Bear Hunt Protest
Earth Wind and Ire

The Hibernation of Greed: Brian Yablonski’s Unstable Ceasefire in Florida’s War on Wildlife

Florida's decision not to hunt black bears in 2016 came after an exhausting public battle with an agency that had seemed completely oblivious to popular uproar. But the war may not be over. We analyze the FWC's decision and find three distinct blocs of opinions, the balancing of which will determine the fate of Florida's bears in 2017 and beyond.
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Florida Wildlife - A Public Trust
Earth Wind and Ire

Taking the Trust: An Open Letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

This letter was delivered to the Commissioners and Executive Director of the FWC in advance of the June, 2016 Commission meeting at which bear hunting was on the agenda. On behalf of the people of Florida, the letter holds the FWC to account under the principles of the Public Trust Doctrine and finds the Commission wanting across every dimension of the analysis.
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Homeless in Orlando
Citric Acid

Harvest 2020

What if American humans were "managed" in the same way as American wildlife? Given the depravity of America's track record at home and abroad, this question is only far-fetched for those who believe the evil will never extend to them. This essay combines existing ingredients into an alternate American reality.
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Alexander Springs
Earth Wind and Ire

Four Suns After the Lowest: A Journey Through Florida

We are told that we must not anthropomorphize animals, yet heeding this misguided advice deprives us of the opportunity to perceive reality through the eyes of the other living things with which we share this world. After a year of exceptional brutality toward our animals, take a journey with them through the State of Florida, across space, time, and the range of emotions that we all feel, whether we wish to acknowledge it or not.
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Dr. Thomas Eason
Earth Wind and Ire

Harvesting the Seeds of Delisting: Did Florida’s 2012 Bear Management Plan Set the Bears Up to Be Hunted?

Millions of Floridians were shocked by the FWC's decision to allow bear hunting in 2015. Its 2012 Bear Management Plan appeared to have denied that hunting and conservation were compatible. But the length of the Plan discouraged perception of the many ways in which it anticipated hunting and thereby betrayed the trust of the people who value wild animals as individuals with a right to life that can not be managed away.
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Alan Hays on the Campaign Trail
Citric Acid

Senator Alan Hays, Amendment One, and the Painful Extraction of Democracy from Florida

Florida State Senator Alan Hays is easily dismissed as a politically incorrect buffoon, but the danger he presents to democracy, the Constitution, and our environment must not be overlooked. Eager to curry favor with the ruling class, and too ignorant to be qualified for high office, he epitomizes everything that James Madison despised in the state governments of the 1780s.
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FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski
Earth Wind and Ire

Thank a Hunter: Florida FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski and the Death of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation

Less than a week after Florida's bear hunt, and one day before Halloween, FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski told the people that the killers he had just unleashed on the state's iconic wild animals are actually better conservationists than everyone else. Inadvertently, he made a compelling case for reform of wildlife management.
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Tehran, Iran's surprisingly beautiful capital city.
War is Peace

The Silk Road or the Trail of Tears? America, China, and the Race to Tehran

The American Empire has reached a turning point. With China supplanting the U.S. as the world's largest economy, and the precious dollar in danger of losing its dominance, the world is slipping through America's blood-soaked fingers. But, armed with a new pretext for military aggression, the United States may not be able to resist the temptation to save itself by killing others, and a confluence of lethal forces is converging against Iran.
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