Square Peg: Manitoba Hunters Romanticized Champions of Environment

27. Dec. 2017

© Debbie Wall / OgFOMK ArTS -- 2018 All Rights Reserved. - Square Peg - Manitoba Hunters Romanticized Champions of Environment
Manitoba Hunters Romanticized Champions of Environment

Hunters are always trying to romanticize themselves as the champions of the environment, but they are the only ones who equate killing with conservation.  Their focus is on sustainable yield rather than balanced ecosystems and certainly not on the well-being of the individual animals who are victims of their so-called "sport".  None of the profits of the hunting industry are directed towards the wildlife rescues and rehabilitation organizations who deal with the resulting injured and orphaned.
True predators play an integral role in maintaining the health of prey species by selecting the weak and diseased.  Human hunters, on the other hand, target the biggest and most robust.  I suppose a sickly animal does not provide a good photo op.
While the killing of females during the spring black bear "hunt" may be illegal, that certainly doesn't mean it doesn't happen.  Mother bears will cache their babies in trees for their safety while feeding is especially true when they are competing with hungry males at bait stations.  Determining the sex of a large, dark, hairy animal from the safety of tree stands is virtually impossible and lactating females are inevitably shot.  Hunters may hesitate to inform authorities as to their mistake and/or locate the cubs who are doomed to die a slow lingering death.
The hunting of polar bears may or may not be legal in Manitoba, but that doesn't mean it, too, doesn't happen.  How many conservation officers are available to enforce this law in our vast arctic?  Also, polar bears travel hundreds of kilometers and don't recognize lines on a map.  Mother bears could be killed in other provinces/territories and the resulting orphans could make their way into Manitoba.
It is illegal for the public to feed wildlife to help reduce conflict, but bear baiters are allowed to use food to lure their victims to their deaths.  Just because an activity is legal does not mean it is ethical and there are many, hunters included, who find killing animals for trophies in a manner akin to shooting fish in a barrel to be anything but.

Deb & The Gang of Fur -- Debbie Wall
Deb & The Gang of Fur

On December 22 the Freep printed a letter from a hunter who took issue with my orphaned bear letter.   I was surprised they printed it so long after the fact since my letter had appeared Dec. 8th.  No doubt aforementioned hunter must have been stewing the whole time to get a rebuttal.  This is my response to what they said.  Hope you had a good X-Moose!  Deb & The Gang of Fur

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24. Dec. 2017 

Ordinary people shut their windows
And, even when there is a breeze, rely on air conditioning.
Screened in porches are left vacant.
Johnson has let loose his wolf again.
When it was fresh from the northwest
Children would hold it to their necks,
Passing child to animal, animal to child,
The speed of the blood.  Now, almost
One hundred pounds, Johnson lets it out at night.
His garden is still eaten by rabbits
But boys dare each other in groups of three
To wait at the edge of the marsh
Where last week footprints of some kind were found.
Grown men talk of seeing it in their yards,
Of not being able to get off a clear shot.
In daylight Johnson brings his beast
To Henson’s store, where it sprawls flat on the porch,
With Henson scratching it behind the ear
And ladies in house cleaning clothes
Dodging its happy but lethargic tail.
In the dark it has no collar.  It loves
The corners of houses, the backs
Of metal sheds bought prefab from Sears.
One man saw it by midnight eating a cat.
Wolves do their damage in packs, do not
Have members named Charlie.  But McClellan
Has seen something huge and amber pass by
His locked downstairs windows, and from
The second story, his head halfway out into the night,
Has called to it, lonely and rising at the end,
And thought something prowling near
Was moved to think about him.

"THE WOLF"  from Victims of a Failed Civics -- Speculative social/psychological poetry, Copyright 2016, Ken Poyner, Barking Moose Press, LLC, 2016:  www.barkingmoosepress.com, ISBN:  978-0692775219
"THE WOLF"  from Victims of a Failed Civics by Ken Poyner

A drunken town holds out against a siege of temperance leaguers.  A woman soaring in flight is brought down by a boy with a rock.  A man catches his four dogs singing.  A town tires of its originally distinctive constantly burning man.  A family’s maturing daughter turns into a mule.

"THE WOLF"  from Victims of a Failed Civics -- Speculative social/psychological poetry, Copyright 2016, Ken Poyner, Barking Moose Press, LLC, 2016:  www.barkingmoosepress.com, ISBN:  978-0692775219

Sometimes a person understands his or her worth as the glow emanating from someone or something else.  At the same time, an event or entity may be one thing to one set of observers, something different for another, and actually neither.  Tribes are formed around the misapprehension of shared events.

Poetry by Ken Poyner, title: THE WOLF, Original Date: 20160101 – © Ken Poyner 2016 – 2018 – Published Here 20171224.

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Healthcare As A Tax Deduction Part II

23 Dec. 2017

Back on January 26, 2011 we published an editorial about healthcare as a tax deduction. This was before the second term of President Barack Obama. The Affordable Healthcare Act was enacted in 2010. This is a follow up to that editorial:  https://ogfomk.blogspot.com/2011/01/healthcare-as-tax-deduction.html

Recently our president, Donald Trump and the Republican Congress and Senate have celebrated passing a bill on tax reform. This group also attempted to reverse and repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care). While the repeal of the mandate to pay for healthcare  is welcome the rest of the tax bill is not what would help the people who pay taxes and need healthcare in the United States of America.

Why not have healthcare as a tax deduction? 

Instead of a bunch of  changes to the existing tax system. Instead of trying to make affordable healthcare act go away without any thing useful in place. Why not have the health of every single American as a tax deduction?

Ten Reasons Why We Should Have Healthcare as a Tax Deduction:

  1.     Our national strength is based upon healthy people
  2.     All tax rules stay the same with the exception of this deduction
  3.     Corporations and individuals who pay for healthcare will have 100% deducted
  4.     People can choose the treatments and physicians that they want
  5.     Doctors will feel less stress on payments because most people will invest in personal health
  6.     Doctors and medical practices can donate to patients who can not afford healthcare and receive deductions on their earnings.
  7.     Drug companies and manufacturers can have reliable profits because health will be promoted instead of dreaded.
  8.     Private, public and non-profit organizations can invest in healthy people who can not afford healthcare and receive deductions
  9.     All of us can write off any activity that promotes health.
  10.     With this deduction the IRS can focus on healthy people also by encouraging businesses to successfully hire and build teams that create revenue.

In order to implement this we need to have our public servants explore this and make a constitutional amendment where all citizens, workers and dependents shall not be taxed on being healthy! 

Let us debate this and put this into the general consciousness of the people of America. Spread the word. Encourage a discussion. Forget about what the existing laws are. Let’s just build on what we have, cut away what is chaff and make the United States a healthy place to live and work.  

Essay by Alex Nuttall, title: Healthcare As A Tax Deduction Part II, Original Date: 20171223 – © Alex Nuttall / OgFOMK ArTS 2017 – 2017 – Published 20170728.

Back on January 26, 2011 we wrote about healthcare as a tax deduction. This was before the second term of President Barack Obama. The Affordable Healthcare Act was enacted in 2010. This is a follow up to that editorial:  https://ogfomk.blogspot.com/2011/01/healthcare-as-tax-deduction.html

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Cary B. Epes Jr. Original with Michael - Merry Christmas and F%#k You

5. Dec 2017

and a dude named: Michael
YouTube Video: by vdeel

Cary and Michael perform Cary's original tune, "Merry Christmas and Fuck You", at Cozzy's Open Mic in Newport News, VA 12/4/2017 -- by vdeel
Published on YouTube -- Dec 5, 2017

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Square Peg: Churchill Wants Fewer Polar Bears Shipped South

4. Dec. 2017

     A glaring omission from this story is how the cubs become orphans in the first place.  Here in the south, untold numbers of black bear cubs are orphaned during the spring bear "hunt".  This heinous activity involves setting out stations baited with fatty, calorie-dense foods to attract bears who are in a state of semi-starvation after a winter of hibernation.   The very brave "hunters" shoot down on them from above on stands in the surrounding trees. Because determining the sex of the bears from such an angle is virtually impossible, females are inevitably killed and their cubs are left on their own to starve to death.

     Given that polar bears are apex predators,  one must wonder if it is unethical hunting practices that are also leading to the deaths of so many mothers.  Perhaps our conversation should revolve around preventing that from happening instead of deciding the fate of the resulting orphans.

By Ansgar Walk - photo taken by Ansgar Walk, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=689988
Polar Bear: By Ansgar Walk - photo taken by Ansgar Walk

RE: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/churchill-wants-fewer-polar-bears-shipped-south-461792683.html

Debbie Wall responds to https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/churchill-wants-fewer-polar-bears-shipped-south-461792683.html

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Review: Surprised by Jeanette Winterson's Christmas Days

03. Dec. 2017

Jeanette Winterson’s collection Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
Jeanette Winterson’s collection Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

Christmas is hard to find these days. It’s getting heavier to lift the Yule spirit from under the shellac of expectations and obligations. Then I picked up Jeanette Winterson’s collection Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days. And there it was. Christmas! 

Irreverent and reverent, evocative and wickedly funny at times, these stories will warm even the most cynical soul. I had thrown my long-overlooked copy into a bag (along with several others because you never know when a hostage situation might occur and you’ll be stuck with nothing to read - thank you, Ann Patchett, for that lesson learned), and without much hope, prepared to skim while waiting-room waiting. It was as if Ms. Winterson breezed in with a tumbler of scotch and a Yule log, turned off the horrid over-head lights, lit some candles and sat down to spin tales of ghosts, gifts, and magic. These are not your schlocky O’Henry stories - apologies to any Magi fans. These crackle. 

Talking snow mamas, vengeful ghosts, urban Christmas sprites. Each story can stand alone, but charmingly is followed by a recipe - which I feared would prove incongruous, but which surprisingly jives with the fireside tone. They’re really snippets of memories. Ghosts of Christmases Past masquerading in recipe form. Although maybe some would work - if I’m brave enough to test Susie Orbach’s Gravlax, I’ll let you know. It's an auto-biographical touch that connects us with this sharp, witty author and clears the palette for the next twirl around the proverbial tree.

One of my favorite takeaways from this collection was the reminder that Christmastime belongs to us all. To all religions and to those that eschew religion. It’s an ancient tradition that resonates with us because it is fundamentally human, no matter what tribe you hail from. Goddesses, mangers, St. Nick. The author exhorts Christmas is a “gaudy rag-bag of a festival with something borrowed from everywhere - pagans, Romans, Norsemen, Celts, Turks…It [is] a holiday - holy day - of the best kind, where devotion has joy in it. Life should be joyful.” 

I liked being reminded that it’s ok to let myself believe this time is special. That kindness can grow from concrete. That eye-contact can be made and wishes of good health and cheer exchanged. This season is powerful enough to withstand muzak, Mariah Carey, and the Muppets. It’s Christmas. And underneath the tinsel, it’s still there.

So Merry Christmas, whatever that means to you. Best wishes for us all.

Ghillian Porter-Smith reviews a fascinating Christmas work, Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson. Ghillian is also reminded that the feeling of Christmas holiday is not reserved for a few. It is a winter holiday for everyone.

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