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The Environment 

The Environment around us affects more than people think.

We went from this:


To this:


Yea, there’s a pool, but when it’s 110 degrees outside it’s not as fun as it may sound. Despite being watered religiously, the lawn, and nearly everything around it, is dead. Also the back ‘yard’ is 4/5ths concrete.

Just being here where I live now, over the course of the past two years has caused my (and particularly my wife’s) health, both physical and mental to decline.

For her, having a very delicate respiratory system, the atmosphere is a death trap. She is constantly having coughing fits that vanished entirely when we lived in Pennsylvania. We now live in the 5th most polluted city in the United States. She grew up here and wanted to come back here to make a new financial start for our family, as we were on hard times back east.

I agreed even though I knew the environment would affect her, but neither of us knew to what degree.

We aren’t sleeping well, and her childhood insomnia is back. Despite our best efforts to eat ‘organic’ and semi Paleo based on our very tiny food budget, we miss our normal, foraged, non polluted wild food.

Which, by the way, was free for the picking.

This town is majorly into petroleum and big agrobiz. I have not found a single thing here to forage that I would risk feeding my children other than fruit.

Most of that is citrus, with lemons that no one eats accounting for the majority of residential fruit trees.

You can only eat so many lemons. And I do, when in season.

I found ONE foragable in the yard, this entire year. A cute little sprout that looked to be a Sonchus asper, or Prickly Sowthistle. That is until the ‘gardeners’ obliterated it as a ‘weed’.

I sit here stomach growling, loathe to go make my store bought breakfast, but knowing that sooner or later I must do so as there is no other alternative at the moment.

At least it’ll be eggs.

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Real Animal Cruelty

The world is FULL of what I term as “Those kinds of people.”

You know the sort. The kind that make you think… Ye gods… and these people actually reproduce?

So there I was sitting at the stop light in town waiting for it to turn green, and in front of me is this big honkin gas guzzlin’ SUV with stickers all over the back. Not just on the bumper, oh no. All over the entire rear of the vehicle. I’ve never quite understood why some people pay more for a vehicle that cost more than some people’s houses, and then ghetto it up with $2 stickers. Anyway…

The center sticker said ‘Animal Cruelty is a Crime!’ Flanked by several classy wingmen, including ‘Ignorance Breeds Ignorance’ and ‘End Pit Bull Fighting NOW!’

By these, and about dozen other stickers, I quickly deduced that they were an animal rights Nazi, err, I mean ‘activist’. Probably the type that gets email newsletters from PETA.

Now, as many of ye can attest to, I don’t have a problem with what anyone’s beliefs are, one way or another. I’ll agree to disagree on just about anything.

It’s when people feel the need to glaringly shove their views in your field of vision and assault you with them, that it kind of irks me. These stickers were not tastefully placed. It wasn’t one or two. It was over a dozen. They weren’t on the front of the vehicle, nor on the sides. They were on the rear so you HAD no choice but to see them if you were behind them.

Sure, it’s ‘freedom of speech’, and thus, protected. But people want all of their favorite rights, but none of the responsibility that goes with it.

What ever happened to doing something tastefully? Back in 2008 I had a Ron Paul sticker on my car. It was one sticker, on each bumper. That was it. I also had a sign for my house. But I didn’t force it down anyone’s throat. And I really believed in that fellow.

You want to know what ‘animal cruelty’ is? It’s when my friggin cat wakes me up at 4 AM by mrowring in my face or stepping on my head, and has done so every hour, on the hour, for the past five hours. That’s animal cruelty. As in cruelty, by the animal.

And the fact that I DON’T gut and then summarily stir fry his fuzzy arse after such behavior, makes me a saint, in my opinon.

Now, animal cruelty, as most people think of it, does exist. But it certainly isn’t rampant behavior. Yea, dogs are pitted against dogs in some underground circuits, as well as cockfighting and the like, but it’s not like it goes on at every street corner. As long as there is money to be made on such things, they’ll exist. They’ve always existed, and they always WILL exist’. And no amount of awareness or ‘Stop XYZ now’ stickers are going to change that. They’ll just go MORE underground and thus become MORE profitable for the people who do it. Animals, on a whole, and especially pets, are treated better today, than at ANY time in the past. (Commercial meat farming operations not included.)

So believe in what ye believe in. Slap a bumper sticker or three on your vehicle if you feel the need, but please. Cut it out with the billboard on wheels thing already on your favorite cause. It’s so Passe.

Categories: Animals, Nature, US News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments

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