Posts Tagged ‘ecology’

Hold, King Neptune

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Hold, King Neptune

Hold, King Neptune

Hold, King Neptune
Great King Neptune, stay thy sword
Smite us not, thou briny lord
Give us but a cause to fear
Fair warning that the end draws near

Blue Poseidon hold thy Trident
There’s no call to be so strident
Long the years have passed since when
Your maelstrom was unleashed on men

Not all people share the blame
for Turtles in the Gulf aflame
Many know as well as you
Of Fukushima’s toxic brew

Father Ocean, please be kind
some were young when stricken blind
Born with no love in their hearts
evolving slow, in fits and starts

Not all men deserve your wrath
Reverent always of your bath
Lash your swells both taut and deep
Reserve Hell’s judgement lest good men weep

jr

The Nudibranch Train

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The Nudibranch Train

The Nudibranch Train

‘All aboard!’ came the pullman porter’s refrain
so we all climbed aboard on the Nudibranch Train
Sloshing his feet, he slid down the aisle
collected our tickets and left with a smile

And so it began in a warm summer rain
A curious trek on the Nudibranch Train
which took us from somewhere, I won’t be specific
Eventually plunged us into the Pacific

The colors were stellar on every box car
(Nudibranchs wear the couture of a star)
Hues made of blue, lemon-lime, red and mango
Nudibranchs look like a visual tango

Even the rainbows turn green with envy
A kaleidoscope knows that he’s been beaten when he
encounters a Nudibranch riding the currents
Fluorescent with pinstripes, and black light deterrents

As goes the engine, so goes the caboose
They covered the spectrum from pink to chartreuse
One car was striped red and white candy cane
What’s not to like on the Nudibranch Train?

Back at the station, a shark and cetacean
awaited the train with a friendly crustacean
out to console a poor butterflies soul
who used to be Monarch (now Nudibranch’s role)

‘Woodside! Callabassas!’ the Porter did shout
And slow as molassass, the Jellyfish got out
They always paid less, and were loved for chatoyancy
Though sometimes, without them, it helped with the bouyancy

Transporting us wasn’t too hard for these gents
But we lost all our luggage in geotherm vents
Topside, the storm raged in circular motion
But it wasn’t a factor this deep in the ocean

Finally arriving at Marrianna’s Trench
I helped them switch tracks with a barnacled wrench
Cuttlefish cuddled and Octopus cried
while mermaids and conch shells waited outside

Some said hello, some said their farewells
Some twirled antennae, and vibrated shells
Next thing you know we zoomed off again
Another adventure on the Nudibranch Train!

jr

Air Force Oil

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

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AIR FORCE OIL

Up in the air, forcing the oil
Blacken the sky, oceans a-boil
Such neat commercials, shiny as foil
Sending our boys to die on foreign soil

The Persian Gulf, Prince William Sound
the new Gulf of Mexico, on Bligh Reef, aground
Deep water Horizon, dead turtles abound
Let’s destroy Vandenburg this time around

Big oil, SONAR and seismic dissenters
‘BP’ stands only for Blowout Preventers
Build a new base with ten tons of cementers
Emergency room, step aside as one enters

Big oil Obama said yes to BP
a mere 20 days before they wrecked the sea
War, warming and asthma kill thousands each week
But we’re drilling for more Texas Tea as we speak

And now that the settings are all put in place
The forces of evil get right in your face
They used to fly under the radar, but now
They’re flying the flag ‘Air Force Oil’ on their bow

You may have heard that the stretch of pristine ocean along the coast of Vandenburg Air Force Base was recently designated a ‘No-Take State Marine Reserve’ under the Marine Life Protection Act. That was a great day! I was there, when a Navy puke tried to shout down the California Fish and Game Commission. The dude said to the Commissioners they ‘didn’t understand the needs and ways of the military, in their quest for security’. Boy, was Commissioner Rodgers pissed off, as he stood up tall and explained that he had seen combat in 4 different war theaters! It was a great moment in California coastal history.

Well, it seems now we all know who is behind big oil, seismics, sonar, and is the oil companies #1 customer.

The California coast is not for sale and is off limits to seismic testing and oil drilling. That’s what we say!

Here’s a story, too hard to even believe….

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0720-vandenberg-oil-20130720,0,4715107.story

I suggest everybody go to the comments section and let the Air Force have a piece of your mind!

with much love and respect,

joey racano

It Happened on Earth Day

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

It Happened on Earth Day

It happened on Earth Day, Washington, DC
A 90 foot Great Blue Whale came from the sea
Center stage, Freedom Plaza, she spread her great fins
Her message was, “Save me and everybody wins!”

The press did the coverage, the whale did the rest
Pin one more Earth-medal on Sir-Gershon’s chest
A great whale emergency in the Washington Post
Great Whale Conservancy, we love you the most!

www.GreatWhaleConservancy.org

joey’s note: you can read on, or skip to the bottom for petitions to sign…

An Ocean of Action!

What did you do on Earth Day? Did you celebrate, or did you make something cool happen and celebrate too? Don’t tell us, we already know the answer- this is a family of heroes! 🙂 Well, while you were out kicking butt, we want to tell you that our own beloved Mz Blue (a 90 foot long exact replica of an actual Great Blue Whale who lives in the Sea of Cortez, aka the Vermillion Sea’) was spotted on the grounds of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC. She was bringing attention to the plight of our marine cousins from the many threats now facing them. These threats include:

*Ship strikes, which are becoming all too common. Recently in California, there was a proposal to move shipping lanes, but it was not enough to save Mz Blue. Those lanes must be moved outside of the Channel Islands, according to our experts!

*Seismic Testing. Even though places like Los Angeles are moving from coal to natural gas fired power plants, there will still be seismic testing to search for oil and natural gas, (as well as once through cooling which destroys plankton when sea water is pumped into intakes). Seismic testing is a threat to whales on both U.S. coasts as well as in 70% of the oceans around the globe!

*Noise pollution. Whales have very low voices and historically were able to talk across whole oceans! Now that has been reduced to 100 yards because of all the anthropomorphic noise. It needs to stop- after all, silence is golden!

*Whaling. Whaling is a barbaric olden days practice that needs to stop. We stand beside our brothers at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they put their own bodies in harms way to save Mz Blue!

www.seashepherd.org

*SONAR. The US Navy intends to do HSTT (Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing), which is expected to kill many whales during ocean war games in the SE Pacific over a 5-year period starting January 2014.

*Ignorance. Education is the key, and we stand beside our brothers and sisters in Oceana www.oceana.org and Greenpeace USA www.greenpeace.org as they wage massive campaigns across the continent and world, educating and organizing the future ocean and Earth-warriors of tomorrow.

Here’s a great report on the Earth Day event from NRDC:

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/tkiekow/rallying_for_blue_whales_on_ea.html

And now please sign and share some petitions…

From our brothers and sisters at Greenpeace:

https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1301&autologin=true

From OCEANA:

Ted Danson agreed to author a whitehouse.gov petition against seismic testing in the Atlantic:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-seismic-airgun-testing-oil-and-gas-us-east-coast/khpw6LCt

From us:

http://signon.org/sign/tell-the-navy-call-off?source=c.url&r_by=5402050

Coming up: Second annual ‘Thank You Whales’ August 17th, shirts buttons, available soon, better get one!

With love and respect,

joey racano

On Facebook: Stop the Diablo Canyon Seismic Testing

Photo: Michael Fishbach

Earth Day 2013  Wash DC

Earth Day 2013 Wash DC

Save the World in 30 Days

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Save the World in Thirty Days

With a whale of an emergency
I come to you with urgency
about a seismic test insurgency
converging on the virgin sea

As giant storms keep forming
we know the Earth is warming
The oil wars keep storming
but they just keep terraforming

Miles below the soil
The oil monkeys toil
Whole oceans they despoil
To quench their thirst for oil

Offshore rigs are fixtures
like global Jack the Rippers
They’re taking seismic pictures
Maxing out the Richters

jr

Save the World in 30 Days:

A-C-T-I-O-N * A-L-E-R-T!

The issue is SEISMIC TESTING, and you know that ‘we’ are the specialists, right? 🙂 LET’S ROCK!

This comes to us by way of our brothers and sisters in OCEANA, who contacted our page and asked us to get this message out.

Recently, the Obama administration decided that if you really wanted to get the President’s attention, you should be able to garner at least 100,000 signatures for your issue. That is our challenge this time folks…

It is a message about such a petition that is streaking toward the needed 100,000 threshold the whales need to keep their ears intact:

With the Atlantic Coast about to get bombarded with seismic air canons that will certainly deafen our best friends under the sea (as well as ruin the ocean-based economy of 7 Atlantic seaboard states), famous TV and movie star *and known ocean warrior* TED DANSEN sends you this message today- we need 100,000 sigs and we have 30 days to gather them. Please please please * sign sign sign * and * share share share!

Here is the original message we got from OCEANA out of Washington DC:

Joey,

I hope all is well. When we chatted a while back you asked if there was a way to help push back against the Atlantic seismic airgun proposal, and now there is, in a big way!

Ted Danson agreed to author a whitehouse.gov petition against seismic testing in the Atlantic:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-seismic-airgun-testing-oil-and-gas-us-east-coast/khpw6LCt

We need 100,000 signatures in 30 days to get a response from the President! Can you send the petition out to the groups who worked with you against PG & E’s airguns in the Pacific and also post to your groups facebook page, twitter etc.? We are using the twitter hashtag: #seismic.

Our new seismic report, video and other materials available here: http://oceana.org/en/news-media/publications/reports/a-deaf-whale-is-a-dead-whale-seismic-airgun-testing-for-oil-and-gas-threatens-marine-life-and-co (key point of the report is that according to the Department of the Interior, 138,500 whales and dolphins could be injured by the proposed eight years of seismic airgun testing in an area twice the size of California!).

We could really use your help on this. Let us know, thanks!

Best,

Matthew Huelsenbeck | Marine Scientist
OCEANA | Protecting the World’s Oceans
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, 5th Floor | Washington, DC 20036 USA
C +1.202.725.9560 | D +1.202.467.1924 | O +1.202.833.2070
E mhuelsenbeck@oceana.org | W www.oceana.org

NO SWEAT MATT- like I said on the phone, we are WAY on it.

OK folks, with lot’s coming up on our agenda (second annual THANK YOU WHALES event in Avila, California, and TOMOL (really awesome Native CHUMASH event, shirts, buttons, some hot issues from Latin American ocean activists, and Navy HSTT SONAR, we ‘gots’ work to do- together. Did I mention Tilikum? Free Tilly!

With much love and respect,

joey racano

photo: Fishbachbluefishbach2