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Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2024 on Vegan Slogans at Have Gone Vegan
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Good for you! Yeah, I'm trying not to read comments on news stories anymore because they tend to upset me more than the story itself. Hard to fathom how so many people can be so blind and deaf (🙈🙉 ha, don't know how to insert images in comments, so just copy/pasted yours) and just wilfully ignorant in my opinion. Have a great graphic for you, but again don't know how to insert, so will likely email it to you sometime...
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Absolutely, I wanna shake 'em! Not sure if anything will wake them up though. It's such a stubborn denial, even when it's happening in their own regions. Doesn't help either when some of our own government officials are in denial as well. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, for example, was spouting the same nonsense -- lighting strikes, campfires, arson -- all to blame, NOT climate change. Carbon emissions from those Canadian wildfires have already more than tripled in 2023, and we still have almost half a year to go. I guess it's just going to have to get so bad that governments will finally try to do something when it's too late. Because it IS too late already. There, how's that for a completely non-pessimistic outlook? Snort.
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Oh, I so don't blame you! This world's such a hot hate-filled mess right now (more so than ever before, it feels like to me), that taking a break from it all may be the most sensible thing for any of us to do. Take a break, chill out, relax, cuz all the shite will still be here for you when you're ready to face the world again... ;)
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Huh, didn't get notified of this comment, so ran across it by accident. Thanks for the compliment, Krissa. Don't know how many folk actually read any of my stuff, but if it's helpful or amusing to even one person, then I've achieved my goal. Plus, writing's often a good way for me to know how I actually feel or think about a topic, so yeah, do hope to get back into a blogging routine of sorts. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2023 on and they're back... at Have Gone Vegan
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Hey Krissa, yeah, I heard Europe's going through a second heat wave right now, with Italy, Spain and Greece being especially bad. Apparently our planet had the hottest June on record, with the first week of July being the hottest week on record. Unreal. But what I really don't understand is the record number of people who STILL think the climate crisis is a hoax, isn't happening, and are truly convinced that what's happening all across the globe is normal. What more evidence do they still need? Or it is just a stubborn didn't-believe-it-before-so-not-gonna-ever-admit-I-was-wrong stance? And even if they didn't give a damn about the planet and other species, what do they think will happen to people with continuing droughts, flooding, wildfires, etc.,? Already one of the consequences is anti-immigration sentiment as folk are fleeing countries in part because of adverse effects of climate change, an increase in right-wing populism is spreading globally as fast as some wildfires do, and things are going to get much MUCH worse, especially if we don't even belatedly try to stem the climate crisis. For the life of me I just don't get it...
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Aw thank you Debra! Your compliment made my day. Really don't know how many readers read my ramblings, but if at least one person enjoys what I post, then I'll keep on truckin' as they used to say. :)
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If you rightly think it could be any of the following: climate change natural (or man-made) disasters war (especially the nuclear kind) another and-even-worse global pandemic economic inequality (read and weep at how much richer the richest 1% of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2023 at Have Gone Vegan
Thanks so much Debra! Sorry for the late reply, but I only saw this comment today as it didn't appear in my email notifications. Yes, I believe you'll be seeing more of me here, tee hee...
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2023 on and they're back... at Have Gone Vegan
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Hello dear reader, it's been a while I know. About 6 months or so? After my last post in November my Mom started to decline even more, and at the end of February passed away at the ripe old age... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2023 at Have Gone Vegan
Hey Krissa, finally getting around to these comments as well. Won't be able to address every point, but here are a few of my thoughts. First, thanks! Yes, this post was a LOT of work and very time-consuming, but worth it. Just reread it (can't believe it's been half a year already!), and I still stand by my words even though I know a lot of people (especially with trans rights issues) don't and won't agree. But, even if this was the last post I ever wrote (hopefully NOT as so much has happened that I think a follow-up post is in order), I'd be damn proud of finishing up with this one. How many people have read it? No idea. Feedburner would give me the stats, but the system I use now doesn't. Could even be that you're the only one, haha. But it's here for anyone to read who happens to land on this site, so that's all I can do. I agree that it's really hard to get our species to care about other animals when we can't even treat each other decently. Which is one of the reasons why I think we have to push and fight on all fronts so that it becomes more clear to everyone that all these issues are interrelated. (And yes, because of human nature, control and thus violence affects/infects? all types of relationships, even LGTBQ+ ones.) And yes, ALL species can act in horrible ways towards each other. But also in protective and compassionate ways, so it seems that we're all capable of "good" and "evil" (if you want to use those terms), regardless of species type. Re your comment about Andrew Jackson - see my comment on the "truth and reconciliation" post. Luckily, we're rarely put in the situation where we have to choose between saving a baby from our species or from another one, but I've said it before, if I had to choose, say, between saving my niece or saving my cat, I'm sure I'd save my niece. Doesn't make me less vegan, or negates the work that all vegans/animal rights activists do to help other animals as much as possible. Oh, and yes, I think it's hardwired into us to save the ones who we are most bonded to first. So no guilt, Krissa! :) By now DeSadist (that'll be how I will refer to the hateful/hate-filled scumbag from now on) has passed and signed 4 (5?) anti-LGTBQ+ bills in his "slate of hate" campaign, including a "bathroom bill" effective July 1st that prohibits transgender folk from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. I mean, other than the sheer horrible hateful awfulness of it all, how can this even be enforced for Pete's sake? A transgender person will have to leave the bathroom if someone asks them to if they suspect they have a different biological gender. Right. Given gender stereotypes I can just see how many cisgender women will be assumed to be transgender because their hair is too short or they don't wear makeup, or lesbian women presenting in a more masculine way. And what about trans men? Will they be forced to use the women's bathroom because that was their biological sex on their birth certificate? To be honest, I hope this will end up being such a confusing and idiotic mess that the bill will be rescinded. Again, I can't see how this is going to be implemented or enforced. It's too ridiculous. And I can see how I WILL have to do a follow-up post, especially now that it's Pride Month and THAT has had people in an uproar like I've never seen in all my years. Plus, DeSadist wanting to Make America Florida, ugh. Okay, last point. First, see my comment to the "thanks: giving, taking, or living?" post as it's also related to the Bible. Yes, lots of disagreement about word usage and interpretation of Bible passages. For example, Genesis 19:1–38. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” Some say "know them" means having intercourse, others say no, it's about hospitality. But I think you're right, it was condemning gang rape, not gay relationships per se. Then again, you'll always have folk cherry-picking passages. And why is NO ONE demanding that children who curse their parents be put to death? Because the Bible does! Exodus 21:17 “Whoever curses his father or his mother shall be put to death. Leviticus 20:9 For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him. Also, in the same passage Lot offers his daughters up: 8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” Nice. As for women not laying down with other women, I believe it DOES actually say that somewhere (let me have a quick Google), yes, one passage at least: Romans 1:26-27a: For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another. But again, interpretation, context, history... Add to that the whole debate about whether the Bible is the TRUE word of God (I would say no, written, edited, and interpreted by man), or even if God themselves (as in he/she/they) exist... As you can tell, I could go on and on as well, snort, so maybe I'll end it here for now. Until next post! Thanks, Krissa, for your input. So appreciated!
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No worries, I'm just as far behind! :) Yes, acknowledgement by most Canadians, but certainly there's a contingent that declares this to be a big hoax, just like global warming. The schools were not horrible at all, there are no mass graves, blah, blah, blah... It's infuriating. And just as Jackson is still considered a great President, Sir John A. Macdonald (Canada's first Prime Minister under whose rule residential schools began in 1883) is still considered a great leader by many, and there was an uproar when some wanted schools to be renamed or statues of him removed. Granted, many MANY politicians and other institutional leaders of the day agreed with his stance and assimilation was the model of the day, so certainly Macdonald wasn't the only person to blame. But what I find interesting was the furor, and the lack of recognition that folk might be upset by having Macdonald's name and representation everywhere. And while I personally don't think that you always have to remove historical symbols (I think it's more important to find legitimate and enduring ways of remembering the bad and shameful parts of history), the angry cries against what was perceived as political correctness run amok, and progressive liberal "woke" agendas was illuminating. Yeah, I'll always have a hard time accepting the seal hunt, for example, although I know there's a difference between subsistence hunting and the godawful commercial seal hunt. And for vegans especially, there's so much to fight against such as factory farming, and sport hunting as just two examples, that I think we have to consider what will help the most animals and what will help to eliminate the most egregious forms of animal cruelty. So in that respect, targeting traditional practices of the Inuit or other Indigenous folk should not be top priority, or even a priority at all.
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Hi Krissa, yeah, I don't believe the new system will alert you when I reply to a comment. I'm probably lucky that at least it'll alert you to new posts! I hope. Not that I'm writing any at this point, but maybe in time... So it's been more than 10 months since this post and things haven't gotten any better on the political stage, but I'll save my comments for the "woke" post as things have exploded even more on that front! On a personal level, I'm still adjusting to Mom's passing, but the only thing I'll say about it here as sort of a piece of advice for anyone putting a parent into long-term care is BEDSORES or pressure ulcers - absolutely awful as they develop very quickly, smell horrible, cause great pain, and unfortunately MANY residents will end up getting them, so be on constant guard for them. It's one of the images/smells that will haunt me forever. :( And rereading the post it strikes me that I mentioned euthanasia for pets as that is where we're at with my kitty in likely the next couple of weeks as she has declined quickly and is suffering. Hard to watch, but at least with her we know that we can give her a merciful end sooner rather than later. Still, first Mom, now Midget, it's been quite the journey...
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Oh, I hear you, and I could write the longest post (which this comment may even turn into, snort, as the subject riles me to no end) if not an entire book on the topic, but I think among the incidents or passages from the Bible that contribute to this sorry mess includes, of course, animal sacrifice in the OT. The story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaac can be interpreted in different ways, but I (perhaps uncharitably) see it as a story of a god wanting to be feared and wanting to be obeyed, and when they are thus obeyed, innocent animals pay the price. Theologians will instead say that animal sacrifice was God's loving way for humans to be able to atone for their sins until God made the ultimate sacrifice of throwing his only son under the bus - sorry, can't keep my own spin out of it - but I've noticed that not a single explanation of why animal sacrifice was necessary has ever included any hint of remorse about the pain and death suffered by animals. Why? Because humans are more important than animals. Heck, animals don't even have a soul, so why the fuss about their welfare, never mind rights? So right there you have the notion that animals are expendable. And humans have taken that untruth to heart, despite contradictory messages in other passages about God loving ALL creatures. The hierarchy in the Bible is very VERY clear: God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, the church itself, men (preferably white), women, children, animals, plants, rocks... Add to that these passages: Genesis 1:26-28 King James Version 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Twist it around to turn dominion into domination and add "subdue it" in verse 28 and folk have happily said that that means humans can literally do whatever they want no matter the pain, destruction or death, with not only all animals, but the environment and the planet earth itself. Animals are literally said to serve humans, just like humans are believed by some to be here to only serve god (sorry, refuse to capitalize.) Notice too that verses 27 and 28 also set the stage for the unscientific claim that there are only two genders (a currently popular refrain used to inflame the by now almost hysterical anti-transgender movement), and for some to not only want to curtail human reproductive rights, but contraception as well. It boggles the mind. Can you tell this subject often puts me in a bad mood? :( But I agree with you. We SHOULD be thankful. And we HAVE screwed things up to such a degree that it'll be the death of our species and maybe even our planet at some point. And yet, there are still those who deny the obvious signs - global warming is a hoax they cry, for example. Oh, but I better stop cuz I could go on indefinitely...
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Krissa! Finally I'm trying to catch up a little. More than four months late, but you know what's been going on in my life - today is the 3-month anniversary of my Mom's death (which has impacted me more than I realized it would), and I'm still trying to adjust. Just a note about comments: half of the ones you left are not appearing when I click to reply, so I'll have to contact TypePad to figure out what's going on... (and now, in June, they seem to have reappeared, hmmm) Aw, the crows must love you! :) I think you're absolutely right about soy as I had the same experience. It's been nearly a decade for me, and no hot flashes or night sweats ever. When I hear other women though talking about their symptoms and I suggest that they use soy milk instead of dairy, they look at me as if I'm an alien and proclaim they could never do that... oh well, sweat if you must, snort.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2023 on does this make me look... weak? at Have Gone Vegan
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Thank you so much for all your additions Julie! I appreciate it. And sorry for the very late reply... family circumstances I'm afraid... :(
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2023 on Vegan Slogans at Have Gone Vegan
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Disclaimer: even before going vegan my politics leaned about as far left as left can go, so undoubtedly my "leftist" bias will be showing in my possibly LONGEST post to date. Also, congratulations to the many Americans (younger ones especially!)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2022 at Have Gone Vegan
Love the mousetrap quote! Thanks. Finally have it added - sorry for the delay, oops.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2022 on Vegan Quotes at Have Gone Vegan
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To avoid the risk of repeating myself, I've compiled a list of the Thanksgiving posts I've written over the years from oldest to newest, so that you can choose which, if any, you'd like to reread. And the fact that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2022 at Have Gone Vegan
Thanks! Haha, yep, not the green cruiser bike I had for years. This is a hand-me-down mountain bike from my niece, but boy, has it served me well! Should have put something on it to to count all the kilometers I've already driven, snort. Inflammation is a bugger for sure. Unfortunately I have a strong family history of it (my sister has had rheumatoid arthritis for years), and my previous work history didn't help at all, so a diet that combats inflammation is a must. Plus, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen) can help as well. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2022 on does this make me look... weak? at Have Gone Vegan
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Hi Krissa! Sorry for the late reply, but thank you for commenting. Appreciate it! :) Yep, I could have gone into much more detail about Mom, but suffice it to say that she's suffering on a scale that is just sad to watch. And this is in one of Ontario's better non-profit long-term care homes. But no matter how good the home itself is, with the pandemic and both chronic and acute staff shortages, the system itself is broken. We had REALLY hoped that for her sake our mom wouldn't have reached her 95th, but she did, and there's nothing we can do (other than provide her with a bit of comfort every day) except watch it play out until the bitter end. I keep telling my family that I'll likely need years of therapy after this, snort, but to also warn them to start seriously thinking about how to avoid Mom's fate. I agree with you about the cats and dogs campaign. As nice as it may have seemed at the time, I don't think there was a lot of forethought about what would happen when restrictions eased up. Can't remember which provincial park it was, but one of them at least had to put up signs asking people to please not dump their pets there (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.,) as they wouldn't survive on their own. Making me think that the words 'stupid' and 'selfish' could be synonymous with 'human.' Just sickening. Also disgusting is the ban that has come into effect from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on the import of rescued dogs from over 100 countries. Ostensibly because of a fear of rabies. That means that a lot of dogs who could have been saved, for example, from the dog meat trade, will now no longer be able to be rescued by Canadian dog rescue groups. Keep in mind too that CFIA is also the agency that sets the inhumane livestock transportation standards. In other words, they don't give a crap about animal welfare no matter what their website says. Thanks again. I'm going to try and post at least a couple of times a month when possible, and will try to email you soon! :)
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September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and Orange Shirt Day. It's a day to honour the survivors of Canada's Indian residential schools, and the thousands of children who never returned. It's a day to recognize the trauma... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2022 at Have Gone Vegan
Aw, thanks Debra, I so appreciate your support! :)
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2022 on does this make me look... weak? at Have Gone Vegan
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Didn't think so. I'm no athlete, but I did the Iron Girl Try-A-Duathlon last summer, which had me run for 1km, then hop on my clunky mountain bike for 10km (about 6 miles), and then run again for 2.5km. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2022 at Have Gone Vegan
Greetings and welcome. After not having posted for a year, yours truly finally wrote a bit of an update post in August without realizing that FeedBurner was no longer sending out email notifications. Which brings to mind that old chestnut... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2022 at Have Gone Vegan