Monday, December 27, 2010

Full Disclosure for 2010

Total donations $3510

Total miles driven
67,563 at $.10 a mile $6756.30
10 new tires $1233
Timing belt/water pump $1050
Wiring harness $119
Windshield $163
Drivers window $75
20 oil changes $50 each $1000
Glow plugs $100
Tolls $3,455.75
Insurance $750
Total expeses $14,346.75

58 meals for homeless $400
4 bike locks   $45

347 animals rescued and transported to sanctuaries
58 meals fed to less fortunate human beings
4 bikes and locks given to homeless people which I shared my living space with.

2 bike wheels stolen
1 camera and lense destroyed by theft
1 computer destroyed by theft
1 video camera stolen
All of my clothes stolen

Total I earned from three jobs during 2010 $19,875
Do the math, then get out, do more.

Vegan and the human factor

I don't pay taxes. I won't pay taxes.
As a vegan I can not justify paying for a country to dictate my enemies and kill them. Not only do taxes pay for war, they also subsidize vivisection. So why would I choose to not eat from another beings body, not use products that test on another being, yet at the same time pay for the US Navy to use sonar that disrupts the communication of whales and leaves many dead? But the testing of and indirect killing of animals is besides the point. This country kills people. Is it not vegan to not want humans to die? Do you not see a connection between your dollars and their murder? Or is this just too extreme and risky for you?
Often vegans tell me to just pay my taxes and the IRS will leave me alone. Yet no one from the War Resiters League has told me to eat a steak.
Too many vegans are having social hour to raise money to pay for the administrative fees of some org. Meanwhile I used my personal hard earned money to rescue 347 animals, feed 58 less fortunate people and with help from
others give away 4 bikes to homeless people that I share my living space with.
Now a simple question from an old song, "what the fuck have you done? Get out, do more, with what you have.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Dear human race

This is Labor Day. It is not any other holiday. Please do not spread your PC, hippness by saying, "have a nice holiday!"
Yes it is a holiday, but it is speciically Labor day and no other day.
I hopethis doesn't end up on project rant. I can only imagine which cast memeber would play me.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

To be free...(AKA Give Me Back)

Wheat paste. A gooey, runny mess. Most are familiar with it and it's consistency and values. Some of us may have used warm water, sans soap in a futile attempt to wash from our hands only for it to go nowhere. 
Similar to another substance. A substance that can create life if it reaches it's optimum destination. We all come from this and are all born from a female who nurtures us to maturity. By all I mean all animal life, yet we differentiate. We determine human good, non-human less. Why? Are we not all gooey mess turned to life from a female and then sent on our own to survive? So no matter chicken, cow, dog, pig, ape, or human, our fate was not chosen. So why are we, the few humans, to choose fate on earth?
Just as pride of race or culture shows a lack of understanding for how and where we are born speciesism shows a missunderstanding to which species we are born. This is no divine grace or chosen method we are all life, given freely to simply be free. No payment, no deed, no burden, no sin, just freewill, born free. 
I can't say I am better in any way than an animal born with an instinct to survive. So we build fast machines, structures to reach the sky, vessels to travel below the sea. Well such beings exist without external invention guiding their existance. We are not to judge based on a body and mind that ourselves can not understand.
Sure we have gone too far to simply just be and be free, but we must coexist or we will no longer exist.  

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Van

The demise of the Green Bus has led to a new van with greater potential.


Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “I believe in god but I spell it N-A-T-U-R-E.”
We are nature, there is nothing more to question or ponder. from that fact we only have to live, care, and exist amongst what is given to us by the earth below, the depth of the seas, and the expanse of the air.
Of course that is too easy and someone must get ahead to succeed. One day someone reacted to the size of another's anatomy and the next thing you know everyone is humiliating each other and trying to cover humiliating areas. Then someone found a shiny rock, or learned a valuable lesson. From there one wanted what the other had and before you know it the second oldest profession of greed was created. Who knows how it got so out of control without others taking a stand, but it indeed did. Now people are taking a stand a few thousand years too late. Will this new stance take hold and become a value to society, or will it just get sucked into the norm and become a “new and improved” part of politics, society, and everyday culture? I’m afraid the latter is already in motion.
Look to our music of politics and rage. It has created a new culture with its own clothing, possessions, and values. Yet outside of that music culture the message and the meaning of rebellion holds little or no value. Sure you can quit your job, steal/scavenge food, but what are you really doing? I see no fires? This is an ongoing process of uprival and all I am seeing is a downward spiral of a new lower than low class coming from an upper middle class parenthood. Hit the streets and not just for the yearly meeting of the G(insert ever growing number here). The system is not set to destroy us its set to use us. Use it the fuck back! Dumpster your food, great, but when you are done set that dumpster ablaze and roll it right through the front door of an establishment that steals from the pockets of its employees, it’s consumers, it’s environment. Quit your job, but make sure others who want to work know why you are too selfish to help them when you chose to quit a job that could sustain your life as well as the lives of others.
Sure we all take jobs we do not agree with. The .org community can’t feed us all through employment. But what you learn and do with your skills in a workforce can easily become skills and efforts towards a community that can grow and strengthen from volunteering. Volunteering does not need to be an effort through an establishment, it can be an individual effort through caring and concern for others. We all pass a person of lesser income or fortune than ourselves everyday. Sit, commune, share some time with that person. If that person only wants money and that is all she/he talks about while you share time with her/him then I will be very surprised. Most people just want a conversation, some don’t even want that but just want the show of concern and a few friendly moments of time.
Take the message of the music out of the venue and put it into full effect with every once of effort and determination in which you possess. Take the skills of a job and don’t hate that the establishment can teach you skills to make this world a better place for all. Don’t let the capitalist ideals of profit for self and self alone bring you down to the bottom of a jobless existence that only survives off the labour of the generation before you. Share from all you know with those outside of your social circle, if not then we have become what we hate by only existing amongst ourselves and not sharing our values and outlook to others. Punk/Hardcore came to me trough a flyer on a downtown Raleigh, NC street while Christmas shopping with my mom. Years later it came to me through two cassette tapes given to me by a friend I rode bikes with. These were chance encounters to become who I am today, and with out the friends and enemies that came along the way I would never have opened my eyes, my mind, and my heart to do live how I live. SO get out of your comfort zone, go it alone for a chance and never, never speak unkindly of those who differ from you in effort and opinion. Don’t be the one who perpetuates the greed and don’t let the appearance and opinions of others keep you from being their peers and expressing your opinions. The greed of knowledge, lifestyle, and existence must end through community with all people different from ourselves.
Nature gives, we must maintain, not possess.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Poly Prep Country Day School Brooklyn, NY

Beagles Alive

Ironically this is what I was busy doing the day I was busy doing nothing.

Why more people are not involved

This is a recent conversation between myself and another animal care taker. I support his group and would love to see more people help this organization, but understandably people are not going to help when one person makes it difficult for others to feel comfortable.
Egos, money, prejudice, and too many other issues to list are the weaknesses of this movement.
I'm often asked how I feel about working with people who eat meat when it comes to dog rescues. Simple response, "how do you feel being vegan and not helping more with rescues?"

Since I know very few people read my blog I thought I would post this just to get it out of my mind.

Gregstraightedge to Empty
show details Jul 7 (3 days ago)

This is my third request to be removed from this list. 
I don't own an automobile. 
I don't have a drivers license.
I live in North Carolina. 
Why would you send these request to anyone with just one of the above?
It's simple, just remove me from the list. 
It's not like I'm asking you to pay me the money you promised me or anything as difficult as that. I'm just asking you to leave me alone. 

Greg Straight Edge

Empty Cages Collective to me
show details Jul 7 (2 days ago)

There was no recent email and you have been already removed from the list from the first time you asked on June 21.  This email (sent to everyone) was completely unnecessary.  

"anything as difficult as that".  Greg, I know in your mind Empty Cages Collective is rolling in money and we have thousands upon thousands of dollars in the bank... but I would guarantee that our bank account is as depleted as yours.  Furthermore, we are intimately involved with caring for hundreds of animals everyday.  

With all due respect, get over yourself

Empty Cages Collective to me
show details Jul 7 (2 days ago)

YOU'RE AN IDIOT.  The email was sent over a week ago.  You already responded to it.  You were already removed from the list.  What is wrong with you?


Gregstraightedge to Empty
show details Jul 7 (2 days ago)

You are incorrect. My first request was 06/08/10. I'm not going to waste time with this. 

Greg Straight Edge

Empty Cages Collective to me
show details Jul 7 (2 days ago)

Why not? You waste time all the time.

You were removed after the last transport request.  Why send another email? 

Because you're a piece of shit, have no concept of solidarity, and only care about yourself and your own feelings.

Go take out your emotional garbage on all your "friends" who are doing ANYTHING to help animals.

Empty Cages Collective to me
show details Jul 7 (2 days ago)

who are NOT doing anything to help animals.
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Gregstraightedge to Empty
show details Jul 7 (2 days ago)

Dude I just lost all respect for you, which believe it or not I did have quite a bit of respect for you. 
I could easily send our resent emails to all the people you include in your emails but I actually see the good you are doing even behind your attitude and lack of integrity. 
If you want to confront me on an issue then do so, but never judge me, never say I'm doing nothing. 
You and Andy might as well be rowing the same boat named ego around NYC for all I care. 

Greg Straight Edge

Empty Cages Collective to me
show details Jul 7 (2 days ago)

And sending out an email like you did is showing integrity? Get over yourself.
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

The last transport

Everyone meet Oz. Oz was originally named Dino, then Floyd and now Oz by his permanent care takers.
Oz is from a kill shelter and like 5 million dogs a year would have been euthanized due to lack of a home.
5 million is a miniscule amount considering Americans kill approximately 10,000,000,000 animals a year for taste alone. Ten billion in such a small country when 650,000,000 are killed annually in Canada and 300,000,000 livestock in the EU and 4,000,000,000 chickens in the EU.
Sadly Oz is my last transport due to the loss of both my vehicles and a severe lack of support from others.
I hope I can get back on my feet soon, and not live in an abandoned warehouse where drugs, arson, vandalism, rape, and violence are rampant. But not only for my self, but also to do more for the animals we share our lives and planet with each and every day.
What we do to and for others directly reflects on each of us. Whether it is ignoring the homeless or ignoring the fact that violence controls our lives from the food on our plate to the vehicle we drive.
A real change has to be made in each of our lives in order to connect ourselves with life.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Carry on...

I haven't blogged in quite some time and honestly I don't feel I've done much worth blogging about. But some have asked me to update this thing and as much as I'd like to keep things in an uplifting mood and be diplomatic to those who are on the same team; I honestly just can't do that.
I've been trying my best to remain positive, to keep an energetic vibe as to what others are doing to make a better place for all to live. Too often I see the lack of real effort in other's actions.
I don't know how to put it into any other form other than people are simply lazy when it comes to empathy and acting on the true feelings of empathy. Some feel if there is nothing to gain through ego or social status then he or she may as well have done nothing at all.

All that being said, here is what I want for those I love.

If I could I would take you to a place that is safe. Warmth and food are a plenty. I would give you fields to run and clean air to breathe. Some say it's the thought that counts, but if that is so why are my thoughts not coming true and why are you afraid of the trap you are in? We must put our thoughts into action and not gorge ourselves with all we have and want or even what we need to accomplish our thoughts.

But honestly, are our efforts in vain when we have truly reached a time of great despair?

There is no method to return to natural order. The psychological distress we have brought on ourselves which has created torture, rape, greed, and religion can not be erased. Everything must come to an end. Our time is on the horizon.

No we must do whatever is in our means and much more so that the innocent life which we share existance with can carry on.