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These vomiting, pooping “Sparkly Critters” are the only children’s toys that understand the true horror of the world today

By David Futrelle

Browsing Twitter this morning, I came across this video, which at first I thought was just a joke.

https://twitter.com/_BMW_750LI/status/1149846519333437440

But no, these things are real. You can buy them at Target and Amazon and, I guess, everywhere else where vomiting, shitting toys are sold.

While I was initially a bit repulsed, I realized that these toys are the perfect symbol of a time in history when the news, on a daily basis, causes me and probably billions of others to (figuratively) shit ourselves in fear or vomit in disgust.

These aren’t just toys; they’re cultural commentators. And they’re a good deal better at their job than most of the commentators I see on the news or in the New York Times op-ed pages.

PS: Consider this an open thread.

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Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Integalactic Meanie
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Integalactic Meanie
1 year ago

@Alan,

I’m glad I found you music you like. Interestingly enough, Melloncamp came from my area (roughly speaking) of Indiana, and still maintains a home there. Don’t know how much you know of him and his music, but he’s big into helping the small family farms survive in an era of factory farming and land ‘developments’. (The song Rain on the Scarecrow probably sums up his feelings best on that score.) He also organizes the FarmAid concerts every year, though I have no idea how much those actually help the farmers.

Now on to a vent.

Last week a longtime player on one of the fandom forum games I’m on decided enough was enough and quit for good. This wasn’t a surprise, since she’d been showing major signs of unhappiness at this place and its staff for several months now. In her farewell post she left a scathing critique of certain staff members, their characters, and the direction and frequency of major plot events; much of it was accurate on what problems this site currently has.

Then a few days ago this woman posted a similar rant about the game on Reddit. And, well…if the first post can be described as burning her bridges at the old game, this post was her nuking any remaining ties to players there for many many years to come. She held nothing back in expressing her hatred of how this game had changed over the years from the one she started playing years ago and loved. So far as she was concerned, the current player base was nothing more than a bunch of adults who were really 5 year-olds squabbling over shiny things and clogging up the game cbox with Kawaii-Desu emoticon bullshit (because genuinely mature players can read intent perfectly in text without emoticons, nor are silly with each other just because?), and outright stating in a reply to a commenter that certain players sabotaged each other during ad contests to prevent them from getting the ad points (and insinuating that I was the main person doing this to others). Crap like that.

Oh, and while attacking the Mary Sue-ism of certain admin players, went after another long-time player that had nothing to do with the problems she was upset about, but who dared have a character that was related to one of the admin’s ‘special snowflake’ characters, and therefor made her just as awful a player as the folks she blamed for ruining her beloved game for her. This is a player that is one of the nicest people you could play with, and in fact counted the angry player as a friend – up until this post, that is.

After reading that second post, all I can really do is just shake my head and sigh that someone I originally thought was at least a fair individual, if hot-tempered at times, turned out to have a really nasty vicious side to her. I’m not going to confront her on any of her lies (of the things I knew something about, at least some of her statements were lies of omission), because ultimately it would gain me nothing. Just wish her well in her life, and hope that her cathartic spilling of acidic hatred over her former RP mates was worth the loss of respect and/or friendship they might have felt for her.

/vent. Sorry it got a bit long there, but I really had nowhere else I could post this without a huge risk of it biting me back in ways I don’t want it to.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

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Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

We don’t exist to ask individuals to go vegan, but to change the food system in its entirety.

However, succeeding at the latter would necessarily force the former … and that is problematic. I, for one, find most vegetables to be unpalatably bitter, and I rely on the ability to get chicken fairly cheaply to meet my nutritional needs. Soy-based and other substitutes, though I’ve found them palatable, are significantly more expensive, and my budget is limited.

I find it improbable that I am unique in this regard out of all of the people in the world. Most likely there are millions, or more, in the same situation vis-a-vis these things.

Unless the world you propose to create also either lowers the price tag significantly on non-bitter, vegetable-based meat substitutes, or significantly increases the minimum income a person can receive, it will have no place in it for me or those others like me.

Has this been taken into consideration in your group’s planning and its political platform? Will there be assistance for people of limited financial means who would find eliminating meat from their diets would raise their expenses significantly?

Dalillama
Dalillama
1 year ago

@Surplus

Has this been taken into consideration in your group’s planning and its political platform?

It has not, which is one of many reasons they are foredoomed to absolute failure. Another is that you never get systemic changes by trying to harangue people into changing their personal habits, because the problem is systemic. It’s the same as trying to fight pollution by bugging people to sort their recycling.

epitome of incomprehensibility

@Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Integalactic Meanie – That sounds frustrating. I’ve had situations where people are fighting for what seems like pointless reasons and I feel like picking them up and yelling at each one, “YOU! YOU! Stop arguing!”

Which, yeah, wouldn’t work… In this case, too, I think you’re right not to confront the person who’s been complaining behind your back, but it sounds like an exhausting thing to have to wrap your mind around in the first place.

@Dalillama –

Another is that you never get systemic changes by trying to harangue people into changing their personal habits, because the problem is systemic.

Agreed. It seemed, though, that the manifesto @Alan posted was going more after systemic problems than individual choices (?)

I mean, the way I read it, the goal was to stop large-scale farming, not to stop everyone from eating meat. But I’m probably reading it through my own filter, since I don’t see humans eating other animals as inherently wrong, but I do have a problem with industrial farming and the environmental problems it causes.

Kind of OT, but I’ve also been a bit confused in other situations with the term “plant-based diet” because it’s been used to mean a) vegan, b) vegetarian, and c) not necessarily excluding meat, but not relying heavily on it.

@Surplus – Yes, that’s the thing, not everybody is good with being completely vegan. I had a friend with multiple nut and soy allergies. She tried to be vegan for a while but it was too hard to find enough food.

I was just curious, not that these have high protein content, but do you like sweeter veggies like beets, carrots, cauliflower, etc.? (Cauliflower can be expensive sometimes, but it’s nice roasted. Carrots and beets are cheaper, at least where I live, and can keep a long time.)

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

Cauliflower is icky. I’ve found carrots, corn, and potato to be palatable.

epitome of incomprehensibility

Some people who don’t like cauliflower raw like it cooked, e.g. like in this recipe (I just use olive oil, put it on the pan, roll the pieces of cauliflower in it and sprinkle them with savory.)

But maybe you just can’t stand the stuff, which is fair enough!

Onions are the vegetable I don’t like raw. Cooked? Yum. But raw onions in a salad? Nope. I’ll revert to kid-mode and pick them out.

(Plus raw onions make me gassy, and farting detracts from my aura of dignity. This is also why I prefer lentils over red beans, speaking of plant proteins.) 🙂

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

Tiny amounts of onion, as a flavoring. No more. No beans. Salad? I haven’t seen one that could be rescued by picking bits out. Especially since they are prone to be slathered in some icky sort of sauce or another with one or another strong, disagreeable flavour — typically extremely sour rather than bitter, with some additional indefinable ickiness to it.

And that’s before we get into how many of the things in them have an icky texture

Gimme a soy burger. At a regular burger’s price. 🙂