PETA Kills Pets

How Many Pets Did PETA Kill in 2012?

 by Douglas Anthony Cooper

One of the year’s more depressing rituals is the annual release of PETA’s kill statistics. The numbers — just how many pets Ingrid Newkirk’s organization has “euthanized” in the past year — are never anything less than revolting. They are also never a surprise. Despite desperate efforts to rein in this ghoul, dogs and cats simply do not have much chance of emerging alive from the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The law requires PETA to submit documents annually to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and this year’s have just been released online: you can examine them here. A quick summary? In 2012 only 10.8 percent of the pets taken in by PETA at their headquarters in Norfolk Virginia escaped the hypodermic; 94.1 percent of the cats and 82.1 percent of the dogs ended up in Ingrid’s walk-in freezer.

PETA’s kill rate has hovered in the range of 95 to 97 percent. So this year’s 89.2 percent is, yes, an improvement. The Grim Reaper is now merely — what? — the Angel of Death?

PETA is not required to identify how many of the pets killed were perfectly healthy and adoptable. We can assume only one thing: we’re not going to find out. Newkirk has never been forthcoming in the past, apart from vague tearful remarks about the dreadful shape of the animals left on her doorstep. We know from various reports, however — including legal testimony from local veterinarians and shelter workers — that many of the pets killed at PETA headquarters were impeccably healthy, some of them puppies and kittens.

The former director of Norfolk’s SPCA, Dana Cheek, has said: “I often receive phone calls from frantic people who have surrendered their pets to PETA with the understanding that PETA will ‘find them a good home.’… Little do they know that the pets are killed in the PETA van before they even pull away from the pet owner’s home.”

Quotes from George Carlin

“If crime fighters fight crime, and firefighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight?”

On asked how it feels to be 70, George answered, “You know what George Burns said; there are five stages to life: childhood, adulthood, middle age, old age, and ‘you look great.'”

“I’m a writer who performs his own material.”

“The planet is fine. People put nature to the test and they get what’s coming to them. I can’t wait for the sea levels to rise. I can’t wait for some of these cities to disappear. Places are going to go. The map is going to change.”

Prepare a Speech in 5 Minutes

Have you been asked to make an off-the-cuff speech at the last minute? Benjamin Ellis of Redcatco offers tips to help you prepare a speech in 5 minutes.

First, you will need eight sticky notes. Don’t have them? No problem. Take a full sheet of paper, fold it in half. then in half again, then once more. Tear along the fold marks.

On sticky note # 1 , create your introduction.

  •      who is your audience
  •      why is what you have to say relevent to them

Is there an expectation of what you will talk about? Meet it.

Use the remaining pieces of paper to list your main ideas on the topic (write one idea on each sheet of paper). Stick with a limit of five to seven  main ideas. If you have more ideas, winnow the weaker points out to present no more than seven main points. Check the points you have written against the expectations of your host.

Ask how much time you will be required to speak. An ideal speech length is seven to fifteen minutes. It feels substantial to the audience and is fairly easy for the speaker to deliver.

Lay out your pieces of paper. Arrange the ideas topically, chronologically, or spatially. You now have a natural flow to your ideas.

You have your sequence, so how will you make each point?  How will you bridge between the points?  Jot down reminders or your proof points or any other tickler to help you  lead naturally from one thought to the next.

Your conclusion should draw on your main points without adding any new ones. Conclude with a call to action. You are there to make something happen. Say it.

Will Texas Secede?

Hang onto your gold jewelry, boys and girls. It could become money in places like Texas. And Texas may become a new country.

100,000 persons petitioned the White House to allow Texas to secede. President Obama said no. The movement continues in spite of the President’s answer.

According to “The Daily Ticker,” a lawmaker has proposed a bill to create a Texas Bullion Depository, which would allow the state and its citizens to store gold bullion in its own facility in Texas, with the protection of the state.

If passed, the Texas bill would tell Washington to “shove off” under the 10th amendment power given the states, if we ever saw the kind of currency craziness we saw during the Great Depression when President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandated citizens hand over most of their gold.

Texas isn’t the first state to think about hedging its monetary destiny with precious metals.

Citing concerns over the value of the U.S. dollar, Arizona lawmakers are the latest to pursue legislation that would declare privately minted gold and silver coins legal tender. In 2011, Utah became the first state in the country to legalize these precious metal coins as currency. Lawmakers in states including Minnesota, North Carolina, Idaho, South Carolina, and Colorado have debated similar laws.

If people were to lose faith in the dollar, Rickards concedes Texas could have the foundation for its own currency, of sorts.

Which could come in handy if they, say, push forward in trying to secede.

Will the Government Seize Your Money Cyprus-Style?

Here’s what Bernanke says (go to 47:36 to hear the question and answer):

Here’s what George Washington replies on ZeroHedge.com:

Bernanke’s response is unsatisfactory for 2 reasons.

Initially, the FDIC only insures deposits up to $250,000. So deposits over that amount are unprotected.

Indeed, the FDIC has, in fact, come very close to being insolvent at various times.  See the following articles from the New York Times, American Banker, Bloomberg, Zero Hedge and Mish.

True, the Treasury Department would likely just bail out the FDIC if the FDIC really went belly up. But that would take a political act of will.  And so Bernanke should have said, “we will always make sure the FDIC has enough money”.

Second – and more important –  Bernanke failed to answer the question altogether.   The question was not about whether the government would save bank depositors from economic conditions caused by others.  The question was whether the government itself would grab deposits.

People didn’t think any European country would seize bank deposit assets.  But the EU demanded that the government of Cyprus seize private bank deposits.  The attempt of a government to seize  private property is undermining confidence in Europe … and many people worry that that contagion will spread.  That is what the question was about.

Bernanke entirely failed to answer the question which was actually asked … and has thereby caused a tsunami of distrust on the Internet.

In the same way that the Department of Justice’s wishy-washy assurances that it probably wouldn’t assassinate Americans on U.S. soil hasn’t reassured anyone, Bernanke shouldn’t have given a half-hearted reply.

Indeed, more and more Americans realize that the government has bailed out the super-elite of the big banks,  and enabled their fraud … while  hosing the little guy again and again (and again). People see that we have socialism for the rich, but cut-throat, sink-or-swim capitalism for everyone else.   They see that we have a malignant synergism between D.C. politicians and giant companies. Look here, here, here.

Indeed, after Wall Street giants such as MF Global and JP Morgan got caught seizing segregated client funds – but were never prosecuted by the government – both amateur and sophisticated investors have lost trust in the American financial system and financial regulators.   (It has become obvious to all that the government is trying to cover up for the stunning crimes of the big banks.)

What Recession, Indeed?

From our friends at Zerohedge.com:

A record number of Americans may be collecting food stamps, but things for the 1% have rarely been better, as confirmed not only by the now daily tradition of record-er Dow Jones highs, but this time by Lamborghini sales, which according to AP soared by 50% in the US and up by 34% in the recession-riddled Europe.

About yesterday’s post, I said “Something Stinks.” The same could be said about today’s story, too.