Class Warfare Blog

June 30, 2016

Maybe If They are Cute We Will Let Them Live

Filed under: Morality — Steve Ruis @ 8:32 am
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The news of late has had quite a number of stories about “dangerous” animals who have had interactions with human beings and then gotten killed for their temerity. In one case a child dropped into a gorilla enclosure (in a zoo!) and the gorilla decided it was a new toy. Instead of seeing this as a Darwinian moment for the humans involved, the gorilla, of course, was shot.

Today there is a report from Montana that a grizzly bear attacked and killed a cyclist riding in the Flathead national forest just outside Glacier national park. They are now looking for the bear. I suspect it is not to pin a medal on it for defending its territory.

So, humans invade the natural habitat of dangerous animals and when the animals behave as they are wont to do, they are “put down” (nice euphemism) for their actions. Even when we put animals in walled enclosures for our own amusement, if we violate the walls of the enclosure the animal dies.

Why don’t we put down the humans as being “too stupid (or unlucky) to live” and improve the species by culling the incompetent? At least that would make sense.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, we did the exact same thing to the Native Americans and if we will do it to our own species, why would we have compunctions about doing it to other ones?

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15 Comments »

  1. A leopard was shot and killed during the Olympic torch relay a week or so ago. Some genius thought it a good idea to take the run through an army camp in the north and have the mascot out. Big cats, hoards of idiots, and fire don’t mix, the cat went crazy (naturally) and they had to shoot it. Fucking idiots.

    Comment by john zande — June 30, 2016 @ 9:47 am | Reply

    • Yeah, I saw this one, too. There were so many examples I could have used … but I wanted to keep the post short.

      What can we expect from people who talk to their dogs and cats (cats!) as if they were just smaller people?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 30, 2016 @ 9:50 am | Reply

      • Whaaat??? You don’t agree that dogs and cats are just smaller people? Off with your head!

        Comment by Nan — June 30, 2016 @ 11:19 am | Reply

        • Ah, my Red Queen. I shall just disappear. Your Cheshire Cat

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 30, 2016 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  2. I just saw the Grizzly attack headline, I passed on reading it, but suspect you are correct in your belief they don’t have a medal waiting for the bear.

    The poor gorilla shot for discovering its new toy was unfortunate. As a parent I don’t think I’d have risked another second with my (albeit Darwin Award seeking) 3 year old in the hands of the doomed animal. Just a bad situation especially for the damn gorilla.

    So when do we get to this culling the incompetent business? I have a LIST! 😉

    Comment by shelldigger — June 30, 2016 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

    • Egad, I have unleashed the hounds. Okay, we start with most of the posturing politicians, then add the Captains of Finance and Industry and then the economist, yes, my precious and ….

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 30, 2016 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

  3. Heh 🙂 As we all know culling the incompetent seems like a great idea, until you realize you might be on someone elses list…

    But yeah starting with the posturing politicians seems like a good place to begin. Have you ever seen such a circus this election year? I can remember as a kid hearing the “old people” railing on about politics I had no concern for. Now I’m one of the old people!

    Comment by shelldigger — June 30, 2016 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

    • Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!

      My generation didn’t trust anyone over thirty. Now I are one.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 30, 2016 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

      • As one old fart to another, I wonder if you have gravitated towards those white tank top undershirts and boxers as suitable house wear?

        I’m not quite that old yet 🙂

        Comment by shelldigger — July 1, 2016 @ 7:23 am | Reply

        • Sir, I am an old school old fart. Shirts must have a collar and pants have a belt. During the summer shorts are acceptable. Sniff.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — July 1, 2016 @ 7:32 am | Reply

          • Thanks for the chuckle 🙂 You are definately un upper class old fart! I don’t wear collared shirts unless I’m going out with the wife, or to a funeral. And I try not to mix the two.

            Comment by shelldigger — July 1, 2016 @ 7:43 am | Reply

            • My thirty-something son went to a funeral for a dear friend of his aunt’s and he was the only person wearing a suit at the affair. The times, they are a changin’. It has also been noted that people show up for Broadway plays and expensive concerts in teeshirts and flip flops. Me I don’t like to miss an opportunity to dress up. Not that I like to feel all girlie, mind you, being a man’s man, ack, patooie.

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — July 1, 2016 @ 7:48 am | Reply

              • On the topic of “dress” (just a slight detour from the topic), we live in a very rural area. NOBODY dresses up. In fact, many seem reluctant to even take a bath (weekly or otherwise). My other half and I, however, were raised differently and so we rarely step out the door without taking a least minimal care with our looks (and around here, that’s saying a lot). On occasion, we do drive the 30+ miles to the nearest town, which is just slightly more “up-scale” for dinner and take full advantage of the opportunity to “dress up.” Not to the point of suit and tie or evening gown, but at least more than cut-offs and flip-flops. 😉

                It seems comfort has become the keyword — whatever the occasion or locale.

                Comment by Nan — July 1, 2016 @ 10:31 am | Reply

                • Obviously all opinions regarding how other people dress are completely arbitrary. I remember people in church frowning about those who came wearing humble clothes. (“I know they are Christians, but what have you done to them?”)

                  I love people dressing according to their own muse, but some of what I see out in plain sight is abominable. And why is it that the people with really ugly bodies want to share so much of them with us? What’s up with that?

                  And I have created my own wardrobe out of thrift stores when in financially straight times. I don’t think people should stretch their budgets for fashion purposes but have a care for the retinas of your fellow citizens. Mine get burned out on a regular basis!

                  ;o)

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                  Comment by Steve Ruis — July 4, 2016 @ 11:56 am | Reply

                  • And why is it that the people with really ugly bodies want to share so much of them with us?

                    Oh my YES! Ewwwww.

                    Comment by Nan — July 4, 2016 @ 1:18 pm | Reply


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