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Passion for Ocean. 3600 whales saved: world volunteers' direct action; Simon fortune to Whales' Navy: Zero cruelty. Zero kills

Buddha quotes (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.) “What is evil? Killing is evil". Japan's ICR has set itself a quota of nearly one thousand minke and 50 fin whales to be culled during the 2012/2013 Australian summer in Antarctica: in the name of "science". Earth Dr Reese Halter, biologist: "four Japanese whale-killing, factory ships armed with coast guards and grenade-tipped harpoons are within hours of entering a demilitarized zone and the international Great Southern Ocean Sanctuary. The bloody 'War Against Nature' is set to rage."

*update* Jan. 7, 2013 Sea Shepherd Australia To Lead Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign - Former Greens leader Bob Brown takes helm. Whalers' legal action has forced Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson to resign as president after more than three decades at the helm, saved thousands of most innocent sea lives from merciless slaughter...


Captain Watson Gives Speech at Sea Shepherd 35th Anniversary Event in Colorado

Sea Shepherd unveils the latest addition to its fleet to stop Japan slaughtering whales; the ship was paid for by Sam Simon, the co-creator of the TV show The Simpsons  read more »

Canada's Pride: Liberty & Justice. Peace & willingness to serve citizens; guard Privacy vigorously, against misinformation...

*update* March 19, 2013 US magazine calls Stephen Harper an ‘exceptional leader’, praising his leadership, his foreign policy and his stewardship of the economy coming out of the 2008 recession. National Review: "Stephen Harper, Canada’s PM, 'Leader of the West', 'a very disciplined politician'"
*update* Marketwire: "Proud to stand up for honest, hard-working Canadians against thieves and criminals". March 11, 2013, Canada announced "Bill C-26, the Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act, has come into force", committed to keeping our streets and communities safe", for Canadians to protect themselves against criminal acts and "the justice system is behind them, not against them", said Minister Nicholson. "Those who have been the victim of a crime should not be re-victimized by the criminal justice system." Canada "will continue to stand up for law-abiding Canadians."
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks with Hong Kong Veteran Arthur Kenneth Pifher, 91, in a Remembrance Day ceremony at Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong

Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen walk down the stairs with World War Two veterans at Sai Wan War Cemetery as they attend a Remembrance Day ceremony in Hong Kong  read more »

Almost Election Day. Hurricane Sandy cut in and cut off millions from modern communication and power, sunk tall ship HMS Bounty



A fire destroyed around 50 homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. The Breezy Point district was left a smoldering tangle of wood and metal after the blaze. Firefighters said it was a miracle that only two minor injuries were reported.

tall ship HMS Bounty sails on Lake Erie off Cleveland

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Global "headache": 1.5 million credit, debit cards breached - swipe card through a cheating device created for ID theft? Massive

Visa and MasterCard said they were affected by a data breach at Global Payments
global "headache": 1.5 million credit, debit cards may be breached

"when you swipe you card, all your information is stolen"... scary

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Hackers put a tiny device on the card readers where you swipe your credit or debit card. So when you scan it they get all your personal information
"They can put a phony thing over the part where you swipe your card. You think you're swiping your card through a reader and what you're really doing is swiping your card through a device the hacker has created," said Jim Lee, head of Consumer Fraud at the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.
Lee says the trouble is this type of hacking is becoming more common at stores, gas stations, and ATM's.
"People are realizing that this is a new form of theft that they can do electronically, they can do high tech and it has a real volume to them," said Lee.
And because more and more people now pay this way thieves don't have to empty your account. They take a little here, a little there, from many accounts, which people often don't even notice.

October 24, 2012 - "appears to be a massive theft" - MasterCard and Visa warn of potential cardholder account breaches  read more »

Phenomenon. Unique fact: US Army, Navy, Airforce, Defense, Marine top donors -> Ron Paul; the rest: banks vs Cal/LawFirm/Harvard

2012 US Presidential Election: top donors for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul
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2012 Election - each candidate has his top donors - who's who
Infographic: US Presidential Elections with Ron Paul
Albert Einstein: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...It takes a touch of genius...", and a lot of courage to be ideologically consistent over decades - Photos
*update* Oct 11, 2012 CNBC EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Ron Paul on NEW Online Show “FUTURES NOW” "one party system" vs "one man of Constitution" on necessary cuts to public spending that would avert a fiscal catastrophe - 12-term Congressman Dr. Ron Paul told CNBC’s Futures Now: "the foreign policy stays the same, the monetary policy stays the same, there’s no proposal for any real cuts and both parties support it", ... "they’re not going to allow all those terrible things to happen on January 1, but they’re not going to solve the problem either."

"Politicians Kiss Babies - Babies Kiss Ron Paul"

Ron Paul gets a hug from a teary-eyed fan.  read more »

Sea otters eat sea urchins, protect kelp forests that trap CO2 from atmosphere - but can they catch up to man-made pollution?


Smart Sea Otter Stacks Cups


Sea Otter Pup

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"Nature does nothing uselessly. " - Aristotle

Global warming? Sea otters to the rescue!
Global warming is reaching new records, ice caps continue to melt at an alarming rate, and measures taken by authorities are as rare as they are questionable. But as cute as they are, where do otters step in? Well, as I was telling you, otters like to feast on sea urchins. Sea urchins eat kelp, and kelp forests trap and store massive amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. A kelp forest ‘guarded’ by otters can absorb as much as 12 times the amount of CO2 from the atmosphere than one without an otter population.

Published in the respectable online journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the research that came to this conclusion didn’t go unnoticed at all, as professor Chris Wilmers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, explains: “Right now, all the climate change models and proposed methods of sequestering carbon ignore animals. But animals the world over, working in different ways to influence the carbon cycle, might actually have a large impact.” He elaborates: “If ecologists can get a better handle on what these impacts are, there might be opportunities for win-win conservations scenarios, whereby animal species are protected or enhanced, and carbon gets sequestered.”  read more »

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