Why is Science Important?

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This past weekend there was a march in Washington, D.C., along with other marches around the world in support of science.  We actually needed a march to support science.  I still can’t wrap my head around that fact.  The marches were in support of evidence, fact-based and peer-reviewed science.  This is needed since the administration in Washington is against both science and peer-viewed research.  Research needs to be peer-reviewed, since anyone could claim to be a scientist, publish a “study” and claim anything.  We already can see that happening, so it needs to be stopped.  Science is actually one subject that can be proved correct.  Just because someone doesn’t like what is scientifically proven doesn’t mean that they have the ability to claim it is false.

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For those people who think that we don’t need science, do you like using your technology?  Phones, laptops, t.v., all are science-based.  Should funding be cut, so will your technology.  How about “cutting-edge” health care?  All those new life-saving surgeries are based on science.  Do you like your new medicines?  Those too come from science. If funds are cut so will your health, since there will be less money spent on keeping you healthy.  Science is life-saving.  It affects all of us in every part of our lives.  Support science, your life may very well depend on it.

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Carnage – A Mockumentary

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I don’t know if any of you saw this mockumentary, but I wanted to talk about it today.  It’s by the BBC and Simon Amstell.   The film shows the “history” of veganism from 1944 to 2067 with the focus on people in the future trying to come to terms with their carnist pasts.  The young people of 2067 don’t understand how people could have eaten animals, and this mockumentary explains the mind-set and attitudes of people regarding animals that helped with the exploitation of animals.

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The movie is actually quite funny, starting with the portrayal of early vegans as absolute nut-cases, as is the usual portrayal.  However, as the United Kingdom begins to deal with extreme weather due to global warming, the attitudes about veganism change.  In case you didn’t know it, animal production is indeed one of the leading causes of climate change due to the cutting down of vast forested areas, and the huge amount of emissions from intensely factory-farmed animals.

https://gelr.org/2015/10/23/a-leading-cause-of-everything-one-industry-that-is-destroying-our-planet-and-our-ability-to-thrive-on-it-georgetown-environmental-law-review/

In the movie, following the invention of a device that allows humans to hear the thoughts of the other animals, veganism goes mainstream, and by 2067 no one eats other animals.   There are some video shown of factory-farming, however the clips are not nearly as graphic as some of the slaughter-house clips you can see on your own on YouTube.

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I hope that many people watch this mockumentary which is available onYouTube and the BBC website.  It’s engaging, funny and a wonderful way to present the facts without being “preachy”.  I really hope that this makes a difference in people’s lives.

https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/carnage-review

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBCaIYAG7IPKs7mafExL1nQ

 

What is a “Regulation” and How Does it Affect People?

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There has been a lot of talk about getting rid of many regulations that corporations are required to follow in order to keep manufacturing in the U.S.  I recently listened to a story on NPR in which a linguist was speaking about the use of the word regulations, and why so many people seem to think that they are bad.

As I didn’t hear the entire conversation, I’ve come up with my own theory of why people seem to think a regulation is a “bad” thing.  The word itself sounds a lot like rule, and people don’t really like to follow rules in general.  That’s my take on the word.  However, a regulation when it comes to corporate practices is more like a protection.  And a protection is usually a good thing.  It is used to protect citizens from a variety of troublesome corporate actions.  The very reason that we have many of the protections that we do is due to the lack of corporate accountability in the past and the cancers, harm and deaths caused by those corporations.  Look into the past actions that unregulated and poorly regulated corporations have done that have destroyed citizen lives.  This is the link to the Superfund that keeps track and reports on both past actions and current actions of corporations.  https://www.epa.gov/superfund

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Understanding that most regulations are imposed in order to keep citizens safe and healthy, it is beyond my understanding why a great many people seem to think a regulation is a bad thing.  They are law in order to protect citizens from a corporation whose only reason for being is to make as much money regardless of the environmental, economic and human cost.  A regulation is a protection from unmitigated greed.  Isn’t that a good thing?

 

Finding Wisdom

I have a difficult time celebrating Thanksgiving.  Remember, I’m Vegan so the food can be more than a little offensive.  This year I’m trying Tofurky for the first time!  I can hardly wait.  Then, there’s the first Thanksgiving thing, that was followed fairly quickly with that genocide thing.  So, here are a few quotes from the Native Americans.

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Here are a few videos of how the government treats Native Americans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15YAD0Us4N4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBgDt0aWXmQ

North Dakota Pipeline Protests

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What rights do citizens of the United States actually have?  This is a question that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  I wanted to discuss the protests that have been happening in North Dakota.

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My first question regards who, in fact “owns” the land that the North Dakota pipeline is being constructed on.  This pipeline is going to be nearly 2,000 miles long, and will run through public, state and private land.  With the problems of excessive pipeline problems affecting watershed areas, this fight is about clean water and scared lands.

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What is most worrying is the ongoing long list of pipeline leaks/spills that have adversely affected water where these pipelines run.  This is not a concern to be just “waved away” as though there is no precedent.  Just making a quick search of these many leaks brought me to an exceedingly long list on Wikipedia along with all the links to prove that these leaks did indeed occur.

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Secondly, the preparation for the pipeline has already destroyed sacred sites of the Native Americans.  Since one can say that all this land originally belonged to these Tribes, the company had no rights to destroy important archeological sites.  They had already filed court papers in an effort to legally stop the bulldozing.  I’ve seen many different videos of the protests, and security forces bringing dogs to intimidate and bite the protestors was a bit much in my opinion.

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So, my question is, do citizens have the right to protest, and the right to clean water.  What do you think?

 

http://standingrock.org/

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/04/492625850/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-in-north-dakota-turn-violent

https://thinkprogress.org/fight-over-bakken-pipeline-continues-5f7a5dee451e#.wft9jh69v

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pipeline_accidents_in_the_United_States_in_the_21st_century

 

 

 

The Biloxi-Chitimacha Indian Tribe – Climate Change Refugees – Part 7 – Social Issues Seriest

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The Isle de Jean Charles band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha Indians have become the first climate change refugees.  They have received $48 million dollars to help them move off their disappearing island located in southern Louisiana.  Residents of this area have been seeing there land disappearing due to the extreme weather brought about by climate changes. http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/15/1485411/-Isle-de-Jean-Charles-Band-of-Biloxi-Chitimacha-Indians-become-the-first-official-Climate-Refugees?detail=email

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These dire circumstances have been made much worse for the coastal communities of Louisiana by the dredging of the hundreds of thousands of wetlands by the oil companies.  The oil companies will not be paying out the money to relocate the tribe even though it is their actions which have led to the flooding these communities face.  Wetlands help protect against flooding.  http://www.mbgnet.net/fresh/wetlands/why.htm

 

The money will be used to help the tribe relocate as a single entity, thereby retaining their status as an Indian tribe.  This is important, since if they do not remain together, the U.S. Government will take away their status as an Indian Tribe.  They are worried about retaining their culture and identity, as many other tribes have been lost to us for this very reason.  In the mid 1800’s the tribal lands were 1,062 acres of land, but not the reservation is only 283 acres.

http://www7.nau.edu/itep/main/tcc/Tribes/gc_choctaw

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/02/05/biloxi-chitimacha-choctaw-get-48-million-move-disappearing-louisiana-island-163310

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What do you think of Climate change?  What advice would you give to these peoples who wish to retain their cultural identity, while also needing to find a new place to live?  Leave your comments below.