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seventeenthnotes-deactivated201 asked: Hey! So I'm trying to convince myself to be vegan, but I'm in conflict with myself over the ethical issues. D'you think you could provide me with some good arguments and perhaps guilt me into going vegan? It's something I'd really like to do, I'm just having trouble completely winning myself over, if that makes sense. :D

thedailytennant:

oh definitely, every vegan’s dream haha! i could probably write a novel on this, but i have to leave for school in like ten minutes so i’m going to copy and paste from previous debates i’ve had with people and then leave you with a link to a speech by a vegan activist and if that doesn’t convince you, then … well, come back at me with more specific questions and i’ll tackle those directly for ya ;) but thanks for asking, i’m really glad you’re considering it and i’m sure you’ll find the motivation to make the change! it’s a lot easier than you’d think, there’s a huge variety of vegan foods and products out there.

so this first person got angry because i questioned why people care so much more about an abused dog than an abused pig, and we got on the topic of food …

“it’s just food and we shouldn’t judge each other on it. Eating or not eating meat and animal products does not determine whether you are a good or bad person.”

the way you stated this actually tells me a lot about the sort of person you are. it’s nicely stated, it’s polite, your grammar is good, it sounds very much like you’re petitioning for equal rights — from this i can deduce that you are perfectly capable of finding information and deciding things for yourself. you’re not just ignorant, the way many carnists are. you’re in denial. you don’t want to change, so you’ve convinced yourself that this is a battle between vegans and non-vegans, and that we’re all equal as humans and have our rights. yes. yes, that’s true. and if you wanted to live on jelly beans for th rest of your life, you know what?i wouldn’t care. i honestly have absolutely no cares about what you eat —unless it is harmful to others.

see, eating animal products isn’t just a personal choice. firstly, the animals are tortured and slaughtered — go youtube slaughterhouse videos to see what’s going on there, i don’t need to spell it out for you. then, the amount of methane gas they produce is the number one cause of pollution. their drug-contaminated waste gets into water supplies and poisons the fish and wildlife. 70% of the amazon jungle has been cleared for either land to grow feed for cattle or area for cattle to graze, all for human consumption. the amount of grain grown for cattle in the USA alone is enough to feed the world’s population three times over — bam, world hunger solved.

then there’s the health effects. it has been absolutely scientifically proven that meat and dairy consumption is the leading cause of heart disease and a huge contributing factor to other degenerative diseases such as diabetes and cancer. you know what the number one killer is right now? yup, heart disease. you know how much tax money goes towards health care? that’s right. you and i are paying for the people who indulged themselves to sickness because they were too selfish to give up one tiny little pleasure.

so does eating meat and dairy make you a bad person? well. what i’ve written here is an extremely abridged taste of the consequences of eating meat, but knowing this, if you elect not to do anything, if you elect not even to try making a change, not even try to get your facts straight, not even attempt to give up an unhealthy addiction to something that’s bad not only for you but for the whole planet, but to consciously decide you don’t care because you like the taste of meat — then yeah, you can bet my opinion of you is going to drop pretty damn low.

then there was the person who sent me this ask:

ps you need to stop with the herbivore bull, cause unless you have some scientific proof of it, you’re just coming off as a retard

so i replied

just for the record, i’m disappointed you asked this on anonymous. if we’re going to have a debate here you can at least give yourself the dignity of an identity, because if you don’t reply to this post i’m going to assume you have no counterargument.

i do have scientific proof. and i’ll break it down for you in just a second because first i want to point out that even if i didn’t have scientific proof, all you have to do is look around you. how many people do you know with a degenerative disease? heart disease? anyone had a stroke? diabetes? osteoporosis? asthma? bone fractures? cancer? anything? why do vitamin stores even exist? if in this meat and dairy eating society where the usda bullshits to your face that you get calcium and protein and all this stuff from dairy and meat, why can you walk into any pharmacy and find a shelf of calcium supplements? why are there people eating handfuls of pills for breakfast? and those people are not the vegans, trust me.

alright, on to the scientific proof about herbivores. i’ll make an abridged list of the main stuff so it’s easy for you to understand, because i could write a novel on this stuff but there are already plenty of books out there if you really want to educate yourself and aren’t just digging for nonexistent excuses to eat meat.

  • intestines. humans, like all herbivores, have intestines 7-13 times the length of our torso. carnivores have intestines 3-6 times the length of their torso. this is so they can digest their food quickly and not clog their arteries with trans fatty acids. this is why people who eat meat and dairy will always have clogged arteries from trans fatty acids. this is why the number one killer of people is heart disease from clogged arteries. trans fatty acids are only found in animals. also, animals are the only source of cholesterol. your body makes its own cholesterol, and that is the only good cholesterol you can have. if you eat an animal product, you are automatically putting bad cholesterol into yourself. for the record, my cholesterol (as well as blood pressure and health overall) are absolutely perfect.
  • our jaws go side to side, like all herbivores. carnivores’ and omnivores’ jaws only go up and down (try to get a dog or cat to grind its teeth from side to side — impossible). this is because we are meant to eat plants, chewing them well and slowly digesting, while cats and dogs are designed to bite and swallow, hence why dogs eat much faster than a person. and before you nag about our canine teeth, ALL herbivores have canine teeth (i’ve stuck my fingers in enough horses’ mouths to know that firsthand. i know horses so i usually use them as my “okay we know for sure that’s an herbivore” comparison. here is a diagram of a horse’s mouth. look in a mirror and compare to your own). imagethey are blunter than a carnivore’s because they are designed for gripping and biting into things like apples, not flesh (if you’ve ever bitten into a raw, whole chicken, you’ll find you have a lot of trouble tearing a chunk off).
  • we have zero carnivorous instinct. we cannot track down an animal, catch it, and eat it without cheating and using weapons or traps. we don’t have claws, the trademark of all carnivores and omnivores. to paraphrase my hero gary yourofsky, if you put a kid in a crib, give it a bunny rabbit and an apple, and the kid eats the bunny rabbit and plays with the apple, i will revoke everything i’ve said and agree that humans are born carnivores. until that happens, we will remain herbivores. but put a young tiger in a crib with a bunny and an apple and i’m pretty sure we all know which it would eat and which it would bat around with a paw.
  • our bodies can’t process animals. let’s go back to my original example of calcium. milk’s got calcium, yeah? well, it also has casein protein, better known as animal protein. the meat and dairy companies have lied to your face and told you this stuff is good for you, but actually, the human body has no use whatsoever for animal protein. there are lots of bad things about it that you can look up, but let’s relate it to calcuim for the moment. casein protein is  too acidic for us. the moment it enters out bodies, it turns our blood acidic. now obviously the human body can’t survive with acidic blood, so immediately the body has to figure out how to negate the acidity. luckily, human bodies are pretty smart and they’ve figured out how to do this, but the way they do it is by using phosphate. the only source of phosphate in the body is bones, which are a combination of phosphate and calcium. so the body takes calcium phosphate from the bones, uses the phosphate to negate the acidity, and then we pee out the excess calcium, so drinking milk will literally leach the calcium from your bones. and so, osteoporosis, bone fractures, calcium supplements. i could go on about medical stuff but you might as well get a copy of the china study and hear it straight from the professionals.

if you can provide scientific proof that people need meat and dairy, let me know. i’m honestly curious why you’re so defensive, and let’s face it, outright hostile about my point of view (calling someone a retard before you’ve even heard what they have to say is pretty rude, you know)

also, since i’ve talked about dairy quite a bit in this post, here’s an interesting fact for you: one cubic centimeter of cow’s milk is legally allowed to have 750,000 somatic cells in it. do you know what that means? i’d be surprised if you did, considering, well, the message you sent me. somatic cells is the fancy way of saying pus, which gets in the milk because the machines milking the cows cause infections and don’t know the difference between milk and pus. this amount is about an eye dropper full of cow pus per glass of milk, and that’s not even mentioning the antibiotics and hormones that get mixed in. sure, milk is pasteurized, but that just means the pus gets sanitized, not removed. you’re drinking sanitary pus. melting it on your pizza. mixing it into you salads. drinking it with your coffee. sound healthy? sound pleasant?

so my questions for you are, why are you convinced veganism is wrong? do you know where your meat and dairy come from? do you even know why cows make milk or why chickens lay eggs? do you know what is in these products and what they do to your body? do you know what the animals go through in order for you to enjoy their body parts?

any more questions for me? please, feel free to ask. i’m happy to spread awareness and help people see beyond the baldfaced lies that the meat and dairy companies have brainwashed the population with.

they never answered my questions.

but the most powerful message is in videos. here is the speech by gary yourofsky that i recommend. if you want behind-the-scenes footage of the horror that goes on behind factory walls, you can go to youtube or watch the documentary Earthlings. there are also youtube videos on people affected by the animal industries. there are great books out there like The China Study and Born To Run that can give you insight into different benefits of a vegan diet. basically there are a TON of resources out there to get you started, and you’ll have the support of every vegan everywhere and ever :)

so let me know if you have any more specific questions or concerns!

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writing/reading
A HUGE WRITING MASTERPOST
200 words that describe light
how to keep a journal
read some slam poetry
huge writing masterpost 
how to reveal character
help with writer’s block
find the word that’s on the tip of your tongue
find out which author you write like
write interactive books  (kind of like choose your own adventure)
good brainstorming/ organizing tool
zen writing tool
word on the tip of your tongue?
use big and interesting words
Inspiration 1
Instead of ‘whispered’
Music for writing fight scenes
Writing fantasy
Emotions vocab sheet
How to reveal character
Writers block resource
Writing a death scene
Music to help you write
Writing prompt generators
Got writers block?
How to torture a character
Degrees of emotion
ULTIMATE writing ref
Character names
Body language
25 days of fic
how to write a good essay
Writing people of colour
nanowrimo start kit
All Authors need to Know
Alternatives to ‘said’
more writing tips
read books online for free
read/post fanfiction
read/post stories
Want to know who you write like?
10 sites to download free audio books
character flaws
200 words to describe light
Obscure color words
Body Language Cheat Sheet
Awesome colors to describe eyes
download free books
download free kindle books
school
how to survive college 
Scholarpedia (basically Wikipedia but with reliable sources)
solve any math problem
how to effectively pull an all-nighter
teaches everything
An already typed essay at your fingertips(type the subject and press random stuff and an essay forms)
bibliography maker
Didn’t listen in class?
look for your worksheets on here
finals survival guide
free microsoft word alternative
homework help
learn geography
make flash cards
math problem solver (2)
Masterpost of writing software
online ruler
pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
Stress Analyst
when to go to sleep/wake up
how to wake up in the morning
learn how to study
Masterlist of study tips
How to cite
Take online college courses
How to multiply big numbers
focus
sleep calculator (wake up feeling refreshed!)
chrome site blocker (use these to block websites so you can finally get work done!!)
firefox site blocker
mac site blocker
have some self control (for macs also)
focus playlist (i use this to study all the time!)
how to find focus
noise generator to help you relax
chill playlist
concentration playlist
study playlist
coffee shop blues
relaxation 
masterpost of sounds of nature
get a cute kitten after doing your work!!
beauty (credit for most of these!)
how to improve your self-esteem (because you’re beautiful!)
flaws to embrace
Newspaper nail tutorial
fun makeup masterpost
filling in eyebrows
twin buns
how to contour
everyday makeup routine
how to make any color of lipstick… from crayons
natural beauty remedies
the trick to liquid eyeliner
messy bun tutorial
skirt types
Black/gold ref 1
Cosplay eye makeup
Rotting skin halloween makeup
cool makeup tips
stylish eye makeup 
fashion guide/vocabulary
makeup hacks
gradient lip makeup
different ways to braid your hair
messy buns tutorial
how to make your own temporary tattoo
apply eyeliner, mascara, and curl lashes with a spoon
5 of the best foundations 
acne foundation routine
best powder foundations
quick foundation tip
how to apply liquid foundation
makeup highlights tutorial
blush for your skin tone
how to apply bronzer
how to contour your face
apply blush like a pro
blush according to your face shape
fake freckles with make-up
wash your face correctly
how to wash your face 101
ombre eyeliner
d.i.y. gel liner
get the perfect winged liner
get winged liner using tape
awesome eyeliner tricks
9 different eyeliner looks
different eyeliner styles
guide to applying eyeshadow
suit your eyeshadow to your eyes
glittery smoky eye
get the perfect smoky eye
get beautiful lashes
how to apply fake lashes
best eyebrows for your face shape
get the perfect eyebrows 
eyebrow solutions
make-up tricks for brown eyes
get rid of dark circles
how to change your eye shape
a shade for every occasion
kool-aid lip stain
best lipsticks for blondes
hot red lips
how to get gradient lips
lipstick shades for fall
how to make any lipstick look matte
get soft kissable lips
make-up brush tutorial 
brush tricks
clean your makeup brushes
make-up brush guide
long lasting makeup tricks
victoria’s secret model tips
saving face
beginner’s guide
when will it expire?
10 makeup tips from mac
best tips from professionals
18 beauty essentials
basics you should own
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tons of resources for textures/psds/and backrounds
tons of theme makers
theme hunter
learn how to make tumblr themes
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more pixels
good pixel blog
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textures galore
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mass tag replacer
huge theme-related download pack
post a bunch of things from a blog’s archive 
really good redux edits
backgrounds
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see problems with your blog/website
see your old themes (also switch back to a theme!)
Check your post limit
Photoshop tutorials
Find any reaction GIF
Photo Editing
punk edit tutorial
remove backgrounds without photoshop
topaz-like action
Photo editing downloads for free
glitch tutorial
double exposure effect
photoshop brushes masterpost
this blog has a lot of ps resources
so does this one
how to download photoshop for mac for free
how to download photoshop for pc for free
in depth tutorial on how to make a gif
pretty much any photoshop tutorial you will ever need
photoshop help (2) (3) (4)
resources for photoshop
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convert youtube to mp3
find mp3 files for any song
Music to help you write
avatar soundtrack
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nirvana’s albums
panic! at the disco 
ed sheeran
amy winehouse
paramore
blink-182
all time low
unreleased katy perry
punk goes …
fall out boy (not the newest album)
sleeping with sirens
imagine dragons
darren criss
green day
ke$ha
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how to draw ears
how to make an animated film
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turn your paper art into digital
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how to draw semi- realistic eyes
how to make pixel art
good reference for drawing water
free digital sculpting tool
silk - interactive generative art
Painting tutorial
Female/male arms
Kneeling + Sitting ref
Dragon head view tutorial
SAI brushes 86786
Drawing expressions
Sai Brushes 
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100+ colour palletes
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free art MyPaint
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How to shift images using blur in PS
Drawing clothe folding
How to draw ice
Colour palette 
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SAI/PS pixel brushes
Warm/Cool gray
Flower crown tutorial
Skin colour palette
Pink colour sheet
How to draw butts&thighs
The male torso
Drawing glowing stuff in SAI
Drawing horse/animal legs on humans
Drawing clouds
Muscular male with bow stock photos
Pastel colours
Drawing grass fields in SAI
Expressions&Legs
All about the human body
20+ colour palettes 
Colour conversion
Kissing ref
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Colour meanings
Creating expression
Tutorial masterpost (100+)
Lineart
Canine
How to colour
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How to draw penis
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100+ anatomy references 
How to draw folds
SAI brushes 3
Sitting poses
Colour palette 4
Cloud painting
How to draw 3D rooms
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SAI brushes 5
Colour scheme designer
Folding ref
Heads&Angles 
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Drawing ref masterpost (10+)
Hair+Fur
How to draw faces
SAI brushes 4
Anatomy of mutant humans
What should I draw?
Free art software
pastel colour ref
Mass art ref
Soft SAI brushes
ways to draw stuff
SAI brush settings
baseball cap ref
Penis ref
Drawing human wings
Cool free art software
Huge art ref
Colour blender
2 SAI brushes
Photoshop for free 
Colorwheel
How to accurately draw arms
anatomy and rotation of the head
human anatomy for artists
speed drawing studies
nude references
hands
arm and wing movement 
beer bellies
body types
noses
box and egg/run of the stroke
a trick for arm proportions
body diversity
anatomy of the waist
feet
hands and forearms
Bored
Boredom masterpost 
really interesting websites
cute videos
vines
free hugs
fun sites masterpost
useless websites
play some dumb games
color matching game
games you played back in the day
really cute online games
cards against humanity pdf (a must!!)
sushi cat 
takes you to a random location and you have to guess where you are
akinator, the web genie (like guess who!!)
create a fake tweet
Feeling down?
cutting
suicide
talk it out
venting
alternatives
the quiet place
need a hug?
just breathe.
cute yahoo answers
emergency compliment
draw a stickman
coping skills and distractions
calming gif
givesmehope (so adorable!!)
break something
cut something (blood) (trigger warning)
get a hug
play cute games
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see something cute
how to love yourself 
Stuff to do if you’re having a bad day
Stuff you can do to help someone smile
Alternative to self harm 
Basic ED recovery help
Alternative to self harm (2)
Alternative to self harm (3)
Someone to talk to
How to deal/talk with bipolar and depressed people
If you’re having a bad night
Movies to watch when you’re down
Confidence
Movies/TV
watch tons of tv/movies
movies for when you can’t sleep
movies by genre
disney movies (so good omg)
harry potter movies
johnny depp movies
zombie movies
movies on youtube!
A list of scary movies with recovery
A list of teen movies
Disney Channel Movies from 1998-2013
One of the best movie selections
tumblr dedicated to find finding movies
when to pee during a movie
Hannibal ( back-up link )
Adventure Time 
Bob’s Burgers (1-3)
How I Met Your Mother
Who’s Line Is It Anyway
Kitchen Nightmares
Teen Wolf
Bates Motel
Game Of Thrones
Misfits
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Ghost Adventures
Orphan Black
Orange Is The New Black
American Horror Story
Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Criminal Minds
Supernatural (season 1) (season 2) (season 3) (season 4) (season 5) (season 6) (season 7) (season 8)
Freaks and Geeks
Dexter
Bad Girls Club
Game Of Thrones
Whose Line is It Anyway
Breaking Bad
Food
thousands of quick and easy snack recipes
cheap & healthy snacks
quick and easy soup recipes
chocolate muffin in a mug tutorial
study snacks
40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
macaroni cheese / mac&cheese in a cup
panera mac n cheese recipe
different salad recipes
fricking recipes
harry potter recipes
healthy recipes
brownie/cookie
s’mores pie
nutella hot chocolate
peanut butter nutella swirl cookies
cookie in a mug
starbucks holiday drinks
fruit leathers (like fruit roll-ups, only much better)
Yummy apple thing
Cookie in a cup
French bread pizza
Egg tacos
How to microwave more than one bowl at a time
How to make the perfect cup of tea
Peach cobbler
Healthy lunches
Tons of pies
Cookie dough you can eat
Why you should go vegan
Shelf life of food
How to make different looking cookies
Website for lack of ingredients 
Cheeseburger cupcakes
Deep-dish cookie for one
Workout
daily workout 
tone your arms without weights
pilates workout for a slimmer waist
abs all night challenge
bye bye muffin top 
1-2-3 ab work out
get a flat stomach
What Makes You Bootyful Challenge
Call Me Maybe Squat Challenge
Your Best Butt
lean legs pyramid 
dancer’s legs workout
legs like eleanor calder
8 minute morning work out
cardio/strength workout
fat blaster workout
Burning stomach fat

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dulcessuenosprincesa:

literallyrad:


hey!! lately i’ve been seeing tons of resource masterposts and i decided that i’d be easier if all of these masterposts were combined into one mega masterpost!! i couldn’t possibly link them all but i also added tons of my own links, this took absolutely forever so please, enjoy! :~)

writing/reading

school

focus

beauty (credit for most of these!)

tumblr

Photo Editing

Music

Art

Bored

Feeling down?

Movies/TV

Food

Workout

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did-you-kno:

A recent study shows that glaciers melting in Antarctica could potentially raise sea levels over 14 inches this century, which could greatly impact the cities of New York and Shanghai.
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did-you-kno:

A recent study shows that glaciers melting in Antarctica could potentially raise sea levels over 14 inches this century, which could greatly impact the cities of New York and Shanghai.

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The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.

—Michael Pollan (via observando)

the-southern-dandy:

greengirl147:

chekov-chan:

nominee84:

yanagoya:

meandmylittlevoices:

alloutorg:

URGENT: today in Russia, a terrible bill passed in the Russian parliament’s lower house that censors all things considered “gay”. It’s our local partners’ worst nightmare and we need your help. 
This vote comes off the back of two brutal anti-gay murders in Russia, and the trial of a major LGBT rights organisation today.
Tell world leaders to STOP the crackdown, add your name:www.allout.org/russia-attacks

REALLY IMPORTANT

This really is happening, and it’s scary as hell.

“Update June 12: the situation is worsening. Russia has just passed a new anti-gay law makes it illegal even to say the word “gay”.  People in Russia standing up against the crackdown are urging All Out members to keep growing the petition to help draw the attention of world leaders and the media.”

spread this like the plague 

BOOST IT!

wtf

the-southern-dandy:

greengirl147:

chekov-chan:

nominee84:

yanagoya:

meandmylittlevoices:

alloutorg:

URGENT: today in Russia, a terrible bill passed in the Russian parliament’s lower house that censors all things considered “gay”. It’s our local partners’ worst nightmare and we need your help. 

This vote comes off the back of two brutal anti-gay murders in Russia, and the trial of a major LGBT rights organisation today.

Tell world leaders to STOP the crackdown, add your name:
www.allout.org/russia-attacks

REALLY IMPORTANT

This really is happening, and it’s scary as hell.

Update June 12: the situation is worsening. Russia has just passed a new anti-gay law makes it illegal even to say the word “gay”.  People in Russia standing up against the crackdown are urging All Out members to keep growing the petition to help draw the attention of world leaders and the media.”

spread this like the plague 

BOOST IT!

wtf

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