Category Archives: Nature

About two years of recycling

on July 25, 2022 in Nature, Visualization

I’ve been saving my recycling to take to my building’s recycling bin when I empty my trash, but the years keep rolling and I haven’t filled a load of trash. I’m going to bring my recycling to my building’s recycling bins. I haven’t kept track of when I last emptied my recycling. I think it was more recent than my trash. Here’s the plastic, glass, and metal from I believe[…] Keep reading →

Cities aren’t loud, cars and air conditioners are

on July 24, 2022 in Nature

In February I posted Cities aren’t loud, cars are, partly to promote the wonderful video channel Not Just Bikes. I recommend listening to the host, Jason Slaughter, on my podcast, then watching all his videos. While I could have promoted any of his videos to start with, I started with his video showing how much of noise in cities comes from cars (and even more from motorcycles). Well, it’s late[…] Keep reading →

People are swearing off air travel because of climate anxiety

on July 21, 2022 in Nature

Yahoo! Life Unearthed quoted me in a story about people avoiding flying for climate reasons, People are swearing off air travel because of climate anxiety, by Jasmin Singer. I would add plenty more reasons to avoid flying beyond climate, including pollution, displacing people and wildlife from their land, and doing to nations what cars do to cities, but they focused on climate. The article also quotes Flight Free USA, whom[…] Keep reading →

Homeless: do we feed them or force them into jobs?

on July 19, 2022 in Nature

Conservatives say that if you give people food and money, they won’t work for it and they’ll learn not to work. As Milton Friedman said, if you pay people to be poor, you’ll have a lot of poor people. Liberals say nobody wants to be poor. They don’t want to stay poor. If you don’t help them, they’ll drag on society. If you do, they won’t, and they’ll rise back[…] Keep reading →

My cereal shame and recovery

on July 18, 2022 in Doof, Nature

I grew up seeing the cereal aisle as normal. Shelf after shelf of boxes, all colorful, with a nutrition label on the side, some game or distraction on the back, a plastic bag inside a cardboard box, and a few companies making them. Inside them were things I didn’t think to ask where they came from or what they were made of. It just seemed normal to me to see[…] Keep reading →

The problem isn’t capitalism. It’s capitulation.

on July 15, 2022 in Nature

I hear a lot of people promoting “dismantling capitalism.” It’s not easy to define capitalism. I’m not sure what laws they specifically mean to change, if changing it through legislation is the plan. In any case, I see our culture as the problem. Many describe American culture is focused on the individual. I see it that way too, but what changed recently that led to the amount of pollution and[…] Keep reading →

My First Zero Electric Bill: Off the Grid in Manhattan Over a Month

on July 9, 2022 in Freedom, Leadership, Nature

Yes, I shifted my lifestyle a bit and did things not everyone can, but for the overwhelming majority of people living in cities and rich cultures minor compared to that I’m not living in the woods or separate from society. I lived in Manhattan, maintained a professional lifestyle and used zero electricity from the grid to my apartment for a month with minimal planning and only a portable solar panel[…] Keep reading →

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