a fishy tail
The Eco-types are very worried about Invasive Species — plants and animals who invade new territories and eat the species who once lived in that place care-free.
The nomadic jellyfish (Rhopilema nomadica), originally from the Red Sea, now infests the eastern Mediterranean. Pale blue and measuring about two feet across, with thousands of stinging tentacles, these jellyfish gather in huge swarms each summer — a single swarm can extend more than 60 miles. Fishermen can’t fish during the swarming season because the jellies foul their gear and mucus coats their catch. Beachgoers stay home, resulting in estimated tourism losses of several million dollars a year. This species also blocks intake pipes at desalinization and power plants.
eww. Stingy and messy. And only one of a number of fierce species that threatens the calm, mild, fecund eco-system of the Mediterranean.
They’re coming in through the Suez canal with the ships. Now, with the expansion of the Suez canal, there is increased access for the Red Sea Invasive Species to flow north into the Mediterranean.
oh, no reason.
no parallels I can think of.
In other news,
In a city where expense account meals are a central part of power players’ lives, some of Washington’s best-known restaurants will close their doors on Thursday in solidarity with a national campaign to draw attention to the power and plight of immigrants.
The campaign, spread on social media and messaging apps, has called for a “day without immigrants.” It asks foreign-born people nationwide, regardless of legal status, not to go to work or go shopping in a demonstration of the importance of their labor and consumer spending to the United States’ economy.
Kinda missing the point, there?
Lest we forget…
They may not have agreed on whether to skip school, take the day off work or refrain from all commerce today, but the hundreds of thousands of peaceful protestors who turned out in major cities across the country on Monday clearly conveyed their message that immigrants are essential to the U.S. economy and deserve the right to continue living and working here. With rallies in more than 50 cities from Las Vegas to Miami, the day of protest brought together immigrants from all walks of life and appeared to overcome early concerns that rifts within the Latino community would hamper their success.
TIME – Monday, May 01, 2006
so… not so Trump-oriented after all?
With last month’s barrage of anti-immigration-enforcement protests, Americans had their fill of the issue. The sea of Mexican and Latin American flags, the scuffles in schools and other public buildings over the raising of Mexican flags, all the “reconquista” and “stolen land” rhetoric and the sight of thousands of illegal immigrants demanding citizenship had done little to gain supporters.
So when organizers insisted on continuing the offensive with a nationwide boycott aimed at crippling the nation’s economy on May 1, it was a political disaster waiting to happen. Immigrants (legal or otherwise) were urged to boycott work, school and commerce and go out and demonstrate instead.
SFGATE – Wednesday, May 10, 2006
And with all that decade-long kerfluffle, NO ONE has even approached changing the immigration system to reflect their concerns.
Maybe, speaking of missing the point:
The survey for Secure America Now found that 56 percent of Hispanic voters approve of deporting criminal illegals. Some 31 percent don’t.
What’s more, they back the president’s executive order to end the Obama administration’s “catch and release” policy at the border.
…On cutting off federal grants to sanctuary cities, 46 percent of Hispanic voters agreed, 43 percent opposed. Overall, the margin was 59 percent support to 29 percent oppose.