It’s 2012, suckas! Time for martial law! »
In case your always-politically-angry friend hasn’t talked your ear off about the National Defense Authorization Act yet, here are the details:
From Democracy Now: “A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act would authorize the military to jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world without charge or trial. The measure would effectively extend the definition of what’s considered the U.S. military’s battlefield to anywhere in the world, even the United States.” Section 1031 allows the military to arrest American citizens on American soil who are suspected of “supporting terrorism” and detain them without trial until the “end of hostilities,” a.k.a. forever.
Why does it matter to the Vegansaurus community? See how you do on the following test:
Which of the following is NOT a suspected terrorist?
A. A person wearing a bandana
B. A person bludgeoning a baby pig to death
C. A person with more than three months of food stocked up
D. A person videotaping animal cruelty
If you guessed A, C, or D: Go straight to indefinite detention. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
We’re hella screwed if NDAA becomes the law of the land. The FBI already classifies people who go undercover to investigate factory farming cruelty as terrorists. So with the NDAA and Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act combined, it’s easy to foresee animal rights activists being indefinitely imprisoned, without trial, as terrorists.
In a bipartisan effort, Congress passed the NDAA in December, and Obama has already signed it into law. But wait, there’s still a slight hope that we won’t all end up eating borscht in the gulags! Sen. Feinstein has introduced the Due Process Guarantee Act, which would clarify that U.S. citizens or lawful residents cannot be indefinitely detained without trial.
What you can do:
- Urge your representatives to support the Due Process Guarantee Act. Tell them that you feel so strongly about this that you will not vote for them again unless they pass this.
- Tell President Obama that you will not vote for him unless he makes passage of the Due Process Guarantee Act a priority.
- If you live in Montana, get behind the effort to recall the senators who voted for NDAA.
- Check the list of representatives who voted for and against the bill. If you have one of the few who voted against (like Rep. Barbara Lee or Sen. Ron Wyden), call to thank them. If you have one of the many (both Democrats and Republicans) who voted for it, call to express your outrage.
Katie Cantrell spends most of her time tutoring, blogging, eating, photographing, reading, activisting. She founded the Coalition to Fight Factory Farming, a Bay Area group that gives presentations on the harmful effects of industrial animal agriculture. In her spare time, she chronicles her gluttony on PDX Pudge.
Ground beef of doom, domestic terrorism, emu chips, vegan cheese debates and more in this week’s link-o-rama! »
• Beloved, beautiful vegan fashion company Vaute Couture has two holiday events happening for you lucky Chicago-area shoppers (I fucking hate you, buy me coats). The first is tomorrow!, Saturday Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Shops at North Bridge; the second is Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Colori Eco-Paint Boutique, at 2243 W. North Ave. This one is a fancy event with complimentary (vegan, duh) refreshments, and other labels like Mountains of the Moon, Frei Designs, and Mohop Shoes. If Vegansaurus were in Chicago I would totally be your date.
• What in the what? Mission Street Food’s last event of the year is Thursday, Dec. 17 and it’s all-vegetarian, most likely vegan! Thanks in advance, MSF!!
• Mission Mission calls our attention to the overflow of chihuahuas at Bay Area shelters.
• The federal government indicts Scott DeMuth for conspiracy to commit “animal enterprise terrorism”; apparently, because he is an anarchist, he is a domestic terrorist. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
• Certain Vegansaurs love Bones because of its super-vegan star, Emily Deschanel. Last night’s episode had double the vegan power with Emily’s sister Zooey: watch it on Hulu now now now before it expires!
• Hey guys, before you get too angry about it, those kangaroo-and-emu-flavo(u)red Smiths Crisps will contain “neither emu nor kangaroo”; actually, they’re vegetarian. What you are shoving into your mouth six at a time is Australian dignity, not animal flavoring. Cool?
• Vegansaurus loves Wildcare! And not just because sometimes one of us housesits for a Wildcare volunteer, who has had such adorable creatures as baby skunks AND baby squirrels in her safekeeping and OMFG you haven’t lived until you’ve seen baby skunks up close. Unfortunately, you shouldn’t, so please compost and keep them out of your trash bins, OK?
• Cha-Ya’s new place in the Sunset is already going out of business! What happened, you guys?
• Beef Packers Inc., which is owned by Cargill Inc. (a.k.a. The Devil) had to recall nearly 23,000 pounds of ground beef last week because it was contaminated “with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella,” called salmonella Newport. The company’s last recall was of over 825,000 pounds of ground beef in August of this year, which was contaminated with the same bacteria strain. Hamburgers are the best!!!
• A woman from Minnesota is suing Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. for selling ground beef tainted with E. coli, which gave her hemolytic uremic syndrome; that caused kidney failure, which gave her seizures that led to her being put into a medically induced coma for three months. According to the New York Times, the beef from her single hamburger came from four plants in two countries. BEEF, IT’S WHAT’S FOR DINNER!!!!!
• An all-too-brief report on the Frank Bruni and JSF discussion at the Manhattan Jewish Community Center makes it sound like a pretty good time. Did any of you in New York go?
• Something we should all avoid, avoid, avoid: the Sprinklesmobile, which is coming to town on Monday! Why should we avoid it? Because they make zero vegan cupcakes, obvs.
• Salon has an irritatingly glossy, irony-heavy, pro-colonialist “history” of Vietnamese coffee; however, it does include a recipe so you can make your own at home. Considering how similar MimicCreme is to sweetened condensed milk, I am thinking this would be a snap to veganize.
• So there’s actually no such thing as local Bay Area fish, eh? What say you, locavores? And you, pescatarians?
• This week’s commenting storm is happening around Jordan’s Dr. Cow post. Vegans have opinions about cheese substitutes!