Today the USA is 244 years old. It has not all been perfect. We fought our War of Independence, the War of 1812, our Civil war, and other wars.
We got rid of slavery, we allowed women to vote, and more. We generally keep getting better ever decade. Even though we are a flesh eating Christian country, I am allowed to be a vegan Buddhist. I have been to many countries throughout the world and there is no other country that I would rather be a citizen of. I served 12 years in the US Naval Reserve, five years US Air Force, and five years in the US Air Force reserve. I did that not only help protect my country but to helped other countries to have freedom in a free enterprise country. We won WWII and could have kept Germany, Italy, Japan, and other countries but instead we helped those countries to become free and we give up our rights to those countries. Again we are not perfect but we keep working towards
that goal.

 



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Riots & killings

Vegans have been living with flesh eaters for centuries. We do not like the fact that people are eating animals but we do not riot. We do not want people eating our friends but rioting is not the answer. Those rioting around the USA for various reasons need to take lessons from us.



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A New Calendar

Leap year happens only once ever four years. I have a better idea for a new calendar which is recommended by many. We should have thirteen months each year. The months would be made up of four weeks of seven days each. Then every year we would have a world day except for once every four years, world day would be two days instead of one.



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More About Rioting

All major religions teaches love over hate. Of course there are those in
every religion that distorts the teachings of their founder. Let us take
the good from every religion and forget the distortions.

 



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Police killing an unarmed Black man.

I watched all of the videos of the police officer killing this Black man. The videos were from his body cam and other peoples cell phones. I am not on the jury but it is obvious that the man was not putting up a fight and was begging for the police man to take his knee off his neck. I believe that the officer should not only be fired along with those officers that watched without doing anything to stop it but they should have been put behind bars right away awaiting trial.



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A word about discrimination

Today we had another Black man killed by a police man. The police officer kept his knee on the man's neck for over five minute. The man kept saying that he could not breath. This is not me speculating, it was the video that was very clear.



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The food distribution network

This is written on 29 April 2020 so when you read it, it may be outdated. Milk is being poured down the drain and animals are being slaughtered and buried in the ground. The news media states that they have no other choice because the distribution network is destroyed. That is true but let us look at it in a different way. They say that they can not distribute milk and flesh because there is just too much of each that can not get to market. The different way to look at it is if we were all vegan the distribution network would still be overwhelmed. Unlike flesh, fruits and veggies could be distributed to market much easier. What would supermarket do with live animals? They could not let them run free in the markets but fruits and veggies could stack up until people bought them. This is just one more reason to go vegan.



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A Vegan Opportunity

I am part owner of a vegan distribution company that distributes vegan items throughout Europe and Brazil since almost two decades ago.



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Working at Home!

Throughout the world countries are quarantining their citizens and having them work at home if at all possible. This Coronavirus is bad but it just might bring about some changes in the world. First, the custom of shaking hands may be eliminated. It is a good way to spread Coronavirus or any other virus or diseases. So one of the Asian custom would be much better. The Japanese bow and most other countries in Asia place their hands together and nod.



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Our recession

For years I have been saying that people should become debt free. I have talked about something bad happening like you losing your job, a catastrophe happening, an illness, or other things that would cause financial ruin. I doubt that anyone took my advice. Now the worse has happened and it is causing a huge amount of problems.



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Dog shows

People at the dog shows prance their dogs around in order to win ribbons. These dog shows have the dogs coming from dog breeders in order to get the most exotic dogs from specialized breeding programs.  I am not in favor of that but I am in favor of people getting their companion animals from shelters.



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A Vegan Assisted Living Center

I am 78 years old (born in 1941) and I am not sure how much longer that I can maintain independent living.  I have been trying to buy an assistant living center for a while with no luck. When I find one, I will make the cafeteria totally vegan with the people having the option to have a non-vegan meal delivered from an outside restaurant and eaten in the cafeteria.



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Used Environmental Cars


Veganism is about animals, health, and the environment. Electric cars are very important to our environment and thus veganism. Some say that electric cars are too expensive for us to purchase. That is not true.



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The Upcoming Depression

What makes me upset is that President Bush kept us from going into a worse recession by giving everyone a check and other things to stimulate the economy. Where did he get the money? He borrowed it and put us deeper in debt.



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The Power of Brainstorming

This is a classic. A university was having trouble with seagulls dropping their bowel and urine all over the campus. A business class decided to take this on as a class project in order to get rid of the seagulls. First phase is just having a lot of fun throwing out ideas. No matter how stupid the ideas are, they are written down. During the first phase they came up with a lot of ideas some of which were really stupid. For example they knew that birds are afraid of snakes so they proposed putting snakes all over the campus. They also knew that the seagulls were frightened by loud noises so they proposed putting loudspeakers all over the campus with loud music being played. They could poison seagulls. These are just three of the suggestions that they came up with in phase one. In phase one criticisms are not allowed. Laughing about an idea is encouraged but not laughing at the person who came up with the idea.



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How to Become a Vegan

Going cold turkey (an odd statement for a vegan) is not that easy.  There are several ways to become a vegan which are much easier to make the transition and each has its pros and cons.



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What is a Vegan?

Some people are purest and feel that a vegan should only be one for ethical reasons.  I believe that the word has expanded to included people that are vegan for health reasons.  A smaller percentage is vegan for environmental reasons.  We can criticize each of these points of view.  There are health vegans and environmental vegans that will go out and hunt and fish.  That really upsets most ethical vegans since they are vegan in order to save the life of animals.  Hunting and fishing can not be called ethical. 



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CRISPR

CRISPR is something that is evolutionary.  Without going into a lot of technological details I will just say that they can now take out sections of mutated DNA and splice in healthy DNA in its place.  Theoretically it can cure diseases like cancer.  The 19 December 2016 issue of Time magazine has an excellent article about CRISPR.  I can understand someone dying from cancer trying this possible cure but I have a problem with it being used for other diseases.  Why would I say that?  We do not know enough about DNA to understand what might create a larger problem then it solves. 



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Vegan vs Plant Based Diet

Do you know the difference between a vegan diet and a plant based diet?  Actually the difference is very simple.  A plant based diet is a vegan diet without the sugars, salt, and oils.  They are against the mock meats.  I go to a monthly meeting of a plant based group.  We usually have just under 100 people attending.  Of those, about 25% are medical doctors, nurses, or those involved in the medical field. 

Many who say that they are on a plant based diet are actually on a vegan diet.  A vegan diet usually has sugars, salt, and oils in it but they do not have to have those three ingredients.  That does not mean that someone that designates themselves as vegan can not actually eat a plant based meal or meals.  Of course they can since a plant based diet is a vegan diet.  On the other hand, a vegan diet is not necessarily a plant based diet.



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What is a Vegan?

I am back on this blog.  Let me start out by reviewing what veganism is.  Some strict vegans feel that the only people that should call themselves vegan are those that in it to protect the animals and of course not eating them.  Then there are the health vegans who may or may not be concerned with animal welfare.  They are vegan only for health reasons.  Finally, there are the environmental vegans who are concerned with the damage to the environment from people raising animals for food.  There are methane gases, use of antibiotics on them, waste products from the animals going into the rivers and the water table, more water and grains are used to raise a farm animal then to go directly into food for humans, and more.   So which is the proper use of the word vegan?

To answer this question let me put it this way.  I became a vegetarian in 1967 (49 years ago) for ethical reasons.  I did not do it for health reasons since I listened to the science of the time and actually believed that I would shorten my life span.   After 29 years, I realized that animals still suffer from dairy and egg production, so I became an ethical vegan.  Even though I was willing to trade a few years of life to help the animals, I soon found out that the science of the past was wrong.  New studies have shown that vegetarians, on average, live around five years longer than someone on a SAD diet (Standard American Diet).  A vegan lives, or average, ten years longer than someone on a SAD diet.  That is good news and I can accept it. Newer studies are now showing that a plant based diet is even better and has an even longer life span.  In a future write-up I will cover the difference between a vegan diet and a plant based diet.

Now I am a vegan for ethical, health, and environmental reasons.  We should not be tearing down fellow vegans if they are not just like us.  For example, if someone is eating a vegan diet for only health reasons, they are also saving animals.  So who cares if they are using the word vegan for one of the other two reasons to be vegan. Let us respect them for what they are doing.  They are helping to bring about a predominately vegan world by 2050.  So let us stop being elitists and instead embrace our fellow vegans.



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