Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WE ARE ALL EARTHLINGS......

As human beings inhabiting this planet, we need to think about a "collaborative" view of our humanity.  Instead of focusing on "differences,"   i.e. I am yellow, red, white, black or any "race color or nationality"
and adding some disparity, we need to think of ourselves as "Earthlings."

One day we will pro-create in a Biosphere on Mars and Astroid and our children go to school with "Martians" or "Astrodians" so as science moves RAPIDLY forward without regard for any isolated groupings, we need to come together as one planetary humanity.

We need to think of ourselves as EARTHLINGS, ONE HUMANITY on planet EARTH.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

THE BEAUTIFUL AND INTELLIGENT FLORIDA BLACK BEAR

THE BEAUTIFUL AND INTELLIGENT FLORIDA NATIVE:
BLACK BEARS
MIKE ORLANDO
ASSISTANT COORDINATOR – BEAR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Since 1980, Florida’s native black bear population has been expanding, estimated, by Florida Fish and Wildlife to number approximately 4,350.  The same year, the human population in Florida numbered 5 million; in 2016, the population grew to 20 million with an expected growth by 2060 to 36 million people. Today, bears and people are living in close proximity but Florida’s black bears still live in the sand pine wilderness, forests, oak scrub, and wetlands, adapting to the encroachment of humans into their native habitat.  It is not the bears that pose the greatest threat to their survival; it is human behavior.  

After the last Ice Age, eleven thousand years ago, Paleo-Indians occupied much of Florida.  Their descendants, the tattooed Timucua Indians, fished and hunted along the upward flowing St. John’s River on Florida’s northeast coast and inland to the Wekiwa River.  Today, one of the most beautiful bear habitats in Florida is Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka, Fl, about 20 miles north of Orlando and the origin of a spring that pumps 42 million gallons of water a day into the Wekiwa River from a deep 15 to 20 foot cavern.  The Wekiwa Springs River runs through Wekiwa Springs State Park and is one of the last remaining wild and scenic rivers in Florida. 
Today, Wekiwa Springs State Park, originally a private Sportsman’s Club in 1941, is a large tourist attraction with camping, swimming, canoeing, biking, hiking and horseback riding through the 100 year old pine forest flats.  As the sun rises and dusk veils the forest, visitors can observe white tail deer, wild turkeys, the little known Sherman’s fox squirrel and the dark profile of Florida’s black bear peacefully roaming through the woods.

Mike Orlando, Assistant Coordinator of the Bear Management Program, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says, “The Park is one of the best protected habitats for the black bear to safely survive.”  He dispels the widely held belief that the growing human population in Florida imperils the black bear, as he says, “they have recovered.  It is not true that as the population grows, natural species necessarily decrease.  Today, better education of tourists, residents and good management practices like habitat management has helped the black bear and other wildlife thrive.

For the past twenty years, Orlando has studied the behavior of the Florida black bear, one of the most curious and wondrous species in Florida.  He says, “The male bears have a territorial area of sixty square miles and females, a smaller range of fifteen square miles.”  

At Wekiwa Springs State Park, a housing development butts directly up to the edge.  Orlando calls this a “transitional zone or urban wildlife interface.”  People who live in the residential community are educated to co-exist with their bear neighbors.  However, Orlando brings up a caveat:  “Bears have a keen sense of smell, so residents not only living directly on the park border but the neighborhood need to follow safety procedures to divert an opportunistic bear hunting for food.   It is important to move any eminent food from the area.  In order to save the bear, humans need to be careful not to create life conflicts.  If a bear approaches a neighborhood, it is likely seeking available unsecured human food,” Orlando clarifies. 

“In January or February,” says Orlando, “Female bears, about 3 years old, usually bare their young.  They may  pull together pine needles or fallen trees, whatever is around to build a den like a bird’s nest, and some even dig a hole.  Females usually have 2 or 3 cubs.  The females protect the cubs, teach them how to survive and find food.  If the mother bear learns there is food available in a neighborhood, she will also teach her cubs where to find it.”  FWC literature says if a bear is eating something on your property, take note of what it is and secure it after the bear has left the area.  In Florida, it is against the law to feed bears.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has developed a “cost share program” to help residents afford bear resistant containers.  Residents can purchase “bear proof dumpsters” for their area like the ones at Wekiwa Springs State Park.  Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring has numerous bear sightings and is also installing the new dumpsters.  However, despite the closer proximity of bears and humans, Orlando says, “Bears usually withdraw from an accidental confrontation with humans; however, they are wild animals and deserve respect. 

“The best precaution to co-exist in a bear habitat,” says Orlando “is to keep attractants away from bears. If a bear is up a tree, usually after dark, it will eventually leave the area on its own when it feels safe.  People sometimes mistake bear ‘posturing’ like standing up on its hind legs as a threat,” he explains.  “The bear behaves like a squirrel. When a bear stands on its hind legs, it is only trying to get a better view or scent.  However, unlike squirrels, bears are powerful.  Males can weigh on an average 250-350 pounds; females, 130-180 pounds.  Because of their power and size, people should respect these animals and stay at a safe distance. 

 Orlando stresses that “pro-active” human behavior is essential to protect bears and all native wildlife.  As people continue to migrate into the sunshine state, bear and people encounters in the woods or in neighborhoods will continue; however, Orlando emphasizes, “People can learn to co-exist with Nature and appreciate the bear.”

“Bears are symbols of the wilderness.  We provide information and teach our visitors about bear behavior, we go to schools and take a bear hide from one accidentally killed on the highway to show children.  We hand out bear whistles and clappers to kids and adults to scare a bear away should there be an encounter.  Most importantly, if we appreciate the natural world and realize we are inherently connected with Nature, we as humans will learn to appreciate the life of wild things in preserving Florida’s wildlife.  We are a living planet and we need to teach a balance of human behavior with Nature exploration.  We have to do our part to save the bear.”

In 2016, FWC provided Florida residents the opportunity for input on the next planned bear hunt.  The Commission was presented with four options to consider as recommended by staff at FWC and biologists.  Each option outlined a different strategy.  Option 1,  was “the same as the 2015 framework with updated hunt objectives;” Option 2 offered more “limited restrictions on hunting bears;” Option 3 offered “a postponement of bear hunting in 2016, creating a zero-hunt objective;” Option 4, opted “to repeal bear hunt rules and not allow bear hunting in Florida in future years.”  The result was no bear hunting for 2016.

Mike Orlando has been studying bears since college.  He earned his BA degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and later his Master’s in “Forest Ecology” at the University of Kentucky.  At UF his study of alligators migrated to a bear project at Egland Air Force Base when he worked with graduate students placing radio collars on bears.  At Weeki Wachee Springs on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Orlando expanded his focus on bear behavior which led him to his present position as the FWC Assistant Coordinator of the Bear Management Program. 
Dr. Nancy Dale is the author of 5 books on the true stories of Florida’s legendary pioneer “cow hunters.” UPCOMING BOOK:  PRESERVING NATIVE FLORIDA:  THE LEGENDS, THE WILDERNESS AND THE WILDLIFE.  Books are available: www.nancydalephd.com,

Lake Placid: Lake Placid Feed and Western Wear, Sebring/Avon Park:  Sebring Ranch Supply, Pure Grit Boot Company, SFSC Museum of Art and Culture

YOGA FOR LIFE: CALMING PAIN

YOGA FOR LIFE
YOGA:  CALMING PAIN
By
Nancy Dale, Ph.D.
July 24, 2017
It is amazing that when Life takes an unexpected turn into the world of pain, we are awakened to a state of physical and mental acuteness about our precious health.  Today, in the United States there will be more than l million new cancer cases diagnosed (American Cancer Society).  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (National Breast Cancer Society) and more than 160,000 new cases of prostate cancer is expected to be diagnosed in 2017.   Until we or someone dear to us learns that they are the “victim” of a disease or critical accident, we are unattached to actual physical/emotional pain.

Often we “compartmentalize” pain and do not confront it until it is critical and alters our physical/mental/emotional well-being.  Yoga is not a panacea for healing disease or accidental injuries but it can provide a constructive outlet to “unlearn” pain through relaxation and intention.  When our mind give way to chronic stress and pain, we are suppressing the immune system when what we really desire to focus on is reducing  the suffering by re-framing our thinking and reinforcing our healing.  We may not be able to drastically alter physical pain due to conditions but we can alter how we think about it and begin to transmute anguish into a positive healing force.  The “intention” to transpose pain into healing is one of the lessons of Yoga.

LET’S PRACTICE:
1.       Adjusting our “Intention” to overcome an unpleasant experience over time involves our mind/body/emotions in a positive reinforcing activity to re-frame our thinking.
2.      Relax the mind first through slow breathing either by lying down or in a comfortable seated position.  If injury limits mobility, find a way to relax the body physically then begin the slow breathing to relax the mind/emotions.
3.      Observe your intention to “let go” of pain, mentally/physical/emotionally as your breathe.  With each breath go deeper into a calmer consciousness letting go of anxiety. Keep your attention focused on a relaxed mental state and visualize every deep inhale as a “healing breath.” 
4.      Create a fresh mental state of mind releasing negative thoughts about your circumstances and except the present moment with your intention to move forward not dwelling on limitation.
5.      Our solution to pain can be re-shaped and replaced by seeds of positive thoughts leading to positive action and promoting healing.
6.      Self-healing begins in the mind to let go of how an injury/disease is perceived.
7.      Visualize yourself surrounded by “beauty” and visualize your recovery.   Place yourself by a tranquil stream in the cool of the morning watching the clouds float by.  Discover your own place of tranquility to “escape” and clear time to experience this emptiness where you are completely present without negative thoughts about pain.  Think of pain as part of the “healing process.”

Yoga is a practice, as we always say, so “just do it!”  You will find a way.  Being with your intention to practice a few of the Yoga postures we have discussed will awaken our presence with into positive transformation.  We are responsible for how we perceive life as it happens.
This is a Yoga meditation practice.  Reaffirm your intention to focus on a healthy mind/body/emotions and regenerate the Spirit of life

 

What You Can Do, or Dream You Can, Begin It; Boldness Has Genius, Power, and Magic in It.”


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

YOGA FOR LIFE: WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

YOGA FOR LIFE
BY
NANCY DALE
“YOGA PRACTICE FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT”
Oct 30 2017

Each day we have the opportunity to re-evaluate our present reality, create new goals, transmute negative, self-defeating habit patterns. such as overindulging in food, into a healthy lifestyle.  Sometimes life presents us with challenges that makes us realize we need to reinvent ourselves. We begin by taking an inventory of our mental/emotional/physical consciousness.  We may realize that an emotional state, grief, loss turned our pain into seeking relief from food, alcohol or drugs.  However, the good news is that if we are breathing we are alive and with awakened consciousness we can create a new philosophy and action to move forward we just have to begin it!  So let’s turn our attention for weight and pain management over to a healthy Yoga practice.

“Fighting fat” through a Yoga practice does grab our attention as we learn certain postures to increase fat burning.  Throwing out the Yoga mat everyday for 15 minutes is a positive beginning in breaking our food addictions and works towards tightening up the muscles, burning fat and feeling more fit.  Lifestyle changes begin in the mind and are transmitted as energy throughout the body.  Before you know it, you begin to reflect a new “you” in mind and body with continuous practice.

There are a number of specific Yoga postures that induce the body to burn fat.  These postures emphasize slow movement and holding the form as long as possible with concentration, deep inhales and exhales moving in and out of poses.

LET’S BEGIN WITH “WARRIOR TWO” POSTURE:

Stand in “Tadassana” which means standing with feet shoulder width apart, directly aligned with the outer edge of the hip, taking a deep breath then stepping or jumping the legs widely apart, extended out on each side.  Be sure to keep the back long and straight over the hips.  Keep the toes of the feet pointed forward.  Keep widening the legs to lengthen the inner thighs.  Next, extend the arms out to the sides even with the shoulders.  As your feel the breath extend into he fingertips, note the “vibratory frequency” as the fingers come alive and strong to the very tips.  Hold this posture in the beginning for three minutes then bend the right knee over the ankle, (not a runners pose, to avoid injury) and turn the head to the right over the shoulder.  Walk the back food back as far as comfortable. Keep the heel of the bent knee leg in alignment with the arch of the back foot and turn the back foot into a slight angle towards the other leg.  You can find a picture of Warrior Pose on the internet to assist you in aligning your posture.  Hold this pose for 3 minutes then turn the feet inward, step or jump together.  Repeat Warrior pose 5 times and hold each time for 3 minutes. You will be surprised at how this simple posture will take “your breath away” and eventually the fat.


Now you know what it feels like to be a Warrior,” so stay with your new practice and you will gradually feel and see changes in the mental/physical body.  Enjoy the new you!

WE ARE ALL EARTHLINGS!

I have returned!

Supporting Life, I will be posting my "YOGA FOR LIFE" column which is pro-active Yoga that reflects as a living practice.  The columns published every week in the health section of the Highlands News Sun, are articles relating to self-awareness of our bodies, lengthening muscles, tissues, deep breath which is part of a Yoga practice integrated in to a daily lifestream to support health, healing and regeneration.  I have been a Yoga Instructor many years, I am a Journalist and author.

I am going to publish other info on contributing to a positive lifestyle and healing the planet which also means healing "Earthlings" i.e. contributing to positive views of life whatever our circumstances, cultural differences or beliefs, begin with an energy change within when we simple "smile" through whatever difficult circumstances that life presents. What else can we do--- become angry, resentful, take our anger out on others?  How does this attitude contribute to Life,

"WE ARE ALL EARTHINGS" brings to our attention that Earthling  is really WHO we are.  When the astronautts begin to build biospheres on other planets/astroids such as Mars...there will be cohabitation and "Martians" will be born.  Our great grandchildren will probably go to school with "Martians."

On employment applications when they ask the "races" (which no pure race exists and "Hispanic" on those applications is not even a "race")..we need to check off  "OTHER" and put down in the blank:  EARTHLINGS.

If you have pro-active solutions of interest to advance "Humanity" that is not addressed anywhere in the so-called "media," send those ideas to me and I will pursue,

Let's move forward as Earthlings.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Controlled hosts by corporate media which is ironically the "ads" supporting Democratic Debate

If you might observe on the  ads that the candidates disdained ...i.e. there were ads from  the pharmaceuticals supporting their debate.

Also, the corporate controlled media (supported by advertisers) did not "tell" the hosts to ask detailed questions about the candidates' foreign policy...why wans't HC asked about her roll in Benghazi .  I recommend the movie "13 Hours" where American soldiers were murdered with the U.S. intervention to remove them by State Dept. then under HC.

Also no questions in details about each one's immigration policy and specifically how will they determine who are terrorists in the group if they paid the Mex. Cartel to get them across U.S. border?  How is it determined who is a "refugee" seeking asylum and a person who wants to be a terrorist against U.S. operating INSIDE the U.S.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Spelling errors

I have to slow down...due to my book talk schedule, teaching at college, substitute teaching and teaching yoga I rush to get posts up when I can  and then I go back and see spelling errors.

Sorry. I hope to slow down and do better.

Happy New Year!  More to come.

Monday, September 21, 2015

THE BILLION DOLLAR MEX. CARTEL ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BUSINESS AND NATIONAL SHERIFF RESOLTIONS NOT COVERED BY NATIONAL MEDIA

It is interesting the current interest in the illegal immigration issue on the U.S. Borders.  Although Donald Trump as brought the issue to the foreground...as I mentioned in my talk that is posted on YOU TUBE:             (www.youtube.com/watch? or find it on my Facebook page under Nancy Dale)  no one has mentioned the ones responsible for trafficking which is the Mexican Cartel...also operating in Central Florida  i.e an illegal that had been deported previously but the Cartel got him back in to the U.S. and he was busted again by Hardee County Sheriff for meth traffic into two small towns......Zolpho Springs and Sebring, Florida.

Also not covered or mentioned by any media:
  TWO RESOLUTIONS  INTRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AND SEVERAL OTHER SHERIFF ASSCIATIONS IN THE SW AND FLORIDA  that INDICTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR NOT ENFORCING THE PRESENT IMMIGRATION LAWS.  (See my You Tube talk documented these Resolutions.

Still no response from Sen. Marco Rubio or Jeff Flake (Arizona) to clarify their lack of response to written questions sent to them that the Douglas Arizona ranchers wanted me to ask since they were appointed to the "Gang of 8" after Rob Krentz was murdered in 2013 helping an illegal on their 35K ranch in Douglas, Arizona

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Does technology now control where you sit in the movie theatre?

BREAKING NEWS (I might as well use the fake term used by the corporate control so called "news media" so sell adds on the news) ....How many of your now have a notice in your movie theatres where you might go to "escape" ...that says you have to go to a computer and pre-select your seat even before you go into the theatre..not know if there are talking heads there, or someone who is 6 foot "selecting" to sit in front of you or you are packed in like a sardine? Einstein said: "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."

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I will keep you posted on any new reponses here and on Facebook.


REQUEST FOR UPDATE ON SENATORS LACK OF RESPONSES

JULY 28, 2015

New request sent today to Arizona Senators McCain, Flake and FL Marco Rubio to respond to border rancher questions sent 2013..and published in DEADLY RISK:  AMERICAN CATTLE RANCHING ON AMERICAN BORDER AND OTHER TRUE CATTLE RANCHING STORIES...

These Senators were appointed to serve on THE GANG OF 8 after Douglas, AZ prominent rancher Rob Krenz (on cover of book) was murdered helping an illegal alien on their ranch in 2013.

AVAIL.  Amazon.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sen.Marco Rubio refuses to answer border cattle ranchers questions about dead bodies, trafficking onto their ranches

In my last book DEADLY RISK:  AMERICAN CATTLE RANCHING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER AND OTHER TRUE CATTLE RANCHING STORIES he was presented with specific questions put together by a representative group of border ranchers from Arizona.  I asked the ranchers to put together question to direct to the Congressionally appointed "Gang of 8" that was supposed to be working to solve the border crisis of immigrants, dead bodies, drug trafficking flooding onto their ranches.  Mexican cartel "coyotes" (paid some $3,000.00 by escaping families) have left half living carcasses and bodies on border ranchers of those Mexicans struggling to escape their own country's oppression led by the brutal Mexican Cartel..

When Rod Krentz was found murdered on his Douglas, Arizona ranch when he told his brother checking their water line that he was going to help an immigant he thought was in trouble, a Gang of 8 was appointed to create a plan to deter these problems on the border.  Rob Krentz was a prominent Southwestern rancher and thus his murder received special national attention.

Professional trackers found footprints leading from Krentz's body back across the Mexican border. The murderer was never found.

I spoke to Sue Krentz for several hours at the National Beef Association Convention in Tampa who told me the gruesome story and those of other ranchers along the border.  I said I was writing a new book and I would help by sending off questions that had not been answered to legislative officials on this Gang of 8.

Senator Marco Rubio, Florida, Jeff Flake, Arizona and Senator John McCain were contacted with the border rancher questions.  In the book referenced above, their documented responses are published.

On August 12, 2013, Marco Rubio sent the following reply:

Thank you for your request.  Unfortunately we are gong to be unable to participate, but appreciate your reaching out.  Thanks again.

Booke Sammon (Brooke_Sammon@rubio.senate.gov)


On March 26, 2013  Senator Jeff Flake (Arizona) sent the following:

Hello Ms. Dale, We are not interested in commenting.  Thank you.
Best,

Genevieve Rozansky (Press Secretary)
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)


July 30, 2013

Senator John McCain sent a lengthy response about new border security technology published in the book.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AWAKENING THE SPIRIT OF THE PRESENT...NEW POST, MARCH 24, 2015

I have been away from my blog spot after publishing the last book in 2014:  DEADLY RISK:  AMERICAN CATTLE RANCHING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER AND OTHER TRUE CATTLE RANCHING STORIES.

The true stories of border cattle ranchers published in the book and the intentional refusal of Senators Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake to answer the border rancher questions I sent to them was shocking to me. These Senators were appointed to the "Gang of Eight" to help the ranchers with the invasion of the Mexican cartel on their private property and the starving people who come to their door begging for help which the murder of Rob Krentz (Douglas, Arizona) remains unsolved when he attempted to help an illegal on his ranch.

Thus, I took a breather to reflect and re-think my view of the elected Washington representatives.  I do not have an answer but a concern over the arrogance and division of the Congress who are supposed to represent "the people."

Everytime I hear the "so-called media" replay Congressional representatives saying "the other side of the aisle...etc" I hardly believe my ears as we are supposed to be a Democracy of the people, by the people and for the people not this divisive "political" scenario. But that is the way it is.

I will continue now to write once again on this blog and share a broader view of life forces such as my Yoga teaching, and what I learn through my work as a Communications Adjunct Professor at a local college.  The youth today are becoming "robotic" minds with the focus on "talking" through technology sacrificing "one on one, person to person" communication.

Albert Einstein said:  IT HAS BECOME APPALLINGLY OBVIOUS THAT OUR TECHNOLOGY HAS EXCEEDED OUR HUMANITY.  I FEAR THE DAY TECHNOLOGY WILL SURPASS OUR HUMAN INTERACTION.  THE WORLD WILL HAVE A GENERATION FULL OF IDIOTS.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Video shot by a student on true stories of border rancher issues in new book i.e. dead bodies, diseases found on border ranchers

This is from DEADLY RISK:  AMERICAN CATTLE RANCHING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER AND OTHER TRUE CATTLE RANCHING STORIES.

This was shot by one of my college students.
 
I also sent to below list the following
:
Please see video shot by one of my college students about the border ranchers and their concerns with dead bodies dropped on their ranches, fences cut, disease. The responses, or refusing to answer border rancher questions, I sent in writing to Senators on the Gang of 8,: Sen. John McCain, Marco Rubio and Ariz. Sen. Jeff Flake as well as Texas Ag. Commission Todd Staples are quoted in the book. The book is available on Amazon or my web page.
Title: DEADLY RISK: AMERICAN CATTLE RANCHING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER AND OTHER TRUE CATTLE RANCHING STORIES

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dec. 6,2013: Extotion on rise in Mexico (The Westerner...anonym. sender)

THE WESTERNER

Friday, December 06, 2013

Extortion on the rise in Mexico

A simple telephone call has brought fear to the lives of many families in Mexico, as extortion is becoming one of the crimes that most impacts small business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs and society as a whole. From January to October, 6,635 extortion cases have been reported in Mexico after 4,484 cases were reported in all of 2012, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Safety System (SESNSP). However, in 2011, an estimated 4.4 million reported and unreported cases of extortion were committed in the country, according to the 2012 National Survey of Victimization and the Perception of Public Safety by Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). The difference arises because extortion isn’t usually reported to authorities, according to Leonel Fernández Novelo, an investigator with the México Evalúa Center for Public Policy Analysis. “[Extortions include] intimidating methods that range from telephone calls to visits made by armed personnel seeking money,” Fernández said.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dec. 5, 2013: The Good, the bad and the ugly..(Highlands Today)

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013
Agri Leader

The good, the bad and the ugly

CHRISTY SWIFT/Author Nancy Dale at home with her dog, Happy.
CHRISTY SWIFT/Author Nancy Dale at home with her dog, Happy.
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Author Nancy Dale is fascinated by Florida's cattle industry, and she's just published her fifth book, "Deadly Risk: American Cattle Ranching on the Mexican Border and Other True Cattle Ranching Stories" chock full of tales of the struggles and exploits of the original cow-hunting families in the Heartland and ranchers from around the nation.
Originally from Miami, Dale has a Ph.D. in communication and broadcast journalism, and has worked extensively in broadcasting and printed news for most of her career. She has worked for a variety of radio and television networks and directed/produced segments of The Indian Ocean Experiment, a documentary sponsored by the World Meteorological Association and UNESCO. The filming took her to France, Kenya and India.
She also started her own production company and has taught English, speech and journalism at various colleges across Florida, as well as Barry University.
Dale had a little trailer in Palmdale that she'd escape the metropolis of Dade County to, and when 2004 hurricanes hit, destroying her home, that's all she had left. While living in the trailer, she'd visit a local watering hole and overheard the stories shared between cowboys and ranchers. She knew their stories had to be told.
"They used to call me the Lipstick Girl from Miami," Dale recalled. They began to share their stories with her, which Dale captured and self-published in the books "Where the Swallowtail Kite Soars," "Would Do, Could Do and Made Do," "The Legacy of Pioneer 'Cow Hunters' in Their Own Words," "Wild Florida the Way it Was" and now "Deadly Risk."
The new book covers a variety of topics, starting with the ancient history of Florida's Heartland and how the cow came to find itself on this humid peninsula. Dale interviewed Jimmy Hargrove of Lake Placid about his family's legacy, Jared and Donna Prescott of Lake Placid on their family's heritage story of preserving the land for ranching as well as the story of how Anne Reynolds stumbled upon the discovery of one of the earliest Belle Glade native American settlements in Florida on her Lake Placid property.
She also includes an interview with Norman Welch, one of the original members of Civilian Conservation Corps who built Highlands Hammock Park in Sebring.
Dale expressed amazement at the accomplishments of many of the local people whose lives she has captured in her books, including Renee Strickland of Myakka City whom Dale said "is opening up the door to (selling cattle to) the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean islands. In her first book, she interviewed Tom Gaskins of the original Cypress Knee Museum who is known for running barefoot through the Florida wilderness and inventing the Tom Gaskins turkey call.
"I felt the early pioneers deserved to be recognized and honored," Dale said.
But the new book starts out with something far more sinister than anything the old cow hunters faced. Dale tells the story of Rob Krentz, an Arizona rancher on the Mexican border, who was found dead on his own property.
Dale said she met Krentz's widow, Sue Krentz, at a national Cattlemen's Association event and heard her story. Fourth generation cattle rancher Rob and his brother, Phil Krentz, were checking a water line on their property in Douglas, Ariz., in March of 2010. The line had been cut multiple times by suspected illegal immigrants camping on the property.
When Rob didn't return, helicopters were sent out. They found the bodies of the rancher and his dog shot several times.
Dale said the perpetrators still haven't been caught, but drug smugglers are suspected. She said drug running from Mexico is a huge problem, but nobody is talking about the powerful and dangerous cartels who are behind it.
It has hit home, too, Dale said. In her book, she includes an interview with Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier on a recent cartel bust in Lake Placid and Zolfo Springs.
"The cartel stories are frightening," Dale said, adding, "I wanted to get this book out before the immigration bill comes up. You will find no one is addressing the cartels." The responses she received from state and federal officials on the matter are published in the book.
Dale is also a certified yoga instructor who runs private classes out of her home, a quaint log house in Sebring. She has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and said it helps her "maintain my serenity."
She sells her books in local venues including Lake Placid Feed & Western Wear, Glisson's Animal Supply and The Galleria in Sebring, Hardee Ranch Supply, SFSC Museum of Art, Fantasy Lighting in Okeechobee, and all locations of Eli's Western Wear as well as online at www.nancydalephd.com.
Dale has book signings scheduled for Dec. 7 at Eli's Western Wear in Okeechobee and March 15, 2014 at Pioneer Days in Arcadia.
- See more at: http://highlandstoday.com/list/highlands-agri-leader-news/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-20131127/#sthash.kSVCjhsV.dpuf

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dec. 1, 2013: Border Apprehensions up again..(Christian Science Monitor June 4, 2013) anony. sender

Border apprehensions up again. Big blow to immigration reform efforts?

Apprehensions of illegal border-crossers are on pace to rise compared with last year. While the numbers are near historic lows, they could influence immigration reform efforts in Congress.

By Lourdes Medrano, Correspondent / June 4, 2013

A US border patrol agent looks out at the desert near Falfurrias, Texas, earlier this year. New data suggest illegal immigration might be shifting more to Texas.
Eric Thayer/Reuters/File
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Tucson, Ariz.
After years of steady declines, the number of people caught trying to cross the US-Mexican border illegally is ticking slowly upward
 
 
The latest data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show an increase of 13 percent over last year for the six-month period ending April 1. This follows fiscal year 2012, which saw a 9 percent rise in apprehensions along the southern border – the first such annual increase since 2004. [Editor's note: The original version misstated the full name of the CBP.]
Demographers suggest that the numbers do not necessarily represent the beginning of a reversal, but rather natural fluctuations within evolving trends. More border traffic appears to be shifting away from Arizona, where the border patrol has increased its presence, and a rising share of the border-crossers in Texas are coming from Central America, not Mexico, they note.
But the report could be significant in Congress, where many conservatives say their support for immigration reform depends on establishing a secure border. While lawmakers are divided over a way to measure security, rising numbers could complicate efforts at compromise.
The CBP data represent the half-year tally for fiscal year 2013. Along the 2,000-mile US-Mexican border, the agency recorded 189,172 arrests. While those numbers are up from last year, they are still near historic lows. Only two years have recorded fewer first-half apprehension figures than this year – 2011 and 2012.

Dec. 1, 2013: Famous Immigrant Entrepeneurs (Forbes)...anony sender

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Immigrants have proven, over and over again, to be the engines driving U.S. entrepreneurship. Almost 350 out of every 100,000 immigrants create a new business every month, versus 280 out of 100,000 native-born U.S. adults, according to Kauffman Foundation, an entrepreneurship and education research group. Here are some immigrant entrepreneurs who have gone on to find fame as business leaders.

Dec 1 2013: US has 4 times as many immigrants living in country than any other nation (Huffington Post) anony sender

From 24/7 Wall St.: The United States has always been regarded as a nation of immigrants. Recently-published figures from the United Nations support this view. More than 45 million immigrants live in the U.S., according to UN figures, more than four times as many living in any other nation in the world.
Based on figures recently released by the UN’s Population Division, 24/7 Wall St. identified the eight nations with the highest total number of international migrants living inside their borders as of this year. These are the countries with the most immigrants.
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Several of the nations with the highest migrant populations are also among the world’s most populous. Both the U.S., and Russia are all among the 10 most populous countries in the world. Five of the eight nations are among the world’s 30 most populous nations.
Despite having large migrant populations, many of these nations do not have policies that actively support immigration. In fact, according to the UN, the governments of Saudi Arabia, France, the United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates all promoted policies aimed at lowering the level of immigration into their countries, as of 2011. Only one of these nations, Russia, actively promoted immigration into their country as of 2011.
Most of these countries maintain different, more-accommodating policies for high-skilled workers than for most other potential immigrants, according to Vinod Mishra, chief of the population policy section of the United Nations Population Division. “It’s mostly the [number of] highly-skilled workers that almost all countries are trying to raise,” Mishra told 24/7 Wall St.
The actual immigration trends in these countries do not necessarily reflect the policies their governments have tried to enforce. Russia, which has actively sought to increase immigration, has had its immigrant population fall by 10 percent since 2010. Germany, which has sought to recruit highly-skilled workers from slumping Euro zone nations, has failed to retain many of the skilled workers that arrive there, and has also experienced a meaningful decrease in its immigrant population.
Similarly, all four nations whose governments viewed immigration as too high as of 2011 have seen immigrant populations rise between 2010 and 2013. In one such nation, the UAE, the number of immigrants has more-than doubled in that time.
One reason for the disparity between policy and migration rates is that some nations are more appealing to potential immigrants than others. The U.S.’s GDP per capita was more than $49,900 in 2012, among the highest in the world. All but one of the countries leading the world in immigrant population were among the top 30 countries in the world for per capita GDP in 2012. Mishra added that while nations can determine how many people they allow in, the decision to move to a certain nation is largely driven by demand. And the primary driver of demand, according to Mishra, are “financial factors [and] the availability of jobs.”
To determine the nations with the most immigrants as of July 1 2013, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed figures published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division as part of its International Migration 2013 report. Information about governments’ attitudes and policies towards immigration and emigration, as well as statistics on the total number of international migrants from 2010, comes from the Population Division’s International Migration Policies 2013 report. Per capita GDP figures, which are adjusted to reflect purchasing power parity exchange rates, are from the IMF. Other measures, used to guage a nation’s attractiveness, are from the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014.
These are the countries with the most immigrants, according to 24/7 Wall St.:
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  • 7. France

    > Immigrants: 7.4 million> Pct of population: 11.6%> GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $35,548> Gov’t immigration goals: Decrease Just 11.6% or France’s roughly 65 million residents are international migrants. According to the U.N. Population division, while the French government promoted some policies aimed at attracting skilled immigrants as of 2011, the governments overall attitude toward immigration was generally negative. As a member of the European Union, France is obligated to support the free movement of EU nationals between the EU nations. In recent years, however, the European Commission has criticized the French government for expelling Roma, popularly called Gypsies, from the country. France’s existing immigrant population is older, with nearly 20% at least 65 years of age, compared to just 11.1% globally.< a href="http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/09/25/countries-with-the-most-immigrants/#ixzz2gDlCILRZ" target="_blank">Read more at 24/7 Wall St.
  • 6. United Kingdom

    > Immigrants: 7.8 million> Pct of population: 12.4%> GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $36,941> Gov’t immigration goals: Decrease About 7.8 million million immigrants live in the U.K., up from just under 6.5 million as of 2010. This is despite the U.K. government’s view, as of 2011, that the large influx of foreigners to the country was somewhat of a problem. The government’s policies intended to lower the level of immigration to the country, including high-skilled workers immigration. Only one of the world’s eight largest destinations for immigrants, the United Arab Emirates, had a higher average annual increase in immigration that exceeded the U.K.’s 4.0%. Although the country’s aging population may actually signal a necessity for more immigrants, British Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that immigration has strained the nation’s public services.< a href="http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/09/25/countries-with-the-most-immigrants/#ixzz2gDlCILRZ" target="_blank">Read more at 24/7 Wall St.
  • 5. United Arab Emirates

    > Immigrants: 7.8 million> Pct of population: 83.7%> GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $49,012> Gov’t immigration goals: Decrease A stunning 83.7% of UAE residents are international migrants the most of any country in the world, excluding only Vatican City. Between 2010 and 2013, the emirates let in more than 4.5 million migrant workers, more than any other nation in the world. The UAE is able to attract workers to come there because the country is extremely wealthy, with an economy driven by oil and finance. As of 2012, the nation’s per capita GDP exceeded $49,000, on-par with that of the U.S. But despite the nation’s appeal for immigrants, the UAE’s government as of 2011 considered immigration to be too high. Additionally, the country has been criticized for the poor living and working conditions faced by many migrant workers.< a href="http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/09/25/countries-with-the-most-immigrants/#ixzz2gDlCILRZ" target="_blank">Read more at 24/7 Wall St.
  • 4. Saudi Arabia

    > Immigrants: 9.1 million> Pct of population: 31.4%> GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $31,275> Gov’t immigration goals: Decrease Nearly one-third of Saudi Arabia’s population consists of immigrants, while between 2000 and 2013 the number of immigrants rose by an annual average of 4.2% per year, higher than most other nations. Between 2010 and 2013 alone, the number of immigrants to Saudi Arabia rose 24.3% As of 2011, the Saudi Arabian government regarded the overall level of legal immigration as too high and implemented policies to reduce immigration, according to the UN had. Similarly, the government’s policies on the naturalization of immigrants were also considered restrictive. Recent news reports suggest immigration policy in Saudi Arabia has only become more restrictive with new measures implemented to prevent undocumented workers from finding employment.< a href="http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/09/25/countries-with-the-most-immigrants/#ixzz2gDlCILRZ" target="_blank">Read more at 24/7 Wall St.
  • 3. Germany

    > Immigrants: 9.8 million> Pct of population: 11.9%> GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $39,028> Gov’t immigration goals: Maintain Germany, one of the world’s largest economies, is a popular destination for immigrants. Its well-developed infrastructure and top-rate higher education only add to its attraction. Just under 10 milllion of the country’s 82 million residents are immigrants. As of 2011, Germany’s policies reflected approval of the country’s rate of immigration. In 2012, with the eurozone crisis still unabated, a growing number of young workers immigrated from southern Europe to Germany. But Germany has openly recruited high skilled-workers to live and work in the country permanently, especially as the country’s population ages and shrinks, according to Der Spiegel. Unfortunately, many such workers fail to stay for even as little as a year, and since 2010 the number of immigrants to Germany has actually dropped.< a href="http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/09/25/countries-with-the-most-immigrants/#ixzz2gDlCILRZ" target="_blank">Read more at 24/7 Wall St.
  • 2. Russian Federation

    > Immigrants: 11.0 million> Pct of population: 7.7%> GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $17,709> Gov’t immigration goals: Increase More than 12 million immigrants lived in Russia in 2010 and the Russian government was among the few seeking to increase the number of foreigners entering the country. In 2011, the country’s government viewed immigration as too low and oriented its policies towards increasing immigration. However, these policies have failed to attract more net immigrants: as of this year, there are just over 11 million immigrants living in Russia, a decrease of roughly 10% from 2010. Local authorities have not embraced the prospect of single-ethnicity communities for Chinese, Uzbeks, Tajiks and other ethnic groups in Russia ,and have even sought to ban them in some cases, hoping instead to promote integration into Russian society.< a href="http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/09/25/countries-with-the-most-immigrants/#ixzz2gDlCILRZ" target="_blank">Read more at 24/7 Wall St.
  • 1. United States Of America

    > Immigrants: 45.8 million> Pct of population: 14.3%> GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $49,922> Gov’t immigration goals: Maintain The U.S. is by far the largest destination for immigrants, with more than 45.7 million living in the country, according to the UN. As of 2011, the U.S. government’s policies toward both immigration and emigration remained effectively neutral. However, immigration reform has been especially prominent in Congress this year. This reform is expected to address issues related to illegal immigration, while determining how, and whether, undocumented immigrants should be able to attain citizenship. Considering the U.S. has one the highest per capita GDPs in the world, at nearly $50,000, its appeal to immigrants is fairly straightforward. It is the world’s largest economy, as measured by output, and has the second largest total exports. Also, the U.S. offers well-developed infrastructure and financial markets, as well as quality education.< a href="http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/09/25/countries-with-the-most-immigrants/#ixzz2gDlCILRZ" target="_blank">Read more at 24/7 Wall St.
  • Dec 1, 2013: US Canada border now terrorist threat (NEWSMAX.COM ) Anony source

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    2. DHS: Northern Border Now Poses Biggest Terrorist Threat
    A top official with the Department of Homeland Security warns that the "nearly unguarded" northern border has become the most likely point of entry into the country for terrorists.
    Brandon Judd, president of Homeland Security's National Border Patrol Council, told a House committee on Nov. 20: "For the most part, when discussions on border security arise, the conversation tends to focus on the southwest border. In no way do I want to detract from the importance of securing the southwest border, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the ongoing threat of the nearly unguarded northern border to the safety of the American public.
    "As far as I am aware, all recent threat assessments have pointed to the northern border as the most likely point of entry into our country for terrorists."
    The U.S.-Canada border extends for about 5,500 miles, and there are more than 120 land points of entry — not to mention vast stretches of open prairie along the border.
    Judd told the committee: "The northern border is ripe for the exploitation of not only alien and drug trafficking, but also for facilitating the illegal entrances of terrorists and those that would do this country harm.
    "If we selectively limit manpower to current locations with high volumes of illegal crossings, all we have really achieved is shifting the point of illegal entry to a different location."

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Novl 20, 2013: RE POSTING REVISED NEWS RELEASE ON BOOK: DEADLY RISK: AMERICAN CATTLE RANCHING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER AND OTHER TRUE CATTLE RANCHING STORIES


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    DEADLY RISK:  AMERICAN CATTLE RANCHING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER AND OTHER

    TRUE CATTLE RANCHING STORIES

    (November 2013) CONTACT: Nancy Dale 863 214-8351 www.nancydalephd.com or nancydale@gmail.com

    The living legends of the American Cowboy reflect the American Dream of spirit, fortitude, and dedication to principles as their destiny created the story of the American West.  It all began in the desert region of South Africa (now Chad), ten thousand years ago before the Sahara Desert was created by worldwide glacial climate change.  Early hunter-gatherers domesticated the Auroch ox, the first bovine species of cattle that served to advance agriculture and survival.

    Early “cattle ranching” was initiated when hunter/gatherers migrated with their herds up the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers then expanded into India, Europe and United States when Ponce de Leon brought Andalusian cattle into Florida from Spain.  “Western Expansionism” gave birth to the cattle industry in the American West 

     These true stories of early pioneer cattle ranchers instill the American spirit into the 21st century. As legendary cowboy author, J.P.S. Brown (Nogales, Arizona) says, “Real cowboys  are not always who you think they are whether or not they wear boots and cowboy hats; it is their Spirit that lives.”

    The tragic story of border heritage rancher, Rob Krentz (murdered by a suspected illegal) is told by his dedicated wife, Sue  (Douglas, Arizona) with border ranchers John Ladd (Bisbee, AZ) and Ed Ashurst (Apache, AZ) telling their horror stories battling the Mexican cartels. “Our cattle ranch is on the Mexican border.  Over the past twenty-two years, we have found fourteen dead bodies and truckloads of dope,” John Ladd, Bisbee, Arizona.  “In 2010, Rob Krentz, our neighbor was shot and killed without a doubt by a “mule” or drug smuggler,” Ed Ashurst, Apache, Arizona.

    Also included: Interview with Scott George, President, National Beef Cattlemen’s Assn. responding to rancher questions on border issues; Sheriff Arnold Lanier Hardee County details a Mexican cartel drug bust in Lake Placid, Florida; Senator John McCain’s statement on immigration reform; Senators Marco Rubio (FL) and Jeff Flake (AZ) responses refusing to answer border rancher questions AND border terrorism described by Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

    All of these true stories share a common theme:  SURVIVAL!   Caren Cowan, (Executive Director, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association) began life  in Tombstone; Don Reay, Executive Director, Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition (El Paso, Texas) provides insight into Border Patrol/Customs. 

    Renee Strickland (Myakka City) rancher tells her personal challenge opening a gateway into Africa/Middle East; Jimmie Hargrove’s family struggles to carve a ranch in Wild Florida with James Prescott and Joel Tyson awakening the adventurous.
    In a world wrought with political strife, man waging war against man, global power struggles, new technology and climate change, the cowboy Spirit and Heritage gives hope for humanity as  joy, suffering, grief, emotional, spiritual challenges arrive upon our doorstep through these true stories. Hopefully, their lives will inspire future generations to recognize that the global frontier and beyond it is yet to be fulfilled and will challenge those who dare to carve it.

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    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Nov. 18, 2013: Border agent death..Judge throws out lawsuit (Ariz. Star - Anony sender)

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    A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed against federal officials connected with the botched Fast and Furious program by the parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
    In an eight-page ruling, U.S. District Judge David Campbell said he recognizes that Terry’s parents, Kent and Josephine Terry, “have suffered a great loss, and that any financial remedy is likely insufficient to redress their injury.”
    But Campbell pointed out that Congress approved several ways of dealing with federal agents who die in the line of duty, including the federal Public Safety Officers Benefits Act. And he said that means the only relief the family can get is what that law provides.
    The attorney for the parents acknowledged that law, but called it inadequate because it provided no separate deterrence against government wrongdoing.
    Campbell said that may be true. But he also said it’s legally irrelevant.
    “The compensation available under the PSOBA (the federal law) is intended to remedy precisely the harm that plaintiffs have suffered, namely the tragic death of their son,” Campbell wrote. “It is not the proper role of this court to second-guess the remedial action established by Congress, find it insufficient, and impose an additional judicially crafted remedy.”
    Robert Heyer, Brian Terry’s cousin, said Saturday that the family learned about the ruling late Friday and is “very disappointed.”
    He said the issue goes beyond the question of financial compensation.
    “This was the family’s effort to hold those responsible for Fast and Furious accountable,” Heyer said.
    “Unfortunately, the judge did not look at any of the egregious behavior of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He merely looked at statutory procedures Congress had set up” in cases of the death of a federal agent, procedures Heyer said fail to recognize the difference between an officer killed in a motor vehicle accident and one, like Terry, shot to death because of what the family believes was negligence by federal officials.
    The lawsuit is a direct outgrowth of Fast and Furious, a plan hatched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow “straw” buyers for Mexican drug cartels to legally purchase firearms from Arizona dealers. The plan was to track the weapons to the cartels.
    But ATF lost track of thousands of the weapons. And two of them turned up at the scene where Terry was shot and killed in December 2010 during a firefight with drug runners near Rio Rico.
    After filing a $25 million claim against ATF which was not settled, family members sued six managers and investigators for ATF as well as a federal prosecutor. The parents said the guns should have been intercepted before they could have been used.
    Campbell acknowledged that the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized there is an implied right of action by individuals against federal officers who violate someone’s constitutional rights.
    But the judge said that right to sue has to be weighed against whether Congress has provided an alternate process for protecting that person’s rights. And he said that is clearly the case here.
    Campbell said there are specific benefits laid out under the Federal Employees Retirement System in cases of disability or death of a federal worker.
    Similarly, the judge said that the Federal Employees Compensation Act establishes a “comprehensive and exclusive compensation scheme for federal employees.” And Campbell said the Public Safety Officers Benefits Act is specifically designed to provide benefits to survivors of federal and other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
    While acknowledging those laws, the parents argued they do not preclude a separate lawsuit where they can adjudicate their claims in a public forum, before a neutral arbiter. But Campbell said that does not matter since Congress “provided some relief that it considers adequate to remedy constitutional violations.”
    “As the Supreme Court has made clear, the bedrock principle of separation of powers counsels against judicially created remedies when Congress has established a remedial scheme,” Campbell wrote. “Congress has done so here.”