Polanski

In 1977 Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13 year old. He gave her champagne and sedative drugs and against her wishes performed oral, vaginal, and anal sex on her. He served 42 days in prison for the crime, and when he learned that he was likely going to be sentenced to more jail time, he fled the country. He did agree to pay a settlement from a damages claim filed by the victim in the amount of $500k. It is not on record that he ever paid the full amount. He went on to continue his film career and make money, directing movies “The Pianist” and “Oliver Twist” amongst others.

He is no doubt a talented artist and has made valuable contributions to the film industry; however some of his colleagues seem to think he is above justice. This infuriates me. I don’t care how much money you have or how many good movies you’ve made, nobody is above the law! Crime doesn’t pay, period. The victim doesn’t want to push for him to get more jail time, she probably, understandably, just wants that part of her life behind her. Continue reading

Pork

Pet Pig by Arnicas on Flickr

"Pet Pig" by Arnicas on Flickr

I do not eat pork.

I stopped eating pork when swine flu came about. NO, I did not think I was going to get swine flu from eating pork, as far as I’m concerned flu is flu no matter what combination of letters and numbers you assign it. But why did swine flu make me not want to eat pork? Well, I thought of how similar pigs and humans must have to be to share a virus, and when you think about it, pig corpses are widely used as stand-ins for human bodies in medical and other scientific test scenarios. Pigs are also very intelligent and emotional creatures. They aren’t always the cutest things to look at, and I’ll admit they are damn tasty, but something just doesn’t feel right about eating pork.

Pork is just as healthy as any other meat, when properly cooked it’s a good lean source of protein. But the same can be said about every kind of meat. Dog meat is a healthy staple in eastern countries, and its advocates would probably tell you it’s delicious. Why do we feel that it’s wrong to eat dog meat? Because dogs are smart, dogs are our friends, we wouldn’t raise them to eat them, the dogs would not live fulfilling lives, it’s unjust…etc. But pigs are arguably smarter than dogs, and capable of the same companionship with humans. Pet pigs are nothing new. But we still eat them? Why? Is it because they are uglier than dogs? Because their bodies limit them from doing cute tricks? Let’s face it: pigs are discriminated against.

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