"I draw a hot sorrow bath in my despair room with a misery candle burning i wash my hair with regret shampoo after cleaning myself with pain soap i dr...more"I draw a hot sorrow bath in my despair room with a misery candle burning i wash my hair with regret shampoo after cleaning myself with pain soap i dry myself with my gorgeous white one hundred percent and it will never change towel then smooth on my i don’t deserve lotion and i hate myself face cream then i put on my alone again silk pyjamas and go to sleep when the hue has gone blue and you can’t quite grin and bear it let this word picture remind you it can always be worse X"
A case study: In 2009, a small 14-year-old girl, Ja’Meya Jackson from Mississippi, pulled out a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun and loaded it on a...moreA case study: In 2009, a small 14-year-old girl, Ja’Meya Jackson from Mississippi, pulled out a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun and loaded it on a crowded school bus after she could no longer stand being constantly bullied. She was an honor roll student who won prizes playing basketball. Her action surprised everyone.
She nearly faced 45 total felony charges had the authorities not do a mental evaluation of her.
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Summary: Assistant Professor of Politics and Yale PhD went undercover to work 5.5 months in an Omaha slaughterhouse
The first 15 pages provides background and explains his motivation for the book. The reader is treated with his academic writing, along with a healthy dose of his robust politics (at least he is honest and upfront). Fatigue with conspiracy theories aside, learning that Monsanto successfully lobbied for a class D felony into law Vs trespassers of slaughterhouses should pique public interest into this up close and personal account. If not, our voyeuristic instinct should.
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From "The Meat Lab", 2013 November, Popular Science Magazine: Biotech firm Organovo/Modern Meadow (backed by Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder) aimed to bioengineer human organs, sidetracked into growing edible chicken (now sold thru Whole Foods), then proposed to grow leather. The last part of this article mused on a future where the factory process of cell growth will be live webcasted as a stark alternative to the secrecy of farming and slaughter in the US meat industry today; and where the few "seed animals" at a bio-factory will "live a charmed life" as celebrities in their quasi- regional petting zoo. Quite ingratiating, this last part. The article does not address, however, the importance or means to ascertain that eating petri dish meat is safe for us.
Personally I support growing leather -- for shoes or for furniture. I support growing the types of human tissues that we currently harvest from cadavers (skins for burn victims and cancer patients, ligaments like ACLs, tissue parts like the cornea or the meniscus in the knee. Also see http://www.icij.org/tissue). These will probably all happen in my lifetime without strenuous moral obstacles -- I think as long as they are "passive" body parts as opposed to complex organs. As for the argument that the world cannot meet its meat consumption needs (by 2050 they say), I think we should all cut down on meat and invent delicious seaweed dishes. Change is good. How about we adapt instead of strong arming nature?
There's just one inevitable thing that makes me cringe: how this would quickly turn into a "grow your lady/gentleman parts" freak show, or a "fountain of youth" hysteria. Granted that bio-engineering designer parts will likely improve the Frankenstein-ish cut-n-stitch plastic surgeries of today, I still find it distasteful. Natural selection has its perks. (less)