Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 30, 2013

Why does my heart feel so bad?

Filed under: Ecology,music — louisproyect @ 11:18 pm

From the liner notes of Moby’s “Everything is Wrong” CD recorded in 2000:

  1. in the past 20 years approximately 1 million species have disappeared from the world’s tropical forests.
  2. from 1960-1985 over 40% of the Central American rainforests were destroyed to create grazing land for cattle.
  3. the United States imports over 100,000 tons of beef from Central America each year.
  4. it takes 23 gallons of water to produce a pound of tomatoes, it takes 5,214 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef.
  5. one acre of land can produce 20,000 pounds of potatoes. one acre of land can produce 165 pounds of beef.
  6. the U.S. cattle industry produces 158 million tons of waste per year.
  7. livestock production is the #1 cause of water pollution in the U.S.
  8. 22 million acres of land have become unusable due to desertification.
  9. 85% of the topsoil loss in the U.S. is the result of livestock production.
  10. in the U.S. 33% of ALL raw material consumption is used solely in the production of meat, egg, and dairy products.
  11. it takes 1 pound of grain to make 1 pound of bread.
  12. it takes 20 pounds of grain to make 1 pound of beef.
  13. 75% of the grain sent to 3rd world nations goes to livestock production.
  14. the countries with the highest in animal products are also the countries with the highest rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. 50 percent of men who eat meat regularly die of heart disease.
  15. 4 percent of men who eat no animal products die of heart disease.
  16. 80% of USDA chicken inspectors no longer eat chicken.
  17. if the average commuter passenger load in the U.S. were increased by just 1 person per day we would save 33 million gallons of gas each day. Americans spend over 1 billion hours stuck in traffic each year.
  18. 30% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from cars.
  19. air is sold in Mexico city for $1.15 a minute by sidewalk vendors.
  20. what Greenpeace spends in a year general motors spends in 4 hours.
  21. 3.5 million children under the age of 6 suffer from lead poisoning.
  22. in Europe 50% of the cars still use leaded gas.
  23. 2 million gallons of motor oil are dumped in American waterways each year.
  24. over 8 million tons of oil are spilled into the world’s oceans every year.
  25. 5 billion gallons of water are flushed each day in the united states
  26. sewage treatment facilities in the U.S. discharge 5.9 trillion gallons of sewage wastewater into coastal waters every year.
  27. U.S. tuna fishermen are permitted to kill over 20,000 dolphins every year.
  28. 2 million sharks die in driftnets in the north pacific every year.
  29. only 1 in 10 baby chimpanzees survive the trip from the jungle to the zoo.
  30. 1 billion animals are killed each year in experiments.
  31. 17 million animals are trapped in the U.S. each year for fur.
  32. many traps are so painful that animals chew through their own limbs to escape.
  33. for every fur animal trapped two other animals (dogs, cats, deer, etc.) are trapped and killed.
  34. in 1987 450,000 minks died on fur farms from heat exhaustion. 1 ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, & enough energy to heat the average home for 6 months.
  35. six times more jobs are created by recycling as opposed to landfill operations.
  36. the amount of money spent on trash disposal in American schools is equal to that spent on new textbooks.
  37. out of every $10 that Americans spend on food, $1 pays for packaging.
  38. 65% of garbage in the U.S. is packaging.
  39. 50% of all trash thrown away could be recycled into new products.
  40. 500 new dumps are built each year in the united states.
  41. over 1 billion trees are used to make disposable diapers every year.
  42. Americans throw away 20 billion disposable diapers each year.
  43. Americans dump the equivalent of 21 million shopping bags full of food into landfills every year.
  44. 2.5 billion batteries are thrown away each year by Americans.
  45. over 700,000 tons of hazardous waste is produced in the U.S. every day.
  46. Americans throw away 10 million cigarette lighters every week.
  47. 500,000 people die of cigarette related diseases in the U.S. each year.
  48. pesticides that are banned in the U.S. (such as ddt) are regularly sold to third world countries.
  49. 90% of all food borne pesticides are found in meat and dairy products.
  50. 10% of nursing mothers who were vegetarians had ddt in their breast milk.
  51. 90% of nursing mothers who were meat eaters had ddt in their breast milk.
  52. in 1945, before widespread pesticides were use, U.S. corn growers lost 3% of their crops to insects, last year they lost over 12%.
  53. 74 different kinds of pesticides have been found in drinking water.
  54. over 100 chemical contaminants have been found in the breast milk of nursing mothers in the U.S.
  55. of the 34 chemicals most widely used on lawns, 25% are widely believed to cause birth defects, genetic mutation, and cancer.
  56. Americans spend 6 billion dollars on their lawns each year.
  57. 25% of U.S. nuclear reactors would not be able to contain a core breach meltdown.
  58. a 1985 study predicted a 45% chance of core breach meltdown in the U.S. before 2005. in 1992, 430,000 people in the world died from cancers resulting from nuclear testing radiation.
  59. more money is spent in the U.S. on nuclear weaponry in one year than was spent on housing from 1980-1992.
  60. to date, cleaning up storage facilities for nuclear debris has cost taxpayers 200 billion dollars.
  61. in 1989 the U.S. military used 200 billion barrels of oil, enough to keep all American public transit systems running for 22 years.
  62. 1 ton of toxic waste is produced by the U.S. military every minute.

14 Comments »

  1. This caught my eye…

    “air is sold in Mexico city for $1.15 a minute by sidewalk vendors.”

    ….Maybe….

    What they used to have (because in a capitalist nation everything is up for sale) was “oxygen bars”. Here is the closest I came from Google search:

    http://www.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/noticia/19395.html

    “Venden aire puro en la contaminada Ciudad de Mxico”

    Air stations started in Japan and China which then turned into oxygen bars in the US & Canada.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen_bar

    Erik Carlos Torn

    On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist wrote: > > louisproyect posted: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqLvbpcsPj4 From the liner notes of Moby’s “Everything is Wrong” CD recorded in 2000: in the past 20 years approximately 1 million species have disappeared from the world’s tropical forests. from 1960-1985 over 40%” >

    Comment by Erik Toren — January 30, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

  2. Yeah, very left guy….I use his music for many of my shorts. He’s very generous to allow folks to do that.

    Too bad he played Tel Aviv.

    Comment by Brandy Baker — January 31, 2013 @ 6:08 am

  3. If in memoriam, you want to do something; Look at: http://activistshandbook.wordpress.com/. Here is the beginning of the list.

    Comment by Robert Gahtan — January 31, 2013 @ 11:03 am

  4. This is tantalizing : “the countries with the highest in animal products are also the countries with the highest rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. 50 percent of men who eat meat regularly die of heart disease.
    4 percent of men who eat no animal products die of heart disease”

    But not meaningful unless we are sure that we are comparing populations of men that are otherwise similar.

    Comment by Harsanyi_Janos — January 31, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

  5. What would Moby say about a society of E users, as most surely he was and maybe still is. It would probably be much ‘worse’. Smoking, drinking and eating meat is part of the bad stuff humans do as being human – and you can throw E in with that.

    To much of the list is progressive scolding that is just an iteration removed from the political forces that brought us prohibition, once upon a time.

    Regarding #14,: rich countries eat more meat – also, people in those countries are more frequently lucky enough to die old of heart disease and not young from TB, AIDS, other infectious diseases, or in labor and pregnancy.

    Therefore, the :’people who eat more meat are more likely to die of heart disease’. Probably some insidious quantitative distortion going on there.

    On some level Moby and Bloomberg would probably find a lot to agree on.

    Comment by purple — February 1, 2013 @ 8:24 am

  6. Moby would get on well with the Nazi’s too quite possibly since they were the first party with state power to promote “animal rights.”

    “Many Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring, were supporters of animal protection. Several Nazis were environmentalists, and species protection and animal welfare were significant issues in the Nazi regime. Heinrich Himmler made an effort to ban the hunting of animals. Göring was an animal lover and conservationist. The current animal welfare laws in Germany are modified versions of the laws introduced by the Nazis.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_welfare_in_Nazi_Germany

    Comment by Clifford Saint Claire the Beloved — February 1, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

  7. Actually, one of the pioneers of animal rights in the USA was a veteran Trotskyist named Henry Spira: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2007/06/08/your-mommy-kills-animals/

    Comment by louisproyect — February 1, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

  8. Fair point, it exists on both sides. But honestly, you’ll find that historically “animal rights” has been a main avenue of misanthropic far righties.

    The “eco left” is mainly a hodge podge of individualist anarcho-liberals who have the dubious claim to fame of doing things like destroying mink ranches and spiking lumber so that the workers that cut down the tree will later be seriously injured.

    And Trotsky was 100% for the mastery of man over nature…

    “The wall will fall not only between art and industry, but simultaneously between art and nature also. This is not meant in the sense of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, that art will come nearer to a state of nature, but that nature will become more ‘artificial’. The present distribution of mountains and rivers, of fields, of meadows, of steppes, of forests, and of seashores, cannot be considered final. Man has already made changes in the map of nature that are not few nor insignificant. But they are mere pupils’ practice in comparison with what is coming. Faith merely promises to move mountains; but technology, which takes nothing ‘on faith’, is actually able to cut down mountains and move them. Up to now this was done for industrial purposes (mines) or for railways (tunnels); in the future this will be done on an immeasurably larger scale, according to a general industrial and artistic plan. Man will occupy himself with re-registering mountains and rivers, and will earnestly and repeatedly make improvements in nature. In the end, he will have rebuilt the earth, if not in his own image, at least according to his own taste. We have not the slightest fear that this taste will be bad.”

    ..maybe not the “Trotskyisysts” that followed, as is usual.

    And as I said, the Nazi’s were the first party in power to promote “animal rights” (putting people in concentration camps for vivisection, then turning around and experimenting on HUMANS). Most of the modern legislation in Germany and Europe comes directly from them.

    Comment by Clifford Saint Claire the Beloved — February 1, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

  9. The “eco left” is mainly a hodge podge of individualist anarcho-liberals who have the dubious claim to fame of doing things like destroying mink ranches and spiking lumber so that the workers that cut down the tree will later be seriously injured.

    Mainly? Where did you get this crapola from? Spiked online? The Rush Limbaugh show?

    Comment by louisproyect — February 1, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

  10. From two decades of being in and around the left, meeting and talking with the “eco leftists,” reading their crapola (published mainly through anarchist outlets like akpress, infoshop, etc). Where do you get yours?

    I suspect this kind of stuff has a lot more appeal to middle class people in the big urban centers who have never been close enough to a living animal to reach it with the throw of a baseball and have no idea where their food comes from, but it simply won’t fly with a majority of the working class — which includes people like lumberjacks and farm workers and not graduate students majoring in philosophy. It especially won’t fly with farmers and fisherman, who are the people that actually deal with animals on a daily basis.

    In this instance, I’ll take the common sense approach of working people over the ideological speculations of rarefied academics whose proposed policies in practice would look a lot more like Pol Pot than Paris Commune.

    Comment by Clifford Saint Claire the Beloved — February 2, 2013 @ 6:19 am

  11. From two decades of being in and around the left, meeting and talking with the “eco leftists,” reading their crapola (published mainly through anarchist outlets like akpress, infoshop, etc). Where do you get yours?

    I have been writing about ecology for 20 years now. My suggestion is to read serious Marxist analysis like John Bellamy Foster’s “Marx’s Ecology”. My articles are collected here:

    http://www.columbia.edu/%7Elnp3/mydocs/my_ecology.htm

    Comment by louisproyect — February 2, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

  12. Instead of sharing with us your two decade long observation of the left, I would appreciate it if you would refute with facts & quotes on at least two items from the CD jacket. It strikes me that Louis cannot be faulted for not fact-checking a CD cover. However, I think that you can be faulted for not taking the opportunity to set us straignt

    Comment by Robert Gahtan — February 2, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

  13. I used to think that green activists were nothing but radicals, but after all of the storms like hurricane Sandy struck my region, I have changed my views and agree global warming is a real problem. As far as these animal rights nut jobs are concerned, animals are NOT people. These people are pushing an agenda period. Homeless, hungry and abused animals? There are PLENTY of homeless, hungry and abused people yet society remains silent. Where are the activists for them and the disabled? Priorities are messed up when people care more about stray cats than hungry children.

    Comment by Deborah Jeffries — February 2, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

  14. Might that not be born out of a sense of hopelessness? It’s easier to talk about the poor conditions of animals than it is about an entire exploitative socio-economic system.

    Comment by Pandora — February 7, 2013 @ 11:14 am


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