The poisoning of pigeons…

You know, when I found an old book of recipes, I found a recipe for pigeon stew.  I laughed out loud at the thought…and then I was corrected by someone who said that they used to eat pigeons.

My ignorance was showing….

What wasn’t said was that people who were poor used to eat pigeon stew…

So, here we have a city that has poisoned pigeons before…well, we think it was the city — the newspaper never said whom was responsible.  The investigation into the 2012 poisoning stopped when it was revealed that someone with some authority was poisoning them.

Yesterday, I saw a pigeon in dire distress, going backwards while its head and body shook like it had been electrocuted.  It tried helplessly to fly and couldn’t get a foot off the ground.  It would sickeningly twist its head back and forth.  I poured water on the ground hoping the bird would drink it and bathe in it to rid itself of the toxin.  It was too *out* of it.

I felt so helpless to help what was a clear case of poisoning.  This poor bird suffered for HOURS until  mercifully, it finally succumbed.

If you read the comments in the link, someone posted about a hawk that drove a pigeon into the house, breaking its neck, then eating it.  The commenter questioned what happens to the hawk that eats a poisoned bird?  What happens to the pigeon that died in front of my car?  If it is buried, then the poison enters the soil and water.  What then?

“This was a commercial application downtown for the purpose of killing pigeons,” Berven said. “We’re going through the case file to determine if everything was done the way it was supposed to be done. But preliminarily, we’re not finding anything that was done wrong.”

If something is strong enough to kill a living thing, it is dangerous to ALL living things, regardless of whether it is legal or “applied correctly”.

The shortsightedness is tiresome in that we have known since World War II, when they began using chemicals that were used in warfare on our lawns and gardens.  It was known then that these chemicals in higher concentrations killed people!

What was done to these birds was comparable to torture.  So when a politician or a corporate exec or a single citizen puts these birds through such agony and cause a ripple effect down the food chain, one has to wonder what is their stopping point?

These are the folks whom have no problem sending other people’s kids to war or they have no qualms over torturing people.  Or they have no problem with war at all.  It’s just a different kind of mass killing.

Why do they think it’s okay to poison them?  Why not promote hunting them and using them for food?  I would welcome that, if done respectfully, more than poisoning them– especially when people are going hungry.  We’ve become snotty with food– with eating chickens and beef instead of game and plentiful wildlife.  Again — done respectfully with gracious acknowledgement of them feeding us and keeping us alive.

 

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Toxic ‘red tide’ in Chile prompts investigation of salmon farms

This ties into my next post on the poisoning of pigeons by city officials or blowhard corporate execs…

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Chile red tide sardines Dead sardines washed up on a beach in Chile, May 2016.

Algal bloom ‘of biblical proportions’ has led to protests and health emergency as concerns raised over dumping of rotting salmon in ocean

by Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian, May 17, 2016

Chilean authorities are investigating the country’s salmon-farming industry after an algal bloom carrying a virulent neurotoxin spread for hundreds of miles along the rugged coastline of Patagonia, triggering a health emergency and angry protests by fishermen.

The huge “red tide” has grown rapidly over recent weeks, in what has been described as the country’s worst environmental crisis in recent years: dozens of people have been poisoned by the algal bloom which makes seafood toxic and has deprived thousands of fishermen of a living.

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Williams Lake Indian Band councillors enter administration office

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Williams Lake band office rush in Protesters occupying the Williams Lake Indian Band administration office try unsuccessfully to block band councillor Rick Gilbert from entering the building Wednesday afternoon. Gilbert along with respected elders, other councillors and Acting Chief Heather McKenzie rushed the building in a chaotic scene outside the band office.

by  Angie Mindus, Williams Lake Tribune, May 26, 2016

UPDATE

The standoff at Sugar Cane is over.

The men occupying the Williams Lake Indian Band administrative office since early Tuesday left the building around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon after meeting with elders and WLIB council members.

Council agreed to hold a community meeting Monday, May 30 for community members only starting at 5 p.m. in the WLIB gymnasium.

ORIGINAL STORY

A chaotic scene unfolded Thursday afternoon as Williams Lake Indian Band acting chief, council and elders forced their way back into their own administration office following three days of occupation by protestors.

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Community members occupy Williams Lake band office: RCMP on scene

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Williams Lake band office occupation

At least four members of the Williams Lake Indian Band have forced their way into the band administration office Tuesday morning and asked staff to leave.— image credit: Angie Mindus photo

by  Angie Mindus, Williams Lake Tribune, May 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

RCMP are on scene at the Williams Lake Indian Band administration office where at least four men forcibly entered the building just after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and asked staff to leave.

It is unclear at this early stage what the group wants, however it is suspected their motive is political. Text messages from the group relayed to the Tribune indicate the men are unarmed, however that has not been confirmed.

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Fool me once…

Here is a good piece on dumping nuclear waste onto South Dakota.  As the article asserts, energy companies have a history of lying to the public about the safety and intentions of a project.  We all know how radioactive energy kills people.

We saw this just recently in Fukushima…where we are still seeing the devastation of this disaster.  We all know how the public officials lied to the public to cover up just how terrible this incident was.

Nuclear waste for a national nuclear dump in South Dakota would most likely be hauled on Interstates 90 and 29,

Yep. I already see this with the explosion of roadwork with paths leading from Interstate 90.  The pace for building this path of Death is at warp speed.  They clearly know that what they are doing is against public opinion, so they are working at a furious pace to circumvent public outcry and public resistance.   Creeps.

We see how even if all precautions are taken, nature can and does destroy nuclear power plants.  That is out of our control, for the most part.  Geoengineering is quite dangerous for its ability to manufacture weather.  As the article states, storing inside the Earth is also a crap shoot.  The record for safety clearly indicates that the fit will hit the shan at some point in time.

So…the common tactic by energy companies and politicians who sold out is to downplay the poisonous repercussions and promote it as a jobs creator.  This article mentions Heather Wilson, president of School of Mines.  Based on what I observe, the students have no respect for South Dakota, the Black Hills, and nature in general.  They trash the Hills with beer cans, plastic bottles, fast food wrappers, mattresses, broken furniture, and so on.   They clearly have contempt for the beautiful and spiritual Black Hills.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or rock scientist) to see that they don’t value the Earth, other than what can be extracted without giving back.  And no, putting nuclear waste into the Earth is not “giving back”, but further raping the Earth…

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Spent Nuclear Fuel:
Spent nuclear fuel would be deadly for 250,000 years or more.
Spent nuclear fuel contains long lived deadly radioactive isotopes.
Isotope half lives are the time it takes for the radioactivity to decay by half the original amount.

Uranium – half life up to 4.4 billion years depending on what isotope of Uranium
Plutonium – half life 7000 to 80.8 million years depending on what isotope of Plutonium
Neptunium 237 – half life 2,144,000 years
Americium 241 – half life 432.2 years
Curium – half life up to 340000 years depending on what isotope of Curium
Iodine 129 – half life 15.7 million years
Technetium-99 – half life 211,000 years
Zirconium 93 – half life 1.53 million years
Cesium 135 – half life  2.3 million years
Cesium 137 – half life 30 years
Strontium 90 – half life 28.8 years

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If our ability to grow food or breathe clean air or drink clean water is destroyed, having money in the hand from a job is not going to help us.  Like the Natives have said, you can’t eat money.

It is shortsighted in that our children and grandchildren will be paying the tab for one to have a job in the present.

This goes back to the prior post of The Gift — living in harmony with nature, not destroying it.

 

Indiana teacher grants comfort the comfortable

To those not of Indiana–Carmel is the snob capital of Indiana and possibly the world…and Zionsville isn’t far behind, from what I am told…
They are the type of communities that if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it. I have seen this happening for some time, however, as I was shocked when Lilly Endowment began awarding scholarships to children of well-to-do parents in the town I grew up in. They had more than enough money to send their 1.5 children to college, but were greedy in taking money that could have helped a poor but gifted child to attend college. No shame.

School Matters

You hear a lot about the idea that teachers should be rewarded with higher pay for agreeing to work in the most challenging school districts, the ones with the highest percentages of poor children.

We do things differently in Indiana. Under the state’s Teacher Performance Grant program, created by the legislature and included in state law, we are rewarding teachers in low-poverty schools.

It probably wasn’t intentional, but it’s worked out that way. The grants are awarded to school corporations according to a formula that includes the passing rate on ISTEP exams, high school graduation rates and year-to-year improvement on both.

In practice, the more affluent schools – which tend to have higher test scores and graduation rates – get the bigger grants. The school corporations decide how to divvy up the money among teachers who are rated highly effective or effective.

The Indiana Department of Education informed schools of

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