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Shame on all of us.

Should some things be intolerable, should some things happen only over our dead bodies?
Should some things be intolerable, should some things happen only over our dead bodies?, people claim that the unborn are murdered. Some people believe and equate the killing of the unborn to a murder greater than the holocaust. For me to accept that millions of humans are murdered year in and year out, and not physically stop it would for me be a betrayal of everything I pride myself for. Could I live with myself if I allowed this murder to take place and I was standing outside of the murdering centers with a stupid sign in my hand waving it back and forth? Could I truly believe abortion is murder and console my self with saying `because I don´t murder my children I have no responsibility? No if I truly believed that murder on that a scale mayy times greater than the holocuast or Rawanda was taking place I would have to do more than march, protest, and vote, I would need to stop it by every possible means available and probably die trying. I don´t believe that what happened in Nazi germany is happening in this country everyday, how could I, and live next door to the doctors who perform abortions.

I have read with fascination the discussion between vegans and omnivores and the name calling back and forth. I have seen the pictures of the animals suffering in the factory farms. I do not see however how anyone can have any since of pride in this situation. That suffering goes on and will continue to go on unchallenged by the choices of both parties (vegans and omnivores). To choose not to stop that suffering in any meaningful way to me is mind boggling. To have pride in the choices we make regarding animals whether we eat them or not is fucking hypocritical. If we knew humans were suffering in the same ways and on the same scales that animals are suffering would we debate it, march against it, petition against it or would we and every decent person we know stop the torture? This question to me is crucial; any since of pride or self respect that I have left depends on that answer.

I can understand and accept death and even the killing of other species. I can understand Obama killing the fly that was annoying him. I can understand the billions of insects that are killed each year splattered against the windshields of the cars we drive. I can understand and live with my cat killing and sometimes torturing the mice. Or natives slaughtering their free grazing sheep. Or even free human beings killing each other in war. I can understand and live with the fact that the human population will decline and that will mean the death of many humans. I know with certainty that I will die as well, and am at peace with that, I know the worms and insects will eat me and in turn birds will eat them and the circle of life will go on. But what horrifies me is mass suffering. Suffering of the innocents, suffering of children, suffering of animals, and when that suffering is the result of torture oh, that's unacceptable to not stop cold. No debate, no reasoning, compromise, petitioning but stopped cold.

Lifestyle choices are just that, killing and eating a cow, chicken, sheep or fish before it dies of natural causes is not necessarily cruel. Not killing and eating other species before they die of natural sometimes slow and painful death from natural diseases is also not necessarily cruel. To feel pride in either choice seems to me arrogant. However, watching animals be systematically tortured, raped, and robbed of everything decent and good in life seems a shame that all of us must bear until we stop that from happening, often in the same neighborhood, city, state and country in which we live. To allow this systematized torture to go on (and make no mistake anyone not putting their bodies between the torturers and the tortured is allowing), leaves only shame on every single person aware of the torture. Any since of pride, by anyone in the case involving factory farmed animals is completely unwarranted and pathetic. All are responsible for stopping it, vegan and omnivore alike

I agree with: 17.Jan.2010 16:13


"All are responsible for stopping it, vegan and omnivore alike" - simply making a personal boycott (in the case of vegans) and not also doing advocacy, does virtually nothing to end the torture, in the face of such staggering numbers of animals killed for a taste preference. Vegan potlucks might be fun, but it's even more critical to do outreach.  http://www.whyvegan.com

What?! 18.Jan.2010 14:52

you're not making sense

I read the vegan v non-vegan thread already, and I think it's already been argued much more skilfully than your pathetic attempt to reignite the whole thing again. (For those who didn't see it, the discussion just rolled off the page with something like 95 comments.)

You're really not making any sense. If you think it's just a "lifestyle choice" to eat meat or not to eat meat, then perhaps you also think it's just a "lifestyle choice" to go over to Iraq and butcher a bunch of people for their oil, too.

Either way, you are vapid and wrong. Killing unnecessarily and causing unnecessary suffering in the world are wrong. It's just that simple. If you can't see that, and if you want to dismiss it to make yourself feel better because you're too shallow or pointless to stop eating meat, then the problem is YOU, not the people you are trying to incite.

"Since" of pride? 18.Jan.2010 14:57

wtf is a "since of pride"?

If you want to stop the horror show that is a factory farm, stop eating meat. Stop exploiting animals for food when you do not have to.

Speaking as someone who has done enough work trying to save animals from doofy apologists like you, I can promise you that the slaughter of a cow, chicken, or pig is just as painful and just as gruesome whether that animal came from a factory farm or from farmer Brown's pasture. Either way, it's horrific to even contemplate.

I think you are the idiot who kept posting the same stupid, self referencing bullshit over and over, ad infinitum, on THIS thread:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/01/396491.shtml?discuss. You were correctly and irrefutably trounced there, so now you want to try again here, because you are evidentially also a masochist or something. Whatever. Get over yourself. Read the answers everyone already gave you there, and move on. The rest of us have work to do, and are done trying to educate your sorry, selfish, ass.

Shame on "us"? 18.Jan.2010 14:58


Not really. Actually, just shame on you. For accusing people of false pride, when what they are really doing is walking their talk, Standing up for what is right.

??? 18.Jan.2010 20:16


what a weird raving rant.

So what you're basically saying is, "Is it ever completely wrong to do something bad? No, but yes, but no, but yes, but no, but yes." Is that really what you meant to say?

Then you seem to be converging abortion with eating meat with war, and coming up with different answers for each thing. "I can understand killing, even a LOT of killing, but not a LOT LOT of killing coupled with other stuff too."

And then you seem to be saying that vegans are like anti abortionists and anti war protesters because they are "intolerant" of killing. And that seems to be wrong in your book - intolerance of killing. Because killing is fine unless it's really bad, and then you should do "more than hold signs and protest" you should "do everything you can and even die trying to stop it," but not if you're "intolerant" about it.

Are you reading your shit before you hit "post"? Because you really aren't making a bit of sense, and you're kind of offensive. Shame on everyone? You mean everyone but you, because you have it down right? Or you mean just those "intolerant" people who don't like the killing that you "can understand"?

Let me just take one paragraph and ask you what the fuck you are even saying. Ah. Here we go. Let's go sentence by sentence:

"That suffering goes on and will continue to go on unchallenged by the choices of both parties (vegans and omnivores)." So, basically you are trying to say that not contributing to the suffering and death of animals by buying their carcasses and eating them, is really just the same as contributing to the suffering and death of animals by buying their carcasses and eating them. And you base this weird conclusion on... what, exactly?

"To choose not to stop that suffering in any meaningful way to me is mind boggling." Indeed it is. As a very basic first and most meaningful step, I would say, STOP KILLING AND EATING those animals. Duh. But not you, you would say... what, again? You seem to be offering up the sage wisdom that not killing and eating animals constitutes a... "since of pride." Hmmmm. Thanks for the illumination.

"To have pride in the choices we make regarding animals whether we eat them or not is fucking hypocritical." Hmmmm. Well, no. Not really. Do you know what "hypocritical" means? To say that eating meat is wrong and then eat it anyway is hypocritical. To pretend you care about the suffering of others, and then to cause suffering by killing and eating them would be hypocritical. Those would be proper uses for that word. But to feel good about not eating them? Nope. Not what the word means. Not even when you put "fucking" in front of it. And more to the point, your assumption that people are prideful about it is kind of a straw man, right? Who says anyone is expressing pride in veganism? I think what you are reading is people speaking out against the complicity and murder that is meat eating.

"If we knew humans were suffering in the same ways and on the same scales that animals are suffering would we debate it, march against it, petition against it or would we and every decent person we know stop the torture?" God, I scarcely know how to answer this. I mean, I could point out the obvious: We debate it and march against it and petition against it every day. Where have you been? I could also respond to what I (think) you might be trying to say here, which is that one needs to actually take concrete action against evil, and not just talk about it. Agreed. So... if one cares about the suffering and death of animals one should... stop fucking contributing to it. Right? So... if you care about animals, you should take the most basic and important concrete action you could possibly take to help them: GO VEGAN. STOP EATING THEM. STOP CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROFITS OF THOSE WHO TORTURE AND KILL THEM. Because, pretending to give a shit and then not at the very least going vegan is, well, "fucking hypocritical," man.

"This question to me is crucial; any since of pride or self respect that I have left depends on that answer." So it's all right for you to have "since of pride" and self respect, but not other people who act according to what they know is right?

See, now, that was just one paragraph. Your whole "article" is just as obtuse. Will you please try to figure out what the hell you're saying before you blurt out a lot of offensive, accusatory nonsense apparently directed at anyone who stands up for what they believe? Are you just upset because other people can figure out what is right and what is wrong, and you can't? (You can "understand killing, even a lot of killing, unless it's a lot of killing, and then you shouldn't be intolerant of it but you should die trying to stop it but not if it's just killing because killing is all right unless it's not and then it's not but it is and you shouldn't be intolerant of it....")


oppression 21.Jan.2010 10:27


Factory farming is not the only way in which non-human animals are exploited and oppressed by humans. Humans must disengage in all forms of exploitation and oppression against non-humans. Anyone unwilling to do that is not doing enough.

Global Oppression and Exploitation is always WRONG. 21.Jan.2010 18:34


The "system" we all live under oppresses and exploits - from the micro to the macro level. We have 'freedom of choice' to choose not to buy into ($$$) and be a part of it. We can choose to be a part of the solution not the problem. When we come to the realization of what's really going on in life we can choose to "unplug" and follow our conscience and adhere to a different way of living. We can choose to look at the World in a different way - through different eyes. We can 'rethink' our own individual effect and power- not to 'control & dominate'; but alternately to live in harmony with the natural world and in a peaceful way with all of Earth's creatures. We can choose to walk a path that respects the Earth and can make mindful decisions as to how we can best not add to the 'misery and violation' through our intentions and actions. The energy that we send out into the world/ether reverberates and has a ripple effect- eventually coming back to its point of origin (likes ripples on a pond). The rings spread out far and wide into the vastness of the Universe. What we send out echoes forever- what comes around goes around. It all has an impact - every action has a reaction. We are all responsible for being the best caretakers of planet Earth that we can possibly be. We should all do our part to help protect and defend those who are the most vulnerable/at the mercy of the "system".

Oppression and exploitation of humans. Oppression and exploitation of the animals. No sentient beings should be seen as objects or property to be used and abused. Exploiting all of life for 'profit'- exploiting nature, sacrificing the environment for the sake of the 'almighty dollar' ($$$); it's all wrong.

It's to our advantage to rethink/reexamine and contemplate our "way of living" from time to time. Choosing to live within the "popular culture" paradigm for fear of being different or ashamed seems nonsensical. In our mainstream culture it's popular to be a 'meat eater' but that doesn't make it right. To many people it's popular to discriminate, take rights away from and hate others (e.g. gay people). That doesn't make it right, that just means we haven't evolved beyond it as a species yet. It's always a good thing to have 'hope' that we will make progress and grow beyond intolerance and ignorance. . .one day. It's just a matter of moving beyond the apathy and denial. We can choose to see things through the eyes of others. We can choose to care. The choice is ours to EVOLVE beyond hate.

Oppression and exploitation of humans. Oppression and exploitation of animals. It's all bad and should just be seen as such. It should just be common knowledge and self-evident that it's right to be opposed to it. Just as it should be obvious that racism is bad. Homophobia/Gaycism is bad. Sexism is bad. Speciesism is bad. Bigotry, intolerance, lies & injustice; they're all bad. I stand in solidarity against all of it. I'm tired of all the hatred in the World. I believe we all have the power to speak out and rise against it. That's the only way things will ever change.

Oppression and exploitation in all it's many shapes and forms is bad and should be seen for what it is— WRONG.

Being open-minded and seeing things for what they are is the best way to facilitate "change". We can all 'play our part' in helping to make the World a better place by standing up for what we believe is the right thing to do. It just seems like a 'given' that we should stand in solidarity for ALL who are oppressed and exploited and help give 'voice' to those who are unable to speak on their own behalf (animals).

We can all do our parts to lessen the effects of 'oppression & exploitation' both through our words and actions. We need to utilize all tactics. Having discussion and raising awareness in this 'thread' is great in helping others to become conscious of ideas and concepts that may be new to them. However, the most powerful change takes place in 'action'. Writing can have the power to 'inspire' action. Thoughts and knowledge have power. Thoughts create new thoughts. Together we have the power to brainstorm and create a 'thought explosion' which has the power to 'create positive solutions'. I don't think one should feel 'ashamed' if they know in their 'heart of hearts' they are doing all that is within their power to help those among us who are the most oppressed/exploited. Together we can help make a difference in freeing the planet from enslavement and domination. I believe personally that's what this thing called "life" is all about. I believe that's why we're all here. I want desperately to 'change things'.

I've purposely repeated these words oppression/exploitation because these are the key words to 'keep in mind'. Many people choose to exclude animals from this equation because they don't see them as worthy of mention. They see them as inferior. I guess because they cannot speak in the same way as humans?! I find this absurd. Personally I see their communication skills as being vastly superior to humans, but that's just me. Still, we have to be their 'voice' to defend them against the aggressors. I see it as "betrayal" to not speak out on behalf of all who are oppressed/exploited if you have the ability to do so. There's nothing wrong in being 'proud' in knowing you're doing all you can to make a positive difference; in helping in the lives of those in need of protecting.

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle

Regarding "choices"— We can "choose" to modify/adapt our behavior to lessen the damage/pain we cause others and the planet. It's always within our power to change— as long as we can keep our minds open. A perfect example is choosing to become a VEGAN. That's not being 'self-righteous', that's just striving to do your part to not be a part of the dominant, destructive, controlling, compassionless system/paradigm. Changing one's diet away from eating meat is liberating not only for yourself but also, more importantly, for the liberation of countless animals. We can talk in circles forever regarding "solutions". I for one want to do all that is within my power to change things and at least try to make the World a better place. I choose to not be afraid to speak out if I think what I have to say might be at all helpful to those who are at the 'mercy of the system'— ANIMALS INCLUDED. Practice acts of kindness towards animals and boycott/end cruelty. If you stand and defend animals then you should have respect for yourself. . . because protecting them is the right thing to do. Shouldn't we respect ourselves for doing what's right?! Be proud of yourself, it's not a crime. It should be seen more as a crime to not help innocent/vulnerable creatures that are forced to endure what mankind forces upon them. They need our voices and we need to speak on their behalf. "Change" starts with us. We can all do our part to help minimize the negative effects of 'our species- humanity' on planet Earth. We need a new way of seeing the World - we can see ourselves as being part of nature and act like it. We can choose to not be a part of the problem- and instead become an integral part of the solution. Focus on the real 'virus & enemy' which is the SYSTEM itself. It is against nature and is destroying the natural World.

The "system" uses us all— animals and humans alike. It grinds us up and spits us out. Leaving a path of uninhabitable/unsustainable "wasteland".

Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (No Thought Control - "Eat your meat!" - Into the meat grinder we ALL go. Unless we speak out for the sake of animals everywhere; we're ALL 'metaphorically' in boxcars heading for the slaughterhouse. Imagine yourself in their place)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_bvT-DGcWw

Ultimately - We ALL go into the meat grinder if we don't step back/reassess the situation and stand up and defend animals against their abusers/killers. Smash the meat grinder; tear down the wall (smash the system). Use all tactics - use your intelligence. The time is NOW. "Change & transformation" starts with you, so just keep believing in yourselves always and wake others up to the truth. Every action has a reaction. Break away from the 'popular culture' lies/propaganda and programming/indoctrination. The present day mainstream corporate media culture facilitates a "war & corporate mindset". Don't allow your mind to be "corporatized". Seek answers inside yourself— none of us are ever too old to think in new ways. By the same token, none of us have all the answers. This is why many people rely on independent/alternative media when they are in search of answers - so 'keep being the media'; so we can help each other to see beyond & behind the deception. It really is on a global/monumental scale. Global oppression and exploitation is always wrong. "Reeducate" and find alternatives and helpful solutions to the "mainstream" way of life we've been subjected to. It's all an illusion. Inspire to Create a 'Revolution of Consciousness' with the focus on Truth in 'all areas of inquiry'.

Transformation (Zeitgeist)  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/07/392430.shtml
Watch both documentaries if you get a chance (Zeitgeist & also Addendum). . .they are very enlightening (eye opening) and provide lots of information and truth which is vital in finding solutions/alternatives to our current 'way of life'. Step back and see the 'big picture' of how everything is 'interconnected'. There are alternatives to globalization and the corporatocracy — consumer war culture/mentality. War criminals need to be held accountable for 'crimes of the past & present' if we ever want for there to be a future that includes 'truth & justice'. We can help others to step out of the darkness and into the light of 'realization'.

We Want Your Soul  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH_DkBI9Qsk

"Whoever controls the past controls the future." - George Orwell

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
"The definition of Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Our "culture and mindset" needs to change. I choose to do all I can to help 'change the system' because it's destroying the planet— it is being 'consumed'. We have the power to choose to lessen the degree to which we are a part of the 'popular consumer culture'. We don't have to go along with 'business as usual'. We can alter our course— it's called FREEWILL. We are free to think in new ways. Thinking differently is really the only way to find solutions. I choose to not be blind to suffering. I choose to at least try to attempt to help to enlighten others because we're all in this together. You know, one planet/one love- that sort of thing. Speaking from a 'spiritual (not religious) standpoint'— I am tired of the planet being destroyed. Through not only never-ending war & strife; but also through stagnant/obsolete thinking and modes of lifestyle (meat eating) that enables the 'status quo mindset' to continue its folly & dysfunction. No more 'divide & conquer'. We are all ONE. An organism at war with itself is doomed (a war waged against animals is a war against ourselves).

"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields." - Leo Tolstoy

I choose to try my best to tread as lightly on Earth as possible; out of respect for the planet and for all life's creatures. I choose to work towards changing the "system" because it is not 'sustainable'. The 'system' is the aggressor, the virus/disease, the parasite. It's up to us to 'tear it down'. We can work together to find a cure/solutions to what will help make our planet less hostile and more livable. We can choose to lead a life focused on 'compassion & respect'. The power is within us all. You gotta give people hope. I believe that together and with enough focus of 'positive attention & intention'/energy we can 'heal the planet' and create peace on Earth.

~ solidarity & peace
Free Your Mind
Free Your Mind
Heal the Earth
Heal the Earth

‘TIME’ to Resist Corporatist Fascism. 23.Jan.2010 15:12


It's 'time' we call it what it is— corporatist fascism. It's all about the money $$$ ---> Power & Control. Control & domination of life and resources. The obtaining of "resources"/Oil War by any means necessary. Seeing animals as "resources" to be controlled and dominated for 'use and for profit' is wrong. Animals are at the mercy of the 'system' just as humans are; just as all of nature and the entire planet is. Everything is connected. It's time we rise up and RESIST the ravages of Imperialism and defend those who stand in its way. It's time we realize the 'true cost' of Empire. It's time we question "progress" and what it truly means to evolve. The only way to evolve is to face the truth about things.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes. Those who forget history and the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who had become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery. War is the ultimate tool of politics. By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"Either war is obsolete, or men are." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. You can never learn less, you can only learn more. We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. Integrity is the essence of everything successful." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities." - Voltaire

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" - Mahatma Gandhi

"The search for truth implies a duty. One must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true." - Albert Einstein

"They must find it difficult ... those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority." - Gerald Massey

"At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

"All truth passes through three stages: firstly it is ridiculed, secondly, it is violently opposed, and thirdly, it is accepted as self-evident." - Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it...Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate....Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Only with great difficulty does a shaft of light pierce the armor of self-righteousness." - Lois Wilson

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power. . .the World will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

(Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes — denial of history is dangerous and has definite negative consequences for the future)
Imagine - Lennon [A Perfect Circle cover]  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdybbBXDlOc&feature=related

Butterfly Effect definition
(Physics / General Physics) the idea, used in chaos theory, that a very small difference in the initial state of a physical system can make a significant difference to the state at some later time
[from the theory that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world might ultimately cause a hurricane in another part of the world] the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere

(Metaphor) In the end the butterfly prevails— we are all butterflies. Together we have the power to change the culture and thus change the world. [butterfly effect] Create an 'environment of love' by respecting nature and all life.

Put nature and the Earth before money & profit $$$. The ceaseless stream of "corporate" views, ideas, and consciousness is toxic to not only us but the entire environment and well-being of the planet. We have 'freedom of thought'. We can break our 'consciousness' away from the brainwashing of war and corporate consumer mentality. The first and most important step in 'transformation' is respect for NATURE. We need to stop the natural world from being exploited and destroyed.

~ peace
We don't need no. . .  --->
We don't need no. . . --->
Thought Control.
Thought Control.
'freedom of thought' - knowledge is power
'freedom of thought' - knowledge is power

What we do to others (animals, humans) we do to ourselves. 24.Jan.2010 14:11


Thanks for remembering, what deep down we all already know. It's a simple message really; hopefully someday it will be understood. Growing a conscience and taking responsibility for our actions is a good thing.

Look into the animals eyes and allow yourself to 'see what they see'. Allow yourself to have both empathy & sympathy and 'open your mind' to what they are feeling, to what they are going through. See inside of them and see who they really are and 'learn from their experiences'. Accept that they possess a 'capacity to love' just as you or I do— more than it seems we could ever realize much of the time. If only we would just take the time out of our busy day to let them 'speak to us'. They have the ability to teach us more about ourselves than we seldom ever appreciate or recognize because we never give them the chance. We are too busy seeing them as 'inferior' and as 'property' to be owned and abused— mere objects to be 'consumed'. They are violated beyond conception. Many people never allow themselves to see animals for who they truly are because if they did then they would be forced to see the atrocities committed against them and they 'choose' to not see that because it's unpleasant and painful. They would be forced to look in the mirror and reflect on their own actions with regard to caring for and defending them.

When we realize our true connection to animals and our capacity to change in our way of 'choosing to view' our relationship to them, we will see that we don't have the "luxury" of turning away from their suffering anymore. When we rethink our existence and our connection to animals (our interdependence/symbiotic relationship - beyond seeing them as a food source) a whole new world opens up; an epiphany is made. Allow yourself to really 'see them' as they exist, for the first time (as living, breathing, thinking, feeling souls that just want to be happy and loved). They deserve it. When we really do this we can never go back to our former way of seeing them. We are responsible for our own 'evolution of thought'. I believe we all have the capacity to see animals for who they really are. We can realize our 'oneness' with animals. A war against animals is a war against ourselves.

(the following is a great 'food for thought' - insightful article for animal equality & rights)
Slaughter Truck in the Morning Commute: A Haunting Encounter  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/09/394101.shtml

(flashback- what's wrong with this picture?) The Corporation  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pin8fbdGV9Y

There needs to be justice & accountability in the World. It's up to all of us to make that a reality. Life is short. Do the right thing. The truth (in all areas of inquiry) will set us all free.

"The old appeals to racial, sexual and religious chauvinism and to rabid nationalism are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet." - Carl Sagan

Zeitgeist - The Spirit of the Age  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUJKzuFCIt0&feature=related

I Can Believe  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntt50OUF_rs&feature=related

We can 'choose' to think independently and for ourselves. Our thoughts don't have to be 'controlled'. Opening our minds and thinking for ourselves is a necessary step in the 'process' of making true progress and lasting positive 'evolutionary' change. I believe we have the power to 'change everything' and create a new reality if we want to— if it's what we wish. The 'choice' is ours to rethink things. Truth will set us free— what we do to others we do to ourselves.

The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy - Martin Luther King, Jr.  http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/08/31/3521

Truthmove - Social Control  http://www.truthmove.org/content/social-control/
- Solutions  http://www.truthmove.org/content/solutions/

I wish upon a star for peace on Earth. . .maybe someday.

~<3 peace