Friday, February 24, 2012


USA (Scientific American) - “Xena: Warrior Princess” actress Lucy Lawless and a group of Greenpeace activists boarded an oil-drilling ship in New Zealand Friday in a bid to disrupt plans to search for oil off Alaska.  Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble Discoverer early Friday in a bid to prevent it sailing to the Arctic, where it has been contracted by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell to conduct exploratory drilling. New Zealander Lawless, who starred as the title character in the fantasy television series “Xena: Warrior Princess” from 1995-2001, is a long-time environmental activist who was named as a Greenpeace ambassador in 2009.  Lucy Lawless said her actions, which temporarily forced authorities to close the North Island port of Taranaki, were prompted by a desire to save one of the world’s last pristine environments.

Lawless was not concerned at the prospect of being arrested over the demonstration, in which protesters climbed a drilling derrick on the ship and displayed banners.  Police had made a failed attempt to scale the derrick and the protesters remained on the ship. Lawless and the rest of the group had enough supplies to stay in place for several days and were determined to prevent the ship setting sail for Alaska.  Police said the activists were “clearly breaking the law by trespassing on the ship” but safety was the paramount issue in dealing with the protest.  US officials had pledged to closely monitor Shell’s plans for four shallow water exploration wells in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea to ensure operations are conducted in “safe and environmentally responsible manner”.  But green groups say it puts wildlife and native communities in the remote region at risk, citing the vastly complicated task of drilling in the harsh Arctic environment and effectively cleaning up any spills in such conditions.

"Xena: Warrior Princess" actress Lucy Lawless will spend Friday night chained to a New Zealand drilling ship with a group of Greenpeace activists after police decided against removing the protesters.  Green groups point the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, produced by the explosion of Shell's Deepwater Horizon rig, is an example of the inherent risks inherent of oil drilling in sensitive areas. We need to find ecological solutions to the growing demand of energy.

Only under certain conditions do the planets float as weightless balls in the air, and as soon as these conditions are disturbed, the planets may fall down in the Garbhodaka Ocean, which covers half the universe. The other half is the spherical dome within which the innumerable planetary systems exist. The floating of the planets in the weightless air is due to the inner constitution of the globes, and the modernized drilling of the earth to exploit oil from within is a sort of disturbance by the modern demons and can result in a greatly harmful reaction to the floating condition of the earth. A similar disturbance was created formerly by the demons headed by Hiranyāksha (the great exploiter of the gold rush), and the earth was detached from its weightless condition and fell down into the Garbhodaka Ocean.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam - Canto 2: “The Cosmic Manifestation”
Chapter 7: “Scheduled Incarnations with Specific Functions”
Verse 1 - Bhaktivedanta VedaBase

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