It seems I have a knack for getting stuck in capital cities around Australia during protests about Middle-Eastern politics ;)
MY UNDERGRAD UNI IS THE COOLEST UNI EVER.
This is an excerpt from the uni newspaper Honi Soit, on campus politics Westerosi-style during the Union elections and various student political clubs on campus. Full size here
Though I’m sad Robb Stark has been labelled the Tony Abbott equivalent noooooo….
yes I know I’m spamming Kitty Flanagan, but this is quality. And I only ever blog quality.
Kitty Flanagan on the state of the economy.
“let me explain economic momentum for you. it’s like normal momentum, but cheaper, more economical.”
“the only way the Northern Territory can boost it’s economy is by boosting it’s population. That’s right Territorians, it’s time to root, root, root for your economy! Obviously that won’t work for NSW because our economy’s already.. rooted..”
watching the Bolt report and Meet the Press. Hosted by two of the most objectionable people in the Australian media. currently discussing the carbon tax, and pretending they know more than climate scientists.
A lesson in democracy by Kitty Flanagan, with the Prime Minister
… if having Tony Abbott as potential PM wasn’t bad enough…
seriously, if that happens, I’m getting in a little tin boat, leaving Australia and becoming a ‘boat person’, to be a problem for another country’s immigration officials.
Tumblr, what’s happening?
Vegans say something oppressive again and people call them out on their bullshit. This happens once a week, you would think by now vegans would stop saying bullshit and we wouldn’t have these problems.
idk bra you keep on incorporating shit into your movement which is
- reeks of colonialist bullshit
- there’s a total disregard on the human rights violations that occur in the agricultural industry
- you shame the fuck out of people disabilities
- you culturally appropriate so much ethnic cuisine
- i mean jesus fuck
- you even compare the consumption of animals to the holocaust
- that’s why people hate on rad vegans
Bolding for emphasis. If you genuinely think your movement is “cruelty-free” while there are people toiling & suffering for your fucking vegetables, I don’t know what to tell you, you’re kinda soulless, sub-human garbage. And you’re not actually doing anything significant for the world, except turning people off the idea of veganism with your smug, militant, holier-than-thou attitudes. You’re pretty much just fapping to the ideal that you have the means, financial stability and geographical convenience to adopt the vegan lifestyle, while completely disregarding those who don’t.
Human suffering? What about the human rights issues SURROUNDING factory farming and the conditions there?
Wow! What petty and pathetic insults, I’m sub-human scum for being vegan and eating vegetables? So what..you don’t eat vegetables?
You’re crying human rights, when;
1) FACTORY FARMING (FIRST FUCKING WORLD) is a major contributor to climate change. It uses mass amounts of water and grain (more deforestation caused than for human consumption vegetables, and more grain than vegans eat). The kind of grain that could FEED THE WORLD. for the amount that goes into one slab of beef.
You think that I do nothing else except sit around being vegan. You assume I’m a horrible person because /AS A VEGAN/ I don’t cry over slave labour in working fields. Do you? Or how many people do you know who eat meat and are just full humanitarians who do everything possible for every cause over the world? You’re angry because I eat vegetables that were pick in bad conditions?
So hey, tell me where your clothes, your computer, your shoes..where did they come from?
But no, sorry. My bad I didn’t realise that being vegan and STOPPING slaughter caused more harm than eating meat, fuck haha!
Been following this debate, and just want to butt in now and agree with the above comment from another-vegan-feminist…
I think the real enemy here is the corporate control in the food production system. (I know I sound really nerdy, but I’m doing a subject this term in the politics of food, and a degree in Environmental studies). And it’s making me seriously consider being at least vegetarian.
As another-vegan-feminist said, animal farm production is one of the biggest contributors to climate change, and whole crops (mostly GM crops) are grown in countries in the global South purely for animal consumption. Something like 13kg of corn/grain, and a whopping 5,500L of water is needed to produce a 1kg of beef. And when that’s done on large-scale farms, the amount of waste produced (of all those products) in the process is truly monumental.
With vegetable/crop production, the system is much the same (in terms of the fact that it is still large-scale farming, corporate-controlled, and therefore evil giants are fucking it up in terms of equality, pricing etc). The thing is (as I already said) the production of meat also relies on this crop production, and you could therefore make a value judgement based on that fact alone, that it has a more detrimental impact than crops alone. And it not only affects animals and their rights, but issues of food security for humans, barriers on trade with live export across borders (often causing geopolitical tensions we just don’t have time for) and in the end even the farmers lose out.
So. It’s basically in everyone’s interests to boycott/not support this system of food production. Eat locally. Eat green. Support small-scale farms. Know where your food comes from. This does not mean vegetarianism/veganism is the only viable option - if you must eat it, it is possible to buy meat which is produced in a sustainable way. (Btw, animals which are mistreated before being killed actually have an effect on the taste of the finished product (due to stress etc) so again… in your interests…)… but ultimately, eating no meat is even more sustainable, so really…
Opinion over. (I know the solution for supporting locally-produced, less cheap food isn’t a solution for everyone, but I think I can assume that if you have access to the internet, you can afford to do this.)
watching the queensland election news like a political junkie…
as if they will have already counted the votes at quarter to 10 in the morning…
but I’m secretly hoping for some footage of Bob Katter being crazy…
No worries, would be happy to! I’m not the most knowledgeable on the subject, and have never studied it or anything, so there are probably other people who’d be able to go deeper into the topics…
but basically, the historical basis for the conflict is that the UK, US and the other countries making up the Allies in WW2 didn’t quite know what to do with the huge numbers of Jewish refugees who’d escaped the Nazi occupied countries during the war. A lot of them settled in the countries they’d sought refuge in, but basically the British/American gov’ts didn’t want to deal with the ‘Jewish problem’ anymore than the Nazis did, and so basically said that the Jewish people should have a nation-state in Palestine where the Israelites from the time of the Bible lived (. Fundamentalist Christians and orthodox Jews say that they’re entitled to that land, because God promised that land to them in the Old Testament. (aka Zionism: so basically land rights by divine intervention – which I think is a ludicrous reason for a land claim)
The fact is, the Jews who live in Israel now are European Jews, (though I do believe they are descended from a certain line of Jacob… I’ve been told). But in essence if anyone has a divine right to that land, it’s the Palestinians who’ve lived there ever since before the time of Jesus. The fact that that region of the Middle-East is now predominantly Islamic it’s merely an ‘accident’ of history. If you believe all the religious garble, they are the original Israelites. Oh and while we’re at it, I’m sorry but Jesus, Mary and Joseph were also Arab. They looked nothing like how they are represented in artwork and statues today. (I think that’s slightly off topic though)..
More recently, there are other reasons why Israel annoys a lot of people, including their relationship with the US. Israel is in a geopolitically suitable location when it comes to the ‘war on terror’, being the only non-Islamic ‘state’ in the region. The US govt basically funds Israel’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, and I personally think they have waaaaaaay more WMDs than Iran or any other surrounding ‘terrorist’ nation. Because of this ‘special’ relationship’ between the Israel and the West, many media corporations also have underlying sympathy for Israel, especially SkyNews. This youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=249JaIaubVw is a REALLY good example. George Galloway is a British MP who’s a strong supporter for Palestine. Mostly it’s amusing how he talks to the news presenter interviewing him! You may also be interested in the facebook group ‘The Top 20 reasons I support Palestine and Oppose Israel’, which has a lot more reasons and arguments :D
But yes, that’s basically my opinion in a nutshell. I’d like to add that having this particular opinion does not make anyone anti-Semitic, because I am not against Jews as a cultural group of people. But I am against land claims based on something a possibly non-existent god possibly said. Everything else aside, I think that’s a good enough reason support Palestine.
If Americans consumed the same products at the same rates as the Chinese and the Indians, the world would be awash in food surpluses."
is anyone in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and would like to give me a pitch on what you get up to? Since I’m planning to major in CC I thought it was an appropriate move…