Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Marking The End Of An Era - The Encyclopædia Britannica Ends It's Print Edition

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Cabale News ServiceMarch 14 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Marking The End Of An Era - The Encyclopædia Britannica Ends It's Print Edition

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A Synopsis Of This Morning's News...

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«o» In the Republican run up to the elections Rick Santorum surprised almost everyone by taking Mississippi and Alabama yesterday with Newt Gingrich running second. The Hawaiian Islands went to Mitt Romney and on Samoa the results are still being processed. Due to the results there will be another 8-10 weeks of primary and caucus circuses around the nation with Missouri coming up on Saturday and Illinois next Tuesday.

«o» Could it be they're scared of their own troops? Yesterday Secretary of Defense Panetta, after a VERY tense meeting with Afghan government leaders was in Helmand Afghanistan to meet and greet the troops. The Marines he visited were told to stack their arms outside the meeting hall. Could it be too many 3-4 tour PTSD'd soldiers around? It's EXTREMELY unusual and often violates standing orders in combat zones to have your weapon at more than arms length.

«o» President Obama will be meeting British prime minister David Cameron today and the topic is undoubtedly going to be... Afghanistan, where the Brits are already in the process of pulling out.

«o» Yemen is in a state of full scale war with many Yemeni soldiers defecting to the rebels. Two military bases have been attacked in the last couple of days with purloined armor and the attacks drove the Yemeni army out of those bases. Meanwhile CIA drone strikes have killed four more 'militants', two of whom were alleged al-Qaeda operators.

«o» The sergeant who was responsible for the massacre of sixteen Afghani civilians is at Fort Lewis Washington now and record checks show he had a near perfect military record.

However that 'perfect record' may not mean much because there's a scandal brewing about PTSD'd soldiers being denied their diagnosis and treatment due to the fact that it costs in excess of $1.5 million dollars each for treatment and benefits, and there ARE A LOT of PTSD'd soldiers out there right now, including on the streets of your town.

In OTHER News:

Edward Paul Abbey (January 29, 1927 – March 14, 1989)
"They may be authorities, (but) they're not leaders." ~~Edward Abbey
A televised interview with author and unwilling activist Edward Abbey Phoenix Arizona PBS 1982, on 'progress', politics, the environment, and more. Followed by Tom Russell (at one time a KPIG DJ) with "The Ballad Of Edward Abbey", live.

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Twas in the town of Tuscon, it was 1983
A man named "Edward Abbey" came walkin' up to me
He pulled his 'Seagull' from his mouth said I smell lawyers here
The politician running dogs they crawled away in fear

Yippie doo rahy doo
Yippie doo rahy day

I wish Edward Abbey was walking 'round today

Also see: Wendell Berry In Defense Of Edward Abbey

Documentary - Edward Abbey: A Voice In The Wilderness

From the preface to the original MonkeyWrencher's handbook, Dave Foreman's EcoDefense:
In 1830, John James Audubon sat on the banks of the Ohio River for three days as a single flock of Passenger Pigeons darkened the sky from horizon to horizon. He estimated that there were several billion birds in that flock. It has been said that a squirrel could travel from the Atlantic seaboard to the Mississippi River without touching the ground so dense was the deciduous forest of the East.

At the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, an estimated 100,000 Grizzlies roamed the western half of what is now the United States. The howl of the wolf was ubiquitous. The California Condor sailed the sky from the Pacific Coast to the Great Plains. Salmon and sturgeon populated the rivers. Ocelots, Jaguars, and Jaguarundis prowled the Texas brush and Southwestern mountains and mesas. Bighorn Sheep ranged the mountains of the Rockies, the Great Basin, the Southwest, and the Pacific Coast. Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and Carolina Parakeets filled the steamy forests of the Deep South. The land was alive.

East of the Mississippi, giant Tulip Poplars, American Chestnuts, oaks, hickories, and other trees formed the most diverse temperate deciduous forest in the world. In New England, White Pines grew to heights rivaling the Brobdingnagian conifers of the far West. On the Pacific Coast, redwood, hemlock, Douglas-fir, spruce, cedar, fir, and pine formed the grandest forest on Earth.

In the space of a few generations we have laid waste to paradise. The Tall-grass Prairie has been transformed into a corn factory where wildlife means the exotic pheasant. The Shortgrass Prairie is a grid of carefully fenced cow pastures and wheatfields. The Passenger Pigeon is no more; the last one died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. The endless forests of the East are tame woodlots.

With few exceptions, the only virgin deciduous forest there is in tiny museum pieces of hundreds of acres. Fewer than one thousand Grizzlies remain. The last three condors left in the wild were captured and imprisoned in the Los Angeles Zoo. (An expensive reintroduction effort has since been started.)

Except in northern Minnesota and northwestern Montana, wolves are known as scattered individuals drifting across the Canadian and Mexican borders. Four percent of the peerless Redwood Forest remains and the ancient forests of Oregon are all but gone.

The tropical cats have been shot and poisoned from our Southwestern borderlands. The subtropical Eden of Florida has been transmogrified into hotels and citrus orchards. Domestic cattle have grazed bare and radically altered the composition of the grassland communities of the West, displacing Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Pronghorn and leading to the virtual extermination of Grizzly Bear, Gray Wolf, Cougar, and other “varmints.”

Dams choke most of the continent's rivers and streams.

Nonetheless, wildness and natural diversity remain. There are a few scattered grasslands ungrazed, stretches of free-flowing river, thousand-year-old forests, Eastern woodlands growing back to forest and reclaiming past roads, Grizzlies and wolves and lions and Wolverines and Bighorn and Moose roaming the backcountry; hundreds of square miles that have never known the imprint of a tire, the bite of a drill, the rip of a `dozer, the cut of a saw, the smell of gasoline...
Pave It Over Not!If you want to help keep what's left of the planet as an environment worth living on, get your own fully illustrated (HTML) copy of Dave Foreman's Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching... A how-to civil defense/resistance manual for citizens of the Earth... [HERE], and then get active.

"We aren't trying to overthrow EVERYTHING... ...but certain specific things. Business POLITICS Poverty, and Oppression." ~~Herbert Marcuse

Take it easy... But TAKE it!


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