Sunday, September 17, 2017

PNN - Irma's Backside


PNN - Irma's Backside

BUT FIRST a Word from Our Resident, President Poet:

  ON DON-WARD ON IMPEACH-MINT!
   I do not like him on twitter
   I wouldn't trust him to carry cat litter
   I wouldn't trust him to take out trash
   he's been a fool with Danna Bash
   He's silly, foolish and acts all RASH
   I've seen him speak and all those he bashed
   I've seen him insult MEN & WOMEN
   Is he a CHUMP? I think its GIVEN
   He insults friends and foes alike
   then wonders why he is not liked?
   He demanded MEXICO BUILD A WALL
   then demanded tax payers fund it after all.

   Trust him with the NEW-CLEAR Code
   My GAWD I'd rather KISS A TOAD
   See him in charge of GREAT VAST ARMIES
   I've seen what he's done with just a TWEET
   ALARMING

   I DO NOT LIKE HIM WITH A TWEET
   I DO NOT LIKE HIM when he wears a SHEET!
   I DO NOT LIKE HIM in the Oval Office
   I DO NOT CARE when he says can't TOP THIS!
   All his audiences he says are large
   BIGGER EVEN than his EGO
   WILD CARD PREZ his friends are saying
   Like a DONKEY NOISY BRAYING

   So Trump can take his adolescent humor
   an gold plated angst (its not a rumor)
   I just wish he'd GO and haunt the DUMA




 PNN - so recently on Hiatus, due to the threat of Irma to Florida,
            Returns with stories of the good will of the Progressive Community
            from the windswept islands in the Caribbean to the hills of Appalachia.

We bring, guests from the south, guests from Irma's wrath, and rescuers who came and helped.
Those that fled and those that came to rescue. Stories from the road and stories gathered from under tarps and terrifying skies.

Brook Hines, [Senior Political Commentator] & Kartik Krishnaiyer, [Publisher of Florida Squeeze]
will discuss their experiences with Irma and her wilding windswept ways. Tales of survivors, and damages, and losses. There amidst the broken branches and scattered detritis of lives the many very marvelous humane victories.

We also have the great good fortune to bring you Frank Day and Panhandle progressives, tell their tales, These wonderful friends and colleagues from Florida's panhandle who worked to send supplies not only to the survivors and victims of Harvey - but they have sent supplies and help to Irma victims as well.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017


Betsy Does Culty in Tallie

Betsy Devos's  Pilgrimage in avoids pubic schools Tallahassee!


I. Can you imagine, It's so liberating. It's not as if universal ( Free k-12) education has made a difference or even the smallest contribution to America's scientific leadership of the world over the last century. 


II. Think of the benefits to Darwinian Capitalism if they could shed adults completely from the workforce, in favor of "icon/emoji" button pressing post-literate child-workforce. Why LEAD THE WORLD IN EDUCATED CITIZENS, when you could lead in something more intrinsically valuable like CEO SALARIES. 


III. WHY - this way a handful of CEO's could be earning hundreds of Trillions instead of a few measly billions per quarter. 


IV. Betsy D (for Dense, Dunce, Deluded, Dangerous, Destructive, Devious) leads the way !!! It's religious cult schools or nothing, and please let us finally dispense with the out dated liberal fallacy, that everyone needs literacy. (How troublesome and expensive) Most are demonstrably reading nothing more significant than ball scores and rifle training manuals. 


V. That has no profitable value anyway. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017


We had a wonderful Show planned and then the WHITE SUPREMACISTS decided to attack in Virginia. So we shifted our focus and did some digging we bring you this show on brotherhood

We will feature Brook Hines recent journalistic investigations and we will discuss the evil of those who would ethnically and racially "purge" this country of all the immigrants

Then we will hear from the UF President discussing welcoming white supremacists and taliban and cannibals to lecture at the campus.
The a speech of Dr. Kings

PNN Brotherhood & Sisterhood Show
Brook Hines & Fred Barr - Movement Mentality

1. Chanting "blood and soil,” “white lives matter”
   and “you will not replace us,” scores of white nationalists
   holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus
   in Charlottesville on Friday night.

   Scuffles broke out between them and a small group of
   counter-protesters calling themselves “anti-fascists” who
   were surrounded as they demonstrated in advance of Saturday’s
   “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which is expected
   to be one of the largest far-right gatherings in the U.S.
   in at least a decade.


2. In memory of Heather Heyer
   who lost her life opposing RACISM

3. Give me your tired your poor
   your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
   the wretched refuse of your teeming shore
   send these the homeless tempest tossed to me
   I lift my lamp beside the GOLDEN DOOR


4. White-nationalist group that influenced alleged Charleston shooter is subsidized by American taxpayers Council of Conservative Citizens is 'social welfare' an organization that pays no federal taxes

   Alleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof wrote that he was never the same after discovering a website with “pages upon pages of these brutal black on white murders.”

   The pages that left Roof in disbelief were the product of a white-nationalist group subsidized by American taxpayers.

   The Council of Conservative Citizens Inc. is listed by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization that promotes social welfare, also known as a 501(c)(4).
   Such groups pay no federal taxes, a form of government subsidy.

   The council is now under fire for allegedly inspiring racial hatred in Roof, a 21-year-old high school dropout. He is charged with nine counts of murder.

   Tax-exempt social welfare groups are supposed to “primarily promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole,” according to IRS documents.

   The Council of Conservative Citizens explains on its website that its members believe “that the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character….
   We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind.”

   Groups that espouse hate can be stripped of their tax-exempt status, said Marcus Owens, who ran the IRS’s exempt organizations division in the 1990s. That happened to the neo-Nazi group
   National Alliance in 1982. The Council of Conservative Citizens has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “notorious, racist hate group.”

   However, Owens says Republicans in Congress have made it virtually impossible for the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of political groups after the recent, so-called tea party scandal. Republicans criticized the IRS for what they said was  the inexcusable targeting of conservative 501(c)(4)s. And the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the agency had employed “inappropriate criteria” in scrutinizing some groups’ tax-exemption applications.

Vigils in Palm Beach, Stuart, Gainsville

Friday, July 21, 2017

Good Neighbor Policy



The New Good Neighbor Policy

The corporations exist at the sufferance (charter) of civil society it was "assumed" in the past that the corner butcher or dry goods shop owner or car dealer who lived and prospered by the use of civic roads and infrastructure was compelled by native instinct to avoid shirking community norms and would not poison, or pollute or adulterate their products because the good city burghers would not tolerate such abuse from a fellow shopkeeper. (Now corporate entity) run by another villager to deal so imprudently and callously with a neighbor and fellow villager. 

As corporations or shop keepers got bigger,  so large so as to claim resources from many villagers, they have learned two diabolical skills - first playing fast and loose with international taxation loopholes (as in apple or microshaft or gargle) ((and many mangy more))

"I'm not living here, for tax paying purposes" they claim, and because,  playing tax bill "whack a mole" and chasing these international shopkeepers scofflaws is a time consuming and expensive task. 
 (not to mention) How lobbyist cash "donations" have become a strong disincentive for strict enforcement of shop keeper responsibility. 

We can no longer afford to have these international scofflaws thrive and hide, who expect to be able to sell in this village, but claim to live "over there" (for tax responsibility purposes) 
While all the while using all the infrastructure they need,  to do business  (mail service, street lights, EMT, roads, bridges, power, police, all civil structures) in not just one,  but so many villages. 

You say, These shopkeepers or corporations, or  companies are people too? Well then, we must respond, It's time, to put an end to these tax responsibility scofflaws. 
They need to ante up and support your town and mine. Let  me also add, when they poison our lakes, streams, rivers and air... no legal niceties should absolve them, shield these irresponsible shopkeepers  allowing them to skirt a good neighbor's civic duty. 

You insist your four year old cleans up their mess - should these cross border shopkeepers should do less? And if our civic leaders be reluctant to hold them as responsible for their messes as you would your child. 
Then they need a lesson in responsibility too. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017



PNN The Voices of Gaia

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Two activists talk about the threat to free speech when corporation use threat and suits against activists The Voice of Gaia

This Sunday Two Woman Who Fight the good fight for Gaia and for us, and have each faced down censure and political pressure, address how fighting to protect our environment becomes a fight for free speech.
Tune In Live Sunday: Maggie Hurchalla (Longtime Conservation /Preservation Activist) and Professor Wendy Lynne Lee (Human Rights/Anti-Fracking Activist) discuss Threats to Free Speech & Speaking Up for the Environment
Brook Hines Senior Political Commentator and Associate Producer?? as always brings her keen political insight to the latest political news.

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SLAPP Suits
Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation
Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation, also known as SLAPP suits, ordinarily arise out of defamation lawsuits. Defamation is a common law tort whereby one citizen can sue another citizen for damage to reputation. The difference between an ordinary defamation lawsuit and a SLAPP suit is that the plaintiff in a SLAPP suit does not generally plan to actually win their lawsuit. Instead, SLAPP suits are intended to intimidate, censor, disparage, burden, and punish activists for exercising their right to free speech and protest. SLAPP suits are used against individuals who may have meager resources and are unable to afford the legal counsel necessary to help them protect their rights.
As one court has stated:
SLAPP suits function by forcing the target into the judicial arena where the SLAPP filer foists upon the target the expenses of a defense.
The purpose of such gamesmanship ranges from simple retribution for past activism to discouraging future activism.
Those who lack the financial resources and emotional stamina to play out the “game” face the difficult choice of defaulting despite meritorious defenses or being brought to their knees to settle.
Persons who have been outspoken on issues of public importance targeted in such suits or who have witnessed such suits will often choose in the future to stay silent. Short of a gun to the head, a greater threat to First Amendment expression can scarcely be imagined.
Gordon v. Marrone, 590 N.Y.S. 2d 649, 656 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1992
The use of SLAPP suits as a harassment tool became so pervasive that beginning in the 1990’s, some states began adopting laws — commonly referred to as “anti-SLAPP” laws — to protect a citizen’s rights to engage in free speech. Not all of these laws are alike, but many of these anti-SLAPP laws offer defendants the opportunity to recoup their legal fees if they prove that they have been forced to defend themselves from a frivolous lawsuit. CLICK HERE to see if your state has anti-SLAPP laws and to get updates on progress of federal anti-SLAPP legislation. However, even if the defendant ultimately prevails with an anti-SLAPP suit, the defendant will likely have wasted multiple years defending their case. Thus, exoneration from a SLAPP suit, if it comes at all, will not come without years of time wasted on litigation and emotional turmoil, as well as the loss of thousands of dollars if a defendant is not lucky enough to live in the few states that have anti-SLAPP laws.
In the last twenty years, animal rights activists in particular have been a target of these suits, some for merely posting a blog on their personal website, and others for their acts of protest and political demonstration. The threat of these lawsuits is enough to make any social change advocate hesitate before expressing their opinion, in effect illegally chilling that individual’s exercise of the First Amendment.
CLDC is a national expert in defending activists and their campaigns from the threat of unconstitutional SLAPP suits. CLDC has a large brief bank and legal resources available for lawyers. If you are an attorney representing environmental or social change activists, please contact us. If you are an activist or organizer and a SLAPP suit has been filed against you, contact the CLDC immediately for assistance. In most states, you only have 30 days from when you were served with the lawsuit to file a response asserting constitutional defenses. CLDC provides trainings to activist campaigns on SLAPP suits.
Defamation in the Political Arena
Because the First Amendment protects our right to free speech, the common law legal claim of defamation can only be used against activity that is not protected speech under the Constitution. Essentially, there is no defamation of a public figure or concerning a matter of public concern unless the speaker knowingly and recklessly made a false statement with a “malicious intent” that caused injury to the affected individual. See New York Times Company & Ralph Abernathy et al. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964). However, in the realm of SLAPP suits, the corporations and individuals who file the lawsuits routinely ignore these Constitutional safeguards. For example, even though animal welfare advocacy is an issue of public interest that receives Constitutional protection, see e.g. Dienes v. Associated Newspapers, Inc., 137 Mich. App. 272, 276, SLAPP suits against animal welfare advocates may be filed and proceed for years without any proof that statements made against them were false or made with a reckless disregard for the truth.

Blog Posting
Comins v. VanVoorhis, Case No. 2009 CA 15047-0 (PDF)
(9th Judicial District Circuit Court, Orange County, Florida)
In 2008, a blogger named Matthew VanVoorhis posted a YouTube video link to a video of a man named Chris Comins shooting two dogs, along with two articles expressing his concern, anger, and opinion on the incident. Comins was later charged with two counts of felony animal abuse for this incident. Despite the video documentation of the event and the pending felony charges, Comins sued VanVoorhis for defamation and “tortuous interference with a business relationship,” and has requested an unspecified amount of damages that at least exceed $15,000. Comins argues that the blog postings “contain numerous factual inaccuracies, gross exaggerations and damaging statements regarding Plaintiff and the incident.” He argues that the “blog posts are designed to incite violence and pose an imminent threat to Plaintiff and employees of his company.” Van Voorhis has filed a motion to dismiss the complaint and has filed counter claims in the lawsuit arguing that the lawsuit violates his First Amendment rights.

https://cldc.org/organizing-resources/slapp-suits/


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History of Audubon in Florida
The voice of conservation in Florida for over 115 years.

In the beginning there was the Audubon Society
The creation of the Audubon Society by George Bird Grinnell in 1886 marked the beginning of the nation's conservation ethic. As editor of Forest and Stream, Grinnell appealed to his readership to unite for bird preservation and protection. Within a year 39,000 individuals joined the Audubon Society, which Grinnell named after the distinguished naturalist and painter John James Audubon. With the magazine staff unable to manage the overwhelming response, the society folded in less than three years.
In 1896, Bostonian socialite Mrs. Augustus Hemenway took up the mission and formed the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Hemenway was outraged by the slaughter of entire flocks of birds for their plumage, many in the recesses of the Everglades and South Florida. Florida had become the primary hunting grounds for plume hunters, where the change from abundant birdlife to scarcity and sometimes extirpation was occurring with incredible speed.
This time the Audubon idea endured, and by the turn of the century, more than 15 state Audubon Societies had been formed and were already working collaboratively to protect birds, wildlife and their habitats.
The First Decade: The end of the reign of the plume hunters
From the beginning, Audubon made major strides in bird protection, from legislation outlawing plume hunting in the state, education programs that reached thousands of children and adults, to on-the-ground wardens who protected important rookeries. Florida Audubon's early success came from its partnerships with leaders of other state Audubon Societies, the American Ornithologists' Union, and the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs.
1900
On March 2, the first meeting of the Florida Audubon Society is held in Maitland at the L.F. Dommerich estate. The list of early Ôofficers' included: N.Y. Governor and later U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, Florida Governor W.D. Bloxham, American Museum of Natural History's Frank Chapman, Rollins College President G.M. Ward, Stetson University President J.F. Forbes, and the editors of the state's largest newspapers. A little later, the list grew to include President Grover Cleveland, Florida Governor W.S. Jennings, ornithologist Theodore S. Palmer, and Maria R. Audubon.
Working together, the state Audubon Societies successfully push for the passage of the Lacey Act, prohibiting the interstate trade of wildlife killed in violation of state laws.
A regular winter visitor to Florida, Frank Chapman, ornithologist and curator of the American Museum of Natural History, organizes the first Christmas Bird Count. The holiday tradition has grown into the largest volunteer wildlife census in the world and today, in Florida, more than 2,000 people participate in over 60 Christmas Bird Counts each year during a three-week period around Christmas.

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1901
William Dutcher, chairman of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Committee on Bird Protection, acts on behalf of the state Audubon Societies and is the glue that holds together the various elements of the conservation movement. Dutcher travels to Florida in 1901 and assists Florida Audubon in persuading the legislature to pass the Audubon Model Law, outlawing plume hunting in the state. Dutcher administers the AOU's Thayer Fund to hire wardens to protect birds, and hires lighthouse keepers in Key West and the Dry Tortugas.
Later that same year, FAS executive committee member Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs travels to New York to meet with Dutcher and other Audubon leaders to discuss the formalization of a National Association of Audubon Societies.
1902
The National Committee of Audubon Societies is formed in November, in Washington, DC.
Dutcher hires Guy Bradley as warden in South Florida, upon the recommendation of FAS' Kirk Munroe and Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs.
1903
On March 14, with the encouragement of Frank Chapman and FAS, President Theodore Roosevelt establishes Pelican Island in the Indian River Lagoon as the first Federal Bird Reservation, giving birth to the National Wildlife Refuge system. Audubon hires Paul Kroegel as the first warden of Pelican Island. By the end of his presidency, Roosevelt names nine more bird reservations in Florida
"The Audubon Society, which has done far more than any other single agency in creating and fostering an enlightened public sentiment for the preservation of our useful and attractive birds, is [an organization] consisting of men and women who in these matters look further ahead than their fellows, and who have the precious gift of sympathetic imagination, so that they are able to see, and wish to preserve for their children's children, the beauty and wonder of nature."
- Theodore Roosevelt
1904
By 1904, Florida Audubon's educational efforts are in full gear, with 14 educational leaflets produced and about 6,000 leaflets and pamphlets distributed. The following year, the Orange County Board of Education sets aside one-half hour per week for bird study. FAS uses bird outlines and large charts purchased from Massachusetts Audubon for the program.
1905
In January, the National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals [later to become National Audubon Society] is incorporated. William Dutcher is named president, John E. Thayer first vice president, Theodore S. Palmer second vice president, Frank Chapman treasurer, and T. Gilbert Pearson secretary.
NAS assumes full responsibility of the warden program. Dutcher and Mrs. Marrs work closely to retain the Florida wardens, including Guy Bradley.
Bird-Lore [later to become Audubon Magazine] becomes the official magazine of NAS and includes Florida Audubon's annual reports, written each year by Kingsmill Marrs.
On July 8, Guy Bradley is killed in the line of duty near Flamingo.
1908
Audubon warden Columbus G. MacLeod is killed in the line of duty at Charlotte Harbor. The murder sparks the nation's conscience and Audubon intensifies its nationwide campaign against the wearing of feathers.
The 1910s and 1920s: Gaining Ground, Losing Ground
Audubon lost some ground in the 1910s, when the Audubon Warden program suffered from a lack of funding and wardens were withdrawn from Florida. In "The Florida Audubon Society: 1900-1935," Lucy Worthington Blackman recounts: "The Alligator Bay rookery [in southwest Everglades], the largest egret rookery in Florida, was shot out and burned that year by hunters, simply for lack of $750 for wardens to protect it - burned so that the remnants of the colony would abandon the place ... Three Audubon wardens had carried the eight hundred egrets in the colony safely through the 1915 nesting season. The next year they were abandoned to their fate."'
But Audubon still made major strides in conservation during this era through the establishment of sanctuaries, passage of important legislation like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and after years of battle, the establishment of the State Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
1910
William Dutcher suffers a disabling stroke. T. Gilbert Pearson who grew up in the backwoods of Archer, Florida, succeeds him as chief executive officer and leads the Society for the next twenty-four years. Pearson works tirelessly to push for legislation to protect wildlife.
In 1911, FAS member Oscar Baynard encourages NAS to purchase Bird Island in Orange Lake in Alachua County. Baynard is named as warden.
1912
FAS' L.F. Dommerich retires his presidency due to poor health. After his death in July, Dommerich's family donates $5,000 to National Audubon to protect birds in Florida.
Pathologist Dr. Herbert R. Mills, St. Petersburg leader Katherine B. Tippetts, and botanist Professor Henry Nehrling are named to the executive committee.
1913
After an intense campaign with an estimated 200,000 letters and telegrams written to Congress, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is passed into law.
National Audubon and Florida Audubon jointly hire Katherine Stuart to lecture at schools and Junior Audubon Clubs in 25 towns throughout Florida. By 1914, 30,000 leaflets had been distributed and Audubon in Florida boasted more than 3,500 members and 162 Junior Audubon Clubs.
National Audubon acquires Micanopy Rookery and, four years later, San Sebastian Rookery, adding them to the sanctuary program.
1914
The last Passenger Pigeon dies in captivity in Cincinnati.
1916
Alligator Bay Rookery in southwest Everglades is wiped out in the absence of Audubon wardens.
Audubon celebrates the creation of National Park Service.
1918
The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity in Cincinnati.
1919
Florida Audubon begins publishing the Florida Audubon Bulletin, predecessor of the Florida Naturalist magazine.
1920
Katherine Tippetts, a strong leader with St. Petersburg Audubon, becomes president of FAS. She had already convinced Pinellas County to create 11 municipal bird sanctuaries, and within three years of her presidency, helps to establish 30 more municipal sanctuaries, including the designation of all of Volusia County as a bird sanctuary for a 2-year period.
1923
The Legislature makes bird study compulsory in schools. NAS and FAS arrange for credit courses to be taught at colleges and universities.
1925
After years of efforts, Audubon succeeds in getting the legislature to pass two acts, one creating a Department of Game and Fresh Water Fish, and the other establishing a State Game Commissioner.
1927
Florida Audubon Bulletin is transformed into the Florida Naturalist magazine. R.J. Longstreet becomes it first editor and remains editor for more than two decades. Longstreet also serves as president of Florida Audubon from 1930 to 1936.
The 1930s and 1940s: New vitality in the Everglades and Audubon Warden program
Despite the Depression, National Audubon found new vitality in the leadership of John Baker. Like every NAS president before him, Baker spent time working directly in Florida to protect birds in the state. The Audubon warden program was strengthened under Baker's leadership, with a flurry of activity in the Everglades and south Florida.
1934
Long-time FAS activist, Dr. Herbert Mills hires warden Fred W. Shultz to protect Green Key in the Tampa Bay area. Almost immediately, his territory is expanded to include several other islands in Hillsborough Bay.
Today, Audubon's Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries program protects some 50,000 breeding pairs of birds from Tarpon Springs to Sarasota, as well as five islands near West Palm Beach.
John Baker becomes executive director (and later president) of NAS and succeeds in building Audubon membership in the midst of the Depression. His first day on the job, Baker hires the great teacher and illustrator of birds, Roger Tory Peterson. Baker goes on to build a team of educators, artists and scientists, including Allan D. Cruickshank, a photographer and popular lecturer who teaches with slides and an amazing assortment of bird calls. Soon, Peterson and Cruickshank team up to create some of the most successful natural history programs in the nation.
Later, Cruickshank retires with his wife, Helen, to Rockledge where the naturalist team continues to be active in monitoring and photographing Florida birds and publishing several books on the natural and human history of Florida.
1935
Alexander Sprunt, Jr. becomes Director of Audubon's Southern Sanctuaries and supervisor of wardens in the southeast. After the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Sprunt conducts the first aerial survey of the Great White Herons.
Aldo Leopold, who revolutionized game management, is named to the National board.
1936
Marvin Chandler becomes the first in a series of family members to serve as Audubon wardens to patrol Kissimmee Prairie and Lake Okeechobee.
NAS acquires Lake Okeechobee Sanctuary in 1938, and the Ordway-Whittell Kissimmee Prairie Sanctuary in 1980.
1938
NAS' Director of Audubon Sanctuaries, Robert Porter Allen establishes a research station in Tavernier, in the Florida Keys, commencing a full time study of the life history of Roseate Spoonbills.
By the 1950s, Audubon expands the focus of the Tavernier Science Center to include all aspects of the Florida Bay and Florida Keys environment, ranging from corals, seagrasses and mangroves, to game fishes, crocodiles and Bald Eagles. Today, the Roseate Spoonbill studies that Allen began 65 years ago continue in Tavernier.
1940
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Bald Eagle Protection Act into law.
1945
Audubon works with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ira Gabrielson to salvage the Whooping Crane from the jaws of extinction. Today, a non-migratory population of Whooping Cranes is being reintroduced in Florida by Gabrielson's grandson, Dr. Steve Nesbitt, who works for the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
1947
Marjory Stoneman Douglas publishes The Everglades: River of Grass and teaches the world to love a swamp. That same year, Audubon's long efforts in the Everglades pay off when Everglades National Park is established.
The 1950s and 1960s: The Dawn of Ecology, War on Pesticides
By the 1950s technological advances presented Audubon with new and more complex threats to wildlife than the market hunting of the early days. Audubon expanded its scientific research programs and became heavily involved in the effort to ban the use of pesticides that were suspected of causing population failures in eagles, ospreys, brown pelicans, and other "end-of-chain" consumers.
1954
After a nationwide grassroots campaign, NAS' John Baker secures acquisition of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the last great stand of ancient bald cypress left in Florida.
Today, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has become the model for Audubon Centers in Florida, with its new Blair Center, interpretive programs, and boardwalk that meanders through the cypress swamp.
1962
Bald Eagles in Florida hit their low point with 251 nests. After the release of Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring," Audubon launches campaign to ban toxic pesticides.
Alexander "Sandy" Sprunt IV becomes Research Director at Tavernier. He conducts a continent-wide study of Bald Eagle reproduction and pesticide effects.
Today, Florida boasts the largest population of Bald Eagles in the continental United States with over 1,000 nesting pairs. Audubon continues its commitment to the Bald Eagle by serving on the Southeast Bald Eagle Recovery Team to establish protection for the eagle once it is removed from the endangered species list, and by rehabilitating and releasing injured eagles at Audubon's Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.
1964
Audubon celebrates legislative successes including the Water Conservation Act, the Wilderness Act, and the state's Outdoor Recreational Lands program.
1967
Alligator products are boycotted, leading to listing and protection until populations recover.
1969
With the support of Florida Audubon, long-time board member, Marjory Harris Carr, establishes the Florida Defenders of the Environment to halt construction of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal.
The 1970s and 1980s: Nature in the Balance
Population growth and industry were having an increasing affect on wildlife, wetlands, rivers and streams. Audubon worked to develop major new federal policies and laws for endangered species, clean air and water, and wild and scenic rivers. The focus in Florida was on land acquisition programs, protecting wetlands and managing the state's explosive growth.
1970
The first EarthDay is held on April 22.
Congress passes the Clean Water Act.
1971
Audubon blocks a proposed jetport in Big Cypress.
By executive order, President Richard Nixon puts a halt to the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. Today, Audubon and Florida Defenders of the Environment continue the fight to remove the Rodman Dam and let the Ocklawaha River run free.
1972
After a long battle with Audubon in the forefront, DDT and DDE are banned from use in the U.S.
The Legislature enacts Land and Water Management Act and Water Resources Act. These laws become the basis for Water Management Districts, and land use protection, including designation of the Florida Keys, Big Cypress and Green Swamp as Areas of Critical Concern.
The first environmental ballot vote for land acquisition is passed in Florida, creating the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.
Audubon helps to establish the Florida Ornithological Society.
Audubon plays role in setting strict regulations for oil drilling in Big Cypress.
1973
Congress passes Endangered Species Act.
Audubon pushes the state to pass oil and gas rules and regulations.
1974
Congress establishes Big Cypress National Preserve.
1976
Audubon's Peter C.H. Pritchard calls a meeting of experts to discuss a recovery plan for the Florida Panther. Soon after, the Florida Panther Recovery Team is formed.
1978
Audubon's campaign to protect the West Indian manatee succeeds in passing the Manatee Protection Act.
1979
The Legislature passes the Conservation and Recreation Lands program [CARL].
Establishment of Audubon's Center for Birds of Prey. Since opening, more than 3,000 raptors have been treated and released, including hundreds of Bald Eagles.
1981
Save Our Rivers and Save Our Coasts programs are approved by the Legislature.
1984
Congress passes the Wetlands Protection Act.

Photo: Florida Audubon
1985
Growth Management Act approved by Legislature. Florida Audubon publishes "citizens handbook" to guide environmentalists in using the new process.
Lake Apopka Restoration Act is passed by Legislature.
Audubon encourages the purchase of North Key Largo lands and begins restoration projects in the Florida Keys with support from Environmental Protection Agency's Florida Keys Environmental Trust Fund.
1987
Surface Water Improvement and Management Act [SWIM] is approved by the Legislature.
Audubon supports the expansion of Big Cypress National Preserve by 115,000 acres through an Arizona land exchange.
Attempts to save the Dusky Seaside Sparrow by Audubon's Dr. Herbert W. Kale II, Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo, Walt Disney World Discovery Island Zoological Park fail, when the last Dusky dies in captivity.
1988
Legislature passes the Wekiva River Protection Act.
The Last Decade of the Century: Conservation alive and well
During the last decade of the 20th century, our 100-year commitment to the Everglades paid off when Floridians passed two constitutional amendments, and both the Congress and Legislature committed funds to restore the River of Grass. In addition, Audubon played a strategic role in placing the Conservation Amendment on the ballot in 1998, and led the campaign to see it ratified by an overwhelming majority of voters, showing that Floridians - across the board - care about the environment. And, on November 6, 1999, Florida Audubon and National Audubon unified their work in the state, to become one booming voice for conservation for the new century.
1990
Preservation 2000, a model land acquisition program, is approved by the Legislature with Audubon support.
1992
Upon the suggestion of Audubon, Disney purchases Walker Ranch as mitigation, giving birth to the "Disney Wilderness Preserve."
Audubon establishes Everglades Conservation Office in Miami to ensure the restoration and conservation of the Greater
1994
Everglades Forever Act approved by Florida Legislature. The 49-member Governor's Commission for a Sustainable South Florida (GCSSF) is established by Governor Lawton Chiles.
1995
In their Initial Report, the GCSSF finds South Florida's future unsustainable, both ecologically and economically.
1996
The GCSSF develops broad-based conceptual plan for Everglades Restoration. Congress approves the Water Resources Development Act, which calls for full restoration of the Everglades based on the GCSSF's conceptual plan. The Act calls for the development of a comprehensive restoration plan (the Restudy) as an intergovernmental partnership.
Congress approves the farm bill for $200 million for Everglades restoration and Vice President Al Gore announces Clinton Administration's $1.2 billion Everglades Restoration Plan. 1996Voters approve two of the three "Save Our Everglades" amendments, calling for a "Polluter Must Pay" requirement concerning Everglades pollution.
1997
Audubon serves on Constitutional Revision Commission, which places "Conservation Amendment" on the ballot.
1998
Audubon leads campaign to see Amendment 5 ratified by over 70% of voters.
1999
Florida Audubon and National Audubon unify their efforts in Florida, becoming a stronger, more effective Audubon of Florida. At the turn of the century, Audubon of Florida boasts 40,000 members in 45 community based chapters throughout the state.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

PNN - Defending Civilization




PNN - Defending Civilization 
Brook Hines our Senior Political Commentator, discusses the latest foibles of the party whose new slogan is "We're Not Him!" Reading the "D" leaves is no easy task.  But BROOK BRINGS IT!


We welcome these staunch defenders of civilization:
Denis Campbell Internationally renown, Progressive Journalist, publisher of the UK Progressive, and Host and Producer of the Three Muckrakers. (On iTunes). 

We also welcome another defender of Civilization Keith McHenry one of the founders of Food Not Bombs, discusses the growing and increasingly criminalized poor and homeless. 

We welcome Anna Eskamani, New Candidate for Florida House District 47, a women's rights and human rights activist currently a doctoral fellow and long time Reproductive Rights advocate with Planned Parenthood, as she addresses today's issues for Central Florida.



We all urge : Don't Mourn ORGANIZE - 
Do not Succumb to TRUMP FATIQUE - 


The battle is bigger than one Buffoon. even that the forces that made him the figurehead - 
He's just the front man for the forces that would enslave us all.
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

PNN - Tree Huggers and Senate District 4



Interview with Ruddy - On GMO Trees

DEMAND MORE TESTING 
STOP THE RELEASE OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED  EUCALYPTUS TREES
JULY 5th -  End of Comment Period

OPPOSE COMMERCIAL RELEASE
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USDA WEBSITE

SIGN ON TO OPPOSE GMO TREES
EVERGLADESEARTHFIRST.net

Ruddy@globaljusticeecology.org




And our Second Guest for the ShowAnnette Taddeo Candidate for Florida Senate District 4
Annette Taddeo 

She is a committed progressive Democrat
She is deserving of your support


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for Florida Senate District Four