Your Questions About For Those In Peril On The Sea

February 13, 2014
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Chris asks…

Was American involvement in World War I a mistake?

Scholarly answers only please.

admin answers:

As a country no. The mistake was made by the American passengers who ignored the posted warnings of the munitions aboard that were being shipped to England

As war clouds gathered in 1913, the Lusitania quietly entered dry dock in Liverpool and was fitted for war service. This included the installation of ammunition magazines and gun mounts on her decks. The mounts, concealed under the teak deck, were ready for the addition of the guns when needed.

On May 1, 1915, the ship departed New York City bound for Liverpool. Unknown to her passengers but probably no secret to the Germans, almost all her hidden cargo consisted of munitions and contraband destined for the British war effort. As the fastest ship afloat, the luxurious liner felt secure in the belief she could easily outdistance any submarine. Nonetheless, the menace of submarine attack reduced her passenger list to only half her capacity.

On May 7, the ship neared the coast of Ireland. At 2:10 in the afternoon a torpedo fired by the German submarine U 20 slammed into her side. A mysterious second explosion ripped the liner apart. Chaos reigned. The ship listed so badly and quickly that lifeboats crashed into passengers crowded on deck, or dumped their loads into the water. Most passengers never had a chance. Within 18 minutes the giant ship slipped beneath the sea. One thousand one hundred nineteen of the 1,924 aboard died. The dead included 114 Americans. Before she left New York on 1 May 1915 the German authorities in the USA published warnings that she would be attacked by submarines, and advised passengers not to sail. The warnings were not regarded as serious.

The first clear indication of increased peril to LUSITANIA was the extraordinary notice placed in American newspapers by the German Embassy on 1 May 1915, the day the Cunarder sailed: “Travellers intending to embark on the Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists between Germany and her allies and Great Britain and her allies; that the zone of war includes the waters adjacent to the British Isles; that, in accordance with formal notice given by the Imperial German Government, vessels flying the flag of Great Britain, or of any of her allies, are liable to destruction in those waters and that travellers sailing in the war zone on ships of Great Britain or her allies do so at their own risk.” However, the American passengers ignored the warnings at their own risk. The sinking of the Lusitania was thought to have made a major impact on America and World War One, but America did not join the war for another two years.

Gatita

Degree in History (focus Jewish studies) and Spanish, New Mexico State U. 1990

William asks…

how can i make a living saving “to be destroyed animals”?

I’ve always known what i wanted to do in life and that is help animals in need. I’ve always just gone for the idea of being a vet but even though the pay is wonderful and vets are awesome, that just doesnt seem fulfilling to me. I really wanted to be a wildlife rehabilitator but it angers me that those jobs are low pay if you find one that pays at all. Don’t get me wrong, im not in it for the money, but like all of us, i would like to have a job that would allow me to take care of myself, and one day a family. But i dont want a job without purpose. Anyway, I came across this website http://urgentpetsondeathrow.org/ and it really broke my heart. It’s made me realize that i want to be more involved with saving animals in danger of being killed. Is there a good way to make a career, a living, out of helping homeless cats and dogs in danger of euthanasia? I really want to combine my passion with stability and longevity

admin answers:

You need to separate your career and your compassion for other animals in this context.
It takes money to do anything in a capitalist society. As you can see in the link you posted, it says “donate” all over the place, as such organizations always do. They need money to operate and they still don’t get to save most of the poor cats and dogs.

If you want to make a little difference, you can adopt a dog or a cat.
I adopted a cat from a shelter before, knowing that the rest of them went straight into the gas chambers. It felt good to have saved that cat with whom I still live, but at the same time it was a heart-wrenching and painful experience to know how helpless I was and those poor animals were.

One might be inclined to resort to the anti-abortionist terrorist type of action and burst into those concentration camps and rescue them, like PETA would.
But, you cannot take responsibilities for the fate of the rescued animals because they will be caught and pushed back in the cages on death row.

This is frustration and the current policy is grotesquely anthropocentric.
However, we cannot do much about it through violent or peaceful means.
Even if you take civil actions like petitions and so forth, it will be a lengthy process and you are unlikely to succeed. In the meantime, the animals will continue to get slaughtered.

One little hope is to convince the super-rich and get them in your camp.
Hollywood stars and CEO’s of international conglomerates, for example.
Get them to represent your compassion and boost your camp.
You can also attempt to coax the rich into buying out small islands and release all those pets there for them to live on at their own peril.(though a secondary problem of affecting the island’s biota will rise, but this need not be elaborated here.)

If a terrorist organization like Sea Shepherd and Eco-terrorist like Greenpeace can do it, I don’t see why not for the banner of “save the pets from holocaust”.
At least your cause is clearer and since you are not in for the money or political power, it seems far more legitimate than the former two.(I will not elaborate on their hypocrisies.)

One trap to beware of is this.
Do not mistake donation for your purpose, or you will be like SS and GP.

So, I would suggest you work some kind of a job, related or not to your ambition. Make sure the job allows you sufficient time for your most interested activities.
Good luck.

Thomas asks…

What symbols are there in the old man and the sea? and quotes for them?

i already got the ocean as the world/universe and the marlin as the opponent…do u guys know any quotes for them ??? thanks(:

admin answers:

In the book, Hemingway asks,”Why are the lions the main thing that is left?” The use of lions is symbolic for the old man’s memory of his youth. Much of his struggle with the fish is spent proving to himself he’s still there. He’s still rocking the boat proving his past, including the lions, is not just a distant memory.
Why lions? Lions are strong creatures, predators, hunters just as the old man now hunts the Marlin. Even though lions are at the top, they still must go out everyday and successfully hunt to survive, and prove they still can.
The title itself “The Old Man And The Sea” is symbolic. It wasn’t a young man, an old man, but The Old man and The Sea. Hemingway does not allow us to ever forget the old man IS an old man through description woven into the entire book.
The symbolism of the book is an old man, withstanding pain, enduring suffering, and at sea to do the impossible….catch the huge Marlin! As the old man says,”No man was ever alone on the sea.” He was there alone, but with the Marlin (and “the lions”) and fighting off shark attacks and the perils of the sea.
Some feel the book is a tragedy, but it is actually a quest!

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