a massive problem in this world really

anonymous asked:

um, so lets say that letting loose a whole bunch of animals onto the planet wasn't a problem. the pesticides, fertilizers, and poisons that agricultural farmers set/spray would be detrimental to water supplies, and would pollute groundwater, so really, being vegan would be just as bad as being a meateater if the whole world were to participate.

…I’m sorry what? Why exactly are we letting loose a whole bunch of animals and increasing our pesticide use? Those are some pretty massive assumptions right off the bat. First of all, if the world went vegan it’d happen over time, we wouldn’t suddenly have 60 billion farmed animals roaming the streets. As demand goes down, so does the number of animals being bred to fulfill that demand, which is basic economics. The ones who do remain can comfortable live out their lives in sanctuaries, as the lucky few already do.

As for pesticides, I think you must be assuming that if we all went vegan we’d need more vegetables to feed the population, but you’re very wrong about that. If we look at cows, for example, it takes 16 pounds of grain to make one pound of beef. That’s 94% more land, and 94% more pesticides than just eating that grain directly. All told, livestock consume 70% of all the grain we produce, 98% of all soy, and a fifth of all water consumed globally. Farmed animals take in far more calories in crop feed than they will ever give out in meat, meaning that they are literally detracting from the global food supply. If the world went vegan, we would add an addition 70% to the world’s global food supply.

All of this is also assuming that we would still be using pesticides and animal fertilizers, but by your own hypothetical the whole world is vegan, so why exactly would we be using products which harm animals? Plant ferifilisers are very effective and veganic farming already exists. It is not the case that crops can’t be grown without harming animals or people. I think if you’re really honest with yourself, the reason you aren’t vegan isn’t because “all the animals would be released and we’d use loads of pesticides if everyone went vegan", it’s because you like eating animals. I’d honestly prefer you just admit that instead of inventing these nonsensical straw man hypotheticals which waste everyone’s time.

the problem with my ocs is a lot of them have been around for fucking upwards of fifteen years (Susan, K-rad, Sara Tomb……..) and now im just like…. committed to these people but their ideas are very big and very full fantasy-esque and kind of impossible to wrangle and ive grown into a person who enjoys writing small character-focused drama stories mostly based either in reality or in very realistic worlds without layers of complicated magical rules

i DO still really want to work on my demon story although i have massively downsized it and its not going to be a massive multi-generational saga anymore because that shit is stupid 

HUNGRY HUNGRY DRAGONS

BAKUNAWA IS A FUCKING MASSIVE DRAGON. REALLY FUCKING MASSIVE. THE BIGGEST MOTHERFUCKING DRAGON THERE IS. ALSO, HE’S MADLY IN LOVE WITH THE MOON. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE? WELL, BAKUNAWA THINKS THE RIGHT WAY TO FLIRT CONSISTS OF EATING THE MOTHERFUCKING MOON. HE’S NOT VERY GOOD AT THIS SHIT.

BAKUNAWA EATS THE MOON, AND SUDDENLY EVERYTHING IS DARK AND SHITTY. THE PEOPLE ALL PRAY TO BATHALA, THE CHIEF GOD, FOR SOME SORT OF HELP WITH THIS STUPID DRAGON PROBLEM. BATHALA TELLS THEM TO MAKE AS MUCH FUCKING NOISE AS THEY CAN, SO EVERYONE IN THE WORLD STARTS SMASHING ALL OF THEIR POTS AND PANS TOGETHER AS LOUDLY AS THEY CAN UNTIL BAKUNAWA IS SO FUCKING TERRIFIED THAT HE SPITS THE MOON OUT AND FUCKS OFF INTO SPACE, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.

1000-alshain  asked:

I just wanna know how you feel about how Americans "celebrate" St. Patrick's Day. Shitfaced drunk, walking down a street wearing green, flashing people for beads? That's the right way to do it, right? (does sarcasm come through on tumblr asks?)

WELL

ughhh ok my relationship with drinking in general is not typical of the average irish person, considering that neither i nor my immediate family drink, so. there is a massive drinking problem in ireland, especially with young people. when i was in school there was girls as young as 13 or 14 going out every single weekend and gettinng plastered. and its not the norm and im sure it happens all over the world, but it is a really serious problem here so im kinda just >:( at drinking in general, but thats just me speaking as someone who has never been drunk in their life so draw ur own opinions

tbh patrick’s day is celebrated pretty much that way in ireland too- parades that fill me with second hand embarassment and half the country getting drunk and making eejits of themselves and the other half being guilt tripped by their nanas into going to mass and the rest of us using the day off to do something productive like tidy my room, i have no social life can u tell

in all fairness we dont mind other countries celebrating it at all (but i am probably VASTLY underestimating the excesses of american capitalism). its weird bc all the embarassing stereotypical irish stuff sort of comes back to us second hand from america and elsewhere? the real ireland is super cool and beautiful, not this fake tourist stuff

like. leprechauns. ive never so much as seen a box of lucky charms in my life but tourists come here and theyre like ireland! leprechauns! so the people who make the cruddy gift shop stuff are like ‘sure whatever have some lucky leprechauns on your tea cosy now go away’ but leprechauns are BORING AS HECK. when have u ever heard a good story about a leprechaun? never. you know whats way more interesting? actual irish myths, about fionn mccumhail who tasted the salmon of knowledge and sucked his thumb to gain insight and wisdom, about the fianna and how to join you had to be hardcore enough to run through a forest barefoot and pull a thorn from your sole as you ran, about grainne and diarmuid who ran away together and the hundreds of weird shaped rocks all over the country that mark the spots where they slept, about how setanta killed culains hound with his hurley and sliotar and became cuchulainn, and how he defended ulster and was forced to fight his best friend to the death, and real life heroes like brian boru and grainne the pirate queen and the croppie boys at vinegar hill and the teachers of the hedge schools and the survivors of the famine and all those stupid beautiful rebels of 1916

sorry i dont know what that was its just ireland has a lot more than like. four leafed clovers being misinterpreted as sharocks and funny green beards i do love my stupid country

surveillance isn't the answer

Recently, Laverne Cox has been in the news for calling out the US Census (I think) for not counting trans people in the US.

It isn’t that I think she’s wrong, exactly, but that ideologically, I don’t think this is the solution to teh communities problems.

Yes, I know that the Injustice at Every Turn report has been massively influential in terms of policy within the US because it provides much needed data for a world increasingly driven by data (and being encouraged to push data-driven solutions). I also understand that data and demographic data is frequently used to justify or provide cause for certain communities to be allocated (artificially scarce) resources.

As a short term, immediate, and pragmatic goal, yes, I agree with Ms. Cox.

However, in a longer term, ‘let’s get free’ sense, I really want to say this:

State surveillance isn’t the answer we are looking for.