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Posted on 29th February 2012 by Brett Caporn (LRRecords) in must see must do,web - Tags: , ,

In the last 30 days, our community has grown by 2.5 million people. We were already the largest political web movement ever, and yet we’re growing faster than anyone has seen before!We’re taking more actions, winning more victories, donating more and generating thousands more media hits in one month than we used to in a year. It’s thrilling, even a little scary, especially when we see that the pace is still accelerating

Just to give a snapshot of the last few weeks —

  • 5 million of us stood up to the ACTA and SOPA internet censorship bills, helping to put SOPA on ice, and putting ACTA under threat, with the President of the European Parliament and Germany, Poland and many other countries reconsidering their positions.
  • we smuggled $1.8 million worth of medical supplies into Syria when no one else could, and raised $1.5 million more in donations, while our citizen journalists provided much of the world media’s information and images.
  • we generated thousands of news articles on 20 different campaigns.
  • our sex trafficking hotline generated information that will result in a major set of arrests this week (can’t say which country yet).
  • we raised over 4 million dollars/euros/yen online to supercharge our work, and are growing our staff team like mad to keep up with the need.
  • we ran over 40 campaigns, took over 10 million actions and told 25 million friends about campaigns we care about, on everything from deforestation in Brazil to the Murdoch scandal in the UK — and made a serious impact on many of these.

If all that wasn’t enough, we’re about to launch a couple of big projects (stay tuned) that will take our community to a whole NEW level!

It’s a thrilling privilege to serve this amazing community, and while the challenges we face are growing, the surge of spirited people rising to meet these challenges is growing even faster and stronger. We’ve come together and built something special, and it’s taking off. Let’s shoot for the stars.

With hope and excitement,

Ricken, Stephanie, Wen, Emma, Wissam, Veronique, Heather and the entire Avaaz team

PS – here’s some recent features on our community in the EconomistTimes and Guardian. And here’s a radio piece by NPR on our work in Syria, and an LA Times article on our Internet freedom campaign.

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New Releases at Juno – rascal recommends

Posted on 28th February 2012 by Brett Caporn (LRRecords) in affiliates,dnb,music,release promo - Tags: , ,

A couple of snazzy dnb new releases – ‘rascal recommended’


Save our last wild cockatoos from starvation

Posted on 15th February 2012 by Brett Caporn (LRRecords) in must see must do - Tags: , , ,

Save our last wild cockatoos from starvation | Conservation Council of Western Australia.

WA’s unique black cockatoos are suffering





Western Australia’s unique black cockatoo species are a state icon, yet these charismatic birds are now locked in a desperate fight for survival.

Each mature cockatoo must eat 100 large marri gum nuts or 1000 small jarrah nuts every day just to survive, but the combined impacts of logging, land clearing, recent bushfires and last year’s record drought mean that there is simply not enough to go around.

Many of these birds are so hungry they are being forced into metropolitan gardens in search of food.

With our cockatoo populations already on the brink of collapse, we have just heard some appalling news.

The State Government plans to target some of the last unburned high-conservation forests for logging, and the chainsaws are set to move in within weeks!

UPDATE: Logging has already begun in the Warrup Forest, 25km South East of Bridgetown. This is a critically important habitat for black cockatoos, numbats and many other rare native animals.

If we don’t act now to stop the logging of these areas, thousands of native animals will have their homes destroyed and the black cockatoos could be pushed over the brink into extinction.

One of the areas targeted for logging, Helms block near Nannup, is even home to a flock of cockatoos that were rescued and released into the area by the Department of Environment and Conservation! This area is also acting as a temporary refuge for a huge variety of species that have escaped from that district’s recent bushfires.

Forest areas like the Warrup forest near Bridgetown are not just a vital food source for the cockatoos, but are providing some of the last remaining refuges for our unique endangered mammals like thechuditchquenda, and even our WA emblem, the numbat.

If we allow these beautiful forest areas to be logged, then there is a strong chance that we will lose our unique black cockatoos from WA’s skies forever.

By writing to Minister Marmion and telling him to stop destroying key cockatoo habitats, you will be helping to save a truly unique and beautiful icon.