David Helvarg is an American journalist and environmental activist. He
is the founder and president of the marine conservation lobbying
organization Blue Frontier Campaign, a part of the Seaweed rebellion,
which arose from his second book, Blue Frontier. His first book, The
War against the Greens, puts a case that violent organised resistance
is being orchestrated against the environmental movement. Helvarg
began his career as a freelance journalist before becoming a war
correspondent and then returning to news journalism. He writes about
politics, AIDS, and sea life. He has reported from every continent and
he has been published in specialist and popular magazines, and US
newspapers both locally and in syndication. His experience of military
conflict, civil conflict and marine biology is the basis of his
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Vasco da Gama set sail on first direct European voyage to India.
Battle of Poltava: In Ukraine, Peter I of Russia defeated Charles XII
of Sweden at Poltava, effectively ending Sweden's role as a major
power in Europe.
The first issue of the Wall Street Journal was published.
Newspapers in Roswell, New Mexico, United States, reported the
military's capture of a "flying saucer".
Mayo Clinic researchers warned that the dieting drug "fen-phen" can
cause severe heart and lung damage.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with
the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one
of the people." -- Jean de La Fontaine