I know that many people feel that a boycott is no longer a useful means of protest, but I think in this case, it might actually send a message. Of course, boycotting watching the Olympics does little more than upset the advertisers, though THEY shouldn’t be supporting the Beijing Olympics, either. The athletes should not feel like they’re putting their health at risk by competing in an extremely unhealthy environment. Journalists should not be hindered by being unable to use various web sites and having their camera access severely restricted. I should also mention that some of the Chinese Olympic athletes, specifically the women’s gymnastic team, are probably not quite women yet. Some of the girls don’t look quite 16, and my best guess is 13. I wonder if the Olympic committee will look into this further as they would if the USA presented underage athletes as competitors.
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Wouldn’t it be nice if, during this time of a national environmental crisis, in which towns are being leveled by tornadoes and swept away by floods, we had some sort of force – a National Guard, perhaps – to help these towns and cities clean up and rebuild? Wouldn’t it have been wonderful is some past President had thought of a situation in which we might need such a “Reserve Army” if you will, and had made provisions for such a thing? And if a President had done so, wouldn’t it be a little irresponsible (maybe even slightly criminal) for a current President to commit that force elsewhere, out of the country which they had taken an oath to serve, to fight a foreign enemy on foreign soil and leave them there for an extended length of time, even when they are needed despareately at home? Might that not be a reason for impeachment, especially if it had happened more than once during a particular President’s term?
A report came out yesterday saying that there are all sorts of prescription drugs in our water. Of course, the FDA (who can be blindly trusted because they’re a government agency) says that because the drugs are in the parts per billion, they can’t really have an effect on us. Or can they? Has it occurred to anyone that the severe rise in strange illnesses, tumors, etc… among the American public could be attributed to the prolonged effects of fertility, psychotropic, and various other medications in our WATER. You know, the substance that gives and sustains nearly ALL life on the planet. Does this concern anyone else?
I promised Todd I would get to this when I could, and now is as good a time as any.
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1. I would support Stephen Colbert for President if I lived in South Carolina (I like that he’s making a mockery out of a system that has been a mockery for years, especially when it comes to corporate sponsorship), but since I don’t, I’m supporting Dennis Kucinich. I’ve heard a lot of talk about Ron Paul and some of it I agree with, but I think he’s more dangerous than people realize. I also firmly believe that people should vote for the candidates they believe SHOULD win instead of the candidate they believe CAN win. That only rewards mediocrity.
2. I am so disgusted by Americans that I have begun the immigration process to Canada. I know that their system isn’t perfect and there are things I won’t like there, too, but I believe it’s all about picking your poison. I want health care and affordable education for my kids. I don’t want my kids to feel bad about being atheists. I don’t want their cultural icons to be people like Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears. I definitely don’t want them to live in or near a city where guns are so common that there are over 320 murders (more than some countries) before the year is over.
3. I am a desert addict. I have a thing for baked goods. It’s a sickness. I prefer things with chocolate, but I fall victim to anything sweet. I make my own ice cream, and I have the Ben & Jerry’s cookbook. I am worried that my children will inherit this, so we counteract with a lot of fruits and veggies.
4. I don’t like to touch meat. I like it best when I can’t taste that it’s flesh of some sort. I’m okay with fish. I hate to cook and do anything that involves working in the kitchen with the exception of baking.
5. I live largely in my own mind, which gives people the impression that I don’t like them or I don’t care about them. When I’m thinking about something, I have a hard time focusing on anything else. I’m abrasive and socially inept.
6. I believe that some climate change is just the way the planet lives, but that we have greatly accelerated it and there are many things we can do to change it. It makes me really angry when people refuse to change their lifestyle slightly so that we don’t overfill landfills, deplete resources, and destroy ecological systems.
7. I love my job but it makes me crazy that I don’t have much time to write because I am constantly doing things for work. we do a lot of fundraising because we don’t have any money and we need a new copier, more books, paper, pencils, and other supplies necessary in the running of a school. Computers would be great, too, but we need a library first.
I understand why Al Gore doesn’t want to run. Someone who actually won the last election and wasn’t elected President probably lost all faith in the American political system. Besides that, he probably feels that he can affect more change as a philanthopist than as a political leader. That may have been true 4 years ago, but now enough people have taken up his cause that he can step down and do what America really needs him to do – repair our reputation with the rest of the world. Hopefully those people who didn’t believe in Global Warming or Climate Change will give it a little more thought now that Gore has won the Nobel Prize. The truth is, we need a leader. Whether it’s Al Gore or someone else, we need someone who is respected by the American people and the world community at large.
I had an argument with my parents this week about the environment. My parents don’t feel that it’s an important issue, even though they believe that Global Warming is happneing. It’s not that they don’t know what they can do, or that they can’t afford to do everything they can. They just don’t care. I find that type of behavior appalling (and quite disheartening), especially in my own parents. There is no reason why every one of us shouldn’t be doing SOMETHING to help the environment. Instead, my parents leave the lights on in their house almost all the time, leave the air conditioning on when they’re not in the house, and put absolutely horrible things into their bodies. They do have a Hybrid, but only because it saves money on gas.
If you’re not going to do anything to improve the environment, the LEAST you can do is try not to destroy it any further. It’s not even all that inconvenient. Here are 3 things that require very little change on your part: Use compact florescent bulbs. Take your own canvas bags to the supermarket rather than using paper or plastic. Turn off or unplug electric devices you’re not using.
CNN is finally asking the question: Why do gas prices follow oil up but not down? They’re trying to say that it’s basic economics, but I think we all know that’s bullshit. The commission last year that determined that price gauging was not happening outright LIED. Driving around town will make that pretty clear. Yesterday I drove no more than a mile down one road from the poor part of town into an extremely wealthy area. The price of gas (again, after driving no more than a mile) raised 30 cents when I crossed the township line. Is the government really trying to tell me that driving half a mile down the road justifies that kind of a hike, especially when we live close to refineries and there’s absolutely no reason for that kind of difference? If we’re going to let the oil and gas companies fuck us in the ass, let’s not pretend that they’re bending over as well.
And again, if we would all use less oil, buy fewer plastics, and DRIVE LESS, our troops could come home, the assholes in power would have less money, and we would be doing a lot more to help the environment.