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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2013-11-12 19:39:07

Even “the wastes” of nature are never wasted, and never a waste. Time spent among chandeliers and caviar may be a waste; time spent chasing money or seeking status may be a waste; devoting one’s precious, short life to the accumulation of material things may be a waste; but it is never a waste of […]

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: British Columbia study advocates postconsumerist model of zero waste

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Wilderness Committee calls for a radical rethink of British Columbia’s waste management policies. It argues that recycling can’t solve the province’s pollution problems and calls for a postconsumerist model of zero waste. While acknowledging [...]

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The Scott Ross: Why Banning Guns Is Pointless, Or Soon Will Be

Thanks to 3D printing, a government ban on guns soon will be as enforceable as a government ban on pictures of guns.

That is because, not in the too distant future, printing objects will be as easy as printing pictures, and if the government can’t prevent anyone from printing pictures of guns, it surely won’t be able to prevent people from printing actual ones.

3D printing is a rapidly advancing and growing industry with a similarly accelerating amount of personal users or “fabbers” as (even though it’s hard to imagine) they like to be called. For those unfamiliar with the

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Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: Canadian shark fin import ban and dreaming of a green Christmas

Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio, it’s our second annual holiday special program. As you probably know, huge amounts of waste are produced during the holiday season – more than any other time of year. In addition, a lot of people find the holidays incredibly stressful. The pressure to buy gifts, social commitments, preparing meals and family expectations can make many people dread the holidays. So we’re going to talk with Aiden Enns tomorrow who is part of a national initiative called Buy Nothing Christmas, which is dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas. These folks are saying no to overconsumption and they invite everyone with

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Things Are Good: How to Reduce Household Food Waste

It was recently found out that Canadians waste a lot of food, 51% of which is wasted inside the home. This means that there are ways that each individual can make a difference! The CBC has a tip sheet on what you can do at home to ensure you don’t throw out perfectly good food.

4. Don’t assume you need to buy in bulk Grocery chains like Costco and Sam’s Club have enjoyed great success by convincing consumers that they will save money if they buy in mass quantities. But some experts warn against this purchasing strategy.

“People buy in

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Things Are Good: A Zero-Waste Town in Japan

In Japan the town of Kamikatsu people there create zero-waste while living a modern life. The community has taken the idea of a plastic bag ban to the next level and have banned garbage outright.

The crazy part? Most locals actually seem to like the extreme recycling process. Kikue Nii, one resident, claims that the town’s no-waste policy makes her more mindful of what she’s using, and helps her to take advantage of every last scrap. “I think I produce less waste because I have to compost it,” she told BBC News.

“When I can’t use the whole vegetable or

The Scott Ross: EI Isn’t Perfect & That’s Why Reforms Are Wrong

Employment Insurance isn’t perfect, and that’s why the Conservative reforms are wrong.

EI’s very purpose is to give money to people without jobs, it is a program that gives the unemployed incentive not to find work. The only reform that will ever fix that is getting rid of EI, anything else is just increasing government’s size and control.

The current Conservative government has argued that their EI reforms will remove the disincentive for the unemployed to find work, but as long as EI exists, there will always be a disincentive to work. Since the 16th century with the English Poor

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The Scott Ross: Majority Rule by the Few

The wasteful, unelected monarchy is bad and democracy is good. Since most Canadians don’t require a more indepth argument than that, let’s use the democratic system to finally severe Canada’s ties with the monarchy.

Let’s get a majority of us together, in our democracy that will require about 38% of the 61% who actually vote, which is really then just 23% of all people who are eligible. And lucky for us, as only 74% of the population can vote and 23% of that 74% is only around 17% of all Canadians, there won’t be many people we need to persuade.

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The Scott Ross: The F-35 Boondoggle

Many are angry that instead of the promised $16 billion cost of the new F-35′s the actual price tag will be more than $25 billion but Canadians shouldn’t forget that originally not only did this government continually claim the cost would only be $9 billion, Stephen Harper, Peter MacKay, Tony Clement, and other Conservatives claimed the jets would be even cheaper.

From the above video, on March 30, 2011 during the general election Stephen Harper said:

“We’re buying these jets at a time when the production costs continue to fall. We have significant contingencies and all the information suggests

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The Scott Ross: The Awe Of Oscar

Nothing seems more of a waste of time and money than the Oscars. Last night for over three hours millions of people, statistics of which show 7-9% of them unemployed and most of the others barely scraping by in menial labour, watched wealthy celebrities in designer dresses get out of limos, walk down red carpets, pose for photographs, describe how glorious and important their work is, and collect gold statues.

Of the whole night of opulence, there was one scene far more important to any criticism that one could lob at the 84th Academy Awards, one picture put the whole

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Things Are Good: The Reality of the Paperless Office

A PDF- making company (no idea these eve existed) recently sent me something that caught my eye about a survey they conducted:

In this survey, three out of every four Americans say they want to reduce paper consumption for the environment, including:

· 48.0% – willing to reduce their use of newspapers · 45.9% – willing to reduce their use of magazines · 37.6% – willing to reduce their use of forms, contracts, documents · 31.6% – willing to reduce their use of books · 6.1% – willing to reduce their use of toilet paper

Essentially, Americans are willing to half their paper consumption in the

DeSmogBlog: Report: Arsenic From Coal Ash Disposal Sites Leaching Into Groundwater

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The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has released a startling report showing that coal ash dumps near coal-burning power plants are leaching arsenic and other toxic chemicals into water supplies. The new report identifies 20 new sites in 10 different states where coal ash is contaminating water supplies. These sites are in addition to the 33 coal ash disposal sites that EIP identified earlier this year that are contaminating water supplies.

From an EIP release:

EIP has identified a total of 20 additional coal ash dump sites causing groundwater and soil contamination in 10

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Art Threat: Litter made lovely: Washed Up – New photographs by Alejandro Durán

Alejandro Durán’s photographs are so intriguing they almost make me think that littering is a great idea. That is, until I realize that the beauty in waste has only been found through his selective eye and thoughtful arrangements. The colourful waste items of Durán’s project, Washed Up, addresses the issue of pollution that has made [...] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Litter made lovely: Washed Up – New photographs by Alejandro Durán

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mountaintop Removal Mining Directly Linked To 60,000 Cancer Cases In Appalachia

Mountaintop_Mining-04647.jpg A new study from the Journal of Community Health concludes that cancer rates in areas of Appalachia where mountaintop removal mining (MTR) is taking place are more th… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mountaintop Removal Mining Directly Linked To 60,000 Cancer Cases In Appalachia

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: GOP Coal Ash Bill May Be Hazardous To Your Health

poison_sign.jpg The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted this week to allow a new bill on the regulation of coal ash to be considered for a full House vote. The bill, known as The Coal Resi… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: GOP Coal Ash Bill May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Things Are Good: TerraCycle Helps Schools Recycle and Learn

TerraCycle is a company that wants us to rethink waste. They collect materials that would be sent to landfills and use them to create new products thereby creating less waste filling up the landfills. Here in Canada they have been quite successful with their school programs – and have given money back to schools that [...] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: TerraCycle Helps Schools Recycle and Learn

Blunt Objects: I Like the Acting AG Already

“The government didn’t tell Parliament it was approving $50 million for a G8 legacy fund that doled out cash for projects in cabinet minister Tony Clement’s riding based on his advice, according to the auditor general, who could find no paper trai… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: I Like the Acting AG Already

mike watkins dot ca: Harper’s Joy Ride To Boston

A message from Stephen Harper: I’ve got big cuts in mind for Canadians but not for me and my buddies. Suck on it Canada. Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper illustrated very clearly his priorities: cuts for Canadians, but not for Stephen Harper, his … . . . → Read More: mike watkins dot ca: Harper’s Joy Ride To Boston