$18 billion

Job Application

To: all US corporations

Re: Reputation management and PR

Hi.  You don’t know me, because I have absolutely no experience in the PR industry, and there are probably thousands of (on paper, at least) more qualified candidates than I am for any PR job you have.

However, in light of recent events and the accusations of [ sexism / racism / ableism / homophobia / transphobia / antisemitism / etc] that have been made against your company or persons associated with your company, and/or your current practices that involve [ police brutality / environmental destruction / etc ] I have several key skills that I believe would make me a good fit for your organization.

First, I have a basic sense of human decency, and I strive every day to at least do the bare minimum to be a good person and a participant in a healthy society.  I take this absolute bare minimum and apply it to everything I do, including things at work.  For instance, when someone makes a sexist joke at work, I say ‘that’s sexist, and not particularly clever’ out loud, in front of the person who made the joke.  As another example, when I fuck up and someone tells me I did, I say ‘damn, I am sorry, I will not do the thing again’ out loud and in public, and hold myself accountable.

Second, I know how to stay in my lane, and would like to help your executives to stay in theirs.  If a problem comes along that I believe would benefit from the voices of those who are marginalized by the problem (read: every problem, always, every time and forever) I would find someone in the PR department or an executive who can speak with that voice, and ask them how we should deal with the problem, and then give them a bonus for sticking with us and doing additional emotional labor on top of their usual work.  If we do not have someone who works for us and can deal with this issue who also comes from the appropriate community, I would ask you why the fuck not and pay a professional consultant three times their going rate just to deal with us, because we are assholes.

Third, please see the attached audio files, where I articulate key statements that have been missing from your campaigns in the past, including:

  • I am personally sorry and the company is working to rectify the problem,
  • We are changing our policies so this does not happen again, and here are the concrete steps as to how,
  • We have fired the employee in question, because ‘suspending’ them is usually a way to get the press off our backs while actually doing nothing,
  • I acknowledge the basic humanity of the person we have wronged, and 
  • while this will not undo the damage here is a substantial settlement that comes without a gag order, because buying silence is pretty gross.

I am willing to work just about anywhere, and for 10% of the collective salaries of people whose fuckups I have to fix on an annual basis, plus expenses.  This includes secondary fuckups like doubling down before calling me.  Any fuckups I have to fix that are a result of you ignoring or contradicting what I say cost the full annual salary of those who fucked up.  Failure to follow through on promises I make in public on behalf of your corporation cost $18 billion each and the right to stand, silently, in your annual meeting making uncomfortable eye contact with every member of the board while I very slowly peel carrots and potatoes with a very sharp knife for as long as I damn well please.

I am willing to work in just about any industry but I reserve the right to laugh, tell you to fuck off, and remind you I have a soul if you’re just too ghoulish to take money from.  You know who you are.

Sincerely, 

Knitmeapony, JD

Katy Perry attends Sir Lucian Grainge’s 2017 UMG Artist Showcase on Saturday (February 11) at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

Katy celebrated 10 years with Capitol Records and has reached worldwide sales of more than 40+ million adjusted albums and 125+ million tracks. Her songs have been streamed over 18 billion times around the globe.

The life cycle of a Sun-like star

This image tracks the life of a Sun-like star, from its birth on the left side of the frame to its evolution into a red giant star on the right. On the left the star is seen as a protostar, embedded within a dusty disc of material as it forms. It later becomes a star like our Sun. After spending the majority of its life in this stage, the star’s core begins to gradually heat up, the star expands and becomes redder until it transforms into a red giant.

Following this stage, the star will push its outer layers into the surrounding space to form an object known as a planetary nebula, while the core of the star itself will cool into a small, dense remnant called a white dwarf star.

Marked on the lower timeline are where our Sun and solar twins 18 Sco and HIP 102152 are in this life cycle. The Sun is 4.6 billion years old and 18 Sco is 2.9 billion years old, while the oldest solar twin is some 8.2 billion years old —  the oldest solar twin ever identified. By studying HIP 102152, we can get a glimpse of what the future holds for our Sun.

Credit: ESO / M. Kornmesser

The monster OJ 287

OJ287 is one of the largest black holes in the known universe. If it were placed at the center of our solar system, its event horizon would swallow nearly everything is our Sun’s sphere of influence. All the planets, the asteroid belt, and (obviously) us. This beast is an estimated 18 billion solar masses and drifts through the cosmos some.

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Puerto Rico Declares a Form of Bankruptcy
The island’s governor said he would move its debt crisis into federal bankruptcy court, making it the largest United States government entity to seek refuge from creditors in American history.
By Mary Williams Walsh

Puerto Rico is looking like the US equivalent of Greece in the EU. A southern, tourism-oriented economy, now effectively bankrupt, needing the larger union to step in and backstop it. And just like Greece, it’s not alone. The bigger worry is that Illinois may turn out to be Italy (Italian banks now have debt of $390B!).

With its creditors at its heels and its coffers depleted, Puerto Rico sought what is essentially bankruptcy relief in federal court on Wednesday, the first time in history that an American state or territory had taken the extraordinary measure.

The action sent Puerto Rico, whose approximately $123 billion in debt and pension obligations far exceeds the $18 billion bankruptcy filed by Detroit in 2013, to uncharted ground.

While the court proceedings could eventually make the island solvent for the first time in decades, the more immediate repercussions will likely be grim: Government workers will forgo pension money, public health and infrastructure projects will go wanting, and the “brain drain” the island has been suffering as professionals move to the mainland could intensify.

Puerto Rico is “unable to provide its citizens effective services” because of the crushing weight of its debt, according to a filing on Wednesday by the federal board that has supervised the island’s financial affairs since last year.

The total includes about $74 billion in bond debt and $49 million in unfunded pension obligations.

While many of Puerto Rico’s circumstances are unique, its case is also a warning sign for many American states and municipalities — such as Illinois and Philadelphia — that are facing some of the same strains, including rising pension costs, crumbling infrastructure, departing taxpayers and credit downgrades that make it more expensive to raise money. Historically, Puerto Rico was barred from declaring bankruptcy. In the end, however, financial reality trumped the statutes, and Congress enacted a law last year allowing bankruptcy-like proceedings.

Puerto Rico will now be able to get recalcitrant investors to accept losses. The worst part of this mess is that the pensioners are going to get screwed because of the mistakes of the commonwealth’s leaders. 

Truck beds are filled with oranges, while others sit empty, in the parking lot by the Cutrale Citrus factory in Aurburndale, Florida. Every year at Thanksgiving, someone in my family upholds the tradition to make an orange jell-o mold. Accordingly, I thought it would be fitting to show where some of those oranges come from! In total, the United States produces approximately 18 billion pounds of oranges every year.

Smith & Williamson mulling £450m sale as Canadians falter

Smith & Williamson, one of the oldest names in fund management and business services, is set to put itself up for sale with City sources mooting a sale price of at least £450 million, the Evening Standard has learned.

The company, which employs 1700 people and has been managing private clients’ private and business affairs since being founded in 1881, is unusual in being both a fund manager and accountant.

As well as having £18.5 billion of investors’ funds under management, it also offers services ranging from corporate finance to tax and pensions advice. It launched a fund to invest in the field of artificial intelligence this week.

However, its biggest shareholder, the Canadian investment fund AGF, has got into financial difficulties and needs to sell its 30% stake.

The company has hired advisors Evercore to explore its options, which include a total sale, or a search for a new major investor to buy out AGF.

S&W has been building itself in recent years with the takeover in 2011 of the tax operations of accountant Begbies Traynor and a number of specialist pooled investment teams.

Revenues last year were up 3.4% to £222.5 million with operating profits of £36 million.

Sector experts said buyers would probably want to split the fund management business away from its other services, although that would run the risk of losing clients relying on the firm for both.

“You don’t want all your assets under management to go walking out the door,” said one adviser to the sector.

An outright takeover of the firm is likely to be the preferred option, if a bidder can be found offering enough to persuade the rest of S&W’s shareholders – largely current and ex-employees – to accept it.

S&W has in previous years planned a stock market flotation but shelved the idea in 2010.

In their most recent annual report to shareholders, co-chief executives David Cobb and Kevin Stopps said they were cautious about the economic prospects after the Brexit referendum.

Comment by Jim Armitage

Canada’s investment funds have been seen as a great blessing for Britain. As traditional investors melted away after the financial crisis, these huge Canadians deployed their billions on our airports, railways, reservoirs — even the national lottery.

But the present plight of Smith & Williamson shows it’s not always great when backers with seemingly deep pockets sail in from Canada’s icy waters.

AGF, S&W’s long-term major shareholder, started getting into trouble a few years back as Canadians shunned costly mutual-fund salesmen and moved to cheaper, bigger banks and life insurers. Now AGF has been plunged into “sell everything” mode.

So trends in a market thousands of miles away have left a decent City firm plunged into uncertainty. And S&W is a decent firm.

Tracing its history back 130 years, it has 1700 employees in 12 offices across the UK. It has grown funds under management by 53% since 2012 to £18.5 billion and first-half operating profits are up 22% on the year before to £18 million.

But despite that, thanks to its unfortunate ownership, it faces a crisis which could see it either sold outright or broken up and offloaded piecemeal.

As it happens, this crisis, not of S&W’s making, comes as consolidation sweeps through the wealth-management sector. That leaves S&W advisers hopeful that takeover interest will be strong, particularly as some rivals should prize its combination of corporate and private wealth management.

But at what price tag? Its employee-shareholders will just have to hope its Canadian owner’s troubles don’t force it into a fire sale that ends badly for everyone.

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Congress Reaches Spending Deal That Jettisons Trump Priorities

U.S. House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative bipartisan deal on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that largely tracks with Democratic priorities and rejects most of President Donald Trump’s wish list, including money to begin building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The agreement achieved Sunday night would keep the government open through the end of September and was described by Republican and Democratic aides who spoke on condition of anonymity.

GOP leaders eager to focus on health-care and tax overhauls bowed to Democratic demands to eliminate hundreds of policy restrictions aimed at curbing regulations, leaving the Trump administration with few victories.

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The White House sought funding to begin building the border wall, as well as $18 billion in cuts to domestic agencies, and both demands were rebuffed. The spending deal includes money for Planned Parenthood, despite Republican demands to defund the group over its provision of abortions.

Trump will be able to point to a $15 billion boost for the Pentagon, although $2.5 billion of that money is contingent on the administration delivering a new plan to fight Islamic State. Trump also will get $1.5 billion for border security, but it can’t be used for the border wall or additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, according to one aide. There are also no new restrictions on money going to so-called sanctuary cities that don’t fully enforce federal immigration laws.

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“Reports that the package makes a major down payment towards the president’s security priorities are encouraging,” John Czwartacki, a spokesman for the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement.

Republicans failed to get a provision in the bill that would have blocked the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule limiting financial advice to retirees.

Obama-Era Spending

Overall, the compromise resembles more of an Obama administration-era budget than a Trump one. The National Institutes of Health, for example, would see a $2 billion boost, reflecting the popularity of medical research among lawmakers. The deal includes $990 million for famine aid, along with a $1.1 billion boost for disaster recover funds.

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The Environmental Protection Agency, which Trump has sought to shrink dramatically, would receive a 1 percent reduction in funding and no staff cuts, according to one aide.

The deal also includes steady or slight increases in funding for agencies within the Department of Energy, such the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which would get a $17 million increase, and the Office of Science, which would get a boost of $42 million compared to fiscal 2016 funding levels, the aide said. The Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, which aims to fund experimental energy research and has been targeted for elimination by the Trump administration, would get a $15 million increase.

National Parks

The deal also includes a 2 percent increase for national parks, including nearly $40 million in new funding to address deferred maintenance and construction needs, according to the aide.

The legislation would classify power produced by biomass, such as wood, as a carbon-neutral renewable energy source, a change back by groups such as the American Forest & Paper Association, a trade group that represents companies such as Deltic Timber Corp. and Resolute Forest Products, according to a senior congressional aide. Environmentalists have been opposed to the change.

More than 70 anti-environmental policy riders in the bill were defeated, the aide said.

The deal would provide a permanent, $1.3 billion extension of health-care benefits for coal miners. It would be offset by a boost in customs fees. The provision was backed by coal-state lawmakers in both chambers.

The package would provide $68 million extra in local law enforcement funds to reimburse New York City and other localities for protecting Trump.

‘Off the Table’

“This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday night in a statement. “The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases investments in programs that the middle-class relies on, like medical research, education, and infrastructure.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also praised the deal. “The bill also increases funding for wildfire and federal highway emergency relief, and for Puerto Rico’s underfunded Medicaid program,“ she said in a statement. Under the tentative deal, the island would get some relief with $295 million in unspent money for territories for a limited time, said a congressional aide.

Democrats were pushing for an infusion of at least $600 million, so there could be more fights ahead.

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Under House procedures, if the text of the bill is released before midnight on Sunday, a vote could be held as early as Tuesday.  

The bipartisan deal – reached by appropriators in both chambers in coordination with party leaders – would avert a government shutdown when a one-week stop-gap funding bill expires Friday. It would fund the government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Agreement on the omnibus bill has been delayed by fights over a number of policy areas; Trump’s dropping of his demand last week for inclusion of money to begin work on wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was the most important breakthrough.

While Republicans control the House, Senate and the White House, congressional Democrats held some leverage in the talks because their votes will be needed in the Senate, and likely the House, for passage of the bill.

The Senate needs 60 votes to advance legislation, meaning the 52 Republicans will need help from at least eight Democrats.

In the House, passing a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal 2017 was always going to be a challenge. A solid bloc of fiscal conservatives regularly oppose big spending bills, and House Republicans have had to rely on some Democratic votes consistently since taking over the majority in 2011. Sixteen House Republicans on Friday voted against the one-week extension of current spending that kept government open.

Delayed Action

The spending bill package would finish the job of appropriating agency spending seven months after the fiscal year began. The drawn-out fight could have been avoided in December had the incoming administration not instructed Congress to hold off on passing a bipartisan spending measure in order to give it a chance to weigh in.

Beyond the border wall, obstacles to an agreement included White House resistance to demands from Democrats to guarantee the payment of billions in cost-sharing payments used under Obamacare to offset health-care premiums for low-income people.

A stronger chance for a government shutdown could come in October. Trump has sought $54 billion in defense increases paired with $54 billion in domestic cuts. Republican leaders may be less willing to bow to Democrats without the excuse of being more than halfway through the fiscal year. 

Congress and the president will also need to agree on a debt ceiling increase in the fall, and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has said he wants to use the debt ceiling to impose new spending restraints.

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Cloud drives Q1 for Google, Amazon, Microsoft

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During their earnings calls last Thursday, tech giants Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft all acknowledged their cloud computing businesses as catalysts of their Q1 revenue growth.

Alphabet’s revenue grew 22% year-over-year (YoY) to reach $24.8 billion in the quarter, with $3 billion, or 18% of its Q1 revenue, coming from the segment that houses its cloud business. Amazon’s revenue reached $35.7 billion in Q1, with $3.6 billion, or 10% of revenue, coming from its AWS cloud segment. Microsoft posted revenue of $23.56 billion, with $3.6 billion, or 10%, coming from cloud. 

Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft may have different core products, but all three tech behemoths benefited from their growing cloud businesses. Here’s a breakdown of each company’s cloud offerings:

  • Amazon is the current leader in cloud service offerings. Amazon accounted for 40% of the global market for public cloud services in the fourth quarter of last year. The Seattle-based company reported $890 million in operating income from its cloud business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which accounted for the majority of its Q1 2017 profits. Amazon is looking to diversify its product offerings and rely less on e-commerce as a main driver of revenue.
  • Microsoft ranks second in the cloud computing market. Microsoft accounted for 11% of the global market for public cloud services in Q4 2016. Its main cloud offerings, Microsoft Azure and the cloud version of Office 365, grew 93% and 45% YoY, respectively. Microsoft is hoping to rely less on personal computer software.
  • Alphabet’s cloud business ranks behind Amazon’s and Microsoft’s. Alphabet accounted for 6% of the global market for public cloud services in Q4 of last year. The company doesn't break out specifically how much of its cloud business drove revenue, but its “Google other revenues” segment, which includes Google cloud, saw 49% YoY growth in the quarter. Alphabet is seeking to rely less on advertising revenue, which currently accounts for nearly all of it.

Expanding cloud offerings not only helps to diversify revenue sources, it also allows each to capitalize on the growing XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) market. For example, the IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) market experienced a 38% YoY growth from 2015 to 2016. Additionally, spending on total cloud infrastructure (public and private), is projected to grow annually at a compound rate of 13% to reach $60 billion by 2020, according to the IDC.

The cloud segment will become increasingly important for each of these tech companies as the digital ecosystem moves away from being device-centric and moves towards cloud-oriented solutions wherein products and services can be accessed on a variety of devices from virtually anywhere. This shift will be more pronounced in the years ahead, as consumers and employees seek greater mobility and the Internet of Things brings exponentially more devices into the digital fray.

Cloud computing — on-demand, internet-based computing services — has been successfully applied to many computing functions in recent years.

From consumer-facing, web-based productivity apps like Google Docs to enterprise database management suites, the tools businesses rely on are increasingly moving to the cloud.

But developing a cloud strategy is no easy task. Public cloud solutions will likely come to dominate the market over the next decade, but business constraints, such as security concerns and the limitations of existing infrastructure, make it difficult for companies to fully adopt the public cloud right now.

That means that hybrid clouds, in which multiple cloud implementations (including public and private) are connected, will remain popular for the time being, at least until these constraints are addressed. The tech giants that dominate the IaaS market — Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google — are constantly expanding their offerings to address current business constraints as they compete for market share.

Christina Anzalone, senior research analyst at BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on cloud computing that evaluates the current business considerations for the various cloud solutions and provides an outlook on the state of the market.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report: 

  • Cloud computing solutions have gained traction because they’re flexible and cost efficient. Sixty-seven percent of companies used an Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution in 2015, like the cloud, for some part of their business, up 19% from the prior year.
  • All cloud solutions provide certain benefits that are becoming increasingly essential to businesses in the digital age. These include on-demand self-service, rapid elasticity, and broad network access, among others.
  • Security needs, demand predictability, existing infrastructure, and maintenance capabilities are key business considerations for enterprises choosing between cloud implementations.
  • While hybrid cloud strategies will remain popular in the near term, the market is likely to shift toward the public cloud over time. That’s because costs are falling, providers are developing solutions that address main concerns with the public cloud, and business practices like agile development and data analytics are dependent on advantages the public cloud provides. However, industries that handle sensitive information, like financial services and healthcare, will likely prefer hybrid and private cloud strategies given regulatory restrictions.
  • Amazon Web Services is the dominant cloud computing provider by market share, followed by Google, IBM, and Microsoft. Because the latter three companies have had little success taking on Amazon, market-share gains are likely to come at the expense of smaller competitors.

In full, the report:

  • Explains the different cloud computing strategies and benefits of cloud computing.
  • Evaluates key business considerations – security needs, demand predictability, existing infrastructure, and maintenance capabilities – for enterprises choosing between cloud implementations.
  • Provides and outlook for trends and major players in the cloud computing market.

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I have always loved animals, as a kid,  I wanted to become a veterinarian. I grew up and even though that dream never came true it didn’t die. I knew at some point in my life I would be involved with animals somehow.

As many of you, I wasn’t born as a vegan. I used to eat meat, cheese, eggs, all kind of animal products. It was normal, you know, since you’re in elementary school they teach you this classic song about farm animals and how wonderful their lives are… “Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O”. Then you see these TV commercials where cows run free, the cow on the milk’s carton is smiling, McDonald’s showing how happily their chickens live..and so on. You never get to think about where your food comes from, your clothes, everything you buy; we have been programmed to forget about those things so a few people can make a ridiculous amount of money, no matter the cost.

My change started the day I watched ‘Food Matters’. They explain with scientific evidence how eating animals is destroying you, but not only that, how media, governments, and industries fool you to think the contrary, that you need them to survive. It also shows you how they lie to you, that even being sick is considered as something normal nowadays due to all the brainwashing. Think about it, if you don’t feel ok is because your body is out of balance, isn’t’ it? but then pharmacies come and give you this ‘magic pills’ and you think that the problem is gone, instead of attacking the root of the problem we are drawing on pills. Industries like animal products and pharmacies depend on you to be sick, to think that being sick is something normal. It’s something to think about.

A week after watching Food Matters, I ran into this video on Youtube called “The Best Speech You’ll Ever Hear”, some of you already might know which video I’m referring to. I started watching it, without expecting that, that particular day my life was going to change for good.

As long as I was listening to the speech, this guy named Gary Yourofsky caught my attention with every word he was saying. He challenges all your beliefs and then you realise how brainwashed you are; not only from watching TV and believing all the propaganda you see but also from almost everything your parents have taught you.

I remember that I always received signature petitions to stop the dog meat Industry in Asia, I could barely watch the videos, there was too much violence, too much cruelty, I wanted to cry because I knew that I couldn’t do anything to help. Why do people in Asia are so cruel with cats and dogs just to have their meat? Yes, I asked myself that question a lot, and the only response I came with was: “Because it’s their culture, their tradition, they eat cats and dogs while here in America we eat pigs, cows, and chickens, I thought back then that it was just a cultural difference and that we had to respect each other’s culture.

But how wrong I was! I always knew somehow that the animals we eat suffer every day, but since everything you see in advertisements is: “Have some more meat”, “Drink your milk to get your calcium” etc… I always thought that eating animals was a must for a healthy and balanced living, that eating them was actually necessary for my survival.

On the other hand, we go to the supermarket and ask for some ribs, chicken wings, some stakes, mozzarella cheese and some eggs…but how do those products got there? That’s the main reason why people still consume animal products; people believe they come from happy animals who were so pleased to be killed for their meat, and that milk is from glad cows who enjoy being milked…just because humans need them to survive. Is a big fat lie.

Once you see the cruelty behind the animal products industry you start to question yourself about everything else. Why if animals are so lovely, pure, so noble and they don’t do any harm to anybody…they have to suffer just because humans think they need them to survive? And this is the most important thing to understand. As Gary mentioned in his speech: “Every year in America, without mercy, we murder 10 billion land animals and 18 billion marine animals. Not for health, survival, sustenance or self-defense. People eat meat, cheese, milk, and eggs for 4 reasons: Habit, Tradition, Convenience, and Taste.” If you really compare the human body as a whole with a true carnivore you’ll see that the differences are more than the similarities…

So, if we don’t really need animal products, why do we consume them? Why in 2016 are we destroying the planet just because we like how meat and cheese tastes? Why do we not care about our planet? Is not only the cruelty of enslaved animals but all the other consequences product of it: Waste of water, deforestation, global warming, starvation…just to mention a few.

Once you understand that you don’t need to exploit animals to live, everything else falls into the right place. We live in an era of absolute planetary crisis that is rapidly worsening. The future that was promised to us is dark nor bright yet is frightening, not inspiring, despite what the profits of progress told us that would be. The perfect storm for catastrophe and social and environmental collapse is proceeding ahead rapidly due to the convergence of a number of factors: population growth, globalisation, modernization, and industrialisation; environmental degradation and resource scarcity.

As you can see is more than animal cruelty, they are supposed to be free living beings as we are (as we think we are), they are not here for us, they are here with us; the fact that they don’t speak the same language as us, doesn’t mean they can’t communicate, or can’t feel or don’t want to be respected. Animal exploitation and cruelty are leading to the devastation of this planet. Do you really want to leave to your future generations a fucked up world? Did you know that is estimated that by 2048 all fish in the sea will be extinct?

I have been vegan since July 1st, 2013. This has been the best decision I have ever made. I have changed a lot, not only my perspective of life but my own personality too. I have passed many stages through all this time, I started hating everything, but I have been improving since then. I do believe that everything is connected, that we are more than just humans destroying a planet, filled with selfishness, hate, and greed. I think that we got lost on our way, but we can fix that, by raising consciousness and awareness, by spreading good vibes and positivity; by educating people, I refuse to think that nothing can be done to improve ourselves.

You can be the change that you want to see in the world, you can make a difference and make this earth a good place for all not just for some.

Go Ⓥegan

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