I had heard/read about Rush Limbaugh’s typical, name-calling rant against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke before I saw the actual video clip. When I finally saw it, my first thought was a reaction to the bumper music, “Why is Peter Gabriel’s song ‘Sledgehammer’ now implicated in this stupidity?”
So I was excited to hear that Gabriel had his representatives call Limbaugh’s show to ask him not to use Gabriel’s music anymore.
And I was also appreciative to see this comment from Gabriel on his Facebook page:
“I am a real believer in the Freedom of Speech and would defend Rush Limbaugh’s right to mouth off about almost anything. I just don’t like my work being used as the bed track for prejudice or hatred.”
“If we couldn’t stop the slaughter of men, women and children in Rwanda, how will we save the bluefin tuna?”—Australian tuna rancher in “Sushi: The Global Catch,” a documentary about how the global demand for sushi is threatening an important species of fish
"Combine the spike in commodity metal prices with advances in geriatric medicine and the increased trend to cremation and what do you get? A thriving trade in artificial joint harvesting and recycling.
A Dutch company called OrthoMetals recycles 250 tons of scrap from cremated bodies — cofounder Ruud Verberne notes that it takes five hips to make one kilo of metal, which fetches €12 on the scrap market.”
Today I came across this press release reporting the findings of a ridiculous study recently commissioned by Kraft Foods:
"The results of a new global report released today by the OREO brand and Ipsos Public Affairs indicate that from China to Poland and Portugal to Venezuela, the spirit of childhood – that is, the chance for children and adults alike to enjoy simple, carefree moments – may be destined for the endangered species list. The report reveals that the vast majority of parents surveyed believe today"s kids are growing up quicker than previous generations. In fact, seven out of 10 parents worldwide say their children should have more time to ‘just be kids.’
The idea that the spirit of childhood is on the decline is true not only for kids, but also adults. Parents everywhere yearn for the type of lighthearted enjoyment they had when they were kids. In fact, a majority of parents worldwide (59%) say they don”t have fun on a daily basis and 54 percent say they rarely experience the feelings of delight they did when they were children.”
1. Do you think kids working in factories in the early 1900s experienced the “lighthearted enjoyment” of childhood? How about the centuries of children toiling away on the family farm, day after day? Or kids drafted into wars or killed during the massacres of the past centuries?
I love it when people take a cultural phenomenon that existed in America in the 1950s for about five years and say that’s how “things used to be” across the world, across time.
2. 59 percent of parents say they don’t have fun on a daily basis? Newsflash: Being an adult is hard!
Then consider the California State Parks Foundation's 2012 “Our Parks” calendar. Your $9.99 purchase will not only give you 12 scenic vistas from the Golden State’s most beautiful state parks, but it will also support the Foundation’s important work. Plus, it’s tax-deductible!
I recently wrote a story about Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging initiative that aims to make packaging easier to open, as well as minimize packaging waste and make packaging recyclable.
So I was surprised when the Amazon gift card I ordered for a Christmas gift arrived at my doorstep in a bubble-wrap mailer. Because the mailer attaches unrecyclable bubble wrap to recyclable paper, it’s not recyclable. Plus, it’s just completely unnecessary packaging for a non-breakable, non-fragile lil’ plastic gift card.
Need help figuring out which foods are local and in season?
Then maybe you need to buy this $13 local foods wheel and stick it on your fridge. Food wheels are available in three regions — the San Francisco Bay Area, New York metro area and upper Midwest — and a Southern California guide is currently in the works.
To research the story, I went on an early-morning route with Recology drivers in San Francisco’s North Beach and Telegraph Hill neighborhoods.
Check out these artsy-fartsy pics from the route that I didn’t have room to include with the article:
While the drivers serviced the carts on San Francisco’s famous Filbert Street Steps in the early-morning twilight, I snapped this scenic shot of the garbage/recycling truck with Coit Tower in the distance.
Cool art deco design on the side of an apartment building.
My view of the drivers while I was perched in the passenger seat.
A view of the bay from the truck, while the drivers serviced the last street on the route, around 9:15 a.m.
Thanks again to Recology for setting up for the ride-along and to drivers Dave Franzoa and Fernando Gonzalez for letting me tag along and slow down their route with my questions and picture-taking (“You’re like the paparazzi,” Fernando told me.).
Ecouterre: Ringo Starf Designs Timberland Earthkeepers Boot to Benefit WaterAid
Ringo Starr, who is living proof that people with big noses ROCK, lends original artwork and his signature to custom-designed Timberland Earthkeepers boots to raise funds for a nonprofit that provides clean water to some of the world’s poorest countries. The boots, made partially of recycled materials, are only available in men’s size 8 — the drummer’s own shoe size.
I understand that it’s not always easy to expend energy on eco causes — especially when you’re just trying to fight for your right to get married — so kudos to this group for rallying eco-queer activists around sustainability and social justice — two ideals which should not be mutually exclusive.