Fierce OS

October 22, 2010 / 0 comments

The interpretation of symbolic structures is forced into an infinity of symbolic contextual meanings. M. M. Bakhtin Historically, Lions have been symbols of power from the Persian to the British Empires, from Hinduism (Narasimha) to Judaism, Islam and Christianity (see Kings, Judges, Proverbs, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel, Numbers, Revelations, etc. and of course The Lion, the Witch and…

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Robot Acceptance

September 14, 2010 / 0 comments

A post in the NYT photo blog asks if Japanese acceptance of robotics has origins in Shinto belief. (via Elizabeth Housley)  Surprisingly they don’t mention Masahiro Mori. Will we see humanoid robots taking more active roles in hospitals, constructions sites and other work places outside Japan?  And will robots like the Paro therapy seal showing…

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Teaching Speciesism: The McDonald’s Talking Fish schools Consumers on Complicit Complacency

August 30, 2009 / 0 comments

The McDonald’s “Talking Filet-O-Fish” commercial opens with a wide shot of a garage. A heavy, bearded man sits with a McDonald’s bag and drink on the table in front of him. He seems comfortable, content, and average as he holds a sandwich in his hand. When he takes a bite of the sandwich the shot…

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The Jain’s Death

March 16, 2009 / 0 comments

Sent by Elizabeth Housley. This is an amazing online graphic story by Patrick Farley. 2/9/10: Update, the work is back up on the original site here.

Dignity of Living Beings

March 1, 2009 / 0 comments

“The dignity of living beings with regard to plants. Moral consideration of plants for their own sake.” (PDF Download) From the Swiss Federal Ethics Comittee on Non-Human Biotechnology.

HTTP Error 403 – Forbidden

February 14, 2009 / 0 comments

Are there thoughts that are not permitted by the software of the brain? Human rights depend on Animal rights. We can never have liberation of humankind without the same for all of animalkind. So long as we enslave, we will never be free. If your browser isn’t functioning well, get an upgrade. New Version Culture.

Becoming Human

January 24, 2009 / 0 comments

via Elizabeth Housley Story from North America (FULL VERSION!) from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

superhuman powers

January 22, 2009 / 0 comments

Via Discerning Brute, Erin Pavlina tells her story of running the vegan spirituality software: I grew up on burgers, fries and milkshakes. I ate the Standard American Diet my entire life. Around the time I started college, I told the spirits that I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to save the planet. And…

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Prisons ordered to provide vegan meal

June 24, 2008 / 0 comments

“U.S. Chief District Judge Mark Wolf ruled this week that the Department of Correction violated federal law protecting religious freedom and ordered the department to provide Daniel Yeboah-Sefah a diet in line with his Buddhist beliefs.” Read more…

Cyberactivism in South Korea

June 10, 2008 / 0 comments

From the New York Times article: Thousands of South Korean students, mainly networking through the Internet, immediately took to the streets, followed by a broader uproar. The uprisings and protest in South Korea are a great example of the power Cyberactivism to affect and infect people (who may or may not have access to technology)…

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Killing the art.

May 10, 2008 / 0 comments

MOMA kills a sculpture.

Art at what cost?

April 22, 2008 / 0 comments

Discerning Brute blogs about Guillermo Vargas Habacuc’s plan to starve another dog as part of an exhibition. As artists and viewers of art, we must take a firm stand against this exhibition. Not a stand against any form of art, but a stand against cruelty and slavery, torture and murder. Discerning Brute is right on…

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Euphemism for “Burnt Slave Bones in your Food”.

April 14, 2008 / 0 comments

“Natural Charcoal” I contributed a little story about a food producer and their sugar refinery to The Discerning Brute. You can read it here. I verified that the Domino refinery in question does not use cow bones. I read something recently that claimed it takes something like 7,800 cows to produce the ‘bone char’ for…

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