People choose nonviolence either because it works, or because of deep values they have. In the case of the OccupyWallSt movement, the only chance that nonviolence will be adopted as a clear strategy is if people believe that it works. This requires understanding the fierce and active nature of deep nonviolence.
Chimpanzees may make for cute and catchy commercials but how they're represented can mislead an unknowing audience to believe they're doing just fine. They're not. Chimpanzees are highly endangered and could disappear very shortly from our one and only planet. Reliable media is essential for communicating just how imperiled they really are.
A cancelled dog-eating festival in China has raised strong world-wide protest as it should. And so should the horrific conditions in which factory farmed animals are forced to live before they go to slaughter and as they're being killed. We must face our choices in food head-on and be consistent about who winds up in our mouth.
Numerous exotic animals were killed in Ohio after they were released from a private reserve. No humans were attacked. It's too late to bring these animals back and give them the life they deserved. But regulations and laws about keeping unprotected exotic animals must be implemented and vigorously enforced.
It is usual and customary these days to forewarn with disclaimers such as "discretion is advised." What typically follows are scenes of violence and its victims. Yet you will see no such cautions posted in "pet" stores or zoos, for one plain and simple reason: caged animals are socially acceptable and culturally normative.
The notion that dying is a right seems nonsensical to argue: death is given to all of us equally without the need of anyone's sanction. The right to die well, on the other hand—well, that's another matter entirely.
Imagine walking into a restaurant and asking for a Babe, lettuce, and tomato sandwich on toast. I'm sure the incredulous waitperson would ask "You want a what?" Millions of intelligent and highly emotional pigs are brutally slaughtered for unneeded meals. Imagine if these pigs were dogs. No one has to eat a pig and it's easy to stop.
It's possible Steve Jobs had a much more significant influence on our species that anyone ever imagined. Have our brains been rewired ("Appled") by technology? Is there non-random mating among techies? Is "Jobsian evolution" a real phenomenon. Will there be more ibrains in the future? Researchers and sci-fi fanatics will have a field day with these questions.