South of Tonight

Sporadic murmurs and other pomegranates from a one-way street. Art may be viewed at www.leapingbluehare.wordpress.com

Just Say No To Imported Cut Flowers

Valentine’s Day is coming.
Thinking of flowers? Please use locally grown flowers instead of imported cut flowers for any occasion. There are many reasons to do so. Imported cut flowers have a huge carbon footprint, use large amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides that in many countries are not controlled.
(I asked a woman in charge of a local Costco’s cut flower display where the flowers came from. Columbia was her answer. She was not pleased either.)
Support your local businesses and farms.

This video does a great job of explaining why imported cut flowers are a bad idea.

“Toxic cocktail: The secret within your flowers”

#cutflowers #environment #carbon_footprint #poisons #seasonal #organic #local

What happened on Lewis and Clark Expedition December 04, 1804.

https://lewisandclarkjournals.unl.edu/item/lc.jrn.1804-12-04

#history #lewisandclark #journals

What will be the carbon footprint of COP 25?

I posted this on another social network recently:

“Let’s fly around the world to save the world? Ever hear of video conferencing? Well meaning but think about it.”

Some one commented to the above: “…it isn’t so black and white. It may be worth spending a little carbon now to save more carbon later”.

And I replied:

“But they keep spending carbon year after year. Getting tired of it. Haven’t heard of any such organization using video conferencing. I try my best to reduce my carbon footprint they should also. So I will continue to call them out. Some one has to.”

And then I see this article today in Deutsche Welle that strengths my stand on environmental organizations and environmentalists flying around the planet purporting to wanting to save the world.

“Should private jets be banned to spare the climate?

As delegates arrive in Madrid for the next round of UN climate talks, many will be traveling by air — including in private jets. With luxury air travel taking off, DW looks at the environmental impact.”

https://p.dw.com/p/3TXvY

So many organizations hold international conferences requiring long plane travel increasing attendees’ carbon footprint. Yes, a few may actually need to meet face to face but most could view talks via video links. I find this hypocritical and it speaks of either extreme arrogance, selfishness and or ignorance.

Black Whatever Day Sales

Extremely tired of Black Whatever Day sales. Proves too many humans want cheap “stuff” and too much of it. Another contribution to global warming / climate change few acknowledge. Cheap water, food and electricity and so many other things do not help the situation. Higher costs in robust economies that can afford it will somewhat reduce consumption in those countries that help fuel the decline of our environment. Time for those who can afford it to pay the higher monetary and personal costs and reduce their consumption of water, fuel, electricity and unnecessary consumables. Changes need to be made. Choices made. Sacrifices made so everyone and future generations can experience the true wonders of the planet.

Time To Rip Out Your Ring Video Doorbell

“Ring gave police a map of video doorbell installations for over a year

Security comes at a price. Is it true security?

https://www.cnet.com/news/ring-gave-police-a-street-level-view-of-where-video-doorbells-were-for-over-a-year/

“Eating banana skin can help with ‘better sleep and weight loss'”

Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers. I see nothing in here that mentions that. Wouldn’t “organic” bananas be a better choice if you want to utilize the skin?

http://news.sky.com/story/eating-banana-skin-can-help-with-better-sleep-and-weight-loss-11872340

What happened on Lewis and Clark Expedition December 03, 1804.

https://lewisandclarkjournals.unl.edu/item/lc.jrn.1804-12-03

#history #lewisandclark #journals

Happy Birthday, John

John Lennon would have been 79 today. He is still missed. He wrote so many thought provoking songs in his too short life such as ‘Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)’ John Lennon 1973

A song not to be forgotten. Its message still rings true.

(May contain TPA)

#happy_birthday #johnlennon #bringonthelucie #music #mindgames #protest #resist

“Not Going To Take It Anymore”

This article hit a very sore spot which has been festering and growing larger for quite some time. I have a problem with cruise ships. 🚢 Large carbon footprint. Host ports beginning to grow tired of thousands flooding their cities. Environmental damage done dredging harbors and bays to accommodate larger and larger ships. Dumping at sea. Talked to several local business people. Gelato vendor gave out lots of free samples but no purchases. Restaurants say cruisers don’t eat locally because they have already paid for their meals on board. Well known regional artist told me yesterday that his gallery has never sold his work to cruisers. They have to carry art on board ship and possibly plane. Shipping/mailing too expensive. Many cruisers after they purchase cruise package are cheapskates. Then there are the free flights adding more carbon to atmosphere. There are more and more stories of tourist destination communities wishing they never joined the tourist rabbit hole spiral. So cruise shaming and flygskam people. (Unfortunately I will never make a Panama Canal passage unless there is a green 20 passenger boat from Astoria, Oregon through the canal and back.)

https://www.travelweekly.com/Arnie-Weissmann/Travel-shame-travel-virtue

#flygskam #cruise_shaming #travel_shaming #reducetarian

This meshes with something I was going to mail but did not. See below.

**The Reducetarians are convening a three day international meeting today to promote a more sustainable, equitable, and compassionate food system. Great. Part of their mission is how to reduce the carbon footprint.

I was going to send them the following letter:

[Several years ago I wondered how to label myself with all the new nomenclature for different diets and environmental movements. I decided on “Reducetarian”. (Not knowing about your Reducetarian movement) Someone trying to reduce their carbon footprint by any practical method. The old three Rs reduce, reuse and recycle plus like your organization reducing meat, dairy, seafood and overall food consumption. A more ethical diet. But on top of that less flying, staycations, regional trips in our hybrid. Combined shopping trips. Buying local foods, cut flowers on and on. Promoting local businesses and farms. When I heard of your organization I thought, great. Then disappointment. I read you were going to convene another international Reducetarian summit. What kind of carbon footprint will all that travel produce? Why not regional meetings accessable by teleconferencing to “reduce” your carbon footprint instead of a large conference where most have to fly? Makes no sense for supposed reducetarians wanting to reduce their carbon footprint. True reducetarians fly less. #Flygskam]

On top of this all the environmental organizations complaining about carbon footprints, degradation of the environment but yet hold large international conferences instead of teleconferencing. Certainly the important “might” have to meet face to face but now hundreds or thousands. Such people and organizations can only be called hypocrites. How about #conferenceshaming #conference_shaming for a new shaming topic? How about I shut up? I’m just tired of all the crap people are doing not thinking of the consequences or just not caring. #selfish

Like Howard Beale in “Network” said https://youtu.be/WINDtlPXmmE

#made_as_hell

Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament 2019

Today begins the World’s Largest Amateur Beach Volleyball tournament in Seaside. It is the 38th annual Beach Volleyball Tournament. Over 1000 teams are competing this year. Photos from our strolls along the Prom during the ’16 and ’17 festivities.

Ghostly image of early morning setup days before the contest. Center court action. Folks will set up their couches on the berms around center court days before competition begins. Action takes place 1.5 mi/2.4 km from our house. Can hear the muffled announcements from PA system when we have onshore winds.

https://seasidebeachvolleyball.com/

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