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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft

I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner by Lily Raff McCaulou
Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

thomas_lee_boles, September 18, 2012

I have trouble with the contention that hunting is about subsistence. This year the state of Minnesota, where I live, passed a law exempting venison from food inspection requirements because an inspector might find it too full of the lead used to shoot the deer to be fit to eat. Then the hunter couldn't get a tax credit for donating it to a food shelf. The law is SF 1439, the Omnibus Game and Fish Act,Section 33; the inspection rules are in Chapter 31.

Neither will I buy the "population control" argument--not as long as the game and fish agencies manipulate herds and habitats to "enhance sporting opportunities"--that is, multiply populations for hunters' benefit. And every insurance company knows the frequency of deer-car collisions increases three to five times during hunting season. Deer don't take the time to "look both ways" when people chase them with guns.

On the wall over my computer I have a poster of the cover of my book, "Deer Companions," published by Xlibris (xlibris.com) and Amazon's Kindle. It shows a whitetail doe giving me a big smacker of a kiss, which she did every time we met for nine years. Her daughter still does this. This is true participation in nature. Having been bullied myself, I have my fill of the hunters' version.
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Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul by Gary Weiss
Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul

thomas_lee_boles, March 28, 2012

Ayn Rand is full of organic fertilizer. But didn't some great philosopher say "Know your enemy"?
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