This is What ECOCIDE Looks Like in 2017

Des Pensable copyright 2017

ecocide    /ˈiːkəˌsaɪd; ˈɛkə-/    noun

  1. total destruction of an area of the natural environment, esp by human agency
  2. the destruction of large areas of the natural environment by such activity as nuclear warfare, over exploitation of resources, or dumping of harmful chemicals.

This is the MASS DEATH list for the first 2 months of 2017.

Repeat TWO MONTHS of 2017

What will the future of your children and theirs be like if this keeps happening month after month after month. Accelerating year after year?

When are you going to fight for your children and grandchildren’s future?


MASS ANIMAL DEATH LIST                                  110 Known MASS Death Events in 43 Countries (or Territory)

28th February 2017 – 9 TONS of dead fish found floating in the sea by fishermen in Zhejiang, China. Link

28th February 2017 – TONS of dead fish found washed up along the beaches of Apetlon, Austria. Link

28th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found along beaches in Huatulco, Mexico. Link

28th February 2017 – 4,200 waterbirds dead due to ‘avian cholera’ in Idaho, America. Link

28th February 2017 – 200 cows found dead, ‘due to heatwave’ in La Pampa, Argentina. Link

28th February 2017 – Mass die off of birds due to avian flu right across Hungary. Link

28th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a river in New South Wales, Australia. Link

28th February 2017 – 4 dead whales have washed ashore during the past month in Virginia, America. Link

27th February 2017 – Thousands of fish have died in the Magdalena River in Colombia. Link

27th February 2017 – 42,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Plateau, Nigeria. Link

27th February 2017 – 27,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in Sant Gregori, Spain. Link

25th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up on beaches in Montevideo, Uruguay. Link

25th February 2017 – 1,000+ cattle dead due to drought in Tehuantepec, Mexico. Link

23rd February 2017 – Massive die off of fish in a river in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. Link

22nd February 2017 – 100 dead dolphins washed up during past 8 weeks, ‘IT’s A MASSACRE’, in Cornwall, England. Link

22nd February 2017 – 56 dead whales and dolphins wash up this year, ‘WORST ON RECORD’, in Ireland. Link

22nd February 2017 – 6 TONS of fish die in a lake in South Cotabato, Philippines. Link

22nd February 2017 – 90,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Chungcheong Province, South Korea. Link

22nd February 2017 – Massive die off of fish in lake Eber in Afyon Province, Turkey. Link

21st February 2017 – 600,000 ducks to be killed due to avian flu in Landes, France. Link

21st February 2017 – 6,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Southern Vietnam. Link

21st February 2017 – Dozens of dead sea birds, plus dead sea lions found along the coast in Puerto Natales, Chile. Link

20th February 2017 – 42,000 turkeys killed due to avian flu in Gazzo Veronese, Italy. Link

20th February 2017 – 10,000 freshwater fish found dead in a lake in central Namibia. Link

19th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up on a lake in Minnesota, America. Link

19th February 2017 – 1 TON of dead fish found floating in the waters of Saguling, Indonesia. Link

17th February 2017 – Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up along the Cooloola coast in Australia. Link

16th February 2017 – 30 TONS of dead fish washes ashore in Nicoya Gulf, Costa Rica. Link

16th February 2017 – 86 turtles found dead, ‘due to red tide’ in La Paz and Los Cabos, Mexico. Link

16th February 2017 – 100 cattle dead due to drought in Lamu, Kenya. Link

16th February 2017 – 46,000+ livestock dead from ‘extreme cold’ in Northern Mongolia. Link

16th February 2017 – Hundreds of cattle dying due to drought in Bacalar, Mexico. Link

15th February 2017 – 6 dead dolphins found washed ashore in San Felipe, Mexico. Link

15th February 2017 – Masses of dead birds appearing in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Link

15th February 2017 – 17 TONS of dead fish found in a dam in Piaui, Brazil. Link

15th February 2017 – Tens of thousands of fish suddenly die in fish farms in Purwakarta, Indonesia. Link

14th February 2017 – 23,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Suffolk, England. Link

13th February 2017 – Dozens of dead owls found along a road in Idaho, America. Link

13th February 2017 – Thousands of dead fish turn up in a river in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Link

13th February 2017 – 700+ bats dead ‘due to heat’ in New South Wales, Australia. Link

13th February 2017 – 130,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Taiwan. Link

13th February 2017 – Mass fish die off in a river in Ha Tinh, Vietnam. Link

13th February 2017 – Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Cienaga, Colombia. Link

12th February 2017 – 350 whales dead after 650 stranded in Farewell Spit, New Zealand. Link

12th February 2017 – Masses of dead fish found washed up on a beach in Cabo Frio, Brazil. Link

10th February 2017 – Hundreds of migratory birds found dead ‘due to pollution’ in Guanajuato, Mexico. Link

8th February 2017 – 2,500 Saiga Antelopes have died due to disease in Mongolia. Link

8th February 2017 – 20,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in southern Czech Republic. Link

8th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found washed up on beach in Piura, Peru. Link

6th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead sea birds found washed up on the coast of Huanchaco, Peru. Link

6th February 2017 – 71,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Saga, Japan. Link

6th February 2017 – Thousands of ducks dying from disease in Washington, America. Link

3rd February 2017 – Hundreds of baby turtles dying due to heat on a beach in Queensland, Australia. Link

3rd February 2017 – Thousands of dead jellyfish, ‘never seen this many before’, wash ashore in Queensland, Australia. Link

3rd February 2017 – 1,300 TONS of fish have died suddenly in lake Sebu, Philippines. Link

3rd February 2017 – Thousands of dead fish wash up in Porthcawl Harbour, Wales. Link

30th January 2017 – 63,000 birds to be killed due to avian flu in Lancashire, England. Link

29th January 2017 – 400 dead monkeys found in the forests of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Link

28th January 2017 – Masses of dead fish washing up again on beaches in Florida, America. Link

28th January 2017 – 10,000+ pheasants to be killed due to avian flu in Lancashire, England. Link

27th January 2017 – 3,700 dead birds found in the waters of Sacramento, America. Link

27th January 2017 – 3 dead whales and a dolphin wash up in Baja California, Mexico. Link

25th January 2017 – MILLIONS of dead sardines wash up on the coast of Quemchi, Chile. Link

25th January 2017 – 400 dead turtles found in a dried up dam in Quixada, Brazil. Link

24th January 2017 – 12 dolphins have stranded and died this month in Asturias, Spain. Link

24th January 2017 – Large die off of fish in a lagoon in Michigan, America. Link

24th January 2017 – 106 dead turtles found along the coasts of Sergipe and Bahain, Brazil. Link

24th January 2017 – Hundreds of crabs and fish have died in Queensland, Australia. Link

23rd January 2017 – Thousands of dead herring found washed up in Bjorndal fjord, Norway. Link

23rd January 2017 – 3,000+ birds killed due to avian flu in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Link

23rd January 2017 – Mass die off of fish in the waters of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone, France. Link

21st January 2017 – 50,000 fish died due to pollution in a river in Oswestry, England. Link

21st January 2017 – 9 turtles found dead on a beach in Sao Francisco de Itabapoana, Brazil. Link

20th January 2017 – 600,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Astrakhan, Russia. Link

20th January 2017 – 800,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in Southwest France. Link

19th January 2017 – Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up on a beach in Kvarnakershamn, Sweden. Link

19th January 2017 – Mass death of wild birds reported around Lake Victoria, Uganda. Link

19th January 2017 – 3 whales have been found dead during past month in Nayarit, Mexico. Link

18th January 2017 – 28,000 hens dead due to avian flu in Southern Greece. Link

18th January 2017 – 10 dead turtles are found every day on the coast of Costa Chica, Mexico. Link

17th January 2017 – 81 dolphins (false killer whales) dead after stranding in Florida’s Everglades, America. Link

17th January 2017 – 6,000 turkeys are to be killed due to avian flu in Lincolnshire, England. Link

17th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up on Hindmarsh Island in Australia. Link

17th January 2017 – Dozens of pelicans are dying in Riviera Bay, St. Petersburg, Florida, America. Link

17th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a lagoon in Petrolina, Brazil. Link

15th January 2017 – 10 dead dolphins found washed up, ‘experts baffled’, in Cornwall, England. Link

14th January 2017 – 430,000 birds to be killed due to avian flu in Southern Bulgaria. Link

14th January 2017 – Mass die off of fish in the waters of Wilhelmshausen, Germany. Link

13th January 2017 – Thousands of fish die in a lake in St. Petersburg, Florida, America. Link

13th January 2017 – Thousands of dead fish wash up along a lagoon in Patagonia. Link

13th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up along a river in Manzhou Taiwan. Link

12th January 2017 – Hundreds of TONS of fish have died in Lake Toba, Indonesia. Link

12th January 2017 – 30+ dead turtles found washed ashore in Chennai, India. Link

12th January 2017 – 10,000 birds dead due to avian flu in Odessa, Ukraine. Link

11th January 2017 – Massive fish kill found washed up on a lake in New South Wales, Australia. Link

10th January 2017 – Thousands of animals/cattle dead due to wildfires in La Pampa, Argentina. Link

10th January 2017 – Thousands of fish die in farms, ‘due to flooding’ in Kelantan, Malaysia. Link

10th January 2017 – 700 fish die in a lake, ‘due to drought’ in Sinigo, Italy. Link

9th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead lobsters, starfish and crabs found washed ashore in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Link

9th January 2017 – 80 swans have died due to avian flu in Dorset, England. Link

9th January 2017 – Hundreds of fish dying in a lake in Pozzuoli, Italy. Link

9th January 2017 – Thousands of dead fish, plus dead birds found in a quarry lake in Basiglio, Italy. Link

8th January 2017 – Thousands of fish die suddenly in a dam in East Java,, Indonesia. Link

5th January 2017 – 350,000 birds to be killed due to avian flu in Quilpue Chile. Link

5th January 2017 – 20,000+ chickens killed due to avian flu in Yunlin, Taiwan. Link

4th January 2017 – Large number of dead sea birds found washed up in the Bay of Gibraltar, Spain. Link

4th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Bundaberg, Australia. Link

3rd January 2017 – Dozens of birds fall dead from sky in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, America. Link

3rd January 2017 – Dozens of dead turtles washing up on beaches in Jagatsinghpur district, India. Link

1st January 2017 – 5 Humpback whales have washed ashore in recent weeks in Hawaii, America. Link

I wish to acknowledge the source of this list even though I do not believe in any biblical interpretations of these mass deaths.


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NSW Premier Mike Baird Abandons Sinking Liberal Ship for Lucrative Bank Job

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A couple of weeks ago NSW Premier Mike Baird’s self-righteous short jaunt of blatant authoritarian neoliberalism and corporate cronyism ended, when he finally fell on his sword after mass public protests and  his popularity crashing to a dismal low.  His reckless crusade to privatise everything, together with his vandalism of our culture, our civil structure, social institutions and the environment finally caught up with him.

After he was instrumental in the Nationals losing the Orange bye election by the biggest margin in state history, owing to the Greyhound Industry fiasco, he was seen to be endangering the fragile Liberal / National Party unity. They were scared witless about their future election chances so he had to go.  His willingness to leave has rewarded him with a plum job in the NAB with a million dollar per year salary.

When the party asked for volunteers, to take up the poisoned chalice that he had left behind, only one person was game, Gladys Berejiklian.  You have to give her credit for that, although it’s doubtful that she will be allowed to reverse any of her party’s anti-social, corporate sponsored, shadow government agenda.

We need to remember that the NSW Liberal party was considered the most corrupt government in Australia, after the NSW ICAC found a massive network of corruption within it.  Indeed Mike Baird gained leadership of the party after his predecessor Barry O’Farrel, resigned after being accused of a bribe.

So Gladys Berejiklian is most likely there to try to fool the gullible public that the Liberals and Nationals are not the psychopathic corrupt corporate shills that they plainly still are.

For the record, its worth examining the legacy that this smug banker left, after his wild orgy of sociopathic, neoliberal, ideological, slash and burn policies, during his short two and half years as the leader of the Liberals.

  1. Privatisation of Everything.

There are lots of reasons why privatisation doesn’t work. Regardless of the majority of NSW citizens against privatisation of the NSW power network, the dauntless Premier Baird decided to sell it off anyway . First went Transgrid to a foreign consortium for $10 billion. Next went half of Ausgrid to an Aussie consortium for $16 billion.  What were Mr Baird and the Liberals going to do with all this money? Well they’re not sure.  What we can be sure of is that the real estate, property barons and bankers will do well.

The state’s power grid wasn’t the only thing he decided to privatise. He started selling land and buildings all over the state netting another $3 billion. Some sales have attracted considerable controversy such as selling the Power House Museum to developers, causing substantial opposition from Sydneysiders.

Of course no privatisation plan would be complete, without privatisation of five state hospitals even though previous attempts have led to real messes. Of course, sale of Long Bay Prison and more prison privatisation is also on the cards even though private prisons have been found to have serious problems.

The latest plan has been to privatise the NSW Land Titles Department. However, this has run into serious opposition, as it’s been revealed that it is more profitable, even in the shorter term to keep in under government control. We shouldn’t forget Sydney’s  trains. There’s always plans to sell the trains off.

There is no plan yet to sell off the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House although I did suggest that it might happen in a satire before the last election.

  1. Forced Council Amalgamations

In September, 2014 the NSW Government released its Fit for the Future (FFTF) program, following a three-year Independent Review of Local Government. The Greens were highly critical of the terms of reference of the review.

In May 2016 the NSW Government announced the amalgamation of a number of councils across NSW. On the surface this seems to be an attempt to improve efficiencies of local government areas.

The announcement forced dozens of democratically elected mayors and council members out of a job, to be replaced by Baird appointed administrators until new council elections can be held next year.

The people in merged council areas have been very vocal, disrupting councils and claiming a loss of identity and grass roots representation.  They have also been highly critical of government claims of public involvement and some of the appointed administrators.

A Liberal donor who donated $150,000 to Liberal election fund, the “Queensland based software company Technology One Limited, has emerged as the biggest winner so far from Baird’s forced amalgamation agenda, with the company picking up an estimated $10 million worth of directly negotiated contracts from just three newly amalgamated councils.”

After the Nationals lost the Orange bye election, they panicked as there was massive resistance to the council amalgamations in their electorates. Consequently, as soon as Mike Baird resigned, the leader of the Nationals John Barilaro, bravely claimed that they would stop further rural council amalgamations.  The new Premier has stated she is prepared to ‘listen to the community’ and  is considering cancelling many of the mergers.

  1. Westconnex – Dispossessing Sydneysiders of their Homes

WestConnex is a motorway scheme currently in the early stages of construction in Sydney. The scheme proposes to build or upgrade some 33 kilometres, to the Sydney motorway network. The total cost of WestConnex is estimated at $15 billion and has been described as “the biggest transport project in Sydney since the Harbour Bridge”.

It has been criticised by the NSW Auditor General, over failures of proper governance.  The Lord Major of Sydney, Clover Moore, has called for an independent inquiry into it. The Greens strongly oppose it while Labor appears to be in favour of the project. It has been the subject of escalating public protest where residents in affected suburbs, have predicted wide spread non-violent public disobedience.

  1. Lock Out Laws by Wowsers

Perhaps the final nail in the coffin with wowser Premier Baird, for many of the young in Sydney was, the Sydney lock out laws.   These led to a thousands  strong protest in February 2016. The laws dramatically curtailed the revelry in the centre of Sydney, by restricting the hours for purchase of alcohol and closing the numerous pubs, bars, discos, clubs and restaurants at 3 am.

It was also widely criticised by not only the many businesses catering for the revelry but also may in Mike Baird’s own party.  A recent review was carried out where over 1800 submissions were made both for and against the lock out laws.

When Mike Baird departed, organisers of the Keep Sydney Open  group vowed to keep fighting the laws stating.

“Under Premier Baird’s lockout laws Sydneysiders have seen the city’s international reputation tarnished, and its vibrancy, energy and positivity diminished. Inner-city small businesses have been devastated, and crashing gate receipts for music and performance in the state of NSW threaten the future of the cultural life of the state.”

The Lock Out laws were finally relaxed a little in December, 2016

  1. NSW TAFE Wilful Destruction by Education Terrorists

There has been massive growing concern and opposition to the Baird government privatisation of the NSW TAFE and the subsequent loss of thousands of TAFE students.  In a Vote Compass survey in 2015, 70.7% of 36,000 in NSW voted that TAFE should receive more funding while only 3.1 %, that it should receive less funding.

Over the four years up until mid 2016 the number of students enrolled in the NSW TAFE decreased by 126,000 and 5,200 support staff were sacked. The minster then announced another review . This time the despicable idiots dumped carpentry, plumbing and painters trade courses despite a nation wide shortage.

Apprentice numbers in western Sydney, have dropped by 15,000. While the total lost across the country, is 28% of Australia’s workforce of apprentices, from 383,562 to 278,583.  One obvious reason for less students, was humungous course fee rises of up to 7000% increase over a 3 year period.

A report highly critical of the Baird government’s privatisation of TAFE concluded, that it was failing. NSW people are not happy with the destruction of the TAFE by the Baird government and are unhappy with the quality of the private courses, judging by the increasing ‘drop out’ rates.

The reason for the apparent wilful destruction of the NSW TAFE system, has become obvious with the leaking of a secret Turnbull government plan to take over the nation’s TAFE courses and privatise the whole system. Thousands of NSW kids have been robbed of a decent future.

  1. CSG Mining to Pollute the Air , Water and Land

Coal seam gas (GSG) mining has been very controversial in NSW for several years, with considerable opposition to it throughout the state of NSW, especially in the Sydney catchment area and outer Sydney suburbs.

At Bentley in northern NSW there was a real battle to stop it being introduced with hundreds blocking the gas company’s drilling rig. The government threatened to send hundreds of police to break up the protest camp ‘Liberty’, but at the last minute pulled back from the confrontation.

CSG became an election issue with the Baird government promising to buy back the most controversial gas mining leases which it did. However, it refused to ban CSG mining altogether and later decided to offer more leases for sale again. So much for election promises.

More than two thirds of Australians and 85% of  NSW residents polled around the state, are in favour of a total CSG ban, but the government refuses. Consequently, there are anti-CSG protests all over the state.

  1. New Coal Mines to Make Global Warming Worse

Australia has signed to the Paris Global Warming agreement to reduce carbon emissions.  Global warming scientists have called for more than 90% of fossil fuels to be kept in the ground to avoid catastrophic Global Warming. However, the Australian government has decided not to support keeping our coal in the ground but rather the opposite, to sell as much as possible as quickly as possible.

In NSW there has been much controversy and protest over the destruction of the Leard State forest, to build the Whitehaven coal mine and recently, the approval for the Shenhua company to build a large coal mine on fertile farming land in the Liverpool plains. Secret plans have also been leaked, to build as many as 16 more new mines in the Hunter valley.

This has caused large numbers of the usually conservative farming community, to stage noisy protests against both the Baird and federal LNP governments.  The farmers are also unhappy with the Nationals which support CSG and coal mining in NSW.

  1. New State Land Clearing Laws to Decimate the Wildlife

In May, the Government released a draft package of biodiversity and land management reforms. It included scrapping the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and the Native Vegetation Act 2003. The package also detailed amendments to the Local Land Services Act 2013 in relation to native vegetation land management in rural areas, as well as the animal and plant provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The Government received more than 7,000 submissions in total, with over 5,000 from the Stand Up for Nature alliance of conservation groups, which oppose the changes. The basis of the objections are twofold.

Clearing more land will release lots of carbon to the atmosphere making it harder for Australia to fulfill its carbon emissions target, set in the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The second is that it will destroy a wide range of habitat, leading to native species extinction.  The new laws have led to protests by conservationists and has left farmers divided.

  1. Repressive Anti-Social Police State Laws

In March 2016 the Baird government bought in a law banning protests. Needless to say, there were immediate protests about the law changes, from the public, opposition party politicians and concerned lawyers worried about the trends in Australia to curtail citizen’s rights.

It sounds crazy to any sane person, but it will be illegal for ordinary citizens to non- violently and peacefully protest about fossil fuel companies poisoning their air and water. A poll found that 61.4% of NSW citizens are opposed to the new laws.

Actions as simple as locking a gate or blocking a driveway can be illegal. They are liable to $5500 fines for obstructing any company going about its business poisoning the environment and 7 years in gaol for their civic moral duty to take care of their neighbours and families.

The anti-Protest laws are only some a several new laws by the Liberal government to turn NSW into an authoritarian police state environment, restricting personal freedom and destroying our hard won democracy. The Greens believe police powers have become excessive. So much for a ‘fair go’ from our sociopathic government.

  1. Attack on ICAC to Weaken Its Power to Stop Political Corruption

ICAC is the NSW independent statutory body which has investigated public officials and politicians from all sides of politics since 1989, including disgraced Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, a rat’s nest of corruption in the Liberal party where 11 members of parliament had to step down in 9 months and Liberal Premier Barry O’Farrell, was forced to resign over a “massive memory fail”.

More recently ICAC’s Operation Spicer investigated dodgy Liberal party fundraising ahead of the 2011 state election and found massive irregularities leading to the withholding of government election funding and charges against some Liberals.

Premier Mike Baird before he resigned led an attack on ICAC to have its powers reduced which has been seen as payback by the Liberal Party over ICAC finding so many of the Liberal party to be corrupt. This would undoubtedly make him a hero among all the corrupt politicians, business conmen and crooks that lurk in the shadows of political life in NSW. The people of NSW will remember this act of bastardry Mr Baird.


Mike Baird the banker, saw an opportunity to move up in the world by joining the most corrupt government in Australian history.  He has excelled in the latest political hit and run tactics of the liberal Party by bailing out before an election so as to not have to face the public in the next elections.

His excellent record of reckless destruction of the state’s culture, society, infrastructure and environment has been noticed and applauded by the more psychopathic members of our plutocratic hidden shadow government. Consequently he has been promoted by the banking sector to a high paying job where he can continue to inflict neoliberal ideological madness upon the unsuspecting public.

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