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See I found this dag…

Posted in animals, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 13, 2016 by MISANTHROPIST

I came home from a largely fruitless visit to the job centre and found a dog in my neighbours garden. Little under a year old and shivering in the cold, we had a very cold night before so he must have been freezing. We coaxed the beast into my house with ham. It took a good twenty minutes to get him to trust us enough.

We got him in, made a fuss of him and tried to feed him, warm him and calm him down. After we were successful in doing so I ventured out to look for someone searching for their lost animal. I found nobody, no signs, not a trace of anyone looking for him. I had a feeling I had seen him before though.

I went around asking, now I’m careful about this because of people using them for baiting, I eventually found he had been running around all morning and nobody had bothered grabbing him. My other neighbour mentioned that she thought she saw a dog the night before but was ultimately unsure and therefore didn’t bother to investigate further.

I had a vague memory of seeing the hound before but I couldn’t place where. When I finally got it down and discovered where the potential owner lived, I was greeted at the door by a barking dog meaning I was wrong. To my credit their dog is almost identical to the one I found.

The dog was a mixture of Staffordshire bull-terrier. Very well behaved for such a young dog. Probably only half trained. He was also spayed and I thought I felt a microchip. I though he was owned considering all that. We ended up keeping him all night much to chagrin of my cats. In the morning I would endeavour to track down the owner or at least find out where the beast came from.

The dog in himself was very well behaved and a pleasure to host. I’m the morning I wondered about calling a shelter but I’d rather not get him killed by trying to help him find his home. I instead opted to take him to the vet and have his microchip or assumed microchip scanned. I ended up being correct. The plot thickens however.

He had been rehomed and the original owner was aware he had gone missing, meaning his owners were looking for him. A good sign. We had considered keeping him if nobody came forward. His presence made me realise that I missed having canine company.

Due to the data protection act no information on the owners was given to us but the local authority (who did something right for once) came to collect him and assured us he would be reunited with his owner and if not they could re-home him and they never put a healthy animal to sleep. This little fucker was beyond healthy.

We offered to take him if nobody collected him, I have a feeling they’re looking for their dog and are going to be happy to hear that their dog is available for pick up. I did a little Ace Ventura. Kept my mind off the job centre thing.

-Misanthropist.

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Today I was cleaning

Posted in animals, News with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by MISANTHROPIST

Today I was cleaning, as you do, and when I got to the cats litter tray I realized my eldest cat had missed the missed the litter tray. It happens what can I say. Then I noticed that the shit had landed on the open pages of The Sun newspaper, how apt I thought to myself. Anyone here who grew up in England knew The Sun as ‘the paper with tits on page three’ other than that I saw no reason to look at it. It’s a low end rag with leanings to the political right which generally caters to your average joe. Don’t take that as an insult your average joe might be more intelligent than mine. To be honest the only things worse than the sun are the one not worth reading at all and the messenger of doom and gloom The Daily Mail. I realize I’m shitting on The Sun here but compare to The Daily Mail; The Sun is relatively harmless.

Once I stopped laughing to myself I had to tell someone about it, someone who understands my feels and could share that chuckle with me. Unfortunately those kind of people seem to be in short supply at the moment. Probably why I’m posting it here. I don’t know if there are enough brits here to appreciate it but what the hell. I’ve been short on posts lately and this seemed noteworthy. If you happen to be interested do a little research and you might agree with me. I’m not sure if The Sun has an equivalent anywhere but The Daily Mail is damn close to Fox News without being called Fox.

Today my dog passed away.

Posted in animals, Death with tags , , on April 3, 2014 by MISANTHROPIST

There’s nothing like digging a grave to top off what has by all accounts been a fucking horrible week. My dog has been in a bad way for a few days now and when it’s almost time you just know, you can see it in their eyes. Funny how you go through it so many times but it never gets any easier. If it were a person I’d probably handle it better, I’ve seen people die slowly and quickly. It’s never pretty, there really is no such thing as dignity in death. There’s nothing dignified about it. So yeah I’m pretty fucking upset to put it lightly. It’s not every day you sit by a pile of freshly turned dirt in your garden crying like a child while you drink a beer and drag on a cigarette like your life depended on it.

It’s been mentally exhausting to watch her suffer, I considered helping her along but I didn’t have the heart to do it. I’d hoped she’d die at home in her sleep. The last thing I wanted was her to be stressed out in a place she doesn’t know. I reason that all any sentient being wants when the end comes is not to be alone. More loyal than my ex and more reliable than a lot of my two-legged friends, she was a good dog and member of our family. She’ll be missed. I’m an expert a loss of late but this hit me damn hard. If only I could find a human being who is half as loyal…

So yeah I’m going to continue drinking now.
Misanthropist.

Humanity? A history of violence.

Posted in animals, Misanthropy with tags , , , on February 18, 2014 by MISANTHROPIST

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We crawled out of the ocean, eventually we stood upright. We had no natural weaponry and so eventually began to produce, simple, sharp tools to assist with hunting. Dividing ourselves we formed our clans and drew our lines. We built our settlements and began to hunt animals ten times our size with tactics that have remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. Our settlements eventually became cities and we expanded as far as our feet could take us, when we came across an obstacle we overcame it and continued on. We’re a species of problem solvers after all, which makes our capacity for destruction saddening. During our spread we changed our environment to suit our needs and destroyed everything that got in our way with ruthless efficiency. Even each other.

With time we became more and more efficient at killing each other until we reached a point where, with the push of a button, we could extinguish thousands if not millions of lives in a matter seconds. All of our greatest advancements in engineering, medical science and many other fields are the result of war. It all stems from our desire to destroy each other. Our capacity for destruction is almost unmatched in nature. We like to chalk ourselves up as higher, moral, beings but we’re not. Civility exists until you are in direct competition with another after that point we prove ourselves to be as base as the creatures we keep in exhibits for our own amusement. At least they don’t try to lie about it.
-Misanthropist.

This cat is something else.

Posted in animals with tags , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2014 by MISANTHROPIST

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I’m generally someone who likes animals, I was brought up with animals. I had a dog, cats, fish, hamsters, mice. Unfortunately my parents wouldn’t let me much further than mammals. I did own a tropical crab that accidentally got into a tank and an aquatic tropical frog, again another accidental acquisition. I’m used to animals, actually if I could get a job involving animals I’d be happy to go to work every day. Sometimes they’re just easier to work with than people. Some months ago I posted about a new kitten I got. She’s doing very well, perfectly healthy in fact but I do sometimes wonder about its mental state. I had a choice, buy beer or get my sister this little kitten that she was absolutely in love with. I gave in and did something nice for my sister. Probably should have got the beer.

I’ve never met a cat like her, she’s a character. It’s curious, intelligent, agile and clumsy as fuck. It has destroyed things in my home that range from ‘oh that sucks’ to ‘how the hell did that happen.’ This includes mirrors, canvas lamps, a Buddha statue and… Wait for it. A sink. Yes an enamel bathroom sink broke diagonally and pretty cleanly. She’s calmed down since we had her jabbed and neutered but not by much. It’s funny about being touched, yet it’ll wake you up with purrs at 5am. I have a range of names for it from Satan and little beast to poltercat. When it’s out of my sight I get a little nervous. I’ve caught it chewing on my guitar.  The funny thing is that it isn’t stupid it will actively notice and find ways to pass any obstacles you set out for her.

As I type my hands are covered in scratches from playing with her, she plays rough but her cheetah style shit fits are very funny. It has attempted to run up walls and has gone vertical more than once because fuck gravity. It’s actually hard to get any cleaning done since it stalks the mop, vacuum cleaner or even a dusting cloth. It’ll run up the sofa and pull bed covers back off. Sometimes I swear it does it on purpose.All this said you can’t help but love your animals like family, even if they are little fuckers. And expensive little fuckers at that, I have to say though since I’ve had her I haven’t stopped being entertained by the little weirdos antics.

I finally found a use for that picture.
-Misanthropist.

Kitten Cat

Posted in animals with tags , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2013 by MISANTHROPIST

So my first paycheck came in a few days back, it’s half gone already but on the plus side I’m debt free, I have a new land-line and I’m one cat up. That special lady in my life is a cat fanatic, she loves her cats and is well on her way to becoming a crazy cat lady. She’s looked after countless kittens so I have my kitty cat encyclopedia for the stuff I’ve forgotten, its been a good ten years since we last had a kitten. At the moment she’s asleep on my bed, I forgot how damn cute they are. The kittens are from a friend’s cat a ginger and white father, black and white mother so she’s calico. She has a really beautiful coloration.

This all began when my sister said she wanted one and decided to drag me along after work to see the kittens, I saw them last when they were just a few days old, their eyes weren’t even open yet. I went in and she was the last one, this little kitten comes bounding over to my little sister and sat on her feet. She instantly fell in love with her and it was pretty much decided then and there. I was buying that kitten whether I wanted to or not and besides with my sister cooing and this little kitten asleep on my jeans how could I say no?

Sometimes I think that’s why my woman puts up with me, because I love animals and I’ll never say no to one. We were thinking of names for the kitten for a few hours and in the end we narrowed it down to Nova, Juno and Indiana. In the end Indiana won. It was originally my suggestion but my sister hijacked it and eventually she got her way using this clever reasoning: You’re going to call her, kitten, Catten, poospe and all the other names you generally call cats anyways so it doesn’t matter what we name her. She had a rather good point actually. In-case anyone was wondering why Indiana, that’s the state I went to in murica.

So yeah tl;dr version: I have a Kitten.
Misanthropist.

No gods, No Masters.

Posted in animals, Death, Misanthropy, People, Technology, The Internet. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by MISANTHROPIST
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I haven’t really posted much lately, I’ve neglected this blog a bit. To be honest I’ve been putting plans into place to improve my own life and I just haven’t had the time or motivation to post. Then I came upon a little gem on Facebook. Somebody I know from the god old days of the internet was talking about how the media and his black friends had caused him to think little of using the N word. Some of the guys didn’t care and others were offended. The ones who got offended were debated by others who claimed that black people weren’t the only slaves and that slavery continues to this day under in various different forms. A little off topic but this got me thinking about humanity and our future as well as our past. We’re making slow leaps forward and it seems that in the distant future we’ll be traveling through space, exploring distant planets and making contact with other species. It really got my mind running.

Throughout our history as a species we’ve achieved much, in reality we’ve learned very little from our experiences. One thing we’re extremely proficient at is killing and destruction. The most beneficial advances we’ve made have come out of death and destruction. We’ve been killing since before we walked upright. We’ve always killed and been able to justify it to ourselves in one way or another, on both micro and macro scales. In fact destruction is ingrained into our psyche it is intrinsic one could even argue that killing and destroying is a large part of what it means to be a human being. We may not mean to do these things but we need to in order to survive. We put our survival before all else as would any other animal anywhere on the planet. As a species the only thing we’re really proficient at is killing and we’ve put our skills to good use across the ages in order to dominate the planet.

We try to sell ourselves as some kind of higher being when in fact we’re worse than animals. What kind of cruel god would unleash such hell on the universe? We crawled out from under a rock, discovered the use of fire and then invented the wheel after that we set about killing anything and everything, for food, out of hatred and even for sport. Think of everything we’ve done without justifying it to yourself then tell me there’s a god. If there is he’s one sick puppy. I quite like Agent Smith’s quote from the matrix and his comparison of humanity to a virus, a cancer. He isn’t exactly far off. We’ve killed of entire species, if you think about it we are the single most destructive force on the planet. Our very existence entails destruction as a means of survival. Destruction of the environment, other species and even ourselves. We’ve never quite moved away from this and I doubt we ever will.

We seem to justify our actions by saying we are superior to other species and dehumanizing members of our own species over tiny differences like the amount of melanin in our skin or whatever fictional deity we choose to believe in. For such highly evolved and intelligent animals we’re sheep, choosing to slaughter because we have been tricked and guided by a few intelligent individuals into believing that their will is gods. It sickens me to be honest. I’m hoping that in the future we die with this planet, for the sake of the universe and whatever sentient life resides beyond our solar system. If we don’t run into something more deadly and intelligent than ourselves we will spread across the universe replicating and destroying until there is nothing left, the probably turn on ourselves. You’ve seen Independence Day? Where one of them says that these aliens move from planet to planet wiping out the indigenous populations, stripping the planet of its resources then moving on to the next one. Somewhere in the future to another species, on another planet, we’re going to be those aliens.

There’s ample evidence of this kind of behavior in our history, indigenous holocaust, slavery, taking advantage of less worldly cultures. You only have to read history books to see that. As we set off into the unknown who knows what horrors could await us or await the first species we come into contact with and all alien species after them. Holocaust, slavery, indiscriminate murder, plundering and rape of lands and civilizations. If we can do this to our own then we can do it to anyone. Human greed will prevail in the future, we have very fickle consciences. We can dehumanize a human so why not something that isn’t even close. It could be more intelligent, peaceful and beneficial but to us it will always be less than human.

Even if it isn’t all out war we’d take advantage of them through trade as we did with other indigenous cultures and if we can take our own species as slaves and dominate animals on earth what stops us from doing the same as we move across the galaxy. Our future is set in our history, history is set to repeat itself proving that for all of our effort and experience we’ve learned nothing. The best the universe can hope for is our complete destruction or like any virus we will move from planet to planet stripping it of its resources, multiplying and destroying anything that lies in our wake. People often argue that we know better and that is exactly my point. We do know better than that but will it stop us, I think not. I could go into more detail here but I don’t think I need too. We all know what happened to Africans when we arrived, killed and enslaved. We’ve seen what happened to the Native Americans, a husk of their former glory because of European greed and Manifest destiny. Another example would be what the Spanish did to the South American cultures. Regarding our contact with alien worlds a few of you are probably thinking about the procedures we have in place to stop this kind of thing happening. Where this may be effective for micro contact of a few individuals it will not be as effective on a macro scale when we have millions of humans in space. We simply cannot rely on ourselves not to do such things. If we need technology we will wheel and deal in order to get it and later destroy those who trusted us with it because that’s the way we think and the kind of species we are.

Our superiority complex and our belief in manifest destiny are dangerous things. Especially when translated and carried through time and space to a distant world. It will either lead to total domination of everything within our ever-expanding vicinity or our total destruction. Our drive to dominate will be the death of our species or a horror story on some far off alien world. You can almost imagine an alien civilization looking to the skies preparing for the incoming horror they’ve been told about. A species so destructive and so predatory that it will not stop until it is either severely weakened or completely destroyed. Once we’ve finished petty squabbles between ourselves and stripped our planet of everything useful we’ll look into space for new and exciting opportunities. The other thing that makes me think that it is inevitable is that our star will not last forever. It will burn out destroying our world and the planets around it. We have a few billion years before this happens. If we can achieve so much in such a short time, the blink of an eye in the universe, then we can certainly develop the technology to travel forward into the unknown and do it all again.

Misanthropist.