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National Disgrace

Friday, February 7th, 2014
National Geographic" How best to kill it?"

National Geographic” How best to kill it?”

National Disgrace

National Geographic
Dance the light fantastic
But your soul has grown cold;
your morals elastic

Adventurous mag of my childhood
whisked me away from that neighborhood
But somewhere your heart washed ashore
In its place on your chest is an open sore

Nat Geo, what the hell-
Partying up to Royal Dutch Shell?
Leading the nation in oil exploration
Integrity on melancholy vacation

They’re up on the beach
And what do you teach?
The best way to kill them
You son of a…

jr

Nat Geo is the sponsor of world oceans summit 2014 in Halfmoon Bay- *BUT* instead of pondering why the whales strand, the focus is better ways of euthanasia:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140205-whale-stranding-euthanasia-oceans-animals-medicine-science/#

In our posting last week entitled ‘Haunted House on Half Moon Hill’, I wrote about the shameful participants in World Oceans Summit 2014, to be held in the Ritz Carlton mansion in Half Moon Bay later this month (Feb 24-27). The cost alone should get your attention! It’s several thousand dollars to get in the door!

http://www.economistinsights.com/sustainability-resources/event/world-ocean-summit-2014

The event is a whose who of ocean extraction and no action activist’s in activist inaction. Royal Dutch Shell, the worlds most deadly company, the World Bank, in charge of development in 89 countries around the world, and many others. All coming together pretending to be an environmental meeting, but instead it’s about carving up the ocean as they once subdivided the land.

And instead of asking their guests of honor why they are killing whales with seismic tests and sonar, and factory-overfishing and mining and more, instead, the focus is on easier ways to kill whales who dare wash ashore, causing embarrassment and scrutiny for these huge multi national corporations who want to extract our oceans to death.

Shame on National Geographic. Shell, burn in hell.

Joey Racano, Director
Ocean Outfall Group

www.oceanoutfallgroup.com

On Facebook:

stop navy sonar testing and

stop the diablo canyon seismic testing

Sacred Unions

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Sacred Union

Sacred Union

Sacred Unions

The year of the horse runs its course
through valleys filled with snow
Distant cries fill Northern skies
and Borealis begins to glow

A hunters moon sheds its gold cocoon
and wolves begin to howl
The equinox opens up its box
for the solar winds to growl

Aurora slashes and her light storm flashes
taming a dark expanse
Her twin down south uses a fiery mouth
to encapsulate the worlds romance

Far below in the land of snow
the gathering of the pack
A timeless game that always ends the same
when the wolves begin to track

A signal here and a silence there
Hooves slow in a powdery snow
The quiet turns to din as the pack closes in
Led above by the raven and crow

Auroura Borealis entwines with the Australis
Sunlight making love in the ionosphere
A Wolf in his palace, kills without malice
Behold these Sacred Unions of the Atmosphere

jr

The Whole Dam Pacific

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

The Whole Dam Pacific

On March the eleventh, two thousand eleven
I finally launched my one slice of heaven

a thirteen foot skiff with strong metal oarlocks
and rowed it away from witches and warlocks

I stocked it with food before leaving Japan
prepared to catch fish and so that was my plan

It wasn’t enough that I brought my new phone
I also brought stuff to avoid being alone

There was Charlie Chernobyl, my trusty Iguana
and a milk carton filled with the best marijuana

I bought from Yakuza, a Japanese mobster
whose last parting gift was a still-alive lobster

And so off it was as we rowed out to sea
a lizard, a lobster, my pot stash and me

By noon we were too far to see any land
I cranked up an IPOD to hear a cool band

and just when the solo began to get strong
I noticed the birds headed off to Hong Kong

Tuna and dolphins and whales said vamoose
Something real bad was about to break loose

Snap! Went the lobster, and snip! went the lizard
Queeziness took a good hold on my gizzard

Soon a crescendo of sound came around
Not from the sky but from someplace way down

That’s when a fish shouted ‘evacuation!’
I fumbled my radio onto a station

The radio managed just one garbled word
‘Earthquake’, (which we already knew from the birds)

Charlie Chernobyl

Charlie Chernobyl

Then in the background, someone called out, ‘Mommy!’
And I braced with both hands for a major tsunami

That’s when a wave went right under my boat
We were ok, and continued to float

One hundred and thirty three feet, that was huge
It made storm surge Katrina seem pro Baton Rouge

But splash! Went the lobster and sploosh! Went the lizard
None could have saved them, not even a wizard

I never looked back toward the sea of Japan
I’m nobody’s genius but am a bright man

The wave had bounced off Fukushima-Daiichi
like Fonz used to do to his poor cousin Ciacci

I just kept on rowing ahead of the glowing
which helped me at night to see where I was going

And just when I thought I was safely away
Two giant creatures burst out of the spray

One was my lizard, turned into Godzilla
and a thousand-foot lobster, now a one-man flotilla

May day, oh may day, I called on the phone
Is anyone out there un-cesium boned?
My mom must be worried, I want to go home
The whole dam Pacific’s a nuclear zone

jr

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

Roses and Prayers

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Roses and Prayers

With roses and prayers, let abundance increase
said the good Brother Michael on a mission of peace
Ribbon Eels, Nudibranchs, Jellyfish strings
These are among the most beautiful things

Whale spouts cascading, migrations parading
A sailors return to a lover there waiting
Bubbles from deep, where the sea chose to keep
an anonymous wreck, hold still laden with teak

Depth without measure, oft laden with treasure
where divers seek danger and mermaids seek pleasure
Unbridled seahorses ridden by none
exposing the handle of Blue Beard’s own gun

So many secrets are kept by the sea
and we are the keepers of antiquity
Keepers of life, keepers of gold
And both may ye find there in that cargo hold!

jr

(sign our petition against Navy Sonar please):

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-navy-call-off.fb29?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=5824444

Thank you Brother Michael J Phillips for your part in our Thank You Whales ceremony Saturday in Avila! I am sure the good will you worked to create will keep bringing about miracles like this one below, news from our good friends at OCEANA:

‘We have some big news on seismic airgun testing this week! Thanks to the spirited debate brought on by activists like you, the Department of the Interior announced a six-month delay on their seismic airgun decision. This means we’ll see no seismic airgun blasts in the Atlantic this year and have more opportunities to convince them to make the right choice and halt testing for good’.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/noise-from-seismic-air-guns-could-be-skirmish-before-war-over-offshore-drilling/2013/08/18/1d4559dc-05d2-11e3-88d6-d5795fab4637_story.html

With love and respect,

joey racano

Photo: Diane Smith of Brother Michael

Brother Michael's Ceremony

Brother Michael’s Ceremony

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

Thank You Whales 2013

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
August 17th- make plans to be there!

August 17th- make plans to be there!

Get ready for the 3rd annual 'Thank You Whales' celebration, coming August 17th, 2013 on Old Port Beach in Avila, California. This yearly celebration commemorates the arrival of whales at the gates of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in 2012. The whales arrived in pre-hunting numbers, coinciding with the Chumash celebration of their vollages and canoes known as 'Tomol', and it all happened just in time to garner the world media attention needed to Stop the Diablo Canyon Seismic Testing. Many people and organizations bonded together to help, and the California Coastal Commission played a leadership role, with their historic November 14th 'NO HIGH ENERGY 260 DECIBEL SEISMIC TESTING IN CALIFORNIA WATERS' decision, but it was the whales of Avila- a modern day bona fide miracle- that really saved 500 or so nautical miles of marine ecosystem!  This sponsors for Thank You Whales this year show those bonds have grown even stronger between us all, and we hope you will be there, August 17th, 2013, Old Port Beach, Avila, starts at 10:00am. Look for the huge whale statue!  *VERY* Special speakers!  Love and respect,  joey racano

2013 Sponsors of 2nd Annual Thank You Whales

 

Whales Besting Seismic Testing

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
art by R Moran

art by R Moran

Whales Besting Seismic Testing

With the lowest of the low hearing frequency ears
whales heard it first, before the others by years
The crashing and the smashing in the fathomless void
that had the fish ker-splashing and the squids annoyed

The threat was seismic testing, at a nuclear plant
Whales were put in danger by some reckless ant
And so, they got together a cetacean ensemble
with Orcas in the front (they never were very humble)

The Sperm Whales second, followed by Great Blue
and so on down a line that stretched to Kalamazoo

They headed for a beach in California, where
somebody built nukes on a quake fault there

And instead of finally taking old Diablo down
were attempting to instead just blast the sea with sound

Well, the whale-force crew swam at gale-force two
stopping only to refuel one time in kat-man-doo

The whales went west around the Cape of Good Hope
(One towed a raft of castaways by nylon rope!)

The Humpbacks breached and the Fins swam fast
Beaked whales homed on the offending blast
They planned to hit the beach right at Diablo’s gate
and if no one saw the whales, then they would sit and wait

In the Caribbean they were looking for an angle,
and wisely took it wide around Bermuda Triangle
They sang their songs and were joined by the throngs
who loved cetacean classics, teaching rights from wrongs

The Panama Canal was a challenge of its own
(with skeleton whales up on the shore, bleached bone)
They had to hold their breaths, staying hid beneath the water
(Otherwise the locks would never let them cross the border)

Finally in the end, they made it to the Central Coast
and people came from everywhere, like they had seen a ghost!
Now, it got so famous, it’s known throughout the world-
as the Miracle of Avila, and every boy and girl

knows August, 2012, when great whales came from the sea
to the gates of the Nuclear Power Plant, saying:

“Don’t you mess with me!”

jr

New Progress on Whale Protection:

Keep it moving forward with great conservation, people! Right now, there are many bad guys who want to split the conservationists apart because we are starting to beat them. Don’t fall for it! Here are some examples: Cat lovers vs Bird lovers, Sea Lion lovers vs Salmon lovers at the Bonneville dam, and native peoples vs whale conservationists:

http://news.yahoo.com/fishermen-want-humpback-whales-off-183718368.html.

Remember this: we all have a lot to lose (a whole planet!) and we have a lot more in common than not. So the key to our survival and the species we love, is solidarity!

That is what ‘Thank You Whales’ is working on too!

Check THIS out: UNPRECEDENTED

Our fantastic THANK YOU WHALES event coming up in August (Aug 17th, on Old Port Beach in Avila, California) is now sponsored by an incredible array of kick you know what groups including:

*GREENPEACE USA * CHUMASH TRIBE * SEA SHEPHERD SOCIETY * SURFRIDER FOUNDATION * OCEANA * WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCH * GREAT WHALE CONSERVANCY * OCEAN OUTFALL GROUP * OCEAN DEFENDER ALLIANCE * OCEAN DEFENDER HAWAII * OCEAN DEFENDER CALIFORNIA * and more!

Don’t buy into the divisive BS- One world, One ocean!

Keep fighting, keep signing, keep loving!

From 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

With love and respect

joey racano