The Declaration of Internet

US DOI 2017
This is a slightly shortened version of Roger Koopman’s article,
High Speed Broadband Is Not A Human Right.

“WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and High-Speed Internet.” Declaration of Independence (updated)



Donald Watson on Abolition v ‘Welfare’

Products cows are used in

This article, by Donald Watson, a central founder of The Vegan Society and author of the first edition of The Vegan News (later The Vegan). It appeared as The President’s Log in the Spring 1948 edition of The Vegan (Volume IV, Number 1).

I’ve added paragraph spacing and made some text bold.

The vegan has accepted all animal exploitation to be wrong, and he has come within measurable distance of living consistently according to this view.


The Rights of Animals

Brigid Brophy

Brigid Brophy in 1965, from her daughter, Kate Levey’s Twitter account

What follows is a copy of Brigid Brophy’s article, The Rights of Animals, which appeared in the The Sunday Times of October 1965.

I’m reproducing her article not because it contains a full and consistent expression of animal rights—for instance, Brigid says she’s vegetarian (she became vegan years later). But it still makes strong points and was an influential 20th century expression, which inspired the creation of the book Animals, Men and Morals.


Second Hand Flesh Fumes

Think you’re eliminating the health risks of animal flesh by not eating it?

That’s not necessarily the case.

If you live with people that fry or grill flesh, or outside a restaurant, particularly Chinese, you might be taking in fumes that increase your risk of cancer.

Similar thing applies if you’re pregnant and your partner cooks flesh while you’re around: you may be putting your child at risk of things such as lower birth weight or smaller head size.

Young kids also risk cognitive impairment as a result of taking in flesh fumes.


Magpies may have your number


An article on magpie nesting season, referring to Professor Gisela Kaplan:

“The trouble begins… when magpies nest in public areas according to Kaplan, and is exacerbated by the fact that if someone does mistreat, or intentionally tries to harm a magpie, the territorial birds are able to remember the faces, and characteristics of that person years later, and will attack on sight.”

Click the image to read the full article.