Archive: December 2008

Comrade Kelly’s Communist Manipesto (Chapter 1)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

I started to think about this year’s FSMas feast well before November. Since we’re talking about a (spoof) religion which revolves around pasta and pirates, a noodle-based dish is basically a given. Last year, we had lasagna…the same as every x-mas before. What can I say? The pasta, I loves it. That, and I’m not especially adventurous in the kitch.

But in the spirit of Vegan MoFo, I vowed to try out a new dish this year – but what?

Stephen Colbert to the rescue! (@ 2.27):


Communist Manipesto – that’s the ticket. Naturally, a “Communist Manipesto” dish must involve manicotti and pesto. And sundried tomato pesto is the shit! Blend a pesto recipe with a little tofu for bulk, stuff it in a package of manicotti, and there’s a FSMas dinner to (not) die for!

So I started by Googling around the internets in search of sundried tomato pesto recipes, finally settling on this one from All Recipes:

Ingredients

* 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
* 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
* 1/4 cup chopped pine nuts
* 3 tablespoons chopped onion
* 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
* 1 tablespoon tomato paste
* 1/3 cup crushed tomatoes
* 1/4 cup red wine
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* salt to taste

Directions

1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with warm water for 5 minutes, or until tender.

2. In a food processor or blender combine sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts and onion; process until well blended. Add vinegar, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and red wine, and process. Stir in olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt to taste.

Of course, this was only a starting point – I had to modify the recipe a bit to make it vegan. And, you know, adjust certain ingredients according to what I did and didn’t have in the pantry. And add a few extra steps.

Here’s the final version of the recipe…well, the final version of Chapter 1, anyway. I’m not in love with it, so likely there will be additional “Chapters” forthcoming. More on that below!

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Kinship Circle: Monkeys – Stolen From Trees, Sold For Research

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

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Date: Dec 29, 2008 8:56 PM
Subject: Monkeys: Stolen From Trees, Sold For Research

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12/29/08: Cambodia Monkeys: Stolen From Trees, Sold To Research
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LT: Cambodia’s long-tailed macaques are stuffed into mesh bags and crammed into the bottom of a boat.

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RT: Babies clinging to each other in small barren cages await their fate.

SOURCE: http://www.buav.org/e_projecty.php

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Step Inside My Noodle House (Take 1)

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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Last year, when I initially conceived of FSMas, one of the first diy craft ideas to pop into my head was that of building a Noodle House. (Think “gingerbread house,” but with uncooked pasta instead of cookies and icing…and not at all edible, natch.)

I finally found some time this month to experiment with my first noodle house. Even though it turned out to be a bit of a flop – I spent a good half hour yesterday dismantling what I’d made, so I could at least recycle the cardboard frame – I’m going to blog the process anyway, share what worked and what didn’t, and hopefully hammer out some new ideas for the 2009 holiday season.

OK, well, where to begin? I started with two smallish-medium square cardboard boxes. The larger box, the dimensions of which were slightly longer/wider than the length of a lasagna noodle, formed the base of the house. I taped the top and bottom closed so that all the surfaces were level.

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Product Review: Cherrybrook Kitchen Brownie Mix

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A few weeks ago, I raved about Cherrybrook Kitchen’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. They were seriously awesome and, better yet, the mix doesn’t require eggs (for us veg*ns, this means egg replacer and the associated risk of lumps of egg replacer).

Last week, I broke out the box of Cherrybrook Kitchen Brownie Mix I had stashed in the pantry. With the memory of fluffy chocolate chip cookies still fresh in my mind, I had high expectations for this brownie mix. Alas, the brownies fell a wee bit short.

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The cooking instructions for the brownies are pretty straightforward: add margarine, water and vegetable oil; cook at 350 degrees for 16 minutes for fudge-like brownies, 18 minutes for cake-like brownies (2 minutes less for dark pans). Quick and simple.

I wanted fudgey, gooey brownies, so I removed the pan from the oven after 14 minutes and let them cool a bit. Ten minutes later, I tried to cut myself a piece and…got a butter knife full of batter. So back in they went.

I didn’t want to overbake them, so I checked in every two minutes to see how done the insides were. I ended up baking them an extra 6 minutes or so, but despite my best efforts, I ended up with cakey brownies. Maybe I was having bad luck, or perhaps I was just tired and cranky after a day of holiday baking – I dunno. Not my best batch of brownies, though. They’re good, just not very brownie-like.

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(Even the chocolate chip cookie pictures came out better!)

So…I’m not sure what to rate these. 3 out of 5 stars, maybe? 4/5?

Meh. Mom and dad, please to send me some more chocolate chip cookie mixes!? *nudge-nudge wink-wink*

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2008-12-30

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Action Alerts

Animal Person: 2 Things to do Today
“I’m posting to ask you to participate, ASAP, in Change.org’s Ideas for Change in America project, in the AR category of ideas. First-round voting ends at midnight, PT, on December 31, so we need votes right away, to show the president’s administration, Congress, and the public that animals matter.”

Animal Person: On Obama’s Food Agenda
“Susan directed me to ‘A food agenda for Obama’ by Christopher D. Cook of the Christian Science Monitor. Cook suggests nine elements for Obama’s food policy. Number ten is: ‘Fill in the blank, and send me your thoughts at www.christopherdcook.com.’”

The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) / Leaping Bunny: Take the New Year’s Pledge!
“Make a commitment to eliminate animal testing by pledging to only purchase products approved by the Leaping Bunny Program, which provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers. The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products.”

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #160 @ Ruscombe Green

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Uncle Sam vs. Felix the Lamb

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

After a few days away from the internets, I sat down at my desk this morning, only to find 100+ emails cramming my inbox – most of which are end-of-the-year donation appeals. Sigh.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind receiving the occasional solicitation – even though these can quickly add up, as I’m subscribed to a ridiculous number of mailing lists. But as we approach the 31st, groups have ramped up their efforts to the point where I’m receiving a couple emails per day, per group. That’s spam, peoples, and it’s only slightly less annoying when done by a non-profit. Seriously, it’s going to take me an hour to slog through it all.

One solicitation from Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary – who haven’t spammed me ad nauseum, I should add – is super cute, so much so that it yanked me out of my grumpy stupor, if only for a moment.

I just have to share:

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I love it!

You can view the entire email as a web page here, and, if you’d like to send some cash Woodstock’s way, go here.

I think I’ll make a last-minute donation as a token of gratitude to Woodstock for not abusing my inbox.

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Echoes of Bobby

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

I founded and moderate a local freecycle group; for practical reasons, we don’t allow live animal listings, although “meat” is acceptable (conflicted emotions, I has them). Recently, a member requested unwanted meat, as well as…unwanted livestock and sick or dying animals. I deleted the post and removed her from the list, as this was her second strike.

Naturally, she took issue with the strike. This is a direct quote from the email she sent in reply:

The other issue you have with me I don’t understand because any meat is any meat whether it is in frozen form or live form.

Let me repeat:

The other issue you have with me I don’t understand because any meat is any meat whether it is in frozen form or live form.

“Meat is meat” whether it’s already dead, slaughtered, prepared and packaged…or is walking around, nibbling on grass, playing with other “meat,” and just generally living life.

“Life” is simply a transitional state on the road to consumption.

Wow. Just…wow.

I wonder if she has visions of drumsticks while conversing with other humans?


Echoes of (the ghost of) Bobby, anyone?

Sometimes I’ve just got to laugh, otherwise I’d never stop crying.

(Crossposted.)

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Arby’s Beef as an Aphrodisiac

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Again with the meat-as-sex meme.

In this commercial for fast food chain Arby’s, a dutiful wife dresses up as an Arby’s waitress for her husband’s birthday. In the bedroom, if you know what I mean, where she delivers a chicken corpse to her eagerly awaiting hubby. Cue sexxxay, “doing it” music: Boom-Chicka-Wow-Wow! As the wife/waitress slinks into the room – somewhat uncomfortably, mind you, as though she was wheedled into doing this against her better judgment – the Arby’s logo (a red hat) “pops up” over dude’s head while he smiles with hunger/lust.

(Oh Arby’s, so clever with the double entrendes, you are! Original, too.)

Here, beef functions as an aphrodisiac and dinner time is sex-ay time. It goes without saying that dude is a REAL MAN because he eats REAL MAN food, i.e., food with a face. No veggies on his plate, nosiree. Except for ketchup, of course.

Which begs the question: if eating meat is analogous to having sex, is the wife/waitress a living piece of Chicken Cordon Bleu?

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2008-12-27

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Year end round-up PLUS Vick pit-bull SI cover! 12/25/08
“We have had some real advances, and in the areas we have not seen the change we would like for the animals what we have seen is unprecedented coverage of their plight. Before we have change, we must have exposure and acknowledgment that animal issues matter — and 2008 has been the year for that. Animal issues have saturated the media. Given how bad the animals have had it, for how long, it’s about time they got some public attention.”

People’s Email Network (PEN): Action Page To Stop The Bush Pardons
“Pay no attention to the handful of Christmas pardons granted by Bush. This is mere political window dressing to distract from the bumper crop of blanket absolutions, including one for himself, scheduled to be released just before midnight on Jan 19th. Cheney would not so arrogantly be bragging on TV about how he authorized torture if it were not so. But there is a resolution in Congress, H.Res. 1531, preemptively condemning any such move if we can just get enough members of Congress to sponsor it (already 10 so far). Many of you have submitted a action page on this already. Please do it again, especially if your representative did not hear you the first time.”

Newsletters

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, 12-24-08
“News & Features”

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Wildlife Action News, December 2008
“Wildlife Action News: Check Out Our New Look for the New Year!”

The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG): VRG News, December 2008
“CALL-A-DIETITIAN DAY – JANUARY 23 & more”

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Brindi’s Life Matters. Help Save Her.

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Update, 1/19/09: VERDICT: Brindi lives and comes home soon!

Update, 1/7/09: Kinship Circle: Update/ Brindi’s Fate In Judge’s Hands

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 26, 2008 6:03 PM
Subject: ACT/ Brindi’s Life Matters. Help Save Her.

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12/26/08: Brindi’s Life Matters. Help Save Her.

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Halifax (Nova Scotia) has recognized that Brindi is not a threat to humans. It was informed by two respected trainers that her wayward behavior does not signify aggression and definitely can be corrected. Yet the city prefers to have her pay the ultimate price for human error, rather than accept reasonable alternatives that would both maintain safety and keep her alive.

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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-brindi-this-dog-must-not-be-euthanized

KINSHIP CIRCLE realizes that not everyone agrees with this plea to spare Brindi’s life. We respect opinions, but ask that you refrain from sending us an ALL-CAPS, exclamation-point complaint. Any time you disagree with our stance — in this case, no-kill without exception for a healthy animal — simply delete the alert. Thank you for your unyielding voice for animals.

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Kinship Circle: Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 24, 2008 8:45 PM
Subject: Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK

12/24/08: Rebuilding Lives, Two Hands At A Time
YEAR-END REFLECTIONS * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

THIS IS FOR YOU:

1. Rebuilding The Gulf Coast, Two Hands At A Time
2. Kinship Circle Recognized For Work In Iowa Floods 2008
3. The Great River Rescue
4. I Rescued A Human Today

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1. Rebuilding The Gulf Coast, Two Hands At A Time

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SOURCE: 12/24/08, VIDEO – With My Own Two Hands
WATCH VIDEO NOW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ44B33HRmo&NR=1

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: Thanks to my sister and fellow animal rescuer, Cara Shoss, for alerting me to this beautiful video and inspiration for this message. Brenda Shoss, president, Kinship Circle

From Cara Shoss, cshoss [at] gmail.com — Imagine what we could do if we all used our own two hands to change the world. Keep believing in what you are doing. Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you for using your two hands to make a difference for the animals in the world.

TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ44B33HRmo&NR=1

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

GULF COAST: Animals In Gulf Coast Storms & Other Disasters

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/gulfcoast/default.html

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Kinship Circle: October-December 2008 Updates (Parts 1 & 2)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 24, 2008 12:08 AM
Subject: Part 1/ UPDATES: OCT-DEC 2008

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

PART 1: OCT – DEC 2008 / KINSHIP CIRCLE UPDATES
YEAR END WRAP UP – Victories * Setbacks * Progress For Animals

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/

PART 1: KC UPDATES / OCT – DEC 2008

1. Donna Karan Announces Fur-Free 2009 Lines
2. Dragged Pit Bull Is Healing And Soon Adoptable
3. Cat Killing Boyfriend Walks Free
4. Records Show Big Industry Planned AETA All Along
5. Obama Picks: The Good & The Not So Good
6. L.A. Assistant Fire Chief Charged In Karley’s Killing
7. Netherlands Ban Products Made Of Cape Fur Seals
8. Prempro Maker, Wyeth, Pays For Fake Articles
9. Report On Hallmark/Westland Downer Scandal
10. Eddie Lama’s Oasis Sanctuary Closes
11. Michael Vick: Early Release & Back To NFL?

PART 2: KC UPDATES / OCT – DEC 2008
RESEND PART #2 TO ME: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net

12. Hero’s Plan To Save Wild Horses Moves Forward
13. Until Export Is Banned, More Horses Killed
14. Rodeo “Horse Tripping” Outlawed In Phoenix
15. Houston: Biggest Dogfight Bust In U.S. History
16. Activists Vow To Overturn Navy’s Use Of Sonar
17. Oxford Univ. Lab To Use Thousands Of Animals
18. Prop 2 Passes For Calif. Farmed Animals
19. EU Proposal To Ban Great Apes In Experiments
20. Ringling Bros. Big Fat Federal Lawsuit
21. Alaska Whales: 1 vs. Gov. Sarah Palin: 0

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Kinship Circle: Exit Strategy – The Rush To Ruin Everything

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

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Date: Dec 19, 2008 3:29 PM
Subject: Exit Strategy: The Rush To Ruin Everything

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December 2008, BUSH EXIT STRATEGY:
The Rush To Ruin Everything — For Animals & Environment

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While preparing Kinship Circle’s year-end UPDATES, I found so many zero-hour assaults upon animals/environment — I opted to send this laundry list solo. A quote from a St. Louis Post Dispatch Op-Ed piece sums up the onslaught: http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/2889001

“Now, as the president’s last term winds to a close, the administration has embarked on a fast-paced anti-regulatory spree… No longer is there even any attempt to disguise its anti-environmental actions with such Orwellian labels as ‘Clear Skies’ and ‘Healthy Forests.’”

BUSH ADMIN’S ANTI-ANIMAL LAUNDRY LIST:

1. BLM To Sheep: We Like Roads Better Than You
2. Bush To Penguins: Get A Life, But Not On Our Dime
3. Hack Job: Endangered Species Act Stripped Top To Bottom
4. EPA Says Factory Farms Don’t Have To Report Poop
5. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Turns Its Back On Polar Bears
6. FDA Was Just Kidding About Ban On Animal Antibiotics
7. Snowmobiles In Yellowstone National Park – Let Em’ Rip!
8. Goodbye Flowing Streams, Hello Coal Mine Blasters
9. Drill Baby, Drill!
10. Ask Incoming Obama Team For A Swift Repair Job

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Doggeh Pirates & Noodle Monsters – It’s FSMas card time!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I’d wanted to feature Ralphie and Rennie on this year’s holiday card, but they weren’t exactly cooperative during the photo shoot; Rennie wouldn’t sit still, while Ralphie, laying listlessly under the tree, resembled a piece of roadkill dressed in pirate gear.

Luckily, Peedee saved the day! While we were taking pictures of Booty and the Beast, we had the office door closed so Peedee, Kaylee and Jayne couldn’t distract our would-be cover dogs. But as soon we finished up with Ralphie and O-Ren, I opened the door and in ran Peedee, who promptly plopped himself down right in front of the tree. First shot, and bam! Perfect. There was our FSMas card:

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Because I had so much fun making Peedee’s card – and I didn’t want to leave any of the dogs out – I created a few similar cards from the “outtakes.”

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2008-12-23

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Elephant orphanage and ivory trade on 60 Minutes 12/21/08
“Last night’s (December 21) 60 Minutes episode, on CBS, included a wonderful segment on an elephant orphanage in Kenya. The story is called “The Cost of Ivory” because most of the baby elephants we see were orphaned when their mothers were killed for their tusks. We learn that there are record numbers of orphans now because the number of elephants killed by poachers has increased by 45 percent just in the last year. That’s because some African countries have been given the right to sell their ivory stockpiles and the price for illegal ivory has gone from 300 to 5,000 shillings per kilo.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Nickelodeon to Stop Chimpanzee Abuse
“We recently learned that Nickelodeon’s new holiday film, Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, features a live chimpanzee. With so many realistic alternatives available—such as CGI, animatronics, costumes, and blue screen—there is no excuse for Nickelodeon to use live great apes in its programs.”

Carnivals

Carnival of The Green #159 @ Lighter Footstep

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 2008-12-22

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Action Alerts

American Rivers: Tell Congress to Invest in Green Jobs and Water Infrastructure
“As Congress crafts a massive economic stimulus package to help get people back to work and jumpstart America’s economy, please urge your lawmakers to ensure that funds are invested wisely to protect and restore clean water and America’s rivers. Investments in green solutions will create jobs, save money, and protect public health and safety.”

DawnWatch: KHOU covers continuing horse slaughter horrors 12/19/08
“Thanks to the fabulous friend to the animals, KHOU’s reporter Brad Woodard, the ongoing horror of horse slaughter is not being forgotten by the media.”

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Tell the Consumer Product Safety Commission to stop the sale of toxic toys
“Although Congress has banned the sale of toxic phthalate-laden toys beginning in February 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has caved to industry pressure and created a loophole that will allow these dangerous toys to be sold indefinitely to unsuspecting parents. Tell the commission that these toxic toys must be banned from store shelves immediately.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Urgent: Tell Congress to End Military Trauma Training on Animals
“We all know that the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces face horrors on the battlefield, and many are tragically wounded in the line of duty. What you might not know is that medics and soldiers are forced to harm animals to learn how to treat traumatic wounds—even though sophisticated, superior non-animal methods are available and used on some bases. In these trauma- and chemical-casualty training exercises, goats, pigs, and monkeys are shot, burned, mutilated, poisoned, and killed—many times in unsanitary conditions.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Iams That You Won’t Buy While Animals Die
“PETA U.S. has made progress, but Iams and Procter & Gamble (Iams’ parent company)—which also owns the Eukanuba line of pet food—still have a long way to go! Please write to Iams and Proctor & Gamble officials today to tell them that you won’t buy their products until they end all laboratory tests on animals.”

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Et tu, Phoebe?

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Can I just say how deeply it pains me to see Phoebe Buffay Lisa Kudrow happily frying up some Kung Pao Chicken in this commercial for Nintendo DS?

Bonus boggles for the parting “Chinese food, and it was easy” comment. Please tell us, oh wise Personal Trainer peoples, why you expect your audience to assume that “Chinese food” is any harder to prepare than “Italian food” or “Mexican food” – or “American food,” for that matter?

Might these expectations be attributed to your perception of “Chinese food” as “foreign,” “exotic” and “ethnic,” hmmm?

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Veg*nism & Pop Culture: Animal Rights Terra-ists on The Mentalist

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

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Proceed with caution: Spoilers galore!

Ten episodes in, and already The Mentalist has jumped on the animal rights terra-ism bandwagon.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m addicted to cop tv: The X-Files, CSI, NCIS, Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Life, NYPD Blue – I just love ‘em. And my love runs extra-deep for the serialized cop drama/mystery/thrillers with a season/series-long story arc. Throw in a lead character who just so happens to be an atheist, and I’m hooked. Hello, The Mentalist!

That said, the latest installment (Season 1, Episode 10: Red Brick and Ivy) just wasn’t up to snuff.

The plot line is all too familiar: a scientist who experiments on non-human animals is murdered; the prerequisite, SHAC-like animal rights group which has been “terrorizing” said scientist (or said scientist’s university/lab/company/employer) for months is suspect numero uno. Cue the crazy!

In The Mentalist, the scientist in question is an up-and-coming neuroscientist who, along with his colleagues, has been conducting invasive research on animals (most notably, chimpanzees – unfortunately, a baby chimp does have a role in the episode) in order to locate the structures in the human brain which govern morality. The end goal? Finding a way to manipulate these structures and thus, magically, turn all of humanity into moral beings. Whatever that means.

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Another day, another st00pid meat commericial.

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

As seen while watching TBS’s 207th airing of Anchorman this morning:

Two points:

1 – There’s already a term for animals whose diets primarily consist of the corpses of other animals: carnivores.

2 – The so-called “meatatarian” profiled above is eating a bun which – correct me if I’m wrong – is most decidedly not made of “meat.”

And yes, I get it, Wendy’s is trying to crack a joke here; supposedly this commercial is “funny” because of its ridiculousness: of course humans can’t survive on meat alone.

Except there’s really nothing funny about mass murder, which is precisely how Wendy’s turns a profit.

That, and they’re also implicitly mocking veg*ns with the whole “it’s a lifestyle choice” spiel.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

At least we’ve moved on to stage two, eh?

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Would you buy a baby?: Adopt, Don’t Shop!

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

The Saturday before x-mas is reportedly “the biggest puppy buying day of the year,” according to In Defense of Animals (IDA). In response, the group has designated today the 1st Annual Nationwide “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” Day:

The Saturday before Christmas is the biggest puppy buying day of the year. This year, In Defense of Animals is teaming up with activists in dozens of cities around the country to educate the public about the horrors of pet factories and encourage people to adopt a homeless animal from a shelter or rescue group instead of buying one from a pet store.

What: December 20th, 12-3 pm
Where: Your local pet shop

Almost all pet stores around the nation are supplied by inhumane commercial breeding facilities (aka pet factories) where the breeding animals are imprisoned for life and used as breeding machines. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that nearly 5 million healthy cats and dogs (many of them purebred) are euthanized in American shelters every year simply because there aren’t enough homes for them. Make a commitment today to take action for the victims of pet factories and companion animal overpopulation today!

Join In Defense of Animals and friends at your local pet store to help end the abuses of pet factories.

You can find a list of events here.

Over at Vegan Soapbox, Elaine has a list of suggestions for online activism, including posting profiles of animals available for adoption on Petfinder and such. Which is a great idea; but first, let’s tackle a few myths about adopting vs. buying animals.

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