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The Orca Dilema: What To Do About Tilikum?

Some of you may have been watching the drama unfold since the death of long-time Seaworld trainer Dawn Brancheau. While that was certainly a tragedy, the incident begs the question, “What to do about Tilikum?” For those of you who may have missed all or part of the situation, we provide this recap:

The day of the attack, the orcas had been notedly uncooperative, as most orca experts not on the payroll of SeaWorld would attest. After the main show, Dawn was grabbed by Tilikum, an adult male orca (who had already killed two other people) while in captivity. Though as many as 85 people may have been involved in rescue efforts, Ms. Brancheau died from the attack. Initially, SeaWorld tried to play the incident off as an unfortunate accident in which the trainer slipped, fell into the pool and drowned. Only when one of the patrons who had witnessed the attack spoke up, did the truth of the matter surface.

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How To Change Our World

By The People, that’s what this forum is, in part.  It’s a place where We The People address the issues, absent of the compromises many make when politics and advertising money comes into play.

What to do?  Our part doesn’t start or stop at informing our government.  That’s truly just the tip of the iceberg.  Consider every other significant improvement made in our society.  It begins in the private sector, and ends up supported by The People.  The government can impede that progress at times, make it difficult for solutions to rise to the top, while trying to protect us from ourselves.  It still comes down to what we will or will not tolerate.

How does that translate into something that changes the real world?  Vote with your wallet.  Start at Sea World and all of the other (disgusting) prisons for whales and dolphins.  If they weren’t making billions a year on Shamu’s suffering, there would be no capturing and enslaving them for profit. The thousands of them killed in pursuit of that profit would have been able to live out their natural lives free in the oceans of the world, instead of eating carrion in squalor while being driven insane. Read more

Civil Disobedience Beats Big Oil in Utah

A few days ago, a young Utah resident, Tim DeChristopher used a bidding paddle as deftly as that David who hurled a rock at Goliath, effectively felling Big Oil companies bidding on ten parcels of land near his home. He might have done more, but oil and gas representatives unleashed police on the 27-year-old. Their basis? They didn’t recognize him as a regular bidder. Plainclothes officers, requested in advance by the BLM, removed him from the auction and held him for questioning, stopping him from bidding on any more of the 149,000 acres of our land that the BLM had offered up for oil leases that day.
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