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Second generation native San Franciscan; and third generation Democrat.

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Stop the Slaughter...Tell Canada to End the Seal Hunt

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Right now baby seals are being killed in the commercial hunt in Canada.
People around the world continue to say "no" to seal products, but the Canadian government stubbornly continues trying to sell these cruel products.
They are fighting the EU ban at the WTO and trying to overturn the ban in Russia.
The bans must be defended!

Last year, 88,573 innocent baby seals were reported clubbed or shot - many as young as 21 days old.
They were killed for products no one wants or needs.
Last year the sealers admitted dumping 6,000 pelts into the ocean because there were no markets for them
Seal pups lie defenseless on the ice as hunters approach; but even the fastest pups are no match for men with clubs or rifles....The pups die in agony.

The seal hunt has a long history; but it's a relic of the past.
Rather than determine a plan to help sealers transition out of the failing industry, the Canadian government has thrown away over $50 million in tax dollars since 1996 trying to prop up the industry
There is no reason for this merciless slaughter to continue.
The fight to protect seals is more urgent than ever.

Ask the Canadian government to end commercial sealing

The Case For Elizabeth Warren in 7 Minutes (Video)

Washington Post
By Chris Cillizza
April 8, 2014

There's only one person in the Democratic Party who has a credible path to beating
Hillary Rodham Clinton in a 2016 Democratic primary. And her name is Elizabeth Warren.

As we've written before, Warren has the national profile, the liberal icon status and the demonstrated fundraising capacity -- $40 million for a Senate race ain't too shabby -- that would, theoretically give her the chance to run as the liberal/non-establishment alternative to Clinton.

Now, we don't think she's running..And, even if she did, Clinton would be tough to beat.
But Warren went to Minnesota over the weekend to headline the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner,
a fundraiser for the state Democratic party, and showed why she would create some nervousness
in the Clinton ranks if she did change her mind.

The entire video runs just under 7 minutes, and is worth watching:

Judge Orders FBI To Search Further For Saudi Sarasota Documents

March 31, 2014

A federal judge Monday denied the FBI's request to dismiss a Freedom Of Information lawsuit pertaining to a Saudi family that lived in Sarasota and left just before the 9/11 Attacks.

Instead, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Zloch granted a motion by Fort Lauderdale's
BrowardBulldog, the news organization that started the lawsuit, to get the federal agency to do a better search.

In mid-March, Zloch allowed the Herald-Tribune and the Miami Herald to intervene in the case by filing their own "friend-of-the-court" brief saying how a further search for documents surrounding this Florida event, which may be tied to 9/11, would be in the public's interest.

Judge Zloch "is not letting them get away with what they wanted to do, which was to dismiss the case, without looking for the documents that we had sought," said Thomas Julin,
Broward Bulldog's attorney.

Read more:

Can Obamacare Be Changed To Make It a Single-Payer Health Plan?

Is it possible to change the Affordable Care Act into Universal Health Care?
Wouldn't Congressional Republicans block any such attempt to change the ACA?
The answer is... "Of course they would!"
But, if it ever got to that point...if President Obama and Congressional Democrats pushed for such changes, and the Republicans then blocked it, wouldn't the Democrats running for House and Senate seats in November be able to say:

"See,we tried to change Obamacare in a bi-partisan way to make it a better health care plan; but the Republicans refused to go along with us.
We tried to give the American people the kind of universal health care that nearly all the Western countries already have; but the Republicans said 'No'
We are for the American people.
The Republicans are for the big insurance companies."

Sanders Subcommittee Hearing-Access and Cost:What the US Health Care System Can Learn

Single-Payer Advocates: It Hurts To Say I Told You So
"We may have an 'I-told-you-so' moment, but it's hard to get any pleasure out of it knowing how many people are actually going to get hurt," said Stephanie Woolhandler, a New York-based doctor who co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, a group that pushes for universal health care..."You had a bad system, and you're putting a patch on it using the same flawed insurance companies that got us here in the first place," she said.

Physicians for a National Health Program:

Poll: 64% of Americans Say Obamacare Should Remain Law
"Bloomberg News found that a combined 64% of Americans said they support keeping the law in place..That includes 51% who said it should be kept, but may need some small changes."

(Note that 51 percent said that the law "may need some small changes"...I wonder how many would have said that Obamacare should be changed to make it a single-payer health plan, if that had been an option for them to choose?)

Tell USDA To Protect Baby Tigers, Lions & Other Wild Animals

International Fund for Animal Welfare (FAW)

Baby tigers, lions and other wild animals are frequently used by unscrupulous exhibitors for public handling, typically until they are just a few months old.
The animals are then often discarded, with many ending up warehoused at roadside zoos and pseudo-sanctuaries or in the hands of unqualified people with private menageries

There is no reason why any member of the public should ever have direct contact with wild animals and their cubs.

You now have the opportunity to object to this inhumane and dangerous activity.
FAW has joined other animal welfare organizations in a legal petition that urges the
U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban all public contact and close encounters with big cats, bears, and primates.

Please sign this petition to urge the USDA to create a rule that finally prohibits all public contact with big cats and other wildlife species.

Bush's Terror War and the Fixing of Intelligence.

Global Research.ca.

Launching the U.S. Terror War. The CIA, 9/11, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.
Bush's Terror War and the Fixing of Intelligence.

By Prof. Peter Dale Scott

Global Research, March 16, 2012
The Asia-Pacific Journal. Vol. 10 Issue 12. No. 3

Terror War was formerly declared by George W. Bush on the evening of September 11, 2001, with his statement to the American nation that
"we will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts,
and those who harbor them."
But the notion that Bush's Terror War was in pursuit of actual terrorists lost credibility in 2003, when it was applied to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, a country known to have been targeted by terrorists but not to have harbored them.
It lost still more credibility with the 2005 publication in Britain of the so-called Downing Street memo, in which the head of the British intelligence service,
MI6 reported after a visit to Washington in 2002 that "Bush wanted to remove Saddam Hussein, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD.
But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
False stories followed in due course linking Iraq to WMD, anthrax, and Niger yellow-cake (uranium)

This essay will demonstrate that before 9/11, a small element inside the CIA's Bin Laden Unit and related agencies, the so-called Alec Station Group were also busy. "fixing" intelligence by suppressing it in a way which, accidentally or deliberately enabled the Terror War.
They did so by withholding evidence from the FBI before 9/11 about two of the eventual alleged hijackers on 9/11, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, thus ensuring that the FBI could not surveil the two men or their colleagues.

Read entire essay:

Federal Wildlife Agents Shoot 14 Wolves from Helicopters

Feb. 23, 2012

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) -- Federal wildlife agents shot 14 wolves from helicopters in northern Idaho as part of an effort to help increase the elk population in the Lolo zone.
The three-day operation earlier this month cost $22,500 and was carried out by the USDA Wildlife Services and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Through Wednesday, hunters and trappers had taken 22 wolves from the Lolo zone, while another six were shot from helicopters last spring, bringing the total known wolf kills to 42.

In recent years, wolves have been identified as the primary cause of death in female elk and calves over six months old.

Before the start of the hunting season, the Lolo zone wolf population was estimated at 75 to 100, with additional animals crossing back and forth between Idaho and Montana.


(At more than $1670 per wolf killed, wouldn't it have been cheaper to have
humanely trapped the 14 wolves and relocated them to areas where deer populations are too high?)
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