Monday, November 21, 2011

Occupy Thanksgiving: #RadicalizeYerRelatives

This is great! A helpful guide in talking sense to some of the strange kinfolk ya have to interact with over the holidays...

By Mickey Z, Project Censored

“Pass the gravy.”

“How ’bout them Packers?”

“I wonder how much of this food is genetically modified.”

Hmm…which line doesn’t belong? The table talk at many holiday gatherings often fluctuates between strained and superficial at best—as most folks try to keep the family peace. This reality can leave the radicals in quite a quandary: maintain proper etiquette or exploit a golden opportunity to spark a crucial conversation?

Then, as you sit there agonizing over the right way to broach a touchy topic, the person next to you suddenly blurts out something that makes your blood boil. Do you react or do you “mind your manners”?

Can I get a “Mic Check”? It just may be time to…


When Aunt Betty sez: “If the planet is heating up, why is it so cold today?”

What you want to say: “Listen, you old bat, if you stopped tuning in to right wing radio long enough, you might realize how ignorant you sound.”

Another approach: “The term global warming can be confusing. If we perceived it as climate change instead, it’d make more sense because shifting weather patterns often result in unusually cold weather in certain areas.”

Link for Aunt Betty: Changing the climate…of denial


When Grandpa sez: “You eat what you like and I’ll eat what I like. What we eat is a personal choice.”

What you want to say: “I’m sure Jeffrey Dahmer would’ve agreed.”

Another approach: “On the surface, Grandpa, that sounds logical and fair, but reliable evidence shows that our food choices have a major global impact like, for example, 51% of human-created greenhouse gases being produced by animal food industries. Lifestyle changes like avoiding GMOs, supporting organic farms, eating local, and going vegan can enable us to make the ‘personal choices’ that benefit all life on the planet.”

Link for Grandpa: Your cheeseburger causes deforestation... Read the rest.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...


I'll have to remember this...

3:55 AM  

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