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NoEnzLefttoSplit

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 3:19pm

 jadewahoo wrote:

A laser boat hook then.
 


nice thought.

with that generous deed of saving whales, I am off to bed.



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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 3:16pm

 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

you yanks are all the same. What's wrong with a good old fashioned boat hook?
 
A laser boat hook then.

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 3:06pm

 jadewahoo wrote:
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

I could imagine actually doing this with you (the ramming I mean, not the buying).

With laser cannons and stuff. 

 
you yanks are all the same. What's wrong with a good old fashioned boat hook?

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 3:03pm

 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

I could imagine actually doing this with you (the ramming I mean, not the buying).

With laser cannons and stuff. 


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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 3:02pm

 jadewahoo wrote:

If you buy me one I promise to go ram Japanese whaling ships as well.
 
Not me... I'm gonna turn kiwi pirate on the Aussie's asses.

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 3:02pm

 jadewahoo wrote:

If you buy me one I promise to go ram Japanese whaling ships as well.
 
I could imagine actually doing this with you (the ramming I mean, not the buying).

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 3:00pm

 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

one of my flickr contacts posted this slideshow some time ago. I think it might be the same boat.
 
If you buy me one I promise to go ram Japanese whaling ships as well.

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 12:03pm

 Manbird wrote:
bad ass boat
 
one of my flickr contacts posted this slideshow some time ago. I think it might be the same boat.

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 11:57am

 Manbird wrote:

I wonder how sturdy it is - it gets pretty rough down there. 
Although it did sail around the world. I'm curious to see what
tactics they employ with it.  

 
Laser cannons. And thermoneutrino love bombs. And stuff like that.

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 11:53am

 jadewahoo wrote:

That is one badass boat!
 
I wonder how sturdy it is - it gets pretty rough down there. 
Although it did sail around the world. I'm curious to see what
tactics they employ with it.  
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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 11:46am

 Manbird wrote: 
That is one badass boat!

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Posted: Oct 21, 2009 - 11:39am

Sea Shepherd adds speed to counter Japanese whalers

10:20 AM PT, Oct 21 2009

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The Animal Planet program “Whale Wars” is already one of the more controversial shows on television,
chronicling the travails of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as it pits its motley volunteer navy
against Japanese whalers hunting in the iceberg-strewn Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in the Antarctic Ocean.

But Season 3 of the show is about to get even more interesting. At a Sea Shepherd fundraiser on Oct. 17,
the society unveiled its new boat, the frankly menacing-looking tri-hull speedster formerly known as Earthracer.
The spidery craft has been renamed the Ady Gil in tribute to the Hollywood businessman who helped acquire
the vessel and cut the society a million-dollar check. It has been painted black and festooned with the
skull-and-crossbones, and will join the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin when the Antarctic campaign
begins anew in December.

The Ady Gil can attain speeds of 50 knots and currently holds a world speed record for circumnavigating
the Earth in 60 days.

“Now we can intercept those harpoon boats,” Watson told a crowd gathered at the Hollywood Hills home of
philanthropist James Costa. “We’ve already cut their quota to 50%, and this year we’re going to
get to 80%.”

For six years, Sea Shepherd has routinely harassed the factory vessel Nisshin Maru and other Japanese
vessels engaged in whaling under a clause in an International Whaling Commission treaty that bans commercial
whaling but allows for limited research whaling. Japan is a signatory to the treaty but Sea Shepherd claims
Japan's whaling is not for research but rather commercial in nature and is therefore illegal. As much as the
Sea Shepherd activists have irritated the Japanese vessels, however, they never had a vessel fast enough
to keep up with Japanese harpoon boats. Until now.

“We’re speaking the language that the Japanese whaler understands: profit and loss,” Watson said. “For the
last few years, they’ve made no money. Give us one more year and we can bankrupt them.”

The Japanese Fisheries Agency, which monitors the whaling, did not reply to phone and fax messages in Japan.
However, its support of whaling is well-documented, best articulated by statements on its websitesuch as:
“Those members of the IWC who are opposed to the sustainable use of whale resources and who try to
impose their views on the rest of the world are subverting the purpose of the treaty and have caused the IWC
to become dysfunctional. Their position is contrary to scientific finding and the widely accepted principle of
sustainable use.”

Said Costa, “When I went to Antarctica, I thought that this is a place where humans don’t belong. I am so
grateful to Paul Watson and others who do something to get people the hell out of there.”

Actress and activist Daryl Hannah voiced the opinion of many at the gathering when she said, “Sea Shepherd
is one of the few great environmental organizations around. They don’t spend their budgets talking and messaging
and putting out calendars. They get out there and do the work and actually stop hunting and poaching
and fishing. They put their bodies on the line.” Hannah worked 18 days on the Sea Shepherd ships last season
in Antarctica.

A clearly excited Ady Gil said of Watson, “This man is like the Mother Teresa of the oceans.” He had the crowd
laughing at his own story of transformation to animal rights activism, then said, “I have to tell you, this is a
bad-ass ship. It’s a little rough inside, it needs some pimping.”

He then proceeded to lead a live auction to raise money for fuel and a few improvements to the ship.

In 2008, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that Japan had lowered the annual quote for minke whales
from 945 to 750. The fleet continues to also hunt 50 endangered fin whales annually.

— Dean Kuipers



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Posted: Oct 8, 2009 - 4:04pm

Icelandic Whaling Condemned by 26 Countries

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 5, 2009 (ENS) - Twenty-six countries Friday issued a joint statement putting diplomatic pressure on Iceland to abandon whaling. Icelandic whalers have killed more than 200 whales so far since June, including endangered 125 fin whales and 79 smaller and more abundant minke whales.

The joint demarche, a formal diplomatic protest signed by the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and 12 European Union countries including Germany, France, Portugal and Spain, states that the 26 governments are "deeply disappointed" with the former Icelandic government's decision to authorize commercial whaling.

Earlier this year, the outgoing Fisheries and Agriculture Minister granted commercial whaling quotas of up to 150 fin whales and 100 minke whales a year for five years.

The current government has kept these kill quotas in place for one year, and increased the catch allocation to 200 fin whales and 200 minke whales for 2009, despite what conservationists say is a limited domestic market for minke whale meat and no market for fin whale meat.

"I am extremely disappointed to hear that nearly 200 whales have been taken so far this year," UK wildlife minister Huw Irranca-Davies told the "Telegraph" newspaper.

A similar demarche against Icelandic whaling under the previous government was issued by 26 countries in November 2006.

Shortly before Friday's demarche was issued, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and other animal welfare groups staged a protest outside the Icelandic Embassy in London.

They called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling.




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Posted: Aug 27, 2009 - 2:59pm

 manbirdexperiment wrote:

Harlequin Frogs Near Extinction as Temperatures Rise

Target: Costa Rica's Ambassador to the US, H.E. Luis Diego Escalante
Sponsored by: Care2
In the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve of Costa Rica, there were so many harlequin frogs that it was hard not to step on them when walking alongside streams. But today, they have vanished.

About two-thirds of harlequin frogs disappeared in the 1980's and 1990's — the culprit? Climate change. Research done in Costa Rica shows that global warming makes clouds form higher above the forests where they cannot bring as much moisture to the ecosystems below. Dry spells are getting longer and in turn, many species are disappearing.

Rising temperatures also shrink the cloud forests, which forces species to live more densely, causing the spread of disease and a fungus that kills some frogs. The harlequin frog is on its way to extinction and we need to act now to reduce the harmful effects of global warming on our valuable ecosystems.

Urge Costa Rica's Ambassador Escalante to do everything in his power to save this colorful little frog, along with many other endangered species affected by climate change.
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OMG! That preserve is right down the road from the "town in which I am going to live" (also a line from a Pixies song). I remember going through the exotic frog section in the now destroyed by earthquakevolcanic eruption La Paz waterfall park. The habitat room to view these frogs was extremely moist and hot so these frogs do require a LOT of moisture in the air!  Even though a lot of these frogs are extremely lethal, it is still very sad.{#Cry}
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Posted: Aug 27, 2009 - 2:58pm

 manbirdexperiment wrote:

In Soviet Russia the Earth logs us!

 

Da Yakov!
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Posted: Aug 27, 2009 - 2:54pm

 manbirdexperiment wrote:

In Soviet Russia the Earth logs us!

 
That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
You have reached perfection, manbird!

Manbird

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Posted: Aug 27, 2009 - 2:52pm

 jadewahoo wrote:
I once saw this bumper sticker on the back of a pickup truck in Washington State:

 Earth First!
 We'll log the other planets later.
 
In Soviet Russia the Earth logs us!
jadewahoo

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Posted: Aug 27, 2009 - 2:43pm

I once saw this bumper sticker on the back of a pickup truck in Washington State:

 Earth First!
 We'll log the other planets later.
Manbird

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Posted: Aug 27, 2009 - 9:06am

Harlequin Frogs Near Extinction as Temperatures Rise

Target: Costa Rica's Ambassador to the US, H.E. Luis Diego Escalante
Sponsored by: Care2
In the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve of Costa Rica, there were so many harlequin frogs that it was hard not to step on them when walking alongside streams. But today, they have vanished.

About two-thirds of harlequin frogs disappeared in the 1980's and 1990's — the culprit? Climate change. Research done in Costa Rica shows that global warming makes clouds form higher above the forests where they cannot bring as much moisture to the ecosystems below. Dry spells are getting longer and in turn, many species are disappearing.

Rising temperatures also shrink the cloud forests, which forces species to live more densely, causing the spread of disease and a fungus that kills some frogs. The harlequin frog is on its way to extinction and we need to act now to reduce the harmful effects of global warming on our valuable ecosystems.

Urge Costa Rica's Ambassador Escalante to do everything in his power to save this colorful little frog, along with many other endangered species affected by climate change.
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Manbird

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Posted: Aug 23, 2009 - 10:14am

President Obama, Please Protect the Grand Canyon

Target: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; CC: Congress
Sponsored by: Pew Environment Group
Recently, President Barack Obama visited the Grand Canyon, America's most iconic landmark. But uranium mining within miles of its majestic rim threatens to tarnish this timeless treasure. The nation still has on the books a 19th century law that allows mining in and around dozens of national parks and most national forestlands. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant with prospectors and pack mules in mind, the 1872 Mining Law allows gold, uranium and other hardrock metals to be taken from most western public lands almost for free and with few restrictions or cleanup requirements. 

The Obama administration recently took emergency action to halt temporarily new claimstaking around Grand Canyon National Park. Now, its Department of Interior is asking the public whether mining should be prohibited on a long-term basis around the park's boundaries. 


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