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NaturalNews exclusive: UNITED-Continental airline pilots forced to fly with as little as 3 hours’ sleep, ‘worked until we drop’

August 12, 2012 Leave a comment

 

(NaturalNews) Whistleblower pilots flying for United / Continental airlines warn that they are being “worked until we drop,” forced to pilot consecutive long-distance flights with as little as three hours’ sleep. In a series of secret meetings with NaturalNews, three United / Continental pilots described the “utter hell” they are being put through:

“We are being worked until we drop,” one pilot to me in a recent face-to-face meeting in Texas. “United-Continental is flying us in violation of FAA legal requirements. Pilot fatigue is at red alert levels. This is an accident waiting to happen.”

The FAA requires pilots to have at least 8 hours of rest in any given 24-hour period. From the FAA’s website:

…a pilot is not allowed to accept, nor is an airline allowed to assign, a flight if the pilot has not has at least eight continuous hours of rest during the 24-hour period. In other words, the pilot needs to be able to look back in any preceding 24-hour period and find that he/she has had an opportunity for at least eight hours of rest. If a pilot’s actual rest is less than nine hours in the 24-hour period, the next rest period must be lengthened to provide for the appropriate compensatory rest.

But NaturalNews was told that United-Continental is operating in blatant violation of this rule. One pilot explained to me, in detail:

“The airline often schedules us with only nine hours of time from arrival of one flight to the departure of the next. They claim this is supposed to give us nine hours of rest, but on a recent turnaround in [city withheld for privacy], our flight had more handicapped customers than was recorded in the manifest, and we had to wait for more wheelchairs to arrive, which took an extra 45 minutes. Then we were over an hour on transportation to the hotel, and another hour for check-in and getting to the room. I had exactly 2 hours and 49 minutes of sleep before I was required to get up, shower, dress, check out, get back on the transportation van, get through the airport, and back on the flight deck for preflight. I then flew a long-duration trans-continental flight, managed to catch six hours of sleep after that, and was piloting yet another flight.”

The cost of pilot fatigue: Injury, death and lost planes

The cost of pilot fatigue can be catastrophic. Earlier this year, an Air Canada pilot awoke from an in-flight nap disoriented. He thought the planet Venus (which can appear as a bright “star” on the horizon) was an approaching plane, so he nose-dived the airliner to avoid what he thought was a potential collision.

The result? A 400-foot altitude plunge, 7 people in the hospital and 16 injured passengers and crew. As reported in the DailyMail: (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130799/Pilot-fatigue-blamed-…)

Jon Lee, chief investigator, said the incident shows the problems airline crews face when dealing with being sleepy. He said: ‘This occurrence underscores the challenge of managing fatigue on the flight deck.’

Pilots have even died from fatigue, even while piloting flights carrying hundreds of passengers.

Did pilot fatigue kill Continental pilot Craig Lenell?

“One of our own had a heart attack and died a few weeks ago, in-flight,” the United-Continental pilots told me. The story checks out. The pilot’s name was Craig Lenell. He was described as being in “perfect health” and was piloting a Boeing 777 from Brussels to Newark. As Fox News reports:

Lenell died of a suspected heart attack midway through Continental Airlines Flight 61 on Thursday. Two co-pilots took over the controls. Passengers didn’t know anything was wrong until they landed and were met by fire trucks, emergency vehicles and dozens of clamoring reporters. (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,527465,00.html)

“If something doesn’t change soon, you’re going to see more pilots dying in-flight,” I was told. “Or worse, you’re going to see a fatal mistake, and 150-plus customers could be falling out of the sky.”

Pilot fatigue is even more critical when flying into difficult airports. Many airports served by United and Continental are surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. Localized weather patterns and storm cells make navigation very complex, even for experienced pilots. “The way we’re being flown with these lapses in sleep, it’s only a matter of time before we lose a flight,” one of the pilots told me. “[United / Continental] is rolling the dice with the lives of its customers.”

Pilot fatigue being pushed to its limits by airline company management

United-Continental is currently in a back-wages battle with its pilots. I was told that pilots have had their pensions stolen by the company. They’re owed back-wages dating back several years, the pilots told me, and the company is refusing to pay. As a result, pilots are staging a “work slowdown” that has caused the airline’s on-time flight record to plummet in recent months.

Over 1,400 pilots have been laid off by the company (http://crewroom.alpa.org/ual/DesktopModules/ViewDocument.aspx?Documen…), even at a time when remaining pilots are being stretched so thin that they’re often flying in a sleep-deprived state.

“Retired Continental Airline pilots alleged that Continental had breached the retirees’ pension plan by improperly calculating their salaries when determining their pension benefits,” reports Corporate Financial Weekly Digest (http://www.corporatefinancialweeklydigest.com/2012/02/articles/litiga…). “The retirees received an adverse ruling from the System Board, and, as they were expressly permitted to do both by the CBA and the System Board’s decision, commenced an action in federal court under ERISA challenging the ruling. The federal district court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed the action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and the Fifth Circuit affirmed..”

The pilots got screwed, in other words. Their pensions have been raided, looted by the usual suspects. This, on top of the insane sleep schedules being forced upon the pilots, is a recipe for disaster.

Bottom line? Don’t fly United / Continental until the pilots get paid and well-rested

Personally, I won’t fly United-Continental until I get word that their pilots are having their pensions restored and sleep requirements honored. To get on an airplane piloted by a sleepy-headed, angry pilot being screwed over by the company he works for is not my idea of a safe flight experience.

Although pilots are among the most psychologically balanced people in any profession (they undergo routine psych evaluations and physical exams), even they have a breaking point. What the airline is doing to these pilots amounts to a type of work torture. Sleep deprivation, after all, is a commonly-practiced torture technique. While not all the pilots are sleep-deprived on all flights, getting on one of these airplanes right now is a bit of a “Russian roulette” game in that you have no idea which pilot is awake and alert versus which pilot is suffering from dangerous sleep deprivation.

Steer clear of United-Continental until further notice.

And to the management of United-Continental, remember this: The pilots make or break an airline. If you piss off the pilots, they will drive your company into the dirt. If you keep the pilots happy, they will deliver a remarkable record of on-time flights, efficient turnarounds and happy experiences for customers. And as a bonus, they won’t accidentally fly your precious hardware into a mountain or scatter passengers across a field somewhere, which is always a messy scene with lots of TV news coverage.

 

Meet Navy-NOAA heads killing millions sea animals

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Today, Rosalind Peterson reached out to encourage Californians’ participation at two December meetings in which the U.S. Navy and NOAA will address its 5-year Warfare Testing program that includes killing millions of sea animals off the California and Hawaiian coasts. High-tech weapons applied to animals will then be used on humans.

 December 6th, 2010 9:07 pm ET
By Deborah Dupré, Human Rights Examiner

 NOAA issued the permit and Letter of Authorization to the Navy, finalized November 12, 2010, part of which is below. It protects no National Marine Sanctuaries, Marine Reserves, Biologically Sensitive Areas and does not stop the Navy from testing new weapons systems (including sonar), during gray whale migrations or salmon migrations.

U.S. Congressman Thompson’s request for the U.S. Navy and NOAA to meet with the public in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties in December 2010 has been accepted.

Peterson writes: “This is to notify everyone that NOAA and the U.S. Navy will be meeting with the public on the issue of the U.S. Navy Warfare Testing activities planned for the NWTRC. U.S. Congressman Thompson has organized these public meetings for residents of both Humboldt & Mendocino Counties. Representatives from Marin County are invited to attend these public events.”

“In the future, these plans can be altered on any date by the U.S. Navy or NOAA placing the information in the U.S. Federal Register. And the Navy does not need to notify anyone, including fishermen or ocean tourists, that these events are underway.”

Furthermore, Peterson highlights, “the NOAA permit requires only Navy reports on its impacts in the NWTRC and relies, according to U.S. Congressman Thompson, upon mitigation measures effective only 9% of the time.”

NOAA held no workshops to determine biologically sensitive areas in the NWTRC during 2010 according to Peterson and the NAVY/NOAA has plans for 2011 sponsored workshops, to be completed by November 2011.

Peterson wants these workshops 1) to be held in Humboldt County, California so her associated marine biologists and scientists can participate and 2) that they be held in January or February 2011, instead of waiting until the end of the 2011, before completion.

No National Marine Sanctuaries, marine reserves or biologically sensitive areas are protected in the ongoing 5-Year Warfare testing now underway in Southern California or Hawaiian Islands according to Peterson.

Below is the letter of authorization for the 2010-2011 war-testing.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE
Letter of Authorization
The Commander, u.S. Pacific Fleet, 250 Makalapa Drive, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-7000, and persons operating under his authority (i.e., Navy), are authorized to take marine mammals incidental to Navy exercises conducted in the Northwest Training Range Complex in
accordance with 50 CFR Part 218, Subpart M–Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to U.S. Navy Training in the Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC) subject to the provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.; MMPA) and the following conditions:
1. This Authorization is valid for the period November 12, 2010, through November 11, 2011.
2. This Authorization is valid only for the unintentional taking of the species of marine mammals and methods of take identified in 50 CFR § 218.112(c) and Condition (5) of this Authorization incidental to the activities specified in 50 CFR § 218.110(c) and Condition (4)(a)
of this Authorization and occurring within the NWTRC, (as depicted in Figure ES-l in the Navy’s Final Environmental Impact Statement for the NWTRC), which is bounded by 48°30′ N. lat.; 130°00′ W. long.; 40°00′ N. lat.; and on the east by 124°00′ W. long or by the shoreline where the shoreline extends west of 124°00′ W. long (excluding the Strait of Juan de Fuca (east of 124°40′ W. long), which is not included in the Offshore area).
3. This Authorization is valid only if the Holder of the Authorization or any person(s) operating under his authority implements the mitigation, monitoring, and reporting required pursuant to 50 CFR §§ 218.114 & 218.115 and implements the Terms and Conditions of this
Authorization.
4. (a) This Authorization is valid for the activities identified below within the estimated amounts:
(1) The use of the following nlid-frequency active sonar (MF AS) and high frequency active sonar (HF AS) sources for u .S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training:
(i) AN/SQS-53 (hull-mounted sonar) – 43 hours
(ii) AN/SQS-56 (hull-mounted sonar) – 65 hours
(iii) ANIBQS-15 (submarine navigational sonar) – 42 hours
(iv) SSQ-62 (sonobuoys) – 886 sonobuoys
(v) SSQ-125 (AEER sonobuoy) – 149 sonobuoys (total combined with EERlIEER)
(vi) MK-48 (heavyweight torpedoes) – 2 torpedo events
(vii) Range Pingers – 180 hours
(viii) PUTR Uplink – 150 hours
(2) The detonation of the underwater explosives indicated in (i) conducted as part of the training exercises indicated in (ii):
(i) Underwater Explosives (Net Explosive Weight):
(A) 5″ Naval Gunfire (9.5 lbs)
(B) 76 mm rounds (l.6Ibs)
(C) Maverick (78.5 lbs)
(D) Harpoon (448 lbs)
(E) MK -82 (238 lbs)
(F)) MK-48 (851 lbs)
(G) Demolition Charges (2.5 lbs.)
(H) AN/SSQ-ll OA (EERlIEER explosive sonobuoy – 5 lbs)
(I) HARM;
(1) Hellfire;
(K) SLAM; and
(L) GBU 10,12, and 16.
(ii) Training Events:
(A) Surface-to-surface Gunnery Exercises – 340 exercises
(B) Bombing Exercises – 30 exercises
(C) Sinking Exercises – 2 exercises
(D) Extended Echo Ranging and Improved Extended Echo Ranging
Systems (EERlIEER) – 149 lEER sonobuoy deployments (total combined with EERlIEER).
(b) This authorization is also valid for the activities and sources listed in 4(a) should the amounts (i.e., hours, dips, number of exercises) vary from those estimated in 4( a), provided that the variation does not result in exceeding the amount of take indicated in 5 (a), below.
5. (a) The incidental take of marine mammals under the activities identified in 4, above, and § 218.l10(c) is limited to the species listed in 5(b) and 5(c) below, by the indicated method of take and the indicated number of times (estimated based on the authorized amounts of sound source operation), but with the following allowances for annual variation in activities:
(1) 2010 annual take (a post-calculation/estimation of which must be provided in the 2011 LOA application) of any species of marine mammal may not exceed the anlount identified in 5 (b) and 5( c), below, for that species by more than 25%
(2) 2010 annual take total of all marine mammal species combined may not exceed the estimated total, indicated in 5(b) and 5( c), by more than 100/0
(3) the total take of any species over the course of five years may not exceed the amounts indicated in 50 CFR 218.112(c)(I), which is 10% above the numbers indicated
2
in 5(b) and 5( c) below multiplied by 5 for each year of the rule. A running calculation/estimation of takes of each species over the course of the years covered by the rule must be maintained.
(b) Level B Harassment:
(1) Mysticetes:
(i) Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) – 15
(ii) Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) – 40
(iii) Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) – 11
(iv) Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) – 9
(v) Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) – 4
(vi) Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) – 1.
(2) Odontocetes:
(i) Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) – 84
(ii) Killer whale (Orcinus orca) – 14;
(iii) Pygmy or dwarf sperm whales (Kogia breviceps or Kogia sima) – 4
(iv) Mesoplodont beaked whales – 15
(v) Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) – 14
(vi) Baird’s beaked whales (Berardius bairdii) – 13
(vii) Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) – 40
(viii) Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) – 100
(ix) Northern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis) -741
(x) Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) – 571
(xi) Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) – 1256
(xii) Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorvnchus) – 2
(xiv) Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli) – 4752
(xv) Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) – 119274.
(3) Pinnipeds:
(i) Pacific harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) – 586
(ii) California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) – 286
(iii) Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) – 1365
(iv) ) Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) – 91
(c) Level A Harassment:
(1) Fin whale – 1;
(2) Sperm whale – 1;
(3) Dall’ s Porpoise – 3;
(4) Harbor Porpoise – 1
(5) Northern right whale dolphin – 1;
3
(6) Short-beaked common dolphin

Peterson advises hat the new 5-Year warfare testing range initiated in the U.S. Federal Register on July 15, 2010 that connects the area between the Hawaiian and Southern California Warfare Testing ranges,” ever-increasing impacts will be felt with regard to breeding habitats, which are not now protected in the NWTRC, marine food supply areas, and migration routes will be even more heavily impacted by this new range.

“Also added in 2010 is the 5-Year Warfare Testing program in the Marianas Islands.”

Learn more: See Rosalind Peterson’s website: http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=us-navy

Any questions need to be lodged at U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson’s Office in Washington, DC: 866. 220-0044

Contact Rosalind Peterson at Post Office Box 499, Redwood Valley, CA 95470, Phone: 707.485.7520. E-Mail: info@californiaskywatch.com

Also see:

Link to U.S. Navy Final Environmental Impact Statement & Rule of Decision (ROD):
http://www.nwtrangecomplexeis.com/Documents.aspx

Links to NOAA Permit for the “taking” of marine mammals in the NWTRC & their Letter of Authorization:
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-27540.htm – November 10, 2010 NOAA Permit

Links to all NOAA documentation on NWTRC and other Warfare Testing Ranges in the Pacific, Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico – Current Status: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm

Final Rule: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/fr/fr75-69296.pdf NWTRC

Final Monitoring Plan: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/permits/nwtrc_monitoring_plan_final.pdf

New Information from NOAA – U.S. Federal Register: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-28282.htm
Marine Mammals Status Change Requested

Further information about the two upcoming important meetings can be found at:

1) http://mikethompson.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=216749
U.S. Navy Public Meeting Schedule – NWTRC Mendocino & Humboldt Counties, CA
2) http://mikethompson.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=216750
Dr. Jane Lubchenco – NOAA Meeting in Mendocino County on December 9, 2010 – NWTRC

 

 Public meetings about approved Navy 5-year war testing off California coast.

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Raymond Tucker “defends” his sick obsession with-abusing horses: “All I can tell ya is shit happens”.

September 21, 2010 1 comment

Please circulate this email widely and cross-post and link to the article freely…..ask people to contact both Tucker and those who can hold him accountable!
horse on Trucker's farm

(The above photo of  one of  Tucker’s numerous emaciated, sick horses was one of many taken at the Tucker “farm” in July 2010–see the links below)

Excerpted from the Fort Scott Tribune:

Local man arrested for animal cruelty

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By Michael Pommier

According to a report by Nadia Ramdass of KENS 5, a television station in San Antonio, Texas, a local man was arrested after abandoning a trailer holding seven horses in San Antonio.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, Justin Harvey, 41, of Fort Scott was arrested Sept. 2 and charged with cruelty to livestock. He later posted $5,000 bond.

The report said Harvey’s tractor trailer broke down along Interstate 35 sometime on Sept. 1. The next morning a passerby noticed the horses inside the trailer at a truck stop and called Animal Care Services and 911.

A veterinarian who was on the scene said the horses most likely had not had anything to eat or drink for at least eight hours. Even though the trailer was vented, the authorities said the temperatures inside the trailer were between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the report said.

As a result, two of the seven horses in the trailer had died and the others were determined to be in serious distress and severely malnourished.

The horses being transported came from Tucker Brothers, LLC, a local horse-trading operation run by Raymond Tucker. Tucker told The Tribune that he had sold the horses to a man in South Fort Worth, Texas and that the horses were being returned because they were considered to be undesirable.

“It was just an unfortunate incident and poor judgment on [Harvey’s] part,” Tucker said. He later added, “The horses had been mine and I sold them to a guy that I’ve been selling horses to … they take them onto the border…..

For the full FS Tribune story, click here:

http://www.fstribune.com/story/1664153.html

And visit these two links to see photos of horses on Tucker’s “farm” and the summary I published after my two hour visit with Tucker at his equine purgatory:

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/hell-on-earth-for-horses/

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/purgatory-for-now-but-hell-awaits%e2%80%a6/

Contact the Tuckers and tell them that what they are doing is EVIL:

Raymond and Diann Tucker
746 215th St
Fort Scott, KS 66701
620-223-0195
620-224-7055
diann@tuckerbb.com

AND contact these officials and agencies to demand that they intervene to end this equine abomination:

Fort Scott City Attorney Robert Farmer
323 South Judson Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701-2350
(620) 223-0150
bob@nfamail.com

Fort Scott Police Department
620-223-1700

Fort Scott Mayor
Gary Bukowski
620-223-0550
gbukowski@fscity.org

Bourbon County Sheriff
Ronald L. Gray
620-223-1440, 620-223-0055 fax
rgray@bourboncountyks.org

Kansas State Representative State Representative
Shirley J. Palmer, District 4
785-296-7698
palmer@house.state.ks.us

Bourbon County Attorney
Terri L. Johnson
620-223-2910, 620-223-3781 fax
bbca@classicnet.net

Mark Parkinson
Office of the Governor Mark Parkinson
Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590
Voice – 877-KSWORKS (877-579-6757)
Local – 785-296-3232
For the Hearing Impaired – 800-766-3777
Governor@ks.govOr you can email Govenor Mark Parkinson by clicking on the link below:
http://governor.ks.gov/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=Comment

Kansas Animal Health Department
(785) 296-2326 Fax: (785) 296-1765
708 S.W. Jackson
Topeka, KS 66603-3714
http://www.kansas.gov/kahd

Mr. George Teagarden, Livestock Commissioner
Kansas Animal Health Department
708 SW Jackson
Topeka, KS 66603-3714
785-296-2326 (Office)
785-296-1795 (Fax)
E-Mail: gteagarden@kahd.ks.gov

Source article

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Recent interview with Joseph Buddenberg conducted by Dylan Powell of The Vegan Police

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Recent interview with Joseph Buddenberg conducted by Dylan Powell of The Vegan Police

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/interview-with-joseph-buddenberg-aeta4/

Walter has been a dedicated animal rights activist and anarchist for several decades and has struggled for animal liberation and against a deadly and genocidal culture of drug abuse in the United States.

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/new-support-site-launched-for-animal-liberation-prisoner-walter-bond/

Forty U.S. cities and counties have prohibited the use of wild animals in entertainment displays or exhibits. About the same number of locales in Canada have taken similar action.

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/ringling-bros-the-cruelest-show-on-earth/

That time of year is upon us again. Always loved the fall, until I moved to upstate N.Y. in 1978. I had grown up in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe; I had never seen hunting like that before. The color change of the trees was magnificent, with the bright yellows, reds and oranges.

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/fall-from-grace-hunting-seasons-slaughter/

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WILL THE EXPLOITERS SILENCE YOU?

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE DESCRIBING HOW ANIMAL EXPLOITERS ARE TRYING TO SILENCE THE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN THE U.S.

PLEASE SHARE NOTE…

Respondent’s alleged conduct is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, made applicable to the state of Kansas through the Fourteenth Amendment, and therefore any action brought pursuant to K.S.A. 60-31a01, et. seq., is barred.

KANSAS CITY, KS. — A local animal rights activist said three temporary restraining orders won’t slow his group’s effort to stop primate research at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

http://www.kctv5.com/news/24862151/detail.html

Factually speaking, Petitioner may be an “animal murderer” in the sense that, through the course of his employment by the State, Petitioner does cause the death of countless animals. While Respondent’s choice of words may not have been extremely tactful, Respondent is again within his First Amendment right to choose the manner in which he advocates for his cause.

I have posted David Bell’s well-constructed and powerful argument, which he has filed with the court as a brief, below. As you will read, our position is that none of the allegations in the TRO rise to the level of “stalking” (and some are false) and that the TRO is an infringement on my First Amendment rights.

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/local-activist-takes-on-ku-med-center-ku-med-lies-abuses-animals-and-shreds-the-constitution/

***Please Contact Barbara Atkinson, KU Med’s Executive Vice Chancellor, and tell her that what KU Med is doing to primates is wrong and to stop wasting our tax money on cruelty and fraudulent science! She is at (913) 588-1440 and BATKINSON@kumc.edu.

AND

***Francis Collins, Director of the National Institute of Health (KU Med’s source of funding) at 301-496-2433 and francis.collins@nih.gov and tell him to stop providing public monies to a “research facility” that was cited for 160 violations of animal welfare laws by the USDA!

by Jennifer Bowman on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 10:37am

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The Ghost of Oreo: A dead dog continues to haunt New York City and the no-kill movement.

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

By Michael Mountain

In Hamlet, the ghost of a murdered king haunts the palace and the nation. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” mutters one of the courtiers. Blood has already been spilled, and before the end of the tragedy, more will flow in order to cleanse what is rotten and restore the balance.

Oreo was not a king. She was a pit bull dog, abused by a young hoodlum in New York City who, in June 2009, ended up throwing the dog off the roof of his apartment building. Oreo survived and was taken to the ASPCA shelter. They repaired her broken legs, looked after her for several months, and raised funds in her name before concluding that they could not deal with her aggressive tendencies. Then they killed her….

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/the-ghost-of-oreo-a-dead-dog-continues-to-haunt-new-york-city-and-the-no-kill-movement/

Responding to the call of conscience….

Jennifer Bowman interviews Jason Miller

8/26/10

Jennifer Bowman: So let’s cut right to the chase. In some of your recent writings, you’ve indicated that you’re dealing with some serious challenges in your life right now. What are they?

Jason Miller: Aside from the systemic backlash resulting from my vigorous activism, I’m dealing with a number of serious personal issues. Some of these were self-inflicted and some weren’t. Either way, I need to deal with them.

I was so absorbed in my activism for about a year that I let certain aspects of my life get away from me, in a manner of speaking. As many of you may have already read, I’m a recovering alcoholic (since 1992—hence my straightedge beliefs). However, I got away from some of my spiritual and intellectual efforts to manage my passion and set aside working the Twelve Steps, which tends to land me into trouble. Fortunately, I’m back on the path I need to follow, which still includes vegan-ism of course, and have turned to the painful task of cleaning up my messes.

JB: What do you mean by “systemic backlash resulting….

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/responding-to-the-call-of-conscience/

Roundabout as Conflict-avoidance versus Malcolm X’s Psychology of Liberation

by Denis Rancourt

August 25th, 2010

Simulposted with Dissident Voice

In the present essay I introduce the general notion of “roundabout” as a mechanism of conflict avoidance used by privileged social justice activists. I then contrast this pseudo-liberation activism with the needed true liberation activism of Malcolm X, which I argue to be consistent with the model of liberation of Freire.

INTRODUCTION

The now familiar concept of “pacifism as pathology” was introduced by Ward Churchill as the central characteristic of First-World middleclass so-called social justice activism. Churchill argued from history that all liberations were leveraged through violence and proposed that pacifism as cowardice was pathology.1

Gandhi stated that it was better to practice armed resistance than to use pacifism as an excuse for cowardice.2 Both men (Churchill and Ghandi) saw acceptance of and self-justification for one’s ….

http://thomaspainescorner.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/roundabout-as-conflict-avoidance-versus-malcolm-x%e2%80%99s-psychology-of-liberation/

A gluttonous and obscene spectacle that glorified “bacon”

Journal Entry by Jason Miller

8/29/10

Astoundingly, the Rehabilitation Institute (Founded in 1947, the Rehabilitation Institute provides medical rehabilitation and employment placement services for children and adults who have experienced a catastrophic injury or illness or injury resulting in a significant disability. The Institute’s array of services address the most basic activities of daily living including mobility, communication and self care to more complex issues related to driving, living independently, attending school or working.) chose to raise funds by putting on a gluttonous and obscene spectacle that glorified “bacon.”

Check it out: http://baconfestkc.com/

What a perverse irony that an entity that exists to alleviate suffering would gleefully endorse and promote the abject barbarism and misery to which pigs are subjected to produce “bacon.” Further, as a rehabilitation service which no doubt counts stroke victims amongst its clients, it is absurd and unconscionable that they would aggrandize “meat….

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Jason Miller ⓋAugust 1, 2010 at 9:13pm Subject: Crusade to Stop KU Med’s Publicly-Funded Indulgence of Its Fetish with Animal Torture Persists….


Jason Miller ⓋAugust 1, 2010 at 9:13pm
Subject: Crusade to Stop KU Med’s Publicly-Funded Indulgence of Its Fetish with Animal Torture Persists….

100 of Randy Nudo’s neighbors recently received the flier pictured above…..

Journal Entry by Jason Miller

8/1/10

Yesterday, twelve of us also took to the streets to educate the public, though in a very different manner than usual. We formed a small caravan of vehicles, adorned them with signs depicting the horrific crimes that KU Med is desperate to keep from public knowledge, and utilized a bullhorn to both draw attention to our signs and to educate further.

Traversing a route that took us through Leawood, Loose Park, the Plaza, Westport, the State Line perimeter of KU Med, Gillham Park, UMKC, and Waldo, we spread our message to thousands of people in just about an hour.

Some of our messages to the public included:

KU Med was charged by the USDA with 160 violations of animal welfare laws!

Two primates died of severe dehydration March 31, 2008….

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Jason Miller Ⓥ

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