The secret is out: recycling isn’t working, because it was never really supposed to.
The Washington Post reported that more recycling companies, including Waste Management, are turning away from recycling, as the enterprise has ‘become’ totally unprofitable. They place the blame on the (well-meaning) masses who acted like apes when they were given larger recycling bins.
By pushing to increase recycling rates with bigger and bigger bins — while demanding almost no sorting by consumers — the recycling stream has become increasingly polluted and less valuable, imperiling the economics of the whole system. . . Residents have also begun experimenting, perhaps with good intentions, tossing into recycling bins almost anything rubber, metal or plastic: garden hoses, clothes hangers, shopping bags, shoes, Christmas lights. That was exactly the case last year, when the District replaced residents’ 32-gallon bins with ones that are 50 percent larger.
While many are throwing shade at those big glue bins, the truth is, much of consumer recycling has been a waste of time all along. The article goes onto explain that glass probably shouldn’t have ever been recycled. It’s heavy and breaks easily, contaminating the rest of the materials in the pile. Most of it has no value, and often costs money to haul away. The stuff that is valuable is “trucked to landfills as daily cover to bury the smell and trap gases.”
Designed to hold a core crew of 40 sailors, the Independence-class littoral combat ship has been stripped bare of its Mk 110 57-millimeter gun, all four of its Mk2 .50-cal machine guns, its Evolved SeaRAM 11 cell missile launcher, and its entire cache of small arms, which are typically issued to boarding teams and watch standers.
“Having this mighty warship be 100% gun-free not only helps to honor its heroic namesake, Gabby Giffords, but it also helps the Navy to steer clear of promoting a culture of violence,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who reportedly lobbied hard to get Congress and the Secretary of Defense on board with leaving the Navy’s newest addition to the fleet completely defenseless.
- Activity: Running
- Distance: 4.32 mi
- Duration: 01:19:57
- Average Pace: 18:30 min/mi
- Calories Burned: 663
- Start Time: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:21:02
Lena Dunhams boyfriend of 3 years said he wouldn’t propose until everyone could get married
Yesterday she tweeted to him “Yo, Get on it!” And is insisting he propose to her
Pro tip: Never bluff unless you are willing to have it called.
From Justice Scalia’s dissent:
The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me. The law can recognize as marriage whatever sexual attachments and living arrangements it wishes, and can accord them favorable civil consequences, from tax treatment to rights of inheritance. Those civil consequences—and the public approval that conferring the name of marriage evidences—can perhaps have adverse social effects, but no more adverse than the effects of many other controversial laws. So it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact—and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.
You tell me who’s really the party of “old white people:”
Consider the media coverage surrounding Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential announcement. The Washington Post sent reporters to India to visit Jindal’s relatives and write a story about how Jindal “has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots.”
Jindal is hardly the only minority GOP candidate to be accused of betraying his race. Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin was forced to apologize to Ted Cruz after a bizarre interview in which Halperin asked the Texas Senator about his favorite Latino foods and music, and insisted that Cruz speak in Spanish. A New York Times op-ed suggested that Cruz was as Hispanic as Tom Cruise. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson argued in 2013 that Cruz should not “be defined as a Hispanic.”
Republican Ben Carson, the only African-American candidate from either party, has been called a “black racial hit man,” a “traitor to his people,” and a “role model for black teens until he sold out to the right.” Marco Rubio has been accused of perpetuating “all the bad stereotypes of Cuban Americans,” and has been described as a “brown face” Republicans “trot out” in an effort to appeal to Hispanics. Meanwhile, liberals have attacked Carly Florina, the youngest female candidate in the 2016 field, for daring to identify as a feminist.
O RLY? I’m pretty sure his job is to decide the constitutionality of the laws passed by Congress. The Supreme Court’s decisions in King v. Burwell and NFIB v. Sebelius constitute dereliction of duty for refusing to vacate blatantly unconstitutional laws.
…not when laws mean whatever the bastards in charge want them to mean instead of what the plain text of the laws actually say:
Ace brings the snark, as well as the flaming skull:
Vote GOP because….Judges!
Oh yea, Anthony Kennedy also delivered another win for the liberals today.
Things from the list I did as a kid: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25…and that last one started in kindergarten. Not much opportunity to do the things involving snow or large bodies of water on account of where we lived, or some more items would’ve made my list:
With all of the ridiculous new regulations, coddling, and societal mores that seem to be the norm these days, it’s a miracle those of us over 30 survived our childhoods.
Here’s the problem with all of this babying: it creates a society of weenies.
There won’t be more more rebels because this generation has been frightened into submission and apathy through a deliberately orchestrated culture of fear. No one will have faced adventure and lived to greatly embroider the story.
Kids are brainwashed – yes, brainwashed – into believing that the mere thought of a gun means you’re a psychotic killer waiting for a place to rampage.
They are terrified to do anything when they aren’t wrapped up with helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, and other protective gear.
Parents can’t let them go out and be independent or they’re charged with neglect and the children are taken away.
Woe betide any teen who uses a tool like a pocket knife, or heck, even a table knife to cut meat.
Lighting their own fire? Good grief, those parents must either not care of their child is disfigured by 3rd-degree burns over 90% of his body or they’re purposely nurturing a little arsonist.
Heaven forbid that a child describe another child as “black” or, for that matter, refer to others as girls or boys. No actual descriptors can be used for the fear of “offending” that person, and “offending” someone is incredibly high on the hierarchy of Things Never To Do.
“Free range parenting” is all but illegal and childhood is a completely different experience these days.
This Venn diagram no doubt has applicability beyond British politics: