Thursday, October 11, 2018
Dose = Poison
Dose = Poison
Dose = Poison
Everything is a chemical and can be dangerous in high enough doses or if consumed improperly. Take H2O (water); it will kill you if you breathe enough of it in (drowning, duh) and it will kill you if you consume too much in a short span of time (aka water intoxication; disturbs electrolyte balance leading to rapid drop in serum sodium concentration.. causing seizures, permanent brain damage, coma and/or death) Keep in mind H2O is also primarily what we're made of.
Always remember, *Dose = poison*. H2O isn't inherently toxic to humans; it just is in large doses. This applies to EVERYTHING.. [i.e. sunlight (radiation) or salt - both deadly to humans if we're exposed to too little/too much] and EVERY food; take caffeine or vinegar (coffee/salad dressing)... both carcinogenic, but damn tasty and GRAS (generally recognized as safe!)
Dose = Poison. Preach it.
Why does this matter? Because the term "toxic chemical" is relative. There are a few notable exceptions to the rule of course... but enough with the alarmist ideas in the food realm... come at me with a dose that's toxic and I'll listen to you like you know what the fuck you're talking about.
Monday, September 24, 2018
So here goes with the most epic creepy (pedophile-frenzy-plus, of course) names I can think of right now... it might just work? (so far my router is only explicit about ass sex) ...gotta up my game!!
Any faves? I think I may have had a lil' too much fun with this.
The point I wish to make, however, is why we so desperately need an unbiased method to interpret the world around us amongst this chaos our species repeatedly creates. We're lousy with stats, we're biased, we can't remember things well, and affluent white wealthy land owners can't seem to treat each other (or anyone we've deemed outsider ourselves) with much mutual respect.
The gentleman I spoke with made a great point about race relations and the systemic bigotry white folks used to build this country on... and about his own struggle inside that shit-show casm as a person of color in this colonialist country. (This is critically important shit that needs to be talked about.. alot!!) But it kinda had zero percent to do with what I was trying to really talk to him about... that true empirical data is just that opposite.. it doesn't lie or work within bias. We can distort our scientific methodologies to no end, but evidence.. evidence is "pure" in that it's simply explaining reality (after we test and test and test and test and then test once more :)
How do we account for human error? The scientific method seems like one of the only ways i've found... It simply asks for repeated data over and over and over again.. verifiable results.. it's used with methodologies that root out human error (ie statistical noise, falsified data, or liers)
So yeah, I guess I hope folks can understand the difference there... because belief has absolutely nothing to do with why batteries work or how magnets attract. That's science. Bias is human error, and we know it's there and how to correct for it. :) The trick going forward is... how do we stop being awful to each other and simply listen to the reality? I only hope it works to bond us in these tough times.. that science can work as a tool, instead of a political means to further oppress.
The bias is confronted when we accept nature as inherently unhealthy; (for every healthy green food growing in the ground there's also a generally toxic counterpart.. from rhubarb greens to cashew pods to poison ivy) Nature wants to nourish you, but mostly it wants to kill you. The continued investment and lobby in "organic industry" becomes problematic when only affluent and food secure people practice it, as is done. "Organic" farming practices are often less efficient and generally more carbon intensive than conventional, which matters when 1 in 7 human beings are still food insecure today (who collectively can't pay higher prices for organic) and we aim to reach 9 billion by around 2052.
If something exists, it's natural. Chemistry is natural. Labs are natural. Mixing chemicals in them is natural. Things made "synthetically" possible by labs are natural, because they exist in our natural world. Luckily, by mixing chemicals ourselves (and the genes chemicals bond to create) we can better test their inherent risks to us, and we do. "Organic food" development has no such safety testing standard. In comparison, a patent for a a seed made using genetic engineering takes nearly 7-10 years of rigorous testing and field trials and millions of dollars to get through safety standards and eventually onto the market.
It's critical to understand that there is nothing natural about any of our foods, "organic" or not... we've selectively bred all the foods we eat over thousands and thousands of years to resemble crazy mutants we just so happen to find delicious... there are no giant tomatoes, broccoli, bananas or corn that occur naturally.. these were all created by us by editing genomes through selectively crossing species, picking for desired traits, various forms of mutagenesis, and others. If anything is "unnatural," it's arguably our ability to exploit plant seedlings in agriculture in the first place. It's time to get used to the idea that everything that exists in our natural world is, indeed, natural.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
I brought up human animals in my last post for this concept continuation here.. inspired again by a facebook post...
It's easier to understand violence against humans as human animals because we more easily empathize with violence against ourselves. It's a matter of perspective. Race, gender, and sexuality are much easier to internalize than the suffering of, say, rats.. bc we use concepts like race, gender, and sexuality to identify ourselves. It's personal.
My friend made a statement wherein she noted "I just can't empathize w the people who feel so strongly about their choices that they try to force them on everyone else." I find this incredibly telling.
This would describe the way some spoke/still speak about slavery abolition, the women's rights movement, recognition of transgender folks, BLM, etc... they were/are all philosophical movements that non-oppressed folks tried to explain as "forced" on them when seeing the issues as outside themselves. But for any person self-identfied in one of those groups, it's always phrased radically different than force... Why?
The problem these issues all shared is that we historically always made them about us, the privileged, not them the opressed. Our jobs, not immigrant lives... our morality, not trans kids lives... our cheap labor, not slaves free lives.. our economy, not poor folks healthcare.. it's always me, me, me.. never them.
I'd argue that vegan abolitionists aren't "forcing" anything on any of us in the slightest... the only real force is the steel bars and fences physically holding hundreds of millions of sentient lives in perpetual slavery.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
A friend of mine posted on FB today about how she finds some vegans in Seattle particularly ferocious.. speaking in terms it seemed about their ideology; and she ended up mentioning at the end of her post that she'd have a cheeseburger to that avail.. as if for self-care.
This seemed so incredibly harsh to me... I had to put my thoughts down on this today about why... why does a movement that's specifically about OTHERS always come back to our validation of it? Why do we work so hard at erasure of others feelings? Why me, me me.. vs them them them... Specifically when so many are dying horrific deaths (both non-human animal, and humans alike)?
My thoughts continue..
It's critical to understand difference here in understanding why some seem militant about a cause, while we might not.
I preface by noting that it's in many ways unfair for me to equate non-human animal rights liberation to something like human rights liberation, because every struggle is experienced uniquely by those oppressed... so I can't, for example, compare CAFOs directly to the halocaust, because that acts as erasure; the halocaust was uniquely about the systemic murder and eradication of Jewish ppl (and other oppressed uniquly human ethnicities at that time like queer ppl). That being said.. abolitionist vegans or animal activists often identified as vegan see and feel and experience many similarities in the way humans oppress certain non-human animals with violence, to the way we also oppress certain human populations with violence.
So, abolitionist vegans fight for the rights of all animals (human and non-human alike) similarly to the way we think about Antifa fighting fascism or BLM fighting white supremacy. It's a very real ongoing daily war to them bc it's incredibly fucking personal. Much like race and class wars are very real to the people they uniquely oppress; we hear you.. solidarity can be found in this inherent violence.
I don't feel I can speak to this struggle the same way abolitionist women vegans of color can.. they really lead much of the way on this; but it does speak volumes to me about how solidarity can help fuel this incredible need for empathy.
Not everyone can wrap their mind around black violent experience or non-human animal violent experience.. we can instead always try to find modes of solidarity to try our best to listen and empathize alongside others struggles... we so desperately need to look outside ourselves in this way. We find commonality in veganism as we are ALL animals who can all uniquely suffer. I hope this shared perspective works to bring us together as abolishionist veganism grows. None of us are free until we're all free.