Early in 2012 I started reaching out to vegan friends on twitter to ask them to share their testimonials. My hope was that by getting vegans to share their stories we could educate and inspire others and give people first hand accounts to replace perceptions or stereotypes. I’m incredibly grateful to those that have participated. Their stories speak for themselves! If you enjoy the series please let us know!
Rob - aka xLibraryGeekx
People are often bewildered when I tell them that I went to graduate school for African American studies. After all, I am a white boy. To me, however, it makes complete sense. For as long as I can remember, the struggle against systematic oppression has resonated with me. What better narrative of resistance than that of black people in America? This is not to suggest that other narratives (queer, feminist, indigenous, etc.) are not equally important. In fact, as time has passed, I have come to understand that struggles against oppression mustn’t be compartmentalized. Rather, all struggles for liberation are deeply intertwined. It is a struggle for total liberation. This notion of total liberation is not limited to humans; it encompasses earth and animal liberation as well. This is why I am vegan. Read more...(1112 words, 1 image)
The First Rule of Barfly is You Do Not Talk About Barfly.
I am going to clue you in on something here and I know that I am breaking the rule but I’m only doing it for readers of this blog. You and I have a deal, alright? You can not talk about the Barfly. Not to anyone.
What is the Barfly? It is a mount for your Garmin that attaches to your handlebar to move the position of your Garmin forward. It basically kicks those rubber bands Garmin provides you to the curb. In addition to having a great location, the pro look of the Barfly set-up will probably be banned by the UCI, due to it’s performance enhancing benefits. The intimidation factor alone is guaranteed to shoot you up to the podium in your local crits.
Alberto Contador has a looming hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) where the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI, the governing body for cycling) have the chance to appeal the decision not to punish Contador by the Spanish cycling federation.
Like a Hollywood film noir, Alberto Contador’s devilishly complex doping case has mystery, intrigue, suspense, an as-yet-unidentified villain and a very uncertain outcome. But unlike at the movies, there won’t be a happy ending that leaves us, the spectators, satisfied.
First, a little background. Contador had trace amounts of Clenbuterol in his body. Not enough to enhance performance, but there is no threshold so any amount is an automatic ban. Contador’s claim is that he ate contaminated beef. Clenbuterol is a steroid that farmers in some countries still give to cows to get them to market quicker. Per the rules, though, he is responsible for what he ingests so that is not a valid excuse. Read more...(259 words)