The image in the top left corner is an Inuit hunter
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
- 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
(Internet Service Provider
bill. Google offers no way to talk to a human to negotiate, so I have decided to split mindprod.com
in two. The controversial stuff will go on a new ad-free site called
. The technical sections will remain on mindprod.com
will have Google Adsense ads
will not. Splitting is a surprisingly labour-intensive
undertaking. For now, you should not notice any difference.
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)
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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