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Tue, May 1, 2007 - 6:59 PM
This article is from the Haleakala Times in Maui Hawaii. This grabs my heart. Please spread the word if it touches yours too.
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The U.S. Navy’s antisubmarine warfare strategists probably wish that they could emulate the way whales and dolphins navigate the ocean depths. How they can penetrate, with high-pitched clicks, what the light spectrum cannot. How they can detect without touching, see without seeing. How they can ward off predators, stalk their prey, answer their kind across the distant and dark. _ _The Navy has none of these talents. Instead, they rely on various types of man-made sonar to monitor key shipping channels. With the advent of the modern, ultra-quiet enemy submarine, the Navy insists they must be trained in the use of certain types of active sonar—- the kind of sonar that blasts a pulse thousands of miles across the water and sends a pressure wave ripping through the lungs and brains of whales and dolphins; that causes deafness, disorientation, acute stress, violent behavior, and separation of mother-calf pairs. This is only for starters.__Underwater, sound increases exponentially, says Jeff Pantukhoff, who spearheads the international “Save the Whales Again” campaign. “When a huge bomb goes off in a city, it’s the pressure-wave that causes the damage. The pressure wave from a sonar blast rips and tears apart the cells of marine mammals.” __The Navy admits that in some cases, marine mammals may be sensitive to mid-frequency sonar and that, in at least one stranding case, sonar-testing was part of “a confluence of factors acting together… that ultimately resulted in the stranding.” The Navy’s website explains that they are working with “independent researchers around the world to better understand what combinations of ocean conditions, geography, and sonar may lead to marine mammal disturbance.”__According to Dr. Marsha Green, founder of the Ocean Mammal Institute and the International Ocean Noise Coalition, the Navy is making the problem sound more complicated than it is. Sonar doesn’t just disturb whales, she says, “It kills them.” __“It causes hemorrhaging in their brains and lungs. They’ve found them bleeding from their ears, bleeding from their eyes.”_ _On Mar. 16, Green led a protest in Kahului against what she calls the Navy’s “lawlessness.” Her flyers display beached whales bathed in blood. Any arguments questioning the lethality of active sonar lost their credibility in March of 2000, she says, when 17 beaked whales in the Bahamas beached themselves and died after being exposed to 150 to 160 decibel sonar. __Marine Biologist Ken Balcomb, who was living in the Bahamas at the time of the beaked whale stranding, severed the heads of the whales, froze them, and had them sent them back to a laboratory in Boston for dissection. He found hemorrhaging in the whales’ inner ears and brains as the result of an intense acoustic event. __“Envision a football squeezed to the size of a ping-pong ball by air pressure alone. Now envision this ping-pong ball compressing and decompressing hundreds of times per second. Imagine this ping-pong ball located in your head, between your two ears,” Balcomb wrote after he finished dissecting the whales. _Even the Navy issued a statement admitting that its own mid-range tactical sonar was the “most plausible cause” of the incident._ _The topic of Green’s Maui protest, which coincided with simultaneous efforts throughout the state, was a January Dept. of Defense decision to exempt the Navy from the requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which makes it a crime to harass, kill or injure marine mammals. The two-year exemption will affect all coastal states, but Green says Hawaii’s humpback whales will be especially hard hit.__Last fall the Navy announced that they would be expanding sonar exercises in Hawaii. Their FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) on the planned exercises indicates that up to 10,000 humpbacks and 900 sperm whales may be exposed to active sonar blasts of between 173 and 195 db in the Hawaii region. They do not expect that this will significantly impact marine life. __Green, an animal behaviorist who studies vehicle noise on Maui each year, says that isn’t possible. The navy plans to test sonar at an intensity that is between 100,000 and 10 million times louder than the threshold at which a whale begins to avoid noise and as much as 10,000 times louder than the sonar that killed the beaked whales in the Bahamas, she explains. The decibel scale is logarithmic._ _Green can list the past decade’s headline whale strandings from memory: Canary Islands, Sept. 2002: Four hours after military exercises commence in the area, eight beaked whales strand themselves and die. Haro Strait, Washington, May 2003: 11 harbor porpoises strand and die as the U.S.S. Shoup tests its mid-frequency sonar system. North Carolina, Jan. 2005: 37 whales beach themselves and die after Navy vessels on a deep-water training mission off the coast used powerful sonar as part of the exercise. The list goes on.__ In Hawaii, there have been few major stranding incidents. 1n 1998, a spinner dolphin calf, a melonheaded whale calf, and a humpback whale calf were found separated from their mothers after the Navy tested extraordinarily loud active sonar in the area, and in 2004, close to 200 melonheaded whales crowded into the shoreline of Kauai’s Hanalei Bay after the use of low-frequency active sonar by the Navy’s NPAL (North Pacific Acoustic Laboratories) climate study program._ _ But most whales injured or killed by sonar will not be found, says Green—they will sink and die rather than beach themselves on shore. She notes that in the Bahamas, the entire population of beaked whales has gone missing since the stranding.__ “The whales that we observed swimming toward shore and stranding were only temporary survivors of an acoustic holocaust that can be likened to fishing with dynamite,” wrote Balcomb in 2001.__But Green says the problem with the Navy’s FONSI is self-evident. “It seems to me that if you seek an exemption from an act that allows for the prosecution of those who kill, harass, or injure marine mammals, then you’re admitting that your actions have a high probability of harassing, injuring or killing marine mammals,” she says. “Why would you seek an exemption otherwise?” __ Green’s tone is cool and matter-of-fact. She’s ready for criticism. She’s dealt with worse. Green has been trying to keep the oceans quiet for more than a decade; the U.S. Navy has been trying to keep Green and her colleagues quiet for almost as long. An animal behaviorist at Albright College in Pennsylvania, she has brought the same simple message to the United Nations, NATO, and the European Parliament among other law-making bodies. _ _In the late 1990s, after Green sparked controversy testifying against a 195 db sonar program in Kauai, her research equipment and data were stolen from the Coconut Island laboratory she was working in. Later, Navy officials sent a series of letters to the president of her college such that she began to wonder whether the politics of noise pollution could jeopardize her job as a professor of psychology._ _Today, Green does not face such immediate obstacles. Still, she mentions a 2005 memo on national security strategy that lists “going to international bodies and using diplomacy to oppose the policies of the U.S. Government” as a form of “terrorism of the weak.” It’s an interesting statement, says Green wryly, “because that is exactly what we do.” ___The politics of acoustic trauma__That the new save-the-whales movement could be seen as a form of terrorism would perhaps be more amusing if it didn’t hit so close to home._ _Financial control and sometimes overt intimidation have been the Navy’s mode of operation for years says Dr. Lindy Weilgart, a Nova Scotia-based marine biologist. A recent article in OnEarth Magazine calls noise pollution “the most contentious issue in marine mammal science today.” Weilgart says this has less to do with any uncertainty in the data than it does with the level of control the Navy exerts on the scientific community.__The Navy funds 70 percent of the marine mammal research in the United States and 50 percent of marine mammal research in the world, says Weilgart. “They brag about this. It’s like they don’t understand the conflict of interest.” _She and her husband, Hal Whitehead, are both professors of marine biology at Dalhousie University. The couple has on several occasions blown the whistle on what they say is a “systematic unwillingness to publicly criticize defense-related projects within the U.S. marine-mammal research community.” (Journal of Marine Mammal Science, 1995) __At a Navy-sponsored panel of scientists discussing the effects of noise pollution, Whitehead once commented that the situation at hand was akin to a “special session on lung cancer held at a professional conference of oncologists funded by the tobacco industry.” __On Weilgart’s website, she has posted an email exchange between Navy officers that sheds some light on the Navy’s opinion of the role of a navy research scientist. Released to the public as part of a National Resource Defense Council lawsuit, the document reveals a conversation between a representative of the operational branch of the U.S. Navy and an official of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), upon reading some critical public comments from ONR-sponsored marine mammal scientists.__The Navy representative describes the scientists’ findings as “negative and out of the box,” and remarks that “the proper way to bitch is via the sponsor.” The ONR official describes making a “scorching phone call” to set them straight. “I think they had some inkling that they might be about to take our money and make themselves look good to the enviros too,” he wrote. “Scientists are sometimes like that, they’ll…give their honest, sometimes harsh critique without knowing any of the politics or circumstances…”__But Weilgart says marine biologists actually understand the “politics and circumstances” quite well. Or at least, well enough to know that scientists whose research undermines their sponsor are asking for a funding slash. “The navy has a chilling effect on scientists who might otherwise be inclined to testify against their programs,” says Weilgart. “What we’re really trying to address is an entire system that places scientists in a bind of conflicting loyalties.”___Will sonar make us more secure?__Many of sonar’s proponents choose not to argue the finer points of marine science, and instead insist that human lives should trump environmental concerns. In an online chat session with the public hosted by the Honolulu Advertiser, Admiral Gary Roughead, then-commander of the Pacific fleet, championed active sonar as “our most effective detection method,” arguing that we “must be able to train using that system if we are to operate against these increasingly quiet and deadly submarines.” (Honolulu Advertiser, March 13, 2007)__In July of 2006, when federal judge Florence Marie Cooper issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Navy’s exercises in Hawaii, the president of the Heritage Foundation, a DC-based conservative think tank, was reeling.__“Our [battlefield dominance] shouldn’t be given away to protect whales,” he wrote in Chicago Sun-Times editorial “If we forget that, someday one of our enemies––one who won’t care how many whales it kills as long as plenty of Americans die too—will eventually remind us.” __It is a potentially persuasive line of argument. If the use of active sonar can be traced to a genuine need to protect the United States against immediate security threats, then doesn’t the prospect of a few dead whales lose its shock value?_ _It might, says Weilgart, if the military could provide some specifics. “Give me something I can grasp onto here,” she says. “Show me an Al Qaeda submarine. Tell me about an instance where an enemy sub could only be detected with active sonar. They act like they can’t protect our men and women without it, but they don’t show us why.” _ _Pantukhoff says the Navy doesn’t provide the evidence because it simply isn’t there. “The Navy hasn’t faced threat of attack on a U.S. submarine since the Cold War,” he says. In fact, the Navy’s press materials don’t explicitly claim that we are under threat of attack, but rather says that in shipping channels around the world, submarines “could be used in the future to disrupt peace and stability by interrupting transportation and commerce.” Their website stresses the importance of keeping the oceans open for oil tankers and merchant fleets._ _Regardless of its purpose, active sonar is “stupid technology,” says Pantukhoff, who backs his claim with some unlikely sources. Testifying before Congress in 2000, Dr. Charles Bernard, former director of the U.S. Naval Weapons Lab, argued that active sonar makes “no sense“ because it has the disadvantage of highlighting the source vessel and other U.S. ships and submarines, compromising our own security and placing our own personnel in jeopardy.” __The same year, Navy Rear Admiral Malcolm Fages testified active sonar was simply unnecessary. “The Navy now has the ability to detect quiet submarines in littoral waters using passive listening systems at considerable distances,” he said._ __The world is listening__Despite the Navy’s firm stance on the use of active sonar, recent years have seen marked progress in the world’s recognition of ocean noise pollution. The secretary general of the United Nations last year flagged ocean noise as one of the top five threats to cetaceans and top ten threats to marine life worldwide. Active sonar exercises in areas with a high concentration of marine mammals have been condemned by the World Conservation Union, the International Whaling Commission, the European Parliament and ACCOBAMS (an Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area). As early as 2004, the JASON report prepared for the Pentagon by their own bioacoustics and physics experts categorized sonar mishaps as an issue of national importance.__In June of last year Dr. Green discussed the growing problem of underwater noise pollution with the UN Secretariat and delegates from twenty-nine governments at a New York meeting on “Oceans and the Law of the Sea.” There, the U.S. delegation moved to have ocean noise removed from the document that would be sent to the general assembly for consideration that fall. The motion was overwhelmingly defeated and Green’s group was successful in having ocean noise referred to the General Assembly. “There has to be overwhelming international opposition to sonar for the U.S. to get shot down on an issue like this,” says Green. “It’s encouraging.”__ _War games in the whale nursery again?__While the international community may finally be paying heed to environmentalist badgering, ocean noise activists say Hawaii’s efforts to protect the state’s marine life are flagging.__In July 2006 in the channel between Maui and Big Island, the navy scheduled a nighttime choke-point exercise as part of the month-long RIMPAC war games conducted every other year in the Hawaiian Islands. The day before the scheduled blast, researchers who were monitoring RIMPAC noticed a pod of hundreds of melonheaded whales in the blasting zone. They radioed the navy vessel and asked them to cancel the exercises._ _At night, says Green, it would have been impossible to see whether whales were within range. Green says the researchers did not detect any sonar blasts that night and assumes that the warning convinced the Navy to hold off. “In reality, I think they[the researchers] saved their butts,” she says. “Because let me tell you, the whole world was watching.”__RIMPAC has been subject to intense public criticism for decades. In Hawaii, many associate the war games with the bombing of Kaho'olawe, which was for years a major component of RIMPAC. Green said the non-incident of 2006 highlights the Navy’s unwillingness to take basic precautions that would lessen the likelihood of marine mammal fatalities. That the Navy insists on testing active sonar at night is telling, she says, but more telling is the fact that they are testing sonar in the prime breeding ground for humpback whales.__Encompassing approximately 1,218 square nautical miles, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is the winter home to two thirds of the North Pacific’s humpbacks. The whales return each year to breed, calve and nurse their young in the warm, shallow waters of the world’s most isolated island archipelago. But in these very waters, between the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Kaho’olawe, lies the U.S. Shallow Water Submarine Torpedo Training Range. There, the Navy has practiced antisubmarine warfare since 1988 with the aid of 52 hydrophones and 8 acoustic projectors affixed to the ocean floor. Meanwhile, off Kauai’s north shore, NPAL has transmitted a source level sound of 195 db, 24 hours a day, for the past 10 years. This Navy program is intended to measure the temperature of ocean waters, and the sonar travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. _“The Navy is really out of control,” says Weilgart. “No one is saying shut down the Navy or stop all exercises altogether, we’re just saying do a better job, find a better spot. Why do they have to train in the Hawaiian Islands? Why do they have to train in a marine mammal breeding ground?_ _“They could go 700 miles off shore to conduct sonar exercises and it would be much safer,” adds Green._But the military, she says, is not the Sanctuary’s only threat. Every January, Green takes a group of students to Maui for an intensive fieldwork course on vehicle noise and marine life. The class has taken on a larger scope as Green has become increasingly disenchanted with the Sanctuary’s failure to deliver on its goals. __In addition to the sonar exercises conducted in the Sanctuary, marine mammals face boat engines and generators that produce sounds loud enough to travel for miles underwater, possibly disrupting whales ability to hear background chorusing or social sounds between mothers and calves. __The University of Hawaii uses air guns to map the ocean floor, which produce sounds (up to 240db) that are deadly to all marine mammals in proximity. Reports of boat collisions are increasing, and cruise ships still dump several hundred thousand gallons of sewage, oily bilge water, film processing and hair styling chemicals each year. __Frustrated with the Sanctuary’s inaction, this year Green’s students took to the streets. Outside the national headquarters of the Whale Sanctuary in Maui, the students, along with about 20 other concerned citizens picketed outside the Sanctuary headquarters on S. Kihei Road.__Sanctuary director Alan Tom defended the organization in a Maui News article that followed the protest. When the Sanctuary was established by then-governor Cayetano, Tom explained, “He wanted the Sanctuary to be involved in education and research. He didn’t want additional regulation on ocean activities. That was something he made very clear.” __He told reporters that he appreciated the interest, but said he thought the students were in the wrong place. “I’m glad to see there are people who want to make changes….It doesn’t happen overnight. We would need data. If someone proposes a regulation, the [Sanctuary Advisory] Council will ask, where is the data to support that regulation?” (The Maui News, Jan. 17, 2007)__Green can only shake her head. On the skylit second floor of Kahului’s Down to Earth Café, she reads and rereads the article. “What do they mean they don’t have the data? They can contact experts, they can get the data themselves, they can…” Green pauses for a moment. “You know, they’re really not malicious,” she says. “Alan [Tom] is a nice guy.” __She shoves the newspaper away and sighs. “But it [the sanctuary] makes people feel that something is being done. It gives a false sense of security. In that aspect it really is quite insidious.”_ __Keeping up with California__Despite her frustrations with the Sanctuary, Green says Tom is right about one thing: if there is to be any reprieve for Hawaii’s marine mammals, the State will need to be involved. __How exactly does a state protect its coastal zone from a federal government program? They can start by hiring a lawyer. In California, they already have.__On March 22, the California Coastal Commission filed suit against the U.S. Navy in Federal District Court over the Navy’s decision not to comply with Commission conditions that would help protect marine mammals from harmful impacts associated with use of undersea sonar during training exercises. But only the Commission’s budget, explains director Peter Douglas, is subject to California State influence. “The Governor exercises no control over our, policy decisions,” he says. __ Hawaii does not have its own coastal commission, and the Hawaii Coastal Management Zone is based in the State Office of Planning. The organization is subject to both state and federal influences; disputing the authority of _either has not been their role in the past._ _Still, Pantukhoff urges the state to follow California’s lead. “Lingle needs to take action here. If there were ever an issue that is worth distancing herself from the Bush Administration on, it’s this one.” __According to Pantukhoff, even those with strictly practical concerns should realize that protecting the marine life of the nation’s only ocean state is a worthwhile enterprise. __“People around Hawaii need to know what’s at stake here,” he says. Even the economy here is dependent on the health of the marine environment. We have no idea what collateral damage the sonar might do, what the long-term effects might be.” ___
For A Coming Extinction
Now that we are sending you to The End
That great god
That we who follow you invented forgiveness
And forgive nothing
I write as though you could understand
And I could say it
One must always pretend something
Among the dying
When you have left the seas nodding on their stalks
Empty of you
Tell him that we were made
On another day
The bewilderment will diminish like an echo
Winding along your inner mountains
Unheard by us
And find its way out
Leaving behind it the future
When you will not see again
The whale calves trying the light
Consider what you will find in the black garden
And its court
The sea cows the Great Auks the gorillas
The irreplaceable hosts ranged countless
And fore-ordaining as stars
Join your work to theirs
That it is we who are important
Thu, January 19, 2006 - 4:52 AM
Imagine the crops cirlcle you have seen in books, pictures, or where ever. These are based on sacred 'harmonic' geometries. The patterns that stick out to me are the forms based upon 3's, 6's, and 9's; the numbers of expansion and christ buddha krishna consciousness. Now imagine taking those same grid patterns and place thier matrix patterns over a peice of land. Now imagine dome homes arranged into the similiar patterns as the crops circles. When using different diameters of domes we will form geometric perportions that will in effect be characterized resonant frequencies or musical notes forming a song and dance of living structures. In essence living in a village crystal singing bowls turned upside down would be a nice analogy.
Gaia alliance integrating trees, rocks, water, mountains, and valleys holding down grids of light and resonance. Community centers, water birthing temples, crafters guilds, schools of meditation, body, and movement arts.
Imagine water catchment coming from the roofs of these domes in the shape of the golden mean spiral while charging the water and cleansing the living space.
We are called to a collective vision with revision. I urge prolific poets to re shape these words into an inspirational melody that sings from tongue to tongue. heart to heart, end to start, spread this sacred art and come play with me in the fields of limitless astral manifestations.
Story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn.
Thu, January 19, 2006 - 1:53 AM
Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.
"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.
"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."
He is very much aware of the correctness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves.
So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.
Phi is Fi
Fri, November 11, 2005 - 11:11 AM
Fi is Fee
Fee is Free
Fee is Fair Energy Exchange
The Infinite mystery of Five
Mystic mysterious molecular
Thu, November 10, 2005 - 3:40 PM
Particles particuliarly producing
Synergistic samples exchanging
Dances spinning symbiosis
Etherial kinnections guide loves compassion
Masterfully kinnected returning by
Waters acting as mirrors
Mutidimensionally reaching and pulling
Returning to balance of origin
Repeating currents, snake eats tail
Overtones undercurrent sweep fins
Lapping nectar washes memories lucid
I and I am graces reflection eyes and eyes
Heaven's gate, eye and I willing accept eternal
Rememberance 'refresh, replenish, remember'
'Celebrate the best nature has to offer every day!'
March 23, 2006
Brent helps me shine by inspiring nothing less than complete galactic harmony and tribal strength. Everywhere at once, I've even ate his Holy Cacao in my dreams... We seem to be traveling at a similar vibration and trajectory. I know that this dolphin brother is destined for great things because I've heard his words like magic spells lift my own intentions ever higher. A polished reflection of how dreams manifest with dilligence and ingenuity, this one will amaze you with his humble presence and radical inclusivness. An artist healer visionary galactic space brother bringing in the new and out with whatever doesn't serve the unfoldment of a universal love based wonder-society by way of transformational super-foods, bio-mats, Phi fractality, and delicate alchemy. Flavor-Fav. I got your back!
February 15, 2006
Brent is about as cosmic
as they come. A walk-in maybe?
At first, I didn't know what
to make of this brother.
Was he just a crazy hippie?
It didn't take long to
realize that instead,
he was totally
right on. Courageous in
his forward thinking, forward
being. I am thankful that
he lives and breathes
what some don't dare
to imagine. He's always
coming from the heart
and has nothing but
love for everyone.
October 1, 2005
Ahh, my sound-healing brother! Thank you thank you for sharing the loving vibrational space, and always letting me borrow your beautiful light didgeridoo. May you be continuously blessed with abundant healing vibes and phi ratios rolling out from the most high!
May 27, 2005
Such a freek!
Don't feed him any soy milk
at any cost! Great dancer!
Baisicly a total rockstar!
So glad he borned i am!
December 15, 2004
Alchemystic! This superagent can dance with the devas and the demons and come back with a feather and a smile. A soul so beautiful, so gentle, so WHACKED! He can make his funny voices have funny voices that have...some kind of healing effect. If you see this man in public, GET A HUG! What a kind and real, evolving at breakneckspeed, gentle, wild, deliciously unpredictable, shaman lovah undacovah, freakobandeekotongueincheeko brotha from anotha. I love him...and it's impossible not to.