kenyan-coast.html

Please, read this very strong magazine about this theme, world has to kno more about these cruelties in order to stop it!

Legacy Talk

– The African Wildlife Trust’s Mission is to Raise Awareness

The Bee & The Pesticide

English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on f...
English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on food crops. Français : Remplissage d’un épandeur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 October 24, 2012


Do Bayer’s Pesticides Make Worker Bees Lazy?

Corn prices remain high, driven up by the summer’s prolonged drought. And since the United States is by far the globe’s largest corn producer, prices will likely stay high until the next bumper crop in the Midwest replenishes global corn reserves.

To take advantage of high prices, US farmers will likely plant a whole lot of corn in spring 2013.

What does the health of bees have to do with the corn crop? A growing weight of evidence links a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are used on nearly the entire US corn crop, to declining bee health. The latest such study, published in the prestigious journal Nature, suggests that these pesticides actually impair and disorient worker bees—meaning less productivity for the hive. [READ MORE]

The New Livestock: Rodents of Unusual Size in Heifer Projects in Ghana |

The New Livestock: Rodents of Unusual Size in Heifer Projects in Ghana |

Read whole article there, please.

Grasscutters are prized throughout West Africa for their sweet meat. Farmers raising the rodents in Heifer projects are making as much as twice the income of the average Ghanaian…