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  • Moose Sex Project aims to promote animal husbandry

    08/22/2014 6:46:37 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 22 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Francis Campbell
    A Nova Scotia mainland moose checks out the surroundings. An additional 198 hectares of land is being added to protected holdings in the region connecting New Brunswick to Nova Scotia with the goal of making it easier for the mammals to migrate and find mates. (CONTRIBUTED) AMHERST — The mighty moose. Large, gangly, antlered, awkward-looking twig eater. Amorous and sexy, not so much. But the so-called Moose Sex Project and the land conservancy that makes it possible were at the forefront of a land protection announcement at the YMCA in Amherst on Thursday. “In terms of capturing people’s imaginations...
  • Ramping up is hard to do when logging in northern Arizona

    08/03/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | August 1, 2014 | Eric Betz
    How do you turn hundreds of thousands of acres of smallish trees into a profitable product? If you’re the Campbell Group, contractors for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, you do it the old-fashioned way: Convert timber into lumber. Company officials say they will forgo more costly biofuel efforts for now as they prepare to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. But the company faces a challenge even larger than the small trees. The logging industry has all but vanished from this region of the country. To thin that many acres, they’ll need drastically more loggers, trucks and mills. At...
  • Drought Shaming Pitting Neighbors Against Neighbors On Social Media

    07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water and some are taking their drought shaming to social media. If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re being watched while you water your lawn, there’s a good chance you are during this historic drought. In Sacramento, water wasters can face fines, and the enforcer may be someone who lives right next door. Terrance Davis with the city department of utilities says he’s seeing a trend of drought shaming. “Our water use complaint calls have gone up exponentially from the last 2 years,” he said. Karen Halbo lives in River...
  • California Flooded With People Tattling on 'Water Wasters'

    07/06/2014 7:16:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    California's drought is creating a deluge of tattletales, after government officials encouraged residents to snitch on their neighbors for wasting water. The state declared a drought emergency five months ago, but residents have only cut their water usage by about 5 percent, reports The New York Times, cutting back much less than the 20 percent Gov. Jerry Brown asked for in January. And since people aren't heeding the warnings from the state, cities in the state are asking residents to report their neighbors for wasting water, and are finding that people are all too willing to tell on each other....
  • Fish, Wildlife Projects Snubbed for Administration’s Green Energy Priorities?

    05/27/2014 10:56:44 AM PDT · by girlangler · 9 replies
    Outdoor Wire ^ | May 23, 2014 | Etta Pettijohn
    >It appears the federal agency entrusted with protecting fish and wildlife in the U.S. has a new mission - to promote and further wind and solar energy projects on public lands, despite the cost to fish and wildlife programs.< >The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is one of several agencies under the umbrella of the Department of the Interior (DOI). In recent years DOI has evolved into a vehicle to further the Obama administration’s push for “clean” energy, using the more than 500 million acres the Department manages to further this goal.< >Many Outdoor Wire readers remember the FWS’s...
  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

    05/27/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | John Flesher
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more directly in planning and funding environmental protection initiatives tied to agriculture. Officials provided details of the program to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Tuesday. …
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Killing One Type Of Owl To Save Another In Northern California

    05/22/2014 9:53:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 21, 2014
    Killing one species to save another sounds like a drastic solution, but that’s exactly what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing in California to protect the Spotted Owl from a predator that happens to be its distant cousin, the Barred Owl. On the Hoopa Indian Reservation near the Oregon border, it’s owl country, but not the kind Mark Higley wants to see. The tribe’s resident biologist is tracking an invasive species from the east called the barred owl. “Up to the ridge line we have been getting barred owl responses,” he said. At first the birds were a...
  • Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

    04/16/2014 12:39:56 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 4 replies
    Houzz.com ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jen Dalley
    "Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think that they must have such a one as their neighbors have. … Shall we always study to obtain more, and not sometimes be content with less?” ― Henry David Thoreau Living with less, as Thoreau described in Walden, is something many of us seek. We need a reprieve from our gadget-filled lives, so we travel deep into the wilderness, where utility services are sparse and renewable resources are necessary. But what if we want to extend our...
  • Killing swans is a bad idea

    02/21/2014 12:39:27 PM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | Carl Safina
    "Take a good look at them," I said, "because the state plans to exterminate them." I kind of agree with the department's main reason for exterminating New York state's resident mute swans (by the way, that's the species' name, because they're usually silent). Non-native species often pose problems. I just have two problems with the plan. One, I don't think mute swans are really too much of a threat to anything or anyone in New York state. They live mainly on Long Island and the lower Hudson, with a few on the Great Lakes. They number just around 2,200 birds,...
  • New York declares war on wild mute swans

    01/31/2014 10:19:17 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    IN Britain, wild swans may be prized for their beauty and protected by the Queen, but the US state of New York has declared war on them, branding them a violent menace. Draft proposals to kill or resettle the state's 2200 wild mute swans by 2025 may be supported by some conservationists but have sparked uproar among animal rights activists. Mute swans were brought to North America by European settlers to adorn their estates in the late 1800s but the authorities no longer consider them a beauty worthy of roaming free. The New York state department of environmental conservation says...
  • O’TOOLE and SCHIFF: Do single-family homes threaten the planet?

    11/20/2013 5:51:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-19-13 | Randal O'Toole and Damien Schiff
    A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change. Currently, 56 percent of households in the nine-county Bay Area live in single-family homes. That number would drop to 48 percent by 2030, under a high-density development blueprint called Plan Bay Area, recently enacted by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Plan Bay Area has already drawn several legal challenges, and...
  • Venison Sale Restrictions Should Be Loosened, Some Say (interesting article)

    10/19/2013 1:43:44 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 10/18/2013 | Jim Sterra
    Link only (not sure about WSJ posting rules)
  • Lolo requests face-to-face about NOAA proposal (American Samoa)

    04/16/2013 8:40:43 PM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 3 replies
    Samoa News ^ | 4/16/2013 | Fili Sagapolutele
    Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has raised objections with the federal government over a proposal that would list as threatened and endangered certain coral species found in the waters of American Samoa. He has also called for a face-to-face meeting with federal officials involved in this proposed action prior to making any final decision. According to the federal portal [www.regulations.gov], Apr. 6 was the last day to accept comments on the proposal. The governor's objections and his call for a meeting were outlined in a letter late last month to Rebecca Blank, the acting secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce,...
  • The other dark side of conservation: The New Patriotism

    03/04/2013 7:25:45 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    In his book "The conservation of natural resources in the United States", Charles Van Hise writes the following: (Page 337, section: "Conservation and Patriotism") The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, during the natural resources of the country were being taken possession of, were naturally times of intense individualism. Each man took freely of the resources, did with them as pleased, and regarded interference from any source as unwarranted. But the private possession of our resources placed a new situation before us and demands of the people the twentieth century different ideals from those that obtained in the past. If you happen...
  • Former EPA Administrator Russell Train dies

    09/18/2012 8:36:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    AP ^ | September 17, 2012 | Will Lester
    Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train, a leading American conservationist who helped craft some of the nation's enduring environmental laws, died Monday at age 92.
  • What radical climate change zealots don't want you to know...

    09/02/2012 6:53:28 PM PDT · by westcoastwillieg · 17 replies
    9/2/12 | Joe Lynch
    What radical climate change zealots don't want you to know...After man learns to control earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can he even begin to think about controlling our climate. Climate change has been going on ever since the earth was formed and will continue until the sun cools or planet earth is destroyed. Forces outside of our control (e.g. the sun, solar wind, etc.) are the drivers and, at this time, there is nothing anyone can do about it. In lieu of instrumentation, ice cores provide one of the best methods for determining past climatic conditions. Even if the...
  • Conservation does not stop with the natural resources - Theodore Roosevelt

    07/21/2012 4:12:57 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    There is every reason to believe that human beings are as amenable to cultivation as other animals and plants. Oh. Well I guess that must be true. That comes from a government document. In the accompanying papers for the Report of the National Conservation Commission, on page 677. This is probably something I don't need to cite a source for: Everybody knows who "Mr. Conservation" is, among the list of 43 presidents. Theodore Roosevelt. He described the RNCC report this way in the primary report document: (Page 1) With the statements and conclusions of this report I heartily concur, and...
  • More Austinites drilling private wells to water lawns [unshared misery alert]

    06/03/2012 5:42:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | June 2, 2012 | Dave Harmon
    ..........Austin isn't considering any ordinances to regulate drilling for water, said Daryl Slusher, an assistant director at the Austin Water Utility, but "we're definitely watching it. We are definitely concerned about the impact of folks doing this." Slusher's main concern is the effect residential drilling will have on attitudes toward water. Once people have shelled out tens of thousands of dollars for a well, he said, they don't have much incentive to conserve water. In fact, the more water they pump from the aquifer, the faster they can recoup their investment. "When neighbors see people watering any time they want...
  • Obama: Conservation boosts the economy (as Moochelle plans her next vacation?)

    03/04/2012 5:16:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/02/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Obama: Conservation boosts the economyBy JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/2/12 6:37 PM EST The argument that environmental conservation stands in the way of economic growth is “a false choice,” President Barack Obama told conservation leaders Friday. On the contrary, Obama said in remarks at the Interior Department, conservation provides a boost. “We’re not just preserving our land and water for the next generation, we’re also making more land available for hunting and fishing, and we’re bolstering an outdoor economy that supports more than nine million jobs and brings in more than $1 trillion a year,” he said. Obama took action earlier...
  • Idaho governor offers to 'replace' Oregon wolf with 150 more

    02/15/2012 7:58:27 PM PST · by girlangler · 21 replies
    The Outdoor Pressroom ^ | 2/14/12 | Valerie Richardson
    In an obvious tongue-in-cheek propostion, Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber an offer to "replace" the collared wolf from Oregon that was shot by a hunter in Idaho. "I am offering to send you 150 wolves from Idaho," Otter wrote. "Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few." Washington Times.
  • VIDEO: Want To Save Endangered Species? Hunt Them!

    02/15/2012 7:16:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/15/2012 | 60 Minutes
    The scimitar horned oryx . . . the addax . . . the dama gazelle - three elegant desert antelope that you'd hope to see on a journey through Africa, except that their numbers are dwindling there. Which is why Lara Logan went to Texas -- yes, Texas. There, on large grassland ranches, some exotic species that are endangered in the wild have been brought back in large numbers. But there's a catch: a percentage of the herd is hunted every year by hunters who pay big money for a big catch. The ranchers say this limited "culling" gives them...
  • Africa's Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct

    11/10/2011 5:08:13 PM PST · by americanophile · 18 replies
    VOA ^ | 11/10/11 | Lisa Schlein
    The International Union for the Conservation of Nature is officially declaring the western black rhino of Africa extinct. In its latest assessment of the situation, the IUCN says two other sub-species of rhinoceros also are close to extinction. Despite the action of conservation programs, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warns many sub-species of rhinos may soon be a thing of the past. The deputy director of IUCN’s Global Species program, Jean-Christophe Vie, tells VOA poaching is the main threat to the survival of the rhinoceros. “People just shooting them to take their horn. So, that is it,"...
  • DOE IG: 100+ stimulus-related criminal probes

    11/02/2011 9:15:54 AM PDT · by Third Person · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | November 3, 2011 | Darius Dixon
    The Energy Department's inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations related to 2009 economic stimulus spending. In written testimony prepared for delivery to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, Inspector General Gregory Friedman said the investigations have involved "various schemes, including the submission of false information, claims for unallowable or unauthorized expenses, and other improper uses of Recovery Act funds." So far, the investigations have led to five criminal prosecutions and brought in "over $2.3 million in monetary recoveries," Friedman said. "This includes a series of cases involving fictitious claims for travel per diem resulting in...
  • England right to ask if conservation measures have gone totally bats..? (shortened title)

    10/31/2011 3:06:16 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 2 replies
    North Norfolk News, UK ^ | Oct 31, 2011 | Chris Bishop
    Millions are being spent on the latest conservation wheeze – bat bridges, which enable the creatures to safely negotiate new roads like the last dualled section of the A11. The Patons were told they could possibly leave two thirds of the roof for the bats, and convert the remaining third for themselves. "Everywhere else in the English justice system there are checks and balances, there’s always a right of appeal, but this is a complete closed shop." Charlotte Paton Manchester Airport has had to build three large barns to accommodate thousands of Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared and Brandt’s bats made homeless...
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Parker Poised to be First Female Elite Series Pro

    09/21/2011 2:08:54 PM PDT · by girlangler · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Fishing Wire ^ | 09/12/2011 | Melissa J. Dixon
    Janet Parker has a clear shot at becoming the first woman to compete in the Bassmaster Elite Series. From Little Elm, Texas, Parker said if she qualifies she won't hesitate to commit for the 2012 Elite Series season. "I am on top of the world," she said. "I can't tell you how excited I am to have this chance." Parker took a big step toward the Elite Series on Sept. 10 with a 10th-place finish on the Arkansas River in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open division. The high finish jumped her from sixth to second place in the...
  • The Myth of Pristine Nature - A review of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

    08/19/2011 6:01:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | August 16, 2011 | Ronald Bailey
    “Nature is almost everywhere. But wherever it is, there is one thing nature is not: pristine,” writes science journalist Emma Marris in her engaging new book Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. She adds, “We must temper our romantic notion of untrammeled wilderness and find room next to it for the more nuanced notion of a global, half-wild rambunctious garden, tended by us.” Marris’ message will discomfort both environmental activists and most ecologists who are in thrall to the damaging cult of pristine wilderness and the false ideology of the balance of nature. But it should encourage and...
  • Federal officials investigate (six golden) eagle deaths at DWP wind farm

    08/03/2011 9:06:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/3/11 | Louis Sahagun
    Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of at least six golden eagles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Project in the Tehachapi Mountains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. So far, no wind-energy company has been prosecuted by federal wildlife authorities in connection with the death of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. A prosecution in the Pine Tree case could cause some rethinking and redesigning of this booming alternative energy source. Facilities elsewhere also have been under scrutiny, according to a...
  • GOP conservation cuts rile sportsmen

    07/13/2011 12:46:33 PM PDT · by sinanju · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/13/11 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    Back in power, House Republicans may have poisoned the well with their austere spending strategy, including the fiscal 2012 interior and environment spending bill that is on track for approval Tuesday in the Appropriations Committee. Under the legislation, the Interior Department’s overall budget would fall $720 million from fiscal 2011. A popular land and water conservation fund would see a more than 80 percent cut to $62 million, while funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act would get a 47 percent reduction to $20 million. State Wildlife Grants would also be cut 64 percent to $22 million. Wildlife-themed riders...
  • Are you an envirnonmentalist or a conservationist?

    07/02/2011 9:56:50 AM PDT · by Gum Shoe · 40 replies
    Red State Zombie ^ | July 2, 2011 | Red State Zombie
    I remember taking a forestry class my freshman year of college. The curriculum, presented by a veteran instructor from the California Department of Forestry, covered several related topics that included ecology, biology, life cycles, wild-land fire control, conservation, and commerce based on those natural resources. I never heard the associate professor use the word "environment" or "environmentalist" during the course. Granted, it was years ago, and course outlines do change over time as new information on any given subject becomes available. But, the disconnect suggests the environmentalist movement is a recent concoction that has little basis in traditional resource management...
  • Snake lover killed by one of his 24 king cobras

    06/30/2011 2:00:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 30, 2011 | Nick Britten
    <p>A snake conservationist who kept one of Europe’s biggest colonies of king cobras in a compound behind his house died yesterday after one of them bit him.</p> <p>Luke Yeomans had 24 snakes at his home and was due to open his king cobra sanctuary to the public this weekend.</p>
  • IDNR Promotes Conservation Job Opportunities for Youth, Young Adults

    06/25/2011 8:43:36 AM PDT · by MosesmomS · 1 replies
    Associated Content ^ | June 25, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting two opportunities for employment for young people who are interested in outdoor recreation and resources. Quinn's office made the announcement on June 24. Quinn and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller have made getting youth outdoors with the "Leave No Child Inside" initiative and other established programs a priority for the Quinn administration.
  • [FL] House passes controversial environmental bill in minutes

    05/01/2011 2:38:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2011 | Mary Ellen Klas Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
    TALLAHASSEE -- With head-spinning speed, the Florida House took up and passed a major rewrite of state environmental laws late Friday that Florida conservation groups call one of the worst environmental bills in decades. House lawmakers spent only seven minutes discussing, amending and voting on the 80-page bill just before the chamber was scheduled to adjourn at 8 p.m. In that time, lawmakers accepted six amendments that attempt to mitigate environmentalists’ concerns over provisions they had described as a “monstrous threat to the environment.” They added the content of another bill making it easier for ports to dredge to accommodate...
  • Budget Cuts Effect IL Conservation Police

    04/15/2011 7:42:38 PM PDT · by MosesmomS · 1 replies
    Associated Content ^ | March 18, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    There is a lot wrong with the current state of affairs in Illinois. That's nothing new. Hit hardest by budget cuts in recent years has been the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Those budget cuts have continued to a critical mass for IDNR's programs, facilities and sites, its staff and - most importantly - the Illinois Conservation Police...
  • President Urges Consumers to “Get used to Higher Gas Prices”

    04/10/2011 12:51:29 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 31 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 9 April 2011 | John Semmens
    Calling higher prices “a key incentive for conserving,” President Obama told an audience of 500 employees at the Gamesa Technology Corp., a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania, that “we need to get used to higher gas prices for the sake of our environment.” “There is no gain without at least a little pain,” the President argued. “Paying a few dollars more at the pump will encourage people to cut back on unnecessary trips and use public transit when they have to travel. If we’re going to save the planet we all have to make sacrifices.” As an example of...
  • Obama details conservation action plan

    02/17/2011 8:49:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/17/11 | Staff
    Washington- President Barack Obama called Wednesday for a series of steps to help Americans conserve and get in touch with nature, including full funding of the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund for only the third time in its existence.At a White House event, Obama also proposed creating a Conservation Service Corps to help young people find work in the outdoors, and extending the tax deduction for donating private land for conservation.
  • New Deep Water Drilling Rules Explained

    12/18/2010 1:34:19 PM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 18 December 2010 | John Semmens
    The US Government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement unveiled new deep water drilling regulations that some are calling “incoherent” and “obstructive.” “We’re not saying that firms can’t drill,” said Bureau Director Michael Bromwich. “All we’re saying is that no oil can be extracted.” Bromwich defended the new rules as “suitable for the vast majority of drilling operations. Most of the wells drilled are what we call ‘dry holes.’ That is, they don’t strike oil. Our regulation banning the extraction of oil will not interfere with this typical outcome. So, the majority of drilling activities would continue to...
  • 'Dual flush' toilets among conservation proposals OK'd by NYC Council (Change toliet, It's the law!)

    10/14/2010 6:56:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    SiLive ^ | 10/13/2010 | Peter N. Spencer
    NEW YORK -- Number one, or number two? Share 42 Comments Under a law passed by the City Council today, new toilets will have to be high water efficient or "dual-flush," which allow users to choose between a high pressure flush for solid waste, and a low-pressure flush for liquid. The law, which significantly changes the city plumbing code starting July 2012, applies the same strict water efficiency standards to plumbing fixtures like showerheads, urinals and sink faucets. The package of water conservation bills also requires water fountains have separate spouts for drinking and for filling water containers; commercial buildings...
  • Wilderness: Expansion and (Unlawful) Beneficiary Use

    10/03/2010 2:42:33 PM PDT · by AuntB · 19 replies
    The Westerner ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Stephen L. Wilmeth
    The Battle of Juarez is showing signs that the good guys are not prevailing. The Juarez newspaper, El Diario de Juarez, has cried uncle in its mixed stance of reporting the progress of the war. In the front page editorial that appeared recently, the editor waved the white flag and asked the cartels publicly what they want from him. The murder of a photographer and another reporter in the recent past are hitting far too close to home for him to continue to be a brave purveyor of the truth. In a city ravaged by nearly 7,000 deaths since 2006...
  • Not such a bright idea.

    09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kay Daly
    When the government regulates how much water a toilet can flush, or what kind of lightbulbs you can put in your table lamps at home, the Constitution looks pretty small in the rear view mirror. Exactly where in the Constitution does it say that it is the government's business how much water my toilet is flushing or what kind of lightbulb illuminates my household? But the busybodies in the environmental movement have folks convinced of a lot of things that just aren't so. Remember the campaign that passed the lightbulb bill? The holier-than-thou greenies told us that if we only...
  • Property Rights is not just a Western problem

    09/10/2001 10:59:39 PM PDT · by brityank · 93 replies · 3,025+ views
    See Article Text | 11 September, 2001 | brityank
    Property Rights is not just a Western problem Over the past few weeks, we have been inundated with heartrending stories concerning the theft of Property Rights by various government agencies manned by unelected bureaucrats foisting their policy regulations with no valid constitutional basis. I believe it fair to say most of us are not only concerned, but getting damned angry in finding just how pervasive the usurpative practices are becoming in even the smallest of communities. Back in the early Eighties, I bought a small agricultural holding with an old eight room house, a tri-level 20,000 sq.ft. post-and-beam barn, ...
  • Where are the rights of property owners?

    05/25/2010 6:03:01 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 16 replies · 926+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 06/01/2010 | Mark Shoffner
    Who owns the rights to YOUR property? Is it you, the county or your neighbor? That is the question that property owners in Huntington County Indiana are asking. And the answers from the county surveyor and the county Drainage Board only bring anger and dismay from property owners......
  • Turtle Advocates Urge Halt to Shrimping

    04/27/2010 12:32:45 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 12 replies · 450+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 4/26/10 | Harvey Rice
    • Turtle advocates urge halt to shrimping By HARVEY RICE HOUSTON CHRONICLE April 26, 2010, 9:56PM Share Print Share Del.icio.usDiggTwitterYahoo! BuzzFacebookStumbleUponGALVESTON — A group devoted to saving endangered sea turtles Monday asked state and federal officials to halt all shrimp trawling on the upper Texas Gulf Coast because a large number of dead Kemp's ridley turtles washed ashore this month. Carol Allen, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project's Gulf Coast director, told the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that shrimp trawlers were responsible for the deaths of more than 20 Kemp's ridley turtles on...
  • The Folly of Energy Conservation

    04/09/2010 8:03:30 AM PDT · by pb929 · 11 replies · 536+ views
    Smoke and Change ^ | 4/9/2010 | Smoke and Change
    Why do you turn off the lights when you leave a room or buy a more fuel efficient car? There are two basic reasons for reducing energy consumption, the first is to reduce your energy bills and the second is to conserve a ‘limited’ resource which in many people’s eyes will help save the planet. Trying to reduce your energy costs, whether in a personal or business setting, is generally a good idea for obvious reasons, however, the idea of conserving energy because it is limited resource is sheer folly and will probably do more harm than good to the...
  • White House to host summit on conservation

    03/31/2010 2:18:49 AM PDT · by marsh2 · 5 replies · 436+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | March 28, 2010 | Jim Tankersley
    "Under President Obama's vision for a "21st century conservation agenda," the federal government would bring together cities, states, tribes and nongovernmental organizations working on conservation efforts, and encourage families to spend more time outdoors, officials said."
  • Theodore Roosevelt

    03/13/2010 6:52:19 PM PST · by molybdenum · 64 replies · 1,025+ views
    Conservapedia. com ^ | 3-13-10 | editors
    Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States of America, 1901-1909, leader of the Republican party, and (in 1912-16) the Progressive Party. Roosevelt is best known for his remarkable personality and commitment to democratic process. He was strongly committed to law and order, active leadership, civic duty, and individual self-responsibility, and was more concerned with the process of change than its direction. A strong and vigorous man both personally and in politics, it was through Roosevelt that the world identified America with cowboy values of courage, initiative, and hardiness while it watched TR expand American influence in world...
  • Not-So-Cuddly Canines

    03/03/2010 8:38:59 PM PST · by Tom Hawks · 10 replies · 940+ views
    ESPN ^ | 3/3/10 | James A. Swan,
    In Russia, the big bad wolf is for real, says an important new book. In the heat of media frenzy about the environment, one must always remember to think critically and be on alert for romanticism, exaggeration and what Teddy Roosevelt called "nature fakers." In the U.S., we have been led to believe that wolves are not dangerous to people. In books and movies like Farley Mowat's "Never Cry Wolf", Michael Blake's "Dances With Wolves," and Barry Lopez's "Of Wolves and Men", wolves are "nature's sanitarians" who prefer eating lemmings more than larger mammals. They are presented as secretive, adverse...
  • Even Mountain Lions Are No Match for the Wolves in Sun Valley

    03/01/2010 7:10:59 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 51 replies · 1,216+ views
    The Great White Hunter ^ | 3/1/10 | Ryan Benson
    Go to http://www.lobowatch.com/WolvesNearYou.html to read the full story of this adult mountain lion killed by wolves in Idaho. The wrecking ball is out and wiping out everything in its path. Time to wake up to what uncontrolled wolf populations are doing in the lower 48 people.Ear Tag identifies Lion as an adult relocated by Idaho Fish and Game earlier in the year.Look in the background and you will see the residential community of Parker Idaho. Only 1/4 mile from the cougar kill site.Audience members at a meeting called by Sun Valley Mayor Wayne Willich saw many pictures of wildlife in...
  • Green fuels cause more harm than fossil fuels, according to report

    02/28/2010 7:26:11 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 533+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | March 1, 2010 | Ben Webster
    Using fossil fuel in vehicles is better for the environment than so-called green fuels made from crops, according to a government study seen by The Times. The findings show that the Department for Transport’s target for raising the level of biofuel in all fuel sold in Britain will result in millions of acres of forest being logged or burnt down and converted to plantations. The study, likely to force a review of the target, concludes that some of the most commonly-used biofuel crops fail to meet the minimum sustainability standard set by the European Commission. Under the standard, each litre...
  • "Water For Fighting," California Ballot Initiative Before Legislative Counsel of California

    02/23/2010 10:25:06 PM PST · by WaterForFightingCAInitiative · 4 replies · 1,251+ views
    http://www.waterforfighting.org/ ^ | February 18, 2010 | California Watershed Posse
    Date: February 18, 2010 To: Diane F. Boyer-Vine, Legislative Counsel of California From: Oscar Alejandro Braun, Co-founder of the California Watershed Posse Subject: Submission of text of proposed law (Government Code Section 10243) Total Electors Signatures Pages Attached: 6 We, the People of the Republic of California, hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the...