Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) Interview

Most of you know by now that the International Justice court in The Hague recently ruled in favor of Australia and New Zealand, and against Japan regarding the killing of whales under the guise of “Research.”   Bill Maher’s subsequent interview with Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was expected to be spent talking about the decision.   A few minutes were spent on that, but within the following video, they went a lot further.  No one to date has ever done such a fine, eloquent and concise job of describing the state of the oceans and the consequences of continuing to do things as we’ve been doing them.

Yes, you heard him correctly, and he’s right.  The ocean will likely be dead by 2048… and, as is our slogan, as go the oceans, so go we.  Premier leaders all agree.  As Dr. Sylvia Earle said, even if you never set eyes on the ocean, never touch a toe in those waters, they still affect you with every breath you take.

Do take this seriously, friends.  Share it far and wide.  If we don’t control ourselves, don’t put a rapid end to our polluting, Climate Change WILL take us out, and all the other amazing, wonderful beings, our fellow earthlings, will die with us, because of us.  It is not too late, but there is NO time to waste!

Call On Congress For Change! More BP Oil Seeping Into the Gulf!

The Press-Register of Mobile, Alabama discovered new BP oil seepingjust a mile from the site of last summer’s debacle.  BP wasted no time at all in claiming that the oil wasn’t theirs… but the facts prove otherwise.  The fingerprint is clear, as is the location of the oil — exactly where one would expect it to be as it rose up from a mile deep.  Then there’s the use of Corexit itself, a solvent which has been banned in the UK, and proves far more dangerous than the oil itself.  Corexit is clearly implicated in the deaths of well over 100 dolphins this spring — an that’s only those who made it to the beach to be counted.   Think back on the way that BP tried to cover up the damage and dodge responsibility at every opportunity.  It’s clearly time to change the way that oil companies are monitored, and the way that their messes are cleaned up.

With the clear understanding that removing a natural resource for personal/corporate profit is decidedly a privilege and not a right, Protect The Ocean calls upon Congress to impose the following procedures and processes on ANY oil drilling,  (and especially those occurring under water):

  • There shall be frequent independent monitoring of all activities, operations and well sites (including those supposedly capped off.)
  • Oil companies shall have no involvement, direct or indirect, in the clean-up operations or oversight, but shall provide complete cooperation and compliance.
  • The responsible oil company shall bear all costs of inspection and clean-up, and shall not be allowed to employ tax credits to do so.  If the company’s responsibility is greater than its assets, each other oil company with operations in the U.S. shall bear a proportionate portion of the costs of cleanup, and no further operations will be allowed by a company until that company’s portion is paid.  (This will push them to police themselves as well.)
  • Any time any operation is determined by investigators/monitors to be deficient or presenting unacceptable risks, that operation shall be halted immediately, and immediate appropriate steps taken to alleviate the potential damage to personnel and the environment.
  • The purpose of these collective actions is to eliminate any threat or harm from the harvesting of oil from the planet.  This is the single highest priority.  All other considerations shall take a lesser position beneath that goal.  If oil cannot be gotten without damage, then permission to attempt to gain that oil shall be withheld immediately and until such time that convincing evidence is presented that a solution to that danger has been found.

Click here to sign the petition being sent to Congress and the President. Demand the Changes! Help Us Protect The Ocean!

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BPA: Worldwide Threat To ALL Species from Plastic!

Pisphenol-A (BPA) may be the single greatest threat to life on this planet since the atom bomb.  Found in cosmetics, plastics (including drinking containers, food containers, etc.), medical devices, toys — literally nearly everything all around us, this chemical is lowering sperm count, interfering with the development of male fetuses, etc.  ALL species seem to be affected, including reptiles.  Be sure to watch the eye-opening and frightening documentaries on the subject.  Take the threat seriously.  Tell your family and friends.  Read on for further proof:

Human males are now far more likely to be autistic, to develop ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrom, cerebral palsy, dyxlexia…   Both doctors and researchers now suspect that this hormone-mimicking, endocrine-disrupting chemical is behind the problem.  Originally developed in Russia 1891, by condensing acetone, by the 1930′s it was being used as a form of synthetic estrogen.  As manufacturing progressed, the chemical began finding other uses.  In 1957, it began its role in plastics.  Now it’s found in nearly all products in our lives.  Over 8 BILLION pounds of BPA are used every year!  We have unwittingly tipped the lid on Pandora’s Box.

The original expose video of “The Disappearing Male” has been conveniently blocked to residents of the U.S., supposedly by the Canadian Broadcasting Network.  Gratefully, Natural News TV has provided it for us via this link: The Disappearing Male – Bishenol-A (BPA).

Between the way we use chemicals with BPA in it, and the sheer volume of plastics in the ocean’s gyres, BPA may very well be the single largest threat to life on this planet.

Do you use a microwave?  The microwaves might not be a hazard, but warming foods in plastic containers is another matter altogether.  A prominent biologist talks about the real world risks that the FDA is happily whitewashing in this video: BPA Contaminating Our Food.

Pisphenol-A (BPA) is in baby bottles.  It’s in infant pacifiers.  It’s in canned food liners.  It’s in CDs, DVDs, dental and medical implements and supplies… the list is nearly endless.  Most importantly, it’s in us, in our bodies.  In 2008, a U.S. government study consisting of  2,517 people (age 6 and older) found that 93 percent had BPA in their urine. Children had higher levels than adults.  Unfortunately, it would seem no one bothered to find out what is different about those 7 percent who didn’t have any in their urine.  Other studies have found BPA in the blood inside newborn’s umbilical cords as well.  BPA is everywhere and, as the documentary, “The Disappearing Male” shows, it’s doing widespread damage across the planet.  A study done by researchers in France have shown that inner ear deformities and other abnormalities occurred in fish embryos in the presence of BPA.  Xenopus tadpoles also showed a marked increase in abnormalities in direct correlation to the increase in levels of BPA in their environment.  It’s not just us humans or even mammals being affected.

Unless and until we take steps to force it (and its similar compositions) out of use, it is likely that both human and other life forms on this planet will continue to decline.  As of this date , NO countries have banned BPA altogether.  Canada declared it a toxic substance in 2010, and the EU and Canada have banned its use in baby bottles… but that’s still just the tip of the iceberg.

How and why does it matter than BPA is an endocrine disruptor?  Many types of cells of many types of animals have receptors for estrogen.  BPA binds to those receptors.  Dr. R. Thomas Zoeller, a biology professor at the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst campus, said BPA also binds to receptors for male hormone and thyroid hormone.  “I don’t know of a single other molecule that does this,” Dr. Zoeller said.  Moreover, fetuses exposed to chemicals in the womb (including, but not limited to, BPA) can experience effects later in life, and pass those abnormalities to future generations.

Some manufacturers are cashing in on it, charging highly unlikely amounts for BPA-free drinking containers.  Sure, it’s better than the risks, but is that gouging necessary?  Certainly and obviously not.  Plastics CAN be made without BPA.  But even without BPA, plastics still leach out other dangerous chemicals.  It’s up to us to take the matter into our own hands.  Switch to clay, ceramic, stainless steel, aluminum, and good old  glass containers.  They don’t cost any more than current gouging rates for BPA-free plastics.  Moreover, they’re readily recycled, made from natural earth,  and don’t have any of the risks of plastics at all!