Tragically we read in the news that a 5 day old baby in rural Pennsylvania was shot by a relative who was hunting when a stray bullet flew in the window and hit the baby in the head. When will you humans ever learn that there are too many guns, too many bullets, and too much hunting.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
You humans have all kinds of abstract ideals, some promote good things, like being nice to each other, but some are used to justify all kinds of bad things, even killing each other on a mass scale. The list is endless, but the one that most stands out now is this group of thugs called ISIS which says any gruesome massacre is OK because it promotes their religion which according to them is what God wants for everyone.
We dogs don't have ideals. Any mischief we perform is done in a limited scale. Personally, I don't even like to run after rabbits or squirrels. Being domestic, I prefer my food from a bag. Wild dogs like coyotes kill other animals for food. As distasteful as it sounds, for them it's a matter of survival. But none of us carnivores do destruction on the mass scale that you humans do, and we don't do it for some abstract idea.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
This is a PubMed abstract from the American Journal of Public Health that demonstrates that one is more likely to be shot by a neighbor, friend, or relative who owns a gun "legally" than by an intruder. So the gun lobby BS that gun ownership deters crimes is just BS.
Am J Public Health. 2014 Oct;104(10):1912-1919. Epub 2014 Aug 14.
The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Stranger and Nonstranger Firearm Homicide Rates in the United States, 1981-2010.
- 1Michael Siegel, Yamrot Negussie, Sarah Vanture, and Jane Pleskunas are with the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA. Craig S. Ross is with Virtual Media Resources, Natick, MA. Charles King III is with Greylock McKinnon Associates, Cambridge, MA, and Pleiades Consulting Group, Lincoln, MA.
Objectives. We examined the relationship between gun ownership and stranger versus nonstranger homicide rates. Methods. Using data from the Supplemental Homicide Reports of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reports for all 50 states for 1981 to 2010, we modeled stranger and nonstranger homicide rates as a function of state-level gun ownership, measured by a proxy, controlling for potential confounders. We used a negative binomial regression model with fixed effects for year, accounting for clustering of observations among states by using generalized estimating equations. Results. We found no robust, statistically significant correlation between gun ownership and stranger firearm homicide rates. However, we found a positive and significant association between gun ownership and nonstranger firearm homicide rates. The incidence rate ratio for nonstranger firearm homicide rate associated with gun ownership was 1.014 (95% confidence interval = 1.009, 1.019). Conclusions. Our findings challenge the argument that gun ownership deters violent crime, in particular, homicides.
So my recommendation to you Humans is stay away from friends, relatives, and neighbors who own guns. They are more dangerous than intruders.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
You Humans have so many different languages and dialects. It boggles the mind. And each language has many different nuances that frame how you think, so that some concepts that are natural to one group of humans who speak one language might be incomprehensible to one who speaks another. We dogs don't have that problem. We all have one language. Barking, sniffing, tail wagging, and a few other nuances are all we need and are understood by dogs all over the world.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Hi Humans,I’ll bet you Humans think you are the only creatures who can appreciate beauty. I beg to differ. I can’t speak for all the other species, but we dogs can certainly appreciate the beauty of aromas much more than you nose challenged Humans. When I go for a walk down the street with Dad, I stop at every bush to appreciate its unique scent. I don’t see Dad sniffing the bushes. He just gets impatient with me and tugs at the leash pulling me away before I can fully savor the beauty.
I would concede that you guys can appreciate paintings, sculpture, and other visual art better than we can. After all you do have better eye sight. As for great music, when Dad is listening to some quiet romantic classical music while doodling on his computer and I am reclining nearby, I can appreciate that as part of an overall serene environment. But when it comes to a banging crashing symphony or some atonal modern noise, that doesn’t set well in my ears.
As you Humans say, “Beauty is in the eye [or nose] of the beholder.” That is true.