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Hopefully the person in the car who picked up the dog wasn't just coming back from Yulin and jonesing for a nice, tasty meal ;)
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Well thought out response Lex. I'd encourage VG to meet with you and actually have a dialogue and a good workout. I think he missed a great opportunity to talk with you and your wife at the expo. Maybe one day, VG will develop some psycho-spiritual maturity and make some positive human gains.
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Roger Waters should have been asked to intro the band ...
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I don't know why the Vegan community is so unable to even partially critique one of their own. 

By Kerry's standards, which is a good one, a person should use words over violence. 

But for all of VG's quick wittiness and smarts, and how he uses words, when actually confronting one of the people he critiqued, he himself Could. Not. Use. Words.

That's the fail here on VGs part, even by Kerry's own standards. VG couldn't use words to talk to someone, one on one. He treated the whole thing as a gag. That's a weakness in VG. 

Talking out differences is how we can move away from violence. But basically VG was like "you're on camera, do something stupid." And Lex didn't. So it just make VG look bad, because in that moment, it wasn't about animals, it wasn't VG's concern for all the young kids who look up to this guy, it was about himself. True colors, shining through.
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Hahah what the fuck are you taking about XD holy shit you got him figured out XD hahaha shit look out guys we got a criminal profiler working for the FBI here shoot
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Hey Harley, taking your advice to be real - half the time I think you're full of shit, but sometimes you speak some real wisdom. This is one of those times. People need to be real. Fucking A.
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I think there are things people of different colors would do, then there are things Russians will do :) Those guys were epic. (I'm white and as I watched this, I thought "if you do this you will get a billion dollars, and if you refuse to try, you will be drawn and quartered instead." Hmm, I'm still not sure I'd try... lol)
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There some semantics involved, but vegan/veganism has a specific ideology attached to it that plant-based doesn't have. Also with plant-based a person could still eat meat or dairy.
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harlan is my god.
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Disappointing video. On the one hand, there really is no difference between Yulin and what goes on daily. 

But the compassion of people who are not vegans should be a point of commonality to bring people together, to allow them to have insight into other areas, and then extend that same compassion to animals being exploited everyday. 

The tone of this video is more about meat eaters being hypocritical and too stupid to see how this goes on everyday. 

Emily, you also present this in a somewhat condescending way, with what appears to be no understanding of how humans think and behave. Two years ago, there was a bombing at the end of the Boston Marathon. 4 people died. The vast majority of Americans where in an uproar and there was an outpouring of compassion for the victims and the city and at the same time anger towards the perpetrators. 

At the same time, the US conducts drone strikes against "terrorists" where hundreds and hundreds of civilians, innocent are killed. Those people have human families with human names and the vast majority of Americans are indifferent. Why? Because they are "them", not us. That is a how humans can treat other humans so humanely. But making them "different" and less than human. It's common for humans to do that, how much easier it is with animals? (yes, I'm aware every human being is actually raised culturally to think of animals as exactly equal to humans....er....no wait, very few humans are raised that way.)

So people in our country and in many others view dogs as a companion animal for people, not as a food animal. It's how humans are conditioned. We learn empathy and have empathy towards certain people, animals and situations. We are sympathetic to the plight of dolphins being killed in "The Cove" but not to the millions of sharks being killed. We love Flipper, but f--k Jaws. 

This is ingrained human nature. But that ingrained human nature can be used to make a connection to some, and to talk about these other things. Instead of saying "so what about Yulin, there's other more horrible things going on everyday" perhaps say: 

"I totally understand why you are upset by this and you should be. Did you know this goes on every day though? And here's how...." Then talk about how we can reduce that type of suffering by our own personal choices. But the way you describe it now is, if you don't care about farm animals, then don't care about the dogs in Yulin. Okay. I won't. 

The thing is, there's speaking for truth that is all about you, and not actually communicating it in a way another person would be open to hearing it and then changing. It's similar to the video you made explaining to meat eaters how vegans see the world. It's all about you. Would love to see you make a video about how people see the world, and why. Vegans are just as likely to have blinders on, if not more so, than anyone else. Stephen Covey says "to be understood, first seek to understand." There's little of that going on here. But continue to preach to the converted, there's a comfort to that I guess.
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When we talk about little worlds and blinkers, Vegans are as prone to that as anyone else. All Vegans care about (beyond the ones that seem to only care about getting thin) are animals. Fair enough.

But there are over 800 million people on this planet with no access to clean water. Another 2.5 billion with inadequate sanitation. There are tens of millions of people trapped in some form of slavery in the world today. The list of messed up and horrible situations is endless. 

It's interesting, Thailand, home of the TFF, is one of the worse offenders in human trafficking - men, women, children. Yet I don't hear a peep from any of the Vegans over in Thailand about stuff like that. Only how cheap and delicious the fruit is and how horrible meat eaters are. 

So as those kind folks pass by some of the people around them in the cities in Thailand, they are undoubtedly looking at people trapped in real slavery. That's real too.

Most Vegans take abstaining from something as doing something proactive. In some ways, sure. But there are a countless number of meat eaters in the world doing real, proactive work to improve the environment, improve the lives of people around the world, understanding and combating climate change and on and on.

There's not a litmus test of morality, where if you do just this one thing (Veganism or anything else), you are automatically moral.
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It was great to hear from Sgt Contreras, and big respect for how he's making his choice work for him.

I'd be curious how he might handle field deployment in a combat situation - if there's no vegan option would he fast during these times, and how might that impact is effectiveness as a soldier, not just for him, but his buddies (if you're in an extended firefight etc.).

I like his idea of having Veganism be considered a religion, in many ways, people treat it as such - there's a strong ideology around it. The health claims, etc. are "benefits' to being Vegan, not the reason to be Vegan. But considering it a religion would be similar to how states allow common law marriages to exist - where a partner will have the same rights as a spouse, in cases of medical emergencies, financial arrangements, legal standing, and so on.
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Fucking EPIC.
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