Saturday, August 07, 2004
Dances with Walruses
Just got home from a wedding at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. As a vegan, I typically avoid zoos, aquariums, and the like...but when your wife’s co-worker chooses such a nuptial venue, sometimes you have to bite the bullet.
The fall-like August weather helped and Michele and I love to dance...but seeing those marine animals in small enclosures is heartbreaking. The DJ booth was set up right near the windows to the walrus pool. With 200 guests dancing to loud music, the giant mammals were in an uproar. One particular bull would charge the glass when anyone neared...and this never failed to elicit boisterous laughter from the guests.
Outside, animal flesh was charred on BBQ grills...including salmon. Inside, salmon were on display in a small enclosure.
The happy couple set up a table to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Fund (complete with a bracelet adorned with the Nike swoosh)...to faciliate more cruel and scientifically fraudulent experiments on animals in the name of helping humans who end up with highly preventable diseases.
As we left, Michele and I apologized to an otter for humanity’s behavior...but he seemed justifiably indifferent to our meager gesture.Share
Friday, August 06, 2004
Kid Gavilan's Grave
Fact: There is no refuge from the onslaught of corporate media propaganda.
It’s not just the bold-faced fabrications that make up the headlines...it’s
also the lies of omission one can discern in the sports section. As Exhibit
A, I offer a short article by veteran sports scribe Bill Gallo in the August
6, 2004 New York Daily News...an item characterized by Gallo as a “rare”
positive story about boxing.
To read the complete article, please click here:
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Springsteen thinks Kerry is Born to Run?
Fresh off exploiting 9/11 to stage a much-needed comeback, Bruce Springsteen wrote a pathetic, pandering op-ed for today’s New York Times. “I supported the decision to enter Afghanistan,” he said...but it was his take on Election 2004 that best exposed precisely how clueless The Boss can be:
“I don’t think John Kerry and John Edwards have all the answers. I do believe they are sincerely interested in asking the right questions and working their way toward honest solutions. They understand that we need an administration that places a priority on fairness, curiosity, openness, humility, concern for all America’s citizens, courage and faith.”
When I was younger, I imagined Springsteen to be a rare popular artist who truly “got it,” but I guess a dream is a lie if it don’t come true. Perhaps it’s best he stick with those souped-up cars on New Jersey highways.