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Monday, November 8, 2010

Stop buying goods and services from Japan!



I have been made aware of some absolutely disgusting behavior on the part of the some members of the  Japanese Population. According to a report at the Sea Shepard Conservation society, Japanese fisherman have been deliberately slaughtering dolphins in the waters off of Japan. More specially, in the area of Taiji, dolphins have been deliberately trapped in waters in a cove and slaughtered!!

source:http://www.seashepherd.org/dolphins/report-from-taiji-november-8.html 

This behavior of these Japanese can not be tolerated!  Dolphins are intelligent, social creatures who have just as much right if not more right to be on the planet as we do!

More than 2 million people from 151 countries have signed online petitions urging an end to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, I hope you join us and do this to serve as the voice of these Dolphins. You can sign such a petition (letter) by going to this website:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/724/210/624/#letter 

Dolphin Drive Hunting is done yearly by the Japanese! The Japanese deliberately slaughter these dolphins because they say these dolphins are eating fish, fish which only the Japanese have a "right" to eat. The Japanese do not even eat the meat  from these slaughtered dolphins! What defense do the Japanese use to rationalize their slaughter of these gorgeous and intelligent social animals who live in social groups like human families? They suggest this barbaric behavior of theirs is a "tradition"!!!!

"The Japanese government, which allows about 19,000 dolphins to be killed each year, acknowledges that dolphin meat is contaminated with mercury, but denies it's dangerous unless consumed in huge quantities."Still, most Japanese don't know about the annual dolphin hunt, and dolphin meat is hardly eaten in Japan."

Well those of you from Japan who do not know this is happening now do,and I hope you voice your discontent and disapproval of this barbaric killing with your Government officials!

Source of quoted information above:

http://www.3news.co.nz/Japan-defends-The-Cove-dolphin-hunt/tabid/418/articleID/145353/Default.aspx 

"Embarrassed by activists' footage, Japanese officials now prohibit any photos or video of the slaughter and attempt to seal off the areas with signs warning of fake dangers, and use canvas walls and blue tarps to prohibit viewing of the areas."

source:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/199197/japans_annual_dolphin_slaughter_kills.html 

Please click on this link in order to watch a video about this abhorrent and disgusting behavior of these Japanese:

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=8511072 

Please visit the following websites to learn about things you can do to stop the slaughter of these beautiful and intelligent animals:

http://www.savejapandolphins.org/ 

http://www.savejapandolphins.org/takeaction.php

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/724/210/624/

The only voice these dolphins have is your voice!!

Source of image:http://www.undercoverednews.com/2010/09/03/dolphin-hunting-season-underway-in-japan/

14 comments:

Richard said...

Yes...this is really bad.

Wayne said...

Richard it sure is! We have to stop buying from the Japanese in order to tell them that their behavior is intolerable!

Richard said...

That a big ask as they make so much but I get your point. There have been protests from here about the whaling - often in seas near here - NZ - but they seem to continue. There are sealers in the US and Norway etc I think.I think maybe limited sealing. The sealing and whaling here stopped mostly by the early 20th Century.

I actuly didn't think anyone would kill dolphins - but I suppose the people involved might simply see them as a kind of fish. They are intelligent but still are only like saay cattle I suppose...so the thing is maybe to limit the killing - here we have a duck season and so on. Personally I have never killed an animal and I don't like the idea of hunting etc but I know some people love it and also some people may need (say Dolhins) for their livelihodor whatever)...

When I was young I worked in the freezing works and I have no problems with killing stock as long as it is done as humanely as possible. I like my meat! But dolphins... They do seem to be in a different category.

So maybe instead of a boycott we need to discuss with the people concerned what our concerns are. I don't believe in using coercion to solve or arbitrate international problems.

No one likes being pressured but if knowledge can be spread is the idea. (Conservation, humane treatment of animals, and so on. And inhumanity in that and other areas is not limited to Japan.) And they may say that to them it is not an issue...I am not sure of who and where and or why dolphins are killed.

I wonder if Japan is not suitable to cattle or sheep grazing? Perhaps we need to see what the Japanese think and understand their point of view more...

But I certainly understand you love of wild life and living things though. And I share that.

Richard said...

re the Chess - it's good you are analysing some of those games. I usually look only at games using opening I play - or mainly I do that. But I also look wider. Ivanchuk plays a wide range of openings. Aronian is a great player also.

Preparing to face (this coming Monday night at my Chess Club) an English (1 c4) or possibly form of Neo-Catalan vs an FM who I beat last year!

But I prepare my openings and use a computer to check out moves and so on - my opponent a certain Bruce Watson (he is about 2200 - to near 2300 (he beat Nigel Short in a simul game)..so I have to kind of guess what he might play! And he is very astute about chess... so might only get ground off the chess board!!

Wayne said...

Richard, there are many websites on the internet which are suggesting as I am, indicating that Japan needs to stop killing whales and dolphins indiscriminately. When a media source as right-wing as the Christian Science Monitor is advocating the boycott of Japan goods (see: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0602/p08s02-comv.html), then this to me suggests how serious a problem the behavior of the Japanese is. In regards to whales, writers were calling for the boycott of Japan goods even earlier than now ( back in 2007 (see: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/the-saviours-of-the-whale-758746.html ).

I certainly am not the first to call for a boycott. In fact, Richard back in 2007 boycotting of Japanese goods began: A chain of aquariums in Europe removed Japanese goods from its stores in protest against a Japanese whaling expedition: see:http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x3075490

According to what I have read the Japanese see dolphins as a food source (even though most of these dolphins are extremely ill from the effects of pollution see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin_drive_hunting)

As you probably know Dolphins are at the top of the ocean food chain, they are apex predators.They cannot be killed in the numbers that the Japanese are killing them without severe ramifications occurring to the ocean. Humans need apex predators to survive. Without these apex predators eating lower level animals in the food chain , the planet will run out of Oxygen. Then what?

Wayne said...

Richard, I agree with you that sitting down and discussing this situation is the a good way to start, however from what I have read neither the Japanese nor the Chinese Governments are willing to do this. For instance Japan refused to cut back on their Greenhouse Gas emissions. And now they are going to bear the burden for assuming this position, as well for their position in regards to Whaling. I say this in reference to the fact that countries such as Australia are threatening legal action against the Japanese if the Japanese did not end their Whaling practises by the start of this month. (see:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/19/australia-japan-whaling-lawsuit-theat )

Well we are in the middle of November and I have heard nothing about the Japanese stopping their hunting. So, Richard, if you were a world leader how much more time would you give the Japanese?

Richard, I guess I am a hypocrite because I am a meat eater and the way they raise cattle and the way they treat them here in Alberta is pretty bad. however, these cattle are raised to be slaughtered which is different than deliberately culling a species of life on the planet...as the Japanese are doing to these dolphins.

I hope there are talks about the Whales and the dolphin situation,however if these fail, our leaders have to have something to fall back on as an alternative plan don't you think?

Richard you certainly raise a good point about wondering if Japan is not suitable to cattle or sheep grazing. If it is then of course I hope they would begin to engage in cattle and sheep ranching, or any other type of practice which would reduce their killing of whales and dolphins, and which provides their population with sufficient food sources. Yes Richard you and I both love animals and living things and I guess that is why I am so opinionated on this subject. I just feel someone has to speak for the whales and the dolphins in this situation.If we don't the Japanese and whoever else is killing these animals will continue unabated and unchecked,and that would really through the web of life in the oceans into an inbalanced state.

It is always wonderful talking with you Richard,take care,
Wayne

Wayne said...

Richard, in regards to the chess aspect of my blog, I enjoy analyzing games, I understand that you are only interested in openings you play, that makes perfect sense to me. Yes, Ivanchuk definitely has the most in-depth knowledge of openings among modern chess players. I was blessed to be able to talk with him when he was here at the Canadian Open. He is a very interesting person with many interests besides chess. It is too bad his nerves are so bad,otherwise he might become World Champion.

Good luck against the FM on Monday. After seeing so many catalan games in the Kramnik-Topalov and Anand-Topalov World Chess Championship matches I am tired of the opening. LOL Best wishes in your game, congratulations on your victory over this player last year,that is a great accomplishment. I have drawn with an FM but never defeated one. If you have the white pieces against him that certainly is an advantage for you. I have 153 games of this FM's in my Chessbase database. I see he lost two games playing the Caro-Kann defense in the 2010 New Zealand Chess Championship, and he lost games against the English and Queen's Gambit in 2009. Good luck in your game Richard, if you defeated him once you can do it again!

Richard said...

Chess first! Interesting you met Ivanchuk! I agree - didn't know his nerves were so bad...years ago someone said to me - about 1963 or so!! - that Najdorf was a chess genius (but I am wary of the term genius) but he made colossal blunders... My own nerves aren't so good..reminds me of the line in Eliot;s "The Waste Land" 'My nerves are so bad tonight...'

I beat Bruce last time I was white it's on CG.com - I made a sacrifice and followed up with a quick blitzkrieg!! I have to say didn't completely calculate the exact lines - I judged and calculated...then I saw a tactical idea that Denis Monokroussos showed in var of game he played - on video online...
I prepared for the game with CG.com and a computer (I was White and I faced a Bastrikov Taimanov which I has seen he had some problems with versus say IM Toth and others. I also consulted a general book on the Sicilian...
I noticed that when the game started Bruce was or looked tired - he mows lawns to earn a crust...when I made my first sac I went to the toilet and said to myself: "This is probably one of those things I have done before, there is probably some obvious refutation I have missed. Bruce will find it for sure." But he didn't!
I think the game was rated . My next game wont be rated but I will take it seriously as will he...!!

I am black and you might see he palsy a lot of Eglishes but he might open with d4...I have faced two or three Catalans...I don't play it as White but it has its points.

I don't mean I am not interested in games outside my openings but I am trying to master a few openings (Franch Tarrasch as white, Nimzo as black, Najdorf as black etc) ...up until recently I didn't ever really study openings.

I used to just play over GM games and try to copy them...

Thanks for your encouragement - I'll get back to you about the dolphins so on.

Quickly. As a world leader I would push for strong talks I wouldn't make any embargoes - but Japan is not the only culpable nation (in this or other areas).

China is "emerging" as they say...

The fate of things is really in the hands of the people inside those countries. But more anon. The NZ PM here who did some real good was certain Norman Kirk. He ordered a ban on Nuclear war-headed or powered ships entering NZ water and also protested the nuclear testing at Muroroa (by the French)..I think he even went out on the protest vessel... Lange had a few things to say but he let NZ down by letting Roger Douglas stuff the place up. More anon!

Wayne said...

Richard,congratulations on your victory over the master last night,well done! Fatigue sure has a definite influence on a person,however you shouldn't minimize what you accomplished last night one bit! You are smart to only learn a few openings, there are way more important things to practise than memorizing openings! Playing over GM games is one of the best ways to improve at chess, especially if the game has notes, you are on to something good Richard,I have seen many chess teachers say this is a very effective way of learning about strategy and tactics and planning relating to chess.

I certainly agree with you that World leaders have to sit down and do some serious talking about the issues which are important to all of us, and they need to begin to plan cooperative measures.Eventually we are all going to have to cooperate with each other to survive on this planet, the sooner the politicans learn this and do it,the better it will be for all of us! Richard,have a great weekend!

I certainly believe Najdorf was a "chess genius", have you seen his Immortal game"? If not here is a discussion about it:Najdorf sacrificed all 4 of his minor pieces in this game,amazing!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Immortal

I have my own probles with "nerves" and anxiety so I understand in my own way what you must go through in a day Richard.

Richard said...

Wayne - you have misread me - I beat Bruce Watson last year...lol. I am due to play him on Monday! Otherwise thanks for your comments.

I am pleased that at 62 I am now getting close to a rating of FIDE 200 I think. I used to be always in the A Grade here but came back into chess in 2000...

I am on a controlled reduction of diazepam. I stopped drinking completely a couple of years ago.

(But I have some dental work -disadvantage of age! - and may have to sue some booze as I get panic attacks sometimes in enclosed places (places that I am not in control for cant leave easily) and so on - I am not concerned about pain or anything as dentists here are brilliant - I am concerned about the cost (doctors here here are subsidized by the Government but not dentists) and I am slowly paying my dentist in advance...)

But in fact when I was young and of most of my life didn't drink much.

Re study I usually am playing over games by say Tarrasch or now Alekhine ...but I have other books of masters and GMs (Anand is one) - more recent ones. Has Ivanchuk put out book of his games? I recently got some good books form the ex-partner of GM Chandler who is her now and it the Managing Director of Gambit books - so I got the 1st Vol of Kasparov's games by Stohl (I have another book of his games) and GM Larry Christiansen's book on attack as well as a great book on strategy...

Yes cooperation - we need competition but also compassion and cooperation.

Al the best to you!
I forgot - did you say you are in Canada?

Wayne said...

Hi Richard,
sorry I got confused regarding your playing of Bruce Watson,who knows why this happened, except maybe old age is starting to creep in on me LOL.Richard did you mean to say "I am getting close to a rating of FIDE 2000 instead of 200 (or are you referring to BCF ratings?) It is interesting to see you state that you "came back to chess". So many of us leave the game and then sometimes we never return or we return years later.Unfortunately I have left tournament play permanently, because of criminal behavior committed against me during a tournament.There are too many people in the Alberta chess scene with psychological problems for me now to ever return.
Is diazepam for anxiety? I am on a precription drug for my anxiety called Effexor, I also take Seroquel. Good for you that you have stopped drinking, it certainly is a very difficult addiction to deal with and you should be very proud of being able to change your behavior regarding one of the most powerful and addictive substances a human being can interact with in their life.
I guess we all start to have problems with our health and bodies as we age,as you can tell by the state of my memory,some people have problems earlier than others LOL.Richard, if you are worried about having panic attacks you should talk to your doctor,rather than your idea of using alcohol,there are some good medicines and also some good therapies for this condition now. Sorry I am not trying to be "preachy" I just am trying to be supportive. I have had panic attacks in my life too, some very severe instances of these, and have been helped by some new medicines used to treat this condition.They really help, talk to your doctor okay? I have had my own problems with addictive behavior Richard so I understand in my own way what you must have gone through.
Studying the games of Tarrasch and Alekhine certainly will help you improve. According to what I have read, Alekhine is regarded as one of the greatest attacking players in the history of chess.Kasparov indicated in some book that he learned alot about the principles of attacking from studying Alekhine's games. I am not that familar with the games of Tarrasch, except for the fact that I know he liked isolated pawns especially when playing against the Queen's Gambit. Any player who can finish first in a tournament (ie. Ostend 1907 ahead of Schlechter,Janowski,Marshall, Burn and Chigorin) certainly had a great deal of talent and skill for the game.
Richard, I believe you and I have the same book about Anand's games,it was put out quite a while ago.Sadly a newer book of his games was published not too long ago but it was only published in Russian of all languages! In regards to your question as to whether Ivanchuk has put out a book of his games, the answer as far as I know is no. <:( Ivanchuk is definitely one of my favorite players of all time. (According to the google search engine a book of his games exists but it is in Ukrainian,which I do not speak.) I have both of Stohl's books of Kasparov's games and also have an excellent book by Stohl which is titled, "Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces". You might want to find a review of this book online. This book is really instructive and contains 62 games (It was republished in 2009 and won the United States Chess Federation's award as "Best book of the year.". ) Richard I also own GM Christenson's book on "attack" however I have only read a few chapters of it (like most of the chess books I own!). In regard to wherre I live, yes I live in Canada, more specifically I live in the capital of the province of Alberta,.... Edmonton. I hope you had a good Saturday. By the way are you following the Tal Memorial Chess tournament being played at the present time in Moscow? Round 8 was played today, you can read about it here: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6804 Richard, have a great Sunday
sincerely,
Wayne

Wayne said...

Richard, I believe you and I have the same book about Anand's games,it was put out quite a while ago.Sadly a newer book of his games was published not too long ago but it was only published in Russian of all languages! In regards to your question as to whether Ivanchuk has put out a book of his games, the answer as far as I know is no. <:( Ivanchuk is definitely one of my favorite players of all time. (According to the google search engine a book of his games exists but it is in Ukrainian,which I do not speak.) I have both of Stohl's books of Kasparov's games and also have an excellent book by Stohl which is titled, "Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces". You might want to find a review of this book online. This book is really instructive and contains 62 games (It was republished in 2009 and won the United States Chess Federation's award as "Best book of the year.". ) Richard I also own GM Christenson's book on "attack" however I have only read a few chapters of it (like most of the chess books I own!). In regard to wherre I live, yes I live in Canada, more specifically I live in the capital of the province of Alberta,.... Edmonton. I hope you had a good Saturday. By the way are you following the Tal Memorial Chess tournament being played at the present time in Moscow? Round 8 was played today, you can read about it here: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6804 Richard, have a great Sunday
sincerely,
Wayne

Wayne said...

Hi Richard,
sorry I got confused regarding your playing of Bruce Watson,who knows why this happened, except maybe old age is starting to creep in on me LOL.Richard did you mean to say "I am getting close to a rating of FIDE 2000 instead of 200 (or are you referring to BCF ratings?) It is interesting to see you state that you "came back to chess". So many of us leave the game and then sometimes we never return or we return years later.Unfortunately I have left tournament play permanently, because of criminal behavior committed against me during a tournament.There are too many people in the Alberta chess scene with psychological problems for me now to ever return.
Is diazepam for anxiety? I am on a precription drug for my anxiety called Effexor, I also take Seroquel. Good for you that you have stopped drinking, it certainly is a very difficult addiction to deal with and you should be very proud of being able to change your behavior regarding one of the most powerful and addictive substances a human being can interact with in their life.
I guess we all start to have problems with our health and bodies as we age,as you can tell by the state of my memory,some people have problems earlier than others LOL.Richard, if you are worried about having panic attacks you should talk to your doctor,rather than your idea of using alcohol,there are some good medicines and also some good therapies for this condition now. Sorry I am not trying to be "preachy" I just am trying to be supportive. I have had panic attacks in my life too, some very severe instances of these, and have been helped by some new medicines used to treat this condition.They really help, talk to your doctor okay? I have had my own problems with addictive behavior Richard so I understand in my own way what you must have gone through.
Studying the games of Tarrasch and Alekhine certainly will help you improve. According to what I have read, Alekhine is regarded as one of the greatest attacking players in the history of chess.Kasparov indicated in some book that he learned alot about the principles of attacking from studying Alekhine's games. I am not that familar with the games of Tarrasch, except for the fact that I know he liked isolated pawns especially when playing against the Queen's Gambit. Any player who can finish first in a tournament (ie. Ostend 1907 ahead of Schlechter,Janowski,Marshall, Burn and Chigorin) certainly had a great deal of talent and skill for the game.

Wayne said...

Richard, sorry for my multiple posts who knows why computers act up like this?

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