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 +4Posted on Aug 28th | re: Album Sales Hit Another All Time Low (7 comments)

You might as well ask why video rental sales are down. The answer to both is because they’re both business models that no longer reflect the demands of the market. The answer is have a dynamic business model that changes along with the market, not to scream bloody murder and drag consumers to court etc.

 +1Posted on Aug 28th | re: Watch Bob Mould Absolutely Kick Ass On Kimmel (4 comments)

never not great

 +1Posted on Aug 27th | re: Grimes - "Go" Video (39 comments)

Although I like it overall. GJ grimesy.

 +1Posted on Aug 27th | re: Grimes - "Go" Video (39 comments)

I dunno, RJC, that sounds like a lot of effort for questionable payoff

 +6Posted on Aug 27th | re: Grimes - "Go" Video (39 comments)

I wish the whole video was like this, without the goofy generic rave clubby bits.

 +3Posted on Aug 26th | re: Kate Bush Just Played Her First Show In 35 Years (15 comments)

interesting setlist

I agree that the appeal to naturalism is mostly a moot point, which is why I discarded the cat argument in my original post. It was mentioned to clarify my point, which maybe could have been better done.

But I postulate that reducing human suffering is a paramount priority that is and should be a considered even if it comes at the expense of the lives of animals, due to a) the fact that we have both a natural and moral responsibility above all else to conserve our own species and culture and b) that the prevailing reasoning points to human suffering being orders of magnitude greater than that of animals as we have the unique capacity to reflect on and experience suffering on a level that is distinct from what animals are capable of.

Human potential is endless only as long as we exist as a species. Working to overcome things like disease is paramount to ensuring our future. If we can do it without causing harm in the process, that’s obviously ideal. But even if not, if would be defeatist and contrary to the human spirit to simply give up, whether or not you may have emotional qualms about it.

The fact that we become attached to our pets has much to do with human psychology and very little to do with any objective value, cognitive or otherwise, that the pet may have.

I’m not trying to say that animals are without worth or that we shouldn’t try to minimize their suffering whenever we’re able. As the de facto caretakers of the planet we have a moral responsibility to do just that. But to compare a human life to that of an animal’s is insane.

Violence is an intrinsic part of life and always has been. My cat will catch a bird, chew off its wings while it’s still alive and play with it while it bleeds out.
That said, part of what it is to be human is to devote oneself to higher ideals than the purely naturalistic. However, making choices that are detrimental to the preservation of our species in the name of what can only be termed extreme and unflagging idealism is naive at best.

Where do you draw the line? A fish? A spider? A fly? The millions of tiny organisms you kill every time you put one foot in front of the other?

Or is it a prerequisite that the animal looks similar enough to you that you can effectively empathize with it or project human-like emotions onto it?