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Good analysis on Lewis. I've been thinking a bit about the scruffiness of Lewis when he's not running from the front - he doesn't seem as sharp as he did prior to the dominance of Mercedes. 

Here's my thought, and it ties in with Vettel - if you're constantly running at the front, you're bound to be less sharp with wheel to wheel race craft just from not needing to use it, except rarely. For a driver like Ricciardo, being in the mid field with STR and now with RBR, he needs to really rely on that race craft to make something happen. 

Anyways, just some thoughts. Talking about Lewis not knowing what Ericsson or Nasr might do reminds me of Vettel in Brazil 2012 -- he doesn't know what the drivers around him would do, and at the same time, they don't know what he'd do.
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If necessary, vegans should give up bananas. If meat eaters are expected to forgo "palate pleasure" to reduce the suffering of animals and help the environment, then it stands to reason vegans should do the same. In fact, I'd say it's more incumbent on vegans (especially ethical vegans), as they are the ones who speak on the importance of reducing suffering in a person's dietary choice. 

I'm glad you spoke so eloquently on this topic. The entire factory food industry is way, way out of whack, and just being vegan isn't a panacea.
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+Boyd McCollum Yes I agree. Bananas are tough... because they are one of the most accessible and affordable fruits, and I don't think the burden should fall on low income families who struggle to with healthy eating. However, I think that amongst more privileged vegans, who can spare a few extra cents per pound of bananas, it is absolutely crucial that we don't consume bananas that come from brands like dole, del monte, or chiquita bananas etc. As you said, the production chain of our entire food industry is way out of whack, and being vegan doesn't exempt you from it.
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it seems HCLF vegans on Youtube are suffering from some type of eating disorder. This obsession with food and weight and looks and thinness. 

There's more going on with this attack on Kristina - Nicole is following FL/DR's attack on Kristina. 

Though Nicole takes it to another level, and you just let it ride, but basically Nicole was using Kristina's boobs being too as her "bio marker". WTF. This whole thing says more about Nicole's issues than Kristina. Even more irrational on Nicole's part is that she basically said there could be about 5 or more different reasons that Kristina looks the way she does, and she doesn't know, but then goes on anyway. 

I used to think they had a great little channel. Oh well.
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looked delicious
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+Boyd McCollum Thanks man! I regretted not taking more photos but I needed to devour it since I was so hungry.
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Let's see -

Ariana Grande, vegan, licks (and possibly eats) a non vegan donut = most horrible person ever. 

Roman Atwood, full on meat eater, has one vegan smoothie = totally rad.

Check. Got it.
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Nicole made a horrible video -- basically it says, "if you have big breasts, you are overweight."

So I can see young girls and women looking in the mirror and thinking, "my boobs are too big, I need to lose weight."

Also, there seems to be an obsession among some small breasted women (like Nicole) against women with large breasts. It may be driven by society making large breasts some kind of ideal, but whatever the reason, some women begin to think large breasts can't exist naturally but are all photoshopped or from breast augmentation, etc.

A small breasted friend of mine, an actress, would go on and on about how all the women we see in media, tv, movies, Playboy, etc, that had larger breasts were fake. (this was before photoshop). 

I used to have a lot of respect for BananaTV, but they've really gone down a different, and very judgmental, path. It's sad. I hope they can find their way back.
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+Boyd McCollum Yes, saying that big breasts are a sign that a woman is not at her "ideal weight" is very problematic, and untrue... especially when you are going after someone who eats a very healthy diet and exercises plentifully.
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This is great information. Thanks!


I'd be interested in if their side salads are vegan or not?
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You left out the classics such as "I'm not saying they're a bad person..." or "this isn't a hate video..." or "I'm not hating..."

Great video and very important.
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Are you just being rhetorical with all these questions? It's hard to tell. 

As for spending billions on finding life else where, it's not a zero sum game. It's not "well we spent money on that so we can't spend money on this." 

I guess you are left with two choices - since we live in a democracy, work to change the laws, or start a revolution, take over and just make the laws yourself.
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Note to self: When a description needs to start out with "this is not a hate video" or someone needs to say "I'm not saying they are a bad person" or any variation of that, it usually is exactly that or they are saying exactly that. 

When you speak out of a values-based approach, you don't need to preface your statements. 

Basically, underlying this video and videos like these is ego. The speaker's ego, and they are in the process of building theirs up at the expense of another's. You can wrap it all up in warm fuzzies and higher purposes "I'm righting a wrong! I must do this, it's my duty!" but the underlying fact is still the same.

Let's take a few examples of people who speak hard truths--the Dalai Lama or maybe Bishop Tutu. They speak truth to power and never say "I'm not hating on anyone" "I'm not saying they are bad people."

Because they don't speak out of ego.  They speak out of compassion and love and the value systems each of them are committed to.
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great video and you articulated the issue in a very simple manner. 

The one thing veganism has going for it is its values. But there's a proliferation of popular vegan Youtube channels that are really antithetical to the values espoused in the vegan ideal. 

It feels like Veganism is becoming a troll movement. Most people will look at some of these vegan channels and think vegans are a bunch of moralistic, self-righteous and self absorbed assholes, on par with the worse of religious movements. 

There's also an underlying self-hatred that goes on, expressed as disgust for anything "human". 

I think in part this comes from veganism appealing to a lot of broken people (not all), those with eating disorders, or feeling marginalized by society in some way (psychological, spiritual), and veganism becomes a place they can come to and belong. But the problem then is that veganism really doesn't offer a mechanism to heal the brokenness of the converts. 

It feels a bit like the Lord of the Flies, a bunch of school kids running the asylum.
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+Boyd McCollum very interesting comment. "But the problem then is that veganism really doesn't offer a mechanism to heal the brokenness of the converts." Vegans are made to feel worthy by enthusiastically displacing their disdain on others. This is only the case for a branch of the movement of course. But this is why certain leaders get followers that are faithful beyond reason. It isn't just about veganism, it is about belonging to an ideology that allows you to cope with other insecurities in yourself and in your life. If it was just about veganism, these people would have no problem distancing themselves from these leaders when they spread discriminatory beliefs that have nothing to do with veganism.
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"Veganism should include human rights." lol. 

(btw, I agree, it seems like a no-brainer, but with leaders like Gary Yourofsky, etc. not likely).
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my "lol" probably was a bit cryptic, so my bad. 

You mentioned that Veganism should include Human Rights. If you were to explain Veganism to people who have never heard of Veganism, and at the end asked them a yes or no question "Is human rights included in a broader understanding of Veganism?" I think most people would say yes, or at least they would not think human rights are antithetical to Veganism. 

In that sense, Veganism containing human rights seems to be a no brainer. Humans are also animals and sentient beings and should be as free from being exploited as any animal is. No sentient being should be objectified and exploited.

Yet, listening to certain influential vegans (like Gary Yourofsky) it would seem any human consideration goes against Veganism, This is where Veganism becomes much more like a religion "thou shalt have no God before me". 

I don't expect an environmentalist to be on the forefront of stopping war, or a person fighting against the social injustice inherent in the prison-industrial complex in the US to be protesting the destruction of the rain forest in Brazil. 

But I'd expect them to understand and appreciate the importance of each others' work. I may love my child above all others, but that doesn't mean I can't empathize with other parents when their child is sick or in trouble etc. 

Veganism has the potential to reach into many areas. One area is to stop the slaughter of animals. But the food we eat should be grown without using exploited labor, which overlaps with issues of social justice. Nor should Brazil be clear cutting forests for vegan cash crops, and there should be a movement to have more access to locally grown vegan foods -- hence there's an environmental component to Veganism as well. 

I've seen Vegans talk about how environmentally better their choices are. For instance, they cause less GHG emissions. However, one study that Bite Size Vegan pointed to, which supports that idea, also put it perspective - the difference in GHG emissions between a high meat eater and a vegan in a year is equivalent to a person flying economy class between London and New York. 

So if we look at a lot of vegans who fly hither and yon to Thailand and other exotic locations, we see any savings their dietary choices make gets tossed out the window. 

I recall seeing a fruitarian Youtuber walking through an open market (in Thailand I think) making a video to one of his paleo-friends. He points to a pig's head for sale and asks, would a human eat this? Then to other cuts of meats laid out, and asks the same question. 

Ahhh, you want to say to him, since these cuts of meat are for sale, and people in Thailand are buying them to eat, I'd say yes, human's do eat them. 

But the feeling is, Thai people don't count as "human" in this guy's world.

And for all those videos coming out of the TFF, being surrounded by people in Thailand, they just turn a blind eye to the social injustices going on there. There's a high level of slavery in Thailand, human trafficking in the sex trade and in fishing and so on. It's like they are walking through the equivalent of a factory farm and are totally oblivious to it.

Maybe some of the Thai prostitutes chose and enjoy their line of work, but many of them were forced or coerced or tricked into the trade. They are trapped with no way out. They are like cattle being raped in a factory dairy farm. But meh, not an issue for a vegan, because look! Durian and jackfruit, and it's soooo cheap. Mmmm, fresh mango. Yes, palate pleasure over suffering :)

Veganism has a choice to make, being more inclusive or being more exclusive. The trend seems to be being more exclusive. Movements are strange things and it will go where it goes, but if it goes down a narrow path, well, more's the pity. 
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