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The image in the top left corner is an Inuit hunter.

Indigenous Rights

Indigenous people usually demand the right to hunt, without restriction, since they did 300 years ago. They claim an innate intuitive wisdom of conservation, vastly superior to that of wildlife scientists.

I say no. Why?

  • Populations are much higher today. Wildlife cannot sustain pressure from so many people.
  • Weapons and fishing gear are much more efficient today. Wildlife cannot sustain the pressure from such advanced hunting.
  • We are all equal. Indigenous people do not deserve special privilege based on the behaviour of our distant ancestors.
  • We did not know 300 years ago that whales had brains many times the size of ours, and that they have complex social lives. We should no longer be killing them at all.
  • The standards for acceptable animal cruelty have changed drastically over the last three centuries. King Louis XIV used to burn bags full of cats for his sadistic amusement. It is absurd to try to revert to ancient standards. When we do, we become an international pariah.
  • Indigenous people are almost as susceptible to the same foibles as anyone else, including greed, wishful thinking and short-sightedness. They are human too. There is no evidence for their claimed ecological perfection.
  • Indigenous people argue that they are poor and could not survive without the meat. This is short-term thinking. Driving species extinct means no meat at all in future.

So I say that indigenous people should hunt, humanely, like anyone else, with scientifically determined quotas, like anyone else.

Google has insisted I remove all images of the Iraq war and torture at Abu Ghraib from this website. If I do not, they will block my ad revenue which I use to fund my ISP (Internet Service Provider) bill. Google offers no way to talk to a human to negotiate, so I have decided to split in two. The controversial stuff will go on a new ad-free site called The technical sections will remain on will have Google Adsense ads but will not. Splitting is a surprisingly labour-intensive undertaking. For now, you should not notice any difference.

Killer Patents

In the USA, it is possible to patent parts of the human body, namely the genes. The patent holder gains the legal right to block anyone from doing research on that gene or developing any drugs which might have an effect on the gene or prohibiting any test that checks for genetic anomalies in that gene. It is similar to a legal right to stop anyone from doing any research of any kind on some other part of the human body, e.g. the knee.

Normally, a patent is awarded for developing something novel (no prior art) and non-obvious. In theory, you can’t patent something like granite or orange juice that you did nothing to create. However, the US courts are so corrupt, that they allow wealthy unscrupulous corporations like Monsanto to patent plant strains that clearly do not in any way belong to them, strains that have been in the public domain for thousands of years. All they have to do is be the first to think of patenting some pre-existing object, plant or animal. In principle, by this relaxed reasoning, they could patent kitchens, shoes, blood, ring fingers, knees, haircuts or even the ocean and thereby gain exclusive use to them. It has not got quite that silly yet, but similar insanity has already happened in principle.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)

Justifying Deficits

The [Iraq and Afghan] war has been a large part of the justification for the Bush administration to run ever-widening budget deficits… The result, according to economists, is a variant on Keynesianism that has particular appeal for Republicans. Instead of growing the government in general — pumping resources into public works, health care and education, say, which would have an immediate knock-on effect on sorely need job creation — the policy focuses on those areas that represent obvious conservative and business-friendly constituencies. Which is to say, the military and, even more specifically, the military contractors that tend to be big contributors to the Republican Party funds.

~ Andrew Gumbel 2004-01-06 How the War Machine is Driving the US Economy: Military Keynesianism Might Get Bush Re-elected, But is Starting to Worry Economists
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