2014 Midterms; Advice for Uninformed Voters Consistently Voting Against Their Own Best Interests

Elections are serious business. The 2014 midterm elections will have serious consequences for both parties and the citizens of this country. What to do, what to do?   Many believe that there is nothing more dangerous than an uneducated voter, and…

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Is It Time For a Worldwide Ban on Single-use Plastic Bags?

Let me state for the record, that with few exceptions, I do not like governmental bans or restrictions on personal behavior. That means the number of ounces of soda one can drink, or the amount on salt or kind of light bulbs that can be used; all should be off limits to the nosey bureaucrats’ intent on controlling every aspect of our daily lives.
There are, however, exigent circumstances when the harm being done is so massive that intervention in the form of bans is necessary. So it is with the worldwide pollution caused by the indiscriminate use of plastics for convenience rather than necessity.
Unlike climate change, very few are challenging the reality of the plastic trash and debris crisis. Estimates of single-use plastic bags range from 500 billion to 1 trillion bags worldwide every year. Virtually no corner of the globe has been left uncovered by plastic trash. Very few pristine locations remain unsullied.
Whether we are talking about whales off the coast of Spain , cows in India, or camels in the Egyptian desert or monkeys in East Java, globally many thousands of animals die ingesting plastics and then dying of starvation every year.
The Blue Danube is loaded with more trash than fish. Mount Everest is a mountain of trash and garbage. It is estimated that 80 to 90 percent of ocean pollution comes directly from plastics in the form of plastic bags, toothbrushes, containers of every shape and description, toys, and bottles. Time Magazine covered The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 2012, one of the Five Gyres circulating in the oceans.

When Rolling Stone covered the Plastic Bag Wars in 2011, they noted that American shoppers used 102 billion plastic bags yearly. That figure has gone up to 380 billion bags yearly. It is very easy for a family of four to go through 500 plastic bags a year. Remember these are bags designed to last forever and are only used for 15 minutes or less on average.

With all this plastic being produced every year, you’d better believe manufacturers are fighting back using intimidation and litigation in their arsenal of tactics.

Why should you care?

  1. Plastic never goes away. Every piece of plastic produced in the last 50 years still exists unless it was recycled.
  2. 93% of Americans aged six or older have tested positive for BPA, a cancer causing chemical used in plastics.
  3. The search for lost Malaysian flight 370 has been hampered by the global marine litter crisis, as reported by CNN.
  4. The Plastic Bag Report lists 27 states, multiple countries, 102 cities in California and EU with complete bag bans or bans in various stages of legislation.
  5. The list of species testing positive for plastic in their bodies is growing, including 44 percent of all birds, 22 percent of cetaceans and turtles.

A better question is what kind of world do you want to leave to future generations? We are after all only as good as what we leave behind. As Captain Charles Moore notes we should be living our lives like it matters.

 

 

 

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Will We Finally Get Serious About “Saying No to Plastic” in 2014?

 Plastic is a bigger danger than global warming, or at least it is in the immediate sense, considering it is snuffing out the lowest common denominator in the food chain, says Neil Seldman, a waste recycling expert and president of the Institute for Local Self Reliance, an organization with a long track record of promoting sustainable communities.

Will 2014 be the year we finally get serious about, “Saying NO to Plastics”?

Forget the hokum about global warming. Plastic pollution can be seen everywhere. This problem is here now not some place in the distant future.

 The vast amount of plastic trash that enters the oceans is a real problem, a problem that grows ever omnipresent on a hourly basis.

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 Plastic pollution is destroying the world’s ocean ecosystems. The real problem with all the plastic entering the oceans is the fact that it never degrades. It photodegrades into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic particles.

 Billions upon billions of smaller and smaller plastic pieces have now become part of the food chain finally absorbed within zooplankton.

 The oceans are constantly in motion.  Areas called gyres pull in waste from one part of the world and bring to other side of the world. As the plastic photodegrades into barely visible pieces, plankton have plastic debris in their bodies. Zoo-plankton are at the core of the marine food chain.

 This situation is so dire that we have places in the oceans where plastic debris outnumbers plankton.

 Unfortunately, that is not the worst of it. When birds, fish, and other sea creatures and  mammals ingest plastic debris which they mistake plastic bottle caps and bits and pieces for food’ the consequences often lead to a long slow death.

 When these creatures consume plastic debris they suffer with blockages of digestive tract followed by satiation, starvation and general debilitating and finally death.

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Satellite Data Proves Al Gore Wrong

In 2007, BBC reported that the polar ice caps would be completely gone by 2013. Then in 2008 Al Gore told an audience in Germany that “the entire North Polarized cap will disappear in 5 years.” Now, just last week, Greenpeace released a commercial…

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Obamacare Website Knowingly Launched With 40% of Payment Software Not Completed!

Only in Washington is it acceptable to launch a website, 3  years in the development, that was never properly tested, crashing multiple times with as few as 6 users prior to the October 1st launch date, with limitless privacy issues , and STILL…

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The US Costly Addiction to Plastic; Beijing Bans US Imports of Trash!

Operation Green Fence, a campaign by Chinese customs to strictly enforce laws governing the import of waste, “could be a game changer,” says Doug Kramer, president of Kramer Metals, an international scrap dealer in Los Angeles. “A lot of companies have used China as a dumping ground, getting rid of … substandard scrap and trash,” Mr. Kramer says.

CHINA PLASTIC TRASH HEAP The headlines were recently blaring …Beijing bans US imports of trash! That one my friends, is a very big headline. Bet you didn’t know our biggest export to China is our trash!

Yes, we export more trash than soybeans or wheat. It seems, except for green crusaders, very few people, politicians, or people in the MSM want to acknowledge the silent nightmare that plastic trash and garbage presents.

Instead of pushing climate change policies EPA should be pushing plastics policies!  We are entering a period of global cooling.   

 


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Obamacare Collapsing Under Its Own Weight

Glitch – A minor malfunction, mishap, or technical problem; a sudden …… usually temporary malfunction or irregularity of equipment Completely predictable; but would anyone listen? Nooooooo! More snarky but true concerning the Obamacare train wreck from…

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Oh My God, is Global Warming Causing More Vasectomies?

IPCC report makes US meteorologist cry – and give up flying …The Guardian

What can you say about the kind of hysteria that makes supposedly grown men sound like such hysterical fools? One possible explanation if that they suffer from the same kind of delusional incoherent hysteria that affected the accusers during the Salem witch trials.

Certainly sounds that way. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus confessed on Twitter,

I just broke down in tears in boarding area at SFO while on phone with my wife. I’ve never cried because of a science report before. 

To which I want to CHURCH OF CLIMATOLOGYsay, “Really, no R_E_A_L_L_Y?”  Well, if the slobbering Mr. Holthaus could put his tissues down long enough, maybe he could take the time to read the entire report.

It seems the real story is buried deep inside the IPCC Report, and no wonder.

  • 1. The earth’s temperatures have been cooling for the last 15 years. The IPCC calls this a pause, Time Magazine reported we were entering a mini ice age in the 70s.

2.  The Telegraph reports there has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, they equivalent of almost a million square miles

3.  Despite BBC predictions the arctic would be ice-free by 2013 it remains ice covered.

The truth is it’s hard to find a single prediction by this group that has been truthful or has come to pass. We have more to worry about from the U.S. military’s experiments with climate warfare through the HAARP programs than the threat of global warming from carbon dioxide.

The MSM has bought into the global warming farce hook, line, and sinker. Not only do they not report the facts, they fail to report on who is hurt most by global warming charade…the poor in developing countries.

These are three recommended resources to go to get views differing from the party line:

ICECAP - International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project, is the portal to all things climate for elected officials and staffers, journalists, scientists, educators and the public

Global Climate Cooling Facts – This is another portal with links all things climate change including briefings, consensus reports, key organization links etc.

The Global Warming Policy Foundation – Launched in 2009, the GWPF is a think tank that provides in-depth views from every perspective (IPCC position through outright skepticism). They try to provide robust and reliable economic analysis.

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Plastics are forever

This is one of the best slide presentations on plastics and the impact they have on our environment you are likely to see. Intelligent and well thought out AND put together by two “green teens” with Plastics Are Forever Youth summit.

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