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The Green God: Stories from the Golden Age Audio Drama Review
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The Green God: Stories from the Golden Age Audio Drama Review
©2014 Brent Reece

Galaxy Press has sent me another great work by L.Ron Hubbard.

This is an audio drama of two stories that are part of the Stories from the Golden Age, a series of of original fiction by L. Ron Hubbard written during the 1930s & 40′s. This is our newst release in the series and I am looking for people who love audio books that would like to try a full production audio drama.

Here is the story synopsis:
Private detective Sam Spade nearly died chasing The Maltese Falcon. But what Spade faced in pursuit of the black bird was child’s play compared to what Lieutenant Bill Mahone of Naval Intelligence endures in China when he sets out to find The Green God. Mahone’s convinced he knows who stole the sacred idol and he’s determined to get it back. But he’s walking a razor’s edge—between worship and warfare, between a touch of heaven and a taste of bloody HELL.

He’s tortured with knives, threatened with a slow, painful death, and buried alive. And then things get really nasty. The entire Chinese city of Tientsin is under siege from within—the streets filled with rioting, arson, mass looting and murder. And all because the city’s sacred idol, the Green God, has gone missing.

Review:

I have read a lot of Hubbard’s work in the past and this drama is right on par with his later work I am more familiar with. I have long loved the Sam Spade type characters. I used to watch those old classic movies with my dad and grandfather upon occasion. The Maltese Flacon is a famous Bogart movie and a bedstone of movie making and realistic drama.

Bill Mahone is no Sam Spade but like all military men. He don’t back up or backdown. The actors and voices were excellent and I also enjoyed the bonus drama , “Five Mex for a Million”.
But the primary story proved to be a great relaxer for me on lunch breaks or waits in parking lots. I would start up the story where I left off, and get lost for a few minutes in a world long gone from the world we now have. What a great escape!

Never one to go for audio books in the past ….this drama has changed my mind on the whole arena.

You can find this, THE GREEN GOD by L Ron Hubbard and other great books in audio format at wwww.amazon.com

— Brent Reece

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Peta Launches Full Scale Attack on Maine Lobster Industry
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Linda Bean at Port Clyde

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Linda Bean at Port Clyde

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted July 10, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
Last modified July 10, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Maine lobster industry leader Linda Bean said the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is waging a full-scale attack on the lobster industry.

Bean responded Thursday by email about the international animal rights organization that has criticized Bean’s lobster processing plant method as horrific abuse for the crustaceans. PETA took credit this week for causing Delaware North Companies to stop buying Bean’s lobsters. Delaware North provides concessions to Target Field, the Minnesota Twins stadium that is hosting this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and TD Garden in Boston, home of the Bruins and Celtics.

“What we have been witnessing for months is a truly radicalized organization, PETA, launching a campaign in Maine,” Bean said. “Many here in Maine are seeing it as a full-scale attack on the lobster industry.”

She maintained that her processing plant in Rockland processes lobsters virtually the same way as most other plants in Maine and Canada.

“The lobster industry is too important a pillar in Maine’s economy to allow this to continue. Thousands of Maine jobs are affected in key industries including our fisheries, maritime businesses, wholesale and retail markets, tourism, and Maine’s very active restaurant industry. Maine would not be the same if it lost this vital industry that supports and sustains so many jobs and families,” she said.

The lobster company owner said the attack by PETA comes on the heels of the Maine Legislature voting to spend millions of dollars for a new marketing effort to grow markets for the state’s most valuable seafood.

“PETA begins to maraud across America, destroying such new market relationships. PETA has, for example, taken aim at my company’s new markets for our latest new product, the lobsticle (a lobster tail on a stick). Using tactics of business interference with the producers and customers of Maine lobster are unwanted, un-American and unacceptable,” Bean said. “I will continue to advance my business and moral support of our Maine fishing families and I will continue to encourage more eating of Maine lobster.”

She said her processing methods meet or exceed industry standards and regulations. Bean has previously said she expects to buy 10 million pounds of lobsters in 2014. About 126 million pounds of lobsters were landed in Maine last year.

“Contrary to PETA’s allegations, we do not violate any animal cruelty statutes. That was affirmed by the Knox County District Attorney’s Office by its rejection of the baseless complaint filed there by PETA,” Bean said.

She said all the lobster her company offers is certified sustainable by the international Marine Stewardship Council, making its eligible for the ecolabel of the most respected certifier of fisheries in the world.

“In no uncertain terms, we will defend Maine’s lobster industry and the many communities and businesses that it sustains. My staff, plant workers, fishermen and I, as well others up and down our coast who are proud to play a role in this important industry, will continue to work toward further expansion of our industry’s vitality, both in Maine and across the country,” she said.


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What are those little black spots?
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What are those little black spots?

“What are the black spots on the trout I just caught” is the most common question we hear this time of year. As soon as June arrives and anglers all over the State hit their favorite fishing hole, trout with “those black specks” start showing up. Here is some good information from former IF&W biologists to answer common questions such as: What is it? What causes it? Can I eat it?

“Black spot disease” or “black grub” in trout is caused by a trematode worm in its larval, or immature, stage. The tell-tale sign is small, sand-grain sized black spots on trout and other fishes. The level of infestation can range from just a few, barely noticeable spots to heavy with the fish nearly covered as in the large trout in the photo.

Heavy (larger trout) and low black spot infestation in brook trout from a northern Maine pond.

Heavy (larger trout) and low black spot infestation in brook trout from a northern Maine pond.

The species of trematode worm that causes black spot uses snails and fish as intermediate hosts in their immature stages.  Loons are the most common host for the adult worm living in the bird’s mouth and producing eggs that are eventually passed through the loon’s gut and into the water.  The eggs mature and produce ciliated miracidia that penetrate snails and other molluscs (the first intermediate host).  The worm develops into cercariae within the snail. As trout ingest and digest infected snails, cercariae become mobile, penetrating tissues of the second intermediate host (the trout). The mechanical damage caused by this mobile stage causes hemorrhaging.  Once the cercariae become stationary in the fish’s skin it produces the visible scarring in a slightly raised black spot.  The cycle is completed when a loon ingests an infected fish.

Anglers are usually most interested in whether trout with black spot are edible.  Proper cooking kills the parasite and renders the fish completely safe to eat.

Retired IF&W biologist Ron Brokaw wrote this 1972 article for Maine Fish and Game magazine.  Maine IF&W’s Fish Health Laboratory also released a more recent report on black spot as well.