Archive for the Plastic Category

Man v. Nature. Who Should Win? Who Will Win? Oh, And Happy Victoria Day! (May 20, 2019)

Posted in Climate, Collapse, Plastic, Population on May 20, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I think of someone cold and alone lost in the woods at night with only a match engaged in a match of wits with the howling winds and the howling wolves.  The real war today is Man not trying to survive Nature or to subsist with Nature but to subjugate Nature.  The two cannot co-exist.  We must cheer for Nature to win, prevail and dominate Man.”

J          “‘This Planet ain’t big enough for the two of us.’”

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K          “The departure of a million members of one species will not leave the one apex species in any jeopardy of continuing as a species.  The Great Departure is the only way to save a million individual species from extinction.”

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K          “There is one and only one and no more than one solution.  Listen to the physicists and the electricians not to the e-con-omists and the politicians.  Reduce the load.  There must be a quantum level reduction in the number of homo sapiens on the Planet.  That will not be undertaken by humans.  That will be undertaken by Nature.”

J          “Nature will prevail because Nature prevails.  Predicting the future is so easy.  Pursuing the change is so elusive.”

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K          “Is it immoral to breed?”

J          “Is it a moral duty not to breed?”

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[See the “Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” prepared by the “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)” at the seventh session of the IPBES Plenary meeting from April 29 – May 4 in Paris discussing the loss of a million species.  See another analysis of our plastic predicament in a Report titled “Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet” by lead authors Lisa Anne Hamilton and Steven Feit and others at “The Center for International Environment Law” discussing our friend Plastic.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)” and “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As a Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton. (September 28, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“This Planet ain’t big enough for the two of us.”

There is no PLANet B

Homo sapiens are not really that wise

Listen to the physicists and the electricians not to the e-con-omists and the politicians. 

When is the best time to plant a shade tree?  Thirty years ago.  When is the second best time?  Now.

Building a solar panel requires barrels of coal!

People, Plastic, Planet (May 6, 2019)

Posted in Collapse, Environment, Plastic on May 6, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “While each and every legislator was sucking water out of a single-use plastic water bottle without any sense of self-awareness or shame, they tried to outdo each other debating and for some denying climate destruction and devastation.”

J          “Years ago, they covered their save-the-planet garden with plastic sheeting which has now deteriorated and shattered into a million shards spread like seeds of death that shroud their entire farm.”

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J          “The blue marble has not been photographed lately and now may shimmer like a planetary disco ball reflecting a gazillion tiny plastic particles.”

K          “These realizations may make my head explode, but that would release millions of mega-microscopic plastic particles floating around in my brain into the room.  That’s just not good.”

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[See the research paper titled “Atmospheric transport and deposition of microplastics in a remote mountain catchment” in “Nature” magazine by eight researchers dated April 15, 2019 and “There’s just no getting away from microplastic contamination” in “Ars Technica” by Cathleen O’Grady dated April 22, 2019 discussing the research.]

[See the e-commentary at “Salvaging Our Blue Marble (July 24, 2017)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)” and “Living In The ‘Peoplocene Age’.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable. (December 12, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Eschew plastic

People + Plastic = Planet ; People – Plastic = Planet

The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)

Posted in Courts, Education, Judges, Peoplocene Age, Plastic, Schooling, Society on March 12, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Decade in and decade out in every venue from academia to the courts, when big thinking confronts the typical small thinking individual or institution, small thinking almost always emerges.”

J          “C’est la life.  If there is no money in big thinking and buckets of money in small thinking, then small thinking prevails.  It is the first law of societal thermo-economico-dynamics.”

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[Plastics continue to plague the planet.  See “Saving the albatross: ‘The war is against plastic and they are casualties on the frontline’” in “The Guardian” by Anna Turns dated March 12, 2018.  Time to think big.  See the e-commentary at “Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016)”.]

[See the e-commentary at “On Merit and the Meritocracy (January 11, 2010)”, “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)”, “‘You Can’t Be Smarter’ (August 10, 2015)”, “Federal Judges:  Institutionalized Bullying (September 18, 2017)”, “Arctic High School Court (May 23, 2016)”, “The Ninth Circuit:  Two-Tiered ‘Just-Us’ Review (February 13, 2017)”, “The Paradox Of The Republican Federal Judge:  Republican Federal Judge Syndrome (September 23, 2013)”, MPP / MPA:   Are They Really Masters?  (November 13, 2107)”, So Many Words, So Few Ideas (September 21, 2009)”, “Skip the Nobel in Economics? (October 5, 2009)” and “How To Run A Newspaper (February 8, 2016)”.)

Bumper stickers of the week:

BIG THINKING in -> small thinking individual or institution -> small thinking out

e-commentary:  BTI -> BTO (BTU?)

Competency is so overrated.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”  Upton Sinclair

Think big, think long.

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.