The ocean is broken – Manawatu Standard.

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Manawatu Standard
The ocean is broken
Manawatu Standard
“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds.

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#SeaShepherd Conservation Society ~ #Reefdefence #Taiji & more… pls sign petition below…+

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Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.

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STOP the Marine Dolphin Park  Taiji ~  petition:::


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What Happens To Dolphins In Taiji?  Honoring The Victims of Slaughter and Captivity [GRAPHIC] :::;&nbsp;&nbsp;    < 15.30mins vid.


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6.9.13  ~  The Japanese government recently called demonstrators in Tokyo ‘environmental terrorists’ for drawing attention to the beginning of yet another dolphin slaughter season. Shame on them for their incorrigible misuse of the word ‘terrorism.’ :



4.9.13  ~  Person throws kitten out of car window at dolphin event SPECIAL

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 3.9.13 ~ Powerful Japanese activist response to dolphin drive in Taiji ::



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 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As you know, the Global Olympic Dolphins Campaign is calling upon the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to follow the rules of their own Environmental Mandate and address Japan’s cetacean hunts.


The Japanese government, by permitting the hunts and captures, is ignoring international outrage over these slaughters. We are asking the IOC to disqualify Tokyo, Japan’s Host City Candidacy for the 2020 Olympics, unless the slaughters stop! Japan’s actions are a violation of the spirit of the Olympics, the Olympic Charter, as well as their own National Olympic Committee’s Environmental Policy, as touted on their website.




Whale hunters will need ‘licence to kill’ from 2015 >>  The first grind of the year has taken place in the Faroe Islands but according to Earthrace Conservation, there is hope that the end of the notorious whale hunts may be on the way.




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15.7.13 ~ Scottish mom takes Japanese whaling to the Olympic Committee SPECIAL

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Grace Under Pressure: Dealing with Panic Underwater.

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By nature, most divers are as laid-back as Jimmy Buffett. We have to be to sail out to sea, toss on a tank and plunge into the dark unknown. Yet, there’s a little Woody Allen dwelling within each of us, threatening to turn dangerously neurotic should the tides turn. That’s the essence of panic. You go from cucumber-cool to scared, disoriented and out-of-control. Though new divers are more susceptible, experienced divers are also at risk, especially when a dive goes awry. 

Panic can kill in many ways. Rapid, shallow breathing can cause hypoxia and a buildup of carbon dioxide. The result: The diver acts irrationally, breathing faster, expelling the regulator or bolting to the surface. These panic responses can make you pass out, or even have a heart attack if you have a weak heart. And panicking impedes your ability to solve problems and get to safety when your equipment malfunctions or you’re tangled in a line. 

The National Underwater Accident Data Center attributes about one-fifth of diver deaths directly to panic. Another 22 percent of fatalities cannot be attributed to a specific cause. But considering the number of divers found with working equipment, ample air supply and their weight belts firmly cinched, most experts believe that death due to panic is more common than we think.

What? Me Worry?

Trying to predict who will panic is a little bit like guessing who will win Survivor. With enough analysis, you could probably figure it out, but you’re just as likely to be surprised, especially because panic strikes so many divers. A national survey from the mid-1990s shows that more than half of experienced divers reported having at least one panic or near-panic experience. 

Not surprisingly, people who have panicked on dry land are at an increased risk for losing control and panicking under water. In a study published earlier this year, dive panic researcher and psychiatrist David Colvard, M.D., found that 45 percent of men and 57 percent of women with a history of panic reported panicking on one or more dives, compared to 19 percent of men and 33 percent of women who had never panicked before. “If you have been diagnosed with panic disorder, you should be very hesitant about jumping in the water,” says Captain Marie Knafelc, M.D., Ph.D., who has performed nearly 20 years of diving research for the Navy. “If you really want to dive, find a very small class with a lot of personal attention and time in the water.” 

Some experts report that women are also at a higher risk for panic. The 1995 Sea Grant study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found the incidence of panic was 64 percent among women compared to 50 percent among men. Knafelc is skeptical that predisposition to panic is really a genetic quality, however. “Women may be more likely to admit when they feel panicked,” says Knafelc. And they’re also more likely to get into diving because their partner wants them to rather than of their own accord, she says. “That immediately puts them in a more vulnerable position. Scuba is something you should really want to do for yourself.” 

Finally, people who tend to react to adversity with anxiety are also more likely to panic when faced with a flooded mask or a great white looming overhead. There are “trait anxiety” tests that could ferret out these nervous divers before they ever earn their C-cards, but most experts agree that’s unrealistic. “Certified divers tend to fall in the lower range of trait anxiety to begin with, and the people who score high may simply be more anxious; they don’t necessarily have panic disorder or other mental illness,” says Colvard. Subjecting every potential diver to a psychological profile would be difficult, if not a violation of anti-discrimination laws. 

The bottom line is that panic is something instructors need to address more seriously, and that participants need to prepare for more ardently, says Knafelc. “You need to honestly assess your own anxiety level. If you’re a high-stress individual, you’d be wise to stay in the pool until you feel confident in your skills and ability to stay calm. If you are able to keep your wits, you can get yourself out of most any situation, even if your equipment fails.”

Practice Makes Poised

Being scared under water is a rational fear, says Knafelc. “The only reason we’re all not panicking all the time is that we’re trained, so we know what to do.” Enough knowledge, practice and preparation can soothe even the most anxious scuba enthusiast. 

Rehearse the basics. Practicing basic skills is essential for preventing panic. “New divers especially need to rehearse important skills until they are burned into their psyche,” says Colvard. Experienced divers also should brush up on the basics. Practice sharing air, clearing your mask and other skills you may not have done since certification. Visualize and mentally rehearse each dive. 

Plan for emergencies. Panic happens when rational fears become irrational, says Knafelc. “Have an emergency procedure ready for every situation. Plan what you will do if you see a shark, have equipment failure or lose your buddy. Then rehearse those procedures with your dive buddy, so if something scary happens, you both automatically know what to do.” 

Remember “SBTA.” Physiologically, it is almost impossible not to calm down when you’re breathing slowly and deeply from your diaphragm, says Colvard. Train yourself to “Stop–Breathe–Think–Act” when something unexpected happens. 

Come prepared. Having the proper equipment will bring you great peace of mind. Have a wetsuit for cold water, a backup light for night diving, and anything you need for special circumstances like wreck dives. Never fudge it or use equipment you aren’t familiar with. 

Listen to your instincts. If a dive doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Period. Never dive beyond your training and abilities or push it when the conditions aren’t cooperating. 

Plan pauses. Prevent unpleasant surprises with pauses at every main transition, like when you enter the water, are at the bottom, before you ascend, at your safety stops and so on. Take a moment to assess your gear, your buddy and the environment. 

Fix the little problems before they snowball into big ones and you’ll go a long way to warding off panic, says Colvard. “It’s usually not one thing that sends you over the edge, but a combination of unexpected factors.”

When Panic Attacks

The following are classic signs that you’re losing your cool. If you experience any of them, stop to relax, breathe, think–and seek help. 

> Rapid breathing or feeling like you can’t get enough air. 

> Rapid heart rate, palpitations or heaviness in the chest. 

> Gastrointestinal distress, “butterflies,” nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. 

> Muscle tension, headache or tremors. 

> Trembling voice or inability to speak. 

> Sweating, chills or hot flashes, feeling out-of-control or impending doom.

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Climate deniers meet Joe Camel: Column – USA TODAY.

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Half a century ago, the tobacco industry tried to preserve its market by misleading Americans about the scientific validity of research demonstrating that smoking causes cancer. To weaken efforts to fight global warming, the “climate change denial machine,” in the words of the Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, has been using that same strategy. For more than 20 years it has sought to cast doubt on the science that demonstrates that the climate is changing and pollution is to blame.

Why is anyone still paying attention?

The denial lobby is using pseudo-science andcherry-picked data to present the fringe view that global warming is nothing more than what Sen. James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, famously called “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

Once again it has reprised its tired — and false — arguments to debunk the premier scientific assessment of global warming, produced by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. On Sept. 27, theNobel Peace Prize-winning organization declared with near certainty that human activity is causing the climate to change. The panel’s previous assessment, issued in 2007, was only slightly less certain — 90% versus the 95% in the new report. An overwhelming majority of climate scientists endorsed it.

In short, the global warming deniers are as wrong as the smoke-blowers who said in the 1960s that a pack a day was fine. No one seriously argues today that tobacco isn’t bad for you — and if they did, no one would listen. But the Marlboro Men of global warming still draw attention as they deny the consensus conclusion that burning fossil fuels in power plants, cars and factories is trapping heat in the atmosphere. They deny that this will raise sea levels, bring more violent storms, and worsen droughts and heat waves. What are they smoking?

Do we have a dog in this fight? Absolutely. We just think the debate should be about fact, not fiction. We are not trying to muzzle those who disagree with us. There will be plenty to disagree about in deciding what actions to take. But it is time to ignore false and misleading statements that mask the source’s bias and scam the public.

With the new attention that the I.P.C.C. report brings to the science of global warming, in coming weeks more than a few serious news reporters may be tempted in the name of “balance” to quote the deniers, who have presented increasingly discredited messages: Global warming is not happening. Or if it is, it is not caused by carbon dioxide emissions or other human activity. Or, well, it won’t have an impact — we’ll be fine.

Who is saying what?


Bob Carter, Heartland Institute: “Currently the planet is cooling.” Wrong. The last decade (2000-2009) was the hottest on record; 2010 was the hottest year recorded.Fred Singer, Science and Environmental Policy Project: “Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.” Nope. Acting under U.S. Supreme Court direction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that CO2 is a pollutant because of the harm it causes.Joseph Bast, Heartland Institute: “Most scientists do not believe human activities threaten to disrupt the Earth’s climate.” Misleading, to say the least: 97% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming.


For those who write about global warming, spreading the pronouncements of fringe “skeptics” doesn’t show balance. For those who read about global warming, it equates serious climate science and evaluation of peer-reviewed reports with the declarations of individuals, most lacking academic degrees in climate research, who are often funded by those standing to profit if the United States fails to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

The attention paid to the deniers has real consequences.

For one, it puts pressure on the I.P.C.C. to censor its conclusions.

Climate “skeptics” have vilified the U.N. panel, made up of several hundred of the world’s leading climate scientists, subjecting them to “abusive language on blogs, comparisons to the Unabomber, e-mail hacking, and even occasional death threats,” Justin Gillis wrote in The New York Times.

“Who could blame the panel if it wound up erring on the side of scientific conservatism,” he wrote shortly before the experts issued their report. The clear implication: The criticism could lead the panel to pull its punches when, he wrote, most would want “an unvarnished analysis” of global warming’s risks.

More broadly, relying on the deniers to provide “balance” also helps create political pressure that makes it all the more difficult to act against global warming.

It fuels efforts in the House of Representatives to thwart sensible measures to fight climate change. A solid majority of House Republicans denies that global warming is even occurring, pointing to the alleged disagreements among scientists to justify siding with the fossil-fuel industry.

At a minimum, good journalism — and the readers’ right to be fully informed — requires identifying a source’s stake. Is the source an environmentalist or coal or oil spokesperson? Their interests are clear.

But what about those claiming expertise or academic credentials in climate science who are supported by think tanks and front groups funded by oil, coal and others with a financial stake in the debate? The reader deserves to know their potential for bias. Better yet, it’s time to toss the denial machine into the bin of discredited ideas. It can keep Joe Camel company.

Dan Becker directed Sierra Club’s Global Warming and Energy Program for 18 years before founding the Safe Climate Campaign. James Gerstenzang, who covered the environment for the Los Angeles Times is the campaign’s editorial director.

In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions from outside writers, including our Board of Contributors.To read more columns like this, go to theopinion front page or follow us on twitter @USATopinion or Facebook.

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‘Humans have pushed the Earth into a new era’ – The

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Owen Gaffney is an Irishman based in Stockholm who works with a group of scientists on the Anthropocene – a concept developed by Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen in 2000.

“The Anthropocene concept is that humans have pushed the earth into a new epoch,” Owen Gaffney, director of communications at Stockholm’s International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) tells The Local.

The programme is tasked with co-coordinating research into the multitude of processes (biological, chemical and physical) that occur in the world we live in, and how these interact with us humans.

Gaffney explains that since the end of the last ice age, the world was in a time period known as the Holocene, a period which oversaw the growth of the human species. The industrial revolution and massive growth of the fifties marked a turning point in modern civilization and today humans find themselves in a position where their actions impact their environment more than any other time.

“Now, we are changing the nitrogen cycle, the acidity of the oceans, earth’s land masses. We use an area the size of South America to grow our crops and an area the size of Africa for our livestock,” Gaffney observes.

“It’s a new concept, the idea that we have pushed the earth so far that we are in a new geological epoch.”

Together with Canadian anthropologist Felix Pharand Deschenes, Gaffney has created a video using data visualisation that illustrates the spread of globalisation and the extent of human impact on our Earth (below).

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Scalia says atheism ‘favors the devil’s desires’ – CNN (blog)

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Scalia says atheism ‘favors the devil’s desires’

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor

CNN) – As the Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, the devil is not on the docket – but the Evil One apparently is on the mind of Justice Antonin Scalia.

New York magazine has published a fascinating new interview with Scalia in which the outspoken jurist tackled a number of topics. But none seemed to surprise Scalia’s interviewer, Jennifer Senior, more than his views on Satan.

The interview was conducted on September 26, the 27th anniversary of Scalia’s swearing-in as a justice on the high court. He is one of a record six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court.

After Scalia and Senior discussed heaven and hell (he believes in them; she doesn’t), the justice said in a stage whisper, “I even believe in the devil.”

“You do?” Senior replied.

“Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, come on, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that,” Scalia said.

Senior asked Scalia if he’s seen evidence of Satan’s work recently.

“You know, it is curious,” Scalia answered. “In the Gospels, the devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore. … It’s because he’s smart.”

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Scalia said the Devil has gotten “wilier” and convinced people that he and God don’t exist. The justice added that he doesn’t think that atheists are Satan’s minions, but that disbelief in God “certainly favors the devil’s desires.”

Senior asked if it’s “frightening” to believe in the devil, which seemed to annoy Scalia.

“You’re looking at me as though I’m weird,” he answered. “My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, soremoved from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.”

Scalia, whose son, Paul, is a Catholic priest in Arlington, Virginia, also said Pope Francis is “absolutely” right about the church needing to concentrate more on mercy and outreach than on fighting the culture wars.

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“But he hasn’t backed off the view of the church on those issues,” Scalia said. “He’s just saying, ‘Don’t spend all our time talking about that stuff. Talk about Jesus Christ and evangelize.’ I think there’s no indication whatever that he’s changing doctrinally.”

Finally, Scalia said he has not “softened” his views on homosexuality.

“I still think it’s Catholic teaching that it’s wrong. OK? But I don’t hate the people that engage in it. In my legal opinions, all I’ve said is that I don’t think the Constitution requires the people to adopt one view or the other,” Scalia said.

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