November 4, 2009
…Factory Farming is a Black Mark on the Human Soul
It would seem that at a very basic level, both meateaters and vegans agree that factory farming is not good for anyone. The churning out of animals as products hits a little too close to The Matrix for people, and even those who cherish their steak and burgers would prefer their dinner came from a happy farm – not a filthy, crowded Cowschwitz.
Whether it’s the development of widespread diseases such as H1N1, the chronic digestive problems caused by consuming animal products full of anti-biotics, the extreme impact that animal waste is having on our environment, or the massive amounts of fossil fuels generated by the animal industry, people of all diets are becoming critical of the current systems we have in place before even looking at the issue of animal suffering.
In Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, “Eating Animals”, he writes from the perspective of a new father concerned about what he’s feeding his child. Initially a fiction writer, Foer decided to take on the “controversial” subject because the drive was in him to get the information not provided to us by the animal industry in circulation. The following article was written for CNN:
Like most people, I’d given some thought to what meat actually is, but until I became a father and faced the prospect of having to make food choices on someone else’s behalf, there was no urgency to get to the bottom of things.
I’m a novelist and never had it in mind to write nonfiction. Frankly, I doubt I’ll ever do it again. But the subject of animal agriculture, at this moment, is something no one should ignore. As a writer, putting words on the page is how I pay attention.
If the way we raise animals for food isn’t the most important problem in the world right now, it’s arguably the No. 1 cause of global warming: The United Nations reports the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined.
It’s the No. 1 cause of animal suffering, a decisive factor in the creation of zoonotic diseases like bird and swine flu, and the list goes on. It is the problem with the most deafening silence surrounding it.
Even the most political people, the most thoughtful and engaged, tend not to “go there.” And for good reason. Going there can be extremely uncomfortable. Food is not just what we put in our mouths to fill up; it is culture and identity. Reason plays some role in our decisions about food, but it’s rarely driving the car.
We need a better way to talk about eating animals, a way that doesn’t ignore or even just shruggingly accept things like habits, cravings, family and history but rather incorporates them into the conversation. The more they are allowed in, the more able we will be to follow our best instincts. And although there are many respectable ways to think about meat, there is not a person on Earth whose best instincts would lead him or her to factory farming.
My book, “Eating Animals,” addresses factory farming from numerous perspectives: animal welfare, the environment, the price paid by rural communities, the economic costs. In two essays, I will share some of what I’ve learned about how the way we raise animals for food affects human health.
What we eat and what we are
Why aren’t more people aware of, and angry about, the rates of avoidable food-borne illness? Perhaps it doesn’t seem obvious that something is amiss simply because anything that happens all the time — like meat, especially poultry, becoming infected by pathogens — tends to fade into the background.
Whatever the case, if you know what to look for, the pathogen problem comes into terrifying focus. For example, the next time a friend has a sudden “flu” — what folks sometimes misdescribe as “the stomach flu” — ask a few questions. Was your friend’s illness one of those “24-hour flus” that come and go quickly: retch or crap, then relief? The diagnosis isn’t quite so simple, but if the answer to this question is yes, your friend probably didn’t have the flu at all.
He or she was probably suffering from one of the 76 million cases of food-borne illness the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated happen in America each year. Your friend didn’t “catch a bug” so much as eat a bug. And in all likelihood, that bug was created by factory farming.
Beyond the sheer number of illnesses linked to factory farming, we know that factory farms are contributing to the growth of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens simply because these farms consume so many antimicrobials.
We have to go to a doctor to obtain antibiotics and other antimicrobials as a public-health measure to limit the number of such drugs being taken by humans. We accept this inconvenience because of its medical importance. Microbes eventually adapt to antimicrobials, and we want to make sure it is the truly sick who benefit from the finite number of uses any antimicrobial will have before the microbes learn how to survive it.
On a typical factory farm, drugs are fed to animals with every meal. In poultry factory farms, they almost have to be. It’s a perfect storm: The animals have been bred to such extremes that sickness is inevitable, and the living conditions promote illness.
Industry saw this problem from the beginning, but rather than accept less-productive animals, it compensated for the animals’ compromised immunity with drugs. As a result, farmed animals are fed antibiotics nontherapeutically: that is, before they get sick.
In the United States, about 3 million pounds of antibiotics are given to humans each year, but a whopping 17.8 million pounds are fed to livestock — at least, that is what the industry claims.
The Union of Concerned Scientists estimated that the industry underreported its antibiotic use by at least 40 percent.
The group calculated that 24.6 million pounds of antibiotics were fed to chickens, pigs and other farmed animals, counting only nontherapeutic uses. And that was in 2001. In other words, for every dose of antibiotics taken by a sick human, eight doses are given to a “healthy” animal.
The implications for creating drug-resistant pathogens are quite straightforward. Study after study has shown that antimicrobial resistance follows quickly on the heels of the introduction of new drugs on factory farms.
For example, in 1995, when the Food and Drug Administration approved fluoroquinolones — such as Cipro — for use in chickens against the protest of the Centers for Disease Control, the percentage of bacteria resistant to this powerful new class of antibiotics rose from almost zero to 18 percent by 2002.
A broader study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed an eightfold increase in antimicrobial resistance from 1992 to 1997 and linked this increase to the use of antimicrobials in farmed chickens. As far back as the late 1960s, scientists have warned against the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in farmed-animal feed.
Today, institutions as diverse as the American Medical Association; the Centers for Disease Control; the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences; and the World Health Organization have linked nontherapeutic antibiotic use on factory farms with increased antimicrobial resistance and called for a ban.
Still, the factory farm industry has effectively opposed such a ban in the United States. And, unsurprisingly, the limited bans in other countries are only a limited solution.
There is a glaring reason that the necessary total ban on nontherapeutic use of antibiotics hasn’t happened: The factory farm industry, allied with the pharmaceutical industry, has more power than public-health professionals.
What is the source of the industry’s immense power? We give it to them. We have chosen, unwittingly, to fund this industry on a massive scale by eating factory-farmed animal products. And we do so daily.
The same conditions that lead at least 76 million Americans to become ill from their food annually and that promote antimicrobial resistance also contribute to the risk of a pandemic.
At a remarkable 2004 conference, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) put their tremendous resources together to evaluate the available information on “emerging zoonotic diseases” or those spread by humans-to- animals and animals-to-humans.
At the time of the conference, H5N1 and SARS topped the list of feared emerging zoonotic diseases. Today, the H1N1 swine flu would be the pathogen enemy No. 1.
The scientists distinguished between “primary risk factors” for zoonotic diseases and mere “amplification risk factors,” which affect only the rate at which a disease spreads. Their examples of primary risk factors were “change to an agricultural production system or consumption patterns.” What particular agricultural and consumer changes did they have in mind?
First in a list of four main risk factors was “increasing demand for animal protein,” which is a way of saying that demand for meat, eggs, and dairy is a “primary factor” influencing emerging zoonotic diseases. This demand for animal products, the report continues, leads to “changes in farming practices.” Lest we have any confusion about the “changes” that are relevant, poultry factory farms are singled out.
Similar conclusions were reached by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, which brought together industry experts and experts from the WHO, OIE and USDA. Their 2005 report argued that a major impact of factory farming is “the rapid selection and amplification of pathogens that arise from a virulent ancestor (frequently by subtle mutation), thus there is increasing risk for disease entrance and/or dissemination.”
Breeding genetically uniform and sickness-prone birds in the overcrowded, stressful, feces-infested and artificially lit conditions of factory farms promotes the growth and mutation of pathogens. The “cost of increased efficiency,” the report concludes, is increased global risk for diseases. Our choice is simple: cheap chicken or our health.
Today, the factory farm-pandemic link couldn’t be more lucid. The primary ancestor of the recent H1N1 swine flu outbreak originated at a hog factory farm in America’s most hog-factory-rich state, North Carolina, and then quickly spread throughout the Americas.
It was in these factory farms that scientists saw, for the first time, viruses that combined genetic material from bird, pig and human viruses. Scientists at Columbia and Princeton Universities have actually been able to trace six of the eight genetic segments of the most feared virus in the world directly to U.S. factory farms.
Perhaps in the back of our minds we already understand, without all the science, that something terribly wrong is happening. We know that it cannot possibly be healthy to raise such grotesque animals in such grossly unnatural conditions. We know that if someone offers to show us a film on how our meat is produced, it will be a horror film.
We perhaps know more than we care to admit, keeping it down in the dark places of our memory — disavowed. When we eat factory-farmed meat, we live on tortured flesh. Increasingly, those sick animals are making us sick.
November 2, 2009
The Dead Know All Y’all
October 29, 2009
October 29, 2009
Wal*Mart Wishes You a “Haunting” Halloween
Contrary to the word on the street, Wal*Mart says they’ll take you down if you shoplift (granted it doesn’t lose them any significant amount of time or profits…)
So… if shoplifting is stealing, what is it called when you shut down main streets all over the continent and pay your employees minimum wage?
PS Shoplifting may not be a prank or a joke, but it is and will always be a thrill.
October 27, 2009
What Is the Opposite of Victim?
Anytime you start down that road of Poor Me, consider what part the profoundly sick society has played in your sorrow – dead end jobs, confining systems, soulless workers, poisonous air, disconnected relationships, mindless obligation, destructive greed, etc. – and ask yourself: what would an anarchist do?
October 19, 2009
What Is The One Component Essential in Achieving Rebirth?
You Guessed It:
In order to begin anew, we must let the past die.
It is over. It cannot touch us.
However sometimes we’re holding onto the past so tightly that it must let go of us.
In order for new selves within our self to be born, we must allow other selves that do not serve us (eg. victim), to die. We are constantly new people. Every seven years the cells in our body fully regenerate. Aren’t you glad?
Second chances all around. Third chances. Fourth.
*Okay, Healing Week can be over now. But you never know when it might experience a rebirth… Watch your back.
October 19, 2009
Liberation BC supplied a human petting zoo to the Work Less Masquerade Party this year, offering consensual petting to an array of happy animals (unlike the scared animals who get fondled at your regular petting zoos – inaccurate examples of the rest of their kind, that’s for sure.)
The Work Less Party is basically what you might think: individuals who agree that we all need to chill the fuck out.
It’s our own anxiety and rushed stress that’s killing the planet and ourselves, so if we produce less, consume less, and take more time to enjoy what we love, the Earth’s natural balance can fall back into order.
However, the Work Less Party has a few secrets up their sleeve – scroll down to see.
*Jenny is tame example of the nudity at the Masquerade. Conrad Schmidt himself donned a red military jacket with no pants. Prizes were offered to those who could get naked the fastest, there was a Spank Bank in the corner where spankings were being doled out, and on one table a naked lady was being somehow not set on fire as a man rubbed a flame over her body. Work Less – Kink More.
October 13, 2009
Spells Can Only Be Cast in a Magical World,
but Take Heart:
We Live in a Magical World…
In day-to-day life, we are bombarded with magic – to be more precise, with the surprise intersections of people feelings, and events sometimes called coincidences. We do not even notice the great majority of these, but life is absolutely overflowing with them. Life is also full or patterns, symmetry, foreshadowing, symbolism, irony, dramatic lighting, indispensable props, crucial characters, and moments of truth. One can shrug all these off as accidents, but in so doing one loses all the benefits to be gained from investing them with meaning. Deciding to view the world through a frame that accounts for magical developments makes aspects of life visible that would otherwise ‘not exist’, and prepares one to work in the medium they provide.
So What Spell Do You Choose to Cast..?
October 11, 2009
October 11, 2009
Good News Y’all – No Matter What You’ve Done,
You’ve Still Won!
How is this possible?
And how is it still Healing Week when the week is ova?
Well, it’s healing week because, like I said, the internet is a fantasyland that crosses all the boundaries of time.
Now for the harder question…
How is it possible that no matter how bad you fuck up, or have been fucked, you’re still on the right track??
The minute a problem arises, the solution for that problem also simultaneously comes into existence.
“Thoughts are like data programmed into a computer, registered on the screen of your life. If you don’t like what you see up on the screen, there’s no point in going up to the screen and trying to erase it. Thought is cause; experience is effect. If you don’t like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking.”
So on the most basic level, the events of our lives may hold emotional charge, but it is us who has the power to interpret situations and transform them.
“Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. They reflect a shift in how we think, releasing the power of correction to the mind to the process of healing and correction. A miracle is not a rearrangement of figures in our dream – it is an awakening from the dream.
Old Newtonian physics claimed that things have an objective reality separate from our perception of them. Quantum physics, and particularly Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, reveal that, as our perception of an object changes, the object itself literally changes.”
So what does it matter then whether we start out optimally, or we transform shit into the optimal? With miraculous thinking (surrendering our judgemet of an unpleasant situation and being open to viewing the situation through a new perspective), we can always flip it. Sound easy? Well, miracles aren’t meant to be difficult, that’s why they’re called miracles.
October 5, 2009
…by Helping Others to Heal Ourselves
With the heartless systems in place in our world, it’s no surprise that we nurse a constant unnamed pain in our hearts.
In order to heal from the inside out, we can all take a moment to question the food we eat and the products we buy, and acknowledge who suffered in their making.
October 4, 2009
It’s Healing Week on Dawn of A New Era
…because I decided it is because the internet is a fantasyland ~booya~
…and because Misery Loves Company.
We all have our crosses to bear. Or do we? *Snap* Some people just seem so frickin’ happy all the time. Well okay, we may not all have our crosses to bear, but I certainly do.
September 30, 2009
You know it, you’ve mourned it…
Rising hip hop star, Rebecca Dawn, sings and rhymes about the sweet sadness of lost love in “Summer Love.”
Now here is an It Girl who can do no wrong. Well, we’re sure she’s done some wrong at some point, like the rest of us…
Rebecca Dawn lives Campeche, Mexico where she is currently saving the rainforest and conquering academia.
September 24, 2009
Move Over Kate Gosselin – We’ve Got A New Mother of the Year
An 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Katjinga, took a liking to Paulinchen, a little pot-bellied piglet after she was abandoned by her family in Germany. Katjinga’s owners breed a pair of Vietnamese pigs and rescued the runt of the litter after seeing she had been rejected by her parents and the rest of her litter.
Property developer, Roland, found the weak and struggling piglet after she was abandoned by the rest of her family one evening after she was born. “The pigs run wild on our land and the sow had given birth to a litter of five in our forest.
“I found Paulinchen all alone and when I lifted her up she was really cold.”
Katjinga had puppies of her own 10 months ago so her owners thought she might take on the responsibility to care for little Paulinchen the Pig and sure enough the two are now inseparable. Katjinga even started nursing again for the little piggy!
“I felt sure some local foxes would have taken the little pig that very night so I took it into my house and gave her to Katjinga. She had just finished with a litter of her own, who are now 10 months, so I thought there was a chance she might take on the duties of looking after her. Katjinga is the best mother you can imagine. She immediately fell in love with the piggy. Straight away she started to clean it like it was one of her own puppies.”
“Days later she started lactating again and giving milk for the piggy. She obviously regards it now as her own baby.”
This is all so very Lambert…
September 22, 2009
On Saturday evening, September 20, 2009, Chef Robert Belcham and another male chef made physical contact with two female activists. While chalking the sidewalk – a legal act on public property – Robert Belcham dumped an entire bucket of freezing water on a female activist, then proceeded to bodycheck her, while another male chef overtook a female activist half his size by grabbing her wrists and trying to take her chalk. This behavior is illegal. It is assault. And if it happens again, charges will be pressed.
When the cops arrived the next evening ready to conduct an “investigation” about the incident, they refused to proceed when the female activist pointed out her assaulter. Does this sound like an effective investigation?
Below is a video leading up to the assault. Next time we’ll have it on tape for you.
But no assault compares to a lifetime of this:
September 22, 2009
“Suffice it to say it is difficult for me to eat factory raised pork because I can always smell the rotting piss when I eat it.”
This is why he finds it difficult to eat factory raised pork. Not because of the squalid living conditions endured by the animals.
This week, Robert Belcham chose to serve suckling pig stuffed with foie gras diseased liver for a $100 plate dinner.
A suckling pig is a newborn pig who has only been nursed on her mother’s milk and is slaughtered between 2 and 6 weeks old.
“Because there are no handling facilities for such small animals, these piglets are left in chicken crates overnight on the cement landing at the yards of the abattoir. Even in the dead of winter, these tiny animals are left without food, water or warmth, squealing for hours for comfort from a mother that will never come. At such a tender age, piglets are not yet capable of regulating their own body temperature and will suffer in the cold. Such a long time for a newborn to be without liquids, its a wonder they make it to slaughter.”
The “food” that Fuel serves is not “Fuel From the Earth, Fuel for the Soul”. It is not natural to slaughter a baby, and it is not natural to shove 16-inch steel pipes down the throats of ducks to fatten their livers to ten times the size (but then Belcham clearly over-feeds himself so perhaps he is not aware that over-eating is not natural…) (low blow….! Shrug.) Robert Belcham talks about supporting the local farming community, yet he ships in his foie gras from Quebec. Hypocrite much?
September 18, 2009
8 Techniques to Wake Up in Your Dreams
I’ve been practising lucid dreaming now for awhile and finally was able to trigger myself out of a dream with the technique of screaming: Lucid Dreaming! to remind myself that I was in a world of my own creation. I was able to fly (which in my dreams is more like the swimming levels in Mario World…), but then I fell back into the dream and got sidetracked on some plotline of telling people I was from the future (hence the flying)…
How can we take lucid dreaming to the next level and learn the secrets of the dream world?
In order to acquire that “rush” of knowing that we are dreaming (how nice would it be to have this option in real life…), to break the loop of reoccurring nightmares, and to re-map our neural pathways, here are some tricks for reaching a state of lucidity:
- Dream Recall: write down your dreams as soon as you wake up in the morning. Not only are they educational to access the catacombs of your mind, but when you become familiar with their patterns it becomes easier to recognize them while you are dreaming.
- Reality Testing: carry a piece of text with you in your waking life and read it from time to time. Read the text intermittently to test that you are in “reality”. If you are dreaming, chances are the text will change when you look twice at it.
- Fly: visualize yourself flying or doing something that you would like to do in your next lucid dream.
- Scream: practice saying the words: Lucid Dreaming! to yourself throughout the day. Or, yell them in your car for scream therapy. This will remind you to say them in your dream – a cue to remind yourself you’re dreaming.
- Set the Intention: before bed, intend to wake up in your dream. Say to yourself: “tonight, I will wake up in my dream” and repeat it like a mantra.
- Wake Up: lucid dreaming is more prone to occur during naps and other sleep interruptions (like puking!), so set the alarm (I have an ocean waves alarm so the wake up isn’t so rough) if you want to break on through to the other side.
- Relax: once you wake up in the dream be like a poker player with a winning hand. Too much excitement will wake you up.
- Spin: once you’re lucid, the motion of spinning (like a kid trying to get dizzy) can re-stimulate the dream into action if your realistic mind starts to buzz-kill the dream.
September 14, 2009
These Little Piggies Didn’t Get to Go Home
Unlike Allister, these pigs never had a home and are most likely leaving the factory farm they’ve suffered in their entire lives to be crammed inside a truck (sometimes without food or water for up to 3 or 4 days), and left at the slaughter house.
I watched these pigs for a moment on the Highway 1 struggling for space in this crammed truck bed on the way to their deaths, then pressed an “Even if You Like Meat…” pamphlet against the window as I passed. But we are all so deeply embedded in the chain, aren’t we? From the truck drivers who need to pay their bills, to those of us veggies who come up a little short on rent and end up serving chicken at a wedding banquet… And if you speak up too loudly about the violence, you just might lose your job.
But the consumer choices we make on a daily basis do matter. So do the letters we send, the demos we attend, the alternatives to old patterns we dream up, and the information we share.
- 3 Tbs. Bragg’s liquid aminos or soy sauce
- 1/3 cup apple cider
- 1 tsp. tomato paste
- 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke
- 1 8-ounce package tempeh
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 Tbs. peanut oil or vegetable oil
- To make the marinade combine the soy sauce, cider, tomato paste and liquid smoke in a wide, shallow bowl or pan and mix with a fork until the tomato paste is fully dissolved.
- Cut the tempeh into thin strips (less than 1/4 inch thick) lengthwise. You should be able to get about 12 strips. Rub the strips with the crushed garlic, then toss the garlic cloves into the marinade. Submerge the tempeh strips in the marinade and let sit, for at least an hour and up to overnight. After marinating, discard the garlic.
- Heat the oil in an 11 or 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add the tempeh strips and cook for 4 minutes on one side; the bottom should be nicely browned. Flip the strips over and pour the remainder of the marinade over them. If there isn’t much marinade left add a splash of water. Cover and let cook for 3 more minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Uncover and check for doneness; if necessary keep cooking uncovered until all sides are nicely browned. Remove from heat and serve.
September 11, 2009
On the eve of the 8th “anniversary” of 9/11, Perez Hilton posted this on his blog:
Charlie Sheen Must Be Bored, Yaps Away About 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Talk about vying for attention!
Charlie Sheen has written an open letter to President Barack Obama asking him to reopen the investigation about 9/11. Charlie is convinced that “the official story behind 9/11 is a fraud” and by pulling this stunt just a few short days before the eighth anniversary, we can only imagine he is attempting to get some other crackpots to jump on the bandwagon. In his letter to the President, Charlie claims that “9/11 has been the pretext for the systematic dismantling of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.” Charlie also believes the “Bush/Cheney regime” and the CIA orchestrated 9/11 as a ploy to invade Iraq.
Let it go, Charlie. Concentrate on your career, something you can control and will get paid to talk crazy for.
Before I begin this letter let’s get two things straight:
1. I’m by no means a Charlie Sheen fan past Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
2. I read Perez Hilton for the following reasons:
a) to spin any celebrity stories related to animal rights, and
b) the pink crack factor. Credit where credit is due, when one feels like turning off one’s brain for a moment, Perez
somehow has the best sources in the biz, combined with an apt for narrative commentary (although his own
self-promotion tends to taint his “opinions”).
The official story behind 9/11 is a fraud.
This can be proved with the simple fact that Building 7, the third building to collapse during the terrorist attacks controlled demolition, was NOT EVEN MENTIONED in the official 9/11 commission report. Not to mention that this investigation was not conducted by an independent party outside the government. If this does not raise a red flag for you – that a 47 story building that collapsed to dust due to several small fires was so callously left out of this supposedly meticulous report – then what in Britney’s nipple tassles could?
Damage to the other surrounding WTC buildings was much worse, and yet they did not magically disintegrate in 6.5 seconds (a textbook controlled demolition speed) as Building 7 did. Building 7 is the first steel-beamed building to collapse due to fire EVER in history. Not only this, but firefighters and news crews predicted this collapse (..?) What pretense did these individuals have for this revelatory prediction when Building 7 was the first ever of its kind to collapse?
In this open letter, I will only ask you to meditate on the scam of Building 7, although there are buildings and buildings more evidence regarding 9/11 that are worth re-examining.
To fully honor those who perished in 9/11, their families, and those of us who still reside on this planet, what is so crazy about re-questioning the incongruous information gathered to explain the events of 9/11? We all have the right to our opinions, but more importantly, we have a duty to research those opinions before deciding upon them, and if we are afraid to question conclusions that we have arrived at – this is the true indicator that those conclusions cannot hold steady in the face of evolving truth. Millions of people now believe that the government had minimal to full implications in the 9/11 attacks, with a larger percentage of the population growing every day as new information surfaces, and as engineers and architects help us to understand the nature of controlled demolition. The true definition of a “conspiracy” is that of a ploy orchestrated by a small group of people. Does a small group of military-trained men with no access to the WTC fit the bill? Or does a think-tank with a skeleton key, mass warfare, and a financial greed that has already attacked most corners of the world fit the bill?
It may have taken us a while, but now is the time to re-question why these events occurred. We are still at war, we are still at the mercy of terrorist-labeling governments, and we are still targets for further economic ammunition.
So maybe, Perez, you should concentrate on your stating-the-obvious career and get back to calling the whory ‘whory’ and the unpretty ‘unpretty’, something you can control and will get paid to talk crazy about.
Isla Kay, and all those who support a new investigation into 9/11
The following presentation is a collaboration of scientific findings presented by The Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
…Worth 2 Hours of Your Life!
September 10, 2009
Traces of anarchy everywhere you look…
“The very use of the word ‘violence’ to describe the actions of protesters in the face of the police state we witnessed is ridiculous. Pepper spraying a girl repeatedly in the face after she attempted to hand a flower to a police officer is violence. A broken Macy’s window is not. And even though some activists don’t prefer property damage as a tactic, maintaining some amount of perspective is important. What is a broken window compared to a million Iraqis killed, or entire cities destroyed by the U.S. occupation forces? A whole lot of windows get broken when the U.S. drops bombs. Which is the bigger concern?”
-Katrina Plotz, member of the Anti-War Committee and
the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War