Anonymous asked
Hi! I'm that anon who asked about plants being able to feel pain. Do tell me (via blog, if you want) if you didn't receive my second ask, which contained links (broken up)! Not sure if tumblr would filter those, too. Thanks!

i didn’t get the second one — tumblr must have stolen it. anyway hope the replies to that post helped with your question!

Anonymous asked
Hi! About being vegan, there's been studies saying that plants can feel pain - they apparently emit a high pitched "scream" of sorts if they're dehydrated, have a part cut off or something like that. So if plants can also feel pain, why is it better to eat them than animals, morally? We are still hurting living beings. But doesn't that mean we can't eat anything?? This has gotten me confused quite a bit, your thoughts?

keepcalm-followstephano:

thedailytennant:

source? link?

I’m not the original anon, but I did a little research and this is what I found:

http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/845/art%253A10.1007%252Fs00442-014-2995-6.pdf?auth66=1410796898_2d9339e686991e79e59f97dcd163a2e4&ext=.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4137388/

tl;dr:  Plants do respond to being eaten (by caterpillars anyway).  Vibrations from the chewing of the caterpillars elicits increased production of defense-pathway proteins, that in some cases are able to slow the growth of the caterpillars.  Plants have several general defense pathways that are activated by injury or by being eaten.  These pathways act sort of like an immune system in the way that being attacked by caterpillars once will strengthen the future response to caterpillars or to pathogens, and vice-versa.  I found popular media articles on plants emitting noises when attacked but no scientific articles (if anyone else can find them I’d be interested), and whether or not plants can “feel pain” is kind of fuzzy…

So plants can sense when they’re being eaten and they respond in defense.  But saying they feel pain the way animals do is, scientifically, kind of a stretch.

alright that was going to be my next point, that a reaction is not equal to nerve endings and pain through both physical and emotional reactions.

and failing all else — if it were somehow proved that plants feel pain and stress and terror equal to animals — animals raised for slaughter are fed vast amounts of plants (mostly corn and soy) with a ratio along the lines of 14lbs grain to 1lb beef, so if you’re in the business of saving plants, vegan is still the way to go

Anonymous asked
Hi! About being vegan, there's been studies saying that plants can feel pain - they apparently emit a high pitched "scream" of sorts if they're dehydrated, have a part cut off or something like that. So if plants can also feel pain, why is it better to eat them than animals, morally? We are still hurting living beings. But doesn't that mean we can't eat anything?? This has gotten me confused quite a bit, your thoughts?

source? link?

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Anonymous asked
Capaldi's season, so far, has been a huge step up from season 7. I honestly would give it a little chance. 12 and clara have a /totally/ different dynamic than 11 and his companions. He's in a way emulating a 9ish new doctor vibe, if that makes sense. Give it a chance. I find that people are just hating it because of moffat, which isn't really fair.

alright well 9 was my fave so this is good to hear. yeah that’s the thing, we all hate moffat but so many people contribute to a big show like this that even though he’s the official showrunner, it’s not actually “his” show.

Anonymous asked
Capaldi has been fantastic so far

good to know!

the-punlord said: I did the same thing as you, but I started watching the new series and I love it! Peter Capaldi is a totally different Doctor and I think it’s great :) definitely worth checking out!

yeah i’m hearing mixed things now but i might go ahead and give it a shot

thanks!

victoriangreyjoy said: nope - moffat ruined it and remains in control of the show. matt smith is a good actor as is capaldi but the writing remains deplorable

yeah nothing against matt smith (i’ve not actually seen him in anything else so i can’t judge), it’s his doctor (aka moffat’s writing/storyline) that i have the problem with. i’ve heard capaldi’s been fighting with him about it though so i was hoping maybe it’s improved

is the new doctor who worth watching? i gave up on matt smith’s doctor, has capaldi been able to salvage the show? opinions?

shihoudani answered: i wouldn’t mind, but you should prolly change the name. as long as tennant doesn’t vanish completely <3

yeah i would change it to thedaily___________ (suggestion box open)

and of course there would still be tennant :)

how many people would be super upset if this branched out from being a david tennant blog and became a more general good-looking people blog?

Anonymous asked
just saw a thing you posted ... probably a while ago, someone asking for you to help them decide to be vegan. My question is similar and I was hoping you could help: Ok so a quite a few months ago I went vegan (Yay :) ) but it didn't last long (Due to family $ issues :/ ) so dad told me I was going to eat meats or die and now when ever I eat any of that stuff I tear myself apart inside and I feel like a horrible person what should I do ? (btw if u could tag this @JTL that would b gr8 thx)

yikes, sounds like a tricky situation. to clarify, did your dad say you had to eat meat and die as in if you didn’t eat meat you would starve, or as in if you ate a vegan diet you would die? because the latter would be much easier to deal with as there’s loads of evidence pointing to the health benefits of veganism

as for money issues, that’s tough if you’re relying on someone else to buy your food (like your parents). however, veganism doesn’t have to be expensive — like any other lifestyle, you make of it what you can. mock meats and “vegan version of that thing i like” type of food is usually more expensive, but you can buy grains, beans, nuts, and that sort of thing in bulk for cheap, which is what you’d want to replace meat in your diet with. then you just need a weekly trip to the store for your fruits and veggies, which a lot of meat eaters also eat anyway, though i don’t know your personal situation. prices also vary depending on where you live, what’s in season, and what kinds of food you like (i’m a big fan of tofu and noodles), but i know that in both america and korea i’ve spent much less on groceries than my meat-eating coworkers.

if your parents are against the entire idea of veganism, i would suggest offering to do some of the grocery shopping and/or cook some meals — pick something simple and delicious that you think they would like. it will probably be easier for them to accept your veganism if they don’t have to do any of the work.

my interests have evolved a lot since i first started this blog and i&#8217;m not nearly as active here as i once was, but there&#8217;s still not much that makes me smile like cute pictures of younger DT with his crazy hair

my interests have evolved a lot since i first started this blog and i’m not nearly as active here as i once was, but there’s still not much that makes me smile like cute pictures of younger DT with his crazy hair

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