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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

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“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/

Warm Day

Very warm today in Astoria while enjoying waffle and coffee.

Flying Somewhere? Really?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/jul/19/carbon-calculator-how-taking-one-flight-emits-as-much-as-many-people-do-in-a-year?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

“Popular osprey cam in Seaside captures losses at nest Nature sometimes a little too real”

Over the past couple of weeks nature has shown its unattractive side concerning our Seaside osprey. The following article says it best. Checking two days ago the camera showed a wet, lonely and shivering chick. The video feed being removed reveals the probable end to this season’s osprey story.

https://www.dailyastorian.com/news/local/popular-osprey-cam-in-seaside-captures-losses-at-nest/article_74823d68-a1b3-11e9-acb5-efced8738d27.html

https://www.seasideosprey.org/

“They finally built a better ketchup bottle. And soon it’s going to be everywhere.” Not in our house.

A better ketchup bottle made of plastic? No. We are not stupid. More plastic? Our families are buying as much food in glass instead of plastic. Food in our pantry is stored in glass. Food stored in plastic is iffy. Why do we want more plastic? How long has prepared foods been sitting in plastic? How safe is it? Food in glass may be more costly but safer in our eyes.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/they-finally-built-a-better-ketchup-bottle-and-soon-it-s-going-to-be-everywhere/ar-AAE4Dgt?xid=17259%2c15700022%2c15700043%2c15700186%2c15700191%2c15700256%2c15700259%2c15700262

What is social media good for? Absolutely…

Time to reevaluate need for and time spent on social media.

Comment: My kids aren’t getting social media accounts and yours probably shouldn’t either

Happy Birthday, Sir Richard.

‘FLYGSKAM’

About time. Staycations and regional trips are several ways to lower your travel carbon footprint.

Interestingly the Reducatarian Organization is having a conference in Washington, D.C. this September with attendees flying in from across the planet. The organization promotes eating less meat for health and environmental reasons. Rather hypocatical. It could be done by teleconferencing and/or regional meetings. I consider myself a more basic reducetarian, a person who strives in reducing my carbon footprint in as many ways as I can. The other “reducetarians” need to rename themselves, perhaps reducemeatians if that is all they are concerned about.

Seems the majority if not all environmental and other groups campaigning for reducing our carbon footprint by various means have numerous conferences that require attendees to travel around the globe. Hypocrites. True, conferences are for communicating. Telecommunication is communicating over a distance not traveling a distance. There are many ways of achieving that exchange of information while reducing the carbon footprint. Does that exchange require or dictate that it be done in person? No. If these organizations truly cared about the planet and believed in their own mantras there would be far fewer international conferences and more “connected” regional and local meetings. I think many people are afraid of losing the perk of visiting new and exotic locations using the conference as a selfish excuse.

For that matter why am I, a practiceing hypocrite, wasting green and/or black electricity in writing this piece that few will read or heed and might be stored on one or more servers that require more energy for far too long? Or posting my art or written works? Who really cares? A drop in the wasted power bucket. Unfortunately there are far too many irrelevant drops that add up to a waste of resources. I certainly do not waste time, personal energy and environmental resources on the dreaded and hopefully soon to be passé selfie.

Now is the time for all good citizens to do their part and rethink their carbon footprint and reconsider if any of their online discourse is in reality meaningful.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/09/flight-airline-travel-rail-family-environment?CMP=share_btn_tw

Flight Shaming ‘FLYGSKAM’. Will It Put You Off Long-Haul Travel?

https://www.stylus.com/zmmhgb

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I wrote this a week or two ago and then thought, nah, I would offend some people. Then I read a news article about KLM promoting less air travel and rethought my self censure. What is more important – what people think of me and my opinions or the future of the planet? This is the KLM message all those who fly need to hear and heed.

https://flyresponsibly.klm.com/en

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