In another classic example of a PR campaign gone wrong, the NYPD were besieged with pictures of police brutality and general poor behavior. Far from the wellspring of cops helping old ladies across the street that they were hoping for.
The fact that the general mindset people have about the police has turned from one of trust and respect to one of suspicion and fear is a tragedy. Sadly, it’s not because of some cynical and reasonless change in the national zeitgeist, but a growing mountain of evidence. It’s NOT all cops, I’d even say it’s a small minority. But just like everything you see on the news, they’re reporting the exceptions, but the more examples you see, the more you assume it’s the norm. All they report are plane crashes, but you think they’re happening so often, you assume they’re falling out of the sky like raindrops.
The whole reason Hemp is illegal is because the government declared it similar to pot, and the whole reason most people want it made legal is because they think it’s the same as pot. They don’t want the right to make pants, they want to get high.
Hemp can be used to make many products, from acid-free paper to durable textiles (and apparently, bricks…)
and has virtually no THC content.
If the general public understood that important difference, it’d be far easier to make legal, and far harder for the government to explain why it shouldn’t be.
The fight to make hemp illegal is much more about its ability to compete with other consumer goods than it is about the danger of pot. The Decorticator was going to do for hemp what the cotton gin did for cotton - reduce the cost of manufacture by an order of magnitude, making it a viable competition for wood and textiles. Well, Big Paper and Big Textiles didn’t want that, so they started the propaganda wheels rolling.
Agreed. Too cheap to create the cashier’s job? Give us a price break.
There is such a thing as too many cats.
I ain’t saying these folks are there, I’m just pointing out there is a line.
Via Jane! Stop this crazy thing!
32, 613 people understand this. Please explain
nobody say a word
The fact that this episode was never aired speaks volumes.
AlphaOmegaSin gets the golf clap for his vehement and heartfelt verbal scourging of PeTA.
PeTA is almost the perfect textbook example of taking a laudable idea to the point so past ludicrous you want to go out and do the thing they’re against just because they’re so annoying. They spend inordinate amounts of money on their campaigns intended to “get the message out” that only serve in getting people thinking about PeTA, specifically about what Brobdingnagian pillocks they are.
Being kind to animals sounds like such a good idea. And they want you to think that’s what they support. More precisely, that’s ALL they want you to think they support.
Not kicking puppies, sounds good, I’m with that.
Don’t wear fur - well, the idea of wearing something that costs thousands of dollars simply to show off that you can has always been something I’ve never understood. And while it’s not quite anyone’s business how an individual spends their money, I can at least see tha argument.
Spaying and neutering animals - Note that we’re already at the point where we’re promoting surgical procedures (or as they call it in humans, “Genital mutilation”) to keep animals from over breeding, while still referring to as “being kind to animals”. But I do get how overpopulation of animals is bad for both the animals and the humans around them, so I agree here as well.
No animal testing - while those pictures of the bunnies with their eyelids removed to make squirting mascara into them all the easier certainly do tug on the heartstrings, let’s hold off before we throw that “yes/no” switch. A staggering number of medical advances were predicated off of animal testing. A lot of those were mice and rats, so they didn’t get the same amount of “Aww, the poor widdle things” coverage.as the bunnies. To eliminate all animal testing could slow medical research to a crawl. There are people who suggest they use convicts for the testing. Aside from the legal and ethical miasma that discussion wold bring, the important part is the people making that argument are suggesting that while animal testing is anathema, human testing would be just fine and dandy. let that bounce around your bean for a minute.
Don’t eat meat - I’m already off the bus - this point, and any point past it, is sheer madness, and will be treated with progressively wider eyes and shriller laughter.
No animal products - and I don’t just mean leather. I’m talking honey. Because taking the honey from the bees is exploitative.
This organization is SO far past the point that the average people (including a preponderance of its donors) considers reasonable that’s it utterly fascinates me.
And as the metal gamer above points out to zealously, they spend their money on videogame “parodies”. Nintendo could come down on them, Topps could have sued for the Wacky packages and Garbage Pail Kids parodies (I could have sworn they did, but can’t find any reference) but ultimately, a day in court would be a PR jackpot for them.
No, the best way to respond to PeTA is to laugh and point, and make sure people know exactly how far past rationality their manifesto goes.
“A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy”
Fake Pockets: A How To
Or, you know…return them.
Men - reacting literally to fashion crises since ages.
Via I'm a fan of being a fan because fandom rocks.
NASA’s recent discovery of Kepler-186f, the first habitable Earth-sized planet is big news in humankind’s long search for extraterrestrial life.
A universe full of exoplanets: Thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope, which was launched in 2009 to hunt planets across the universe, we’ve managed to find around 1800 exoplanets so far, many of which have been discovered in just the last year or so.
Known Space here we come!