Thursday, August 23, 2007
The horrifying allegations of animal abuse at Michael Vick's property in Virginia have shocked everyone, but just as heartbreaking are the many similar stories that don't make the news. PETA receives thousands of calls and e-mails every year from people who have witnessed animal abuse or neglect. They are desperate to help but don't know what to do. Here are some steps you can take if you observe cruelty to animals:
Find out which agency is responsible for investigating and enforcing anti-cruelty laws in your state, county, or town. This may be a local humane society or a taxpayer-funded animal shelter. In areas without such organizations, citizens should call the police or sheriff's department.
If an animal is in a life-threatening situation, call authorities immediately. Follow up with them in a timely manner to determine their findings and their planned course of action. If they do not respond right away, call PETA at 757-622-7382.
After you contact authorities, prepare a short written statement detailing the key points of what you observed. Give dates, approximate times, and locations. Timely fact-gathering is crucial—the more time that passes, the greater the risk that evidence will disappear, injuries will heal, or you'll forget specific details. Written statements from other witnesses will help back up your observations, and if possible, take pictures and date them—photos or videos will strengthen your case.
Always keep a dated record of everyone you've contacted, along with the content and outcome of your discussions. Never forward a letter, photograph, or other documentation to anyone without first making a copy for your own files. Make it clear to authorities that you wish to pursue the case and that you are willing to lend your assistance if necessary. Be sure to follow up! If you stay involved, authorities are more likely to do the same.
If the first contact doesn't produce results, go straight to a supervisor. If that doesn't work, appeal to local government officials, such as the mayor, the district attorney, or city council members. A call to the media in your area (television and print) can move mountains. Above all, don't give up—you may be an animal's only hope!
Helping abused or neglected animals can be difficult and heart-wrenching, but they are depending on you to take action. Please contact PETA if officials fail to respond quickly to your complaint or if you need guidance or support. Together, we can save even more lives.
Thank you for everything you do for animals.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Achieve Nirvana in 10 minutes:
I remember when I was a child I would watch a certain clock. I would just sit there and watch it. This was an analog clock, but it was a fancy analog clock for its time. It had light up digits and a starburst pattern that constantly turned. It would change constantly in this repeating pattern.
Have you ever turned polarised filters in front of each other to create different moiré patterns? It was kind of like that. Constantly Changing and Moving, yet repeating, again and again.
You're not familiar with that? Ok. You ever stare into the sea or just a lake and watch the constantly repeating patterns as the wind blew over it, ever changing, ever moving. Or what about the clouds in the sky? Have you every relaxed and just watched them flowing and changing in never ending patterns?
Fractals in nature are like the fractals in our own minds. We seek those patterns in nature that give us the most peace and serenity and inspire our minds to further enlightenment and revelations. We look for fractals in art galleries and museums to match the fractals in our own minds - I consider this video a work of art and science.
We listen to music which matches our thought patterns (which happens to be a fourier transformation of fractals based in the golden ratio as a holographic integral of robust patterns). I'm using Immrama by Stellamara in the background, a very bewitching song rich with robust fractals, excellent for meditation.
The same patterns which exist in nature also exists in our own minds. There are certain patterns in nature which are there to heal us - through our minds. Therefore, I have produced a video with the intention to heal your mind and induce the necessary trance to accept the Law of Attraction.
I discuss the Law of Attraction further based on a book by Genevieve Behrend at www.healingmindn.com/lawofattraction.html. We are spiritual beings intimately attached to physical bodies. This video is meant to invoke the necessary balance towards our spirituality.
Since this video is on the web, you will not receive the full resolution or full effect of spatial orientations such as binaural beats to activate certain brain frequencies. I'm hoping that you do get something out of it in it's less potent web form.
I am arranging for producing this to a DVD and handing it out, so everyone gets the full effect of the HealingMindN Meditation.
Remember to use only your abdominal muscles when you are told to hold your breath. Please don't use your throat or you might break a blood vessel.
Other than that, please enjoy. This video is safe for everyone (unless you're evil or an atheist).
Most of the background was filmed at Shoreline Park in Mountain View, California.
I thank God and I thank Louise for helping me make this video. Thanks for your time.
Relaxing your jaw releases pressure from the 5th cranial nerve which helps to induce relaxation. Focusing certain color in certain parts of the body while maintaining the feeling of "breathing" through the respective part activates the chakrum in that area.