Tuesday, June 26, 2012

OBITUARY: Rosalie Bertell/Last-of-his-tortoise-species, Lonesome George, a Galapagos icon, dies at 100

OBITUARY: Rosalie Bertell

Distinguished Scientist, Antiwar Activist and Global Research Contributor

Global Research, June 15, 2012

We are sad to announce that Dr. Rosalie Bertell has passed away. Her scientific contributions are outstanding in many regards, pertaining to the impacts of depleted uranium contamination, her work on environmental modification techniques for military use including the HAARP program.

Dr. Rosalie Bertell was founder of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health. According to Rosalie Bertell, pertaining to the Pentagon's HAARP program:

"It would be rash to assume that HAARP is an isolated experiment which would not be expanded. It is related to fifty years of intensive and increasingly destructive programs to understand and control the upper atmosphere… It would be rash not to associate HAARP with the space laboratory construction which is separately being planned by the United States…The ability of the HAARP/Spacelab/rocket combination to deliver very large amount of energy, comparable to a nuclear bomb, anywhere on earth via laser and particle beams, are frightening…The project is likely to be "sold" to the public as a space shield against incoming weapons, or, for the more gullible, a device for repairing the ozone layer."

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, June 16, 2012
She has been a powerful voice and an inspiration

Dear Friends and Colleagues of Rosalie Bertell,

It is with sadness that I’m writing to inform you that our dear Sister Rosalie died early this morning, June 14, 2012, after a week or so in the hospital with severe respiratory distress due to advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Despite her illness, she remained in good spirits and most interested in all of the works of justice she strove to support throughout her life right to the end. She died very peacefully.

Her funeral Mass will be here at our Motherhouse Chapel on Monday, June 17th at 10 a.m.

We will be remembering all of you as well as Sister Rosalie in our prayers that day, along with all the people who were victims of nuclear disasters and the many other societal ills that were the concerns of her heart and her life’s work at the International Institute of Concern for Public Health.


Sister Julia

Sister Julia C. Lanigan, GNSH

President, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart

1750 Quarry Road, Yardley, PA 19067


Website: www.greynun.org

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment

A Review of book by Alexey Yablokov, Vassily Nesterenko, and Alexey Nesterenko

- by Dr. Rosalie Bertell - 2010-02-12

“The prognosis for the world, given this self-destructive and

earth-destructive behavior, is poor. As nuclear powers increase their

own pollution because of distorted military short-term thinking, the

people of their nations give birth to more physically damaged

offspring. These offspring will be less able to cope with the

increasingly hazardous environment. Thus a death process is underway,

even if there is no catastrophic accident or nuclear holocaust. Just

like the individual reactions to personal death, so society reacts to

species death with the typical stages: denial, anger, barter and

finally (hopefully) realism. For those who have reached the fourth

stage there is no more pretense that ‘things are normal,’ or that ‘the

world is enjoying peace,’ or that ‘one must trust the experts.’ The

stance is to attempt to heal the possibly mortal wounds, or to sit

with the dying earth.”

"Early War Crimes of World War III" Dr. Rosalie Bertell, February 1983


Sr. Rosalie Bertell, GNSH

April 4, 1929 - June 14, 2012



June 24, 2012 9:19 PM

Last-of-his-tortoise-species, Lonesome George, a Galapagos icon, dies at 100

(CBS/AP) QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuadorean officials say that the famed Galapagos giant tortoise Lonesome George has died.

The Galapagos National Park says in a statement that the tortoise estimated to be about 100 years old died Sunday.

Lonesome George was first seen by a Hungarian scientist on the Galapagos island of Pinta in 1972, reports BBC.

He was believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species and had become a symbol of the islands that helped inspire Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution.

Various mates had been provided for Lonesome George over the years in unsuccessful attempts to keep his subspecies alive.

Scientists had said he was not especially old and had expected him to live another few decades at least.

The park said the cause of his death would be investigated.

There are unique tortoises on several of Galapagos' islands, but scientists figured out Lonesome George was likely the last of his kind not long after he was first spotted.

In an article for the Tortoise Trust, Vicki Seal writes:

"Once there were millions of giant tortoises. In the age of the dinosaurs they covered most of the Americas, Europe and Asia. Like other dinosaurs they began to die out when mammals evolved and they were neither clever enough nor fast enough to compete for food.

But three million years ago, the Galapagos Islands burst out of the Pacific Ocean. For centuries these volcanic wastelands were bare. Then seeds carried by birds took root, the birds themselves stayed, and animals arriving on rafts of vegetation carried by ocean currents no longer perished.

Among there animals were the giant tortoises. They landed on 10 of the islands and have become adapted to the conditions of each.

Charles Darwin, visiting the islands in 1835, saw that the tortoises on each island were different although they had obviously descended from a common stock which was now extinct on the mainland. This observation formed part of his world-changing Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection."

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