Dolphin Bites Hand of Little Girl

Yet, another reveal of SeaWorld’s lack of ensuring the safety of its guests and dolphins.  Should children be allowed so close?  Should children be allowed to feed dolphins?  Most of you know that I’m an advocate of Save Japan’s Dolphins and a firm believer that these beautiful mammals along with the Orca, should be left to their natural environment; not slaughtered for food or held in captivity for profit.  Rehabilitate and release.  I also noted that the dolphins in this report look rather young.  Wondering about that….

Check out the news video here.

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Let Go and Let Live – Deaths at SeaWorld

Who hasn’t visited a dolphin or killer whale show?  If we were fortunate to make a trip to SeaWorld or the many other places that entertain with these beautiful mammals, we can recall with some clarity the fascination and excitement of watching them perform …. large and (seemingly) in charge.  Never once considering the amount of danger their human trainers face on a daily basis.  Nor the emotional signals that these beautiful creatures feel that occasionally turn violent (at a split second) based on (their) animal instinct.

This week, the Freedom of Information Act allowed for the release of eyewitness interviews conducted by the Orange County Sheriff’s office, of the 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.  While it was difficult to listen to, my dismay was not for the killer whale or the trainer(s).  I was disgruntled over the fact that most cases of this nature, carry a death sentence for the animal after killing a human.  Was it the really the fault of the whale in a tank or the cougar on a hiking trail attempting to protect its cubs nearby as a jogger passes?   Tilikum (the killer whale) was not put down but was isolated for 13 months.   Was it better than letting him go?  They are such intelligent animals.  How else do we expect them to communicate their desire to be released?  They didn’t ask to be captured and ‘trained.’

This is why these beautiful creatures need to be left in the wild. Just thinking about the lives lost, makes me feel as though humans have not evolved beyond the need to exploit (as in the bearded lady at the circus).   It’s time we let go and let live.

For more information on this story and other important issues involving dolphins and orcas, please visit Save Japan Dolphins.org

I’m already signed up and signed a few petitions.  How about you?!

With sincere respect, my condolences to those trainers that have died on the job, and to their families.

Hunger Pangs At the Motor City Casino

The coins simply weren’t dropping at the Motor City Casino last Sunday.  We decided to have dinner at the Motor Casino Assembly Line (buffet) where they have this awesome buffet.  While standing in line, we were entertained by a gentleman that obviously spent a lot of time there.  He mentioned that the slots weren’t paying out lately so he dines at the MC Assembly Line buffet and heads back over to the MGM to do his business.

Last year, the husband and I ate at the Assembly Line buffet and this year we compared our likes and dislikes between the two visits, and we gotta say that last year was much better.  If you love oysters, it’s the place to go.  The prime rib was to die for.  We can’t really complain about the food or the service.  Our dis-like was centered around the lack of options.  Now, if you’re talking about desserts… there were more than plenty and this was the 2nd time I said that I could spend my time just having desserts and screw the meal.  Tip:  if you love a good cannoli… don’t eat them here.  The more you leave for me, the merrier I’ll be.  Be warned however, they are not as creamy as you might hope for; a little more ricotta in the recipe does the trick.

Onward…. we walked through the casino and I could not believe my ears.  I spent a lot of time in Tahoe and Reno casinos and vowed not to spend a lot of time in the Detroit casinos for a long while (at least until the casinos recouped enough to repay some of their start up debts).  I don’t understand the attraction to sitting in front of a slot machine for hours in an environment that is so quiet you can hear a single quarter drop.  I’d be outta there so fast the wheels would spin on their own.  Even the non-smokers room of slots was quiet.  What about that?  Non-smoking slot machine room but no blackjack or card tables.  I have to admit it was a breath of fresh air regardless.  On a day like last Sunday, I’d vote for the cards and craps before I’d promote a slot machine.  No, we didn’t lay our money down.  Instead, we took a walk through with a full tummy and hit the road before the night life kicked in.

So that said, an interesting article popped up today, written on May 21. “Wings Reportedly Move Forward On New Arena.”

If you’re not familiar, the Motor City Casino is owned by Olympia Entertainment, a company owned by Mrs. Ilitch; part of the Ilitch Holdings conglomerate including the Joe Louis arena and the Red Wings.  😉

Do the math and if you want to support the build out of the new Joe, go to the Motor City Casino; choose a slot machine to feed, and play until your heart is content.  Preferably in the non-smoking room.  Personally, I’ll wait and pay to see a game at the new Joe.  Less of a risk getting the biggest bang for my buck.

ciao!

Willie Wonders About Conspiracy

http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=4244526
(Link for the news video)

Interestingly enough, 2 of the 3 “related links” are “not available” or “do not exist.”

I have a feeling this is as big a cover up as Kennedy’s assassination. I have wondered about a 9/11 conspiracy but some things don’t make sense and so I gave up on the idea. However, the one thing that has always been on my mind (sorry… couldn’t help the reference to a Willie tune), is the fact that many people who witnessed the towers or even watched, said the destruction too closely resembled an implosion, suggesting a deliberate act.

Amplify’d from abcnews.go.com

Nelson: 9/11 Was a Conspiracy

Willie Nelson doesn’t think that planes alone took down the World Trade Center.

Read more at abcnews.go.com