Archive for July, 2013

Leonie’s View: Make sure you listen to the song

July 26, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s blog thanks Leonie for reminding us that being old doesn’t mean you can’t be noisy and offensive.

71 yr-old Kelly Fox sings "Kiss My Ass" on Britain’s Got Talent 2013 Audition

Just watch Simon’s reaction as the act continues…

Thai Days: Ceasefire continues with two teachers being blown up

July 25, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog really doesn’t have hopes for a happy ending. The Islamic separatist idiocy in Thailand’s deep south shows no signs of ending. Yesterday two female teachers were blown up (perhaps because they were female, perhaps because they were teachers, perhaps because the Terrs wanted to smash their police escort), three other people injured including police. I’m rather sad that this odd war goes un-reported.

The routine slaying of teachers strikes me as particularly vindictive and cruel. The bomb that killed them went off as their car was passing a hospital.

I shall say no more. Their Islamic actions speak for themselves.

Hugh in Bangkok

New Post from The Girl: Do you feel any different?

July 25, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog got this and now you have got it, too! I feel this photo thing is ludicrous. Demeaning. It makes both men involved look grotesque and mutated.

I didn’t feel any different. Just a trifle disgusted.

But The Girl’s blog strikes me as imaginative and bold and has prompted lots of intelligent comments and they are well worth reading if you are still interested in picking the last meat off the sorry bones of the Trayvon/Zimmerman incident.

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

Over to The Girl!

TheGirl posted: "Last night on Anderson Cooper they showed a drawing of what Trayvon and Zimmerman would have looked like if they swapped races. I couldn’t find that picture, but I found a similar one from another blog. Would this have made a difference in the verdict? "

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Do you feel any different?

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Last night on Anderson Cooper they showed a drawing of what Trayvon and Zimmerman would have looked like if they swapped races. I couldn’t find that picture, but I found a similar one from another blog. Would this have made a difference in the verdict?

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Well, I’ll admit when I saw the image I had an immediate reaction. So yes I have my biases, we all do. You would be kidding yourself to say you have no biases whatsoever. The point is if whether one is letting those biases influence your decision making.

And the media’s reaction:

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That’s a little extreme…..

But I want to hear from you guys…

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Latest INTERPOL Media Release: INTERPOL testing of tusk DNA from seized ivory in Sri Lanka to help combat wildlife crime

July 24, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog gives you my latest update from INTERPOL – PROJECT WISDOM no less. It’s DNA and ivory and Sri Lanka. Among other things.

If you do encounter bad behavior when it comes to wildlife/environmental crime INTERPOL shouldn’t daunt you. They are approachable and would like to hear from you if you have anything sensible and significant to report. The key words here are sensible. And significant. Not one stuffed Hawksbill turtle in a Mindanao market. Five hundred turtles, yes.

And don’t bother them with cats and dogs! Not their department!

Cheers!

Hugh in Bangkok!

Media Release

INTERPOL testing of tusk DNA from seized ivory in Sri Lanka to help combat wildlife crime

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – DNA samples from 359 elephant tusks seized in Sri Lanka as part of an illegal consignment have been taken by a specialist INTERPOL team to assist national authorities in determining their origin and potentially identify the criminal networks behind large-scale elephant poaching.

The INTERPOL Investigative Support Team (IST), composed of experts from INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme, DNA Unit, and Command and Coordination Centre provided Sri Lankan authorities with technical assistance and the required equipment to check the tusks which were seized in the Port of Colombo last year on a shipment from Uganda bound for Dubai via Kenya.

The samples have been sent to the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington in the United States for DNA analysis – to identify the original herd and country – and to the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation for chemical isotope analysis, to determine their age.

“This collaborative effort sends a strong message to wildlife traffickers that Sri Lanka is taking firm action against the illegal ivory trade. Our cooperation with INTERPOL collecting DNA evidence cannot be underestimated in its long-term consequences for elephant poaching networks, and we look forward to working even more closely with INTERPOL as the investigations continue,” said Mr Liyanage, Deputy Director of Sri Lanka Customs.

Once the forensic analysis is completed, results will enable INTERPOL to continue supporting this transnational investigation with the countries of origin in Africa and to coordinate targeted police interventions as part of international efforts.

“This successful cooperative forensic effort between INTERPOL Colombo, Sri Lanka Customs, the Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Port Authorities is a great example of the power of international enforcement collaboration in tackling environmental criminal enterprise,” said Cees van Duijn, INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme Project Leader.

“Environmental fugitives are increasingly transcending national borders, but strong cooperative actions like this help us close ranks on each one of them,” he added.

Poaching and organized wildlife trafficking is a growing transnational crime and the primary threat to the survival of elephants. INTERPOL has created a strong initiative to protect elephants through Project Wisdom, designed to support and enhance governance and law enforcement capacities for elephant conservation.

In December 2012, the European Commission agreed to support INTERPOL in its efforts to combat wildlife crime, under the umbrella of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) which also includes the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank, and the World Customs Organization (WCO). The INTERPOL Investigative Support Team was deployed under this initiative.

The INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will host the INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Events in Nairobi, Kenya from 4 to 8 November 2013.

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Thai Days: Southern ceasefire remains as violent as usual

July 24, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has watched this “Ceasefire” thing going on and I think “Gunfire”  or “Freefire” might be a more accurate description.

Ramadan didn’t dent the ever rising body count. Obviously Ramadan needs explainng to some Muslims. They missed the point of the holy event.

Malaysia stepped in to work things out. Mediate! That worked out – peace reigned for at least ten minutes. And yesterday’s Buddhist holiday was notable for the murder of two heavily unarmed Buddhists while driving a car. Their four year old child, also heavily unarmed was shot for good measure. The kid’s alive but he’ll have scars and memories. A rubber tapper was shot but returned fire (imagine that – you pop out to check your rubber trees and while you are doing that you have to be heavily armed and have a bloody gunfight) a civil servant made the mistake of waking up without an Uzi and was killed, and army rangers stormed a rebel base after a 30 minute exchange of fire. On a brighter note one prominent Islamic militant leader is now enjoying his seventy seven virgins in paradise. Thai rangers blew his head off.

The Islamic miltants/drug dealers/animal smugglers cannot be accused of not having peace at heart. Their solution (still, unbelievably on the table for discussion) is that all Buddhists, teachers,  medics, Christians etc. leave the deep south along with all Thai police and military. Or they’ll kill them.

Strangely this proposal has not been met with cheers and cries of joy.

By anybody with a functioning brain stem.

This morning, as my daughter slumbered, my wife assembled UN documents describing projects designed to relieve poverty and promote biodiversity conservation and I made lunchbox sandwiches and read her the latest glad tidings from the South, she gave me a look. I know that look well. It means “Hugh you are going to say something politically incorrect.”

“Don’t!”

“These people are scum! Without a coherent agenda! Without mercy! They should be exterminated! A four year old kid! ”

“Don’t!”

She’s probably right. I shouldn’t. But somehow I can’t help it!

Time to wake my daughter, make her breakfast, stick her in a bath – she lives in a gentle world. I wish everybody did. I really wish that.

 

 

 

Hugh’s Cooking Spot: How to set fire to your face.

July 22, 2013

It’s really easy to set fire to your face if you follow these simple instructions for Steak Diane.

Here is how to do it.

You check recipes on the internet choose one that’s really time consuming. Chop this, simmer that, grate things. Return steak covered in Dijon mustard to heated pan and then add a slosh of brandy.

Here it comes!

You then add a naked flame to the brandy and there you are! An eruption of flame! It hit the fragging ceiling!

I was using Thai brandy and that might have been where I went wrong. But if you are trying this at home don’t use Thai brandy and if you are don’t try it at home!

Hugh with singed eyebrows no whiskers or hairs on my right arm.

But the end result wasn’t a failure. It worked!  Delicious!

I’ll just never do it again!

 

 

 

 

Thai Days: Who let the leopards out?

July 22, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is constantly amazed by the illegal wildlife trade. It’s criminal, obviously, but it is also really messy,  and bizarre.

Imagine, if you please, imagine that you are a rice farmer surveying your paddy. And five leopards run through it.

One minute a few elegant  egrets, lots of frogs, a snake or two looking for frogs, lots of hopeful tadpoles with ambitions of becoming frogs and then leopards.

Five.

The wildlife smugglers spotted a highway police road block and decided to release their leopards (and everything else they were trafficking, presumably stressed out pangolins) and did a runner.

Lots of people have been looking for the leopards. For a month. But you don’t find leopards. They find you.

Which is why there is a bit of concern in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Prathai district at the moment.

In other news, rosewood again! 22 logs confiscated by unusually alert police, army and park rangers. The  scumbags were betrayed by somebody doing the right thing. And hey! Amazing! Drugs were also involved! The only thing missing in the bust was small children to be sold as sex slaves.

I guess the kids were kicked out and wouldn’t it be nice? Have been adopted by the leopards?

Mowgli. Lots of Mowglis!

The rosewood men struggled to free themselves, but Thai rangers are still enraged by the murder of their colleague. The police are pissed off. Mr Sompong suggested that everybody might like a nibble of his 370.000 Baht wallet. He was charged with attempting to extort officials.

 

 

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New post from the Reporter and The Girl: Stand Your Ground….unl ess you’re one of these folks

July 22, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog welcomes this latest post from The Girl (who is increasingly looking like a better reporter than The Reporter). Superman still remains deleted.

Cheers from Bangkok! Where I am a Reporter! But no Superman!

Hugh

TheGirl posted: "Even if you agree with the "Stand Your Ground" laws, doesn’t anyone have something to say about why it’s only being applied to certain cases? Shouldn’t it be applied evenly…. "

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Stand Your Ground….unless you’re one of these folks

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Even if you agree with the "Stand Your Ground" laws, doesn’t anyone have something to say about why it’s only being applied to certain cases? Shouldn’t it be applied evenly….

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Blimey another petition time! Ban This Pesticide Before it Kills More Tigers

July 22, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog offers you a second petition opportunity in less than two minutes. If you have just saved Indonesia’s reef fish get signing a new petition and tackle pesticides and tigers.

Everybody has their limits, things to do, children to beat (there are five here at the moment destroying my house), jobs to endure… I will send no more petition suggestions today! Sign then take a breather!

Cheers from Hugh in Bangkok

From: Colleen H., Care2 Action Alerts [mailto:actionalerts@care2.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:10 AM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Ban This Pesticide Before it Kills More Tigers

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Poachers are using a readily available pesticide to kill tigers. The chemical is colourless, odourless and difficult to detect. Unless it’s banned, poachers will continue to use it to kill endangered wildlife.

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Dear Hugh,

Indian poachers have been using the chemical Carbofuran to kill endangered tigers. Carbofuran is a clear, odourless substance used by potato farmers as a cheap pesticide. Because Carbofuran is so difficult to test for, poachers can kill with very little risk of being caught.

Please tell India to ban this pesticide so that poachers can no longer use it to kill tigers so easily.

Poachers fill animal carcasses with Carbofuran and leave them as bait for tigers to eat. The poachers then sell the tigers’ skin, teeth, nails and organs for huge profits. The chemical not only kills large cats, it also poses a threat to other wildlife that might ingest it. A small bird will die after consuming a single grain of the chemical.

The U.S., Canada and Kenya have already banned the deadly pesticide. We cannot risk the loss of any more endangered tigers, nor should we continue to enable the illegal trade in endangered species.

Please sign the petition to urge India to ban Carbofuran!

Colleen Thank you for taking action,

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Petition time again! Indonesia, Save Your Reefs from the Aquarium Trader

July 22, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has great respect for Kathleen. She’s always asking me to sign petitions that sometimes (just sometimes) work and steer our world in a brighter direction. A great idea and she and her team go about their mission with energy and commitment.

Have a look at her latest. Simply signing your name is helpful but adding a message provides a bit more weight. With the proviso that the message is informed and not abusive.

From: Kathleen J., Care2 Action Alerts [mailto:actionalerts@care2.com]
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 12:17 PM
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Subject: Indonesia, Save Your Reefs from the Aquarium Trader

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The reefs around Indonesia are home to a huge variety of marine life. But those beautiful fish are being captured, often through destructive means, and stolen to live in captivity in American aquariums.

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Dear Hugh,

The reefs around the Indonesian archipelago are packed with tiny colorful fish and invertebrates. These creatures are gorgeous — so gorgeous, in fact, that they’re incredibly popular in aquariums all over the world. This is putting the reefs and the fish themselves at risk.

Overexploitation of rare species doesn’t just pose a serious conservation issue. The methods of capture, including the uses of cyanide and dynamite, are also incredibly destructive.

Fish are also very delicate creatures. Snatching them from their homes and then shipping them around the world is an incredibly stressful experience. It could also expose them to serious harm.

Indonesia barely polices this fast-growing trade at all. Regulation is urgently needed if marine aquariums are not to become yet another major threat to fragile reef ecosystems.

Ask the Indonesian government to take immediate action to save their fish and reefs from the effects of the aquarium trade.

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