I understand the intent with these stories, and would even agree that the gambling industry preys on lower middle/working class folks like me, but when lower middle/working class folks read this, it sounds like you're calling us morons. I understand this is a paper for upper middle class liberals, but honestly, "us folks" with not much money aren't exactly retarded, despite what you might see on jerry springer.
I buy a lottery ticket every once in a while knowing full well I have a better chance of being killed by a pig on the way to the gas station where I buy it. I recently went to western pennsylvania to visit family and spent a little bit of money at a casino. mostly on drinks. which i'm sure is also terrible for me to do given my economic situation. It's called entertainment. we lower middle class americans don't get pleasure out of our jobs and get to enjoy other shit you rich folks do.
not that i want anyone to stop commenting on the gambling industry or to stop doing investigative reports. but when I read this I feel like I'm livestock being reported on by an animal rights organization.
myspace.com/sloover I have complete coverage of unconstitutional police thuggery at the RNC. Also at the DNC
I'm glad at least the caption mentioned the arrest of nonviolent protesters and journalists. This is a partial list of illegal police actions I made on Sept. 1
--Police searching private homes without warrants
--Police obtaining warrants based on the possession of common household items such as hammer, nails, paint thinner, in several cases
--Police going into houses and handcuffing people planning to protest or journalists planning to cover protests
--Police surround a bus full of activists for permaculture on I94, declare it a "commercial vehicle" and have the bus towed, leaving all the people in the bus stranded on the highway
--Police raid a house whose inhabitants were providing food to RNC protesters
Hopefully the Indy will cover this eventually.
Allison - I said nothing about forcing animals to live miserable lives. Brandon - I am all for the wild cow population thriving.
You can go on trying to get meat eaters not to eat meat, that's a good thing. I'll go on getting them to eat less meat that's humanely raised.
I didn't say anything about forcing them to live miserable lives, but thank you for entertaining yourself by arguing with some imaginary person. You can keep dreaming that people will suddenly stop eating meat while others actively get meat eaters to eat less, high-quality, humanely raised meat. I am giving animals the best lives they can possibly have.
Getting people to eat less or no meat is certainly an admirable goal. But certain types of animal will become extinct if they are not raised for food. Is it more humane that these animals die off completely or is it more humane for them to live a happy life and then be slaughtered as humanely as possible for meat? The most humane thing you can do for a Cornish Cross chicken, for example, is to raise it for meat in a pasture-based, low density system. These chickens have been bred to grow so fast that allowing them to grow older than 10 weeks is cruel. A pasture-based chicken is more expensive to raise and thus purchase, so it could be a way to get people who do consume meat, and have no intention of stopping, to consume less meat - and the same goes for pigs, cows, turkeys, etc.
What about using the "F Word" to emphasize a point, but not making any personal attacks whatsoever? I had a comment deleted because of that months ago. I'm sure the Independent has good reasons to keep the "F word" off its site, maybe the phone sex advertisers were threatening to pull ads.
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