Archive for the Plastic Category

Salvaging Our Blue Marble (July 24, 2017)

Posted in Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Plastic, Population on July 24, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We need to salvage our Blue Marble.  Even if we are required to sacrifice humanity.”

J          “The great challenge is creating an appreciation of our planetary circumstance without overwhelming the person.  Someone can easily shut off emotionally and shut down intellectually.”

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K          “Leaving the planet in better shape than I found it . . . is getting vexing.”

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[See “The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth:  Plastics” in “The New York Times” by Tatiana Schlossberg dated July 19, 2017.]

[See “The Uninhabitable Earth:  Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us:  What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think” in New York “Magazine” by David Wallace-Wells dated July 10, 2017.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Save The Blue Marble

Save the Marble

Dear Costco:  Please Pull Plastic Bottles (June 12, 2017)

Posted in Boycott Series, Consumerism, Environment, Oceans, Plastic, Water on June 12, 2017 by e-commentary.org

Costco Wholesale Corporation

P.O. Box 34331

Seattle, Washington 98124

Dear sir or madam:

          Costco impacts the lives and livelihoods of your customers and other citizens.  Plastic threatens the lives and livelihoods of your customers and other citizens.  As part of your “Sustainability Commitment,” would you do your part to reduce the threat of plastic to the lives and livelihoods of your customers and other citizens?

          Using plastic bottles to transport water creates pollution and public health problems that often are unseen and threaten the very water they fleetingly transport.  Plastic bottles roam and range the seas.  The bottles break down into little particles and shards ingested by birds, whales and other critters.  Lead shot in birds is discernible via x-ray, yet plastic particles go undetected except by chemical analysis.

          Issue a major public statement that you will no longer carry bottled water.  For ninety days, post a statement in the area of each of your stores that otherwise would house the bottles above a palette intentionally left empty.  You will perforce lose business and make fewer profits.

          Thank you for your attention to this request.  Best wishes.

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[June 8 was World Oceans Day.]

[See the e-commentary at “Playa Plastica / Plastic Beach (September 13, 2010)” and “Plastic Pirates (August 6, 2012)” and in the category “Plastic.”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Boycott bottled water

Monitoring The Masses:  The Card And The Chip (January 12, 2015)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, Boycott Series, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Crime/Punishment, Cyberactivities, First Amendment, Freedom / Liberty, Gold, Guns, Plastic, Pogo Plight, Police, Privacy, Silver, Technology, Terrorism on January 12, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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X          “Failure to present The Card, even when there is no cause or provocation, will result in immediate incarceration and summary disposition.  If The Card is not physically maintained within a fathom of The Chip, The Chip will transmit a warning signal to Headquarters and trigger an unwelcome visit.”

Z          “I hear you.  Coming to a country near you.  Everyone is now familiar with a credit, a debit or an EBT card, so the transition will be unnoticed and unchallenged.  All movement, travel, purchases and sales will be monitored at all times by The Chip implanted at birth without permission.  Cash will be non-existent and free movement only a memory.  A few rebels may barter surreptitiously, yet bartering will be more than a mere failure to report income and will also result in immediate summary disposition.  Possession of any precious metals such as Fe, Pb, Au or Ag will be strictly prohibited and swiftly prosecuted.”  

X          “Plastic cards have encouraged excessive over-consumption to date, yet they could also be used to ration scarce resources in the future.  Market the idea to the public with unrelenting fear.  ‘We’ need to adopt the system to protect us from The Terrorists.” 

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s political and economic fact.

Are your papers in order?  Is your plastic in order?

When the big boys make a run on the bank and demand a repatriation of their gold, should the little guys make a run on the bank and demand a return of their fiat dollars?

Nous sommes Charlie?  Is the concern freedom of expression for all or only for some?

Boycott TurboTax:  See Internet

Writin’ (February 17, 2014)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Book Reference, Plastic, Slavery, Writing on February 17, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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W1       “Read and write and read and write and read and write and read and write and rinse and repeat.”

W2       “Learn to juggle all the words in the English language and a few other languages behind your back in the dark with ease.”

W1       “And recognize the nuances of education, location, geography, employment, religion, politics, race and class.”

W2       “Develop an eye for detail and an ear for dialogue.”

W1       “Subtly appreciate and acknowledge the true nature and flow of actual daily discourse and conversation.”

W2       “And understand and capture the smell and feel and taste of a person, place and thing.”

W1       “Write what you know.  And know much.”

W2       “Go beyond knowing and write what you understand.”

W1       “And understand much.”

W2       “Go beyond understanding and write about and with wisdom.”

W1       “Then write what terrifies you and satisfies you and mystifies you and pacifies you.”

W2       “Show.  Do not tell.”

W1       “Tell a great story by showing a great story.”

W2       “Show and tell may be the most revealing show and tell.”

W1       “It is often easier done than said.”

W2       “It is only said if it is done.”

W1       “It is only done if it is done.”

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W2       “Celebrating one’s love for language is another way to celebrate the day.”

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W1       “Are ‘Doonesbury’ and ‘Prairie Home Companion’ the Great American Novels?”

W2       “A novel notion.  The Great American Novel is not a novel after all but rather a visual depiction in “Doonesbury” and an oral transmission in “Prairie Home Companion” depicted and transmitted in dollops over the decades.  They reward those with an eye for detail and an ear for dialogue.”  

W1       “Devoid of all the insecure male posturing that seems to be deemed the sine qua non of the GAN.”

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[See the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/nyregion/ban-sought-on-microbeads-in-beauty-items.html?hp&_r=0 seeking to address microscopic beads that get into the water supply.  See the “e-ssays” under https://e-commentary.org/category/plastic/ that are part of “Project Plastic.”]

[From the New Confederacy in Utah and Oklahoma to the Old South in Virginia, hate is on the run, on the retreat, and on the retrograde.  See the e-ssay” titled The Sea Change Is Now A Tsunami (March 11, 2013).  For those who are troubled by slavery in all its forms and permutations, the vote in Tennessee, a charter member of the Old South, on unionization at the Volkswagen plant is disappointing.]  

Bumper stickers of the week:

Observe, Listen, (smell, feel, taste), Question, Comment

Art for art’s sake is somewhat uninspired and uninspiring.  Exquisitely superb art that promotes positive political, economic and social purposes is the most inspired art.

The American Menu: Three Food Groups (January 6, 2014)

Posted in Consumerism, Food, Health Care, Market Solutions, Plastic, Pogo Plight on January 6, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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The Gyre of Death:

Breakfast:     Sugar, Fat, Salt

Lunch:            Fat, Salt, Sugar

Dinner:           Salt, Sugar, Fat

Rinse and repeat and repeat and repeat.

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A          “New Year’s resolutions are one of the earliest examples of recycling.  The list of resolutions could be stored with the holiday decorations and reused each year.”

B          “We need to reduce.  Hope springs eternal, particularly in the winter.  Better to have propounded New Year’s resolutions and lost than never to have propounded them at all.”

A          “We need to resolve to shed calories responsibly all year.”

B          “Better to have lost pounds.”

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A          “Disregard the class and cultural arrogance and condescension that underlies the discussion and the problem still weighs on us.  We as a people are too chunky.”

B          “Too many Americans drive around all day poisoning themselves at the food shacks that litter the highways and byways and then drive to a bar and poison themselves with liquid intoxicants before taking that last drive of the day late at night back home.  We need to change our life style.”

A          “Obesity imposes a staggering additional tax on health care costs.  If the government chimes in and proposes something, someone whines about the ‘nanny state’ interfering in our lives.”  

B          “Granny may have been right about these things.  Moderation always in all things.”

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A          “Beer companies seek to decant 11 rather than 12 ounces into a bottle and grocers now package five rather than six avocados in the bag.  How do you create the market conditions so that a sugar water company reduces the ounces in the bottle and the purveyor of French fries puts fewer spuds in the bag?”

B          “And change our life style so that no uses plastic bottles.”

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[See the “e-ssay” titled Back Door Inflation (July 16, 2007).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Coal (December 2, 2013)

Posted in Book Reference, Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Coal, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Less Government Regulation Series, Market Solutions, Markets, Plastic on December 2, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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S          “Books on Cod and Salt discuss the profound impacts of the fish and the element on civilization.  Someone should write a piece titled Coal and its pernicious consequences.”

T          “A few books dig into Dirt.  We have clean dirt but not clean coal.  ‘Clean coal’ is an ironic, oxymoronic and alliterative phrase repeated often enough to fool many folks.”

S          “And ‘Dirty coal’ is redundant.”

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S          “Mother Nature leads us into temptation.  The stuff is not shiny like gold but does provide that warm inner glow and hot outer glow that we all covet.”

T          “We must resist El Diablo Negro.”

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T          “Later this week, coal will be deposited in the shoes of the youngsters who have been naughty rather than nice.  And may not have resisted temptation.”

S          “Some folks leave switches in shoes to acknowledge unacceptable behavior.”

T          “I really never needed candy.”

S          “We need to jolt folks into realizing that electricity is not produced for free at a wall switch.”

T          “We dig deposits out of the dirt and deposit the stuff in our power plants and then deposit the by-products around the Earth and in our lungs.  The death cycle of coal.”

S          “We need to get folks to switch their behavior.”

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T          “I installed compact fluorescent lights (cfls) which admittedly have a little mercury that must be disposed of properly.  My reduced demand for coal reduces the mercury released when coal is burned to produce electricity.” 

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S          “A Carbon Surcharge and Dividend policy (CS&D) enlists the market mechanism to internalize the costs of carbon production and reduce its use without any other government regulation.”

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[See the article on plastics drowning the oceans at http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gold-plastic-waste-oceans-20131104,0,1147461.story#axzz2jywwzvfA.]

[See the “e-ssays” at On Trading Off (May 9, 2011) and Energy “Manhattan Project”: The “Carbon Tax And Dividend” (March 25, 2013.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The solution to pollution ain’t dilution.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis will be available in paper back in March. 

Plastic Pirates (August 6, 2012)

Posted in Boycott Series, Environment, Global Climate Change, Plastic, Water on August 6, 2012 by e-commentary.org

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WS         “We were promised yellow rubber ducks, plastic bottles, sneakers and other debris and detritus.  Gyres of the stuff haunt and ply the waters.  And we were not disappointed.  The engine stalling in clear blue water with no visible junk was the great mystery.  After looking at the intake, we scooped up and strained some of the water and discovered very small plastic particles that blocked the intake.  Plastic has saved many trees and other living things, yet plastic does not revert to its elements in an environmentally friendly way.  The plastic particles are getting into everything.  Plastic pirates plying the Pacific.” 

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[WS = World Sailor]

[See the “e-ssay” titled Playa Plastica / Plastic Beach (September 13, 2010).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Boycott plastic