Category: USA

Week 39 DAWGS in Prison (USA)

 

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Incredibly, in spite of everything she has witnessed in the front-line of animal rescue, Lyn White from Animals Australia  has managed to maintain an overwhelmingly positive view of humanity.

I watched her talk this week and seeing her express belief in the inherent goodness of the human race was inspiring.

Mum originally sent me the video link. She was so impressed by this talk that she has ordered the dvds to send out instead of Christmas cards this year.  If you aren’t on mum’s mailing list, the link is below (1 hour 40 mins)

If you feel alone, or like life is pointless, you may find some hope and direction in Lyn’s message…the message of finding meaning by becoming the best you can be.  

 

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 This week’s fantastic charity helps both people and animals on the path to becoming the best they can be.

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Our mission is to provide training and education for both inmate and dog, resulting in permanent homes for the dogs, viable job skills for the inmate, and productive jobs and a law-abiding life upon release.
” I woke up during my first year of the DAWGS program.   My attitude changed.  My routine changed.  My health changed.  My priorities changed.  Everything changed in my life in order for me to be responsible enough to take care of one of God’s precious creations. DAWGS gave me the wisdom to see what kind of changes were needed in my life in order to be a productive citizen again after a total of 26 years behind bars. “

Try not to cry (difficult!) while watching the following episode of ‘Castaways’, which chronicles another program of inmates training unwanted dogs (6 minutes).

 

It’s everybody all together that gives a damn that makes a difference

Teresa Strader, Director and Founder National Mill Dog Rescue

Read Teresa’s story here

 

 

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Week 37 Cowspiracy/A.U.M. Films (USA)

< Another year, another tax dollar spent unwisely on my behalf >

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With the health budget blown out second only to welfare, it is good timing that the AMA is questioning the benefits of unlimited funding of IVF…so am I!

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Medicare contributes about $5000 per cycle to recipient of IVF.  There is currently NO upper limit on age or recipients, or number of treatments received.  

The cost per successful IVF baby for women over 45 is about $200,000.

That is bad enough, but since there is only a 1-6% (fresh vs frozen embryo) success rate with women over 40… what are all the ultimately unsuccessful treatments costing taxpayers on top of this?

! The only eggs that are guaranteed to grow fertile are the nest eggs of IVF providers !

Henry Rollins was on The Project (5/9/16) discussing this, and his take on it was…

“It’s a lot of money, but when you see the kid’s happy, the mum’s happy…I think it’s worth it… you can’t put a price on that….”.

What?!

Yes you bloody well can!! I can think of five thousand better uses for my tax money.

Number 1/5000: The Environment, perhaps?!  How is it that something that affects us all, present and future, is the LOWEST funded of all categories?!

In the same show, following a story about dissent within the Climate Change Authority, Mr Rollins waved his environmental (black) flag…

Henry Rollins, The Project:

Last year I spent two weeks on a scientific research boat at the edge of Antarctic Peninsula.  I would listen to lectures from Bob, the geologist, and he had nothing but bad news about what we are doing to the planet, and what’s up ahead.  I asked him “What is it, as a citizen, that I am not getting?”

And he said “You’re not getting how bad this really is.  It’s no joke, you’re getting this soft story.  The reality is way more harsh.

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“What is it, as a citizen, that I am not getting?”

Umm…

Mr Rollins is a switched on bloke…surely he can see that adding more people at any cost to this already creaking planet via a listing public health system is not a responsible idea?

Was it oxytocin talking?

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And this my friends, is why were are in trouble.

We have the knowledge, but not the will to act on it. The sugar rush we get from doing things that make us feel good, but that harm the planet (and ourselves!) is just too strong.

We believe we can have it all, while giving up nothing.

And this suits the guys at the top of the perch just fine.

We are just believing what we are told to. 

We are attentive students in a system which lionises pathological consumers, while social activists are either laughed at…or treated as dissidents.

…Why? ‘Money’ buys ‘democracy’, so money wins 🙂

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Did you know that the board game we call Monopoly was first created by a lady, Elizabeth Magie as statement AGAINST monopolies?

The spy who loved me

http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/helen-steel-and-john-dines-the-spy-who-loved-me-20160318-gnltdv.html

In the early 1990s, Helen Steel was a member of a British social justice group called London Greenpeace when she began a relationship with a man she knew as John Barker. They were together for more than two years and he told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Then one day he disappeared. A letter arrived for her a few days later. “If I manage to sort my head out, I will be back,” he wrote.

Mystery male: Helen Steel with the man she knew as John Barker, a police officer who infiltrated London Greenpeace, a ...
Mystery male: Helen Steel with the man she knew as John Barker, a police officer who infiltrated London Greenpeace, a social justice group she was a part of.  

She was both devastated and concerned about her partner’s emotional state and would spend much of the next decade looking for him. That was before she made a series of shocking discoveries: his real name, John Dines, a record of his marriage, and the death certificate of a child, Philip John Barker, whose identity he had assumed. But it was not until 2010 that she got confirmation her lover had been an undercover police officer employed as part of a secret London Metropolitan Police project to infiltrate protest groups.

Helen Steel wasn’t the only woman who found herself in this situation. Essentially, this is what happened to at least seven other British women who were lured into relationships with undercover police officers over the course of 25 years.

Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police is a book that details the infiltration of political activist groups in the U.K.  

Award winning director/writer, Franny Armstrong is working on a four part mini series about it called Undercovers.  She also made Mclibel, which was also about Helen Steel.  At the time they were unaware of the police spies in their midst.

This is another great documentary of hers>

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

You can watch it here.

She didn’t make Cowspiracy, other people did that. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.

 

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http://aumfilms.org

Mission

A.U.M. (Animals United Movement) Films and Media’s mission is to effectively and efficiently represent a harmonious voice for all life on this planet, through all forms of media. We create, consult, and support all types of media projects, from film, journalism, online outlets, to music and stage plays, that spread a creative message for peace and compassion for all beings. We take on project submissions and ideas that will have a direct result in promoting the next stage in human evolution. We feel the best way to actualise world peace and to make our planet survive, and even thrive, is through a movement towards compassionate co-existence.

Our first major film production is titled Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret and was premiered in late 2014. This documentary uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it. You can learn more about the film at www.cowspiracy.com

We are currently working on another feature length documentary called WHAT THE HEALTHset to be released in 2016. This film uncovers the impacts of highly processed industrial animal foods on our personal health and  greater community, and explores why leading health organisations continue to promote the industry despite countless medical studies and research showing deleterious effects of these products on our health.

http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/

 

Yes, Mr Rollins, we really are ruinous pains in the asses.

It’s only oxytocin that makes us forget it!

(We seem to forget that animals also produce oxytocin, which bonds them to their young, just  the same as us.  We forcibly impregnate them then steal their children.  How is this fair?  When people become attached to the idea of having their own children they should spare a thought for those that we treat as nothing more than baby making machines.)

Week 34 Vegan: Everyday Stories Movie (USA)

Quick link: Grab your popcorn! This week covers a great tv show and a movie. Enjoy 🙂

How to Stay Young – BBC 45 mins

Vegan Stories – USA 90 mins

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Most people want to know how to stay youthful, without actually being younger…ugh imagine starting out all over again…no thanks!

I just watched this BBC documentary How to Stay Young, it doesn’t offer the secrets to time travel but it does cover best practices that look after your body as you age…and guess what most of the power is in your hands!

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Spoiler alert!

Even if you read my extract below I still highly recommend watching this great doco, I have left out a lot, including a test you can do on yourself to test your likelihood of ageing well-you will just have to watch it to find out how! You can also see what a 100 year old vegan looks like.

They found:

Through DNA methylation blood tests on identical twins  that 75% of how we age is down to lifestyle and 25% is genetic.

Smoking, followed by stress and weight are three factors that will lead to fastest ageing.

You can be slim and fit but still have visceral fat around your organs which puts them under stress.   The presenter was shocked to find she had about 6 litres of it, in spite of an active lifestyle.

30 minute CHICKPEA Sweet Potato BUDDHA Bowls! A complete meal packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats with a STELLAR Tahini Lemon Maple Sauce! #vegan #glutenfree #healthy
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The way to get rid of this hidden time bomb is to eat lots of high resistance starch called inulin…which occurs in pulses like lentils and chickpeas.  This high resistance starch enters the large intestine where it produces an acid which enters to body to reduce internal fat. (You can also find inulin in other plant products.)

In America there is a Seventh Day Adventist community that lives around ten years longer than the average American.

The residents of this highly vegetarian community are part of a global study on diet.

The global study found that amongst the respondents, the healthiest were…

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Animal protein (meat, fish, dairy, eggs) stimulates a hormone in our bodies that we need for growth, but as we get older, especially during middle age, this hormone speeds up ageing.  The more you replace meat protein with vegetables, the slower you age.

Nut consumption also lowers the risk of heart disease.   Walnuts are the best. (If you want to shell your own they are even better …use a flat screwdriver in the bottom end of the nut and twist to split the halves apart, you can then use the screwdriver to dig out the treasures within)

The presenter describes himself as a ‘committed meat eater who doesn’t know if he will be able to maintain a vegan diet’ but he decides to start off with Meatless Mondays.

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Yay for him!! Many schools in the L.A. district now follow Meatless Mondays with their school lunches too.  This is a good start to changing the entrenched Western expectation that every meal must contain meat to be complete. It took me a long time to break this mindset when I first went vego, so I get it.  Eventually that perception does disappear though and you don’t miss it at all 🙂

I have great respect for vegetarians and vegans, in the early days especially, it takes a lot of strength to follow your heart, and I don’t think they get enough credit…or even give themselves enough credit.

Other recommendations from the documentary include:

Exercise – dance is more effective than repetitive gym work.

Reduce stress – if you can take your dog into work, do! Otherwise try exercise, meditation or ‘me’ time.

Attitude – a positive one about life and ageing really help your health.

They also talk about Laron Syndrome which dramatically slows down growth and ageing by leaving affected people’s bodies unresponsive to growth hormone. They also seem to be immune to cancer and diabetes.

Modern science is using what it has learnt from studying Laron Syndrome to try and create a medicine that slows down the ageing process.

It might be a while off…so in the meantime, dance, spend time with animals and eat

vegan!

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The BBC didn’t need my cash for this but I certainly will give them credit!

There is something amazing happening in New York right now which I would be happy to contribute to, but they must have a very generous benefactor and aren’t asking for donations.  It is run by Be Fair=Be Vegan

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A high-profile billboard and poster campaign bringing attention to the plight of animals exploited for human gains is running in NYC’s Times Square, Javits Center, and the streets of Manhattan, from August 8th to September 4th.

More on this next week.

Once again this week I honour the power of the camera and choose to support:

Vegan Movie

http://veganmovie.org/

Vegan: Everyday Stories is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread – they’re all vegan. The movie traces the personal journeys of an ultramarathon runner who has overcome addiction to compete in one hundred mile races, a cattle rancher’s wife who creates the first cattle ranch turned farmed animal sanctuary in Texas, a food truck owner cooking up knee-buckling plant-based foods, and an 8-year-old girl who convinces her family of six to go vegan.

You can watch it, download it or arrange a screening of for free through the above link.  My donation goes towards getting it out there.  It is really, really good.

  • Title: Vegan: Everyday Stories
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Release Dated: June 4, 2016
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD

 

Week 31 Artists for Animals (USA)

1984: Big Brother was watching you…

…but he didn’t have much footage to share with anyone else.

Now, digital tentacles are reaching everywhere.

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Cameras are exposing more and more as their access and accessibility spread.  Today two news reports really got me thinking about their value.

One report revealed footage of the unbelievable abuse of youths in a Northern Territory detention centre; the other showed a lady’s poor dad suffering elder abuse in an Australian nursing home.

Words are powerful but sometimes they can be dismissed with disbelief or ‘victim blaming’.

Victim blaming is a devaluing act that occurs when the victim(s) of a crime or an accident is held responsible — in whole or in part — for the crimes that have been committed against them.

Pictures are very helpful. I read an article that said people are more likely to pay money into an honesty box if there was a pair of eyes watching them, even if the eyes were just 2D pictures stuck on a wall. 

But a single photograph may be passed off as ‘photoshopped’ or selectively cropped.

Photo contest winner revealed as fake amid social media storm
This winning image in a popular amateur photography exhibition has been exposed as a fake.

 

Film footage of course is just as susceptible to fakery, but moving images from a reliable source grab more attention than words or a photo alone.

The rising tide of awareness about humanitarian, animal welfare and environmental issues owes a great deal to the rising availability of cameras and the internet.  

 

2024: Make sure you go out wearing undies…

Big Brother and Sister will be recording everything…

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Here are some artistic tips for them.

Artists for Animals

We are a group of artists combining our talents and our love for animals to raise money for animal rescue causes.  We raise awareness for homeless animals and animal rescue organisations — and raise funds– by organising concerts, art shows, contests and auctions.  They support Operation Kindness, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Texas.
The tips below are from a separate website by one of the founders.  One of her goals is to help homeless animals find homes through the use of better photography. The site even offers tips specific to photographing black furred animals.

Five Tips for Better Dog Photography

1. Start with a tired dog.  Run with him, play with him, whatever you have to do to get him to relax. It will make a world of difference when it’s time to settle him down for a photo.

2. Look for the light! You want the light to fall on the dog’s face and if possible, you want a bit of a reflection in the dog’s eyes (called a catchlight). So if you’re using window light, have the dog face the window rather than turn his back to it.

3. De-clutter the background. Less is more.

4. Stay on the dog’s eye level. You need to get down so his eyes are level with yours.

 

Kickstarter video – Artists for Animals

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ps  My relative’s home security camera recently captured a car break in on his street.  The self entitled shit (who robbed a worker of the tools of his trade) revved his engine loud to cover up the sound of him breaking the car glass.  If you hear an unexpected engine rev at night…it may be worth checking on.

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I wonder if people who complain about state surveillance refuse to have their own dash cams/home security cams on a similar principle?

Read about a REAL nanny state here