I know you didn't say anything about hating vegans or anything but are we actually doing a bad job? like is all of this just a lie and not actually helping the environment or anything :/ because one of the biggest reason for me to go vegan is cause of environmental issues and all
I don’t hate vegans, not the ones that aren’t spreading misinformation or think they are on some sort of moral high ground to everyone else. But I don’t agree with it myself because it is all superficial, without any proper action if I’m being honest.
And when there is action it’s usually targeted at the wrong issue and does more harmful then good. My main issue is that vegans see animals as very individual. They want to save every single cow or pig or chicken without thinking about it rationally or about the horrible impact that would have no important species (species that are actually vital to ecosystems). Veganism fails to see the bigger more important picture.
“Saving” domesticated farm animals is not important. I’m sorry but it’s just not. Not when it means “saving” these animals will have drastic negative effects.
I mean there are always ways that agricultural and animal industries can be improved. But just refusing to buy meat or use animal products don’t change anything. And realistically we’re not going to stop eating meat or producing wool ect. You have to understand that and accept it and look at ways to improve those processes not try and shut them down completely.
And more veganism just means more demand for certain crops, which require more land clearing + more pesticides ect. Veganism is just as bad for the environment and animals as any other diet is. In a capitalist society there really isn’t any ethical consumption.
The world and the environment can’t survive under a capitalist society. Capitalism is what’s stopping us from using green energy solutions or inverting more. Not because these solutions are “expensive” or hard to make or whatever use excuses are being made. It’s because they won’t make as much money as easily.
Just like buying honey isn’t going to “save the bees” or turning the tap off when you brush your teeth won’t save water. They’re things corporations and company’s push because they’re easy and shift the blame onto consumers and away from them.
We need to look into real solutions. Realistic solutions that aren’t just superficial I-want-to-feel-good-without-doing-anything-too-hard “solutions” but real ones. And they need to be towards actual important significant issues. Animals being killed for a source of food or harvesting honey or wool, is not even close to being an issue we should be worried about.
I’m sorry that you’ve been led to think otherwise, there is alot of misinformation out there and people will lie to get their agenda across. But veganism just doesn’t help the environment. It just doesn’t.
In a podcast with Reagan Gomez (the voice of Kiki and Jenny Pizza) Rebecca Sugar confirmed that the point of Rocknaldo was to give kids a way to confront a bully. She was extremely passionate talking about this episode and it made me realize “Hey, sometimes these episodes aren’t for me. There are kids out there that really need an episode that gives them some solutions to real life problems, not a sad episode with things they might not understand.”
No real solutions are coming from the anti-Trump protests. Instead, it’s crying and whining about the popular vote and keywords (Ex: racist, sexist, etc…)
If you wanted to actually reduce Executive Power, I’d be all for it. I’d join you and work with you. But y'all ain’t interested in shrinking the Executive. You’re just upset someone you don’t like has all that power now.
Hey everyone, I hate to be this person again, but please start calling your representatives in congress. This new version would weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions and remove essential health benefits from insurance plans. Two things Trump said he would never do. No matter which political side you are on, you should be able to see that this is going to hurt people more than help. They are just trying to pass it through to make it seem like they are doing something, but Healthcare is one third of our country’s economy and millions of people rely on it for care. It should not be treated as some slip shod marker for success to change things just because. We need real solutions. Please call your representatives in the House and tell them to slow down, take their time, and create a Healthcare bill that works for EVERYONE.
I'm sorry but, how is glorifying punching nazis a good thing? Yes, the ideology is horrible and should not be accepted, but when you're going out of your way to use gratuitous violence against someone for their ideology regardless of circumstances? How is it good to crumble to their level, and then go further by comitting violence instead of discrediting them + using the law? I'm honestly confused and scared that people who fight for freedom are starting to justify violence in a non-ironic way.
i understand your concern, but “regardless of circumstances” does not apply here, since the circumstance is: they’re nazis. literal, armband-and-jackboot nazis. we know what nazis do, what they’re like, what happens if they get comfortable. there is a very, very big historical precedent for it
fascism is not an ideology we can bring to the table and have a reasonable discussion with because its core premise is that one nationality (theirs) is superior to others while everyone else must submit. there’s no debating with this, there’s no compromising, there’s no “everyone can be content,” a nazi’s first, last, and only goal is to make the world their own
“discrediting” is largely irrelevant, since nazis aren’t exactly hamstrung by facts, or accuracy, or reality. and if someone’s not immediately against literal nazism on its face, you probably won’t win them over at all, sorry to say it. “using the law” is a real scattershot solution since cops and courts, depending on your area, might not see fascists as a threat (they certainly didn’t give a fuck in the college town i went to). prosecution is even tougher since nazis, being used to lawsuits after a time, do their best to tiptoe and loophole where they can. after all, even with 70+ years of trying to stomp the ideology out, it’s still wiggling
but if you’re really concerned that violence would invalidate the cause of democracy, or that a real “fight for freedom” shouldn’t involve violence, well, i have bad news for you:
I’ve met this guy recently and me and him have became really good friends. I’ve started to like him but I don’t think he likes me because I’m 17 and he’s 25. So he looks at as a friend. Any advice on how how I can maybe change his opinion of me and to not think of the age gap?
Nope, I don’t have that advice, because it doesn’t exist. There is nothing anyone can do to change another person’s thoughts or feelings. You can never argue, cajole, prove or convince someone into having feelings for you, or really anything else. This goes for crushes, coworkers, parents, bosses, siblings, exes, elected officials, clergy, teachers…you see where I’m going.
It’s a tough truth to swallow, but if your problem boils down to “I want someone else to think, feel, or act a different way,” there is no real solution. The only thing we can ultimately control is ourselves. Shifting our perspective to “What can I do to keep myself healthy and safe while this other person makes this choice, has these feelings, or behaves this way" is our best bet for happiness.
Also, that is a pretty serious age gap. A 17 year old is in a different place in life than a 25 year old. You two have different emotional landscapes, different lifestyles, different worlds. It’s okay for him not to want to date you - it would be okay for someone your own age to not want to date you, but since this person is so much older than you, it’s also healthy and responsible on his part.
It sucks when you want something, or someone, that you can’t have. I’ve crushed on and pined after my share of people who simply were not appropriate for me to date, and I know that it’s painful and frustrating. But the solution is not to try and change his mind - it’s to respect his lack of interest. This isn’t the last time you’ll wish you could change someone’s opinion of you, so figure out what you can do for yourself to make it through this.
Anonymous asked: I know this is normal for writers and that there isn’t a real solution but I’m gonna ask anyway: Any advice on how to stop feeling insecure about what/how I write?
Oh man, this is gonna sound like such an asshole move, but my favorite way to help myself is to write to spite everyone else. Seriously. Write like you hate everyone else in the world. Write like they mean fucking nothing to you. Write because they’re gonna get what you write, and they’re gonna like it, if they know what’s good for them. Write to make that mental editor representing the ‘them’ in your head mad as hell.
It’s always energized me to flippantly declare to myself that if people don’t like something I like, they can go fuck themselves in some fancy new way, because I’m busy writing and I don’t see them getting off their ass! They’re reading anyways ain’t they? Then they god damn don’t have anything better to do than let me shove words, and ideas, and mental pictures into their heads rapidly. Them complaining? Hah, you mean leaving impassioned responses because I hit a nerve. I CONTROL them. 𝕀 𝔸𝕄 𝔸𝕊 𝔸 𝔾𝕆𝔻.
…ahem. There’s other things to think about. I just, really like getting pumped about that concept because getting pumped makes it really awesome. Lemme uh… lemme try talking about … other things… next. Instead of declaring my godhood, wow, that is so ‘famous last words’ material for a character to say.
The 2 Most Common Mistakes New Witches Make And How To Avoid Them
New witches have the tendency to all make the same kinds of mistakes. It’s hard not to! We’re all swimming around in this information soup trying to figure out what’s important and what’s true or not.
IT CAN BE SO OVERWHELMING!
Today I’ll be talking about the 2 biggest mistakes that I see beginner witches making and what you can do about them.
Mistake #1 - New witches learn things in all the wrong order
This one is HUGE but we hardly ever talk about it!
People in witchy communities are always hearing the mantra of “learn as much as possible!” over and over and while that is great advice for beginners it’s often more of a bandaid than a real solution!
The problem comes when more experienced witches get asked “how do I get started?” and they immediately think back to how they started. I don’t want you to start how I started! I don’t want you to start how most of us started!
The majority of more experienced witches learned through just gulping down anything and everything they could find about the craft. Over a long period of time you learn to separate fact from fiction and you can be pretty sure that you haven’t missed anything crazy important.
This takes YEARS though.
And in the meantime while you’re sorting through all of that info you’re confused and lost and quite possibly missing some super vital pieces of information! After all you can’t know what you’re missing if you don’t even know it exists!
Why on earth would I want to tell you to do that when I already know what a beginner absolutely must learn to get a solid start in their craft?
This is the #1 reason why I decided to create my new course. I have been through this process, it bites. I want to give you a resource that will boost you through those initial learning phases not in years but in WEEKS.
I want you to be able to get to a place of confidence and comfortability without the confusion, the struggle and the endless amounts of research hoping you’re finding the information that you need.
Skip the struggle and let me show you everything you need to get started!
Mistake #2 - New witches end up trying to learn in a vacuum
There’s nothing worse than learning something completely by yourself. Often finding your way into witchy communities can be super hard. You may not know where to find them and then if you DO find them they can be pretty darn unfriendly to beginners!
Social media can be great but it can also feel like talking into a void!
What’s the point of even asking a question if all you’re going to hear back is crickets?
So instead you end up trying to figure things out all by yourself and without anybody to help it can feel like groping around in the dark for something that you only kind of know to look for.
Talk about frustrating!
In my traditional witchcraft course we circumvent these problems by giving you a community that is open to beginners and run by experts. You’ll have a place to ask questions, talk about your craft and interact with other witches right from day one!
You get real interaction in a safe environment without the hassle.
My goal is to help YOU become the confident, badass witch that you want to be. This can be such a difficult undertaking but it doesn’t have to be!
What mistakes are you worried about making? Let me know in the comments!
Wait, you actually think the EU is better than the US? I'm from the USA and we're fine, you should visit sometime. I have actual friends from France and Germany that came here for study abroad and want to stay because of how shitty Europe is. I don't think you can compare the the crumbling EU to the U.S.
😑 Thank you but that’s not necessary I actually have been to the US and I actually live in the EU (UK, so soon-to-Brexit but yeah). Just so there are no misunderstandings, this started because I posted something complaining about people- especially Trump supporters- depicting the EU as a total hell hole on the brink of collapse, overrun with refugees, the very fabric of national culture going up in flames. It’s a condescending and insulting caricature, especially coming from people who don’t even live here? It’s not that we don’t have problems- as I readily acknowledged- but the way so many people distort and warp things to fit their narrative. Yeah, there are some people here who agree with Trump, but there are a lot of us who think what he’s saying about Europe is a lot of rubbish too. But we get written off as people embarked on national suicide and ‘political correctness’ huh.
How the EU as a political institution copes with Brexit and the other challenges remains to be seen. It has areas where improvements are needed. But…that goes for the US as well? That’s my point. There are protests going on about racism and police brutality, against Trump, over the Dakota Pipleline, the country spends way more than healthcare than the rest of the developed world with much poorer results- but does that mean your country is on the brink of total collapse? Because there are loads of areas the EU performs better and if you think we are crumbling what does that make the US? I’m saying that the day-to-day, our quality of life- what things actually are like is nowhere near as uniformly bad or simple as what you think it is. Immigration and terrorism that’s another hot-button issue in the US, isn’t it? The White House appears to be in quite a mess- your VP even had to come here to tell us to disregard what the President said. So, why is the US ‘fine’ and the EU ‘shit’?
And yes, if you so confidently think the US does everything best, you should revisit that. It’s not even that I think the US is a terrible, shitty place. It’s an interesting and dynamic country. I really liked visiting it. It’s on the cutting edge of a lot of areas especially tech companies and producing cultural products. American popular culture is immensely influential. But I can see clear as day there are areas that EU countries tend to do better. I like my free healthcare, for one. I couldn’t believe how much my sister had to pay when she was at Yale because here it is free at the point of need. I like our lower homicide rates. I like the rigorous anti-discrimination laws built into EU directives that have helped give me, as a woman, far more rights in the workplace and if I should choose to have children- a minimum standard of maternity leave. I like our extensive public transport network across Europe. No need for a car.
None of these mean we have zero problems. But I’m tired of people -especially if you’ve never even been here- oversimplifying it. Especially about immigration or the refugees. Because guess what? This isn’t the first rodeo for Europe, when it comes to immigration and refugees. For the UK in particular? Why, a Tory politician called Enoch Powell even gave a very dramatic speech called Rivers of Blood about immigrants from the (non-white) British Commonwealth. That such people would never ever assimilate and completely destroy the UK’s national character. ‘It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre’. He even claims a constituent told him, ‘In this country in 15 or 20 years’ time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man.’
That was in 1968. It’s almost 50 years now. And it was a lot of rubbish and racism. I would know, because I’m from the British Commonwealth myself and I speak English as my first language. No doubt, there were difficulties for many in the first generation. But their kids were born here and it becomes the only country they know. They become British, in their own way. Some even become Mayor of London. And during the Brexit referendum, I found myself beseeched by the Leave campaign to vote Leave, that no, they were not xenophobic- see? They didn’t mind immigrants like me who were ‘British’ enough, that we are different because we integrated after all, why being from the old British Empire must have helped, all those connections to jolly Britain. Just not those Eastern Europeans and Syrian refugees. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the irony.
Integration and all those other challenges aren’t shit that get solved with a snap of the fingers. I don’t know for sure what the future holds for the EU and Europe. But what I know is I’m sick to death of the hysteria. It’s massively over-simplistic, centred around distorting and warping things and is more concerned about scapegoating certain groups of people and scoring political points than offering real solutions. Which, unfortunately, is not only being spread around by the European far right but now also American politicians for their own agenda.
P.S I think it’s rather quite daring of those French and German friends of yours to want to exchange their excellent universal healthcare for the US system.
I have a question. How is putting murderers, pedophiles, ect, in jail not a solution to crime?
As a child survivor of sexual abuse, and like many crime survivors in Equal Justice USA’s
(EJUSA) network, I ask myself why our system doesn’t invest in the most powerful tools to prevent violence before it occurs. Numerous studies show that those responsible for violent crime have long histories of exposure to violence and victimization that become
risk factors for perpetrating violence. However, our current system neglects to address these risk factors, and therefore misses numerous opportunities to prevent future violence. The cost of this negligence is future violence and harm, causing undue suffering
for survivors of that harm.
When harm does happen, separation may be an important first step, but with an eye towards
true accountability - whereby those who are responsible reckon with the impact of their actions by asking those who have been harmed what they need. Restorative justice programs work. Common Justice - the first alternative to incarceration and victim service
program for violent actors and survivors - reports that 95% of those who have committed violence and participate in their programs are not sentenced again and participating survivors experience greater satisfaction. These are real solutions with much better
outcomes for communities when compared to prisons.
some triggers are present including: gore, blood, murder, suicide, animal abuse mentions, etc.
❛ People don’t leave their dogs out alone anymore. ❜
❛ If you don’t like your ideas, stop having them. ❜
❛ This is your idea. ❜
❛ Suicide is like… the ultimate fuck you. ❜
❛ Umm, I don’t think of you that way. ❜
❛ Do you think I want to go back to being nobody? ❜
❛ You’re fucked! ❜
❛ I am… disturbed, wasn’t I? ❜
❛ You’re a big help. As usual. ❜
❛ Don’t give her/him the satisfaction! ❜
❛ For once someone shouldn’t give that fucker the satisfaction! ❜
❛ You can’t do this alone. ❜
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❛ I didn’t betray you. ❜
❛ You locked me up! ❜
❛ A girl can only be a slut, a bitch, a tease, or the virgin next door. ❜
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❛ Just so you know… the words “just” and “cramps”, they don’t go together. ❜
❛ You wrecked everything for me that isn’t about you. ❜
❛ I know you are. But what am I? ❜
❛ If I wasn’t here, would you eat her/him? ❜
❛ You swore we’d go together, one way or another. ❜
❛ I was just wondering what you hit. ❜
❛ Well, officer, looked like a lycanthrope to me, sir. ❜
❛ I know what a lycanthrope is. ❜
❛ Think you see werewolves a lot? ❜
❛ Out by sixteen or dead on the scene, but together forever. ❜
❛ United against life as we know it. ❜
❛ C'mon! Together forever. ❜
❛ Wrists are for girls. I’m slitting my throat. ❜
❛ I’m not dying in this room with you! ❜
❛ You know, we’re almost not even related anymore. ❜
❛ You know every move… right on the fucking dot. ❜
❛ It’s like touching yourself. ❜
❛ I’m a goddamn force of nature. ❜
❛ I feel like I could do just about anything. ❜
❛ Look, worst-case scenario, you put him/her out of her misery. ❜
❛ Don’t ever touch my sister/brother again. ❜
❛ Just as long as you’re prepared for that. ❜
❛ Why don’t you guys get the fuck out of my van, assholes! ❜
❛ I’m serious get out! I mean it! Get out! ❜
❛ See? I’m up to some whack shit right now. ❜
❛ Now what am I supposed to do about that, huh? ❜
❛ I’m way out on the corner of Fucked-Up and Evil. ❜
❛ Hurting me won’t help. ❜
❛ I can’t be like this! ❜
❛ The only thing that helps is to tear living things to pieces. ❜
❛ You guys going to the greenhouse bash tonight? ❜
❛ I’m in charge of the prizes. ❜
❛ Why don’t they just catch that thing? ❜
❛ How hard could it be in a place full of dead ends? ❜
❛ Well, maybe I like my edge. Thanks. ❜
❛ You know you can ask me anything. ❜
❛ You’re so dead. ❜
❛ Get the fuck outta the bathroom! I’m trying to get ready! ❜
❛ Unless you wanted to piss me off! ❜
❛ Hey, why don’t you get your slut-bitch sister a leash. ❜
❛ Don’t we need protection? ❜
❛ Stop! Wait a second. ❜
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❛ You got a boy/grilfriend or something? ❜
❛ Are you on drugs, like right now? I’m in class here. ❜
❛ Yeah, excuse me for giving a shit. ❜
❛ I’ll come see you later, ok? ❜
❛ I said I’d die for you! ❜
❛ You said you’d die with me. ❜
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❛ Come and get some candy! ❜
❛ Could you just say something please? ❜
❛ Whoa? That’s it? ‘Whoa’? ❜
❛ Well thank you for taking my total fucking nightmare so seriously! ❜
❛ You always blow off anything that you don’t get. ❜
❛ I’m officially all fucked up, right? ❜
❛ Well, that would explain the human circumcised dick… ❜
❛ Just say you won’t go average on me. ❜
❛ Oh my god… Do you think it’s cramps? ❜
❛ Give it a rest… for two seconds? ❜
❛ A thick, syrupy, voluminous discharge is not uncommon. ❜
❛ They’re just being normal teenage girls/boys. ❜
❛ You play with your new friends and I’ll play with mine. ❜
❛ You’re real. Your problem is real. The solution is real. ❜
❛ If you give up now you leave me alone, I would never do that to you! ❜
❛ Wish these were babies legs. ❜
❛ I’ve just spent a week of my life looking for you, if you could just give me a sec. ❜
❛ Favorite homework excuse: My nail glitter ate it. ❜
❛ You wanna know what I did for fun last night, huh? I killed my own freakin’ dog. ❜
❛ I get this ache… And I, I thought it was for sex, but it’s to tear everything to fucking pieces. ❜
You've previously written about (and spoken, iirc, on the pod) about reclaiming the word "Queer" while the internet recently has begun to react against it as originally a slur. Is it acceptable for an academic, writer, or critic who does NOT identify as queer to use that word when discussing Queer Theory, Queer readings of texts, etc? Or is there a new, non-offensive name for those theories/readings/textual approaches?
First off, I think my feelings about the word “queer” and the propriety of using it are pretty well on record; so, all of that.
More specifically: There is literally a field of critical theory called “Queer Theory.” That is its name. If you are referring to that field, or to other fields or contexts in which the word “queer” is part of the standard nomenclature (especially when, as in queer theory, it was created and named by queer people), use the contextually standard terminology.
Finally, I want to address this question, and the phrasing of it: “Or is there a new, non-offensive name for those theories/readings/textual approaches?”
Look, Anon, when an entire identity is marginalized and treated as an insult in itself, literally any term for that identity will have been used to hurt someone. There is no universally inoffensive synonym for “queer.” None. When I was a kid, “gay,” which gets held up these days as the correct word, was the one flying fast and furious as an insult. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try. But if you really want the word you use to refer to folks who love (or don’t) across traditional lines to not be an insult, the only real and substantial solution is gonna be a fucklot of social progress.
Meanwhile, choose your words with care and intent; know that you will still probably not please everyone; and understand that the latter is never an excuse for not trying.
It seems that when people have actual problems you suddenly forget all about 'magic' and just tell them to seek real practical solutions
Because this isn’t Harry Potter and it’d be stupid not to.
Magic doesn’t solve all your problems. A job spell doesn’t mean anything if you never send out resumes. All the wards in the world don’t replace a lock on the front door. A friendship spell is going to have a hard time manifesting if you never leave the house. A protection amulet isn’t a brick wall that’s going to stop someone coming at you with a knife. All the prayer circles in the world don’t do anything for communities ravaged by natural disaster. We live in a world that is both physical and metaphysical, so why would a solution be only one or the other?
People interpret magic differently. I see it as often tilting probabilities: a job spell would nudge an employer’s attention to your resume, a ward will make intruders feel that maybe they don’t need to rob you after all. You don’t chant for a while and then sit back and expect the universe to do everything else for you, and in cases where someone is being abused or has health conditions – which is usually when we bring out the mundane advice over the magical on this blog – hell yes you do everything you possibly can.
Sure, there are exceptions: a friend might recommend you for a job without you ever stepping foot outside the door, for example. But there’s a reason every experienced magical practitioner I know or whose
texts I’ve read emphasize that a) magic alone doesn’t solve everything,
and b) you’ve got to do the physical work, too. As a professional spirit worker once explained to me, her wight
protected her on magical and spiritual planes, not physical, because
that part was her job.
A witch – in my opinion – should be, above all other things, practical, and the work doesn’t end when the candle burns out.
- mountain hound
The way magick works for me is in shifting probabilities. You can increase or decrease the probability of something happen but working with small probabilities it’s extremely hard for it to matter. It’s like adding a teaspoon of water to a lake and complaining that you don’t notice a difference. Mundane things help shift the probabilities even more in my favour. Without the mundane helping it along a lot of times your magick won’t add up to shit.
I often see funny gifs which stage a person who says: “It’s a fictional character you know, he / she doesn’ t exist!” and the other answers :
Thus I said to myself : It’s true, for Naruto, (for example), we cried (really hard), we laughed and we were even frustrated or irritated sometimes!
After many of all our blogs are dedicated to these characters who doesn’t exist. So why we are so much attached to them and why that brings us so much enjoyment, heartache etc… ?
And well, I remembered of an idea of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (very famous philosopher) in an extract of New Héloïse about the happiness, the imagination, and the desire.
Indeed, the principle is rather simple to understand. Rousseau explains us briefly that the pleasure that we have to imagine is much bigger than the pleasure we have to obtain something in the real life for example. Because the real life will always be more disappointing than our imagination.
Thus, no matter that the characters aren’t real, the happiness which ensues from the imagination in relation to these characters is quite real! And will not disappoint us! (*shout* ships! ships! ships!)
I find this is very revealing of the personality of a person! I hope it will be useful for you the next time that somebody tells you that it’s absurd to like so much fictional characters!