Archive for March, 2011

31 March, 2011

Alert: Seal Shepherd is back


WARNING

Every year, when the annual seal slaughter in Canada rolls around, so do the warnings against the man known as “Seal Shepherd”.

https://twitter.com/sealshepherdlie/status/49162397386162177
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For continuing and breaking updates regarding this fraud: follow @sealshepherdlie on twitter

The profile picture he tends to favour most often is a generic image of a 2009 Suzuki GSX R1000 K9,

if you see this image on any save the seals / Animal Rights social media accounts and the person is not talking about motorbikes, proceed with caution

One of the best blogs that go into great detail, with lots of research is SpookieCats

Seal Shepherd – One Man, Dozen Of Accounts, Emails, Profiles and Personalities

Michael McDade aka Seal Shepherd aka Seal Shepherd aka Seal Shepherd X: SOCIOPATH
(although, where is the consistency, killing seals is bad, wearing leather is good as he does in one of the pictures on this page – because he is not about consistency, he is about cyber bullying women, abuse, and raising money to “save seals”)

Seal Shepherd – the New Stalker, Bully and Cyberpath

Seal Shepherd. Confused Animal Savior or Manipulating Sociopath?
here he claims he is not an animal rights activist, and thinks such people are ridiculous,

This: is Rescue Ink’s warning against Seal Shepherd

Negotiation Is Over: WARNING ALL ACTIVISTS: THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS

the exact same Negotiation Is Over post is reproduced here “Cyber Stalking by Michael McDade (Seal Shepherd)
(Btw, Ann Berlin, completely off topic, but since Ive had to put up with your abuse before and hope to reference you as little as possible, Im taking this opportunity to say that defending the use of animal products, such as butter, even if it is by the real Sea Shepherd doesn’t make it vegan, regardless of how many whales Sea Shepherd saves, And how different is your claim to be “Animal Liberation Front Worldwide news and information resource” any different from McDade’s claim to be the boss of ALF in Canada?)

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30 March, 2011

César Chávez: the non-violent revolutionary


Sí, se puede

I don’t think any one event, or any one day, or any one action,
or any one confrontation wins or loses a battle. You keep that
in mind and be practical about it. It’s foolish then to try and
gamble everything on one roll of the dice—which is what violence
really gets down to.

I think the practical person has a better chance of dealing with
nonviolence than people who tend to be dreamers or who are
impractical. We’re not nonviolent because we want to save our
souls. We’re nonviolent because we want to get some social
justice for the workers.

If all you’re interested in is going around being nonviolent and so
concerned about saving yourself, at some point the whole thing
breaks down—you say to yourself,

‘Well, let them be violent, as long as I’m nonviolent.’

Or you begin to think it’s okay to lose the battle as long as you
remain nonviolent, the idea is that you have to win and be
nonviolent. That’s extremely important! You’ve got to be
nonviolent—and you’ve got to win with nonviolence! What do
the poor care about strange philosophies of nonviolence if it
doesn’t mean bread for them?

~ Cesar Chavez

 

We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them — exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.
César Chávez

César Chávez a farm worker in California, who became a community organiser, labour leader and civil rights activist, and inspiration in non-violent campaigning for change.

Chávez, and Dolores Huerta, established the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers (UFW), and in the process showed what non-violent, compassionate, passionate activism can achieve.

In fighting for the rights of farm workers, the UFW was fighting for work place rights on behalf of a group of workers who had / have working conditions that very few other work places would find acceptable. As the recent death of Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez due to heat stroke shows.
However, a family member says that Chávez was vegan. Camila Chavez, his niece, said: Cesar was a vegan. He didn’t eat any animal products. He was a vegan because he believed in animal rights but also for his health

Building on those who went before, Mexican Revolutionary – Emiliano Zapata, Martin Luther King, and Indian revolutionaries Nehru and Gandhi, he used as many tools as he could to gain rights for farm labourers.

 

There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
César Chávez

31 March, César Chávez’s birthday, is a state holiday in California, in honour of his community service.

And in the way that Chávez was inspired by those who went before him, maybe he can inspire a new generation of animal rights activists, inspired by his slogan “Yes, you can” (Sí, se puede).

Perhaps, vegans could adopt that day also, for a day of Animal Rights activism, non-violent acts of Revolution and community vegan activism?

I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.
César Chávez

This video examines the legacy of Chávez, his fight for justice, human rights, work place safety, and even environmental protections with his attention to the use of pesticides in food production. Among those paying tribute are Robert Kennedy and Martin Sheen.

Yes, you can.
25 March, 2011

The Second Tsunami: Disaster Capitalism in Japan

When the pursuit of profits takes preference over life

“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”
John Maynard Keynes

“Second Tsunami” is a phrase used by Naomi Klein in her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism to describe the gleeful way the hyper capitalists reacted after the Tsunami of 2004.

When the water has washed everything away, when the earth has shaken all the buildings to the ground, those with money move in and Vulture Capitalists use the disaster to promote their own capitalist ideological agenda.

Naomi Klein, says here, in this interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, hyper-capitalists are very good at taking advantage of the shock a population experiences following disasters – “Remaking people, shocking them into obedience . . . these techniques don’t only work on individuals; they can work on whole societies: a collective trauma, a war, a coup, a natural disaster, a terrorist attack puts us all into a state of shock. And in the aftermath, like the prisoner in the interrogation chamber, we, too, become childlike, more inclined to follow leaders who claim to protect us.”
(for the full article… The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on the Rise of Disaster Capitalism)

Because when hyper-capitalists see an opportunity to make money, nothing will stand in their way, not the plants, animals, clean air, clean water – it seems as if all life on earth becomes expendable.

How many safety corners were cut by a nuclear industry trying to save money and increase profits?

How many workers will lose their lives going into a nuclear power plant on the verge of a melt down, because they need the wages?

How many people and animals will die from radiation while the people that profited from these nuclear power plants live it in some 5-star beach resort, far away from the deadly radiation?

As happens daily under capitalism, profits are put before people. Making nuclear plants designed to withstand a worst case scenario and protecting the surrounding population is deemed too costly by the profit driven system..”
Japan nuclear disaster driven by corporate push for profits

Only a planned, socialist system, based on need, not greed, and global cooperation of the working class and oppressed can save the planet and free human beings from hunger, war, poverty and environmental destruction.

How capitalism made Japan’s disaster worse


By Gavrielle Gemma
Published Mar 23, 2011 9:37 PM

Based on a talk given to a Workers World Party forum on March 19.

The hearts of workers and the oppressed of the world go out to the Japanese people who have been hit by an earthquake and tsunami and are now threatened with nuclear disaster. We can never forget that more than 200,000 people, almost all civilians, were murdered by U.S. nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, while millions suffered from radiation poisoning, cancer and birth defects in the following decades.

But the hearts of the Japanese and U.S. capitalist governments, investment bankers and corporate plunderers are stone cold to the suffering of the people.

The quake and tsunami may have killed 30,000 people. Whole villages have been destroyed. Factories, stores, water, food supplies, homes, electricity, heating facilities for the cold north, the fishing industry and animal herds were demolished. Millions are suffering still. Food and water supplies are contaminated in a 100-mile radius.

Vital information about the nuclear threat is being withheld. The Japanese and U.S. capitalist governments, Tokyo Electric Power and General Electric, which built the affected plants, the International Atomic Energy Agency – all are tied to the profit-driven oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy industries and cannot be trusted.

The greatest threat arises from lack of water to cool 1,100 spent fuel rods, which emit deadly cesium and plutonium if ignited. A Tokyo Eletric {sic} Power executive admitted that the company delayed pumping sea water in, fearing it would ruin a valuable investment.

Since 1972 nuclear power experts have condemned the GE-designed plants for not venting hydrogen gas — which caused the explosions — and for unsafe storage of spent fuel rods. Tokyo Electric Power has been cited for numerous uncorrected safety violations.

While the imperialists on the United Nations Security Council rushed to get a resolution allowing them to wage war on Libya, the International Atomic Energy Agency, dominated by these same powers, said they’ll send some experts in a few days — a week after the crisis.

The Japanese government has told people in the area of the nuclear reactors to move 10 miles away. Yet all the corporate executives have been told to relocate at least 50 miles away. Most have fled to luxury hotels in Tokyo. Massive government-sponsored airlifts have been provided to evacuate corporate bloodsuckers from Japan, while working people freeze and go hungry.

Salute Japanese nuclear workers

The perilous job of racing to stop a nuclear catastrophe is being heroically and selflessly carried out by a small group of workers. The amount of radiation levels they can “safely” absorb is constantly raised by those sitting at a safe distance.

While adults and children were dying, the first “emergency” measure taken by the Japanese government was to dump almost half a trillion dollars into the stock market to prevent a crash.

The G7 countries held an emergency meeting March 19 attended by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke. They discussed their fear that the global capitalist crisis was deepened by this tragedy.

They each pledged to put money from their central banks — the working class’ money – into propping up currencies. Did they take up relieving the largest rise in food prices in 36 years? Did they discuss the fate of the Japanese people, or the planet? No, their concern was how to shore up the currency markets.

The central banks are rushing in to buy up government bonds to keep their interest returns high as countries sell them. They stated that the unfolding disaster sent a shudder through world markets as investors sought the safe haven of government debt. That will mean more interest payments as banks loot the treasuries.

How to make a profit from this tragedy was the order of the day. Warren Buffet, the third-richest man in the world, said, “Frequently, something out of the blue … really creates a buying opportunity [for shares in Japanese companies]. I have seen that happen in the U.S. I have seen that happen around the world, I don’t think Japan will be an exception.” (Reuters, March 21)

The Chicago Board of Trade soared 46 percent on currency speculation. An investment banker said, “It’s a great environment out there.”

Other “emergency” actions were taken by companies like Hewlett Packard, which set up a Pentagon-styled, 24-hour “situation room” to monitor where it would get parts due to closed Japan factories, so the process of making profits could go on. Most commodities these days are a product of global labor, but end up in the hands of private capitalist corporations.

U.S. gov’t backs nuclear industry

Military corporations, banks and energy industries, especially big oil, are the real powers behind the capitalist state. GE designed the Japanese plants and GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt is a close consultant to President Barack Obama, who bizarrely named him to be his “jobs czar.” In November, Obama went to India with Immelt and 200 other executives. They forced and bribed the Indian government to pass legislation exempting GE from liability for nuclear accidents.

Countries everywhere were forced to turn to nuclear energy because of the U.S. monopolization of the oil industry. While we have an urgent, global need for safe, sustainable energy, saving the people and the planet plays no role in the decisions of Wall Street and the capitalist governments.

Our labor comes together around the globe, but the product of that labor is stolen by the private capitalist owners. We need a global public takeover from private industry of all energy resources and the creation of committees from the masses to oversee and create new sources and dismantle what is
dangerous.

Sam Marcy, the late chairperson of Workers World Party, wrote in 1990:
“At this critical phase in world history, it is only the deliberate activity of the masses themselves, when they intervene and threaten the system of capitalist exploitation and oppression, that can sweep away the polluters like the hazardous waste they created on this planet.” (Workers World, April 26, 1990)

Only a planned, socialist system, based on need, not greed, and global cooperation of the working class and oppressed can save the planet and free human beings from hunger, war, poverty and environmental destruction.

We stand with the working class and oppressed of Japan and demand that GE, Tokyo Electric and the governments that back them be held liable and that immediate and emergency aid be provided to all those suffering in Japan.


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21 March, 2011

Since when do vegans eat chicken?

Secret Society of Vegans has a secret . . .

The Secret Society Of Vegans, is a London shop, selling edgy and Cool Britannia style merchandise with a vegan theme.

But, they have a secret, do they ever….

found HERE and HERE

This was spotted by my vegetarian but non-vegan cousin, her response was:

Since when do vegans eat chicken?

I’m not sure what context this tweet is in, since the surrounding status updates / tweets are just as vague.

It is difficult enough trying to convince non-vegans (and some “vegans”) that honey isn’t on the menu for vegan eaters, and that yes, bees really are animals… this just makes it harder to tell people “NO, vegans don’t eat chicken!”

I agree with Isaac Bashevis Singer…..

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.

Perhaps it is mock-chicken, chicken-substitute, fake-chicken, or who knows. I don’t really need to know, I don’t shop in London.

… What I do know is, my non-vegan cousin was reading posts from a vegan group – and maybe one day soon, there might be one more vegan in the world.

18 March, 2011

A Vegan Speaks Out Against HSUS

HSUS – also known as Human Society of United States (also known as H$U$)

These big organisations, such as PeTA, HSUS, ASPCA, can seem to spend more time, energy and Your donations on publicity stunts, appeasing celebrities, office space, lobbying politicians, salaries, that what can get forgotten is the animals and educating the wider public.

So….

This whole article by Rocking The Suburbs is just too good to selectively quote from. I won’t repost her entire article here, but I will suggest that if someone is looking for a great read concerning issues in modern veganism / animal liberation / abolition that click the link and take a look . . . . .

What’s the Matter With the Humane Society of the United States?

17 March, 2011

Glenn Beck Vegan Conspiracy

From the Glenn Beck never actually said it archives



This is not to say that I agree with anything that Glenn Beck says, but there people who are champions of climate change, such as Al Gore, to refuse to make the change to a vegan diet, when Animal Agriculture is one of the main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

An interesting discussion, from 2007 about PeTA – not an environmental group – and Al Gore.

Animal Agriculture exacerbates climate change.

I just wish it wasn’t down to Glenn Beck to point this out.

I wish that instead of having people in elected positions of power who deny the science behind global warming, we had people who took it seriously.

But until that time, we can all go vegan and stay vegan and no that by doing so we are making a positive move to reduce our own personal impact on the environment.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

10 March, 2011

Wisconsin: lock up your puppies, Gov. Walker Is Selling them for $1 for “research”

Anyone who has been following the news of the Unionists protests in Wisconsin, USA would know about the attacks on teachers, fire fighters, garbage collectors, women, Nurses, Unionists, any person who works at a state job, anyone at all apparently.

They might even be aware that the bill being forced through in Wisconsin has provisions that remove protection from discrimination based on sexuality and sexual orientation.

But there is a little known provision that allows the State to sell homeless dogs to research facilities.

And ask any animal rights activist what “research” means – it is not running dogs through little mazes and rewarding them a piece of Swiss cheese upon completion.

No, “research” means VIVISECTION – it means testing chemicals or surgical procedures, shoving electrodes into various parts of their bodies to determine if animals feel pain, or giving them a fatal virus and seeing if they respond to treatment, it means cutting their brains open and seeing which parts respond to stimuli, or determining how much floor cleaner or mascara or “potato derived snack product” or Napalm it takes before death occurs.

This is what Governor Walker of Wisconsin wants for the dogs of his state.

And – if a research facility wants an animal, they get preference over the rightful owner.

The Democratic Underground forum has the contentious piece of legislation…


SECTION 2704. 174.13 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:

174.13 (2) Any officer or pound which has custody of an unclaimed dog may release the dog to the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin– Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., or to any other educational institution of higher learning chartered under the laws of the state and accredited to the University of Wisconsin System or University of Wisconsin–Madison, upon requisition by the institution. The requisition shall be in writing, shall bear the signature of an authorized agent, and shall state that the dog is requisitioned for scientific or educational purposes. If a requisition is made for a greater number of dogs than is available at a given time, the officer or pound may supply those immediately available and may withhold from other disposition all unclaimed dogs coming into the officer’s or pound’s custody until the requisition is fully discharged, excluding impounded dogs as to which ownership is established within a reasonable period. A dog left by its owner for disposition is not considered an unclaimed dog under this section. If operated by a county, city, village or town, the officer or pound is entitled to the payment of $1 for each dog requisitioned. An institution making a requisition shall provide for the transportation of the dog.
174.13(3) (3) An officer or pound that has custody of unclaimed dogs shall maintain records as provided under s. 173.17
174.13(4) (4) It shall be unlawful for any person, except a person licensed or registered and regulated under federal animal welfare laws, to take or send outside the state or to purchase or otherwise acquire in this state for the purpose of taking or sending outside the state, any living cat or dog to be used for any medical, surgical or chemical investigation, experiment or demonstration.




Used as an example of research, and not suggesting that Gov Walker would personally do this to any animal, or that any facility that lost and homeless pets are sold to would do this

and, I wonder why the Animal Rights Activists have been so silent about this animal killing statute

7 March, 2011

Sweet Easy Vegan Cupcakes recipe

Based on Classic Cupcakes, with a Maple Twist! by The Tasty Vegan

This is my version of that recipe:

from the Vegan Cupcake archives: photo by RedGlitterX


INGREDIENTS
275g white flour, self raising
150g brown sugar – char-free
1-1.5C shredded / desiccated coconut

125ml oil of your choice (eg sunflower, macadamia)
100ml milk of your choice (eg almond, rice)

2tbl golden syrup



INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 160°C fan-forced (= 180°C not fan-forced = 320°F)

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, coconut) in a large bowl.

Mix the wet ingredients, add to dry ingredients.

Add the golden syrup.

Stir til all ingredients mixed well.

Pour into paper-lined cupcake or muffin trays.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, or until a wooden toothpick comes out cleanly when inserted.

The Tasty Vegan says DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN – It’s a crime against cupcakes, my oven is fan-forced, so I spin the cupcakes tray around half way through the cooking time, so they cook evenly.


Icing / frosting optional, they are sweet enough as it is.



These are moist, and don’t rise too much. Can be stored in the fridge – they will go cold, but unlike egg/dairy cakes which go stale, they maintain their freshness in the fridge.



Visit, the Tasty Vegan’s Classic Cupcakes, with a Maple Twist! and check out the original recipe.

6 March, 2011

Racist Facebook Hater of the week


Just a diversion from my rants about animal rights, to highlight this racist email I received this week.
I am shocked that people still think this way.

Because no matter how vicious the fights get between animal rights activists, and the threats of violence and the people who wish me to die a horrible death, I rarely find racism in Animal Rights Activism, and for that I am grateful.

Someone I follow on twitter has a facebuck cause “I support Aboriginal Australia and I vote” (now generally I try to avoid facebook, but it is useful for signing into other social networks, such as scribd and photobucket) so I joined.

Soon after someone sent me this email

“Subject: Aboriginal
They are a bunch lazy and never done anything for Australia. The Australian government are gave everything the have free transport accommodation weekly wages, for doing nothing, the government has offering free Study, Jobs, etc. but only a 5% has accepted, the rest are a bunch of lazy. In North and South America the Indians have to work so they can bring food home what did you saying about (POLETICIANS) and by the way we are not racist.
Tito Perez

Seriously, racist morons out there, I joined a group called “I support Aboriginal Australia and I vote” why would you think I want your racist hate in my email.

So, if anyone wants to show their support to the groups owner, and show them that people like Tito are a minority, consider joining the cause I support Aboriginal Australia and I vote. Thank you

5 March, 2011

Why does promoting red meat feel so right?

From the woman who brought you “WEIRD AND EXTREME” to describe an almost vegan diet….

comes ads for Meat in her books – surely this must bring into question her neutrality in passing judgment on vegan/almost vegan diets.

In this Sydney Morning Herald article, dietician Catherine Saxelby said this about Bill Clinton:

his diet was extreme and not sustainable in the long-term.

People wanting to lose weight did not have to give up meat or dairy food, she said.

“There’s quite good evidence that low-fat dairy food can actually enhance weight loss through their calcium content,” said Ms Saxelby, who works with foodwatch.com.au.

“And meat is an important part of a lot of high-protein weight-loss diets because it’s very filling and satisfactory. But the meat has to be lean. It has to be trimmed of fat and it can’t be fatty meats like sausages or bacon or burgers, which is what I think Mr Clinton used to like eating.”

So, seeing Catherine Saxelby team up with a meat producer to advertise meat should come as no surprise.

Advertising is designed to sell products.

Currently in Australia we have our television screens cluttered by Sam Neill, star of Jurassic Park trying to convince an Orang Utan, the reason humans evolved was red meat.

But that is television – ads are to be expected.

And, every legal product should have the right to advertise.

However, what may come as a surprise is seeing ads for meat in her books. Like this one…

From the Eating Corpses file

Page 210 of the book “NUTRITION FOR LIFE by the authority on nutrition for 20 years Catherine Saxelby” features this ad for red meat.

Out of the goodness of her heart and her passionate belief that animals need to be slaughtered and their corpses eaten she provides this ad to the meat industry – with no remuneration?

I have searched this book cover to cover and found no reference to any sponsorship deal to help with the production of her book.

But most people who pay good money to buy a book, do they really need to see ads for red meat?

Perhaps, the question for Catherine Saxelby is “Why does promoting red meat feel so right?