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Stork Startled When Crocodile Emerges From Water

This stork was having a drink of water from Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park, but its peaceful solitude was soon disturbed. Out of nowhere, a young crocodile burst out of the water and scared the life out of the poor stork. Credit: YouTube/roaneric

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Camping Trip – Honeymoon Pool, Western Australia


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Documentary Watchlist: Cows, Pipelines and Dams

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One of the interesting insights I came to through my involvement in Blackfish, is that in the age of infotainment and cable-news superficiality, documentaries are filling an increasingly important niche. They are increasingly the best format to learn about almost any subject you choose. Not only are documentaries proliferating as film-making technology becomes more affordable and sophisticated,…

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Back to nature: Last chunk of Elwha dams out in September

Fish are storming back to the Elwha, there’s a sandy beach at the mouth of the river again, and native plants are growing where there used to be lakes.

Dam removal is critical in saving native wild runs of steelhead and salmon in the Pacific Northwest.  There are other ways to generate electricity that have minimal impact on the environment.  Solar and wind are two ways to compensate for dam generated power.

Important Fall Reading List, part 1

Since Predator Came: Notes From the Struggle for American Indian Liberation

by Ward Churchill

HALF PRICE! Since Predator came is from Ward Churchill, the famous Colorado Professor who was fired for his remarks about 9/11. In this book of essays, he addresses a wide range of topics relevant to Native American existence today. From the landing of Columbus up through the case of Leonard Peltier, on to current perceptions of the indigenous rights movement from both the right and the left. This is a hefty and informative book at ½ off the original price! Order here: http://pioneerspress.com/catalog/books/2409/

Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America

Paul Avrich, a New York City professor of History, let’s the anarchists speak for themselves in this mighty tome. 180 interviewees, mostly anarchists, friends, associates, and relatives, talk about their motivations as individualists, collectivists, pacifists, and revolutionaries. There are firsthand recollections of Emma Goldman, Rudolf Rocker, Sacco and Vanzetti and other key anarchists, experiences in libertarian schools and colonies, and observations of the dangers of authoritarian communism, bureaucracy and entrenched institutions. Interviews include Roger Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, Daniel Guerin, Peter Kropotkin, and Dwight Macdonald. This book profiles a movement continuing to appeal with its calls for self-determination, direct grass-roots action and voluntary cooperation. Order here: http://pioneerspress.com/catalog/books/2551/

How Shall I Live My Life?: On Liberating The Earth From Civilization

by Derrick Jensen

A new collection of interviews edited by Derrick Jensen discussing the destruction left in the wake of dominant culture. He talks to ten people who have devoted their lives to countering it. We hear about Carolyn Raffensperger’s radical approach to public health, Thomas Berry’s perceptions of the sacred, from Kathleen Dean Moore that our bodies are made of mountains, rivers, and sunlight, Vine Deloria asserts that our dreams tell us more about the world than science can, and many other activists and philosophers are interviewed; each bravely present a few of the endless forms that resistance can and must take. Order here: http://pioneerspress.com/catalog/books/2695/

Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground

Dam Nation combines environmental victories in the sustainable-use movement with hands-on, participatory options for country and city dwellers. Not just a “how to” but a “why to,” the book begins with the story of dams in the American West—a story in which millions of acres of perfect farmland were flooded in order to irrigate the marginal land that, due to the same natural process that destroyed several ancient Native American civilizations, would turn the area into the Dust Bowl. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Laura Allen, both restoration activists and educators, demand a different approach for American watersheds and taxpayers. Through their own experiments with alternative water systems and thousands of hours of interviews with innovators from around the world, they create a comprehensive plan for re-using household water, constructing miniature wetlands, and improving our communities’ physical and political healths. Order here: http://pioneerspress.com/catalog/books/2758/