Archive for July, 2011
The following quotes are from this article:
“Some HIV-positive patients in Swaziland are so poor they have resorted to eating cow dung before taking anti-retroviral drugs, Aids activists say.
The drugs do not work on an empty stomach, so patients have to use the dung – mixed with water – instead of food, the activists say.
The shortage of money forced King Mswati, who is sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, to cancel his silver jubilee celebrations this year.
He has an estimated personal wealth of $200m (£122m) and each of his 13 wives has a palace paid for by the state, correspondents say.”
What a fuckup.
On the one hand, you’ve got people so poor they have to eat cow shit; on the other, you’ve got King Mswati III.
He has to give up one of his many, many luxuries — canceling his silver jubilee celebrations, which celebrates how he’s now ruled for 25 years, paid for by the people of Swaziland (as are his birthday celebrations) — but he still has his $200 million and his 13 palaces paid for by the state, a possible $10 billion in trust (from his father, the now-dead King Sobhuza II), and who-knows-what else. He is so wealthy and yet he is the one that the state provides for? That’s where the state puts massive amounts of money towards in a place where people are so poor they have to eat cow shit so that they have some type of substance for their HIV drugs to work?
“The king has also been criticised for requesting public money to pay for new palaces, a personal jet and luxury cars. Street protests led him to abandon the aircraft purchase.”[*]
So, now that the “royalty” is having to cut back a bit, what’s being done?
“It has asked neighbouring South Africa for a bailout.”[*]
A news article from 21 July 2011 said that South Africa has agreed to granting $202 million to Swaziland. (Note the figure — quite close to King Mswati’s “estimated personal wealth”.)
So, are bailouts actually all about the people who live in extreme luxury wanting to continue living that lifestyle no matter the consequence? It’s not about the people forced to live in extreme poverty; it’s about the super-rich — because this current system works for THEM. Was there such strong efforts to get more money before the super-rich started having to subtly cut back their luxurious lifestyles? The small percentage of the very wealthy reap all the benefits while the majority of this world live a very, very different life, basically bearing all the nasty consequences.
Swazis have a life expectancy of around 48 years old.[*] (However, I’ve seen other sources place that figure in the 30s.)
At 39%, Swaziland has the highest HIV-prevalence in adult population in the entire world.[*] This looks like it will even get worse — and their lack of access to sufficient food is pushing some of the already-infected to consider stopping their HIV meds since it’s required to take with something in the stomach (which has had to be cow shit for some, as mentioned previously).
There is a 43% unemployment rate — and the 2009/2010 Swaziland Household Income and Expenditure Survey says 63% of Swaziland live in poverty, and 30% live in extreme poverty. (The people of Swaziland additionally pay for the royal family’s “upkeep,” which is an outrageous sum, when the majority struggle to survive.)
The solution: The Equal Money System — a system that takes all equally into consideration. That means the end to a world where the super-rich continue to live in excessive luxury while the majority suffer and struggle to survive. No-one will be forced to eat cow dung; all will have access to sufficient food. It would mark the immediate end of poverty.
No Kings, monarchs, family dynasties / ruling families, “royalty”. No more corrupt governments. Instead, equality and real leadership. In a Best-For-All world system, Life would be absolutely honored and the planet would thrive in a way that we’ve never gotten to see.
We’d have a high life-expectancy worldwide. All would have equal access to food, clean water, quality education, quality medical care — to all that is required. Real prevention would be a priority — an end to the half-assed efforts to prevent the various problems in this world.
A world of haves, as it should be.
About 3 years ago, I was going down this street, and I noticed a house where 3 large dogs were being kept in this tiny fenced-in space — together. This space was so tiny that the dogs were trying to push themselves off of each other. They were all letting out this strained bark. They were very uncomfortable. Their body language and the noises they were letting out made it quite clear that this was a torturous experience — anyone would have been able to gather that. There was also no bowl of water out for them.
People nearby said that the people who lived at that house were barely home. They weren’t home at the time either.
The shelter was called. That’s the place to call for these things here — which doesn’t make sense because these types of things have no bounds as to when they occur, and yet this place that is to be called to handle these situations has only certain hours and days of operation. (It was also going to be closed down at one point.) There should be a type of group composed of people who assist with these situations, who keep an eye on these things, who actually immediately do something about it, and animal hospitals as well, open 24-7, just like for human beings — because that actually makes sense. These places should be conveniently located, everywhere, all over the world — because animals exist all over the world. This doesn’t exist in this world today because Life is not the priority of this abuse-driven system that is currently in place.
So, the people who were called did their thing, which was leaving a note on the door of the house after they had checked out the situation. But the animals were left like that, because that’s how we do things — which, yet again, doesn’t make any sense whatsoever because, clearly, the situation was unacceptable, and yet, because of how things are set up — the laws, the system — these animals were forced to continue enduring that experience, while it was completely possible that people could have gotten them out of that situation and put them into a better situation, immediately. Oddly, doing that would have been illegal. (For instance, there was some open land right there, and 3 tie-outs with stakes could have given them the ability to have ample room to move around and keep them away from the busy roads, and get 3 big bowls of water and food, and supervise them to ensure nothing happens involving the tie-outs until a more suitable scenario was arranged — that is just an example of what could have been done immediately for the moment that would have been a big relief for them. But doing something like that with another’s animals, which are deemed as property, and going onto their land property to do these things, would be considered illegal. “Ownership” being placed above Life.)
So, I went back the next day to check on the situation. What I see is different. There’s this other little fenced in area, further in the yard, that had a pet bunny in it the day before. The so-called caregivers of these animals decided to put one of the dogs in with the bunny in this small enclosure, the bunny’s enclosure. I approach the area and see the bunny’s limp body being shaken around in the dog’s mouth. The bunny was dead. The dog was quite lean, and likely was requiring a food source. I didn’t see dog food in the enclosure. The water that was available was only the bunny’s water; a water bottle with the steel tube — this was not accessible to the dog.
Getting within a certain distance from this dog, he reacted in the way of just immediately shaking, a lot, and dropping the back-end of his body as he moved to the opposite corner of this tiny enclosure — pissing, all over. This response indicated to me that this dog had been abused in a variety of ways, ways other than what I had seen initially.
These people shouldn’t have had the opportunity to have animals. They were directly showing that they should not be trusted to in fact be caregivers. Nothing I had seen indicated otherwise.
What did the people who were called for assistance do? Did they provide any solutions? Were options available to the real benefit of the animals, or was the focus more so only about punishing the people?
Obviously the well-being of the animals was not placed as priority, and is not an actual concern within this current system. They were left in an obvious state of distress from the start — and when animals are confiscated, they’re then typically placed into yet another unpleasant, stressful environment, such as the shelter.
This update of the situation was again reported — but did anything happen? Was anything even done to ensure that it didn’t happen again by these people, let alone all of humanity? Why do we not actually do what’s required to prevent these things, even when it is obvious why it occurs?
Real prevention — you don’t see that in this world today.
It would make sense if each human would go through mandatory, thorough education regarding proper care of animals, and to be evaluated in a few ways before being the caregiver of an animal. It should be a priority to have things in place where it is ensured that, when there is any abuse, it is known, and something is done about it immediately — and that it is corrected in all ways. That would be us as humanity showing that we actually care. When we do things from the starting point of what is Best For All Life, the world would become a very cool place. At the moment, it is a very scary place — and this is so purely because of the human.
A variety of 24-7 conveniently located animal assistance, the mandatory, thorough education process for all of humanity, the evaluations, laws that make sense and are designed with the priority of ensuring that all Life is cared for, a system that actually makes sense and is Best For ALL, a system that stops abuse instead of a system that thrives on abuse and encourages it in various ways as our current system does — these things become possible in an Equal Money System. The situation I’ve previously summarized, as but one example, would not happen in an Equal Money System; lack of money, lack of assistance services, lack of education, lack of options, lack of access to resources — not in an Equal Money System.
Those who have not had the pleasure of having animals around because of lack of money would finally be able to do that. Everyone would have ample money in an Equal Money System, would always be able to afford whatever is required to give proper care to their animals and to give them the highest quality of life experience, no matter what — and they would know what to do, and how to do it.
Consider what the experience is for animals in this world. The extent of abuse that is done to them goes beyond your worst nightmares, the suffering that they endure as a direct result of the human. This can be out of ignorance, out of deliberate abusiveness by deranged human beings, out of greed; each can be prevented — real education, evaluation processes, laws and consequence that ‘fit the crime’, so to speak, and where it is about violations against Life (rather than human, animal, et cetera), a new system not based on profit.
If you’re 1 vote for the end of animal abuse, and you see that it’s common sense that we actually do what’s required to adequately and sufficiently take care of animals as equals, and to ensure that all have the highest quality of living, then join us at the EMS forum.
The Equal Money System is of real benefit to the animal kingdom, in all ways. (My writing here is by no means a comprehensive explanation — that information will be available in the book.)
Check out these videos as examples:
- Animals, Bugs & Plants (preview from EMS book)
- Pets & Animals Will No Longer Be Bred For Profit in an EMS
- Wildlife Will No Longer Be Bred or Hunted for Profit in an EMS