“But this– this is obscene. How dare we be standing around, talking about nothing, not running in one huge mass of people, running at something, something huge, knocking it over? Why do we all bother coming out, gathering here in numbers like this, without starting fires, tearing things down?”—From the book: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
So I recently hear that Oreo’s aren’t vegan. This was painful news to me as an oreo lover and a recently converted vegan. After doing some of my own research into the matter I found that the reason Oreo’s are not vegan is because of the possible use of bone charcoal in the processing of the sugar used in their production. Lame, right? What’s more lame is that bone charcoal is also used in water purification systems and water treatment facilities. So it seems that anything manufactured with white cane sugar or tap or purified water may not be vegan. FML.
It’s definitely not good news, however, I don’t know if it calls for total devastation either. From what I’ve read it seems that the popularity of bone charcoal is based on it’s price and availability. Were it not cheap, sugar producers (and water treatment facilities, and purified water producers) would not be using it, and were it not made available by the cow slaughtering meat industry, it would not be used. In short, it doesn’t seem to me that spending time and effort avoiding all things bone char will reduce any animal suffering.
It’s not just the meat and dairy industries that create non-vegan products, but the byproducts of these industries as well. I want to do what is right, so I want to do as much as I can to reduce animal suffering by reducing (eliminating) my own demand for products that use and harm animals. From what I’ve learned so far, it doesn’t seem that refraining from consuming anything that may have ingredients processed with bone char will have any effect on animals whatsoever.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”—Mahatma Gandhi (via where-is-my-mind00)
If China or Iran threatened our national credit rating and tried to drive up our interest rates, or if they sought to damage our education system, we would erupt in outrage.
Well, wake up to the national security threat. Only it’s not coming from abroad, but from our own domestic extremists.
We tend to think of national security narrowly as the risk of a military or terrorist attack. But national security is about protecting our people and our national strength — and the blunt truth is that the biggest threat to America’s national security this summer doesn’t come from China, Iran or any other foreign power. It comes from budget machinations, and budget maniacs, at home.
House Republicans start from a legitimate concern about rising long-term debt. Politicians are usually focused only on short-term issues, so it would be commendable to see the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party seriously focused on containing long-term debt. But on this issue, many House Republicans aren’t serious, they’re just obsessive in a destructive way. - Nick Kristof, NYT
Republicans were the worst at foreign policy, destroying countries and economies around the world, under Bush and his unfunded wars. Now they are proving to be the worst at domestic policy, pushing America to the edge for pure political reasons.
“manicchill: Breakdown of the holders of U.S. debt: Hong Kong: $121.9 billion (0.9 percent)
Caribbean banking centers: $148.3 (1 percent)
Taiwan: $153.4 billion (1.1 percent)
Brazil: $211.4 billion (1.5 percent)
Oil exporting countries: $229.8 billion (1.6 percent)
Mutual funds: $300.5 billion (2 percent)
Commercial banks: $301.8 billion (2.1 percent)
State, local and federal retirement funds: $320.9 billion (2.2 percent)
Money market mutual funds: $337.7 billion (2.4 percent)
United Kingdom: $346.5 billion (2.4 percent)
Private pension funds: $504.7 billion (3.5 percent)
State and local governments: $506.1 billion (3.5 percent)
Japan: $912.4 billion (6.4 percent)
U.S. households: $959.4 billion (6.6 percent)
China: $1.16 trillion (8 percent)
The U.S. Treasury: $1.63 trillion (11.3 percent)
Social Security trust fund: $2.67 trillion (19 percent) The totals?
Foreign-owned debt: ~$4.5 trillionAmerican-owned debt: ~$9.8 trillion
Despite what many politicians/pundits would have you believe, the U.S. government owes Americans more than double what it owes the rest of the world….combined.”—
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“Awesome Tumblr alert: I Am Just A Human
…which features a great definition of feminism:
“I am a feminist. That doesn’t mean I don’t shave my legs, don’t put on mascara, or don’t wear short skirts. It doesn’t mean I am a lesbian, a prude, or am simply too unattractive to get a man. It doesn’t mean I’m whiny or that I’m a bitch. It does not mean I hate men. It doesn’t mean that I’m not a man. It also doesn’t mean that I’m not these things either. The one thing it does mean is that I strive for equality between men and women.””—