.#AugustaGA "euthanized" an alligator in Lake Olmstead wfxg.com/story/38792486… Many people were bothered by this story, including myself. Only after watching a @pbs @PBSNature episode on people & lions in #Gujarat #India was I able to articulate why this seemingly trivial
event actually points to the larger issue of whether we humans are going to adapt to this planet or whether we are going to continue to act as if our choices have no consequences until this planet changes & boots us out. #IndiasWanderingLions pbs.org/video/nature-i… Rather than
change our behavior which resulted in an alligator inhabiting this lake or take measures to limit the risk it would cause harm, we humans killed it to eliminate the minor risk it posed. We again positioned ourselves *outside* of the biosphere, even though our lives would be
impossible without the biosphere's services to us. In fact, our past actions have very likely doomed humanity within the next two centuries, and we show no signs of changing our behavior. When I was doing debate in high school, there was an argument
called "The Environmental Ethic." The argument posed that humanity was doomed unless it adopted The Environmental Ethic, which posited that humans were not separate & distinct from other creatures & that human & non-human life & habitat had the same value. You would no more
clear a forest which supported an ecoystem than you would clear a housing block from a major city neighborhood. (Of course, we unfortunately do the latter all the time when capitalists decide that space can produce more money & they convince/bribe government officials to help).
Here are some resources to learn more about Environmental Ethics cep.unt.edu/default.html Another example of this, from memory, was the novel "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn. academic.oup.com/isle/article-a… #Alligator #AugustaGA #RIP #humanity #environment #Biodiversity

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Sep 9, 2018
With regards to the Serena - Ramos #UsOpenFinal #USOpen officiating controversy, I notice that nearly all professional commentators & tennis players think Ramos did not handle the match well. Here's few for your consideration:
Grand Slam Champion Victoria Azarenka
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Sep 9, 2018
A few thoughts on the 2000 movie "American Psycho" based on the 1991 book of the same title by Bret Easton Ellis. I haven't read the book. goodreads.com/book/show/2867…
Here's the movie on IMDB imdb.com/title/tt014408…
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Sep 2, 2018
Has anybody revisited the 1962 Sidney Poitier movie "Pressure Point" in light of the persistence of white supremacist politics in our time?
imdb.com/title/tt005637…
In one scene, the white supremacists are singing "The Star Spangled Banner," the anthem of the United States, at one of their meetings, with USA & 3rd Reich flags displayed
In another scene, the white supremacist prisoner scoffs at Poitier's suggestion that White Supremacy will fail because it is built on a lie. He says, "This country is built on a lie." He asks if it treats people like "All men are created equal." #film #history #racism
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Aug 25, 2018
Greatest challenge for promoters of religion today, imo, is to demonstrate that religion is true. Since the effort to prove the truth of religion is likely to fail, then promoters of religion should at least be able to show that religion promotes ethical behavior. I've recently
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God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War
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The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade by Philip Jenkins indiebound.org/book/978006210…
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Aug 17, 2018
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Jul 22, 2018
I am #FedFan. I can only tolerate watching @kandersonatp defeat @rogerfederer at @wimbledon in 15-20 minute chunks. I had watched most of the 5th set live, and I'm watching it now from DVR. Just reached Kevin's break to go up 6-5 in 3rd set. #tennis
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4-5, Federer missed a backhand passing shot that would have given him a 0-30 lead. Serving at 5-5, Fed narrowly missed two first serve aces. Could've, should've, would've. & I feel miserable.
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