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.
If not to have a discernible impact, directly or by example, what, then, is the point? What drives this level of anxiety over soft drinks and peanut butter residue? Unless much of this is indeed about seeking out pretentious guilt and then wringing oneís hands for public display and personal gratification?
Itís not that I necessarily believe that my eating a KitKat is going to lead directly to the death of a baby in the developing world, or that drinking a Fanta means one more ďdisappearedĒ trade unionist, itís more a case of knowing that if I do these things Iím letting myself down, that Iím going against the standards Iíve set for myself.
Standards that apparently serve no objective purpose, whether enacted or not. Could these ineffectual standards then be about something less tangible and more intimate? Could they perhaps be about how a person wishes to seem, to themselves, or in certain kinds of company?
I donít care what anyone else thinks of me.
But of course. What was that about unrecycled peanut butter jars?
I usually just give up and throw it in the bin (as long as no oneís watching).
How to lie with statistics,Swiss style. See how they selected 1961 as their index for the second graph? It's in the fine print.
McCain in his own briar patch. Am. Thinker. McCain has been wrong about a few things, but McCain-Feingold has been the worst. As has been widely noted, that law limits the individual's political speech - but not the political speech of media (and, thus far, not the political speech of blogs and websites). It's nuts.
Roger's snaggle-tooth blood-pudding eaters piece (below) effectively fisked the newspaper article. The photos were worthy of Pallywood, and they ignored the aggressive efforts over the past few years of the Dept. of Agriculture to expand the food stamp program.
Here's how the dems work folks: first they pass the toughest "recycling bill" that includes criminal penalties. At that time there was a loud voice from people who wanted to encourage recycling, but not to criminalize the failure to do so. After being promised that that would never "really happen", we now have this little item: