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We are not smart enough to leave things to the Market. (via Dead Wild Roses)

I haven’t read the book, but I’m sure it should be required reading.

We are not smart enough to leave things to the Market. As I am often told by my free market indoctrinated friends the market will solve societies problems, if….(insert the big whingy diatribe about government interfering here) it was just left to its own devices. A sample of the pap I usually hear, coherently summarized by Mr.Chang and his book I happen to be reading right now. “We should leave markets alone, because, essentially, market participants know what they are doing – that is, they are rat … Read More

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LinkTV

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I watch a lot of LinkTV, but I’ve discovered that a lot of people do not know about LinkTV. So here’s a short description of the network that I will use as a reference for people who read my posts about things I’ve learned there.

LinkTV is a non-commercial station. They get funding from donations like PBS and NPR, but without the Corporation for Public Broadcasting support. They receive money from individuals as well as grants from foundations. Here’s the statement from their funding page: Continue reading

Freedom of Religion with an Eagle Feather

I was reading on the American Humanist Association Blog, Rant & Reason and this article caught my attention:  Free Association on Religious Rights

The author was commenting on a story in the LA Times about a court case of a Native American killing an Eagle for use in a sacred ceremony.

The blogger Eagle Feathersseemed to be looking at both sides of the implications of using the birds for religious purpose and kept the argument general, not specific to the case. I read the LA Times article. The case will be settled by plea bargain because the initial dismissal was overturned by the appellate court and was rejected by the Supreme Court so it’s either plea or trial and a trial would be costly and drag on with absolutely no way to predict the outcome.

The post only had a few comments. One was a link to a UTube video with a strange pun preceding it. I didn’t watch it. It seemed to be a self-serving link, but I’m not sure. The other 2 comments made comments about the acquisition of Eagles for use by Native Americans.

One was a bit snide–if they want to hunt the birds as they did before the Europeans arrived, let them hunt them without rifles. While the idea of hunting with traditional weapons appeals to me in an aesthetic sense, I don’t think that’s how it was intended.

The other was a bit ignorant–use a substitute until the Eagles don’t need to be protected. )As if it is their fault the Eagles are endangered and if they will have to find a substitute anyway after they kill them all.) Like that’s not what so many people do already! dummy! What if you were a Christian and the gov’t said all communion needed to be served with apple juice because grapes are endangered? Personally, I see no problem with using apple juice. But the government shouldn’t force us to use it!

So I HAD to reply! and I wanted to share it with my readers. Here’s my comment. It’s a bit long, but I the subject motivated me on so many levels. I’ve copied it and reproduced it here (with minor grammatical corrections–I would have done in the original if I could have.)

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Our government has such a shameful record of making sure animals are treated humanely when raised in captivity that any thought of adding to the list of animals farmed should be forever banished from anyone’s list of options.

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