Macleans, June 13, 2014: From Alaska to Mexicoand all along the B.C. coastan iconic animal is disappearing. For reasons that remain baffling to scientists, starfish are dying by the millions, in the grips of a mysterious wasting disease that dissolves their bodies into goo. Id do beach walks along a 50-m stretch of shoreline, and count 500 or 1,000 of them, says Chris Harley, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia whos been monitoring sea stars (as scientists call them) for nearly two decades [...] Revisiting one of these sites recently, he found a single sea star. [ ] This is one of the largest wildlife die-offs that we know of, [Seattle Aquarium veterinarian Lesanna Lahner] says. Its a signal in the ecosystem that somethings not right.
Eugene Weekly, June 12, 2014: The way the rate has accelerated, I dont think most sea stars along the Oregon coast are long for this world, says Bruce Menge, a marine ecologist with Oregon State University.
KUOW News, June 16, 2014: Its a lot worse than it was last week, says [Drew] Harvell, a marine epidemiologist at Cornell University. [...] Its the largest mortality event for marine diseases weve seen, Harvell said. It affects over twenty species on our coast and its been causing catastrophic mortality. [...] From what Harvell and her team see as they survey beaches [of Washington's San Juan archipelago], theres not much time for these starfish [...] My expectation is that within the next month all of the stars will die. The team checked this rocky patch last week and found 10 percent of the stars showed signs of the wasting syndrome. Today they estimate that number has increased to more than 40 percent. [...] Harvell said, This area has some of the highest biodiversity of sea stars in the world. Were not just losing one keystone species, were losing a whole guild of stars. And the stars here are whats called an endemic species, meaning they only live on this shoreline and nowhere else on the planet, she explained. If sea stars are wiped out along these shores, theres a potential for not just local, but global extinction.
EarthFix (Oregon Public Broadcasting, KCTS9, KUOW), June 15, 2014 Drew Harvell, Cornell University: This is the largest disease outbreak that we know of ever in the oceans. [...] Im expecting that in the next two weeks we will lose virtually all the stars at this site [in Washington] [...] To lose all of them at once, we dont even know whats going to happen.
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Text: Fernando Sánches Alonso – XL Semanal
They came to Spain because the social and economical situation in Ukraine became complicated, but they could not have imagined that their country would become the centre of the conflict threatening to destabilise the entirety of Europe.
“Before Maidan, I was ashamed of my country.”
“I ran away from home because I wanted to be on Maidan,” says this Odesa-born student, who has lived in Madrid with her mother for 9 years. When the protests started, Yana was on vacation in her mother city and she ran to Kyiv, the capital. “I left with my cousin. My parents knew nothing.” She confesses that before the revolution in Maidan, she was ashamed of her country. “I told everyone I was Russian. Today I would give every last drop of my blood to Ukraine. Ukrainian patriots like myself are not fascists. They have to inform themselves before talking and stop insulting us!”
“Without Ukraine, Russia is a body without arms or legs.”
This woman with a degree in business shows photos of some of the fallen on Maidan. Kateryna was born in the west of the country, and for her it was Putin, whom she calls the ‘bloody pacifier,’ who suppressed the protests. “Putin doesn’t want to let go of Ukraine because without us Russia is like a body without arms or legs. This is why he calls us ‘fascists.’ Our patriotism is not based on hatred. 20 000 Russians lived in my village and nobody threatened them for speaking their language; on the contrary, in the east of the country, if you speak Ukrainian, you are lost. We want to revive Ukraine and we are not alone. The international community supports us.”
“They call us ‘terrorists’ for not wanting to sell our country to the IMF.”
“Why are they calling us terrorists?” This 38-year-old engineer, who is now the leader of a construction crew, in Spain asks himself. “Just because we don’t want to sell our country to the IMF, for defending our language (Russian) from the ultra-rights and the US siege? The east of the country, which Europe ways is where the bad guys are, sustains the national economy. 70 per cent of the GDP comes from the east of Ukraine. There are only retired people and students in the west; the rest have emigrated.”
“The genocide of my people at the hands of Stalin cannot be forgotten.”
“A part of my family is Russian, but I don’t speak with them,” says this young woman from Kyiv with a degree in tourism. “The horrors of Holodomor are not forgotten. This is how we call the genocide of our population in Stalin’s times in Ukraine. Today, all of this has returned with Putin. We don’t want to have anything to do with Russia. We want to look forward. He should leave us alone!”
“For Kyiv, we who speak Russian are second-rate citizens.”
“The Kyiv government does not respect us. For them, we are second-rate citizens,” declares this young woman born in Donetsk, the region with the majorly Russian culture and language. A superior technician in the administration, she thinks that the US have been preparing for this moment for years. “The US only wants to put distance between Europe and Russia for its own interests. But if Europe wants to be powerful, they have to look more towards Russia than the Americans.”
“Who are the good guys? Both gangs are manipulating us.”
A translator in the Ukrainian consulate in Madrid, born in Lviv, in the west of the country, Svitlana confesses she is confused by the conflict. “We are being manipulated by both gangs. Ukraine is the excuse the US and Russia are using to show off their forces and divide world power. And meanwhile people are dying. Who are the good guys? The west of the country is agricultural, the east is industrial. More than having ethnic and cultural differences, they have two different views of the world.” The solution? “Maybe a federal state.”
“We are fed up with Russia sticking its nose in Ukraine.”
He works on construction in Madrid, where he has lived for 10 years, though in his mother city in the west of Ukraine he used to be a dancer. “One needs food to eat,” he explains. “Putin’s propaganda is only telling lies about the Ukrainian nationalists. He is calling us ‘fascists.’ And all of this because we love democracy and we protect our language, which has been prohibited by Russia for many years, and because we want to put an end to corruption and become closer to Europe. We are fed up with Russia sticking its nose in our business. We don’t have a choice: either Europe or chaos.”
Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina
I have noticed that there has been a deluge of posts to Craigslist that promote stories on conspiracy profiteering web sites. It was more than a simple coincidence that the same story would be posted and reposted (ad nauseum) in several different cities forums day after day.
After a little more research I found posts on Craigslist for "writers" for some of those conspiracy profiteering web sites.
Walker Lot Sun, 11 May 2014 07:46:34 GMT - Youtube - Public
Somebody did his home work.
A new survey from McKinsey indicates that a large majority of people signing up are now paying for their coverage. This is progress for the health law. But the survey still indicates that three-fourths of enrollees were previously insured.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/05/10/new-mckinsey-survey-74-of-obamacare-sign-ups-were-previously-insured/ Shared by beast
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/10/massive-6-0-magnitude-earthquake-rocks-mexico/ Shared by beast
GARDNER, Massachusetts - A painting that hung in the Gardner High School principal's office in Gardner, Massachusetts, for nearly 50 years is headed to the auction block and it is expected to sell for close to $2 million, CBS Boston reports.
The 1941 painting "Willie Gillis in Convoy" was a gift from Norman Rockwell to former principal Earl Williams in the 1950's. It hung in the principal's office until 2001, and had been stashed away in storage for the last 13 years.
The Rockwell original depicts a World War II soldier in the back of a truck with several comrades.
The painting was part of a series for the Saturday Evening Post, but this particular one never made the cover.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/norman-rockwell-original-found-in-massachusetts-school/ Shared by beast
kind of doubt it, but , if they are they don't seem to have any effect improving the ineptness of the ukranian army.
The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday 400 U.S. mercenaries are working with the junta government in Ukraine to suppress opposition to the coup in the eastern part of the country.:eek::(:mad: The newspaper said the for-profit mercenaries are actively participating in the effort to eliminate anti-coup activists in Slavyansk and possibly other areas in the Donetsk region.:(:mad:
On Thursday we covered a report stating the CIA and the FBI are involved in the effort to quell resistance to the junta. The CIA has been involved with nationalist and fascist Ukrainian groups since the late 1940s.
In March, we reported on the presence of Greystone mercenaries in Donetsk. The mercenaries were soldiers of fortune proficient in combat operations, a diplomatic source told Interfax, according to the Daily Mail. Most of them had operated under private contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other states. Most of them come from the United States.:mad:
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the mercenaries were contracted to suppress civil protests and dissatisfaction.
Among the candidates for the role of gendarme is the Barbados-registered company Greystone Limited, which is integrated with the Academi corporation, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It is an analogue, and, probably and affiliated body of the Blackwater private army, whose employees have repeatedly been accused of committing grievous and systematic human rights abuses in different troubled regions.
Academi was known as Blackwater and then Xe following its involvement in the murder of 17 Iraqis in Nisour Square, Baghdad, in 2007. Academis board of directors includes former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Bobby Ray Inman, the former director of the NSA, and the companys CEO is a retired Brigadier General, Craig Nixon.
http://news.yahoo.com/orange-black-ribbon-holds-clue-eastern-ukraines-chaos-182445176.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/05/saudi-arabia-reports-more-mers-deaths-2014510194547989701.html http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_11/Donetsk-referendum-is-under-way-most-active-in-Maruipol-local-elections-commissioner-2975/ http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_11/Donetsk-referendum-is-under-way-most-active-in-Maruipol-local-elections-commissioner-2975/ http://rt.com/on-air/ukraine-referendum-sovereignty/ http://rt.com/on-air/ukraine-referendum-sovereignty/
does that mean you're the baddies?
...and bags, and notebooks in the Boing Boing store!
Senate majority leader Harry Reid hasn't been very vocal about the cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says "it's not over."
Reid tells News4's Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. "Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it's not over," Reid said.
http://osce.usmission.gov/apr_7_14_ukr2.html http://www.youtube.com/v/m5Rkom1RpKA http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/08/exclusive-u-s-won-t-share-invasion-intel-with-ukraine.html?utm_source=twitterfeed http://www.youtube.com/v/EUb-uANICtc http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26941799 https://www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hM9cqLFXTX2rv8WWnz72I-WcThPA?docId=c5c7b9dd-dc9c-4a76-bb55-5ed4a0a5f27f http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_03_25_ebola/en/ http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/03/26/report-new-f-35-fighter-jet-purchased-by-israel-from-u-s-can-carry-nuclear-bomb/ http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26758788 ~~~~~~~~~~~Hm, can we take a mulligan on this coup? http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/03/niakea-williams-mom-arrested-school-locked-tried-console-autistic-son-without-signing/
We are sure the weather is to blame but what happens when pent-up demand (from a frosty east coast emerging from its hibernation) bumps up against a drought-stricken west coast unable to plant to meet that demand? The spot price (not futures speculation-driven)of US Foodstuffs is the best performing asset in 2014 - up a staggering 19%.
A giraffe at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo says goodbye to Mario. Photo: Stitching Ambulance Wens Netherlands. Source: Supplied
A DYING cancer patient who worked at a Dutch zoo his whole life has said a final goodbye to the animal.
The 54-year-old man, identified only as Mario, was approaching by a loving giraffe as he lay in his hospital bed wheeled into Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo.
“You could see him totally light up,” Kees Veldboer, founder and director of Ambulance Wish Foundation, told a Dutch newspaper, Algemeen Dagblad.
“It’s very special to see that those animals recognise him, and sense that he isn’t doing well,” he said.
Mario has a mental disability and has worked as a maintenance man at the zoo for most of his life.
He later bid farewell to his colleagues, the paper reported.