I just realized how to personally solve the argument about large-farm safety regulations being applied to small farms.
There’s a small farm here whose beef I once looked forward to, when it appeared in our town co-op. It was clean, the animals were raised in large, open pens, they were content and well-fed. There were no hormones or additives involved. They were grass fed.
Then one day, as I was picking up some chicken feed from their small feed-sale shed, the owner told me he’d caught three young wandering cougars on this land, and with the advice of a forest ranger, shot them and buried them. True? I don’t know — but he told me so.
Another person from here is making and selling a beer in western Washington state. But before he took off to do this, he left his cat in our care. The cat was left out in all weathers, with access to water from the fishpond or the river, but with nothing left for us but a bag of food, that quickly became moldy in the feed area. The two weeks I was supposed to care for the cat stretched into a month and a half. It became clear the cat was always treated this way, and this was a former beloved pet, begging for affection. Even farm cats get treated better, and this had been a member of a family.
So here’s my question: if the producer of something I might put in my mouth takes shortcuts with other animals — what else might they do — or put in the food products — to maintain or raise profit? Out of nothing more than care for my own health, if I find out there’s any sort of animal cruelty or laziness about animal welfare involved, including with wildlife, that’s the end of my doing business with the producer. If they don’t care about their cat or a young wild animal, they don’t care about me. I’m not here for them to make money off of, regardless of the replacement of the concept of “customer” with “consumer.” Sorry about the GNP.
And it’s a pity, because that was damn good beef, and I was one of their best customers.
We ended up adopting the cat, by the way, and he us. He knows who loves him and will care for him, now.
Our neighbor got a $9000.00 bill for breaking a bridge in an accident. Our taxes should cover this, right? What if your kids run into a guardrail and are killed — do they bill you for the broken guardrail?
Not saying it was the intent of the oil company — but they ARE on the same side as the people who wiped out the buffalo for business. Their workers listen to Coulter and Beck. How many crew members on a couple of depth-charges and hopped up against them their environmentalists would it take to decide that it would be easier to drill if all the wildlife were gone…? If you think I’m crazy, ask the buffalo and the wolves. And the First Nations….
“Mandatory Health Insurance.”
I GET insurance for cars — they’re an item we buy. We choose to have them. They’re dangerous. People get killed.
BUT — we don’t choose to have a body. So… how do they mean to enforce this? Carry a card that has to be whipped out by appointed Health Care Industry Police? With police powers? Make everybody get a purchase bar-code tatoo’d on their arm?
This sounds like it’s going to be about as effective as the time the IRS threatened to tax garage-sales — or their whimpering little “barter” check-box on their tax forms (yeah, like anybody will report THEMSELVES). They really DO have the personnel to enforce THAT, right?
Or are they just going to run it like No Child Left Behind — and bankrupt the states?
I’m in the comic book industry. Listening to several religious thinkers Sunday, April 25, on Michael Enright’s Sunday edition, all I could do was compare the arguments to those of superhero fan boys.
It’s all long discussions over mythologies, made up by people, mostly males, it’s no more than fans on forums growling about whether Batman is better than the Green Lantern. In this, St. Peter and St. Paul are no more than followers of Superman.
But there is a major difference– no fan boy ever beat a woman for not wearing a burqa, or burnt a Jew, or threw a Christian to the lions. Fan boys haven’t even burnt another comic shop for carrying a book they don’t like. They don’t repress science. They prize education. They don’t base their beliefs — as all religions do — on who gets to breed the women.
The next time you’re arguing about religions, think of being in the same room as the convention hall at San Diego Comicon — there’s not a bit of difference between fan boys and the religious, except fan boys don’t hurt anybody, and in many cases they KNOW they’re getting huffy over the non-existent. They know they can be very ridiculous; it might do religious people some good to go to comicons and learn a little perspective about their own imaginary worlds.
So… how come we as women are expected to sneer at feminists who fought and died for all of our freedoms — and most of us do — but so many of us accept it when we’re told to support the troops who are fighting for resources and territory and not so much the rights of women?
Somebody clear that up for me, please?
Maybe the guys are right: women are stupid. Otherwise, why would any of us side with the people who call our ONLY freedom-fighters Nazis? We haven’t got anybody else BUT feminists who ever cared about our lives and freedom and health — so why do so many of us despise them?
Wouldn’t this by like a black person calling Martin Luther King a Nazi, for the same reasons?
This is how it worked in the early 1970′s, as the Vietnam era was winding down.
This is how it works now:
Soldiers (and congressmen) get health care while on duty.
When they leave the service, their health care ends, unless they can find a means to pay for it.
Most soldiers who can afford to pay for health care all their careers are the Lifers. They get health care and pensions after their service, unlike the soldiers who serve only one hitch.
To get health care after being wounded in a war, a soldier must be very badly wounded. Those who aren’t outright cripples — or are just mentally damaged — have to find a way to make it on their own. A lot of Vietnam vets ended up on the streets, lost in the crowd of ignored and despised Homeless.
Today, there is no draft. Combat soldiers cycle repeatedly until they are killed or crippled. This is not because most of the young people in the country have “no sense of duty.” It is simply because they are conducting a silent anti-war march. If you support the war, join up and go. If you don’t, well, don’t. Wars are about keeping and holding territories and resources, with the tools of killing and dying. Period.
The career soldiers don’t care about the short-hitch people. They care more about making rank, and the best way to make rank is during a war. It’s all good for their careers. I made sergeant in 19 months because a sergeant was needed in my position — and I was just a dumb-kid stateside teletype operator. There were no bodies to do my job but me, because the Grunts were getting killed off so fast.
Many Lifers are what were called REMF’s — the first two letters mean “Rear Echelon.” The second two: guess. They survive, for years. The combat troops don’t.
If this appalls you, make sure everybody gets health care. Then all soldiers will have health care, too.
“Squid factor” is the batty slippery grasping inky confusion of history, fact, delusion, timelines, hate & looniness that is right-wing debate.
It doesn’t always include screaming. It usually includes the line, “I’ve been studying history for years!” and then, when the person using it cannot define terms or communicate a point and is asked to do so, the line, “Well, you must not know history.”
Add to this the use of circular logic, that leads them to make pronouncements such as — heard recently — “The eastern bloc and the cold war led to the Holocaust.” When it is pointed out they’ve got the timeline backwards, their eyeballs jiggle as they attempt to make some kind of clarification to themselves before spitting out the next nuttiness, such as equating the Romanovs with the Communists — whatever the latter term may mean in their minds.
They usually believe some historical event their ancestors were involved in is part of a great conspiracy to keep it a secret. They sound like NPR interviewing an author who claims no one knows about the Einsatzgruppen, regardless of the Wiki link.
These people are like clones. Their knowledge of history comes of disconnected moments they remember from the History Channel or some movie version, or possibly some romantic novels, along with the right-wing blogs that reflect their own confusion, or the kind of religious gossip that is rife along the Israeli/Palestinian border. They wouldn’t know historical rigor if it came up and bit them in the socks.
Then again, sooner or later, they’ll start telling you about what native tribe — usually Cherokee, sometimes midwest — their family is part of, and how they’re not accepted by the tribe. Perhaps their confusion of the timeline is part of a misunderstanding of Native American circular time?
I should note that the best way to set this off this raving is to threaten their rice bowl. They often work as part of the overall drug dealing/drug war/police/criminal system which is becoming a major employer in this country. It’s no use pointing out they work for Monsters, Inc. — being paid from the misery of others. Sooner or later they will hint, in more or less obvious terms, that “certain groups” need to be swept so that the world can be a Decent Place again. This may include anyone from “terrorists” (which in their minds can mean anything from anyone who speaks Farsi to the whole of Hollywood), but they seem to have a thirst to either wipe out the troublemakers, branch and root, or use them to expand the funding for the drug/cop/prison system.
Obviously to the detriment of the school system.
National Public Radio is doing a series on high school football culture.
Rather than get into what this culture does to those of us who don’t want to be part of it, here’s a tip for those of you who are being dragged to pep rallies against your will. It’s easy, it’s simple and it works.
When you’re forced to leave your classes to go to the gymnasium to whoop up the team, simply gather in one of the upper corners of the bleachers and quietly read or do your homework. It won’t be long before the people who like games will complain that you are quashing their vibe.
Since the administration can’t force you to stand up and cheer, when approached simply ask for a separate study hall, with a monitor. After one or two times, when they discover that all you do is read and study when you’re in the study hall anyway, the monitor will head back to the rally where he or she wants to be anyway.
Then you can bring out the chess and ouija boards and have arcane debates and art and dance contests.
After several arguments with people who offer me all kinds of crap about the new health-care debate, someplace in the conversation they give away they’re associated with the health-care industry.
BEFORE you start discussing health care with anybody — if you don’t want your head to explode — find out if they receive any sort of money from the health care industry. Doctors, clinicians, nurses, medical writers, even janitors in hospitals. Every single one of them will argue for private health care, and offer arguments against those very draw-backs already part of privatized care. They’ll even tell you the government will force you to go to certain doctors or pharmacies — and what private insurance company doesn’t already do that? They’ll tell you the government will decide on your treatment or deny you coverage — how would that be any different, even if it were true?
Their rice bowls are being threatened. They can only see a future of shrinking paychecks — and it will be over your dead body.
Yes, I want to see that 1000-page bill posted on the net. How much you want to bet most of the riders are based on what the health-care industry lobbyists want? Let’s see this thing — it could backfire on the people demanding to see it.
Nearest just said there should be a debt-forgiveness program for all health-care workers, doctors to nurses to pharmacists, with huge college bills on their backs. Or they’ll stay in a constant state of panic over who is going to pay off those student loans. Let’s face it, as the boomers fall out of the system and the money starts drying up, those loans are going to get hellish. Who’s going to pay those? Not the CEOs of the health-care industry. All those doctors who were in bed with them they’ll just smother with a pillow (that’s a metaphor, for those people who don’t understand the word “rhetoric” — like in the recent Supreme Court hearings).