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Saturday, December 10, 2011




Today, December 10th, is a day which has been established in our planet to recognized and remember the tragic deaths and murders of animals on our Planet. This day is officially known as "International Animal Rights Day." 
As stated at the website, "Uncaged:Protecting Animals

"The annual International Animal Rights Day (IARD) - 10th December - aims to remember the animal victims of human tyranny and call for the recognition of our Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR). The goal of this historic campaign is to build on the recognition of human rights, and persuade humanity that kindness and respect is due to all sentient creatures. Click here to find out how what you can do to support International Animal Rights Day."

"Thousands of animal rights supporters across the world hold candlelit vigils and other inspiring events to mark the 13th annual IARD. Ethical pioneers united to remember the billions of animals subjected to deliberate cruelty and killing across the world every year. This coordinated global day of action has intensified calls for the recognition of the rights of all sentient beings to life, liberty and natural enjoyment."

 "Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), signed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th 1948, the UDAR seeks protection of similar rights for animals calling for an end to "exploitation or oppression in the name of science or sport, or for use as food, for commercial profit or for other human ends".

"International Animal Rights Day and the UDAR were launched on December 10th 1998, 50 years to the day after the UDHR was agreed. "

Source: http://www.bloggersunite.org/event/international-animal-rights-day

The official website for this day is: http://internationalanimalrightsday.org/ where it is stated:

"This day is an opportunity to remind society that freedom, justice and dignity are inclusive terms, since suffering and the desire to live are not confined to a particular race, sex, social position... or species."

What can you do to help animals on this day (and on all days of the year for that matter!): As stated by one person at the website:

http://www.national-awareness-days.com/international-animal-rights-day.html


"Start with something little and together we'll soon be making a huge difference!" I am sure you can think of some way that you can help an animals or animals in the remaining  hours of December 10th, 2011. If you cannot do it today, then promise yourself and our animal friends that you will think of something to do to help animals as soon as you can! Are you  willing to commit to your promise on my blog? I hope so, because I love animals and I am going to make sure I do something to help an animal which lives around me,today or as soon as possible. Thank you!

I believe one of the best things that we humans can do is to allow all animals on this planet to have rights. At the present time in our World, many humans are killing, harming or exploiting animals on a daily basis. If animals had rights, then they  would be protected from humans that for some reason think they can do anything they want to animals. It is a scientific fact that many humans who harm animals in some way or form:(ie injure,kill or imprison against the will of the animal), often end up harming a human or a human being in some way in the future in a serious way! <:( As stated by an expert of criminal behavior:

"Acts of cruelty to animals are not mere indications of a minor personality flaw in the abuser; they are symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don’t stop there—many of them move on to their fellow humans. “Murderers ... very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” says Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)." source:Daniel Goleman, “Experts See Parallels Between Dahmer, Previous Serial Killers,” New York Times News Service, 11 Aug. 1991.



Source of image:http://www.veggies.org.uk/img/pics/SARP.gif

Monday, December 5, 2011

Marine predators in global free fall: UBC fisheries study




To read an article entitled, "Marine predators in global free fall: UBC fisheries study

please click on the highlighted words in the sentence above this one.

What I find appalling about this article is the following:

"In areas of the North Atlantic and North Pacific, fishing has led to a 90-per-cent decrease in top predators since the 1950s, and the impacts are now headed south of the Equator."


This statistic is both appalling and disgusting! Human ignorance is reaching new heights on a daily basis. Sure people will say, well back then we did not have the scientific knowledge we have now...etc...etc, but still, surely
someone must have seen these predators disappearing before now, why has it taken so long to discern this fact from the available data. Who is to blame? Well surely people in the fishing industry are, and scientists must also be held accountable for their lack of  apparent scientific data on ocean predators in this part of  the World. The question is what are we humans going to do about our awful behavior in the present and future?

I know for a fact that many of these ocean predators were caught in the nets of fisherman, and their carcasses were simply discarded as by-catch by these fisherman! Fisherman and Fishing industries have been selfishly catching anything and everything that moves using  bottom trawling (see:http://www.grida.no/publications/rr/in-dead-water/page/1251.aspx ) and other methods."Traps set for marine organisms can cause damage to hard corals, soft corals, and sponges. They may also result in bycatch and "ghost fishing" (fishing gear that continues to catch fish even though it has been lost or discarded). Both commercial and recreational fishing contributes to anchor damage on coral reefs. Furthermore, groundings of fishing vessels have significantly damaged certain reefs." (source: http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/visions/coral/side3.html ).

One other type of fishing which  has been extremely destructive to fish and other marine life is known as, "Factory Fishing". This refers to "Fishing ships "(which) "use state-of-the-art technology to target one species of fish at a time, until that population collapses, and then they turn to another species for profit."
(source:http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/oceans/threats/factory-fishing/ ).

Clearly if there has been a 90 percent decrease in the top -predators in the sea since the 1950's this is a very dangerous condition  for another reason, that being the fact that the fish and animals known as "producers" must have had their populations increase in numbers in great quantities due to lack of predators of these animals. As stated in a previous blog post of mine, if these producers overpopulate the oceans, all the life on the planet may be in jeopardy because these producers will consume all the phytoplankton and other microscopic life in the oceans. This will be a serious problem because these phytoplankton are responsible for creating much of the  the oxygen for life on the planet to breathe!!  To explain this further I found the following information regarding the Marine food chain.



The marine food chain
"Phytoplankton are at the base of the food chain, they are very simple forms of life stimulated by light and nutrients in the water to grow and multiply.

The second level of the food chain is Zooplankton such as the tiny shrimp-like krill, which abound in Antarctic waters. Animal plankton "graze" on the phytoplankton.
The Zooplankton is in turn are eaten by invertebrates, such as squid, and small fish like pilchards and sprats. At the fourth level are the most spectacular hunters, the pelagic fish like tuna, kahawai and kingfish. Streamlined for speed, these fish move in large schools, some migrating many thousands of kilometres each year.
photograph of mako shark
This "mako shark" is among the predators at the top of the marine food chain
At the very top of this branch of the food chain are marine mammals such as dolphins and seals, sharks and humans.
Also connected to the food chain are the bottom dwellers. Life on the sea bed in the continental shelf regions is fed a constant drizzle of dead and decaying matter from the upper levels. This supports a complex community of plant and animal life and bacteria, which is fed upon by bottom feeding, or demersal fish, and species such as rock lobster.
The bacteria on the sea bed perform an essential role by breaking down organic matter and unlocking nutrients which can then be released into the water for re-use by a new generation of plankton. "





Source:http://www.tbc.school.nz/elearning/localsites/starfish/shared-graphics-for-download/ocean-foodchain.gif

Clearly the Oceans of this Planet are in trouble, and because of this fact, all life in the Oceans and all life on the land and in the air on our planet is also threatened! Five  threats (all of which can be at least partially if not  totally blamed on Humans and our behavior)   which are responsible for our oceans being in trouble are outlined and  discussed at the following website:

http://saveourseas.com/threats

Please take the time to visit this website and learn what you can do as an individual and as a member of a group, to stop these five threats from becoming too severe in nature!! Thank you!

To learn more about the implications concerning the loss of predators in the Marine food chains of this Planet please visit these websites by clicking on their addresses: (note at least  two require you have a program that can read PDF files on your computer before you can access them):

1. "Effects of Losing Top Predators": .http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Protecting_ocean_life/Top_predator_loss_RSR_FINAL.pdf

2."Predators as Prey: Why Healthy Oceans need sharks":  http://na.oceana.org/sites/default/files/o/fileadmin/oceana/uploads/Sharks/Predators_as_Prey_FINAL_FINAL.pdf

3."Sea Creatures make a healthy ocean planet, air included 
– another “inconvenient truth?”:  http://www.fisherycrisis.com/CO2/predators.htm

4.Loss of Top Animal Predators has Massive Ecological Effects:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110714142133.htm

5.The Grazers and Predators: http://marinebio.org/oceans/grazers-predators.asp

6.Loss of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption of Ecosystems : http://scrippsnews.ucsd.edu/Releases/?releaseID=1179

7."Scientists Decry Loss Of Big Ocean Predators": http://www.rense.com/general67/decry.htm

8. Loss of World's Top Predators Is Pervasively Changing Ecosystems: http://www.livescience.com/15051-apex-top-predators-loss-food-chain-ecosystem.html

9. Sharks' role in the oceans:
http://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/why-sharks-are-important/710-sharks-role-in-the-oceans.html

10. Habitat Loss: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/climate-and-energy/archive/background/threats/global-melting/sea-level-rise/habitat-loss/

11. Overfishing threatening Ocean predators: http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/02/28/overfishing-threatening-oceans-predators/31375/


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Evidence that the funds for the Japanese Security costs against Sea Shepherd came from the Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund:

 
 
How disgusting of the Government of Japan,shame on you!!
People donated to save lives, NOT to kill Dolphins, Porpoises and Whales! :o( link from "Lynn Gladhill
Evidence that the funds for the Japanese Security costs against Sea Shepherd came from the Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund: Angry CONFIRMED - Donation money to Japan used for Antarctic Whaling"...


Evidence that the funds for the Japanese Security costs against Sea Shepherd came from the Tsunami Earthquake Relief Fund: Angry CONFIRMED - Donation money to Japan used for Antarctic Whaling

Here is a translation of the justification of increasing Japans whaling budget to provide security measures against Sea Shepherd

It reads that it is necessary to provide these funds to assist in the "severe destruction" of the Ishinomaki area and to "stimulate the restoration".

This is absolutely disgusting. I feel so sorry for the people in Japan who still haven't even got continuous power supply yet. Its time for Japans citizens to know the truth and stand up to their corrupted Government. I for one would not stand idle if the Australian Government used funds from say the QLD flood relief on a external program.

Source: Japanese Fisheries
http://www.jfa.maff.go.jp/j/budget/23_hosei/dai3ji.html

and document
http://www.jfa.maff.go.jp/j/budget/23_hosei/pdf/9-2.pdf


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Special Permit Research Whaling
Stabilisation and Promotion Program

Budget: 2,284,000,000 yen

Aim
In order to ensure the stable execution of the 2011 season of the Antarctic Whale Survey(JARPA), the program will strengthen measures to combat harassment by anti-whaling activists.

Background
In the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Ishinomaki area, one of the prominent whaling centers in Japan, suffered severe destruction. In order to return to commercial whaling, Japan has been carrying out research whaling, but in recent years has suffered increasing harassment from anti-whaling activists, such that
last year the Antarctic survey had to be ended prematurely in order to ensure the safety of its research vessels. Strengthening measures to combat harassment by anti-whaling activists will ensure the stable execution of this year’s Antarctic survey and stimulate the restoration and revival of the region around Ishinomaki.

Objective
To carry out the 2011 season of Special Permit Research Whaling as planned.

Content
While providing support in response to the loss of income from sale of byproducts (whalemeat) due to the premature end of last year’s survey, the program will strengthen safetymeasures against harassment by anti-whaling activists.

Executing Authority
Institute of Cetacean Research
Please contact the Government of Japan and tell them your disgust for their behavior you can do so using this contact information,  thank you!
Contact
Fisheries Agency, International Section (03-3502-2443)
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www.jfa.maff.go.jp

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水産庁/平成23年度第3次水産関係補正予算の概要
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水産庁/平成23年度第3次水産関係補正予算の概要
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23年度第3次補正予算のPR版
More evidence concerning this behavior of the Government of Japan in this matter has been revealed to me. To read about this information, please visit: CONFIRMED - Donation money to Japan used for Antarctic Whaling: http://www.planetoceanalliance.org/forum/showthread.php/16957-CONFIRMED-Donation-money-to-Japan-used-for-Antarctic-Whaling

Stop Killing Dolphins


Here is a link which discusses the disgusting practice of  "Drive dolphin" Hunting  on our Planet:

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

Help stop Drive Dolphin hunting. How, by geting involved by signing petitions like these:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/9/help-stop-dolphin-drive-hunting/


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/end-dolphin-slaughter-in-japan/

Please join these facebook groups:

Mermaidseas Dolphin Defense League International :
https://www.facebook.com/Mermaidseas.Dolphin.Defense.League.International


Stop Dolphin Drive Hunting:


https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=128633203833434

You  can leave a comment on the PM of Japan's  Facebook page to express your disgust concerning  the Dolphin and Porpoise slaughters there. : http://www.facebook.com/Japan.PMO  (A big thank you to Apple Neilson for this link)


Dolphins need your voice to stop the killing against them! Please take a few minutes to involve yourself in helping them by signing these petitions and by leaving a message on the PM of Japan's facebook page.
Thank you on behalf of our dolphin friends! Please do not use profanity that will only hurt the chances of helping our dolphin friends. Thank you. Here is a video I hope you take a few minutes to watch. This discusses the truth about what is going on in our World to our dolphin friends!

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Biggest Killer....






"The Biggest Killer-Nature’s greatest threat in today’s society is human indifference."

These  important twelve words are the first words in Nicole McLachlan's latest blog post concerning the disgusting slaughter of innocent dolphin families in Taiji, Japan. Sadly these words not only apply to the horrors which our dolphin friends are having to experience on a daily basis in Japanese waters, but they also refer to what is happening in the World to many of our plant and animals species on the Planet due to the Human species. To read Nicole's very important message about  human indifference and the awful murders of dolphin families in  the waters off of Taiji Japan  please click on the following link:

http://nicolemclachlan.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/the-biggest-killer/

Please share this very important message of Nicole's with your friends and family members. The more people who hear Nicole's very astute and accurate message the better!!!

What are the causes or reasons for human indifference? Firstlly, I believe it would be a good idea to define the word "indifference" so we all have the same point of reference.The online edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines  the word "indifferent" in this manner::

:"marked by a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern for something." (source:http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indifferent )

 Why wouldn't people on this planet be interested, enthusiastic about being involved in stopping these dolphin murders,  or concerned over the fact that thousands of dolphins are losing their lives each year in Taiji Japan??

I would like to assert that there are several reasons for this situation. Firstly, people may not be interested in these awful murders because they may not even know that these murders are occurring!! It is because of this fact that I, and others like Nicole , The Sea Shepherd Society and other organizations like the SSS, are telling the World about the awful behavior of some Japanese in Taiji, Japan Waters. The big question that activists such as Nicole,and The Sea Shepherd Society, and myself  are asking is "Why aren't the World media (television, print, and radio) interested in reporting on the deaths of another life form on this planet? Do the media  think that most people are not interested in the plight of  other life on this planet?  According to  an article entitled,  "Animals in media: Righting the wrongs: The misrepresentation of animals continues when animals go to press"
Published on January 25, 2010 by Marc Bekoff in Animal Emotions, " at the website:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201001/animals-in-media-righting-the-wrongs

" Carrie Packwood Freeman at Georgia State University has shown that when animals go to press there are "serious" concerns about how they are represented. She notes in addition to objectifying animals when we use the inanimate pronoun it, we also do so when we call them livestock, meat, seafood, or game rather than cow, pig, chicken, fish, or elk. She also notes a strong tendency to refer to animals by their utilitarian end such as beef cattle, dairy cows, laboratory rats, or circus elephants". As Marc Bekoff goes on to state, the language which the media uses  when it is talking about our animal friends can actually  demean animals!!   He  asserts that "Such misrepresentations lead to the perception that chimpanzees are  "Subhuman." 

 Clearly the media of this planet need to learn how to use language in a completely different way than they are at present in regards to our animal friends!!!  It certainly is ironic  to me that many people think that humans are superior to other life forms on this planet because of  the  advanced level of communication  we possess (in the form of words, and written and oral language) , yet in the case of the media of this Planet, some of these people are not using our language correctly or  are even using language incorrectly  in regards to other animals which share this planet with us!!  Why are humans listening to, or reading the news which is being written and spoken to us when it is misrepresenting the other life forms on this planet??

Marc Bekoff in his article continues in this manner:

"Animals are also misrepresented in still photography and in wildlife films."  What can we do about media misrepresentations? Some simple rules of thumb will go a long way to representing animals more accurately. We can refrain from using words such as "higher" or "lower" to refer to animals because individuals do what they need to do to be card-carrying members of their species. We should get word-processors to stop replacing “who” with “that” when referring to animals. We should stop portraying animals as mock humans. We must pay attention to what we know about the fascinating cognitive, emotional, and moral capacities of animals because misrepresentations underestimate and demean them."

These certainly are wonderful suggestions of his!!! I wish that this article of Marc Bekoff's was sent to all of the major television and radio networks and stations on this Planet as well  as to all the  newspaper and magazines which are printed on the Earth!! 

As Marc Bekoff concludes:

"Given the enormous amount of press animals are receiving in what might be called the "century of the animal" we should expect that these who write about animals represent them as the beings who they are, not as who we want them to be or as objects to be used for our own ends."

...."Nonhuman animals deserve better....." "...more accurate and less deflationary and "cute" representations will make their lives better."

Marc our animal friends sure do deserve better and they sure do deserve to be represented more accurately by the media so their lives are better than we have made them!!! What can you do to improve the quality of life for other animals on this planet? You can phone, write or email  the media when you find that they are not using the most accurate or are not representing our animal friends in a deflationary manner! You can also contact the media and ask them to be much less indifferent to the other animals (and for that matter) all the other life on this Planet!!

Please do so, in order that our animal friends get the kind of live they deserve to live on this home we share with them!! Thank you for reading this post! Are you willing to help dolphins and other animals the kind of lives that Mother Nature intended them to have? I hope so!!


Dolphins deserve to live like this in their family units (pods):



 



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hou Yifan retains Women's World Chess Championship



Seventeen year old Hou Yifan of China (photo on the right above) has retained her World Champion Crown of Women's Chess!


   Hou Yifan, 17,  retained the title when she drew the eighth game of a match against  Indian GM Humpy Koneru (pictured above on the left),. The final score of the best-of-10 match was 5.5 points to 2.5 points.  Both players hold the Male Grandmaster Crown in Professional Chess. Yes chess is a sexist  activity! Congratulations to Humpy Koneru for reaching the Championship match!

Here are some links to some analysis of all the games:


Game 1:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7673
 

Game 2:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7675
 

Game 3:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7679
 

Game 4:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7683
 

Game 5:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7687
 

Game 6:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7691
 

Game 7:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7697
 

Game 8:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7700
 



Congratulations to Hou Yifan! Here is a link to an interesting interview with her which was done after her match against Humpy Koneru: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7705
To learn more about Hou Yifan please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou_Yifan
You can learn some interesting things about her opponent, Humpy Koneru at this website:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koneru_Humpy

To learn more about Humpy Koneru please read the interview Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk gave her and posted to Alexandra's website:

http://www.chessblog.com/2009/11/star-interview-humpy-koneru.html
         

I hope Hou Yifan enjoys her reign  as Women's World Chess Champion!!

Golden orb web spider spins ant-repellent silk



                              Two Golden Orb spiders:the one on the left is a female and the one on the right is a
                               male
                               (source of image:http://geoffpark.wordpress.com/category/invertebrates/page/2/ )

To read an article entitled,  Golden orb web spider spins ant-repellent silk  please click on the highlighted words in this sentence. So once again we see that it was another animal species which beat humans to the punch, this time it is the Golden orb web spider that seems to have created the first known insect repellent!

According to the website http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/inverts/nephila.htm ,  the Golden Orb spider species
" makes the largest and strongest web. It gets its name from the golden colour of its silk."   Female spiders can measure up to 45 mm while the smaller males measure only 6 mm.    

The web created by the female orb spider " is extremely strong. So strong that even small birds stick in the net!!"   
"E.J. Banfield, a naturalist who lived on Dunk Island in Queensland, wrote in 1918 about indigenous people using these webs for fishing.
The end of a stick was twisted in the web to attach the web to it, then the stick was waved about to spin the web into a single line about a metre long. The spider was squashed onto the end of the line and trailed in the water. Fish that attacked the bait became attached by their mouths and were taken. The breaking strain of the line was estimated at about 0.3kg but this was of no real consequence because the fish that were being caught were only about 4cm long. However, the method was successful enough to yield 17 fish in 10 minutes of observation."
Being a male of this insect species is a risky proposition at best, because   "The web is occupied by a single female and several hopeful males. Although it might not be true of Nephila pilipes, in the related species, Nephila plumipes, 60% of males are eaten during or after" mating!!


"This species was first described by the Danish entomologist, Johan Fabricius, in 1793. A pupil of Linnaeus, the Swedish scientist who devised the basis of modern biological classification, Fabricius went on to become a professor at the University of Kiel (which was in Denmark at that time), publishing several important works on insects."
"The Golden-Orb Spider is found in the northern parts of Australia as well as in South-East Asia and in the Papua-New Guinea region."

source:http://www.learningspark.com.au/shop/nt/gospider/index.html 
"The golden silk orb-weavers (genus Nephila) are a genus of araneomorph spiders noted for the impressive webs they weave. ( The Araneomorphae (also called the Labidognatha) are a suborder of spiders. They are distinguished by having fangs that oppose each other and cross in a pinching action, in contrast to the Mygalomorphae (tarantulas and their close kin), which have fangs that are nearly parallel in alignment.  source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araneomorph )

Nephila consists of numerous individual species found around the world. They are also commonly called golden orb-weavers, giant wood spiders, or banana spiders. In North America, the golden silk orb-weavers (see also Nephila clavipes) are sometimes referred to as writing spiders due to occasional zigzag patterns (stabilimenta) built into their webs, though these occur much more frequently in the webs of Argiope, such as the St Andrew's Cross spider."

"The species N. jurassica, which lived about 165 million years ago, had a leg span of some 15 cm, and is the largest known fossilized spider/


  "The genus name roughly translated from Ancient Greek, means "fond of spinning", a testament to the enormous webs the golden orbs weave. The golden orb's web has been seen to start at the top of a 6 metre tree and stretch as much as 2 metres across. Whereas most other spider webs are short-lived, these impressive structures can last for years. "

 Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_silk_orb-weaver

I know many people have a fear or dislike of spiders however they are amazing animals which have very important roles and lives on our planet!  Spiders are predators that eat various other arthropods, usually smaller than themselves. Because they are acting as predators they kill and eat many harmful species of insects to humans.

 Spiders "are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every habitat with the exception of air and sea colonization. As of 2008, approximately 40,000 spider species, and 109 families have been recorded by taxonomists!!"
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider



Here is a short video about  The Golden Orb species  which I found on Youtube:






How many of you knew that some spiders species consist of members who live together (ie.they are social animals)?? I didn't know this until now! Fascinating!!

A few species of spiders that build webs live together in large colonies and show social behavior, although not as complex as in social insects. Anelosimus eximius (in the family Theridiidae) can form colonies of up to 50,000 individuals. The genus Anelosimus has a strong tendency towards sociality: all known American species are social, and species in Madagascar are at least somewhat social. Members of other species in the same family but several different genera have independently developed social behavior. For example, although Theridion nigroannulatum belongs to a genus with no other social species, T. nigroannulatum build colonies that may contain several thousand individuals that co-operate in prey capture and share food."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider

I hope you have enjoyed learning about The Golden Orb spiders and spiders in general. I sure have!!! :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Women's World Chess Championship Hou Yifan wins game 3 !!




The third game of the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship was played yesterday. Chinese GM Hou Yifan (pictured above) won the game when her opponent, Humpy Koneru resigned  after move 37. Yifan has the black pieces in the game. The opening played in the game was the Queen's Gambit Declined:Ragozin variation. This means that the score in the match is now 2-1 for Hou Yifan with game 4 being played today. Analysis of the third game which was done by Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez can be played through by going to the Chessbase.com website: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7679 Game 4 of the match is being played today.

You can read a short report (which includes photos and some analysis)  about Game 3 by going to the FIDE website:

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/5714-womens-world-chess-championship-match-round-3.html

Other reports about Game 3 are at :

(a) http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/wwch-g3-hou-yifan-scores-first-win and

(b) http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2011/11/game-3-hou-yifan-takes-lead.html

(c)Computer analysis of all the moves played in game 3 can be played through at this website:

http://livechess.chessdom.com/site/

You can  watch the fourth game live at the FIDE Website by clicking on the following link:
http://www.wwcc2011tirana.com/template.php?pag=1&tongue=ENG The game begins at 15:00 CET Time. You can find out what time the game begins  where you live by clicking on this link:


http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Women\%27s%2BWorld%2BChess%2BChampionship&iso=20111118T15&p1=284

Best wishes to both players!



Thursday, November 17, 2011

The state of Canada's water supply!



These grades are shameful!  What are we Canadians doing to our water supply?? And our Federal Government gets an F for its Grade???  Apparently, Canadians have been blessed with clean water for  too long! Having been to countries myself where they have problems with their water, Canadians should realize the blessing we have had in terms of clean and disease free water!

 "Much of Canada's tap water remains at risk from contamination.For the first time, the report has expanded beyond treatment and monitoring to look at protection of drinking water sources."
"However, it finds that only seven of 13 provinces and territories have taken steps to implement full-fledged source-water protection plans." (source:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2011/11/15/environment-ecojustice-drinking-water.html )

Why hasn't the Federal Government of Canada required all provinces and territories in this country to have full-fledged source-water protection plans??


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tal Memorial 2011 Chess Tournament

The 2011 Tal Memorial Chess Tournament has begun in Moscow. The event runs from November 16th to November 25th in Moscow, Russia.  Ten of the strongest chess players in the World are participating in this year's event:
Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen with an elo of 2826 is the highest-rated player in the event. Other players participating (presented in order based upon their elo rating) are:Viswanathan Anand (the current World chess champion whose elo rating is 2811 second-highest-rated player in the World),   Levon Aronian ( with an elo rating of 2802 currently the third-highest-rated player in the World), GM Vladimir Kramnik whose elo of 2800 make him the fourth-highest-rated player in the November 2011 FIDE ratings list,  GM Vassily Ivanchuk, who is the sixth-highest-rated player in the World with an elo of 2775,  GM Sergey Karjakin,who has an elo of  2763, Grandmaster  Hikaru Nakamura who is the tenth-highest-rated player in the World  with an elo of 2758, GM Peter Svidler (elo 2755), GM Boris Gelfand (elo 2744), and GM  Ian Nepomniachtchi (elo 2730)  round out the field for the tournament. The time control for this event is: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Here are the results from round one of  the tournament:

Round 1: Wednesday November 16, 2011
Levon Aronian
½ ½
Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik
0-1
Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Vassily Ivanchuk
1-0
Peter Svidler
Vishy Anand
½ ½
Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura
½ ½
Boris Gelfand

You can play through the moves of all the games for round one by going to the Chessviewer Deluxe Program at the bottom of  this blog page.If you do not know how to use Chessviewer Deluxe then please visit the following page first: http://www.chessgames.com/cvdhelp.html
Alternatively you can go to the Chessdom.com website and play through the moves of all of these games using the ChessTempo program. The owner of Chessdom has also incorporated the use of a strong chess engine Stockfish, so you can see where these first round games were won  by Nepomniachchi and Ivanchuk. To access the  games at Chessdom please click on the following link:

http://www.chessdom.com/tal-memorial-2011-live

These are the pairings for round two of the event:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Round 2: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand
Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura
Peter Svidler
Vishy Anand
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Vassily Ivanchuk
Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik

Best wishes to all players for round 2!!

2011 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship




The 2010 FIDE Women's World chess championship has begun in Tirana, Albania. The match pits Indian player Humpy Koneru (seen on the left in the photo above) against  Women's World Chess champion, Chinese phenom Hou Yifan, who is on the right in the photo above). Koneru, (who is 24 years of age) as an FIDE Elo rating of 2600 which makes her the second-highest rated female player in the World (behind Judit Polgar). Hou Yifan (who is 17 years old) has an Elo rating of  2578 (which makes her the 3rd-highest-rated female player in the World, behind Koneru and Polgar.

The first two games of this match have been already played in Tirana, with both games ending in draws.The match began this past Monday with Koneru having the advantage of the white pieces. She began the game by playing the move 1.d4 and after Yifan responsed with 1...Nf6 the game continued 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O (This opening is known as the Catalan opening. Tartakower first played it in a 1929 Barcelona tournament and then named it after the region.). When the game continued with Yifan playing the capture 6....dxc4 the "Open" variation of the Catalan was being played. To learn more about this opening please visit the following website by clicking on the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_Opening .The two players continued the game after 6...dxc4 for another 73 moves before agreeing on a draw. You can play through the game move by move and see analysis by GM  Alejandro Ramirez, by clicking on the following link:

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7673

The second game of the match was played in Tirana yesterday with Hou Yifan playing the white pieces. She began the game by playing 1.e4 and Koneru decided to play classically as black by responding with the move 1...e5. The game continued with Yifan playining 2.Nf3 and after Koneru played her next move of 2...Nf6 we could say that the opening was the Petrov (Petroff's) defense. You can read some information concerning game two and play through the game with analysis by GM Alejandro Ramiez by clicking on the following link:

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7675


The third game of the match will be played tomorrow in Tirana.
It should be noted that this match is only ten games in length, with the first player to reach 5.5 points being declared the Women's World Chess Championshiip. The time control for these games is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the remainder of the game plus an increment of 30 seconds per move starting at move one.

 If the two players are tied after 10 games, then they will play a sudden-death playoff consisting of 4 games at a time control of Game/25 plus a 10 second increment after each move.

I think that the match is only being held for 10 games is an outrage and ridiculous!  Why has the FIDE decided that this important match is only going to have this short a duration? If the FIDE wanted to  get more girls and women interested in playing chess, they should have held a longer match! Each game in the match is now extremely important and neither Koneru nor Hou Yifan can fall behind early in the match, because she will simply not have enough games to recover!

Best wishes to both players for tommorrow's third game!!

Source of image:http://www.chess.com/news/yifan-leads-rostov-grand-prix-8971

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Is it time to give up on tigers and pandas?


                                Photo:This photo was recently taken by a photographer positioned above
                                           a beach in China.


To read an article at the www.independent.co.uk website entitled, "Is it time to give up on tigers and pandas?" please click on the highlighted words in this sentence.

What does this say about humans as a species if we are not able to conserve all of the life on this planet? How did we get to this point in our history?  I truly believe that there are many too many humans on this planet. We have overpopulated areas of this planet which were not meant for us to inhabit. Of course some of you must have recently read in a newspaper or heard in a tv news broadcast that in the first week of this month of November, the human population on this planet exceeded 7 billion people! Will it come to a point that there are so many humans on this planet that we are going to engage in wars and other cruel confrontations in order to see which of us will be allowed to continue to live on the planet?  Experts have been saying this type of situation  may be inevitable! Why do people continue to have children on this planet, when there are so many children who have no families or parents? What is it about our species which causes us to lose focus of our behavior so badly that we are threatening the existence of all life on the planet? If scientists are telling us that certain species of animals and plants  are too difficult or costly to preserve in the wild,  then this suggests that we humans have gone way too far  in our overpopulation of this planet and the use of its finite resources!

One of the fastest-growing areas (population wise) is Africa, where the population could more than triple from today's one-billion level! People in this area of the World  I was able to  learn of this fact by reading the
article, Alarm about population growth is not a new fear  ,which you can read by clicking on the highlighted  words in this sentence.Dr. M. Ray Perryman, who wrote this article, indicates that he believes the only way we are going to be able to deal with this kind of population of our species on the planet is through . the " hope that technology and productivity can help us solve the other problems inherent in the next billions."

The big question Dr. Perryman is what if technology and productivity do not help us solve these problems? Then what?

As stated by the National Geographic Society:

"The challenge remains to find ever more efficient and less environmentally harmful ways to feed the world. Better management of soil—for example, by rotating crops—can reduce the need to clear more woodland for agriculture. Contour plowing diminishes water-polluting runoff. Some governments have limited or banned the use of DDT as an insecticide because of its cumulative effects in the food chain.
As the Earth’s population continues to mushroom, can ways be found to manage natural resources without causing ecological collapse? The most successful efforts are almost always the result of cooperation between government and industry. But as is true with all government regulation, laws tend to be effective only when they are understood and supported by the people who are affected: both producers and consumers.
In places where these vital conditions do not exist the environment suffers, and ultimately, so do people around the world."  (source:  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/overpopulation/science.html )



"Environmentalists have long been concerned about the resources threatened by rapidly growing human populations, focusing on phenomenon such as deforestation, desertification, air pollution and global warming. But the worst-case scenario for people experiencing overpopulation, according to Lawrence Smith, president of the Population Institute, is a lack of fresh, clean water.
"If the water goes, the species goes," he said."  (source:http://articles.cnn.com/2007-09-25/tech/overpopulation.overview_1_world-population-population-institute-population-estimates/2?_s=PM:TECH )

Humans have some serious issues to deal with concerning our population level and its impact on the ecosystems and other life on this planet! Will it come to a point that laws are necessary to prevent couples from having children in our World? This is one possible "solution" which some experts have suggested may be necessary in the future in order to save all live on the Planet! Let us hope that these solutions are still available to the World  if and when definite concrete concerted efforts on the part of all countries on this planet are launched by our species!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Save shark from fin trade


 Source of image:           
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Extant_Shark_Orders.svg/350px-Extant_Shark_Orders.svg.png

To read an article entitled, "Save shark from fin trade " which was written by a writer at the SunSentinel.com website please click on the highlighted words in this sentence. The reason I am telling you about this article is because of these statements from the article:

"No other animal on the planet has been wiped out by another species like sharks are being wiped out," Abernethy said, explaining that by extension, "our oceans are being wiped out."

"As an apex creature on the top of the food chain, sharks play a vital role in the balance of the ocean's ecosystem. As they die out, other marine life will follow, and the health of the world's oceans — covering the vast majority of the planet's surface — will crumble".

What does the first statement say about our species? Humans have known for some time that our over-killing of sharks would lead to severe consequences on this planet, yet some people go out every day and kill more sharks. I just watched a  National Geographic video entitled, "Journey to Shark Eden" and in the video marine research scientists show that were sharks are in abundance the surrounding marine ecosystems are healthy and strong! Conversely, in areas of the World's oceans where sharks are no longer found, because they have been over-fished, and consequently few sharks exist, the surrounding ecosystem, including coral structures, and variety and number of species of marine animals, are literally dead! This scientific research proves that Humans have had a severe adverse effect on the Oceans and all the life within them, (especially the shark populations).

To those of you who think you can go out and kill as many sharks as you want to, guess again. If you selfishly continue this activity you are going to cause the animals known as producers to overpopulate this planet and these animals will use so much oxygen that there will be none left for the rest of life on the Planet! Then where are you going to live??

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Serious Vulnerablity detected in Java framework!!




Dear visitor to my blog: 
You need to go to to a website I will give you the address to below and check if you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. A serious vulnerability has been detected within the Java framework that can make you extremely vulnerable to attacks from Hackers!!! Sun Microsystems officially licensed the Java Standard Edition platform for Linux, Mac OS X, and Solaris but not to Microsoft. In relation to Microsoft and the Windows operating system, the license expired without renewal.Because Windows does not ship with a Java software platform, a network of third-party vendors and licensees develop them for Windows and other operating system/hardware platforms. However, note that if you have a Windows Operating system, Java might have been installed on your computer as part of the initial install of software on your computer at the factory. Or like myself, you may have installed Java onto your computer yourself. 

All of you please visit the following website http://www.java.com/en/ and then click on the box: Do I have Java? This will tell you if you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. If you do then you are safe, if you do not have the latest version then you need to install it to avoid being targeted by evil people who use the internet to wreck out fun and our computers! The website will give you directions as to how to install the latest verson of Java!!! Please take this information very seriously, and do what I suggest. And please pass this message on to your friends and family so they are not affected by these evil hackers in the future! If you do not know how to install java or the java updates then I suggest you talk to someone you know who knows about computers, and have them help you install this patch for Java as soon as possible! Even if this costs you money it is cheaper to pay someone now then to have your computer destroyed by evil hackers!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vietnam loses fight to save its rare Javan rhinos after last animal believed poached for horn

To read an article entitled, Vietnam loses fight to save its rare Javan rhinos after last animal believed poached for horn which is at the Time.com website (Time magazine) please click on the highlighted words in this sentence.

As stated in the article: "Only 40 to 60 Javan rhinos now remain in Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. They are the last known living members of the species, with none in captivity."

What chance does this species have of surviving now when so few are left in the Wild? Once again members of the human species have wiped out another form of life on this planet because of greed,ignorance and selfishness!!!

The article continues with  this statement:

"Demand for rhino horn has surged in recent years among Vietnamese and Chinese who believe it can cure an array of ailments."

If this demand is increasing, then Rhinos will soon become extinct as a species. Then what species of animals are these Asians going to wipe off the planet next via extinction? Why aren't other Governments of this planet threatening these countries which are wiping other species of life off the planet, via economic sanctions, and other measures??  Why weren't efforts made to educate the people in these countries who believe that rhino horn can cure ailments, that there is no scientific basis for such beliefs?  I suggest that a person's beliefs are her or his own business, until these beliefs cause harm to other life on this planet! In this case these beliefs are causing the extinction of the Javan Rhino species on this planet! And in this case, someone or some organizations better step forward and start to come up with some dramatic plans of action to save other species of life which are being threatened, by  selfish human beliefs and behaviours!!

Take a look at a photo of a Javan Rhino mother and its youngster above, it may be the only way that these animals may be seen in the near future, in photos!!!  Think of all the Children who are going to come into this World and ask to see a video of some Rhinos, and  then have to be told that there are no live Rhinos left in the World because some humans selfishly killed all of them off!!




Source of image: http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0517-javan-rhino.jpg Javan rhino mother and calf photographed by a camera trap at Ujung Kulon. Photo courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund.
 

Is Ecocide a Crime? - Ecocentric - TIME.com

Image above: The Alberta Oil sands



Is Ecocide a Crime? - Ecocentric - TIME.com

To read an article which discusses whether it should be a crime for companies (and individuals?) to
cause the mass destruction of ecosystems on our planet, please click on the link above this sentence. For  your information, two dictionary definitions of  the word  and one legal definition of the word"ecocide" are these:

(1)"Heedless or deliberate destruction of the natural environment, as by pollutants or an act of war."source:    

http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/ecocide 

(2) "The destruction of large areas of the natural environment especially as a result of deliberate human action." (source:http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecocide

(3)Legal defintion: "The extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished."
(source:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/09/ecocide-crime-genocide-un-environmental-damage

It is my personal belief that a company or individual or group of individuals who destroy some of the natural environment of this planet should be charged with committing a criminal offense. If individuals  or  employees of companies think they can do anything they want, especially in order to gain profit or control of some of the natural resources of this planet, without regard to any destruction of the natural environment or without regard to other life on this planet, this is morally and ethically unacceptable! This kind of circumstance is happening all too often,every day in our World, and it has been shown that such behavior can cause serious short-term and long-term effects to the Planet and the life on our home!!

I would be interested in hearing what you think about this issue.You can leave a comment to me and others by clicking on the words "Post a comment" under this blog post of mine.



For more information about the concept of Ecocide please visit these websites:


http://www.thisisecocide.com/

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

What is Ecocide and Should It Be Considered an International Crime Against Peace?

Ecocide: a fifth international crime against peace?


What If Ecocide Was a Crime? Let's Find Out...



Source of image:             

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3566/blogcarbonemissionta001.jpg

Anyone can become homeless...even siblings of the Rich and famous like .....


....the Brother of Madonna! I never,ever thought that I would mention "her"on my blog, however I have to because this is fact is such an indication of how unfairly some people are treated on our planet!

If you do not believe me that one of Madonna's brother's is homeless then read this article:

http://www.dramarama.ca/2011/10/madonnas-brother-is-homeless.html

"In the United States alone, there are estimates that approximately 3.5 million people are homeless and 1.35 million of them are children . (source:http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/teen-angst/201101/homeless-teens )

How can people like the members of Edmonton City council, find money to use for another hockey arena in our city,when so many people in Edmonton are homeless and so many people in our city are living in poverty!!!!   It is shameful, and irresponsible for these elected representatives of our city to suggest that they are willing to  give more money to millionaire hockey players and the millionaire owner of the Oilers, when there are people in our city who have no place to live because the are homeless. Many homeless people are suffering from severe mental or physical health problems, which makes it even more appalling for Edmonton City council to even think of creating a second hockey arena in this city,before the needs of these people who are homeless, or have other needs, are met!  Why do these elected members of our city have the right to decide that the Oiler's owner and his players can have another arena, when so many people in this city are against the idea???!!!

The Edmonton Journal's Gary Lamphier has written a very good article about the Arena question in Edmonton. To read it please click on the following link:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/arena+deal+taxpayers/5601017/story.html

Humans are not the only ones who love life!!


Defenseless Animals


An Animal's eyes....


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sea levels to continue to rise for 500 years? Long-term climate calculations suggest so



Sea levels to continue to rise for 500 years? Long-term climate calculations suggest so

To read an article at the ScienceDaily.com website which discusses new research concerning the fact that sea levels on the planet may continue to rise for a long time due to global warming please click on the highlighted words above this line.

As stated in the article:


"Based on the current situation we have projected changes in sea level 500 years into the future. We are not looking at what is happening with the climate, but are focusing exclusively on sea levels," explains Aslak Grinsted, a researcher at the Centre for Ice and Climate, the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen."


The fact that changes in sea levels will last this long certainly tells us a great deal concerning the impact of climate changes on our planet!The article continues by making these statements:


"Even in the most optimistic scenario, which requires extremely dramatic climate change goals, major technological advances and strong international cooperation to stop emitting greenhouse gases and polluting the atmosphere, the sea would continue to rise. By the year 2100 it will have risen by 60 cm and by the year 2500 the rise in sea level will be 1.8 meters."
"For the two more realistic scenarios, calculated based on the emissions and pollution stabilizing, the results show that there will be a sea level rise of about 75 cm by the year 2100 and that by the year 2500 the sea will have risen by 2 meters."

Now we have more evidence of the impact of human behavior on the planet and all of its life! If we do not change our behavior regarding reducing our carbon footprint on the planet, and reducing the amount of pollution we place on and within Mother Earth, humans may have to move to higher ground on the planet by the year 2100 or worse!

If you want to explore the regions of the Earth that are most vulnerable to sea level rise
please visit the following website:


http://www.globalwarmingart.com/wiki/Special:SeaLevel

One World One Ocean Campaign

Image: Bowie Seamount, One of Canada's newest Marine Protected Areas.

To read an article entitled, " One World One Ocean Campaign Highlights Need For Conservation"  please click on the highlighted words in this sentence.As stated by "the campaign's principal science advisor, Dr. Sylvia Earle, said in a press release, "The world’s oceans are in trouble, but the good news is there is still time to save them. Our actions toward the ocean in the next 10 years will define the next 10,000." For more information about the campaign please visit the Campaign's official website by clicking on the following link:


http://www.oneworldoneocean.org/



Thursday, October 13, 2011

A better way to see Orcas!


Dog rescues another dog

Check out this beautiful video. What an intelligent and caring dog!! To think some humans do not believe our dog friends are intelligent, and could not act in this fashion!! How wrong you are!!!


Visit GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Women's Chess Blog:Please click on the image below:

Visit GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Women's Chess Blog:Please click on the image below:
Chess needs more women and girl participants and administrators!

Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.