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May 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Posted in anchorage, photo du jour, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The world has too much internal combustion -- but it's hard not to like this car.

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Another stunning change of heart

December 15, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Yes Men may finally be heading into the popular narrative, I think.  If you look up “subversive” in the dictionary you’ll see their picture.  The people responsible for the recent fake NY Post; and fooling some reporters into believing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had become enlightened.

Yesterday their latest escapade was a fake statement from the Environmental Minister in regards to the Canadian national government’s stance on carbon emissions.  The ruse was cleverly crafted and supported with diversions and supplementary convincing evidence.  They are still at the top of their game.

Mixed reactions amongst the people I told about the Copenhagen hoax.  “Can’t they get in a lot of trouble for impersonating government officials and web sites?” or some variation.  Yeah, maybe — but Ottawa would look ridiculous in the process: you cost us our credibility by making us appear that we give a damn!

Various news accounts include a statement from Yes Men member Mike Bonanno:

The idea was to confuse the Canadian government, which set up a ‘war room’ to positively spin their position in the debate, even though everyone here knows that their position is a cruel joke.

see more butts

September 6, 2008 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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The world is your ashtray.

The world is your ashtray.

I’m not in a sunny mood so this will be a good day to put up a few posts about items that have been bugging me!  Venting into cyberspace might be a lot better than telling family and friends about it [people who have problems of their own].

15 years or so ago tossing butts out car windows suddenly became not the same as littering.  Before that people used to actually use the ash trays in their cars.  I remember riding around with people when I was a kid who had overflowing ash trays.  For 15 years they’ve only been used to store change for parking meters, and they don’t even put them in new cars at all. 

I see butts flying out the windows of everything from police cars to electricians’ and painters’ trucks to minivans.  The butts hop around on the road in front of you on the highway, and at night they hit the pavement with a shower of sparks.  The smell of the smoke comes in the air vents of my car even if I’m 75 feet behind.  Riding around town on a bike, you can’t find a three foot long section of road or sidewalk in the nicest, most well-kept neighborhoods that’s butt-free.  There isn’t anyplace, from the tops of the mountains outisde town to the beaches and deep in the woods where you can get away from them!  At bus stops, intersections and all along busy arterials they collect by the thousands.  There must be 15,000 butts laying on the pavement for every man, woman and child in Anchorage.  Considering each one is a toxic trove of deadly chemicals and materials that can take a decade to biodegrade, it’s an environmental catastrope. 

Street sweeps periodically pass by and scoop them up, but a lot of them wash down storm drains and into local creeks.  Boat captains and passengers throw their butts into the ocean, rivers and lakes directly.

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