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the Asocial Ape

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  1. sorry, but "feel good! whatever you do is enough!" answers are bullshit. THEY ARE TORTURING OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO DEATH BY THE BILLIONS. eating tofu instead of steak, and saying it's enough is total hypocrisy. if someone doesn't care about animals, and says as much, so be it. he'll be in the courts after the revolution. but saying you give a shit, while you drive past a slaughterhouse, circus, or hungry cat is just being a liar. at least have the balls to admit that hanging out watching tv, or goingto the gym is more important to you than taking a stand for animals. admit that your iphone is more important to you than the 600 dollars worth of battery hens you could have saved and given to a farm sanctuary. i'm drinking a beer right now. it cost 1.17 including tax. the drug effect of the beer is more important to me than the 1.17 worth of food it could have bought the wildlife at St. Francis wildlife rehab. at least i admit it. i'm not acting as though i do enough. i don't. AND NEITHER DOES ANYONE WHO JUST EATS VEGAN, AND NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE TELL EACH OTHER THEY ARE, YOU'RE ALL JUST JACKING EACH OTHER OFF, and our kin are still dying while you pat each other on the back.
  2. the voices. oh god. the voices. but i'm not going to obey them this time.
  3. i misunderstood the argument, then. i was saying i don't think there's anything special in meat that drove brain development. personally, i think the ability to eat meat, and damn near anything else, along with our hands, and our generalist strategy, were the traits that contributed to our fitness, and evolutionary success.
  4. saying that what we ate effected our brain's development is totally Lamarckian. meat and fish consumption have nothing to do with the development of the human brain. evolutionary pressure is what caused it to be the way it is. i think the current hypothesis is the radiator theory.
  5. HEY! so would i. my wife and i changed our voter registration from socialist party of florida, to democrat just so we can vote for him in the primaries. we did that last time too. dennis rocks!
  6. heh. i didn't actually see it in real life. i just saw a bit about it on neatorama. some ppl in britain own it, and you can rent it out for parties, weddings, prom, etc. http://www.theateamvan.com/ but i was just saying, it'd be great to get our van customized like that. once we have a van, of course.
  7. you know? i just wrote a long thing continuing to explain myself, but it's pointless. here's the thing skittles - don't concern yourself with it. i care about others. ponder that. it can be like an LA koan for you, ok?
  8. my wife and i carry around a lot of supplies for our feral cat work in our tiny civic, including (though not all at the same time) as many as three hav-a-hart traps, gallons of water, a bale of hay, shelters, plates, bowls, towels, sheets, a roll of visqueen, etc. i had a dream where i was driving a volvo station wagon, and it was awesome - comfortable, roomy, and safe. plus it had room for all our stuff. what i'd really like to get is a van though. i had been thinking of a ford E250, as it would be big enough for us and all 21 of our kids if we had to evacuate in a hurricane. but then i just saw this today. a white ford is probably more practical, but how cool would it be to zoom up to an animal rescue or a protest in this? DUUUNNN dun dun DUNNNNNN! DUUUUNNNNN dun DUUUNNNNN! the A-Team (where A=animal). http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/3456/142052555984eb33505apx5.jpg
  9. i've heard that some people, not me of course, have downloaded it via bittorrent.
  10. ok. i'll never be anything but fanatical in my opposition to the butchering of my innocent brothers and sisters. suggesting that is akin to asking a husband not to be so fanatically opposed to his wife being gang raped. i don't think i'm superior. i hold myself in the same contempt i hold most other people. i'm at work, whilst there are battery hens being abused a mere fifty miles from where i sit typing. but when i leave work today, i'll be going out for my daily two hour stint working to succor feral cats, and so for that time, i will in fact be superior to you, if in nothing else, in terms of my expression of compassion.
  11. indeed he was. he was a thousand times tougher than i could ever hope to be. and there are many ways to protest. i think that taking action remedy those things you find abhorrent (in my case, animal suffering), as opposed to merely voice your opposition, is even more important than protest. but while we're on the topic of gandhi, let's remember that he wasn't a lamb. he was lion. he didn't just protest. he worked to stop the opression of the indians in south africa and india. he interfered. he broke the law. he gathered salt, knowing he would be arrested. he burned his id papers. he stood up for OTHERS, not for himself. and finally, don't forget these statements he made - "I do believe that, where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence... I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honour than that she should, in a cowardly manner, become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor." and "I want both the Hindus and Mussalmans to cultivate the cool courage to die without killing. But if one has not that courage, I want him to cultivate the art of killing and being killed rather than, in a cowardly manner, flee from danger. For the latter, in spite of his flight, does commit mental himsa. He flees because he has not the courage to be killed in the act of killing." i don't think people that are so selfish and shallow that they are concerned only for their own freedom, health, and happiness (and i don't mean you, offense), are worthy of aligning themselves with gandhi.
  12. great intro. thanks for joining and being vegan. p.s. i love tofurky!
  13. I so much agree with this you just wrote, in what seemed to be a condemnation of anger and violence, "anger will bring anger. violence will also bring more violence." your beliefs seem to be like a moving target. stable as jell-o. do you people who don't care about animal suffering have any steel in you? are your beliefs that malleable?
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