The finding could have important implications for the food industry, where many chefs boil crabs, lobsters and prawns alive in the belief that they are impervious to pain. Lead researcher Professor Bob Elwood said: 'The experiments show it is likely they experience pain, rather than flinching, and therefore we must start to question how these animals are treated."Well of course they experience pain. There's absolutely no way to draw a line anywhere in the living world between "critters that experience things" and "critters that don't experience things". Maybe awareness exists only in some phyla and not others; or maybe there's a spectrum from dim awareness to bright awareness; but we have NO OBJECTIVE WAY to draw those lines. If we use the word experience for our action when we run away from a skunk, we also have to use the word experience for the action of a bacterium swimming away from a toxin. This idiot "professor", and his accomplices in the media who are loudly trumpeting his "special new finding", want to use the "special new finding" about crabs to make us stop eating crabs, because the crabs suffer in the last minute of life. = = = = = Why is that focus so fallacious? Because anything that happens in the last minute of life will not be remembered. We DO need to focus on humane treatment DURING THE FULL LIFETIME of the critters we're going to eat. A cow or chicken or crab that is unnecessarily deprived, or unnecessarily confined, is being treated inhumanely. It is suffering, and it endures and remembers the suffering for months or years. Sophisticated religions have always understood this point, and have tried to encourage decent treatment of livestock and careful use of crops, followed by a respectful but not necessarily painless death. Kosher, halal, saying grace at table. Three ways to demonstrate sacred respect toward the animal we're sacrificing. = = = = = ** Footnote: The fact that ONLY A THREE-TIME MURDERER can wrestle our official Satans into a sort of temporary semi-sanity, and the fact that it takes TWENTY YEARS for a THREE-TIME MURDERER to achieve this little temporary partial victory, tells us EVERY MOTHERFUCKING THING YOU NEED TO KNOW about the current _____ ______ _____ ______ ______ ______ of what we formerly knew as "Western civilization". [No words exist to fill those blanks, and if they did exist, I wouldn't deflower and contaminate an innocent computer by typing them.]
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.