Archive for the Water Category

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

Posted in Boycott Series, Consumerism, Environment, Oceans, Plastic, Water on June 12, 2017 by

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

Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016)

Posted in Book Reference, Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Collapse, Consumerism, Environment, Gas/Fossil Fuel, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Overpopulation, Peoplocene Age, Population, Society, Taxation, Technology, Water on December 12, 2016 by

. . .

K          “It’s too late?”

J          “It is too late.”

. . .

J          “But we pretend and extend.”

K          “Get up, put on your socks, and soldier on.”

. . .

J          “We are producing far more babies than solar panels.  That scenario is not changing under any scenario.  There is very little hope, there is only collective delusion within the collective.”

K          “Ironic that so many will not acknowledge our global plight and others who will acknowledge our situation do not even acknowledge the underlying and overriding problem.  The ‘Peoplocene Age’ is upon us and we do not know it.”

J          “The ‘Peoplobscene Age’?  Too many people, too little planet.”

. . .

K          “The plebiscite on global climate destruction takes place in the specialized voting booths known as the maternity wards of the world one new voter at a time.  The votes are tallied every day, the voting booth never closes and the decision is unanimous and uncontested.  Everyone endorses global climate devastation one baby at a time.”

J          “We need to reduce the load.  Period.  The only viable solution is to produce fewer people not to delude ourselves into thinking we can produce more panels and power.”

. . .

K          “The inconvenient truth is that renewable energy is not the answer, now or in the long run.  If one honestly calculates all the costs including every opportunity cost, the total cost of renewable energy does not and never will pencil out.”

J          “My concern is that we are not allowed to provide that answer, so we are not allowed even to ask the question.”

. . .

K          “We are in the flood right now.  I don’t recall anyone in the movie even once mentioning overpopulation.  Go through the flick and replace the phrase ‘reduce fossil fuels’ with ‘reduce world population.’  The only sustainable energy policy is a people policy.”

. . .

J          “There are more neurosurgeons than skilled solar panel installers.  Americans contend in response that they can simply wave a wand and the problem is solved.  If the government – or the private sector with generous tax breaks, credits and deductions  – commits to training more solar panel installers, voila, we will have more solar panel installers.  But at what real cost?”   

. . .

J          “Those people who are here must reduce their load.  Period.  Everyone wants to live like they do in Bethesda-Chevy Chase; no one can sustainably live like they do in Bethesda-Chevy Chase.  The Republicans delude the populace that they can live the Bethesda-Chevy Chase lifestyle simply by demanding to live the Bethesda-Chevy Chase lifestyle.”

. . .

K          “The planet will support 500,000,000 souls comfortably and 5,000,000,000 souls uncomfortably.  We are grossly over gross.  Overpopulation is at the headwaters of all of our problems.”

J          “And first and foremost among the downstream problems is our growing inability to provide clean, available and affordable water.”

K          “We need to reverse the two trends.  We need to quit depositing more humans on the planet and quit removing other species off the planet.”

. . .

J          “Yet, by definition, it cannot be the biggest problem confronting humanity unless you use the word ‘terrorist’ to describe it.”

K          “Okay.  Fair enough.  We have overpopulated the planet with almost 7.5 billion precious little miracle . . . terrorists.  And the numbers are growing.  There you go.”

J          “That should work.”

K          “Almost 7.5 billion precious little miracle terrorists are pummeling Mother Nature with poison.  Then we sprinkle nuclear reactors around the planet that are finicky nuclear bombs waiting to be detonated by default.  Pull the plug on electricity, pull the pin on the reactors.  The nuclear reactors are weapons of mass destruction that will go off when they cannot get the electricity to stay on.”

J          “The mutant shall inherent the earth.  We allow one country to pour radiation into the Pacific Ocean day in and day out for over five years and create the world’s largest Superfund Site.  The grazing ground for sea critters is toxic.”

K          “The Pacific Ocean Superfund site and other ocean Superfund Sites also have massive gyres of poisonous plastic and detritus spinning around.”

J          “The ultimate inconvenient truth is that the entire Earth is now a Superfund Site.”

. . .

K          “What if the government only provided a tax deduction of ‘x’ for the first child and ‘1/2 x’ for the second child?  Or no deduction?”

J          “The hard simple truth is that little can be done to slow population growth.  The load has overloaded us.”

K          “A carbon fee and dividend program?” 

. . .

J          “With so many available bodies, there are so many opportunities for corporations to exploit the vast pool of desperate workers.”

. . .

K          “We have met the enemy and it is a little miracle terrorist.  It is us.”

J          “Mother Nature is the only adult on the planet.  She is growing impatient.  Soon she will intercede.”

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[See Daniel Quinn from “What a Way to Go:  Life at the End of Empire” and his “Advice for Young People” at minute 48.  Try to find some joy in this life without deluding yourself.]

[See the e-commentary at “On Overpopulation (June 14, 2010)”, “Kids As Consumer Durables (August 6, 2007)”, “Global Environmental Something (February 16, 2009)”, “A Gentle Landing On Earth (August 1, 2016)”, “‘It’s Only A Rental.’ The Earth As A Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschation. (September 28, 2015), “Global Climate Craziness (GCC) and Taxation (March 23, 2015)”, “On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015)” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“We have met the enemy and it is a little miracle terrorist.  It is us.”  Nogo

We need to reduce the load.  Period. 

Be fruitful and don’t multiply; multiple fruit fruitfully

Slow climate destruction; practice birth control

Too many live people; too few dead dinosaurs.  To say nothing of the too chilling consequences of burning the few available dead dinosaurs (or whatever spawns gas and oil).

Price carbon

Stay calm and price carbon

Panic and price carbon

Better never than late?

Preserve the Nest; at all costs.

The mutant shall inherent the earth. 

Too many people, too little planet

“Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally or globally?”  Albert Allen Bartlett, Great Challenge

Running From Cancer Runs (May 6, 2013)

Posted in Fracking, Health Care, Population, Water on May 6, 2013 by

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_          “Seems that everyone would be better off not running for the cure to cancer but rather reflecting on ways to prevent cancer.”

. . .

_          “The only available water was encapsulated in cancerous plastic bottles provided by a sponsor.  I went to the water fountain; the fountain was disconnected and just hung off the wall like a sconce.  I went to the bathroom faucet; the faucet is now laser controlled and premixed the water to a tepid temperature.  A cupped hand of tepid water was the only alternative to the plastic product.”

_          “Or go thirsty.”

. . .

_          “The name CDC – Center for Disease Control – has a pleasing symmetry and cadence.  Adding ‘Prevention’ to the mix is prescient, prudent and proper.  Resources should be focused on preventing cancer not just curing cancer.  If it is prevented, it does not need to be cured.”

. . .

_          “In the near future, we will be fighting wars for water and rare earths on this beleaguered Earth.”

_          “And expressing regret that we ever allowed fracking to destroy the precious water supply.”

_          “We also would prevent some cancers if there were fewer mouths to water.”

. . .

_          “I’m already signed up.”

_          “I’ll go, but I’ll run under quiet protest.”

. . .

[See the “e-ssay” titled Gettin’ Health Risks Right (June 25, 2012).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Everyone has an equal right to water, so no one has exclusive water rights.

Run for the cure?  Live for prevention.

Plastic Pirates (August 6, 2012)

Posted in Boycott Series, Environment, Global Climate Change, Plastic, Water on August 6, 2012 by

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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.” 

. . .

[WS = World Sailor]

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

Bumper sticker of the week:

Boycott plastic

We Ain’t Ants; We Are Grasshoppers (April 9, 2012)

Posted in Depression, Entitlements, Environment, Food, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Pogo Plight, Society, Water on April 9, 2012 by

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C1          “Eating out will make you eat in.  Or lose your appetite.  Americans devour too much food and waste too much food.  A friend said that he could not go a week in any activity catering to the American appetite because he could not stomach the gross waste of food.”

C2          “Americans put too much on their waists and then waste the rest.  They waist food and then waste food.”    

C1          “If Bill Shakespeare didn’t document it, Aesop did.  The timeless human experience.”

C2          “Bill on burgers, Aesop on arugula?”

C1          “I thought they relayed the ‘Ant and the Grasshopper fable’ to us to teach us to play well with others even if the others played too much.  I thought we would be directed to be a good ant and let the grasshopper come in out of the cold.  Then she read the ending and said that the ants rebuked and rebuffed the grasshopper when he sought to come in out of the cold.”

C2          “You can’t blame them.  The ants saved and gathered all summer while the grasshopper played and partied.”

C1          “But we are all playing and partying.  There are not enough ants.” 

C2          “Everyone must be an enlightened ant.  The grasshoppers are preparing by collecting guns.  The few ants must continue to save and gather and . . . collect guns.”  

. . .

[See the article “Clean your plate, save the world?: Scientific American.”]

[See the “e-ssays” titled “Beans and Bullets (April 6, 2009),” “On Entitlements (July 19, 2010)” and “Girding For The Going Grid (October 11, 2010).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Personal responsibility; fiscal responsibility; legal responsibility

Providence prefers providence

Readin’, ‘Ritin’ and ‘Rithmetic . . . and Respect . . . and Success (March 14, 2011)

Posted in Education, Schooling, Water on March 14, 2011 by

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P1       “He keeps rantin’ about readin’, ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic even if the kids hate learning or learn to hate learning.  He really seems eager to make learning unpleasant.”

P2       “Anyone who says that the kids first need to respect themselves and each other is branded a pantywaist.”

P1       “Have you also noticed that the proponents of the pain school of schooling usually are not very luminous.”

P2       “It’s part of the worldview.  Then there are those, particularly parents, who claim to hold up education as the highest ideal who really are more interested in collecting awards, tokens and trophies.  The little darlings are just ego extensions of their hovering parents.  They elevate schooling over education.”

P1       “There is a schism between those who endorse readin’, ‘ritin, and ‘rithmetic and those who recognize the need for respect, specifically self-respect and self esteem, before someone takes to learning.”

P2       “The grand irony is that it must be a package personality.  There has been some disconnect along the way.  We have free public education, yet forty-five percent of the population is immune to and almost inoculated against ideas.  I don’t blame public education for the problem.  The habits are kindled at home.”

P1       “I’ve told kids that there is some great writing in the sports page of a newspaper.  I read the tautest commentary on a championship game that covered the game, the season and the history of the sport in a handful of words.  Whatever it takes to get them reading and to enjoy reading.”

P2       “Inculcate curiosity.”

. . .

P1       “The hard truth is that those who obey also succeed.”

P2       “Those who ask questions are not given an award for having regurgitated the right answer.”

. . .

P1       “Getting through high school really is a survival course.  On a good day, it is banal and insufferable.”

P2       “That squares with my observation that many persons would like to go back in life and be 18 again, but no one ever longs to be 14 again.”

P1       “And they always want to go back knowing what they know today.  That may not be part of the deal.”

P2       “High school is the most unpleasant period is one’s life, yet the grand irony is that life itself is just a string of high school experiences with graver consequences.  Everyone gets older, but few get mature or wiser.”

. . .

[See the “e-ssays” on “Schooling” and “Education.”]

[World Water Day – March 22]

[See the “Race To Nowhere” movie and website]

Bumper stickers of the week:

What did you teach the teacher today, son?

Inculcate curiosity


“Politics is high school with guns and more money.”  Frank Zappa

Playa Plastica / Plastic Beach (September 13, 2010)

Posted in Boycott Series, Environment, Plastic, Water on September 13, 2010 by

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H     “The plastic water bottles may circulate forever in gyres in the ocean, fall to the bottom of the sea or roll up on beaches.  I always thought that the sun caused the plastic to deteriorate and mitigated the problem.  But no.  The small pieces and particles of plastic remain on the beach and in the bayou.”

O     “Out of sight, but not out of mind.”

H     “And yet still in the sight of shore birds, although the birds do not realize they are scooping up plastic mixed in the sand and the mud.”

O     “The marketers are making money selling something that is free for a higher price than auto gas or filet mignon.  The next stage for the marketers is to bottle plastic air.”

H     “Every plastic water bottle is a plastic explosive.  You can’t repeat often enough how important it is to boycott bottled water.”

. . .

[See the “e-ssay” dated March 23, 2009 titled “Boycott Water” and tap the movie “Tapped the Movie” and imbibe Bottled & Sold  The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water by Peter H. Gleick.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Boycott bottled water

Boycott bottled water

Boycott bottled water

Boycott bottled water

Boycott bottled water

Boycott bottled water

Boycott bottled water

Boycott bottled water

And then do it again

“Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.”  Attributed to Mark Twain

Wars Over Water:  Coming To A Continent Near You

On The Digital Revolution (March 22, 2010)

Posted in Cyberactivities, Economics, Entitlements, Estate Tax, Kleptocracy, Society, Water on March 22, 2010 by

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“Most, if not just about all, of the fortunes amassed in the last ten to twenty years were stolen.  Nothing was created.  Much was destroyed.”

“Jobs created some jobs.”

“And to his credit he is still creating a few.  There are a few others who are producing and contributing, yet they are the rare exceptions.  Scrutinize the “Forbes 400” list.  Some have family money.  Some made some contribution.  Few of them have done much to produce a product or provide a service.  The companies they overleveraged will soon overwhelm the economy.  At best they structure affairs to shift risk to others or to the taxpayers.  Successful businesses are dismembered and destroyed not created.  That is the fundamental difference between the robber barons of olde and the robber barons of new.”

“No dispute here.”

“Taxing some of the stolen money is impossible when the government can be and has been taken over and overtaken by the small cabal that owns and runs the kleptocracy.”

“No dispute here.”

“Today we hold electrons not dollars.  For a few seconds one afternoon, my computer indicated that there was nothing in my retirement account.  All 000s.  All goose eggs.  That caught my attention.  Seemed like a true harbinger of what will happen in the future.  The system refreshed in a few seconds and reported familiar figures.  What about a Digital Revolution that simply eliminates from all records ownership of any assets over five million dollars by any one person?”

“Cyberactivities are the real weapons of mass destruction.  They are also the weapons of mass creation.  Sort of like nuclear technology that is creative when harnessed for positive ends and destructive when deployed for harmful ends.  A five million dollar threshold will not impact me.”

“After the Digital Revolution, when you log onto your computer, you discover that you have no more than five million per person and ten million per couple including a personal residence, a vehicle, savings, golf clubs, polo saddles, etc.  As a rough gauge of worth or value to the individual, the algorithm will treat assets within a class such as a residence, cabin, car or boat that has been owned the longest as the most valuable and will remain with the individual.  The other assets will be randomly assigned to others.”

“No impact here, yet imagine the surprise one morning when someone wakes up to discover that he owns a fractional interest in a fractionally-rigged 76 foot sloop with rod rigging and a full complement of complimentary sails.”

“That only creates another travesty.  Individuals who did not create an idea, work late at night or take a risk should not be rewarded gratuitously.  The scheme would only contribute to the entitlement mentality that is such a defining part of the problem in contemporary America.  No one seems to be producing good goods or undertaking productive activities; no one deserves any reward.  However, the Digital Revolution would make a great novel.  ‘Coming to a theater near you.’”

“Don’t worry, the Chinese will trigger the Digital Revolution, although the outcome will be far less equitable than your proposal.  Perhaps you should worry.”

(World Water Day)

(Stewart Udall 1920 – 2010)

Bumper stickers of the week:

Golden Rule:  He who has the gold makes the rules.

Carnegie made steel; today’s barons steal.

Commodities Futures / Future Commodities (March 8, 2010)

Posted in Congress, Economics, Society, Water on March 8, 2010 by

“. . .  In developments at the bourse, the ongoing drought in Europe is blamed for the price of water rising $2.13 to close at $84.29 a barrel for glacial blocks for delivery in May.  . . .  At the close of trading today, the average price of a share of a United States Senator rose seven percent, matching analysts’ expectations.  . . .  On rumors that the United States may impose export restrictions on kidneys harvested from minors without their consent, a kidney climbed $7000 (delivery FOB).  . . .  And the price of oil again was crude.  . . .”

Bumper sticker of the week:

Futures Sticker Shock

Boycott Water (March 23, 2009)

Posted in Boycott Series, Global Climate Change, Water on March 23, 2009 by

Boycott bottled water.  Boycott plastic bottled water.  Water in a bottle is more expensive than oil in a barrel.  Worldwatch does the math and shows that bottled water costs as much as $336 per bottle.  The quality may be less than water available from the tap.  Some bottled water is little more than tap water in a plastic bottle.  Water in the Middle East is becoming as valuable as oil.  Encourage the economic production and distribution of safe drinking water.

Things like bisphenol A and phthalates don’t sound healthy.  The one word advice to young Benjamin Braddock–“plastics”–is an admonition to all, young and old, who risk being absolved more quickly and painfully of their mortality.

[See article dated May 9, 2007.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Celebrate World Water Day – March 22.

Boycott bottled water

even if it is the only water on the dive boat

even if it is the only water after a race

even if it is the only water.