September 15th, 2009

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Many New Species Discovered

A caldera in New Guinea has revealed dozens of new species, including a giant rat.

New Species Of Giant Rat Discovered In Crater Of Volcano
A Smithsonian Institution biologist, working with the Natural History Unit of the BBC, has discovered a new species of giant rat on a filmmaking expedition to a remote rainforest in New Guinea.


ROUS ... fortunately, vegetarian.
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Human Rights vs. Greed

Today I came across a post that reminded me of the conflict between greed and human rights.

Lust for Money and Power
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.


That's a quote from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, dated Dec. 10, 1948. Those are ideals that America once upheld and challenged less civilized nations to adopt. Now they are ideals that America opposes, in deed if not always in word. In my observation, the world described in that document is a great deal more decent and appealing than the one in which we live now and the direction in which many people are pushing America.

Right now, a person's value in America depends primarily on the amount of money they have. This is neither decent, nor effective, nor sustainable.