In the interest of exposing that which corporations and marketers keep hidden because they know you will stop feeding them gold if you have the information, here is a solid documentary (free on their site) on how we don’t know we are treating other sentient animals (because the product looks absolutely nothing like the process and marketers are brilliant distractors), narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Before anyone takes this for granted because of the jokes people enjoy passing around about animal rights activists: kill other sentient creatures for food that is unnecessary for your survival if you like, I can’t respect it but I won’t deny you that one, but that is NOT what is happening, it is not so simple. This is extremely expressive of our cultural disengagement with and devaluation of empathy in the interest of profit, it speaks to how we treat each other as objects to be stepped on in the aim of power. If you have not seen such images (it’s not just factory farms either), you need to, because it will boil your blood to know that we have all been manipulated into supporting such things.
You do not want to see this, it is very hard to watch, which is exactly why we need to.
Ignoring it while supporting it is still enabling it, and the devaluation of empathy that it entails, which has everything to do with your principles of equality. To make the world a better place we must lead by example, so once we know better, we must do better.
Oh and this is just the empathy bit — Big Money also keeps from you that our livestock are responsible for more GHG emissions than all of our transportation, among other problems like antibiotic-resistant superbug breeding and immigrant worker abuses and livestock-borne viruses like H1N1 and hundreds of thousands of incidental marine animals deaths in fishing and water pollution and the fact that if we weren’t feeding animal metabolisms then starvation and drought would be a thing of the past. Not to mention health issues to yourself. Is the taste worth all these costs, to yourself, to your future, to other humans, to other sentient creatures, and to the future of all earthlings? (You get over the taste habit within a month, by the way.)Additionally, if your identity is in any way attached to the term “the 99%”: Purchasing animal products supports the corporations and people who are manipulating you, who keep information from you, who profit on hurting you, who are trying to monopolize as much of your world as they can, who continuously convince people to be so egocentric that they hog their millions which as you know are worth nothing to their fulfillment but could mean everything for the poverty line or your student loans.
You can watch the 11 minute “Meat Video” swimming the interwebs for an intro to the abuses of other sentient animals capable of feeling pain and pleasure just like you if you don’t have the 1.5 hours to invest in something that will enable you to make so much change for the better. Do not let the profiteers manipulate you and make decisions for you that you do not want to make!
Free for viewing online, because it matters so much more than money: Earthlings Movie
THEIR FRIENDSHIP IS EVERYTHING I WANT FROM LIFE
Chromatic Fracture by Eric Bellefeuille
The transparent worlds of Eric’s Chromatic Fracture series depict the catastrophic collision the body takes when faced with disease and mental illness, shattering the serenity of the sphere like glass against pavement.
A letter from Banksy
Viral Banksy Quote on Advertising Plagiarizes 1999 Zine Essay Gawker, 2012, via Reddit
Interesting to note how this simple design changes the impact.
While there is starvation and drought in the world and our CO2 emissions are at this rate easily less than two decades from the iceberg that we on the Titanic are heading straight for.
Lead by example.
This is what the school-to-prison pipeline looks like. This is how black youth are criminalized.
- She was doing a science experiment
- She’s being charged as an ADULT
- She’s being charged with a FELONY
If this all goes the way the prosecution wants, this young woman will be LEGALLY discriminated against for the rest of her life. No voting, housing discrimination, employment discrimination (as if getting a job while black isn’t hard enough), etc. etc.
Perhaps instead of fighting about who is tougher, Batman or Iron Man, we could spend a little internet rage making sure this young scientist doesn’t go to prison?
From the comments section:
“To everyone commenting on this thread that is outraged by this chain of events: I am just as outraged as you. But it is not enough for us simply to vent on message boards because nothing gets accomplished. I strongly urge you to write a letter to the school district, local authorities, AND to the Principal. Or just pick one…but DO SOMETHING!!! And let us remember that in order to get our points across we must be INDIGNANT and DIGNIFIED! I am in the process of starting a petition, once I have gathered some more crucial facts. Please be on the lookout for this petition and be sure to sign it ( via Change.org ) in addition to your letter or letters to Polk County Law Officials, The school Principal, and the School Administration. Contact Info Can be found below:
Bartow High School Principal Ronald Pritchard / Address: 1270 S Broadway Ave Bartow, FL 33830 / EMAIL: Ronald.Pritchard@polk-fl.net PHONE:(863)- 534-7400 Fax: (863)534-0077
Polk County Superintendent: Dr. John Stewart /Address: 1915 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, FL 33831 Phone: (863) 534-0521 Fax: (863) 519-8231 Email: Dr. John Stewart
Polk Regional Juvenile Detention Ctr
ADDRESS: 2155 Bob Phillips Road, Bartow, FL 33830
If we can all take 5-10 minutes to read this story, comment, and read posts by others then surely we can take the same amount of time to act on this child’s behalf.”