Open Letter To Non-Vegans Who “Love Animals”


This is exactly how I feel about the self proclaimed animal lovers too.

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Animal products, animal riding, animal racing, hunting, pet breeding, rodeos, circuses, and zoos all have one very important thing in common: The fact that they are UNNECESSARY to human existence.

They are also all directly responsible for by far the majority of needless global suffering.

The following letter is a confrontation and challenge to self-proclaimed “animal lovers” who are still selfishly paying the mentioned industries to provide products and services of needless suffering. [AKA, those who eat and wear animal products and/or participate in animal sport/entertainment sectors.]

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To whom it may concern,

You DO NOT love animals.

What you MEANT to say was, “I love the company and comfort of having “pets”.

Constantly I hear and see people say this. “I love animals”, always coming from people who EAT and WEAR animals, who label themselves “animal lovers” while also participating in the massive holocaust of countless species of…

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December Update 2018


Life news December 2018

I do not write on my blogs as much as I would like but here is a little update. I’m trying to arrange going to school at Longview and take computer science. Still on the waiting list to get my own apartment as well.

I also recently got a cell phone and am on my dance teacher’s sprint plan. It really opens up my potential for communication with my friends and so I’m really happy lately.

I’ve also been oddly emotional lately and writing some weird poetry. Whatever, life is strange.

C Sharp Graphics


For some time I’ve been attempting to learn a little bit of C# the programming language. It’s very much like C and C++ except that it comes with the whole .NET framework which includes a method of creating images. This makes it easier for graphics programming than C or C++ because the standard libraries don’t include such features and I have not yet learned how to use a third party library for those to do what I want. For now however I am impressed with how easy this simple experiment was to do in C#.

I read enough of the C# reference to create a bitmap, turn every pixel yellow, and save it to a PNG file. These screenshots show how it works!

 

Here is the link to where I was reading the methods of the Bitmap class.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/api/system.drawing.bitmap?view=netframework-4.7.2

 

C program ltostr function


I worked so hard on writing this function in the C programming language that I have been making backups and posting screenshots on all my social media sites. I want to make sure I NEVER lose this source code because it’s my most brilliant function yet. I can imagine using this in other programs I write in the future.

This program is a test of my function ltostr. It can convert a long integer into a string of any base from 2 to 36. This program first reads command line arguments using the standard library function strtol and then uses my non standard function to display the results in different bases. This allows for printing integers in binary or any other base not supported by the C standard library. It works with some complex pointer arithmetic which I understand but am unable to explain because it’s weird!

Pet Sterilization


Alice Dee on Facebook already has a thread going about this topic however it’s worth making my own post about because it’s important. I have no pets nor ever plan to have a dog or cat. I would in theory if I was in the financial position where I owned land out in the country. However I do have strong feelings about this topic because I agree with the majority of vegans and even some non-vegans who care about avoiding the suffering and death of many dogs and cats by preventing them from breeding.
The majority of what I have read shows that the benefits of sterilizing animals always outweighs the risks of allowing them to breed. The only alternative to sterilization is to literally watch them 24/7 to make sure they do not have sex with animals of the opposite sex or keep them in a cage while you are gone at work all day. Because of this, I believe it is the less cruel option just to sterilize them if you can afford it and it may even benefit their health because most of what I read shows the fixed animals live longer than the intact ones on average.
People do not consider the various causes of death that reproduction involves. Especially for females, they will live shorter lives if their body spends energy procreating. Additionally fixing them removes the possibility of cancers or anything else that might be a cause of death that involves diseases of the ovaries and testicles.
I have some links here which are worth a look.

Moving Possibly


This is something that could happen but is not a sure thing yet. However it may be the start of a new life for me.

You see, years ago we were told that two people had to be living in our apartment and so if something happened to either me or my mom, such as moving out or death, the other one would be evicted. Now this is something we were both worried about as we are on government subsidized housing. This is an expensive town in general and rent almost anywhere is going to be close to $600 or $700. So as much as I’ve wanted to get my own place, it financially has never been an option and I didn’t want my mom to be homeless even if I did move out.

However we recently got a new manager and I brought the topic up. She said that we were told wrong before. My mom would be able to stay and her rent would go down if I did move out. This was very good news.

However, the only place that I would have a chance at living would be Sage Crossing. It’s sort of well known around here as a place that sometimes goes by people’s income rather than them paying full rent. I applied there and am most likely on the waiting list. I really hope it works out and I can pay rent that I can afford with only my income from my part time job. They have no real reason to deny me considering that all I need is a 1 bedroom apartment, I don’t have pets or kids, I don’t smoke(they have a strict non smoking policy), and I have no criminal record.

Who knows what could happen but at least I know there is a chance that I could get my own place. My mom is as thrilled about the idea of me moving out as I am. She wants to turn my bedroom into a writing office.

Also, I have one more thing to say for those who read this. At many times people have criticized me for being an adult who still lives with my mom. I find this rude and just place ignorant and offensive. First of all they never knew the situation and there were idiots telling me ever since I turned 18 to get a job, go to college, live separately from my mom, and all kinds of bossy dumb advice.

I am not stupid and I have all along been trying to improve my life. I also have been working at Hy-Vee for almost 6 years. I have been financially supporting my mom and paying for our food and often half the bills. However whenever my income increases so does our rent and so we’re stuck in a financial trap and have been for years. However if I succeed in moving out, not only would my mom’s rent go down but she might even qualify for food stamps again. My mom and I have both been trying to do the best for both of us and people with all their dumb advice and “simple solutions” need to shut up.

Anyhow that’s my current rant. Have a nice day!

Why Homosexuality is REALLY Considered Wrong by the Religious


My good friend Poffo wrote this and I just have to share it because I think it’s spot on.

** Why Homosexuality is REALLY Considered Wrong by the Religious **

The only reason and i stress, the ONLY reason(s), homosexuality was ever considered a “sin” during the Bronze and Iron Age (when the bible was written) comes down to 4 things, and they are:

#1.) It was a patriarchal, male-dominated society, geared toward creating large families and continuing the bloodline and family name. Children were your legacy, your way of ensuring your own survival, etc. Especially with struggling races like the Jews, who were constantly being oppressed and attacked and enslaved by other, more dominant, warring cultures. Now, if you’re a gay (male or female), you’re NOT reproducing. No procreation means no children, and this made absolutely no sense to the people of old and it made being gay a complete oxymoron in terms of your survival rate, bringing honor to your family, etc.

#2.) When the armies of warring tribes would conquer an opposing army, many times they would sodomize the other defeated soldiers, often raping them in a “homosexual” way in front of the surviving men, in order to crush their spirits and break their resolve. This was considered abhorrent for obvious reasons and when the Jews and those descended from them saw the behavior of gays, they immediately thought of this war tactic and instinctively looked down upon it. For the worst possible thing that could happen to you in this male-dominated society was to be treated like a woman. Which leads me to the 3rd reason…

#3.) Women were horribly oppressed, abused, mistreated and generally looked down upon. Their standing as citizens only slightly elevated from that of livestock and animals. You can see this in many of the Levitical laws of the Old Testament and in the horrendous treatment of women in modern day Muslim cultures of today- which, as appalling as it is to us, is not really that far from what the Old Testament teaches (a book, i might add, that Fundamentalists are using as the basis for morality and their objection to homosexuality). Women had little to no rights or freedom and to these people, for a man to “lay with another man as one does with a woman” was an absolute disgrace and an insult to their identity as men. Do you see where I’m going with this?

And finally,

#4) During biblical times and onward, prostitution was always rampant and as you can imagine, there were many men who took to this profession to make money and sustain themselves. Whatever your views on this, I’m sure most will agree, it’s a very dishonoring act- to sell your body for someone else’s demands just to earn money and to perform sexual favors for someone that you have no emotional attachments to, makes the act cheap and meaningless.

Well, this is how the ancient Jews felt as well, and another reason why they saw homosexual acts as defiling, unclean and distasteful. Adding to this, the great range of indecent acts committed by even more primitive cultures (orgies for the dead, bestiality, temple prostitution, etc.), and when the Jews saw these things, they just lumped homosexuality together in with them, so it naturally came to be severely despised.

Now, with all of this being said, can anyone out there give me a real, MORAL reason why homosexuality is wrong today? If it’s consensual and doesn’t involve money, if it’s between two adults and if you can get over the fact that a man is acting somewhat like a woman (this is NOT a moral crime, but more a matter of aesthetics), and if you can get over the fact that gay couples can’t reproduce naturally, the question must then be asked with our modern sensibilities: why is it wrong?

If all you have to say is because, “God said so” then you’ve not realized the obvious truth- that those same, desert-dwelling, uneducated, superstitious, bigoted and misogynist men from the Bronze Age are the ones who wrote the bible!

MEN wrote the bible. Men who looked down on homosexuality because of all the aforementioned reasons. If we were following the tenants of some other culture, such as Greece for example, there would be absolutely nothing wrong with it in anyone’s eyes.

So you see, bigotry and intolerance is just a consequence of the type of society with live in now; the residual, after-effects of the Judeo-Christian influence upon the world and the Church’s hideous legacy of oppression and hatred toward gays which stems from understandable but anachronistic reasons that DO NOT APPLY to modern gay relationships.