Friday, November 30, 2012

How the Economic Collapse can benefit Planet Earth

Although the Economic Collapse as depicted in Anthony Marr's speech may be calamitous in the short run, it has long term benefits for planet Earth:

1. Fossil fuel consumption will be drastically reduced, thus retarding global warming.

2. The current Unlimited-Growth economic system will itself collapse, making room for a new sustainable economy.

3. Given the protein conversion ratio of 10-20 lbs of plant feed to produce just 1 lb of meat, food shortages will vegetarianize or veganize the world.

4. Agonizing as it may sound, wide-spread starvation will likely reduce the human population by more than half.

5. The global arms race will grind to a halt.

And though it may be too late to prevent the economic collapse from coming to pass, our responsibility to our children, the animals and the planet is to survive it and lead humanity to create a brave new world.

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

Friday, November 23, 2012

What I learned from "Serena"

What I learned from "Serena"

In the course of my work, I often get ridiculed, jeered, denigrated and downright hammered, by enemies of course by enemies, but sometimes even by what I considered to be friends. When that occurs, "stoic" and "unflappable" as I haver been said to be, I would occasionally feel perturbed, flustered and unbalanced, and lose my cool, momentum and efficiency, and once or twice even get derailed from my course of action.

Well, "Serena" taught me a lesson today. "She" is the female voice in my GPS. She is tuned to sound British, but sometimes, she would pronounce certain street names in the darnedest of ways, particularly words with the letter "R". I was in Bend, Oregon, to make a speech this evening, and Shannon and I happened to be driving downtown. When we were approaching a street called "Butler Market", Serena pronounced it as "Butlerrr Marrrket", and we both laughed, and poked fun at Serena mercilessly. Serena treated our derision like water off a duck's back and proceeded with her next comment as if nothing had happened.

Later, Serena directed us to a street that was temporarily blocked, so we had to do some back-tracking, and I heard myself mock-grumbling, "Damn, Serena, you're not doing your job!" She just responded with a steady "Recalculating", and gave us an alternative route.

Were I in her place, I would have felt a tinge of annoyance, and had my performance temporarily compromised. I suppose this is part of my being human, but in terms of performance and efficiency, I have a lot to learn from a machine.

Anthony Marr, merely human


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Marie Bednar :)
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Ingrid Meijer Yaple merely a good and conscious human :)
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Ellie Smookler McCole · Friends with Mila Rizzo
An amazing and wonderful human! (*_*)
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Jan Isherwood · 38 mutual friends
.... A merely incredible one!
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M-Christine Husk I'm happy to hear you have a Serena. I'm not so lucky. I have downright drag out fights with my GPS as we don't agree on the way to go. Her name: "the idiot in the box". : )
November 18 at 6:17pm · Like

P.j. Kielberg-Mcclenahan Instead of a GPS we have a compass. :-)
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Paris Harvey My "Gypsy", (I call her) says hysterical street names on this end too. Fruitvale is said like "Frew it vale". But I forgive her. We have a great relationship. I trust her completely. Thank god for Gypsy. She gets me there every time. If I am stuck in traffic and have to get off the freeway and have no idea where I am she is always very calm and tells me the alternate. Sometimes I doubt her but low and behold I suddenly find I have made it.
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Bonnie Lindsay Great story from one of my "favorite" humans :)
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Linda Musel Great story, Anthony...always a way with the words! Be well my, friend...Like the infamous artist Michangelo stated..."God puts impossible standards for mankind to reach, and therefore, mankind will always never reach the perfect state as God wants us to become...but we can only keep trying to get to the perfect state." (paraphrased from a quote from Michangleo)
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Terri Allen U R a awesome person, don't let anyone get you down
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Lisa Marie Simms-Ferguson As always you are amazing
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Karen Mc · Friends with Patty Golden
haha! That was awesome and brillant! I deal with talking to people all over the country daily, I'm going to have to think to myself, when I feel a tinge of annoyance coming on, "What would Serena Do"! :-)
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Joni Russ You blow me away as an activist...keep doing what you are doing are a dynamo...don't let the slugs and thugs get to you! YOU ARE BRILLIANT!
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Anne Orman · Friends with Paul Rockintheroses
gps,s drive me crazy,so I will stick to being merely human and use a map.
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Sandie A. Sajner I lived in Bend Oregon for 3 years way back in 1978-1981. Give everyone a big hug for me. It sure is a "Hunter's Haven" with the National Forest being right there. Hope you find a lot of supporters and their ways are changed.
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Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)

Cold Wind, Colder Society

Cold wind, colder society

I was at the wheel while driving from California to Nevada on I-80 when I saw a car park on the shoulder, with a man waving his hands frantically. I pulled over, and the man - in his 70s or 80s - came running to our car. Shannon rolled down her window and the man said, "Thank you, thank you! My car quit, and I'm one of those whose don't carry a cell phone. Do you have a cell phone? I want to call my ex-wife to see if she could help."

"Yes, I do!" answered Shannon, and she handed the man her cell phone.

The man dug out a wad of $20 bills and began peeling one off to hand to us, when both of us said, "No no no no!"

It was chilly out and somewhat windy, so Shannon got out of the car to let the man sit in her seat to make his call. I did likewise to give him some privacy.

When he was done, he looked more relaxed, and again thanked us profusely.

"So, how long before we came around when your car quit?" I ask him.

"About half an hour."

"And you've been trying to flag people down?"

"Yes. And every car just zipped right on by."

The man hugged us before we went back to our car, shaking our heads.

- Anthony Marr

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DelilahMichele Leonard :)
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Barbara Napoles · 63 mutual friends
<3.. Good spirit.. Thank you for being that one kind person that still is looking out for others in the world. Many Blessings to you.
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Bernadette Barbour What a beautiful "Good Deed" Anthony.
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Fiona Mawson A conscience for another living beings welfare has no barriers - nice one. At least you've restored his faith in some humans!
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Mansur Rupshi Kara · 147 mutual friends
Anthony Marr, you are both good souls. May you both be rewarded in plenty for this deed.
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Becky Daigle People are just to afraid to help another these days. It's a shame we can't do more acts of kindness like this to our fellow humans!
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Lourdes Gutierrez We live in CARZY times and l have help people too, but not as much now as I use too, l would have keep going, just being honest.
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Anthony Marr Lourdes, were I woman, I might have through twice. He could have been a car-jacker. What I did was pretty much automatic. I saw the man waving his arms and pulled over at the same instant, no thinking involved.
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Dan Nigro I had a similar experience several years ago, but I was the guy with the broken down car. A cop even stopped to yell at me to "get that car out of there!" before speeding off. A guy around 80 years old stopped to help. He had a cell phone. He'd seen ...See More
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Caitlin Raschke · 2 mutual friends
I gave a lift to a man whose car had broken down in the rain when I was in my 20s. This was pre-mobile phones. He spent the short car ride giving me a lecture about how he could have been a murderer and I must not do that again. I've heeded his advice since and felt bad each time.
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Darleen Newton Rusnak · 55 mutual friends
Anthony, that is one good thing about Kentucky, when you need help, it seems as though someone is always there immediately. So please don't hold the fact that KY has Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.
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Susan Dhod Being a woman, I would have made a call for him. Unfortunately, I am slightly more cautious having been attacked once (not car related - or sort of - if i had a ride home I wouldnt have had this guys hands around my throat. By some mercy he let me go.)
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012



This is about the global effects in the event of a likely ECONOMIC COLLAPSE in the U.S. around 2014-2015 versus the planned FISCAL CLIFF to be implemented in January 2013. This is not just economic theory. It concerns the daily lives of each and every one of us.

First let me define these in layman's terms:

"ECONOMIC COLLAPSE" means first and foremost HYPERINFLATION, where the currency value plunges significantly if not totally over a short time period, which would be caused primarily by the exponentially burgeoning national debt load, currently standing at $16 Trillion, where the interest alone could out-weigh the entire national revenue, plus the loss of confidence in the said currency on a global basis. To illustrate this, the world has seen 57 bouts of hyperinflation in history. The 5th most severe one was in Germany in 1923, when prices doubled every 4.7 DAYS, which led to the rise of Hitler, the Nazis, the Jewish persecution, WW2 and the Holocaust. The top two most severe were in Hungary in 1946 and in Zimbabwe in 2008, when the prices doubled every 15 HOURS. Prices doubling means the currency value halving. So, if prices double in the U.S. once every month, then the U.S. Dollar's value would be halved once every month. Your pay check, or pension check, would still show the same number of dollars, but your purchasing power would shrink accordingly. Lay-offs and home foreclosures would be rampant, numerous companies would fold, and unemployment would skyrocket. If the Dollar falls, say, to 20 cents of today's value, a gallon of gasoline would cost $40, for starters. This would cause the transportation system, for one, to grind to a halt, leading to shortages and outrages of a full range of goods and services, including food, fuel, medicines, manufacturing parts, etc. People not laid-off would leave their jobs in droves, and all kinds of systems would fail, including electricity, water, even police and the military. By the German example, the social effects could be horrendous. This could happen any time; the latest estimate I have come across is 2015.

The "FISCAL CLIFF", planned to take effect as of 2013. This is basically a self-administered austerity measure, or "belt-tightening", towards reducing the burgeoning of the national debt. Instead of the nation borrowing more and more to maintain its standard of living and the facade of prosperity, it raises revenue, mostly by taxes increases to the tune of some $500 Billion, and expenditure reduction by about $110 Billion, mostly in cuts of non-essential social programs and the military, about 50/50. By these measures, the national could pull upwards of $600 Billion from the economy, thus alleviating the need to borrow the same amount. The result, of course, would be a diminished economy, where the purchasing power of the average consumer, and thus consumer goods transactions, would be reduced, and lay-offs, business closure and home foreclosures would rise. A new recession would descend across the land, and many would suffer, but this would hopefully forestall a full scale depression, and hopefully postpone it indefinitely.

Now what would the global effects of this FISCAL CLIFF be? Considering that the U.S. is the largest consumer of imported good, all nations exporting their goods to the U.S. would be drawn into the recession. Canada comes to mind, since the U.|S. is its biggest trading partner. If American demand for fuel decreases, Canadian oil exports will be dealt a blow - which from an environmental view point is a good thing. China is the largest exporter of consumer goods to the U.S. - check the labels of most items in Wal-Mart or Costco. If Americans buy less, China will export less. Chinese manufacturing will decline, and fall back on domestic consumption. But if the manufacturing sector shrinks, there will likewise be corresponding lay-offs in China, and the purchasing power of Chinese consumers will likewise decline, and so will the Chinese economy. The E.U. is already in serious economic turmoil, and any reduction of European exports to the U.S. will deal the European economy a serius blow.

And in the case of an American ECONOMIC COLLAPSE? Its global effects will that as depicted in the above paragraph times 10 or more. So, all in all, the FISCAL CLIFF and the ECONOMIC COLLAPSE are lose-lose proposition. Our decision is in whether we want to lose medium, or lose huge.

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

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cold Tofurkey

I'm just play-acting in this pic with a rolled-up aluminum tube, but, yeah, I did use to smoke - like a chimney in fact, up to pack-and-a-half a day. Then one day in 1981, I noticed that no smoke had been emitted from the mouth of my dad, who used to smoke more than even me, for quite some time. It eluded me for easily a month.

"Hey, dad, did you quit smoking?" I asked.

"Yes, I did," replied my dad in his usual quiet, stoic way.


"Oh, about a couple of months ago."

"Really? How?"

"Cold turkey (Chinese equivalent thereof)."

"Did you slip?"

"Just once, on the second day."

Since I've always wanted to do things better than my dad, I saw my opportunity. At about the same time, I moved to a new place. I'd read about moving being a good opportunity to quit, since there is no association between the new place and smoking. So I went for it.

And I did beat my dad to the goal. No slippage for even one day. Day before moving, 1.5 packs; day after, zero. Not easy, but proven possible.

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

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Judas Paradox

The Judas Paradox

When I was a secondary school student at Wah Yan College, Kowloon, Hong Kong, receiving Roman Catholic training under the Irish Jesuits, I studies the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke (but not John), and, the independent thinker that I was, still am, I really wondered about Judas, and had, still have, a certain amount of compassion for him. Eventually, it concluded upon what I now call "The Judas Paradox".

Before stating the paradox, let me first state the basic premises as presented to me by the Catechism:

1. God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, i.e. "He" is everywhere, all-knowing and almighty.

2. Jesus is God-incarnate, albeit in human form, and therefore should be all-knowing and almighty.

3. Jesus taught, still teaches, all-embracing love and forgiveness.

4. The Church taught, still teaches, that suicide is a mortal sin, and a mortal sinner is damned for all time, in Hell. The Church's doctrine is that Judas is in Hell, and being burnt as we speak.

The #3/#4 combination constitutes a monumental paradox unto itself.

But let's just talk about the Judas Paradox as presented below:

1. Since, in #2 above, Jesus is God-incarnate, He would have been all-knowing, and therefore should have foreseen what Judas would do beforehand.

2. Since, in #3 above, Jesus was/is all-loving, He would love everyone, including Judas.

3. Since, in #3 above, Jesus was/is all-forgiving, He would have forgiven Judas, and not condemned him to eternal hell-fire.

4. Since, in #2 above, Jesus was/is almighty, He could have stopped Judas in doing what he eventually did, thus saving his soul, and yet, He did not.

My resolution of this paradox is as follows:

1. The Gospel is "the word of God", cast in stone, and all Christians revere every word of it. They would not accept changing a single word in it. Therefore, what transpired in the betrayal was God-ordained and meant to be.

2. Christianity could not have been what it is without Jesus dying on the cross. In fact the very symbol of the cross could not have existed otherwise.

3. In order for Jesus to die on the cross, as depicted in the Gospel, he would have needed someone to betray him, and this someone was Judas.

4. In the last supper, Jesus said that the one dipping his bread at the same time He did would be the one to betray him, and Judas did dip his bread at the same time Jesus did his. The conventional interpretation is that Judas unwittingly dipped his bread at the same time Jesus dipped his. My interpretation is that Jesus intentionally dipped his bread at the same time Judas dipped his, as an order for Judas to betray him, thus fulfilling the Gospel-to-be. And Judas was the only one of the 12 to understand Jesus on this score. He committed suicide because he could not bear the unforgiving condemnation from his peers.


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

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The worst waste of the greatest public educational opportunity

The American presidential election is over and done with, but so are the $1.5+ billion dollars spent, millions of man-hours of organizing, research and outreach, and thousands of hours of media exposure. All in all, it was a colossal waste of talent, passion, time and money, which could have been spent in solving the pressing problems of environmental degradation, national debt woes and climate change. It was a monumental squandering of the greatest public educational opportunity money can create, especially given the ignorance that prevails in society on these key issues, which were not once mentioned, much less debated upon. It was the same old same old health care, taxation, employment and military supremacy, which are of no educational, social and environmental value, and most of the promises won't be kept anyway. So, at the end of election day, the 50% of the public that already know and care are not in the least empowered, and the 50% of the public that don't know and don't care are left quagmired in their current ignorance and apathy for another 4 crucial years.

Some object to this post, saying that the issued not even mentioned in the presidential debates, in fact throughout the campaign, are not what the voters wanted to hear and therefore wouldn't win the candidates any votes. Then I have this to say:

The question then becomes whether the national "leaders" should make good the term and lead the people, or follow the stragglers of society. By just saying what "the people" want to hear, obviously, they are the latter, and not only that, they are pulling the leading edge of society back, and silencing it. So now, it is the blind leading the blind. It is political opportunism at its best!

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Societal-narcotic-induced euphoria

As I watch CNN - the sizzling excitement, the mass hysteria, the months and billions of dollars spent in the election campaign, the words and phrases repeated and repeated in the debates (taxes, jobs, Middle Class...) and the words and phrase that are deliberated buried (environment, climate change, global warming, animal abuse, national debt, fiat currency, quantitative easing, bank runs, dollar crash, hyperinflation, economic collapse, depression, world reserve currency...), where the minor differences between the contenders touch not their colossal common unworkability - I shake my head in resignation. All this misdirected vital energy drained down a nation-wide non-sequitur. The result doesn't matter, no more than a change of guards, or not, on the same rotting and already rotten ship, which will sink in the next fiscal storm. The whole charade is like a shot of narcotics into society to raise it to a year-long euphoria over nothing. And when it comes back down tomorrow, it will be the same inescapable deteriorating reality.

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