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  • Is the Stock Market a Global Ponzi Scheme?

    Well, everything seems to be back to normal on Wall Street after a rocky start to the week. So what happened? Are we OK? We’re certainly back to “normal” if your…

  • The Growth Monster

    “Six years on from the financial crash that brought the world to its knees, red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the global economy.” That…

  • King Lear, Nature and the End of the World

    “The possibility of genuine chaos, real cannibalizing barbarism, is closer to the surface than we can possibly imagine.” Oscar Eustis, artistic director, New…

    Are You an Extremist?

    The nation’s largest coalition of vivisectionists has a new publication advising people who experiment on animals how best to combat the people it calls “animal rights…

    The Swan and the Grail

    In one of the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, an orphan teenage boy, Percival, stumbles into the woods surrounding the castle at Camelot, sees a swan flying over the trees, and shoots her down with his bow and arrow.

    Brought before the outraged knights, Percival is told that in this forest all life is sacred. Mortified, he breaks his bow, throws it away, and sets out on his famous quest for the Holy Grail, a mythic cup or stone that will bring renewal and hope to the dying king of Camelot, to a land that’s become ravaged by famine, and to a people who have lost their way.

    What shall we say of the decision by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which is planning to license the killing, by shooting, gassing and beheading, of the state’s entire population of 2,200 mute swans?

    “I Am Not an Animal!” – the video

    It’s surely the most important question in the world today: Why are we humans driving the Earth into a Sixth Great Extinction – an extinction event that will likely include our own species?

    Why, despite the fact that there are more animal protection groups and more environmental organizations than ever before, is the situation for our fellow animals and the whole world of nature getting worse by the day?

    And why do we humans, a supposedly highly intelligent species, continue hurtling down this catastrophic track?

    The Next Few Weeks …

    It’s just a few weeks now until the Nonhuman Rights Project files the first-ever lawsuit on behalf of a chimpanzee seeking the right to “bodily liberty”…

    Shamu’s Exercise Machine

    SeaWorld is planning to install exercise machines for the orcas it holds captive at its marine circuses.

    Orcas like Tilikum, SeaWorld’s biggest killer whale, who has killed three people and now spends most of his time languishing motionless in a small tank, could get some longer-distance swimming time.

    Should we give SeaWorld a thumbs-up for this?