A text from my cyber-friend Jumping Jack that rings a note with me.
After caving in to demands of sheep breeders (even though sheep never played any major role in stock breeding in Slovenia, which is OTOH proudly boasting about "preserving" its uniquely diverse environment) and approving killing off more than a half of brown bear and wolf population, the Ministry of Environment is now approving more-or-less unlimited hunting of grey crows to please the farmers.
Crows are allegedly responsible for huge losses of crop and (also allegedly) "decimating the population of other birds" (the latter most likely claimed just to hush the environmentalists) - though no major study was actually done about it and in spite of EU directives about protecting all bird species.
Well, crows certainly aren't my favourite birds either - and yes, they are omnivorous and sometimes hunt smaller birds and steal their eggs - but fer cryin' out loud, that's no reason to exterminate them (and destroy the natural balance again in a new way)!
If you want to protect smaller birds, stop destroying their habitats, chopping down old, hollow trees and poisoning them with pesticides and herbicides. Rather start feeding them in winter, provide them with nesting birdhouses and plant a new hedge or a tree in your backyard, instead of those you chopped down to make a parking lot for your new car.
As far as the farmers are concerned - better start worrying about the urban sprawl that turns your farming land into suburbs at alarming rate. Not to mention climate changes (that cattle breeders also contribute quite a lot to). Last year's hail storms destroyed the crop more completely that any birds - even in hitchcockian quantities - could ever do.
Why don't you install those bloody nets - they'll keep out the hail as well as birds. If the crows won't get so much free food, their population will go down by itself and stabilise at a new natural balance.Plus first and foremost - stop growing those genetically modified plants, containing toxins that not only make people, birds and livestock sick and sterile, but also demand that you use herbicides to fight weeds, instead of mowing etc. etc.
Fer goodness sake, start living with the land, instead of fighting it all the time!
.. and I agree with JJ. Small, natural approaches. Feeding birds, protecting animals not "taking charge of them".
We are so arrogant, believing that we control the planet, we control animals and we control everything.
Some days I feel we are simply passers-by and that "the planet" tolerates human kind - and please stop talking about THE PLANET like it was your best friend or some human-like entity.
Do you believe the arrogance? "The planet" has been gently rolling on for MILLIONS OF YEARS and WE think WE can make a difference?
People who want to "save the planet" don't want to do that, they want to save THEIR SKIN. Even more, they want YOU to do something while they navigate on large ships, get MILLIONS OF DOLLARS from governments and generally make life difficult for others. Sure we should be careful, but SAVING THE PLANET??? Come on give me a break will ya?
When "the planet" gets tired, to paraphrase George Carlin, it will simply shake US off like a bunch of flees and integrate the hydro-carbon, plastic and the waste we have left behind into a new, renewed echo-system.
Save the planet.
Sheeesh, the arrogance of human kind is unbelievable.
À quel point arrêtez-vous d'aller vers l'est et commencez-vous à aller vers l'ouest?
Si un travesti est recherché, est-ce qu'on met sa photo sur une pinte de "moitié-moitié"?
Si vous mettez un chaméléon dans une pièce remplie de miroirs, quelle couleur devient-il?
How far east can you go before you're heading west?
If a kid refuses to sleep during nap time, are they guilty of resisting a rest?
If a transvesite goes missing, would youu put their face on a carton of Half and Half?
If you put a chameleon in a room full of mirrors, what color would it turn?
Last week end I was shopping at Costco. This article or those that follow have nothing do do with Costco per se but with too many shoppers in large - warehouse-like stores. This is also true for Walmart, superstores and even some shopping centers.
Hey people... GET OUT OF THE WAY!
I’ve seen everything.
People with carts right in the middle of the isle, people with carts to the left of the isle while they’re shopping in the right part. People standing to the left of the cart talking on the phone IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FRIKIN’ ISLE. Last weekend, I actually saw a woman trying clothes on her little girl in the cart, in the middle of the isle. When I said “Excuse me” she GLARED at me and actually told me to GO AROUND... GO AROUND WHERE?
This isn’t the end people. This is the beginning. I’ve got so much to say on this, it will keep me for weeeeeeeks.
Stay tuned kids, I’ll be baaaaaack
They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English.
I can't even talk the way these people do
Why you ain't,
Where you is,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be...
And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.
And then I heard the father talk.
Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.
People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we've got these knuckleheads walking around.
The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.
These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.
$500 sneakers for what?
And they won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.
I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.
Where were you when he was 2?
Where were you when he was 12?
Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn't know that he had a pistol?
And where is the father? Or who is his father?
People putting their clothes on backward:
Isn't that a sign of something gone wrong?
People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn't that a sign of something?
Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up?
Isn't it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?
What part of Africa did this come from??
We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don't know a thing about Africa .
I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.
I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don't have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands . The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa . So stop, already! ! !
With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap ..... And all of them are in jail.
Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's problem.
We have got to take the neighborhood back.
People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different 'husbands' -- or men or whatever you call them now.
We have millionaire football players who cannot read.
We have million-dollar basketball players who can't write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.
Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.
We have to start holding each other to a higher standard.
We cannot blame the white people any longer.'
Way to go Bill (if you REALLY wrote this) and way to go anybody. Sure it is aimed at black people but the message holds true for anyone NOT holding themselves up to higher standards. And there is NOTHING wrong in saying "black people" anymore than saying"white people".
I recently included some adds on my blog (temporarily - just checking). This morning I see that there is an add for an on-line psychologist. Shoud I see some hidden meaning in this?