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It's that time of the year again - students' term papers are coming in and the scope of topics they chose to write about once again keeps things interesting.
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"50 Shades of Grey"? "American Sniper"? "Walking Dead"?
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In Germany,  1 million male chicks are ground up alive every week, because they are of no use for the chicken and egg "producing" machinery that works to satisfy your craving for these products. Here are four seconds of reality. #animalliberation  

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ee6_1391310852
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Pipe Down is an hour long #documentary  that tells the story of a rural community in Co. Mayo in #Ireland , who have been battling the oil giant #Shell  over their plans to put a dangerous raw gas #pipeline  through the community and complete construction of a gas processing terminal that is a threat to their delicate #environment . In Ireland and elsewhere, the government is with the corporations, not with the people.

The documentary features interviews with Colin Joyce of Shell Ireland; Willie Corduff, a local farmer & one of the Rossport Five; Pat O'Donnell, a local fisherman; Gerry Coyle, a County Councillor for the area (Fine Gael); Eoin O'Leidhin & Diane Amber, activists with the Shell-to-Sea group; Terence Conway, a spokesperson for the Shell-to-Sea group; and Niall Harnett, who co-ordinates the solidarity camp in the area.
#earthfirst     #notrustinshell   #notrustinthegovernment  
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Warren Buffet, owner of the Burlington Santa Fe Railroad that plunges a growing pipeline and oil train network through dissenting communities, would choose to disagree: “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” What we witness is a growing militarization of PR. There is plenty of evidence.

-- Since September '14, over 200 citizens have been arrested for protesting against Crestwood Midstream, who want to store 88 million gallons of liquid propane and butane in caverns near Seneca Lake. The company can count on the support by the state department - and more will be arrested. (http://www.fltimes.com/news/environment/article_1a23a542-ae0a-11e4-96ce-7b2fc6419506.html )
- The Klappan Coalbed Methane Project in the Sacred Headwaters: Shell develops, locals protest, locals get their faces whacked by the long arm of the government.
- The Northwest Pipeline by Kinder Morgan through Burnaby Mountain - locals protest, Native people are denied their rights and get molested by the long arm of the government. Burnaby Mountain is only just one example, there is civil disobedience all over the Northwest to protect the Salish Sea from corporate exploitation. The arrests easily reach into the thousands. http://www.langleyadvance.com/news/protesters-target-pipeline-near-fort-langley-1.1754232 - Native Americans are increasingly faced with deprived of their rights as they clash with corporate interests. From oil and gas pipelines to the killing of Yellowstone Bison: the government is with the corporations.
- In California, regulators have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation. That surely must be for the public good, right? So on whose side are they? Of course the people's, n'dah! http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/california-authorizes-oilfield-dumping-into-drinking-water/2015/02/05/59684d90-ad63-11e4-8876-460b1144cbc1_story.html
- In Ain Salah in Algeria, locals fight unconstitutional shale gas development. French companies such as Total and Shell are allowed by the Algerian government to explore and experiment on Algerian soil in yet another neo-colonialist adventure - and locals get the short end of the stick.
- There are countless examples connected to the growing gas pipeline system in the US that easily supports my "sweeping generalisation". Another example, just for the sake of it: The gas from wells in Idaho is set to pump through the “Pacific Connector” pipeline through Southern Oregon and across the Pacific, via a terminal in Coos Bay. The 234-mile pipeline would take land from some 300 private property-owners along the way while passing through pristine riparian areas and National Forest ecosystems. Those people are not asked, and sometimes they are treated like criminals if they dare to fight for their lifelyhood. To be more precise, 15% have refused to sign a deal and so, the Canadian corporation, Veresen, has threatened to work with local officials to use eminent domain to seize their property at a lower value. But ,oh yeah, surely that must be another generalization.
- The Hambacher Forst in Germany is amongst the oldest remaining forests in Germany. Unluckily, it is situated on a coal deposit, exploited by RWE. Locals were stripped of their homes and villages, protesters have stepped in to support inhabitants of the area and many of them have been and still are forced into court which threatens their existence - but of course not the existence of RWE. The government supports RWE, not the people who elect them.
- The list goes on, and it's a pretty darn long list.

All over the world, the energy industry contracts networks of private security, law enforcement agencies and intelligence corporations to gather information on populations. These networks - usually comprising military veterans and psy-ops from the world's hottest warzones - are all about monitoring populations to investigate how to influence them in such a way that they provide the least resistance.

A recently leaked strategy document forged in the collaboration between Edelman Public Relations and TransCanada regarding attempts to build the Energy East pipeline out of the Alberta tar sands boasts a “strong heritage in the more aggressive politics and policy fights in the US.” Their “tactical elements” include “public relations, digital/social [media], grassroots advocacy communication, [and] paid media.” Their “perpetual campaign” involves working with third parties to “pressure Energy East opponents” and “build an echo chamber of aligned voices.” Source: http://de.scribd.com/doc/246904129/Strategic-Plan-Quebec

Let me sweepingly generalize once again: corporations are pupeteers and your elected officials are their willing executioners. 
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Der alte Konflikt zwischen Islam und Christentum darf nicht verniedlicht werden. Es gibt Gründe, warum der Islam und Europa nicht zusammenpassen.
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The German "Long Night against Procrastination" ("Lange Nacht der aufgeschobenen Hausarbeiten", #lndah  ) has come a long way in a short period of time: Dedicated to motivating students to write through an entire night to #gtd , the buzz created during the last five years by all those busy bees has caught with #acwri  people abroad and so 2015 may see some international networking via the #writein  hashtag.
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I love this! I would definitely have participated as a student if we'd had such an event on campus.
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Powerful #vegan  propaganda that could spoil some carnists' appetite. Though not exceptionally witty, the schema of childlike characteristics just works for many unable or resistant to rational or ethical reasoning. Made to be shared.
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Corrida - ni culture, ni arte!
This is the story of a "fighting bull" named Fadjen and a dude that goes by the name of Christophe Thomas who saved him.
Lore has it that as a child Christophe once was fascinated by a picture on a restaurant wall, depicting a bull fighting scene. The kid thought what he saw was a man playing with his bull, but sooner or later, Christophe had to learn a more disturbing truth. As soon as that happened, he vowed to save one of these awesome individuals from his bloody death.

30 years later, he bought a five week young calf bred for the "Corrida" from a Spanish breeder. When Christophe and the breeder were on the phone together right before the calf was sent up north to France, the breeder asked if Christophe had a dog, to which Christophe replied "Yes.". The breeder's reply was: "And with this bull, you are receiving an animal that is no less faithful - if not even more faithful than your dog." How a breeder who thinks like that can raise bulls for the "Corrida" will have to remain a mystery. 

When Christopher the bull moved into his new home, Christopher named him Fadjen and Chris was about to learn about the full scope of the breeders promise. Today, Fadjen is two yeras of age, big, strong and playful as a puppy.

The Corrida is a fraud

Christophe found out how playful young bulls really are. He also realized how slow the impulses from the bull's brain are transferred down to the hooves - impulses like "start walking now". That is the whole trick with bull fighting - like a lousy "magic trick" luring millions of uncritical tourists and others into the arena. A simple exploit of latency time: It is in the nature of the bull to move slowly. The seemingly oh so brave torrero can move much faster, before the bull even starts to move, change direction, follow the torrero etc. Between the impulse from the brain and the actual movement, the torrero has half a second - enough time to never really be in danger, as long as he keeps the bull at a distance. The tale about the bravery of the torrero - pushed and promoted by alcoholic, sexist "machismo" morons like Hemingway - is nothing than a farce and it only knows one and the same bloody victim - i.e. the bull. And maybe the gullible human animal masses.

Training and conditioning only exploit the bull's playfulness. Just like cats and dogs, young bulls are keen and like to play with things that move. The nonhuman animal's urge to play is used against him to misportray him as a wild beast. The bull will only get really "wild", when the fucktards they call "Picadores" pierce his back with spears. And wouldn't you just do the same if those spears were stuck in between your shoulders?

But, oh, I see, it's "tradition", isn't it? The only thing breeders and organizers are interested in is money, as easy as that. Profit. Like always. And it's not the human animal that has to pay the price.
Fadjen has become the emblem of the French opposition to the "corrida". Fadjen and Christophe travel the Bretagne to raise awareness about the true nature of the bull. You'll find videos on Fadjen on YouTube - due to weird copyright issues, I cant link "Fadjen - Pablo Knudsen - 2011 [ENGLISH SUBTITLES]" here.

Here's Fadjen's homepage: http://www.sauvons-un-taureau-de-corrida.com/

Never buy a "corrida" ticket.
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Germany the slaughterhouse
In 2014, slaughter of nonhuman animals for food (and waste) purposes has reached a new peak: Slaughter increased by 1.3% (i.e. 102.800 tons) to a total of 8.2 million tons. 
In numbers of commodified and killed individuals, these stunning numbers amount to a shameful 792 millions of nonhuman animals slaughtered - 27.000.000 (or 3.5%) _more than in 2013. The disproportion is due to the fact that - with all those weird "religions" pushing their carnivore agendas and Germany willing to comply to ancient pipe dreams and pre-civilized fanatics - more chickens were fattened and killed (+24.8 million).

Reasons for the heinous increase
The German meat industry has become increasingly successful in the export sector. While, for example, the import of pigs has been stable over the last ten years, the export here has increased tenfold. Should this trend continue, soon every other ton of meat of dead pigs will be exported.
The German Ministry for Economy has set up programs to support this export strategy, which is a massive middle finger in the face of the voters: christian democratic minister Schmidt said he'd push the standards for the protection of nunhuman animals, but now he and his department are dodging all critical questions.

Consumption further on the decrease
Nonhuman animal liberation activists and vegans must no doubt be disheartened by the current figures. But for us it is important to keep in mind: The consumption of nonhuman animal carcasses is continuing to decrease in this country. The government does not annually report figures for vegan consumption, so it is difficult to be specific here.
In order to measure the success rate of the antispeciesist, nonhuman liberation movement, consumption is currently the best indicator, because it is affected by a smaller amount of other faactors out of the movement's range. On one side there's factors that can't be directly affected by the movement (like import/export, weather (bbq season), dumping prices by supermarket chains...), and on the pther side there are factors that can be affected (media activities, spreading the word, guerilla tactics...)

Forcing change
One can't deny the societal change that has come about over the last couple of years. How this momentum develops depends on the liberation movement and sympathetic individuals. Canetti claimed that masses want to grow. And that's exactly what the movement has to aim for.
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Well done complementary work of a student of media science.
Sehr gut gemachte Doku - eine Abschlussarbeit aus der Medienwissenschaft. #animalliberation  
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On the mating habits of the honeybee
The #honeybee  is much more prolific than the #bumblebee : A honeybee queen will mate like a dozen times, all in one single nuptial flight early in her life. Leaving a trail of pheromones behind her, she'll be mounted mid-air by a drone. Insemination produces and audible pop and ruptures his genitalia, usually causing fatal damage so he will drop to the ground and quickly expire, with fragments of his exploded genitalia still attached to the queen. She keeps on flying and is swiftly mounted by the next drone, who will scrape off the remains of his predecessor and repeat the process. The queen continues her flight until she has stored enough sperm for a lifetime of egg production, at which point she will return to the nest, leaving behind a trail of dead lovers.
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Glad you found this interesting, +Mohammed Aslam and thank you kindly for your feedback!
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Austria is discussing to drop cursive #writing , and I had a chance to have a quick word with one of the editors at Der Standard.
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Die geplante Abschaffung der Schreibschrift in Finnland hat die Diskussion darüber auch in Österreich entfacht. Welche Bedeutung die Handschrift für die Gehirnentwicklung hat, ist unklar
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"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist."
"I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions." 
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


Earth first, words, writing, learning, teaching, living. Environmentalism, ecosocialism, Mother Nature, non-human Animal liberation, veganism, cats (big and small), frogs, bumblebees. Cross-country cycling, bike commuting, singletrail, darts, wingsuit and base (love to know as much about it as I probably can, too chickenshit and poor (in money, time and urge to travel) to actually do it), skydiving (still costly, urgh). Books, pipe tobaccos, music (worldmusic, percussion, electro of all kinds, dub, glitch, 80s synthpop. Currently VNV Nation up and down). Transcendentalism (I am a transparent eyeball...). Independence and autonomy (hell yeah. "responsibility"? screw you, Chomsky!), trying to fight speciesism and again: Earth first.
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