When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

8/30/11

Tony the Tiger – symbol of the dark side of activism



It is amazing how much b.s. is spread around by people of 'impeccable credentials'. Going beyond the rumors and hype is an art. Unfortunately most people believe the first thing they hear- evidence or not- and any proof otherwise presented later is brushed off as lies. This is how most people think, and the liars know it. So they repeat their lies over and over in order to spread the lie as well as drive in the old untruth. It is an evil game, and there are always minions of the gullible to eat it up, repeating the lie because it was what they wanted to hear anyway. They parrot it, and birds of a feather flock together. The opposing flocks of parrots squawk of their unfounded truths, while inventing more lies about the other flock. Preaching to the choir sets in and the two groups soon devolve into deluded robotic parrots. And so it is with any issue.

I have had a unique opportunity to see both sides of a conflict for awhile now. I am placed in the middle of the Tony the tiger conflict. A truck stop in Louisiana has a pet tiger on display (the TTS, or Tiger Truck Stop). Animal activists want it confiscated and sent to a sanctuary; most want it sent to BCR or Big Cat Rescue in Florida. BCR said they will take it, but it will be up to the tiger's current owner where it goes if ordered removed. The park and zoo I mention below are the same place in Oklahoma, a large facility with thousands of animals. The ALDF is the Animal Legal Defense Fund and they are the ones suing.

A read of their lies below will give a nice overview of all of their claims.

Both sides think I am or at least was on their side. Some are not sure. It has become clear that the holier-than-thou animal rights activists have created many lies about this, and while the truck stop supporters have embellished some points, they are definitely on the higher ground when it comes to fact checking. Unfortunately the people who support the cause of promoting private ownership of exotic animals have flocked to this and taken it over with their propaganda. Those people have no more interest in facts than the animal rights ones. Their obsessive hell-bent campaign against the owner of BCR is a sidetrack to the truck stop case. So first, let's examine the ARA lie-list:


Top 10 lies of the animal rights activists regarding Tony the tiger:

1. Diesel fuel and/or exhaust fumes are dowsing and/or choking and/or poisoning the tiger all the time.
I had to put and/or because they can't decide on the details of this accusation. It is a rumor someone started and has no scientific basis whatsoever. It is simply repeated over and over with no thought to how nonsensical it is. Vapors and fumes are lighter than air and float upwards. Exhaust from semis is emitted about 15' high to begin with, then floats up and away. And have you ever smelled diesel fuel fumes at a truck stop? I have not, ever, anywhere or in any weather. What about two blocks away from the pumps and truck parking area? That's how far the tiger is from the alleged fumes. Has anyone taken an air sample from near the cage? Didn't think so. Hogwash...

2. The tiger is confined to an area with a concrete floor.
Then why is he seen constantly walking in the grass? It is illegal to keep him in the concrete only area, except when cleaning the grassy area. Videos taken all the time disprove this.

3. Lights are on him all night so he can't sleep.
There are not. Period. And his concrete block den is always dark day and night. Prove this with a current video.

4. He is suffering from the heat.
Southern Louisiana is pretty hot for us humans. But tigers are adapted to live in much hotter places like India. He will be fine. Especially since he has a law-mandated air conditioner in his den and a pool of water to bathe in.

5. He is neglected and ignored.
He gets constant attention and is checked on at least daily by his handlers that work at the truck stop. Being a cat he surely enjoys watching all the people and vehicles moving around. And sleeping, as cats do a lot.

6. He is sick somehow, his legs are atrophied, his paws may be cracked, and he is emaciated.
The illness is unclarified and never seems to manifest itself. What bystander has photographed the underside of his paws and proven they are cracked? And who has ever taken one single picture of him appearing skinny? No one that I know of. Ever. And his legs atrophied? Right. He is frequently checked by a veterinarian and treated as needed. No one has ever proven any of these things with so much as a single picture either.

7. He is stressed and paces constantly.
Then how come his legs are atrophied? Oops- conflicting lies there! Stress is unknown as we can't read an animal's mind. But he does not seem like it. He does not act violent. Pacing though he does sometimes- because he is a tiger. All big cats pace. They wander up to a hundred miles a day in the wild, so of course he will pace. It is normal and giving him exercise.

8. The environment is too noisy for him.
It is true the truck stop is near an interstate. And interstates are loud. But after 22 years I bet he is used to it. He has surely found a way to sleep through it by now, because he would have been dead of exhaustion otherwise by the first month. He can live with it just like wild ones live with the cacophony of a jungle with all its birds and monkeys screaming constantly.

9. The cage is filthy and the water is green all the time.
The cage has never been photographed with more than one pile in it. The handlers cannot rush out instantaneously every time he relieves himself. And the water was pictured one time with green moss stuff in it like birdbaths get. That is it. Maybe less before, but now that the authorities monitor it more frequently, the cage is cleaned daily.

10. The USDA has been citing this truck stop for over 20 years for animal welfare violations.
This is a gross exaggeration. The owner's father got into some trouble in Texas, and that should not be included and held against his son, but always is which is unfair. This truck stop in this state has been cited on 8 occasions from July of '01 to July of '07 (that's six years). Most were minor infractions. And this is even IF that is true, because it is certain no one can prove it. This info is ultimately based upon a list from PeTA and they will not prove it with USDA documents. The USDA will not release their records. So how do we know if even this is not exaggerated? We don't, and sure enough it has been expanded by activists to become an alleged “20 years of egregious violations!”. Get a grip.

One more honorable mention:
He is harassed by a hundred visitors per hour all day and all night.
This was started by a parish councilman who counted people one day and said there were a hundred one hour. But does that mean always, every day, and all night too? Doubtful at best. One hundred people per hour is actually less than two per minute anyway. Have you ever seen a video of a huge crowd of a hundred people gawking at him at the same time? I haven't. In any case, he can go into his den anytime and escape the people.

These accusations are the crux of the activists' arguments, and all are baseless. They are parroted hype with no evidence at all. But dramatic words abound: despicable, filthy, horrible, torture, hellhole...How about this word: Lies.

Now let's examine a few claims and counterclaims by the truck stop and its supporters:

1. Activists bang on the cage all the time to get Tony to look at their cameras.
This is impossible because the cage is not accessible to the public. It is surrounded by a fence a few feet out. If people bang on the fence, Tony can go into his den, or to the other side of the large enclosure he enjoys. And the area is monitored by staff to stop just such activities. Two instances of adults banging on the outer fence are mentioned by the truck stop owner, and those two people were assumed to be ARA's. The other instances are said to have been kids. 

2. The activists flash strobe lights in his face to see him roar.
This probably has been done, but it does not mean that animal activists are doing it. It means a lot of people are inconsiderate of animals and many people would do that to see a tiger roar. Blaming the activists is unfounded.

3. Activists have been trying to poison him with cigarettes and other items so he will become sick for their own ends.
More nonsense. As above, anyone could do that for any sadistic reason, and many probably would for a sick laugh. But only the activists? And how do you throw a pack of cigarettes through a chain link fence, then three feet over, then another layer of fence, and then the bars? Sounds difficult, though anyone could poison an animal kept outdoors in a public place, and the last suspects should be animal lovers. One knowledgeable person informed me of this incident : "...About two years ago I was talking to a young man at a bar when he said he was from a city past the TTS. I asked if he ever stopped there. He went on a tirade about the treatment of the tiger - which he knew nothing about in truth. He then commented that he and his friends had thrown cigarettes and stuff into the cage to see if the tiger would eat them 'and get sick so they'd have to give him up'. To be fair, he was drunk, but who makes crap like that up?...". While this blogger believes that statement, it is doubtful that random ARA's try stunts like this all the time.

4. The sanctuary they were going to send him to in Texas has refused them due to activist harassment, so options are nil. 
While partly true, it is still just one out of many sanctuaries in this country. Many other good ones are around, including three that said they will take Tony in if needed. One of these has an open acreage where he could run freely with other tigers. A refusal by one place in one state is not the end of all options. 

5. Tony's claws can't be removed, therefore he can't be re-homed.
Why is claw removal essential to moving a tiger to another home? Tony is already caged alone and will be no more lonely if housed separately somewhere else.

6. Lions are solitary animals, so tigers are too. They can't be put with more of their kind or they will kill each other.
Lions are social, tigers are not. But numerous sanctuaries place numerous tigers together, and sometimes even tigers and lions in the same cages. They can get along and do at many facilities. The place where this tiger's owner intends to send Tony has several multiple cat cages. Check his site linked below to view them.This becomes circular, as the argument is he will be placed alone in a cage anyway.

7. Tony will have to physically fight for food scraps and compete for vet care anywhere else.
They portray other places like Chinese zoos. At Chinese zoos, they dump live oxen into tiger pits so the public can have fun watching the fight. This is not China, and no sanctuary in America does that. All animals are fed daily individually at any facility here. If fighting ensues, the animals are permanently separated into different cages. This is how sanctuaries and zoos really work. Vet care is also not a contest; it is given to all animals in any facility. This argument is a scare tactic and a delusion.

8. Tony was not trained in the wild to hunt, so he can't obtain food at any other place.
Sanctuaries never feed their animals live game. They get vet prescribed meats and vitamins. They do not need to know how to hunt live animals down to keep from starving. They will be fed, just like he is now. The recent bruhaha about BCR having fed their lions three rabbits last summer is reaching fever pitch by the pro-exotic pet people, but it is entirely irrelevant. Even if they did, it is not unnatural and could be considered simply  a distasteful aspect of keeping wild carnivores. Regardless, it is not standard practice anywhere and Tony starving because he never was trained to hunt is paranoia.

9. BCR's cages are inadequate- rusty wire, small, not buried into ground, etc.
Irrelevant if Tony is not going there anyway. So why harp on it? A distraction is all this is. BCR has not yet had any cages blow away, to my knowledge.And their cages are much roomier than some people have portrayed by video cropping. As if it matters. Tony is not going there, so who cares?

10. If the activists want Tony's habitat improved, then they have to pay for it.
It may be true that the truck stop property includes 40 acres of unused land behind it, but why should that mean that anyone else has to pay for its development? The tiger's owner should pay for its care, no one else. Online activism is not a for-profit venture, and activists are not a gang of millionaires sending stacks of checks to BCR as portrayed. And even if they were, it is not the truck stop's business what other people do with their money. They are responsible for Tony, and claim ownership of him. If they want the back 40 made into something for Tony, his owner should have to pay for it.

And an honorable mention for this side as well:
Everyone who bothers the truck stop is conspiring together and of the same mindset.
Activists find this at once frustrating and laughable it is so wrong. The truck stop supporters constantly use free exchange of the activists' names, PeTA, ALDF, and other groups as if they are one entity. None of the real activists or animal rights groups have anything to do with the one so-called activist that they hate so much. Some people need to get their story straight and figure out exactly who they hate and why.


Six more problems, from BOTH sides:

1. Lies and exaggerations abound about the owners of both sides.
The past of BCR's owner or of TTS's owner are completely irrelevant as to how they treat animals now. And their current personal lifestyles are irrelevant. And speculations about them are irrelevant. These distractions are childish and fly from both sides constantly.

2. Claims of more money involvement than is true.
The truck stop likely does not take in a million a year in donations via its little wooden box on the fence, nor does BCR take in millions to build an impending cage for Tony. Okay, I am guessing here, but willing to bet these stories are highly exaggerated.

3. No one has measured anything to disprove the other side.
It would be so easy to disgrace the other side by taking a few simple measurements and recording it.
Air quality, distance in feet to the gas pumps or truck parking : none have been measured and posted. I asked both sides repeatedly to do so, and neither will. Which side is afraid of the results?
At least the tiger's owner has informed me of the cage size, which the activists claim is too small: " The entire enclosure is 3200 square feet, the play area is 1600 square feet and the shelter areas are 20'X20' or 400 square feet each."

4. Veterinary and other records remain hidden.
Why not release the tiger's vet records to prove his health? What about the city animal control officer charged with checking on compliance with the revised ordinance- public records there. No one will open nor release these records. No one has subpoenaed them. Is Tony microchipped as required by law? Is there a rifle on site with a trained user on the premises 24 hrs. a day? What are the city's records saying? And the vet records? It is all a mystery. Neither side is opening nor pursuing these nuggets of info. Why the activists have not properly pursued these facts makes one wonder what they are afraid of learning. At least the tiger owner has had a physical done, filmed it, and posted it online. See it here

5. Both sides are closed minded and love to argue.
This is illustrated by their sites and pages. They hate each other, and do not listen to one another. Unreasonable demands are made. It is a big brawl. No one acts more mature or tries to explain stuff or share info. It is a fight, and both sides revel in it. Most arguing is irrelevant talk about the owners of TTS and BCR.

6. The issue is used for grandstanding on bigger issues that are barely relevant.
The exotic animal trade has latched onto the truck stop side, while the animal rights crowd has glued itself onto the 'free him' argument. The issue of exotic pet ownership and breeding has overshadowed and obscured the real facts in this particular case.


There are three locations involved in this: the Tiger Truck Stop of Grosse Tete, LA; Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, FL; GW Memorial Animal Park of Oklahoma. The truck stop has the tiger in question. The place in Florida is a big cat sanctuary that has been willing to take the tiger if confiscated. The park in OK is a private zoo that the tiger will go to if confiscated. This is because of the friendship of the owners of the truck stop and the OK zoo. So let us now examine a few points about these three places...


Top 3 interesting points about each of the 3 places involved:

Tiger Truck Stop:
1. They constantly brag that lots of tigers were bred there, but do not mention that all but one (Tony) was ordered removed in 9/03 by the USDA for lack of care. One was in such bad shape, a pit had to be dug into the ground for the wheels to make the trailer floor even with the ground so it could hobble out of the transport trailer.(see this page, sections “Toby”, “Rainbow”, “Khan”, and “Tiger Truck stop Trio”. this page used to detail that story of their arrival, but does not now). 
Mr. Sandlin provided this statement about it: "As far as Toby, Rainbow, and Shere Khan: I agreed to relocate 2 tigers not 3, The decision was mine and not the USDAs, I included Shere Khan because I had 3 males in the exhibit and it was creating problems with males not getting along. So I decided to retire Toby and Rainbow, both over 19 years old (very old) and Shere Khan because he was another male. Shere Khan had nothing to do USDA accusations. I kept Tony because he was the youngest."

They also raffled a tiger off once to the public, and likely do have at least a few USDA violations from the past.

2. They did not bother to emplace a pool or make other improvements until required by law. The tiger was usually confined to its small cell without access to grass and had no pool at all until the parish council mandated it in 2010. Its current state is barely two years old, and before that the enclosure was more dilapidated, unclean, and confined for about 20 years.

3. The pool is a small pig trough. It is barely big enough for a tiger to swim in. A few dollars more would have bought a horse trough that is much larger. Miserly. Or, an in-ground pool like for gardens would be even better at little more expense. Never done, despite the owner's thank you on video to the activists for 'a million dollars worth of free advertising'. Tigers love to swim so why be so cheap on a pool?

Big Cat Rescue:
1. Tony would have less room to walk around. This is pretty important. They are landlocked in the middle of a city.
2. It is not between two interstates, as the zoo owner claimed in a video to negate the interstate noise argument. A simple use of Google Maps can confirm this.
3. Their hundreds of videos show clearly that they make ongoing attempts to enrich their animals lives with toys, companions, and special treats. This direct involvement is not seen at most places.

GW Park:
1. Their 'streetview' type page on their site reveals that they do have multiple cat cages together, including a tiger with a lion. The claim of Tony's impending isolation is nonsensical.
2. The ongoing gripes about BCR planning on charging people to look at Tony are laughable compared to this park's fees of 10. to 2,000. Check their site for details of their fees. (BCR charges 29.-550.).
3. In a video interview, their owner stated they only lost about 5 cats last year.Their owner demonizes BCR for having lost 119 cats. But BCR was founded in '92, which makes it 19 years old. This means they lost about 6 cats a year. Not a big difference. Their owner makes many other hypocritical claims as well.


Conclusion:

This tiger's owner was already being watched by the USDA and PeTA years before any other activists started this ruckus. It is the parish and local sheriff that allowed this exhibit to go on for years without discerning what level of permit(s) were needed. When the Revised Ordinance was finally issued along with major stipulations for the animal's welfare, the activists should have celebrated- but instead they flipped out and redoubled their efforts to have it taken to a much smaller cage in Florida. Lies were dreamed up and parroted on dozens of sites until a large animal rights group saw what looks to me like a P.R. op., and sued. Now, a legal technicality is being used to have the tiger removed from the state. The activists are still not satisfied and want it removed even sooner. What they are not considering is that the place the tiger goes to will be smaller and less good in several ways than where it is now. In the end, the activists in general will have caused this animal major undue stress and confinement for no factual reason other than their own hype. And, their tolerance of one particular so-called activist has delayed the process for years.

Meanwhile, the truck stop's owner is a nice guy who thinks prayer will resolve this in his favor. No matter how nice he is, bad things can happen to anyone- even if they are religious. Prayers and slogans are not enough. Exotic pet owners have rallied around him, but their numbers are few and they have no more evidence than the other side to defend their noise. Neither this businessman nor anyone else in the world should have been possessing a wild animal to start with, but unfortunately he did. As long as it was treated well, it should have been let be.There are several thousand other tigers privately owned in America alone, most of which are not treated well at all.

Mr. Sandlin had this to say about his tiger's treatment: " He has an air conditioner/heater in his den. Rubber mats to lie [on]. Steps to higher levels to climb up on. He has a pool, water sprinklers, a fan, bolo balls, logs, swinging tire, pumpkins, christmas trees, watermelons, blood-cicles, spices for scents, and he likes to play hide and seek. He likes to be petted. "
 
It is this writer's opinion that once the revised ordinance was enacted, the whole thing should have been dropped, or minimized to simply keep an eye on its enforcement.The way the cause was brought about was based upon lies and harassment, and that is wrong. Many were suckered into the false sob story and few have ever opened their eyes to the simple lack of evidence for any of the wild claims. Animal rights activists openly tolerated one person's lies/libel/harassment which hurt their credibility very badly. Everyone turned out the fool here, and if the lawsuit is successful, no one wins. The tiger will lose as well: losing space, personal attention, and familiar territory. It would then be moved to a smaller place and the activists will then surely start attacking that place and its owner. The tiger will likely die sad. Both sides can take credit for it, but most importantly animal activism has showed its true nature.

Poor Tony.


Related Links:
-Revised ordinance posted at bottom of this page.
.... (Legal updates on same page incl. final law status)
-Tiger Truck Stop's site
-One of many activist sites about this tiger
-Site of G.W. Exotic Memorial Animal Park, the zoo park in Oklahoma
-Outonline, the site that zoo's owner is on frequently; view some of his vids here
 -alternate view of the zoo-park here

-ALDF page on this
-PeTA page on this
-Related post on this blog about keeping tigers etc.

(c) james platt 2011

8/13/11

Exotic Pet Ownership - dangerous and immoral

If you know anyone who is considering getting a wild animal for a "pet", or already has one, then make them think very hard about their choices. Only a rare few people have proper space and funds to provide proper care for their animals. The proponents of exotic pet ownership all claim that mistreatment is rare, and it is not their fault that a few are inadequately caring for their pets. Actually, the "few" are the many- the majority. Considering the inherent cruelty in how these animals are treated, as well as the looming danger of keeping such animals, it is only logical that this crazy hobby be outlawed. But a few people can make a lot of noise, and with any special interest -no matter how immoral- it has lobbyists and activists to help insure the truth is obfuscated.

There are estimated to be around 20,000 wild cats being kept as "pets" in this country. There are mainly tigers (7,000) and lions and hybrids (10,000), but also include leopards, jaguars, cougars, cheetahs, servals, lynx, ocelots, and others. Estimates are probably very much on the low side, since many people do not license or register their animals with authorities, nor do they put them on public display.

Most are neglected, abused, or just not contained securely. Even a mountain lion can jump straight up 18 feet, and make horizontal leaps of 40 feet. Many people also place their 600 pound tigers or 1,000 pound tigon hybrids in common dog kennels. Some don't even bother to put tops on these cages. These cats are rarely caged securely, and their treatment is almost never adequate. See this video of two tigers that are kept in an unlocked cage in Missouri. I contacted the local sheriff about the public danger of this, and was curtly informed that no laws are being broken. Quote from his email: " We have been in contact with the Conservation Department on this issue and researched the law. The only law we could find on the books is they have to report that they have those kind of animals in the county to the Sheriffs Office. They have complied with that law."  Perhaps after they escape and kill some people or cattle, then public safety will be addressed.

See this aggregative site listing exotic cat attacks. You will see how common they really are, contrary to what the abuse hobbyists will tell you. Their videos of playful tiger cubs and so on are intentionally deceptive. These animals get older, and eventually attack their owners at random times, with rare exceptions. Remember Siegfried and Roy? One of their lifelong highly trained pet tigers tore into one of their throats onstage without warning one night. (One of so many possible examples.) But can you blame them?[another good example here.]

It is common to hear complaints about super-max prisons that place humans in 5X8 foot cells 23 hours a day for years on end. Imagine doing this to animals 3 to 10 times our size: how do they like it? Especially when it is instinctive for them to roam hundreds of miles per day. These animals go insane from the confinement and as soon as a chance occurs, they will explode into what they always were: WILD animals!

This blogger firmly believes that it is immoral and unnatural to confine or control any wild animal. Unless a pet is a species that is already domesticated completely and therefore dependent upon human care, then there is no valid excuse to possess any other kind of animal. Dominion, as mentioned in Genesis, means responsibility for and stewardship, according to bible scholars; it does not mean dominate just because it is a similar word. Please consult a dictionary if you don't understand this. Since this is mainly an American fad, and most Americans claim to be Christians, this bore mentioning. They seem to put on their blinders when it comes to Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 "man hath no pre-eminence over a beast" in a nutshell. More completely and in modern English it says:  " I also thought: 'As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so does the other. All have the same spirit; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?' "

Further, the argument of preserving a species via confinement and breeding is fallacious at best. Taking them form the wild to establish a captive sample population is absurd. It is unnatural and removes the final barrier to the environment wreckers to get what they want. The environment will surely be destroyed more and more in direct proportion to these captive breeders operating capacities. It is a simpler and better idea to preserve the environment so the animals can live in it safely in the wild. This logic escapes the animal breeders.

While a few operations of this sort may be spacious, healthy, and respectful to their animals, they are few. And the few , while fighting for the legal continuation of their exotic hobby, are paving a path for the majority who do not properly care for these animals. It is a sad, vicious cycle, with the animals and the environment coming out as losers. 


see also:
AWA: animals weep aroundus
(and check links at the end of that post)

WATCH:
Elephant in the Living Room 


(c) james platt

How to Get Smarter, and Stay That Way

If you are envious of some brainiac you know, or just want to stay sharp as you age, there are well established ways to improve your mental power- a few of which you rarely read about...

First, you need to avoid toxins that can actually make you stupid. By deteriorating brain cells there is one main poison that gets into food and another that gets into drinks that both cause mental sluggishness over a long period of time. The damage is generally irreversible, so you may want to look into them now.

The toxin in foods is mercury. It usually is highly concentrated in canned tuna. Other fish contain it too, especially ocean species, but tuna is the worst. As for drinks, the culprit is fluoride, added to over 2/3 of municipal water supplies across the country. Information on the dangers of fluoride, and its dubious blessing by the government in 1950 as "safe", can be found easily on the internet. Numerous population studies disprove the one questionable study used to get the government's approval for it as "safe". So look into it, and you will be drinking distilled water soon. Remember sodas and most beers are made from city water supplies as well, so avoid them too if you wish to avoid fluoride. There are a few brands of toothpaste that are fluoride free as well.

Once your brain is toxin free, start eating foods that are proven to increase memory. The main one is blueberries. Delicious in pies, smoothies, and fruit salads, it has been shown to relieve alzheimer's even. Other fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants will help as well. These include strawberries, oranges, spinach, and several others. Also take a B-complex vitamin every day. Your brain needs several of its ingredients for optimal functioning. Make sure you feed your brain cells some omega-3 as well. Almost always recommended to be taken as fish oils, this is not necessary. Flaxseed oil has a lot of it too. You can get raw flaxseeds or buy it as pills, powder, liquid, or even made into a drink similar to soymilk.

Next you need to exercise your brain. The best ways are to learn things, preferably subjects with varying and extensive concepts, instead of rote memorization of lists of trivial facts. The best way to accomplish this is to start studying a foreign language. Most Europeans learn three or even up to five foreign languages by the time they get out of school, so you can too. The best one for you is whatever one interests you the most. If you are of Irish descent, you may find Gaelic interesting and thereby easier to learn. Or if you just want to start with something easy, learn one that is similar to your native language. The one most similar to English is Frisian, spoken by people in Europe near Germany. German is the major language most similar to English. Once you look into languages, you will see patterns and similarities. It is not as hard as many expect it to be. If that's just not your thing, math is also good exercise. Get some old textbooks from a used bookstore and see how far you can go.

There are more ways to do a lot of thinking, without it becoming a major undertaking or ongoing project. Go to the magazine rack at a store and find logic puzzles. They are great. Word seeks, fill- ins, and even crosswords really take little thinking. Logic puzzles and advanced sudoku or kakuro are the way to go. Another great tool is the good old Rubik's cube. They seem impossible at first, but a lot of people can do them, and fast. They come with how-to booklets to get you started.

More than anything the best thing you can do is to read. Read anything, whenever you have the time. Especially real, printed books.

The more you do any of these things, the smarter you will get. Keep at it, and you will be glad you did.



(c) james platt

8/8/11

Democrats are Idiots

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Hopefully people who have read my scathing piece on republicans do not assume I am a democrat. I would like to make that clear here. My family, on both sides, as far back as anyone can remember have all been democrats. Over the years, though, I have grown weary of a few of their attributes. They pretend to be the Holy Alternative to the Evil GOP, but actually are little better, and sometimes even worse than their opposition. The Idiots are useless pawns these days, making a lot of noise and then compromising their former ideals again and again. They have lost this former lifelong supporter for several reasons.

First, they really are obsessed with raising taxes. They claim that Americans pay the lowest taxes in the industrialized world, and therefore we are spoiled and should pay more. They also like to list all the things govt. pays for and then say- see, without taxes you wouldn't get any of this! These two arguments are silly however. Just because Europeans pay more taxes than us, why does that mean that we have to?Maybe their govt. manages the money better, has more projects to spend it on, or else their citizens should be protesting more? The listing-of-services-excuse is even sillier. They like to list things like traffic lights, light bulbs in schools, work safety laws, clean water, and so on. They do not ever list subsidies, wars, foreign military bases, bailouts, interest to the Fed, black ops, NASA's pointless projects, the ever increasing fleet of presidential choppers, and so on and so on. Democrats do mention that if you look at any pie chart of the US budget, for any fiscal year, it nearly always indicates that law enforcement and general government takes up 2% of the budget. And the other 98%? Mostly wasted. At least 15% is totally wasted, and another 50%+ is mismanaged terribly. So they need to raise taxes to continue to put up street lights and enforce OSHA rules? I don't think so. Until they stop wasting our money, there is no excuse for any new taxes for any reason.

I also disagree with their views on gun control. Like it or not, it is constitutional to have guns. They need to accept that. Fighting over carrying them outside ones' homes is alright: public safety comes into play. But banning them from inside private citizens' homes? They did it in D.C, though it was later overturned on a federal level. It is understandable that they want to curb the hoarding of guns, ammo, and ordnance by people abusing their class A gun dealer licenses. But that is a separate issue, and has nothing to do with the people of D.C. or elsewhere. Democrats need to back off their blanket anti-gun stance, as it alienates lots of voters and really does not not make sense at times.

Their growing fascination in recent years with gay rights is also something I cannot stomach. As I wrote before, gay people are citizens that have the same rights we do. They do not need special rights. If they would stop prancing around in drag, talking in squeeky voices, and acting like children, then maybe straight people would respect them more. Democrats are hell bent on championing the gay rights bandwagon to a weird degree. Maybe after they succeed, they will champion the nudist subculture so they can wander the streets unmolested as well.

One more reason I dislike them is their hawkish foreign policies. Republicans like to build up military forces, but they threaten a lot too. Democrats like to use the forces more, and without warning. Look at all of Clinton's military strikes against Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Serbia...And his wife seems to be anxious to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against someone-anyone- but preferably Iran, which is not even a threat to this country. The republicans just want to continue their preplanned (pre- as in before 9/11) two front war for oil profits and arms sales. Few other nations interest them militarily. The democrats could strike any nation though, even for reasons other than oil. Neither party's policy is good here.

They also are not brave enough to stand up to the GOP, and constantly give in to them on important issues and floor votes. It seems like good cop/bad cop between the two parties, and a compromise nearly always wins out. Why compromise? With them? I say, fight out the facts, expose the republican lies and special interests; let the constituents find out. Just like the GOP did with the budget battle recently: they refused to compromise and the whole world seen them for what they were. Their overt defense of big oil and insistence upon Medicaid cuts really showed their true colors. Expect mass changes in party listing on voter registrations soon. But the democrats, so allegedly holy- being the good cop- rarely duke it out and protract the process for a good cause. They are wimps.

The worst point of all about the democratic party is their ongoing, blatant defense of illegal aliens and their refusal to allow the border to be defended. Rehashing this issue will do little here, though I refer you to my previous posts, here, here and here. Also see newp.org and Vdare.com.  Notice those sites, as well as the Minuteman site, all attract the right wing types, so there is a sizable amount of republican nonsense on them, such as Clinton bashing and gun hoarding statements. But it is telling: why aren't there any liberals out to close the border? Why don't the liberals give a damn about national sovereignty, economic protection, or even enforcing already existing laws? Where are they? They are backing up the ACLU, the Sierra Club, the Green Party- all three traitorous organizations determined to meld Mexico with America. It is noteworthy that no president of any party as yet has built a wall, defense line, or even a fence on our southern border. But which president has had the federal govt. sue every state that tried to enact or enforce its own or federal immigration law? The current one: a democrat. Arizona. Alabama. A sheriff in Arizona. Before the US feds could sue Georgia, Mexico did. A lawsuit is brewing against Utah as well. Oklahoma and South Carolina may be next. Obviously, Obama the democrat has no interest in maintaining an international border, and therefore snubs his nose at US Sovereignty. All of his campaign talk of “hope” and “change” apparently just applied to gays and illegal aliens. And the democrats love him. Meanwhile, who are the major politicians supporting border protection? Romney, McCain, Buchanan, Trump- all republicans.

The Democratic Party should be renamed the Traitor Party for their actions supporting illegal immigration. Or perhaps the Gay Party, or the Compromisers, the Gun Grabbers, or the old standard- Tax and Spend. 


{Not to say that the republicans are any better- indeed, they are even worse in many ways. Republicans are corporate shills that can barely disguise their seething hatred for the poor. They are overt warmongers, and always for oil profits. They are pathological liars, extreme hypocrites, racists, and borderline fascists. They also love to use devious tactics such as massive vote fraud, front groups, contrived scandals, delay tactics, smear campaigns, hyperbole, and mass deception. Pick your poison.}



(c) james platt 2011