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Category Archive: Stupid

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  1. The blessedly tiny image of the

    The blessedly tiny image of the “Possumtron” possum-dropping device on the comic-sans heavy official page for Clay Logan’s Corner Store Possum Drop.

    Continuing our dump on North Carolina day here at SuperVegan, we’re pleased that, to quote the AP, “possums can’t be dropped any more in illuminated balls on New Year’s Eve in Brasstown, North Carolina.

    PETA had sued the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which issues the permit for the event, saying it’s illegal and cruel.

    “Citizens are prohibited from capturing and using wild animals for pets or amusement,” Judge Fred Morrison wrote in his ruling. The commission “had no authority to issue any permit to Logan for the unlawful public display of a native wild animal” at the drop, Morrison wrote.

    Thanks for this one, PETA!

    And lest you think this is some olde-timey tradition, naw, Clay’s Corner has only been doing this since the 1990s. Apparently the inspiration was a suggestion that “since the possum is Brasstown’s mascot of sorts, the town should have a live animal drop similar to the dropping of the ball in Times Square”. Of course. Totally makes sense. Why, it’s even a “non-alcoholic family event … We bring the possum to start the event and then the blessing and then we bring out the queens of the last ten years and show them off…and the church singing of songs and then the drop.” Sounds just like what goes down at Times Square every year.

    (I learned via Wikipedia that they do an event in Tallapoosa, Georgia also called a Possum Drop, but as that event’s website loudly states, “We Do Not Use A Live Opossum. It Is Stuffed.” I’m not sure if that means a fake possum or a taxidermied one, and, well, maybe I don’t really want to know.)

  2. Sure, go with her if you must, but I can think of so many better ways...

    Sure, go with her if you must, but I can think of so many better ways…

    Ellen DeGeneres (the brand, if not the woman) recently launched a Going Vegan with Ellen site, to acclaim from such varied vegan media outlets as and VegNews. Those folks may like it, but I don’t!

    The site probably will help some people be vegan (or closer to vegan), and may in the ultimate balance save some animals. But it’s still a squandered opportunity when you think how much of an effect it could have if it wasn’t so terrible. Ellen’s got a big audience. Imagine how much better the world could be if she gave them a great website instead of this mess.

    First problem, it seems to equate “going vegan” with adopting a vegan diet. If you can find any mention of non-dietary aspects of veganism on there, please let me know. You know–leather, ingredients in non-food products, avoiding products tested on animals (like, ahem, Cover Girl), etc.

    And it’s a godawful website. The visual design is clunky and unbalanced. The interface is atrocious, breaking what little content the site has is into numerous pieces, requiring dozens of clicks to see information that would make more sense on one page. But, hey, clicks are what you sell ads against!

    They manage to cram in some really intrusive ads, too, via tactics like putting them in place of slides in slideshows. And to crown all other sins, they use Tynt, the copy/paste jerks, and Kontera, the useless mouseover popup jerks. And I have a special prize for anyone who can find me someone who likes the fucking Meebo Bar as an end-user. Any visitor with the slightest bit of self respect will run away screaming before they get to any meaningful content.

    It doesn’t seem like much of a site for fans of Ellen, either. I couldn’t find any content by Ellen, quoting Ellen, or directly relating to Ellen’s own experiences as a vegan. The Getting Started page would be a great place to hear from Ellen about how she got started on her vegan diet, or at least a few peppy quotes. Instead, we’re mired in a longish and vague chunk of text offering such expertly copyedited advice as “Go to your grocery store and load up on granola (read the labels to make sure they’re vegan) granola…” Sigh.

    If Ellen’s goal is to make the maximum number of people go vegan, or even adopt a vegan diet, this site is a poor effort for someone with her resources. She would have done better to just make one page with links to already existing quality vegan websites. I wouldn’t pick on an individual or a mom & pop site for the design issues, but AOL and/or Time Warner know exactly what they’re doing. And I think they’re jerks for it. And good luck finding the infernal thing via Ellen’s main site.

    Also, this is the most useless recipe ever. (And I promise I’m not just saying that because it’s attributed to Kathy Freston.)

  3. Actual image from Glenn Beck's website.

    Actual image from Glenn Beck’s website.

    I always like reading about vegan celebrities. Don’t judge. I mean, they have so much influence on people and they can promote veganism, which is just kind of awesome. Who doesn’t like a cool vegan celebrity? Alec Baldwin, Moby, Steve-O, Glenn Beck… Wait. What!? I know that’s what you’re thinking. But yeah, apparently Glenn Beck is one of us now.

    I’ll admit, it was tough for me to watch the video Vegetarian Star posted of Beck talking about his veganism, but I wanted to know what he had to say. I mean, maybe I’m wrong about him. Maybe he’s actually a compassionate human being with political views just a tad different than mine. Well, I watched and I listened and I can say this: he’s not. He bitches about drinking wheatgrass and that it’s “not awful, it’s apocalyptic.” “I’m eating crap I don’t even know…” “Last night I had spaghetti and meatballs and there’s no meat! […] How are you getting a meatball?” He’s going vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free for health reasons. Yeah, it’s tough. But I’m sure he has people who cook for him, and they probably make it really tasty for him. Stop bitching, Glenn! Get over it.

    I doubt that Beck even considered veganism when he called out celebrity environmentalists such as Al Gore and George Clooney for eating meat back in 2007. “I mean, I like to eat a nice pink-in-the-middle filet stuffed with ham, topped with chicken while wearing a full leather bodysuit!” Yeah, doesn’t sound too compassionate to me.

    Anyway, this got me thinking. Aren’t vegans supposed to be all cool and liberal and progressive? I know all of my vegan friends are. But I guess I was wrong. Glenn Beck is actually in good company.
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  4. A proto of ribs with the rib-bones rubbed out, as highlighted by QuarryGirl.

    A proto of ribs with the rib-bones rubbed out, as highlighted by QuarryGirl.

    My SuperVegan colleague Samantha Cohen is ready to forgive and move on, and whistleblower QuarryGirl is giving them a second chance, but VegNews‘s recent apology over the non-vegan photos kerfuffle just makes them look worse in my eyes.

    The only problem the letter acknowledges is the one QuarryGirl made it impossible for them to ignore or deny–that they used photos of non-vegan food to illustrate vegan food in a vegan magazine. (Aside: This is the same QuarryGirl who won VegNews‘s Scandal Breaker of the Year award in 2009, for outing other folks lying about what was vegan. She deserves to win it again this year! But of course VegNews awards are for ad-hoc whatever-they-feel-like-promoting achievements, rather than consistent categories of achievement like the Nobels, Oscars, or Pulitzers.)

    I’m glad to see that this second response uses apologetic language, and is signed by actual people (rather than the amorphous “VegNews Team” who signed their first response), publishers Joseph Connelly and Colleen Holland, managing editor Elizabeth Castoria, and art director Sutton Long. I’m also pleased by the active, positive commitment to “build and host a vegan photo bank to assure the availability of vegan stock images.” That’s awesome! If done well, this will be a great resource for photographers and all publishers (both print and online).

    But let’s pick apart the other commitments:
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