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AMAIRUKUHN EDGYKAYSHUN STRIKES AGAIN: KINDNESS TO DOGS IS RACIST

It's been a very long time since I've had a rant about Amairikuhn edgykayshun, but this story, shared by V.S., vaulted right into the finals folder. When I read it, I didn't know whether to laugh, cry, or rant, and ended up doing all three.   It seems that the latest lunacy to hit the Amairikuhn quackademy is the notion that being kind to animals - particularly dogs - is somehow a sign of white supremacy and patriarchy and... well, rather than me tell you, just read the article (if you can stomach it):

Being Kind to Dogs Is ‘RACIST’, University Professor Says

So here it is:

In her recent book The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animals, Katja Guenther claims that dogs are being killed because of “capitalism, anthroparchy, white supremacy and patriarchy.” She argues that allowing dogs to sleep inside is a privilege reserved for the white and wealthy and that policies against keeping dogs chained up in backyards are intended to oppress people of color by imposing “middle-class norms of animal keeping in which companion animals are considered family and treated accordingly,” which ignore the fact that people of color “are themselves trapped in poverty, may have few options for legitimate income generation and possibly rely on their dogs for … status.

The first time I read this, I was angry, the second, I was sad, the third, I merely laughed. And what the heck is "anthroparchy"? And do I even care to know? (Probably not.) And most people I know that have dogs, whether inside or outside, have them because they like them. We'll get back to that. But wait, there's more:

She appears to be arguing that if a person of color can turn a profit or build a reputation through animal exploitation that excuses animal suffering—even in the case of sadistic animal abuse: “From a class perspective, wealthy people are believed to be too ‘civilized’ to engage in barbaric activities like dogfighting, and it’s no coincidence that the only affluent person who has been publicly shamed for dogfighting in the U.S., Michael Vick, is Black, newly wealthy after growing up in poverty.”

Dogfighting, however, is not considered barbaric because it violates the norms of wealthy people—who, after all, have historically had their own versions of animal cruelty masquerading as entertainment, such as fox hunting and pigeon shooting. Nor is dogfighting considered uncivilized because of the skin color of the organizers—many of whom are white—but because of what it does to dogs.

At Michael Vick’s property, investigators found decomposing dogs who died by “hanging, drowning, and being slammed to death.” As one of the rescuers involved wrote,

The details that got to me then and stay with me today involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then, just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. Most of Vick’s dogs were small—40lbs or so—so tossing them in would’ve been fast and easy work for thick athlete arms. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides …

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That—and not his skin color—is why Vick was condemned publicly along with many others—many of them white people—who have been held accountable for harming animals.

While Guenther explains away mistreatment if the perpetrator happens to be a person of color, she has plenty of harsh words for those trying to save animals. Day in and day out, rescuers and volunteers show tremendous courage and compassion when they visit their local pounds. At many high kill shelters, they face hostile treatment from staff and endure heartbreak at seeing animals destined for lethal injection or gas chambers. And yet they go back, again and again.

Despite acknowledging these traumas, because most of the volunteers Guenther encountered were white, she accuses them of working to “reinscribe hierarchies of power and status within the shelter” against the non-white workers and thus “maintain existing social inequalities between humans even as they seek to help animals.” When a rescuer laments the condition of a dog “with sagging belly skin, elongated nipples, and enlarged genitalia” and expresses dismay that the former owners “confined their dog outdoors” and “used the pit bull primarily for income generation through breeding,” Guenther dismisses the criticism as “the animal practices of white rescuers.”

Now, all of this would be news to my two next door neighbors, one a black family, and the other, an elderly white lady, or my young Indian neighbors across the street with their two dogs and two cats (one cat a rescue), or the old curmudgeon across the street and his two little dogs. The black family occasionally has visits from the rest of their family, with little kids in tow, and when the kids see me outside walking Shiloh, they love to come over and pet her and ask questions about her. The elderly lady had to give up her own dog for adoption by the rest of her family, but always leaves a little treat for Shiloh when we bring her mail to her front door. Lesson: kindness, compassion, and love for animals is merely human; it's not black, not white, not old, not young, not male, not female. It's merely human. In fact, I would go so far as to say loving an animal or animals humanizes us in ways we do not really understand, and my little dog reacts to all of them in exactly the same way, an excited wagging tail, a little doggie "dance", and some doggie kisses. It's those who view animals simply as machines - or in Ms. Guenther's case, as mere articles in an ideological creed or as cogs in a silly multi-cultural machine of virtue signaling and "concern" - that give me pause, for such people seem empty and machine-like themselves. Perhaps such people are only a step away from the other type of people who view animals as mere chemical-biological automatons, and who feel free accordingly to torture, starve, and abuse them.

It's also a measure of just how inhuman, anti-human, and trivial, the Amairikuhn quackademy and culture has become if busybodies like Ms. Guenther not only have professorships but manage to get their drivel published and taken seriously. Recently, I read another article about a professor who was accusing minority supporters of President Trump of "multi-racial whiteness." (See https://www.npr.org/2021/01/24/960060957/understanding-multiracial-whiteness-and-trump-supporters). I don't particularly care what one thinks of Trump. My point here is I wonder what Ms. Guenther would make of my two next door neighbors and their friendliness toward my little dog? Would my elderly neighbor lady be accused of "trans-sexual patriarchy" and my other neighbors of "trans-racial whiteness" and "anthroparchy"?

My problem here is that my neighbors are simply showing human kindness, and that the end result of Ms. Guenther's meddling will be, as the article rightly sums up, a return to a kind of barbarism:

The most dangerous thing about Guenther’s book, however, is her view that human-animal relations are “a zero-sum political struggle involving identity markers like race.” In the early nineteenth century, cruelty to dogs was not recognized in law because they were considered property. Likewise, harming a homeless dog was not illegal because there was no property interest at stake. The animal did not matter. Guenther is once again suggesting a standard that excuses harm based on the interests of those causing it.

For all her professed concern about hierarchies of privilege, Guenther’s prescription for human-animal relations could not be more inequitable, uncharitable and unkind. Her premise that not all animals should have the same rights and that not all humans bear the same responsibilities to those animals threatens to popularize defeatist and counterproductive dogmas of the kind that kept shelters killing animals for decades until the current generation found common sense alternatives.

If such ideas gain traction, I fear the current moment will be remembered as a brief interlude between the ideological intransigence of two generations—both of which subordinate the rights of animals to the interests of those who harm them.

Perhaps Ms. Guenther needs to spend some time with animal rescue organizations, like Hope for Paws in Los Angeles, whose many rescue videos are on Youtube, whose rescue and veterinary crews are Hispanic, male, female, old, young, and you-name-it, and who respond to calls from all sorts of kind people - black, white, Latino, old, young, rich, poor, tattooed bikers, homeless people, professionals, rich, and poor - reporting some animal needing to be rescued.  Perhaps she needs to learn to shed a tear of compassion for a suffering animal, or a tear of gratitude to those rescuing them, rather than wallowing in the fetid sewers of quackademia and her loony theories.

Yea, you can color me nauseated on this one. Shame on you Ms. Guenther.

See you on the flip side...

71 thoughts on “AMAIRUKUHN EDGYKAYSHUN STRIKES AGAIN: KINDNESS TO DOGS IS RACIST”

  1. Stories like this make me glad I’m older. I hope reincarnation isn’t real. If I have any say in it, I am NOT coming back!

    1. Well, . . . you know, Yee Who Art might insist on re-assignment (reincarnation). If so, and there are things you might have a say in (the lesser of the worst tasks, let’s say), there’s no shortage of things to do where recycling, reclamation, and damage control are concerned. This Planet’s a mess. Just saying.

    2. “I want to come back as a virus so I can kill millions of people.”
      Prince Phillip, consort to the queen of England.

  2. roastedandsalted

    this is one of the steps or levels to rid the plant of life forms. the other levels must be going well if they feel they can go to the next level.

  3. There is a Native American proverb: “Every animal knows more than you do.” ~ Nez Perce
    One is more certain than before.
    Rest assured that paper to be written probably won’t be peer reviewed or expertly reviewed by those that know better, the [animals] that it is about, but by those believing they’re above the animals in an awkwardly aloof estrangement from the rest of an upright simian type they cannot run away from.

    1. Thanks, ZDB!! Good one!! Dr. Rch. Allan Miller went there in a sub under the orders of JFK, I believe. He said they entered underwater & surfaced to chase out the “Germans”, but they had already retreated to farther away.

      Then Linda M. Howe has interviewed two special agents who have been there themselves, recently.
      It is all so interesting!! There are signs of ancient civilizations, for sure!!!

      Did that continent end up there because the Earth “flipped over”??? Are we getting ready for another flip again?!!!

    2. I would suspect huge blocks of ice would break off and destroy anything underneath including subs so I never took this idea seriously and always thought it was a distraction from Paraguay and Argentina. That one Volcanic Island mentioned a few blogs back could have been hollowed out but I still think Paraguay and Argentina is where their secret bases lie. One large known underground location guarded by mysterious mercenaries got talked about in the past and is likely why so many globalists have ranches there. Seems the southern continent has it’s own Area 51. Plus the locals admit Nazis were hiding there.

      1. Probably multiple area 51’s. That also gives some clue as to why Oz and NZ are being totalitarian trashed so hard right now.

  4. The think of it is that these nonsensical cudgels all look stupid and silly and non-threatening from a distance. My guess is they’re far more threatening than we realize.

    Someone sent a reddit clip last week that I won’t link. Showed a neighbor shooting an old married couple across the street over a snow shoveling argument. Horrific stuff. Telling arguments in comments.

    Clear who has seen such incidents before and who has not. The latter almost uniformly demands universal disarmament while the former uniformly argues opposite from practical considerations.

    What a few newbs to such studies noted was how stupidly the couple reacted to being shot at. Their verbal abuse of their neighbor was well bad. He responded in a way that should have cautioned them. Instead they got more abusive.

    Even after the first rounds of shots fired they kept taunting. It was cartoonish. After being shot, they kept berating and threatening that he was really in trouble now. A number of folk questioned the behavior. One stated that they clearly did not think their death was possible let alone imminent.

    Are we making that mistake?

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Are minds being manipulated en masse?
      If so; are these manipulations only going to exponentially expand, in both numbers & strength; because of technologies being employed & exploited?

      The media is a huge player in this; via all its wickedly twisted mediums.

    2. As James Lindsay points out, these otherwise cartoonish people have gotten hired into positions of influence inside corporations, personnel departments, local/state/national government, universities, and public schools. That’s what makes these people (who would otherwise be just harmless nutjobs) very dangerous. I wasn’t aware of this whole woke thing until last year’s riots. Then I took an interest and looked into what was motivating them and what they preach. Think the Salem witch hunts or the Spanish Inquisition, 21st-century style. We’d be well advised to take them very seriously.

      1. Psychopaths ALWAYS end up at the “top”, don’t they?!! Just ask Dr. Katherine Horton!!

        “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
        “The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”(Plato)

        “….to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions {is} a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” (Thomas Jefferson 1820)

      2. People are prepared to take them seriously but they deserve ridicule for what they are proposing. And if they get people to follow through with their Nazi agenda they will find out America is not Europe.

    3. “Are we making that mistake?”
      It is never wise to underestimate your adversary.
      I recall a favorite movie of mine – “The Scarlet Pimpernel”. He was perceived a fool by the royal crowd which enabled him to act for the resistance without suspicion. Personally, I’d rather be thought of as a fool by my adversaries while assessing their capabilities at a level beyond what they present.

  5. I found a friend for Ms. Guenther. Shreena Gandhi teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Michigan State University. She is working on  Decolonizing US Religious History.

    She wrote  in “Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation” – “This modern day trend of cultural appropriation of yoga is a continuation of white supremacy and colonialism, maintaining the pattern of white people consuming the stuff of culture that is convenient and portable, while ignoring the well-being and liberation of Indian people.
    “While the (mis)appropriation of yoga may not be a life-threatening racism, it is a part of systemic racism nonetheless, and it is important to ask, what are the impetuses for this cultural ‘grabbing’?”

    that’s it – doing yoga is systemic racism.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-yoga-american-white-supremacy-michigan-state-university-shreena-gandhi-racism-professor-a8185206.html

    1. Unfortunately, Ms. Guenther has many friends in U.S. universities, media, entertainment–and, increasingly, administrative and political positions of every kind.

  6. roastedandsalted

    Oh boy what doozies. I was told once long ago when i was young you could tell a person by how they treated their pets. I did not understand at the time but i sure understand now. It is a very true observation and statement and a very kind thing that that person told me.

  7. Looks like the miss information age has grown from the cable networks and internet into the Universities. Science papers and text books are being corrupted. Politics are more corrupted than ever. The more I study astrophysics and physics the more I suspect it too is purposely corrupted. I suspect the real physics is a closely guarded secret you must get initiated into and is not taught in academia.

    1. “They” did a good job of taking us over from the inside, didn’t they?!! Let’s hope it’s not too late to right the ship!! 😉

    2. There might be a deeper causality for why it appears that [Astrophysics and physics] are “purposely corrupted.” Your sense of things for one. Especially, discovering that all that is thought to be isn’t quite so as what was first touted. GizaDeathStar’s, Joseph Farrell, has several books to his credit that expand on several Astrophysical and physical positions and why things might not be as institutions would have their students adopt as scientific dogma. Not all are end-of-twig-excursions.

  8. People go into debt to send themselves, their kids, to pseudo-academic dump sites for useless quacks. The upper levels of the Hitler’s SS were populated with PhDs.

  9. Robert Barricklow

    H. G. Wells optimistically wrote: “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
    Now add Upton Sinclair, “School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.
    Which leaves us w/useful idiots teaching the status quo to future “educated idiots”; or, “learned idiots”.
    Which brings us to “learned ignorance”: A term coined by the medieval philosopher Erasmus to describe unworldly or gullible book knowledge. A play in 1672, Les Femmes Servants, had the line, “A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.
    Herman Kahn, The phenomenon occurs especially “at leading universities in the U.S.S.A.[my translation of US]. Individuals raised in this milieu often have difficulty w/simple degrees of reality testing.

    Quite frankly, I couldn’t be bothered to read her gibberish. After a few snippets, here and there, one could tell this was an educated idiot par excellence. Or, simply a paid hack doing a fools errand assigned to her as punishment. Either way, or by other means; this article sums up to pure nonsense.
    No doubt relate to the overall objectives of the covid1984 op: dehumanize the world’s populations.

    The question is: Does she really believe her own press?
    If so, then she is really one sick puppy!

    1. In 1993 the progressive metal band Threshold penned the following lyrics to a song named “Days of Dearth”. Enjoy:

      Modern man has turned his back on old philosophies
      Lost the spiritual universe and gained reality
      Worship money, scientists and grim normality
      What use are logic, power and wealth with no society

      Scan the mind stand by earth, give it time your rebirth

      When forests become desert and the seas are filled with slime
      Rivers wash the soil away we still ignore the signs
      We must rely on instincts we’ve left buried in our heads
      Will rich men eat their money when they’ve killed the world stone dead?

      Stand behind the boy king’s curse, now we find days of dearth

      The performed version sounds pretty good, too.

      1. Robert Barricklow

        Loved it!

        As I’ve written here many times,
        The real wealth on Earth is her living wealth.
        Not gold, nor diamonds, nor silver, not any rocks and/or minerals.

        Earth’s living spirits;
        are her true treasures,
        far beyond any measure conceivable.

      1. Robert Barricklow

        Your absolutely right!

        Many animal expressions do injustice to the animal in question;
        when the human animal; the expression is meant to demean – is…?
        Well, … evil.

        I read many animal analogies; with the necessary qualifier attached.
        as in: [meaning no disrespect to sick puppies].

  10. I suggest the real problem is the unconscious bias of an oppressive edugarchy, which perpetuates a privilege-preserving intellectual mediocracy. Joking aside, people of good faith really need to curb this woke insanity before it becomes a terminally caustic blight on Western civilization–which, incidentally, its philosophy explicitly advocates dismantling. (Again, for anyone interested in what wokeness is all about, and the dangers it poses, I recommend James Lindsay’s excellent site, https://newdiscourses.com/.)

    This woman, like most woke folk I’ve heard, seems to be motivated by intransigent, inhuman(e) bitterness and hatred, and cult-like devotion to a strictly materialist philosophy that sees everything as a continuous, unending struggle between oppressors and oppressed. Sickening, sad, and stupid.

  11. Dr. F,

    There may be an entirely different dimension to this than at first meets the eye. With regard to Bernard G’s view of the Q INFO OP, the anon collective participating in this has noted a trend towards “dog COMMS” by number of actors known or thought to be DS minions, actors, etc. The thinking is that this is sort of indirect encoded COMMS that would be understood by fellow DS members, but not by others, and that might elude the suspicion of NSA type mass surveillance and cryptoanalysis / Palantir network discernment.

    Whether “dog comms” relates to DS master-slave/servant/serf or an occult interpretation (Hekate and triple crossroads or Cerberus) or other is unknown. Regardless, a sort of metaphoric interpretation may be required.

    The George Floyd/BLM riots, the “Democrat plantation,” and racial conflict in the US in general are viewed as elements of a deliberately engineered / fomented phenomenon to keep US population divided and preoccupied (divide and conquer?). Anon posts on this topic include https://qresear.ch/?q=dog+comms

    Whether these comms are indeed DS or part of a broader Q INFO OPS Hegelian dialectic (or just a series of coincidences) remains to be determined.

    Time to leave periscope depth and go back to silent running. 😉

  12. Current events have left me to believe that a none-human agency is acting on earth. I am not exactly sure if it is through ideas or direct action. Am I loosing it?

    1. No.
      The simulacra of actions and ideas is wearisome…
      Here again, I am reminded of the article pointed out the other day on this forum about rhetoric.
      I recently tried to write a poem about syllogisms being jumbled by a strange minstrel from another ‘sphere….
      It goes like this :
      When new moon dawning , marks old moon sudden
      The ‘regents of the night , wake all too sudden
      Pining to glean what wisdom spent
      On lack luster pearls, exchanged for the rent
      Who tells the children what they must ‘say
      To reanimate the minstrel that they do
      ‘pay
      The jumble of syllogisms left unsaid
      And all of the books that no one read….’
      It goes on ….
      I think it all officially started with stick and ball video game before Atari…

        1. Yes! That’s it, I couldn’t remember what it was called.
          All I remember was sitting in front of the tele as a child and all of a sudden Pong became available.
          I think you could play it with the TV remote control for awhile.
          It was like available thru a television network.
          What I remember is how creepy it was to play a game with an invisiblle ‘opponent.
          Then came Space invaders….

    2. Similar feelings lately. My good friends at YT suggested I watch Prodigy last night. A 2018 telekinetic scifi version of Good Will Hunting. Feeling I got throughout is AI is analygizing (is that a word?) and trying to fit in. Meanwhile we’re being run headlong at another layer of #Bolshevism #gulags and whatever else.

      Whatever the entity in question is (human or not) is secondary to me. Primary to me is how pro and/or anti human they are. Right now it feels anti based on all the ultimata and mandates and silly constraints being foisted and forced on us.

    3. Well, Donkey…..we DO know we are not alone in the Universe, so it follows quite naturally that there are “others” involved in what is happening at this point in time here on this tiny planet!! 😉

      If you REALLY want to blow your mind, go to Mudfossil Univ. with Roger Spurr!!! He has uncovered info that our Established Scientific Community will not even LOOK at because it doesn’t fit into the little box that they have constructed for us to “believe in”!!!

    1. Not so sure about that unconditional thing. Especially with cats. The cool part is learning the conditions.

      1. ‘Xactly. They’re not here to provide us with it, they’re here to teach us it, if we’re willing..

  13. The people I find the kindest are those that welcome animals into their homes as family members. To be blunt, anyone who doesn’t gift love to a species other than their own, is not someone I wish to know. Abusive behavior, whether psychological or physical toward any other being, is abhorrent and despicable – there are no excuses.

    1. Tell ya what though, DO NOT bring a chicken in to your house. Cats too if you’re smart. Some animals do so much better when outside only, it’s a bad idea to bring them in. Ok chicks when they need a brooder at 100 degrees F for a couple weeks but even then, it’s the garage only.

  14. As Druid, I no longer engage in psychological projections. I only observe things, as they are, in themselves. That is why I am Druid.

    Of course, I am still capable of psychological projections. By thought and intent, into flashpoint, they become curses or blessings.

    The “familiar spirit” is the merging of instinct and intuition, and that is metamorphosis. One becomes one with the elements.

    Obviously, animal and anima, the soul, are connected.

  15. Cultural Marxists sometimes remind me of whacked out Baptist fundamentalists who always warn about “the devil” and how they can see him in everything. These guys just call it “the patriarchy” and make about as much sense.

    1. anakephalaiosis

      Every object casts shadow. The size, of the shadow observed, is relative, and varies according to position of observation.

      That is the topology in Plato’s Cave. The journey, from overwhelming shadow, towards diminished shadow, is radius.

      Original Christianity uses Plato’s Cave, as parable, and that is the breaking of the sixth and the seventh seal.

      Modern churches are papal sheep farms, deprived of logical explanations, that once were common knowledge.

      1. Amen & Amen, Anak!!! My Father was a Baptist preacher & I was married to an abusive, religious conman for 18 years, so I can see things from the “inside”!!

        Brainwashing is brainwashing no matter the angle one sees it from!! Nothing exists outside the Bubble one lives within & no new information is allowed in!! Critical Thinking is mostly a thing of The Past!! Sad, but true!!

        Churches make good Social Gathering places & it seems the “rituals” involved give some a sense of inclusion in a “group”!! But one may never question the logic of what one is being taught!!

  16. Excepting reptiles and insects all mammals and birds are capable of bonding with human beings. Birds of prey, once injured and during recovery, can become quite respectful of humans and adopt their care-givers as members of their nest. Octopi, especially the young, have been known to caress the legs of their liberators once released from shallow waters and certain death. In Australia, animals known to be aloof and reclusive from humans, were filmed getting into automobiles or allowed onto truck beds to escape the bush fires in Australia. Dogs and cats are favorites for pets for the qualities they bring to enrich peoples lives. Personally, I prefer dogs to cats (generally, though I was once very fond of two American curls) because of their boundless capacity for unconditional love. Rabbits are also very interesting too as they can develop very strong and deep bounds with humans who raise them domestically and interact with them on a frequent basis. All animals, when their needs are met, get bored and love to play. Humans as play partners for some animal species are especially entertaining because humans can engage in a range of activities far more robust than can be found in the wild–and these interactions make the pets more intelligent as problem solvers in general. My point is: humans and animals are capable of far more than just her Marxist post-modern reflexes. The bonds described here are more than just affection. These interactions have a transcendent quality–a spiritual foundation. As the demonic possession phenomenon has taught psychology and psychiatry, the social sciences can barely scratch the surface of the human behavior and information processing. Because of their materialistic scope they offer very little explanatory power about the dynamics of unseen forces between human and animal behavior. The transcendent is beyond their capability to measure using their paltry instruments and epidermic powers of “observation”.

    Now, for my greatest pet peeve of all with social sciences. The social sciences pretend to be “hard” sciences and demand to be treated on even keel as the empirical sciences–but this lady’s work proves why such studies are hardly empirical. All of their work is based on observational biases. The scientific method is given some acknowledgement, but the use of it is abused beyond comprehension. This person’s work reinforces my loathing of the all social sciences–and sociology in particular. Sociology affords the silliest of notions to be taken seriously with scant empirical evidence and an exceptional prosaic flair. It’s not worth any serious consideration. It is blatantly political. It has no foundation in reality.
    It is applied surrealism with human social constructs without any explanatory power at all. It leads to the silliest of conclusions. It is vacuous, euphoric, dystonic and misanthropic. In my opinion, this writer and AOC would get along fine. Between the two of them there might be enough brain cells to generate a little friction for a momentary cat fight provided the stimulus is Donald Trump. Otherwise, these two persons are dreadful examples of human beings. If it wasn’t for who they are neither merit any serious attention.

    1. anakephalaiosis

      I admit being a “Nazi”, NOT because of political affiliation, NOR ideological conviction. It is pure accidental.

      The reason is simple. There is a surplus of Nazi stickers, and far too few underdogs around, to attach labels to.

      For the top dogs to feel good about themselves, they need to “promote” someone like me, to be their underdog.

      Therefore I am chimeric – with three heads – as scapegoat, top “Nazi” and underdog. Three-in-one!

      1. Even without AOC and the squad in the USSA, that kinda self description is problematic here lately. Used to be folks would treat ya odd and give you room while ACLU would protect your right to speak. Now the ANTIFA crowd has convinced folk that rights and civility are optional and mostly immoral. A family member I used to regard hugely (yuge) told me a few years ago in front of my Mom, that it’s great to “punch a Nazi.” Took awhile but um, 10 years on, I still think she was serious. Still don’t know how to talk with her.

    2. @origenschild
      Gotta disagree on reptiles and insects. Seen evidence that they learn and express preferences too. Tarantula’s are hilariously smart and perceptive. Some are really nice. All about body language.

      The rest of what you wrote, I pretty much can go along with. To add, my guess is cats and dogs get along with humans better because of greater shared body language. With that, together these species make better hunters than apart.

      Which brings to mind for you dog lovers, play hide and seek. All dogs (cats do come to think of it) love it. It does not take boredom for animals or any of us to play. Play defines intelligence. And wild animals play as well. We just rarely see it. Consider otters playing on slides. Packs playing with their puppies and each other. Tasmanian devils, ah nevermind.

  17. Mahatma Ghandi said that ” the greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated.”

  18. anakephalaiosis

    Whenever I encounter Americans in Europe, I immediately turn 180 degrees, and quickly disappear. Because all longterm residents, from the USA, are vetted through lodges, that provide platforms for ClA, through exchange programs.

    USA embassies in Europe are fortifications, to exterminate “Vaterland Indians” on the European prairie. We recognize, the continuation of exterminating “Buffalo Nazis” on the American prairie. Top dog seeks to do in underdog.

    Apparently, I am a European underdog, under the heel of the USA empire, forced to conform, and to be whipped like a dog, by my lords and masters from the USA. I write limericks for dog biscuits.

    I have learned to make myself invisible in the forest. Camouflage.

    1. hey Hey Anake ! Light’n up😀 ( dude ya kinda remind me ah lil of Francis … ya know in Stripes)💃 wasn’t my doggy 🐕 that pooped in yer yard 🚮 🏃🏃🏃 …dude 😀

      1. Anak, you do realize we’re pickled too, right? Might be in a different jar, but um, my guess is that not a lot of picklers take the time to write here. Most of my experience with folk from out of country is similar except those just trying to make the same living I am.

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