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1 reason to not go vegan


I love our medical system!

Went to the doctor for some $5 antibiotics. Get charged $130 by the Dr. just for the privilege since my deductible is stupid high.

And Republicans say this is the best system devised by humanity?

Blackfish is finally on Netflix!

So I finally got to see what all the hubbub is about. Some observations:

1) The low point for me was when they took the calf away from its mother. I don't really think that was right and if I were in management I'd probably would've kept them together.

2) The main point that Tilikum is a whale driven to madness by his surroundings didn't really ring with me.

Orcas are called killer whales for a reason. They are opportunistic carnivores who have been known to eat whales, sea lions, sharks, and very rarely, moose. It stands to reason they might be interested in the occasional human.

3) Because of the above I don't really buy the naïve trainer line. There's always inherent danger in working with large carnivores and they had to have known that.

Also, part of me thinks that trainers should be allowed back in the water as long as they sign a waiver understanding this fact. People in this country do have a right to do stupid and dangerous things for money.

4) Morally speaking I am upset that the whales' living condition isn't as good as it could be. If I had vast wealth I would give them more room and work to improve the mistakes of the past.

That being said I am in no moral position to boycott SeaWorld on this point alone considering my attitude towards animal welfare in other areas.

Pigs are just as intelligent as whales and yet I don't boycott pork because of swines' infinitely worse conditions on pork farms. I love my bacon waaay too much to give it up.

When artificial meat becomes the norm, I will gladly eat it to reduce pigs suffering but as there is no cruelty free equivalent now, it is what it is.

5) Lastly, seeing this movie just makes me even more excited to see Tilikum this weekend. I will enjoy every bit of it guilt-free because I know some of the bad things don't outweigh all the good that I feel Sea World provides.

I am surrounded at work by faux news conservative morons.

That is all.

Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high Saturday

Source: Washington Post

Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world.

On Saturday, the ice extent reached 19.51 million square kilometers, according to data posted on the National Snow and Ice Data Center Web site. That number bested record high levels set earlier this month and in 2012 (of 19.48 million square kilometers). Records date back to October 1978.

The increasing ice is especially perplexing since the water beneath the ice has warmed, not cooled.

"The overwhelming evidence is that the Southern Ocean is warming," said Jinlun Zhang, a University of Washington scientist, studying Antarctic ice. "Why would sea ice be increasing? Although the rate of increase is small, it is a puzzle to scientists."

Read more: http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/09/23/antarctic-sea-ice-hit-35-year-record-high-saturday/

TL;DR: Experts puzzled about why environment won't meet their expectations.

Croatians Vote In Favor of Banning Same-Sex Marriage

Source: Time

Initial poll results on Sunday showed Croatia has backed amendments to its constitution that would ban same-sex marriage and strictly define the union along traditional lines.

Almost 65 percent of voters agreed to defining marriage as a “matrimony between a man and a woman,” according to the partial results from about one-third of polling stations that were released by the electoral commission.

Liberal groups opposed, saying it infringes on basic human rights, and both the government and public figures spoke out against the referendum. Croatian President Ivo Josipovic planned to vote against amending the constitution: “We don’t need this kind of a referendum,” he said. “Defining marriage between a man and a woman doesn’t belong to the constitution. A nation is judged by its attitude toward minorities.”

But groups backed by the Catholic Church garnered 750,000 signatures in support of the measure.

Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/12/01/croatians-vote-in-favor-of-banning-same-sex-marriage/

The Catholic Church is one again the main arbiter of ignorance in this human rights travesty.

The pope can say anything he wants, but if he doesn't act to stop this asshattery, his words aren't worth a damn.
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