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As concerned current residents of this planet, we welcome public hearings and official acknowledgment of the long denied practice of environmental geoengineering. Our descendants need our voices. Ban geoengineering world-wide.  Bravo longislandskywatch!

More than 100 wonderful people showed up to support the proposed legislation to ban geoengineering over Suffolk County, Long Island. The legislation was

La Rage (The Rage) by French female rap artist Keny Arkana, released in 2006.

Keny Arkana is part of La Rage Du Peuple (The Rage of the People), a music collective formed in 2004 in Marseille, activists in the alter-globalization

Geoengineering is the world-wide secret program to manipulate the atmosphere. The government now admits it has been “testing” the manipulation of earth’s atmosphere with barium salts, aluminum dioxide and other toxic compounds.  This experiment represents a clear and present danger to the health of all life and ecosystems on the planet.  And of course, we are all unwitting subjects.  Stop the subversive experimentation and curb fossil fuel consumption.  End deforestation.  Support clean energy technologies.  Consider our health and that of all inhabitants of our beautiful planet.

I like the sky just the way it is!   Stop weather modification!

 

By Sherab Woeser

Phayul[Sunday, November 06, 2011 23:50]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets the audience before beginning his public talk on how to overcome difficulty for victims of Fukushima prefecture, at Nihon University of Engineering in Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan, on November 6, 2011. (Photo/OHHDL/Tenzin Choejor)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets the audience before beginning his public talk on how to overcome difficulty for victims of Fukushima prefecture, at Nihon University of Engineering in Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan, on November 6, 2011. (Photo/OHHDL/Tenzin Choejor)

KORIYAMA, November 6: Arriving into Koriyama city in the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima, it is hard for the naked eye to notice any striking difference from the other places that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been visiting for the last ten days.

But a Geiger counter device, used for detecting radiation, when placed on the ground in the middle of the city just before the Dalai Lama’ s arrival, showed a reading of 2.28 microsievert/hour – a mark, dangerously bordering the radiation level considered hazardous for human life if continuously exposed for a year.

On March 11, following the magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, 60 kms from Koriyama, suffered major damage to its cooling system, leading to nuclear radiation leaks.

Over 200,000 people were evacuated from the Fukushima prefecture. Many never returned, while those who did, had their families separated and livelihoods destroyed.

Arriving from the tsunami stricken areas of Sendai, the Dalai Lama told a packed audience at the Nihon University in Koriyama that calm mind, self-confidence and holistic approach during tragic circumstances were essential in confronting problems.

“A good immune system can protect your physical health but if your mental state is disturbed, then even a small problem would seem unbearable,” the Dalai Lama said.

Responding to a concern expressed by a teacher of his students facing emotional distress following the tsunami and radiation threat, His Holiness said that it was always beneficial to “share people’s sufferings”.

“We, being social animal and part of the human society, must use our human intelligence and help those suffering. Always think that you are not alone, the whole humanity is with you.”

Advising the audience, many of whom were uprooted from their native lands by the radiation leak, the Dalai Lama said it was always better to take precaution.

“More natural disasters might come in the future because of global warming, so it is better you move to higher grounds and rebuild your home and family with greater enthusiasm”.

Crediting his late mother for bestowing in him the seed of compassion, the Dalai Lama said that warm heartedness and kindness were the ultimate source of optimism and inner strength.

“The first benefit of genuine compassion goes to the practitioner. Genuine warm-heartedness gives you the self confidence and determination to see things positively and impartially”.

Rubbishing widespread rumours of the world facing its end in the year 2012, the Tibetan spiritual leader said that human kind will continue to live and evolve for thousands of more years.

“Every single person from amongst 7 billion human beings have something to complain. So, don’t worry. Be optimistic”.

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“Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy” Panel Discussion, after the screening of “Knocking on the Devil’s Door: Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy,” hosted by Dr. Gary Null, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture – September 21, 2011

Written, produced and directed by Gary Null, “Knocking on the Devil’s Door: Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy”- A documentary of the greatest urgency
A review by Jan Lundberg
17 September 2011


Gary Null, radio talk show host and author, with Producer Richard Gale, has produced a comprehensive indictment of nuclear power and weapons. The first thing the public needs to know is that it is not merely a debate about which way to go with policy. Rather, the nuclear issue is about life and death now. So a big public service is in exposing the nuclear industry’s lies that are killing people today at increasing rates. Premiered in August, Knocking on the Devil’s Door: Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy has taken on the political, financial, technical and other scientific aspects of a monstrously complicated and scary topic. In 135 minutes the film takes a semi-informed viewer from innocence to mind-blown amazement — and perhaps depression.

If one could just watch an abridged version of Knocking on the Devil’s Door, of maybe only one-fifth of the whole film, it would totally undermine any misplaced faith in the nuclear industry and its handmaiden, the government. The additional four-fifths’ content is excellent for burying the zombie forever.

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Beginning with footage of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, the early history of the nuclear weapons/power complex and its government backing set the stage for in-depth interviews with well-informed scientists and activists. As the film goes on, the facts and dangers pile upon yet more facts and dangers that soon cause any viewer’s head to spin with sadness and outrage.

All aspects of the nuclear assault are covered in this documentary. The expertise is unassailable, including international scientists, and well known anti-nuclear activists such as Pediatrician Helen Caldicott, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Michio Kaku, Greg Palast, Harvey Wasserman, Chris Busby, Dr. Janette Sherman, Karl Grossman, Ernest Sternglass, Aileen Mioko Smith, and Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamp.

Find an expert to put them down or object to the premise of the film, and you have an expert who is alright with environmental rape and damage to the human gene pool, and who believes ever more technology and energy is tantamount to (materialist) life itself. After all, such an expert insists, we all must be reasonable and compromising in a democracy.

The film reminds us of basics that we would rather forget: there is no radioactive-waste disposal system that works long term. The stuff is piling up and leaking. It is dangerous and causes cancer and birth defects. All nuclear power plants are ticking time-bombs for accidents, natural disasters, or terrorism. Bomb material comes from nuclear power plants. Worse, government primarily serves industrial profit, so it is not there to protect us or the planet, but to cover for and enrich the polluters and scam artists of the nuclear industry.

Understandably, almost no one wants to believe that the corporate state that foists thousands of years of violent poison on us is so stupid and evil that corruption is the order of the day. But upon watching this film, learning of the games played by Tokyo Electric, nuclear plant contractors, and government officials around the world, one must believe it.

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Gary Null

For example, as told by journalist Greg Palast in the documentary, Stone and Webster, now a subsidiary of the Shaw Group, was found guilty of racketeering and fraud for faking seismic data; fined $4 billion. Now the company is bringing on three new nuclear plants. The Shaw Group is a top donor to the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.

Years before Fukushima’s reactors blew in March of 2011, Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) faked and manipulated inspection results to fool government inspectors. When this became known in a national scandal, the government ruled it was okay because the rules needed to be relaxed. When such institutional crimes are allowed, disaster eventually comes. And it is still coming, loaded into the pipeline perhaps beyond our ability to survive it.

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Entergy, once an obscure Arkansas company, now owner of Indian Point reactor near NYC, is part of “one of the worst cases of political power and abuse that I saw with Bill Clinton and the lawyer for Entergy, Hillary Rodham,” says Greg Palast in the film. “Entergy owns the Clinton family. The company buys nuclear plants that are supposed to be retired, then gets extensions on them.”

Karl Grossman, journalism professor at SUNY, said candidate Obama was quite antinuclear, saying nuclear power plants “can blow up.” “But once in office, forget about it. After Fukushima blew, Obama called for loan guarantees for more nuclear, because Wall Street won’t touch it.”

Obama’s Senate reelection chief and administration official David Axelrod used to work for Commonwealth Edison, biggest U.S. utility. “He sold Obama on nukes despite a campaign promise to not build nuclear plants without a place to put the waste. It’s like building a building with no toilet,” says Greg Palast.

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Former White House Chief of Staff for Obama, Rahm Emanuel, made millions of dollars selling nuclear power. Exelon, formerly Commonwealth Edison, Chicago, owns 17 plants and is buying Constellation Energy. A dozen nuke plants ring Chicago. [Remind me not to go there again, but Amtrak uses it as its hub. – editor]

Steven Chu, Energy Secretary, is of the nuclear cult “nukies.” He denies the consequences of radioactivity, dismissing it as something we can live with.

Wasserman gave us yet more bad news: Duke Power is on the brink of giving $10 million to the Democratic National Committee. [These are not your friends. – editor]

Halliburton/Brown & Root incurred a 1,000% cost overrun for one nuke project; no other industry would be allowed this. And no other industry enjoys anything like the Price-Anderson Act that provides insurance for the nuclear industry paid for by the U.S. taxpayer.

The nuclear industry is rife with corruption and fraud, because there’s no way to build a safe nuclear plant. “The problem of nuclear power plants is that they are not are built on concrete but on lies,” points out Greg Palast. “In many ways, atomic energy is just a big scam,” says Harvey Wasserman in the film. In this reviewer’s view, this analysis fits with the tradition of the U.S. economy steeped in boondoggles — from construction projects to wars — for private gain at public expense. So it is no wonder that the nuclear industry, government and military are playing musical chairs as people go in one door, then out, in another door, and so on.

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Greg Palast

A heart-breaking prospect for the future of humanity is called up by Helen Caldicott in the film: “The nuclear physicists, engineers and businessmen have no idea about the biological effects of radiation. So they either lie or confuse the public.”

The threat to our children and future generations is more true than ever because of Fukshima: “It’s essentially a tsunami of radiation still coming at the United States,” points out Wasserman. In Japan the news coverage on Fukushima is suppressed. “If we didn’t have foreign media here, we’d be totally lost. We have to have the eyes of the world,” says Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action Japan.

After Fukushima the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission extended licenses (including Vermont Yankee which is the identical design of Fukushima) of several dozen nuke plants for 50 to maybe 80 years, inviting disaster and catastrophe.

Karl Grossman says, “The corporate news media is totally in the pocket of the nuclear industry which has bought hundreds of millions of dollars of airtime. Nuclear companies such as Westinghouse and GE own TV networks, and Rupert Murdoch is a very committed pro nuker.” Grossman goes on to say “the NY Times has joined with the Pinocchios of the nuclear industry… This is tragic because a holocaust of death from cancers has started.”

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Helen Caldicott

Apart from fallout, radioactive particles spewing into the sea, tritium in fresh water, etc, the low-level radiation harms the cell membranes and breaks down the lipid barrier. “Stontium 90, like PCBs and DDT, stay in the body for decades… Where the nuclear plants are we’re seeing a marked increase in cancer not only in children but in the elderly as well. One of the striking areas is Pottstown, Pennsylvania which is a gorgeous part of the country, and we find that since 1981 when the Limmerick plant went online, and 1998, that the childhood cancer rate has gone up 71%.” – Janette Sherman, MD, Chernobyl Toxicologist, Radiation and Public Heath Project.

So, as Helen Caldicott points out, “Children are getting cancer at the age of six instead of the age of 60 because they’ve been exposed in utero to radiation, epidemics of cancer, leukemia, genetic disease — how dare we?”

According to MSNBC/Associated Press, June 21, 2011, “Radioactive Tritium has leaked from three quarters of commercial nuclear reactors…” Tritium becomes part of the water molecularly; i.e., water itself, so the tritium cannot be filtered out. This is allowed in part through the extending of the licenses of nuclear plants.

The most thorough documentation of harm from low-level radiation is from the medical industry. In the 1950 Alice Stewart discovered the biggest factor in childhood leukemia was whether the pregnant mother was X-rayed. The medical profession attacked Dr. Stewart personally. Thirty years later the medical profession finally admitted that pregnant women should not be X-rayed.

So, you think you can escape the problem of nukes by staying healthy, such as by eating sea weed to take in natural iodine to fight radioactive idodine, etc.? But “every nuclear power plant is a system for generating nuclear weapons… There has been an extremely false division made between nuclear power and nuclear weapons. From uranium reactors you get plutonium, perfect for making nuclear weapons. There is no way you can keep these two applications separate.” – Vandana Shiva, Ph.D, nuclear physicist, environmental activist and philosopher. There are those at top levels of governments and militaries, as well as independent operators known as terrorists, who want to use nuclear weapons. Why is it just fine for Israel allowed to have The Bomb and not be accountable about it? Is the idea to possibly nuke Iran, perhaps at the behest of powerful forces in U.S. leadership?

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Vandana Shiva

Caldicott: “360 to 370 tons of depleted uranium 238 ordinance were used around Basra in the Gulf War, It is an alpha emitter like plutonium, very carcinogenic. Much of it is lying around the desert in powdered form, the children play in it… and sand storms blow the stuff up. Soon after the doctors in hospitals… noticed an increase in the incidence of childhood cancer… and very deformed babies being born… Babies being born with no brains or no arms or single eyes has gone up 700%. Women are too terrified to deliver their babies. The half-life of uranium 238 is 4.5 billion years… It will be creating cancer for the rest of time. For the present invasion in Iraq they have used over 2000 tons of it.”

Dr. Chris Busby of the European Committee on Radiation Risks: “Because of decreased fertility and reduced sperm counts, by the year 2020 there may be no more Israelis because of depleted uranium floating around the Middle East and the whole planet.”

The U.S. has had three space accidents dumping plutonium on the Earth, and Russia six.

An energy critique of the film

Despite the film’s enthusiasm for a technological energy solution for the nuclear threat, unintentionally sowing confusion regarding the notion of plentiful, clean energy for today’s consumer population, I wholeheartedly recommend this film to anyone. The film’s strong point is not energy policy as the cure for society’s alleged needs. Inevitably in such a movie about a terrible problem — such as Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth about climate change — the critique of the problem gives way to the suggestion for the solution. But sometimes the person describing a problem is not the right person to provide the solution (if there really is a solution).

Claims are made and hopes are expressed in Knocking On the Devil’s Door to the effect that perfectly clean and available technology can just step in to replace nuclear energy as well as fossil fuels. But one expert featured in the film, Chris Busby, makes a good case for using much less energy immediately by having a proper economic system that does not involve working too much, in ways that waste energy, enabling us to get rid of nuclear energy now.

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Harvey Wasserman

As evil as the nuclear power/weapons complex is, such that it clearly needs to be dismantled if we are to see life continue in a healthy fashion on Earth, the idea that a solar-powered, windmill dotted world is a viable alternative to a nuclear-energy powered world happens to be unworkable. Today’s industrial, consumer economy and the size of the present population — dependent on the vulnerable petroleum infrastructure — cannot run on renewable energy. Renewable energy is appropriate and feasible for small-scale, local operation, and cannot replace petroleum on the scale hoped for. But when renewable energy is a panacea and inflated because we supposedly need so much energy, the focus of terminating now all nuclear and fossil energy is lost or diffused. However, unsuprisingly, the film tells us “The technology is there, the resources are there: we have all the sunlight, all the wind, all the geothermal and ocean thermal and wave energy to run this planet with available technology. What’s standing in the way is the corporate investments in nuclear power and fossil fuels.” – Harvey Wasserman. Perhaps the idea of “running this planet” is so ill-conceived that it is simply part of the soon to be obsolete, dominant culture that ultimately rips nature to shreds.

Now that the peak in global oil extraction has come, and climate disruption from greenhouse gas emissions has begun, it would appear to make sense to go all out for renewable energy and other alternatives. Unfortunately, humanity’s best bet today regarding energy is not an attempt at an industrial conversion to a renewable energy infrastructure for a greener consumer economy but immediate curtailment of energy consumption. Curtailment, whether voluntary or due to sudden, critical shortage of fuels, will end the corporate economy and, when the dust settles, usher in bioregional political self-leadership. Then the only remaining challenge for international cooperation might be cleaning up the nukes from the previous economic paradigm.

The only other error in the film that I noticed was in the opening images of nuclear horror, when the Three Mile Island nuclear plant appears to massively explode as it did not. The plant actually had a partial meltdown, with radiation releases. Special effects for graphic embellishment and editing ought to conform to historical fact.

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poster available from Culture Change

This reviewer has been an on-and-off anti-nuclear activist, and I’ve known about the hazards and lies of nuclear industry doings. But it’s all so disgusting I’ve not wanted to know much more. So when I pick up more information like that presented in Knocking on the Devil’s Door, I am floored at how much worse the situation really is. Perhaps it is mostly the blatant corruption and risk-taking that the public is ignorant of, when the outrages and absurdities of nuclear energy are so clear.

The conscious American likes to think that justice and common sense have a place in the political system, and that there is human goodness in a good many top elected officials. We don’t want to be totally disillusioned. When we see the headline “President Obama to Seek Higher Tax Rate on Millionaires” we can’t accept that Obama and his circle are doing things like plotting to create more nuclear waste instead of restructuring the country. Instead we want to believe that Obama is vastly different than the Republicans, and that he means so well. Unfortunately, despite his mixed bag of presidential deeds that include some good deeds, the main similarity Barack Obama has with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — who sealed his fate by challenging the power structure by eloquently linking poverty, the war machine and materialism — is skin color.

What is not addressed by Knocking on the Devil’s Door, and what needs to be looked at throughout society, starting with conversations in all homes, is “How can nuclear power and weapons be tolerated one day longer when they pose such a clear threat to life?” This question gets into the question of why people are so powerless, or why they keep waiting to exercise their latent power — until it may be too late to avoid annihilation. Or, are human beings hopelessly stupid, or awaiting liberation from the dominant culture by its collapse?

My hope is that a film such as Knocking on the Devil’s Door can radicalize, if it can get well distributed and talked about widely. Then it will be more likely that the nonviolent, civil disobedience movement can rise up to stop nuclear power and disarm all known nuclear weapons. Until then, or while the movement is stalled, the psychological or cultural obstacle appears to be that until radiation sickness attacks many more of us, the average consumer seems to be much more interested in the next beer or how to get a faster new car — even if Knocking on the Devil’s Door receives an Academy Award.

Source Article at culturechange.org

DEFEND WIRIKUTA

 The Huicholes, heirs of Mesoamerican societies, make up one of the native groups that have survived with great vitality in America thanks to the rough topography of their territories, to its decentralized political organization and to their ability to adapt to the historical surroundings reflected by their active participation in the history of the West of Mexico.

SALVEMOS WIRIKUTA - TAMATSIMA WAHAA

Nevertheless, the main strength of their cultural reproduction is the collective resolve to keep their ancestral traditions. An essential part of their cosmogony and identity is the pilgrimage through dozens of natural sacred sites, spread along a corridor of more than 800 kilometers that runs from the coast of the State of Nayarit to Huiricuta. These pilgrimage routes are what remain of the pre-Hispanic trade routes that joined the Pacific coast with the Gulf of Mexico.

Among them the route to Huiricuta, to the west, stands out because of the role it has played in the cultural survival of the Huicholes, the frequency with which it is used and the number of users it has. Along the route, deities and the spirits of their ancestors (for example the cacallari) inhabit, certain species of wild fauna (wolves and reindeer) or natural phenomena like the wind or clouds (the tateima) are found.

The Huicholes also identify some of these elements as “older brothers” or “teachers” (the tamatsi), who anoint the pilgrims providing them with wisdom and spiritual guidance, or with penalties and punishments. Deities and spirits dwell precisely in the sacred places, where according to the Huicholes they “utter their voices”.

In certain areas there are concentrations of sacred sites that make up scenes like Huiricuta and the Huichol territory itself. Natural sacred sites are found on islets, moist soil, rivers, lagoons, springs, forests, mountains or rock formations. These show engravings, and have spiritual, bio-geographic, social or historical meanings. Pilgrimage routes run along a variety of ecosystems whose cultural attributes are linked to agricultural periods, crop gathering or hunting as part of a ritual cycle.

The constellation of sanctuaries and traditional routes constitute the Huichol scenery as the cultural resonance of a community that, together with the ritual cycle, manifests itself as a continuous, dynamic and complex system.

The fundamental purpose of their pilgrimage is to follow their ancestor’s steps to ask for rain and well-being. Along the route, the shamans recreate and transmit the tribal legacy to the young by means of chants, story-telling and complicated rituals.

Huichol Route through the sacred sites to Huiricuta (Tatehuari Huajuye)

This legacy, in addition to shamanic, religious, or medical knowledge, includes the diversified use of ecosystems or the conservation of the genetic variety of the species they cultivate. This is why and considering that the Huichol language has no written form, pilgrimages perform a very particular function identified as an “itinerant Mesoamerican university”, main axis of a knowledge system based on nature, that gives the Huixáritari (Huicholes) their identity.

This pilgrimage is the only way in which the Mesoamerican legacy of this ancestral culture can be kept. During the last five centuries, the pilgrimage has had the double purpose of establishing contact and trade with the mestizo and European cultures that have radically transformed the natural and cultural resources of the Huichol territory. Consequently, the ritual indigenous time that looks for a deep identification of the human being with the natural processes has been able to survive within a utilitarian environment of rapid changes and depredation.

The route runs through two regions that are important to the world because of their contribution to biodiversity: the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Chihuahua Desert. The complex topography and the spectacular altitude ranges of the south of the Sierra Madre Occidental, allow the existence of a wide range of habitats that include tropical forests of deciduous and subdeciduous trees, spiny forests, thickets and grasslands, gallery forests, and pine forests –oak trees.

The Chihuahua Desert is one of the three semi-desert areas biologically richer in the world. The habitats included in the southeast of this region such as xerophillus vegetation, thickets, grasslands and pine forests, lodge a notable wealth as far as diversity and endemicity.

Unesco (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) along with the State of San Luis Potosi´s Natural Protection act has recognized the area of this pilgrimage land of 450 by 173 kilometers as being a cultural route, with important flora and fauna and animal species which live exclusively in the area. It became protected land under Unesco on October 27th, 2000 and on June 9, 2001 was declared a National Sacred Site.

Although this land is under legal protection, a Canadian Mining Company called “First Majestic Silver Corp” has claimed to have purchased a concession of old mines, on November 13th, 2009 with 80% of their interest laying in protected land. Part of their land claim includes half of the Huichol Holy Mountain it`s self as well the town of Real de Catorce and La Luz as well as 11 other small villages. These towns are historic mining towns of Mexico that were abandoned in the early 1900`s and have now become recognized as historical monumental sites of the country. The ancient buildings, roads, churches as well as mine sites have been preserved and cared for by the local population for over 100 years and has provided the only industries in the area, tourism and film sets. Over the years Real de Catorce has become famous around the globe and has recently be given the title of “Magic Town of Mexico” for it`s preservation of historical infrastructures and it`s attraction to spiritual seekers as well artists, catholic pilgrims, geologists and tourists in general.

First Majestic Silver Corp. Lays claim to this land by purchasing “Normabec”, another Canadian Company who purchased the land prior to the protection laws being put in place. They have managed to get a permit for exploratory mining, and state they are planning to launch a program of aggressive exploration and excavation in the 2nd half of 2010”. The company uses a method of open pit mining and lixiviation through the flotation in cyanide. This chemical is highly polluting and deadly requiring only 0.2 of a gram to kill a person (this is what the Nazi`s used in the 2 World War genocide in the deadly showers in concentration camps). Mines such as that which First Majestic Silver Corp plan to open require tones of Cyanide each day to operate. The waste is either released into rivers or lakes or put into pits where it is allowed to dissolve through the soil.
In the case of this “Real de Catorce Project” (as it is called by First Majestic) the intention is to use the local water supply, which is the only source for the region, for it`s lixiviation process.
This will require the same quantity of water each hour which a family will use in 20 years. Additionally the waste toxins will be sent either down the river vein to the lower communities or through the soil taking directly to the Huichol Holy Mountain and seriously compromising the protected plant and animal species. It will dislodge contaminants into the soil and water systems, alter ecosystems, will interrupt, refill, dry, and divert hydraulic streams; will substantially alter the landscape and geologic cuts, and will provoke serious consequences for the local inhabitants.

While the Huichol people, inhabitants of Real de Catorce and surrounding communities as well as concerned people around the world are working to have the Mexican Government enforce the already existing laws which protect this land, it is also important as citizens of the world that we take a stand against this kind of blatant dis-respect not only for United Nations Protection Laws but also for that of Native Sacred Lands and Human Rights around the world. There are very few places left in this world with the rich and continuing history of Aboriginal traditions and we must do all within our power to protect and keep these areas for this and future generations. Thousands of years of history and tradition are on the brink of being stripped from the Huichol people in the name of a small foreign company who has never lived on or with this land, who wish to exploit and abuse it for the financial gain of a few.

Real de Catorce can be seen online at:
http://www.realdecatorce.net/ (also on google earth).
The President of First Majestic Silver Corporation is Keith Neumeyer and the Cheif Operating Officer is Ramon Davilla.
First Majestic Silver
925 West Georgia St.
Suite 1805
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6C 3L2
Phone: 604.688.3033
Toll Free: 1.866.529.2807

More information about the Real de Catorce project can be found at: http://www.firstmajestic.com/s/RealDeCatorce.asp

Further information about the impacts of cyanide:
http://www.serconline.org/mining/faq.html

November 3, 2011 | Mitch Anderson

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Lago Agrio, Ecuador – The sprawl of scorched pavement and crumbling cement buildings in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. This city, once a small oil boom town founded by Texaco in the late 1960s (and given, appropriately, the name “Sour Lake” after Texaco’s hometown in Texas) is now a bewildering and feverish mess of oil workers, drug-traffickers, street children, shop owners, impoverished farmers, and indigenous people stripped of their ancestral territory and forced to survive, as the Cofán people say, in the kokama kuri sindipa ande (the white man’s world of money).

Just several days ago, at the edge of the pavement on the outskirts of the city, where the Cofán people have recovered (yes, purchased) a narrow tract of their ancestral territory, I spent the afternoon with Marina Aguinda Lucitante,

Marina Aguinda Lucitante, Cofán elder

an elder of the tribe. She was born along the banks of the Agua Rico river. She was married at a young age to a Cofán Shaman, Guillermo Quenama, who died, she says, “because the oil company poisoned him with alcohol.” She remembers when the forest was filled with animals. And she remembers when the river ran black with crude oil. She seems to remember everything – and all of her memories are divided: Life before the oil company and life after the oil company.  

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