We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As we (Royal "We") frequently say at Maggie's, "If you're so rich, how come you ain't smart?"
NYC remains the greatest city in the world, and the most fun to visit with endless interesting things to do and jammed with smart, ambitious people from all over the world, but it has plenty of issues to be tackled: public education, debt, too much welfare, union control of everything, governmental over-regulation of everything including the housing market, etc. However, Bloomberg focuses on the small, elitist, feel-good issues: smoking, composting, diet, salt, gays, illegal immigration, and other baloney. Why?
We suspect it's because he gave up on the hard issues a few years ago, and decided to deal with the little stuff. He's a Jewish mother at heart, and a pain in the ass. "It's raining. Don't go out without your rubbers." "They're in my wallet, Ma." Rainy Day Women.
I agree with Palin that Americans, much less tough New Yorkers, do not need to be treated like children and neither need to be, nor want to be, preached to by anybody other than a pastor, priest, or a rabbi. I lived there for a while and love to visit, and it's not a place for sissies. It always was a good place to meet tall, elegant and refined debutantes with pedigrees acceptable to my Mother. I did, a long time ago, and so far, so good.
NOCD was the kiss of death when I was young. Snobs.
New Yorkers should compost their garbage? Where are they going to put the compost? On the grass in the Park Avenue median strip? My parents had a compost heap, and a big garden for using up the composted garbage.
The city of Portland Oregon implemented this a few years back. They forced everyone to pay for an extra container and and extra pickup of the container that should only contain compostables. The idea was it was "green" reducing the landfill and reusing natural materials. But of course it required more garbage trucks burning more diesel to pick it up and haul it to where they were going to compost it. Of course they didn't want this crap in their backyard so they hauled it over 50 miles which isn't so green using all that fuel. But now this steaming heap of compost is really stinking and growing bigger and no one wants it. So they are going to load up this muck and haul it 200 miles to someone elses backyard and dump it. The new site has the locals up in arms because this stuff really really smells rotten. Sooner or later they will have to declare they screwed up big time and go back to landfill for everything.
Basically, aerobic composting doesn't scale to municipal sizes. Anaerobic digestion does, and it's more tolerant of the things that make aerobic piles smell: fats, meats, dairy. Plus, with anaerobic digesters, there's usually enough methane gas to power generators to make the operation energy self-sufficient.
If we're ever gonna learn, somebody has to be the laughingstock. Portland was. New Jack, you're next in line, come get your spanking.
Well, first off, Bloomberg's idea isn't composting, it's a slop bucket. The whole process will promote smelling rotting rather than composting. Rotting is good but it isn't something to have in your apartment, hall or alley. Here's an idea, the New Yorkers can starting keeping pigs to feed their slop to?
Unless, this is some ploy by the NYC health department to get back at citizens after their soda ban was overturned? Disease and pestilence from rotting waste would put the health department back in the catbird seat.