~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
- Avoid the passive voice. It is usually a scoundrel’s trick to avoid naming names.
- Read your work aloud back to yourself. You should not stumble.
- Make sure there is no way any of your pronouns are ambiguous as to who they refer to.
- Avoid an um phrase, such as going forward that people use to hold onto the talking stick when they can’t think of anything better to say.
- Avoid stock metaphors, e.g. ran like the wind, or avoided like the plague.
- Check for instances of your most common typos, ideally with a multi-word search utility.
- Use a spell checker.
- View the work in multiple ways, e.g. in different editors, as HTML… Oddly, each different format brings to the fore different errors.
- Read a few books on the subject.
- Imagine speaking in the voice of Mark Twain.
- Practice polishing famous quotations to them clearer and terser.
- Prune. Ideally every word should tell you something significant that would remain unsaid if it were removed.
- If word does not feel quite right, use a thesaurus to find the one you were really thinking of.
- Come back to a work hours or days later after you write a draft. Its flaws will be more apparent. You will see what you actually wrote not what you imagined you wrote. This is particularly important for catching grammatical errors and typos. Oddly, I find I do by best rewriting in that interval when I am not even looking at the page.
|Cetacean Captivity||Debate on whether is as right to keep cetateans in captivity. 2016-07-11|
|Cetacean Intelligence||Captain Paul Watson, similar to what I did, argues that cetatceans are considerably more intelligent that humans. 2016-09-12|
|Seal Hunt||The Canadian commercial seal hunt is a barbaric bloodlust ritual where baby seals are beaten to death with spiked clubs and also skinned alive, all for no economic benefit. Its motive is simple sadism. 2016-07-14|
|Cetacean Intelligence||Cetaceans (Whales and dolphins) are intelligent. I give mostly personal experiences as evidence. This issue is particularly important because members of the Makah Indian band in Washington state have revived the ancient religious rites of whale sacrifice. The Makah along with most people are convinced that whales are just big cows and so it is perfectly OK to kill them. 2016-09-20|
|Free Range Eggs||The case for buying free range eggs in preference to factory eggs. 2016-09-24|
|Quotations about Animal Rights||Quotations about Animal Rights, animal cruely, animal intelligence. 2016-09-23|
|Animal Slaves||Modern day animals are treated with much the same disdain slaves were in past. We will have an awakening to that suffering. 2016-09-20|
|Whale Torture||The US Navy is using low frequency sounds millions of times louder than considered safe for human divers. These are tormenting whales driving them to suicide. 2016-07-11|
|Protest Japanese Whale Hunting||Japan kills 90 whales a year in the name of research and sells the carcasses as food. The Japanese Mitsubishi Electric plans a salt plant that will send gray whales into extinction. 2016-07-11|
|Protest Makah Whale Hunting||Members of the Makah Indian band in Washington state want to revive the ancient religious rites of whale sacrifice, only now using high power boats and high power weapons. The point of the exercise is not money or food, but to improve their self esteem. Why not revive the rites of human sacrifice while you are at it? 2016-09-20|
|John Lilly||obituary of John Cunningham Lilly, M.D. dolphin researcher and lots more. 2016-09-20|
|Whale Sacrifice Banned||Sanity has prevailed and the Makah gray whale hunt in the USA has been banned. 2016-09-23|
|Dolphin Slaughter||The Japanese are about to slaughter 17,000 dolphins. We stopped the Makah’s lunacy. Surely we can also wake up the Japanese to the stupidity and cruelty of what they are doing. 2016-07-11|
|Plant-Based Diet||There are three main reasons for switching to a plant-based (not necessarily strictly vegan) diet: |
|Feedback||Read feedback from readers of the animal rights section. If you don’t want your message and my reply publicly posted, please let me know. 2016-07-11|
People refer to my property. They believe the have exclusive right to the land. They claim the right to kill anyone or anything that trespasses.
It took four hundred years for white people to question whether they had a moral right to invade North America and push the indigenous people off their lands. Perhaps in another four hundred years we will question whether we humans had the right to invade the ancestral habitats of wildlife and push them off their land. Perhaps we will learn to share lands with the original inhabitants.~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
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