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A few more inconvenient truths
This has nothing whatsoever to do with the US election. I'm just a spectator there, both legally and spiritually. ;)

Those little energy-saving fluorescent lightbulbs we're all being told to switch to contain mercury which, as we all use and discard more of these bulbs, will leak into the groundwater and make its way into our bodies. Check out what mercury does to living organisms sometime.

Recycling (with the exception of aluminum cans) uses so much additional energy which in turn causes so much additional greenhouse pollution that it's actually better for the environment to continue using landfills instead.

The ham-fisted granting of human rights to the Aboriginal people in the 70's put a stop to the work-for-meat system, which up 'til that time had allowed Aboriginal tribal life and traditions to continue more or less undisturbed, and instead forced them into cheap government housing and onto welfare, meaning all they had to do from that point on to survive was to walk down the street to collect their dole. This was thrust on a people who had developed a delicate balance of survival for a very harsh land; a balance which required all their time, learning and energy to maintain. And people wonder where the drinking and social problems came from. If I were that bored I'd drink myself to death too.

The rush to stop using so much paper (paper bags, for example) in order to "save the forests" caused us all to switch to plastics, which never break down, and which have now created a floating garbage tip in the Pacific Ocean the size of the continental United States*. (Incidentally, paper manufacturers knew all about replacing forests; no forests = no fucking paper = putting themselves out of business; they're not complete idiots. Renewable forests line 100kms of highway from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and that's just a single, local example.)

Biodegradeable plastic doesn't break down into the earth. It breaks down into many tiny pieces of plastic which are infinitely more harmful to the food chain than a big bag would have been.

I'm a leftie to the core. I believe the old-growth forests should be preserved. I believe my queer friends should skip down the aisle with glee, male-male, female-female, male-female-female, or any other adult, consenting combo. I believe in socialised health care. Above all else I believe in science. I believe that the kind thing to do is not always the right thing to do. I believe in thinking with a logical mind, not a bleeding heart.

Don't mind me, guys. I woke up at three a.m. last night and didn't get back to sleep 'til six, and I'm paralytically tired. -_- This entry is not written in anger, nor even irritation, but all those things have been fluttering around in my head since I found them out over the past year or so, and they've been washed up here, much like the sea of garbage periodically washes up on Hawaii.

* see: Garbagetopia, the Isle of Plastic: http://www.oskarlewis.com/weblog/archives/5473
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Comments
ranshire From: ranshire Date: November 4th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Damn, that Bullshit! episode got you too, huh? ;-)
tania From: tania Date: November 4th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
That was my source for the recycling and biodegradable plastic bits; most of the other stuff is from online articles and Wikipedia, and the part about the Aboriginals is from a guy I met in the outback.
ranshire From: ranshire Date: November 4th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Always good to have more than once source, and to expand ones knowledge. ^_^
rainbow_gash From: rainbow_gash Date: November 4th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
This post has my seal of approval. Are you aware of those green "eco-bags" we're being forced to use are actually even worse, again, than plastic?
tania From: tania Date: November 4th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I was not, but somehow I'm not surprised. Thanks for the heads-up.
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tania From: tania Date: November 4th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't have minded if it were a decent storm, but it was just a couple of sky farts and a light patter of rain. For this, we lost three hours' sleep! D:
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: November 4th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You gotta love our tendency to "fix" small problems until they become big ones. -_-
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: November 4th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
The Mercury in CFL issue is a bit of a furphy in Australia. Coal buring power stations put mecury into the atmosphere and the amount of mecurcy in a CFL is more than offset by the reduction in mecury generated by the electricity to power it over it's lifetime.

Also full length fluro tubes have mecury in them to.
tania From: tania Date: November 4th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a good point. I should also have added (though it would have ruined the rhythm of my rant, heh) that manufacturers of CFLs are constantly developing models with less and less mercury... hopefully at some point they'll develop the technology to work without mercury altogether.
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: November 4th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
*tut, tut* Wikipedia :P

Also it pissing me to no end when I see cotton 'eco bags'.

Cotton is one of the most earth fucking, water using crops in the world. Buy hemp, buy non-weaveable without those terrible dye colours. Also most are made in China and therefore your carbon cost is compounded by the shipping and most of the people making your bags are not working under fairtrade conditions. Also, even if your Chinese manufacturer says they offset their footprint - they're lying. It's much easier and cost effective to get bribe an official than to actually plant some trees.

Rant over.
sebkha From: sebkha Date: November 4th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, my explanation would be that it's irritating to have to change our behaviors, so factoids like these are people's way of taking revenge on the irritants. I'm dubious of most of them.

For one, I'm pretty sure we're using plastic bags because they're cheaper, not out of any concern for deforestation.
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