Relationships between living beings are completely natural occurrences, having little to do with either political or theological persuasion.
Constitutionally speaking, church and state are entirely separate entities. As such, decisions of one should logically bear absolutely no impact upon the other.
Legal partnership between human beings (& related benefits of such) are civil matters, and therefore issues of state.
The issue of “marriage equality” is a legal matter relating merely to recognition of rights and privileges granted to human couples of any given cultural affiliation, gender combination, etc.
In consideration of all points stated above, civil unions between consenting adults should surely be considered a basic human right under the Constitution, thereby easily accepted and recognised as lawful.
Whether or not any such union should be scrutinised as a matter of religious contention is therefore irrelevant.
Affairs relating to ceremonial blessings, matrimonial services, or any similar ritual observances (and provision of such for ANY couple) should solely be addressed as private matters of spirituality/personal preference to be considered or negotiated exclusively between committed parties and corresponding clerical emissaries.
Cultural traditions aside, legal recognition of partnership is a civil issue – a basic right to which every living being should be entitled to embrace or dismiss at their own discretion.
I was most disappointed to read that he was rescued, particularly since he was likely hoping to die anyway. I highly recommend a Darwin award for any idiot who thinks it’s wise to jump unexpectedly into a cell containing angry prisoners, expecting to escape without consequence. Also, screw the Bronx Zoo, and all others like it. Wild animals belong in their natural habitat, not imprisoned to serve as income-generating exhibits for selfish humans.
For the “news” media to refer to him as a “victim” is outrageously inappropriate, especially when considering the fact that he was 25 years of age & obviously knew exactly what he could expect when leaping from the train.
I don’t really give a crap about that guy, but am somewhat interested in what he was saying whilst “conscious and talking” after that unfortunate encounter.
Furthermore, I would LOVE to hear what the tigers might have to say.
“This resident of Lima, Peru, is participating in a new dolphin therapy technique, designed to stimulate the brains of unborn babies with high-frequency dolphin sounds.” (source)
I do realise that this is likely meant to be considered “sweet”, possibly even “educational” or “innovative”, but I simply cannot feel okay with dolphins being held in captivity for ANY reason. I’m fairly certain that these kind beings would be far happier with their families in the wild, than to exist in prison pools to pander to selfish humans who care more about their own offspring than the lives of other species. It is not my intention to be overly negative, but it truly breaks my heart to see anyone suffer on the whims of others.
Cetaceans are emotionally aware, highly conscious, and extremely social creatures who live in extended family groups. They rely heavily on one another in countless aspects of everyday life, and the captivity industry exploits these traits in order to murder and enslave them en masse. These dolphins do not voluntarily migrate into human-populated areas with the intention of meeting, assisting, or entertaining Homo sapiens on a day-to-day basis, and must be violently torn from their own societies in order to appease their human captors.
These dolphins should be (and would likely prefer) communicating with unborn members of their own species in a natural, free, and healthy environment. Human communication with other species is a wonderful thing, which I have greatly enjoyed over the years & would highly recommend to anyone. However, I also feel strongly that it should NOT come at the price of freedom & happiness for any of Earth’s residents.
On a more positive note, I can only hope that the messages being sent by the dolphins to unborn human residents of Earth is one of peace and reasoning to cease from engaging in such practises of enslavement of any species in future.
With all of that having been said, may God bless them all.
For more information on dolphins and the industrial methods relating to their captivity, please check out a groundbreaking film entitled “The Cove“, and take a moment to read what my friends at Cyber Whale Warriors have shared on their mission’s site.
“Don’t stand around like friends at a funeral, eyes to the ground… it could have been you.”
– Crowded House
Upon having encountered this image several months ago, I immediately pinned it to a “Politically Incorrect” board on a social media site. It is offensive on many levels, but mostly in how it shows the seemingly inherent disrespect many humans have at present for members of other species (whether alive or dead). This lack of reverence for other beings is called “speciesism”, and is sadly an epidemic amongst humans in all corners of the globe.
This dreadful display of irreverence for our fellow Earthlings has also been passed around several times since then (along with Paul Ryan’s hunting shots) both by the “liberal media”, and also otherwise well-meaning animal advocates as reasons to NOT vote for these idiots.
Newsflash: The vast majority of these so-called “political leaders” are idiots!
Carnism is an incredibly vile act to behold (let alone practise), and I personally do not care for anyone who tries to shed any positive light on human perpetuation of such speciesist behaviour. That having been said, I also don’t care for anyone who practises carnism/speciesism, yet feels that it is okay to point fingers at others (political parties, etc.) for doing so. I am sickened beyond the point of words by this entire “political race” between greedy, corporate-controlled, dehumanised monsters; mainstream media-endorsed scoundrels who calculatedly misrepresent themselves as caring for “fellow countrymen”, yet show no compassion toward other species or even fellow humans with whom they wish to engage in pointless, immeasurably DESTRUCTIVE wars.
It is quite often that I feel extraordinarily ashamed to be part of the human species, especially having been living within the creepy confines of Western “society” for so long. However, I also realise that being born into any other genus, in the West or even anywhere else, would likely have resulted in a far more torturous life of enslavement and immeasurable, perpetual suffering without possibility to generate change on any truly measurable level.
A great deal of what I’ve endured thus far as a female of the human species has been arduous enough, and regret for my own existence has been something I have dealt with for so far back as I can remember. That having been said, I cannot even begin to imagine, nor adequately convey how horrendous things must be for other species who have no other choice but to exist amongst so many wayward humans on this troubled planet.
For those who may be left in wonder at this point, I have chosen a path of non-consent.
In other words, I simply refuse to accept as an option anything or anyone I find to be offensive or insulting to my intelligence or conscience.
If necessary, I will continue to live as far outside the present system of horrendous disconnect as possible, for as long as I find myself confronted by so many things with which I disagree.
Many may find such a proclamation to seem somewhat sensational, unconventional, and possibly even pointless. For those who do, I suggest taking some time to do a bit of research and reading for yourselves. Politically speaking, a fine place to start may very well be here.
Anyone who has been acquainted (or even somewhat familiar) with me for any period of time will likely also be well aware of my nearly lifelong stance against Procter & Gamble & their vast array of low-grade, environmentally unsound products. Although the environmental impact is certainly a concern for me as an informed adult, my boycott began at an early age as a result of my interest in (and resounding repugnance at) the then-common practise of vivisection and subsequent rendering of corpses to generate more product ingredients. P&G has been torturing non-human animals in laboratories for decades, sacrificing millions of lives for the sake of gaining maximum profit using marginally safe ingredients of questionable origin.
Despite numerous appeals & suggestions from humane advocacy groups over the years, P&G has perpetuated these barbarous activities without mercy, remorse, or proper deliberation of reasonable compromise. Spokespersons for the giant corporation have frequently made empty promises to seek alternatives to cruel experimentation, yet continue to buy out numerous other brands & implement inhumane clinical research on newly acquired products. In addition to their normal methods of misleading consumers from behind a shroud of noted acquisitions, their highly suspect advertising methods now include some rather startling celebrity endorsements. I’m still wondering exactly howthey managed to convince Ellen DeGeneres, a self-proclaimed vegan, to endorse their meretricious Cover Girl brand (and WHY she would have agreed to do so in the first place)…
Their newest ad campaign, which focuses upon mothers and families, seems to have left out one very vital detail worth careful consideration:
All of the living, breathing, sentient beings who have been tortured & die in their laboratory testing day after day have mothers too. Some of them are (or were) even mothers themselves, though these poor mums were likely never afforded the Universal right to become properly acquainted with the children to whom they give birth.
Despite the brief spell of outrage initially felt at having happened upon the new “family-oriented” slogan, I do sincerely hope that the aforementioned relationship between Procter & Gamble and Ellen Degeneres may be some sort of indication that the company is on the brink of some monumental changes for the better. I can think of very few scenarios more delightful than hearing news of immediate steps being taken in a more environmentally conscious, forthright, and (most importantly) humane direction.
All living beings are born into family and unique consciousness; therefore each one is deserving of equal consideration, regardless of species, gender, creed, or pigmentation. Destroying one being for the sake of another is immoral and unacceptable policy, of which I pray to see an immediate end.
However, society’s seemingly ever-present refusal to accept non-human animals as being valid, sentient beings with as much right to live in peace as any human has been an unfortunate accomplice in many similar cases.
For me, this particular case carries eerie echoes of Jeffrey Dahmer’s gruesome tale, especially considering the fact that each one of these disturbed individuals ended up taking the lives of same-gender lovers, violating corpses, etc. after having become known for a penchant toward violence toward other species…
Jeffrey Dahmer also had an extensive (though somewhat media downplayed) history of torturing & killing animals, dismembering their bodies, and generally drifting through life as a seemingly disturbed, somewhat hardened societal outcast.
Dahmer’s unsavoury activities began in childhood, possibly as a way of punishing others for his own inacceptance of the unique self he was likely in the commonly awkward process of discovering. The self-perceived inability to “fit in” can be very difficult for a child, and unconventional interests/thoughts/behaviours (particularly in relation to sexuality) are often met with reactions of exclusion and persecution by ignorant members of “mainstream society”. Quite often, such persecution appears in the form of violence, tactics of intimidation, and unrelenting public humiliation. For some who find themselves unable to constructively work through the pain and anger which frequently appear as products of such experiences, regrettable reactions may be comprised of uncontrolled rage and violence toward those deemed more vulnerable than themselves. Such reactions, from my perspective, can serve little purpose other than to create even more emotional pain and torment in the individual who carries them out.
I had a look at some of Magnotta’s social media after reading some news of his criminal behaviour, and noticed a certain mob mentality being expressed in commentary from other visitors. Such statements such as “SICK BASTARD I HOPE YOU DIE,” and “MURDERING (sic), ROT IN HELL” seemed to be the consensus, in addition to various scattered comments (some relatively complimentary, others not so much) relating to his appearance. It was enough to make me feel genuinely bad for the guy! In fact, I found such internet trolling from so-called “peers” to be disturbing enough to compel me toward leaving a comment of my own. I can only imagine that such reactions were a regular part of Magnotta’s everyday life, and many of his actions may have been a reactive, defensive way for him to handle such negativity.
Many may ask, “What does a person’s sexual orientation have to do with violent, criminal, irrational, or otherwise immoral behaviour?”
Generally speaking, there is always a link to be found between a person’s actions and disposition in life in relation to the way they are treated.
Mainstream society’s refusal to accept non-human animals as valid, sentient beings deserving equal consideration corresponds directly with similar societal behaviour toward certain members of its own species.
My Universal supplication for today is for all of us to find the strength within ourselves, allowing us to take a much-needed moment consider all possible factors in any given situation.
Mob mentality is neither productive nor beneficial when brought against individuals, even if the presentation of events seems horrendously grim and utterly wrong. There are more rational ways of handling such situations, without resorting to perpetuating the hatred which likely led to the initial enactment of such horrible crimes.
Even after having seen the kitten snuff video (which I found to be utterly deplorable and greatly upsetting) I simply cannot imagine any positive end resulting from vigilante “witch” hunts. Hurting someone who is already so obviously disturbed can never bring those kittens back (and may even cost the world more defenseless babies).
There are so many horrific atrocities occurring on our planet at present, and the only way I can see for us to be able to remedy such a vast amount of injustice toward all beings (including our living Earth) is to work toward healing ourselves with inner peace.
The Golden Rule is a wonderful way to begin this process.
How many out there categorise themselves as “vegan” or concerned for animal rights? For those who may not understand the terminology clearly, veganism goes far beyond food. There are seemingly many who have recently chosen to eliminate meat and dairy from their dietary intake, but still ingest honey or use other animal-derived products or consumer goods containing such. If this is the case, one cannot honestly convey themselves as adherent to a truly vegan lifestyle. In my case, I don’t just enjoy a plant-based diet, but I am fully dedicated to making life better for all living organisms on this planet (including Mother Earth herself) by choosing veganism as my only lifestyle option for my entire existence. This means I not only shun meat, dairy, honey, and other animal derivatives in plain form, but also take great precautions to avoid pharmaceuticals (prescription and over the counter), cosmetics, chemical household products, clothing and processed foods which may have been tested, made with ingredients derived from, or caused destruction of family units/lives/happiness/livelihood of other neighbouring beings. Ahimsa, or non-violence, is my chosen mantra for the entirety of my stay on Earth in present form.
The following quotes:
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” — Albert Einstein
and “To be neutral in a situation of injustice is to have chosen sides already.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu
…speak volumes to me, whilst providing adequate philosophical reasoning behind my refusal to sit back and watch as others mindlessly destroy everything & everyone in our very interconnected environment. For those of you who consider me to be “judgemental” as a result of my observations, perhaps it is high time for you to take a good look at yourselves and your own life choices in relation to how they affect the world around us. Perhaps you will then realise that I am not judging you, but that your conscience is desperate to overcome whatever it is which comes between you and a truly mindful life.
Personally speaking, I scrutinise every aspect of my own life, so as to create as little harm as is humanly possible in any given situation. Therefore, the only one being judged on an ongoing basis by myself is myself, by my own ethical development path over the past 20 some odd years. Perhaps my standards seem high to many, but I have also taken the time to learn about how things work in our wretched society and formulate ways to simplify my life whilst eschewing harmful behaviour along the way. It truly is a matter of personal choice, but it shouldn’t be that difficult for anyone to choose between love and indifference. Therefore, I challenge anyone to find enough courage to take a good look at themselves and begin weighing their choices mindfully before acting upon impulse or habitual reflex.
Shunning education/valid information when easily found and readily available is the very definition of IGNORANCE. In fact, it is not only lack of knowledge or information, but a deliberate choice made in laziness or for other selfish reasons.
I had already been vegan for many years before seeing the Earthlings film, and avoided it for ages because I thought I knew it all. One day I brought it over to share with a friend who was searching for more conviction to justify what had been a relatively new lifestyle choice for him, and was forced to watch along with him. I was shocked to discover how many things I was actually able to learn from viewing it, and I am now glad that I took the time to do so. It can at times be horrifying, heartbreaking & sickening to view, but truth is sometimes very difficult to swallow. I strongly feel that this film should be required viewing for anyone living in modern society, despite the fact that it is “upsetting” to some people. Human majorities have been the catalysts for every scenario depicted in this film, and it’s about time each of us stood up and accepted his or her responsibility for our roles.
The first step to reaching solutions is properly acknowledging & assessing problems.
If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Having read through very recent statements posted by Kathy Ireland regarding her blatant disregard for freedom, well-being, and right to life for non-human animals, I realise that there is really no point in feeding her with any more energy in form of appeals to wake up to reality & stop using fur. I recently read through some statements from her which directly attacked several prominent activists who attempted to appeal to her self-professed “charitable nature” by urging her to disengage in use of fur trade activity and related sales. She appears to exhibit textbook psychopathic behaviour by way of attempting to shift attention away from herself (& questionable ethics); at one time praising film icons of the past who engaged in wearing of furs, and subsequently accusing activists of publicity seeking by way of appeals. She then proceeded to perpetuate the debate by engaging in negatively charged exchange with several misguided individuals who were toadying for exactly what she had accused activists of seeking: attention. As to be expected, these frivolous attention seekers seemed more than delighted to receive a virtual pat on the head for expression of disregard for non-human life.
In my opinion, Ms. Ireland is certainly NO Audrey Hepburn! It should also be perfectly obvious to anyone with a shred of common sense that women in the past were far less privy to information related to such matters than we are in present day society. There is simply no excuse for (feigning) ignorance!
Witnessing much of this was quite bothersome, and I am incredibly tired of seeing PeTA’s shelter kills being cited as justification for other (completely unrelated) atrocities. While I am no fan of PeTA, I find ignorance of this magnitude to be nothing short of inexcusable. However, I opted to refrain from becoming any more involved in pointless debate and simply researched a bit more:
From what I have read, it seems that the callous, has-been fashion model is presently denying accusations of generating monetary gain from sales of animal fur cruelly obtained from breeding facilities. She claims to believe that fur farming is “humane”, and goes on to state that all proceeds from sales will go to “Kathy Ireland Worldwide”, her so-called “benevolent fund” established with alleged intention to benefit non-profit organisations.
If this is indeed the case, anyone who recognises non-humans as valid beings with rights to their own lives should take the time to find out exactly which “charities” will be benefitting from this blood money so that we may BOYCOTT them. Proposing a boycott on Kathy Ireland’s ill-begotten products is simply stating the obvious, especially considering the fact that she’s been using child labour in Asian countries for YEARS without any sign of remorse. There is simply no reason to buy anything endorsed by this empty minded, shell of an excuse for a human being, though one might imagine that her name would not cross any of our minds for any reason (other than having plead with her to curb these unethical practises). That having been said, there is really no reason to waste time and energy by converting it into negativity and outrage at her seemingly soulless disregard of common ethics toward Earth & other inhabitants. Instead, why not convert this energy and time into something positive by seeking and spreading word on charities of integrity? It seems far more constructive to support those who strive to make a difference without resorting to accepting blood money, who do not endorse, support or otherwise engage in corrupt or unethical activities.
Make a difference for all beings & our planet: Boycott Kathy Ireland Worldwide and ALL affiliated non-profit organisations.
Our human experiences on this planet are occurring on a very limited timeline. Let us use this time to create something positive for ALL, instead of relinquishing our will to the undeserving.
Find out what you’re supporting if you wear fur:
Shortly after this post was made, another blog was brought to my attention by one of the aforementioned activists who have taken it upon themselves to address this nasty business with Kathy Ireland (the others being the Barbi Twins, formerly of Playboy fame). Amy Rebecca (a.k.a. ‘La Belle Nuage‘) primarily focuses her energy on strong opposition to the fur industry by way of her Fur Free L.A. campaign. Her follow-up post contained a great deal of relevant (and priceless) points & information, so I asked her permission to add hers to this blog as a follow-up to mine. Amy very graciously granted my request, so below is another piece of the puzzle related to sussing out exactly where Kathy Ireland’s “benevolence” lies:
Kathy Ireland and the Case of the Twisted Fur Logic
The mention of a different organization is not only irrelevant, but is trying to shift the controversy away from the issue at hand. Now she’s trying to shift the controversy into some sort of twisted positive light claiming that this blood money is actually going to non profits.
I have tried to follow the money, but the trail is twisted. Stay with me now. What Kathy failed to mention is who exactly the money is coming from and exactly where it’s going. She says “an amount equal to proceeds” is being given away. We don’t know if the “proceeds” means wholesale or retail. She touts her worldwide retail sales as $1.9 billion, but her personal income, while still hefty, is actually a mere fraction of that number. She makes her money by selling the use of her name, and she is linking her name to the sale of fur. Her collection of fur for American Legend is sold exclusively to Macy’s Fur Vault. So it’s the price American Legend sells their fur to Macy’s–not the retail price to the public– which they are going to give away.
But WAIT! Now Kathy is claiming “an amount equal to all profits” is going to non profits. Which is it, “proceeds” (the sales amount) or “profits” (a much smaller number)? The problem is that Kathy Ireland Worldwide is a privately held L.L.C. (Limited Liability Company). That means there is no public information about its finances and its contributions to non profits. I could try to dig, and dig, and dig and still find next to nothing about how much is actually going to non-profit.
Here’s something we do know: American Legend is part of the Fur Commission USA, which is a NON PROFIT! With the question in the air of how much is going to non profits, I’m left bewildered about which non profit those proceeds are going to? Because without public record, and no details forth coming, one has to wonder is the money going back to the fur commission? Okay Kathy, why don’t you reveal exactly where the “amount equal to proceeds” from the sale of your fur is going? I don’t mean the list of charities you tout on your website. I mean, this specific amount is going to this specific non profit. I use the word non profit because YOU did. You didn’t say charity. The fur commission is a non profit. So is that where the money goes?
The bigger issue is not how much is going to a non profit or a charity, but the fact that this money is tainted. You can’t make up for violently killing minks by giving away money to “non profits,” whatever they are. And could it be that these donations are being made to the non profits that were responsible for killing them?
Nothing justifies the death of those animals. Not even throwing your pro life beliefs into the conversation. If you want to talk about the sanctity of life, how does 30 million fur farmed animals being killed for fur coats fit into that?
Whether or not Ms. Ireland & company continue to callously deny the value of non-human life, voices compassionate individuals should weigh on her conscience (or ego, at the very least) if driven in great number. Even if only to appeal to her sense of avarice, please support the campaign against this cruelty by signing this petition at Change.org. Each & every voice makes a difference for animals, human and non-human alike.
Peace, blessings, and much gratitude to all for having cared enough to read both of our posts.
It has recently come to my attention that there seems to be some great divide between many of us in relation to our work in promoting free speech as well as animal welfare. To date, I have received numerous requests asking me to participate in an online campaign to have YouTube prohibit video uploads bearing questionable content (to which has been broadly referred as “animal cruelty”).
As an activist/advocate for civil liberties unbiased by speciesism, I truly believe that this “cause” is a terrible idea for a single, yet multiple-factored reason: Censorship.
As the petition seems to be gaining more and more attention, I felt it an appropriate time to speak up; especially since I suspect many of those who have been posting in support of this to be quite well-meaning.
Looking away (attention diversion) does not make bad things disappear; most times it serves only to make them grow bigger, stronger & more horrifying in the shadows.
As a child, I chose to renounce consumption of animal matter because I did not care for the idea of destroying other sentient beings. I knew no other vegans, vegetarians or even a single animal activist; I had not yet discovered the phenomenon which was once Skinny Puppy. I made the decision based on my relationship with the world around me, knowing nothing of senseless atrocity & unspeakable cruelty occurring in laboratories, factory farms, etc. If it weren’t for my accidental discovery of of such by way of musical interests a bit later on, I cannot honestly say how long it might have taken me to learn about vivisection & other such applications of slavery/manipulation/torture. If it weren’t for music videos (Skinny Puppy’s ‘Testure’ comes to mind) & associated (though not easily found) footage/images/journalism on the subject, I might not have taken such an interest in what toiletries, cosmetics or even foods were morally acceptable to me for use and consumption.
In fact, I may not have become so concerned with or active for animal rights until much later… if at all.
I loathe bearing witness to suffering of innocents as much as anyone (possibly more so than most), but if these barbaric acts are not seen by the general public, how will those presently living in the dark become aware enough to stand up for the rights of those who cannot speak for themselves?
Censorship is criminal.
I honestly feel that YouTube already censors & interferes enough with first amendment privileges of people who choose to post there (I have since moved on to alternative media hosting sites – Vimeo, for example).
Any further filtering may cause a great deal of damage to organisations (such as Mercy For animals)
who have been exceptionally effective in spreading the word about cruelty, illegal handling & other unsavoury circumstances related to factory farms, fur ranches, etc.
All aforementioned bills are Draconian bastardry at work.
If YouTube becomes even more strict about banning/censoring videos, they will then be more likely to also ban undercover investigation videos from fur farms, factory farms & other footage important to the cause of keeping the public informed & abusers in check. It could essentially shut down free speech & the animal rights movement as we presently know it, thus rendering all past efforts & achievements utterly useless.
We are unified in our desire for peace & justice.
We strive to abolish cruelty & suffering on Earth for all beings, human and non-human.
If the lunatic fringe continue to post the terrible shit they have in the past, this will only make it easier for them to be recognised, caught & prosecuted.
Additionally, I feel the need to make mention of the fact that this particular campaign may very well have been introduced by the likes of Sparboe Egg Farms; just about any of so many other similar factory farms/fur ranches who have lost revenue (or fear losing such) as a result of such “bad press” would certainly wish to persuade YouTube to ban the upload of such content. “Animal cruelty” is very broad terminology, so at which point will lines be drawn? There could be a great deal more at stake for animals as far as justice & awareness is concerned, which seems an unacceptable risk even if it would mean a small achievement for those eager to completely eliminate “crush” videos from ever offending their consciousness. As someone with a fairly lengthy past of involvement within the “fetish community,” I feel fairly confident in stating that those who get off on that type of thing are actually not all that plentiful. There are certainly some who do, but for the most part it’s not exactly the most common kink. It should remain the task of those who are offended by such content to simply flag as inappropriate, which then allows YouTube to review these uploads by-case instead of creating an entirely new set of dangerous guidelines.
At long last, consciousness is beginning to spread.
In closing, I would like to make mention of the fact that I have encountered many petitions for prosecution of animal abusers spring up as a result of animal cruelty videos which had previously been posted on YouTube. Some of these petitions have drawn appropriate media attention which in turn influenced officials & private citizens to pursue maximum sentences to those committing these acts of atrocity.
I implore everyone considering or already backing this campaign for compassionate reasons to please reconsider joining, signing or donating any time or money to this poorly thought out crusade. More censorship on YouTube (and other public sites for independent media hosting/broadcasting) can most likely only hurt those we’ve been working so tirelessly toward liberating.
Since having been confined to bed/wheelchair, it seems that my daily menu mainly consists of loads of rest, puréed/liquified/juiced food items, along with a healthy helping of studying, article/blog reading & stupid media galore.
Thus far, some of my media accomplishments include several documentary films, loads of animal, instructional, permaculture/farming & other food-related pieces for Lorax Community, the last five episodes from series whatever of Californication, old favourites such as Edward Scissorhands & bunches of other things I won’t bother to list.
Also, Fright Night 2011 is finally out on DVD & I fancy David Tennant like nobody’s business.
Vampire flick starring David Tennant, which is also a remake of a KILLER classic (pun unintended)…
Oh yes, I am so on it.
So 45 minutes into the film and not only am I reasonably annoyed with the film maker’s interpretation/placement of “suspense,” but I’m also becoming a tad restless at barely having seen much more than a hint of the most delicious Doctor…
That having been said, I was also feeling a bit peckish & therefore HIGHLY susceptible to incredibly simple food porn. At the 40-whatever minute point in the film, Jerry takes an apple from the kitchen counter & my mind is all on everything else in the world. By then I’m basically just staring at the screen, and somewhere in there i begin thinking about a tweet I found earlier this morning from Vegan Mainstream (@VeganMainstream) about it being “National Comfort Food Day” & asking what vegans will be eating.
I’ve already replied to the tweet, but now I have apples on my mind…
Are apples considered to be a comfort food?
As a child of the orchard I find apples to be exceptionally comforting, so I decided to pause the film & throw a quick tranquility-inspiring snack into my little KitchenAid processor:
Simple Spiced Applesauce
1-2 Apples (I have Red Delicious at the moment & used 1 large)
1/2 Medjool date
1 inch piece of fresh ginger (I like things to be a bit spicy)
Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Chop apple into quarters, process for a moment until broken down.
Add other ingredients & process until smooth.
Transfer to serving dish & lightly dust with apple or pumpkin pie spice blend (which is basically a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg & clove).