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CMP (Canadian Mind Products)’s purpose is to stand up for the rights of plants and animals. Animals also includes cetacea, humans, gay people, atheists, war victims and invertebrates. CMP attempts to inculcate planetary consciousness — concern for the planet as a whole. A subgoal is to teach people to use computers effectively, particularly with the Java computer language.
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The image in the top left corner is an Inuit hunter.

Indigenous Rights

Indigenous people usually demand the right to hunt, without restriction, since they did 300 years ago. They claim an innate intuitive wisdom of conservation, vastly superior to that of wildlife scientists.

I say no. Why?

  • Populations are much higher today. Wildlife cannot sustain pressure from so many people.
  • Weapons and fishing gear are much more efficient today. Wildlife cannot sustain the pressure from such advanced hunting.
  • We are all equal. Indigenous people do not deserve special privilege based on the behaviour of our distant ancestors.
  • We did not know 300 years ago that whales had brains many times the size of ours, and that they have complex social lives. We should no longer be killing them at all.
  • The standards for acceptable animal cruelty have changed drastically over the last three centuries. King Louis XIV used to burn bags full of cats for his sadistic amusement. It is absurd to try to revert to ancient standards. When we do, we become an international pariah.
  • Indigenous people are almost as susceptible to the same foibles as anyone else, including greed, wishful thinking and short-sightedness. They are human too. There is no evidence for their claimed ecological perfection.
  • Indigenous people argue that they are poor and could not survive without the meat. This is short-term thinking. Driving species extinct means no meat at all in future.

So I say that indigenous people should hunt, humanely, like anyone else, with scientifically determined quotas, like anyone else.

Google has insisted I remove all images of the Iraq war and torture at Abu Ghraib from this website. If I do not, they will block my ad revenue which I use to fund my ISP (Internet Service Provider) bill. Google offers no way to talk to a human to negotiate, so I have decided to split mindprod.com in two. The controversial stuff will go on a new ad-free site called mindprod.ca. The technical sections will remain on mindprod.com. mindprod.com will have Google Adsense ads but mindprod.ca will not. Splitting is a surprisingly labour-intensive undertaking. For now, you should not notice any difference.

Life in the Dolphin Lane

Imagine going to a cocktail party with 200 guests, each zooming around at 65 km/hr (40.39 mph) and maintaining a conversation with each of the guests simultaneously, all talking at once. Dolphins do it all the time. One trick they use to help sort it all out is putting the name of the recipient on the front of each phrase, much the way a computer does when talking on a LAN (Local Area Network). The closest a human would come is sitting on a bus texting with many friends at once.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)

The Choice

You are either an activist or an inactivist.

~ The Cove 2009 A documentary about Japan’s secret atrocities against dolphins.
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