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California’s best oyster farm’s NPS termination statement

As I look out the cottage window at Martha’s Vineyard Menemshaw Pond, I wonder why the  National Park Service regime at Point Reyes National Seashore bizarrely weaponized the rules that were abused to shut down Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Up the road and all around farming goes on here with no detrimental effects, in fact adding to the charm and loveliness of the island.

In a comprehensive statement, Kevin and Nancy Lunny explain (http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/07-10-2014-prl-theres-still-a-chance-thru-congress-you-must-act-now/) their feelings and announce that the farm will be closing, for now at least, at the end of the month.

Nancy and Kevin Lunny June 2014 in Olema - photo Russ Imrie

Nancy and Kevin Lunny June 2014 in Olema – photo Russ Imrie

Thirty skilled workers will be let go. Customers who have made their way out to the small operation at the end of an obscure gravel road along Drake’s Estero will no longer acquire hours-fresh sustainable shellfish to enjoy right out of the shell or to take home or to be served at San Francisco area eateries.

Sacred Heart Church community picnic, the Lunnys brought some Drake's Bay Oysters fresh - it doesn't get any more

Sacred Heart Church community picnic, the Lunnys brought some Drake’s Bay Oysters fresh – it doesn’t get any more “local” than this – photo Russ Imrie

Does this make sense? Obviously not, in my opinion. [disclaimer] I have known the Lunnys for five years and the unbelievably partisan agenda they have struggled against is a case in point about abuse of power in our times. The Supreme Court denied hearing their case and on strictly legal grounds, SOTUS has a case, or at least has condoned the “case” some extremists in the NPS cooked up using falsified and scientifically inaccurate texts to rationalize their actions.

Congressional action could change this campaign’s results and the Lunnys will pursue Congressional discretionary support to keep the farm operating. Please follow the links to add your voice and your power to a sensible resolution to this issue.

Thank you and “keep on shucking!”

Russell Imrie

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail (under nom de blog supTweet)

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Instagram will monetize your photos forever unless you opt-out by Jan 16

Bye-bye Instagram

Update Wednesday December 19 from Montreal: Friend Mario at GIZMODO shares some news on Instagram’s retort to  user outrage at user agreement.

by Russ Imrie, Dec 18 2012

The end is near for my Instagram app and photos. I am opting out today. After Jan 16, the Facebook-flogged photo sharing tool will reserve the right to use your photos wherever they please in ads. That is unless you opt-out by January 16, 2013, reports say. BBC News – Instagram seeks right to sell access to photos to advertisers.

As they say on their home page,

It’s photo sharing, reinvented.

Well how about “invasion of privacy – retwisted?”

Dropping the app now. Splat.

Screen shot Instagram's big grab (terms of use on iPhone)

Screen shot Instagram’s big grab (terms of use on my iPhone) – Russ Imrie

Cheers, Russ

Update: from the San Francisco Chronicle site … 

Slate dubbed Richard Koci Hernandez an “Instagram Superstar.” The New York Times called him a “distinctive voice” on the popular photo sharing service.

But following the announced changes to the app’s terms of services on Monday, he soon may not be on Instagram at all he’s  ready to give up his 163,000 followers.

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