Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Cove Will Not Be Silenced

(Artist credit:  Martin Herbert @ Spirit Visions)

There is a Cree Prophecy that says:

When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

Sadly, most people and most countries are not listening.  Greed and profit continues to rule many decisions such as the continuation of whale and/or dolphin slaughtering, the desire to build ever more oil rigs out in the oceans despite accidents and spills, and the stupidity of certain people who believe that building a dam in the Amazon  is actually a good thing despite being fully aware that the planet's climate is tied to the Amazon rain forest in a major way.

Someone enlighten me please.  If there is nothing left to rape of our Earth, what good will money then do?

Did you catch Oprah discussing The Cove on her show a couple days ago?  If you didn't, you can check it out here:  The Cove on Oprah

Speaking of The Cove, it's director Louie Psihoyos, is determined that the message from this film will not be silenced by Japan.    The Japanese government is "adamant that whaling and dolphin hunts must continue for research and cultural purposes. But most Japanese have never eaten whale or dolphin, and are shocked to see the slaughter."

It comes as no shock to most people that the Japanese government continues to lie, lie, and lie some more.  If they lie to their own citizens, how can they be trusted to uphold any compromise from the Int'l Whaling Commission in regards to currently reducing whale kills that will eventually lead to no killing.  And haven't they figured it out by now that arguing "tradition and culture" as excuses for their murdering ways is only insulting and enraging people more?

Someone needs to share that Cree Prophecy with Japan.  Exhausting resources and killing off mammals, fish, animals, etc. will eventually leave them with nothing.  Where will their "tradition and culture" be then?

Lest anyone think this is a Japan bashing thing I'm on, it's not.  This applies to us all .. including but not limited to:  Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Canada, USA, etc etc. 

By the way, if you are in Japan or know of someone from there, feel free to share this Cove Movie clip with them:  The Cove Japanese Short Version

Some celebrities have gotten on board to get the word out about The Cove.  Check out this Public Service Announcement:

Despite the recent oil rig accident / spill, the Obama Administration has not given any indication that they are changing their minds about proceeding with offshore oil drilling.  Sadly, it would seem that an oil spill along the lines of causing major economic and environmental distress is what is needed for certain people to wake up.  Until then, the usual bullshit rhetoric applies:  money talks.

See links here:

What Will It Take?

Obama Continues to Defend Offshore Oil Drilling

Regarding the IWC and the continuing talks over commercial whaling:

Could Lifting the Whaling Ban Save the Whales?

The current proposal has set forth certain numbers that limits whale kills.  The concern from environmental and activist groups though is what will happen after the ten years are up?

Here's my suggestion:  If you're going to go ahead with this proposal that puts limits on commercial whaling for a period of ten years, then ADD to the proposal that it will become IMMEDIATELY ILLEGAL to kill any more whales.  I would, of course, not want them to say "... pending further or amended agreements on commercial whaling."

If you're going to continue to kill these sentient beings, albeit in reduced numbers, for a decade.  Then that's it and that's all.  It STOPS after ten years.

I highly doubt the likes of Japan and Norway would go along with that.  The cynic in me is thinking they are just going to play this game for now to try to appease certain people and then as soon as you turn around, stab everyone in the back.

You can't make deals with murderers.  But that's just me I guess ...

Another article:  Whaling Plan Draws Anger from Green Groups


"If an agreement is reached, this represents a great step forward in terms of the conservation of whales and the management of whaling," said IWC chairman Cristian Maquieira.

"For the first time since the adoption of the commercial whaling moratorium, we will have strict, enforceable limits on all whaling operations.

Who will actually enforce this and ensure that countries like Japan and Norway are not violating this so-called agreement? What makes you think that Japan, for example, will not fudge their reports to state they are not going over the agreed upon kill quota?   They've been lying their asses off for decades now, so why would they suddenly start being honest?  Give me a break ...

I don't see the Sea Shepherd organization going out of business any time soon.

Check out these sites:  Song of Home  and Spirit Mythos



  1. Oh I could not agree more...what are you going to do with all the money after ruining a beautiful world?Why are we not happy with little that we have?Why can't we save the earth from getting lost?

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  2. Mike, Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it!

    Incidentally, Blogger is continuing to have issues I guess with come comments not appearing after approval ... yours was there and now it is not. So I do not know what is going on ... but did want you to know I saw your comment :-)

  3. Never mind .. it's now showing - weird :-)