Killing Dogs and Civil Rights
There is an article in the current National Geographic on Animal Intelligence. There is a bill before the Missouri Senate allowing the murder of dogs who attack people without due process for the dogs. There is a belief by the Kabbalistic Jews that all living beings have souls. The soul that gives man his intelligence is called Ruach.
The evidence accumulating from science is that dogs (and 16 other animals) have some degree of sentience. The evidence accumulating from religion is that sentience must be treated with respect and fair treatment.
There is no doubt that a child 8 years of age or less would not be summarily put to death for its aberrant behavior, including violent behavior. Many dogs have that much intelligence. Is it fundamentally wrong to murder a dog who has fought with a human merely because it cannot defend itself in court? Is the euthanizing of dogs, murder? Is the forced neutering of dogs a form of genocide?
I believe that certain animals: dogs, cats, dolphins, whales, great apes like orangutangs and bonopos, and parrots and New Caledonian crows may be intelligent enough to be given rudimentary civil rights and respectful treatment equal to that of a child. The Senate Bill in Missouri is mean spirited, inhumane, genocidal, egocentric, and perhaps unconstitutional in that G-d may have created dogs as our equals. One of the points the author of the National Geographic article made is that dogs have evolved at a rapid rate since they were domesticated some 15,000 years ago. At the current rate of evolution, they will catch up with us soon.
Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday.
- Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival of Saturnalia.
- The historical Jesus was not born on December 25th as many contemporary Christians believe.
- Many staple Christmas traditions predated the festival and were tied into ancient pagan worship of the sun and related directly to the winter solstice.
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