Plastic friends

False friends are worse than bitter enemies. Scottish proverb.

Contamination Garbage Environment Waste Plastic

Few things are more shocking than being betrayed by somebody you thought were your friend. And sometimes it takes a while to figure out who is not really your chum, but your foe.

After years of gestation, plastic bags became very popular in the 1960s. Many might remember the 1967 movie “The Graduate” where young Dustin Hoffman was told:

Mr. Maguire: There is a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
Benjamin Braddock: Yes, I will.

Well, the great future has run its course, and it is time to phase it out and find a viable alternative. We don’t have to ship our garbage to some impoverished lands. We can find some innovative ways to dispose of it and recycle it into something useful.

For instance, “The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has created a compostable multi-layer material from agricultural and forestry by-products, which could be used for stand-up food pouches for products such as muesli, nuts, dried fruit, and rice”

When it first appeared, plastic was very popular and everybody wanted it. It was cheap, could be molded in just about any shape and was practically indestructible. It could last till the End of Time… and it looks like it is trying.
Plastic penetrated every level of social strata, especially low-income dwellers. But It turned out that plastic was really a fake friend. Like an ill-mannered guest, it abused its welcome and became a big nuisance.

It invaded (and clogged) sewers, rivers and oceans. Its slow decomposition rate became an issue and the whole thing became a giant problem. Plastic refuses are now littering oceans and shores everywhere. They are eyesores and are perilous for marine life.

So far, few heads of state have shown the will to fight that scourge. Resistance started as usual with a few young entrepreneurs tired of government’s inaction.

There are now many individual groups actively pursuing oceans’ cleanup. But it is not enough. It is everybody’s moral duty to fight pollution by implementing a personal policy of restraint. Shun plastic products and urge your legislators to implement laws banning its usage.

Personally, I want my next president to be an environmentalist, not a profit-minded “businessman”.

If you care about your children’s future, think about this the next time you vote.

Alain

Celebrity relationships

While surfing the Net, I could not help but notice that celebrities or showbiz people cannot keep a relationship going for very long… Being naturally curious, I tried to figure out why.

To start with, celebrities are not like you or me. Due to affluence, their life jackets are much bigger and more buoyant than ours. They have the means to weather a romantic (or financial) storm much more easily than we do. And since they are aware of this, they are more inclined to part company with their lover than the rest of us.

When a couple breaks up, it usually means that one of the partners will leave the shared residence and find another place to live. For ordinary people, it is not always easy. The cost of moving into a new place can be exorbitant and can exacerbate an already tense situation.

But for wealthy people, this is not a problem. They all own a secondary (and often a tertiary) residence and when things get unpleasant, they simply move out of the primary abode.
We have to grin and bear it… they just grin and move out. This is why celebrities jettison their partners about every three years… because they can.

A celebrity knows a lot of people, many more than a mere plebeian, and it is fairly easy to find a new partner. Many men or women are like moths; they cannot resist the bright flame of fame and often get burned in the process…

Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods. Wystan Auden

 Soon or later one runs out of goods and wants a new trade agreement.

If everybody was rich, nobody would ever stay in the same relationship indefinitely. Why should they? If parting was easy, people, like butterflies, would skip from flower to flower. If everybody was wealthy, God forbids, it would be total chaos.

This is why the richest showbiz people and politicians secretly congregate every 2 years to prevent this Armageddon scenario. They gather to keep the masses poor and incapable of social mobility.

Why do you think that Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” is inscribed on a bronze plaque inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty? Because we need poor people to feel superior and boss them around.

Alain

“I’d marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he’d be dead within a year.”Bette Davis

Beyond Meat

Meat lovers, enjoy the bloody stuff while you can because it is on its way out. So says an outfit called Beyond Meat.

Beyond Meat manufactures a product that looks like meat, tastes like meat but does not contain one ounce of animal flesh. According to investigative reporters, this commodity looks and taste very close to the real McCoy.

It is fast growing in popularity, and it is now sold in a variety of grocery stores and burger joints.

I am not a vegetarian but I am glad to hear about this development. I am an animal lover and a staunch supporter of animal rights. Sometimes when I drive to Sonoma, I have somber thoughts about the cattle I see grazing in the hills.

Closer to home, across the freeway, there is a bunch of milk-producing cows living a seemingly carefree life. But do you know what happens to these gentle creatures once they stop producing their milk quota?
After many years of good service, they are sent to the slaughterhouse… which to me is an abhorrent thought.

If we migrate (as we should) to Beyond Meat we won’t need to raise large herds and waste a lot of grazing land. We will also improve human health, cut down on methane gas pollution, positively impact climate change, and amend animal welfare. We will also stop the horrible slaughter of 66 billion animals every year.

If you crave meat (as some people still crave tobacco) you will be able to satisfy your hankering for protein by eating Beyond Meat products; their primary source of protein comes from plain peas.

Beyond Burger aims to be cheaper than beef. For the time being it is more expensive than animal flesh, but as its reputation grows and its production increases it will definitely become cheaper than animal meat.

The product is already widely seen on the shelves of stores like Giant, Safeway, Natural Grocers, Jewel Osco, Food Lion, Mariano’s, Harris Tester and multiple burgers outlets.

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. Leo Tolstoy

 As of now, I seldom eat beef and it would be no big deal for me to completely eliminate it.

Save the lives of millions of animals, defend our planet and decrease your chances of colorectal cancer by restricting animal meat from your diet.

Alain