Archive for July, 2009

30 July, 2009

Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together

Isaac Bashevis Singer: Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.

The author, Isaac Bashevis Singer, wrote in The Letter Writer:

“In his thoughts, Herman spoke a eulogy for the mouse who had shared a portion of her life with him and who, because of him, had left this earth. “What do they know – all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world – about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.”

Sometimes, when people here the Nazi / Animal Cruelty comparison, they think that Animal Rights people are going to far… however, Singer knew what he was talking about, as a Jewish person who fled Nazi Germany.

A life is a life, regardless of what the body looks like, as a vegan I would no more eat the corpse of a person or drink another woman’s breast milk… and yet, consuming animal products is normal to most of the world.

Time to see animals for what they are, independent beings that are alive, and not walking food… which someone put a price on their dead body, rather than a value on their life.


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25 July, 2009

Raw Chocolate Pudding (with vegan recipe)

Raw Chocolate Pudding: with celebrity chef, Leslie Bega

Vodpod videos no longer available.

This recipe comes from G Living: Darker Cooler Side Of Green video starts at 45 seconds.

Chocolate mousse with strawberries

Image via Wikipedia

Equipment:
A heavy duty blender
Serving Cups
Sharp spoon
Large cleaver knife
Spatula

Ingredients:
1 cup of Coconut Water from fresh baby coconuts
2 1/2 cups of fresh Coconut meat, scraped from inside the coconut
1/3 cup of fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup of raw chocolate beans (“nibs”)
1/2 cup of fresh dates (check for seed)
1/2 of a vanilla bean
1 teaspoon of coconut butter
1 to 2 teaspoons almond butter
1/3 cup of agave syrup
1/2 tablespoon piece fresh ginger root

Preparation:
Pre-blend or grind (eg: in a coffee blender) the chocolate beans if desired for a smoother texture.

Opening up 1 or 2 baby coconuts, as shown in the video, they are soft white husked coconuts. Make cuts to the top of the coconut, until the top comes off.

Pour off the coconut water (milk) that is inside, into a separate container. Depending on the size of the coconut, one maybe, two coconuts are required to make 1 cup of water.

Take a large spoon, and scrape out the soft coconut flesh (meat) from inside the shell. Now take a spoon and scoop out the soft baby coconut meat from inside the coconut. Remove any shell that sticks, do that until there is about 2/1/2 cups of flesh.

Add coconut flesh to the blender, add mint, raw chocolate beans, fresh dates, vanilla seeds, coconut butter, almond butter, agave syrup, fresh ginger root, coconut water to the blender.

Blend, pulse at first, until the mix is started, then set on a medium speed and continue blending.

Pause to use the spatula to scrape the ingredients to the centre. Don’t touch the blades while in use.

When blended to a smooth, thick texture, stop, and pour the mix into a glass cup, and chill in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes.


(*)Leftover pudding mix in the blender can be blender with coconut water to make a chocolate drink.

(Handy hint, if you cannot find any other recipes to use the ingredients on, that is a good reason to make more puddings/mousse)


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20 July, 2009

The butcher of Vietnam (via Workers World)

As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields. ~ Leo Tolstoy

“Vietnam wasn’t a “disastrous mistake” – it was murderous aggression.” ~ Noam Chomsky

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The butcher of Vietnam

EDITORIAL
Published Jul 16, 2009 10:21 PM

The death of Robert S. McNamara on July 6 at age 93 gives new meaning to the old adage that “only the good die young.” McNamara was secretary of defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and was the principal architect of the U.S. war against Vietnam.

As early as 1964 the war was aptly referred to as “McNamara’s war,” which didn’t bother McNamara one bit. “I am pleased to be identified with it, and do whatever I can to win it,” he said at the time. (New York Times, July 6)

He started his ignoble career as a statistical and systems analyst who became a “Whiz Kid” at Ford Motor Co. and its eventual president. McNamara was convinced that his analysis of the war proved the U.S. would conquer Vietnam within a few years.

As the war escalated and he realized the failure of his prediction, McNamara began to have “deep misgivings” about the war. Although he realized the futility of the U.S. war in Vietnam as early as 1967, he kept those thoughts to himself.

McNamara’s seven-year tenure as secretary of defense also included the disastrous “Bay of Pigs” invasion of Cuba and the missile crisis that nearly led to a nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union. It included the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965.

Under McNamara’s tenure, the war budget and influence of the Pentagon increased exponentially and increased its domination over the civilian life of the United States, which continues to this day.

McNamara left the Pentagon to work for 13 years as head of the World Bank. There he ensured the domination of U.S. capital in underdeveloped and poor countries around the world, helping to condemn millions more to lives of poverty and misery.

Despite McNamara’s private “misgivings” about the war in Vietnam, the number of U.S. soldiers dead, missing and wounded went from 7,466 to more than 100,000 during his watch. (Associated Press, July 6) Over 58,000 GIs ended up dead, with hundreds of thousands more wounded physically and psychologically.

But by far the greatest damage was to the Vietnamese nation. Over 3 million Vietnamese–2 million of them civilians—were killed during the war. The land was razed by carpet bombing. Napalm and Agent Orange used by the U.S. destroyed the country’s arable land and killed and maimed millions more people. The deadly effects are manifest even today, generations later.

McNamara’s book “In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam” was published in 1995. “We of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations acted according to what we thought were the principles and traditions of our country. But we were wrong. We were terribly wrong,” said McNamara in an interview prior to the book’s release.

The 2003 documentary “The Fog of War” also featured McNamara ruminating on his moral misgivings about Vietnam. Some even call McNamara a “liberal” for being so contrite in his later years, but this is a misguided attribute. He was sorry because he lost. He was sorry because his statistical analysis left out what history proved: the will of the Vietnamese people to defeat U.S. imperialism.

McNamara spent his later years being “sorry” while walking free. Did he voluntarily surrender himself to the Vietnamese people for prosecution of his many war crimes and crimes against humanity? Did he denounce the role of the Pentagon in subjugating oppressed peoples around the globe? Did he lead any anti-war demonstrations?

What the world’s people need are not apologies from those who have exploited and tormented them. They need solidarity from their class sisters and brothers in the imperialist countries to help overthrow this vicious system so that the criminal inequality caused by imperialism can be rectified.


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15 July, 2009

Christian “Civil Disobedience” (extreme violence)

Civil disobedience, is the non compliance with unjust laws or rules of government or occupying force. Sometimes called non-violent resistance.

Martin Luther King: “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”

When it comes to the fight for animal rights, it is something that I believe is important, because too often, those who defend animals, even in non-violent ways are classified as terrorists. When a government criminalises compassion, you know that animal liberation has governments running scared. And those who would fight, are frightened into submission.

Martin Luther King was a Reverend, therefore, when he talks about breaking unjust laws, he could be seen as preaching.

Christianity, however, for those who believe in the infallibility of the christian bible, it can provide inspiration, a role model of actions that can be used to fight unjust laws.

And for those who don’t believe, enjoy turning the bible back on those who preach Christianity, but sometimes forget its teachings (eg: Thou shalt not Kill).

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnets...

Image via Wikipedia: Four Horsemen of the Apocalyse

God-approved honeytrap and murder
Judges 4:17-24, the story of Jael, who lured the commander of the enemy army into her tent and then “Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, until it went down into the ground he was lying fast asleep from weariness and he died.” although that would probably be illegal, and most definitely not non-violent

Vengence
The “law of retaliation” deals with vengeance “You are to take life for life, eye for eye.” (Exodus 21:23-25)

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil… If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone… Do not take revenge….” (Romans 12:17-19) If it is possible, doesn’t mean always.

Revenge, try and try again
The book of Revelations, offering a full menu of diabolical fare – apocalypse, confrontation between good and evil, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, riding white, red, black, and pale-green horses representing conquest (or pestilence), war, famine, and death, cries for vengeance, hail and fire destroy a third of the trees and grass, a third of the oceans are destroyed, a third of the rivers and springs are poisoned, a third of the sky is darkened, a plague of “locusts” terrorise the Earth, an army of 200 million kills a third of Earth’s population, and the sun scorches the Earth with intense heat.

Jesus, the Warrior
Jesus “a nomadic troublemaker, a Che Guevara of the Sinai Peninsular” (Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women, Wurtzel, 1998) whether man or the myth, had a religion created in his name, overthrew the Roman empire in the Middle East, has over a billion followers and had some of the bloodiest wars started by his followers

Jesus is supposed to have said “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34 )
and “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” (Luke 22:36-38)

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed” (Luke 4:18)

Prison Break
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know”. (Proverbs 24:11-12)


“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
… Does that describe humans or animals?


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10 July, 2009

Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards (music)

Billy Bragg: Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards

This is the updated version, on the Henry Rollins show, some interesting changes.


The lyrics (B Bragg) in the original had the following lines:

If you’ve got a black list I want to be on it…
Start your own revolution, cut out the middleman
In a perfect world we’d all sing in tune
But this is reality so give me some room
So join the struggle while you may
The Revolution is just a tshirt away ……..

What this is saying, is, if there is a black list, don’t be scared about whether “they” put you on it, it means you’re doing something right, you are standing up for something worthwhile.

Don’t wait for things to be perfect, stop waiting for the great leap forward, stop waiting for the right moment to act, stop waiting for everyone else to catch up and sing the same tune.

Instead, if you want the revolution, just do it, act. There is no reason for anyone else to be the one to start it, cut out the middleman. Be the one to start it.

All you need is the tshirt, put it on, and go.

5 July, 2009

Vegan Extremism

Well, tonight thank god it’s them, instead of you
Bob Geldolf and Midge Ure

Think of the animal on the farm, it doesn’t matter if it’s free-range, organic, or factory, they all end the same way, hung upside down by the hind leg to have their throat slit.

Think of the animal in the lab, with electrodes in his head or shampoo in eyes or oven cleaner on its back or addictive drugs in its veins, or sensory deprivation.

Think of the dog tied up on a chain in the backyard, with no food or water, and cover in snow with concrete to sleep on. Think of the 200,000 bulls to be slaughtered for a religious festival to appease some goddess.

Animal husbandry

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Think of the sheep to be skinned and turned into shoes. Ugg!

Think of the cow to be raped and have her babies stolen for her to have them locked in a tiny cage then called veal.

Think of the battery hen, in a cage with three others, no room to turn around, breathing in ammonia and decaying chicken all day to produce eggs.

Think of the kittens turned into footballs, bound with gaffer tape and kicked by bored teenagers.

Blue Bottle Jelly Fish, Royal National Park, A...

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Think of the fish, turtles, birds eating tar and so covered black sticky oil they drown unable to escape, the turtles eating plastic bags thinking they are jelly fish, think of the baby seal creatures getting stuck in plastic 6-pack rings, and growing larger with that cutting into them.

Think of the insects crushed in the peanut butter machines.

Think of the hare or the fox or the lion or kangaroo hunted down by rich white elitists on horses or drunk hooligans in trucks and then shot dead while their babies starve without them.

Think of the bees, who fly the equivalent of a trip around the world, collecting nectar for their babies, to have that food stolen and turned into a teaspoon of honey, that’s it, that’s all, they are worked to death for a teaspoon of honey.

Pigs confined in metal and concrete pens

Image by Farm Sanctuary via Flickr

Think of the pigs whose heart valves are cut out and put in the body of person who lived on a diet of bacon. And think, why is it the animals who are most like us, are the ones that we eat the most often.

Think of the whale with an exploding harpoon shot into their head so some scientists can discover a cure for ’empty menu syndrome’.

Think of the baby seal unable to run away having its head smashed open with a hakapik in the name of ’employment’.

Think of the horses made to sit on chairs, the monkeys made to drive cars, the lions made to jump through hoops of fire, elephants made to dance, and decide of that is “entertaining”.

Think of the dog kept in a cage its whole life until one day it has its skin cut off its back while it is still alive, feeling every stroke of the knife.

Think of the animal that will never know sunlight or peace or grass and dirt beneath its feet or clean air to breathe or know its mothers love.

Think of the animal as it takes its last breath in agony and wonders “why me?”


And to fight this is called EXTREMIST?
To be vegan is extremist?
To believe in animal liberation is extremist?

Really?

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