Monday, October 31, 2016

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Top U.S. & World Headlines — October 31, 2016

This Week's Elephant In The Room!

Halloween Celebrations At Wildlife SOS' Elephant Center.  Trick or Treats?! Guess it's only TREATS for them!
It's Halloween and our elephants couldn't be more excited because they find carved pumpkins in their enclosures! Watch how they gobble up the entire pumpkin in one go! In this frightfully fun compilation, Chanchal and Bijli love their Halloween treats — maybe just a bit too much (check the video to see what we're talking about). Laxmi decides that jackolanterns aren't so much holiday decor as main course, and Coconut will not be left out. This hilarious video features all of them and more of our most photogenic ele friends celebrating Halloween their own special way!
PHOTOS: Prince Harry Helps Rescue 500 Elephants From Poachers In Heart Of Africa
Prince Harry Helps Rescue 500 Elephants From Poachers. Prince Harry has released photographs and videos of him taking part in one of the world’s biggest conversation projects this summer, including shots of him spraying identification marks on a tranquilised animal.

The prince, who has often spoken of how he would like to walk away from his royal duties to live in Africa and work on such projects permanently, spent three weeks in Malawi over the summer where he worked alongside volunteers, vets and experts on the frontline of one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations.

One of the pictures was taken by the 32-year-old royal himself, and shows a volunteer trying to get a bull elephant to lie down.

In another Harry explains how he marked several of the young males so that they will be easily identifiable when released back into the bush. ‘The spray paint disappears after a few days,’ the prince explained.




A third shows Harry with a group of workers trying to ‘tip’ a young male elephant that was trying to fight the sedative drug and head for the trees.

Harry can also be seen hanging onto a rope for dear life as a powerful bull elephant tries to free itself.

The prince writes: ‘This big bull (male) elephant refused to lie down after it had been darted with a tranquiliser. After about seven minutes the drug began to take effect and the elephant became semi-comatose, but it continued to shuffle for a while! They have a tendency to hone in on forest, rivers and people when in this state. Here we are trying to slow him down!’

Up to 500 elephants are being moved over 350 kilometres across Malawi from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, where the elephants will be able to thrive.

In a statement Harry said: ‘Elephants simply can’t roam freely like they used to, without coming into conflict with communities, or being threatened by poaching and persecution.

‘There has to be a balance between the numbers of animals, and the available habitat. Just how nature intended it.’

Close Buffalo Zoo's Frozen-In-Time Elephant Exhibit!
In Defense of Animals
Frozen in time, the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, New York continues to keep the Asian elephant captives, Lothi and Surapa, inside the inhospitable prison it calls a barn, for yet another brutal Buffalo winter. Supporters of Buffalo Zoo brag that the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)has granted the zoo a five-year accreditation. However, meeting the AZA's paltry standards does not ensure a humane life for the elephants there. It's time to close the elephant exhibit and retire the elephants! TAKE ACTION

3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Interacting With Wild Animals. Seeing animals in the wild is one of the coolest experiences on this earth – especially if they are not animals we see every day. Wild animals are so breathtaking that people book special trips just for a chance to see them in their natural habitat. Think of how many people visit Africa just to see the incredible wildlife in its many countries or how many coastal cities offer snorkeling and whale watching as attractions. Wild animals are a sight to see, but they all play a part in our delicate ecosystem. That’s why it’s important to be well informed and careful when you do see a wild animal.

1. Only Go on Vacations Where You Can See Animals on Their Turf
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Facebook
Animal tourism is huge, even though animal entertainment opportunities are oftentimes exploitative and abusive to the animals. Luckily, compassionate people are starting to understand the dark side of animal tourism and entertainment. If people didn’t speak up, SeaWorld wouldn’t have stopped breeding orcas and Ringling Bros. would have never retired all its elephants. While we are making progress, there are many businesses profiting off wild animal captivity and entertainment. If you’re planning a vacation and want to see the wildlife that destination offers, only book experiences that keep the animals in their natural habitat. Whale watching expeditions and visiting credible wildlife sanctuaries and refuges, on protected land are two options that offer the benefit of seeing incredible animals in the wild and keeping animals safe in their natural habitat.

It is best to see animals this way as opposed to animals in captivity. Tours and trips with experts to see animals in their habitat is the safest route to go for animal lovers. If you are looking for a more up-close experience, opt for organizations that take in injured or rescued animals instead of zoos and special attractions.

Research is the most important thing to do before attempting to see wild animals. Tourism is a big industry, but one that could be hurting the animals. Consider how your experience will affect the animals and their habitats. Is spotting a unique animal in the wild worth the cost of the species? It’s an important question to ask yourself before you search out these wildlife opportunities.

2. No Matter How Cute They Are, These Animals Are Not Like Your Pets at Home

Just because an animal looks fuzzy, cute and cuddly, doesn’t mean it wants anything to do with your advances. The honey badger is adorable! But we all know not to mess with one. Koalas look like the perfect cuddle buddies, but even those real-life teddy bears can turn aggressive when provoked. Wild animals rely on instincts to protect them and they have no idea what your intentions are, no matter how non-threatening you try to appear. While the animals that share our homes still have a trace of their wild instincts, they are human-friendly due to years of domestication – a big difference between their wild compatriots. So no matter how cute these wild animals look, keep yourself a good distance from them.

3. Don’t Feed Wild Animals
Yeah, you’ve heard this before, but it’s always important to be reminded of why feeding wild animals is dangerous for everyone involved. Part of wild animals’ allure is that they are unpredictable. It is also the reason why you should keep a safe distance from them. By hand feeding them, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to an untrained animal. This rule also applies to the animal’s safety. If a wild animal consistently associates humans with a food source, they will not fear humans as potential predators.

A recent example is Hollywood, the protected elk that was killed by poachers in a wildlife preserve. He was famous for being calm and friendly around people and allowing children to feed him, thus trusting the poachers. While it’s special to interact with a wild animal, it’s important to remember that there are people out there who do not view animals the way we do. For us to best protect them from hunters and poachers, we need to stay away from them and interfering with their protective instincts.

Helping Wildlife One Choice at a Time
There is a major disconnect between the type of entertainment we choose and the impact on wild animals, but we all have the power to close this gap for the betterment of all species. With these simple tips in mind, you can ensure that you aren’t inadvertently causing harm to animals – and you’re sure to have an enriching, wonderful experience that fosters a much deeper appreciation for the beings we share the planet with.

So Green Monsters, have you tried any of these things? Let us know in the comments! Lead image source: Zhukova Valentyna/Shutterstock

Mohan's New Life At Wildlife SOS
55 year old, Mohan is now safely residing at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center, here's a glimpse of his new life with Wildlife SOS which has only been made possible because of your kind support! Please consider donating for Mohan's lifetime care and treatment here;

Kitty, Franklin, and Fabio Are Dead, but Campus Farm Plans to Kill More Animals. A campus farm at the University of Montana is supposedly committed to humane and sustainable agriculture. However, according to students, pigs were shot in the head at only 6 months old, and some were shot while their mothers watched. SPEAK UP TODAY 

Nosey the Elephant

Urge Indiana Festival to Stop Forcing Virtually Crippled Elephant to Give Rides. After a last-minute cancellation, the festival went on without booking Nosey this year—proof that it doesn't need to exploit elephants to be a success. Let's make sure that the festival never books Nosey again. SPEAK UP FOR NOSEY 

Emails for Billy the Elephant
Please support our email campaign to the Mayor of Los Angeles. We recently sent him a letter stating our concerns regarding Billy the Elephant and the exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo. The return receipt indicates that his office received our letter on 10/14. So far, no response. Please email Mayor Garcetti on Billy's behalf and post to social media. Sample email text is below. Thank you so much!! 

Email Address: - Petition, Click Here!

PROPOSED SAMPLE EMAIL TEXT: (feel free to personalize and provide your contact info) 

Dear Mayor Garcetti: 

I am writing in support of Elephant Guardians of Los Angeles and their proposals to: 
(a) Ensure public participation in the Los Angeles Zoo’s Master Plan; 
(b) End captive Elephant breeding in Los Angeles; 
(c) Release Billy the Elephant, held at the Los Angeles Zoo in conditions contrary to science, ethics, and common human decency, to an appropriate sanctuary. 

I hope you will meet with Elephant Guardians of Los Angeles as soon as possible to discuss how these proposals can be accomplished. 

There is no justification for holding Elephants in captivity. Research has established that Elephants are highly complex, intelligent, and social, and they experience the same psychological reactions to captivity and isolation as humans, as evidenced by Billy’s stereotypic behaviors. How long will the leadership of Los Angeles stand by as Billy is exploited for entertainment and profit? It is time to say enough. This is an issue that will not go away, and Los Angeles has the incredible opportunity to take a leadership role in the Sanctuary Movement that is gaining momentum around the world. 

Thank you for your service to the City of Los Angeles and your prompt attention to this matter. 

your name here

Sunset Music Supervision Placements Last Week!

After going through all of the 2411 tracks submitted this time to Side-Line since this Summer for the new FACE THE BEAT: SESSION 4 compilation, I'm happy to announce that THREE (3) of OUR submissions have been selected!

Band: Weed
Song: Visionary Sessions
Band: DJ Zevzek
Song: Like To Make Music
Band: M.R.S.L.K.
Song: Elevations High
The compilation will  be available as a FREE download via Bandcamp BUT also as a super budget compilation via iTunes, Spotify etc.. with all proceeds going to our different charities.
This time we will be funding latrines + baby washing facilities for a Tuxpan (Mexico) based hospital where the poor people are being treated (and where I have been treated when I was rushed to it earlier this year. I'm still very grateful for all the service they gave me there despite being a public and largely underfunded hospital).

Progressive Breakfast: Obamacare's Biggest Problem is Profit, Not Government


Richard Eskow
Obamacare's Biggest Problem is Profit, Not Government
It’s true: the Affordable Care Act is having problems. But Republicans who say those problems are caused by “big government” have it exactly backward. Obamacare’s current difficulties are grounded in our country’s political fetishization of the private sector – a fad that began in the Republican Party, but has unfortunately spread to much of the Democratic establishment. Government isn’t the problem here. It’s the solution.


Politico poll shows no change:Hillary Clinton has a slim three-point lead over Donald Trump one week before Election Day, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted entirely after FBI Director James Comey announced the discovery of new emails … there is not yet evidence that the revelations have drastically altered the contours of the election … 33 percent it made them much less likely to vote for Clinton. But most of those voters are already aligned against Clinton”
Unions try to win white working-class votes for Clinton. American Prospect’s Justin Miller: “…organizers have adopted ‘deep canvassing’ methods that have had some success getting voters to explain their reasoning and then conducting a conversation that may persuade them to shift their perspective. If Clinton does pull off a win in Ohio … it will largely be due to efforts like those that slowly make inroads in the most frustrated white communities.”


“Slowdown in State, Local Investment Dents U.S. Economy” reports WSJ: “Such government austerity is unusual in the eighth year of an economic expansion, and it is acting as a headwind just as the worst effects of the energy-industry bust, a strong dollar and inventory drawdown are fading. State and local governments spent an annualized $248.47 billion on construction in August—the least since March 2014 and down nearly 11% from its recent peak in mid-2015. The decline depressed gross domestic product growth this spring and was on track to weigh on growth again in the third quarter.”
American Prospect’s Gabrielle Gurley asks “Can We Finally Think Big?” on infrastructure: “… neither Clinton’s five-year, $275 billion plan nor Trump’s ‘at least double her numbers’ calculation begin to address the trillions needed in leaky pipes, corroded tracks, decrepit trains, and faulty wiring, much less 21st-century smart grids, protections against sea-level rise, and innovative green investments … Launching transformative infrastructure investments begins with a philosophical shift that reworks attitudes toward government in order to identify the mechanisms required to unleash the trillions needed to start that work.”
Bryce Covert criticizes Hillary Clinton’s spending pledge in NYT oped: “[Clinton promised,] ‘I am not going to add a penny to the national debt.’ … interest rates on the country’s debt are incredibly low, hovering around 2 percent. That means we could borrow more money at a very low cost … New money could be put to incredibly good use, rebuilding deteriorating roads and bridges or investing in education.”


Federal Reserve meets, monthly jobs numbers released, this week. NYT: “Federal Reserve officials insist that their meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington will be like any other Fed meeting … the politics are fraught, and even proponents of a rate increase have said they do not see much difference in waiting a few more weeks … On Friday, the Labor Department is scheduled to release its report on the nation’s hiring and unemployment for October. This snapshot of the economy will be the last before Americans go to the polls on Election Day…”
Fed not expected to raise interest rates, but could soon with more inflation. WSJ: “…inflation is gradually coming back to life … it’s still below the 2% level the Federal Reserve targets, one reason the Fed is almost certain to leave interest rates unchanged when it meets this week. But economic circumstances and attitudes of policy makers have shifted in the past year in ways that suggest the likeliest path of inflation is up, not down.”
Economic growth still not reducing inequality, says NYT’s Eduardo Porter: “Despite last year’s gains, the bottom 60 percent of households took a smaller share of the income pie than four decades ago … Whether it is life expectancy or infant mortality, incarceration or educational attainment, countless statistics offer a fairly dark picture of the American experience … America’s rich are richer than the rich almost anywhere else. Its poor are still poorer than the poor of its peers in the developed world.”


A revamped trade policy needs to go beyond stopping “corporate capture” says W. Post’s Jared Bernstein: “All global income must be saved (by households, governments or businesses) or spent (consumed or invested) … they’re exporting savings and importing the demand for manufactured goods from other countries, notably the United States … putting issues of excess savings back into the trade policy agenda, we would be taking a step in favor of healthier, more equitable globalization.”
“Will Democrats Nuke the Filibuster?” asks TNR’s David Sarasohn: “…banning it on Supreme Court nominations would be the hydrogen bomb. But that may be necessary next year … [Said Sen. Jeff Merkley,] ‘If there’s deep abuse, we’re going to have to consider rules changes.’ … The expected incoming Democratic leader of the Senate, Charles Schumer of New York, has carefully said nothing about further changes. But he said in September, ‘A progressive majority on the Supreme Court is an imperative, and if I become majority leader, I will make it happen. I will make it happen.'”

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