Again, sometimes words add nothing
September 27, 2008, 11:31 pm by bottleman. Filed under: invasive species, off-topic, politics.

Palin and Couric by the UN — from CBS News

The American tradition of fine political rhetoric has an eloquent new starlet.  For the full artistic effect, watch all three segments: one, two, three.

[UPDATE! The starlet's performance was so spectacular that the writers of this comedy sketch decided they couldn't do any better by way of satire: they just quoted her verbatim.]



Earth to Greens: don’t support Nader’s bid
February 25, 2008, 2:23 pm by bottleman. Filed under: making a difference, politics.

Somehow, kalevkevad’s photo titled “Garbage Disaster” seems apropos.

photo by flickr user kavelkevad, used under Creative Commons license, see http://flickr.com/photos/kalevkevad/431619916/

It’s a gentle preview of what might happen if Ralph Nader’s presidential bid manages to splinter off a piece of the progressive vote this year. Yes, I groaningly agree, none of the major candidates in the current election are sworn enemies of corporate capitalism. And you have to give the man extreme props for his heroism as a consumer advocate. But the concept that there is no difference between the two major parties, especially on environmental policies, is preposterous.

Go home to your honors and your achievements and a well-deserved beer, Ralph. I’ll even send you a sweet, sweet six to get the party started. We can watch the election returns together, and hold hands, and cry, and at the end of the night, smile with just a smidgeon of hope.



Finally, Al Gore gets real: changing light bulbs isn’t enough.
February 23, 2008, 7:47 am by bottleman. Filed under: making a difference, politics.

I must get legit press credentials so I can attend stellar events like this one: Bono and Al Gore together on the same stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

image from AFP, http://afp.google.com/media/ALeqM5ik2O5scQ7uIC9WAh3TB5DT_yQTvQ?size=l

Besides fueling slippery-fingered fantasies worldwide (how’d you like to get down with both of them in a Swiss hotel room? now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!), Al Gore got frank, and I’d say, helpful. He said, quote:

“I think it is really important from a climate change point of view to move away from the idea that personal actions from each of us represents the solution to this crisis.”

By personal actions, he’s talking about changing light bulbs and other bits of personal lifestyle, as promoted by treehugger and other relentlessly positive promoters of green consumerism.

“These are important… but in addition to changing the light bulbs it is important to change the laws,” Gore said.

Thank you Al. Don’t forget to vote!



The #1 thing you can do for the environment this year is…
February 18, 2008, 10:52 am by bottleman. Filed under: making a difference, politics.

VOTE. And if I can’t can’t convince you, how about flickr artiste magandafille?

photo by flickr user magandafille licensed under creative commons, see http://flickr.com/photos/magandafille/543043278/

Somehow I feel less cynical when I look at this photo.

Generally when it comes to greening up our lives, we tend to overestimate the impact of our sentiments, and …more