Using car batteries to MURDER dolphins

Myanmar’s Irrawaddy dolphins are being killed off in RECORD numbers.[1]

And, the way they’re being murdered is incredibly awful.

Rogue gangs are using car batteries to shock and stun the dolphins, then capturing and killing them.

Although the practice of electrofishing is illegal, it doesn’t stop these poachers from using every trick in the book to brutally murder the Irrawaddy dolphins.

If we don’t step up soon, these happy, smiling dolphins could be completely WIPED OUT.

Due to the horrific electrofishing practice, the Irrawaddy dolphins are on the brink of extinction.

In Laos, the species is already considered “functionally extinct.”[2]Now, conservationists are desperately trying to stop the same fate for those in Myanmar.

These dolphins are integral to the health of the rivers they live in — and they’re also considered sacred by the local Khmer and Lao people.

We can’t let these dolphins completely disappear. So we need to know: Should we act now to save the Irrawaddy dolphins?


Thanks for taking action to save them,

on this day … 2/1

1788 – Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat.

1790 – The U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York City.

1793 – France declared war on Britain and Holland.

1793 – Ralph Hodgson patented oiled silk.

1842 – In New York City, the “City Despatch Post” began operations. It was a private company that was the first to introduce adhesive postage stamps in the western hemisphere. The company was bought by the U.S. governemnt a few months laster and renamed “United States City Despatch Post.”

1861 – Texas voted to secede from the Union.

1862 – “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” by Julia Ward Howe was first published in the “Atlantic Monthly.”

1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed a Joint Resolution submitting the proposed 13th Amendment to the states.

1867 – In the U.S., bricklayers start working 8-hour days.

1884 – The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world’s first motion picture studio in West Orange, NJ.

1896 – Puccini’s opera “La Boheme” premiered in Turin.

1898 – The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT, issued the first automobile insurance policy. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.

1900 – Eastman Kodak Co. introduced the $1 Brownie box camera.

1913 – Grand Central Terminal (also known as Grand Central Station) opened in New York City, NY. It was the largest train station in the world.

1919 – The first Miss America was crowned in New York City.

1920 – The first armored car was introduced.

1920 – Canada’s Royal North West Mounted Police changed their name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The organization was commissioned in 1873.

1921 – Carmen Fasanella registered as a taxicab owner and driver in Princeton, New Jersey. Fasanella retired November 2, 1989 after 68 years and 243 days of service.

1929 – Weightlifter Charles Rigoulet of France achieved the first 400 pound ‘clean and jerk’ as he lifted 402-1/2 pounds.

1930 – The Times published its first crossword puzzle.

1946 – Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.

1951 – The first telecast of an atomic explosion took place.

1951 – The first X-ray moving picture process was demonstrated.

1953 – CBS-TV debuted “Private Secretary.”

1954 – CBS-TV showed “The Secret Storm” for the first time.

1957 – P.H. Young became the first black pilot on a scheduled passenger airline.

1958 – The United Arab Republic was formed by a union of Egypt and Syria. It was broken 1961.

1960 – Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. They had been refused service.

1968 – During the Vietnam War, South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brig. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. The scene was captured in a news photograph.

1976 – “Sonny and Cher” resumed on TV despite a real life divorce.

1979 – Patty Hearst was released from prison after serving 22 months of a seven-year sentence for bank robbery. Her sentence had been commuted by U.S. President Carter.

1979 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was welcomed in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.

1987 – Terry Williams won the largest slot machine payoff, at the time, when won $4.9 million after getting four lucky 7s on a machine in Reno, NV.

1991 – A USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport. 35 people were killed.

1994 – Jeff Gillooly pled guilty in Portland, OR, for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding.

1996 – Visa and Mastercard announced security measures that would make it safe to shop on the Internet.

1998 – Stuart Whitman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against U.S. President Clinton.

2001 – Three Scottish judges found Abdel Basset al-Mergrahi guilty of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. The court said that Megrahi was a member of the Libyan intelligence service. Al-Amin Khalifa, who had been co-accused, was acquitted and freed.

2003 – NASA’s space shuttle Columbia exploded while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts on board were killed.

Working Washington … SB5530,SB5532 and SB5541 could all roll back min wage

We are Working Washington


Bad news: the State Senate is considering 3 bills to roll back the minimum wage in our state, and they’re going to be heard in committee this Thursday — February 2nd.

  • SB 5530 would lower the minimum wage to $9.53/hour in 38 of the 39 counties in our state. (There would be a new sub-minimum wage for all workers outside of King County.)
  • SB 5532 would lower the minimum wage for people who work for certain types of employers. (There would be a new sub-minimum wage if you work for an employer classified as a nonprofit  — no matter how large they are.)
  • SB 5541 would lower the minimum wage for some kinds of workers. (There would be a new sub-minimum wage for younger workers — no matter what their responsibilities.)

Have you ever worked outside of King County, ever worked for a nonprofit employer? Ever worked as a young person?

Know anyone who has?

Then let us know what you think by rating these proposals on a scale of 1 – 5 skulls — and then help us tell the committee to take their hands off our minimum wage.

On a scale of 1 - 5 skulls...

Here’s the good news: we just voted to raise the minimum wage by almost 60%, so we know the people of Washington State support living wages, not poverty wages. Let’s use that support as a push. Let’s send the Legislature an unmistakeable message that they need to take their hands off our minimum wage.

So let us know what you think — and if you’re in the Olympia area, let us know if you can make it. The hearing is set to begin at 1:30pm in the Cherberg Building on the Capitol Campus.

Let’s beat this back. We can do this.

Working Washington

PS > Did you hear about this by text message too? Sorry for doubling up we just wanted to make sure the word got out!