The Green ThingChecking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." She was right — our generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day. Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then? Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.
Remember: Don't make old People mad.
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.
What we did do was try to make ourselves happy with the unattainable. We wanted a raise every year on our 40,000 per year instead of thinking about the competition making 400. We wanted to be rolling down the road like the guy on TV in our very own car instead of being with others and their noise and their smoking and drinking in public on the transit systems and on the streets. We did not want people around us any longer.
There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. – Washington Irving
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People do not care about the Internet or ‘information’ for that matter. They would be happy to use it as a good excuse to claim ignorance. If Anonymous were capable they would take or otherwise screw up the money on the planet. THAT would wake up the power people.
Brian Elwin Pomeroy
One comment and it makes no sense. Harper could waste 600,000 before breakfast but that has nothing to do with this. Harper could not care less if every poor person in the country fell off the edge of the earth so enough about that autocrat. He will get his as soon as the leadership battles are over, by-elections done and a motion for non-confidence is tabled. Progressive Conservatives are on the side of the people with money because the people with money are more likely to vote. Not hard to understand. I have lobbied poor people all my life to vote AND then stay on top of the politician after the election, as you would with any employee. This is how we arrived at this point in politics. We trusted someone with our future.
I had a hard time about twelve years ago and ended up at the Drop In and spent five years off and on. Off and on because the staff did not bother to get to know I or the other people and we had an incident. We had many incidents. To make a long story short, I went to the Centre of Hope and the Mustard Seed as well as the Drop In and I found that they are like any charities. In it for the money. They keep their cards close to their chest, like any business, and hope to make a bigger profit than the others. I spent years talking to the staff at every shelter and they have not been properly trained. Or to be more precise, properly screened for sociological skills. To be fair and I am, society has a problem with addicts and they do not understand how or what an addict is exactly. Alcoholics need alcohol, speeders need coke, crack or beans, nymphomaniacs need sex, and multi-billionaires need money. The money addiction is THEE problem that needs to be solved.
Do not spend your time volunteering for people who may or may not appreciate you. Get on top of your politicians and ride them to the wall. Do not give the government one inch of trust any longer because they have proven their worth over thousands of years. Enough. Get trained, learn this stuff, let us put the money whore to death; or at least cut him down to a livable wage. As for the funding of the Drop In or any of the shelters; I am not sure. Let me see the books. Let me train a crew to look at all the books.
Brian Elwin Pomeroy
The Harper cons are cheaters, in both the technical and spiritual sense of the word, and yet they go merrily on. But in this case it seems that crime pays and the cheaters go merrily on.My contention is this – once the NDP has chosen a new leader I propose he/she have a large public press conference with Bob Rae, as well as Elizabeth May and Daniel Paillé, and tell Canada and the world that they are withdrawing from the Parliament because it has become a sham. To my knowledge such a drastic move has never been done in modern Western democracies and it would be world-wide news. I suggest that the Opposition say that they cannot sit in the House in the presence of an illegitimate government and that they will not return to the House until the government convenes a Royal Commission on voter fraud and implements significant electoral reforms which include a stop to all robocalls, clearer outlines of what constitutes voter fraud, significant restrictions on party spending during campaigns as well as a total ban on spending outside of campaigns, clearer House rules about maintaining proper debate and committee works, and fixed responsibilities concerning press conferences on the part of the Prime Minister. Think about it for a minute. Imagine if all opposition parties refused to sit in the House and refused to take part in an election like they are compelled to do in some third-world dictatorships. You see, the opposition parties have more or less been carrying on as though, despite the Harpercons malfeasance, it is business as usual. These actions lend continual credibility to a government that not only lacks credibility but which is systematically dismantling the democratic institutions of the nation. Something radical must be done to change the public mind about the gravity of the situation. If not now, when? kirbycairo
I got this from the globe and mail comments by some person named 1,2,3,4. I wanted to add, because I did not feel like starting a new article that Alberta recently discovered that many MLAs' took free money and did not ask if there was anything to do. They were on some kind of committee that did not meet for four years and nobody asked why. Are they slow, or stupid, evil or useless? What is going on with the politicians in the western world? Are the voters that unplugged that they do not know that you have to sometimes ask the boss if he has something he wants done? Would you not be fired if you had a normal job and the boss did not hear from you in four years? Do you think maybe the boss might stop writing checks after not hearing from an employee for years? Is the boss spending his money or does his money belong to someone else and he does not care because his boss does not care? Do governments need a CEO instead of a useless politician? Would the people care if the Prime Minister made a few million instead of a few hundred thousand? NOPE, the people do not care. The people who do care better get in the game.
Quick note about the robo scandal. When you answer the phone, ask the person, the stranger, where they got your number. If they do not want to say, hang up. Do not buy from anybody you do not know. When confronted by police always get picture ID. You do not have to open your car to anyone and if the cop gives you grief tell him you will follow him to the station. This is not a warning about fake cops; it is a warning to get witnesses for any interaction with government employees. My spider sense is tingling. There is something fishy about cops investigating cops and election Canada people obviously brain-dead or lazy and cops who can not find the people responsible. Something stinks.