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08/12/2010

Backyard activism: do your part tonight!  »

The San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission will hear public comments on the proposed ban on the sale of animals tonight, and we need your support! All you have to do is show up to the meeting place, line up at the microphone, and when it’s your turn to speak, state your name and your support for the ban. That’s it! No need for a speech or a song or ANYTHING CRAZY—it’s so simple, your five-year-old niece could do it. Actually, bring her too, people love articulate children.

Be in room 408 at City Hall by 5:30 p.m. BAARN is taking charge of this informal call to arms, and they report that at the last meeting on the ban proposal, opponents far outnumbered proponents, so we had better get over there and be polite for animal rights!

05/14/2010

Debating organics, praising McDonald’s (?!!??), drinking mezcal and MORE in today’s link-o-rama!  »

 This chinchilla is wearing a boy! This boy is wearing a chinchilla! Who’s the boss? With animals who have not been domesticated for very long, like chinchillas, you never can say. Just stay very still and marvel at how light they are compared to how dense they look. [photo credit: I have no idea, sorry. Let us know!]

Exciting vegan-style events!
Hey L.A.! This weekend Keep is having a sample sale, where you can save up to 60 percent on all kinds of super-hot sneakers. Be at the Keep offices at 418a Bamboo Lane today and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday May 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for shoes shoes shoes.

Tomorrow, Saturday May 15, BAARN will participate in an international day of awareness for marine mammals in captivity, and protest in favor of the retirement of Lolita, the oldest orca in captivity (and also possibly the loneliest—her companion of 10 years basically committed suicide in 1980 and she’s been on her own since). There will be two events from noon to 2 p.m.: one at the entrance of Pier 39, near the Embarcadero and Stockton Street in San Francisco; and one at the Berkeley Marina, at the first parking lot on the left in the south sailing basin. BAARN asks that you email here for further information.

Next Thursday, May 20, Rocket Dog Rescue is having a fashion show fundraiser, with vegan snacks and drinks and clothes and all kinds of good times! Be at Mayes at 1233 Polk St. at Fern Street (hey Polk Gulch!) at 8 p.m.—RSVP here first and it’s $10, without an RSVP it’ll cost you $15. But who cares, the money goes to Rocket Dog! For more information about the designers and sponsors, visit the Avant-Gardist.

Items of varying degrees of interest!
So how did the foie gras protests at Thomas Keller’s restaurants go last weekend? According to Eater, “rowdy,” “timid,” and “calm,” depending on location. CNN seems to have just cottoned on to the notion that some people find foie gras reprehensible.

Edible Geography explores the community gardens of New York City, which have never been studied before? The maps and photos are great!

Lebanon made an obscene amount of hummus and falafel, beating Israel’s obscene record of hummus and falafel, and uncomfortably get all nationalistic for reasons we don’t understand. Still: hummus and falafel, yum yum yum.

The Chronicle's Cellarist blog thinks that mezcal will be the big new liquor. I say, YES PLEASE. I had the most amazing cocktail in Mexico City made with mezcal; it was smoky and a little fruity and a little sweet, wicked strong and so delicious, and I’ve never been able to find a recipe online that makes sense. And no, vegans, mezcal does not need to contain a drowned worm to be authentic.

Mark Bittman is agog because distance runner Scott Jurek somehow manages to eat “5,000 to 8,000 calories a day”—as a vegan! What what what?!??!! Isn’t vegan food all super-low-calorie and super-healthy? Doesn’t everyone eating a vegan diet lose 50 pounds, like, one week after starting it? Aren’t all vegans super-skinny, struggling to get enough calories as regular, non-athletes? HOW IS SCOTT JUREK MEDICALLY POSSIBLE?!??!!!

"Environmentalism must become an economic vision." "Theses on Sustainability" by Eric Zencey in Orion Magazine.

Meanwhile, the Independent tries to convince us that McDonald’s “has been a positive force for change.” Still “killing lots of mass-produced animals”? I’m not convinced. Get your blood pressure down with an interview with Grist's Tom Philpott on the role of class in “the food debate.”

An SPCA-run animal shelter in Ontario, Canada will euthanize over 350 of its animals due to an outbreak of an especially virulent case of ringworm that has spread to staff members.

Back in April, the National Research Council released a report stating that genetically modified crops weren’t all bad—mostly right now what’s bad is the way they’re being used, and monopolized, and how we the public have no trust in them. I will agree that I don’t trust them, and Monsanto is the devil, but that’s about it.

Sorry about being totally tardy to the party here, but a couple weeks ago there was an awesome fight in Foreign Policy that you guys will totally love. First, Robert Paarlberg gets all snotty about how “the organic movement” is a big waste of time, only for rich jerks, and if we really want to feed the world, we have to follow the rules of industrial agriculture. Second, Anna Lappé totally smacks him down with a perfect deconstruction of his silly arguments, explaining how truly organic farming could feed the whole world much more efficiently and sustainably. It’s so good.

02/03/2010

Hey you! The one complaining about how there’s no real activism in San Francisco! This is your chance to remedy all that: come to the Activist Showcase! It’s on Saturday Feb. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SF SPCA (243 Alabama St. at 16th Street in the Mission). There will be networking and noshing! There will be sharing, requesting, and inspiring! There will be connecting, collaborating, and creating! SYNERGY!
I went last year and it was a great event; you learn about the exciting things other activists are doing and how to get involved. If you have a project that’s near and dear to your heart, you can find people here to connect with. The more people who attend, the better it is for everyone, especially the animals. Which is why we’re all here, right? Oh, I’m here to bitch about menu changes too, but you know, some real activism never hurt anybody. If you want to speak at the event about something you’d like to get collaborators for, email Josephine and let her know! If not, SEE Y’ALL THERE!

Hey you! The one complaining about how there’s no real activism in San Francisco! This is your chance to remedy all that: come to the Activist Showcase! It’s on Saturday Feb. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SF SPCA (243 Alabama St. at 16th Street in the Mission). There will be networking and noshing! There will be sharing, requesting, and inspiring! There will be connecting, collaborating, and creating! SYNERGY!

I went last year and it was a great event; you learn about the exciting things other activists are doing and how to get involved. If you have a project that’s near and dear to your heart, you can find people here to connect with. The more people who attend, the better it is for everyone, especially the animals. Which is why we’re all here, right? Oh, I’m here to bitch about menu changes too, but you know, some real activism never hurt anybody. If you want to speak at the event about something you’d like to get collaborators for, email Josephine and let her know! If not, SEE Y’ALL THERE!

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