Rebel Hell Excerpt: Overpopulation [with images]

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“(The Bureaucratic model is) merely an institutional design that allows for the relatively easy governance and control of human beings in massive, endless hordes. That’s right—I’m laying blame at the feet of rampant human overpopulation for the Bureaucrazy as well! And not without ample justification.

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I mean, yah of course we’ve already waayyyyyy overshot this planet’s carrying capacity—which is not to say we should find another planet to inhabit, as that’s not only ludicrously undoable, but also a heinous pile of moronic thoughtfeces; how about fixing the [only] goddamn planet we already have, instead of resigning ourselves to buttfucking the place to death with pollution and then starting the process all over again somewhere else [and again, that’s IF it were even possible, and once more all together yes everyone even you all way in the back, IT’S NOT FUCKING POSSIBLE, SO JUST STOP. OKAY?-GOOD-THANKS!]—so, given the overall stupidity of the human species, the Bureaucrazy is probably here to stay until we get our population down down way down to a sensible pleasant number that accounts for the fact that we’re not the Chosen Ones or Gawd’s Children or All That Matters but rather a single bloated selfish disgustingly overabundant species on a planet of 10,000,000 yes ten million different ones, all each and every one special and ecologically important some more or less than others but all with just as much right to be here no screw that more of a right to be here than us, cuz we’re just a whole damn stupid ass shitload of Clever Hairless Apes [not Wise, just Clever, much too clever for anyone’s good],

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and my wife and I are childfree and I already got vasectomized at age 25 right before my incarceration began so I’m not in a glass house and can go ahead and throw stones and so I’ll make it ever-so-simple even though I know my Dear Readers are hella smart definitely above average [Love You! 🙂 ] but still just in case here are 4 simple suggestions-or-maybe-more-like-pleadings:

[1] If you have 0 kids and you/your partner don’t really want to have any, then DON’T! Be cautious, but if you do get pregnant, there’s NO SHAME in abortion!

[2] If you have 0 kids but want 1+, be some poor child’s absolute *hero* and ADOPT! There are 415,000 children in U.S. foster care today.

[3] If you already have 1+ kid/s, STOP! Want more? Be some poor child’s absolute *hero* and ADOPT! There are 415,000 children in U.S. foster care today.

[4] If you have functioning sperm, aka semen-demons, stop them! Be like all the cool kids—and also like me—and get vasectomized! Planned Parenthood performed mine on a sliding scale of $0-$400 [≈ cost of 1 abortion!], and since jan = unemployable cripple, mine cost zero $s. Awesome! They’re so great, I love them! Thank you Dr. Heller!!

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I met with (Dr. Heller) first and he wanted to know my reasons because I was “so young” and might change my mind.[1] So I hit him with only about 60 seconds of the ∞ish seconds for which I could’ve listed reasons, and he was like, Okay—you’ve obviously put a lotta thought into it and sound confident, sooooo let’s get you prepped! And the hardest part of the procedure was a slight tugging pain that lasted ≈ 3 seconds—yet I’ve never been more satisfied with any of my personal actions.

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It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself, and for the planet, and for my female partners [given that our society places a sickening amount of the pregnancy-burden on women; this is total bullshit, and more men need to step up and take this proactive measure, thereby removing some of that shitty, inappropriate weight from off of women’s shoulders like the decent partners I’m certain many of you are].

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    Oops! sorry, went into Ramblemode again, but c’est la ME; and hey, sometimes tangents can reveal important information. Even so, I’m sorry my Dear Beloved Reader, please forgive me!”

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[1] Isn’t it just a big ole hoot that society almost never gives an iota of a shit when, say, a 21-year-old woman has a baby, and yet it’s difficult in most places for a 30-year-old woman to get sterilized?! HAHAHAHAHA . . . HAHA . . . oy . . . stop it, ’Murica, yer logick’s showing!

New Memoir Excerpt: The [Seriously] Insane Racial Disparities of U.S. Prisons

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This is a subject I cover in my new memoir Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison with extensive, supposedly fascinating detail–including creative visual and typographical tricks that cannot be duplicate or understood outside the book. The above chart demonstrates one of the very odd aspects of the American “Justice” System; even a lot of people who know and talk about the racial disparities in U.S. prisons aren’t aware of this bizarre fact. That is, it’s not the typical white-compared-to-people-of-color dichotomy. Simply put, it’s specifically and dramatically BLACK PEOPLE who face a staggering racial bias in the courtroom. Especially when compared with whites. As this chart shows, looking at national averages–which are horrific in their own right, and yet aren’t nearly as unbalanced racially than certain individual states, like Illinois, where I was incarcerated–the average numbers show that prisons have about half as many white people per capita as the “Free World,” while blacks’ population density inside is about FOUR TIMES GREATER than outside of prisons!
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REBEL HELL EXCERPT
[from PART 2: WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE]

“For now though, I’ll just point this out: while blacks make up 15 percent of Illinois’s general population, they comprise about 58 percent of its incarcerated population. These numbers are more or less consistent with national trends—at least to the extent of blacks’ astoundingly disproportionate rate of imprisonment compared to their civilian population. STAGGERING is the word that comes to mind. Every time I think about the numbers, no matter how long it’s been since I internalized them . . . STAGGERING.

Given all this—none of which is opinion, but rather factual statements backed by widely available statistics if you care to look—I think it’s time to drop a pipebomb-quote. In The Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen [who provided the blurb for this book’s front cover] writes, “Our judicial and penal systems form a massive interlocking set of racist and terrorist organizations, [the latter of which] is defined, remember, as one that deters through terror.”

America’s endless Company Line is how we’re “The Greatest Country in the World.” Its prison numbers clash discordantly with that claim; yet still that Line is spewed, Tourette’s-like, by American politicians and the mainstream media. If this country is so damn spectacular, why are massive throngs of people locked up? Imprisoned at rates and sheer numbers that’re unprecedented? Why do so many people commit serious crimes [as defined by those in power]? Keep in mind, lots and lots of criminal behavior is rooted in despair, in thorough dissatisfaction—with poverty, with one’s living conditions, with economic opportunities or lack thereof, with the status quo; dissatisfaction with a combination of these, or with something else altogether. The question remains: Why are so many people so unhappy, willing to engage in activities that risk incarceration, if America’s so great?

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We’re a Prison Nation. Through and through. So it makes sense that one of this book’s central theses is that those of us living within the confines of industrial civilization are all prisoners, to varying degrees. Bound by laws that often infringe on our personal birthright-freedoms; bound by the chains of financial bondage, forced to work and pay money to simply exist—what else could rents or mortgages [aka shelter] be considered?

Of course, there are levels of freedom, and prisoners have some of the lowest. Perhaps the only individuals below us in America are sex slaves, and then—way, way farther below, at the very very bottom—nonhuman animals trapped inside fleshfarms, vivisection laboratories, fur “farms,” circuses, rodeos, zoos, and the like. They committed no crime—except the crime [?!?!?] of being born nonhuman.”

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REBEL HELL Prison Memoir–Blog Posts, Author Q&As

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The Daily Maul wrote a fantastic piece about the memoir on 9/10/17: “In New Prison Memoir, ‘Disabled Vegan’ Rails Unabashedly Against Injustice.”

CLICK HERE to read a review from the lovely blog “black. female. christian. vegan.”

And here’s a  short Q&A about my Prison Experience with antinatalist guru and author Laura Carroll.

The book is now available around the world in electronic format as well as the gorgeous paperback!

Now available around the world in electronic format as well as this gorgeous paperback!

If you’re in AmericaHERE   is the Amazon link [Note: you do *not* need a Kindle to read the e-book; simply download the FREE KINDLE APP  and read on any tablet, smartphone, or device!]

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Alternatively, you can order directly from me and get copies signed and personalized! Visit the Rebel Hell page on my  WEBSITE. I also provide terrific bulk discounts [5+ copies] for teachers, book clubs, gift-giving, etc.–simply contact me at SmitowiczAuthorPublicity@gmail.com. Finally, message me if you’re interested in my FREE book club / classroom appearances via Skype for discussion and/or Q&A [minimum five [5] readers]!

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Jan

Remembering National Animal Rights Day 2013

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I cannot BELIEVE the 3rd annual National Animal Rights Day ceremony–in which I played an important role–was four years ago this month! It was such a profoundly inspiring and empowering experience for so many people. Credit to Aylam Orian and others for spearheading this powerful form of in-your-face ethical confrontation and of publicly honoring the *billions* of nonhuman individuals victimized & brutalized in unfathomably barbaric ways by the dominant culture; 99+% of all domesticated animals suffer through ferocious unrelenting savagery and mass murder-genocide. This daily holocaust has grown to a fatal-fever pitch as a direct result of human overpopulation and gluttony and ignorance and greed and selfishness and nauseating apathy. But on that day, we stood together through immense emotional trauma to push back against this heinous culture of death made that much more tragic by the total needlessness–the utter non-necessity–of flesh [“meat”] eating, vivisection, animal-based clothing, breeding, circuses, et cetera ad nauseum.
 
I’m absolutely HONORED to have played a role in that event, helping to prepare [read: defrost], transport, and hand out the nonhuman persons who’d died from deplorable living conditions before they even made it to the slaughterhouses, torture laboratories, and so on. I appreciate each and every one of those individuals for inspiring me to work even harder to help them through my writing-activism; I’m sorry I can’t do more–if I were still able-bodied, I’d still be helping them with actions far more direct and hands-on. But I can’t, so I do what I CAN the best I can. Rest easy, sweet angels–at least you’ve been returned to the Earth, where you can maintain the peace and non-suffering you were never for even a single moment allowed to experience in this hideous Death Culture. You are gone but never forgotten.

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I’ll finish with a couple quotes from Isaac Bashevis Singer, a Polish Jew, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Prize-winning author:

“In their behavior toward creatures, all [people] are Nazis….for the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka….The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right…Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.”

“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”

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Jan

Vasectomy! A Poem

Wanted to finally get this widely enjoyed piece up on my main site, so here ’tis!

 

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When you’re tired of stressing about birth,
The solution is oh so plain to see;
No more rolling condoms on your girth–
Vasectomy!

She can stop taking those nasty pills,
Flushing hormones from her pee,
Making downstream animals ill:
Vasectomy!

But you don’t want it to burn when you piss.
I know, you’re worried about an STD!
Well, all I have to say is this–
Monogamy!

Stop putting such a burden on poor women.
Take on your own responsibility.
No more sperm in your semen swimmin–
Vasectomy!

No more, ‘Where’s my baby’s mama?’
No more abortion pleas.
No more Hitlers or Osamas–
Vasectomy!

Overpopulation is the world’s bane.
To global life it is a curse.
Don’t worry about the procedure’s pain,
You’ve felt so much worse.

It’s nothing like a kidney stone,
Really not a big deal.
Nothing like a broken bone.
You won’t even miss a meal!

After the Novocaine makes you numb
All you feel is a gentle tug,
Of total discomfort a tiny sum,
And the strange smell of a burning rug.

That’s the sealing of your vas deferens tube.
Now your billion bastard babies perish inside–
On your body, a brilliant medical rube!
With scars tiny, not a centimeter wide.

And if you want to raise a child,
Think about the most righteous option;
It’s really not an idea so wild–
Adoption!

Never again a pregnancy scare,
Worrying, stressing, feeling sick,
Pulling at the roots of your hair,
Waiting on that piss-soaked stick.

And think of all the fun to be had!
Sex any time, anywhere.
Leave the rubbers at your pad,
Now you can raw dog in there!

Get it on wherever you are;
Almost any quiet place will do–
The movies, the back of a bar;
Even a Starbuck’s drive-thru!

Free to be
Forever me–
Vasectomy!

Oh to be
Forever free–
Vasectomy!

This kid’s onto something =)

Hitler–NOT A FUCKING VEGETARIAN!

This nonsense has been, and continues to be, utterly mind-boggling in both its prevalence and the frequency with which it’s invoked. If you’ve been vegetarian or vegan for more than about a month–or even if you’ve merely expressed interest in becoming one!–there’s a tremendous likelihood that someone has said this to you. I don’t wanna go into too much detail about the innately illogical, pointless, and absurd nature of this claim, because plenty of people have already spent the time debunking this forehead-smacking lunacy, and I’d rather spend my time writing/editing books. I’ve provided several links to a few of the many thorough debunkings below…

I did, however, want to hit a couple quick points–not because I feel particularly interested in the matter, and not because I legitimately truly want to–but simply due to [1] the ubiquity of this myth, and [2] its stupidity and total pointlessness. Ultimately, this myth and (this part’s crucial) the constant, unrelenting references to it say FAR FAR MORE about the people invoking it than anything else! It’s used all the time by trollish simpletons as a kind of catch-all way to dismiss the monumental importance of the issues that veganism and, to a lesser degree, vegetarianism inherently confront.

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“But Hitler was a vegetarian”–a notion so ridiculously dumb that it necessitates a forehead-smack literally set in STONE!

But here’s the thing: it means nothing. Even if Hitler were a lifelong vegetarian, it still wouldn’t mean jack. (For the record, I’m pretty sure the real story is that a doctor recommended Hitler stop eating meat because it’s healthier–which may be the only true and meaningful aspect of this whole damn thing–and that he followed the advice for a time, but ultimately enjoyed eating animal corpses too much to give it up.) What people are implying when they invoke the Hitler was a vegetarian too! trope is that, somehow, veg*anism as an ideology and practice is irascibly tainted as a result. That’s what I think they’re implying, anyway–I’m not 100% sure, because it’s so goddamn stupid that maybe it means literally nothing at all. And that’s the real takeaway point here. Even if he were a longtime devoted vegetarian (which, again, he wasn’t), it’s a false equivalency to suggest that this would do anything to nullify the legitimacy of compassion for animals in action (i.e. veganism or its precursors). As absurd or even more absurd than Person A saying, “I’ve decided to grow a mustache” and Person B(uffoon) saying, “BUT HITLER HAD A MUSTACHE!!1!”

Ultimately, this trope is more than anything else a massive indicator of three things: [1] Defensivenessveg*nism acts as a symbolic rejection of the barbaric cruelty inherent to “meat” production, and many people react negatively to it because it innately calls into question the ethics of non-veganism. People hate that, so they lash out defensively, grasping at any straw(man) they can find; [2] Deflection–a way to sort of attempt to remove the unethical onus from the non-veg*n and instead redirect it onto the veg*n vis-a-vis linking them, however speciously, to the Nazis; finally [3] A Simple Lack of Critical Thinking–see the paragraphs above.

I do apologize for the repetitiveness here, but it’s intentional. I’m trying to straight up HAMMER THE POINT HOME. Not because “But Hitler!” is a good or legitimate critique, but rather the exact opposite. And its ubiquity as a form of dismissal is such that these points need to be hammered home, hammered hard and hammered any time some dunce pulls this ridiculous excrement from their ass. It is the drizzling shits of all (attempted) “arguments.”

So then, here are just a few detailed analyses debunking the Hitler-as-vegetarian drivel:

http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/hitler.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/025163_Hitler_vegetarian_vegetarianism.html

http://www.vegsource.com/berry/hitler.html

That third one was written by Rynn Berry, a terrific man and tireless animal advocate who sadly passed away in 2014, shortly before his 70th birthday (just to cut off any bullshit ideas of “early”-death-by-veganism, he had asthma and was jogging on a frigid New York winter day, which apparently isn’t the best idea because asthmatics exercising vigorously in the cold have a high risk of cardiac arrest). He’d been vegan for nearly half a century, having transitioned from a teenage vegetarian to vegan in 1966 at the age of 21. Berry was a many-time guest on my dear friend Bob Linden’s popular radio show-podcast Go Vegan with Bob Lindenespecially around the holidays. CLICK HERE for a list of Berry’s intriguing, controversial interviews on the show!

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This book on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2gspWWG

So, I’ve lain out ample evidence for this blog’s titular claim. Can we please, for the love of all things good and decent and just and intellectually honest, please flush this ridiculous, stupid, and utterly irrelevant myth down the toilet and into the fetid sewers of history–where it belongs–for good? PLEASE?!

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It’s long past time.

Terrible Dean Koontz’s Terrible Book Titles

When I was in prison, I spent two weeks in Segregation. Some of the only books available to read were several by Dean Koontz. Staring at his book titles for time uncountable, I realized some patterns, and eventually made this chart. Enjoy the laughable absurdity! 🙂

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FUCK Columbus Day!

I mean the title in both ways–1) Fuck This Day Wherein Christopher Columbus is Celebrated and 2) Instead of Celebrating Him, We Should Say FUCK COLUMBUS.

Quick primer on Columbus’s genocidal legacy:
Brainwashed Americans Celebrate GENOCIDE On Columbus Day.

Read, with source material, about yet more of Columbus’s atrocities.

As American Indian activist and scholar Ward Churchill says in his talks, recorded on his seminal 2-disc CD “In a Pig’s [please excuse the speciesist language] Eye:  Reflections on the Police State, Repression, and Native America” (click HERE to learn more/buy from its publisher, AK Press):

…on that day…on the 12th of October, 1492, when a lost Italian seaman, flying the flag of Spain, washed up on a beach in the Carribean, half a world away from where he thought he was, and got himself known as “The Great Navigator.”  Yeah.

You can actually listen to the amazing, inspiring, incredibly informative talk by Ward Churchill in several parts on YouTube HERE!

Ward’s passion and uncompromising militancy is an inspiration to nearly all who hear him speak and many who read his work.

Columbus was the real savage:  he tortured native peoples to try to convert them to Christianity, he enslaved them, he murdered them, and he raped native women.  So this country proudly celebrates a TORTURER, ENSLAVER, RAPIST, AND MURDERER of innocent, peaceful native peoples.  What the FUCK is wrong with this culture??

Oh yeah–this culture is sociopathological.  Look at the people we celebrate and elevate to hero and even near-deity status.  It’s not just Columbus, not by a long shot.  Take our your purse or wallet and look at your different denominations of cash (if you have any in this economy!); the 1-dollar-bill, George Washington:  slave owner, American Indian butcher–a number of tribes helped the American colonists in their fight against the British in the Revolution, and then after the dust settled Washington ordered those tribes be destroyed for supposedly aiding the British!  He owned slaves his entire life, and when the U.S. capital was in Philadelphia, he exploited a loophole to keep his slaves when normally they’d be freed after 6 months of living there.  He also signed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793, which was one of the most horrendous laws ever put on the books for slaves; it gave southern slaveowners the right to capture and bring back south “their” slaves even if those individuals were able to escape to and settle in “free” northern states.

Now take out your 5-dollar-bill.  That’s right, even “Honest Abe” has some answering to do for his legacy.  He didn’t care about freeing slaves; his concern was with preserving the Union.  “The Great Emancipator”–my great asshole!  Granted, he did claim to be morally and politically opposed to slavery, and never owned slaves, BUT–and this is a big deal–he repeatedly said that he had *no intention or desire to free the slaves in southern states.*  Lincoln said–and this is a direct quote:  “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union.”

In the interest of brevity, we’ll skip ahead and finish up with that elusive 20-dollar-bill.  Andrew Jackson is probably the worst of the lot.  He owned a vast (over 1,000 acres eventually) plantation that was mostly cotton, worked by slaves; estimates vary, but in all likelihood he owned several hundred at some point in his life.  He also initiated the cultural and physical genocide of American Indians by displacing them from their native lands (think Trail of Tears), stealing literally tens of millions of acres from them, forcing them ever westward to make way for white settlers.

These are the motherfuckers we CELEBRATE?  This is truly equivalent to Germany having a “Hitler Day” which is a national holiday where we’re all supposed to laud him as the “Great Conquerer” or something, with statues of him erected all over the country.  This country is INSANE.  Because it’s a part of the dominant culture, industrial civilization, which is killing the planet and wiping out vast, unfathomable numbers of nonhuman species and human indigenous cultures.  It must be stopped.

And Columbus Day is a symbol of that insanity, that sociopathology.  So join me in screaming from the rooftops, FUCK COLUMBUS DAY!!!!!

"Fuck Columbus & All Other Cannibals!" This kid gets it--why can't the rest of Amerika?

“Fuck Columbus & All Other Cannibals!” This kid gets it–why can’t the rest of Amerika?

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Telling Kids About Veganism

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Do you realize how badass this beach-work is?! My new wife Andria and I spent over an hour–and if you know my physical limitations, that’s some heavy shit–using shovels to make this. Picture taken from about 200 feet above! Each letter 8-10 feet high and 4-5 feet wide.
While we were making it, a couple little kids–both probably 6 or younger–asked us what it said. I told them, then said, “We’re both vegan. That means we don’t eat meat, because it’s made out of dead animals! Animals are our friends, not our food.” I smiled as they ambled off, clearly thinking deeply. I think children are the most susceptible to the message that animals have feelings, awareness, experiences, and that because of this we have no right to kill and eat them when it’s perfectly healthful, or to be more specific far more healthful, not to do so! Most kids just understand compassion; they haven’t been brainwashed into accepting the Death-Cult that is the dominant culture, into thinking that what we do actually does matter, especially when it comes to nonhumans.
I’m sure their parents had some explaining to do–quite possibly some excuses to make, some lies to tell. But hey–I’m not here to let you sleep, I’m here to wake you up!

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