my (vegan) friend and her (not-vegan) mom just got iphones….
I can only assume that what photographer Porsupah Ree captured here are binkying bunnies. A binky is a playful and happy expression made by a rabbit in which it jumps in the air and twists its body around in a convulsive fashion.
This is what animals do when we allow them to be animals. Pure joy, fearlessly expressed; we should* get over ourselves and take a page from them.
*desperately fucking need to
Earth Day #burn
Landed; fully expected (hoped!) for Will Smith’s melodic welcome to come over the PA. …disembarking the plane - I look up to see this beautiful sight in front of me - totally teared up, ran up and made a connection. Heart is soaring. VEGANS, FTW. (at Miami International Airport)
"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln
We aren’t passengers on this spaceship called Earth - we are crew members. We aren’t residents of this planet - we are it’s citizens. The difference, in both cases, is responsibility.
My daily effort toward being the best vegan I can be is the rent I pay as a crew member on this planet; my activism is my service and investment toward its health & longevity - to all of ours. With this awareness and through manageable, mindful changes - we must help ourselves and each other evolve; we are all in this together.
It’s also hard to eat, use & abuse someone once you make a connection to them. Strive and seek to make a connection to all without ingrained beliefs & boundaries interfering - our separation, hate, anger and resentment is only out of fear for what and who we don’t understand. Once you understand, you connect, once you connect - you know the love in them as the love in you, and vice versa. This is how we change our world, both inner and outer.
Easter is upon us. Symbols of rebirth and abundance are everywhere we look - we only need to redirect our awareness to see & tap into the inherent love & gratitude - the natural, real magic of connection. We are so fortunate to live in a time where our traditions, holidays & occasions (any) can easily be celebrated beautifully and with compassion for all. As you honor time spent with family, let others do the same; widening our capacity for compassion enlarges our purpose & potential - reconnecting us to our own beingness and our unique purpose in the global community. By reaching beyond our own immediate needs (ego) to give equal value for all animals honors Life, the work of Mother Nature & the Great Creator (whatever you believe in) - and in turn, renews our own value, right to a life free from hurt, violence and harm. When we practice small acts, gestures of compassion we regain the Self we’ve sold out at other, less compassionate times; we become whole, the superhero we long to save us - we teach others to do the same. This same spark of life that is in the seed, in every animal is within each of us, always - we merely have to choose to renew it, and then live it and love it out loud.
“When you’re happy for no reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them. You don’t need to manipulate the world around you to try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.” ~ Marci Shimoff
Don’t give the outer world permission to make you hard; live your truth freely - you are joy, happiness, compassion & love, no one can take it from you without your consent!
After long weekends my inboxes are routinely flooded with ‘SOS’ emails & calls about how to cure the over-indulging hangovers. Simply put, practice awareness.
Whatever you’re up to - do it with presence. Mindlessly over-eating, drinking & indulging are things we feel we’re ‘owed’ or obligated to participate in (tribe mentality), but at what cost to us? When we practice mindlessness we are in a perpetual state of disconnect & fear (as well as issues around self-worth/acceptance), searching for ‘the thing’ to help satiate & fill the void. When we are disconnected from our bodies what we literally cannot ‘see’ is that nothing will heal us until we connect & treat ourselves with respect, love & care. We individually pay the price for our collective partying (for everything we do); when we connect with our body (through making a habit of listening to our heart) we realize we don’t need to over-indulge, and the fear around lack - which prompts over-indulging, melts away and is replaced with a sense of peaceful knowing. Trust that if we want it enough, realize that shit (from your mom’s mashed potatoes to that 9th beer to the after-after hours bar) is always available to us (it is) - we just need to ASK for it. There truly is more than enough for everyone in this world - we don’t need to have it all in one go, and wanting to isn’t us but our ego (mind) trying to stake its rights; we are not our mind, and the more you can act from your heart you will realize this, and aligning them is the key to your experience here. Just like we wouldn’t allow a toddler to determine our actions, we mustn’t let our mind determine our actions, fuck up our body or life - we pay the price, after all.
Go into any occasion set on mindfully practicing this awareness abundance (and gratitude), you’ll enjoy yourself more, the ride more, and those you’re with will also benefit by the ripple effect. Eyes off your plate and onto the people, this is what it’s all about anyway. …Party on, friends.
"Chunks" of feces are making it through the USDA’s flawed meat inspection program
Sept. 9 2013
A pilot program meant to identify contamination at meat plants has been failing to do so for the past 15 years. The USDA plans to roll it out nationwide, anyway. From the Washington Post:
The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines by as much as 20 percent and cuts the number of USDA safety inspectors at each plant in half, replacing them with private inspectors employed by meat companies. The approach has been used for more than a decade by five American hog plants under a pilot program.
But three of these plants were among the 10 worst offenders in the country for health and safety violations, with serious lapses that included failing to remove fecal matter from meat, according to a report this spring by the USDA inspector general. The plant with the worst record by far was one of the five in the pilot program.
This specific fecal matter didn’t make it to the mouths of consumers, because government officials caught it at the last minute. But these and other international incidents documented by the Post, including some that weren’t caught in time, demonstrate that the program has serious flaws.
In New Zealand, a representative of the inspectors union describes how “tremendous amounts of fecal matter remain on the carcasses,” adding, “Not small bits, but chunks.” The Post points out, parenthetically, that “both fecal matter and partly digested food may contain concentrated and complex strains of bacterium such as E. coli and listeria, which can be deadly.”
The USDA wants to finalize and then expand the program by next spring, and is considering the same for a similar program that covers poultry plants. First initiated in the late 1990s, it’s meant to reduce government inspection costs and ultimately lower the price of meat. But the USDA doesn’t seem to have done enough to evaluate the program’s safety, and, according to the Post, may be engaged in something of a coverup:
In interviews, six USDA inspectors working in the pilot plants raised health concerns. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they believed their jobs would be in jeopardy otherwise.
Several said company and government workers are yelled at, threatened and shunned if they try to slow down or stop the accelerated processing lines or complain too aggressively about inadequate safety checks. They also warned that the reduction in the ranks of government inspectors in the plants has compromised the safety of the meat.
“We are no longer in charge of safety,” said an inspector with more than 15 years of experience. “That’s what the public needs to know.”
Maybe, just maybe, the focus on price and efficiency is a bit shortsighted.
Enjoy your feces. I cuddle chickens instead of eat them.
yal realize the USDA literally considers feces in food a “cosmetic blemish” now instead of an actually dangerous thing that nobody should ever want to consume
I am so goddamn glad I jumped that ship
^^^ NAILED IT.