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Wildlife Massacre

A conference of VIPs on wildlife preservation is taking place in London. Loads of highly-paid and powerful people will jaw for hours, issue a press-conference, and then things will go on much as before.

Cynical? Well, the terrible tragedy taking place in the extermination by Homo Sapiens of beautiful and sentient creatures that do Man no harm is far from new. This has been going on for decades, even if Great White Hunters no longer return from Africa proudly boasting how many big cats, rhinos or elephants they have killed.

otDriven by the lunatic ignorance and immorality of nouveaux-riche Asians, the greed of the usual poacher suspects and the poverty of many who see a rhino kill as a way to a quick fortune, the slaughter of these animals is even accelerating, notwithstanding the continual summits, resolutions, pledges and so on. Indeed, the fewer of these animals there are the higher the price for those products derived from them – a truly appalling example of supply and demand.

What is needed are:

A) … the sale and/or possession of rhino-horn and tiger products, ivory and other stuff from these creatures to be made illegal by China and other governments – AND subject to extremely harsh punishments – AND with resources made available to stamp it out instead of mere lip-service (and yacking at posh conferences)

B) … an international military task-force to hunt down and kill the poachers.

C) … a massive publicity campaign in China, Japan etc, but not a pussy-footing affair, one where the Premier comes on telly and says:

“Look, we have inherited from our tradition the practice of using animal products. This is both STUPID, since they have in fact NO KNOWN THERAPEUTIC qualities and IMMORAL, as these are sentient creatures that do us no harm. Your government has outlawed the purchase and use of products derived from these species, and will ruthlessly pursue and punish those involved in this disgusting trade.”  (Don’t hold your breath ….)

None of these are exactly PC, but the way things are going at the moment we are getting nowhere. Frankly the time for fannying about yacking at summit conferences is over. These species are dying out NOW.

Another great help would be if venal, corrupt, scum-drooling African governments would show more respect for their animals, their people and indeed themselves. However, there is fat sign of that in some of the key countries, including Tanzania as highlighted last week.

An alien visitor sent to observe Homo Sapiens would surely conclude that he is a total and dangerous aberration in galactic life and should be exterminated. We KNOW that this is happening and we KNOW that it is wrong, but somehow we just cannot STOP it. Truly pathetic.

Let us hope at least that when GW and the ensuing famines, plagues and wars wipe us out that as many animals as possible will survive. Perhaps the next  supermammal to evolve in a few million years will be more successful than the current one.

The Telegraph Article is excellent: full of information,
and listing the following as examples of endangered species.

 

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Elephant Murder

The Wonderful Elephant
The Wonderful Elephant

One of the enduring dilemmas one faces is what to do about extremely nasty men who have managed to gain enough power to cause immense suffering.

The choice usually comes down to whether to try to talk to them (to get them to be nicer) or to kill them. On balance, experience seems to show that the former is a fatuous waste of time, so on the whole the latter seems preferable, but of course has become very non-PC.

I am thinking primarily of people such as Hitler, Sadaam Hussein, Gaddafi, Pinochet et al and of course Assad, whose regime continues to kill and hideously maim innocent civilians by the hundreds on a daily basis, those he doesn’t manage to kill being systematically starved where possible.

Assad is of course no more than a family-dynasty gangster thug with zero democratic legitimacy. His family has been oppressing Syria for four decades, and when the long-suffering people finally launched a revolution to gain their freedom – much like in the French and Russian revolutions – of which the left-wing PC brigade are so proud – the free-world gave them “non-lethal support”, a method of aid designed to ensure they die more slowly while Assad’s total control of airspace allows him to indiscriminately attack urban centres and drop barrel-bombs from helicopters onto crowded markets and other public places in those areas daring to resist his fascist rule.

However – given that the free world moronically insists on talking to Assad rather than killing him – my attention has turned to yet another (there is no shortage) very nasty person, one who is also guilty of mass-murder; not personally of course – these people rarely do the killing themselves. The person in question is Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, allegedly complicit in the murder of 11,000 elephants annually in his country, from which the political elite is almost undoubtedly profiting from the illegal trade in ivory, now  in full boom along with the growing Chinese middle-class.

“Killing elephants is not murder.” Well, this is a point of view I am increasingly loath to accept. It has been established that the DNA of chimpanzees is at least 95% the same as humans, and elephants are probably also over 90%. Let’s look at this again: they are 90% THE SAME AS US.

They are also sentient and highly-intelligent animals. (See below) Sentient? They demonstrate remarkable social behaviour and clearly demonstrate consideration for others and indeed grief. When treated with respect, they collaborate remarkably with humans, and unlike big cats for example, can become almost tame in a similar way to dogs.

However, UNLIKE humans, they do not indiscriminately murder out of greed and/or lust for power other species , let alone their OWN species. This latter practice is one in which Man is unique, which if one is a civilised Human may lead one to feel extreme loathing for one’s own species: no wonder so many of us have existential Angst.

Returning to Tanzania, the British establishment has apparently decided to try to talk to this President rather than kill him, and of course we wish the former luck, even if the chances of success seem slim. Is someone prepared to turn a blind eye at best to the slaughter of tens of thousands of such magnificent creatures likely to be converted to humanity by a lecture from Prince Charles?

Prince Charles & Camilla greet Tanzanian President

Prince Charles & Camilla greet Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

The problem is of course democratic accountability, of which there is little in Tanzania – or indeed a multitude of other countries, among which Africa is well represented. Until the ordinary people rule their countries, nasty mass-murderers (they almost always are) will thrive and do immense damage. This is of course why free men should be much tougher on fascist regimes.

Speaking of which, why we continue to trade with China is a mystery. Without China’s support the truly murderous and gruesome regime of North Korea could not survive, yet we turn a blind eye to that and continue to buy Chinese goods as if there were no tomorrow – which for many in North Korea’s horrendous death-camps there certainly is not.

PS I picked up the information about Tanzania from the Daily Mail, a British news paper usually treated with utter contempt by the illiberal left-wing PC unintelligentsia – which of course just goes to show how moronic the stance of the DM snobs really is.

See this excellent article here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2554773/Tanzania-slaughters-11-000-elephants-year-bloody-trade-tusks-President-turns-blind-eye-Prince-really-shake-hands-him.html

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QUIZ: Philosophers’ Quotations

Good afternoon. A number of people are now following this blog, so thank you for this compliment.

As you will have gathered, I am motivated mostly by anger at the lies, demagogery, selfishness and incompetence of our leaders.

However, life has its funny side, and the mind cannot survive on bile alone, so I try to add in some other stuff when the inspiration seizes me.

Here is a QUIZ on Philosophers’ quotes. I got into this after watching “Gladiator” and following this up with some research into Marcus Aurelius. Modern Man thinks he is so clever, yet most of it has all been said before, often thousands of years ago.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here is the quiz in Excel format.

Even if you get all the questions wrong the quotes are worth reading anyway ….. GOOD LUCK!

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Goodbye Nelson Mandela ….. thank you.

P1000056Africa is very different. Of course, we know this intellectually, but only a visit makes you really feel and understand it. My first impression in 2009 when driving from Libreville Airport in Gabon to my hotel was the number of hawkers along the roadside. And whenever we had to stop, they would approach the car and try to flog us anything from phonecards to antique clocks. Of course, there was nothing I wanted to buy, but you have to feel for these people, spending all day to make a no-doubt pittance from car travellers undoubtedly much better off than they are.

Well, apparently, when the World Cup was held in South Africa, street hawkers were removed from the vicinity of the magnificent new stadia on the basis that this would “congest” the approaches: spinspeak for “offend visiting VIPs”. Most of the street-traders could never afford a ticket to a game, but their hope of earning some dosh from the big occasion were dashed by the establishment.

I was reminded of this ruling elite incomprehension and/or disdain for the ordinary people by yesterday’s Memorial Ceremony for Nelson Mandela. The stadium was half-full apparently (the people knowing what to expect), and those there were subject to FIVE HOURS of speeches from some of the hundred VIPs present.

As it happened, many of the crowd simply sang and danced with their backs turned as the speeches droned on and on. And President Zuma was booed every time he spoke, causing consternation among the organisers.

But who really wants to hear pontificating speeches from VIPs? Mandela was a great and inspiring man, but a simple, unpretentious and unaffected one. That is not what he deserved.  And he fought for freedom and democracy, so WHY were there representatives of the Chinese government there? Or Cuba come to that? Those are DICTATORSHIPS: the oppressors of one group by a minority, which is EXACTLY what Mandela fought against.

It was pretty sickening, even without the idiotic “selfies” of Obama and Cameron. But it symbolized for me the gap between rulers and ruled, the former coming to think they have more rights than the latter. I wonder what Mandela thought of Zuma, with his regime of corruption, his vast home which he has apparently enhanced with public funds and is under extreme criticism for? Sadly, oppressed people everywhere have only too often thrown off the colonialist yolk  to have it replaced by oppression from their compatriots.

As people from the townships said on interview. “We were dirt poor before the end of apartheid and we still are today, thirty years later. And we don’t expect any change in the foreseeable future.”

Where is the next great leader who will take over and finish the job Mandela started?

mandeladkOne thing did please me from yesterday’s events. Apparently former President Frederik William de Klerk got a big cheer when he was introduced. This week has all been about Mandela, but it is important to remember that though his role was enormous and utterly inspiring – especially in the reconciliation aspect – he did not end apartheid all by himself, as was recognized by the joint award of the Nobel Peace Prize to both him and de Klerk in 1993.

And speaking of the NPP, the sight of Obama doing his usual smooth-talking reminded me of the fatuousness of his own NPP, awarded I suspect simply for being black. Like many things, the NPP has been seriously devalued since the time when Mandela and de Klerk so deservedly won it.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Core Thought, Human Interest, Politics

 

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Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?

Ian Rutherford Plimer is an Australian geologist, Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Professor of Mining Geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology. Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better!

If you’ve read his book you will agree, this is a good summary.

PLIMER: “Okay, here’s the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland . Since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet – all of you.

Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress – it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.

I know….it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids “The Green Revolution” science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad. Nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs…..well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.

The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in just four days – yes, FOUR DAYS – by that volcano in Iceland has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time – EVERY DAY.

I don’t really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth.

Yes, folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year – think about it.

Of course, I shouldn’t spoil this ‘touchy-feely tree-hugging’ moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.

And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you, on the basis of the bogus ‘human-caused’ climate-change scenario.

Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention ‘Global Warming’ anymore, but just ‘Climate Change’ – you know why? It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bullshit artists got caught with their pants down.

And, just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme – that whopping new tax – imposed on you that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer. It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s for sure.

But, hey, relax…… and have a nice day!”

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2013 in Core Thought, Human Interest, Politics

 

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Francis Maude has advised motorists to keep a jerry
can of fuel in their garage in case of a tanker driver strike.

I’ve seen some pathetic things from governments, but this one is right up there with the best.

A) Storing petrol is dangerous, not to say illegal; there may well be some horrible deaths and injuries because of this.

B) Such stockpiling will only ensure stocks run out faster.

C) It could lead to a spate of thefts from private garages by East-European immigrants and others, but with any luck they’ll still be too busy ripping the lead of church and the wiring from power supplies.  Sorry – not very PC, but to be honest I’ve just about had PC.

D) It would only make any difference for a few days anyway.

E) It’s for the govt to ensure supplies – SACK all the strikers. If they think they are undervalued presumably someone else will snap them up as soon as they are free. While you’re at it, do the same with the tube drivers AND the bankers.

This reminds me, I must see: “One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” once again.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Britain, Human Interest

 

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NEWS OF THE DAY

Unresearched and Fallacious Rant of the Day

Well, another event-filled day. I note that the ECC (Evil Capitalist Coalition) is planning to give more rights to fathers to see their kids. Long overdue of course, though 13 years weren’t enough for Labour to get around to it.

Minibruder has turned into a latter-day Wilberforce battling nobly on our behalf to rein in Fat Cat bonuses. This is despite the fact that the GPB&BP (Great People’s Binge and Bust Party) spent 13 long years (and it seemed even longer of course) removing regulations from banking, indulging in a surreal borrowing binge, ignoring the vastly-increasing wealth-gap including banking bonuses and EVEN (HILARIOUSLY) drawing up and signing the contract by which Mr Hester was to have milked up to FIFTY MILLION QUID from the public for rescuing the RBS – which of course has suddenly overnight metamorphosed into something nasty and horribly immoral.

Yes, throughout this entire period of Blair-Brown feuding, lies and incompetence, not one peep was heard from the now evangelistic Minibrain about any of it. No doubt he mightily approved of Mandelscum’s “I don’t mind if people get filthy rich.” What happened? Did he wander into a cave somewhere and have a vision from the Archangel Gabriel?

You only have to look at this cynical U-turn designed to catch the public mood and earn him short-term headlines as a true English dragon-slayer to see the shoddy, cynical, short-termism mindset into which politics has sunk. Or perhaps it was ever so.

BUT, there is wonderful news for the unintelligentsia. A Canadian “research” team has concluded that Conservatives tend to be less intelligent than those of leftish orientation. WONDERFUL. Some brilliant quotes:

Conservative politics work almost as a ‘gateway’ into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics.’Individuals with lower cognitive abilities may gravitate towards more socially conservative right-wing ideologies that maintain the status quo.

Great stuff. Isn’t research wonderfu!! I must give it a go one day. But Conservatives of course will generally be too thick to understand “cognitive” and “gravitate” I do wish these people would use shorter words.

“The authors claim that there is a strong correlation between low intelligence both as a child and an adult, and right-wing politics.” The authors also claim that conservative politics is part of a complex relationship that leads people to become prejudices (sic).

BUT – and it’s a big one – fortunately, intelligent, non-prejudiced Conservatives and thick, racist Socialists have a get-out clause, since:

‘Clearly, however, all socially conservative people are not prejudiced, and all prejudiced persons are not conservative.’

WHEW! That’s a relief. This accounts for the idiocy of quite a few of those on the left. Strange how they all seem to herd together and end up in the GPB&BP!

There you go, Michael! Wonderful what a bit of “research” can come up with. I had doubted the value of research of course, but this is gripping stuff. I wonder if they got an EU grant?

FACEBOOK – in the news of course, and I was struck by this:

“People with low self-esteem who sign up to Facebook often end up over-sharing personal information and moaning, which irritates their existing friends, according to Canadian researchers.”

Indeed. People always moaning and irritating their friends are to be both excoriated and pitied simultaneously. Still, I do post the odd joke now and then, and anyway, this theory is only important if you have any friends to start with. But my gut instinct (sorry – no research; my gut is all you’ve got to go on) is that Facebook may soon peak as a passing fad. Everything has its day and eventually fades into the dust.

I note that this report is from Canadians once again. I didn’t know they were so much into research!!  Researchers on every corner so it seems. Of course, no Great People’s Binge and Bust Party, but you can’t have everything.

The Concordia sinking. Oh dear – the Captain’s woes continue. Just when his wife sticks up for him to the hilt it emerges that this dishy singer/dancer he had on the bridge while he was showing off his “How close can I whizz past the rocks?” skills was using the Captain’s suitcase to store her knickers in. Funny that – it looks such a big boat; you’d have thought they’d have more storage space. I wonder how wifey is going to react to this. “Don’t kick a man when he’s down.” Indeed – tell that to the drowned passengers trapped in their cabins far below deck.

Great headline in the Daily Grail: foreigners, welfare state abuse, landlords – all in one economical package.

“Latvian landlady with £1.1m property empire fleeced £33,000 in benefits after claiming she was unemployed”

Still, no doubt unresearched prejudiced rubbish – and it’s only money.

Chris Huhne? A double dose of good news of course:

A) One of the pillocks running the country bites the dust:

B) There is sometimes justice.

The problem for Cleggo is to find someone of Huhne’s calibre to replace him. I’ve sent the former a note, however. My old Gran in the Dementia Care Home has some time spare just now. And does this mean we get a break from vast taxes on energy to save the world unilaterally by building wind-turbines just when China is opening one coal-fired power stattion per week? I hope so.

Have a good day.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Human Interest

 

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