Northern Europeans

This was an well written column on life and death for Northern Europeans as it regards Marius the giraffe. (ht Maggie’s Farm) After discussing all the reasons why Marius couldn’t have any other alternative than death the author comes to this:

What we are dealing with here, to put it briefly, is people who are certain that they are noble and good. They believe in the cycle of life. They believe in quality of life. They just don’t happen to believe in the individual life. In fact, they view the individual life as getting in the way of things they value more – breeding programs, the ecosystem, and so on. They regard people who focus on the individual life as childlike sentimentalists who don’t grasp that every individual life is only part of a larger design, a “bigger picture,” and should be extinguished the moment it becomes burdensome or inconvenient. I don’t think it’s misguided to suggest that there exists a certain continuity between this way of thinking and that which made possible the horrors of the Final Solution. It is a barbaric way of thinking – and yet in the cultural-elite circles in northern Europe it is considered enlightened and humane. It’s “scientific.” It’s unsentimental. It’s free of American – of Disney-ish – sappiness.

To be sure, Holst would probably protest that he does care about the individual life. After all, he killed Marius partly because he didn’t want him to live a less than ideal life. Better to die than experience renal problems or other side effects. Better to die than endure “lesser standards of welfare.” Better to die, you see, than not experience parenthood. Better to die than be without the company of other giraffes.

Leading them to a culture of euthanasia for children etc.

This somewhat relates to the post the other day about carriage horses too. DeBlasio, et al, have determined that these carriage horses are not living an ideal horse life (seriously, how many horses do?) and so have decided they should all be fired from their jobs and……..hm, what do people do with horses that are not useful? Yes, they euthanize. Apparently tis better to be dead than startled by a bicyclist in Progressive terms.

In poetic terms (for Marius), tis better to be dead than not bred.

What’s interesting to me, is that these Northern Europeans are also some of the most atheistic people in the world. Once dead, you’re dead in their mind. It’s not even like you get to go to a better place.
What is this about? Per the author:

namely, a well-nigh fetishistic preoccupation with the quality of life and the cycle of life that coexists, perversely, with a chillingly insufficient sense of the value – the preciousness – of the individual life (and, as a corollary, of the sacredness of the remains of the dead). Whatever name you want to give to this unsettling mentality, there is unquestionably more and more of it going around, with northern Europe quite clearly in the vanguard – although, as is the case with so much else that afflicts Europe these days, America is hardly immune to its ravages.

What that doesn’t get into however is that “quality of life” bit. A quality of life does not mean no suffering or struggle. It doesn’t mean getting everything you want or even what you need. Life is different for each of us. My difficulties with zoos is that they make all the choices for the animals and discard those that don’t fit into their utopian scene. Humans pay to “watch” and “learn”. I call it bull because the whole thing is orquestrated at the expense of the individuals involved.
Death will come to each of us. And death is not horrible, but neither is life. Most of us – including Marius – prefer to live. We’ll adjust to our circumstances and do our best to make them work for us. Marius was a slave to the system and apparently so are the sick in Northern Europe as they live under the pressure of eh – go ahead and die since you’ll be a burden to the rest of us.

We’re heading down that path here too as universal health care becomes the reality. Your sickness will be paid for with my money. How long until I resent that? Apparently in less than a lifetime based on real world examples.

A Voice of Reason

Liam Neeson is fighting for the carriage drivers in NYC.

The politicians are in turn backed by real-estate interests that have played a leading part in the campaign against the horse and carriages. The drivers believe, not without reason, that some of these people have their eye on the primo West Side site where the stables now sit. “They must just be just salivating over it,” says Neeson.

I realize that not every carriage horse is cut out for the job, but a LOT of people and animals end up with jobs they prefer not to have. That doesn’t make them abused. Would I ever stall my horse and walk him around NYC? Hell no, but that doesn’t mean those horse are abused either.
I wouldn’t deny my dog his spot on the couch, but if you do, you’re not an abuser.

Most beings want jobs. I suspect that the majority of the carriage horses enjoy their drivers and their jobs are “fine”, else they wouldn’t be so good at it. People would not want to ride behind raggedy old miserable horses who are clearly forced into this circumstance through nefarious means.

Anyway – yay Mr. Neeson. You’re right, those drivers need some meat behind them.

The ironies here are legion, and Neeson alluded to one of them in a letter to the mayor he made public back in January, “I find it troubling, Mr. de Blasio, that your campaign promise was to fight for the common man and, yet, with the first stroke of your pen, you are willing to put 300 families on the breadline.”
Nor is Neeson buying the argument about cruelty. Central Park’s horses, he says, are among the most regulated animals in America, with regular vet checkups and five weeks annual vacation (“How many people get that much time off?” he asks). And he notes the mayor has declined an invitation to visit the stables.
“Maybe I should give Disney a call and ask for a script,” Neeson laughs. “We’ve got good guys, bad guys, and horses. What we need is the happy ending.”

Ah the MSM

Here in this news story we have a headline from someone who seemingly can note the motivations behind a polar bear:

Chilling game of hide and seek with a hungry polar bear

Why do they think he’s hungry?

Then you have the multiple photographs of a man being chased around his car and finally finding safety in another vehicle. This tells me that a) there is a photographer and b) there are other vehicles yet c) no one helped the guy getting chased.

Really?

hat tip Maggie’s Farm

Best News Ever!

It’s a brand new year and with this new year we get a bipartisan investigation into the worst federal agency in existence. Wildlife Services.

Oh it sounds innocuous, but it’s purpose is to kill wildlife that are bugging you.

For eight decades, Wildlife Services has specialized in trapping, shooting and poisoning predators for farmers and ranchers. More recently it has expanded into killing and controlling geese, pigeons and other species in urban areas.

So in one fell swoop the animals could potentially get a break and bullpucky subsidies for farmers and ranchers can go away. I like it.

Here’s a quote from the Democrat.

“Why should taxpayers, particularly in tough times, pay to subsidize private interests?” said DeFazio, ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources. “I have come to the conclusion that this is an agency whose time has passed.”

LOVE it.

And even more outrage:

He said he had to learn from the Los Angeles Times about an internal audit the agency conducted last year. The audit found the agency’s accounting practices were “unreconcilable,” lacked transparency and violated state and federal laws. Further, the audit revealed that $12 million in a special account could not be found.

“The last time I tried to get more specific financial information, they just blew me off and said they couldn’t provide that,” DeFazio said in an interview. “Yet, at the same time, they were undertaking this audit. So, the managers were, at best, disingenuous, and at worst, undertaking a coverup.”

Oh let’s not stop there:

Part of the difficulty of wildlife control work is making sure the lethal methods reach only the intended targets. Cyanide traps set for coyotes can kill other animals. Many domestic dogs — thousands, by the accounting of watchdog groups — have been inadvertently poisoned by capsules meant for coyotes.

Rex Shaddox, a former Wildlife Services agent in Wyoming, said agents “were told to doctor our reports — we were not allowed to show we killed household pets.” Shaddox said he knew a rancher who kept a grisly souvenir of the agency’s collateral damage: a 10-foot chain of interconnected dog collars.

Shaddox says the agency rarely handles federally controlled poisons legally. Agents are required to post signs where pesticides and poisons are placed and maintain detailed logs. But supervisors tell them not to, Shaddox and other former agents said.

Wildlife Services agents have also been accused of animal cruelty, particularly in the use of dogs to control and kill coyotes. Last year, a Wyoming-based trapper posted photographs to his Facebook page showing his dogs savaging a coyote caught in a leg-hold trap. Other pictures showed the agent’s animals mauling bobcats and raccoons.

There are so many things wrong with this agency that it needs to go away, vs being audited and improved.
Let this be the year that real good legislation such as deleting this mess actually happens!

Budgeting

So – I know you think this is probably about Ryan’s budget proposal, but it’s not.
It’s about the National Zoo and it’s whining about budget cuts as to why it’s animals have escaped, died or disease before anyone noticed, had an attack on a human.

Bullshit.
You are a zoo, which means animals are under your care. No – animals are forced under your care. They have no choice. Number 1 priority is animal care. #2 might be trash pickup or admin salaries or any number of other things, but #1 is animal care. If you can’t care for the animals due to budget cuts, then you figure out how many you can care for and you cull.
So enough with the

The director of the National Zoo said Tuesday that the recent deaths of three animals and a Grévy’s zebra’s attack on a keeper indicate that the zoo’s resources and staff are stretched too thin.

It must be time for you Mr. Director to quit and get someone in there who can handle the job.

The Flood

Here’s a nice feel good story for the day.

A seeing eye dog props his owner up while they ride 17 feet through a culvert after getting sucked into it.

A seeing-impaired man was saved by his guide dog Friday morning after the two were sucked down a drainage culvert in northeast Denver.

“The dog was the hero,” said Del Creason, a Denver police officer who was the first responder to the scene.

The victim, identified by Creason as Ronnie Webb, was knocked over by floodwaters while walking the dog at 8:30 a.m. near East 13th Avenue and Xenia Street.

Not sure I’d be walking the dog if I were blind, but that’s a different story. This one is about the dog. I love dogs.