Vegans plan new wave of protests against meat industry as they target takeaways, butchers and abattoirs in bid do persuade consumers to turn their back on animal products.
“Veganism has been around a long time,” Phoebe Frampton, who founded the Earthlings movement in 2013, told The Sunday Times. “It used to be a dietary and health issue but modern vegans see it as being about animal rights and animal liberation.”
The Earthlings protests are peaceful, with masked campaigners standing in circles holding laptops screening “horrific” films of abattoirs to spark public interest.
However, critics see their beliefs as extreme with modern veganism goes far beyond giving up meat, fish and dairy. It also means giving up honey, silk, leather shoes and even beeswax furniture polish.
Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), founded in the US in 2013, now has five “chapters” in Britain. One of them invaded a branch of Tesco in Brighton last month, with 30 protesters staging a “silent protest” in the meat aisle.
Some farmers dispute the claims of non-violence. John Wood, a Dorset farmer, set up the Facebook Meat & Greet site to promote lamb and beef, but says he was targeted by “frightening” militants.
“We have had animal liberationists turning up at our home and shouting abuse. Most of these people may be bunny-huggers, but some are dangerous,” he said.
So shoot a few, if you feel your life is being threatened. Oh wait… I forgot that this is in Britain, where you’ll get a prison sentence if you so much as look angrily at someone threatening your life. And good grief: if some oaf is shouting abuse at you, use an air horn on them at close range.
As for the Murkin DxE: try staging a silent protest in my local butchery while I’m buying my weekly supply of steak, boerewors and lamb, and your protest won’t stay “silent” for long*. That’s a promise.
I am so sick of smug assholes trying to tell me how to live my own life.
*Note to self: remember to take the sjambok with you to the butchery in future.
And yes: it’s made from the skin of a dead hippo. Why do you ask?
The “civil service” is the nickname British Army soldiers gave to the hapless SA-80 bullpup rifle — it doesn’t work and you can’t fire it — during Gulf War One. So bad was the thing that a booming black market for captured Iraqi AK-47s was created because so many of the SA-80s were “lost” during that campaign.
However, after many failed attempts to fix the poxy rifle, it appears that the Brits have finally got the thing right (other than the fact that they had to get the Germans to do the job for them, of course: that whirring sound you hear is of British WWI and WWII field marshals spinning in their graves).
Apparently the SA (now called the SA-80A3) really has been fixed this time, and the Brits plan on fielding it for at least a half-dozen more years. Of course, it still shoots the silly poodleshooter 5.56mm NATO (.223 Rem) cartridge, which the U.S. Army will soon be phasing out because it’s ineffective in any scenario outside an urban one [links to about 5,000 earlier Kim Rants on the topic omitted for reasons of brevity].
Which means the Brits will have to play catch-up, again.
It’s a good thing I don’t live in New York [list of 20,000 reasons omitted for brevity]. Here’s another one:
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and state Sen. Kevin Palmer’s proposal would allow authorities to review three years of social media history and one year of internet search history of any person seeking to purchase a firearm.
As any fule kno, I don’t have a “social media” presence in the ummm traditional sense. However, if that “presence” were to include this here blog, I’d probably be disqualified from buying a gun for the next three lifetimes — which is no doubt what these rodents are after anyway.
That said, I will admit that I don’t have too much need for moar guns, e.g.:
Okay, I’ll admit that I don’t have all those guns anymore — just enough to frighten New York politicians. Fuck them.
Will #MeToo Spark Backlash Against Women in the Workplace?
You’d better believe it, although not just in the ways that the [female] writer of the article thinks. Here are my thoughts on the topic, and I’ll bet anything that I’m not alone in this.
If I were a company owner or senior manager, my first obligation would be to the company: its performance, productivity and profitability (the Three Ps). In order to further that agenda, these are the things I’d do.
I would never hire a woman again, unless I absolutely had to. In the latter situation, I’d hire an older woman with lots of experience only if there was absolutely no male candidate for the job with the same skills. (Why older? Because young women are fucked up, and I’m not interested in helping them. Younger women are also more likely to affect one or more of the Three Ps because of their attitude, their propensity to cause trouble in the office, their sense of entitlement, and all the other characteristics which would affect the company’s productivity e.g. months and months of pregnancy leave.) But honestly, I would prefer to hire male workers almost exclusively so we could concentrate on getting the job done.
I would not hire a Human Resources manager, or have an HR department. HR is most often a refuge for women in any case, it has no operational function within a company, is quite simply overhead, and in many cases, malevolent overhead because it has to justify its existence, and can only do so by screwing with the lives of the employees and being an organ whereby dissatisfaction can be aired. Every single technical function of HR can be handled by competent line managers, and what can’t be, I’d outsource.
There would be no administrative assistants (“secretaries”, as we used to call them, another hive for women to inhabit). In today’s world, I would expect every employee to handle their own admin as part of the job description. What they can’t handle (e.g. business travel planning, which can get complicated), I’d outsource that as well.
If I were to hire a woman, she’d have either a STEM degree from a technical college or any degree from Hillsdale. I would make it plain, as part of the interview, that the focus of her job was to be the business, and nothing else. And yes: she would have to have a track record at least twice as good as any male interviewee for the position.
If all this comes across as hard-ass or “discriminatory”, I don’t care because I didn’t create today’s toxic environment, where men are vilified just for being men, where unprovable accusations are accepted as fact, and where prickly sensitivities have to be protected by company policy instead of by manners and decency. To be frank, I hate the feminization of the business world, and in my own small way I’d be pushing back against it.
Of course, I’m never going to work in an office, or for Global MegaCorp Inc. or for anyone other than as an at-will worker. Nor will I ever hire anyone ever again. But let me tell you all, do not be surprised if the “backlash against women in the workplace” manifests itself in any or all of the above bullet points, even in part.
Men didn’t start this bullshit; but we sure as hell can do our part to end it. What you sow, you reap in the end; and women need to understand this, if nothing else.
…if, that is, you consider “fun” to be watching a rabid coyote in the middle of a flock of chickens.
Hair-On-Fire Party Takes The House
For the record, Texas supplied two of the lost House seats: Pete Sessions lost to some ex-NFL player in suburban DFW, and John Culberson to some chick lawyer in suburban Houston. And my (suburban) district sent Republican Van Taylor to Washington, but with only a 54% margin instead of the 62%+ margins we’re used to. All three results are the penumbra caused by media darling Skate Board Jesus (Beto O’Rourke), the fake HIspanic who walked on water for Texas Democrats and the national media.
Whatever: the Communists know that they have no chance of passing any actual legislation because the Republican Senate now has a Susan Collins-proof majority. So expect them to go after Trump, full-time, using the politics of personal destruction they do so well, the assholes.