Category: Politics


Watch That Fly on Your Wall!

From WorldNow:

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A Colony of Solar Powered Flying Microbots! The Harvard Robobee Project is funded by the National Science Foundation. Scientists believe these robotic bees will autonomously pollinate field crops, perform search and rescue tasks, hazardous environment exploration, military surveillance and so much more. It’s what’s happening in your #Worldnow.

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Hurray For the French!

From PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals):

PROGRESS:

Pets in France are no longer considered ‘furniture’ thanks to their new legal status as ‘sentient beings’:http://bit.ly/1eQO6Dz

This law declares them beings with RIGHTS!  

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Animals Are Entitled!

From Inside the Divine Pattern:

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About Drugs!

From Beyond Bars:

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America, Eat Your Heart Out!

From Sun Gazing:

* US citizens, why don’t you write to your members of Congress? *

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TUITION/SCHOLARSHIPS

Completing a university degree is often considered to be an expensive endeavour and tuition fees are usually making up the bulk part of the cost. Norwegian universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, you should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries.

“Nothing is for free” is a saying that is true in many cases. But in Norway it is possible to get quality education without having to pay tuition fees. If certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for your living expenses. Through various fellowship programmes, scholarship schemes or student loans, international students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters.

I want to study in Norway but need financial support. What do I do?
How you can financially support your stay in Norway will depend on several factors:
- your current country of legal residency
- your current home institution
- your previous education
- what institution/degree/subject area you are seeking admission to

We recommend that you first contact the International Office at your home university to see if institutional agreements with a Norwegian institution exist. Also, check our scholarship section to see if you are eligible for support through any programmes or schemes

“Raising your flag for Tibet!”

From United Nations For a Free Tibet (India):

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Hundreds of cities and municipalities across Germany are raising the Tibetan flag on town halls and public buildings on March 10th, 2014.

They are participating in the campaign “Raising your flag for Tibet!” of the Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID) and are sending a strong signal to the German government:

“On March 10, we commemorate the Tibetan uprising of 1959, which was brutally suppressed by the Chinese occupational forces. Raising the flag for Tibet means showing support for the Tibetan right to self-determination and the protection of human rights in Tibet”, says Tsewang Norbu, Boardmember, TID. “Such a symbol of solidarity is especially important in light of the current events.”

TID is extremely alarmed by the chain of events in the last months. “So far, over 127 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest the Chinese occupation. While the Chinese government is using outright violence as its strategy, the international community chose to elect China into the UN Human Rights Council”, says Tsewang Norbu.

“We are shocked by the discrepancy between China’s actions and its position in the world as well as its political influence. The Spanish government relenting to this pressure in the court case to indict former Chinese leaders of genocide in Tibet is a recent example showing the extent to which China has already succeeded in interfering with and overriding our democratic systems.”

Even in Germany, China’s influence is clearly visible: “Our campaign participants are pressured by Chinese officials to withdraw from the campaign and not to raise the Tibetan flag. The long arm of the Chinese government is even reaching the smallest German towns. However, we will not be intimidated by this”, says Anna Momburg-Vanderpool, Campaign Coordinator of TID.

“On March 10th, the political representatives of cities and municipalities are taking a stand for self-determination and the protection of human rights in Tibet, showing that human rights are not negotiable”, says Momburg-Vanderpool.

With this strong political support, the TID demands from the German government not to give in to pressure by the Chinese government. The state visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Berlin at the end of March is a great opportunity for a clear signal.

“Chancellor Merkel has to clearly speak up for the rights of the Tibetans. We expect that she requests the Chinese government to re-engage in a dialogue with the Tibetans and to stop the spiral of violence”, says Norbu.
Prominent voices are supporting the campaign „Raising your flag for Tibet”

The campaign is supported by Dr. Henning Scherf (SPD), former Mayor of the city of Bremen. Additionally, Claudia Roth (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN), Vice-president of the German Parliament, and Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler (SPD), Member of the German Parliament and Chairwoman of the Tibet Discussion Group in the German Parliament, are both raising the flag for Tibet:

· Video statement by Claudia Roth http://youtu.be/Jtxzqgclj8I [english subtitles]
· Video statement by Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthälerhttp://youtu.be/y_F_ZEVUDSk

Musicians and actors such as Judith Holofernes, Benno Fürmann, Ralf Bauer as well as Chinese writer and dissident Liao Yiwu are also participating and raising the flag for Tibet.

Additional statements of prominent voices can be found here: www.tibet-flagge.de/causes-category/starke-stimmen/

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:45 )

 

Protest NSA Surveillance!

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Show your support of an initiative to fight NSA surveillance on the web by adding a banner to your site. Just toggle the option on below, and a small black ribbon overlay will appear along the bottom of your site as pictured below through February 2014 or until you disable the banner.

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The Rizzoli Bookstore building is an icon of New York City architecture and one of the most beautiful commercial spaces in America. It is an impressive example of adaptive reuse of a former piano showroom into a retail space and one of the few remaining examples of architecturally significant bookstores in an era where bookstores are increasingly threatened. Recently, Vornado and Le Frak Realty have announced plans to demolish the building in order to build a new high-rise (International Business Times article)

 The Landmarks Preservation Commission, whose mission is “to be responsible for protecting New York City’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings,” has declined to grant landmark status to the building on the grounds that the property “lacks the architectural significance necessary to meet the criteria for designation,” despite the Community Board voting unanimously in favor of designating 31 W 57TH Street a landmark in 2007 (Link to Community Board Resolution)

Peg Breen, President of NY Landmarks Conservancy, said “it’s unlikely at this point that the “three little gems” will be saved unless a public backlash is strong enough to convince city officials otherwise.”(Quoted in IBS article above). Tell the Landmark Preservation Commission that 31 W 57th Street is architecturally significant and deserves landmark status!

 For more news, visit webpage: www.saverizzoli.org

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Sign the petition “New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission: Designate 31 West 57th Street as an individual and interior landmark”:

 Sign the Petition at change.org

Self-immolation Number 128 by Tibetans to Date!

From United Nations For a Free Tibet (India):

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Tibetan dies after self-immolation protest in Ngaba, Tibet
Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Tibetan who self-immolated in protest against Chinese rule near the restive Kirti monastery in Ngaba County, North-eastern Tibet, has succumbed to his burn injuries.

According to Kanyak Tsering, a monk from the exile base of Kirit Monastery in Dharamshala, “Lobsang Dorjee, a 25-year-old Tibetan died at a hospital in Barkham in Ngaba,(Chinese: Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture)and his remains have been cremated in secret by the Chinese authorities.”

Lobsang, who was a former monk of Kirti monastery, set fire to himself to protest against the Chinese government’s repressive policies on Tibet on Thursday, February 13, days after offering prayers at the prayer congregation being held at Kirti monastery.

He reportedly raised slogans protesting against the failed policies of the Chinese government in Tibet. Sources have said that “Dorjee was alive when he was forcibly removed from the scene.”

“In solidarity with the deceased,who was a former monk of Kirti monastery, the people of Ngaba County have closed their shops and restaurants for three days and make offerings on his behalf to the monasteries,” sources added.

From savetibet.org:

127 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet and China since February 27, 2009. A Rinpoche and his niece, died in a fire – according to information from the Tibetan government in exile and Woeser, this may have been a self-immolation that was later erroneously described as a house fire.

* And does anybody give a damn!!??? *

All Hail the Christians!

From  Crazy Candy’s Corner;

* Ralphie: Ever heard of the saying: “There but for the grace of God go I.”? *

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A couple of comments from Facebook:

  • Stacey Hamill Hubby is retired and a vet, i disabled in NYS the more kids you have and the less you work the more food stamps you get, our income barely pays the bills and all NYS will give us is $17.00 a month in food stamps which doesn’t buy much at all. I am supposed to be on a diabetic diet and between bills,rent and medical co-pays there is no way. Most monthes i don’t even get my test stripes and lancets to be able to check my sugar levels. This state refuses to do its job and check on people. even if you report people that are working under the table for welfare fraud NYS does NOTHING to fix the issue.
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  • Chris Verhulst No. I am a hardworking tax payer and I have food. We may have a hard time making day to day but we do our best. I have also been out of work and on food stamps. My fridge was filled with the same foods. But we never had money for going out to eat or many other bills. Its sad that we would begrudge anyone the right to eat in this country. Welfare abusers do exisit..but are not the majority and its wrong to shame those who are going through a bad time more than already are. Its horribly embarrasing to have to prove need to a welfare worker to feed your kids and endure the looks in the grocery store. Shame on people for such an uncompassionate and narrow minded view especially as many are obviously uneducated as to what foodstamps entails. Probably call yourself a christian every sunday too, right? *smh*
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From Ettuspadix Beautilator:

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Today is Ruby Bridges Day.

From Planting Peace:

* Ralphie for peace and understanding! *

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Today is Ruby Bridges Day, to commemorate a brave little girl’s entry into an all-white school on November 14, 1960.

As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Mrs. Henry taught her alone, “as if she were teaching a whole class.” Every morning, as Bridges walked to school, one woman would threaten to poison her;[7] because of this, the U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower, who were overseeing her safety, only allowed Ruby to eat food that she brought from home. Another woman at the school put a black baby doll in a wooden coffin and protested with it outside the school, a sight that Bridges said “scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us.” At her mother’s suggestion, Bridges began to pray on the way to school, which she found provided protection from the comments yelled at her on the daily walks.

Quality is Not Cost Efficient.

From my friend Ettuspadix Beautilator:

I’ve been a professional musician for 35 years. at irregular but frequent intervals I’ve said to myself ‘I’m in the wrong business’; but i have never ‘sold out’. I’ve kept my self-employed business going through thick and painfully thin. recently I’ve been asking myself why I do it, and I’ve told myself that it’s a vocational thing. the work that i do in composing, playing, recording, practising, teaching etc. is not a business or an ‘industry’. it’s a profession, what I ‘profess’ to do, an occupation.

It occurs to me that the National Health Service, now that it has been privatised, is NOT in the business of Health. it is in the business of medicine; the practise of medicine is where the money is to be made. to promote Health, therefore, is counter-productive. if we were all healthy, there would be no business. every time a doctor diagnoses an ‘illness’, he starts a chain reaction towards profit. no doctor has an incentive to cure people, only to get a ‘patient’ to consume as much medicine as possible.

Our Police Service is now NOT in the business of preventing crime, as this is not a viable business. It is in the business of finding crimes to police. Police officers are currently much more aggressive in their approach to the Public, in order to gain the ‘sales conversion’ from enquiry to arrest, from chat to assault, from innocence to confession.

Public transport is in the business of getting ‘bums on seats’; once there, customers are provided with no quality of service, because quality is not cost efficient. supermarkets are in the business of getting you to buy things; poor quality food and essentials are the result. energy companies are in the business of metering things, and making the meter enforce their pricing structure for them. the media are in the business of getting you to buy the paper, watch the programme, believe the story.

I now know that I am in the ‘right’ business. I have absolved myself of the ‘guilt of little profit’. today I am a little bit more free than I was yesterday. Because what I do is not governed by monetary profit, it’s driven by motives not explainable in a bottom line. If an accountant can explain it, it’s not worth doing.

Tired of Traditional Banks? Start Your own!

From huffingtonpost.com:

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Starting a bank sounds like an impossible Gilded Age enterprise; more befitting of a Rockefeller than today’s small business owner. But it’s not as impossible as one might think — or as risky.

According to Smart Money.com, “the three-year failure rate for new banks is less than one in 1,000,” which, compared with a “60 percent failure rate for new restaurants,” is not so horrible. The profits are not too shabby either. The site reports: “6,770 community banks earned $67 billion over the past five years.”

In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, even Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says that he would start a bank — if he were 50 years younger.

Inspired by the Move Your Money campaign, the Huffington Post is investigating different options to make banking more local and personal. For enterprising individuals, one way to make your banking experience more individual could be to start your own. Here are some tips on how to get started.
Identify a Need

One of the first things any prospective small business owner must assess is the need for his or her business in the community. Being a bank owner is no exception.

When starting Global Trust Bank in Mountain View California, James Wall analyzed his neighborhood to see if it presented a need.

To read more click the link at the top!

Long Live Women, Who Actually Eat!

From Today’s Woman:

* Ladies: I love you all! *

A Dept store Sweden introduced these normal-size mannequins. Instead of size 00, these gals are a size 12 and 16. Some are saying they “condone obesity.” Pfft, the average woman is a size 14. “LIKE” and “SHARE” this picture if you think mannequins should look like this in store.

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ET’s Knocking on the Door.

Ralphie: I’ve heard from three or four different sources on the internet that governments are coming clean with information on extraterrestrials, which they’ve apparently kept from the general public(for security reasons ;-) ) for at least eighty years.

Further down I will show an excerpt of an article, where the Mexican president ordered disclosure of facts pertaining to visits from ET’s to Earth going back to the fifteen-hundreds and some say even as far back as three thousand years ago.

I’ve also read that president Medvedev of the Russian federation has admonished the US to come clean about this or they will.

Even the vatican has made preparations to deal with how this new information will affect their faith.

To me this can mean only one thing: somebody or something is forcing their hand, because I do not believe that they would admit to our not being alone voluntarily. I predict something really BIG happening in the near future. Maybe aliens making a public address to the world, I couldn’t say, but definitely something humongous.

This might also explain why big bucks don’t care either way about protecting the planet’s environment: they’ve known all along and have ‘their’ exit procedure planned already, I should think.

From altering-perspectives.com:

Mexican Government Releases Proof of E.T.’s and Ancient Space Travel

In what will soon be considered as the Holy Grail of extraterrestrial research, the Mexican government has released ancient documents proving the existence of E.T.’s once and for all.

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[1] The two circles near the center of the artifact appear to be earth. [2] This appears to be a spacecraft of some type. [3] This appears to be a massive comet or asteroid headed toward earth. [4] Appears to be a specially designed spacecraft capable of deflecting a large comet or meteor, such as NASA “Deep Impact”. [5] Appears to be an astronaut in control of a craft. [6] What appears to be an intelligently controlled spacecraft.

To read more click the link over the article!

Related articles:

Russia Orders Obama: Tell World About Aliens, Or We Will

Vatican prepares for extraterrestrial disclosure

We Get to the Point!

From United Humanists:

* Mamas, tell your sons to go to war, ’cause the rich bastards, they want more! *

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From altering-perspectives.com:

Ralphie: “Remember now: marijuana tea is good against arthritis and rheumatism pains.”

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More than a dozen U.S. states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana and both Colorado and Washington have made it legal to possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant. But soon it may be legalized across the entire country following a decision Thursday by the federal government.

In a historic and significant moment in American history, last November, Colorado became the first US state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The impact of the decision could soon ripple across the entire country with vast opportunities to educate millions on the top health benefits of marijuana.

With the passage of I-502 in the 2012 Washington State election, marijuana also became legal in Washington–not just for medical use, but also for recreational use–and Alaska, California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont have all decriminalized marijuana.

Consumption and sale of marijuana is still illegal in all other states, though some cities and towns have passed local laws decriminalizing it or making it a low priority for law enforcement officers.

There are also movements in many states to legalize pot, including legalization bills introduced in many other states.

To read more click the link at the top!

US puts all the Homeless in Jail!

Ralphie: “Home of the free????? Only if you have money. Democracy is officially DEAD.”

From freepatriot.org

FEMA Camps: City to Exile the Homeless; It’s not a Conspiracy Theory Anymore

Under the radar from the prying eyes of the public, South Carolina made it legal to get rid of their homeless problem. The people were given a choice, FEMA Camps or jail. The irony of it all was this happened right at the 50th Anniversary of Civil Liberties in August. The bad part is different cities from Boston to New York are shipping off their homeless, and no one cares. Is this coming to a town near you?

In August the city of Colombia, South Carolina, had a problem. A festival honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement was coming to town.  They couldn’t be seen with all the homeless when guests arrived from all parts of the United States. So the city council held a vote and made homelessness a crime.

“The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the plan, creating special police patrols that would enforce “quality of life” laws involving loitering, public urination and other crimes not necessarily restricted to the homeless population. Those officers would then offer the homeless a choice: Go to jail for their homelessness or be shuffled to a 240-bed, 24-hour shelter on the outskirts of town, which they wouldn’t be allowed to easily leave.

That second option isn’t jail, mind you, because the homeless are being confined with the help of a local charitable organization. It’s charitable incarceration, you see. The homeless can leave, but they need to set up an appointment and be shuttled by a van.”~Microsoft Media Net Money

Despite some news from the Main Stream Media, and Glenn Beck, it looks like the city went out of their way to begin staffing the 240 bed, 24 hour, razor wire topped FEMA camp that was supposed to be used in case of a disaster according to FEMA. Remember, these areas do not exist according to the news media. However the FEMA site has the plans and the implementations of them. FEMA has even built them for cities such as Galeston, Houston, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and even Colombia.  Strange for areas that don’t exist.

South Carolina went through with the plans and they even caught the attention of the ACLU. In order for the homeless to “qualify” for the “temporary shelter” they would have to be one of the first 240 homeless to apply and wouldn’t be able to leave except by shuttle.  They even went out of their way to remove some of the benches around the town so the homeless didn’t get comfortable and a hot line to call if you spotted homeless people for the residents.

Ralphie: “Who’s next? Gay people, African-Americans, Native Americans?”

From basicincome2013.eu:

*If you’re a European citizen, please sign up!*

Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)
Exploring a pathway towards emancipatory welfare conditions in the EU

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Asking the Commission, to encourage cooperation between the Member States (according to Art 156 TFEU) aiming to explore the Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) as a tool to improve their respective social security systems.

WHAT IS BASIC INCOME?
The emancipatory Unconditional Basic Income is defined by the following four criteria:
universal, individual, unconditional, high enough to ensure an existence in dignity and participation in society.
An Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) or Citizen’s Income is a guaranteed income, given to all in addition to any other income they might receive. By advancing equality and economic participation while enabling simpler welfare systems, UBI leads to a fairer and more efficient society.
http://basicincome2013.eu/ubi/question/what-is-the-unconditional-basic-income/

 

A Little Something to Brighten Your Day.

From Youtube:

Russel Brand on politics.

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From Jennifer Brown/Star Ledger/Corbis

From The Guardian:

A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination.

James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes.

Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, indigenous communities in Alaska and Hawaii, and Native Americans now living in cities, he encountered people who suffered a history of dispossession of their lands and resources, the breakdown of their societies and “numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination”.

“It’s a racial discrimination that they feel is both systemic and also specific instances of ongoing discrimination that is felt at the individual level,” he said.
Anaya said racism extended from the broad relationship between federal or state governments and tribes down to local issues such as education.

“For example, with the treatment of children in schools both by their peers and by teachers as well as the educational system itself; the way native Americans and indigenous peoples are reflected in the school curriculum and teaching,” he said.

“And discrimination in the sense of the invisibility of Native Americans in the country overall that often is reflected in the popular media. The idea that is often projected through the mainstream media and among public figures that indigenous peoples are either gone or as a group are insignificant or that they’re out to get benefits in terms of handouts, or their communities and cultures are reduced to casinos, which are just flatly wrong.”

Close to a million people live on the US’s 310 Native American reservations. Some tribes have done well from a boom in casinos on reservations but most have not.

Anaya visited an Oglala Sioux reservation where the per capita income is around $7,000 a year, less than one-sixth of the national average, and life expectancy is about 50 years.

The two Sioux reservations in South Dakota – Rosebud and Pine Ridge – have some of the country’s poorest living conditions, including mass unemployment and the highest suicide rate in the western hemisphere with an epidemic of teenagers killing themselves.

To read more click link up top.

 

About Killl Shelters.

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Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. I took this picture. This looks just like my dog Yuma. He was from a shelter in Evanston Il. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wisdom from my Gran(Sheila):

Here(Ona, WV) the shelters are either kill shelters or no kill shelters, I’m sure there are still lots of malpractices, but honestly some are killed after just three days, so in a way it’s almost hopeless for them in areas where people don’t adopt often, poor areas especially. The kill shelters euthanize or gas unwanted or unadopted pets after a specific number of days, the no kill shelters do not kill, they use private rescue homes and groups.

Mr. Peepers, Freakie, Magoo, Mamie all came from a kill shelter *that shelter tries to get private fosters rather than kill them, Peepers was in a foster home for over a year, Freak was in the kill shelter, Magoo was in the kill shelter, Mamie was in a kill shelter….now most kill shelters allow rescuers to come in and “Pull” animals out to send out to private rescues and fosters where they have a better chance.

Some kill shelters allow groups to transport pets from low adoption areas to places where there are higher adoption probability. There are transports running from here to areas north like Philly and New England….the shelters are doing better than they used to, and the abuses now are more often from private puppy mills that breed pure breed dogs in horrible conditions and sell the offspring to pet shops and such for high prices, but, the pups are generally poorly bred and do not have long life spans due to bad breeding.

Conclusion: Adopt from any shelter, preferably a kill shelter and do NOT go to a pet shop!!! Also give a chance to the less cute ones. Just because a puppy or kitten looks ill or abused, does this mean they should not be adopted? I think the contrary, no?

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Latest News – 22/08/2013

India cites dolphin personhood in ban on dolphinaria

In an unprecedented move, the Government of India announced a nationwide ban on dolphinaria, citing dolphin intelligence and sensitivity as part of the reason for their decision and arguing that dolphins should be recognised as non-human persons.

India’s Central Zoo Authority issued a circular announcing the decision of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests not to allow the establishment of dolphinaria in the country and advising state governments across India to reject any such proposals. The ciruclar states: ‘cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence… means that dolphin should be seen as “non-human persons” and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose‘.

As a government that represents nearly one sixth of the world’s population, this affirmation of the unique status of dolphins at the government level is a significant step forward in the campaign to have the rights of whales and dolphins recognised. It is also gratifying to see the argument of non-human personhood being supported by the Central Zoo Authority and being used to effect a positive practical outcome, which will eventually bring an end to dolphin captivity in this vast country.

Why is Australia’s challenge to Japanese ‘scientific whaling’ so unique?

Anyone interested in whale and dolphin issues is unlikely to have missed the fact that the government of Australia has taken the government of Japan to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to challenge the legitimacy of its so called ‘scientific whaling’ programme in the Southern Ocean.

Beyond the very real need to bring about an end to this sham research and for Japan to abide by the moratorium on commercial whaling, which has been in effect since 1986, there is also something very unique about this case.

Looking back over the history of the ICJ there are very few contentious cases that relate specifically to disputes over  living ‘resources’, or to an individual group of animals, such as whales. There have been cases on nuclear testing, oil platforms, territorial disputes (including disputes over the Antarctic). There have also been many cases about the use of force and other human rights issues, including individual asylum. There have been some fisheries disputes – which are similar to Australia versus Japan in that they relate to another species – but these disputes are about fisheries jurisdiction.  However, there is a fundamental difference between these fisheries cases and the Australian case. The fisheries cases approach the issue on the basis of resource partitioning or jurisdiction.

Australia did not bring this case to argue for a resource that they believe is theirs to use. So what’s the motivation for Australia? Local public pressure, requesting that the government intervene. And why the public pressure if the whales aren’t seen as a resource that could be under threat from scientific whaling or the longer-term threat of commercial whaling?

One answer might be that there is a strong sense among many Australians of having a ‘responsibility to protect’ these whales – whether or not they migrate to the Australian coast. Is it possible that the motivations for this case are utterly unique? That this represents a debate about not just what constitutes science in the modern era, but also represents outreach from a human population towards some other large, long-lived mammals, recognising that they deserve protection and that their lives cannot be tallied up on a chart for blue sky data gathering. The fact that whales are sentient mammals has significant bearing on this action from Australia and this is what makes this case utterly unique within the history of the ICJ.

To read more <Click here!>

Help The Dolphins!!!

Whale meat at the Tsukiji fish market

Whale meat at the Tsukiji fish market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From STOP killing Whales & Dolphins:

DOLPHIN HUNTS – What will help YOU to help the dolphins this year?

In a matter of days the HUNTING of DOLPHINS and PILOT WHALES begins AGAIN in Japan.

Every year from September through to March/April this coastal “drive” hunting takes place in small villages around the country.

The fishermen sell the prettier ones, supplying dolphins to the captive industry for entertainment, killing the rest of the catch and packaging the meat for sale (often mislabelled as whale meat).

We have been involved in one way or another over the last 4 years or so and it seems likely that the season will be no different to the others.

No doubt ALL of us (meaning you) will continue to be distressed by the news and the exhaustion should you decide to be active again this year.

As always this page supports those amazing individuals who choose to bear witness through this very emotional season by being in Japan as hopefully you will also.

As with last year we will not be posting daily updates as most of you who are interested in following it know where to go for the information.

So, what CAN we do here to support you that might be a little different from previous years?

Do we again set up the “event” with all the contact information so that you can share and invite friends?

Do we update all information already available?

Do we create a barrage of images that you can share (we’ll need some extra help if that is needed)?

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Cure for War.

Cover of "Mutant Message Down Under"

Cover of Mutant Message Down Under

The idea for this stems from the book: Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan and I’ve added some rules, just to play it safe. War is insanity, for whatever reason you think you need to enter into it. However, there will always be wards, for the simple reason that a lot of people are insane.

If for whichever misguided reasons a group of people decide that they do need to start a war, then let us lay down some ground rules.

The duration of the first battle of the war shall take a grand total of five minutes, after which each party takes home their deceased loved ones to be put to rest and to mourn them and this for a period of one month.

After this admittedly short mourning period, the soldiers and the politicians have to(obligation!) spend eleven months living among the mourning families of their opponents, but in total peace. In other words, the miscreants are forced to live through the consequences of their actions.

After one year has elapsed, everyone goes home to decide whether to have another five minutes of war. Should we stick to these rules, how long do you think the notion and practice of war would remain in existence?

Cetacean Rights Petition.

Since dolphins and whales can not speak for themselves, someone should do it for them. Please join me in signing this petition.

From http://www.cetaceanrights.org/:

Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Whales and Dolphins.

Based on the principle of the equal treatment of all persons; Recognizing that scientific research gives us deeper insights into the complexities of cetacean minds, societies and cultures; Noting that the progressive development of international law manifests an entitlement to life by cetaceans; We affirm that all cetaceans as persons have the right to life, liberty and wellbeing. We conclude that:

  1. Every individual cetacean has the right to life.
  2. No cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be removed from their natural environment.
  3. All cetaceans have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural environment.
  4. No cetacean is the property of any State, corporation, human group or individual.
  5. Cetaceans have the right to the protection of their natural environment.
  6. Cetaceans have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.
  7. The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under international and domestic law.
  8. Cetaceans are entitled to an international order in which these rights, freedoms and norms can be fully realized.
  9. No State, corporation, human group or individual should engage in any activity that undermines these rights, freedoms and norms.
  10. Nothing in this Declaration shall prevent a State from enacting stricter provisions for the protection of cetacean rights.

Agreed, 22nd May 2010, Helsinki, Finland

To sign the petition, please click the hyperlink at the top of this article!

China, Hands Off Tibet!

Tibet: An elderly Tibetan women holding a pray...

A billion people, who think they are morally and culturally superior to everybody else, should be considered a global menace. For whatever happens to what they perceive as the ‘Untermensch‘ is of no consequence to them. Add to that several trillion Yuan and you have a recipe for disaster. A prime example of their mentality is what happened in Tibet.

Was it that decades ago they thought the Tibetan belief system a threat to their own religion of communism? They certainly did not need to fear invasion from a practically non-existent Tibetan army. Is the region strategically important? One doubts it. Any valuable natural resources or heavy industry to profit from? Negative. So why did they invade this peace-loving nation?

The answer is simply because they could. A show of muscle to the rest of the world: stop us if you dare! Now after year and years of tyranny, of destroying temples and terrorizing the population, the Tibetans have finally had enough and retaliate in the only fashion open to them, self-immolation. They would rather suffer an excruciating death than stay mute and allow this to go on forever.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for us to make a stand! What is China’s strength? The faulty goods, which they mass-produce and sell for ridiculously low prices all over the world. Why do people buy products that they know one hundred percent certain will fall apart the first time they use them? Because they are dirt cheap! Should we stop being so idiotic and boycott any merchandise made in the People’s Republic of China, maybe they would sit up and take notice.

Nothing else will do the trick. Anybody could talk to their leaders until they were blue in the face and the ‘benign’ gentlemen would merely smile, nod and continue as before, in the firm (and perhaps just) belief that the barbarians know no better anyway. My mind, for one, is made up. I’ll buy nothing whatsoever that comes out of the P.R.C..

And China, get out of Tibet!

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Call For Anonymous to Help Avaaz!

Dear friends,

Right now, the Avaaz website is under massive attack. An expert is telling us that an attack this large is likely coming from a government or large corporation, with massive, simultaneous and sophisticated assaults from across the world to take down our site.

We were expecting this. Our people-powered campaigning has been fearless, and we’ve taken on the world’s worst actors head-on, in ways that genuinely hurt them – from the Syrian and Chinese regimes to Rupert Murdoch, Big Oil and organized crime. The Syrian dictatorship called our campaigner ‘the most dangerous man in the world’, and a UK inquiry recently revealed emails between Murdoch’s news corporation and top levels of government saying the Avaaz campaign against Murdoch was their biggest concern. Sometimes I lie awake at night wondering when these people are going to come after us.

And it’s begun. We have urgent campaigns on oceans, forests and Syria we need to run, but the attack has been going on for 36 hours straight, threatening our ability to keep campaigning. Because of top-notch security, our site is still up, but it’s not enough. We need to show these actors that when they attack Avaaz, they’re messing with people. And people-power can’t be intimidated or silenced, it only grows stronger.

You can write them at www.avaaz.org/en/contact!

This author appeals to the hacker organisation Anonymous to help them!!!

Save the Internet from Big Brother(again!)

A map showing the level of Internet censorship...

Right now, the US Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web — and they’re hoping the world won’t notice. We helped stop their Net attack last time, let’s do it again.

Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. But we helped beat SOPA, and PIPA — and now we can beat this new Big Brother law.

Our global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let’s stand together once again — and beat this law for good. Sign the petition then forward to everyone who uses the Internet:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa/?vl

Stop Joseph Kony

Stop Joseph Kony (Photo credit: boston7513 Kevin)

To read the article for the above-mentioned title, <Click here!>

I myself, Ralphie A Burcke, have contributed to this so-called viral epidemic of the outcry against Mr. Kony. We have been accused of not doing our homework properly before acting on the article that was first published, to which I plead guilty. It was never my intention for more innocents to get killed or abused by for example a military incursion to roust this criminal from his perch(but something should be done!).

However, although you may call me irresponsible up to a certain point, I would like to caution governments that I am but one of many who are watching their apparent lack of gusto to help redress almost any case of gross injustice these days, with distrust and disgust. They only act when it serves their own interests and I for one think it a good thing that the Janes and the Joes in the street are watching them like hawks and denounce their hypocritical behaviour, when it is called for.

I reiterate that Mr. Kony must be stopped and I am sure he will be, hopefully soon. But all in all, his case is just one in a million that are perpetrated against the most vulnerable amongst us, our children, every single day. I wish we could make all the animals that stoop soo very low feel our righteous wrath… maybe one day! I hopped on the bandwagon because I was pleased to show the power brokers that we are watching and to send them a message that although we are not in a position to do much, still we can make ourselves heard and express our misgivings, to use a euphemism.

This voice of mine, combined to millions of others can maybe deter other wannabe Mr. Konys, who are standing in the corridors waiting to follow in his footsteps, from destroying the lives of more babes. No longer can these atrocities go unnoticed, when all of us are here to call them to order! Be warned future Mr. Konys, we are awake and on the alert!

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