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enoch says...

haha..yeah.i needed a boost.i had just come across the charlie hedbo shootings and was feeling pretty down.
posted it more for myself than anyone else but i am glad it put a smile on faces other than my own.

keep it sexy brother!

A10anis said:

Thanks @enoch. This vid beautifully balances out all the "gloom and doom" vids of Noam Chomskey that you post. There is hope for you...;)

enoch says...

yep..missed it.
hadn't had my coffee yet.

A10anis said:

Seriously, if you are unable to read between the lines and understand even rudimentary irony. If everything has to be so precisely worded that no ambiguity of thought, or meaning, can enter your thought process, maybe you should not comment until you can do so. Or maybe all you crave is argument for arguments sake. Whatever the case, I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain a comment which is, to the vast majority, self explanatory.

enoch says...

i would not say i am anti-establishment but rather suspicious of power and authority,and rightly so in my opinion,but thats all that is..my opinion.

i tend to post chomsky because he is the most quoted and since he is so critical of power his research tends to be thoroughly vetted.i also post:chris hedges,henry giroux,sheldon wolin,carl popper all whom are extremely critical of the current power structures.

my faith dictates my politics and to me the argument is always,and i mean always:power vs powerlessness

i am critical of power.
i challenge authority and question its validity,forcing said authority to prove its relevance in todays society.

just because i criticize and challenge current power structure in no way dismisses the very good and beneficial accomplishments of the society i reside in.there are many positives to be acknowledged and applauded,but we must be vigilant and do our due diligence in order to challenge extremely powerful forces that seek to undermine the myriad of hard-won rights and privileges in order to benefit themselves at the detriment of everybody else.

so while my politics may be perceived as radical by some,it is not radical at all to me.which should be self-evident.

and disagreement is not only fine by me but welcomed,and i am glad you will engage with me (some people fear conflict).engagement forces me to refine and examine my own ideologies and if they are found lacking,then they must be discarded.without challenge and criticism we will all sit in our own hubris,an echo chamber of our own insular ideologies,smelling our own farts.

now where is the fun in that?

anyways..always a pleasure sparring with ya.
stay awesome brother and merry christmas happy new year!

gorillaman says...

Notwithstanding that you weren't looking for a reply, I ought at least to acknowledge my debt to you for correcting my spelling. It's always gratifying to see the lower orders of humanity display sudden and unlooked-for hints of intelligence - just like watching a monkey light a cigar.

I won't bore you with my inexplicably punctuated "opinions", knowing that "facts" and "rational thought" are always anathema to such as you. Only take my thanks in the spirit of fellowship and understanding with which they are intended.

A10anis said:

No, actually it is humans who are stupid, unhygienic (your spelling has been amended), annoying and dangerous. If there is climate change, humans are the cause. Imagine wasting chemo on the likes of you! Finally; humans are violent criminals who take resources away from fellow humans to make a buck. Vets alleviate the suffering imposed on animals by some of those humans.

PS; your tag "gorillaman" does that mean you respect at least one of our genetic cousins, or do you wish to kill off every animal you deem as useless? I am being rhetorical, feel free to keep your simplistic, childlike "opinions" to yourself. Unless, of course, you are a troll. In which case you have succeeded in getting at least one response.

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bareboards2 says...

As I said repeatedly, I agree with you that zoos are unnatural.

You start with unnatural, you end with unnatural.

You start with unnatural, you end up making unnatural choices.

This is a hard hard world, and we as humans are killing it more and more every day.

Zoos have morphed from being horrible cages, confining animals to be gawked at by unfeeling humans. Now zoos, the good ones, do their damnedest to create as natural an environment as possible.

Which still isn't very natural.

You say that this was an "unconscionable" choice, the killing of poor Marius (by the way, I mourn him, too.)

Do you think they should have taken the $600K from the wealthy person wanting to save his life? Even though it would have sentenced poor Marius to isolation and depression for the rest of his "natural" life? To me, that would be unconscionable. Blood money, made off the suffering of a single animal.

I think the real problem here is the very existence of zoos. There would be no Marius if there were no zoos.

I keep thinking about my dad's second wife. She was a piece of cake -- not the sharpest knife in the drawer, not capable of reasoned, step by step thinking. She had a great native -- almost feral -- intelligence though, it just wasn't that "logical."

One day, my uber-logical engineer father said something that she didn't like. I didn't like it either. So Oleta said, in a thick Okie drawl, "Just because something is right, doesn't mean it is right."

I almost started laughing at the absurdity of her statement, until I realized what she was really saying. So I asked her, "Do you mean just because something is logical, that doesn't mean it is right?" Yep. That was what she meant.

I think this is one of those situations. There are logical step by step reasons that led to poor Marius being literally fed to the lions. And then there is the emotional truth of a healthy and happy young giraffe being treated like he wasn't an individual with a right to a natural life.

Just because it was right, doesn't mean it was right.

A10anis said:

You say; "Those lions got fed their natural diet for a change. Consider being happy for them?"
Certainly. But I would be happier if the lions had hunted it down in the wild, as nature intended, rather than it being handed to them. Anyway, meat IS their natural diet, ANY meat. Or do they normally feed their captive lions on tinned cat food?
Nature takes no prisoners, it is cruel. But this wasn't nature. It was the slaughter of a perfectly healthy giraffe in their care, and is unconscionable.

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worthwords says...

you forgot 'Bender'

A10anis said:

I'll be gone, but i would love to see robots in 100 years time. Will they be "bicentennial" man, "terminator," or somewhere in between? Will humanity regret giving them autonomy or not? Time will tell.

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