Court Trial for Tommy the Chimpanzee’s “Legal Personhood”

A court in New York State is set to decide whether chimpanzees can also be considered “legal persons” in what experts claim to be the first case ever of its kind. This is on the behalf of a 26y/o chimpanzee named Tommy whose human owner has left it to live alone in a dark and dank shed somewhere in New York’s upstate. The case is represented by Lawyer Steven Wise who serves the animal rights group, Nonhuman Rights Project. They have been campaigning for several decades already to extend the protections that come with human rights to similarly intelligent animals. According to their website, their mission is to impact change in the common law status of at least some animals from being considered mere ‘things’, without any kind of legal right, to be better treated like ‘persons’ who have basic rights such as bodily liberty, bodily integrity, and other […] Read More

2014: The Street Car Conspiracy. How General Motors Deliberately Destroyed Public Transit

by Bradford Snell The electric streetcar, contrary to Van Wilkin’s incredible naïve whitewash, did not die a natural death: General Motors killed it. GM killed it by employing a host of anti-competitive devices which, like National City Lines, debased rail transit and promoted auto sales. This is not about a “plot” hatch by wild-eyed corporate rogues, but rather about a consummate business strategy crafted by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., the MIT-trained genius behind General Motors, to expand auto sales and maximize profits by eliminating streetcars. In 1922, according to GM’s own files, Sloan established a special unit within the corporation which was charged, among other things, with the task of replacing America’s electric railways with cars, trucks and buses. A year earlier, in 1921, GM lost $65 million, leading Sloan to conclude that the auto market was saturated, that those who desired cars already owned them, and that the […] Read More