Archive | August, 2012

Washington Wildlife Officials to Kill 4 Wolves of the Wedge Pack

29 Aug

from the Seattle Times

Two creeps pose with dead wolves.

Washington state wildlife agents are preparing to kill up to four more gray wolves in the northeast corner of the state after investigators said the pack has injured or eaten livestock.

But seven environmental groups on Friday urged the director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to stop the wolf kill, saying the agency has not proved beyond a doubt that the predators were responsible for the cattle deaths – or that it had exhausted other nonlethal means to keep the wolves and cows apart, The Seattle Times reported ( http://is.gd/OxxSMj).

The conflict shaping up along the rugged wildlife-rich stretch of country in Northeast Washington is the first real test of the state’s management of wolves since the animals began returning to the state five years ago.

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The RNC, Koch Habits, and Uprisings in District 12

28 Aug

Everglades EF! and the EF! Journal take the stage before the March on the RNC to express solidarity with the growing rebellion in District 12 (hell yeah, that’s a Hunger Games reference.)

by Clinton Tyree, reporting live from the streets of Tampa Bay.

So Hurricane Issac didn’t blow the political elite and their flock far into the oil-slicked, algae blooms of Florida’s dismal Gulf Coast, like we had hoped. As it turns out, those of us who showed up in spite of the storm (or enthusiastic to witness its beauty and fury) have have had to do a little hell-raisin’ of our own.

While numbers have been small, the pain in the ass which protests have inflicted thus far has not gone unnoticed. Thanks to the over-reaction of the police state swarming the city, life in the Tampa area has been a glimpse at the true face of industrial-strength democracy.

Despite the rain and cops, rabble-rousing wingnuts of the 99% (yeah that’s us, and y’all) have marched in the militarized streets. And despite the extreme paranoia, folks have consistently breached security to disrupt business-as-usual for politicians that pave the way to growing corporate control over the planet.

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Coke Plant Expansion Shut Down by Protestors in India

27 Aug

A call to protest evoked near-total response in the Amona and Navelim village on Monday. (photo from Sezari, with original story)

India – Thousands of villagers from Navelim in Bicholim taluka of Goa today observed a day-long Bandh against the Sesa Corporation’s Goa metallurgical coke plant in the village, with complaints that it is polluting their surroundings. Originally a Hindi word meaning ‘closed’, Bandh is a form of protest used by political activists, during which a political party or a community declares a general strike.

The bandh started at 6 am, with locals blocking the entire stretch connecting Panaji to Bicholim taluka.

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Brandon Darby Claims “Occupy Anarchists” Plan to Take Down Emergency Medical Services at RNC

26 Aug

Earth First! Journal Offering Reward of Lifetime Subscription to Whomever Tars and Feathers Brandon Darby at the 2012 RNC

If you see this man in Tampa make his whereabouts know through the proper channels…

the following story is from Big Government, a right wing Tea Party blog.  Brandon Darby is the self proclaimed former Black Panther who, as an undercover snitch, bullied two youth protesters into felony charges at the 2008 RNC in Minneapolis, landing them in prison for years. Now he is something of puppet spokesperson of the whimpering tea party yuppy hacks.

For more on Darby check out this episode of the radio show This American Life: This American Life: “Turncoat – Act Two. Part Two.”

the following is by John Sexton

Yesterday, I interviewed my co-worker Brandon Darby as he was traveling toward the Republican National Convention in Florida. The interview focused on strategies used by anarchist protesters at the 2008 Republican National Convention and how those strategies will be used once again next week by the Occupy movement.

In addition to trying to shut down bridges to prevent delegates from reaching the convention center next week, Brandon has learned that a subgroup of Occupy is looking to shut down EMS communications throughout the city.

The video that goes along with this interview is one Brandon took at the RNC convention while working undercover for the FBI in 2008. Some of it is a bit jumpy, but you’ll see some of the street blocking tactics as well as several instances of individuals throwing items onto a freeway from an overpass.

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Family Fun Day at the blockade against coal seam gas in Australia

26 Aug

Last week Police started issuing infringement notices at the blockade site of Fullerton Cove coal seam gas pilot project in Newcastle, Australia. Officers told the protesters that they must vacate the site. Instead more residents have arrived to support the cause. And two women, Fullerton Cove residents Lisa McDonald and grandmother Julie Wood, chained themselves to a tractor at the front of the property.

“It’s got to be done. The government won’t help us and this is what we have to do,” said Ms McDonald.

And today the Fullerton Cove residents group is hosting a “Family Fun Day” at the site of the community blockade against Dart Energy’s project.
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Activists on Occupied Russian Arctic Oil Rig Hit with Water Cannon

25 Aug

Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo gives a thumbs-up as he and other activists board the Arctic oil platform in the Pechora Sea. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/AFP/Getty Images

Six activists with Greenpeace International have occupied a Russian oil rig to protest drilling in the Arctic. The rig belongs to the Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, which is set to become the first company to produce Arctic oil through drilling operations in the Pechora Sea. Democracy Now interviewed Greenpeace’s executive director, Kumi Naidoo, just as he and other activists are being hosed by the rig’s crew in an effort to thwart their protest.

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Old School Earth First! in Technicolor

24 Aug

Damn, this video has it all: an intro by Ed Abbey, mullets, footage of tree spiking, camo-hats, endorsement of direct action by the Sierra Club,  hippies circumnavigating a tree and singing sweet hippy songs and timber officials calling them eco-terrorists. You don’t want to miss it!

And don’t miss the greatest Earth First! detractor in his exceptional criticism of the movement who proves once and for all that no one should eat vegetables or fruit or whatever.

 

 

Biomass Incinerator Looms on Horizon for Gypsum, Colorado

24 Aug

– by Josh Schlossberg, The Biomass Monitor

An 11.5 megawatt biomass power incinerator proposal for the 6,400 person central-Colorado town of Gypsum is moving along swiftly, despite concerns of community members and at least one town councilor.

Utah-based Eagle Valley Clean Energy LLC’s facility would burn 70,000 bone-dry tons per year of wood chips from whole trees—living and beetle-killed—tree branches and limbs, and “urban wood waste from a local landfill,” requiring 1,200 acres of forest per year sourced within a fifty to seventy-five mile radius. Gypsum is surrounded by the White River National Forest [pictured below].

The biomass facility is scheduled to go online by the end of 2013 and would sell ten megawatts to Holy Cross Energy, which provides power for the ski resort towns of Vail, Aspen and Glenwood Springs.  

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Texas Judge Rules TransCanada Can Seize Pasture for Keystone XL Pipeline

24 Aug
By SAUL ELBEIN / New York Times

Julia Trigg Crawford, a farmer, plans to appeal a Lamar County judge’s ruling in favor of the oil company TransCanada.

PARIS, Tex. — The Canadian energy company TransCanada can take over land owned by a Texas farmer to build its Keystone XL pipeline, a county judge ruled on Wednesday night. In a 15-word ruling sent from his iPhone, Judge Bill Harris of Lamar County Court at Law upheld TransCanada’s condemnation of a 50-foot strip of land across Julia Trigg Crawford’s pasture here. The pipeline is being built to carry oil to Texas refineries from Canada.

Ms. Crawford plans to appeal the ruling. “We may have lost this one battle here in Paris, Texas, but we are far from done,” she said in a statement. “I will continue to proudly stand up for my own personal rights, the property rights of my family, and those of other Texans fighting to protect their land.”

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Going ape shit in Tampa

24 Aug

Snapshot of the elusive monkey. Find out more about the  macaque, and see more pics here

 

While the threat of anarchist mayhem at the RNC has people preoccupied just about as much as the hurricane rolling towards Florida’s Gulf Coast, there’s another righteous menace that’s been baffling the authorities of the Tampa Bay area: a feral monkey.

The following are some excerpts from a brilliant and absurd story by Jon Mooallem published last week in the New York Times chronicling the adventures of a lone macaque who’s been evading the law since 2009, living out a wild, rebellious dream that many of us share, not to mention, launching excrement at cops and getting away with it

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