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THE

FOURTH LETTER FROM NINEVEH


An Ethical Failure? Then I thought in that sha8ered city
wai>ng too long beside the fallen road
Must we tolerate intolerance?
Philosopher Karl Popper first described the suppose then, I never see you
Paradox of Tolerance - Unlimited tolerance
must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we
all the words gathered between us
extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are broken to their separate alphabets
intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a & touch too only a lost sequence
tolerant society against the onslaught of the
intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and neurons & dendrites, the lost trees
tolerance with them.In this formulation, I do not of desire. In the new land is there
imply, for instance, that we should always yet a place for these, our few
suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies;
as long as we can counter them by rational careful remnants: a song made
argument and keep them in check by public of the thin voices of our children
opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. It is entirely subjective. Just like any other star>ng over & over singing of giKs
But we should claim the right to suppress them if form of discrimination and prejudice.
necessary ...(and here is where it gets dicey, Do you remember the country
Breed-specific legislation is not an eective
hence the paradox) ...even by force; for it may of innocence? Some call it
approach for regulating dog behavior.Bans might
easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet garden or tree
comfort individuals who have had unpleasant
us on the level of rational argument, but begin by
experiences with particular breeds or have heard Wri8en on you open hands I called
denouncing all argument; they may forbid their
of attacks by specific dog breeds, but the bans do
followers to listen to rational argument, because it
not eectively regulate the behavior of any breed-
it by your name, looking into
is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments your eyes that rivered day
or of dogs and their owners collectively. The bans
by the use of their fists or pistols.
carry the potential for arbitrary or improper seeing my life go on
"We should therefore claim, in the enforcement, and the potential for not identifying a
name of tolerance, the right not to genuinely "dangerous dog" as such because it though you passed through it. Fires
tolerate the intolerant." doesn't fall into the specified breed categories. blazing in all my broken rooms.
It is rather a lot to hope, that rational argument
and public opinion will restrain a group of true
Unfortunately, large breeds of dogs such as ~Kathy Epling
Dobermans, German Shepherd Dogs, and Pit
believers, wedded to false beliefs or assumptions. Bulls are popularly believed to be dangerous, and
Racism clearly is never justifiable, It absurdly therefore are judged more severely than smaller,
selects physical manifestations of a genetic code "cuddly" breeds.
and its geographic adaptations, as inferior, The dierence between Good dogs and Bad
dangerous, or loathsome. dogs is a question of their behavior. Good or bad,
But even reasonable people can buy into this dogs learn from the behavior of the humans who
simple-minded fallacy when it comes to another control them, From the training and habits of their
species- A growing call for public safety has lead life experience. Respectful, positive conditions
communities around the world to impose invariably make for good dog behavior, just as
Breed-specific legislation (BSL)- laws that ban or abuse, disrespect, and irrationality, invariably "So often activism is based on what we
restrict certain types of dogs based on their make for bad dog behavior. are against, what we dont like, what we
appearance,because they are perceived as dont want. And yet we manifest what we
As humans, our true nature is that which we
dangerous breeds or types of dogs. focus on. And so we are manifesting yet
spend our time thinking about and espousing-
Breed-specific legislation applies only to dogs of a Actions taken. ever more of what we dont want, what
certain appearance. It does not take into account we dont like, what we want to change.
When those actions provoke others beliefs or
how the owner has raised, trained, or managed So for me, activism is about a spiritual
values, it is natural that arguments ensue. Winning
the dog. It does not take into account any practice as a way of life. And I realized I
any argument presupposes there is actually an
individual dogs actual behavior. didnt climb the tree because I was
argument, that another can, or must lose.
Some breed specific laws dont target specific angry at the corporations and the
breeds, but rather, a loosely defined class of dogs. But a false dichotomy occurs when an argument government; I climbed the tree because
Almost all BSL also includes a substantially presents two options and ignores, either when I fell in love with the redwoods, I
similar clause: or any dog with an appearance or purposefully or out of ignorance, other fell in love with the world. So it is my
physical characteristics that are substantially alternatives. feeling of 'connection' that drives me,
similar to the aforementioned breeds. In other In general, a false dichotomy gives the impression instead of my anger and feelings of
words, targeted dogs are often subject to BSL not that the two opposite options are mutually being disconnected."
because they are a specific breed, but because exclusive and that at least one of them is true. ~Julia Butterfly Hill
they simply look similar to a particular breed. The Faced with intolerant angry prejudice, hateful
vast majority of canines are mixed breed dogs. bigotry, or unprovoked irrational violence, there is
Most mixed breed dogs are a genetically complex no argument, there can only be clear certainty of
porporri from generations of mixed breed dogs wrong- To deny this is an ethical failure. No matter
interbreeding, any standard based on appearance what is said-
is inherently a an unreliable measure of a dogs
temperament. Behavior Matters. ~Joshua Golden

The War That Time Forgot Taliban now retains almost as much control of the country
as it did in 2001. And for that Afghanistan must be
punished. Eternally, it seems.
Most Americans have no idea why we are in Afghanistan;
As for Trump, in his quest to privatize as much of the
its the longest running Fake War in American history.
federal government as possible the president is still
Some, as many as 20 percent according to a Gallup Poll,
apparently entranced with the idea of turning over much
have no idea that we are still in Afghanistan. Osama Bin
of the Afghan operation to military contractors. Trump
Laden and Mullah Omar are both long dead. The
shattered remnants of Al Qaeda have fled to Pakistan and
and Company huddled with Erik Prince, founder of Greenfuse is produced by the
Blackwater Security, and billionaire financier Stephen
parts unknown. Hamid Karzai has come and gone. For
Feinberg, owner of DynCorp, on how to continue
Waking Dog Collective:
the last six months, the US hasnt even troubled itself to including- Joshua Golden, Paul Encimer,
replacing US troops with mercenaries from their training
send an ambassador to Kabul. Shakti, Debra Carey, Tom ONeil, Steve-O,
camps.
A kind of convenient cultural amnesia has set in, abetted Pippin, Chicken Dickens, Goats galore. One of our
Over the course of 16 years, the cratering American
by a compliant press corps that has largely decamped Waking Dogs- Monkey, has awakened in Heaven.
operation in Afghanistan has consumed more than $1
from the Hindu Kush and now treats Afghanistan as if it is Blessings to her, the fallen Bees &
trillion, a huge and nearly unchallenged benefaction to
some kind of interstellar region, where photographers are our poet/editor gone before, Kathy Epling.
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