Meat is not only Murder, Meat is Torture

Do you like meat ? If you do, you are ingesting into your body the tortured corpses of sentient beings.  Pigs are some of the most intelligent and affectionate animals on the planet – left to their own devices of course. They are smarter than dogs in IQ and people do keep them as pets and realize how smart and affectionate and what big personalities they have. They are more like the animal described in Charlotte’s Web in real life than many people would care to realize. But people also torture, murder and eat pigs. And we wonder why so many meat eaters are so unhealthy – look at the bad karma you consume in every bite.

To read more about what pigs real personalities are like outside of factory murder farms you can check out this article http://www.goveg.com/f-hiddenlivespigs.asp and this one http://www.goveg.com/f-hiddenlivespigs_experts.asp .

Personally I think that people who become this cruel do so to try to forget or not realize that every day when they work at these places they are responsible for killing creatures that given half a chance they would become just as fond of as their own dogs or cats, if not more. Other people who choose to work in slaughter houses are just plain sick fucks and frankly I’d be happy if they had a steel rod shoved up THEIR asses before they were put out of their misery. Continue reading

Bitterly Environmental

A recent post on a Flickr group called Flickr Central http://flickr.com/groups/central/discuss/72157606094065449/  has sparked a number of anti-recycling replies and lots of self-contratulatory back patting amongst those right-wing anti-environmental head-in-the-sand types who are proud to say they do not recycle.

One person said they don’t recycle anymore ‘because Penn and Teller on their TV show said it was useless’. It made me remember how much I detest Penn and Teller’s show. When I first saw them perform I thought they were so cool. Later I realized they actually had a right-wing agenda couched in trying to be ‘cool’. They are sceptics, which is not a bad thing, but they are right-wing (supposedly ‘libertarian’ but whatever) sceptics who conveniently lie when their ‘scepticism’ is in fact just a window dressing for a political outlook – and that is a bad thing. They leave out hugely important points in their analysis as well, and because they come off as intelligent and because most Americans watching their show are not so smart, it makes ’em seen right a lot of the time.  Sometimes it’s harmless BS and I could not care less, such as the show debunking people who claim to communicate with the dead for money. I imagine that their opinion on this particular issue will have little effect on the overall industry of psychics.

But with Recycling – here they are encouraging people to continue to sit on their asses and ‘do nothing’ which will only damage to the environment. To suggest that recycling is a ‘bad thing’ or a ‘wasteful and stupid’ thing to do is simply an irresponsible lie (oh and don’t get me started on their dumb ass program on how second hand smoke is not harmful … probably sponsored by the tobacco industry).  This is where I get pissed off.

First of all, Penn and Teller are clever and distort facts. They try to make it sound ‘uncool’ to recycle – but who actually loses out if you dare to recycle ? Oh yeah, maybe some big strip mining interests somewhere … but not me, and not the average person. Even if I waste a few minutes a day paying attention (and it becomes a habit after a few months believe me) and even if only a fraction of what I put into the recycling bin is recycled … that is still more waste material than would be recycled and would benefit the planet than if everyone STOPPED doing it. And, more than a ‘fraction’ of what you put into the bin IS indeed recycled. But they argue there is no benefit to recycling. Of course their arguement is a fallacy – it is purely based on MONEY which is of course not the only thing in the world to consider when judging the benefit of a given practice! Oh, wait, unless you are a right-wing capitalist. Maybe then it make sense. But naw … not if you have children and actually care about the world they will inherit. What are these guys thinking ??? I bet they are thinking … hey we’ll say a lot of controversial crap on our show and make tons of money! Probably that’s the ticket. That and their strip mining industry friends … Continue reading

Bitter Earth

In some cases, I would rather not be vindicated in my viewpoints (bitter as they are, one always hopes I am exaggerating) however – this article in the International Herald Tribune paper by James Kanter amazed me. It amazed me not for what it said (it’s what I’ve been saying here and being criticized for when commenting on other people’s blogs for some time now) – but it amazed me rather by the fact that it was published as the front page headline in this international English language paper period. I bought it at the local news stand here in town on the day it was published (oblivious) and read it while eatinge my lunch. I practically dropped the eggs back on the plate as I digested it. I found it online so that I could blog about it.

If a conservative international paper is printing this – the reality can only be worse before editing was done ….

 Here is are some excerpts:

The human population is living far beyond its means and inflicting damage on the environment that could pass points of no return, according to a major report issued Thursday by the United Nations. . .

“The human population is now so large that the amount of resources needed to sustain it exceeds what is available at current consumption patterns,” Achim Steiner, the executive director of the program, said in a telephone interview. Efficient use of resources and reducing waste now are “among the greatest challenges at the beginning of 21st century,” he said. . .

Over the past two decades the world population has increased by almost 34 percent to 6.7 billion from 5 billion; similarly, the financial wealth of the planet has soared by about a third. But the land available to each person on earth had shrunk by 2005 to 2.02 hectares, or 5 acres, from 7.91 hectares in 1900 and was projected to drop to 1.63 hectares for each person by 2050, the report said.

. . . other tipping points triggered by climate change could occur in areas like India and China if Himalayan glaciers shrank so much that they no longer supplied adequate amounts of water to populations in those countries.

He also warned of a global collapse of all species being fished by 2050, if fishing around the world continued at its present pace.

The report said 250 percent more fish are being caught than the oceans can produce in a sustainable manner, and that the number of fish stocks classed as collapsed had roughly doubled to 30 percent globally over the past 20 years. . . .

The report said that current changes in biodiversity were the fastest in human history, with species becoming extinct a hundred times as fast as the rate in the fossil record. It said 12 percent of birds were threatened with extinction; for mammals the figure was 23 percent and for amphibians it was more than 30 percent.

“Scientists now refer to a sixth major extinction crisis that’s under way,” . . .

As a supposed solution I find the ideas in this paragraph troubling however:

“Life would be easier if we didn’t have the kind of population growth rates that we have at the moment,” Steiner said. “But to force people to stop having children would be a simplistic answer. The more realistic, ethical and practical issue is to accelerate human well-being and make more rational use of the resources we have on this planet.”

Uh … sorry – let’s go with the simple answer.  How is it ‘more ethical’ to continue the ridiculous idea that humans are the most important form of life on the planet and ‘deserve’ to live in excess of what all other forms of life here are ‘allowed’ ? This ridiculous line of thinking is what got us into this mess to start with!

Remember what they teach in school – Keep It Simple, STUPID! In the 60s and early 70s many activists were fighting for human population control. Europe and the USA ‘got it’ for the most part (except allowing people to go to invitro fertilization which I find a horrible and ridiculous waste of resources – not to mention damaging to the gene pool in general to allow people who naturally cannot breed to DO SO) and population growth has slowed in the first world countries. Why NOT try it elsewhere? Otherwise how in the world do you CONTINUE to accelerate human well-being (as they euphamistically put it) FOREVER ? At some point – you MUST deal with out of control population growth. We are taking over the planet like an out of control virus.

Can I say ‘go MSRA’ and ‘go AIDS’ as a form of population control? Not really as unfortunately these kill indiscriminantly …  I do so wish there was a virus that only killed dumb-asses. . . . I hope somewhere that left-wing hippy scientists are working on that. Start with Bush and his cabinet as experiments, and move on through the heads and major office holders of all the global corporations. And while you are at it – give a good hit at the bible belt of Christian ‘fundamentalists’ in the USA and elsewhere who oppose the idea of global warming and overpopulation (as it might lead to someone approving of abortions), as well as the Muslim fundamentalists who want to rule with religion rather than sense. Religious zealots and greedy oil, chemical and arms capitalists – all working hand in hand marching us to global Armageddon.

Bitter Sex Toys and “The Great Recall of China”

The Daily Show had a recent episode entitled “The Great Recall of China” and it featured a great clip from a newscaster defending China from the recent lead paint recall of Mattel toys. These words of wisdom from CNBC reporter Erin Burnett:

“You know, I think people should be careful what they wish for on China. You know, if China were to revalue it’s currency, or China is to start making toys that don’t have lead in them or food that isn’t poisonous their costs of production are going to go up and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up, too. So, I would say China is our greatest friend right now, they’re keeping prices low and they’re keeping the prices for mortgages low, too.”

Ho Lee Shit. I cannot believe this woman actually said this. Astounding. I imagine she is heavily invested in China or some firm that does business with them (or is boffing some guy who is). What a cunt. I imagine she has no children and herself does not shop at Walmart, or buy food products which might have ingredients from China in them?

The Mattel CEO was on a clip also defending China, (and I paraphrase) saying that “this is not the first country we’ve moved our manufacturing to where there were recalls and problems with the products.” (and this is a GOOD thing to mention to make people feel better – some sort of defense???) And yet, outsourcing manufacturing to China is still seen as a viable alternative. Weigh the costs of lawsuits and recalls against the increase in profits – they must still be coming out way ahead in this game to continue defending China this way.

One good thing, is apparently this crisis is driving up demand for US made toys. Good, maybe we can actually keep some manufacturing jobs in first world countries.

On another tainted Chinese product front, I noticed a report recently when searching Google for a link to the Daily Show clip – another Blogger found a posted report from the Danish government, which tested sex toys (many of which are made in China) and found high amounts of cadmium, and various other chemicals and lead in some of these toys – making some for example recommended as unsafe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (but of course the products contain no such warning labels) : http://www2.mst.dk/udgiv/publications/2006/87-7052-227-8/pdf/87-7052-228-6.pdf

Additionally I wonder about pet toys. I have noticed lately that toys with the same general ‘shape’ (such as squeaky hedgehogs or hot dogs etc.) that are bought for dogs to chew have changed. I turned them over and saw they were made in China. The shapes were the same, but now rather than using the actual plastic to make the colorings, the plastic is all 1 color and the toys are painted (with garishly bright paints). I shied away from buying these when I saw them on the market, as I instinctively realized they had no ‘safety’ stickers saying the paints were ‘non toxic’ as one would expect on a toy designed to be chewed up and sucked on! The paint will surely flake off and knowing how little the Chinese care about children, one can guess they have even lower standards for toys marketed for pets. So be careful about cheap chew toys made in China as well – go for brands made elsewhere and which give some safety guarantee about the ingredients used to manufacture them.

So think twice about what you play with – kids, adults and pets if it is made in China!

Also see my previous post on this topic – listing a lot more tainted Chinese exports which are making various countries across the world suffer.

Overweight? Hungry? Blame Factory Farming and GMO Foods

As we enter the time of the Fall Harvest, something that I have hypothosized about to myself for years is being proven now in real studies, according to the below article.

I had always wondered if part of why the populations in developed countries were getting fatter and fatter was due in large part to the lack of nutrition in the food that people were eating. My theory was that it should contain less nutrients each year, due to poor soil that results from factory farming practices, chemical fertilizers and GMO crops, making people crave more food in order to get the same amount of vitamins and minerals which their bodies required.

I realize that as well there is a factor of less exercise on a daily basis and more watching of TV, internet, computer and video games contributing to this – but I also see plenty of people who do exercise and remain a bit pudgy and seem to crave a lot of food.

Looking for more reasons to go organic? Look no further  . . . here are some key excerpts from the article:

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