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ARZone is proud to announce the addition of Barbara DeGrande as a member of our admin team.

Barbara is a writer, blogger, vegan abolitionist, analyst, therapist and an advocate for humans and other animals. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.

Barbara has worked in Juvenile Justice, managed and developed forensic mental health programs and directed the Ventura County MIOCR (Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction) grant.

Barbara is currently the Dallas Vegan Culture Examiner for as well as a Feature Writer for Suite101 in the Documentary Film section. She maintains her blog at and produces a corresponding podcast. She has also contributed her writing elsewhere, most recently an anti-torture treatise featured on a political blog.

Barbara recently established Animal Rights and Rescue of North Texas, a vegan abolitionist group dedicated to respect and justice for all animals.

Please join us in welcoming Barbara to the ARZone team!!

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Comment by Carolyn Bailey on May 7, 2011 at 18:44

I looked at your photo, Jordan. I grant you, your stubble is most impressive, but I still think you have a long way to be a threat to "Stubble Gier."



Comment by Jordan Wyatt on May 7, 2011 at 18:25

RE "sunglasses", I'm not taking them off until the OTHER American "stealth helicopter" is disposed of!,0,32...

The caves of the middle east are practically "accessible" compared to The Bottom Of The World, yet still, better not take our chances!


Comment by Jordan Wyatt on May 7, 2011 at 18:23

"Had the new admin to ARZone been, for example Jordan Wyatt, the always clean-shaven dictator for life of the Invergargill Vegan Society, I would have probably made the same lame in-joke comment about average amounts of stubbleness to be found of ARZone."


Sorry to "put the boot in" Roger, but this was me as until a few hours ago!  Hey, its COLD here (12 degrees C), and besides, what Dictator is hair free?  We see hirsuteness as a definitive sign of empire!

Welcome democratically elected staffer DeGrande!

Comment by Tim Gier on May 2, 2011 at 23:20
I think it's a shame that because of an innocuous joke that some may not have gotten, a thread meant to welcome a new member of the ARZone team has been derailed. I'm sorry to have to add my voice to it, but seriously, one can find sexism, racism, homophobia and every other failing of humankind anywhere and everywhere when that is what one is looking to find. I am, as a perpetually unshaven man, deeply offended by jokes about my stubble, and if I could invent an "ism" about that, I am sure that thousands of similarly aggrieved men (and womyn) would join me in my indignation. Until such time as I discover such a word, I think I'll spend my time worrying instead about things that might actually matter.

Welcome Barbara, it's an honor to count you among us.
Comment by Carolyn Bailey on May 2, 2011 at 18:46

I'll possibly be accused of over-simplifying the issue, but ... Barbara, and every member of ARZone admin are part of the ARZone admin team because they are wonderful, intelligent and caring people. That's it!


AND ... Jason is back this week ... YAY, Jay!

Comment by Brooke Cameron on May 1, 2011 at 8:18

Welcome, Barbara!

It's very exciting to have you join ARZone. I hope your time here is wonderful for you!



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