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The Congo park ranger putting his life on the line for wildlife

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[An inspiring, courageous man. People can choose to do the right thing. *RON*]

Veronique Mistiaen, Positive News, 3 May 2017

Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo risked death when he went undercover to gather information about bribery and corruption in the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Having won a prestigious environmental prize, he has now set his sights on another challenge

When the new park director first set foot in Upemba National Park – the Democratic Republic of Congo’s third largest national park – in October 2015, all he could find was a rusty bicycle and a handful of AK-47 bullets. Some park rangers were busy poaching what little wildlife was left, while some of their supervisors were getting rich allowing the illegal mining of coltan and tinstone under the protection of the Mai Mai Bakata Katanga – the local militia group infamous for mass rape, murder and the recruitment of child soldiers.

Elephants, which were emblem…

Myanmar coal plant growth could kill 280,000

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[Makes the owners of this murderous coal plant in Bangladesh look like pikers: Bangladesh coal plant could cause 6,000 early deaths. *RON*]
AFP, The Nation, 5 May 2017


YANGON - Myanmar’s plans to grow the country’s desperately needed but polluting coal-fired power plants could kill more than a quarter of a million people in the coming decades, environmentalists said Thursday. The country’s air is among the dirtiest in the world and pollution is only expected to worsen as the economy opens up after decades of isolation under the former junta.

A new study by Harvard University and Greenpeace warned that the government’s plans to expand its current network of two coal-fired plants to 10 could have a major human toll.

Six of its cities already have higher counts of dangerous microscopic particles known as PM10 than China’s famously smog-filled capital Beijing, according to 2016 data from the World Health Organization.

“These plans do not take into accou…

An arms race in hypersonic missiles: burning billions to accomplish nothing

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[Triumph of the military junta. The only place in government where no one has heard of austerity. Burning badly needed social resources to help speed the destruction of the human race. *RON*]
Editor of the Fabius Maximus website, 4 May 2017

Summary: Along with a new Cold War we get a new arms race. Hypersonic weapons are one of the expensive new military toys the major nations will spend tens of billions to build, after which neither they nor the world will be safer. It is a cycle of madness. Americans, of the exceptional nation, see ourselves as world leaders. Here is an opportunity to show leadership, helping the world to divert these funds into more productive uses.
It’s time for Americans to again wet their pants in fear — and send more money to the Pentagon!

TASS: “Russia’s hypersonic Zircon missile to go into serial production in 2018 — source“, 19 April 2016. Excerpt…

“State tests of Zircon are scheduled for completion in 2017 in accordance …

You'll Die in a Nuclear War, but These Elites Will Be Saved

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[ *RON*]
Joseph Bien-Kahn, Vice.com, 3 May 2017
A national security expert's new book reveals the handful of VIPs and artifacts America would protect in the event of a major catastrophe.

There are details in Raven Rock: The Story of the US Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself—While the Rest of Us Die that read like they've been ripped from the pages of a pulp spy novel. The book, written by national security expert Garrett M. Graff, takes us inside the bunkers cut into granite mountainsides and dug under an elite country club. He brings us deep beneath the White House on 9/11 and into the cockpit of an airplane that doesn't officially exist. As you make your way through Raven Rock, it's easy to forget that all this elaborate high-tech doomsday infrastructure is actually real.

But Graff's half-century chronicle of the government's nuclear planning is far from an escapist spy thriller—he spends as much time on the mun…

Spies in our midst: RCMP and CSIS snoop on green activists

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[So much for any change from the Harper regime. Evidence suggests the federal government has, in effect, become the security arm of the energy industry. *RON*]
Bruce Livesey, National Observer, 5 May 2017
This is the first installment in a two-part investigative series on governments, spies, and the oil and gas industry

“Mr. Tremblay, do you remember me?”

Ron Tremblay was just walking out of the Lord Beaverbrook hotel when a young woman in a dark-blue pantsuit approached him. The Lord Beaverbrook is a beige, unremarkable edifice that sits in downtown Fredericton, kitty-corner to the New Brunswick legislature. On this summer morning last August, a panel of Canada’s federal energy regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), was holding hearings at the hotel about the proposed Energy East pipeline – which is designed to carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to New Brunswick’s port city of Saint John.

As the Grand Chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council …