July 12, 2001
Miscellaneous Subjects 96: 1. Some Feedbacks + "Who cares what you think?" - President George W. Bush, July 4, 2001 + Something Is Frighteningly Wrong With The American People Now + The Israeli Army's Campaign of Revenge and Ethnic Cleansing + Shame on Seattle: The Death Penalty for Pooping
Some pretty powerful material in this one...
As usual your feedbacks are always most welcomed -- and appreciated!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
News of interest:
U.N. Effort to Cut Arms Traffic Meets a U.S. Rebuff
(There are over 500 million small arms available because of arms traffickers around the world.)
War-Weary Kashmiris Contemplate the Price of Peace
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001
From: Patricia Mueller <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Sperm on the wane
The story by Alberto Machada (July 4, 2001) on "Genetically Damaged Male Sperm and Increased Male Infertility" is actually the best news, because this planet is so dreadfully overpopulated and overpolluted with human waste now. All environmentalists have been warning for the last 40 years that the human species is ruining the planet with their free-for-all reproduction rate, and now Mother Earth herself is agreeing, and is fighting back by actually reducing the human ability to reproduce. Don't you see that this is part of the natural solution? We don't have enough sense to stop having five and ten and twenty kids per family, so "nature" is stepping in and telling us to stop.
It is so obvious this planet is polluted and so obvious we must reduce the number of humans living here in order to control the pollution. Anyone who doesn't believe in evolution and natural selection is getting a first hand lesson. When we reduce our numbers, thereby reducing our pollution, the sperm count and genetic quality of the sperm will once again rise. If we interfere artificially, we are merely putting off the inevitable day when we will overpopulate ourselves into oblivion. This is a warning signal from our very own bodies -- PLEASE LISTEN!
Rev. Patricia Helene,
Ministry of the Divine Guiding Angels
PATRICIA ALSO SENT THIS OTHER MOST ELOQUENT AND PASSIONATE COMMENT
I am so sick of hearing Jerusalem referred to as "The Holy Land"! People -- THE ENTIRE EARTH IS THE HOLY LAND! Not just one nation on it or one section of one city of it, but THE ENTIRE EARTH, THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE -- it is all God's (or the Creator's or Universal Mind, or whatever you wish to call the creator of us all!). Look UP to the stars! That is the HOLY LAND!
Look UP to the SUN, that is the Holy Land! Look INTO the RAIN FORESTS OF THE EARTH. That is the Holy Land! Look INTO each tree, rock, stream, ocean! LOOK INTO THE MIRROR!!!! YOU, YOU, YOU ARE THE HOLY LAND! YOU ARE THE HOLIEST OF ALL OF GOD'S CREATION, and whenever you kill or suicide bomb or holy war against another creature that looks just like you in the mirror, you are destroying the HOLY LAND!! Why can't you get it straight? I do not want to hear one more word about Israel/Palestine/Jerusalem calling themselves THE HOLY LAND! What arrogance and ignorance! Each one who believes that land is the Holy Land is directly participating in the killing that continues there.
Rev. Patricia Helene
From: "Lynn Wright" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001
Thanks for a superb newsletter and for the beautiful crop circles.
All the very best
Lynn Wright (South Africa)
From: "Janisel" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Miscellaneous Subjects 95
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001
Art Rosenblum wrote: "Clearly successful cultures are out there and have been for decades (at least) visiting us by travel faster than light !
Thank you, Art, for pointing out that there is indeed a better way. Being one of those who are fortunate enough to be invited onboard these magnificient crafts of Light, I have seen it in action. I have also been in communication with Dr. Greer's office (the Disclosure Project) and may be called as a witness at some time in the near future to testify to not only the advanced technology which has been imparted to us but also the Unconditional Love and spiritual advancement of these wonderful 'human' Beings of Light. As you said, they DO have a better way... and some of these advanced technologies they have shared with us, i.e. a means or curing the human body of 'anything', and how to purify not only our water but also our air/atmosphere. This began for us over two years ago and has snowballed into a worldwide organization which is working with the grids of Earth to bring balance to all facets of our lives. If anyone is interested in joining with us, or would like more information, they can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love and Blessings
Janisel Amen-Ra Kumara Rohs
From: "Ariel Ky" <email@example.com>
Subject: Who cares what you think?
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001
I get so much out of your postings. I'm passing on a message from a friend that you might want to share with your readers.
A friend of a friend met the President during his inspiring stop in Independence Park in Philly last Wednesday. Here's her account:
So when the President was here on July 4, I had the opportunity to shake his hand. I wasn't sure if that was a good idea or not but I did it anyway, and said to him, "Mr President, I hope you only serve four years. I'm very disappointed in your work so far."
He kept smiling and shaking my hand but answered, "Who cares what you think?" His face stayed photo-op perfect, but his eyes gave me a look that said, if we'd been drinking in some frathouse in Texas, he'd've happily answered, "Let's take it outside." A nasty little gleam. But he was (fortunately) constrained by Presidential propriety.
But that was the end of it until I turned away and started scribbling the quote down in my notepad, so as to remember the "Gift" forever. When he saw me do that, he got excited and craned his neck over the rubberneckers to shout at me, "Who are you with? Who are you with?" People started looking, so he made a joke: "Make sure you get it right." But he kept at it: "Who do you write for?" I told him I wasn't "with" anybody and pointed to one of his staff people who knows me a little, and said, "Ask him, he'll tell you." Then I split.
Half an hour later, my boss (who had helped organize the event we were at) came up to me and said, "Did you really tell the President that he was doing a 'lousy fucking job'?"
"No way," I said, "I was very polite, I just told him what I thought." Fortunately, he believed me. He wasn't happy with me, but he believed me.
But anyway, if you ever wondered if the Prez really was kind of a jerk, I'm here to tell you, he is, and I got The Gift to prove it. I'm thinking of making up t-shirts so we can share The Gift with everyone:
"Who cares what you think?"
- President George W. Bush, July 4, 2001
HERE IS A QUOTE FROM THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE BELOW - A MUST READ NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE BECAUSE THE SAME PROBLEM AFFECTS CITIZENS AROUND THE WORLD
"The sham of our supposed leaders, pretending to conduct a free and democratic society in our name, is a despicable insult to our intelligence."
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001
"Something Is Frighteningly Wrong With The American People Now."
Speech by Diane Harvey
June 21, 2001
What is it that all of us involved in environmental and activist issues have in common? It isn't just the wretched fact of being bombarded with sickening unknown substances wherever we turn, by unknown persons, for unknown reasons. We have learned a little about what is being done to us and why. But this is not comforting either, because most of what we experience directly is just the tail of the technological dragon.
What really brings us together is something much deeper even than this. And that is, that all of us see the disappearance, before our eyes, of all influence on our own future, and on the future of our children and grandchildren. On the surface, we are brought together by an investigation into what must be the most complex and expensive secret operation ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting population. So, beneath this set of outrageous monumental techno-crimes, is the much larger specter of an absolutely out-of-control runaway government.
"They", whoever they are, are dragging us, wherever they are going, by force. We aren't being asked for our cooperation, or for our votes. This means that the very word ''government" is now effectively meaningless. WHAT government? Where is it? Who is it? Can we say we know the first thing about who is in fact actually running our country? No. And this what lies at the very bottom of all of our very justifiable fears.
On any practical and meaningful level, we are no longer citizens of a Republic at all. The sham of our supposed leaders, pretending to conduct a free and democratic society in our name, is a despicable insult to our intelligence.
This is a very terrible fact we are looking in the eye here. And it leads us directly to the other important part of the eerie historical moment we are living in. Which is that, not only do we have no idea who is making the decisions for us now, we don't even have a population that cares.
There is something frighteningly wrong with the American people right now. A mysterious fog has settled down over people's minds. Something beyond run-of-the-mill human apathy has overtaken this society. People have lost something so fundamental to human life that we can hardly believe it, even though we see its effects constantly. We can describe what we see, but we can barely grapple with the meaning of it. This is something new under the sun, and it is very strange.
But it is real, and we know it. People are disconnected from basic reality at a level that actually seems impossible.
The fact that our government has gone off without us into dark secret places is a great crisis for our nation. But if our country were populated by alert, responsible and indignant citizens, this would not be happening.
"It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error."
- Justice Robert H. Jackson
It has taken a long time to entirely sever so many human beings from their own consciences. It has taken decades of slow, careful, deliberate numbing on many fronts. To send most of a nation into a kind of life-long sleeping sickness of the mind has required methodical planning, and the enthusiastic cooperation of the people themselves. This peculiar condition of mass entrancement we are grappling with now was no accident. A hundred years ago it would not have been possible to radically alter the environment itself right under the noses of the public without them noticing.
This basic point is extremely significant to our effort. We are trying to awaken people who, quite often and very decisively, do not want to know what is happening to them, or to their country. Most of our fellow citizens are literally in a self-induced trance state. They have actually unconsciously decided not to comprehend what they are seeing and hearing. They have renounced common sense, in order not to be disturbed. It takes a tremendous effort, intelligence, skillful timing and the right approach even to make a dent in this epidemic of willful ignorance.
There have been hidden influences acting behind the scenes in this country for a very long time. What we are looking at in our generation is the result in the present of a very long history of corruption and secret influences. The roots of the present evil are old and deep. Even in his day, Henry David Thoreau looked around very carefully and said: "How does it become a man to behave toward the American government today? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it."
Far too soon after the glorious beginnings of our nation, the American people began to display a tendency to let things go on without their involvement, and in this we haven't been different from other people in other nations. Relatively few people have ever felt responsible for trying to fix what was wrong with the power structure of their time. In essence, relatively few have ever wanted to understand or to undertake the responsibilities for human freedom. Self-government by any people has had a very short shelf life in human history so far, for reasons that are sadly obvious to us today. Thomas Paine understood this, when he warned: "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
This history we are so habituated to, of a politically apathetic and disinterested population, has added up to a cost most people never foresaw. The price we have paid without noticing has become all too clear. Our country, as it lives in our imaginations, no longer has any existence in the real world. Unfortunately, the perennial themes of letting things go, generation after generation, has culminated in a government that has now entirely disappeared out from under us. Whatever and whoever it is, it is holed up somewhere out of sight. We are left holding the bag of misdirection: empty words, empty gestures, and empty appearances. We are here because we have eyes that can still see, and ears that can still hear. We have hearts that are still open and minds that still think. And above all else, we still hear and obey the dictates of conscience.
Each of us knows that this is nothing special, but merely living as we were created to live. But it becomes a very special way to live when the majority of our fellow beings renounce all responsibility for their own lives at the most dangerous moment in history. When so many other people refuse to see and hear and understand, then the Accidental Activist is born.
There isn't one of us who could ever have imagined spending so much time and energy this way. We are activists by default, because the majority of people have renounced their responsibilities as citizens. We become self-appointed voices of our national conscience because we have no other self-respecting choice. Each of us has accepted the single pertinent fact: If not me, then who? When Democracy actually exists, it is not necessary to have credentials or affiliates or titles other than that of concerned citizen. As Ralph Nadar pointed out: "A couple of thousand years ago in Athens, a man could get up in the morning, wander around the city, and inquire into matters affecting his well-being and that of his fellow citizens. No one asked him 'Who are you with?'"
Has the majority of our population always been unwilling to notice what is inconvenient to notice? Has the majority inevitably left it to the few to demand justice for all? We can see that it has, and in this way we are re-enacting an old pattern.
But there are many worse aspects to our present predicament than those who lived before us had to contend with. What we are obliged to tackle, merely by being aware of it at all, is the lethal combination of concealed power, secret technology and an unprecedented level of materialism that powerfully induces mass sleeping sickness.
We have a de facto clandestine government, practicing without a license. The long arm of the military is growing in the dark, reaching out to affect every living thing on earth without the slightest oversight or agreement from the profoundly affected. People have, on the whole, traded normal awareness for highly destructive substitutes, and the evidence of their senses for the short-lived comforts of being undisturbed by reality. What is there then to hope for, in looking at so many kinds of dark forces arrayed against us?
There are hopeful elements in this picture, despite appearances to the contrary. One great hope is in the fact that we have no leaders. Good government in our country has so far relied heavily on the existence of occasional great leaders. Since such people are always rare, in a very real sense this has been a serious weakness inherent in the practical working out of the democratic ideal. Great leaders have come and gone, but the citizenry, the supposed bedrock of a freedom-loving people, has not been sufficiently involved in national life.
Yet things are so bad now that more and more people are being forced to realize that they have been tricked and abandoned by the wayside. We are not rare specimens, but part of a significant number of people who see things going disastrously off the rails in various ways. In every country human beings are looking around and wondering why they should put up with having no say at all in their own world. We might be surprised at how many of us there are, still divided by different issues, yet united in the basic understanding of what we are looking at.
But the price of such dedication to the original principles of active citizenship is extraordinarily high these days. When so many are so afraid to exercise their basic rights and duties, those who choose to do so are forced to pay dearly for their efforts in behalf of all. Simply by taking our own Constitution seriously, we make ourselves outcasts.
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence."
- Charles A. Beard
It is a hard business to endure being seen as a dangerous and tedious eccentric when you know you are merely awake. It is harder than we could have imagined, to spend so much time, energy and money trying to make up for what an entire nation ought to be doing along with us. And it is hardest of all to suffer, as many have, painful discord in relationships with family and friends. What is more agonizing than being obliged on occasion to choose between truth and justice for all, and a comforting personal relationship? We do not romanticize the difficulties of serving a great cause - we have experienced the hardships far too acutely for that. But we have in common that what we know has swept up our personal hopes, wishes, and dreams into another and far larger field of life.
We are living now in a larger world of extreme human necessity. Our source of nourishment is the spirit of freedom itself. Because what is slowly but surely coming into being, through all our efforts, is the renewal of the original energy that created this country in the first place. The deepest truth in all of this is that we are serving the sacred purposes of life itself at a critical and momentous time in human history. And for this opportunity, despite all our difficulties, and despite the forces arrayed against us.
This speech by Diane Harvey was delivered through the kind auspices of David Peterson, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, on June 24, 2001
THE FOLLOWING IS ABSOLUTELY HEART-WRENCHING AND I FULLY CONCUR THAT SUCH EXTREME HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY ISRAEL MUST CEASE AT ONCE.
Subject: Please help stop the brutal destruction of Palestinian homes and property
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001
From: Larry Morningstar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am a full supporter of the State of Israel and its sovereign right to exist. Nonetheless, I vehemently protest the brutal destruction of Palestinian homes and property and lives in the occupied territories.
Please help hold the Vision of Peace in the Middle East,
and share with me in a prayer
for those who have been hurt,
for those who have lost their homes,
for those who have lost their farms,
for those who have lost their loved ones,
for those who have lost their hope,
for those who have been killed, and
for those who through their own fear have caused these injuries.
May All Beings Be Happy
May All Beings Be Free
Peace Peace Peace
Remember, the greatest power in the world is prayer.
In sadness, and in hope,
From: Gila Svirsky <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2001 2:47 AM
Subject: Please, please help us stop this
Jeff Halper provides important details below about Israel's campaign of home destruction and expulsion of Palestinians who live in the area south of Hebron. The full extent of this campaign has yet to appear in the Israeli media, although Ha'aretz reported on Wednesday that "The Civil Administration destroyed a number of Palestinian homes near the spot where Har-Sinai's body was found, leaving up to 500 Palestinians homeless. IDF soldiers were also reported to have uprooted trees and destroyed wells."
How would you react if the homes of 500 indigent people in your country were destroyed by the army in retaliation for the killing of someone? And their water supply not cut off, but permanently demolished?
Please help us stop this. This is a plea from someone who loves Israel, and finds this behavior unbearable. If you feel the same way, please read through to the end and help us stop this.
The Israeli Army's Campaign of Revenge and Ethnic Cleansing
On July 3, after an Israeli from the settlement of Susiya in the southern West Bank was found murdered, and without any suspects being identified or arrested, the Israeli army unleashed an unprecedented campaign of revenge and ethnic cleansing against the entire civilian Palestinian population of the area. (The same day the Israeli government authorized a wholesale campaign of assassinations as well.) As this is being written (Thursday evening, the 5th of July), we are in the third day of this campaign.
The first 24 hours witnessed the demolition of at least five Palestinian homes in the city of Yata, which was completely sealed off to the outside world, leaving the army to act with impunity towards the civilian inhabitants. Reports are that up to a thousand residents were forced from their homes before demolishing dozens of them. The army also attacked residents in the entire rural area between Yata and the area around Jibna where the Palestinian "cave-dwellers" live. Additional houses were demolished, wells and reservoirs destroyed and the agricultural infrastructure severely damaged. Even the Channel 1 Israel news spoke of the army as acting out of "revenge." If this is so, the Israeli army, which once prided itself as a "defense" force whose moral code included "purity of arms," has been reduced during the repression of the past months into a mere gang. The fact that no outside observers were allowed into the entire West Bank south of Hebron during this 24-hour period, including journalist and human rights observers, and even the Red Cross was prevented from providing humanitarian aid to the hundreds of families affected, raises fears about acts of violence and intimidation committed with absolute impunity by an army against a defenseless civilian population (most of the area affected is in Israeli-controlled Area C). Not only does international law forbid such actions, but the Fourth Geneva Convention requires Israel as an occupying power to protect the civilian population under its rule and provide for its welfare.
Among the families whose dwellings were destroyed was Rasmiya Nawaja Jamal, a woman in her 60s whose husband Mohammad was murdered by settlers from Susiya ten years ago (no one was ever tried). Rasmiya, who ekes out a living as a shepherd, managed to raise 12 children on her own, the family living in an underground cave. Since her compound is situated close to Susiya, the family has endured harassment for many years, including settlers riding horses through her living area. Two years ago the Israeli Civil Administration demolished the cave, claiming that the Nawaja family had no permit to live there. Rasmiya then constructed an ingenious compound over her demolished cave, made of skeletons of automobiles. She and her smaller children lived in the shell of a mini-van, her son and his family lived in the cab of a truck, and a pick-up truck was converted into a stable. Rasmiya used the fenders to fence off her gardens, and even constructed a cooking area of solar panels. On Tuesday morning the army returned and destroyed Rasmiya's compound, as well as those of her neighbors, making more than 50 people homeless. They also uprooted more than 1000 olive trees belonging to Rasmiya and her neighbors, and destroyed all their cisterns.
This morning we received word that Civil Administration bulldozers were destroying homes, farming structures and cisterns in the area of Jibna. This is where, two years ago, the Israeli army tried to force the area's 3000 farming families out of their cave dwellings where they had lived for generations. In October, 1999, the Israeli army declared their lands -- some 100,000 dunams of land (25,000 acres) south of Hebron -- a "closed military zone." (In fact, this was only one of 16 orders closing vast tracts of land throughout the West Bank at that time.) The land, though semi-arid and rural, is home to an entire society of Palestinian farmers who had farmed and grazed that area for centuries, developing a unique culture around the many caves that dotted the mountainous landscape. The expulsion order affected, at that time, around 42 families, consisting of around 730 people (among them some 500 children), who were violently and brutally driven from their homes.
They army claimed they needed the land for a "firing zone," but in fact it is coveted because it connects the Israeli city of Arad with the settlements of the area and creates a corridor from Israel to Kiryat Arba and Hebron. At that time ICAHD and other Israeli human rights organizations initiated an appeal to the Supreme Court, which ruled in March of 2000 that the families would be allowed to stay in their homes until the issue of their residence was resolved. Since that time, the Civil Administration has admitted it cannot find fault with the families' claims to the land. Today's action, then, was intended to by-pass the Supreme Court by simply demolishing the houses under the guise of "security." One of the caves, belonging to the family of Musa Jabarin, was demolished today, together with four other houses, a number of cisterns and many farming structures essential for the economic survival of the community. Clothes, furniture, dead chickens, pieces of pens and chicken coops lie scattered over the ground. (Pictures will be posted on the AIC website: http://www.alternativenews.org). Many other families were ordered to remove their belongings and preparations were made to demolish their homes as well. But an appeal to the Attorney General's Office has resulted in the Civil Administration being ordered to desist -- at least for the time being.
It should be noted that according to Amnesty International Israel has demolished at least 7000 Palestinian homes since 1967, to which more than 500 have to added since the second Intifada began.
At a time when Sharon is being feted by the Chancellor of Germany and the President of France, Israel's occupation and the actions it engenders stand in stark violation of international law. Collective punishment is explicitly forbidden in Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and the demolition of houses constitutes a grave violation of Article 53. The increasing use of international courts to enforce accountability to human rights covenants (upon which Israel itself has signed) should put the Israeli government and its agents on notice that they may find themselves one day being tried for war and civil crimes. Besides the simple injustice and moral indefensibility of such actions.
Contact your political representatives, write in your local newspapers, let your voice be hear in your community against this increasingly brutal Occupation which is destroying Palestinian and Israeli societies alike.
Jeff Halper Coordinator
THE ISRAELI COMMITTEE AGAINST HOUSE DEMOLITIONS
(ICAHD) Rehov Tiveria 37, Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: (+972-50) 651425 Fax: (+972-2) 623-6210
This is Gila back again:
Please write a very brief letter -- one line is enough -- to some or all of the names below. All the letter has to say is something like
"I protest the brutal destruction of Palestinian homes and property in the occupied territories."
Feel free to write more, but, really, I don't think those who get the letters do more than count them. And, sorry to put you to more trouble, but faxing it is much better than e-mail, especially to American and Israeli authorities.
President George W. Bush Fax: +1-202-456-2461; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Secretary of State Colin Powell Fax: +1-202-261-8577; E-mail: email@example.com;
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Fax: +1-212.963.5012 email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Mr. Terje Rod Larsen Personal Representative of the Secretary General to the United Nations in Palestine Fax: + 972 8 282 0966 Email: email@example.com;
Mr Miguel Moratinos - Special EU Envoy to the M-E.: Fax: + 32 2 285 87 52;
Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres Fax: +972-2-5303704 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Israeli Defense Minister, Benyamin Ben Eliezer Fax: +972-3-6916940 or 6976990 e-mail: email@example.com
Prime Minister Sharon Fax: +972-2-5664838; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
And if you still have energy: send a copy to the Israeli embassy or consulate in your country;
Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC Fax: (202) 363-4156 email@example.com
Israeli Embassy in Canada Fax: (613) 237-8865 firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Sorry I don't have more embassy numbers.
"We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are."
Israelis Destroy Homes of Palestinians in Two Areas
Israeli wrecking crews destroyed 14 homes in East Jerusalem on Monday and 10 houses in a refugee camp in Palestinian ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
Israel Bulldozes Houses in a Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip
Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2001
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Shame on Seattle: The Death Penalty for Pooping
This time of year, the Sun visits Seattle, Washington more and more each day, sparkling off the lakes and streams as residents and visitors enjoy warm, crisp air. Tourists flock to the city and there are festivals nearly every day. But this time of year also brings a stain - a blood stain - to the Emerald city as thousands of majestic Canada Geese are rounded up and murdered. Their capital offense: they have defecated on parks, golf courses and private property.
I discuss these shameful killings in this week's Healing Our World commentary, on the Environment News Service at http://ens-news.com/ens/jul2001/2001L-07-06g.html.
As the former manager of the 534 acre Discovery Park, Seattle's largest park, I often observed the Parks Department ignoring the challenge to develop a meaningful solution to complex problems. They usually took the quickest, easiest path possible in order to silence the few, often affluent, vocal individuals who have the ear of Department management.
Video footage of a recent kill at Seattle's Gas Works Park showed the absolute callousness displayed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture workers and the confusion and stress that the geese endured. One hundred geese were roughly handled, captured, and stuffed into death chambers that were too small for them. One can only imagine the terror endured by these peaceful animals.
Unfortunately, Seattle is not alone in these atrocities. Similar kills are going on in many states.
Please join me, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Northwest Animal Rights Network in protesting this atrocity, no matter where you live. My commentary will tell you who to contact to voice your outrage.
We like animals when it is convenient, when they don't get our shoes dirty. Shame on the City of Seattle and its Parks Department for killing these beautiful creatures because they do not have the will or the heart to seek non-lethal solutions. Shame on us as a society if we dare to put animals to death because they mess up our lawns.
I wish you peace in examining your own relationship to the natural world around and pray that compassion in your heart sets the tone for your actions.
Jackie Alan Giuliano
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