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  1. Ahoy. I've always liked the name Pete for some reason. Welcome aboard.
  2. I was just wondering, on average, how much money you spend on groceries per week? And what do you do, if anything, to mitigate costs? Thanks.
  3. Hey, what's life without a little poison! Hehe. Yeah, the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without universal health care. Ree-dic-u-lous.
  4. brendan


    Ha, there are a lot of vegan pro athletes: Martina Navratilova, Carl Lewis and Goldberg the wrestler come to mind. Anyhoo, welcome aboard!
  5. Welcome. I've been vegan for about four years now, too. Your arm looks pretty well-toned in your avatar - Keep it up!
  6. I think it's great to have non-vegans here, but I hope we can help you on your path to becoming one. It really is pretty easy - frankly, I think people give me too much credit for being vegan. And it's fun! Welcome!
  7. Fantastic work, Richard. You guys should check out his Web site - lots of good stuff there.
  8. Great feature there. I think you have the ideal physique. I wish I could look like that. Kudos for all the hard work it must have took!
  9. I don't drink soft drinks of any kind, but I tend to think the regular variety is better than diet. I've heard the body has a difficult time expelling artificial sweetener and that medical experts have observed a correlation between where pockets of artificial sweetener are stored and the growth of cancerous tumors. As Kollison said, however, I'm not sure how substantiated these claims are. I've also heard that the Splenda brand sweetener was engineered by removing a hydrogen molecule and replacing it with chlorine so that the human digestive system recognizes it as poison and shoots it through the body before it can be absorbed. From what I understand, though, many of the sweeteners permitted in U.S. soft drinks are banned by the European Union.
  10. Hey, guys. This could be a good opportunity to get the word out about this site and vegan bodybuilding in general. It's a short survey by VegNews Magazine to see what consumers think are the best vegan products and services on the market. There's a category for favorite Web site, so it could be a good chance to write in www.veganbodybuilding.com. And you have the chance to win big with little effort at all. Check it out: http://www.surveymonkey.com/Users/51738135/Surveys/761191192403/1EB51086-D2DA-465A-BAA5-1EA774087FD9.asp?U=761191192403& "Welcome to the 2005 Veggie Awards™ survey, the largest of its kind in the world. By voting, you and thousands of VegNews readers will select today's best vegetarian products, people and places. The annual celebration has become one of the magazine's most popular features with winners announced in the November/December 2005 "Best of Vegetarian" holiday edition of VegNews. Need an extra incentive to vote? All submissions will be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing for fabulous prizes including: Grand Prize: One lucky winner and a guest will set sail on a deluxe 90-foot renovated Dutch schooner for a fabulous 6-day, 5-night Maine cruise courtesy of Wanderbird Cruises. Delicious vegetarian meals and breathtaking views await you on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage. Second Prize: A $100 shopping gift certificate to one of today's hottest online vegan stores, Vegan Unlimited. From stylish shoes, wallets and belts to snacks, soy candles and sweets, this popular website has something for everyone. (two winners) Third Prize: A gourmet vegan cookie basket courtesy of Sun Flour Baking Company. Standout flavors include German Chocolate, Lemony Lemon, Banana Nut & Mocha Java. (five winners) The Details: Ballots must include identifying information in order to be counted. Submissions must be at least 50% complete to qualify for prize drawings. All responses should be vegan except where noted. Entries must be received by September 1, 2005. Nominees are based on the companies receiving the most votes in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Veggie Awards." http://www.surveymonkey.com/Users/51738135/Surveys/761191192403/1EB51086-D2DA-465A-BAA5-1EA774087FD9.asp?U=761191192403&
  11. Geeky musings from Slashdot.org users on space meat. http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/07/06/1737228&tid=191
  12. Check it out: invitro-grown meat, sans animal slaughter. "Researchers are making progress in discovering how to producelab-grown meat, which requires no animals at all to be slaughtered. You can read a PDF of the actual journal article about this work."
  13. Oh, by the way, Veganaise is apparently way better than Nayonaise. I have some friends who swear by it. Always go for the Veganaise!
  14. Dude, you could put some fried breaded seitan in the mix for "chicken" Caesar salad. PETA has a recipe somewhere, but it's pretty easy: Stir some mustard in with some hot water, dip the seitan nuggets in the mix, transfer to bowl with breading, throw in oiled pan and fry to a dark golden-brown. Yum.
  15. Hey, Sirdle. I'm not exactly sure about vegan options in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, but I have a friend from school who lives there and loves it. Another friend of mine recently went up to Minneapolis with him and said it was a really cool city, so my guess is vegan options naturally follow. They also made mention of some cool Irish and English pubs, great art museums and the like, so it sounds pretty good. From the way my friend makes it sound, though, Minneapolis is a beacon of light next to the dark hole that may or may not be St. Paul. But I believe they are dueling twin cities, so take that for what it's worth. Also go to www.VegDining.com to find vegan-friendly restaurants in the area and go to Whole Foods, Wild Oats and Trader Joe's Web sites to see if there are any of those stores in the area.
  16. brendan


    Hey, nice to have you here. Welcome aboard!
  17. In addressing the initial question of this thread, I think it is interesting to look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church for its stance on treatment of animals: "Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory (Cf. Mt 6:26; Dan 3:79-81). Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals. "God entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whom he created in his own image (Cf. Gen 2:19-20; 9:1-4). Hence it is legitimate to use animals for food and clothing. They may be domesticated to help man in his work and leisure. Medical and scientific experimentation on animals is a morally acceptable practice if it remains within reasonable limits and contributes to caring for or saving human lives. "It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. It is likewise unworthy to spend money on them that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery. One can love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only to persons." It is important to note the logical leaps here, where man is first called to be a steward to the animals, and then suddenly gains the right to exploit and kill them. (For more on our call to be stewards of the earth, working under the overarching value of love, which includes mercy for animals, I recommend a book by Matthew Scully, a former speech writer for President Bush, called "Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy.") The second, most glaring logical leap comes after Church authority has established that it is permissible to use animals to our own ends by then making it a point to admonish unnecessary animal suffering. As vegans, we are living examples that most (if not all) suffering imposed on animals is unnecessary, especially when it comes to food and clothing consumption. Perhaps this is merely a sign that the Catholic Church has adopted an anachronistic view of the modern marvels of vegetarianism and might, with better understanding, reconsider its approach to present-day animal treatment. As far as to when bad things happen to good people, I recommend a book by the same name by Rabbi Harold Kushner. In it, Kushner draws from the widely accepted paradigm that God is all-loving, all-powerful and all-knowing. From there, he argues that God can only be two of these three attributes at any one time. Working through this conundrum, Kushner ultimately concludes that God is all-loving and all-knowing, but not all-powerful, otherwise our free will would be truncated and bad things would not happen to good people. The co-existence of omni-benevolence and omnipotence are simply illogical within the Judeo-Christian worldview.
  18. Richard, some of that seems a bit extreme. But I will admit, I don't use the Internet either. I'm actually working to take down our pervasive techno-industrial civilization. I have a Web site for my campaign, if you're interested in learning more.
  19. The grain scenario is a good example of why we should not focus on personal purity and instead underscore that veganism is about reducing suffering. Beyond that, killing an animal specifically for its meat is a drastically different motivation than accidentally killing an animal as a byproduct of harvesting grain. I don't know why people insist on making it seem like vegans are hypocritical for accidentally killing insects and other small animals simply just by living. If I may, LAME! I knew someone who stopped being vegetarian because of anemia. I have read, though, that leafy-green vegetables can be a much more efficient form of iron. It also seems that if you're anemic, you would be taking some type of medication or iron supplement, so it seems that could still coincide with a vegetarian diet. Recently I spoke with someone who said he's not vegetarian because he thinks it's natural to eat meat. Although I tend to agree that it might be natural for humans to eat small amounts of flesh sparingly, as chimpanzees do, I think it's funny that amid all our scientific and technological advancements, people still try to cling to this naturalistic attitude - mostly only when it comes to defending their flesh-eating habits. And there's nothing necessarily "natural" about the way we harvest our foood, especially when we are talking about factory farms.
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