Any carnivore that condemns abortion is a filthy fucking hypocrite when they use the argument “Killing is murder.” You would rather kill a sentient animal than prevent the birth of another sentient being? To me, that seems like the highest form of extremism. If you wanted to kill humans and animals alike, then by all means go on your way. I don’t agree with you, but at least you understand we are all equal.
Personally, I believe abortion is akin to eating eggs. I don’t think it’s wrong morally to prevent the birth of something, as it has no mental capability (1st trimester). Abortion is occasionally the best choice for a woman. A line has to be drawn somewhere.
Just to confirm, I avoid eggs, when possible, not because of the fact that it could have been born into a chick, but because of the cruel standards used to treat the hens that lay those eggs.
“You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ‘til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…”—Unknown
“One morning, I was talking to a family of ten. I poured a full glass of water from a pitcher and passed it to a child. He took a sip, and passed it on to his brother and so on. The last one returned it to me with enough left for the last gulp. Even in the camp, they take only what they need to survive and share the rest. What you see on the surface looks like extreme fragility, but it’s actually tremendous resilience and the extraordinary affirmation of their will to live.”—Brendan Bannon, photojournalist on assignment for Polaris Image, on his recent work at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Photos posted at the Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog. (via doctorswithoutborders)
"This song was inspired by the lead singer’s trip to the Caribbean. He was at a turning point of his life, he realized he didn’t know what he was doing with his life. His drug use never reached a dangerous level or heavy such as other artists but he realized he was losing his mind, so to speak.
It’s a great song and many interpretations can be derived from the lyrics. This song has a style (not sound) that resembles Bush in this sense; By that I mean in a way the band wanted people to take what their own interpretations from the song.
Simply put, this song is about the confusion the lead singer experienced at a lonely time in his life.”
“National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic or religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars. Travel is broadening.”—Cosmos (Carl Sagan)
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.
“In context with the complicit support of the government, the banks looted the nation’s wealth while destroying countless small businesses and brought the whole economy to its knees in a covert, clean manner, rather like organised crime. Our reaction was to march and wave banners and then bail them out. These kids would have to riot and steal every night for a year to run up a bill equivalent to the value of the non-paid tax big business has ‘avoided’ out of the economy this year alone. They may not articulate their grievances like the politicians that condemn them, but this is absolutely political. As for the ‘mindless violence’, is there anything more mindless than the British taxpayer quietly paying back the debts of others while contributing bullets to conflicts that we have absolutely no understanding of? It’s mad, sad and scary when we have to take to the streets to defend our homes and businesses from angry, thieving kids, but where are the police and what justice is ever done when the mob is dressed in pin-stripe?” - Massive Attack
"The Diversity of Bacteria (God loves ‘em!)
Bacteria have been on Earth much longer than humans. Much longer. The event that sparked the origin of life created some form of self-replicating entity, some form of chemical biosphere so small and so innocuous that we’d probably have difficulty noticing its existence even under a microscope. While biologists keep tracing this event to increasingly less complex beginnings, at some point in the very near future emerged the first distinguished form of life,prokaryote bacteria. They did not contain a nucleus, contained almost no complex structures within the membrane, and existed primarily on one chemical function. Prokaryotes evolved at least 3.5 billion years ago, about 1 billion years after the formation of the Earth’s crust.
The next great step in the evolution timescale was the evolution ofeukaryote bacteria approximately 1.8 billion years ago. Eukaryotes are largely multi-cellular, and contain complex structures within the cell membrane. This gives us a stunning appreciation for length of time involved. Think about it. Animals did not exist until about 600 million years ago. It took only 1 billion years for the origin of life, an event considered almost impossible statistically by eager creationist calculations. Yet it took almost 2 billion years for life to evolve beyond this simple single-celled stage. It took another 1.2 billion years for even the lowliest ancestors of the animal kingdom to emerge onto our planet.
So in just 600 million years, all of life as you see it evolved from the nearly invisible, microscopic bacteria that crawled the Earth. This should be a point of significance for pompous creationists who seek to imply a statistical impossibility to an event that they really don’t understand. The first inhabitants of Earth did not need oxygen to breath, in fact oxygen was toxic to them, and this gas was rare in the atmosphere in those days. However the cyanobacteria that inhabited Earth in the Precambrium produced oxygen as a waste gas and so helped establish an aerobic ecosystem.
The presence of Archaea and Bacteria changed Earth dramatically. They helped establish a stable atmosphere, and produced oxygen in such quantities that eventually life forms could evolve that needed oxygen instead of producing it. The new atmospheric conditions calmed the weather so that the extremes were less severe. Life had created the conditions for new life to be formed. It is one of the great wonders of Nature that this could take place.”