Vegan Update

I tried vegan pizza for the second time today.
Everything is fine, except for the cheese. I just can’t get over how gooey it is. It’s nothing like cheese.
The pepperoni, however, is great. I can’t tell the difference. Same thing with the bacon. I tried it on a vegan burger. The bacon was great, but I think I need to try a new kind of meat.

Something that keeps coming up with me is the worry that so much of this fake-meat ends up being really processed and gross, as far as ingredients go. I don’t really know how to recognize this yet, so I don’t know.

I have still been eating meat, like when I go out with friends and I don’t have a choice but to starve. But all of our groceries have been vegetarian and vegan. There is so much out there that is vegan, like pancakes, french toast, and the meat I described earlier, that is just awesome.

I’m still on the fence about what being vegan is actually doing. My family’s food choices (along with many others) might be having some kind of impact on the animal cruelty industry, but we were a family that went out of our way to get “better” kinds of meat.

I just wonder, like, I try to research the different brands to find less cruel practices for cows and chicken when I buy (I have never heard of bison cruelty. Does this exist?). But, I think now trying to go vegan makes one less supporter of less cruel meat producers, meanwhile all the same people are supporting McDonalds and Foster Farms. That’s not even considering the insignificant impact my family has when considering the fast food consumers, etc.

I just hate so many aspects of my life, I have to sacrifice my happiness and convenience while so many others live care-free lives of ignorant bliss.

Tags: vegan veganism

thebrainscoop:

#AttenboroughWeek starts April 21st! 

The BBC is celebrating the life and work of Sir David Attenborough all next week with commemorative video releases and encouraging dialogue about his extensive life’s work. I participated in a video retelling my favorite Attenborough moment that was uploaded to EarthUnplugged today. 

Sir David’s documentary legacy has been incredibly influential to me. Watching the Planet Earth series was the first time I ever felt a personal connection to and responsibility for this planet we share. I believe strongly in the power of community, shared knowledge, and the desire to work towards better environmental health, and we can do that if we choose to embody the respect for our world that David speaks to regularly. 

What is your favorite David Attenborough moment!?

cognitivedissonance:

plansfornigel:

sadurdaynight:

female-only:

plansfornigel:

and these are the men women are suppose to call when raped. what is this rape culture you speak of ?

this makes me so mad not every fucking cop is a rapist 

When Cops Rape … and Nothing Happens

“Police sexual misconduct is common, and anyone who maintains it isn’t doesn’t get it,” says retired Seattle police chief Norm Stamper, author of the book Breaking Rank. Since no one is investing resources in learning how many victims are out there, we’re left with estimates and news accounts. As part of a 2008 study, former police officer Tim Maher, a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, asked 20 police chiefs whether police sexual misconduct was a problem; 18 responded in the affirmative. The 13 chiefs willing to offer estimates thought an average of 19 percent of cops were involved—if correct, that translates to more than 150,000 police officers nationwide. An informal effort by the Cato Institute in 2010 to track the number of police sexual-misconduct cases just in news stories counted 618 complaints nationwide that year, 354 of which involved forcible nonconsensual sexual activity like sexual assault or sexual battery.

Police Sergeant Doubled as Serial Rapist

It was nothing short of a nightmare — a man obsessively tracking women, sneaking into their homes, assaulting them, and forcing them to perform a bizarre “cleansing” ritual that washed away any hint of evidence from their bodies. Bloomington, Ill., Police Detective Clay Wheeler spent two years pursuing the first serial rapist in his town’s memory.

“I’ve seen more brutal things, more violent things, but some of the things that happened and what he would say and tell these girls as he’s assaulting them, and I mean, I get chills. It just disgusts me,” he said.

According to the 3rd Quarter Report of The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project, police officers were accused of sexual assault at a rate of 79 per 100,000 law enforcement personal. The rate of accusations for the general public is 28.7 per 100,000 general public. When corrected for gender these numbers tell us that there are 1.5 times more accusations of sexual assualt among male law enforcement officers than among the general male population. The fact that rapists seem to be concentrated among a group of armed individuals who have the purported authority to detain and arrest other individuals should be more than a little alarming for even the most prolific police bootlicker. In just the last month, several stories of officers committing disgusting crimes have been in the news.

No one needs to come in and say “Not all cops….” on this post or others about police misconduct. That’s great. We ALL know not all cops do bad things, but the point here is that SOME DO and they seem more likely than the general male population to commit this particular kind of crime.

That’s like saying to a rape victim who’s wary around men after being raped by one, “Not ALL men are rapists, your attitude makes me so angry.” That person knows damn well not all men are rapists but isn’t taking the chance of being able to discern rapist from not-rapist — it’s not like they walk around with signs. Just like cops. You never know if you’re getting a rotten apple. Instead of accepting that most of them are good, maybe we should concentrate on getting rid of and preventing rotten ones from happening.

(via misandry-mermaid)

(Source: smallfucks, via xexcelsiorx)

Tags: gpoy

sci-universe:

53 years ago today (April 12), Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, became the first human to travel into space and change history, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth.

So on April 12, Gagarin, who became an international celebrity and hero, is being commemorated for paving the way for future space exploration by the International Day of Human Space Flight (Cosmonautics Day).

I really recommend looking him up. There’s so much to know about him and the history-making flight.

My favourite thing is probably the landing to an unplanned site: A farmer and her daughter observed the strange scene of a figure in a bright orange suit with a large white helmet landing near them by parachute. Gagarin later recalled, “When they saw me in my space suit and the parachute dragging alongside as I walked, they started to back away in fear. I told them, don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet citizen like you, who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!”

Happy International Day of Human Space Flight!

Favorite new band. Their/They’re/There
Haven’t really been keeping up with new music the last few years…

Come see them w/ me in SF next month: May 21st, 8pm Thee Parkside

Tags: emo

Going Vegan

Well… trying to go vegan, kind of.
Tips, advice, etc?

misandry-mermaid:

girljanitor:

corporationsarepeople:

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
You can go ahead and call it slavery. That’s still legal, you know.

Reminder that 95% of the people imprisoned are there on plea-bargain: they never received a trial, and the only record of anything in those cases is usually a police report.

Modern. Day. Slavery.

misandry-mermaid:

girljanitor:

corporationsarepeople:

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

You can go ahead and call it slavery. That’s still legal, you know.

Reminder that 95% of the people imprisoned are there on plea-bargain: they never received a trial, and the only record of anything in those cases is usually a police report.

Modern. Day. Slavery.

(Source: questionall)

jtotheizzoe:

kenobi-wan-obi:

bouncingdodecahedrons:

Carl telling us how (not) to science.

"conclusion: dinosaurs" is still my favorite rebuttal to just about anything tbh.

Second perhaps only to “Therefore: aliens”

(via astrotastic)

jtotheizzoe:

Celebrate Cosmos returning to TV by looking back at this lost episode of Carl Sagan’s original.

Cosmos: The Meat Planet

This pork volcano … tell me more. We are all made of star stuff, and bacon.

Dying!

marjoleinhoekendijk:

setbabiesonfire:

castorochiaro:

nerdloveandlolz:

embryhallowed:

boydoicry:

seriously tearing up at 2am over steve irwin

such an incredible person who really cherished animals, his death will always hurt my heart. always

gets bitten on the neck by a snake.

"Can you get a close-in on this?"

I will never not love this man with all my heart.

So gentle. Obviously I didn’t know him in person but the way he didn’t react in anger here seems to show a very kind spirit. I wish people wouldn’t joke about how he died. People wouldn’t joke about a firefighter who died in a fire. Steve was all about showing us that even dangerous animals deserve our admiration, respect, and even a sort of affection, and that was something worth doing, even if he seemed goofy and silly sometimes.

I wanted to BE this man as a kid. I did. The world was so scary and he was always so excited about it all, I wanted to be excited too. I hate jokes about his death and how people talk about him like he was crazy. He was alive. He loved every single day he was on this planet and if that’s something people think is worth ridicule, then that just makes me feel sorry for them.

I love Steve Irwin.

I miss him :(

(Source: youwantedwhining, via thewildonion)

sluteverxxx:

jumpingjacktrash:

dharmagun:

archiemcphee:

What happens when two baroque cellists perform a cover of “Thunderstruck" by AC/DC? They shred. Literally. Keep an eye on their bows as the piece progresses.

This awesome video features Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2Cellos, playing their phenomenal “BaRock style” arrangement of the hard rock classic for a completely bewildered 17th century audience. The concept is wonderful, but the actual performance is astonishing.

[via Geeks are Sexy]

ok that was seriously badass. PLAY, CROATIAN BEAUTIES, PLAY WHILE I SHIP YOU.

i love the way the sound changes as the bows gradually disintegrate, too.

that was AWESOME.

I fucking love these two, this is my fave duet by them:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bVrrvUvozSQ
babymarkers:

the-chocolate-chip-pancake:

thatsnotwatyourmomsaid:

none pizza with left beef

It should be a rule of Tumblr to always reblog none pizza with left beef

ive missed you

babymarkers:

the-chocolate-chip-pancake:

thatsnotwatyourmomsaid:

none pizza with left beef

It should be a rule of Tumblr to always reblog none pizza with left beef

ive missed you

(Source: ollielephant, via fishingboatproceeds)

Darwin Day

I just heard a clip about a member of congress, Rush Holt, asking congress to adopt Darwin Day as a ceremonial celebration for what he achieved. Pete Stark has been trying to do this for years, but he’s no longer in congress…

I couldn’t even get the science museum I worked at to adopt a Darwin Day celebration because it would be too controversial.

I can’t stand this country.