Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

28 October 2005

National Geographic's squid abuse sequence

There's a much excitement at NatGeo about a sequence of photos - the first ever images of a real, live, wild giant squid.

What sickens me is that the so-called scientists who snapped the images were - for all intents and purposes - abusing this magnificent wild animal and yet NatGeo is glorifying them.

The photos show a giant squid being reeled in on a baited, marine fishing line: See Photo 1 and Photo 2. It was with horror that I looked at: Photo 3 and especially Photo 4. Look at the size and nastiness of that fucking hook! Are these guys nuts or what?

Oh and ... whooops ... sorry, we broke off a tentacle!

"The researchers captured more than 500 photographs of the giant squid before its tentacle broke off and it swam away." I wonder how long that poor animal was kept captive in order to take those 500 shots?

The idiots then retrieved the tentacle as the poor animal escaped their clutches.

What really pisses me off is that this is all seen by society as being okay. All in the interests of good science right? What a load of crap. This endless human desire to explore and "conquer" every corner of the planet (actually universe) and study and dissect every single living creature is despicable. Why can't we just leave the giant squid alone? Let it be!

Let the squid be, all it can be, within itself, without us interpreting its existence through our eyes. It is a sacred being with an existence of its own. WE DON'T OWN IT! DAMMIT, DAMMIT, DAMMIT!

21 October 2005

I have a dream

Who's more dangerous then? Me or ...

(Image copyrighted to SA Tourism)

... or ME?

I see the wallscrumble
I see the pavements crack
The wallscum tumbling down

The trees will mature again
They will reclaim their wilderness
They will sprout through the pavementcracks
We will regain our humanity

In a small town on the edge of a wilderness
A leopard is taking out petdogs
The townspeople gather, baying for its blood
But the car that knocked down the schoolchild keeps speeding

That which is threatening our lives is not the free leopard
It is our thirst for oilenergy
Take out the cars and there'll be less death

12 October 2005

50 million environmental refugees by 2010

The Guardian reports that there will be 50 million people displaced by environmental disasters - such as desertification, decreasing water supplies and rising sea levels - by the end of the decade.

That's just people. Imagine the billions of animals and plants displaced or simply wiped out in this process too.

What most informed and well-educated people with Internet access don't seem to realise, is that this figure will increase until there are 6 billion people displaced by environmental disaster. But hey, as long as you have your air-conditioned, 6-litre, 24-valve, SUV and your bullet-proof, non-shatter, anti-glare windows ... you're all right baby. Just drive over the poor, that way you don't have to deal with them.

10 October 2005

Idiot and his bumper sticker

On my way to work this morning and this idiot in front of me has a bumper sticker that reads "My other toy has tits".

How can you refer to another human being as a toy, let alone the person you supposedly love and care for? I wonder how his girlfriend/wife/partner feels about the bumper sticker?

Anyway, I took a photo of the car just to prove that this idiot and his bumper sticker exist. Unfortunately I was driving at the time and managed to capture a rather blurry shot, but hey, LOOK AT THIS TOSS!

05 October 2005

Polar bears drown as ice recedes

An article titled "Melting Planet" in The Independent Online reports that due to global warming, ice floes are fewer and further apart. The result being that polar bears are unable to swim the vast distances (up to 650 km) between these ice floes and are drowning.

How can you watch Reality Television tonight and live with yourself while this is going on?

The polar bears' habitat is being destroyed and we are worrying about whether or not Brad Pitt's latest romance will survive the onslaught of the tabloids?

This is just one example of the coming chaos. And if you're thinking hey this does not affect me. You're wrong. Once the key species are wiped out, ecosystems will collapse and YOU ARE NEXT humankind! Wake up and save the roses.

Here in southern Africa we await the coming clashes as droughts and changing climate patterns drive the savannah and forests further south. With these ecosystems come millions of mammals - wildebeest, elephants and gazelles. This will force game reserves to move their boundaries. The result will be clashes with millions of other mammals, people!

04 October 2005

Today's Tribute - the figs and vines peace gardeners

It takes special people to change the world. As George Orwell put it, "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act".

Today I pay a slightly belated tribute to the Aldermaston Vine & Fig Tree Planters who told the truth on the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima recently.

In the early hours of Friday 5th August, they planted vines and fig trees inside and outside the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, UK, transforming it into a garden of peace and justice.

The group arrived at dawn, cut a garden gate in the perimeter fence and entered carrying spades, trowels, watering cans, five vines and five fig trees, which they proceeded to plant. Arriving police were offered a choice of grapes, fig rolls, grape juice or wine. Some of the police chose the grapes and then arrested all nine on suspicion of criminal damage to the perimeter fence.

The previous day, Thursday 4th August, gardeners had planted a vine and a fig tree outside the main gate of AWE Aldermaston and informed the authorities of their intention to return and continue the peaceful conversion of the base.

My heroes are: Sr Susan Clarkson (England), Per Herngren (Sweden), Mike Hutchinson (England), Barbara Smedema (Netherlands), Treena Lenthall (Australia), Martin Smedjeback (Sweden), Les Gibbon (England), Lizzie Jones (England), Stephen Hancock (England). The two non-arrested peace planters
are Orla Cunningham (Ireland) and Thomas Helgeson (Sweden).

"On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the bombings of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we come to the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, UK, to plant vines and fig trees," they said.

'They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Instead, everyone shall sit underneath their vine and fig tree and none shall make them afraid.' (Micah 4:3)

Disarmament, economic conversion and nonviolence are vital ingredients for creating a just world in which everyone enjoys the earth's abundance. See: