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    Celeste South commented on "Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act | Earthjustice":

    Hi Katja, as I stated to you earlier, I knew there were major issues with my first attempt, it (the article) was attached (wrongly) to a species aticle I had earlier posted, I didn't know if my "insiders review" of the article on the ESA was something that I didn't know would be of any interest to EOL or allowed and as I said in my comments to you, the text was all scrambled and I could not figure out how to arrange it correctly. Bottom line, just one mistk after another. I appreciate your feedback, hopefully as I go thru EOL's content, I'll gain better insight as to what is expected of me and what kind of information/data/reports are acceptable. Would it be best if I just deleted the ESA article and my "insiders review"?

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz marked "Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act | Earthjustice" as hidden on the "[translation incomplete]" page.

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act | Earthjustice":

    looks like we are having technical issues: [translation incomplete]

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz marked "Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act | Earthjustice" as visible on the "[translation incomplete]" page.

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act | Earthjustice":

    Celeste, this text is really not suitable for an EOL taxon page. This is not a blogging platform. What we are looking for are descriptions of the taxa, not opinions on general policy.

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz marked "Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act | Earthjustice" as hidden on the "[translation incomplete]" page.

    2 months ago

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    Celeste South commented on "Dasyurus viverrinus (Shaw, 1800)":

    @Katja Schulz: Katja....Well, my first attempt didn't work out as planned, I thought "My Insights" would have been included at the end of the aticle. Instead, I had to add my insights to the article as a reply/response. I apologize and hhope it dosn't lessen the impact of the article. If you could let me know what you think (is the article appropriate for the EOL community and is "My Insight" helpful, needed, etc. While my written insights appear in corect form (paragraphs) after I pasted it in the section, after posting, it came out as one long paragraph in the reply/response section with no known way to edit it (when I attempted to edit it, it looked perfectly fine in edit mod . I do apologize for that, as it is cumbersome to read.

    2 months ago

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    Celeste South commented on "Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act | Earthjustice":

    Celeste South's insight: Coming from the "inside", as an Endangered Species Recovery biologist, USFWS 20 yrs (retired only due to illness): #2 - The Service has always considered any data submitted to it regarding species location, pop numbers, etc. It is also weighed, i.e., how was the data collected, we have a standard that must be folowed, when it was collected, who and why. The oerative word here, as it has always been is "consider". Data that is collected by state, county, private companies and sent to the Service, but not utilized is simply noted and explained in the public documents. #6 - No exposure of species' locality to ilegal poaching/hunting/collecting. Such specific info is protected under law that also governs what can be legally restricted/redacted in a FOIA. . #7- One must always know the agenda of the citizen's action (as well as any organization such as EarthJustice, developer, member of Congress). During the course of my career, regarding individual citizens or snall local goups, the majority of citizens reacting to a Section 10 (take) permit application for an action, ex development of condos are NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard). For that percentage of citizens, their agenda is clear and obvious, they had no prior interest in a listing package or Section 9, 10, never attended meetings set up by the Service to introduce themselves and their actions to the local citizens.....UNTIL the propsed action affected them. Know the agenda. Know the source, as they usually are running thier own agendas and just as in #7 above ......know/understand that agenda. EarthJustice does some amazing work, I should know, as I and the Service have been sued by them numerous times (usually regarding the Alabama/Perdido Key beach mouse under various Section 9 and 10 proposed actions). During negotiations, their primary agenda became clear, it wasn't about the beach mouse, it was about power. When asked what "we, the Service" could do for them in order to stop the litigation, the answer was simple: allow them to have a seat at the table during the listing process/allow them to provide input as to what species was to be listed and when........i.e., power (if you ask why not let them have a seat at the table, then also ask yourself where would that stop, could BP, PETA, IAW, Coal companies also have a seat?). In the end of the litigation process (because, of course the USFWS could not entertain thier asking price), however, the beach mouse still won. Because of the spot light litigation placed on the usually unnoticed beach mouse, I could always count on my requested budget for additional field studies, pop models, funds for buying tracts of habitat being fully funded. Know the true enemy of the Act.....Interstate Commerce Act. Many species do not fall under that specific act, yet it was the Constitutional catalyst/umbrella that allowed for the ESA to be passed back in the early 70's. It has always been its Acheilles heel and that needs to be fixed.

    2 months ago

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    Celeste South added a link to "Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act | Earthjustice" on "Dasyurus viverrinus (Shaw, 1800)".

    My insights, as a retired Endangered Species Recovery Act biologist (USFWS,...

    2 months ago

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