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  • jacobv posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    I was listening to a woman from West Africa being interviewed on NPR a few days ago about this song. If I recall correctly she was a spokesperson for a local West African organization involved in community education and developing resources to fight the Ebola crisis. She was not very happy about the song and how it paints Africa with a broad dark…[Read more]

  • jacobv posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    All I can think of are the guys defending Brian to me a few years ago at TAM after the indictment came out. Funny that it was the same bunch of guys who tried to sell me on the notion that an ass grabbing physicist shouldn’t be judged for defending his good friend who was convicted of flying in underage minors for sex parties. If you can’t cas…[Read more]

  • jacobv posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    That’s a very common way many victims manage their own experiences, and we all view the world through the lens of our own past. Every victim is different and some children are certainly more resilient in how they respond and recover from incidents of sex abuse. Dawkins may be aware that research has consistently shown male victims of childhood s…[Read more]

    • Agreed. I remember thinking how I really shouldn’t be complaining. I really internalized a lot of victim-blaming, just unintentional messages I’d learned from pop culture. For a while, I even excused the girl who molested me, thinking she had to have been molested herself; this also led to paranoia about what would happen if I were around…[Read more]

  • jacobv posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Perhaps Richard should have started each tweet with “I have a hunch that…” . You know, just to show he’s making some effort to not be a complete and total ass.

  • jacobv posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Great post. Clearly being liberal, conservative, religious or atheist doesn’t exempt the human animal from hubris or seeking a status rung above our neighbor. I personally think food should be labeled for how much waste was involved in its production.

    • Clearly it doesn’t. Liberal =! enlightened.

      There are some great topics brought up in this post, but the author addresses them with a simplistic “all concerns about food == the food police in my kitchen! STAY OUT OF MY KITCHEN!”. It’s a pretty simplistic and fallacious way of addressing real issues in food politics.

      I personally have a…[Read more]

      • Also I hate the non-stop implications that “liberal” things like coffee shops and organic stores are things only “privileged white people” like, as if we minorities all come from dirty urban squats and hate that stuff because we’re either poor, or FOBs who can barely speak English.

        Newsflash, I like drum circles, coffee shops and farmers’…[Read more]

        • Yes, there’s the faintest whiff of “Dear Muslima” to this essay. Not that I disagree with Ms. Burke. In the late 80s I regularly noticed that many of the suburban women most aghast at the notion of fur and leather jackets or live lure-coursing in Ireland could not possibly have cared less for the plight of the urban poor. And every time I show…[Read more]

          • //I’m a firm believer that most of the world’s problems reduce to class: not race, not sex, not gender orientation, not religion, not age, not infirmity.//

            I disagree with this strongly, discrimination against gender-identity/race/sexual orientation/disability clearly exist in force.

            My problem with race in this article is that the tit…[Read more]

          • dr. dr. and anbheal,

            I’m very familiar with the “Dear Muslima” fallacy, and I can understand how my reference to Gaza (which was meant to describe the weight and tone of conversations about food sourcing, not imply that people shouldn’t care about anything else right now because Gaza) might cause you to mistake what I’m saying for that. My…[Read more]

        • I guess this could go a couple ways. I myself am non-white and have lots of family living in India. I would highly recommend this piece “Interview with an Indian GMO Farmer.” http://theoddpantry.com/2014/07/27/interview-with-an-indian-gmo-farmer/

          I see the lightish-haired children on the streets of India. That is just one of the benign…[Read more]

          • //There are much more pressing issues than whether the chicken is “cage free,” or whether the produce is organic.//

            Ech, but that’s the straw-man I’m raging against here, because that DOES frame the argument as liking organic == foo-foo privileged liberal who doesn’t care about workers, and boy, is that an easy image to attack.

            It doe…[Read more]

          • And I agree it wasn’t the author’s intention to imply that only white people are into this type of pretentious stuff like food trucks, drum circles, etc. On the other hand, at least having the perspective of visiting or having family in places like India highlights, to me, the silliness in some of the pretentious stuff we like. I shop in…[Read more]

      • I think you may be missing something, or perhaps I did. I see Julia as saying that caring about whatever the current fad in the foodie world is not enough, and that disregarding the other end of the supply chain is just as bad as whatever agricultural demons you are hoping to exorcise buy being a locavore. I see no implication that the reverse…[Read more]

        • Yes sorry about the ableist comment, the road away from normativity is a long one :/.

          //I see Julia as saying that caring about whatever the current fad in the foodie world is not enough, and that disregarding the other end of the supply chain is just as bad as whatever agricultural demons you are hoping to exorcise buy being a locavore.//

          I…[Read more]

          • dr. dr., I agree that an essay identifying a problem should be specific rather than vague.

            I don’t agree that every essay identifying a problem must offer a solution, but I do try to do so; here, my suggestion was for people who care about food justice to apply the principle of food justice to one’s choices in restaurants (finding out how they…[Read more]