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An Editorial: America and America’s Wild Horses Lost to Ignorance

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“Patriotism is not spawned out of ignorance, hatred, greed, contempt, or spite. A true patriot feels from their very heart and soul that a better America can be achieved by their actions, a more humane America, which advances our society; of which, can be obtained through honesty, bravery, and standing up to those who would tear our country apart.” – John Cox, American & Veteran

Allow me to be clear from the start, just as there is no such thing as “acceptable animal abuse” there is no such thing as “acceptable ignorance” within America today, and yet . . . The media, the general public, as well as many politician’s have indeed trespassed upon ignorance as if it is a joke.

The sad part of this equation is all a person has got to do is look around and see for themselves the harm that ignorance creates – hate and harm toward other people, the outright greed and abuse of animals and people for profit, the contemptible methods used today for corporate profits, and the list goes on and on. It has come to a point where youngsters feel they have to hate, or to promote their parents hatred, in order to be acceptable among their peers. Not so ironic, the same situation exists within the adult social outlets as well.

Ignorance has indeed become a serious reality, and what happens when people become passive about it over time – ignorance also becomes an excuse for corrupt behavior, most often under the shallow disguise brought about by the misinformed . . .

Misinformation, spawned from such regretful situations, develops ignorance as a priority; when compared to the opposite, or when it is honesty that leads to a proper resolution. It develops when we assume we are in control, yet another preponderance of ignorance – or false belief — but isn’t that part of ignorance?

Then we see the result, in reality the violation, of multiple consequences stemmed from ignorance. Only then do we realize no one is in control. This is harmful, as we simply shrug it off passively, and assume there is nothing we can do. We then go about our business and say nothing more. Over the years it builds, then builds more, and finally, well, we end up exactly where America is today – in the Passive Quagmire of Ignorance!

In the meantime America spirals downward with ignorance at its helm. How odd how it all works, but it indeed works and definitely unfavorable toward America and our society. Humanity has been set aside. Humanity, and the humane treatment toward other life on this planet, is on the verge of going away, just as our Western Heritage, Our Pride in being Honest, and just as taking an exquisite Pride in being an American –

But never fear, there is 1% that benefit quite favorably from ignorance. They create dissension, confusion, and misinformation – as they wave an American Flag and boast – telling all how Patriotic they are . . .while from one end of the spectrum shelling out money to those who will listen, by the box-car loads, and at the other end of the spectrum making huge ten-fold profits from the misinformation and the misinformed!

Ignorance is not just in the mindset of the poor, but of the middle-class, and the rich as well. One can classify the situation as epidemic in proportion, and yet, just as the population explosion become tremendously noticeable by the 1990′s, ignorance in America becomes extremely noticeable.

. . . But let’s go beyond the concept and enter into the land of ignorance.

Ignorance within this capacity is neither nothing more nor nothing less than greed compounded by falsified excuse. Keep in mind this is only accomplished by the acceptance of misinformation, a confusion generated by misinformation, and often followed by a lack of ethics. . . or more pathetic, a passive lack of ethics even though one knows better to do better!

Leadership plays a key-role in wiping out ignorance. America, for example, several years ago promoted reading and education as a positive and life-enhancing experience. Apparently, that was unprofitable and we in America see the promotion of education less and less, if at all –

Sadly, ignorance has taken the place of promoting ways to become smart. Hate and animosity spewed from America’s leaders and within positions of responsibility, create hate to the not-so-smart followers, spew dissension and not open-debate, and seemingly make it appear as open-debate unfavorable and lacks ingenuity or prestige.

The fact, media and press alike, spew their information as if their lofty opinions correct, and everybody else is wrong, i.e. the general public is always wrong as far as they are concerned and must be led – and beyond the supposed ethics of media and press, they will create dissension and animosity among their audience, thank you – but led where, one must ask. The media is a land of negativity and complete mind altering vacuum, of a MIND-space left to be ignored, rather than admired and provoked (used rather than promoted) as a necessity. It is nothing but sales of their sponsored products – the more dissension (shock) created the more sales to their demographic — simple but true, and paid for by the 1%!

My point here is that the Open Debate Platform to resolve issues in America, American issues, has been taken away for the general public. Similar to America’s Western Heritage, it is gone. There are those of us that fight for it, and will do so in the future – It is what America needs currently. An educated and well informed public leads to a Stronger America!

An Open Debate Platform allows American’s to hear and see the truth – this is what destroys ignorance – it is what destroys misinformation, and it is needed now.

Standup America, Your Time to Be a Patriot is RIGHT NOW!

 
 

America’s Wild Horses and the Reasoning of Law (Editorial)

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“Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.” – Mark Twain

“Chaos develops when a natural progression of things is not accomplished. Laws are developed in order to create the boundaries, essentially for chaos not to develop. Humanity is advanced when these Laws become appropriately “just enough” which then create a firm base for those abiding by the Laws to advance. Those who do not, do not advance but constantly have problems, both in life and within nature.

Human-kind need these laws, in order to provide ethics and humane treatment of not only other humans, but animals and our natural surroundings as well, thereby the term Law and Order; so it follows that the very elements of “choice” as well being a natural occurrence may become questionable at best; thereby, it is the Law that gives us the appropriate information, or common sense, to make appropriate choices.

If we, indeed, suppose these laws no longer exist, that provide boundaries and ethics, then we are in serious trouble on this planet. We are currently confronted with not only “Bad Decision Making” ethically (politician’s as well as the Bundy situation, whereas, law is simply thrown away), but we are also extravagantly being led down the road of deceptions, lies, and lack of common sense (BLM and the Bundy situation both deceptively unethical and lawless equates to both sides ethically deprived).

So as observers we can sit in front row seats and watch the travesty that develops when there is nothing but deception, from both sides, and nothing but chaos from both sides (common sense takes over and we see the unorthodox = stupid is what stupid does) – which overwhelmingly proves the paradigm of the above – “Chaos develops when a natural progression of things is not accomplished.”

We as Horse Advocates fight this same style of Chaos daily, remarkable that some days we win a little, but some days we do not. Yes, America’s Wild Horse Herds are losing today because of this same type of chaos, and until we “all” understand it and know how to work within chaos to achieve our goals, the situation simply will not change, it will simply become worse.” – John Cox, Horse Advocate and Environmentalist

 
 

Science and Wild Horse Herd Counts and BLM Are Not Friends – Never Have Been

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“When action is divorced from consequences, no one is happy with the ultimate outcome. If individuals can take from a common pot regardless of how much they put in it, each person has an incentive to be a free rider, to do as little as possible and take as much as possible because what one fails to take will be taken by someone else. Soon, the pot is empty and will not be refilled — a bad situation even for the earlier takers.”

When we, as research people, start perusing aspects of the Wild Horse Herd counts on Public Lands, and how these same horse herds interact with their environment, we discover rather quickly, two significant situations:

1. The Bureau of Land Management is stuck in a conundrum of lies — the problem being — that this government agency can no longer, or for quite sometime now, tell the truth — as the truth would indeed not set them free, but rather would place into question their last 40 years of lies, committing fraud for large budgets using taxpayer money, and the use of false information to base premier and costly decisions upon, especially when it has got to do with the Wild Horse and Burro Program;

2. The BLM or the DOI will admit that the Wild Horses are indeed native to North America, and if so declared will give them Endangered Species Status immediately, as well as protect them from our own government, to include the DOI and BLM –

FACT: The BLM, Welfare Rancher’s, and the WH&B Program Create Problems

It is not a hidden situation, the ongoing destruction of America’s Public Lands by the Bureau of Land Management, Welfare Rancher’s, and corporations. Their attempts at resolution toward problems very amateurish at best – and obtaining wayward amateur results at best, while our Public Lands and America’s Wildlife is being destroyed. The result below, of obscure decisions based on false information exemplified below:

Mary Ann Simonds, horse herd researcher and observer states, “Conducting interviews with ranchers in Wyoming and discussing wild horse management, led me to produce recommendations to the BLM for the management of wild horses. The local ranchers had been managing the herds for the most part in Wyoming with minimal impact on the culture and behavior of the various herds.  Young bachelor stallions were culled when they came down to the ranches trying to recruit mares. Hence, the herd dynamics allowed for a stable population with long term pair bonding between alpha males and females.”

“Reproductive rates in 1975 in the herds studies were estimated between 4-5 percent. By 1979-80 these same herds, after BLM gate cuts were implemented were estimated at 10 -12 percent. This increase in reproductive rates most likely was due to the fact that stable pairs of alpha females and males had been removed leaving many mares open for recruitment from bachelor stallions previously not allowed into the herd.”

From my previous observations I can concur with her information she has published on her Internet site. More interesting, and concur with her once again, is the facts she states about Grazing and Feed on Public Lands, etc.

Horse Diets – “Between 1973 – 1976, I conducted range and wildlife research on wild horses in Wyoming while receiving my undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Range Management studying wild equids at the University of Wyoming. My range research on diets of wild horses was used in the original National Academy of Sciences report to Congress and the BLM. However, it was not used accurately as the report stated a “significant overlap” of wild horse diets with cattle diets, when in fact the researched showed out of 14 habitats, only 5 had overlapping species eaten by both horses and cattle,” states Mary Ann Simonds

SCIENCE

The oxymoron combination of Science combined with the Bureau of Land Management is sad but true – BLM has no Range Land Science qualified to make Public Lands decision within an appropriate manner.

“Lack of scientific management of wild horses as an endemic species and the continual efforts to convince the public that horses need to be removed from their native range, has lead to widespread controversy for over 40 years. Blamed for range degradation and over population, wild horses have been the brunt of human manipulation. Had the population of horses been managed according to good behavioral models for wildlife management back in 1972, North America would still have functional, sustainable, and culturally diverse herds of wild horses,” (i.e. National Research Council. Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2013).

Another list, yes, of inappropriate behavior by the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of the Interior – and both agencies simply ignored these scientists and their outcome, at a cost to taxpayers in excess of a $Million Dollars – Yip, we got tagged with the cost of yet another BLM catastrophy, fellow American’s!

1. Management of free-ranging horses and burros is not based on rigorous population-monitoring procedures. At the time of the committee’s review, most Herd Management Areas did not use inventory methods or statistical tools common to modern wildlife management. Survey methods used to count animals were often inconsistent and poorly documented and did not quantify the uncertainty attached to counts;

2. On the basis of information provided to the committee, the statistics on the national population size cannot be considered scientifically rigorous. The links between BLM’s estimates of the national population size and its actual population surveys – the data that underlie these estimates – are obscure. The procedures used to develop population estimates for the Herd Management Areas from counts of animals are not standardized and frequently not documented. It seems that the national statistics are the product of hundreds of subjective, probably independent judgments and assumptions by range personnel about the proportion of animals counted during surveys, population growth rates, and other factors. As a result BLM’s reported annual population statistics, which are based on the assumption that all animals are detected and counted, probably underestimate the actual number of animals on the range;

3. Management practices are facilitating high rates of population growth. Free-ranging horse populations are growing at high rates because BLM’s removals hold populations below levels affected by food limits. If population density were to increase to the point that there was not enough forage available, it could result in fewer pregnancies and births and lower young-to-female ratios and survival rates. Decreased competition for forage through removals may instead allow population growth, which then drives the need to remove more animals;

4. It is unclear whether or how the results of the WinEquus model are used in management decisions, and the input parameters are not transparent. BLM currently includes the results of WinEquus, a program that simulates how horse populations would change with management actions, in its gather plans and environmental assessments. However, WinEquus results depend on the values of input parameters – for example, age-specific foaling rates or the sex and the age composition of a herd – and various management options selected by the user when setting up the simulations. These parameters were rarely provided in gather plans and environmental assessments. In addition, in most of the reviewed documents, there was no explanation or interpretation of WinEquus output, making it difficult to determine if results were used to make management decisions or were offered as justification for decisions that were made independently;

5. The Wild Horses and Burros Management Handbook lacks specificity. Issued by BLM in 2010, the handbook provides some degree of consistency in goals, allocation of forage, and general habitat considerations. Currently the handbook lacks the specificity needed to adequately guide managers on establishing and adjusting Appropriate Management Levels – the number of horses and burros BLM deems appropriate for a given Herd Management Area . It does not provide sufficient detail on how to conduct various kinds of assessments. In addition, the handbook does not clarify the important legal definitions related to implementing and assessing management strategies for free-ranging horses and burros, leaving these concepts uninformed by science and open to multiple interpretations;

6. How Appropriate Management Levels are established, monitored, and adjusted is not transparent to stakeholders, supported by scientific information, or amenable to adaptation with new information and environmental and social change. Appropriate Management Levels are a focal point of controversy between BLM and the public. Standards for transparency, quality, and equity are needed in establishing these levels, monitoring them, and adjusting them. The public should be able to understand the methods used and how they are implemented, and to access the data used to make decisions. In addition, data and methods used to inform decisions must be scientifically defensible. Appropriate Management Levels must be adaptable based on environmental change, changes in social values, or the discovery of new information:

7. Resolving conflicts with polarized values and opinions regarding land management rests on principles of transparency and public participation in decision making. Participatory decision-making processes foster the development of a shared understanding of the ecosystem, an appreciation for others’ viewpoints, and the development of good working relationships. Thus, BLM should develop an iterative process between public deliberation and scientific research and co-design the participatory process with representatives of the public.

Note: This list referenced from – National Research Council. Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2013.

CONCLUSION

We find (the taxpayers in America) that the Bureau of Land Management is not suited for, nor has been appropriate managers of our Public Lands. Incompetence and inappropriate behavior (also criminal behavior on numerous occasions) remains more of a mainstay within the BLM, than completed and resolving issues upon our Public Lands.

It is also obvious to many taxpayers, that misinformation, lies, and false Environmental Impact Statements, easy to detect, generates nothing more than animosity toward the BLM and their contractors. Ignoring of a $$$ Million Dollar science study to improve the management criteria of America’s Public Lands, by the BLM, demonstrates beyond all doubt, the arrogance of the BLM staff and employees on a domestic basis!

Our Public Lands is being devastated by such inappropriate management, and it is time for our representatives, our legislators, to discontinue this inappropriate mess the BLM has gotten our Public Lands into currently. Disbanding the BLM, and downsizing the Department of the Interior is first and foremost on many American taxpayer’s mind — as both agencies remain inadequate to manage America’s treasures. . .

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Wild Horse Herd’s and Welfare Rancher Deception and Lies Continuous! Time for America to Say No to Welfare Ranching!

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“It is an irony that the protesters paid for the Police wages out of their taxes whereas the banksters and big business that have the police protecting their property do not contribute at all. All they have done is bring the country to it’s knees.”

We read a lot these days of Horse Advocate’s versus Rancher’s and the duplicity of arrangement, or in another words that no one wants to step between these two adversaries. Nothing more could be in error than to equate an adversarial situation between the two.

To Side-track a little on “Need to Acknowledge Info” – Keep in mind that Welfare Rancher’s use this situation to equate heritage into their explanation (bullshit) of their necessity (bullshit) and old customs (bullshit) of ranching in America (the reality of this no longer does exist most often, especially with rancher’s who use America’s Public Lands) – truth be known they have nothing to do with any American Heritage, it is simply greed driven by the need to what they assume as what American’s “OWE THEM” rather than, if they would simply compete and work for their money and pay taxes like everyone else!

Wholesome competition takes out those incompetent to run a proficient ranch, and maintains a quality in the product, except these subsidized Welfare Rancher’s! There is no place within the commercial markets of today where Welfare Rancher’s can compete. American’s do not need to subsidize this current industry, as they are simply shipping their beef and sheep meat products to Japan and China. This becomes yet another situation of American taxpayers supporting a product shipped to foreign ports, and receive nothing from this particular industry, yet giving them $$$Billions in subsidies!

The receipt’s (which will be mentioned again, and taken from well-referenced GAO studies into the Welfare Ranching Program – or rancher’s who lease America’s Public Lands) only come to less than 1% of the commercial meat industry in America Domestically (i.e. ref- .41% sales domestically within the commercial meat markets).

And American’s support this, via taxpayer money, in the $$$Billions of dollars yearly (i.e. large subsidies, endowments, grants, et al.) through BLM and Agriculture programs – TAXPAYER’S RECEIVE NOTHING – Although Corporations who sublease (Illegal) make tremendous amounts in subsidies as well. . .

Now back to the subject of this article of – Advocate’s versus Rancher’s syndrome — which is untrue and QUITE THE OPPOSITE – Advocate’s Educate America — their reality situation to let people know, educate people in America, as to the behavior of government agencies responsible for our Public Lands, and indeed, how America’s Public Lands are and continue to be treated – IRRESPONSIBLY AND MISMANAGED!

1. Horse Advocates ask directly why the Wild Horse and Burro Act, and Law, on Public Lands and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (i.e. BLM), is not managed by and within the rules the Act and/or Policy itself outline;
2. Horse Advocates demand the BLM as well as those involved in the WH&B Act manage the program within the Federal Laws of the United States of America, and pay attention to these laws while managing and administrating HMA’s (Horse Management Areas) as prescribed by Federal Law;
3. Horse Advocate’s demand the BLM perform, as prescribed by BLM as well as Department of the Interior’s (DOI being the oversight agency of their sub-agency the BLM) Policies and Laws, all rules, regulation, and laws as set forth by Federal Law, policy, and legislative actions;
4. Horse Advocates demand of the BLM and Welfare Rancher’s to set forth appropriate Public Land management principle’s and actions that will not destroy America’s Public Lands, and both the BLM and Welfare Rancher’s refuse to do so, continuously;
5. Horse Advocate’s experience on-site documentation and oversight, and peruse documents and scientific research continuously, and find the BLM not conducting their decisions, both financial and within the Public Lands arena, within an appropriate context using facts as their basis for decision making;
6. Horse Advocate’s watch as BLM adapt their decision making (extremely costly to taxpayer’s in the millions of dollars) with specifically, what Welfare Ranchers DO NOT really need, all the while the same Welfare Rancher’s use intimidating techniques of persuasion and adhere toward coercion while doing so;
7. Horse Advocate’s watch as BLM creates, then passes to the public, erroneous, false, and even copied Environmental Statement’s (EIS, ESA’s) for excuses for the Wild Horse Herd Roundups, and do not conform to several Environmental Impact Law’s in regard to allowing the same roundups off of established and taxpayer paid HMA’s, then charge the same amounts for the management of those HMA’s as if the same amount of Wild Horse’s exist on the HMA’s as previously (i.e. fits every description of fraud in government) – all the time operating under the cloak of non-transparency in regard to finance’s, subsidies to Welfare Ranchers, and grants, and invoice’s. . . “
8. Horse Advocate’s point out that many of the Welfare Ranching and BLM activities on Public Lands is, has been, and remains illegal – well referenced in laws and types of behavior from BLM and Welfare Rancher’s;
9. Horse Advocate’s point out that many of the Welfare Ranching counts of cattle far above the allowed limitations in accord with Federal Laws, EPA Laws, WH&B Act Laws, legislative Laws, and not in accord with HMA rules and regulations – lack of transparency along with Welfare Rancher’s false reporting of counts the cause;
10. Horse Advocates aware of many situations whereas, Public Land is leased under one name, often corporate names, then leased again to other ranching or hunting organizations – which is illegal within much of the regulatory documentation of Public Land Leasing Permits;
11. Horse Advocate’s take action within the Federal Court system, and have won 99% of their cases, due to illegal operations of the BLM, questionable conduct of Welfare Ranchers, false roundup information to conduct unnecessary roundups (both of numerous instances costing taxpayer’s in the millions of dollars per roundup), and often wonder why the Department of Justice Defends, at taxpayer expense, the lies, misinformation, and innuendo of Welfare Rancher’s and BLM personnel and staff;
12. MUCH MORE, THIS INFORMATION SIMPLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBURG!

A perusal of Horse Advocate Blogs, for example —

http://wildhorseeducation.org/author/artandhorseslauraleigh/

http://www.veteran-journalist.com

These pages well referenced and packed with information, with many others as well, will be perhaps listed in comments, in regard to the inadequate management done by the Bureau of Land Management.

As well, there exists well documented cases of not only consistent illegal activity on much of the Welfare Rancher’s leased lands and the HMA’s, but criminal behavior in the matters of leasing and re-leasing of water rights, of stealing of Wild Horses, of collusion with other government personnel and sending Wild Horse’s to slaughter, continuous abuse of Wild Horses by BLM personnel and private contractor’s, and Welfare Rancher’s, and other criminal activity not mentioned here due to space requirements.

The following is documented information, outright observed felonies by undercover federal investigator’s, within the BLM and to include their Private Contractor’s and Welfare Rancher’s, early in the 1990′s – but politician’;s also involved so Federal Warrants – Arrests called off the night before being served and arrests completed, due to political interference and coercion.

Listed here are only 10 issues, of many more, showing BLM’s documented illegal behavior:

1. BLM Management personnel have authorized the transportation of wild horses to group adopters at the expense of the government;
2. BLM management personnel have authorized the fee waiver and/or fee reduction of wild horses without delegated authority;
3. BLM management failed to inspect and prepare written reports for group adopter facilities and property prior to receiving adopted wild horses;
4. BLM personnel publicly and openly promoted the commercial us of wild horses, i.e., bucking stock and slaughter house;
5. BLM personnel in concurrence with BLM management, entered false information regarding the wild horse documents into BLM DPS-8000 data base;
6. BLM personnel through their government positions, arranged for special privileges and allowances pertaining to wild horse adoptions (i.e. wild horses sent to slaughter);
7. BLM personnel and management knowingly converted to the use of another, wild horses belonging to the United States;
8. BLM personnel and management did knowingly attempt to interfere with an ongoing investigation by discussing privileged information regarding the Investigation with other BLM personnel, some of whom were subjects of the Investigation;
9. Many, many more “lack of document” charges, especially in regard to the Wild Horse Herd Counts and the financial income and expenditures mandatory at each BLM facility, were not completed, lost, or unavailable for confirmation – in order to appropriate funding for each facility;
10. Several more listings expressed concern toward illegal activity, and lack of following directorial and mandated training and compliance of Inspectors, Wranglers, and Field Level Administrators of the Wild Horse and Burro Program.
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There is much more, that much is for sure. . . But the fact here is obvious – Horse Advocates are not in an adversarial situation with Welfare Ranchers. No we are not. We outright state clearly, as American’s and practicing our 1st Amendment Rights, the outright illegal activity that is ongoing and on our Public Lands! We also state clearly, and make it very definitive, the people involved in these illegal activities – who it is and how they do it — and quite costly to taxpayers, both financially as well as our Public Lands being destroyed with much of its other wildlife!

It is time for our government’s legal agencies to take action, as many, many taxpayers are now asking why these situations have gone this far. It is this simple! TIME FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYER’S TO SAY NO MORE WELFARE RANCHING — IT IS UNACCEPTABLE AND IRRESPONSIBLE!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Editorial: AMERICA’S WILD HORSE HERDS AND PUBLIC LANDS – A QUGMIRE OF DECEPTION LIES AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITY

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“There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ― Benjamin Disraeli

AMERICA – WAKE UP!

Astounding what it is we all read in the newspapers or listen to on television news today. We in America obtain the broken-down and edited versions of the news. This is done for the sponsors and other corporate involvement in direct relationship with the particular media group dispersing the event or news.

Oh, you already know that, you say – Well then, why would you sponsor such a travesty by purchasing their products, or repeating their bullshit? Or, if you, as an American, acknowledge what the truth is, then why have you not discussed the situation with your Representative, Congressman, or Senator? Or is your truth indeed their truth – television dominates your life? Too bad, you are part of America’s problem, so shut the hell up, get it right, and do something!

For many corporations today, the public knowing the truth is unacceptable and certainly marginal when in reference to the paradigm of profits! Of concern here is the fact there is a mere five corporations that control all of the commercialized media news in America and Abroad. . . Yes, deregulation does have its downfall, this being an excellent example.

– So what we have here is that fantastically overweight individual, say 650 pounds of fat. This person shoves fork-full after fork-full of food, meat, vegetables, pudding, all of it into their mouth daily. Later this person dies, everyone is grieved, and everyone makes the statement this person, an over-eater, and someone should have helped this individual out. –

Back to the news. This situation, one can attest through research, becomes nothing more or less than favorable-manipulation. Nazi Germany understood the ideology of such rhetoric rather than discussing the actual-truth of the news event. The actual event may, and often does, reveal too much of the truth, and that in accord with this ideological paradigm, should not be given to the public – EVER.

HERITAGE AND THE WELFARE RANCHERS

So here it comes, by the crate-full – Misinformation and lies. The lowest of the low in misinformation is when these same media groups thrive on America’s heritage, within a misinformed context.

These media people, with their corporate sponsors (often associated with Big AG, Oil Companies, Mining Conglomerates, Energy Companies, et al.), try to make the pretense of this disgusting misrepresentation fit the even more disgusting revamped heritage of the past. For this editorial, it is seen quite often within the culture of what we call Welfare Ranching.

References abound to the lies given to the public by these self-given-categorical-rancher’s, of being hard working ranchers similar to years past – the western cowboy spirit, the naturalness of the Indian’s of the past co-habitation with nature – but in fact is an outstanding lie media and Big AG have simply made-up, as the truth of the matter would piss-off most taxpayer’s to the point of taking action. The similarity, and obvious, Richard Nixon comes to mind here. . .

After all, confuse the truth with bullshit, or leave an important part of the context out, and the subject becomes nothing more than a vast grey-area of doubt within many minds. . .

In Reality – the Truth – Welfare Rancher’s contribute nothing (i.e. – .41% sales receipts in 2011, then again in 2012, yet $2.4 billion dollars direct from taxpayer money in stipends, grants, and misc. funds given to them in the same years, combined) to taxpayer’s except an increase in the yearly debt crisis cycle.

American’s have come to the point of departure and divestment. Many of us simply acknowledge the disgusting situation, or some deny it in total; after all, it is much easier to go do the simple things in life, rather than take time to become part of a change for the better. Right? Well no, that is wrong. . .

America has become that overweight being as mentioned above. America is dying and many, many American’s are doing nothing about it. Excuse’s do prevail here, many, but none valid.

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

And why should American’s be concerned over this information and lies? As taxpayer’s it is costing us in the billions of dollars yearly (several hundred billions simply from misinformation, and that is all the taxpayer’s receive for their money, the lies, because nothing else is given to taxpayer’s from that money) – make no doubt it is part of the overall Debt Crisis Problem of today.

If the welfare rancher programs discontinued, as they offer taxpayer’s nothing in return (referenced quite well scientifically, economically, and through the GAO office), equity as well as our environment and wild horse herd’s will be left alone – as our heritage would then be reflected appropriately — and well should be when all the lies and misinformation taken away and then shunned by the majority of American’s!

But the fact is, and has been for quite sometime, the Department of the Interior should be downsized, due to lack of control. The Bureau of Land Management should be shut down in total, due to too much mismanaged Public Lands, incompetent management, and illegal activity, and too costly to the American Taxpayer’s of this land of Ours – America!

CONCLUSION

The conclusion here is simple – AMERICA WAKE UP – DO SOMETHING FOR CHANGE – START BY DEMANDING HONESTY FROM LEGISLATOR’S, AND NOT THE SAME OLD BUSINESS AS USUAL – BECAUSE THAT, in truth beyond all truth, IS WHAT’S DESTROYING AMERICA!

DEMAND TERM LIMITS ON ALL POLITICAL OFFICE’S

VOTE INCUMBANT’S OUT

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

BLM — Wild Horse Herds and Deception

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“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” – Aesop

Deception works well. Our reasoning profoundly complacent when necessary. Often deception, or misinformation, is quite beneficial too some. Although, often those individuals who remain on the receiving end of deception, their life difficult at best, in some cases life-threatening.

To America’s Wildlife, sadly, deception leads to their extinction. It is not until deception becomes overpowering, in another words effecting directly far more than just a few, that it is then noticed.

In this case we look at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and what is refereed to as the “87 percent Deception.” Here’s the problem: There exists many decisions, monetary and land usage, based on this 87% of Nevada land that supposedly is Federal Lands, in which a majority belongs to the Bureau of Land Management. But the fact is, and millions upon millions of dollars later – THE STATEMENT IS UNTRUE!

Bureau of Land Management Deceptions Significant – Horses and Taxpayers Lose Again

BLM deceptions over this situation, like many other of their deceptions to bilk money from taxpayers, often turn into profit for favored friends, corporations, et al. Those involved are a select-few Special Interest groups, corporations, and welfare ranchers. These people use Public Lands to their advantage, most often illegal or through misrepresentation of fact.

“Sometime during the second Bush administration, BLM re-formatted its report and the GSA apparently stopped keeping an inventory of federally managed lands in the states accurately,” said State reference librarian Mitch Ison, who has tried to nail down an accurate current figure for references.“

“Unfortunately in 2001 the BLM revised its longstanding federal/state lands table … Explanations are provided; however, I still can’t make any sense of the table. . . The upshot is that no one, as best we can tell, knows how much public land there is in Nevada now,” Ison states.

The major problem still exists today, there is far less Federal Lands than what is stated as fact, by not only the BLM but everyone else that quotes the 87% figure as a truth. Deception? Absolutely, and for many reasons, that also include taxpayer money support. Fraud? Absolutely, as the deception has been found to be quite applicable and profitable by those in Nevada as well as those in the BLM, and also those who contract with the BLM.

Meanwhile, ol’ 87 percent Deception keeps rolling along – for money, for election rhetoric, for profit, for taxpayer stipends and grants, and it continues – The BLM political machinery in motion, nothing more than smoke and mirrors. So because BLM “says so”:

State of Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioner/Commission Policy Number 33: “Even though approximately 87 percent of Nevada is public land, access to many, if not most, of the fishable waters of the State is controlled by private land.”

“Nevada Facts” posted on Nevada Legislature website: “87 percent of Nevada’s land area is federally controlled.”
U.S. Justice Department website/District of Nevada page: “Approximately 87 percent of Nevada’s lands are owned and managed by the federal government and its agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Department of Energy, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid news release/June 11, 2009: “As the federal government owns more than 87 percent of Nevada’s land—making it non-taxable—counties rely on PILT [payments in lieu of taxes] money for essential services and improvements.”

University of Nevada, Reno, proposal for shutdown of Department of Animal Biotechnology: “Key elements of the program can be preserved … to fulfill the rangeland management program which is important to ranchers, mines, and agencies responsible for the 87 percent of Nevada land held by the federal government.”

A Wikipedia figure demonstrates how easily false information can spread in this computer age. In its main Nevada entry, Wikipedia reports, “Approximately 86 percent of the state’s land is owned by the U.S federal government under various jurisdictions both civilian and military.” It attributes this information to a “Nevada Bureau of Land Management.”

There is no such agency, an error. . . But as a result of that entry, there are now dozens of websites such as Answers.com and WetlandResearch.com that have lifted the erroneous information from Wikipedia and also attribute it to the same non-existent agency. . . and on and on and on it goes, the costly deception. Time for Taxpayer’s to Wake Up!

Some people have actually wanted an updated figure, but plenty do not. There are those who have a political stake in keeping the number high, which may be why it has remained one of the state’s most persistent myths.

“It’s a way of characterizing the federal government seriously. They don’t want to find a lower figure. Going with low figures doesn’t serve their purpose,” Ison says.

This same situation becomes relevant when we discuss, for example, the Wild Horse and Burro Program, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management; or the Welfare Ranching situation, extremely dishonest and extremely deceptive (BLM Speak is a well noted sarcasm directed toward BLM employee’s); or the oversight of mining operations for safety and honesty, but is dishonest, unsafe to the public, and deceptive – and Oh so much more. There is a lot of misinformation (BLM Speak) given to the public by BLM employee’s, and becoming more and more well-referenced, similar to the “87 percent Deception” that still continues today.

Bureau of Land Management has a long history of Deception – Decades:

U.S. Agency Accused of Inflating Land Appraisals
December 20, 2001 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bureau of Land Management has come under fire from government auditors and two watchdog groups for conducting real estate appraisals that benefit private landowners at the expense of taxpayers. Auditors for the Interior Department, which oversees the BLM, found that a senior official may have compromised the agency’s integrity by adjusting appraised land values so they would be “acceptable to landowners.”

Controversial Wild Horse and Burro Auction Called Off
October 8, 1998 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried about negative publicity that comes with allegations that some of its federally protected animals have wound up in slaughterhouses, the Bureau of Land Management’s “Adopt-a-Horse or Burro Program” has indefinitely postponed an appearance at Pierce College. The adoption program, designed to find homes for roughly 42,000 wild horses and burros roaming in the western United States, canceled its plans to be at the college Oct.

As many Wild Horse Advocates know, and acknowledge, in 1998 there were in excess of 2,000 arrest warrants issued, Felonies, naming that number of BLM employees and private contractors with BLM, with 1,875 Misdemeanor Warrants ready to be issued as well – called off the night before by legislative person’s unknown, and by others in political office who were believed to be involved.

It is believed that today many of those named in arrest warrants at that time still are employed, within management and supervisory positions. . .

Probe of Wild Horse Slaughter Derailed
March 23, 1997 | MARTHA MENDOZA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A federal grand jury has collected evidence that shows U.S. government officials allowed the slaughter of hundreds of wild horses taken from federal lands, falsified records and tried to prevent investigators from uncovering the truth. The chief prosecutor and grand jury foreman in the investigation wanted to bring criminal indictments against officials of the U.S.

BLM Program for Wild Horses
January 14, 1997
Thank you for your coverage (Jan. 5) of the stupidity and deception (my words) of the Bureau of Land Management and its multimillion-dollar effort to save wild horses. I find it repugnant that a government agency paid to administer a well-intentioned program not only violates the public trust, but profits from it. In the BLM’s $16-million-a-year program, about 90% of the horses, most of them young and healthy, are not saved, but go to slaughter. The government spends up to $1,100 to round up, vaccinate, freeze brand and adopt out a horse, but adopters pay only $125 (or sometimes as little as $25).

New Discoveries of Slain Horses Spur Investigation
June 9, 1989 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
New discoveries of wild horses and deer slain in a rural section of Nevada near Great Basin National Park, allegedly by the employees of ranchers seeking to protect their grazing land, have spurred a fresh federal-state investigation. A federal grand jury in Las Vegas has issued subpoenas for six White Pine County residents, and two rifles suspected of being used in the killings have been confiscated, as a result of the inquiry by at least four agencies, according to law enforcement officials in the eastern Nevada town of Ely. Although an informant reported that as many as 400 horses and 200 deer had been killed, only 28 carcasses of slain horses and 20 of mule deer have been recovered, authorities said.

CONCLUSION

It becomes quite obvious, and over the years, that the Bureau of Land Management manages America’s Public Lands and Wildlife by deception, which promotes illegal situations. This attitude is to hell with the American Taxpayer. It includes their fraudulent budgets and their programs, that are in reality of no benefit to the American Public.

The elements as a whole demonstrate not only deception, but the BLM’s deceptive activity has been spread over decades, and remains consistent – costly – and most often illegal. If “Ignorance of the Law” is no Excuse” then how is this government agency and its employee’s still responsible for our Public Lands and Wildlife, still within government service, or better yet, not in jail?.

But worse, their deception, both the BLM and the Department of the Interior, has become quite costly to taxpayers, certainly within the trillions of dollars spent over the decades. Their decisions based on lies, innuendo, misinformation, and deceptive science. . .

What government agencies, like the BLM, have forgotten, and those who work there, is that they are paid to manage our Public Lands, and to protect not only our lands, but the environment and wildlife as well. They are not paid to be corporate-clones or welfare ranching management personnel!

It is past time for change. The BLM and DOI no longer uphold any type of ethical standards or boundaries to operate as a source to preserve America’s Public Lands. Many American’s are now calling for these agencies to be downsized; with many taxpayers demanding legislator’s to get rid, in total, of such out-of-control agencies as the BLM.

References:

Corruption of the BLM (Bureau of Land Management

http://truthsayer-esther.blogspot.com/p/corruption-and-undue-sovereignity-of.html

The BLM’s Corrupt Coal Leasing Program Billions in Subsidies to . . .

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/22/504322/the-blms-corrupt-coal-leasing-program-billions-in-subsidies-to-peabody-gigatons-of-carbon-pollution-for-the-rest-of-us/

A Positive Debate for Disbanding the Bureau of Land Management . . .

http://prophoto7journal.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/a-positive-debate-for-disbanding-the-bureau-of-land-management-and-breaking-apart-the-department-of-the-interior-an-editorial/

Wild Horse Roundups from Public Lands Unnecessary Due to Misinformation and Criminal Conduct

http://prophoto7journal.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/wild-horse-roundups-from-public-lands-unnecessary-due-to-misinformation-and-criminal-activity/

BLM versus American Taxpayers – The Ugly Truth . . .

http://prophoto7journal.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/blm-versus-american-taxpayers-the-ugly-truth-is-just-too-much-and-taxpayers-being-taken-for-a-ride-by-blm/

An Inner-View: BLM Spending and the Wild Horse Herd Rounups . . .

http://prophoto7journal.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/an-interview-government-blm-spending-and-the-wild-horse-roundup/

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Wild Horses, Wolves, and Ecological Systems

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“Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ― Aldo Leopold

Ya know, when we discuss the improprieties of the Bureau and Land Management (BLM), or the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) bad management, administration, and waste of taxpayer’s money, we are not discussing a Conspiracy. Nope, we are discussing their bad decision making; which is compounded by bad financial choices; which is directly attributable to vented and special interest group appeasements; which is directly attributable or manipulated by political agenda’s. Also often based on bad science and research as well as manipulated data, as the excuse to the public for the obvious costly and awkward decisions made . . .

The problem is — rather than frugal or legitimate scientific-based decision making, America’s government agencies have been invaded by corporations and non-profit groups with narrow special interests only. This is a big problem within our wildlife and environmental community because of this situation. The result is bad decisions, wasting life and lands follow.

After all, American’s pay for legitimate Environmental and Wildlife decisions based on “Good Science” – which by the way is the Department of the Interior’s Mission Statement as well as it’s subordinate government agencies (note: taxpayer’s pay research scientists maximum amounts, which supposedly attracts the talented people – sadly, who can be paid off as well). So why on Earth do they not do this?

When I speak about scientific research of our environment and wildlife, I speak of legitimate research. This includes knowledgeable aspects, by the researchers involved, of proper data gathering (i.e. explained within the technical report within the how-to section), the fulfillment of the data gathering (i.e. also explained within the technical report’s, and along with difficulties in some instances), non-subjective research and perusal of the data gathered, which culminates in the technical report presented to the public — an honest overview of the data and what it means. . . Any other type of research is and remains unqualified to become trustworthy information to make legitimate decisions upon.

IN THE MATTER OF WILD HORSES AND WOLVES (the wild horses information an added highlight within the data gathering in most of these reports):

The following study involved 42 Scientific reports–of quality, and throughout the USA and other countries and involving Large Predators’, e.g. horses, wolves, bears, et al. . . in the Wild. . . :

“These issues do not just affect the United States and a few national parks,” said William Ripple, an OSU professor of forestry and lead author of the study. “The data from Canada, Alaska, the Yukon, Northern Europe and Asia are all showing similar results. There’s consistent evidence that large predators help keep populations of large herbivores in check, with positive effects on ecosystem health.”

American’s have to ask the big questions of our Legislator’s, and to our government agencies. With all the scientific data, and technical reports stating Predators in the wild are needed, then why in the hell does our government agencies support the withdrawal of some predator’s from the Endangered Species List, to be hunted and killed – this at the sake of our future wildlife, our future environment, and at an extremely high cost to taxpayers?

Well, the answer obvious – Welfare Ranchers distribution of false information and outright lies about America’s Wild Horse Herds (Big AG involved as well with their Lobby demands); Non profits such as the Safari Club International that wants to do nothing but kill endangered species, to include wolves, to brag and mount them on their living room or office walls, so they go along with the lies of the welfare ranchers in the US; Then we have Big AG, that since the decline of beef use, want to place more cattle onto Public and Private Lands for foreign sales, and to hell with the upcoming destruction of America’s lands and to hell with the public at large when profits are involved. The same with oil interests, mining interests, and energy interests.

Oh, there exist no humane or human interest listed here! That is because that simply no longer is of value or counts as far as our current BLM or DOI are concerned! Disgusting, isn’t it!

Good Science Clear

In ecosystems around the world, the decline of large predators such as lions, dingoes, wolves, otters, and bears is changing the face of landscapes from the tropics to the Arctic – but an analysis of 31 carnivore species (published in the Journal of Science) shows for the first time how threats such as habitat loss, persecution by humans and loss of prey combine to create global hotspots of carnivore decline. At the same time we see a decline in the overall environment as well as the smaller ecological systems dependent on all animal and plant species within these unique systems.

More than 75 percent of the 31 large-carnivore species are declining, and 17 species now occupy less than half of their former ranges, the researcher’s reported within their technical papers. Hunt clubs and non-profits look forward to killing these now limited species for trophy and bragging rights; Animal Advocates and Environmentalists see this statistical data and frown, concerned over the loss in the “Chain of Life” circumstance, and sadly acknowledge more will be lost than the obvious; the human spirit and soul of animals and humankind alike will be lost also.

It is clear, due to several reasons, to include the arrogance of our government agencies in cooperation with such groups as the Safari Club and other hunt and caged-hunt situations that Southeast Asia, southern and East Africa and the Amazon are among areas in which multiple large carnivore species are declining quickly. With some exceptions, large carnivores have already been exterminated from much of the developed world, including Western Europe and the eastern United States.

“Globally, we are losing our large carnivores,” said William Ripple, lead author of the paper and a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.

“Many of them are endangered,” he said. “Their ranges are collapsing. Many of these animals are at risk of extinction, either locally or globally. And, ironically, they are vanishing just as we are learning about their important ecological effects.”

Subjective Reasoning a Danger to America’s Wild Life

Ironically, the fact that an animal is endangered is of no consequence today. Again, we see such organizations as the Safari Club International and other hunt clubs and guided services, to receive permits to “Kill” animals on the Endangered Species List; yes, even to extinction.

There also is evidence, through legitimate scientific research, that document impacts of Cougars and Wolves on the regeneration of forest stands and riparian vegetation in Yellowstone and other national parks in North America. Fewer predators, this research has objectively found, leads to an increase in browsing animals such as deer and elk. More browsing disrupts vegetation, shifts birds and small mammals and changes other parts of the ecosystem in a widespread cascade of impacts.

Resolution

Animal Advocates and Environmentalist’s alike must call for a deeper understanding of the impact of large carnivores on ecosystems, a view that can be traced back to the work of landmark ecologist Aldo Leopold. The classic concept that predators are harmful and deplete fish and wildlife is outdated. Scientists and wildlife managers need to recognize a growing body of evidence for the complex roles that carnivores play in ecosystems and for their social and economic benefits.

Another significant fact remains also, that science predicated on manipulated data and political agenda, is simply not acceptable practice any longer. It is shown time and again quite costly to the taxpayers, wildlife, vegetation, and humans alike.

“Nature is highly interconnected,” said Ripple. “The work at Yellowstone and other places shows how one species affects another and another through different pathways. It’s humbling as a scientist to see the interconnectedness of nature.”

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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