Archive for November, 2017

How “Love & Peace” Kills Animals

Monday, November 13th, 2017

“Species membership is not a valid reason to place anyone outside the circle of moral compassion or beyond the reach of effective defense.”

~Lindy Greene

“The time for civil discourse has expired.” ~Camille Marino

by Lindy Greene & Camille Marino

Globalization is predicated upon slave labor. Both animate and inanimate resources are expended to the point of exhaustion in pursuit of profit. The planet is being plundered to serve the self-anointed “superior species.” And it remains abundantly clear that our current course is unsustainable. Feeding and lubing the machinery of the entire system are the misery and blood of its vast nonhuman slave force. We were taught twenty centuries ago the myopic and destructive view that the other species with whom we share the Earth evolved for the sheer and sole purpose of serving us and that such servitude is the birthright of the privileged “master race.” Whether it’s factory farming contributing 37% of methane gases to global warming according to the UN or the federally-funded animal experimentation industry, it is extremely difficult to find any segment of the economy that does not commoditize and exploit members of other species for entertainment, sport, fashion, food, or testing. Subverting the integral animal economy is vital if we will ever free ourselves from the entrenched teamwork of corporate overlords and unprincipled governments.

The marriage of corporation and state, Mussolini’s definition of fascism, is epitomized by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – a group of corporate lobbyists and elected officials who serve big business profiteers. ALEC is the engine running the multi-billion-dollar prison / industrial complex. It’s single-minded mission in that endeavor is to maximize profits by keeping citizens jailed, on parole or probation, and otherwise inextricably ensnared in the judicial system. And ALEC is also the author of the federal 2007 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the language of which conveys that any animal rights activist who affects the profits of an animal industry can be prosecuted for terrorism. Thus, any effective activist may be a terrorist by statute. And, at the state level, we see political free speech consistently reframed by the courts as terrorism with the speakers charged as stalkers. (By the way, there are actual laws on the books declaring “edgy speech” to be just “political hyperbole” and perfectly legal. Those same books also state that First Amendment activity does not fall under the legal definition of “stalking.” But judges apply (or fail to apply) laws as they see fit. It costs thousands of dollars to file motions, which are almost universally denied, for review of their decisions.) And, according to the New York Times, ALEC is behind the state legislatures’ trend to make photographing industrial animal abuse a crime (“ag-gag” laws). Let this penetrate: Animal abuse is not only protected, but exposing it is prosecutable. (Such punitive measures are not new. Anyone caught in the antebellum South helping Black slaves to escape from the plantations risked hanging.)

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Review of “White God”

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Spending a quiet Saturday night at home with my dogs, I asked for suggestions about something to watch on Netflix. And when an accomplished film producer recommended the award-winning White God, I was curious to explore what’s been called “a beautiful metaphor for the political and cultural tensions sweeping contemporary Europe.” What I found, however, was a story that encapsulated the intrinsic and universal human supremacy at the foundation of civilized society as well as the response it demands in the form of organized revolution.

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Exposure is our most lethal weapon

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Camille Marino
November 7, 2017

Despite the fact that I’ve never set foot in the state of North Carolina, I was just trespassed from my fourth university – NCSU.

Let’s understand exactly what this piece of paper means: VIVISECTORS FEAR EXPOSURE! It is the most lethal weapon we possess if we are ever going to end their reign of terror and tyranny. And I am very encouraged by my like-minded colleagues who used the readily-available public information about vivisection student Stephanie Cone, republished on this site, and exploited it to make the animals heard. Clearly, you succeeded! She not only ran to mommy and daddy, but to the police too. And I thank you for that.

After all, her victims have no one to run to. We’re it. And if it were up to the vivisectors, we would just continue to sign petitions and ask them nicely to please reconsider. Fuck that!

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the art of guerrilla activism

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

“Don’t confuse rebellion with terrorism.”

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Camille Marino
November 4, 2017

Traditional guerrilla warfare is a strategy. It is where a small group of combatants employs irregular tactics in an effort to effectively combat a larger, well-equipped military. When the US invaded Viet Nam, the northern villagers were unable to fight toe to toe with our armies. To skew the odds a bit, they might send a child into American camps to gain the trust of the soldiers at which point a bomb would be detonated. When the US invades and occupies oil-rich lands in the Middle East,  improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are commonly used — roadside bombs — to disrupt military caravans, injure and kill Americans, in response to our drones and carpet bombs that indiscriminately wipe out high-value targets and civilian families alike. War is ugly. And guerrilla warfare is a response to well-funded and well-equipped imperialist government forces.

Is the war being waged by humans on every other species so different? Inside labs and factory farms, nonhuman animals are under siege, being mutilated and murdered by the billions annually; the numbers are so astronomical that they defy our ability to truly grasp the magnitude of death and suffering. And what can we possibly do against the state-sponsored, state-enforced, and state-protected savagery being visited upon our nonhuman cousins? We will never win in courtrooms. We will never win in the media. And we will never win wasting our time talking and debating with those who hold all the power — those to whom our protestations are impotent and laughable.

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