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  • Let the UK Be a Lesson

    United Kingdom FlagAs an American I am chronically aware that many of my fellow citizens don’t pay much attention to what is going on in other countries.  By no means is that an across-the-board statement; it’s just something I have made note of in my interactions with others as I travel about the country.  It’s not unusual for Americans to be so unabashedly and ignorantly ethnocentric that they don’t have the slightest idea of what is going in the rest of the world.  Who am I kidding? Many don’t even know what is going on in this country.  Jay Leno is good at pointing this out from time-to-time in his late night talk show antics (and here). Most Americans know that something is going in in Iraq but many don’t realize that Iran is different than Iraq and they certainly don’t know why Israel is so despised by them.  Most of us know that Princess Diana died a while back (more…)

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  • What You Do and How You Do It

    What You Do and How You Do It

    “Do something awesome …something amazing.”

    That was the job description given to me a long time ago just before I accepted a position at a small start-up IT company.  I was trying to break out of the life-drag called Corporate America and during the interview process I asked for more details on my potential job duties.  And the quote above is was what I heard in reply.  When I realized he wasn’t kidding I was …moved.  I was so inspired that I wanted desperately to do something, well, awesome and amazing.  It was everything I needed to hear at that point in my life.  With that one sentence I had been both empowered and granted personal accountability.  The trust coupled with expectation that was handed to me was nothing less than food to my starving motivation.  In the year that followed I
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  • Flies On a Vaseline Covered Windshield

    Flies on a Vaseline Covered WindshieldThe Humane Society of the United States has at least one (that I know of) full-time employee whose sole function is to communicate the organization’s message using social media.  That’s it!  Be an evangelist for the cause using the constantly evolving Internet as a tool.  The existence of that job represents their commitment to reaching out to a whole new generation of people.  They also have an entire division (attorney’s included) focused exclusively on advancing their agenda through the courts. Now think about how many people work for your favorite pet owner advocacy group.  I’ll guess ten.  A dozen, maybe.  Fifty, tops.  I often wonder how many hats people in those organizations must have to wear and how effective they can be when constantly switching back and forth between roles.

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  • Why Do You Support Breeding?

    Why Do You Support Breeding?

    I have more than a few opinions in support of for-profit animal husbandry.  On many occasions I have shared some of those opinions in the blog posts and articles I write. And as you might expect I receive a lot of comments.  Most of them are emailed directly to me and most of them are decidedly supportive.   But sometimes people come after me with varying levels of aggression and disdain for what I do.  Some dislike my love of capitalism and attack me for charging more than $20 for any ball python I produce.   They suggest that all ball pythons, even the incredibly rare and difficult to produce multi-gene morphs, should be available to everybody regardless of their ability to afford one.  “Unto each according to their need“, is the message buried in their words.  Intentionally twisting Karl Marx’s inane words I respond by saying, “No.  (more…)

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  • Commerce, Fear and Legislation

    Interstate CommerceAs I type my 40th birthday is barely two years away.  And I don’t know if it’s my age combined with the times or if it’s the times by themselves but over the past few years I have become keenly aware of a rapidly increasing divide between the people of the United States.  I know, I know, every generation laments the passing of the ‘good ol’ days’ and things were always better yesteryear.  Time has that sort of scrubbing effect; it distorts the very perception of our own hindsight.  But I sense that what is happening now is something more dark and angry.  The happy-go-lucky naivety of my youth has passed.

    The current state of affairs is that we can break the thinking people in our society into two general groups of people:  liberals and conservatives (some people may prefer ‘statist’ and ‘libertarian’).  (more…)

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