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    Default This Barbaro article sent me into a rampage!

    So you thought the LA times article was bad??? Wait till you read the one below. This article i found in Uconn's Daily Campus Newspaper. this article was written by Chris Donelly who is a staff columnist and a 4th semester political science and souciology double major here at Uconn. I have his email...and i am seriously holding myself back from forwarding him something not so nice at this point in time...enjoy!

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    FORGET BARBARO, REMEMBER HUMANS

    The track of the Kentucky Derby will never be the same, for the greatest athlete of all time has passed. Taken to absolution by the equine equivalent of athelete's foot, Babaro put up one good fight. Now that we can all check off the "shed a tear for a horse" on our to-do list, the national collective can reflect on how utterly rediculous and idiotic it is that people actually cared.

    In the wake of a week with 21 troop casualties in Iraq, according to the Dept. of Defense, what is everyone so worked up about? The death of a horse. All throughout the week, news networks have been broadcasting with increased enthusiasm the developement of this story that was over the second it broke. I even heard, Kleenex at the ready, the tear-jerking press conference where Barbaro's owner shared all of our grief. Why was she so sad? Because she lost a friend, an animal that helper her through all her hard times in like? No. She lost a multi-million dollar investment. Barbaro (and horse racing in general for that matter) is all about making tons of money off an event that lasts a couple minutes at the most. The Barbaro fiasco has continued with this tradition.

    You know there is something seriously wrong with our society when a horse recieves more medical attention than a person. Barbaro recieved Ive-League treatment, according to MSNBC, landing himself in the UPENN's New Bolton Center. Perhaps more rediculous is the fact that Barbaro recieved a procedure described as a "horse-raft" that kept him suspended in a heated recovery pool, taking weight off his fragile limbs, according to MSNBC's nick Summers. As if the horse inflatable inertube was not enough, this contraption devised by the brilliant minds at UPenn (some of whom, if they keep this up, may cure cancer) brought in around 1.2 million in donations. Once again, there is a profit to be made, even with a crippled horse.

    It is completely shameful and appalling that people are making money off of a poor horse in misery. Barbaro was used as more of a test rat than a patient and was the lucky recipient of a whole host of experimental proceedures. What is even more of a disgrace is how all of this money could have been used for a far more beneficial purpose.

    The African nation of Ethiopia, for example, has 1.5 mil. people living with AIDS, and about 120,ooo dead in 2003 fromthe epidemic, according to the CIA world factbook. In order to more effectively frame this, U.S. Censeus Bereau statistics state that the amount of people living with AIDS in Ethiopia is almost equivalent to the entire popluation of Rhode Island.

    The AIDS epidemic is spreading like wild fire throughout Africa because people cannot get enough money and supplies to help combat the horrible disease. An effective treatment against AIDS utilizes AZT medication, which costs about $2, 738 per person for 1 year, according to the World Bank. This means that the money wasted on Barbaro donations to UPenn could help prolong the lives of 438 people suffering fromt he AIDS virus in Ethiopia. What is more important, 438 people whose life work could help make the world a better place, or a horse that had the innate ability to run fast before his hoof rotted off?

    There are too many current social problems, diseases and wars to have wasted so much money on a horse. Furthermore, the Barbaro story blanketed the press this past wook took up time and print that could have been used to report on much more socially important events. For example, last week, on top of 21 troops who died in Iraq, iraqbodycount.org put the minimum civilian death rate in Iraq at 55, 136 since the start of the War. Closer to home, sen. Jow Biden launched a bid for the white house, and Exxon Mobil broke the record for the highest prfit gain ever in a year. But if you were to ask the average Uconn Student what they remember most about last week, it would probably be Uconn's losing record in men's Basketball and the death of Barbaro.

    All of the attention that the unfortunate passing of this horse has garnered is disgusting. It was sad the horse died and was not able to continue on with his career but when people in our country turn their back on the pverty present in our nation's cities and instead shell out millions for a horse, then all of us should be ashamed. Barbaro was a horse, not a person, and should have never been treated better thana human being.

    The hype over the deatj of barbaro showed in vivid detail the pathetic reliance of Americans on the materialism, wealth and our consistant apathy toward one another.

    Well there is the article, i had to type the whole thing out so please, i apologize for any mis-spelling, my hands are a bit tired right now. I just HAD to share with everyone..



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    Everyone is entitled to their "causes." No one person can fix everything that is wrong with the world, so we need to find our niche and concentrate upon that. It doesn't make other people's priorities "wrong" just different. There are enough causes out there to go around, we don't need to share the same ones.



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    I personally think there is a valid argument there; why is a horse entitled to such premier medical attention when there are millions of people who do not receive adequate preventative care - the problem is the article is so badly written, it is shocking that a University would actually have it's name associated with it. It is a piece of work one would expect from an 8th grader.

    The argument is how economical do you want to be the dollar - shall we remove all luxuries, cars, entertainment, hobbies, jewelry, and put this money towards a greater good? The reason the US and western world is such a great place to live is because we can spend our money the way we want - if you want to take a sabbatical to Africa to help Children you can, if you want to spend $8000 to save your pet dog you can, if you want to spend $2000 on new rims for your car go ahead. We earn our own money, and there should minimal limitations in how we want to spend it.

    The beauty of a story like Barbaro, the gentleman in NY who saved that student is they are stories of love, and compassion during a very dark time in our nations history - to me the $100,000s the Jacksons paid for that, and the money Donald Trump and others gave to that gentleman was money incredibly well spent -



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    I do not think its a valid arguement because it is based upon a flawed premise. That being if they had not spent money giving Barbaro the best medical care possible, that they would have given that money to stop AIDS or to stop some other horrible tragedy. For starters, it isn't anyone's business what they spend their money on, and it certainly isn't all the money they have in the world, leaving nothing for them to donate to charity. People are so quick to designate how others should spend their money but so slow to cough up their own........



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    WOW, is all I have to say. How about he get off his high horse (no pun intended) and pony up (again no pun!) the money he is spending to go to that college, and put himself in a community college and DONATE the difference to help fight AIDS in 3rd world countries. I bet the car daddy probably bought him cost a pretty penny, how about trading it in for several lower class cheapo cars and donating them to the poverish families here is the US who need a car to get to and from work, etc.

    My God, this person is absolutely ridiculous. Our news is ALREADY covered in filthy politics and horrors of the war on terror. I cringe at the thought of watching the news for more than 15 minutes in the morning because all i see is rape, war, violence, corruption... Barbaro's story (screw the fact that he is a horse) was one of hope and passion as mentioned above and brought vast majority of the nation together on a common cause. So what if its a horse, a cow, some random little girl suffering from cancer, its a work of love that makes it important. Yes, people make $$ from the sport of racing... but guess what, so do all the athletes who get paid for PLAYING A GAME!!! We CAN NOT save the world... and regardless of what we would like to think some of the world doesnt WANT our help. Yes its extremely tragic that some 3rd world countries are suffering with disease and hunger. But their governments and populations are not doing too much to help themselves in some cases either. We didn't just EXIST as the country we are today... we fought for our freedom, WORKED to establish a life and a position as a leading country and one of wealth. I donate to cancer charities all the time because its MY wish to do so as a cancer survivor and as the daughter of a mother who is terminally ill. I dont go around preaching to other people about what they should donate to, if they donate at all. Its their choice. Barbaros story brought people together with common grounds and something to hope for. We deserve hope as much as we have to face tragedy.
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    Not infuriating. Just poorly written and rather stupid, IMO.
    Doubtful the twit will win any awards and go on to be able to donate to any worthy cause.
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    one of the down sides of a free press is people get to state their opinions.

    he makes some valid points.

    sorry you had to retype it. here is the link
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    Unfortunately, the level of rationality in that article is typical of many of today's college students. Their world view is in the process of expanding like a naiscent big bang, and their priorities are much more roughly developed than their egos.

    One of the interesting things I've gotten out of thinking about the issues raised by this type of reaction to the Barbaro story is a simple acceptance of exactly what Laurierace alluded to. Everyone is entitled to pick their causes--at least, in the society that fostered the Barbaro phenomenon, which happens to be the one we live in, this is true. And, there are inherent unbalances in the world about which we can do only very little. I'm very much of two minds on this myself; that the experience of trying to save Barbaro was very valuable, and that the resources expended on the effort could have done any number of other valuable things. But it was not my choice, so perhaps the best strategy is to simply enjoy the good things that the whole experience offered--and there were a great number of good things to come out of it--and then to quietly reconsider my own priorities in the small contribution I can make to making the world a better place.

    That said, I'd better get back to banging my head against the brick wall that is higher education ...
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    "Equine equivalent of athletes foot"

    Well,there's a little illustration of his grasp on the topic.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiempo View Post
    "Equine equivalent of athletes foot"

    Well,there's a little illustration of his grasp on the topic.
    I missed that the first time! Might be a tad of an understatement huh? Maybe we'll get lucky and he will get the human equivalent of hoof kicked firmly upon tender butt flesh.



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    "For starters, it isn't anyone's business what they spend their money on"


    What a dumb non-argument. Why do people even read their paper, when they should be feeding starving children and donating the 1.50 that the paper cost to AIDS research. They may as well not print it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Frog View Post
    "For starters, it isn't anyone's business what they spend their money on"


    What a dumb non-argument. Why do people even read their paper, when they should be feeding starving children and donating the 1.50 that the paper cost to AIDS research. They may as well not print it.
    OOOhhh you might be on to something!



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    I wonder why so few people seem to consider how much better off our whole planet would be if more humans placed more value on species other than our own.



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    Default Barbaro

    Wasn't it Ghandi who stated that a society will be shaped or know for how they treat their animals? Barbaro has helped to heal part of society.



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    How pathetic of the writer to try to dictate what Barbaros owner should spend his money on....AIDs in 3rd world countries...Good God.

    Just another radical journalist who has nothing better to do with his time then stir the pot, just when the calm was starting to settle.

    Clearly the writer wants Barbaros owner to be broke like him-alas, the community college remark.

    Strange though..I couldn't read his political affiliation. His socialist comments scream Liberal, but his "pro-human" rhetoric hints toward a more Conservative POV....interesting. We may have a true life Moderate on our hands!!!

    Regardless, I found his thought pattern hard to follow. It was just a senseless tirade.
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    I can see some of his point, although very poorly stated. He would have done better not to rant. Then again, his ranting got attention. "Score", I suppose.
    HLAS mentioned something that does bother me a bit. My BO's son is somewhat disabled from the military/Iraq. I say "somewhat", they won't give him full disability yet (medical leave for a year). They even discontinued a needful medical IV treatment because they feel it's "too expensive". Now here's this young man, not old enough to drink, that frankly isn't sure he can go to school somedays (at least they've allowed him to go to school) because he might have an accident. What a way to live. And no offense, but some of you can't believe someone said in so many words, "Barbaro's dead, get over it now?" I'm a little shocked at the suggestion of how much better the world would be if we treated animals better...I'm all for treating animals better, and I too cried when Barbaro passed (even if it was relief for him). But sheesh, guys! Think!

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    I say the author is comparing apples to oranges. To say that an owner can't spend their own money should they so choose while others go without health care isn't a fair assessment. If the author had used say plastic surgery expenses I could see the comparison, but this is an animal.

    People spend money on what they spend it on. The same thing happend when Oprah opened up a school for girls in South Africa, there were cries of why not here. Whether it is valid or not, it is her money to with as she so chooses. Would the author of the article like his or her financial history made public and held under scrutiny? I doubt it.



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    Although he was very callous, we can't expect him to understand where we horse folks are coming from. Kind of like how I don't understand that whole NASCAR thing..but when Dale Earnhart died-Lord, you would have thought Jesus himself had been strung up. To this day I still see at least a dozen "in memory of #3" bumper/window stickers. He was their "Barbaro"

    When you look at it from that perspective, it's a little easier to let it roll off your back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alysheba View Post
    Although he was very callous, we can't expect him to understand where we horse folks are coming from. Kind of like how I don't understand that whole NASCAR thing..but when Dale Earnhart died-Lord, you would have thought Jesus himself had been strung up. To this day I still see at least a dozen "in memory of #3" bumper/window stickers. He was their "Barbaro"

    When you look at it from that perspective, it's a little easier to let it roll off your back.

    JMO.
    Good point. While I don't do NASCAR, I was formerly into racing and appreciate what NASCAR is about. When I heard of his death, I was sincerely saddened. When John Lingenfelter died almost 3 years later, I was even more saddened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Appassionato View Post
    I can see some of his point, although very poorly stated. He would have done better not to rant. Then again, his ranting got attention. "Score", I suppose.
    HLAS mentioned something that does bother me a bit. My BO's son is somewhat disabled from the military/Iraq. I say "somewhat", they won't give him full disability yet (medical leave for a year). They even discontinued a needful medical IV treatment because they feel it's "too expensive". Now here's this young man, not old enough to drink, that frankly isn't sure he can go to school somedays (at least they've allowed him to go to school) because he might have an accident. What a way to live. And no offense, but some of you can't believe someone said in so many words, "Barbaro's dead, get over it now?" I'm a little shocked at the suggestion of how much better the world would be if we treated animals better...I'm all for treating animals better, and I too cried when Barbaro passed (even if it was relief for him). But sheesh, guys! Think!

    Flame away if you feel the need.
    I AM thinking. If people gave some consideration for the needs of other species, we wouldn't, for example, be destroying their habitats-- which also, just coincidentally, happens to be our own. From an evolutionary point of view, what we humans with our human-centered greed and overpopulation are doing to this planet reminds me of the "oxygen holocaust" during which oxygen-producing anerobic bacteria came to dominate the planet to the extent that they ended up being poisoned off by their own waste. Kind of ironic to me that we, the "wise" (sapiens) species seem to be marching down the same path as brainless bacteria. Isn't that after all, what global warming, for example, comes down to?

    As Ms. Gardner says in her article, people who show compassion for animals tend to be the same ones who are thoughtful toward other people.



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