Is democracy the worst form of Government?

There is no alternative to Democracy that works for the people and nor should there be.

‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…’

Winston S Churchill, 11 November 1947

Voice of Democracy (VOD) is an annual nationwide scholarship program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). It is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. The program annually provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department (state) winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department’s first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March (annually).

The Voice of Democracy Program began in 1946 and was originally sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. Initially, there were four winners selected, representing the North, South, East and West regions of the country. Each winner received a $500 savings bond and a wristwatch. The second year of the program, a student by the name of Charles Kuralt, the late television news broadcaster and author, was one of the winners.

It is endorsed by the contest criteria of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three- to five-minute essay based on an annual theme. Historically, the Voice of Democracy theme (chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief annually) is purposely kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility in interpretation, and thus, encourage originality. The new theme is posted on the website by May of each year.

The audiotape or audio CD (with the typed essay recited word-for-word), the actual typed essay, and completed official student entry form must be delivered to a local, participating VFW Post by the student entry deadline of October 31.

Profit and pain of wildlife plunder

Wildlife SOS is credited with the eradication of the ‘dancing bear’ practice in India,[5] rescuing bears from abusive owners and poachers and rehabilitating them in one of four centers in India-

1. Agra Bear Rescue Facility (2000) in Agra

2. Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Facility (2005) in Karnataka

3. Van Vihar Bear Rescue Facility (2006) in Bhopal

4. Purulia Bear Rescue Centre (2007) in West Bengal

The bears are given the medical care required, fed and allowed to socialize and roam in large, free-range areas. So far, more than 640 sloth bears have been rehabilitated by the organization. Wildlife SOS also carries out ex-situ conservation studies on the bears to enhance existing conservation measures for the species’ survival and provides sustainable, alternative livelihoods to the bears’ former owners and their families.[6]

Much progress has been made but much more still needs to be done. Just as many governments around the world aspire to have certain universal human rights and universal suffrage so we must aim to deliver policies and principles that enact a culture of no longer tolerating wildlife profiteering of pain and plunder.

If people will actively social distance and where masks to prevent themselves catching and spreading disease than why can’t they also see the bigger picture and find wildlife pain and plunder policies adopted and promoted so as to ensure not only do the cruel acts no longer take place but also acknowledge the economic and social benefits of such policies and the immensely expensive and costly act to human lives and the ecomicies of humans in shutting down a global economy due to the spread like wildfire of any new potential pandemic conditions.

If we do not fight to draw a new line in the sand or adaopt a new social and economic norm what will be the future alternative for man? Some people believe it’s a matter of life and death, I can assure you it’s much more important than that!

Collaring and Handling Bears for the Changing Tides Project

On Katmai’s coast, eight female bears are currently collared with GPS devices. The collars represent one initiative of Changing Tides, a three-year research project. The collars transmit location information on a daily basis, which provides researchers with details on the bears’ home ranges and how their movements correspond to seasonal food availability.

After the collars were placed on the bears in May, six of the sows were recaptured in July in order to run tests, collect physical samples, and upload more complex data from the collars. In October, the collared sows will be captured again in order to collect a final round of samples and remove the collars prior to hibernation. In the event that some of the sows cannot be recaptured, there is an automatic mechanism installed on the collars that will cause them to fall off.

Technology in itself is not fundamentally evil it has potential for great good as well as great ill.