SAVE OUR WORLD FROM HELL ON EARTH


SAVE OUR WORLD FROM HELL ON EARTH

by Anthony Marr

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“EUROPE TO SWITCH ON SAHARAN SOLAR POWER BY 2015 – The race to harness the sun of the Sahara and Middle East deserts is one initiative in a far-ranging European energy consensus”

So go the title and subtitle of an article published on June 27, 2010, by Alok Jha in The Observer, Guardian.co.UK.

About time, I say. But let me backtrack to the basics, then move forward.

When I give a lecture on global warming, I start with a question: “How many of you have heard of the term ‘latent heat’?”

Consistently, it has been – almost none.

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This is a very dangerous state to be in. I will then explain with an analogy. Place a pot of cold water on a cold stove and dump in a kilo of ice cubes. Stir with a long thermometer until it is well mixed. The next question is: “What would the water temperature be?” About 0 degrees Celsius. Now, turn on the stove to high heat and keep stirring the ice water. Next question: “When will the thermometer register a temperature rise?” Answer: After all the ice has melted. For as long as there remains ice in the water, the temperature will remain near zero degrees. All the heat entering the pot from the stove will go towards melting the ice first – without raising the temperature of the water. It takes 80 calories to melt one gram of ice without raising the water temperature. So if there are 1000 grams of ice in the pot, the first 80,000 calories of heat entering the pot from the stove won’t raise the temperature for even one degree, and these 80,000 calories are called latent heat, “latent” meaning “hidden”. After the ice has melted off, however, the temperature of the water will rise to the boiling point.

Let me offer another analogy. Suppose you owe your bank $20,000, and you have $10,000 in your account, with no income to replenish it. You monthly payment is $1,000 and you current credit rating is A1. So, you pay $1,000 every month for the first 10 months, and your credit rating remains unaffected. As of the 11th month, however, you will begin defaulting on your payments, and your credit rating will take a nose dive until you are bankrupt. Now if you consider the Arctic Ocean as a giant pot of ice water, and the Arctic sea ice as your money in the bank, you’ll see the point I’m about to make.

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Back in the 19th Century, the Arctic Ocean used to be covered with sea ice even in the summer. As of the mid 20th Century, however, the sea ice has been melting down, with more and more ocean water exposed in the summer. Ice being a solar heat reflector and open water being an absorber, more and more heat entered the ocean, and more and more ice is melted. Most of this heat was latent heat, so the ocean temperature was not raised in proportion to the amount of heat absorbed, causing doubters to say, even today, “What global warming?”. But our sea ice “bank account” was becoming depleted.

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By about the turn of the 21st Century, a projection was made, and it was determined that the Arctic summer would be ice-free as of around 2100, when the Arctic temperature would skyrocket. In the year 2007, however the Arctic underwent its tipping point, and the sea ice melt rate suddenly accelerated by a huge factor causing the re-evaluation that the Arctic summer will be ice free as of the year 2013 (NASA)! While in early 2007 we expected that we had 9 decades or more to deal with the problem, which could be relegated to our children and grand children, we now in 2010 have only 3 years! While previously, the global average temperature rise by the year 2100 was estimated to be 2-3 Celsius degrees, as of 2007, it has been revamped up to 6-7 degrees, which, in my opinion, is still an under-estimation.

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In the mean time, the global average humidity has been steadily declining.

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Even in the late 20th Century, the 21st Century has been predicted to be a century of drought.

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As of the opening of the century, many countries have been hit – Australia, Brazil (the Amazon rainforest),

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China, sub-Saharan Africa, and North America (centering in Georgia and the U.S. southwest – and hit hard. Australia, for example, has lost its rice industry, and over 1 million camels have been culled for lack of water, and while China was a major exporter of rice to S.E. Asia, it is now stockpiling it. With the now predicted temperature rise in the Arctic as of 2013, the global drought will intensify (since warmer air can “hold” more moisture before precipitation), causing a global food shortage, and famine in the hardest hit places. Even today, 40,000 people per year die of starvation.

Come the Big Heat, this too will skyrocket. The two drought centers in the U.S. too will expand and eventually merge in the Mid-West, causing crop failures and food shortage even in homeland America. It is not impossible to see empty shelves in Safeway.

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While American agriculture is mostly rain-fed, Asian agriculture is by and large by irrigation. If the rivers dry out, famine would seize the land. Currently, Asian agriculture is being watered by the two thousand glaciers in the Himalayas, which provide water to the Yangtze and Yellow rivers in China, and the 6 rivers in S.E. Asia and India, which collectively feed some 3 billion people. If and when these glaciers melt off – in the latter part of this century – an unprecedented famine will seize the land with a death grip.

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James Lovelock, one of the originators of the Gaia Hypothesis in the 70s, predicts that by the end of the century 5 billion people (with a “b”) will have died of starvation due to water shortages and outages.

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And this is not even the worst of it by a long shot. There is something even more menacing, more dangerous, not having even been mentioned thus far. It is called the “Methane Time Bomb”, or “Runaway Global Heating”. Again, it has to do with the Arctic. Methane (CH4) is a super-powerful greenhouse gas, molecule for molecule with 70 times more heat-trapping capacity than carbon dioxide (CO2).

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It is nothing new to global warming. Through the eons, it has been emitted by marsh lands, rotting vegetation and ruminant animals, and has been part and parcel of keeping the planet warm enough for life. It is a relatively short-lived gas with a life-span of some 30 years before breaking down into CO2 and water (H2O). So if the emission rate is low enough, it could reach a state of equilibrium with the break down rate. With the added emission rate from the cattle industry, which when converted to CO2-equivalent is 25% higher than the CO2 emission rate of the entire transportation system, the global atmospheric methane content has been escalating in recent decades.

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Even so, the real danger is if and when methane is released into the atmosphere in massive quantities within a very short time-span by the rapid melting of the permafrost surrounding the Arctic Ocean in northern Canada, Northern Alaska, Scandinavia and Siberia.

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The permafrost contains a vast quantity of methane both underneath it in the frozen ancient vegetation as well as within it in the form of methane hydrate. When the permafrost is melted, both forms will release methane into the atmosphere.

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“Drunking forest” where the permafrost has melted beneath its feet

When the permafrost is melted rapidly, methane will be released in copious quantities within years and decades, which will overwhelm the break-down rate, thus kick-starting the methane-feedback-loop whereby more methane in the atmosphere will warm up the global temperature more, melting more permafrost, releasing more methane… This is a vicious cycle which, once started, will be all but impossible to break. It is in fact not a cycle, but a spiral toward total permafrost melt down both on land and on the submarine continental shelf. Unless arrested on time, it will be the much dreaded detonation of the Methane Time Bomb, a “slow bomb” which will take decades to spend, or Runaway Global Heating, towards upwards of a 15 Celsius degree temperature rise which can terminate 85% of all species on Earth.

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This is not pure extrapolation or projection. It has happened once before in Earth’s history. Currently, we’re already deep in the 6th mass extinction where 120 known species are going extinct every DAY, and about 10 times that many unknown species. This implies that there were five previous mass extinctions. Speaking of mass extinctions, we automatically think of the one at the end of the Cretaceous period 64 million years ago, the 5th, which eliminated all the dinosaurs, with the impression that it is the most calamitous extinction bouts in history. It is not. Although it did wipe out over 50% of all the species at that time, it is dwarfed by the 3rd Mass Extinction at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago which eradicated 75% of all land species and 95% of all marine species.

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And while the 5th was cause by an asteroid strike, the 3rd was cause indeed by global warming.

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The End-Permian extinction, Mass Extinction #3, occurred when the supercontinent Pangaea broke up into the modern-day continents, during which time vast amounts of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) were spewed into the atmosphere, which drove the average global temperature up by over 16 Celsius degrees within a short time span.

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Note again that it is global warming that sustains life, but a sudden increase of it could destroy it. An analogy is our own bodies, where it is the 98.6 degrees F body-warming that keeps us alive, but a sudden surge to 107F is what could kill us. Likewise for the current Mass Extinction #6, where the only difference from #3 is the source of the GHGs, which for #6 is of human origin.

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I’m not religious, and do not believe in biblical prophesies, but the ancient Mayan prediction of the end of the world being on December 21, 2012, never ceases to amaze me with its accuracy, albeit it possibly a huge coincidence. Were a scientist asked to pin point the date of the detonation of the Methane Time Bomb, given the summer of 2013 being the first one with no sea ice, he would say December 21, 2012, since it will be the shortest day of 2012, to gradually lengthen towards the summer of 2013. As far as I’m concerned, there is no direct linkage between the Mayan Calendar established two millennia ago to 1880 AD of the western calendar, the year generally agreed upon to mark the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in England, much less the receding of the Arctic sea ice due to global warming, but still, there it is, staring us in the face today. And if it is so accurate, what does it portend to our future?

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One thing it probably could not predict is that methane and latent heat were given significant consideration in neither the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) nor the 2009 climate convention in Copenhagen, in both of which only carbon dioxide was a factor of strategic-discussion and policy-making. In the context of the Methane Time Bomb, the bomb itself is methane, whereas carbon dioxide is only the fuse. So, the “authorities” are addressing only the fuse, but not the bomb.

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If only the fuse could melt off all the Arctic summer sea ice and precipitate a global drought of biblical proportions, how much more dire could the situation be after the detonation of the bomb? How short-sighted can our species be?

To deal with this dire and urgent predicament, we should first examine the cause of this short-sightedness, and the first thing to realize about this short-sightedness is that it is not a matter of perception, but of behavior, the cause of which being greed and corruption. Unless we could rid our species of this greed and corruption, we’d never be able to deliver ourselves from this predicament, and it will be our children who will be marched into a global oven to be roasted alive.

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Since “the buck stops here”, and “here” is the desk of “the most powerful person in the world”, we first have to ask who this person is. Ask a hundred Americans, and the vast majority would say that he is the president of the United States. But is he? No, he is not even the most powerful person in the United States. If the superlative must be used, he is the biggest puppet in America. So then, who are the puppet master(s)? I could name you five, though there are more: Pharmaceuticals, Meat, Hunting, Insurance, and, the biggest of them all, and most relevant to the case in point, OIL (and COAL).

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To begin with, OIL is the lobby that has led the charge on global warming denial. To date, it has spent $220 million in this effort to delude the public regarding the reality of global warming, and it has the results to show for it. In the well known 2007 Nielsen global survey on global warming awareness:

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– Globally, Czechs are the most aware about global warming, with 99% saying they know about this issue, followed by 98% of Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Thai consumers.

– In Europe, 95% of consumers say they are aware of global warming and 57% consider it a very serious problem.

– Latin Americans, who live in a region that scientists predict will be one of the worst hit by global warming in the next twenty years, are the most aware and concerned group about global warming.

– North America – Least Aware and Least Concerned. In North America, which is the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions, 84% say they are aware of global warming, but less than half of them (43%) consider it a very serious problem. More worrying, 12% of North Americans said they had never heard or read anything about global warming and one in ten consumers said it was “not a serious problem at all.” “North Americans consistently ranked least aware and least concerned about global warming,” said Patrick Dodd, president, A.C. Nielsen Europe. .

Regarding whether global warming is a result of human actions, half the world’s population (50%) said global warming is a result of human actions and 43% believe it’s a combination of both natural changes in the climate and human actions. Again, Latin Americans lead the world for believing global warming is a direct result of human actions – 62% of Latin Americans compared to 32% of North Americans say global warming is a direct result of our actions.

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“Those who believe global warming is a result of human actions are more likely to make changes to save the environment,” said Dodd. “In this case, its gratifying to see that those who most believe that global warming is caused by human activities are the Chinese (73%) followed by 70% of Brazilians – two of the world’s largest developing economies.”

One out of eight North Americans (12%), the highest percentage globally, thought global warming is caused by natural changes in the climate.

The dismal score achieved by North Americans is a direct result of the OIL-led global warming denial effort towards making the public consume oil products with impunity. This produces the following vicious cycle that North Americans seem unable to break: OIL deludes public perception and controls government action –> the public does not support government actions to combat global warming –> government takes no action to combat global warming and further heavily subsidizes OIL to make it even more powerful and influential –> OIL deludes the public and controls the government even more…

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Following is a break down of how the government caters to OIL, to the tune of billions of dollars:

The U.S. government has generally propped the industry up with:
* Construction bonds at low interest rates or tax-free
* Research-and-development programs at low or no cost
* Assuming the legal risks of exploration and development in a company’s stead
* Below-cost loans with lenient repayment conditions
* Income tax breaks, especially featuring obscure provisions in tax laws designed to receive little congressional oversight when they expire
* Sales tax breaks – taxes on petroleum products are lower than average sales tax rates for other goods
* Giving money to international financial institutions (the U.S. has given tens of billions of dollars to the World Bank and U.S. Export-Import Bank to encourage oil production internationally, according to Friends of the Earth)
* The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve
* Construction and protection of the nation’s highway system
* Allowing the industry to pollute – what would oil cost if the industry had to pay to protect its shipments, and clean up its spills? If the environmental impact of burning petroleum were considered a cost? Or if it were held responsible for the particulate matter in people’s lungs, in liability similar to that being asserted in the tobacco industry?
* Relaxing the amount of royalties to be paid

This in spite of the fact that OIL ranks at and near the top of all profitable enterprises:

1st Exxon Mobil $45.2 billion in profit
2nd Chevron $23,9 billion
15th Occidental Petroleum $6.9 million
38th Marathon Oil $3,528 million
41th Anadarko Petroleum $3,261 million

2005 Profits
ExxonMobil – $36.1 billion
Royal Dutch Shell – $25.3 billion
British Petroleum – $22.3 billion
ConocoPhillips – $13.5 billion
Chevron Texaco – $14.1 billion
Total – $111.3 billion

Following are excerpts from various publications easily found by googling “oil subsidy”:

Albion Monitor, 1995: “The oil industry is soaking up billions of dollars in tax breaks, government funding, and indirect subsidies that pay for oil related environmental damage. Even as they reap these benefits, they are spending millions on slick lobbying campaigns and political contributions to put the brakes on, e.g., California’s growing electric and clean vehicle industry.”

Union of Concerned Scientists: “Money Down the Pipeline: Uncovering the Hidden Subsidies to the Oil Industry” concludes that the oil industry profits from preferential treatment in tax laws and government support. While the non-oil industries are taxed at a rate of 18 percent, the oil industry is taxed at a mere 11 percent. This reduced rate equates to $2 billion in federal corporate income tax benefits per year. They also benefit from low state and local sales tax rates on gasoline, an indirect subsidy exceeding $4 billion a year. Direct government funding of oil and motor vehicle infrastructure and services tops off at $45 billion a year. And taxpayers, not the oil industry, are left to pay the cleanup bill for oil-related health and environmental damage, which could be as high at $232 billion annually…. The current system creates an energy policy by default through lower income tax rates for oil companies, government handouts, and hidden environmental costs. These subsidies fuel our unhealthy appetite for oil.”

International Monetary Fund (IMF), June 2010: “PETROLEUM product subsidies have increased in recent years. In 2003, global consumer subsidies for petroleum products totaled nearly $60 billion. By mid-2008, they had increased more than eightfold—to $520 billion. As international fuel prices surged during this period, many governments chose not to fully pass through these increases to domestic retail prices, resulting in rising subsidies. Although subsidies fell sharply in the second half of 2008 as oil prices dropped, they increased again throughout 2009 as oil prices rebounded, and are projected to reach almost $250 billion by the end of 2010… the global ‘tax-inclusive’ consumer subsidy is projected to reach $740 billion by the end of 2010, equivalent to 1 percent of global gross domestic product.”

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These essentially handouts include:

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Oil and Gas Tax Breaks
– Intangible drilling costs
– Oil and gas percentage depletion allowance
– Natural gas distribution lines
– Geological and geophysical expenditures
– Deductions for foreign tax
– Expensing for refining equipment
– Passive Loss
– Small Refiners Deduction
– Natural gas gathering lines
– Exemption from bond arbitrage rules
– Manufacturing tax deduction for oil and gas companies

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Royalty Relief
– 1995 Deep Water Royalty Relief Act
– Energy Policy Act of 2005
– Royalty-in-Kind Payments
– Relief for marginal producers
– Relief for deep wells in shallow waters of the Outer Continental Shelf
– Relief for deep water wells in the Gulf of Mexico
– Relief for offshore production in Alaska
– Relief for methane gas hydrates in the Outer Continental Shelf and Alaska
– Relief for enhanced oil and natural gas production

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Oil and Gas Research and Development Subsidies
– Oil Technology Research and Development Program
– Ultra-deepwater drilling research and development subsidy

Accounting Gimmicks
– “Last in, first out,” or “LIFO”

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, albeit it a dim light at the end of a long tunnel:

PITTSBURGH – G-20 convention (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, U.K., U.S., E.U. – whose economies account for over 80 percent of the world’s energy use)

“G-20 government leaders concluded the Pittsburgh Summit last week with a commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies over the medium term while providing targeted support for the poorest households. The leaders said that this unprecedented move is expected to encourage energy conservation, improve energy security, and kick-start their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“In his closing address to the G-20 leaders, host President Barack Obama said, ‘We agreed to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels so that we can transition to a 21st century energy economy – an historic effort that would ultimately phase out nearly $300 billion in global subsidies.’

“Obama said the United States is ‘accelerating its collaboration’ with China, India, Mexico and other key international partners to combat climate change, coordinate clean energy research and development, and support the international climate talks.”

On face value, Obama’s words sound enlightened, but in practice, whether he could cut off the strings on his wrists is highly doubtful. The evil puppet master does not just give in, give up and lie down. For one thing their propaganda machine will tell the public that an end to oil subsidy will mean higher gasoline prices at the pump, and the public will oppose it, regardless of the fact that the subsidy comes out of their own tax dollars, and ending the subsidy could mean a lowering of taxes and more money for them to spend elsewhere as well as to meet the higher gas prices, much less would they even remotely consider that higher gasoline prices will automatically cut down on oil consumption for the sake of the environment, nor would the thought even momentarily flicker through their mind that the money thus freed up could go to research and development of the green technologies, thus creating long term and expanding employment.

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While political and industrial leaders glad-hand and posture and play their power games, science has shown the physical truth of energy. Realizing the solar potential of 1% of the Sahara Desert can provide for the electricity needs of the entire European Union; 5% can satisfy the entire world.

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But indeed, to transit from oil to green energy (by which I do NOT mean ethanol or any other kind of combustion fuel) will take a heavy infusion of funds to initiate. In 2007, the respected consulting firm McKinsey and Co. estimated that some $50 billion would be needed in annual investment over the next two decades to transition away from fossil fuel to lower or zero carbon sources of energy. This assuredly is not small potatoes, but as assuredly, it is less than the subsidies currently handed to OIL on a platter.

Considering the stakes, and as a matter of course, objections arise, one from the right being that the government will be forced to pick technology winners and losers: Should we invest in photovoltaic or solar thermal?

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Photovoltaic installation

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Solar thermal installation

Or wind? Or geothermal? Ironically the answer could also come from them: Whichever the market will prefer – in efficiency and economy. And I ask them back: How does the current government apportion the subsidies for oil, coal and nuclear?

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Meanwhile, the commercial sector appears to be brimming with enthusiasm. Business Week magazine writes (April, 2010): “Investor fervor is fueling the market for public offerings of green companies. Electric automaker Tesla Motors, U.S. green energy producer Ameresco, and Spain’s T-Solar have filed to go public, and many more are waiting in the wings. ‘There’s renewed appetite for green IPOs (Initial Public Offering),’ says Luigi Ferraris, chief financial officer of Italian utility Enel, which plans to sell a minority stake of its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power for $5.4 billion by the end of the year. That would be Europe’s largest listing since 2007. // Green companies have said they hope to raise $9.6 billion worldwide, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s more than triple the total for eco-IPOs during all of last year. Renewable energy projects such as wind farms and solar parks still garner the most interest, but energy conservation and water management are also winning financial backing. // British solar energy producer Engyco wants to secure $1.4 billion, while its Madrid-based rival Renovalia could raise more than $300 million. Indian clean-tech manufacturer Indosolar aims to raise $88 million in Mumbai. San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, a maker of efficient transmissions for vehicles, is looking for $50 million. And Tesla is aiming for $100 million. ‘Investment bankers are out there soliciting business,’ says Nigel Meir of Ludgate Environmental Fund in London, which invests in clean technology companies. ‘The green sector has a lot of forward propulsion.'”

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On the governmental level, while North American governments vacillate, and the Canadian took a great step backward, causing Wind Energy Association to lament the federal government’s recent decision not to expand or extend the so-called EcoEnergy program (which delivered subsidies to renewable energy developers) in its new budget, other countries are charging full steam ahead in developing green technology and a green economy. India, for example, expanding on its incentives package for wind power, is launching a major campaign in solar energy deployment. With 9,000 megawatts (MW) of solar already up and running, the country has set a goal to have 20,000 MW online by 2022 — enough power to run about 20 million U.S. households. How does India plan to do it? By means of massive subsidies. The Indian government plans to increase solar generation with $19 billion, up to 90% of all costs, including solar panels in all government buildings, making good its pledge to spend $200 billion on building a cleaner, more efficient Smart Grid by 2015.

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In Spain: “The most efficient Spanish solar thermal plants produce electricity at a total lifetime cost of about 91.7 fils (25 US cents) per kilowatt-hour (kwh) according to estimates by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a data centre for renewables… high level of subsidy required… (with) the falling cost of solar technology.”

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Leading the charge and way ahead of the pack, the cause of the falling cost of solar technology, is China.

[Chinese solar to gain on subsidy cuts in Europe

February 15, 2010
Written by Editor, in China, Green News, Solar

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According to Reuters, “Subsidy cuts throughout Europe promise more business for Chinese solar companies at the expense of European and American peers… German companies such as Q-Cells, Solon and SolarWorld could be among the worst hit… Developers are… sourcing from Asian manufacturers… Chinese manufacturers undercut their European peers’ prices between 30 and 40 percent… Chinese companies sell modules at about 1.20 euros per watt, while European panels sell at nearly 2 euros per watt… Chinese manufacturers have an added advantage over overseas peers in that they buy polysilicon, the key material to make solar cells, from Chinese manufacturers with lower electricity and labor costs…. Germany, last year responsible for about half of European solar installation, is cutting feed-in tariffs, the price power distributors have to pay generators for renewable energy, by 16 percent from June in addition to the annual cuts.. Italy, Europe’s third-biggest solar energy market with about 900 megawatts of PV capacity… plans to trim the generous feed-in tariff… France plans to cut feed-in tariffs by 24 percent this year and the Czech Republic will reduce subsidies next year.. Europe is the most important market for solar products. Sales of photovoltaic appliances reached 16 billion euros ($22 billion) in 2009, about three quarters of the world market… combined installation volume in France, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic will total up to 1.96 gigawatts in 2010, or 18 percent of estimated global 2010 output, and 2.8 gigawatts for Germany.. The Chinese Government has been on a health-kick ever since the ultra-successful Beijing Olympics when the city clamped down heavily on air pollution. Now, the central government has announced new plans to help the growth of green cars within the country… the government will subsidise purchases of clean energy vehicles for public fleets in 13 cities in a bid to help the industry develop green technology…”

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Chinese vertical axis Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) wind turbine

While China is leading the way to a green future, the U.S. is playing catch-up, though not without some major advancements of its own. “Despite massive amounts of stimulus funding being spent on wind farms — nearly $2 billion — the vast majority (80%) of it has been spent on overseas companies… the project has resulted in nearly 6,000 jobs for overseas manufacturers and only a few hundred over here… a drop in U.S. wind manufacturing jobs last year… The Roscoe Wind Complex comprises a series of 627 wind turbines providing a 781.5 megawatt capacity covers about 100,000 acres and four Texas counties… a collaborative wind project with the community that included negotiations with over 300 landowners, and a mix of different turbines made by several companies including Mitsubishi, General Electric, and Siemens.. Texas continues to lead the nation in the development of renewable energy and has more wind generation capacity than any other state and all but four countries… 500 workers… investment of over $1 billion dollars… has the capacity to power 230,000 residences… ‘the world’s largest wind farm’… its London offshore wind project will be “the largest offshore wind farm in the world… President Obama has allocated $4 billion in ‘stimulus funds’ to help advance the ‘smart grid’, which is intended to seamlessly integrate all our new solar and wind power into the national supply of electricity… to create new “green” jobs… 2,000 green jobs for five years… China… has become the world’s major source of wind turbines, cutting further into Obama’s “green job” expectations. The wind turbine manufacturing will shortly be joined by our steel and aluminum industries, fertilizer plants and many other production facilities when the U.S. energy penalty taxes mount up.”

“China looms large over the global climate summit in Copenhagen, where Chinese officials are pressing the U.S. and other rich nations to accept new curbs on their emissions and to continue to subsidize poor nations’ efforts to adopt clean-energy technology. China, the world’s biggest source of carbon emissions… is now becoming a source of some of the solutions… bringing down the cost of solar and wind energy… electric car batteries… address a major impediment… heavy subsidies… The so-called China price … spreading to green technology… exported nearly all their output to countries such as Germany and Spain… raising solar power capacity targets five- or tenfold, so that by 2020 China could have more than double current global solar-power capacity… Japan… on a collision course with the ambitions of China.

“Is China outpacing the US in green technology development and implementation? Venture capitalists such as John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins think so, and they are definitely taking notice. ‘China’s growth in renewables is astounding,’ Doerr recently admitted. ‘… we are barely in the race today… China is winning.’… 50% growth in the market share held by the Chinese solar industry… the U.S. solar industry, only 16%… Unlike the U.S., where the solar industry can only get limited financing… the Chinese government has provided abundant financing for green projects… Doerr… ‘the results of their policies are really staggering.’.. U.S. Barely in the Green Technology Race: ‘We are Number 19! We are Number 19?!’… China had passed the U.S. and several western European countries to become the word’s top manufacturer of both solar panels and wind turbines; China might become the Saudi Arabia of alternative energy… China will gain thousands of new jobs, but not necessarily at America’s expense… China powers ahead as it seizes the green energy crown from Europe… running away with the green technology prize. It has conquered a third of the world market for solar cells and is on a breakneck course to build 100 gigawatts of wind turbines by 2020, doubling again the global capacity for wind power… broken the world record for capturing photovoltaic solar energy…”

There are three reasons for the U.S. falling behind China in the Green Race: OIL, OIL and OIL. And a fourth: MORAL BANKRUPTCY, where the OIL CEOs and oil investors laugh all the way to the bank, while sending their own children and grand children into a hell on Earth.

Regardless of which country wins in this new Green Race and which loses, the immediate goal is to wean the human race from the fossil fuels, while building a Global Green Infrastructure (GGI) capable of taking over from the Old Oil Order (OOO) without a disruption or even collapse of the world economy.

Bear in mind that some use of oil is needed to build the GGI, and we cannot afford to burn much more oil, to allot that amount of oil needed to build the GGI is the top priority in terms of future fossil fuels use. If we have to do without oil-based luxuries, e.g. cruise ships, so be it.

Can the planet be saved even if the entire world stopped using oil yesterday? No. Because the CO2 already in the air will keep on heating the planet for centuries to come, and will still ignite the Methane Time Bomb, driving the planet into Runaway Global Heating, albeit some decades later. We need something more, something that can cool the planet back down, and this boils down to Terraforming.

The idea of Terraforming originated in space exploration, where it was conceived that the planet Mars could be geo-engineered into becoming an Earth-like planet capable of supporting life as we know it. As applied to our own planet at this crucial time, it refers to geo-engineering the Earth towards cooling it back down, and that is a far greater endeavor than anything our species has ever attempted to date, even greater than transiting from oil tech to green tech. Likewise, it will require a far greater capital input than green subsidies.

Leading the terraforming technologies is Atmospheric Carbon Capture and Sequestration (ACCS), which basically is to capture the carbon-based gasses (CO2 and CH4) from the atmosphere, turn them into liquid or solid form, and bury it deep underground, just the opposite to what we are doing today, which is to extract carbon from deep underground in liquid (oil) and solid (coal) form, changing all into gaseous CO2 by combustion.

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In 1880, when the Industrial Age began, the atmospheric carbon concentration was 280 ppm (parts per million). In 2010, the atmospheric carbon concentration has risen to 387 ppm, on average an additional 1 ppm per year. At this rate, come 2020, it will be almost 400 ppm., while scientists estimate that 350 ppm is the maximum that the Earth can sustain without going into Runaway Global Heating. Accordingly, we need to extract 110 ppm of CO2 from the atmosphere. Nature provides us with the perfect ACCS – plants, which absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and turn it into more plants. Again, we are currently doing the exact opposite – deforestation, slashing-and-burning entire forests, changing the plants into smoke.

Do we currently have any artificial ACCS systems in operation? No, we do not. We don’t even have a working model to show for it. The British billionaire Richard Branson has a standing offer of $25 million for anyone who could come up with a working model of ACCS. No one has yet claimed it. What does this tell us? The fact of the matter is that it takes much much more to create even a working model of ACCS than $25 million – maybe 10 times that much. And to creating a real world ACCS system, maybe 100 to 1000 times that much. And where does this money come from?

There is only one source of funds of this magnitude I can think of: Currently, the global military expenditure is $1.3 trillion (with a “t”) per annum, or $1,300 billion. An across-the-board 10% reduction, with each nation cutting its own military budget by 10% so that no nation will suffer any relative weakening in military strength, will liberate $130 billion per year for such planet saving endeavors. And the military need not fear any lay-offs either, since military manufacturers and personnel can easily be converted and trained into a planet-saving force.

I know my own species well. There is an unsavory human trait that could doom us all: We won’t do the right thing, or even the necessary thing, until our collective back is against the wall. And the biggest Catch-22 of our time: Our collective back won’t be against the wall until the Methane Time Bomb has detonated.

Ultimately, there are two reasons that can cause our collective demise: IGNORANCE and APATHY – especially on the part of the people in the street who still invest in OIL and COAL. Ask them the simple question: Which is worse – ignorance or apathy?

Their answer still is: “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

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Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org

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Anthony Marr at Hands Across the Sands in Virginia Beach


While on his 40-states-in-7-months Compassion for Animals Road Expedition #7 (CARE-7 tour) Anthony Marr had the fortune of being housed by the Skelley family in Virginia Beach on exactly the day of the Hands Across the Sands nation-wide demonstration. He went with Sherry Skelley to participate in the demo before driving to Baltimore to speak to an Earthsave audience.

Hands Across the Sands is a national movement against offshore drilling in particular and the continued use of the fossil fuels in general. Specific to Virginia is the proposed drilling only 3 miles offshore. All investments and subsidies should go towards green renewable energies – for our children’s future and life on Earth.

In the following video, most pictures are by Anthony Marr. The video was made by Gina Williams.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org

How a single bullet killed 25 lions – by Anthony Marr


How a single bullet killed 25 lions – by Anthony Marr

Watch this video

and be juiced up against trophy hunting!

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org

2010-06-24 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #22 – NC and SC


2010-06-24

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #22

South Carolina and North Carolina

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After an almost non-stop chain of speaking events over the last two weeks since Florida, thanks to GAHC co-VP Catherine Garneau’s efficient organizing effort, I’m now enjoying a couple of relaxing days at my long time friend Jerry Cook’s water-front property in Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As Jerry says next to his profile pic in Facebook, “Life is good in Jerry’s world.” The only thing is that the temperature is knocking on 100 degrees and humidity near 100 percent, so “Jerry’s world” is mostly indoors this time of year. Not so my first visit here, which was in December 2003 during my CARE-1 tour which I shared with Brenda Davis and her then 15-year-old son Cory Davis. Life was good in Jerry’s world both indoor and out that time of year.

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June 15 – Pisgah, Alabama – accommodation host Carol Fuller Edmonds

After spending a night alone in the deserted farm house of the Edmonds family, I went over to the very much lived-in country home of Carol Fuller Edmonds, where the neighbors are few and far between, complete with the usual complement of cats and dogs typical of the homes of my animal advocacy hosts across the land.

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On the country road in front of her property are wooden telephone-posts, to which are attached nesting boxes built by her aged father now in his 80s. They were built for blue birds, whose habitat had been decimated. She opened the side of one of the boxes, and lo and behold, there were 5 newly hatched chicks whose eyes were not yet open. She said that after her father has passed on, a younger generation will have to take over the task, or the blue birds in that area would disappear.

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Carol’s home itself is also very eco-friendly, with solar heating systems on the roofs, and a large composting machine. On the above-ground swimming pool was a sheet of plastic that had collected puddles of rain water, in which lived a small population of tadpoles. she said that when they reopen the pool, she would collect the tadpoles first and have them deposited into a nearby pond. She is a veritable Earth goddess.

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After treating me to a wholesome breakfast, Carol took me for a walk to her secret paradise. While Pisgah itself is green and pleasing to the eye, this paradise of hers is stunning, with a lush forest cover, a deep gorge, exposed rock-faces and a sheer waterfall. She said that it was a little known spot, and she intended to keep it that way.

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June 16 – Chattanooga, Tennessee, event host Carol Fuller Edmonds

In the afternoon, we drove the hour due east in our separate cars to Chattanooga, where, in the mezzanine floor of a veg-friendly supermarket, I gave my talk to a small gathering of local activists, including Kathryn Dalenburg and Karen Lier. After my speech, Carol said that it blew her away.

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After the talk, by then after 9 p.m., I drove 5 hours farther east to Asheville, North Carolina, arriving around 2 a.m. at the home of Anne and John Green up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere. They said that they would leave the door open for me, but John waited up for me and opened the door, saying, “I was just about to give up on you man,” followed by a brotherly bear hug.

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June 17 – Asheville, North Carolina – accommodation hosts Anne and John Green

The Greens are yet another couple with whom I established an easy and in fact somewhat over-easy rapport, meaning that within minutes, John and I, both with about the same kind of humor, “who bring out the worst in each other”, had begun trading good-natured barbs which kept Anne smiling and giggling all day long. John used to race cars, so we talked about Indy cars and Formula One. Just one year my junior, yet athletic and fit, he led me on long walks through the trails of their 36 acre forested property.

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Both he and Anne are avid mountain-bike riders, on the walls of whose garage are easily ten high tech bikes, all with sophisticated suspension systems and disc brakes, each better than the others in some subtle way only bike freaks could discern and appreciate, just the light alloy frames of which are worth upwards of $1500 a piece. Of course, their house too is populated with animals, in this case 2 dogs and 4 cats.

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June 18 – Firestorm Cafe, Asheville, North Carolina – event host Wendy Kobylarz

In the late afternoon, we went by Anne’s bumper-stickers-festooned SUV to the Firestorm Cafe in downtown Asheville, in a back room of which I gave my talk organized by my long time friend Wendy Kobylarz who used to live in Knoxville, Tennessee. Asheville is a small city, but the attendance was high per capita, with more people than chairs. Unfortunately, the time frame was a little too short, which obligated me to compress my talk to little more than an hour, when its usual duration is close to 2 hours. As a result of my talk, they began seriously discussing the ways and means of self-sufficiency in terms of food, water, energy and defense.

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Around this time, the news of a possible 20-miles-wide methane gas bubble under the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico came to the fore. Speculations abounded about the possibility of a volcano-like eruption comparable in magnitude to Mt. St. Helens which could generate a tsunami that could swamp the entire gulf coast from Texas to Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama to, worst of all, Florida where the tidal wave could sweep overland right across the peninsular from the west coast to the east coast into the Atlantic. Debates on the internet ranged from bashing it as a hoax to touting it as being probable. Most agreed that should such an event occur, it could kill millions inhibiting the region. One thing for sure. ROV undersea videos have shown that the oil is not only gushing from the broken well-head of the Deepwater Horizon, but squirting out from rock fissures on the sea floor in the surrounding area, some as much as 7 miles distant. Explanations had it that not only was the well head broken, but there are breaks “down hole”, so that, under the 50,000-100,000 PSI pressure from 4 miles deep, the oil is squeezed through the lower breaks into the surrounding rock strata eventually into the water through cracks in the sea floor. What a bloody mess, and one almost without a solution. If this disaster does not deal the almost omnipotent oil lobby a staggering blow, nothing else will.

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June 20 – Earth Fare, Greenville, South Carolina – event host Joe Walsh, accommodation hosts Greg and Diane Prescott

The potluck talk in a quiet room at Earth Fare in Greenville was attended by about ten local residents and activists, and it was a relaxed and informal affair. Unfortunately, my camera had run out of batteries, so their beautiful faces could only be remembered. After the talk, my hospitality hosts Greg and Diane led me to their well treed country home twinkling with fireflies and frequented by chickadees and cardinals. When I left the following morning to the Outer Banks, Diane made me a well balanced lunch package to take away, bless her heart.

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June 21-24 – Men’s Club, Kill Devil Hill, Outer Banks, North Carolina – event and accommodation host – Jerry Cook

I met Jerry Cook in my first Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE-1, whereas my current one is CARE-7) shared with vegan dietitian and best-selling author Brenda Davis (Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan, Dairy-free and Delicious, and Defeating Diabetes) and her then 15 year-old son Cory Davis, which covered 44 states in the 7.5 months spanning September 2003 and April 2004. When Brenda and Cory went back home in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, for a month-long break in December 2003 – January 2004, I stayed at Jerry’s place the whole time. There, I met Jerry’s friend Laura Hendrix and her wonderful 4-year-old daughter Sarah, with whom I had a terrific time, especially on Dec. 17, 2003, when they took me to the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright Flyer by the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright.

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Yesterday, Jerry drove me to the local Unitarian-Universalist church to give a talk to the Men’s Club to which he belonged, in which another long time acquaintance of mine Chip Belew also attended, at the end of which we had a vigorous discussion on solutions to deal with the soon-to-be-detonated Methane Time Bomb.

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On our way back to his house, I asked Jerry to make a stop at the Wright Brothers Monument for a revisit, and it was just as grand. I stood by the base of the monument and Jerry took a picture of me. Unbeknown to me at the time, the engraving right behind me said “DAUNTLESS RESOLUTION”. Amen.

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The slope where the Wright Brothers tested their glider

In closing, I wish to say this: I am very happy to have regained my lost friend Paul Fusch who once joined in the attack against the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC) and myself. On his own accord, he saw the light, and the darkness in his own camp, and wrote a Testimony titled “THE SCANDAL WHICH ALMOST ‘CRUSHED’ A SUPER MAN” to exonerate me and GAHC – see the preceding blog in http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com – Amen again.

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Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org

2010-06-15 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #21 – Florida


2010-06-15

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #21

Florida

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(What I encountered on the road: Georgia Outlaw biker wearing Nazi helmet.)

It is now past mid-night. After a full day’s drive starting from Orlando, Florida, at 9 am, with a lunch stop at Jungle Friends in Gainesville FL around noon, I finally arrived at Pisgah, Alabama, around 11 pm.

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(From concentration camp…

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… to the slaughter house.)

I’m sitting alone at the kitchen table of an uninhabited farm house over a century old, in the middle of nowhere. It is totally silent, without even the sighing of a breeze or the rustling of leaves. The back of my mind half expected to hear a “bump in the night”, or to see an apparition in a dark corner of the hallway.

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(In day light the next morning: A barn twice as old as me.)

In the last two weeks I’ve endured severe attacks from whom I used to consider friends, with twisted truths and outright lies, one saying that I issued death threats against them and their families, when it was a mere expletive uttered by a justly angry woman in Australia, while another sent emails to my tour hosts titled “Beware of Anthony Marr”, the objective of which being not only to destroy my tour, but my reputation. And though many of these hosts have written me expressing their indignation and sympathy, saying how unethical the sender of the email was, I had adequate cause to lose much faith in friendship and humanity. But in the still of the night, with the stars glistening above, I feel personally insignificant, reducing these slanders of the slanderers to less than the mere bites of mosquitoes.

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(The 19th century farm house where I spend the night.)

I reread the cosmically inspired poem titled “Worldly Crimes Amidst Celestial Glory”, which I wrote and published in June 10, and was elevated by it to the cosmic plane.

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In the eyes of the godly from afar
our Earth shines like a bright blue star
whose celestial light masks the pain
suffusing her days and nights and rain
beneath the perpetual coagulating scar
of the abused, the maimed, and the slain.

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But these eyes do water as they behold
in the deep darkness of the human fold
the struggle of the evil versus the good
where compassion meets the heart of wood
and cruelty faces the kind and the bold
while the universe unfolds as it should.

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But for those who live upon the earth
it is a matter of deep personal worth.
As she wounds or heals or kills or saves,
whether he liberates or if he enslaves,
it’s meaning and purpose of their birth
and fate and destiny unto their graves.

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This is my CARE-7 tour blog #21. It reminds me of the turning of the centuries from the 20th to the 21st. When Y2K was happening, we had so much hope for our future. The new century held so much promise – the dawning of a new age, the attainment of Utopia, the realization of Nirvana on Earth, the final elevation of humanity and its ascension to the stars.

The reality is of course far different. We are wandering blindly into the greatest peril a million-fold worse than anything mankind has ever faced, with our children following trustingly in our footsteps. Even Mother Earth herself has not known what is to come, save but one shattering calamity 251 million years ago – the End Permian Mass Extinction, caused indeed by global warming, which terminated 75% of all land species, and 95% of all marine species – the 3rd and most calamitous mass extinct in the history of life on Earth, which made the 5th, the one that eliminated the dinosaurs 64 million years ago, look like a minor cull. And the current 6th mass extinction threatens to equal or exceed this 3rd. Yes, it could be that severe, with up to 17 million of the current estimated 20 million species at serious risk, all due to the irresponsible, foolish, and often evil actions of one species – our own – which could easily join the ranks of the forever extinct.

In the scheme of things, all the anti-cruelty laws and ethical standards won’t amount to a list of files on a shattered CD if there were no animals left to protect and no humans left to civilize.

Our Mother Earth is still a beautiful sentient being, but she is critically afflicted with the Six Planetary Diseases (see http://www.HOPE-CARE.org) and declining fast. Unless she be healed immediately or sooner, she could lose within decades millions of species of beauty evolved by nature through the eons. She could lose her biomass, her biodiversity, her life force and even her life. To say the least, she could lose all the cultures and civilizations, and all their arts, sciences and philosophies, created by her species Homo Sapiens – “Man the Wise”. And her species Homo Sapiens, the cause of her six planetary diseases, could lose itself.

Since I visited the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale, I’ve been city hopping almost daily:

– June 4 Friday, back to Sara Acord’s and Mitch Day’s place in Largo FL for another intended event,
– June 7 Monday, talk in Miami hosted by Laura Reskin
– June 9 Wednesday, talk at the Hippocrates Center in West Palm Beach FL, organized by Katharine Clark,
– June 10 Thursday, talk at the Soma Center in West Palm Beach FL, organized by Katharine Clark,
– June 11 Friday, talk at the Soma Center in Lake Worth FL, organized by Katharine Clark,
– June 12 Saturday, video interview by Jo Maldonado in Orlando FL,
– June 12 Saturday, visit to Christin Burford’s Creating Animal Respect Education (CARE) in Orlando,
– June 12 Saturday, talk in Mirium Barnes’ place in Windermere FL, organized by Carla Wilson,
– June 13 Sunday, visit to and talk in the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, Executive Director Kari Bagnall,
– June 14 Monday, talk in William C. Weinaug’s Wekova Island Resort in Longwood FL, organized by Jo Maldonado.
– June 15 Tuesday, drive to Pisgah AL.

Can’t say I didn’t make maximum use of my time in Florida, nor that Catherine Garneau did not do a fantastic job organizing it.

Through all this lecturing, I have brought my speech [Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH!] to maturity at last, ending in the way to the optimal human destiny, by which my audiences were “blown away”, “awed”, “enchanted”, and “enlightened” – INTEGRATIVE TRANSCENDENCE.

And by Integrative Transcendence, I have maintained my faith in spite of all.

Following are pictures that will tell the story:

Largo FL:

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(2 of Sara’s and Mitch’s 3 ferrets.)

On the way to Miami via the Everglades:

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(Into the Everglades.)

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(Dark side of Everglades National Park.)

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(The Green Hornet in “Alligator Alley”.)

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(The Green Hornet blocking boat ramp to protect the manatees 🙂

The gorgeous flame and banyan trees in Miami:

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– June 9 Wednesday, talk at the Hippocrates Center in West Palm Beach FL, organized by Katharine Clark.

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(Katharine Clark in her office in the Hippocrates Center in West Palm Beach.)

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(Luncheon talk at the Hippocrates Center in West Palm Beach.)

– June 10 Thursday, talk at the Soma Center in West Palm Beach FL, organized by Katharine Clark
– June 11 Friday, talk at the Soma Center in Lake Worth FL, organized by Katharine Clark

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(Soma Center proprietor Michael Coupland introducing my talk.)

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(The audience in the West Palm Beach Soma Center talk.)

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– June 12 Saturday, video interview by Jo Maldonado in Orlando FL,
– June 12 Saturday, visit to Christin Burford’s Creating Animal Respect Education (CARE) in Orlando

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See http://www.TheCAREFoundation.org

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(Christin Burford, Director, with one of her feathered children.)

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(Eat those who slander, panther. Oops! Another “death threat”!)

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(Before stick, first try carrot, says parrot.)

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(Rarer than going to the moon – petting a racoon.)

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(Holding a creature of the wild, a tender nature’s child.)

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(Tummy scratch for a spider monkey, rewarding yet funky.)

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(“See ya later, alligator.”)

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(“Back in a while, crocodile.” – considered more aggressive than alligators.)

– June 12 Saturday, talk in Mirium Barnes’ place in Windermere FL, organized by Carla Wilson

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– June 13 Sunday, visit to and talk in the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, Executive Director Kari Bagnall

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(Kari Bagnall showing Anthony Marr the jungle friends.)

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(Sandy, who once used her sex appeal to disarm a hunter.)

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(Kari Bagnall introducing my talk.)

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(The intern Jadie, in black, from the UK, has donated her salary back to Jungle Friends for the monkeys.)

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– June 14 Monday, talk in William C. Weinaug’s Wekova Island Resort in Longwood FL, near Orlando, organized by Jo Maldonado.

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(Jo Maldonado and William C. Weinaug. William tells us that his resort, Wekiva Island, is near-carbon-neutral)

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In my path ahead are many more speeches to make, many more hearts and minds to win, and a whole planet to save. I have never felt so fulfilled, never so very much alive.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org

Worldly Crimes Amidst Celestial Glory – a poem by Anthony Marr


Worldly Crimes Amidst Celestial Glory

by Anthony Marr

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In the eyes of the godly from afar
our Earth shines like a bright blue star
whose celestial light masks the pain
suffusing her days and nights and rain
beneath the perpetual coagulating scar
of the abused, the maimed, and the slain.

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But these eyes do water as they behold
in the deep darkness of the human fold
the struggle of the evil versus the good
where compassion meets the heart of wood
and cruelty faces the kind and the bold
while the universe unfolds as it should.

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But for those who live upon the earth
it is a matter of deep personal worth.
As she wounds or heals or kills or saves,
whether he liberates or if he enslaves,
it’s meaning and purpose of their birth
and fate and destiny unto their graves.

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by Anthony Marr
June 10, 2010

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony-Marr@HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.HOPE-CARE.org
http://www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr
http://www.myspace.com/Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.facebook.com/Anthony.Marr.001
http://www.facebook.com/Global_Anti-Hunting_Coalition
http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”)
http://www.ARConference.org

2010-06-06 – Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #20 – Florida


2010-06-06

Anthony Marr’s CARE-7 tour blog #20 – Florida

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It is 1.5 months from the much anticipated Animal Rights National Conference at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria VA (www.ARConference.org). Alex Hershaft, the chair of the conference, has assigned to me the following speeches (subject to change):

July 16, Friday, 10:30 am – Individual Activism (Camp, Corbett, Marr, Sikora)

July 16, Friday, 5:00 pm – Abuse of Wildlife on Land and Water (Marr, Muller, Vincent)

July 17, Saturday, 9:00-10:10 am plenary – Compassion into Action (Burgess, Hilgart, Lucius, Marr)

July 17, Saturday, 11:30 am – Abuse of Urban Wildlife (Marr, Muller, Robinson)

July 17, Saturday, 4 pm – Global Issues Affecting Animals (including global warming) (Marr, Moncrief)

July 17, Saturday, 5 pm – Wildlife Campaigns (Erenberg, Fullmer, Marr, Muller)

July 18, Sunday, 5 pm – Movement Networking (Marr, Moncrief, Muller, Shoss)

July 19, Monday, 1 pm – Funeral Motorcade & Lobbying (Marr, Muller, Wilkens)

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Alex has also approved that in the Saturday evening awards banquet, a new painting by artist Catherine Garneau, based on my 1998 photo of the tigress Sita who lived in the Bandhavgarh National Park in India where I worked off and on for three years, but was later sadly poached, will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition.

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Of note is the Saturday morning plenary speech (to the entire congregation of approximately 1000) to be shared with my friend Lt. Col. Robert Lucius of the U.S. Marines, host of my CARE-7 tour’s Monterey CA event, whom I recommended to Alex as a speaker. This is no mean feat, since almost no new speaker at the conference could immediately garner a plenary speech. Of course, I was only the door opener; it was Robert’s own impressive credential and exemplary work that won him the podium.

Before proceeding further, I have a disclaimer to make. It is against my nature to engage in internet drama, flame wars and specifically naming anyone in negative light, but this is an exception, and it is driven by the persons whom I will name, whose devious, unethical and slanderous acts of deceit against Catherine Garneau, one of the most honest and principled people I know, and against myself, and were meant for the eyes of the innocent public, has caused damage to the anti-hunting movement in general, and the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition in particular. It will become clear by the time you have reached the end of this blog.

The 1 pm starting time of the Motorcade, which has to be in the afternoon to prevent drawing away conference attendees from set morning programs, proved a problem, since the “March on Washington” was set for 10 am. The Motorcade and the March were originally designed to be the same event. Given nearly two-months’ lead time, I saw no problem changing the time of the March from 10 am to 1 pm to coincide with the Motorcade, so that the two could stay as one, and made an announcement to that effect. Unfortunately, the organizers of the March refused to change the time, and further interpreted my announcement as an effort to “subvert” the March. Further, I was accused of colluding with Alex Hershaft to set the time of 1 pm instead of 10 am for the same purpose, to which Alex wrote: “Anthony Marr, for whom I hold a great deal of admiration and respect, never discussed the march with me and had absolutely nothing to do with my reaction.” In spite of this exoneration, the subversion accusation has continued and even intensified to this day, so, with due regret, the Motorcade and the March will be two separate events. The Motorcade will be co-conducted with Peter Muller and Odette Wilkens, and joined by whomever conference attendees with cars who may want to join us. Upon arrival in Washington DC, the vehicles will be parked, and the participants will proceed on foot to lobby high-level legislators chosen by Peter and Odette. It will not cross-paths with the March, in spite of the further accusation that our intention was so that the Motorcade would arrive at the climax of the March to steal its thunder.

Another point of conflict with the organizers of the March, who are champions of the Anti-Crush movement which I and the Global Anti-Hunting-Coalition support, is regarding the two news bills HR-5092 and HR-5337. HR-5092 targets “crush videos” specifically (which depict small animals being crushed to death by women with their bare feet or stiletto shoes), which I and the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition do support, whereas the newer HR 5337, which is supposed to target ALL videos depicting cruelty against animals, but specifically exempts hunting videos (which do depict extreme cruelty against the hunted animals) as not being cruel, resulting from the intense pressure exerted by the powerful hunting lobby and the NRA, is not supported by the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition.

Here are two of the passages and associated comments:

[HR 5337 explicitly outlaws “depiction[s] of extreme animal cruelty,” and requires that such depicted conduct “must violate a criminal prohibition of intentional cruelty to animals.” This should substantially mitigate the concerns that hunting videos or other depictions of the treatment of animals that is criminal in some jurisdictions, but not cruel, might be included within the sweep of the statute.]

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[This legislation targets a very narrow and specific set of behaviors we are trying to regulate, specially the depiction of extreme animal cruelty that appeals to a particular sexual fetish. The Animal Torture Prevention Act addresses this by requiring that a “depiction of extreme animal cruelty” appeal “to the prurient interest.” This clause focuses the legislation and effectively prevents this bill from prohibiting hunting videos, a concern the Court expressed in the Stevens opinion.]

Unfortunately, again, the organizers of the March interpret our not supporting HR 5337, regardless of our supporting HR 5092, to be an effort by the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition to undermining Anti-Crush, and the Stop-Crush website is rife with this blatantly unfair sentiment, tarring and feathering the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition and myself as being against the Anti-Crush movement, contrary to fact. But so be it. The Global Anti-Hunting Coalition by definition stands for the hunted animals, and there is no way we can accept a bill which openly condones hunting videos as not being cruel against the hunted animals. Quite on the contrary, hunting videos can depict even more extreme cruelty than crush videos, because whereas the crushed animals take a matter of minutes to die, some hunted animals take days, weeks, even months, to die a lingering and agonizing death.

Here is a collection of excerpts from hunting videos. Decide for yourselves whether extreme cruelty does not suffice the entire compilation.

At some point during the day, Damiano resigned, and posted in the Global Ant-Hunting Coalition site his letter of resignation. It was admittedly well worded, and did achieve the intention of its author. It made him look good. But another thing made him look not too good again in my eyes. He appointed Catherine as the new Vice President. Not that I did not have the same intention, but what if I did not? And what gave a resigned Vice President the power of appointing a new Vice president? In the very least, he violated organizational protocol. But I’m sure you could guess his real intention.

Enough said. If the anti-crush leaders are determined to treat the anti-hunting leaders and the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition as enemies, thus splitting the anti-cruelty movement, it is their choice. Let’s move on.

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I arrived in Tampa on May 29, and gave a speech in the afternoon of the 30th at the Walsingham Park in whose lake alligators reside. It was organized by Sara Acord of the St. Petersberg Vegetarian/Vegan Meetup Group, who, along with her beau Mitch Day, also served as my lodging host, in whose house also live 3 dogs, 3 ferrets and an Abyssinian cat, and outside of which live another 3 cats who are semi-feral. Their dogs are vegan, and they make big pots of food for them – usually a kind of thick bean paste which, with a few drops of Tabasco sauce, actually tastes quite nice. Right from the start, they had asked me to raid their fridge whenever I wanted, but not until I had ingested a substantial amount of the paste did Mitch inform me that I had been gulping their dog food!

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A detractor involved in the anti-crush vs anti-hunting spat, the same one who has tried to urge people against donating to the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition for funding my “expensive vacation tour”, has been hazing me that my vegan potluck speeches were worthless, a waste of my breath and the audience’s time. On the other hand, I regularly receive emails and messages in praise of them. Here is an example I received just yesterday:

From Molly Rooke – “I am glad you came to speak on hunting and climate change, and that I was able to attend, Saturday at the vegan potluck in Bedford. I wish I could have stayed longer to speak to you afterward and I meant to give you a donation for your work (sorry I don’t have much money, but I’m sure that any amount helps) so please… let me and others know how we can help support your efforts financially. Thanks for all you are doing for animals and the planet that supports us all.”

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One of the people present at the Walsingham Park talk was Carole Baskin, CEO of the Big Cat Rescue, which I was to visit the next day, May 31, at 3 pm. Her reaction to my talk at Walsingham would be the true test of the impact of my speech.

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Another was a 10 year-old boy named Spencer, whose reaction was to immediately seek a solution, which reminds me of me. After the talk, he came to me and asked whether “aerial algae” could do the trick to capture carbon from the atmosphere. I cannot think of any aerial algae in nature, but it is certainly a good idea to use plants as a CCS (carbon capture and sequestration) system. His mother was very proud of him.

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May 31, Monday, 3 pm, I arrived at the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary on Easy Street, which harbors 20 species of cats, with no more than half of them was I familiar. Last time I was there, back in 2004, there was a witty slogan there saying “Life on Easy Street”. I pulled over at the entrance sign to take a pic of the Green Hornet next to it, and before I was done, a black truck with BIG CAT RESCUE painted on its door, and who but Carole Baskin in the driver’s seat. After the “photo op”, she led me through the sanctuary and gave me a guided tour fit for a dignitary.

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The camera person conducted a stop-by-stop video interview of me, asking tough questions that only someone who has done the actual work can answer. We made no less than a dozen stops and the entire blitz lasted easily a hour and a half. They will process the raw footage into a mini-series and broadcast it in their network some weeks down the road. When the interview was done, she asked me if I would consider staying through the evening to give her staff and volunteers a talk. I was frankly a bit pooped due to the humid heat, and did not show immediate enthusiasm. She led me into an air-conditioned room, gave me a cold bottle of water, and left me to chill. After I had revived, she and Chris took me out again to shoot some casual walk-around footage for the mini-series after which she led my car to a separate build at the back of the 40 acre property where I’d be giving my talk. By 6:45, most of the people had assembled. I decide for a Q&A rather than a straight talk, and questions abounded. We did not wind up until 9 pm.

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It was during my drive back to Largo when Catherine told me on the cell phone that Anthony Damiano has been badgering her all day and part of the evening, by skype and phone, denigrating me and trying to diminish me in her eyes, and it was during one of these skype sessions, with transcript to prove, when he attacked my character by saying to Catherine, not a close friend of his, “maybe he was talking to Alex to subvert the March for his cause”, by which Catherine was flabbergasted. And it was when I returned to my hosts’ place that I wrote my email to Alex, CCed to the inner circles of anti-crush and GAHC – no more than 8 people in all – asking him to testify to the fact that nothing of the kind happened. Almost immediately, Damiano furiously blasted me for launching a “public” smear campaign against him. Talk about adding insult to injury, and a two of clubs calling an ace of hearts black.

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The next day, Carole released a blog about my visit to the sanctuary, which is blogged separately in my blogsite http://www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com, but here it is again:

[ http://socialcomputingtechnology.com/?p=40515

http://dogscatsbirdspets.com/catcareblog/uncategorized/big-cat-news-anthony-marr-visits-big-cat-rescue-of-care-7-tour

http://bigcatnews.blogspot.com/

Anthony Marr Visits Big Cat Rescue during his CARE 7 Tour

Anthony Marr Met With Interns, Staff & Volunteers to Talk Tigers and Global Warming tonight at the Lion’s Lair Party Pavilion.

World renowned as the Champion of the Bengal Tiger, Anthony is on his 7th CARE tour. While in FL he wanted to be sure to visit Big Cat Rescue again and was gracious enough to let Chris film him on a wide range of topics including Tony the truck stop tiger, the plight of back yard tigers in America, poaching, tiger farming, canned hunts, lion meat on the menu, white tigers, the decline of lion populations, wild leopards and global warming. In the course of his film blitz through the sanctuary I asked if he would join us for pizza tonight and he rearranged his schedule to accommodate us. Due to the late nature of the event, we were only able to invite those who were working this afternoon, and I even missed a couple of people by just a few moments who had been working hard all day but had already gone home. Tonight was a rare treat for those left standing at the end of a long day.

For three hours Big Cat Rescuers got to hear about his adventures in India and get a first hand view of the magnificence and intelligence of cats living wild as well as all of the challenges they face because of the value of their skin, bones and organs. He shared stories of intrigue and suspense as poachers were stalked, captured and often right back on the street within hours. He brought the suffering of these cats to life in painting the struggle for survival that is shared by the big cats and the humans with whom they share dwindling resources. He separated the good from the bad and the corrupt from the dedicated in his captivating portraits of the politicians, law enforcement officials and conservation NGOs.

Anthony ended the night’s discussion with the topic that is the fuel behind his cross country trek: global warming. Despite being a physicist he plainly set out in laymen’s terms how it is that we are on the brink of disaster while the man on the street is still saying, “What global warming?” If you missed it tonight, you missed the simple analogy to a pot full of water and ice cubes, but you can be the interns who were there can explain it to you now. Or, you can read about it in Anthony Marr’s latest books “Omni-Science and the Human Destiny” and “Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH”. The most critical message that he brought to our awareness is that scientist now agree that the models they had currently predicted which gave Earthlings until 2040 to begin reversing the negative spiral we are on because of methane produced via the mass production of animals as food and our failure to implement green energy has now been shorted to the year 2013. To see the NASA report bearing this out visit:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7139797.stm

To learn more about Anthony Marr and to help sponsor him on this CARE 7 tour visit:

http://www.youtube.com/AnthonyMarr

http://www.homosapienssaveyourearth.blogspot.com/

http://www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr

Anthony Marr bio:

Anthony Marr has a physics degree and is the author of “OMNI-SCIENCE and the Human Destiny” (2003) and “Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH!” (2008). A full-time wildlife preservationist since 1995 and founder of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC), he has been to India 3X for the tiger and Japan twice for the whales & dolphins. He founded Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) in 1999 and leads HOPE’s Global Emergency Operation (GEO) on mass extinction due to global warming. A key speaker at the AR Conference since 2004, he is currently on his 7th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition covering 40 states in 7 months.

For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
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813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
Carole.Baskin@BigCatRescue.org
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On June 1, Tuesday, I drove from Largo on the west coast of Florida to Indialantic on the east coast. The drive was about 4.5 hours, and I arrived in another Manhattan class apartment of Carole P, who took me to two exceptional places over the next two days.

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The first, on June 2, is the Wild Horse Rescue Center on 4970 International Drive, Mims, FL, 32454, headed by Diane Delano, President. Being a horse-person since my birth (my Chinese surname Marr means “Horse”), and been an active horseman since my 20s, and being freedom-minded all my life, I am particularly interested in the wold horse and its treatment by humans, particularly the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). The Mustang is not a wild horse in the truest sense. It began as feral horses which were the descendants of the Spanish horse brought over from Europe in the Conquistador days. There was a breed of true wild horse in North America, but they were exterminated by the “native” people thousands of years ago. Still these Mustangs have lived in the wild for centuries, and have become truly wild in body, mind, behavior and way of life. And now, the cattle barons are taking over their land, and the BLM is doing their bidding, and the Mustang is being harassed, chased, cornered, corralled, captured and slaughtered, with only the lucky few being adopted. And adopting is what the Wild Horse Rescue Center is all about. But it is not easy to train a wild horse so that he is safe to handle and ride. And this is what the Wild horse Rescue Center is about.

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Diane showed Carol and I the horses currently there for training and adoption, and they are mostly pony sized (14 hands) horses with lots of substance and bone, with hard feet, and of good conformation. In the training ring as we were watching was a young chestnut filly being gently led by the halter, and praised with every right move she made. I could see how tense she was, but not frightened. Just trying to understand what she was supposed to do, and resisting her flight response. She will loosen up by and by, and make a lovely equine companion for a girl. Diane showed us on her cell phone a pathetically thin horse which could hardly stand up to support his own meager weight, or lack there of. Then she showed us a handsome bay well muscled and proud of stance. “That’s him,” she said, with well deserve pride. If I had $125 on me, and I wanted a horse, I would have taken him away.

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To learn more about rescuing displaced Mustangs from slaughter, and the Wild Horse Rescue Center, check out this link: http://www.mlwhr.com

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On June 3, Thursday, Carol, who has a Mazda MX5 Miata, drove my car, a Mazda MX6 Mystere, with me as passenger, to Fort Lauderdale to visit the SPCA’s Wildlife Care Center. When we arrived there, a rainstorm had just passed, and another was on the horizon.

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And it was lunch time. So we were led by Director of Development Laura Gottlieb to a board room with a large table where we were served a vegan lunch. A few minutes into the lunch, I realized that I had left my cell phone in the car, so I excused myself and went out. While exiting the building a tall and slender middle-aged woman with flowing blonde hair and in business attire, entered the building while we were passing each other, we exchanged glances, and she smiled and nodded. I said, “Hi, I’m Anthony Marr.” “I know who you are,” she said, and entered the building. When I returned to the boardroom, she was seated at one of the chairs, and talking to Carol.

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Laura introduced her to me as Sherry Slueter, the Executive Director. She is a supremely confident woman, speaking with great authority, and every word meticulously enunciated and every sentence superbly crafted. I was immediately impressed, and being usually the speaker in a group setting, I settled back and listened. She told us that she had spent 20 years as a Broward County Sheriff specializing in animal abuse, who, by retirement time just a year or two ago, had achieved the rank of Lieutenant. During her service, she all but revolutionized animal welfare enforcement. At one point, she related a dramatic event where she had to physically subdue a man twice her size, with some help from fellow officers, at the expense of several cracked ribs, as a result of which a new ordinance was instituted, without which it could not have been done. By then, my sense of humor could not be contained, so I said, looking at her intensely, “I have a serious question for you.” While she usually had a faint smile on her lips as she was speaking, her expression turned serious too. “Tell me,” I asked slowly, “was the episode staged?” Carol burst out laughing, and Sherry grinned and said, “Yes, with my broken ribs to show for it.” I began to explain that when I was physically assaulted by a hunter, and had 3 facial bones fractured, some hunters said that it was staged, by me, to garner attention. Sherry said, “I know all about that incident.” She had done her homework.

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For a stretch, she talked about animal rights activism – from the law enforcement’s view point, and gave excellent advice to us as activists. Of course, she also talked about her experience with animals both an a law enforcement officer and as the executive Director of the Wildlife Care Center. I was highly impressed by her highly professional presentation, until, at one point, while talking about how they cared about the animals in the center, tears welled in her eyes, and she had to recomposed herself before carrying on. This one little unspoken interlude spoke volumes about her, and she won me over completely.

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After spending well over an hour with us, Sherry left to attend to her duties, and Laura gave us a guided tour through the facilities. While the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary was scenic and the Wild Horse Rescue Center was rustic, the Wildlife Care Center was state-of-the-art. With a fully equipped animal hospital, three resident vets, dozens of staff members and volunteers, holding areas, aviaries, the center takes in and releases up to 14,000 wild animals every year.

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One of the staff’s titles was the releaser, about which I remarked that it must be the happiest job on the planet.

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While leaving the Center, I said to Laura that I’d always felt ambivolent about the SPCA, but this Wildlife Care Center had changed my perception of it substantially.

To find out something more about the Wildlife Care Center, go to: http://www.WildlifeCareCenter.org

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On the morning of June 4, Friday, I began driving back to Largo, and, given that it is a non-event day, I took it slow and easy, think that it would be a day of relaxation. But in the evening, all hell broke lose. Around 10 pm, while the three of us – I (President), Catherine Garneau (Co-Vice-President) and Tia Caroline Tirrel (Co-Vice-President), were having our “boardroom meeting” on skype, One of us made an accidental discovery that cause all three of us to scream and shout. We were looking at the new site of our very active member Nick Dalzell Osh – Animal Rights Kentucky (ARK) – we noticed a new thread featuring a picture of Catherine, with the heading “GAHC VP Catherine Garneau suports HR 5337!” posted by, you guessed it, Anthony Damiano, and seconded by, you guessed it too, Ms. Marla Stormwolf-Patty.

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Catherine Garneau, co-Vice-President of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition

Catherine was shocked. When she had recovered, our usually serene Catherine turned from shock to fury. “How DARE he!” she shouted. Tia was slightly lost, and asked Catherine to explain, who said, “My comment in support of the bill was entered when he asked me to. I did not look at the bill carefully and thought that it was HR 5092, which Anthony said he supported. But on second look, I saw that it was HR 5337, which we do not support. So I quickly, that is, within minutes, commented him back and asked him to deleted the comment, and I trusted that the matter was settled. Now, he is making a new posting of it, with me quoted to the contrary! This is the LOWEST OF THE LOW! At this point, there is nobody on Earth I despise more than this man!”

I went in there and wrote a comment and entered it into the thread, saying that Catherine definitely did NOT support the bill, and that this maneuver violated any and all rules of honesty and integrity. Within moment, the entire thread was gone. This site was created for Nick by Damiano. Obviously, he has control over it.

Within minutes, Catherine received a sarcastic email from Damiano’s sidekick Paul Fusch, “Incidentally, it’s so good to see that Cathy is publicly standing behind Gary Peter’s bill “1000%” ~ I applaud you, Cathy, and you can sure count on the Stop Crush Team to post this everywhere we can to let people know that someone in the G.A.H.C. group is doing the right thing :):) We love you, Cathy!!!”

Obviously, honesty is not their strong suit, and deception of the public to achieve their private end is an integral part of their strategy.

Without hesitation, Catherine began typing. Her keyboard sounded like a machine gun. When she was done, she posted what she had written in the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition site in Facebook. This is how it read:

“THE GLOVES ARE OFF! – Catherine Garneau June 5 at 1:44am
“It’s time to say publicity that GAHC EX-v.p. ANTHONY DAMIANO, MARLA STORMWOLF PATTY and PAUL FUSCH from stopcrush.org are targeting members of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition: Anthony Marr, Catherine Garneau and Tia Caroline Tirrel, to spread vicious lies and rumors for their own sick game of “let’s smear the organization that does not agree with us”. We have stated to them, not publicly, but within a tight circle of people from the two orgs. that the latest bill HR5337, cannot be supported by GAHC due to it’s omission of protection to hunted animals. Once this was stated, they launched VICIOUS ATTACKS against Anthony Marr. This is a man that puts his life at risk on a daily basis to defend animals that are cruelly brutalized by hunters. He has been horribly attacked, as have Tia and myself (Catherine) in a similar manner. I urge anyone reading this to be EXTREMELY CAREFUL where these three are concerned. They are people who were befriended and loved and turned and stabbed us in the back.

Anthony Marr, President, Tia Caroline Tirrel and Catherine Garneau the new co-Vice Presidents of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition

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The responses came in hard and fast, well into the wee hours of the night, dozens and dozens, all in favor, all infuriated, all agreeing that this was the most unethical act of deceit within the AR community in recent memory.

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On June 5, Saturday, the following post appeared in the anti-crush site:

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Following are some excerpts of the dozens of abusive emails flooding our inboxes from Anthony Damiano, Marla Stormwolf-Patty and Paul Fusch:

“… (Anthony Marr) may have called Alex recently to subvert the March for his cause.” – Anthony Damiano, may 31, 2010
[“Anthony Marr, for whom I hold a great deal of admiration and respect, never discussed the march with me and had absolutely nothing to do with my reaction.” – Alex Hershaft, Animal Rights Conference, June 2, 2101]

“Anthony Marr is acting like an ASS.” – Anthony Damiano, May 31, 2010.

“… you should do something else with your life because you will not stop hunting. What you are doing, it isn’t working.” – Anthony Damiano, June 1, 2010.

“You aren’t as intelligent as you think.” – Anthony Damiano, June 1, 2010.

“Mr. Marr, you are still performing like a circus clown.” – Anthony Damiano, June 2, 2010

“… obviously we women dont (sic) count. Is your respect for women that low??” – Marla Stormwolf-Patty, June 2, 2010.”
[“After you left, it was a little upsetting. In the words of my mom, we ‘felt like our best friend was leaving’. And I know that might sound crazy since you weren’t here very long, but we all enjoyed having you here so much. Well, I have to get going. There is a lot to do today. I hope you have a great day though and the rest of the tour is just as great. We all miss you. Talk to you soon hopefully, and take care!” – Abbie Daigle, June 5, 2010.]
[… You are a wise man and no doubt will hold your integrity….You and I go wayyy back and one thing I always know 100% is if I ever truly needed you, you’d drop what you are doing and come to my rescue. Try not to let any of this ruin your fight. :)] – Rebecca Monaghan, June 5, 2010.]
[By the way, both new co-Vice-Presidents of the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition – Tia Caroline Tirrel and Catherine Garneau – are women, by my appointment. – Anthony Marr, June 6, 2010.]

“… there hasn’t been one single piece of information regarding the benefits of changing abusers’ hearts with a vegan potluck…this tour is obviously about you, and nothing more. Everyone knows it, I know it, and you know it.” – Paul Fusch, June 3, 2010.
[“Hi Anthony, Thank you so much for coming to our meetup and enlightening all of us on all your knowledge of government pro hunting & global warming. I wish the world could hear your lecture all at once. Let’s get you on live chat soon. I know many that would love to hear your message and want to get involved. Drive safe & …look out for the deer!” – Evlin Ⓥ Lake, June 3, 2010]

“You are either a liar, or you are just plain stupid.” – Paul Fusch, June 3, 2010.

“Anthony, despite your physics credentials your reponse (sic) was really stupid.” – Paul Fusch, June 3, 2010.

“…find something to do over there besides just working your tail to the bone sending him on an expensive vacation tour around North America.” – Paul Fusch, June 3, 2010.

“I am so disgusted by the mere thought of who you are as a human being that I am ill when I see your name in my email.” – Anthony Damiano, June 3, 2010.

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Thank you, Mr. Damiano, Mr. Fusch and Ms. Stormwolf-Patty, for showing us what abusive people you are.

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