You might know my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, USA from the 1996 Olympic Games that we hosted. That’s the same games where there was a bombing and gymnast Kerri Strug famously injured her ankle during a vault routine. Atlanta is also home to many famous hip-hop stars and major league teams such as Falcons, Braves,…
There are a few people from my life that I miss so badly it makes me want to hide away somewhere so I’d never have to get close to anyone ever again. That way I wouldn’t have to relive the hurt of losing someone. I don’t mean people who have passed away, those dear to…
As you may have heard, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has found a new medium by which to gain your attention and give you a message.
That medium would be the porn industry. Their new website, PETA.xxx, is meant to draw you in. They use the idea that sex sells to get people to see the wrongs being committed against animals and how you should be vegetarian.
In case you are unaware, PETA has a very controversial role in American culture (I’m not sure if PETA exists the same as it does here in other countries). They will throw red paint on your fur coat or have a smear campaign in the press if you wear real leather. Their tactics are well documented. Many people have a strong opinion of them, either love or hate. Many people agree with their message but don’t appreciate the way they go about getting the word out. From my experience, when you throw your opinions/beliefs/feelings in people’s faces, you don’t get a welcoming hug. It can be viewed as offensive how they go about their business and therefore people don’t want to hear what they have to say – no matter how relevant and true it is.
The truth actually is quite important. Animals are very mistreated by their caretakers and big corporations such as Tyson exploit them. I saw a documentary recently about how the chickens are kept in dark spaces and are not allowed to be outside. This is sad to me. Just because they are going to be eaten doesn’t mean we should treat them so terribly. I have seen sick cows being chained and dragged by forklift into a warehouse where it will be taken to the slaughter house. I have seen chickens that have been fed so many hormones that they are unable to walk and just get fat. The list goes on and on. It’s almost a scary thought to eat meat if you don’t know where it’s from or how it is treated. I wish something could be done to ensure this is not reality for the animals.
With this being said, I understand why PETA gets so heated. There is a lot there to be angry about. People do need to be aware of what’s going on with the food they eat. No one should turn a blind eye towards anything that is suffering.
This is why the website makes sense. There is not anything seriously inappropriate on the XXX website. The most naked thing on there was half a butt. The private parts are covered with signs such as “You can have too much sex…….. spay and neuter your cats and dogs!”. Under the “Hardcore Videos” tab, there are videos of animals being mistreated such as an elephant being beaten with a rod. People perhaps going to the website to look at free porn will soon find out that that is not at all what the website is about.
Have you been? Do you agree with PETA and their ways of spreading the word?
As a previous history major, I have an in depth knowledge of history from all over the world. It can easily be said that I’m passionate about the subject. I have often commented to my friends and family that the best and worst invention ever would be a time machine (or discovery of the ability to go back in time).
To go back in time would present the keen observer a brilliant opportunity. This person would have the ability to set the record straight – for thousands upon thousands of year, if not billion. Or dare I even say it, billions? History, as we know it, is bias. Even told by the most trustworthy of sources, it is still coming from the point of view of people who lived at the time. People with allies, vendettas, and causes. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t true, it just means that it is only one side of the equation. Now, often we do have more than one point of view during any major event but that doesn’t mean we know what is going on behind the scenes. There is so much to know and correct, I’m sure, about the past that it boggles the mind. Without first hand knowledge, we have no idea what has taken place in our earthly past. Wouldn’t it be exciting to finally be able to behold the truth? So much to learn!
At the same token, only certain people could go. It would be a massive challenge to pick who would have that privilege. A lot has happened just in the past century that has turned the tide of the world as we know it. Many people would take this chance to right a wrong in their lives instead of studying and rewriting history. It would also be fantastic to not only see events but possible tip toe around disasters. Of course, we never know what we might mess up and change the world of the future because of it. That’s the tricky part. If I could go back in time would I murder evil dictators or tell warring sides what the other is planning? No, that would cause too many unknown consequences that I could not account for. What if I stopped a major battle from happening that would have won the war? What if that messes up time and the future and the traveling device I used was never created and I’m stuck in “insert time period” forever? That would suck… or would it?
The possibility of altering any thing in the past could have dire consequences. Have you ever heard of the idea that stepping on one leaf back during the Jurassic period would forever alter the landscape therefore altering the future? I’m not sure how true that is but it could be possible. Each change would send a ripple through time so to speak. Each footprint would mean an alteration. Perhaps some things are better left alone? People could possible cause more trouble than they realize. Talking to one person from the past could alter a chain of events that led up to something great. For example: you travel back in time and bump into a woman on the street. You take the time to say excuse me, she remarks that it’s OK. You both smile at each other and continue on your separate ways. This bump made her JUST miss the train, she was already running late. While waiting for the next train, she meets a man who is quite charming and he offers her dinner while she waits. She falls in love with the man, they marry, and possibly live happily ever after. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But the reality is that she was going to meet a different man once she arrived at her destination. That man was also going to marry her and live with her happily ever after. In this marriage she was going to have a son – Albert Einstein. In this new future, there is no Einstein so it took longer for science to catch up. Therefore, your device was not invented! You’re stuck!
Of course this was a simple example but it would not be hard to see the possibilities that are available from this point. One would have to be amazingly, almost inhumanly, careful.
With that being said, I can imagine how cool it would be to have a tourism company that brought people back in time. Some sort of incredible security devices would have to be put in place but people could witness the moment their grandparents met or when their ancestors first came over from Europe.
Not only would time travel have the ability to change our history books, it would also bring personal happiness. These moments are talked about in family history but bringing them to life would be incredible.
What do you think? Would you travel back in time if you could? Where/when would you go?
The ignorant comments I get are amusing, people do not know how to debate or support their own points of view. Do you get or give these types of comments?
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