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Snapchats Austin Forget and Lauren Combs rescued a pet pig, then ate her.

MOLLY was a 3-year-old pot-bellied pig rescued from an abusive home. After nursing her back to health, a "no-kill" shelter in British Columbia adopted Molly to a creepy young couple in Duncan, Vancouver Island, who signed papers agreeing they wouldn't eat her. Then Snapchat pics turned up celebrating Molly being seasoned, cooked and served. The shelter sent constables to investigate but learned no laws had been broken because Austin Forget and Lauren Combs assured them that Molly had been killed humanely. Forget was more descriptive on Facebook where he declared "hahahahahah I killed the fucking pig" with a gun apparently. The public outcry has prompted both to delete their social media accounts and Forget is apologizing for his insensitivity which he blames on his youth. Trolls are weighing in that it's just bacon. And while we can condemn Austin and Lauren for being souless gourmands, they're no more inhuman than anyone who eats the intelligent and sentient pig, whether family pet or terrorized industrial farm internee.

Latest news from the Animal Rebellion –Police suspect Fowl Play

Man in California stabbed to death in cockfight... by the gamecock. Anglo "rooster fanciers" put needle-like spurs onto the rooster's natural back spur. to enhance the bloodshed. Then complain that Mexicans put actual blades on them. It's an ancient "sport" and the reason there are any chickens at all outside Southeast Asia. Alexander the Great had mercenaries from all around and some of them had fighting cocks. Every wonder why, in Leviticus, in the list of all the clean animals, Kosher, not one mention of chickens? THE essential Kosher meal, Nana's Chicken Soup? Chickens aren't mentioned in the Bible until Maccabees. Jesus mentions them a couple of times. Maccabees and Jesus were well AFTER the time of Alexander. Anyway, the bird stabbed him in the leg and he died several hours later at the Emergency Room.

Put your dog-lover on a leash

How about a dog collar for dog lovers? If you find companionship in dogs, and read in their faces such "human" qualities as insight and empathy, why not show some empathy yourself and submit to their leash. I don't mean a collar and rope which your dog can restrict or yank at whim, but a collar tethered to his collar. Why not? I'm guessing it would mean the end of straining at the leash in either direction, if you want to modify your best friend's behavior so radically. Otherwise it might disrupt the imbecilic notion that dogs have inherent civility enough to be taken out in public. Leash-less dogs would be the ideal, un-neutered even, taken to dog parks where everyone is into that sort of thing. Or a free-for-all everywhere. But if you're going to regulate how people use sidewalks and other common spaces, I'd rather not have to negotiate beings not behaving on their own accord. If dogs have the emotional development of a toddler, but an unrestrained sex drive, perhaps you're projecting a little in what you think you're getting out of exchanges with your companion. The good which pet "owners" get from having an animal in their lives sounds drastically one sided. Do we dismiss the domestic pet as just another beast of burden to serve human existence, or should we seek a sustainable balance showing full respect for all beings in a near as possible natural state?

How Beastly-Animals in Revolt…

Also titled "Unbearable" and "revolting animals". The story, COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio – A bear attacked and killed its caretaker at the home of a man who kept a menagerie of dangerous, exotic beasts and ran afoul of animal regulators a few years ago by staging wrestling matches between bears and humans. How wonderful. By the way, they offed the bear too. Like Momma Bear in Yellowstone. Forget Teddy Ruxpin and Paddington and Winnie the Pooh. Those are toys and works of pure anthropomorphic fiction. Bears are NOT humans and don't even think the way humans do, otherwise they'd take the guns from the first three or four humans and the rest would be horrendous. The bear in the attack southwest of Cleveland was not one that owner Sam Mazzola had used for wrestling, officials said. His license to show animals had been revoked, but he still kept dozens of bears, wolves, tigers, lions and perhaps coyotes. The state said Mazzola had no violations for owning animals under Ohio regulations. The bear was out of its cage for its feeding Thursday evening by 24-year-old Brent Kandra, "which was normal for this particular bear because the caretaker and the owner had been around it so much," Lorain County Sheriff's Capt. James Drozdowski said. Mazzola used a fire extinguisher to force the bear back into its cage. "We don't know whether something startled the bear or what prompted the bear to get aggressive with the caretaker," Drozdowski said. Kandra, of Elyria, died Friday morning at MetroHealth Medical Center, the coroner's office in Cleveland said. The coroner said the tentative cause of death was "sharp and blunt injuries to the body consistent with a bear attack." Ahem... "we don't know what provoked the bear to attack". Oh, yes you do, piggo. Stop LYING for once in your misbegotten life. Bears are meant to be wandering around the woods eating, sleeping and yes, shitting. They play when they want, sleep when they want, eat when they can. They don't take to captivity, any more than people do. They are very intelligent, very strong and armed with tooth, claw and a skeletomuscular structure that can flip cars over just for shits and giggles. They are not toys, not pets and not supposed to be doing stupid shit like wrestling with humans for the amusement of demented rednecks. On a schedule. A human timetable schedule is as alien to just any animal as flapping our arms and flying to the moon would be to us. You want a pet get a dog. Or a cat, and be prepared to spend the rest of that animals life taking care of it. I mean, come the Hell on. You teach a bear to wrestle, how do you do that? Rewards when he's a good slave-inmate and does what the boss man tells him, punishment... now, what kind of punishment would be used on a BEAR? What the fuck gives any human a right to Punish a Wild Animal? This kind of treatment doesn't work on penitentiary inmates either. Deprive a free soul

O, Give me a home, where the Buffalo roam

...and I'll show you a house that's not clean But let's skip to the main issue... Non-pet animals being used as mascots. Now, I had seen on the commercials last year that the CSU football team uses a live Bison as a mascot. Admittedly it's a younger calf, and held by two sturdy ropes attached to two sturdy cowboy-looking types. But seriously, have any thoughts been given to what kind of liability would be incurred if that small(er) TeTonka were to bust loose and, as wild beasts typically do when faced with huge numbers of screaming humans, panic? Jump into the stands maybe. Maybe turn on her suddenly Former handlers or the football team that's chasing behind her onto the field... I don't spend a great deal of time studying buffalo, just that their real name is bison or in Lakota "Tonka" and maybe one of our Sioux friends can correct me and I'll cheerfully accept, I think the "te" part refers to the male. I did learn from observing them day after endlessly BORING day that they on most occasions don't do a damn thing but eat, shit and move on, repeat as necessary. They're even worse than watching cattle. Watching Grass Grow. I went to Job Corps way back in the 70s. Was at a J.C. Civilian Conservation Center called Treasure Lake. The center wasn't within a day's walking distance of the lake. I was there 6 months and never saw the lake. Somewhere in between Lawton, Ft Sill, Altus, Altus AFB and Indiahoma, OK.on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. I chose to go to that center over three others, because of the Bison. The brochure said "The Worlds Largest Surviving Herd of American Bison!" and I, being just turned 16, wanted to see the buffalo. First month I was there they didn't show up. Then I saw them. Lots of them. About 10 or 15 thousand of them. The herd is larger now, I'm sure. In the olden days there were millions of them. Then, somebody found out their weakness. Probably "Buffalo" Bill Cody. An extermination campaign was launched, kill off the food supply and starve the Plains Indians into surrender. They have this bad habit, you might ask "How bad was it?" and I might just answer "incredibly stupid". It worked when the only hunters were the wolves, humans armed with spears instead of repeating rifles and grizzly bears (more on grizzlies later) The herd would be divided into smaller and smaller herds and the leader of each was not a Bull, but a cow. If any threat appears, the hunter usually would go after one of the smaller and dumber animals. When we're talking Buffalo, though, "dumber" is a relative term. The lead cow would notice that one or more of the others was being attacked and take measures to correct it. Run or run somebody through with her horns, either one. The other cows would take their cue from the Leader. If the LEADER was the first one killed, then

Update on the Vuvuzela ban in British Soccer

I mentioned the cheaply made plastic horns being banned on the ridiculous "public safety-homeland security" excuse that they could be a weapon. Now, I've a passing familiarity with weapons and the scars and record to prove it. If you could possibly use a vuvuzela as a weapon, if you have that skill level, then you would do a far quicker job of it with your bare hands. I also mentioned that the Soccer Football clubs don't ban drunken rowdies, and the existence of beer so strong it's properly measured in "proof" the way distilled spirits would be, 40% alcohol = 80 proof. The usual strength of distilled spirits in the U.S. Anything over 100 proof, is considered "overproof". This is not from direct experience, I don't drink. I do have a steadily decreasing number of friends who do. One of the many Reaganite approved ways of offing yourself with a little help from the Corporate Empire. Like this example. 55% 110 Proof BEER. It's a microbrew, sure. Most English beer that's a mere 25% alcohol (they call American beer "piss") isn't micro-brew, it's commercial grade toxins. This stuff is called "The End of History", they made like 12 bottles for sale, at 500 pounds per bottle. Using stuffed animals to hold the bottles. By that I don't mean Winnie the Pooh dolls or "my pretty pony" dolls... Yes, that's really a dead squirrel. You'd be drinking, had they not sold all 12 bottles almost immediately, so we know there's at least 2 dozen truly SICK ind-DUH-Viduals on the loose in our planet who have enough money to pay about $750 for something like ... drinking from a dead animal. It seems to me that you'd be French-kissing a dead rodent. While and at the same time, in a pointlessly repetitive, yet redundant, sort of way, poisoning yourself. Bottoms up. These dudes seriously need to make friends with Bill W. Meanwhile, in America and in Britain one can get the equivalent of a life sentence if you have pain medicine that's not prescribed for you. The Capitalist Propagandists who are cheering this particular piece of Legalized (and insane) Drug Dealing, also cheered when Jeb Bush refused to issue a pardon to a Florida Resident who had 20 Vicodins which had been prescribed to him, for neuro pain from Multiple Sclerosis, and given a 25 year sentence without parole on the One-strike-you're-out rule. The same week that Jeb Bush's daughter, who also happened to be the niece of the (at the time) Current President of the U.S. and the granddaughter of another President.... got probation and a "sentence" to drug rehab after testing dirty for cocaine while already on probation for drug offenses. And, meanwhile, here in Colorado Springs, the TeaBags are petitioning to ban the use of Medical Marijuana citywide. Their Puppet Organization the "Our Westside Neighbors" Fascist Control Freak Group is supporting the petition. Hypocrisy in action.

Animal Liberation Lone Wolf betrayed by ATF informant, literature and tattoo

Pardon the delay, but when an activist is arrested for the literature he's carrying, I've got to find that material. 34-year-old Walter Edmund Bond was arraigned today for setting the Denver Sheepskin Factory fire in May. ATF agents report that in his knapsack was a tract entitled Declaration of War: Killing People to Save the animals and the Environment The ATF alleges his copy was subtitled: Strike a Match, Light a Fuse, We Only Have the Earth to Lose. Bond was arrested after an informant taped him confessing to being the "Lone Wolf" who took credit on an Animal Liberation Front website. In the meantime, media outlets have linked Bond to a 1977 conviction for arson, failing to note he would have served the time as a toddler. (Turns out "1977" was a typo.) This story makes me sad, because as much as direct action now requires a culture of secrecy, and as renegade as "Lone Wolf" may have been, if it was Bond, what happened reminds us that wolves are in fact a social animal like we, and every ideologically driven person needs to seek out like-minded comrades. While it was probably a foregone conclusion that the Sheepskin Factory fire was set to make a statement about animal rights, today's media requires that someone take the credit. Lone Wolf's online post performed that protocol, and that should have been that. Doubtless it's hard to recruit allies for future projects without wanting to claim a resume of past deeds. And what's to stop everyone from pretending to have been there? The certainty with which the ATF ties Walter Bond to the fire is built on his bragging to a friend. His choice of reading material, or tattoos, corroborates the subject of his interest, equally likely what he would brag about, and not his actual culpability. The Smoking Gun has obtained the full affidavit submitted by ATF Special Agents Rennie Mora, which details a call received by fellow agent Christopher Forkner. Someone who hadn't talked to Walter Bond since the suspect was 22, called the ATF to relate a phone call he/she received from Bond in late June. Asked what he'd been up to lately, Bond referred "Informant CI-01" to the website voice of the voiceless and directed her/him to scroll down to the "Denver Sheepskin fire." There "ALF Lone Wolf" had posted an explanation for why he'd targeted the business. Concluded the informant: "that's what he had been up to." The informant then called the authorities, the ATF claims, because of fears firefighters might be endangered by future fires the suspect might light. The affidavit also mentions that the informant passed on photographs of Bond to the ATF. At the direction of the ATF, Informant CI-01 contacted Bond in Utah. Though Bond had called initially from "a phone at a Salt Lake City public library," the affidavit offers no details about how the informant reached Bond. The informant suggested Bond travel to Denver and meet at a Ramada Inn on East Colfax, where their conversation

The Toilet Paper Bears – A Fitting Analogy for once.

So, leave aside the notion that male bears tend to eat their offspring. It's a little too graphic for the anthropomorphists But one of their new themes is Poppa Bear and Little Bear in a rowboat fishing. Little Bear gets impatient. Then has the bright idea to drop a piece of the Overpriced-and-not-any-better-than-any-other-brand of toilet paper into the water.Which is so absorbent that it dries up the whole lake. All the fish are gasping for water to breathe, flopping around in their death throes. Somehow, in the insane popularity contest that passes for "awww, wook at the cute animals" the fish aren't given fake smiles, humanized eye placement and faces, and the other pond dwellers who are sometimes anthropomorphized, like the frogs, aren't represented. BUT... That's not the truly relevant part. It's part of the relevance though, that's why I included it. The fact is, though, in our Throw-Away Society, where everything including Human Beings is disposable, paper products are among the worst offenders. First they take out the native, healthy, sustained ecosystem forests and put in "better managed" forests where all the trees are planted at the same time, no underbrush to get in the way of the Organized, Efficient Harvesting of them when the Corporate Owners decide it's their turn to die, and the Corporatists who will no doubt object to this analogy are going to say "Why, oh why, can't we get all "our" workers organized like that, where they'll perform their jobs efficiently for our profit and then die off in an orderly manner, instead of being, you know, Human?" Of course the planting of tree-farms where forests used to be not only allows for the Dehumanized Workers and their more-valuable-to-the-company machines to access the "product" for maintenance and harvest, it also hastens erosion and provides no nutrition for the animals, either the Cute and Fuzzy winners of the Insane Popularity Contest, like the deer and the bears and the rabbits (Did you know there's actually been a recent extinction event, a species of RABBIT? It's true... you might think to yourself "Self, how does a species that breeds like, well, Rabbits, go extinct?") and the squirrels and chipmunks which are "good" animals, and the slugs, beetles, very large species of cockroach, vultures, rattlesnakes, worms, you know, the ones that are much harder to paint as Furry People, aren't normally eaten directly by people and it takes more than a couple of very quick and short sentences using only one-and-two-syllable words, to describe how they fit into the "food chain" far less the enormously complex and beautifully orchestrated Ecosystem. Then at the other end of the process (middle actually, the "profitable" output of it still has to be shipped, marketed and then "disposed of properly" whatever the hell THAT means) the process of shredding the once-living trees into pulp, instead of long fibers (remember, they're not aiming for quality, they're aiming for the Corporate Trifecta: Fast, Cheap and Disposable) then glued back together, pressed into paper and rolled

Attack of the Killer Killer Whales

Is it right to confine wild animals within concrete walls and train them to serve man's amusement? Making the argument that some beasts cannot be domesticated, to defend Sea World's killer orca showing his untamed nature, is to sell mammal brains short. In the wild, Orcas seize and subdue their prey to eat it. They're called killer whales, not dunk-the-irritating-human-until-she's-dead-then-play-keepaway-with-the-body whales. In the wild, Orcas don't have jailers who force them to labor. Wild animals don't work for a living and Tilikum is apparently leading an insurgency against animal slave drivers. Which is not how Sea World tells it. Their experts suggest that Tilikum mistook the trainer's ponytail for a toy and then likewise her resultant submerged body. SeaWorld is being incredibly disingenuous when it claims to know only about their killer whale's criminal record while in their custody. In reality they bought the infamous Tilikum in a fire sale, when a Canadian marine theme park had to close due to pressure from animal rights groups. Public concern began because a trio of orcas were acting up, the result of which was two dead humans. The full story is detailed in an upcoming AK Press publication, Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden Story of Animal Resistance by Jason Hribal, the relevant excerpts can be read at Counterspin The Struggle of Nootka and Tilikum and How Orky and Kasatka Almost Sank Sea World. Alexander Cockburn concludes Feed Pete Peterson to the Whales.

Tapping into the nutrition of life energy

Yes, it's a live fish. The Youtube video upsetting PETA depicts Chinese diners poking at the still gasping mouth of what's for dinner. The plate isn't hot, but watch your fingers! The meat is blackened to a crisp, while from the neck up the fish is kept wet with towels to ensure it doesn't expire before the last bite. My, what a playful presentation with the red sauce! I do wonder about the Chinese obsession with keeping food alive as long as possible. In the video the diners are laughing at the fish's sudden reactions, which leaves the impression they are as surprised as we about this live novelty. But I doubt it is so rare an event among those who can afford it. I remember at outdoor markets in China, watching customers buy slices of fish meat cut directly from the sides of live fish. Does live fish keep longer than dead? Certainly it does. Westerners won't eat a lobster or crab that's killed before it's cooked. No doubt some Chinese think we are fools for believing dead fish is an acceptable substitute for live. Americans are already ridiculed for pretending frozen orange juice is any match for fresh squeezed. Who are Americans to opine on taste? For years we've eaten chickens fed on fishmeal, without realizing what Europeans could tell us from a table's length away, American chicken smells fishy! Now ask an American farmer about sweet corn and he'll brag that it's best boiled while still on the stalk. So there is consensus on a preference for fresh. What constitutes fresh when we're talking meat? If you ask a reptile or spider, it means live. Mammal predators kept at the zoo have to accustom themselves to eating pieces of steak where their nature is to grab from what's on the run. What looks like Steak Tartar to us is what they usually leave to scavengers. Has the human predator diet been converted to scavenger for the sake of convenience and civility? In our contemporary quest for reclaiming nutrition, I'll be curious to know if there's a forbidden energy gone missing from our scavenged meals. I'll let the clip speak for itself about the inhumanity of devouring a meal as it looks on. And I'm really glad that no worse videos have emerged from China. As yet there are no Youtube videos of diners eating monkey brains straight from the skull of a live monkey strapped to the table, nor of the infamous "three squeals" delicacy of live rat fetuses.

The high regard we hold for nobility

The British royal family has shot Argentines, Iraqis and Afghans. Prince Harry is sneaking back to Afghanistan to kill more. You think they won't beat a dog? His Royal Highness The Prince, Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Honorary Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty, was hunting pheasant this weekend and was inadvertently photographed hitting his hunting companions with a stick.

We are just wiping out primates

One of the most disturbing things about lifestyle vegetarians and the group PETA is that they consistently distract people from paying attention to the real dangers to animals on this planet. They want to fight about whether one should have a hamburger or not and often engage in tactics that are just plain stupid. They consistently seem to have a fetish about 'liberating' animals from cages, for just one example. It puts them in the news but not in a great way when they go about 'freeing' other people's animals. I don't like animal abuse by science either, but that is not the main threat facing animal life on this planet. And just several weeks ago, local animal rights people were out in front of the KFC on Nevada doing their parade as big chickens! Really now, I just don't think they are going to move people on the plight of chickens in this cruel hard world we live in. Will they show up at Petco and Petsmart some time soon to protest the mistreatment of fish there? Oh the horrors of selling feeder fish! Meanwhile, there hardly is any animal rights movement at all to stop the animalcide of multiple species around the planet. The movement to protect natural areas where these animal species reside is quite separate from the PETA gang's general activities. It is the Environmental Movement that does this work and not the animal rights gang. The simple fact of the matter, is that if people are treated right on this planet, then so will animals as a whole. It doesn't really do to single out the treatment of animals as the big issue above all else, it just makes one look rather silly. However that is not the case in regards to animalcide. When animal and plant biodiversity is destroyed, then all plants, animals, humans, are threatened at one and the same time. At the top of our list of issues involving animals has to be the fact that Primates 'face extinction crisis'. We are definitely talking about dangers to ourselves here and animal rights activists would do themselves and animals a favor by concentrating on this sort of major issue, rather than the chickens at KFC or the primates in cages over at the University's labs. They would do us all right by doing that, and by stopping being media hounds through silly and poorly thought out activism.

Animal experimentation is messed up

The homes of two UC Santa Cruz researchers were attacked by animal rights extremists with fire bombs, purportedly for using lab animals in UCSC scientific experimentation. "I don’t know what they did to deserve that," a 19-year-old student bystander told the NYT "I think that’s kind of messed up to do that to someone’s home.”   Sure it's messed up. Too bad not even the news articles about this case could spare a sentence about how lab animals are mistreated. What is it that has the animal liberation extremists so upset?

Is it Rodeo time again? Damn…

Seems like only last year that somebody angrily was denouncing the contention that putting a pull-up cinch around the testicles of a bull in order to make him fight the rider more aggressively somehow causes PAIN to the animal. Ummm... yeah. And the presumably young lady who was so angry about our reporting of it, stating that somehow she knows for certain that a large mammal could not possibly be in pain, even though the bulls seem to be put into a killing rage by the practice, you know, having his ballocks squeezed. I guess a bull told her that, calmly and assuredly, "Why no, little lady, doesn't hurt us at all. We just naturally attack humans and try our level best to stomp their brains out." Before any of you yay-hoo goat-ropers start thinking that I'm some kind of Yankee elitist, allow me to point something out. You have shit for brains. I hear so often (because I grew up in Texas, spent 40 damn years there, also Kansas, New Mexico and Here) that Rodeo is a reflection of ranch-hand work. Must be reflected in one of those Fun-House mirrors at the associated carnivals, I guess. My grandpa, his brother and their brother-in-law, Tom Blaylock, did trick riding for rodeos from time to time. One of their legendary accomplishments was when somebody who was very intoxicated challenged them to ride their horses on the Ferris Wheel. They were also very intoxicated and accepted said challenge. Fortunately their horses were smart enough not to get drunk. They also didn't panic when they got on the ferris wheel. That's a Good Thing. Elseways I would have lost my grandpa and two uncles in the same incident long before I was born. Uncle Tom grew up to become foreman at the Rolling Hills Ranch in Keene, Texas. Ok, in the middle of a trapezoid between Athens, Cleburne, Fort Worth and Keene. Had a Star Route address when they switched over from RFD. He died in 2002. In the summer of '69 I was on the ranch, 8 years old, Woodstock was goin' on but you wouldn't have known it if you were just a kid on a ranch in Johnson County Texas. At the time I had never seen a man with long hair, Bearded men would have shocked livin' hell out of me. So I have plenty of first-hand experience with the Bucolic Lifestyle, plenty of truly rednecked close relatives, most of whom had plenty of experience with both Rodeo Cowboying and the Real Job. The two paths split and get further apart, one really really Far Away From Real Ranch Work issue is that of actually attempting to Ride Cattle. A really important giveaway on that fact is that cattle in general and Bulls in particular just don't have a docile attitude about people jumping on their backs. Especially if they have a Nutsack Cinch applying pressure to their testicles. Now, here's a challenge to all you wannabee cowboys out there... why not, when you're on that bulls back, do it without

The United Nations starves the poor in Haiti

What a pathetic spectacle, the great supposed defender of all humanity, all nations, and respecter of human rights everywhere... the United Nations... has its military now defending the national palace of a US installed group of thugs in Haiti. Yes, defending these thugs against the Haitian people who are demanding food and freedom from starvation. This is what US control over the United Nations Security Council has led to. See Hungry mob attacks Haiti palace Still, most all US liberals seem to continue to hold some sort of religious belief that the United Nations is some sort of Great and Good Daddy. Liberals have to be some of the most backward, uneducated, and misled types around. Don' they get it? The United Nations is the grand leader of colonialism these days. Surprised? Well why on earth? That's what destroyed the League of Nations, and it is destroying the US run United Nations, too. Get these sorry ass United Nations troops out of Haiti, get them out of Afghanistan, and get them out of Iraq and all the other myriad places the US government leads them into occupying. The United Nations today is no solution to the problems the world faces, but is instead part of the overall problem. This is a 'world' governmental body that needs to be dissolved NOW, and not reconstructed in any way even remotely close to the way the current UN is structured at this time. The UN is not now democracy in action, but imperialism, totalitarianism, and the rule of the rich over the poor in power. Liberals get over it! You should be calling for getting the United Nations out of countries, dissolving it, and never ever supporting the damn organization. Wake up and see the new situation today, because you sure aren't battling the old John Birch Society back in the '50s and '60s any more! The United Nations simply is not a human rights organization in the least, and the Catholic Church would be easier to 'reform' than the UN. Stop being so stupid by defending this organization.

Do we treat Iraqis worse than dogs?

Everyone's in an uproar about laughing US marines who videotaped themselves throwing an Iraqi pup off the edge of a cliff. I'm so embarrassed Americans can't show similar alarm for the disposing of Iraqi children or babies. Hopefully this might lead some to be indignant at our soldiers' equally well reported disrespect for human life. Dear soldiers, keep the Youtube videos coming. Show us the children you are running over with your convoys, the women and infants you snipers are whacking like moles, the crowds you strafe indiscriminately, the families you bury with missile strikes, the detainees you torture. Put all that on video with your grinning psychopathic smiles. I mean, show us MORE of that. Eventually one of the videos will accidentally include a dog as collateral damage, or a dog losing its owner. Then Americans will empathize.

No more reporting on the beef recall?

The largest beef recall in history has taught us what, so far? That 37 million pounds went to the USDA school lunch program, which was distributed to schools unknown. We quietly presume the USDA had been pawning off the questionable product to the poor and dismissible among our population. But why won't they release the names of the schools? In whispered tones with food program insiders, you learn why. Because the USDA product goes to ALL schools. (NOTE: Corpus Christi School found the recalled meat on their shelves and made the switch to a safer supplier, shouldn't your school do the same?) While all or any of the Colorado schools may have taken delivery of the Hallmark suspect product, the USDA school food program in Colorado gets the bulk of its meat from Advanced Meatpacking out of Oklahoma. Advanced is regarded by industry watchers as likely worse than Hallmark. We're not talking about the tip of an iceberg, we're [not] talking about the as yet largely unexposed large underbelly of American factory farming. What's so bad about US meat that foreign markets won't buy it? Our government regulators won't test it adequately. Individual meatpackers who want to submit their product for voluntary testing are prevented by the USDA, for fear of creating a stigma around non-tested meat. Other countries test their 100% of their herd animals for BSE. They also prohibit the feeding of rendered animals to other animals. This is the process by which BSE spreads. The US does not prohibit the use of rendered feed. US calves are raised on a diet of milk and blood: milk fortified with the blood of their predecessors. It redefines "adulterated" I think. US methods to prevent mad cow disease resemble more the measures necessary not to see it. The official word is that the USA doesn't have mad cow disease. Cattle which display the traits resembling mad cow disease in Europe, here are called "downer cows." Our safety guidelines are thus: keep those cows from reaching the meat packers. Easy enough, unless you run across slaughterhouse workers with the initiate to use forklifts and chains to harvest downed cows like any other. Then you need video cameras to catch them. But video cameras cannot catch the biggest flaw in this screening process. Most cattle infected with BSE do not begin to show symptoms until after they are two years old. Most cattle in the US reach the slaughterhouse before they are two. Even with a breach of our paltry preventive procedures, the USDA is still unwilling to say their prescribed screening is insufficient. Perhaps the USDA fears that implementing European testing standards would reveal a huge chunk of US beef to be tainted with mad cow. This would profoundly impact the food industry and our economy as a whole. Perhaps a few thousand CJD fatalities five years from now is a small price to pay for stability now. Besides, those in the know have money to buy organic beef from verifiable sources. The prosperity of the

Mad Scientists

No, this is not about scientists that are mad about the Bush Administration's manipulation of scientific data. This is about insane scientists that are forecasting a better world ahead with the invention of human-machine cyborgs. Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted. It's clear that Nazi science lives on and is a totally accepted part of our own American social culture and mindset, since after all, nobody is too upset at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston for seriously cheerleading at its annula meeting for being able to possibly design such a future world. Who in their right mind would want to though?

Stupor Tuesday

It's Stupor Tuesday! Across this Great Nation of ours we're all pretending to have a democracy tomorrow! Voters will have chance to vote for a future female imperialist, a future Black imperialist, or several assorted knuckle-headed imperialists ala Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, and Pat Robertson breeds. Isn't it great to have such a choice? I'm betting on the mare personally so meet you at the race track! Just don't lose your shirt nor your common sense when it all happens. Just have fun and maybe this country will have an actual democracy instead of Stupor Tuesday some day? You bet on it! BTW, I hope you bet right on the Stupor Bowl yesterday? Hey, and wasn't that half-time something else? I missed Janet Jackson though, because it just seemed so drab and phoney without her on board.

Saying grace

Is grace recited before meals anymore? It seems the bigger the dinner, the more preparation or participation that goes into the repast, the greater is the sense that something is missing if we omit the prayer to dive into our food. A private reflection might be payed during the erstwhile silent moment but a word spoken of spiritual thanks seems no longer apropos in this secular thinking child's age. Religiosity abounds still of course, but it is separated less from state and education than from the other aspects of daily life with which it also conflicts, such as buying and selling, lending and consuming, trading upon the disadvantage of others. I too wonder if giving thanks for our abundance need be directed to God or divine provenance in appreciation of our predatory advantage, before a meal or after. For myself I have found a better occasion. Driving on the highway every once in awhile I encounter a cattle truck, the trailer sides simple sheet metal grates behind which one can see the fur of livestock. You can only see the bodies standing steadily at the edge in semi darkness and apparent silence. I search to catch their eyes but the metal bands seem positioned to obscure our visibility or more probably theirs. I used to entertain fantasies of derailing their voyage, stopping the driver to offer the animals a reprieve, however futile. But we've got a pretty principled meat processing company on our side of town, and I have come to accept the inevitability that mankind wants to domesticate some mammals to eat them. When you see those large cattle trucks in non-rural areas, there's little question as to where they are going. It is rare that cattle would be traded between ranches, or taken to the veterinarian, or sent to a State Fair to be exhibited as 4-H pets, or being put to pasture, as happens to horses no longer either. As much as you would like to think otherwise, the cattle in those trailers are being delivered to the slaughterhouse. When you see the unfortunate cows, they are only hours -perhaps minutes- from the ramp which leads to the aboitoir, to a violent ignoble death at the hands of a harried production line. I remember reading about traditions surrounding the slaughter of pigs. The human-like cries of pigs have always wreaked psychic damage on the men who have to kill them. Some farming villages have ceremonies to ritualize the process. In many cases, a single person is given the responsibility of dealing the fatal blow. The Kosher tradition of food purity comes not from concern for regulating the quality of a meat source, but insuring rather that the animal was properly killed. Again, not by public health standards but spiritual. When I find myself passing a truck carrying cows or domestic buffalo to their demise, I try to linger beside the trailer for a moment, long enough to give a thought to the beings inside. But I lack for

Animal cruelty at the rodeo

I just learned how they make horses and bulls jump up and down at the rodeo. I must admit I wondered why it was that the animals suddenly leaped about madly (bronc'd) after they got out of the gate and not before, and why did they stop once the rider was thrown? It turns out there's a strap that the other cowboys cinch around the animal's testicles. They yank it tight as they open the gate. Then, once the rider is thrown, attendants chase the animal and release the cinch. This is why animal rights groups protest the rodeo. Oh they may protest the general mistreatment of the animals, and the risk of injury to which the animals are routinely and senselessly subjected, but that strap around the reproductive organs cinches it.

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