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Logged on to say the exact same thing about Fulfillingness First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life.

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July 2, 2015 on Stevie Wonder Albums From Worst To Best

Then you must be a full-blown idiot.

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June 29, 2015 on MSG Served Meat In Corporate Suites At Meat-Free Morrissey Show

Between streaming services and itunes, how in God’s name did these silicon valley middlemen fuckwits convince the world that they deserve 30% of all music profits?

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June 21, 2015 on Read Taylor Swift’s Open Letter To Apple Music

I must admit, I exaggerated in order to troll. I think they are decent. I just don’t remotely understand how they are cracking critics’ top 30 lists, let alone topping them.

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January 29, 2015 on War On Drugs Frontman Speaks At Length About “Unhappy Old Dude” Mark Kozelek, Plans “A Lot Of Recording” Next Month

Kozelek sure seems like an asshole, but I’m glad someone is willing to point out how uninteresting and overrated that band is. Maybe a lot of reverb, nostalgia, and redundancy transports critics and fans back to their formidable years, but it just bores the hell out of me.

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January 29, 2015 on War On Drugs Frontman Speaks At Length About “Unhappy Old Dude” Mark Kozelek, Plans “A Lot Of Recording” Next Month

Ugh, thanks for introducing me to yet another idiotic internet acronym.

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November 13, 2014 on Eminem Raps “I’ll Punch Lana Del Rey Right In The Face Twice Like Ray Rice”

What a surprise. The guy in the music business with the quaffed hair and expensive suit puts money before people’s lives. At least he’s pedaling high art music (insert roly-eyes emoticon here)

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August 5, 2014 on You’ll Never Believe This, But Tom Petty Thinks EDM Shows Are Stupid

I also want to see where El-P would land. I suspect he wouldn’t be that far away from Aesop.

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August 5, 2014 on Rappers Ranked By Vocabulary Size Chart Updated, Aesop Rock Still #1

While this chart obviously isn’t a measure of a rapper’s talent, I do find it odd that when I look near the top I see rappers I love and when I look at the bottom I see rappers I never cared about.

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August 5, 2014 on Rappers Ranked By Vocabulary Size Chart Updated, Aesop Rock Still #1

Counting their individual mix tapes there is probably a big enough sample size to do Heems and Kool A.D. separately. I would love to see their word count as well.

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August 5, 2014 on Rappers Ranked By Vocabulary Size Chart Updated, Aesop Rock Still #1

The thumbs up, thumbs down comment voting system is pretty ridiculous regardless of how people vote. Keeps people coming back to see how their comments are doing though.
More clicks for the advertisers.
More neurosis, more need for validation, and more time wasted for the user, unfortunately. It gets old quick. Perhaps Videogum tanked for a reason.


Not everything needs to be Facebook (as impossibly cool as it is) and have a clickable thumbs up option next to it. Who cares that we are breeding insecrure, validation addicted monsters when these amazing companies that are changing the world for the better are profiting?

End digression

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April 20, 2014 on Sky Ferreira Denies Charges Of Racism Surrounding “I Blame Myself” Video

Oh wow, this thread is from 2 years ago. Time to quit the internets.

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February 16, 2014 on LA Weekly’s 20 Worst Hipster Bands

See her live and then try to have that opinion.

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February 16, 2014 on LA Weekly’s 20 Worst Hipster Bands

I cannot post a reply to the the post I am trying to reply to for some reason. Hopefully this will end up in the right spot.

“…(both of which have been decidedly declared as hostile by an overzealous minority.)”

I did not view your post as hostile and I hope that my response did not come of as overzealous. I merely wish to debate a few points.

“…the fewer creatures that I rob of their existence, the better.” Not much for any reasonable person to disagree with in that statement. As an aside, do you also feel this way about, say, mosquitoes and spiders? What about algae?”

Thank you for finding this to be a reasonable statement. I avoid killing insects whenever possible, so yes, “the fewer creatures I rob of their existence, the better” applies to insects as well. It is possible that this question is intended to lay the groundwork for offering up the point that large scale farming and pesticides kills a lot of insects. To respond to that potential argument, I again do not view all life as equal. The more intelligent a creature is, the more precious its life is to me, personally, but I still view all life as precious. While avoiding insect deaths is important to me, it is slightly less important to me than avoiding animal deaths. That being said, I do want to avoid insect deaths, and growing a portions of ones food, avoiding food farmed with pesticides, and purchasing from smaller, local sources can be done to lessen the costs as far as insect lives go. So while I do intend to rob as few creatures of their existence to support my own, this does not end up being a simple adding up of numbers where all lives are given equal weight. I hope this clarifies the meaning of the original statement.

If mosquitos were brought up specifically to introduce a scenario in which human lives in Africa were being pitted against the lives of malaria carrying mosquitos, I hope the above paragraph clarifies where I would stand on that. I don’t actually believe that this silly scenario was going to be introduced in a rebuttal, but I want to attempt to cover my bases.

“-A study stating vegan/vegetarian children are at increased risk for iron deficiency anemia, psychomotor impairment and B12 deficiency:

The last line from the abstract reads, “however, these pitfalls can be avoided easily, and children can be successfully reared on vegetarian diets.” This is in reference to potential B12 deficiencies. As for the risk of iron deficiency, it is fairly easy to find iron in plant sources. This study only tells me that if people do veganism and vegetarianism wrong, they can put themselves at risk.

You do have a point, however. I need to revise my original statement to say that it is rare for strict vegans to suffer negative health consequences from their food choices if they plan their diets well.

This study that was linked;
does make me feel a bit better about the megaloblastic anemia that was listed as a risk of veganism in the first post. The study shows that vegans have higher levels of folate, and folic acid supplementation in the absence of B12 prevents that type of anemia.

There are non animal sources for B12. There are B12 fortified cereals, certain seaweeds, and store bought suppliments. I think the real question is, how much of this B12 is processed by humans properly above the lower colon since we seem to need animals to process it for us? A good study of vegans who are very conscious about their food choices and work to get a good amount of B12 each day is something that I would find insightful.

Here’s a study (albeit with a small sample size) that shows vegan children with normal B12 levels, possibly due to the daily intake of nori.

“(both of which have been decidedly declared as hostile by an overzealous minority.)”
“(that aforementioned staunch minority.)”

I hope that the opinions of the minority are not being trivialized simply because they come from those in the minority. Just in case this is the implication of these statements, argumentum ad populum is a fallacious argument. That is in reference to the general population and the population in this particular forum. If we are speaking of a scientific majority, however, that is a different thing. Again, I would be interested in seeing studies involving vegans that specifically supplement their B12 intake.

“I originally posted the stuff about B12 to illustrate that the consumption of B12, which is traditionally found exclusively in animals and animal products, is necessary, normal, and natural.”

Consumption of B12 is indeed necessary. Fortunately, we can get it from more than just animal sources. Whether the other sources are reliable and whether or not we process it well enough to be healthy will be the topic of the debate that follows.

“A militant vegan will always have an uphill fight because they’re pushing a radical position, while I’m merely suggesting a moderate one.”

While I respect that people are passionate enough about the lives of animals to voice their opinions, and while I understand the anger that stems from the empathy that one feels for living creatures being tortured or killed, I think that militant vegans can actually turn people off from those sorts of food choices with their sometimes abrasive words and tactics. If someone like Grimes is doing good things by consuming considerably less animal products, she should be congratulated for it, not berated by those who find the label “vegan” more important than the actions associated with it.

I respect vegans and do not find their food choices to be radical. I cannot call myself one, however. Rather than labeling myself, I simply tell people how I eat. I mostly eat vegan, but I occasionally have dairy. I would like to have the will power to be eat vegan all the time and respect those that can pull it off.

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November 24, 2013 on Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans

1) Humans are animals. I do not view humans and non-human animals as equal, but I believe that all life is precious, and the fewer creatures that I rob of their existence, the better.

2) It is extraordinarily rare for a strict vegan to suffer negative health consequences from their food choices. It is much more common to see the adverse affects of meat eating; heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. There is more evidence supporting the notion that humans are not well equipped to handle meat eating than vice versa. I don’t find either argument particularly strong, however, because either can be done in a healthy way.

3) Some good is better than no good. There actually is a difference between a handful of animals dying over the course of one’s life to support one’s existence, and a handful of animals dying each week to support one’s existence.

Killing as few animals as possible to maintain one’s healthy existence is indeed more ethical than the alternative. There’s no way around it, no matter how much one wants to try to rationalize their current, personally enjoyable food choices.

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November 23, 2013 on Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans

Not understanding any of the logic in the second paragraph.

So if a vegan were to have to choose between eating meat and starving they would probably eat meat and this proves what exactly? That they would be hypocritical if their lives depended on it in a fictional scenario that will never happen?

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November 23, 2013 on Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans

Because he would be a big Nickelback fan?

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November 23, 2013 on What Kurt Cobain Would Look Like Today

Really? You downvote him when he takes it back too? Do you guys even read?

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October 24, 2013 on Stream Arcade Fire Reflektor