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Category Archive: Stupid

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  1. A nice-looking wild oyster bed on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Photo by Joe Brent on Flickr). By contrast, many commercial beds are just acre after acre of metal cages.

    A nice-looking wild oyster bed on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Photo by Joe Brent on Flickr). By contrast, many commercial beds are just acre after acre of metal cages.

    There’s a lot of noise on the internet today about Christopher Cox’s “Consider the Oyster” which carries the slug/page title “It’s OK for vegans to eat oysters” and the subhead “Why even strict vegans should feel comfortable eating oysters by the boatload.”

    Cox’s basic thesis is that oysters don’t feel pain and that commercial oyster production/harvesting is far more ecologically friendly than most other industrial food production. He goes out of his way to say that oysters are sustainable for food use in a way that clams and mussels are not. He gets a qualified endorsement from Peter Singer. One can certainly argue with these things, but he’s basically done his homework. Except for seeming to have no clue what it means to be vegan.

    When I became a vegan, I didn’t draw an X through everything marked “Animalia” on the tree of life. And when I pick out my dinner, I don’t ask myself: What do I have to do to remain a vegan? I ask myself: What is the right choice in this situation? Eating ethically is not a purity pissing contest, and the more vegans or vegetarians pretend that it is, the more their diets start to resemble mere fashion—and thus risk being dismissed as such. Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

    The only way for me to read this is that Cox doesn’t know what “vegan” means. He never became a vegan, and needn’t worry himself over remaining a vegan. Because of our very consistency (foolish or not) there’s no gray area for vegans when it comes to eating animals. Cox is trying to be ethical about his consumerism, and that’s great. I just don’t understand how the hell anyone thinks the way he’s going about it can be described as any form of veganism. It isn’t.

    Vegans do not knowingly/willingly/actively consume or purchase any part or bodily product of an animal that was taken from a living animal or for which an animal was killed. (I know that’s a lot to pack into a sentence, but there it is. End of story.) You can argue that this isn’t the most constructive approach to ethical consumerism, as Peter Singer does. But Peter Singer does not claim to be vegan, nor does he endorse the point of view that eating oysters can ever be vegan. Continue Reading…

  2. Translating the Anti-Vegan T-Shirt

    Filed under: Apparel Stupid

    I can appreciate satire. Even biting politically-incorrect sarcasm has its place in any dialogue; but these are just sad. Seriously, who wears these things?

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    Figure A: I kill one cow for every vegan who slights me
    Translation: I don’t have anger issues. I’m just edgy dude.

    Figure B: The only thing vegans are good for is techno
    Translation: I have a tendency to blurt out things that no one gets or finds funny.

    Figure C: Vegans can eat my ass
    Translation: I have a tendency to hi-five while wearing my hat backwards.

    Figure D: Carnivores on Tilt. Herbivores on Wilt.
    Translation: I love to use irrelevant uber-hip language like “that’s so Avatar!”

    This is just a smattering of what’s out there. As it stands, most anti-vegan shirts are poorly conceived, insecurity-filled ill-witticisms of little to no value. They don’t convey a deep-rooted message or attempt to question a long-held institution – they aren’t even funny. Frankly, they serve no real purpose and probably never will because they are championing the status quo.

    Maybe it is just a shirt and it doesn’t require deep thought. But as with any shirt, regardless of the message: in the end you’re the asshole wearing it.

  3. Author Of The Vegetarian Myth Pied

    Filed under: Activism Media Stupid
     That pie better be vegan or you're gonna look dumb

    That pie better be vegan or you’re gonna look dumb

    On Saturday, Lierre Keith, author of the polarizing book, The Vegetarian Myth was struck with a cayenne pepper-laced pie while speaking at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair. It would be easy to dismiss the physical attack as little more than a publicity stunt (I mean, it’s only a coincidence that her Amazon sales rank shot from #4500 on Saturday to #644, where it is now). It would also be easy to criticize her attackers for their lack of judgment; after all, it is assault and such an act does little to quell the message – instead, it helps to publicize it.

    Such narratives would be easy to convey; y’know what would be hard? (It being St. Patrick’s Day and all) To write a limerick about the whole ordeal, that would be hard. So, here it goes:

    There once was a vegan who changed her case
    And wrote a book that put her ideas in place
    To her the cause was all a myth
    Something vegans couldn’t get with
    So, some decided to pie her in the face

    Good thing SuperVegan tackles all the hard issues.

  4. While I would never purport to being (even slightly) offended by the Vegan Boys Are The Worst song (which incidently got a lot of heat Vegansaurus recently and was the impetus of this post), I feel as a vegan boy and fellow musician that I must offer up a retort. Is this Biggie vs Tupac? Hardly.


    But, this is New York City (SuperVegan Represent!) and when you get dissed you gotta go in and put that S on the streets. (see: Jay-Z vs Nas, LL Cool J vs Canibus, 50 vs Everybody)

    Lyrics After the Jump! Continue Reading…

  5. Oh, do I love me some candy. This graph was ripped off from inspired by this. (Granted, my derivation is both glaringly rudimentary and a bit contrived – but, y’know I’m okay with that.) Please share your candy-related thoughts in the comments section below.


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    Update:I called Ferrara Pan and have confirmed that Lemonheads are in fact not vegan.
    I have replaced them in the hierarchy with something equally as delicious and confirmed as vegan from various sources. Thanks to Ezekiel Grave for the tip!

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