Sunday 22 May 2016

What I Value About Chinese Culture.

NOTE: this blog will not be updated for many months, as I will be living in China.  You can find me via Patreon in 2016–2017:


On Community.

Veganism: Don't Debate the Details.

Vivisection, an insider's perspective

Imposing on Girlfriends and Boyfriends.

Two Vegan Activists from Two Generations. [1hr+]

Vivisection: the next 10 years.

Arbitrary "Lines" in Ecology, Ethics, and Animal Rights.

Gary Yourofsky & the question of pluralism

Democracy: the Opportunity for Non-Violent Change.

1954-1979: The Wars in China, Cambodia & Vietnam.

Activism vs. "Digital Nomadism" (a Political Autobiography of sorts)

My Daughter & My Divorce, 2016.

On youtube:
Audio-only, on archive:

Tana Mongeau is Right, Freelee is Wrong.

Ecology: Pragmatism & Local Activism

Patreon Channel Opened / Announcement

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And, of course, on Patreon:

Thursday 12 May 2016

Vivisection, a Letter to E.M.

Below is an anonymous letter received from a biologist, quoted and discussed on my youtube channel.

Hi Eisel 

I’ve thought about mailing you for a while and have never got around to it, but your recent video ‘Vivisection: the next 10 years…’ made me think of a couple of points I’d like to share with you.

I’m a recent graduate, working in a comparative immunology lab, and about to start a PhD in global health at a major UK university. I’ve been vegan for just over a year and was vegetarian before that. A few years ago, I went on a 4 day training programme on murine/mouse experimentation, and it was about this time I went vegetarian. The guy doing the training was vastly experienced in animal research, having worked on everything from rats to pigs to dogs, and spent the 4 days delivering material on anaesthesia, minor surgery, euthanasia, animal behaviour etc. Although he had not trained formally as a biologist (i.e. started out as a young animal technician and worked his way up), I was amazed at how much he knew about animals. On the first day, he gave an introductory talk that touched on perspectives regarding animal research, and to my surprise, he actually touched on the hypocrisy of meat eaters who are against animal research (I’ve attached the graphic he used in his presentation, which shows the magnitude of animals killed for food vs. animals killed by cats vs. animals killed for research). This really made me think deeply about my carnivorous diet, and shortly after I came home, I went vegetarian. Although it was a while before I went vegan, I’m still grateful to this guy for making me realise, whether he meant to or not, that I could no longer justify by decision to eat meat. 

Saturday 30 April 2016

Against Violence: Against Gary Yourofsky.

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Gary Yourofsky is Wrong: Vegans Kill Insects

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What if Beauty is Irrelevant? (Pt. 2 of 2)

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What if Science is Irrelevant? (Pt. 1 of 2)

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Dealing with disrespectful questions (as vegans)

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Vegans Kill Cockroaches (Vivisection, Agriculture & Activism)

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Talking About Veganism on Youtube (with Cheetah)

The full title being, "Vegans on Youtube Talking About Veganism on Youtube":

Melanie Murphy: The Ethical Omnivore

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The Vegan Mojo: Real Politics vs. Swimwear

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Vegans: A Conspiracy for Social Change?

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Thursday 21 April 2016

The Agony of Activism: talking to Zahria 269

An hour and 30 minutes long, on youtube:

The conversation is also available as an audio-only (podcast) MP3 for download:

Vegans: skepticism, dogma, democracy & paradox.

If found this one is difficult to summarize, and difficult to put a title to.  Veganism, like democracy, is imperfect, and susceptible to criticism; but that makes it all-the-more-important, and makes it important that we (i.e., vegans) don't preach it as a religion (to be believed in), but instead explain it, while being honest about its limitations and flaws.  On Youtube:

The Appeal to Nature Fallacy

This video addresses several logical fallacies, all over-used within the vegan-demimonde, some overused by the world at large:

Ignorance, Activism & Optimism

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Is Ethical Veganism Reasonable? Sustainable? Oppressive?

This is actually a response to an ex-Vegan's critique/rationale:

The Question of "Being Taken Seriously"

Vegans "Being Taken Seriously", on Youtube:

Friday 15 April 2016

尼港事件: an Essay on the Nikolaevsk Massacre, 1920

A fascinating and horrifying event in the world's history, transpiring where the borders of Russia, China and Japan overlap, and involving all three:

Thursday 14 April 2016

Pet Ownership and/or/as Slavery

On Youtube:

Talking to the Vegan Cheetah (Video and/or Podcast)

Over one hour long (there's a link to the audio-only version, downloadable as an MP3/podcast, below the video):

Goals in Life OTHER THAN Vanity & Issues OTHER THAN Veganism

Two videos recorded after writing my final exam for the semester:

Goals in Life OTHER THAN Vanity:

Vegans on Issues OTHER THAN Veganism:

Organizing Dissent: Digital Veganism vs. Real Life Vegans

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Why Do I Study Languages?

Why Do I Study Languages? Advice Nobody Wants to Hear [Ep. 003]
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Vegans don't own pets: domestication and/or/as evil

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Saturday 26 March 2016

Monday 21 March 2016

"Being a Nice Guy" vs. The Vegan Jerk

The minor agonies of the whole man-of-principle thing (and refusing to wear wool suits), in an era when being an uncompromising character is considered a bad thing.  On Youtube:

On Freelee's Credentials (or Lack Thereof)

Freelee's Credentials: Half-Truths & Pseudoscience.  This one actually contains quite a few digressions (with all due humility) on my own credentials, and on the struggle to make it clear (in newspaper interviews, job interviews, etc.) what exactly your credentials are (and aren't).  On Youtube:

Sunday 20 March 2016

Beauty is Meaningless.

On Youtube:
I somehow managed to include the word "atavistic", in these reflections. ;-)

Friday 18 March 2016

Air Pollution, Catching Up With Kunming

The graphic above is a snapshot of air pollution at a particular moment in time: circa 11:30 AM (Beijing time), 17 degrees Celsius in Kunming, in mid-March, 2016.

However, you'll notice that Kunming is actually less polluted than many of the surrounding cities, at least at this moment in time.  Remarkably, air-pollution in 西雙版納, 德宏, and many other (small) cities has caught up with Kunming, and has even exceeded it.

I wonder if Kunming has upgraded its power-plants to take some measures to ameliorate air-pollution that haven't yet reached the smaller cities.  Those smaller cities are often presented to tourists as offering cleaner air than the regional capital; but, at least for the moment, that seems to be untrue.

Vegans Kill Rats. REAL TALK.

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