Monday, October 30

Is is hot in here, or is it just me?

Yes, it's a really big news story when both Forbes and (love linking to them, gets my federal agency hits way up) are covering it.

It turns out that if we don't do something about global warming, we might have another worldwide depression, on a scale with the 1930's. Do we have your attention yet? I mean, I know Wife Swap is on tonight, but it's a repeat, and gee, unlike boring Global Warming, that movie was last summer, worldwide depression might garnish :57 with Katie Couric, you know what I mean?

The Brits sure do know how to write a Downing Street Memo, don't they? Trying to make up for the war before you go, Tony? Too late.

I hate to get all self-referential here but this story reminds me of my own Labor Day post about WalMart. Once again, it's fascinating that the negative story that gets the most play in MSM is not that global warming is bad for the environment, children, animal and plant life, you know, all of us. The negative story that gets play is that...

Global Warming is bad for business and the economy.

Once again, the dialogue itself shows just how much we've lost.

But before we leave the environment issue and go watch something else it turns out that as far as Congressmen go, there's a direct correlation between being a corrupt money-soaked butt boy for Jack Abramoff AND getting a nice fat zero on the League of Conservation Voters Scorecard. Oh. Besides that they're also all Republicans. Take a look at the letter after the name on the Zero Percent Club. R. R. R. R. R. You get my drift.

While you're thinking about the environment and whether or not you want to support it, you might also look at the Sierra Club's list of endorsements for the House and Senate this year. The letters after the names there are also interesting. Oh! Lincoln Chaffee. There's an R. Is he sure?

(It also looks like Sierra Club is on the fence in Connecticut, more's the pity, go Ned.)

On topic: we Dems want paper ballots: 100% post-consumer recycled printed with soy ink. Thank you.

Update: Boy, you guys look at the panties rather than comment on the text! Hmm. Anyway, most of the comments have been on organic stuff rather than global warming. There was a dearth of panties on fire images on the web this morning.

Kevin's personal comments on banana eating got me thinking. Not. But seriously, we often think about consuming organic produce as being a pro-active statement towards ecology, but isn't it also a retreat from the actual marketplace? Those who can afford it can have "clean" food, "clean" (bottled) water, and "clean" air (I'm sure someday McMansions will come with their own oxygen generators a la Michael Jackson.) And if we're supporting organic farming with the hopes that someday all of us can afford better food, good for us. I don't see that at the super expensive Fresh Market and Whole Foods grocery store chains, though. Call me a Commie, but I see class divisions.


  1. Actually soy ink on hemp paper would be my preference.

  2. Regarding organic materials and earth-friendly produce: I do my best to buy organic. However, organic tends to be twice as expensive as regular chemical pesticide produce.

    I do splurge and buy organic bananas because they really do taste a helluva lot better than the other kind. I do recycle. I do try my best to keep my energy costs down.

    But being that I attend a UU church, I tend to be a bit frustrated by the people who take their own personal green revolution a bit too seriously.

    (UU joke. You might be a UU if people complained that trees had to die for your church to be built.)

    I consider myself earth-friendly but with a sense of irony.

  3. Speaking of organic, I am amazed at the taste difference with organic cheese vs. the non-organic.

    Now, Chafee is probably the most liberal Republican in the senate. Even I like the guy. But thankfully his opponent seems liberal as well so guess that's OK to help lock the DEMS in power for awhile.

    Did you hear about the TV stations in Bangor, Maine that are not going to report on global warming anymore? Guess they think it's a joke until their own coastal towns are under water. I'm glad I don't need THAT much convincing. As someone pointed out, at that point it's too late.


  4. I've been involved in Organics for over 20 years. I am always surprised how educated people seem to forget econ 101.

    Organics is less than 3% of the total food market, and that is a new high for us. We lack economies of scale when it comes to transportation, it costs more to ship 1 load of food that it does 100 loads.

    We started as hippie food, then evolved to yuppie food and now we are working to become everyday food.

    We are less expensive than conventional food if you count all the downstream problems caused by chemicals. Think Gulf Hypoxia and other dead zones in the ocean.

    But on the political side we are supporting Jon Testor for the US Senate in Montana, soon to be first certified organic senator in US history.

    PS It is a federal violation to use the term certified organic without the proper paperwork, but I will assume you are talking about the cotton in the panities.

  5. Organic I wish I had email for you and I would have emailed you this post for your input in advance. Much appreciated.


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