Hunters and Creationists fall into the Grand Canyon

Hunters and Creationists fall into the Grand Canyon

Shannon Wright’s anti-hunting series [12 MOST VILE], is slowly but surely working up to a crescendo, one fuelled by the hunters’ anger, or is it angst. Since about #6, the hunters have begun to showing signs of serious agitation. As of #5, they have posted it in their own hunting sites and used it for target practice, and none too accurately I might add. Now it is up to #4, and they are hysterically besieging the post with what they consider to be lethal verbal fire, most of which being laughable, if not for the serious fact that the right-hand seats of power in America are almost uniformly occupied by recreational and trophy hunters the likes of Bush, Cheney, Perry, Palin, and now Romney, and whichever running mate he may choose, who will be a hunter, guaranteed. Even Obama, who once jeered at hunters, has been forced to faux-joyously proclaim the new National Hunting Day.

One of the things hunters say is their indignant “How DARE you compare us to serial killers?!” To this I say, “I don’t COMPARE you to serial killers, you ARE serial killers. You do kill serially, don’t you? Unless you use a bomb to kill many animals with one bang, which would make you a mass killer. And once you stop serial killing, you cease to be a hunter.” Their response to my answer is either silence or a change of subject.

And what do they change their subject to? Since they are intellectually and verbally inept, a typical one is call upon the “THOU SHALT KILL” deity-of-their-own-making (no typo) to smash fire and brimstone upon our sinful heads, while ascertaining that “Jesus was no vegan.” Be it as it may, my reply is, “I cannot imagine him being a trophy hunters either, can even you?”

Then one of them changed the subject to human history, citing our binocular vision as proof that we were hunters from the very Beginning. My answer is that whether early Homo sapiens began as hunters (-gathers) or not, theirs was Subsistence hunting, out of necessity, a far cry from the “modern” hunters’ Recreational and Trophy hunting, “recreational” meaning amusement, pleasure, and in a child’s lingo, fun.

“Besides,” I add, “binocular vision does NOT necessarily imply hunting. What it does mean is that whatever species in possession of it needs a keen sense of depth perception, such as the primates that live in the trees,” adding, as a trap, “from which we have evolved,” into which he promptly fell by indignantly announcing, “I AM a CREATIONIST!”, to which another duly echoed, “Good God! These ANTIs (their supposedly derogatory term for us anti-hunters, in which we take great pride) are Godless EVOLUTIONISTS!!”, which brings us to the focus of this blog.

For those unfamiliar with Creationism, a Creationist is one who believes in the literal truth of the Book of Genesis: that the entire Universe, the Earth included, was created in six days about 6000 years ago by a pre-existing deity of unknown and unquestioned origin, that all species were created simultaneously (except ours) in their current form, and that they are immutable, i.e. that they cannot evolve (in keeping with their own mental stagnation). Therefore, in their view, not only are Evolutionists anti-Bible, they are anti-God. The fact of the matter is that not all Deists are Creationists; in fact, except for the Fundamentalists, who take every word in Genesis as the literal truth, a slim majority of Christians today, even those who believe that God did create the Universe, including Charles Darwin himself of yester-era who began as a Creationist before his famous Voyage-of-the-Beagle, accept Evolution as the means by which it was achieved, and is still being achieved.

Another hunter interjected, “Science is the Devil’s instrument, which spawned the concept of Evolution. Look at the great intricacy of nature – how a simple leaf is made up of millions of tiny cells, each performing a complex process called photosynthesis to feed the whole plant – and you claim that this just came about by chance? This alone shows that there is an intelligent Creator God.” As Darwin’s “bulldog” Thomas Huxley said when Bishop Wilburforce publicly asked Darwin if he claimed his paternal or maternal line to trace back to the apes, “The Lord hath delivered him into mine hands”, I replied, “How, pray tell, did you get to know about cells and photosynthesis, if not from science?” Again, silence.

It is pointless to try to explain to these pseudo-intellectual simpleton ignoramus Creationists trophy hunters the vast complexity of Evolution, from the tree of which they thoughtlessly and carelessly puck the most magnificent of fruits, thus dimishing its overall magnificence. So let me use a simple example to illustrate the gross stupidity of their ways, one of which being, “Evolution is only a theory”, which it is NOT. Evolution is a FACT proven by millions of pieces of EVIDENCE, all but a few of which the Creationist chooses to ignore, citing them as “the Devil’s temptation”, while creating their own “evidence” to justify their irrational beliefs.

Here I have to digress slightly to define three words.

The first is “theory”. I repeat, Evolution is a proven FACT, species do change with their changing environment, whereas how it happens could be said to be a “theory”, until it too has been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, when it too becomes fact. When Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace simultaneously and independently advanced the mechanism of Natural Selection, it was indeed just a theory, but so much evidence has been unearthed since then that even this previous theory has also become fact. Natural Selection does happen and happens on a daily basis, and nothing that the Creationists can say or do that can negate this.

The second word is “evidence”, and I’ll say what it is not. It is not something one conjures up to justified a preconceived erroneous conclusion.

The third word is “belief”. My favourite definition is “To believe without question is to let others do the thinking for you.”

Now back to how Creationists create their own “evidence” to justify their grossly erroneous beliefs, here is a simple example – the Grand Canyon. In short, one of their claims is that it was created, again within a few days, as a result of a flash flood, one likely associated with Noah’s Flood, and the resulting rock layers were laid down in its aftermath, with the fossils sorted by gravity. They further claim, since dinosaur fossils are among the layers, so they believe, that it is proof that humans and dinosaurs were contemporaries, just that the dinosaurs all died in the flood, whose remains were deposited in the middle layers, whereas humans, being lighter, floated to the top and survived. And since the entire Universe was just 6000 years old, then the Grand Canyon must be younger than even that. When it suits them, they have no problem ignoring Uranium Dating (which measures on the scale of millions of years), which they habitually confuse with Carbon-14 Dating (which measure on the scale of thousands of years), of neither of which they have the slightest comprehension.

Such a model is of course so full of holes that the Titanic could sail right through it. In fact , there is so little substance in it, if any, that the Titanic would not be able to find anything in it to collide with if it wanted to. But it cannot be lightly dismissed. Almost half of all Americans subscribe to Creationism in one form or another, approximately the same half that still deny that global warming is real. They have so much influence that the display at the Grand Canyon would not even dare to mention its age.

The FACTS about the Grand Canyon are as follows:

When it comes to the age of the Grand Canyon, there are two answers:

1. How long it took to create it: 20 million years ago, the site was just a plateau, with the Colorado River flowing through it. It took the river 6-17 million years depending on the exact location to carve it down to its present maximum depth of approximately 1 mile or 1.6 kilometres.

2. How old the rock layers are: The Grand Canyon comprise 3 rock groups (not of the musical kind:). At the bottom are Pre-Cambrian schist and granite over 1600 million year old. On top of this lie slanted Pre-Cambrian sedimentary rock layers 740-1200 million years old which had been tilted by earlier geological activities. And on top of this lie horizontal sedimentary rock layers the lowest and oldest being of the Cambrian period 525 million years old, rising up to the highest and youngest at the surface pertaining to the end-Permian period more some 250 million years old – before even the first dinosaurs began to exist, much less humans.

So, what does all this leave the Creationists? A total lack of credibility except to themselves, that’s what.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)



Place a few isolated neurons (brain cells) into a petri dish, submerge them in a solution of nutrients, and every time, without fail, they will reach out to each other with axons, touch each other’s dendrites, establish synapses, and, lo and behold, a mini-network, or neural circuit, will be formed. (The picture shows only 11 neurons, but the contacts number in the thousands.)

This happens in the brain millions of times every day. We also know that if one loses ones sight, ones hearing would become extra acute, indicating that the brain can “rewire” itself in response to major life changes.

What I’m writing about is my own “theory” of how this phenomenon of neural circuit formation and modification relates to and results in memory, thought and action. I could be completely wrong, or this model could have already been advanced, in which case any neuroscientist out there kindly correct me.

In neural circuitry analysis, the general schematic is that there are 3 general layers: the input layer, the processing layer and the output layer. The input layer receives stimuli from the 5 senses, and the output layer goes mostly to speech and action. It is the middle processing layer I’m talking about.

Let’s talk in terms of memory alone. In my view, memory is not some nebulous, mystical or metaphysical phenomenon, but is as physical, chemical and biological as, well, the brain itself.

Memory could be multilevelled in that it could be stored on the molecular, cellular and intercellular levels. It is the intercellular level that I will be concentrating on.

On the intercellular level, i.e. in terms of neural circuitry, in this model, MEMORY IS CIRCUITRY; THE CIRCUIT IS THE MEMORY.

Let me explain:

Neurons are the only cells in the body that do not divide and multiply. The number of neuron one is born with is the maximum number one will ever have, maximum because, on the other hand, neurons can die, and they do so on a daily basis , especially after mid-life. The average number of neurons a human being is born with is about 100 billion, and this number decreases in the brain as one ages. On the other hand, there is almost no limit as to the number of synaptic contacts a neuron can have with its neighbours, far and near. On average, they number about 7000 per neuron. Generally, the more thinking one does and the more experiences one accumulates through life, the higher this number. Einstein, for example, could have 10,000 synapses per neuron, or 20,000, or 30,000, while a recreational hunter doing nothing but serial deer-killing, or some religious fanatic who reads just one book through his life (you know which one), if he reads at all, could have only 1,000, or less.

This also means that even though the number of neurons through ones life may gradually decrease, the total number of synaptic contacts may continue to increase.

In a new born baby, the 100 billion neurons are all there, but the number of synapses per neuron could be near zero. As he grows and learns, the synapses per neuron increases, and neural circuits develop. For example, when he learns how to ride a bicycle, a bicycle-riding neural circuit would be formed, and the more he rides, and develops skills, the more complex and stronger the circuit becomes. Likewise if he develops a bad habit, like smoking, there will likewise develop a smoking circuit, and once the circuit is triggered by some timed means, the urge would arise, and the output layer would cause him to light up another cigarette. In this latter case, if he wants to quit smoking, he would have to actively resist the urge and desist, which brings forth the reverse phenomenon, which is that the lesser he uses the circuit, the more it will atrophy, until finally, the circuit disintegrates, and the urge to smoke eventually dissipates.

This can apply to almost every thing in his life experience. When he hears a song, a circuit of that song would develop, and the more he hears the song, the stronger that circuit becomes, and the better he would remember the lyrics, and the more automatic the output layer can enable him to sing the song.

In this model, memory can be lost in one of two ways: the dismantling of a circuit by decreasing the number of synapses in the circuit, or the death of the neurons involved in the circuit.

This brings us to the unsavory subject of dementia, and the hopeful topic of prevention thereof. According to this model, the more one uses ones brain, in as diverse a range as possible, the larger the number of synapses would be per neuron, and the greater the total number of synapses in ones brain, and the more complex the neural circuitry therein, will result. So, even if a redneck and a renaissance man lose the same number of neurons by the same age, the redneck will be the one to lose his brain function, or lose it first.

So the moral of this model is: USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)

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We don’t have to wait for global warming to bake us in the inescapable atmospheric oven before we begin to suffer. The collapse of techno civilization will come even sooner, where, in a normal summer afternoon at 50C/122F in the shade, where often there is no shade, you will not be able to run your A/Cs due to prolonged blackouts, and you won’t be able to have even temporary relief with your car’s A/C, because there will be no gasoline to run your car.

This will come abruptly in the not too distant future, perhaps a matter of one or two decades if not mere years, when our ever escalating demand for oil intersects oil’s own geometrical decline. Given that peak oil is long past, while peak demand is still somewhere in the murky future, the crash is inevitable. I have always shaken my head in disbelief when I read about projections saying that by year 2050 we will have cut oil consumption by so many percent. It never fails to amaze me to see people still buying new gasoline cars, when the days of affordable oil, and of oil itself, are numbered.

The oil-price graph will have peaks and valleys in micro-adjustments to supply and demand, but it will be in a generally upward trend due to the ever-rising demand and the ever dwindling supply. And there will come a time when one of these peaks will rise so high as to be unreachable by individuals and corporations alike. Oil companies are deviously inducing consumers to burn as much gas as possible for their maximum short-term profit, but in so doing, they hasten their own demise, alas, along with our own.

When this happens, the energy-dependent societal infrastructures, most notably the transportation system, especially that sector dealing with food distribution, be it in the form of trucks, trains, ships or planes, will all more or less grind to a halt. Grocery store shelves previously brimming with imported food such as spinach from China or bananas from Latin America, will be empty. Gasoline pumps will be dry. Abandoned car will be everywhere, many with keys left in the ignition, and no one will steal them.

Those who are well grounded in the global communication network, such as FaceBook, and cell-phones, should get used to the idea that the World Wide Web will have disintegrated, and they will feel isolated.

When we have fuel and food in the same sentence, something has to give. In the face of severe fuel and food shortage, and they are related, we have to decide on whether to use our drought shrunken crops of soy and corn for food or for fuel (ethanol), and in the case of food on whether the soy and corn should serve as human food or cattle feed, bearing in mind that it take 10-20kg of feed to produce 1kg of meat. If the former, the cattle will starve, and if the latter, then while the super-rich will continue munching on juicy steaks, the masses of humans will starve. The sad situation is that even the best scenario is a bad scenario, because there is simply no net-good human action that will result in any good scenario.

Major metropolises such as London, Los Angeles or New York City, and cities that are normally hot and dry, like Las Vegas or Phoenix, will not be pleasant places to be in. Given the stagnation of the food transportation system, most food available will be locally grown, it will be difficult to grow enough food within a large city to feed the entire populace, especially factoring in water shortages. I would not rule out emaciated corpses in the street. Law and order will have broken down and robbing and looting will be commonplace. And when it comes to the dead of winter closing in, many will be frozen to death.

Residents will try to emigrate to surrounding areas, by bicycle or on foot, but where are they to go? Along the miles and miles of hot and dry highways people will drop like flies. And those surviving will overwhelm the surround rural areas. If your family has a small farm on the outskirts of a major metropolis, consider it taken over and you possibly ousted if not killed. I suspect that gun-fire will be a common sound. The murder rate will be by the dozen per day.

There will be areas where the impact will be less severe, which are already serviced by electricity grids centred upon extant large-scale solar and wind installations, e.g. parts of eastern California and central Texas. Bear in mind, however, that most of our day to day commodities are derived from oil, including all plastic products, tires (each car tire requires 7 gallons of gasoline to make), pharmaceuticals, electronics, computers, buildings, and basically everything that requires oil to manufacture (e.g. entire cars). So, once these items have been used up, it cannot be expected that new products will take their place.

This does not necessarily mean that there will be no oil left anywhere in the world, but much of it will be in government controlled storage facilities for the most essential of governmental services, perhaps to the tune of several hundred million barrels in the United States. This may sound like a lot, but the formula is that one billion barrels can feed the current U.S. demand for only 8 weeks. If civilian usage is cut off, it would last longer, but not forever. And a large part of it will still go towards the military against likely oil-grab invasions, or worse, towards invading another country for their oil-in-storage, or whatever oil fields that still remain. Canada, with its still extensive tar sands, for example, will be a prime target, and the Arctic, with its ice cap melted off and its polar oil reservoirs accessible to deep water drilling, as well as its easily accessible methane hydrate deposits on land and on the shallow continental shelves, will likely be a global battlefield.

So, what can the individual citizens do to ensure their own survival? This brings us to the concept of the deep rural green community, which should have the following properties:

1. It should be beyond walking distance from a major metropolis, and topographically easy to defend.

2. It should be water-self-sufficient, i.e. on a river-front, lake-front, or has its own year-round stream or well, as well as enough rainfall.

3. It should be food-self-sufficient, i.e. endowed with a good stock of foundational organic seeds (no Monsanto please!), and enough land to produce enough food for the entire community.

4. It should be energy-self-sufficient, employing renewable energy sources only with on site solar panels and wind turbines, some biofuels, all electric appliances, including electric vehicles, solar cars for long distance travel, and enough batteries to store enough electricity.

5. It should comprise people with a broad range of knowledge and skills, including academic, agricultural, medical and technical.

6. It should be animal-friendly, both domestic and wild.

If you would like to explore this idea further, please like and comment.

Good luck to us all.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)

The Saviour Species launches Asteroid Warning System

We Homo Sapiens have a death wish, in fact, more death wishes than one. For one thing, we are rushing headlong, knowingly, down a course of self-destruction. And for another, we consciously wish death on ourselves and extinction upon our own species.

While the former is evident everywhere we look, the latter is prevalent especially in the animal rights and environmental movements. It goes something like this: “We are evil and cruel and a scourge against all life on Earth. If we go extinct, the planet would return to Eden. Human abuse of animals shall cease. Therefore, we should go extinct.” I might have said so myself once upon a time. There are even popular television shows like [Life After People] which illustrates how the post-human planet would regain its pre-human ecological balance, and all species would live happily ever after.


All species could and likely would live happily ever after without humans, but for one factor which would seal their fate, the collective fate of global instantaneous mass extinction. Asteroids.

Not if but when – another big one will come smashing down which could do unto the mammals and birds what the last one 64 million years ago did unto the dinosaurs. It is a certainty, and it is statistically over-due. It could be another million years, but it could also be next month. It is a matter of time. And when it is all said and done, the tigers, the elephants, the eagles, the dolphin, the whales…, will all be wiped out with or without our help. Nothing can be done about it once the impact has occurred. But we, our species Homo Sapiens, can help by diverting the asteroid from Earth.

Case in point, witness the June 8, 2012, Huffington Post article [Asteroid Warning System: Report Calls For International Effort To Avert Possible Catastrophe]:

Indeed, on this planet, at this time, short of alien or divine intervention, ours is the only species that can carry out such a world-saving mission. Forget not that it was a human being who said: “With the power comes the responsibility”.

Sooner or later, if we survive ourselves in the mean time, we will prove our worth as a Universe-honoured “Saviour Species”.

Even without this consideration, our species is not ALL cruel nor ALL evil, we are also kind and compassionate. Our dark side is pitch black, but our bright side is brilliant. To condemn and wish extinction on the entire species is to “throw the baby out with the bath water.” Do let us by all means discard the bath water, but we must nurture the baby who will grow up to be a saviour.


Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)

“If the world is on the brink, why am I not feeling it?”

Referring to the Huffington article [World Nearing Tipping Point For Disastrous Breakdown, Study Finds], someone asked me, “If the world is on the brink, why don’t we feel it?”


The answer is three-fold:

1.  Earth’s atmosphere and hydrosphere are both immense.  Any cause-input will take 2-3 decades to produce the effect-output.  This said, the cause-input began becoming significant as of about mid-last-century, and it has been continuous and increasing.  So, in spite of the time lag, we’ve had measurable results, chief amongst which is the 0.9C mean global temperature rise from the baseline of 1880 when the Industrial Revolution began.  Also more than obvious are the melting glaciers around the world, including those in the Himalayas, Greenland and the Antarctic, and the Arctic sea ice.  Of course none of these is in anyone’s backyard, so, for those with no or little awareness beyond their own physical or event horizons, “nothing is happening”.


2.  Carbon dioxide is a stable gas and is therefore cumulative in the atmosphere to continue warming the planet for centuries to come.  Even if we stopped burning fossil fuels yesterday, what we have already pumped into the atmosphere will be enough to trigger the deadly Methane Time Bomb.  But, for now, nothing SEEMS to be happening, and we carry on business as usual.


3.  Least known is the mechanism of LATENT (hidden) HEAT.  Anyone who does not know what Latent Heat is will have a false sense of security.  It is not hard to understand if I do not use physics jargon.  Place on a hot stove a pot of cold water containing 1 kg of ice cubes.  Stir the ice water with a long thermometer and take temperature readings.  My question is:  When will the thermometer begin to show a rise in temperature?  Answer: After all the ice has melted.  In other words, all the heat from the stove would first all go into melting the ice, WITHOUT RAISING THE WATER TEMPERATURE.  The amount of heat entering a system WITHOUT raising the temperature of the system is called Latent Heat.  It takes 80 calories of heat to melt one gram of ice.  So in this case, the first 80,000 calories of heat from the stove went into melting the 1 kg of ice first.  Only when the ice is all gone will the water temperature rise, and it will do so until it reaches 100C, when the water will begin to boil.  Once again, Latent Heat comes into play, and the water temperature will stabilize at the boiling point – until all the water have changed from liquid to vapour, at which point the temperature of the dry pot will rise to the temperature of the flame itself.  So how does this apply to Earth’s climate?  Consider the Arctic Ocean to be a gigantic pot of ice water, and the sun as the stove.  For as long as there is still sea ice to melt, the Arctic Ocean will remain relatively cool, in spite of the ever increasing solar heat entering the Arctic ocean due to ever decreasing ice cover.  When the sea ice is gone in the summer, as early as the latter part of this decade, the Arctic Ocean’s temperature WILL STEEPLY RISE, and when it does, so will the global mean temperature, and all hell will break lose.


So, enjoy the “Arctic Air Conditioner” while it lasts, and be prepared to sweat after it quits.  And when it happens, believe me, you WILL FEEL THE HEAT!

This species is failing its Cosmic Test


The Universe has 100 billion galaxies, each with 100-300 billion stars and their planets.  The species in question is self-named Homo Sapiens – Man The Wise – of the planet Earth of the Solar System of the Milky Way Galaxy of the Universe.  And the Cosmic Test for Homo Sapiens has begun, and Homo Sapiens is showing unmistakable signs of flunking it.


So, what is this Cosmic Test?  It has to do with all kinds of commodities, but for simplicity let’s say – oil.  The planet has more oil than can be burnt without being driven into the lethal Runaway Global Heating mode.  The species in control of this oil must know when to stop on its own accord to avoid baking itself and millions of other species alive within decades.  It must have the foresight and self-governance to leave the tar sands in the ground.

Now that the tar sands have been exhumed, the evil genie has been released from the bottle and Pandora’s box has been opened.  And it won’t end until all its in-ground carbon has been released into the atmosphere.  It is a one-way slide into hell on Earth.  And I am holding Stephen Harper personally responsible.

All planets with life and civilization develop at different speeds and stages, and will each sooner or later stage a Cosmic Test of its own, each in its own time. At this very point in universal time, the planet staging a Cosmic Test is the Earth, and the test subject is its species Homo Sapiens, and Homo Sapiens is the species that exhumed the tar sands.


Be not surprised that planet Earth is being observed by immeasurably higher civilizations in the galactic realm.  But be not expectant of extraterrestrial intervention in the nick of time; due to the Interstellar Non-Interference Protocol, there won’t be any.  All planetary eggs must hatch on its own, or be still born.

In the Cosmic Test, the rule is simple:

Survival of the Wise.

Let the destructive commit self-destruction, and the wise shall inherit the Universe.  And Homo Sapiens must live up to its name.


Memories of African nights

Memories of African nights

I haven’t been to the Amazon, but I’ve spent nights alone in African and North American forests. Now that I’m ensconced on a soft couch in a cozy room in Vancouver, this picture brings back almost incredible memories.

Admittedly, some of these memories, especially those involving tiny insects and venomous critters, can still shoot shivers up my spine, but now, I fight an infinitely deadlier monster that could reduce the Amazon Rainforest itself to a savannah, if not a desert, with all its 5-million+ species wiped out. 

I’d rather be devoured alive by Army ants than see them gone forever from this amazing planet.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) 
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)