A brouhaha over dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area highlights the fact that some dog owners have an overblown sense of entitlement that ruins things for other dog guardians in addition to threatening the environment.
One reason we have so many homeless animals is the belief that it’s acceptable to treat animals like garbage, paired with lack of information about options for treating sick animals and finding social supports. We can do better than this.
I am, as we know, a tremendous softie, and I always get very sad when I read tragic animal stories, which are the bread and butter of a huge number of websites, whether they’re highlighting the horrors of what we do to companion animals or telling success stories. I generally try to avoid these stories […]
In a piece for Racked late last year, Kyle Chayka wrote about the ‘fast, furry rise‘ of pets on Instagram (and other social media), discussing the growing number of celebrity pets who captivate the internet, but, more critically, the smaller numbers among those ranks who turn into money generating machines for their handlers, instead of […]
Every day in the summer, sometimes twice a day, a long, lonely whistle winds its way through the ravine behind my house, followed by a low chuffing. The steam train, on its way to or from town, column of steam rising through the trees. It’s such a familiar sound and sight that even the cats […]
I am strongly opposed to the heavy reliance on charity as a means of social support, but since our society is currently structured to provide many social services through charities, I donate according to my abilities — which are a bit limited at the moment. I also work towards a society in which this is […]
Earlier this year, the Texas Attorney General invited judges and clerks who wished to refuse to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds to defy the Supreme Court’s order to get over it and grant everyone the freedom to marry. Though he acknowledged that doing so could potentially create cause for litigation, he assured them that […]
If you peruse my Instagram, you’ll find an assortment of images. Food, cats, random things I see in travels. And pictures of myself, mostly taken by myself. (I am a greedy and jealous person who rarely forks my phone over to people.) People have been taking pictures of themselves, in one form or another, for […]
I don’t want to say that some of my best friends are conservatives, but, really, some of my best friends are conservatives. I see no harm in admitting that; they’re all great people, they are all extremely sharp and thoughtful, they offer great political analysis, and they’re fascinating, delightful, wonderful friends. I’m honoured to number them among […]
Amazon, the behemouth of online booksellers, is regarded as Voldemort, Am*zon, or simply The Devil by many indies — it’s the firm that has tried to take down independent bookstores by slashing prices, adding an obscene number of products to inventory, and wooing potential customers with a variety of tactics. Free shipping. Discounts negotiated at […]