The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

June 2, 2005

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Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 19:30:04 -0300 (GMT-03:00)
Subject: Amazon News - June 2nd, 2005

Amazon News
Friends of the Earth - Brazilian Amazon
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Amazon News is a weekly information service provided
by, the largest bilingual site
on the Brazilian Amazon region, in partnership with
several Brazilian media.

Its publisher is Friends of the Earth - Brazilian
Amazon, a Brazilian non-profit and public interest
registered organization.


Dear Friend,
The Brazilian agribusiness giant Amaggi, belonging
to the Governor of Mato Grosso Blairo Maggi, buys
soybean from Amazon farms where slave labor was
detected by the federal government. Blairo Maggi was
recently called the King of Deforestation. Read more
IFC funding linked to soybean purchase from farms
using slave labor 
See declarations collected by the
reporting team together with researchers, state
authorities, business persons, congress persons and
environmentalists on governing environmental
policies and the advance of the agro-business in

Petrobras made "donations" to Ecuadorian Environment
Ministry following obtaining its licensing to build
a road in the Yasun� National Park. Two years ago,
the company also conceded scholarships to
functionaries from the licensing agency. Even though
these types of payments are permitted by Ecuadorian
law, the amount submitted is uncommon. Read more at:

The news this week:

Indigenous persons invade Cuiaba's FUNAI office and
take 20 hostages
Ag�ncia Estado - 06/01/2005

Amazonas announces the creation of three reserves
and resources totalling 1.5 million Euros from the
Radiobr�s - 06/01/2005

A Highway through the Amazon Promises Riches, but
Some Fear Ecological Catastrophe
Associated Press - 05/31/2005

Court takes a turn and cancels the order to remove
illegal loggers and land grabbers from Indigenous
Territory in Para - 05/31/2005

In Amazonia, the land grabbers take hold of the
highway on the eve of the reform
O Estado de S.Paulo - 05/31/2005

Sickness kills indigenous children
A Cr�tica - 05/31/2005

INPA studies patents for 21 products and processes
Radiobr�s - 05/31/2005

Agricultural project: producers paralyse soybean
traffic in Mato Grosso state
Ag�ncia Estado - 05/31/2005

Logging ban protects Brazil tribe
BBC - 05/27/2005

Accord provides for the return of land grabbed
federal lands
O Estado de S.Paulo - 05/27/2005

A project to save the forests
O Estado de S.Paulo - 05/26/2005

The Amazon's Texan saviour
The Economist - 05/26/2005

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"Amazon is not just a forest"

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Date: Thu,  2 Jun 2005 10:53:05 -0700
From: World Wildlife Fund <>
To: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: WWF: The Amazon Needs Your Help Today!

The Amazing Amazon...

Dear Alan,
The Amazon is recognized as having the greatest biological
diversity in the world. With an area of more than 1.5 million
square miles, the incredible variation of species in these
forests accounts for more than one-third of all the species on

WWF needs your help to protect this fabulous forest!

But despite its status as one of the most important regions in
global environment, the natural heritage of the Amazon is
extremely threatened. From August 2003 - August 2004,
devestating deforestation practices -- like rampant illegal
logging and clearing for cropland -- claimed over 10,000 square
miles of the Brazilian Amazon. Unfortunately, this is a sharp
increase from the 1990's when deforestation rates were already
at an alarming 7,000 square miles each year. A continuing trend
like this spells disaster for not only for the region's plants
and animals, but also for its climate, which depends in large
part on evapo-transpiration from its large expanse of forest.

WWF Pledges to Protect the Amazon:
In 2002, WWF together with partners launched the largest, most
ambitious effort ever made to safeguard tropical forests, the
Amazon Region Protected Area (ARPA). This project creates a
system of about 80 reserves and parks, preserving intact an area
of the Amazon roughly the size of California! This intiative is
considered by many to be the most significant progress to date
in protecting the Amazon. And just two weeks ago, WWF
contributed $3.3 million to secure the long-term financial
sustainability for this vast system of parks.


WWF has pledged its support to help protect the Amazon for years
to come. Please help us with YOUR pledge of support for the
Amazon today. We need your help in order to ensure the long-term
preservation of the Amazon.

Did You Know...
  --The Amazon River basin is the largest river basin in the
world. It covers about 2.3 million square miles and discharges
around 40,000 gallons of water into the Atlantic ocean every

  --The Amazon is home to more than one third of all the species
that live on Earth.

  --The biggest fresh water fish in the world is found in the
Amazon. The pirarucu can weigh 550 pounds, measuring up to 8
feet in length.

When you pledge your support of $50 or more to help WWF protect
the Amazon, we'll ship you a free limited-edition GUND� Frog
Puppet. In no way does this free gift express how much we
appreciate your support to help protect the Amazon, but we hope
you enjoy it as a symbolic gesture of your dedication to protect
this important ecoregion.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Mark Pilipczuk
Vice President, Membership

P.S. Don't forget - donate $50 today and we will send you this
limited-edition frog puppet as a FREE gift to you for your
generous support for the Amazon.

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forgotten mode of hacking
- go to radio jpgs -

from a 1922-1924 book on radio, the illustrations
indicate that 'hacking' existed at least as early as
1920-21 - in relation to radio. the structures are
similar - 'generation gap,' ad-hoc innovation,
networking (there is a picture of an eleven-year-old
teaching others; there are also prizes for the most
innovative radio etc.), probing the radio spectrum as
a form of exploration (and the spectrum as 'place'),
free distribution of knowledge, etc. this is one of
several books I've seen describing the 'boys' (and to
some extent girls - Dorothea and Alice Hanna
construct their own radio as well).

given this, I wonder what other early technological
communications 'hacking' existed - were 'boys'
working with telegraphy for example? and for that
matter, when did car mods begin?

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