Have you started reclaiming, reusing, recycling, repurposing and or reducing items from your life that will cut the amount of material going into landfills or buying locally to hopefully reduce your eco-footprint as well? I’m in; even PBO alluded to a big change being needed for the next generation.
Now, well, lets say again we all need to worry about the fishing in our oceans, lakes and seas which sadly is on a path toward collapse as overfishing, polluters. plastics and the corporate fishing industry need a refresher on regulatory rules least we remind them to protect our wild and marine life for the next generation
It’s a rant
Unfortunately, Congress, is under Republican control in both chambers, the House, where legislative purse strings are under stress and if you listen closely, they sound like they had different school books, syllabus and teachers, so, the path
to sustainable 21st Century living was is going to be a struggle.
Though after NAFTA the struggle for American workers was bad it also made most us all rely on goods made in foreign lands with questionable ingredients and on the cheap; I for one have looked at my clothes and sighed after finding brands that once sold mostly “made in the USA” went to the dark side. I guess cheap really is not only addictive, cheap labor and cheap material affects and effects the quality of our lives
Addictive, but the question is – will authorities at the top recognize that NAFTA needs reforming due to an increase of carbon foot-print, allowed foreign companies to possibly use toxic chemicals, use less than 100% organic and in some cases, let our children play with toys made with excessive amounts of lead. We need a quick acceptance an apology and a big change implemented in every state regulating not just what comes into the US of A, but how, what is dumped, recycled and where; it makes sense on so many levels given what we now know about pollution, climate change, landfills and the effects on Americans …and our at risk population, whether folks want to admit it or not a reality check is needed. Washington State, along with a few others decided they are all in on banning plastic bags though the effort needs to be much more vigorous as cooperation from big corporations who do not always implement the process fast enough, but we have to start somewhere right.
However, it is obvious that as those at the top debate and delay changes in our man-made and natural global warming experiences, they are leaving minorities and the poor out of the conversation of sustainable living, let alone offer up alternatives or commit to viable restorations of communities most impacted by bad urban planning. We have all heard or know that certain populations are definitely unable to control the negative impact that some big corporations are having on their communities or environments as more and more cases are revealed, aired and reported. It is disturbing to know that some cases are over twenty – thirty years old or older, the sad truth that there were are too many middle class, minority and poor communities built on or near freeways, landfills, gas lines, ex-chemical plants, manufacturer plants or smokestacks with dirty air while providing jobs at those same facilities though the people had no idea that they and the lives of their families could be negatively affected and life in some cases probably cut short. The abuse of land in rural and or urban settings is not just offensive it is still unchecked and just one more thing the EPA needs to revisit.
The idea of sustainable living is not new, yet, it means something different depending on what State you live in and how your officials deal with the agencies we are supposed to trust whether the issue is about fracking, housing,ground water, GMO ,salmonella etc. or bird flu. Most people I know love all kinds of food and are careful about at home preparation, but I do believe that the way food is inspected, accepted and processed is still suspect and an update in federal laws regarding food inspection are overdue. I hope we all agree that our food should not be considered a state’s rights issue; it is a keep the American population safe& healthy issue. I come from a fishing based family that believed in staying away from so-called store freshly caught and to always smell the fish, ask if wild or hatchery and if it’s wrapped in plastic question it all because it may look like the real deal but … I will admit I remember when most if not all seafood caught, was “bought and sold fresh” and or” wild” but not farmed because my family preferred to buy at the market or buy at the pier, but mostly from my family fishing for it. When farm fisheries started popping up my family felt it might be a good way to keep wild off the endangered list, but unfortunately some collateral damage was created when some reports of nasty toxic developments at some not all farmed hatcheries were found .
folks did not know in the early stages the influx of farmed fish to grocery stores and restaurants meant insufficient labeling or the profound lack of available information for consumers to make independent and or intelligent decisions by leaving out info whether it’s about fish, beef, chicken, clothes or toys they are selling comes from the most “environmentally friendly” way possible instead of taking risks that could hurt lives
HEALTH CARE — HOUSE GOP LET BILL TO AID 9/11 FIRST-RESPONDERS AND RECOVERY WORKERS FAIL: While the Senate is infamous for its legislation routinely being blocked by minority obstruction, the House of Representatives yesterday took after the upper chamber when a measure “that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust” failed to pass even though a majority, 255-159, voted for it. The bill was aimed at “9/11 rescue and recovery workers who fell ill after working in the trade center ruins.” House leadership used a procedural method that let the bill come to floor without amendments but required a two-thirds majority for passage. Only 12 Republicans joined Democrats to support the bill. Rep. Peter King (R-NY), one of the 12, said the GOP would have likely added an amendment “that could ban the bill from covering illegal immigrants who were sickened by World Trade dust.” GOP leadership urged its members to vote against the bill, calling it a “massive new entitlement program.” Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) ripped into Republicans for voting against the bill as a protest against not being able to offer amendments, screaming on the House floor, “You vote ‘yes’ if you believe ‘yes!'” Lamenting the GOP’s obstruction, he said, “We see it in the United States Senate every day, where members say, ‘We want amendments, we want debate…but we’re still a ‘no.'” Without an aid bill, “a judge and teams of lawyers have been urging 10,000 former ground zero workers to sign on to a court-supervised settlement” splitting “$713 million among people who developed respiratory problems and other illnesses after inhaling trade center ash.” The settlement would cover less than a tenth of the assistance in the House bill. Health problems caused by dust from the World Trade Center include “breathing ailments with symptoms similar to asthma” and “heartburn or acid reflux.” “Studies have shown that firefighters who worked on the debris pile suffer from elevated levels of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease,” and many workers “fear that the dust is giving people cancer, although scientific studies have failed to find evidence of such a link.”
Republicans and some conservadems who say they want to help people get back to work, give small business the means to create jobs have once again said one thing while on camera and then voted against the People of the United States. They say small business needs to be helped because small business creates jobs … but Republicans lie and this is yet another example and now evidence of just what they have in mind for us … as Americans we should all be not only outraged but use our voice to keep Republicans out of office. We need to vote for Politicians who have Americans best interest in mind and clearly it is not …NOT Republicans.
I don’t believe Immigration is that issue which will bite the backs of the Obama Administration because immigration has to be dealt with. It has to be comprehensive and unlike what people on TV seems to want viewers to believe, immigration legal or not did not just pop up after President Obama was elected. Immigration is the elephant in the room that Politicians on both sides of the aisle have avoided and were unable to make progress on. Then there are the others who along with corporations were more interested in making a buck then solving the massive influx of undocumented people looking for jobs; not all immigrants are violent, taking jobs, crazy or breaking laws … which is what i would call life, it you are good at what you do compete and win then whining or saying it’s “unfair” and should not be a part of the conversation
It is ultimately something that will affect every single person in this country. The notion that every State should be able to make up their own rules,policies or laws is absurd not to mention the crap coming from people on the right suggesting that the undocumented or illegal’s as they call them be rounded up and taken back to their homeland. The comment and the idea is not only offensive the suggestion about how to pay for the round-up is in itself scary and brings up another time in History the lives of people who were rounded up and well… we all know what happened. Ask yourself how many ethnic groups went through the crap this is being suggested by mostly Republicans, an en masse deportation. I will admit I was definitely offended and surprised that folks in 2010 would even suggest using stimulus money to round up people and ship them back to their homeland. Is it me or are these wild, wicked and stupid comments from people from the right getting on the airwaves talking seemingly crazy and getting paid $175K to do “ThePeoplesWork.” It has been six years and not much has happened in Congress … or course unless to include the money Republicans spent paid for by taxpayers …
Repealing ObamaCare Votes was up to $70 Million with 50 attempts in 2014 now 63 attempts 2016 … so, you do the math
Government Shutdown $24 billion
Benghazi almost $8 Million
Emailgate $75 Million or more
The current bills brought to the floor of Congress should give everyone involved and the country an opportunity to stop, consider and debate the obvious ramifications, maybe accept that comprehensive immigration reform needs to be clearly explained understood unfortunately what the right calls amnesty. It would be in all of best interests for those on the right to avoid the notion that all the undocumented or”illegal” are just violent and malicious folks doing all kinds of bad things. However,they cannot help themselves though we all know that not all undocumented,”illegals” as they call the undocumented are bad and decades ago, employers decided to look the other way when folks started coming across the border to look for jobs getting the jobs that were paying little or nothing but saved them money. It is time to be honest and deal with the reality of the impact and contributions that undocumented people have to the US economy because it is big.
I personally feel that is a civil rights issue. The idea is not lost on me that the immigration laws republicans want moving across the country would also have some negative consequences and would definitely push Americans back to a time that we all hope is gone and only in our history books. However, we have to remind people often that we cannot go backward. It was not that long ago when women and people of colour were seen as 3rd class citizens, servants and rarely heard from by anyone unless being forced to do the unthinkable or worse.
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