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In 1600, after 8 years of repeated torture, Giordano Bruno was burnt alive at the stake - for his teaching that the Earth was not fixed at the center of the universe with everything revolving around it, including even the sun; and that the stars were not pin-holes in some sky-vault through which heavenly light shone, but are themselves distant suns around which other planets may revolve. He could have saved himself by recanting, but he steadfastly refused. He basically allowed himself to be burnt - for truth.
During the Vietnam war:
Buddhist monks regularly burned themselves alive - without even a whimper. They gave their lives for peace.
And now, on January 27, 2010, Wednesday, 26-year-old Daniel Shaull burnt himself at the Ungar fur store in Portland, Oregon - out of compassion. His last words were: "THE ANIMALS ARE DYING! ANIMALS DYING!" And in empathy, he died with them. No one knows who Daniel Shaull is, so let him personify the self-sacrificial spirit of our movement. We must not let these supreme sacrifices go unlauded. We cannot let these real superheroes die in vain!
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
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Anthony Marr on Vegan World Radio - Feb. 10, 2010
Anthony Marr will be on Animal Rights Book for a 1.5-hr mediated open chat, Feb. 20 (USA/Canada), Feb. 21 (Asia, Australia, Europe) - 9am AU-NSW time, 11pm UK, 6pm NY, 3pm LA.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
Anthony Marr was the host of the Animal Voices program on CFRO, "Co-Op Radio", in Vancouver, BC, Canada, from May to November 2009. He has decided to step down from the program so that he could devote his time to writing a new book, and to traveling, both of which hosting a talkshow program makes unworkable. The shows which he has hosted, however, are here to stay, as archived below. Enjoy!
2009-10-23 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guests: Sinikka Crosland
2009-10-16 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guests: Dr. Steven Best & Jason Miller - A Dissection of Hunting.
2009-10-09 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guests: Anthony Marr with Roxy Pettifar - Conversation with a Dolphin.
2009-10-02 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guests: Anthony Marr interviewed by Tracy Zuber on tigers and tiger preservation
2009-09-25 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guests: Lane Ferrante begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting and Jason Miller
2009-09-18 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Dr. Peter Carter
2009-09-11 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Kristal Parks
2009-09-04 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guests: Anthony Marr & Joanne Chang
2009-08-28 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guests: Tim Gorski
2009-08-21 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guests: Brenda Davis, R.D., Cory Davis, Jerry Cook.
2009-08-14 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Steve Hindi (SHARK) & Joanne Chang (Liberation BC)
2009-08-07 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Dr. Steven Best
2009-07-31 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Matt Rossell, IDA // Anthony Marr on Eco Shock hosted by Alex Smith.
2009-07-03 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Jan Haagensen, attorney at law
2009-06-26 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Anthony Marr filling in for Tim Gorski
2009-06-19 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Angi Metler, NJARA
2009-06-12 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr - guest: Dr. Peter Carter
2009-06-05 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr; guest - Dr. Elliot Katz, In defense of Animals (IDA)
2009-05-29 Animal Voices radio/online talkshow hosted by Anthony Marr; guest - Peter Muller, Coalition to Abolish Sport Hunting.
2009-05-22 Dr. Alex Hershaft on Anthony Marr's Animal Voices talkshow:
Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Anthony Marr's magnum opus, 25 years in the writing, available at www.Amazon.com
Since 2003 Anthony Marr has undertaken 6 Compassion for Animals Road Expeditions (CARE tours), each covering 25-45 states/provinces in 3-7 months. Below is the rig, nicknamed the "CARE-a-van", used for his 42-states-in-7-months 2003-2004 CARE-1 tour which he shared with best-selling vegan-dietitian author Brenda Davis and her then 15-y.o. son Cory Davis, probably the only teenager in the world to have traveled through over 40 U.S. states by road, now an A student at university.
Below, the Green Hornet, a Mazda MX6, is Anthony Marr's CARE-5 (2007) and CARE-6 (2008) campaign vehicle.
Below, the Blue Ninja.
Below is Anthony Marr's CARE-7 (Mar-Oct, 2010) tour map:
Itinerary - with Map-Quest motorcade routes:
BC - 2010-01-01 - 2010-03-30
WA - 03-31 - 04-03
04-02 (Fri) - Seattle/Bellevue - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-Bbve8P3ma4S53*CTfzFY
OR - 04-04 - 04-06
04-04 (Sun) - Portland/Beaverton - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-radWRp8T7AbQvG4z
CA - 04-07 - 05-03
04-07 (Wed) - Humboldt/Eureka
04-08 (Thu) - Santa Rosa
04-10 (Sat) San Francisco/San Rafael - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/9-_uYkCjrTG5GHLriif*Ko
04-11 (Sun) Sacramento/Davis - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/7-AGb7
04-13 (Tue) San Francisco
04-14 (Wed) Oakland/Richmond - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/9-E6sXeFqq
04-15 (Thu) Palo Alto/San Jose - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-HLm3jPVVA4Ct2JAN_cWq
04-16 (Fri) Santa Barbara - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-a3lZEJGj*Q3mzWzI
04-17 (Sat) Long Beach - Animal Liberation Forum - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-sAxq1Fzh3lJZ
04-18 (Sun) LA (Northridge) potluck - Coby Siegenthaler
04-19 (Mon) Santa Monica (crush video) - Dr. Armaiti May, Dave Reuben (sp?) potluck - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-W0dsQ0cDXqaM
04-20 (Tue) LA
04-21 (Wed) Hollywood - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-EvuP6EQHBzjS
04-22 (Thu) Anaheim
04-23 (Fri) San Diego
04-24 (Sat) San Diego - MAP http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-FKHw
04-25 (Sun) Newport Beach - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-m2Kf
04-26 (Mon) Santa Ana
04-27 (Tue) Pasadena/Glendale - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-vPYzvWRxs0SS
04-28 (Wed) Beverley Hills/Sherman Oaks - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-IvnO
04-30 (Fri) Irvine - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/9-Vh64_JSC
05-01 (Sat) Los Angeles motorcade
05-02 (Sun) Orange County
05-03 (Mon) Fullerton
NV- 05-04 05-07
05-05 (Wed) Las Vegas - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-zeTLUzy3
AZ - 05-08 - 05-12
05-06 (Thu) Flagstaff - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/7-9eYMA_e9
05-08 (Sat) Phoenix - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-TiERDJew
05-09 (Sun) Tucson - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-pXY4
NM - 05-13 - 05-14
05-13 (Thu) - Albuquerque - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-GshCe*1i
TX - 05-15 - 05-22
05-15 (Sat) - El Paso - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/7-7Lj3
05-18 (Tue) - San Antonio/Austin - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-FvdE
05-22 (Sat) - Houston - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-MUWxZBy5oMmW
05-23 (Sun) - Dallas/Fort Worth - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-BDd4TGo_Yeam
LA - 05-24 - 05-25
05-25 (Tue) - New Orleans - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-xyp6LYAXIW5M
AL - 05-26 – 05-29
05-26 (Wed) - Mobile - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-hFd0xdXKw*FndDeJQl_3
FL - 05-30 - 06-14
05-27 (Thu) - Pensacola -
05-28(Fri) Tallahassee - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-nWQ2qrsIZPuE
05-30 (Sun) - Tampa/St. Petersburg - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-HCKlySse
06-05 (Sat) - Sarasota - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-cBXg
06-06 (Sun) - Ft. Meyers - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-Fk5kvknxT1bR
06-08 - (Tue) Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-97Fjj8zY*oTo
06-10 (Thu) - Orlando - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-agAa
06-11 (Fri) - Gainesville - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-AY3P4Dn1Z6*S
06-13 (Sun) - Jacksonville - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/9-Vx1QhsWMms3zw2fl
GA - 06-15 - 06-16
06-15 (Tue) - Atlanta - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/9-oB3fgFFaY1h4Lcxk0eng
SC - 06-17 - 06-18
06-17 (Thu) Greenville - Spartanville
NC - 06-19 - 06-24
06-19 (Sat) - Charlotte - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-_dwHlpEEdH8AtnxiQ0Xd
06-20 (Sun) - Winston-Salem/Greensboro - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/3-7uFwWG2RH7ovF0XV
06-22 (Tue) - Raleigh/Durham - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-GHKj5f1RJ3hSMo_GQYSP
VA - 06-25 - 06-27
06-26 (Sat) - Virginia Beach - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-SU8T
06-27 (Sun) - Richmond - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-fmjm51Uf
WV - 06-28 - 06-30
MD - 07-01 - 08-31
07-03 (Sat) - Baltimore - MAPS: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-oK1q9ebG
07-04 (Sun) - NJ - potluck hosted by Doris Lin
DC - 07-01 - 08-31
07-20 (Mon) - DC - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/6-HQ5T5FyHDqV9U_7o
PA - 07-01- 08-31
07-24 (Sat) - Philadelphia/Cherry Hill - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/7-O4EaSA3FjsOqunW8
NJ - 07-01 - 08-31
07-28 (Wed) - Jersey City/Millbourne – MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-mrnqI1Ap84KfXNYazLxR
NY - 07-01 - 08-31
07-31 (Sat) - NYC - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/7-veLraURQqUET
08-01 (Sun) - Long Island - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-5LFPv_73s29S
CT - 07-01 - 08-31
08-07 (Sat) - Bridgeport/Milford - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-TBX9oDt_7feh
MA - 07-01 - 08-31
08-08 (Sun) - Boston/Arlington - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-r_ZvUGFZuGg9pUrk
ME – 07-01 – 08-31
08-14 (Sat) - Cape Elizabeth/Portland - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/9-5S5dsZIlD5kmw_Os
NH - 07-01 - 08-31
8-16 (Mon) - Concord/Contoocook - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/7-kCEu0eIE
VT - 07-01 - 08-31
8-19 (Wed) Montpelier - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-iAnCagY3
NY – 07-01 – 08-31
08-28 (Sat) Syracuse - - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-q56h4IXK*q4l85YB
PA - 09-01 - 09-04
09-04 (Sat) Pittsburgh - - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-ipO1oijWhuvf
OH - 09-05 - 09-12
09-05 (Sun) - Cleveland/Salon - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/8-HQDihDV77bYDASi3qzPL
09-07 (Tue) - Columbus/Dublin - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-OauP33fv
09-11 (Sat) - Dayton - motorcycle poker-run - route to be determined.
09-12 (Sun) - Cincinnati/Lincoln Heights - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-PZLewDijhbVo
MI - 09-13 - 09-14
09-14 (Tues) Detroit/Dearborn - - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/9-mvn0XxnIAz*FMON9irjh
IN - 09-15 - 09-18
09-18 (Sat) - Indianapolis/Shelbyville - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/2-JoagZVFQe_T8iXYM
IL - 09-19 - 09-23
09-19 - (Sun) Chicago/Oak Park - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/3-JQ3kEJrp
WI - 09-24 - 09-28
09-25 - (Sat) Milwaukee/Waukesha - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/10-awk4VSP8var_yic_
09-26 - (Sun) Madison to Janesville
IA - 09-29 - 09-30
NE - 10-01 - 10-03
CO - 10-04 - 10-09
10-09 (Sat) - Denver/Boulder - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-X9CuwIPQwoZf_4DC
WY - 10-10 - 10-11
MT - 10-12 - 10-16
10-16 (Sat) - Missoula - MAP: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/4-AXLWUIuwNm*4UL1xneSJ
AB - 10-16 - 10-18
Other great GAHC sites:
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition in FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=229485478349&ref=ts
www.myspace.com/savemoonbears (by Anthony Damiano)
www.myspace.com/starwarsfan1974 (by Anthony Damiano)
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My interests are diverse, one of which being nature photography.
The following is one case study, distilled from expeditions to India's Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthambhore tiger reserves over a 3-year period. More photo-coverage of his work in India in "Pics" and www.HOPE-CARE.org.
All photos below by Anthony Marr.
MusicAnything but Rap, Hip Hop, Country & Western, and, well, Chinese opera (when I was a kid I listened to lots of it, since my mom was a fan). Now that I got this out of the way, let's get serious.
August 22, 2009
What the USA must change to become a great nation
I was born in China during the Japanese invasion which murdered some 20 million Chinese civilians. My mother was almost captured as a "comfort woman", i.e. a sex slave to be eventually killed when used up. Had this happened, I wouldn't be here writing this essay.
So right off the bat, I was born to think that Japan was anything but great. And though after the war I tried to forgive and forget, Japan turned the same blood-lust against the whales and dolphins, which has kept me seething. No, Japan is not a great nation, not by a long harpoon shot.
When I was 5, the Communists overran China, and my family escaped with our lives by moonlight down the Pearl River to the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. Had we not done so, my entire family could have been terminated in the purges and hard labor camps which ensued. All in all the Communist regime wiped out some 60 million Chinese people in its consolidation of power. Most of these 60 million died of starvation when the Maoist government shipped their food to Russia in exchange for technological and military assistance. After the "Great Cultural Revolution", I tried to forgive and forget as well, but the 1989 Tiananmen massacre of 3000 students forever removed China from greatness in my mind.
From ages 5 through 20, I grew up in Hong Kong as a stateless person under the rule of the British Empire. Though it was not a bloody regime, a day did not pass when I was not reminded one way or another, and none too subtly, that I was a third class citizen. By no means all Chinese, but the Cantonese culture of Guang Dong province, to which Hong Kong is attached, is notorious for its callous and broad-spectrum animal use and abuse. Britain, which ruled the Cantonese people flooding into Hong Kong, had the responsibility of enforcing its supposedly humane animal laws, but from what I saw as a child and a teenager, nothing along this line was done. Since I loved animals, the British did not relieve my pain. But then, how could a nation known for its cruel sport of fox-hunting impose its will on the people of another culture regarding humane and respectful animal treatment? Based on the above alone, Great Britain, though the lesser of two evils compared to China by far, left/leaves much greatness to be desired.
At age 21, I flew across the Pacific to Canada on a student visa. Prepped by over-dramatized Hollywood movies about the Ku Klux Klan and the Mafia, I set foot on North American soil with trepidation. But almost at once, I found the Canadian people warm, gentle and helpful, and genuinely kind and loving to their companion animals, which made me feel very much at home. Further, I was amazed by how people could openly criticize the government without any fear of retribution, and on the contrary I saw smiling politicians shaking hands with the humble people in Chinatown, which was unheard of where I had come from. There was/is a free Medicare system for all, and a respectful policy towards seniors. So finally, when I swore myself in as a Canadian citizen, I felt rightly proud for belonging finally to what I perceived to be a great nation. But it did not take me too long to get disillusioned. As a university student, I worked summers out in the bush as a geologist's assistant. It was then I began to see the horrific assault by logging companies against the environment. When one year I worked in a cathedral-like old growth forest by which I was awed, the next year, it had been reduced to a waste land, with nothing but huge grey stumps left behind. I saw trophy hunters shooting down anything magnificent that moved. And I saw mines and pulp mills discharging heavy metals, cyanides, organo-chlorines, PCBs, PAHs and dioxins on to the land. And that was before I learned about the horrendous Newfoundland seal massacre, and finally flew over the six hellish Alberta tar sands mines which made of the entire Athabasca watershed one enormous carcinogen.
But at least, so I thought, I still had my freedom of speech, until I became an animal rights activist, and found that although I could indeed shout my lungs out in a demonstration, and could debate 100 hunters at a time without getting lynched, the truth of the matter is that not one word I had spoken or written proved worth a dime in the eyes of those to whom it was addressed. And over my protestations, my tax dollars were used to subsidize the seal hunt.
So bit by bit, then clunk by chunk, and year by year, the monument of Canadian greatness disintegrated in my mind.
In the mid-late 1990s, I went to India to work in three tiger reserves to help save them from habitat destruction, and the Bengal tiger from extinction.
India's great Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." From what I have seen in three expeditions by plane, train, jeep and on foot, each lasting 2-3 months, India's animals are not well treated, especially its street dogs and wildlife. I have personally rescued a puppy from being stoned to death by children, while the adults stood by, doing nothing. Where animals are concerned, India first task is to save the Bengal tiger and its complex ecosystems. The country does have a federal program called Project Tiger, but it is fighting a half-hearted and therefore losing battle, and tiger habitat continue to dwindle, and tiger numbers continue to decline. The tiger is a world treasure, but India has the responsibility to preserve it. If we cannot even save the tiger, a species universally loved and admired, what can we save?
Not until India has demonstrated her sincere and whole-hearted commitment to saving the Bengal tiger and its ecosystems would I begin to consider her in the question of greatness.
In 1999, the Makah native tribe in Washington state clamored for a revival of their "traditional" hunting of the Grey whale. We could not stop them from killing one young female - with a high-powered 50-calibre rifle and towed back to shor with a motorcraft - some "traditional" whaling. But we have legally stalled them since, so far. This was my first field engagement with American activists, and I rapidly grew to love working with them on an international basis.
From 2003 through 2008, I conducted 6 Compassionate for Animals Road Expeditions (CARE tours), each covering 25-41 states in 3-7 months.
I have worked with grassroots activists in almost every state on their campaigns, and have developed a certain depth of understanding in most of their issues and their ways of handling them. I have seen their successes and failures, and have learned from them the dos and don'ts. In doing so, I have also been exposed to the opposition, and the way it works, to KNOW THY ENEMY. Most of all, I have become keenly aware of not only local trends, but national trends (of which local activists may not always be aware), and I have forged coalitions to deal with multi-state and nation-wide problems and issues. As well, I have engaged American activists in Canadian issues, not least of all the 300, 000-baby-seals-per-year Newfoundland seal massacre, with my car painted with the slogan "I AM CANADIAN. BOYCOTT MY COUNTRY!"
And I have received much support in return, for which I am deeply thankful.
I love my American friends deeply, so I wish America the best. Unfortunately, the way I've seen it, in many ways it is not even good, much less great. I owe it to my American friends to point a few things out from my visiting Canadian's perspective. To heal, one must first diagnose. Following are some of my observations:
*1st Amendment violations
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the Five Freedoms. It is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that expressly prohibits the United States Congress from making laws "respecting an establishment of religion" or that prohibit the free exercise of religion, infringe the freedom of speech, infringe the freedom of the press, limit the right to peaceably assemble, or limit the right to petition the government.
In terms of the freedom of speech, it forbids viewpoint discrimination, however unpopular the viewpoint may be. However, if you say as much as "Good morning" to a hunter in the process of targeting a deer, you can be charged with violating the state-level Hunter Harassment law, which in turn violates the First Amendment. The hunters argue that it is the sound of the speech, not the words, that harasses the hunter, but how can even they separate the words from the sound? If the words of "Good morning" is protected by the First Amendment and can be spoken, how can the sound of "Good morning" when it is being spoken be illegal? Clearly, the HH laws are created and administered by hunters, for hunters, including the judge in Pennsylvania who convicted Jan Haagensen on five counts of hunter harassment - for telling invading hunters to get off her land, and for telling a hunter hunting from the road that what he was doing was illegal even under the hunting laws of PA (listen to the Jan Haagensen interview by Anthony Marr on Animal Voices in www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr).
What about the mother of the U.S. - Great Britain? Does true freedom of speech exist there? Judging by the life-time ban of Dr. Steven Best from the U.K. for speaking in favor of direct action in animal rights activism, the answer is a resounding NO.
If all these curtailments of freedom, and invasions of privacy, are designed to win the "War of Terror", then the first battle is already lost, because the lost American freedom is the terrorists' spoil of war. The United States and Britain have compromised and defeated themselves.
A nation whose constitution has been compromised cannot be considered great. The way for the U.S. to correct this problem is to scrap all state-level laws that violate the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Democracy means majority-rule, but minority-rule by power elite is not uncommon, if not rampant. And it could even be written into the constitution itself. The constitution of New Jersey, for example, stipulates that of the 11 voting member of the Fish & Game, 6 must be hunters. In most such case, all 11 are hunters, because any odd-man-out will be ostracized mercilessly until he/she quits. This is pseudo-majority-rule within the commission, but real minority rule in the entire state of New Jersey. The result is a set of hunting laws by hunters, for hunters, and the non-hunters and anti-hunters of New Jersey, which add up to 99.2% of the population (only 0.8% of New Jerseyan's hunt) have no say in the matter. Some democracy.
A nation which mocks and violates its own founding principle cannot be considered great. To correct this problem, all U.S. states must have wildlife management laws determined by a panel proportionately representing the general population of that state, not its small-minority hunting elite.
Another point of pseudo-democracy is in the form of the so-called "public consultation" sessions in county, city and municipal council. From my observation, by the time the council is in session and the public is allowed to speak, the decisions have often already been signed and sealed behind close doors. So the public strenuously speaking their mind, to which the council only pretends to listen, is expending their energy showing externally what a great democracy they all live in, being able to speak out with passion without fear of persecution.
The crux of the matter here is the composition of the council itself. A pro-funting council will decide in favor of urban deer hunting no matter what activists say. The solution is to make the council anti-hunting, and this has to be done through the political process by fielding anti-hunting candidates and campaigning to put them in office. Already existing is the League of Humane Voters (LOHV) headed by Peter and Anne Muller, and LOHV chapters headed by local activists (e.g. Lane Ferrante, director of the new Ohio LOHV chapter).
All this is easier said than done, considering that almost all American politicians on all levels are puppets of the powerful gun lobby, hunting lobby, and the arms and hunting industries. And pseudo-democracy, pseudo-anything for that matter, has no place in greatness.
*A CORPSE-run nation
I love my American friends, each in a unique way, but there is one thing in common. They all live in a system originally designed by conscience, e.g. the U.S. Constitution, but eventually abused and corrupted by corporations, opportunists, rapists, psychopaths, sociopaths and ecopaths (CORPSE) for their own immediate profit and agrandizement, at the expense of the innocent, the future and the whole. They have created new subsystems for the purpose of defeating the Constitution itself, complete with pseudo-patriotic slogans. And they attack the conscience of society itself - us.
The impact of such a system far exceeds that directed against the animal rights and environmental movements. It can wipe out all the corals in the sea, it can desertify the entire Amazon, it can starve millions with a global millennium drought, it can make Earth uninhabitable for humans, and it can wipe out over 80% of all species on Earth as the End-Permian Extinction did 251 million years ago. If we let these CORPSEs run the show, the entire nation will behave as if it has no conscience. Can a nation without conscience be considered great? Can any psychopath be considered great?
Analyse a CORPSE-run nation, and we will see the evil manifest in a thousand different ways, including the rise of Nazism in WW2 Germany. Following are those that I have personally encountered through my travels in the United States of America - "the land of the free, the home of the brave".
Even the person in the nation's highest political office can be, and to a large extent is, a puppet. Its puppet-masters are corporations. When George W. Bush was governor of Texas, GUI (governing under the influence) of Big Oil, Texas ranked last in environmental protection. The oil companies got richer and ever more powerful, so much so that they put Bush all the way up into the White House, to make of the Unites States a large Texas. As soon as Bush took over as president, one of his first feats was to gut the Environmental Protection Agency by planting unprecedented numbers of industrial CEOs into the EPA's highest ranks, who then proceeded to eliminate as many Clinton-era protection laws as the public would allow. An the authority-fearing and by-and-large apathetic public just let him/them do it. And of course, whether he was genuinely ignorant of global warming or not, he publicly voiced skepticism about global warming, and very publicly refused to ratify the Kyoto Treaty to counteract the global threat of climate change, by virtual order of Big Oil, thereby squandering a great opportunity to lead the world by peaceful means. Worse, 8 years of precious time for saving the planet was wasted, when the total amount of time for doing so is no more than 12 years as of 2000. Even Obama, infinitely better informed than Bush ever was or presumably ever could be, is still a puppet to an extent - of the coal industry - even though he himself, as an independent thinker, if he has any logic at all, would not condone.
If even the top leader of a nation is a puppet, that nation cannot be considered great.
Wikipedia has a definition for a certain ism, which "comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology and a corporatist economic ideology". That ism is called Fascism, and the United States "Democracy" is dangerously close to it. A Fascist nation is automatically precluded from greatness, because it subjugates the will of its citizens to that of its corporations. An all-powerful corporatist economic policy has no regard for human rights, much less animal right and environmental integrity. It's only concern is economic hegemony and military supremacy.
To correct this problem there must be a new amendment to severely limit or exclude political influence on government by corporations, and economically powerful special interest groups such as the NRA or, to be fair, the HSUS. The root of all political evils is corporate economic influence of political election outcomes. Putting it bluntly, to fire each and every "best politician money can buy" is a must for national greatness.
*A war started by a fool
The war: The Iraq War. The fool: George W. Bush. The fool is gone, but the war remains. As long as a foolish war continues, the nation waging it cannot be great.
*Bought global warming denial
In case the general population feels smug about corporate villainy and politicians being corporate puppets, each citizen should be reminded that he is himself a mini-puppet, whose very thought may not be his own. Corporate thought control exists in many forms, in many nations, but nowhere as pronounced and blatant and staggering as in the United States, the lair of Big Oil. To ensure a sustained oil and coal market, Big Oil has spend some $100 million in waging a counter-campaign to discredit global warming as a myth. The result is that the United States ranks rock bottom in global warming awareness amongst all western nations in international surveys. This is a deliberate deception and dumbing down of all Americans by the American power-elite which profits hugely from public apathy and compliance, at the expense of the environment and our children's future.
The 8 Bush years may already have driven the planet past the point of no return. Obviously, a nation that sabotages international efforts to save the planet and our children's future for its own short term profit bears the antithesis of greatness. Is Obama signficantly better? Better, yes. Significantly? Not as long as he keeps on puppeting for Big Coal.
*The self-debeautification of America
American the Beautiful? Almost heaven, West Virginia? John Denver would weep, if he saw what I saw that summer day in 2008, when I was in my 6th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition. A local activist took me up one of the mountains to witness for myself a mountain-top-removal operation by the coal industry.
To call it "an eye-sore" is like calling Ted Bundy "naughty". A government that would allow the destruction of the magnificent mountains which took millions of years to build for the short term profit of its puppet master Big Coal is not a great government, and the nation ruled by such a government is not a great nation.
*Be insured, or die
In "socialist" Canada, medical care is a basic human right. In "capitalist" United States, it is not. I don't know why some Americans hate or fear "socialism" so much. It is just another case of McCarthyish paranoia. No nation which says its citizens, "pay up or die." can be considered great.
Only the puppet masters have anything to fear, because - Where does the money come from? -Taxation - of the filthy rich - stupid.
*The enslavement and slaughter of billions
Substitute humans for animals, and concentration camps for factory farms and vivisection labs, and cattle cars for cattle cars, gas chambers for slaughter houses, and the factory farmers and transporters and vivisectors and slaughterers, would be no better than Nazis. Only their victims are different. The humans are essentially the same.
Quantitatively, it's worse. Line up the cows slaughtered every year in America for human consumption in single file, and the cow line will stretch from L.A. to N.Y. back and forth 16 times, and the pig line, 35 times, and the chicken line (10 billion) would stretch between the Earth and the Moon 8 times. All these add up to sentient-being-sufferings on an astronomical scale.
A nation harboring such enormous imposed internal suffering cannot be considered great.
*Lying to The People
A government that lies to the people is criminal, by whatever political system it abides. A nation in which a government lies to the people is lightyears from greatness.
Here is a blatant example. In 2007, while on my 5th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE-5), I was in Allentown PA when local activists asked for my assistance in opposing a new bow-hunting scheme within the nearby Trexler Nature Preserve. It was the dying wish of General Harry Clay Trexler that no hunting be conducted within the preserve. But in 2007, the local government announced to the public that due to an increase in the white-tail deer population within the preserve, its ecology has been compromised, and that the deer population needed to be reduced, and further, that the bow hunters in the area have volunteered themselves to do the job for the community, free of charge. Except for the resistance put up by these few great local activists, notably Carol Loomis, Virginia Wolfe and Cheryl Baker, the public had no comment, and the hunt did go ahead. On opening day of the hunt, Carol, Cheryl, Chryl's teenage son and I entered the preserve, amidst the hordes of bow hunters, male and female, all armed to the teeth. We received many stares ranging from suspicious to hostile, but it was an eye-opener. Were I blindfolded and driven by deep into the preserve, and taken for a short walk of no more than 100 yards from the parking lot, then have the blindfold removed and asked what I was looking at, I would have answered that I was in a farm. Acres of forest had been ploughed down, and row upon row of deer clover had been planted in its place.
Those who understand the Compensatory Rebound Effect, some hunters included, know that with an overabundance of food, deer would maximize their reproductive rate. Instead of no-fawn and singlet, they would have twins and triplets, resulting indeed in an overabundance of deer, which is what the hunters want. Local residents are usually not aware of this, at least not on a first person basis, and that is that the bow-hunters are very aggressive in forcing their way into potential hunting areas where the discharge of fire-arms is illegal, including urban parks like the Trexler, and even within the urban areas themselves - in people's backyards. It is the general strategy of hunters to first cultivate a high deer population, then claim deer over-population, then offer themselves as saviors of deer-damaged communities. The truth of the matter is that the whole thing is initiated by the bow-hunters in collusion with the hunter-friendly politicians who are often themselves hunters, for which they were put in office by the hunting industry in the first place. I took pictures of the plantation and submitted them to the local newspaper, and spoke at length to its reproter, but the article that came out the following day did not make a single mention of the deer clover plantation, did not use my photos, but instread glorified a female hunter for being among the first to bag a magnificent buck.
How great is a nation in which the government deceives the people to appease its puppet masters?
*A nation run by serial killers
Let's brush aside all the fluff and window-dressing and BS and get down to the bare bones, shall we? The cold hard fact of the matter is that not only are the vast majority of politicians under the thumbs of powerful serial killers, but are themselves serial killers. I am talking about recreational hunters and trophy hunters. The fact that their victims are non-human does not alter the fact that they have no compassion, revel in bloodshed, derive pleasure from another being's suffering, and practice serial killing as a form of entertainment.
When I go speaking to children, I often ask them what to them is the most immoral reason for killing an animal - in self-defense? for food? for clothing? for money? for fun? Without a single exception the children in all schools have voted against KILLING FOR FUN as the most immoral reason for killing anything. And America is ruled by a small minority of very powerful but highly immoral people who kill for fun, i.e. who are recreational hunters.
A nation run by serial fun-killers cannot be great.
*Animal protection laws or lack thereof
Animal protection laws do exist within the United States, and on both the federal and state levels. Federal animal protection statutes take the form of Acts, which number almost 100, including the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Airborne Hunting Act, the Animal Damage Control Act, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the Animal Health Protection Act, the Animal Welfare Act, the Animal Fighting Act, the Bald and Goldern Eagle Protection Act, the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, the Dog and Cat Protection Act, the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Humane Slaughter Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Conservation Act, the Recreational Hunting Safety and Preservation Act, etc. These may seem impressive, but if we look between them, we'd see huge gaps through which entire sectors of the animal kingdom could be abused, tortured, shot, trapped and slaughtered with impunities, notably wild animals not protected by the Endangered Species Act, and farm and lab animals place under the "protection" of the Department of Agriculture, the very governmental body whose purpose is to exploit them. And some of these "animal protection laws", e.g. the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, as its name clearly states, is to protect the animal enterprises, not the animals, and its new incarnation the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, is demonstrably unconstitutional.
I consider the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act unconstitutional because even a non-violent demonstration is an act of "terrorism" if it inflicts economic damage upwards of $10, 000 on any animal enterprise. So, a boycott of a certain company, e.g. KFC, could be considered an act of terrorism if the company could demonstrate that as a result of the boycott, it suffered $10, 001's sertback in chicken wing sales, in which case the jail time is up to 6 months. If the financial damage is in the range of $1 million, the jail time is up to 6 years. In other words, if Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi were animal rights activists today, they would have been considered terrorists. Again, the primary point is that the AETA violates the Constitution of the United States. A conditional freedom of speech is a contradiction in terms. There is no such thing as freedom of speech "on the condition that you don't offend anybody.."
The state level animal protection laws are far simpler than the federal acts. Generally, they protect cat, dogs and horses which "belong to" human individuals and some corporations, but not wild animals that "belong to" no one. The reason for this is that the "owners" of the cats and dog and horses would make a fuzz if "their" animals are harmed by others, e.g. shot by a hunter, but there is no one to speak for the wild and hunted animals. So basically, these are "animal-owner" protection laws, not animal protection laws, which therefore concern themselves with human rights, not animal rights.
No nation that does not recognize that animals have rights can be considered great.
*Government control of media
Local radio talkshow listeners may think that their own area is exceptionally right wing. But having listened to radio talkshows in my car while I driving from state to state, from coast to coast, I can tell you with certainty that it is not. Where the radio talkshow scene is concerned, the entire nation is exceptionall right wing. Over 95% of all well known American talkshow hosts, from Rush Limbaugh pn down are right wing. And worse, every morning, each right wing talkshow host would receive an email from Maryland telling them the talking points of the day, and what stand to take on each talking point. In the newspaper arena, investigative journalism is all but dead. It is brain-washing on a grand scale.
The Allentown PA newspaper article on the Trexler preserve mentioned above, which buried my photos of the Trexler plantation, is not an isolated local case either. In many places, a reporter attacking or just questioning hunting is committing professional suicide, or at least opening himself to severe and concerted hunter attack.
Thought control and the suppression of truth is not the mark of a great nation.
*The 5 lethal maneuvers of the House of Fraud
I have mentioned the Jan Haagensen case (listen to the Haagensen interview by Anthony Marr on the Animal Voices talkshow archived in www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr). Haagensen was convicted by the PA criminal court on 5 counts of hunter harassment, which involve a jail term. She appealed to an appelate court, and had the convictions all overturned for a total lack of evidence. Now she is taking the offense, and is legally challenging the constitutionality of the PA Hunter Harassment Statute. She is fighting this battle alone and deserves, and needs, our support. But at least she could appeal.
While researching material on Steve Hindi, one of my guests on Animal Voices, I came across the following passage by Rob Sherman in an article which shocked even me. I will copy-paste it here verbatim:
While there may be two sides to the rodeo debate (although I doubt it), as a professional journalist, let me assure you that you should place no credibility, whatsoever, in anything that the Illinois criminal courts do. The criminal courts, here, are widely recognized as a House of Fraud which fakes the conviction of completely innocent people for the purpose of attempting to smear the reputation of political enemies.
Here are five ways in which they do it:
1) Most judges in Illinois criminal trials are former prosecutors from the same state's attorney's office that is now presenting the prosecution's case. Blatant conflict of interest. The judge has numerous ways of rigging the outcome of cases to ensure conviction, as described below, regardless of whether the Defendant is guilty or innocent. Indeed, it doesn't even matter if the Defendant has not been accused of doing anything that violates the cited statute.
2) Block the introduction of testimony that exonerates the Defendant. The way that this scam works is, every time the Defense asks a prosecution or defense witness a question that, if answered, would clearly exonerate the falsely accused Defendant, the prosecutor objects to the question being answered and the judge, who is a former prosecutor (sort of a prosecution tag team), sustains the objection. The jury never gets to hear the testimony that would exonerate the Defendant.
3) Block any testimony from Defense witnesses who have the knowledge to refute everything that the prosecutor is contending. The way this scam works, the prosecutor objects that the testimony of the witness should not be allowed because the testify is supposedly irrelevant. The former-prosecutor judge, being familiar with this lawyer trick, sustains the prosecutor's objection and the witness is barred from testifying. A jury is required to base its decision on the evidence and testimony presented, so if the jury is only allowed to hear from witnesses that support the prosecution's trumped up charges, the jury has no choice but to render a decision based solely on the prosecutor's presentation.
4) Charge and convict the Defendant for the crime of nothing. This is a beautiful scam that any rodeo type would love. The prosecutor accuses a Defendant of being in violation of a law, but doesn't allege that the Defendant actually did anything that violates that law. After a trial on the allegation of the crime of nothing, the judge says, "I enter a finding of guilty, " but not guilty of doing anything in particular. Then, when the Defendant complains to the judge, "I didn't do anything that violates the law. I wasn't even accused of doing anything that violates the law, and you haven't found me guilty of doing anything which violates the law. So, just what, exactly, is it that you found me guilty of doing that violates the law?" To which the judge responds, "You don't understand, sir. Now that I've entered a finding of guilty, you have lost your presumption of innocence. Therefore, you have to tell the Court what it is that you did that violated the law, rather than the other way around."
5) The hostage-taking scam. This scam is an extension of Scam #4, above. In this scam, the judge takes the falsely convicted Defendant hostage every time he has an appeal brief due, to keep him from appealing the fake conviction. The way that this scam works, every time that the filing date approaches for the Defendant to submit an appeal brief to the Appellate Court, the prosecutor and judge schedule a simultaneous post-trial hearing in which the prosecutor or court demands that the Defendant announce what it was that the Defendant supposedly did that violated the law for which he was falsely convicted. If the Defendant refuses to make up a false accusation against himself and be coerced into confessing to the false accusation, the Defendant is sent to jail, not for committing a crime, but rather for "Failing to cooperate with the Court's efforts to help him." This is done just in time to keep the Defendant from filing his appeal brief. No appeal brief, no reversal of the fake conviction. Quite a clever lawyer trick by the judge and prosecutor. On the other hand, if the trick succeeds in scaring the innocent Defendant into making up a coerced false confession, that moots out any appeal because the Defendant has supposedly admitted guilt to the non-existent crime. Either way, the fake conviction sticks and the Defendant loses.
Again, as a professional journalist, I have personally seen all of these lawyer trick courtroom scams. It's why nobody should ever take seriously ANYTHING that takes place in Illinois criminal court. It is truly a House of Fraud.
This is downright bloody disgusting if you ask me, and even if you don't. Tell me, how can a nation harboring this kind of miscarriages of justice and judicial corruption be even remotely be considered great?
The solution here is obvious. Nail down these legal felons and bar them for good. Then put them on trial for abuse of power, comtempt of court and corruption of American justice, convict them, throw them in jail and throw away the key.
*America: destroyer of the Amazon
Americans consume so much beef that America imports huge quanitities of extra beef from Brazil. Americans consume so much ethanol in gasoline that America imports huge quantities of extra ethanol, also from Brazil. And Brazil burns down the Amazon rainforest by the thousands of square miles to create extra land for cattle ranches and soy plantations. If Americans, and Canadians for that matter, do not voluntarily curtail their own gluttony for Earth's dwindling resources, not only are they not world-leaders, but world-degraders, and this is far from great.
Suppose a family has been living beyond its means, and is now teetering on the brink of insolvency. Any responsible banker will advise the family to tighten the belt, not to borrow more money to maintain that same unsustainable standard of living which has driven the family to have lived beyond its means in the first place. And this is what the U.S. is doing on a national scale as we speak. A fiscally irresponsible nation cannot be a great nation.
*The self-impoverishment of the animal rights movement
Americans and Canadians complain about China becoming the largest consumer on a per nation basis, while they remain the largest consumers on a per capita basis.
How much does an American, or a Canadian for that matter, need to live? Less than $20, 000 per year. I can say this with certainty, because this is how much I live on, including the cost of doing my work. So why should we tolerate, much less accept, and far less contribute towards, the CEO of the largest American animal advocacy "non-profit" organization paying himself a cool quarter million dollars per year, or almost $25, 000 per month, and paying his dozen or so VPs $150, 000 each, and his own secretary a handsome $100, 000, all from the donations meant for the animals? Isn't he just a little ashamed of himself for personally profiting by robbing the suffering animals for which the donations were meant? This organization has a financial worth of $230 million - all animals' money - and an annual budget of some $120 million, of which some 50% is overhead, which include the lavish salaries, financial investments and a $6-10 million fund-raising budget. In spite of all these mega-bucks, this insatiable organization still stoops to charging penniless grassroots groups kilo-bucks for simple zero-cost assistance. I have always thought that when a group has crossed a certain size threshold, it will turn from its original cause to its own growth as its primary purpose. But not until I have directly observed this group over time did I realize to what abysmal depth this could sink. One cold hard fact is that this organization, and several other similar ones with big names and offices, the CEO of one of which paying himself, would you believe, $750, 000/annum, with their high overheads and slick fund-raising machines, have sucked the financial resources within the movement dry, leaving nothing for the grassroots groups, most of whose members could not even afford health insurance, while that CEO and his VPs and "executive" secretaries laugh all the way to the bank.
This is open and blatant corruption and betrayal within the animal rights movement, but it is not all. Through my travels, I have stayed at local activists' home by the dozens, and never have I encountered a local activist without one or more animal companions, bless their hearts. If they, being true-hearted animal advocates and activists (unlike that CEO who openly confesses to having no personal affinity for animals), had to choose between buying health insurance for themsleves and paying the vet bills of the animals under their guardianship, they would pay the vet bills and do without health insurance for themselves. I have seen families spending thousands of dollars in vet bills while they can ill afford even food on the table. The problem where the movement is concerned is that most of these animal guardians would choose to pay the vet bills than to donate the same amount to a grassroots animal rights group when they cannot do both. And the vets, like the pseudo-animal-advocacy CEOs, seem just as intent on sucking all financial resources out of the animal rights movement, which has indeed been impoverished.
We are animal rights activists, and we are the conscience of our societies, even the conscience of humanity. If this conscience has been compromised by hypocrisy and greedy, our societies, in fact humanity itself, cannot be great.
*The new world disorder
Any "new world order" designed, organized and led by a nation that is not great will descend into disorder.
Final question: Is there a truly great nation in the world today?
Please let me know if you can think of any.
Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
TelevisionThere are things on Earth that can compute faster than the human brain - and I'm not referring to computers. Yes, the chimpanzee brain. Frankly, I can't beat this chimp in this MENTAL exercise in terms of accuracy and speed. Can you? Be amazed, then humbled, then act to save them from ourselves.
Books"A picture is worth a thousand words," and a video is worth a thousand pictures. This video is a good representation of the Canadian seal hunt:
In 2004, scientists warned that due to global warming, the Amazon was drying out, and that a drought was imminent. Of course the skeptics called them "alarmists", but the verdict was not long in coming. In 2005, a severe drought did descend upon the Amazon, raising more alarms. In 2006, the drought returned, causing some to say that the Amazon could not withstand another round. But came 2007, the drought came again with a vengeance. Meanwhile, the world demand for biofuels (ethanol) has turned vast tracks of the rainforest into corn, soy and sugar came plantations, which expose the poor rainforest soil to rapid erosion, leading to desertification. Before 2004, the prediction was that by 2100, 50% of the Amazon would be gone, but since then, it has been drastically revamped to that come the end of this century the Amazon Rainforest would at best have become the Amazon Savannah, at worst, the Amazon Desert. If that happens, the estimated 5 million species currently inhabiting the Amazon basin would almost all go extinct, thanks to our reluctance to forgo just a little convenience. And that indeed would be the crime of the century. (See blog above, and see videos at bottom left column.)
- Jan 1, 2011 7:09 AM Bloody Superstition and New Cosmology
- Jun 9, 2010 7:33 AM Biggest Anti-Hunter-vs-Sport-Hunter showdown in history
- Jun 3, 2010 4:58 AM How to confront 100 hunters at once and escape unscathed
- Oct 1, 2008 1:38 AM Anthony Marr's blog site: www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
- May 29, 2008 4:20 PM Homo Sapiens! HEAL YOUR EARTH
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About me:Anthony Marr is the author of Omni-Science and the Human Destiny and the founder and president of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE - www.HOPE-CARE.org):
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Bio in www.ARConference.org: Anthony Marr holds a science degree from the UBC and has worked as a field geophysicist and an environmental technologist. In 1995, he became a full time wildlife preservationist, which has brought him to India three times, earning him the title of the "Champion of the Bengal Tiger" in the Champions of the Wild TV series aired in 20 countries. As an anti-hunting activist, he has conducted high profile campaigns in Canada for the bears and seals, and been to Japan twice for the whales and dolphins. He is the founder of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) and is currently organizing his 7th Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE-7), covering 40 states and 4 provinces. He is also the author of [Omni-Science and the Human Destiny] and [Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH]. (See www.HOPE-CARE.org and read the blog titled "Bloody Superstition and New Cosmology".)
This 10 minute video is Anthony Marr's OMNISCIENTIFIC COSMOLOGY in a nutshell, to abide by YouTube's 10-minutes-max-per-video rule."
And here is the 30-minute version:
On the Omniscientific Cosmology it is written:
University of California, Berkeley
Biology, Professor Richard W. Holms: “I have listened to a presentation by Anthony S. Marr. His synthesis of ideas from a remarkably broad perspective of sciences truly deserves the name OMNI-SCIENCE. His presentation was precise and clear, and I believe he would be an effective speaker for groups at varying levels of expertise…This is a person of great depth who speaks and writes both with confidence and ease. I am happy to recommend him as a speaker and a writer..”
Astronomy and Physics, Professor Marc Davis: “As one who actually specializes in cosmology as a research endeavour, I was at first very skeptical that Mr. Marr would be yet another crackpot of the type that seems to congregate in this field. However, after only a few minutes of listening to his explanation of his viewpoint, my fears were allayed…His ultimate goal appears to be to provide a forward-looking moral framework for progress in human social evolution, one that is consistent with empirical science and which is not based on historical writings…and important contribution to society….”
Anthropology, Professor Tim White: “I have not seen a draft of the book, but I can say that after spending a few hours with Mr. Marr, I am very much looking forward to reading it….Mr. Marr is an exceedingly unique individual. I have never crossed paths with such a person. He is very serious, very dedicated, and very polished in his presentation…The care with which he his proceeded is commendable…his synthesis is formidable….”
Paleontology, Professor Carole S. Hickman: “(Anthony Marr’s work) deserves the attention of serious scholars…an extraordinary intellectual undertaking…a unique framework…both intellectually and aesthetically stimulating…a bold and eclectic piece of scholarship that is, above all, refreshingly honest….His clarity of expression is exceptional. His logical consistency is a delight. The aesthetic quality of the model, in particular his attention to symmetry, provides a dimension that is appealing but sadly lacking in much of Western thought and tradition. The optimism, concern and compassion for humanity that are expressed in the application of the model to human behavior likewise commands attention….”
Zoology, Professor Richard C. Strohman: “His views and thinking are quite original…a thoroughly logical system…might indeed fill a large gap in the way we think about evolutionary connections between ourselves and our world. I sincerely encourage you to listen to Mr. Marr. And I have one suggestion. His presentation is quite detailed and covers very large areas. My thought is that he and his listeners would all do much better in a small seminar setting so that there would be a symmetry between his own very wide knowledge and the ability for him to obtain meaningful feedback..”
Botany, Professor Herbert G. Baker: “…an extremely interesting experience…worthy of the attention of a wide variety of persons. If he writes as clearly and understandably as his oral communication, the book should be an important contribution towards understanding cosmology..”
Paleontology, Professor Donald E. Savage: “Professors and scientists at the universities of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California, to date, have each spent two hours or more listening to the powerful presentation of Anthony Marr of his erudite synthesis of scientific, philosophic and sociologic theory: OMNI-SCIENCE, A New Theory of Cosmology. I can add nothing to the praise that has been heaped upon Mr. Marr and his ideas by these men, and I endorse their statements with reservation. Now is the time for Mr. Marr’s ideas to be published, for the scientific world and general public should become aware of his synthesis..”
Institute of Human Origins, Berkeley Dr. William Kimbel, President: “I have recently had the great pleasure of listening to Anthony Marr describe the results of his thinking on cosmology. “Owing to the large number of half-baked ‘pop’ theories on cosmology currently in circulation, I admit that I faced the prospect of my meeting with Mr. Marr with some trepidation. “From the outset, however, it was clear that Mr. Marr is no amateur populariser. On the contrary, he is a dedicated scholar whose theories, I believe, make a profound contribution to the fundamental definition of humankind in relation to the broader universe. “Although Mr. Marr has an uphill battle ahead of him, I firmly believe that his ideas deserve very serious consideration by a wide audience. Not only do they unify the fragmented Western scientific disciplines, but they have implications of great depth and breadth for the future course of human actions. In the current atmosphere of censorship and anti-intellectualism, Mr. Marr’s concept of OMNI-SCIENCE is too important to ignore.”
Sociology, Professor Alex Inkeles: “Recently Mr. Anthony Marr persuaded me to give him an hour of my time, all I could spare in that cycle of my calendar, and at that it had to be at the end of a busy day. This obliged Mr. Marr, as he told me, to adopt a different style of presentation than the one he usually used, one much more compressed and involving a more top-down approach instead of his usual inductive procedure. Despite these handicaps, Mr. Marr managed to impress me not only with the quality of his presentation, but also the quality of his thinking. The range of his knowledge is broad, and for something so broad seems impressively authoritative. At the heart of his approach is a conception of all living and indeed nonliving matter as organized in systems, and this gave him a considerable edge with me since my own propensity is to think in system terms… exceptionally comprehensive….”
Philosophy, Professor John Dupre: “A few days ago, I had a lengthy discussion with Mr. Anthony Marr about his philosophical ideas. I can certainly confirm the impressions gained by the various other scholars who have written on his behalf. Marr is a highly intelligent, thoughtful man who has evidently acquired a thorough knowledge of the impressively broad range of topics over which his ideas range. As we were talking, I asked him all the difficult questions that occurred to me as he was outlining his ideas. He was always very quick to get the point, and had intelligent and relevant responses. I was very impressed with his various intellectual accomplishments. “Though his ideas are extremely intriguing and provocative, I must confess to having considerable skepticism about his project which he did not altogether dispel. However, I very much doubt whether anyone could dispel this skepticism, and certainly not in two hours. I am not convinced, that is to say, that a systematic view of the scope that Marr attempts is really an intelligible project. However, there is no doubt that such projects will be forthcoming, and such a system informed by Mr. Marr’s deep and thorough understanding of the current state of scientific theory will undoubtedly be incomparably more edifying than the vast majority of such attempts, whether religiously based, or grounded on superficial impressions of science. Indeed, I am open to being convinced that such a project will address a pressing social need: if people insist on adopting comprehensive cosmological systems, then I would certainly encourage them to try his. I certainly share his concern about the dangers of many contemporary religious, especially fundamentalist, cosmologies.. “One thing, then I would say without any qualification is that I would strongly encourage any publisher to accept his book. I have not read the manuscript, but assuming, as I have no reason to doubt, that Marr is as articulate, clear and cogent on paper as he is in person, his system would make fascinating reading, and would, I suspect, attract a large audience….”
Applied Physics and Astrophysics, Professor Vahe Petrosian: “… elaborate… clearly well thought out and researched…I was fascinated by his novel ideas in this very ambitious task…a beautiful synthesis…what I heard was captivating and should be of interest not only to experts but to all thinking people of the world…will find a wide and interested audience….”
Anthropology, Professor John W. Rick: “… very thought provoking…an integrative scheme capable of making sense out of a wide variety of natural science knowledge, which at the same time reaches out to philosophy and epistemology…clearly deserves extensive discussion…a serious, well-founded vision, not the product of trivial or eccentric thought. My feeling is that he deserves attention and his ideas should be published. I would recommend that those who have the time listen and argue over his presentation. One should not underestimate the time this may take, however, since his model covers a broad expanse of knowledge. I would think that his presentation would be an ideal forum in an academic department where a group of faculty and graduate students could take time to thoroughly examine his proposition….”
Physics, Professor Leonard Susskind: “…the cosmic significance of life and evolution. Although this is not exactly my ‘meat’, I thoroughly enjoyed the two hours…I found myself stimulated, educated…His ideas are worth listening to, even for those of us who are not of the same philosophical bent….”
Philosophy, Professor John Bogart: “I spent 3.5 hours with Mr. Anthony Marr…held my attention for the entire period…has plainly synthesized a great deal of information in a number of distinct disciplines…organized it into an interesting and coherent whole…compelling…intended to have moral import…can be cast into a form of interest to moral philosophy…would be of interest to a wide audience….”
Geology, Professor W.R. Evitt: “I agree wholeheartedly…about his sincerity, imagination, intellectualism and scholarship. This afternoon was for me a unique and stimulating experience. In a highly logical series of simple steps, he developed a comprehensive concept of the interrelations and interdependence of all things…an immensely logical construct…should be accessible and acceptable to persons with a wide range of cultural, social, scientific and philosophical sophistications… meticulously thought out, with great care, to making his thesis externally consistent with the facts of science as currently perceived, and internally consistent in the interrelationships among its arguments…majestic in scope but intrinsically simple, satisfying and optimistic…should have a very broad appeal…These are important ideas with great potential for lessening the conflicts in a troubled world….”
Anthony Marr, founder and president Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) www.HOPE-CARE.org www.MySpace.com/AnthonyMarr www.YouTube.com/AnthonyMarr www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com www.ARConference.org
Anthony Marr is honored as the "Champion of the Bengal Tiger" in the award-winning 50-episode TV Documentary series [Champions of The Wild] aired on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Outdoor Living Network and Knowledge Network in 20 countries worldwide.
This picture was taken during Anthony Marr's 42-states-in-7-months Compassion for Animals Road Expedition #1 (CARE-1 - 2003-2004) joinly conducted with best-selling vegan author Brenda Davis (Becoming Vegetarian; Becoming Vegan; Defeating Diabetes; etc.) and her then 15 year old son Cory Davis.
. Below is the cover of Anthony Mar's second book "Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH".
December 21, 2012 is widely believed to be DOOMSDAY. Here is Anthony Marr's take on it. Note: This is a 50 minute video and made with utmost seriousness. Please view in like spirit.
Anthony Marr gave 8 speeches in the 2009 Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles, July 16-20, including a plenary speech on the unconstitutionality of the state-level Hunter Harassment laws, focusing on the Jan Haagensen case in Pennsylvania.
His first session in AR2009 was on Friday morning, titled "Individual Activism", with Bruce Zeman and Rick Corbett. The speeches of Bruce and Rick are in the video section of this site (www.myspace.com/AnthonyMarr), as are those of the other 6 sessions. Just click "View" "My videos" (right underneath Spirit, the beautiful white dog in the cover pic.
Anthony Marr has been speaking at the National Animal Rights Conference (www.ARConference.org) since 2004. Here is his plenary speech on Human Overpopulation at AR2007.
[Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH] - Anthony Marr's plenary speech at the 2008 Animal Right National Conference in Washington DC on Acting Globally:
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A ride in Hawaii by my www.Ninjette.org friend Kelly Kim, also riding a Ninja 250.
Raw guts, exquisite finesse
The FUNERAL MOTORCADE FOR THE DEER, Shawnee Mission Park, Kansas City, 2009-10-09
HOW A SINGLE BULLET KILLED 25 LIONS - short version
(for long version please see www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com)
When I was in Africa a couple of decades ago, I camped for a stretch in the territory of a lion pride comprising 3 males, 10 females and 22 cubs.
The 3 pride-males, named Agamemnon, Achilles and Hector (AAH), were about 6 years of age and very much in their prime. Their 22 cubs were thriving under their protection - protection against predators,
and the coalition of four 4-year-old prideless bachelors, who had been loitering in the neighborhood.
Due to the superior fighting prowess of AAH, they had been kicking the butts of the Gang of Four (GOF), so far. If the GOF drove out or killed AAH, they would kill all their cubs so that the lionesses would have cubs bearing their genes. AAH would be able to repel GOF for another couple of years, which was a fairly stable long term scenario in lion terms. What was unforeseen was that a trophy hunter killed Achilles.
Now with only Agamemnon and Hector holding the fort, they were no match for the GOF. Valiantly, AH tried to defend their offspring, but it was a matter of fighting to the last cub before they both were killed. The 10 lionesses became the spoils of war. And so, a new leonine dynasty was born. But through it all, 25 lives were lost, all due to one single bullet fired by one egomaniacal trophy hunter. Shame on Safari Club International! And shame on you Mr. President, for support hunting.
For the long version go to www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
For whom he loves
A gift of peace:
. Freedom Horse Anthony Marr's tribute to the Mustang .
A CONVERSATION WITH A DOLPHIN
Dolphin brains are larger than ours (1600 CC vs1450 CC). Who are we to say what they can or cannot think?
Its transcript is blogged at
Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Anthony Marr attempts to plant GPS on whaling ship
To read the full story, please go to www.HomoSapiensSaveYourEarth.blogspot.com
The Yushin Maru
Ther Yushin Maru - close-up
The whaling fleet
The Nisshin Maru - factory ship
The Nisshin Maru - close-up
Anthony Marr and Ishii Izumi
Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Who I'd like to meet:
This lovable human child lives on this planet Earth. He is totally trusting of us. He doesn't know it, but he is heading for deep trouble, problems caused by us, and can only be solved by us. His life is in our hands.
The following is the greatest threat against this child and these marvelous creatures, and billions of their peers, today and for centuries to come.
Before anything else, if there is just one video you will see this year, this should be the one. I am not placing it on top for no reason. When you see it, you will see why. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, upon whose recommendations the world governments form their environmental and energy policies) has produced computer-model-based predictions even whose worst case scenario has proven gross underestimations of reality (e.g. Arctic ice melt rate). The reason is that sophisticated as IPCC computer-modeling may appear, it is in fact over-simplistic in the extreme, in that the most crucial issues - RUNAWAY Global Heating by METHANE, plus many important feedback loops (e.g. carbon and albedo) - have been all but ignored. Watch this video and you will see not a computer model but what ACTUALLY HAPPENED in the past, which we are about to repeat by our own hands. Decide for yourself what is best for your own children, and all life on Earth. Junk the "Don't worry, be happy" crap. Be worried, be very worried. - Your devoted friend, Anthony Marr
Over the last 500 million years, the Earth underwent 5 major mass extinction events, 4 of which caused by global warming. This video shows the Permian Mass Extinction 250 million years ago, the 3rd of the 5, which wiped out over 90% of the species of the time. We are now facing the 6th Mass Extinction Event, also caused by global warming, except this time, the global warming is not an "act of God", but an act of Man - the species Homo sapiens - us.
The following video, by National Geographic, titled Catastrophic Climate Change, speaks for itself, the Earth, and species Homo sapiens who caused it, is still causing it, and has hardly begun to solve it.
1 degree warmer – Arctic summers ice-free (and permafrost melting begins, releasing methane into the atmosphere)
2 Degrees Warmer: Marine Life At Risk! (e.g. with ocean acidification undermining coral skeleton formation and temperature impacting negatively on plankton)
3 Degrees Warmer: Heat Wave Fatalities (and the desiccation of the Amazon)
4 Degrees Warmer: Great Cities Wash Away (IMHO, when it comes to 4 degrees warmer, cities being washed away will be the least of the problems.)
5 Degrees Warmer: Civilization Collapses (IMHO civilization will collapse well before 5 degrees warmer, perhaps as little as 2 degrees warmer.)
6 Degrees Warmer: Mass Extinction? (Mass extinction is occurring NOW, at a speed much faster than expected; by mass extinction at 6-degrees-warmer, we are referring to over 85% extinction.)
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