Thursday, June 6, 2013

Florida Government Official Speaks Out Against Diversity

“Florida faces constant challenges from invasive pests and diseases that arrive through cargo, travelers’ luggage, air currents, and plant and animal agricultural products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. “Enlisting the help of the public in the early detection of these pests and diseases is critical to containing and ultimately eradicating them in our state.”


Deadly Invasive Africans

No, not these:

Shocking London Machete Attack


The snails, researchers warn, are potentially dangerous to touch, in part because they can carry meningitis. Scientists have warned anyone who comes in contact with them to wash their hands thoroughly.
"They also carry a parasitic disease that can cause a lot of harm to humans and sometimes even death," Autumn Smith-Herron, director of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University, told NBC Houston affiliate KPRC.




Sunday, April 14, 2013

Demographic Change Equals Political Change

Political activists admit that demographic change means political change, so are incumbent populations allowed to protect themselves from the type of political change that would exploit them at the expense of the invasive population?  Or, even if it were not to exploit them, just because they don't want their community to change, should they be allowed to defend themselves geo-politically from the kudzu?

Big Democratic donors are setting their sights on Texas amid expectations that it might be up for grabs as early as the 2016 US presidential election because of its rapidly changing demographics, potentially creating a Texas-sized problem for the Republican party.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Invading California

Maybe the Scots-Irish and those of Scandinavian/German descent were the original invasive exotics into California, and it has been a slow eradication campaign to return it to its original state, without all the infrastructure and civilizing improvements...

Friday, March 8, 2013

Texas Quarantine?

Imagine you are a Texan.  You are watching the rest of the USA in the economic doldrums while your state is thriving.  You watch the diversity and entitlement basket case of California, your only competitor as biggest and most dominating state, going off the rails.

Then you hear that Californians are moving to your state.
More than 363,000 Californians moved to Texas over the past five years, helping the state grow more than twice as fast as the nation as a whole since 2000, census figures show
What voting patterns will these new species have?  Will they be able to blend into the native ecosystem? Remember our definitions:
Introduced species (also called "non-indigenous" or "non-native") adversely affect the habitats and bioregions they invade economically, environmentally, and/or ecologically.
Will they vote for the policies that will adversely affect the economic and ecological habitats of Texas?

The UK has never had rabies because of its quarantine.  Should Texans quarantine new ex-Californians from voting for a suitable period of time, until they have acclimated themselves to the Texas political and social ecosystem?

Central Michigan University identify invasive species detection using DNA material in water


not this

National Invasive Species Week

Please mark your calendars for events in Washington, DC and around the country.
State, federal and local and tribal officials meet with NGO's, industry and stakeholder groups addressing invasive species to examine laws, policies and creative approaches to prevent and reduce invasive species threats to our health, economy, environment and natural resources including special places. Attend events in the US Capitol and in Washington, DC or host your own event that explores local problems and solutions to invasive species.

How can you help?

We would suggest catch and release... back to native habitats

Friday, March 1, 2013

Caterpillars Seized

Border Force spokeswoman Ingrid Smith said "the vigilance of our officers has stopped these dried insects from entering the U.K., and possibly posing a risk to our food chain."

No human risks to the food chain, nor to the traditional English ecology were stopped, thank goodness.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Problem of "Introduced Species" in the UK

The Non-native Species Secretariat has responsibility for helping to coordinate the approach to invasive non-native species in Great Britain.  We are responsible to a Programme Board which represents the relevant governments and agencies of England, Scotland and Wales.

What are invasive species?

Animals and plants that have been introduced to a place where they do not naturally occur are known as non-native species. Many of these live happily in the UK without causing a problem but a few become what's called invasive.
Invasive species upset the balance of the ecosystem as they may be bigger, faster growing or more aggressive than the native species. They may also have fewer natural predators to control numbers. The native species are often unable to compete and fairly quickly the invasive species take over.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Competition for Resources

While all species compete to survive, invasive species appear to have specific traits or specific combinations of traits that allow them to outcompete native species. In some cases the competition is about rates of growth and reproduction. In other cases species interact with each other more directly.

An introduced species might become invasive if it can out-compete native species for resources, such as nutrients, light, physical space, water or food.

In 1990 Congress enacted IMMACT which gives us this: “under the new provisions; increases in the proportion of immigrants coming from Asia, with a corresponding decrease in the numbers from northern and western Europe”. All one needs to do is look around to see that that’s true.
Add that to all the Government and Business Sponsored Minority Privilege and what do ya get? According to BUSINESS.COM, you get “over 50 percent of all U.S. minority-owned businesses with sales exceeding $1 million are owned by Asian-Americans."
How did that fifty percent Asian ownership happen in what seems to be, so quickly? Once again, according to BUSINESS.COM, Bank of America and its special program called the “Minority and Women Prequalification Program” helps them but they’re far from the only ones.
BUSINESS.COM goes on to mention how Asians can “meet prospective customers in person at one of the regional procurement events sponsored by The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC).”
Now who supports USPAACC? According to them, just about everybody. One Government Department they mention is The Social Security Administration and I wonder, do they mean this: “Greta is the admissions coordinator in a federally-subsidized senior citizens housing facility in the San Francisco Bay area. She remarks that, when one of her tenants, an immigrant from Taiwan whom we will call Wen, told her that he had just passed his citizenship test, “I was
congratulating and welcoming him, but he laughed and said, ‘Now they can’t take my [welfare] money away.’”

Executive Definition of Invasive Species

As per Executive Order 13112 an "invasive species" is defined as a species that is:
1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and
2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Invasive effects

Politico on Invasive Species:
The [European-American] population will fall to about 30 percent by 2060 from the current 39 percent, affecting politics and public policy in the nation's most populous state. Whites [European-Americans] currently lack a majority in only Hawaii and New Mexico.

Invasive Culture

Invasive Culture in CA and the effects on the local cultural ecosystem:

In a small town two miles away, the thefts now sound like something out of Edward Gibbon’s bleaker chapters — or maybe George Miller’s Road Warrior, or the Hughes brothers’ more recent The Book of Eli. Hundreds of bronze commemorative plaques were ripped off my town’s public buildings (and with them all record of our ancestors’ public-spiritedness). I guess that is our version of Trotskyization.
The Catholic church was just looted (again) of its bronze and silver icons. Manhole covers are missing (some of the town’s own maintenance staff were arrested for this theft, no less!). The Little League clubhouse was ransacked of its equipment.
In short, all the stuff of civilization — municipal buildings, education, religion, transportation, recreation — seems under assault in the last year by the contemporary forces of barbarism.
For those who do not leave the area, silence for now remains the norm. We pick up the litter from our farms on the implicit logic that the vandal — and, indeed, the state as well — expects us to, given our greater worry that his garbage would be likely to attract rats, flies, and other historical purveyors of illness. Dead cats, dirty diapers, used needles, baby carriages, shattered TVs, chairs, sofas, rotting lumber, broken windows, concrete blocks, tree limbs, used paint cans, household poisons, bags of used toilet paper and tampons, broken toys, fast-food boxes, toddler’s pools, tires, rotting chickens and dogs — anything that does not have easily detachable clean steel or copper — I’ve picked them all up from my vineyard and driveways.

I do not (yet) move wrecked Winnebagos and trailers onto my single-family-zoned rural parcel to garner rental cash, as do many of my neighbors. After all, some must not, if the careful zoning work of a century is to survive. When one dog in four is not licensed and vaccinated out here, we have a problem; when four out of four will not be, we should expect a 19th-century crisis. When there are three outdoor privies used daily behind a neighbor’s house, the local environment can still handle the flies, the odor, and the increase in the chance of disease; but if there were to be 100 in a half-mile stretch, civilization itself would break down.
Effects of Invasives on Native Cultural Habitat
Cynicism is the result. We pay no attention to news accounts of new state measures to check the source of metals presented at recycling centers, because we know these efforts are futile — as futile as the “seminars” in which we are told to fence everything in, to buy huge guard dogs, to install video cameras in trees, and to acquire electric gates — as if we were not so much being protected but being held prisoner.

Invasives: What to Do

The best way to avoid invasive plant problems is prevention.  Simply put—do not purposefully introduce plants known to be  invasive into your garden or yard.

The second easiest method for controlling invasive plants is early detection followed by  a rapid response. One invasive plant is much easier to control  than thousands!

-North Carolina Botanical Garden, 2007

Invasives: global challenges

“The spread of invasive alien species is creating complex and
far-reaching challenges that threaten both the natural and
biological riches of the earth and the well being of it citizens.”
-Yvonne Baskin
“We must make no mistake . . . we are seeing one of the great
historical convulsions of the world’s fauna and flora.”
-Charles Elton

Removal of Invasives

This is an example of the local community coming together to preserve the local ecosystem by removing invasives.

Help us preserve the beauty of Airlie Gardens while learning valuable information you can use in your own yard. Attendees will receive a brief introduction to recognizing and removing invasive plants, which can lead to the decline of our native plants when left uncontrolled. After the lesson, we will go to work on removing the invasive plants at Airlie. Preregistration is required. Be sure to wear long sleeves, long pants and closed work shoes. Bring your work gloves.

Invasive Species: A Definition

Invasive species, also called invasive exotics or simply exotics, is a nomenclature term and categorization phrase used for flora and fauna, and for specific restoration-preservation processes in native habitats, with several definitions.
  • The second definition includes the first, but broadens the boundaries to include indigenous or native species, with the non-native ones, that disrupt by a dominant colonization of a particular habitat or wildlands area from loss of natural controls (i.e.: predators or herbivores). Deer are an example, considered to be overpopulating their native zones and adjacent suburban gardens, by some in the Northeastern and Pacific Coast regions of the United States.
  • The third definition identifies invasive species as a widespread nonindigenous species.[4] This one can be too broad, as not every nonindigenous or "introduced" species has an adverse effect on a nonindigenous environment. A nonadverse example is the common goldfish (Carassius auratus), though common outside its native range globally, it is rarely in harmful densities to a native habitat.[4]


Invasive Species: A definition

As per Executive Order 13112 an "invasive species" is defined as a species that is:
1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and
2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.