Cosmism

My favorite blog, The Vegan Ideal is still online! I didn’t know this until today, so I’m posting the link in case anyone else is having trouble finding it.

http://veganideal.mayfirst.org/

Much of the rhetoric around gun control reminds me of the rhetoric around animal ‘welfare’. Just as welfare takes veganism off the table, gun control — in the sense of gun regulation — takes the abolition of firearms off the table as a topic of discussion.

Guns were built for exactly two purposes. One is to kill other-than-human animals. And the other purpose is to threaten, intimidate, and when deemed necessary, kill, human animals.

It’s dismaying to see so many progressives and radicals who accept that the gun will always be with us. No, guns won’t go away overnight. But they won’t go away at all unless we start to work for their abolition now. Gun ownership, no matter how ‘responsible’, feeds an industry built on paranoia, institutionalized oppression, and speciesism.

Open letter to Dreamwidth News.

As a long-time supporter of dreamwidth.org, I’m troubled by their decision to give to Heifer International as part of their year-end charitable giving. Heifer is the wrong choice in terms of animal ethics, ecology, food security, and cultural sensitivity.

See:

http://www.opednews.com/articles/What-s-Wrong-With-the-Heif-by-Rev-Gary-Kowalski-091204-421.html

http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/07/1/livestockgiftcharities1_07.html

http://awellfedworld.org/heifer

http://www.veganideal.org/content/heifer-international-more-hype-hope

Additionally, Johanna @ Vegans Of Color writes:

It’s not just about the environmental toll of meat, and the inefficiency of meat-based agriculture in addressing hunger, but also about the fact that many people of color (such as those in countries the Heifer Project focuses on) are lactose-intolerant. So pushing dairy cows on them is a stupid thing to do.

In Heifer’s place, please consider giving to organizations like Sustainable Harvest, VegFam, Plenty International, or A Well Fed World that fight hunger and food insecurity without using animals.

Awesome recreation of Goa Trance circa 1990 (but with better mixing). This is what I imagine ‘back in the day’ to sound like.

*hums Boney M*
I largely use discogs (and the absolutely cavernous Amoeba Records in L.A.) for my music shopping, but I have to admit that Rasputin is pretty cool. I didn’t end up going into this one, but I did go into the San Francisco location, where I scored a rare compil (Goa Head 2) and a few other nice finds.
OTOH, the Berkeley Amoeba was disappointing. The original, and for some reason, the smallest of the three.

*hums Boney M*

I largely use discogs (and the absolutely cavernous Amoeba Records in L.A.) for my music shopping, but I have to admit that Rasputin is pretty cool. I didn’t end up going into this one, but I did go into the San Francisco location, where I scored a rare compil (Goa Head 2) and a few other nice finds.

OTOH, the Berkeley Amoeba was disappointing. The original, and for some reason, the smallest of the three.

I like reflections, did you know?

I like reflections, did you know?

Charming passageway in Berkeley. We domestic primates like our fruit colored lights, yes we do.

Charming passageway in Berkeley. We domestic primates like our fruit colored lights, yes we do.