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.
Last week, I confessed to being a bad traveler. This week, I confess to something much worse. I resist and resent the demands made on me by environmental imperatives. I don’t want to save the planet. I just want to inhabit it as comfortably as possible for as long as I have.
Things reached something of a crisis point a few days ago when my wife asked me to read a communique from Greenpeace. (She thought, she told me, that if I read it rather than hearing about it from her, my unhappiness would be directed at the organization.) It said that Kimberly-Clark, the maker of the paper towels, facial tissue and toilet paper we buy, does not use recycled fiber and instead “gets its virgin wood fiber clear-cut from . . . the North American Boreal . . . one of the world’s most important forests.” And that meant, she told me, that we would have to give those items up and go in search of green alternatives. But we had already done that once before when it turned out that the manufacturer of the paper products we used to buy — Procter and Gamble — engaged in research on animals. That’s when we found Kimberly-Clark. So it seems that the pure were not so pure after all, and who’s to say that the next corporation won’t have an ecological skeleton in its closet, too?
If I recall correctly, there are more forests in the US now than since the 20's. We are one of the few nations that re-forest.
Think of paper from "virigin" forests similar to how one would potatoes - that is, they are planted and harvested. It is just that trees have a longer gestation cycle.
The people who claim to be environmentalists beat upon the citizens of the US because they will bow down to them. They behave in a similar vein and manner to Jihadists. And responding to them in the same way will yield similar results...
If I recall correctly, corn cobs were the remover of choice in the classic outhouse. Dam' uncomfortable, I should imagine. I can't remember clearly, but I don't think I ever visited an outhouse for its intended purpose, but I know that rowdy teenagers loved to tip them over on Hallowe'en night in my early youth. Baad teenagers -- tut-tut.