•    Mass Extermination is Not Euthanasia   

    Scales of a Balanced Justice

    TO:  All Media Outlets & WSYR Channel 9 News
    RE:  Stop Calling Mass Extermination & Genocide Euthanasia
    Media accounts about the mass slaughter of Canadian Geese in New York keep calling it “euthanasia.” Mass Extermination is Not Euthanasia and the media needs to stop bastardizing the true definition of “Euthanasia” and stop butchering the English language.
    The Media stories I’m referring to repeatedly talk about the mass “euthanization” of Canadian Geese for a variety of alleged reasons ranging from “over population” (a human convenience standard) to air traffic safety (another human convenience standard).
    As used in this story in this situation, the term  “euthanization” is a dishonest, inaccurate sham euphemism that is used to distort, defraud, misrepresent, falsify what is really going on here.
    The WSYR Channel 9 news story states that Canadian Geese were “Euthanized” for a variety of purported reasons. A similar story on a July 12, 2010 CBS News broadcast had the headline “400 Canada Geese Killed for Air Safety Reasons.” The subheading for the CBS story read “Mass Euthanization of Geese a Step in Goal of …”. This is a complete misuse of the term “Euthanize.” They did NOT “Euthanize” these Canadian Geese!! They “Exterminated” them – they “slaughtered” them. These geese were perfectly healthy. They were not injured, or sick, or suffering.
    These geese were “Exterminated” purely for human convenience, and that makes the term “Euthanize” totally inapplicable and reprehensible. The ‘human convenience’ is that the humans saved humans the time, the expense and inconvenience of solving the Canadian Geese problem in an intelligent, non-violent, humanitarian manner. One way or another, this ‘rift-raft’ was going to be discarded — either to a relocation center or to an incinerator. They chose the unintelligent, sociopathic, ruthless solution — the ‘incinerator’ method, just as Hitler’s “Final Solution” did, when neither of them could honestly defend such brutal, demented extremist methods.
    The term “Euthanize” only applies when it is done solely for the benefit of the Euthanized animal or person, to alleviate horrific immediate pain and suffering of that animal or person, and only where it is a last resort because they cannot be medically cured of their injuries, disease or illness.  (fn 2 & 7). It is worth noting that the fraudulent, deliberate misuse of the term “Euthanize” has deep roots in the Nazi propaganda machine that served Hitler’s “Final Solution” for achieving genetic purity of the race (Eugenics Program), as they too sought to clear the streets of the ‘rift-raft’ — the physically disabled, the mentally disabled, the elderly, the gays, the gypsies and the Jews. Hitler and the Nazi Regime called this the “T4 Euthanasia Program.”  (fn 3-6).
    This particular human dishonesty about the term “Euthanasia” regarding animals is virtually identical to the Nazi calculated misuse of the term, in that it seeks to conceal (via misrepresentation) the true reality of what is taking place and why, by hiding it behind a sham euphemism that falsifies the reasons for killing and the intended beneficiary of the killing, just as the Nazi Regime did.  (fn 3-6). Virtually every respected dictionary and encyclopedia defines Euthanasia as: “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.” (Miriam-Webster & Encyclopedia Britannica – fn 2 & 7). Sometimes referred to as “Mercy Killing,” it is unmistakably clear that the sole purpose of the mercy killing is to alleviate the pointless, unequivocal and extreme suffering of the creature being killed. There is no other ‘ulterior’ motive — no other intended beneficiary — no other collateral purpose or interest being served when TRUE “Euthanasia” is implemented.
    Killing one being, taking one life, solely for the benefit of ‘another’ (namely the one doing the killing) is NOT, I repeat, is NOT “Euthanasia” in any sense of that term and that term should never ever be used to describe such conduct.
    Killing one being, taking one life solely, for the benefit of ‘another’ (namely the one doing the killing) is called social engineering “EXTERMINATION” because that is exactly what it is. It is precisely what Hitler’s Nazi Regime did with humans — they “EXTERMINATED” them for the twisted perceived benefit of society (the German race) under his demented social engineering notion of a genetically pure race of human beings.  (fn 3-6). The killing of these Canadian Geese is no more “Euthanasia” than is the Nazi social engineering genocide.
    It would appear that all those engaged in this “Mass Extermination Program” and all those in the media reporting about it, are acutely aware of how immoral, inexcusable, unethical, unjustifiable, reprehensible and indefensible this “Mass Extermination Program” really is, otherwise there would be no need to cover it up with fraudulent, sham euphemisms, as the Nazi’s did. Hitler knew that if he called it what it really was, “Extermination,” there would have been a mass revolt. Hitler deliberately falsified what he was doing by calling it “Euthanasia” knowing that most people deem Euthanasia to be a ‘humanitarian’ act of kindness, rather than a ruthless, senseless, sociopathic genocide.  (fn 3-6). If the Extermination of the Canadian Geese is so defensible and honorable and moral and justifiable, then come right out and call it exactly what it is — the Mass Extermination & Genocide of perfectly healthy Canadian Geese purely for human convenience reasons, and in no way is it for the benefit of the geese.
    Therefore the media and everyone else should STOP calling these Mass Extermination & Genocide crusades “Euthanasia” since that term absolutely does NOT apply. And the fact that this term does NOT apply is not a gray-area of uncertainty or a debatable point today any more than it was when Hitler deliberately and strategically abused the term to facilitate his Mass Extermination & Genocide agenda. Take a good hard look at these words — Mass Extermination & Genocide — because that is what humans have been doing — NOT “Euthanasia” as everyone is fraudulently claiming.
    Either this action is justifiable when we call it exactly what it is (Mass Extermination & Genocide) or it is NOT justifiable when we call it exactly what it is (Mass Extermination & Genocide). In either case, falsifying the accounts of what is taking place by deliberately using what, ipso facto, is a patently false, inaccurate term (“Euthanasia“) to misrepresent what is going on, is most definitely morally and ethically and logically wrong and reprehensible. If it is too horrible and too ugly and too disturbing to think about what it really is (Mass Extermination & Genocide) then clearly it is something humans should NOT be doing.
    We urge the media to STOP calling these Mass Extermination & Genocide crusades “Euthanasia” since that term absolutely does NOT apply.  Just because some government entity attempts to defraud the media with a counterfeit term, does not mean the media is licensed or obliged to pass that fraud onto the general public as though it had legal tender status. We simply cannot afford to have the media, the Fourth Branch of Government, constantly falling asleep at the wheel, sucking down every flim-flam sham that some fast-talking snake-oil salesman decides to panhandle. 98% of what humans consume from the media is NOT verbatim quotes, but rather, paraphrased summaries — it’s editorial license to paraphrase. Employ an honest, ethical standard of human decency and refuse to paraphrase “Mass Extermination & Genocide” as “Euthanasia.”
    Once governments and societies get used to the exercise of falsifying news events with patently false, candy-coated euphemisms, distorting the reality that is actually going on, then they are solidly on the same path the Nazi’s traveled.  That is precisely how it all started in Germany. Hitler noted that the term “Euthanasia” had successfully been misused, misapplied at animal shelters and the public had come to completely accept those counterfeit terms and characterizations as reasonable ‘humanitarian’ acts for the benefit of animals, when it obviously was NOT. So Hitler believed he could do the same, misusing the term “Euthanasia” to get public approval of his “Final Solution” and getting them to believe that “Mass Extermination & Genocide” of the physically disabled, the mentally disabled, the elderly was merely the ‘humanitarian’ act of “Euthanasia” solely implemented to alleviate their suffering.  (fn 3-6). We know as historical fact that the scheme worked completely.  (fn 3-6). And we know it is working today precisely as it did for Hitler, to defraud, distort and misrepresent a brutality that otherwise would be too reprehensible and disgusting to tolerate.
    We urge you — Please tell all news writers and reporters to STOP misusing and misapplying this term “Euthanasia” and call it what it really is — Mass Extermination.  (see footnotes for authority and links below that provide correct, accurate lexical definition and use of the term “Euthanasia“).
    Sincerely,
    Reflecting Pool Discourse Blog
    Human Dishonesty Against Animals
    A Reflecting Pool Discourse Blog Website
    http://gbruce.com/reflect/?p=225


    The sub-heading for this CBS News whitewash story reads: “Mass Euthanization of Geese a Step in Goal of Clearing Geese Within 7 Miles of JFK and LaGuardia Airport.

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  •    Tea Party’s “Shirley Sherrod Video Fraud”   

    Scales of a Balanced Justice

    There are two kinds of Republicans: 1) Overt Tea Party supporters and, 2) In-the-closet Tea Party supporters who want a free ride without taking any risks. So to talk about the so-called “Tea Party” is to talk about all Republicans and the mentality they represent. And that mentality, which they espouse in a ‘proud as a peacock’ manner, is a self-centered “give me mine” the hell with the others — it’s every man for himself — “I am NOT my brother’s keeper” — kind of unregulated Darwinian ‘Survival of the Fittest’ Sarengetti Plains kind of economic struggle.

    For the Tea Party mentality, the very concept of the term “humanitarian” is nothing more than left-wing liberal code language for a socialist – communist government that would take from the rich to give to the poor — by their reckoning, a swindle because the “have-nots” are have-nots merely because they are fat, lazy and stupid. Therefore, the “have-nots” deserve their plight because they have created it for themselves via laziness and their general inferiority in functional abilities. The Tea Party view is “we shouldn’t let this inferior sector drag the rest of us down with them.” But in any event, even if the “have-nots” did not bring it on themselves, the Tea Party ideology takes the ‘Free Enterprise’ position that “It’s not my problem” and it’s not MY responsibility, therefore the government should not hold me responsible by funding assistance for them through MY tax dollars. Many call this Reaganomics. It is the bedrock position of every Republican and every Tea Party member. Given how anti-Christ — anti-Compassion — anti-caring this ideology is, one is hard-pressed to explain its overwhelming support by the vast majority of so-call Christian-right political ideologues. Perhaps it has to do with the distinction to be made between Christianity ‘as the spirit of Compassion’ versus the “Christianity as petrified dogma” garden variety weed which infests the Christian-right political mentality.

    Without going any further, it is easy to see the ‘fraud’ lurking inside the stealth premises of this ideology. First and foremost is the fact that the playing field is and always has been tilted in favor of the “haves” and against the “have-nots.” The “haves” get the lowest loan rates, the fewest number of toxic dump sites in their neighborhoods, the best schools, the highest per capita level of police protection, the highest salaries with the most time spent on the golf course, and the best health care. And wonder of wonders — the lion’s share of it is paid for by the “have-nots,” just as the southern slaves paid for the sumptuous lifestyles of southern whites 150 years ago.

    One might care to note that the Salvation Army Christmas bell-ringers invariably do NOT position themselves in front of the Macy’s or Lord & Taylor department stores, but instead go where the hearts are ‘open’ and not quite so self-centered — in front of the Kmarts and the Wal-marts, the dens of the poorer strata of society. The bell-ringers know well that the creed & dogma of the iron-fisted “It’s not my problem — I’m not my brother’s keeper” tightwads is not fertile territory for finding the selfless sharing hearts that open up wallets and acknowledge a connectedness and responsibility to others.

    There is much fraud and dishonesty hidden in the stealth Tea Party premises which prop-up their ideology. And by reason of these defects, their ideology does not have much power to persuade others. Those who are in the “haves” group tend to side with the Tea Party view for the practical reason of preserving their advantage as “haves.” And those who are in the “have-nots” group tend to oppose the Tea Party ideology because it, by definition, is calculated to benefit the “haves” at the expense of the “have-nots” by keeping the adverse lopsided ‘playing field’ in place, which in turn, will secure the “haves” group against erosion.

    Because of the inherent and obvious defects in the Tea Party ideology, they must, and quite often do, resort to fraudulent, deceptive means to increase support for their position from people who, had they not been duped, would never have found themselves supporting that Tea Party position. There is one recent and glaring incident that serves as a graphic example of this kind of Tea Party dupery — the Shirley Sherrod video tape fraud incident.

    Conservative website publisher Andrew Breitbart posted a heavily edited excerpt of a video purporting to show Shirley Sherrod making explicit admissions of being racist, and that video was quickly picked up by Fox News and posted. Sherrod was director of rural development for Georgia, a position within the U.S. Agriculture Department. The video excerpt purported to show that Sherrod admitted to treating white farmers unfairly because they were white.  (fn 1)

    USDA director Tom Vilsack immediately called for Sherrod’s resignation and without hesitation, Obama endorsed Vilsack’s decision. The NAACP President Benjamin Jealous swiftly and vocally followed suit, wholeheartedly endorsing Sherrod’s removal.  (fn 1)

    It turned out that the excerpt was deliberately torn out of its all-important, pivotal context in Sherrod’s March 2010 speech which it was lifted from. It turned out that Sherrod “was sharing this account as part of a story of transformation and redemption,” and that “In the full video, Ms. Sherrod says she realized that the dislocation of farmers is about ‘haves and have-nots.’ ‘It’s not just about black people, it’s about poor people’ ” Sherrod said in the full speech. “We have to get to the point where race exists but it doesn’t matter. ” It was just an anecdotal story about how Sherrod came face-to-face with her own racism and renounced it, rather than succumbing to it. Just the opposite position and image from what the Tea Party swindlers had fraudulently tried to portray.  (fn 1 & 2)

    But USDA director Tom Vilsack, the Obama administration and the NAACP were all sucker-punched by this deceitful, incomplete video excerpt, torn out of contact, which neither Vilsack, nor Obama nor the NAACP bothered to check-out or investigate, even though the Tea Party group that posted the video excerpt has a ‘notorious’ reputation and history for defrauding the public with ruses exactly like this one. Neither Vilsack, nor Obama nor the NAACP even bothered to contact Sherrod, the subject of the video, to hear her side of the story before prematurely and imprudently lashing out with virulent self-righteous indignation and condemnation statements against Sherrod.

    Once it was disclosed that everyone had been sucker-punched by yet another ruse Tea Party video sham, Vilsack , Obama and the NAACP had to swiftly retract their militant premature condemnations of Sherrod and proffer their deep, heart-felt apologies to her.  (fn 2)

    The haunting point of this sordid counterfeit Tea Party Republican episode deserves great emphasis. “If an ideological position has great merit, it does not need to rely on fraud, deceit and subterfuge to win over supporters.” This point needs to be conversely expressed as well. An ideology that relies on fraud, deceit and subterfuge to win over converts, does so because it has no merit of its own and is therefore incapable of prevailing in the open marketplace of ideas when it can ONLY rely on the truth.”

    What blistering irony, that the Tea Party purported champions of “Free Enterprise” and purportedly the chief advocates of government “non-interference” with the “Free Enterprise” private sector, would have molested and ‘interfered’ with the Free, Open “Marketplace of Ideas,” in such an extremely fraudulent and destructive way that it can only be described as “an act of sabotage.” And perhaps it’s a lesson learned about Dems being too overly eager to accommodate the disingenuous political right, whose obstructionist strategy is entirely consistent with such acts of bad-faith desperation.

    In short, the Tea Party Republicans “Played the Race Card” — the same swindlers who constantly and disingenuously accuse others of playing the race card for advantage, used a sham video excerpt in order to bash blacks under false pretenses. The NAACP’s expressed concerns about “Tea Party Racism” is now conclusively proven to be warranted — ‘proven’ by the Tea Party’s own indefensible conduct. That is a brutal irony that should not be lost by the voters in the November 2010 midterm elections.


    Footnote 1 Link: “NAACP ‘Snookered’ Over Video Of Former USDA Employee — CNN News Report — July 21, 201

     

    Footnote 2 Link: “Sherrod Offered New Job,” July 22, 2010

     

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