Stop the slaughter of wolves
By Virginia Fuller | JANUARY 11, 2013
The delisting of the wolf in many states more than a year ago has resulted in 872 deaths and a threat to wildlife management, warns Virginia Fuller, former president of New England Wildlife Center.
Up against the lust to kill, this caveat counts for nothing. In the most recent hunt, 872 wolves were killed: 121 in Idaho; 102 in Montana 102; 43 in Wyoming; 26 in Predator Zone; 117 in Wisconsin; and 407 in Minnesota. And the hunting season still continues in Idaho and Montana.
Beyond those stark figures are more disturbing facts. One is the imbalance between the importance of the wolf in its role as predator and the power of the rancher who grazes his herds on the publics land. In Washington State, a particularly upsetting event occurred. Despite the fact that ranchers are compensated by the state for apparent wolf predation, nevertheless two members of the Wedge pack, first to arrive in the area since wolves were eradicated decades ago, were gunned down after reportedly preying on cattle.
Wolf season closes with more than 400 wolves killed
Hunters had registered 405 wolves by Thursday afternoon. Department of Natural Resources officials arent concerned that the target quota was exceeded.
Blog post by: Doug Smith
Montana FWP proposes expansion of wolf hunting, trapping
HELENA State wildlife officials planned to ask lawmakers Thursday to make it easier to hunt and trap wolves in Montana, while a Bozeman legislator wants to cap the states population of the predators at 250.
The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee was to take up both proposals as the wolf debate takes the spotlight in the first week of the 2013 legislative session.
Ranchers and hunters have called for an expansion of hunting and more liberal rules after 166 wolves were killed out of the 220-animal quota set for 2011, the states second-ever wolf hunt. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials responded by making the 2012 season longer, eliminating most quotas and allowing trapping for the first time.
Im Going To Start Killing People Threatens CEO Of Weapons Training Company Over Gun Control
by DAVID BADASH on JANUARY 10, 2013
The CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee-based company that provides weapons training and gear, posted a YouTube video in which he threatens to start killing people if President Obamas gun control goes one inch further.
In the video, James Yeager mistakes news reports that the Obama administration is considering executive orders to tighten existing laws and policies with a presidential order to ban assault weapons, which is not possible.
Im telling you that if that happens, its going to spark a civil war, and Ill be glad to fire the first shot. Im not putting up with it. You shouldnt put up with it. And I need all you patriots, to start thinking about what youre going to do, load your damn mags, make sure your rifles clean, pack up a backpack with some food in it and get ready to fight.
Im not fucking putting up with this. Im not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. Im not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, Im going to start killing people.
The politics of rape
Rape is one violent form of oppression and is a mechanism by which individuals or groups gain, express and maintain their dominance and power over others. This is evident when rape is used as a tool of war, when men are raped in jail, or when rape occurs on the basis of someone's race, age, ability or sexuality. Rape is about the use and abuse of power to intimidate, degrade or control others with less status. The fact that women and children are raped more often than men is a manifestation of lesser power and inferior status in society.
Structural and institutional powers and societal beliefs maintain a culture where women have less power and status. Power imbalance or discrimination is also practised on the grounds of race, class, sexuality, age and ability. Sexual violence for women then, is not only an extension of sexism, but often exists in conjunction with these other forms of oppression.
and to anyone actually paying attention, that is GLOBAL WARMING.
I have ever seen. Mercy!
the shelves in America, I really don't feel good about living in a country with so many arrogant, dangerous people who own and worship military style weapons (killing machines). What is the future of a country awash with anger, ignorance and weapons? The guns scare me but the people who think they need them really scare me!
that these multiple ammo gun clips or whatever the f&@k they are called, are a danger to society.. DUH ...both Democrats and Republicans, a bunch of spineless, hypocritical cowards.. Where were you when Gabrielle Giffords and so many others were shot?
Meet Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon. From 2009-2011, he paid an average effective federal corporate income tax rate of -3.3%. As in negative 3.3%. Meanwhile, Verizon has laid off 30,000 workers since 2007. Are we supposed to believe that if we just lowered his tax rate even more this "job creator" would start creating some jobs?
Meet 4 more CEOs who pay ridiculously low taxes and are still laying off workers: http://bit.ly/Z0ayBz
Meet Five CEOs Who Prove That Lower Corporate Taxes Don't Equal More Hiring
George Zornick on December 11, 2012 - 5:34 PM ET
Never mind for a moment the obvious problem with lowering tax rates as a means of fixing the long-term debt. Would allowing corporations to pay less taxes really mean more hiring?
Luckily we have some interesting case studies. Several of the CEOs pushing this idea actually run companies that pay extremely low corporate tax rates, well below the statutory 35 percent rateor pay none at all. So, via the invaluable Institute for Policy Studies, lets see what kind of job creation these folks did while enjoying very low corporate tax rates:
December 10, 2012,
Mourning an Alpha Female
By NATE SCHWEBER
As I reported on Sunday in The Times, Yellowstone National Parks best-known wolf was shot and killed last week outside the parks borders. A large gray alpha female known as 832F, she had been fitted by researchers with a GPS collar that allowed them to track her movements.
The wolf wowed scientists and tourists alike with her size and a strength so great that she could take down animals on her own, said Daniel Stahler, a park wildlife biologist.
She also led the pack in Yellowstones northeastern Lamar Valley, an area rich in bison and elk that has a road offering vantage points for wildlife watchers equipped with cameras and spotting scopes. The Lamar Canyon pack could be counted on to roam the valley near dawn and dusk, allowing scientists and tourists to observe wolf behavior at a level of detail rarely seen outside National Geographic specials.
(Wolf 832F, named thus by the park biologists who collared her, has also been known to wolf watchers as 06 oh-six because 2006 was her birth year.)
Marc Cooke, a member of the advocacy group Wolves of the Rockies, said he was moved by the way that 832F had cared for her pups, bringing them food and snarling ferociously at any animals that posed a threat to them.
She was an amazing mother, Mr. Cooke said. When I heard she died, I felt like I lost a family member.
Another collared, and very famous Yellowstone wolf killed in Wyomings hunt
Briefly noted wildlife news stories. Dec. 5, 2012..
Yet another collared, and very famous Yellowstone wolf killed in Wyomings hunt.
By Ken Cole On December 7, 2012 ·
Wolf 06?, the alpha female of the Yellowstones Lamar Canyon Pack has been shot in Wyoming by a hunter.
Wolf 06? was probably the most famous wolf in Yellowstone and had been viewed by thousands of Park visitors. She was also part of the ongoing study of wolves that has been conducted in Yellowstone since the time they were reintroduced in 1995. So far there have been 8 collared Yellowstone wolves killed this year and an unknown number of uncollared Yellowstone wolves have likely been killed as well.
The ongoing study of wolves and their interactions with other species is responsible for the huge amount of information gained since the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone and Central Idaho. The number of collared wolves lost to the hunt in the surrounding parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming could only be described as crippling to understanding the role that wolves play in the ecosystem. The wolves in Yellowstone also draw millions of tourist dollars to the area each year.
Several conservation groups have petitioned to ask that a buffer zone be created around Yellowstone National Park so that wolves that primarily use Yellowstone National Park have some level of protection when they move out of its boundaries.
A Conservation Icon in the Crosshairs
It's just unfair. Hunters and outfitters are picking off the wolves of Yellowstone National Park. Call upon officials to create a buffer zone to protect them: http://wg.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=10181.0
Reform the Federal Wildlife-Killing Program
Urge Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reform Wildlife Services from the federal government's top wildlife killers to a program that can truly resolve wildlife conflicts.
An urgent update from our Great Lakes Team: SB 1350 will be up for third reading this morning in Michigan's Senate. We are opposed to this bill because there is no scientific evidence that supports the need for designating the wolf as a "game animal" and a recreational wolf hunting season in Michigan.
Please call TODAY and tell MI senators that you OPPOSE S. 1350
For Michigan residents: Contact your senator via http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysenator/fysenator.htm
Even just a two line statement like, "I oppose because..." will be so very helpful to the cause! If you live in an area where there are wolves, you should highlight there are ways to co-exist with wolves and why you value wolves on the landscape.
Out of state residents - 517-373-2400 You do NOT need to be a Michigan resident to comment, though it would be helpful if you can mention a connection to Michigan as a tourist or as a strong supporter of Michigan goods (Whirlpool, Amana products, GM, Chrysler, Ford, Kelloggs, Comstock Fruit).
FACT SHEET ON S.1350 can be found at: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B7xYnjjogLTJdHc1M3Y0ejBqNmM
More information at: http://wolfwatcher.org/news/all-news/michigan-wolf-alert/
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