This will make you brawl your eyes out…
Cold Case season 4, Episode 10, Forever Blue
Love this piece from the blog “A Paper Bird”.
Just for the record, lest I forget – the murdered, the murderers, the bigots, the prejudiced, the naive, and the millions of innocent bystanders dragged into this quagmire for their faith.
Some have an insatiable need to insult religions to prove their own superiority in their ideals, thoughts and their own kind of society and civilization for their sacred, end-all-be-all beliefs on their right to freedom of speech.
Isn’t this a form of free-speech narcissim? Isn’t that your religion?
I will never be a charlie.
If this cheetah were an adult female, she could have had cubs she is trying to rear….but because of this asshole, the cubs, if they were there, will die…..
Otherwise, to have reached adulthood like this one did, this cheetah would have had to be one of the lucky 10% ( 90% mortality before adulthood), who managed to escape death as a growing cub from hyenas, lions, hunting dogs, eagles, or leopards; whose mom would have had risked her life defending, protecting it and hunting a meal everyday in broad daylight to feed it; and which would have carefully, cunningly negotiated the kind of treacherous path, only a cheetah, the frailest of all big cats, could have faced.
With just one fell swoop by this asshole’s gun , this asshole whose ONLY fucking whim is to have fun, to hunt for sport, for entertainment, this sorry specimen of a man snuffed out a life which had survived thus far through all the trials and tribulations only a cheetah cub and adult could have had faced along its way.
What a fucking dickhead. Any expletives won’t even come close to justify the kind of worthless scum this person is. Nor ever quell my anger.
The article here, “By gum, the west is wrong about Singapore”, by Joyce Hooi, ( The Straits Time, 28th Mar 2015), drew blood.
It reveals the often patronising and condescending attitude and the double-standard westerners take towards Asian countries.
But in Singapore, they are suddenly faced with a city more polished, organised, efficient and less corrupt than their own countries, right in the heart of Asia.
Singapore is an anomaly in their eyes. A thorn in their side.
忧国忧民…Mr. Lee Kuan Yew breaking down in tears announcing Singapore being kicked out of Malaya (ca Aug 1965).
Often, when I think about the education I have received, and that of my siblings, my peers, and our ability to maintain a good standard of living in the global context, and my being bilingual — I am thankful for my parents, who have worked hard to provide and guide, and how that was facilitated and made possible due to the foundation and infrastructure of Singapore — built by our pioneer generation, led by this giant of a leader, an iron-fisted man way ahead of his time.
We won’t be where we are without Lee Kuan Yew. Forever thankful 饮水思源
Just read playboy’s interview with Dan Savage and I think the world will be a lot better for pondering over his views on relationships and sex.
Here is the link and here is an excerpt:
‘Sex negativity is imposed on us by religion, parents and a culture that can’t deal with sex. We pretend sex doesn’t interest us, while the culture is sexually obsessed. I also think sex negativity is hardwired into the human experience. You’re born with it, because when you’re a kid, prepuberty, sex is this fucked-up thing grown-ups do. When you hear about it, you think, Creepy, gross. Like, oh my God, you adults do whaaaat? Then you hit puberty and the riptide pulls you out; you get sucked under by this thing you swore you’d never do. It’s terrifying. That’s why people are plagued by their desires and why they need to be constantly reassured. They never wanted to get into that ocean, and they’re suddenly drowning.’
Progressive and honest and..kind. May his being ‘unconventional’ becomes the norm. Convention is anyway, an arbitrary notion invented by people. No?
Two people together, being recognised and celebrated and confirmed by the state, Phyllis Siegel, 77, right, and Connie Kopelov, 85, New York, 24 July,2011.
It is a long time coming for some and I hope it isn’t too late for others.
A bit of my spew on trophy hunting and how the earth is much better off without the mercenary and vile Melissa Bachman ( above) and her kind.
For every male lion hunted for trophy, it is estimated that 20-30 other lions will die.
This is because when a pride male is killed, the pride system goes into chaos. The pride loses a protector which will fight off nomadic males searching for pride takeovers, protect the pride from hyenas, and protect the pride territory from other prides.
In the take-overs, the cubs are killed by the new pride male, lionesses get injured or killed defending their cubs, and younger members of the pride might be driven off into exile, their survival perilously uncertain due to their inexperience and loss of support from the adult lionesses. The remaining lionesses may lose their bond and rapport and turn on each other and even kill and eat cubs of their own pride members.
Trophy hunters typically target the most robust male lions — for their size, thick magnificent mane and they are easy targets due to their fearlessness. Trophy hunting is thus weeding out good genetics — larger males with thick manes fight better and are better at protecting the pride.
With the loss of a pride, there is loss of knowledge and experience that are passed down through the blood lines. In certain regions for example, there are lion prides which are specialist hunters of certain prey species ( buffaloes, giraffes, elephants) and have the knowledge to hunt and survive certain terrains ( marsh, valleys, thick brush, grass plains). Due to the more frequent loss of pride males from trophy hunting, pride take-overs are becoming more frequent. The devastating effects of trophy hunting for pride males on lion population is thus exponential.
Lions and other big cats are threatened by loss of habitat. Human conflicts increase due to conversion of habitat into farmland; emerging diseases such as Canine Distemper are killing lions in certain places; the gene pool is shrinking, leading to poorer immunity and adaptability. An emerging threat is the demand for lion bones in China for Chinese medicine. Such demand is recent and is drummed up due to the difficulties in obtaining wild tiger bones.
The future for lions is bleak. There are an estimated 25 000 lions left in the wild, a shocking 96% decrease over 50 years. Lions are even extinct in numerous countries in Africa. It is predicted they will be extinct or effectively extinct, as soon as 2020, by film makers and big cat conservationists, Derek and Beverly Joubert.
This is an unspeakable tragedy. Trophy hunting is unsustainable and the epitome of blood lust and greed. Please sign the next petition you see against canned and trophy hunting.