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January 11, 2011

In Memory of Federal Judge John M. Roll (1948-2011)

On January 8, 2011, U.S. District Judge John M. Roll was shot and killed in an indescribable act of violence in Tucson, Ariz.

Roll, who was appointed a federal judge by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, was attending a constituent meeting hosted by Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He and five others were killed in an attack primarily aimed at Giffords, who had recently won an electoral campaign marked by especially vitriolic attacks on her character and politics.

Roll began his career as a bailiff in Pima County Superior Court in 1972 and remained in Tucson throughout. From 2006 until his death, he served as chief judge of the District of Arizona. He was 63 years old when he died.

The Center for Biological Diversity brought many environmental cases before Judge Roll. He was fair, thoughtful and interested. Sometimes humorous, sometimes tough, he had a knack for getting to the core of a case quickly and making attorneys focus on that core, whether they wanted to or not.

The Center didn’t win all our cases before him, but we always got a fair hearing. He epitomized the greatest value of the American legal system: the ability of a single, honest man or woman to ensure justice regardless of the weight of political and economic powers benefiting from injustice.

When jaguars once again roam the remote deserts and mountains of the Southwest, it will be because Judge Roll, in a landmark 2009 decision, had the foresight and assertiveness to overrule the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which had abandoned U.S. recovery efforts for North America’s largest cat. He struck down the agency’s refusal to prepare a federal recovery plan or designate and protect critical habitat areas north of the Mexican border. The agency is now in the process of developing a recovery plan and mapping out essential jaguar habitat in the United States.

That same year, Roll was himself vilified by right wing talk-radio after allowing Mexican immigrants to file a $32 million civil rights lawsuit against an Arizona rancher who held them at gunpoint as they crossed the border into the United States. Roll and his family were placed under the protection of federal marshals for the duration of the trial in response to numerous threats made against his life. Wanting to preserve free speech and political discourse — even where it crossed the line of civility, threatening his life — Roll declined to press charges against the threat suspects.

John Roll is gone, the victim of a senseless shooting that has shaken our sense of civility and political discourse. But his life’s work lives on, touching our lives and those of our children and grandchildren because of the lasting influence of his courageous judicial rulings. He upheld justice, and in so doing, made the world more just. He upheld the right of other species to thrive, and in so doing, made the world more meaningful.

Kierán Suckling

Executive Director


Oct 4, 2010

Where are all the activists?

I find it shocking and deeply disturbing that out of the alleged 14,332,741  "Care2 Members," most of whom are casual visitors from Facebook, a terrifyingly low number of Care2 members support vital causes that must be promoted to make the world a decent place to live:

Out of the 14,332,741 human beings touched by Care2,

Only 43,874 Care2 members openly support human rights, including elimination of starvation, and international peace and justice actions.

Only 34, 976 Care2 members openly support civil rights actions.

Only 22,449 Care2 members openly support women's rights actions.

And I suspect that a lot of these supporters are those individuals who support all of the above, and get counted three times.

One person can change the world.  But 14 million could really help.

Why are most members simply passive complainers?  What are we going to do about this?

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Posted: Oct 4, 2010 10:22am
Aug 25, 2010

"What happened to my letter?"

Never, never ask a guy to take a letter to the post office, and simply put the letter in the mail slot.  You're just asking for trouble.  If you do ask, you're on your own; don't say I didn't warn you.  They don't mean to screw up mailing a letter, but in my experience, with several different individuals, they just will.  They can't help it.  It's their duty, because they care about you, and think they care more about your mail than you do.  They need to do the Right thing.

You can't blame a guy for screwing up dropping a letter in a slot--he just doesn't get that that's exactly what you actually want him to do, and he will do something else.  He may carry your letter around inside his jacket for a few days or weeks, guarding it safely where no one can mess with his precious cargo. 

He may happen to see an official-looking abandoned street mailbox that's a lot closer than the post office, and therefore faster, so that he can be home to you sooner; and he will drop your piece into that dark steel pit where it will get picked up in about a week.  Or six.  Or never.

He may decide your letter looks important, and send your tax check by certified mail, where it gains the Internal Revenue Service's attention, prompting an investigation. 

You certainly shouldn't tell a guy that a letter's important, or else he may decide to send it by registered mail.  You'll find out when you get a strange letter from the recipient's attorney in about ten days. 

And definitely, definitely do not hand your letter to a postal worker who says, "I can just drop this off to the recipient on my way home; I go right by there."  Because he will think that the corporate initials on the front of the envelope stand for "Boston Police Department;" and even though he is a dutiful employee of the United States Postal Service, he has blind devotion to all authority; and if he thinks something is supposed to go to the police, he will dutifully, without fail, and with great care and concern, take it there immediately.  Without reading the address.  And the check that you thought you rushed to your landlord will float around inside the police station for two months.  And you will get evicted.

There is simply no way of telling what any man will do with a letter when you ask him, "When you go by the post office, would you please put this in the mail slot?"  Trust me.  You can't hold him responsible.  He's absolutely sure that he knows better than you what should be done with your mail, and you have no control over that.  He can't help imself.  Let it go.  Send your own mail.

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Posted: Aug 25, 2010 11:36am
Aug 13, 2010

Did you see the purslane article by Brigitte Mars in the "Food" section of C2 today?

A variety of purslane grows in much of North America as a weed in areas where the earth has been disturbed, usually where there is no grass.  Some farmers will be happy for you to get rid of it for them.  It tends not to be so clean by the side of the road.  Very tasty, briefly pan-fried in good oil or butter.  Though it has the mucilaginous quality of okra, it cooks much faster and has no spines, and is full of healthful essentials. 

There's plenty of free food outside, available for a minute's work, if you know where to look and what you're looking at.  But "organic" wild greens are hard to find unless you're off the beaten path. 

Purslane's Portulaca relative the "moss rose" is beautiful and much easier to care for than rosebushes. I'm definitely a Portulaca fan. 

And here's a tip: if you ever wonder if a weed you see might be good to eat and can positively identify it in a book or online, a last name of "sativa," as in Portulaca sativa, tells you it's been considered good food for a long time.

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Posted: Aug 13, 2010 8:04pm
Jun 7, 2010

6 new sickening strains of intestinal bacteria have been found to be especially dangerous in uncooked produce.  Recommended: ultra-clean, carefully tested, organically grown Earthbound romaine lettuce.  Everything else: rinse in white vinegar and then water if very suspicious, or if less so, try Environne fruit-and-veg rinse and water.

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Posted: Jun 7, 2010 6:24pm
Jan 12, 2010

Kevin S. says the automobile laws are different in other states, and asks, "What if PEOPLE have to pass annual inspection and emissions tests?! And what if someone doesn't pass?!"

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Posted: Jan 12, 2010 7:10pm
Jan 10, 2010
The bitter element in certain extra-virgin olive oils, oleocanthol, is actually good medicine, not just tasty salad dressing.

--"A daily dose of 50 g or 4 tablespoons of olive oil confers the equivalent of around 10% of the recommended ibuprofen dose for adult pain relief, say researchers led by Paul Breslin of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, who discovered the effect. So although it won't cure a headache, it may give you some of the long-term benefits of repeated ibuprofen use, including helping to ward off Alzheimer's."--

--Source: "Olive oil may help stave off cancer, as long as you stick to the good stuff,"
citing Beauchamp G. K., et al. Nature, 437. 45 - 46 (2005).
--Article by Michael Hopkin for
Nature News
--Article Copyright © 2005 MacMillan Publishers Ltd.

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