Tough Early Human Loved Fruit

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Tough Early Human Loved Fruit
The first specimen of Paranthropus boisei, also called Nutcracker Man, was reported by Mary and Louis Leakey in 1959 from a site in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.
Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation.

An early human with a big mouth made for chomping strangely preferred to eat soft, squishy fruits, new dental analyses suggest.

The finding — the big guy’s teeth showed only light wear — might force scientists to downgrade everything they thought they knew about hominids’ diets. For starters, the findings could cause this hominid, Paranthropus boisei, to relinquish rights to its long-held moniker, the Nutcracker Man, in the eyes of anthropologists.

The Nutcracker Man lived from about 2.3 million years ago to 1.2 million years ago, before vanishing from the fossil record. He boasted a huge jaw with massive chewing muscles and flat, tough…

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humans are folio-frugivores

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foragingIf the question is what *can* one eat then pretty much all animals are omnivores. A flea’s mouth is too specialized to eat anything but blood so they are sanguinivores. A butterfly can drink nothing but nectar so they are nectivores. Yet cats, cows, and humans are able to eat anything so we three would be omnivores. If we use the term to describe what we can eat and almost all animals can eat everything then the term doesn’t mean very much and, for this reason, it’s not scientific. Imagine a sociologist who describes humans by the language that they *can* speak. Broad labels don’t give much information.

Even then, keep in mind that “omni” means “all” and humans don’t eat everything. We don’t eat wood like termites do. Calling us “omnivore” is neither precise nor accurate.

I use the term to describe specialization as many scientists do. Thereby cats…

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Against Deep Green Resistance

But youth isn’t the only group Keith is trying to control. Vegans, rewilders, and lesbian separatists are all categorized as liberals within the ambit of alternative cultures by Keith. And she has a problem with anarchists, too. In fact, DGR contains three contradictory positions on hierarchy: (1) hierarchy and civilization are united in oppression, (2) underground militias to destroy civilization must be hierarchical, and (3) anarchists are part of the problem.

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For a book that advertises itself as a “shift in strategy and tactics,” Deep Green Resistance (DGR) has an overwhelmingly dispiriting tone, and is riddled with contradictions.[1] While DGR provocatively addresses many pressing social and ecological issues, its opportunistic, loose-cannon theoretical approach and highly controversial tactics leaves it emulating right-wing militia rhetoric, with the accompanying hierarchical vanguardism, personality cultism, and reactionary moralism. By providing a negative example, DGR does us the service of compounding issues into one book. Take it as a warning. As we grasp for solutions to multiple and compounding social and ecological crises, quick fixes, dogmatism, and power grabbing may grow as temptations. By reviewing DGR, we are also defending necessary minimal criteria for movements today: inclusivity, democracy, honesty, and (dare we suggest) even humility in the face of the complex problems we collectively face. None of these criteria can be found in DGR, and its own shortcomings are a telling lesson for us all.

 

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origins of civilization: speciesism, sexism, patriarchy

The birth of hierarchy: organized hunting. Early folio-frugivore primate hominid males pulled away from foraging with the group to hunt. Scoring hunted animal ‘food’ was less of a sure thing, leaving females to ensure the dietary mainstay by  carrying an extra load with increased energy on gathering. This gave males more freedom to wander, experiment and enjoy, and afforded females less free time. Thus, the beginning of speciesism and sexism and patriarchy  (hierarchy/civilization).

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Dark Virtue: Daoist Anarcho-Primitivism

Resistance to civilization has existed as long as civilization itself. There have always been those who reject this way of life. Critiques of technology, urban life, agriculture, domestication, and symbolic culture can be found in cultures all around the world and throughout history. As anarcho-primitivists searching for ways to understand the nature of civilization and wildness in the 21st century, I believe we can draw on the work of those critics of the past. There is perhaps no region on earth where civilization has been more entrenched for so long than China. Likewise I believe that there is no more potent critique of civilization from the ancient world than daoism.

In this essay I will attempt to demonstrate how ancient Chinese daoist philosophy is completely consistent with modern anarcho-primitivism in its rejection of technology, domestication, agriculture, humanism, and morality. I will analyze the similarities between daoism and anarcho-primitivism in the two most well known daoist volumes, the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi, as well as number of lesser known works. I will also provide vital historical context for understanding the meaning of daoism as a philosophy. Continue reading “Dark Virtue: Daoist Anarcho-Primitivism”

I Killed Kale: A Love Story…

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What if kale were as idealized by vegans as backyard chickens are by locavores? 

What if the leafy greens conferred nobility, honor and a sense of purpose about us as much as the Michael Pollan’s elite crowd derives from eating their “special” dairy, eggs, and meat?

This piece was inspired by those who pursue spiritual enlightenment through another being’s death, those who cherry pick ephemeral Native American sentiments when they are of benefit to them. After reading a disturbing article by a journalist who traumatizes her children regularly (while patting herself on the back for her good liberal values, of course) by having them watch animals get slaughtered for their table, and yet another website dedicated to the life-and-death cycle of a flock of backyard chickens, I wondered what it might sound like if someone growing kale employed the same hackneyed, self-aggrandizing and narcissistic language and mentality. 

This is…

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Serve With Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti: The Hannibal Lecterism of Happy Meat

I was originally drawn to her because of the rare quality of her breeding. The moment I saw the young female, I knew that I was the perfect person to be entrusted to see her through to the end.

I had had a young female the year before, a close relative of hers, and her fine heritage took me aback. She spoiled me for life: I couldn’t go back to having those of an inferior caliber again. When it was time that I wanted to have another one, I knew I wanted one of her pedigree once more, but I didn’t want to just be a passive bystander in her death again. Something within me needed a different experience. This time, I had to actively participate in her death, until her last shudder, and follow that through to her complete disassembly. The entirety of the young female would be used very purposefully and with great intention.

She had been born into a life of high standards. Being a rare creature myself, I recognized this in her. There are too many females of interior genetics, ones who are common and low born, and this one was cut from a different cloth. She was special and lovely and she had to be that way in order for me to consider having her as mine. Of course I wanted to see how she lived so I would have a deeper appreciation of how she was to die. Continue reading “Serve With Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti: The Hannibal Lecterism of Happy Meat”

The Personal is Political: Veganism is a Feminist Act

Marla Rose: I was born a feminist. I’m not sure where it came from – perhaps my dynamo of a grandmother, confident to the core – but growing up, I never thought that I was anything but a complete equal to everyone else. I was a natural feminist and when I learned that there were was a real need for it – that there were those who believed in arbitrary, illogical and repressive hierarchies – the fire within me to correct injustices was found its fuel source. When I saw kids throw rocks at squirrels, heard people make bigoted remarks, witnessed others being treated unfairly, my hands would involuntarily ball up into tight little fists. Even if I wanted to keep quiet, to not attract the ire of that bully down the block who threw rocks at the squirrels or the loudmouth at the bar years later, I physically couldn’t do it. It’d be like asking a volcano to please not explode. My feminism and my passion for equality and fairness were always fully interwoven and integrated.

Now here is the sad part, the whole falling out between me and mainstream feminism that left me so disappointed. I will concede that maybe I’m naïve. It’s quite possible that I’m just out-of-synch with the world around me. I have come to accept that I am stubbornly idealistic sometimes. This is all possible.

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Humans are Not Omnivores

End Human Supremacism!

Click HERE for a pdf showing incontrovertible proof that humans are not omnivores: comparative-anatomy

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Humans are not real carnivores or omnivores.

Real carnivores and omnivores have the ability to catch wild, free-running prey with their claws and teeth.  Humans can’t do that.

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Real carnivores and omnivores always eat the raw intestines and contents of the stomach first since that is where most of the nutrients are.  Humans don’t do that.

Real carnivores and omnivores eat their prey raw.  Humans don’t do that.

Real carnivores and omnivores don’t use cooking, seasoning, and sauces to cover up and change the  real taste of the meat.

Real carnivores and omnivores teach their young to hunt and kill.  When was the last time you saw a mother show her little four-year-old daughter how to chase, catch, and rip open a kitten’s neck with her teeth?  Such a thing could only be in horror movies.

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defensive attitudes, justifications, trivialization and denial

hostileRabble.co.uk, NAALPO North American Animal Liberation Press Office
May 2017

All systems of oppression are supported by defensive attitudes, justifications, trivialization and denial. Sometimes these claims might be fair enough, but people more often than not simply react to feeling attacked and respond from a selfish position of self-preservation.

1. Anarchism impoverished
2. Alienation from the land
3. Animals are at the bottom of the dung heap
4. Defensiveness maintains domination
5. Animal abuse is inseparable from patriarchy
6. Veganism isn’t a middle class ‘consumer choice’
7. Veganism is not ‘cultural imperialism’
8. Carnivorous appetites mean ecocide

1. Anarchism impoverished

Anarchism is struggle against all forms of domination. It is a beautifully simple idea that helps call into question every oppressive norm.

But our relationships of subjugation with billions of other species on the earth is one norm that few seem to take issue with; not only are other species unable to communicate their experience to us, but to question means to challenge entrenched habits and world views. If we want to be consistent in our politics, then there’s no way we can continue to ignore the impact our anthropocentricism (human-centeredness) is having on the rest of this planet.

Yet, just because most of us are implicated does not mean that we are burdened with some kind of ‘original sin’. Quite the contrary: the beauty and power of anarchism is that it pushes us all to live lives that are more just, loving, meaningful, satisfying, and collectively free. So when we talk about speciesism, far from being dismissive, we should embrace the challenge it poses, look further into the issue, and do what we can to change the miserable status quo.

2. Alienation from the land

Through civilization and conquest, insatiable capitalist cultures have alienated most of the world’s population from the ecologies which have been our species’ life support systems throughout its existence. This in turn has desensitized us from the mass enslavement of swathes of non-human lifeforms to the service of humans and capital. Yet, since this alienation is all that many of us city-dwellers have ever known, we do not really appreciate what is being lost. If this rings true for you, then spend some quality time with other animals; look at what they do, how they interact with one another. Read about the taming of the wilderness for capitalist expansion, and learn about the key role animal agriculture plays in transforming vibrant woodland into the monocultural fields that constitute our countryside today.

3. Animals are at the bottom of the dung heap

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