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January 18, 2014 1:15 pm
For $8.00 a month you can sort of “Adopt a Tiger”.  There are barely 3000 left in the entire world, because people kill them for their skins.  How sick is that?
Anyway, if you want to help keep Tigers on the planet here’s a way that might help.

For $8.00 a month you can sort of “Adopt a Tiger”.  There are barely 3000 left in the entire world, because people kill them for their skins.  How sick is that?

Anyway, if you want to help keep Tigers on the planet here’s a way that might help.

February 10, 2013 7:24 pm
EMERGENCY PETITION TO STOP RADIOACTIVE EYEGLASSES, KITCHENWARE, TOYs, etc….

DECISION TOMORROW:  EMERGENCY PETITION TO STOP RADIOACTIVE EYEGLASSES, KITCHENWARE, TOYS, etc.  Stop the Department of Energy plans to use 14,000 tons of radioactive scrap metals in the manufacturing of consumer products. 

U.S. Dept of Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to dump 14,000 tons of radioactive scrap metal into the marketplace for use in the manufacturing of consumer products.1 This means that your everyday purchases, such as silverware, zippers, belt buckles, eyeglass frames, jewelry, watches, toys, pet bowls, and leashes could soon be made with radioactive scrap metal.

This action is being fast-tracked, with little regard for public comment. The deadline for a decision is this Monday, February 11.

That’s why I created an emergency petition on SignOn.org to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, which says:

Stop the Department of Energy plans to use 14,000 tons of radioactive scrap metals in the manufacturing of consumer products. There is no safe level of radiation. Keep nuclear waste out of my home and workplace!

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Maureen Headington

January 29, 2013 3:32 pm
48 Hours to get European leaders to ban bee killing pesticides

Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But in 48 hours the European Union could move to ban the most poisonous pesticides, and pave the way to a global ban that would save bees from extinction.

Four EU countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. Days ago the official European food safety watchdog stated for the first time that certain pesticides are fatally harming bees.

Now legal experts and European politicians are calling for an immediate ban. But Bayer and other giant pesticide producers are lobbying hard to keep them on the market.

If we build a huge swarm of public outrage now, we can push the European Commission to put our health and our environment before the profit of a few.

We know our voices count! Last year, our 1.2 million strong petition forced US authorities to open a formal consultation on pesticides — now if we reach 2 million, we can persuade the EU to get rid of these crazy poisons and pave the way for a ban worldwide.

If you like Peaches, Apples, Cherries, Melons, Tomatoes and produce in general, please help.  We need to act before it’s too late.

Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — Avaaz and leading MEPs will deliver our message ahead of this week’s key meeting in Brussels:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_the_bees/?bwpEsbb&v=21421

Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops — with an estimated $40bn value and over one-third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations — some bee species are already extinct and some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers and now the European Food Safety Authority is saying that toxic chemicals called neonicotinoid pesticides could be responsible for the bee deaths. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee-killing pesticides. But Bayer continues to export its poison across the world.

Now the issue is coming to a boil. EU parliamentarians are stepping up their pressure on the European Commission and key governments to push new legislation to ban the deadly pesticides, and we can offer them the public support they need to counter the powerful pesticide lobby. Sign the urgent petition to Europe’s leaders, then forward this email widely:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_the_bees/?bwpEsbb&v=21421

SOURCES:

Pesticides pose danger to bees (European Voice)
http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/2013/january/pesticides-pose-danger-to-bees/76158.aspx

Crop pesticides are ‘killing our bees’ - says MEP (Public Service Europe)
http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/3007/crop-pesticides-are-killing-our-bees-says-mep#ixzz2JGICse6a 

Death knell for nerve agent pesticides in move to save bees (Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/death-knell-for-nerve-agent-pesticides-in-move-to-save-bees-8454443.html

Give Bees a Chance! (The Greens European Free Alliance)
http://www.greens-efa.eu/give-bees-a-chance-9012.html

Studies fault Bayer in bee die-off (Christian Science Monitor)
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0406/Studies-fault-Bayer-in-bee-die-off

January 4, 2013 1:49 pm
Is the Marijuana Industry Green Enough?
A trip to the Emerald Cup, an outdoor organic marijuana growers’ competition, reveals the environmental potential of the cannabis industry. December 28, 2012 
Is the Marijuana Industry Green Enough?
A trip to the Emerald Cup, an outdoor organic marijuana growers’ competition, reveals the environmental potential of the cannabis industry. December 28, 2012 
November 2, 2012 10:31 pm
This is Businessweek’s Current Cover!
NOW can we talk about the Elephant in the Room?

This is Businessweek’s Current Cover!

NOW can we talk about the Elephant in the Room?

October 31, 2012 4:09 pm
Does anyone else marvel at the amount of packaging corporations use to send out their products?
[Here is a letter I wrote to USA Business Products today]
To Whom It May Concern ~
There was a massive box on my porch today.  I couldn’t imagine what it might be.  The only thing I had ordered was 6 packs of Glossy Photo Paper,  Surely this massive box couldn’t be that, could it?
Actually, and sadly, it was.
I received my order from your company today, and I have to tell you, I was appalled.  I ordered 6 packages of KOD 8209017 Glossy Photo Paper 100 packs.  You did not have them in one location, I guess, because there were packing slips from two different locations inside the gigantic box that housed TWO SEPARATE SMALLER BOXES, one with 5 packs of paper and one with 1 pack of paper!
The box with 5 packages measured 9x14x5.
The box with 1 package measured 9x14x8 and was stuffed with 6 air pillows!
The two boxes were then thrown into a gigantic box together (21x18x13) along with 16 more (that’s right, 16!) air pillows and shipped off to me.  So there was a total of 22 air pillows used for my 6 packs of paper!
I have been given the gift of THREE cardboard boxes, in varying sizes from small to massive, plus 22 air pillows that need to be recycled.
What if I lived in a tiny apartment?  Where am I supposed to put this excessive packaging?
But that is not my biggest concern - consumer difficulties.
I am writing to you today to open up a dialogue with whomever manages your Packaging/Shipping purchases and policies.
I want to suggest that you are WASTING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY AND RESOURCES with your CARELESS SHIPPING PRACTICES.
I have been researching this issue for a while, and am in the middle of writing a piece about it, rife with incriminating photos of shipments I have received, similar to yours.
Here’s the bottom line.
Every time you package something in a bigger container than is needed you are incurring enormous waste.  Not only on the cost of the unnecessarily large container, but on the cost of the popcorns, air pillows or whatever that is used to fill it up, as well as the cost of extra tape that is used to seal it.  Not only that, but CARDBOARD BOXES DON’T GROW ON TREES!!  Trees are cut down to make these cardboard boxes you are so carelessly throwing about.
From there you need to look at the cost of the extra SPACE ON THE TRUCK that you are paying for.  You are paying to transport AIR!  Because your packages are so unnecessarily large, you need to use more trucks than is necessary to get them delivered, costing YOU more for EXTRA GAS, as well as EXTRA EMPLOYEE PAY.  And then there is the consumer.  You are burdening your consumer with more waste and packaging than they need, which now has to be disposed of.  Luckily, I have an online business and am usually able to re-use almost all of the packaging materials I am sent, but that is not the case with many of your customers, I’m sure.
My two separate boxes of paper packs were obviously together, in the same shipping station, at some point, since they were thrown into the gigantic box together.  The 5 pack of paper could easily have fit in the box that had the other single pack (which was in the BIGGER small box).  All your shipper had to do was open up the two boxes, and put the five packs inside the other box, and dispose of the smaller box.  Instead, your shipper elected to throw the two boxes, as is, into another massive box, and ship it that way.  That is RIDICULOUS.
I suggest that you reconsider your shipping practices, and make every effort to have your goal be as LITTLE packaging as possible.  In fact, you might offer a $100 reward each week, in each location, to the shipper who packages the greatest number of items in the smallest amount of volume!  The amount of waste your company creates must be monumental.  You could probably save yourselves thousands upon thousands of dollars by revamping your irresponsible shipping practices.
I was told by an employee in your Sales Dept that somebody would call me.  She took my phone number and said she expedited my complaint, and assured me that someone in the Purchasing and/or Shipping Department would get back to me.
I was assured that someone from your company, who is in a position to actually make decisions, and can address and correct this situation, would be getting in touch with me by phone.
I look forward to speaking with someone from your company.
Thank you. 
Sincerely,
Tara Thralls
P.S. I took photos of the boxes, and of the long stream of air pillows, however, I didn’t include them, as I am not sure if you would even open an attachment.
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Does this bother you, too?  I can’t be the only one that is astounded by the amount of Corporate Waste that is generated in the Shipping and Packaging of their products, right?

Does anyone else marvel at the amount of packaging corporations use to send out their products?

[Here is a letter I wrote to USA Business Products today]

To Whom It May Concern ~

There was a massive box on my porch today.  I couldn’t imagine what it might be.  The only thing I had ordered was 6 packs of Glossy Photo Paper,  Surely this massive box couldn’t be that, could it?

Actually, and sadly, it was.

I received my order from your company today, and I have to tell you, I was appalled.  I ordered 6 packages of KOD 8209017 Glossy Photo Paper 100 packs.  You did not have them in one location, I guess, because there were packing slips from two different locations inside the gigantic box that housed TWO SEPARATE SMALLER BOXES, one with 5 packs of paper and one with 1 pack of paper!

The box with 5 packages measured 9x14x5.

The box with 1 package measured 9x14x8 and was stuffed with 6 air pillows!

The two boxes were then thrown into a gigantic box together (21x18x13) along with 16 more (that’s right, 16!) air pillows and shipped off to me.  So there was a total of 22 air pillows used for my 6 packs of paper!

I have been given the gift of THREE cardboard boxes, in varying sizes from small to massive, plus 22 air pillows that need to be recycled.

What if I lived in a tiny apartment?  Where am I supposed to put this excessive packaging?

But that is not my biggest concern - consumer difficulties.

I am writing to you today to open up a dialogue with whomever manages your Packaging/Shipping purchases and policies.

I want to suggest that you are WASTING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY AND RESOURCES with your CARELESS SHIPPING PRACTICES.

I have been researching this issue for a while, and am in the middle of writing a piece about it, rife with incriminating photos of shipments I have received, similar to yours.

Here’s the bottom line.

Every time you package something in a bigger container than is needed you are incurring enormous waste.  Not only on the cost of the unnecessarily large container, but on the cost of the popcorns, air pillows or whatever that is used to fill it up, as well as the cost of extra tape that is used to seal it.  Not only that, but CARDBOARD BOXES DON’T GROW ON TREES!!  Trees are cut down to make these cardboard boxes you are so carelessly throwing about.

From there you need to look at the cost of the extra SPACE ON THE TRUCK that you are paying for.  You are paying to transport AIR!  Because your packages are so unnecessarily large, you need to use more trucks than is necessary to get them delivered, costing YOU more for EXTRA GAS, as well as EXTRA EMPLOYEE PAY.  And then there is the consumer.  You are burdening your consumer with more waste and packaging than they need, which now has to be disposed of.  Luckily, I have an online business and am usually able to re-use almost all of the packaging materials I am sent, but that is not the case with many of your customers, I’m sure.

My two separate boxes of paper packs were obviously together, in the same shipping station, at some point, since they were thrown into the gigantic box together.  The 5 pack of paper could easily have fit in the box that had the other single pack (which was in the BIGGER small box).  All your shipper had to do was open up the two boxes, and put the five packs inside the other box, and dispose of the smaller box.  Instead, your shipper elected to throw the two boxes, as is, into another massive box, and ship it that way.  That is RIDICULOUS.

I suggest that you reconsider your shipping practices, and make every effort to have your goal be as LITTLE packaging as possible.  In fact, you might offer a $100 reward each week, in each location, to the shipper who packages the greatest number of items in the smallest amount of volume!  The amount of waste your company creates must be monumental.  You could probably save yourselves thousands upon thousands of dollars by revamping your irresponsible shipping practices.

I was told by an employee in your Sales Dept that somebody would call me.  She took my phone number and said she expedited my complaint, and assured me that someone in the Purchasing and/or Shipping Department would get back to me.

I was assured that someone from your company, who is in a position to actually make decisions, and can address and correct this situation, would be getting in touch with me by phone.

I look forward to speaking with someone from your company.

Thank you. 

Sincerely,

Tara Thralls

P.S. I took photos of the boxes, and of the long stream of air pillows, however, I didn’t include them, as I am not sure if you would even open an attachment.

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Does this bother you, too?  I can’t be the only one that is astounded by the amount of Corporate Waste that is generated in the Shipping and Packaging of their products, right?

September 22, 2012 10:42 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/32060599723/crucial-deadline-monday-my-fellow-humans">CRUCIAL DEADLINE MONDAY: MY FELLOW HUMANS:

Scientists believe the pesticide clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rise in bee colony collapse — the sudden bee-die off which has claimed about 30% of the U.S. honey bee population each year since 2006. 

But twice this year, the EPA has refused to step in. If we don’t convince the EPA to reconsider, it is not scheduled to review clothianidin again until 2018. By then it could be too late for the bees, and the one third of our food crops bees play a crucial role in pollinating. 

The EPA is currently accepting public comments on its latest decision not to to declare bee die offs an emergency situation.

Now is a crucial moment to make our voices heard for the Bees. 

Tell the EPA: Stop stalling. Ban the pesticide that’s killing bees: 

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/epa_bees_stalling/?r_by=47146-2459004-13IOt_x&rc=paste1

I don’t know why I bother…posting links…hardly anybody pays attention.  If I post a stupid political joke or cartoon it might get a few hundred re-blogs or likes,  whereas, a post that really matters, like this one, concerned with “Human Survival” usually gets under a dozen.  I don’t understand why more people don’t CARE.

Anyway, if you DO happen to care about survival of all living beings on our planet, please take into consideration that we rely on Bees to pollinate many of our foods, and we would seriously be fucked if we allow one damn greedy chemical company to obliterate all life on earth for their own profits. 

So, do yourself a favor, it will take less than two minutes to sign this petition…

June 4, 2012 10:15 am
90 Percent of Corn Seeds Are Coated With Bayer's Bee-Decimating Pesticide

via OrganicConsumers.org

"I’m doing something very odd this week: speaking at the annual conference of Croplife America, the main trade group for the US agrichemical industry. Croplife members include Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and Syngenta, all massive multinational companies I write about regularly and witheringly. I am astonished that Croplife wants to hear what I have to say-what I think of the group’s member companies and their products is a matter of public record-and am curious to hear what they have to say to me.


As I prepared for the conference, a few interesting news items on the industry crossed my desk.

* As I’ve written before, Bayer’s neonicotinoid pesticides, which now coat upwards of 90 percent of US corn seeds and seeds of increasing portions of other major crops like soy, have emerged as a likely trigger for colony collapse disorder. Watch this NBC News report from last week linking bee kills in Minnesota to Bayer’s highly profitable product.

Meanwhile, the Columbus Dispatch reports similar bee die-offs in Ohio farm country, with beekeepers there, too, pointing the finger at Bayer.

* One of my biggest complaints about the agrichemical industry it its market dominance. As I say above, more than 90 percent of corn seeds planted today are treated with Bayer’s pesticide. What if a farmer wants to opt out, to plant seeds free of neonicotinoids? Good luck. According to a Pesticide Action Network press release I received today, farmers in the midwest are complaining that it’s virtually impossible to buy untreated seeds. In other words, farmers there have two choices: either pay up for Bayer’s poison, or exit the corn-growing business.”


»> Read the Full Article 

May 23, 2012 11:02 pm
Hours to Save the Amazon - Please sign petition and pass it on.
The Brazilian Congress has just passed a catastrophic forestry bill that gives loggers and farmers free rein to cut down huge swaths of the Amazon. Nowonly President Dilma can stop it.

Fortunately, the timing is on our side — in weeks Dilma will host the world’s biggest environmental summit and insiders say she cannot afford to open it as the leader who approved the destruction of the rainforest. She’s facing mounting domestic pressure, with 79% of Brazilians rejecting this new bill. Now, if we join them we can turn up the global heat and push her to axe the bill, not the rainforest.
May 18, 2012 9:49 am
Why Is Autism So Drastically on the Rise? An Environmental Horror Story

If horror is your genre, environmental writer Brita Belli’s The Autism Puzzle, is the book for you. Her terrifying look at the chemicals we eat, drink and breathe is guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.

We should thank her for it.

Statistics released earlier this spring by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that one in 88 U.S. born toddlers has an autism spectral disorder—from the less severe Asperger’s Syndrome to the so-called classical form of the ailment. Worse, it’s not just a North American phenomenon; Belli also reports a 57 percent spike in Asia and Europe.

The question is why.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

May 16, 2012 5:09 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/23195928281/a-plea-to-the-occupy-movement">A Plea To The Occupy Movement

May 4, 2012

By  (about the author)

opednews.com

Stopping global warming is the signature issue of our time. If we do not reverse global warming, nothing else will matter. Not bringing the Wall Street crooks to justice or closing down the corrupt banks or stopping our government from spying on us.

A vital step is closing down our nukes. Nuclear power is not a legitimate alternative to the burning of fossil fuels because it is far more dangerous albeit in a distinctly different way. The risk of further contamination of our earth on which we depend for our survival cannot be tolerated.

In spite of the risks, powerful corporate executives are looking to use profitable nuclear plants to address problems associated with stopping global warming.

Even if CEOs refuse to do so, we have to recognize this stark fact: nuclear radiation knows no boundaries. It is incumbent on us to join other countries in ending nuclear power for it is immoral that by keeping ours running we would be putting at risk countless others around the world.

The disaster in Japan reminds us again of how dangerous this form of energy is. A molten mass of radioactive material lies at the bottom of the three reactors that experienced meltdowns shortly after the earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan on March 11, 2011.

Structural remains of the containment vessels serve the short-term purpose of preventing radiation from leaking out into the atmosphere and contaminating not only Japan, but also much of the world. A second earthquake, predicted by seismologists to take place within the immediate future, has the potential to bring those structures tumbling down.

A hundred thousand Japanese have already been relocated within the country. There are recent reports that during negotiations over ownership of the Kuril Islands, Japanese officials told their Russian counterparts that due to Fukushima they are looking at evacuating roughly forty million people to one or more sites overseas. (See   HYPERLINK “click here“ click here)

Continued use of nuclear energy is being seen as part of a mix of alternatives to fossil fuels. A recent rebroadcast of a PBS program (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/nuclear-aftershocks/) featured several interviews with energy experts who proclaimed that our future energy needs couldn’t possibly be met without nuclear power. For this reason plans are being made to replace the ones that will be phased out.

Since there was no indication to the contrary, one can assume that this calculation about future energy needs was based on a continuation of the present way of life in industrialized countries. In other words, as economic growth, a core requirement of the capitalist system, continues, even anemically, additional power will be needed for new factories, office buildings, shopping centers, businesses, homes, schools, sports arenas, and transportation of all kinds as well as for waging war.

Even James Hansen, the premiere climate change expert, fears that closing down nukes would bring about a greater reliance on coal, increasing global warming. It’s either/or. But is it, really? The Entergy-owned Indian Point reactor on Long Island, for example, provides a quarter of the electricity used by New York City (click here). Conservation alone could easily eliminate the need for this plant.

Why not begin now to work toward making our energy-consumption commensurate with the energy that we can produce from alternative sources? Those who have run the capitalist system for the last hundred years have extravagantly and exploitively ravaged the planet’s resources for their personal gain. It has to stop.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

May 6, 2012 8:28 pm April 30, 2012 12:02 pm
BAYER STOCKHOLDERS VOTE TO KILL THE BEES
…but citizens around the WORLD are still signing the PETITION demanding the cessation of production of BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES!
Update: 30 April  2012
It’s outrageous. Despite our massive petition delivery directly into the Bayer meeting, major shareholders voted to keep their bee-killing poisons. Let’s keep up the pressure — sign the petition and send to everyone. When we reach one million signatures the petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer, and our next step is to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.
Posted: 24 April  2012 Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction. Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Now, massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees. The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — let’s reach half a million signers and deliver it directly to shareholders tomorrow in Germany!
[Photo by Tara Thralls]

BAYER STOCKHOLDERS VOTE TO KILL THE BEES

…but citizens around the WORLD are still signing the PETITION demanding the cessation of production of BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES!

Update: 30 April  2012

It’s outrageous. Despite our massive petition delivery directly into the Bayer meeting, major shareholders voted to keep their bee-killing poisons. Let’s keep up the pressure — sign the petition and send to everyone. When we reach one million signatures the petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer, and our next step is to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.


Posted: 24 April  2012
Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Now, massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees.

The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — let’s reach half a million signers and deliver it directly to shareholders tomorrow in Germany!

[Photo by Tara Thralls]

April 29, 2012 1:47 pm
SAVE THE BEES PETITION STILL GOING STRONG!

Even though the Bayer Shareholders Meeting was on Friday, people still CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE BEES and people are still signing the petition!

Unfortunately, it is almost exclusively being signed by folks in the Western Hemisphere.

There are no signers from India, China, Russia, Japan, The Middle East, Africa or Hawaii.

PLEASE IF YOU RESIDE IN ONE OF THE COUNTRIES LISTED ABOVE WHICH ARE MOSTLY ALL IN THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE, COULD YOU PLEASE RE-BLOG THIS, SO WE CAN GET ACTIVISTS FROM BOTH HEMISPHERES REGISTERING THEIR CONCERN?

April 28, 2012 5:24 pm