Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Hipster Blog on Gay Rights

I found this on a hipster blog and thought it more than worth re-posting from a post called “love is no one’s biz-ness but yours” :

“All that aside, I’ll tell you how I feel about the churches’ opinion on gay marriage/gay people not getting equal rights:

I think it’s fucking bullshit! Gay people, straight people, Caucasian people, Black people, Asian people, Latino people, etc- we’re all just PEOPLE. We all come out of a vagina. We’re all just somebodies baby. Babies who (hopefully) grow up, learn how to walk and speak and read and write. We all breathe, wake up in the morning and go to sleep. We all experience happiness and excitement. We all get sad and cry. We bleed, we pee, we’re ticklish, we wear clothes, we fuck, and we make love. We make babies, we have mothers, and brothers, and sisters and cousins. We feel nervous, we feel pride, we get scared, and we’re brave. We work shitty jobs, or we have epic careers. We play sports, route for teams, and we serve our country. And, if we’re LUCKY, we fall in love. We ALL share these things, and MORE!”

Amen.

God > Religion

Religion comes from man, from man comes imperfection.
Religion encourages ignorance, not knowledge.
Religions leads to power, power leads to control.
Religion, through man, created war and death and genocide.
Religion, through man, justified what is not morally justifiable. Continue reading

Soy Infant Formula?

 

Babies are a touchy subject. I totally and fully understand this. However, being such a touchy subject, I am not devoid of reaction when I hear about something that, to me, at first reaction, seems as if it would be a bad idea to feed our babies. This doesn’t mean that I know everything, but it means I have a perspective and a worldview like everyone else and that this leads me to experience emotion associated with certain things.

Let’s say it–Soy Infant Formula. Continue reading

Oppression, Other nations, Our food

children? think again, fight back”]There is so much oppression and control in the world. It is overwhelming. What would happen if it just stopped? Would there be anarchy and chaos as the leaders think to justify their actions? Or would there actually be quiet peace?

 

I don’t know what my thoughts are on this. What I do know:

Four people died in Bahrain today peacefully protesting against the government by police controlling the crowds. They were trying to “teach them a lesson” after the media left.

The government in Cuba can control things as small how how much sugar a Cuban can buy and how much that sugar costs.

The US isn’t free of it. Our food system is one of the best examples. Continue reading

Vegetarians and Paleos: Part 2, “The Vegetarian Myth” Debate

This post is a follow up on Part 1, a testimonal of my first-hand evolution of vegetarian ethical philosophy,

In this post I will delve into the popular thoughts of bloggers on both sides of the moral ground that where I’ve lived on–the Vegetarian School of Compassionate, Sustainable Eating and the Paleo School of Nutritional, Sans Grain Eating. Both have not only become a choice in eating, but dogmatic belief systems that inspire the same kind of defense and passion as religions pitted against each other. Thus, this post. What do they have to say about one another?

A wonderful case study on these sometimes two groups’ relationship with one another comes with a book I’ll focus on in this post– “The Vegetarian Myth.” The book is an interesting focal point because of how it has either polarized individuals after reading it, or, as I suspect, inspired the fundamentalists of each group to defend or refute its claims because they either support or challenge previously-held beliefs about eating.

Lierre Keith’s “The Vegetarian Myth” ties together many issues regarding eating animals and animal products–agriculture, civilization, organics, progressive animal farming, animal cruelty in factory farms, and more. Keith advances through the book by picking apart each vegan or vegetarian argument to pieces with many of her references (though I find some of them to be redundant or soft science; not to mention the “Moral Vegetarians” chapter just feels like the Botany of Desire all over again for a while).

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How do we feel about soy?

Soy. People consume it in tofu, veggie burgers, milk, processed foods, candy, imitation lunch meats, imitation cheeses, imitation butters, imitation eggs, etamame, tempeh, and many more cultural and vege-cultural staples. It is the component of much related to protein in the vegetarian and vegan worlds. Soy is the legume of the modern era. It came out of East Asia, loved by residents of Portland and Boulder, and can produce pretty much the most protein per acre compared to any other veggie. The American Midwest is absolutely covered by it. We actually grow more of it than the stereotypical tofu-eaters the Chinese. It comprised 77.5 million acres of the US in 2009. Americans eat a lot of soy. It’s hard to pick up anything in the middle aisle of an American grocery store without the word “soy” in at least one of the ingredients. It’s abundant, it’s got subsidies, and it’s cheap as a result. Continue reading

Smoking and Meat–What a Vegan Said and What I Say

On the series I’ve been working on involving vegetarians and paleos, it has led me on a vegan blog patrol. I find this enjoyable. On one such post, I found the need to respond out of sheer correction but also out of want for looking up more research. I’m a nerd in that way.

The post I found gives twelve reasons why animal products are just as bad as smoking for the human body. I’ll cover some of them, maybe not all of them, but I had to start with #2.  The author is obviously an educated and great woman, but her arguments aren’t very well-structured in a seemingly stereotypical vegan fashion. I have found some very weighted, balanced vegans and I appreciate very much their arguments. Sometimes, however, I feel as if vegan writing is highly emotional in order to supplement the community with motivation for following such a strict and heart-centric diet. Continue reading