There Must Be Something in the Water

This is an excerpt from the article Social Justice and Words, Words, Words by Scott Alexander. Line breaks added for easier reading.

Bottled water
Photo by congerdesign

How come the intertubes are clogged with pages arguing that blacks cannot be racist, that women cannot have privilege, that there is no such thing as misandry, that you should be ashamed for even thinking the word cisphobia…



A vegan for the environment?

Rice terraces
Photo by sasint

Some people say you can be a vegan for the environment, for your health or whatever other reason might take your fancy.

But there’s only one reason to be vegan: the other reasons may buttress it, but don’t, in themselves, constitute a reason for veganism.


Machines of Loving Grace

Richard Brautigan and Hilda Hoffman
Richard Brautigan and friend Hilda Hoffman on the first edition cover of Richard’s novel, In Watermelon Sugar.

Richard Brautigan wrote poetry, short stories and novels.

In 1967 he was Poet-In-Residence at the California Institute of Technology. The same year he wrote All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, a large format book made by mimeograph. 1500 copies were produced and given away.

The title poem of that book is reproduced below.


The AR Movement That Once Was

Tom Regan

Volume 21 of Between the Species begins with a memorial issue devoted to Tom Regan.

In it Gary Francione has an excellent article called Reflections on Tom Regan and the Animal Rights Movement That Once Was.

It provides a deep insight into Tom Regan’s place in the growth and understanding of animal rights, but also into his complete turnaround in terms of how to go about realising these rights.

This is my brief overview of the article:


Sam Ovens v Murray Hewitt

Whenever i see Sam Ovens talking, and i mean no offence to him, i think of Murray Hewitt from the TV series Flight of the Conchords.

If Sam perchance ever sees this post, i hope he’ll take it in good humour—it’s not meant to mock him, just draw an amusing comparison.

The following video is of Sam talking about letters from Jeff Bezos to Amazon’s shareholders. You don’t need to listen to the whole thing, just enough to get a sense of his delivery: