loss of property

julianlapostat  asked:

" I think we should all write anti-racist stories featuring soul-searing tentacle monsters' How is that possible? I am asking that because I see horror as fundamentally conservative, grounded in fears of loss of property. Like you don't see zombie apocalypse movies in third-world nations? J. Hoberman noted that Lovecraft's horror hid the fact that his beloved New England had murdered Native Americans and that his work's true horror is "the return of a historical repressed."

Originally posted by mariaslittlestuff

First of all, horror is too broad and deep a category to be “fundamentally” driven by any one ideology. That’s like saying metal is fundamentally conservative just because Dave Mustaine says so. It’s absurd to suggest that zombie movies are inherently right-wing, because the standard-setting zombie movies–George Romero’s original Living Dead trilogy–were about the evils of racism, consumerism, and militarism, respectively. 

Secondly, I’m not talking about a hypothetical. I’m talking about “weird fiction” as it’s actually being written, drawn, discussed, made and remade by us on a daily basis. You don’t think anti-racist Lovecraftian horror is possible? It already exists! Read Lovecraft Country, or The Ballad of Black Tom, or go to literally any relevant convention and talk to the women and POC who are taking Lovecraft’s sublime aesthetic and using it to tell stories (in all forms of media) about why his racist views were wrong and reprehensible. It’s a real movement within the genre, one I support wholeheartedly and which doesn’t deserve to be handwaved away like that. 

Thirdly, I gotta say, this is a super ignorant statement: “you don’t see zombie apocalypse movies in third-world nations.” Stories about zombies and zombie-like creatures appear in oral traditions the world over. But making large-scale films and distributing them is incredibly expensive and requires access to resources, contacts, rarified expertise, and specialized equipment, all of which are guarded by gatekeepers who are themselves difficult to access, especially if you don’t already have resources (plus, racism and sexism are themselves powerful gatekeepers). Even to make your own, with no hope of distribution or high production values, you need the right camera, and many people can’t afford or access them. But when they can? They certainly make zombie movies! You just don’t see them, because they’re independent amateur films with no chance of ever making it into the global distribution market. They’re made for friends and family, or purely for the pleasure of making them. Assuming that the movies you see and know about represent the entirety of the medium, and drawing conclusions about how a genre works based on that, is folly. Why would you let capitalism set the boundaries of what is possible in art? Who are you to tell, say, a kid in Yemen who saw a scratchy VHS of Dawn of the Dead (again, a movie about how consumerism is analogous to zombification), fell in love, and dreams of making his own version that zombies can’t belong to him because they belong to the folks on the hill? Only Zack Snyder gets to remake that movie, because he is appropriately right-wing! Fuck that, and fuck the received wisdom about horror. May it die and never rise from the grave. 

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While these may be controversial & provocative, Muslims have no right to be offended by it. What’s offensive is that atheism is punishable with the death penalty in Saudi Arabia & many other Muslim-majority countries both in the middle east & outside of it. Not all Muslim-majority countries have the death penalty, but there are other punishments like prison, lashes, annulment of marriage, loss of child custody & family inheritance, seizure of property, loss of employment, & others.

Even if these laws didn’t exist, atheists still experience oppression from society. Most will not come out to their families for fear of being disowned, kicked out, or even worse, killed. If the apartheid laws weren’t bad enough, you still have to worry about how your family, friends, & neighbours will react to your lack of faith. So these pictures aren’t offensive, they’re resistance against oppression & apartheid. When you oppress a group of people so much & take away their right to live, expect the frustration to be released one way or another, even if it pisses off your oppressors.

While one can try to argue that the death penalty has nothing to do with Islam, the politicians & clerics who advocate the law use Sharia, verses from the Quran, & hadiths to support it. Only a tiny minority of clerics & fiqh experts oppose it, & they are constantly being accused of apostasy themselves.

Thirteen countries punish atheism with the death penalty. These are Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Qatar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, & Sudan. All are Muslim-majority & use Sharia to varying degrees, except for Nigeria but the death penalty only applies in certain Muslim-majority states in the north.

Until these laws no longer exist & atheists can finally live, Muslims have no right to be offended by legitimate resistance & our response to oppression.

Testimonies from Saudi atheists I personally know:

“It’s hell. Religion is always pushed down our throats. We’ve worked so hard to get rid of the brainwash we’ve been receiving all our lives just to put on a mask every fucking day in front of people. A socially acceptable mask. It’s like we’re in a zombie apocalypse & we’re disguising as zombies to not have our brains eaten. You MUST agree with them. You MUST wear that mask every fucking day of your life. You start to get less & less chances in life of taking that mask off & relaxing for a bit & the more you wear that mask the more painful it gets because that fucking mask is poisonous. But you wear it anyway because the alternative is getting killed.”

“The first thing I’d start with is how hard it is to live a double life. Religion & the place I’m living in are some of the reasons why I’m suffering from severe depression. Religion haunts me. I’m always having nightmares that I’ve been caught & will face beheading. My life is in danger 24/7.”

“In Saudi Arabia, god is your judge, jury, & executioner. God is not in the sky but on the ground in the form of long bearded men with evil in their eyes. God wanted me dead but now god can’t reach me (thanks to getting asylum). How godly of him.”

“Being an atheist single mother is terrifying. I’m always paranoid someone will find out & take my son away from me because I’m an “unfit mother”. It breaks my heart that I have to lie to him about god & religion because he’s too young to realize how dangerous speaking the truth is.”

“I can’t think of anything that would describe it better than hell. It’s way too risky to say anything.”

“I seriously don’t want to think about this shitty place we live in becuse I’m already depressed as fuck.”

I joined a facebook group like ‘sounds rich but ok’ and there’s an enormous amount of shoplifting apologists there

and im just

yes i understand its hard to be poor, but like, when you shoplift shit from retail you are directly screwing over someone who likely makes minimum wage, or if they are disabled or autistic might not even make that

i dont care if you really want the makeup and it costs too much and you’re angry at rich people and if you are like “its just material goods, my human life means more than loss or destruction of property”

which are all true things, be angry @ those people with thoughtless disposable income but

when it comes down to “is my human life worth endangering another poor human’s life” we’re getting shitty

there comes a point where idgaf about the law as a means to protect others’ wealth but I understand other people will pay consequences for some laws being broken (and in this case, not even the law, the people a corporate entity employs will pay consequences often outside the law), even if I do not.

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August 10th 1988: Reparations for Japanese-Americans

On this day in 1988, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 into law, apologising and providing reparations to Japanese-Americans who were interned in camps during the Second World War. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted the United States to join World War Two on the Allied side, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order allowing the military to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps. The order withstood a Supreme Court challenge, and ultimately nearly 120,000 people were held in such camps. Those imprisoned suffered great material and personal losses, with most losing property and some losing their lives to illness or the violence of sentries. There were frequent calls for reparations for this crime against people of Japanese descent, and in 1988 the government officially apologised and provided for $20,000 in compensation for each survivor, with payments beginning in 1990. The 1988 Civil Liberties Act bill received primarily Democratic votes, with many Republican members of Congress voting against it.

“The Congress recognizes that…a grave injustice was done to both citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry by the evacuation, relocation, and internment of civilians during World War II”

My notes on Runes and their meanings: 

Image above is my Lapis Lazuli runes

Fehu: success

positive:Possessions won or earned, earned income, luck. Abundance, financial strength in the present or near future. Sign of hope and plenty, success and happiness. Social success. Energy

negative: Loss of personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to keep. It indicates some sort of failure. Greed, burnout, atrophy, discord. Cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery, bondage.

Uruz: energy

positive:Physical strength and speed, untamed potential. A time of great energy and health. Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom. Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better). Sexual desire, masculine potency. The shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self

negative:Weakness, obsession, misdirected force, domination by others. Sickness, inconsistency, ignorance. Lust, brutality, rashness, callousness, violence.

Thurisaz:  conflict/change

positive:Reactive force, change, conflict

negative:Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness. Evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies

Ansuz:  communication

positive: A revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, speech, true vision, power of words and naming, the taking of advice, true words, wisdom

negative: misunderstanding, lies, manipulation

Raidho: travel

positive:Travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, evolution, change of place or setting.

negative: being static, or feeling dislocated, out of place

Kenaz: knowledge/creativity

positive: vision, revelation, inspiration, harnessed creativity and knowledge

negative: lack of creativity, false hope, instability

Gebo:  gifts (in a sense of sacrifice and of generosity - balance)

positive: a well balanced relationship

negative: greed, dependance, loneliness (not well balanced)

Wunjo: Joy

Positive: comfort, pleasure, harmony

negative: sorrow, alienation, or other extremes such as mania and rage

Hagalaz: destruction/an unexpected internal storm that will lead ultimately to calm. The greater the challenge the more you gain overcoming it.

cannot be reversed

Nauthiz: need/cravings

positive: innerstrength, a warning to control your emotions and not give into temptations

negative: opposite — give more freely to your emotions, etc. Don’t be constrained

Isa: Ice (frustration)

Ice. Stagnation. Lack of emotion/change. Blocking progress.

No reverse.

Jera: A Year of Good Harvest

Success and continuity. Just rewards for your efforts. Profit, achievement, justice.

Eihwaz: momentum

positive: speed, quick wits, forward progress, moon, confidence, Movement can help with change for the better.

reversed: reluctance, muddled thinking, slowness

Perthro: Mystery, chance, a gamble, unknown outcome

reversed: Take no chances - failure is likely. What appears clear-cut hides a deeper meaning. You are tempted to be rash - but do not succumb.

Algiz: Protection. A shield. guard. You will be safe if you keep your defenses up and avoid recklessness.

reversed: bewared,  you are unprotected and open to attack. be less short-sighted and put up your guards.

Sowilo: The Sun

discovery. victory. energy. awareness. understanding.

no revsed.

Tiwaz: courage, compassion, bravery/fearless. new challenges but perseverance.

negative: naivete, shyness, cowardice, need for concentration.

Berkano: birth/growth (both physical and mental), new beginnings.

reversed: lack of growth, decline or loss. a bad time for new ventures.

Mannaz: the self / humanity / inner self / your ego

balancing mind and body and spirit. balancing ego.  self actualization and self awareness (similar to the hermit major arcana card — note that for reversed)

Laguz: Water

creativity/going with the flow/positive outcome if you tap into your subconscious (deep like the ocean).

reversed: struggling against the current. the tide may take you away from the shore you know but to new horizons.

Ingwaz: internal growth, personal development

no reversed

Inguz is that potential energy that must accumulate gradually in storage before being released as a single surge of energy. It represents the process of a mental ‘seed’ desire implanted by the conscious mind into the subconscious for incubation and gestation, later to emerge as a new creation in your life affairs.Thus, Inguz contains within its lore the true meaning of sacrifice. Such sacrifice occurs when one form is called upon to die so that a newly evolved form may begin to grow.

Dagaz: day or dawn

awakening, awareness, change, illumination, bold new beginning

reversed: A completion, ending, limit,

Othala: homeland, ancestral power

connotations of family and ancestry.

Generally can be a warning to be more forward thinking, not to overall romanticize or focus on the past.

reversed: disrespect/bad karma

some waves feel soft
beneath your skin
and then there are others
that sting like thousand needles.


this way
Allah prepares you
for both trials.
—  “And We will most certainly try you with somewhat of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient.” (2:155)

Talk to me about Nux and how his character arc is a direct take down and dismantling of Toxic Masculinity. 

Talk to me about how this is a boy - barely a man, so young and already at death’s doorstep with his half-life heart - has been conditioned to crave destruction and the glory of death, because that’s the only way he sees himself as being able to matter, that his death must be a glorious and burning thing. 

Talk to me about how he sees the death of Angharad that he has his eyes opened. She went right under the wheels. It was tragic and needless and he bore witness to it. She and her baby died. This is not the loss of Immortan Joe’s property. This is the death of a young girl. 

Talk to me about how Capable changes everything by listening to him, hearing him when he is in desperate pain. He’s in a state of total chaos because his whole world has been thrown off and he doesn’t know how to reconcile what he knows with what he feels. And she listens to him and she’s compassionate and kind and stops him from hurting himself and is gentle when she touches his scarred lips. She soothes him. She reaches out to him. 

Talk to me about Nux choosing to sacrifice himself for all of them, and how his sacrifice is a glorious and burning and selfless thing. 

TALK TO ME ABOUT NUX.  

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The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed | World news | The Guardian

The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 formally freed 800,000 Africans who were then the legal property of Britain’s slave owners. What is less well known is that the same act contained a provision for the financial compensation of the owners of those slaves, by the British taxpayer, for the loss of their “property”. The compensation commission was the government body established to evaluate the claims of the slave owners and administer the distribution of the £20m the government had set aside to pay them off. That sum represented 40% of the total government expenditure for 1834. It is the modern equivalent of between £16bn and £17bn.

The compensation of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners was the largest bailout in British history until the bailout of the banks in 2009. Not only did the slaves receive nothing, under another clause of the act they were compelled to provide 45 hours of unpaid labour each week for their former masters, for a further four years after their supposed liberation. In effect, the enslaved paid part of the bill for their own manumission.

The records of the Slave Compensation Commission are an unintended byproduct of the scheme. They represent a near complete census of British slavery as it was on 1 August, 1834, the day the system ended. For that one day we have a full list of Britain’s slave owners. All of them. The T71s tell us how many slaves each of them owned, where those slaves lived and toiled, and how much compensation the owners received for them. Although the existence of the T71s was never a secret, it was not until 2010 that a team from University College London began to systematically analyse them. The Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, which is still continuing, is led by Professor Catherine Hall and Dr Nick Draper, and the picture of slave ownership that has emerged from their work is not what anyone was expecting.

The large slave owners, the men of the “West India interest”, who owned huge estates from which they drew vast fortunes, appear in the files of the commission. The man who received the most money from the state was John Gladstone, the father of Victorian prime minister William Ewart Gladstone. He was paid £106,769 in compensation for the 2,508 slaves he owned across nine plantations, the modern equivalent of about £80m. Given such an investment, it is perhaps not surprising that William Gladstone’s maiden speech in parliament was in defence of slavery.

The records show that for the 218 men and women he regarded as his property, Charles Blair, the great-grandfather of George Orwell, was paid the more modest sum of £4,442 – the modern equivalent of about £3m. There are other famous names hidden within the records. Ancestors of the novelist Graham Greene, the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott all received compensation for slaves. As did a distant ancestor of David Cameron. But what is most significant is the revelation of the smaller-scale slave owners.

Slave ownership, it appears, was far more common than has previously been presumed. Many of these middle-class slave owners had just a few slaves, possessed no land in the Caribbean and rented their slaves out to landowners, in work gangs.These bit-players were home county vicars, iron manufacturers from the Midlands and lots and lots of widows. About 40% of the slave owners living in the colonies were women. Then, as now, women tended to outlive their husbands and simply inherited human property through their partner’s wills.

Capricorn and Heartbreak

Capricorn may never forgive whoever hurts them. They will become competitive, vindictive, and hasty towards the situation, never forgetting or forgiving. They do not like feeling as if they have failed, and they quickly become bitter once they have, even if it is not their fault. They assume the position of the boss in relationships, and the loss of a lover often feels like the loss of property, and Capricorn cannot handle a loss of power. They will move on quickly, often never offering second chances.

“The south lost the war. They LOST the war. Why am I emphasizing that? Because just because you lose the war doesn’t mean there’s a sudden shift in ideology. Just because the war ended didn’t mean that the ideology of white supremacy ended. What happened is that it shifted from guns and ammo to legislation and policy. The war shifted to maintaining white supremacy in policy and in the law.
I’ll tell you about that loss. That loss represents loss of souther property and businesses. 600,000 lives lost, predominantly white lives. There was tension and anger even here in New York. The acts of violence in Manhattan were incredible because black people didn’t have to fight and whites resented that they had to fight for lives they saw as less than. All this to free 4 million black slaves.
Reconstruction was a rebuilding of the nation. Doesn’t mean we changed about mind about black people. It just was a recovery. And during the process of recovery, we still fought the war through legislation, policy and intimidation.
After the loss, what was done in the south? Monuments. Monuments were built to celebrate the men who fought against emancipation. Streets, social institutions named after men who fought to keep people enslaved. To this day those monuments exist. Including the confederate flag. And to this day the governor deflected about the issue of the flag, saying we have to focus on the grief of the families.
Well what are you going to do about the thing that’s giving them grief?”
- My Pastor AR Bernard, giving us some thoughts on the system of racism as the sickness that the shooting in Charleston was a symptom of

If Canadians treated American tradgedy the way Americans are treating the Saskatchewan fires:

“Man, the drought in California and the Flood in Texas are kicking beef prices up!

I am personally inconvenienced by these natural disasters and care not a wit for the loss of life, property or livelihood.

Thanks America! ”

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Legendary photographer Ansel Adams visited a Japanese internment camp in 1943, here’s what he saw
In 1942, Ansel Adams set out to document life inside the Japanese-American internment camp at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. It was a departure for Adams, who at the time was known as a landscape photographer and not for social-documentary work.

“In 1943, Ansel Adams set out to document life inside the Japanese-American internment camp at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. It was a departure for Adams, who at the time was known as a landscape photographer and not for social-documentary work. When Adams offered this collection of images to the Library of Congress, he said, “The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and dispair [sic] by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment….All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use.””

Intellectual Property, Copyright, and colorful banners

“There’s a myth that US law states if you change a certain percentage of someone else’s work, you will be able to claim a copyright in that work. This is a myth. Only the owner of the copyright in a work has the right to prepare, or to authorize someone else to create, a new version of that work. Accordingly, without the owner’s consent you cannot claim copyright to another’s work, no matter how much you change it.”

I didn’t want to have to make this post but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and I’m not really sure what else to do at this point. If you’re here to look at pictures you can just ignore this!

Intellectual property is: “an umbrella term referring to commercially valuable creations of the mind. These creations include inventions, artwork, symbols, names, and designs. Intellectual property protection options include copyrights, trademarks, and patents.”

Works of art, along with music, literature, etc, are protected under copyright. You do not need to register a work for it to be copyrighted, it is copyrighted from the moment it is created. You don’t need to register an official copyright, but you can (it takes like 6 months and $35). If you’ve ever used a digital camera you might know how to embed your name, address, website, and copyright into the metadata of the file. Copyright does NOT cover an idea, but it does cover the EXPRESSION of that idea. This is a very fine line and it can be hard to prove (which is kinda my problem here).

In November - December of 2013, I made a series of photographs called things i told the internet, but didn’t tell my mom. They’re a physical representation of the way that I take something very private and make it public for the world to see - personal phrases taken directly from my blog, hung up outside.

All artists are influenced by other artists. All artists research other art that is in the vein of work that they make. I am influenced by Jenny Holzer, the Guerrilla Girls, a whole list of other contemporary artists who enjoy using text and image in a public space. I like public art, I like writing, I fall into that vein.  My take on text and image, for that particular project, involved the relationship between public and private and how it’s affected by the internet.

That project received a lot of unexpected publicity over the last year and a half, on Tumblr and off (in galleries and multiple major publications). It is not too crazy for me to say that if you’re a young artist on Tumblr then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen that series. If you search the tag for my name, pictures show up with neon banners of private confessions made public that I didn’t take. People have told me that they see these other projects which are very similar in concept and execution and assume that they were just an extension of my first series until they see that the source of the post is another artist.

Again: copyright does not cover an idea itself, but it does cover the expression of that idea. My work uses colorful banners to take something private and make it public - other people have done the same thing aesthetically and conceptually with other people’s blog posts, other people’s texts, diary entries, their own thoughts, whatever - to me, this all falls under the expression of this idea. It is not EXACTLY the same, but it feels like copy-pasting a paragraph and changing a few words and acting like that isn’t plagiarism.

If you are a random 15 year old and you’re out there making banners because it’s cathartic as fuck, I get it, go ahead. It would be cool if you sourced it, but this isn’t what I feel threatened by. I feel threatened by art students, by working artists - who are regurgitating this idea as though it wasn’t mine in December of 2013. It has happened multiple times, I’ve tried to address it directly in some of these cases, and it always ends the same way - “it’s different because I used someone else’s posts/words/whatever.” For me, this crosses the line.

There are projects out there using banners with a different concept, or projects out there about privacy and the internet with different visuals, and I’m cool with those! I don’t own either of those things! But I own things i told the internet, but didn’t tell my mom, and all the works that cross that line of VERY SIMILAR idea and execution of a VERY PUBLICIZED project are an infringement of my intellectual property. It’s very frustrating to see things that I consider to be blatant plagiarism featured in magazines and popular blogs and one day, maybe sold or shown in galleries.

This is not my hobby, this is what I want to do full time right now and what I plan on doing full time from the moment that I graduate. I’m some random 20 year old with no actual legal resources (but Google tells me that I couldn’t really win a lawsuit because there’s no loss or damages). I’m not trying to sue anyone, even though I think I would look really great yelling at someone in court while wearing a pencil skirt.

I’ve only mentioned this stuff/dealt with it from my private blog but I feel like I need to address it here. I’ve seen a lot of things over the last year and a half that I feel cross the line of “copyright of an expression of an idea,” and have tried to talk about it privately with no success. I don’t really know what to say other than if you are art student who is turning plagiarized work in for class, I will not hesitate to contact your school. If you are an artist who is showing plagiarized work in galleries and selling it (to my knowledge this hasn’t happened yet?) that’s a whole new game and I don’t even know what I would do in that situation but honestly probably just write a serious sounding email and CC my mom’s lawyer friend.

Being creative and making art is a really incredible thing and it should be about building a community and helping each other and sharing ideas, not about copying them. 

Source for copyright quotes

“Vegans are so judgmental!”

Is that so? Aren’t those of you who eat meat really the ones who “judge”? After all, don’t you decide which animals are to be born, grown and killed on your behalf? Don’t you judge that it’s okay to killmale chicks so you can “enjoy” eggs? Don’t you judge that it’s acceptable to steal babies so you can indulge in their mother’s milk? Don’t you judge that it’s ethical to pay someone to kill animals for you –not out of need, but simply for your own pleasure? Your dollars will even buy you the myth that it’s all “humane“… No muss, no fuss! And how fortunate you are that your neighbors, friends and family all share the same judgment.

You judge it acceptable to confine animals to tiny crates and warehouses for their entire lives so that you might pay a few pennies less in the checkout line. You judge it to be only a loss of property if sometimes those places burn to the ground with the animals trapped inside. You judge that the bodies of animals can be used for flesh, fur…and fun. You judge that it’s okay to dominate and willfully terminate the lives of horses, pigs, cows, chickens, mice, ducks, geese, starlings, frogs, prarie dogs, bears, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, wolves, rabbits, fishes, alligators and all other nonhuman beings. Why? Well, because you’ve judged them to be either desirable or undesirable. As a nonvegan, it is you who judges that it’s acceptable to manipulate, castrate, impregnate, and eviscerate others.

Still, we’re told over and over again: it’s the veganswho are judgmental.

But the way I see it, as a vegan, I’m not deciding who lives or dies just so I can have a leather couch or a woolen scarf or an ice cream cone. I’m not the one who “judges” that it’s okay to imprison elephants, tigers or dolphins and force them to perform tricks for my kids. I’m not the one who supports the purebred and puppy mill dog industries because I “judge” some dogs to be better than others.

No, as a non-vegan, you’re the “judge” of all that.

Vegans aren’t the ones putting animals on the earth only to judge how they should be used and when/how/why they should be killed. I don’t know that there could possibly be anything more “judgmental” than deciding who will live and who will die. So please… The next time you have the urge to call a vegan “judgmental,” take a good, long, honest look in the mirror of your conscience and you be the judge. - By Bea Elliot

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