“But, the phenomenon of animal crackers remains problematic and part of a wider culture of speciesism.”

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“It can only be positive to desist from representing non-human animals as imprisoned by humans,” says Matthew Cole, a sociology lecturer at The Open University in the United Kingdom, of Nabisco’s recent decision to remove animal cage imagery. “But, the phenomenon of animal crackers remains problematic and part of a wider culture of speciesism.”

This is a lesson, these sociologists strongly urge, that we should stop feeding our youth (or munching on, ourselves). “Children should be taught to respect other animals,” adds David A. Nibert, a vegan activist and sociology professor at Wittenberg University. “Eating their forms as crackers is just another step in the socialization process that accustoms children to exploitation.”

But if animal crackers encourage exploitation because of their recognizable shapes, should we be thinking twice about other foods? Where do photo cakes fit in? What does this say about— gasp—people who eat gingerbread men?

“Human-shaped cookies and crackers,” notes Wrenn, “are usually generic forms. If they were designed to specifically resemble Jewish persons or African Americans and were marketed to White children, we can perhaps recognize the ideological problem with animal crackers being marketed to human children in an anthropocentric society that engages in widescale, systematic violence against animals.”

Never changed username before (cardamon), Monday, 3 December 2018 00:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i like to bite their heads off first

j., Monday, 3 December 2018 00:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

How do they feel about jelly babies?

biliares now living will never buey (Noodle Vague), Monday, 3 December 2018 01:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There seems to have been an epidemic of You'll Never Believe What Those Crazy Vegans Are Saying Now stories lately, I wonder what's going on there.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 3 December 2018 01:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

how do gummy worms fit into this picture? just because they represent annelids without recognizable hearts instead of charismatic megafauna is that a reason to happily chomp on them as if they di not feel pain?

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 3 December 2018 05:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

people are just mad at vegans because vegans are basically correct

global tetrahedron, Monday, 3 December 2018 06:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

vegans are basically correct bien pensant, according to the standards of thinking cherished by other vegans

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 3 December 2018 06:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

next up: kids shouldn't play with stuffed animals, it reinforces the problematic notion that animals exist purely for our entertainment

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 3 December 2018 06:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

gummy bears are made of horse

brimstead, Monday, 3 December 2018 07:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There seems to have been an epidemic of You'll Never Believe What Those Crazy Vegans Are Saying Now stories lately, I wonder what's going on there.

― Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 3 December 2018 01:36 (nine hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

what group, inc ilxors, doesnt do this with noteworthy outlier idiot opinions of other groups

puppy bash (darraghmac), Monday, 3 December 2018 10:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, but why vegans and why now? I think it started with that story about the editor of Waitrose's magazine having to resign having said something stupid about vegans, seems like there's been one a week since. So, for instance, we had the story about some group demanding the village of Wool change its name - which was a completely inaccurate account of what actually happened. There seems to be a narrative about vegans and, more loosely, animal rights campaigners getting uppity and throwing their weight around (insert jokey comment about vegans and weight here). Seems like a new Political Correctness Gone Mad battleground and, of course, after Brexit, the media won't have crazy EU directives to guffaw about anymore.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 3 December 2018 11:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

idk

doesnt seem to me like it ever went away nor that vegan campaigners ever got any better

possibly a uk coverage thing then?

puppy bash (darraghmac), Monday, 3 December 2018 11:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well, yes, it is a UK thing, sorry.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 3 December 2018 11:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

vegsit

puppy bash (darraghmac), Monday, 3 December 2018 11:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

everyone otm except these vegans

imago, Monday, 3 December 2018 11:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

These vegans are coming to a very logical conclusion from the notion that anthropocentrism is bad, and their consistency should be applauded. The centrist media is shocked because according to neoliberal centrism you're not supposed to actually believe what you say you believe in, but only put on your beliefs to the extent that they help you personally. These vegans refuse to reduce their personal choice to their personal lifes, like non-gluten-eaters for instance does.

The problem is, though, that anthropocentrism is good.

Frederik B, Monday, 3 December 2018 11:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

thats fair

puppy bash (darraghmac), Monday, 3 December 2018 11:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

death to em, obv

puppy bash (darraghmac), Monday, 3 December 2018 11:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"anthropocentrism is good"
— hannibal lecter

mark s, Monday, 3 December 2018 11:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

if I could audiate such a thing - I'd be reading that thing in a Pathetic Sharks voice.

calzino, Monday, 3 December 2018 12:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sad he was bullied for being "Asian", also sad he wasn't bullied for being an egg-headed Tory-boy wanker

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46425044

Neil S, Monday, 3 December 2018 12:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hah sorry wrong thread, xpost to Brit politics!

Neil S, Monday, 3 December 2018 12:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Would u slap an animal cracker out of the hand of a starving child, would u

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 12:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sajid's head is brought to you by acme Ostrich Eggs (suitable for vegans).

calzino, Monday, 3 December 2018 12:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“It can only be positive to desist from representing non-human animals as imprisoned by humans,” says Matthew Cole, a sociology lecturer at The Open University in the United Kingdom, of Nabisco’s recent decision to remove animal cage imagery.

nabisco otm

We're in 2009—it's time to take risks, (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 3 December 2018 13:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp sad when we do it to ourselves calz

#bald #metoo

puppy bash (darraghmac), Monday, 3 December 2018 13:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not being baldist, I'm being both shapist and sizeist - which is also bad!

calzino, Monday, 3 December 2018 13:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sincere apologies for making fun of Javid's shining pate

Neil S, Monday, 3 December 2018 13:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There seems to have been an epidemic of You'll Never Believe What Those Crazy Vegans Are Saying Now stories lately, I wonder what's going on there

I think this is one of the periodic outbursts you see as something becomes more mainstream and ppl who haven't really thought about it seriously before look for ways of continuing not to

ogmor, Monday, 3 December 2018 13:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this story is more about fringe academics in search of a thesis than it is about veganism afaict

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Monday, 3 December 2018 13:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(xxp) LOL yes. I keep think of 'devil dogs' though.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 3 December 2018 13:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

As a dietary vegan (I'm not throwing away my sheep hair sweaters or cow skin shoes, belts, or car upholstery), I thought the BBC comedy(?) Carnage: Swallowing the Past hit the right note.

Was also nice to see Yuval Noah Harari declaiming industrial animal agriculture as the holocaust of our day in his books. In terms of cultural impact, its as if Malcolm Gladwell were a good person.

Sanpaku, Monday, 3 December 2018 14:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(insert jokey comment about vegans and weight here)

hello im vegan and i am obese, but i do get your joke

21st savagery fox (m bison), Monday, 3 December 2018 14:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

also this cookie ("biscuit") business is horseshit. ppl are no more socialized to eat animals by animal crackers than they are by vegan meat analogues (which are good and should be eaten.) but im p anthropocentric.

21st savagery fox (m bison), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think you could make a case that the concept of animal rights and many of the moral cases for vegetarianism/veganism come from an anthropocentric perspective

biliares now living will never buey (Noodle Vague), Monday, 3 December 2018 16:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Countdown to MRAs making similar arguments against the consumption of penis-shaped pastas.

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 17:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

anthropocentrism: things have human characteristics
animal rights thinkers (Peter Singer et al): there are no uniquely human characteristics

Sanpaku, Monday, 3 December 2018 17:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

being vegan and being anthropocentric are not mutually exclusive viewpoints. some people are vegan for environmental reasons -- reasons which, at their core, can stem from a desire for the indefinite perpetuation of human life. Also just because you value the rights of animals doesn't mean you value the rights of all living creatures equally. I think it's pretty understandable to be a firm proponent of the humane treatment of animals and industry reform while still putting more stock, relatively, in the plight of humans

boobie, Monday, 3 December 2018 17:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i guess animals rights theory is obviously anthropocentric in that granting legal protection to the interests of non-human animals is rooted in abstract human concepts (exploitation, abuse, suffering, justice etc). is that what you mean? xps

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Monday, 3 December 2018 17:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Speaking of which.

https://wewastetime.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/img_7548.jpg

Um, I really have been tempted to gift these this holidays. $18.

Sanpaku, Monday, 3 December 2018 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've never heard dumber shit than when i was vegan and dumb people would find out about it

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 3 December 2018 17:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

strangely people are much less antagonistic now that i just don't eat meat. there's a demand for you to have an airtight philosophical justification when you're vegan that i guess people don't feel they require when they know that you're something as contradictory and obtuse as a vegetarian

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 3 December 2018 17:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you need the eggs

j., Monday, 3 December 2018 17:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If nothing else veganism is good news for writers of Why-Oh-Why thinkpieces in right wing rags.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/03/vegan-evangelists-need-stop-behaving-divine-ordinance-religious/

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 3 December 2018 17:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nb this was posted by me as a waddayathink rather than a lol idiots

Never changed username before (cardamon), Monday, 3 December 2018 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Like I think these academics are probably answering the question 'what function does this representation of animals serve' rather than launching a movement against animal crackers. Although their responses still do tell a tale. Tail?

Never changed username before (cardamon), Monday, 3 December 2018 21:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

For my part I find both the mainstreaming of veganism and the rhetoric against it ... symptomatic I suppose and both need a critical reading

Never changed username before (cardamon), Monday, 3 December 2018 21:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have thought for some time that the people of tomorrow may possibly look back upon our zoos and factory farms with the same degree of saddened horror with which we look back upon numerous instances of our forebears' casual inhumanity towards their fellow humans but I have to say there's an almost entirely nonexistent likelihood that they will view our consumption of animal crackers as a significant factor or symptom of the issue at hand and a bunch of kids will probably laugh a lot at this article when they rediscover it in the year 2136.

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 22:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what I want to know is whether we're still allowed to wax the dolphin any more

Neil S, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:01 (one week ago) Permalink

he says he once went to a liberal campus meeting where they were talking about the issues of the day (apartheid, civil rights, etc) and he raised animal rights and they blew him off and he feels like that's bc it was the one time they were forced to contend with their own oppressiveness

This is hilarious.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:43 (one week ago) Permalink

did they even discriminate between animals of difft color/gender or was it all one big "not all hoomanz" handwave

puppy bash (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:47 (one week ago) Permalink

intersectional veganism or bust

Frederik B, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:49 (one week ago) Permalink

this is actually a really good book if you want to read about veganism and feminism:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sexual-Politics-Meat-Feminist-Vegetarian-Revelations/dp/1501312839/

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Mordy: Daniel 1:12-15. You'd be "handsomer and fatter" eating only pulses (food grown from seed).

Sanpaku, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 18:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Pretty sure that’s about eating kosher food only not about eating vegetarian only

Mordy, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 18:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Sounds good if you want to be fat but fine.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 18:30 (one week ago) Permalink

lots of very left-wing people are very averse to veganism and get upset about it. my favourite one i ever got - and i never, ever proselytized when i was vegan - (obviously from a fucking white person) was some concern about it being a colonialist mindset because first nations peoples' traditional ways of life include hunting and fishing, using the whole animal etc. and the very obvious rejoinder was "you're white lol and I'm not telling indigenous people to stop their very responsible stewardship of their traditional lands i just think you, white person, should maybe consume less animal products"

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 18:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Jim's rejoinder OTM. I have been a strict vegetarian for about a year and a half, now, for primarily ethical reasons, but the framework of "animal rights" is pretty suspect to me. As it's already been noted, it's not like animals (or humans) have had a guarantee of rights for the vast bulk of history. The only coherent justification is that animals can suffer, and needless suffering is bad, so maybe we should cool it with anything that increases animal suffering, so far as we can. I do think it's possible to farm animals for livestock without unnecessary suffering, but I doubt it's possible to do at the current scale of factory farming.

days of being riled (zchyrs), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:03 (one week ago) Permalink

he believes that almost all moral issues are debatable but the one he thinks has the least credibility is the idea that humans can eat animals.

There are many lines of reasoning that can be applied here, but the one to dig into, based on your representations of his arguments, would be to separate the incidental aspects of eating animals, which are almost all of the aspects alluded to by vegans when claiming a moral position (e.g. oppression or cruelty), from the primary aspects of eating animals (introducing some part of that animal into your digestive system). This also allows a separate inquiry into other vegan tenets, such as not wearing leather.

Once you have unpacked each of the components of our relationship with animals, you can evaluate the morality of each component more clearly and develop a more complete and rational moral philosophy.

btw, I would argue that the concept of "rights" requires mutuality. Animals must respect and agree to observe all fundamental rights in regard to humans and to one another before it is possible to speak of the rights we are required to respect and observe in regard to them. Such 'natural' rights exist, but animal rights activists tend to claim many rights that do not fit this criterion.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:33 (one week ago) Permalink

btw, I would argue that the concept of "rights" requires mutuality. Animals must respect and agree to observe all fundamental rights in regard to humans and to one another before it is possible to speak of the rights we are required to respect and observe in regard to them. Such 'natural' rights exist, but animal rights activists tend to claim many rights that do not fit this criterion.

Exactly. Animals eat each other - therefore, it's OK for me to eat animals. (And if I do something stupid that winds up with me being eaten by an animal, I have to accept that outcome with relative equanimity.)

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Exactly. My own qualm has never been eating animals per se, it's rather the treating them like commodities first and sentient beings far second that gives me moral pause.

days of being riled (zchyrs), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:40 (one week ago) Permalink

btw, I would argue that the concept of "rights" requires mutuality. Animals must respect and agree to observe all fundamental rights in regard to humans and to one another before it is possible to speak of the rights we are required to respect and observe in regard to them. Such 'natural' rights exist, but animal rights activists tend to claim many rights that do not fit this criterion.

― A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11:33 AM (seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you're asking for mutuality from beings not able to understand the concept, that makes no sense

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

break down into delicious/cute

if both, the ratio comes into play

puppy bash (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

i think the idea of natural rights is the more suspect bit of this line of thinking

biliares now living will never buey (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink

btw, I would argue that the concept of "rights" requires mutuality.

if you read my entire post you'd understand why this is insane being as how it would allow for eating human babies

Mordy, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink

it also would allow eating any one of us if we had a major brain injury

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:43 (one week ago) Permalink

if you read my entire post you'd understand why this is insane being as how it would allow for eating human babies

And?

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:43 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm not sure rights do require mutuality: partly because we consider babies, the severely disabled etc. to have rights; but also because I don't think that if someone does not return your recognition of a right it would justify your abusing their rights.

And as for 'animals eat each other, so it's OK for me' - that's such a silly argument.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:44 (one week ago) Permalink

This is maybe tangential, but I think that maybe a useful question in this context is whether all moral obligations necessarily involve (or need to involve) the concept of rights.

days of being riled (zchyrs), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:46 (one week ago) Permalink

I agree I think moral obligation is key rights are a distraction

Mordy, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:51 (one week ago) Permalink

I think moral obligations and proscriptions can be understood and expressed as rights.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:52 (one week ago) Permalink

I think your analysis that mutuality would deprive babies of their right not to be eaten is overly hasty and suffers from a shallow evaluation of the merits of that argument. The 'right' not to be eaten is not a 'natural' right of human babies. It is a social right, granted within the human community by mutual assent and accord. It is quite obvious that babies are among the favorite foods in nature.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:53 (one week ago) Permalink

But don't you then end up believing that people in societies which don't assent to those rights don't have them? It's an acceptable position, of course, but it seems undesirable to say that slaves in the C18th southern US didn't have a right to life and freedom.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:56 (one week ago) Permalink

there are no moral obligations hows that

puppy bash (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:57 (one week ago) Permalink

I think your analysis that mutuality would deprive babies of their right not to be eaten is overly hasty and suffers from a shallow evaluation of the merits of that argument. The 'right' not to be eaten is not a 'natural' right of human babies. It is a social right, granted within the human community by mutual assent and accord. It is quite obvious that babies are among the favorite foods in nature.

― A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11:53 AM (four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

so if i come across a tribe in the jungle that practices slavery and cannibalism and rape of captives etc. then i can just do that to them?

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

yes

puppy bash (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

It's a popular, but wrong, opinion, yes. (x-posts)

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

"can"

puppy bash (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:59 (one week ago) Permalink

It's a slippery slope from banning animal crackers to banning meatloaf babies

https://i.pinimg.com/474x/b0/96/9e/b0969ece037b90c99394d57150fd5679--cake-wrecks-baby-cakes.jpg

mick signals, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Looks delicious...

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:20 (one week ago) Permalink

it seems undesirable to say that slaves in the C18th southern US didn't have a right to life and freedom.

The rights of slaves to life and freedom were argued into existence. Once the abolitionists succeeded in establishing the grounds for the argument upon whether God's commandments, as conceived by the Christian religion, required its adherents to treat slaves with a love equal to their love for themselves, then it became a theological battle over what God's law required of Christians.

The most acceptable formulation of this would be that the right of slaves in the C18th southern US to life and freedom were unrecognized. Once we emerged from our state of confusion, those rights were recognized and became effective as well as implicit. But that just disguises the theological content of the argument.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I think they had those rights already, but unrecognised. And those rights emerge from reason, in a Kantian manner. They were always there.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I think the lyrics of The Battle Hymn of the Republic reflect a truer image of the abolitionist mindset than the writings of Kant.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm not saying Kant was an abolitionist - he got lots wrong in his extention of moral oligations/proscriptions. Korsgaard does really interesting stuff on animal rights from a Kantian perspective.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:35 (one week ago) Permalink

(Which Kant obviously didn't have in mind)

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:35 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm fairly impressed that a thread which began discussing how problematic animal crackers are managed to go so much downhill. Who'd have thought it could sink so low?

Frederik B, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:38 (one week ago) Permalink

so if i come across a tribe in the jungle that practices slavery and cannibalism and rape of captives etc. then i can just do that to them?

If you have no moral philosophy, then nothing either internal or external would prevent you from enslaving, raping, or eating members of that tribe, if you had it in your power to do so.

If you are a moral philosopher and accept the tribe as being equally as human as those you have granted the right to not be enslaved, raped or eaten, then your philosophy requires you to fall back exclusively on your own right to self-defense so that you may freely resist being enslaved, raped or eaten without imposing those outcomes on this hypothetical tribe.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:45 (one week ago) Permalink

there are no moral obligations hows that

there are moral obligations to the same extent that there are legal obligations. it's a personal choice to follow them, but if you choose not to the community may punish you. of course the legal community's punishments are stricter and more coercively applied than the moral community's.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Thursday, 6 December 2018 07:52 (one week ago) Permalink

FREDERIK OTM

GET IT TOGETHER ILX

j., Thursday, 6 December 2018 08:00 (one week ago) Permalink

Basically I find any suggestion that nonhuman animals are interchangeable with humans as moral subjects to be offensive and also wrong.


well yeah that’s what a speciesist would say

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 7 December 2018 02:35 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm stuck on the pure veganism people due to a friend explaining that a local dude who is semi-prominent in some circles, who talks about the morality of veganism, going on about how he shouldn't need health insurance. Because he's not old, vegan, and has a really good motorcycle insurance policy. So there's no chance he'd have a need for a lot of medical spending.

I mean ideally 99% of people with health insurance would have that profile, that's why it's insurance but... mote in my brother's eye etc

mh, Friday, 7 December 2018 02:41 (one week ago) Permalink

just for that i would commit acts of violence against him, but thats just me

21st savagery fox (m bison), Friday, 7 December 2018 02:42 (one week ago) Permalink

lots of very left-wing people are very averse to veganism and get upset about it. my favourite one i ever got - and i never, ever proselytized when i was vegan - (obviously from a fucking white person) was some concern about it being a colonialist mindset because first nations peoples' traditional ways of life include hunting and fishing, using the whole animal etc. and the very obvious rejoinder was "you're white lol and I'm not telling indigenous people to stop their very responsible stewardship of their traditional lands i just think you, white person, should maybe consume less animal products"


OTM but you can also assure them that late capitalism uses the whole animal much more efficiently than First Nations people who lack jello and crayons etc etc

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 7 December 2018 02:43 (one week ago) Permalink

look if you're not eating the tongue and the cheeks then kill your children then yourself

biliares now living will never buey (Noodle Vague), Friday, 7 December 2018 02:46 (one week ago) Permalink

xxp but he is vegan, which clears his moral concerns including social interests lol

mh, Friday, 7 December 2018 03:55 (one week ago) Permalink

xp aside: Most of the reason I have health insurance is so that I don't get charged the cash payer price. Emergency rooms in the US, especially, will demand charges drawn from thin air for anyone who doesn't have corporate negotiators working on their behalf.

Sanpaku, Friday, 7 December 2018 06:47 (one week ago) Permalink

do any noninsured e.r. bills get paid though?

rip van wanko, Friday, 7 December 2018 06:57 (one week ago) Permalink

^^^

the "I'm a very responsible person" argument completely fails when you realize insurance (in the ideal case, admittedly our insurance system is really broken) is there for the cases where you'd really have no way to pay. like, surprise! you're the one 35 year old in hundreds of thousands who has some weird cancer and treating it costs $$$

or you get hit by a car and no one can find the driver, or... really a million possibilities

mh, Friday, 7 December 2018 15:00 (one week ago) Permalink


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