Tuesday, March 21, 2006

some small steps, some bigger ones

thanks to jeff at sustainablog for posting this link about a story of a schoolteacher's idea for saving energy hitting the big time.

not sure whether this is a small step or a big one, but it's bigger than the steps they're taking in d.c. these days toward a rational national energy policy.

the true small steps are the ones that will matter most: those we take when we raise our own consciousness, by degrees, about the need not only to conserve (all consumables, not least energy) but to re-examine the foundational principle of our american lifestyle--- namely, gluttonous consumption. when we become aware, we then face the realization of our complicity and our responsibility; then comes the hard part: making choices and doing the right thing.

mostly, though, 'mericans are really good at keeping our heads in the sand and believing that our rapidly enlarging asses will be safe because we can't see the approaching danger.

random poll #2

which of the selections below best matches your first, gut response to the following word? the context is "national energy policy": conservation

a) too little, too late

b) lean times

c) prudent policy

d) a minor component

e) first priority

f) drastic measures

g) a major component

Thursday, March 09, 2006

random poll #1

do you believe that the Bill of Rights (Amendments I - X of the Constitution of the United States of America) was meant by its authors to include all people within the jurisdiction of the U.S., or only legal citizens of the U.S.?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

the future is now

a friend of mine shared her vision of the future with me the other day. Be afraid, be very afraid.

"McDonald's, Starbucks, and WalMart will unite and become the triptych super power that takes over the world for good!!!!!!!

Run away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"