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    Greenpeace Delayed Shell Gas

    A Boulder activist with Frack Free Colorado hung from the bridge with other Greenpeace activists, delaying the Shell icebreaker ship from getting up Alaska.  The activists  who were hanging  100 feet below the bridge and  100 feet above the water and roped together.  After 3 of them were removed by police, lots of kayaks tried to block the ship.  When the police grabbed the kayaks, some of the kayakers dove into the water and swam out to try to block the ship.  This delay might keep the drilling from happening, the ice free season is short.  Save the Arctic, Block Shell

    This reminds me of Ben White of the Animal Welfare Institute.   He would swim next to navy ships with super loud sonar and next to oil prospecting ships with super loud sounds, to put his body in the way these tests that would harm whales, dolphins, and fish. He also would cut the nets that trapped dolphins and whales that were being trapped for aquariums. Link  Link

    Posted on August 11, 2015

    Stop New Loopholes in Clean Water Act

    New loopholes would  remove protections from ponds, wetlands, and streams if they are over 4000 feet from other waters, if they are used for farming, ranching, or silviculture, if they are channelized or ditched, or if they are connected underground to other waters.


    Reasons to Ban Ivory Sales

    Corruption, organized crime, low pay for game wardens and custom officials, high demand from China, and more trade between China  and Africa contribute to Elephant poaching.  Link

    Ban Elephant Ivory Trade in China & Hong Kong!

    Article on how ivory is smuggled from Africa to China and Hong Kong via Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma.

    Posted on August 10, 2015

    Goldman Sachs Charged Huge Fees and Penalties to Greece and Detroit

    Goldman Sachs  burdened Greece, Oakland, and the Detroit Water Dept., and the Chicago school system with huge fees and penalties involving complex interest rate swaps (financial derivatives), according to Robert Reich in the Nation.  The amounts are large: $ 793 million in fees from Greece plus an increase in its debt of $ 2.1 billion, a $200 million  penalty for the Chicago schools to get out of their swaps, $ 547 million to terminate the swaps for the Detroit Water Dept., and a $16 million penalty for Oakland.  These entities did not realize how risky and expensive it would be to enter into these swaps and then to get out of them.  It is similar to what happened around 2008 when big banks sold risky swaps and derivatives as safe and lucrative investments, which later lost much of their value.   The governments were not always innocent; Greece was trying to hide its debt and had spent too much. But Reich says that Goldman minimized costs and risks and exaggerated the benefits, and the governments did not understand the risks and costs.   Greece was also corrupt and allowed taxes to be avoided, and it  also was gullible or stupid.

    Posted on July 28, 2015