Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I'm not an animal lover and I don't think they have any rights. But the thought of a cow chained in a barn and not able to get food makes me ill. And to think that we as a people support "farmers" like this one makes me sicker still.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
"They found that convictions for animal abuse were a better predictor of future convictions for domestic assault than were convictions for murder, arson, and firearms crimes."
So, what's the big problem with that finding?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
"Blue whales' capacity to communicate has been reduced by 90 percent," she said."
This scares me. Does this person, this "Legal expert for the International Fund for Animal Welfare," know what it means to say, "...has been reduced by 90 percent?" Somehow, I doubt it. If you are dumb, is that what you become? A legal expert for an animal welfare group?
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Lange, who was photographing migrant workers at the time for the Resettlement Administration, remembered the photograph this way:
"I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it. (From: Popular Photography, Feb. 1960)."
CNN recently interviewed one of the children in the photograph. Katherine McIntosh was four when the famous photograph was taken. She is now 77. She remembers the migrant camp where the picture was taken. There was no food. "They lived in tents or in a car. Local kids would tease them, telling them to clean up and bathe. 'They'd tell you, "Go home and take a bath." You couldn't very well take a bath when you're out in a car [with] nowhere to go."
She adds, "We'd go home and cry."
Now, she cleans houses for a living. She's proud that she has kept a job and a roof over her head throughout her life. "Even today, when it comes to cleaning, I make sure things are clean. I can't stand dirty things," she says with a laugh.
I wonder what that New York Times mother, the lady who believes that hard times mean postponing the purchase of designer jeans so that she can buy "stuff" for her daughter, would think of Florence Owens Thompson. And even more, I wonder what Florence would think of her.