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12 year old murderer now going to university

Hey guys,

It’s been a while but I thought I’d mention some thoughts I had after reading an online new article and its comments.

Basically, the article was talking about the improvement being made by a 12 yr old girl in Alberta. This girl, unnamed by the media for security reasons, teamed up with her 23 year old boyfriend and murdered her parents and younger brother in 2006, because the parents didn’t approve of her relationship.  The 23 year old was given 25 years in prison and the girl 10; the maximum sentence for a minor.

The article is talking about how the girl is doing therapy, has done well in school, and is now starting a university degree.

Many of the comments on the article are talking about how our justice system is awful and the fact that this girl isn’t in jail for life, or hasn’t been executed, is disgusting.  Personally, I find all those comments disgusting and frankly, horrifying.

All of them talk about character and knowing the difference between right and wrong, and they are SO convinced that they are better than this girl.  How?  Regardless of the reason, they are wishing death on another person.  How are they not similar to her?  Is the presence of action really what distinguishes between good and bad character?

That question is my major musing for the day.

Another thing, though, that doesn’t make logical sense to me at all, is; what is the purpose of a life sentence, or capital punishment?  They boggle my mind.  The purpose of punishment, what makes it different from causing somebody pain for the simple sake of one’s own sense of fulfillment, is the idea that somebody will learn something from it.  The purpose of that, is to have a chance to show that they have learned from it.  Hence, how do life sentences and capital punishment contribute to that at all?

One comment that was defending the choice to let this girl attend university really struck me; ‘What if this girl creates a cure for cancer? Wouldn’t that repay her debt to society?’

Here is the link to the article:

http://news.sympatico.ca/Bell.Sympatico.CMS/CmsTemplates/JE/JE_FeedsArticleTemplate_LeftZone_186.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRNODEGUID=82E6FEE2-5CBE-4B6F-8BF1-9D85F52674E9&NRORIGINALURL=%2foped%2fcoffee-talk%2fcontentposting%3fnewsitemid%3d5da28e65-91da-4195-8339-290ec2193d56%26feedname%3dnews-coffee-talk%26show%3dfalse%26number%3d0%26showbyline%3dtrue%26subtitle%3d%26detect%3d%26abc%3dabc%26date%3dtrue&NRCACHEHINT=Guest&feedname=news-coffee-talk&number=0&newsitemid=5da28e65-91da-4195-8339-290ec2193d56&showbyline=true&abc=abc&show=false&date=true&ICPAGENO=120#IC_TOP

– Daine

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What are you protesting, people?!

This is going to be a shorter post but I really wanted to get something new up here and this is something that I’ve been wondering about.

So, the g8 and g20 summits are happening in Toronto this year, right?  The protests are all over the news; apparently they’re pretty crazy.  A police car was actually set on fire! I keep seeing stuff on my facebook and other stuff about people being really supportive of the protest, saying the protesters are doing a great job.  My one question is this; what the heck are they protesting? The summits are about leaders coming together to make change.  Did I miss something?  Is this a bad thing? Why are people protesting possible change for the better?  I’m so confused.  Anyway, that’s that.

In other news, I think I’m going to seperate my photos into a whole new blog just for them and hopefully actually get itgoing.  I’m also probably going to start a blog for a catering business I would like to open eventually.  I’ll post more when these blogs are up and running.

-Daine

Ontario man killed by pet tiger; let the ignorance fest commence

Okay, I know I haven’t posted in forever but I haven’t been sure what to post.  As you can probably tell, I prefer to post about topics and my opinions on those topics rather than what’s going on in my everyday life.  Well, I suppose this post is a combination so I don’t feel like I’m just prattling on about something nobody cares about.

Last week, a man in southern Ontario was killed by his pet tiger.  Coincidentally, this man was the leader of the Canadian organisation for exotic animal owners.  Of course, AR activists jumped on this immediately, as well as various neighbours who have been pushing to get rid of the exotic cats, with no success.  The AR activists have even gone so far as to push premier Dalton Mguinty to ‘regulate’ (read, ban) ownership of exotic animals.  Luckily, he seems reluctant to do so and would rather leave it to individual municipalities.  Hopefully, he will maintain this mindset.

In an attempt to exert some damage control, I have written this article.

‘No reason to ban exotic cats

Throughout North America, there have been many local governments coerced into passing exotic animal bans by both extreme animal rights activists and private citizens who allow fear to consume them and block out logic.  The pressure is usually doubled right after an incident because people believe that what has just been portrayed in the news, can happen anywhere.  In fact, this is the idea that AR groups are constantly pushing.

Recently, a man in southern Ontario was killed by his pet tiger.  Nobody can say how or why because nobody saw it happen but they all assume that the reason it happened was simply because tigers should not be kept as pets.  First of all, there’s a logical error in assuming what happened.  There are a variety of scenarios that could have led to the man’s death and I’m sure if you asked a seasoned exotic cat owner, they could tell you.  Second of all, if you think about the handful of incidents that have taken place in the last two decades in the situation of private ownership of big cats, you’ll realise that almost all the injured parties are the owners themselves.  There is very little danger to the public and in the case of responsible exotic ownership, there is no danger to the public.  The possible dangers of big cat ownership are something that the majority of people know going into it, therefore making it just like any hobby-related danger.  There have been many deaths due to hobbies such as freefalling and bungee jumping yet you don’t see people calling for those activities to be banned.  Therefore, there is no logical reason for exotic ownership to be banned while people are still able to take part in the above-mentioned activities.

To see details on incidents involving exotic cats, go to the statistics page on the website for REXANO, which stands for Responsible Exotic Animal Owners.  Under United States statistics, there is a list of those deaths related to captive big cats versus other causes of death, as well as a list of the big cat related deaths and some information on who was involved.  Of the twenty big cat related deaths between 1994 and 2008, only two were due to pets and those were due to bad choices made by the owner.  It is important to note that those people do not reflect the entirety of the exotic ownership community.  In fact, while the number of deaths related to big cats over eighteen years equalled twenty, thousands of other big cats were being kept with no problem.  It is estimated by officials that there are more tigers being kept in captivity in North America than there are left in the wild.  This would suggest that for every incident involving a captive tiger, there are possibly tens of thousands of captive tigers that have never hurt anybody.  Really, when you think about that, exotic cat ownership doesn’t seem so scary anymore.’

I sent this off to a newspaper in Ottawa and when they din’t reply to me (it’s the second time they haven’t even bothered to reply, grrr) I sent it off to a Toronto newspaper.  It is late but hopefully, they will see the importance of running it.  I could probably rant and rave about this issue a little more but I think I’m just going to sit back and see what happens with the toronto newspaper.

– Daine

Quickie

I haven’t posted here in a while because I’m focusing so much on studying for my exam tonight but I thought I’d just make a quick post with two fan-made videos I love that have to do with Harry Potter.

First, the hilarious Harry Potter rap;

And now a parody trailer made with Harry Potter clips.  It’s a very cute Harry/Hermione video in a  weird, sort of twisted way lol.

And now another quote from “How to be a Canadian” It’s talking about the average 8.5 hours of sleep is spent by a Canadian.  It is particularly applicable to me;

“From our own estimates, this includes 5 hours and 10 minutes of actual sleep, 15 minutes of pillow adjustment, 10 minutes of lying still with your eyes closed while you wait to fall asleep, 25 minutes of tossing and turning, 30 minutes of longing for sleep, 40 minutes of thinking you will never get to sleep again, 55 minutes spent staring at the ceiling contemplating your own mortality and 15 minutes (broken up into three convenient 5-minute periods) of fitful sleep squeezed in between repeated bashings of your clock when the snooze alarm goes off, waking you up to face another day of being alive.  Hoo-ray.”

My Stance on Exotic Animals

Okay, you might have noticed that in my bloglist, I’ve posted some links to some sites that are all about exotic animals.  About a year ago, I accidentally came across an article that was against exotic ownership.  After reading it, I was intrigued by the issue and decided that if I was going to properly understand it and come to my own conclusion as to what my opinion on it would be, I needed to find some pro-exotics articles.  After a fair amount of searching and reading through of negative articles, I managed to find some positive information, which then led me to more positive information.  Although all of those articles contributed to my decision to work towards eventually owning one or more exotics, a youtube video is what really tipped the scales for me.  It is called ‘Exotic Animal Owners Under Attack’ and it is a slideshow of images of exotic animals and their people interacting, put together by REXANO, the organisation of REsponsible EXotic ANimal Owners.  Here it is;

How can you not be convinced that exotic animals can make great pets after that?  Notice that I used the word ‘can’ because exotic animals are not for everybody, just like domestic cats, dogs, and horses, respectively, aren’t for everybody.

As a note, REXANO has collected statistics that show that only 20 deaths in between 1990 and 2008 were caused by captive big cats.  That’s about 1 a year, which can be compared to 4 a year from fireworks discharge, 48 a year from lightning and 45,343 a year from automobile accidents.  From that information, you would think that cars and fireworks would be banned before ownership of big cats.

I could go on and on stating my opinions on this subject and explaining why what a lot of animal activists say is wrong but I’ll try to not make this too long.  First of all, I want to confront the whole “they should be in the wild, they’ll be happier there” thing. 

1) There is very little wild left because of humans.  Oh sure, there are humongous nature reserves, but as those are surrounded by a fence, any animals that reside there are technically in captivitty.

2) In the ‘wild’ the typical life of an animal consists of; not always knowing if it’ll have enough food, living in constant fear of predators/rivals, and eventually dying a very painful death due to starvation, disease, or being ripped to pieces by predators or rival carnivores.  Compare that to living in something that protects from the elements (whether that be a house or a constructed den in an enclosure), being guaranteed food regularly, getting vaccinated and therefore protected from the majority of diseases they would encounter in the ‘wild’, having a large enclosure to run and play in, and last but not least, being loved on and spoiled by their human family.

Now, you might be shaking your head at the computer screen going ‘no, that’s not how it is, exotic animals are alway kept in horrible conditions and spend their life angry.’  Unfortunately, the only times you’ve probably heard about exotic animals being kept is when they’re being abused, neglected, or have attacked somebody.  That is for two reasons; because animal rights activists want you to see only the bad stuff, and/or the media only shows you things that are considered ‘news’.

When I first got into researching exotics, I was most interested in tigers.  Now through being at exoticcatz.com, I know that I will be getting a serval first and possibly own a slightly larger cat like a lynx or cougar before finally getting a lion or tiger.  I’m also starting to like the idea of a lion a bit more partly due to hearing about others’ experiences with them and partly because of the work of Kevin Richardson (whom I will probably post about in the future).  Other exotics that I would like to eventually own at one point or another are;

a wolf or wolfdog

a kangaroo

an arctic fox

a jackal

a hyena

a bear

a peacock

a deer

a wallaby

and probably quite a few others I will decide that I would like.

Although there are other things I would like to discuss on this topic, I’ll leave them for another post.

And here is yet another quote from “How to be a Canadian”  They are actually two different sentences; one on being a newfoundlander, and one on being a quebecker, that are linked.

“Nefoundlanders rank-far and away- as having the most sex of any Canadians…Newfoundlanders are also the friendliest people in Canada.  Of course they’re friendly.  They want to have sex with you….The Quebecois are among the friendliest people in Canada outside of Newfoundland.  And yes, their motives are probably the same.”

The name I’ve chosen

Okay, I do have to do some chemistry homework before going to a Yule celebration but Idecided to first make a quick post here.  I said in my last post that Daine isn’t my real name, so I thought I’d give you a little insight as to why I chose that name. 

Daine is the main character in The Immortals quartet, written by Tamora Pierce.  Although she is Veralidaine Sarrasri throughout that quartet, she shows up as Veralidaine Salmalin in the proceeding one.  There are currently three quartets and one series consisting of two books by Tamora Pierce that are placed in the fictional kingdom of Tortall. 

Perhaps one of the things I love about her work is that she keeps the quartets connected; the main character in one quartet will most likely show up once or twice, if not be a constant secondary character in another.  In chronological order, the quartets (and series) are The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, and the Trickster series.  I would strongly recommend books written by Tamora Pierce, she is definitely one of the top fantasy writers of this time.

Now, one of the major reasons I like Daine so much is probably the fact that she has the ability to speak with and shapeshift into animals.  You’ll learn in future posts that I am a big animal lover.  Also though, she has a strong sense of right and wrong.  When she is hunting, she closes of the part of her mind that normally calls animals to her, and in doing so, makes sure that she doesn’t have an unfair advantage over the animals.

So now that you have a better idea on why I chose the name Daine, I will leave you with another hilarious citation from “How to be a Canadian”

“Lunenburg was also the home of the famous Bluenose schooner, as seen on Canadian coins.  What few people realize*, however, is that the portrait of the Bluenose that appears on the 10-cent piece is a life-size rendering.  Understandably, many visitors to Nova Scotia are a bit disappointed when they first see the Bluenose tethered in its harbour”

*I was shocked and appalled to see realise spelled with a z in a canadian book.  I am very proud of the fact that we spell some things differently from americans, e.g. realise, colour, favourite, and hope that those differences remain in tact in Canadian literature.

Introductions

Okay, seeing as I have just created this blog, introductions are in order.  Although I admit it’s not my actual name, you can all know me as Daine.  Perhaps in time I will decide to give my real name but at the moment, I will let it remain private.

What I will tell you is that if all goes as planned, I will be graduating from the University of Guelph in 2013 with a bachelor of science, most likely majoring in animal biology.  As for what I’m going to do after that, I have no clue, but I’ll let you know when I found out.  Perhaps I’ll lay out my ideas for you but that’s a post for another time.

I gave this blog the title and tagline that I did because I expect that I will be commenting on anything and everything that crosses my path.  I want you to be forewarned that there will be absolutely no structure in my blogging and that the only theme present is the background of this webpage.

I am exhausted at the moment so I’ll leave you (‘you’ being a term used loosely seeing as I doubt anybody’s going to see this particular post.  Feel free to surprise me though!  I love surprises!) with this citation from an immensely funny book I’m reading (expect a lot of funny citations) called ‘How to be a Canadian’.  This particular paragraph is describing the style of driving native to Vancouver, referred to as ‘The Vancouver Slalom’.

‘There are no roads in British Columbia.  There are only corners joined together.  And nowhere is this more true than in Vancouver.  In this city, pedestrians, even those within clearly marked crosswalks–especially those within clearly marked crosswalks–are viewed not as nuisances to be avoided but as obstacles to be overcome.  Rising to the challenge, Vancouver drivers will attempt to weave through these pedestrians without knocking any over and, here’s the fun part, without ever applying the breaks.  Swoosh, swoosh: downtown slalom.  Pedestrians, in turn, try to keep things interesting by crisscrossing the streets at random, like neutrons in a particle accelerator.  They cross the street like this because, being from Vancouver, they naturally have a sense of entitlement.  Either that or they’re stoned.’