will brady's ruminations
support ethical hunting
Every now and again I like to backtrack on something I'd heard about and find out what happened next.
So while searching what sentence was meted out to that errant slob who thought himself a hunter Russell Beller
, I came across a site of a bowman with a more ethical perspective on the ancient art of bowhunting. That guy's name is Ron Reddon. I also found his diligent postings on fake-hunting groups
and animal rights extremists
a refreshing read.
I agree with Ron that fenced-in prey-stalking facilities [like Bellar's Place had been] are nothing more than killing pens. Drugging game animals so inexperienced [or just plain lazy] characters who want to say they shot a deer is not a hunting experience
Those of us who do hunt should have no compassion for pigs who can't respect their prey. True hunting takes time to develop real hunting skills, and not just the ability to fire off a Browning 270 or a Parker Hunter-Mag Compound Bow. You need to know the terrain; ought to know your prey's grazing, roaming, sleeping and eating habits; have a sense of who [and what] it is you are stalking ...and the humility to thank they prey, once downed, for providing you with sustinance and pelts.
That said, I've long thought, but never really wrote about, my thoughts that slob hunting types is, perhaps, as much about urban/media saturated culture having their interface with nature, however brief, however warped in its perspective.
And how much of this comes from city [and suburban] boys [and girls, hunting is not an art that's just for men] and their ignorance to the power and impact of firearms altogether. When I was a kid, adverts of the Daisy BB Gun were splashed across the backs of comic books nationwide. Developing a sense of responsible use of firearms was inculcated early.
Nowadays, what we get on the backs of comics are PeTA factual errors and news media fear-pandering tales about 14 year old blowing away the neighbor kids at school. For my money, that kind of sad commentary on social interactions is, in part, an outgrowth of people practically born and raised on being afraid of guns [and rifles, bow and arrows, knives and other tools with basic utilitarian purposes but demonized as "weapons". Okay, sure, they can all be used as weapons, but that's were firearms edcuation started early ought to be considered as essential learning skills. No different, in fact, than teaching people how to drive a car.
Hell, more people die from irresponsible vehicle use that deaths from firearms, even when one factors in gang'related violent deaths.
So grow up Americans. Learning the basics such as respect for and capable use of, the tools used in hunting, not only helps lay the foundation for a healthy appreciation of nature, but also starts a kid on a path that knows both hunting responsibly and
using firearms in a responsible manner too.
Anyways, if you are interested in ethical hunting
[and life in a small town] go check out Ron's site.
POSTSCRIPT: Slob "hunter" Russell Bellar, on May 6, 2005, he was ordered to serve 366 days in prison and pay $575,000 in fines. His permit to run a deer farm was revoked and his days of entertaining the rich and famous at his 1500-acre ranch are now over. Read the rest of the story.
Labels: firearms, hunting
This representational landscape isn't mine
. It was painted by Terry Redlin
. I'm posting it in part because a bowhunter in Wyoming noted he'd obtained a copy of the work as a mural only to find out, when he'd gotten it home, it was approximately a meter [39"] too long for the space he wanted to place it.
I went and cropped the image in Photoshop and noted that it might look like what you see here.
The image, as described by its maker, Redlin, is a "...peaceful winter evening, a 1930 vintage sedan with headlights ablaze has finally reached its destination. The occupants will be visiting with old friends in the cabin. Nestled on the bluff the deer quietly watch, both part of and apart from the whole experience.
It also represents a bit of a break from what I usually post and a cool reminder of what we have to look forward to this winter. It further reminded me that I have to get to work cutting the vast assortment of tree limbs and trunks on my back lot down to a size that the mechanical splitter will be able to take when I go to cut it up for cordwood.
One's work is never finished when you heat with wood.
Labels: artists, kitsch
big pharma | lilly to pay up
Drug giant Eli Lilly has agreed to pay out close to $700 million dollars to people who suffered damages from taking the prescription drug Zyprexa (olanzapine)
The Indianapolis Star reports that 8, 362 consumers of Lilly's top-selling drug that produces diabetes--among other life-threatening effects--can expect Between $5,000 to "well over $100,000 a person" depending upon the harm suffered.
Judge Jack Weinstein who presided over this massive case, capped legal fees to attorneys at 35%--which is more than $200 million. The settlement covered about 75 percent of the known Zyprexa claims
against Lilly. But hundreds more have flooded into federal and state courts.
Lilly has set aside another $300 million to cover potential liability from the unsettled cases, which it has said it will fight in court.
The first trial from the unsettled claims could happen next year. Lilly employees are being deposed by trial lawyers, and the company has turned over more than 10 million pages of documents sought by plaintiffs'
attorneys, Woodin said.
Eli Lilly 's $700 million settlement confirms that Zyprexa, its best selling drug, induces diabetes--an irreversible debilitating disease.
These findings raise a number of troubling questions, which must, nevertheless be asked.
Why is a drug that produces a life-shortening disease allowed to be advertised and widely marketed?
Why is its use not restricted for proven benefit in life-threatening conditions?
Is U.S. heathcare policy to promote increased sales for Eli Lilly's
diabetes treatment products?
Eli Lilly corporation also has some
troubling connections to both the H W G Bush, Dubya Bush as well as the Reagan Administrations
and has, in prior lawsuits exhibited a "...history of reckless disregard.
" In a lawsuit pursued in the 1980s "...victims’ attorneys wanted the jury to hear about Lilly’s anti- inflamatory drug Oraflex, introduced in 1982 but taken off the market three months later. A U.S. Justice Department investigation linked Oraflex to the deaths of more than 100 patients and concluded that Lilly had misled the FDA. Lilly was charged with 25 counts related to mislabeling side effects and pled guilty—but in 1985, the Reagan-Bush Justice Department saw fit to fine them a mere $25,000
". Read that whole story at Z-Mag
Individuals who believe they were damaged by the effects of taking this widely promoted antipsychotic drug can find out more from Alexander, Hawes & Audet, LLP
, one of the firms who filed the case.
To find out more about unethical human research conducted on unsuspecting citizens by other big pharma drug pushers, check out the website of the Alliance for Human Research Protection
, a national network of lay people and professionals dedicated to advancing responsible and ethical medical research practices, to ensure that the human rights, dignity and welfare of human subjects are protected, and to minimize the risks associated with such endeavors.
THANKS TO: Tom Beherendt, one of the Board members of NARPA [the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy] a human rights organization comprised of "...people who've survived psychiatric intervention, advocates, civil rights activists, mental health workers, and lawyers. NARPA exists to expose abuse, to shed light on coercive and dangerous practices, and to promote real alternatives to a mental health system that even professionals find disgraceful." |
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