Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunset Daily's Top U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, December 29

Cop’s Obama Rant Embarrasses Officials, Spurs 2014 Nanny of the Year WinIcahn Acquires Stake in Manitowoc, Seeks Splitup.

Our nation’s control freaks got even freakier in 2014–from jetpacks to parking apps, eco-ATMs and powdered alcohol, they were determined to kill anything cutting edge.
They targeted everything from dogs in parks to births at home, and they’ll sic cops on you for hoarding or smelling bad. You might even get busted for doing things that are legal–like vaping while driving, warning motorists about speed traps, or putting up Christmas lights.
And whether it’s yanking chocolate milk, boogie boards, homemade libraries or sunscreen(?!), the control freaks are (all together now!): Doing it for the children.
It’s fitting, then, that 2014’s Nanny of the Year recipients justified their power grab on the same grounds (although the real reason may have more to do with protecting city officials from future caught-on-tape embarrassments).
Check out how one cop's rant (“Obama has decimated the friggin’ Constitution”) embarrassed a city council into taking home this year’s top dishonors!

Carl Icahn reported a 7.7 percent stake in Manitowoc and became the second activist investor this year to push for a split up of the company's crane and food service equipment businesses. Manitowoc's crane business has been hurt by weak demand for its rough-terrain and boom trucks, and the company said in October that it expected revenue in the business to decline by a mid-to-high single-digit percentage in 2014. The crane business contributed nearly 62 percent of Manitowoc's total revenue of about $4 billion in 2013.

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Nations Consider Ban On Whale & Dolphin Capture

You can make 2015 a great year for saving our oceans and fish

This has been a good year for ORI campaigns saving our oceans, wildlife and fish habitats.  Entering the final days of the year, we sure could use your support.  Now is the time to give.

With all five counties in Indian River Lagoon enacting responsible lawn care ordinances, 2014 will be remembered as the banner year for stopping nitrogen pollution and saving dolphins. We collaborated with many local groups to achieve three victories, passage of strong lawn fertilizing stewardship ordinances in Brevard County, St. Lucie County and Volusia County.

"When flying over Florida, it is very easy to spot bodies of water with nitrogen pollution right next to ones without. The prevalence of this problem is visible! Our state needs to educate the public, especially those in charge of fertilizing, and enact/enforce regulations... ORI's efforts are to be applauded and expanded!" ~ Linda Kade of Palm Coast, FL

Linda's words speak to what can be gained when diverse people come together for a common cause, as the youth say, "to get the muck out."  Our four-year effort is now paying off.  The Treasure Coast is showing signs of recovery, with fewer dolphin and manatee deaths, more water birds, clearer water, and sea grass beds returning.

More good news for fish, ORI's campaign urging the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to restore river herring and shad populations is succeeding. The Council saved an estimated 1.6 million fish when it reduced the catch limit by 62%, from 236 metric tons to 89 metric tons.  We delivered petition letters to get better protections for forage fish, for more prey for bigger fish, birds and marine mammals. 

Much more needs to be done.  Our forage fish suit helped the Council vote to prioritize an amendment to consider forage based control rules.  We have stayed litigation until after the next Council meeting at the end of January.  However, a corporate intervener in the suit has opposed the stay in an attempt to force the Council to act prematurely before the vote can be held to actually initiate it.  And it, the herring assessment, does not look good this time around with lots of uncertainty.  Estimates of natural mortality are not working so well without a forage-based control rule.  ORI is staying vigilant. We will be there, once again, to testify at the Council meeting.

More Fish in the Sea for All -
More Funding for Fisheries Research from Magnuson-Stevens

"When federal funding was given to study haddock, they observed that haddock swim with cod and flounder. When the net approached the fish behaved differently. Cod and flounder swam downwards towards the bottom. The haddock swam to one side of the net. Knowing this, fishermen modified their nets and practices.  Haddock is now being sustainably fished with much less incidental catch of the rarer cod and flounder." ~Rob Moir at San Francisco's Green Festival, November 2014

Saving fish and fishing communities is ORI's newest campaign.  Since 2000, thirty-four fish stocks have been rebuilt from overfished to sustainably fished.  Out of 232 commercially valuable fish stocks, only about two dozen are now being overfished. The hard work by the Fishery Councils and sacrifices made by fishermen has paid off.  We are nearly there. It is only a matter of more federal funding, time and effort before we have 100% sustainable American fisheries. 

"We all must protect America's ocean ecosystems and fisheries for ALL our healthy futures are critically linked to healthy fisheries of our oceans. Absolutely the most effective way to protect America's fisheries is to continue and even strengthen the Magnuson-Stevens Act." ~ Eric Bindsell of Gardiner, MT

Eric is right on. We must see the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management Act reauthorized with more funding for fisheries research.  More, not less, will be a heavy lift for Washington politicians.  Something they will only do with urgings from their constituents.  Your financial support enables us to engage, educate, and enliven understandings of both fish and fishery management, to build a movement with others.  The opportunity for better-funded and informed fisheries management comes only once a decade. This may be our last call for fish. 

Every donation you make, every dollar you give, is a positive step for our fish, habitats, and oceans.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

5 enormous ocean threats in 2015

Together, we’ve done amazing things for our oceans in 2014. But a batter can’t dwell on past victories the next time he steps up to the plate. He has to focus on the task at hand. And let me tell you, looking at this list of five enormous ocean threats in 2015 it’s obviously our turn to step up.

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1. Indiscriminate fishing gear killing thousands of threatened or endangered sea turtles. Gear like drift gillnets and trawls trap and drown turtles, causing them to die a cruel and painful death. Turtle excluder devices can decrease these senseless deaths of sea turtles by 97 percent – but we need laws at the state and national level requiring fisherman to use them. How much pressure we can apply on these government officials depends on how much you can support our efforts right now.

There are three days left before 2015. Renew your commitment to Oceana now and your tax-deductible gift will help fund our work to protect sea turtles and our oceans around the world >>

2. Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Despite Shell’s disastrous attempt to drill off the coast of Alaska in 2012, the company remains determined to drill in the Arctic regardless of the threat to the environment. Thanks to your support, Oceana has helped keep Shell out of the Arctic for the last two years, but we need you again now to keep polar bears safe from the threat of oil spills.

Click here to renew your commitment to Oceana now to help protect polar bears from potential oil spills caused by Shell’s reckless pursuit of drilling in the Arctic Ocean >>

3. Barbarically slicing off sharks’ fins – just for soup. The brutal practice of shark finning has caused some shark populations to decline by as much as 99 percent in the last few decades. With Oceana this year you helped uphold shark fin bans in a number of U.S. states and told GrubHub to take shark fin off the menu. But there’s still much work to do to protect our sharks by eliminating shark fins from the marketplace.

Will you renew your commitment to Oceana today to help take shark fin off the menu in 2015 >>

4. SEISMIC BLASTS. Used to located oil and natural gas deposits below the ocean floor, seismic blasting off the United States East Coast threatens the few remaining critically endangered North Atlantic right whales with hearing loss. For these whales, which rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce, this could be a matter of life or death.
Renew your commitment to Oceana now to help protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from seismic blasting in 2015 >>

5. Know what seafood you're eating? Think again. You could unknowingly buy frozen shrimp not meant for consumption but display in decorative tanks – that's just one example of the sort of seafood fraud Oceana uncovered this year. Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing and seafood fraud will continue to lead to overfishing, rip off consumers and hurt honest seafood businesses in 2015. But with your support, Oceana can continue to expose these abuses and help ensure that all seafood is safe, legally caught and honestly labeled. Don’t you want to know what you’re eating?

By renewing your commitment to Oceana now, your tax-deductible gift will help tackle Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing and Seafood Fraud in the New Year >>

These challenges are great – but that only means we need to be greater. For the sake of the oceans’ amazing wildlife, mesmerizing underwater habitats, and for ocean lovers everywhere, I hope you can support us as we look to 2015 and the work ahead.

The Most Shocking Investigations of 2014

The investigations in 2014 were some of the most shocking yet. This is just a peek into the cruelty against angora rabbits, sheep, cows, and baby monkeys that PETA and our affiliates documented this year. Help PETA reveal more animal abuse in 2015 by donating now: LINK

Watch the full investigations:

The Truth Behind Angora Fur: LINK
Dairy Farm Exposed in Eyewitness Footage: LINK
Sheep Killed, Left to Die for U.S. Wool: LINK
Sheep Punched, Stomped on, Cut for Wool: LINK
Baby-Monkey Experiments Exposed: LINK
Horse Racing Exposed: LINK
Animals Bashed, Frozen Alive, Drowned, and Starved at Dealer: LINK