Posted in Environment, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized

Of Mighty Men and Measly Gorillas

I am sure you have read about or heard of the Harambe murder.
So, before I talk about anything else, please go ahead and sign this petition if you truly want to have a meaningful conversation come out of this tragedy and to affect a very real consequence follow the heartless murder of a helpless animal.

In case you missed the link above, here it is again..

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As I uploaded the image above of Harambe, I had to pause for a moment and stare deep into this majestic but helpless animal’s eyes. My eyes became a bit moist.

Look, I am not going to pretend like I knew exactly what happened leading up to the murder of this gorilla, on that tragic day. But I have read, heard and seen enough video clips to understand what happened. More than 48 hours later, I have also had the opportunity to not let my impulsive emotion type this.

But…

Today, when I read the mom’s unapologetic reaction to the whole episode and her remorseless words, it made me angry.

Her audacity to thank “GOD” for saving her child infuriated me.

And finally, when I saw Cincinnati Zoo Director, Thane Maynard give an official press statement stating that they would do it all over again if this were to happen again…..it just tipped me off.

We as a species deserve to go extinct and that may be nature’s only way of restoring balance in this planet, because human beings have just lost control of their own arrogance. And I hope, when that happens, we are treated just like the way Harambe was murdered.

Till then, I will keep shedding tears for every Harambe out there..but whenever I can, I will fight to save a few.


Things I have decided in principle, to implement asap:

1) Will never visit the Cincinnati Zoo till a meaningful action is taken (including punishment for Thane Maynard and officials who MURDERED Harambe).
2) Teach my kids about endangered species a bit more. We talk about it all the time as a family. But now, I want to work with them to identify either a long term ambitious project, which we as a family can work on or pick a more short term goal which is related to help conserving endangered species. Will keep a tab on this.

Posted in Environment

The stupid world of Climategate believers

Has the world become so stupid and idiotic that an apparent conspiracy by a few blokes at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit should now make them believe that everything humans have done to the Earth has in fact been good?

Those who want to exploit Climategate and ride the wave of refuting global warming at all stages are having their stupidity exposed more than anything else. Isn’t it simple common sense notwithstanding what the temperature has been in 2009, to look around what is going on (of course it is not possible because these global warming naysayers think with their eyes and ears closed)? Has not there been enough evidence to prove that the earth’s climate is changing for the worse..? Oh..wait a minute, these must be the god fearing religious zealots (most of them church going because they are the ones who are aggressive and abrasive about their beliefs against Science) who want to brandish science at all cost. So, now they have a Palin reason..grr..meant Plain reason to yell and scream and to show their hypocrisy & ignorance to the whole world.

Welcome to the Stupid world of Climategate believers!

PS: Let me just add with all due to respects to people who are religious and who go to church that I have nothing against any religion. But I am just basing it on what historically Church has done in its fight against Science very publicly with a dedicated & clear agenda compared to other religious institutions.

Posted in Environment, Miscellaneous, Videos

‘Thin’ning Cost…

Read this somewhere…

“A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a dollar could buy 1,200 calories of potato chips or 875 calories of soda but just 250 calories of vegetables or 170 calories of fresh fruit. With the backing of the government, farmers are producing more calories — some 500 more per person per day since the 1970s — but too many are unhealthy calories. Given that, it’s no surprise we’re so fat; it simply costs too much to be thin.”

So true! and So damn annoying!

And to think, that the outlook is changing in the country – Sorry – you got it wrong. It is getting scarier and worse!  Watch the video below..

What’s next?

Posted in Environment

The Vegan ‘not’ in me..

This post is inspired by one of  Kathy Freston‘s recent columns.

I have often wondered why living without eating animals is such a difficulty for human kind! When and how did this speciesist arrogance begin? Why does mankind think that the other animals including fishes have less of an emotional attachment to their lives and it is ok to kill them and eat them? And it does not even start and stop with just eating the dead bodies of animals and fishes (yes, that’s what we do, those of us who eat animals – we eat carcasses of other species) – We even eat animal byproducts – such as eggs, milk (of all mammals, pretty much), etc.

Many recent scientific studies have proven that the whole “animal food” industry is as perilous to our environment, as the industrial carbon pollution that we all normally associate Global warming with. Unfortunately, enough emphasis on this has not been put by many ‘environmentalists’ yet. Well, we may argue that they are taking “one step at a time”. Agreed. But it is about time that we start acting on this danger as well, else, the ecological balance of this beautiful Earth will cease to exist and our future generations may be living with masks and tubes as permanent fixtures. Or, this may lead to the evolution of a new species and human beings or the species, we call as Homosapiens will become a fossil record for future species to study, if there ever will be some that can survive on this planet.

I am not a Vegan. But I am a vegetarian and have grown up as a proud vegetarian. I am glad that my family background (for whatever reason and it definitely was not environmental) helped me not know the meat-eating lifestyle till I hit my mid-twenties. Then, for various not so excusable reasons, I devoured animal carcasses of several species, some willfully and some just adventurously, all along, unaware of the environmental impact I may have had. After a couple of years of galavanting along the environmentally obnoxious and principally inhuman side, I attained Nirvana, thanks largely to my wife. Boy, am I glad..?

The next step to this (for me) is to get to a state of practicing “Veganism”. If I can do that in the next few years, then I may be considered a forerunner of this lifestyle, which could very well be the norm 100 years from now. In a highly possible scenario, a few decades from now, the newer generations of human kind may wonder how generations of our times (21st century) lived on animal dead bodies.

A fictitious excerpt from a history book in 2100 may look something like this…

“…Back in the 21st century, human beings ate animals and animal products such as milk from cows and goats. They even ate eggs of certain species like hen (a 2 legged bird which largely lived on land and had a lift of less than 2 feet) and fish. They had developed the knowhow to produce several byproducts from cow’s milk (a mammal that was the mostly abused for its times), using processes such as pasteurization and fermentation. They ate all parts of some animals including their head, liver, breasts, thighs, tails, intestines, skull, head, brain, kidney, legs, wings, etc. Some animal dead bodies were eaten raw. Some species of fish were eaten raw (uncooked). Towards the end of the 21st century, when the Arctic ice cap had melted and the then Canadian surface area had shrunk by more than 30%, several scientists and environmentalists decided to propose a new regulation on carbon emissions. The first and the foremost industry that was targeted was the ‘animals for food’ industry. The regulations introduced by the President of…..”

If the rate at which Americans consume meat, which is 100 Kg. per capita per annum (about 220 lb.), then this closely translates to killing 150 million cows, 100 million chickens and 100 million species of fish every year so that Americans can have some dead bodies with every meal of the day. Just extrapolate it to the rest of the world at a slightly lower meat consumption rate and do it over a few centuries. Don’t you agree that the world we live in cannot sustain the balance if this trend continues? The above fictitious excerpt was totally made up by me. But as much fictitious and humorous it may be, I am also painful to think about the world that our children are inheriting from us.

I know I can take baby steps to be a Vegan soon. I am proud that my son is a Vegan for all practical purposes. He has been brought up to live that lifestyle and when he grows up, I am sure he will understand why we chose this for him. Whether he chooses to continue to be a Vegan or not, he will at least be glad that he contributed a little bit to the world around him. My wife and I are slowly making the switch.

Not being a Vegan today, is not an excuse for me not to do other things that can save this Earth and give some extended warranty to its life, as our home. I think Green today but I want to do that everyday.

Happy Environment Day!

(Note: The title of the post is to bring relevance to a similar post I had earlier, which is not related to this at all!)

Posted in Environment

Earth Day

It’s not just the fuel cost that should drive people to becoming more “Earth” friendly, but it really should be the conscience. Small steps do add up and we will certainly make an impact and make this planet more livable. Car pooling, public transportation, better insulation, recycling, unplugging devices when not in use, solar power, water conservation, etc. are all some everyday acts that pay towards Earth’s future.

Apr 22 was Earth Day – To me, every day should be an Earth day. But what a disappointing Earth day it turned out to be on the political stage. As much as I hate typecasting people, it is truly the gun-toting, half-literate, old, middle America that has not seen the world beyond its 10 mile radius in its entire lifetime, which has once again proved why Hillary is more of a conservative than McCain. Democratic contest is really moving towards the toilet sink and the longer it traverses that path, the easier will be the task of Karl Roves of the Republican world to confirm another 4 years of ruining the country and the world.

Professionally, I am back on the road and am glad to establish newer business relationships along the way, although an evening in a New Jersey hotel is not as exciting as staying home under my own confines.

Posted in Environment, Pictures

Being Carbon neutral…

Not to be left behind in the environmental conscious race, we recently decided to do our bit by purchasing a hybrid vehicle. In fact, the additional car could have been easily avoided but we believed in it and did it. So we have taken our first step towards being carbon neutral. Again, this term is so loosely used that there is nothing neutral in the usage. But at least,it is being used for a good purpose. Even if people think they have done enough by taking this small step (which is insane), it is still better than driving 2 blocks in a Hummer all by yourself and idling the engine for hours in a parking lot while you are sipping a cup of coke & talking on the cell phone with your buddy!

The best part is that even our son understands the concept of using a hybrid vehicle (in his own little mind)..even though he likes getting on his monster van (who doesn’t?). He has already started asking me about why we don’t have a hybrid minivan.
Any auto manufacturer listening?

Here is a picture of my wife’s prized possession and our pride.