Why blanket boycotting Indiana isn’t the solution 

Joseph Fink, a writer for the popular LGBT-friendly podcast Welcome to Night Vale, tweeted Tuesday that, despite the actions of Indiana’s government, a scheduled live recording would go on. Fink said that doing otherwise would hurt the people being targeted by the unfair legislation. Many would agree with him. There are other ways to fight back.


So, there’s apparently a new ad on youtube by Aussie. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-igSlC7oD4

Their story is that the character depicted is not supposed to be a transwoman, but a man dressed as a woman in as drag to show he’s being dramatic “like a woman” ONE, that is misogyny, two, I call bullshit.

If this was true, you would have done something akin to the Snickers “You’re not you when you’re hungry” commercials and changed him into a man at the end of the commercial.

The commercial was a BLATANT attempt to cash in on the recent popularity of transwomen in the media. You showed the character as a transwoman, in a happy relationship in an attempt to seem trans positive.

But you used a male actor, and now you have a bullshit excuse to save face. It is DISGUSTING. There was NO reason not to pick from the THOUSANDS of actual trans people in the world. TRANS ACTORS AND ACTRESSES AND MODELS EXIST.

We deserve a public apology and a commercial with an ACTUAL transwoman. Now.

Rant time! 😒
Okay, so this movie “Green Inferno” is supposed to be coming out in September. Basically it’s about some white saviors who decided to go to save the rainforest, their private jet crashes somewhere in the Amazon, and the Indigenous people torture and eat them. Directed by @realeliroth, this movie is inaccurate and paints Indigenous peoples as savages, further perpetrating harmful stereotypes that oppress them. Completely forgetting that currently Indigenous people risk losing their homes, cultures and lives because of deforestation (get this) led by white people! They paint Indigenous people as monsters, but forget that 100 million Indigenous people were killed because Europeans colonized the Americas. So, lets boycott this shit, because the beautiful people living in the Amazon and tribes who are struggling for their survival as we speak do NOT need this. #Boycott #BoycottGreenInferno
And please check out @amazonwatch to learn about the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples living in the Amazon.

Sick Quaker Parrot Rescued from Petco

“I spoke with the manager and complained and asked him to come down off the price more so I could get it. He went down to 75% off. I couldn’t afford it but I wouldn’t be able to sleep leaving him there. Plan is to rehab him and find him a good home.”

 “I bought him to save him.” 

- Heather Edwards Arabie, Charles, Louisiana.

“PETCO’s in MA that I’ve been in aren’t much better. I saw a conure for half off last week and wondered why…he was over a year old, in a cage with no toys, no nothing…when I whistled at him he screamed and screamed and screamed…sounded like a bird that was brought back because he was loud and now he’s “old”…poor things…I dislike PETCO!!!” - MW

“The same thing has happened in a Texas Petco. I hate that the pet stores do this to their birds. The bird was a blue quaker. Water dirty….One toy hung up so high he could not reach it.I have complained so many times to the managers and head office. It falls on deaf ears. The bird was there for months and months. I do not go in to petco or Petsmart anymore. I order all my bird toys and food online.” - BB

“I saw a quaker parrot in the Boca Raton Petco that was there for a very long time. I would go there to have him chase my fingers, play peek-a-boo in order to give him some attention. I knew he needed socialization just as my parrots at home did. I asked an employee about him and was told that he’s been bounced around different Petcos for 2 years. I couldn’t go to Petco after that. Every time I thought about Petco and Quaker Oats (my nickname for him) I would just cry. I still want to cry because they’re still doing this. The demand needs to stop or they’re just going to keep doing it. Corporations don’t care. We shouldn’t have to pay ransom to save animals from pet stores” - JB

Read about a Neglected Petco Green Cheek Conure 

Petco headquarters: (858) 453-7845

Email them: HERE

Please consider an immediate end to the sale of birds in your stores.

As I’m sure you are aware, prior to 1992 it was legal and common practice for humans to remove many species of parrots from the wild to be sold as pets. Parrots are native to Africa, Australia, Continental Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, and Southwest Pacific. There is no species native to the US. The US native Carolina Parakeet was hunted to extinction by 1939.

Post 1992, parrots sold as pets in the US are from breeding mills and private breeders. Parrots can live from 15 to nearly 100 years depending on the species. In the wild, parrots are monogamous and become inseparable from their mate for their life. In the wild they live in flocks, are very social, communicative and territorial. They fly many miles a day in the wild. Parrots are not domesticated pets like dogs and cats. They are wild animals. Parrots DO NOT make good pets! Simply stated, they belong in the wild, NOT in cages in our homes. The pet industry has threatened the parrot population, and birds being kept as pets cannot be returned to the wild.

Please continue your humane efforts by discontinuing the sale of birds in your stores. Your leadership in providing a venue for dog and cat rescue and adoption has made a difference for so many homeless pets. Please broaden that circle to include birds by supporting bird rescue and adoption events. You have a unique opportunity to show communities nationwide the importance of adopting a bird instead of buying one. And with that effort, thousands of unwanted birds can find their own safe and happy new beginning.

As animal lovers, compassionate citizens, and caretakers of this beautiful planet, we have a responsibility to do no harm and to be the voice for the voiceless. Birds belong in the wild, not in cages or breeding facilities.

Let’s come together as a community, and as a culture to allow these beautiful, highly intelligent creatures their rightful place in the wild, where they can live as nature intended, and not for our profit or personal enjoyment.

Petco is creating a compassionate and humane image by removing treats and food made in China, showing you care about providing safe products for our pets. Your sale of birds contradicts this positive image, but you can change that by discontinuing the sale of birds.

Thank you for caring.

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Business Insider: The Russian Cheese Black Market

Business Insider reports on the strange new black market in cheese that is emerging in Russia: 

Russians Are Buying Cheese The Same Way People Bought Weed In 1980s Brooklyn

Back when the EU, Australia, Norway, Canada, and the US placed economic sanctions on Russia, Russia responded by banning a bunch of imports from all of them. That ban included a lot of food — meat, dairy, vegetables, and so on.

Unfortunately, people really like food — especially cheese. So in Russia, they’ve devised ways to circumvent this inconvenient ban when it comes to the good stuff.

Corner stores have become black-market cheese dealers.

“A sort of speakeasy scene for French and Italian cheeses evolved which was akin to buying drugs from 1980s bodegas in Brooklyn,” one Moscow banker told Business Insider. “First, you walk into the bodega slowly, trying to wipe any suspicious look from your face. Then you pretend to look around the shelves for a while until the clerk recognizes you, at which point you and the clerk make eye contact and establish that metaphysical connection that signifies to both of you ‘I’m here to cop an ounce.’ You wait until there are no customers around, approach the clerk. He takes you to the back room, shows you the goods, you haggle over the price, shove the bag in your pocket, hand over the cash and bounce. Except here you’re leaving the store with a ball of fresh Italian mozzarella…”

Or some amazing camembert, or brie … You get the picture.

Read the full story. I recently posted about Jay Robert Close, the American expat cheesemaker who is responding to the Russian demand for cheese with stepped up production. 

JAY Z nominated for three Grammy Awards

In the list announced today, Hov has managed to earn three Grammy nominations for his work in the past year:

Best Music Film

  • Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour

Best R&B Performance

  • Beyoncé - Drunk in Love (feat. JAY Z)

Best R&B Song

  • Beyoncé - Drunk in Love (feat. JAY Z)

Tune in to the awards February 8, 2015 to see if Hov comes away with any new gold sippy cups to add to his nineteen sitting at home.

Sidebar: Yoncé got robbed.