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Friday, April 05, 2002

Changesurfer Radio: Frankenfoods: What's All the Fuss?

http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4288

Interview with bioethicist Gregory Pence
Pence is author of Who's Afraid of Human Cloning? and Designer Food: Mutant Harvest or Breadbasket

Posted by Richard
4/05/2002 10:24:34 AM | PermaLink

Sustainability Segment: Salmon Protection

http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4309

Posted by Richard
4/05/2002 10:22:02 AM | PermaLink

Roots & Culture: Resource Rebels: Native and Environmental Struggles Against Multinational Corporations

http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4308

Posted by Richard
4/05/2002 10:21:06 AM | PermaLink

Earth First! Radio News: Week of 1 April to 5 April, 2002

http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4502

Posted by Richard
4/05/2002 09:52:00 AM | PermaLink

But Mr. Harris, I Don't Want to Vivisect the Frog...

Attention Nevada Residents:

Clark County School District in southern Nevada, the 6th largest school
district in the nation, is considering adopting a formal student choice
policy for students who believe dissecting animals to learn the life
sciences is wrong. This policy will allow students with ethical objections
to animal dissection, to use a non-animal alternative to learn their
coursework. On Thursday, April 11th, the matter will be considered for
adoption at a public meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the
Clark County School District, located at 2832 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas,
NV. If you're able, please attend the meeting or write/fax a letter, send
an e-mail or call the Board of School Trustees by Thursday, April 11th and
politely ask them to approve Regulation 6144, Exemption From Course
Requirements.

Points to consider when contacting the administration:

Two-thirds of all medical schools in the United States, including Harvard,
Stanford, Columbia and Yale, have eliminated the use of animals for training
doctors, replacing the animals with modern, cost-effective and humane
alternatives. Even veterinary schools are allowing students to learn
humanely.

Animal dissection is very costly since animal specimens can only be used
once and then disposed of whereas advanced alternatives such as life-like
models, state-of-the-art software and CD-ROMs, videos and lab books can be
borrowed from NAVS Dissection Alternatives Loan Program FREE of charge by
calling 1-800-888-6287.

Animal dissection creates high liability when students are handed scalpels
with the amount of violence in schools today, not to mention the hazardous
chemicals used to preserve the specimens that could potentially cause damage
to students eyes, lungs, skin, clothing, etc.

Animals used for dissection are often acquired in a cruel and inhumane
manner. As a part of pound seizure, cats are acquired from shelters and
gassed, sometimes still living while preservative chemicals are being pumped
through them; frogs are taken out of their natural habitat, stuffed into
bags and drowned in alcohol; and fetal pigs are removed from intentionally
impregnated sows during slaughter.

Clark County School District contact information:

Address: 2832 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone: (702) 799-1072
Fax: (702) 799-0257
Website: www.ccsd.net/trustees
When you go to the website, you can click on a link that will allow you to
send a message to all of the board members.

For more information, please contact:

Jodie R. Wiederkehr
Dissection Alternatives Loan Program Coordinator
National Anti-Vivisection Society
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1552
Chicago, IL 60604
312-427-6065 Ext. 203
800-922-3764
jwiederkehr@navs.org
www.navs.org

Posted by Richard
4/05/2002 09:01:10 AM | PermaLink

 
Thursday, April 04, 2002

Save Them, Eat Them

Here's a follow up to the Japanese whaling story -- apparently, while most of the public has never eaten whale, nor especially wants to, the government is rolling out the PR machine to make sure the good people of Japan get in on all the good whale eating that's about to come ashore!

Just say no -- to eating whale!

Posted by Richard
4/04/2002 10:21:00 PM | PermaLink

More on Big Bucks and Global Warming

The Bush Administration lost in court and finally had to turn over all of Cheney's correspondence with the big energy cronies he likes to lunch with between business deals. Of course, you don't tell the President how to play by the rules because he makes the rules -- and so during the months while his administration stalled the process in court, they apparently whited out most of the documents that they eventually handed over...so as to reveal nothing. Still, says the National Resource Defense Council, the footnotes alone spell a dirty deal and confirm what anyone looking at Enron already knew -- that Dubya is big energy's puppet.

It's not so surprising, then, to find this same administration dancing to the call of Exxon Valdez (which wants back in Alaska btw), in its attempt to get rid of the International Global Warming Panel's chair on Climate Change. Apparently, Dr. Robert Watson has the crazy idea that Exxon (and related companies) have a big role in aggravating rising temperatures worldwide...go figure.
Environmental News Network - ENN Direct

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4/04/2002 08:37:31 AM | PermaLink

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4/04/2002 08:21:07 AM | PermaLink

Sailin' the Ocean Blue...Red, Brown, Black

Here's a nice satellite photo of the dense black water trapped in the Florida Bay (that's just south of Tampa, west of the Everglades, and north of the nation's only barrier reef).

Of course, mysterious and deadly waters aren't new to our nation's gulfs and bays. Southern California and Florida often have 'red tides' of toxic bacteria caused by industrial pollution and failed water treatment. Louisiana, famously, has a giant dead zone on its southern border where the collected run-off pollution of the giant mississippi drains.

Freshwater leaching of agricultural and industrial pollutants into the coastal waters is a major cause of ecological catastrophe, destroying river habitats in the process as well.

The mysterious black bay in Florida is receiving in-depth analysis this weekend, so more should be known by next monday. A theory that it is the result of a natural "burp" of hydrogen sulfide -- causing a bad odor that is also evident -- is being advanced by Mote Marine Laboratories in Sarasota. However, the research director of the Florida Marine Research Institute, John Hunt, says it is more likely an algae bloom from run-off.

This would appear to put new pressure on the attempted management of aquifer water by the state of Florida (which environmentalists assailed as a bio-polluting of the Everglades and coast), as well as the large scale agricultural practices of Florida's cane producers (who apparently find this serious enough to have issued a denial).

Posted by Richard
4/04/2002 08:18:58 AM | PermaLink

Call it what you want

Little over a month ago, the Government Accounting Office released a report in direct contradiction of Harvard University and FDA policy that stated flat out that serious vulnerability to "Mad Cow" disease exists in America.

Meanwhile, Chronic Wasting disease has shockingly been on the move both east and west of the continental divide, leading to slaughter of deer and elk in a desperate attempt to contain the outbreak in the U.S., as Mad Elk turns up newly in Alberta.


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4/04/2002 05:06:49 AM | PermaLink

 
Wednesday, April 03, 2002

It works for monkeys...

Hong Kong determined to deal with monkey problem - 4/3/2002 - ENN.com

Monkeys are having lots of sex, skyrocketing their populations, and increasingly encroaching upon and colonizing alien communities. The humane solution of injecting sterilizing serum has been hit upon as an answer that may guarantee sustainability. Here's the rub: as the human population mushrooms toward 10,000,000,000 and more, and as people continue to stress pristene ecologies all over the world to the point of collapse, how long should we wait until we start taking shots of our own medicine?

A sustainable world = 2 children per family max.

Posted by Richard
4/03/2002 06:09:44 PM | PermaLink

 
Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Moby Sick

WWF Japan proposes partial lifting of commercial whaling ban - 4/2/2002 - ENN.com

If the whaling ban is lifted in Japan late April as the article suggests may happen, it means that we American audiences can expect a very special Iron Chef sometime in July: "I wonder what the secret ingredient will be tonight? I don't know Kage-san but that's an awfully big plate the Commandant has up there...wait here he is now!"

"Today's challenger has hunted his master Chen Kenichi since he was a little boy, apprenticing by his side. Year after year, a desire boiled in his heart to one day have at his master in full-blooded competition, led on through his young life by the white of his master's chef hat. Now he faces Chen in epic struggle. The secret ingredient: WHALE!"

Posted by Richard
4/02/2002 08:23:43 AM | PermaLink

 
Monday, April 01, 2002


A full-time vegan explains why we must support the new Burger King menu item -- hold the mayo!

Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, and Veggieburgers

Posted by Richard
4/01/2002 11:46:13 PM | PermaLink

Your Present Administration's Commitment to Renewable & Sustainable Energy

Anyone that's ever done business with a big corporation (such as the U.S. government) knows the kind of shady accounting that goes on in the name of project expenditures: nice dinners out, giant pizza parties in, overtime hours logged while sleeping and on Sundays during football, all culminating in a proverbial strip club extravaganza for the "hard working boys." Inevitably, this all gets charged to some outsourced employee's company tab (or related account) and so great fun is had at the expense of the company's bottom-line. If anyone asks if this behavior is ethical -- and no one really does -- the answer is inevitably given that it's all just a cost of doing business. Besides, it will be pointed out menacingly, "Would you like to float the bill? Go ahead, be my guest."

No doubt about it: such is the story behind our new Bush administration energy plan and the big oil, electric & nuclear-crazed cronies that spent hundreds of pizza-filled nights coming up with a plan that is anything but sustainable or ecologically sound. The joke -- who paid for all this? Laughingly, the very funds set aside for exploring sustainable alternatives to Enron.

Bush tapped solar energy funds to print energy plan

Friday, March 29, 2002
By Tom Doggett, Reuters

WASHINGTON While environmentalists have slammed the White House national energy plan for not doing enough to promote renewable energy, the Bush administration found those government research programs useful in paying the bill for printing copies of the 170-page plan.

The administration took money from the Energy Department's solar and renewable energy and energy conservation budgets to pay for the cost of printing its national energy plan.

Documents released under court order by the Energy Department this week revealed that $135,615 was spent from the DOE's solar, renewables, and energy conservation budget to produce 10,000 copies of the White House energy plan released last May.

Another $1,317.39 was spent for producing 16 "briefing boards" used by administration officials to illustrate and explain the White House energy plan.

The newly released documents also show that $176.40 was taken from the energy conservation program to pay for an Alaska trip by Andrew Lundquist, the White House energy task force's staff director, to promote the energy plan. The administration's energy policy called for drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a proposal strongly opposed by environmentalists.

At the same time the White House tapped the renewable budget for funds to print the energy plan, the administration was urging Congress to cut the renewable and energy efficiency research budgets by more than 50 percent.

Vice President Dick Cheney, who headed the White House energy task force, criticized environmentalists for relying too much on renewables and conservation to solve the nation's energy problems. "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy," Cheney said two weeks before the energy plan was released last May.

The administration did try to spread around the cost of producing the energy plan.

It dipped into the DOE's fossil energy program, which covers primarily oil research, to pay $100.92 for a hotel room near the Government Printing Office where the policy publication was being produced. The documents did not name the official or if the hotel offered a government rate.

Copyright 2002, Reuters
All Rights Reserved

Posted by Richard
4/01/2002 10:53:53 AM | PermaLink

 
Sunday, March 31, 2002


Welcome on behalf of GetVegan.com to the opening of VeganBlog: The (Eco) Logical Weblog.

This weblog will be a place for postings related to ecology, vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, animal rights, and general global politics as it relates to these domains. Anyone who wants to post here is encouraged to write to Richard in application for team membership. Non-team members are free to post as many comments as they like to the team members' postings. Enjoy.

Posted by Richard
3/31/2002 04:13:41 PM | PermaLink