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For @moose-on-the-l00se…reader is in the military as requested, enjoy!

“Question,” Tony groaned as he dropped his pack.
“Here we go,” McGee muttered, making Ziva smirk.
“Do all illegal blood banks keep a log coded with Star Wars references?”
Ziva arched a brow. “I thought you enjoyed movies.”
“I do,” he replied quickly, “It’s just…you need variety. Why stick to just one? And why make them so obscure…”
“They’re fans, DiNozzo,” Gibbs stated while strolling into the squad room, “It’s in their DNA.”

Tony chuckled while looking over to McGee. The man just rolled his eyes. Gibbs smirked, but for a different reason. Ziva had just finished packing up for the day, ready to go home. McGee was nearly done as well.

“Good night everyone,” Ziva called out.
“Mind holding the door for me?” Tim asked, zipping up a pocket.
She smiled. “Sure.”

The pair left together as Tony remained seated at his desk. He was staring at his monitor’s picture of him and Y/N, his girlfriend. She had been deployed for the last sixth months. Maybe he’d call her tonight; see how she’s doing. Gibbs looked over at him. He let out a sigh.

“Go home, DiNozzo,” he instructed, “Get some sleep.”
“I…I will, boss,” he replied half-heartedly.
Gibbs stared at him for a moment. “Then go.”

He shot his gaze up to see a smiling boss. He knit his brows in confusion. After a moment, Tony packed up his stuff. He gave a small smile to Gibbs and a half wave.

“Tell Y/N I say hello,” he told Tony.
The man chuckled. “If she answers, I will.”
Gibbs smirked. “She’ll answer.”
Tony eyed the man for a moment. “Thanks boss.”


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for those of you who remember, i said a long time ago i would eventually post this. basically one night on skype with other mod we asked ourselves, if we created a tv show together, what would it be. this is the answer. our show that will never happen

SHEILAH’S WORLD

Sheilah is a socially reclusive lesbian tax-evading spider monster who lives illegally in a two-story log on the property of the local power plant. Her deranged views and stance as a self proclaimed libertarian have made her known and feared in her small Canadian town. Sheilah puts all of her money into her beloved basement stash of gold and funnels what little money she has left into her paint-by-numbers boat art collection. Sheilah is a compulsive hoarder who lives in squalor. Without graduating high school (she does not believe in public schooling) she has no job and only recieves income from her deceased father’s wealth as a spider silk textile owner.

Trying to live off-grid, Sheilah only has one set of neighbours, the nuclear middle-class human Mr and Mrs Biped family with their two perfect children. When she’s not smoking cigars or hiding, Sheilah will spend time with her close friend Janet Paulson, and avian bird monster and travel agent who insists Sheilah leave her log to see the world. The two met accidentally years ago when Janet was driving to a camping ground and hit Sheilah with her car, who was trying to live alone in the forest. The collision left Sheilah without her eighth leg and Janet has stayed close with her since out of pity. Sheilah now keeps the leg at home in a jar and is convinced that upon completing a dubious 6 month online surgeon degree, she can successfully reattach the foot herself (she does not believe in doctors).

Sheilah is a burden to the to her local town and government. She resents all forms of government and control but will gladly take any position of power that may be offered to her. Sheilah also keeps a phonebook sized journal of local conspiracies. The police are constantly called to her house and reptilian mayor Chad Branson has had to block Sheilah’s number from the town office. The mayor has even made it a recent platform for his election campain to evict Sheilah from her log which is on illegal property. Sheilah however remains fearless and has a backup plan that if anything goes wrong, she will build a ship and sail to international waters to protect her gold.

reoccuring jokes include:

  • whenever the human family talks, there is a laugh track
  • the family has a pet named Scout, every episode it is a different animal because they keep accidentally killing it
  • sheilah has affairs with everyone, including the wife, the police officer, and janet
  • the reason Sheilah became a libertarian is because as a child she wanted to become a librarian, but her absent mother accidentally sent her to a libertarian workshop instead. this is why she dresses like a librarian.

clustered for warmth in their wintering site high in the oyamel fir forests of Michoacán, Mexico. During the first two weeks of March the monarchs leave these winter sanctuaries in Mexico and begin their migration back to the Gulf Coast of the United States. They will then search for milkweed which is the only food plant that the monarch caterpillar can eat. These newly returned monarchs will then lay their eggs on the milkweed and die. It is only the third or fourth generation later in the same season, that will return to Mexico. Sadly, the monarch butterfly is in trouble. Monarch populations are declining at an alarming rate. The combination of illegal logging in Mexico, droughts, wildfires and the continuing loss of their crucial milkweed habitat in the United States. The North American monarch population has declined by 90% over the past two decades.

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marislung  asked:

Hello! I was assigned to ask you a question in the ambassador ask event so here we go^^ I hope it's okay for me to bluntly ignore the suggested questions and ask something I would like to know personally:,) Is palm oil and deforestation a big topic in Indonesia? The topic has seemed to resurface a lot around my school and social circle this last year and I've started avoiding buying things containing it. How's the production affecting Indonesia and what do most people think about it?

On Palm Oil and Deforestation in Indonesia

[ source: indonesia-investments ]

@aphaskevent ambassador answers! Thank you for the question :D

Palm oil industry is a growing business and a very profitable one in Indonesia. But only a fifth of the industry is certified sustainable.  As for deforestation, another of its cause is illegal logging. Our government is issuing certificate for legal timber so it would qualify for the EU market, and hopefully reducing demands for illegal timbers.

On its impact to the environment, the most prominent one is the loss of animal habitat. Indonesia has many endemic species and many of them reside in the area heavily affected by deforestation.Tigers frequently roam villages, and orangutans are either caught or wandering far from home. The former attract poachers, and the latter sometimes ended up in black markets. But there are sanctuaries to protect both species, so if locals caught a wayward animal they send it there.

The second impact is to the indigenous people. Many of them was displaced, or their tanah adat (customary land) is taken by companies. Displaced communities often do not get required attention from the government. One such group resorted to abandoning their way of lifeMore about customary land and activism

Third impact is on the environment itself. Here’s a landscape in Papuan palm oil plantation. Another link on palm oil in Papua. On 2015 we had massive toxic haze engulfing Sumatra, parts of Borneo and Papua Islands due wildfires. Burning peatlands release toxic gases into the air, and as a result many people (and animals) suffered respiratory problem. The wind carried the haze to neighboring countries, turning the disaster into an international problem.

[ southeast asia during the haze crisis; wikipedia ]

The fourth impact is social problem among those who live and work near palm oil plantations but it’s already straying a bit far and this post has gotten too long :’D

Most Indonesians agree that this is a big problem, but at the same time we also feel this is outside of our power to change it. We can’t deny that the companies bring jobs for locals yet its impact (for non-sustainable companies) could last for generations. I only know a few people who actively avoiding products using palm oil, as it’s hard to do and the alternative products often too pricey for us orz

I appreciate your interest in my country, and if you have more questions about Indonesia, feel free to ask/pm me!

@hetaliafandomhub

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2015 - Indigenous Tembe people living in Brazil fight to protect their land and the rainforest from illegal logging operations and ranchers, either through the law or by physically removing them from the land and torching their operations if they refuse to leave. [video]

anonymous asked:

Basically can you explain how is asking permission from an artist going to protect them if the artists isn't suppose to be drawing derivative works anyway? And technically, aren't people who scan partial pages from magazines and fan logs doing something illegal by posting them online? If Japan has such strict copyright laws, why is no one coming after these people?

Hello, Anon! Thank you for waiting. It had been a very tough journey trying to look up relevant articles, I feel like I’m back in university writing up a dissertation! Ahaha, ha, ha….

Before I begin, a mandatory disclaimer is that I’m only a /paralegal/, and I’m not based in the US, and not what would be defined as a Lawyer (with a capital L). So what I’ve done is compiled articles and tried to explain it in basic English; my words should NOT be construed as legal advice. Please get someone qualified to do that instead.

With that out of the way, I’ll put the full text under the cut; but here’s the headings summary of the areas I’ll touch on, in the context of Japanese-media fandom:

  1. Basics of law– criminal vs civil law, jurisdiction, and where Japan’s copyright holders fall
  2. Examples of infringement and actions made by copyrights holders
  3. “If that’s the case, why are people still drawing fanart? Or make fanwork? Everything seems to be illegal though????”
  4. The unwritten rule of creating fanworks– and the importance of non-fanworks-creating fans observing the rule
  5. Answers to anon’s question –the slippery slope of the world of copyright infringement of fanworks

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Veterinary staff from San Diego Zoo Global are spearheading a program focused on the health of thick-billed parrots in the wild. The decline of the thick-billed parrot began in the 1900s, when they were heavily hunted by miners, farmers, and others; logging cleared their pine forest habitat; and the illegal capture of the birds for the pet trade increased the natural pressures of disease and predation. Our staff goes into the forest with our partners who are monitoring the nests and we conduct chick health evaluations. Learn more: http://bit.ly/ZNTBparrot

EIA: Leaked EU-Japan Trade Agreement Would Increase Illegal Logging

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESSWIRE)– Draft documents published today set the terms for a new trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Japan (JEFTA) that, in its current form, would likely result in increased illegal logging and timber smuggling, including within Europe’s last remaining virgin forests. The documents, posted to the website trade-leaks.org by Greenpeace, indicate the JEFTA could be the EU’s biggest ever trade deal, covering a trade volume twice as large as the recent EU-Canada deal, known as CETA. An expert report commissioned by the European Commission (EC) warns about JEFTA’s adverse impacts on forests.

“New trade deals bring great risks for lowering environmental standards, unless they contain strict safeguards,” said Alexander von Bismarck, Executive Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). “The JEFTA is extremely weak in this regard, and threatens to derail the global effort against illegal timber trade by placing Japan’s ineffective voluntary measures on par with the mandatory EU Timber Regulation.”

Illegal logging and associated trade is the world’s third largest transnational crime after counterfeiting and drug trafficking, and on par with human trafficking, generating estimated criminal proceeds of up to 157 billion dollars annually.

Japan is the world’s fourth largest importer of wood products, importing millions of cubic meters every year from countries with high rates of illegal logging, including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Russia. While the EU, the United States, and Australia have mandatory laws prohibiting the imports of illegally harvested timber and requiring importers to trace their wood back to the source of harvest, Japan has no comparable law. Japan’s new Clean Wood Act, which took effect in May 2017, comprises only a voluntary registration system for companies and lacks penalties for violations.

In a 2016 report, EIA revealed how Japan’s indiscriminate sourcing practices are already fueling illegal logging within the EU itself. Based on undercover investigations and trade analysis, EIA documented how an Austrian timber company has for over a decade incentivized illegal logging in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, generating hundreds of millions of Euros in profits through exports of lumber, primarily to Japan for housing construction. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recently disassociated from the Austrian company, Holzindustrie Schweighofer, citing “clear and convincing evidence” of illegal timber sourcing. Many of Schweighofer’s largest European buyers, including Hornbach, Leroy Merlin, SPAR and Brico Depot have committed to stop selling Schweighofer products. However, the company’s Japanese buyers continue to prefer Schweighofer’s timber to more expensive Swedish or Finnish lumber.

The EC report notes Japan’s role in undermining Europe’s efforts to establish a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with Malaysia, due to Japan’s extensive sourcing of high-risk timber from Malaysia’s Sarawak province. According to the assessment, “Japan’s failure so far to effectively control its imports of illegal timber has arguably had an inhibiting effect on the negotiations between the EU and Malaysia on a VPA.”

The leaked draft JEFTA lacks any binding obligations for Japan to change its wood sourcing practices, since it contains only vague promises to “encourage” conservation and legal timber trade, to “contribute to illegal logging and related trade” and “exchange information.”

The EC assessment notes with concern that JEFTA would put European companies at a disadvantage vis-à-vis the Japanese counterparts in the global market place. Malaysian companies, which export large amounts of timber to Japan, “see no reason to place potential restrictions on their own trade when their major export market requires no such controls. Any expansion of Japan’s timber imports consequent upon the FTA could serve to exacerbate this situation.”

“The European Commission’s own experts concluded that JEFTA will increase trade in illegally sourced timber, with severe consequences for the world’s forests and for legitimate forest producers in the EU,” said von Bismarck. “Japan’s import laws need to be brought in line with international standards – not the other way around.”

View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170623005558/en/

The Reason Why You Should Not Ride Elephants in Thailand


One of the activities I dreamed about doing is to ride the elephants in Thailand and I am glad I was able to cross this item out off my bucket list. During my first visit in Thailand, the idea of elephant riding sounded like a unique adventure and a fun experience. I find it really amazing to sit on top of an enormous creature while taking a short stroll through the rain forest.

My college friend/travel buddy Rory and I, immediately booked a tour in Khao San Road to go to Kanchanaburi and try elephant riding. At that time, I was convinced that elephants are playful animals and they love carrying just about anything. I did enjoy my encounter with the elephants because I was still unaware of elephant tourism. When it was time for me to try elephant riding for the second time during my Ayutthaya tour in Thailand, I refused and walked away. That, I think, is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my trip to Thailand.

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Rainforest Destruction - Once upon a time, rainforests wrapped around the earths equator like an unbroken green girdle - and that time was not long ago, though now rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate. These very special biological treasure houses contain a huge diversity of plants and animals. They are also home to many different indigenous peoples who have resisted the destructive march of modern civilisation. While many tribes remain, representing unique primitive cultures, others have simply been swept away along with their forest homelands. Quite apart from the catastrophic reduction of rich biological ecosystems containing all sorts of undiscovered pharmaceutical implications, the destruction of rainforests has other major ecological implications. Yet wholesale clearances happened throughout the 20the century and the pace of destruction has continued to speed up in the 21st century, despite widespread awareness of the negative consequences for the future of all life on Earth, including the future of the human race.

The world has an insatiable appetite for timber, and illegal logging with the tacit support of corrupt governments is a major cause of rainforest loss. So, too, is acute need for cash crops in poor countries blessed by huge expanses of rainforest. Coupled with rising demand for food and green fuel, his ensures that crude slash and burn is used to clear forest land where beef cattle can be raised or crops like Palm oil or soya grown. Rainforests are too valuable to lose, for the help regulate climate by absorbing one fifth of the harmful greenhouses gases emitted by human activity, thus slowing the potentially deadly process of flock warming and climate change. However, forest burning that contributes significantly to global warming continues apace, while those capable of preventing this unfolding ecological disaster of epic proportions are often complicit in accelerating rainforest destruction.

anonymous asked:

hello I was wondering if there are any crime-themed fics that are not in your navigation sheet, because i've read all of them. where one of them (or preferably both) is a criminal or something like that? i'm dying to read more fics like this

Oh yeah, new crime-related fics! :)

no pressure, no diamonds

if you just take off your mask

The King and I

All The King’s Men

I See Trees Of Green (I mean… Guerilla gardening is illegal)

The King of Spades (log in)

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Honduran indigenous and environmental organizer Berta Cáceres has been assassinated in her home. She was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras.

In 1993 she co-founded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). For years the group faced a series of threats and repression.

According to Global Witness, Honduras has become the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. Between 2010 and 2014, 101 environmental campaigners were killed in the country.

In 2015 Berta Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s leading environmental award. In awarding the prize, the Goldman Prize committee said, “In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.”

Statement from SOA Watch:

HONDURAS–At approximately 11:45pm last night, the General Coordinator of COPINH, Berta Caceres was assassinated in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca. At least two individuals broke down the door of the house where Berta was staying for the evening in the Residencial La Líbano, shot and killed her. COPINH is urgently responding to this tragic situation.

Berta Cáceres is one of the leading indigenous activists in Honduras. She spent her life fighting in defense of indigenous rights, particularly to land and natural resources.

Cáceres, a Lenca woman, grew up during the violence that swept through Central America in the 1980s. Her mother, a midwife and social activist, took in and cared for refugees from El Salvador, teaching her young children the value of standing up for disenfranchised people.

Cáceres grew up to become a student activist and in 1993, she cofounded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) to address the growing threats posed to Lenca communities by illegal logging, fight for their territorial rights and improve their livelihoods.

Berta Cáceres and COPINH have been accompanying various land struggles throughout western Honduras. In the last few weeks, violence and repression towards Berta Cáceres, COPINH, and the communities they support, had escalated. In Rio Blanco on February 20, 2016, Berta Cáceres, COPINH, and the community of Rio Blanco faced threats and repression as they carried out a peaceful action to protect the River Gualcarque against the construction of a hydroelectric dam by the internationally-financed Honduran company DESA. As a result of COPINH’s work supporting the Rio Blanco struggle, Berta Cáceres had received countless threats against her life and was granted precautionary measures by the InterAmerican Commission for Human Rights. On February 25, 2016, another Lenca community supported by COPINH in Guise, Intibuca was violently evicted and destroyed.

Since the 2009 military coup, that was carried out by graduates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas, Honduras has witnessed an explosive growth in environmentally destructive megaprojects that would displace indigenous communities. Almost 30 percent of the country’s land was earmarked for mining concessions, creating a demand for cheap energy to power future mining operations. To meet this need, the government approved hundreds of dam projects around the country, privatizing rivers, land, and uprooting communities. Repression of social movements and targeted assassinations are rampant. Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate. Honduran human rights organizations report there have been over 10,000 human rights violations by state security forces and impunity is the norm–most murders go unpunished. The Associated Press has repeatedly exposed ties between the Honduran police and death squads, while U.S. military training and aid for the Honduran security forces continues.

Isolated native people likely to be fleeing attacks in Peru have turned up in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest where they made contact with the outside world, according to a video released by the country’s indigenous authority.

Brazilian experts have said the tribespeople probably crossed the border as they had come under pressure from illegal logging and drug trafficking at home.

The tribe, part of the Pano linguistic group, made contact with the Ashaninka native people of northern Brazil in late June.

The Brazilian Amazon has the largest number of uncontacted tribes in the world at 77, Funai estimates.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/amazon-tribe-makes-first-contact-with-outside-world

Defending the Amazon

The Guardians are one of two indigenous groups on the eastern fringe of the Amazon that have taken radical action to reduce illegal logging. They have tied up loggers, torched their trucks and tractors, and kicked them off the reserves.

As a result, such logging has sharply declined in these territories. But the indigenous groups have faced reprisal attacks and death threats for their actions, raising fears of more violence in an area known for its lawlessness.

DEFEND THE LAND.

Monarch Populations on the Mend?

After years of declining populations, there is evidence that North American monarch butterfly populations may be growing. The annual survey of their wintering grounds in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico shows that the area they are occupying has grown from 1.13 hectares (2.8 acres) in 2014 to about 4 hectares (10 acres) in 2015. This increase is even more important since they were at a record low in 2013, covering only 0.67 hectares (1.66 acres). While this is an improvement, 20 years ago they would cover 18 hectares (44 acres). Monarchs clump together so densely on trees that they are counted by the area they cover rather than by counting individuals.

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