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Liberty

Liberty

Liberty

I try very hard to keep myself from posting pure political opinion or emotionally charged content. We all have opinions and so many other websites are there for you if you wish to get your heart strings tugged on. I mostly like to post things that I feel are pressing matters of the environment or its people, as well as some stuff about my own efforts in sustainability. But I also am a philosopher, and what is politics if not a bastardization of philosophy? I like to stay even keeled, I like to try and be objective, but when it comes to freedom, I am not very compromising. Of course it is this pensiveness that is my reservation about making a post titled liberty, but if I am to be honest with my reaaders then I should continue. 

There seems to me to be a great misconception about liberty. I don't think the issue is particular to our time, but I think the misconceptions are perpetuaded by the media, among others (politicians and stooges). In fact I think our forefathers in America were the exception and far from the rule in their appreciation for liberty while in power, and yet even they ultimately failed on multiple accounts. Obviously, there is their belief in liberty only for primarily rich white males, but also, as is growing quite clear, they seem to have failed to make their documentation of our country fool proof enough (we are the fools) to avoid the slow slide to tyranny. As we redefine liberty in the modern era, what seems to myself to be apparent is that we are leaving behind their successes, changing around their failures, and are largely placing ourselves in the same boat as our forefathers' forefathers. 

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Report Card for Corporate Response to Corporate Pollution

Report Card for Corporate Response to Corporate Pollution

New Report on Corporate Environmental Response

AwN | The Institute for Public & Environmental Affairs has released its second annual report card for corporate trasperancy and response to their own manufacturing pollution. The company with the top score overall was Apple, and the top apparel brand was Adidas. While Walmart appears to have a reasonable score, maybe there is a better reason to #BoycottStarWarsVII because Disney's score is deplorable, ranking more like Budweiser and IBM than Apple and Addidas. You can view the entire list and report here.

#BoycottStarWarsForARealReason?

This sort of information is very powerful, and people should really use it when they consider making a purchase. The corporate world will listen, if only people would demand things with their purchasing power... you have the opportunity, but only if you take it. 

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Solving Waste and Poverty at Once

Solving Waste and Poverty at Once

Solving Waste and Poverty at Once

AwN | Society for many years has produced abundant waste and yet at the same time treated people who process that waste as outcasts. Even my own family thinks I am a fool if I occasionally keep some "junk" rather than bagging and trashing. Of course they never really call me a fool, and it usually takes me several years to find time to extract the possibly functional motor, or copper wiring, etc but the concept is the same. So while producing and trashing waste has long been a sign of prosperity, being a good ecological citizen is usually something to either giggle, or sneer at. 

This is a brilliant program which mirrors a lot of my own ideas about how to fix society. The point is to turn dysfunctional or fringe members of society into productive members of society mostly by first getting out of their way, second making it normal, third making a temporary subsidy while it grows, and fourth creating a new legitimate industry based on ecological principle and work. This article is about how a city, Oliveira, in Brazil is turning run of the mill trash pickers into city employees that recycle society's waste. The "EcoCitizen" program is rapidly expanding and it drives down poverty, while allowing for better utilization of waste streams....

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Habitat Exchanges Giving Hope to Sage Grouse and Land Owners

Habitat Exchanges Giving Hope to Sage Grouse and Land Owners

Habitat Exchanges and Successs by Non-Regulation

AwN | I find the idea of the habitaat exchange pretty cool. The basic idea is that when a land owner seeks to minimize the habitat for a species on their own land, for whatever reason, they are required to restore habitat in another location. This seems to be (generally) through the use of credits that can be purchased. Through the usage of habitat exchange the government has chosen to not list the Sage Grouse as an endangered species, a decisions which is apparently supported by the Environmental Defense Fund and land owners alike (who fear stricter regulation by an endangered listing). A wide adoption of programs like this for all species, plant and animal, could go a long way to fixing and preventing much of the damage caused by humans. 

A new approach to conservation: How we averted the listing of an imperiled bird

EDF | Last month, I heard a third-generation Nevada rancher describe how he came to look at the federal government and its wildlife management policies with new eyes.

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Toxic Fungus Threatens Salamanders

Toxic Fungus Threatens Salamanders

Toxic Chytrid Fungus Threatens Salamanders

AwN | One of the coolest animals I have ever discovered was when I was building my chicken coop. I had dug the foundation (4 foot deep holes) and I came out the next morning to find a Spotted Salamander in the hole. I had seen plenty of salamnders before, having spent a lot of time in the soil, but never one that was bigger than the lizards I used to see on vacations in Florida. I was very impressed by the size and color of the yellow spotted salamander. 

Anyway, salamanders are currently being threatened by a(nother) chytrid fungus. An organization I have followed for a while due to my love of wolves, Defenders of Wildlife, has formed a petition to request a ban on salamander imports. Personally I am almost never against the import of plants, but almost always against the import of animals. That is because plants are almost never predatory, while animals almost always are, in one way or another. The condition here is the carrying of a disease or fungus, and that is also a case when I am against the import of plants. Please read up and consider signing the petition. Petition Here

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Wastewater Injection Causes Earthquakes | Yet Again

Wastewater Injection Causes Earthquakes | Yet Again

Wastewater Injection Causes Earthquakes | Yet Again

AwN | This is really nothing new. I learned about it several years ago in college. It was about the military in Colorado injecting wastewater into the earth and causing an enormous increase in earthquakes. And yet time and time again businesses, and governments do this and cause earthquakes. Of course this is Einstein's definition of insanity. In Oklahoma however there is one of the largest crude oil storage facilities in the world. What would happen if an earthquake destroyed it? Hey! Lets find out! Sometimes it is hard to believe that humankind fashions itself as the most intelligent animal.

Fracking Increases Oklahoma Earthquakes from Two a Year to Two a Day

"Scientists have identified that the injection of wastewater byproducts into deep underground disposal wells from fracking operations are very likely triggering the major increase of seismic activity in the central U.S. state.

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Petition to Help Protect Madagascar's Forests

Petition to Help Protect Madagascar's Forests

Free Armand Marozafy and Protect Forest Guardians

Sign Petition here: Armand Marozafy is committed to protecting the rainforests of his home, Madagascar, from illegal ebony and rosewood logging. He has been jailed for speaking out against rosewood traffickers. While Armand has been silenced, the chainsaws continue to wail. Speak out for his freedom now. Sign Petition hereDonate Here

Madagascar: freedom for forest guardian Armand Marozafy!

For years, a handful of unscrupulous rosewood barons have plundered the rainforests of Madagascar, according to a briefing by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Not even national parks declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites are safe from the loggers.

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Planned Parenthood | An Attempt at Objectivity

Planned Parenthood | An Attempt at Objectivity

Planned Parenthood | Fine Lines | Rights and Poverty

AwN | Real issues are never simple. Yet time and time again I come across people who think that they are. I don't easily form a definite opinion of something and then go to war with everyone who disagrees, but that does seem to me to be the status quo. I also don't like blogging about controversial issues, so I will try to be objective and short. I was ridiculed today for asking a question about Planned Parenthood and yet again I find that the common form of debate on social media, in the modern era, or by humans in general is to simply hate the other side, and slam everything they say without any real thought. 

Time and time again I find myself being called a liberal by conservatives and a conservative by liberals, and I am not even really playing devils advocate. Instead I am simply a person who usually sees both sides to an issue. If I offer an example or ask a question there are a great many people on the internet who see it as time to the attack the speaker. It seems as if there must be WANTED posters all over the internet for people who aren't easily herded to one side or the other, DEAD or ALIVE.

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