Hail To The Nihilist

Month: December, 2012

Lost With Potatoes

A hiker that required rescuing in the Blue Mountains has coped a $500 fine for being underprepared. He carried potatoes and naan bread.

Are people nuts? Do they seriously wake up one day and think: “I’m going to go for a multi-day hike to an area I know nothing about, and I am going to do no research as to what to expect or how I should manage myself”. I say this as an avid planner. When I plan a big hike I devour everything I can on the track, area, weather, gear requirements and so on. Before embarking on my first big hike, the Travers Sabine in New Zealand, I spend months in preparation. I read blog after blog. Forum after forum–asking questions that I needed answers to. Site after site. Whilst you’ll never be fully prepared for what to expect, there are some fundamentals that need to be satisfied.

A kilogram of spuds? Ha. The bread, not a bad idea as naan is a lot more durable than loaf bread. But spuds. All that weight and cooking. A kilogram of nuts would have been a better option.

Mt Crawford Forest

The cogs started turning. They had been turning in the opposite direction up until now. Whether this had been sincere or to maintain face I am not sure. But they were going against whatever notion he had previously held. The injustice is obvious. The justification is insufficient. Why won’t people learn? Why are we those people? Now, what to do about it?

More Emotion. More Sensationalism.

PETA is in decline says Kent Morris of Thoughts From The Midst The Mulga (sic). “Eventually,” he theorises, “there will be no-one left to support them, with the possible exception of an unwashed Lezzo with dreadlocks, wearing hemp knickers that smells of pot smoke.” You must watch out for those unwashed, pineapple-haired dykes. They’ll support your animal rights cause good!

Kent is your typical guilty animal user. He obviously hasn’t thought the matter through or maybe he is just poor at articulating a sound argument. If he had, he wouldn’t complain about being told that the dairy industry rape cows. The cows are interfered with in order to reproduce. They don’t submit to such a thing. They certainly don’t behave in a way that resembles consent. They certainly don’t initiate it. It seems to fit the definition of “rape” pretty well. It’s just that people like Kent don’t want to have the notion of rape on their conscience. Whether raping an animal in such a way is morally wrong or not. I wonder what Kent’s take on bestiality is? Personally, I am with Singer on the issue. I’m sure fraternising with a horny dog is arguably more consensual–on behaviouralist term–than artificially inseminating a dairy cow.  Maybe Kent thinks I am being too anthropomorphic but what else do we have to go by? I don’t support the notion of animals being bred for purpose. My perfect world doesn’t contain domestic animals that need to have decisions made for them. But seeing they’re here, decisions need to be made. Of course they’re going to seem anthropomorphic. It’s better than the alternative that ascribes little value–other than use value of course–to these sentient things.

Folk like Kent enjoy using disparaging terms like “extremist” and “radicals” in an attempt to punctuate their flimsy appeals to tradition. Referring to “PETA” just won’t do. It has to be “PETA radicals” in order to get the point across to their apathetic followers. In doing so, they attempt to appeal to people’s preconceptions of “radical cults” and “religious extremism”. Thoughtful people see right through this.

Fiona Lake, Meat Free Mondays & Propaganda

I’m not going to provide a thorough critique of Lake’s article, “Meat Free Monday Propaganda“, in this blog. I will be sure to at a later time–it’s a doozy and deserves to be challenged. However, I will point out an interesting phenomenon. Fighting propaganda with propaganda.

In this particular article, Lake takes issue with Animals Australia as a propaganda group out to ruin the lives of Australians. I agree that most organisations like Animals Australia regularly employ tactics that seem over-emotional or sensational–Meat & Livestock Australia, presumably Lake’s preferred lobby group are experts at this. It gets results. But it also earns you adversaries. What’s funny is Lake ardently takes issue with the concept of propaganda; and emotionalism and sensationalism as PR tactics. Yet, her piece reeks of all these things. The organisations that represent her industry are also quite adept at it.

In this piece Lake condemns groups for appealing to emotion and being sensational, by appealing to emotion and being sensational.