In the current case, the government said even if India says Gibson is not violating their laws, our government has interpreted it as a violation of their laws. The Obama Administration’s recent raid on Gibson USA on August 24th may have…
In the current case, the government said even if India says Gibson is not violating their laws, our government has interpreted it as a violation of their laws.
The Obama Administration’s raid on Gibson USA may have slipped under the radar, but it shouldn’t have. This is serious business because the brute use of force and intimidation by Team Obama against Gibson is unconscionable and dangerous.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood (worth a half a million dollars), electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson’s chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company’s manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company.
“The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier,” he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said they were looking for banned Madagascar ebony (in the past, it was used for fretboards). This is banned under The Lacey Act of 1900 – that’s what I said, 1900. While The Lacey Act has been updated over the years and it’s an obscure, little-used law.
Then the Feds said they were looking to see if the wood from India that Gibson uses meets every petty regulatory everything. In other words, the Feds are investigating whether or not Gibson violated Indian laws, not U.S. laws, Indian laws.
Their excuse is that Gibson USA has violated the 1902 Lacey Act a little known act designed to protect certain species. The real reason that federal goons from Obama’s Injustice Department are after Gibson USA is because the CEO of Gibson is a Republican and Tea Party supporter!
Oh, let’s not overlook the fact that Gibson is not a union shop or the fact the Gibson’s major competitor is a Democrat. According to Seeing Red AZ , “Chris Martin IV, CEO of the Martin Guitar Co., is a long-time Democrat supporter, donating tens of thousands of dollars to numerous far-left candidates and organizations, among them Barack Obama.”
Forget anything Team Obama says about wanting to create and save jobs. This raid is yet another example of their ham-handed tactics designed to destroy American jobs and support unions. Gibson employes workers in four U.S. factories and has continued to hire in a down economy.
Now want to hear something scary? The federal government has said that all Gibson’s problems will all go away if Gibson will have all of the work outsourced to India! Let’s just call this use and misuse of the Lacey Act.
One other thing. Do you own a piano, guitar, or other musical instrument that was purchased in the past (many years past) before these novel interpretations of law took place?
Did you know under this knuckle dragging enforcement of the Lacey Act by the Fish & Wildlife Service that if you try to sell your musical instrument you could go to jail several years and pay a minimum $1,000 fine?
So tell me again, “how’s that hopey changey thing working out for ya?”
One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, or so says former Vice President Al Gore, flame thrower and global warming terrorist. I can’t believe I once voted for this guy, defended him on occasion when I thought…
Earth Day 2012 is a great time to step back and finally stop using those plastic bags you know are so harmful to our environment. Convenience is no longer a reason to justify using a product that essentially lives forever, never biodegrading.
Plastic manufacturers estimate that the average person in this country uses 500 plastic grocery bags per year! This is a stunning number to say the least considering the amount of time each bag is used to carry something.
Now that you’ve made the decision to stop using plastic bags you will need to determine how many reusable bags are right for your family. A minimum of 4 or 5 reusable bags per household vehicle is a good starting point.
Most grocery, drug, and big box stores sell them for 99 cents apiece, a small investment that brings exceptional benefits for the environment.
Consider a small foldable reusable bag to take with you in your purse. It will come in handy for quick trips to the store.
The hardest part of switching from plastic to reusable bags is remembering to bring your bags when you shop! It may take several weeks for you in integrate this new habit into your shopping routine and life style.
Purchasing a Bagnesia steering wheel wrap to trigger your memory to bring those bags with you before you shop will make the switch infinitely easier. Don’t get discouraged and don’t give up. We all forget.
Here’s a great tip. Make sure you put your reusable bags back in your car as soon as your groceries are put away. Trust me, the likelihood you will remember to take your bags with you (the ones you left in the kitchen on a table or on a chair), is remote.
Once you start using reusable bags you will find yourself wanting to do more. You will need to establish new routine for handling all that plastic you bring home with you from the grocery store. All those plastic bottles, egg cartons, plastic wrap from food stuffs, packaging surrounding batteries and other hard goods need to be collected and recycled.
I keep a separate bin for collecting the plastic trash that comes into my home every time I shop. I have a plan in place for recycling the plastic trash and keeping it separate from the trash collected by the city.
The last part of your new program concerns recycling all that plastic trash you and your family will collect every week. If your city or town has a separate collection program for plastic in all its forms, great. If not, consideration will have to be given to bringing back the plastic for collection at a recycling point.
Publix has plastic collection bins in front of their stores, but only for certain kinds of plastic. Harry’s (Whole Foods) has the best plastic collection program allowing for all types of plastics including plastic bottles.
Elephants are amongst the world’s most intelligent species…Elephants exhibit a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, allomothering, mimicry, art, play, a sense of humor, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, memory and possibly language. All point to a highly intelligent species that are thought to be equal with cetaceans and primates. Due to the high intelligence and strong family ties of elephants, some researchers argue it is morally wrong for humans to cull them.
I don’t like PETA. No, correct that. What I don’t like is PETA’s tactics and messaging. Their publicity stunts (many extreme in concept & execution) have caused the group to become a laughing stock to most people. Sadly, their cooked up stunts drown out the very real topic of cruelty to animals.
This morning I happened on this series of photos about Ringling Bros. using electro shock to train the elephants used in their shows. The more I investigated the angrier I got. It is hard not to knowing about the intelligence of these great animals.
PETA is right on what is happening as it relates to the treatment of elephants by Ringling Bros. Circus.
A recent article from Live Science discusses elephant traits, their intelligence and their innate abilities to cooperate with humans and each other.
Elephants are widely regarded as possessing advanced brains, displaying levels of intelligence seen only in humans, dolphins, chimpanzees and others capable of higher forms of thinking. For instance, elephants recognize themselves in mirrors, learning that such reflections are images of themselves and not others, behavior apparently unique to species that show complex empathy and sociality.
Watching these two videos should be enough for you to take pause and to take action.
Next time the circus comes to town, you might want to skip it until Ringling Bros. cleans up its act.
Plastic is a bigger danger than global warming, or at least it is in the immediate sense, considering it is snuffing out the lowest common denominator in the food chain, says Neil Seldman, a waste recycling expert and president of the Institute for Local Self Reliance, an organization with a long track record of promoting sustainable communities.
Forget the hokum about global warming. Plastic pollution can be seen everywhere. This problem is here now not some place in the distant future.
The vast amount of plastic trash that enters the oceans is a real problem, a problem that grows ever omnipresent on a hourly basis.
Plastic pollution is destroying the world’s ocean ecosystems. The real problem with all the plastic entering the oceans is the fact that it never degrades. It photodegrades into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic particles.
Billions upon billions of smaller and smaller plastic pieces have now become part of the food chain finally absorbed within zooplankton.
The oceans are constantly in motion. Areas called gyres pull in waste from one part of the world and bring to other side of the world. As the plastic photodegrades into barely visible pieces, plankton have plastic debris in their bodies. Zooplankton are at the core of the marine food chain.
This situation is so dire that we have places in the oceans where plastic debris outnumbers plankton.
Unfortunately, that is not the worst of it. When birds, fish, and other sea creatures and mammals ingest plastic debris which they mistake platic bottle caps and bits and pieces for food’ the consequences often lead to a long slow death.
When these creatures consume plastic debris they suffer with blockages of digestive tract followed by satiation, starvation and general debilitation and finally death.
According to The Royal Society of Biological Sciences additionally they suffer a reduction in quality of life and reproductive capacity; drowning and limited predator avoidance; impairment of feeding capacity.
A part of me wants to weep for Africa, a Continent that holds so much and which has been repeatedly raped of its people and resources throughout most of history. Many times the travesties have been facilitated by waring factions within Africa itself….
You can file this under “who knew?” Sadly, not enough of us do. Your clothes dryer can be deadly, a silent killer if the duct venting system is not properly maintained.
There are over 15,000 fires, 400 injuries, and several deaths caused by dryers every year according to TFRS. Most of these fires are caused by improper venting or the buildup of lint inside the venting ducts.
I came home from a business trip this weekend only to find the duct venting (flex dryer hose) had completely disconnected from the back of the dryer. Instead of the lint being properly vented outside it was collecting inside the back of the dryer and collecting in mound on the floor.
I was stunned to see how much lint had collected and to see that the duct coming from inside the dryer was almost completely blocked. We were lucky; that dryer was a disaster waiting to happen. I shutter to think the number of times I’ve left the dryer going while I took a short trip to the store.
Here’s another video worth looking at. This one shows just how quickly a dryer can ignite and destroy your home.
- In addition to emptying the lint filter every time you are finished using the dryer, check the dryer duct on a regular basis.
- Never go to sleep or go to sleep with the dryer on.
- Replace plastic duct vending with metal ducting.
There have been warnings for years … huge areas in the oceans (5 gyres) that have more plastic trash and garbage than fish.
What we’re seeing is the product greed, selfishness, and short sightedness on the part of government, consumers, and governing agencies alike.
Combine that with the excessive over fishing of the many species of fish is it any wonder that the one Bluefin tuna would fetch almost $400,000.00?
According to the AP:
TOKYO — A giant Bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo on Wednesday, in the first auction of the year at the world’s largest wholesale fish market. [...]
Japan is the world’s biggest consumer of seafood, with Japanese eating 80 % of the Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught. The two tuna species are the most sought-after by sushi lovers.
They are in a severe population decline and many predict they could be extinct in the not to distant future.
The Japanese demand for the the Bluefin has depleted the Atlantic tuna by as much as 90% since the 1970′s.
Placing the Bluefin tuna on the endangered species list is currently under review for that status.
For more information on the Bluefin tuna and other fish species visit Seafood Watch here.