August 7, 2013. Source: Earth First! News
In a stomach churning development from the frontiers of the American media void, the culture industry recently vomited up a new TV show called ”Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”— a spin-off of the Marvel Avengers Franchise.
Among the arch nemesis of the protagonist organization—S.H.I.E.L.D.—will be cyber-terrorist group, The Rising Tide, whose logo looks surprisingly similar to the logo of our very own, dear old Rising Tide.
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are naturally a lot like the NSA. They wear suits and pose behind their own insignia of a sheer, steel eagle. The image they give off is very cold, sterile, and corporate.
Note: The only forest terrorists we need to worry about are the corporate terrorists like ArborGen, International Paper and other industrial timber companies who have been wreaking havoc on forest ecosystems for decades. And, of course, the immense threat of climate change, and false solutions like REDD and California’s new domestic forest carbon trading scheme
-The GJEP Team
By Joe Hanel, April 26, 2013. Source: The Durango Herald
DENVER – As if 4 million acres of dead, standing timber and an ongoing drought weren’t enough to worry about as Colorado enters the wildfire season, a few Republican senators say it’s past time to prepare for terrorist attacks in the forests.
They’re making the argument to convince colleagues to pay for the state’s own fleet of aerial firefighting tankers. If terrorists ignited several fires at once, the small federal fleet would be overwhelmed, the state senators say.
Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction – the sponsor of the air tanker bill – said he is worried that large fires in the Colorado River Basin could clog reservoirs and cause a water supply “catastrophe” across the whole American Southwest.
“That is why that is a priority or could be a priority for those who wish us ill will, and those who would like to change the United States and the Western United States,” King said at a hearing for his bill.
Terrorist attacks in the forests have already happened, King’s allies said.
Note: Orin Langelle is co-founder and Board Chair of Global Justice Ecology Project. Please visit his new project, Langelle Photography.
-The GJEP Team
By Orin Langelle. Source: Langelle Photography
Photo: Orin Langelle
Big River Earth First! and “mud people” demonstrate against Monsanto’s corporate sponsorship of Earth Day 1990. The person standing behind the over-sized check was questioned by a reporter from a NBC TV affiliate in St. Louis. The mud person interviewed replied in “mud language” which was translated into English by one of the protesters. The segment aired that evening as the lead story on the local NBC TV news. Monsanto did not comment.
Note: Rest in Peace, Iron Lady. And please, please don’t come back. We have a hard enough time trying to bury the lasting impacts of your policies and pursuits.
-The GJEP Team
By Raphael Satter, Associated Press, April 12, 2013. Source: ABC News
The BBC is in a bind after opponents of Margaret Thatcher pushed the song “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” to the top of the British charts in a posthumous protest over her divisive policies.
The online campaign to drive the “Wizard of Oz” song to the No. 1 spot on the U.K. singles chart was launched by Thatcher critics shortly after the former prime minister died Monday of a stroke at age 87.
As of Friday, the song was No. 1 on British iTunes.
Still, many people say the campaign — which aims to see the song played this weekend on the BBC’s Official Chart Show — is in bad taste. Some have called on the BBC to promise it won’t broadcast the song.
April 1, 2013. Source: Earth First! Newswire
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Note: A little light-hearted fun for those of you reeling from the holidaze…
–The GJEP Team
By George Monibot, December 10, 2012. Source: The Guardian
Every year we splurge on pointless, planet-trashing products, most of which are not wanted. Why not just bake them a cake?
Illustration by Daniel Pudles
There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly-button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub-holder; a “hilarious” inflatable Zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry the Swearing Turtle; or – and somehow I find this significant – a Scratch Off World Map.
They seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth they’re in landfill. For 30 seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations.
Researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that, of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1% remain in use six months after sale. Even the goods we might have expected to hold on to are soon condemned to destruction through either planned obsolescence (wearing out or breaking quickly) or perceived obsolesence (becoming unfashionable).
But many of the products we buy, especially for Christmas, cannot become obsolescent. The term implies a loss of utility, but they had no utility in the first place. An electronic drum-machine T-shirt; a Darth Vader talking piggy bank; an ear-shaped iPhone case; an individual beer can chiller; an electronic wine breather; a sonic screwdriver remote control; bacon toothpaste; a dancing dog. No one is expected to use them, or even look at them, after Christmas day. They are designed to elicit thanks, perhaps a snigger or two, and then be thrown away.
Filed under Humor, Oil, Waste
Note: We like this guy!
-The GJEP Team
By Joe Romm, December 9, 2012. Source: Think Progress
Photo: Eli Kintisch
Yes, geophysicist Brad Werner actually titled his talk at the huge American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting last week, “Is Earth F**ked?” The talk’s abstract (searchable here) appeared to offer a pessimistic answer:
In sum, the dynamics of the global coupled human-environmental system within the dominant culture precludes management for stable, sustainable pathways and promotes instability.
We have met the enemy and they are us! But Werner, who works at the Complex Systems Laboratory at UC San Diego, offers hope in the subtitle, “Dynamical Futility of Global Environmental Management and Possibilities for Sustainability via Direct Action Activism.”
Slate‘s Jonathan Mingle attended the talk and reports on the source of Werner’s pessimism and optimism in his piece, “Scientists Ask Blunt Question on Everyone’s Mind: Why Earth and atmospheric scientists are swearing up a storm and getting arrested.” Continue reading
Note: While the Dodo Awards were given out a week ago during the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11), we think it is important to highlight them, especially considering recent events in Canada involving a scandal that violated an international moratorium on geoengineering experimentation. You can read more about that catastrophe here.
-The GJEP Team
By Ed King, October 17, 2012. Source: Responding to Climate Change
Canada and the UK have won the COP11 Dodo award for countries who have done most to obstruct the negotiations in Hyderabad.
Organisers the CBD Alliance said Canada was the “clear leader” for breaking UN rules on geoengineering and refusing to consider the impact of biofuels on food.
On Monday the Guardian revealed a Canadian businessman dumped 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in July, a technique known as ocean fertilization. The Alliance say this was carried out with the knowledge of the Canadian government.
The UK is accused of blocking attempts in the EU and CBD to develop safeguards for synthetic biology, with the tacit support of the USA, who is not a signatory to the Convention.
Synthetic biology generally refers to the use of computer-assisted biological engineering to design devices and systems that do not exist in nature – and there are concerns that without regulation new organisms could contaminate the environment.
By Panagioti, September 26, 2012. Source: Earth First! Newswire
As the Earth shows ever-increasing, irrefutable signs of overlapping global crises inbiodiversity loss, climate changeand human cancer rates, the work-vs-ecology debate continues to distract good people around the world and fuel the industrial death cult (what most politicians casually refer to as “the economy”).
For instance, The World-Herald Poll released a report today that more than half of Nebraskans can’t wait for the tar sands to plow through their farms, forests and water supply.
Meanwhile, in Northern Canada, where the tar sands currently originate, a crew of truckers and construction companies are protesting in favor of a new road,complaining about the environmental permits aimed at protecting wildlife such as fish and caribou in the regions of the Beaufort Sea, Mackenzie River delta, Yukon North Slope and western Canadian Arctic Islands…
And in Italy today, workers are occupying a dirty factory, some of them demanding the site remain in operation rather than close down temporarily for environmental upgrades.
On a more upbeat note, in a neighboring country, Greece, workers and anarchists fought police in the streets during yet another General Strike. While the US reports on the reason for the riot were vague, they usually tend to at least be anti-capitalist… Let’s hope the anti-industrial, anti-speciesist tendencies in Greece where present to counter-balance the pro-industry commies.
Yes, we know its easy to despair about this shit. But rest assured, people are fighting back all over as well. And they may need your support to continue doing so… What are you waiting for, shut off the internet and get out to East Texas, where they celebrate day 3 of blockading the Keystone pipeline construction.