In which I write things.

1 Aug

Netflix episode descriptions are great.

I’m watching DS9 right now, and Netflix’s description of this episode is just like “Chief O’Brien fixes the food replicators.”  Nevermind that Chief O’Brien is in the infirmary five minutes into the episode with a virus that causes aphasia, and it turns into an epidemic with a small handful of people who haven’t been affected yet scrambling for a cure.

Chief O’Brien fixes the food replicators.

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1 Aug

charmingdarkness:

the early hp books are kinda fucked up tho like i love kids fiction i love reading about kids being brave and daring and defeating monsters 

but rereading philosophers stone and chamber of secrets now it’s just like WHERE ARE THE ADULTS???

WHAT DO THE TEACHERS AT HOGWARTS DO??

ginny has been taken into the chamber of secrets and all the teachers are told to do is take students to dormitories???? when harry and ron emerge with ginny, dumbledore and mcgonagall are just chilling in mcgonagall’s office WHY ARENT THEY LIKE, IDK, SEARCHING FOR THE CHAMBER OR SOME SHIT

TRYING TO TRACE GINNY SAVE THE LIFE OF AN ELEVEN YEAR OLD 

and why didnt they try earlier in the year

kids are being attacked  why dont you bring in a team of aurors to search the castle more thoroughly like um

also HARRY WHY DONT YOU TELL DUMBLEDORE THINGS

HARRY WHY DIDNT YOU TELL MCGONAGALL ABOUT THE CHAMBER INSTEAD OF LOCKHART FOR THE CHOSEN ONE YOURE PRETTY FUCKING DUMB

About Harry not telling Dumbledore things: There is a great post here that discusses evidence from Sorcerer’s Stone that Harry was abused as a child.  One of the things it deals with is Harry’s general mistrust of adults (including a line from early in the book about how nobody ever believed Harry).  The mistrust of adults comes from having grown up in an environment where the best case scenario for interacting with an adult is having them ignore you—even the adults who weren’t abusing him didn’t seriously listen to him when he tried to explain something or ask for help, so why would he expect Hogwarts adults to be any different?

Reblogged from geeksaurusrex
Originally from charmingdarkness

(Source: charmingdarkness)

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31 Jul

tygenco:

missveryvery:

misspiratesavvy:

Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27th in a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 am on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor. The victim, a juvenile female, was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit is handling the incident. This investigation is ongoing.

HE HAS BEEN ARRESTED.

For those who don’t know what has been happening,

According to the girl’s mother, her injuries are severe, and indicate a vicious beating. Here is the account of what occurred from Tumblr:

IF YOU WENT TO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON OR KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS, PLEASE READ.

One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.

”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter REDACTED aka REDACTED was found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious. They are unsure what happened to her. My husband is on his way to the police station and then the hospital. If you have any information on what happened to her please send me a facebook message or call me at REDACTED. Thank you in advance”. -REDACTED

Remember when SDCC said they didn’t want to make their anti-harassment policy clear because it would make it seem like there was a problem? (more)

well too fucking bad, now it REALLY looks like you have a problem, you fucks.

Let’s just keep this circulating, shall we? Because this is not okay on any level.

Reblogged from purplerose128
Originally from misspiratesavvy

(Source: misspiratesavvy)

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30 Jul
dersekingdom:

test-your-luck:

IF YOU WENT TO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON OR KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS, PLEASE READ.
One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.
 ”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter Emily Weyer aka Milly Makara was found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious. They are unsure what happened to her. My husband is on his way to the police station and then the hospital. If you have any information on what happened to her please send me a facebook message or call me at 951 229 3394. Thank you in advance”. -JILL WEYER

SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASETHIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. NO ONE IN THE COMMUNITY SHOULD BE GETTING HURT. AND THIS IS ONE OF OUR OWN FOR GODS sake STILL A BBY! NO THIS ISNT RIGHT! COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT. LETS HELP THEIR MOTHER CATCH WHOEVER HURT OUT FELLOW COSPLAYER! SIGNAL BOOST THE HELL OUT OF THIS AND IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFO PLEASE SAY SOMETHING PLEASE DO NOT WITHHOLD Anything EVEN IF YOU THINK IT MAY BE SMALL IT CAN HELP!

dersekingdom:

test-your-luck:

IF YOU WENT TO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON OR KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS, PLEASE READ.

One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.

 ”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter Emily Weyer aka Milly Makara was found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious. They are unsure what happened to her. My husband is on his way to the police station and then the hospital. If you have any information on what happened to her please send me a facebook message or call me at 951 229 3394. Thank you in advance”. -JILL WEYER

SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASE
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. NO ONE IN THE COMMUNITY SHOULD BE GETTING HURT. AND THIS IS ONE OF OUR OWN FOR GODS sake STILL A BBY! NO THIS ISNT RIGHT! COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT. LETS HELP THEIR MOTHER CATCH WHOEVER HURT OUT FELLOW COSPLAYER! SIGNAL BOOST THE HELL OUT OF THIS AND IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFO PLEASE SAY SOMETHING PLEASE DO NOT WITHHOLD Anything EVEN IF YOU THINK IT MAY BE SMALL IT CAN HELP!

Reblogged from purplerose128
Originally from test-your-luck

(Source: test-your-luck)

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28 Jul
Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi promises 'no flirting' with sidekick in new seriestheguardian.com

linear-relationships:

This is great.  This tells me that that small bit of hope I’ve been holding onto that Capaldi might be able to steer Moffat away from some of his usual bad habits is not entirely misplaced.

One thing I want to draw attention to, though: I think there was a bit of tension with that at first.  There was tension over him saying that he didn’t want any kind of implied sexual or romantic relationship with Clara.  Jenna is half his age, and Clara is about 1/100th of the Doctor’s age at this point, and at least some portion of the people involved in the show wanted to be able to imply a romantic and/or sexual relationship between them.

I am so glad that that is not happening, but also more than a little uncomfortable about the fact that it required Capaldi seriously putting his foot down.

Reblogged from ossidi
Originally from linear-relationships

(Source: linear-relationships)

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25 Jul

fourth-chakra:

Before I see the SU’S BAD SHE’S WORKING WITH THE BADDIES SHE’S BAD posts I’m going to need some motives. I agree that what she did was stupid and probably revenge filled but I don’t believe or want to beleive that she has evil intentions…

She had a line a couple of episodes back about how archaic it is to still have a queen in the Earth Kingdom, the flashbacks with Lin showed that when she was younger she was pretty heavily anti-authority, and Zafou is a city with a decidedly different political flavor (most evident in her focus on rehabilitating criminals rather than ostracizing them).  The Red Lotus’s motive likely has something to do with establishing a new world order of some sort (whether it’s about using the Avatar to bring about big changes or putting an end to the Avatar altogether).

If Su is anti-authority and the Red Lotus intends to remove the Avatar as a political power, I could see her working with them toward a new world order.

Reblogged from fourth-chakra
Originally from fourth-chakra

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25 Jul
geeksaurusrex:

liz011:

necessaryveganism:

animalsandtrees:

"Given what we know about the connections between animal agribusiness and climate change, water waste, pollution and more, why aren’t the major environmental organizations more vocal and straightforward about promoting the alternative to it? 
Today, please respectfully ask environmental organizations to promote veganism as an easy, accessible and, most important, effective solution to human-caused ecological disasters. Preserving our planet and its inhabitants is of far greater importance than not alienating members and potential members. Environmental organizations should be leading the charge, not counting memberships, and we don’t have time to waste.https://www.facebook.com/VeganStreet —-> https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub —-> https://www.facebook.com/greenpeace.international —-> https://www.facebook.com/rainforestactionnetwork “

Not only are they “not very vocal” about it, there is nothing but absolute deafening silence coming from these organisations.The people whose primary concern should be the wellbeing of our planet are quiet. It’s up to us. Please spread the word.

What exactly is the proposed solution here, though?  There are more than 87 million cows in the US alone.  I can’t imagine that releasing them into the wild would significantly reduce the environmental destruction they cause, and on top of that it would be cruel since most of them would have difficulty surviving in the wild.  Are you proposing a mass extinction of farm animals?
On top of that, not everyone can survive on a diet without animal products.  Some people’s bodies are simply less efficient at processing the protein in plant foods than they are at processing the protein in animal foods, to the point that a diet without animal foods will cause serious health problems.  (A lot of people in developed countries do eat *more* meat than they need, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need any.)
And even among people who could survive without animal products if they had access to the right variety of plant products, that access is not universal.  There are foods that you won’t find in the supermarket in a low-income area, and the people who live in that area can’t afford to drive to an organic market in an affluent town to buy edamame.
Unless you have a plan to make a healthy mostly-vegan diet genuinely accessible for everyone, simply shouting that everyone should go vegan isn’t helpful.

I don’t normally have debates on Tumblr because it’s not something I’m fond of participating in. To new followers: this isn’t the norm. That said, I will try to reply to each of these points individually. I am not the best person to speak on this topic, (there are vegan RDs and others out here floating around on Tumblr addressing all these points better than I could) but I’ll try my best. No, I don’t think a mass extinction of farm animals by releasing them into the wild en masse would be a good plan. Rather, I think a gradual reduction in breeding numbers would be a better alternative. The population would then eventually decline, but I don’t think they would go extinct if not consumed. Many places have petting zoos that house farm animals and generate sufficient income to stay operational. Beyond that, viable feral cattle populations are known to exist throughout the world, although these can cause problems for locals if the population gets out of control or they invade a new area. In all likelihood, I think the global population balance would shift towards India. So I don’t think there would be a mass extinction. 
I did some research and didn’t find any medical articles or scientific literature concerning comparative protein processing abilities in the population. I also didn’t find any disorders, diseases, or conditions that require animal-derived protein or that entailed plant protein being less efficiently processed. This data would be interesting as would the statistics on the demographics for these segments. If anyone has specific data on this, I would genuinely appreciate hearing about it. However, the internet is a large place and I wouldn’t doubt that there are some people that absolutely require animal protein to be healthy. In this case, I don’t think it’s sensible to ask them to become ill. Health is an extremely important priority. 
I don’t have any first-hand experience with low income vegan shopping, but I don’t doubt that it is difficult, expensive, and inconvenient for many people. However, I don’t think access to an organic market and speciality food is necessary to be vegan, although the stereotype of that sort of vegan is one that floats around.There are quite a number low-income vegans that run blogs on Tumblr that can be used as a resource for those interested. There are some blogs collections here and here and here. As for myself, I don’t really eat organic or speciality foods or any of the fancy stuff. I’m actually the cheapest person to feed in my family (legumes and rice is both a nutritionally sound source of protein and a relatively inexpensive alternative to meat). Grains are also very common and inexpensive foodstuffs. However, I acknowledge that there will always be people without the time for preparation or accessibility to a nutritionally complete diet. In this case, I also don’t think it’s reasonable to ask them to become starved or malnourished.  
I think the general idea is spreading education and awareness surrounding the food system. This way people may make more informed decisions. There are a lot of people that don’t know about the costs of mass animal husbandry (or the cruelty in it, but that is another lengthy topic already much discussed). Many people I know, including myself, first became vegan when we read about things in this on the internet, and it was helpful for us. We didn’t know about it before and we appreciate that we know now; if we don’t tell each other, then there aren’t many other places that will. Factual information going around is useful especially when environmental issues are vital to our survival as a species and a planet. Our food system isn’t sustainable and I don’t think more meat is a good idea. 
The idea isn’t an absolutist, every-single-person, no exceptions, straight-away prescription, although sometimes it can seem that way. I don’t think that would be a practical expectation. When some people are unable but willing to give up meat, well, what can you do? But I do think a general and gradual shift in the global diet is possible and a sensible reaction when faced with increasing ecological and economic burdens (animal husbandry is quite expensive and inefficient; it is often heavily subsidized by governments to make it as cheap as it is today). So they want to first to make people willing. It isn’t uncommon for the diets of civilizations to change over centuries. It may take that long, although I hope it will be faster. The idea is also to initiate a shift in the general culture that sees animal slaughter and consumption as ethical and normal (although as I said before, that is a lengthy debate for other posts). I don’t think it’ll happen overnight, but a person here and there over time is better than nothing. I don’t think it’s reasonable to have everyone be mostly vegan, but a sufficient number of people might be enough. That’s why I think posts like these can be useful. It’s also something that I genuinely believe in.
As far as making it more accessible, there are many vegan organizations actively trying to do that. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that public schools are starting to offer vegetarian menus after the last fifty years of its growing popularity. These things take a very long time. Culture can be slow to change; over time meat may shift away from stores and other products will replace it. I don’t think a quick political policy change instantly making it universally accessible is possible, though. Vegans have to be patient; but there probably won’t be many new vegans if they never talk about it since many of us (in Western countries, at least) started off by reading disconcerting information.
Basically, I think veganism is a sensible idea in the proportions that it’s possible for the individual. If it’s not possible, well, that’s okay, nothing you can do about it. 
Tangentially related: The most common argument against veganism I’ve personally found, though, is just that meat tastes too good to give up. Which is an honest reason. But I don’t think any of these reasons necessarily devalues the general philosophy or the incentive behind people wanting to promote it to the general public at large. I don’t mean to shout at everybody that everyone share my views, and I apologize if it comes off that way, but I will continue to generally promote and voice them on my blog. I’ll try to tag it appropriately if anyone wants to blacklist it. 

My concern isn’t so much “they’d go extinct if not consumed” as “they’d go extinct if they no longer served any useful purpose to humans.”  You make a decent point about petting zoos, and if the situation got dire enough zoos would probably get involved in conservation efforts, which was an option I hadn’t thought of before.
I honestly have a lot of trouble believing that a diet consisting mainly of rice and beans would be nutritionally complete.  If you’re eating grains that are fortified with vitamins, that might be enough.  But I also find it really hard to believe you’d be getting anywhere near enough fat in your diet.  Fat is necessary for absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, and it is important for brain development (especially in children).  I have a friend who was trying to raise her son on a vegan diet because she believes it to be healthier and more environmentally friendly, and the result was that at every doctor’s visit he was in the bottom 20% for height and weight in his age group.  The doctor advised giving him some full-fat dairy, and while he is still small for his age (5 now, started having dairy sometime around 1 or 2), he has been growing a lot faster since he started having dairy.  An infant would probably have different nutritional needs than an adult, but it is still a thing to keep in mind.
I understand the importance of spreading awareness about things you care about, and I’m not going to try to deny that the modern American meat industry is full of problems.  But the importance of a healthy diet is something that I care strongly about.  I have friends who are vegetarians and are doing fine.  I have an aunt who tried to go vegetarian, read all the literature on how to balance your diet so you get the right amount of each nutrient, followed all the rules, and ended up getting sick and having her doctor tell her that she absolutely needed to reintroduce meat into her diet.  Eating a pack-of-cards sized piece of meat once a week is enough to keep her healthy, but without that she would have become severely malnourished.  I think it’s dangerous to spread information promoting a vegan diet that fails to address the difficulties and risks involved.
I apologize if my initial response came off as accusing you of shouting at everybody that everyone share your views or anything like that.  I am not generally opposed to seeing things about veganism or vegetarianism come across my dash.  Again, I just feel like it’s important to recognize that it’s not feasible for everyone.
(As an aside: “Meat is delicious” is not necessarily actually someone’s primary reason, even when that’s the one they give you.  When I give that as my reason for not being vegetarian, it’s because I know that the other person will likely decide that I am a lost cause and not push the issue, whereas when I say that I become anemic when the amount of meat in my diet drops below a certain level, people often take that as an opportunity to explain to me how to do vegetarianism “correctly” to avoid that happening.  I only engage in serious conversations about this with people I feel I can trust to actually listen to the points I’m making rather than simply pushing their agenda.)

geeksaurusrex:

liz011:

necessaryveganism:

animalsandtrees:

"Given what we know about the connections between animal agribusiness and climate change, water waste, pollution and more, why aren’t the major environmental organizations more vocal and straightforward about promoting the alternative to it?

Today, please respectfully ask environmental organizations to promote veganism as an easy, accessible and, most important, effective solution to human-caused ecological disasters. Preserving our planet and its inhabitants is of far greater importance than not alienating members and potential members. Environmental organizations should be leading the charge, not counting memberships, and we don’t have time to waste.
https://www.facebook.com/VeganStreet

—-> https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub
—-> https://www.facebook.com/greenpeace.international
—-> https://www.facebook.com/rainforestactionnetwork “

Not only are they “not very vocal” about it, there is nothing but absolute deafening silence coming from these organisations.

The people whose primary concern should be the wellbeing of our planet are quiet. It’s up to us. Please spread the word.

What exactly is the proposed solution here, though?  There are more than 87 million cows in the US alone.  I can’t imagine that releasing them into the wild would significantly reduce the environmental destruction they cause, and on top of that it would be cruel since most of them would have difficulty surviving in the wild.  Are you proposing a mass extinction of farm animals?

On top of that, not everyone can survive on a diet without animal products.  Some people’s bodies are simply less efficient at processing the protein in plant foods than they are at processing the protein in animal foods, to the point that a diet without animal foods will cause serious health problems.  (A lot of people in developed countries do eat *more* meat than they need, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need any.)

And even among people who could survive without animal products if they had access to the right variety of plant products, that access is not universal.  There are foods that you won’t find in the supermarket in a low-income area, and the people who live in that area can’t afford to drive to an organic market in an affluent town to buy edamame.

Unless you have a plan to make a healthy mostly-vegan diet genuinely accessible for everyone, simply shouting that everyone should go vegan isn’t helpful.

I don’t normally have debates on Tumblr because it’s not something I’m fond of participating in. To new followers: this isn’t the norm. 

That said, I will try to reply to each of these points individually. I am not the best person to speak on this topic, (there are vegan RDs and others out here floating around on Tumblr addressing all these points better than I could) but I’ll try my best. 

No, I don’t think a mass extinction of farm animals by releasing them into the wild en masse would be a good plan. Rather, I think a gradual reduction in breeding numbers would be a better alternative. The population would then eventually decline, but I don’t think they would go extinct if not consumed. Many places have petting zoos that house farm animals and generate sufficient income to stay operational. Beyond that, viable feral cattle populations are known to exist throughout the world, although these can cause problems for locals if the population gets out of control or they invade a new area. In all likelihood, I think the global population balance would shift towards India. So I don’t think there would be a mass extinction. 

I did some research and didn’t find any medical articles or scientific literature concerning comparative protein processing abilities in the population. I also didn’t find any disorders, diseases, or conditions that require animal-derived protein or that entailed plant protein being less efficiently processed. This data would be interesting as would the statistics on the demographics for these segments. If anyone has specific data on this, I would genuinely appreciate hearing about it. However, the internet is a large place and I wouldn’t doubt that there are some people that absolutely require animal protein to be healthy. In this case, I don’t think it’s sensible to ask them to become ill. Health is an extremely important priority. 

I don’t have any first-hand experience with low income vegan shopping, but I don’t doubt that it is difficult, expensive, and inconvenient for many people. However, I don’t think access to an organic market and speciality food is necessary to be vegan, although the stereotype of that sort of vegan is one that floats around.There are quite a number low-income vegans that run blogs on Tumblr that can be used as a resource for those interested. There are some blogs collections here and here and here. As for myself, I don’t really eat organic or speciality foods or any of the fancy stuff. I’m actually the cheapest person to feed in my family (legumes and rice is both a nutritionally sound source of protein and a relatively inexpensive alternative to meat). Grains are also very common and inexpensive foodstuffs. However, I acknowledge that there will always be people without the time for preparation or accessibility to a nutritionally complete diet. In this case, I also don’t think it’s reasonable to ask them to become starved or malnourished.  

I think the general idea is spreading education and awareness surrounding the food system. This way people may make more informed decisions. There are a lot of people that don’t know about the costs of mass animal husbandry (or the cruelty in it, but that is another lengthy topic already much discussed). Many people I know, including myself, first became vegan when we read about things in this on the internet, and it was helpful for us. We didn’t know about it before and we appreciate that we know now; if we don’t tell each other, then there aren’t many other places that will. Factual information going around is useful especially when environmental issues are vital to our survival as a species and a planet. Our food system isn’t sustainable and I don’t think more meat is a good idea. 

The idea isn’t an absolutist, every-single-person, no exceptions, straight-away prescription, although sometimes it can seem that way. I don’t think that would be a practical expectation. When some people are unable but willing to give up meat, well, what can you do? But I do think a general and gradual shift in the global diet is possible and a sensible reaction when faced with increasing ecological and economic burdens (animal husbandry is quite expensive and inefficient; it is often heavily subsidized by governments to make it as cheap as it is today). So they want to first to make people willing. It isn’t uncommon for the diets of civilizations to change over centuries. It may take that long, although I hope it will be faster. The idea is also to initiate a shift in the general culture that sees animal slaughter and consumption as ethical and normal (although as I said before, that is a lengthy debate for other posts). I don’t think it’ll happen overnight, but a person here and there over time is better than nothing. I don’t think it’s reasonable to have everyone be mostly vegan, but a sufficient number of people might be enough. 

That’s why I think posts like these can be useful. It’s also something that I genuinely believe in.

As far as making it more accessible, there are many vegan organizations actively trying to do that. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that public schools are starting to offer vegetarian menus after the last fifty years of its growing popularity. These things take a very long time. Culture can be slow to change; over time meat may shift away from stores and other products will replace it. I don’t think a quick political policy change instantly making it universally accessible is possible, though. Vegans have to be patient; but there probably won’t be many new vegans if they never talk about it since many of us (in Western countries, at least) started off by reading disconcerting information.

Basically, I think veganism is a sensible idea in the proportions that it’s possible for the individual. If it’s not possible, well, that’s okay, nothing you can do about it. 


Tangentially related: The most common argument against veganism I’ve personally found, though, is just that meat tastes too good to give up. Which is an honest reason. But I don’t think any of these reasons necessarily devalues the general philosophy or the incentive behind people wanting to promote it to the general public at large. I don’t mean to shout at everybody that everyone share my views, and I apologize if it comes off that way, but I will continue to generally promote and voice them on my blog. I’ll try to tag it appropriately if anyone wants to blacklist it. 

My concern isn’t so much “they’d go extinct if not consumed” as “they’d go extinct if they no longer served any useful purpose to humans.”  You make a decent point about petting zoos, and if the situation got dire enough zoos would probably get involved in conservation efforts, which was an option I hadn’t thought of before.

I honestly have a lot of trouble believing that a diet consisting mainly of rice and beans would be nutritionally complete.  If you’re eating grains that are fortified with vitamins, that might be enough.  But I also find it really hard to believe you’d be getting anywhere near enough fat in your diet.  Fat is necessary for absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, and it is important for brain development (especially in children).  I have a friend who was trying to raise her son on a vegan diet because she believes it to be healthier and more environmentally friendly, and the result was that at every doctor’s visit he was in the bottom 20% for height and weight in his age group.  The doctor advised giving him some full-fat dairy, and while he is still small for his age (5 now, started having dairy sometime around 1 or 2), he has been growing a lot faster since he started having dairy.  An infant would probably have different nutritional needs than an adult, but it is still a thing to keep in mind.

I understand the importance of spreading awareness about things you care about, and I’m not going to try to deny that the modern American meat industry is full of problems.  But the importance of a healthy diet is something that I care strongly about.  I have friends who are vegetarians and are doing fine.  I have an aunt who tried to go vegetarian, read all the literature on how to balance your diet so you get the right amount of each nutrient, followed all the rules, and ended up getting sick and having her doctor tell her that she absolutely needed to reintroduce meat into her diet.  Eating a pack-of-cards sized piece of meat once a week is enough to keep her healthy, but without that she would have become severely malnourished.  I think it’s dangerous to spread information promoting a vegan diet that fails to address the difficulties and risks involved.

I apologize if my initial response came off as accusing you of shouting at everybody that everyone share your views or anything like that.  I am not generally opposed to seeing things about veganism or vegetarianism come across my dash.  Again, I just feel like it’s important to recognize that it’s not feasible for everyone.

(As an aside: “Meat is delicious” is not necessarily actually someone’s primary reason, even when that’s the one they give you.  When I give that as my reason for not being vegetarian, it’s because I know that the other person will likely decide that I am a lost cause and not push the issue, whereas when I say that I become anemic when the amount of meat in my diet drops below a certain level, people often take that as an opportunity to explain to me how to do vegetarianism “correctly” to avoid that happening.  I only engage in serious conversations about this with people I feel I can trust to actually listen to the points I’m making rather than simply pushing their agenda.)

Reblogged from geeksaurusrex
Originally from animalsandtrees

(Source: facebook.com)

  • 440
24 Jul

I’m pretty sure there’s a gremlin in my computer…

It wasn’t charging, despite being plugged in.  It was aware it was plugged in—the little charging light was on and there was a lightning bolt in the battery icon.  But it was holding steady at 9%.  If I unplugged it, it gave me the warning about being low on battery and I had better plug it in.  So I emailed tech support about it, walked away for five minutes, and came back to find that it is now fully charged.

  • 3
24 Jul
necessaryveganism:

animalsandtrees:

"Given what we know about the connections between animal agribusiness and climate change, water waste, pollution and more, why aren’t the major environmental organizations more vocal and straightforward about promoting the alternative to it? 
Today, please respectfully ask environmental organizations to promote veganism as an easy, accessible and, most important, effective solution to human-caused ecological disasters. Preserving our planet and its inhabitants is of far greater importance than not alienating members and potential members. Environmental organizations should be leading the charge, not counting memberships, and we don’t have time to waste.https://www.facebook.com/VeganStreet —-> https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub —-> https://www.facebook.com/greenpeace.international —-> https://www.facebook.com/rainforestactionnetwork “

Not only are they “not very vocal” about it, there is nothing but absolute deafening silence coming from these organisations.The people whose primary concern should be the wellbeing of our planet are quiet. It’s up to us. Please spread the word.

What exactly is the proposed solution here, though?  There are more than 87 million cows in the US alone.  I can’t imagine that releasing them into the wild would significantly reduce the environmental destruction they cause, and on top of that it would be cruel since most of them would have difficulty surviving in the wild.  Are you proposing a mass extinction of farm animals?
On top of that, not everyone can survive on a diet without animal products.  Some people’s bodies are simply less efficient at processing the protein in plant foods than they are at processing the protein in animal foods, to the point that a diet without animal foods will cause serious health problems.  (A lot of people in developed countries do eat *more* meat than they need, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need any.)
And even among people who could survive without animal products if they had access to the right variety of plant products, that access is not universal.  There are foods that you won’t find in the supermarket in a low-income area, and the people who live in that area can’t afford to drive to an organic market in an affluent town to buy edamame.
Unless you have a plan to make a healthy mostly-vegan diet genuinely accessible for everyone, simply shouting that everyone should go vegan isn’t helpful.

necessaryveganism:

animalsandtrees:

"Given what we know about the connections between animal agribusiness and climate change, water waste, pollution and more, why aren’t the major environmental organizations more vocal and straightforward about promoting the alternative to it?

Today, please respectfully ask environmental organizations to promote veganism as an easy, accessible and, most important, effective solution to human-caused ecological disasters. Preserving our planet and its inhabitants is of far greater importance than not alienating members and potential members. Environmental organizations should be leading the charge, not counting memberships, and we don’t have time to waste.
https://www.facebook.com/VeganStreet

—-> https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub
—-> https://www.facebook.com/greenpeace.international
—-> https://www.facebook.com/rainforestactionnetwork “

Not only are they “not very vocal” about it, there is nothing but absolute deafening silence coming from these organisations.

The people whose primary concern should be the wellbeing of our planet are quiet. It’s up to us. Please spread the word.

What exactly is the proposed solution here, though?  There are more than 87 million cows in the US alone.  I can’t imagine that releasing them into the wild would significantly reduce the environmental destruction they cause, and on top of that it would be cruel since most of them would have difficulty surviving in the wild.  Are you proposing a mass extinction of farm animals?

On top of that, not everyone can survive on a diet without animal products.  Some people’s bodies are simply less efficient at processing the protein in plant foods than they are at processing the protein in animal foods, to the point that a diet without animal foods will cause serious health problems.  (A lot of people in developed countries do eat *more* meat than they need, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need any.)

And even among people who could survive without animal products if they had access to the right variety of plant products, that access is not universal.  There are foods that you won’t find in the supermarket in a low-income area, and the people who live in that area can’t afford to drive to an organic market in an affluent town to buy edamame.

Unless you have a plan to make a healthy mostly-vegan diet genuinely accessible for everyone, simply shouting that everyone should go vegan isn’t helpful.

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