Bye Bye Little Buddy

If you have been reading what I write for the past year or so, you will remember my dog Joe, who has been (as a reductio ad absurdum) argued to be God by way of a non-falsifiable hypothesis. Joe is a fun loving dog, and if he could understand the absurdity of Intelligent Design and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I’m sure he’d find it funny.

Unfortunately, Joe hasn’t had much to smile about lately. After years of slowly losing control over his back legs, he has finally lost all control together and let me tell you, it’s not as endearing a scenario as that experienced by that dog on Family Guy. Further, Joe has recently had an outbreak of demodectic mange which is quite ugly and quite irritating for him. The sad thing is, in old dogs (Joe would have been born in late 1992), outbreaks of demodectic mange in 70% of instances point towards cancer.

Joe isn’t doing too well. The real giveaway though is that Joe doesn’t smile much anymore. Joe used to smile most of the time just a couple of months ago and when he was younger, could barely be seen without a smile. Immobile, unhappy, sick and uncomfortable, we have decided to do the humane thing and have the little fella put to sleep this Friday.

I’ll remember how he used to be the most dexterous dog I’d ever seen; as a young dog jumping up the barbecue like a mountain goat to stand on top of the chimney and look over the neighbour’s fence. I’ll remember his cheeky sense of humour and naughty nature, a nature that did however have limits. Joe never tore up good clothes, just old rags, he oncejumped up on my young cousin who then cried and he never did it to a child again (even though it was pretty harmless to begin with). I’ll remember how if he was hurt and someone was distressed for him, he’d be more concerned with cheering them up than about his own injury.

Joe has been a smart dog, an independent dog and even a crazy dog, but also a kind and good friend. A better friend to others than a lot of people in my estimation to be frank.

Bye bye little buddy.

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RIP Joe 1992-2007.

Good news: Mansour Osanloo is a free man

Eric Lee writes;

Following a very large international campaign that brought together the International Trade Union Confederation, the International Transport Workers Federation, Amnesty International, the European Union, and thousands of individual trade unionists who participated in the online campaign on LabourStart, jailed Iranian trade union leader Mansour Osanloo is now free after a month in jail.

(Eric Lee, 2006)

This is but a small success in an on-going struggle. While we can breathe a sign of relief that Osanloo is free, the situation that lead to his wrongful detention still persists; totalitarian oppression. We need to repeat this success over and over again until Osanloo and his colleagues are free to perform their duties representing the workers of Iran.

Seven thousand signatories from over the world is what we achieved in this campaign, but GetUp! can get more Australian signatories for worthy causes not quite as important as this.

Osanloo has been released under (unfair and ambiguous) bail conditions, while still paying bail for a previous period of detention. We need to stay vigilant and be prepared to rally to the e-campaign should actions like this be repeated.

We can do this thing…

More news here.