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One nearly universal value we all share here at dailyKos (and on other liberal forums, large and small) is our concern about our fellow creatures, whether human or otherwise.  No matter what our individual environmental interests and "causes" are, the important thing is that we all share a deep concern for the Earth and its future.

I have been a volunteer at Greenpeace International here in Amsterdam for a while now;  currently, I'm part of a blogger team for our current "defend the whales" campaign.

One of our ships, the Esperanza, is currently in the Southern Ocean, off the coast of Antarctica.  We are there to bear witness and take non-violent direct action - putting ourselves between the whales and the harpoons, in order to bring attention to the Japanese government's yearly Antarctic whale hunt, which is commercial whaling under the guise of "research" (you can read more about it here, too).

I'd like to leave the discussion of these issues for another diary.  What I want to talk about today are the recent events in the Southern Oceans.


More on the flip.

The story:

Like the folks over at the Democratic Underground, I'm sure many Kossacks have been following the whaling news out of the Southern Oceans.  Here's the story, via the Esperanza Ocean Defenders blog.

  • 15 February 2007: The Esperanza receives a distress call from the Japanese whaling factory ship, the Nisshin Maru.  A fire had broken out onboard the vessel.  The Esperanza continues on course, prepared to tow the Nisshin Maru out of danger.  
  • The critical issue is the danger of a huge oil spill as a result of the fire/accident on the Nisshin Maru.  The whaling ship carries at least 1,000 tons of oil.  Being less than 100 nautical miles from the largest Adelie penguin colony in the world, an oil spill would be an environmental disaster.
  • 16 February 2007:  Even though the Esperanza is now in the vicinity of the Nisshin Maru, the Fisheries Agency of Japan refuses their help.
  • 19 - 21 February 2007:  The Esperanza continues standing by to help tow the whaling ship out of danger.  Time is growing short because the sea will soon start freezing over.  The Esperanza and the whaling ship have been in contact, the Esperanza providing information on ice conditions, and the Nisshin Maru updating the Esperanza on their repair progress.

I cannot emphasize enough that there is increasing danger of an oil spill.  Because of the ice conditions, the longer the Nisshin Maru stays at its current location, the greater the chance of an environmental disaster.

Yes, we know you'd love to be in the Southern Oceans, helping out on the Esperanza.

You can do the second best thing and...

FIRST:

Click the following text, and send a letter to the Japanese Environment Minister, (politely) asking him to do the right thing.

SECOND:

Now that you've done one cyberaction, head on over to whales.greenpeace.org and sign up.  You can start your own campaign there - be creative!

THIRD:

Pressed for time?  Here's a "30-second actions" campaign at whales.greenpeace.org.  Find out how you can use del.icio.us to rate up news articles, Greenpeace updates, etc. .  In other words, "freep it"!

FINALLY, spread the word, and send this diary to all of your friends.

A cool extra:  here's a general report from our media officer on the Esperanza.  She's talking with the captain, the helicopter pilot, and our two onboard campaigners.

Originally posted to Page van der Linden on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 05:59 AM PST.

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  •  Done (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the notice.  I've been confused over various groups working on ocean/marine issues.  Any specific recommendations regarding them?  

  •  Already am a Greenpeace supporter. (7+ / 0-)

    Didn't see this petition yet though.  I signed.

    "Though the Mills of the Gods grind slowly,Yet they grind exceeding small."

    by Owllwoman on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 06:13:00 AM PST

    •  Thank you!! (5+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the support, and sending the petition.  The whole "cyberaction" concept is just so cool.

      Since you're a supporter, I'm sure you're familiar with the concept.  It's great for everyone, even the non-internet-friendly folks.  Very easy to do.

      I'm going to send this to my mom and dad, speaking of technophobes, lol...


      Big, bold, beautiful beasts seeking humans for cyber-help. Click here.

      by Page van der Linden on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 06:15:26 AM PST

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    •  Same here. Have been for decades. (6+ / 0-)

      In fact I got on board because of those pesky French in the Rainbow Warrior affair in NZ.
      Rec. diary anyway. And people: sign the petition!

      Chimpee is an embarrassment to stupidity! GTFO ASAP! AAF

      by Asinus Asinum Fricat on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 06:55:25 AM PST

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      •  And I built the education exhibits in the hold... (7+ / 0-)

        ... of the RW, now sitting at the bottom of Auckland Harbor.

        In fact I got on board because of those pesky French in the Rainbow Warrior affair in NZ.

        Summer of '82, when the Rainbow Warrior was based in Boston. This whole Southern Ocean incident takes me back...

        "One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

        by pat208 on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 08:09:12 AM PST

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        •  No kidding! (3+ / 0-)
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          retrograde, pat208, la urracca

          That's... pretty incredible.  I'm always struck speechless - and feel VERY green (no pun intended) - when I hear stories like yours.

          I hear them a lot around the office here in Amsterdam.   And I look at the pictures on the walls and wonder what it was like to have been part of that ship, if that makes any sense.

          I did the activist training in Germany last October (there wasn't any space left for the Netherlands training, at the time), and again, I saw the photos on the walls and talked to the people who'd been with GP for a while.  Mostly I could just say "wow, what was it like?"


          Be a virtual environmental activist! Head for Antarctica!

          by Page van der Linden on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 08:57:57 AM PST

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          •  The crew of the RW was mostly Dutch at that time. (3+ / 0-)

            Needless to say, they brought to the Boston office a taste of that uniquely Dutch combination of dourness and frivolity. Always hard to tell when they were joking at our expense.

            And of course they were men and women of the sea, so that added a layer of grit and tenacity (and, shall we say, a love of fermented beverages) that increased their inscrutability. Quite a crew.

            "One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

            by pat208 on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 10:19:52 AM PST

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        •  Greenpeace Northeast? (2+ / 0-)
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          pat208, la urracca

          Hey pat208 -- I worked with Greenpeace in Boston in 1982 as well, though I was off in Nevada trying to fly a hot-air balloon into a nuclear weapons test when the Rainbow Warrior was in town.

          Are you banjo-picking Pat?

          There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth; we're all crew. --Marshall McLuhan

          by Brianfit on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 09:10:43 AM PST

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          •  Yep. GP New England, '80-'82. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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            la urracca

            "One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

            by pat208 on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 10:09:50 AM PST

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          •  Nellis AFB might have taken exception (1+ / 0-)
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            pat208

            To that effort. And the Wackenhut mercs patroll the NTS with helicopters and machine guns.

            Because the tests then were underground you wouldn't have seen much (except a depression forming) even if you got above the test but you might have taken a good whiff of radioactive vapors and gases. Not a good idea.

            But I'm sure you had a good protest.

            "It's the planet, stupid."

            by FishOutofWater on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 10:33:27 AM PST

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            •  Actually, we made it to ground zero... (0+ / 0-)

              Heh heh. I and four others were the first activists to get to ground zero the next year, in 1983. And despite the Wackenhuts with machine guns, it was a cake walk. Well, a LONG cake walk.  

              They basically relied on the remoteness of the site for security in those days, and as fellow activist Jon Hinck (Now D-Portland, Maine State House of Representatives) said as we crossed the open desert of the Nellis bombing range, then south of Area 51 and across Papoose Lake, "A security guard out here would make the Maytag Repairman look like an overachiever."

              They looked for us for four days during which they didnt't test, and despite helicopter patrols and infrared imaging, they never did find us.  We walked down to Yucca Flats and practically had to tap a security guard on the shoulder to alert him to our presence.

              Groom Lake Timeline

              There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth; we're all crew. --Marshall McLuhan

              by Brianfit on Thu Feb 22, 2007 at 03:09:42 AM PST

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          •  Ah, you were in the canvass then, weren't you? (0+ / 0-)

            Starting to ring a bell. After many many many years.

            "One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

            by pat208 on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 11:44:10 AM PST

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            •  Yep. Volunteer by day, canvasser by night. (0+ / 0-)

              Good memory. We canvassers were legion.  And there's still folks in the ranks today that came out of the canvass -- it was one of the most effective staff recruitment mechanisms Greenpeace ever had.

              There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth; we're all crew. --Marshall McLuhan

              by Brianfit on Thu Feb 22, 2007 at 03:14:15 AM PST

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              •  Drop me a line some time so we can catch up. (0+ / 0-)

                My email is found in my profile.

                I'm in touch with the two Peters, who were part of the other GPNE legacy - our staff/admin moving on to DC to run GPUSA. Haven't talked with Ken B, Cathy D, Steve S, David B, the rest in many many years.

                "One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

                by pat208 on Thu Feb 22, 2007 at 05:48:11 AM PST

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  •  We just finished reading (albeit abridged (2+ / 0-)
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    Plutonium Page, la urracca

    and richly illustrated) Moby Dick with our 7 year old son; and then we saw the movie version, the one with Gregory Peck as Ahab.  In both of them there are a lot of pictures of whales being pierced and slaughtered.  My son was not as disturbed by the idea of the whales being killed for things like oil, as he was by the satanic obsession of Ahab.  It really disturbed my son that Ahab made the men do things that they should not have done, or would not have done in their normal whaling work, only out of greed or lust for money.

    On the one hand I'm thrilled that this aspect of the story bothered him tremendously.  On the other hand, I'm wondering how I might teach him to get upset at the idea of whales being killed, period.  He has become aware of how we sometimes eat dead animals (we are not vegetarians), and he is curious about why we do so (I have explained that Mommy is a lazy protein-source preparer).  I could see him in the next few years developing anti-meat, vegetarian ideas.  But whaling... I think it seems so exotic to him.  How to drive home the brutality of it?

    •  concernedamerican: explain to kid (3+ / 0-)

      Actually, I don't mean 'explain' so much as model and demonstrate by your own shudders.

      Also, find Native American stories...Eskimo/Inuit....they hunt for food to survive but they communicate with the animal, they thank it, they regret having to kill it, and they do not take more than they need.

      Nowadays, when rich nations hunt whales it's for a luxurious delicacy. Not a necessity. A different level of "consciousness" between killing animals for survival vs. for money, prestige.

      Maybe your kid can relate to dolphins, and from there to whales.

      •  He loves dolphins, that's true. The suggestion (1+ / 0-)
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        LNK

        about native American stories is excellent.  I'll do that.  And as to my shudders, I did say throughout the reading and the movie viewing, "poor whale!  It's only trying to get away from them!  It's angry that they are sticking harpoons in it!  Wouldn't you be upset and try to get away too, if someone stuck harpoons in you?"

  •  Clicked through via your sig the other day (4+ / 0-)

    I'm really glad you expanded this into a full entry diary, though. The fact that any whaling in any form is still permitted by any nation, given their beauty and intelligence, not to mention the sorry ecological state of our oceans, is a crime.

    Rec'd!

    "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha

    by zenbowl on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 06:20:17 AM PST

  •  It's about helping People too (5+ / 0-)

    This is one situation where we can put away the anger and help each other. The Japanese crew should not be left on a foundering ship for political reasons.

    I'm glad Greenpeace is there to help.

    "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 06:31:26 AM PST

  •  Greenpeace is to the environment as Ralph Nader.. (1+ / 0-)
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    0wn

    ...is to the Democrats

  •  Done (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks for posting that. I was in Antarctica a couple months ago and I'm having a hard time imagining the devastation to the Antarctic wildlife that an oil spill would cause.

    If you're interested in some personal photos and thoughts about Antarctica, I wrote a blog that you can readhere(I don't mean to be blog whoring, but in this case, it seems appropriate).

    •  Oh yes!! (2+ / 0-)
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      means are the ends, la urracca

      I remember your diary - it was absolutely stunning!  Very heartfelt too, which I can understand.

      I've never been there (and I'd jump at the chance, especially on a Greenpeace ship), but reading the Greenpeace blog entries, looking at the photos, and being in the international office and hearing updates and stories from everyone makes me feel as if I've been there.

      My stomach hurts thinking about the potential environmental disaster that might happen.  I dearly hope that the Nisshin Maru just gets out of there - I pray that the Japanese government takes us up on our offer to tow them.  But most of all, they just need to get out ASAP.

      I'll check out our blog and bookmark it.  Thank you for the link (and sending the letter).


      Be a virtual environmental activist! Head for Antarctica!

      by Page van der Linden on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 07:01:09 AM PST

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    •  LOL! (0+ / 0-)

      Oh dear.

      Hehuhehuh, Beavis.


      Be a virtual environmental activist! Head for Antarctica!

      by Page van der Linden on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 07:04:44 AM PST

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  •  Thanks, Page, Message sent, see below (5+ / 0-)

    I scrapped the niceties in the Greenpeace letter and wrote my own.

    >From  George B**, PhD
    To  Masatoshi Wakabayashi, Minister of the Environment, Antarctic Treaty Department, Ministry of Environment
    Subject  Please accept the Greenpeace offer to tow the Nisshin Maru

    Dear Mr. Masatoshi Wakabayashi,

    You have a moral obligation to order the crew to accept rescue in this situation. This situation is not about politics, whaling or Greenpeace anymore. It is about the welfare of the crew, the oceans and the health of all the creatures living on Antarctica. It is about your honor as a leader to be strong enough to be able to accept help when you need it. A strong man can accept help when he has an accident. A weak man, not willing to admit his weakness, turns help away in time of need. Will you be honorable and strong and accept help to save the crew after this terrible accident? Or will you be petty, dishonorable and spiteful and let this accident turn into a disaster because you won't accept help. It is your choice.

    "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 07:00:36 AM PST

  •  Thank you (5+ / 0-)

    My wife and I were able to visit the Esperanza when it docked in San Diego. The people on this ship are just wonderful human beings, putting themselves on the line for their beliefs in a remarkable way.

    We have been long-term monthly contributors to Greenpeace, and it is money well spent.

  •  The Damn Japanese & Their "Research" (4+ / 0-)

    The Japanese exploit a loophole in the International Whaling Commission's regulations, where they kill hundreds of whales, some endangered, each year for "scientific research". Since the whale meat ends up at markets, many have said the research must be like.....

    The Kappamaki, a whaling research ship, was currently researching the question: How many whales can you catch in one week?
    --Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, "Good Omens"

  •  Thanks Page... (6+ / 0-)

    Highly Recommended...sorry I don't have more time to comment, but consider the action taken care of, and I'll pass this along :-)

  •  Thanks for the diary. (3+ / 0-)

    Action taken and thanks for your good work.

  •  done (4+ / 0-)

    What's for Dinner? every Saturday night 6 - 6:30ish

    by cookiebear on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 08:29:25 AM PST

  •  This has been big news here in NZ (4+ / 0-)

    It's huge news where I live (often near the lead story) as New Zealand has already airlifted one Japanese whaler from the Southern Ocean (off a different whaling vessel) this whaling season. He was kept under guard for safety at an undisclosed hospital.

    NZ is perhaps the staunchest opponent of whaling in the IWC (it's a seriously big issue here), and there was some controversy here that the NZ government kept location details of the whaling fleet secret to avoid dangerous confrontations with activists. It didn't help much, as the activists found the whalers and there were ship collisions, with both sides releasing some video footage and claiming the other was respoinsible for ramming.

    The NZ govt has been prominent in urging Japan to have the Nisshin Maru towed. It would probably be towed to a New Zealand port. Under normal circumstances, NZ absolutely refuses entry into territorial waters for any whaling ship, but this is no longer a whaling ship.

    The Japanese are refusing help and risking a massive environmental disaster, all to salvage a little pride out of this mess.

    •  Oh, PS - a funny Greenpeace global warming story: (2+ / 0-)
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      means are the ends, la urracca

      Greenpeace gets a lot of flak, even some here in a "green" country like New Zealand, but here is one funny and very cool thing they did:

      One of the world's more "scientific" global warming denier groups is based in New Zealand. They call themselves the "NZ Climate Science Coalition" and they're generally made up of one prominent anti-GW scientist (who was on the IPCC and used to be chief scientist for a PR group for coal companies here, no surprise he got his cash from fossil fuels), a few scientists in other fields who've not published a thing in years, and mostly a bunch of people with no science training whatsoever.

      Anyway, the Climate Science Coalition set up the website www.climatescience.org.nz which is one of the worst I've ever seen. It's a totally disorganised dump of PDF files and links to anything they can find denying global warming, even if it's pathetic right-wing anti-Gore satire. Oh, they also have another local NZ crackpot (Ken Ring, who claims to accurately make annual forecasts from lunar cycles) on their recommended websites, simply because said crackpot also denies climate change. If Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden denounce global warming, I presume they'll make the recommendations as well.

      So how is Greenpeace related to all this? Well, it didn't take long after the ridiculous climatescience .org.nz website for Greenpeace to set up its rebuttal: www.climatescience.co.nz.
      (And, for good measure, they also registered climatescience.net.nz as well.) In sharp contrast to the anti-GW site, the Greenpeace-owned site has excellent design, clear information, and is a great resource. Check it out!

  •  Done, recc'ed, annd re-joined Greenpeace! (2+ / 0-)
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    pat208, Elise

    I don't know if it helps, but I also ( via Babelfish) translated the letter text into Japanese...perhaps they are more likely to read and respond to it.( text below).

    While we are at it, it would be wonderful if everyone who reads your diary might also sign the petition to also help stop the terrible Japanese slaughter of anothe sentient species, dolphins:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/...

    From the site:

    "During drive hunts, fishermen panic and confuse migrating pods of dolphins and other small whales with loud banging, then herd them, by the hundreds, into shallow coves, and then butcher them one by one. Every year, some 20,000 small cetaceans of several species, some of which are endangered, including bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, spotted dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, white-sided dolphins, and false killer whales, are killed or taken in the drives, sometimes illegally. The hunts have been universally condemned by marine experts around the world as brutal, inhumane, and unsustainable, but pleas to stop them have fallen on deaf ears. Therefore, we, marine scientists and zoo and aquarium professionals, are asking for your support to bring this unconscionable practice to an end.  "

           ********************************

    If you think it might help, cut and paste this text of the Greenpeace letter:

    Masatoshi Wakabayashi 親愛なる氏、 第一に私はあなたの政府に 169;の最も深い共鳴およびひど い火の間のKazutaka Makita
    の損失でNisshin Maru の上であなたの国を伸ばす 424;うに。 南極大陸の原始的な環境にNiss hin Maru そして可能な影響の乗組員 395;ついての私の船が非常にす ぐに動かなければ大きな関 515;事を表現するために私は書 いている。南極水と危険か 425;Nisshin
    Maru を引くために私は丁重に緊 613;にGreenpeace によって提供を受け入れる 383;めに頼んでいる。 私はそれらを今信頼する理 001;を有しないGreenpeace
    が何年もの間捕鯨ずっと問& 988;のあなたの側面のとげであ る公に示したことを理解し 290;しかし以前Greenpeace はまた日本を助けて多くの 107;を環境および水をあなたの 国中で保護するためにし。 085;本海で投げ出されるロシア の核廃棄物を停止するため 395;遂行した平和な抗議は、ち ょうど、しかし世界的の日 412;海で投げ出すことに端につ いて持って来ることで巧妙 384;った。
    Greenpeace は捕鯨に端のために平和に$ 939;動をし、それをすることを 止めない。しかし私が書く 424;うにロス海で開いている状 態は捕鯨についてない。そ 428;は人々、まだ危険にあるか もしれないあなた自身の人 293;についてある。それは環境 について南極条約によって 354;なたの政府が保護するため に国際的に働く公共の約束 434;作ったことまたである。
    何人かの先生としてMartin Luther King 、Jr. ことを"前述そこに時1 がそれは右。" であることを良心が彼に告 370;るので金庫、政策的、普及 した位置を取るなるが、彼 364;であるそれをしなければな らない来れば失う、Greenpeace
    の提供の受諾によって表面 434;提案する 私は右である船の乗組員と 872;境のためにものをに、今し なさいことを尋ねる。

    •  I sure hope you're not pulling our leg! (1+ / 0-)
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      la urracca

      "Dear Mr. Wakabayashi et al -
      I do not speak Japanese at all. I just copied and pasted these words, which someone else wrote for me and posted on a silly leftist blog. Someone who knew I'd be foolish enough to send them verbatim, even though the message below is merely this: 'The sender of this message smells of elderberries! His mother was a hamster! I fart in his general direction.' Har har har, aren't you getting a laugh at my expense! I think this message is about Greenpeace because it mentions Martin Luther King, Jr. Har har har! So long, and thanks for all the sushi!"

      "One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

      by pat208 on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 10:28:09 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for an urgently needed diary! (1+ / 0-)
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    Elise

    Done.

    I am glad to see this timely action diary about the important work that Greenpeace does, which gives insight into the way that it helps our planet every day, in normal times, and times of crisis, like now.

    I have been disturbed here on DK by encountering a high level of Greenpeace bashing. It seems especially predictable on nuclear diaries.  Check them out and see for yourself. They include such gems as

    Except for joining the Republican Party, there is no better way to demonstrate susceptiblity to stupid pills than joining Greenpeace in my opinion

    So apparently Greenpeace is getting under the nuclear shills' skin quite effectively.

    Go Greenpeace. I bring this up to show that the opposition never gives up, never sleeps, and never stops slinging mud.

    Just stay with the facts and keep slugging.

    •  hmm (2+ / 0-)
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      0wn, roguetrader2000

      I like Greenpeace a lot, but their scaremongering on certain subjects sometimes does go too far beyond what the actual science supports. They aren't always a part of the reality-based community, even if they do a lot of good work most of the time.

      "The power to dominate rests on the differential possession of knowledge" -Foucault

      by Jett on Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 09:49:05 AM PST

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      •  On the other hand... (2+ / 0-)
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        Jett, means are the ends

        who else has worked as long as they have on these issues? Who else has has brought the attention of the world to whaling as they have?
        This diary has reminded me of all that they have done, and it also caused me to rejoin and send fifty bucks...

      •  And corporate shills make sure those gaffs (2+ / 0-)
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        Jett, la urracca

        are PR'd ad nauseum, while the accurate criticisms often get, shall we say, ignored. There is a very deliberate campaign to smear Greenpeace, just as there is to smear liberals.

        Hey, their sometime inaccuracy makes it harder for fact-checking Greenies like me. But the pro-nuke  exaggerations are just as silly and common, and I see them all the time. Many seem astounded to be confronted by actual facts, and quickly backtrack.

        Gee, that would make a good diary! I'll have to gather some material.

  •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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    Elise, la urracca

    for a very important diary. Recommended & done.

    (After hearing about your volunteer work at Greenpeace I am also going to contact them - I want to be a volunteer too!)

  •  Reality based update. (0+ / 0-)

    The Japanese have two other ships there working on repairing the damaged ship.  One is capable of towing the Nisshin Maru.

    Latest from New Zealand

    We all wish that the Japanese would stop all whaling and nobody wants to hurt the cute little penguins.  However unless every World War II movie I have ever seen was wrong, I don't think the Japanese will be particularly swayed by a bunch of Greenpeace solicited emails.  They've been getting barraged by the rest of the world about whaling for over 30 years.

    The danger is much less than it was 72 hours ago, which the diarist failed to mention. Greenpeace and New Zealand can urge all they want and there's a chance this could still end in disaster.  But if you think the Japanese are going to reverse course at this point, maybe you should email W. and tell him to get out of Iraq.

    •  Spin, spin, spinning around... (1+ / 0-)
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      Caldonia

      Hi roguetrader2000 - thanks for the comment.

      Unfortunately, you're eating up some rather tasty spin.

      Here is what the fleet is actually doing:

      Yesterday, Sakyo spoke to the fleet's expedition leader via radio, and asked him if the fleet were starting whaling again, that he'd heard this in the media. The reply was that there was still a lot of work to be done on the ship. They have managed to start the main engine, but the winch is broken down - due to oil pressure trouble, and the factory deck of the ship is taken apart. They have told us that they want to get across the line of 60 degrees south, and head north to Japan as soon as possible.

      So where did we get that information from that came as such a surprise to the whalers? From an interview done by their own spin doctor - PR man for the Institute of Cetacean Research, New Zealander Glenn Inwood, who just hours earlier had put out a statement saying that the fleet is about start whaling again.

      "The normal whale research program ends around late March, so we still have three to four weeks left and the fleet is going to continue with the work there," Mr Inwood was today quoted as saying, in several parts of the media.

      So, we're getting conflicting reports from the fleet a mile or so away from us, and Mr Inwood, thousands of miles away on land.

      Check out the whole post.

      Apparently, the Institute of Cetacean Research has its very own Karl Rove.


      Be a virtual environmental activist! Head for Antarctica!

      by Page van der Linden on Thu Feb 22, 2007 at 03:24:29 AM PST

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