Just days ago, the brutal commercial slaughter…


Just days ago, the brutal commercial slaughter of baby seals opened off the coast of Newfoundland in what is the largest killing of marine mammals on earth.

What’s happening up in Canada right now is truly horrific. A sealing boat crashes through the ice toward a baby seal. She crawls away as fast as she can; desperately trying to escape, but it’s too late. A sealer catches up, aims a rifle at her, and shoots. But she doesn’t die instantly, so he finishes her off by smashing a club on her head until she dies.

We’ll continue to work around the clock to end the slaughter.


Rebecca Aldworth
Executive Director
Humane Society International/Canada


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The Canadian government wants to train a whole new generation of seal killers

The commercial sealing industry in Atlantic Canada wants to recruit thousands of new sealers and train them to shoot, club, impale – whatever it takes to kill them. These seals suffer in agony, crawling in their own blood, as sealers drag them across the ice and cut them open. All for “fashionable fur.”

The Canadian Sealers Association wants to breathe new life into the dying sealing industry. They want the federal government to lift a decade-long freeze on new commercial sealing licenses so they can recruit and train a whole new generation of baby seal killers.

HSI has reduced Canada’s commercial seal slaughter to a fraction of its former size. While there are still licensed commercial sealers, 90 percent of them decline to participate in the annual hunt because it’s no longer profitable.

Our Protect Seals team has documented countless seal pups dying in agony and used this evidence to persuade numerous countries to ban the products of this cruel slaughter. With demand plummeting and opportunities for trade disappearing, there’s no future in commercial sealing, so why does the government want to continue to waste Canadian tax dollars to subsidize it?

Thank you for standing with us and for caring about animals.


Rebecca Aldworth
Executive Director
Humane Society International/Canada


© 2018 Humane Society International
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037





from the former U.S. President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama



RollingStone https://www.rollingstone.com/

Obama’s Letter https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/read-obamas-heartfelt-letter-to-parkland-shooting-students-w518194

Song https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-parkland-survivors-inspirational-song-for-shooting-victims-w517938

A home before death/Sacramento coalition wants to build a hospice for terminally ill homeless people

If it wasn’t for lifelines, we would drown, he said. And you can’t be so paranoid to think that everyone you throw a lifeline to is going to hustle you. Then you’re going to quit throwing lifelines and you’re letting a bunch of innocent people drown.

John Gay


It is believed by some that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken, she said. That is to say that people only die when we forget them. So if we can remember those who have walked on, off of this physical reality and onto a spiritual one, they will remain with us always.

Pastor Joy Johnson 

The greatest of plans have all been subject to change. Joshua’s House will not be exempt. This is a small step in the right direction but, let’s hope for the funding with a host of compassionate and empathetic individuals to assist the remainder of the homeless before a diagnoses of death. 



To read the entire article: 




SacramentositebannerSN&R Sacramento News & Review

Website: https://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/home


Why is there an answer to this question? / by i’mgoing.home




When I first glanced at the title on the above pamphlet, I wanted to loudly object to the power or responsibility relinquished and giving another excuse to the human not to better the human condition of suffering that ‘we humans’ created and continue to create. It was difficult for me to read the content in it’s entirety and acknowledge a life living under this rule. My judgements began to seed and grow as my thoughts rattled my imagination.

After reading the entire pamphlet, my resentments started to surpass my judgements. Isn’t this the ‘kind of stuff’ (not dreams, but nightmares) Hollywood made horror movies about? I’m rewinding my memory reel and… yes it is. From the ‘breathless’ beginning, through the ‘hold onto your seat’ middle, to the ‘blood is everywhere (not in my popcorn too!?)’ ending! 

one more thing…

Hear This? Who Wants To Live In Fear? Who wants to teach their children how to live in fear?


nature.com × 3

d41586-018-00109-2_15342908Botanist Helen Gwynne-Vaughan was controller of the British Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Credit: GerryCranham/FoxPhotos/Getty.

Tracing how female scientists in the First World War blazed a path to the vote and beyond.


Screenshot_20180113-085935-picsayAcross almost all fields of science and engineering.

In the US, male PhDs earn more than female PhDs, according to a report from the National Science Foundation. Across all fields, the median salary of US/$92,000 for men was 24% higher than the $74,000 median salary for women.


dolphins-rampant-001-picsay“Intelligence” is a term with many definitions and interpretations.

Zoologist Anuschkade Rohan surveys the evidence of dolphins’ remarkable intelligence, from making friends to training their human keepers.



nature –https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v553/n7687/index.html


Powerless But Free?

Thinking about this, it struck me recently that even though many of us don’t retreat behind some dogma as a result, we are also just as powerless in so many ways. Consider how little understanding we have of so many of the things we depend upon, from smartphones to food production to transportation. Our lives are largely at the mercy of those who provide us with everything from actual shelter and nourishment down to the merest conveniences few of us can imagine living without.

And more: nearly all of the political, technological, scientific and religious issues that engulf the world today (national or state budgets, global warming, evolution, alternate sources of power, gas prices, wars here and abroad, whatever murder trial everyone is following, theology and all religious bickering) are in the end so technical and specialized that many of our opinions on them are based on little more than summaries by those specialists, and our adherence to one view or another is rarely objective.

In my own life, those subjects I’ve given so much of my time to (history, art, religion, poetry) are all reliant upon a level of specialization I will never attain; and a great deal of them involve my reading translations from ancient or dead languages into modern English. In this sense I, too, am quite literally dependent upon the summaries and assumptions of scholars whose work I will never be able to check completely, if at all; and yet they are all I have, and if I want to move forward I have to trust them. There is great fulfillment here, but also the same kind of powerlessness mentioned above.

This sense of powerlessness seems undeniable to me. However, I’m not sure about the a similar issue, which is our freedom. As it’s been said, human beings are condemned to freedom, to unavoidable personal responsibility. Even in the face of vast social injustice and prejudice; even in the face of huge corporate and political power; even in the face of the enormous cultural and technological influences both of devices (phones, TVs, computers, the internet) and their products (music, movies, books, news, videos, data)—even in the face of all of these things, we are in fact free to do what we want in response to all of them, even if this is immensely difficult.

Or is this actually not true? How free are many of us if we’re not even aware that we can react against the religion we were raised with, or the political or cultural norms we live amidst? Commentators both left and right, using the racial or nationalist or academic jargon of their choice, all love to make themselves and their fellow adherents feel powerful, and in control. And yet sometimes I feel most of the world actually resembles two children I saw out in public recently: one little girl was sitting quietly to herself and looking curiously around when, as if she’d been acting up, her father sitting beside her handed her his phone and said, “Do you want to look at videos on daddy’s phone?”—and she obediently did so. Then there was the little boy sitting across from his mother at a restaurant: for the entire meal she had her face in her phone, and when the he tried to interact with her she yelled at him and said, “I’m going to tell daddy what a bad boy you’ve been.”

Just think of the larger social or political versions of either of these situations, where nearly every one of us is put in the place of these children and, through no influence or power of our own, certain horrible assumptions, habits and realities are thrust upon us, and become ingrained in all that we do. Because technically these two children will eventually have the ability, the “freedom,” to choose how they deal with technology and how they interact with other people, but when their days now are filled with insidious situations like these, how free will they ever be to actually choose something else?

In the same way, yes, someone living in a slum is also technically “free” to eventually leave, just as someone who cannot read is technically “free” to learn how to read and one day tackle Tolstoy. But if environmental, economic or social factors are heavy enough to deter this, how real is this supposed freedom? What is the use of any Bill of Rights when the freedom to actually act on them is so frequently impinged? What are many of us surrounded by, but empty rights? We’re usually given the exception to the rule here, the person who grew up amid poverty and abuse who made something great of their lives; or the person with money and a book-deal who can now tell us how great it is to live off the grid and grow their own food. But these are called “exceptions” for a reason.

When looked at in this way, my usual saving grace in situations like this doesn’t hold. It’s very easy for someone like me—raised in general middle-class comfort by two wonderful parents, and who was never burdened with the idea of seeking success or reputation for its own sake, and who was generally allowed to be curious and take risks—to say that one thing we can all do in the face of political and corporate and technological influence is to quietly subvert it in our own way, every day, with a quiet and knowing grin. In reality, though, we seem to only be as free as our awareness allows us to be; our “freedom,” such as it is, seems to be dependent upon our ability to be curious, to take the risk that will allow anything to happen, or to imagine lives other than our own, let alone to imagine a life for ourselves vastly different than the one we are living. And this kind of freedom is rare, is never a given, and needs to be helped along, influenced, apprehended and grasped. When I heard of people thanking special teachers or friends in their lives I no longer scoff as I once might have, since in many instances it’s the chance influence of some stranger suddenly exploding a life of habit that makes all the difference.

This is surely an exaggerated view of the influence of both nature and nurture, but sometimes high contrast can help us see the real picture better. But when the exaggerations on all sides settle, what is that real picture? Thinking all of this over, I certainly understand the anxiety religious people have always felt over the issue of predestination and free will: they desperately want to come down on the side of freedom, but the disturbing and unsettling reality of predestination is always there. Is it here somehow too?


“When I read this post by Tim Miller the first time, the words we seem to only be as free as our awareness allows us to be” took me back to a conversation I had with a friend and mentor approximately twenty-five years ago. I had asked him (Ray Goodenough) if throughout his day did he reply to all questions posed to him with complete honesty? Ray’s answer was, “I’m as honest as society allows me to be.”

Instead of conducting my normal third degree of a response, I sat on that answer for years knowing that Ray would never compromise his beliefs or his ethics. I had to actually experience similar moments lived by Ray and walk through those moments in ‘Ray’s shoes’ to finally comprehend his response with the compassion it deserved.

I have no idea where I’m going with this except to say, I had to ‘live’ through a few rodeos before I could honestly respond to his answer with, “I understand” and to truly appreciate a post as this one.”





word and silence –https://wordandsilence.com/2017/07/09/powerless-but-free/







On that day I saw a thousand graves

They all said ‘Aged 19’

Wall to wall white marble stone

Stood on grass so green

They went on for miles

As far as I could see

Relics of remembrance

A cosmic storm’s debris


Were they just a band of brothers or just a band of lonely ghosts?

What was good is now on the edge of being the most obscene

It’s a lonely road to travel when you are so young

Where did it all go so wrong? Could it have been foreseen?

Guess that it hardly matters now

When the stones say ‘Aged 19’

Battles fought and lives all lost

Or something in between?

This unholy

Heaven’s door



Read the entire post by ZOOLON/AGED 19: https://zoolonhub.com/2017/11/08/aged-19/


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