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.
Somebody has to do a sketch about Professor Kingsfield from "The Paper Chase" getting hauled in front of one of these committees:
"One of your students claims you showed him disrespect in class."
"That is only because he had not demonstrated any reason for which he was worthy of my respect."
Another guy named Dan
Seattle fines people for throwing food away:
Ok. so let me get this straight...
Seattle is fining you for throwing food garbage into the garbage because it goes into landfills, because it isn't utilized for compost? Do they also collect the compost (for seperate disposal)or is each resident expected and MANDATED To compost their selves?
We have friends who work in local landfills, my husband does contract work in landfills, my brother does water treatment in landfills, the amount of food that is delivered to landfills on a daily basis in this country UNDER ARMED GUARD is staggering.
The trucking industry is forced to throw away food because when a load is delivered and boxes are damaged, they are refused. I just got two cases of french fries that had NOTHING wrong with them, except the box they were carried in was dented. Not crushed, not punctured. Dented. The rendering truck is on a weekly basis going to supermarkets to take away the expired meat (because no one can afford beef anymore) and dispose of in a landfill UNDER ARMED GUARD (so no one steals this garbage).
Landfills are taxed for their methane emissions. Natural gas drillers are taxed for methane emissions (even though some of them use it to generate electricity that they sell the excess to the grid, and grow food crops themselves using the heat generated from decomposing trash).
Does Seattle also collect taxes on their own compost methane emissions?
The amount of food in this country that is thrown away DUE TO REGULATIONS helps drives the cost of food up. I heard someone yesterday on the radio say that politicians don't want you to have affordable food.
Seems they don't want you to have affordable anything. Or be productive in anyway.
But 99.9% of regulations today, they are not about safety, common sense or the environment, they are about feeding the beast.
Still, the amount of garbage (waste food) going into landfills is a small fraction of the total. So is plastic. At least 40% of waste is paper, and that fraction may be growing.
The single best source for information on landfills is, William Rathke and Cullen Murphy, "Rubbish!: The Archaelology of Garbage," HarperCollins (1992). Rathke's data is based on actual archaeological excavations, and is borne out by studies of what is actually in the collection trucks. (The trucks are dumped out on a pad, and people sort through, weigh and catalog the trash components.)
The least reliable source of information is the US EPA, which relies on gossip and back of the envelope calculations for their publications. Environmentalists have a whole mythology about trash which can be ignored in places they do not control.
Out of print, but not at all rare. The hardcover is available from Better World Books (they donate a percentage of profits to literacy programs) for $5.48 shipped, or from Amazon Marketplace for $1.90 plus $3.99 shipping.
You see the trees and the forests. You see the beautiful rocky shores of a magnificent salt water sound. You see lush gardens, and the all white communities of great wealth that maintain them. What you don't see while visiting the space needle is the total corruption of the legal system and the election process. How can it be? How can it be that a place so beautiful is on a par with Chicago in it's level of corruption?