The Center for Biological
Verde River in
Danger: Officials Resist Ruling on Arizona Pipeline
save Arizona's life-sustaining Verde River from a massive
pipeline that would dry it up, in 2009 the Center for
Biological Diversity sued the city of Prescott for illegally
withholding records on the pipeline -- but Prescott is still
withholding them. In fact, the city is trying to impose a
three-week delay on the lawsuit's ruling -- and it's now
been illegally withholding the records for 20 months. So
last week, the Center submitted a motion to stop the delay.
The 45-mile Big Chino Ranch pipeline would suck 13 million
gallons of water per day from the Big Chino aquifer to fuel
rampant development in central Arizona. The Verde River
relies on springs from the aquifer for 80 percent of its
base flow -- without which the rushing waterway would be a
dry wash. Many endangered species -- including the desert
nesting bald eagle, razorback sucker, roundtail chub, and
southwestern willow flycatcher -- depend on the Verde for
Propose Budget Cuts for Species Listing
with 1,000 U.S. species in desperate need of federal
protection, as identified by the Center for Biological
Diversity, the Obama administration has now proposed a cut
in the budget for its endangered species protection program.
That means even less funding for placing species on the
endangered species list, helping those species recover, and
enforcing laws to save protected species from harm -- as
well as a 9-percent cut in funds for conserving the 249
"candidates" that are officially recognized as deserving
Endangered Species Act protection but have already been
pushed to the side, many for decades, due to lack of
resources to aid them. To
confront the administration's apparent indifference about
saving our country's biodiversity, the Center has launched a
campaign to save America's 1,000 most endangered species by
getting them on the endangered species list, keeping them
there as long as necessary, and earning them protected
"critical habitat" and recovery plans.
Wild and Weird:
"Lonesome George" the Tortoise Holds Out Hope for True Love
little time to spare before Valentine's Day, this year
Lonesome George -- the last known Pinta Island giant
Galápagos tortoise -- was introduced to two new lovely lady
tortoises of a related subspecies in the hopes they'll help
George produce an heir. After shunning the fairer sex for
the better part of a century (he's now nearly 100 years
old), the longtime bachelor was finally tempted to mate in
2008, but the resulting eggs never hatched. Scientists hope
that by mating with the two newly delivered female
tortoises, Lonesome George -- already dubbed the "world's
rarest living creature" -- will also, finally, become the
world's oldest new baby daddy. For your sake, George,
we hope one of your lucky blind dates is the One.
Read more in the UK
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Indian Council supports:
Alerts of the
GE Alfalfa: Obama's Organic Betrayal
last week's Bytes, we made the case that the Organic
Elite had betrayed the organic community when they
naively sat down to cut a deal for "coexistence"
with the USDA, essentially giving up on confronting
Monsanto where it matters: in the market (including
Whole Foods Market), where unlabeled GMO and
factory-farmed foods are routinely purchased by
unwitting consumers. OCA chided Organic Inc. for
abandoning grassroots "activist pressure, boycotts,
and petitions" and internalizing the defeatist
notion "that the battle against GMOs has been lost."
At nearly the very moment Bytes was broadcast to our
members, news came that President Obama and USDA
Secretary Tom Vilsack had betrayed the organic
industry. As OCA expected, Vilsack, apparently on
direct orders from the White House, abandoned the
idea of "controlled deregulation" for something much
more Monsanto-friendly. Monsanto's controversial
RoundUp Ready alfalfa will likely be planted this
spring and - like all of the biotech industry's GMOs
- it remains untested, unregulated, unrestricted,
and unlabeled. It seems that Obama has elected to
joins the ranks of Monsanto Minions, just like Bush
Jr., Clinton, and Bush Sr. before him. The good news
is that the organic industry is finally showing some
anger and passion! In the wake of this betrayal
foretold, the Organic Trade Association published an
open letter condemning Vilsack's decision, signed by
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), Stonyfield Farm,
Organic Valley, as well as a host of organic
advocacy groups and individuals, including Michael
Pollan. Here's the letter: !
Supermarket Chains to Adopt Truth-in-Labeling
Practices for GMOs and Factory-Farmed Foods
Whole Foods admits in an
internal company document that it sells GMO foods,
while they claim to support mandatory GMO labels.
So, why don't they start Truth-in-Labeling with
their own stores, and voluntarily label conventional
and "natural" containing GMOs or coming from Factory
Farms (CAFOs)?: ...
93% Want GE Food to Be Labeled
"Only a quarter of
Americans say they fully understand what genetically
engineered food is all about, according to a survey
of more then 3,000 people conducted for NPR by
Thomson Reuters last month. "Press people a little
further by asking them if genetically engineered
foods are safe, and the uncertainty climbs higher.
Only 21 percent of people are convinced the foods
are safe. Most are unsure - 64 percent. The
remaining 15 percent think the foods aren't safe.
"One thing everyone seems to agree on is that a food
should say on its label if it's from some
genetically modified animal or plant - 9 in 10
people surveyed said so." Americans Are
Wary Of Genetically Engineered Foods - Scott
Hensley, National Public Radio
"I have always searched for
my place and my people." --Wendy Rose, Hopi / Miwok
For every human being to feel
connected, we must have the feeling of belonging. That is one of the values and
benefits of a culture: it creates the feeling of belonging. If for some reason,
while you were growing up, you did not develop the feeling of belonging, a
search will be triggered and a restlessness will be present in your heart. You
will have a hole inside you, something missing, until you find your place and
your people. Remember, we can get this feeling of belonging when we realize we
belong to the Great Spirit and that He really loves us a lot.
today, I belong to You. Let me feel Your presence. Thank You.
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Do you know, deep inside, that you are to be part of a great turning on planet earth and that indigenous wisdom is a key part of that turning?
Medicine for the People
By Harvey Walks With Hawks
Oh My Gosh!
I have Warts!
matter how you feel about warts, they seem to have a way
of growing on you. I have experienced warts on my
physical body all my life. Some say they come from
viruses and others say they do not know why we get
them. Really who knows but we know for sure they do
exist on all animals and humans.
Verruca vulgaris is the
scientific term for the common wart. Everything has a
scientific name and this sure sounds like a name for a
wart. Don’t you think a wart looks like verruca
vulgaris? I guess I do; anyway back to warts.
Warts usually appear on the
hands, feet and face, and are believed to be caused by
some type of virus. The quantity award for home
remedies goes to the world of warts. I probably have a
million of them myself. I remember when I was a child I
was told not to pick up frogs. I always played with
them and now I know that is a fallacy that if you touch
a frog you will get warts. Also you do not get a prince
from kissing them either.
Here are some natural
remedies; some that work and some that don’t; it is best
to try a wide variety of them and then decide which one
works for you as an individual. Read More >>>
information is for educational purposes only. It is not
intended to diagnose, cure or is in any way suggestive
as far as medicinal advice.
Pastor Calls for Fluoridegate Investigations
Cites Disproportionate Fluoride Risks for African Americans
Memphis, TN: Reverend
William Owens, President of the Coalition of African American Pastors, is
joining a growing chorus of leaders calling for federal and state hearings
and investigations into new revelations about risks from drinking
In 2006 the National Research Council published a report that listed
diabetics, kidney patients, babies and children, seniors, and outdoor
workers as "susceptible subpopulations" that are especially vulnerable to
harm from fluorides.
Owens is an outspoken advocate for assisting children in their education and
is concerned about reports of IQ impacts from children ingesting fluorides.
A recent study
published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, documented diminished
IQ in children from fluorides in water.
In 2009 a study in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry noted that black
children ingest significantly more fluorides than white children.
CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published data in 2005 showing
that blacks have significantly more of the worst forms of dental fluorosis
than whites. Owens wants to know why African Americans leaders weren't
openly given this and other important information.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed somewhat reducing
the level of fluoride in water in a statement on January 7, 2011.
The HHS actions don't go far enough, according to Rev. Owens, citing the
issue that some people drink dramatically more water than others, have
medical susceptibilities to fluorides, and have numerous other uncontrolled
sources of fluoride in their diet.
William Owens: 901-679-5286, 901-785-5279 (fax);
African American Environmentalist Association
Note: It should be noted that dental studies on American Indian
reservations with fluoridated water showed even higher rates of dental
fluorsis than among blacks. The rate of liver and kidney damage were
also higher than blacks. Why are there no American Indian leaders
calling for an investigation?
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Drilling Plans Halted in Polar Bear
bears are getting a reprieve from offshore
drilling in Alaska. Last week Royal Dutch
Shell announced it won't move forward with
plans to drill for oil in the polar bear's
protected "critical habitat" in the Beaufort
Sea, off the coast of Alaska's Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge, this summer. The
decision comes after persistent opposition
from the Center for Biological Diversity and
an outpouring of support from our members
and online activists like the Manataka
American Indian Council. The
decision marks the third time in recent
years that Shell's plans to drill in the
Beaufort have been put on hold, including
2007 plans overturned in court due to
litigation by the Center and allies. Plans
to drill in 2010 were suspended by the
Interior Department after the Deepwater
Horizon oil-spill disaster -- and rightly
so, since the Arctic is one of the riskiest
of all places to drill offshore. The Center
is now calling on Interior to make Shell's
Imperiled Pacific Walrus Passed Over for
Obama administration acknowledged Tuesday
that the Pacific walrus in Alaska is clearly
in trouble and deserves protection under the
Endangered Species Act, but that it won't
provide the walrus with the help it needs.
In what's become a disturbing trend, the
Interior Department put the walrus on an
ever-growing "candidate" list, where it'll
wait endlessly for protections.
Tuesday's decision was a response to a
Center for Biological Diversity petition
seeking federal protection for the Pacific
walrus, which can grow up to 3,750 pounds
and lives in waters off Alaska. Lately,
global warming has taken a toll, robbing the
animals of the sea-ice habitat they need to
give birth, raise young and rest. The walrus
can't wait much longer for federal aid. It
joins more than 250 other "candidate"
species seriously in danger of extinction --
and at the top of the Center's 2011 list of
species to save.
Awi Anida Waya
NJ bridge dig turns up
Native American artifacts
Ewing, New Jersey (AP) January 2011
A $1.1 million archaeological dig that has been under way for
months as part of the proposed Scudder Falls Bridge replacement
project has turned up evidence that Native Americans lived at
the site as long ago as 500 B.C. and as recently as 1500 A.D.
“The most intriguing evidence (in Ewing) are the physical
remains of a large number of hearths,” said John Lawrence, a
senior archaeologist with AECOM, the Trenton-based engineering
firm hired by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission,
which owns and operates the Scudder Falls Bridge and is paying
for the dig.
“They are the remains of where the Native Americans would have
been cooking food for storage and for daily meals,” Lawrence
said of the hearths. Read More>>>
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