chinese floating mountain wallpaper, compulsions and endangered species, american taliban terrorizes town

SeaWeb applauds US decision to support bluefin tuna trade protection

SeaWeb applauded the announcement by the United States that it will support a proposed international trade ban for endangered bluefin tuna, and the ocean conservation organization called for international support for 32 species of red and pink coral as well as for eight shark species proposed for similar protection.

A serving of bluefin tuna or sushi made with bluefin can go as high as $2000 a serving. That’s a couple months of grocery money for most Americans. So those driving the demand and the forces behind the depletion of bluefin stocks are people that can most afford to find an alternative. The case is similar for endangered red coral where red coral necklaces  retail for hundreds of thousands in U.S. dollars. Nothing against body adornment, a custom that stretches back through thousands of years of human history, but this crazed obsession to adorn oneself with an endangered species is driven by some kind of compulsion I cannot fathom.

Bill Black’s Top Ten Ways to Crack Down on Corporate Financial Crime

Number seven: Target the top 100 corporate criminals.

“We need to do a top 100 priority list – the way it was done in the savings and loan crisis,” Black said. “The FBI, the Justice Department and the regulatory agencies got together and put together a list of top 100 companies to target. There was a recognition that these were control frauds. The top executives were using seemingly legitimate savings and loans as their weapons of fraud. And that is why any serious look will tell you the same thing about this most recent crisis as well. The criminal justice referral process has collapsed at the agencies.”

Black’s list is like a holiday list of 10 presents most consumer wish they’d get, but would settle for five. It is partly the public’s fault in terms of priorities, they get outraged over losing a few dollars in a street crime, but throw up their hands as corporate America pick their pockets of thousands.

Christian Hate Group ‘Repent Amarillo’ Terrorizes Texas Town, Harassing Gays, Liberals, And Other ‘Sinners’

An evangelical Christian hate group called “Repent Amarillo” is reportedly terrorizing the town of Amarillo, Texas. Repent fashions itself as a sort of militia and targets a wide range of community members they deem offensive to their theology: gays, liberal Christians, Muslims, environmentalists, breast cancer events that do not highlight abortion, Halloween, “spring break events,” and pornography shops. On its website, Repent has posted a “Warfare Map” of its enemies in town.

Calling Repent an “American Taliban,” blogger Charles Johnson notes that the group’s moniker “Army of God” is a rough translation of “Hezbollah.” Led by a man named David Grisham, a security guard at a nuclear-bomb facility called Pantex, Repent first gained media attention in Texas following a campaign to boycott Houston for electing a gay mayor. The group, which is associated with Raven Ministries, collaborates with other Christian groups as well as forced pregnancy advocacy associations like “Bound 4 Life.”

One cannot call them Nazis yet, not just because of Godwin’s law, but because the American “Hezbollah” only has pockets of power. There is the beginning of some push back from a group called Amarillo Citizens Against Repent Amarillo at FaceBook – you have to be registered to join.

chinese floating mountains wallpaper. this is the best example I have in my stash. not exactly like the one in Avatar making the news, but similar – “Avatar” Hallelujah! Renaming Chinese mountain leads to a hill of trouble