Whale Wars, Long Lines

Every time I watch whale wars I am reminded about just how stupid some members of the green movement are. The basic tenant of the show is a moral value equating the lives of people with the lives of animals. This isn’t the case. If there’s a baby caught in the BP oil slick and there’s 20 dolphins caught in the oil slick, I’m going to rescue the baby. Hands down. If the dolphins are lucky I’ll brain them so they go easy.

If the crew doesn’t kill themselves, I’ll be surprised. They’re hands down the most ill suited people for this kind of thing I’ve ever seen. From not being able to retrieve a zodiac with a simple crane to not wearing ear ptotection with the helo, they’re their own worst enemy. I really want to see what happens to the Ady Gil because I’ve been a fan of it since the biodiesel days, but each time I watch it I’m generally disheartened towards the crew. The bow and arrow crap? They have no idea how a bow and arrow works. You can’t just make “acid paste” taped to the head of the arrow and expect any type of accuracy. However it doesn’t matter about the accuracy, they’re fingering the bow and they can’t hit a bright orange floating target at 10 yards so I don’t expect them to hit a whale at 30 yards without setting the elevation pins. It’s pretty clear they should have started on dry land.

The worst is they’re uncaring while wearing this shroud of virtue. When the Ady came across the long line, the best thing they could have done was to take down the transponder number and report it. (Transponders are supposed to be registered). Or at very least run the line and cut the hooks. The animals will spit the hooks eventually. Cutting the float and dumping the transponder sends all the animals, live or not, endangered or not, to the bottom for that line segment. Did they accomplish anything? Nope. At worst they made it so that a fishery can’t account for the limit of endangered species of animals on their hooks. Hawaii, for instance, has a limit of 17 loggerhead turtles snared before closing the season. How many loggerheads were on that line? We’ll never know. More on the point it leaves the next segment up with no accountability, so not only will the hooks continue to catch but that things going to be floating forever until the hooks become so rancid the fish won’t bite the deadkill and the birds will start to get snagged on the dead floating fish. The worst part is they knew about it and said they needed to avoid the next part of the line with the Ady Gil. They knew how the line worked but didn’t discuss the floats. The worst part is that it’s food off someone’s plate.

Politics From the Bayside and Whale Wars

I really like the band RISE AGAINST. However, I hate their support of PETA, and since they’ve enjoined their music, and their profits to PETA, I’m glad I have the ability to not pay for their music via the magic of the internet while still enjoying it.

PROTIP to punk bands out there – also METALLICA – don’t make political statements and then cry foul when people download your music instead of supporting your politics with your money. LOL, CAPITOLISMS!

Speaking of PETA, I at least respect the guy on WHALE WARS. First time he runs across a Russian whaling ship though, expect him to catch an RPG with his face. The fact that he only attacks the Japanese speaks volumes. The worst part about it is he’s taking food off the Japs plates. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sympathetic to responsible management of wildlife, but they fail it quite badly. It’s not like you go to Black Market McDonalds over in Japland and buy a whale burger. This is a land where fishing is like farming to Americans, and the Sea Sheppards really are taking food off the plates of the Japanese.

Now, I do believe they have a point where they accuse the Japanese of writing “RESEARCH” on the side of their boats instead of WHALING. However, I take this as the Japanese meme of avoiding confrontation. On that note, the captain getting shot isn’t nearly as likely as one of their “stink grenades” going off and tagging him. The fact that he’s like “OH MAH BADGE SAVED ME” just lends credence to the idea.

Furthermore the show isn’t forthright with what munitions the Steve Irwin has on board. The crew has tried to create RPGs on their own (photo gallery of expended munitions) and failed. Which is more likely: The Japanese, who are forbidden from owning firearms, shot the captain and somehow missed, or the crew of the Steve Irwin, which is a revolving door of idiots, screwed up an improvised rocket?

More on the point – which is an inappropriate show of force? The Japanese use a “sound gun” against the Steve Irwin (also embarrassing Engrish) or the Steve Irwin uses rockets and hazardous material (acid) against the Japs?

So the next bit to consider is why doesn’t the program show the whales being processed? Why doesn’t it show the rockets? The program wants to perpetuate this myth that somehow “stink bombs” are going to foul up Japanese whaling. (I would speculate if this worked, there would be footage of the Japs dumping the fouled whale meat into the sea). However, you never see the rockets, nor do you ever see whales being processed. Why? Because whales are processed below deck. While it might be unpleasant to work on a whale that stinks, any episode of Dirty Jobs is going to convince you that all dead animals stink, and there’s not much more to be done about it. Since the skin of a whale is pressure cooked to get the oil out, it’s probably thoroughly washed in seawater. A stink bomb might slow them down, but it doesn’t really hurt the Japanese. Hence the rockets.

If you wanted to make the environmental protection argument, ask the crew of the Steve Irwin why they blew the engines (and all the fuel, and all the oil and killed a sailor) into the ocean back in 1997 when they attacked the Nisshin Maru.

This is why no-one takes PETA seriously

Dogs need your voice right away. Please take a few moments now to send a message directly to the NFL. Michael Vick is going to be released from prison any minute, and in light of recently released government evidence that he enjoyed putting his own family “pet dogs” into the ring with fighting pit bulls, PETA is urging the NFL to make Vick take a test for anti-social personality disorder (ASPD), or psychopathy. Vick seems to fit the profile for ASPD, which includes lying, manipulating others, enjoying others’ suffering, and being aggressive and charming. If Vick has ASPD, the NFL needs to know. That’s because people who have ASPD cannot be truly remorseful and are likely to repeat the anti-social behavior that pleases them. If he isn’t a psychopath, that’s fair enough, but if he is, he shouldn’t ever be presented to children as a hero. He needs to take the test!

Please help us keep the pressure on by sending an automated letter to the NFL today asking it to require that Vick pass a brain scan for ASPD and the accompanying psychological evaluation before the NFL even considers the possibility of allowing Vick back into the league, where he will be in a position to influence many fans, including countless children. Your letter will be sent directly to the NFL, letting it know that we will not rest until appropriate action has been taken. It is reasonable to try to figure out if Vick can be reformed or not.

Please cross-post this e-mail and forward it to others who might be interested in speaking out against dogfighting. Visit PETA.org for more information about dogfighting and to learn about ways that you can make a difference.

Thank you for your continued support and for all that you do for animals!

Sincerely,

Heather Whidden, Activist Liaison
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
HeatherW@peta.org

I unlinked everything but the e-mail address to prevent them getting too many hits. I’m not advertising for them. Now, in regards to “get them tested for ASPD”, frankly guys, you’re talking about someone who already offers themselves up for participation in bloodsport. It really shouldn’t shock you that someone who is comfortable with some level of physical violence (hitting) such as a boxer or football backer feels that some level of violence is sporting and appropriate. More on the point, people who enjoy watching these kinds of things (football fans) probably are comfortable with it also.

Incidentally you can use their “Talk to the NFL” form with your own message. Using PETAs own avenue of attack, I removed the body of their mail and added my own message.

Dear Roger Godell

I subscribe to the PETA newsletter because I hate everything they do and stand for. Personally, I love football, hunting, and man-stuff. It turns me on to be able to talk to the people PETA seeks to slander mercilessly through their own website.

Football is supposed to be violent and competitive. I see nothing wrong with Vick’s behavior as nature is violent and competitive itself. Life feeds on life and it’s been that way for the last million years and I enjoy that fact every time I eat a steak.

Don’t listen to these homos and continue keeping football raw and real. Buy Vick a big bloody steak for me next time you see him and tell PETA to shove it. What would football be without violence? A bunch of men hugging each other.

I’ve had a flash of inspiration

I’ve decided I want to go into politics.

I knew a guy, way back when, you’re talking 20 years since I’ve even heard of him, who lived on the block behind my parents. He was otherwise unremarkable aside of being a total asshole. He was adopted, and his parents promptly put him on ritalin. For whatever reason his parents and my parents were decent friends and so they put us together. We never were friendly, but my parents and his parents stayed friends. The other day I found out his father went into politics for the township. I’ve decided it can’t be that hard then!

My policy is pretty simple:
Victimless crimes as we have them today can only be tacked onto victimful offenses. Speeding goes away – no more speeding tickets unless it causes an accident involving you. Drugs? Those laws go away also, unless you happen to test positive for them while beating your wife. Trespass is a gray area, but I feel it’s the only real victimless crime I would keep as a primary offense. This fits in the idea of ‘real property’ being an extension of the person, because I’ve decided to prosecute for trespass, this also means no more random sobriety checks, drug searches, or anything of the sort. Your car is your person and your person is your person under the idea of ‘real property’.

Probation rules still apply, if you’re on probation nothing’s going to change, but this is fair because to end up on probation you need to already be “in the system”, and to get there someone would have to violate these new concepts of law I’m putting forward.

I’m also getting rid of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, legalizing hunting on Sundays, and deregulating firearms in my state – ATF be damned. You can have any gun you want, and use it any way you want so long as you don’t damage another person. Keep in mind everyone else will be armed just as nicely.

Crabbing

My wife is off crabbing at the beach, but she managed a rare an interesting find: She caught a starfish in the crab trap. Apparently only small crabs are out at the moment but the starfish was neat.

Fish on!

Tomorrow: Opening day of trout season.

It’s been slow fishing since you’re not allowed to fish in “approved trout waters” until the opening day of trout. This is sort of silly since all waterways are connected, so the law is enforced as catch-and-release.

Weather.com added a fish activity calculator to their site, but it’s also useful for doing game in general.

The pitfall of the fish and game calculator is that it doesn’t take the weather into account. Deer generally try to feed before storms, so that they can bed down somewhere if need be. Fish seem to be the opposite, any change in weather beds them down until the storm is over and they can eat everything washed into the water. Since we’ve had rain here intermittently, my guess is that the fish are going to be starving this weekend and it’ll be fun.

Now, I had mentioned before I was going to try spiderwire stealth. It works on the new rod, the cherrywood with a shimano reel, but it’s still hard to cast and requires a fair amount of whipping to get things going. However, it does work, but it seems like it really is particular about what reel you put it on. On the large medium tackle rod with the middling quality eagle claw reel, I found my old 1000 yard roll of stren and went back to that. The nice thing about the “traditional” fishing line is that it works on just about anything including the really bad casting reels. I’ve done three rods for people with the stuff and had no complaints beyond the occasional mess from backlash knots or people not realizing that 10lbs test means 10lbs.