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It seems a little obvious, but a new report says that if people ate slightly less meat, the cow farts won't kill us all:
Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence from the animals, scientists said on Thursday.
In a special energy and health series of the medical journal The Lancet, experts said people should eat fewer steaks and hamburgers. Reducing global red meat consumption by 10 percent, they said, would cut the gases emitted by cows, sheep and goats that contribute to global warming.
"We are at a significant tipping point," said Geri Brewster, a nutritionist at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York, who was not connected to the study.
"If people knew that they were threatening the environment by eating more meat, they might think twice before ordering a burger," Brewster said.
Yeah. Well. Not bloody likely, really. Her optimism is endearing, but people -- especially in this country -- are too attached to their meat.
I don't know if it's caused by insecurity, bad experiences with nasty crusading vegetarians, or just a lack of social skills, but I wish I had a tofu pup for every person who's ever gotten weirdly defensive about my diet (a strange phenomenon, really) and started blurting out bullshit like "PETA stands for People Eating Tasty Animals!" or "Plants have feelings too" or whatever if I even casually mention that I don't eat meat. Seriously, a former co-worker harangued me for 20 minutes my first day on the job -- all because he overheard me telling someone else (the other vegetarian in the department) that I don't eat meat -- about whether or not I was a hypocrite because he heard something once about how vegetables were sentient. I told him if he couldn't tell the difference between a carrot and a cow, I could not help him. But then every fucking day, he'd tell me he had bacon for breakfast or describe the nice juicy steak he had for dinner the night before, as if he was really teaching me a lesson. I'd smile and say, "That's nice," because what else do you say to that kind of acting out? I never once tried to change his mind about it, because I really don't care what other people eat, and the crusading vegetarian shitck gets on my nerves as much as it does the carnivores'. But it was hardly an isolated incident (back me up here, plant-eaters -- how many times have people done this to you?).
Meat is power. Meat is manhood. Meat is God and country and the flag and kicking ass, and if you don't eat it, you're a threat to our way of life. And the people who feel that way aren't likely to give a shit about cow farts because global warming is for granola-eating hippies.
Which is not to say I agree with this guy. An art teacher and newly ordained vegan is flipping out with the kind of zealotry that only the freshly converted can muster:
Warwak, who says he was removed from his McHenry County classroom last week by the "ardent meat eaters" who run Fox River Grove District 3, had predicted he would be fired at a Monday meeting with his bosses. That didn't happen, but Warwak now says he won't return to work unless the school cafeteria goes vegan, eliminating meat, milk and other "poisons" from the menu. He also wants the state's attorney to charge the district with child endangerment.
This guy's a nut. His heart is probably in the right place, but there's something going on here that has nothing to do with animal rights or children's health. About the best that can be said for his tactics is that he's helping reduce the cow fart situation.
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I could have written this post, down to the stupid coworker anecdote even. My stupid former coworker started shoving his meat filled sandwiches in my face until the day I said I was going to spit in it.
I really don't get why people care what we eat. I don't care what they eat. I never give them a hard time and I never crusade. It is so very presumptuous on their parts. I need a soundbyte to shut them up.
AmyWOMAN @ 09/13/2007 07:32 PM CST
There's always Soylent Green to look forward to, folks. Yummy.
(Give a shit about farts! I love it.)
JT Elder @ 09/18/2007 04:35 AM CST
Here's the latest
School refuses to surrender transcripts prior to hearing
Author: K. West
Fox River Grove, IL: School District 3 officials have denied Dave Warwak's appeal for transcripts.
Recently fired for telling his students to keep veganism a secret, Warwak claims to have never said the word secret. "I said the exact opposite. The last thing I want is for veganism to be a secret”.
Warwak is asking for time to review transcripts so he may prepare his defense. At particular issue with Warwak are records from the Sept. 24 closed-door meeting in which he was terminated.
District attorney, Robert Riley feels surrendering transcripts from past meetings is an issue for the hearing officer to address on the day of the hearing.
School officials and Warwak did manage to get together on one item of contention. Through a process of elimination, they agreed to allow Edward L. Suntrup PhD to hear the controversial case. Suntrup, known for his unwavering neutrality, was selected from a list of five potential hearing officers provided by the Illinois State Board of Education.
A tenured teacher of 10 years, Warwak has been at odds with his school over their lunch program since April.
The hearing is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 19th.
Dave Warwak, an Illinois tenured art teacher for some 10 years, was recently fired for his vegan views. Dave has managed to bring his case to national awareness through appeals and his use of the internet. Dave sees the urgent need to reform American education to include Humane Education coupled with a Vegan school lunch program. "Two simple changes and we end school shootings, heal the earth, and solve most of societies ills. These ideas were born in response to students torturing frogs down by the river. I wanted to instill in my students a high level of respect, responsibility, and love for all life. When the administrators prevented me at every step of the way, it became obvious; this was a well-protected killing machine. It also became obvious, this is the un-written history of our world!" Dave has a book coming out in a few weeks, "Peep Show for Children Only" and is taking his message to the road. Dave has a Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of Art in Painting. An accomplished artist, Dave is donating his entire art collection to the Animal Rights movement and has vowed on giving all of himself as well.
Alan Eisenberg Radio Show
News-Talk WRJN AM 1400
Adama Speaks interviews Warwak
Nashville AM 1300 and 89.3 FM Atlanta
The Bob Rivers Show Seattle's Classic Rock Station
CBS Radio in WA WKZOK 102.5
Starts about 37 minutes in. They try and gang up on me a bit!
Fox and Friends Interview
More Fox News
Rob Cohen's Not Milk Newsletter
Frank and Mary of offer support!
Dill down south starting something
Area newspapers starting to change their tune
Will be on Tina Volz's "Wake Up America"
and Author of Fast Food Craze on the 29th
at 12:00 PM pacific time
And a spot on Bob Linden's Go Vegan on Air America this Saturday morning at noon - Guaranteed to piss off the Vegan World!
warwak @ 10/17/2007 10:38 PM CST
No charge in vegan handouts
By KELLY MAHONEY
FOX RIVER GROVE – A former District 3 art teacher and outspoken vegan embittered over his dismissal has been distributing a 700-plus page book that chronicles his firing.
David Warwak, 45, allegedly posted a request via the Internet for his former students to meet him at a Fox River Grove McDonald’s after school May 23. He gave numerous copies of the book, “Peep Show for Children Only,” to middle school children, Fox River Grove Police Chief Ron Lukasik said.
Lukasik said police became aware of the book after a mother complained May 27. The mother said her daughter, along with several other students, was pictured in it. The police since have recovered six copies of the book that were given to District 3 students.
Police and McHenry County prosecutors reviewed the book and determined that although Warwak did not have permission to include the photos, he would not be charged with any crime. Civil charges could be possible, Lukasik and First Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Carroll said.
“While we certainly do not condone what he did – we don’t think it was appropriate – ... we are unable to charge Mr. Warwak with violation of any criminal statute,” Carroll said.
Warwak said there was nothing inappropriate about distributing information on veganism, the practice of not eating any animal products.
“With all the school shootings that happened and the climate of schools today, something has to change, so I offer solutions in the book,” Warwak said. “Humane education is what’s needed. ... That’s what’s missing in school.”
The soft-cover, self-published book – a large, rambling text – is mostly transcripts from various proceedings regarding Warwak’s dismissal last year sprinkled with rants about society’s obsession with eating meat and animal products, such as milk. It also contains correspondences with students.
The school board said in terminating him last fall that Warwak ceased teaching art and turned his classroom into an indoctrination zone, telling students to keep his teachings secret.
At least two versions of Warwak’s book exist. Warwak said the one that his students received was a draft. Another is available online for $29.95. The online version is 487 pages long.
Warwak, who lives in Williams Bay, Wis., said he distributed the drafts to 15 to 20 students. Students, he said, are more receptive to his message.
“Kids see it because they’re still in touch with their heart, and adults don’t see it,” Warwak said. “Adults, they flip out, and they don’t want kids to even check it out.”
Warwak said he was not surprised that police looked into the books, but no parents had called.
“I know that the school was upset, and I know that police were going to kids’ houses,” Warwak said. “Anyone can contact me at any time. I’m not hiding from anyone.”
Warwak described himself on the back cover of the book as a social critic, humanitarian and philosopher who “just as Scopes changed the landscape of education with his ‘Monkey Trials’ some 80 years ago, Warwak has come forward in present day with striking revelations about our current failing educational system and offers clear no-nonsense solutions that chill one to the bone. This book is for all ages and for all time.”
An excerpt from “Peep Show for Children Only”:
“The beef industry knows all about me. They documented my initial emergence on the scene. Funny how they monitor such things. ... Too bad these losers can’t control the internet. People are finding out. The gig is up! The internet shall set us free!”
warwak @ 06/13/2008 09:56 PM CST