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"The art of seeing Aboriginal Australia’s queer potential" by Troy Anthony-Bayliss  “Since European contact Aboriginal people, such as myself, have been constructed as “straight”. This cultural default has contributed to the difficulty of proving so-called “real accounts” of sexual and gender diversity of Aboriginal people prior to European contact.” (x)

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"The art of seeing Aboriginal Australia’s queer potential" by Troy Anthony-Bayliss

“Since European contact Aboriginal people, such as myself, have been constructed as “straight”. This cultural default has contributed to the difficulty of proving so-called “real accounts” of sexual and gender diversity of Aboriginal people prior to European contact.” (x)

Save This No-Kill Shelter in Gympie, QLD, Australia
Gympie’s local no-kill shelter, the only alternate dog and cat shelter in the region, is being threatened with a fine of up to $30,000 by council due to noise complaints made by citizens living in surrounding streets, despite the kennels having existed on this site for over 40 years.  No one from the council or any other department has done a noise reading on premisis, yet they have stated that if the kennels do not reach ‘No Noise’ by April 2014, they will be fined, despite a request for any kind of extension! The owners of the shelter have stated that they acknowledge that there is noise coming from the dogs occassionally throughout the day - however this noise will generally only last for a short period during breakfast and dinner times. The shelter is built with the same materials as most other shelters - there are open runs for the dogs which are fenced with wire, as well as besser block enclosures, through which the dogs are rotated throughout the day, as well as being alternated to have some outdoor ‘free time’ to help burn extra energy. To entirely sound proof the shelter the council is expecting complete indoor enclosure of the dogs, with artificial lighting and no outdoor play. This just won’t do for the furbabies’ well being.. Not to mention it would cost tens of thousands of dollars, which can just not be gathered in this small amount of time. This shelter should be valued as an exemplary highlight of our community. The work is entirely done by volunteers and the shelter only continues with the generous support of the community and donations and discounts of compassionate vets and trainers. These are good people doing the right thing, and yet they are being treat as a nuisance and threatened as though they are committing criminal acts. Money is always an issue for shelters such as these, and this situation is entirely unfair. We need your support to buy us more time to raise funds and figure out a comprimise! We are trying our best, but we need the best outcome for our current and future furbabies, who without us, would likely not last to see new homes.
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Save This No-Kill Shelter in Gympie, QLD, Australia

Gympie’s local no-kill shelter, the only alternate dog and cat shelter in the region, is being threatened with a fine of up to $30,000 by council due to noise complaints made by citizens living in surrounding streets, despite the kennels having existed on this site for over 40 years.  

No one from the council or any other department has done a noise reading on premisis, yet they have stated that if the kennels do not reach ‘No Noise’ by April 2014, they will be fined, despite a request for any kind of extension! 

The owners of the shelter have stated that they acknowledge that there is noise coming from the dogs occassionally throughout the day - however this noise will generally only last for a short period during breakfast and dinner times. 

The shelter is built with the same materials as most other shelters - there are open runs for the dogs which are fenced with wire, as well as besser block enclosures, through which the dogs are rotated throughout the day, as well as being alternated to have some outdoor ‘free time’ to help burn extra energy. To entirely sound proof the shelter the council is expecting complete indoor enclosure of the dogs, with artificial lighting and no outdoor play. This just won’t do for the furbabies’ well being.. Not to mention it would cost tens of thousands of dollars, which can just not be gathered in this small amount of time. 

This shelter should be valued as an exemplary highlight of our community. 
The work is entirely done by volunteers and the shelter only continues with the generous support of the community and donations and discounts of compassionate vets and trainers. These are good people doing the right thing, and yet they are being treat as a nuisance and threatened as though they are committing criminal acts. 

Money is always an issue for shelters such as these, and this situation is entirely unfair. We need your support to buy us more time to raise funds and figure out a comprimise! We are trying our best, but we need the best outcome for our current and future furbabies, who without us, would likely not last to see new homes.

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Dreamt that I got my nose pierced. Also dreamt that people were getting pregnant and I was helping them order their babies in at work. And there was the dream about zombies.

Hi there. I was wondering what arguments you would use when faced with questions about veganism being unattainable for certain lower socioeconomic classes?

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soycrates:

Personally, I typically refer to an anecdotal approach because it works best for me under my past and current circumstances (having lived most of my life on welfare and still living under the low-income cut off line for my country). I just talk about some of the things that make veganism more affordable for me than vegetarianism or facultative omnivorism, such as rice and beans, TVP, other bulk grains and markets that sell fruits and vegetables for the cheapest prices I can find.

It’s also worth noting that some people say, “Okay, maybe you can be a poor vegan, but being a poor vegan isn’t as healthy as being a rich vegan because rich vegans can afford vitamin supplements and organic vegetables and etc.” And it’s when people say stuff like this that I know they’re probably upper-middle class, because they are deluded into believing that full and proper healthy eating is easy for anyone who has a low socioeconomic status.

Poor people, whether they be vegan or not, don’t have great access to the healthiest of foods. This means that it won’t matter whether you eat meat or you don’t, if you’re poor, your health may always be at risk. It depends on your country as well and their social welfare considerations, but generally, health will always be hard to achieve for the poor. However, cheap vegan eating tips tend to privilege health at the same time as budget, whereas cheap omnivorous eating tips don’t always do the same.

Overall, most people tend to use “but poor people can’t go vegan” as a defense of their own middle-class meat eating lives, and besides the fact that I find it extremely offensive and distressing as a lower-class vegan, is usually based on misunderstandings of how living vegan really works.