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Court: EPA Failed to Protect U.S. Waters From Aquatic Invasive Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANN ARBOR, Mich.— In a 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country — from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay — the U.S. Court of Appeals’ 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ship’s ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry an...
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 4:52PM
Victory in Alaska: Shell Pulls Out of Arctic After Failing to Strike Oil - by Center for Biological Diversity
CHUKCHI SEA, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell has announced an end to its Arctic oil exploration “for the foreseeable future” after failing to strike oil at its Burger Prospect site in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, located in remote federal waters within the Arctic Circle. The public and conservation groups have long opposed drilling in the Arctic — where an oil spill would be impossible to clean up — and have criticized the Obama administration’s approval of Shell’s permits.
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:03PM
Groups Sue to Overturn Controversial Wyoming Data-Censorship Laws - by via Center for Food Safety
CHEYENNE, WY (September 29, 2015) – A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photos and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an att...
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:00PM
Neglect of Public Housing - by Thomas Pany and Thorsten Knuf
Crisis and chance are represented by the same Chinese letter. Big US and German cities sold off public housing to gain revenue so the public housing stock fell from 3.5 million to 1.5 million. The housing emergency in Germany and the US demands counter-measures and tax incentives. The Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program has financed 2-3 million units. The state is obligated to protect human rights from the brutal and authoritarian profit-oriented market. Public spirit and trust b...
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:55AM
UC Intolerance Principles A Step in the Right Direction - by via Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace commends the University of California for discussing anti-Semitism in the context of racism, Islamophobia, and other forms of bigotry
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:26AM
Appeals Court to Reinstate Lawsuit Against FBI by Insane Clown Posse Fans - by American Civil Liberties Union
DETROIT, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today hailed a federal appeals court ruling that allows fans of rap duo Insane Clown Posse — known as “Juggalos” — to move forward with a lawsuit against the FBI for designating Juggalos a criminal gang.
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:23PM
Catholic Hospital Refuses Procedure for Pregnant Woman With Brain Tumor - by American Civil Liberties Union
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — A Catholic hospital in Michigan denied a pregnant woman with a life-threatening brain tumor a request to get her tubes tied at the time of her scheduled C-section next month. The refusal comes following a demand letter sent on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan last week and despite the hospital’s prior record of granting exceptions to other women seeking the same procedure.
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:18PM
Task Force Urges Pope Francis to Practice "Golden Rule" for LGBTQ People and Families - by via National LGBTQ Task Force
Washington, DC, September 24, 2015 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is urging Pope Francis to practice the “Golden Rule” for LGBTQ people and their families. The Pope emphasized the often quoted axiom in his address to a joint session of the US Congress—but went on to implicitly criticize marriage equality and reproductive rights, issues of vital importance to LGBTQ people and their allies.
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:01PM
Court Ruling Means Greater Protections for California Sea Otters - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A judge on Friday upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to end its program that relocated California sea otters from a significant portion of southern California coastal waters, important to the survival of the species, to an island off the coast with the goal of creating a second healthy population. As a part of this program, the Fish and Wildlife Service created a “no-otter zone” in response to complaints from fishermen that moving otters to a new locat...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:35PM
San Luis Obispo Residents to Protest Oil Industry Aquifer Exemption Hearing - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— San Luis Obispo County residents and members of the Center for Biological Diversity will protest today outside a state-run “aquifer exemption” hearing aimed at helping an oil company get federal permission to dump oil waste fluid into the county’s underground water. There are at least 100 water-supply wells within a mile of this oilfield.
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:00AM
Navy Agrees to Limit Underwater Assaults on Whales, Dolphins - by Center for Biological Diversity
HONOLULU— A federal court on September 14 entered an order settling two cases challenging the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities off the coasts of Southern California and Hawaii, securing long-sought protections for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals by limiting Navy activities in vital habitat. The settlement stems from the court’s earlier finding that the Navy’s activities illegally harm more than 60 separate populations of whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions.
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:20PM
Letter to Pope Francis Re: The Doctrine of Christian Discovery - by via Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends has sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him to repudiate and rescind the Doctrine of Christian Discovery promulgated by predecessor popes. In addition to achieving its stated goal, the letter supports the Amah Mutsun effort to call attention to the inhuman way that the Catholic Church and many of those within it acted towards the Native Peoples of North America (and elsewhere).
Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:43AM
Deplorable images in asylum-seekers reception center - by Amnesty International
The shocking images of scores of refugees and asylum-seekers being thrown food by Hungarian police at a registration center in Roszke underscores the deplorable conditions facing those being held by the Hungarian authorities, said Amnesty International today.
Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:12AM
ACLU Comment on New Justice Department Guidelines for Stingray Surveillance Devices - by American Civil Liberties Union
NEW YORK, September 3, 2015 — The Department of Justice today issued new public guidelines for the use of a military-grade surveillance technology by certain federal agencies.
Posted: Sat Sep 5, 2015 5:09PM
Mideast Migraines - The Complicity of Religion (audio/mpeg 131.1MB) - by Ren Tawil
SEC not enforcing U.S. law for Israel bonds; "True Judaism" Will Kill Us; Hillary Clinton’s failed attempt to suppress BDS organizing in Scotland; Why American Jews Matter; Arabic Beat music. Length: 1:54:31/ Date: 2015-08-24/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (134MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Sep 5, 2015 1:34PM
ALDF Calls on the USDA to Protect the Psychological Wellbeing of Primates - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
SAN FRANCISCO – The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in support of regulatory changes necessary for preventing suffering and ensuring the psychological wellbeing of primates used for research. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) exists in part to “insure…humane care and treatment” of animals used by dealers, exhibitors and research facilities. 7 U.S.C. § 2131. Unfortunately, the AWA regulations pertaining to ...
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 1:46PM
Mideast Migraines - Israel & 9-11: articles and audio (audio/mpeg 125.0MB) - by Ren Tawil
(Book-readings suspended due to impending status of studio location) "What Really Happened" audio track from YouTube on the "dancing Israelis" and other events early on September 11th; interviews of witnesses; Arabic Beat music. 1:49:15/ Date Recorded: 2015-08-22, Santa Cruz, CA
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:50PM
Anonymous Operation Ferguson Soldiers On - by via Anonymous Op Ferguson
This is the second of only two official Press Releases ever published by Op Ferguson. Anonymous Operation Ferguson is far more than just a single Twitter account. We are an entire internet platform including a now iconic website at www.OperationFerguson.cf (a domain registered the very day Mike Brown was killed) an E-Mail server and more. All of this infrastructure was built within 24 hours of the tragic and barbaric slaying of Mike Brown, who has always been and will always remain the primar...
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:00PM
Crimean activists sentenced after ‘fatally flawed’ military trial - by Amnesty International
The military court in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don sentenced film director Oleg Sentsov to 20 years and ecologist and anti-fascist activist Aleksandr Kolchenko to 10 years on “terrorism” charges which they deny and claim were politically motivated. The two were accused of arson attacks on pro-Russian groups following Russia’s occupation of Crimea last year.
Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:30PM
Mideast Migraines - Noam Chomsky, Rebel Without a Pause (audio/mpeg 53.2MB) - by Ren Tawil
Segments from 2003 film "Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause"; articles and news from Palestine/Israel; Arabic music. Length: 1:56:16/ Date Recorded: 2015-07-27/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (55MB), Mono
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:47PM