#This

Will we and others like us someday grow to be tall hardwoods? Will we reshape

the landscape of society as we know it? What if one day we had enough power to

maintain a physical presence on the globe, where we shunned the parasites and

upheld the rule of law, where the right to privacy and property was unquestioned

and enshrined in the very structure of society. Where police are our servants

and protectors beholden to their customers, the people. Where pace our leaders

earn their power and responsibility in the harsh and unforgiving furnace of the

free market and not from behind a gun, where the opportunities to create and

enjoy wealth are as boundless as one’s imagination.

 

Some day, we could be a shining beacon of hope for the oppressed people of the

world just as so many oppressed and violated souls have found refuge here

already. Will it happen overnight? No. Will it happen in a lifetime? I don’t

know. Is it worth fighting for until my last breath. Of course. Once you’ve seen

what’s possible, how can you do otherwise? How can you plug yourself into the

tax eating, life sucking, violent, sadistic, war mongering, oppressive machine

ever again? How can you kneel when you’ve felt the power of your own legs? Felt

them stretch and flex as you learn to walk and think as a free person? I would

rather live my life in rags now than in golden chains. And now we can have both!

Now it is profitable to throw off one’s chains, with amazing crypto technology

reducing the risk of doing so dramatically. How many niches have yet to be

filled in the world of anonymous online markets? The opportunity to prosper and

take part in a revolution of epic proportions is at our fingertips!

 

I have no one to share my thoughts with in physical space. Security does not

permit it, so thanks for listening. I hope my words can be an inspiration just

as I am given so much by everyone here.

 

Dread Pirate Roberts” [3/20/2012]

Hunters lie and blame wildlife for issues they cause

Hunters Put Themselves First. Not Conservation; Not Compassion
Article posted by C.A.S.H. Committee To Abolish Sport Hunting
From Barry Kent MacKay, BornFree USA

May 2015

The denial of inconvenient facts seems to be increasing within our own species, with hunters blaming bears and wolves for what they and their own kind have caused. I can think of no greater impediment to conservation than such short-sighted ignorance of the facts. I do understand that, for whatever reasons, there are people who want to kill big animals—but conservation should trump their desire to shoot them.

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In parts of Ontario and adjoining provinces and states, there have been serious declines in moose numbers. Some media reports claim it is a mystery, although I suspect that everyone who thinks objectively about it realizes there is an obvious range of probable causes as to why the environment supports fewer moose. And now, biologists are gathering and sorting data to examine such factors and their respective roles in the decline.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) recently made some modest changes in hunting regulations that ultimately reduces the number of moose to be hunted. Hunters must continue to buy licenses to kill moose, and then, as usual, their names are entered into a drawing to determine who gets to kill adult moose. The rest get to hunt calves only. But, the Ministry reduced the calf hunting season to two weeks and wants to delay the start of the gun hunt by one week in 2016.

Hunters are upset, of course (as they seem to be whenever they are asked to limit killing in the name of so-called conservation). A couple of weeks ago, I had an interesting talk with a hunter and he made the point that perhaps the limiting should be on female moose because they might still have dependent young, and that way, more adult males could be killed. And, of course, he advocated for killing bears and wolves.

I suggested that they just stop killing moose and allow them to recover. “But,” he said, “they taste so good.” That argument has to be added to hunters’ concerns that a two week season will “make it difficult for hunters to accommodate fluctuations in weather, work schedules, and hunting preferences,” according to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH).

The research has clearly shown that, for moose (and caribou in British Columbia), the human activity that reduces ungulate populations means the impact of any loss of animals (to human hunters, nonhuman predators, or anything else) has a greater impact on population survival overall than when ungulate populations are normal. Seems obvious, but hunters interpret that to mean that the predators are too common—even though they’ve been there all along, for thousands of years, without wiping out the moose (or caribou). Bears eat very few moose calves, in fact, while wolves are more predatory. The reports of calf remains in bear scat (that have led hunters to conclude that bears attack calves) are indistinguishable from remains derived from scavenging on carcasses.

What we do know is that “encroachment” is increasing in the forest, with more roads, fences, snow mobiles, motor boats, float planes, forestry, mining, skiing, and so much other commercial and recreational activity that the ungulates are seriously compromised. Rapid climate changes are having effects never seen nor studied prior to now. These are wilderness creatures whose wilderness is both changing and shrinking.

So, what to do? Blaming natural predators is the solution of OFAH and its counterparts, in hopes that they can kill even more animals… both the predator and the prey. OFAH is even claiming that there are more bears than ever in Ontario, though all the best scientific evidence indicates that the bear population has remained fairly constant. There are, however, a lot more people and there is a lot more human activity inimical to survival of some forest species.

The denial of inconvenient facts seems to be increasing within our own species, with hunters blaming bears and wolves for what they and their own kind have caused. I can think of no greater impediment to conservation than such short-sighted ignorance of the facts. I do understand that, for whatever reasons, there are people who want to kill big animals—but conservation should trump their desire to shoot them.

50% Of The World’s Wildlife Has Been Depleted In Just 2 Generations

ByAmanda FroelichPosted on March 1, 2016

The populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have declined by 52% since 1970.

Are you aware that in the last two human generations alone, over 50% of the planet’s wildlife has been killed off?

According to the Living Planet 2014 Report, the populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have declined by 52% since 1970. The figure is based on the Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures more than 10,000 representative populations of the species listed.

WWF relays:

“We are using nature’s gifts as if we had more than just one Earth at our disposal. By taking more from our ecosystems and natural processes than can be replenished, we are jeopardizing our very future. Nature conservation and sustainable development go hand-in-hand. They are not only about preserving biodiversity and wild places, but just as much about safeguarding the future of humanity – our well-being, economy, food security and social stability – indeed, our very survival.

In a world where so many people live in poverty, it may appear as though protecting nature is a luxury. But it is quite the opposite. For many of the world’s poorest people, it is a lifeline. Importantly though, we are all in this together. We all need nutritious food, fresh water and clean air – wherever in the world we live.

Things look so worrying that it may seem difficult to feel positive about the future. Difficult, certainly, but not impossible – because it is in ourselves, who have caused the problem, that we can find the solution. Now we must work to ensure that the upcoming generation can seize the opportunity that we have so far failed to grasp, to close this destructive chapter in our history, and build a future where people can live and prosper in harmony with nature.”

Humans are contributing to the sixth mass extinction in no uncertain terms. Sadly, the extent of damage homo sapien sapiens are causing is rarely taken into consideration by the average individual.

Now is the time to wake up and adopt more sustainable, conscious habits to ensure a healthy environment exists for future generations. We are all connected – and collectively, we have the potential to create the solutions that will safeguard the future of this, our one and only planet.

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