Q:I just wanted you to know that your vegan posts have really made me think. Recently, I discovered that I'm lactose intolerant. But instead of drinking only lactose-free dairy products, I've completely cut all dairy products out of my diet. The only milk for me is soy milk. This is because I find cows adorable and, honestly, feel quite sorry for them. They're raised, pumped with chemicals, and killed. How barbaric! But I am definitely interested in going all the way and going vegan. Any advice?
Sure! Check out my vegan FAQ for a simple run-down of veganism, particularly the section titled “Is Veganism Expensive/Hard?”
It’s a lot easier than most people realize before going vegan. It’s just a matter of finding new recipes to make, choosing animal testing free products to use, checking clothing labels now and again, and of course acquainting yourself with resources explaining why veganism is the best choice for animals, the planet, and humanitarian reasons.
Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’
Lena Dunham (via thatkindofwoman)
I’m taking this advice. All girls should be proud of themselves and their achievements. Never minimize yourself
I like the sentiment of letting young women writers feel that their perspective is equally valid, but I’ve never felt that good young female writers were harder on their work than good young male writers. I think most really great artists show a high criticism for their work. Those young men being referenced who are eager to say that their work is unique and perfect aren’t really among the good writers, and so I don’t think it’s a satisfying depiction of how men “think” vs. how women “think” about their writing capabilities.
Many men are lead to feel a greater confidence in everything they do, and many women are taught to feel inadequate, but when it comes to the writer’s opinion - I think it starts leveling out where bad young writers think they’re brilliant and good young writers think they’re shit.
I have a candle that smells like icy pine trees and tea candles that smell like coffee. My room has the overwhelming aroma of a Henry David Thoreau cult meeting.
We need this because reasons. This one’s for the coffee drinkers amongst you - British designer Joshua Renouf has come up with a coffee making alarm clock which can wake you up with a fresh cup of joe.
TAKE MY MONEY NOW!!!!
The reason I never encourage people to do things like “Meat Free Mondays” or just “cut a little meat out of your diet” is primarily because we know not every person is going to do the same. I’d rather get the people who can show they care to feel the need to go further than this, quadrupling their efforts in one easy step (veganism) for the people who will never have the environmental or ethical sense to make any changes. The people who can admit they give absolutely 0 shits about other people, other animals, and the planet are the ones who should be asked to take this perfunctory action. The people who admit they care a little or they’ve often considered themselves environmentally friendly should always be asked to go vegan.
And secondly, dairy is just as big a harm to the environment, so making this all about meat is really misleading.
Q:I'm a vegan scifi enthusiast! I'm studying environmental engineering so I can help preserve earth but really want to work for Space X so I can help colonize Mars. I've been in the process of writing a scifi novel (possibly turning it into a graphic novel) but I've been having writers block and mostly just have a general synopsis.
This artist’s concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. Evidence for this warm ring of debris was found using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, and the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory.
I’m looking for some people to follow who are both vegan and heavily interested in science fiction. No, not those Vegans. Us Earth vegans are always getting confused with those space Vegans, am I right? Although, who’s to say whether I can or cannot radiate anti-gravitons?
If you’re a vegan sci-fi enthusiast, like or reblog this post, even feel free to send me a message telling me about yourself and what you like most in science fiction. If not, feel free to admire the pretty space rocks and keep on a-scrollin’.
Also check out my recommendations for some of the most inspiring science fiction media, and check out my list of fiction books for vegan readers which contains a few novels with sci-fi elements.
I’m really fucking wary of any white person who’s not a philosophy person who’s learning German.
but also in the original post you maybe should have also included people w German heritage and people who live in Europe in general bc like with how close those countries are and how often ppl travel between them being multilingual is a really really helpful tool
This is kind of fucking ridiculous. Are there just shit tons of fucking neo-nazis where you live?
When I see people legitimately learning German to study Hegel I’m like “heck ya hardcore student mode” but
I get uncomfortable when people start fawning/geeking over the German language just because they’re 1/8th German and they like beer with umlauts on the bottle. There’s having “German heritage” and then there’s using German culture that you didn’t grow up in to bolster a generic and obnoxious pride for whiteness in a non-European country.
And this is an excellent time to learn about the real culture of Germany instead of just taking some Jagermeister fiend Herr fratboy’s word for it.
Please do not go to major social events that minors will be attending, like conventions - comic conventions, as a totally random example - while on tons of drugs. Unless you plan to sit in a corner for the entire duration, you’re going to end up ruining someone’s day with bizarre and possibly harmful behaviour.
If you don’t think you can “have a good time” at this outing without taking a bunch of illicit drugs, stay home.
Q:How do you feel about so called Anarcho-Capitalist ideas that say that a society could exist with 0 form of government and be completely run by private companies including privately run systems for police enforcement and law enforcement/creation?
I think there are a lot of shaky things about anarcho-capitalism: first, the idea that we need capitalism to function as a society; second, that a society can easily function predicated on a principle of Voluntaryism; third, that the idea of installing privately funded competitors and the free market into the dominating power structure is at all radically different from the state.
To me, it is clear that anarcho-capitalism is obviously not about giving members of society an equal and fair opportunity to receive basic necessities and care, but rather a “prove your worth” system that looks down upon citizens who have flaws or disabilities that do not coincide with an anarcho-capitalist ideology.
That said, we can pretty much set up and run any political/social system with enough force, regardless of whether or not they create a prosperous and healthy global community. After all, America maintains its model of “democratic” capitalism despite its inherent flaws. People who say stuff like “Political/economic/social system x might be good on paper but it doesn’t work in reality” either mean “it just creates another system of inequality” or “it doesn’t privilege me”.
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- sky blue sky // wilco
- evening sun // the strokes
- basic space // the xx
- solar flare // the enchanted web
- 3rd planet // modest mouse
- aerodynamic // daft punk
- perseid unknown // reece selby
- ursa major // appliance
- binary star b // reece selby
- black moon // wilco
- dark center of the universe // modest mouse
- in a future age // wilco
- space odyssey // marcus belgrave
- gliese 581g // mike smirnov
- the blue danube (reprise) // richard strauss
- beyond // daft punk
People hear that GMOs are bad for the environment and they claim, “Well, it’s obviously bad for my health too if it hurts the environment!” failing to understand that the environmental impact of genetically modified crops is the result of spreading monocultures, leading to pathogens, diseases, and soil erosion.
I simply cannot understand people who avoid GMOs for their health believing on absolutely no conclusive evidence whatsoever that it’s going to affect their person. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much about these people - they’re doing a good thing by avoiding GMO foods technically, just not for the reasons they think. And there’s no guarantee that all non-GMO crops have environmentally sustainable practices, but many “GMO conscious” companies also do try to balance their production with the health of the environment. However, those companies usually add this detail in when explaining their ethical standards.
"Oh, you mean like cheeseless pizza? Like not actually pizza?" Uh, what?
People who act like they know everything about veganism the moment they hear you’re a vegan but are shocked to find out that vegan cheese pizza exists.
"Oh, yeah, I read a lot about that and really looked into going vegan but [nutritional bullshit pulled from non-academic / non-government website by google searching "vegan bad health"] and [plant sentience bullshit pulled from non-academic website by google searching "plants feel pain too lol"]. I did my research and knew a lot of vegans who are doing great [references friends on gluten free diets] but it’s just not for me. Plus, I could never give up PIZZA"
"I could never give up pizza either. Which is why I still have it, like, every other week."
"But I thought you just said you’re vegan?"
"And I thought you just said you already knew everything about veganism. But apparently not enough to know what vegans actually eat."