I invited my friend over to game and he’s socializing with my housemates more than I’ve even talked to them…
Q:dare ya to tidy your room
Do you double dog dare me?
But I am the almighty authority in this dirt prison of shame and if I say that a 5 week old soda can should go under the bed never to be seen again, well then that’s just how things work around these parts, partner
I now have two new housemates. Their tidy ways have made me reflect on my own life and I’ve come to the conclusion that my room is a dirt prison of shame
Q:Are you a friend of the Beeeeeee cult? bzz
bee cult refers to the mythical cult of the Kouretes who were entrusted by Rhea to guard the infant Zeus. They danced a so called ‘bee dance’, beating drums and clashing spears on shields so that the cries of the infant would not be heard by Kronos, god of time. The Kouretes supposedly invented the art of bee-keeping, and under their protection the infant Zeus was fed by the daugthers of Melliseus, the ‘bee-man’. (paraphrased from George Thomson’s “Aeshylus and Athens”, Haskell House, 1940)
I’m not a friend of anyone who protects Zeus. He’s such a sketchy guy.
Leave it up to a cult to think the best way to make sure nobody hears a baby crying is just to make LOUDER noise over the crying baby. A+ logic.
Q:Hey Soy! So, I keep reading about how low-carb diets are superior (I think the most recent article was in NYT) and I'm just nervous about the whole thing. I'm not going to stop being vegan (even if it turns out to be awful for me which I don't think it is) but do you have any knowledge/thoughts on low carb v. high carb? Or resources on how to lower carbs if you are vegan? I'm much too impressionable and now suddenly anxious about my carbs, hah!
Based on the effects on risk of heart disease and obesity, the Institute of Medicine recommends that American and Canadian adults get between 45–65% of dietary energy from carbohydrates. The Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization jointly recommend that national dietary guidelines set a goal of 55–75% of total energy from carbohydrates, but only 10% directly from sugars (their term for simple carbohydrates).
If you don’t trust the World Health Organization with your health, who can you trust, really? Dieter’s magazines?
While humans are not obligated to eat carbohydrates, they’re a pretty healthy source of energy if you don’t have pre-existing medical conditions that conflict with their consumption. And since they’re usually hand in hand with our best sources of dietary fibre, cutting carb-heavier foods out isn’t just cutting carbs out.
But if you’re still worried about carbs, just search up low-carb vegan recipes. I’m not saying I condone the worrying - the entirety of the low-carb / high-carb debate just seems like one way to get people to buy into certain diets while also having those diets take little affect. Since we can live with or without carbs, anti- or pro- carb propaganda can’t do as much damage as diets based on more necessary parts of the human diet. That makes it a top notch dieter’s scam.
Q:In your opinion, what is the best Star Trek Movie, picard, kirk, jj abrams, whichever.
Well, first off, J.J. Abrams is a director, and Picard and Kirk are characters in the Star Trek franchise.
Spock’s death in The Wrath of Khan is memorable, as is Picard and Kirk’s team-up in Generations. But I’d have to say Nemesis, although that might only be because of how I felt seeing Data’s “death”.
I trust Rick Berman more than anyone in the Star Trek franchise.
"Grass fed" is environmentally, ethically damaging (It’s not about your damned health)
From a pro-beef article published by the PennState College of Agricultural Sciences (just in case you were worried about that ‘nasty vegan propaganda’): "The reality is there is no evidence whatsoever that grass-fed beef has any advantage for safety, human health, or impact on the environment than grain-fed beef… there is a 500% increase in greenhouse gas emissions for each pound of beef produced from grass-fed compared to grain-fed cattle. Uncontrolled nitrogen and phosphate release to the environment, 35% more water use, and 30% more land use for grass-fed cattle compared to grain-fed increases the environmental impact of strictly grass feeding."
Beef from grass fed cows has been promoted as a source of Omega 3s, but "it would require a person to eat 41/2 pounds of cooked grass-fed beef daily to meet the minimum daily requirement" (whereas it would take about two glasses of omega 3 soy milk to reach the same requirement).
There are also claims that it is safer from contaminants and infection, such as E. coli, but contamination has little to do with what method of raising an animal to slaughter them: “contamination happens in a processing plant and has nothing to do with how or where the animal was raised. Cattle in all types of environments-feedlots and pasture- have been shown to have the virulent form of E. coli in their digestive tract, and it requires the special care that is taken in beef processing plants to prevent meat contamination”.
There is no doubt that “grass-fed”, “free range” animal productions use more land and water, producing more greenhouse gas emissions and aiding in water pollution. These animal productions are shown to differentiate very little from their standardized counterparts in terms of consumer health: they may have less fat, but they’re still the same product linked to disease. They’re not “vitamin enhanced” or “cancer fighting”, as in there is no scientific proof towards these claims.
Are they bad for your health? You know, I really don’t give a shit if they are. Veganism is not about your health - you’re destroying the planet and causing the death and exploitation of billions of sentient animals. I don’t care if you eat doughnuts 3 times a day, rub tobacco into your teeth, and purposely infect yourself with a deadly disease. Veganism is not about your health. You can choose to be healthy if you want, but when you start making choices for others - who gets to live and die, whether our environment will be able to sustain our species - those aren’t personal choices, those aren’t opinions, that’s not freedom. It’s oppression.
Q:I answered you just in case you wanted to have a bit of a stimulating conversation.
You didn’t use a single source for any of your claims. How can we have a stimulating conversation if you’re not even willing to do that? I don’t feel like we could have a conversation at all - you didn’t listen to my concerns, you just talked over me and repeated what you already believed.
There’s very little civilized discussion to be had with someone who ends their dialogue with “I want you to not be picky” and “FREEDOM OF CHOICE MERICA”
If you want to have a discussion, all it takes is:
- Using sources
- Stop calling everything you don’t agree with “an opinion”
"Women are the niggers of gender," the email said. "If you killed yourself, I wouldn’t even fuck the corpse."
I blinked at my phone, fighting simultaneous urges to hurl my phone across the room in anger and cry. Later that day, someone texted me my address — telling me they’d “See me when I least expected it.”
I haven’t been out to my car at night by myself since January 2nd.
My name is Brianna Wu. I lead a development studio that makes games. Sometimes, I write about issues in the games industry that relate to the equality of women. My reward is that I regularly have men threatening to rape and commit acts of violence against me.
There’s someone asking about vegan spots on campus on a facebook group and so many of the comments are infuriating. It’s all of the same unoriginal crap like “I had a friend who got sick once” and “How do you know if someone is vegan? They’ll tell you” and “I’m vegan on the weekends but vegetarian on the weekdays!” and “You should probably just go vegetarian” and “But don’t be one of those people who doesn’t eat something because it touched meat!”
(And quite a few of those people are a part of the Mac Veggie Club, which is partially why I’ve never joined - it’s filled with apologist garbage and flexitarians who just want non-vegans to love them)
Q:What if I just enjoy animal suffering? Fuckin ableist-ass privilige bullshit for those of us without emotions
You don’t even need emotions to understand that suffering is un-enjoyable. All you need is a modicum of sense. Just a handful of brain cells.
Do you hate vegans because you love animal suffering or because they remind you that you contribute to it? Are you annoyed by vegan activism because you want animals to continue to suffer needlessly or because you don’t want to change anything in your life to lessen animal suffering?
I just hate when vegans say that eating meat is bad for you. It’s not bad because it’s meat, it’s bad because the way the meat is raised, processed, and mass produced. It’s natural to eat meat man. You are an animal. Animals eat animals. Evolution man. Stop making people feel bad for being human. In no way are you better because you don’t eat meat. Don’t guilt people, all you need to do is show them the truth, don’t push your opinion on them. Yes opinion, veganism isn’t a normal human diet. If you truly believe that something is so wrong and immoral then all you need to do is present the truth, you don’t even need words, there is enough graphic information out there to spread. You really think telling someone that they’re a bad person without letting them fully understand the gravity of the problem for themselves will solve anything. Using pain and suffering to convince people to stop eating meat is like telling someone to get over their depression cuz others have it worst. Pain is normal, it’s life, the universe has no concept of fair. The reason you vegans have the conscious ability to comprehensively express your opinion is the outcome of our ancestors adapting to a omnivorous diet which secured their survival and promoted tool making capabilities that further favored the evolution of abstract thought that created this platform for you to share that opinion. Your goal shouldn’t be creating a painless society for every single living being, your efforts should go towards making humanity invisible. Making the Earth and all it’s life forget that we are here.
To all the inncoming haters, a quote from a great artist of our time
"… I’m a vegetarian and I ain’t fucking scared of him"
in this case y’all are him
"I just hate when vegans say that eating meat is bad for you. It’s not bad because it’s meat, it’s bad because the way the meat is raised, processed, and mass produced."
Veganism is not predicated on the idea that meat-eating is unhealthy. That’s what advocating for a plant-based diet is predicated on. However, the health differences between beef from grass fed cows and beef from cows raised in factory farms is little to none, save for concerns about antibiotics.
No matter how “meat is raised, processed, and produced” (FYI, meat isn’t raised, animals are, then we kill them and turn them into meat products - there’s no such thing as “grass fed beef” because you can’t feed beef grass. Start to identify the animals behind the products) it results in the mass slaughter of sentient beings. And there is no painless way to commit this slaughter - the most painless way to end a sentient being’s life is through veterinary euthansia. The least amount of harm we can bring to an animal is to cause them no harm at all.
"It’s natural to eat meat man. You are an animal. Animals eat animals. Evolution man."
What is natural? You can argue that it’s natural for humans to eat meat, but it’s hypocritical to do so when we lead lives that prove we value beneficence over natural tendencies. Many types of illness are natural - viruses and bacteria are a part of nature. We do not succumb to natural illnesses when they beset us at an early age. We fight them with knowledge and technology. We use knowledge and technology - technology not produced in nature, but you can try to show me a cell-phone tree if you wish - to achieve feats of human excellence. This is why “meat eating is natural” is not a good defense: because we know nature doesn’t always equal best. We know this because it’s how we lead our civilized lives.
And we are an animal, but so are many, many herbivores.
And animals eat animals, but they do not have technological advancement of human excellence which effectively ends the need for suffering.
And evolution is about adaptation, not about clinging to ill-begotten ways and trying to validate our harmful behaviour by appeals to ancestors. Evolution is forward-facing change, not backwards facing justification.
"Don’t guilt people, all you need to do is show them the truth, don’t push your opinion on them."
If you feel guilty when you hear about animal suffering, you probably shouldn’t be contributing to it. We can’t MAKE you feel guilt - only you can feel guilt based on what’s provided to you. Some people feel no guilt at all. If YOU feel guilt, don’t blame it on the people providing you the facts that make you feel that way.
But if all it took was providing the facts, then you wouldn’t currently believe that “nothing’s wrong with meat except for the way it’s raised”.
"Yes opinion, veganism isn’t a normal human diet."
Veganism’s not a diet, and millions of humans are vegan or eat plant-based diets.
"If you truly believe that something is so wrong and immoral then all you need to do is present the truth, you don’t even need words, there is enough graphic information out there to spread."
If all it took was presenting the truth, everyone would already be vegan. But people so often doubt the facts they are provided, try to rationalize and re-rationalize the harm they cause animals, the environment, and other human beings.
But USING GRAPHIC IMAGES is not an unbiased way to deliver the truth. Graphic images overwhelm the emotional and mental senses - if you think providing images instead of providing explanatory text is better, I just have to say I can’t see why.
"Using pain and suffering to convince people to stop eating meat is like telling someone to get over their depression cuz others have it worst."
Please don’t use depression to justify meat-eating. Animals experience pain and suffering. It’s not wrong to tell people about that. And I’m not sure how you’ve made the connection between this and telling people their mental illnesses don’t exist. Vegan advocacy is informing people of the suffering they inflict on others with their actions. Telling someone to “get over their depression” is inflicting suffering on other people for no good reason. In a way, that’s more like being anti-vegan than it is being vegan.
"Your goal shouldn’t be creating a painless society for every single living being"
Why not? Why should we not reduce suffering? And how can we continue to cause the same amount of suffering while being “invisible”? Do you mean you want people to ignore the harm we cause others?
Veganism is not just about reducing physical suffering. It is about eliminating the exploitation of animals.
You’re defending your anti-veganism by saying you’re a vegetarian, but vegetarians exploit and cause the death and suffering of millions of animals, just like meat eaters do, so I’m not sure why you feel like you’re any different than they are or deserve some sort of special treatment. You have the same misconceptions they do - that eating animals is healther and more “right” or “natural” than not eating animals, and that a policy of reducing harm is somehow extremist, pushy, and “just an opinion”.
whatever you’re doing, just say its because it’s late capitalism and not just regular capitalism. don’t explain how they relate.
"why are you banging your head against the wall?" "late capitalism, havent you heard?"
My significant other was telling me a conversation they had with their boss about late capitalism in Breaking Bad, but how he also felt that it wasn’t a totally new phenomenon they were discussing, so I was like, “So… basic capitalism then”.
It’s weird talking about late capitalism because it’s like most of the late capitalism stuff can be really well compared to the… early capitalism stuff. But it’s pretty much the difference of saying “if you thought THAT capitalism was bad, THIS capitalism is distilled bad.”
I don’t know why people don’t like to use Derrida’s neo-capitalism though. I mean like there’s gonna come a time when this late capitalism isn’t so late because there’s gonna be later capitalism and that capitalism is gonna be late to the party of being called late capitalism.