The Wild— Is There Still Such A Thing?

As The Borg say–> “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.”

I’ve given up resisting the faux serious slant this post on The Wild demands to take.

Deal with it.

Or not. No one is stopping you from cybersurfing to greener Wild blogland pastures.

Git along little bloggers. ūüôā

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Some inanity offering deadly serious insights into modern contemporary humankind:

Dude vs. Wild – The Arctic

nigahiga

Still think there’s hope for domesticated humanity?

Yeah, hey I’ve got an oil rig you can buy cheap. Yep, you too can pump your own gasoline.

S&H Green Stamps anyone?

You heard the background music, right?

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The Wild reality which is steadily vanishing due to exploding human bomb explosions in all directions and humankind’s absolute disregard for all other living things:

Wild ~ National Geographic Living Music Action

Oh yeah, humans need fur coats to keep warm in winter. And some beaver hats and polar bear gloves too, please.

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Metaphorical musical creativity regarding things out of their cages:

LP ~ Into The Wild

LP

“Who let the birds out?”

“As in the ladies?”

“No, the bird, literally.”

“Oh bummer. I guess this isn’t an escort parody advert featuring Thelma and Louise. Damn.”

“Nope. Sorry. No wolf whistling allowed today.”

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Hmm, no obese wolves fattened on prime Angus cattle or milk-fed lamb-burgers.  Just, well, inflated zebras and friends playing dodge ball.

ROLLIN’ Wild

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Overview

“Give it a try. Come on, don’t be shy.”

“Don’t wanna. No way.”

“Ah come on, that’s what that fast food tummy is for–rolly poly games. Get ready for the next reality show.”

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“What’s with these dudes?”

Steppenwolf ~ Born to be Wild

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“Someone needs a barber.”

“Where did those leather pants come from? Is that your brother’s skin on the singer’s ass?”

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I’m not so sure how this got here. ¬†True confession time: the snakes enticed me all the way. Intense music though, right? Makes you wonder about what people will do for television ratings. Or should that be, what they won’t do?

Born to be Wild

Published on Jan 22, 2014

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Born to be Wild is a travel and wildlife show of GMA Network aired every Wednesday nights and hosted by Kiko Rustia and Nielsen Donato, formerly hosted by Ferdinand Recio and Romi Garduce. On August 4, 2010, the show began to shot in high definition format, although it still being aired in standard definition. The travel and wildlife program named after the Warner Bros. family comedy film of the same name.
Overview
“Born to be Wild” is the Philippine’s very first nature documentary show on Philippine television. It features stories about wildlife and the environment and its hosts’ weekly expeditions to the country’s wildest frontiers. Hosts¬†¬†¬†¬† Dr. Nielsen Donato¬†¬†¬†¬† Dr. Ferdz Recio
Former hosts     Romi Garduce     Kiko Rustia     Mariz Umali
Awards and recognition New York Festivals¬†¬†¬†¬† Finalist Certificate (Nature & Wildlife Category), Born to be Wild’s (The Born Expeditions Finale episode
1st ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity     1st ASEAN Biodiversity Champion, Media Category
Climate Change Commission     Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism Awardee
Gandingan: UPLB Isko’t Iska’s Broadcast Choice Awards¬†¬†¬†¬† 2014 Best Environment-Oriented Program
Born to be Wild     FULL Episode 01 22   14 GMA 7 Kapuso Born to be Wild     FULL Episode 22 JANUARY  2014 GMA 7 Kapuso Born to be Wild     FULL Episode 01-22-2014 GMA 7 Kapuso Born to be Wild     FULL Episode 01-22-14 GMA 7 Kapus

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We are the Borg ¬†Question–Are The Borg the ultimate in “wild” or the ultimate in “un-wild”–the conforming, domesticated creatures who have forgotten their true natures and individuality which makes them unique?

Khor

Comments? Questions? Funny stories?

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“I Don’t Speak Human” by OMNIA–shared, sharing, share.

I had no intentions of posting today until I came across,¬†“I Don’t Speak Human” by¬†OMNIA.¬† It¬†presents in song a number¬†of things I’ve¬†written about¬†here¬†over time.¬†As ‘we’ are in agreement, I’m sharing.¬†The text below¬†is from the posting on YouTube.¬†If you are in agreement, then share at will.

music and lyrics: SteveSic and Jenny Evans van der Harten
camera and editing: Erwin van DijckFor more info visit us at: http://www.worldofomnia.comor connect via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/worldofomnia“If the EARTH and the ANIMALS could talk to the HUMAN MONKEYS, this is what they would have to say…”This video production is 100% non-commercial, 100% non-profit… it was created as a Musick/Artistic and Environmental statement.We’re not trying to SELL you something, we’re just trying to TELL you something…Written, performed, directed and produced by OMNIA: the independent band of earth-warriors who created the “PaganFolk” genre: pure acoustic musick that gives a voice to Nature! Filmed on location in the forest where writer/performers SteveSic and Jenny live. Listen to it, enjoy it and SHARE this musical message from Mother Earth and her children with as many human-monkeys as possible!
all music & publishing rights ©PaganScum Records 2013

 

 

Dewey-Burdock Uranium Mining in the Black Hills — Just Say No! ~ Community Meeting: 10 January 2013, Hot Springs, South Dakota, American Legion, 6:30 pm.

photo @ Karla LaRive 2012

The letter following my comments ¬†is from the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary¬†pages on Facebook.¬† Please help spread the news.¬† I think they could use some major¬†support. They’re fighting uranium mining. This post is my tiny effort to raise awareness. Thanks to Earth Tribe for its support.

Powertech Exposed –and the difficulty of commenting via a malfunctioning website: http://www.powertechexposed.com/¬† The uranium mining industry is not playing “fair”–because they know their mining is not wanted in the Black Hills -or anywhere else where the population is informed about the dangers of uranium mining and the environmental dangers it produces.¬† Clearly some people learned nothing from the Fukushima disaster.

Please consider the dangers and consequences of the Dewey-Burdock project – From the desk of IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt

by Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:05pm ·

From the desk of IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt

January 1, 2013

 

Please, I would ask all of you to read and understand what is going on in the arena of the Uranium Mining.

 

 

This proposed project affects all of us.  Please support our efforts by joining us and the community on Thursday Night, January 10, 2013 at the American Legion in Hot Springs, So Dakota for a Community Meeting at 6:30 pm. 

 

– SW

 

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REPOST – December 30, 2012

 

Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements and Directives Branch

Division of Administrative Services

Office of Administration, Mailstop TWB-05-B01M

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, D.C.  20555-0001

 

Docket NRC-2012-0277, the proposed Dewey-Burdock project, comments on the SEIS

 

Dear Ms. Bladey,

 

Twenty five years ago I founded the Institute of Range and American Mustang (IRAM) a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. IRAM’s Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is home to more than 600 wild horses on 13,000 acres of private range in South Dakota.

 

On this location one can find; 60 million year old remains from the Pleistocene era of plants and animals, Ancient Petroglyphs that date back hundreds of years, Native American Ceremonial Sites, Historic Pioneer homesteads, and hundreds of native species of plants and animals. IRAM is supported by the thousands of visitors that come to South Dakota each year to see the natural history of the local area. Besides a Wild Horse Sanctuary the historic significance of this region brings people and scientists from all over the world.

 

For hundreds of years, the Cheyenne River that runs through the Sanctuary was the first source of water for the wildlife that lived on the grassy prairies. Ancient man and the dinosaurs of the past traveled this waterway. Native Americans hunted the buffalo and then held their sacred ceremonies on this land.

 

Along with IRAM’s Board of Directors, I am greatly concerned over the proposed Powertech Dewey-Burdock project that is located within twenty miles of the Sanctuary. We feel that the SEIS was issued before all the relevant information was available.

 

The Cultural and Historic impact that will result from this proposed project have not been considered properly. The relevant information is still not available.  The SEIS should not have been issued until a thorough study of the cultural and historical sites on the proposed project area was completed.

 

The SEIS “dilutes” impacts by saying that the impacts are “small” because only part of the project area is involved.¬† The impacts are large to the affected areas, and that is what should be considered. The Cheyenne River and its water shed are within a few miles from the proposed mining area. Our house wells and livestock wells all share the same aquifer that is to be used to inject the waste water from the project.

 

The SEIS only includes the impacts of a 100-year flood, and some facilities are allowed within the 100-year flood boundaries.  A 500-year flood should be considered.  No facilities should be allowed within the 100-year flood boundaries.  Vigorous, overland and stream flooding is common in the Black Hills.

 

The SEIS says that impacts are “small” in a number of instances because Powertech Uranium has said it will do certain things if problems develop.¬† The SEIS should not consider only the “best case” impacts, but should consider impacts if the problems found at other ISL projects develop.¬† The public and the environment should be protected from worst case impacts.

 

Besides over 600 wild horses, IRAM also has a herd of Red Angus Cattle and over 100 domestic horses, chickens, turkeys, and peacocks. We are greatly concerned over the potential exposure to radiation for all of these animals.

 

The SEIS lists a number of things that Powertech should do before it starts its operation, such as air dispersion modeling, livestock radiation sampling, pump testing, creating well field operational plans, and setting up emergency procedures for truck accidents.  These activities should be completed before a SEIS is issued, so that the public can have full information on which to base its comments, and so that the NRC can have full information on which to base its ratings of various impacts.

 

Due to the high desert environment, this area is very susceptible to lightning strikes and wild fires. This summer alone there were months of fires in the local area of the proposed mining.

 

The environmental impacts of wildfires, which are common in the immediate area of the proposed project, should be considered, including potential impacts if a fire strikes mining, pipelines, overhead power lines, and processing buildings.

 

The SEIS does not acknowledge environmental justice, cultural, and historical concerns that include Lakota treaty rights to the proposed project area and the fact that a number of Native American tribes consider the Black Hills to be sacred.

 

Bald eagles, sage-grouse, whooping cranes, and black-footed ferrets are all threatened or endangered wildlife species that could be negatively impacted by the proposed project.  Wildlife is simply expected to disperse and go elsewhere.  This creates undue hardship on sensitive species.

 

All ponds, including radium settling ponds, and areas where wastewater is applied to the land are threats to wildlife, particularly birds.

 

Public hearings should be held after full information is available on the proposed project.¬† Hearings held elsewhere during the writing of the NRC’s Generic Environmental Impact Statement are not adequate to this specific project.

 

Because the state no longer has regulatory authority over ISL mining, the federal government’s plans for monitoring the project should be clearly explained in detail, so that the public can determine whether monitoring will be adequate.

 

All data provided by Powertech Uranium should be independently verified.¬† It is not in the public interest to have the proposed project’s benefits and problems judged based almost entirely on data provided by the company seeking a permit.

 

The applicant has never mined uranium.¬† They do not have anything close to the resources necessary to create a mine.¬† The inexperience of the company and its lack of funding are important variables in the company’s ability to manage the environmental aspects of the proposed project and should be discussed in the SEIS.

 

The SEIS indicates that 30% of the water treated through the reverse osmosis process will become waste.  The impacts of the removal of this water from local aquifers should be discussed much more clearly.

 

All of the above facts about the Dewey Burdock project and the SEIS clearly affect the Institute of Range and American Mustang Programs and Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. The Uranium Mining would endanger the wildlife, the mustangs, the water supplies, the land and all the people that are on the land.

 

This matter of allowing Uranium Mining and using the water from an already delicate ecosystem must be considered and analyzed from all dangers and risks. Science tells us what a situation is but it is up to the humans involved to make the decisions. Once this area is exposed the Uranium Mining there is no turning back the clock to undo the mistakes.

 

Our policy at IRAM is that man is the caregiver of the Earth and all of its beings and no one has the right to contaminate or pollute the environment. There are no second chances at life if the water, land, wildlife, people and history of an area are destroyed by Corporate Greed.

 

There is something very great at stake here in the Black Hills of South Dakota and we ask you please to consider the dangers and consequences of the Dewey-Burdock project of what it can and might to do to the very water we drink and the land we live on.

Sometimes in life the risk is just not worth taking. Please help us keep our land and water safe.

 

Sincerely,

Dayton O. Hyde

IRAM President / Founder

January 1 2013

 

 

 

Grow! Don’t “Mow”! New Green Industry = Grow Forests

Seriously–forget cap-and-trade. Forget all the nonsense about expanding until all the Earth is covered in concrete. We all know concrete cracks. Nor does concrete produce Oxygen.¬†Consider the increasing need for clean air. Think about the recent Urban Air Bamboo Billboards project. Now–imagine trees everywhere. Not just any trees planted helter¬†skelter, but trees native to each landscape flourishing, thriving, expanding so that they produce oxygen–which ALL Homo sapiens require for life 24/7 year round–yep, even corporate oil executives need oxygen no matter how much they may deny it. ¬†Hmm, with those trees will come other plants –and animals, insects, birds–all sorts of wonderful living things! Of course humans will have to learn a great deal about all their non-human living relations in order to adjust to sharing the Earth’s space in a positive non-destructive manner. There’s really¬†no reason to fear those curious little skinks exploring the undergrowth.¬† We’re all much larger than any of them.¬† What is keeping us from growing more trees? Why don’t we pay the countries with rainforests to keep their forests intact and expanding? Let’s not just maintain the rainforests, let’s encourage¬†their expansion. More Redwoods anyone? Hmm? Why not? How about oaks, cottonwoods, birch, aspen, pines? Think of all the jobs that would be created in order to educate humans about how the return of forests would benefit them –and owls, beavers, fish,¬†elk, wolves. What new things could be learned and discovered about the medicinal properties of wildflowers, grasses, trees? Many biologists, chemists, surveyors, teachers would be required to deal with all the information starting with collection to distribution.¬† Imagine a world in which humans live amidst nature instead of outside, disconnected, and alienated from the web of life.¬† New urban designs for cities with more than city parks–but cities as “parks’–as greenways. How about some consideration for animals that need to migrate? Hmm? I’m sure some clever imaginative folks can devise all sorts of tunnels and bridges and other pathways for our animal relations to travel safely.

Imagine Earth alive and thriving with forests, prairies, cacti galore.  Imagine thousands of people planting trees, repairing removed mountaintops, clearing out the plastic in the oceans. Cleaning crews could be busy for decades.  Imagine a healthy planet.

The map posted at Greenpeace International is from 2006 so I suspect there is much LESS forest today than it depicts. But this offers a starting point.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/solutions/our-disappearing-forests/intact-forest-landscapes/

Isn’t it time to put an end to this:

And get some traction going perhaps this way:

Btw, goats will eat any plant that is not toxic to them.

I’m not entirely “pleased” with this post. Please¬†share your¬†suggestions, input, ideas, questions, brainstorms¬†for improving it.

 

May these “holy days” be gifted with healing.

Namaste to all living be-ings everywhere.

Medicine Buddha

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Lice, Tigers, Worms and Microbes! O My! Rob Dunn’s utterly delightful tome, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, reveals some strange and wonderful interconnections that you can’t wash away no matter how many soapy showers you employ.

 

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“Utterly delightful” — yes, I mean that with all sincerity. Admittedly the delight will depend on your sense of humor. If we’re on the same laugh track then all will be in tune. If not, then, ah well, you might not laugh but you still will learn from this highly accessible science writing. Unless you’re in the ranks or trenches –or the trees–with the likes of Rob Dunn, then I assure you there are things to learn in his The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today.¬† Okay none of that “oooo¬†yucky parasites” business. Time to put the fear of all the unseen creepy crawlers aside and learn about the garden of our bodies and who’s living in it. This is not an exhaustive inventory of all the strange critters lurking in human stomachs and intestines. That’s not what Dunn is about in this book about very important interconnectedness of all living things. Yes, that’s what this book does–it explores our forgotten interconnections with other living creatures and the natural world at large. Sufferers of Crohn’s¬†disease should read with care–in other words, be careful with whatever ideas you get about worms from Dunn’s book.¬† If you’re into sustainable living and green cities then read Dunn’s text provides a serious foundation for the argument of urban farming on multiple levels. If you’re a “doctor” then it’s time to find out what’s been going with¬†the work of the research¬†scientists Dunn, a scientist with a penchant for ants, connects with all the glee of someone who has a vision of the bigger picture of life from the ant world on up.¬† If you’re ill–or healthy–here are some serious ideas to consider as to why.

Got skin care on your mind? Rethinking your hair–everywhere?¬†Consider what fur is for.¬†¬†Remember that supposedly useless appendix? Turns out it’s not so useless at all. Who says “milk does a body good”? I think it’s all the folks who mass produce that white stuff that is passed off as milk. It’s not. It’s something else entirely in my opinion. Is The Jungle Book one of your favorite stories? If so, I think you’ll enjoy The Wild Life of Our Bodies even more. Yes, it does have a tiger story in it–a real one about man/woman eating tigers. Ever wonder about the connection between our sight and our biology? Why do we behave as we do? Some tantalizing ideas are planted in Dunn’s mind garden–and they’re well worth watering.

Are you simply looking for some¬†very good science writing with¬†comic relief?¬†Apparently Rob Dunn has a sense of humor¬†and is not afraid of sharing it in his writing.¬†¬†This is a very cool thing because¬†it makes Dunn’s writing so very engaging rather than¬†stiflingly¬†pedantic.¬†This is truly an accessible¬†book about very serious science. Do not be afraid of it! Dunn is not out to clobber readers with¬†a massive ego. He’s¬†trying to sow some¬†seriously potential seeds for¬†hope for our future survival as a species.¬†Part VII of his book, “The Future of Human Nature”¬†focuses on “The Reluctant Revolutionary of Hope”¬† — Dickson Despommier. If you read no other part of this book except the last 26 pages–well then let it be these 26 pages.

If you care to read more than twenty-six pages other delicious tidbits await to tantalize your tongue (oh yes, you will learn a few things about tongues and taste buds¬†too):¬† the story of Tim White’s discovery of Ardi; Debra Wade’s struggle to deal with Crohn’s; why the¬†“bubble boy” died; Reynier’s¬†long, long-term¬†research in Paris to create a germ free world; an appendectomy performed in a submarine –complete with spoons and fingernail clippers; why we’ve done the weird thing of breeding beautiful roses without scent (a choice which baffles me to no end); a great deal about human fear of snakes–and quite a variety of other things–including the ways of leaf cutter ants.

If I were writing reviews for employment, and therefore funds, I’d give Rob Dunn’s The Wild Life of Our Bodies a full five-star¬†rating (as in five out of five possible stars). I don’t currently write for monetary rewards. So there’s no¬†cash¬†incentive for me to praise Dunn’s personable writing, vision, and thinking. But praise I do.¬† Having read enough deadly dry scientific texts in another life I can appreciate what Rob Dunn offers–science ideas presented in¬†a manner that entices one to explore further rather to retreat after being bludgeoned by a massive ego swimming in incomprehensible¬†jargon.¬†¬†Go forth and discover¬†The Wild Life of Our¬†Bodies–read, learn, and share widely. Please!¬†How our future as a species unfolds¬†may well depend on¬†such¬†seeds.

“The secret that runs throughout this book, the one I hope to have shown more than I have discussed, is that our bodies and our lives only make sense in the context of other species. Only by looking at other lives do we really understand our own.” Rob Dunn

 

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