Saturday, April 18, 2015

AWI Quarterly: Can the Vaquita Be Saved? - "Please contact federal Advisory Council of Wildlife Trafficking chairwoman, Judith McHale, urging her to make saving the vaquita a priority:

Can the Vaquita Be Saved?

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Numerous lists of species that are likely to go extinct within the next few years have been published. Front and center on all of them is the tiny, critically endangered porpoise known as the vaquita.
Identified only 50 years ago, the vaquita is endemic to Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. Reaching a maximum length of about four feet, the porpoise is gray, with dark stripes running from its flippers to the middle of its lower lip. Its eye is ringed with a broad black circle, giving it a charming, bespectacled “Harry Potter” sort of look. As recently as 20 years ago, there were still approximately 600 vaquita swimming in the Gulf—today there are less than 100. While climate change and habitat degradation have certainly played some role in the species’ rapid decline, the main threat facing this shy, small animal is entanglement in fishing gear, especially gillnets.
The fate of the vaquita has been inextricably entwined with yet another endangered Mexican species, the totoaba, a grouper-like fish that can grow up to six feet in length and weigh over 200 pounds. Initially, the vaquita was threatened by entanglement in gillnets being used to fish for totoaba. Totoaba was once sold as sea bass, and was subject to several periods of intense overfishing, finally resulting in a total fishing ban in 1975.
Although fishing for totoaba was prohibited, other fisheries continued to develop in the Upper Gulf, including a commercial fishery for shrimp. As a result, vaquita entanglements—as well as totoaba bycatch—continued to be a problem, and in 1993, Mexico's President Carlos Salinas declared the Upper Gulf of California to be a Biosphere Reserve. All resource exploitation was prohibited within a zone around the mouth of the Colorado River.
The biosphere plan also included a proposal to ban offshore shrimp trawling in a wider area, and restrict inshore fishers in small boats known as “pangas” to the use of gillnets with a mesh size of four inches or less in an effort to try to reduce entanglements of vaquita, totoaba and other bycatch species.
However, there was little enforcement of any of these regulations and vaquita entanglements continued. The biosphere reserve also did not cover the entirety of the animal’s habitat, and there were numerous instances of vaquita bycatch happening outside the reserve. So in 2005 the Mexican government took action again, establishing a Vaquita Refuge Area and the “Program for the Protection of the Vaquita.” The Mexican government transferred more than US$1 million to the states of Baja California and Sonora that border the Upper Gulf. The funds were to implement the vaquita protection program, including working with fishers to try alternative “vaquita-friendly gear,” and finding ways to boost non-fishing sources of income.
According to vaquita scientists, however, the number of pangas fishing with gillnets had actually doubled within the refuge by 2007. Clearly, the lack of regulatory enforcement was a major problem and efforts to provide alternate sources of income to local fishers were also failing. As a result of this information, there were international calls (including from the International Whaling Commission) to heighten efforts to prevent the extinction of the vaquita, calling on the world to support Mexican efforts by providing financial resources and expertise.
Unfortunately, a new threat to the vaquita’s survival has developed, raising the stakes to an entirely different level.
By 2008, a black market trade in totoaba swim bladders triggered a precipitous increase in illegal fishing in the Upper Gulf. ...
Please contact federal Advisory Council of Wildlife Trafficking chairwoman, Judith McHale, urging her to make saving the vaquita a priority:

RR Watch - Ann Corcoran: UNHCR putting pressure on US to take in more Syrians; security concerns still the hold-up - "Do you trust this man? Antonio Guterres, the socialist UN High Commissioner for Refugees has selected 11,000 Syrians to send to your towns and cities. 90% of the Syrians who have arrived so far are Sunni Muslims."

UNHCR putting pressure on US to take in more Syrians; security concerns still the hold-up

There is nothing much new in here that we haven’t already reported, but I want readers to know that the UN is agitating for us to get moving on allowing in what will amount to be 90% or so new Muslim migrants from Syria.
Do you trust this man? Antonio Guterres, the socialist UN High Commissioner for Refugees has selected 11,000 Syrians to send to your towns and cities. 90% of the Syrians who have arrived so far are Sunni Muslims.
Because the UNHCR got ahead of itself and pre-selected 11,000 Syrians for America, those 11,000 will be used to put public relations pressure on the security-minded Republicans who are holding a finger in the dyke right now.
Here is the New York Times (via the Telegram):
The United States is scheduled to take in its largest tranche of Syrian refugees to date — up to 2,000 by this fall, compared with a total of about 700 since the civil war in Syria began four years ago, according to the State Department.
The U.S. decision to accept more refugees reflects how swiftly the Syrian civil war has morphed into the most pressing humanitarian crisis in recent years. Generally, resettling large numbers of refugees happens long after other options are exhausted, like the possibility of displaced people eventually returning home.

Will terrorists enter the US among refugees chosen by UN?

But just as refugee admissions have faced political resistance in Europe, the plan to step up Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States has stirred pushback from Republican lawmakers in Congress, who are increasingly vocal about the fear that terrorists may sneak in with the refugees.
While the Republicans have not called for a full-on moratorium on Syrian refugee admissions, they have urged the Obama administration to go slow, until the United States can be assured that all applicants are properly screened. A congressional hearing is due in the coming weeks.
“In the case of Syrian refugees, our intelligence on the ground is alarmingly slim, making it harder to identify extremists,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in an emailed statement.
“As we have heard from intelligence officials, we do not have enough information to confidently screen these individuals,” he said. “We need to put our foot on the brakes until we have more certainty that terrorist won’t slip through our fingers.” In February, McCaul wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding details about refugees who have been admitted or are in the pipeline, including their ages, ethnicities and religion. He also wanted to know how U.S. officials are screening Syrians.
A State Department official said refugees applying for resettlement to the United States are “the most carefully vetted of all travelers to the United States,” with security checks by a host of U.S. agencies, including the National Counterterrorism Center and the Defense Department.
“Accepting refugees is an American tradition with bipartisan support in Congress,” said Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary at the State Department. “The question is not whether we take them in, but ensuring that we admit refugees in a way that is safe and consistent with our national security interests.”

The UN has 11,000 they have picked for your towns!

The United Nations has a list of more than 11,000 people who are waiting to be screened by U.S. officials for possible resettlement.
The U.N. refugee agency, which does the first round of vetting, says the people on the list are among the most vulnerable, including single mothers and their children, victims of torture and people with special medical needs. But few of them will be accepted anytime soon. Henshaw said the reason the United States is admitting fewer than 2,000 this year is “to make sure we've got the process right.”
You gotta laugh, even if the women, children and sick people aren’t terrorists they will be VERY EXPENSIVE for the US taxpayer to care for!

“Aid groups” want 65,000 Syrians before Obama leaves office. 

But, the damn NYT can’t bring itself to mention that these are not ‘charities’ but in fact are largely paid by the taxpayer to resettle refugees—there is money in it for them!
At the same time, the administration is facing pressure from aid groups that want the United States to increase the numbers of refugee admissions significantly, and to let them in much faster.
They contend that the United States should take in at least half the people the U.N. refugee agency wants to resettle in the West, which would amount to about 65,000 Syrians in the next two years.   [See former British Foreign Secretary pushing the 65,000 demand, here.—ed]

Proposed City Law Would Let Non-Citizens Vote, Reports AMAC - "Those who support the proposed law claim that residents who are not yet citizens are unfairly disenfranchised."

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Proposed City Law Would Let Non-Citizens Vote, Reports AMAC

‘Immigrants who built America came here with a desire to participate in the democratic process, not to dismantle it’
WASHINGTON, DC, Apr 17 – Liberal politicians in New York City want to give immigrants who are not yet citizens the right to vote.  The City Council, which is composed overwhelmingly of Democrats, is considering a law that would allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections, explained Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
“It’s not a joke; it’s a blatant attempt to begin securing the future for progressive government,” Weber said.  “The Council tried before to get the law passed, but was confronted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and backed down.  But, the current Mayor, Bill de Blasio, who was described by liberal TV host Jon Stewart as “the socialist Sasquatch,” is reportedly amenable to letting non-citizens vote.”
It is estimated that there are some one million non-citizens living in New York City.  “That’s more than enough to boost de Blasio’s chances to win a second term—especially for a mayor whose first term has been fraught with controversy and whose popularity is waning.  But the right to vote is the distinct province of citizens and it is the height of cynicism to diminish its value for personal political gain.”
Weber noted that the proposed law would allow non-citizens to vote only in municipal elections.  “But it provides no mechanism for ensuring that voters will stick to the rules.  Both citizens and non-citizens would be using the same polling places and the same ballot boxes.  There would be nothing to stop non-citizens from casting ballots for those seeking House and Senate seats or from voting for the next president.  It would facilitate voter fraud on a massive scale in state and federal elections.  And, that is why it should be of concern not just to those who live in New York City but also among those of us in the rest of the nation.”
Those who support the proposed law claim that residents who are not yet citizens are unfairly disenfranchised. ..

American Thinker - Jeannie DeAngelis: Hillary Says! 'We are all immigrants!' - (1) Calling illegals 'immigrants' confers legality; (2) Endless population redoublings & third-worldizing is OK? --tma

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Hillary Says! 'We are all immigrants!'

VoilĂ !  In addition to handling a private/official email problem, flying coach, and carrying her own luggage, Hillary Clinton may now be able to add to her list of outstanding accomplishments singlehandedly resolving the contention surrounding immigration reform.

Recently, on a tightly stage-managed listening tour Hillary, granddaughter of alleged immigrants, revealed her acute sensitivity for the plight of – you guessed it – immigrants. ...

Besides the total staging of a fake impromptu gathering, there are a lot of things wrong with what Hillary had to say, the most glaring of which is her exaltation of lawbreakers. 

RR Watch - Ann Corcoran: Obama’s diabolical propaganda campaign to force communities to “welcome” migrant seedlings unveiled yesterday in Washington - "Resist!"

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Obama’s diabolical propaganda campaign to force communities to “welcome” migrant seedlings unveiled yesterday in Washington

I don’t even know where to begin to snip this incredible article by writer Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily who has been following the Refugee Resettlement Program and the general community destruction happening across America under this President with his illegal policies on immigration geared to change America by colonizing your towns.
Know the propagandists! Eva Millona, co-chair of National Partnership for New Americans: we are happy there is a centralized entity to push ‘welcoming’ from the top down.
We previously reported on the work of the Task Force, here.
As readers here know, yesterday Obama’s Task Force on New Americans unveiled its strategy to seed your communities with aliens and coerce you into “welcoming” them one and all.  I’m told it was boring and for Americans not trained to hear certain buzzwords it might have seemed pretty much ho-hum.
But apparently not so as Hohmann tells us here.  You must read it!
These are some of the topics, besides the fact that they want the wheels of government to focus on assessing how “welcoming” you are!  (Presumably there will ultimately be some punishment if you are not sufficiently welcoming.)
Assimilation and national security are never mentioned.
* Grants are given to “contain the backlash” where ‘pockets of resistance’ are forming.
* They want to create a “Refugee Corps,” an AmeriCorps for refugees who aren't finding work (They don’t say that part, but I do! Refugee unemployment is extremely high, so this is one more way of redistributing the wealth.)
‘Welcoming America’ is involved in getting your minds right on this issue of “welcoming” migrant seedlings to the soil of your town.
* Hohmann reports on the role of George Soros and propagandist David Lubell.  He also brings in that incredible Mark Levin radio program we wrote abouthere.
* Watch for it, as Hohmann tells us:  “The White House report encourages every community in every state to establish an immigration integration plan.”  Resist!
Read it and send to everyone you know!

Obama is literally changing America by changing the people!  And, he is creating a propaganda campaign to ‘get your minds right’ (to shut you up!) so you will stay quiet as we are being colonized by the third world.

About the photo:  Learn more about the National Partnership for New Americans, by clicking here.  Ms. Millona is (or was) director of MIRA (Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) and is co-chair of this New Americans gang where (Ha! Ha!)  Josh Hoyt is Director.  We wrote about Alinsky-style agitator Hoyt when he went with Wade Rathke (ACORN) to Egypt to help ‘community organize’ there during the Arab Spring.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Daily Mail - Joel Christie - Hempstead, NY: Student’s Mother Leaves Teacher Unconscious in School Hall - So continues the one-side Black-on-White Race War that Americans can often only read about in a UK newspaper. --tma

Student’s Mother Leaves Teacher Unconscious in School Hall

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A middle school teacher is recovering in hospital in New York after being viciously assaulted by one of her student’s mothers and the woman’s 14-year-old niece.
The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead.
Police say the parent, Annika McKenzie, 34, walked into the building without being cleared by security and waited in the hallway for her daughter’s math teacher, Catherine Engelhardt.
McKenzie believed Engelhardt had ‘put her hands’ on her 12-year-old daughter earlier in the day, according to ABC 7.
Engelhardt refused to speak with McKenzie, telling her to first get a security pass.
A fight then ensued.
Authorities say the teacher was shoved against the wall, placed in a headlock and thrown to the floor.
Several students also became involved in the attack, including McKenzie’s 14-year-old niece.
Another teacher was able to break up the melee and attend to Engelhardt.
She was unconscious for several minutes and rushed to Winthrop University Hospital.
Engelhardt, a mother and teacher of 20 years, has since been released and is recovering at home ‘in a lot of pain’, according to Newsday.
Speaking from her home to ABC 7, Engelhardt said she has long feared for her safety at the school.
‘It’s not like I thought a parent would do something, but I knew something violent was going to happen,’ she told the network.
‘I've warned (the school) time and again that the children have no respect for adults.
‘Yes, I fear for my safety. They can’t control the kids.’ ...

Daily Mail - Wills Robinson: Shocking Images from Cameras on Texas-Mexico Border - "They helped border guards apprehend nearly 30,000 suspects and led to 88,400 pounds of drugs being seized in 2014" - Good but wonder what happens to them? Given an appear-in-court date and allowed to disappear into US forever? --tma

Shocking Images from Cameras on Texas-Mexico Border

Cameras placed along Texas’ 1,200-mile border with Mexico have captured the stream of illegal immigrants sneaking into the country on a daily basis.
Cameras placed along Texas' 1,200-mile border with Mexico have captured the stream of illegal immigrants sneaking into the country on a daily basisThe network of more than 1,000 motion detectors, similar to those used to film wildlife, have been placed strategically in areas that have not been secured–where Mexican citizens can cross and evade capture with ease.
They helped border guards apprehend nearly 30,000 suspects and led to 88,400 pounds of drugs being seized in 2014 as part of Operation Drawbridge.
The system has also had a significant impact on Mexican cartels and their ability to smuggle narcotics, people and stolen vehicles between the two countries.
The startling images have been revealed as President Obama continues to fight to push through an executive order to shield illegal immigrants from deportation.
Earlier this month a federal judge in Texas refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the ‘sophisticated’ cameras are stationed on ranches and farms on the border.
The turn on when movement is detected and are monitored in real-time, around-the-clock by a number of agencies.
If they think suspicious activity is taking place, they alert law enforcement in a bid to get them to cut them off. ...