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All of our morning TV hosts are creepy, sorry. :/ But RDA is very sweet. It's mostly Mac, some Sea Shepherd, and having a Stargate family. <3


(Click pic for video link)

Also available @ rdanderson.com
 
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OK so this is most of my icon folder stuffs cleared, save for a few Sanctuary spoiler pics which...well there's no point in making them as they can't be used yet anyway. I await with baited breath. *g* I do hope these can be enjoyed for now. :)

17 x Amanda Tapping/Sanctuary icons
09 x Sea Shepherd/Whale Wars icons
08 x Bruce Campbell/The Evil Dead icons
08 x Stargate/ SG actors icons
06 x Tiger icons
05 x Daria icons
03 x Whale/Dolphin icons
02 x Legend icons
01 x Mythbusters icon
01 x The Glass House icon

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AND LIKE TOTES MOAR! )


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The Japanese whalers have officially ended their 2010-2011 slaughter and are on their way back to Japan.

Can I get a 'HELL YEAH'?!?! XD

Linky...
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For the Australian mainstream media to finally report on Sea Shepherd activist Peter Pethune's capture and removal from Australian waters. Apparently since Peter will be arriving in Japan today as a prisoner of the Shonan Maru #2 he will be charged with the somewhat nominal crime of 'trespassing'.

This leads me to believe that Japan does not want a major trial from more serious charges involving the sinking of the Ady Gil as it would surely draw too much outside attention.

UPDATE 13/3/2010: Peter Bethune has been in contact with New Zealand officials and is reportedly in good spirits. (news story here)
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Upon the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel the Steve Irwin's return to port in Hobart this morning, the Australian federal police once again raided the ship on the request of Japanese authorities. The Bob Barker was also boarded when it came into port this afternoon to be welcomed by supporters and Senator Bob Brown.

"``The spineless Rudd Government has laid charges, including throwing of rancid butter, but the Shonan Maru's sinking of the the whale-protection boat Ady Gil, threatening the lives of six crew members, is not mentioned,'' Senator Brown said.

``Tokyo has taken over Australia's Antarctic seas and whales and now it controls events in Hobart.''

An AFP spokesman confirmed that it conducted a search warrant on board the Steve Irwin as a result of a formal referral from Japanese authorities
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Australian Federal Police raid anti-whaling ship after Japanese complaint

AFP search second anti-whaling boat
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A few more updates on the Ady Gil:

Interview with Chuck Swift - American Captain of the Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker - this includes footage of the ramming for those of you who haven't seen it. Reports on the physical and emotion well being of those involved who are currently aboard the Bob Barker, and what the probable results of this encounter will be.

Australian Government urged to take action on whaling - short little news video report in there, along with the Australian government's official stance on whaling, giving Japan 6 months to stop whaling before Australia will even entertain legal action *sigh*.

"We won't be stopped" says Sea Shepherd - Paul Watson talks about the lack of action from both the Australian and New Zealand governments over their 'concerns' about Japanese whaling. And why Sea Shepherd will not be restrained when defending whales against illegal slaughter.

Video of the ramming from on board the Ady Gil:

A big thankyou to [livejournal.com profile] secretbutterfly for helping find links and footage over the last few days. *hugs*
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Sae Shepherd's Ady Gil has been rammed by the Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru 2.

Whalers sink Sea Shepherd boat

Japanese Whalers Ram Sea Shepherd Ship Ady Gil


Protest Ship Holed in Whaling Crash

Whaling War: Protesters Vow to Fight On

Japanese cut in half anti-whaling ship Ady Gil *VIDEO FOOTAGE*

Gillard Orders Whaling Clash Probe


This is insane, an unprovoked, cowardly attack on a ship much much smaller than itself. Thankfully there were no casualties. I will post updates here as they come in as this is all over the media here.

Do human lives need to be lost before the Australian government sends a ship (better yet, adhere to the damn law and send a Navy vessel) to monitor and protect anti-whaling conservationists that include Australian citizens?

I don't even know what to say right now.

UPDATE: One crew member of the Ady Gil suffered 2 broken ribs.
UPDATE II: Paul Watson reports Injured crewmate is a New Zealand citizen and Ady Gil is not salvageable. Bob Brown will propose new laws to prevent Japanese from sending spy planes to track Sea Shepherd from Australian airspace.
UPDATE III: Ady Gil was still in the water at time of collision, Shonan Maru 2 aimed to ram middle of the ship, but Captain threw the ship into reverse to minimilise damage and possible loss of life.


UPDATE IV: Video footage of the Shonan Maru 2 ramming and slicing the Ady Gil in half.
UPDATE V: Ady Gil Captain Peter Bethune breaks down on Australia's The Today show, calling on Kevin Rudd to adhere to his election promise from 2007 to take Japan to the international court over whaling and yesterday's attacks on Australian citizens in Australian waters.
UPDATE VI: Australian government refuses calls to send Navy vessels to the Southern Whale Sanctuary to protect anti-whaling conservationists.
UPDATE VII: Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard orders an Australian Maritime Safety Authority investigation into the ramming of the Ady Gil, and Senator Bob Brown demands the Australian government compensate Sea Shepherd 1.5 million dollars for the loss of the Ady Gil due to their inaction.
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I love it when they pull shit like this! XD
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Next month scientists from Australia's Department of Conservation and New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research are heading down to the Ross Sea to participate in the first non-lethal whale research program in the area. This has been in the works for some time as a deterrent to Japanese whaling which is done under the guise of scientific research.

The information collected through photographic evidence, satellite tagging and biopsy will be used to determine migration patterns as well as research on genetics.

While I wish the 18 scientists on board all the best and am all for non-lethal research, using this as a whaling deterrent seems a little soft-cocked given the multitude of other options available to the government. The laws are already in place to give the Australian government the power to escort the Japanese whaling vessels from our territorial waters and now that the Japanese have sent military vessels the last 2 seasons gives the Australian government even more provocation to take action under international maritime laws -  laws recognised outside of our own sovereignty.

The opposition has also given the government an ultimatum to either send a ship to the Southern Whale Sanctuary to monitor the Japanese whaling and protect the Sea Shepherd conservation ship Steve Irwin by the end of January, or be prepared to take the Japanese government to international court over their illegal whaling by June 30 as per their pre-election promise in 2007 to rid our waters of whaling for good.

More information:
Media release for the joint Australian/New Zealand whale research expedition
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research website

Bon Voyage!

Dec. 7th, 2009 01:40 pm
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The Sea Shepherd crew leave Australia today to head down to the Southern Whale Sanctuary to head off the Japanese whalers over the next few months. Best wishes to the crew of the Steve Irwin and the Ady Gil, stay safe, we can't wait to have you home again.
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For anyone who saw "Whale Whores", yes it was quite scathing, wasn't it? lol! Oh well, it was a shit load of free advertising and in the end made some very good points. Plus it made for some fun icons. The rest of these are behind the scenes RDA from SGU which I pinched from [personal profile] l_jade so I'm not quite sure which episode these are from, but I suspect it's already aired. And that pic of Shanks from Lost City (which I totally didn't know about til a few weeks ago! Serves me for not ever looking at the photo galleries on the dvds).





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There is so much pretty going on in fandom right now! These are all from pics I have collected over the last few days. The RDA ones are from a Sea Shepherd event from the 17th (originals at rdanderson.com), Shanks behind the scenes of Sanctuary, Helen Magnus promo shots from Amanda Tapping's website, and the NCIS cast mucking around which I've seen posted all over news sites and LJ.





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I need some cheering up. Just watched the season 2 finale of Burn Notice - why the hell didn't anyone give that man an Emmy nom?!?!?! Michael/Victor Cuba fic? Anything???
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Back in '07, Heath Ledger directed the music video for King Rat by Modest Mouse. He passed away before it was finished, but his ideas and the message he wished to convey were kept alive, and thus the video has just recently been released.

I braved iTunes and downloaded it because I had heard of this video before. It is quite vivid in its depiction of the whale slaughter that occurs every year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. For an animated short, it is quite brutal to watch, but rewarding in that it doesn't smack you over the head with the issue, but presents an honest sadness hidden amongst the frivolity of criminal activities.

All proceeds from iTunes for this video until September 4th will be donated to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to support their campaign again illegal whaling in Australian waters.
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I have been sitting on this for the better part of 2 weeks now, but I think today is an excellent day to spread the news that the European Union has finally placed an import ban on all Canadian seal products. It was announced officially today after the European parliament voted in Strasbourg, 550 to 49. This is practically the final nail in the coffin for the seal hunt.

I know I've been fairly quiet regarding my usual ranting and wailing regarding the hunt (and damn, I've taken my blows for it too), but we knew this was coming this year - economically, it has just gotten to the point where even the sealers aren't bothering to go out and kill the seals, because the money for the pelts does not cover their expenses. One can only hope the Canadian government might want to think ahead instead of wallowing in the mistaken self righteousness of archaic and barbaric practices, and educate these fisherman, so that they like the seals can have a better future.

I am also incredibly humbled to have participated in 3 of these campaigns in the last 4 years with some of the most amazing people in the world. Rebecca Aldworth is a goddess, she had been at the forefront of the anti-sealing movement for the last 11 years with the Humane Society, her contributions are without doubt one of the biggest reasons why we are where we are today. Captain Paul Watson from Sea Shepherd who is one of the most thoughtful, yet scariest mofos I have ever met. He's been involved since the 70's in a more hands on approach, witnessing the slaughter, documenting and collecting evidence of the inhumane practices, and generally being a pest to the Canadian government, until they finally confiscated his ship illegally last year. And lastly, Diana Marmorstein and everyone at Harpseals.org who are continuing to run the Canadian seafood boycott with HSUS/HSI and monitoring the situation with the WTO below.

This news doesn't spell the end of the issue at hand, Canada is threatening legal action against the EU and are planning to take their case to the World Trade Organisation, and seal pelts can still be sold to Russia, Norway and China, because they do not come under the EU.

More info here, here, here & here.
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The Anglican Church of Australia and Atheists agree on blasphemy no longer being a criminal offence

This is a great step forward in our secular society, especially when it comes to media content. I for one look forward to a more evenly spread debate, and freedom of expression and ideas on television.

and

Taking on the Goliaths of Doom and The Contradictions of International Conservation Law by Paul Watson

A great take on the state of affairs regarding illegal whaling and the fallout of what is to come from both an ecological and economic standpoint.

and

Sir David Attenborough gets hate mail from creationists because he doesn't credit 'god'

This one just made me laugh. :P

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Just a few updates as to the Japanese whaling in our Australian whale sanctuary/Australian Antarctic territory:

Dec 19th - The Japanese whaling ship The Yushin Maru #2 found by Sea Shepherd's ship Steve Irwin inside the Australian economic exclusion zone in contempt of The Humane Society's Australian federal court order prohibiting whaling in Australian waters.

Jan 4th - The Japanese government calls on the Australian government to ban the Steve Irwin from docking in an Australian port for refueling. Environment minister Peter Garrett takes the request into consideration, despite there being no illegal act committed by SSCS or the Steve Irwin. Greens senator Bob Brown convinces acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard to back down and allow Sea Shepherd entrance, securing a dock in Hobart.

Jan 5th - Hajime Shirasaki of the Kyoshin Maru #2 goes missing in the middle of the night. Japanese media report this as a suicide. Capt. Paul Watson offers assistance and ceases to engage the whaling fleet to help find the body. The Japanese refuse. *footage* (right click and save).

Jan 15th - After damaging it's propeller in ice packs on Dec 20th, the Yushin Maru #2 travells to Indonesia for repairs. (Australian and New Zealand ports are closed to Japanese whaling ships.) Protests are held by Jakarta Animal Aid and support given from Senator Bob Brown of the Australian Greens party, Peter Tagliaferri, the mayor of Fremantle, Ian Cambell, ex environment minister, The Earth Island Institute, The Indonesian Forestry Department, HSI and SSCS, which result in the harpoon ship being ordered out of the Port of Surabaya in East Java.

It is also one year to the day since the Humane Society International won an Australian federal court ruling against the Japanese whaling company Kyodo Senpaku Ltd that prohibits them from killing whales in Australian waters.

Jan 17th - The Steve Irwin will arrive in Hobart at midday for refueling.

Sorry there are no pretty pictures of slaughtered whales, Greenpeace didn't show up to take them.
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From the keystrokes of Tim Norton, Australian Greens party:

Perhaps it would be more economically responsible of the Government to fund Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd directly, rather than waste Customs time with useless whale watching expeditions?

*Snicker* Well...he has a point.
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One of the small blessing that came with the change of government last month, was that I no longer had to write letters, all of which were ignored and unanswered, to Phillip Ruddock in regard to the Japanese whaling activities in our waters.

Now I'm as sceptical as the next person about the promises made by politicians during an election, but one of the big promises that stood out for me because of the amount of support it received, was Labor's promise to enforce international law and escort the whalers out of our waters. Now, Rudd says he's 'thinking about it'.

Please, I know this topic doesn't get alot of coverage in the media, but you just have to look at the polling stats to see that Labor only got in because of the Greens preference vote. And people voted for the greens because they wanted change with regard to the environment and protecting our whales is second only to climate change.

The Japanese plan to kill 50 humpback whales (and 1000 Minke) and have even alluded to targeting Migaloo. This is absolutely insane. There are only 2000 humpbacks in the South Pacific.

However the government is going to go about stopping the hunt (the details of which and the Humane Society's high court injunction result will be available next week) something definitely needs to be done.

I can't help but be in awe of the efforts of the Humane Society and their various letter campaigns of which I have taken part, and the high court injunction which I have been following closely, and those of Sea Shepherd who once again are preparing to track and intervene against the actions of the whaling fleet with the Steve Irwin (formerly Robert Hunter) for Operation Migaloo.

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