The Watering Hole, Tuesday April 22, 2014 EARTH DAY

Shouldn’t every day be Earth Day? Doesn’t it all start with personal choices, which drive consumer demand? Isn’t non-biodegradable packaging the first thing we reject when considering an item for purchase? Open Thread.ย  Discuss

Looks nice from this far away.



51 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday April 22, 2014 EARTH DAY

  1. Recycled and recyclable packaging is a priority for me.
    Distilled white vinegar and baking powder are my household cleaning solutions.
    Seventh Generation products for laundry and most any other needs.
    I truly try to be kind to Mother Earth!

      • I was in 8th grade then. I wasn’t close enough to walk home, but we carpooled anyway, so I wouldn’t have had to.

      • After six years in Defense and Aerospace microbiology labs, I moved to Phoenix in 1970 and settled into the lab of a small agricultural company. that was what, 44 yrs ago? And you think YOU feel old!!

        Now I’m a worthless bum whose major accomplishment so far this year has been to ride the old bike — my age in miles every week. It was a hell of a lot easier sixty years ago, that much I’ll swear to.

  2. Supreme Court Upholds State’s Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

    WASHINGTON (AP) โ€” The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

    The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences because they deemed them unwise.

    Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court’s prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results.

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor in dissent.

  3. I absolutely hate to waste anything, whether excessive packaging, or food, or natural resources. I’m either one of those tree-huggers, or just very cheap.

    • You’re in good company then. Ich bin ein tree-hugger, and if I wasn’t so extremely cheap, I’d have not had the means — on my “SSalary” — to buy that really needed bicycle tire last month. Call me frugal, but don’t call me late for tonight’s dinner of roasted Cornish game hen with wild rice and fresh asparagus (game hen and asparagus both were on sale — wild rice courtesy of my sainted sister in N. Mn). And the bike tire works great!

    • It was a brilliant idea at the meeting.//
      (of course the PR people are cheerleaders and didn’t give a thought about the negative images coming through)

  4. First, the NYPD tweeted this…

    So, people tweeted great stuff like this…

    And one of my personal favorites…

    Sarcasm is an innate New York trait.

    • This country is a police state. Many city police let ego and a need to inflict pain get in the way of true ‘protecting the masses’. Yes, there are times split-second decision need to be made…it doesn’t have to end in killing. Perhaps academy training classes can come up with a split decision that can stop a suspect without killing.
      (when a suspect, with a knife or stick, who is 20 – 30 feet away from the officer the first thought shouldn’t be shoot to kill because that stick could be hurled – one can duck out of the way).

    • My wish is the Feds have a quiet plan to separate this man from OUR land!
      His arrogance, nose in the air, ‘I can defy the Government by continuing grazing my cattle for free’ needs to be addressed as federal crimes and haul his ass away.

    • I’m wondering what all those ‘armed militiamen’ that are hanging around Bunkerville do for a living. Where and for whom or what outfit do the work? How come so much time off?

      I also wonder how many of them are on the gubmint dole. Welfare Queens, sotospeak.

      Oh, and one more hypothetical: what if Bundy was a black guy trying to pull something, and all the ‘militiamen’ were, say, Black Panthers, armed to the teeth, taking up sniper positions on a highway bridge . . . etc. What would Hannity and Fox and Breitfart and Drudge et al. be screamin’ then? Would the assault rifle-totin’ dudes be “patriots”, or terrorists?

      Prosecution rests.

      • Or perhaps First Nation/Native Indians?


        …Leonard Peltier was an AIM leader and was asked by traditional people at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to support and protect the traditional people being targeted for violence. Mr. Peltier and a small group of young AIM members set up camp on a ranch owned by the traditional Jumping Bull family.

        On June 26, 1975 two FBI agents in unmarked cars followed a pick-up truck onto the Jumping Bull ranch. The families immediately became alarmed and feared an attack. Shots were heard and a shoot-out erupted. More than 150 agents, GOONS, and law enforcement surrounded the ranch.

    • I bet ol’ Cliven cashes his Social Security check every month. He believes in the federal government then.

    • Yesterday was a day for things breaking. An hour into my shift, the machine shut down and wouldn’t restart. Because of that I had to cut out at 11:30 after 8 hours. The 944 had some kind of malfunction and lost power on the way home. I just got in from having it towed to the house. I’ll have to figure out what it needs in the morning. Initial impression is fuel pump or air flow meter. Whatever is wrong, it was starving for fuel.

        • 1983. He got there in about twenty minutes. My ex is off the next two days, so she can help me get back and forth to work, in case I have to wait for parts.

  5. If Hillary runs, to paraphase Jon Stewart, “It’s okay to be a pussy as long as you have a dick.”
    Sums it up for me.

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