Louise Kyte

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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
Do right and wrong exist?
I've been impressed by how few believers have shown up here. I attribute this to them having better things to do with their time than to participate in forums. I normally have very little, if any, time for forums. Occasionally I crave expression and indulge in that craving. But I'm very aware of how it upsets me that some people, including some politicians, spend way too much time talking about what they're going to do and very little time actually doing any of it. I know the US is composed mainly of believers. Their lack of participation here should not lead anyone to the opposite conclusion. Belief in the Almighty can be a dicey deal, but most of us crave it whether we know we do or not.
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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
Do right and wrong exist?
I believe you probably meant "I am glad I did not live then", though your meaning was conveyed regardless. It's interesting to ponder some of the things that the Israelites must have taken with them out of Egypt. It might also help with this to remember that Moses had been a prince of Egypt.
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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
Do right and wrong exist?
"That is not what the bible says, that if a man is on his dying bed and excepts Jesus in his heart as a or the savior he will go to heaven. Its pretty straight forward. " 1) Where does it say that? 2)Do you really know so little about the Catholic religion? "Do you think when Jesus died for our sins to gain access to heaven, that his equal but opposite reaction is that it would create more sin on earth?" No. And when people speak of Jesus dying for our sins they are saying He is the Lamb of God, so that we no longer have to perform sacrifices to rid ourselves of sin. The Bible is not really saying that we're all going to heaven just by believing in Jesus. It's saying that when God sacrificed His only begotten Son, that act of sacrifice was the final one necessary. Fundamentalists can twist things for their own purposes. Biblical scholars despair of some of their choices. Jesus gave us a list of things to be doing. No way he wanted us to just sit around believing in Him & thinking everything was going to be fine because we did. Neither did He have any interest in us waiting until we were going to die before acepting Him. He wanted people to be living good lives, not lives wasted through gambling.
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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
How do we save African elephants from extinction?
McCrea-Steele said IFAW has advised Google on illicit trading, as well as China's Alibaba Group, which runs the popular e-commerce platform Taobao. She said both were "very responsive" and had taken action to stamp out illicit activities. IFAW has also worked with eBay, which it once called "one of the main channels through which trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products are conducted online." The company imposed its own voluntary ban in 2007 after IFAW persuaded them that ivory was indeed being trafficked with the help of their site. "They've cleaned up, that's sure," said Adrian Hiel, an IFAW official attending the CITES conference in the Thai capital. "But there are so many ads that come out every day, you have to be vigilant. You have to keep checking." Even now, concerned Internet shoppers still allege ivory is being sold on eBay. One called attention to a carving of a rural Asian village scene selling for $1,000 that is labeled as "Fine Chinese Ox Bone." The item is advertised by a seller in Los Angeles with the note, "Ships to: Worldwide." Hiel said it can be tough, based on photos alone, to determine whether such products are really elephant tusks. You can always make an educated guess based on where the object is being sold and how much it goes for. But "unless you buy it and examine it, it's hard to tell for sure what's legal and what's not." "Our argument is that the onus should be on the seller to prove the legality of what they're selling," Hiel said. "Because law enforcement can't go around ordering stuff of eBay just to test the legality of it." Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said that when elephant poaching last reached crisis levels several decades ago, web-based trafficking was not something anybody had to consider. Now, "Internet-based crime is an important aspect of control," he said. "It makes it much more difficult, but we have to deal with it."
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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
How do we save African elephants from extinction?
Another conservation advocacy group, the Environmental Investigation Agency, said Tuesday that Google Japan's shopping site now has 10,000 ads promoting ivory sales. About 80 percent of the ads are for "hanko," small wooden stamps inlaid with ivory lettering that are widely used in Japan to affix signature seals to official documents; the rest are carvings and other small objects. The trade is legal within Japan, but banned by Google's own policies. The EIA said hanko sales are a "major demand driver for elephant ivory." "While elephants are being mass slaughtered across Africa to produce ivory trinkets, it is shocking to discover that Google, with the massive resources it has at its disposal, is failing to enforce its own policies designed to help protect endangered elephants," said Allan Thorton, EIA's U.S.-based president. Google said in an emailed response to The Associated Press that "ads for products obtained from endangered or threatened species are not allowed on Google. As soon as we detect ads that violate our advertising policies, we remove them." The EIA said it had written a letter to Google CEO Larry Page on Feb. 22 urging the company to remove the ads because they violate Google's own policies. It said Google had not responded to the letter or taken down the advertisements. About 70 years ago, up to 5 million elephants were believed to have roamed the African continent. Today, just several hundred thousand are left. As Asian economies have grown, so has their demand for ivory. Over the last 12 months, an estimated 32,000 elephants were killed in Africa, according to the Born Free Foundation, which says black-market ivory sells for as much as $1,300 per pound, a huge multibillion-dollar business. CITES banned the international ivory trade in 1989, but the move did not address domestic markets. Since then, Japan has imported ivory stocks from Africa in at least two legal, controlled sales. (continued in following post)
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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
How do we save African elephants from extinction?
Why can't law enforcement order products to see if they are legal? Then,if they aren't, charge a large fine to cover their operations. The websites could post warnings that this is being done. Wouldn't that get rid of most of the traffic overnight? You see, I've been reading this about that: (eventually I realized this article is Mr.Long's pick) BANGKOK (AP) — Conservationists say there's a new threat to the survival of Africa's endangered elephants that may be just as deadly as poachers' bullets: the black-market trade of ivory in cyberspace. Illegal tusks are being bought and sold on countless Internet forums and shopping websites worldwide, including Internet giant Google, with increasing frequency, according to activists. And wildlife groups attending the 178-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Bangkok this week are calling on global law enforcement agencies to do something about it. The elephant slaughter, which has reached crisis proportions unheard of in two decades, is largely being driven by skyrocketing demand in Asia, where tusks are often carved into tourist trinkets and ornaments. "The Internet is anonymous, it's open 24 hours a day for business, and selling illegal ivory online is a low-risk, high-profit activity for criminals," Tania McCrea-Steele of the International Fund for Animal Welfare told The Associated Press on Tuesday from London. In one investigation last year, IFAW found 17,847 elephant products listed on 13 websites in China. The country, which conservationists call the world's top destination for "blood ivory" from Africa, is not alone. IFAW says illegal ivory trading online is an issue within the U.S., including on eBay, and it is rife on some websites in Europe, particularly nations with colonial links to Africa. It is often advertised with code words like "ox-bone," ''white gold," ''unburnable bone," or "cold to the touch," and shipped through the mail. (continued in following post)
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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
Do we really care for others or just think we do?
"By the way, I live in the USA and I was much more inclined to approach homeless people before we emptied most of our mental health hospitals because the mentally ill have the "right" to be homeless. It was no coincidence that this also reduced a lot of government budgets. We are an absurd society. Self deception is common." Self deception can be very useful in the wrong hands. Take someone who can convince himself he has done something for a good motive, for human rights, let's say. His actual reason is to help his friends get rich, but he doesn't see it that way. So to reduce a large budget item in the state that has elected him governor, he declares that to have the mentally ill who are deemed not dangerous to society released into society will further their human rights. He promises they will continue to receive the care they need through out patient facilities. When what actually happens is that those facilities lose track of most of those patients almost overnight, he tells himself what he did was the right thing anyway. He continues to justify his failures to himself and others so successfully, that they do almost nothing to prevent him from becoming president of these United States. Even with the whole world watching him on the world stage, he is able to sell ideas that should make children weep in amusement at their absurdity. He remains one of our most popular presidents to this day. A snake oil salesman with a killing charm.
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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
Do we really care for others or just think we do?
We really do care for others as we think we do. This is innate. Unfortunately this trait can be discouraged by the cynical, by those who champion greed, by those who go around saying things such as,"Nice guys finish last" and "You'll never be able to help everybody,so learn to cast a blind eye upon the less fortunate" and others whose hearts have somehow fallen into questionable places. They are not without compassion, mostly. Oh, a few may have been struck with such devastating fortune as to truly be able to consider nothing beyond their own personal welfare, but thankfully such people are exceedingly rare in today's world. They are generally found only in areas where an entire community has been visited with extreme deprivation. No, when we hear people speak in ways that discourage kindness and charity, we are called upon to counter their arguments. Just as we are inclined to practice kindness and charity, we must also be inclined to speak out in favor of it. If we act to help others, then we help others. Generally they will forgive us if our hearts are not in the best of all places as we do so. We may be deceiving ourselves about how engaged we are, this is true. How many in a world that so often tells us to take care of ourselves first can truly put ourselves second when engaging with someone in need? Forgetting about ourselves successfully can take some practice. And as in all things, including all good things, can be overdone.
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Louise Kyte
Posted over 1 year ago
Is capitalism sustainable?
I hope this means you're an advocate of campaign finance reform. It hasn't been mentioned here much, if at all (I've been jumping between topics as I read). How can we expect our politicians to govern wisely when to stay in office they have to grub for money from wherever than can get it just to stay ahead of the competition? If we could level the playing field for candidates - no big purse strings allowed to get involved even with the use of one's own money, then we should be able to have a government more responsive to the needs of the people of the US. Many of the social conditions in this country are deplorable. No public health system comparable to England's and Canada's. High infant mortality for a first world country. Glaring inequities in public education. The list goes on & soooo much of it comes from being sold a bill of goods by leadership forced to chase the almighty dollar. Where is that dollar mostly? Who stands to gain the most from the status quo? Who has been getting wealthy the fastest? Is anyone foolish enough to believe they are that much smarter than or work that much harder than the average American? How many of you have watched the latest viral video? http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/Wealth-Inequality-in-America-viral-video-Politizane/?ncid=webmail6