Author: Cameron Blewett

Can you spell hypocrite?

There is an interesting article by James Rose from the Sydney Morning Herald talking about how hypocritical most of Australians are when it comes to their views on whaling and what they eat.

The article is here

I find it amusing that the author talks about lamb, especially since the MLA has gone to great lengths to mislead gullible Australians into thinking that it is our national dish.

In reality, there is no difference between the way that a whale dies an agonising death at the hands of the Japanese whalers, and the way that any animal dies in any of Australia’s slaughterhouses. Though I would be more inclined to say that the whales die a quicker death. For the sheep, cattle, goats, and pigs that are destined for the dinner plate, their slow and painful death starts from the time that they are loaded onto the road train. These animals whilst en route, are stored in severely overcrowded trucks where they can barely move with no protection from the elements except for the roof of the trailer nor are they provided with food or water.

So how can anyone claim to care about the way one species is hunted and barbarically killed, yet all the while paying someone else to do the same thing on their behalf?

What makes the plight of any “food” animal kept in appalling conditions, any less important than that of the whales, giant pandas or baby fur seals?

Who were they really running from?

The latest media reports say that the Japanese have resumed whaling operations, even with the Australian Customs vessel Oceanic Viking watching what the fleet does.

As far I as I am concerned, this goes to prove a couple of things.

Firstly, that regardless of what legal action Australia may take against the Japanese whalers, they have no intention of stopping their supposed research. All Japan has to do if threaten a long legal battle or to stop trading with Australia, and the government will fall to it’s knees apologising, and begging to be forgiven.
Proof of this can be shown by how quiet the Minister for the Environment, Peter Garret has been throughout all of this. There has not been one ministerial press release about the issue of whaling since he took office. He has released statements about the phase out of plastic bags, the unfortunate death of Heath Ledger, and even taken a flight down to Antarctica for the inaugural flight of Airlink.
The only time that whaling has been mentioned was in a joint press release on 18 December 2008 with the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He even has a whale pictured on the header of his personal web page. I suppose only time will tell if the Rudd government will follow through with the promises they made when they were in opposition.

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Japanese show their contempt for Australian law

There are reports in todays media that the Japanese are going to commission another “factory ship” to replace the Nisshin Maru.

Reports are that the new ship would be 3 times the size of the Nisshin Maru, and capable of carrying 6000 tonnes of whale meat. This would mean that regardless of what happens at the next IWC conference, that the Japanese will still be going ahead with their lethal loophole “research”. Does this also mean that Japan has already bought the votes of the countries that it can exert economic influence over. The next meeting is supposed to be held in March of this year, and strangely enough, to discuss the future of the IWC itself.

What will happen next year in the Southern Oceans?

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8 glasses a day proven to be a myth

It has finally happened, the whole myth of drinking 8 glasses of water per day has been proven to be just that. A myth.

Research published in the British Medical Journal move to debunk other medical myths along the way.

Who knows where the whole 8 glasses per day myth came from, though I have a sneaky suspicion that it may have been initially attached to the whole pro-fluoridation quest.

In this day and age of people with varying lifestyles, diets, physical activity and so on, the whole 8 glasses is  useless. For example, a person that has a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables leading a sedentary lifestyle would need to drink far less water than a person that has a diet high in processed foods and works outside fairly actively.

With all the crap that is put into our drinking water, why would you really want to drink it in the first place. Some of the chemicals are chlorine, potassium permanganate and hydro fluorosilicic acid. Do you really want to be drinking 8 glasses per day of that concoction?

Wouldn’t it make better sense to avoid those things that dehydrate you like cigarettes, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and so on. That way you won’t need to drink more water to make up for the water that you body uses to get it out of you system.

Also increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that you eat. If you can’t eat them raw and have to cook them, lightly steam them. If the cooking water changes colour, then they have been cooked for too long, then some of the nutrients in them will be gone.

There are numerous ways to increase your daily “water” consumption without having to drink the recommended 8 glasses per day.

When it comes down to it, if you make sure that you eat properly, then there is a good chance that you will reduce your risk of some any of modern societies illnesses…

Global warming is a good thing.

The government is now telling us that global warming is a good thing for us because it will help the farmers.

According to the site:

The increase in carbon dioxide will help the farmers grow the crops that they have. Carbon dioxide is an essential part of the growth of young seedlings. The more Co2 that is present when the seedlings are growing the better and bigger the plants grow.

The bad thing about global warming is that it will cause problems for the animals that are being farmed. For example, the warmer a cow gets, the less milk that the cow will be able to produce. Some lab coats have stated that by 2030, the poor cows will be producing 60-90Litres less milk per year. Whether this means that there will be more cows crammed into the same area wasn’t stated.

A suggestion that is raised in the article, is the farmers keep animals in sheds with sprinklers and fans, rather than roaming free outside.

I just wonder how this line of thinking fits in with the new governments way. After all, the new Prime Minister was pretty quick to fly off to sign Kyoto, that isn’t really worth the paper that it is printed on.

Time for some propaganda from the MLA

The MLA is giving itself and the cruel live export industry a pat on the back.

According to its figures, for 2007, 99.9% of cattle and 99.2% of sheep exported arrived alive at their destination after “being well looked after”.

I would like to see what they define as being well looked after, considering the animals have spent weeks at sea. I would also think it would be safe to say that they were probably kept confined to their cage, and give no exercise during the trip.

Then there are the appalling conditions that the sheep and cattle are forced into when they get to the importing country. These animals are slaughtered in ways and means that are illegal in this country. Below is video footage of an Animals Australia investigation in September of this year (2007) of the way that Australian sheep are treated when they reach the middle east.
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Can we really trust the C$IRO?

Once again the C$IRO has shown that it can no longer be relied on for impartial research.

One would have thought that after the controversy create by the release of its “Total Wellbeing Diet”, which is basically Atkins by another name, and partially funded by the Meat & Livestock Association (MLA), that they would have learnt their lesson.

Once again the C$IRO has got into bed with the MLA.
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